Down Your Way: Hellingly and Horsebridge - April 4

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EASTER services: On Maundy Thursday, April 5, Holy Communion at Hellingly church at 9.30am and an Agape Supper and Stripping of the church at 7pm.

April 6 is Good Friday. At Hellingly, 10.30am to 11.30am, children and young people are invited to help make this year’s Easter garden for Upper Dicker and Hellingly and there is a service of contemplation and reflection at Hellingly from 2pm to 3pm – The Last Hour, At the Cross choral worship. There is a compline service at 8pm at Upper Dicker.

Easter Day, April 8, services start at 6.15am for those who rise early - a Sunrise Service and time of quiet contemplation followed by Holy Communion at 8am. Upper Dicker at 9.15am and again at Hellingly at 10.45am to celebrate Easter Day. Hellingly has evensong at 6.30pm.

PHOTOGRAPHIC Society: Five Sussex photographers, John Deller, David Mills, Liz and Roger Scott, and Peter Stafford, all members of the Hailsham Photographic Society, have an exhibition of their work at Gallery North, High Street, Hailsham running until April 28 (10am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday).

BONSAI CLUB: The next meeting is on Easter Monday, April 9, when David Penny will demonstrate Kusamono or accent plants. These are small plants used to compliment a bonsai. Members will have the opportunity to create their own. The club welcomes new members - details from chairman, Brian Dale, on pondey@sky.com or 01323 731369.

THE the January parish council meeting it was reported that concerning the improvement in rural Broadband speeds, the survey form had been incorporated into the current edition of Hellingly Highlights which can be picked up from Hellingly post office.

Councillors Ronald and Yvonne Chatwin had approached residents about the street lights in New Road. Opinions had varied, but on balance residents would prefer to retain the lights. There has been a meeting of the Joint Waste Committee, composed of four local councils who intend working together in order to save money.

A waste contract starting in April has potential savings of £310k for Wealden. The chairman had expressed his opposition to the proposal to use the New Homes Bonus for Wealden projects not necessarily in the parishes where homes were to be built.

On Roebuck Park and a recent meeting with Wealden District and County Councils concerning bus service provision, County agreed to provide further information on the actual benefit to Hellingly Parish of the proposed extension to existing Stagecoach services.

Traffic calming proposals have been agreed and also a site meeting had taken place at the damaged bridge in Mill Lane. Rebuilding would be undertaken in due course.

JENNY SEALE

Tel: 01323 440567

j.seale@tesco.net