Parish pump Hailsham - August 1, 2014

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Alciston & Selmeston

THANKS to all you helped and supported our two villages Arts and Crafts weekend on July 12 and 13 in Selmeston Village Hall along with our Flower Festival in Selmeston Church. It was good to see so many people turn out.

FLOWER SHOW: Our next event is our two villages Annual Flower and Produce Show tomorrow, Saturday, doors open 2pm. Come along and browse their wonderful flowers and produce. It does not seem to matter what the weather has thrown at them, our growers always seem to display a really good show. Winner’s cups fought for every year. With so much to see and refreshments available, a visit to this show makes for a glorious summer afternoon out.

UPDATE: As this is the first Parish Pump news for some while, I will give you a bit of an update. Some of you may not know that Selmeston and Alciston church now forms part of a larger benefice. We used to be a benefice of three churches, Selmeston, Alciston and Berwick but we now have five churches within our benefice with Arlington and Wilmington joining us. We also have our own benefice website giving you loads of information about our five churches. Visit http://www.berwickchurch.org.uk/ to find out more.

VILLAGE HALL: Our shared (Alciston and Selmeston) village hall in Selmeston has become very popular after its refurbishment a few years ago. We cater for all events from youth club sleep-overs to live band events and wonderful weddings. See our website at http://southdownsvillagehall.org/

THE PETROL STATION on the A27 just before Selmeston village turn off has now been extended to include a supermarket, come snack bar, where we can shop, have a coffee with something to eat and fill our vehicles up at the same location. Very handy.

NATIONAL PARK: Alciston village now forms part of South Downs National Park as from the recent change of its boundaries.

VILLAGE MARKET: We still have our Village Market every month, next one August 19 from 10.30am to noon where you can purchase homemade cakes, bread, preserves, local free range eggs, books, good quality bric-a-brac and interesting crafts. Refreshments available including full English breakfast.

Alfriston

WALK: Bostals, Barrows and Bloomsbury inspire countryside walk by the National Trust team from the Clergy House on August 7. To find out about the fascinating history and natural beauty of this part of the Cuckmere Valley join the team for a leisurely, circular walk along ancient track ways. Starting at 10.30am, the three mile long walk starts and ends at the Clergy House, finishing at 1pm. Good walking shoes are advised as it does involve a moderate to steep gradient and some stiles. The cost is £3 and booking is advisable. Contact the Alfriston Clergy House on 01323 871961.

SMARTCOOKIES are once again running a cooking and craft session for children of five to 11 years old. Children will make a picnic with fruit smoothies, funky shaped sandwiches and animal iced cookies to picnic on the Tye. Cost is £8 per child. All of this takes place at the Old Chapel Centre on Friday August 8. For further details email smartcookiesliz@gmail.com or telephone Liz on 07722484262.

COCKTAILS AND COLOURING at Much Ado Books. Discover the grown-up pleasures of the colouring book with books featuring sophisticated art, clever images and pictures that both gently challenge and delight. Adding colour is an entertaining pastime with a gratifying goal. On August 21 from 7pm there is a chance to enjoy a relaxing evening of creativity and chat with a delicious drink to top it off. The price is £20 and includes refreshments and a copy of the popular Art Therapy Colouring Book, plus like-minded company of other colourists. Space is limited so telephone 01323 871222 to book a place.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion. For a report on the marquee service, please see the Warbleton section.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: St Giles Church, Dallington, is holding a flower festival from August 8 to 10, (10am to 5pm) with the theme Pause For Thought. There will be refreshments and stalls. On the Friday evening at 6.30pm a bring-your-own picnic will be held in the churchyard, followed by a concert given by The Weald Singers at 7.30pm. On Saturday at 7pm Our Village Boys, those who went to serve 100 years ago, and on Sunday Songs of Praise at 6.30pm.

GARDENING CLUB: The annual flower show is next Saturday, August 9, at the village hall. If you have not obtained a schedule yet please phone Mary on 01323 832509, or contact another committee member. The schedule doesn’t just contain horticultural classes but has photography, craft and baking sections as well.

Folkington

CHURCH NEWS: On Sunday Holy Communion is celebrated at 10.30am with the Reverend Malcolm Elwis. After the service there will be a visit from the Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society. There will also be the usual tea coffee and biscuits. All welcome. Still looking for an organist to help us out on the occasional Sunday.

Hailsham

ST MARY’S: This is the Seventh Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am there is an All Age Special with crèche, Greater Love: Commemorating the Centenary of WW1. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, God’s Fellow Workers. At 3.15pm on Wednesday there is a WW1 Commemoration and Services at Bowes House, Battle Road. All welcome at the Bite In on Fridays in the Church Lounge from 9.30am to noon for refreshments, light snacks and chats.

COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE: Hailsham and District Branch of the Royal British Legion is to have a service to commemorate the centenary of the commencement of the First World War on Sunday at Hailsham War Memorial, Vicarage Fields at 10.45am. There is to be a parade from the Age Concern Car Park at 10.25am, which is to be led by the 1066 Pipes and Drums from Hastings. Ex-Service Serving Personnel, Local Cadet Forces and Local Emergency Service Personnel are invited to partake in this parade. The Last Post is to be played at 11am, followed by a two minute silence, then the playing of Reveille. A Lament is to be played by a Piper, during which any wreaths or tributes may be placed on the Memorial. There is to be an area of grass laid alongside the Memorial to enable those who wish to place crosses. Free poppies will be available from behind the Memorial and collection tins available for anyone who wishes to make a donation. This service is in memory of those who volunteered to serve their country so that we can, today, live in peace and harmony. Your support at this event would be appreciated as most families at that time were affected by fathers, sons and brothers volunteering.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is to be arranged.

NEW PASTOR: An exciting new era of community life begins at Hailsham Free Church today, Friday, which has been without a Pastor for 18 months. The members and congregation look forward in anticipation to welcoming Tim McEntee to lead our work with his wife Fiona. During the month of August they will settle into church life and into their new home at Herstmonceux, before the schools return in September and a new season begins. Tim and Fiona have worked abroad for many years and come with a sound knowledge of Christian counselling and biblical teaching. In a nation where family life is breaking apart, he is anxious to share his Christian principles that have been its heritage for several centuries. In welcoming Tim, Peter Barrie says, ‘As a family orientated fellowship, we look forward to having a shepherd among us who will relate to every age group.’ An Induction Service will take place tomorrow, Saturday, at 3pm, followed by a fellowship tea. A warm welcome is extended to the community. Our Sunday services are at 10.45am and 6.30pm. Enquiries welcome via the church office (843876).

FARMERS’ MARKET: At the next Farmers’ Market on the Cattle Market site on Saturday August 9, Community Chef Ollie Dawson will be coming along to give a cookery demonstration and free tasters using market produce. Visit the fruit and veg stall for gorgeous in-season apples and plums. Also, watch out for other events going on at the Farmers’ Market that day as well as the information stand with a chance to win market produce and take away free samples at the Town Council’s Charter Market event in the town centre. Enquiries to the Farmers’ Market Manager on 07887 910150.

VISIONS AND VISTAS: The current exhibition at Gallery North is entitled Visions and Vistas and runs until August 8. Sussex artists Anne Howard and Josie Tipler are exhibiting alongside the 12 resident artists at Gallery North which has seven galleries over two floors. The exhibition features the intricate and detailed oil paintings of local landscapes by Anne Howard and the vibrant, colourful paintings on glass by Josie Tipler inspired by music, dance and the human figure. Open 10am until 4pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays during exhibitions, entrance to the community gallery is always free. Full details of this and future exhibitions are on the website www.artgallerynorth.co.uk

IT’S BLOOMIN’ MURDER: Environment Hailsham, formally Hailsham in Bloom, helps to provide a floral presence by growing and planting the flower beds and troughs around the town. It is now a charity and has to raise its own funds. It is engaging in a series of fundraising events during the summer and is pleased to invite you to join them on Saturday August 9, doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start for a Murder Mystery play. Find out Who Done it? at The Charles Hunt Centre (near Waitrose). Ample free parking nearby. The Catsfield Players, well known for their acting achievements, challenge you to discover the culprit. This should be a fun night. Entry is £6.50 to include a ploughman’s supper, reduced price for 12 to 16 year olds at £2.50. Raffle. Tickets bought on the night or enquiries to Joy Bowdery 01323 840 382. Please come and support us to help us buy more compost, seeds and plants etc to help improve our town. Environment Hailsham is just a group of enthusiastic volunteers who would be delighted to welcome any enquiries about our activities and especially new volunteers. Contact Richard on the number at the top of the page.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society had its last meeting before the summer break in June. John Parsons presented an interesting talk along with some original photos of Iris Brewer, as a 16 year old, of her passage out of Germany and her time in Berlin from 1938 to 1939. During her eight months in Berlin, Iris attended a number of diplomatic type receptions and four big Nazi parades as a guest of the Wittmer family. She saw most of the Nazi hierarchy at close quarters at these receptions, where she was pointed out and acknowledged as the English guest, including Hitler. Concerned war was coming, her father sailed his small motor yacht out of Copenhagen, across the North Sea with no charts, landing at Aberdeen on September 1. Germany had invaded Poland and they headed for Grimsby learning on their arrival war had been declared. Iris joined the Navy as a Wren in 1940 in naval intelligence intercepting and translating enemy transmissions, later preparing prosecution briefs from German documents for the Nuremberg War Crime trials. Iris lives her life quietly in Upper Dicker giving no outward sign of the momentous events that she was part of over 75 years ago. John, a fellow resident, stumbled upon her story at a coffee morning when talking to her one day, and felt that it needed to be told, before it is lost for ever.

THE HAILSHAM MUSEUM, Heritage Centre, is open on Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm between Lloyds Bank and the kebab shop and has a very interesting WW1 display along with many other relics of our town’s past. Admission is free. For information about the Society or its museum contact David on 01323 440359.

U3A CENTENARY EVENT: I was very honoured to be invited along to the U3A WW1 Centenary event last week. It was an extraordinary occasion with wonderful readings from many of its members and the singing of songs from the era and much humming and singing along from the audience. The slide show was a visual education and the afternoon delivered a balance of light entertainment, interesting and unusual ‘I didn’t know that’ moments alongside the respect and silence of remembrance one would expect. Perfect organisation and running of the programme led by Jenny Roots and a wonderful U3A team deserve congratulations for putting on a very enjoyable event.

100 YEARS AGO: In July 1914 the Hailsham Parish Magazine reported on the Sunday School Treat. The Annual Treat will take place on Thursday July 30. The children will assemble in the church as usual at 1.30, then the procession and then the rush for the Roundabout, I imagine. We hope a large number of parents and friends will join us at tea. Tickets, sixpence each, can be obtained from the Clergy, and it will be a great help to the caterers, if they are secured in good time.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Holy Communion (CW) at 8am followed at 10.45am by Parish Eucharist (CW). Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am Holy Communion (CW). There is also a Holy Communion service at 9.30am on a Thursday (BCP).

ARCHAEOLOGY DAY: There is a day of hands-on activities, displays, arts and crafts and a fun trail around the grounds of Michelham Priory on Wednesday from 10.30am to 5pm. Suitable for all ages. Visit www.sussexpast.co.uk for more information.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the July meeting 10 members of the public were present. The draft minutes state that questions raised related to the rugby club involvement at the cricket pitch at Roebuck Park and drainage of the cricket pitch. All such work was being funded by the developer. The rugby club would not be using the cricket pitch as they were based at the Lower Horsebridge recreation ground. The issue of parking was also raised. WDC are looking to bulk buy defibrillators to secure a discount and seek funding from the British Heart Foundation. Members were urged to raise concerns on the proposed changes to the supported bus network where the County Council would no longer be supporting as many routes, to respond to the consultation which is open until September 28. Grass verges at the Coldharbour Road A22 junction had not been cut to a high standard and contractors would not be paid until the job had been carried out correctly. With regard to Hellingly Country and Roebuck Parks, the Council had received a request from PCSO Mark Carter about contributing towards CCTV to be placed on the cricket pavilion. Julie Kaye is producing a summer holidays activity programme. Freedom Leisure is providing activities at the leisure centre and at organisations own venues. The chairman was proposing to write to the 14 householders about the possibility of having a footpath put in, in place of the grass verge in Station Road, to ascertain their views. At the September meeting the topic of a Youth Council would be put on the agenda.

BRIDGE AFTERNOON Sunday from 2pm for 2.30pm start at Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, to include afternoon tea. Teams of four, £6 per person. Please call Vicky on 01323 843623 to book.

Herstmonceux & WARTLING

WALKING CLUB: On Tuesday meet Helen at the White Hart Pub in Catsfield at 6.30pm for a four mile walk around the area. All are welcome, drink in the pub after the walk. If you would like more information or need a lift to the venue then please call 848790.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with Evensong will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 6pm respectively with the Family Service being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.

THE WINDMILL: Our windmill at Windmill Hill will be open on August 3, 17 and 24 as well as Bank Holiday Monday between 2.30pm and 5pm. Lots to see and do, a real family afternoon out and a chance to see how a real windmill works.

BOWLS CLUB: It was nice to be welcomed home from my recent break by Rae and her bowling mates. The first match she was able to report on for me was a good one, a winner when they played Maresfield at home with each triple winning awarding. 83 shots to Maresfield’s 56 which gave Herstmonceux a full eight points on the league table. Good work guys, keep it up, maybe I should go away more often.

SUMMER SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, is the 137th Summer Show staged by the Windmill Hill Horticultural Society in the Reid Hall at Boreham Street, 2pm to 4pm. Entrance will be £1 with children being allowed in free of charge. There’s plenty of free parking.

LOCAL MARKET: As you may know a local market is held here on the second Saturday of each month in the car park of the Sundial Restaurant. The next one will be held on Saturday August 9 so please don’t miss the chance of purchasing some fresh local produce and chatting to farmers and growers.

DIG FOR VICTORY: It’s that time of year again, when Cowbeech takes a step back in time to the 1940s. On Sunday the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society will be staging their 19th Dig For Victory in the fields alongside the Merrie Harriers Pub. When they first started all those years ago entry to the fete was £1 and here in 2014 entrance is still £1. The gates of the field will be open with locals in period costume ready to welcome you from 1.30pm. Parking in the field opposite is free of charge and James Braxton, of TV antiques fame, will be on hand to present the prizes and trophies at the end of the afternoon. If you like music then the Warbleton Brass Band along with the Swingtime Sweethearts will be performing throughout the afternoon. For those who want to take their four legged family members along to join in the Companion Dog Show it may be useful to know that the judging will start at 2pm. All are welcome and as always money raised will go into their fund which is distributed each year to many local good causes. Have fun.

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

HOUSING QUESTIONNAIRE: As you will be aware from the report from the parish council chair, Ninfield village faces a challenge over the next couple of years. The Wealden District Council Local Plan allocated 50 new homes to our village and they have now started their work analysing areas around Ninfield in relation to their suitability for development. The parish council are committed to doing their best to be involved in the assessment process and keep the village informed. Rydon Homes held an exhibition back in November stating their intention to promote the site at Ingrams Farm, but please be aware this is only one of at least five potential sites. In order to ensure the parish council get the best results for our village they need your help. The parish council have put together a questionnaire to find your views and will be visiting every property in the village over the next couple of weeks with the questionnaire to ensure no one is missed. Please help and tell them what you think.

FLOWER SHOW: Ninfield Flower Group are holding their flower show, entitled Songs of Praise, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday and 11.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday. Proceeds are in aid of the Sussex Kidney Trust. Entry is £2, to include a programme. There will also be teas, cakes, bric-a-brac, plants, book stalls and a raffle. For further details of Ninfield Flower Group, please see their website ninfieldflowergroup.co.uk.

MORNING PRAISE: Ninfield Methodist Church will be having a special Morning Praise Service on Sunday at 10.30am, which will feature some of the song/hymns portrayed in the displays of the Ninfield Flower Group’s Flower Show. All are very welcome to attend.

CAR SHOW: Hooe’s Old Motor Club is holding their 45th annual Car Show on Hooe Recreation Ground (situated between Pevensey and Ninfield on the B2095) on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. There are classes for cars from the turn of last century until 1970. Informed commentary is provided in the main ring on the various vehicles together with the prestigious Lady and Car competition, in which ladies dress to match the age and spirit of the car. There will be a plethora of stalls, not all motoring related, refreshments and a musical entertainment provided by Hooe Silver Band. There will be plenty going on for a great day out. Admission which includes a programme is £5 for adults (children under 16 years free). Car parking in the new improved car park is free. Money raised is distributed amongst local charities. Visit the website www.hooeoldmotorclub.org.uk. General enquiries 01323 843202.

A COFFEE MORNING/Light Lunch will be held on August 6 in aid of Chestnut Tree House, Children’s Hospice Care at Little Acre, Church Path from 10.30am to 2pm. A raffle and plants will also be available. All are welcome to support this worthwhile charity. Any contributions will be welcome. A few of the members of the Christian Women’s Fellowship were invited to have a tour around Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice near Arundel. They were amazed at the quality of care and sensitivity the terminally ill children are offered. They take the whole family under their wing to give respite breaks and take the stress of having a very ill child lifted off their shoulders for a short while to enjoy some quality time together in a beautiful, homely, purpose built house and safe outside areas. They are also dedicated in helping families through times of early bereavement. It was a very happy place, not at all like a hospital.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders will be meeting on Wednesday 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.

HOOE OPEN GROUP next meet on August 8, when the club will be visiting the Carr Taylor Vineyard to see and sample the new vintage and partake of a ploughmen’s buffet lunch. If you are interested in joining a lively group of ladies who enjoy each other’s company, contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 and she will be pleased to welcome you into the fold.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am Flower Festival with Revd. Ian Pruden.

Polegate

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Poleate Community Centre is hosted by the Ladies Circle. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

WANTED INFO – a photo and info on the former Coastguard Lookout sited on the western slopes after Belle Tout overlooking Birling Gap. It is mentioned in John and Sheila Surtees 2008 SB book on Friston and East Dean Post card type views show it on the skyline from the 1920s in WW2 it had a gun mounted there with gravel around to warn of night visitors. It was rebuilt after the war, but demolished in 1991 during downland clearances in favour of mobile communications. The bases of the posts with 1949 etched in them remain at the site. Also wanted photos or documents on Shackleton’s life in Meads Village. Also wanted are photos of the 1987 hurricane in Eastbourne and details of what damage it caused. Please reply to Maureen on 485971 or email maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk

TICKETS for Polegate Drama Group’s production of two murder mystery evenings today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, can be purchased from Archer and Partners on 483348, 48 High Street. Tickets are £10. Bring your own food and drink. Tea and coffee on sale during the interval.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY Summer diesel gala is on from today, Friday, to Sunday. No steam this weekend. On Sunday a bus rally at Eridge whilst on Thursday Mike the Knight dropps in to see the children. 01892 537715 for details.

WALKING WITH Eastbourne Rambling Club Linear August 2, Goodies in Green Lane, with Bob J. Meet at the Triangle, Lower Willingdon, 9.45am bus No 51, 9.23am Terminus Road stand H finish 12.45pm. 5 miles. Undulating downland. Or on Sunday, Linear Game over the Ouse, with Tony W. Meet bus No 12, 9.37am Terminus Road. Walk starts at Denton Corner lay-by at 10.25am GR 454023. Take picnic or café near Itford. Finish at low ridge near. Newhaven. Finish at 4pm, 9.5 miles.

SOUTHDOWN STROLLERS walks on August 4, Strolling by the Ouse. Meet at Anchor Inn, Anchor Lane, Barcombe, near Lewes at 10am. Three miles with Robin. Walk on August 6, Hailsham to Loom Mill, meet at South Road car park with Derek. Three miles.

POLEGATE STROLLERS coach trip on August 6 to South Downs Garden Centre. Please contact Jayne on 482538 or 07739898276 to book a seat.

EVENTS for children at Polegate and Willingdon windmill held on Wednesdays. The first one on Wednesday is Historical Cooking. Two sessions 11am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm. To book your place please contact Patricia Stevens on 734496. The mill is also open for guided tours.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

HISTORY WALK: The history group had a successful stall at the flower show last week, with a small display about WW1 in the parish. Five new members signed up. Thank you to all who helped on the stall and with setting up and dismantling. We have more of a visit than a walk tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. We meet at the car park at Barcombe Mills (TQ 434146) for a visit to a Roman dig there. On August 20 we meet at 7pm near the Dunn Village Hall for a walk.

CHURCH SERVICES: We had a good time together as local churches last week in the marquee, with thanks to the horticultural society for the use of the tent. Marc usually tries to come up with a theme related to tents or flowers etc, and this time it was the tabernacle from the Old Testament in relation to Jesus who ‘tabernacled’ on earth. He used a sheet to demonstrate the No Entry sign in the tabernacle that was the curtain in it. He then tore the sheet in two to illustrate the rending of that curtain from top to bottom. I hope the sheet wasn’t needed at the rectory! Lunch had to be taken in the marquee and rounders cancelled because of rain. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm evening service with Pat Reigh.

LAST WEEKEND: The forecast was variable for flower show day, but apart from some light rain at the end of the afternoon, it stayed dry and warm, making a lovely day for the show. There were a good number of entries, and a good number of people came during the afternoon to view the exhibits and take part in the activities. Entertainment was provided by Warbleton Brass Band and the Summer Solstice Morris Dancers together with the Cherry Clack Garland dancers. The children’s races were very well supported, and we ran over time. Our president, Peter Dunn, was unable to be with us so the trophies were presented by society chairman Wendy Greaves. I hope to have the prize winners next week. Thank you to everyone who supported the show whether as a stall holder, an exhibitor, a steward, a judge, helper or as a member of the public. Special thanks go to the committee for all their hard work during the year, as well as over the weekend. The Buffaloes provided the entertainment in the marquee with their music from the 60s to 80s, with the emphasis on the earlier part of that period. They are excellent and quite often they could easily be taken for the original artists in a live setting. There was a very good turnout, with many getting up to dance, although I wasn’t one of them for two reasons. Firstly two left feet, and secondly too tired. The weekend concluded with a concert by Warbleton Brass Band on Sunday evening with a wide ranging programme of music. Sian Buss, the conductor, introducing one song said two families have been associated with the band in its various guises over the past century. The Jarvis family is one, with the current member being Jean Jarvis. On the Buss side, there are three generations, Keith, his son Martin (Sian’s husband) and their daughter Amy, 13. The song was The Rose, a Bette Midler number. Amy started as soloist with a very controlled performance, with sustained gentle notes. Dad joined in later with the more energetic part of the song and Amy concluded, a lovely performance. Sidoni Winter sang various songs including some of the favourites from the last night of the proms, to much waving of Union Flags and audience participation. The concert was well attended, and it was a lovely relaxing time, with a picnic and great music.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

A COFFEE MORNING for breast cancer will be held from 10am to noon today, Friday, at 2a Church Street, Willingdon.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club meet at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Gill Homer and is entitled Bright Ideas.

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION and the Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion are commemorating the centenary of World War 1 at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, in Willingdon Memorial Hall. It is in aid of the Poppy Appeal. Rosalind Hodge, St Mary’s Church archivist, will be displaying First World War archives, and if you have any that you would like to lend, they would be very much appreciated. Afternoon tea will be served from 3pm to 5pm and the Downland Singers will be there to entertain you with First World War songs and poems. Tickets are £5. Contact Val Godwin on 01323 503684.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: At 3pm on Sunday a special memorial service will be held at the war memorial in St Mary’s Church to remember all those from the village who gave their lives during the First World War. Prayers will be offered up for those who were wounded, maimed or injured and their loved ones and for reconciliation and world peace.

LOCAL HEROES DUO entertain at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

OPEN GARDEN: The beautiful and peaceful walled gardens at Birling Manor, East Dean BN20 0AA is open from 11am to 4pm on Wednesday. Limited wheelchair access available. Birling Manor is signposted from the A259. In aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is hosting activities for children on Wednesdays throughout August. On August 6 there is an historical food day when children from the age of five can learn where different foods come from and their seasonal availability from different periods in time. They will experience cooking using a clay oven and open fire. They will make Roman sweets, an Elizabethan fruit pudding and bread and butter. There are two sessions, 11am to 1pm or 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Admission is £3 for the children and £1 for accompanying adults. Contact Patricia Stevens 01323 734496.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Oldfield Avenue and Coppice Avenue at 6pm on Wednesday and at Eastbourne Road, the meeting place by the twitten to Oxendean Gardens on Thursday August 14 at 11am. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. She can be contacted on 101 extension 68233 or 07787 685 755.

CHARITY NIGHT at the Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, with Paul Davis and the Easy Beat Orchestra and Singers on Thursday in the Chrystal Restaurant at 7pm for 7.30pm in aid of the JPK Sussex Project and Motor Neuron Disease. Tickets £27.50 from 01323 746105 include a two course supper and coffee. Willingdon resident Jill Parker, the JPK Project co-ordinator, recommends the event.

RHYMETIME: Parents and guardians can turn up at Willingdon Library from 10.30am to 11am on Thursday August 7 and Thursday August 28 for Rhymetime. It is intended mainly for babies and young children and is a free service.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: Do visit this historic ancient church on the South Downs Way. Tea and homemade cake will be offered between 11am and 4pm on Saturday August 9. There is no charge for refreshments but any donations would go towards the cost of installing a toilet and small kitchen area and renovation work to help preserve this Grade 1 listed building. The church is grateful to the anonymous donor who started the fundraising with a gift of £1,000. Several fundraising events have been planned and grants will be applied for. Contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237 for more or to help.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will meet at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm on Saturday August 9. This is an active friendly club promoting all forms of bobbin lace. All lace makers are welcome. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance can be given. The cost including refreshments, raffle and insurance is £5. Contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

CONCERT: The Gibbs String Trio perform at St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday August 11. This is a return visit of the talented young members of the same local family who are studying music at colleges in London. Admission is free with a retiring collection.