Down Your Way: Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

STREET LIGHTING: In order to save money, the County Council is changing street lighting in some residential and main roads. Highways are proposing turning off all street lights from midnight to the early hours (about 5.30am) in some streets, turning off alternate street lights in others, or dimming some.

Consultation meetings have already taken place in some areas and now it is the turn of the parish of Willingdon. There will be a meeting from 9am to noon on Saturday, December 1, at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue for residents to listen to proposals and give their views.

To find out more Google www.eastsussex.gov.uk and then search for changes to street lighting in East Sussex. Alternatively email highways@eastsussex.gov.uk or phone 0345 60 80 193.

THE 3MMMs meeting on November 14 was a craft fair, and Willingdon Church Hall was buzzing with activity. The idea was to move from one table to another learning how to make greetings cards, table decorations with a candle as the centrepiece and greenery, cones and baubles surrounding it, and tree decorations in the shape of an upside down folded umbrella, made from a circle of festive material and a strong straw.

There was a bring-and-buy sales table, greetings cards on offer and a representative from the Body Shop with suggestions for Christmas gifts.

Many thanks to joint organisers Janet Hilder and Judith Pike - and their homemade cakes were delicious – and I mustn’t forget the three ladies passing on their skills.

The next meeting is at 8pm on Wednesday, November 28, at Willingdon Church Hall when Brian Waters will give a talk entitled ‘Places I’ve been and people I’ve met’. Members are asked to bring an object from somewhere they’ve been and write on a card what it means to them.

THE RED LION re-opened on Saturday November 17, having been closed since November 5 for refurbishment. I popped in for a quick drink with a friend and we were impressed at how clean and fresh it all looked, the walls painted, new curtains, new lamp shades, part of the dining area carpeted including the stairs up to the function room and tables sanded down. Congratulations to Nicky and Gavin Finnis, proprietors of the Red Lion.

RAMBLING: Twenty eight people turned up at Chalk Farm on November 19 ready for St Mary’s Church’s monthly ramble. The day was bright but there had been a lot of rain and so a planned walk to Laughton was changed to one along the Cuckoo Line from Polegate to Shinewater. It was a flat walk of about six miles and the group stopped by the pond near the back of Tescos at Langney Shopping Centre to eat their sandwiches.

The date of the next walk has been changed from December 17 to December 31, starting 10am. It will just be a short walk of about an hour, and then the ramblers will be going back to the church hall for coffee and mince pies.

WANNOCK Artists have AGM at 7pm on Friday, November 30, at Wannock Village Hall.

POCKETSIZE provide the entertainment at The Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village from 8.30pm on Saturday, December 1.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: This service takes place at 6.30pm on Sunday December 2 at St Mary’s Church Willingdon. It is for all who are bereaved, but a special invitation is extended to the families and friends of those whose funerals St Mary’s has been involved with - but everyone is welcome.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will hold a full council budget meeting at 7.30pm on Monday, December 3 ,at Willingdon Primary School in Rapsons Road. Meetings are open to the public. Ring the parish office on 489603 or 489104 for more information.

WILLINGDON Neighbourhood Watch meets at 2.30pm on Monday, December 3, in the vestry of Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue. If you are interested in becoming a member, street co-ordinator, would be available to deliver the quarterly newsletters or just want to know more about what is going on in your locality, contact chairman Ray Ingram on 508634.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch. It was formed in 1982 by local resident Joan Barras, who sadly died just over a year ago, and crime prevention officer Dave Smith, who has since retired. But as Ray Ingram says ‘their legacy survives’ and although crime is relatively low in this area, we still have to be vigilant.

THE Glen Chorale under the direction of Robin Moray will present their Christmas concerts at Wannock Hall on Monday, December 3, and Monday, December 10, at 2.30pm. The choir will sing a variety of Christmas music, both traditional and new as well as carols for audience participation. Tickets, including refreshments, are £5 and available from Violet Robinson on 767209. The Glen Chorale will also sing at various private functions during the Christmas period.

PARTY TIME: Jevington and Filching WI will be having their Christmas party at Wannock Hall from 2pm on Wednesday December 5.