The Dickers

OPEN GARDEN: Bates Green Farm opens its doors on Wednesday for the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital from 10.30am to 4pm. There will be Ploughman’s Lunches available. Morning coffee and afternoon tea will also be served. The garden will be open whatever the weather and entry is by donation. This year’s 2015 special project for the Friends of EDGH is to raise over £1m for the Da Vinci Robot, state of the art robotic equipment that will mainly be used for patients requiring major prostate cancer surgery – patients with other pelvic and colorectal concers may also benefit in the future. The machine offers a greater degree of accuracy and precision for the surgeon, reduction in the patient’s pain, quicker recovery times, shorter hospital stays and better outcomes for patients. All money raised at the open gardens will go towards this ground-breaking equipment.

SUNDAY SERVICES: 9.15am Holy Communion – Upper Dicker.

‘ALLO ‘ALLO: Have you got your tickets yet? The Dicker Players are performing ‘Allo ‘Allo at Hailsham Pavilion from Friday 10 July and Sunday 12 July. Tickets are £10, £9 students and seniors. Visit .

FOOD & DRINK QUIZ: This evening at Arlington village hall, 7pm. Entry £3 per head. BYO drinks and nibbles. Bottles of wine to purchase on the night. Food related raffle prizes. Teams of up to 6 people welcome. Contact Paul and Wendy to book a table on 01323 487250 or email

DICKER DAY: Tomorrow at The Plough Inn from 1pm to 6pm. Music, craft, food and Dicker history stalls.

HARMONIE CONCERT: Voices in Harmonie Choir will be giving a summer concert at St Pancras church, Arlington tomorrow at 7pm in St Pancras Church. There will be a varied and delightful programme of classical and popular items played by talented brass, woodwind and percussion musicians. Tickets (including interval refreshments) £10, under 16s £5 available now from Christine on 07813 382580, Nicola 01273 487867 or Jackie 01323 482429.

ARLINGTON PARISH COUNCIL: Stencilling of the litter bin had been completed. Regarding the veranda of the pavilion, a balustrade had now been installed. Hedgecutting – a discussion was held on whether the scrub should be allowed to grow through the rabbit fencing or whether the PC should get a quote to manually cut it. If the cost for the short hedge is too high the committee will try and organise a working party of allotment tenants. A tenant had expressed concern over the increase in water usage at the allotments and how this was impacting tenants as they were having to pay higher water charges. A discussion was held about what could be done to reduce water usage.

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