Parish pump Newhaven - November 21, 2014


DICKENSIAN EVENING tomorrow, Saturday, starts with the High Street closed to traffic at 2pm till 10pm. The road is closed so that parades, performances, stalls and music and visitors can mark the beginning of the Christmas season. The Christmas tree will have its lights switched on by Father Christmas at about 5pm. Park and ride facilities are available at Drusillas car park (£2 return) with the last bus leaving the village at 10pm. Drusillas car park will be closed after that bus. It’s late night shopping with entertainment. All details of the programme and for contact details for booking restaurants can be found on the village website

50 YEARS NOT OUT: At the Alfriston Cricket Club Annual Dinner, held at Deans Place Hotel earlier this month, the cups and prizes were presented for the 2014 season. A very special award, an engraved decanter, was presented to John Harmer, the Club Captain, to mark his 50th year as a player for the club. John, a local farmer, has been playing in the team since a boy. It’s a family affair; his two sons, Simon and Matthew, have followed in his footsteps. Grandson Andrew is a bit too young at the moment to continue with the family tradition but there’s every likelihood he too will soon be yielding the bat. Behind every successful man is a good woman and Barbara Harmer fits this role supporting the team’s social activities.


BEACH MEETING: Second local beach meeting at 7pm on Friday, November 28, at the Clinton Centre, Clinton Place.

WHIST DRIVE tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm in the 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.

BACK IN THE LAST CENTURY it was possible to see Halley’s Comet from the Village Green thanks to the lack of light pollution. Last week, a European spacecraft called Philae successfully landed on the ‘Chury’ Comet and the batteries lasted long enough for a signal back to Earth. The earlier loss of another spacecraft, Beagle 2, much nearer on Mars, however, is still a mystery.


CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: The rain has been relentless lately, but I am hoping that this weekend the weather will be kinder to us for our Christmas Market. Last weekend the crowds seemed to have come out to Falmer for the Christmas Market at the Amex, I hope all the visitors noted the signs we have up on the side of the road to advertise our market. We have a fabulous line up of arts and crafts for sale with cards, prints, decorations, screen printed lampshades, glassware, silk scarves, jewellery, woodturning, ceramics, tapestry, painting, beautiful embroidered bags and lots more as well as a café with snacks of home-made soup and tea and cakes. The market is open 11am to 5pm tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday with free parking and free entry.

NEXT YEAR: We are already looking forward to next year and the Easter exhibition at St Laurence Church. Artists and poets who are hoping to take part joined others at a study group looking at the themes we have chosen for next year. The study was led by Jeffrey Lake and was really interesting and inspiring, I have a number of ideas now, whether I can make them work is another story.

CONCERT: We were treated to an absolutely fabulous concert last Saturday. Classical guitarist Gabrielle Stephens played for us and we were all transfixed. I particularly enjoyed the two tangoes. I was so impressed I bought the CD which includes some of the pieces that Gabrielle played. You can listen to her playing on her website Coming up next month: the Bothy Singers, more details nearer the time.

SPENDING LOTS OF PENNIES: Work is progressing on the loo that is being installed in St Laurence. We have so much going on in the church now that a permanent toilet (rather than the hired portaloo) has become a necessity. It should not be long now before the work is finished. What kind of opening ceremony we are going to have I am not too sure. We have already been asked if we will allow the visit of a delegation from another church thinking of doing the same thing.


CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday the Reverend Neville Manning will lead Mattins at 10.30am. This is the last Sunday before Advent. Just a reminder that the Advent service will start at the later time of 11am the following week. Refreshments served after all services. All welcome.

A FEW PLACES LEFT: There are just a few places left for Christmas in the Parlour to be shown at Folkington Manor on December 11, 12 and 13. This will be a superb festive evening. Tickets available directly from Folkington Manor - see local press.


FESTIVE FM: Hailsham FM radio will be joining in the Christmas fun at Vicarage Field tomorrow, Saturday. Hailsham gears itself up for its annual spectacular Christmas show, which will transform the town centre into a winter wonderland. The DJ gang from Hailsham FM Radio will be providing music and commentary throughout the day.Following a highly successful twenty-four hour broadcast during Hailsham’s Festival of Arts and Culture last September, the DJs, headed by Neil Povey, will provide the musical backdrop to this very special celebration that will include singing performances, balloon modelling, festive refreshments, switching on the Christmas tree and town centre lights and, of course, a visit from Father Christmas.


SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Don’t forget the festive Fairtrade Fayre in the church tomorrow, Saturday, 12.30pm to 4pm, for Fairtrade and handmade gifts and cards. Lunch and afternoon snacks will be available. Tomorrow we are also holding a bargain book sale in Cliffe Hall, 9am to 2pm, in aid of education in Rwanda. On Sunday the church tower is open 4.30pm to 6pm; an opportunity to see the bells, clock tower and belfry, with a ringing demonstration and information about bell ringing. Also on Sunday please bring your filled shoe box for Operation Christmas Child to the church before or after any service. On Sunday November 30 the Lewes Goes Strictly end of term tea dance is at 2.30pm in the church. Entry £5 to include tea and cake. All are welcome, including non-dancers, to enjoy the music and cake. Proceeds will go towards our youngsters’ trip to Rwanda next year. On Sunday December 7 our annual bereavement service and tea are at 3.30pm. We welcome anyone who has been bereaved. On Sunday December 21 our candlelit carol services are at 4pm and 6.30pm and anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to join our choir. Rehearsals are in the church 7.30pm to 8.30pm tonight, Friday, and each Friday until December 19 (7pm to 9pm). If you can make December 19 and at least two other Fridays please come and join us. Waitrose has chosen the House of Friendship Christmas Day lunch for isolated people as one of the causes it supports. Please consider putting your green token in the relevant box in the store during November. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal service with singers and band. Please do join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group is holding informal open auditions for speaking roles tomorrow and Saturday November 29, 10am to noon in St Pancras Church Challoner Hall, Ireland’s Lane; Friday November 28, 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Southover church chapter house; Sunday November 30, 2pm to 4pm at Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road. Rehearsals begin in January. Many non-speaking parts are also available for soldiers, crowd and children. Performances are on Palm Sunday March 29, Maundy Thursday April 2, Good Friday April 3 and Easter Sunday April 5. Further information:; text/tel 07926 486567;

SENIORS’ PARTY: Don’t spend Christmas Day alone, join us at the Churches Together annual Seniors’ Party at the House of Friendship for a traditional Christmas lunch and entertainment. Free transport is available on request. If you would like an invitation, please phone Gretel Scott on 01273 473904. To support this event, if you shop at Waitrose, please put your green token in the right hand box marked Churches Together in Lewes Christmas Day Lunch. Thank you very much.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

CHRISTMAS FAIR tomorrow (Saturday) at the Newhaven, Lewes and District Mencap headquarters, Riverside Hall, West Quay 10am to 2pm.Grand Draw, stalls, games, home-made cakes, refreshments and Santa’s grotto. Do go along and support this worthy cause and pick up some Christmas gifts. Admission 50p, children under 12 years-old free.

FATHER CHRISTMAS arrives at Paradise Park tomorrow (Saturday) and children can visit him every weekend and on the late night extravaganza. Paradise Park grotto admission is included in Day Park Pass tariff. Post a letter to Santa in the coffee shop and pick up a personalised reply from the Wishing Tree a few days later.

PARADISE PARK late night extravaganza Wednesday November 26, 6pm to 9pm. Hundreds of offers for the three hours, half prize poinsettia, orchid or cyclamen, free tastings of local drinks, preserves, chutneys and sweets, free tea, coffee and a mince pie, free raffle, free Christmas cactus for the first 150 customers plus a variety of events including local musicians.

COUNTRY MARKET annual autumn and Christmas event at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven, on Thursday, 9.45am to 2pm. All the regular stalls with an additional Christmas theme. Order your mince pies, Christmas puddings and cakes and pick up some locally-made Christmas gifts and cards.

RNLI Newhaven Christmas Fayre at the Hillcrest Centre on Saturday November 29 from 10am to 1pm. Father Christmas will be there for the morning plus local choir Haven Harmonies will be singing songs for your enjoyment. There will be a variety of stalls including Easy Dine Catering who will be selling delicious sweet and savoury pastries. Hillcrest Café will be open and there is a chance to pick up some unique Christmas presents as well as supporting our local lifeboat.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH Christmas Fair, Saturday November 29, 2.30pm to 4pm in the church rooms. Delicious Christmas teas, nearly new, games, tombola and raffle, carol singing, all welcome.

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 and the added attraction of the Gemcraft stall with lots of lovely Christmas gifts to buy including jewellery. Up to six people in a team so book your table now by ringing Tarina or Tony on 01273 612227.

SWEET TOOTH: I found my way into the lovely new sweet shop that has opened in Newhaven the other day. It is opposite Boots and it is like stepping back in time when you go into I Love a Sweetie. All the sweets I used to enjoy in my childhood are there and the much-missed pick and mix that has been missing from the town since Woolworth closed. Everything is so tempting and you will not come out empty handed.


SAVE A LIFE: A reminder that there is another blood donor session in the Community Hall today, Friday, from 2pm to 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 8pm for those who are unable to get to the afternoon event.

CAROL CONCERT: There is a Community Carol Concert in the Main Hall, Community House on Wednesday December 10 starting at 6pm. Entry to this free event is by ticket only available from the information office from November 28. All are welcome. Enquires to 01273 585493.

MORNING MARKET: There is a market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre which has been arranged by the Recycling Project group. Next week’s market is on November 29 and will be organised by the Butterfly Nursery. To book a table with them ring 07949 742 924.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, there is a coffee morning in the Community House from 8.30am until noon organised by the St Laurance Church. Next week on Tuesday it will be the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) serving the teas and coffees followed on the Thursday by the Church of the Ascension. Finally on Friday, November 28, INAA the local advice group, will be behind the counter.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the policy and finance 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.

PEACEHAVEN WI: Our president opened the meeting, welcoming members and two visitors. Various outings were discussed and final arrangements made. After tea everyone was pleased to see the speaker for the afternoon, Mr F Albon, talking at length about the Galapagos Islands, accompanied by slides taken by himself on his visit there. It was amazing to see the number of different animals and birds residing on this remote territory and we can only guess how they arrived there in the first place. An unsolved mystery. The meeting closed with thanks to Mr Albon, on his ninth visit to us and the hope that we will see him again in the near future. (Joy Allen).


TRINITY DINERS next meal is today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. To book your place call Jennie on 484189, email

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, when T & J Burgess will be giving a Magic Lantern Show. Doors open at 6.30pm at St John’s Church Hall. Meeting starts at 7 pm.

TICKETS now available for Polegate Drama Group’s pantomime Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves online at www.polegatedramagroup or visit Archer and Partners, High Street, Polegate.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Cross the Old Line 5 miles with Barbara and Paul. Meet Hazelwood Avenue junction Malvern Close 9.45am GR 601036 Bus Loop 9.28 Terminus Road Stand L. On Sunday Monk, Rod, Ease and Arms 8 miles with Angela F. Meet The Avenue 9.30am. Walk starts at Monks House, National Trust car park, The Street, Rodmell 10.30am GR 422065.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Polegate Pre-school. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

WANTED INFO on Captain Harry George Hewitt, architect, who in the 1920s and 1930s lived in Pevensey Bay and Westham. Any info on the hotel named Sandcasltes. Any info on any of the houses he is likely to have designed in this area. Please contact Maureen as above on 485971 or email

MEMORABILIA of Wilmington aerodrome from the 1930s is sought by researcher Peter Tyrrell in Polegate. The project aims to compile as many facts, memories, ephemera and possibly photos from the halcyon period of flying from pastures at Milton Gate Farm beside the A27. The material can go towards a non profit making local collection in our ESCC library system or an article for Eastbourne Local Historian magazine as an archive document. Potentially somebody has an old programme or a brochure tucked away of the aerodrome building itself. Contact Peter Tyrrell 01323 487170 or email any material offered can be copied and acknowledged as contributing to the arch8ive.

THE DICKER Cabaret are performing at Polegate CP School on November 28 and 29, also December 5 and 6. Adults only, not suitable for children. Tickets are £10 if booked in advance, on the door £12. Bring own food and drink for interval, doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start. Tickets from Tracey@sussexoakleaf or Old Chapel, 1 Carriers Path,

FOR DETAILS of Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society annual dinner on Friday December 12, please contact Margaret on 484293.

WINE AND SOCIAL CLUB: Our next club evening will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm at Polegate Community Centre. It will involve those present playing our version of pub games, nothing hectic. Members £2, visitors £3, to include a lucky entrance ticket. For information ring 01323 485134 or 01424 845578. All welcome.

GARDENERS’ SOCIETY: A reminder to members our AGM and social is on Thursday at 7.30pm at Polegate Community Centre. As usual there will be a raffle and refreshments.

LAST EVENT FOR 2014: The Gardeners’ Society last event of the year will be a coffee morning on Saturday, November 29, from 10am to noon at the Community Centre. Homemade cakes, raffle and items for sale. Everyone welcome. Ring 01323 483222 or 488035 for information.


BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday November 12, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: Last chance to see Blood Brothers. This play 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? Tonight, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.45pm in the village hall. Tickets £8 available from:; Ticket hotline 07732 224066 or Creature Comforts, The Pet Shop.

A COFFEE MORNING is being held at The Small House, North Road, by kind invitation of Denise and John Hadley on Friday, November 28 in aid of Ringmer Village Hall. The coffee morning will run from 10.30am to noon and entry, entitling you to coffee/tea and a biscuit, is £2.50. There will also be a raffle. It is hoped that there will be a good attendance at this event.

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, November 29, and are shared between families, nurseries and schools around Ringmer until the Crib Service in St Mary’s on Christmas Eve.

Rodmell & Southease

BUS RALLY: I supported the Love Your Bus Rally on Saturday November 8 because I wanted to give support to all those people who need a decent bus service. As a car driver of many years, I don’t use the buses as much as I should to support them but I have to juggle my life as a full time carer, who also needs to see mother in a care home at Ringmer, and do the shopping and other mundane things, as well as running a B&B. Without a car life would be very difficult as I’m no longer a spring chicken. There will be people in other such dire situations, who will be put at risk of complete isolation if they live in villages and remote areas and old age creeps up on us all, which, in many cases, means we can no longer drive and thus be independent. Think ahead. With more seniors around such things will have to be given thought. Not everyone can shop on-line or wants to, and those in power do not seem to realise just how many people are isolated and lonely, do not cope with technology, and the ways of this modern world. Have those in power ever done a census to find out just how many of such people there are? I think they would be shocked. One lady in the crowd on Saturday mentioned to me damage done to parking meters on Bonfire Nights costs the council a lot of money that could be put to better use such as save the bus services whilst another older person said they all want us to shop on-line.

PARKING: I love Lewes and love to see it thriving, but I was not pleased not to be able to park in the doctor’s car park at River Lodge to get my flu jab, because it had shoppers leaving their cars there. I eventually parked quite a distance away only to get to the doctors as it closed.

TALK: Ian Everest gave one of his wonderful talks in Rodmell Village Hall on Saturday November 8. It was in aid of Southease and Rodmell Churches and was an evening of Farming Nostalgia which included slides of farming in the First World War and memories of men and women who lived through the horrors of war. The second half was about Sussex Shepherds which was very interesting. It was nice to see all the farming communities coming together and members of Bob Cropper’s family present. Many thanks to all the organisers.

SADLY I hear that John Webb has passed away after a long fight against illness. John was to me a person who projected a kind and gentle nature who fought his illness with determination with the love and support of a wonderful wife and family.

REMEMBRANCE: Our church was packed for the Service of Remembrance on Sunday November 9. It was lovely to see our village Scouts and other young people there. It was also great to have a talk of memories from a senior member of our congregation who was in the Air Force and left his sick bed to come to the service. There’s dedication and respect for you.

FRIGHTENING: It is a frightening experience when a person you care for has trouble breathing and is fighting for breath late at night, such was our experience on one evening recently. Fortunately a paramedic in a car was on hand fairly quickly to give Mike oxygen and my good neighbour Cindy and daughter Susan came to my aid. The ambulance had to come from Hastings and they had not been informed the A27 was closed for roadworks. They had not heard of the C7 so it was not their fault we had to wait longer than expected for Mike to be taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. He is now recovering at Meadow Lodge, Lewes. Our thanks to all who helped us.

HOSPITAL PARKING: A tip to people going to the Sussex County, get a bus, my attempts to find a parking space resulted in me having to park at the top of Sutherland Road which is quite a way. The next time I parked in a free parking space at Newhaven and got the bus from the coast road. I understand people also park at the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven, and get the No 14 bus or at the free parking area of the Marina and get a No 7 bus. Because so much of the hospital is being re-built car parking space is almost non-existent and all the streets nearby are full.


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

CONCERT: There will be a Lunchtime concert given by Buxted Symphony Orchestra at St Leonard’s Church, Church Street tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm. They will be performing Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B flat major with Soloist Susana Dias and Beethoven’s Symphony No 4 in B flat major Op 60 conducted by Julian Broughton. The concert has free admission with a retiring collection to Christian Aid and lasts about an hour.


QUIZ NIGHT tonight, Friday, at 7pm at the Civic Centre. Teams of up to six at £2 per person. Come along and enjoy this fun quiz evening. There are still spaces, so you can just turn up tonight. Proceeds to the Mayor’s charity fund.

COUNCIL MEETING: A Planning and Highways Committee meeting is taking place on Monday at 7.30pm in room one at Telscombe Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is public question time for a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the council’s website at

BINGO EVENING Friday November 28 at Telscombe Civic Centre, 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball game at 50p per ticket and flyer game for £1. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund. December’s bingo is early due to the Christmas break and will be taking place on Friday December 19. It will be followed at 9pm by a Christmas party which is free, so make sure you put it in your diary.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE at Telscombe Civic Centre on Saturday November 29 from 2pm to 5pm. There will be an abundance of stalls with plenty of Christmas gift ideas, a raffle, refreshments, and lots of things for children including Father Christmas, face painting, a fun craft table and make your own gingerbread man. There is a 50p adult entrance fee and children are free. Proceeds from the day go to the Deans Senior Tea Club Charity.

COFFEE MORNING: For the first time ever, Telscombe Civic Centre will be opening on Christmas Day for a coffee morning between 10am and noon. It is a free event and you will get tea or coffee and cake and the chance to come out and see people if you are normally on your own at Christmas.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

A COMMEMORATION PLAQUE was unveiled at Willingdon Library on November 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 and to honour all those from the parish who, through their bravery, had contributed to the freedom we enjoy in this country today. Among those who attended the ceremony were parish councillors, members of the Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion, Fr Kevin Askew, vicar of St Mary’s and Rev David Yule, minister of Trinity Church. The chairman of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council Cllr John Pritchett, who unveiled the plaque, said it had been produced in collaboration with the Royal British Legion to mark this important event in history. The plaque is to be temporarily placed in the parish office in Gorringe, Valley Road but will eventually be placed on the wall in the new council office at Jubilee Gardens. The ceremony ended with Cllr Pritchett reading the exhortation followed by the Last Post played by piper Peter Davey and then a two minute silence and the immortal words ‘when you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrows we gave our to-days’. Fr Kevin led the prayers together with the Rev David Yule.

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs Miss and Ms) had a very enjoyable meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall on November 12 when guest speaker Malcolm Pratt gave a most interesting talk entitled Strange Goings-on in the Borough of Winchelsea. He described some of the rituals which still continue to this day. The mayor has been elected every Easter Monday from at least 1295 and all the known holders of this office are proudly displayed in the Upper Court Hall, now a museum. Malcolm served as Winchelsea’s honorary town clerk from1984 to 2012 and has taught in a number of schools in East Sussex and now resides in Bexhill. He gives a number of different talks, mainly on Winchester but also on his life in education, both as a pupil and teacher. Malcolm does not charge for speaking or travelling, he clearly loves what he does, but any donations offered would go to the Winchelsea Corporation Ancient Monuments fund, a charity which maintains four of the town’s medieval buildings. If you would like Malcolm to give one of his talks to a group to which you belong, please contact him on 01424 215308 or for mobile messages ring 07966 497841.

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

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, 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 for £2.

ST WILFRID’S CHURCH will be having a coffee morning from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, to help those suffering from leprosy.

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 tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING is having an open day from 10am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. For more information please ring 01323 525000.

GADZOOKS will be entertaining the customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CHALK FARM LDC (Learning Disability Centre) will be having a Christmas Fayre from 11am to 3pm on Sunday. 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 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 local charity Children with Cancer.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Polegate Windmill’s Christmas Bazaar is to be held in St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, from 10am to 12.30pm on Saturday November 29. There will be a large variety of stalls including craft items, cards, gifts, cakes and refreshments. Father Christmas will also be putting in an appearance. A few tables are still available for hire. Please ring 01323 734496 as soon as possible to reserve one, to avoid disappointment.

GLEN CHORALE has pleasure in presenting their Christmas concert at 2.30pm on Monday December 1 at Wannock Village Hall to be repeated at the same time and venue on Wednesday December 3. The musical director is Ansy Boothroyd and her accompanist is Coryn Roberts. The choir upholds the tradition bequested by Esther Bird and Robin Moray. The programme includes ring Christmas bells (Leontovich), the zither carol, fum fum fum (a Spanish carol), lullay my liking (Gustav Holst), the crown of roses (Tchaikovsky), I wonder as I wander (Appalachian carol), jingle bells, bring your torches (French carol), and we wish you a merry Christmas, arranged by Graham Dibbens. There will be a lot of audience participation with the choir. Tickets are £6 including tea and mince pies. Please ring 01323 502113 for tickets or for further information. The choir will also be presenting their programme at three residential homes during the Christmas season.