Parish Pump Lewes - October 18, 2013


A POP-UP SHOP has popped up in the village. The shop will be open for just one month and is selling a variety of items with paintings by Sussex artist Tom Walker and Deborah Piton-McKoen from Belgium on display.

THE ALFRISTON and District Amenity Society last year heard Dr Ruth Butlin talk about her experience with the Leprosy Mission in Nepal. On October 22 at 2.30pm in the War Memorial Hall Dr Dundas Moor will return to this theme with his talk entitled Following in the Footsteps of Dr Butlin. As a young doctor Dundas and his wife Sheila spent a year at a leprosy hospital in Uganda and have also visited Nepal where they met Dr Butlin. Entry is free for ADAS members. New members are welcome (£3). Tea is provided.

MUCH ADO BOOKS is getting ready for the coming festive season with a visit from Julie Peasgood whose workshop will help us all start to prepare. Julie Peasgood will be visiting the shop on October 26 between 7pm and 9pm to demonstrate how to turn a humble sock into a loveable teddy. The £25 ticket will include all the materials needed, a new sock, buttons, ribbons and stuffing, and a silk bag to carry the new teddy home in. There will also be some home-made refreshments served. Book by telephoning 01323 871222 or e-mail

HALLOWEEN Holiday Fun at the Clergy House. Pumpkins are popping up everywhere at the Clergy House and help is needed to find them. From October 26 to November 3 families can embark on a Pumpkin Prowl around the garden and orchard in search of pesky pumpkins. There will be a charge of £1 per Pumpkin Prowl. Normal admission fees apply but booking is not required. The Clergy House is open from 10.20am to 4.30pm Saturday to Wednesday.

PRAYERS FOR THE WORLD: An inclusive, non-denominational group, who believe in the power of prayer and positive thinking to implement change, are planning to meet on the last Tuesday in every month at the Old Chapel Centre. The first meeting will be on October 29 at 2pm. For further information telephone Marion Reynolds 871668 or Virginia Crowe 486248.

Bodle Street Green

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

LUNCH CLUB: The club meets fortnightly at the village hall on a Monday from 11.30am to 2.30pm for a good meal and friendship. This Monday is one such date.

FILM CLUB: Goodbye Lenin is the film this month to be shown next Friday 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 per head on the door.


THE PLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE: Today, Friday, at 7pm for 7.30pm in Chiddingly Village Hall Dr Nikki Gammans FRES will be giving an illustrated talk on The Plight of the Bumblebee. The talk will begin with describing our three types of bee species in the UK, their conservation and importance, decline and how we can help with particular focus on gardening. The talk will continue with a brief introduction to identification of our British species and conclude with the aims and progress of the short-haired bumblebee project. This project aims to reintroduce one of our extinct UK bumblebee species. The evening is hosted by Chiddingly Horticultural Society and everyone is welcome to come along, free entry. Refreshments will be available at the start of the evening. Background information is at and


CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: This evening, Friday, there is a Clairvoyant Evening at Primrose Hall from 7.30pm to 9pm. The medium is Marlene Woolgar. All welcome.

ST MARY’S: This is the twenty-first Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The God of Justice: judging the church. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, A Faith that Works. 6.30pm Choral Evening Prayer, God’s Battle Plan. Open Church to go in and look around will take place every second and fourth Thursday to coincide with the new Hailsham street market.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Dorothy Young. All welcome.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Hailsham’s celebrations are tomorrow. Programmes are on sale around the town. First procession starts at 7.30pm, the second at 9pm and the Grand Firework Display at 9.30pm. This year the street collection will be distributed to St John Ambulance, Sussex Search and Rescue and 2nd Hailsham Scout Group. For more information visit

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: This week’s meeting saw round one of the print competition, judged by Paul Dunmall CPAGB, chairman of the Sussex Photographic Federation and Bexhill Photographic Club. It was his first time as a judge at the club. Members who wanted to enter the competition were encouraged to present up to two prints each, and Paul chose the images which would go through to the finals later on in the year. In the beginners group, for the Pavilion Cup, Lock Awe From Portsonachen, Argyll by Graham Wilkinson, Sea At Night also by Graham Wilkinson and The Lost Boot, Wellingtonia Yellow by Pam Maclay all went through. In the intermediate group, for the Keith Donald Shield, Fiendish Friend by Gill Terry, Water And Light, also by Gill Terry, Money Makes The World Go Round by Wendy Chrismas LRPS and Abutilon, Wadhurst Castle by Janet Monk ARPS all went onto the final round. In the advanced group, for the Founders Cup, seven prints were picked. We’re Nearly There by Jan Cunningham ARPS, The Wind Blows Cold by John Deller, In Fields Of Barley by Colin Chrismas LRPS, Light Refreshment also by Colin Chrismas LRPS, Potter by Roy Morris ARPS, Solitary Tree, Tuscany by Pat Broad ARPS AFIAP, and Waiting For The Train by Chris Coates ARPS DPAGB. Paul commented on the very good range of work he had seen, and said as a judge, you are never quite sure what you are going to get. He gave sound, constructive observations in a very light-hearted vein.

THE GOOD OLDE DAYS: Oh dear! What can the matter be? When the Ropemaker Theatre Company Limited announced plans to stage Celebrating The Good Olde Days at the Hailsham Pavilion on November 9, it was swamped with enquiries from local people who wanted to join in the fun. The company was on the look out for all types of variety acts from jugglers to singers who would be introduced on stage by a master of ceremonies from his podium, with gavel in hand, spouting extraordinarily long words. Auditions were held at the Hailsham Pavilion but regrettably, despite the initial enthusiasm, only three acts turned up. All were incredibly talented and included Tony Flood, a comedian in the Les Dawson mode. His ironic humour regarding his observations on married life had the judges laughing non-stop. Janet Lee Hogan sang a trio of songs so loved by Good Olde Days audiences including The Lambeth Walk. While Pam Robinson delighted the judges with her Stanley Holloway monologues, complete with Lancashire accent. As the 10 acts needed by RTC Ltd was not achieved, it is with great regret that the company has announced that the event has been cancelled. Tony Flood said ‘It is a great shame it is not going ahead but I am confident that another exciting project will come up in the near future. I would be very happy to work with their talented team.’ This was to have been an extra special event because it was not only for the local community but by the community and RTC Ltd founder John Wilders had also hoped to make donations from every ticket sold to Help The Heroes and Demelza. RTC Ltd would like to extend its gratitude to those who made enquiries for tickets for the show.

100 YEARS AGO: In October 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote: The Choir Outing took place on September 4. Earls Court was their destination; some of the party visited the zoo as well. Only 38 went this time, so the LBSCR charged 6/3 for each fare. The Jubilee of the Hailsham District of the Ancient Order of Foresters was celebrated September 7. The IO Oddfellows joined, and about 300 assembled in church. A full and excellent report appeared in the Sussex Herald. (Note: The AOF was a health insurance society to which members paid in a small sum regularly, receiving a payment when sick and unable to earn. It is now known as Foresters Friendly Society. The independent Order of Oddfellows is a Friendly Society, whose main aim was, and is, to help and provide friendship for its members. Do look this up with Google if you’re interested to find out more).

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.

MOTHERS UNION: Last month the guest speaker was Jean Manning from Herstmonceux who was ordained and priested in the Chichester Diocese. She explained her journey in faith to the present day opening her talk with a quote by George Elliott (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans), ‘It is never too late to be what you might have been.’ which she considered applied to her. At the age of 12 years, Jean was told by her RE teacher to read Who Moved the Stone by Thomas Garrison. The outline of the story is of a lawyer setting out to prove that the resurrection is false. This was her first true encounter with Christ and her relationship with him. Prior to that, Jean had attended a convent school and had terrible images of unbaptised children. Married and settled in Framfield for 19 years, Jean took her first Bishop’s Certificate, as a mature student at the age of 34 years. Her husband and she moved church and then started an office stationery business with just £10. Three months later Jean became an advisor at the CAB explaining she felt there was a void in her life which she tried to fill. She worked with Five Gables Trust in Willingdon (Geraldine Quicken Trust) and took a course in Christian Counselling. During this time she had some very personal experiences. Jean finished her second Bishop’s Certificate and thought about her calling to ministry. Jean talked through her ordination. How she was accepted at 61 years of age and once again was a mature student. She attended Oakhill Theological College, was ordained in 2008 at Chichester and priested at East Grinstead. She now, among other duties, trains curates. Members thanked Jean for a very inspiration talk.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Members were looking forward to an evening with Bill Wisden MBE Hon. FRPS and Trevor Gellard FRPS who both belong to Brighton and Hove Camera Club. Unfortunately, Bill was unable to visit due to feeling unwell so it was Trevor who presented both sets of photographs. Many of Bill’s images, some dating from the 1960s, were darkroom prints in black and white. An image of pylons in France was called Boss Cat and his gang as their shapes looked like cats, and a photograph of acorns was titled Two London Coppers as they resembled policemen’s helmets. There was also an image of a large model T-Rex alongside a number of couples staring out to sea. Trevor pointed out the space between each couple and added that this space whilst showing how people did not like to be too close to one another was an important element of the picture. There was an image of West Pier, Brighton, going up in flames as Bill was passing on a bus when he saw it and alighted to take pictures. A lot of Trevor’s images were taken locally and included street photography and people. A miserable man sitting on the pier, children diving into the sea from a wall, the flea market in Hastings, ladies in red hats in the rain and a tennis match in Eastbourne. Wonderful photography and a very entertaining and humorous evening was enjoyed by all members who send best wishes to Bill for a speedy recovery.

YOUNG POETS: Is your child or grandchild in Year 7 at secondary school. Did they attend Hawkes Farm Primary School? Yes, then they most probably had a poem entered in a competition from Young Writers and would have been written to at home about their winning poem and offered the opportunity to see it in print. If you were one of these parents or grandparents, whether or not you took up the offer of the book, there will be an exhibition of these children’s poems in Hailsham Library very soon for everyone to see. If you would like your child’s poem to be a part of this exhibition, please telephone 440567 or email for details. Entry is free and there may be prizes. Details to be finalised.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

GOOD MORNING, well it’s been a little while but I’m pleased to say that I’m up and running now and looking forward to sharing all the local news with you. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have sent cards, their best wishes and been running round after me while I wasn’t so well. It’s at times like this when you realise what a great community we live in.

THE FIRST LOCAL Produce Market, which was held a couple of weeks ago, was a huge success and they will be back on November 2 in the Sundial car park between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Once again you’ll be able to wander through the stalls, chat to the stallholders about their produce and be assured that what you are buying is both local and as fresh as it possibly could be.

CHRISTMAS EVENT: The newly formed Herstmonceux Business Association are also in the midst of finalising their plans for the Spirit of Christmas Event, a Christmas market running alongside a number of other events. A special visit from Father Christmas as well as the village Christmas Lights being turned on. All this and more and to be held on December 7 between 2pm and 8pm. If you would like to take a stall please contact Caroline Davenport on 833633 or Angela Ashley at Details of the children’s stocking competition which is being held through November, the winner of which will be announced on the night of December 7, can be found on posters throughout the village.

ILLUSTRATED TALK: On Friday November 15, which is a while away yet, Kevin Gordon will be at the village hall giving everybody a look into the Palace of Westminster and the workings of the Houses of Parliament. The doors of the hall will be open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and tickets at £5 each, to include tea or coffee, will be available on the door. Proceeds from this event will go to the hosts, The Windmill at Windmill Hill Restoration Fund. A reminder too that the windmill will be open to the public on Sunday, entry will be by donation and they look forward to seeing you there.

WINDMILL HILL Horticultural Society are in need of some more committee members. They have seven at the moment but they feel a few more would give a broader spectrum of ideas and opinions. Anybody wishing to stand needs to complete a nomination form which can be obtained on 833626 or email the hon treasurer at All forms must be returned to Benrica, Horse Walk, Wartling BN271RY by November 7 for consideration at the AGM on December 7.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday meet Trudy at the Hailsham Leisure Centre at 10am for a five mile circular walk at Rodmell. All enquiries to 848790.

BONFIRE NIGHT: The Merrie Harriers Bonfire and Firework night is on October 25. More details later.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling Church at 8am with Holy communion (CW) being held at Herstmonceux Church at 9.45am. Messy Church will be held at the Reid Hall at 4pm.

PROSTATE CANCER UK: Many of us would have known Chris Walker and even more of us will know his wife Ann who used to work at the surgery in Herstmonceux. Sadly Chris died in March of 2010. In his memory, and in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, the Anna Colls Singers (with whom Chris used to sing) will be performing a concert at All Saints Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £15 are available by telephoning 833706. Please, if you are able, support this event in memory of a really nice man.

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

THEFT: During the week commencing September 30, a vehicle number plate was removed from a vehicle in the Standard Hill area of Ninfield, believed to have been overnight. Within the same area, some tools and equipment were stolen from a van on Monday October 7. The tools were later recovered a short distance away. If you saw anything suspicious or have any information that my assist the police with their enquiries, please contact our PCSO, Daryl Holter of the Battle neighbourhood team on 101.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: Last Friday, October 11, the Hooe Open Group ladies club met at Hooe Village Hall to hear a fascinating talk by Sarah Page on the history and making of the Sussex Trug. Trug making is a traditional craft which has been established in Sussex for at least 200 years. The word Trug is derived from trog, an Anglo Saxon word meaning wooden vessel or boat shaped. Originally used as measures or scoops for grain or liquid, they have become world renowned for their strength, durability and usefulness. Queen Victoria gave one to each of her staff after seeing one on display at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Trugs are still handmade in the traditional way. Work begins with the handle and rim of sweet chestnut which is split with a cleaving axe and smoothed with a drawknife, using a wooden horse. After steaming, the chestnut is bent around wooden formers. The Truggery at Coopers Croft, Herstmonceux, is housed in a cottage on the outskirts of the village which was built in the early 18th century. In the 1970s a craft teacher named David Sherwood and his wife Sue took over the business just at the time trug makers in East Hoathly were closing down. The Sherwoods stepped in and acquired the complete workshop, bringing many of the specialist tools to The Truggery in Herstmonceux. Also an expert trug maker called Ben Dadswell, who had been making Trugs since the age of 14, decided to stay on in order to transfer his expert knowledge and craftsmanship of Trug making to the new generation of owners. In 1995 David and Sue sold the business to Sarah Page and her family. By this time, all the older trug makers had passed on or retired and the younger ones gone away to do other things. Fortunately one man, Tim Franks, who had been taught by Ben Dadswell, wanted to return to carry on the Trug making craft. The members were enthralled at the excellent presentation and the opportunity to take a close look at many of the wonderfully made Trugs on display. The meeting came to a close at 4.30pm after taking afternoon tea and drawing of the raffle, which always offers a selection of worthwhile prizes. The Club welcomed two new members as well as two visitors, who it is hoped will join. Next month’s meeting will be on Friday November 8, when David Harrison from Carr Taylor Vineyard will deliver at talk entitled Vines and Wines, no doubt with a sample of this year’s vintage? For further information on the Hooe Open Group, call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS: Following last Saturday’s bonfire and fireworks, local residents Pete and Carole Ballard asked me to include the following in this week’s column: Please can you pass on our very big thanks to the Ninfield Bonfire Society for the truly fantastic display last night and for all their effort on the night and the fund raising that they do throughout the year. I am sure, like us, that most members of the village feel so fortunate to have these events organised for the community’s benefit and hope that these Village societies get the support and contributions that they deserve.

NINFIELD REUNION organised by the Ninfield Local History Group, is at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. The reunion is for anyone who lived in the village any time between 1930 and 1969. Admission is by advance ticket only as an afternoon tea is included in the price of £2 per person.

ON SUNDAY, Ninfield and Hooe churches welcome the Bishop of Chichester as part of his visitation to the Battle and Bexhill Deanery. There will be a combined service of worship at St Mary’s, 10.30am which will be led by the Bishop. All are welcome.

THE NEW SEASON of Ninfield Horticultural Society starts on Monday, in the Memorial Hall with their AGM. Regular and new members are very welcome at 7.30pm and annual subs are payable from that night. As a reward for attending the AGM, it will be followed by Kim Parks with some of his lovely local slides. This is usually a very entertaining evening and the society hopes to see lots of you there.

THE NEXT Neighbourhood and Panel meeting will be held in the reading room, Ninfield, on Tuesday, 7.30pm. The speaker will be from the Road Policing Unit advising about operation Crackdown and Anti-Social Driving. You are invited to go along and find out how incidents can be reported and ask questions to the speaker along with your questions to Daryl Holter, our PCSO.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesdays, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 10.30am, combined service at St Mary’s, led by Bishop of Chichester. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Holy Communion with Revd Ian Wales.


LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, 6.30pm for 7pm. Our speaker is Kevin Gordon, A Local Family History in Pictures, this takes place after our AGM.

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

WANTED 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.

IAN EVEREST is the speaker at Eastbourne Local History Society’s evening meeting on Tuesday at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. His talk is entitled A Sussex Farm in the 1950s. Doors open at meeting starts at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on October 24 include Butts Brow to Filching and Jevington, nearly five miles. Moderately hilly with some short steep slopes. Several stiles with Howard and Hilary. Or a longer walk of eight miles, Alfriston in Autumn, some hills but mainly flat, some mud, few stiles take picnic with Rosalind. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

GARDENERS’ SOCIETY: At the meeting on Thursday Jacqueline Aviolet is returning to give a talk on I’m a Tulip. What are you? Meeting starts at 7.30pm, in the Community Centre. Non members welcome. More info from Sheila Smith 483222 or Diana Pierce on 482413.

COFFEE MORNING: On Saturday October 26 the coffee morning at the Community Centre is hosted by Neighbourhood Watch. All welcome in the lounge, 10am-noon.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), and 11am Morning Worship. We have our bells appeal to provide funds for repair of the equipment and frame upon which they hang. Please be assured that all funds donated to the appeal are earmarked for that purpose, and cannot be used for any other purpose. Gift Aid adds a very useful extra amount at no cost to yourself, if you are a taxpayer. Details can be had from Andrew (01580 201953), Mick (01435 830588) or David (01435 812870). St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship and Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm Evening service and communion with Ray Dadswell.

HISTORY GROUP: Derek Legg gave us a fascinating account of the history of bonfire in Sussex, under the title of Remember, Remember the 5th of November. Derek was a founding member of the re-ignited Eastbourne Bonfire Society about 12 years ago and is still an active member. He told us of pre Gunpowder Plot fire rituals around the country and as far back as the Old Testament, bringing us through the centuries including the Plot itself and particularly the 19th century when bonfire became very strong in Sussex, right up to the present day. Our next walk is tomorrow, Saturday. We meet at Herstmonceux Church at 2pm for a walk with just one stile, with little in the way of hills. On November 11 John Bishop will be showing us the 1960s in Sussex using contemporary film.

RGWI: Sit up straight ladies as Derrick Hughes will tell Tales of 17 Years as a Headteacher. I gather Derrick is well known to the institute as he has entertained with his unusual musical instruments.

REMEMBRANCE: I heard someone buying their Poppy in Ambridge this week – yes, I listen to the Archers. It is that time of the year, when we remember those who died in wars, and buy our poppies, to support the work of the British Legion in caring for veterans. 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 during the door-to-door collection, and also in church on Remembrance Sunday, and may be placed in the dedicated area.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will meet from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. It will be the AGM. The guest speaker is Kevin Gordon and he will talk about A Local Family History in Pictures. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

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

LADIES FASHIONS, sizes 10 to 16, will be on sale in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. Items include knitwear, t shirts, trousers, skirts, blouses, jackets, scarves and coats, and are brand new manufacturers’ samples from top fashion houses at less than half price.

THE HAPPY DAY BAND will entertain customers at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CHURCH RAMBLERS will meet at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm before driving to West Dean for a walk through Friston Forest to Exceat, taking in three of the Seven Sisters. The walk is about five and a half miles long and there are several climbs.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council cemetery committee will meet at Willingdon Community School at 7.30pm on Monday. Meetings are open to the public. Contact 01323 489603.

THE 3 MMM’s will meet at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. The speaker will be Ivy Goodall and she will be talking about The Land Army.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Cornmill Gardens and Mill Way at 5pm on Wednesday, and outside number 62 Cornmill Gardens at 7pm later that day. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

COMEDY NIGHT: Friday October 25 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.

COFFEE MORNING: The British Heart Foundation will hold a pre-Christmas coffee morning in St Mary’s Church Hall on Saturday October 26 at 10am. Entry is £1 to include refreshments. As well as Christmas gifts, attractions include a raffle, guess the weight of the Christmas cake, a book stall, and Christmas decorations.

SKY DIVE: Seventeen year old Billy Boots has booked his sky dive at Headcorn for Sunday October 27. 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 information available from Sandra Dew on 01323 500001.

RESULTS: Approximately £1,500 was raised at the JPK Alfresco Dining and Auction evening in July for the JPK Sussex Project; a further £190 from a raffle at the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company’s outdoor production at Filching Manor; £750 from Easy Beat Orchestra and Singers’ charity concert at the Hydro and over £10,000 from the JPK charity golf day at Willingdon Golf Club. Then there was a line dancing afternoon held recently at Polegate Community Centre which raised £350 and a musical evening with the Bourne Chorus with supper, hosted by Maureen and John Males, another success.

THE GLEN CHORALE has commenced its Christmas season under the direction of Graham Dibbins. The repertoire includes calypso carol, a great and mighty wonder, I wonder as I wander, shepherd’s pipe carol, bell carol and candle song. There will be two concerts at Wannock Village Hall at 2.30pm on Monday December 2 and Monday December 9. Tickets are £6 each to include tea and biscuits. Anyone interested in attending or joining the choir contact Janet Togut on 01323 502113.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS: It was a good evening at the Grumbleweeds’ recently held meeting at the Red Lion. Organiser Graham Broom brought along his little friend Musthava Moussaka, a misshapen aubergine given to him at the previous meeting, which he kitted out with Tommy Cooper style hat, bright glasses, plastic nose and grinning mouth with white teeth. Most of these accessories he managed to find on holiday, which caused some hilarity among the shop keepers in Italy. John Shacklock gave a short talk on labour saving devices and tips on how to make gardening easier and more enjoyable. The main tip is, always have a chair handy. An exchange of seeds and plants took place and bookings were taken for the Christmas buffet. The Grumbleweeds meet at 6.30pm on the second Thursday in the month. Contact 01323 501482.