Parish Pump Hailsham - November 23, 2012


DICKENSIAN EVENING in Alfriston starts tomorrow (Saturday) at 3pm. Remember that the through road will be closed from 3pm to 9pm. There is a frequent park and ride service (£2 return) from Drusilllas car park (parking free) and a bus service from Berwick Station. The Dickensian Committee has worked hard to prepare the village to welcome Father Christmas and visitors to celebrate the beginning of the festive season. Hoping to see you and hoping you all have a most enjoyable evening.

THE COSMOFIL Film Club will be showing Marius, directed by Alexander Korda on November 30 at 7pm for 7.30pm start, at the War Memorial Hall. Tickets £5 for Cosmofil students, guest £7 and free to under 20s.


QUICKEN TRUST: The trust founded by Geoff and Geraldine Booker provides support for the Ugandan village of Kabubbu in many ways. There will be a lunch at the village hall tomorrow at noon. There will be a glass of wine, a ploughman’s lunch and a selection of puddings. Three residents of Kabubbu will be present. Tickets are £10 and can be reserved by calling 01323 832361.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

FOLK CLUB: The folk club meets fortnightly at the White Horse Inn at 8.30pm. All are welcome. This Monday is one of those nights.

PARISH COUNCIL: Bryan Gibson reported that work round drainage gullies was still causing problems outside St John’s Church, Bodle Street. During rain, there is a torrent past the gate, and a skating rink when it freezes. Chris Wheeler reported that the Causeway can be quite dangerous, with the combination of uncut hedges, and high volume of speeding traffic. The road is used more for leisure by horse riders, cyclists, joggers etc. The council expressed its support for a survey with a view to a 40mph speed limit.


HANDBELLS: This evening, Friday, the Senlac Handbell Team from Hooe will be playing several popular tunes including some pre Christmas music at The George from 7.30pm. There will also be a chance to have a go yourselves.

SKATE PARK OPENING: Go along to the Maurice Thornton playing field, accessible via Orion Close, Vega Close and Marshfoot Lane tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am for the opening of the new Tony Tack Memorial Skate Park. There will be competitions, prizes, barbecue and live DJ until 4pm.

QUIZ NIGHT Summerheath Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 7.30pm. Tickets at £6 per person for teams of four to six include a ploughmans supper. Bring your own drinks. In aid of HOPS. To book please ring June on (01323) 840778.

RACE NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Hailsham Football Clubhouse. First race starts at 7.30pm. £4 per ticket (includes buffet food). Contact John Nuttall on 07702 849769 or 01323 871503 for details.

ST MARY’S: This is the Sunday next before Advent. 8am Holy Communion, Prayer with a Purpose. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Prayer for What’s Best. 2.45pm Evening Prayer at Emmanuel Church (Hawkswood). 6.30 Holy Communion at St Mary’s, A New and Better Way.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH and Healing Association Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with medium Paul Green at Primrose Hall, followed by refreshments.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday there is a nine-mile Hellingly and Swansbrook flat walk with John (01323) 833995. If you would like to go along, please give him a ring for the details.

KNIT’INN NIGHT: Almost the end of the year. The next Knit’Inn at The King’s Head will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm. At the last meeting discussion was about the quality of information in knitting patterns. There is a format to the way the instructions are laid out. A pattern from a different country has a different format and a translation is required to achieve the expected results. Many people nowadays are encouraged to design their own patterns, it is a better way to make money from knitting, than making the physical object, but if the designer is unaccustomed to the language it can be very confusing for the knitter. Aspiring designers should bring their patterns to Knit’Inn, where a challenge is always welcomed and encouragement always given. To find out more about Knit’Inn Nights phone Su (07591 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

JOLLY CAROL EVENING: This is at 7.30pm at Hailsham Market Café on Wednesday.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Go along and find out what the twinning association does on Friday November 30 at 7pm in the Fleur de Lys room of Hailsham Town Council, Market Street (entrance through the car park at the rear and town council garden). Other local groups welcome in such subjects as art, music, history, walking, tennis etcetera to find out about exchange visits taking place next year. This will be followed by the annual general meeting. Refreshments. Telephone 846539 or 845792. All welcome as well as those wanting become new members.

CHARITY AUCTION: This event, in aid of Sussex Air Ambulance, starts at 6.30pm on Saturday December 1 at The George, and will include an England Mount signed by the 2005/6 first team including Beckham, Ferdinand, Rooney, Owen with COA. Six meerkats, Frank Sinatra memorabilia, and other signed items by Manchester United, Rory Mcilroy, Olympic canoeists and swimmers, Lewis Hamilton and lots more unusual Christmas presents. In addition there is also a chance to bid on Mitch Lowe’s offer to be your slave for the day from mowing the lawn to being your escort for the night.


CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Holy Communion on Thursday at 9.30am (BCP) and 8am every Sunday (CW). This Sunday there is also a Holy Communion (CW) service at 10.45am and Evensong at 6.30pm. Upper Dicker: 9.15am Holy Communion (CW).

CONCERT: Go along and enjoy Christmas music at the Wealden Brass Concert, mulled wine and mince pies at Hellingly Parish Church on Saturday December 8 from 3pm to 5pm. Tickets are £6.

PCSO: Due to shift work and that Freedom Leisure market has now ceased, PCSO Fletcher will not be at any community contacts. However, PCSO Bond will be at St Mary’s Church, Hailsham, coffee morning today between 10am and 11am.

COFFEE MORNING: Combined with a book exchange, Dicker village hall welcomes you every Thursday between 10.30am and noon for coffee, tea, homemade came, biscuits, Rose Piper beautiful cards and book exchange.

MOTHERS’ UNION: Chris Downton, from the children with Cancer Fund, was the speaker at a recent meeting. CWCF is a small local charity formed 14 years ago, which aims to grant wishes to families who have a child suffering from cancer. When CWCF is given the name of an affected family, either Chris or his wife Ursula, will visit them and every member of that family will be asked to make a wish. It may be for something as small as a pair of Croc sandals, or a trip to Disneyland, or it might be a new bed, or a laptop for a sick child to be able to keep up with school work. CWCF’s involvement does not end with just wish-granting because they keep in touch with all the families, both while the child is undergoing treatment and beyond. CWCF do not have big plush offices, they operate from a small house in Polegate and much of the work is done late at night at the kitchen table. This small organisation has touched and brought comfort to a great many families and are currently working with 76 local families. It was a very inspiring and humbling evening and members raised £95 during the evening.

QUIZ NIGHTS: The Plough Inn at the Dicker holds a quiz night on Tuesdays at 8pm.

SPEED WATCH: This is now up and running in Hailsham North and sites have now been assessed along the A271 Hawkswood Road, Milland Road and the top of London Road. There has been a great response from residents giving some of their time in conducting speed checks. They have been out on two different deployments. There should have been more but due to the weather they have been unable to get out. Eleven warning letters have been sent to those reported over 36mph from their first deployment and results are still awaited from the second, which are currently being processed. If you would like to give some of your time to volunteer in Community Speed Watch please get in touch with PCSO Fletcher on 0845 60 70 999 ext 27437, Mobile 07787 685752 or email her at

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The Print Competition Round Two was judged by Don Mitchell ARPS as follows: Beginners for the Pavilion Cup with prints going through to the finals are: All Alone and Sunset Grazing by Belle Tout by Sam Daws; and I am Elisha by Martin Rumary. Intermediate Keith Donald Shield results were: At the Bottom of Our Street by Wendy Chrismas LRPS, A Quiet Moment by Fiona Flower, Blue by Janet Monk LRPS and No Sheep Today by Robert Banfield. Advanced Founders Cup winners were: Tension by Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP, Nerine and Just Jesting by Phil Smith, The Library Staircase by Ray Beckwith and Figure Study by Roger Scott. Don Mitchell ARPS has been judging for 40 years. He started off with cinefilm and feels he has gone full circle as he now dabbles with AudioVisual. Amongst his many anecdotes, one of the prints featured a Guinea Pig. He enquired if anyone had eaten the furry creatures. No one else in the room had tried the delicacy. Don explained that he shared one with four friends while on holiday abroad for seven dollars. It arrived whole, minus the head, with a delicious sauce. He thought it tasted similar to chicken or duck. Also, whilst judging an image of True Love boldly tattooed in blue, he stated that tattoos play a valuable function. They are a great way of identifying a body when lying on the mortuary slab. An image of lichen on slate taken in Snowdonia, Wales, reminded him of a holiday there where he met, by chance, twenty other members of Smethwick Camera Club. Don was very impressed with an image of a pink flower and explained how he had failed botany at school. He was so bad that his teacher said they did not know why he bothered going to school. A couple taking part in a wedding ceremony were sawing a log with a double handed saw. Don did not know why, but stated as a judge he was being paid to work it out. Entries for the annual Colour Show are being prepared already. It will take place on Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2, 2013 in Hailsham Community Hall if you would like to put the date in your diaries. The chosen charity to receive a donation this time will be Demelza.

JUMBLE SALE: The Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service based are holding a jumble sale at Hellingly village hall on Saturday December 1. If you would like to donate any items to help them to raise much needed funds please ring the Casualty Centre on 01825 873003. Please do not bring things along to the hall on the day as they need to be sorted and checked beforehand. Thank you.


SUSIE CROUCH, known to many for her babysitting skills, working as she did at the doctor’s surgery for many years, was 90 years old recently and she intended to celebrate in style. Lunches, trips out and then the party. Organised as a surprise by Teresa Naish and held at the Woolpack Inn, when Susie arrived she was more than a little bit surprised to see about 60 of her friends there to wish her a Happy Birthday. The room had been beautifully decorated, the food was excellent as was the entertainment, courtesy of Re-Cycled, one of her favourite bands. Many congratulations Susie, can’t wait for your 100th. I am sure she would like me to thank Teresa for all her hard work and to say how much she enjoyed it all.

COOPERS CROFT Garden Centre are holding a variety of events from now up until Christmas in aid of the Kit Wilson Trust, an animal rescue centre that helps to rehabilitate and re-home domestic pets and wildlife animals. To help with the fund raising, for each Christmas tree purchased at Coopers Croft, £1 will be donated to the trust and then on December 15 the Kit Wilson Trust will be sending representatives to the garden centre with their sales table where you will be able to purchase all sorts of goodies for pets, family and friends. This date also coincides with a special High Tea in the Catkins Tearoom with Carol singing. If you wish to join them for the tea please book your table now by telephoning 831618.

HORTIULTURAL SOCIETY: Earlier this month members of the WHHS planted a Silver Birch tree on the green at the entrance to Windmill Hill Place to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Two of the vice presidents, Barbara Page and Frank Beeney, started the planting which was completed by the children, WHHS members and PGL staff. Their thanks must go to the manager of the PGL, Ian Baalam and to head gardener Evan Barron who helped by providing and preparing the site. The next meeting of the WHHS will be their AGM held on Saturday December 1 starting at 3pm in the Reid Hall at Boreham Street. Once the business of the day is over, Ian Rumley–Dawson will be presenting a piece on A Garden Growing for Birds.

CHARITY EVENT: Lime Cross Nursery are holding a special event today, Friday, with Kevin Loveland demonstrating his craft of flower arranging in aid of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Festive arrangements using foliage from the Nursery gardens and a chance to win one in the raffle. The doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start and tickets at £9.50, which includes light refreshments, can be obtained from the Nursery during normal opening hours.

CHRISTMAS SALE: The annual All Saints Christmas Fair is being held in the village hall on Saturday December 1 between 10am and noon. All the usual fantastic stalls along with a nativity play, children’s crafts and a chance to see Father Christmas. If anybody feels they would like to help in the running of the stalls or with the refreshments or, if you feel you would like to be a Christmas Elf, please contact Jessica on 832996.

RAY AND SHELDON next meeting is in the village hall today, Friday, starting at 2.15pm. Anybody over the age of 60 years is welcome to go along.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with the Christingle Service will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 5pm respectively, with Holy Communion (common worship) being held at Wartling church at 9.45am.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

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THEFT: Unfortunately there was another theft in Ninfield from a garage in the Green area during the night of November 12/13. Again, a quantity of items were taken. Please make sure that all sheds, outbuildings and garages are secure at all times and valuables are kept out of sight. If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious please call Daryl on 101 ext 65261. Over the last few weeks a series of burglaries to sheds, outbuildings and garages have occurred in the Ninfield area. To make local people more aware of outbuilding security and crime prevention, Battle Neighbourhood Policing Team have organised a property marking and crime prevention event at Ninfield Doctor’s Surgery today, Friday, from 7pm to 8pm (but will be around later if required). PCSO Daryl Holter said: ‘I’d like to encourage as many Ninfield residents as possible to come along on Friday to discuss any concerns about this recent spate of burglaries, where items such as chainsaws, bicycles and lawn mowers have been stolen. We’ll also be offering free property marking, registration and sign up to our weekly email updates. Finally, please remember that we rely on you for information that could lead to these crimes from happening again in the future so I’d like to ask all to please continue to contact Sussex Police on 101 with any information about suspicious people, behaviour or vehicles.’ For advice on securing your home visit the Sussex Police website or call 101 and ask for a visit from your local Crime Prevention Officer.

BINGO: Last Saturday the 1st Ninfield Scout Group held a Bingo Night. Around 100 people enjoyed a great night with a fabulous atmosphere. It was brilliant to see such a range of age groups enjoying an evening out. Special thanks must go to Veronica Sargeant, Carole Beddows and Sally Webb for organising the night. Also to all the sponsors: Wadmore Electrics, Alexander Driveway and Fencing construction, ABM Atlas Building and Maintenance Ltd, AIM Archery, Abbey Law Costs Consultants Ltd, F Davis and Sons, Webb King, Lewis Negus, Duty Point Ltd, Nicholas Webb Legal Consultant and Parker and Son Building Services. Thanks also must go to Ninfield Working Mens Club for lending their bingo machine. The groups next fundraising event is their annual January Jumble Sale on January 26, at the Memorial Hall. Further details soon but please start sorting your jumble.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club played Ticehurst in the ESFL Premier Division last Saturday loosing 5-3. Tomorrow, Saturday, they play Eastbourne Albert at home at 1.30pm. The club are also in need of some more committed players (they recently had to pull out of their Hastings FA Intermediate Cup match). If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Luke Pont (secretary) on 07872312266 or via their website.

COFFEE MORNING: St Mary’s Church Christmas Coffee Morning is tomorrow, Saturday, at 10.30am in the Reading Room. Raffle, competitions, stalls including tombola, cakes and produce, crafts and gifts, and refreshments. Come and enjoy some Christmas cheer and conversation with friends.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on November 26, 7.45pm at the village hall. All Hooe residents are invited to attend.

SECURITY: With the nights drawn in and Christmas activities getting into full swing, please think about these words from our PCSO Daryl Holter: Keep a light on. Why let burglars know you’re not home? Keep your home secure this winter: Use an automatic time switch on an indoor light, either upstairs or in a room that cannot be peered into from the road. Regularly change the timing on the switch. Put a time switch on a radio tuned in to a chat station, giving the impression that the house is occupied. Again, regularly change the timing on the switch. Fit security lighting, either dusk to dawn energy efficient lighting that will come on automatically as dusk sets in, or infrared activated lighting which draws attention to movement. Ensure that doors and windows to the rear of the house are locked and secure. Don’t forget to lock your shed, your tools can be used to break in. Trim overgrown plants, don’t give burglars a hiding place. Secure your windows, paying particular attention to those on the ground floor and above flat roofs. Use locks and bolts and keep all your keys, including car keys, out of sight and out of reach. Property mark your valuables with your postcode and your house number or name. Some articles are unsuitable for marking so photograph them, with a ruler in view to show scale. Intruder alarms are an effective deterrent against burglars. Before choosing a system seek advice to ensure it is the most suitable for your needs. The best defence against burglary is prevention.

THE VILLAGE SOCIETY are holding a Coffee morning on Saturday December 1 in the Reading Room from 10am to noon. You are invited to go along and find out about the work the society does within the village. There will be picture displays related to their work and some wonderful shots from both the Jubilee weekend and Carnival. Their treasurer Robin Goldsmith will give a talk on activities and progress made in Church Wood during the past year. As well as refreshments being available, there will be home-made produce for sale and raffle prizes to win.

WORKING MEN’S CLUB will be holding a charity Christmas Coffee Morning on December 4 (at the NWMC) in aid of Hastings Young Life Guards, from 10am until 12.30pm. There will be a cake stall, brick-a-brac, new and nearly new stalls, alsong with a raffle. You are invited to get some of Christmas shopping done and sit and relax by their open fire. Entrance is £1 per person to include your coffee/tea and a mince pie.

PARISH COUNCIL: Ninfield Parish Council are meeting on December 6, at 7.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Church Lane. All Ninfield residents are invited to attend.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist, Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm local arrangement.


WANTED information on M Brooke Stoker, novelist who first published a book in 1932 to the early 1970s, the publishers Robert Hale says that she was known as Mary Brooke-Taylor of Willingdon. Is this the same person as Mildred Mary Stoker born 1911 and died in Eastbourne in 199? Would relatives of this lady please contact John Harrington. Has any one any info on her or her life in Willingdon please. For John Harrington, who can be contacted on or via me Maureen on 485971. Also any info on the Royal Observer Corps at Polegate in 1925-1953. Paul Wakefield would like to be in contact with anyone whose family worked at this station. Contact Paul at

UNWANTED birthday or Christmas presents wanted which can be used for fundraising. All proceeds to pay for a small gift for the children from Father Christmas at the fair. Please leave your gifts at Polegate Community Centre office. (Joan Shoesmith).

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Neighbourhood Watch. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

WINDSOR CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, charity evening, counting of the charity bottle and presentation. Also lunch time live music with Mel. December 1, live music. If you are interested to join your friendly community social club, open seven days a week from 11 am. Why not come along and savour our beer and entertainment. We put on a range of entertainment including discos, live bands, karaoke, quizzes, race nights, bingo, darts, ladies and men’s, golf section, fishing section, pool league. Polegate Community Centre.

POLEGATE RAMBLERS: Blackboys Inn Circular, 4.5 miles with Sue T 482441; or A Long Way Round to Golf, 9.5 miles picnic only with John 724972. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am November 29.

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CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: The speaker at the 11am and 6.30pm is Stephen Jackson of SASRA.

WALK: The history group walk starts from the car park at Wilmington Priory at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday.

PARISH COUNCIL: The meeting started with nine councillors and seven members of the public, and ended with one of the public transferring to the council. This was because a vacancy had occurred with the resignation of Kerrie Jones. Peter Holland, a retired charity worker, was co-opted on to the council. You may have noticed that a number of our finger posts are looking a bit dilapidated. Mike Sibbering a former parish councillor, is assisting Cllr Ray Tratt in trying to get them repaired. I gather that the Highways Department prioritises repairs according to road safety etc, which rather puzzled Mike as a sign in Ashburnham down a narrow lane had been repaired whereas other in more strategic positions have not. There is still confusion as to who is responsible for the repairs, county or parish. Cllr Rupert Simmons (ESCC) reported on continuing work on getting speed calming measures through Punnetts Town and Three Cups. I know from my own experience when visiting customers along that stretch, that traffic is speeding and gives no quarter. It is hoped measures can be introduced in the spring, or the summer at the latest. He said that £30m has been spent on resurfacing in the past year. Forty young people have been through the into work, or full time education, programme in Heathfield. Steady progress is being made towards the Heathfield Pool project, with the allocation of an Olympic Legacy pool. There is still some confusion over the application to build affordable homes off Forest Lane. One report says it has been reduced to two pairs of semis; another that it is still for 12-13 homes. There is some progress with getting hedges cut back; I am personally relieved that one side of our road has been done. There is advice in a leaflet from a ESCC Highway manager leaflet. Essentially, on our lanes with grass verges the vegetation should be cut back 3ft from the edge of the road to a height of 17ft (1m and 5.1m in metric). Super fast Broadband. Do you want it? If so, then register your interest, as a resident or business, online at The more demand expressed, the more likely we are to get it. This was true a few years back, when a vigorous campaign locally secured broadband in the first place. Dog mess is still a problem on Rushlake Green with inconsiderate and lazy owners allowing their animals to foul it. Please carry a plastic bag with you, pick up the mess and put it in the dog bin near the pub. It is illegal, under a bye law to allow your dog to foul the green area. Offenders can be reported to Environmental Health and prosecutions brought.

REVUE 2012: The Village Players 20th anniversary show is to put on from November 28 to December 1. Tickets are available from Anita on 01435 873226 or They are £15 and include a two-course supper. We have our dress and tech rehearsals this weekend, so don’t delay.

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BOXING DAY SWIM: Willingdon Athletic Football Club members are organising their 26th annual Boxing Day sponsored swim. It will be taking place at noon by Eastbourne bandstand. This year, the swim is in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and St Wilfrid’s Hospice, and the club is keen to enlist as many swimmers as possible in order to equal or beat last year’s total of 50. The Dons have been fortunate in attracting a lot of players this season and it is hoped that some of them may be prepared to take part in the swim and bring along family and friends who may also be willing to go into the sea for a quick dip. In fact anyone is welcome to join in and sometimes the charities themselves have volunteers who also take part. This event attracts a big crowd, and as always, The Cumberland Hotel will be providing changing facilities before and after the swim and hot soup afterwards. If you would like to take part or sponsor a swimmer or the team as a whole or make a donation contact John Shepherd on 01323 734344 or email

POSH FROCKS and Canapés: It is nice to dress up occasionally and this could be the occasion to do so. Maureen and John Males are hosting Posh Frocks and Canapés’ at their home The Cottage Dittons Road Polegate at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday. The event is in aid of the JPK Project. the aim of which is to provide a supported residential centre with meaningful daytime activities for people with a learning disability. For further information or for tickets please ring Maureen on 01323 482011 or the JPK co-ordinator Jill Parker on 01323 486179.

THE WATSON BROTHERS will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE RIDDOS will be at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Leo will be serenading diners from 1.30pm on Sunday.

SCUK will be playing live music from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday at the Eight Bells in Jevington. All the local pubs now have their Christmas menus available.

TOY SUNDAY at St Mary’s Church Willingdon is on Sunday, when parishioners are asked to bring new unwrapped toys for children and gifts for teenagers and parents. Christmas wrapping paper would also be very welcome.

MUSIC RECITAL: Michael Stunbles is organising one of his popular light classical music recitals at 7.30pm on Monday at St Mary’s Church. The concert will include the recital choir and vocal and instrumental items, solo and ensemble and Fr Michael will be playing the organ. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection for Polegate based charity Children with Cancer.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Jordans Lane West and Huggetts Lane at 11am on Monday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

THE 3MMMs meeting on November 14 was a craft fair, and Willingdon Church Hall was buzzing with activity. The idea was to move from one table to another learning how to make greetings cards, table decorations with a candle as the centrepiece and greenery, cones and baubles surrounding it, and tree decorations in the shape of an upside down folded umbrella, made from a circle of festive material and a strong straw. There was a bring-and-buy sales table, beautiful greetings cards on offer and a representative from the Body Shop with suggestions for Christmas gifts. Many thanks for a most enjoyable evening must go to the joint organisers Janet Hilder and Judith Pike, and their home made cakes were delicious, and I mustn’t forget the three ladies who were passing on their skills to us. The next meeting of the 3MMMs is at 8pm on Wednesday at Willingdon Church Hall when Brian Waters will be giving a talk entitled Places I’ve Been and People I’ve Met. Members are asked to bring an object from somewhere they’ve been and write on a card what it means to them.

THE RED LION re-opened on Saturday November 17. It had been closed since November 5 for a complete refurbishment. I popped in for a quick drink with a friend and we were impressed at how clean and fresh it all looked, the walls all painted, new curtains, new lamp shades, part of the dining area carpeted including the stairs up to the function room and tables sanded down. There were a lot of people present and many of them had ordered an evening meal. Stuart Freeman from Moore Signs told me that his steak was delicious. Congratulations to Nikki and Gavin Finnis, proprietors of the Red Lion.

RAMBLING: Twenty eight people turned up at Chalk Farm on Monday November 19 ready for St Mary’s Church’s monthly ramble. The day was bright but there had been a lot of rain and so the planned walk to Laughton was changed to a walk along the Cuckoo Line from Polegate to Shinewater. It was a flat walk of about six miles and the group stopped by the pond near the back of Tescos at Langney Shopping Centre to eat their sandwiches. The date of the next walk has been changed from December 17 to December 31 and will be starting at 10am. It will just be a short walk of about an hour, and then the ramblers will be going back to the church hall for coffee and mince pies.