Parish Pump Hailsham - November 2, 2012


WI NEWS from Helen Palmer: The Alfriston WI was pleased to welcome a number of visitors to the September meeting to hear Ian Everest speaking about A Sussex Farm in the 50s. As the location of the farm in Bishopstone is well-known to members this illustrated talk was of great interest, especially as several of Mr Everest’s family had lived and worked there and he was able to include some of his own childhood memories. A lively question and answer session followed the talk making it altogether an excellent afternoon.

EXHIBITION: At The Coach House Gallery from Novembers 3 for two weeks there will be a varied exhibition of work by Chris Ford (Reduction Fired Ceramics), Rosie Jones (Figurative Sculpture), Philip Rose (water Paintings) and Tim Farebrother (Landscapes).

THE 300 CLUB started off the new season at Deans Place Hotel with two lucky winners of £50 each. It is not too late to join. Just pop your name and address and telephone number, with a cheque or cash for £10 , into Hicks, The Newsagents and you will be entered into the draw. This month’s draw will be at the George Inn at 8pm on November 13. If you attend the meetings it is a chance to have a friendly chat over a drink at a different village hostelry each month. The profit from the contributions is given to support the upkeep of the War Memorial Hall and of course there is always the chance to win £50. So many reasons to join and just for £10 a year.

ALFRISTON and CuckmerValley Historical Society’s next meeting will be on Noveber 15 at Deans Place Hotel. The focus of the meeting will be on the history of the early 20th century. The first speaker is Luke Barber, Research Officer for the Sussex Archaeological Society. Luke previously worked for the Field Archaeological Unit of University College, London and has been involved in a number of excavations of First World War sites, mostly on the Western Front, which is the subject of his illustrated talk. The second speaker is Judith Kinnison Bourke. Judith is an actress with a passion for history. Her subject is A Titanic Survivor. She will be talking about Elsie Bowerman who was the longest living survivor of the Titanic disaster. Elsie was born in Hastings and in later life lived in Herstmonceux. Please note that this meeting will be held at 7.30pm at Deans Place Hotel and not at the War Memorial Hall.

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, known as the Cathedral of the Downs, is in need of funds. The south wall of the church is in dire need of repair and on November 22 there will be an open meeting at 10.30am at Dean’s Place Hotel to discuss ideas on raising funds to meet the cost. Anyone who has an interest in this beautiful church is invited to come along and share ideas for fund raising.

DICKENSIAN EVENING is the next big community event in the village. This year it will be a week earlier than in previous years. On November 24 from 2pm to 9pm Alfriston will be welcoming locals and visitors alike to celebrate the beginning of the festive season. The road through Alfriston will be closed to traffic from 3pm till 9pm this will include the High Street, North Street, River Lane and Star Lane. Diversions will be signposted through Litlington and Exceat for through traffic. The Cuckmere Community Bus will ferry visitors to and from the Park and Ride in Drusilla’s car park.


JUBILEE OAK: To mark the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, Warbleton Parish Council have presented the village with an oak tree to be planted on the edge of the Green. At 6.30pm, tonight, Friday, just before the start of the fireworks display and bonfire, there will be a short ceremony when the chairman of the parish council, Bryan Whitton, will plant the oak tree. This tree will join another oak tree presented by the WI.

BONFIRE: The White Horse Inn are joining forces with the village hall to put on the firework display and bonfire tonight at the village green. Access will be from 6pm and the display will start at 6.30pm. Barbecue food will be available on the terrace. There will be no parking in the village hall car park.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion (BCP). For a report on the Benefice Service please see the Warbleton section.


CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: Reverent Barbara Almond is the medium at this event being held at the Corinthian Church tomorrow, Saturday, evening from 7.30pm to 9pm. Entry is £5 at the door.

ST MARY’S: This is the fourth Sunday before Advent. 8am Sunday Holy Communion, Reach for the Skies. 10.30am All Age Special with crèche, The God Who Wins. 6.30 Evening Prayer, A new and better Priest. Remembrance Sunday on November 11 means that the morning service will be at the earlier time of 9.30am.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH and Healing Association service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with medium Glyn Davis at Primrose Hall, followed by refreshments.

MEETING POINT: My Life as a Wimbledon Umpire is the subject for the meeting on Monday when Julia Freeman will be sharing her experiences with members of the group. This should be an extremely interesting talk and as Meeting Point is open to all, why not go along and find out for yourself. Meetings are on the first Monday of the month in St Mary’s church lounge. For more information contact Pam on 844341 or Gill 845329.

FLOWER CLUB: In October, 10 members of the Hailsham and District Flower Club took part in a competition entitled Colours of Autumn at the Civic Community Hall. The results are as follows: Beginners: 1, Rita McMahon; 2, Barbara Puttock; 3, Sue Groom. Intermediate: 1, Marie Hawood; 2, Mary Gibson. Advanced: 1, Debbie Dann; 2, Marian Williams. Senior Advanced: 1, Evelyn Evenden; 2, Christine Campbell-Dykes; 3, Angie Evans. The judge, Pam Fuller, commented on the overall good display and gave helpful tips for each arrangement. Marian Williams gave the vote of thanks. After refreshments Penny Petrides, president, had the pleasant duty of presenting a badge for 25 years membership of the club to Evelyn Evenden. During that time she had served in a variety of ways on the committee. Tickets at £10 are now available from Margery Luffingham on (01323) 845500 for the open meeting on November 21, when national demonstrator, Dr Christina Curtis will give a demonstration entitled A Glittering Christmas. Not to be missed.

U3A: The family history group had some discussion brain storming on problems and blank walls that members have come across in their research and the discussion group enjoyed their new venue at Diplocks Hall with easy parking, comfy sofas and modern kitchen facilities. Discussion was on immigration, exploring how it is affecting the economy, housing, education and the health service. The November discussion is on disabilities. The strollers group had a beautiful sunny walk along the Cuckmere River and watched a heron fishing before enjoying a lovely cream tea. If you would like to join U3A ring Sue Wilson (01323) 840797 in the first instance.

100 YEARS AGO: In November 1912 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote: Dear Friends, The Lord Bishop of Chichester proposes to hold a confirmation in our church in Lent, 1913, probably at Evening Service, and hopes to preach at our Men’ Service in the afternoon of the same day. It has been suggested to me that, as November 10 is the 87th birthday of our respected churchwarden, Mr Samuel Wenham, we should make him a birthday present of the offertory on that day. He has worshipped in the parish church for 80 years. He has helped in any concerns of great use to the parish, giving his services willingly, as well as in other undertakings, and I am sure that many will be glad of this opportunity of giving him, not an Easter offering, as you give to me, but let us call it an All Saints offering. Let us try to make it a good one.


AUTUMN FAIR: Lunches, refreshments, cakes and lots more are available throughout the afternoon of tomorrow, Saturday, from noon until 3pm at Dicker village hall, Coldharbour Road. There will also be stalls of all kinds and a raffle.

CHURCH SERVICES: There are regular services on a Thursday at 9.30am for HolyCommunion (BCP) and Sunday 8am Holy Communion and also at 10.45am, 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

QUIZ NIGHT: This event includes supper with tea or coffee for your £6 adult and £3 child and you can bring your own other drinks. Bring your teams of between four and six people along on Saturday November 10 from 7.30pm at Dicker village hall. There are prizes for the first three places and another chance to be a winner with the raffle.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Results from the Projected Images Competition Round One are as follows, the judge was Mike Constable from Littlehampton. Swallow Cup for beginners, images going through to the finals are: Red Crested Pochard, Brian Gell; Hungry Bear, Dee McNab; Silhouette, Sam Daws; Jess, Martin Rumary; and Young Entomologist, Sam Daws. Sussex Shield for intermediate: Scrum, Colin Chrismas LRPS; Chess and Owzat, Wendy Chrismas LRPS. Arthur Hillman Cup for advanced: Waiting, Alan Spencer; The Flush of Autumn and Pink in the Mist, Bob Sherrard LRPS; Carcassonne, Colin Broom; Me Taking a Photo of These Beach Bubbles and Namib Desert, Gay Biddlecombe LRPS.

TASK DAYS: For over 20 years, volunteers have helped the Ranger maintain the Cuckoo Trail. Due to recent staff changes, council staff are no longer able to work alongside volunteers and are now asking the volunteer groups to be autonomous. Two such groups are already working at Forest Way and Ditchling Common. The council is happy to support an autonomous group on the Cuckoo Trail and provide the necessary tools, training (eg emergency first aid), gloves, boots, signs, first aid kit and list of locations needing upkeep. The group would need a leader (or two leaders who could share), a first aider, transport to get tools to site, a means of communication with group members on proposed dates for work. One advantage of the new autonomous group is that it could meet on any day it chose, as often or as little it liked and would not have to suit the Ranger. The group would still be working on the Cuckoo Trail on behalf of the council and would be covered by the council’s insurance. Leader(s) would need to take responsibility for safety of group members and the public whilst on site. This would mean being aware of the council’s safety procedures. To keep things simple and to start with Ranger, Andy Mitchell, suggests that only hand tools are used and only vegetation clearance is carried out. Either he or Jo would be happy to meet with leader(s) and go through these. In the past the task days have been advertised as open to anyone. However, what is suggested now is that the group would have core members who would be in touch with the leader meaning that no new members would need to be inducted. Please note that unless a leader or leaders offer themselves forward, it will not be possible for the group to continue. Please can you think about whether you would be able to lead the group and contact Andy or Jo by the end of November as follows: Andy Mitchell, Senior Ranger, Rights of Way and Countryside Maintenance on (01273) 482670.


SQUEEZE Breakfast Club October meeting centred on designing the Perfect Island. Four mixed teams of adults and children set to work with enthusiasm, selecting photographs of features they would like to wake up to each day. For many, life on their ideal island was going to be one long holiday as pictures of sandy beaches and surf were pasted onto the island outline. Justica had lots of slogans about fairness, and a flag with a dove of peace balanced against a candle of light, representing wisdom. Kwai, with its two mountains Ett and Ness, formed the Island’s motto Quietness, emphasised in the flag by a single snowflake. Two islands produced Anthems and sang them. Tom-Bola, under King Tom, began with a scowl: We’re keeping all we’ve got, and ending with a smile: God has changed our mind and told us to be kind, to the tune of our own National Anthem. The object of the exercise was to make us realise how much we have already, and it was all jolly good fun. Maps of the islands became part of the Harvest Thanksgiving display at the Free Church. The next Squeeze is on Sunday from 10am until noon in the village hall. A simple breakfast is provided, all ages are very welcome, and there is no charge. Come when you can and leave when you must.

SOUND OF MUSIC: HATS are looking forward to presenting The sound Of Music in the village hall between November 6 and 10. Tickets cost £9 each, £6 for children and an offer of two for the price of one on November 6, and are available at either Caprice Hair Fashions or the Woolpack Inn or the Box Office on 832117/832227.

LITTER PICK: The Herstmonceux and Cowbeech litter pick on Sunday. If you think you could spare and hour or so to help, please be at the meeting points by 10am. For Herstmonceux it’s the Village Information Centre and for Cowbeech it’s St Michael’s which is just opposite Hammer Lane. Refreshments will be available.

QUIZ EVENING: The annual gardener’s club quiz will be held on Wednesday November 14 from 7.30pm. All are welcome. Quiz masters will be Neil and Kay Holden who are setting some very teasing questions. Tickets costing £8.50 to include supper of fish and chips, sausage and chips or veggie burger and chips are available by telephoning 833006 and leaving your name, number and food order on the answerphone.


INDOOR BOOT SALE: An Indoor Winter Boot Sale will be held on Sunday November 4 and Sunday December 9 at Laughton Parish Hall from 10.30am to 1pm. Sellers from 10am buyers from 10.30am. Table charge £5 entry 50p, OAP 20p, children free. Refreshments available. For information call 01323 811385.


THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11.00am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.


HEALTH EVENT: You may have heard that a Children’s Health Event that was being organised by Ninfield Patients Involvement Group for November 17. Unfortunately it has had to be postponed. The group hope to organise another event before too long.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are in need of some more committed players. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact them via their website. You can also track the club’s progress online

WESLEY GUILD: Ninfield Methodist Church hold a Wesley Guild on Wednesday at 2.30pm. This is a relaxed and informal fortnightly meeting friendship group. This week they are looking at The Hythe, Romney and Dymchurch Railway with Mr R Cook. November 21 they look at Fair Trade with Rev Michael and Mrs Ward. All are warmly welcome to attend.

EXHIBITION: Ninfield Arts and Craft Exhibition is tomorrow, Saturday. They have a number of first-time exhibitors as well as returning favourites, so please go along and enjoy the variety of exhibits on show, along with delicious tea and cakes. Visitors are always amazed by the number of talented people we have in Ninfield and even more have come forward this year. Please call Kaye Crittell 01424 892883 for more information.

A COCKTAIL PARTY and evening exhibit will be held tomorrow, Saturday, at the Memorial Hall, 7pm to 9pm. Serving wine and canapes, ticket holders will have a more leisurely look around the exhibits of the arts and crafts exhibition.

ENERGY BREAKFAST tomorrow, Saturday, in Hooe Village Hall from 9am to 11am. Please come along to this energy efficiency event and find out about many energy saving initiatives. Tea and Coffee and bacon butties will be served. Further details from Pam or Peter Doodes 01424 892329.

ENERGY EVENT tomorrow, Saturday in the Methodist Hall from 1.30pm to 4pm. Please come along to this energy efficiency event and find out about many energy saving initiatives. Tea Coffee and biscuits will be served. Further details from Pam or Peter Doodes 01424 892329.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on Monday at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. They will be holding a workshop with the very talented Tilda Conway, with her design for Christmas. A list of the materials you will need to bring on the night are on the October newsletter, they will also have some of the materials for sale on the night. This is a very popular evening. The next meet on Friday December 7 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. This year they look forward to welcoming Nick Grounds with his demonstration entitled Christmas Carols. Tickets are £9 payable at the time of order and will include light refreshments. Tickets for this event are available from Ellie Barron on 01424 893385. All flower arrangements will be raffled at the end of the evening. Forthcoming events: AGM Monday January 7. Should you require any further information regarding any of our meetings please contact Susan Cambell on or Tel: 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends.

BURLESQUE is next meeting November 9, 7.15pm to 8.30pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. For further information, please contact Sami Guard on 893699.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are next meeting on November 9, at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. Details were circulated at the last meeting regarding the Christmas luncheon, which will be held on December 14 at the Cooden Beach Golf Club. If you are interested in joining the ladies of the Hooe Open Group, just turn up on the second Friday of any month, where you will find a very welcoming group of ladies. Membership costs just £10 for the year and as a visitor you pay £2, which is credited against the annual membership fee. For further information contact the social organiser, Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

CRAFT FAIR: Crafts for Christmas Craft Fair in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. Crafts for Christmas, craft stalls and table top sale on Saturday November 10 at the Memorial Hall, 10am to 4pm. Following the success of the Crafts for Christmas Craft Fair held last year the organisers have decided to hold another this year. This is being organised by a group of local ladies who are delighted to be raising money for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. Building on the variety of stalls they had last year, this year we will be offering a wider range of crafts at a wide range of prices. In addition they will be serving refreshments all day. There will also be a raffle in aid of the hospice. Last year they were told how much the day was enjoyed. Not only was it a good place to start the Christmas Shopping it was also a great opportunity to meet with friends over coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. The organisers are delighted that once again the Ninfield Scouts will be helping them. Last year they raised nearly £900 and this year it is their ambition to increase that figure. Every penny raised will go to the hospice. Further information, offers of help, enquiries about hiring tables etc to Pam Doodes 892329 or Thelma Nance 892421.

HISTORY GROUP: Ninfield Local History Group are next meeting on Thursday November 15 at 7.30pm in the Reading Room when the discussion will centre on the Wartime Secret Army and Ashburnham. Also everyone will be invited to help with some of the current projects. Is anyone good at deciphering handwriting? John Cheshire would welcome help with some of the census returns he is working on and there are photographs to identify and maps to locate buildings and addresses. Looking ahead, their future plans include talks on farming, the local brick industry and a village walk but they would welcome other suggestions. There is a charge of £1 for members and £2 for non-members per meeting to help cover the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. Annual membership costs £10. For more information please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Chairman Tel: 893635.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service, 6pm Book of Common Prayer Communion. Wednesday10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church 2.30pm service with Revd Peter Timms.


DRAMA GROUP: The Vicar of Dibley is still being staged at the Community Centre today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets available from box office, Archer and Partners Estate Agents, 48 High Street, telephone 483348 or online at Tickets are £8 adults and £5.50 for children and students. Credit cards booked on line an extra £1 is charged. If you would like to become a Friend of Polegate Drama Group then you will be able to purchase discount tickets. Contact Friends’ Secretary Joan Law, 49 Oakleaf Drive Polegate, or telephone Jim Dobell on 483082.

RAMBLING CLUB: On November 8, On A Clear Day, 5 miles with Jimmy 490302; or Hooe Goes There? 9 to 10 miles picnic only with Dorothy 01424 210454. Meet Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by the bowls club. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

CHRISTMAS FETE and table sale tomorrow, Saturday, at St Johns Church Hall. All welcome from 9.30am to 1.30pm. To book a table for £7 please contact Andy on 504893. The fete is in aid of Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group.

BEETLE DRIVE at Trinity Church Hall, Willingdon tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm. Admission by ticket purchased in advance at £8 each includes a Chinese supper. Please telephone 484189 for a ticket. All proceeds to church funds. Come and join in the fun.

POLEGATE WI meeting on second Thursday of the month. Our meeting on November 8 is our AGM. Please come along and support us.

A COFFEE MORNING on Saturday November 10 at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Scouts. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

warbleton & rushlake green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion (BCP)Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Pat Reigh, 6.30pm Evening service led by Paul Daniels.

REMEMBRANCE: The Poppy Appeal of The Royal British Legion is under way, with sellers going door-to-door, and poppies available in shops etc. The proceeds of the appeal, provide the Legion for its work in support of veterans and their families. As you may be aware, we have no outdoor war memorial in the Warbleton or Rushlake Green. There is a memorial in Warbleton Church in the chancel which can be seen during daylight areas, and a roll of honour in the Dunn Village Hall. John Brenchley has arranged with Warbleton PCC that an area near to the church door will be available for crosses to be planted in memory of comrades or family members who died in active service, during the conflicts of the past century. Crosses can be obtained from the poppy sellers. They will remain there until the end of November. The roll of honour will be read in the service on Remembrance Sunday, which is actually on November 11 this year.

BAND BAZAAR: Warbleton Brass Band is holding its Autumn/Christmas Bazaar in the village hall on Saturday November 17 from 10.30am. Tables can be booked at £10 each from Jean on 01435 830837.

PLAYER’S REVUE: Tickets for the 20th Anniversary Revue will be available to members next Saturday November 10, and to the public from Anita on 01435 873226 from Monday November12. Tickets to include a two course supper, are £15.

BENEFICE SERVICE: The congregations of Warbleton, Bodle Street and Dallington churches gathered at Dallington Church for a service led by the Bishop of Lewes, Wallace Benn, to celebrate the new benefice as Dallington joins the other two, to form the new benefice. There also certain formalities to be enacted, as our rector, Rev Marc Lloyd, becomes officially responsible for Dallington. It was quite poignant for the bishop as it was his last official engagement before retiring at the end of October. One of his first on becoming bishop was also at Dallington. The choirs of the three churches combined under the direction of Ben Tyler, accompanied by Ben on the organ and piano, with Yvonne Lloyd playing the flute. After the service we were able to stay for a chat, and enjoy the lovely refreshments.

JUBILEE: You will probably remember the jubilee events back in June. Part of which was collecting items for a time capsule. This was buried a couple of Saturdays ago by the village sign by chairman of the organising committee Cllr Christian Jervis-Reade, with assistance from Nancy Buss. Chairman of the parish council, Bryan Whitton also took part. We then moved across the road to the land in front of Tom Beckworth, where Christian and Bryan planted the commemorative tree, a mulberry. This was all done, by torchlight just before the bonfire celebrations, and witnessed by a small crowd. Special thanks go to Kieran Daw, for digging the holes and making sure the capsule and the tree were safely planted.

BONFIRE: A little while after the jubilee ceremonies we gathered on the Green, lit our torches and processed to the bonfire site in Flitterbrook Lane, led by Anthony Brooks, bearing the society banner. Sadly, the weather was not in a festive mood, with steady drizzle all evening, but a good crowd gathered in the field. The torches were put on the fire by the marshals, and we soon had a warming blaze going. The fireworks started fairly quickly with an illuminated spinning Black Duck which simulated a flying duck. Then we had the Warbleton version of the five glowing rings seen in a certain opening ceremony. We them went into the main display, which was to the usual good standard. Thank you to all the bonfire society members who worked so hard to organise the event in adverse conditions, and feeding and watering us. Special thanks to Andy Long for the use of his field.

willingon, wannock & jevington

THE RED LION: There is a Halloween Party and disco at the Red Lion with optional fancy dress today, Friday. Food will be served from 6pm to 8pm. The Red Lion will be closing on Monday November 5 for a complete refurbishment and will be re-launched at 6pm on Saturday November 17.

THE STRAY DOGS will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Justine will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen that evening.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: There will be a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday November 17 from 10am to 12.30pm at St Johns Church Hall Polegate in aid of Polegate Windmill. For information ring 01323 734496.

FLEA MARKET: Louise Etwell runs a Saturday morning flea market from 9am to 12pm in the barn behind The Old Willingdon Post Office. Browsers are welcome. On offer are second hand books, collectables, trinkets, pictures, clothes and gifts. Lots of bargains.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Susan Shaw will be giving a demonstration entitled Tales from the Cowshed.

TRINITY CHURCH is holding a beetle drive with a Chinese supper tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm. Admission is £8. Entrance is by ticket only. Ring Jenny on 01323 484189.

HALLOWEEN WEEKEND: The Eight Bells in Jevington is having a Halloween weekend commencing today, Friday, when from 4pm to 6pm there will be a children’s Halloween party. From 8pm onwards it will be the adults’ time with prizes for the best dressed. On Sunday afternoon the Eight Bells is having a bonfire party with a competition for the best Guy. From 5pm onwards hot dogs and chilli jackets will be served with sparklers for everyone.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a recreation committee meeting to discuss the budget at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council office. Meetings are open to the public. For further information please ring the parish office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The Rev Clive Woodward will be talking about his work as a hospital chaplain and a placement at Burrswood at 2pm on Tuesday at St Mary’s Church Hall.

WI: Jevington and Filching WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday in Trinity Church Hall for the annual meeting.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The speaker is Mr L Everest and his topic is Newhaven Fort – then and now.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL: At the recently held meeting with PCSO Ali Beaden and PC Liz Keenan, it was decided by the panel that the priorities to be targeted will be speeding on Jevington Road and speeding on Seven Sisters Road and parking at Willingdon Primary School. PCSO Beaden has already delivered Op Crackdown leaflets to residents who live adjacent to Seven Sisters Road, and many people in the area have the 30 mph wheelie bin stickers. PCSO Ali Beaden and PCSO Iain Tomsett conducted a 100 car speed count on November 25 through Jevington Village and the results should be known soon. Dangerous parking, however briefly, outside Willingdon Primary School, particularly on the zig-zag yellow lines, could cause an accident if a child runs out behind the vehicle. PCSO Beadon will be attending a meeting with residents and staff to discuss parking issues. She will also continue patrolling in the area during school drop off and pick up times.

GENERAL MEETING: Willingdon Residents Association General Meeting took place on Wednesday October 17 when John Flude gave an illustrated talk on Polegate Windmill to a packed audience. Members were updated with all that had been happening in the parish including the licensing meeting that Cllrs John and Fran Pritchett and Cllr Andy Watkins had recently attended. This was in relation to the new BP Garage under construction on the A2270, alongside Coopers Hill where a 24 hour application had originally been made to sell alcohol and take-away food. But before the licensing meeting took place Wealden officers explained that BP would like to talk about a proposed amendment. Cllr John Pritchett spoke at the meeting on behalf of the residents association and Cllr Watkins spoke on behalf of the parish council, both stressing the concerns of local neighbours. The final outcome was that BP will be able to sell alcohol and take-away food between the hours of 6am and 11pm.

QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association quiz was held on Friday October 19 at Trinity Church Hall with 10 teams taking part. The quiz master was Steve White aided by score keeper Carole. The evening included a ploughman’s supper and free raffle. The winning team were Sue, Brian, Karen and Stephen Price and Linda Cripps. It was a close hard fought contest which everyone enjoyed.

IT’S RHYMETIME at Willingdon Library for babies and toddlers from 10.40am to 11am on Thursday.

THE GLEN CHORALE under the direction of Robin Moray will be presenting their Christmas concerts at Wannock Hall on Monday December 3 and Monday December 10 at 2.30pm. The choir will sing a variety of Christmas music, both traditional and new. The programme will feature Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gabriel’s Message, and old Basque carol Adam lay ye bounden, a 15th century carol, Bach’s Break forth of beauteous heav’nly light, in Dulci Jubilo and carols for audience participation. Tickets, including refreshments are £5 and are available from Violet Robinson on 767209. The Glen Chorale will also be singing at various private functions during the Christmas period.