Down Your Way: Pevensey & Pevensey Bay

CHRISTMAS nears and as usual St Nicolas’ Church is well organised. Sunday, December 9,is the Patronal festival at 11am followed by a parish lunch. The Rural Dean of Eastbourne, the Very Reverend Jeffrey Gunn is the celebrant and preacher.

December 16 at 6pm the nine lessons and carols are celebrated; carol singing around the village is from 7pm on December 19; with coffee and carols with the Pevensey Yokels from 10am to noon on Saturday, December 22.

Christmas midnight mass begins at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve with Christmas Day Holy Communion at St Wilfrid’s at 9.30am Christmas Day.

OPPORTUNITIES to see a master craftsman at work are rare these days.

So it was a pleasure to find village artisan bricklayer David Pocock at work carefully repairing the ancient wall around St Nicolas churchyard.

Using a carefully worked lime mortar he did a fine job, even returning a day later to engrave the new surface so that it matched the centuries old work.

Days earlier he used his skill to repoint some of the outer wall at the Priory Court to repair the ravages of the weather.

NOTHING local is included in the places to visit in the south of England section of the latest Thomson directory! While Pevensey castle and Beachy Head are missing, boring relative newly built Corfe castle, a measly 1,000 years old, gets a mention.

MEMBERS of the Westham, Pevensey and Stone Cross branch of the Royal British Legion were busy last month selling poppies to raise funds for the Legion’s ongoing programme of help for British forces and their families.

Poppy stalls and collecting boxes were set up in many public places – churches, pubs and shops – and members made house-to-house collections in most residential areas.

The annual coffee morning was well attended and made a large contribution to the fund, and a Poppy Appeal Supper, arranged by Poppy Appeal organiser Pauline Turner added substantially to the total.

And the end of the appeal £6022.22 was banked for the Legion surpassing last year’s total by a wide margin, and is already on its way to where it is most needed.

Pauline Turner and branch chairman Tom Drummond expressed their thanks to all who worked for the appeal, and to all the members of the local community who gave so generously.