Parish Pump Hailsham - September 7, 2012


TRANSITION FILM: Please note a change of date for the film Seeds of Freedom which will now be shown on September 16 at 4pm at the Litlington Village Hall.

DICKENSIAN EVENING: It is too early to even think about Christmas but this year, as the Dickensian Evening has a changed date, it is necessary to alert visitors. For 25 years the start to the Christmas season in Alfriston has been held on the first Saturday of December. This year Drusillas, who have in the past so generously given their car park to the village, need it themselves. There is nowhere else near the village that can house so many cars in winter making it necessary to hold the Alfriston Dickensian Evening on November 24. The full programme is in shops now and further details will appear nearer the time in this column. For now, mark the calendar.

FUN RUN RESULTS: Junior Race 1.5km: 1, Ben Martin 5.30 (first boy); 2, Rex Lane 6.09; 3, Tommy Birtles 6.33; 4, Lucy Lott 6.34 (first girl); 5, James Lott 6.47; 6, Jamie Horrobin 6.53; 7, Amelia Fletcher 7.14; 8, Lorna Sholl 7.39; 9, Sophie Wallis 7.44; 10, Sophia Chitty 8.40; 11, Robyn Winter 11.45.

Senior Race 5.3km: 1, David Leach, Lewes AC, 23.06 (winner and first Vet man); 2, Phil Robinson, Seaford Striders, 23.22; 3, Harry Strong, Seaford Striders, 23.53 (first junior boy); 4, Phil Chitty, 24.03; 5, Terry Avey, Phoenix AC, 24.22; 6, Mark Martin, Seaford Striders, 24.53 (first senior man); 7, Claire Bulger, Seaford Striders, 25.15 (first senior lady); 8, Julie Howey, 28.45 (first Vet lady); 9, Kate Chitty, 29.07; 10, Roger Ockenden, Arena 80, 29.13; 11, Andy Strong, Seaford Striders, 30.13; 12, Paul Lott, 30.15; 13, Zoe King, Seaford Striders, 30.37; 14, Kim Cuthbert, Seaford Striders, 34.03; 15, Richard Kimber, Seaford Striders, 34.06; 16, Alessia Manco, Seaford Striders, 34.07; 17, Fiona Horrobin, 34.53; 18, Bill Sholl, Seaford Striders, 35.51; 19, Alistair Jackson, Henfield Joggers, 36.36.

 Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Our apologies for the late arrival of the parish magazine this month. I gather there were production problems at the printers. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Family service. St Giles Dallington, 10am Evensong. Warbleton Parish Church, 11am Morning worship with Holy Communion. 3pm A bereavement service, followed by tea. This service is intended to bring comfort to those who have been bereaved in recent years. This service will be led by the Rev Jeremy Crossley. All are very welcome.

WI: There is nothing like being prepared, and this Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall, Mr Hussain from Wealden District Council will give tips on Staying Warm Over The Winter.


FARMERS MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, at the Cattle Market from 9am to 12.30pm, you can get all your weekend supplies from local producers including meat, fish, chicken, vegetables, great seasonal fruit, eggs and honey. As well as locally made crafts for that extra special present or even to start that Christmas shopping box, this is a good time to come along and support your local growers and farmers.

ST MARY’S: This is the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Sunday Holy Communion, Stay Awake. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Noah, the covenant of grace. 2.45pm Holy Communion at Emmanuel. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, The Power and the Promise. The Creative Craft Group meets again after a break for the summer on September 12 in the church lounge from 10am to noon.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: The Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon and is followed by refreshments. There is a clairvoyant evening tomorrow, Saturday, from 7.30pm to 9pm. The mediums are Sue and Leigh Smith £5 at the door. There are private 1-2-1 readings next Saturday from 10am to 2pm. To book ring (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582. All events take place at Primrose Hall.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: The Late Summer Show of Hailsham’s Horticultural Society is to be held at Summerheath Hall, Summerheath Road tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm until 5pm. There will be flowers, vegetables and floral art, cooking and crafts tombola, bonsai exhibition and refreshments. Entry 50p and children free.

ORGAN CLUB: On Tuesday, young organ maestro Chris Stanbury is the star guest at the Hailsham Pavilion. If you like live music go along. Non members welcome. Phone Charles Clegg on (01323) 762411 for further information.

ART TRAIL: Included in the Hailsham leg from September 8 to 16 is the festival exhibition at Gallery North, Longleys Studio Barns, South View Arts Group, Open Pottery Studio, paper wreaths and silver jewellery at 107 Marshfoot Lane, Hailsham High Street shops and the Library all have exhibits and there are arts, crafts and plants at 12 Ingrams Way. If you have not picked up a programme yet they are at the library, town council and Freedom Leisure to name a few with venue opening times or visit

ART FESTIVAL: The festival opens tomorrow, Saturday from 10am in the town centre with children’s workshops and much more. The opening concert is at St Mary’s Church at noon and The Comedy of Terrors has matinee and evening performances at the Pavilion. On Sunday at Gallery North is a preview of the Festival Art Exhibition and on Monday at the Methodist Church David West gives a talk on Samuel Palmer, the great 19th century landscape artist. There is a folk night at Bodle Street Green’s White Horse. Poet’s Corner A Sense of Place on Tuesday is at Callenders and take your children along after school so they can decorate a Piñata at the Methodist Church. There is a martial arts masterclass for adults and children at the Versatile Gym in Station Road also that evening. The Art of Atmosphere is the subject of a workshop with Teresa Currie on Wednesday afternoon and there is a concert at Hellingly church in the evening. There is another workshop on the Art of Movement on Thursday, a Jazz Night with the Amrak Trio and Hailsham Theatres performs classic comedy Just Between Ourselves at Summerheath Hall (also Friday). Friday offers an Art from the Soul workshop with Corina Stupu-Thomas, the Festival of Art Auction with pommes and music at Gallery North in the evening ends this week of events but there are more up to September 16. Pick up a leaflet or visit

KNIT’INN NIGHTS: The next night at The King’s Head will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Almost inevitably as one finishes a piece of work there is an amount of yarn left over, (far less of a problem than finishing the yarn before getting to the end). But again inevitably, there is never quite enough to make another item. At this point regular knitters look to their stash to make up sufficient quantity for small items such as gloves, hats, baby clothes or patchwork pieces. Matching qualities of wool nowadays is easy as all the information you need is on the label. What you do with it is your choice. Unless of course you feel inspired to put a pattern band into a larger item, which will involve buying more. If you would like more information about Knit’Inn Nights phone Su (07951 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

A CONVICTS TALE: If you want to know more go along to the first meeting of the new season of Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society on Wednesday at the Methodist church hall at 7.30pm. Non-members welcome. Entry £2.

GOLF DAY: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) held its annual golf day last Friday at Willingdon Golf Club. Twenty teams of four took part in the event. The sun shone for the third year running and golfers enjoyed the lovely course which as usual, was in excellent condition and a credit to the staff. All players enjoyed an excellent and exhausting day and the standard of play varied once again. Players were treated to an excellent lunch when they arrived back at the clubhouse where the prizes were presented by Hailsham Pavilion Manager, Paul Nunnery, who gave one of his now legendary speeches. This year the winners were from local estate agent Stevens and Carter. HOPS would like to thank the local companies that sponsored the event, South East Trade Frames, Fieldskill packaging, SLS Fabrications and June Bourne. The event raised over £1600 which will go to the upkeep of the Pavilion, Hailsham’s cinema and live arts venue.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: This week services are Hellingly, regular services are on a Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday 8am Holy Communion and also at 10.45am and Sunday 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker, 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

MUSICAL EVENING: Internationally acclaimed musician and composer Dirk Campbell performs with Kalamus in a magical evening of world music on Wednesday at 7.30pm at Hellingly Church. Original compositions based on early European musical cultures played on a variety of wind and percussion instruments such as the veuze, zambogna, filiumbi and dumbek. The music is complemented by Dirk’s extensive knowledge of the history surrounding these instruments which date back many centuries. Tickets are £6 from Hellingly Church or Gallery North.

ART TRAIL: Longleys Studio Barns Group, Harebeating Lane, Hailsham will be open Saturdays and Sundays from September 8 to 16 from 11am to 5pm. Eight local artists exhibiting paintings, ceramics and jewellery in the Studio Barns. Coffee, tea and homemade cakes in support of children’s hospice charity Demelza.

VILLAGE SHOP ART: The village shop and cafe at Upper Dicker will be exhibiting a selection of pastels, watercolours and vibrant acrylics by Hailsham artist, Michael Gower from Saturday September 8 to 16 between 9am and 3pm.

SPINNING WORKSHOP: Wool and textile workshops will be running throughout festival week at Causeway Farm Barn, Bodle Street Green by Julia Desch. Handmade textiles, yarns, materials and hand knits all in pure coloured Wensleydale longwool plus artwork. Workshops include Can’t Knit Want to Knit, Lace Knitting made Easy and Start to Spin Now. Cost is £20 per person including materials and refreshments. Bookings and details on (01323) 832781. Open Studio on September 8, 9, 11, 13 and 15 from noon to 6pm.

SUSSEX RAMBLERS: A new three-metre bridge has been added to Hellingly Footpath 22g – TQ568/135. Over the summer the East Sussex County Council (ESCC) Rights of Way Access Team has been working closely with the ramblers to inspect and resolve problems with cropped paths. The project started in April with 84 paths on the list for action. Of these 51 have been inspected at least once by Ramblers volunteers. Of these 51 paths seven were found to be grass for hay or silage crops, so were unenforceable. Twenty eight have been cleared following ESCC contact with the farmer or landowner. Four paths ESCC was unable to trace the landowner or farmer. Two paths are awaiting re-inspection by ramblers reps (after ESCC contacted the landowner and asking them to clear crops). Three paths were cleared earlier in the season, but now have crops growing over them again. Seven cases were not actioned due to staff capacity. However, these will be prioritised for attention in the next growing season. This means that, out of the initial 84 paths, around 60 percent were cleared of crops thanks to joint working between the Ramblers and ESCC. The council’s rights of way access team would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who helped with this project.

BONSAI CLUB: The next meeting is on Monday at Hellingly village hall. There will be a talk by Paul Eslinger, chairman of Eastleigh Bonsai Society, on shohin, which are trees below 20cms high. More information at or telephone Brian on (01323) 731369.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BOWLS: The first match, a friendly against Hailsham gents on their Green, ended in a loss for our home team 70-65. The next friendly, a home match against the Royal Sovereign, was little better with a win of 78-74. Another friendly at home to the Polegrove ended in a draw 59-59. The next match was an important league match at home Deanland, the final score was Deanland 71 Herstmonceux 62 which means our home team only managed two points on the table. The week ended as it began, taking on Hailsham Gents, but this time here at home which our team won by 16 shots.

BARN DANCE at Carters Corner Farm Cowbeech on Friday September 14 from 7.30pm to 11pm. Live music provided by the Catsfield Steamers who are a very popular group of musicians. Tickets are £7.50 with children under the age of 14 years free of charge. Barbecue, raffle and bar available. To book your tickets please call Maria on 01424 456608. All profits from this event will go to the Sara Lee Trust, an independent local charity providing complimentary therapies, counselling and creative therapies to people living through cancer and other serious illnesses.

FUN GOLF DAY: A second event planned by the Sara Lee Trust is to be held on Saturday September 15 at The Sedlescombe Golf Club, starting at 11am and sponsored by Melray Ltd. They ask that we join them for a Texas Pairs Scramble golf day with a difference, including a live band, small competitions, raffle and barbecue. All this to be enjoyed after having played 18 holes of golf. Teams of two play in four balls with prize money of up to £350, plasma TV prize for nearest the pin and £50 Pro Shop voucher for the longest drive. Stitch up cards are available and any player wearing female attire and they do mean any player, can play off the red tee’s and will receive three Stableford points. The cost will be £10 for members and £34 for non-members. To book please call Geoff on 07515609468.

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

BODEN CLOTHING: A clothing event at the Reid Hall, Boreham Street tomorrow, Saturday, between 2pm and 6pm. It’s a great event and a chance to pick up some Boden clothing at 20 percent less than shop prices and, if you are an existing Boden customer you can ear £25 credit on your account by introducing a friend. Hot drinks will be served in their café throughout the afternoon. £50 Boden voucher raffle prize.

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; Wilmington 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; opposite Rose Cottage Alciston 10.40am to 11am; Selmeston village hall 11.05am to 11.30am; Village Hall Arlington 11.40am to 12.05pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by the Polegate Drama Group. All welcome from 10am. or telephone Jim on 483082 for more information.

LADIES CIRCLE meeting in September is a talk by Ann Bissett entitled Fun with Poetry. Please contact Polegate Community Centre for the date and time of this event on 482434.

THE ANNUAL coffee morning in support of the Marie Curie Cancer Care at Guardian Court hosted by Amanda and Joe O’Roirdan raised £248, which was rounded up to £250. Thank you for your generosity of all who came, we are very grateful. (Joe O’Oiordan).

POLEGATE STROLLERS walk on September 11, to the hill overlooking Wannock Tea Rooms. Meet 10am at Jubilee Tree, St Johns Road. Meet on Tuesday September 18, for 10.03am train, on platform 1 to Lewes. Walk on level coffee local, time at the priory, Church, Southover Park, Lower Cliff area. Take picnic or café lunch. Return about 2pm. £5.90 return or group of four at £2.75 each. Contact Jayne on 07761612132 or email

LUNCH CLUB: St John’s Church Lunch Club is closed until further notice. No lunch will take place in September. for more information telephone Fran on 485345 or Terry 487630 or email

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network. In July, before our usual August break, Vic Griffin from UKHIFU spoke about High Intensity Focused Ultrasound for the treatment of prostate cancer. This was an update on a previous presentation in October 2005. He explained that the procedure is seen as minimally invasive and performed as an outpatient procedure although a general anaesthetic is required. Sound waves are used to create heat and the resulting energy is focused at temperatures greater than 950 Centigrade onto the localised prostate tumour. The procedure takes about two hours to complete. Precision mapping of the prostate gland with MRI scanning is performed beforehand to locate the tumour. Vic then went on to describe an ideal candidate for HIFU and elaborated on the experience of the procedure worldwide. Clinical trials are ongoing to further investigate how HIFU should be used. Please see our September newsletter on our website for further details and for information about our ten year anniversary. At the next meeting we will be marking 10 years of Eastbourne Prostate Cancer Support Group with an anniversary tea on Tuesday September 11 in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. This is instead of the usual second Thursday evening meeting. Macmillan Dietician Penny Kaye will give a talk at 2.30pm entitled Food, Nutrition and Prostate Cancer: An Update. This will be followed by tea and cakes at 3.30pm. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 or e-mail if you require further details or visit our website: There are stairs to this venue but lift access is available.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Our rector, Marc Lloyd, had the pleasurable task of baptising his own son, Matthew last Sunday, with assistance from Geoff France. Our apologies for the late arrival of the parish magazine this month. I gather there were production problems at the printers. You are warmly invited to join our Parenting Course for any parents, step-parents, prospective parents or carers of children aged 0 to10 years. Children do not arrive with an instruction manual. No role we undertake is more important than parenting. Family life is under great pressure today and parents face bewildering choices about how to parent effectively. Discovering we are not alone in the challenges we face and picking up ideas from other parents can make a huge difference. We can all learn how to make even the happiest family better. The series will run for five Mondays from September 24, 7.15pm for coffee and cake, 9.30pm at the Rectory. We may be able to help with babysitting. Please contact us if that would be of interest. For more details or to book a place, call Marc on 01435 830421 or We now have Dallington church in the benefice, and they will be included here each week. Warbleton Parish Church, 11am Morning worship with Holy Communion. 3pm a bereavement service, followed by tea. This service is intended to bring comfort to those who have been bereaved in recent years. This service will be led by the Rev Jeremy Crossley. All are very welcome. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Family service. St Giles Dallington, 10am Evensong. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship with David Appleton and 6.30pm Evening service with Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Our meeting is at 7.30pm for 8pm on Monday at the Dunn Village Hall. James Gardner will tell about life in the Brighton Workhouse.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: I have the initial dates for rehearsals. The first music rehearsals are on Wednesday (8pm to 10pm) and next Saturday, September 15, (9am to 11.30am) both at the village hall. Sketch rehearsals start on Monday September 17 (8pm to 10pm) also at the hall. Please come along if you would like to be involved in our revue at the end of November. The AGM is on October 18 at the Dunn Village Hall at 8pm. A new website is being prepared.

ART SHOW: Four artists will exhibit their works at the Chantry, Middle Lane, Turners Green next weekend from 10am to 4pm each day. All are welcome. Chris Liddiard is the organiser.

DOGS: Now I have your attention, I have been asked by Cllr Bryan Whitton, chairman of the parish council to point out to dog owners, that it is an offence in law to allow your dog to foul the village green and its environs. If seen you can be prosecuted. Please scoop that poop and place it in the dog waste bin in front of the pub. Not only is it unpleasant to find dog mess, but it can have serious health implications, particularly for children, and to be blunt it is anti-social behaviour.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Heathfield Chapel are holding one of their occasional flower festivals from September 28 to 30, this time with the theme The Bread of Life and a celebration of Harvest. Friday 10am to 5pm with Weald Singers concert at 7.30pm. Saturday 10am to 5pm. Sunday 2pm to 6pm with Songs of Praise service at 6.30pm. Admission is free and their will be refreshments available all day. Donation received will be split between Demelza Hospice for children and the Quicken Trust.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

ALFRESCO AND DINING: Eighty five people, including Eastbourne Mayor Cllr Mike Thompson and his wife Linda, attended the alfresco dining and auction evening at the Cottage in Dittons Road Polegate on Saturday August 25. The event was held in aid of the JPK Project which aims to provide supported residential accommodation with meaningful day time activities for people with a learning disability. The weather could have been better but everyone was kept warm and dry in the marquees provided, and the food was up to its usual high standard. Following expenses, £1,179.49 was raised for the charity. JPK Project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker would like to thank the mayor and mayoress for attending the event and also the hosts Maureen and John Males and their family, all the other helpers and those who came along to give their support. Despite the weather, everyone had a good time and came away with some interesting items from the auction.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at the Memorial Hall when Terri Simmons will be giving a demonstration entitled Sugar Flowers.

RIDE AND STRIDE: A sponsored cycle ride and stride is taking place tomorrow, Saturday. The idea is that participants are sponsored to visit as many churches as possible on the day, either by walking or cycling. Their visit to each church is then recorded by one of the welcoming team. The money raised is equally divided between the Sussex Historic Churches Trust and the participant’s own church. If you would like to be involved in St Mary’s ride and stride, please contact David or Jo Fleuty on 01323 485357. Volunteers are also required to be part of the welcoming team. The person to contact if you would like to help St Andrews Church Jevington in any way is Jenny Wootton on 487237.

A QUIZ is held every Tuesday at 8.30pm at the Wheatsheaf. Wednesday night from 8pm is jam night or open mic night. Tomorrow, Saturday, it will be an evening with Gary from 8pm.

LINK ROMANIA: After the 9.45am service at St Mary’s Church on Sunday, shoeboxes donated by Hotters Shoes of Eastbourne and a variety of items which have been collected and donated during the year will be available to those who would like to get involved in the Link Romania project. In the past, the church has done very well in providing wrapped boxes of gifts for families less fortunate than most families in this country. This year Link Romania has teamed up with Coin Co International PLC which supports the charity by raising extra funds. The pick-up routes for the boxes will be utilised to also pick up coins and notes, including pre-decimal currency, which are then converted into sterling and given to Link Romania. When all the boxes have been collected, they will be transported out to Romania in time for Christmas.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open on Sunday when you can pick up a leaflet telling you about the Bread Day to be held at the mill on Sunday September 16. There are various categories for adults and children, so why not have a go? For more information contact Patricia Stevens on 734496.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at the parish council office. Meetings are open to the public. For further information please ring the parish office on 489603 or 489104.

A FREE Open Afternoon will be held at Willingdon International Folk Dance Group on Wednesday. Visitors can experience dances from many countries and cultures and enjoy a cup of tea and biscuits at break time. All dances will be taught, and beginners of every age are welcome. No partner is needed. The group’s meetings are at Willingdon Memorial Hall from 2pm to 3.30pm.

BABES IN THE WOOD is the pantomime to be performed by Willingdon Church Players in January next year. The read-through was at St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.15pm yesterday, Thursday, but if you missed this you can still go along to the informal auditions which will be taking place on Thursday September 13. In addition to the cast, help is always needed behind the scenes, so if you would like to be involved, please ring Lesley Etwell on 504901 for further information or go along on audition night.

WEEKLY BALLROOM and Latin classes for beginners started at 7.30pm yesterday, Thursday, at Wannock Hall, but it is not too late to join and the next class will be on September 13. The cost is just £5 per person or £8 for a couple, which is paid on a week by week basis. The classes are run by Sarah Robinson. For more information please telephone or text Sarah on 07425 374860 or email

WI: Jevington and Filching WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday in Trinity Church Hall. The speaker, at short notice, is Sally Baldwin who will be bringing along Bryn, a rescue dog, saved by the army in Afghanistan. The charity which Sally works for collects various things to raise money, including postage stamps, coins and bras. I am not sure what they do with the bras. To find out how you can help, ring Mary on 489646 or Valerie on 484760 preferably before the next meeting.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at the Memorial Hall. The speaker is Mr G Albon and his topic is The Nakasendo Trail, Japan. This is also the closing date for committee nominations.