Parish pump Hailsham - October 17, 2014

Alciston & Selmeston

AUTUMN FAIR: Selmeston and Alciston Annual Autumn Fair in Selmeston Village Hall, tomorrow, Saturday, 2.30pm to 4.15pm. Our annual Autumn Fair is always popular with various stalls to feast your eyes on. This year we have added some new stalls, which we hope you will find inviting to purchase gifts etc as well as keeping the ever popular books, bric-a-brac, Grand Draw (first prize this year is a share in a National Hunt race horse), tea and coffee plus homemade cakes and biscuits to refresh you. Our parish pantry tables will be groaning with delicious homemade produce of biscuits, cakes, pastries, pasties and preserves to choose from. We know so many of you return year after year and we look forward to seeing you all again. Those you have not yet managed it, come along and see.


THE SOUTHEND CHORAL SOCIETY will be singing at St Andrew’s Church at 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. The choir will be joined by Kathryn Sargent (soprano), Sara Gourlay (mezzo-soprano) and Ray Maulkin (organ). The programme is the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi and Monteverdi’s lively setting of Psalm 112 Beatus Vir. There is no charge for this concert but there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Andrew’s Church.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Historical Society will be meeting on October 23 at 7.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. The first speaker will be Beryl William, Emeritus Reader in History at the University of Sussex. The title of her talk will be Redrawing the Map of Learning - the Foundation of the University of Sussex. Beryl taught there between 1963 to 2003 in the early years of the University which was founded in 1960. The second speaker will be Kevin Gordon who will give a presentation on Unseen Alfriston. Kevin has a fascinating collection of photos of old Alfriston dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. All are welcome to this meeting; members free, non members £5.

ANNUAL QUIZ: The cricket club’s annual quiz was held last weekend. A full War Memorial Hall enjoyed an evening packed with questions so the little grey cells were suitably challenged by Tim Hurst as Quiz Master. Barbara Harmer, once more, provided a huge and very tasty spread.

NEW WEBSITE: To visit the recently updated village website go to http:/

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets in the village hall on Monday from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

GARDENING CLUB: The club AGM is on Tuesday evening in the village hall. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start, during which time drinks and nibbles will be served. Ruth Ayres will entertain the members after the meeting with a talk on local history.

DOWNTON BALL: Those above and below stairs are invited to the grand Downton Ball at the village hall on Saturday November 1, at 7pm for 7.30pm. A three course dinner will be served, prior to the dancing, accompanied by The Surgeons of Swing. Tickets are £20 from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff 833343. This is in aid of the Extension Fund.


CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday David Walters will conduct a service of Mattins (BCP) at 10.30am. There will be refreshments after the service in the church. The following Sunday, October 26 (end of British Summertime) there will be a Holy Communion service led by the Right Reverend Christopher Hibbert (former Bishop of St Alban’s) commencing at the later time of 11am. This will be a joint service with the United Benefice of Alfriston with Lullington, Litlington and Westdean. St Peter’s Folkington will shortly be joining this Benefice. Coffee, tea and biscuits served in the church afterwards so all can get to know each other. Everyone welcome.


DIPLOCKS FIRE: I think everybody heard the bang last Thursday, October 9, evening when a bolt of lightning hit a block of flats on the Diplocks Estate. Luckily everybody got out unhurt, but unluckily those whose flats were directly affected by the ensuing fire and water damage have sadly lost all they own. Evacuated residents were moved into the Diplocks Community Hall until alternative accommodation with friends and family or hotels could be found. Those involved in this exercise finally locked up at around midnight. Almost immediately on Facebook a group was set up by some local ladies called Donate Clothes and Household Stuff for Those in the Diplocks Fire which was shared by over 400 people within a few hours and now has well over 500 followers. There have been donations of clothing, food, offers of furniture, household goods, pet food and a barn for storage of donated items. The Dunkirk spirit of many of Hailsham’s residents and wider across Sussex in providing assistance in all forms to help the victims has been marvellous.

BONFIRE CELEBRATIONS: This year’s bonfire celebrations are on Saturday October 18 from 7.30pm to 10pm. The official programme is available in various outlets around town for £1 which will help finance next year’s celebration and support local charities. Freedom Leisure car park will be closed from 6pm and all cars should be removed by this time. The two processions are at 7.30pm and 8.10pm followed by fireworks at 9.30pm. For a full programme and the route, please buy a programme. The charities being supported by the street collections this year are Sussex Search & Rescue, Environment Hailsham, Sussex Army Cadets force (Hailsham), Beachy Head Chaplaincy, The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service and Hellingly Rugby Club.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Thanks to the loyal customers who turned out and still supported the Farmers’ Market in the little breaks of sunshine between the atrocious weather last Saturday. At least all the fruit and veg got an extra rinse and Simon’s plants got a good watering! Farmers cannot stop farming just because the weather is inclement and so too the farmers still come to market dedicated to bringing you the finest, freshest produce and they never cancel. The pumpkin display was lovely.Who knew there were so many varieties. One of our frequent customers purchased a very intriguing Romanesco cauliflower, which are very hard to grow. She said it tasted like cauliflower but with a firmer texture. Enquiries for produce, craft or charity pitches 07887 910150.

ROTARY CLUB OF HAILSHAM: Forty members and guests visited Hidden London by coach to see some of the less well known sites in the city. After the guided tour they had a barge trip along Regents Canal from Little Venice through Regents Park then lunch at the Festival Hall and a comprehensive history of the building. Hailsham Pavilion will promote the work of the Rotary Club through their on-screen advertisements. So far this year the Rotarians have raised over £12k for 25 local charities, organisations and individual projects including Association of Carers, Diplock’s Community Trust, 4th Hailsham Brownies, Hailsham Primary Inter School Quiz, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, ‘Know your blood pressure’ day, Rockinghorse Royal Alexander Children’s Hospital, The Starfish Project, St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Hailsham Young Chef competition, Young Herstmonceux Amateur Theatrical Society, Zoe Pennington Dance Academy, CMV Action. Hailsham Community College principal, Phil Matthews, gave a talk at the club’s Ladies Night at the Boship Hotel. He spoke at length about how the expansion of the town will impact not only the college but the demographics of the town. It was a fascinating insight into the developments that are being planned and how the only college in the town has to plan ahead for expansion and further student intakes. The Rotary Club’s website is being updated and will be available again soon. In the meantime their Facebook page is updated every week. For more information contact Richard on 01323 847776.

BATTLE ROAD DEVELOPMENT: Following the recent public exhibition I have been passed a copy of a letter which is to be sent to Wealden District Council which outlines the objections of one of the residents that will be affected by the proposed new development of land from Harebeating Lane. The points he makes are generally shared by most of the people I talked to and I think sets a good model letter for anyone who is not sure how to go about submitting any concerns they may have. If you would like a copy of the letter please contact me either by phone 440567 or preferably if you are on email at and he has given permission for his letter to be available to anyone who wants to have a look at it. If planning is approved in mid March then building will start November 2015. You can look at the TW plans at and give your feedback on them but you must contact Wealden District Council direct and in writing if you wish to make your concerns known. You can also attend planning meetings by appointment and speak for three minutes.

ST MARY’S: This is the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Deborah and Barak, Ruling and Rescuing. Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am, A People without a King. Evening Prayer is at 6.30pm, The Speaking God.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: This evening, Friday, with Dorothy Young and Gail Moffit at Primrose Hall starting at 7.30pm. There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is Rev Petula Stowell. Visit

BRASS CONCERT: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society is pleased to present Music from the Movies on Sunday at the Hailsham Pavilion at 2.30pm with Uckfield brass band. A fun afternoon is promised with memorable music. Tickets £7.50 at the box office or website, refreshments included.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Anne, Mike and John (844516) will be leading at 4.5 mile walk at Battle. Whilst there are no stiles, there are some hilly bits and it can be muddy. If you prefer a shorter walk also on Wednesday with Jill (843530) she will be leading you along the riverbank at Alfriston to Littlington. If you would like to go on either of these walks please contact the walk leader.

SCAM INFORMATION DAY: This is a community event on Wednesday from 10am to 11am at the National Westminster Bank, 1 High Street. Go along and join your local PCSO for scam information. There will be some leaflets and books for all you need to know about recent scams and how not to become a victim.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSOs look forward to meeting the residents of Bowline Drive on Wednesday from 1pm to 1.30pm to discuss any ongoing issues you may have.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP: Hailsham Heathfield and Herstmonceux Cardiac Support Group meet on Thursday at Emmanuel church hall. If you have a heart problem whether mild or severe, then go along at 2.30pm for 3pm start. There is a wealth of information available and friendly discussion and occasional speakers from the medical profession or just general local interest. For information contact Philip Ford on 01323 449195 or email

CHILDREN’S CRAFTS: During half term Dippy Doodahs in Hailsham High Street will be running several craft workshops for children. On Monday October 27 from 1pm to 3pm hanging scotty dog, Tuesday from 10am to noon bag decorating, Wednesday is button, necklace and bracelet making from 10am to noon, Thursday fabric patch box from 1pm to 3pm and on Friday there will be pumpkin carving. All workshops are £5 and include a milkshake and cookie or cake and must be booked and paid for at the time of booking. Children accompanied by an adult.

TRANSPORT COFFEE MORNING: On Saturday October 25 doors open at 10am for coffee with the show at 10.30am hosted by local transport historian John Bishop. Travel back in time when team was king, the streets of yesteryear in Berlin or shipping so something for everyone in cine. Tickets are £5 on the door, telephone, or online to include tea or coffee. All proceeds to Hailsham Old Pavilion Society.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Ray’s AV Extravaganza was delivered by Ray Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE3, a member of Maidstone Camera Club. There were a wide variety of subjects shown in several AVs mostly set to music, some with narration and others with Ray’s own poetry. ‘If you don’t like the pictures you might like the music, and if you don’t like the music you might like the pictures,’ he said. The Farne Islands was a set of beautiful images taken in Northumberland in June, of long sandy beaches, crashing waves and rocks, an abundance of wildlife with gulls, guillemots, puffins and kittiwakes. Also boats, waterfalls, the castle and monastery, the chapel of St Cuthbert, and the Farne lighthouse built in 1811 and Longstone lighthouse built in 1826 due to the huge number of shipwrecks around the islands. There are between 15 and 28 islands visible depending on the tide. Romney Marsh in December depicted how Ray feels about the marshes close to where he lives - the church after snowfall, watery sunlight, mist on the river, naked trees, frosty berries, leaves and spiders web. Winter at its height and a wonderful morning to remember. Another AV called Bert was actually about Ray’s grandfather who served in the First World War. A story of an ordinary man, with the reading of a poem and shown in black and white with pictures of soldiers, nurses, poppy fields and guns. Ray was thanked for coming to the club again and showing some of his lovely audiovisual work.

BLACK CAT DAY: The Cats Protection League has its annual Black Cat Adoption Day on Saturday October 25 from noon to 3pm. The usual stalls and refreshments will be there. Entry is 50p or a tin of cat food.

COMMUNITY GROUPS FORUM: The next meeting of community groups from around Hailsham is on Tuesday at 6pm in St Mary’s church lounge.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Regular Services Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), every Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am Parish Eucharist (CW). Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am for Holy Communion. There is a joint service this Sunday at 5pm.

ACTIVE PLAY: Following the success of the summer session during October half term holiday there will be more active play sessions at Hellingly Community Park at Roebuck Park. Sessions have been arranged for Monday to Wednesday, October 27 to 29, all starting at 2pm to 3.30pm. Please note sessions may be cancelled due to poor weather so if unsure please ring Suzanne on 01323 461390.

HELLINGY PC: The allotments hedge would be cut this month. A conifer had been planted in the cemetery without permission. A notice would be placed on the tree asking for it to be removed. If it is not removed then the council would remove it. There would no longer be a cemetery charge for the interment of children under the age of one year. The council had received an email from the Post Office in relation to the re-siting of the post box in Park Road. It was generally felt that their proposal to move it into a more visible location was acceptable, although there was a view expressed that this would be dangerous and it should be moved to Station Road. Concern was expressed at the delay in delivery of the cricket pavilion and the community hall and it is not clear who will be building these as Persimmon have said that they only build houses. It was agreed that the priority was the cricket pavilion and it was noted that it would be necessary to submit a further planning application as the doors and windows had changed and because of the addition of the rear store.

MICHELHAM PRIORY: At Halloween, on October 31, there will be traditional entertainment with Punch and Judy, drama sessions, crafts and Halloween fun. It all starts at 10.30am and ends at 5pm. Usual admission prices apply. Visit

ARLINGTON PC: Signs are proposed asking people to use the bins provided and to drive slowly across the recreation ground. Prices for seats for the recreation ground are being investigated. The hollow tree stump at the recreation ground will be removed. Regarding the footpath from The Plough and installation of yellow lines, this will be raised at the Residents Association meeting to see if they are willing to contribute towards the cost. Regarding installing a footpath, given the cost per metre for the laying of a footway, it is too expensive. Whether the footpath could be diverted is being considered. Footpaths 37b and c and 38a and b were impassable due to the maize crops. It had also been highlighted that another path had been closed off. However, the closed path was not a public footpath. It was suggested it was part of the Stewardship Scheme. Natural England is to be asked if it was still part of the scheme and the Rights of Way team were contacted. They are aware of the problems with the crops on these footpaths and will be contacting the landowner. Regarding Bedes, the crossroads scheme is still in the design phase and it is hoped more information will be available in late autumn. They are planning on demolishing chalets and erect new classrooms, this is in the design phase and will probably commence in 2017. The multi-purpose games area has been laid. The Astroturf has been lifted which identified that the footings weren’t installed correctly, the contractor has been requested to resolve the problem. He confirmed that the white bags relate to the Astroturf work. The cricket pavilion foundations have been laid and the biomass plant is fully operational. Dr Maloney has confirmed that they are hopeful that the shop should continue. Dr Maloney will speak to the deputy heads about pupils walking across the Village Green and Dr Maloney will be asked about large buses going down Michelham Priory Road.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

GIANT VEGETABLES: The ‘Ceux Giant Vegetable Show is on Sunday October 26. Come see the giant vegetables from 12.30pm. There will also be a barbecue and raffle. All vegetables have to be received at The Woolpack on the morning of October 26 by noon. Proceeds to local charities. Inquiries by email to

POPPY COLLECTION: House to house, village shops, pubs and restaurants collections will take place from October 25 to November 8. Di will be in touch with all her collectors in due course to receive their OK that they will be able to collect again this year. However if there is anyone else, along with a friend who would be willing to volunteer, minimum age 16 years, then please contact me on Di Tate 01323 831925.

WINDMILL: The windmill at Windmill Hill has its Christmas cards available now. These can be purchased from Herstmonceux Village Information Centre, Windmill Hill Stores and the website

HAILSHAM TRUST: There is a parish meeting on October 28 at 7pm at the Health Centre which will have a collection of services, organisations and local groups who could all work together to better support the community. They are very interested in the details of the service and how we could possibly link into other things. For example Dr Simmons is thinking of getting an electric car for locals to use to take vulnerable people to appointments. There will also be discussion around some First Aid training to be set up early in the year. For further information please contact Tammy on 01323 446404.

WALKING GROUP: Trudy (845597) is leading a 4.5 mile walk on Sunday around the Rottingdean to Woodingdean area. Meet at 10am at Hailsham Leisure Centre.


GRAND JUMBLE SALE Saturday, November 1, Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble wanted. More information 01323 811385,

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

SENLAC BELLS provided Music for an Autumn Evening, enjoyable entertainment playing 65 hand-bells, last Saturday night, at the Memorial Hall. Their programme included rousing arrangements from Phantom of the Opera, Titantic, Radettzky March and many more, no chance for any dozers in the audience. They are pleased to be able to send a cheque to the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice of £50. Thank you to those that supported them.

HOOE OPEN GROUP (Ladies Club) held their monthly meeting on the afternoon of Friday, October 10, at Hooe Village Hall. The speaker was Barry Wilkinson who for many years was a prison warder, commencing work in the 1970s at Northeye Prison, which was located at the top of Barnhorn Road. This prison was for the less violent criminals, originally totalling about 100 offenders, who passed the time engaged in rehabilitation activities. The day came when Barry was transferred to the main East Sussex jail in Lewes, where most of the violent criminals were incarcerated. It was a complete contrast to life in Northeye. In former times, inmates would spend many hours working on a 12ft Tread Mill working side by side, round and round for hours on end. There were even small hand driven mechanisms associated with each cell, where the warder could increase the tension and thereby the effort required to turn the handle, which got the warders the nick name Screw. There were also parties engaged in sewing mail bags and if the bags were not required the prisoners would have to unpick them and then re-sew them again, just to keep them occupied. How things have changed! Today there are recreation and study facilities, giving the prisoners the opportunity to improve both mind and body. It is hoped that Barry will come again next year as he has many a tale to tell, both in and out of the prison service. As usual the afternoon was concluded with tea and a raffle, which always has many worthwhile prizes. If you would be interested in joining a very jolly group of ladies, who like to socialise why not come along to Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of the month at 2.30pm. For further details contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

HOMEMADE FAYRE: The return of the Home Made Fayre tomorrow, Saturday, at the Memorial Hall. Over 25 stalls plus a story-teller. They have ceramics, scarves, cards, sausage rolls, jewellery, pet portraits, cakes and much, much more. Doors open at 10am and monies raised will go towards further refurbishment of the Memorial Hall.

CHRISTIAN VOICES, the Musical Drama Group, will be performing their next play tomorrow, Saturday. It is called Let My People Go and is based on what happens when Moses and Aaron tell the King of Egypt to let his slaves go free. The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. The performances will be in aid of the Bexhill Street Pastors. Christian Voices will be performing at Ninfield Methodist Church at 3pm. As usual, entry is free.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Monday their new season starts with the AGM at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. It is hoped many current and new members will come and it is the time to pay the annual membership fee of £4. As a reward for attending, this will be followed by the welcome return of Kim Parks with some of his local wildlife slides.

GOLDEN CIRCLE: Monthly meetings are held in Ninfield Methodist Church Hall at 2.30pm on the third Tuesday of each month. They are a cheerful group of ladies and gentlemen who enjoy an interesting programme of speakers and demonstrations. Tea and biscuits and a raffle are also available. Our next meeting is on October 21 at 2.30pm in the Methodist Hall, with Joyce talking on Memories of B&B.

MESSY CHURCH will be at Ninfield Methodist from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, October 22, for young people ages 5 to 11yrs. with their parents or carer. The theme in October will be Saints Alive and include a meal. All welcome to these popular events.

VILLAGE OPEN MEETING: Housing Survey, the parish council have collated the responses to our Housing Survey and will be sharing the results with the village at an open meeting on October 22. The meeting will be at the Memorial Hall and doors will open at 7pm. Please come along for an update on SHLAA sites, housing allocations, key information from the survey and our next steps. The parish council cannot stress enough the importance of your attendance at this meeting.

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 Service of Worship and Praise with Mr D Hanson. October 22, 3.30pm to 5.30pm Messy Church.


TRINITY DINERS next meal is today, Friday. Contact Jennie on 484189 to book.

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

MEET THOMAS and friends at the Spa Valley Railway today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. Bookings taken online only. Car parking at Eridge is £1 for the day. The Thomas trains start at Eridge and travel to Tunbridge Wells West Station. Many extra attractions and re-enactment of some of the Thomas stories. Meet Daisy Diesel, George and Percy, also Spa Valley residents Sparten and Ugly. Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller, will be giving a tea party on the last train. Reserve tickets at Anyone arriving at Tunbridge Wells main station in the town centre, will need to board Arriva buses from the opposite side of the road, stop S, to Sainsbury’s, the Spa Valley Railway is next door. There are frequent buses to Sainsbury’s superstore.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Around Eastbourne, with Marjorie W. Meet at Gildredge Park, the Goffs, at 9.30am GR 604994. Frequent buses 1, 1A , 12 and 12A. 4 miles. Or, Brisk pace Fullers Folly Foray, 8.5 miles with Kay and Mary. Meet at the Avenue at 9am. Walk starts at Woods Corner at 9.45am GR 664194, map 124. Finish at 1.30pm. Use lay-by on B2096 200 metres west of pub. On Sunday, a walk in the Low Weald, 9.25 miles with John and Marion. Meet at the Avenue at 9.30am, walk starts in lay-by at Arlington Reservoir 9.50am GR 528075, dry lunch, 18 stiles. On Wednesday, Cross the Vine, 6.5 miles with Paul and Barbara. Meet bus 51, 9.53am Terminus Road Stand H. Walk starts at Coggers Cross 10.40am GR 528075. Dry lunch finish at 2pm. Cars park in lay-by before Coggers Cross. Meet leaders at start. On Thursday, Leisurely Nursery Walk, about 2.5 miles a nice flat to Nursery Polegate area, up to the nursery and back via the Cuckoo trail, finish at High Street. Meet at Co-op car park 10am with Geoff. Or a longer walk of 4.5 miles Bishopstone Village, hill and sea. Walk to Bishopstone through fields, up and incline through woods and drop down to sea. Three stiles with Chris W. Or a longer walk of eight miles Monk, Rod, Ease and Arms. From Rodmell, some steep climbs and river walk, three stiles, take picnic with Angela. More information from 504280 Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

QUIZ NIGHT tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre hosted by the twinning association at 7.30pm.

THE GARDENERS SOCIETY meet on Thursday with a talk on Old Inns of Lewes. Meeting starts at 7.30pm at Polegate Community Centre. More information on 483222.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. Our bells returned to action, after refurbishment, last Sunday and sounded in good form. One thing rarely seen is the bells themselves in action, so we set up a camera at the bell chamber door, and projected the view live on to the screens in the church, before and after the service. We also had a short slide sequence of photos taken during the restoration, at the beginning of the service, whilst our rector Rev Marc Lloyd gave a short history of the project, and thanked everyone involved, in fund raising, providing the money and to those involved in the actual work up the tower, dismantling and re-fitting the equipment and rubbing down and re-painting the frame. Particular thanks are due to David Cleverley, who oversaw the project. He then rededicated the bells for their future service of calling people to worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and 6.30pm Evening service and communion. This will be last evening service until the clocks change in March. Both services are led by Ray Dadswell.

RGWI: Gilly Halcrow will update members with A History of Food, Drink and Manners on Thursday evening at the Dunn Village Hall at 7.30pm. For further details or help with transport contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

FILM SHOW: A while back we showed a couple of films produced by Mr A W Knapman of Heathfield. He used old postcards etc to provide a contrast between the early 1900s and the time of the films, the 1990s. It was fascinating to see the way Heathfield and the surrounding areas had changed, over the decades, and is still changing.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a highly entertaining and most informative talk by Ian Gledhill on the Magic of Pantomime. This was not the research of an historian but came from someone involved for many years in the theatre. Ian has worked at Glyndebourne and the Theatre Royal, Brighton, but now appears in pantomime as the Lord Chamberlain in Cinderella, alongside Julian Clary and Jeffrey Holland. He told us of the origins of panto in the Commedia Dell’arte in Italy and how that worked its way up through Europe to England. When adopted here it was a 15 minute conclusion to about six hours of An Evening at the Theatre. Gradually it filled more of the evening, until in the late 1800s it stood alone as a production and took the form we would generally recognise today. He told us of the many characters who have performed in pantos over the decades since, and the origins of dames and principal boys, the latter now generally are male, since Cliff Richard did his first panto in the 1960s. There is nothing new in well-known entertainers taking on the lead roles. Many of the early dames were from the Music Hall. Our next walk is on Saturday October 25, meeting at 2pm in the lane behind Arlington Reservoir. From this direction go over the Berwick level crossing and turn left, for Arlington. Make your way along until just after a sharp left hand bend. Map ref TQ540068. Our next meeting is on November 10 when Ray Broomfield will speak about Kipling’s Two Homes.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

JPK SUSSEX PROJECT: Edgmond Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town were purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013. The aim is to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. Fundraising is on-going and project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker is grateful to all those who continue to support the project. It is hoped to start the first phase of the building work before too long. There have been many individual donations. Over the past few months fundraising activities have included a barbeque and disco hosted by John and Maureen Males which raised £761 with additional match funding of £500 from Legal and General and £825 from Barclays Bank. A raffle held at Filching Manor during the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company’s outdoor production of The Wife raise a further £177. A generous donation of £135 was donated by Alan Hodges following his interesting talk on the History of Eastbourne. ‘The Jade Team’ took park in the John O’Groats to Land’s End Cycle Challenge and sponsorship money could run into the thousands. As part of their community action programme Scotia Gas Networks provided a working party to undertake painting and clearance work on the JPK Edgmond site. The Summer Fayre organised by Margaret and Mavis Langford-Noakes was a great success and raised £700. In August a cheque for £200 was received from ASDA following their customers’ collection of tokens earlier in the year. A charity night at the Hydro with Paul Davis and the Easy Beat Orchestra and singers raised a further £600. At Concentus Chorale’s annual barbecue a cheque was presented to JPK for £2,089, the proceeds of their year’s fundraising and retiring collections at their concerts. Donations to JPK were requested rather than gifts at Rene Wicking’s 100th birthday and from this special occasion £790 was donated. Voice Works Company of Singers raised £416 from their concert in August adding to the £500 raised for the charity at a previous concert. Bridge Builders Club, a social club for people with a learning disability, undertook a sponsored walk in Hampden Park and raised £1001, and a sponsored walk for JPK by the students of St Andrew’s School Meads took place in September with the proceeds still being collected. ‘The JPK Cycle’ team took part in the London to Brighton Bike Challenge in June and £829 was raised. Sovereign Harbour WI presented a cheque for £284 following their garden party. The annual charity golf day organised by Chris Rose and his team raised an amazing £12,500 in September. And finally Leonie Turner continues to make her delicious chutneys and jams for sale and during this financial year has raised £500. For further information please contact the JPK Sussex Project co-ordinator Jill Parker at 7 Wannock Avenue, Willingdon, BN20 9RP telephone number 01323 486179 or email or visit .

SONGS AND PIES: This event in aid of the JPK Sussex Project is being hosted by Maureen and John Males at The Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate, from 7pm tomorrow, Saturday. This is a fun evening, good food and audience participation led by Bourne Chorus. Please contact Maureen on 01323 482011. Tickets are £8.

QUIZ: The residents’ association is organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. Teams can be made up of six or less people. The cost is £7 each to include supper and a free raffle. Ring Richard Nunney on 01323 501238 to check if there are still places left.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive is the venue for a networking breakfast on the third Thursday of the month, 8am to 9am. It is an opportunity for local businesses and charities to meet and promote their organisations and the services they provide. The cost is just £3 to cover the breakfast. Ring the director of community relations Emma Vieire on 01323 525000 or email

COCKTAILS AND CANOPIES: You can enjoy cocktails and canopies at Sunrise Senior Living at 2.15pm today, Friday, whilst listening to entertainment provided by pianist Andy Payne.

THE FLOWER CLUB meet at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For information contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate when Geoff Hutchinson will give a talk entitled Mad Jack Fuller.

CARGO: Accomplished guitarist Chris Page and bass player Peter Lees, known as Cargo, will provide an eclectic mix of covers at the Wheatsheaf tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm.

COMBINED VOICES: At 6.30pm on Sunday there will be a combined voices service at St Mary’s Church in support of the Royal School of Church Music with special choir music, hymns and psalms.

RAMBLERS: St Mary’s Church Ramblers meet at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday. The walk will be around Herstrmonceux, which is a change from the original itinerary.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will hold a cemetery committee meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 for information.

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs Miss and Ms) will meet at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when there will be a SE Water presentation and discussions on Operation Christmas Child.