As most of you know, we were finally able to reopen the hall towards the end of July after prolonged closure due to Covid. Our regular weekly activities – art club and the library café – have resumed and it’s been a joy to see old friends meeting up for the first time in over a year. The monthly Villagers group normally takes place on a Thursday afternoon, but this month hosted an entertaining evening talk open to all, about Vivien Drake, a former Dallington resident with theatrical connections. Another well attended talk took place in August on the wartime history of Dallington Forest and other woodlands, and as you can see we have a full programme lined up for September.
Events in September (Please note no Art Club or Library Café on Bank Holiday Monday 30th August)
New weekly beginners course, starts 10th September More details
QUIZ NIGHT 7pm start
Entry £5 to include refreshments (bring your own wine)
Please note that we are retaining some precautions to keep the hall ‘covid safe’, including provision of hand sanitiser, extra ventilation and limiting numbers for each event.
In order to encourage more people to come forward with new ideas, the Management Committee have agreed to use some grant money to enable us to waive hall hire fees until the end of the year for groups or one-off events that are of potential interest and benefit to the community as a whole. Please get in touch with the booking secretary Karen Gillingham on 01435 831563 if you are interested in booking the hall.
Happy to report that the Art Club will re-open this week, having been closed for over a year due to Covid restrictions.
We meet on Monday mornings (10-12) in the Old School village hall in The Street. We are a sociable and informal group with very varied levels of experience, ability and confidence. So whether you are a complete beginner or want to develop your existing skills, do come along.
Tutorial advice and feedback is available if you want it but everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace and to try out different materials and techniques. If you already have your own projects, you are welcome to work on these individually while enjoying the friendly company.
To find out more, please just come along on a Monday morning or contact Pauline Ridley on 01435 830152 or email email@example.com
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?’
Dallington Art Club members have produced a range of Christmas Cards for sale in aid of the Old School Village Hall (registered charity 289652).
On sale at the Old School Library Cafe every Monday from 2-4, the cards cost £2.50 per pack of 5 x A6 cards and envelopes, in single designs (see image) or as mixed packs. If we are low on stock, additional packs can be printed to order.
If you are unable to come in during the library cafe opening hours, please email p.ridley@brighton if you would like to order your choice of cards and support a vital village asset.
Our August meeting was in the form of a garden visit and cream tea. We chose Merriments because of its proximity and the number of flat paths on which less able members could walk easily. The weather was perfect, the garden looked beautiful and the tea was delicious.A very happy afternoon.
At our September meeting Brian Freeland will be talking about ‘Women of The Raj’. Visitors are always very welcome, Thursday September 19th, at 2pm in the Old School Village Hall.
Old School Village Hall.
The usual Saturday morning opening of the library/ cafe was somewhat interrupted by a power cut. The power had gone off in phases, starting with the first houses at 8pm on Friday, and everywhere was blacked out by 11pm. It was not restored until Saturday afternoon. Cakes which were in the oven in preparation for the cafe were ruined, so biscuits and cold drinks were on the menu. The Monday and Saturday sessions have been enhanced by the sale of produce and flowers from the school garden, so the lack of hot coffee was more than compensated for by the lovely bunches of sweet-peas.
Also in the village hall: Art Club – every Monday 10-12
Sunday 23rd 6.30pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols Followed by mulled wine and mince-pies
Monday 24th 11.30pm. Congregation-led time of readings and Carols.
Sunday 30th 11am. Service of The Word
Gift Day On Saturday, December 1st there will be a Gift Day and lunch in the church. Stalls and a raffle from 11am till noon, followed by lunch, 12-2pm.
Flower Club A note from Angela:
The December meeting will be on Thursday 6th at 2pm in The Old School. Pam asks us to make something that we would use in our homes for Christmas. Due to dwindling numbers this may be our last class.
The WI Christmas lunch will be on Thursday, December 20th at 12.30pm in the Old School Village Hall.
Art Club Every Monday morning 10am-12 in the Old School Village Hall. All welcome
Library Cafe Every Monday afternoon 2-4pm in the Old School Village Hall. Come for a chat, a cup of tea and to borrow or buy books and DVDs. This month the Saturday morning opening of the cafe will be on the second Saturday ie 8th December to avoid a clash with the Gift Day in St Giles the week before. We hope to include a range of items for sale as well as the usual books and refreshments
Sunday 11th 10.50 for 11 am. Remembrance Day Service
Sunday 18th 11am. Holy Communion
Sunday 25th 9.30 am. Holy Communion
There will be no services of Holy Communion on Tuesdays at 8.15 am until further notice.
The Dallington Beacon will be lit at the Sugar Loaf Field at 7 pm on Remembrance Sunday 11th November. More information here
Art Club Every Monday 10-12 in The Old School Village Hall. New members welcome – for more information see Art Club page
Flower Club will next meet on November 1st at 2pm in The Old School Village Hall. The subject will be ‘Autumn Glory’. All are invited to a very pleasant afternoon.
Library Cafe Every Monday 2-4 in The Old School Village Hall. All welcome
Dallington WI. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 15th at 2pm. This will be the Annual Meeting at which the officers and committee will be appointed. Another year gone! There is already a full programme of events and speakers planned for the year ahead. Visitors are always very welcome.
On Sunday August 5th we had the pleasure of welcoming the Archdeacon of Hastings, the Ven. Edward Dowler, who led a service of Holy Communion.
An early reminder that we will celebrate the Harvest Festival on Sunday October 14th at 6.30pm., to be followed by Harvest Supper in the church. More information in the October edition, but please make a note of the date in your diaries.
—————- Old School Village Hall: the hall is now open every Monday afternoon from 2-4pm for the “Library Cafe” book exchange. Drop in to browse, borrow or buy books and DVDs, or just enjoy a sociable chat. Tea or coffee and biscuits are served and all are welcome to join these increasingly popular sessions. We are also planning to run Saturday morning sessions on the first Saturday of each month, starting in September.
————— Art Club We meet in the Old School Village Hall every Monday morning from 10-12. A friendly group with varied levels of experience, we welcome new members. Contact Pauline Ridley on 01435 830152 for more information.
—————— Flower Club: a note from Angela: The Flower Club will meet in the Old School Village Hall on Thursday September 6th at 2pm. Our subject will be ‘A Nursery Rhyme’. Anyone is welcome to join our friendly group at the huge cost of £3 per session. We learn a little, talk a lot and enjoy a cuppa with lots of laughs!
——————- WI. At our meeting in July we had a welcome return from an excellent Speaker, Chris O’Donoghue, who gave a talk, illustrated with photographs, on Great Dixter. Chris spoke about the house and garden in the time of the Lloyd family and its continuance today in the hands of a trust. In September we look forward to welcoming Paul Green whose talk is entitled ‘ A Step Back in Time’. We will meet in the Old School Village Hall at 2.15pm and visitors are always welcome.
Sunday April 1st. Easter Day Holy Communion
April 8th. Evensong. 6.30pm
April 15th. Holy Communion. 11am
April 22nd. Holy Communion. 9.30am
April 29th. Service of The Word. 11am
The names of loved ones for whom Easter lilies have been chosen will be read out at the Easter Sunday service.
Advance notice: FLOWER FESTIVAL in St. Giles on June 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
FLOWER CLUB: This is scheduled to take place on Thursday April 5th in The Old School. The topic will be ‘Summer Sunshine ‘.
LIBRARY: The mobile Library will be in Dallington Street on Tuesday April 20th between 2.20-2.50pm. The service will be very much missed when it is withdrawn.
HISTORY GROUP: there will be two meetings in April, on
Tuesday 3rd Jenny Stiles will talk on Dallington, on the 17th Douglas Sewell will tell us about ‘Shipwrecks with local connections ‘. The organisers wish this to be a social event, there is no admission charge but a small contribution towards expenses is welcome.
ART CLUB: We meet every Monday morning 10am-12 in the Old School. We have recently acquired a large noticeboard so we can display a changing selection of members work. New members welcome – more information at the Art Club page of this site
WI. Due to a variety of causes, mainly illness, our meeting in March was rather poorly attended. We were sitting, rather glumly, in the village hall until Mary D came up with the idea of us going back to her house. A most enjoyable afternoon followed, in fact one member was heard to say that playing Scrabble was better than having a meeting with a Speaker. The very idea!
VILLAGE HALL: such a lot of work is going on and soon there will be a bright new kitchen. A library / book swap is planned, possibly one morning a month when there will be cafe style seating with refreshments. Two large bookcases are waiting to be filled with bestsellers. Watch this space.