Parish Pump Newhaven - December 13, 2013


CAROLS AND SONGS: Barcombe Sings Christmas, 7.30pm today, Friday, in the village hall. An evening of your favourite Christmas carols and songs accompanied by local musicians. Come along with all your family and friends, join in, or just relax and enjoy the ambience of Christmas sounds. This event now includes items by the young people of Universal Dance and the close harmonies of The Singing Salon. Free admission, mulled wine, Christmas snacks, raffle. All donations to St Peter and St James Hospice. Further details from David Lloyd: 01273 400520.

WI: Today, Friday, 3pm in St Mary’s, Lewes group WI annual carol service.

CHRISTMAS in the Parlour, Barcombe Village Hall, Sunday December 22 at 8pm. Auction in aid of Riding for the Disabled and Dementia UK. Tickets £12 from the village shop to include mulled wine and mince pies (£10 concessions).

FRACKING MEETING: A thoughtful and serious meeting of Barcombe residents took place in the village hall last Sunday addressed by Professor Rafi Kaplinski and chaired by Councillor Rosalind St Pierre. It considered the potential benefits and pitfalls of fracking for gas in Sussex. At the start, a show of hands indicated about one third of the 45 attending were broadly in favour of fracking, one third against, and one third undecided. By the end, opinion had shifted substantially. Two people were in favour of fracking outside Sussex, one person was in favour of local fracking, 30 were against fracking in Sussex, with 12 undecided. The theoretical advantages of allowing fracking in Sussex include more and cheaper energy (gas). Disadvantages could include contamination of ground water, earthquakes, and an increase in heavy lorries to and from each site.


CAROL SERVICE is on Sunday, followed by afternoon tea in the parish hall.

FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK is collecting toys for Christmas for needy families. Please leave gifts, suitably marked, for toddlers to 18 year olds in St Andrews’s Church Tower. They will be collected during the second week of December.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday. 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. For further information, email Jim Skinner ( or phone 01273 517291; or contact Peter Mason ( or phone 01323 893096.

THE STORY of the week was undoubtedly last Thursday’s storm surge. This bypassed Bishopstone, but flooded low-lying parts of neighbouring Newhaven including the station, which meant no trains here on Friday. Lisa Taylor took the opportunity to make a driftwood Xmas tree. David Swaysland reminds us that there will be free entry for all to the museum in the Martello Tower at 11am to 4pm, Sunday. This community Christmas present marks the official end of the Sea Beans exhibition (Railways coming soon).


CAROLS: We have had a wonderful selection of Advent Carol services at St Laurence in the run-up to Christmas this year. Last Sunday saw our Parish Advent Carol service, which I sadly missed, followed on Wednesday by the University of Brighton’s Carol service, with music from the University of Brighton Community Choir and the Brighton and Hove Youth String Ensemble. This is the first year the University carol service has been held at St Laurence, but with our proximity to the Falmer Campus and the easy parking we hope it may become a regular event. Tomorrow, Saturday, we are welcoming the choir of St George’s for our traditional Carol Concert with readings. The Carols start at 5.30pm and we’ll have mulled wine available to keep us warm.

REVOLTING: The recent ban on five Sussex University students has been lifted after outcries from various sources including MP Caroline Lucas. The students were banned for their activities during recent protests at the privatisations taking place at the University. The students were alleged to have vandalised university property and used threatening behaviour. A number of areas at the university have been privatised in recent times and protests against these are ongoing. Sussex has always had a reputation for having very politically aware and active students so the management should not be too surprised that students have reacted strongly.

CHRISTINGLE: Make a note in your diaries that our Christingle service at St Laurence will take place at 3pm on Christmas Eve. This is a lovely way to start Christmas and ideal for calming over-excited little ones. The Christmas story is told and the children are each given a Christingle (a candle and decorations in an orange) to take home.

VESTRY: I spent part of the afternoon with our church architect Brian Graham last week, discussing exactly how we want to re-order the St Laurence vestry. I can’t wait to have a good clear out and replace the worn out cupboards with new, easy to clean units and to have a sink that is actually large enough to wash your hands in. With hot water.

CHICHESTER: All the different parishes in the Chichester Diocese are prayed for at a service at the Cathedral each year. Stanmer with Falmer was prayed for last Tuesday at morning prayer and again at evensong. I am writing this before the event but if past occasions are anything to go by we will have had tea and cake at the Cloisters café and then been ushered into the choir stalls to join the sung service and enjoy the heavenly music. All preceded with a Christmas shopping expedition around Chichester.

TRAFFIC: We have noticed that a traffic survey has been taking place here this week, with yellow jacketed people at the roundabouts at the top of the sliproads from the A27. Traffic is always heavy these days, particularly heading south along the Rottingdean Road. It can take 10 minutes to get across the roundabout at the end of Mill Street and the traffic can be backed up all the way to the crossroads at Woodingdean. I hope this survey will find a resolution to the problems.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am-noon at Cliffe Church Hall. Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Sunday December 1, an overcast but dry and windless morning that felt more like early November than December, 21 of us set off from the village of Rodmell. We passed Monks House, the home of Virginia Woolf, and turned into the twitten leading to the beautiful 12th century church with its square tower, pyramidal spire and flint walls. In a short while, we were gaining height to reach open downland with excellent views towards Newhaven. We soon came upon a landmark of considerable importance to the Lewes Footpaths Group (LFG), the Prime Meridian signpost (signifying 0 degrees longitude), dividing the Eastern from the Western Hemisphere. This passes just to the west of Rodmell. It is of special significance to LFG, whose members this year completed the entire 273 mile trail from Peacehaven in East Sussex to Sand le Mere in East Yorkshire. So we stopped for a group photo at the spot. Turning westwards, our route took us past Breaky Bottom, the famous vineyard nestling in the valley below. It might have been nice to stop for a quick wine-tasting but visits are by appointment only, and we did not think that the unscheduled arrival of a troop of muddy walkers would be welcomed. The highest point of our walk provided magnificent views across to Saltdean and the calm, flat sea beyond. We encountered very few other people, just a few riders in the distance, and a stricken cyclist whose cable on his gearshift had come loose, in desperate need of an implement to mend it. One of our group produced a Swiss Army knife and all was well in a few minutes and a happy cyclist was on his way. After a long, gentle descent, we arrived back at Rodmell, exhilarated by our exertions and with a feeling of satisfaction that we’d had the best of the short winter day. We were delighted to welcome on this walk three people new to our group and hope that they will join us again as members. The walk was led by Vivien. The next walk is on Sunday, A Seaford Stroll. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in good time to catch the 9.25am train to Seaford.

ST JOHN’S: On Sunday our 11am service will be Holy Communion led by Rev Dick Field and Tony Idle preaching. The following Sunday, December 22, we invite everyone young and old to our wonderful Christmas story and Carols Service. It will set the scene for an exciting and happy Christmas. Anyone wishing to top up their weekly shopping with an extra item or two for the three food banks at Malling, Landport and de Montfort, please bring them to church and they will go to people in real need. Thank you in advance for your wonderful Christmas spirit and generosity which will bring happiness to other families.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL. Christmas is now in full swing with lots of fun activities going on and lots of singing to be heard. This week the choir has been busy singing carols in the local area. On Saturday they entertained shoppers and the congregation at Eastgate Chapel in town, on Monday they were singing in Ringmer and on Tuesday they were at Reed Court. The school hopes that they will still have voices for their own Carol Concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday at 2.30pm. Key Stage 1 children are busy rehearsing for their nativity play (Tuesday and Wednesday at 9.30am). It promises to be a star studded performance. The school is now looking very festive following a wonderful Decoration Day. It was lovely to see so many family and friends in the classrooms, helping children make an impressive array of decorations and gifts. The children are looking forward to the Friends’ Christmas treat (a circus show) next Thursday and the excitement is already building for the annual Talent Show on the last day of term (Friday December 20). Who will be the winners this year? They look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 6 January 2014.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH. After a happy Family Service in the morning followed by a Christingle for all the town last Sunday afternoon, this week the church will be holding its annual Carol Service at 6.30pm on coming Sunday evening. As usual, they will be joined by the joyous seasonal music of Sussex Harmony and there will be mince pies and mulled wine afterwards. Everyone is welcome to this traditional Carol Service which always offers a good sing and a reminder of what Christmas is all about. Apart from the usual Christmas Services, there will also be a morning of Christmas Fun with Festive Crafts and Games for Children from 10am to noon on Saturday December 21 in the church. All are welcome.

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

SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA tomorrow (Saturday) 9am to 6pm in the High Street when the town celebrates Christmas with community stalls, Father Christmas, funfair, hot chestnuts, mulled wine,cakes,gifts and clothes. Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band will play in the morning and Maestro Academy Players will perform in the afternoon. So go along and join in the fun.

MEET YOUR COUNCILLORS in Newhaven High Street tomorrow (Saturday) from 9am onwards.

CAROLS AND CAKES at St Leonard’s. Denton church hall tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm. All welcome.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society is showing its Christmas film Julie and Julia (12) tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hillcrest Centre. The film stars Meryl Streep and Nora Ephron and contrasts the life of chef Julia Child in her early years of her culinary career with the life of young New Yorker Julia Powell who aspires to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook in 365 days. Hillcrest Cafe opens at 6.30pm and film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £4.50 available from Hillcrest Centre reception 9.30am to 4pm or on the door (subject to availability). To reserve your ticket and pay on door email

SANTA’S GROTTO: Father Christmas will be in his grotto on South Heighton Village Green from 6pm on Sunday. Children are welcome to say hello and receive a gift. There will be carol singing from approximately 7pm, admission free. Mulled wine and mince pies to enjoy.

COUNCIL MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Policy and Resources Meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday in Meeching Hall.

GARDENING SOCIETY: Newhaven Gardening Society is holding a Members’ Christmas Gathering in the Age Concern Day Club, West Quay on Thursday at 7.30pm. Non members welcome for £2 admission to include tea and biscuits.


COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: Tomorrow, Saturday, councillors will be available in the Meridian Centre from 10am until 11am to talk about any issues affecting you or the town. This is a drop in surgery so no appointment is necessary. Just turn up for a confidential one to one chat.

CHRISTMAS TREASURE HUNT: Remember the Treasure Hunt that the Council has organised with the help of local shops in the Meridian Centre. It is for our local children. Although it started on Monday it ends tomorrow, Saturday. So there is still time to pick up an entry form from the information office. The winners will be announced at the Christmas Festival at 5pm in the Co-Op.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: The Mayor will open the festival tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. There is something for all ages from children to grandparents. At 2pm there will be children’s stories read by the author in the library. There are lots of stalls to browse around and a full programme of other events to enjoy throughout the afternoon. Santa’s Grotto will be in the Co-Op from 3pm until 5pm with a goody bag for all. Wrap up warm for the finale in the Meridian Park at 5.30pm when the Salvation Army band will play and a local school choir will sing carols. There will be hot chocolate to drink and mince pies to eat.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Peacehaven Conservatives in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market on Saturday December 21 will be the last one this year and has been organised by the Friends of the Meridian School. To book a table contact them on 07773 227 531.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Meridian Evening WI are holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday. Next week on Tuesday the Kemptown Conservatives will be behind the counter. The Seahaven Active Support Scouts will be in the Community House foyer on Thursday offering refreshments. And finally on Friday December 20, the last coffee morning in the Community House this year, the U3A will be providing the teas and coffees.

HORTICULTURE: On Saturday the Peacehaven Horticultural Society are holding their last meeting of the year in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre. It will be a Christmas party and a quiz. The doors will open at 7pm with the celebrations starting from 7.30pm.

DISPLAY: There are some very artistic members in the Peacehaven Horticultural Society as was evident if you visited their annual flower show in August. The flower arrangements and miniatures exhibited were quite stunning. This talent has now all come to the fore again with a superb display at the entrance to the Community House. It captures the spirit of Christmas and will surely be a delight for youngsters and adults alike. There is even a post box included for children to post letters to Santa Claus.


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

CAROL SERVICE on Sunday at Trinity Church. Refreshments after the service which commences at 10.30am. A service will be held at this church on Christmas Day.

A NEW TALK has been prepared by the Sussex Military History Society on the theme of commemorating the start of the First World War 100 years ago on 28 July 1914. In the County from Bexhill to Bognor. This presentation is taking place on Wednesday at the Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes, at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Visitors are always welcome. For more information contact Peter Tyrrell on 487170.

RAMBLING CLUB walks on Thursday include Leisurely Walk, Frosty Winds Might Blow, 2 miles flat, no mud, meet 10.15am Downland Medical Centre. All leisurely walkers welcome at Guardian Court, Polegate at 11am for coffee, and nibbles, no stiles, with Rick. A long walk of nearly 6 miles, Alfriston, Berwick, Alciston With a Climb, mainly flat, tracks and fields, could be muddy, one steep climb, one long down but they could be left out if weather bad, five stiles with Barry. Or nearly 9 miles Around Alfriston, may be some hills, few stiles, take picnic, tea at end. With Rosalind, more info from or email info@polegateramblers, or telephone Carol on 484621. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground 9.30am.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING on December 21, at Polegate Community Centre, all welcome in the lounge, at 10am includes free mince pies. Hosted by the Social Section kitchen fund, including 500 club draw.

POLEGATE DRAMA group pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates. The pantomime will be running from January 18 to 26. Bookings taken at Archer and Partners, High Street.

PCaSO Eastbourne Support Group. The October meeting was busy with 26 people attending to hear Karen Aylward talk about the Macmillan Cancer Support Family Service. Karen has previously spoken at the meeting but reiterated the purpose of this free, confidential, emotional and psychological support for anyone living with cancer, their family members or carers. She explained how the service has grown and the geographical reach of the service into Seaford, Uckfield and Hastings with the help of volunteer counsellors and experienced supporters. Karen also outlined planned changes to the service in 2014 including a name change to Macmillan Counselling Service and mindfulness sessions which will run over a period of time for two hours per week. These sessions have been recommended as best practice to help people live in the present rather than focusing on the past and worrying about the future. After time for questions and refreshments the raffle raised £35 for group funds. Karen was thanked for once again providing an informative talk. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 / 641513 or e-mail if you require further details or visit our website:


FATHER CHRISTMAS: The Rotary Club of Lewes will be visiting Ringmer with Father Christmas and the Tree of Goodwill today (Friday). Commencing at 6pm, the sleigh will be visiting Broyle Estate, Christie Estate, Church Hill and main road finishing at The Pine Shop. Please give generously as all proceeds are distributed in the local area.

RINGMER PANTO: Empire Dance is proud to present Aladdin. It’s full of corny jokes about Ringmer and environs. There will be three performances in the village hall: today (Friday) at 7pm and tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets, available from Ringmer Wine Store, are £7 and £5 for concessions.

RINGMER DEBATES: The next in the series of Ringmer Debates takes place today (Friday) at 7.30pm in the village hall. The theme for this one is My country right or wrong? Entry is free, though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

GIANT BOOK SALE: To be held tomorrow (Saturday) in the Scout Headquarters from 10.30 until 1.30pm. There will be thousands of books and also records, DVDs, CDs, Christmas cards, The Famous Ringmer Feasts and a raffle. Entry £1 to include refreshments. All proceeds to St Peter and St James Hospice.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to East Grinstead in a SCFL Div 1 fixture with a 3pm kick-ff at East Court. The Reserves are at home on Saturday in a Reserve Section Premier league match versus Shoreham, also with a 3pm kick-off at The Caburn. On Sunday morning the youth team are away to AFC Uckfield whilst the Veterans entertain Hartfield Vets at The Caburn, both games are due to kick-off at 11am. On the Social side, the Grand Christmas Draw takes place in the bar on Friday December 20 and the Curry Night and Race Night is on Saturday 21 and tickets are available from the bar now.

COSY CHRISTMAS Carol Evening. Lewes Vox Community Choir presents an evening of carols in The Anchor on Tuesday at 8pm. Everyone welcome. Free entry.

SUPPER CLUB: The inaugural three course supper will be held on Saturday 21 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Barrie Smith will read a few seasonal poems. Tickets, £10 in advance, from Daisy 814859, Pam 813625, Bren 813303 or The Wine Shop. Proceeds to Ringmer Village Hall Appeal.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday December 4, the result of the duplicate pairs played was:1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley: 3, Roy Scan and Alan Disney. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

Rodmell & Southease

CHRISTMAS: As the Christmas period comes upon us, one is lost for choice on all the different Christmas shows, fairs and markets to visit. The Newhaven Lifeboat Society set up their Christmas stall in the foyer of our pub on Saturday morning and I hope they were given ample support. I purchased some very nice little gifts, fairly priced from the three cheerful ladies working on the stall. Well done ladies for all your time given.

ON SATURDAY afternoon Rodmell was packed out with cars because the school held their Christmas Fair. It was an amazing event with many stalls, good bargains and a felling of great jollity. It was a shame that people did not think carefully about their parking, as there were a few raised voices about people being unable to get into their houses because cars had parked across their driveways or across their entrances. Rodmell has a car park in Lower Rodmell, and a few spaces in the car park behind the village hall. It seems some people just won’t walk more than a few yards even though they are able.

LORNA MELIA held a Christmas reading at her flat on Friday afternoon where we all took a part in the telling of the Christmas story. Lorna goes all out to organise well and the food she provides is scrumptious.

LINDY SMART has been asked to show other WI societies her craft talents, because they read what I wrote about her in Parish Pump. The power of the press yet again.

DERBY: I have not heard how the Rodmell Derby went on Saturday. Maybe someone could give me information for next week.

CAROL SINGING will be on Tuesday, Lower Rodmell, meet at Rose Cottage at 6.30pm. On Thursday Carol Singing in Upper Rodmell, meet at Smugglers in the Paddocks at 6.30pm.

APPLES: I am still picking up wheelbarrow loads of apples and distributing them around. If you are a cider maker, a baker, keep livestock or are just a person who eats a lot of apples you are welcome to come and get some, I hate waste.

ANIMALS: Not having any animals of my own now feels strange as I’ve had livestock around me for all of my life and if it wasn’t for Lily and Marley, the two cats who visit regularly, I’d feel very lost. I sometimes still look down to the stable expecting my dear old goat Tine to appear, he is very much missed.

BOOK: I was pleasantly surprised to find my friend Susan Rowland was involved in doing the maps in Graham Mayhew’s new book The Monks of Saint Pancras. Sue and I have been friends since our days at Sussex University, and I’m pleased to see she is still doing her cartographic work for which she is very well known.

SPEEDING: Although we all know people speed along the C7 there is also a problem of people driving too fast up The Street in the village. Take your foot of the accelerator folks, there are children, animals and OAPs around.


CONCERT: Concentus Chorale will be performing their annual Christmas Concert in St Leonard’s Parish Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. Entitled Echoes of Christmas, this unique concert will include lots of well known music. Tickets are £10 in advance, available from Newberry Estate Agents, or £11 on the door, and include tea/coffee and mince pies.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at Seaford Baptist Church Hall on Thursday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.


SURGERY: Councillor’s evening surgery on Monday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Telscombe Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along. No appointment is necessary.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during 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 and will usually also be available on the council’s website

BINGO EVENING: Don’t forget bingo on Friday December 20 at the Civic Centre, 7pm start. This is one week earlier than normal due to the Christmas break, unfortunately the Peacehaven Times have printed the wrong date in the latest issue. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. It will be a special Christmas evening which will also include a raffle. 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.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

GLEN CHORALE: Ansy Boothroyd very recently took over as director of music for the Glen Chorale and she is already proving to be very popular and efficient. The concert on December 9 began with David Siggs, suitably attired in hat and scarf and with lantern in hand, singing Past three O’clock as the choir joined in. They made a good sound, and so it continued, with the voices blending well together. Candle Song composed by Esther Bird and Jingle Bell Rock, arranged by Pam Cruickshank, were included in the programme. Both ladies had at one time conducted the concerts at Wannock Hall and are fondly remembered by many in the choir and audience. There were several solos. Janet Short-Windsor’s high soprano voice suited the snowman’s Walking in the Air and Janet Togut’s rendering of Lo! How a Rose delighted the audience. In the second half it was the turn of two of the men to sing solo. David Nunn’s I’ll walk with God was delivered with feeling and expression and counter tenor David Thorpe’s Coventry Carol didn’t disappoint. The Calypso Carol had everyone’s feet tapping. Christmas Day was sung to the melody of the Beatles’ Yesterday with lyrics written by 13 year old James Jillians. Due to the excellent diction of the choir, the audience were left in no doubt what the fate of the poor turkey would be on Christmas Day. Tea and mince pies were served after the concert, and flowers presented to Ansy Boothroyd, pianist Isabel Saville and the ladies in charge of the refreshments. Front of house Ken Robinson received a bottle of wine. It was a most enjoyable afternoon.

NATIVITY: On Friday December 20, The Church Street Nativity will be taking place. Meet at 6pm at St Mary’s Church Willingdon, and if you would like to dress up as one of the characters in the bible story, so much the better. Please sign the list at the back of the church. The main characters have been chosen but at present there is still room for a couple more kings and I am sure you can’t have too many shepherds or sheep. Mary and Joseph and the Angel Gabriel will make their way along Church Street accompanied by all their followers, stopping off to see the wise men, (in Anji’s hairdressing salon). Then the shepherds become part of the story, and the garden at Flint House will be the setting for the shepherds’ field. It might be a good idea to take a torch or lantern. Fr Michael will re-count the story as it unfolds and everyone can join in with the carols. Finally the crowds arrive at the inn, or to be precise the Wheatsheaf. The inn keeper Martin Hughes will proclaim that there is ‘no room at the inn’ for Mary and Joseph and he will direct the weary travellers to the ‘stable’ opposite, which is the ideal setting – decked out with straw and a manger for the baby. At 8pm The Long Man Morris Men will be leading more carol singing in the Wheatsheaf. I don’t remember them in the bible story, do you?

CONCENTUS CHORALE’S Christmas concert is at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Saviours and St Peters Church Eastbourne. For tickets or further information, plcontact Evelyn Smith on 01323 643358. There will be a retiring collection for local charity the JPK Sussex Project.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost, including tea and coffee, is £2.50. For further information, ring Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Blue Reed, headed by Chris Page, will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with their blues and classic covers.

THE BRITISH QUEEN: The Christmas draw will be taking place at The British Queen at 8pm tomorrow, Saturday, so there is still time to buy raffle tickets. This will be followed by entertainment from the Watson Brothers. On Sunday the Jazz Caverners will be entertaining at the British Queen from 1pm to 3pm.

TRINITY CHURCH will be having a carol service at 10.30am on Sunday followed by refreshments.

CAROLS: Members of St Mary’s Church will be singing carols at Sunrise Senior Living at 6.30pm on Tuesday followed by more carol singing at the Red Lion at 8pm. Everyone is welcome.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Willingdon Court at 11am on Tuesday and at The Grove at 11am on Thursday. 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.

PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday at the Red Lion.

THE RED LION: The next charity quiz at The Red Lion will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday. The cost to enter is £2 per person which includes a chip butty. The winning team will receive half the proceeds and the remaining half goes to charity. The winners can then choose the next charity they would like supported.

GRAHAM MORRIS, chef at the British Queen, is getting his team together to join him for his annual sponsored New Year’s Day swim. This year it will be held at the beach by the Redoubt, as the bandstand will be closed. It will take place at noon. This will be Graham’s 32nd annual swim and the charity that he has chosen to support this year is Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders. Hoping to take part will be Angela and Rob Cain, Steve Marshall, Neville Walley, Alan Mitchell and Martin Smith. They should be in safe hands as Graham used to be a life guard.

THE EIGHT BELLS: For the first time The Eight Bells will be serving lunches on Christmas Day itself. There will be one sitting. It is best to book. Please ring 01323 484442.

THE RED LION will be having a disco on Christmas Eve from 8pm to 11pm led by Paul Hayes, which is open to all. Food is being served between 6pm and 8pm. There are still some tables available but they are getting booked up quickly. Please ring 01323 502062.