Parish pump Newhaven - December 12, 2014


CAROLS AT THE GEORGE: On December 16 from 8.15pm the Alfriston singing group, The Octaves, will be leading the singing of familiar songs and carols round the fire in the bar at The George. The Octaves have been singing together for two years meeting on Tuesday evenings at the Old Chapel Centre to sing the songs they like for the enjoyment of singing. Everyone is welcome to come and join in the singing on December 16.


TIDE MILLS community beach clean at 10am to noon on Sunday, December 21. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES at St Andrew’s Church. Sunday, December 21 at 4pm Carol Service followed by tea in Bishopstone Parish Hall. Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve, 10am Mid-week Eucharist; 11.30 pm: Midnight Mass. Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day, 8am Said Eucharist; 9.30 am Sung Eucharist. St Andrew’s Patronal Festival and Gift Day Appeal has raised £4,500 to date.

FREE HORSE MANURE available on west (Newhaven) side of Bishopstone Road between Bishopstone Estate and Bishopstone Pond: help yourself, but please return or replace the bags.

FIRE IN NEWHAVEN: Emissions from the fire in Newhaven which started last Friday reached the village over the weekend. The authorities say that it’s harmless domestic waste and are allowing the fire to burn itself out over several days.


CONCERT: Last Saturday’s concert was great and full of fun, the Bothy singers grabbed us wholeheartedly to take us into their repertoire of songs. They were great, they began their concert with the themes of the James Bond movies, they sang moving spirituals and a great favourite was Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody they captured the mood so well. It was indeed an enjoyable evening.

THE NEXT CONCERT on December 20 is when Jamie Watson returns to sing us into Christmas with songs and ballads from the shows entitled ‘Get set for Christmas’. We look forward to hearing him again.

WE HAVE so much going on at the moment, the Advent service on Sunday with readings and carols was just lovely, and to come out of church on a full moonlit night, was just magical.

CAROL SERVICE: We are looking forward on Wednesday (before this column is published) to the University of Brighton’s carol service.

NEW NEIGHBOURS: We have new neighbours, a large flock of sheep have appeared in the field opposite our house, they only arrived on Saturday, and I’m amazed just how quickly they have munched down the grass.

FALMER PARISH COUNCIL will have the plans for the housing planning application at Court Farm, and they will be on display in the village hall today, Friday, from 5pm to 7pm. Everyone is invited to come and to make their comments. The planning permission has been granted for one of the modern barns at Court Farm to be converted into auction rooms holding 20 auctions a year of antiques and collectables. Lewes District Council has awarded Falmer £745 for its recycling efforts. This money has to be spent on a village project. Ideas so far are for a heritage notice board or a nature trail. The next parish council meeting will be on Tuesday January 20 at 7pm.


CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Mattins will be led by Alan Packard. There will be refreshments in the church after this service.


THE KINGSTON WI Committee, having arranged the Parish Hall for the annual Christmas party, were ready to receive members with a glass of wine for the last meeting of the year. Tables were ready for members’ contributions of salads, quiches, meats, salmon, condiments and savouries, leaving little space for baskets of French bread and a cheese board. For dessert there were tarts and trifles, puddings and pies, fruits and meringues; a feast for the eyes. Tables for the guests, each covered with a Christmas design table cloth, had a floral display with candle, Christmas crackers, party poppers and a copy of the quiz for later. About 6.45pm the first table guests were asked to choose their food and then table by table the remaining guests followed. Some had seconds of the main course before the desserts and then seconds again. Was there room? After the meal everyone had tea or coffee and prepared to be entertained by The Dowager Lady Crabtree. There, before us, on the stage was a tall, elegant lady dressed in a red outfit with red shoes, her silver hair beautifully coiffed: the widow of the 9th Baron Crabtree. She now resides in Eastbourne at a Home for Gentlewomen Living in Reduced Circumstances and fulfils an active public life, taking part in radio and TV programmes; writing books and performing comic monologues. Her latest talk is entitled, How to Grow Old Gracefully. For about 45 minutes we were wonderfully entertained by poems, cautionary tales and anecdotes. There were hoots of laughter as we listened to her often outrageous slant on life and stories of her experiences and advice to the elderly. Her monologue ended with a rousing round of applause; everyone commenting on their enjoyment of such a wonderful speaker. Lady Crabtree, we discovered, was created by the entertainer Paul James, in 1978. She became very popular and after 36 years is still wowing audiences. There followed a short business time with information about next year’s Christmas party to be held on 11 December 2015. Meetings of the choir and craft group will be on January 9 and the book group on January 22. At our next meeting on January 8 we will discuss the NFWI resolution for 2015, details of which are in the latest WI Life magazine. What a wonderful ending to 2014, with smiles all round.


COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall from 10am till noon.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Last Sunday we ventured to the edge of the Ashdown Forest for our ramble. We started from The Hatch Inn at Coleman’s Hatch and the walk took us along country lanes, across fields and through delightful woods with beds of fallen leaves underfoot. Through one such wood we came across an old hollow tree where right at the bottom of the trunk was a tiny door complete with keyhole just the right height for the fairies. Shortly afterwards we found Pooh Bridge so perhaps there was a link between the two. After we had played Pooh Sticks we continued on through the wood and then across fields until we emerged back on the lane to the Hatch Inn. Twelve of us enjoyed the winter ramble led by Clare. The next walk is on Tuesday, St Leonards by train. This will essentially be a town walk. Meet at 9.22am in time to catch the 9.44am train. Return on the 2.30pm train. For any further details contact 01273 483869.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the Angel Tree appeal enabling dads in Lewes prison to send presents to their children. Over £550 was raised, so that more than 55 children will have the happiness of receiving presents with a personal message from their dad. Children, please bring your parents to church on Sunday at 3pm for the candlelit Children’s Society Christingle service organised by all the churches in Lewes. Looking ahead to next year, on Sunday 4 January we will be having a songs of praise service at 3.30pm for which you can choose your favourite Christmas carol. Please send your choice to: Did you know that the Chapter House art group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10 to 12 (in the Chapter House)? They are a small friendly group of all abilities who welcome new members for art and a chat. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service with communion in the church hall; 3pm the Children’s Society Christingle service; 6.30pm informal service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group. You are warmly invited to come and join us on Tuesday December 23, when we are once again organising three groups of carol singers to sing their way around town, ending at Eastgate church hall for a mince pie and warming drink at 8.30pm. Please choose one of three starting points at 7pm: opposite Pelham Arms, next to St Anne’s; St Thomas’ Court, Cliffe High Street; Lewes railway station. Bring Carols for Choirs Book 1 if you have a copy but song sheets will be provided. Also bring a candle in a jar or a torch. It’s a fun event and everyone is welcome. Proceeds to the seniors’ Christmas day lunch and Passion Play 2015.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA tomorrow (Saturday) in Newhaven High Street from 9am to 4pm. Lots of stalls, live music, entertainment, Father Christmas; a fun day for all the family so go along and join in the fun.

WINTER SALE at Newhaven Day Club, West Quay tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to noon. Quality used clothing, jumble bric-a-brac, raffle, tea and coffee, Admission free and everyone is welcome.

HILLCREST FILM SOCIETY is showing their Christmas film tomorrow (Saturday) 20 Feet from Stardom (12A).The untold story of the back-up singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. This film is a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music. The film includes rare archival footage and peerless soundtrack as well as intimate interviews with stars including Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting. Tickets are £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven or on the door. Café opens at 6.30pm. Film begins at 7.30pm.

FATHER CHRISTMAS will be in his grotto on South Heighton village green on Sunday from 6pm followed by carol singing at 7pm. Children are welcome to say hello and receive a gift. Mulled wine and mince pies and this is a free event.

GARDENING SOCIETY: Newhaven Gardening Society is holding its Christmas Gathering on Thursday at the Newhaven Day Club, West Quay at 7.30pm.

AGM: Meridian Mature Citizens forum Celebration AGM, Tuesday 10am to noon at the main hall, Hillcrest Centre. Meridian Forum – 10 Years and Still Going Strong by Kate Davies and ESSA – the whys and wherefores by June Pratley. The talks will be followed by a question and answer session. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided. For catering purposes please RSVP to Cate Davies 01273 516207 or email

PARISH PUMP: The last Parish Pump/Town News will be published on Friday December 19 and will not resume until January 2015. If anyone has any events to publicise for early January please email me by this coming Sunday,


CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Don’t forget the Christmas celebrations in the Community House and Meridian Centre Shopping Mall tomorrow, Saturday. There is a whole afternoon of events from noon to 4pm with a Christmas market, Santa’s Grotto, Carol Singers, competitions, a puppet show and lots more for all the family to enjoy. All proceeds will go to the Mayor’s Charities.

CAROLS: The Peacehaven Evangelical Free Church will be holding their Carols by Candlelight service on Sunday December 21 at 6.30pm. There will be refreshments after the service and all are welcome. On Christmas day there will be a short service of celebration at 10am.

MORNING MARKET: There is a market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre which has been arranged by the Conservative Party. Next week on Saturday December 20 it is the last Saturday market for 2014 and will be organised by the Peacehaven Horticultural Society. To book a table with them ring 01273 589502.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, there is a coffee morning in the Community House from 8.30am until noon in aid of The Martlets. Next week on Tuesday Seahaven Lioness Club will be offering teas, coffees and cakes while on Thursday Seahaven Active Scouts will be behind the counter. Finally on Friday December 19 UKIP will be providing the refreshments.

CINEMA: Belle is a film inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain. The lead actress, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, won the Best Actress Award at the British Independent Film Awards ceremony last week. It is being shown in the Community House main hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 each are available from the information office.

LAST POST: Remember the last recommended posting dates for UK Christmas cards is December 18 for second class and December 19 first class.

COUNCILLOR’ SURGERY: The last surgery of this year will be tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to11am in the Meridian Centre. There are no further council meetings this year so if you have something you wish to discuss there will be councillors on hand to listen to any problems that affect you or the town.

DIARY: The next Community House film is What We Did on Our Holiday showing on Wednesday January 28 at 7.30pm.

HORTICULTURE: Peacehaven Horticultural Society is rounding off a very successful year with a Christmas party and a quiz in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Monday. The fun starts at 7.30pm but the doors will be open at 7pm.

AGM: The Meridian Mature Citizens Forum is celebrating their 10th year when they hold their AGM in the Main Hall, Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven, on Tuesday. The meeting starts at 10am but tea and coffee will be available from 9.45am. I understand that all the current committee members have agreed to stand for another year. June Pratley will give a talk about ESSA. After the meeting there will be refreshments. To assist with the catering requirements if you are attending could you please contact the chair person Katie Davies on 01273 516207 or Persons over 55 are welcome and there is no fee to join the Forum which serves the interests of residents from Seaford to East Saltdean.

PEACEHAVEN WI: Everyone was greeted by the president, including one new member, and Christmas cards were exchanged. We were asked to decide on the resolution to be put forward for the AGM of the National Federation in June 2015, and this will be discussed in January. After a delicious tea we were entertained by Geoffrey James accompanied by Jean playing the piano. Songs were sung from the 50s and 60s, followed by carols. No excuse for not knowing the words as we were provided with song sheets. On this jolly note the meeting closed with a reminder that our next venue will be in the main hall on January 21. (Joy Allen).


FOR DETAILS of Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society annual dinner today, Friday, please contact Margaret on 484293,

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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Christmas Cheer with leader Graham T. Meet at Meads Street, Tesco 10.10am. Bus No 3 9.50am Terminus Road, stand M. level seafront walk to Langham Hotel, West Dean Suite downstairs for coffee and biscuits. Or a brisk pace walk West Firle Way, 8 miles with Pat B. Meet at the Avenue 9am walk starts at Firle Beacon CP at 9.30am GR 468058 map 123. On Sunday, Mind the Gap, Figure of Eight, with Graham T. Meet bus No 12, 9.46am Terminus Road stand J. AM walk starts at East Dean CP 10am, 4 miles one climb, dry lunch pub or café nearby. PM walk starts East Dean CP at 1pm, 3.5 miles two climbs, coffee stop at Birling Gap. On December 17 Linear from the Southease 14 miles with Clare K. Meet at Eastbourne Railway Station at 8.40am for 8.56am train to Lewes arrive 9.16am then change to 9.30am train to Southease, arrive 9.36am where walk starts. Early lunch at Alfriston.

WILLINGDON Community School are hosting a Xmas Factor Christmas Fair with stalls tomorrow, Saturday. Food and music for the local community from 10am to 1pm. An opportunity to buy Christmas gifts and see local arts and crafts whilst raising money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the schools drama dept. Everyone welcome.

POLEGATE WINE and Social club are meeting on December 16 when we will be having our Christmas Party and Buffet. For more info on our meetings contact our secretary Alf on 485134.

TICKETS now available for Polegate Drama Group’s pantomime Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Available online at www.polegatedramagroup or visit Archer and Partners, High Street.

SOCIAL BINGO meet on Monday evenings at Polegate Community Centre in the main hall. Do come and join us. Doors open at 7pm, bingo starts at 7.45pm. For more information call Shirley on 488035.

POLEGATE CAFÉ is open for refreshments and to local groups Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The meeting tonight (Friday) will be Christmas Past in Sussex, featuring readings, songs and visuals showing past and present celebrations and rituals. Geoff Doel accompanied by John Morgan will be entertaining us at 7.45pm in the village hall. As usual this Christmas meeting will be in two halves, separated by an interval with mulled wine and mince pies. The evening will be financed by a giant raffle. This year half of the raffle proceeds will be passed on to the Village Hall Extension Appeal. Gifts of raffle prizes on the evening will be much appreciated.

FOOTBALL CLUB: This evening, Friday, the Reserves are at home to Eastbourne Utd in a SCFL Reserve Section Premier League match with a 7.45pm kick-off. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team travel to Chichester City, also for a league fixture, with a 3pm kick-off time and on Tuesday evening the firsts are at home to Pagham in a league game with a 7.45pm kick-off. On the social side, on Sunday afternoon from 4pm to 7pm is the Children’s Christmas Party with a visit from Father Christmas as star guest and all kids are welcome to come and enjoy the fun and games. Christmas draw tickets are now on sale in the clubhouse and tickets for the family New Year’s Eve party will shortly be available.

FATHER CHRISTMAS: The Rotary Club of Lewes will be bringing Father Christmas to Ringmer with their Tree of Goodwill this evening (Friday), commencing at Broyle Lane covering the Broyle Estate, Christie and Delves Estates. The evening will start at 6pm.

EXHIBITION: Exciting new work by local artists, paintings, prints, sculptures, mosaics, and textiles. Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 11am to 5pm at 3 Church Villas. Join us for mulled wine and a mince pie. Admission is free.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: This Sunday is the Carol Service at 6.30pm. The morning services take place at 8am for Holy Communion and at 9.45am for a Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing, both led by Revd James Hollingworth. On Sunday December 21 we join the congregation at the Baptist Church to enjoy Carols by Candlelight.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday December 3, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Simon Webster and Alan Hardy. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

COFFEE AND CAROLS takes place at the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm, led by St Mary’s church choir.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society are holding a Jumble Sale in the village hall at 2 pm tomorrow, Saturday.

Rodmell & Southease

AS THE WEATHER has been so mild, various plants and shrubs are still flowering. Driving in the Winterbourne area on December 3, I noticed a tree out in full pink blossom and my roses are still in flower as well as spring bulbs popping up everywhere and the lawns growing like the clappers.

THE ADVENT SERVICE of Light in our church was well attended and as usual the church looked lovely. Thanks go to all those who do all the chores associated with the church, giving up their free time so we can all enjoy this beautiful old building.

LEGAL ADVICE: For anyone having difficulties with legal problems about putting loved ones in care homes there are people out there to help you. I have recently had dealings with Independent Age Tel: 020 7605 4200 advice line: 0800 319 6789. It is a minefield getting things sorted out especially when you are under stress and you need all the help you can get. Care for the Carers and The British Red Cross are also very helpful. There is a very good book free form Independent Age (Wise Guide) Advice for Later Life for the over 65’s.

OLD AGE: I don’t know if readers have noticed but many of the points I have written about in PP about old age etc are now being taken up by the government. As we all know, there is an election coming up and the highest percentage of voters are those in their later years who were brought up to use their votes and think themselves lucky that they have the freedom to do so.

LET’S HOPE that as the festive season comes about people will take heed that the police are doing road side tests for drugs and drink on motorist. Good thing too.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: I’ve had my first Christmas lunch with friends from Sussex University days and delicious it was too. So the parties, nativities and carol singing will start and Christmas will be in full swing. I do wonder how many will be dreading the credit card statements coming in, in January.


HEARING BUS: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting Broad Street from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday January 8. 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 Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:


COUNCIL MEETING: A Planning and Highways Committee meeting is taking place on Monday at 7.30pm in room one at Telscombe Civic Centre and a full council meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is public question time for a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting.

BINGO EVENING: Friday December 19 at Telscombe Civic Centre, 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball game at 50p per ticket and flyer game for £1. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Friday December 19 at 9pm after the bingo finishes, until 10.30pm. Come along and join in the fun at our free Christmas party.

PUMP CORRESPONDENT VACANCY: After many years I am giving up my position as Parish Pump correspondent for Telscombe Cliffs. If anyone is interested in taking this over, please let me know and I will forward on your details. It involves an hour or so a week finding out what is going on or has happened in the local area, liaising with the local council and residents associations etc and then emailing it through to the Sussex Express. Email your details to or email the paper directly

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

GLEN CHORALE: It was a dreary day on December 1 but Wannock Hall was warm and inviting for the Glen Chorale’s Christmas Concert entitled ‘ring Christmas bells’. With most of the choir already in place in their attractive outfits, a small group of singers entered from the back of the hall singing Ring Christmas Bells first one voice, then another, with the musical director Ansy Boothroyd following the small procession. The voices started softly, gradually reaching a crescendo as the whole choir joined in and then the diminuendo, it was very effective. The programme was varied with lovely harmonies and voices blending well together, and the diction was clear. The zither carol was a particular favourite and then followed Janet Togut’s solo Bring Your Torches which she sang in French. It was well received by the audience. ‘It wouldn’t be Christmas without John Rutter’ said the conductor and so followed the beautiful Nativity Carol. Counter tenor David Thorpe had a solo part in Gustav Holst’s Lullay my Liking with backing from the choir. It was unaccompanied and seemed to have a medieval influence. A very difficult piece to sing, but it showed what this choir is capable of achieving. The final carol in the first half of the concert was Come to Bethlehem lively, and I noticed people tapping their feet. There were well known carols throughout the concert with audience participation. In the second half, three of the pieces were arranged by Esther Bird, who conducted The Glen Chorale some years ago. They included The Cowboy Carol which was unaccompanied and well performed. Janet Short-Windsor sang The Twelve Days After Christmas which never ceases to amuse, and David Nunn, in woolly hat and scarf, sang another humorous song The Carol Singers and explained to the audience what a wait was, a group of musicians who travel around singing carols. The final piece in the concert was We Wish You a Merry Christmas arranged by one of the choir members Graham Dibbens who was also the pianist for this carol. It was a jazzed up arrangement with a syncopated rhythm, catching the choir out a few times, but it was all good fun and nobody minded. I am sure that Ansy Boothroyd would have been well pleased with the concert and she is fortunate in having a number of very good singers - and of course her pianist Coryn Roberts. A retiring collection was taken for The Beachy Head Chaplaincy.

‘X’MAS FACTOR: Friends of Willingdon Community School are presenting the ‘X’ Factor Christmas and craft fair from 10am to 1pm tomorrow, Saturday. Attractions at the school include local craft stalls, charity stalls manned by students in years 7 and 8, a visit to Santa, live music from students of Willingdon and a raffle and a variety of refreshments. If you would like to take up a stall yourself please ring 01323 481101 or visit

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. This is an active friendly club promoting all forms of bobbin lace. Lace makers of any age are welcome. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost, including refreshments, raffle and insurance, is £5. This particular meeting is Christmas themed with sausage rolls and mince pies. For more information, please contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: On Sunday there will be a carol service at St Andrew’s Church at 5pm.

VOICE WORKS: This vibrant choir meets at JPK Edgmond for their weekly rehearsals. At 3pm on Sunday the whole Company of Singers will be performing carols under the Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square in support of JPK whose aim is to provide supported living accommodation for adults with learning disabilities once sufficient funds have been raised. On Tuesday December 16 Voice Works will be performing at All Saints Church in Grange Road Eastbourne at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4 and can be purchased at the door. This concert is also in support of the JPK Sussex Project.

CONCENTUS CHORALE has once again chosen the JPK Sussex Project to benefit from the retiring collections of both their Christmas Concerts. The first performance will be held at St Leonards Church in Seaford at 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, and this will be repeated at St Saviours and St Peter’s Church in Eastbourne at 4pm on Saturday December 20. For further information and tickets please contact Evelyn Smith on 01323 643358.

MUFTI DAY: Students from Willingdon Community School will be able to go to school in non-uniform clothes on Thursday. Money they raise from being sponsored will be donated to Matthew 25 Mission. This is also the last day of the term as Friday December 19 is an inset day and the school is closed to students. The new term starts on Monday January 5.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, Penny Payne will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm. On Sunday the meat raffle draw will take place at 2pm. On Tuesday there will be a special Christmas quiz starting at 8pm with prizes for the winners. On Thursday it will be Mel Hayes and Terry’s album launch at 8pm. December 19 is the nativity night and the Long Man Morris Men will be leading the carol singing from about 8pm.

CHURCH STREET NATIVITY starts inside St Mary’s Church at 6pm on Friday December 19. The Holy Family have been chosen - Natasha and Lee and their baby Bethany. Lesley Etwell will be Angel Gabriel and Stuart Freeman, and Pam and Paul Martin will be the kings, but there is plenty of room for more kings and shepherds, angels and even sheep. The nativity story is re-enacted as Mary and Joseph and the crowds flocking out of church make their way to Bethlehem while Fr Michael or Fr Kevin recount the bible story and sing carols along the way. The three kings are waiting inside Anji’s hairdressing salon and the garden of Flint House represents the shepherds’ fields. Finally the Wheatsheaf inn is reached where the landlord Martin Hughes says that there is no room at the inn and redirects everyone to ‘the stable’ across the road where baby Jesus is wrapped up warmly in a manger. Martin usually lays on mulled wine and mince pies for the crowds, which is very generous of him, and then everyone flocks into the pub where the Long Man Morris Men will be leading the carols.

TRINITY DINERS: A traditional Christmas dinner will be served at noon on Friday December 19 at Trinity Church Hall. The cost is £6.50. To reserve a place ring 01323 484189.

THE EIGHT BELLS: Every Monday evening from 7pm The Hot Club of Jevington, a gypsy swing band, entertains the customers at the Eight Bells. Tuesday night is quiz night from 8.30pm. Pete Martin will be providing live music with 50s covers from 9pm on Friday December 19. It is advisable to book for a table. Ring 01323 484442.