Parish Pump Hailsham - August 23, 2013

Alfriston

WEATHER WATCH: The last week in August is always a stressful time for those hard working people who have spent the last few months planning and organising the Alfriston Festival. With the stalls sorted, banners up, permissions granted, the plans agreed, tickets printed and gazebos checked for holes, the most worrying thing left is, will the weather be fine. The money raised by the Festival goes towards vital parts of our lovely village and the life of our community. The halls which we all use, Heartstart which we value, the pre and primary schools, the churches and Friends of the DGH and St Wilfred’s Hospice are all set to benefit from the funds raised. It is a very busy time for many villages having their own fairs but Alfriston is special, or we think it is. We hope to see a lot of visitors this weekend. The art show is open from 10.30am to 5.30pm from today, Friday till Monday. Paintings are for sale but please note there are no facilities for payment by card. There are still tickets for the Family Quiz Night and the Revue and the Royal British Legion Concert, though I am writing this on Monday so cannot promise that this will be the case by the time the paper is published. Bank Holiday Monday is the busiest day of the Festival and parking on the recreation ground is just £2 for the whole day. No parking on the side streets as these must be kept clear to enable emergency vehicles and general traffic to flow. After the car boot sale (from 7am) on the recreation ground, the action moves to the Tye. From 2pm there will be traditional games and stalls with music from the Johnny Spice Swing Band throughout the afternoon. There will also be free admission to the Clergy House all day.

BINS: I jumped the gun last week when I stated that the bin collection had been sorted. I write this on Monday and still wait for the green waste to be collected. Most residents have resorted to black bags and a car ride to the tip. Some residents, who live in houses tucked away from main roads, have not seen any bin man for weeks.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is A Royal Affair, an historical drama based of real events featuring an English princess and an insane Danish king. It is in Danish with English subtitles. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm on Friday August 30 at the village hall.

JUMBLE SALE: The village hall has a jumble sale next Saturday, August 31 at 2pm, in aid of the hall extension. Please bring unwanted items (clothes, bric-a-brac etc) to the hall between 10am and 1pm on the day or call Sue on 01323 832542 to arrange collection. Donation for the cake stall and raffle are also very welcome. The next fund raiser will be an auction of promises on Friday September 20. Offers of lots to p.welten@me.com please. Tickets will be £10 per head to include a two course supper and can be had from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343.

Firle

VILLAGE FETE: On Bank holiday Monday at 2pm at the play area of Firle Cricket Ground there will be our annual Traditional Village Fete starting at 2pm. Come along and enjoy all the old games of catch the rat, bowls, white elephants, produce, cakes, hoopla, sheep racing and then buy some raffle tickets where you might win a crossing on the Newhaven ferry, meal at the Ram Inn, Theatre tickets to Glyndebourne and Eastbourne, and at Firle Riding School for Mooman, Salmon, and much more. This year’s fete is to raise money for the village hall and St Peters Church in Firle. Free parking.

OVER 50S: Last Monday we had a lovely afternoon picnic in the cricket grounds where all the members supplied something for us all to enjoy. So peaceful an area. We have also now got a trip to Nymans on October 1 so keep you diary free and come and join us. Our next meeting will be on September 16 at the hall.

Hailsham

ST MARY’S: This is the 13th Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), A Citizen of Heaven, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Our Faithful God. 2.45pm Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel. 6.30pm Holy Communion, Gospel Relationships. The Adventure Cruise Holiday Club starts on Tuesday until Friday. There will be no Open Church between these dates due to these activities.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: This evening, Friday, from 7.30pm to 9pm at Primrose Hall. The medium is Petula Stowell. Entry £5. Raffle. On Sunday there is a Corinthian church service at the same venue from 11am until 12 noon followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Denise Maserrerpa. Next Saturday, August 31, there are 1-2-1 readings at Primrose Hall from 10am to 2pm. Just turn up. Enquiries to Rev Theresa Swithenbank on (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582 or visit www.corinthian-healing co.uk

ANNUAL GOLF DAY: Willingdon Golf Club is again the venue for this popular Hailsham Old Pavilion Society fundraising event. If you would like an entry form contact Tom Chapman on (01323) 842758. Teams of four, £30 per player. Includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and prizes. If you cannot play, why not sponsor a hole for £50.

KNITTING GROUP: If you like to knit and chat then you really should give this group a try. I have introduced friends and family and been along several times, occasionally with children (for the first hour only) who want to learn, and found a very helpful, friendly and jolly group of ladies. If you have forgotten how and would like to give knitting or crocheting another go or if you are a beginner and would really enjoy taking up this very satisfying hobby then go along on Tuesday to the Kings Head from 7.30pm. Do not let the fact it is in a small friendly pub put you off, no drinking of alcohol is required and in fact is rarely taken, in fact most enjoy a soft drink or a cup of tea or coffee. Sometimes the chat is about some aspect of knitting and the morsels of information that can be gathered regarding something historical or regarding the materials or tools used past or present is in itself very interesting. The group is very knowledgeable. There are no costs involved other than that you wish to spend on tools and materials of your own. For more information phone Su (05791 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447) or just turn up.

COMMUNITY MATTERS: The Community Matters green token scheme run by Hailsham Waitrose in July benefitted Rosie’s Register to the tune of £346, the Friday Night Project £348 (Andy Joyes Project Coordinator 841702) and Golden Cross Lunch Club received £306. If you want to nominate a charity, club, cause or organisation then pop into the store and pick up a form. It is easy.

HOST FAMILIES: I have been asked to put out a plea for more host families as there is a small shortfall this year. Once again a party of students from the Van Lodestein College in Holland will be visiting Hailsham this autumn. Host families are needed to accommodate the students during their visit. The visit will be from October 14 to 18. Students, boys and girls, are aged 15 to 16 years, and the students will arrive mid to late afternoon on October 14 and leave early morning Friday October 18. They will require four nights’ bed and breakfast, plus four packed lunches. Breakfasts should be cold meals (more information will be provided for hosts nearer the time) and evening meals are required on at least two, and probably three days. Students will be going to London on one day returning mid-evening (no meal required). Hosts are asked to collect their students each evening and take them to the meeting point in the town, which will probably be in the South Road car park each morning, (unless you live close to the town centre). It is therefore important hosts have transport to convey their students to and from the meeting point. Hosts are likely to have their students with them on two evenings during their stay, including the day of arrival and are therefore free to entertain or take their students out on one evening. There is a minimum requirement of students, two per household, and the maximum is normally four. Students should be provided with comfortable beds although camp beds are OK and two students in a double bed is also acceptable. Payment is £60 per student. Finally, all the hosts from last year found it a very rewarding experience and were very positive about the students. If you would like to host some students or would like more information please contact Paul Endersby 01323 442485/07885 819575 paul@paulendersby.co.uk

FESTIVAL OF ARTS: The official public launch for the Festival was attended by over 70 people who gathered in Gallery North to find out about plans for the Festival and to see the new Festival Programmes which had arrived just a few days earlier from the printer. Tickets for many of the events are now on sale at Hailsham Pavilion (and via their website) and later this week will be available from The Teashop in Grove Road, Eastbourne. The Festival opening is on Saturday September 7 by Mayor of Hailsham Jo Bentley. There is an Art Trail, so look out for art by local artists at 35 venues in the town centre and over the Festival period. There is a map on the website to help you find your way around and you will be able to pick up printed copies from Gallery North. Highlights include Americana Day on Sunday September 8 when the Boship Lions Hotel will be transformed with all things American, vehicles, barbecue, Cajun dance workshop and a fantastic line up of live bands. Then there is a Jungle Fever Children’s Dance Workshop on Monday September 9 when your little ones will move like a monkey, leap like a lemur and learn some other fantastic dance moves to perform at Saturday’s show. Gotta Boom Night is on Wednesday September 11, which showcases prominent young musicians in half-hour sets, playing original music through a mix of acoustic and electric sounds with groups and solo performers and finally, the Beauty of Baroque on Thursday September 12 is a one hour concert of vocal solos, duets and instrumental music by Handel, Bach, Purcell and Telemann. There is lots more going on including a three minute film, talent showcase and scarecrow making competitions, an opening umbrella parade with tribal dance and Djembe drumming and a musical performance in St Mary’s church and a Ballet Nimba Dance Theatre finale. So look out for festival programmes in local outlets right now, follow HailshamArtsFestival on Facebook, @HailshaArtsFest on Twitter or visit www.hailshamartsfestival.co.uk.

100 YEARS AGO: In August 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey reported regarding St John’s Church, Polegate: The Ecclesiastical Commissioners inform me that sufficient reasons is not shown for the formation of the proposed district, without the provision of a permanent endowment or an arrangement for providing an adequate maintenance for its incumbent, other than the Parsonage House, and any grant the Commissioners may be able to make out of their Common fund to meet the benefaction of the House. The Commissioners will be prepared to accept the House as the Parsonage House for the Living, if the same be duly formed, so we must now seriously consider the Endowment or some arrangement for providing an adequate maintenance for the future incumbent. We are providing a new lamp for Magham Down Mission Room out of the remainder of the funds raised by the jumble sale and I hope they will have some musical evenings after the style of our church room concerts. Would the Morris Dancers favour them this autumn? A good floor and new sympathetic ground.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: The 38th Festival of Transport, 2013 will take place at Broad Farm, Hellingly (near North Street), from tomorrow, Saturday, until Monday from 10am to 5pm. Free car park. Adults £9, children £2 and seniors £7. There will be steam engines, working exhibits, commercial and military, stationary engines, motorcycles, cars, buses and tractors, models and crafts. There will also be trade stands, autojumble, vintage fair, arena events, lady and vehicle competition, children’s attractions, beer and catering tent. 2013 marks the 38th Hellingly Festival of Transport run by the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club and welcomes both participants and public alike to join in this prestigious event. This show is staged not only for the public but also for charities in the village of Hellingly, East Sussex and in the South East of England. In 2012 Air Ambulance and the Eastbourne District General Hospital benefited, despite appalling weather during the year.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and the 10.45am service will be at the Festival of Transport. 6.30pm Evensong. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am. Emmanuel (Hawkswood), Evening Prayer at 2.45pm.

CIRCUS: On Wednesday go along and see Hazee’s Crazee Circus from 10.30am to 5pm. Usual admission applies. Be part of the show at this circus activity day. Children take the roles of the performers and animals in this fun show at Michelham Priory.

CLOTHES MARKET: Hilary and Angie look forward to welcoming you to another evening event at Dicker Hall on Thursday from 6pm to 9pm.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BOWLS CLUB: This has been a really good week for our bowls team who won each of the league matches they played. The first was a home match against Horam which Herstmonceux won by 27 shots governing them seven points on the table. The second match, again at home, against Hailsham which they also won by 27 shots, this gave them another seven points on the table. Their final match of the week was at home to Rotherfield, the score was 96 shots to 47, another win for our team this time by 49 shots and another seven points on the table. Well done Herstmonceux, keep up the good work.

RAY AND SHELDON: Meetings start again on Friday September 13 when the East Sussex Association for the Blind will be demonstrating some of the visual aids which can be of tremendous help to some of the partially sighted. Their second meeting of the month will be held on Friday September 27 with Joy Bryant to entertain them. All meetings are held in the village hall at 2.15pm. If you need further information or transport to the meeting then call 441244.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill will be open on Bank Holiday Monday, and during September they have two dates. September 1 when they will be open between 2.30pm to 5pm and then again on Heritage Day, which is Sunday September 15, when they will be open between midday and 5pm. On this particular day there will be a display of heritage items. The work of the volunteers showing how they help to preserve and maintain the windmill will be explained and of course all the usual amenities such as refreshments, gifts and tours will be available. Entry is by donation and everybody involved in the windmill look forward to meeting you on any of these days.

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

SUSSEX PRODUCE MARKET: The next market being held on the fields up at the Bull’s Head in Boreham, Street will be on Saturday August 31. As always there will be a selection of stalls selling local produce and the pub itself will be open selling teas, coffee and breakfasts. The market opens at 10am and if you are really interested in our local produce then it’s a good place to go.

WALKING CLUB: On Tuesday meet Sue at St Barnabus church, Cross in Hand at 6.30pm for a three mile walk through the woods and passing the lakes. On Sunday September 1 meet Irene at Arlington village hall at 10.30am for a four mile walk around the area. All are welcome. If you need further information or a lift call 848790.

BINGO: Our bingo mad players are still meeting up in the village hall every month and their next meeting will be on Wednesday ready for eyes down at 2.15pm. Prizes for both full houses and lines, £3 per book of 12 games and 25p for some wonderful home-made cakes and bikkies during the interval.

VILLAGE FAIR: Orchard View Park Village Fair tomorrow, Saturday. A variety of stalls, games and refreshment tent. All are welcome. Admission is free and proceeds from this event will go to the prostate cancer charity and Great Ormonde Street hospital. All enquiries to 832335 and any donations for the stalls will be gratefully accepted.

TOM AT THE WOOLIE: Tom Fitzpatrick, The Crooner, will be providing entertainment at the Woolpack on Saturday September 7. A full three course Italian menu and a repertoire from Tom, waitress service and the odd cabaret performance from Ted, all for under £20. Booking is essential.

Lewes

SUMMER FAIR: St Thomas a Becket Church, Cliffe, Summer Fair tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 12.30pm in and around the Cliffe hall. Raffle, tombola, cakes, preserves, soft toys lucky dip, books, gifts and more. All proceeds to church funds.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our last Sunday walk we enjoyed walking beside the sea, over the Downs and through the lovely village of Rottingdean. This walk was led by one of our new leaders, Pat. Our next walk will be on Bank Holiday Monday when Vivien will take us on a ramble around Fletching. If you would like to join us, we meet at top North Street car park, behind the police station and we will be leaving at 9.30am sharp.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO CHURCH: At our 11am Morning Service on Sunday we will be joined at St John’s by our sister church, St Michael, at Malling which is a monthly joint gathering for joyful worship and thanksgiving by the two parishes. It is always a most meaningful service and a joy to meet up with our Malling friends; the preacher will be David Gutsell. Our Table Top Sale last Saturday, in spite of the weather, made £110.85 for the church. Many thanks for the helpers, stall holders and the visitors who braved the elements to make the day a success. It is always lovely to welcome visitors to our church on Sundays who share our Church Family service so please give us a try on Sunday when you will discover a genuinely friendly welcome.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; 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

HOOE OPEN GROUP: On Friday August 9, a very sunny but windy afternoon, 25 members of the Hooe Open Group took to the water on the African Queen ably guided by boatman Paul acting the part of Humphrey Bogart. The guided tour of Sovereign Harbour was a very interesting experience; even if there was not a crocodile in sight. The boat took just 40 minutes for the round trip, after which the members of the club took up their seats in the Simply Italian restaurant for afternoon pastries and refreshments. A great time was had by all. Next month the club will be meeting back at the Hooe Village Hall, when the invited speaker will be Pam Vieler who will recall her memories from after the end of WWII. If you would like to socialise with a group of very friendly ladies, who enjoy each other’s companionship, why not come along to the village hall on the second Friday of any month, the club commences at 2.30pm and ends with tea and a raffle at 4.30pm. For further details, please contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

BOWLS CLUB: August 7, Ninfield played St Johns Mead winning by just one point, 84-83. Three of the club’s ladies took part in the Peasmarsh Ladies Tournament on August 9. Despite having an enjoyable time, there were no wins. The club were victors once again on August 10 when they won against Westfield 68-57 in a Rother League match. They took a defeat on August 11 against Pett, losing 37-77. Also on August 11, six members (two teams of three) of the club took part in the Hellingly Open triples Tournament. Vic Lawrence, Carole Lawrence and Linda Bosden had a fantastic five games (losing the first one by 9.30am). However, by lunch time they had picked up on the leader board and by 3.30pm they were the winners on the first section (10 clubs from Sussex) by one point. The one point was enough to get them into the final against the winners of the second section, a very strong team from Seaford. Starting off four points down, the Ninfield trio came through to win the competition 9-5. Each match was a series of six games. The club were presented with a silver winners cup. The three bowlers were pleased with their win, albeit a little shocked. The second team from Ninfield also had a great day. On August 14, the club played Sidley Martlets in a Rother League match loosing, 62-76. They had a further loss on August 17 against Ringmer with a score of 59-71. And finally they won their match on August 18 against Guestling, 70-58.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Ninfield Flower Group are holding a flower festival entitled A Festival of Festivals, tomorrow, Saturday, until Monday. The festival will be held at the Memorial Hall, 10.30am to 5pm daily. Entry is £2 with proceeds going towards The Sara Lee Trust along with a donation going to the Memorial Hall. There will be refreshments, a raffle, tombola, plant stall, crafts and other items.

SHOW: Sammi Guard’s Dance /Drama Club will be performing a show at the Memorial Hall on Friday August 30 and Saturday August 31. Doors will open at 5.30pm with the show starting at 6pm, entrance £1 which will include a raffle ticket. Light refreshments will also be provided. The Show is called Tadaah! and will be their third one, following Pzzazz! and Ooomph! in previous years. It should be a good fun entertainment.

ONION FESTIVAL: Michaelmas Onion Festival is back on Sunday September 8, 11am to 5pm at Hope Cottage Farm Shop, Hooe Road. There will be the Fun Dog Show with the first class at 1pm and a scurry for your dogs or children to try out. For the Onion Festival, there are competitions for growing the largest onion or garlic; plaiting eight onions or garlic with a ribbon; best decorated onion; odd shaped vegetable; best onion marmalade (list ingredients, no trade names); best jam (list ingredients, no trade names); favourite cake (list ingredients); these need to be delivered to the onion tent by 12.30pm ready for judging. There are competitions for adults and children, so have a go. For full details and an entry form www.ninfieldbonfire.co.uk. There will be various arena events, games, competitions, and lots more besides, something for all the family, Punch and Judy, bouncy castle and steam train for the children; archery, falconry, crafts and foods; try your luck with the human vegetable machine, tossing horseshoes or lifting bricks. And of course there will be a raffle, tombola, bar, barbecue and refreshments. So please go along and show your support for Ninfield Bonfire Society as they raise money to put on the bonfire and fireworks display.

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

Polegate

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre, from 10am until noon, is this week hosted by Pentanque club. All welcome.

PHOTO COMPETITON: Dan Dunbar is asking local residents to submit photographs under the theme of Polegate and Local Village Life, taken within the local area for the chance for them to be showcased in a calendar in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Images could include local buildings, scenery, events and positive aspects of living and working in the area. The competition is open to all local residents who have until midday on Friday October 25 to enter the images. Calendars will be available from November from St Wilfrid’s Hospice charity shop and other local shops. For more info visit the Polegate Town Councils website or contact Dan on 07743982610 or email dan.dunbar05@gmail.com

DAHLIA ANNUAL SHOW at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday. All welcome. More info from Centre office telephone 482434.

POLEGATE GARDENERS’ SOCIETY are holding a social evening with American Supper on August 25, at the Community Centre. All welcome from 7.30pm. For more info contact Diana Pierce on 482413.

POLEGATE WINE and social club next meeting on August 27, is an illustrated talk by Phil Gardner on Eastbourne in the 1960s. All welcome at the Community Centre in the coffee lounge from 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £3 for visitors with a lucky entrance ticket included. For more info contact Alf Harris on 485134.

NOT ONLY is Trinity Church open for services on Sundays, our minister conducts Baptisms as well. On Sunday our church welcomed the baptism of Hayden Jonathan Tate to our church fold.

GIBBYS TEA rooms and restaurant is open all the year round. Under new management. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays except bank holidays. Also open for evening meals on Friday and Saturday. Open from 10am to 5.30pm. Please telephone for details 482484, visit Jevington Road.

WEDNESDAYS in August there are activities for children. More info from Polegate Windmill or telephone Pat Stevens on 734496.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on August 29 include Folks to Folkington, nearly 5 miles, Wannock, Folkington, and Wannock. Hilly with one steep bit. A few steps, five stiles with Pat and Geoff; or Nutley to Chelwood Gate, nearly 10 miles, some hills, take picnic, few stiles with Christine. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

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. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Tony Wood and 6.30pm Evening service with Ken Davies.

WARBLETON BELLS: Warbleton’s bells have sounded out over the village and surrounding area for well over five centuries. They were last re-hung in 1907, but due to wear and tear, they now need attention. The headstocks, bearings, stays, pulleys and clapper assemblies will be removed and taken to Nicholsons of Bridport for specialist refurbishment. The total cost of this work, including VAT, will be nearly £22,500. However, a saving of £8,500 can be made by the use of local volunteer labour to help with removal and re-installation, and with the re-painting of the frame. The PCC thus face a cost of £14,000. Applications to various grant-making charities are in hand and £5,000 has been raised. In addition, the bell ringers and others, including The Black Duck at the Church Hill Challenge, have made donations of over £700. We have a long way to go. If you can help to maintain the much loved sound of our peal across the fields, please make a contribution to Warbleton PCC c/o David Cleverley or Andrew Russell. All donations will be most gratefully received, and these can be Gift Aided, adding 25 percent at no cost to the donor. All funds are ring fenced for this project.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS are holding their annual art exhibition and sale of work at Wannock Village Hall over the August Bank Holiday. Opening times to the public are from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday; 10am to 5.30pm tomorrow, Saturday and 10am to 5.30pm on Sunday, and 10am to 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday. Admission is free and refreshments are available. A painting, kindly donated by Sue Davies, will be raffled with the proceeds going to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

FESTIVAL OF ALE: This takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Willingdon Village when there will be a large selection of delicious real ales to sample. It is a community event largely organised by the Wheatsheaf’s landlord Martin Hughes and some of his regular customers. Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a beer race when competitors race with a full firkin of beer from Beachy Head brewery to the Wheatsheaf. The race starts at 10.30am and competitors will hopefully arrive at the Wheatsheaf at noon to a cheering crowd and a jug of ale. Pedro entertains from 1pm to 2pm and there is a yard of ale contest. At 8pm an Elvis impersonator will be entertaining and customers are encouraged to dress up as The King. Sunday is a fantastic day of family entertainment. At noon there will be a barbecue with salads, chips and pizzas served in the back garden. At 12.30pm raffle tickets go on sale and there is face painting. At 1pm children’s barrel rolling for under 16s will take place. At 2pm the meat raffle and big cash draw will be held. At 3pm there is more barrel rolling and at 4.30pm the presentations take place. At 5pm, it is the tug of war. At 8pm Gadzooks will be entertaining at the 1940’s theme night. On Monday the fun continues with a steel band at 12pm, a falconry display at 2pm and the Morris Men at 3pm.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, 2pm to 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday and from 2pm to 5pm on Wednesday.

BRITISH QUEEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm The Watson Brothers will be providing the entertainment at The British Queen.

CHURCHES TOGETHER: St Andrew’s Church in Jevington will be holding a church service at 6.30pm on Sunday, at which members of other local churches will come together in worship. Everyone is welcome. St Andrew’s Church is in need of more sides people to welcome visitors to their regular services or you might like to join their choir? It is a lovely old church with a friendly atmosphere.

MUSIC RECITAL: Michael Stumbles, organist at St Mary’s Church, will be directing a music recital on Wednesday, but on this occasion the recital will take place at St Nicolas Church in Pevensey. The concert starts at 7.30pm and taking part will be Willingdon Recital Choir with guest performers. It will be mainly light classical music, vocal and instrumental with solo and ensemble items. Admission is £6.

HOPS GOLF DAY: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be holding their annual golf day on Friday August 30 at Willingdon Golf Club. Teams of four will play and the cost is £30 per person. This includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and prizes. Alternatively, why not sponsor a hole? Proceeds are to help with the maintenance of this lovely art deco cinema, which is mainly run by volunteers. For more information or an entry form please contact Tom Chapman on 01323 842758.

COMMUNITY WEBSITE: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch has an excellent website www.willingdon-neighbourhood-watch.co.uk in which residents can enter their comments, send photos, advertise local events, in fact anything which is not political or defamatory. Recommended traders are listed and there are links to the police, fire and rescue services, CAB and Willingdon Library and many others. Quarterly meetings are held in the vestry at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue, which is usually attended by the local police. The next meeting is at 2.30pm on Monday September 2.

COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch has joined Wealden Community Speed Watch, and a number of residents have been trained by the police in the use of the speed cameras and they will be out and about in the local community very soon. The aim is to encourage motorists to keep within the existing speed limits, rather than trying to catch motorists speeding. If you are interested in being trained by the police to use a speed camera, please contact Ray Ingram, Neighbourhood Watch chairman and speed watch group co-ordinator. More training sessions could then be arranged in Willingdon. Email willingdon.nw@tiscali.co.uk or ring 01323 508634.

THE HYMNS AND PIMMS evening organised by Fr Michael Maine on Sunday August 18 was a huge success. St Mary’s Church Willingdon was packed for the hymn singing and afterwards everyone crowded into Fr Michael’s garden for the Pimms and nibbles on a very pleasant summer evening.

ART CLASSES: Angela Burnap will be continuing her Thursday morning art classes from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Wannock Village Hall and the new term starts on September 26. Angela gives tuition in drawing and painting in watercolour and pastel. She has a few vacancies so for more information please contact her on 01323 842113.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a recreation meeting at Willingdon Community School at 7.30pm on Tuesday. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.