Hellingly and Horsebridge

CHRISTINGLE SERVICES: This Sunday at Upper Dicker at 9.15am and Hellingly Church at 10.45am. Children’s Society candle collecting tubes are on the table by the door in church, please take one if you wish, or pass onto families likely to be in church. They can be returned on December 9 or passed to a sides-person at a later date. This is a special service, especially as 2018 is the 50th anniversary of Christingle Services. Please note that this will not be a communion service.

GARDENING CLUB: The church yard gardening group will be meeting on Monday at 9.30am to noon. If you would like to come along and help you would be most welcome. Please bring along your own tools but refreshments will be provided.

COMEDY NIGHT: Get your tickets now for the next event at Blackstock Estate on Friday January 25. The sell out stand up night returns with amazing and very funny stand up comedy talent from across the UK. Doors open 6pm, show from 8pm. Tex Mex and burger menu, shared table £9.95pp. Bookings and more information on 01323 848006 or visit www.blackstockestate.co.uk.

CORSICAN PINE: It is with sadness that the Corsican Pine in Hellingly Cemetery needs to be felled. The Parish Council (PC) have undertaken a full tree survey of all the trees on land that it owns. The report came back informing the PC that the Corsican Pine at Hellingly Cemetery had significant disease. The Pine has a Tree Preservation Order which means that an application had to be send to Wealden District Council (WDC) for approval for any works to be carried out. This was done and agreed. The Officer at WDC said ‘I have visited the Corsican Pine at Hellingly Cemetery that is subject to a request for removal. Sadly, it is evident that there is significant basal decay, with exposed decaying heartwood, and this extends to a height of at least 5 to 6 metres, where the tree then bifurcates. Given the extent of this decay and structural integrity concerns, alongside the location of the tree, adjacent to the highway and pedestrian footpath, I will be recommending this application for approval. I think a replant may not be appropriate either at this location as it would involve excavation in the cemetery grounds and so I will be recommending that this requirement is waived. I would expect that there may be some local disquiet about the tree removal, as there has been in the past, and in anticipation of this, I have taken a number of photos that clearly demonstrate the dysfunction. My view is that the proposal is perfectly reasonable in order to protect public safety. The works by a local company are planned for early January 2019.