Parish Pump Hailsham - November 30, 2012


ALFRISTON WI’s meeting this month was the AGM. Reports of the year’s activities were given and approved and the officers and committee were re-elected unopposed. ‘ An enjoyable break followed, for tea, conversation and President Valerie Thatcher’s excellent cake. Christine Jackson then gave an entertaining account of her recent visit to South Africa. At this meeting members donated beautifully-wrapped gifts to be distributed to needy families by Eastbourne Social Services, as this WI has done at Christmas for many years. Members met again the following day at the Tudor House restaurant to celebrate the 90th birthday of long-standing member Audrey Sherstone. Thanks to Louise and staff for their warm welcome and friendly service’. This report was given by Helen Palmer.

DICKENSIAN EVENING was a success in spite of the rain. Intrepid visitors and villagers wrapped up warmly and ignored the inclement weather. The bands played, the Hailsham Bonfire Society, with their flaming torches, marched through the High Street and Father Christmas (with everyone’s help) counted down the moment when the Christmas tree lights went on. Congratulations are due to Frankie Reynolds and her team who made the evening such an enjoyable success. Special mention must go to the marshalls who ensured the village was kept clear of traffic but who were stationed too far away from the centre of the event to enjoy it. It would seem that not a lot of Christmas shopping was done on the night. Traders, however, tell me that there has been a lot of visitors returning to have a closer look at the stores. It is easier to shop without the distraction of marching bands, singing and sharing the space with the 500 visitors who joined with residents to fill the High Street last Saturday. There is a wide variety of gifts available in the village. Something to suit everyone.

CRIME FOR CHRISTMAS is the intriguing title of a Much Ado Books event. On December 15 sixteen of the country’s leading crime writers will be talking about their profession and discussing their latest books at the Old Chapel Centre. There will be four sessions each with a moderator and panel of writers. In the morning sessions they will be discussing What is literature? and Do books have a future? and in the afternoon Is there an art to writing? and The Working Day. For more information and ticket sales contact Much Ado Books on or telephone 01323 871222. Tickets cost £6 each for the morning and afternoon sessions or £10 for the whole day.

bodle street green

BEATRIX POTTER: The Royal Ballet’s acclaimed production of Frederick Ashton’s Tales of Beatrix Potter will be screened at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon at 3pm. Tea and refreshments will be served during the interval. Tickets are £3 for adults and £2 for children under 15 years. They are available from Bryan on o1323 833554 of Geoff on 01323 833343.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion, 6.30pm United Benefice Service at St John’s. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Christingle Service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion (BCP).

FILM CLUB: This month’s film, Tell No One, will be shown tonight at the village hall. It is described as an intense thriller, about an innocent man on the run after being accused of murder. It is in French with subtitles and last 2hrs and 6mins, directed by Guillaume Canet. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Drinks and refreshments available at the bar.


ART FOR CHRISTMAS: Gallery North opens its doors tomorrow, Saturday, until December 22 for a festive display and exhibition spanning the whole creative spectrum, including photography, ceramics, graphic design, textiles, wire sculpture, illustration, jewellery and of course some fantastic paintings. So come in from the cold and enjoy the wealth of talent that the South East has to offer.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm go back to the old fashioned Christmas fair where you can purchase individually handmade crafted gifts by local artists (with donations to Macmillan Nurses). With Helen Lavinia Moore, Deborah Whitehead, Margaret Ann Worster, the event includes sculptures, ceramics, jewellery, painting, cards and much more and is at 6 Lansdown Road, Hailsham. Refreshments available. Entrance free.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: At St Pancras Church and Arlington village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 11am to 4pm there will be crafts, refreshments, raffle, decorated Christmas tree display and free tea and coffee. There is also a concert in evening and Christingle on Sunday. Enquiries (01323) 483212.

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 mediums Malcolm Putland and Lesleigh Badgery (psychic artist) at Primrose Hall, followed by refreshments.

RAFA CONCERT: The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) presents a festive band concert by Wealden Brass in aid of the Wings Appeal. Doors open at 2pm for 2.30pm start on Sunday. Tickets cost £6 (£3 for under 16s) and are available from the Pavilion box office on 01323 841414 (Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm).

ANTIQUES and Collectors at the Reid hall, Boreham Street is the venue between 9.30am and 2pm on Sunday. Admission is 50p. Enquiries 01323 410727.

CAROL SERVICE: Meeting Point is holding a Carol Service on Monday at 7pm in Hailsham Parish Church followed by coffee and mince pies in the lounge.

READING GROUP: Chapter 12 on the High Street is the venue for a Book and Reading Group. There are two book groups currently, one that meets on Tuesday afternoons between 2pm and 3pm on alternate weeks, the next meetings being December 4 between 7pm and 8pm. The other meets monthly on Thursday evenings 7pm and 8pm next being December 22.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: There will be Christmas crafts, gifts and tombolas at Union Corner Pre school group on Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm. Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road.

COFFEE MORNING: On Friday December 7 and in aid of Gallery North join them for mince pies, delicious home made cakes and cafetiere coffee at Grove Hill House, Grove Hill, Hellingly BN27 4HG. There will be prizes in the luxury raffle and auction of a beautiful sheepswool rug. RSVP Jennifer Human (01435) 812031.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Get into the festive spirit at this year’s Hailsham Street Market on Saturday December 8 from noon to 6pm. It will be all along the High Street and around Vicarage Field. There will be stalls selling a wide range of local and regional fine food, Christmas gifts, decorations, cards, cakes, jewellery and other items. A mouth-watering hog roast, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine are also a highlight of the event, as well as festive family entertainment including music from The Jazz Caverners and local band South of Saturn. There will also be face painting activities, and Santa and his Sleigh will be present in the High Street for the children, courtesy of Hailsham Rotary Club.

SKATE RINK: On Saturday December 8 there is an open air ice rink in the High Street from 11am to 6pm as part of the Christmas Market. Adults are £1 and children accompanied by adults are free.

SANTAS GROTTO: If you would like to bring your child along to visit Santa and his elves in his magical grotto, bookings are now being taken. He will be at The George Hotel, George Street, on Saturdays and Sundays December 9, 15, 16 and 22 from 1pm to 7pm. £4 per child and 20 per cent off meal voucher at The George for the same day. Go in and see a member of staff to book.

CHRISTMAS CRACKER: Pull another Christmas Cracker will be at The Pavilion on December 9 from 7.30pm. Tickets £6.50 includes mince pie and a glass of wine or soft drink. Visit

PANTOMIME: Alice in Wonderland tickets now on sale for Hailsham Theatres’ pantomime at Hailsham Pavilion between January 22 and 27. Adults £7.50, children and concessions £5.50.

hellingly & horsebridge

WILDLIFE JUMBLE: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Hellingly village hall from 10.30am onwards. Please do not bring things along to the hall on the day, please ring 01825 873003 if you would like to donate. Thank you.

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

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Tomorrow evening, Saturday, Christmas music by Wealden Brass, mulled wine and mince pies in Hellingly Parish Church from 3pm to 5pm. Tickets are £5 phone (01323) 841685 or 842620.

QUIET MORNING and Lunch. Be ready for Advent, come to a Quiet Morning tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Hellingly Church when Rev Tony Green will help in thinking about standing with Christians and churches around the world who are oppressed and persecuted. There is also a Bring and Share Lunch to follow, come to either or to both. Please sign up on the list to help preparing/catering.

UPPER DICKER PARKING: After much discussion covering the areas put forward by councillors and residents, the following outcome was reached: Churchyard, land cannot be used as it is an open churchyard (burials are still accepted). Village Green, need to establish if it is a registered Village Green or just referred to as one. Pumping Station, the area in front of the pumping station is not feasible as the pole is in the way. Recreation Ground, the APC Clerk had spoken to the solicitor about this possibility. The land would need to be appropriated and a public notice would need to go in the local paper. As the land is held for a charitable purpose it makes it difficult to use it for villagers off site parking. It would be easier if the car park is used for recreation ground users. There is also the fact that construction work cannot be undertaken within 2.5 metres either side of the easement strip. It was agreed that the matter should be put on hold until after the traffic management scheme is fully in place.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: In 2005, speaker for the evening, George McCarthy FRPS, convinced his wife to sell their house, put their furniture into storage and have a year’s break from her nursing career to tour America with him. They bought a Winnebago recreational vehicle with a total length, including the four-wheel drive vehicle they were towing, of 52 feet. They were quoted £96k for a bottom of the range vehicle in Oxfordshire, but decided to buy one in America, after much negotiation, for £44k. Luckily the exchange rate was two dollars to the pound. He could not decide how much of this photographic equipment to take for a year so decided to sell it all and buy new in America. He realised he did not have a permanent address to send his purchases to. He took a chance and had £16k worth of equipment sent to the RV salesman who was very interested in photography, they collected it once in America. Their trip began in Florida where they saw Great Kiskadee birds with a yellow tummy, a black hat and a black mask similar to Zorro. George’s wife was horrified to learn the red, crispy, bacon like item amongst her mixed grill was turkey neck, they had spotted wild turkeys earlier in the day. While staying in a campsite in Arizona, surrounded by cacti, George decided not to put away their reclining chairs one night as it was going to stay dry. Unfortunately the resident Pack Rats created large holes in the seats as they took stuffing for their nests in the cacti. George and his wife travelled through Death Valley with an annual rainfall of 2inches and recorded temperatures of 147f. Members were shown stunning images of the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon. He explained how dangerous Antelope Canyon was as the dry riverbed could turn into a raging torrent in a matter of moments. A German tour group was killed in a flash flood. The only one to escape was the Navaho Indian Guide who climbed to safety. The Canyons look most spectacular at sunrise or sunset, but at midday the sun shines through the cracks in the caves at Antelope creating shafts of light. His images required a thirty second exposure as it was so dark inside. George and wife’s adventure continues next week with an account of his visit to Yosemite National Park, bison, grizzly bears and the Alaskan Highway.

CHRISTMAS WREATHS: Christine Campbell Dykes is taking orders for her lovely Christmas wreaths, from £7 each, with profits going to Hellingly Church funds. Choice of colours, sample on display in Hellingly Church. Contact Christine on 01323 842222.

CANDLES: Hellingly church uses lots of candles at their Carol Service on December 23 and rely on donations in kind (ordinary household candles are fine). Please leave them in the Candle Box at Hellingly Church. Thank you.

herstmonceux & wartling

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, the village hall will be turned into a Christmas market with stalls laden with gifts and produce as well as the more unusual in craft ideas, a raffle and a tombola. The children’s Nativity play will be held at approximately 11am and during the morning there will be a chance of having your face painted after which you may well want to visit Father Christmas. Entry is 50p for adults and 20p for children which includes tea or coffee and a mince pie. All are welcome.

WEBSITES: Are you aware that we now have a combined website for our two churches which abounds with information. Anybody wishing to see for themselves should go to

NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE at the village hall, with ballroom and sequence music provided by Rodney, party games throughout the evening and a buffet. Tickets are still available at £15 each, to include supper, from Dawn and Cecil on 832304.

VILLAGE HALL: The recent Music Quiz held in aid of the village hall raised over £500. The organisers of the quiz would like to say a huge thank you to all who went along in support. Jonathon Tate from Lime Cross Nurseries has kindly offered to re-plant the memorial flower tub by the village hall. He is going to select some low maintenance plants and they are on the lookout for anybody who could help by keeping an eye on it and just tidying it up occasionally. If you think you can help could you please give Mary Colato a ring on 832212. You may also be interested to know that tickets for the Grand Christmas Draw are now on sale with a chance of winning £100 in cash, a Christmas Hamper, a Family Day Tickets for Michelham Priory or a ticket to the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle. Tickets are available at Caprice Hairfashions and the Post Office. The draw will take place on Friday December 7 in the village hall at the pre-school Nativity which will be held at 10.30am. Let’s also not forget that the village hall has a whole host of equipment that they would like to see used, mainly badminton and table tennis sets, and would be interested to hear from anybody who might care to start a group in either of these sports. Please ring Rhys on 831854.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy communion (BCP) along with the Advent Evensong will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with the Family Service being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING: Each Thursday from now up until December 20, Lime Cross Nursery will be holding their late night shopping event.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: The Windmill at Windmill Hill would like to remind us about the selection of Christmas cards on sale to raise money for the windmill trust. They retail at £3.95 for 10 and can be collected from the Old Bakery next to the windmill. To order you must telephone Bee on 833033. She will post them to you if you wish at a cost of £1 for one to three packs, four or more packs will be posted free of charge.

ART BARN Christmas Show between December 1 and 9 at Coopers Farm on the Wartling Road, Wartling. Doors open between 11am and 4pm daily. Rugs, jewellery, cashmere, chocolate, handbags, sculptures and paintings. If you need any further information please call them direct on 833999.

SQUEEZE: I’m afraid I can’t give you a lot of information about this month’s Squeeze, we seem to have a bit of technical problem between the computers. They will be meeting in the village hall on Sunday. A light help yourself breakfast will be available as will the Sunday papers. Please feel free to join them.

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 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11.00am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

ninfield & hooe

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club were due to play Eastbourne Albert. Unfortunately Eastbourne Albert were unable to raise a team and thus Hooe automatically won the game. Tomorrow, Saturday, they are playing away to Robertsbridge at Robertsbridge recreation ground, kick off is at 2pm. The club are still in need of some more committed players, if you are interested in joining the team, please contact Luke Pont (secretary) on 07872312266 or via their website. You can also track the club’s progress online:

COFFEE MORNING: Ninfield Village Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

THE 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 table sale, bric-a-brac, new and nearly new stalls, along with a raffle. You are invited to get some of your Christmas shopping done and sit and relax by their open fire. Entrance is £1 per person to include your coffee or tea and a mince pie.

THE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on Thursday, 7.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Church Lane. All Ninfield residents are invited to attend.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on Friday December 7 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. This year they look forward to welcoming Nick Grounds with his demonstration entitled Christmas Carols. Tickets are £9 payable at the time of order and will include light refreshments. Tickets for this event are available from Ellie Barron on 01424 893385. All flower arrangements will be raffled at the end of the evening. Forthcoming events: AGM Monday January 7 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. All members and non-members are welcome to attend. The competition for 2013 will be a arrangement of your choice in a cup and saucer. The group are looking for new members to join their committee. Should you require any further information regarding any of their meetings or becoming a member of the committee, please contact Susan Cambell on or Tel: 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Following the successful ‘boozy’ lecture, the next event for members is the Christmas Evening on Wednesday December 12. Edible contributions will be gratefully received and the committee will provide drinks and seasonal games. Please remember that from January, their meetings will change to Mondays.

HOOE OPEN GROUP’S next event will be at the Cooden Beach Golf Club where the club will be holding it’s Christmas luncheon. This is now a regular event to end the programme for the year and a special occasion on which the members can invite friends as their guest. If you would like to consider joining the Hooe Open Group, go along to their January meeting being held on Friday January 11, which will be a members event and will present an opportunity for new members to get to know each other. For further information on the Hooe Open Group Edna Wallis is always there to welcome you, she can be contacted any time on 01424 842591.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Services Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service. Wednesday 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church 2.30pm Worship and Praise with David Hanson.


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

POLEGATE GARDENERS’ SOCIETY will be hosting the Saturday coffee morning at Polegate Community Centre on 8 December from 10-noon. There will be homemade cakes, raffle and items for sale. Everyone welcome. Ring 01323-483222 for any information on our Society.

EXHIBITION: Polegate Sketching and Painting Group are putting on an arts and crafts exhibition tomorrow, Saturday, at St Johns Church Hall. We continue to welcome newcomers keen to try their hand at the visual arts with a free taster session. Contact Bruce on 484568 for more information. The group has extensive equipment for members to try out.

CHRISTMAS FUN QUIZ tomorrow, Saturday, evening at the Community Centre. Further details from the Centre office, Windsor Way. Tel: 482434.

A TOUR OF St Andrew’s URC Church, Blackwater Road, Eastbourne is taking place on Wednesday. Meet outside the church at 2pm, with Eastbourne Local History Society. More information from Maureen 485971.

A DICKENSIAN Spectacular celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. On Saturday December 8, at 10 am at Trinity Church, Lower Willingdon. An invitation is extended for you to come and enjoy a miscellany of festive music and drama and dance presented by the Downland Singers, St Andrew’s Drama Group, Coppice Dance and in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. There will also be the opportunity to browse a while in Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe. If you would really like to enter into the spirit of the occasion Victorian dress would be welcome. Programmes priced £3 are available at the door, to include seasonal refreshments.

POLEGATE SINGERS proudly present their Christmas entertainment, Songs and Music for Christmas, in the Community Centre main hall on Saturday December 8, at 7.30pm. Entry by donation only.

WANTED INFO: Why do folks move to Eastbourne? Why did our ancestors move here, and why do folk still move into the town. Answers to me please or to Ann Boniface by email also the Royal Observer Corps involvement in Polegate. Anyone who served or know anything about them. Any descendants from the Colbran family who ran the Polegate Inn? Please contact Paul Wakefield by email or Maureen as above.


BULGARIA: I just returned from a golf trip to Bulgaria. No I don’t play golf, but every hotel had a lovely spa and pool, which I used while the men pretended to play golf. It’s not a bit like I expected. It’s very modern and European, with fresh food and drink and lovely wine, and prices are still low.

INTERESTING WEBSITE: Look up on YouTube, Korea’s Got Talent, then Homeless Boy Steals Talent Show. I challenge you not to shed a few tears. Simon Cowell has done a lot of good for people with no chance in life.

CONCERT: Tickets are selling fast for the concert on December 15, 7.30pm in the Civic Centre. The Uckfield Singers and the Brass Band are joining together to give a Christmas Concert,a raffle will be held for Help for Heroes, give generously, this is a very worthwhile cause, tickets can be bought from Gale and Woolgar in the middle of Uckfield High Street and the Volunteer and Information centre (just a couple of shops north of the cinema on the High Street). You will be in for a very lovely Christmassy evening. See you there.

WINTER CONCERT: Uckfield Community Orchestra is holding its Winter Concert on Wednesday December 12 at the United Reformed Church. The programme includes music by Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams, concluding with traditional Christmas carols. Doors open at 7pm. All are invited to stay for free festive refreshments afterwards. Admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Sussex Nightstop Plus, a charity that arranges overnight accommodation with volunteer hosts for young homeless people. For more information, please email

warbleton & rushlake green

CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent, as we prepare for Christmas. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Christingle Service, when children receive their Christingles, of decorated oranges and candles, and we reflect on the coming of Jesus Christ as Light of the World. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion, 6.30pm United Benefice Advent Service at St John’s. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship and communion with Rev David Laskey. 6.30pm Evening service with Keith Rolfe.

willingdon, wannock & jevington

STREET LIGHTING: In order to save money, East Sussex County Council is changing street lighting in some residential and main roads across East Sussex. Highways are proposing turning off all street lights from midnight to the early hours (about 5.30am) in some streets, turning off alternate street lights in some streets, or dimming some street lights. Consultation meetings have already taken place in some areas and now it is the turn of the parish of Willingdon. There will be a meeting from 9am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church Hall for residents to listen to the proposals and give their views. To find out more Google and then search for changes to street lighting in East Sussex. Alternatively you can email or phone 0345 60 80 193.

THE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR held at St John’s Church Hall on November 17 raised £400 for the upkeep of Polegate Windmill.

QUIZ NIGHT: Friends of Willingdon Community School are organising a free family quiz night at 7pm this evening, Friday. Teams can be up to eight people. To make sure of a place email

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

POCKETSIZE will be providing the entertainment at The Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS will be switched on at Willingdon Triangle tomorrow, Saturday.

GRAHAM MORRIS, chef at the British Queen will be having his head shaved on Sunday at about 2.15pm (after the meat raffle) to raise money for the Cancer Unit at the DGH, so do go along and sponsor him. Graham is also getting his team together to join him on his sponsored New Year’s Day swim at 11am from the beach by the bandstand. This will be Graham’s 31st year and the charity that he has chosen to support is Wilmington Stroke Unit at the DGH. Hoping to take part are Rob and Angela Cain, Sam Guppy, Steve Marshall and Liam Bentley. They will be in safe hands as Graham used to be a life guard.

DONATIONS of non-perishable food gifts will be received at the 10.30am service on Sunday at Trinity Church for distribution by the Eastbourne Food Bank.

MEMORIAL SERVICE at 6.30pm on Sunday at St Mary’s Church. It is for all who are bereaved, but a special invitation is extended to the families and friends of those whose funerals St Mary’s has been involved with, but everyone is welcome.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a full council budget meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Primary School. Meetings are open to the public. Ring the parish office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for more information.

NW: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch will be meeting at 2.30pm on Monday in the vestry of Trinity Church. If you are interested in becoming a member, street co-ordinator, or would be available to deliver the quarterly newsletters or just want to know more about what is going on in your locality, contact the chairman Ray Ingram on 01323 508634. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch. It was formed in 1982 by local resident Joan Barras, who sadly died just over a year ago, and crime prevention officer Dave Smith, who has since retired. But as Ray Ingram says ‘their legacy survives’ and although crime is relatively low in this area, we still have to be vigilant.

THE GLEN CHORALE under the direction of Robin Moray will be presenting their Christmas concerts at Wannock Hall on Monday December 3 and Monday December 10 at 2.30pm. The choir will sing a variety of Christmas music, both traditional and new as well as carols for audience participation. Tickets, including refreshments are £5 and are available from Vi Robinson on 01323 767209. The Glen Chorale will also be singing at various private functions during the Christmas period.

TRINITY: There will be a Christmas service attended by the local uniformed organisations at 6pm on Tuesday at Trinity Church. Everyone is welcome.

PARTY TIME: Jevington and Filching WI will be having their Christmas party at Wannock Hall from 2pm on Wednesday.

BODY SHOP: Trudy will be bringing along Body Shop products to the British Queen at 7.30pm on Wednesday. For more information ring 075405 43267.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Went Hill Gardens at 11am on Thursday. 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.

A DICKENSIAN Spectacular celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens will take place at 10am on Saturday December 8 at Trinity Church. Come and enjoy a miscellany of festive music, drama and dance presented by The Downland Singers, St Andrew’s Drama Group and Coppice Dance in the presence of Queen Victoria. There will also be an opportunity to browse a while in ye olde curiosity shoppe and if you would really like to enter into the spirit of the occasion, Victorian dress would be welcome. Programmes £3.