Parish pump Hailsham - Novemebr 7, 2014


EMEMBRANCE IN ALFRISTON: The charity Animal Aid has produced a Purple Poppy, to be worn alongside the Red Poppy, to mark the service that animals gave in wartime. The Purple Poppies can be purchased from the Cuckmere Emporium. In the early part of the 20th century Alfriston was a flourishing agricultural and horse racing centre that depended heavily on horses for the livelihood of the village community. Over 200 ponies and mules were taken from Alfriston for war service, very few returned. This year, as part of the commemoration of the start of WW1, there will be a display of information and images telling the story of Animals’ Service in War. On Sunday, after the gathering in the Market Square, there will be a service at St Andrew’s followed by the launch of the display at the Old Chapel Centre when from 11.30am to 1.30pm refreshments will be served (gluten free available). The display will be open for a few days. On November 11, meeting at 10.50am in the Market Square, The British Legion will lead the annual remembrance ceremony with two minutes’ silence, the playing of the Last Post and the Reveille followed by prayers.

300 CLUB will meet this month on November 11 at 8pm at The Star. It is not too late to join and have the chance to win £50 each month and also know that any profit made will go towards the upkeep of our much used and very valuable, War Memorial Hall. As members it is not necessary to attend the monthly gatherings to witness the draw, though it is a jolly, social occasion and each meeting is at a different village venue.

TRAIDCRAFT will be holding a coffee morning between 10am and noon, on November 12 at the Old Chapel Centre with stalls of gifts and cards.

SUSAN HILL, author of among other books, Woman in Black and Howards End is on the Landing, will be speaking at Deans Place Hotel on November 30 at 4pm. The visit is sponsored by Much Ado Books, tickets, £10, are available only in advance at Much Ado Books, 8 West Street or at Susan’s Christmas poem Can it be True? has recently been reprinted with illustrations. Everyone who comes to the talk will receive a free copy of the book.

THE CLERGY HOUSE has opened a new showroom. The old property stock room has been restored with new lighting and conservation work to the floor and walls. The Clergy House was built in the 1350s when this room would have been used as a family bedroom. Now the room will house a temporary exhibition showing images of the house over the last 150 years. During November and December this National Trust property is open on Saturday to Wednesday, 11am to 4pm with the last admission at 3.20pm (it is closed on Thursday and Friday). Normal admission applies.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday when we honour the fallen of two world wars and recent conflicts. The church services start a little earlier, to allow the act of remembrance at 11am. St John’s Bodle Street: 10.50am Remembrance service. Warbleton Parish Church: 10.45am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 10.50am Remembrance service.

REMEMBRANCE: At 11am on Tuesday an act of remembrance will be held at the war memorial in the churchyard.

BSG WI: The AGM is at 2.30pm on Tuesday at the village hall, when a new committee, president, secretary and treasurer are elected. It is also a time for review and looking ahead. I gather that 2015 is the centenary of the WWI in Wales, and there will be events to celebrate this anniversary.


FARMERS’ MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 12.30pm at the Cattle Market site, Market Street. This month look out for in season fruit and vegetables. Mike Vine of Bluebell Farm will be taking orders for your Christmas poultry. There will also be the usual craft section. The Royal British Legion will be selling poppies, crosses, car poppies etc and the Young Farmers will be promoting their group and saucy, almost naked, 2015 calendars in aid of MENCAP. The Fire Fighters charity hope to have your support along with the Cuckmere bus for you to try if you would like to volunteer as one of their drivers. Contact the market manager (01323) 440567.

SILENT AUCTION: Tomorrow, Saturday, Hailsham Old Pavilion Society is hosting a silent auction at the Charles Hunt Centre at 1pm. Viewing and bidding from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Free entry all welcome. Over 100 lots available from household goods, various vouchers and the services of local professional people. A full list is available from The Hailsham Pavilion box office. A fun afternoon is promised and the opportunity to pick up some bargains. Refreshments available. Proceeds towards the upkeep of the Hailsham Old Pavilion.

ST MARY’S: Remembrance Sunday, third Sunday before Advent. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Samson: The Saviour is Born. At the earlier time of 9.30am is the Morning Service with crèche and children’s group. Remembrance Sunday. At 6.30pm is Evening Prayer, The Victorious King.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICES: A Remembrance Service is to be held on Sunday at Hailsham War Memorial in remembrance of those who have given their lives in defence of our country. There is to be a parade from the car park adjacent to the Charles Hunt Centre, forming up at 10.30am. The service is at 10.45am with Last Post being played at 11am, followed by two minutes’ silence then the playing of Reveille. Local Civic Leaders have been invited to lay wreaths on behalf of the local population and also local organisations to lay wreaths. Members of the public are invited to attend. There is a further Remembrance Service to be held at the Hailsham War Memorial on Tuesday at 10.45am. Hailsham and District Branch Royal British Legion will lead this service and members of the public are cordially invited to attend. The branch AGM is in the evening at 8pm in the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Field.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is Phil Towler.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head. At the last meeting the talk was about variations that can be made to patterns, increasing the likelihood that a creation is truly unique. However a note of caution was sounded. Wiser folk work through the pattern at least once exactly as it is laid out, as then there will be greater understanding and recognition as to where it is possible to adapt or deviate. It was agreed, through experience, mistakes are harder to rectify in finished products (expensive too). The poppies we made earlier this year should be included in a commemorative piece at one of several venues as we have our next meeting, November 11 at 7.30pm. All welcome. Phone Su (07552229473).

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre top organist James Goff also runs his own Big Band, so you know you are in for some superb music. Non members welcome, just pay at the door. Further information can be had from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society AGM is on Wednesday at the Methodist Church Hall at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Anybody who is interested in the history of our market town and in the society is welcome to attend. There is no charge to visitors for the evening. Those not at the September meeting missed a real gem entitled A Meander Through the Victorian Weald by Magic Lantern presented by Peter Gillies in his unique style. Peter showed pictures of rural scenes of 100 plus years ago, such as hop pickers and their families working in the hop fields, hay wagons being pulled by oxen, streets and independent shops with no traffic except a horse and cart. The farm where the house barn and other brick built buildings were clustered together surrounded by a patchwork of small fields and hedgerows. Trades such as blacksmithing and shoe and boot repairs that were in every town, but now almost disappeared and so on. It was a very interesting look back to the way of life a century ago. Being one hundred years since the start of the First World War, Peter finished off with pictures of an amusing nature of us Brits seeing off the Hun.

YOUNG FARMERS: You do not have to be in farming to join. The Young Farmers Club meets on a Wednesday evening, usually at Summerheath Hall. If there are any youngsters aged 16 to 25 years that would like to join this great group of young people call Elliot on 07749 580206.

UKIP MEETING at the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm, Thursday.

OUT AND ABOUT: On Thursday at St Mary’s Church Lounge there will be a cream tea. The speaker is Judith Kinnison Bourke on Lost Ancestors at 2.30pm. All welcome or contact Ray or Ruth Bodkin on 01323 843948 for information.

BONFIRE BINGO: Now we march towards next year’s bonfire spectacular and the fundraising starts again so go along to the Charles Hunt Centre on Friday November 14 at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

WINTER SCULPTURE: This 10th Anniversary Exhibition from November 4 to December 20 is an exciting collection of three-dimensional work with sculpture in natural materials by Carol Sinclair, 3D work in ceramics, wire and textiles by Alex Baker, Jo Cranston, Sue Ramsay-Smith and Ali Sivyour and paintings by Cassiel Sinclair. There is an anniversary party and cake sale on Saturday November 22 from 10.30am.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: This weeks lecture was called I Shoot People by Dave Mason. Taking mainly street photography in and around his home town of London, his pictures are as honest as possible with very little, if any, post processing. Dave made his digital presentation with groups of images and kept club members entertained with many humorous anecdotes. The evening was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by members with lots of laugh out loud moments. Dave had a really wonderful comic way of relating his photographs to the viewer and it is hoped he will be able to return.

WEAR IT PINK: The Hailsham Memorial Institute thank all those people who supported the Wear it Pink Day held in the club on Friday October 25. The total raised for Breast Cancer Awareness was £1494.95 with further pledges still to come. On Sunday October 26, Sean Easton was invited to the club to receive a cheque for £150 in support of his sponsored walk for the victims of the Diplocks fire.

TEAMLONBAR: Team London to Barcelona set out on July 13 from Central London for a 10-day bicycle ride to Ribes de Forbes in Barcelona, a total of 925 miles in aid of Chestnut Tree House. Team members were Ian Carlton, David Wells, Grant, Liz, James, Harry and Millie Chatfield with Phil Hook and Mike Pashler driving the support van. The support van and team kit was all provided by TR Fastenings, Uckfield where Ian works - Hook & Son funded the cost of the fuel too for the support van. All of the other expenses were picked up by the team members. Liz Chatfield said, ‘The team are just delighted to have been able to be part of such an amazing adventure, helping each other along the way. Teamwork and team spirit was high the majority of the time during such an intensive and tough ten days and we all arrived safe and well.’ Donations were received in the amount of more than £7,000 which will pay for a day of 24 hours of services at Chestnut Tree House. TeamLonBar were asked which day they would like to pay for and Ian Carlton chose Christmas Day 2014 and the team were delighted this day is available for them to pay for. Thanks are offered to everybody for their generosity, it makes a huge difference to those that really need it. The team handed over the fundraising cheque to Chestnut Tree House in October. To read more about the trip visit their Facebook page London to Barcelona Charity Bike Ride July 13 to 22.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, in Upper Dicker village hall starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 to include refreshments. Bring your own drinks. Ring Liz Major on (01323) 841541 to book a place. For Holy Trinity Church.

CHURCH BAZAAR on Saturday November 15 from 10am to noon in Hellingly Village Hall. Stalls include bottles, books, bathroom and kitchen, preserves and pickles, raffle, tombola and refreshments.

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), every Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am Remembrance Service. Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am for Holy Communion.

COMMUNITY PARK AGM: Hellingly Community Park Trust will be holding their annual general meeting on Friday November 14 at 7pm in Hellingly Village Hall. All members are welcome and the meeting will be followed by coffee and cake.

WEDDING SHOWCASE: On Sunday from 11am to 4pm you are warmly invited to Michelham Priory’s Wedding Showcase in the Elizabethan Great Barn which will be beautifully styled and trusted suppliers will be on hand for ideas and advice. VIP Drinks Receptions, at 11.30am and 2.30pm, will be an opportunity to discuss your vision with our wedding’s team, chefs and suppliers over a glass of bubbly and delicious canapés (pre-registration required, limited spaces available). To reserve your place for this inspiring event or for further information email Phone (01323) 844224.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: There will be festive fun with over 100 stalls, Santa’s grotto (£1.50 charge), decorations and Christmas music in the beautiful setting of Michelham Priory on Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, from 11am to 4pm. Reduced admission £5 adults, £4 seniors, £3.50 children and disabled, under 5s free. Free park and ride from Arlington Stadium.

MOTHERS UNION: The next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.15pm. Kate Ibbotson will be giving a talk on A Hot Air Balloon Pilot. All welcome. At their last meeting an inspirational talk by Geraldine Booker, on The Quicken Trust, was listened to with wrapt attention. The Trust, based in Herstmonceux, began several years ago in Geraldine Booker’s home. Geraldine updated members on the progress made in the village of Kabubbu in Uganda, since 2002. The word Quicken means to bring to life and after seeing the pictures Geraldine brought along showing the early primitive conditions the villagers lived in, compared to the present day, the Trust is perfectly named. A primary school was one of the first projects, followed by the introduction of clean water. One hundred and forty families were provided with their first home and then a health centre was built, foster care provided and help for the elderly. A new way of growing crops has been introduced and a house of prayer has been created, plus a secondary school. Nearly 100 people work for the project, and volunteers, many of them young, are involved. They come to help with various jobs and find the experience life changing. There are people who are sponsors for the children and often visit, staying at a Resort Centre which houses visitors. Geraldine picked out examples of how the lives of three children from Kabubbu have dramatically changed. One young girl, suffering from Aids contracted from her mother in the womb, is now a counsellor and is passing on her skills to the next generation. Another pupil is a bookkeeper and accountant and the last success story is of an orphan, Jennifer, who is at university and hopes to become a lawyer. All the money donated is sent to Kabubbu and as much as £25k has been given in one weekend. It has never been necessary to advertise. Geraldine emphasised that this is a story of what God has done, through the power of prayer.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

WALKING GROUP: On Sunday the walking group meet at 9am at Hailsham Leisure Centre for a Remembrance Day walk to Airman’s Grave, Ashdown Forest of about 5 miles. Bring a picnic and contact Helen on (01323) 845684 if you would like to go along.

HAILSHAM TRUST: The meeting that took place in Herstmonceux recently was really interesting. Jo from Rotherfield St Martin gave a talk about volunteers and community groups. There was quite a turnout of community members, who are all really keen to help support the local community and really want to get involved with community engagement. Bea Simmons is heading this community action group. She is planning another meeting soon. Also, there is a volunteer befriending group in Herstmonceux which is part of the ESCC initiative to deliver county wide befriending services. The Herstmonceux Volunteer befriending group will start visiting clients this month, so if doctors wish to make any referrals to the group, they would be more than happy for them to do so. They will be visiting to befriend clients, but the co-ordinator will also be referring them to relevant organisations, depending on the clients’ need and requests. For further information on either of these initiatives, contact Tammy on (01323) 446404.

SCOUTS: Herstmonceux Scout group is still growing with many children from out of the area joining our local children with the fun and games that the leaders come up with every week. The children who range from 6 through to 15 years have a huge range of activities from seasonal pumpkin carving for Halloween, badge work, athletics was done by all sections this year and just fun with wide games of running and hiding. The Scouts are learning to take responsibility for themselves and others and are helping out with the younger Beavers and Cubs. The volunteer adult helpers and leaders are still doing a great job with engineering diverse programmes. We could still do with more help if you have a few hours a week to spare. The fence is finally up with its gate in place. This has prevented dogs from fouling the old scout site in Herstmonceux, which was becoming a big problem with young children and older ones becoming covered in dogs’ mess. This of course can lead to disease notwithstanding the unpleasant smell and feel of it. The fence has also stopped the antisocial behaviour of people using the site and throwing bricks and beer cans into the houses whose gardens back onto it, although there is still rubbish being thrown over the new fence. Scout leader, Tabitha Wing-Sutton says ‘thank you to all our volunteers and to everyone who has and is supporting us through this difficult time without an HQ to call our own.’

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Herstmonceux Church.

ROCKING HORSE: Arthur Lovett has made, and kindly donated a lovely child’s rocking horse, to be auctioned in aid of Wartling Church at the Christmas Fair in the Reid Hall on Saturday November 15. It would make a lovely Christmas present for a special child, and can be viewed in advance at Court Lodge Farm Phone David on 832150 first, bids can be left with him if you cannot get to the fair, 11am to 2pm.

LUNCH CLUB: The lunch club needs more volunteers on the second and fourth Monday of the month in the village hall. It is urgently in need of cooks. The preparation of the food is largely done in the kitchen of the village hall, but some can also be done at home. Full support and help would be given. General helpers are also needed. Duties would include serving of food as well as washing up and clearing up the kitchen. There is a dedicated team at the moment who provide a very worthwhile service to the community and it is hoped you feel you could give a few hours every few weeks to help them continue. Contact either Angela on (01323) 833261 or Anthea on 832204.

WI: November is always the month of the AGM, which is then followed with some light entertainment. This year, this will either be a quiz or a good, old-fashioned Beetle Drive. Come along for a bit fun on Wednesday November 19 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Contact secretary Sue Stewart on 01323 833450.

RAY & SHELDON: The club meets today, Friday, for its AGM along with a Bring and Buy. Do not be put off because it will include tea, cakes and raffle held in the village (small) hall at 2.15pm. Contact Anne Kenward, the secretary.

SEWERS: The parish council has invited Southern Water to give a presentation at a public meeting about the problems with the sewer network in Victoria Road, Windmill Hill. The meeting will be at 7pm in the main hall in the village hall on Wednesday November 19. Contact Mrs J McInnes, the clerk, 01323 833312 or

OBSERVATORY: Winter opening times daily are now 10am to 5pm. Last admission 3pm. The last day of opening seven days per week is November 30. On Friday November 14 there is an open evening, 6.30pm to 11pm. Normal entrance fee applies. On Saturday November 15 come and enjoy comets and a warming curry and a glass of wine before trying to spot an impressive shooting star or two. Vegetarian options available. 7pm to 11.30pm. Cost £23.95. Numbers are limited to 80 people, so book early. See the Observatory Website Calendar of Events at or phone 01323 832731.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm. 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

POLICING MATTERS: Our PCSO, Daryl Holter, advises of a report to the police of an intruder in the Marlpitts Lane area of Ninfield on October 30, at 4.57pm. Should anyone have seen or heard anything around that time call 101 quoting reference 1200 30/10/14.

CRAFTS FOR CHRISTMAS: The fourth annual Craft Fair will be held tomorrow, Saturday, in the Memorial Hall, 10am to 4pm. The charity is Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. There are a number of new crafts on offer, the variety gets better every year. Refreshments will be served all day. Any enquiries to Pam Doodes 01424 892329.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: As this year is the anniversary of the start of World War 1 an afternoon of commemoration of the event has been created, alongside the marking of Remembrance Sunday. This will be in the Memorial Hall at 1.30pm and will include light refreshments, a wreath laying ceremony with the Ninfield Scouts and the Parish Council, a short presentation from the history group on the usage of the hall during wartime, a poignant piece by the drama club enacting a WW1 scene, some popular songs from the era performed by youngsters from the school and a short sermon from a WW1 Chaplain. Then there will be tea etc and a natter, with doors closing by 5pm. This is an all inclusive village event, there is no charge, all residents are invited to come and be part of the Ninfield Commemoration of the First World War.

POLICING PANEL: The next Policing Panel meeting will take place on November 11, 7.30pm in the Reading Room. The guest speaker for the night will be Stephanie Smith, Sussex Finds Liaison Officer/Sussex Archaeological Society/Portable Antiquities Scheme. Daryl Holter, our PCSO, works very closely with Stephanie in his role as a Heritage Crime Officer and has recently worked on night hawking and theft reports across Sussex and Kent and Surrey.

HOOE OPEN GROUP next meet on November 14 at Hooe Village Hall, 2.30pm. Contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

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.


WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Country Pursuits and Castle, 4.5 miles with Pauline S. Meet leader at Herstmonceux car park, 10.30am bus No 98 Terminus Road stand H. On Sunday, Past the Vino 9 miles with Tony W. Meet bus 12A 9.16am Terminus Road, walk starts at Telscombe Tye 10.25am. Dry lunch Rodmell. On Wednesday, Ouse Views and More, 10 miles with Peter D. Meet bus No 12, 9.43am to Hill Rise Bus stop. Where walk starts at 10.15am GR 469003 dry lunch. finish 15. Leader will join bus at Old Town.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Polegate Wine Club. All welcome in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre from 10am until noon. On Saturday November 15 the coffee morning will be hosted by Stud Farm Allotment Society.

MEETING of Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society on Friday November 14 when our speaker is Giles Dawkes on Pococks Field Excavation 2014. Some early thoughts on this exciting archaeological site. Meetings are held at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, entrance Spencer Road. Members free, visitors £2.50. 7.30pm.

CHRISTMAS FAIR and tables on Saturday November 15, at Polegate Community Centre from 1pm to 4pm. There will be many stalls and a Christmas raffle. Father Christmas will be visiting for a free gift for the children.

TRINITY DINERS next meal is on Friday November 21, at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. To book your place please telephone Jennie on 484189. Email

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

BYGONE HEATHFIELD: Tomorrow, Saturday, at the Dunn Village Hall, we will be showing a couple more films by Mr A W Knapman. These were produced in the mid-nineties using contemporary video footage, shot by him and old photos, postcards etc and provide a vivid contrast between Heathfield and the surrounding area from about a century ago and the 1990s. Changes are still going on in the area, and it is interesting to see scenes in the 1990s, which have disappeared. The films start at 2.30pm. There will be refreshments served. Tickets are £5 each from The Stores or on 01435 812627, but I am sure if you turn up with fiver in hand you won’t be turned away.

CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday when we honour the fallen of two world wars and recent conflicts. The church services start a little earlier, to allow the act of remembrance at 11am. Warbleton Parish Church: 10.45am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. Last Sunday we showed the Shoebox Appeal video. Members of the congregation and friends assemble shoeboxes full of goodies for disadvantaged children around the world as part of Samaritan’s Purse International’s Operation Christmas Child appeal. The deadline is Sunday November 16. Leaflets are to be found on the literature table in the church. St John’s Bodle Street: 10.50am Remembrance service. St Giles, Dallington: 10.50am Remembrance Service. Heathfield Chapel: 10.50am Morning worship with Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Rudyard Kipling is a name well known for his literary output. On Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm start at the Dunn Village Hall, Ray Broomfield will tell us about Kipling’s Two Homes. Coffee is served prior to the meeting and the bookstall and library are open.

QUIZ EVENING: Warbleton Brass Band is holding a quiz evening next Saturday November 15, 7pm for a 7.30pm start at the Dunn Village Hall. Entry is £5 per person. To book or for more details telephone 01435 813359. The band will give its Concert for Remembrance at Burwash Village hall on Saturday November 25 at 2pm.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: This comic farce is written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, and will be put on from November 19 to 22. Tickets cost £18.50 to include a three course meal, and are now on sale to the public, via the Village Players website, there is a booking charge. If you haven’t access to the internet, then contact a committee member.

COFFEE RESULT: I have heard from Ann Payne, Coffee and Company organiser, that the recent special event raised £300 for the Surrey, Sussex and Kent Air Ambulance. This vital part of the local emergency services, is a charity relying on fund raising and so this is a very welcome addition to the funds. Thank you everyone. Coffee and Company is held every Thursday at the Osborne House Community Room from 10am to noon, for coffee, and company.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: The Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, starts at the earlier time of 9.15am on Remembrance Sunday. The congregation who are attending the main Remembrance Sunday service should be in church by about 10.45am in order to make sure of finding a seat, as the church gets packed. Meanwhile ex-service men and women and local uniformed organisations including the scouts, cubs and beavers will meet at 10.15am at Upper Kings Drive ready for the parade along Church Street which will be led by the Kingfisher Band. Piper Ian White will be outside the church to pipe the congregation and parade in for the 11am Service of Remembrance. At 3pm there will be a short service at the Ruth-less Memorial at Butts Brow to commemorate the crew of the ill-fated American Liberator bomber Ruth-less which crashed on the Downs in February 1944.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: The Service of Remembrance at St Andrew’s Church, Jevington, will start at 10.50am and will be led by Tony Rogers.

TRINITY CHURCH: The Service of Remembrance at Trinity Church will start at the usual time of 10.30am.

ST WILFRID’S CHURCH will be having their church service at 10am on Sunday as usual.

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

WW1 PLAQUE: At 11am on Tuesday Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be conducting a short ceremony outside Willingdon Library to honour all those who lived in the parish and were involved in any way in the First World War. A 100-year commemorative plaque will be placed in the parish council’s notice board. Members of the Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion will be present as well as parish councillors. Members of the public are also welcome to attend.

A GOLF SOCIETY was launched at the Wheatsheaf on Monday October 6 with the intention of having a monthly meeting at the pub. The members have already arranged their first game which will be held at Lottbridge Drove from noon today, Friday. Afterwards, it is back to the pub for a curry. To find out if there is still time to play on this occasion, pop into the pub or ring 01323 502069.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday. Members will be having a tea party and are invited to take a friend or two for this free event. There will be a flower demonstration by Su Htoon. Jasmine Gayton will show everyone how to wrap up presents to make them look attractive. There will also be some stalls. Ring Alison on 01323 645527.

BOOGERA BROS will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

SONBEAMS are the babies and pre-school children who meet with their parents, grandparents or carers at 2pm each Wednesday in St Mary’s Church for a time of fun, action, songs and stories.

THE 3 MMM’S (Mrs, Miss and Ms) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. The guest speaker is Malcolm Pratt on Strange goings-on in the Borough of Winchelsea.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP will be meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday at the Red Lion.

WI: Jevington and Filching WI meet at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall for their AGM. Ring Hazel on 01323 483454.

WILLINGDON WI meet at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Jackie Mulholland will give a talk entitled My Life in the Wrens.

ST WILFRID’S CHURCH have a Christmas Fayre from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday November 15. There will be various stalls and refreshments.

PUDDING NIGHT: Edgmond Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town was purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013 and the aim is to commence building the supported living accommodation needed for people with a learning disability as soon as possible. Maureen and John Males continue to host regular fund raising events for the charity at their home The Cottage in Dittons Road, Polegate. For anyone with a sweet tooth their next event is ‘a must’. There will be a very light main course followed by many desserts to be sampled. Voting takes place on the preferred pudding with the winner receiving a prize. Contact Maureen on 01323 482011 to reserve a place. Tickets are £8.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners meal at Trinity Church Hall is on Friday November 21. The menu is fruit juice, beef and vegetable casserole or vegetable casserole, creamed potatoes and cabbage, peach and pear crumble and custard followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place please contact Jennie on 01323 484189. The meals are £5.50.

TRINITY ART GROUP, tutored by Teresa Currie, meet on a Wednesday, 7pm to 9pm, at Trinity Church community room. The group hold an art exhibition, 10am to 5pm on Saturday November 22 in Trinity Church Hall. On display and for sale will be original artworks, prints, artists’ cards, painting on wood and other crafts. Admission is free and light refreshments are available.

ALADDIN: Rehearsals for Willingdon Church Players’ pantomime Aladdin are well underway, but there is still the opportunity for adult members to join the chorus. Also needed is someone to operate the sound CD. For more information please contact the pantomime secretary Lesley Etwell on 013233 504901 or the director Terry Harvey on 0780 063 0761. The pantomime will be staged on January 29, 30 and 31 and tickets will be available to the public from the church hall after the church service (about 11am) on December 7 and 14.