POLEGATE/WILLINGDON WINDMILL: Usually starts the new season on Easter Sunday, but due to the lack of volunteers, both as guides and cashiers, the date has been postponed until Sunday April 3 from 2pm to 5pm. Training would be given to new volunteers. Any help would be appreciated, perhaps on the occasional Sunday or for special events, although reliability is important. The hope is that with enough help, the mill can continue to open on Sundays and on Bank Holiday Mondays until the end of October. Polegate Windmill used to publish a newsletter, the Spout, three or four times a year, but this stopped nearly two years ago, and with the exception of a recent edition this March, there is unlikely to be any more newsletters without a new editor. Could this be you? Please contact Lawrence or Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496 for further information.
TRINITY DINERS: The next lunch at Trinity Church Hall is on today, Friday. It is a special Easter lunch. Doors open at noon. The menu is fruit juice, roast gammon or vegetable cassoulet, green beans, baked tomatoes, and tray baked potatoes followed by filo apple parcels and custard, and tea/coffee. The meals are £5.50. Please ring Jennie early on 01323 484189 or go along at noon to check for cancellations.
CONCERT: The South Downs Youth Orchestra will be playing in several local Downland Churches and money raised from these concerts will be donated to the churches. Tomorrow, Saturday, they will be giving a short performance at 10am in Jevington Church before going on to play at Alfriston Church at 3pm.
LONE STAR LINERS: Will be having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The cost is £5 per person to include tea/coffee and biscuits. For tickets or further information please contact Ros Burtenshaw on 01323 504463 or 07542 738408 or email email@example.com or check out the website at www.lonestarliners.co.uk .
LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Tony Harris is the speaker and his talk is entitled The Secret Life of Henry VIII. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £3.
BRITISH QUEEN: Leigh and Sarah Baker will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.
TRINITY CHURCH: Rev David Yule will be leading the Palm Sunday service at 10.30am on Sunday at Trinity Church. The Easter service at which the uniformed organisations will be attending is at 6pm on Tuesday. The Downland Singers will be presenting Stainer’s Crucifixion at 3pm on Maundy Thursday. On Friday March 25, the worship group will be leading the Good Friday meditation at 10am. The service on Easter Sunday is at 10.30am and will be led by Rev Edmee Hurst.
HOLY WEEK: Services at St Mary’s Church Willingdon are as follows: On Palm Sunday Holy Communion is at 8am and the Parish Eucharist and Palm Procession are at 9.45am. Family Worship and Palm Procession is at 11.30am and the Cross of Christ (devotion for Holy Week) is at 6.30pm. On Maundy Thursday the Parish Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper and Foot Washing is followed by the Watch of Prayer until midnight. On Friday March 25 at 10am the Children’s Good Friday Worship will be followed by hot cross buns in the church hall. At 1pm there will be a devotional hour and at 2pm the Good Friday Liturgy and Holy Communion. On Holy Saturday, March 26, the Easter Vigil is at 8pm. On Easter Day Sunday, March 27, Holy Communion is at 8am and the Parish Eucharist is at 9.45am. The Family Eucharist is at 11.30am and Evensong is at 6.30pm.
UNITED BENEFICE: St Andrew’s Church Jevington is part of the United Benefice of East Dean with Friston and Jevington. Services during Holy Week are as follows: At Jevington Church on Palm Sunday at 11.15am there is a Morning Prayer Service. At East Dean Church on Maundy Thursday Holy Communion is at 7.30am and at Friston Church Holy Communion is at 8am and Evening Prayer is at 6pm. On Good Friday Children’s Worship followed by an all age service is at 10.30am at East Dean Church. At 11.30am the Cross is carried from East Dean to Friston Church as an Act of Witness and a Meditative Service is at noon. There will also be an Hour at the Cross Service at 11am at Jevington Church. On Easter Saturday there will be a Service of Light at Friston Church at 7pm, and on Easter Sunday the Holy Communion Service at Jevington Church is at 11.15am. There is also a Communion Service at 8am at Friston Church, and Parish Communion at 9.30am at East Dean Church and at 11am there is an All Age Easter Celebration with short Communion at East Dean followed by the children’s Easter Egg Hunt.
CHARITY TALK: The 3MMMs will be having a talk from a representative of St Wilfrid’s Hospice on Wednesday March 23. The talk will begin at 8pm, after which the members can ask questions about the hospice. After the coffee break, the members will be discussing any future events which they would like the committee to consider.
EASTER WALK: This will take place on Monday March 28 and is in aid of Family Support Work. The walkers will be leaving from Gills Lap car park in the Ashdown Forest at 10am and returning there after an 8.5 miles circular walk. If you would like to take part you could download your registration and sponsorship forms from www.familysupportwork.org.uk . Alternatively contact Sue Walsh, member of St Mary’s Church Willingdon on 01323 423410 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you don’t fancy walking but would like to sponsor Sue, sponsor forms are at the back of the church.
DIARY DATE: Please put the following date in your diary, Saturday April 9, when Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a craft, hobbies and activities day. It will take place from 10am to 4pm at Wannock Village Hall. This is a new venture, and to make it a success, the parish council would like people in the community with a craft, hobby or activity, to book a table and promote what they do. There is no entry fee and if you can make things, you are free to sell them. To book a table please contact Nicola on 01323 489603.
FUNDRAISING: The Messy Church get-together which takes place once a month in St Mary’s Church Hall for young children and their carers are proving to be very popular. It has now been decided to have an evening of fun and good food at 7pm on Saturday April 23 in the church hall. Details are still to be worked out but it should certainly be worth the ticket price of £8. Money raised will be used to purchase equipment for Messy Church. Please contact Sue Freeman on 07759 932948 or Zoe Harris on 07933 371337 for tickets or for further information. The next Messy Church is on Saturday April 2 from 3pm to 5.30pm.
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