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HELLINGLY CHURCH: 8am Holy Communion Hellingly, 10.45am Family Service Hellingly. Every Thursday 9.30am BCP Holy Communion at Hellingly.

HELLINGLY PARISH COUNCIL: A question was raised concerning Potters Pantry which was on the market, a member of the public was concerned that this may be bought by a large chain supermarket and asked the council whether they would consider retaining it due to its historical nature. It was agreed that an item would be added to the Planning Committee Agenda to look at Assets of Community Value. Regarding the Neighbourhood Plan, the PC resolved that Wealden District Council be notified of the intention to develop a Neighbourhood Plan and that: the whole Parish be set as the Neighbourhood Area, a Project Team be set up lead by Councillor Blake, David Phillips be appointed as Planning Advisor, a Steering Group be set up, the delegations to the Steering Group be deferred until a later date when more detail is known, the Plan would be based around preserving the rural character of the area and maintaining the character of the four separate settlements. This would develop through the process and consultations with the public and policies would be developed accordingly. The £25k currently in reserves be used to fund the project and that the Clerk seek further grant and funding options.

FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Festival of Transport, held over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Broad Farm, Hellingly. The event is organised by the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club, which is also celebrating 40 years in 2015. On show over the three days will be some 1000 historic vehicles of all types together with associated memorabilia. Of note this year will be special displays of some of the vehicles that were exhibited at the first event in 1976. In addition, there is something for all the family, with Harris Bros vintage fairground, the Sussex Army Cadet Force Kit-Kar display team, children’s attractions, a large variety of trade and autojumble stalls, the Sunday church service with the Rev David Farey and a beer/catering tent with live entertainment. FOT Chairman, David Bone said ‘It is an amazing achievement that, from small beginnings, our show has grown into one of the largest three-day historic vehicle events in the south east. As well as showcasing our transport heritage, over the years the EHVC has donated well over £100,000 to local organisations and charities from the proceeds of the shows.’ The event is open from 10am until 5pm each day. Admission is £9 for adults, £2 for children and £7 for seniors. Car parking is free. Stagecoach bus route 51 passes the site. Further information about the show and the EHVC is available from the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club web site www.ehvc.co.uk.

OPEN GARDENS: On Sunday September 6 from 11am to 5pm six gardens will be open to view. Between 2pm and 4pm a brass band will play at Brook Cottage, Mill Lane, where coffees, lunches, teas will be served during the day. All donations for the International Pestalozzi International Village Trust.

DICKER SUNDAY SERVICES: 9.15am Holy Communion Upper Dicker. On Sunday September 13, The Vicar will be asking Any Upper Dicker Questions? The 9.15am service will include a time for Questions and Answers. The sermon slot is often all one way, but on this occasion the congregation is being asked to bring questions that the Vicar can give comment on and for others to chip in. If you have a question that you might like raised, then send it to the Vicar on vicar.hellingly@gmail.com.

BIG BARN CIRCUS DAY: Go and see Hazee’s Crazee Circus where the children become part of the show at Michelham Priory on Wednesday from 10.30am to 5pm. Normal admission prices apply.

COFFEE AND BOOKS: Dicker Hall 10.40am to noon Thursday Mornings. Coffee Morning and Book Exchange. Exchange books or purchase 20p.

GARDEN TOUR: A 90 minute tour exploring the seven acres of historic gardens at Michelham Priory with the head gardener, James Neal. Price includes entrance to the house and grounds, tour and soup and fresh bread roll in the café. Tour starts at 11am. £15 non-members, £10 for Sussex Archaeological Society Members and Friends of Michelham Priory. Numbers are limited so please book in advance. Call 01323 844224 or email adminmich@sussexpast.co.uk.

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