Parish Pump Hailsham - April 13, 2012

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Alciston & Selmeston

VILLAGE MARKET: Alciston and Selmeston Village Market will be held on Tuesday, 10.30am to noon in the village hall. There will be home made cakes and bread. Preserves. Local Free range eggs. Books and good quality bric-a-brac. A selection of great craft stalls for browsing around and refreshments and bacon sandwiches available. Do come and join us, entry is free.

Alfriston

THE ZUMBA CLASS has changed venue. It will now be one class a week at the school from Monday at 7.30pm to 8.30pm. All enquiries contact Louise at 07786 425758.

THE RURAL LIVING Roadshow will be visiting the War Memorial Hall on Tuesday from 2pm. Representatives from Health, Pensions, Older People and Rural Independent Living agencies will be available to answer questions and give information about local services that are available for older people to continue living in their homes in rural areas.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society will be meeting on April 17 at 7.30pm in the War Memorial Hall when the head gardener of Fittleworth House, West Sussex, will give an illustrated talk on Nature in the Garden. Rapkyns Nursery will also be visiting with plants for sale before and after the talk.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday, in the village hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, at 7pm on Thursday. As usual, members of the public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters with the council. This in fact is the annual parish meeting, at which the council reports on the last year.

Hailsham

ST MARY’S: This is the second Sunday of Easter. Holy Communion is at 8am, The Eyewitness Evidence, Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am, sermon as above, Evening Prayer is at 6.30pm, Easter Hope.

SILVER SURFING: There are free silver surfer taster sessions for the over 50s on Wednesday April 25 from 10am to 1pm at Hailsham library. Would you like to know more about researching your family history on line? If so, go along and talk to the staff, boost your confidence in using computers, they will be available to help. There is a whole world of interest out there. Call 0345 60 80 196 or ask a member of staff for more details. You will need to book a session.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday the Corinthian Church and Healing Association Service is 11am to noon with Francis Staddon at Primrose Hall and is followed by refreshments. There are private 1-2-1 readings tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am. To book ring (01323) 766435 or 07716225582 and the next clairvoyant evening is on Friday April 20 from 7.30 to 9pm with Rev Barbara Almond. Entry is £5 at the door.

QUIZ NIGHT hosted by Hailsham Flower Club and to be held at Grovelands School from 7pm for a 7.30pm start next Saturday April 21. Tickets available from Mrs Luffingham on (01323) 845500 at £8 per person on tables of six to include a ploughman’s supper. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting is on Wednesday and will be another floral art demonstration given by Joyce Pannell entitled Oh! What a Basket, not to be missed with a title like that. A good number attended the first floral art demonstration of the year in March given by Julie Brownlee. Her title was Isn’t this Lovely and her use of beautiful flowers and foliage in interesting containers really depicted that. For her first arrangement she used a piece of bark as a container for a truly spring display of daffodils, hyacinths, forsythia, pussy willow and tulips. Using a wheel, a plaque, a silver dish and stand and a tall vase with complimentary coloured gerbera, carnations, roses, lilies and kiwi fruit cut in half to provide a different texture and colour, made the whole evening a delight.

BONFIRE BINGO: Hailsham Bonfire Society bingo nights are held on the third Friday of every month in the Charles Hunt Centre. The next is on Friday April 20 and doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm. Half time refreshments are provided and sorry but it is over 18s only. All proceeds go towards staging the town’s annual free bonfire celebrations in October.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday there is an eight-mile walk with Gwyneth (01323) 845310 from Wilmington, long man, Lullington Heath and Alfriston. There are hills to start and you will need to bring a packed lunch. On Wednesday Richard and Jill (832303) are walking the four-mile Herstmonceux circular. The Wednesday strolls group is strolling along Eastbourne seafront, Holywell and Redoubt with Nobby on 440624. If you would like to join the ramblers on any of their walks please ring the walk leader for the details.

BOWLING OPEN DAY: The bowling club is holding an Open Day on Saturday May 5 at the green, which is situated behind the Leisure Centre in Vicarage Field. There is ample free parking. The session will be from 10am to 1pm. Equipment will be provided. Please wear flat-soled shoes or trainers. If you are new to bowls or have bowled in the past and would like to start again then this could be for you. If you have just retired and are looking for something to do, or have just retired from a more energetic sport, again this could be for you. For more details contact Kathy on 01323 840595, or Tom on 01323 849810.

COMMUNITY THEATRE GROUP: A new name is under discussion and the group starts back at the pavilion on Wednesday. The second term will continue to develop people’s confidence and theatrical skills. In the first members explored improvisation, character building, scene-setting and even had an introduction to working with puppets. As intended the group has developed into a very supportive and playful team, encouraging each other to take risks and explore their theatrical sides. Unlike conventional theatre, Community Theatre places more emphasis on the participants, the community, developing their skills, working at their pace. It is less about scripts and more about participation and collaboration. While it is hoped that the group will put together a performance piece it will be devised and developed by the group and so reflect their skills and interests. New members are still welcome. No experience is necessary. The group meets 11am to 12.30pm on Wednesdays at the Hailsham Pavilion (during school holidays meetings are at Diplocks Hall).

The Community Theatre Group is supported by Sussex Oakleaf and the Hailsham Pavilion. For more information contact Richard or Maggie on 01323 849524 or email Maggie.Harvey@sussexoakleaf.org.uk

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly: Holy Communion at 8am and again at 10.45am. Evensong is at 6.30pm. Upper Dicker: Holy Communion at 9.15am

TASK DAY: Go along and help the Rangers on Thursday from 10am to 3pm meeting at the A271 Upper Horsebridge Road crossing, southside. Please take along your own food, drink. steel toe-capped boots. These can be borrowed, but only if requested in advance from Andy Mitchell on (01273) 481637 and ring this number also for more info.

NO COLD CALLING ZONE: Following a recent street meeting in Solway, East Sussex Trading Standards, the Safer Wealden Partnership and Hailsham Town Council have been working in partnership to establish a No Cold Calling zone in the area. The signs will be in place soon and on Thursday from 11am, PCSO Faye Fletcher and Fair Trading Officer, Kerry Killeen, will be distributing information packs to all residents. They will be personally taking these packs to every household and would welcome any questions or comments. If you have any questions or concerns relating to this proposal, call Kerry on (01323) 463428.

BOWLS OPEN DAY: The club will be starting its 2012 season of bowls on Saturday April 21 at 1.30pm. Go along and see for yourself what a pleasant and addictive game bowls is. They will be thrilled to welcome all interested people, bowlers or not. They have a very nice social life, are a very friendly bunch and try to include everyone in their activities. Go on, give them a try. If you are interested and want more details telephone Jean or Gerry on 440516, Trevor on 842937 or Brian on 844820. The club is at Horsebridge Recreation Ground BN27 4DL.

JUBILEE: For only the second time in our nation’s history, we celebrate a Diamond Jubilee, Queen Victoria did it in 1897, Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. Local celebrations will chime with national events in June, when there will be a double Bank Holiday. These begin with a service of Thanksgiving at Hellingly Parish Church on June 3 at 3pm, followed by a mammoth tea party flowing out from the village hall and a parish council picnic in the field adjacent to the village hall, the following day. Local organisations are invited to make a small display of what they do in the community, an opportunity to show off. Residents of Hellingly, Horsebridge and Lower Dicker will make it a day to remember. Bring your friends too.

DICKER JUBILEE: At the last meeting arrangements were progressing but there was a need for items for the cake and produce stalls. If you would like to have your own stall, please ring Jenny on (01323) 844687.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Colin Westgate FRPS MFIAP first became interested in Iceland through his children’s stamp collection. He also saw an inspirational lecture in the 1960s/70s and vowed he would visit one day. His first journey was in 1983. He has hosted photographic tours ever since. Colin explained that there is black volcanic sand over much of the island and strong polar winds so if you hire a vehicle out there you need to sign a disclaimer in case of sandblast damage.

Colin showed a local vicar with a congregation of twelve and dried cod hanging in a row still with eyes and sharp teeth. He showed a cute white fluffy lamb while stating the lamb in Iceland was the most succulent he has ever tasted. Whale is also eaten in Iceland. Dramatic waterfalls complete with rainbows, glacial lagoons, graffiti names and hearts made from pebbles inside a volcanic crater and stunning sunsets were among the images. Colin has experienced standing in an ice cave with the light shining through giving a blue tinge to the ice. Liquid mud bubbling in the Icelandic mud pools looked like several muddy grey fried eggs. He plans to go again in May.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

THANK YOU: A couple of weeks ago, Mazie Head celebrated her 50th birthday and to mark the occasion her daughters arranged a surprise party for her at the Horseshoe Inn. Mazie had absolutely no idea about this, in fact thought she was off to Brighton for a spot of gambling. She says that she must be the luckiest mum around. The family pulled out all the stops inviting people she hadn’t seen for years and those that she pops into when she’s out shopping. Mazie has tried to thank as many people as possible for being there and for all their gifts, good wishes etc, but most of all she wants to thank Sammy, Danielle and boyfriend Mark, Joanne and boyfriend Adman, and Keeley Hawkins who had so much to do with all those wonderful decorations.

BINGO NIGHT: A special Bingo evening is being held at the village hall on Friday April 20 to raise money for the village hall fund. Eyes Down is at 7.30pm and a book of 12 games plus a fine selection of food will be £6. Books are available from, Ian Stewart on 833450, Bryan Naish on 833747 or the hall clerk. They will also be running a licensed pay bar throughout the evening and a raffle.

ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING: Thursday sees the St Mary Magdalene, Wartling, church meeting being held at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street. All are welcome. The meeting starts at 7.15pm and refreshments will be served afterwards.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am, with Holy Communion (common worship) along with the United Service with the Free Church being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and 11am respectively.

WALKING CLUB: The first evening walk is to be run by Sue. Meet her on Tuesday at the Park Wood car park at 6.30pm for a short stroll through the bluebell woods. All are welcome. If you need further information please call 848790.

BOWLS CLUB: Just a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday, is signing on day for the bowls club. If you are interested and are thinking of becoming a member, just pop up to the pavilion on the recreation ground between 10am and noon, where you will be able to meet up with all the members, have a chat about the game and the club and enjoy a cup of coffee . If you are unable to join them and would like more information, please give club captain, Terry Everingham a ring on 832380.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Millfield, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

THE PERKINS FAMILY and friends are completing the three peaks challenge (Ben Nevis, Scarfell and Snowdon) today after a gruelling 24 hours (April 12 and 13). They are looking to raise £5,000 from this challenge. To donate, please go to: http://www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Perkins. Please take time to read Steve’s story about his wife Helen and then give your donation, not forgetting to gift aid. Good luck to all taking part.

OPEN GROUP: Hooe Open Group’s April meeting is today, Friday, in the village hall, 2pm when the speaker will be Jim Bolter who will give a talk on the mysteries of Michalham Priory. It is also their Easter meeting when the members will enjoy Hot Cross Buns and an individual chocolate Easter Egg.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are playing at home tomorrow, Saturday, against Eastbourne Amateurs. Kick off at 3pm.

BOWLS: The bowls club is holding an open day (start of the outdoor season) on Sunday at 2.30pm. Whatever the weather there will be tea and cakes and there is a chance for you to have a go.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on Monday in the village hall at 7.45pm. All Hooe residents are invited.

THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is next meeting on Tuesday, 2pm at the Memorial Hall.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY are meeting on Wednesday at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Their speak will be Patrick Coulcher on Natural History of the Pevensey Levels.

For further information, please contact Rose Franks rose.franks1@btinternet.com.

THE HISTORY GROUP will be meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Reading Room. A charge of £1 entry to cover the expenses. If you are interested in history and would like to find out more, please pop along.

PCSO, Daryl Holter will be holding a meet and greet at the gates of Ninfield School on Thursday from 3pm. This is a great opportunity for the young residents of the village to speak to Daryl.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Revd Ian Wales.

Polegate

TICKETS now on sale at Archer and Partners, 48 High Street, 483348 for the production of Stepping Out, which takes place until Sunday. Tickets are £7.50 for adults, and £5.50 for children and students. Online tickets may be obtained from t@polegatedrama. Visit website www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk

WINNERS of the Snow White Colouring competition, organized by the drama group are under 4 years, Amy Diprose; 5 to 7 years, Hannah Tucker; 8 years and over, Megan Totterchell. Well done to all who took part in this.

POLEGATE WI meet on April 12, when we will have a visit from Age Concern giving useful advice on your entitlement to benefits and how to obtain them. Meetings are held in the lounge at the Community Centre at 2.15pm. For more information contact Pam on 482854.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, held at the Community Centre is hosted by the Wine and Social Club. All welcome from 10am.

POLEGATE STROLLERS walk on April 17, Bluebells, houses and flowers. Meet at Jubilee tree at 10am St John Road. Walk there, coffee at Garden Centre, bus back. If driving meet there at approx 11.15am. Walk back optional. Buses back on the hour. More info from Jayne Bigsby on 486264.

TASK DAYS: The next Cuckoo Trail task day is on Thursday. Meet at A271 Upper Horsebridge Road crossing on the south side. Please wear stout toe cap boots and bring your own refreshments. Meet from 10 am to 3pm. More info from Andy on (Lewes) 01273 481637.

RAMBLING CLUB: On April 19, Will There be Bluebells and Blossom Around Cowbeech, 5 miles fairly flat, woods and fields, could be muddy, about 8 stiles with Sandra. Or Looking round Laughton for Endymion Nonscriptus, 9 miles , flat woods and fields, take picnic with Geoff.

COME AND JOIN US, at Polegate Community Centre Choir. No singing or musical experience is required. Meetings held at the Community Centre every Wednesday evening in the activity room starting at 7pm. For more info contact Jane Twyman on 07771511606 or email Jane.twymn@sky.com

ON SATURDAY April 21, the coffee morning is hosted by Ladies Circle. All welcome in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre at 10am.

BEETLE DRIVE: The twinning association are holding a Beetle Drive at the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 to include a buffet and refreshments. Prizes will be given.

AGM: Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society AGM will be held at the WRVS Centre, Hyde Road at 7.30pm today, Friday, followed by an update on society excavations and reports by Patricia and Lawrence Stevens and Robin Reffell. Members free, guests £2.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Our next production is Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, a comedy by Constance Cox, based on a short story by Oscar Wilde. This will be performed from May 9 to 12 in the Dunn Village Hall, in our famed theatre supper format. There is priority access to tickets for members of the group, on Saturday in the hall from 9.30am to 11.30am. Non-members can obtain their tickets from Anita Gunn (01435 873226) from Monday. Tickets are £17.50 to include a three course meal.

OPEN DAY: If you have an interest in the history of local properties or families, why not come to see the results of previous research held by the Warbleton and District History Group, from 2pm to 5pm, tomorrow, Saturday, in the Dunn Village Hall. The group also has several items of general interest and a small lending library. There are indexes to assist and members on hand to help and give advice. Tea and coffee will be available.

SUSSEX HARMONY: This is a West Gallery Quire, which will give a tour through the life of village at Punnetts Town Village hall tomorrow, Saturday, night at 7.30pm. There will be robust music, much from Sussex, from before the age of the church organ plus readings by a costumed group of singers and instrumentalists. Entrance is £4 with coffee, cakes and a raffle, all in aid of hall funds. In the afternoon. there is a table top sale in the hall.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship, 6.30pm Evening service and communion. Preacher at both Harry Vallance.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band is holding its Spring Concert on Sunday afternoon from 3pm. There will be a wide range of music, traditional and modern. There will be refreshments in the interval. A raffle and a retiring collection will be made in aid of band funds.

HISTORY GROUP: The AGM is on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Wine and cheese will be served.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Council meets in the Dunn Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday. As usual, members of the public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters with the council. This in fact is the annual parish meeting, at which the council reports on the last year.

EASTER DIARY: Good Friday morning was spent manuring and rotovating the veg patch. I know it always happens on a Bank Holiday, but it was nice to see some rain over the weekend. In the afternoon, we spent a thought provoking hour at the church, considering Jesus’ seven utterances from the cross. Saturday was the men’s breakfast, full English, and the evidence for the Resurrection. In the afternoon, it was great to see the young children and their parents engaged in the Easter Egg Treasure Hunt. On Sunday morning, the church was packed for our Family Service and Communion. In fact, emergency supplies of bread and wine had to be taken up to the communion table. We met for Evensong in the old style. On Monday, I took advantage of the wet day and caught up with some jobs indoors.

CLIVE TURNER: It was a privilege to attend Clive’s funeral service on Maundy Thursday. The church was full with family and friends, as we came to give thanks for his life. The coffin entered to the sound of a pipes played by Gordon the piper. After the introduction, we sang Abide With Me. The Eulogy was given by Clive’s nephew Andy Mitchell, who gave us a glimpse into his life. He always referred to himself as a man of the soil, although the jury was out on his gardening skills. He and Sarah were married for 49 years, with two children Nina and Simon and a good number of grandchildren. He was a man of his word. To begin with, he managed a pig farm at Waldron. Then after the move to Heathfield, he worked as a salesman for SCATS for many years until his retirement, and made many friends in the area. He was very much a family man and we had humorous anecdotes related. He was a member of the E Sussex Morris Minor Club. Latterly he had built a model of the Titanic. He was the percussionist of the Warbleton and Buxted Brass Band for 35 years, keeping them in time to the beat. Rev Geoff France who was a close friend led the service and gave the address. He related how he got to know Clive when he and Mike Greaves had bought Geoff’s lot at an auction of promises; a days fishing instruction. He also told of Clive’s journey to faith in Christ. The other hymns were a reworking of You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban and Love Divine. The journey out of the church to the graveyard was to The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Sarah, Nina and Simon and their families.

Willingdon,

Wannock & Jevington

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including tea and coffee is £2.50. For further information ring Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

CONCERT: Enjoy an afternoon of light musical entertainment in aid of the RNIB at Wannock Village Hall at 3pm tomorrow, Saturday. Among those taking part are guitarist Gabrielle Stephens, oboist Tim Willsone, flutist Christina Lynn, pianist Brian Steer, soprano Janice Goss-Turner and baritone Mike Barber. Entry is by programme and the price is £5 to include tea and cake. Contact Christina on 01323 487514 for an entry programme or purchase it at the door on the day.

SING-A-LONG: Tickets are selling fast for the ABBA experience hosted by Concentus Chorale at Willingdon Community School tomorrow, Saturday. The idea is that the main characters are on stage, led by musical director Adrian White and the chorus is the whole audience who are seated round tables ready to sing from the song sheets provided. A buffet and soft drinks will be provided but you can take something stronger if you wish. The performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each and there is a grand raffle for the JPK Project. To check on availability of tickets ring Evelyn Smith on 01323 643358.

GRAND BENALI an acoustic trio will be providing the evening’s entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

DONS’ MATCH: Willingdon Football Club’s first team will be playing Dormansland Rockets in the Mid Sussex Premier Division tomorrow, Saturday, at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground. The kick off is at 2pm.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a recreation meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at the council office in Gorringe Valley Road. Meetings are open to the public. For further information please ring the parish office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

ST MARY’S CHURCH Ramblers will be meeting at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm for a four and a half mile flat walk from Pevensey Levels via Rickney Lane and Chilley Farm. You are welcome to go along.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: Those on the electoral roll at St Andrew’s Church are welcome to attend and vote at the forthcoming annual meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday in Jevington Village Hall. Two churchwardens, two deanery synod representatives and two parochial church members are needed to make the membership of the parochial church council complete.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the Farmers Way end of Millstream Gardens at 4pm on Wednesday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 69304 or on her mobile 07787 685755.

PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday at the Red Lion.

THE FRIENDLY CUPPA will be meeting in St Mary’s Church hall from 10.30am to noon on Thursday, so do go along and make new friends. There will also be hearing aid servicing.

BHCT: The Beachy Head Chaplaincy team has its administrative centre at the Shiloh Centre at 80 Wish Hill. Their main aim is to help prevent suicides at Beachy Head and the surrounding area and give aftercare support when needed. Their spring newsletter has just been published, more details next week. But to find out more about this Christian organisation do go along to the volunteer recruitment evening at 7pm on Wednesday at the Shiloh Centre. Ring 01323 504422 or email chaplain@bhct.org.uk. The website is www.bhct.org.uk.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon on Friday April 20 at Trinity Church Hall when the menu will be fruit juice, cottage pie, seasonal vegetables and lemon cheesecake and tea or coffee. To reserve a place call Jennie on 01323 484189.

CHARITY EVENT: On Saturday April 21 a spectacular charity event is taking place from noon to 6pm at the British Queen in aid of Sussex Air Ambulance. During the afternoon there will be a barbecue, stalls, tombola and a classic car and bike show. The timetable of special events is as follows: at 12.10pm Scottish piper Donald Brown will be getting everyone into a party mood and this will be followed by rock and roll band The Hustlers at 1.30pm. At 2.15pm there will be a martial art display, Titan Kick Boxing. At 3.15pm music will resume with Rick Bonner. At 4.15pm the Long Man Morris Men will be dancing out for you. As well as the barbecue the usual restaurant and bar food will be available from noon to 2.30pm and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The raffle will take place at 8.30pm and Stray Dogs will be providing the Saturday night entertainment.

THE BINNIE SISTERS Exhibition is being held in the Stable opposite the Wheatsheaf from noon to 5pm on the weekends and bank holidays from April 7 to April 29. Christine Binnie is a potter while her sister Jennifer will be displaying her paintings.

PEDALLING FOR POUNDS: Richard Morgan, who lives in Willingdon Village, is hoping to mark his 70th year with a sponsored cycle ride around 12 cathedrals in South East England. Canon Martin Onions, vicar of Willingdon Church will be matching Richard mile for mile on an exercise bike in church. The distance is about 500 miles, and Richard is hoping to complete it in 21 days. The church is trying to raise £50,000 to complete the purchase of a house in the Willingdon Trees area, to place a parish worker there to serve the church in the community around Willingdon Trees. To date £90,000 has been raised and Richard’s cycle ride will hopefully bring in a further £20,000 plus gift aid. A5 leaflets including pledge and sponsorship forms are available from church and other outlets should you want to sponsor Richard and Fr Martin. Alternatively ring the parish office on 01323 501763. Pledge forms need to be back by April 22.