Parish Pump - March 16 2012

THIS is the latest Parish Pump news from the Sussex Express.

Each week we provide a round-up of local news from the villages.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Mothering Sunday Family Service with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Mothering Sunday Service followed by a light lunch in the Church Rooms.

LUNCH CLUB: The club meets at the village hall from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday.

RUN FOR GLORY: Actually, you will be able to sit back and watch this one. Running for Glory combines sporting spectacle and theatre as it follows a group of athletes, including Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell (they of Chariots of Fire fame) as they train for and compete in the 1924 Olympics. Tickets are £9 for the performance only or £12.50 to include a two course meal. Supper is at 7pm and the performance at 8pm. Contact Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 01323 833343.

East Hoathley

CHURCH: The service on Sunday at 11 am is Mothering Sunday family worship, with Holy Communion at 6pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting in the Belmont Room of the Village Hall is on Monday March 26 at 7.30pm. This is preceded by a meeting of the Planning Committee, which usually begins at 7 pm. Ann Newton our Parish Clerk can be contacted on 01825 890182.

BRITISH LEGION: The Women’s Section of the British Legion is holding a fund raising lunch on Saturday March 24 in the village hall from noon until 2 pm. Tickets cost £6 which will include a ploughman’s lunch, choice of pudding and a soft drink. There will also be a raffle. If you would like to attend please call Rosemary on 01825 840708 which will help her with the numbers for the catering; or you can just turn up on the day.

SHOW SOCIETY: The Skills Evening is this evening at 7.30 when a panel of experts will give tips of the preparation of entries for the next Flower Show which is on March 31. Drinks will be available from the bar and there will be nibbles. Entry free.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY Last week the society hosted two very well attended events – on the Friday evening the Lost Lewes slide show and talk by Kim Clark was a fascinating glimpse into the past. On Sunday afternoon there was a walk in glorious sunshine, which started from the Gun at Gun Hill and took in some of the beautiful landscape and woodlands, including a stop by a lake with jumping fish. The next talk in the middle of April is about Uckfield – more details later, and the next walk is on Sunday April 1, which is a special event taking in a visit to the Bluebell Railway. For further information please ring Jenny and Chris on 01825 872830.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: There is a quiz evening in the Village Hall at 7pm for a 7.30pm start on Friday March 23. Tickets at £10 include a hot meal, with a vegetarian option. Ting John Graham on 01825 840248.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Monday 19th March 1759: “About 6.20 I set out for London. Breakfasted at The Bell at Godstone; got into London about 11.30. I dined at Mr. Tho. Standing’s on a piece of fresh salmon boiled and some minced veal. Drank tea with Mr. Margesson and spent the even and supped with Mr. Sterry, where I lodged. ….. Looked out goods today at Levy’s, Gores, Crowley’s, etc.”. [This trip was to settle debts with his suppliers, and the trip cost him 1s. 9d. Mr. Margesson was a haberdasher, Mr. Sterry an oilman, Levy’s dealt in chinaware, Gores in hardware and Crowley was an ironmonger, all of whom supplied Thomas.]


QUIZ NIGHT Mayor, Jeff Bentley-Astor, will be the Quiz Master at this combined Hailsham In Bloom and Hailsham Lions event at the Charles Hunt Centre on Saturday March 24 at 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Entry is £4 donation per person for teams of 4 to 8. Bring your own food and drink. Raffle.

BONFIRE BINGO Hailsham Bonfire Society will be holding their monthly bingo on Friday March 16 in the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm eyes down at 7.30pm. The Bonfire Society is also holding a grand jumble sale on Saturday March 31, in the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 10am, admission 30p. If you have any jumble or unwanted Christmas presents please contact Rose (01323 849562) or Lynn (01323 441514) for collection. CLAIRVOYANT EVENING

Tonight (Friday) 7.30pm to 9pm at Primrose Hall. Marlene Woolgar is the medium and entry is £5 on the door.

Corinthian Church & Healing Association’s Sunday Service is 11am to 12 noon with Glyn Davis at Primrose Hall, followed by refreshments. There are private 1-2-1 readings on March 23. Ring (01323) 766435 to book. Healer Training classes will be starting in April, with Rev Richard Rawlingson. Ring (01323) 440420/766435/846546.

ST MARY’S Mothering Sunday, fourth Sunday of Lent. Holy Communion (BCP) 8am – Wisdom’s Choice, 10.30am Mothering Sunday All Age with crèche. Lent Bible focus is at 6.30pm on The Outgoing God – the Triune God.

RAMBLERS There is a 7-mile walk on Sunday March 18 from Hailsham, through Horsebridge, Hellingly and along the Hailsham Heritage Trail with Doreen (442460). Bring a packed lunch. Wednesday walkers with Pauline (845129) are doing the Alfriston to Berwick 5-mile circular. The strollers’ walk at time of going to press had yet to be arranged but this is usually a short leisurely walk. Ring Jill on 843530. If you would like to go along on any of the walks ring the walk leaders for more details.

FLOWER CLUB The next meeting of the Hailsham and District Flower Club will be a floral art demonstration given by Mrs Julie Brownlee entitled Isn’t This Lovely, on Wednesday March 21 at 7.30pm at Whitehouse primary School, Marshfoot Lane.

QUIZ EVENING The Hailsham Old Pavilion Society is hosting this event on March 24 at Summerheath Hall, Hailsham at 7.30pm. Tickets at £6 include a ploughmans Supper. BYO drinks. Teams of 4 to 6 ring Ray on (01323) 845209 to book.


Five Sussex photographers, John Deller, David Mills, Liz and Roger Scott, and Peter Stafford, all members of the Hailsham Photographic Society, are holding an exhibition of their work at Gallery North, High Street, Hailsham from March 27 until 28 April. The Gallery is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday. Contemporary digital and traditional silver gelatin photography. Landscapes, abstracts, architecture and African wildlife are just a few of the subjects featured.


A second bike maintenance course initiated by Sussex Oakleaf is due to start in Hailsham on April. 17. This 6-week (once a week) course will cover the basics of bike maintenance and include some road awareness and a short trip. It is hoped to have some second hand bikes that participants can recondition during the course. There will be a few places available for the general public. For more information, to register or donate an unwanted bike contact Maggie on 01323-849524 or For more information about Sussex Oakleaf’s work see

Hellingly & Horsebridge

church SERVICES Hellingly Church Holy Communion at 8am, Family Worship 10.45am followed by Evensong at 6.30pm. There is also a regular Holy Communion service at 9.30am on a Thursday.

Holy Trinity at Upper Dicker Family Communion is at 9.15.

TAKING THE MIKE This is the subject of Councillor Roger Thomas who is speaking at this month’s Hailsham, Heathfield and Herstmonceux District Cardiac Support Group on Thursday March 22. Doors open at 2 for 2.30pm start at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham. A one-man show on the broadcasting life of Roger Thomas, an International Broadcaster and local County Councillor. He has been in East Africa (under Idi Amin), Hong Kong, 1988 Seoul Olympics, had time with the BBC 1974, IRA Birmingham Bombings and later in Belfast and Londonderry. Many Celebrities have influenced his life from Kirk Douglas to William Holden, Spike Milligan to Billy Connolly and Joan Collins to Sir Cliff Richard, to name a few. He has helped untold people in the Birmingham area with his broadcasting shows. All are welcome. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of the Month. Contact Philip Ford, at, call (01323) 449195 or visit for more information on general or Cardiac problems.

LOVING FOR LIFE A marriage preparation day for couples marrying in Hellingly or Upper Dicker churches during the year was hosted last month by Hellingly Mothers Union. The couples met with the organist and flower arrangers over lunch and the afternoon followed with more listening exercises, more laughter and finished with a special prayer for wedding couples used in the church regularly. The feedback forms were very encouraging and showed the project to be well-worth doing and of great value to attendees.


Maggie Phillips is retiring after 31 years of being Brown Owl at Hellingly Brownies. Maggie has worn many different hats in Girlguiding Sussex East but admits that working with the Brownies has been the best.

QUIZ NIGHT Dicker Hall on Saturday March 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 adults and £3 children under 12 and include supper with tea or coffee, from Liz on 841541 or Liz on 844687. Bring your own drinks.


Round 4 Print Competition results going through to finals judged by Bob Websell are as follows. Pavilion Cup Beginners – Fishing for Supper and Silenzio by Terry Maskell.

Keith Donald Shield Intermediate – Rust by Robert Banfield, Receiving Alms by Peggie McKenzie, Dunlin On Ice by Colin Chrismas LRPS and Well Groomed by Wendy Chrismas LRPS. Wolf Morris Advanced – Tree Root Run in Ochre by Janice Payne LRPS and Godafoss Waterfall by Jan Cunningham LRPS. Founders Cup – Hawthorn (Wilmington) by Liz Scott AFIAP, No Title by Roger Scott, Tavertine Terraces (Yellowstone) by Pat Broad LRPS and High Street (Trinidad de Cuba) by Roy Morris LRPS.

Hailsham Photographic Society would like to say a great big thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Colour Show. Due to the enormous success of the event they were able to increase their donation for View Craft to £750. The charity gained a further £280 from generous cash donations and craft sales from each performance.

Visitors were able to vote for their favourite sequences this year. The results were 1 –Mountainous Moments by John Deller LRPS, 2 – The Beauty and Drama of Extreme Landscapes by Pat Broad LRPS and Hugh Milsom FRPS/MFIAP and 3 – A Visit to Brownsea Island by John Watson. Visitors also admired the stunning print display during the interval. The next opportunity to view the prints by award winning photographers will be at the Annual Print Exhibition on June 18 to 23.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING Updates concerning the priorities for Hailsham North Ward are parking outside Hawks Farm School where high viz has been completed in the area before and after school, attention drawn to the traffic signs in relation to parking in the bus stop, ‘Slow – children crossing’ signs have been put up outside the school for parents and drivers. A meeting was held with Highways in relation to the road. Over the last five years there have been no reported accidents in the road and because of this Highways feel there is nothing that can be done in the area to assist and have passed the area to be looked at when the next Hailsham Parking review is being completed.

Speeding on A271 between Battle Road and Hawks Road has resulted in an application for the site to be assessed for community speed watch. Work is being completed along the stretch of road in relation to a roundabout being put in at the end of Battle Road and Hawks Road and a pedestrian crossing near Park Road and work to start on this is awaited. Various e-mails have been sent to the Roads Police Unit to look at getting speed checks or for Sussex Safer Road unit to have a look at the area.

Concerning anti social behaviour in Hailsham North – high viz patrols have been completed in areas.

HAILSHAM NORTH A Panel Meeting will be held by PCSO Faye Fletcher on Wednesday March 28 at 6pm. Location to be confirmed. This is a chance for residents in the area to raise any issues they have to look at setting priorities for the ward. Also to discuss the current priorities, what has been done on these and whether or not they are to be kept or to be closed off.

If you would like to attend please email PCSO Fletcher on, call 0845 60 70 999 ext 27437 or Mobile 07787 685752 to raise your interest in this.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday there is a special Mothering Day service at Wartling church at 9.45am with Holy Communion (BCP) along with Songs of Praise being held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively.

EASTER COMPETITION: Lime Cross Nursery Children’s Fun Easter Colouring/Drawing competition. It’s divided up into age groups, 4 year olds and 5 to 8 year olds will need to collect a free colouring sheet up from the nursery and then just get to work with their crayons. 9 to 12 year olds are invited to design their own drawing on a sheet no bigger than A3, using any medium and with an Easter theme in mind. Closing date is March 31 and all pictures will be displayed at the Nursery over the Easter weekend and will be judged by special guest and local artist, Caroline Green. Further information on 833229 or, just pop in and have a word with one of the staff there.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday March 25 meet Pete and Sue at Herstmonceux car park at 10am for a six and half mile walk from Battle to Sedlescombe. A pub or picnic lunch has been suggested. For further details or a lift call 848790.

the Litter Gang will be meeting up at two designated points on Sunday March 25. For Herstmonceux it’s the Village Information Centre, for Cowbeech at St Michael’s which is just opposite Hammer Lane. Meet at 10am and once all signs of rubbish have been eradicated, it’ll be time for some much needed refreshment. Anybody interested in helping to keep our villages litter free and tidy would be most welcome to go along. For further details contact for Herstmonceux or for Cowbeech.

THE SUN’S OUT and my guess is most of us are taking the chance to get out in those gardens well, just remember that the All Saints Plant Sale is on May 5 so while you are out there clearing and digging, sew a few extra seeds for them. When splitting plants save one or two and anything else you can think of because it will all be welcome come the show.

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; Millfield, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. 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

Hooe Open Group held their meeting on Friday March 9 at Hooe Village Hall. The attendance was exceptional, consisting of 24 members and 4 visitors, two of whom decided to join. Edna Wallis and Maureen Poppy were kept very busy making certain that all those attending the meeting were made welcome. The speaker for the meeting was Margaret Crisp who gave a most interesting and informative talk on the subject of being a solo traveller. Margaret was a lone traveller for many years, after her first husband passed away, up until the time she remarried Bernard, who was a director of Cunard. Margaret however travelled solo both as a cruise passenger as well as going on adventure holidays, to far off places, such as Antarctica and the Andes and is now about to set off again on her own to the Galapagos Islands. Margaret is adventure personified; she is a keen under-water adventurer and has dived in most of the world’s seas, including the Red Sea and along the Great Barrier Reef. The meeting was completed by the customary tea and chat, plus raffle and the popular “Trade Table”. Next month’s meeting will be held at the Village Hall on Friday April 13, when the speaker will be Jim Bolter who will give a talk on the mysteries of Michalham Priory. It is also our Easter meeting when the members will enjoy hot cross buns and an individual chocolate Easter egg. The group would like to thank Hooe Parish Council and Pam Doodes in particular for solving the problem of parking outside the Village Hall. Due to their efforts on their behalf they now have two clearly marked out Disabled Parking Bays directly outside the frontage, which will make all the difference to some of their members who are less able to walk any great distance.

Hooe Sports Football Club are in action tomorrow, Saturday March 17, against Spartan ’04 at William Parker School, Hastings. Kick off is at 3pm. For further information of the Hooe Sports Football Club please call 07872 312266. You can also track their progress on the website

Hooe Parish Council are holding a council meeting on March 19 at the village hall, all Hooe residents are invited to attend.

Ninfield Working Mens Club are holding a charity Coffee Morning on Tuesday March 20, from 10am-11.30am. There will be a bric-a-brac, books, DVDs and CDs for sale along with a raffle. Should the weather be on the wet or cold side, an open fire will help to make the morning more enjoyable!

St Mary’s Ninfield, Lent lunches 2012. Enjoy homemade soup, bread and cheese, tea and coffee and a chat with friends at the Reading Room. Wednesdays from 12 noon -1.30 pm on March 21 and 28. Donations to a local charity, the church look forward to seeing you.

The Golden Circle is next meeting on Tuesday March 21, 2pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 7.45pm.

Ninfield Horticultural Society are next meeting on March 21, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall. Their evening session ‘Catching the Judges’ Eye’ should answer many of your questions about entering a Show. The judges’ advice will just be in time for you to enter their Spring Show on Saturday March 24. Schedules are available in the village Post Office. Contact Rose with any questions either at : or 01424 892422. Visitors to the show are very welcome from 2.30pm.

The Diamond Jubilee Committee are next meeting on Saturday March 24, 10 at the Ninfield Working Men’s Club. If you would like to join in the organising, please go along. There will be loads to discuss: Ninfield’s Got Talent, Carnival Queen, Pram Race, Olympic Themes etc

RUNNERS March 25 sees many people raising funds for charities in the Hastings Half Marathon. The lovely Louise Murphy from the Red Lion, Hooe, is running to raise money towards a wheelchair for the recently hospitalised Mo Bourner (a Hooe resident). If you would like to sponsor Louise you can find a sponsorship form at Ninfield Post Office and Ninfield Village Stores, alternatively pop into the Red Lion. Good luck Louise!

Whist Drive is on March 28 at 7.30pm in the Committee Room of the Ninfield Memorial Hall. Cost is £3 which includes a cup of tea or coffee. Go and give it a try - call 892057 and speak to Beryl for more information.

A fabulous time was had by those that attended the last Burlesque class.. 17 lovely ladies who all looked brilliant doing the fun routines. And they loved the atmosphere which was relaxed and very giggly. As a result the next class is Friday March 30 at the Memorial Hall, 7.15 - 8.30pm, £5 and they will be last Friday of the month thereafter. You can still go along even if you missed the first one. It’s easy to catch up and there will be new things too.

Ninfield Memorial Hall Committee are holding a Quiz Night at Ninfield Memorial Hall on Saturday March 31, 7.30pm. Entrance fee includes a Ploughman’s Supper and Tea/Coffee. To book a table Tel:-892682/892878. Teams up to six people.

Racenight on Saturday March 31, at the Blacksmiths Inn to raise funds for St Micheal’s Hospice in memory of local mum Helen Jaworanski. The event will start at 7.30pm and the MC for the evening will be Mr Stevie D. Everyone welcome. Please join in the fun and help raise vital funds for our local hospice, every penny counts. For more information or to sponsor a race please contact Jane Rowlatt 01424 893591.

Don’t forget that you can find out more community information from both villages and Wealden District Council on our district councillors (Pam Doodes) website or the Ninfield Parish Council website: /

Church Services

St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield):

Sundays - 9.30am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

1st Sunday of the month - 6pm Book of Common Prayer Communion

Wednesdays - 10.00am Holy Communion

St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe), at Hooe Village Hall:

Sundays - 11.15am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

Ninfield Methodist Church - all services at 2.30pm (unless otherwise indicated):

March 18, 2.30pm Mothering Sunday Worship with Revd. Peggy Heim

March 25, 2.30pm Worship & Praise with Mrs. Topsy Brice.

Anything that you would like included in the Parish Pump for Ninfield or Hooe, please email the details to me:


WANTED! Do you have an unwanted china or pottery teapot or a two-tiered cake plate? If so, Trinity Church would be extremely pleased to put them to good use! If you can help please contact Jennie on 484189 or email

SWITCHOVER HELP SCHEME. The Switchover Scheme is run by the BBC to help older and disabled people make the change to digital TV. People are eligible if they are over age 75 and over and eligible disabled. Most folk will be asked to pay £40. Towards the standard option of help which includes easy to use equipment, aftercare service including an approved installer to supply and install the necessary equipment, and a 12 month aftercare service, including free helpline. For more info call free on 0800 4080900 or visit

POLEGATE GARDENERS SOCIETY our Spring Show is on March 24, at St Johns Church Hall from 2-4pm.

JUMBLE SALE on Saturday March 24, at Willingdon Community School, Broad Road, Willingdon, from 10 am to 12 noon. In the school hall. All proceeds will be shared between the Hawassa Project in Ethiopia and the Eastbourne Matthew 25 Mission for the homeless. For further info please contact Jennie Herkes on 485254 ex 222.

COFFEE MORNING at Polegate Community Centre on Saturday March 24, is hosted by Polegate Twinning Association. All welcome in the lounge from 10 am.

CHLOE’S FIGHT for sight. Jayne Bigsby is running in the Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday March 25, in aid of Chloe. Donations or sponsor may be left at Haine & Son, 65 High Street, Polegate for this event. More info from Jayne on 487543 or email or look at

BOWLS CLUB if you wish to have a go, please call in at Polegate Community Centre on any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Contact Pat Payne on 489687 for more details.

POLEGATE WINE and social club meeting on March 27, our speaker is Sue Smith talking about Thank the Forces. All welcome at Polegate community centre at 7.30 pm.


More info from rambles secretary or email walks tomorrow 29th include East Dean to the Gap and back, 5 miles, fairly easy walking with one gradual incline and decline, coffee stop at Gap with Val w. or LEFT OR RIGHT 9-10 miles easy walking, fairly flat fields, good tracks, few stiles, take picnic with Heather and Eileen.

POLEGATE WI is having a produce stall outside the Co-op on Saturday March 31. Please come and sample our wares, cakes, pies and garden plants.

EASTER FAIR on Saturday March 31, at Trinity Church hall from 10 am to 12 noon. There will be an East Bonnet parade, teas and coffees and hot cross buns.

CUCKOO TRAIL task day on Monday, starting at Teinicks Bridge, beside Tesco car park, Hailsham from 10am to 3pm. Wear steel cap boots and bring own food and drink. More information from Andy on Lewes 01273 481637.

RAMBLING CLUB: March 22, Up and Over, 5.5 miles Jevington circular via Folkington along two ways, down lands one gradual and two steep inclines six stiles with Mike, or Over and Under the Bluebell, 9 miles mostly flat, fields and woods take picnic with Barbara.

POLEGATE STROLLERS visit to Sovereign Harbour Lifeboat and Lochs on Tuesday. Bus 51 from Polegate Station at 10.09am, coffee at Delito’s. Meet at Delito’s at 11.17am if driving.

WINDMILL: The meeting at the windmill on Tuesday at 7.30pm is our AGM. This year the speaker is Frances Muncey.

GARDENERS SOCIETY: The spring show is on Saturday, March 24, at St John’s Church Hall from 2pm to 4pm.

JUMBLE SALE on Saturday March 24, at Willingdon Community School, Broad Road, Willingdon, from 10am to noon. In the school hall. All proceeds will be shared between the Hawassa Project in Ethiopia and the Eastbourne Matthew 25 Mission for the homeless. For further details please contact Jennie Herkes on 485254 ex 222.

THE COFFEE MORNING at Polegate Community Centre on Saturday March 24, is hosted by Polegate Twinning Association. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

MEETING: Polegate Wine and Social Club meet on March 27, when the speaker is Sue Smith talking about Thank the Forces. All welcome at the community centre at 7.30pm.

THE WI is having a produce stall outside the Co-op on Saturday March 31. Please come and sample our wares, cakes, pies and garden plants.


SIMPLE LENTEN LUNCH The Lunch today, Friday, is at the Vicarage by kind invitation of Will & Linda Pratt from 12 noon - 2pm. Please do support these lunches as all the money raised goes to St Mary’s Disaster Fund to help victims of the many disasters which occur in the world. The lunch next Friday, March 23, will be at ‘Sunrise’, Laughton Road by kind invitation of John & Jenny Payne.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP At its meeting this evening, Friday, in the Village Hall at 7.45 pm the speaker will be Ian Hilder whose talk is entitled ‘Barcombe’s History through its Picture Postcards.

FOOTBALL CLUB There is a lot of football at the Caburn this week and it starts off tonight, Friday, when RFC host the reserve Section Cup semi-final between Hassocks and Newhaven, kick off time for this match is 7.30 p.m. Tomorrow, March 17, the 1st Team travel to Rye for their SCFL Div. 1 fixture but the promotion chasing Reserve Team have a home league fixture against Seaford Town, both games kick off at the usual time of 3pm. No games on Sunday for either the Youth Team or the Veterans. On Tuesday evening, March 20 the 1st Team are back at home in a Brighton Charity Cup match against near neighbours AFC Uckfield and kick off time is 7.45pm. On Wednesday March 21 a charity match in memory of the late and much loved Danielle Price is being held at The Caburn. The match will be between Ringmer 6th Form College students and the staff and all money raised will go to Ringmer Youth services, something which was close to Danielle’s heart. Please do go along and support this very worthy cause, kick off time is not known at the time of going to press but, if in doubt please check with the Club or at On the social side the next event is the fun Race Night which will be held in the bar on Saturday, March 24 around a 7pm start.

MOTHERING SUNDAY A special Mothering Sunday Service in St Mary’s commences at 4.30pm on Sunday. Posies of flowers will be distributed to mums during the service which will be followed by tea in the Church Room. All welcome.

ST MARY’S MOTHERS’ UNION At its meeting on Tuesday, March 20 at 7.30pm in the Church Room the speaker will be Alexander Robinson whose talk is entitled ‘Decaid and the Munro Mission’. During the summer vacation a group of Exeter University students, who are members of the Officer Training Corps, climbed the 283 Munro mountains of Scotland to raise money for Decaid. This is made up of three charities – SSAFA, which gives support to our service men and women and their families, BLESMA, which gives support to British limbless ex service men and women and their families and Talking Minds giving support to those service personnel left with damaged minds. Do encourage your friends to go along to this open meeting and hear more as this should be a fascinating talk.

BRIDGE CLUB - The result of the duplicate pairs played on the 7th was: 1. Roy Skan & David Warner, 2. Sandra Dudley-Williams & Joan Evett and 3. Frank Hibbert & George Montgomery. The Club next meets on Wednesday, 21st at 7.30 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Room of the Village Hall.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY PRODUCTION Diane Morris’ production of ‘Biting the Bullet’ by Frank Vickery commences on Wednesday, March 21, running each evening through to Saturday, March 24 at 7.45pm. If you have not already got your tickets do visit Middletons where they can be purchased at £7 each (no concessions).

CONCERT IN CHURCH - The Esterhazy Choir are giving a Concert of 20th Century French Choral Classics in St. Mary’s on the evening of Saturday, 24 commencing at 7.30 p.m. Entrance is £10 at the door or in advance at

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Ringmer village Hall Charity is holding its AGM in the St Mary’s Room of the Village Hall on Monday, March 26.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday, March 29, from 7.30pm. This is when you can learn about the great amount of work tackled by your local Parish Councillors and there is a chance for members of the public to ask questions. The guest speaker that evening will be Mrs Gill Cronin, Head of Fundaising, St Peter & St.James Hospice.

Warbleton &

Rushlake Green

HISTORY GROUP: We meet at 2pm outside Laughton Village Shop (TQ 502132) tomorrow, Saturday for our next walk.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Mary’s Warbleton: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Mothering Sunday Service followed by a light lunch in the Church Rooms. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Mothering Sunday Family Service with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Family Service with rev Neville Barnett. 6.30pm Evening service with Ray Bodkin.

RG WI: As your roving reporter has just returned from two weeks in the Arctic a few hours ago, this is a quick advertisement for our meeting in March. On Thursday March 22 at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Charles Rennie Mackintosh is the subject of David Back’s Talk. David is usually an excellent and fascinating speaker, so it should be a very good evening. Visitors are very welcome to give us a try. Any transport problems phone yours truly, Pat Clark, now well thawed out, on 01435 830227.

AUCTION: Copies of the catalogue of lots for the auction of promises to be held on March 24, are available in The Stores. This is in aid of Children of Gambia Services and the Dunn Village hall, and will be held at 7.15pm, with doors open from 6.45pm. There are 70 lots listed covering promises of services to be provided and actual items. There are admission tickets to events, or tourist attractions (eg Pashley Manor), an MOT, cakes, teddy bear etc. One of the higher value lots is a guided tour of Vintners Hall, London including lunch for 6 people. A wide range of lots to suits all pockets and tastes. Our auctioneer is the very capable and experienced Tim Watson.

Willingdon, Wannock

& Jevington

POLEGATE WINDMILL: Eastbourne and District Preservation Trust Ltd, which manages Polegate Windmill, is having its 47th Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday March 20 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. The agenda will include the election of members of the council. Members retire by rotation on alternate years and those retiring this year will be Sandra Creasy and David Vine. After the business meeting there will be tea or coffee and biscuits, followed by a talk by Frances Muncey entitled ‘Vera’s Polegate’ which draws on the documents and notes by the late Vera Hodsoll, local historian and a keen supporter of the mill.

Do go along and support this event and if you would like to become a member of the trust, membership is just £5 which entitles you to receive the quarterly newsletter ‘The Spout’ and you will also have free admission to Polegate Windmill. During the mild autumn and early winter, volunteers have been able to work on the exterior of the mill where various maintenance tasks have been carried out. The new season starts on April 8 when the mill will be open every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm until the end of October. There are also special events such as the Wednesday activities for children in August, the bread day, mills day and the annual fete. As always guides and cashiers are urgently needed and if you could help out on the occasional Sunday it would be very much appreciated. Training will be given. Please contact Patricia Stevens if you are interested in becoming a cashier or Lawrence Stevens if you would like to become a guide. Ring 01323 734496.

LOCAL HISTORY: The next meeting of Polegate & Willingdon Local History Society is from 7pm to 9pm to-day Friday March 16 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. The speaker is Will Duke and his talk is entitled ‘Life and Times of Scan Tester’.

A QUIZ NIGHT is being held at 7.30pm to-morrow Saturday March 17 in St Mary’s Church Hall Willingdon to raise funds for the hall roof repairs. Tickets are £5 each. Please ring the parish office on 01323 501763 to check on ticket availability.

ST PATRICK’S DAY is tomorrow March 17 and the Ouse Valley Three will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village starting at 8.30pm. This is an exciting new band to the Wheatsheaf and they will be performing an Irish set. Earlier in the day you can watch the England v Ireland rugby match on the big screen. The kick off is at 3pm. On Mother’s Day Sunday March 18 Greg Hampson will be playing piano from 1.30pm at the Wheatsheaf.

LOU TAYLOR will be providing the entertainment at The British Queen at Willingdon Triangle from 8.30pm to-morrow Saturday March 17.

TRIANGLE LADIES CLUB will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday March 22 at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue Willingdon, when Mr Kevin Gordon will be giving a talk entitled ‘The lost village of Tidemills’. The competition is ‘present from abroad’.

BUTTS BROW WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday March 22 at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street when Mrs Betty Houghton will be giving a talk entitled ‘My time at Bletchley Park’.

THE SOUTH DOWNS YOUTH ORCHESTRA will be giving a concert of Haydn’s Symphony No 22 at 10am on Saturday March 24 in St Andrew’s Church Jevington.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm on Saturday March 24 at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros on 01323 504463.

SPORT RELIEF MILE: Doreen Giller is once again organising an annual ‘Sport Relief Mile.’ It will take place in Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground on Sunday March 25 at 2pm and has the support of Willingdon & Jevington Parish Council. WAGS (Walkers of All Generations) are being encouraged to take part in this event. Sponsor forms can be obtained from the parish council office in Gorringe Valley Road. Or ring Doreen on 501610. Doreen is hoping that with all the publicity given for Sport Relief on television, this year will be even better. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits will be available, provided by Willingdon WI.

STAINER’S CRUCIFIXION will be performed at St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 7.30pm on Monday March 26. The conductor is Michael Stumbles and the organist is Fr Michael Maine. Taking part will be the augmented church choir with soloists – tenor Rodney Brown and bass Mike Barber. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection supporting Children with Cancer.

ART TUITION: Teresa Currie will be running a six week art course in the newly refurbished community room at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue Willingdon starting on Wednesday April 18 from 7pm to 9pm. The course will cover drawing skills, watercolour techniques, pen and ink drawing, pastel and charcoal, figure drawing, perspective drawing, and acrylic and mixed media. Refreshments will be provided. The cost is £10 per session or £50 for all six classes. Teresa has over 30 years’ artistic experience. For further information ring her on 01323 501231.