Parish pump Newhaven – February 20, 2015


LOOKING AHEAD: On March 21 from 10am to 4pm the Cuckmere Valley Skills Cafe will be held at the Old Chapel Centre and the War Memorial Hall. There will be talks, stands and demonstrations from local people who are passionate about traditional and modern crafts and skills either as a way of making a living or as something to learn for fun. Vanessa Bristow-Rose can give further details at 01323 870545.

ANOTHER DIARY DATE: The London Conchord Ensemble will be performing at Rathfinny Wine Estate over the weekend of June 12 to 14. It is a long time ahead but tickets are available online now. A full programme of the Music Festival is available at


WHIST DRIVE tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm in the Bishopstone Parish Hall. Admission including refreshments £2.50. This event is in aid of Bishopstone Parish Hall.

DRAWING COURSE with tutor Sally Taylor starts February 23: every Monday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, for six weeks in Bishopstone Parish Hall, cost £55. Subjects covered include techniques of pencil shading and use of coloured pencils, pen and wash.

MAY FAIR Open Meeting on Thursday, at 7pm in Bishopstone Parish Hall. We need many helpers to run the stalls, kitchen and car park, we can then work a shift system, especially for the kitchen and car park so everyone can take time off and enjoy the rest of the fair. If you would like to help, but are unable to come to the meeting, please phone Linda on 01323 492246 or e-mail

LENT is upon us and traditionally a time of fasting and eating fish pie rather than flesh- with one exception, certain geese. For centuries, people believed that the Barnacle Goose was the adult of the Goose Barnacle so often washed up on local beaches after winter gales off the Atlantic. If you asked people if it was fish or fowl, the answer was fish, of course.


LADIES’ GROUP: For our February meeting John Warton came to talk and show his film on diving off the Cocas Islands. For nearly two weeks and living on board, John and 13 other friends dived three or four times a day off these islands. The film showed them swimming with wonderful specimens of spotted rays, white tipped sharks and the very strange looking hammer head sharks. There were lots of stories to see in the film, capturing sharks mating, an octopus playing punch bag with another octopus who wanted his hidey hole, a moray eel escaping from the mouth of a shark, a trigger fish busy clearing a space to nest under a rock bringing out shells and rocks. John’s enthusiasm shone through when he talked about this special time for him.

CONCERT: Last Saturday’s concert was just wonderful. The Schumann: Dichterliebe, 16 songs sung with passion by Timothy Wilcox accompanied by Peter Williams on the piano, and being Valentine’s day the concert was brought to a conclusion with Younger than Springtime from South Pacific and Ivor Novello’s We’ll gather Lilacs. We were all sent off with a spring in our steps.

WITH WONDERFUL MUSIC still ringing in our ears, I was romantic enough to believe I could hear an owl screeching for a mate especially on Valentine’s Day. As we reached the north side of the village the sound was even louder. The next day I mentioned what I had heard to Sue (my Parish Pump partner) she too heard the sound and told her husband, they ventured outside the house to listen and looked further up the road, and saw a car with flashing lights, and realised it was a car alarm that we could hear.


BONFIRE BINGO this evening, Friday, in the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. Fundraising for the 2015 Bonfire Society Celebrations and grand firework display on October 17.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head are twice monthly get-togethers of people who enjoy sharing skills and experiences with yarn. At the meeting on February 10 the main talk was about ethnic knitting. There are three main ways in which knitting can vary, in the use of colour, the use of texture and the method of construction. Most traditional knitting from many cultures was to provide warmth and or weatherproofing. Pattern examples caught the eyes, but also some methods and techniques provoked interest and it was decided that the next meeting will visit this subject again with the intention of making samples using some of these. For further information phone Su (07552229473) or just bring some yarn and needles on Tuesday at 7.30pm to have a go.

COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES: 2015 marks 21 years since CfC was born and the organisation still endeavours, above all, to be ‘passionate about people’. As Thomas Fuller wrote in the 17th century: ‘Charity begins at home, but should not end there’. A new logo was recently commissioned and, after the design process yielded three different options, the group’s Facebook page poll helped select the most popular. The new logo, Passionate About People, builds on the ethos of a people based charity and how it meets individual needs. You will see the new branding on their vehicles, the newest of which, a Mercedes Vito, has seating for six or can be reconfigures for extra cargo capacity. Thanks to John Kimble Graphic Design for donating his time and the resulting outstanding work.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week at the club there was a competition for The Strong Trophy. This is a set of six photographs exhibited as a coherent panel which is logically or aesthetically consistent and holding together as a harmonious or credible whole. The judge was Trevor Gellard FRPS who is a regular visitor for both talks and judging. There were thirteen panels entered in the competition for him to review and he said it was extremely difficult to pick a winner as there were so many different types of style. Six were held back for Trevor to see again and he awarded highly commended to three. La Sagrada Familia by Graham Wilkinson, Avian Expressions by Terry McGhie ARPS and Pett Levels Geology by Ray Beckwith. In third place was At the Turner Contemporary by Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP. Pictures in both pastel and bright colours with strong lines, graphic shapes and part of a person captured in each one. In second place was Snow At Dyrholaey by Pat Broad ARPS AFIAP. These were minimalist snow scenes, a barren wilderness of intense cold which left the viewer feeling chilled. The winner was I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside by Alison Morris ARPS. This set of monochrome images resembled pages from an old photograph album. Each picture had a black mount with photo corners and was of two little girls playing on a beach with buckets and spades. Trevor greatly admired the work shown and members enjoyed a witty and humorous evening.

100 YEARS AGO: In February 1915 the Parish Magazine reports from the Vicar of the day: Sergeant A. Milward, DCM, met with a splendid welcome when he arrived from the trenches on Thursday at 3 o’clock. His fellow parishioners cheered him, and followed him round the town. It must have stirred up any who ought to join the Colours: and they should be still more moved when they hear his story.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday February 3 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Jonathon Hyde; 2, Jerry Emery and Mickie Lodge; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon. Thursday February 5 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Edith Jeffery and Anne Davidson; 2, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. Tuesday February 10 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Janet Catermole; 2, Simon Kirkwood and Pauline Brown; 3, Meic Goodyear and Jerry Emery. Thursday February 12 Teams: 1, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood, George Hearn and Ann Wykeham. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

WESTGATE WI: This month our speaker was June Felstead who spoke about the Alsar Lowland Search Dogs and June was accompanied by Molly, her five year old trained border collie, and June has had Molly since she was 12 weeks old. June’s talk was very interesting telling us how searches are conducted as well as the training of the dogs which takes approximately two and a half years. It is mainly working breeds of dogs that are used as search dogs and the Alsar dogs work exclusively for the police and cover the whole of Sussex. The team get approximately 30/40 call outs per year and there are four teams in Sussex who train four times per month. The dogs use air scent to find the lost person as a dog’s sense of smell is some 10,000 stronger than a human’s sense of smell. They have to search 50 acres in 90 minutes when out searching for a missing person. Some 34 per cent of females and 66 per cent of males go missing each year and these are people who are mainly despondent and 34 per cent of these people are over the age of 60 years. A most enlightening talk from Jean and it was especially lovely to have Molly there with us and, needless to say, Molly got lots of attention from our members at the end of June’s talk. Our next meeting is on Wednesday March 11 and our speaker is Kate Hicknott who will be telling us about the Priory Trust and the Priory Herb Garden. We meet at St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe High Street at 10am for coffee and chat and our meeting starts at 10 30am. All are very welcome to attend our extremely friendly group. (Dee Barr).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: We followed Walk 12 of the excellent series of walks published by the Plumpton Action Group on our last Sunday walk. Plumpton can be a notoriously muddy area to walk in but we were very fortunate to hit a relatively dry spell this winter. The walk, starting from Plumpton Village Hall, took us to the outskirts of South Chailey and then back to Plumpton via The Hooke and two delightful woods, Popjoy Wood and the magnificent Great Holme Wood, before crossing farmland and then the road back to the village hall. It was good to see some splendid hazel trees full of waving catkins but apart from a few celandines and snowdrops there were not many signs of spring flowers emerging yet. Twenty five people enjoyed the walk led by Roy. The next walk is on Sunday, Around Clayton, 5.5 miles. Meet at top North Street car park for a prompt 9.30am start.

SENIORS’ FORUM: Lewes District Seniors’ Forum meet on Wednesday at 10 30am, Cliffe Hall. Housing and Hearing - Wolfgang Weis from ESCC on Housing for over 60s and Imran Yunus from the NHS on Audiology services and hearing issues.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Our next men’s Saturday night cinema evening is at 7.30pm in the John Harvey Tavern on February 28 with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. No need to book, just come along. Our Alpha course starts on Thursday: a great opportunity to explore the basics of Christianity. Please contact the rector, Steve Daughtery on 472018. On March 21, 9.30am to 5pm, come and join us for an interactive walk through the Old Testament. Cost £14 including workbook, accompanied under 16s free. Information leaflets are at the back of the church, which is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and on Sunday for services. With the continuing cold weather, if you have any spare warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags for homeless people in Brighton we have a collection box in the porch. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening baptism service with singers and band. Please come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group needs you for our community street performances in Easter week, for any or all of the four days of the plays. Please would singers come to our next rehearsal in Southover Church on February 27 from 7.45pm to 8.45pm. We also need more people to dress up as members of the crowd. Family groups are particularly welcome, with only three rehearsals. Could you help with costume or scenery making? Do you have any spare fabric or paints? Do you have a donkey we can use on Palm Sunday? Please email or visit our website at

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

FILM SOCIETY: Newhaven Film Society presents All Is Lost (12A) tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hillcrest Centre starring Robert Redford. It is all about the sea and the sky and Redford’s struggle to survive when his 39 foot yacht Virginia Jean is suddenly damaged miles from anywhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Redford gets on with repairing the damaged boat and as one challenge follows another the tension builds up allowing you to share the experience with him and you will be on the edge of your seat until the last frame. Tickets are £4.50 each from the Hillcrest Centre. The café opens at 6.30pm and the film starts at 7.30pm.

RNLI Newhaven is holding a quiz night with fish and chip supper at the Lifeboat House, West Quay, tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm. Teams of four and the charge is £8.50 per person including fish and chips. Booking is essential. Bring your own drink, light refreshments will be available for a donation and there will be a raffle. To check availability telephone Lynn the Quiz Mistress on 01273 517488.

WHITE HART: The White Hart in Newhaven High Street has closed this week for a complete refurbishment. It will re-open with the new décor and new bar on Thursday March 5. In the meantime The Ship, under the same ownership, also in the High Street, remains open.

NEW CLUB: Elderberries is a new club for the over 55s, men and women, and opens its doors on Monday at the Age Concern Day Centre, West Quay. The club will meet fortnightly on Mondays from 1pm to 3pm with interesting and informative activities, opportunity to meet new friends in a relaxed environment. Refreshments available and transport can be arranged. Admission is £2 per person. For further information telephone Elizabeth or Rikki on 01273 614441.

FORT: Newhaven Fort re-opens on Sunday March 1 with exciting changes in store as this is the month Wave Leisure assume responsibility for the Fort. Their programme of events for 2015 will be announced shortly.

PARADISE PARK is holding a Timely Talk on Wednesday March 4. The subject is Orchids of Delight and the talk will be held in the coffee shop at 11am. Admission is free and there will be the opportunity to look at a wide range of orchids, both easy and difficult, and their new Kew range. Free tea or coffee and plant offer, all welcome. This precedes the Orchid Weekend on March 7 and 8 when Mid Sussex Orchid Society Show will be held on Sunday March 8 from 10am to 4pm. Go along and meet the experts, get special offers and advice, a wide range of orchids will be available. Free entry.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Newhaven Twinning Association is holding a Family Games Evening on Friday March 6 at Harbour School at 6pm. Tickets are £6 per adult, £3 per child and family tickets are £15. For this you get three games of bingo and a game of beetle plus a ploughman’s supper. Bring your own non-alcoholic drinks. To reserve a place ring Alison Thomas on 01273 517369 or email


LUNCH with Trinity Diners takes place today, Friday. To book your place please contact Jennie on 484189.

POLEGATE PLODDERS: For more information on Polegate Plodders please contact Brian Winn on 07765216990 or email

THE COFFEE MORNING in the lounge Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon is hosted by the Polegate branch of the British Legion.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Up the River to West Dean, 5 miles with Pauline S. Meet at Exceat Car Park at 10am. Bus no. 12X 9.39am Terminus Road stand J. Walking to Litlington and West Dean if valley is flooded. On Sunday 22 February Fresh Air up Gardners Hill, 8.25 miles With Tony W. Meet bus 12A 9.16am Terminus Road to Denton Corner. Walk starts at Denton corner 10.05am dry lunch. On Wednesday Icklesham from Winchelsea via Pannell valley Nature Reserve, 11 miles with Glyn R. Meet at Eastbourne station 9am for 9.09am train to Winchelsea Station where walk starts at 10am. On Saturday February 28, A Course and a Horse, 4.5 miles with Jean and Jim. Meet at Chyngton Lane, Seaford, 10am. Bus No 12Z, 9.33am Terminus Road Stand J. Or, Brisk Pace, hopefully some culture this time with Lucie T. Walk starts from Roedean café and mini golf course at 10am GR 344032 map 122. Bus No 12, 8.33am from Eastbourne pier to start, alight outside café.

HALF TERM special, trains running at Spa Valley Railway until tomorrow, Saturday. Kids a Quid. Booking essential at telephone 01892 537715. We also have on offer a combined rail and entrance ticket to Groombridge Place, which also has lots of activities for children all the year, email or telephone 01838 861444.

ELHS speaker on Tuesday evening. Rob Hill will be talking about the Rebuilding of the EAC Monoplane 100 years on. Doors open at 6.30pm, meeting starts at 7pm. Visitors welcome £2.

POLEGATE GARDENERS Society meeting on February 26 when the talk is by Michaele Wynn-Jones on Mailbags and Porridge, 7pm at the Community Centre. Visitors welcome. Details from Shirley on 488035.

INDOOR BOOTSALE on Saturday February 28 at St John’s Church Hall from 2pm to 4.30pm. Tables are £10 if booked in advance. Lots of stalls selling clothes, toys, books, bric-a-brac, teas with homemade cakes and a raffle for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. To book your table please telephone 487340.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: This evening (Friday) at 7.45pm in the village hall retired engineer Bob Bonnett, a leading member of the Sussex mills group and a stalwart of the Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society, will speak on Sussex Mills. He has played a leading part in the restoration of a number of Sussex windmills, and is preparing major new books on the windmills and watermills of the Lewes and Pevensey rapes of Sussex.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Simple Lent Lunch at noon today (Friday) in the church room. If you miss it and would like to donate to the Disaster Fund which enables St Mary’s to make emergency donations to worldwide charities, pop your donation in an envelope (gift aid if possible) and drop in to the church. Today and every Friday in Lent at 5pm, The Way of the Cross: a 30 min meditative service using pictures and readings. There is still time to join the Lent Discussion groups, full details in the Parish Magazine. Sunday Services: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

SOUPER SATURDAY: Please come and join us tomorrow, Saturday for a lunch of homemade soups from noon to 1.30pm in the village hall. £2.50 with free refills. There will be at least four homemade soups.

BRIDGE DRIVE: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a Bridge Drive (Progressive Chicago) in the village hall at 2.15pm. Tickets £8 per person to include high tea and prizes. Raffle. All proceeds to Ringmer Village Hall Extension Fund. Phone 01273 814220 to check availability of tickets.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday February 11, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Lesley Durrant and David Warner. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

EVERGREEN CLUB invite members and friends to a Fund Raising Tea on Thursday 26th February in Ringmer Village Hall. Come along at 2pm and join in Scrabble, Whist and other games and then enjoy tea and a chat from 3pm to 4pm. The club has a full programme of meetings on most Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm, coach trips and outings with lunches or afternoon teas, parties and visits to the Dramatic Society productions. The club is open to all over 55 years and new members welcome. Further details: Tony Heath 01273 812902.

CHURCH BELLS: The bellringers will be holding a Tea and Tours on Saturday February 28 from 3pm to 5pm in the church room. Tea will be served and tours of the tower will be possible. This will be in aid of the fund to repair the ‘fifth bell’ which has developed a crack.

MOSTLY MUMS: A new group for mums, dads and carers of all pre-schoolers. Meeting in church from 9.30am to 11am on the first Tuesday of every month starting on Tuesday March 3. Join us for a chat, simple crafts, playtime and songtime.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: Ringmer Dramatic Society’s Spring Production of Haywire by Eric Chappell (of Rising Damp fame) is being directed by Ruth Whitlock and will be taking place at Ringmer Village Hall from Wednesday to Saturday, March 18 to 21. This sparkling comedy is about one man’s plan to spend a clandestine weekend with his shop assistant and fate’s determination to scotch his dream. Tickets at £8 are now available on-line at or follow the link on our Facebook website. In addition, from Monday our Box Office opens at Creature Comforts the Pet Shop in Ringmer.

PROVISIONAL DATE for your diary: Summer Fair: Saturday July 11. Pam Bowmaker, Ch of Fundraising: Tel: 813625.

Rodmell & Southease

SPRING: It’s so lovely to see all the spring flowers bursting forth and Southease Churchyard is well worth a visit to see the lovely carpet of snowdrops. It’s no wonder depression sets in with a lot of people in January and February as it’s been so cold and dreary, but let’s hope it will brighten up soon. Just switching on the TV or reading the papers is also in many cases the road to despondency as all seem to dwell on bad things. Also if you put pins in a map of the world where wars and bad things are happening, you would use a lot of pins. Let’s hope life in general gets a bit more joyful and we all learn to appreciate the good things.

RECENTLY I had something through the post addressed to ‘the lovely person who lives at 1 Sunnyside, Rodmell,’ it needed a reply via computer so whoever sent it will wait for a long time as I don’t have a computer. If it was a reader you could send a letter by snail mail. It’s quite easy and these days a nice surprise to people.

ACCIDENTS: We’ve certainly had our share of accidents on the C7 of late from the amount of cars in fields and through hedges. This is a very dangerous road especially on frosty nights and mornings, so drivers do take care.

SCRAPBOOKS: On Tuesday the Rodmell Scrapbooks are on display for the first time in the village hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

AGM: Also on Tuesday the horticultural Society AGM is at 7.30pm in the village hall. Kevin Jenkins, head gardener at Glyndebourne, will be giving a talk.

COFFEE MORNING: On Wednesday there is a coffee morning in the village hall from 11am.

MICK, our popular milkman who has been doing this round for 37 years, had a lovely farewell evening in our pub on Thursday. We shall miss his cheery face and conversation. He delivered our milk in all weathers and never let us down. Enjoy your retirement Mick.


LUNCHTIME CONCERTS: The first of the 2015 series of the lunchtime concerts at St Leonard’s Church, Church Street, will be given by the harpist Fiona Hosford tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm. Fiona’s repertoire ranges from classical music, The Beatles through to light jazz and popular modern classics. Whether it’s Pachelbel, Puccini or Elton John, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, The A-Team or Star Trek, Fiona will delight you with her magnetic personality and harp playing. Free admission with a retiring collection and lasts approximately one hour.

AGM: Seaford Natural History Society AGM is at St Luke’s Church Centre, Walmer Road, on Tuesday at 2.15pm. Visitors £3. Telephone 01323 491964.

INNER WHEEL is holding a charity Spring Fashion Show at M&Co on Tuesday at 7pm. Opened by Up Tempo Dance

Group. Tickets £6 includes a glass of wine or soft drink. 10 percent off on all purchases on the night plus raffle. Tickets available from M&Co.

DRAWING COURSES with tutor Sally Taylor start on February 22. A six week course which includes techniques of pencil shading and use of coloured pencils, pen and wash. For more details contact Sally on 01323 370907.

FINANCE and General Finance Committee Meeting at Seaford Town Council, on Thursday at 7pm.


BINGO: There is a bingo session at the Telscombe Civic Centre on February 27. Start time is 7pm prompt and lasts for about one and a half hours. A half time break with free refreshments. Cost is £4 for one book for eight games, and there is a snowball game at 50p per ticket and a flyer game at £1 a whole strip. Aficionados will understand all that I hope. Proceeds raised will go the Mayor of Telscombe’s charity fund.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: No meetings posted for February, (gathering breath for the coming season presumable).

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: These are held on the first Thursday of each month. No appointment is necessary, just come along and see your local councillors. First Saturday of each month 10am to 11am at Telscombe Civic Centre. Phone 01273 589777.

SUMMER FAYRE: Early, I know, but they are taking bookings for stalls for the fayre at £10 each. Location is Chatsworth Park, Telscombe Cliffs, on Saturday July 11, 1pm to 4.30pm. Phone: 01273 589777.

EVENTS: Please do not forget to remind me of any forthcoming events that you are organising or sponsoring this spring and summer, so that I have time to get them into this column for you.

SPRING: As I have been writing this, bright shafts of sunlight have been piercing through onto my desk, and filling the room with light. Every year I marvel at the advent of spring, with all its new growth. It has had the effect of brightening up my elderly crossbred, Jack, who has now hobbled up to me for his afternoon walk. At 18 years of age and crippled with arthritis, it is a joy still to watch him enjoying the sun on his body and sniffing the warm air, which must be redolent with all the scents of spring. A magical time of year, which I hope that you enjoy as well.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

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

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners lunch at Trinity Church Hall is today, Friday, at noon. To reserve a place please ring Jennie on 01323 484189 early in the morning or go along to the hall where there may possibly be places available due to last minute cancellations. The meals are £5.50.

BRITISH QUEEN: Entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, is 70s and 80s disco music from Motown.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Providing the entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, is Cargo with their popular acoustics covers.

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Earl Haig service will be held at 3pm on Sunday in St Mary’s Church followed by refreshments in the church hall.

BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON: Wendy Quinn will be running the Brighton half marathon on February 22 in aid of the JPK Project which aims to provide supported residential accommodation for people with a learning disability. Wendy would welcome your support so do sponsor her for this event. Sponsorship forms can be obtained from Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or from Wendy at Hairs and Graces, Willingdon Triangle or on the JPK Just Giving page at and please state that it is for Wendy/Brighton half marathon.

A CHURCH CONCERT is being held at 7.30pm on Monday at St Mary’s Church Hall. Directed by Michael Stumbles, the concert will include choir pieces and solos and ensembles, both vocal and instrumental. Admission is free. The retiring collection is for the music fund, supporting Children with Cancer.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

THE 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. The date of the next meeting is Tuesday which will be attended by PCSO Ali Beadon. If you have any issues which you would like discussed at the meeting, please contact her on 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

THE LENT COURSE at St Mary’s Church starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday and will take place every Tuesday evening for five sessions leading up to Easter. For those who would prefer an afternoon session, each one is repeated the next day at 3.15pm in the same venue which means that the next repeated session will be on Wednesday February 25. All are welcome.

THE 3 MMM’S (Mrs, Miss and Ms) had a very interesting meeting on February 11 with a talk and demonstration from a representative of The Body Shop. She explained that none of the products are tested on animals for cosmetic reasons and that Body Shop also gives generously to help children in countries where they would otherwise be deprived of education, particularly girls. The next meeting of the 3MMM’s is at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. 2015 is the Chinese year of the sheep and to mark this, members are asked to bring something relating to a sheep, perhaps a toy or a craft item, but not a leg of lamb. Members will also enjoy tasters of Chinese food.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP attracted 20 members to their meeting on February 12 at the Red Lion when the guest speaker, Peter the Pond, spoke enthusiastically about how to look after your pond. He travels all over the country and has successfully treated ponds, both large and small, to get them back to a healthy state. He brought along some newts and a frog plus various green stuff which either needs to be discouraged or encouraged. Some of it is edible although the members weren’t inclined to try it. The next meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday March 12 at the Red Lion when there will be a plant and seed swop.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be holding their next monthly meeting at 7pm on Friday February 27 at Wannock Village Hall. Members will be welcoming the popular and talented artist Roger Dellar, who will be painting with water soluble oils. The demonstration is called Interior. New members can join at £16 per annum and visitors are also welcome at £4 which includes refreshments during the evening.

INFORMATION PLEASE: It would be good to give some publicity to organisations and groups that I don’t usually write about. I have got an email address so please contact me for it if you have anything to report.

FR MICHAEL MAINE, who was the curate of St Mary’s Church, is to become the vicar of Cuckfield Church and his induction will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday. Two coaches have been booked to take Willingdon parishioners to the service and they will now be leaving Willingdon at 5.30pm and 5.45pm. Please check which coach has been allocated to you. The transport cost if you have not already paid is £11.