The Dickers

MEDIEVAL WEEKEND: This weekend at Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker BN27 3QS over Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September from 10am to 4pm, immerse yourself in the medieval world. Displays and hands-on activities for all ages throughout the day.

SESSINGHAM WEIR: South East Rivers Trust would like to invite local residents, anglers and other interested parties to share their views on the future of Sessingham Weir on the Cuckmere River by attending one of their consultation events at Arlington Village Hall on Thursday 6 September between 4 and 8pm. If you miss this one there is another on Saturday 15 September from 12 - 4pm. Sessingham Weir is an Environment Agency owned structure on the Cuckmere River. With the weir now over 50 years old, it is beginning to fail and is unlikely to be maintained. Due to this, a course of action is needed to ensure a safe and sustainable longterm future for the river and its wildlife. The South East Rivers Trust has been working with the Environment Agency to investigate a variety of options for this structure and we would like to discuss these with you at one of our consultation events. Please come along.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Enjoy a cuppa and a chat along with a book exchange at Dicker Village Hall between 10.40 to 12 noon on Thursday Mornings. Book Exchange or Purchase is 20p.

RETIREMENT: Rev David Farey is retiring and his last Sunday will be 23 September. Service details for that day are 11 am Open Air Family Service at Michelham Priory 4pm Final Service at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Hellingly.

HARVEST QUIZ: Book your space now for this very popular Harvest Supper Quiz Night on Saturday 6 October in aid of Upper Dicker church. Dicker Village Hall. Doors 7 for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7.50 - includes buffet supper with tea or coffee. Bring your own other drinks. Contact Herbie 01323 844522 or Liz on 01323 841541.

WEALDEN LOCAL PLAN: The Wealden Local Plan has been published . Members of Arlington Parish Council will comment on it at the September APC meeting which is on Thursday 20 September at 7.30pm in Arlington Village Hall. Representations can be made to WDC up to 8 October. From the web link below select ‘Wealden Local Plan Consultation - Regulation 19’ and the documents and maps are listed. www.wealden.gov.uk/wealdenlocalplan. Draft minutes of the July APC meeting are available in the Village Shop. See http://www.arlingtonparish.org.uk for all APC information.

BARN DANCE: Arlington Annual Barn Dance is on Saturday 8 September at Bluebell Farm Barn. Tickets available at the door, £6 pp and children free, bring your own drink.

ACTION IN RURAL SUSSEX: Donna Lonsdale-O’Brien is a Village Agent in the Dicker area, for Action in Rural Sussex (AirS). AirS is a charity that has been working with communities for over 80 years and is passionate about supporting local people to provide new activities and services. Some examples of the types of projects that AirS has been involved with include: art projects, community cafes and drop-ins, dementia support, developing community gardens and open space projects, good neighbour and befriending schemes, healthy walks and men’s sheds groups, lunch clubs, parent and toddler groups, and strength & balance exercise classes. There is no charge for our support which can include: help with funding bids, setting up new groups, developing new ideas within existing groups, finding volunteers to lead or get involved, organising training and networking opportunities, signposting to other services and similar projects, and support with promoting events or increasing participation. AirS is funded by the National Lottery and the local authority to support rural communities with a variety of projects. Donna welcomes new ideas and enquiries from all members of the community. She and the team are here to help build local activities and services and want to get involved. Please do contact her, if you are just at the ideas stage, or need some assistance with an established project or group. Donna is looking forward to hearing from you. Please email: Donna.LonsdaleO’Brien@ruralsussex.org.uk Take a look at the website: https://www.ruralsussex.orguk/whatwe-do/village-agents/.