Parish pump Lewes - February 28, 2014


SPRING is most certainly in the air in Alfriston. The bird box in the tree opposite my house has a tenant and the roadside bed beneath is a picture of daffodils and snowdrops with a sprinkling of crocuses. It does feel a bit like coming out of hibernation when the sun is shining and there is only a gentle breeze instead of the gales we have all been having. We have been fortunate in not having the floods that have ruined the homes and livelihoods of others. The water that has covered the floodplain along the Cuckmere Valley has been less invasive than the floods of 2000 when the valley suffered so dreadfully.

EVENTS GROUP: This evening (February 28) there will be a meeting at Deans Place Hotel to explore the Alfriston village annual events such as The August Festival and the Dickensian Evening and introducing a Spring Event. The aim of this evening’s meeting is to enlist helpers who will be willing to make these events happen. The meeting will start at 7pm. Any questions please ring Sylvia on 871188.

CLERGY HOUSE: The season for the National Trust property in the village will begin on March 1. The Clergy House will be open from 10.30am to 5pm for weekends only until March 15. After that date the Clergy House will be open all week excluding Thursday and Friday.

WI NEWS from Wendy Day: The February meeting was well attended despite the problems with flooded roads and waterlogged footpaths, perhaps the wine-tasting was the incentive. Michael Gould talked about his forty years in the wine trade starting in the 1950s when the wine was imported in large containers and wine merchants stored, bottled and labelled the wine themselves. He had many anecdotes about his time working in a London wine merchants and about some of the celebrities they supplied. There was then a chance to taste a couple of wines and the meeting ended leaving the group feeling much warmer and more cheerful than on arrival. The next meeting will be on March 18 at 2pm in the War Memorial Hall when Judith Bastide will be talking about Surprising Facts about Sussex Writers. Non members are very welcome (a small donation would be appreciated).

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: Wadjda is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. It is the story of a young girl living in the suburb of Riyadh determined to buy a bike in a society that frowns upon women doing such a thing. It is also the first feature film made by a Saudi woman, Haifaa Al Mansour, who has broken many barriers with this film. It will be shown at 7.30pm tonight in the village hall. Doors open at 7pm for drinks and cakes. Guests are welcome, tickets cost £6 on the door, just turn up.

ST DAVID’S DAY: Even if you aren’t Welsh, you can join in the celebrations at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 6.45pm. The cost, including a two course meal, is £12.50 per head with special rates for families and children. See posters or the weekly bulletin for details.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP)


SPRING: The crocuses are still opening and closing according to the sunlight and I would swear the spruce is turning a weak shade of green, she who must be obeyed says that I need my eyes testing but I am not so sure as I can smell spring in the air. Our daffodils have continued to open fully in the sun and they do look glorious, we have also discovered tulips coming up.

WALKERS: We have had a couple of really nice days and it is a pleasure to see all the determined people out for a walk in the fresh air, myself included. Firle is a good setting off point for a pleasant route march or stroll depending on the mood. I often delight in the fact that there aren’t that many places locally where you can walk to somewhere specifically, like Alfriston along the Coach Road, and walk back a different way. For those enjoying the village temporarily don’t forget that quite apart from the excellent public house, we also have a superb shop and church that are worth a look in.

THE VILLAGE HALL has seen a peaceful week, it does take a while to get over the Christmas festivities, seems like a dim and distant memory but with March 1 galloping towards us, everyone will take a deep breath and fix themselves on the prospect of a long and warm summer.

FRIDAY MORNING CAFE: Anyone fancying a cup of tea/coffee and a piece of homemade cake do call in at our Friday Morning Café from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Also a good place for a chinwag. A big thank you to Colin and Jill who run it for us. They have over the last few years raised monies for the hall renovations’. Thank you to you both.


CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday, Transfiguration Sunday, will see Reverend Malcolm Elwis at the helm. As it is the first Sunday of the month it will be Holy Communion following The Book of Common Prayer. As always, tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in church after the service. The service starts at 10.30am, all welcome.


LITTER PICK: Computers for Charities, based in Hailsham will be taking part in National Climate Week from March 3 to 9. On Saturday March 8 from 2pm to 4pm they are holding a local litter pick which is open to everyone, pickers, bags and gloves provided. Meet at Hailsham Common Pond. Contact Ruth Rooksby 01323 848588. Do join in and make a difference to the area we live in. As well as making staff and volunteers at the warehouse more aware of positive steps we can all take to protect our planet, they will be holding a low cost lunch for those currently on work placement at the charity. UK and overseas: an old laptop you no longer need? Please contact CFC urgently as they require more laptops which will be securely wiped of data and refurbished by our willing volunteers. These are then used for good causes and charities. For further information on the charity please visit

TWINNING QUIZ: Quizzers wanted tomorrow, Saturday, at the Charles Hunt Centre in teams of four to six per table. You can come along on the night to make up a team. Pre-booking has now closed. Starts 6.45pm and tickets are £7.50 to include supper. Please bring your own drinks.

ST MARY’S: This is the Sunday next before Lent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) Confrontation. 10.30am All Age Special with crèche The Avenger’s Tale. 6.30pm Evening Prayer Confrontation. Meeting Point will be enjoying an Evening With Dan Henderson on Monday and the Men at HPC have a film night at 7.30pm on Tuesday. The creative craft group will be meeting between 10am and noon on Wednesday and Crafty Companions between 2pm and 3.30pm also on Wednesday.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Streams in the Desert is the theme of this year’s celebration. WWDP is an international inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the voices of women from all parts of the world, their hopes, concerns and prayers. The preparation for the day is extensive. An international committee works from New York and each participating country has its own national committee. Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans. At Hailsham Parish Church on Friday March 7 at 10.30am women and men will gather to celebrate using a programme of worship offered this year by women in Egypt. The theme of the service is Streams in the Desert and people are asked to reflect on their Christian role of being a stream in the desert for those who experience spiritual drought. The service from Egypt has universal appeal. One of the oldest civilisations in the world, Egypt has long been home to Coptic Christians. Since the uprising in 2011 there has been conflict between religious groupings. Political change affects individual lives and we are asked to pray with the women of Egypt for peace. A great wave of prayer is envisaged rising with the sun over the island of Samoa and sweeping across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, coming to rest in American Samoa some 36 hours later. By then WWDP services will have been celebrated in over 170 countries. All are welcome to attend, men and women and people of all ages. The speaker on this occasion is Iris Tipping from the Salvation Army.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments.

COLOUR SHOW: Hailsham Photographic Society present their annual audio visual event on Friday March 7 at 7.30pm and Saturday March 8 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Hailsham Community Hall (entrance next to Freedom Leisure Centre). This year they are supporting MS Family Support. Tickets are £5 from 01323 845569, The Camera Centre, Hailsham, or The Nodding Cobbler, Hailsham.

SOUP AND PUD: Recently the Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) held its annual Soup and Pud lunch at the Charles Hunt Centre. This event continues to be popular and was a near sell out. People were queuing as the doors opened to ensure they did not miss out. The HOPS committee served up a variety of delicious homemade soups and fresh bread followed by some spectacular and tasty puddings. Everyone enjoyed the food being provided and there were plenty of people taking up the opportunity for seconds. The event raised over £400, which will all go to the upkeep of Hailsham Old Pavilion. Tom Chapman, on behalf of HOPS, would like to thank the committee members and the volunteer helpers who gave up their Saturday morning to help at the event and the others who prepared some of the soups and puds. ‘A substantial amount of work goes into making this event a success and our army of volunteer helpers always come up trumps. We really appreciate what they all do to support HOPS. Thanks are also offered to the various members of the public who attended.’ The event is already in the diary for 2015.

KNITTING GROUP: At their recent Knit’Inn Night the group agreed that New Year had everyone taking stock and considering storage. If you are a logical, organised, tidy, sort of person, there are lots of ready-made solutions. Boxes, drawer units, folders, wraps etc and all that needs doing is labelling. To a greater or lesser degree we aspire to this ideal solution for storing our hobby bits and pieces, but it became apparent there is quite a variation in chosen storage and many customised pieces used after a previously useful existence as something else. There should be an award for the most original conversion. If you enjoy knitting or crochet and would like to share thoughts and ideas with like-minded people join us at The King’s Head any second or last Tuesday in the month. For more information phone Su (07951 631749).

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly church: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am, 10.45am Holy Communion (CW), 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15am Holy Communion (CW).

ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS: There is an event at Reid Hall, Boreham Street on Sunday from 9.30am to 2pm. Admission is 50p. Enquiries to 01323 410727. There is easy parking and refreshments.

WI: On Tuesday John Wilton invites you to bring along any old coins you have. His talk is entitled A Penny for Your Thoughts. The group meets at Hellingly Village Hall at 2.30pm. All welcome. Enquiries to Iris on 841875.

QUIZ NIGHT: Hellingly Guides are raising funds for Bull River Campsite on Saturday March 8 at 7.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane. Tickets at £6 per person include a ploughman’s supper and there will also be a raffle. Please bring your own drinks. Book your tickets (up to six per table) with Audrey Milton 01435 830504 or Email her at

FARMHOUSE BREAKFAST: Gill and Brian Hesslegrave would like, on behalf of themselves and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), to thank everyone who donated, contributed or attended their Farmhouse Breakfast in Hellingly Village Hall on Monday February 17. The amazing sum of £1,181.87 was raised. They believe this huge sum was partly achieved by television coverage of the plight of the farmers on the Somerset levels and this money will be going directly to help them. RABI does not fund business costs but do help out with personal expenses like food when the farmer is in dire straits. The venue was changed from the farmhouse to the village hall this year and this was a wise move as they were able to serve 160 breakfasts on one day instead of two and had much more space to move around in. The other side was the loss of some of the home atmosphere, but they were able to decorate the hall so that it was an attractive setting. Dave Dyer also attended and signed copies of his book Heroes of Hellingly. He sold nineteen copies and made a donation to RABI for each one. This is an interesting look at the people who lived in Hellingly and died in the two World Wars and well worth purchasing if you have Hellingly connections. He has previously published a book on Hailsham War Memorial. If the event runs again next year they hope to see many of you again and once again, Gill and Brian offer their thanks.

DICKER NEWS: Recent PC meetings reported that: PCSO Mark Carter has taken over from Wendy Wyatt. He updated the meeting on activities in the area. They are concentrating their efforts on resolving break-ins at non-residential buildings and sheds. There have recently been thefts from two local sites and there will be a number of operations with a specialist unit at target times. The problem with 4x4s at Abbots Wood has been resolved by installing concrete blocks and fencing to prevent recurrence. Concern was raised over the number of villagers without power over Christmas and proposed that the village hall key holders’ contact details were made available so that residents could use the halls should this happen again. Regarding the Dog Control Order for Arlington Reservoir SE Water gave details of the problems they have had with some members of the public who allow their dogs to be off the lead at the reservoir. The PC had been advised to request a Dog Control Order requiring dogs to remain on leads and asked the police to enforce the order. The PC could authorise a named officer at SE Water to be able to issue fixed penalty notices on the PC’s behalf. SE Water are awaiting a response from their company solicitor regarding enforcing a Dog Control Order and the police have confirmed that it is something they will enforce and the PC is awaiting details of the police contact. The PC needs confirmation about enforcement action from SE Water before they can consider applying for an order.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

DON’T FORGET: French lessons for beginners started on Tuesday February 26. If you need further information or would like to join them please telephone 447 900 283478.

RAY AND SHELDON will be holding their next meeting in the village hall today, Friday, when the subject will be Collective Legal Solutions at 2.15pm.All over the age of 60 years are welcome. If you need any help with transport please contact them direct on 441244.

WINDMILL HILL Horticultural Society will be holding their next meeting on Thursday when Matthew Style-West, otherwise known as Dr No Dig (I’m liking this man already) will talk about No Dig, Easy Way to Excellent Organic Vegetables. All will be made welcome. Should you wish to become a member, £5 per year for membership, please contact Alan Sephton on 833626 or email

SARA LEE TRUST: On Saturday March 8 the Sara Lee Trust will be holding a Race Night at Egerton Park Indoor Club. Tickets at £6 to include table snacks are available by telephoning 01424 456608.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday March 9 meet at the Leisure Centre car park in Hailsham. Due to the bad weather which has caused landslips and rock falls along their intended walk at Fairlight, their route has changed and Lita will now be taking people along the Downland Walk which will cover about 6 miles. All enquiries please to 848790.

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.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our last walk we started from the Ashdown Forest Visitors Centre and enjoyed the huge views north that take in the valley of the River Medway and the North Downs beyond, before heading east to Coleman’s Hatch through the lovely open scrubland which makes Ashdown Forest such a pleasure to visit. Every walk this year has been muddy and this one was no exception. It was constant, low-level mud which was usually easy to avoid in the forest where paths are generally unconstrained. Walkers with wellies could carry on with little to trouble them. Skirting the golf course, we briefly joined the Vanguard Way before, just outside Forest Row, we headed north for the long, steady climb back to the car park. We heard our first woodpecker drumming in the distance and the great tits were very evident on their squeaky bikes. Ten of us enjoyed this walk led by Hilda and Graham. The next walk is on Tuesday, Upper Dicker. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Last Sunday, a sale of craft items and children’s books raised £125 to help genocide widows in Rwanda. Our February collections have gone towards the work of church members in Rwanda. One lives there; four others are currently there for a month, installing rainwater harvesting systems and investigating the use of water filters to provide safe drinking water for over 20,000 people; another is going out for five months as a lawyer; another for two months after Easter, mainly to teach English. She would like to take a whole range of small but essential items with her, for the widows, school and nutrition clinic she is visiting. Her list includes stationery, first aid items, vegetable seeds, sewing kits, educational games, wind-up torches, children’s fiction and children’s clothes: see the church website . Barbara also gives free talks to groups interested in overseas development and updates on the work of the charity ‘Send a Cow’ in East Africa. For more information please ring 01273 814675. She is happy to collect items or they can be left in the box at the back of the church, which is always open on Sundays from 7.45am to 11.45am and from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Church members also collect items for the Lewes Food Banks. The men of the church will be presenting a night of unashamed competitiveness for men who like to win, at a Board Games Night on Monday from 7.30pm. The venue is the Rights of Man pub on the High Street: details from Chris Webb on 487293. The voting for favourite hymns has now closed: please come and sing them all at our special songs of praise service on Sunday afternoon. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am family service, children especially welcome; 11.15am informal family service, children especially welcome (church hall); 3.30pm songs of praise, with favourite hymns; 6.30pm informal service with communion. Do join us if you can.

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

THE FLOWER GROUP are next meeting on Monday, where they will welcome Jean Plaskett to the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm with her demonstration entitled Omnium. All floral arrangements demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. Should you require any further information please contact by email

PANCAKE LUNCH: St Oswalds are holding their annual Pancake Lunch for Shrove Tuesday on March 4 between noon and 2pm in Hooe Village Hall. There is no requirement to book your place, just pop in. Donations towards costs are welcome. You will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets.

N WATCH: Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch is next meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Reading Room. For more information regarding Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch, please call Thelma on 892421.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe, Whydown and Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday. This is at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm, every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

HEARING BUS: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be at the Blacksmiths Inn Car Park, The Green from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Thursday. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax).

THE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on Thursday, 7.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall. All local residents are welcome to attend.

HOOE OPEN GROUP will be meeting on March 14, when a member of the Air Ambulance Service will be giving an illustrated talk on the work of the service. The meeting will commence at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall, visitors and joining members are always welcome. If you would like to have a copy of the annual programme or any other information about this ever expanding ladies social club, why not contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

JUMBLE SALE: Ninfield Flower Group are holding a jumble sale on March 15, 2pm at the Memorial Hall. Anyone wishing to donate and will be unable to attend please contact Jennifer on 01424 892878.

AGM: Ninfield Village Society meeting and AGM is on Tuesday, March 18 at the Methodist Hall, 7pm . The meeting is open to all and they would welcome new members who have an interest in helping to maintain the amenities of our village. The 2014 annual general meeting will include a brief report on the work undertaken during the past year, and a discussion of future projects. Following a refreshments break, they have again enlisted Graham Kean who will give a talk about The History of Roads and Pathways in Sussex. For further information, please contact either Martin Wood chairman (892895) or Robin Goldsmith treasurer (892778).

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am Family Service.


I WAS SAD TO HEAR about the demise of Doreen Mayoss, whom I met years ago when her husband Peter worked with my father at Becketts Newspapers. My condolences go to Diane, David and family at this sad time. For a while they lived in Polegate, before moving to Willingdon.

WALK tomorrow, Saturday, with Eastbourne Rambling Club, Linear, I do Like to be beside the Seaside with John C, telephone 726334. Meet at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill 10.20am. GB 742071, bus no 99 from Terminus Road stand E, walk continues towards Hastings, finishing at 1pm, 5 miles.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Polegate Drama Group at 10am. All welcome.

EASTBOURNE RAMBLING CLUB walk on Sunday, View from Lewes, with Angela F 504280. Meet at The Avenue, Eastbourne at 9.30am, walk starts at the top of Highdown Road, Lewes, (off A275 Nevill Road) at 10 am. GR 403109 dry lunch finish 3.15pm, 10.5 miles no steep hills or stiles.

MINIATURE RAILWAY in Polegate. For more details of the new season, please contact Chris White by email or look at website

POLEGATE RAMBLING CLUB: For walks in March see or email or telephone rambles secretary Angela on 504280.


JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall tomorrow (Saturday). Doors open at 2pm.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, weather permitting, the first team are away to Selsey in a SCFL Div 1 league fixture. The second team are at home to Saltdean in a reserve section premier league match with both games kicking off at 3pm. On Tuesday evening the first team are at home to near neighbours Newhaven in a John O’Hara league cup tie with a 7.45pm kick off at the Caburn Ground. On the social side, the club is now open every day including Sundays from 11.30am and throughout the afternoon. The usual range of refreshments are on offer including teas, coffees and hot chocolate. Membership is currently open to new members, just pop in and see us for a warm welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, at 2pm in the village hall, with a flower arranging demonstration by Nel de Jong Smith entitled Flower Power. Visitors are always welcome to come along to monthly meetings and enjoy a relaxing afternoon’s entertainment for £4 to include refreshments.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday February 12, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

THE STOOLBALL CLUB are holding their AGM on Thursday, 7.30pm at the Football Club. All members are welcome.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: This year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer Service for our area will be held at Firle Church on Friday, March 7 at 11am and is entitled Steams in the Desert. It was prepared by the Christian women of Egypt, a country with a turbulent past and immense problems in the present, especially for women. This is reflected in this challenging service at which all are welcome. For transport, please ring 01273 812697.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Worship with the theme Prepared for Battle. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Paul Daniels.

AUCTION OF PROMISES: This is on Saturday March 22 at Dunn Village Hall. Doors open at 6.45pm and the auction commences at 7.15pm. There will be a licensed bar and light refreshments. The proceeds of the evening will be shared jointly between Children of Gambia Services (COGS) and The Dunn Village Hall Fund. Many fantastic lots including tickets to a range of attractions, hamper of food, selection of wine, MOT, fantastic homemade cakes and many more interesting and unusual lots. Catalogue and more information are available from Nina or Sarah on 01435 863727. Sealed bids will be accepted. It is guaranteed to be a fun and enjoyable evening.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall. Julian Sutherland-Beatson will be giving a talk on presentation and selling paintings.

KEITH BRADY’S Nostalgia Roadshow will be the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with 50s and 60s music.

RIGHT REVEREND Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester, will be presiding and preaching at St Mary’s Church at the 9.45am service on Sunday. There will be no 11.30am services that day.

N WATCH: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch will be meeting in the vestry at Trinity Church at 2.30pm on Monday. For further information contact the chairman Ray Ingram on 01323 508634 or email him at

MOTHERS’ UNION: The Willingdon branch of the Mothers’ Union will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday in St Mary’s Church Hall when Anne Stamper will be giving a talk entitled Painting and Prayer.

ASH WEDNESDAY: Following the 11.15am service in St Mary’s Church on March 5, a Frugal Lunch will be served in the church hall at noon. Soup, bread and cheese and a cup of tea are provided and the suggested donation is £2.50. There will also be a raffle with all proceeds going towards Christian Aid.

BIG BREW: Traidcraft is joining forces with the regular Thursday morning Friendly Cuppa helpers from 10am to noon at St Mary’s Church Hall on March 6, so that visitors can sample some of the Faircraft goodies. Proceeds will go to support the work of Traidcraft smallholders around the world. A Traidcraft stall will also be available for people to buy any of the products or if not readily available, they could place an order from the catalogue. This year there is a selection of Easter eggs.

DEMONSTRATION: The flower club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday March 7 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for their AGM. The competition is entitled Let’s Party.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER is on Friday March 7. This year’s service has been written by the Christian Women of Egypt. A service will take place in St Mary’s Church at 10.30am. It involves a certain amount of drama and some participants will be dressed appropriately. After the service there will be some refreshments and the chance to sample some Egyptian cakes and time to look at an exhibition about Egypt. At Trinity Church, the Women’s World Day of Prayer service will take place at 2.30pm that day. The speaker will be Rev David Yule. Refreshments will be served after the service. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to attend either of these services - both male and female.

A FASHION SHOW organised by the JPK Sussex Project is being held at Edgmond, 39 to 41 Church Street, Old Town, at 2pm on Sunday March 23. Edgmont and the site on which it stands has now been purchased by JPK and will eventually become a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability once sufficient funds have been raised to commence building. Tickets for the fashion show are £10 each which include a drink on arrival. There will also be a raffle and refreshments. For tickets or information contact the JPK project co-ordinator Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or write to her at 7 Wannock Avenue, Willingdon, Eastbourne, BN20 9RP. Cheques made payable to The JPK Sussex Project.

QUIZ NIGHT: Friends of Eastbourne Hospital have a quiz night at 7pm for a 7.30pm start on Saturday March 29 at Christchurch Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne. Teams of six. Tickets £10 to include a fish and chip supper. For tickets or information call Jane Bradley on 01323 728662 or email