Parish Pump Hailsham - October 25, 2013


WI NEWS: The October meeting heard an interesting talk by Karen Martin about why she decided to train and about her work as a Hypnotherapist. There are many alternative treatments now available on the NHS that avoid medication. Karen involved the whole audience in a short demonstration of a case of mind over matter. There was a Q&A session which included an explanation of some of the acts of entertainment hypnotists. After tea and biscuits members were told of the various forthcoming events organised by WI Headquarters and dates for the Christmas shopping trip in November, the AGM and the Christmas Party.

STRICTLY speaking, Sophie Ellis-Bextor is not a resident of Alfriston but her family have lived and worked in the village for a number of years. Sophie often visits and even turned on the village Christmas lights a few years ago. I think we can legitimately lay some claim to her and boast about her very elegant performance on last Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing. We also had the opportunity to admire the talented Tim Rice-Oxley, who does live in the village, and also appeared on the show.

CHRISTMAS Book Review Party. A trio of knowledgeable industry insiders will be discussing some of their favourite books on November 17 between 3pm and 5pm. at Much Ado Books. The afternoon will feature David Foy from Bloomsbury Books, Kellie Balseiro from Faber and Faber and Guy Lloyd from Random House. Together they know about all the interesting and important books due out this year giving a chance to sort out a few Christmas gifts. Tickets for the event are £7.50, with some liquid refreshment as well and including £5 off any order placed that afternoon. To book please telephone 01323 871222 or email

DICKENSIAN EVENING: The thought of Christmas gifts and lights reminds me that the Dickensian Evening date needs to be marked on the calendar. This year we will welcome Father Christmas, the Morris Dancers, The Eastbourne Scottish Pipe Band and the late night shopping opportunity, and more, on November 23 from 2pm to 9pm. The through road will be closed all afternoon until 9pm.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: Goodbye Lenin is the film this month to be shown tonight at 7pm for 7.30pm in the village hall. This comedy drama, directed by Wolfgang Becker, is about a young man in East Germany in 1990 who must keep from his mother, just out of a long coma, the changes that happened to that country, as with so much of eastern Europe. Guests are welcome at £6.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. 4pm, 4forAll (Messy Church) at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

PARISH COUNCIL: For a report on the October meeting, please see the Warbleton section.

SOUP KITCHEN: Twice a year the hall organises charity soup kitchens to raise money for local charities and hall funds. Next Saturday there will be a soup kitchen from noon in the hall. There will be a range of soups, a sweet and tea or coffee, for a suggested minimum donation of £5. Future events are fireworks on Tuesday November 5, and a showing of the opera Carmen (from Sydney Opera House) on November 16.


BONFIRE SOCIETY: Hundreds of people enjoyed a fantastic evening last Friday of procession, remembrance and celebration, bringing together the community for a great night out. Hailsham Bonfire Society is desperately looking for new members to join them. They enjoy year round events and join in many other bonfire events around Sussex in a schedule that starts in September and through November. If you would like to be a part of the tradition that is Hailsham Bonfire Society, find out more and be a part of its success, go along on your own or with your family on Monday November 4 to the Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road or on the first Monday of every month from 8pm. All welcome.

WEAR IT PINK DAY: Hailsham Memorial Institute is holding an event today, Friday, in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness. There will be a cake stall, tombola and competitions from 11am to 11pm. Kitchen open for refreshments 11am to 4pm. Non members welcome.

ST MARY’S: This is the last Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Our Faithful God. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, A Love that Labours. 6.30pm Holy Communion, The Inheritance.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There are 1-2-1 private readings tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm at Primrose Hall. No appointment necessary. Just turn up. The next clairvoyant evening is on November 2. On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium is Rev Anne Mills. All welcome.

KNITTING GROUP: The last Knit’Inn Night this month at The King’s Head is on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Christmas projects are well underway now and the next charity knit is arranged. Working with yarn is such an automatic activity once the basics are mastered that it accompanies other parts of life, like being a passenger on a journey, watching television, in fact anything that does not otherwise occupy fingers. Knitting and talking go together well and are a good reason to meet up. If you would like to learn to knit or share experiences of knitting come to The King’s Head on the second and last Tuesday of any month. For more information phone The King’s Head or Su (07591 631749).

KNIT FOR CHARITY: Can you knit? If not, here is a fun and easy way to start for charity. If you can, then please help. A relocating wildlife charity is being launched in January in Cowbeech. Su is desperately in need of some help knitting little animal figures that she stuffs and sells. They are very popular and she cannot keep up with demand and is in desperate need of some help. If knitting is not your thing, but you would still like to help, she also makes and sells pom pom hedgehogs, which are also very popular at fundraising events. Su is happy to demonstrate and or pass on the patterns for the various creatures. If you are able to help you can email her at Su is also after anything that would come in handy to help build aviaries and pens ie chicken wire, panelling, wood etc that people might have lurking in their garage or shed. Anybody who knows of any builders merchants that might also donate any hardware would also be great.

FAIRYTALE LIGHT PARTY: You are invited to join the fun at Hailsham Parish Church on Thursday from 4pm to 6pm. It is only 50p per child and for all primary school ages. There will be hot dogs and cake for refreshments. Come dressed as any fairytale character you like. There will be craft, bouncy castle and games. Contact Lyn Gooding on 441868 or email to sign up or for more information.

PUMPKIN CARVING: Between October 26 and 31 during opening hours you can go along to Sharnfold Farm on Ersham Road, choose your gourd and do you scariest carving.

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN at Michelham Priory on October 31 from 10.30am to 5pm. There will be traditional entertainment including a Punch and Judy, drama sessions, story telling, crafts and Halloween fun. Tickets £7.50 adults, children £4, student £6.50, family £20. More information (01323) 844224 or email

AUTUMN FAIR: Saturday November 2 at the Charles Hunt Centre from 9.30am to noon. There is a homemade quilt raffle, new toys and jigsaws, face painting, winter warmers, craft stall, jams and preserves, baskets of gifts stall, Christmas stocking fillers, homemade cakes and scones, tombola and raffle, competitions, refreshments, handmade cards. Free entry. In aid of Hailsham Methodist Church redevelopment fund.

HOPS AUCTION: There is a film poster auction at The Pavilion on Saturday November 2 from 10am to noon. It is a great fun event for all the family and many of the posters are sold at pocket money prices. Hailsham Old Pavilion Society’s annual Film Poster Auction doors open at around 9.30am for 10am start. The posters are from a huge range of both adult and children’s films and bidding for most posters starts at just £1 so it’s a great opportunity to pick up a bargain poster of your favourite movie. Most posters are UK quad size normally on display in the front window. Also a film memorabilia stall selling smaller posters. Download the catalogue at from the What’s On page or pop into the Pavilion. Refreshments will be available.

ARTS, ANTIQUES and Collectables. Street market organisers Hailsham Forward are holding a one-off art, antiques and collectables market in Vicarage Field on Saturday November 2 from 9.30am to 3pm. There will be traders of fine art, modern collectables and vintage must-haves. Enquiries 01323 841702 or email

BOOM SHACK: Tony Boom Shacker Newton is hosting another Boom Shack session at the Corn Exchange on Sunday November 10 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 the organisers 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. Some video footage of their debut session is on TheGottaBoom channel on youtube. Links can be found on the Gotta Boom Project page on Facebook.

Admission is FREE for those who want to come and watch. Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: On Thursday members were invited to bring their cameras with them for a very different evening called Owls Out And About with Pam Brewer. Pam had brought with her 10 owls of different species that were all friendly, incubator hatched and hand reared. Already sitting on their perches at the start of the meeting, members had the opportunity to get up close and take photographs. Flash photography was not a problem as the birds were quite used to all the attention. Pam gave a very interesting talk about hunting, feeding and behaviour, introduced the owls by name and together with other owners Helen and John answered questions presented to them. After the tea break, anyone interested was able to hold an owl on a special gauntlet and also stroke the beautiful soft feathers. There were two British Barn Owls, Long Eared Owl, Little Owl, Southern White Faced Owl, South African Mottled Owl, Bengal Eagle Owl, African Spotted Eagle Owl and a Canadian Great Grey whose behaviour, at two years of age, was likened to that of a stroppy teenager and she sat behind her post for most of the evening until her owner picked her up. An excellent evening was enjoyed by all and special thanks given to Pamela, Helen and John for showing their beautiful owls.

CHRISTMAS ISOLATION CAMPAIGN: Waitrose Hailsham is looking for local charities to support for their Christmas Isolation Campaign. They will be supporting the elderly, homeless and vulnerable by contributing to the cost of a Christmas celebration as well as Waitrose partners volunteering to help with the event. Please contact Sammy Kettlety, Section Manager Personnel, Waitrose Hailsham on 01323 846708 if you can offer any suggestions.

100 YEARS AGO: In October 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote: Princess Alice Festival September 21 was as well attended as ever. Four fire brigades marched in the procession. All went well in lovely weather till the sermon began, when rain came and the audience vanished as by magic. Note: The Princess Alice memorial Hospital was in Eastbourne, Carew Road, now demolished. There are vacancies in the church choir for four earnest men at present. May not this be a call to some of our church men to come forward to consecrate their talent of music to the service of God? I know it is a bit of a tie to be a conscientious choir-man, but surely nothing can be more noble than to give the service of the church the use of God-given talents. I should be glad to hear of men who desire to serve their church in this way. GH Evans (Curate).

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.

QUIZ ACCUMULATOR: If you can quiz every Tuesday 8pm start at the Plough, Upper Dicker, you can accumulate points up to December 17 which could win you a first prize of £250, second a complimentary meal ticket for The Plough or a third prize of an in-house hamper. There is a weekly prize of a bottle of wine. Live music every Friday, like to perform? Contact Angelena for an audition. There is live music from the bandstand, weather permitting, on Sunday afternoons starting at 3pm for a couple of hours.

FIREWORKS: The Merrie Harriers Bonfire and Fireworks night is tonight, Friday, at 7pm to 7.15pm lighting of the bonfire and from 8pm the firework display.

NEW FARM SHOP: A new farm shop is opening at Bates Green Farm (home of the Arlington Bluebell Walk) on November 1. To celebrate the opening and for the first two days only, November 1 and 2, the Bluebell Wood will be open free of charge for our shop visitors to enjoy the autumnal splendour and peace and quiet of this private wood. It will be lovely to see you all again not just at springtime. There will be delicious homemade cakes, freshly brewed coffee, teas and homemade soup and bread. Please email if you have any queries

POLICE COMMISSIONER: Katy Bourne gave a talk at Dicker village hall last month. Twenty-three residents attended this very interesting and enlightening talk on the work of a Police Commissioner and how she fulfils her role. A number of questions were put to her and she gave full and informative replies, a refreshing change from the usual political fudge given as answers to real, searching questions on contentious issues such as safety, social nuisance and police numbers.

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: Michelham Priory is proud to be the South East host for a touring exhibition of photography which has previously been on display at The Station in Richmond, Yorkshire, Kellie Castle in Scotland and Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw art gallery in Wales. The international competition attracted thousands of entries from more than 60 countries and was narrowed down to the final 100 by a panel of judges. Judges of Best Shots considered all work anonymously and had the task of assessing more than 8,000 images from professional and amateur photographers worldwide. Chair of judges was landscape photographer Joe Cornish Hon. FRPS. ‘I have experience of many different competitions and, without doubt, this was one of the most challenging in that there were so many excellent contenders. As judges, we had some difficult decisions to make. We had no idea whose work we were looking at, where the photographer came from or indeed whether or not they earned a living from photography, and took every image on its own merit selecting what we believed to be the 10 best images for each category. If you take the final 100 as a collection, the range of subject matter, artistry and technique is outstanding. It is going to be a striking exhibition.’ Judges selecting the final 100 alongside Joe Cornish were Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA; former Chief Photographer for Mirror Group, Professor Mike Maloney OBE Hon. FRPS, FBIPP, FRPS; Roger Tooth from The Guardian, and the architectural photographer, J Collingridge ABIPP. The first, second and third winners of each category will be exhibited at Michelham Priory from November 9 until December 11. For more information on the winners and the Best Shots touring exhibition visit:

Herstmonceux & Wartling

GIANT VEGETABLES: Tomorrow, Saturday, will be the big weigh in day for the giant vegetables at the Woolpack Inn. Once the business of the evening is over and the winner announced, it’ll be pumpkin soup followed by sausage and mash for all, after which there will be a presentation of the money raised and the under 14s competition for the best carved pumpkin to judge. Re-cycled will be providing the entertainment for the evening. Tickets are on sale at £5 each from either the Woolpack or the Information Centre; alternatively you can call them on 07712104247. It’s not too late to enter any of the competitions and pumpkins for the under 14s carving competition are on sale at the Woolpack for £1.50 each but they must be back, fully carved, by tomorrow, Saturday, morning. Proceeds will go to local charities.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy communion along with the Celtic Service will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Matins being held at Wartling Church at 9.45am.

BINGO: Two lots this month both being held in the village hall. The first is tomorrow, Saturday, eyes down at 2.30pm for an afternoon of fun bingo in aid of the village hall heating fund. Entrance is £5 to include your first book of tickets and home-made cakes served up as refreshments at interval time. Like the regular Wednesday afternoon bingo sessions, this will be suitable for all ages and abilities, it doesn’t even matter if you’ve never played before, it’s fun and there will be plenty of people there to help you. The second Bingo afternoon will be on Wednesday, eyes down for 2.15pm, prizes for both full houses and lines, loads of cake and biccies for tea and a raffle. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS FAIR on November 30. This is a plea to anybody who would like to help by running a stall or helping with refreshments. If you can help in any way please call 832996 and talk to Jessica.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday November 3 meet John at the Hailsham Leisure Centre at 10am. Take along a picnic for a seven to eight mile Downland walk. All welcome. If you need further information please call 848690.

RAY AND SHELDON will be holding their AGM followed by a bring and buy sale today, Friday. All over the age of 60 are most welcome to go along to the village hall at 2.15pm where they will receive a very warm welcome.

BONFIRE NIGHT: Today, Friday, Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society bonfire celebrations on the fields at Cowbeech, by the Merrie Harriers pub. Barbecue, fancy dress and a pumpkin competition as well as the massive bonfire and an astonishing fireworks display. The gates open for 6.30pm, entrance is £5, under 11s free. Make sure you wear your boots, it’s bound to be muddy, always is but also very enjoyable.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: House to house collections start in the village tomorrow, Saturday, until November 10. You will also find poppies on sale in the village shops, pubs and restaurant. Buy your poppy and wear it with pride.

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

EXHIBITION: There will be an exhibition and sale of pictures by a one time local artist who gifted his work to St Mary’s Ninfield tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm at the Reading Room. The works include pictures of both Ninfield and Hooe Churches together with sea and rural scenes from the local area. Entry is 50p per person. As well as all pieces on show being for sale, there will be tea and coffee with delicious cakes available.

GALA NIGHT is back tomorrow, Saturday, from 7pm to midnight. A fish and chips supper, entertainment with Déjà Revue, award ceremony, dancing, bar and a raffle. Tickets £14 per head. Call Sami on 893699, 07970650321, email for booking and food choices, or see Sophie in the Post Office. This popular evening is back and all profits from the event will go to local causes.

COFFEE MORNING: Arthritis Research UK are holding a coffee morning on November 6 in the Reading Room. The cost is £1 for coffee and biscuits. There will be a raffle and bring and buy as well.

MEETING: Battle and Ninfield Guild are next meeting on November 6, 2.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, where they will have a talk by Revd P Doodes on The Beachy Head Chaplaincy. They next meet on November 20 when Revd I Wales discusses The Crowhurst Healing Centre. All are welcome to their meetings, which include refreshments at the end of the 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 Bible Sunday Service of Worship with Owen Birch.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Neighbourhood Watch. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

NEW MARKET meets every Wednesday morning at Trinity Church Hall. There is a selection of varied stalls including, wool, knitting needles, card making etc., jumpers embossed designs, cards, household, children’s knitwear, veg and eggs. Cakes and homemade sweets. Scarves, jewellery, books, tea tree and aloe vera foot remedies. Also teas, coffees and light snacks served. The market opens at 9am and closes as 1pm. Do come along for a friendly chat. A raffle is held every week. We welcome customers old and new to visit, free entry.

WANTED info on the lives of Alfred Henry Baynes and Norman Hepburn Baynes, who lived in Meads. Copies of the book Descendants of Bradford’s of Eastbourne and surrounding areas in Sussex by June L Down published in 1993. Can anyone please advise if this book is available from a library and if so where please? Also any info on the Bradford families living in Eastbourne for Maureen Wood email or telephone Maureen Copping on 485971.

TICKETS for Polegate Drama’s next production of See How They Run, are obtainable from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street 483348. Production takes place from Wednesday October 30 to Saturday November 2.

LUNCHES continue to be held by Trinity Diners, at Trinity Church Hall on the third Friday of the month. To book your place please contact Jennie on 484189.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on October 31 include Blackstone Bottom, 6 miles, Alfriston, one steep climb and steep down at end, six stiles with Ted R. Or a longer walk of nearly 10 miles, Windmills and Tunnels, downlands and woodland paths, Ditchling Beacon, few stiles, take picnic with Keith. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

BEETLE DRIVE and Chinese Supper on Saturday November 2, at Trinity Church Hall. Tickets at £8 each are available from Jennie on 484189.

MEETING of Eastbourne Local History Society on Tuesday November 5 when we welcome back Helen Poole with her talk on Sussex and the Napoleonic Wars. Doors open at 2pm at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. Visitors welcome.

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

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. 4pm 4forAll (Messy Church) at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Paul Daniels. 6.30pm Evening service with Ken Davies. This will be the last evening service until March, with the exception of the carol service at 3pm on December 22.

PARISH COUNCIL: Cllr Rupert Simmons (ESCC) reported that the super fast broadband programme would enter East Sussex around Christmas, with a link down to Heathfield from Tunbridge Wells. It would then radiate out to the surrounding villages. He also said that the speed calming measures in Punnetts Town are being delayed by objections by residents. The most likely implementation to start with would be 30mph in the school area and 40mph at Three Cups. Cllr Lawrence Keeley (ESCC) said that a lot of the road surface problems are caused by the lack of ditch cleaning. There were no Wealden councillors present (not unusual), but Cllr Nigel McKeeman reported by letter. If you have problems with bin collection then please do ring the council. A Dog Control Order will come into force in early 2014, regarding dog waste. The result, pick it up or be prosecuted. There is some relaxation of planning controls, it is still wise to check with Wealden to see if permission is needed. There is a programme, Streets Ahead, for regenerating high streets. Cllr Ray Tratt in his rights of way report, demonstrated dog flaps for stiles which can be obtained by land owners, free of charge, from ESCC. Some paths have been cleared of vegetation. The result of the public enquiry into the right of way from Caller’s Corner to Cade Street, is expected in a couple of months. A list of priorities for finger post repairs is being drawn up. There is a possibility that firms and individuals could sponsor posts, possibly with a small plaque on the post. The next meeting will be at Bodle Street Village Hall at 7pm on November 21.

REMEMBRANCE: Again this year, a wreath will be placed in the churchyard close to the church door at St Mary’s Warbleton to reserve an area for anyone who wishes to plant a cross in memory of a family member or friend who died serving with our Armed Forces. The traditional Roll of Honour will be called during the service, on Sunday November 10, but it is hoped this initiative will emphasise that Remembrance is a time to remember all men and women of every generation who lost their lives serving in Her Majesty’s Armed Services. Crosses will be available from Poppy Appeal Collectors during the door-to-door collection, and in Church on Remembrance Sunday, and may be placed in the dedicated area in the churchyard where they may remain until the end of November.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

COMEDY NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, should be a good night at the British Queen when a variety of professional and amateur comedians will be ready to entertain you from 9pm. Tickets are £7 each and are available at the bar. Check for availability by ringing 01323 484166.

WANNOCK ARTISTS meet at 7pm on the last Friday of the month at Wannock Village Hall. Today, Friday, Hashim Akib will be demonstrating how to paint an urban scene in acrylics’. Visitors are always welcome. The fee is £3.

COFFEE MORNING: The British Heart Foundation will be holding a pre-Christmas coffee morning in St Mary’s Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am. Entry is £1 to include refreshments. As well as Christmas gifts, other attractions include a raffle, guess the weight of the Christmas cake, a book stall, Christmas decorations, and a cake stall.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Me, Myself and Her will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm with their varied act which includes covers from The Beatles, the Beach Boys and Oasis.

SKY DIVE: 17 year old Billy Boots has booked his sky dive at Headcorn for Sunday. He has already raised the money to participate and is now looking for sponsorship as he is hoping to raise as much money as possible for the JPK Sussex Project which is planning to build a supported living centre for adults with a learning disability on the site of Edgmont Evangelical Church in Old Town and the car park area. An archaeological investigation has still to take place so fundraising is all important, and every little helps. Do support Billy and go on line at Sponsor forms and further information is also available from Sandra Dew on 01323 500001.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: Sunday will be the last day open to the public at the mill until the new season starts in April 2014. If you haven’t visited Polegate Windmill this year, do make a point of going between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday when there will be tours of the four floors of the mill and a nice cup of tea and cake to enjoy. Maintenance work will be carried out during the closed season, so if you are handy with a paint brush or can manage anything more strenuous and have an interest in mills, do contact Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Polegate Windmill will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar from 10am to 12.30pm on Saturday November 30 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Attractions will include tombola, a raffle, cakes, bric-a-brac, books, mill souvenirs and refreshments and Father Christmas is arriving at 10.30am. To book a table to sell your own goods please contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496. The cost of hiring a table is £6 and admission to the hall to set it up is from 9am on the day.

CHALK FARM HOTEL gives training in life skills and independent living to people with a learning disability as well as building up their confidence. The hotel itself is run as a charity and any money raised goes directly to the Downland Farm Project for the benefit of the students who attend part-time, Mondays to Fridays. The garden centre behind the hotel is run by Graeme and Sue Dunlop as a business, but they also give training in horticulture to many of the students. There is a coffee morning most months which is run by the students, who greet visitors and take their orders for tea or coffee and delicious home-made cake. A raffle is held and there are greetings cards and plants for sale. The next coffee morning is from 10.30am to 11.45am on Monday so do go along and support the students.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a recreation meeting at Willingdon Community School at 7.30pm on Monday. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

TRINITY DINERS’ lunch time meal at Trinity Church Hall on October 18 was delicious thanks to Jennie Macfadyen and her team. There was also a crossword for everyone to do and a raffle. After lunch, Chris Guy from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service gave a very interesting and informative talk about fire safety in the home. Amongst the advice he gave was to keep internal doors closed at night, stay alert when cooking, and not get distracted. A timer is a good reminder if you do go into another room. Keep the front door key near the front door and window keys near each window. Have smoke alarms and electric blankets regularly checked. The Fire and Rescue Service will fit smoke alarms. The service is free and it is important to have a smoke alarm upstairs – not just in the kitchen - as smoke rises. For more information ring 0800 177 7069 or email

A BEETLE DRIVE and Chinese supper is being held at Trinity Church Hall in aid of church funds. The event is at 7pm on Saturday November 2. Admission is by ticket, purchased in advance at £8 each. Please ring 01323 484189.

THE RED LION is having a Halloween fancy dress party and disco with live music from The Normans from 7.30pm on Friday November 1. No need to book. Just turn up.

PUPPETS AND POPPIES: Willingdon Royal British Legion has asked Britain’s Got Talent finalist, ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, to perform a show in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. It will take place at The Junction in Polegate on Friday November 1. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each and numbers are limited. To check availability, please ring Susan on 01323 505833 or 07403 464430 or Val on 01323 503684. There will also be a raffle and any prizes will be gratefully received.