Parish Pump Hailsham - August 24, 2012

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Alfriston

MARGARET KNIGHT will celebrate her 100th birthday this weekend. Margaret taught sports at Eastbourne High School before retiring to Alfriston. However she did not give up her sporting activities until a few years ago. Until 2007, at the age of 95, Margaret was a member of the Alfriston Short Mat Bowling and was one of the team’s most regular and skilful players. She was also working with the Samaritans until just a few years ago and a stalwart member of the WI. Margaret still attends church. We wish her a Very Happy Birthday.

THE CLERGY HOUSE is spending an evening investigating the secret life of bats. Dr Sarah Yarwood-Lovett will give an informative talk on bats followed by a walk around the house and river searching out with detectors these fascinating creatures. The Alfriston Clergy House is home to the Natterers (Myotis nattereri) which are scarce in Sussex and are known to nest in buildings with large wooden beams such as the timber framed Clergy House. The bat evening runs from 7pm to 9pm on September 1. Booking is essential as the event is limited to 20 people. There will be a charge of £5 adults and children £2.50. It is also advised to wear warm clothing and bring a torch for the walk. For further information and to book contact the Clergy House on 01323 871961.

ELECTION of parish councillor held on August 16: There was a turnout of only 31.5 percent to elect a parish councillor for Alfriston. Keith William Halliday was duly elected gaining 132 votes.

FESTIVAL WEEK started last Monday with a delicious Village Supper at Deans Place Hotel. From Wednesday the art exhibition, sponsored by Moira House Girls’ School, opened and will be on display at the URC Hall until Bank Holiday Monday. This coming weekend has the very popular Quiz Night tonight, Friday, at the War Memorial Hall. Tomorrow, Saturday afternoon, the classic cars will once again be on show on the Tye along with Maypole dancing and a family fun run which starts at 2pm. The Smugglers are organising a Tug of War across the river which will be held about 3.30pm. The Eastbourne Scottish Pipe band will play during the afternoon. In the evening the Concentus Chorale Concert will be held in St Andrew’s Church starting at 7.30pm. On Sunday there will be an historic walking tour of the village at 11am and again at 2pm. Drusillas have sponsored the Family Fun Dog Show held on the Tye, which starts at 2pm. The Seaford Band will play throughout the afternoon and at 4pm there will be a display by the Seaford Dog Club. Throwing the wellie competition starts at 4.30pm. On Bank Holiday Monday there will be an early start for Car Booters to gather on the recreational ground at 7am. At noon there will be Maypole Dancing at the Clergy House with free admission to the house and grounds. From 2pm on the Tye there will be the Fair with traditional games and stalls, pony rides, Morris dancing, and throughout the afternoon the Johnny Spice Swing Band will play. The Festival Grand Draw and Dine Out Draw will be held at 5pm.

PARKING will be £1 all day on the Recreational grounds on Bank Holiday Monday. Visitors are asked not to park on the residential streets to enable access for emergency vehicles and free flow for traffic arriving and leaving the village.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church, 11am Holy Communion. 4pm 4 for all at Punnetts Town Village Hall. An informal all age service for all at 4pm.

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is My Week With Marilyn and will be shown next Friday August 31 at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm for drinks, ice cream and cakes).

Burwash

MUSIC NIGHT: The monthly music night takes place tonight, Friday, at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Talented local singers and musicians are hoping you will go along for 8pm start and let them entertain you. If you would like to join them and play or sing you would be very welcome. The licensed bar will be open.

FAIR: The bunting is up, the baking and making is all but done in readiness for the annual summer fair will takes place on Monday afternoon at the Swan Meadow playing fields, just past the Rose and Crown pub. Stall holders will be busy all morning preparing, making sure that everything is ready to give visitors a great afternoon out. Lots to do, buy and see, from the usual raffles and tombolas, pony rides, children’s swing boats, and track train. Sumo wrestling competitions, cakes, books, plants. Plenty of choice for food and drinks throughout the afternoon as live music keeps us entertained. The fun begins at 1pm, with ample parking at the field and donation buckets for entry. Look forward to seeing you all there again.

QUIZ EVENING: Burwash Bonfire Society invite you to a fun general knowledge quiz on Wednesday evening at 8pm at the Rose and Crown pub. Teams of six are invited to attend. For more details please call Mary Clarke on 01435 882918.

RIDE AND STRIDE: On September 8, The Historic Churches Trust (SHCT) is organising another of their Ride and Stride fund raising events, supporting churches in both East and west Sussex. The participants get sponsorship for the number of churches they will visit, be it on foot, bicycle or horse. The total proceeds are then divided equally between their church and SHCT. Anyone who would like to join them can get a sponsor form from the church or visit the website www.rideandstride.info or ring 01243 788265. Last year participants earned over £5,000 for St Bartholomew’s.

COFFEE: A new venture is to begin on Thursday with a drop in coffee and book event to coincide with the visit of the mobile library in the Catholic Church car park. The village hall will be open from 11.30am to 12.30pm for coffee, with books and puzzles being on sale. Anyone is welcome to come along regardless of whether you use the library. Any books and jigsaw puzzles you would like to donate would be very welcome. Please call Shirley Viney on 01435 882497. All funds raised will help towards the redecoration of the main hall next summer.

East Hoathly

CHURCH: On Sunday the service is at 10am and is TGI Sunday.

KING’S HEAD: Tomorrow, Saturday, is Spanish Night at the King’s Head. There is a special menu and please note that booking is essential. Telephone No 01825 840238.

KING’S HEAD CANTER: On Monday which is the August Bank Holiday, the 15th King’s Head Canter will take place. The starting time is at 11am from Chiddingly finishing at the King’s Head. All information can be found on the website www.kingsheadcanter5k.org.uk including photographs of past events.

SHOW SOCIETY: It is probably not too early to start planning entries for the autumn show which is on Saturday September 8. Entry forms should be with Paul Richardson by Wednesday September 5.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Monday 31 August 1761: ‘…In the morn sent my wool to Lewes by John Divol. In the afternoon my brother called on me in his road to Lewes in order to receive both his and my wool money…At home all day; thank God very busy. Oh, how pleasant is trade when it runs in its proper channels, and flows with a plentiful stream. It does, as it were give life and spirit to one’s actions; I think the most phlegmatic constitution must feel its pleasing and enlivening charms.’

Hailsham

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: This evening, Friday, from 7.30pm to 9pm. The medium is Louise Eaton. £5 at the door. The service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Rev Kim Collier and is followed by refreshments. The next 1-2-1 Private Readings are on September 15 from 10am until 2pm. This event allows you to have a private reading with a medium of your choice. Contact (01323) 766435 or 07716225582 to book. All events take place at Primrose Hall.

ST MARY’S: This is the twelfth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Sunday Holy Communion, Noah, the flood and the ark. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups with the same theme. There will be Holy Communion at 2.45pm at Emmanuel church (Hawkswood). 6.30pm Holy Communion at St Mary’s, The invitation not to be missed.

KNIT INN NIGHT: The next will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday. To err is human, we all make mistakes. Sometimes they are insignificant, sometimes the damage is obvious. It would be wonderful if you could go back to the point before they were made. With knitting you can. At the last Knit Night the general consensus was that most knitters deal with mistakes in this way, roving back to the row before the mistake was made. It was agreed that even the smallest mistake, once spotted, looms large in the eyes of the knitter. To correct it therefore, sacrifices of time and sometimes materials are worth it, to achieve perfection. Of course, we know that is not possible, we are only human. If you like knitting or crochet, come to the King’s Head on the second and last Tuesday of every month. For more information, phone Su (07951 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

FLOWER CLUB: Members and guests were treated to a relaxing and enjoyable evening this month when Lady Mary Teviot gave a humorous and engaging talk entitled One Day I Will. This related to how she and her husband became interested in researching heirs and lineage and how this passion became a business, which has been featured in the BBC television programme Heir Hunters. After refreshments the competition Small is Beautiful, a petite exhibit of not more than 25cm in width, depth and height was judged by Stephanie Laing who gave constructive comments on all the entries. Winners in the Beginners class were: 1, Jane Williams; 2, Maggie Phillips. Intermediate: 1, Marie Haward; 2, Sarah McGinn. Advanced: 1, Debbie Dann; 2, Marian Williams; 3, Sue Woodrow. Senior Advanced: 1, Evelyn Evenden; 2, Doris Holt; 3, Christine Campbell-Dyke. Highly Commended Angie Evans. A cheque for £250 raised at a successful quiz evening in April, was presented by president Penny Petrides and treasurer Sarah McGinn to Jenny Coxhead, chairman of the Sussex Kidney Trust. Hailsham and District Flower Club next meet on September 19 at 7.30pm at Whitehouse School, Marshfoot Lane, at which Nel de Jong Smith will be giving a demonstration entitled Flora Bundance.

ANNUAL GOLF DAY fundraiser is on Friday August 31 at Willingdon Golf Club. It costs £30 per player, which includes lunch and prizes. Ring Tom on (01323) 842758 if you would like to take part.

ARTS FESTIVAL: This exciting annual event is running from September 8 to 16 and there are lots of events and activities all week such as comedy, poetry, music, dance and art displays including the ongoing Art in Empty Shops project. The programmes are available now from various venues in and around Hailsham and full details are on the website www.hailshamartsfestival.co.uk

FOOTBALL: One hundred years ago in August 1912, in the Parish Magazine: It seems out of place to be writing about football in this very hot weather, but preparations for the coming season must be made. With this object in view, the annual meeting of the town club was held on Tuesday last. The two clubs have amalgamated, which is a good thing, and now with all efforts concentrated upon one club (United Hailsham FC) we should be able to turn out at least two good teams and club’s supporters should witness good games, played by Hailsham men, in the right spirit. GHE.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: This week services are Hellingly: Regular Services are on a Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday 8am Holy Communion and also at 10.45am and Sunday 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

PLAY AREA: The new play area at Roebuck Park is for the whole community and to this end Hellingly Community Park Trust organised a walk last Wednesday round the area of the new Queen Elizabeth Park at Hellingly Hospital, which is now open to the public. The area consists of four different children’s play areas, to cover all ages, and a pretty, tranquil area of parkland, which has been reclaimed from scrub. There will be seating in this area in the near future. There is a misconception that the area is purely for the residents of Roebuck Park but this is incorrect. The area was designated as a Local Open Space by Wealden DC some years ago, and is open to all local residents. Access is from The Drive and there is a path leading in just below the construction site compound.

TRANSPORT FESTIVAL: Local charities will benefit from this Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club event. There will be steam engines, working exhibits, commercial and military vehicles, stationary engines, motor cycles, cars, buses, tractors as well as models and crafts at this weekend’s August Bank Holiday event starting Saturday through Monday at Broad Farm, Hellingly (BN27 4DS) from 10am to 5pm. There are also trade stands, autojumble, Harris Bros Vintage Fair, spectacular arena events, lady and vehicle competition, children’s attractions and a beer and catering tent. Entry is £8 adults, £2 child, £6 seniors. Free car parking.

MOTHERS’ UNION: Last month members welcomed Ann Swaine who talked about Gatwick Detainee Centres, which are now known as Removal Centres of which there are three separate sites. Tinsley House opened in 1995 at Gatwick Airport and can take 150 detainees awaiting repatriation. The MU was soon involved and provides flowers and donated gifts at Christmas. The second centre, Brook House, opened in 2009 adjacent to Tinsley House. It has four wings with double cells, communal showers, toilets and kitchens and can take 450 people and is run by paid staff. Although people are supposed to be there for only 48 hours while awaiting journeys abroad, some stay much longer, up to two years in some cases. In 2011, Cedars, the third centre was built at Pease Pottage, Crawley. This is very much a family centre, set up to prove a secure facility which respects the privacy and independence of the children and their families. Barnardo’s are very much involved and in training staff. It has nine flatlets in a big mansion set in pleasant grounds. The letters in Cedars stand for the principles the staff work towards – Compassion, Empathy, Approachability, Respect and Support. The UK Border Agency has overall responsibility, G4S deliver security and facilities management, and Barnardo’s provide the welfare and social care service to the families. Due to cuts in legal aid, there are often long delays, which can cause frustration and depression to some detainees. Some have been in centres for more than six months. There is one Christian chaplain available for Brook and Tinsley houses and another for Cedars. Members of the MU respond to periodic appeals for donations of clothing which are taken by paid and volunteer helpers trained to support and befriend detainees in certain circumstances. Ann finished her talk with a couple of poems from a newsletter written by people staying at Brook House. The August meeting of Hellingly Mothers’ Union is the annual walk and lunch in Alfriston on August 23. The next meeting at Hellingly church is on September 11. For more information contact Branch Leader, Jacky Clark, on (01323) 841809.

OPEN GARDEN: Misty Acres on Upper Horsebridge Road will be open in aid of people with learning disabilities for the last time this year on Bank Holiday Monday from noon until 4pm. You are invited to take along a rug and a picnic and enjoy an afternoon in this lovely garden. There will be plants for sale, tea and homemade cake. Admission is £3.50, children free. Going east from the Boship roundabout on the A271, Misty Acres is situated 2nd house on the left. Limited parking.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

FUNDRAISING DAY at Coopers Croft Garden Centre and Cattery, New Road tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of the Kit Wilson Trust (animal rescue charity). Kit Wilson Trust do a magnificent job rehabilitating and re-homing dogs, cats and other pets who are in desperate need of new homes. To help them in their work, Sue and her team are organising a raffle, tombola and the Kit Wilson sales table will be on site throughout the day. There will also be glasses of Pimms on sale and a barbecue. Please feel free to join them and help raise as much money as possible for this particularly worthwhile cause.

BINGO: Wednesday is Bingo time again at the village hall. All are welcome to go along for an afternoon of fun and prize bingo. A book of tickets to cover 12 games is just £3, prizes for both lines and full houses and a jackpot as well. Tea, coffee and cakes served during the interval.

VEGETABLE and Table Top Sale at the Woolpack on Sunday. If you haven’t picked up your entry form there is still a little bit of time. Entry is only 50p per class and there is a special children’s section as well. The general public will be allowed in to view the exhibits at 12.30pm which will also be the start of the table top sale, barbecue and music. Entrance is £1 adults, children free. All money raised will go towards the building of the new Scout Hut.

BOWLS: The first league match of the week was at home against Horam, a win of 64-54 giving them 6.5 points on the table. Their second match was again at home, this time a friendly against Hailsham which they lost 63-75. the next league match was at home against Rotherfield with an important win for our home team, 90-56 giving them eight points on the table. A friendly played away to Gildredge Park was a bit of a blow, with Herstmonceux losing by 27 shots. The last match was a friendly at home to Pett, which our team won 75-63.

QUIZ NIGHT on Saturday September 1 at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street in aid of Wartling Church. The quiz starts at 7pm and tickets, which include a very nice supper, will cost £6.50 and are available by telephoning 833445. All are welcome. Make up their own team of six or just go along and join a team at the hall.

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

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; Wilmington 4.20pm to 4.40pm. 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

REPORT: On August 15 a report was received by our local policing team that a tractor had some damage done to it in the the Church Lane area. If you saw anything suspicious or know any information please contact Sussex Police by dialing 101, ext 65261, quoting ref serial 1592 15/08/12. Other than this there are no other reported crimes in our villages.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Last Saturday’s Summer Show was a real success. The committee would like to thank everyone who entered. It was great to see so many people from the village and local area enjoying the exhibits and teas in the hot afternoon.

THE BOWLS CLUB have been enjoying the good weather this last week. They played Sidley Martlets on August 15 loosing 46-86. On Saturday August 18 they played Ringmer drawing the match at 66-66. August 19 saw them play Guestling winning 70-54.

THREE MEMBERS of the flower group, Christine, Jennifer and Hazel, have been invited to do three floral arrangements for Southwark Cathedral’s Flower Festival this weekend. The Cathedral is a short walk from London Bridge station for anyone wishing to go and have a look at our local talent’s work in the splendour of London.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are still on the look out for new players for the 2012-13 season as they look to strengthen their squad in preparation for their return to the East Sussex Football League Premier Division. As well as players, they are also looking for sponsors, no matter how small, who would like to support their local football team in any way that they can. Please contact Luke Pont on 07872 312266 or lukepont2006@hotmail.co.uk, or visit the team’s website at www.pitchero.com/clubs/hooesportsfc. The club are having a friendly against Little Chelsea tomorrow, Saturday, at Hooe Recreation Ground, kick off at 2pm. This is a great chance to support the local team or make your enquiries for joining or sponsoring.

DANCE: Join Little Stars School of Dance for a new term. Dance and movement with Melody Bear, and now Milligan Bear too, for boys and girls aged 2 to 4 years. Tap and modern for three to four years and a new Reception aged ballet class. All on a Monday in the Reading Room. First class fre of charge, then £3.50 per class. Tel Kirsty on 07582 269 164, email info@littlestar.vpweb.co.uk or visit www.littlestar.vpweb.co.uk.

SOCIAL EVENING: St Mary’s church (Ninfield) are holding a Social Evening Friday on August 31 in the Reading Room. This will be a ‘not the Jubilee or Olympics Quiz Evening’ with a fish and chip supper. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start, food at 8pm. Refreshments of tea and coffee will be available or if you prefer, you are welcome to take your own beer or wine. Tickets are £5.50 available from Nikki 01424 893867 and at church on Sundays. All are welcome to go along and have some food and fun with friends.

PRAM RACE: The carnival committee are holding their annual pram race on Sunday September 2. It will be held on the recreation ground, 11.30am to 2pm. There will be a barbecue, bar and refreshments will be available. As usual there will be races for the following categories: junior, senior, adult and mixed. If you are all fired up after the Olympics and think you can beat the great Usain Bolt, then you can test your speed in races against SID. Fancy dress is invited with prizes for entries. Hopefully, there will be more entries this year (maybe you could go as your favourite Olympian of 2012). Celebrate the end of the summer holidays in style with lots of racing fun. For further information or how to enter, please contact Lorna on 893644.

THE FLOWER GROUP are next meeting on Monday September 3 in the Memorial Hall commencing 7.30pm for a demonstration by Pat McDonald entitled A Walk in the Park. Non members welcome a entrance charge of £3 includes refreshments all flower arrangements raffled at the end of the evening.

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

Polegate

HIRE of the community centre which comprises of hall and stage, lounge, activity room, kitchens, two committee rooms. Please enquire at the office, 54 Windsor Way, Polegate for charges and vacancies, open 10am to noon, and 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Telephone 482434.

IS ANYONE interested to play Scrabble one afternoon? Please contact Maureen on 485971 for more details.

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

RAMBLING CLUB: On August 30 Chiddingly Circular, three miles fairly flat, woods and fields, several stiles with Brenda. Or a longer walk of just over eight miles Taking A Chance Long Man to Alfriston, hilly morning, flat afternoon, few stiles pub or take picnic with Eileen and Heather. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

POLEGATE WI meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Community Centre. Our August meeting is a Garden Party at 2.15pm.

THE DAHLIA SOCIETY show is all day on Sunday at the Community Centre. All welcome from 10am.

LADIES CIRCLE meeting in September is a talk by Ann Bissett, Fun with Poetry. Please contact Polegate Community Centre for the date and time of this event on 482434.

URGENTLY NEEDED person who could organise the existing adverts for the Community News. This job starts in August and usually runs until Christmas. Please contact the office on 482434 10am to noon and 2pm until 4pm for more information.

WINE AND SOCIAL CLUB: The meeting on August 28, will be a talk by Ed Padget who will be amusing everyone with anecdotes and stories as told by Stanley Holloway, including the one where Albert got eaten by a lion. More details from Sheila on 483222.

MILL TOURS at Polegate Windmill on Wednesday, open 2pm to 5pm.

Uckfield

AUGUST: As it’s August I haven’t received any forthcoming events this week. I’m standing by for next week.

FILMING: I was away all last week, filming for a new series. The whole experience was very interesting. It’s all a secret, and I was surprised to be driven from London and put up in The Hydro at Eastbourne. Although I was only down the road I thoroughly enjoyed my break away from home.

PUB: We met our friends last night in the Halfway House because it literally is halfway. We meet up in different places and it’s so sad to see all the empty pubs. They used to be absolutely heaving with people and cars outside. What’s happened to our Sussex social life? The trouble is, we can’t afford to buy more than a couple of drinks and we can’t drink and drive. Maybe some of the pubs could get together or ask the council and arrange a bus or something that travels round the pubs within a certain radius.

SUMMER SHOW: Uckfield and District Horticultural Society Summer Show trophy winners: Banksian Medal, for highest total prize money sections one and two, Philip Manning; Denny Perpetual Trophy, highest points in show, Joan Turner; Frank Brown Memorial Cup, winner of class one, Philip Manning; Shield, for winner class two, Philip Manning; Vegetable Cup, winner of class three, Philip Manning; Buxted Park Trophy, best vegetable, Charles Weller; Major Green Cup, highest points in fruit section, Betty Prowse and Philip Manning; Lady Shawcross Trophy, highest points section two, Joan Turner; Bikini Vase, best vase, Fred Hill; Martinland Rose Bowl, highest points in rose classes, Joan Turner; Col Clarke Cup, highest total points in dahlia classes, Fred Hill; Gladiolus Shield, highest points in gladioli classes, Betty Prowse; Nobby Sweet Pea Trophy, Joan Turner; Uckfield House Bowl, highest total points section three, Pam Ambrose; Henry Parker Trophy, highest points in photography section, Sarah Moxon Hill; Domestic Trophy, highest total points in cookery section, Shirley Bradford; Brandon Trophy, highest total points in handicrafts section, Joan Turner; Frank Brown Children’s Cup, Madeline Lewis and Connie Wallis. Children’s Cup: Group A, Freddie Wallis; Group B Madeline Lewis and Connie Wallis. Doren Ditch Cup for Handwriting, Madeline Lewis.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church, 11am Holy Communion. 4pm 4 for all at Punnetts Town Village Hall. An informal all age service for all at 4pm. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. Heathfield Chapel, 11am morning worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm Evening service with Ken Davies.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: It is the 20th Anniversary of the players this year, and as part of our celebrations we are holding a review from November 28 to December 1. This will consist of a selection of songs and dances from four of our past musicals together with a variety of sketches. Songs and monologues. Like to involved? Then contact Pam on 01435 830856 for acting roles and Anita on 01435 873226 for singing or dancing roles. Rehearsals start in September at the village hall and will be on Monday or Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Perhaps you have been involved in past productions and would like to reprise your role?

Willingdon,

Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS: The preview of Wannock Artists annual exhibition will be taking place at Wannock Hall today, Friday, from 7pm to 9pm. The exhibition will be opened by the chairman Pauline Beddard. Soft drinks, wine and nibbles will be available during the evening. The exhibition will then continue on the Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm and on the Monday from 10am to 4pm, when tea, coffee and soft drinks will be served. There is some very real talent among the Wannock Artists, and 179 of their framed paintings will be on display, which can be purchased by the public, as well as the unframed pictures in the portfolio. Jackie Hurwood has donated her oil painting of Venice for the raffle, the proceeds of which will go to the DGH Oncology Amenities Fund.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. A guided tour of the four floors of the mill is just £1. The museum on the ground floor is also interesting for those less active. Mill souvenirs can be purchased and tea, soft drinks and cake can be enjoyed in the comfortable education room where you can also watch a video on mills if you would like to. There are also toilet facilities.

INSTINCT will be providing the entertainment at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

ALFRESCO DINING and an auction is the next fund raising event to be held in aid of the JPK Project which is aiming to provide supported residential accommodation alongside meaningful day time provision for people with a learning disability. This event is being held from 6pm tomorrow, Saturday, at The Cottage in Dittons Road Polegate, by kind permission of Maureen and John Males. There will be a live band with QED, informal cuisine, an auction, raffle, bar and dancing. Guests of honour will be Eastbourne Mayor Cllr Mike Thompson and his wife Linda. There is parking room in Shephams Lane nearby. Tickets are £10 each and can be obtained by ringing project co-ordinator Jill Parker on 01323 486179.

FESTIVAL OF ALE: Several local pubs will be having beer festivals over the August Bank Holiday. Tomorrow, Saturday, six teams of four will be setting off from Beachy Head Brewery on their way to the Wheatsheaf, with each team manoeuvring a beer cask to see who can arrive first. Each cask will be controlled by ropes and a plank of wood to use as a wedge if the cask looks in danger of rolling away, two men to push and two men to pull. Last year was the first year that this event was held and there were just two teams taking part. The landlord Martin Hughes’ team won in one hour 30 minutes but regulars are determined that this won’t happen again. It is anticipated that the participants will be arriving at The Wheatsheaf about noon. Their arrival marks the beginning of the festival. At 1pm Gary Davies will be entertaining with his ukulele and frog racing will take place at various times during the afternoon. In the evening there will be more music provided by Classic Motown and Doug’s soul disco. On the Sunday doors open at 11.30am and the barbecue will be lit at noon, with more frog racing at various times throughout the afternoon and live music in the pub from 1.30pm with the meat raffle and a big cash draw at 2pm. At 2.30pm barrel rolling up the hill from Chalk Farm will take place and at 3.30pm there will be children’s barrel rolling from the end of Church Street. At 4pm presentations will take place and at 4.30pm there will be tug-o-war competitions. Last year there were men’s teams, women’s teams and children’s teams and so if you hope to take part, wear sensible shoes. At 8pm there is a special jam night with an air guitar competition. On the Monday The Hot Club of Jevington will be playing jazz outside throughout the afternoon, while sampling some of the real ales and the Long Man Morris Men will be dancing at the Red Lion at 4pm, where there will be more real ales.

WILLINGDON LIBRARY will be closed on Monday and Tuesday and will re-open on the Wednesday.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a recreation committee meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday at Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council office. Meetings are open to the public. For further information please ring the parish office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.