Parish pump Newhaven - November 14, 2014

Alciston & Selmeston

QUIZ NIGHT at Selmeston and Alciston Village Hall, November 22, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Our annual Quiz Night is always a good evening with a variety of questions from many subjects to test your team’s knowledge. Together with a table quiz, raffle and supper it’s an evening of great fun. Teams of up to six persons. Tickets £8 per head. Prize for winning team. Supper of jacket potato with sausages cheese, salad etc. Please bring your own drink and glasses. To reserve your table please telephone or email: Jan Matthews 01323811380, Jan Allen 01323871634, Michele Boys 01323870623 by November 17 to ensure your places.


HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society will be having their final evening for this year on November 20 at 7.30pm at the War Memorial Hall. The first speaker will be Ian Hilder, a professional genealogist and local historian. Ian is currently researching the impact of both the world wars on the village of Barcombe. Ian Everest is the second speaker. Ian Everest attended Plumpton Agricultural College in the 1960s before eventually becoming manager of the Fort at Newhaven. Ian’s mother was one of the 80,000 Land Army Girls of the Second World War and his talk will include some of her personal memories, together with a potted history of the role of women on farms during the two world wars. Admission to members is free; non-member £5.

DICKENSIAN EVENING is on November 22 when the road through the village will be closed from 2pm to 10pm. From 3pm park and ride (£2 return) is available at Drusillas Park and buses will meet trains at Berwick Station with the last bus leaving the village at 10pm. Father Christmas will be at the Clergy House from 3pm and at about 5pm will join the torch light procession led by the Hailsham Bonfire Society, to turn on the Christmas tree lights in the Market Square. Father Christmas always needs help to countdown for this task and over the years, in all varieties of weather, there has always been a good crowd to help him in his task. This year there will be added attractions with the Chestnuts Tea Room the venue for Storytelling and The Star hosting the Great Alfriston Bake Off. There will be performances from The Seaford Youth Drama Group, Morris dancers and live bands; food stalls and all the pubs and restaurants and shops will be open for business. From Dickensian Evening there are just over four weeks to Christmas so it is time to start seriously thinking about Christmas. It is an ideal time to see that Alfriston can offer a wide range of gifts for everyone. Gifts that will not be found on every High Street. The village shop keepers will be donning their Victorian costumes - and visitors are encouraged to join in and dress up too. All details may be found on the village website .

THE PURPLE POPPY campaign supported by the Animal Aid charity, honours the role that animals played in wars, past and present. This year people and animals gathered in the Old Chapel Centre after the Remembrance Service at St Andrew’s to commemorate the role played by the animals through war and peace times. Animals and their owners enjoyed tea and homemade cakes - and homemade dog biscuits were also available. The hall was decorated with mauve and red poppy garlands alongside a pictorial display of Alfriston’s animal history from 100 years ago. The exhibition focused on the 200 or more horses that were taken from the village, particularly from the racing stables, to play their part in WW1.


EUCHARIST SERVICE on Sunday, at 10.15am in St Andrew’s Church. Joan Parrott will be commissioned as a Lay Minister of Holy Communion.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean 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.

WHIST DRIVE on Saturday, November 22 at 7.30pm in the Bishopstone Parish Hall. Admission including refreshments £2.50. This event is in aid of Bishopstone Parish Hall.

SCAFFOLDING has been erected around St Andrew’s Church Tower to enable waterproofing work to take place. This is part of the urgent work needed from the Quinquennial Inspection.

THIS WEEK saw Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day commemorated in the centenary year of the start of WWI. Bishopstone was certainly affected. The War Memorial gives one and an half times as many local men killed as contemporary postal addresses in a local directory.


CONGRATULATIONS, belatedly, to Rick a neighbour, who completed the Beachy Head Marathon two weeks ago in 3hrs 37mins and was placed 43rd out of the many hundreds that were competing.

LADYBIRDS: Before all this stormy weather, we were amazed at the hundreds of ladybirds crawling up the outside white walls of our house, obviously hoping to find a warm place to hide for the winter. We have always discovered them before in the corners of windows inside the house, but never have we seen so many outside.

CONCERT: Falmer’s next concert at St Laurence church is tomorrow, Saturday, when classical guitarist, Gabrielle Stephens will be playing works by Piazzolla, Manuel de Falla and variations on La Traviata by Tarrega. A concert not to be missed, entrance is free with a retiring collection.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Also not to be missed is the Falmer Christmas Market, lots of lovely stalls plus delicious snacks and other goodies from the cafe. We hope you can all come.


KINGSTON WI: Our November Business Meeting included an explanation of the past year’s budget after which the budget was accepted. The names of those willing to stand for the committee were displayed and almost all the existing committee stood again. After a ballot for President for 2015,the current president, Beverley Wakeford-Brown, was duly elected and she accepted the position. The Treasurer, Jan Sumner, who has held the post for many years, will be replaced by Carole Taplin. Next month’s activities include: Tap Dancing, second and fourthThursdays; Book Club November 20, book title The Story of a Beautiful Girl; Pilates, 2pm Tuesdays. The choir is restarting today, Friday, at 4pm, and craft, Fridays 2pm to 4pm at the pavilion, where members can knit blankets or jackets for premature babies at the Brighton Baby Unit. Lists were circulated for help with tasks at the Christmas party and for offers to make dishes. Betty Houghton gave a report about the group meeting at Ditchling, and there is to be a trip to the Newhaven incinerator for those interested. In September every member had received a questionnaire about Kingston WI, how well it worked and how it could be improved. Some of the questions were further discussed at the November meeting. Therefore, starting in 2015 we would have DIY entertainment (volunteers required), alternating each year with an entertainer. At each meeting members will have the choice of tea or coffee and biscuits increased to 30p or a glass of wine for £1 per glass. When renewing their subscription, members will be asked which contact method they prefer being made available to others. It isproposed that each year’s programme will include one evening of a physical activity i.e. dancing; one evening of poetry, stories and readings by members; and one evening with fundraising by sale of goods/produce etc. During socialising time activities such as flower arranging or crafts will be demonstrated for others to see. Our Christmas party clashes with Lewes Late Night Shopping and other events in the hall so from 2015 the party will be on a Friday evening. We decided not to sing Jerusalem more often, just at the annual Business Meeting and the competitions will cease to be held. It was also agreed to cease using the term open meeting and that men would be welcome to attend to listen to a speaker. We enjoyed a dance routine performed by members of the tap dance class, ending with an encore. The secretary and the president read their annual reports detailing the past year’s events and we were reminded that 2015 is the WI’s Centenary and also the 95th birthday of Kingston WI.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday October 28 Duplicate Pairs: North/South: Paul Allen and Roy Scan; East/West: Jennifer Wilson and Peter Cattermole. Thursday October 30 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 2, Peter Kennedy and June Posey; 3, Elizabeth Roger and Sheila Cripps. Tuesday November 4 Tuesday Ladder: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, James and Sally Budgen; 3, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett. Thursday November 6 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Cattermole and Mickie Lodge; 2, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. New players welcome. Contact the secretary on 01273 475877.

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: At its October meeting, members of the Lewes club for stamp collectors were entertained by the story of the mutiny on the Bounty. The story was presented by David Sumpter as the background to his display of stamps and covers related to this history, mainly from the associated islands. The display included colourful and interesting items from the Pitcairn Islands, Norfolk Island, Tahiti and other places which members of the Bounty crew visited before the mutiny or settled on after. The next meeting of Lewes Philatelic Society is tonight (Friday) at Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road starting at 7.30pm when a display related to The Joys of Skiing will be presented by Don Terry. The meeting is open to all and non-members are welcome to attend. For further information about the meeting or membership of the society, please contact the secretary Norman Sansom on 01273 472470.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Last Sunday we enjoyed a very muddy walk around Blackboys. Thankfully, it didn’t rain and it was surprisingly warm in the sun. After leaving the village via the allotments we took a path through Tickerage Wood before following the Wealdway to the south of the village, stopping on the way for a coffee break overlooking the beautiful lake at New Place Farm. After crossing the B2192 we followed a lane which joined the Vanguard Way and followed this long distance path which took us back to Blackboys right opposite the lovely old Sussex Blackboys Inn. The next walk is on Tuesday, Balsdean Valley. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Our programme can be viewed at

SOUTHOVER CHURCH is a collection point for the Operation Christmas Child national appeal. Each year people are asked to fill a shoe-box with goodies for a disadvantaged child overseas who might otherwise not receive a Christmas present. Leaflets at the back of the church give full information on items needed (new toys, school supplies, etc) or go to Please bring your filled box to the church before or after any service on Sunday November 23. Don’t forget the festive Fairtrade Fayre in the church next Saturday November 22, 12.30pm to 4pm, for fairtrade and handmade gifts and cards. Stalls will also provide lunch and teatime treats. Waitrose has chosen the House of Friendship Christmas Day lunch for isolated people as one of the causes it is supporting during November. Please consider putting your green token in the relevant box in the store. Come and hear the BBC champions, Lewes Sings Gospel, in their winter concert on January 10: buy tickets using the link below. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service including communion, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal service with singers and band. Please do join us.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

OPEN DAY: Tomorrow (Saturday) Newhaven’s new beauty salon Rosie’s Pampering is holding an open day in the Enterprise Centre, Denton Island from 11am to 1pm. The Town Mayor Cllr Judith Ost will officially cut the ribbon at 11.30am. This new venture is run by Rosie McCullogh, a fully insured, self-employed beauty therapist. She holds NVQ Levels 2 and 3 and qualified in June 2012. All welcome and to book an appointment telephone 07572 570029.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society is showing its latest film Everlasting Moments (Cert 15) tomorrow in the art room at the Hillcrest Centre. Based on a true story the film is set in Sweden in the 1900s and is a moving story of one woman’s capacity to survive during a time of great social change and unrest. When Maria Larsson wins a camera in a lottery her decision to keep it alters her life and enables her to see the world through new eyes and offers her a path to freedom and independence from her difficult husband. The Hillcrest Café opens at 6.30pm and the film begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 available today from the Hillcrest reception between 9.30am and 4pm or on the door (subject to availability).

MEECHING WI is holding its AGM on Thursday at 9.45am in Meeching Hall. New members/visitors always welcome.

GARDENING SOCIETY: Dave Homewood will give a talk and demonstration on Phonographs - Gramophones and Recording on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Age Concern Day Club, West Quay. Non members always welcome for admission of £2 to include tea and biscuits.

COUNTRY MARKET: This annual autumn and Christmas event takes place on Thursday November 27 in the Hillcrest Centre from 9.45am to 2pm. This special market features all the regular stalls with an autumn and Christmas theme. A perfect time to place your orders for mince pies, Christmas cakes and puddings and for purchasing locally made unique gifts and cards.

CHARITY QUIZ: The HCPT 154 Christmas Quiz takes place on Saturday November 29 in South Heighton Village Hall from 7pm to 10.30pm. The money raised goes towards taking disabled children to Lourdes and tickets are £5 to include hot food. There will also be a raffle. Up to six people in a team so book your table now as spaces are limited, telephone Tarina or Tony on 01273 612227. An added attraction will be Gemcraft stall with lots of lovely Christmas gifts including jewellery to buy.


BLOOD DONATIONS: The Blood and Transplant team are in the Community House main hall on Friday November 21 from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 8pm. Regular donors may obtain a special donation time if required by telephoning 0300 123 23 23. New donors are very welcome so do go along even if you have never been before.

E-NEWS: There are a lot of things happening in the town and it is sometimes difficult to keep up with it all. The council are now going to issue an E-Newsletter every month. If you would like to be put on the circulation list then send details of your email address to

JOB VACANCIES: The town council currently have two vacancies. They are seeking applications for a full time caretaker/cleaner. Applications are also invited for a suitably qualified Town Manager (closing date November 28). Fuller details on how to apply for both vacancies can be read on

BIG PARK: Residents were invited earlier to choose a name for this developing project. From all the suggestions submitted the name selected was Centenary Park. In commemoration of the ending of World War 1 this was a very apt choice.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: There was a service at the War Memorial, Meridian Park on Sunday November 9 led by the Royal British Legion marking the signing of the Peace Armistice 100 year ago. The service was attended by a large gathering of residents, many of whom may have been remembering a lost and loved relative in that conflict.

MORNING MARKET: There is a market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre which has been arranged by the East Sussex Disability Association (ESDA). Next week’s market is on November 22 and will be organised by the Recycling Project group. To book a table with them ring 07932 448 721.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, there is a coffee morning in the Community House from 8.30am until noon organised by the Sussex Pet Rescue group. Next week on Tuesday it will be the Seahaven Lioness Club serving the teas and coffees followed on the Thursday by the Seahaven Active Scouts. Finally on Friday, November 21, St Laurance Church will be behind the counter.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room starting at 6.30pm. The residents are welcome at these meetings and are allowed to ask questions but only in the first 15 minutes.

HORTICULTURE: Peacehaven Horticultural Society is holding its monthly meeting on Monday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre. Doors open at 7pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm. There will be a talk on Christmas Decorations by Collette Archer. Some details on how to decorate your home in preparation for the festive season next month.

SLEEPING BEAUTY: Peacehaven Players will present their pantomime at the Meridian Centre from December 3 to 6. Performances from Wednesday to Friday at 7.30pm. On Saturday there are two shows at 2pm and 6pm. Tickets from £7are available by calling 01273 681861 or online at

BOULES: Yes, it is true; Peacehaven has a fully equipped petanque pitch in the Howard Peace Park on the South Coast Road. If you would like to play this popular French game but do not have a set of boules you can hire them for a deposit from the town council offices. There is also available if needed a printed set of rules about how to play the game. Now that is something different to do at the weekend but remember the offices do not now open on Saturdays.

FIREARMS AMNESTY: Sussex Police are, from November 10 to 21, accepting firearms and ammunition from anyone who is holding these items without a proper licence. Items handed in will not result in a prosecution during this period. Thereafter anyone in possession may face a maximum sentence of between ten years and life. This applies whether the items are not working or being looked after for someone else. This change in the law has been effective since July 14. If this affects you; act now.


MEETING of Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society today, Friday, when our speaker is Giles Dawkes on Pococks Field Excavation 2014. Some early thoughts on this exciting archaeological site. Meetings are held at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, entrance Spencer Road, 7.30pm. Members free, visitors £2.50.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Linear Friston Forest to Charleston 5 miles with Colin W. Meet at Exceat Visitors Centre, 10am. Bus 12A at 9.23 Terminus Road, Stand J. Or Brisk Pace, Pastures New 8.5 miles with Mike S. Meet at the Avenue, 9am. Walk starts at Plough Inn, Plumpton Green at 9.45am. GR 364182 Map 122. On Sunday Bottoms Up, 9 miles with Paul and Barbara. Meet at The Avenue 9.30am, walk starts at Woodingdean CP 10.15am, GR 354063 dry lunch.


FIREWORK PARTY: Ringmer Primary PTA Firework Party is this evening, (Friday). Gates open 6pm, fireworks to go off at approx 7pm. Once again Neville Bonfire Society will be setting off an aerial firework display on our school field. There will be a licensed bar and food cooked on our barbeque. Tickets are priced at £10 for a family of four or adult £3.50, child £2.50. No unaccompanied children will be admitted. For tickets please phone 01273 813860/812463.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The talk this evening (Friday) at 7.45pm in the village hall will be Bridge Farm Excavations in 2014 by David Millum and Rob Wallace. It is exciting to have such an important Roman site in our parish, and as our knowledge about it increases there are bound to be further surprises in store.

COFFEE MORNING: Lewes District Art Club is running a coffee morning and art sale in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to noon, in aid of the Village Hall Appeal. Paintings and cards available at bargain prices.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday November 5, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, John Weston and Roy Skan; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 3, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: Blood Brothers tells the tale of twin brothers who are born into a large working class family and what happens when their mother decides to have one of them adopted as she cannot afford to keep them both Our licensed bar will be open for pre-performance drinks, during the interval and after the performance. Why not come along and meet the cast and crew? November 19 to 22 at 7.45pm in the village hall. Tickets £8 available from:; Ticket hotline 07732 224066 or Creature Comforts, The Pet Shop.

NATIVITY SCENE: Mary and Joseph, Kings, shepherds, sheep and a donkey, these knitted figures are delightful and the accompanying books give all the family an opportunity to focus on the story of Christmas. If you would like one of St Mary’s Nativity scenes in your home for a short time during Advent this year, please contact Marisa Hayes (Tel: 812790 Email: The two cribs start their journeys on Advent Sunday, 29 November, and are shared between families, nurseries and schools around Ringmer until the Crib Service in St Mary’s on Christmas Eve.

Rodmell & Southease

C7: It’s the time of the year when the C7 looks like a butchers shop, with the carcasses of dead pheasants everywhere. I counted 14 on one day and have had several near misses as pheasants are rather stupid birds and literally run out in front of you. It’s giving feasts to magpies and foxes. I have also noticed of late more signs warning of deer in the area. When I was in the tour business and used to travel to Gatwick via, at times, Chailey Common, deer used to run out in front of me in the early mornings very frequently. Do take care on country roads in deer areas. They seem to be coming nearer to towns and villages.

THE OLD SAYING what goes around comes around especially seems to apply to fashion. I was reading an article on Amelia Earhart who was a famous American aviator who vanished 77 years ago when she was attempting to be the first woman to fly around the world. She was 39 and the photo of her in The Times could have been a young woman of today’s world as she looked ‘so cool’ as they put it.

THE SUBJECT of parents taking their children out of school during term time keeps arising. When I was a child it was frowned upon and most parents just would not do it, knowing how important education was. At times my parents took me out of school for a week but they had to write to the headmistress several months ahead and there had to be a good reason. One retired school teacher states, ‘I objected to parents taking their children out of lessons because they were usually the same parents who demanded that I then found the time to teach their children the materials missed.’ As a child who spent quite a time in hospitals far from home and who had school work sent up to me, I certainly lagged behind due to lack of a proper teaching environment.

PUDDLE JUMPING: Do any Sussex villages do puddle jumping contests? If they do, I bet the children love it, as the children of Kettering do. Most children love puddles and I’ve heard many an irate parent saying, no don’t do that, as a delighted child finds a large puddle.

YOU REALLY KNOW when life is getting to you when you go to use your mobile phone and take a sachet of cat food out of your bag and use it like your mobile. This happened to one of the carers that come to us. We ended up in stitches of laughter and hoped a mystified cat wasn’t presented with a mobile to eat.

DIARY DATES: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI have an interesting talk by Vivienne Macy on Glyndebourne, The Gardening Year. Visitors welcome at 8pm in the village hall. Wednesday November 26, coffee morning in the village hall, 11am. Sunday November 30 Advent Service by candle light in our church at 4pm.

CARDS: The church have some lovely Christmas cards which are now on sale, designed by Jenny Brown, £4.50 for a pack of five. In aid of church funds.


CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The National Trust Seaford Association (NTSA) is holding its Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 22, in St Leonard’s Church Hall from 10am to 11.30am. On sale will be cakes/savouries, bric-a-brac, books, accessories, gifts, tombola etc and a raffle. Come along and bring your friends. Refreshments available too.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY was a beautiful sunny day. The Kingfisher Band led the parade of ex-service men and women and local uniformed organisations along Church Street for the Service of Remembrance at St Mary’s Church Willingdon. Piper Ian White piped the congregation into church which was soon filled to capacity. The service was led by Fr Kevin Agnew. The names of all those to be commemorated were read out, men and women of Willingdon who had died fighting for their country. As each name was called out, a lit candle was placed on the memorial by the young members of the uniformed organisations, and wreaths were laid. The immortal words ‘they shall grow not old as we that are left grow old’ were said. The last post was sounded and the two minute silence observed, and this was followed by the reveille. With the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 this was a very special Remembrance Sunday. Fr Kevin spoke of the 888,246 ceramic poppies which had been ‘planted’ in the moat outside the Tower of London and how each one represented a life that had been sacrificed for future generations. There were congregational hymns and readings from the leader of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council, John Pritchett and church warden Peter Boxall. Sue Foster, also a church warden, said the intercession prayers. A collection was taken for the work of the Royal British Legion. After the service a short ceremony took place in the garden of rest for the laying of wreaths in memory of all ex-service men and women who have died. Piper Ian White played the lament. During the afternoon there was a further short service at the Ruth-less Memorial at Butts Brow to commemorate the crew of the ill-fated American Liberator bomber Ruth-less which crashed on the Downs in February 1944.

ST WILFRID’S CHURCH will be having a Christmas Fayre from 2pm to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. There will be various stalls and refreshments will be served. On Saturday November 22 from 10am to noon there will be a coffee morning at St Wilfrid’s Church to help those suffering from leprosy.

OWEN DONOVAN will be bringing you brilliant pop covers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at The Wheatsheaf.

PUDDING NIGHT: Edgmond Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town was purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013 and the aim is to commence building the supported living accommodation needed for people with a learning disability as soon as possible. Maureen and John Males continue to host regular fund raising events for the charity at their home The Cottage in Dittons Road, Polegate. For anyone with a sweet tooth their next event at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday, is a must. There will be a very light main course followed by many desserts to be sampled. Voting takes place on the preferred pudding with the winner receiving a prize. Please contact Maureen on 01323 482011 to reserve a place. Tickets are £8.

CHURCH RAMBLERS will be meeting at Chalk Farm in Coopers Hill at 10am on Monday for a five mile walk from East Dean to Warren Hill and return via Downs Golf Club. There are some steep climbs but lovely views. All are welcome. Cars to the start of the walk are shared.

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.

ST MARY’S YOUTH CLUB for eight to 14 year olds meets in the church hall on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9pm. November 19 will be a talent evening. For further information please ring Fr Kevin Agnew on 01323 502079 or Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528.

SONBEAMS are the babies and pre-school children who meet with their parents, grandparents or carers at 2pm each Wednesday in St Mary’s Church for a time of fun, action, songs and stories.

AWARDS EVENING: Wednesday is GCSE awards evening at Willingdon Community School, starting at 7.30pm. Wednesday November 26 is year 11 parents’ evening. For more information please ring 01323 485254.

PROBUS: Willingdon Probus Club for retired and semi-retired professional and business men will be meeting for a coffee morning at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday at The Red Lion. The speaker is Ralph Hodge.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm on Friday November 21 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 on Friday November 21 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when there will be a magic lantern show from T & J Burgess. 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: The next Trinity Diners meal at Trinity Church Hall is on Friday November 21. The menu is fruit juice, beef and vegetable casserole or vegetable casserole, creamed potatoes and cabbage, peach and pear crumble and custard followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place please contact Jennie on 01323 484189. The meals are £5.50.

TRINITY ART GROUP, who are tutored by Teresa Currie, meet on a Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm at Trinity Church community room. The group will be holding an art exhibition from 10am to 5pm on Saturday November 22 in Trinity Church Hall. On display and for sale will be original artworks, prints, artists’ cards, painting on wood and other crafts. Admission is free and light refreshments are available all day. This is an ideal chance to purchase an original gift for Christmas.

CHALK FARM LDC (Learning Disability Centre) in Coopers Hill, Willingdon, will be having a Christmas Fayre, 11am to 3pm on Sunday November 23. There will be a large variety of stalls including homemade cakes, cards and gifts. There will also be games and activities including guess how many sweets in a jar, a tombola, raffle, name the teddy, and learning how to make your own Christmas decorations. You can also visit Santa’s grotto with his elf helpers. Admission is 50p for adults. Children go free. While you are there do make sure that you also visit the garden centre behind the hotel which has a large variety of shrubs and plants and there might even be some of Sue’s magnificent hanging baskets at very reasonable prices. Just put them up outside your house and pretend that you have done them yourself.

A MUSIC RECITAL directed by Michael Stumbles will be taking place at 7.30pm on Monday November 24 at St Mary’s Church. The concert will include vocal and instrumental ensembles including organ solos from Paul Collins. Taking part will be the Recital Choir, Susan Lahache (soprano), Mike Barber (baritone), Christine Lynn (flute), Tim Willsone (oboe), Gerry Scotford (clarinet), and Val Stumbles (piano). Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection supporting Children with Cancer.