Andrew Ratcliffe, Whatlington

St Mary Magdalene Parish Church service on Sunday 10th February will be an “All age worship” at 10.30am in the village hall. This is a service for everybody whatever age and of course all families are welcome to attend together. Children will be most welcome.

East Sussex Highways will be carrying out resurfacing and high friction surfacing on the A21 at four locations in East Sussex. To increase the skid resistance improving safety for road users.

North of the junction with Johns Cross Road

Near Johns Cross Inn to Johns Cross roundabout

Near the junction with Riccards Lane

Near the junction with Bluemans Lane, Kent Street

Dates for this work

North of the junction with Johns Cross Road – Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 February

Near Johns Cross Inn to Johns Cross roundabout – Monday 11 to Friday 14 February

Near the junction with Riccards Lane – Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 February

Near the junction with Bluemans Lane, Kent Street – Friday 15 to Sunday 17 February

The work will be carried out with lane closures, temporary 40mph or 50mph speed limits in place and at some locations road users will be escorted past the works site at 10mph.

A reminder that the last day at school for the current term at Mountfield & Whatlington Primary school is Friday 15th February with back to school being Monday 25th February.

News from Alex at The Royal Oak:

It’s time for the St Michael’s Hospice Quiz again! Compete against other pubs and clubs in the area to be the quiz champions. The quiz is set by the hospice and will take place at The Royal Oak on Thursday 21st February from 7.30pm. Please call and book a table for your team as it’s always a busy night and we’d want to make sure we have enough tables for everyone! This is a fun way to raise money for your local hospice, so please put the date in your diary.

Irish Music Night falls on Friday 22nd February this month. This is our regular jamming style session of traditional Irish tunes played by some of the most talented musicians in the area – it is a unique evening of live music that is the perfect way to set up your weekend.

Whatlington Film Club returns with two showings in March; the Box Office smash hit Skyfall will be shown on Friday 1st March and the comedy Hope Springs on Friday 22nd March. For further Film Club information contact steve.messages@virgin.net.

“The Hand That First Held Mine” by Maggie O’ Farrell is the current Book Club offering which will be discussed when the Royal Oak readers meet at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th February. If you’d like to join in with this sociable group for a chat over a drink, then do just come along – even if you haven’t read the book, everyone’s welcome.