Parish pump Newhaven - March 27, 2015


THE ST MATTHEW PASSION will be performed by Pro Musica on Sunday at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church. The performance will be sung in English (using the abridged version) and will include a spoken narrations by Mary Sitwell. Tickets are £12 from Geoff Ellis at

THE CLERGY HOUSE is open at the usual times now, Saturday to Wednesday from 10.30am to 5pm with the last admission at 4.30pm.

WI NEWS from Wendy Day: A good audience of members and visitors were treated to a very entertaining and humorous talk by Tom Yendell, a member of the Mouth and Foot Painters Association. Having been born without arms he spoke of his trial and tribulation with artificial arms and his eventual decision that they were no help and he could accomplish everything he needed with his feet and mouth. He gained an Arts degree at Brighton University and his painting, voluntary and charity work have taken him to many countries. He is a resident artist at the Mouth and Foot Painters’ art gallery which he set up in Seaborne and now he is in the process of designing and building holiday homes for disabled people, a very busy man. On March 12 several members attended the WI craft meeting in Uckfield where there were speakers on the W.I.’s involvement in crafts over the years and talked about their hobbies of spinning and dyeing wool and patchwork. The next Alfriston meeting will be on April 21 at 2pm in the Old Chapel Centre when Mrs Hurwood will be demonstrating water colour painting.


TIDE MILL’S level crossing proposed footbridge. Informal public consultation, Wednesday, April 8, at 5pm to 8pm at the White Lion Public House, Seaford.

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

ECLIPSE: Did you see the eclipse? The clouds just parted briefly at 9.30am last Friday as the temperature fell. Thank you to Alan Morton for sending us a picture he caught on his mobile camera. The eclipse was accompanied by exceptional tides and a wreck appeared at Tide Mills.


SLOW BROADBAND: As Rosemarie wrote in last week’s column, we live in hope of better internet connection here in Falmer. In the meantime it seems to have got much worse recently, slowing to the kind of crawl that allows you to go and make yourself a cup of tea while waiting to connect. Things can only get better.

CONCERT: The concert given by the Roedean School Senior Musicians last Saturday was a delight. This was a display of real talent in the making. Cellist Theodora Goode was particularly impressive playing Tarantella by W H Squires, as was soprano Tillie Ng singing Bernstein’s Glitter and be Gay, but it was a marvellous show of talent and hard work from all the girls involved. The next concert will be on April 18, more details soon.

ART PROJECT: Artist Judith Alder came to St Laurence last week with her cameraman Sam and they spent about an hour filming in St Laurence. Judith is hoping to get the project (mentioned in last week’s column) finished later this year and the work will be first shown at the Phoenix gallery in Brighton. I am hoping that we will be able to show the piece at our St. Laurence Easter show 2016. In the meantime Judith is looking for someone with pet mice who would be willing to let them be filmed. If you would like to have your mice starring in an artwork, please get in touch (number at the bottom of this page) and I will pass your details on to Judith.

EASTER SERVICES start this Sunday with the Palm Sunday service. We will be meeting at the village hall and then processing around the pond to the church. The service starts at 10am. Thursday, at 7.30pm we have the Maundy Thursday Liturgy, on Friday April 3 the Good Friday Liturgy will be at noon, on Saturday April 4 at 7.30pm we have the Easter Vigil with Easter fires and the launch of our Bethany to Jerusalem exhibition followed by a bring and share party in the village hall. The Easter Day Liturgy will be at 10am on Sunday April 5.

EASTER GARDEN: Work has begun on our Easter Garden at the front of St Laurence. This has become a regular event and people really enjoy seeing it. We will be adding to it as the week progresses and hopefully it will be finished by this Sunday. Apparently the only plants that rabbits won’t eat are daffodils so I hope we can put a defensive ring of them around the outside and infill with other spring plants. My sources in Falmer South tell me that the rabbit population over there has declined dramatically in recent times, so maybe we won’t have a problem with the plants being eaten. I think a mass migration must have taken place with the rabbits heading off, Watership Down style across the bridge to Falmer North because we certainly don’t have a decline in numbers here. The other day I was watching our bird feeders and apart from the birds there were about four squirrels and a couple of rabbits merrily munching away on the grass underneath.


CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Mattins for Palm Sunday will be led by The Reverend Stuart Baker at 10.30am. Palm crosses will be blessed and distributed during the service.

On Good Friday, readings and prayers will be led by The Reverend Neville Manning at 11am. The Easter Sunday service on April 5 will also be at the later time of 11am. This will be a Family Service with Communion (BCP) led by The Reverend Malcolm Elwis.

All welcome to join us. Refreshments served after every Sunday Service.


CONCERTS: Every fourth Sunday of the month 2.30pm to 4pm starting on Sunday April 26 there will be a concert at Westgate Chapel, High Street. The first of these concerts will set the pattern of three performances of 30 minutes each. The first one will feature Murray Shelmerdine, Steve and Diane Nevill and Bing Lyle. The second concert on May 24 will feature Stuart Reed, Vic and Tina Smith and Stuart Reed. All the proceeds from the concerts will go to support the activities of the self-help group for disabled people, The Oyster Project, Admission for the concerts will be £5 which can be bought on the

door or in advance from Oyster Project members free. The doors will be open by 2pm with tea, coffee, cakes and scones on sale as well as a small licensed bar.

BARN DANCE: There will be a barn dance in Westgate Chapel today, Friday, at 7.30pm with these Lewes musicians: Zacky Frizell (bass guitar), Michi Mathias (fiddle), Mary Motley (melodeon); Tina Smith (concertina); Vic Smith (mandolo, caller). Admission on the door (£5) or in advance from Oyster Project members free. A big thank you in advance to all the performers who are giving their time and talents for free for this really worthwhile charity.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Our fundraising tea in Ringmer last week raised over £245 towards building a new maternity wing at the Mont Cyangugu Health Centre which we support in Rwanda. We also learnt from Bishop Ken Barham, who worked there for many years, about how reconciliation has allowed huge progress since the dark days of the genocide. Diary dates: Tomorrow (Saturday) 10am-noon, our eco team are having a spring tidy of the church grounds so any volunteers (with tools) to help will be very welcome. During Lent we have early morning prayer sessions at 6.30am on Fridays. All are welcome for a time of quiet prayer and reflection. June 1 to 7 is Lewes Sings Gospel schools’ week, ending with a big concert at Brighton Dome on Sunday June 7. More details shortly. To help you plan your Easter, on Good Friday there will be an all-age service at 10am; while on Easter Sunday we will have a communion service at 9am and then all our morning congregations are together at 10am for a joint Easter celebration, including an Easter egg hunt. There will be the usual 6.30pm service followed by a party in the church at about 8pm to say farewell to Chris Steynor who has over the last 11 years taken on roles as diverse as youth minister, preacher, music minister and communications guru; and his wife Ali who was church secretary for three years but is best known for her beautiful singing. She has also spearheaded many social justice campaigns and organised our annual Fairtrade fair. Services this Sunday (Palm Sunday): 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service. Please do come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: Please come and watch, following Jesus through Holy Week. This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Join us at St Anne’s Church at 2pm and follow Jesus on His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Follow the procession down the High Street to Cliffe Precinct (alternative start point) where a crowd gathers awaiting the arrival of Jesus. Jesus heals a blind man, then the procession continues to Harvey’s Yard where more miracles unfold and Jesus enters the temple courtyard. Maundy Thursday, Priory ruins 8pm to 9.15pm the Last Supper, betrayal and arrest. Good Friday April 3, Cliffe Precinct 1pm to 1.30pm the trial and verdict, then procession to The Mount for enactment of the crucifixion. Easter Sunday, April 5, Priory ruins 3pm to 4pm the resurrection scenes. Email or visit our website at

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

SOVEREIGN SEAS Folk Festival takes place this weekend to raise money for Newhaven Lifeboat. The weekend kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) with a free concert of songs and tunes at The Ship in Newhaven High Street. Travelling Folk and Marlings Clog will play in the upstairs function room at 11am. At 2pm there is the Flow Tide Concert at the Lifeboat Station, admission by ticket only, £5. At 5pm the Long Man Morris Men and Marlings Clog will give a display outside the Lifeboat Station. At 5.45pm you can hear songs and tunes from Travelling Folk at The Ark on West Quay, admission free before ending the day back at the Lifeboat Station for the High Tide Concert. Admission by ticket only, £7. Sunday begins with a free maritime walk (weather permitting) from the Lifeboat Station at 10am and at noon The Ship is hosting a free songs and tunes session by The Hastings Shanty Singers in the upstairs room. 2pm the Ebb Tide Concert is being held at the Lifeboat Station, admission by ticket only, £3 and the Festival ends at the Ark at 5.15pm with Survivors Session, admission free featuring Hastings Shanty Singers. Tickets for the concerts at the Lifeboat Station are available from RNLI on 01273 515964 or email

CAR BOOT SALE: With many people spring cleaning at the moment now is the time to de-clutter and get rid of unwanted goods. So why not make a few pounds at the Newhaven Twinning Association car boot sale tomorrow (Saturday) at Paradise Park. The venue is open from 9am to 1pm with cars allowed on site from 8.15am. Charge for cars is £6 and vans £10. Chairman of the twinning association Norman Hopson said, ‘It should be a very busy sale as hundreds of people visit Paradise Park at this time of the year to buy their spring and summer plants. The boot sale will be at the end of the car park near the museum but as a courtesy to Paradise Park no food, plants or traders will be permitted.’

SPRING FORWARD: Don’t forget the clocks go forward this Sunday.

TALK: Local Historian, Ian Everest, will be giving a talk called Sussex During the Great War to the Newhaven Historical Society on Tuesday April 7 at 7.30pm at the Hillcrest Centre. Using period photographs, he will look at aspects of daily life in front-line Sussex, a county within the sounds of the guns on the Western Front. A time when the Sussex became a warfare supply depot for the Western Front and a vast reception centre for the war wounded. Guests are welcome, £2 entry fee.


COFFEE MORNINGS at Community House: Today, Friday, Meridian WI; Thursday, Peacehaven Residents Association; Friday April 3, Community House Closed.

SATURDAY MARKET: Tomorrow the market will be organised by the Lioness Group. Saturday April 4, organised by the Peacehaven Players.

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ANNUAL TOWN MEETING: This meeting due to be held on April 14 has been cancelled following instructions from Lewes District Council because of its proximity to the general and local elections on Thursday May 7. The town’s annual report will be available week commencing April 13 from the Information Office.

CAR BOOT SALES: That time of year has arrived and the first Dell car boot sale is organised for March 29 by the Community Transport group.

MOSAIC BOOK LAUNCH and Workshop, Saturday April 4 at 10am to 4pm in the Anzac Room, Community House. Free admission, no booking required.

EASTER SERVICES at Peacehaven Evangelical Free Church: Good Friday, Around the Cross at 10am followed by refreshments of Hot Cross buns. Easter Sunday, celebration service at 10 30am and the Cross coming alive with flowers. All welcome to join us at these occasions.


HAS ANYONE mislaid a journal? If so visit the Reference Library in Eastbourne and ask for Rosie Powell who will let you take a look at it. Email or telephone 0345 6080196.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Springtime in the High Weald, 5 miles with Graham. Meet at Sandy Cross, Heathfield 9.50am GR 5832303. Bus No 51 Terminus Road stand H. Car park in Ghyll Road. Horam, some stiles. Leader on bus. Or Five Lords and a Bishop, 8.5 miles with Gill M and Dorothy. Meet at the Avenue 9am. Walk starts at Bo Peep car park 9.40am GR 494051. On Sunday, Herstmonceux Highlights, 8 miles with Graham T. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am, walk starts at car park behind Woolpack Inn, Herstmonceux 10am GR 635127. On April 1, Around America, 10.5 miles with Peter D. Meet bus No 12 at 9.43 am Terminus Road to Hill Rise bus stop where walk starts at 10.15am. Leader will join bus in Old Town. On Saturday April 4, East Dean Wander, 2.5 miles with Marjorie B. Meet at East Dean car park at 10am. Bus No 12 at 9.43am Terminus Road stand J to East Dean. Leader at start.

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

SPRING SHOW: Polegate Gardeners Society Spring Show is tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre from 2pm. Do come along.

HISTORY OF THE LINE, guided visits commemorating 30 years since British Rail closed the line in July 1985. Spa Valley Railway are celebrating this event, by recreating the Demu experience of the 1980s. To find out more look at their website or telephone 01892 537715.

EASTBOURNE LOCAL History Society next meet on Tuesday afternoon, April 7, when our speaker is Ken Brooks talking about Geology and Fossils. Doors open at 1.30pm, meeting starts at 2pm. Visitors welcome.

TALK for JPK Project on April 17 by Alan Hodges called Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner. The talk will take you on a postcard journey starting in the 17th century and concluding in the 1960s. Admission is £5 per head which includes tea and coffee plus biscuits during the interval. Egmond hall, High Street, Old Town, Eastbourne.


COFFEE MORNING: The bowls club spring coffee morning will be held tomorrow (Saturday). Please come and join us. There will be a raffle, tombola, cake and a table top sale. Entrance, 50p to include coffee and biscuits. We will be there from 10am to noon at the bowls club. If there are any new people who are thinking of joining us, do come a long and have a chat with a member. We are a very friendly club.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Palm Sunday at St Mary’s is a little bit different: You are invited to join the choir in processing to the village hall at 9.20am to join the Baptist Church for the beginning of their service. We shall then return to St Mary’s to start our own Family Eucharist at 9.45am. This service includes a Liturgical Reading of the Passion. At the 6.30pm service, we shall be joined by St Anne’s choir to sing the sacred Cantata Olivet to Calvary by JH Maunder. It recalls some of the incidents in the last days of Jesus’ life on earth and promises to be a moving start to Holy Week. Do join us if you can. Easter Services at St Mary’s: Maundy Thursday, 7.30pm Eucharist and Vigil; Good Friday, 9.15am Act of Witness at the Shopping precinct, 10am Children’s Bun Service and noon one hour devotional service; Holy Saturday, 7.30pm Vigil and Eucharist; Easter Day, 9.45am Eucharist with cross of flowers and noisy Gloria (bring a flower and an instrument).

COUNTRY MARKET: Please remember that the Country Market takes place in the village hall each Tuesday from 10am to 11am. Everything on sale is home made, home grown or hand crafted. They sell a variety of sweet and savoury baked goods as well as preserves, local honey, cheese, eggs, greetings cards and other craft items. This Tuesday there will be special items for Easter on sale and lovely plants for the garden. The market will not be open on April 7 but will resume each Tuesday from April 14.

CHILDREN’S CENTRE: Free Easter Event for families of children aged 0 to 5 years and their siblings at the Children’s Centre in Greater Paddock on March 31, 10am to noon. Arts and crafts, face painting, Easter egg hunt, messy play and more to be discovered. For more information call 01273 336950.

FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting is on Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall when members who wish to do so can create their own flower arrangement instead of watching a demonstration. Bring a container and foliage, flowers will be provided. Other members can enjoy the opportunity to get to know one another, with tea, cream scones and a quiz.

ST MARY’S ART GROUPS: Art Exhibition and Sale, in St Mary’s Church Room. Good Friday, April 3, 10.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday April 4, 10.30am to 4.30pm, Sunday April 5, 2pm to 4.30pm, Monday April 6, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Free entrance tea/coffee and biscuits. Please come, we will be pleased to see you.

WI: At the March Meeting members had gathered in the expectation of a pop-up shop by M&Co only to be disappointed as the local M&Co area manager had told the shop that they were no longer to offer this service. Fortunately at the very last minute Ffion Wilkes agreed to come and talk about her work as an Extend tutor and explain why we all needed to exercise more. She soon got those present waving their arms and promising that in future they would stand on one leg when they clean their teeth to improve their balance! The speaker at the meeting on April 7 is Raymond Hale and his subject is A Stroll Along an English Country Lane. This might inspire the plans for the next WI walk. Visitors and new members welcome. For more details contact Jay Kendall (07845 143664) or Norma Phillips (813897).

Rodmell & Southease

PARISH COUNCIL: The annual parish assembly on Friday March 20 was very well attended. Katy Bourne, the Sussex police and Crime Commissioner, was the keynote speaker. This slip of a girl, who looks so young to hold such a position, spoke well and answered questions, with a sense of humour at times. PCSO Nathan Kingston was introduced to us. You can talk to him about anything in your neighbourhood that matters to you email Twitter @LewesPolice mobile 07584 274087 or landline 101. Jude Le Patourel, our broadband expert, updated us on the latest news from East Sussex County Council. Would anyone like to join the parish council? The current seven parish councillors have all served a four-year term which ends in May. Any local resident may put their name forward to serve on the next council. At least two of the seven councillors will not be seeking re-election having done a really good job over the four years for which the village is extremely grateful. On behalf of the village I would like to thank Paul Denerley (chair) for his dedicated work on behalf of the village and also Judith Bradbury (parish clerk) and one of the nicest people I know, for all the hours she puts in and her dedication. Judith has taken over from Catriona Grant as Rodmell Resident of the year which is a title she really deserves. She was presented with a lovely floral display.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES: Here are some of the village clubs and societies you may wish to join: Botanical Art Classes are held in the village hall on Thursday and Friday mornings, 10am to 1pm; Rodmell Book Club meets once a month in the pub; Rodmell Coffee Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month, usually in the village hall but occasionally in a local garden; 1st Rodmell and Northease Cub Group meet on Thursdays in term time from 6.30pm to 8pm in the village hall.

SPRING SHOW: The Horticultural Society Spring Show is in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday.

IN BLOOM: At the time of writing this the magnolias of the village are bursting with buds and should be a picture soon. The snowdrops are now over, but the daffodils and blossom are taking over.


ALL CHANGE AT TIDEMILLS: Network Rail are approaching East Sussex County Council to close the much used level crossing and replace it with a fully accessible foot bridge. Network Rail are holding an informal consultation at The White Lion Public House, Belgrave Road on Wednesday April 8 from 5pm to 8pm. Come along and share your views.

LUNCHTIME CONCERTS at St Leonard’s continue on Saturday April 11 at 1pm. The concert will be given by Stratus Flutes, a young dynamic flute ensemble based in London who are graduates from Guildhall School of Music and Drama or Trinity College of Music. The concert is free admission with a retiring collection and lasts approximately 1 hour.

THE COMMUNITY CINEMA at The Barn Theatre is showing Mr Turner cert 12A today, Friday, at 7.30pm.

SPRING FAIR being held by The National Trust Seaford Association at St Leonard’s Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 11.30am. There will be cakes, plants, cards, bric-a-brac, raffle and refreshments.

TABLE TOP SALE at St Luke’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, 2.30pm to 4.30pm with a cake table and refreshments will be served.

PLANNING AND HIGHWAYS committee meeting at Seaford Town Council, 37 Church Street on Thursday at 7pm.

SEAFORD BONFIRE SOCIETY are holding their monthly meeting at the White Lion Public House on Thursday at 7.30pm. If you would like to get involved and be part of the big night for Seaford, please come along.

PALM SUNDAY is the start of Holy Week. The day marks the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem in less than a week he died on the cross.

MAUNDY THURSDAY, also known as Holy Thursday, is the day we celebrate the Last Supper at which Christ instituted the Mass and the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

MAUNDY MONEY is traditionally given to recipients who over the age of 70 in recognition of services given to the Church and community. As Her Majesty the Queen is 89 years old, there will be 89 men and 89 women receiving 89 specially minted Maundy Money. This year Her Majesty will be distributing this money in Sheffield.

BEWARE of April Fool, but remember you’re the April Fool if you perform this act after midday.

SPRING FORWARD: Don’t forget to put your clocks forward one hour tomorrow, Saturday, night and start enjoying the lighter evenings.


MEETING: Telscombe Residents Association meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm at the Civic Centre. Contact 01273 583123.

BINGO: Today, Friday, at the Civic Centre. Starts 7pm. Free tea and biscuits at half time.

SUPPORT GROUP: Breast Cancer Support Group meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the Civic Centre, 1pm to 3.30pm. Contact 01273 582952.

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU: Drop in advice surgery on the last Tuesday of each month from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Civic Centre.

INVITE: Perusing the above list, I note that there is nothing from the local churches or social groups in the area, bar those mentioned. Jack and I anxiously study the post and e-mails and wonder where are the notifications about spring and summer sales, fairs, or fares, if you prefer. Jumble sales etc., Scout and Guide groups in Telscombe. A mention here might help your recruitment or customer numbers. Jack even wondered if there were any dog associated things going on. Training etc. He graduated top of his class, so he is quite enthusiastic about them. It can also be useful for newcomers to the area to find out these things and where they are held. We look forward to hearing from you. Meanwhile we continue to enjoy the pleasure of driving down daffodil lined lanes around this area, Jack lounging in the back waving a leisurely paw, whilst I endeavour not to get us lost. Have a lovely weekend and a splendid week.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

ARMED ROBBERY at Wish Hill Post Office: Shortly after opening on the morning of March 18, the post office was targeted by a male robber armed with a bladed weapon. The robber viciously threatened the member of staff who handed over what little money she had access to, before he fled in the direction of Church Street to a waiting car. Additional security and CCTV was installed at the branch following a similar incident just over a year ago, which is why the robber got away with very little on this occasion, and although shaken up, the member of staff was unharmed. Andrea Etwell, sub-postmistress of the branch would like to remind her customers that it is business as usual, and reiterated that there is little point in thieves targeting her branch due to the increased security, and the fact that the staff have access to very little money. Incidents like this increase the chances of the branch closing, unless customers continue to support this vital community resource. It is understood that arrests may have been made in relation to this robbery, and the police would like anyone who witnessed either the incident, or anyone acting suspiciously in the Wish Hill/Church Street area of Willingdon around 9am on March 18 to come forward. The crime reference number is 320 of 18/3, and the police can be contacted on either 101 or by email at ,or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

BRIDGE: Wannock Downs Bridge Club is looking for new members, preferably those with some knowledge of duplicate bridge. It is a very friendly club. The players meet every Thursday afternoon from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at Wannock Village Hall. The cost is £2.50 for each session which includes tea and biscuits. For further information please ring John Beattie on 01323 442786.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be holding their next monthly meeting at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall. The demonstration will be by Ronnie Ireland entitled Catching the Image in pencil drawing. New members can join at £16 per annum and visitors are also welcome at £4 on the night which includes refreshments. Contact details are

HORSE RACING: The British Queen is organising a popular horse racing evening, today, Friday. It is a charity event in aid of Kids Get Going. The evening starts at 8pm. There are nine races and a raffle. Food is served at half time.

COLDSHOT will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

JAMES HOLLINGSWORTH, singer, song writer and versatile performer will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

NEW PARISH CLERK: Following the resignation of Andy Beams, who has now taken on a full time post at Battle Town Council, Stephen Keogh was appointed responsible finance officer and parish clerk for Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council as from March 16. Chairman of the parish council, Cllr John Pritchett, said that Stephen comes from Peacehaven Town Council with a wealth of experience which is sure to benefit the council. Nicola Williamson is the cemetery manager and assistant clerk.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a cemetery meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information or the cemetery line on 01323 489104. Meetings are open to the public.

A COFFEE MORNING will be held from 10.30am to 11.45am on Monday at Chalk Farm Hotel. The students with learning disabilities will be helping out, and there will be a raffle, greetings cards and plants for sale, and do visit the garden centre behind the hotel where there are a large selection of plants and shrubs.

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS will be performing Olivet to Calvary at 3pm on Maundy Thursday, April 2, at Trinity Church. Musical director is Jennie MacFadyen and organist is Alastair MacFadyen. Tenor soloist is Nick Howard, bass soloist is Mike Barber and soprano soloist is Sally Peters. There will be a retiring collection for People Matter.

A CHARITY QUIZ is being held at Willingdon Golf Club with live entertainment from 7pm to 11pm on Saturday April 4. Young magician of the year Kristopher Singh will be there to add to the enjoyment as well as illusionist Chris Chapple. The raffle will be drawn by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd. To book a table or for more information please contact or ring or text Don on 07791 476669. Admission is £5 per person, with up to five people in a team. Proceeds are in aid of The Homeless and Vulnerable in Eastbourne and Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.

AGM: Willingdon Residents’ Association will be having their annual general meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday April 15 at Trinity Church Hall. Speaker is Kevin Clark from South East Water.

QUIZ: Willingdon Resident’s Association is also organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm on Friday April 24. The cost is £7 per person to include supper and a free raffle. There can be up to six people in a team. Tickets sell out very fast. Please ring Richard Nunney on 01323 501238.

HOLY WEEK: Services at St Mary’s Church Willingdon for Holy Week are as follows: Palm Sunday, Holy Communion 8am; Parish Eucharist and Palm Procession 9.45am. Family Worship and Palm Procession is at 11.30am and at the same time is the Worship at Church on the Trees Community Centre. The Cross of Christ (Devotion for Holy Week) is at 6.30pm.

On Maundy Thursday at 8pm there will be the Parish Eucharist of the Last Supper with foot washing followed by Watch of Prayer until midnight. On Good Friday, April 3, at 10am Children’s Good Friday Worship will be followed by hot cross buns in the church hall. At 1pm there will be a devotional hour and at 2pm Good Friday Liturgy and Holy Communion. On Holy Saturday, April 4, the Easter Vigil is at 8pm. On Easter Day Sunday, April 5, Holy Communion is at 8am, Parish Eucharist is at 9.45am, Family Eucharist is at 11.30am and Evensong is at 6.30pm.