Parish Pump Newhaven - November 23, 2012


DICKENSIAN EVENING in Alfriston starts tomorrow (Saturday) at 3pm. Remember that the through road will be closed from 3pm to 9pm. There is a frequent park and ride service (£2 return) from Drusilllas car park (parking free) and a bus service from Berwick Station. The Dickensian Committee has worked hard to prepare the village to welcome Father Christmas and visitors to celebrate the beginning of the festive season. Hoping to see you and hoping you all have a most enjoyable evening.

THE COSMOFIL Film Club will be showing Marius, directed by Alexander Korda on November 30 at 7pm for 7.30pm start, at the War Memorial Hall. Tickets £5 for Cosmofil students, guest £7 and free to under 20s.


CHRISTMAS PARTY at Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club will be held on Saturday December 1 at 7pm.

WHIST DRIVE: The next Whist Drive to raise funds for Bishopstone Parish Hall will be on December 8 starting at 7.30pm. Cost £2.50 per person including refreshments. All welcome for a light-hearted evening’s entertainment.

ST ANDREW’S DAY: Friday November 30 is St Andrew’s Day, patron saint of fishermen, hence popular in Bishopstone and other local churches.


CHURCH SERVICE: The Sunday services are at 10.15am Glynde for Holy Communion and the at 5pm at Firle for Evening Prayer.

AGM: On Thursday the AGM of the village hall will take place starting at 7.30pm at the hall. Do come along and hear how the hall restoration work is going and what we have left to do. You can then have a look at it and hopefully be surprised at what has been done to the hall and of course ask any questions you would like about the project.

OVER 50S: Last Monday we had a get together with a cup of tea and a chat and have now organised a trip out on Thursday December 13 leaving Firle/Glynde/ Beddingham at 11am to go to Horsham Christmas Market. The cost is £15 per person. Horsham also has some very interesting museums and shops you might like to visit. Then on December 17 we are having our Christmas Lunch at the Ram Inn. The cost is £12 per person for a two course lunch. If any one would like to join us for either of these events ring 07933766896.

OLD PICTURES: As everyone knows in Firle we do a lot of photography of events that have taken place in Firle and we are just wondering if anyone has in their collections any pictures of late 1890 to 1960’s of the Gardens of Firle Place, or the village life. If you have and would not mind us copying them for the archives and tell us a little about the photo that would be great. Do call us on 07933766896 or 01273858307. Thanks in advance for any help you can give us.


WESTGATE WI: Our annual meeting in November highlighted reports which included a reminder of our diverse speakers, from January’s overview of names on Brighton buses through to October’s poignant picture of the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice. After business discussions, members looked forward to the Christmas celebration next month on December 12, featuring live entertainment and a buffet lunch. A carol concert will be held at Barcombe Church on December 7. (A Stephen).

CHRISTMAS FAIR tomorrow, Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm in Cliffe Church Hall (behind church). Cakes, preserves, tombola, Bonfire Night photographs for sale. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: There was a good turnout for a lovely sunny walk on the Downs above Findon. It started with a nice muddy patch by the first gate but thereafter the route was mostly on easy tracks that took us north, gradually climbing to reach the top of the ridge at Chanctonbury overlooking the Weald, a huge vista over Washington, Ashington and beyond. Chanctonbury Ring was an iron-age fort, dating back to the 5th century BC, and the site of two Roman Temples according to Wikipedia. Beech trees planted in 1760 by Charles Goring were a famous landmark but were mostly destroyed in the Great Storm of 1987. Some of the stumps are still visible, looking, at a distance, like standing stones. The new trees are doing well. Looping south, the route back to Findon was down-hill all the way. The long grass was still damp from the morning dew and many took the opportunity to clean the mud off their boots. This proved a little fruitless as the mud by the gate at the start was the same unavoidable mud at the end. Gordon led this thoroughly enjoyable walk which was also notable for not having a single stile to cross. The next walk is on Tuesday, Chelwood Gate. Meet at top North Street car park for a prompt 9.30am start.


SCHOOL: South Malling School is very pleased to have raised £725 for Children in Need last Friday. The school council had selected a range of ideas for stalls and games to bring in money so on Friday morning, with everyone dressed in pyjamas, the whole school was able to visit the fair and enjoy playing games and eating cakes. At the same time the children learnt about dealing with money. Year 6 children partnered the reception children to help them manage their money. In this way, not only did everyone have fun and learn something but the whole school put generosity into practice and enjoyed supporting others, raising a considerable amount of money for a very worthwhile cause. Thanks go to deputy head, Annie Schulte and to several kind parents for organising the event. Congratulations to Jay Pullen in Year 6 for coming second in the Ringmer Cross Country running event. He and his team mates managed a good run on an arduous course and the school was delighted that he was second out of 117 children in the event. On Thursday parents were invited to a workshop on e-safety. Keeping our children safe when using the internet, computer games or mobile phones is becoming a really serious matter. The school believes that working with parents to explore the issues will increase their awareness and help them protect young people and teach them how to use technology safely. This week was Anti Bullying week. The school held assemblies and lessons to discuss how to prevent bullying and deal with it when it happens. Children focussed on the slogan, ‘we’re better without bullying.’ The school is confident it has effective procedures to deal with bullying. These will be reviewed with Governors at their next meeting to double check everything necessary to keep children happy and safe is being done. The week also saw the beginning of paired class work, to support reading. Each class has a partner class, and the older children visit the younger ones to read with them or share a book so that confidence and mutual support is developed - and both can enjoy a good read.

PARISH CHURCH: Last Sunday the church continued a rather more informal service of morning prayer that is scheduled for the third Sunday of each month. Led by a music group, it includes an opportunity for members of the congregation to speak about ways in which they believe that God is helping and supporting them. As usual, children leave for their own classes after the first part of the service. The Vicar took assembly at South Malling School last Tuesday which of course is a Church of England school. Two of his own children are there to let him know how it went. Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a working party in the churchyard and in church between 9am and noon to get it ready for Advent and a new church year which starts next week. On Sunday there is a Communion service at 9.30am.

CHRISTMAS FAIR at the Community Centre takes place from noon to 3pm tomorrow, Saturday. There are lots of games and prizes, refreshments in the cafe cum meeting room, Father Christmas will be there and you also get a chance to look around the recently redecorated parts of the building and find out what happens there during the week. Do come along and support the group that is working hard to provide this valuable facility for the people of Malling.

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RNLI Christmas Sale at the Hillcrest Centre tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to 1pm. A good chance to get your Christmas presents at this popular annual Christmas event.

CHRISTMAS FAIR tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to 11.30am Denton and Mount Pleasant Community Centre in aid of St Leonard’s, Denton Church funds, all welcome.

MENCAP: Newhaven Mencap is holding a fundraising evening tomorrow (Saturday) at their headquarters, Riverside Hall on West Quay. It is an Elvis Night and begins at 7.30pm, admission £5 on the door, licensed bar.

MACMILLAN QUIZ: There will be a quiz night at The Ship on Monday at 7.30pm. £1 per person, proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support.

SHOPPING EVENT: Paradise Park is holding its popular Christmas late-night shopping event on Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm. Featuring the Rock Solid Youth Group Band, free Christmas decorating masterclass, free tastings of local drinks, preserves, chutneys and sweets, Father Christmas will be in residence from 4pm to 8pm. Free to enter raffle.

COUNTRY MARKET: There will be a special Christmas themed market on Thursday at the Hillcrest Centre from 9.45am to 1pm. All the usual stalls will be there, great Christmas cakes and sweets plus gifts for all the family.

LADIES NIGHT: The Ark on West Quay is holding its first ever Ladies Night on Friday November 30. The evening will raise funds for the Remember Spencer charity. Tickets are £20 from the Ark and include a glass of wine, a main course meal and eyebrow threading from a qualified beautician. Other events include a male auction labour for the day, a chance to buy The Ark Football Club Calendar and more.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH Christmas Fair in the church rooms 2.30pm to 4pm Saturday December 1. Teas, trees and the chance to buy your Christmas presents.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: The September meeting started with a ploughman’s lunch before the business. Quite a few members were still on holiday but all rallied round making it very enjoyable. There was also a silent auction to boost funds. The October meeting was our annual meeting with the re-election of the committee and Jean Hall will continue as president. In November we had a wonderful talk with slides given by Ian Everest about the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It was so interesting, very moving and gave us an insight into all the work that has been carried out. It was started by Fabian Ware who enlisted the help of Rudyard Kipling as his literary adviser, also Lutyens was involved. Ian Everest started his research in 1982 and commented that he wished he had spoken more to his grandparents about their experiences in the last World War but when you are young you are not so interested. A comment echoed by many. Ian’s grandfather was in the Army but was captured at the first battle and was a prisoner of war for four years. The battlefields looked so desolate and of course many soldiers’ bodies have not been recovered or are buried in unknown graves. Some husbands came to the meeting which they appreciated. At the December meeting we will be entertained by Encore. Our programme for 2013 covers many interesting subjects and any new members will be made most welcome. We meet on the second Monday of the month in South Heighton Village Hall at 2.15pm. (J Jennings).


QUIZ NIGHT: Remember the last of the Mayor’s charity quiz nights for this year will be held in the Community House, Meridian Centre tonight, Friday. It starts at 7pm but teams must book in advance with the information office and pay £2 per head. Bring along your own food and drink.

COMMUNITY RESPONDERS: Could you be a local responder? As a local volunteer using your own time and your own car you would be trained by the South East Coast Ambulance Service to respond to life threatening calls. Equipped with a defibrillator you could respond to calls and reach patients prior to the ambulance arriving. To find out more go to Why not contact the local team leader Phil Ashton on 01273 587714 if you think this would interest you. Responders play a vital role in providing emergency care in their own community.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Will you be alone this Christmas? The local churches have joined together to provide a meal at the church hall on the corner of Arundel Road and Bramber Avenue from 11.30am on Christmas Day. Plenty of refreshments, games, and entertainment plus a three course Christmas lunch, the Queen’s speech and a visit from Santa perhaps. They can offer transport for those with a mobility problem or bring a meal to your home. There will be no charge whether you eat in the hall or at home. But booking is essential. Call 07944 302 524 to book or get more information, or email

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow is in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon. It has been arranged by the Young Mayor of Peacehaven. Next week the Peacehaven Scouts are holding the market to build up their fund for a replacement minibus. To book a table with them call 01323 891320.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Peacehaven WI are in the Meridian Centre, Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes. There are just two coffee mornings next week. On Thursday the Peacehaven Players will be behind the counter followed on Friday November 30 by INAA the local advice group.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the Policy and Finance committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Members of the public may attend and ask questions during the first 15 minutes.


ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: This week we celebrate Christ The King Sunday, Holy Communion will be at St John’s Church at 11am led by Rev Glen Hocking, one of the Lewes Prison Chaplains. All are welcome and not just church goers. After the service there will be refreshments and time for a good natter. One of our core activities is to collect food (tinned stuff) for, and to support, the wonderful work done by Knowles Toot family support team. Particularly in these difficult times of redundancy and real hardship, they are an oasis of hope, help and caring. At St John’s we are collecting greatly needed food so if you would like to help from your weekly shop you can drop it off at church. Every tin will be given to a needy family. For music lovers there will be a real treat tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm a concert in church; Esterhazy Choir and Corelli Ensemble: Vivaldi, Mozart and Schubert. Also that day at the White Hart at 8.15am the Lewes Churches are putting on breakfast and a very interesting life story talk; and is open to everybody. Also that day if you can spare an hour or two helping the garden party clear up it would be a real help.


WANTED information on M Brooke Stoker, novelist who first published a book in 1932 to the early 1970s, the publishers Robert Hale says that she was known as Mary Brooke-Taylor of Willingdon. Is this the same person as Mildred Mary Stoker born 1911 and died in Eastbourne in 199? Would relatives of this lady please contact John Harrington. Has any one any info on her or her life in Willingdon please. For John Harrington, who can be contacted on or via me Maureen on 485971. Also any info on the Royal Observer Corps at Polegate in 1925-1953. Paul Wakefield would like to be in contact with anyone whose family worked at this station. Contact Paul at

UNWANTED birthday or Christmas presents wanted which can be used for fundraising. All proceeds to pay for a small gift for the children from Father Christmas at the fair. Please leave your gifts at Polegate Community Centre office. (Joan Shoesmith).

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Neighbourhood Watch. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

WINDSOR CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, charity evening, counting of the charity bottle and presentation. Also lunch time live music with Mel. December 1, live music. If you are interested to join your friendly community social club, open seven days a week from 11 am. Why not come along and savour our beer and entertainment. We put on a range of entertainment including discos, live bands, karaoke, quizzes, race nights, bingo, darts, ladies and men’s, golf section, fishing section, pool league. Polegate Community Centre.

POLEGATE RAMBLERS: Blackboys Inn Circular, 4.5 miles with Sue T 482441; or A Long Way Round to Golf, 9.5 miles picnic only with John 724972. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am November 29.


TABLE TOP SALE and Christmas Fair at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and 1pm. Santa’s Grotto, Christmas raffle, mince pies and coffee, free entry and parking.

FOOTBALL: The first team are at home this weekend with an SCFL Div one fixture against Lingfield. Kick off time at The Caburn is 3pm. The second team travel to Mile Oak for a Reserve Section Premier League match, also with a 3pm kick off. The planned mid-week league fixture against Dorking Wanderers is postponed again as Dorking have a Surrey Senior Cup match which takes priority. However, there is some mid-week football at The Caburn as the Brian Smith Memorial Match is to be played on Wednesday, with a proposed 7.30pm kick off time. This match is between a Sammy Donnelly XI and a Derek Southease XI with the teams comprising ex-players and veterans plus hopefully some Sussex County Cricketers. Hopefully much fun will be had by all and some funds raised for charity as well.

THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY: There is still time to get a tickets for Angela Howard’s production of this very well known play by HE Bates as it is on this evening, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.45pm. Tickets can be obtained from Middleton’s at a cost of £8 so do try to get along if you have not already done so for a great evening’s entertainment and support your local dramatic society.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on November 14 was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett. The next meeting of the Club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St. Mary’s Room of the village hall.

ST MARY’S Christmas Fair will be held in the village hall on Saturday, December 1, from 10am to 1pm and is the main fundraising event of St Mary’s. There are all the usual stalls, a list of which can be found in the November edition of the Ringmer Church and Village News and stallholders will be grateful to receive donations. Tea/coffee will be served throughout the morning plus ploughmans lunches and soup from about midday. Raffle tickets will be sold in the shopping precinct tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am so if you have not bought any yet please do so then.

LIGHTS OF LOVE SERVICE: The annual service in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice will take place at Ringmer Parish Church at 4pm on Saturday December 8. If you wish to sponsor a light on the tree in memory of loved ones, forms may be obtained from Thelma Saunders (01273 812822) or from St Mary’s Church, or from the Wednesday Coffee Break in the village hall; these should be returned to Thelma before December 1.

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COFFEE CLUB: On Wednesday we have another Coffee Club meeting in the village hall. This is a good time to meet up with friends and neighbours, catch up on village news and enjoy tasty cakes and coffee. It’s from 11am to 12.30pm. All welcome.

BUGS: There seem to be a lot of bugs around at the moment especially the sickness and diarrhoea and winter vomiting bug which I hear is around the village. I was not feeling top notch myself last week but thankfully it seems to have passed.

DARK EVENINGS: I really get annoyed at the evenings getting dark so early as I love to work in the garden or the field and it’s so frustrating to have to come in because it’s so dark.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meeting on Monday November 12 was fairly well attended and it was an interesting meeting. We are so lucky to have a parish council that works so hard for us.

FOOD: Watching Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day programme on Sunday I was pleased to see he promoted being frugal and not wasting food as many do these days. Practically everything he did I also do, but I put my ideas down to the fact that I was a war baby, and rationing was part of life for some time after the war be you rich or poor. Also our mums and grandmothers taught us to cook and make the best of what we could get. My grandmother made the best macaroni cheese ever and her roast potatoes were heaven.

PLANTS: There are so many shrubs and plants out that shouldn’t be at the moment. I have strawberries fruiting and flowering, primroses out and various shrubs in flower plus bulbs are popping up everywhere.

CHURCHES: The shortage of money for our churches in Sussex has been in the headlines on local TV and newspapers. It appears the average weekly giving per church member in Sussex is £7.86 and needs to be £8.86 to cover the projected deficit. All charities seem to be suffering as well as people scrimping and saving just to get enough for food and heating, nursing home fees for elderly relations etc.


BEER: Oh I have been waiting for this for such a long time. Tonight, Friday, between 7pm and 11pm there will be a Seaford Beer Festival at the Seaford Rugby Club in the Salts. Entry is £10 which includes a pint of beer, food and a souvenir glass. There will also be music. The festival continues at 3pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CINEMA: The film tonight (7.30pm) at the Seaford Community Cinema at the Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane is A Separation which won the Oscar for the best foreign language film last year. It is a powerful and complex film which deals with class and gender in a compassionate way. Tickets are available from the tourist information office.

FOLK CLUB meet at the Royal British Legion at 8pm. The guests tonight are Martyn Wyndham Read and Iris Bishop, who I am told have a beautiful singing style.

COUNCILLOR SURGERY: Seaford Liberal Democrat Councillors are holding a drop in surgery tomorrow, Saturday, at 37 Church Street between 10am and noon. No appointment is necessary, just pop in and they will be pleased to help.

BAZAAR: Our Sailing Club are holding a Christmas Bazaar at the Seaford Clubhouse on Marine Parade tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. There will be a tombola, hamper raffle, bric-a-brac, books and all sorts of Christmas Gifts. Mulled wine and other refreshments will be available from the splendid Shorebreak Café. There is plenty of free parking at the Buckle car park, so pop along and you may find that Christmas gift you have been looking for.

ARTS AND CRAFT SALE: The Clinton Centre is the venue of an Arts and Crafts sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4pm. There will be plenty of handmade items to peruse including homemade cards. There will be refreshments and a raffle and entrance is free.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT GALLERY: From tomorrow, Saturday, until December 2, Seaford Christmas Craft Gallery will be open from 11am to 5pm in the magical setting of the Crypt Gallery. Entrance is free and it will be jam packed with local crafts to buy. Last year this was a true delight and I am in no doubt that it will be the same this year.

ROAD BLOCK: If you are heading out of Seaford tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon or evening, you can only go east or west; the road north through Alfriston will be blocked from 3pm to 9pm for the Alfriston Dickensian Festival.

ETHNIC SALE: There will be a sale of handmade clothes, bags , scarves and jewellery from Nepal on sale on Monday from 10am to 3pm. The venue is the Palm Tree which is at 12 Sutton Park Road just opposite HSBC. There will be tea and coffee. For further information call 07900 998553.

TALK: Seaford Natural History Society meet at St Luke’s Church Hall and on Tuesday afternoon at 2.15pm their guest speaker will be Margaret Pilkington speaking about the stream-side meadows of the River Ouse. If you would like to know more information about the society contact Anne Fletcher on 01323 491964.

POSTCARD TALK: I will be the guest speaker at the Seaford Lecture and Literary Society on Tuesday evening, when I will be speaking about collecting postcards. The talk is illustrated with many local views. The club meet in St Leonard’s Church Hall at 7.15pm. For further information call 01323 491964.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the Community Services Committee at 37 Church Street on Thursday at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome and can ask questions at the start of the meeting. An agenda is available on-line or from the council offices.

SEAFORD IN BLOOM: OK, so there are not many flowers around at this time of year but why not help make Seaford more colourful next year by attending a pasta evening next Friday (November 30) at Diella’s in Dane Road. Tickets are available from Fotobox in Broad Street.


COUNCIL MEETINGS: There will be a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Monday at 7.30 pm in room 1. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings 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: There will be a bingo evening at the Civic Centre on Friday November 30 with a 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. 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 go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY Saturday December 1 from 10am to 11 am. This will be held at the Civic Centre and is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. There is usually a county councillor present too and a representative from the local police. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S Film Show and Games Morning. Starting on Saturday December 1 from 10am to noon, Telscombe Town Council will be hosting a film show and games morning for young people at the Civic Centre. There will be films, table tennis and pool. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Entry is free, and refreshments will be available to purchase. This is going to be held regularly on the first Saturday of the month, to coincide with the councillor’s surgery and coffee morning.

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BOXING DAY SWIM: Willingdon Athletic Football Club members are organising their 26th annual Boxing Day sponsored swim. It will be taking place at noon by Eastbourne bandstand. This year, the swim is in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and St Wilfrid’s Hospice, and the club is keen to enlist as many swimmers as possible in order to equal or beat last year’s total of 50. The Dons have been fortunate in attracting a lot of players this season and it is hoped that some of them may be prepared to take part in the swim and bring along family and friends who may also be willing to go into the sea for a quick dip. In fact anyone is welcome to join in and sometimes the charities themselves have volunteers who also take part. This event attracts a big crowd, and as always, The Cumberland Hotel will be providing changing facilities before and after the swim and hot soup afterwards. If you would like to take part or sponsor a swimmer or the team as a whole or make a donation contact John Shepherd on 01323 734344 or email

POSH FROCKS and canapés: It is nice to dress up occasionally and this could be the occasion to do so. Maureen and John Males are hosting Posh Frocks and Canapés’ at their home The Cottage Dittons Road Polegate at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday. The event is in aid of the JPK Project. the aim of which is to provide a supported residential centre with meaningful daytime activities for people with a learning disability. For further information or for tickets please ring Maureen on 01323 482011 or the JPK co-ordinator Jill Parker on 01323 486179.

THE WATSON BROTHERS will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

SCUK will be playing live music from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday at the Eight Bells in Jevington. All the local pubs now have their Christmas menus available.

MUSIC RECITAL: Michael Stunbles is organising one of his popular light classical music recitals at 7.30pm on Monday at St Mary’s Church. The concert will include the recital choir and vocal and instrumental items, solo and ensemble and Fr Michael will be playing the organ. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection for Polegate based charity Children with Cancer.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Jordans Lane West and Huggetts Lane at 11am on Monday. 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.

THE 3MMMs meeting on November 14 was a craft fair, and Willingdon Church Hall was buzzing with activity. The idea was to move from one table to another learning how to make greetings cards, table decorations with a candle as the centrepiece and greenery, cones and baubles surrounding it, and tree decorations in the shape of an upside down folded umbrella, made from a circle of festive material and a strong straw. There was a bring-and-buy sales table, beautiful greetings cards on offer and a representative from the Body Shop with suggestions for Christmas gifts. Many thanks for a most enjoyable evening must go to the joint organisers Janet Hilder and Judith Pike, and their home made cakes were delicious, and I mustn’t forget the three ladies who were passing on their skills to us. The next meeting of the 3MMMs is at 8pm on Wednesday at Willingdon Church Hall when Brian Waters will be giving a talk entitled Places I’ve Been and People I’ve Met. Members are asked to bring an object from somewhere they’ve been and write on a card what it means to them.

THE RED LION re-opened on Saturday November 17. It had been closed since November 5 for a complete refurbishment. I popped in for a quick drink with a friend and we were impressed at how clean and fresh it all looked, the walls all painted, new curtains, new lamp shades, part of the dining area carpeted including the stairs up to the function room and tables sanded down. There were a lot of people present and many of them had ordered an evening meal. Stuart Freeman from Moore Signs told me that his steak was delicious. Congratulations to Nikki and Gavin Finnis, proprietors of the Red Lion.

RAMBLING: Twenty eight people turned up at Chalk Farm on Monday November 19 ready for St Mary’s Church’s monthly ramble. The day was bright but there had been a lot of rain and so the planned walk to Laughton was changed to a walk along the Cuckoo Line from Polegate to Shinewater. It was a flat walk of about six miles and the group stopped by the pond near the back of Tescos at Langney Shopping Centre to eat their sandwiches. The date of the next walk has been changed from December 17 to December 31 and will be starting at 10am. It will just be a short walk of about an hour, and then the ramblers will be going back to the church hall for coffee and mince pies.