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HELLINGLY CHURCH: 8 am Holy Communion – Hellingly, 10.45 am Festival of Transport Service. The congregation will all go down to the field for the annual extravaganza. All welcome! Every Thursday 9.30am BCP Holy Communion at Hellingly.

The Cake Stall raises much needed funds for Hellingly Church over the Festival of Transport weekend. Please bake cakes or biscuits and bring them to Meadow Farm, Coldharbour Road, BN27 3PS near to the vicarage, on Friday 28 August (today). If you cannot make cakes, contributions for ingredients always welcome. If you would like a time slot of two hours to help sell at the FOT, please phone 01323 844268 or email

Advance notice on Sunday 6th September 5pm – Hellingly church has been invited to go and lead the service in the Eastbourne District General Hospital Chapel. They shall be broadcast on Hospital Radio and need to be there soon after 4.30pm. Do come and join us.

HELLINGLY PC: It was reported that the Tree Warden was concerned about the Hornbeam Trees in Park Wood and Hackhurst lane which were being damaged by deer and squirrels pulling off the bark. The Clerk was asked to write to the Environment Agency to find out what they might be doing about it in Park Wood. The Clerk had reported that the slide on Lower Horsebridge Recreation ground had been damaged, the slide has been removed for repair and replaced. An e-mail from a resident about an increase in the number of large lorries using Mill Lane, which was causing an issue on the bridge. It was agreed that the Clerk should contact East Sussex County Council to see whether they would consider erecting signs at either end of Mill Lane saying “unsuitable for large vehicles”, it was noted that they would probably not put a weight restriction on the bridge.

A number of residents in Grove Hill had approached him about the fact that there was no speed restriction on the road, he asked that the Council approve that he write to all the residents in the road to see if they would support the Council making a request for speed restrictions. This was agreed.

The Council also agreed that the Chairman should write to the residents in Station Road concerning the possibility of a footpath being put in.

FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: The event is open from tomorrow, Saturday to Monday 10am until 5pm each day at Broad Farm Hellingly BN27 4DS (1 mile north of A22 Boship roundabout on A 267). Admission is £9 for adults, £2 for children and £7 for seniors. Car parking is free. There will be steam engines, working exhibits, commercial and military, stationary engines, motor cycles, cars, buses and tractors, models and craft. Trade Stands and Autojumble along with a Vintage Fair, arena events, lady and vehicle competition and children’s attractions. The beer and catering tent will also provide evening entertainment. 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

DICKER SUNDAY SERVICES: 9.15am Holy Communion – Upper Dicker.

ANY UPPER DICKER QUESTIONS?: On Sunday 13 September, 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

GHOST WALK: On Monday from 7 to 8.30pm there is a 90 minute walk in and around the grounds of Michelham Priory. Stories of ghosts and paranormal activity, together with a little of the history and characters of the priory’s past and presented with a little humour from Sussex’s premier paranormal entertainment company, Sussex Darkside. To book visit or call 07956 307684. Adults £15, Children £10, Family (2+2) £40.

COFFEE & BOOKS: There are weekly coffee mornings with a book exchange at Dicker Hall 10.40am to 12noon every Thursday. Book Exchange or purchase 20p.

BASKETRY WEEKEND: The Sussex Archaeological Society are running a Reed Mace (‘bulrush’) Basketry course on Saturday 5 September from 10.30am to 4.30pm and on Sunday 6 September 10.30am to 1pm. Cost is £95. This is a one-and-a-half day course, making a basketry item (or items) of your choice to take home with you. Using foraged wild reed mace (known as ‘bulrush’), some of which will be harvested on the day. Loads of samples will be available to inspire you, and tuition will be on hand to guide you through the practicals at every stage. It will be in a great, tucked-away spot, under the trees with a camp fire at Michelham Priory. Suitable for adults of all levels including beginners. Led by Ruby Taylor of Native Hands, an experienced teacher and maker. Bookings and full course description or phone 01323 844224. Michelham Priory is at Upper Dicker, Hailsham BN27 3QS. Numbers are limited so please book in advance at email

QUIZ NIGHT: Book now for the Dicker Village Hall Quiz night on Saturday 26 September (to raise funds for the Village Hall) at Dicker Village Hall 7pm for 7.30 start. Tickets Adults £7, Children (Under 12) £3.50. Includes supper and tea or coffee - bring your own other drinks. Teams of up to 6. Quiz master Stuart Higgins. Contact Jenny on 844687 or

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