WIVELSFIELD VILLAGE HALL: Wivelsfield Village Hall and Recreation Ground. For details concerning this great Hall site and for overall bookings information for the overall site in Eastern Road, please just contact Katie Awcock on 01444 470028 or 07582 470028 or email on villagehalllettings@gmail.com

WEBSITE: For the overall Wivelsfield Village Hall and the associated activities is www.wivelsfieldvillagehall.co.uk

BRIDGE AFTERNOON WITH TEA: The Wivelsfield Fund Raising Group for the Hospice is holding an afternoon of Bridge with a delicious tea included in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice on Wednesday in the Wivelsfield Village Hall at 2pm. For enquiries or to reserve a table please do ring Jean Whybro on 01444 415910.

THE FILM IN NOVEMBER: Far From the Madding Crowd is the Wivelsfield Films presentation on Sunday November 8, in Wivelsfield Village Hall. Film at 7.30pm, door open and bar from 7pm. This film’s great advantages are two very good performances, a great lead from Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba, the headstrong young woman in late 19th-century Dorset who is to inherit a handsome farm, and an excellent supporting turn from Michael Sheen as Mr Boldwood, the neighbouring middle-aged landowner who is to become fatally, tragically and self-laceratingly infatuated with Bathsheba, after she sends him an insincere Valentine card. She has two other suitors: the conceited Sergeant Troy, played by Tom Sturridge, who looks the part without quite conveying his febrile egocentric quality, although the role is arguably underwritten. And there is also the doggedly devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak who once made a rejected marriage proposal to Bathsheba and lost his independent property after failing to protect his herd and has thus devoted his life to taking due care and protection of everything he cares about, chiefly Bathsheba, now his employer. She has two other suitors: the conceited Sergeant Troy, played by Tom Sturridge, who looks the part without quite conveying his febrile egocentric quality, although the role is arguably underwritten. And there is also the doggedly devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak who once made a rejected marriage proposal to Bathsheba and lost his independent property after failing to protect his herd and has thus devoted his life to taking due care and protection of everything he cares about, chiefly Bathsheba, now his employer. This role is very important: the vigilant Gabriel is virtually the spiritual centre of the story. But the part has mystifyingly been given to Matthias Schoenaerts, the hunky Belgian star whose Wessex accent has a strong tang of Antwerp. Everything about his demeanour is careful, tentative and unrelaxed. He looks like he is concentrating on his diction. But Carey Mulligan is excellent: her face has a pinched girlish prettiness combined with a shrewd, slightly schoolmistressy intelligence, the sort of face which can appear very young and really quite old at the same time. Her Bathsheba is well turned out with an impressive line in hats; she is a horsewoman and very keen on rough shooting, not activities that much interested Julie Christie, who was almost ethereally beautiful and fancy-free in the part. She was at her strongest with Bathsheba’s irresponsible and impetuous side. Mulligan is very good playing opposite the sensitive Michael Sheen – the one actor who really matches her quality – but is also very good at conveying her overlapping disdain and erotic excitement at Troy’s insolent advances. The well-known sequence in which she submits to Troy’s phallic sword-twirling is good, but she has a better scene, finding herself confessing to the caddish soldier that she has never been kissed and realises in that moment that she is utterly lost. Homemade cakes, Magnum ices in multi flavours and drinks served before the film and during the interval. Tickets £6 in advance from the Post Office and Village Stores and The Cock In, or online via the Facebook page for Wivelsfield Films or wivelsfieldfilms.wordpress.com.

WIVELSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm in Wivelsfield Village Hall. The AGM takes place speedily and will then be followed by What’s This Thing? An Historical Investigation Evening. Bring along an unusual object, leaflet or photo for identification of its use/age/purpose etc., while we enjoy mulled wine and finger food. Annual subscription £7 plus £1 per meeting. Non-members £2.50 per meeting. The society was formed in November 1993. The aim is to increase local knowledge through research,discussions, talks, visits and walks to places of interest. Visitors and new members are so welcome. Any questions please call Paula Wood on 01444 271242.

SERVICE OF COMMEMORATION: And Thanksgiving will take place at Wivelsfield Parish Church on Sunday November 1 at 4pm. This service is open to all who would like to come and give thanks for happy memories of departed loved ones, whether or not you usually come to church. Refreshments will be served after the service. Wheelchair access available. If you would like someone’s name read aloud at the service please place their name in the box near the entrance door of the church. The box will be removed on Wednesday 21st October so that we can prepare the list of names for the service. Refreshments will be served after the service.

TOY SERVICE: At 9.30am Sunday November 1 at Wivelsfield Parish Church. Please bring a new toy as a present for a needy child this Christmas. All donated toys will be given to Family Support Work and distributed by them to families they are supporting. Toys and games for all age groups are needed but no soft toys please. If you are not able to come to the Children’s Service on November 1 but would like to donate a toy, or food for FSW food bank – please leave these at the church anytime.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING OPPORTUNITY: SW14 Vintage Winter Fair on Saturday November 7 from 10am to 4pm in Wivelsfield Church Hall, Church Lane. SW14 is a Wivelsfield based family business which specialises in handpicked pre loved furniture and accessories. Join us and our local vintage trader friends to enjoy a wonderful selection of our wares. Furniture, mirrors and textiles, linens, bunting and cushions, Christmas gifts and decorations, China and Enamelware, Plants and flowers, Ladies clothes and accessories. Beverages, fresh soup, homemade cakes and snacks to tempt while you browse. Free admission and parking. www.facebook.com/Samuel Woofington14 email : sw14@live.co.uk Call Caroline on 07817 941051

EAST SUSSEX HEARING SERVICE: A free service bought to Wivelsfield.

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. The vehicle, which is funded by the Big Lottery, is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests (if time permits). The mobile unit will be visiting Wivelsfield on Thursday November 12, and will be in St Georges Park, opposite Maes Court from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail: info@eshrc.org.uk

TIME STEP YOUR CARES AWAY: Adult Tap Class for beginners/improvers. Professionally trained ex dancer. In Wivelsfield Village Hall Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8pm. First trial class is free. For all enquiries and further information please contact Emily on 07429 089734.

WIVELSFIELD GREEN PLAYGROUP: And Pre-School, spacious indoor and outdoor play areas in village location. Maximum of 24 children per session. Qualified Staff. Government Funding Accepted. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 12.45pm. Tuesday and Wednesday 12.45pm to 3pm, Closed Thursday. 2 to 5 years welcome. £18.75 per am session, £11.25 per pm session. Spaces are available www.wgpg.co.uk email : manager@wgpg.co.uk telephone Kay Waterman 01444 471645 (session times only).

FITNESS: Ultimate Stomach Class and Dynamic Pilates Classes on Thursdays in Wivelsfield Village Hall. 6.40pm Dynamic Pilates (all levels); 7.30pm Ultimate Stomach (calorie blaster); 8.20pm Dynamic Pilates (all levels). Courses run in four week blocks and cost £22 for the course. All courses booked in advance. Personal training also available. Coming soon on Wednesday mornings in Wivelsfield Church Hall, 10.30am Ultimate Stomach (calorie blaster); 11.15am Dynamic Pilates (all levels). For more information contact Julie Craig MSc, BSc (Hons), Dip PT & SMT 07971 128284 Julie@juliecraigfitness.com

WIVELSFIELD CHURCH YOUTH CLUB: For year 7 and above. New members are welcome. Meets every other Friday from 8pm to 10pm. For more details please contact Annie Close on daisytighfield@hotmail.com or Steve and Sue Onions on stevensue.onions@btinternet.com 01273 89025

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS: All parish council meetings are open to members of the public and begin with an open forum session during which members of the parish are welcome to ask questions or bring matters to the attention of the Council. Meetings are held at 8pm in the Renshaw Room at the far end of Wivelsfield Village Hall, unless otherwise stated on the agenda. Agendas are published in the week prior to the meeting and be found in the parish. Council notice board (outside the Village Stores and Post Office) or at www.wivelsfield.net.

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE: Your parish council office is located adjacent to the Cock Inn, on North Common Road. It’s normally open from 9am to 3pm on Mondays and Thursdays. People are very welcome to call in to bring matters to the attention of the council www.wivelsfield.net

LOCAL SUSSEX POLICE: Contact PCSO Edward Hall 07917 474106 or 08456 070

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