Parish Pump Uckfield - March 22, 2013


PRO MUSICA will be performing an abridged version of Hayden’s Creation at 6pm on March 24 in St Andrew’s Church. The concert will last about an hour and a quarter. Tickets £10 and children under 14 years free.

COFFEE MORNING: Alfriston Cricket Club’s annual fund raising coffee morning will be held at the War Memorial Hall on March 30 from 10am to noon. There will be a variety of stalls including books, bric-a-brac, plants, toys and cakes. The club will use the funds raised towards improvements of their facilities, in particular a new ride-on roller. Everyone is welcome. For information about becoming a player telephone the Club Captain John Harmer at 01323 870270.


FILM CLUB: This months offering is Of Gods and Men set in a North African monastery. Eight monks face a moral dilemma. Doors open tonight at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Drinks and cake will be available. The film lasts 2 hours.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Palm Sunday service with dramatised readings. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of The Word.

MAUNDY THURSDAY: There will be a combined service of Holy Communion at Warbleton Parish Church at 7.30pm.

GOOD FRIDAY: There will be services of quiet reflections upon the events of Good Friday as follows, Bodle St 10am and Warbleton 3pm An Hour At The Cross. Dallington has a vigil at noon.


WOMEN VERSUS CANCER: Just a little reminder about the coffee morning at Glynde Reading Room tomorrow, Saturday, 11-30am to 12-30pm. Raffle and cake help me send Louise and her bike to Cuba.


ST MARY’S: Palm Sunday. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Shaped for Service. 6.30pm Easter Carol Service, the Easter Journey in hymns and readings. Maundy Thursday Holy Communion at 7.30pm, Good Friday March 29 All Age Special at 10.30am followed by hot cross buns and coffee and craft activities for all ages. Meditation at 2pm and Stainer’s Crucifixion by Hailsham Choral Society at 7.30pm. March 31 Easter Day Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Easter Family Communion at 10.30am with crèche followed by Easter Egg Hunt in the Vicarage garden. 6.30pm Easter Songs of Praise.

CHORAL SOCIETY: As part of St Mary’s Easter programme this year the Hailsham Choral Society will be singing the much loved Crucifixion by Stainer. This will be on the evening of Good Friday March 29, at 7.30pm. Admission is entirely free, just go along, although there will be a retiring offering to help with the expenses involved. It will be a wonderful opportunity to invite friends along to hear this popular and beautifully devotional oratorio. ‘If you have never heard it, truly, you would love it’ says Michael Tanner.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There are 1-2-1 private readings from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday at Primrose Hall. Just turn up. On Sunday there is a Service at the Corinthian Church and Healing Association at Primrose Hall, 11am to noon. The medium on this occasion is Denise Masserrerpa.

KNITTING GROUP: The group next meets for a Knit’Inn Night at The King’s Head, on Tuesday at 7.30pm. This will be a planning meeting as there has been an amount of wool donated to the group and as members have been looking to use odds and ends from their own stocks this year, it would seem an appropriate activity to knit or crochet small items for various charities. If you are a knitter and have ideas about items that are useful and/or saleable please come to the meetings in April to join us in this venture. For more information please contact Su (07591 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

COMMUNITY MATTERS: In March 2nd Hailsham Rainbows will benefit from the Waitrose scheme for their green token collection. Please help support the Rainbows by depositing your green tokens in their box. The Unit meet weekly during term time and is for 5 to 7 year olds and it has up to 15 members. They are raising funds to put towards earning badges from their Roundabout

book and for further craft activities.

BOBBY GEORGE: Tickets are available now for a special event when darts legend Bobby George will be coming to The Beaconsfield, home of Hailsham Town Football Club on Saturday June 22. The club would love to see you there. You can ring John Nuttall on 07702 849769 for tickets.

AUDITIONS will shortly be held for jazz bands and other music acts to take part in the Jazz and Music Festival at butlers Farmhouse on August 3 and 4 to raise money for Demelza Hospice Care for Children. For more information contact (01323) 844020.

100 YEARS AGO: Curate G H Evans reported in the Parish Magazine in March 1913: I am about to write to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners to separate Polegate and make it a district, separate from Hailsham. I have wanted this for a long time and often written about in this this (Parish) Magazine. The Bishop advises and urges me to do it, so I mean to try. The more endowment we can get promised, the more will they produce to meet it, I believe. Will not someone come forward and give us a good start as Mr Roper did when he gave £500.


EASTER SERVICES: Hellingly, Sunday at 10.45am Palm Sunday Holy Communion (CW), 6.30pm Stations of the Cross and Compline. Monday at 7pm Stations of the Cross and Compline, Tuesday at 7pm Compline, Wednesday at 7pm Stations of the Cross and Compline, Maundy Thursday at 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), 7pm Agape Supper and Stripping of Church, Good Friday, March 29, at 2pm to 3pm Final Hour. Saturday March 30, from 10am to noon Easter Garden for children. Easter Day, March 31, 6.30am Dawn Service, 10.45am Family Service with Holy Communion, 6.30pm Choral Evensong. Upper Dicker, Easter Day 9.15am Holy Communion.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: A letter of thanks has been received from Demelza Hospice Care for Children who are thrilled to have received a grand total of £1408.22 from the recent Colour Show. At a recent meeting Paul Foley FRPS EFIAP MPAGB, who runs Spirit and Vision Workshops, shared his slide transparencies taken in Southern Tuscany, Yellowstone and Colorado. Members were treated to fields of poppies in Tuscany, rolling hills sometimes shrouded in mist and other times, showing long shadows from trees and stone buildings. Full of charm some had been standing for two thousand years. Preferring to take early morning or evening pictures for interesting lighting conditions, Paul once stood in a field for over two hours for the right lighting and only includes sky if there are stunning cloud formations else they are cropped tightly. Describing Yellowstone, in America as a majestic symbol of wilderness, he said it has more geothermal activity than anywhere else in the world and the rivers of liquid gold, green, brown, copper, yellow and blue are actually bacteria that exist in extremely high temperatures. Eighty percent of Yellowstone is heavily wooded. Fires start when lightning strikes a tree. The area can be frozen for six months of the year reaching -30 degrees. The Bison, there since the Ice Age, were almost hunted to extinction but now four thousand roam freely. In extreme cold the Bison stand in the geothermal run off streams, laced with silica and arsenic which eventually kills them. Images taken in Colorado highlighted the stunning autumn tints, many with the silver trunks and golden leaves of the Aspen trees and, quoting famous photographer, Freeman Patterson, he finished ‘only half a picture comes from outside and half comes from within’.

MOTHERS UNION: At the AGM members found it quite amazing when reading through the reports, just how much the MU in Hellingly does or is involved in. If it is still a mystery to you, please do go along on the second Tuesday of every month starting at 7.15pm in Hellingly Church, and find out more. After the AGM there was social time with cheese and wine, a great idea and members were very grateful to Suzanne for all her hard work making this such a success. For further information contact Jackie on 841809.

COFFEE MORNING: Thank you everyone who went to the Children’s Society fundraising event last month and to those who helped on the day, not forgetting the coffee and cake makers. The final total raised amount to over £266. The moneyboxes are gradually being counted and returned, with a few still outstanding.

BLUEBELL WALK: The Arlington Bluebell Walk at Bates Green Farm runs from Thursday April 11 to Sunday May 19. You can apply for membership of the Friends of Arlington Bluebell Walk now at a cost of £18 per person or for a family of two adults and up to four school children is £42. Visit for more information.

DICKER NEWS: The post near the Village Shop had been knocked and was leaning. This will be investigated and rectified. Regarding parking on the zigzag lines outside Bede’s school, the PCSO had sent letters to some people, as had the school. It was highlighted at the SLR/ESCC meeting and also discussed at the JAG meeting. It has been agreed to apply for a Wealden wide traffic regulation order on all school zigzag lines so that action taken is enforceable. The vehicle gate to the copse has been checked and the required part will be purchased and fixed. The sign from the play area is damaged and a decision to keep or dispose of it will be made. The recreation ground seat had been removed. It was highlighted that there was litter and dog faeces at the recreation ground despite notices and a bin. The hedges south of the Plough have been cut. The parish council domain has been registered. Jenny Holland has given a presentation on Parish Action Plans and Neighbourhood Development Plans and the difference between the two.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: The next meeting is on Tuesday April 2 at 2.30pm in Hellingly village hall. Karen Martin will be talking on Hynotherapy Explained. Just turn up or if you would like to know more contact Iris on (01323) 841875.


BINGO: On Wednesday it’s Bingo time in the village hall. Eyes down at 2.15pm. Loads of prizes, tea/coffee and some really nice homemade cakes during the interval and the raffle. All are welcome and it doesn’t even matter if you can’t, or have never played bingo before, always somebody there to help you if you need it.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill will be opening up for the season over Easter starting On Sunday March 31 and again on Monday April 1. Volunteer guides will be on hand to show you around and entry will be by donation. If you need further information it can be found on their website

THE FUTURE: There has been much discussion lately about the Herstmonceux Neighbourhood Plan and our parish council have now set up a Steering Group made up of seven councillors and 11 parishioners to undertake the process of creating a Plan. Once completed this Plan will carry a significant amount of weight when it comes to local planning issue, developing a share vision for the Herstmonceux Parish, having influence as to where any new homes, shops schools and other developments should be built as well as influencing the type, design and layout of any new developments. Through the Plan they will be able to identify important amenities such as green spaces and ensure that they are protected. At the beginning of April every household in the parish will receive a questionnaire, this is a chance for us to air our opinions. Every household in the is urged to complete this questionnaire return it. Our views will then be recorded in the Neighbourhood Plan. As well as the Steering Group there are also five other focus groups whose aim is to find out what we want and how to achieve it and how to enhance and protect any developments. These groups will be meeting up as often as possible to share their findings. As ideas start to come together, there will be a series of workshops where the report can be discussed. The parish council are urging us all to become involved in the creation of the Neighbourhood Plan as this will affect everybody in the parish. Please make sure you complete the questionnaire when it arrives and let’s help to shape our village over the next 15 years.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday meet Jim and Verity at the Hailsham Leisure Centre at 10am, for a walk in Punnetts Town. All are welcome. Transport to the meeting points is available by telephoning 848790.

ALIC E IN WONDERLAND is the production this week in the village hall. There are a few tickets still available at £7 for adults and £5 for a child at both Caprice HairFashions and The Woolpack Inn or by telephoning the box office on 8332117/832227.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with the Service of Praise for Palm Sunday will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with the Palm Sunday Service being held at Wartling church at 9.45am. Monday, Meditation will be celebrated at Herstmonceux church at 6pm. On Tuesday it’ll be at Wartling church at 6pm. Wednesday 6pm at Herstmonceux. On Thursday (Maundy Thursday) Holy Communion will be held at Wartling church at 7pm.

QUIZ NIGHT: A reminder of the Quiz Night being held in the village hall on Friday April 5 in aid of the Herstmonceux Bowls club, new green and clubhouse fund. Teams of four players at £7 per person which includes a hot dog supper. There will be a licensed bar running throughout the evening. To book ring 833403 any time before March 31.


WESTGATE WI: She was a reformer and a revolutionary and her name was Eleanor Rathbone MP, the subject chosen by speaker Sybil Oldfield who outlined the life of a great pioneer of women’s emancipation. Born in Liverpool in the 1870s into a family of reformers, Eleanor went first to Oxford and then worked as an unpaid social worker in her home town. By 1910 she had become the Liverpool Suffrage Movement incarnate. Serving on the City Council, during World War One she helped dependent women, starting a campaign for family allowances to be paid directly to women. After the war, equal citizenship was still not won and Eleanor, now in her fifties, became a fearless Independent MP, antagonising all the main political parties. After World War Two, Beveridge backed her as part of the vision for a new Britain and the Welfare State. She died in 1946 aged 73. Two comments sum up this formidable character who wanted to help women worldwide: ‘She fused ardour with selflessness’ and ‘She was quite a woman’. This excellent talk was followed by a much applauded Easter Bonnet Parade. Next meeting is on April 10. (A Stephen).

U3A: The University of the Third Age, Lewes Lectures 2013. Incident at Gondokoro: The Rise and Fall of Consul John Petherick by Dr John Fletcher at the Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall, 2.30pm Tuesday. In February 1863 Welshman John Petherick lost his diplomatic post, his livelihood and his precious reputation following a clash with three famous glory-seeking explorers in the heart of Africa. On the bi-centenary of his birth, Dr Fletcher seeks to re-examine the cold case of Petherick’s disgrace. Lewes Lectures are free and all are welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our last Sunday walk was in the Holtye Area at the Kent/Sussex border. With a cold spell coming up after a week of spring-like temperatures, and still being considerably wet underfoot, it was no surprise that only eight people turned up. Due to the muddy conditions we shortened our walk to just over four miles. We started at Cowden, where our footpath followed in a westerly direction and passed through beautiful little woods and fields before turning south and coming out on a country lane and beside Furnace Pond and the pretty landscaped gardens of Furnace Farm. We left the country lane at Holtye Common Mill, where we climbed up a hill towards Holtye Golf Ground. As it was very busy, we had to negotiate a safe passageway with the golfers. We soon reached another golf course where a stream in the middle of it marked the border between Kent and East Sussex. The walk ended with walking uphill through allotment gardens towards Cowden Church, and back to the car park. A lovely pub lunch awaited those who had wisely booked a table ahead, as it was Mothering Sunday. Wolfgang led the walk in this beautiful area. The next walk is on Sunday. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. The walk will take us over Mount Caburn and into Glynde. Here there is a choice of returning to Lewes by train or continuing on to Firle and Berwick. Bring a picnic if doing the longer walk.

BRIDGE CLUB: Jack Cripps Salamander Plate won by Ron and Margaret Buddery. Thursday February 28, 2nd Championship Pairs: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 3, Janice Bell and Tony Redshaw. March 14 Butler Pairs: 1, Pauline Brown and Clare Nankivell; 2, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 3, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole. Tuesday March 5, 1st Ladder: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Simon Fishburn and Mickie Lodge; 3, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. March 12 Butler Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Matt Read; 2, Richard Burnett and Meic Goodyear; 3, Janet Cattermole and Peter Waters. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.


THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11.00am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.


OUR PCSO Daryl Holter has been in touch. He would like to make all residents aware that sheds and heating oil are still being targeted by thieves in our area. Please be vigilant. If you see anything unusual please contact Daryl by calling 101.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are playing Rock-A-Nore tomorrow, Saturday, in the East Sussex Football League. Kick off is at 3pm at the Tilekiln. If you would like to keep track of the club’s progress you can online

COUNCIL TAX: You should have, by now, received your new Council Tax bill and seen that the precept for Ninfield has risen. The parish council set the precept for the village at their January meeting. It wasn’t a decision taken lightly and the budget was on village noticeboards throughout December and January, but no questions were raised to the council. The council wants to make sure that residents are aware of the reasons behind the increase and will be holding a series of Open Events for you to meet your councillors, find out more on where the precept is being spent and to discuss key issues in your village. They will be available: March 23, 11am to 1pm, Methodist Hall and 1.30pm to 2.30pm Potmans Lane.

BARN DANCE: 1st Ninfield Scout Group are holding a Barn Dance with the Rampions tomorrow, Saturday, at the Reid Hall, Boreham Street, 7.15pm to 11pm. Tickets to include a buffet supper at a cost of £8 adult, £3.50 child or £20 family (two adults and up to three children). Soft and hot drinks will be available. Alcoholic drinks will need to be brought with you. There will also be a raffle and £1 roll to win a bottle of whiskey. For tickets and further information, please contact Kaa on 07908558721

SPRING SHOW: The horticultural society are holding their Spring Show tomorrow, Saturday, 2.30pm at the Memorial Hall. There will be lots of flowers, photos, crafts and children’s entries, refreshments and a tombola. Schedules, which include entry forms to the many categories, are available from the Post Office.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on Monday, 7.45pm at the village hall. All Hooe residents are welcome to attend.

IF YOU HAVE books, photos, newspaper articles, old Kellys or similar directories, for the area, Ninfield Local History Group would like first choice before you throw them out. Anything related to Ninfield, they’d rather look after them than see them thrown away, so bear them in mind when de-cluttering or spring cleaning. Please contact Rod Ffoulkes: Tel: 893635.

THE FLOWER GROUP meeting on Monday April 8 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. This month they welcome Jill Griffin with her demonstration entitled Take Me As I Am. All flower arrangements demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening. Non-members are welcome with an entrance fee of £3 which includes refreshments. Should you require any further information regarding the group, or would like to join, please contact Susan on or telephone 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Service with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd. Thursday March 28: Stations of the Cross at Hooe 11am, The Final Hour at Ninfield 2pm.


BINGO: Friends of Willingdon Community School are holding a bingo evening tomorrow, Saturday, eyes down at 7pm. Details at or telephone Andy Webb a on 481101.

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

POLEGATE WI meets on the second Thursday of each month in the lounge at the Community Centre at 2pm. For more info please contact Avril Parrini on 489332.

WINE AND SOCIAL CLUB are having a talk about the lifeboats on Tuesday. Visitors welcome at our meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Community Centre coffee lounge at 7.30pm. For more information contact Alf Harris on 485134 or Sheila Smith 483222.

RICHARD SALMON is our speaker on Tuesday evening at the Eastbourne Local History Society, meeting, St Saviours Church Hall. Doors open at 7pm, meeting starts at 7.30pm. His topic for the talk is Railway Carriages Brought Back to Life. Visitors welcome.

TRINITY CHURCH, Maundy Thursday at 3pm, Olivet to Calvary will be performed by the Downland Singers and friends. Come along and join in the journey through Holy Week and listen to this much loved and popular work by J H Maunder. Tenor solo Rod Brown, Baritone solo Fr Michael Maine, organ Alastair Macfadyen, musical directory Jennie Macfadyen.

OBITUARY: Gladys Colbran 1920-2013. Gladys or Glad as she was known served the community in many ways. As a parish and subsequently town councillor, she also found time to serve on the PCA becoming vice chair and chair for two years. She and her husband John were great supporters of the Windsor Club, especially when fund raising was involved. She cooked breakfast for the participants in the club darts marathon while John was up all night scoring. She also gave her time to voluntary work at the William Daly Centre. She will be sadly missed. (Joan Shoesmith).

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on March 28 include: As Before With One Lump Added and One Lump Removed, 4.8 miles fields, lanes, woods leader will be at Hellingly start point, approx 11 stiles with Peter S. Or Over the Hill and Far Away, 10 miles, one steep climb otherwise easy walking from Golden Galleon Pub, take picnic no stiles with Mike. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.


PALM SUNDAY SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. 4pm Messy Church aka 4 For All at Punnetts Town Village hall. An hour of games, Bible story for all ages, craftwork, music etc. For all the family and it is followed by refreshments. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Palm Sunday service with dramatised readings. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of The Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Robin Lacey, 6.30pm Evening service with Ray Bodkin.

MAUNDY THURSDAY: There will be a combined service of Holy Communion at Warbleton Parish Church at 7.30pm.

RGWI: The Dunn Village Hall will vibrate to the beat of African Drums on Thursday evening at 7.30pm under the guidance of Alison Surridge. For further details or help with transport contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

GOOD FRIDAY: There will be services of quiet reflections upon the events of Good Friday as follows, Bodle St 10am and Warbleton 3pm An Hour At The Cross. Dallington has a vigil at noon.

EASTER SATURDAY: The annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place at Warbleton Parish Church at 2pm. Bible stories, crafts, refreshments and chocolate eggs.


JPK SUSSEX PROJECT: Last October EBC planning committee refused the application to build a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability on the site of Edgmond Evangelical Church in Old Town, against the recommendations for approval from planning and highways officers. The decision to appeal was made, and after months of preparation stress and delay, the planning appeal hearing finally took place at Eastbourne Town Hall on March 13, commencing at 10am. The barristers for JPK had received all the information they needed from Peter Murphy (CPL Architects) and Campbell Reith, a national company, which had supplied a professional independent transport statement on behalf of the JPK. The main arguments put forward by the objectors and within the refusal documentation were based on parking issues on and off site and traffic flow, but the barristers were able to point out that sufficient parking had been planned on site according to all the relevant ESCC and EBC transport documentation. The hearing was finally concluded with a site visit requested by the Inspectorate at 4.45pm at which all parties were able to attend. It will be some weeks before the inspectorate gives his decision but the JPK Project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker feels that the meeting went as well as could be expected. She would like to thank all the professionals, some of whom gave their time freely or at very little cost, all the supporters who attended the hearing, particularly those who spoke for JPK on the day, and those who have supported her and the project throughout the appeal process.

INFORMATION DAY: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is organising a Public Information Day from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday April 3 at Willingdon Community School. Residents are invited to drop in for free advice and information on local services, groups, charities and organisations throughout Willingdon, Wannock, Filching and Jevington. There will also be opportunities to speak to members of the local council. The groups and organisations which will be there include Abbeyfield Southdown’s Limited, Active Play, Care for the Carers, Cuckmere Community Bus, Downland Choir, Eastbourne Epilepsy Group, East Sussex Association for the Blind, East Sussex Disability Association, JPK Project, Polegate Windmill, Royal British Legion Willingdon branch, St Wilfrid’s Hospice, STEPS Eastbourne Homes, Sussex Police, Trading Standards, Trinity Church Hall, Trinity Church Diners, Wealden Brass, Wealden District Council benefit adviser, WDC energy efficiency, WDC community grants, Willingdon Memorial Hall, Willingdon Residents Association, Wiltshire Farm Foods, Wealden Senior Citizens Partnership and You Raise Me Up.

THE FRIENDS of Willingdon Community School have recently re-launched the association and hope to organise various fundraising activities. A bingo night is to be held in the main hall at 7pm today, Friday. Light refreshments and nibbles will be provided but you can also bring your own food or drink if you prefer. There will be a minimal cost of £1 a card. If you would like to book a table with friends and family in advance please email . Alternatively just turn up on the night. For further information ring the school on 01323 485254. The Friends will also be having a meeting in the school hall at 7pm on Wednesday open to everyone. Ideas for future events and offers of help would be very much appreciated.

QUIET DAY: In preparation for Holy Week there will be a Quiet Day from 10am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Mary’s Church. It will be led by Ann Lewin who is well known for her work in the development of spirituality. She leads retreats and quiet days. Her published poetry includes Watching for the Kingfisher. For further information ring Bp David Wilcox on 01323 506108.

HOLY WEEK is from March 24 (Palm Sunday) to March 31(Easter Sunday). At St Mary’s Church the 6.30pm devotional service on Palm Sunday is The Cross of Christ for choir and congregation. Tuesday at 7.30pm is the Parish Passover with Communion in the church hall. On Wednesday Stations of the Cross is at 10.30am with the Eucharist at 7.15pm. On Thursday, Holy Communion is at 10.30am and at 8pm The Eucharist of the Last Supper with foot-washing will take place, with the watch of prayer until midnight. On Good Friday, children’s worship is at 10am followed by hot cross buns. Later that day at 1pm there will be a devotional hour leading to the liturgy of the cross and Holy Communion. An Easter Vigil will be held on Holy Saturday at 8pm. At the 9.45am Parish Eucharist on Easter Sunday, parishioners are asked to bring flowers with hard stems to transform the cross of dereliction into the cross of resurrection.

COFFEE MORNING: An Easter Coffee Morning will be held at Trinity Church Hall at 10am tomorrow, Saturday. Tea and coffee will be served along with hot cross buns and there will also be stalls selling Easter gifts.

OLIVET TO CALVARY: The Downland Singers and friends will be performing Olivet to Calvary at 3pm on Maundy Thursday at Trinity Church. The soloist is Father Michael Maine and the organist is Alastair Macfadyen.

TRINITY CHURCH services on Palm Sunday and Easter Day are at the normal times of 10.30am. There is also an Easter service at 6pm on Monday which will be attended by the uniformed organisations.

THE BRITISH QUEEN: Justine will be entertaining customers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, Stuart Modway-Fletcher will be entertaining customers from 8.30pm with mod and 60’s music.

ESDA: I received an interesting email from Marianne Colliard, volunteer services coordinator for East Sussex Disability Association. Marianne writes: The Polegate and Willingdon ESDA club is a local group covering Polegate, Willingdon, Jevington, Wilmington and Folkington. If you find it difficult to get out and about, why don’t you join us on our monthly outings? We pick you up and return you to your door and we use accessible transport with a tail lift for the members who use walkers or wheelchairs. We meet on the third Friday of the month and enjoy lunches at venues not too far away. During the warmer months we also go out on Wednesdays. We sometimes arrange special outings at the request of members in addition to our regular outings. Members benefit by getting out and about, making new friends and access to the services that ESDA provides, such as the Information Service or the Daily Living Centre at the East Sussex Centre for Independent Living in Hampden Park Eastbourne. Our group is small and friendly so if you think you would like to join us, why don’t you give us a try? For further information please call Andy on 01323 504893 or Marianne at EWSDA on 01323 514531 or email