Parish pump Newhaven - January 16, 2015


GARDEN CLUB: ‘The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer. Minute by minute they lengthen out, until the moment comes when with a start of delighted surprise we realise that we can stay out of doors in a twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour.’ Vita Sackville-West. January is a time for looking forward. We have the Romans and the Gregorian calendar to thank for this, as they named the first month of the year after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, doorways and transitions. Janus is usually represented as having two faces, one looking back over the past and the other facing the future. This will be appreciated by all gardeners, who by now will have well-thumbed seed catalogues in anticipation of the forthcoming gardening year, perhaps with the hindsight of what grew well last year, and what didn’t. At this time of year we are all optimists. Our first meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm in the village hall, when Simon Linington will talk us through The Millenium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place. Some of us may remember the fascinating guided tour of the Seed Bank which Simon gave us a few years ago.

BONFIRE AGM: BBS AGM will be at the Royal Oak, Barcombe, on Tuesday February 24 at 8pm. All welcome to attend. This year we will be electing a new chairperson and vice chairperson. If you are interested in taking on the role and would like to know more about what is involved, please contact Anthony Hills on BBS is a small society and provides a great traditional village Bonfire Night celebration for free. The committee always welcomes new members to take part and contribute to the ongoing success of BBS at delivering a great Bonfire Night celebration for the village. Please do come along to the AGM if you would like to offer your support and time, no matter how small all help and assistance is welcome.

BARCOMBE CINEMA: Tickets are now on sale for Love Punch starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson, to be screened at Barcombe Village Hall on Sunday, February 1, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 each available from Barcombe Stores, VA Turner’s, The Royal Oak or Yvonne Alce. There will be a bar and during the intermission refreshments will be available. We will also run a raffle.


TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am to noon 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.

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH: Stewards needed for Wednesdays and Saturdays to keep the church open. If you can spare a couple of hours, see the stewarding rota on the table at the back of the church.

AMAZING what you can learn from a Christmas present. Charles Dawson, of Piltdown Hoax fame, earlier went on the local ferry to Dieppe and saw, or said he saw, the most conventional old sea serpent you could imagine. Unfortunately he died in WW1 and as far as we know the serpent has not reappeared.


PERMITS: Late last year, those of us who have permits for the residents’ parking scheme in Falmer received a letter telling us that, in future, the scheme would be entirely run online and there would be no need for an actual paper permit. I promptly forgot all about this and didn’t look at the letter again until just before the permit was due to run out. I duly sat myself down in front of the computer and started to register on the site and, having done that, tried to buy my permit. I am sure I must have got something wrong because when I tried to load up my two proofs of address etc there only seemed to be one box to put them in. In the end I had to resort to going in person to the parking shop to get registered and the very helpful ladies there did it for me. I was reassured to see that even they had a couple of problems with the site. Anyway I am now legal and am curious to see what a parking warden does when he or she comes round to check up on us.

MAGIC: We have had some amazing sunrises and sunsets recently with the skies streaked with pink, scarlet, pale blue and pewter grey. I was walking back through the woods at dusk recently admiring the last of the red sky before dark when I came round a corner and there was a roe deer right in front of me, he took off, startled and I carried on. A few steps on, up jumped a great big fox and shot off up into the field.

GRANT: Our neighbouring village, Stanmer, and its surrounding parkland is a well-loved place for visitors from Brighton and further afield and we have just heard that the park has been awarded an amazing £291,000 Heritage Lottery fund and Big Lottery grant. The money will be matched by Brighton Council and the South Downs National Park Authority. Major aims include the restoration of the Home Farm Complex, the restoration of the entrance and Parkland to Stanmer House and the restoration of the Walled Garden. The project will be managed jointly by the council and the South Downs National Park Authority.

EASTER: It seems absurd but we are already looking forward to Easter here in Falmer, (at least I am). Work is starting on the planning of our Easter Art Exhibition with accompanying poetry. Several artists are lined up to take part in the show and I hope that poets may be working on their writing too. Also on the Arts front we have our concert series starting again in February. More information to come on these events in future Parish Pumps.


BONFIRE BINGO: Eyes Down at 7.30pm today, Friday, for a fun night at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm. Fundraising for Hailsham Bonfire Society spectacular which this year is on October 17. The society’s AGM is on Friday January 30 at 7.30pm also at the Charles Hunt Centre. Go along and find out more about the society or go along to one of their monthly meetings held at the Hailsham Memorial Institute in Western Road on the first Monday of every month from 8pm.

THE STREET MARKET held in Vicarage Field on the High Street restarts tomorrow, Saturday, between 9.30am and 3pm and continues every Saturday, except the second when the Farmers Market runs instead from the Cattle Market site and when the Street Market is held on the Thursday before.

HEALTHY LIVING GROUP: This is a new club for the over-50s that promotes social, healthy activity, some chatting and tea-drinking plus some boccia, table tennis, yoga and line dancing. It meets weekly on Tuesdays at the Methodist Church Hall on the High Street between 10am and noon and this coming Tuesday will include health trainers and yoga.

RAMBLES: On Wednesday you have a choice of a long or a short walk. The longer of the two is over 4.5 miles with Richard and Jill (832303) and is the Catsfield circular passing fishing lakes. There are some hills and stiles. The shorter walk is the Sovereign Centre to Princes Park circular with Nobby (440624). If you would like to go along, give the walk leaders a call for details.

FISH MARKET: Every Thursday on the Cattle Market Site, Market Street, from 9am to 1pm. Pete sells a fantastic range of fresh fish from his stall under cover in the calf pens (just to your left as you go in). Plenty of free parking. Give it a try and tell him you heard about it here. Visit his facebook page for the latest news at Seafoods-P&G.

WOMEN2WOMEN: The next women’s breakfast will be on Saturday January 24. The speaker will be Julie Coates, Foodbank manager on Food for Thought. For more information contact Kim Bourne on 842381. There is also a Men at HPC group which meets as arranged. Contact David Gooding on 441868 to find out more.

FAMILY QUIZ at Summerheath Hall on Saturday January 24. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. The quiz is for all ages but the questions are for older family members, teenagers and young children, a real mix. Mostly regarding music throughout the ages and films with a sprinkling of general knowledge. Tickets £5 adult, £3 U16s. Refreshments will be served during the break for a donation to Environment Hailsham.

FM BIG QUIZ: This is a family quiz for Sunday afternoon January 25, 1.45pm for 2pm start at Grovelands School Hall, Dunbar Drive. Tickets available from Helen Lawrence on 07812 337418 are £4 adults, £3 U16s, £12 family (two plus two). Max six per team. Singles and couples very welcome. Raffle and refreshments and bring your own soft drinks and snacks. No alcohol. Hosted by and for Hailsham FM to fund and increase public awareness of Hailsham’s own radio station, returning to the airwaves during the town’s Arts Festival in September.

LIONS THANK YOU: As the Hailsham Lions have already started planning their fund raising activities for this year, including an Easter tombola and the return of the much loved Country Fayre on June 14, they would like to extend a huge vote of thanks to the people of Hailsham and surrounding areas for once again contributing so generously to their events during 2014, enabling them to continue helping those in need. Without the public’s kind support, the Lions wouldn’t be able to respond to the many calls for help. For any further information please contact Mike Osborne on 0845 833 9828 (local);, or Facebook.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Society president, Dr Colin Tourle, began his evening with friend, Commander Roger Paine, who told some interesting stories, with photographic back up, of animal mascots in the Royal Navy. Originally kept on board for fresh meat, sometimes the sailors became too fond of a particular animal and it was kept on as a pet. Many types of animals became mascots - pigs, cats, dogs, monkeys, parrots, even a possum and a wallaby. On HMS Highflyer, a pet Gazelle was named Bill and a Russian Black Bear on HMS Ajax would often get lost after a swim in the sea and not know to which ship he belonged. One cat, which had been on three different ships which had each sunk, was not allowed on another as the sailors feared for their lives. The animal ended its days at a sailors’ home in Belfast. Dr Colin Tourle’s lecture was of his recent visit to the Lebanon to give medical treatment to the Syrian refugees. He talked of the background to the area and the troubles there, showing pictures of camps, each family having one or two rooms and very little furniture. They existed on very little meat and dairy which was very expensive and ate mostly lentils and vegetables as they have no money. Whilst there he treated mainly infections and sickness from the dirty conditions but also saw some horrific injuries due to the indiscriminate bombings. On a lighter note, in the second half of the evening, members were entertained by Marie Stone, a local photographer, who purchased land locally. Using permaculture, a growing system which works with nature, she has now planted fruit trees and grows many vegetables to become self-sufficient. This varied interest evening welcomed us back after the Christmas break.

FARMERS MARKET: The next market is on Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14. Thanks to everybody who braved the elements and came along last Saturday. Special thanks to Annabel and son, of Renhurst farm, who still traded outside from their trailer and suffered the lashings of rain and similarly David Turton, of Egypt Farm, and William, of Perry Court Farm. Also to the other producers and crafters who were happy to trade from the calf pens even though the lighting failed.

CUCKMERE BUSES: This community bus service ran on New Year’s Day to fill the gap left by the commercial bus companies which otherwise would have left Hailsham without any public transport on 1 January to Polegate train station or Eastbourne town centre. Over 100 people used the service. The buses are driven by volunteers and this makes the job so worthwhile. Thanks to all three local councils for their invaluable support, without which, it would not be able to provide this service. For more information visit or

CATS PROTECTION: Over £13k was raised last year and the centre manager would like to thank all their supporters for their generosity throughout last year, without whom their work would be so much harder and it is nice to be able to give the cats and kittens that little bit extra whilst in their care.

HOME FROM HOSPITAL: This service is provided by Age Concern and provides emotional and short term practical support initially for three weeks, for people aged 55 and over when they are first discharged from hospital. They cover a large area including Alfriston, Ripe, Hellingly, Hailsham, Polegate, Pevensey Bay and Seaford, (Hailsham and Seaford CCG area). Contact the co-ordinator on 01323 749854.


KINGSTON WI: Meetings in 2015 will start with tea or wine, biscuits and a social time followed by the speaker and WI business, however, tonight our speaker was unwell and so we discussed the seven resolutions shortlisted this year. The first stated that ‘as we mark 100 years of the WI, we deplore the unacceptable level of gender discrimination that still exists’. It noted the under representation of women in public life and the considerable difference between men and women’s pay, despite equal pay being discussed 71 years ago in 1943. The second resolution urged the government to start a national broadleaf tree planting programme to replace vital woodlands lost in the past. Only 13 per cent of the UK is woodland while in the EU as a whole it’s 37 per cent. Broadleaf makes up 49 per cent of the UK’s woods and conifers dominate Forestry Commission land. The third resolution discussed the urgent need to widen public access to defibrillators to increase survival rates following a cardiac arrest. About 60,000 cardiac arrests occur yearly out of hospital with survival rates from two per cent to 12 per cent. Allowing the public to defibrillate promptly in busy areas, like stations and shopping centres, can increase survival rates by 75 per cent. The fourth resolution called on the government to remove the distinction between nursing care by NHS and personal care of the elderly and vulnerable via local councils. Bed blocking is often caused by local authorities unable to find a care solution on discharge for those not under NHS care, this would be eased. There is also the problem that many vulnerable people get no social care from councils and charges for non NHS care. WI members are being asked in the sixth resolution to cut back on their own food waste. Also targeted are food producers, retailers and public and private organisations. In 2012 seven million tonnes of food was wasted with 4.2 million tonnes being avoidable. In the last resolution the government and the public are urged to maintain momentum to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Around 140 million females worldwide are affected with 1,279 women receiving NHS treatment. It has been a serious offence for 30 years with no prosecutions until this year. Later voting indicated the resolution on FGM was the most popular. Tap dancing restarted yesterday, Thursday, with an open lesson on January 29. Pilates every Tuesday 2pm to 3pm, both at parish hall. Book group January 22 at Barbara Cunningham’s. Craft group every Friday 2pm to 4pm at the Pavilion.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: There were 18 walkers who started from the Stanmer village car park for the start of last Sunday’s six mile walk on a bright, sunny morning. This is more than anyone could have hoped for after the dramatic deluges interspersed with the grey winter gloom of the preceding days. Seeing blue skies and sunshine was a real treat and it was mild too for mid January, though we knew that we were in for some strong winds as we gained height. This was definitely a walk of two halves, up to Ditchling Beacon; then a gradual descent back to Stanmer. The first half of the walk took us out of the village on a gently ascending path up towards the intersection with the South Downs Way. We stopped from time to time to take in the wonderful views, a great excuse too to take a breather from our uphill exertions. We paused for our short refreshment break at the intersection with the South Downs Way, where an outcrop of hawthorns and gorse bushes provided shelter from the prevailing winds. We then continued for a short stretch on the South Downs Way, past Ditchling Beacon and the trig point indicating the highest point, and with wonderful views to our right of the village of Ditchling and the surrounding Weald and towards the Ashdown Forest. We then turned off onto our return route, on an open track with magnificent views towards Falmer, Brighton and the sea. The latter part of the walk was mainly through woodland, finally emerging above the elegant Georgian building that is Stanmer House. Everyone agreed it had been a lovely walk, all the moreso because of the unexpected bonus of fine weather. And despite all the rain of recent weeks, we encountered only a few seriously muddy patches, which we managed to circumvent in most cases. The walk was led by Vivien. The next walk is on Sunday January 25, East Dean Circular. A hilly 5.5 mile walk. Meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am for a prompt start.

COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall 10am till noon. Admission free. Cakes, tombola, tea/coffee and much more.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Our next Alpha course runs on Thursdays from February 26 for ten weeks: a great opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith and discuss the big questions of life in an informal, relaxed setting. We start with a meal, followed by a talk and then a discussion. Please contact the rector Steve Daughtery on 472018. May we remind you that we run the Southover Counselling Service, a professional service available to everyone irrespective of belief or ability to pay the full cost. The cost is £40 per session (£45 for couples); however, sponsorship is available for anyone unable to meet the full cost. All counsellors are qualified and are also committed Christians. To make an appointment or find out more please telephone 07852 221449; or visit the website If you have any spare warm clothing (new or used) which you would like to donate to homeless people in Brighton, we have a collection box in the church porch. Blankets and sleeping bags would also be appreciated. The church is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, as well as on Sunday for services (and for our many other activities throughout the week). Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with communion, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with communion, with singers and band. Our community choir, Lewes Sings Gospel, will also be singing at this week’s 6.30pm service. Please do come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group has been chosen by Waitrose as one of the charities it supports during January. We would be very pleased if you put your green tokens in the relevant box at the store this month. We are still recruiting for minor roles, members of the crowd, singers and instrumentalists. Family groups are particularly welcome to join in the music and drama on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. For more information or to register your interest please email or visit our website at

THE WEEK OF PRAYER for Christian Unity begins on Sunday. Many local churches will be lighting a candle at their Sunday services. There will also be a United Service to mark the week at Christ Church at 6.30pm on Sunday. On Wednesday there is an opportunity to experience Quaker silent worship for half an hour at the Friends Meeting House on Friars Walk at 12.30pm. All are welcome to both services.

mobile library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Today, Friday: Deans Road, Alfriston 11.15am-11.55am; East Dean Village Hall 12.20pm-1.20pm.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MADS spring production of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy A Chorus of Disapproval plays tonight (Friday) to Sunday and again next week, Thursday to Sunday, January 22 to 25 in Meeching Hall, Fort Road. Nightly at 7.45pm with Sunday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are £8 from Meeching estate agents, Newhaven High Street or on the door.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society is showing The Lunchbox (PG) at the Hillcrest Centre tomorrow (Saturday). A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famous lunchbox system connects a young housewife with an older man through notes in the lunchbox. This is a charming, old-fashioned love story set against an exotic background in India. The Hillcrest Café opens at 6pm and the film begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 from Hillcrest reception 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

COUNTRY MARKET: During the winter the open market in the High Street struggles but every Thursday between 9.45am and 1pm you can go to the excellent Country Market inside the Hillcrest Centre. There is a café, free parking and disabled access. What’s more you can buy locally baked and grown food and produce, craft products and much more. So keep warm and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of a genuine country market.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH Quiz Night will be held in the Church Rooms on Saturday January 24 to raise funds for the church. Suitable for all age,s the tickets include a ploughman’s supper. Adults £5, children £2.50. For catering purposes please book in advance by telephoning Alan on 01273 514892.

RNLI: It is that time of year again when one of the local lifeboat’s most popular fund-raising events take place. Called Winter Warmer this year it is the annual slurp our soup lunch and enjoy delicious cheese rolls. All this for £3.50, the cheapest lunch in town. The event takes place between 11.30am and 2.30pm on Friday January 30 in the lifeboat house, but get there early to enjoy a choice of soup.


BINGO: The first Bingo evening of the new year is on Friday January 23 in the main hall Community Centre starting at 7pm. Eight games for £4 plus flyers and snowball games with cash prizes. There are free refreshments and plenty of free parking.

VOLUNTARY RECRUITMENT: Two Royal Voluntary Service groups Good Neighbourly Network and Get Well Stay Well have joined forces to seek residents who could spare just an hour or so to help elderly or disabled. Perhaps to look in on a near neighbour or just for a chat with someone who is lonely. They will be in the Meridian Centre on Friday January 23 from 10am to noon. Please go along to see if you may be able to help. A simple act of kindness by you could make a big difference to someone’s life that is less fortunate. For more information call 01273 611441.

PEN 2 PAPER: I see this friendly writing group have, with the help of the Peacehaven Community School, produced another booklet of short stories. They meet every Saturday from 10.30am to around noon at Downlands Court, Roundhay Avenue for a chat and to read various items they have written. There is a small charge of £1 but that covers the cost of free tea/coffee and biscuits. Any extra money is used for social outings like cream teas or a lunch when the weather is a little warmer. They would welcome a few new members young or old to replace those who have recently moved away from Peacehaven. Why not find out more from Sue Sayer 01273 588803 Monday to Friday or Brenda Bryon 01273 582654.

COFFEE MORNINGS: With the refurbishment completed our local clubs and charities are able to recommence their fund raising, On Tuesday the Seahaven Lioness Club will be serving teas, coffees and cake from 8.30am in the Community House foyer. On Thursday the Seahaven Scouts will be behind the refreshment kiosk followed by UKIP on Friday January 23.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: A reminder that following work in the Community House this month’s surgery has been moved from its usual slot to Saturday January 24 from 10am until 11am in the Anzac Room. This is a drop-in surgery so no appointment is necessary. If you would like to speak with a councillor then just look in.

CINEMA: The film this month showing in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre is What We Did on our Holiday. It starts at 7.30pm on Wed January 28. Tickets £5 available from information office.

KEEP IN TOUCH: It is said that there is no such thing as bad publicity. I would not know; I don’t deal in it. However this free weekly column is only as good as the details I receive. So if you are holding an event for your club, organisation or charity, do let me know a couple of weeks ahead to ensure you get good coverage. Details of how to get in touch with correspondents are shown every week in a separate block. I look forward to hearing from you this year.


ST MARY’S CHURCH: St Mary’s Youth Group (Chill) meets this evening for a meal and lively debate. Led by our youth worker, this lovely group would welcome new members. Contact Julius 01273 813579. The services continue on Sunday with 8am Holy Communion and 9.45am Family Eucharist led by Revd David Perks. We are fortunate that Prof Roger Homan will be leading the Evensong at 6pm. Mothers’ Union meets on Tuesday in the Church Room 7.30pm for a Eucharist followed by AGM. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact branch leader Gillian Hughes on 01273 813320 or pop along on Tuesday. Posh Coffee Morning, Saturday January 24 from 10am to noon in the church room with proceeds to the Leprosy Mission, includes bring and buy and raffle.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday January 7, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Lesley Durrant and David Warner; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Tickets are now available for a Bridge Drive (Progressive Chicago) on February 21 at 2.15pm in the village hall. Tickets £8 per person to include high tea and prizes. Raffle. All proceeds to Ringmer Village Hall Extension Fund. Contact 814220.


NEW CORRESPONDENT: Alan Baker has kindly offered to take over writing the parish pump for Telscombe, as Stella Newman has retired after more than seven years in the post. We welcome Alan to the new role and thank Stella for her fabulous contributions over the years. Alan can be contacted at email alanbaker@


CLEAROUT: My loft is full of good intentions. But I’m sorting it out and tidying it up. This year I’m really going to concentrate on my crafts. Are there any craft clubs locally?

THE ROTARY CLUB Christmas collections throughout December raised the sum of £2,980. The sale of commemorative ribbons for the Christmas tree raised £329, making a total of some £3,300, which has boosted the club’s Charity Fund. We are again grateful to the people of Uckfield and the surrounding area, it is only thanks to your generosity that we are in a position to make grants to local charities and good causes. Although we run a number of social and fund raising events through the year, it is the Christmas collections that provide the greatest boost to our Charity Fund, so thank you all. As usual, applications for our annual Making Dreams Come True award opened on January 1. This offers £1,000 to a local 16 to 25 year old, to enable them to fulfil an ambition, to make a dream come true. Full details and the application form are on the club website,, and applications need to be with us by March 31. We don’t define what you can or cannot spend the money on, if you have a dream, all you have to do is convince us that we should help you to achieve it. Last year we had 11 applications. It may also be interesting to note that up to now, the main award has always gone to a young lady, is 2015 the year when this changes?

TALK: What’s Been Happening at Bridge Cottage? 7.30pm Friday January 23 at Uckfield Civic Centre. Find out the latest news from project manager, Mick Harker: What’s been found in Bridge Cottage? How has it changed from a Victorian Poor House? What is planned for the renovation? Tickets available on the door at £3, members free.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

JPK PROJECT is in the middle of having a major fundraising launch from January 14 to 17 and has currently got a table in the Arndale Centre (outside Topshop) from 10am to 4pm up to and including January 17. The theme is that if three million people each gave £1 then the whole JPK Centre for people with a learning disability could immediately be built. Collecting tins are in Brain’s Butchers, Orchard Fruits and the chiropodist in Willingdon Triangle, Barclays Bank Polegate, Cavendish Bakery in both Cavendish Road and Grove Road, the Junction Café in Freshwater Square, 1066 One Stop Shop in Pevensey Bay and Watsons Associates in North Street Hailsham and Nat West Bank in Hampden Park. Of course people can also donate online through the website justgiving page JustTextGiving: JPKP01 £1 to 70070. A DVD has also been made which can be viewed on the JPK Website, Facebook and youtube and grateful thanks were expressed to Steve Bird for filming and production. The DVD was undertaken by prospective residents and their parents. The DVD also includes Concentus Chorale singing ‘There’s a place for us’ from West Side Story. JPK now has until April 2016 to make sufficient progress on the site or planning permission will run out. Ideally it would be preferable to have all funds in place and then commence building in the most cost effective way. However, if necessary, it could be built in three stages. Either way it is hoped that the project will be completed by 2017.

ALADDIN: Willingdon Church Players’ pantomime Aladdin will be staged in Willingdon Memorial Hall on the evenings of Wednesday to Saturday, January 28 to 31, with a matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are still available for the Wednesday and are £6 for adults and £3 for children aged 16 years and under. Please contact the pantomime secretary Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901 or 07708 05 16 63.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Thanks were expressed to the Long Man Morris Men who went along to The Wheatsheaf to help with the Wassailing evening on January 10 and led the singing and the banging of pots and pans. Tomorrow, Saturday, Kevin Pellister will be providing the entertainment with his own brand of pop covers. On Sunday the meat raffle will be called at 2pm and on Tuesday the Wheatsheaf quiz will be held. It will be best to get there about 8pm and book a table if you are eating there.

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.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when the topic will be Brighton Through Victorian Engravings. A microphone with a loop system is used for the benefit of the deaf and hard of hearing at all talks. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £2.

TRINITY DINERS meet at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. To reserve a place contact Jennie on 01323 484189 or go along at noon and see if there are any vacancies. The meals are £5.50.

LAST SERVICE: Curate Fr Michael Maine will be conducting his last combined service at St Mary’s Church at 10.30am on Sunday February 1. The later than normal service will give the catering staff more time to prepare the buffet in the church hall for after the service. A leaving gift will be presented to Fr Michael who is to become the vicar of Cuckfield Church. Coaches are being booked for Fr Michael’s induction which is at Cuckfield Church on Thursday February 26. A list is at the back of the church with hundreds of names of parishioners who would like to go already on it. The cost is £11. Please see one of the church warders.