Hellingly and Horsebridge

PARISH COUNCIL: At Hellingly PC the draft minutes state that the report from the Boundary Commission is due at the end of March. The Issues and Options consultation had closed on December 14 and the representations were now on WDC’s website, the conclusions would be published later in the year. The Rugby Club will be allowed to resurrect the old hockey pitch at the Lower Horsebridge Recreation Ground as back up to the Rugby Pitch which regularly floods. Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations. It was agreed that a sub-group be set up to consider how the council and the parish would mark the Queen’s birthday. The chairman reported on a successful visit to the new Elm Ward at the Hellingly Secure Unit. He also reported that the recent flooding had been no worse than that experienced in the past, even though it had received interest from the BBC.

PARKS: Hellingly Country and Roebuck Parks. At the recent Hellingly PC meeting, the following points were noted: That the transfer deed had now been signed and would be sent to the solicitors, it was likely that the transfer would be at the end of March. Work is progressing on the Cricket Pavilion, Council agreed that it would not be necessary to install an intruder alarm in the Pavilion, subject to insurance company approval, but agreed to ask the contractor to install the necessary wiring for CCTV cameras and a final decision to be taken at Council in February when more information was known. Council approved the list of furniture, signs and bins as per the notes from the Persimmon meeting. It was noted that confirmation had been received from WDC that the surface of the final playground could be changed from sand to something more appropriate. The sub-group who had looked at the furniture provision to look at the designs for the playground. A decision from WDC on the position of the allotments was still awaited. It was noted that the Ecological Area was still being cut with a low impact vehicle.

MICHELHAM PRIORY: The house and gardens are now open every day to December 18. Times are February 13 to 28, 11am to 4pm; March 1 to October 31, 10.30am to 5pm; and November 2 to December 20, 11am to 4pm.

WEDDING SHOWCASE: You are warmly invited to Michelham Priory’s Wedding Showcase. Free VIP Drinks Receptions at 11.30am and 2.30pm (pre-registration required), Goody bag for every couple. The barn will be beautifully dressed and styled to inspire in a spectacular White Wedding theme. The best local wedding suppliers and experts on hand for ideas and advice. Arrive at your leisure or join us at one of the exclusive VIP Drinks Receptions at 11.30am or 2.30pm, to discuss your vision with our weddings team and chefs over a glass of bubbly and delicious canapés. Set in seven acres of beautiful gardens, Michelham Priory is sited on an island, surrounded by England’s longest water-filled moat. The stunning Elizabethan Great Barn and its private Moat Terrace are the perfect setting for your marriage, civil partnership ceremony or wedding reception. Accommodating up to 130 guests, the barn enchants you with its original features yet offers a canvas upon which to stamp your own unique style. The experienced and dedicated team here at Michelham Priory ensure that every aspect of your special day is meticulously planned and delivered to the highest standards of service. Fully appreciating that no two weddings are the same, we offer you the option to create a bespoke package for your special day and take pride in ensuring that your wedding is every bit as unique as you are. To reserve your free entry and free VIP drinks receptions. Book your free tickets at www.sussexpast.co.uk.

HALF TERM CHILDREN’S TRAIL: Michelham Priory reopened for the 2016 season last week. Bring children with you and go exploring on an exciting trail. Every day right through half-term week until Sunday in the grounds if the weather’s good, or in the house if it’s raining. The café is open all day. Enquiries to adminmich@sussexpast.co.uk or ring 01323 844224.

RESIDENT PASS: The Michelham Priory residents pass will only be issued to residents of Upper Dicker or Arlington who visit the Priory until March 1. Only one pass per household. Proof of address must be shown in order to receive a pass (utility bill, driving licence etc). The pass can only be used by the two adults whose signature appears on the card, and they will be asked to sign in with each use. The pass entitles the holder to free entrance for the two adults and four children to Michelham Priory during normal opening hours throughout the 2016 season, including event days. The pass allows free admission to the Priory and grounds only. Any additional chargeable activities must be paid for at the normal rate. The pass cannot be used for outdoor theatre performances or any other ticketed event.

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