CHURCH SERVICES: This week services are Hellingly: Regular Services are on a Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday 8am Holy Communion and also at 10.45am and Sunday 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).
ARTS FESTIVAL: Internationally acclaimed musician and composer Dirk Campbell performs with Kalamus in a magical evening of world music on Wednesday, September 12 at 7.30pm at Hellingly Church.
Original compositions based on early European musical cultures played on a variety of wind and percussion instruments such as the veuze, zambogna, filiumbi and dumbek is complemented by Dirk’s extensive knowledge of the history surrounding these instruments which date back many centuries. Tickets, £6, from Hellingly Church or Gallery North in Hailsham High Street.
THE ART TRAIL: Longleys Studio Barns Group opens Saturdays and Sundays from September 8 to 16, 11am to 5pm. Eight local artists exhibiting paintings, ceramics and jewellery in the Studio Barns. Coffee, tea and homemade cakes in support of children’s hospice charity Demelza. Longleys Studio Barns, Longleys Farmhouse, Harebeating Lane, Hailsham BN27 1ER.
VILLAGE SHOP ART: The village shop and cafe at Upper Dicker, Coldharbour Road BN27 3QD will be exhibiting a selection of pastels, watercolours and vibrant acrylics by Hailsham artist, Michael Gower from Saturday, September 8-16, between 9am and 3pm.
SPINNING WORKSHOP:Wool and textile workshops will run through festival week at Causeway Farm Barn, Bodle Street Green, nr Hailsham BN27 4UA with Julia Desch. Handmade textiles, yarns, materials and hand knits all in pure coloured Wensleydale longwool plus artwork. Workshops include Can’t Knit Want to Knit, Lace Knitting made Easy and Start to Spin Now. Cost is £20 per person including materials and refreshments. Bookings and details on (01323) 832781. Open Studio on September 8, 9, 11, 13 and 15 , noon to 6pm.
SUSSEX Ramblers: A new three-metre bridge has been added to Hellingly Footpath 22g – TQ568/135.
Over the summer the East Sussex County Council (ESCC) Rights of Way Access Team has been working closely with the Ramblers to inspect and resolve problems with cropped paths. The project started in April with 84 paths on the list for action. Of these 51 have been inspected at least once by Ramblers volunteers. Of these 51 paths - seven were found to be grass for hay or silage crops, so were unenforceable. Twenty eight have been cleared following ESCC contact with the farmer or landowner. Four paths ESCC was unable to trace the landowner or farmer.
Two paths are awaiting re-inspection by Ramblers reps (after ESCC contacted the landowner and asking them to clear crops); three paths were cleared earlier in the season, but now have crops growing over them again; seven cases were not actioned due to staff capacity. However, these will be prioritised for attention in the next growing season.
This means that, out of the initial 84 paths, around 60 percent were cleared of crops thanks to joint working between the Ramblers and ESCC. The Council’s Rights of Way Access Team would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who helped with this project.