Parish pump Hailsham - November 29, 2013

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson and is a surprising love story set on an island off the New Englandcoast in 1965. Doors open tonight at 7pm for coffee and cakes (bring your own drinks if you prefer) and the film starts at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome, tickets are £6 on the door.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Advent Sunday Morning Worship with Holy Communion. 6.30pm Joint Benefice Evensong for Advent Sunday. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Christingle Family Service, when we celebrate Jesus as the Light of The World. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion.


TWINNING: This evening, Friday, Hailsham and District Twinning Association are hosting their eat and meet AGM at 7.30pm at Charles Hunt Centre. This is a great opportunity to find out what it is all about and to get involved. Membership renewals are due and can be paid on the night. New members and interested parties are welcome.

TOWN LIGHTS EVENT: The official switching on of the Hailsham Christmas lights and tree will happen at 5pm tomorrow, Saturday. There will be a brass band from 4.45pm and the honour of switching on the lights will go to the winner of a local children’s pizza colouring-in competition. Everyone welcome.

CATS PROTECTION: There is a table sale in the Quintins Centre tomorrow, Saturday, between 9am and 2pm. Proceeds to Friends of Eastbourne Cat Adoption Centre. There will be lots of CP merchandise to buy, including diaries, calendars and of course their famous Christmas cards. They would love to see you there so go along and say hello.

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Lime Cross Nursery invite you to their festive event tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 4pm. There will be live musical entertainment from the Live Lounge Hailsham Community College students, a visit from Santa, hands-on activities with Chosen Paths Bush Craft and Forest School hands-on activities, prize draw, children’s lucky dip and more.

COFFEE MORNING transport film shows at Hailsham Pavilion tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am for coffee and show starts 10.30am hosted by local transport historian John Bishop. The films will include an early 20th century film of San Francisco Wind in the Wires narrated by James Mason. Marlow Branch Rail film and much more. Tickets are £4 on the door or in advance. To include a free tea or coffee on arrival. All proceeds to Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS).

CHARITY AUCTION tomorrow, Saturday, in the Corn Exchange at 2pm. Viewing between 10am and 1pm on the day. In support of Sussex Air Ambulance. There will be Christmas gifts, sports memorabilia, toys, gift vouchers, jewellery and much more. Donations for auction welcome. Tombola stall and raffle. Enquiries 01323 442290.

BARN DANCE tomorrow, Saturday, evening at Summerheath Hall at 7pm for 7.30 start. Bring your own nibbles and wine. Homemade cakes and refreshments in the interval. Tickets are £7 per person. Under 12s free. Contact Joy on (01323) 840382. In aid of the shortly to be renamed Hailsham in Bloom, Environment


ST MARY’S: This is the First Sunday of Advent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The Way Prepared. 10.30am All Age Special with crèche, Advent. He is coming again. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Expectations Overturned.

LIGHTS OF LOVE SERVICE: St Wilfrid’s Hospice Lights of Love Service will be held at Hailsham Parish Church on Thursday at 7pm. This is a celebration of the lives of loved ones in the heart of our community.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Rev Paul Green. All welcome. There is a Clairvoyant evening on Saturday December 7 at Primrose Hall from 7.30pm to 9pm.

ANTIQUE AND COLLECTORS: This specialist fair is at Reid Hall, Boreham Street on Sunday from 9.30am to 2pm. Easy parking. Refreshments. Entry 50p. Enquiries (01323) 410727.

CAROL SERVICE: The Meeting Point group invites you to come along on Monday from 7pm to 9pm at Hailsham Parish Church. This will be followed by mince pies and coffee in the church lounge.

GRADUATION EVENT: The Mayor of Hailsham is attending a celebration of the achievements of young people who have completed their employment training course as part of the Hailsham Works! Project. Doors opened in September to the first group of young people. Hailsham Works! is a project run for 16 to 24 year olds by Sussex-based charity Tomorrow’s People. The group has undertaken a large variety of employment focused, confidence building and motivational activities during the latest 10-week course and have also got involved in various community projects, undertaking a variety of work placement and training days. In order to ensure the best possible outcomes for all the young people on the project it is essential that the local community engage on an ongoing basis to help change lives. The project needs as many businesses as possible to offer the opportunity of work experience, apprenticeships and jobs or to volunteer to support or share motivational stories. The aim is to enlist the support of at least 100 individuals or organisations that will in turn join the Hailsham 100 Hall of Fame for supporters. Can you help Tomorrow’s People change lives? Please contact Carolyn Fogg on 07741 272013 or email To join the next group of 16-24 year olds contact Shaun or Kayley on 01323 441194 or send an email to

NUTCRACKER: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society is delighted to announce that there will be a special movie showing of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. This is a movie of a stunning performance of this amazing ballet recorded at the historic Marlinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. The film will be shown in 2D. There are two performances on Wednesday December 18 at 2.15pm and 7.45pm. Tickets £8, concessions for children aged between five and 15 years of £5. The ticket price includes tea or coffee and mince pie during the interval. Tickets are limited and are currently on sale, but going fast. To avoid disappointment you are advised to book early to see this unique movie. Tickets are available from the Pavilion Box office (01323) 841414 or book online at

CINDERELLA: Saltmine Theatre Company is coming to Hailsham Parish Church. The Prince is hosting the annual Christmas Ball, it is the most exciting event of the year and the whole kingdom will be there. Ella has read the invitation over and over again, but she knows her family will never let her go, and anyway, she doesn’t even have a dress. You too are invited to attend the prince’s ball and see this classic fairytale brought to life in ways you’ve never seen before on Thursday 12 December at 6pm at St Mary’s Parish Church, Hailsham. Tickets £5 from Lyn on (01323) 441868.

CHRISTMAS CRACKER: Start the Christmas celebrations early with a seasonal singsong hosted by The Robin Post Singers at The Pavilion on Sunday at 2pm for 2.30pm. Tickets are £6.50 which includes tea/coffee and a mince pie), under 16s £4.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. 6.30pm Evensong. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, 9.15am Holy Communion.

MEMORIAL PLAQUES: Last week there was a call to readers about two Hellingly Hospital Chapel war memorial plaques commemorating the men who died in both world wars. These have disappeared. Did someone store them in a place of safety and their whereabouts forgotten. All that is left is a list of the names. If you have any idea of their whereabouts, could you please contact Gill Hesselgrave 01323 844613 or email

DICKER NEWS: At the recent Arlington PC meeting the following items were discussed: Chris Wollaston gave a presentation on the defibrillators, potentially life saving machines. There are currently two in the village. One is behind the reception in the sports hall at Bede’s and the school is willing for the public to use it in an emergency when the sports hall is open. The other is situated outside the Dental Barn near Clifton Farm and a written request to the PC has asked for a contribution towards the cost. Selmeston have installed one outside their village hall and held a commissioning ceremony in October. The PC asked Chris questions and he said he hoped a training event could be held in Upper Dicker. Extra funding opportunities to be investigated and the clerk will write to the Dental Barn advising that the PC cannot currently contribute towards their defibrillator rental. The chair updated the PC on points from the LARAC meeting and it was agreed that the clerk contact WDC to inspect the chestnut tree near the vehicle gate on the cricket ground. The clerk to obtain the annual Play Area Safety Inspection Report and ask for a quote for the work highlighted as requiring action. South East Water has asked the PC to issue a Dog Control Order for Arlington Reservoir to prevent people letting their dogs off their leads. This is due to a couple of dog attacks and protected wildlife being put at risk. Clerk to write to SE Water for more information.

SALVATION ARMY CONCERT in Hellingly Church on Saturday December 7 at 7pm with invited choirs including Hellingly Primary School choir to sing during the evening. Refreshments served. Tickets £5 each on the door.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

COME ON IAN: You may remember our local pharmacist Ian, who presides over all at the Willows Pharmacy, decided to support all those with Prostate cancer by growing a moustache. November was the designated month and hopefully by now, as the moustache goes from strength to strength so too has the donation box on the counter and will now be full but if you haven’t donated yet there’s still chance. We need to give Ian that one last boost, dig deep, the more we donate the more the moustache will grow.

WINDMILL HILL Horticultural Society will be holding their AGM on Saturday December 7 at the Reid Hall, Boreham Street from 3pm. The doors of the hall will be open from 2.30pm and during the interval, tea, coffee and mince pies will be served. After the interval there will be a talk on Westminster Abbey and its Gardens by Marian Couchman. Entrance will be £1 with plenty of free parking.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: All Saints Church will be holding their Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall between 10am and noon. Fun for all with refreshments and stalls including gifts, bric-a-brac, raffle, tombola, children’s crafts and face painting. Entry is 50p for adults, 20p for children to include a tea or coffee and mince pie. For further details please contact Jessica on 832996.

RAY AND SHELDON will be holding their next meeting, and last for this year, on Friday December 6 when they’ll be holding their Christmas party and singing along to their favourite Christmas Carols. All over the age of 60 years will be made welcome and having seen a list of speakers for next year I’m sure you will want to along and join them again. For further details or help with transport contact 441244.

THE BOOK, In Memory of the of our Heroes of the First World War, has been brought out to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Copies at £14.95 are available from Lime Cross Nursery, and the Rocks Smallholdings or you can contact Alan Brown on 831754 or email him at

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church with the Advent Family Service along with the Advent Evening Service being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and 6pm respectively.


CHRISTMAS FAIR tomorrow, Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm in Cliffe Hall (behind the church). Cakes, tombola, gifts, bonfire night photographs and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Even a dull, cloudy and cold day, cannot take away the exhilaration of walking along the Seven Sisters coastline. On our last Sunday walk we started from the Crowlink NY car park and headed down a beautiful valley towards the coastal path. Here, we headed for Birling Gap, climbing three of the Sisters on the way. Just before Birling Gap we left the coastal path and made our way inland to East Dean, a beautiful old flint Sussex village. We took an uphill path from behind the village and were soon crossing the fields towards Crowlink again. The next walk is on Sunday, Rodmell-Iford and the South Downs Way. Meet at top North Street car park for a prompt 9.30am start.

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

OUR PCSO, Daryl Holter, has advised of reports of suspicious door knocking in the Ninfield area over the time period of November 15 and 16. Serial relating 1471 16/11/13. Should you have any information regarding this, please contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101, Ext 65202.

FIRST RESPONDERS: Community First Responders have been operating in Bexhill since 2004 providing a voluntary support to the ambulance service. The volunteers are trained to deal with life threatening situations such as heart attacks, unconsciousness, breathing difficulties and other situations. All the volunteers carry defibrillators, oxygen and a comprehensive first aid rucksack. Training is undertaken by the ambulance service and continues on a regular basis. Team members give as much time as they are able to fit in with their normal daily routine, and respond within a three mile radius of their home. They are alerted via a text message at the same time as the call is being taken by the ambulance control room. This means that due to the close proximity of the responder to the incident, they are regularly with the patient prior to the arrival of the ambulance. The team recently expanded to include Ashburnham where Tony Smith is the responder (he was recently shown on the front page of the Observer when he successfully resuscitated his neighbour, who after hospital treatment made a good recovery). We now have a responder in Ninfield. Andy Heyes recently completed his training and within a few days was called out to his first patient. Responders use their own cars which have magnetic signs on the doors to identify themselves and wear a clearly marked yellow jacket. They are not permitted to use blue lights or sirens. The Bexhill and District Team cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe , Whydown and Normans Bay. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the team leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135. The team meet the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm at Bexhill Fire Station.

CALENDAR: The Hooe History Society 2014 Calendar has been such a resounding success every copy has now been sold. However not all is lost as Peter and Pam Doodes will be placing another order for more to be delivered well in time for Christmas. So if you would like to purchase one or more calendars please make contact as soon as possible. 01424 892329 The calendars make great Christmas presents at just £6 each, good to keep for oneself and at the end of the year the photos can be cut out and framed.

RYDON HOMES is holding a public exhibition today, Friday, to introduce a vision to Ninfield residents for proposals of 50 new homes at The Ingrams, Bexhill Road. It will be held 1pm to 8pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. This is in response to Wealden District Council identifying Ninfield as a rural service centre that requires greenfield development. All residents are invited to go and have a look at the proposals to provide a wide range of housing, alongside delivering new community facilities. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts on the development proposals and how they could be improved. If you are unable to make the exhibition, you can find out more on their website, as well as being able to complete a feedback questionnaire

COFFEE MORNING: Ninfield Working Men’s Club are holding a charity Christmas coffee morning on Tuesday, at the club, 10.30am to noon. This will be in aid of Help the Heroes. There will be various tables with new and nearly new toys and gifts. Entrance is £1 to include a tea or coffee with a mince pie. If you have anything that you would like to donate for their raffle or to sell, please contact Marjorie on 892239 or Maureen on 892182. So far this year, the WMC have donated £1, 000 to Hastings Voluntary Life Guards and £100 to Ninfield Toddler Group. Further to these donations, they have three presentations to be made on December 30 of £400 each to: Chestnut Tree House, Dragon Flies (Bereavement children) and Brownbread Horse Rescue (Ashburnham). A big thank you to all who have supported us this last year.

CAROL CONCERT: Ninfield Memorial Hall are holding a Village Carol Concert on Tuesday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm featuring Hooe Village Band. Entrance fee £3 to include refreshments, children free. All proceeds to the hall renovation fund.

THE FLOWER GROUP have tickets now available for their Christmas meeting on December 6, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall. They will welcome Tony Brown with his seasonal demonstration entitled Festive Delights. Tickets are available from Ellie Barron on 01424 893385 at a cost of £9, payable at the time of order please. This will include light refreshments.

CHRISTMAS FETE: On Saturday, December 7, Ninfield Bonfire Society would like to invite you all to come along to the Memorial Hall for their first ever Christmas Fete. They have arranged for Father Christmas to travel through the village, starting at 12.45pm from Marlpits Lane, in a special horse drawn carriage (weather permitting). He plans to arrive at the hall at 1pm and is looking forward to seeing all the children during the afternoon. The Fete is open from 11am to 4pm, as well as craft and gift stalls, there are some games and competitions for all ages, refreshments will include mulled wine and mince pies as well as tea, coffee and hot chocolate to accompany a slice of cake or a scone. At 3.30pm they shall do the draw for our Grand Christmas Raffle. Tickets are now available at Ninfield Stores and Hope Cottage Farm Shop as well at the Fete on the day. First prize is two airline tickets to Paris or Amsterdam; second £50 cash; third Christmas Hamper and many more. Please come along and join in the fun, entry is free. If you would like to support them with a cake or two, tombola prizes or items to sell, please telephone Carol 893326, or take along on the day. Thank you all for the support you have shown us enabling the fantastic Bonfire Night to go ahead.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am Advent Sunday with Revd Ian Wales.


POLEGATE DRAMA Group pantomime, Robinson Crusoe, from January 18 to 26. Bookings taken at Archer and Partners, High Street.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Twinning Association. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR in aid of Willingdon and Polegate windmill tomorrow, Saturday, at St Johns Church Hall from 10 am until 12.30pm. All welcome. We are expecting a visit from Santa.

CHRISTMAS FUN Quiz at the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30 pm. Entry £3 per person, teams of up to six. Bring your own food, tea and coffee on sale. Tickets are on sale at the Community Centre Office and Saturday coffee mornings. For further information please contact Wendy or John on 484631.

ST GEORGE’S Catholic Church which serves Polegate and Lower Willingdon will be celebrating its 75th anniversary over the weekend of December 7 and 8. On Saturday December 7 at 10am there will be a short service of thanksgiving with members from other nearby churches, local councillors and school children, and members of the general public are cordially invited to join us. There will also be a small exhibition of activities over the years and some church vestments on display. Refreshments will be served in the hall and church and hall will be open until 2pm. If you have ever wondered about this small flint church at Polegate crossroads or perhaps have never visited a Catholic church in England, do come along.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at The King’s Centre, Edison Road, Eastbourne on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

EAST SUSSEX Hearing Resource Centre’s mobile unit will be visiting the Library car park, Windsor Way from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. For further information please contact 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) email


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: At its meeting this evening, Friday, in the village hall at 7.45pm the speaker will be Joanna Wilkins whose talk is entitled Making Medieval Meals. Joanna is a Sussex Archaeological Society education officer based at Anne of Cleves House where she regularly gives visitors advice on how to be a successful Tudor housewife.

CRAFT FAIR: Christmas Craft Fair and Table Top Sale at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. Father Christmas, raffle, mince pies and coffee.

COFFEE MORNING at 1 Elm Close, Lewes Road by kind invitation of Angela Howard tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There will be a bring and buy stall and a raffle. All proceeds will go to the Philippines Hurricane Disaster via Cafod Disaster Appeal so it is hoped for a good attendance at this event. Entry £1.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society are holding this event in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. If you have any jumble you wish to donate get it to the hall as near to noon as possible.

CAROL SERVICE: At 2.30pm on Sunday St John Ambulance will be holding their County Carol Service at 2.30pm in St Mary’s.

FLOWER CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall there will be a demonstration by Lucinda Knapman entitled Joy of Christmas. Visitors will be very welcome: £4 to include refreshments.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday, November 20, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Roy Skan and David Warner. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

COFFEE MORNING: A Christmas Coffee Morning is being organised by the bowls club and will be held in their clubhouse on Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 11.30am. Entry 50p includes coffee and a mince pie.

FESTIVE FEASTS: The Ringmer famous Festive Feasts booklet. This is an interesting and amusing booklet which contains articles from many Ringmer people who have recently cooked up their contributions. Costing only £2.50 it contains recipes, jokes, quotes, poems and cartoons and is now on sale. It can be purchased by contacting Jayne on - All proceeds will go to St Peter and St James Hospice.

THANKS: Barbara Longhurst would like to thank all who attended or helped her at the recent coffee morning held at her home. A total of £307.80 was raised for SASBAH which is a very good result.

NEW CORRESPONDENT: Please note this is my last entry in the Ringmer Parish Pump and as from next week your correspondent will be Anna-May Bridger, 19 Shepherds Way, Ringmer, BN8 5LT who would like entries for the Pump to preferably be sent to her by e-mail or you can phone her on 01273 813821 or pop your contribution through her letter box. Can I just thank all those who over the years sent me their contributions for the Ringmer Pump. I tried to make it an information service for the village and I am sure Anna-May will continue to do so.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Christingle Family Service, when we celebrate Jesus as the Light of The World. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Advent Sunday Morning Worship with Holy Communion. 6.30pm Joint Benefice Evensong for Advent Sunday. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion with Ray Dadswell.

BELLS APPEAL JUMBLE SALE: As you may know, work needs to be done on the bells at Warbleton Parish Church. The bells themselves are fine. It is the frame which needs painting and the headstocks, bearings, pulleys etc which require attention, to allow them to continue to ring out for decades to come. Fund raising is proceeding at a steady pace. Part of this is a grand jumble sale at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, in the Dunn Village Hall. There will be Sarah Turner’s cake stall, books, toys, bric-a-brac, teas and a raffle as well as the usual jumble fare. Donations of jumble can be made on the day between 11am and noon or phone Jan 01435 830803 or Margaret on 830560. A cookbook has been published for the appeal and is on sale at The Stores, The Horse and Groom, The Black Duck and Simon Turner Motor Services, Cowbeech. They are £5 each and would make a great Christmas present.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS meet at 7pm on the last Friday of the month at Wannock Village Hall. Today, Friday, is the club’s AGM.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Huggetts Lane and Freshway at 11am today, Friday. 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.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Polegate Windmill will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar from 10am to 12.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Attractions include tombola, a raffle, cakes, bric-a-brac, books, mill souvenirs and refreshments. Father Christmas will be arriving at 10.30am.

COURTELLES will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, while customers at the British Queen will be entertained by Dirk Benson, same time and date.

POSH FROCKS and canapes is the theme of the event to be hosted by Maureen and John Males at the Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday. It is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which is fund raising for the supported living centre to be built in Old Town for people with a learning disability. Please contact Maureen on 01323 482011 or Jill on 01323 486179 if you would like to attend.

WIN A CAR: The JPK Sussex Project has been chosen as one of the charities to benefit from the Arndale Centre’s Win a Car fund raising event. The day allotted to JPK is Monday December 2 so if you are in Eastbourne that day, please buy some raffle tickets from them, you might even win the car. This is an annual event and many charities have benefitted.

AN ADVENT memorial service will be taking place at St Mary’s Church at 6.30pm on Sunday. Families who have lost loved ones during the year are warmly invited to attend but all are welcome to this moving service where they can light a candle for the departed and receive a daffodil bulb as a sign of the resurrection in Christ. Coffee will then be served in the church.

THE GLEN CHORALE, under their new musical director Ansy Boothroyd, will be presenting their Christmas concert at 2.30pm on Monday at Wannock Village Hall and this will be repeated at the same time and venue on Monday December 9. The programme includes The Bell Carol, Calypso Carol, The Candle Song and We wish you a merry Christmas. There will be several solos and carols for audience participation. Tickets are £6 each to include tea and mince pies. For further information please contact Janet on 01323 502113.

NWATCH: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch will meet in the vestry at Trinity Church at 2.30pm on Monday. For further information contact Ray Ingram on 01323 508634.

THE SERVICE at Trinity Church at 6.15pm on Monday will be attended by the uniformed organisations.

MOTHERS’ UNION will be holding an Advent Service at St Mary’s Church at 2pm on Tuesday followed by tea and mince pies in the hall. There will also be a short presentation on the work of Chestnut Tree Hospice. Everyone is welcome.

YOUTH CLUB: The meeting from 7.30pm to 9pm on Wednesday in St Mary’s Church Hall is entitled Christmas Cakes and Crafts. The Youth Club is for eight to 14 year olds. To find out more, contact Fr Michael Maine on 509528 or email him at .

JEVINGTON and Filching WI will meet at 2pm on Wednesday at Wannock Hall for their Christmas celebrations.

PROBUS CLUB will meet at 12.30pm for 1pm on Thursday at the Red Lion for their Christmas lunch.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will meet at 1.45pm on Friday December 6 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration by Gill Sadler entitled Joy to the World. The competition is entitled It’s Magic.

TRINITY CHURCH Christmas Gala is at 10am on Saturday December 7. It will feature the Downland Singers and Wealden Brass. Programmes for entry are £5 each which includes seasonal refreshments. Programmes are available at the door or ring 01323 484179 or purchase them at the Trinity Community Market, held in the church hall every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm.

CHALK HILL Pre-school Nativity will take place in St Mary’s Church at 9.30am on Saturday December 7 followed by their Christmas Fair in the church hall.

GOOD NEWS: Trinity Church received £500 from Waitrose in Old Town for their diners’ club following the store’s October green token collection. £1,000 is divided monthly between three local good causes, and customers select which they wish to support. Trinity Diners food hygiene rating was retained at Level 5 following a recent inspection. The third piece of good news is £30,000 has been awarded to Trinity Church by SITA for the kitchen refurbishment, so serious planning will now take place with the work being undertaken in the new year.

FOODBANK: Trinity Church members hope to create a large number of Christmas hampers for the Eastbourne Foodbank, and ask for donations of Christmassy items to be brought to the church services at 10.30am on Sunday December 1, 8 or 15.