Down Your Way: Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Holy Communion on Thursday at 9.30am (BCP) and 8am every Sunday (CW). This Sunday there is also a Holy Communion (CW) service at 10.45am and Evensong at 6.30pm. Upper Dicker: 9.15am Holy Communion (CW).

JUMBLE SALE: Apologies for getting the date wrong last week. This Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) event is actually on Saturday, December 8, at Hellingly village hall from 10.30am. If you wish to donate items ring the Casualty Centre on 01825 873003. Do not take things along to the hall on the day as they need to be sorted and checked beforehand.

WEALDEN BRASS CONCERT: Enjoy Christmas music, mulled wine and mince pies at Hellingly Parish Church on Saturday December 8, 3pm-5pm. Tickets £6.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The Print Competition Round Two was judged by Don Mitchell ARPS as follows: Beginners for the Pavilion Cup with prints going through to the finals are All Alone and Sunset Grazing by Belle Tout by Sam Daws, and I am Elisha by Martin Rumary.

Intermediate Keith Donald Shield results were: At the Bottom of Our Street by Wendy Chrismas LRPS, A Quiet Moment by Fiona Flower, Blue by Janet Monk LRPS and No Sheep Today by Robert Banfield.

Advanced Founders Cup winners were Tension by Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP, Nerine and Just Jesting by Phil Smith, The Library Staircase by Ray Beckwith and Figure Study by Roger Scott.

Don Mitchell ARPS, whohas been judging for 40 years, started off with cinefilm and has gone full circle as he now dabbles with AudioVisual. Amongst his many anecdotes, one of the prints featured a Guinea Pig. He enquired if anyone had eaten the furry creatures. No one else in the room had tried the delicacy.

Don explained he shared one with four friends while on holiday abroad for seven dollars. It arrived whole, minus the head, with a delicious sauce. He thought it tasted similar to chicken or duck. Also, whilst judging an image of “True Love” boldly tattooed in blue, he stated that tattoos play a valuable function. They are a great way of identifying a body when lying on the mortuary slab.

Entries for the Annual Colour Show are being prepared already. It is on Friday/Saturday, March 1/2 in Hailsham Community Hall. The chosen charity to receive a donation this time will be Demelza.
BONSAI CLUB: This month one of the most experienced members Kevin Fletcher, spoke about preparing trees for winter.

He started with a reminder about the unusual and extreme weather conditions experienced this year particularly the amount of rain. This means trees have not developed at their usual rate, are weakened and may not be able to cope with a hard winter.

The situation with all trees is different and consideration of where and how they are usually cared for and knowing the microclimate in the owners garden.

The talk and discussion was followed by a workshop with members working on their own trees.

At the December meeting Brian Dale will demonstrate the art of sharpening and caring for tools and there will be a photographic competition.

From January meetings will be at the new venue, St Mary’s Church Hall, Decoy Drive, Hampden Park, BN22 9PP.

The December meet is at Hellingly Village Hall. For more information or to attend a first meeting free visit or contact Ian Wright 01424 437262.

HELLINGLYParish Council is seeking applicants to fill a post recently vacated when a councillor moved away from the area. As an election has not been requested, the council is permitted to fill the vacancy by co-option.

Applicants should be British subjects and live or work in or near the parish and have been resident for at least a year. The post is unpaid and the successful candidate will be expected to take an active part in the work of the council and its committees.

Anyone interested should contact the Clerk, Philip Moon, on 01323 484210 or by e-mail: . The shortlisted candidates would be expected to attend a future meeting of the council and speak in support of their candidacy.