For news about Lewes and Ouse Valley contact Pauline Cherry 01273 476876

Jazz: Lewes Jazz Club was almost full to capacity when Lee Gibson appeared on February 3. This lady is dynamite. Not only does she have a fabulous voice, she has the looks to go with it.

Lee wowed the audience into an appreciative hand-clapping standing ovation, with shouts of "Give us more, more more, Lee."

The backing group consisting of Derek Austin piano, Andy Grossart bass, Malcolm Mortimer drums and Geoff Driscoll sax were praised to a high level also by Lee and audience. Tonight Herbie Flowers will be appearing yet again.

NEW HOMES: The latest houses built at Rodmell by Rydon Homes have sold quickly at almost half a million each. One wonders when the housing prices in this village will peak.

MARKET: For those who love visiting markets, Lewes has a very good indoor market on Tuesdays at Lewes Town Hall, 10am-2pm. Food is available. Billingshurst Madeleine Woods 01403 783253

FEATHERED DISPLAYS: Did you know that the female tawny owl hoots 'To whit' and the male 'To woo'? Shirley Newall is an enthusiastic supporter of the RSBP Centre in Pulborough and on February 7 showed St Mary's Guild at Shipley lovely slides of British birds and imparted nuggets of knowledge along the way.

The guild next meet on March 6 in the Andrew Hall when Derek Mead gives an illustrated talk on Walking with Wainwright in the Lake District.

VALENTINE TEA DANCE: Friends of St Catherine's Hospice set the scene for romantic dancing in Coolham Village Hall last Sunday. Hearts and flowers decked the walls and if dancing was not enough to win the elegant dancers' hearts, the tea of copious bridge rolls, hot sausage rolls, mouth-watering scones and creamy cakes along with as much tea as could be taken set the seal for success.

Yapton & Ford John Dickeson 01243 551972

LOCAL HISTORY: Alan Redman from the West Sussex Record Office showed films to an appreciative audience when he visited the Yapton and Ford History Group.

The films were abstracted from the South East film and video archive based at Sussex University. These films have been collected from many sources and contain some of the first made in the late 19th Century.

Finally film taken by a Yapton resident of the Yapton Cottage Gardeners flower show in 1965, the pram race in 1979, and Duncan Goodhew's reception in the village after winning his Olympic Gold enabled some of the older group members to recognise those involved. Wilmington and arlington Kenneth Quicke 01323 483709

PARISH COUNCILS: Notes from the Long Man Parish Council last month: No response concerning the speeding in Wilmington, Folkington and Milton Street but the state of signs were now part of parish maintenance.

Two planning applications: Cophall service area access was not supported and there is an application in for an 18-metre pole-type mast at New Barn Farm. Date of next meeting March 8.

Wilmington: Estimates for 2000-2001 were tabled by the clerk and agreed, in accordance with District Council guidelines. The Precept was pitched a £3051, £170 less than last year. Councillor West was wondering if the Parish could make a contribution to the sum needed to maintain Wilmington car park and it was agreed to contribute £250 out of provision.

The promised double white lines on the A27 at the Folkington Lane turn-off have still not been executed and the responsibility for the height of the hedge on the south side of the A27 at Wilmington has been discussed.

VILLAGE CLUB: Folkington, Milton Street and Wilmington Village Club have their AGM next Wednesday. The committee welcome members to the meetings in Wilmington at 7.30pm. The film made of the village 20 years ago has now been put on a video and will be shown at the AGM.

CHURCH NEWS: Folkington PCC reports that at midnight on New Year's Eve the bell of St Peter's Church was rung by members of the congregation and prayers were said for the survival of this lovely downland church, and this was recorded in the Visitors' Book.

The restoration of the Lady Barbara Thomas memorial on the north wall has been completed, the one monument to Sir William Thomas on the south wall is still being worked on.

John Marshall reminds us of the date for this year's TRIO (The Responsibility is Ours) is Friday, May 5, when there will be an evening reception in the village hall.

A presentation will be given by Mark Forster when we will be able to raise questions on the role of the wider church in our own communities and where our church stands financially. Arlington will be opening a TRIO campaign on Friday, May 12.

HERSTMONCEUX AND WARTLING Dianne Town 01323 833841

BOWLS CLUB: The outdoor bowls club invite us all to their coffee morning at Nozomi on Saturday, March 25 between 10am and noon

ROAD CLOSURE: Between February 28 and March 5 the C1072 Gingers Green Road, Herst-monceux, will be closed to enable work in connection with telegraph poles to go ahead. A diversion route will be signed.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The next meeting will be on Thursday, March 2, in the Reid Hall at 7pm. The speaker will be Mr Rumley-Dawson, his subject, Wildlife of the Sussex Coastline.

Forest Row and Ashurst Wood Pauline Maynard 01342 823618

CAROL-SINGING: The parish carol singing visit to Gatwick Airport in December raised £97. The sum was shared between the RNIB and St Catherine's Hospice.

SKATEBOARDERS: Work has started on a new skateboard park in Forest Row, although the full £20,000 has not yet been raised.

Luke Markies, who is behind the scheme, is hopeful other local businesses will contribute. Village children raised £900 to get the project off the ground. This sum was matched by the Parish Council. There was also an anonymous gift of £5,000 and a contribution from the police out of their crime prevention budget. Rydon Homes, who gave £2,500, have also offered to build the park at cost.

MUSIC QUIZ: Chailey School are holding a music quiz on Saturday at the school in Mill Lane. Teams of eight are invited to participate. Adult tickets are £5, children £3.50 or a family tickets £15, all to include a ploughman's supper. Start time 7.30pm. Licensed bar and raffle. Please ring Sheila Thomas on 01825 722418.

CHESHIRE HOME: Advance notice of the popular annual Heatherley Market, which will be held on Saturday, March 4, at 10-11.30am in the Large Village Hall. Donations to the stalls or offers of help to Val Horner on 01342 822938 or Lyn Leach on 823778.

Please support this effort to help the severely disabled at your local Cheshire Home in Copthorne.cycling: Forest Row Bike Club meet every Sunday for a ride in the Sussex countryside. Ring 01342 825387 or 823580 for details.

PLAYGROUP: More youngsters are needed to enrol in the Ashurst Wood pre-school playgroup to save it from closure. Ten children are due to go to primary school soon and fees may have to rise to prevent the playgroup running at a loss unless their places are filled.

The group meets at St Dunstan's Church Hall and anyone interested can ring me for a contact number. Lancing Gordon White 01903 761910

DIARY DATES: Lancing WI Market is held every Friday in the Catholic Church Hall, North Street, Lancing from 9.30-11am. Home made cakes, savouries and preserves, fresh farm eggs, flowers and plants, crafts, home grown produce. Tea and coffee served.

Keep Fit for the over 50s every Tuesday 10-11am at the Methodist Church Hall, Chester Avenue, Lancing. £2.50 per session. There is no need to book.

St Barnabas Hospice's charity concert in aid of the Chestnut Tree House appeal is at the White Styles Middle School on Friday, March 3, at 7.30pm. Tickets: Adults £2.50, children 50. Available from the school on 01903 232787 or Celia Walls on 01903 754511. Saltdean and Rottingdean Ray Wootton 01273 302872

MILLENNIUM: As part of their A Thousand Years in Rottingdean celebrations, the Whiteways Centre present Saxons and Normans, a talk by Con Ainsworth, on Friday, February 25, at 7.30pm. Ticket £3, to include a glass of wine, from The Grange.

Also, representing ideas of 1,000 years of village life, Rottingdean's Whiteway Centre are running a Millennium Art competition. For details ring 305229 or 303772.

JUMBLE: Ovingdean Village Hall is having a jumble sale on Saturday, February 26, from 10am-noon.

eastbourne Dee Sharpe 01323 649986

HALF-TERM FUN: It's all happening at Cavendish Sports Centre in Eldon Road in the Old Town for children aged from five to 12. There are various games and sports including football, unihoc, basketball and Kwik cricket and morning and afternoon sessions. Call 01323 647683.

Mr Origami and the Flying Birds will be taking children on an imaginative adventure in a land where characters and scenery unfold with the story. This is exciting event is also followed by an origami workshop for up to 30 children aged four to six.

For the performance only the cost is £3 for adults and children and for the performance and workshop, £5.

DISABILITY CENTRE: A new centre has opened at 1 Faraday Close, Hampden Park. The centre belongs to the East Sussex Disability Association and has working models and equipment for disabled people ranging from adjustable desks and chairs to window-openers and accessible toilets.

If you would like to visit the centre or need any advice, call 01323 514500 or minicom 514502.

ENTERTAINING EVENING: There is a social evening at the YWCA in Ocklynge Road on Saturday. Organist Alan Osborn will play a varied repertoire of popular songs ranging from musicals through to the sixties. There will also be items from other performers. The evening starts at 7.30 and entrance is by donation.

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