Parish Pump Hailsham - November 8, 2013


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Parade will be held on November 10 at 10.30am in the Square. The Parade march sets off at 10.40am to St Andrew’s Church for the Remembrance Service. Those wishing to represent present and past family and friends will be welcome to join the parade. Please contact 01323 871327.

ON REMEMBRANCE DAY, November 11, at 10.50am the British Legion will meet in the Square. At 11am the Last Post will be played followed by two minutes’ silence, followed by Reveille, Exhortation and prayer.

300 CLUB: The next meeting of the 300 Club will be at 8pm on November 12 at the George. Another two lucky winners will be £50 richer. There is still time to join. It is not necessary to live in Alfriston. For £10 a year there is a chance each month to win £50. The War Memorial Hall benefits from any excess money and this year the membership is down in numbers so the donation to the hall will be that much smaller. Almost everyone in the village uses the hall at sometime either for exercise classes, parties, meetings or entertainments. The hall is a most valuable asset and the 300 Club was started, and runs, to help support its upkeep. To join the 300 leave contacts details at Hicks, The Newsagents, or come to The George on November 12, 8pm.

TRADECRAFT Coffee Morning will be held at the Old Chapel Centre on November 13 between 10am and noon. It is a chance to buy Christmas gifts and cards and also home produce.

ROAD CLOSURE: On Saturday November 23 Alfriston High Street, North Street, River Lane and Star Lane will be closed from 2pm to 10pm. Diversions will be signed and marshals will be in attendance to allow hotel guests and residents into and out of the village. The Community Bus will ferry visitors from the Park and Ride in Drusillas’ car park.

DICKENSIAN EVENING, November 23 from 2pm to 10pm: The reason for the road closure is for the village to celebrate the beginning of the winter festive season. Shops will be open late, bands will play, songs sung, bagpipes played and flaming torches will be marched through the village. Father Christmas will visit Alfriston to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. He will, I am sure, need some help from everyone to count down to switch-on when those lights will bring a little magic to the High Street in the winter evenings. There is also a rumour that Aladdin and Princess Sho Shi will be helping Father Christmas.

Bodle Street Green

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: St John’s Bodle Street, Warbleton Parish Church and St Giles, Dallington all have Remembrance Day Services starting at 10.50am.

BSG WI: Bodle Street WI has its AGM on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall. This is an opportunity to discuss the programme past and future, as well as the usual AGM business. Further information can be had from Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

CARMEN: This showing of the Opera on November 16 is sold out. If you would like to go on the reserve list, please phone Bryan on 01323 833554. If there is sufficient demand, a second showing may be arranged for early in the new year. The next event will be a family matinee showing of the ballet La Fille Mal Gardee at 3pm on Saturday December 7. Tickets include afternoon tea and are £3 for adults and £2 for children under 14, available from Bryan or Geoff on 01323 833343.


THE FARMERS’ MARKET will be held at the Cattle Market tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 12.30pm and will be welcoming local community chef, Ollie Dawson. He will be using the local produce on sale that day to inspire shoppers with some tasty recipes. Go along and enjoy a free tasting. Free parking on site.

ST MARY’S: This is Remembrance Sunday, the third Sunday before Advent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Staying focused. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Secure foundations. At 2.45pm Holy Communion at Emmanuel Church.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: The Hailsham and District Branch of the Royal British Legion in cooperation with the churches of the parish invite you to the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the War Memorial, High Street on Sunday at 10.40am. This will be followed by the Act of Remembrance at 11am when the Silence will be observed and wreaths will be laid. All faiths welcome. A two minutes’ silence will also take place at 11am on Monday. All local organisations are invited to attend these services.

BOOM SHACK will be taking place at the Corn Exchange on Sunday from 3pm to 5.30pm. Any musicians or bands that write and perform their own songs and would like to go along and play get in touch and let them know about yourself and your music. Priority will be given to those who let them know beforehand, but there could be a chance of playing if you turn up on the day. They will be making audio and video recordings of each act. Admission is free for those who want to come and watch. Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult.

DR FEELGOOD: On Sunday at Hailsham Pavilion: Formed on Canvey Island, Essex some forty odd years ago Dr Feelgood has become one of the most popular rhythm and blues bands of all time

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service at Primrose Hall, from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Michael Knight.

SEX EDUCATION MEETING: The next Protected at School in Hailsham and Eastbourne meeting is on Monday evening at Community Wise, Ocklynge Road, Eastbourne. If you are concerned about the sex education your child is receiving in schools go along. Parents may be interested that Sue Relf of PSHE reports the following was written in July 2012 by Nick Gibb, Minister for Schools. Nick Gibb has been replaced now, but here is what he said then: Nick Gibb has confirmed primary schools are not required to teach children about sex in National Curriculum Science lessons. In a letter dated 5 July he said: ‘I can confirm that neither the current National Curriculum nor the new draft programme of study requires the naming of internal or external body parts with reference to reproduction. The current National Curriculum level descriptions and the new draft notes and guidance make clear this is not included when pupils are taught to name the main body parts in KS/Year 1’. He continues: ‘Whilst the new draft includes a little more detail about reproductive processes than the current curriculum, it requires a pupil in Year 6 to be taught to compare the life process of reproduction in plants and animals; the programme of study itself does not require pupils to be taught about the mechanisms by which fertilisation takes place.’

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights are on Tuesday November 12 and 26 at the King’s Head at 7.30pm. For more information phone Su (07951 631749).

ORGAN CLUB: Not content with running a musical instrument business, Emjay Music also managed to start up the Hadlow Down Organ Club in the 1980s. It did well and in January 2000, they moved it to the former restored cinema known as the Pavilion in the centre of Hailsham. Although an expensive place for the club to hire, the beautiful Art Deco surroundings, the comfortable cinema seating and the excellent acoustics soon made it a very popular venue for the public and the artists alike. All the top names (and a lot of up-and-coming players too) have now performed there. On Wednesday this is the first time at Hailsham for top player Steve Hubble. The door charge for members is £4. Non-members are very welcome too from 7.15pm onwards, and can pay £6 at the door. Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 7.30pm. The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Hailsham Pavilion. The annual subscription rates are £20 for an individual membership, or £30 for a family. For further details regarding the club, contact Charles Clegg on 01323 762411, email

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society. The next meeting of the society is the AGM on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Methodist church hall. Members are asked to bring items of curiosity, which after the formalities, could be discussed. Non-members (visitors) are invited to bring any historical item that could be of interest to others. No charge will be made for visitors. The History of the Bullfight, presented by Peter Pyemont, in his unique and absorbing style. Peter took his audience right back in history and spoke (along with pictures on the screen) about how bullfighting started centuries ago, going on to describe the bull, a strong fearless angry animal, on how they were bred and selected to be a fighting animal and when chosen were cared and looked after like a champion racehorse. Next was the bullring, a big impressive building matching more than the grandeur and splendour than our football stadiums, but built 100 years earlier. Peter went on to talk about the bad boys of the bullfight, the Picador, a mounted bullfighter with a lance at whom the crowd booed. Then the Matador that the people look up to with greater respect than our football players, who studies the movement of the bull, but who also has to be athletic, quick, strong and courageous. Every time he enters the ring he has to be more daring in his actions, getting closer to the bull, to otherwise lose admiration, especially if at the end the bull was not killed instantaneously. The carcass was then dragged out of the ring by the butcher, which speaks for itself. A bullfight is not to everyone’s liking but Peter took members through the history of the bullfight and we are a history society, keeping alive and preserving the past. For details about the society contact David Bourne on (01323) 440359.

RAMBLERS: The Wednesday long walk group is covering the Laughton Church circular of 5 miles with Jill and Richard on 01323 832303 or 07716467575. There are no hills, some stiles and it could be muddy if wet. If you fancy the shorter walks group, also on Wednesday, they are walking at Shinewater Park with Nobby on 01323 440624. You can meet at South Road car Park at 9.30am or The Mill car park at 9.50am. If you would like to go on either of these walks, please ring the walk leader for details.

STREET MARKET: Growing more and more popular by the fortnight, the next Thursday street market is on November 14 from 9.30am to 3pm at Vicarage Field. Plenty of free parking nearby.

BONFIRE BINGO: If you enjoyed the Bonfire Society’s spectacular display in October then go along and support their fundraising events and make sure they are secure well into the future. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre on Friday November 15.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING: Several officers from Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team spent a day visiting farms in Fletching. This was to promote “Farmwatch” which is similar to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme for farms and large rural properties, both of which are particularly vulnerable to rural crime. Twenty people signed up to Farmwatch and 30 also signed up to Community Messaging. The police are hoping to carry out a similar day in other villages but if you know of anyone who may benefit from this scheme please ask them to contact their local PCSO whose details can be found on the Sussex Police website.

SPEED LIMIT SIGNS: Suggestions are needed for speed limit sign locations. If you are worried about speeding in your street or neighbourhood or if you would like to do something to prevent motorists ignoring the speed limit in your road, Hailsham Town Council is seeking your views on where additional 30mph speed limit advisory signs are needed in the town. To help in locations where traffic speeds are a concern in Hailsham and police enforcement cannot be as frequent as desired, the Town Council has recently acquired a number of advisory speed limit reminder signs for use on roads where a 30mph speed limit is in place. The signs will be put up in each place for a maximum three-month period, before being moved to another site. However, it will be possible for any sign to be returned to the same location after a gap in time. Sign location requests received by the public will be submitted to East Sussex Highways for approval before being put up, taken down and moved around by Town Council works staff when required. To submit your suggestions on where to place advisory 30mph speed limit signs please send an email to or call 01323 841702 during office hours.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. 6.30pm Evensong. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am. Tues: 9.30 to 10.30am Holy Corner. Meet the Vicar at the Village Shop and Cafe, Upper Dicker.

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Dicker Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm start. Adults £6 children (under 12 years) £3. Includes supper with dessert and tea or coffee to follow. Bring your own other drinks. Teams of four to six. Only one or two? You can join another team. Tickets from Liz 841541 or Herbie 844522.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING NIGHT: Emmanuel Pre-school, Emmanuel church is holding this event this evening, Friday, from 8pm to 10pm. It is an ideal way to get your Christmas shopping started. There will be a variety of different stalls from local businesses including cosmetics, crafts, books and much more. Entry is £2 includes cheese, crackers and chutneys. Bring a bottle.

SALSA NIGHT: Blackstock Barn, Grove Hill tomorrow, Saturday, with live music to Sol y Sombra from 9pm to 11pm. Practice your best salsa moves. With Latin American dishes and bar available from 7.30pm and live music for £4.95 per person includes a glass of Sangria. Book (01323) 848006.

BEST SHOTS EXHIBITION: Starting tomorrow, Saturday, and running until December 11 daily from 11am to 4pm Michelham Priory plays host to this travelling exhibition displaying the winning entries from the Best Shots 2013 photography competition. Usual admission prices apply. Visit

Herstmonceux & Wartling

CLOTHES SALE: On Saturday November 16 the village hall will be turned into a boutique for the morning. Ladies Fashions at under half shop price, all brand new manufacturers’ samples from some of the top fashion houses in sizes 10 to 16. Admission will be 50p, which includes a cup of coffee. Money raised will be donated to the Village Information Centre.

RAY AND SHELDON will meet in the village hall today, Friday, and members are encouraged to take along some of their childhood photographs. If you would like to join them and are over the age of 60 years, then they will make you most welcome any time from 2.15pm.

BINGO: The next Bingo session has been altered. They’ll be meeting on Wednesday November 20. Everything else remains the same, the fun,

the prizes and the interval tea, so please feel free to join them for eyes down at 2.15pm.

2014 CHARITY CALENDAR: Please don’t forget the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society Charity Calendar for 2014. It might be a little risqué but I think you’ll enjoy it and you’ll see a lot of Cowbeech residents in a completely new light. The calendar costs £6 and is available from the Merrie Harriers Pub with profits going into their good causes pot ready for distribution next year.

IN MEMORY of Our Heroes of The First World War is the title of the book currently on sale commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. It covers nine parishes and 18 villages in the surrounding area and with 250 pages of which 90 percent of the pages have colour photographs at £14.95 it’s a bargain. Proceeds from the book and a 2014 calendar which they have also produced will be split between Wartling Church Building and Maintenance Fund, Herstmonceux Church and Help for Heroes. Purchases can be made at both Lime Cross Nursery or Rocks Smallholdings in Victoria Road or if you prefer you contact Alan Brown on 831754 or by email at

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Orchard View Park is planning what looks to be an amazing Christmas Fair on Saturday November 23 from 2pm to 5pm. There will be raffles, bric-a-brac, tombola, roll a twopence, crafts, mulled wine, mince pies and lots more. The raffle will be drawn at 4.30pm by Father Christmas. Profits will be split between the Prostate Cancer Fund and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and Holy Communion will be held at Wartling church at 8am with the Remembrance Service being held at Herstmonceux Church at 10.50am.

QUIZ NIGHT: The gardeners’ club will be holding their annual Quiz on Wednesday in the village hall starting at 7.30pm. Neil and Kay Holden will be your quizmasters for the evening and tickets at £7 each, to include a hot dog and piece of gateau, are available by telephoning 833006.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit 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. 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.

Ninfield & Hooe

THEFT: I have been informed by our PCSO, Daryl Holter, there has been a theft of a motor vehicle parked at St Oswolds church car park on October 28 between 11.30am and 12.30pm. If you have any information that will assist the police with their enquiries regarding this theft, please contact the Battle Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101, quoting serial number 1223 28/10/13.

OLD MOTOR CLUB: Hooe Old Motor Club are now ready to distribute surplus funds raised at The Hooe’s Motor Club Show that was held in August. Clubs and organisations in the area are invited to submit requests for donations. Please write to Chris Hone, c/o Hooe’s Old Motor Club, Marwin Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0RE, before December 1, enclosing a brief note as to why your organisation should be considered. Requests will be discussed at the next committee meeting in January, 2014.

EXHIBITION: Following the very successful Exhibition from Ninfield Local History Group in September, there is a number of publications available centred around Ninfield. These might make for Christmas presents: Village Historical Walks booklet (£2.50), WW1 Roll of Honour booklet (£5), Ninfield New Centenary Map CD (£5), Wartime Memories CD (£5), James Broughton’s booklet on Ninfield School in WW2 (£2.50), Ninfield Village map A1 size (£15), Ninfield Village map A2 size (£8), Ninfield Village map A3 size (£5). To this list we are pleased to announce the publication of a 2014 calendar at the bargain price of £4. The calendar contains wonderful photos of the village taken at different times of the year and chosen from our archives. To place an order in good time for Christmas, please see Jan Cooper, their Archivist, at the monthly meetings.

HOOE OPEN GROUP will be meeting today, Friday, 2.30pm at the village hall, when David Harrison from Carr Taylor Vineyard will deliver at talk entitled Vines and Wines, no doubt with a sample of this year’s vintage? For further information on the Hooe Open Group, call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

CRAFTS for Christmas, Christmas Gifts and Table Top Sale returns this year, again in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice Care, at the Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 4pm. A whole host of craft stalls will be there. For further information, please call Pam 01424 892329 or Thelma 01424 892421.

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY will meet on November 14 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Their speaker this month is Helen Poole who will be talking about Lewes Castle. Helen is a knowledgeable and entertaining speaker and so everyone is looking forward to an enjoyable evening. It will also be possible to purchase copies of the Hooe History Society Calendar 2014. This publication has been received extremely well and copies, at £6 each are going fast. If you are stuck for an interesting Christmas present to give (or to keep for yourself) this is your answer. Copies are available prior to the November meeting from Peter or Pam Doodes 01424 892329. Also at the meeting it will be possible to reserve your place at the Society Christmas Dinner in The Red Lion in December. Places will be allocated on a first come basis. Further details about this meeting or about the society in general, please contact Heather Sinden, chairman, 01424 893422.

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 Remembrance Sunday with Revd Ian Pruden.


POLEGATE QUILTERS are holding a Christmas Bazaar tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre. All welcome from 9am to 1pm.

THE COFFEE MORNING at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Stud Farm. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon. On November 16 the coffee morning will be hosted by Polegate Pre-school.

POLEGATE DRAMA group pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates. Booking for this starts on November 18. The pantomime will be running from January 18 to 26.

PcaSO Prostate Cancer Support Organisation, Eastbourne Support Group. Debbie Davis and Jackie Welch were welcomed to the October meeting as guest speakers. Both are Community Bladder and Bowel Advisors for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. Debbie has spoken to the group in the past but there are always new things to learn about the advisory service. It aims to raise awareness, promote continence and manage incontinence. It is estimated six million people in the UK have a bladder problem and some of these individuals will have been diagnosed or recently undergone treatment for prostate cancer. Debbie and Jackie explained how the initial first appointment is used for a thorough assessment. They continued by discussing some of the newer technologies that mean pads are slimmer and less obtrusive and also how these can be ordered within the NHS. Some important advice was not to leave pads in bathrooms as the moisture can be absorbed and make them ineffective. Please note the change in name from Prostate Cancer Network to Prostate Cancer Support Organisation. This has recently been agreed by the Charity Commission and will make identification clearer. The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. All are welcome. The speaker will be Karen Aylward who will be talking about the local Macmillan Family Support Work and Mindfulness. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 / 641513 or e-mail if you need further details or visit

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

STORM DAMAGE: We only had a few branches snapped etc, but others have not fared so well. Just up the road from us, an oak tree fell across the road bringing down the main BT cable, and disconnecting our neighbours’ phone. The main cable was rather low, and following the inevitable delay by Openreach a tall vehicle snapped the cable cutting off Kingsley Hill and beyond from phone service. I saw that Rookery Lane also had some of its service interrupted as well. At the time of writing (Tuesday) the repairs are stilling waiting to be done. This is not acceptable, especially as businesses rely of phone and broadband. Calls can be redirected to mobiles, but reception in these here hills is not wonderful.

FILM SHOW: Heathfield resident A W Knapman made a series of videos (VHS) about the Heathfield area in the mid 1990s, using contemporary video footage of the area today and comparing it with old photographs. His knowledge of the people and places shines through. He has given permission for these to be digitised. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Dunn Village Hall is putting on a show of footage from these videos at 2pm for 2.30pm. It is fascinating to see how things have changed since the 90s. Tickets (£5 adults, £2.50 children) are available from The Stores, Sarah on 01435 863727 or Pauline on 812627, or just turn up. Proceeds for hall funds. There is some confusion around whether this is the same as the history group films on Monday. They are completely different.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: Warbleton Parish Church, St John’s Bodle Street and St Giles, Dallington all have Remembrance Day Services starting at 10.50am. Heathfield Chapel: 10.50am Morning Worship (including remembrance) led by Peter Barrie representing The Slavic Gospel Association.

HISTORY GROUP: The speaker on Monday evening at 7.30pm for 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall is John Bishop who will illustrate Sussex in the 1960s using vintage films. Coffee is served prior to the meeting and our bookstall is open. Please note this is different from the film show described above.

WARBLETON BAND has a Quiz Night at the Dunn Village Hall on Saturday November 16 at 7pm for 7.30pm. Teams of six are invited to enter. Entry is £5 per person, tea and coffee are available. Please bring your own drinks and nibbles. Book with Cath on 01435 813359. The band will give their Christmas Concert on Sunday December 8 at 2pm, in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Entry is free with retiring collection. There will be a raffle and refreshments available. Come along and listen to a wide variety of music including some of your festive favourites. The band donates 50 percent of all collections from Carol Playing and their Christmas Concert to a chosen charity. This year it will be towards the renovation of the bells of Warbleton Church.

MAKE WAY FOR LUCIA: This comedy by John Van Druten, based on the novels by EF Benson, will be performed by the Village Players in a Café Theatre production Thursday to Saturday, November 21 to 23, at the Dunn Village Hall. Tickets are £18.50 for all performances and include a three course meal (vegetarian option available, must be ordered with the tickets). Tickets are available from The Stores, Rushlake Green, or from Anita on 01435 873226. Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.30pm start, and there will be a licensed bar. This is an amateur production by kind permission of Samuel French Ltd.

NEW PCSO: Iain Tomsett succeeds Liz McDonagh as our Police Community Support Officer on the Heathfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, Wealden District. Contact him vi Tel: 101 Ext. 568700 Mobile 07787685754.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

JPK SUSSEX PROJECT: October 26 was a very special day for Willingdon resident Jill Parker and the supporters of the JPK Sussex Project. Edgmont Evangelical Church and the surrounding land have now been purchased by JPK and it seemed fitting that this milestone should be celebrated. It is the first major step towards the site eventually becoming a supported living centre for adults with a learning disability. Eastbourne mayor Cllr Mike Thompson cut the ribbon and officially handed over the keys, and Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd was among the guests. Jill made a moving speech. She thanked everyone who had supported her over the years, the fundraisers, the professionals - accountants, architects, solicitors, graphic designers, many of whom had worked tirelessly for little or no financial reward. Their expertise was invaluable. Trustees from the old Edgmont Church were also present. They needed to sell the site in order to help expand the Gateway Christian Church in Hampden Park. Rather than sell to a supermarket chain, they waited patiently until JPK was able to make the purchase. Terry Boatwright, chairman of the church trustees, made a short speech and the senior minister of Gateway, Mike Alcock, also expressed his delight that the old Edgmont Church in its new capacity, would be helping those, who through no fault of their own, needed support. Canapes and sparkling wine for the toast were served, courtesy of Jill’s mother Sylvia Westley, and Ann Hamilton’s rendering of the Abba song, with slightly altered words, to Jill had a Dream seemed to sum it all up.

THE COFFEE MORNING at Chalk Farm Hotel in Coopers Hill, Willingdon, on October 28 was very enjoyable and attracted a lot of visitors despite the wet blustery weather. The next event at Chalk Farm Hotel, which gives training and work experience to adults with a learning disability, will be the Christmas Fair which takes place from 11am to 3pm on Sunday November 24. Attractions will include a large variety of stalls including home-made cakes, raffle, greetings cards, games and competitions, mulled wine, mince pies, teas and coffee, tombola and a visit to Santa’s grotto with his elf helpers. Admission is 50p for adults and free for children. Another date for your diary is the next coffee morning at Chalk Farm Hotel which is from 10.30am to 11.45 am on Thursday December 12.

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS who rehearse at Trinity Church will be singing songs from the shows at 8.30pm today, Friday, at the Afton Hotel in Eastbourne for the National Federation of the Blind.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, local musicians Gary and Alex known as Stray Dogs, will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf. On Sunday at 1.30pm it will be the turn of Denis and Pete playing laid back jazz.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY will be commemorated at most churches on November 10. At St Mary’s Church the Parish Eucharist will be held at the earlier time of 9.15am to allow time for the Remembrance Sunday service at 10.50am. As in previous years, there will be a procession with the Royal British Legion, ex-service men and women and the uniformed organisations who will meet at 10.45am at the corner of Upper Kings Drive and Wish Hill for the procession along Church Street to the church. At 3pm there will be a short service at the Ruth-less Memorial at Butts Brow, when 10 poppy crosses will be laid at the memorial, one for each of the crew who died in the ill-fated American Liberator bomber Ruth-less, which crashed on the Downs in February 1944. The Remembrance service at St Andrew’s Church Jevington will start at 10.50am. The Service of Remembrance at Trinity Church begins at 10.30am.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will hold a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by an amenities meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

THE 3 MMMs will meet at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when there will be a demonstration from Angela entitled Flower Power.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP will meet at 6.30pm on Thursday at the Red Lion. Dennis Stidder, a member of Eastbourne and Hailsham Beekeepers, will give a talk about keeping bees and the best plants to have in your garden to encourage them.

JEVINGTON and Filching WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall for their annual meeting.

TRINITY DINERS will meet at noon on Friday November 15 at Trinity Church Hall. The menu will be fruit juice, beef casserole or vegetarian casserole and dumpling, boiled potatoes, seasonal vegetables, apple crumble and custard followed by tea or coffee. The cost is £5. To reserve a place, call Jennie on 01323 484189.

RACE NIGHT: The Red Lion in Willingdon Village is hosting a Race Night on Friday November 15 at 7.30pm for the new youth group Ablaze at St Mary’s Church Hall. Tickets from the Red Lion are £2 each to include a burger or hot dog.