Parish pump Hailsham - November 28 2014


COSMOFIL FILM CLUB: The WW2 film season is ending with a 1996 dark comedy written and directed by Jacques Audiard, entitled Un héros très discret. The film will have English subtitles; will be played at the War Memorial Hall on Sunday starting at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets £7; Cosmofil Students £5 under 20 years free. Booking is not essential but preferred. For further details contact

DICKENSIAN EVENING went with a swing. The weather was kind and amazingly warm for the time of year. Visitors started to pour into the village from 2pm and by the time the parade started there was an estimated 2,500 supporting Father Christmas’s countdown to turn on the Christmas Tree lights. The torch light parade was led by the Hailsham Bonfire Society; Father Christmas was accompanied by some of the characters from the forthcoming Alfriston Players’ production of May the Farce be With You and the Eastbourne Scottish Pipe Band brought up the rear of the procession. Carols were sung round the tree led by the Salvation Army band. In the Chestnuts tea room children decorated gingerbread men and some had their faces painted while waiting to see Father Christmas in his grotto in the Clergy House. Visitors stayed on eating and drinking and listening to live music from Expedient Jazz Band.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Advent Sunday service of Matins (BCP). Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Prayer (CW).

FILM CLUB: Tonight, Friday, the film will be Grand Budapest Hotel, which recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Doors open at 7pm for coffee and cakes, with the film showing at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome, no need to book, just bring £6 with you.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: This classic story by Charles Dickens forms the basis of an evening at the village hall on Saturday December 6. The outline is activities on the Terrace from 5.30pm (in the hall if weather inclement). There will be activities for children, roasted chestnuts, burgers and hot dogs with Yuletide singing around the Christmas tree. From 7.30pm a seasonal two course meal will be served between the acts of A Christmas Carol narrated by Anton Lesser on the big screen. There will be a bar. The early evening activities are on a pay as you go basis. The supper and screening will cost £12.50 per person. Tickets are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343. For up to date information see the posters around the village or look at the hall website.


MARKET CAFÉ CAROLS: This evening, Friday, the Cattle Market cafe is having a Christmas Carols evening from 7.30pm held in the cattle ring. Tickets are £5. This is a very popular event and raises much needed funds for RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent institution) and the Farmers Community Network. It is a singsong for everybody, dress warmly and enjoy snacks and drinks in the Cafe afterwards. Just come along but space is limited. Tickets in advance are available from Rev David Bourne at St Mary’s, Mark Betson, Clarissa Hallings-Pott and Colin in the Market Café.

RACE NIGHT: This evening, Friday, at 7pm for 7.30pm start at the Charles Hunt Centre in aid of St Wilfrid’s New Church Project. There is also a raffle and other games. Entrance is by race card available on the door. Refreshments available. Bring your own other drinks and nibbles.

TWINNING AGM: Want to find out more about your local Twinning Association? Do you know that Hailsham is twinned with a town in Northern France called Gourney en Bray. At the AGM this evening, Friday, at Hailsham Methodist Hall at 7.30pm you can find out more. All welcome, just turn up on the night and have some Christmas nibbles, meet members, watch a video log of local youths twinning activities. Learn how to speak French and above all, have some fun, meet and make new friends in England and in France.

CHRISTMAS FAIR at Hawkes Farm School tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 3pm. Entrance 50p adults, children free.

ST MARY’S: This is the First Sunday of Advent. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am is a Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Knowing the Spirit’s Presence. Evening Prayer is at 6.30pm, Get Ready for the King.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Penelope Hart.

CATS CHRISTMAS: The Cats Protection League Christmas Fair will be across the road from the Centre at Marshfoot Lane in the Heron suite at Marshlands Primary School Academy on Sunday from noon to 3pm. Visit Santa in his Grotto. There will be lots of lovely Christmas stalls, the usual favourites and of course you can visit the cats at the Adoption Centre as well.

CAROL SERVICE on Monday at St Mary’s Church, at 7pm followed by refreshments and mince pies in the church lounge.

OUT AND ABOUT GROUP: On Tuesday the Christchurch Out and About Group is going Christmas Shopping at Lakeside. If you would like to join them and go along contact Ray or Ruth Bodkin on (01323) 843948. They will be meeting at 9.15am at the Hailsham War Memorial and the coach leaves at 9.30am. Cost £17.50. For further information please contact Ray or Ruth.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: Tuesday from 6pm to 6.30pm Tilehurst Drive and Wednesday 6.30pm to 7pm. These meetings give local residents the opportunity to come along and talk about concerns or issues they may be having where they live. This does not have to be simply police related invited local town and Wealden councillors will attend also and any housing officers responsible to the area. If you do not have any matters to raise then simply come out and say hello, it is always good meeting new people.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: This week the club invited Clive Tanner FRPS DPAGB to give his print lecture called Is This the Printer of my Disc Content? He is one of the clubs favourite speakers and said how nice it was to be back and that he was really looking forward to the evening as he knew what was coming! Clive first explained how he became interested in photography by getting out of the rain one day and entering a lit building. He found himself viewing Tonbridge Camera Club’s annual print exhibition which he joined and later went on to join Maidstone Camera Club.

Clive mentioned the equipment he started off with and showed some darkroom prints in black and white. A spiral staircase with wrought iron railings, a round glass window in the roof and a statue inside a church showing the hand resting on a prayer book. He later moved onto digital photography and colour. There was a selection of images of people in Venetian costumes of very bright colours, you must be able to see the eyes behind the mask, and the titles were in different languages. Then followed some pictures taken for a museum, a dragon boat carved in ivory and an old English red silk handbag several hundred years old. Next there was some work created for the panels required for his distinctions, fifteen prints of the insides of cathedrals in Southwark, Chichester, Canterbury, Wells, to name a few. It was a stunning collection of pictures in pastel colours, cream, gold, and bronze, polished wood, stained glass windows, flowers and ivory coloured pillars. It was an absolutely superb evening with a lovely touch of humour. Clive said that photography was an accurate representation of what he feels and what he does.

WHO LET THE DADS OUT? Calling all dads, granddads and male carers. Give your ladies some time off to do some shopping, browse the market or put their feet up. Who Let the Dads Out meets in Hailsham Parish Church lounge on the last Saturday of the month from 9.30am to 11am. Go along with your children for games and play, newspapers and magazines, crafts and bacon butties, all for only £2 per family. The next session is tomorrow. Pop in and have some quality time with your children and meet up with other Dads. Contact David Gooding for more information (email, mobile 07739790369).

FESTIVE FARMERS: A date for your diary. The Festive Farmers Market is on Saturday 13 December from 9am to 12.30pm. There will be lots of new producers and crafters for those last minute unusual gifts joining us at this special market. Order or pick up your turkey and other produce. The raffle for some fantastic hampers of Farmers Produce donated by the farmers and crafters is raising money for the Farmers Community Network who provide pastoral care and advice for Farmers and also the East Sussex Association for the Blind based in George Street. There will be festive music and singing provided by Herstmonceux Jazz and Rock choir followed by carol singing by members of the Young Farmers Club. Father Christmas will of course be there giving out goodies for the children. The cafe will be open and there is free car parking on-site.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), every Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am. At Holy Trinity Church, Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) is at 9.15am.

CHRISTMAS FAIR at Chiddingly Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open 2pm. Father Christmas has been in touch already and has arranged to arrive at 2.30pm on the Pony and Trap. There will be a range of stalls in the hall with a splendid range of things to buy and also a grand raffle. If you wish to book a table ring 01825 872599.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the last meeting there were eight members of the public present with questions about the cricket pavilion and it was reported that the planning application had been submitted and that it was expected to be complete by the start of the cricket season in April. The chairman of the residents association asked about access to the allotments. Although some residents may live on a private road they would still need to give right of access across the road. Regarding the Youth Forum it was requested that letters should go to all properties. It was confirmed that the park should be known as Hellingly Country Park. There will be a boundary review throughout East Sussex starting after the elections in May 2015. This is as a result of three authorities namely Wealden District, Hastings Borough and East Sussex County Councils having wards which have triggered the need for a review. The review will be completed in time for the County Council Elections in 2017. There is no mention of parishes within the review, but as parish boundaries follow ward boundaries there may be the potential for some change.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Herstmonceux School Festive Fair is tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 2pm.

CHRISTINGLE will be held at Herstmonceux Church on Sunday at 5pm. Christingles can be made at the School Christmas Fair on Saturday between 11am and 2pm.

VINTAGE FAIR on Sunday from 10am to 1pm at Reid Hall, Boreham Street. Vintage, beautiful art, crafts and gifts by very talented local crafts people. Christmas shopping opportunity. Free entry and free parking. Come along and indulge yourself with Mrs Tea’s Vintage Tea Room. Raising funds for Friends of Eastbourne Hospital, come along and support. Stallholder info: 01435 813335.

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS: There is an Advent Course on Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9pm at Court Lodge Farm, Wartling which offers a chance to learn more about the Christian faith, examine your own beliefs and tackle the bigger questions facing humanity, in an informal atmosphere. You are invited to go along for an evening of fellowship (transport can be provided if required). For further information please contact Richard on 833124 or John on 832997.

RAY AND SHELDON: The club next meets in the small village hall next Friday December 5 for a Christmas party with music by Recycled. This is from 2pm to 4pm and entry is £2.50. Annual membership is only £4 due in January. Enquiries to Anne on (01323) 441244.

WALKERS: Despite the wet weather last Sunday the Herstmonceux Walkers enjoyed a lovely walk on Ashdown Forest, led by Helen, which included the very simple but moving ceremony at the Airman’s Grave to mark the anniversary of the start of WW1. The next walk scheduled for this Sunday will not be in the Heathfield area as advertised but will now be approximately 5 miles on the Downs around the Long Man followed by an optional visit to Wilmington Priory. The Priory is not normally open to the public and it seems too good an opportunity to miss. Those wishing to go inside should bring a change of shoes and maybe some lunch.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: At Lime Cross Nursery tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 4pm there will be will be wines, craft demonstrations and festive singing throughout the day and Santa. Supporting Macmillan Cancer there will also be a children’s Lucky Dip and Prize Draw. Other produce and crafts will be available as well as seasonal plants, holly, ivy and foliage wreaths and premium British-grown Christmas trees. The Christmas Shop will be open with gifts and stocking fillers, Christmas decorations, cards and Gift Wrap. There will also be traditional wooden and retro toys, puzzles and games, mulled wine and mince pies, Festive Fare will be available in Olives Café, with tasters, testers, demos and much more.

OBSERVATORY: There is an open evening tomorrow, Saturday, and opportunity to look at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country’s largest telescopes. Starting at 6.30pm to 11pm at the Observatory Science Centre viewing is subject to weather conditions so check the weather forecast. If you have mobility issues please contact the centre for further details. Wear warm clothing and sensible footwear and a red light torch, available from the Observatory shop.

CHURCH FAIR: The annual All Saints Church Fayre will be held this year on Saturday December 6, 10am to noon in the village hall. There will be a range of stalls to help you start the Christmas shopping, refreshments and a children’s Nativity Play performed at 11am. Also for the children there will be crafts, face painting and a chance to visit Father Christmas. This is a lovely way to start the festive season so we hope to see you there. Please get in touch if you are able to help in any way either in the run up or on the day. Commercial stalls for a small donation welcome - please make sure you contact Jessica directly if you require a stall so she can reserve you a space. They were completely full last year so it is advisable that you get in touch quickly. Jessica Stubbings, 01323 832996.

HORTICULTURAL AGM: The AGM is on Saturday December 6 from 2pm for 2.30pm at The Reid Hall, Boreham Street and will be followed by A Sussex Christmas with Slides and Songs by Mick Lynn. All welcome. They need more people to serve on the committee (six strong at the moment) to give it a broader spectrum of ideas and opinions. Anyone who wishes to stand or nominate someone please do, there are only have about half a dozen meetings a year. Nomination forms can be obtained directly from Alan Sephton (Hon Treasurer), by phoning 833626 or emailing In October the society was treated to a wonderful and enjoyable talk by Stephen Harmer on Gardens of the Arts and Craft Movement. He was a knowledgeable and professional speaker with excellent photographs to illustrate his talk. He was passionate and at times controversial and had us all laughing with his comments on bedding plants, pansies and Capability Brown. One garden he talked about is a must to visit and only opened this May is Hestercombe (15mins from J25 of the M5) with its three restored gardens: a Lutyens Jekyll, a Victorian Terrace and Shrubbery and a Georgian Landscape garden, thus showing how gardens have evolved over the past 200 years.

Mobile Library

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 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

THE PARISH COUNCIL have a planning meeting today, Friday, at the Memorial Hall to discuss the planning notice recently received from Rydon Homes to build 55 new homes in the village. Doors open at 7.45pm for an 8pm start. If you are unable to attend, there will probably be a further discussion at the meeting on Thursday (see below for further details).

U18S FOOTBALL: Ninfield United have a new strip this season, sponsored by the Village Stores. They are mid table so far and are showing lots of commitment to climbing higher in the Crowborough League. Last Sunday, they played against a weakened Hampden Park side, who are struggling to make a full team, and were 4-0 up at half time and ran out 8-2 at full time. The pitch looked surprisingly good given all the recent rain and that the adult Ninfield United team played on it the afternoon before. So credit has to be given that the pitch was in a playable condition, although the lads were so eager to play they’d have enjoyed it even if it was thick Glastonbury mud. Even in the pelting rain on Sunday, you could see the commitment these lads have to do Ninfield proud, so if you want to see the stars of the future come along and watch. Thanks also to Chris at the Village Stores for his sponsorship, another of those in the village quietly doing his bit to ensure these lads have something useful to do. If you have a young lad lounging around the house on a Sunday morning, take him along to watch and he might even have a chance to get into the team, or at least turn up for training sessions on Thursday evenings. They play Sunday mornings, 10.30am kick off. On Sunday they are again at home on Ninfield Recreation Ground. To find out more, go to the Ninfield United FC facebook page to make contact with the team.

COFFEE MORNING: Ninfield Working Men’s Club is holding a charity Christmas Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. There will also be a tabletop sale, raffle, bric-a-brac and mince pies. All are welcome, there is ample parking.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe, Whydown and Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm. The meet every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

STAMPS: Ninfield Working Mens Club are asking you to save your stamps for their charity, Canine Partners, who work in conjunction with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Stamp donations can be dropped off to the working men’s club or you can call Marjorie on 892239.

MEETING: Ninfield Parish Council next meet on December 4, 7.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall. All Ninfield residents are welcome to attend.

THE FLOWER GROUP are next meeting on Friday, December 5, in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. They welcome the talented Craig Bullock, with his seasonal demonstration entitled Winter. Tickets are £10 to include refreshments, and are available from Ellie Barron on 01424 893385. All flowers demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening as well as the flower group raffle. The group’s AGM will be on January 5 at 7.30pm. If you would like any further information regarding our group or on any forthcoming events, please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email:

BLUEGRASS PRESENTS: Following the recent successful presentation of The Whitetop Mountain Band USA, The Bluegrass Plus Club presents The Corn Potato String Band plus Alive and Picking. This American Acoustic Concert will be held on December 6, 8.30pm to 11pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Tickets are £10 per person, available from Ninfield Post Office or Ray and Sheila on 01424 893390 or 07956266534 Email: Visit

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 Advent Sunday with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd.


THE DICKER Cabaret are performing at Polegate CP School today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, also on December 5 and 6. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm. Adults only, not suitable for children. Tickets are £10 if booked in advance or £12 on the door. Tickets available from Ticket Source or from Tracey@sussexoakleaf Old Chapel, 1 Carriers Path, Hailsham.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Gardeners Society. All welcome from 10am until noon.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Old Town Circular, 4 miles with Diane W. Meet at Co-op Albert Parade, Old town, at 10am. Or a longer walk, Caburn Circuit, 7 miles with Clare K. Walk starts at Glynde recreation car park at 9.30am. GR 457088 map 123. On Sunday, Following the Star to Waldron, 8.5 miles with Graham T. Meet at The Avenue 9.30am, walk starts at Horam car park 10am. GR 578174. Dry lunch pub nearby, tea available at end.

TICKETS now available for Polegate Drama Group’s pantomime, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, online at www.polegatedramagroup or visit Archer and Partners, High Street.

WANTED INFO on Captain Harry George Hewitt, architect who in the 1920s and 1930s lived in Pevensey Bay and Westham. Any info on the hotel named Sandcasltes. Any info on any of the houses he is likely to have designed in this area. Please contact Maureen as above on 485971 or email

DOWNLAND SINGERS: Do come and have fun on Thursday evening between 7.30pm and 9pm. We meet at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. To find out more about us you can telephone 484189 visit our website or see us on our Facebook page.

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is open until Wednesday December 17. The last chance to buy your Christmas presents. We are open from 9.30am to 12.30pm. We have a few vacancies for new stalls in Trinity Church Hall. Entrance is free. Come and browse or stay a while. Weekly raffle for different charities. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002 or email

MEMORABILIA of Wilmington aerodrome from the 1930s is sought by researcher Peter Tyrrell in Polegate. The project aims to compile as many facts, memories, ephemera and possibly photos from the halcyon period of flying from pastures at Milton Gate Farm beside the A27. The material can go towards a non profit making local collection in our ESCC library system or an article for Eastbourne Local Historian magazine as an archive document. Potentially somebody has an old programme or a brochure tucked away of the aerodrome building itself. Contact Peter Tyrrell 01323 487170 or email any material offered can be copied and acknowledged as contributing to the arch8ive.

FOR DETAILS of Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society annual dinner on Friday December 12, please contact Margaret on 484293.

WILLINGDON Community School are hosting a Xmas Factor Christmas Fair with stalls on Saturday December 13. Food and music for the local community from 10am to 1pm. An opportunity to buy Christmas gifts and see local arts and crafts whilst raising money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the schools drama dept.

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting the Library car park, Windsor Way from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

SEASONAL CONCERT: I got a week ahead of myself last week. This really will be tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm in Punnetts Town Village Hall. My apologies for any confusion caused. Following their very successful concert this summer in Warbleton Church, Sussex Harmony present a new programme of winter and yuletide music. This costumed group of singers and musicians concentrate on the music from rural Sussex from before the era of the church organ in the 1850’s. Interspersed with readings, many with a local flavour, it’s bound to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening in aid of village hall funds. Tickets £5 on the door includes coffee and cakes.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning worship and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Advent Sunday service of Matins (BCP). St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Prayer (CW). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Paul Daniels.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

MOVING ON: At the parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church Willingdon on November 23 the vicar Fr Kevin Agnew announced that his curate Fr Michael Maine is to become the vicar of Cuckfield Church in the New Year. We all wish him well but he will be sorely missed. Our loss is their gain.

LUNCH CLUB: A weekly lunch club is held every Tuesday at the Trees Community Centre in Maywood Avenue. There is a lively team of cooks and helpers to welcome new diners. A few more cooks would also be very much welcome. The lunch club is open for coffee at 11am followed by lunch at 12.30pm. The cost is £4 for a two course lunch, coffee and a chocolate mint. Lunches are home cooked and full of variety. On December 16 there will be a Christmas lunch and raffle, cost £6 per head. On the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10.30am to noon a volunteer from the Hearing Resource Centre is there to issue batteries and tube replacements for NHS hearing aids. For further information please contact Marie on 01323 521637 who will be pleased to answer any questions.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Polegate Windmill’s Christmas Bazaar is to be held in St John’s Church Hall Polegate from 10am to 12.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. There will be a large variety of stalls including craft items, cards, gifts, cakes and refreshments. Father Christmas will also be putting in an appearance. A few tables may still be available for hire. Please ring 01323 734496.

A DICKENSIAN DAY will be taking place in Polegate tomorrow, Saturday, from 1pm to 5pm with the Christmas lights being switched on at 4.45pm by a mystery guest. This is a major fundraising event for the charity Children with Cancer. Attractions include nearly 30 stalls, Morris Dancers, carol singers, the Mayoral raffle with prizes and also prizes for the best period costume. People are encouraged to dress up in Dickensian outfits. Father Christmas will be arriving during the afternoon by train and PADMEC the local model steam railway will be bringing a section of track and small scale steam locos to give rides.

N WATCH will be meeting at 2.30pm on Monday in the vestry at Trinity Church. For further information please contact the co-ordinator Ray Ingram on 01323 508634.

GLEN CHORALE has pleasure in presenting their Christmas concert at 2.30pm on Monday at Wannock Village Hall to be repeated at the same time and venue on Wednesday. The musical director is Ansy Boothroyd and her accompanist is Coryn Roberts. Tickets are £6 including tea and mince pies. Please ring 01323 502113 for tickets or for further information. The choir will also be presenting their programme at three residential homes during the Christmas season.

CHRISTMAS GALA: The festive fun begins at Trinity Church on Saturday December 6 with a Christmas Gala which starts at 2.30pm. The Downland Singers will be joined by Wealden Brass for an afternoon of rousing Christmas music during which seasonal refreshments will be served. There will also be the opportunity to join in with some traditional carols. Entrance programmes priced at £5 can be purchased in advance by ringing 01323 484189 or emailing . Alternatively they can be purchased at the door.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING: The lighting of the Christmas tree with the Sunrise Choir will take place at Sunrise Senior Living will be at 6pm on Friday December 5. On Saturday December 6 the Christmas Fete will be held at Sunrise from 2pm to 4pm raising funds for the Eastbourne Talking Newspaper. Light refreshments are available on both occasions.

PARTY AND DISCO: Edgmond Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town was purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013.The aim is to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability once building is complete. There is a high demand for this accommodation and on Friday December 5 at Edgmond a Christmas party and disco is being held from 7pm with invited guests to include future residents and prospective students as well as special Olympics members, Bridge Builders Club members with parents and carers and the Sovereign Disabled Club. There will also be an early visit from Father Christmas. A charge of £5 is being asked to help with the costs. For further information please contact Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or email

THE JPK SUSSEX PROJECT is one of the charities which has been chosen for this year’s Win-A-Car competition at the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne. Their day will be Tuesday from 9am to 5pm so do buy some tickets from them if you are in Eastbourne that day.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be having their AGM at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall.

BRITISH QUEEN: There is a karaoke night at the British Queen tonight, Friday, starting at 8.30pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, Lou Taylor will be entertaining the customers from 8.30pm.

DIRK BENSON will be providing the entertainment with his Neil Diamond covers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at The Wheatsheaf.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday December 5 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Stephanie Laing and is entitled With Christmas in Mind.

BOXING DAY SWIM: Willingdon Football Club plans to do their annual Boxing Day swim again this year. The charity which they have chosen to support is the children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House. Half the money raised goes to the hospice and half to the football club. More volunteers to take part are always welcome. Please ring John Shepherd on 01323 734344.