Parish pump Hailsham - April 10, 2015

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Alciston & Selmeston

NOT TO BE MISSED: St George’s Supper, Saturday April 18 in Alciston and Selmeston Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start. This evening is always great fun with a three course dinner plus coffee and chocs to finish. Then there is the music and entertainment which always produces a response of various sounds from the audience adding to the evening’s merriment. We also are fortunate to have the services of the chairman of our local/Seahaven branch of the Royal Society of St George, who will be giving us a short talk about the society and its work. Patriotic dress, not necessary, but red and white would be good if you would like to. Tickets £20 per person. Raffle and the bar will be open. To reserve your ticket telephone Jan Matthews 01323 811380, Michele Boys 01323 870623 or Jan Allen 01323 871634 by April 14. We are offering a vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu. Please let us know when you book. Surplus from the evening will go to Selmeston and Alciston churches.

Alfriston

THE 300 CLUB will meet on Tuesday at The George at 8pm when two more lucky winners will be £50 richer.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Annual Parish Meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. At this meeting the council reports on its work during the past year, and the public can ask questions, make comments etc. A regular meeting follows. As well as the General Election on Thursday May 7 a new parish council will be elected. Nomination papers can be obtained from the clerk Marian Smith (01435 831653) or from the Electoral officer at Wealden District Council. Two out of the 11 members of the council are elected to represent Bodle Street ward. If the number of candidates is equal to or less than the number of seats, there will not be an election.

BSG WI: Members are encouraged not to eat too much lunch before attending the meeting at 2.30pm on Tuesday at the village hall. The reason? The speaker Sue Hollings will be talking about, and demonstrating, Simple Indian Cooking, with many recipes to try. For information contact the president Judy on 01323 832491 or the secretary Ann on 841278.

APCM: The Annual Parish Meeting of St John’s Church will be held at 7.30pm next Friday April 17 in the village hall. This is for the election of the churchwardens. It is followed by the Annual Parish Church Meeting with reports of the work of the church during the year and the election of the PCC. The meetings will be followed by a pie and mash supper at £10.

Folkington

CHURCH NEWS: On Easter Sunday the church was brimming with people, daffodils and the sun was shining. Thank you Malcolm for a lovely service. This Sunday we welcome Tim Fogden who will lead a service of Mattins (BCP) at 10.30am. Refreshments will be served in the church after the service and all are welcome. Watch this space for news of springtime and early summer fundraising events to help pay for all the recent essential repairs that this ancient but beautiful, Downland church has needed.

Hailsham

FARMERS’ MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, on the Cattle Market site from 9am to 12.30pm. We welcome back Lola’s novelty soaps and Well Preserved jams and chutneys alongside all our usual stalls. We will have TV researchers there after a rummage in your sheds, barns and outbuildings in case you have any hidden treasures for a new Channel 4 TV programme called Barnfinders.

YOUTH ZONE: This club is for young people in years 6 to 9 and normally meets on the second Saturday of the month between 7pm and 8.30pm at Emmanuel Church. Some meetings will be held elsewhere so they will let you know where to meet and the times and details. This Saturday there is a mystery guest. For more information about Youth zone, please contact Julie on (01323) 441059.

ST MARY’S: This is the second Sunday of Easter. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am All Age Service with crèche: An Easter Encounter. 2.45pm Holy Communion at Emmanuel church, Hawkswood Road. 6.30pm Evening Prayer.

MEETING POINT: The April and May meetings are changed to later in the month because of the bank holidays. Therefore it is on Monday at 7.30pm in the church lounge, the group is meeting for an audio visual presentation by Colin Bell of Seaford Photographic Society. On May 11, Ian Everest will return to talk to members about Sussex during the First World War. At the last meeting in March Chris Taylor, St Mary’s new musical director, along with his wife Emily, told members about some of their musical history, with examples of music from the recorder. Apparently there are a wide range of recorders, not just the instrument which many of us will have learned at school.

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR: The Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club is hosting an event on the evening of Wednesday April 22 at the Hailsham Pavilion. Robert Harris, of Harris Bros. Vintage Fair from Ashington, is presenting a show entitled Social History of England’s Fairs, All the Fun of the Fair. The Harris Bros. Fair has been part of the annual Hellingly Festival of Transport for well over 30 years and is well known across southern England. Tickets are £5 and can be obtained from the Hailsham Pavilion Box Office (Tel: 01323 841414).

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday there is a long and a short walk. The longer is the 4.5 mile Magham Down Circular with Elaine and Larry (849680), which is described as undulating with some stiles. The shorter walk is from Polegate to the Loom Mill and return. The walk starts from Polegate library with Ann and Jim on 842711. If you would like to go on either walk, please ring the walk leader in the first instance for the details. All welcome. If you would like to know more about the Hailsham Ramblers speak to the secretary Jill on (01323) 843530.

COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES: Not just computers but also your unwanted tents, sleeping bags, duvets, wellies, blankets or financial support. Email: simon@computersforcharities.org or call Simon: Tel 01323 848588. To find out how you can help visit http://www.computersforcharities.org.

BONFIRE BINGO: Help raise vital funds for the annual firework celebration with the Hailsham Bonfire Society by going along for a good evening out and supporting their fundraiser on Friday April 17 at the Charles Hunt Age Concern Centre (entrance in Waitrose car park). Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. If you would like to find out more about joining the Bonfire Society and the many social events they enjoy throughout the year culminating in the grand parade through the High Street and Bonfire site on October 17 this year, then go along to one of their meetings usually on the first Monday of each month. This month, because of Easter bank holiday, the meeting is on April 13 at 8pm.

HEFFLE CUCKOO FAIR: The Heffle Cuckoo Fair is on April 18. Hailsham’s own John Wilders, who runs The Ropemaker Theatre Co Ltd, will be strutting his stuff as Demelza’s Town Crier for the event. Also at the fair will be an art exhibition and sale entitled Just Art, by members of the Arlington Art Group, which will be set up in the Goward Hall which forms part of the Cuckoo Fair site at Cade Street, Heathfield.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The Kings Head on April 14 and 28. In March Christine and Marie told the group about their trip to Blackpool to attend a course called Make a Mystery Cushion. The design was Seaside themed and worked in relief. They said there was a lot of knitting to do and they needed some of their free time to complete each piece, but they enjoyed the company of other knitters and had some interesting excursions. By coincidence the group was working on a textured design from Russia and worked from a chart. It was the first time something new was tackled by the whole group together and was so enjoyable it will now become a regular feature of the evenings. If you have an interest in knitting or crochet you are welcome to join the group at 7.30pm on the second and last Tuesday each month. Phone Su (07552 229473).

CHRISTCHURCH: Andy Johnston and Duncan Pratt, two of the leaders of Christ Church, will be attending a leader’s conference in Skopje, Macedonia, from April 19 to 23. The church has developed close links with Balkan churches in recent years, particularly those in Bulgaria with regular visit by members and leaders from Bulgaria have in turn visited Hailsham and were present for the opening of the new Ropemaker Centre last month. The conference in Skopje will include leaders from other Balkan countries including Albania, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo and Macedonia, there will be other leaders from UK churches who also have on going contacts with churches in the Balkan countries. Andy Johnston, who spoke at last year’s conference which was held in Elbasan, Albania, explains that these conferences are important as the Balkans is an area of Europe which has seen much bloodshed and suffering and it is a privilege to help and support friends there as they look to rebuild trust where there is so much brokenness. Last year he says he was deeply moved as people who fought on opposite sides in recent military conflicts prayed with each other and asked one another for forgiveness.

PCSO STREET MEETING: Sunday 11am to 11.30am at The Avenue junction with Ersham Way, giving local residents the opportunity to meet PCSOs and talk about any concerns or issues they may be having where they live.

METHODIST CHURCH: Morning Service at Hailsham Methodist Church each Sunday at 10am. Parents and Toddlers Mondays, 9.30am, Youth Club for 8 to 14 year olds Saturdays from 4pm to 6pm, both parents and toddlers and youth club meet in term time only. Various rooms/hall/kitchen available for hire at affordable rates. Contact either via website - http://e-voice.org.uk/hailshammethodist/ - or email caroleshrt@gmail.com

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday there is a Service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall. The medium is Jytte Bauer. Healing is always available.

OVER 50s: This Tuesday includes Yoga. Keep healthy and in good shape by joining the Healthy Living Club. Exercise, make new friends, try new activities and have fun. £1 a session. Refreshments at the Methodist Church Hall from 10am to noon.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: This week saw the culmination of several months’ work since the beginning of the season last September in the print final. The judge was Richard Walton FRPS, who travelled from Kent. Beginners Pavilion Cup: Highly commended Linda Busby for Wooden Door and Carole Parish for Grazing. Third place, Carole Parish for Storm Clouds, second place Halina Martin for Novice Buddist Nuns, and the winner Carole Parish for Chocolate Box, a pretty picture taken of Hever Castle with the moat and cottages in the background.

Intermediate for the Keith Donald Shield: Highly commended Jean Mills for The Saxophonist and Martin Rumary for Yamaha Vee Twin. Third place Peggy McKenzie for Walking In The Rain, in second place Peggy McKenzie for Waif And Stray, and the winner Jean Mills for Greylag Goose, a stunning shot of the head and neck of the bird with dark feathers and an orange beak against a muted background. Advanced Founders Cup: Highly commended Ray Beckwith for Then I’ll Begin, Janice Payne LRPS for A Wintery Feeling and Liz Scott ARPS AFIAB for Luke, Chapter 2 Verse 12. Third place Alison Morris ARPS for Ganges Fisherman, second place Gay Biddlecombe LRPS DPAGB for Lost In Thought and the winner Pat Broad ARPS AFIAP for Yellow House, Iceland, a beautiful photograph of a yellow house set against a snow scene with a couple of trees and lovely sky. Richard, who always enjoys his visits to the club, is very highly thought of by the members as he is superb in the way he judges and gives really informative opinions of the images he is appraising.

GENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS: Monday, 7.30pm at Christchurch, The Ropemaker Centre, Ropemaker Park. All the candidates representing a political party with Westminster representation have been invited to take part in the event. Hosted by Andy Johnston, Pastor of Christ Church, Hailsham, and chaired by David Bourne, Vicar of Hailsham. The event is public meeting and is open to everyone.

TOWN MEETING: A question was raised by a member of the public at the recent Town meeting under Planning and Development with regard to the land at Battle Crescent allocated some time ago for a 6th form college and whether this was this still planned to go ahead? It was confirmed that this land was still secured for this purpose although it was currently under review. The land was available from the time the legal agreement was signed for 10 years so there would be another five years before a decision was made or the developer takes the land back.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

SUNDAY SERVICES: This Sunday the 8am Holy Communion service will be taken by Peter Clark at Hellingly. The 9.15am Holy Communion service at Upper Dicker will be taken by Tony Fiddian-Green as will the 10.45am Holy Communion service at Hellingly. There will be no 10.45am service at Hellingly on Sunday April 19 as Confirmations will be taking place at Upper Dicker with the Bishop of Lewes at the 9.15am service.

MOTHERS UNION: The next meeting is on Tuesday in Hellingly church. The topic on this occasion is David Farey Himself and Church House. The MU meets on the second Tuesday of each month in Hellingly church at 7.15pm. Please check the programme. Enquiries to Jacky on 841809. There is also a Fashion Show arranged for April 23.

SPRING SALE: Hellingly Mothers Union has their spring event tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon in Hellingly Church. There will be stalls with good as new clothes, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery and toiletries, cakes, a raffle and refreshments.

CRAFT FAIR: On Sunday Blackstock Farm at Grove Hill, Hellingly, from 10am to 3.30pm. Free entry and parking. Entry to the grounds is £4 from the café.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hellingly (from the draft minutes): Hellingly Country Park and Roebuck Park walk around report was that most of the roads now have a hard surface and the paths have hogging. The Cricket Pitch is in good shape. There is some question about the soft planting around the ponds. The contractors are waiting to see what comes up. Work will start shortly on the allotments. The type of gate at the bottom of the park is still to be discussed. Assurance had been given the Cricket Pavilion would be ready by 2 May. It was being manufactured off site for assembly on site. Following a meeting with the contractors, Kestrel and the Cricket Club, the parish council would be sent a specification of the ongoing works which would need to be undertaken. Work had started on the thinning out of the trees. The transfer of the first tranche of the park had still not taken place. There seemed to be some confusion over the site plans. It was hoped the cuts to Sussex Police would not have an adverse effect on their presence in the Park. With regard to possible arrangements for the opening of the Country Park, the opening of the cricket pitch would be celebrated and the parish council should liaise with the residents association to minimise parking issues. Any opening arrangements would be discussed with the cricket club, residents association, HCPT and Persimmon. Arlington: The following is a summary of selected items from the draft minutes of a meeting held on 19 March. Full information at www.arlingtonparish.org.uk. Planning applications: Bede’s School: provision of 5 sports pitches. PC agreed to application subject to conditions relating to the construction work; that pitches be as far as possible from dwellings backing onto the area; planting and or screening to be undertaken in consultation with residents, pitches for use of Bede’s pupils only, hours of use, arrangements to be reviewed by Bedes and WDC (in conjunction with APC) 1 year, then three years after pitches brought into use. Effluent discharge during heavy rainfall in Upper Dicker. John Parsons reported Southern Water have now installed a new pump. JP will continue to monitor the situation.

BLUEBELL WALK: The 43rd Arlington Bluebell Walk at Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road, Arlington, and Farm Trail opened yesterday. Opening times are 10am to 5pm daily. Entrance is £5 adults, £4.50 seniors (60+), £2 children (3 to 16 years), £12 family (two adults and up to four children). At time of going to press the continuing cold weather prevents the bluebells flowering, so currently there will only be the white wood anemones to view. Hurry up warm spring weather. The Farm Shop will be open on Fridays and Saturdays. From 1972 to 2014 we calculated that over £335k has been raised by 60 different local charities, converted to present day values, this is over £763k! The charities supported during the first week of opening in 2015 and that will be running the Bluebell Walk and providing refreshments are the JPK Project today, Friday, Cancer Research UK on Saturday and Sunday, Canine Partners Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Upper Dicker Village Hall and Holy Trinity Church on Thursday and Friday. To find out more visit www.bluebellwalk.co.uk.

LADIES LUNCH: This is on Wednesday at noon in Dicker Hall. There will be a report on the Charity for Nepali girls’ education trip.

ARLINGTON PARISH COUNCIL: The Parish Assembly is on Thursday at 7.30pm in Arlington Village Hall. All welcome to an occasion where you will have the opportunity to raise any issues or you can just come along and find out what has been going on in your villages. Drinks and nibbles will follow the meeting. A presentation will be given by James Stobart on Operation Crackdown. Please bring a neighbour, the PC would love to see as many people as possible. Any queries please contact the parish clerk, Helen Simpson- Wells on 01435 860959, also if you would prefer, questions can be emailed to her at arlingtonpc@btconnect.com or visit http://www.arlingtonparish.org.uk.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

OPEN GARDEN: Butlers Farmhouse, Butlers Lane, is open tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday as part of the National Gardens Scheme which raises money for charity. Entry is £3.50 and children go free between 2pm and 5pm. Refreshments are available. This garden is in a lovely rural setting of one acre surrounding a 16th century farmhouse with view of the South Downs. Described as pretty in spring with primroses and hellebores, it is mainly herbaceous with rainbow border, small pond with dribbling frogs and Cornish inspired beach corners. Restored to former glory, as shown in old photographs, but with a few quirky twists such as a poison garden and a secret jungle garden. It is listed in the top 25 gardens to visit. Most of the garden is accessible by wheelchair.

ALL SAINTS: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and 6pm Evensong (BCP).

WARTLING CHURCH: Sunday at St Mary Magdalene, 9.45am Holy Communion (CW).

WALKING GROUP: On Tuesday the group is meeting Sue (848790 or 07512 652962) at 6.30pm in Park Wood car park for a walk through Grove Hill. Give her a ring for the details.

UKULELE AND GUITAR: Ukulele for Absolute Beginners is on Wednesdays from 2pm to 3pm and 6pm to 7pm starting on April 15. These are 1hr group sessions. Ukulele is one of the easiest instruments to learn, it sounds lovely and is very portable. Accessible to very old and young fingers alike. You will be learning a few chords and a song every week. Also starting the same day is acoustic Guitar for Absolute Beginners from 1pm to 2pm or 7pm to 8pm. This is a six week course of 1hr group sessions. This is a friendly informal workshop for people with no previous experience or who wish to be reminded. For details call 01323 339339.

START BOWLING: A reminder to members of sign on day tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am at the Bowling Club. Newcomers welcome. Enquiries to Terry Evingham 01323 832380.

ST GEORGE’S DAY: On Saturday April 18 at Herstmonceux Village Hall from 6.15pm for 6.45pm there will be a magician, musicians, dancers and community singing to celebrate along with an English supper, bar, and raffle. Tickets are £15 which includes sausage and mash with apple crumble to follow. Contact cllr Lawrence Keeley on (01323) 832660 or email lvkeeley@homecall.co.uk for tickets.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Berwick Village Hall 9.55am-10.25am; Arlington Village Hall 10.35am-11am; Deans Road, Alfriston 11.15am-11.55am; East Dean Village Hall 12.20pm-1.20pm; Wannock Village Hall 2.40pm-3.10pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 3.25pm-3.55pm. Tuesday: Brightling Village Hall, 1.20pm-1.40pm; Dallington Village Hall, 1.50pm-2.10pm; Ashburnham, 2.40pm-3pm; Bodle Street Village Hall, 3.25pm-3.50pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

NIEGHBOURHOOD WATCH: After many years, Thelma Nace has decided to retire from her role of the leader of Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch. Should you be interested in this vacancy, please make yourself know at their forthcoming meeting in May.

HOOE OPEN GROUP meet today, Friday, at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall when the speaker will be Elizabeth Downs giving a talk entitled Assisted Dogs. Visitors are more than welcome on payment of £2 and if you choose to become a full member the annual fee is £10, which includes two subsidised events. Contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail: nickimurphy3@sky.com.

CHRISTIAN VOICES, the Musical Drama Group, will be performing their next play in April. It is called Malachi and is based on what happens when the prophet Malachi meets Christian people leading unchristian lives. The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. Christian Voices will be performing at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 3pm. Admission is free. Refreshments will also be served.

FLOWER GROUP: On Monday in the Memorial Hall they welcome Lynn Carter with her demonstration Floral Fantasia Colourtastic. Non-members welcome at a cost of £4 to include refreshments. All floral arrangements demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. Telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email ninfieldflowers@gmail.com.

ARTHRITIS RESEARCH UK: On Wednesday Arthritis Research UK hold a coffee morning from 10.30am until midday in the Reading Room. Non-members and new members welcome. Contributions for raffle and for the bring and buy stall would be appreciated. Entry £1 includes coffee and biscuits. Registered Charity No 207711, SC041156.

LOCAL HISTORY: The March meeting of Ninfield Local History Group welcomed Malcolm Pratt, who spoke on Strange Goings on in the Sussex Borough of Winchelsea. It was very interesting and entertaining looking back to the 18C and earlier. On April 16 they will be holding their AGM, followed by Kevin Gordon speaking on the Lost Village of Tidemills. They have had Kevin before and he always gives a very interesting talk. The meeting will be in the Methodist Hall and starts at 7.30pm. Members pay £1 per meeting, visitors £2. Call Rod Ffoulkes on 893635.

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY meet on Thursday at 7.30pm in Hooe Village Hall. This month they welcome Helen Poole presenting her talk entitled Elizabethan England. The group are looking forward to a very interesting evening. Members and non-members welcome. Call Heather Sinden 01424 893422.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, no Service. St Oswald’s Hooe, 10.30am Combined Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Easter series with Revd Ian Pruden.

Polegate

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Polegate Wine and Social Club. All welcome in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre from 10am until noon. We will also be selling home made wine and cakes with other usual things on offer.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Undercliff History in Style 4.5 miles with Bob J. Meet at Marine Gate, Brighton bus stop at 10am. Bus No 12 at 8.43am stand J, café and toilet stop on route, optional carvery at finish 12.30pm. Or brisk pace, rare plants and jugged fish around Telscombe Downs, 8.5 miles with Tina and Jon. Meet at Telscombe Village at 9.30am GR 403031. Park south of Youth Hostel on verge. On Wednesday, Lavender Line Country, 8.5 miles with Graham T. Meet bus No 54, 10.08am Terminus Road to Uckfield bus station where walk starts at 11.20am. Leader joining bus at Church Street. On Saturday April 18, Underneath the Arches, 2.5 miles with Alison. Meet at Polegate Station 10am bus No 98 at 9.38 am Terminus Road stand H to Polegate.

QUIZ: Polegate Twinning Quiz Night will be held at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 7.30pm.

AGM for the Stud Farm Allotment and Garden Society is on April 15 at 7.30pm in the function room at the Thorobred Inn.

TALK for JPK Project on April 17 by Alan Hodges called Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner will take you on a postcard journey starting in the 17th century and concluding in the 1960s. Admission is £5 per head which includes tea and coffee plus biscuits during the interval. Egmond Hall, High Street, Old Town, Eastbourne, at 7.30pm.

POLEGATE RESIDENTS Association meet on the First Tuesday of the month at 10am at St Johns Church Hall. Visitors welcome.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services led by Ray Dadswell.

HISTORY GROUP: The group’s AGM is on Monday at 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall. After the business is over, there will be a chance to chat over wine and cheese.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Annual Parish Meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall. At this meeting the council reports on its work during the past year, and the public can ask questions, make comments etc. A regular meeting follows. As well as the General Election on Thursday May 7 a new parish council will be elected. Nomination papers can be obtained from the clerk Marian Smith (01435 831653) or from the electoral officer at Wealden District Council. Nine out of the 11 members of the council are elected to represent Warbleton ward. If the number of candidates is equal to or less than the number of seats, then there will not be an election.

POST OFFICE: The furniture is being re-arranged in the shop ready for the re-opening of the Post Office in The Stores next Friday April 17. The counter is in and training is being undertaken. A welcome return to the village.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration from Myra Lester entitled Let’s Go. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

PENNY PAYNE will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

HANNAH BRADBEER and Kevin Armstrong will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society members will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The speaker is Prof Mark E Bailey and his subject is entitled Minor Bodies of the Solar System.

BLUEBELLS will soon be flowering and Bates Green Farm at Tye Hill Road will be open to the public for the annual bluebell walk. There are also an abundance of primroses to be seen plus the animals and activities for children. The gates open at 10am and close at 5pm. JPK Project supporters ran the café yesterday, Thursday, and will be there today, Friday, when the charity will receive the proceeds. Willingdon resident and project co-ordinator for JPK said that she is grateful to all the volunteers who are helping. They will be selling coffee, lunches and teas.

SING-A-LONG-A Saarf Specific: This is an alternative version of Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and will be performed by Concentus Chorale at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Community School. It is a fun evening with plenty of audience participation. Soft drinks and nibbles are included in the price of £10, but you can take your own picnic and stronger drink. Tickets sell fast and are available from Lyn on 01323 763273 (after 7pm) or email lyn@shouthermobility.com. A raffle will be held in aid of the JPK Project.

BRIGHTON MARATHON: Sandra Fowlie and Wendy Quinn will be taking part in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday in aid of the JPK Project and are looking for sponsorship. They are hoping to raise as much as possible for this worthwhile charity which aims to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability. You can donate through the JPK website www.thejpkproject.co.uk and click donate, choose your method of payment and enter the event and whom you are supporting.

ALAN HODGES will give an illustrated talk at 7pm on Friday April 17 at the JPK Edgmond centre in Old Town. The talk is entitled Maybe it’s Because I’m a Londoner and Transport Highlights of the 70s.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council hold an amenities meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Call 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners’ lunch at Trinity Church Hall is on Friday April 17 at noon. The menu will be fruit juice, steak pudding with a suet crust or vegetable pie, creamed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, followed by raspberry toffee pie and cream, and tea or coffee. To reserve a place, ring Jennie on 01323 484189. Meals £5.50.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society meet from 7pm to 9pm on Friday April 17 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. The talk is about Rudyard Kipling and Batemans. A microphone with a loop system is used for the benefit of the deaf and hard of hearing. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £2.

A JUMBLE SALE is being held at St Wilfrid’s Church from 10am to noon on Saturday April 18. Admission is 20p. The jumble sale is being held in aid of Brain Cancer Research.

LADIES FASHIONS: A sale of ladies’ fashions will be held from 10am to 2pm on Saturday April 18 in St Mary’s Church Hall. Sizes are from 10 to 16 and are marked at under half shop prices.

THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION will be having their Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. This is a chance to meet your prospective WillRA election candidates. Refreshments are available. All are welcome. After the business side of the meeting, there will be a talk by Kevin Clark from South East Water. If you need a lift to the meeting, call John on 01323 485415, Denis on 01323 501744 or Richard on 01323 501238.

QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association is organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm on Friday April 24 in Trinity Church Hall. The cost is £7 per person to include supper and a free raffle. There can be up to six people in a team. Ring Richard Nunney on 01323 501238.

THE BRITISH QUEEN hosts a coffee morning, 10am to noon on April 23 in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. There will be a book stall and St Wilfrid’s stall.