Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

WILLINGDON FLOWER CLUB: Will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a demonstration by Claire Glenister entitled Christmas Cake. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

HOT SOUP: Now that the weather has turned much colder, the parishioners at St Andrew’s Church in Jevington are offering hot soup, savouries and cake to ramblers and other visitors. They would love to see you between 11am and 3pm tomorrow, Saturday. Refreshments are free but a donation towards the maintenance and renovation of this lovely ancient church in the heart of the Downs would be very much appreciated.

A CHRISTMAS FETE: At Sunrise Senior Living 6 Upper Kings Drive is being held from 2pm to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Sunrise with traditional stalls and gifts. Money raised will be donated to the Friends of the DGH. The Everyman Ensemble will also be performing. On Tuesday at 2pm The Archway Choir will be singing at Sunrise to which everyone is invited.

CHRISTMAS GALA: Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue Willingdon is the venue for a Christmas Gala at 2.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. The gala will feature the Downland Singers and Wealden Brass. Programmes for admission are £5 each and can be obtained in advance at Trinity Church or from Wealden Brass or by ringing 01323 484189. Alternatively they can be purchased at the door on the night. Refreshments will be available during the interval.

THE JPK CHRISTMAS

PARTY: is being held at the JPK Centre (previously the Edgmont Evangelical Church in Old Town) at 7pm for 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. It is on the site of where the supported residential centre for people with a learning disability will be built. The Christmas party is primarily for prospective residents, students, family and friends. Drinks will be served on arrival and there will be a buffet supper, raffle and dancing to Steve’s Tropical Disco. Tickets are available at £5 each and are available from JPK Project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker on 01323 486179.

JOHN AND MAUREEN MALES: Are firm supporters of the JPK Sussex Project and they make full use of their lovely garden at the Cottage in Dittons Road, Polegate for holding fund raising events for the charity. The afternoon tea party in June and the pudding night in November together with match funding from their daughter and daughter-in-law’s employers raised £2,170. Over the years John and Maureen have raised £32,000 for the project with the help of their family.

KATH DAY: Is also a supporter of the JPK Sussex Project and has arranged a bag packing day at ESK Wholesale. It is on Sunday December 13 and in order to raise as much money as possible for the charity, Kath would like help to man the five check outs and help with the packing. Customers usually appreciate the help. If you could spare an hour or two, please contact her on 01323 460258 or email dayc3@sky.com .

CONCENTUS CHORALE: The retiring collections from the two Concentus Christmas Concerts are donated to the JPK Sussex Project as they also like to support the charity. The concerts are at 4pm on Saturday December 12 at St Leonards Church in Seaford and at 4pm on Saturday December 19 at St Saviour’s and St Peter’s Church in Eastbourne. Tickets are £10 each and are available from Evelyn on 01323 643358.

NATIVITY: The Chalk Hill Pre-School nativity will be held in St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 9.30am tomorrow, Saturday, followed by their Christmas Fair in the church hall.

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION: Will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday The Jazz Caverners will be playing.

DANCE SOCIAL: St Mary’s Church ballroom dance group is hosting a Christmas dance social from 7.30pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St John’s Church Hall Meads. Dress is smart/casual. There will be a cabaret and a raffle in aid of Family Support Work. Tickets are £5 each to include a buffet but do take your own drink. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Contact Jane on 01323 508895.

CHRISTINGLE: A Christingle service will be held at 3pm on Sunday at St Mary’s Church. The highlight of the service involves the giving of the Christingle oranges and the lighting of the candles to signify the light of Christ and his coming birth. Money raised is for the Children’s Society which supports vulnerable children and young people.

TRINITY CHURCH: In Coppice Avenue will have their Christingle service at 6pm on Tuesday attended by the uniformed organisations.

THE GLEN CHORALE: Will be presenting their next concert entitled Walking in a Winter Wonderland at 2.30pm on Monday and at 2.30pm on Monday December 14 at Wannock Village Hall. The musical director is Ansy Boothroyd and the accompanist is David Alexander. The programme includes Wexford Carol by Rutter, Deck the halls arranged by Willcocks, Ave Maris Stella by Grieg, In the Bleak Midwinter by Darke, A New Year Carol by Britten, and White Christmas by Huff. There will also be traditional carols with audience participation. Tickets to include refreshments are £6 each and can be obtained by ringing 01323 502113. There will be a retiring collection for the Demelza Children’s Hospice.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by a full council meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

CHRISTMAS CAROL EVENING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be hosting their annual carol evening on Thursday at Willingdon Triangle commencing at 6pm.Various activities will be taking place in Willingdon Library Coppice Avenue where Father Christmas will be handing out presents to children. The Kingfisher Scout Band will be performing in Orchard Parade from 6.30pm to 7pm followed by carol singing supported by Wealden Brass. Sheet music is usually handed out. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served and Brains the Butchers will be providing hot food. The Triangle Café will also be serving hot drinks and food. There will be stalls in Trinity Church Hall, perfect for buying a few Christmas presents and supporting some local charities at the same time. Members of the parish council look forward to seeing as many people as possible there. It is primarily a community event and a celebration of Christmas. But do bring a torch or lantern and wrap up warm.

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