Parish pump Newhaven - February 15 2013

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LUNCH with Tim Loughton MP. The Alfriston branch of the local Conservative Association is organising a lunch at 12.30pm on Saturday March 16 in the War Memorial Hall. The guest speaker will be Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, who grew up in Alfriston. All are welcome. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Tony Woodthorpe telephone 01323 871695.

TRAFFIC: There is no doubt there will be some upheaval for traffic through the village while the new drainage system is being installed. Work is due to begin on February 18 and last for seven weeks. The work will be carried out between Weavers Lane (south of the village) and the Dene Car Park (north end of the village). There will be pedestrian access to the shops, restaurants and pubs and it is hoped visitors will continue to come and support the village during this time. All details, which will be regularly up dated, may be found on the village website at and on notice boards.


TIDE MILLS: The next 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 a litter picker and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information call Jim Skinner on 01273 517291.

A WHIST DRIVE and raffle will be held at 7.30pm on Saturday March 9 in Bishopstone Parish Hall. The cost will be £2.50 per person including refreshments. All welcome, including beginners.

THE PLANT and snowdrop stall (outside St Andrew’s Church lychgate) has raised almost £100 this year. A big thank you to everyone for all their support, including contributions of compost, pots and plants. If anyone has any spare small pots, please leave by the gate and they will be put to good use.


LADIES’ GROUP: The February meeting of the Falmer Ladies’ Group was cancelled due to the Albion home match on Tuesday. Luckily there was no speaker, the evening was going to be a film showing. The reason for the cancellation is that many of the members live outside the village and the timing coincides with the Albion spectators arriving at the Amex. We have been lucky this is the first time we have clashed dates this season.

THE FILM CLUB will be making up for the loss of the Ladies’ film, on Wednesday at 7pm for 7.30pm in the parish hall when there will be a showing of the French film The Artist. I have seen it, and look forward to seeing it again. Entrance is free, just £2 for tea and biscuits.

SPRING: I was going to say that spring is at last trying very hard to show its way through the flurry of snow and heavy rain. Snowdrops and crocuses are blooming and there are even lambs in the fields. The rain on Saturday night must have been so heavy the lane leading to the top of the Ridge was flooded. I had rubber shoes on and was ready to try and walk through, but my husband said no, even the dog seemed happy to turn back into the warm and dry. I was surprised not to see a lake at the bottom of the valley seeing the waters rushing onto the field.

THE MOLES in the garden and everywhere around us do not seem to mind the rain. Our garden looks like a battlefield. I have a theory that the amount of rain pushes the worms to near the surface, hence the moles don’t have to go so deep. I wonder what the real truth is?

AFTER READING about Sue’s bogus nightingale being a robin, I heard on the radio they are desperately singing so late in the day to attract a mate, well it is Valentine’s day this week.

CONCERT: Do not forget the concert at St Laurence Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm. Sue Mileham (soprano), Philip Eve (tenor), Nicola Grunberg (piano) present a programme of arias and duets from 17th to 19th C, for Valentine weekend. Sue was telling us that Philip Eve has sung with many leading opera companies even La Scala, this is not to be missed.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: A cold but sunny morning saw 17 members assembled in North Street car park for one of our Lewes-based walks. Leaving the town via Willey’s bridge and Church Lane, we crossed the busy A26 into Mill Road and turned uphill at the entrance to the nature reserve, following the track for the long climb to the top of Malling Hill. The group continued eastwards along the edge of the golf course where spectacular views across the Weald compensated for the biting wind. Turning our backs to the wind we strolled as far as Mount Caburn where we stopped at the summit to drink our coffee and admire the views over the Ouse valley. Unfortunately the sun had gone in by then and the wind was so strong it blew someone’s rucksack away down the precipitous hillside, heroically chased down and retrieved by one of the more athletic walkers. We returned along Caburn Bottom and through a muddy gateway beside the brimming dewpond, and then back to civilisation via the Golf Club and Chapel Hill. The next walk is on Tuesday. The Cuckmere Valley by public transport. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in good time to catch the 9.30am train to Newhaven.


NIPPERS: Today (Friday) and all next week playscheme at Shakespeare Hall, 8am to 6pm by arrangement. For further details or to book telephone 01323 514440/07796 267388.

SILENT AUCTION with pancakes and seed sale tomorrow (Saturday) Denton church hall 2.30pm to 4pm. All welcome.

JUMBLE SALE tomorrow (Saturday) Mencap, Riverside Hall, West Quay. Adults 30p children under 12 years free. If you have anything to donate telephone 01273 517545.

COUNCIL SURGERY: Tomorrow (Saturday) go to Sainsbury’s entrance between 10.30am and 12.30pm and meet your local councillors.

HILLCREST Film Society will be showing Patiche (15) tomorrow (Saturday) in the Art Room at the Hillcrest Centre. French comedy starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerald Depardieu. In French with English subtitles. Tickets £4.50 each from the Hillcrest Centre. Café opens 6.45pm, film starts at 7.30pm.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s planning committee will meet on Tuesday to discuss the latest planning applications.

MEECHING WI’s next meeting is on Thursday at 9.45 am when Mrs Parfitt-King will talk to members about A Girdle Round the Earth at Meeching Hall. All welcome.

GARDENING SOCIETY Annual General Meeting takes place on Thursday in the Age Concern Day Centre, West Quay at 7.30pm. Non members are always welcome to attend for admission fee of £2 which includes tea and a biscuit.

MAKING SPORT HAPPEN: Having attended my Sportsmakers Induction Course (a follow-on from being a Gamesmaker) I am now able to make sport happen in my own community and get people back into sport. These will be fun free sessions for adults who want to play the games of their youth. The first event will be a taster rounders match on West Quay lawn on the first May Bank Holiday, May 6, from 11am to 1pm followed by a picnic (bring your own food). Children can have a go under the supervision of their parents after lunch so bring them along to have a laugh as their parents play the first game. There will also be a netball taster on Fort Road recreation ground on a date to be confirmed. The best fun event will be at this year’s Newhaven Fish Festival when I will be running an old-fashioned schools sports day for adults. Free to enter on the day there will be four events, egg and spoon, sack race, three-legged race and a space hopper race courtesy of Bobi Whitfield of The Ark who is kindly lending me the Space Hoppers. I shall be running the event throughout the day after the Parade when the Fish Festival officially opens and you can enter as many times as you like.


COUNTRY MARKET is open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am till 11am.

RUGBY: The club appear to have only one fixture this weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XV are playing Midhurst at home, kick off at 2.30pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church, first Sunday in Lent, Holy Communion at 8am followed by informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

QUESTION TIME: The horticulture society are holding a Gardeners’ Question Time in the village hall on Thursday, doors open 7.30pm. Staff from Wych Cross Nursery will answer all your questions. They have a wide range of expertise between them including their rose expert who is the former chairman of the British Rose Growers Association. The event will be in aid of the Christian charity supported by Wych Cross. This will be an opportunity to renew your membership for 2013, or perhaps join the society for the first time.

AGM: On Wednesday Newick Bonfire Society will hold the annual general meeting in the back room of the village hall at 8pm. We all enjoyed the bonfire and firework display last autumn, so please try and support these events

NEWICK WI will meet February 28 in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Amanda Millar talking about Working With Bats, maybe a little scary for some. Amanda will explain about some of her experiences running a bat rescue hospital from her home and bat ecology. Visitors are always very welcome.


CINEMA: Remember the 7.30pm showing of Quartet in the Community House Meridian Centre on Wednesday is sold out. However there is an earlier showing at 5pm and tickets for this at £5 each are available from the information office.

BINGO: Tonight, Friday, there is an evening of bingo starting at 7pm in the Community House, Meridian Centre. Eight games for £4 with the option of playing a flyer and snowball games with cash prizes to be won. There will be free refreshment available during the interval.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Mencap will be in the Meridian Centre Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. There is just one coffee morning next week on Friday February 22 when the Genesis Research Trust will be behind the counter. Fund raisers have been a bit sparse during February but there are plenty throughout the month of March.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Peacehaven Scouts and is in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the Rotary Club. To book a table with them telephone 07860 166 499.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the Planning and Highways committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre ,starting at 6.30pm. During the first 15 minutes residents may ask questions about town matters.

BLOOD DONORS: The NHS Blood and Transplant team will be in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Friday February 22 from 2pm to 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 8pm for those who can’t make it during the afternoon. Donors who would prefer a specific time can book an appointment by calling 0300 123 23 23. Your attendance is important and could save a life.

WRESTLING: A first for Peacehaven as an American Rumble Spectacular comes to town. This unique event is being held in the Community House Meridian Centre on Saturday February 23 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available in advance from the information office at £10 for adults and concessions at £9.

BRITISH EVENING: I am proud to be born and bred British and now the Mayor of Peacehaven is hosting a special event to celebrate the Queen’s 1953 Coronation on Friday April 19 at 7.30pm in the Main Hall of the Community House. There will be music from the 50s up to the present time. So pick your era and come dressed accordingly. Tickets at £8.50 each are on sale from the information office and will include a pie and mash supper but bring along your own drinks. Come along and help fly the flag.

WAR ON POTHOLES: Drivers in Peacehaven will be well aware of potholes all around the county. The combination of rain and freezing temperatures has caused serious damage to road surfaces. East Sussex County Council are receiving hundreds of calls each week from residents asking for them to be fixed. In response to this epidemic a special pothole patrol force has been set up. There are 20 work gangs across the county fixing the potholes that have been reported as well as others they come across. They are currently fixing around 100 per day and in the next two months drivers will notice a significant improvement. If you would like to report a pothole please call the ESCC on 0345 60 80 193 with the location and approximate size. Some parts of the A259 will be resurfaced.

PEACEHAVEN WI: This month’s meeting had a different format. After the usual business outlining coming events, which also involved a request for items to fill baskets to donate to the Federation, we were treated to a most interesting talk on cheese by David Robins and his delightful wife Eleanor, of Say Cheese of Sussex. This was accompanied by six different tasters, the identities of which we were invited to guess by smell, texture and of course taste. Most members got it right, we know our cheese. Obviously it would not have been beneficial to spoil our palates with tea, which came later and was most welcome. The next meeting takes place on Wednesday March 6. Why not join us? (Joy Allen).


TALK: There will be a talk in Piddinghoe Village Hall on Wednesday February 27 at 7.15pm, Old Time Farming in and around Piddinghoe and The Ouse Valley by Ian Everest. Entrance £3. Refreshments available. All welcome.


TRINITY DINERS: Today, Friday, our menu is fruit juice, cottage pie, with seasonal vegetables, cheesecake and cream, tea and coffee. To book a place contact Jennie on 484189. Meals are held at Trinity Church Hall on the third Friday of every month. Doors open at noon and our diners enjoy a chat over a quiz or puzzle before the meal is served.

VALENTINE’S Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of the kitchen fund at Polegate Community Centre, from 10am to noon includes hamper, raffle, jigsaws, and bric-a-brac. All welcome in the lounge.

HIRE OF THE CENTRE, if you wish to hire any of the rooms at Polegate Community Centre, which consist of hall and stage, lounge, activity room, kitchens and two committee rooms. Telephone 482434 between the hours of 10am and noon, and 2pm to 4pm, when the office is open.

THE COFFEE MORNING on Saturday February 23 is hosted by the Cuckmere Valley Pentaque Club, at the Community Centre in the lounge from 10am. For more info contact our secretary Alan Ranger on 489340.


LENT SIMPLE LUNCH: The first Simple Lunch for Lent will be held in the Church Room today, Friday, from noon to 2pm. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds from these lunches (except March 1) will go to St Mary’s Disaster Fund. The Lunch on February 22 will be held at 18 Christie Avenue by kind invitation of Joan Evett.

COFFEE MORNING and Bring and Buy Sale in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 11.30am. There will be cakes, cards, books and a jumble stall. Entry 50p which includes a cup of coffee or tea. Do come along and support this event.

TABLE TOP SALE: Do try to get along to this event being held at Ringmer Community College between 10am and noon tomorrow, Saturday.

MOTHERS’ UNION: At its meeting in the Church Room on Tuesday, the speaker will be Rosemary Colebourn who will talk about her trip to Israel. The meeting commences at 7.30pm and is an open meeting so why not go along as you will be made most welcome.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The final public meeting in the current round of consultation will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday in the village hall. This meeting is to discuss the sites for the new housing proposed in and around Ringmer Village. This consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan ends on Friday, March 8, so please ensure that your comments reach the parish council by that date.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on February 6 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 3, Valerie and Peter King. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday, at 7.30pm in the St. Mary’s Room of the village hall.

LUNCH: The Evergreen Club are holding a fund raising lunch on Thursday, at 12.45pm in the village hall. They hope all friends will join them to enjoy a lovely home-cooked meal. The cost will be £6 and there will be a raffle.

SOUPER SATURDAY: Why not pop into the village hall on Saturday, February 23, between noon and 1.30pm and enjoy a bowl of homemade soup at a cost of £2.50 with free refills. This event is being organised by the Village Hall Fundraising Committee and it is hoped many will go along for a quick lunch and a chat.

STOOLBALL CLUB: Advance notice that the AGM of this club will be held on Thursday, March 7, at 7.30pm at the Caburn Football Club. All members welcome.

THANKS: Loft and Barbara Longhurst would like to say a big thank you to all who took part in their last Acoustic Moods held on Saturday February 9. Thanks also go to those who helped in any way either with the staging or with the refreshments. Also thanks go to the people who came along and supported the event where a profit of just over £1,100 was made to go towards Breast Cancer Care as part of Frank Longhurst’s sponsorship for the Brighton Marathon on Saturday, April 14, in support of this charity. If you could not make the Acoustic Moods but would like to support Frank and Breast Cancer Care by making a contribution please get in touch with Barbara Longhurst on 01273 813574.


RAIN: With all the rain at the moment it is no surprise to hear so many people are getting flooded. I read an article which I found very interesting. It talked about all the underground rivers and streams under Brighton and surrounding areas. I lived in Brighton for 21 years and as a child always heard tales of the Wellesbourne, a hidden river which runs from Patcham village along the route of the A23 down to Pool Valley which is now the city’s coach station off Brighton seafront. There is another named the Springbourne which flows from Falmer and follows the way of the Lewes Road where it meets the Wellesbourne at The Level. In Rodmell there are a line of wells from the pub to our cottages which had one each. A rose grows in one and loves it, the other is covered over. Both were filled in many years ago. The pub well is now inside the pub and is an open well, with a cover over it. People throw money into it and every so often young Peter Jarret, a village lad, would be sent down to collect it. I think it was an adventurous episode for him but I don’t think I would like to do it. Most of the old cottages had wells but I’m not sure how many still have obvious ones as I suspect many are covered. There used to be a pond at our junction in times past, and carriage horses would be taken to drink whilst the humans quenched their thirst in the pub. Our cellar gets water in it when the levels go up, and then it goes away when water levels drop. Our bottom stair is now suffering and will have to be replaced soon.

MEAT: With the horse-meat problem hitting the headlines at the moment it brings back memories of war time menus which included horse meat and whale meat and something called Snook which may have been fish. It’s time we all supported our own farming industry and local shops before they become extinct. Time seems to be a factor along with price. My mother and grandmother would buy everything fresh from local suppliers but then they had the time to queue and look around. Now it’s a quick dash around a supermarket at lunch time, or in the evenings, for many people in their busy lives. At least a lot of people seem to be getting into the habit of growing their own plus farm shops are becoming more popular. MEMORIES: Thinking about farming and cattle, which have declined here over the years, do any readers, especially from Falmer, remember a farmer named Dalgetty driving his cattle on the road by horseback to put them on trains at Falmer Station? It was quite a sight to see them coming down Falmer hill. A bit like a Western film. Another memory is of the sports stadium at Withdean being a zoo. My mother used to meet me from school as a small child and take me and my friends for a walk around the perimeter to view the animals through the fencing. I was very lucky as a child, as mum took me every day after school to a museum, library, zoo or park and I was taken the the Theatre Royal frequently and also the Hippodrome Theatre, usually on Saturdays.

SNOWDROPS: Many people are visiting Southease Churchyard at the moment to view the snowdrops. They really are the most beautiful delicate flowers.

IT WAS NICE to see Rodmell featured in the Sussex Express last week. Many people don’t even realise what an old picturesque village it is as they just whiz through at high speed along the C7 which splits the village in half. I suspect some villagers will be upset to find that Upper Rodmell was not photographed, as the Forge and the old pottery are interesting buildings.

IT WAS WITH great sadness I read in last week’s Sussex Express about the Celebration of Late Artist’s Talents, as it turned out to be Anne Cathcart, who used to live in the old pottery in Mill Lane and ran a craft shop there. Anne was a friend of mine nd I used to take her two boys out frequently in my car to various parks etc. We somehow lost touch when she moved to Lewes, but I did run into her occasionally at Lewes Garden Centre. She was a marvellous illustrator and did a lovely calendar of Rodmell one year. As I remember she was working on a lovely cookery book whilst she lived in Rodmell. I will try to get to the Hop Gallery to see her work. Anne also did woodblock engraving which was one of my loves until my eye problems started.


RAILWAY PLAY: The Titfield Thunderbolt is the latest production at the Seaford Little Theatre. This is a play full of fun and nostalgia (do you remember the 50s film?) Tickets are available from their Box Office at Sussex Eyecare in Broad Street. It runs every day from tonight, Friday, (7.45pm) until next Saturday February 23. There is a matinee tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm.

THE FOLK CLUB guests tonight, Friday, are Thorn and Roses, a group from Cornwall who are known for their close harmonies and beautiful singing, in a repertoire of traditional songs and popular hits. Join them at 8pm in the Royal British Legion Club.

CONSERVATIVE SURGERY: Seaford Conservative Councillors are holding a drop in surgery tomorrow, Saturday, at 37 Church Street between 9.30am and 11am. No appointment is necessary, just pop in and they will be pleased to help.

LECTURE: The meeting at the Seaford Literary and Lecture Club on Tuesday evening is by Peter Hall talking about alternative uses of Wind, Water and Animal Power. The club meet in the St Leonard’s Church Hall from 7pm.

HALF TERM EVENT: Seaford Museum are hosting another of their popular half term events for children aged up to 8 years. There will be crafts to make and the owl trail to follow. From 10am to noon on Wednesday.

TALK: The National Trust Seaford Association has a meeting at Cross Way Church on Wednesday at 2.30pm, for a talk entitled Natural History of the South Downs by Wing Commander Patrick Coulcher. Patrick has written a number of books on the subject. Call 01323 899573 for further details.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the council planning and highways committee at 37 Church Street on Thursday at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome and can ask questions at the start of the meeting. An agenda is available on-line or from the council offices.

SEAFORD AT WAR: I have been commissioned to write a book about Seaford and Newhaven in the Great War. If you have any information about this area during World War One please let me know on 01323 491707 or email me at I am particularly interested about life in the towns during the war.

OPTIMISM: One day last week I took my dog for a walk along the beach at Seaford. It was high tide and freezing sea-spray was battering the esplanade. There was a bitter sleety rain which made my cheeks red and the dog’s ears flap. I decided to give up and returned to my car, just in time to see the ice-cream van turn up. There’s optimism for you.

FILM TICKETS: Tickets for next Friday’s film at the Seaford Community Cinema are now available from the Tourist Information Office in Church Street.

ROAD CLOSURES: Warwick Road (next to the old library) will be closed until December. Marine Parade on the seafront will be closed from the Buckle Car Park to the Buckle Railway bridge for ten weeks from Monday in order to put in a new cycle path. The 120 bus service will be diverted. If you are driving north through Alfriston also beware that there are long term road works meaning the High Street in the centre of the village will be closed from Monday. This will cause traffic chaos in the village and will also affect the Cuckmere Bus routes.

INTRODUCTION to Lip-reading and Sign Language classes to be run by East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre at Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club, Club House, Marine Parade, 10.30am to 11.30am Wednesdays from March 6 to May 8. To reserve your space please contact 01323 722505 or


BINGO EVENING: There will be a bingo evening at Telscombe Civic Centre on Friday February 22, with a 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. 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.

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day is taking place on March 6 from 5pm to 8pm at Community House in the Meridian Centre. It is celebrated all over the world, mostly in Asian countries. It was set up to make people aware of the problems faced by women and to give women regardless of age, nationality or religion a fun day out. There will be raffle prizes like beauty treatment vouchers, Indian food, tea and coffee and snacks to purchase. There will be stalls with beauty treatments, haberdasheries, jewellery, arts and crafts. Local resident Ayesha Choudhury is organising the event and would like to invite all ladies to come and forget their problems for a few hours, unite and have fun. If you are interested in having a stall at the event please call her on 07796 446683.


THE FLOWER CLUB will be having a practice meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. The menu will be cottage pie, seasonal vegetables, cheesecake and cream followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please call Jennie on 01323 484189. The cost is just £5.

FELLOWSHIP: You are also invited to Trinity’s Friday Fellowship at 10am on the first, third and fifth Fridays of each month for a short time of quiet reflection followed by refreshments.

MARKET: Willingdon Community Market is held from 10am to 1pm every Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. There are a large variety of stalls. For further information please ring 01323 723772.

ST GEORGE’S Catholic Church in Polegate will be hosting frugal lunches (soup and bread and butter) in the church hall from noon to 1pm on the six Fridays in Lent, February 15 to March 22. The church has been doing this for many years now to raise money for two charities, Cabrini Children’s Society and CAFOD, the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development. There is no set price, but all donations are split equally between these two charities. Everyone is welcome.

OWEN DONOVAN will be performing at The Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. The Wheatsheaf quiz is from 8.30pm on Tuesday evenings.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros Burtenshaw on 01323 504463. Classes are also run by her as follows: at the Venton Age Concern Centre in Junction Road Eastbourne on Mondays from 10am to 10.45am for beginners and from 11am to 12pm for improvers. There is a class for intermediates at Willingdon Memorial Hall from 11.30am to 1pm on Tuesdays. On Fridays there is a beginners’ class from 10am to 10.50am and from 11am to 12pm for improvers. For further information ring Ros on the number above or her mobile 07542 738408 or email .

A JUMBLE SALE is being held from 9am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Refreshments are available. To book a table please ring 07548 129005. The cost is £6.

HOWLING BLUES will be entertaining customers at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Curry night is from 6pm to 9pm on Mondays and quiz night is on Thursdays with cash prizes.

FCUK will entertain customers at The Eight Bells in Jevington at 3pm on Sunday.

CHURCH RAMBLERS will meet at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm in Coopers Hill for a walk from Holywell to Whitbread Hollow, then along the seafront to the Wish Tower and return. The walk is approximately five miles with some gentle slopes.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL is a group of local residents and councillors who meet quarterly in St Mary’s Church Hall to discuss issues which affect local people, relating to crime, vandalism and unsociable behaviour. The panel then selects up to three priorities to be targeted. PC Liz Keenan and PCSO Ali Beadon attend these meetings whenever possible. The next meeting is on Tuesday February 19. If you have any issues which you would like discussed at the meeting, please contact PCSO Ali Beadon on 101 ext 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755

CITIZENS’ ADVICE: In 2005 Crowborough, Uckfield and Hailsham CABs merged to form Wealden Citizen Advice Bureau. The nearest office for Willingdon and Polegate residents is in Hailsham. There is an outreach centre which is held from 9.30am to 11.30am at Willingdon Library on alternate Wednesdays. This alternates with the other Wednesdays when an adviser from CAB is at the Polegate Town Council Office in High Street Polegate from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Residents can pop in to either of the outreach centres during opening hours without an appointment to ask advice on such issues as benefits, debt, relationships, housing, employment, and consumer matters. It is a free service with funding from Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council and Polegate Town Council. A CAB adviser will be at Willingdon Library on February 20 and at the Polegate Town Council Office on Wednesday February 27. Volunteers are always needed and they would receive training. For further information ring 01323 842336.

PROBUS CLUB will meet at 10.15am on Thursday for a coffee morning at The Red Lion.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: On Friday February 22 Roger Dellar will give a demonstration entitled Summer Scene in Water Solution Oils. The meeting will be held from 7pm to 9pm at Wannock Hall. Visitors are welcome. Admission is £3.

BESIDE THE SEA: The theme of St Mary’s Church Summer Fair this year is Beside the Sea. Parishioners are being asked for suggestions.