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Parish pump Uckfield - May 2, 2014

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. (A note for your diaries – the annual fair will be held from noon on Saturday May 12 at the Parish Church): 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).

VILLAGE HALL: The Hall AGM is at 7pm for 7.30pm start next Friday evening, May 9, at the village hall. Reports of the past year’s activities, accounts etc will be presented, the management committee will be elected and the forthcoming programme will be reviewed. All are welcome and refreshments will be served from 7pm.

BURWASH

TEA - Last week Margaret Swift held an afternoon tea event at her home in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. There was a delicious array of cakes and plenty of people who went along to enjoy her lovely garden with congenial company and a nice cup of tea and cake. Thank you Margaret for hosting the tea, to everyone who supported her by making cakes, making tea & washing up. Over £200 was raised for the Hospice.

QUILTERS Exhibition - On Sunday the Monday Quilters group held another of their lovely exhibitions, displaying the beautiful handmade quilts they had made. They had a good turn out of visitors who can only have been impressed by the ladies’ work. Proceeds from this also went to St Michael’s Hospice. Will report on how much was made next week.

PARTY - Everyone was holding their breath on Sunday morning that the weather would remain dry for the planned Party on the green, to celebrate St George’s Day. And it did. The turn out was good and there were lots of things going on. Kite flying, throw the ball in the dragons flame, catch the ducks, how many sweets in a jar and try avoid being squirted with water, a firm favourite of all the children, although I think they had more fun being squirted. There was also a Maypole with which Rhiannon Rees had great fun with the children. There was a barbecue and popcorn machine, and everyone took picnic food with them. Thanks to everyone who turned up, to Rod Clifton, whose idea this was, Tania and Michael Cheshire for opening their home for comfort, We all had a great day, thank you.

SUNDAY Lunch - There are still a few places available for the Charity lunch which is being held on Sunday 11th May at the Burwash village hall, from 12.30pm for 1pm. There is a menu of choices for the three course freshly cooked lunch, with coffee and mints. Light entertainment will also be part of the proceedings. The proceeds are going to help young Aaron Foord, who has been picked to join the world Scout jamboree in Japan in 2016. He needs to raise £3,000 to be able to go. This is my way of helping this nice polite young man to reach his target. To book a place at £18 per person please call Mary on 01453 882107. Aaron and his family will be there to meet you.

MEETING - On Monday evening the Burwash Common Pavilion and playing fields will be holding their AGM in the pavilion at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to go along and support and give their views. They would be happy for you to be interested in joining the committee, give Halina Keep a call on 01435 882183. The summer matches have begun with a stoolball game last night and the first cricket match of the season tomorrow at Heathfield Park. We wish both clubs a successful season.

EAST HOATHLY

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday May 4 at 10am, third Sunday of Easter, United Benefice Communion, East Hoathly; 6pm Evensong, Chiddingly.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: The 119th Annual Parish Meeting of the East Hoathly with Halland Parish Council will be held on Monday, May 12 in the Village Hall, Church Marks Lane, East Hoathly, starting at 8pm. All parishioners are warmly invited to attend and have a glass of wine afterwards with your various representatives.

ALLOTMENTS: A meeting was held last Tuesday April 22, at which the terms and conditions of the licence was discussed and the management committee elected. A draw was also held in which those present at the meeting were allocated their lot. However, there are a number of plots still available, both organic and non-organic. If you are interested in taking on a plot, please contact the chairman of the committee, Rob Heath at rjdiscombe@hotmail.com. The grass seeding of the pathways is coming on apace and the plots will soon be accessible, however there will be no water supply to the land until the autumn and therefore the first year’s rent will be at a reduced rate to reflect this.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The next walk will be from the Star at Waldron on Sunday May 11 at 2pm (time to be confirmed). For further details please call Chris or Jennly on 01825 872830.

EVITA: From Thursday May 7 to Saturday May 10, UBenDS will be presenting the musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice in the village church. Performances begin at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm, doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Tickets are priced at £12 and are available from both East Hoathly and Chiddingly Village Stores, by phone on 01825 872401, or online at www.ubends.co.uk. Bar and refreshments will be available.

HAILSHAM

ST MARY’S: This is the Third Sunday of Easter. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am – Confrontation and at 10.30 Morning Service with Crèche and children’s groups with guest preacher Liam Goligher, Senior Minister of the Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia. At 7.30pm the annual Bible by the Beach Celebration takes place at the congress Theatre, Eastbourne, with final seminars and celebrations

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The Mediums on this occasion are Malcolm and Lesleigh.

STREET MEETINGS: On Wednesday 7 May at 6pm, residents of The Glade, Hailsham, have an opportunity to come and meet their local Community Support Officer to discuss any issues they might have. This meeting has been specifically arranged due to reports of vehicles driving anti-socially through Abbots Wood.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch is on Tuesday 13 May at 7.30pm at the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Fields, North Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1BG. Following the meeting there will be a quiz. All ex-service, serving personnel and dependants, young and old, are welcome. Come along and make new friends. Car parking at the rear of the Club. For further details contact Peter Clark on 01323 841809 or Frank Berry on 01323 843880 or 07901717354. At the April meeting the result of the elections to the national Royal British Legion Management Committee was given and out and of four nominations from the Branch, three were elected. As of the April meeting date the Poppy Appeal has raised the sum of £18,376.10p. Thanks go out to the people of Hailsham and local areas for the gracious support that has been given. Following the meeting a talk was given by Hollie Lucas, Community and Events Fundraiser for the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home in Worthing. It was very informative. It commenced in 1919 in Surrey and then moved to Sussex for the sea air. Currently the oldest resident is 104 years. On the 25 April 2014 a wreath was laid at the Hailsham War Memorial by the Vice Chairman to commemorate ANZAC Day and the Hailsham and District Branch Royal British Legion Standard was displayed by Steve Leonard. The Union Jack and the National Flags of Australia and New Zealand were flown on the masts.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The competition season has now ended and the guest speakers were two of the Society’s own members, David Mills ARPS and John Deller LRPS who gave a new print and AV presentation entitled Snowdonia Via The Knockin Shop. David’s photography was mainly darkroom in black and white, but with some digital and the colour digital prints belonged to John, with many of both being displayed in the hall for members to enjoy during the tea break. David and John have visited Snowdonia many times and the Knockin Shop transpired to be a post office and convenience store. There were several AVs shown interspersed with prints showing pictures of mountains catching the last rays of sunlight, clouds and mist, (ever present in Snowdonia) descending the hills, lichen on the forest floor, a beautiful oak leaf spattered with raindrops against a background of patterned rocks, and many rain soaked images. There was a final short film of people on a classic walk from Pen-y-pass across Crib Goch, which is described as a knife-edged arête in the Snowdonia National Park which was truly amazing. The evening was absolutely brilliant with plenty of humour and the club felt they were very lucky to have David and John show such ability, talent and great work.

TOWN MEETING: Nearly 100 people came along to the Town Meeting last week. Town Mayor and Chairman, Councillor Jo Bentley presented a review of the past year and there were reports from the Committee Chairs. Representatives from Sussex Police, Wealden District Council, Hailsham Forward, Hailsham Works!, Hailsham Festival of Arts & Culture, Hailsham & District Twinning Association and the Town Council’s youth projects team attended with information stands. Town councillors responded to a number of issues raised by Hailsham residents at the meeting including traffic flow in South Road, improvements to footpaths at various locations in the town and fly-tipping in London Road. The Annual General Meeting of Hailsham Town Council will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28 May at the Town Council Offices in Market Street and members of the public are invited to attend and witness the election of the Town Mayor and Chairman for the coming year (2014-2015).

100 YEARS AGO: In April 1914 Rev. F Clyde Harvey wrote as follows: ‘My dear Friends, The country is disturbed. There are ugly forces at work. Our Bishop has directed that prayer shall be offered from the whole Diocese. Let us Christians pray and humble ourselves beneath the mighty hand of God that He may exalt us in due time. May we make this remaining season of Lent a very searching time, and hope that Easter may find us in a safer and quieter and more joyful atmosphere.’ 
Notes and Comments: The rainfall for March reaches the record figure of 5.93 inches. On the 20 at 12.45pm my barometer touched the lowest reading I have taken since I had it, 36 years ago. Nothing very much happened here, but all round there was snow, sleet, hail, wind and rain. Last year’s fall was 36.97 inches, and this year, so far, we have had 11.33 inches.

HEATHFIELD

CHURCHES: All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield, and St George’s Church, Broad Oak: All Saints 8am Holy Communion. 11am Sung Matins. St George’s, Broad Oak 9.30am Holy Communion.

CAR BOOT SALE: A car boot sale is being held to help raise money for the Heathfield indoor swimming pool which will be built to replace the outdated outdoor pool which finally closed two years ago. The sale will be held on Sunday, May 11 at Heathfield Leisure Centre. It costs £5 to take part (bring your own table) and runs from 10am until 1pm. Entry is £1.There will be drinks, snacks, family activities including a bouncy castle, soft play badminton and table tennis. Please ring the Leisure Centre on: 01435 868824 to book a table or call in before the day.

CROSS-IN-HAND WI: Mrs Irene Eltringham-Wilson was speaker this month. As County Organiser for the National Garden Scheme (Yellow Book), she is well acquainted with all types and styles of gardens in East Sussex. With pictures of gardens ranging from stately homes to cottages, she entertained us with her inside stories of the properties and the people who lived there. She and her husband have a beautiful garden of their own at Butlers Farm in Herstmonceux as well as a luxury bed and breakfast business. She is responsible for choosing gardens for the Yellow Book which have to meet certain high standards for visitors. All profits from the scheme go to charities which include: Macmillan, Marie Curie and Parkinsons UK. Tea and cakes were served with an opportunity to buy from the sales stall and the raffle. The next meeting is for members only who will discuss this year’s resolution on organ donation. If you would like to know more about us, please telephone 01435 812819 Or go to www.esfwi.org.uk

HEATHFIELD AND DISTRICT HISTORY SOCIETY: The next meeting of the society will be held on Thursday, May 15 at 7.30pm in the Ian Price Room at the Community Centre when Ian Everest will describe the changes in local agriculture from Sussex Ox to Fordson Major. Visitors are welcome to join the members at this meeting.

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL: The Village Hall committee is holding a quiz on Friday, May 9 at 7.30pm. Quizmaster Brian Whitton will be in charge of the proceedings. Tables will be for up to six people. It costs £8 to include a fish and chip supper. Take your own drinks. Pre booking is essential by Tuesday, May 6. Ring: 01435 831661 or 830645.

RAMBLERS: The Heathfield and District R.A.Group (The Wealden Cuckoos) have launched their programme for May, June and July this year. We are delighted to be able to list them here. Saturday, May 3. Meet at Woodhill House, TN21 0TP on the B2102 just west of Mayfield Flat junction. GR.547216 at 10am for an eight to nine mile circular walk in the Tickerage Stream valley. Ring: 01435 868209.

AGE UK EAST SUSSEX: Age UK offers opportunities for older people to spend a day in pleasant company or for carers to find respite care or support for a loved one in Heathfield, Hurst Green, Brede, Newhaven, Peacehaven and Hastings. They offer support, friendship, activities, entertainment, advice, outings, freshly cooked meals, trained and vetted staff, expertise in working with people in later life with a range of health needs including dementia, transport and free taster days. New volunteers are also very welcome. For more information ring: 01273 476704 or 07850 987128 or email: Bernadine.O’Connell@ageukeastsussex.org.uk

MAYFIELD AND 
FIVE ASHES

FIRST WORLD WAR: As part of the centenary, Carole Stilwell and Brian Oldfield are undertaking a research project with the support of the Royal British Legion (RBL), into all the men whose names appear on the Mayfield and Five Ashes War Memorials and who gave their lives for us so long ago. They hope readers will find these articles informative and interesting and they would like to hope too that younger members of our communities could be encouraged to read and learn about this most significant event in this country’s history. Over the next four years Britain will be commemorating its participation as a major combatant in The Great War. Many of the important political and military events will be debated and discussed at a national level, as will the role of leading statesmen, politicians and Armed Forces. The Village Newsletter will be carrying news on a month-by-month basis of some of the local events occurring 100 years ago, in the context of the broader national and international scene. The main focus of the articles will not only be on a local perspective of The Great War but primarily on the individual local men and women whose lives were lost serving this country. Obvious and significant sources of information are the War Memorials at Mayfield and Five Ashes. From The Great War a total of 88 individuals are recorded on the Mayfield Memorial which includes the 18 names that are listed separately on the Five Ashes Memorial. It is known that there are some from the district who are not recorded on the local memorials and others who are recorded on more than one memorial, for example Hadlow Down and Heathfield. Throughout the next four years, on the 100th anniversary of their death, the background and service record of each individual who died will be reported as broadly as editorial space in the newsletter allows. All of this research and publication is being undertaken in liaison with the Mayfield Branch of the Royal British Legion. At the end of the four year commemoration it is planned to publish a booklet which will include all the information researched and gathered, some of which may not have been included in the Newsletter due to space constraints. It is hoped that in publishing this material, local memories will be jogged or family history sources tapped and additional information hitherto unrecorded made available. Overall it is aimed to provide a sustainable written record for the villages; of people who are not forgotten but who will be individually remembered. To begin this series and to set the local scene the following are some of the local activities reflected in the months of 1914, up to and including April. In 1914 Mayfield was largely an agricultural village, with a local district population of 2,803 people (1911 census). The local newspapers at the time were reporting on farming matters, the parish council, local theatrical and entertainment news, sporting and live stock markets. From a January newspaper Mayfield was described as ‘one of the prettiest hill villages of the Weald.’ The Mayfield Farmer’s Club reported at their annual dinner about recent local livestock outbreaks of foot and mouth disease and swine fever. In the same month the death of the late vicar of Mayfield, the Rev JHR Kirby, was noted. His generosity extended to providing a playground for the school, the enlargement of the church cemetery and the purchase of a parish hall for the village, all at his own expense. Two new treble bells had been installed at the parish church in 1912 to commemorate his resignation through ill health. In February, Napper & Son announced the opening of a new line of business: “Open and Closed Motor Cars for Hire”, who could be contacted on telephone number 2 Mayfield. For the previous two years tennis had been played at the cricket ground, and in April 1914 a meeting took place to form Mayfield Tennis Club, with courts continuing to be used at the cricket club. April also saw the annual Lamb Feast, held at The Railway Hotel, which was when local farmers were paid for their year’s work. In the summer of 1913 about 40 farmers returned approximately 1,400 sheep. In April 1914 the farmers were eventually paid for that stock at a rate of 10s per head for lambs taken in August, and 9s for those taken in September. (History of this significant local Lamb Feast event is welcomed from anyone who knows more detail). “The Mays” - the colloquial name for Mayfield’s football team, were confirmed as champions of division II Crowborough and District league, with one game left to play: 49 goals for, 6 against. A service of motor omnibuses began running in April between Mayfield and Tunbridge Wells. This was accompanied by complaints about the narrowness of roads in Rotherfield to accommodate such large motor omnibuses. This series is written by Carole Stilwell and Brian Oldfield. If any reader has any information, however seemingly trivial, to add to the research being undertaken please contact Carole Stilwell on: 01435 873407, e-mail: carolestilwell@hotmail.com) who is events co-ordinator for Mayfield, Five Ashes and Hadlow Down Branch of the Royal British Legion. You can also follow them on Twitter and tweet any questions or comments using: @MayfieldWW1.

DEAF OUTREACH service bus is to be in Mayfield on August 28. It will be in the Memorial Hall car park from 10.30am until 3.30pm. The vehicle, which is funded by the Big Lottery, is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistance equipment and hearing screening tests. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users. 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. In addition, a volunteer provides batteries and hearing aid maintenance every third Friday of the month between 10am and noon in The Old Library (next to The Memorial Hall).

LOCAL WALKS AND RIDES: We are very lucky to have such wonderful countryside and a wealth of local paths, bridleways and roads that provide stunning panoramas, the beautiful sights, sounds and smells of birds, animals, flowers and trees, and fascinating historical buildings and artefacts, as well as healthy exercise. Jerry Watkiss, Chris Lilly and Roger Stone have started working on a website to list as many local routes as possible that people can use for walking (alone or in groups or with dogs), horse-riding, jogging or walking, with descriptions of the route and what you can see along the way. The aim is to encourage people to get out and enjoy the countryside, to try some new routes and to be able to find routes that are just right for them with up to date information. The project is in its early stages with the first 15 routes published and more being added every week. Please go and have a look at the website (routopedia.com.) They would love to have feedback to help improve the site, and suggestions on routes or information to include. Contact Roger on: 01435 872764 or 07776 144056.

MOBILE LIBRARY

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

WALDRON

COFFEE FOR FLOWERS The flowers which decorated our two churches over Easter were absolutely magnificent and our teams of flower arrangers do a brilliant job throughout the year. Tomorrow, Saturday May 3, 10am – midday there will be a coffee morning at Cransford, Little London Road, to raise funds for the flowers at St Bartholomew’s.

FRENCH CUISINE Tomorrow evening there will be a special evening of French cuisine at the Star, while Django Jazz entertains the diners.

VILLAGE CRICKET After five seasons of involvement in league cricket, Waldron CC has decided to give up the struggle to keep two teams going and concentrate on playing good-standard village cricket. Club Captain Jose Quintana writes “We will always be an eclectic mix of talents at Waldron CC and our diminutive size dictates that the club is always likely to be represented by one team. If every player who steps onto the field as part of that team can retire to the pub for the post-match debrief...and feel that he has had the opportunity to perform in a thrilling game against worthy opposition...then the Club will thrive.” If you’d like to see village cricket played at its best, Waldron will be playing this Sunday at home starting at 2pm against QXI.

AFTERNOON RECITAL The second of the Waldron Recital series by young musicians will take place at All Saints’ Church on Sunday May 11 at 4.30pm. Soprano Nia Coleman will sing with Benjamin Tyler (piano), and the concert will last about three quarters of an hour. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection for the church.

CONCERT Heathfield Choral Society will present Dido and Aeneas on Saturday May 17. Tickets are £12 and are obtainable from Peter Jamieson (01435 863414).

MAYFIELD FESTIVAL May is a good month whatever your taste in music as the Mayfield Festival is also on from May 2–11, featuring everything from folk and brass to classical orchestral, choral and even a Cole Porter evening.

CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday, May 4, there will be Holy Communion at 8am at St Bartholomew’s, Congregational Sung Eucharist at 9.30 also at St Bart’s, Morning Prayer at 9.45am at All Saints’ (followed by Coffee and Cake – to which everyone is welcome) and Holy Communion with choir at 11.15am also at All Saints’. The Reverend Richard Jackson will be consecrated bishop on Wednesday May 14 at 11am at Westminster Abbey and tickets can be obtained through the Parish Office by contacting Benjamin Tyler (01435) 862816 or e-mail enquiries@waldronchurches.org.uk

WARBLETON & RUSHLAKE GREEN

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Worship. The Annual meetings were held on Monday evening. At the first one Jennifer Gill and Jonathan Austin were re-elected as churchwardens. At the second the annual reports were presented and received. David Cleverley and Vivian Bowern were elected as Deanery Synod representatives. Helen Bowern and Gill Brentford retired from the PCC this year and were thanked for their many years of service. The following were elected to the PCC – Jane Atherton, Andrew Russell, Shirley Austin, Barbara Cooke, Judith Hemsley, Meryl Clark and Caroline Thompson. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion with Rev Robert Scott and 6.30pm Evening service with Paul Daniels.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band will hold its spring concert at 2pm on Sunday at the Dunn Village Hall. Come along to this annual event and enjoy a variety of popular music. Tea and cakes available. Admission is free but there will be a collection on your way out! Please come and support your local band. The band has a wide repertoire of music from pop to classical via traditional band music. Beginners are welcome to the training band and more experienced players to the main practice nights (Fridays). For more information or to let us know you’re coming along please call Cath on 01435 813359. To see more about the band visit their website.

WILLINGDON, WANNOCK & JEVINGTON

FASHION SHOW: Edgmont Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town was purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013.The aim is to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. But building cannot start until a lot more money has been raised. In the meantime the Edgmond Church now known as Edgmond Hall, has been completely refurbished and can be used for community and fundraising events. On Sunday April 27 a fashion show and cream tea was held. The fashions were from The Designer Room at 20 South Street, Eastbourne, and the whole event was masterminded by events manager Ann Hamilton. It was a very professional event, the models looked as if they had received training – but in fact they were friends and colleagues and even Jill Parker, project co-ordinator for the JPK Project, was persuaded to walk the cat walk and looked stunning. Round tables were set out with beautiful linen cloths for afternoon tea, dainty sandwiches and scones – all very civilised. Everyone agreed that it had been a most enjoyable afternoon and the venue is certainly ideal for big occasions such as wedding receptions, parties, special events and functions and there is plenty of parking on site. For enquiries regarding hiring the hall please contact Ann Hamilton on 01323 417163 or her mobile 07780 475200.

ABSEIL: Karen Hurst has organised a team of 20 people to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on Saturday May 3. The sponsored abseil is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project so do support her and her team by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/JPK-Sussex-Project-Karen-Hurst and donating what you can afford. Alternatively ring her on 07944 867 463. JPK Sussex Project co-ordinator Wannock resident Jill Parker says that she has ‘chickened out’ of this event but if anyone was to sponsor her for £200K for the start-up costs of the building project she would consider it. She thinks she is on a safe bet.

PIRATES OF PENZANCE is to be staged at the Devonshire Park Theatre at 7.45pm from Tuesday May 6 to Saturday May 10. Matinee performances are at 2.30pm from the Wednesday to Saturday. JPK Sussex Project will be benefiting from the programme sales and retiring collections. Please contact Kath Day on 01323 460258 if you think you could help.

CYCLE TOUR: Martin Hughes, landlord of the Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village, and customer Paul Crysell plan to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in nine days – a distance of some 1000 miles – which averages out to about 110 miles a day, which includes an assent of 51,700 feet. They will be setting off on May 4 and the three charities which they will be supporting are Breast Cancer Research, Water Aid and St Wilfrid’s Hospice. An Easter Fete was held at the Wheatsheaf on Saturday April 19 to kick start the fund-raising. In 2013 the Wheatsheaf was chosen as the Community Pub of the Year in South East Sussex by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).

VETERAN CARS DAY: Polegate Windmill will be open from 11am to 5pm on Sunday May 4 when there will be a display of veteran cars on the mill plat. Do go along and chat to the owners. They will be taking a packed lunch so why not bring your own picnic and join them on the mill plat? The mill will also be open on bank holiday Monday May 5 from 2pm to 5pm.

MILLS DAY is on Sunday May 11 when traditionally radio hams link up with mills in other parts of the country and even abroad. The Amateur Radio Club will be at Polegate Windmill to see how many contacts they can make. The Long Man Morris Men will also be dancing at the mill at 1.30pm. Hopefully the weather will be good and members of the public are invited to bring along their own table to sell their own wares or publicise any organisation or charity in which they are interested – so there should hopefully be a large variety of stalls. There will be no charge for this but do contact the event’s organiser Patricia Stevens on 734496 first. Refreshments are also available on the day and tours of the four floors of the mill can still be taken and the ground floor and education room is wheelchair friendly and toilets are also available – so it should be a good day out.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday May 2 at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street. The demonstration is by Lucinda Knapman and is entitled ‘Fabulous Flowers’. The competition is ‘The first sign of spring’.

JOHN PAUL MILLER will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm on Saturday May 3 with his contemporary and classic covers.

THE MOTHERS’ UNION will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday May 6 in St Mary’s Church Hall when Rosemarie Cutbush will be giving a power point presentation entitled ‘Cycling to Romania and Moldova’. There will be a raffle and sales table and members are asked to bring items for the sale. Visitors are always welcome to the MU meetings.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS growers group will meet at 6.30pm on Thursday May 8 at the Red Lion in Willingdon Village when Tom Lane from Sussex Wildlife Trust will be talking about encouraging birds into the garden.

WILLINGDON WI will meet at 2.15pm on Thursday May 8 at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Sara Berry will give a talk on ‘Behind the scenes at the National Gallery’. There will also be a discussion and voting on the resolutions.

JEVINGTON & FILCHING WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday May 8 at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue when members will be discussing the national resolution asking people to encourage an increase in organ donations. Visitors welcome. Just turn up or ring Hazel on 01323 483454 or visit www.jevingtonwi.co.uk .

A CONCERT will be held at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, at 7.30pm on May 12 with an augmented church choir. There will also be various solos and ensembles.

 

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