Parish pump Hailsham - April 25, 2014

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BODLE STREET GREEN

FILM CLUB: Searching For Sugarman is this month’s film, and it tells the story of the ‘the greatest 70s rock icon that never was’ the singer Rodriguez. A promising but then forgotten singer from Detroit, who later became a phenomenon in South Africa, from where two fans seek out what happened to him. Doors open at the village hall tonight at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Guests are welcome at £6 on the door, with no need to book. This documentary lasts 1hr 25min.

CHURCHSERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Please see the Warbleton section for a brief report of the Events Week held before Easter by the three churches.

Hailsham

BONFIRE BINGO: The next bingo night is this evening, Friday, at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

ST MARYS: This is the Second Sunday of Easter. On Sunday there is Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am and a Morning Service with Creche and children’s groups at 10.30am. Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel Church at 2.45pm and there is a Holy Communion Service at St Mary’s at 6.30pm.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Revd Barbara Almond.

STREET MEETING: Residents will have the chance to meet their local PCSOs on Sunday for odd numbers living in London Road from 11am. On this occasion PCSO Fletcher is hoping to meet people in the properties from the junction of Battle Road and North Street up to the mini roundabout at Hempstead Lane. PCSO Fletcher will be hovering near the Ambulance Station as there is a car park in Freshfields that can be used if all residents come out.

LIBRARY CLOSURE: From this Monday to Tuesday 13 May building improvements will be carried out at Hailsham Library. There will be one period of closure, otherwise it will be open at normal times, but offering a reduced service as the library will operate from the ground floor only. There will be limited computer availability and there may be some noise from the building works. There will be no Children’s Rhyme and Story times during the period of the works, that is April 30, May 14, May 28 and no Storytimes on April 29, May 6, May 13. The library will be closed on Monday May 5 (Spring Bank Holiday) and Tuesday May 6 to Tuesday May 13 while decoration and re-carpeting of the ground floor and foyer areas is carried out. The library car park will be closed Monday April 28 and Tuesday May 6 to Tuesday May 13. The library will re-open with a full service on Wednesday May 14.

YOUTH MAYOR: Hailsham’s next Youth Mayor nominations were officially launched on Tuesday. Young people aged 16 to 17 years, who live in Hailsham and complete an online nomination form will be eligible to become Youth Mayor.Young people in Hailsham currently have a voice through the Hailsham Youth Council and the Youth Mayor provides another way for their views to be heard locally. Young people should have a say on what goes on in the town and surrounding areas and it is very important that young people are represented to ensure their views are heard and it is hoped that youngsters will be inspired by what Musta and his predecessor Chelsie MacIntosh achieved and submit nominations by Friday 2 May. Nominees will need to complete a form including a photo and statement about why they should become Youth Mayor of Hailsham and be able to provide the names, addresses and signatures of 10 young people aged 11 to 17 years who support your nomination. Nomination forms are available to download from www.hailsham-tc.gov.uk and are also available in hard copy from Hailsham Community College and the Town Council offices. Voting via ballot boxes (Town Council offices and Hailsham Community College) will be from Monday May 12 to Friday May 23 and the results will be announced on Monday May 26. The successful candidate will be inducted as Hailsham Youth Mayor at the Town Council’s AGM.

KNITTING GROUP: The next Knit’Inn Night at The King’s Head will be on Tuesday. Come and join the fun at a knitting night. For more information phone Su (07552229473).

SHAPING HEALTH SERVICES: This event has the theme East Sussex Better Together and you are invited to go along and take part on Tuesday from 6.30pm to 9pm at the Civic Community Hall, Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane. You can register at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shaping-health-services-event-eastbourne-hailsham-seaford-registration-11251011077. The four public sector organisations responsible for commissioning health and social care in East Sussex are working together to develop one single overarching shared plan, which will then be implemented in a locally responsive way. We need to think very differently about how we meet the health and social care needs of our populations within the resources available now and for the future, catering not only for our need for treatment and care, but also ensuring good services for future generations. They want to work with you to plan any fundamental changes they need to make to the way health and care services are commissioned and provided and by working together will be in the best position to plan for sustainable services in to the future. This is a massive challenge, and they are drawing all the work together under a programme called East Sussex Better Together. This Shaping Health Services event will provide you with more information about our East Sussex Better Together programme, and is an important opportunity to continue to be involved in the shaping of health and social care services for the future. Email jack.newnham@nhs.net or telephone 07795451587 or 01273 403687.

FRONT GARDENS: Environment Hailsham is running a Best Kept Front Garden competition and application forms are available now from Hailsham Town Council offices. Closing date is Friday June 20.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

GHOST WALK: This evening, Friday, there is a 90 minute walk starting at 7pm which offers stories of ghosts and paranormal activity, together with a little of the history and characters of Michelham Priory’s past. Presented with a little humour. To book visit www.sussexdarkside.co.uk or call 07956 307684. Adults £15, children £10, family £40.

SPRING FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, Union Corner Pre School from 2pm to 4pm have homemade cakes, Cheeky Chippy van, bouncy castle, face painting, Easter word hunt, raffle, tombola, emergency services, Sams Little Gems, Taylor Made, Happy Dayz and Dees Quilts, Big Kids Painting, Diddy Dance. Adults free, children 50p. Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham.

ST GEORGE’S QUIZ: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Upper Dicker village hall at 7.30pm. Food is provided. Tickets are £7. Bring your own drinks.

WI: At this month’s WI Nightingales members welcomed Marie Stone who talked about her work with Madame Tussauds. Marie grew up in Hailsham, attending both Hawkes Farm and Hailsham School. She went on to study photography at Brighton University and secured an apprenticeship at Madame Tussauds for her second year. Members were treated to a slideshow of Marie with the many celebrities that she had photographed and which also showed the process from photograph to full scale model. Marie had travelled the world for Madame Tussauds which has many branches including India, China, New York and many more. A chance meeting on a plane led Marie to Africa to photograph the people and the wildlife there and later to Kabubu with the Quicken Trust to whom Marie was donating her talk fee. A very interesting evening. Marie’s work will be on display at Gallery North, Hailsham High Street for a special exhibition shortly so keep an eye on their website for details. The Nightingales WI meet at 7.30pm at Union Corner Hall on the third Wednesday of the month. The next meeting is on Wednesday May 21 when there is an auction of members’ quality items.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

LIME CROSS: We will of course have heard by now about the sad death of Jonathan Tate and I’m sure you would all want to join me in sending condolences to Di, Helen and Vicky during this sad time. Both girls continue to work hard and are dedicated to following in both their father’s and their grandfather’s footsteps so with them at the helm and Di, who maybe in the background but very much the heart of the operation, I am sure we will see Lime Cross go from strength to strength. Their next event will be held on May 1 between 4pm and 5pm and will take the form of an Ice Cream Tasting which will be absolutely free to all My Garden loyalty card holders. Theses ice creams are made using natural, locally sourced ingredients with no additives or preservatives, made in the old fashioned way, I think you’ll find the results are absolutely delicious. If you haven’t already collected your My Garden loyalty card, it’s quite free, just call in and sign up Thursday May 8 and Geoffrey Davies of the Italian Olive Oil Company will be offering an Olive Oil Master Class at the nursery between 6.30pm and 8pm. For £10 per person you will be able to taste oils from different regions, enjoy a glass of Prosecco and discover lots more about olive oil production and its uses. Booking is essential which you can do by telephoning the nursery on 833229.

WOOLPACK INN: Tomorrow, Saturday, is Tom’s night at the Woolie, a three course Italian meal, good music and a great vocalist. On Saturday May 3, Team Woolpack, would like to remind us that it’s Karaoke Night.

MILLS WEEKEND: Sunday May 11 is Mills Weekend and it’s another chance to show off the beautiful windmill situated at Windmill Hill. The mill will be open between 10.30am and 5pm and during that time you’ll find the Long Men Morris Dancers performing, the amateur radio station which will be linking mills around the world, fencing for children, face painting, plants, teas and other attractions. Entry to the mill is by donation and there will also be a classic car display on the Green by the Horseshoe with plenty of free parking at the Horseshoe Inn.

ANITA CHEWTER at Bank on Beauty has something else to be proud of right now, a couple of weeks ago she was able to get a late entry to the Brighton Marathon and she finished it. Many congratulations Anita, next time we need to know about it before you get going so that we can come and support you.

RAY AND SHELDON: Today, Friday, Gaynor from the Fire Service will tell members about her time in the Brigade. The doors of the hall will be open ready for a 2.15pm start and all will be made most welcome. The only condition is that you must be over the age of 60 years; enjoy a good natter, a good cup of tea and a good time. For further details or a lift to the venue please call 441244.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with the Compline will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Holy Communion (CW) being held at Wartling church at 9.45am. On Thursday there will be a service of Holy Communion being held at the Friends Meeting House at 11am.

Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The midweek walk took us from Polegate to Berwick. A dozen of us embarked on the 0944 train to Polegate and the start of the walk. The first stretch took us through the outskirts of the village and over and then under the busy A27 and A22, and it was a relief to reach the path running alongside Ogg’s Wood, full of bluebells and birdsong. After a coffee break at the intersection of the path with Robin Post Lane we continued along a bridleway through Abbot’s Wood, carefully negotiating some muddy sections churned up by riders. After leaving the wood by way of the car park, where some members availed themselves of the facilities including the ice-cream van, a short stretch of road brought us to a footpath across farmland, via some rickety stiles, in the direction of Arlington. Leaving the village on our right we briefly joined the Vanguard Way, crossed the Cuckmere on the Arlington road and then struck across the fields again to Berwick station for our return to Lewes, having enjoyed glorious sunshine and the countryside looking its springtime best. The same evening we had our group meeting at Cliffe Church Hall when Carole and Paul Nicholson gave an illustrated lecture on the Galapagos Islands. Their unique photo presentation was much enjoyed and they also showed film of their wildlife trips to Kenya and Rwanda. The next walk is tomorrow, Saturday. This will be our annual breakfast walk when we will be catching the 7.09am train to Glynde. We will walk to Southease and have breakfast at the new Youth Hostel there. Why not join us but be at the station in good time to catch the train.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: A celebration in words and music of the Battle of Lewes will be hosted by St Anne’s Church at 6.30pm on Sunday May 25. Nicholas Houghton will conduct the Lewes Chamber Orchestra and the East Sussex Community Choir in a programme that includes music from across the centuries. St Anne’s is one of the few remaining buildings to have witnessed the battle, and visitors will be welcome to look round this ancient and beautiful church. Entrance is free, and there will be a retiring collection for the Friends of St Anne’s Fabric Fund. Please contact 01273 474964 for information. Free parking will be available at County Hall, behind the church.

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; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm. 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

PLANT SALE: Ninfield Horticultural Society are holding their Annual Plant Sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 11am at the Memorial Hall. In addition to their wide selection of sensibly priced plants, they are offering refreshments this year. Do go along and enjoy your coffee break while choosing your plants.

THE SCOUT GROUP are celebrating 30 years of Scouting in Ninfield. On May 3, at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 2pm to 4pm, they will exhibit some photos from past and present and have some stands to demonstrate what they do within their sections. Free refreshments will be available. You are invited to go along and reminisce as well as meeting some of today’s Scouting family.

BARN DANCE: Ninfield Scout Group are holding a Family Barn Dance to celebrate 30 years of their successful Scout group in Ninfield. Some of their dedicated parents have organised this event, to be held on May 3 at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm to 11pm. Tickets cost £3 per adult and £2 per child. There will be a live band, disco and a licensed bar. Please purchase your tickets before the event either from Lorna 893644, Ninfield Post office or from one of the Scout section meetings.

CHURCH NEWS: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Cafe style Family Church service with breakfast, on Sunday May 4, 10.30am to 11.30am. The service will be led by Margaret Bickerdike. A warm welcome will be extended to all.

PRAM RACE: It’s not long until Ninfield’s Pram Race on Monday, May 5. It will be held on Manchester Road this year, with the start near the Blacksmith’s car park. Registration for the races begins at 11.30am and the races will get underway at midday. This year’s carnival queen will be crowned at the pram race. The carnival committee are keen to organise a treasure hunt in the village on this day. If you live between the Kings Arms and Standard Hill and would be happy to hide a car (toy or homemade) in your garden, please contact Lorna ASAP so that they can allocate numbers! (893644). The treasure hunt will cost £1 to enter and entry forms can be purchased from the Blacksmith’s car park from 9am on the day. As always, the races have kindly been sponsored by the parish council and a special prize is available for the best fancy dress. The theme of this year’s carnival is Children’s TV.

COFFEE MORNING: Arthritis Research UK is holding a Coffee Morning on Wednesday, May 7, 10.20am to noon at the Reading Room. Non members are welcome to attend this fundraiser. You are invited to take a contribution for the raffle and bring and buy stall. Entry is £1 to include our coffee and biscuits.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders will be meeting on Wednesday, May 7, at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm. They meet every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean, on 07970024135.

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 will hold a service at 2.30pm.

Polegate

WALK tomorrow, Saturday, 2014 Linear, Spring Tides by the Beach Huts with Pat and Richard. Meet at Pevensey Bay car park 10am CGB 659041, bus 99 Terminus Road, stand E finish about 12.30pm at Bexhill, own refreshments at leader’s beach hut. Level walk, no stiles, but stones.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the MS Society. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

ON SUNDAY a walk, The Long Way Round, with Peter D. Meet bus 12a 9.36am, Terminus Road, stand J. Walk starts at East Dean car park 10am GR 558978. Dry lunch, 10 miles hilly via Jevington and Snap Hill.

ON WEDNESDAY a walk, Not A Beatyle in Sight with Linda S. Meet at Easbourne Station at 9.09am train to Rye. Walk starts from Rye Station 10am dry lunch, Peasmarsh finish 1.30pm. 10 miles easy moderate walking.

WALK on April 28, Hailsham to Hellingly on Cuckoo Trail. Meet at car park South Road, with Rob and Barbara.

ON APRIL 30, Roseland Walk to Tesco for coffee. Meet at 10am at ESK.

TICKETS for Polegate Drama Group’s next production of A Vicar of Dibley Christmas, the second coming at Archer and Partners, 48 High Street or telephone 483348. Adults £9 children £6. Performances from May 7 to 10.

Ringmer

DEADLINE FOR COPY: Just a reminder I must have copy for the Parish Pump by the end on Monday in the week you want it to appear. Thanks.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The meeting today (Friday), will start at the earlier time of 7.30pm and will begin with the AGM. At 7.45pm John Bleach will be telling us about Lewes at the time of the Battle of Lewes, a slightly different aspect of the battle in this anniversary year.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: There will be a Poppy Appeal Coffee Morning tomorrow (Saturday) in the Symons Hall, village hall at 10.30am. Raffle, bring and buy, etc. All welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Marriage Thanksgiving Service.

THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE is hosting a film and discussion on climate change and how people, not least the college, are acting to reduce the risks to us all. Visitors will be able to see the college’s extensive practical changes, for example local woodchip boiler, insulated classroom and recycled benches chosen by students. The film is Do The Math, about a reluctant campaigner who found out that if all known coal, oil and gas is burned, it would be at least five times as much as scientists say is safe for our climate. This has led to a global campaign, with churches and universities taking their money out of fossil fuel investments. This event, 6.45pm to 8.30pm, on Wednesday, is a joint venture between the college and Transition Town Lewes Keep it in the Ground group. It is aimed at students, parents, teachers and the general public. Optional donation towards costs. Places are limited, please contact: arnold@simanowitz.co.uk or 01273 480011.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 16, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Dianne and Mike Preece. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

EVENING WI: At the April meeting of Ringmer WI members discovered how unobservant they were not to recognise so much of the rich bird life in and around the village. Phil Winter showed his magnificent slides which accompanied his talk, A Year of Wildlife Photography, and we were amazed by the variety of birds that he had photographed locally, even in Tesco car park. It was also fascinating to learn about how he planned to get the shots, including the various hides he used, and how patient a wildlife photographer must be. The annual WI scrabble competition is now underway, the walking group has enjoyed exploring sections of the Cuckoo Trail and those entering competitions at the South of England Show are busy completing their entries. The next meeting is on Tuesday May 6 when members will be instructing our delegate to the AGM in Leeds on how to vote on the various matters up for discussion and this will be followed by a light-hearted competition and also a display of craft and art items made by members. For more details contact Norma Phillips (813897) or Jay Kendall (07845 143664).

BOWLS CLUB: We are now open for the season if anyone would like to come and have a go at bowls. We have an open morning on May 10. If you cannot make this date, come and see us on Saturdays in the morning 9am to 10am or Tuesdays 6pm to 7pm in the evening, or phone Pat Escott on 813295.

COACH TRIP TO KEW: Ringmer U3A have organised a coach trip to Kew on Wednesday August 6. The coach will depart from Ringmer at 8am and return about 6pm. Tickets for a seat on the coach are only £11 each. Entry to The National Archives at Kew is free, but those wishing to visit Kew Gardens will need to pay a further £11. You do not have to be a member of U3A to join this trip. For further details and a Booking Form see the Latest News on Ringmer U3A Web pages http://www.ringmer.info/u3a/latest-u3a-news.html or contact Deirdre (01273 812516) or Ian ( 01273 813010). This is a popular trip so book soon if you wish to go.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

BAND JUMBLE: Warbleton Brass Band will hold a jumble sale at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, in aid of band funds. Their spring concert will be at 2pm on May 4, also at the village hall. Come along to this annual event and enjoy a variety of popular music. Tea and cakes available. Admission 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.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. We had a great week of events leading up to Easter. Events included coffee tasting with Emma Joynson-Hicks, African coffee expert and consultant to the UN of coffee matters, and an astronomy evening with Greg Smye-Rumsby from the The Royal Observatory, Greenwich. We had a clear evening for the latter, and it was fascinating to see the stars and planets in much greater detail through the telescopes. There were two rugby related events. The first was a supper at Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club, when Pete Nicholas talked about his rugby career and his faith. The second was tag rugby on the green. This uses the snatching of tags of your opponent’s belt to replace tackles, and is great fun. Rambles, bowling, meals, a children’s holiday club and a film evening completed the line up. Thanks to everyone, from the three churches, who worked so hard to put these events on, and to the team from Oak Hill Theological College, who so enthusiastically helped us during the week. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Rev Phillip Laver and 6.30pm evening service with Ken Davies.

APCM: The Parochial Church Meeting of Warbleton Parish Church takes place at the church rooms at 7.30pm on Monday. The first meeting is for the election of churchwardens, and is followed by the APCM at which the annual reports are presented, the PCC and Deanery Synod members are elected. All electors are able to vote in the first meeting, but only those on the church electoral roll may vote in the main meeting.

WALKS: The history group’s second walk this month is on Wednesday starting from the car park of Simon Turner/Curtis and Shaw, in Cowbeech at 7pm (time TBC). Warbleton Walkers meet monthly for a walk in the area. The next ones are on May 13 and June 10. For times and venues please contact Judith on 01435 830481. Dogs are welcome.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

SPRING QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association’s spring quiz will be held today, Friday, at 7.30pm at Trinity Church Hall. Teams may consist of up to six people. A ploughman’s supper and free raffle will be provided. The quiz master is Steve White. Tickets are £7 each. Check availability by ringing Linda Francis on 01323 485885.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall. The John Murphy Memorial Demonstration will be given by Terry Harrison. His subject is Village Scene with People, Buildings and Countryside in acrylic.

LMMM: The Long Man Morris Men have spent the winter months practising their steps at St Mary’s Church Hall on Friday evenings. Today, Friday, will be their last practice for the winter season. It is now the dancing out season which officially starts on May Day when the Morris Men will be dancing at the foot of the Long Man of Wilmington at 5.30am, so if you are an early riser do go along and support them. To find out more about the LMMM and to check their programme for the coming year, please visit their excellent website.

ARTS AND CULTURE: As part of the Eastbourne Festival, various events are taking place in Willingdon and Wannock. Ruth and AdyBackshall and friends will be opening their house to the public at 49 Broad Road, Lower Willingdon, to display their art work. The dates are from 11am to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, and on Saturday May 3 and Sunday May 4 (same times). Admission is free and on display will be a selection of photography, paintings, textiles, jewellery, stamped vintage cutlery and more. Tea and cake will also be served in the shed. For further information please ring 01323 489252.

MORE ART WORK: The family of the late Kenneth Binnie will be displaying his work at Broughton Cottage Cornmill Gardens, Wannock. The dates are April 26 and 27 and May 3, 10 and 11 from noon to 6pm with extended hours to 9pm on May 10. The works are described as spiritual watercolours and Gouaches, crafts and interventions, pottery, artefacts and oil paintings. Tea will be served in the garden. Admission free. For further information ring 07727 817934.

A TOMBOLA and table sale will be held at the Charles Hunt Centre, Hailsham, from 9.30am to 1pm tomorrow, Saturday. It is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project and is being run by Leonie Turner and Margaret and Mavis Langford Noakes. Do go along and buy some of Leonie’s delicious home-made jams and chutneys and support a good cause at the same time.

FRIENDS of Willingdon Community School invite you to a Ramble across the Downs. You can join The Friends for an invigorating free guided walk in the countryside starting from the school in Broad Road at 10am tomorrow, Saturday, taking in views of Jevington, Wilmington, including The Long Man, Alfriston, with a stop off for lunch and refreshments before returning to the school on a lower route. Everyone is welcome but places must be booked in advance via friends@willingdonschool.org.uk.

MESSY CHURCH: This is a new form of Christian education for the young at St Mary’s. Parishioners who may be interested are asked to attend a training morning in the church hall tomorrow, Saturday. Please contact Sue on 01323 423410 for further information.

ME MYSELF AND HER, otherwise known as Kate and Jonny, will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

ABLAZE, the youth group for the 14 plus age group, meets at St Mary’s Church Hall on alternate Sundays from 6pm to 7.30pm. As well as fun activities in the hall, there are often trips out to the theatre, cinema and restaurants. Bowling and Laser Quest is planned for Sunday at the David Lloyd Club. For further information please contact Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528.

A FASHION SHOW will be held at Edgmond in Old Town in aid of the JPK Sussex Project at 2pm on Sunday. Fashions include mother of the bride outfits, clothes for the groom, other special occasions, leisure wear and much more. Tickets are £5 to include a drink on arrival and a cream tea. Contact JPK Project co-ordinator Jill Parker on 01323 486179 for tickets.

APCM: St Mary’s Church Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Monday. Five members need to be elected to the PCC to serve for three years. Please contact the parish secretary Lesley Etwell on 01323 501763 for a nomination form if you are interested but you must be on the new electoral roll. The vestry meeting will be held at 7.15pm followed by the main meeting in the church hall.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will hold a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Call 01323 489603.

A COFFEE MORNING will be held from 10.30am to 11.45am on Tuesday at Chalk Farm Hotel. The students with learning disabilities will be helping out and there will be a raffle, greetings cards and plants for sale. Do visit the garden centre behind the hotel where there is a large selection of plants.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive is having a Community Health Clinic on Wednesday when they will be welcoming the wider local community in to Spring Clean their bodies. Lushington Chiropractic will be on hand to give free posture assessments with chiropractic advice. Seaforth Pharmacy will offer diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure checks. Also present will be The Nutrition Zone, Michelham Private Health Care and Natural Wonder Therapies. Pam Hardy will offer ten minute hand massages and the Community Falls Prevention Team will give advice and guidance. For further information ring 01323 525000.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will meet at 1.45pm on Friday May 2 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Lucinda Knapman and is entitled Fabulous Flowers. The competition is The First Sign of Spring.

CYCLE TOUR: Martin Hughes, landlord of the Wheatsheaf, and customer Paul Crysell plan to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in nine days, a distance of some 1,000 miles, which averages out to about 110 miles a day, which includes an ascent 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).