Parish pump Newhaven - November 22, 2013


THE GUN ROOM, situated on the edge of the Tye, is now a beautifully restored space. Gone is the dull pebble dash replaced by warm wood. The Rathfinny Estate has opened the Gun Room in time for Dickensian Evening. Downstairs are all things grape and wine related. This includes beauty creams, glasses, tea towels, bottle stops, scented candles,books and much, much more. Upstairs is an exhibition telling the story of the history of the village. Mark and Sarah Driver with their team have plans that involve the South Downs National Park and the National Trust. The Rathfinny Trail is the pet project of Sarah Driver whose enthusiasm for the project is infectious. The route will be open to the public to walk through areas designed to encourage wildlife with access to a wayside stop for a cup of tea, a scone, and in years to come, a glass of Rathfinny bubbly. For all information visit the website at www.rathfinny

DICKENSIAN EVENING in Alfriston starts tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm when the through road will be closed for the evening. There will be Park and Ride facilities from Drusillas. It is late night shopping time in the village where the shops have things that are not found in the large town High Streets. There will be stalls and mulled wine, roast pig, bands playing and of course, Father Christmas. The Clergy House will be open from 2pm to 7pm and will be free to visitors who will also be able to buy gifts from the Christmas Shop. There will be a charge to visit Father Christmas who, this year, is making his grotto at the Clergy House.

THE CLERGY HOUSE: Visitors to the National Trust’s Clergy House will be able to discover how Christmas was celebrated in the middle ages and Victorian times. Discover also what food was eaten and games played. This event runs from November 24 to December 22 , Saturday to Wednesday, 11am to 3.30pm. Normal admission charges apply.

HEARTSTART: Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart are having a fund raising party on December 14 from 7pm at the War Memorial Hall. Entry is by pre-purchased ticket only. Tickets are £10 to include a two course supper, the band Last Orders, room for dancing, a pay bar and raffle. Book by telephoning Christine on 01323 871306. To accommodate catering arrangements tickets should be booked by December 7. The Heartstart team has had an increasing number of calls some of which have been literally life saving. Recently there has been a great many financial calls upon us all but this is a precious service that is very close to our own lives.


PATRONAL FESTIVAL and Gift Day on Saturday, November 30. There will be a Eucharist Service at noon followed by lunch in Bishopstone Parish Hall. Tickets for the lunch cost £6, available from Linda’s Stores and churchwardens.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: The St Andrew’s Christmas Raffle will be drawn at the Patronal Festival Lunch. Tickets for the raffle are available from John and Pat Earle.

THE STORY of the week has been the proposed closure of the amenity tip at Cradle Hill as part of public expenditure cuts. It even brought a government minister out to a public meeting. It looks like people will have to take their garden waste, etc, to a neighbouring town in future, and fly tipping has been a problem here on the Downs in the past. Signatures are urgently needed for a petition at Linda’s Stores to get a full council meeting to vote on the issue. Otherwise, the decision will simply be taken by the Cabinet at East Sussex County Council in Lewes.


LADIES GROUP: The November meeting is always traditionally a craft evening. There were more plans than time allowed, but everyone enjoyed making Christmas cut outs of shortbread dough and when baked, decorating them with coloured icing. This particular evening gave the members time to chat and to discuss what the menu would be for the Christmas dinner which will take place on Tuesday December 10. The menu looks really tasty and everyone will be fed well on that evening.

CONCERT: Saturday Church Concert was a great success and enjoyed by everyone. The two pianists, Pam Craff and Margaret Grimsdell, were amazing; their fingers just flew over the key board and the music was such fun and alive. All the pieces were exceptional but I think my favourites were the Brahms Hungarian dances, just wonderful.

CRAFT FAIR: We are all busy in the village preparing for the Christmas Craft Fair which takes place on Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1 from 11am to 5pm in Falmer Parish Hall by the pond. We are all busy baking, making things and look forward to seeing all the different crafts that will be on sale at the fair. Let us hope the weather stays dry for us.


KINGTON WI: Members gathered in the parish hall on Thursday, November 7, for their AGM and with a glass of wine and some nibbles were welcomed by the president, Barbara Cunningham. As the treasurer, Jan Sumner, was away on holiday, the president read out her report. The Institutes’ bank accounts are very healthy at the moment, however as the 55 members are not now eligible for Gift Aid to be claimed on their membership fees, the treasurer anticipated that some fund raising will be necessary. The members accepted the report. The president itemised the next meetings of the clubs (singing, tap, Pilates, book and walking) and she said that a new craft club is being initiated in the pavilion on Friday mornings. The monthly business was followed by the report from the secretary, Sue Wylde, who began by thanking the president for all her support and help. She then gave a resume of the year’s activities beginning with reminiscences of a very varied monthly programme. These included bicycling alone in Asia, anecdotes of working in the Houses of Parliament, learning about John Sell Cotman, listening to West Gallery music, fascinated by amusing incidents of a gardener at Glyndebourne, informed about Ellen Terry and Smallhythe Place and being energetic during a Zumba evening. An extremely well-informed team participated in the East Sussex Quiz, others went to Cardiff for the National AGM, some attended the tennis tournament at Eastbourne, visited Smallhythe Place and went to see Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre in London. The president then gave her thoughts on the year. She thanked members for coming up trumps with requests for cakes at the Family Day and the Art Wave event in the pavilion, and for providing the wonderful food a the recent group meeting hosted by the Institute. This was a very successful event when over 50 members from neighbouring villages were entertained by the magician, John Schofield, and magical he was. Having served her three years as president, Barbara announced her retirement from the office. She thanked the secretary, the treasurer and the committee for all their support and commented that they had been a great team throughout her presidency. She also thanked Diana Crabb, Sylvia Ward and Brenda Neller for the monthly flowers on the president’s table, Peggy Nicholson for leading the singing group and Pauline Awcock who was stepping down because of family needs from organising the MSC. Now was the time, the president said, to look forward to the Christmas Party on December 5 at 6.30pm for 7pm when, as a change from the usual entertainment provided by the members, a professional entertainer was being hired. However there will still be the usual table quiz to tax members’ brains. Hazel Craven then organised the voting for the committee. Those wishing to stand again were re-elected and Helen Dudley was willing to be a member. Beverley Wakeford-Brown was elected president. Two lovely bouquets were presented by Beverley to Barbara, as retiring president, and Janice Barber who was retiring from the committee after serving for several years. The new president thanked everyone for coming to the AGM then closed.


PHILATELIC SOCIETY: When a TV station selects a film for the week it seems that every other station in turn picks the same film for their week, so that for the last week or more we have had Dr Doolittle to be found somewhere every day. What you might ask has this to do with our guest speaker’s presentation on Friday November 8? Well I have collected stamps for many years and was not looking forward to our meeting having been told the subject was French Postmarks. Oh dear, postmarks bore me, more even than seeing Dr Doolittle for the umpteenth time. Instead, the moment the speaker started I sat up and thought, ‘I have never seen anything like this anywhere in the world before’. You can push me any way you like, but this really pulled me. Luckily for me they are difficult to find. The subject in fact was French Maxi Cards. Utterly fascinating. You probably know that they are postal sized postcards. Illustrations depict some thing or person taken from a newly issued stamp. Some recent issues have illustrated French art both old masters and modern. They completely bring the stamp alive with very interesting remarks added. Some famous people, some landscapes, some monuments or whatever. We were shown 200 and that was only Part 2. We found it hard to imagine the amount of time and effort devoted to putting this unique collection together. As our chairman remarked in delivering the special vote of thanks, ‘follow that’. Indeed a night to remember. The cards are sold at post offices for charity with the subject matter chosen by the French Red Cross, or an individual stamp dealer and come in great variety. Apparently an average of around 7000 are printed of each issue with the post office franking each stamped card with a very neat First Day of Issue cancellation. Several countries in the world issue their own. I am sorry to have never come across any before. As with all used philatelic collections, security is not a big problem since each stamp (normally) has its own unique cancellation marks and once photographed is quite easily traced. Meetings are held in Christ Church on the corner of Fitzjohn and Prince Edwards Road at 7pm for 7.30pm prompt. These are quite suitable for adults and children and all are most welcome with nothing to pay. On December 13 it is our Christmas do and quite what we are going to do is not yet certain but it will be fun. We are told by visitors that we are a cheerful and friendly group. Come and see. If you have a collection that you wish to sell or keep then bring them along and we will give you free options. For more information ring Hugh on 01273 472096.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: After all the rain, it was definitely going to be muddy, and it was, but not too muddy. Not enough to spoil a good walk in the pleasing countryside around Chailey. From the bus stop near to McBean’s Orchids we headed west across a ploughed and planted field. It was quite squelchy with big puddles of water. The next field was not as bad. Then there was a lot of walking along tracks that varied in muddiness. The tracks headed north from Lower Burrells, in whose garden was the most wonderful maple tree in all its red autumn glory. Skirting South Chailey, we passed The Hooke with its late 18th century stone front (Pevsner) and at the end of the walk, the beautifully situated Chailey Moat which looked amazing across the large pond (or small lake) it sits beside. With over half an hour before the bus arrived we enjoyed sitting in the sun outside the church of St Peter with its 13th century tower and chancel (Pevsner again). Fourteen of us were led by Hilda and Graham. The next walk is on Tuesday, at Ashurst Wood. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

BEETLE DRIVE tonight (Friday) hosted by Newhaven Twinning Association at the Scout Hut, Fort Road recreation ground. £5 adults, £2.50 children includes a ploughmans supper, bring your own drink. If you have not already booked for catering reasons can you ring Terry Nunn on 01273 515587. Non members very welcome.

ST LEONARD’S, Denton, is holding its Christmas Fair tomorrow (Saturday) in Denton Social Centre, 10am to 11.30am. Gifts, cakes, books, cards, bric-a-brac, refreshments available.

ST MICHAEL’S: Newhaven Town Mayor Cllr Julie Carr will open the church Christmas Fair tomorrow (Saturday) in the church rooms at 2.30pm and the fair is open till 4pm. Christmas teas, books/puzzles, nearly new, crafts, tombola, games. Carol singing and Christmas trees in the church.

MENCAP Christmas Fair tomorrow (Saturday) in Riverside Hall, West Quay, 1pm to 4pm. Cakes,gifts and toys, tombola,cards, everyone a winner, raffle and many more stalls plus a visit from Father Christmas.

NCDA: Don’t forget to vote on Monday November 25th for Newhaven Community Development Association’s new project Food4Seahaven which is a finalist in the People’s Millions Lottery Grant. If successful the money will fund the Community Kitchen associated with the food bank which will be able to introduce training for the volunteers and food bank beneficiaries.The project will be featured on ITV Meridian South East on Monday and you can vote from 9am to midnight with the winner being announced on Tuesday afternoon. You can see more about the project on

RNLI Christmas Fair, Saturday November 30 at the Hillcrest Centre, 10am Father Christmas, Haven Harmonies Choir singing at 11am. Loads of stalls, tombola and raffle. Entrance 25p so go along and support your local lifeboat.

TEA ND CAROLS in St Michael’s Church Hall on Friday December 6 at 4pm. Numbers limited so if you want to book a place telephone Ann Payne on 01273 514841.

COUNTRY MARKET every Thursday at the Hillcrest Centre from 9.45am to 1pm. Homemade and fresh produce as well as local crafts. There is free parking and disabled access. Tea, coffee, cakes and amazing freshly cooked good quality and value lunches available at the Hillcrest Cafe next to the market. There will be a special Christmas market where you can get Christmas decorations, gifts and seasonal food on Thursday, November 28. You can place orders here for Christmas cakes, puddings and mince pies.


POST OFFICE: Recently I reported that there were plans afoot to move the Post Office in Studio Craft on the South Coast Road to the Nisa store. There was an opportunity to comment on this proposal. Many of you must have done so for I read that following protests this idea has been dropped and alternative sites are being sought. It is good to know that somebody is listening to residents.

PLANNING: A planning application has been submitted by Bovis Homes to build 55 homes on land to the north of Arundel Road East. I attend most town council planning meetings but there are seldom more than a handful of residents in attendance. However I can’t recall seeing so many last week as clearly many residents appeared to be strongly opposing this development. The final decision on this application will be made by Lewes District Council. However our own District Councillors promised to take forward to the Lewes meeting the objections raised by those who voiced their views.

BLOOD DONORS: The Blood and Transplant team are returning to Peacehaven on Wednesday. They will be in the main hall Community House from 2pm to 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm. Donating is easy and painless, supplies are so often in short supply. Regular donors can book an appointment time if required by calling 0300 123 23 23. New donors are always welcome so just drop in and see one of the nurses.

RELATE: A new charity shop has recently opened in the Meridian Centre shopping mall. Despite a clearly displayed notice in the door requesting people not to put bags there some people are ignoring it. I recently saw around 20 bags there on a Monday morning. This practice is not helpful as it contravenes the Fire Regulations and thus leaves this worthy charity in breach of its tenancy agreement. If it persists, far from helping with the fund raising by this shop, it may result in it being forced to close.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by Lioness Club in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market on Saturday November 30 will be organised by the Butterfly Nursery. To book a table contact them on 07949 742 924.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the policy and finance committee this Tuesday in the Anzac Room. It starts at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend and will have an opportunity to ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, INNA the local advice group are holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday. Next week on Tuesday Mencap will be behind the counter. The Peacehaven Players return to the Community House foyer on Thursday offering refreshments. And finally on Friday November 29 St Laurence Church will be providing the teas and coffees. December is always a popular time for organisations to have a coffee morning. As a result of somebody pulling out there is just one slot still available on Thursday December 12. A call to Debbie in the information office 585493 will secure for you.

CINEMA: Tickets are on sale in the information office at £5 each for the December film to be shown in the Community House main hall. Blue Jasmine is being shown on Monday 9 starting at 7.30pm.

PEN TO PAPER: There is a creative writing group who meet at Downlands,Court, Roundhay Avenue every Saturday from 10.30am to12.30pm. This easy going and friendly group of local residents would welcome a few more members. For more details contact Sue Sayers on 01273 588803.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: The Church of the Ascension in Bramber Avenue are holding an event on Saturday November 30 from 1pm to 5pm. It will be opened by the Mayor of Peacehaven. There will be plenty to see and do including a visit to Santa’s Grotto.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre, in the lounge is hosted by Wine and Social Club. All welcome from 10am until noon.

MEETING of the Polegate Wine and Social Club on Tuesday when our speaker is Will Duke, on the life and times of Scan Tester. All welcome from 7.30pm at Polegate Community Centre.

STATIONERY ENGINES is the title of the talk by Allen Cullen at Eastbourne Local History Society meeting, on Tuesday. Visitors welcome at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. Doors open at 7pm.

POLEGATE DRAMA group pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates. Booking has started and the pantomime will be running from January 18 to 26.

CHRISTMAS FAIR on Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. Open from 9am to 1pm. Bus numbers 51, 56, 126, 143 stop outside. Bus number 54 and 98 stop at Willingdon Triangle. Many different stalls.

PCA AGM on Wednesday, at 7.30pm in the main hall at Polegate Community Centre. This is your association and we would like to hear from you. Free glass of wine/juice as a reward.

POLEGATE GARDENERS Society are holding a Social on November 28, at 7.30pm at the Community Centre. All welcome.

EASTBOURNE AREA EPILEPSY, Youth Group, meet on the second Saturday of every month at Community Wise, Ocklynge Road, Eastbourne from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The Youth Group is for young people between seven and 19 years and their parents to meet friends, chat and have fun. There is pool, table tennis, crafts, music and refreshments. New members are always welcome. Contact Andy Evans on 504893 or email for more info.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR in aid of Willingdon and Polegate windmill on Saturday November 30, at St Johns Church Hall. Open from 10am until 12.30pm. All welcome. We are expecting a visit from Santa.

CHRISTMAS FUN Quiz at the Community Centre on Saturday November 30, at 7.30pm. Entry £3 per person, teams of up to six. Bring your own food, tea and coffee on sale. Tickets are on sale at the Community Centre Office and Saturday coffee mornings. For further details please telephone Wendy or John on 484631.


CHRISTMAS FAIR in the village halls tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. This is St Mary’s main fund raising event of the year and with the rainbow theme the Jack Hart Hall looks most colourful with plenty of goods to tempt you. In the various rooms in the hall there are plenty of stalls to attract you as well as the rainbow ones including produce, books, children’s toys, gourmet, cakes, tombola and raffle, etc. Refreshments available in the Rogers Room during the fair. Grand draw tickets will also be on sale.

FOOTBALL: Tomorrow, Saturday the first team are at home against Pagham in a league fixture, 3pm kick-off at The Caburn. The second team travel to Shoreham FC for their Reserve Section Premier match also with a 3pm kick off. On Sunday the Youth Team are away to Newhaven in a league fixture with an 11am kick off.

WINTER PARTY: Ringmer Twinning Association are holding this event at The Caburn tomorrow, Saturday, commencing at 7.30pm. Besides a meal there will be music and dancing led by Tony Dunn. Tickets £8 (including meal) from Sharon Gunde on 01273 812186 or Jim Stock on 01273 813390.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on November 13 was: 1, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. Contact number 814220.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: After its most successful production of Wyrd Sisters the Society is holding auditions for its next production which will hopefully be Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie. Auditions will take place in the Rogers Room of the village hall on Thursday, at 7.30pm. If interested but not available that evening please phone Barrie Smith on 01273 812249.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT and Table Top Sale at Ringmer Community College on Saturday, November 30, between 10am and noon. There are only a few tables left so if you would like to book one at £5 please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 153.

COFFEE MORNING: Angela Howard is holding this event at her home at 1 Elm Close, Lewes Road on Saturday, November 30, from 10.30am to 12.30pm in aid of the Philippines Hurricane Disaster so all profits made will go to the CAFOD Disaster Appeal. Entrance £1 and there will also be a bring a buy stall.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society are holding this event in the village hall on Saturday, November 30, commencing at 2pm. If you have any jumble you wish to donate please bring it to the Hall as near to noon as possible.

LIGHTS OF LOVE SERVICE: Please note that if you wish a loved one remembered at this service being held at St Mary’s at 4pm on Saturday, December 7 you must send in your form and donation to Thelma Saunders, Powderham, 2 Shepherds Close, Ringmer BN8 5LS by Sunday, December 1.

MYSTERY PLAYS: I have been asked to point out that the Lewes Passion Play Group are putting on some Mystery Plays on Saturday, April 19, in Harvey’s Yard, Lewes and that the next Passion Play will not be until 2015. If you want further information please contact or call/text 07926 486567.

NEW CORRESPONDENT: As from the beginning of December I will no longer be the Parish Pump correspondent for Ringmer. The new correspondent will be Anna-May Bridger, 19 Shepherds Way, Ringmer BN8 5LS whose e-mail address is She would like to receive most items for the pump by e-mail but if you do not have a computer her phone number is 01273 813821 or put what you want in the Pump through her door.

Rodmell & Southease

THIS WEEK has had its sad moments. Our old goat Tine had a quick collapse on Saturday November 9 whilst he was walking alongside me, to go to his feed shed. He lay there looking at me as though to say, ‘I’m not going yet its food time,’ he then struggled up and continued walking. Seeing this as a sign that at his great age he probably was not long for this world, I went into the food store for the next few days and was relieved to hear his little bleat to let me know he was hungry. However on Wednesday November 13 I looked out in the garden and saw him laid out in the sunshine with Lily, the little white Siamese cat from across the road, by his side. He had laid down in the sun in his favourite spot and just died, a very peaceful way to go of his own choosing. I miss his terribly, and the little things like saving vegetable peelings and chopping up banana skins for him, as well as giving him his morning toast, are now a ritual of the past. He was a much loved pet and known to so many people, even getting publicity in the B&B books for hikers, and being mentioned online. He must also have been the most photographed goat ever. I don’t know what I shall do with his empty stable and paddocks as I don’t feel able to cope with more animals with my present situation. No doubt there is some great plan worked out in the universe of life, I just have to wait for it to happen.

SAD TIME: It’s been a sad time in Rodmell of late as three more Rodmell people have died and there are various people ill or finding life difficult. Our thoughts are with the people coping with their situations.

THE MEMORIAL SERVICE for Anne Florence Foster (1925-2013) took place in Rodmell Church on Friday November 15. The church was packed as Anne was a very popular lady. It’s amazing how much you find out about the life of people once they die, for instance, Anne’s family told us that she was born in Peru, how exotic is that? And she was one of the first people to be involved in the scientific work to be done on Global Warming. She also worked for the Natural History Museum and was involved in the work on the information about the famous Piltdown skull. Anne loved to travel and loved being in the teaching profession. She was much loved by all her family who made it obvious that she was a lovely lady of great style.

NEW STOVE: Having ordered a new wood-burning stove from a recommended local supplier on September 28, I expected to have everything sorted, or at least on the way by now. Living in an all electric village and with bad weather predicted for the winter it’s a bit of a worry as the house needs to be kept warm, especially when one has a sick person to care for. I’m hoping the situation will be sorted soon.

FRIENDS: What would I do without them? Some of mine took me to the Martlet’s Hospice concert, Musicals For The Martlets at the Hove Centre, Hove Town Hall on Sunday November 17. It was an amazing event with many talented people of all ages and the afternoon performance was sold out. Sadly I understand the evening performance did not sell enough tickets to make it viable but these days it is probably a common thing, as I know many older people do not like to go out in the evenings in the winter and many are reluctant to walk about in the dark and use public transport because of a few making it difficult for the rest.

APPLES: We still have a load of apples and when I can find the time I pick them and bag them up. Some to go our pub and others I take to Raystede or my mother’s care home. I hate waste, especially with all the people going hungry in this frantic world of today.

THE TALK by Tim Ambrose FSA on the Life and Work of the reverend Dr John Delp (172501812) was most interesting. It was held at Kingston Village Hall and was well attended. I couldn’t help but think how different our rector’s life is to Dr Delp’s who seemed to spend a lot of time with the upper classes involved in drama and poetry but most have found a little time to be vicar of Iford and Kingston. It seems around this time that educated people either went into the church or the law and many women from such families if they didn’t marry became nuns. I had an uncle who was a vicar on the Isle of man, a great aunt who was a nun and my great grandfather resided at No 3 Lincolns Inn as a lawyer.


CONCERT: Wu String Quartet playing works by Haydn, Smetana and Mozart at Cross Way, 7.45pm November 29. Tickets £12 at the door. Doors open 7.15pm.


FREE PSA (prostate specific antigen) testing at Telscombe Civic Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. One in every two men will have a health problem with their prostate at some stage of their lives. PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen, it is a simple blood test that measures the amount of antigen produced by the prostate, entering the blood It is not a direct test for cancer, a moderately raised reading can be an indicator of a prostate problem, a high reading should trigger further tests to determine if there is a need for any treatment. The testing is conducted by trained personnel and nurses using the latest Mediwatch Bioscan equipment requiring only a finger prick and giving results within 10 minutes. These tests have been carried out throughout the country. Book your appointment on 01903 775783.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

OWEN DONOVAN will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

BEVE AND THE BEETROOTS will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen from 8,30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CHALK FARM HOTEL which gives training and work experience to adults with a learning disability, will be having their Christmas Fair from 11am to 3pm on Sunday. Attractions include a large variety of stalls including home-made cakes, raffle, greetings cards, games and competitions, mulled wine, mince pies, teas and coffee, tombola and a visit to Santa’s grotto with his elf helpers. Admission is 50p for adults and free for children. Another date for your diary is the next coffee morning at Chalk Farm Hotel which is from 10.30am to 11.45am on Thursday December 12.

TOY SUNDAY at St Mary’s Church is on November 24 when parishioners are asked to bring along new unwrapped gifts for children, teenagers and mothers in need, which will then be distributed through Family Support Work in the area. Wrapping paper would also be appreciated. The gifts can be taken along at the 9.45am or the 11.30am service.

MUSIC RECITAL: Michael Stumbles will be directing a music recital at 7.30pm on Monday at St Mary’s Church. Taking part will be the recital choir, with guest performers both vocal and instrumental with solo and ensemble items. There will also be some piano solos from Coryn Roberts. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection for the Polegate based charity Children with Cancer.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Huggetts Lane and Freshway at 11am on Friday November 29. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

ST MATHEW’S GOSPEL: Bp David will be giving an introduction to St Mathew’s Gospel at 7.30pm on Tuesday at St Mary’s Church. Further bible stories will follow at the same time and venue on December 3 and December 10.

THE 3 MMMs meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 8pm in St Mary’s Church Hall. The last meeting was most enjoyable and all the members came away with beautiful flower arrangements which they had been shown how to make with rose buds and garden foliage. The next meeting is on November 27 for a craft evening when members will be shown how to make various craft items. The materials will be provided for a small cost. There will also be Body Shop items which can be purchased.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Polegate Windmill will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar from 10am to 12.30pm on Saturday November 30 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. To book a table to sell your own goods, please contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496.

THE GLEN CHORALE, under their new musical director Ansy Boothroyd, will be presenting their Christmas concert at 2.30pm on Monday December 2 at Wannock Village Hall and this will be repeated at the same time and venue on Monday December 9. The programme includes The Bell Carol, Calypso Carol, The Candle Song, and We wish you a merry Christmas. There will be several solos and carols for audience participation. Tickets are £6 each to include tea and mince pies. For further information please contact Janet on 01323 502113.

COMMUNITY MARKET is open every Wednesday morning from 9am to 1pm at Trinity Church Hall. November 27 will be the Christmas market.