Down Your Way: Hellingly and Horsebridge

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SUNDAY services at Hellingly Church this week are Holy Communion at 8am and again at 10.45am followed by Evensong at 6.30pm. There is also a regular Holy Communion service at 9.30am on a Thursday. Holy Trinity at Upper Dicker Sunday service is at 9.15pm.

COLOUR SHOW tickets (to include interval refreshments, are selling fast for the Hailsham Photographic Society presentation on March 2/3. There is still time to book on 01323 845569, or call in to the Camera Centre, High Street, Hailsham.

This year, as the Community Hall is being refurbished, the three performances are at Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive, Hailsham, BN27 3UW. Transport information is available on the website www.hailshamphotographicsociety.co.uk.

The Mayor will be in attendance on March 2 when the winning sequence will be announced. Tickets are March 2, 7.30pm, £4.50; matinee March 3, 2.30pm £4; and at 7.30pm £4.50. View Craft receive a donation from proceeds.

They are a charity based in Herstmonceux who help blind and partially sighted people in this area enjoy art and craft projects. Come to the Colour Show to find out more.

MAGHAM Down Folk Dance Club meet at Hellingly village hall on Tuesdays, 7.45pm-9.45pm - new members welcome.

REVEREND Ronald Chatwin recently returned to Hellingly church to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a priest (Canterbury Cathedral on December 21, 1961). Someone said it was rather special to celebrate 50 years, to which he replied “if you get ordained young enough and live long enough, it happens!”

He thanks all involved who gave him a very warm and happy celebration. It was terrific to see so many who made it at such short notice.

What a surprise then to be given both a cheque and champagne and Ron would like to say thanks for the gifts and for the big, big cake made by Jane Tourle and to those who made the day possible.

HELLINGLY Parish Council’s January meeting saw members of the Wealden Bus Users Group introduce themselves, explain their role and express a wish to work closely with the council to provide acceptable bus services for the parish.

A survey form concerning improvement in rural Broadband speeds was included in the latest Hellingly Highlights newsletter.

The Joint Waste Committee, composed of four local councils, intended working together. A waste contract with combined working starting in April would provide potential savings of £310k for Wealden.

Concerning Roebuck Park, county had agreed to provide further information on the actual benefit to Hellingly Parish of the proposed extension to existing Stagecoach services.

A site meeting had taken place at the damaged bridge in Mill Lane and rebuilding will be undertaken in due course.

JENNY SEALE, Tel: 01323 440567, j.seale@tesco.net