DOWN YOUR WAY (July 17th): Hellingly and Horsebridge

THERE is evening prayer at 2.45pm in Emmanuel Church on Hawkswood this Sunday. Regular Services at Hellingly church are on a Thursday 8am Quiet Prayer, 8.30am ‘Vicar on Tap’ - available to members of the community in church, 9am Morning Prayer and 9.30am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) and every Sunday 8am Holy Communion at 10.45am and Upper Dicker 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

COMMUNITY policing: Go along and meet a Community Support Officer and raise any concerns at a street meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5pm on London Road (odd numbers). If you cannot make it wish to raise a matter contact the PCSOs at Hailsham Neighbourhood Policing Team on Tel: 101 Ext. 27437 Mobile: 07787 685752 or follow them on Twitter: @hailsham_pol.

GRAND Summer Craft Show at the newly-restored function barn at Blackstock Farm, Grove Hill, Hellingly BN27 4HF on Sunday, 10am-5pm, free entry, for a showcase of traditional and modern handmade items produced by crafts people from the Weald. There will be 26 stalls - visit www.wealdcrafts.co.uk

CIRCUS WONDERLAND: Denis Remnev on trapeze (who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent), award-winning musical clowns, The Popolinos and the somersaulting Deltai Troupe from the Hungarian State Circus, high speed hula hoops, fearless flying arrows and Captain Dinka’s Pirate Pandemonium are coming to Broad Farm (Festival of Transport field) Hellingly this weekend. Performances 4.30pm and 7.30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 5pm and Sunday at 2pm only. Discount leaflets in Hellingly post office and at various outlets around Hailsham otherwise tickets are £12 and £9.

MOTHERS UNION: Last month members braved the pouring rain, mud and high winds to visit Stone Cross windmill. Restored to full working order in 2000, stoneground wholemeal flour is produced and sold in the mill store. Peter Hill, a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable ‘Friend’ of the mill, gave a guided tour followed by delicious scones, made with stoneground flour of course, clotted cream, strawberry jam and copious cups of tea, in the mill store. The MU meets in St Peter & St Paul’s Church on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.15pm.

WALKING BUS: For the most part of the last decade children have been taking the healthy option and walking to Hawkes Farm School with parent volunteers overseen by the County Council’s School Travel Plan Advisors. This chatty happy service has nurtured friendships and confidence across all age groups as some little ones walk with older children and look forward to more responsibility and promotion themselves. Among many other benefits, the service has also allowed parents to drop children early and well away from the school and Hawks Road, thereby easing congestion outside the school and allowing parents to get to work avoiding of the usual school run panic.

It is sad therefore, when the ‘green’ option is encouraged and applauded, the Local Authority is no longer be able to provide practical support, insurance cover or risk assessments via their School Travel Plan Advisers who have helped operate the Walking Bus, as this support has been withdrawn. The school has also said it is unable to carry out the provision. This news is very disappointing for all the children and volunteers and parents who have used it.

During the last term of each year however, the Walking Bus has made use of its pedometers to raise funds for local charities, particularly those with an animal connection. These included horses, Raystede and for this, their last year, they are being sponsored by friends and family in raising money for the locally based Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service and adults will also be selling tickets for this charity’s Grand Raffle. They will be rewarded for their efforts by a visit to the centre in Whitesmith and a talk by WRAS founder, Trevor Weeks MBE. If you would like to sponsor their footsteps to school then you can contact me, Jenny Seale on 440567. Also if you can to offer a solution so the Walking Bus can continue I will pass this on to the bus leader.