Parish pump Newhaven - November 28 2014


COSMOFIL FILM CLUB: The WW2 film season is ending with a 1996 dark comedy written and directed by Jacques Audiard, entitled Un héros très discret. The film will have English subtitles; will be played at the War Memorial Hall on Sunday starting at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets £7; Cosmofil Students £5 under 20 years free. Booking is not essential but preferred. For further details contact

DICKENSIAN EVENING went with a swing. The weather was kind and amazingly warm for the time of year. Visitors started to pour into the village from 2pm and by the time the parade started there was an estimated 2,500 supporting Father Christmas’s countdown to turn on the Christmas Tree lights. The torch light parade was led by the Hailsham Bonfire Society; Father Christmas was accompanied by some of the characters from the forthcoming Alfriston Players’ production of May the Farce be With You and the Eastbourne Scottish Pipe Band brought up the rear of the procession. Carols were sung round the tree led by the Salvation Army band. In the Chestnuts tea room children decorated gingerbread men and some had their faces painted while waiting to see Father Christmas in his grotto in the Clergy House. Visitors stayed on eating and drinking and listening to live music from Expedient Jazz Band.


BEACH MEETING: The second local beach meeting is at 7pm today, Friday, at the Clinton Centre, Clinton Place.

GIFT DAY and Patronal Festival celebration at noon on Sunday, at St Andrew’s Church, followed by lunch in the parish hall.

SCAFFOLDING has been erected around St Andrew’s Church Tower to enable waterproofing to take place. This is part of the urgent work needed from the Quinquennial Inspection. A water pocket has been found in the masonry requiring an additional £2,000 worth of work.

SHOE BOX APPEAL: Pauline Martin has collected over 20 filled boxes and two bags of gifts. A wonderful response to this appeal.

FARMER, A GINGER TOM CAT, has gone missing in the old village. Please check your sheds and outbuildings just in case Farmer has got shut in. If you find him, please phone 01323 890950 as his owners would be very pleased to have him home.


ART AND CRAFT FAIR: The Christmas Art and Craft Fair over last weekend was a great success, the standard of crafts on sale were excellent. The weather was foul but still the people came, there was a great atmosphere in the hall and many people expressed their pleasure at the welcome they received.

ON THE ONE DAY of last week that was dry, three mature men were marching smartly heading for the downs with back packs, and I could see they were going to spend the night out in the open. They were carrying wood for a fire and when I questioned them they admitted they were going to cook and had with them gourmet food to prepare. It was a serious expedition. Hearing on the radio this week about light pollution and the South Downs Park wanting to make certain designated areas for the public to view the stars, I just wondered if this was just what these men were doing, having chosen a clear night?

FALMER LADIES had great pleasure in welcoming Ian Lewis to talk about Flanders, the Somme Then and Now. His talk was excellent, with many anecdotes and stories which brought the memories of the First World War very close to us.

CONCERT: On Sunday at 11.45am, Ayla Sahin will be giving a violin recital in St Laurence Church. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Rocking Horse Fund. On December 6, the Bothy Singers will be making their Falmer debut at 5.30pm in St Laurence.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: After several days of rain, happily it remained dry for our Tuesday walk. Twelve of us set off from the car park at Woodingdean up Bullock Hill and then followed the lovely path which winds gently around the contours of the downs into Standean Bottom. We had a look at the plaque which marks the site of the old Norman church and then took our coffee break by the old farm buildings. We continued through Balsdean Bottom and then climbed steadily up to the South Downs Way which we followed for a mile or so before taking the gentle descent down Newmarket Hill and Drove Avenue back to the car park. This walk is featured in our publication Favourite Walks in and Around Lewes, available at the Tourist Office. The next walk is on Wednesday, Firle Circular. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a Christmas Fayre tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall 9.30am till 12.30pm. Free Admission. Cakes, teas, gifts, tombolas, 2014 Bonfire night photos and much more.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Thank you to everyone who made our festive Fairtrade Fayre last Saturday such a great success. Last Sunday we were also thrilled to receive dozens of filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Thank you so much for being so generous to disadvantaged children overseas. Can you also help children nearer home? Angel Tree offers dads in Lewes prison the opportunity to send their children a Christmas present with a personal card. Angel Tree spends £10 on each present but donations of any amount will be gratefully received: please text/call Mary on 07803 630831 or email Tomorrow is the second of our free Saturday movie nights for men of all ages, whether inside or outside the church. Gravity starts at 7.30pm in the church hall, St James’ Street and then we adjourn to the pub. On Sunday the Lewes Goes Strictly tea dance is at 2.30pm in the church. Entry £5. All are welcome, including non-dancers, to enjoy the music, tea and cake. Proceeds will go towards our young peoples’ 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 and Fridays until December 19 (7pm to 9pm). If you can make December 19 and at least two other Fridays please come and join us. 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 three more informal open auditions for speaking roles: tonight, Friday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Southover Church chapter house; tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in St Pancras Church Challoner Hall, Ireland’s Lane; Sunday 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;

Mobile Library

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

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

RNLI: Tomorrow (Saturday) the popular RNLI Christmas Fair takes place at the Hillcrest Centre, with proceeds going to Newhaven Lifeboat. It is open from 10am and Father Christmas will be joining the market for the morning. Local choir Haven Harmonies will be singing festive songs and there is an opportunity to get some early Christmas presents. Hillcrest Café will also be open. Go along and get in the festive spirit and support your local lifeboat.

CHARITY QUIZ tomorrow (Saturday) in South Heighton village hall from 7pm to 10.30pm. It is in aid of HCPT 154 which raises money to take disabled children to Lourdes. Tickets are £5 to include hot food. There will also be a raffle and Gemcraft will have a stall with lots of handmade gifts to buy including jewellery. Up to six people in a team and places must be booked in advance so if you wish to attend telephone Tarina or Tony today on 01273 612227.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The next meeting is on Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre 7pm for 7.30pm when local historian Jenny Flood will give an illustrated talk on Newhaven’s First World War. Non members welcome for an admission fee of £2. The previously advertised talk by Ian Everest will now take place in April 2015.

PARADISE PARK: There will be a Timely Talk on Wednesday entitled Christmas Gifts. The talk takes place in the coffee shop at 11am and will provide a cornucopia of ideas for every gardener. Free tea/coffee and a plant offer, all welcome.

U3A: The first Members Only Christmas Fair takes place on Thursday at 2pm in Newhaven Baptist Church. There will be no meeting in January so the first meeting of 2015 will be on February 5 at 10am when Reuben Lanham will give a talk about discovering your ancestors.

CHRISTMAS TEA: There will be a Christmas Tea in St Michael’s Church Rooms on Friday December 5 at 4pm. Tickets are £4 each with proceeds going to St Michaels, they must be booked in advance so telephone 01273 514841 to reserve your place.

FILM SOCIETY: Tickets are on sale now for Hillcrest Film Society’s Christmas film 20 Feet from Stardom (12A) on Saturday December 13. This is an unusual documentary about the backing singers behind the greatest musical legends of the twentieth century. There is rare archival footage, a peerless soundtrack and interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Sting and more. Tickets are £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre between Monday and Friday 9.30am to 4pm or email to book your ticket and pay on the night.


QUIZ NIGHT: This popular event is always well supported and you will be pleased to know that last Friday’s evening raised a total of £94.36 for the Children in Need charity.

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. All are welcome but tickets are limited to two per person.

GARDEN TALK: The last of the free Timely Talks this year at Paradise Park is on December 3 in the warmth of the coffee shop starting at 11am. The topic is Christmas gifts both inside and out for the gardener who has (nearly) everything. There is free tea/coffee and a plant offer. All are welcome.

FESTIVAL: A Christmas Tree Festival is being held at St Margaret’s Church, Rottingdean on Friday December 5, 11am to 8pm, Saturday December 6, 10am to 9pm and finally on Sunday December 7, noon to 5.30pm. There is a Christmas sing-along on Sunday at 6pm. Admission is £3 but accompanied children are free. This event is a little out of our usual area but is supported by more than 6 local Peacehaven traders. The proceeds of the Festival will go to the Martlets Hospice.

PANTOMIME: The Peacehaven Players are currently presenting Sleeping Beauty in the Community House main hall. There is a show tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm. The final show is tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm and 6pm. Tickets from £7 may be available by phoning 01273 681861.

BREAST CANCER: The local support group meet every first Wednesday of the month at the Telscombe Civic Centre from 1pm to 3.30pm. This friendly informal group welcome anyone who has had experience of breast cancer or cares for anybody with it.

MORNING MARKET: There is a market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre which has been arranged by the Butterfly Nursery. Next week’s market is on December 6 and will be organised by INAA the local advice group. To book a table with them ring 07596 589 577

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, there is a coffee morning in the Community House from 8.30am until noon organised by INAA Next week on Tuesday it will be the Kemptown Conservatives serving the teas and coffees followed on the Thursday by the Peacehaven Catholic Church. Finally on Friday December 5 the Meridian Evening WI will be behind the counter.

CINEMA: Belle is a film inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain. It will be shown in the Community House main hall on Wednesday December 17 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 each are available from the information office. Note: the information office is no longer open on Saturdays.

BE AWARE: As we move into December Christmas trees will start to arrive in homes across the county. These brightly lit and decorated trees are a beacon for speculative burglars. So to prevent heartaches remember it is advisable not to put your Christmas gifts under the trees making them an easy target for unwanted intruders.

COUNCILLOR’ SURGERY: The last surgery of this year will be on Saturday December 13 from 10am to11am in the Meridian Centre. Two ex-Mayors will be on hand to listen to any problems that affect you and the town. This is a drop in surgery so there is no need for an appointment, just turn up.


THE DICKER Cabaret are performing at Polegate CP School today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, also on December 5 and 6. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm. Adults only, not suitable for children. Tickets are £10 if booked in advance or £12 on the door. Tickets available from Ticket Source or from Tracey@sussexoakleaf Old Chapel, 1 Carriers Path, Hailsham.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Old Town Circular, 4 miles with Diane W. Meet at Co-op Albert Parade, Old town, at 10am. Or a longer walk, Caburn Circuit, 7 miles with Clare K. Walk starts at Glynde recreation car park at 9.30am. GR 457088 map 123.

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting the Library car park, Windsor Way from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:


A COFFEE MORNING is being held today (Friday) at The Small House, North Road, Ringmer by kind invitation of Denise and John Hadley, in aid of Ringmer Village Hall. It 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.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: The Church Fair takes place tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to12.30pm in the village hall. There are plenty of stalls, cakes, games and crafts for families, light refreshments and of course the Grand Draw with a first prize of £100. Do come along and support this event. Half the proceeds from the Fair will go to the village hall. Advent starts on Sunday with a Family Service at St Mary’s (9.45am) as the Travelling Cribs start their journey around the village. Special Bible Studies: For the next two months the St Mary’s Bible Study Group will be holding two seasonal studies entitled A Fresh Look at the Childhood of Christ.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Newhaven in a SCFL Div 1 fixture with a 3pm kick off at Fort Road. Meanwhile, the reserves are at home in a Reserve Section Premier game, also versus Newhaven, with kick off at the Caburn 3pm. On Sunday the Veterans entertain Faygate Veterans in the Fred Pretty Cup with an 11am kick off. Christmas is coming and the bumper Christmas Draw tickets are now on sale in the Clubhouse. The kids’ Christmas Party will be held in the club on Sunday December 14 between 4pm and 7pm. This is a free event and all are welcome.

CHRISTMAS MESSY CHURCH: Come and join the fun at Ringmer Baptist Church’s Christmas Messy Church, Sunday 2pm to 5pm (tea is provided) in Ringmer Village Hall. A church for adults and children to enjoy together. It’s for all ages. It’s a creative time to explore a Christmas theme, through getting messy; a celebration time which might involve a story, song, games, and a meal together. For more information ring Sharon 07985 800011.

COUNTRY MARKET: Please remember the Country Market takes place each Tuesday from 10am to 11am in the village hall. They sell a wide variety of produce. In addition to handmade cards they now have Christmas cards. Orders can be taken now for your Christmas requirements and hampers can be made up for any amount that you specify. These can be tailor-made according to the needs of the recipient if you give us a brief description.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday November 19, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

THE STOOLBALL CLUB are holding their Christmas Whist Drive on Monday at the football club starting at 7.30pm. All welcome.

RINGMER EVENING WI: The AGM in November provided time to look back over the year and see what has been achieved and to elect a new committee for 2015. The officers remain the same as last year: Norma Phillips, president, Jay Kendall, secretary and Sylvia Burton, treasurer. In response to the appeal from the Village Hall Extension committee the WI held a coffee morning and in spite of the very wet weather members came and enjoyed coffee and cake and supported a jam jar tombola. £70 raised for the hall, every little helps. Also on a wet Monday morning in November a group of intrepid walkers joined Teresa Keen as Guide to follow the Millennium walk round Ringmer written by WI members in 1999. It was surprising to see how things had changed since the millennium. The December meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall with a Christmas theme when entertainer Peter Wilson (plus grand piano) will present the Great American Song Book. Visitors and new members welcome. For more details contact Jay Kendall (07845 143664) or Norma Phillips (813897).

FLOWER CLUB: Christmas is Coming is the title of the flower arranging demonstration by Julie Brownlie at 2pm on Wednesday in the village hall. Do come along to enjoy the demonstration, have a cup of tea and mince pie and perhaps win a prize in the special Christmas raffle or one of the arrangements. Entrance £4 for visitors. There will not be a club meeting in January, but members will instead be enjoying a New Year lunch at the Green Man on January 21.

BOWLS CLUB: Our Christmas Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday December 6 from 10am to 11.30am in the club house on the village green. Entry 50p includes coffee and a mince pie. All the usual stalls, a tombola, raffle, cakes etc.

ST PETER & JAMES HOSPICE: The annual Lights of Love service will take place on Sunday December 7 at St Mary’s Church. If you wish to sponsor a light, please contact Thelma Saunders, 2 Shepherds Way, before December 1.

Rodmell & Southease

ADVENT SERVICE: The lovely Advent Service by candle light is on Sunday, 4pm in our church.

ORGANIST OR PIANO PLAYERS: Is there anyone out there, or do you know anyone, who might be willing to play for the occasional Sunday Service in one of our four churches. This is a plea form Geoffrey or phone 01273 473665.

THANKSGIVING: The Service of Thanksgiving for the life of John Robert Webb, a much loved and respected Rodmellian, took place at St Peter’s Church, Rodmell on Wednesday November 19. John would have had a laugh, because at the time of the service and also the time when mums were arriving to pick their children up from the school, there was a fire alarm at the school so a fire engine was right across the entrance and havoc reigned in the village as it became chocked with cars with people attending the service. Strangely enough John died on November 5, Bonfire Night. Was he determined to go out in a blaze? It was a lovely service and the church was packed. John will be missed by his many friends and family and remembered as a kind and gentle man, who despite his fight against pain for many years, was always smiling and cheerful and I had many a happy wave from him which is how I will remember him.

MONK’S HOUSE: an American client of mine, from the days when I did tours of hidden Sussex (12 years ago) has recently returned to Rodmell and stayed in the lovely Monk’s House apartment which she loved. As she is yet another artist friend of mine, she pottered about the area, dabbling with her paints and eating at the pub which she loved. The beauty of staying in Monk’s House out of season is that you have the garden to yourself. Other Bloomsbury friends of mine are staying there this month as well and they come from Wales.

THE WI TALK by Vivienne Macey on Glyndebourne – The Gardening Year on Tuesday, November 18, was interesting and entertaining. Our WI has a series of interesting talks over the year and is always welcoming to new members. Evidently younger and younger women are joining the WI across the country.

MARLEY: I would like to know who owns Marley, the most beautiful and gentle but rather noisy seal-point Siamese cat, who comes in almost every day to see us and demands a cat snack. He always disappears of an evening but is sitting on the door mat regularly next morning waiting to come in for a snack and cuddle. I wonder how many more people he visits. Not a bad life is it? Think I’ll come back as a cat next time.

AUTUMN COLOURS: Have you noticed the wonderful autumn colours this year? They are spectacular. Many plants are still flowering and I have pots of bulbs up in the garden. Last year I had pots of daffodils out in flower outside at Christmas. I wonder if that will happen this year.


CONCERT: You are invited to the annual Christmas Carol Concert by the Ashdown Singers on Sunday December 7 at 3pm in St Thomas More Church. Refreshments available afterwards. A retiring collection will be taken in aid of Homelink, a charity that helps the homeless into housing.


CORRESPONDENT VACANCY: After more than seven years, I am retiring from my position as Parish Pump correspondent for Telscombe Cliffs. It involves an hour or so a week finding out what is going on in the local area and then emailing it through to the Sussex Express. If anyone is interested in taking this over, please let me know and I will forward on your details. Email me at

BINGO EVENING tonight, Friday, at the 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.

FILM AND GAMES: The children’s film and games morning is being withdrawn with immediate effect. It normally takes place on the first Saturday of the month at the Civic Centre, but unfortunately due to lack of demand it will no longer be taking place. If you know anyone that normally attends, please spread the word.

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in Telscombe Civic Centre. The group’s aim is to give social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it friends, relatives or those awaiting diagnosis. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes. They have a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Telscombe Residents Association are meeting in room 1 at the Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30pm. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues, and you will have the opportunity to put forward your views and proposals for Telscombe. All Telscombe residents and new members are very welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: St Margaret’s Church, Rottingdean are holding a festival on Friday December 5 11am to 8pm; Saturday December 6 10am to 9pm; Sunday December 7 noon to 5.30pm. Admission is £3 to include a brochure and children are free if accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be available during the festival. For further information go to All proceeds to the Martlets Hospice.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

MOVING ON: At the parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church Willingdon on November 23 the vicar Fr Kevin Agnew announced that his curate Fr Michael Maine is to become the vicar of Cuckfield Church in the New Year. We all wish him well but he will be sorely missed. Our loss is their gain.

LUNCH CLUB: A weekly lunch club is held every Tuesday at the Trees Community Centre in Maywood Avenue. There is a lively team of cooks and helpers to welcome new diners. A few more cooks would also be very much welcome. The lunch club is open for coffee at 11am followed by lunch at 12.30pm. The cost is £4 for a two course lunch, coffee and a chocolate mint. Lunches are home cooked and full of variety. On December 16 there will be a Christmas lunch and raffle, cost £6 per head. On the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10.30am to noon a volunteer from the Hearing Resource Centre is there to issue batteries and tube replacements for NHS hearing aids. For further information please contact Marie on 01323 521637 who will be pleased to answer any questions.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Polegate Windmill’s Christmas Bazaar is to be held in St John’s Church Hall Polegate from 10am to 12.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. 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 may still be available for hire. Please ring 01323 734496.

A DICKENSIAN DAY will be taking place in Polegate tomorrow, Saturday, from 1pm to 5pm with the Christmas lights being switched on at 4.45pm by a mystery guest. This is a major fundraising event for the charity Children with Cancer. Attractions include nearly 30 stalls, Morris Dancers, carol singers, the Mayoral raffle with prizes and also prizes for the best period costume. People are encouraged to dress up in Dickensian outfits. Father Christmas will be arriving during the afternoon by train and PADMEC the local model steam railway will be bringing a section of track and small scale steam locos to give rides. It should be an enjoyable afternoon for everyone.

N WATCH will be meeting at 2.30pm on Monday in the vestry at Trinity Church. For further information please contact the co-ordinator Ray Ingram on 01323 508634.

GLEN CHORALE has pleasure in presenting their Christmas concert at 2.30pm on Monday at Wannock Village Hall to be repeated at the same time and venue on Wednesday. The musical director is Ansy Boothroyd and her accompanist is Coryn Roberts. 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.

CHRISTMAS GALA: The festive fun begins at Trinity Church on Saturday December 6 with a Christmas Gala which starts at 2.30pm. The Downland Singers will be joined by Wealden Brass for an afternoon of rousing Christmas music during which seasonal refreshments will be served. There will also be the opportunity to join in with some traditional carols. Entrance programmes priced at £5 can be purchased in advance by ringing 01323 484189 or emailing . Alternatively they can be purchased at the door.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING: The lighting of the Christmas tree with the Sunrise Choir will take place at Sunrise Senior Living will be at 6pm on Friday December 5. On Saturday December 6 the Christmas Fete will be held at Sunrise from 2pm to 4pm raising funds for the Eastbourne Talking Newspaper. Light refreshments are available on both occasions.

PARTY AND DISCO: Edgmond Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town was purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013.The aim is to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability once building is complete. There is a high demand for this accommodation and on Friday December 5 at Edgmond a Christmas party and disco is being held from 7pm with invited guests to include future residents and prospective students as well as special Olympics members, Bridge Builders Club members with parents and carers and the Sovereign Disabled Club. There will also be an early visit from Father Christmas. A charge of £5 is being asked to help with the costs. For further information please contact Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or email

THE JPK SUSSEX PROJECT is one of the charities which has been chosen for this year’s Win-A-Car competition at the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne. Their day will be Tuesday from 9am to 5pm so do buy some tickets from them if you are in Eastbourne that day.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be having their AGM at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall.

BRITISH QUEEN: There is a karaoke night at the British Queen tonight, Friday, starting at 8.30pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, Lou Taylor will be entertaining the customers from 8.30pm.

DIRK BENSON will be providing the entertainment with his Neil Diamond covers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at The Wheatsheaf.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday December 5 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Stephanie Laing and is entitled With Christmas in Mind.

BOXING DAY SWIM: Willingdon Football Club plans to do their annual Boxing Day swim again this year. The charity they have chosen to support is the children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House. Half the money raised goes to the hospice and half to the football club. More volunteers to take part in the swim are always welcome. Please ring John Shepherd on 01323 734344.