No, the Swan Inn has not changed its name, the Bellringers have taken up ringing again at St Giles Church, Dallington. With churches now open and Services occurring, we are chiming the bells on Sundays. We are only allowed to ring for 15 minutes, social distancing restricts us to alternate bells only to sound out. There will be no practice on Mondays for the foreseeable future, no visiting bands, but it’s a start. Diana Day
Many of you will have received a free copy of the April issue of the Messenger magazine, which had a strong Dallington theme this month.
In case you missed it, here is a screenshot of one of the articles, about the Dallington School Vegetable Garden.
Dallington is the only village served by both the Parish Magazine and the Messenger, and many people subscribe to both publications as they are very good value while offering quite different content.
Here is a message from the Editor:
We gave you a complimentary copy of The Messenger magazine as the April issue had a Dallington theme. We hope you enjoyed it and many thanks to everyone who helped me put it together. We are also going to deliver the May issue to you to try and entice you to subscribe!
We produce 12 issues a year – delivered to your door or collected from Dallington Post Office – for an annual subscription of £10. If you would like to continue to receive The Messenger please contact me, the Editor, email@example.com 01424 838764 or Pauline Ridley 01435 830152
Because of the current social distancing we will not be collecting subscriptions, either by cash or cheque, for the time being. The magazine will continue to be produced, and delivered by posting through your door, unless circumstances change further. We will be asking for your annual subscription later in the year when it is safe to do so.
(Posted on behalf of Dallington Old School Village Hall Committee):
During the current epidemic we are following advice from the government, the NHS and Action in Rural Sussex. The Hall & Billiards Room will remain CLOSED for most activities until further notice. We will of course re-open the Old School as soon as it is safe to do so.
The only exception may be for some essential staff training for careworkers (a key worker category); if so they will be following strict guidelines on social distancing and handwashing to reduce the spread of infection. If you see lights on in the hall, please do not assume it will be open for any other purposes.
For everyone else, please continue to look after yourselves and follow the advice on social distancing and self isolation. Irene Marchant, Dallington Parish Clerk, is posting regular updates and links to reliable sources on this website. Irene is also coordinating offers and requests for help with shopping, collecting medicines or anything else, so please do get in touch if you need anything or know of anyone who may need some additional support. Follow the link in the top menu for Corona Virus Information and Advice.
The final advertised talk in this year’s series, which was to be Pauline Ridley on “Dallington’s Reading Room 100 years ago: what were they reading and why?” on 24th March, has been POSTPONED in accordance with current NHS guidance to reduce the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection by avoiding large group meetings.
We hope to reschedule this talk later this year or in spring 2021
Library Cafe Saturday March 7th from 10-12 and every Monday afternoon from 2-4. Books, refreshments, friendly company.
Art Club (weekly) Monday mornings from 10-12
Book Club (monthly) Monday March 9th 4-5pm
History Group There will be meetings of the History Group on
March 10th (Doug Edworthy on the history of Dallington Forest) and
March 24th (Pauline Ridley on Dallington Reading Room 100 years ago)
All at 7 for 7.30pm in Dallington Old School Village Hall.
Poetry Group (monthly) Monday March 16th 4-5pm
Villagers Group (monthly) The Dallington Village Group will meet on Thursday March 19th at 7pm in the hall. (Please note the change of time). The subject will be ‘Who’s done that?’
Rare Black poplar trees looking for a planting place
Our tree Warden, Doug Edworthy, has had a great response from people willing to have one of the rare (and free) Black poplar plants growing on their land.
Due to the generosity of Wakehurst Place (the Kew Gardens outstation where clones of the remaining Black poplar strains are being cultivated) we have six plants more than we have planting places!
These Populus nigra betulifolia can live for up to 200 years and grow to 30 m (100 feet) high. They are the food plant for the caterpillars of many moths, including the hornet, wood leopard, poplar hawk and figure of eight. The catkins provide an early source of pollen and nectar for bees and other insects, and the seeds are eaten by birds.
Doug is looking for land that is boggy or wet, close to a watercourse or on a floodplain owned by someone who would value having one of our rarest trees on their land. If possible, a planting position within sight of a road or public right-of-way would be preferred so they are visible to the public.
They must all be planted by the beginning of March before bud-burst so please get in touch with me urgently if you are interested. Contact details at the end of this message.
To protect the trees from deer and rabbits, and ensure their best start in life, Doug will provide netting, stakes, rabbit guards, tree-ties, mulch and other planting accessories which he has purchased himself, so he would be grateful if the landowner could reimburse these costs at £20.44 per tree.
Also, any help to dig holes and erect fencing would be gratefully received as a total of 29 trees need planting before March.
Mobile 07711 090 925
Tel 01435 830195
A very successful Snooker Competition took place during the first two weeks of December. Organised by Karen Gillingham, the event raised approximately £150 for the hall, and attracted new and experienced players for a series of entertaining play-offs. The overall winner was John Wyatt, who receives three months free use of the snooker room as well as a trophy. Please call Karen Gillingham on 01435 831563 to enquire about booking the snooker room.
It’s National Village Halls Week – described as “an annual celebration of rural community spaces and the people whose time and dedication keep them going” (https://acre.org.uk/our-work/village-halls-week.php). Across the country, village halls are putting on special events and publicising their work on local radio and social media.
To coincide with Village Halls Week, Dallington Old School has produced its second annual newsletter to let residents know what’s been happening and what we offer. You can download it from this link. Old School News January 2020. Print copies are also available in the hall, and we hope to distribute more around the village.
We would also like to encourage you to come along to our Annual General Meeting next Monday 27th January at 4-5pm (straight after the Library Cafe so the hall will still be nice and warm! ). This is a chance to hear reports and plans from the trustees, to share your ideas for using the hall and to elect next year’s committee.