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
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.
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.
We are delighted to announce that Pam Fuller has agreed to run a Christmas Wreath Workshop in the Old School Village Hall on Tuesday 26th November from 10-12 for just £5 per head including refreshments .
Pam will provide some materials such as wreath wire and ribbon, but asks everyone to bring the following items:
3 x 14″ lengths of cupressus (cypress) or other evergreen
Ball of green string
Things to decorate your wreath with, eg holly, baubles etc
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
The churchyard has been looking very beautiful. Whilst keeping the grass cut in the main areas Douglas and David have left the wildflowers to the left of the path and there has been a wonderful show of ox-eye daisies and other lovely flowers.We are very grateful to our two willing volunteers, it is a delight to walk through both of the resting places.
Charlotte and Nick have kindly offered to host an Opera and Supper Evening in aid of church funds. This will take place on Sunday, August 18th. More details from Charlotte.
In July the children will have had their Leavers’ Service in the church. We wish them all a happy holiday and send our good wishes to those who are going on to new schools. We hope they remember their times in St. Giles and the words they heard there.
The Old School Village Hall
The wine tasting evening was great fun and now the committee are taking a summer break from fundraising, the next event is planned for September. More about that when dates etc. have been confirmed.
The August meeting of Dallington W.I. will be a garden tea here at Staces. This will be to plan the year ahead. Visitors would be welcome. Thursday August 15th, 2pm at Staces , The Street.
Just a reminder that the next Saturday opening of the Library Cafe in Dallington Old School Village Hall is this Saturday 6th April from 10-12. We will be including a plant sales table this month and each monthly Saturday session throughout the summer and autumn. Please come along to buy or bring any spare plants, seeds and garden produce.
(Posted on behalf of Bobbie Steel) St Giles Church
Services in April
Sunday 7th April 11 am. Service of The Word
Sunday 14th 6.30 pm. Evensong
Sunday 21st. 11 am. Easter Sunday Holy Communion
Sunday 28th. 9.30am. Holy Communion
The World Day of Prayer service was held at Dallington on Friday March 1st. As well as members of the congregations in our benefice we were joined by friends from Heathfield. The service, which had been prepared by the women of Slovenia, was very thought-provoking, and the title, “Come, everything is ready”, welcomed and included all present.
History Group: the last two meetings of this Spring will be:
Wednesday April 10th Jenny Stiles will talk about Dallington after 1066.
Wednesday April 24th Douglas Sewell (postponed from March) on Dallington’s war graves
Both meetings in the Old School from 7 for 7.30pm
Flower Club Angela has written a note about the Flower Club:
I am very sorry to say that, reluctantly, it has been decided to finish the monthly meetings. This is mainly due to the lack of support and interest. Looking back, we have learned a great deal and had many happy afternoons. I think it began some 8 or 9 years ago when Dorothy Messer approached Pam Fuller with the idea of starting a flower-arranging group locally. We have made large and miniature arrangements, used a kitchen utensil and a dustpan, made Harvest and Christmas wreaths, joined in with a couple of Flower-Festivals and learned to make Christmas arrangements to use at home. I also remember trying to make crepe-paper poppies, daffodils and anemones. How hopeless we were. Pam used to tell us that the Brownies she taught were much less awkward than us! Many thanks to Pam for all her help and enthusiasm over many happy Thursday afternoons. Angela.
Dallington WI. At our February meeting we had the pleasure of listening to our neighbour, Robin Taylor, talking about the life and work of Elizabeth Bishop, a poet of whom he is very knowledgeable. We very much enjoyed hearing Robin share his interest.
In April we look forward to a return visit from Chris McCooey, with his talk entitled, ‘News from the Home Front’. The April meeting will be in the Old School Village Hall at 7.30pm on April 18th.
Please note the summer evening time and do not get caught out by arriving in the afternoon. Visitors are always very welcome.
Library Cafe As usual the Library Cafe is open in the Old School village hall every Monday (except Easter Monday) from 2-4. The monthly Saturday morning openings are April 6th and May 4th 10-12. We will be including a sales table for plants and produce in all Saturday sessions throughout the season – please bring along any spare plants, seeds and garden produce to swap or sell