Parish Pump Hailsham April 6

Have your say


RATHFINNY: Mark and Sarah Driver invited friends and supporters to a planting party last week. After a week of warm sunny weather, Saturday was bright but a cold wind was blowing and up on the slopes it was back to winter temperatures. But the party was anything but cold. About 300 turned up to plant a vine each bearing the name of the planter. Rathfinny featured on the BBC News during the week when the planting seemed to be done automatically, however on Saturday it was more hands-on and there will be a lot of family photos to prove that ‘we were there’ at the beginning of this very exciting project. Over the next seven years the plan is to plant a further 350 acres of vines and by 2020 the expectations is for the estate to produce 1,200 tonnes of grapes with nearly a million bottles of Sussex sparkling wine per annum making Rathfinny one of Europe’s largest vineyards and wine producers. Rathfinny will also become a major employer in the area providing full time skilled employment to over 30 people and seasonal work for a further 200 during late summer harvest and winter pruning. An exciting time for our area.

WI NEWS: At the last meeting of the Alfriston WI Neil Sadler spoke about his work when he was a policeman. His encounters with villains, con-men, celebrities and the Brighton bombing were told with spirit and humour. An entertaining afternoon was brought to a close with tea and a short business meeting.

CRICKET CLUB Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, at the War memorial Hall from 10am to noon. Cakes, books, bric-a-brac and other stalls. A fund raising event to improve the club’s facilities and to buy a ride-on roller to improve the wicket.

THE 300 CLUB will meet at Deans Place Hotel on April 10 at 8pm to see who next will be £50 richer.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society will be holding their AGM on April 12 in the War Memorial Hall. As usual the formal business will be dealt with as quickly as possible before welcoming the evening’s speaker who this month is Cherry Gillingham. Cherry Gillingham’s illustrated talk is entitled John Constable in Brighton. All are welcome, members free; non-members £5. This meeting marks the eighth year of the society and many members come from Seaford and further afield. It is always good to see visitors who pay £5 on the door and new members are very welcome for a modest annual subscription of £8 per person, or £12 for a couple.

THE RURAL LIVING Roadshow, to be hosted by the Alfriston WI will form the open part of the next meeting on April 17 at 2.30pm at the War Memorial Hall. The Roadshow will provide information and advice about enjoying later life with an opportunity to find out about local services. There will be a chance to meet representatives from health, pensions, rural and independent living agencies, etc. This event is planned as an informal, friendly afternoon with tea and cake and everyone is welcome.

WORLD BOOK NIGHT begins in Alfriston with an informal book-swap. Hosted by publishers Scott Pack and author Robert Hudson the Book Swap will feature guest authors Lizzie Enfield and Patrick Easter. Everyone is invited to submit wide-ranging questions and to bring along a book to swap with another member of the audience. ‘People really enjoy this - it is relaxed, informal and lots of fun,’ said Cate Olson. ‘Plus it is a great way to learn about books you don’t know.’ The doors will open at 2pm for a 2.30pm start on April 22 at the Old Chapel Centre.

THE COACH HOUSE Gallery, High Street, has a new exhibition of South Downs National Park located artists featuring textiles, paintings, workshop, photography and sculptures.

Bodle Street Green

GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a service of reflection on the events and meaning of the first Good Friday, at 10am at Bodle Street, noon at Dallington and at 3pm at Warbleton.

EASTER SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Easter Day Family Worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Easter Day service with Holy Communion, 6.30pm Evensong.

BSG WI: The subject at the meeting at 2.30pm on Tuesday is very topical, Home Energy Efficiency. The meeting is at the village hall.


ST MARY’S: On Easter Sunday, Pledge Sunday, there is a Holy Communion service at 8am, Easter Family Communion is at 10.30am followed by a children’s Easter egg hunt in the Vicarage garden. Holy Communion at Emmanuel is at 2.45pm and at 6.30pm back at St Mary’s Easter Songs of Praise.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday the Corinthian Church and Healing Association Service is 11am to noon with Louise Eaton at Primrose Hall and is followed by refreshments. There are private 1-2-1 readings on Saturday April 14 at 10am. To book ring (01323) 766435 or 07716225582 and the next clairvoyant evening is on Friday April 20 from 7.30pm to 9pm at Primrose Hall with Rev Barbara Almond. Entry is £5 at the door.

ART GROUP: South View Art Groups are now taking an Easter break after a busy term using ink, bleach, tinted paper and many techniques in watercolour. After the holiday there will be a short term of six weeks when watercolours will be used on Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Tuesday afternoons and on the Thursday afternoons coloured pencils. The groups meet at South View, Western Road, above the Citizens Advice Bureau offices next door to Hailsham Library. Give Eileen a ring on (01424) 532866 for more information.

KNIT’INN NIGHTS: These are at the King’s Head on Tuesdays April 10 and 24 at 7.30pm. Lambs are in the fields everywhere at the moment, rushing round and enjoying being there. Knitters appreciate sheep for the quality of their wool, which is as varied as the sheep it is shorn from. One of the joys of knitting is feeling new yarn; the density and springiness of wool, the lightness and fluffiness of alpaca and mohair, the fine smoothness of silk, a feast for the sense of touch. Some people clutching a new garment in their hands to feel will put it to their noses to take in the scent of the wool as well. Combine those qualities with colour and pattern and there is a feast for the sense of sight also. Such an all round satisfying experience granted to anyone who knits at any level of expertise. Join the knitters, who meet twice a month to share your sensory experiences. For more information phone Su (07591 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society. The meeting on Wednesday is different to that printed in the programme and has been changed to Balcombe Tunnel Murder in Sussex 1881 by James Gardiner. Meetings are held at the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. All visitors welcome £2. At the March meeting a talk was given by local historian and society member, David Dyer BSc (Hons) entitled Heroes of Hailsham, the heroes being the named men on the War Memorial who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. David stated that 88 men from WW1 and 35 from WW2 from the town had lost their lives fighting for the Country. Hailsham was no exception to any other town or village and remembering that the population at the time was a lot less and these men were known by a large proportion of the town. David mentioned some by name and how their lives were lost and he spoke at length of the life of Hailsham’s most decorated soldier, Company Sergeant Major Nelson Carter, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for exceptional bravery. It was an interesting evening with some local history thrown in as well. The audience thanked David and appreciated the amount of work that he had put in on research for his subject, that he had made into a book of the same name, Heroes of Hailsham. President, Frank Stenhouse, stated that at the start of World Ward II, he was a telegraph boy at the post office and would have delivered some of the telegrams bearing the sad news of the loss of a loved one.

YOUNG ADULTS: The newly launched Wealden Young Adults Service meets every Friday from 11am to 1pm at The Square Youth Cafe. Schedules for advice and information sessions to be run over the next three months and an application form are available on (01323) 849524 or email The group is aimed at those aged 18 to 25ish with mental health needs and offers a safe and supportive environment with opportunities to access information and advice, take part in activities and workshops and meet others with similar experiences in their own age group. After a successful confidence building course, we next plan to offer an art therapy workshop and peer support training just for that age group later in the year.

QUIZ NIGHT: At the HOPS Spring Quiz at Summerheath Hall 14 teams came out on a chilly but clear spring evening to support the event. Quizmaster Steve set an excellent range of questions some easy, some not so easy that taxed the brains of the team members. There was an excellent ploughman’s supper and the atmosphere was relaxed and the air full of humour. The winners received bottles of wine and the unfortunate team that came last had the embarrassment of picking up wooden spoons and for the first time there was a tie breaker for last place. The event raised over £400 for the Hailsham Old Pavilion Society towards the upkeep of the pavilion. Tom Chapman from HOPS would like to thank all those who supported the event and those helpers who prepared the ploughman’s supper. A further quiz will be held on November 24 and teams are limited so if you are interested ring Ray on 01323 845209 to book your place now.

U3A: Two local amateur writers, Angela Burnap and Pat Webb, presented examples of their work at a University of the Third Age Open Day held in Burgess Hill recently. The occasion was the launch of a poetry anthology featuring work by members of U3As throughout Sussex. Angela and Pat joined Hailsham and District U3A shortly after it was founded in 2009. The organisation has a number of interest groups and the two ladies are active members of the creative writing group. The first edition of the poetry collection, called Sunlight and Shade, sold out at the Open Day so a reprint is anticipated. Pat Webb wrote about her feelings when bidding farewell to her family as they flew home after visiting and Angela Burnap wrote a witty limerick.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

EASTER SERVICES: Easter Day Services start at 6.15am for those who rise early, a Sunrise Service and time of quiet contemplation followed by Holy Communion at 8am. Upper Dicker at 9.15am and again at Hellingly at 10.45am to celebrate Easter Day and you might like to take a flower for the cross. Hellingly has evensong at 6.30pm.

ROEBUCK PARK: Bob Sheppard was appointed chairman of the residents’ association steering committee as it is now over 18 months since the first residents moved onto the new development on the grounds of the old Hellingly Hospital. As more homes become occupied it was decided that this was an opportune time. Bob reports that since then, the committee members have worked very hard in making Roebuck Park a pleasant and safe place to live. They have made great strides in developing relationships with many of the local organisations, including the parish council, the Sussex Partnership, the Bunny Run and Orbit Housing to name a few. Meetings also took place some time ago and on several occasions with Charlie the Vicar. There are now around 110 homes occupied, which, over the coming months and years, will slowly increase to 450. Being a new development there is a wide diversity of people and ages, many being young couples with children. The church is the focal point of contact for the existing villagers and the new folk from Roebuck Park and presents an opportunity for the congregation to integrate the fellowship of the parish, to look at new ideas that will not only attract the new adults but will also resonate and involve the children.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Ian McGowan FRPS from Chichester Camera Club entertained the members with a collection of prints which he stressed were produced from camera to printer with no computer intervention and certainly no Photoshop. Ian likes to display themed images on one huge mount. Sometimes as many as 27. Amongst the images shown were intricate carving on Welsh headstones, abstracts, misty and snowy Welsh landscapes and a selection of graffiti from the Old Shoreham cement works. They were mounted on handmade paper, which looked like concrete. He did have trouble deciding which way up they looked best though. Every so often prints were passed among the members for a closer inspection. Ian has interesting ways of making his prints stand out. He likes to use a rusty 12” saw to give a ragged edge. He has also torn them and used sandpaper to fade the picture around the edge. Ian double-printed colour washed plywood in Blackpool with his monochrome images from Acrington and mounted them on torn handmade paper. They looked like images from the 1950s. While in Dungeness he saw a white Container Lorry with black paint splashed over it. On closer inspection he could see landscapes with trees in the paint splodges. He also visited a new look Little Chef for a cup of coffee, and was so inspired to photograph the new designs he did not actually drink his coffee. They even had bird song in the toilets.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

ALADDIN JNR: If you thought this was a ‘he’s behind you’ type Aladdin, you would have been way of the mark, it was Aladdin Jnr, the musical. With still 10 minutes to go, the entire cast were backstage and raring to go. That same enthusiasm continued right throughout the show and by the time we came to the finale, both cast and audience were enjoying it so much I began to wonder if they would ever be able to get the cast off the stage. Young HATS have come a long way from their humble beginnings but they have definitely learnt a lot along the way. They filled that stage with colour, movement and sound. The choreography by Hanna Huggett was excellent, the direction superb with Joanna Stevens managing to get the cast to bring out the full humour of the show. The Genie, played by Lauren Noya, was just a little gem and with Alex Stevens as the evil Jafar, with that wonderful laugh, we already had the beginnings of a good show. Bring on Iago, Jafar’s trusty parrot, played by Hattie Pemberton, and have you ever seen any parrot so hard done by and trying so hard just to get a kind word or two or even just the recognition he deserved. The Sultan was very regally played by Tom Fox and then we had Princess Jasmine, Hayley Huggett and Aladdin, Oliver Stevens who were both extremely well cast. Their rendition of A Whole New World was truly heart stopping bringing much stomping and applause from a very appreciative audience. A truly spectacular show, extremely well performed by the entire cast with many congratulations going to Director Joanna Stevens, everybody agreed that she did very well and we look forward to seeing more shows directed by her in the future. Oh and by the way, I loved that little monkey.

THE BOWLS CLUB are holding their signing on day on Saturday April 14 at the bowls pavilion on the recreation ground between 10am and noon. Hopefully we will see more new faces there because they are always on the lookout for new members. On April 14 you will be able to meet the players, have a chat about the bowls and perhaps see if it just might be the thing for you. It is a very friendly club. Coffee will be served to anybody interested in going along. If you would like more information contact captain, Terry Everingham, on 832380.

QUIZ NIGHT: The bowls club are holding a quiz in the village hall on Friday April 27 at 7.30pm. Teams of four players at a cost of £6 per person, to include a hot dog supper. To register your team please contact Sue Saunders on 833403 but please make sure you do this by April 22. A licensed bar will be running through the evening and as they are using the main hall you can enter as many teams as you like as there will be plenty of room.

CHURCH SERVICES: Today, Good Friday, 9.45am at Herstmonceux is the Family Services and at 2pm the Service of the Cross will be held at Wartling church. Tomorrow, Saturday, the service will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8pm and on Easter Sunday, Holy Communion (BCP) along with Easter Praise will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with the Easter Family Service, with communion being held at Wartling church at 9.45am. Children are welcome at all services when colouring/story sheets are always available.

ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING of St Mary Magdalene church Wartling will be held on Thursday April 19 at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street, 7pm for 7.15pm. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting.

CHRIS STANDEN is pleased to to say that the recent Beetle Drive held in the village hall in aid of the Friends of All Saints Fund was a great success. They raised £279 which will be used, when necessary, to help maintain the fabric of All Saints Church.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill will be open for the season on Easter Sunday and Monday as well as Sunday April 15 between 2.30pm and 5pm. If you would like more information before you visit please have a look at their website

ZUMBA AND PILATES: Classes are running again at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street with a new instructor, Corrine Marsh. Both will be held on Wednesday nights, Zumba 7.20pm to 8.15pm at £5 per class and Pilates 8.20pm to 9pm at £4 per class. Should you decide to take up both a discounted cost of £8 will apply. There is no need to book, just turn up on the night.

TEA DANCES: Thursday afternoons at the Reid Hall, Boreham Street with Sequence Dancing taking place between 1.45pm and 2.15pm and Social Dancing, Ballroom, Latin and Popular Sequence taking place between 2.15pm-4.30pm. £4.50 will cover the cost of the dancing and includes tea and coffee during the interval. Further details from Chrissie and Bernard Woodward on 740305.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; opposite Rose Cottage Alciston 10.40am to 11am; Selmeston village hall 11.05am to 11.30am; Village Hall Arlington 11.40am to 12.05pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

CARNIVAL QUEEN: The closing date for your nominations for Carnival Queen and princesses is today, Friday. Do you have a year 6 girl or a girl starting school in September who would like to be part of this historical event? To put forward your nomination, please complete a form at Ninfield Stores and give to Linda Scott. There have been very few entries so far and the committee would very much like to have some more.

MUFTI DAY: Last Friday, March 30, Ninfield School held a mufti day, at the request of pupil Lilly Perkins, to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice in memory of her mum Helen Jaworanski. The family are trying to raise a total of £10,000 for the hospice with a variety of events. Lilly’s mufti day raised over £500. In addition, the Racenight held at the Blacksmiths Inn last Saturday raised a further £700. A big thank you from the organisers to the MC, Stevie D for a fantastic job and to Louise and Janet for being wonderful hosts. The evening was a great success. The Perkins family and friends are also completing the three peaks challenge (Ben Nevis, Scarfell and Snowdon) next week (April 12 and 13). They are looking to raise £5,000 from this challenge. To donate, please go to: 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.

YOUTH CLUB: A new Hooe Village Youth Club and Youth Forum is being launched at the start of April. This is in response to the requests picked up from the village consultation carried out last summer. Along with organisations, including the police (donating £250), Wealden District Council (£1,500) and a local club (£1,000, but to be ratified at their AGM) Waitrose at Hailsham are supporting the Youth Club as one of the three charities they will support during the month of April. Tubs are provided in store and customers are given a green token and asked to select the charity of their choice. At the end of the month the tokens in each bin are counted and the £1,000 is divided up proportionately between the three. Simply the more tokens, the more funding.

EASTER SERVICES: Today, Good Friday, Stations of the Cross at Hooe 11am. The final hour at Ninfield 2pm. Sunday, services at normal Sunday times.

CORONATION: Where you witness to the Queen’s Coronation? Ninfield school would like to hear from residents who can remember this historical event and share their memories with the children at their Jubilee Street Party on Friday June 1. If you are free and would like to share your memories please contact the school on 892486.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are playing in the final of the Blacklands Finance Challenge Cup against Wadhurst Utd on Wednesday. This game will be played at The Polegrove, Bexhill with kick off at 7.30pm. For further information of the Hooe Sports Football Club please call 07872 312266. You can also track their progress on the website

OPEN GROUP: Hooe Open Group’s April meeting will be held at the village hall on Friday April 13, 2pm when the speaker will be Jim Bolter who will give a talk on the mysteries of Michelham Priory. It is also their Easter meeting when the members will enjoy Hot Cross Buns and an individual chocolate Easter Egg.

THE BOWLS CLUB is holding an open day (start of the outdoor season) on Sunday April 15 at 2.30pm. What ever the weather there will be tea and cakes and there is a chance for you to have a go.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist (in the church). Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Easter Worship and Praise including Holy Communion with Revd Derek Brice.


RAMBLING CLUB: April 12, What the Long Man Sees, 5 miles steep climb at beginning, approx 8 miles with Dave and Maureen, or 8-9 miles Walk and Talk with Angie, flat easy walk, take picnic.

POLEGATE WI: On April 12, we will have a visit from Age Concern giving useful advice on your entitlement to benefits and how to obtain them. The meeting will be held in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre at 2.15pm. For more info contact Pam on 482854.

THE COFFEE MORNING on Saturday April 14, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the Wine and Social Club. All welcome from 10am.

ART TUITION by Teresa Currie BA Hons is starting on Wednesday April 18, at the Community Room, Trinity Church, Lower Willingdon from 7pm to 9pm. £ 10 per session or £50 for six sessions. For more details telephone 501213 or email

DO YOU NEED a venue for a special celebration? Trinity Church Hall is available for hire. Please contact Ruth on 07901971527 or email

CUCKOO TRAIL: The next task day is on Thursday April 19, 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.

PcaSO: Eastbourne Support Group. March, being Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, was extremely busy for the group. Prostate Cancer is now the most common male cancer and more than 37,000 men were newly diagnosed in 2008 according to Cancer Research UK. Consultant oncologist Dr Fiona Mckinna spoke at the group’s monthly meeting about how this impacts at a local level. There is an urgent need for the planned radiotherapy machines at Eastbourne. Approximately 50 percent of radiotherapy treatments are for prostate cancer and the machines in Brighton will need replacing within the next two years. Thank you to everyone who generously gave their time and money for raising the profile of this disease during March. A special thank you must go to Chris Cutting who co-ordinates the leaflet and information distribution. More than 5,000 leaflets were given out at various venues including Eastbourne Arndale Centre and Eastbourne Borough Football Club, as well as to the 29 GP surgeries in the town and surrounding areas. Chris also spent time at Pevensey Bay library and at Eastbourne Library on World Cancer Day in February with information leaflets. A total of £1,128.44 was raised through Eastbourne Academy, Eastbourne Borough Football Club, Westham Village Hall quiz and the Arndale Centre collection. The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. The speaker will be Mr P Rimington, Consultant Urologist. All are welcome. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 / 641513 or e-mail if you require further details or visit our website There are stairs to this venue but lift access is available.

BEETLE DRIVE: The Twinning Association are holding a Beetle Drive at the Community Centre on April 14 to start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 to include a buffet and refreshments. Prizes will be given.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a service of reflection on the events and meaning of the first Good Friday, at 10am at Bodle Street, noon at Dallington and at 3pm at Warbleton. Heathfield Chapel has a service at 10.30am led by Rad Upfield.

EGG HUNT: All children under 11 years in the parish are invited to this eggsciting (sorry) event at 2pm tomorrow, Easter Saturday, at Warbleton Church. There will be various activities and refreshments available. Parents are of course very welcome as well.

EASTER SERVICES: St Mary’s Warbleton: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Easter Day service with Holy Communion, 6.30pm Evensong. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Easter Day Family Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Family Service, 6.30pm Songs Of Praise service. The preacher for the day is Ray Dadswell.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band it holding its Spring Concert next Sunday April 15 at 3pm in the Dunn Village Hall. They will be playing a wide range of music, from traditional to pop. Refreshments will be served in the interval, and there will be a raffle.

HISTORY GROUP: Normally we have our meetings on the second Monday, but this month that is a Bank Holiday, so we meet for our AGM on April 16. We have our open library next Saturday (April 14) from 2pm to 5pm at the Dunn Village Hall, when our archives will be open.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

ST MARY’S: Today (Good Friday) children’s worship is at 10am followed by hot cross buns. Devotional hour with Canon Martin Onions is from 1pm to 2pm leading to the Liturgy of the Cross and Holy Communion. Tomorrow (Holy Saturday) at 8pm, the Easter Vigil will be held. On Easter Day, Holy Communion is at 8am, the Parish Eucharist and the Sunday School are at 9.45am (don’t forget your hard stemmed flowers to transform the cross), Family Eucharist is at 11.30am and Sung Evensong is at 6.30pm.

TRINITY CHURCH: Today, Good Friday, there is a service at 10.30am and on Easter Sunday the service is also at 10.30am.

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH in Jevington will be having a quiet meditative Hour at the Cross at 11am today, Good Friday. On Easter Day the service is at 11.15am.

STRAY DOGS will be entertaining the customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

EXHIBITION: 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. To find out more you could Google The Binnie Sisters Exhibition at the Wheatsheaf in Willingdon.

EASTER EGG HUNT: To keep the children happy while you are relaxing over a meal or enjoying a drink in the lovely beer gardens at the Eight Bells, the staff are organising an Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be officially opening for the season from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. The mill will also be open on the Bank Holiday Monday at the same hours.

SPONSORED WALK: On Easter Monday, church members will be taking part in the annual Easter walk to raise funds for Knowles Tooth Children’s Centre at Hurstpierpoint. If you would like to take part in this sponsored walk please ring Sue on 01323 423410.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a cemetery committee meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at the parish 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.

THE 3Ms (Ms Miss and Mrs) Ladies’ group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7.45pm for 8pm from September through to June at St Mary’s Church Hall Church Street Willingdon where there will always be a warm welcome for new members so do go along and ‘give them a try’ and make some new friends. There have been some very interesting meetings including a Tai Chi demonstration, an art workshop, a talk on Raystead, a talk from a local landlord and advice on ‘how to survive in Soho in the 1850s. The ladies are now looking forward to ‘A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ which will be a small ‘in house’ social combined with the AGM on April 11. There will also be a dining out evening on April 25/26 and a day’s outing in June or July. For further information ring 01323 504832.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The speaker is Mr T Harris and his subject is entitled My Life as Henry VII.

THE GARDEN GROWERS will be meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday at the Wheatsheaf.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at The Green Walk at the Seven Sisters Road end at 12 noon on Thursday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. She can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 69304 or on her mobile 07787 685755.

JEVINGTON & FILCHING WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday in Trinity Church Hall. The speaker is Anne Parfitt-King and her subject is entitled A Girdle Round the Earth. The exhibition is a holiday photo.

CONCERT: Enjoy an afternoon of light musical entertainment in aid of the RNIB at Wannock Village Hall at 3pm on Saturday April 14. 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 by programme, price £5 to include tea and cake. Available from Christina on 01323 487514 or at door on the day.

SING-A-LONG: Tickets are selling fast for the ABBA experience hosted by Concentus Chorale at Willingdon Community School on Saturday April 14. 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.

GOLF DAY CHALLENGE: Every April Willingdon Cricket Club challenges Willingdon Football Club to an annual golf competition for the John Beck Trophy. The trophy is in memory of former Dons Football Club’s secretary and well-known local football administrator John Beck. This year’s competition is in support of local charity Chloe’s Fight for Sight. The Nunney family has been involved with the football and cricket clubs through their son Paul. The event takes place on Friday April 27 at the golf club and the first tee-off will be at 1pm. Two footballers will play two cricketers in pairs and there will be approximately 18 cricketers and 18 footballers in all so it could take about five hours for all the fours to complete the 18 holes. The presentations will then take place followed by an evening meal at the golf club.