Parish Pump Newhaven - October 19, 2012


TIDE MILLS Litter Pick and Marine Conservation Society Beach Survey. The next beach clean is at 10am on Sunday; meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and a litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, call Jim Skinner on 01273 517291.

AUTUMN CLEAR-UP: The Vicarage grounds autumn clear-up is on Saturday October 27 10am to noon. All are welcome to come and help tidy the steps, paths and drive of the Vicarage grounds.

AUTUMN has arrived and the beach at Bishopstone is often washed away by gales at this time of year. Where does it go? The current diversion of the Cuckmere due to shingle deposition may be the answer. Prior to the building of the breakwater at Newhaven, the beach was naturally replenished from the west. The Ouse flowed east to Bishopstone, like the Cuckmere now empties towards the Seven Sisters. Tidemills could be called Bishopstone Oldhaven.


PETER AND PENNY: Afraid to say we are back again after no-one taking up the post of writer for the Parish Pump we have decided to make a come back for the second time. So please all our clubs, societies, fundraisers, or anyone who wants to say something to us all in Firle and surrounding areas contact us. Ring 01273858307, text 0793376896, fax 01273858188 or email There is no excuse, any media will get us.

CYCLE RIDE: Mary has got us off the ground with a fun cycle ride along the new cycle path linking Firle/Glynde and Lewes tomorrow, Saturday, leaving the Gates of Firle Place at 11am. The ride finishes at Linklater Community Centre in Lewes which is a trip of five miles. At the end you can have your picnic, hot drinks and don’t forget your blanket to sit on. Everyone is welcome to join in. Then you can cycle home or put your bike on the train. They leave Lewes for Glynde nine minutes past the hour. For more information ring Mary 07951282485.

APPLE FESTIVAL: Middle Farm are holding the Apple Festival tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the day children under 12s go free. There will be two live music stages with a selection of Bands and Entertainers. Each days has 10 different acts to keep you amused. For more information go to or ring 01323 811411.

CHURCH SERVICE: This week’s service is at Firle at 10.15am for Matins.

BONFIRE: It’s that time of the year again and Firle Bonfire Society are getting into swing and preparing for their big day on November 27. Tomorrow, Saturday, they are off to parade in Seaford. But before the big event it is Badge Night at the Ram on Wednesday starting at 7.30pm. Membership prices this year are £10 adults, £3 juniors, £3 senior citizens and a £20 family membership. So if you wish to parade with Firle you must be a member of the society. Don’t forget the younger members of the village this is when you make your guys to have pride and place on the top of the bonfire but do remember to ask your parents if you are using clothes for the guy we would hate you to get into trouble. If you would like any other information regarding the bonfire ring Sally 01273858321.

100 CLUB: As I am sure anyone living in Firle will have seen how the hall is going and might even have popped in and had a look. It is really a changed building and well worth the wait and we are not far off opening for business, water problem solved and the garden side getting tidied and walls being built. The old part of the hall is now having its parquet floor in the main hall done by Steve and due to a grant from Smiths Charities we are now able to insulate the hall, air source heat pumps and windows etc. If anyone has any bulbs or perennials Erika is looking for some to plant at the hall. In the shop at Firle we have the hundred club running for the second year and there are still a few spaces left. The cost is £12 a year. Where you can win £20, £10 and £5 monthly and twice a year there is also a £50 draw. So do please buy a square. All monies raised from this are going to the kitchen side of the hall. Draw will take place in December. If you can’t make it to the shop but would like to join in ring penny on 0793375896.

PARISH PUMP: So all we need now is for you to tell us what you need to have in print by Monday at noon and it will be in that Friday’s Parish Pump. Thank you. Peter and Penny.


KINGSTON WI: Thirty three members, plus one visitor, were present at the meeting held on October 4. The president, Barbara Cunningham, gave tips on choosing a resolution, and outlined the procedure, for it to be selected by the National Federation for 2014. She invited comment, both for and against, concerning the current practice, prompted by a competition related to the speaker’s topic, of having an Interest Table. It was agreed without dissent to continue this. Members were asked to offer a dish, and possibly also a duty, on the Christmas Party roster that is being organised by Anna Phillips. The secretary, Janice Barber, read out an appreciative letter of thanks from Lewes Priory Trust for the Institutes contribution that was equivalent to a fee for September’s talk. Speaker John Davey had pleasure in returning to Kingston Village Hall after an interval of 50 years. He had been co-opted by Kingston Players to tread the boards in Terence Rattigan’s play The Browning Version in 1962. His talk for the evening was English as She is Spoke. Globally, 120 per 8000 have English as their first language. He suggested this is the best of gifts that can be received by any newborn child. He postulated his own theory that the USA adopted English, above other languages spoken there, as a result of the transcontinental expedition to the west coast by Clark and Lewis. His talk was illustrated by numerous very amusing examples of Use – or Misuse – of English, involving the stress on a particular word, the position of a comma, or malapropisms. October’s Interest Table featured Dialects. Exhibits illustrated the connection with Norfolk of some residents. It produced a book with Foreword by Lynne Truss on the Sussex dialect. The winning entry was Sue Wylde’s plate decorated with examples of the Yorkshire dialect. The next meeting will be the annual business meeting on November 1. The annual report will be given and the new committee formed. (Joyce Taylor).


WESTGATE WI: There is always a lot going on at Chestnut Tree House, said October speaker Juliette MacPherson, a community fundraiser for the only children’s hospice in Sussex, based at Arundel. Purpose-built ten years ago, it offers specialist palliative care to children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. Many children are unlikely to reach adulthood due to conditions such as muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, multiple disabilities, cancer or genetic disorders. The hospice provides support for the family, post bereavement care, end of life and respite care and sibling support. Activities abound and friendships develop between the children who have fun and enjoy outings and games. The house has its own hydrotherapy pool, a multi-sensory room, a music room and space for art and play therapy. Chestnut Tree House’s charity shops in Seaford, Brighton Eastbourne and Hove help raise funds for this very important work, meeting the complex needs of the children in their care. The next meeting is on November 14. (A Stephen).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Clear overnight skies meant a cold bright start to our walk from Alfriston on Sunday. We left the village across the footbridge over the Cuckmere River which was full and very brown. From Lullington Court there was a steady climb up a bridleway onto the Downs. The gradient was so measured that, after a while, one hardly noticed that we were gaining height. At Windover Hill our route joined the South Downs Way and suddenly the magnificent vista looking north came into view. We took our coffee break here, just above the Long Man of Wilmington, though he could not be seen from where we were sitting. Winding our way down the side of the hill, he soon came into view, large and imposing. It was good to hear a skylark in full song in the sunshine. Suddenly, in October, it felt like spring. In the churchyard at Wilmington we discovered a yew tree that had more props than a play by Noel Coward. Embedded in its bark was a chain that must be holding it all together. A straight footpath took us back to Alfriston. In the quiet of the Cuckmere Valley, with no wind, the sun’s heat became ever more intense. Now it could have been the middle of summer. Twenty one walkers were kept in order by Hilda and Graham.

The next walk is on Sunday in Waldron. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Our new winter programme is available from the Tourist Office or the Walking Shop or can be viewed at

FIRESITE DASH: South Street Bonfire Society Firesite Dash, an easy race, fun run or walk of four miles around Lewes visiting the firesites of the seven bonfire societies. Start on the Railway Land and finish at the Snowdrop Inn in time for lunch. Meet Sunday 11am. Entry £5 per person, entrants in bonfire costume or fancy dress £4. To enter email or call Fraser on 07951 000048 or enter on the day at the start from 10am.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.40am to 12.40pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2.35pm to 3.00pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 3.10pm to 3.40pm.

newhaven, denton & south heighton

CONGRATULATIONS to Sussex Express for its new look. I went to Lewes to support the celebration of the revamped paper and I was privileged to meet our Group Managing Editor Gary Shipton who was handing out envelopes containing a scratch card. Unfortunately I did not win anything but it was a lovely idea.

SOIREE of Music, Poetry and Art tonight (Friday) at the Breakout Centre, to raise funds for the Centre. Tickets are £2.50 each which includes refreshments. Ring Margaret on 01273 515603 for tickets or get them on the door subject to availability.

FILM SOCIETY: The Hillcrest Film Society is launched tomorrow (Saturday) with its first film My Week With Marilyn based on a true story during the making of the Prince and The Showgirl which starred Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier. There are two showings in the Art Room at the Hillcrest Centre at 4.30pm and 7.30pm. The Hillcrest Café opens half an hour before the showings. Tickets are £4.50 and there are a few left for the evening and some for the afternoon. They are on sale at the Hillcrest Centre reception.

CHARITY QUIZ at the Hampden Arms, South Heighton on Wednesday at 7.30pm. There will also be a raffle and proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. £1 per person, teams of up to six people. Just turn up on the night. Please support this excellent cause.

SPONSORHIP: I am doing Run To The Beat half marathon on Sunday October 28 from the 02 Arena in Greenwich raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support which is why Michaela Eades is kindly running the quiz for me. If any Parish Pump reader would like to sponsor me they can do so securely online by clicking on to my page Every little helps.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH Newhaven is holding a Beetle Drive with a bangers and mash supper on Saturday October 27. For further details contact Alan Jeffrey on 01273 582547.

AGM: Newhaven Twinning Association is holding its AGM on Monday October 29 at 7pm in Meeching Hall. Everyone is invited to attend and hear more about the association. Please bring a plate of food and a drink to share. Anyone interested can join on the night.

HAVEN HARMONIES Choir meet Mondays, 7pm to 9pm in The Hillcrest Centre. We are a 30 strong mixed choir established in 2010, and are always on the look-out for new singers. Your first session is free to see if it’s for you, then £5 a session (paid termly in advance). No need to read music. For an informal chat or further info. contact choir leader Stella Clifford 01273 567660 , text or e-mail 07967 438772 / or just turn up.


ELECTRIC BLANKETS: Remember today, Friday, from 9.30am until 11.30am a free professional safety check is available in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre. Money off vouchers will be given for any blanket that fails. Your home risks being set alight if you use a faulty blanket so make sure to have yours checked.

CINEMA: Still time to get tickets for Anna Karenia being shown in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £4.50 are available from the information office. Next month’s film will be Hope Springs. More details later.

STOP SMOKING: I never ceased to be amazed at the high price of smoking both in terms of money and the health risks. For those who would like help to stop there is free NHS Advice and Support here in Peacehaven. The Quit Clinics are at Peacehaven Clinic, Meridian Way on Monday 4.30pm to 7pm and on Wednesday 9.30am to 11am. Both are drop-in clinics so no appointment is necessary. Please note these are not group sessions so you will be seen on your own. For an appointments on an alternative day call Denise on 07780 955 693.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Each year Joy Ashton of the Southern Stomp Line Dance Club runs a trip. This year it is on Friday November 30 to Westfield Shopping Village at Stratford, the site of the London Olympics which so many of us watched on the TV this summer. The coach leaves the Meridian Centre at 8.45am and after a full day in Stratford will arrive back at approx 8pm leaving plenty of time for meals, shopping and exploring. The full day’s cost is £12 and Joy has some seats spare. To get more details or book a seat call Joy on 01273 587714.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow is in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon. It has been arranged by the Peacehaven Labour Party. Next week the Peacehaven Evangelical Church is holding the market. To book a table call them on 01273 587352.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Cameo Group is holding a coffee morning in the Meridian Centre, Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week on Tuesday Kemptown Conservatives will be behind the counter, followed on Thursday by the Peacehaven Catholic Church. Finally on Friday October 26 our more mature residents from the U3A will be serving the refreshments.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday starting at 6.30pm in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre. Residents are welcome to come and hear details of the various developments taking place in our town and can ask questions during the first 15 minutes if they wish on matters relating to the town.


FASHION SHOW: Do remember that the Travelling Trends Fashion Show is being held at Ringmer Primary School this evening, Friday. The doors will open at 7pm and the fashion show commences at 7.30pm following which you can choose from a wide selection of bargain in season clothes to try on and buy. Tickets are £6 on the door.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 11 was: 1, Alan Grindley and David Warner; 2, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 3, Gill and Tony Spaven. The next meeting of the Club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St. Mary’s Room of the village hall.

GIVE AND TAKE: Freegle, the local reuse group which aims to find homes for unwanted items, are holding a Give and Take Morning in the Rogers Room of the village hall on Saturday, October 27, from 10am to noon. If you want you can bring something you don’t want and see what you can take away for free. Coffee and cakes will be available.

TABLE TOP and Christmas Craft Fair. If you would like to book a table at this event which is being held at the Community College on Saturday, November 24 between 10am and 1pm please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 253 during school hours. Table top pitches are available at £5 if pre-booked. The College regrets that it cannot accept individual food stalls.

AUTUMN PRODUCTION: The Dramatic Society’s Autumn Production is taking place from Wednesday November 21 to Saturday November 24 at 7.45pm each evening in the village hall. The play being performed is the comedy by HE Bates The Darling Buds of May and is being directed by Angela Howard. To promote the play a Facebook page has been launched There are four ways in which you can buy tickets: Online with a debit or credit card. You can choose a numbered seat for only £8 and you will be able to print off your own numbered tickets. There is also a Buy Tickets link on the Facebook page which has been set up which will take you to the ticket website; You can phone Denis Drinan on the Ticket Hotline on 07753 317373; You can e-mail him on Please make sure you tell him which of the four performances you want to come to and which seating section you want. There are three sections. The front section has six rows of 10, the first elevated section has three rows of 10 and the rear elevated section has three rows of 10; Or from Middletons Shop from Saturday, 0ctober 27.

STOOLBALL CLUB: At their annual dinner in the village hall it was formally announced, to much applause, that Nicky Tuppen, club vice-captain, had officially been selected to play in the England XI against the President’s XI the following day. Congratulations and well done Nicky, what an honour for both you and the club.

rodmell & southease

HARVEST FESTIVAL: It was not a bad weekend weather-wise really, at least we saw the sun. I went to Southease Church on Sunday for their Harvest Festival and I knew our church would be packed to bursting as the school was involved, plus there was a baptism at the same time. I loved the peaceful atmosphere and simple but lovely decoration of the church, plus the old well loved hymns. There was a good number there for this small church, and it was such a lovely day so the sun shone through its windows making everything look warm and mellow.

BIRDS: In Sussex Express, September 14, there was an article on turtle doves. We have had two visit us regularly this year along with our collection of collared doves which become so tame they had to be chased out of the kitchen a couple of times. Our family of jackdaws, including the one with a broken wing, wait outside on the paddock fence, outside the kitchen door for their breakfast every morning at a set time.

COFFEE CLUB meets again on October 24, 11am to 12.30pm in the village hall. May I say a big thank you to those who organise this event.

PARISH PUMP: I’ve had various phone calls about PP lately as to why what I actually write is now going into Seaford and Newhaven edition whilst a condensed version is appearing in the Lewes edition. I would not have realised this was happening if so many of you had not told me as I get the Lewes edition. It seems that there have been some teething problems which should soon be sorted out.

FRUIT: So many people have missed all the fruit I usually supply them with from the orchard. It has been the worst year I can remember for apples, pears and gooseberries this year. At the moment I am planting Borage plants in various places on the properties as bees love the flowers, and I try to give them as many opportunities to make honey and pollinate as possible. Environmentally we are getting more and more problems and since we don’t listen to nature these days what can we expect. Nature is a system of give and take and in many cases we take without replenishment and jam up the works.

HIKERS: There are still many hikers doing the South Downs Way and they are so pleased with the new footpath from Rodmell to Southease as it means they don’t have to cope with the fast traffic on the C7. Many hikers are telling me that not many B&Bs will take one nighters and since we are now in the National Park and the South Downs Way is becoming so popular, they are getting a little upset at this. Perhaps it would be different if B&B people could see it from the hikers point of view, walking long distance, carry packs, getting soaked, longing for warmth, food, sleep in a friendly household and willing to pay. They only need one night because they walk day by day. Fortunately Rodmell seems to have a good reputation with walkers. I am always happy with mine.

GEOFFREY ELLIS: I have a little more information about Geoffrey Ellis who gave us the interesting talk on the Secret Tunnels of South Heighton at our Harvest Supper on Friday October 5. Evidently a month ago he accompanied world-renowned BBC presenter David Dimbleby on a tour of the tunnels followed closely by a BBC camera crew in a landmark television series to be known as Britain and the Sea to be broadcast on BBC1 in November. The South Heighton secret tunnels, also known as HMS Forward, are to feature in the second programme of the series as David sails from The Solent to Dover, highlighting all the South Coast military establishments that have protected our shores over the years. Thank you Mr Ellis for this latest information.

MUSIC: I thoroughly enjoyed an evening spent with the Leaky Buckets band at Iford on Friday October 12. It was organised by John Robinson, a local farmer whose band it is. I and a friend from Keymer danced the night away as did any others. Boy did I feel it the next day. As it was by invitation only could I be cheeky and hope to be invited next time John? John’s daughter Mae who is very beautiful, and a good singer, reminded me very much of Dabbie Harry the singer also blonde and beautiful in her time.


BADGE NIGHT: If you are a member of Seaford Bonfire Society and want to march in tomorrows procession you must be a current member and be wearing your 2012 badge. Go along to the Bonfire Society HQ at the White Lion in Claremont Road tonight, Friday, from 6.30pm to renew subscriptions and buy bonfire souvenirs. The society has a smart new sweatshirt which is also available at Intersport.

CONSERVATIVE SURGERY: Conservative councillors are holding a drop in surgery tomorrow, Saturday, at 37 Church Street between 9.30am and 11am. No appointment is necessary, just pop in and they will be pleased to help.

ART @ THE CRYPT: The Eastbourne Life Group are holding an exhibition at the Crypt in Church Street. The show will be open from 10.30am today to 4.30pm today, Friday, and every day until Thursday.

CONCERT: There will be a free concert at St Leonard’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm. The guest musician is Sebastian Grand who will be giving a piano recital which will include Liszt, Chopin, Wagner and Britten. Sebastian is a talented musician and outstanding pianist who was a prize winner at the 2010 Llangollen International Eisteddfod. The concert is free but there will be a retiring collection.

BONFIRE: Saturday is the big one. Seaford’s very own free bonfire event. The evening will be starting at the White Lion Pub in Claremont Road at 7.15pm. The bonfire society are planning a larger procession with three bands and hundreds of participants from bonfire societies throughout Sussex. The procession will pass the railway station and head to the War Memorial where prayers will be said. The route then passes along Broad Street and High Street towards the Martello Fields. During the procession the bells of St Leonard’s will be rung. At the Martello fields there will be a massive firework display and bonfire. Please attend the special free event and help to make next years bigger and better by donating your pennies or buying a programme. Fireworks during the procession have been banned so it will be good fun for all the family.

COUNCIL MEETING I: The full council meeting which was due to have been held yesterday was cancelled and has been rescheduled for Wednesday evening 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. As usual there will be a police report, an update on the new golf-club house and agenda items about the fire brigade and rail partnership.

LECTURE: Seaford Lecture and Literary Society are having a talk at the St Leonard’s Church Hall on Tuesday evening at 7.15pm. The lecture about the work of the RNLI will be presented by Margaret Kimber. For information on how to join the society call 01323 899987.

FARMERS’ MARKET: The weekly market at the Clinton Hall (opposite Tesco) takes place again on Thursday from 10am to 2pm. Pop along for lots of locally produced things to eat, drink and buy. You can Meet the Producers: and even get a raffle ticket with a chance to win a basket of locally sourced products.

COUNCIL MEETING II: There is a meeting of the council finance and general purposes 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.

CUCKMERE: Have you noticed how the Cuckmere River has now found a new route out to sea? The river has pushed itself through a new channel further east.

COMMUNITY CINEMA: The film next Friday (October 26) is bound to be popular as it is the new Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris, a romantic comedy filmed in Paris and widely held to be one of Allen’s best films for many years. Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Office.

ROTTEN SEAFORD: Tickets for my lecture on November 2 about the parliamentary history of Seaford on are now available at Seaford Museum and the Tourist Information Office. Call 01323 897426 for details.


COMMUNITY HEROES AWARDS: BBC Sussex radio station is searching for unsung heroes from the local community, whose efforts often go unrewarded. Nominations are open now until midnight on Friday November 2. Terms and conditions are on the BBC Sussex website: This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the people who make Sussex such a great place to live or work in. There are ten categories:1, Young Achiever, awarded to anyone aged 18 years or under, who has demonstrated maturity beyond their years; 2, Courage, awarded to someone who has demonstrated exceptional courage in the face of adversity; 3, 999, presented to a member of the emergency services for commitment to their profession; 4, sport, awarded to someone who has contributed to local sporting life, either playing a sport or acting as a referee etc; 5, Good Neighbour, awarded to the person who goes out of their way to help their neighbours; 6, Fundraiser, someone who has gone the extra mile to raise funds for a charity or good cause; 7, Volunteer, awarded to a person who gives up their time voluntarily to help out a charity or good cause; 8, Local Entrepreneur, recognising an individual or company’s contribution to supporting the local business community; 9, Animal Welfare, someone who goes out of their way to care for animals; 10, Outstanding Achievement Award, the one person from all nominations received who the judges feel worthy of special recognition. To make a nomination, just tell them in no more than 250 words who you would like to nominate and why. Please include your name, address and contact number, then either email your nomination to or post your nomination to BBC Sussex Community Hero Awards, Broadcasting Centre, Brighton BN1 3XB.All those who make the final shortlist will be invited along to a special awards ceremony in on December 13 and receive a certificate. The overall winner in each category will also receive a special trophy.

BINGO EVENING at the Civic Centre on Friday October 26 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.

News from other villages


ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: It is wonderful to be back in the church building now the structural work is all but finished. Our thanks go to all those who have made our return possible. On Sunday Morning Worship will be at 11am and the preacher will be Rev Glen Hocken, Deputy Chaplain at Lewes Prison . Then at 2.30pm on Tuesday at the St John’s Fellowship Meeting in the House of Friendship, School Hill, Lisa Hector will talk about who and where our shoe boxes of goods will go in Romania. All are welcome at what will be a most interesting and informative afternoon. Tomorrow, Saturday, the St John’s table top sale will once again be at Cliffe Church Hall, starting at 10am, where there will be lots of goodies and bargains on sale. Maybe a good start to early Christmas presents.


THE HISTORY SOCIETY meet today, Friday, when the speaker is Phil Gardner on Aspects of Eastbourne, which follows on from the AGM. All welcome. Doors open at 6.45pm for a meeting starting at 7pm.

WANTED information on any model buses made by Ernest Johnstone in the 1930s. Please contact

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

WINE AND SOCIAL CLUB meet on October 23, at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. The evening is entitled A Victorian Christmas, a talk given by Timespan from Arundel. All welcome. More information from Sheila on 483222.

THE INDEPENDENT candidate, Ian Chisnall, for Sussex Police Commissioner is visiting Polegate on Monday October 29. He will give a talk on the new position and its implication of changing the face of policing in Sussex followed by a question and answer session at the Free Church Hall, Victoria Road, at 7.30pm. All welcome.

THE DRAMA GROUP’S next production is The Vicar of Dibley, at the Community Centre, Windsor Way from Wednesday October 31 to Saturday November 3. Tickets available from box office, Archer and Partners Estate Agents, 48 High Street (01323) 483348; or online at Tickets are £8 adults and £5.50 for children and students. Credit cards booked online an extra £1 is charged. If you would like to become a Friend of Polegate Drama Group then you will be able to purchase discount tickets. Contact Friends’ Secretary Joan Law, 49 Oakleaf Drive, Polegate or telephone Jim Dobell on 483082.

RAMBLING CLUB: On October 25, A Tale of Two Towns (Wealden Walk no 7) 6 miles flat, start at Wannock Road recreation ground at 9.30am, then Cuckoo trail and finish via Glyndley and Priesthawes three or four stiles with Ted R; Or Chatting Up The Chattri, nearly 9 miles Southdown walk, Pycombe Village and the unique Chattri memorial, a few stiles. Take a picnic with David.

POLEGATE QUILTERS are holding a display of our work on October 25, at Polegate Community Centre between 10am and 4pm.

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS are meeting again every Thursday, from 7.30pm at Trinity Church Hall. The friendly group of enthusiastic singers is always pleased to welcome new voices and would particularly like additional male members for the Bass section. The ability to read music is not essentials as training will be given. If you enjoy music and would like to take up an addictive and therapeutic hobby, then come along and join us. Further information from Jennie on 484189.

ART EXHIBITION: Polegate Art Group will be having their annual art exhibition today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm in St George’s Church Hall. Admission is free and there is ample parking space at the rear of the hall. Light refreshments are available and paintings can be purchased.