Parish pump Hailsham - August 3, 2012

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Alfriston

THE MUSIC FESTIVAL is about to begin today, Friday. A feast of music will be available all week in the village. Details may be found on www.alfristonsummermusic@yahoo.co.uk or from leaflets in stores in the High Street.

THE SUMMER Horticultural Show will open its doors on August 10 at 1pm to 5pm and on August 11 from 11am to 4.30pm. This is always an interesting and well visited show when plans and ideas for next year’s planting can be made while admiring others efforts.

GUIDED TOUR: On Sunday, local historian Kevin Gordon will be providing an Historic Guided Tour of the village setting off from the Market Cross at 2pm. Tickets for this one hour tour are £5 and available on the day.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Family pet service.

FLOWER SHOW: The gardening club’s annual show is next Saturday August 11, featuring all sorts of classes, covering plants, flower arranging, vegetables and cakes photography etc. For details, contact a member of the gardening club.

Hailsham

RAMBLERS: Join Doreen (01323) 442460 if you fancy a lovely nine-mile ramble through Alfriston and Firle, including the old coach road. If that is a bit too far, then try the Wednesday walk of five miles with Maisie (01323) 846737 and Liz (01323) 842022, which is the Alfriston Bo Peep circular, there is one slope at the start. Still a bit too far, then try East Dean to Birling Gap with Nobby (01323) 440624 also on Wednesday. There is one gentle hill and get the bus back to East Dean. There is something very everyone with the Hailsham Ramblers and if you would like to join them on any of their walks ring the walk leader in the first instance for more details and if you would like general information about this merry band of ramblers then ring their Secretary Jill on (01323) 843530.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: The Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Sandra Stevenson and is followed by refreshments. The next clairvoyant evening is on Saturday August 11 with medium, Tricia Bamsey, from 7.30pm to 9pm and is £5 at the door. There are 1-2-1 private readings on Saturday August 18 from 10am until 2pm and 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: 8am Sunday Holy Communion. The Way of the World is the theme running through to the end of September starting on August 5 and All Age Special services being on the first Sunday of each month with crèche provided. The theme for the 6.30pm Sunday evening prayer services is In the Line of Fire starting this Sunday with Olympic Lessons.

ORGAN CLUB: The club will be welcoming again the very talented organ player, Brian Hazelby, to their next show on Wednesday at Hailsham Pavilion. This superb performer always attracts a big following. You do not have to be a member to enjoy the show, just turn up and pay on the door. The show starts at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Further details are available from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

HOPS TOMBOLA: The Hailsham Old Pavilion Society is running a tombola at Tesco next Saturday, August 11. The annual Golf Day is on Friday August 31 at Willingdon Golf Club. It costs £30 per play and includes lunch and prizes. Ring Tom on (01323) 842758 if you would like to take part and also if you are not able to play, perhaps you or your company could sponsor a hole for £50.

Heathfield,

Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

WASTE RECYCLING SITE: Veolia Environmental Services and East Sussex County Council have started a trial of new summer opening hours at the Heathfield household waste recycling site. The new schedule began on Monday. From July 30 the site will be opening and closing one hour earlier from Monday to Saturday. The new hours will be from 8am to 5pm Mondays to Saturdays and 9am to 6pm on Sundays. Veolia says this will increase the opportunities for residents to use the site during the morning, allowing people who work from 9am to 5pm to use the site before going to work: ‘The average number of visitors using the site between 5pm and 6pm is very low. However visitors often arrive before 9am. Therefore we think the new hours will prove more popular.’

THE SUMMER SHOW is coming up soon. The show will be held on Saturday, August 18 from 2pm to 4.45pm at Heathfield Community Centre. Admission costs £1 and children can get in free. There will be refreshments, a raffle and plant sale. To find out more ring 01435 864875.

WEALDEN BUSINESS EXPO: Don’t forget to put this date in your diary. You don’t have to have a business to find it interesting and useful. The Expo takes place on Tuesday, October 16 from 10am to 4pm ins State Hall. Organisers say there will be loads of local businesses showcasing their products and services. They have taken on board feedback from last year’s event, made some changes and introduced some exciting new features this year. These include a reception area to welcome visitors; free goody bags of vouchers; and a packed programme of free seminars. For information, to take part or simply to find out more visit: www.wealdenbusinessexpo.co.uk or contact Barbara Hibbart on info@barbarahibbartcoaching.co.uk or ring on 01435 865135

SOUTH DOWNS OPERA will perform Tosca on Saturday, October 20 at 7.30pm at the State Hall. Tickets cost £15 from: www.wegottickets.com/southdownsopera or from John Jenkins, Kotimaki, Tottingworth Park, Broad Oak, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 8UH

PRE SCHOOLS: Heathfield is lucky to have a wide range of good pre-schools which specialise in caring for young children and preparing them for the big, wide world of primary school. Broad Oak Pre-School which takes place at Broad Oak Village Hall and has an Ofsted outstanding’ report. It’s been going more than 40 years. Find out more on 01435 864326. Young Haymakers meet at an idyllic setting at Kirby Farm, Foxhunt Green. It’s a kindergarten and Montessori nursery school combining the principles of the Foundation Stage with traditional Montessori methods for two to five year olds. For details contact Trish Pepper at Kirby Farm on 01435 812555, email younghaymakers@hotmail.com. Another is the Welcome Pre-School at Alexandra Road, Heathfield which has fully qualified staff and is also Ofsted registered. Find out more at 01435 864646.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Regular Services at Hellingly church are on a Thursday 8am Quiet Prayer, 8.30am Vicar on Tap, available to members of the community in church, 9am Morning Prayer and 9.30am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) and every Sunday 8am Holy Communion at 10.45am and Upper Dicker 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

FUN DOG SHOW: There will be stalls as well as classes for the waggiest tail, prettiest bitch and handsomest dog amongst many other categories at this event on Sunday August 12 at Dicker Hall, Coldharbour Road. The event starts at noon and you can pick up more information from the Dicker News in the village shop.

VILLAGE SHOW: The Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society presents Dig for Victory, a village show with a 1940s touch on Sunday at 1.30pm. There will be flowers, vegetables, crafts, events, sideshows and much more and which will be supporting local good causes. The prize money is generously sponsored by Sam Hobden Records.

PARISH COUNCIL: At its meeting in May the draft minutes report that the residents association had commented on the various community facilities to be provided at Roebuck Park. No response has been received from the cricket club. At the time of this meeting it had not been possible to organise a meeting concerning Broadband. Comments were awaited later that month. The chairman informed the council on the introduction of the County Infrastructure levy which might result in a lump sum being made available to parish councils for houses built within their boundary. Finally, the council was asked to request that the new bus service be routed via New Road.

ROEBUCK PARK: The first phase of parkland and play areas at Roebuck Park, the former Hellingly Hospital estate, will be officially opened on Friday August 10 at 11am by the chairman of Hellingly Parish Council Cllr David White, the chairman of the Hellingly Community Park Trust (HCPT), Cllr Gill Hesselgrave and by Diana Lock the original chairman of HCPT. Representatives of the estate developer, Persimmon Homes South East will also be present. Entry will be from The Drive, Hellingly. Once the formal opening is complete parishioners will be able to enjoy many acres of restored parkland and brand new play areas suitable for children of all ages. Further phases of the development, including lakes and cricket facilities will be open once the preparation and nearby construction work is complete. There will be a cricket pavilion, community hall and allotment gardens, all paid for by the developer as part of the planning agreement. The Hellingly Community Park Trust are delighted that the first section of the Park, the children’s play area, on the Hellingly Hospital site are soon to be opened. This will be known as Hellingly’s Queen Elizabeth Park as it will be opened in her Jubilee year. After the opening the HCPT will have members available to talk to the public, so do go along. They are also arranging a conducted member’s walk round this part of the site on Wednesday August 15 at 6.30pm.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

SQUEEZE: Please note that there will be no Squeeze Breakfast Club in August because so many are on holiday. The next one will fall on September 2, the first Sunday in the month, in the village hall. The same warm welcome awaits you at the Free Church in Chapel Row on every Sunday morning at 10.45am. There was a strong influence from the Olympic Games at the meeting in July. Breakfast over; the time had come for events for the untrained: tossing bean bags into a bin, paper plate discus throwing, and a one-minute walk with the prize going to the one who covered the given distance in nearest to one minute. The more energetic could compete in high-jump and long-jump tiddly-winks and even make a victor’s wreath from real leaves. Or unwind jumbled-up sports such as simimgw, kricet and sngilai. Carpet bowls may not yet be an Olympic event, but the Squeeze mini-version is gathering strength. There are several verses in the New Testament which compare the discipline of the Christian life with the rigours of training for athletic events.

BOWLS: Our bowls team are still not really up to scratch and it showed in three out of four matches last week. The first was a friendly at home against Buxted Park, which our team lost 62-79. The second friendly was away against Pett, and again Herstmonceux lost 55-70. Their third match was away to Ringmer for a league match, this time our team won 63-60 giving them six points on the league table. The last match was at home to Motcombe Park, our team lost 58-80.

DIG FOR VICTORY: The Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society annual flower show is on Sunday. This year with WW2 vehicles, maggot racing, tug o war, dog show, the Warbleton Band, a charity auction and a jazz and swing band as well as sideshows and displays. Trophies and medals will be awarded in the flower and vegetable event. Schedules are obtainable form the Merrie Harriers at Cowbeech. The show opens at 1.30pm.

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.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Tomorrow, Saturday, is the 135th Summer Show which will be held at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street, 2pm to 4.30pm. All are welcome. Plenty of free parking, children free of charge and adults £1 each.

OPEN GARDEN: At Peter and June Townley on Sunday. A beautiful garden with a variety of stalls, games for children and adults alike, as well as a good refreshment stall for teas, cakes etc. All are welcome. Money raised will go to the Herstmonceux church fund. For further information please contact Pam on 833079.

FUN DAY: The Brewer’s Arms will be holding a Fun Day on Saturday August 18 at which any money raised will be donated to the Herstmonceux Scouts New Hall Fund.

SUNDAY AUGUST 26: The Woolpack Inn Vegetable Show and Table Top Sale with barbecue and music. Entrance fee £1, children free. Any donations for the barbecue will be very gratefully accepted. Don’t forget to pick up your schedule at the pub.

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; Millfield, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. 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

THE HISTORY GROUP had a packed July meeting with standing room only in the Reading Room on Thursday July 19 which gave a record attendance at the meeting. The group was delighted to welcome several members of the Pook family. Some had travelled from Australia for a family reunion of over 30 people covering three generations. The family once ran a shop in Lower Street, now the general stores and have many connections with Ninfield and surrounding area. Brian Broughton and Jim Hoad recalled memories from their younger days which were greatly enjoyed. There were recollections of Ninfield in wartime as well as more light-hearted episodes. They hope to record as much information as possible in the group archive which is being compiled. The next meeting of the Group will be on Thursday September 20. There will be a talk by John Cheshire entitled What the Census Tells Us. On Thursday October 18 a guest from Bexhill Museum will be talking about The Brassey Family. Everyone is welcome to the meetings. There is a charge of £1 for members and £2 for non-members to help cover the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. Annual membership costs £10. For more information please contact acting chairman Rod Ffoulkes ken.ffoulkes@which.net / Tel: 893635.

THE BOWLS CLUB fared better last week (possibly helped by the sun shining and helping us all to feel much better). On July 25 they played against St Johns Mead Eastbourne and lost 94-61. On July 27 they played Hampden Park at home winning 92-85. They played Gullivers on Sunday July 29 winning 95-67, even with a strong wind coming off the seafront. On Saturday July 28 they were involved in the Roundheads versus Cavaliers which was followed by a BBQ.

COFFEE MORNING: The Methodist Church is holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am to noon. There will also be a bring and buy stall. This is in memory of Ron Wells who was our village baker for many years. Proceeds raised will be shared between St Michael’s Hospice and The Stroke Association.

GARDEN LUNCH: The Arthritis Research Summer Garden Lunch is also being held tomorrow, Saturday, at Elm Cottage, Marlpit Lane, 12.30pm. This is by kind invitation of Pete and Carol. All Welcome by booking with Ann 892593. Tickets £7.50 each.

OLD CAR CLUB: Hooe’s Old Car Club is holding their annual Car Show on the Hooe Recreation Ground on Sunday, from 11am to 5pm. This show, which is in its 43rd year, is now acclaimed in the national motoring press and even in America. 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 The 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. The newly formed Hooe Youth Club will be participating in the activities.

THE ACTIVITIES that CreativeBexhill Community Interest Company had arranged for Tuesdays at the Memorial Hall have been cancelled due to a lack of interest. There will therefore not be any Feel Better With A Book or Gentle Yoga this Tuesday.

PCSO Daryl Holter is holding a meet and greet on Wednesday, 9am at Ninfield Village Stores. This is a great opportunity for you to discuss any policing issues that you may have with Daryl.

FOOTBALL TRAINING linked to the Youth Forum. A group of young lads (and hopefully a few girls) from the village are starting football training on Thursday night, 6pm to 7pm. They have one coach, but could do with more help. If you have a background in coaching or just an interest in football and would be willing to donate an hour a week to help out, please call Kaye Crittell 01424 892883 for more information.

NW: Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch are looking for volunteers to help man SID, the Speed Indicating Device to help curb speeding through our village. If you would like to help please contact Rod Ffoulkes on 893635.

CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP are raising money for Chestnut Tree House Childrens Hospice by holding a coffee morning and/or mini lunch on Wednesday. This will be held at Little Acre, Church Path, 10.30am to 2pm. There will be a bring and buy, raffle and plants for sale. All contributions would be greatly appreciated be it from any village individual or a local company. Oh, and don’t forget to take a friend.

HOOE OPEN GROUP next meet on August 10, 2.30pm at the Bexhill Museum in Egerton Road. The museum will lay on a special presentation of their exceptional costume collection, consisting of both over and undergarments, ranging over a period of some 300 years. After this fascinating and knowledgeable presentation the members will walk to the De La Warr Pavilion, for a cream tea, taken in a reserved section of the first floor lounge. The cost will be just £5. As always this will be a most memorable event so why not invite a friend? For further details contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service, 6pm Book of Common Prayer Communion. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Topsy Brice.

Polegate

WANTED photos of Polegate and district, to be included on the 2013 calender. Please send your photos to Polegate Town Council, 49 High Street. For more information telephone 07743982610 or email dandunbar@fsmail.net the proceeds from the calendar are going to charity.

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

RAMBLING CLUB: On August 9, Good Walk, Golden Martlet, Hellingly, five miles mainly fields, some hills (up and down) nine stiles leader at start, with Peter S. Or a longer walk of 10 miles A Walk On the Downs in August, undulating down land starting on newest footpath in the National Park, take picnic with Pauline. Meet 9.30am at Wannock Road Recreation Ground.

THE COFFEE MORNING on Saturday August 11, at Polegate Community centre, is hosted by the Building Fund, with stalls, bric-a-brac, raffle, coffee and tea in the lounge from 10am until noon. Do come and support us.

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION meet at St John’s Church Hall on the First Tuesday of each month at 10am for coffee, bingo, raffle and local news and information. As of August 7 they are also going to meet on the first Tuesday evening of each month at the Junction Tavern, Station Road from 7pm. Everyone is welcome to come along. Membership is £2.50 per household per year and can be paid at either venue or by ringing 01323 487630 and requesting a collection. We thank Michelle of the Junction Tavern for inviting us to hold our evening meet and greet there and look forward to seeing as many residents’ as possible at this additional meeting place.

THE TWINNING ASSOCIATION is having a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre from 10am to noon. All welcome.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Family pet service. Weather permitting this will be in the car park, next to the church rooms. All sorts of pets and their owners are welcome. We had a good service in the marquee last week, with the congregations of Warbleton, Bodle Street, Dallington and Heathfield chapel, joining together in the tent. Despite a heavy shower earlier in the morning, the weather stayed fine but a bit windy, and we were able to spread out on to the Green afterwards, for a picnic and rounders. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship and communion with Paul Daniels. 6.30pm Evening service with Neil Thornicroft.

RUDE MECHANICALS: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company return to Rushlake Green with their latest production Who saw Marjory Daw?, on Thursday. This comedy, set in 1968, features a rookie journalist investigating the disappearance of the celebrity model Marjory Dawson. Tickets are available on 01323 501260 or on their website. Remember it is an outdoor performance, in the evening, so warm clothing is advisable. Also, pack a picnic.

FLOWER SHOW: Entries were a bit down this year, which is not surprising considering the weather we have had. We had an ideal day weather wise, dry with some cloud keeping the temperature pleasant, for the activities of the afternoon. The show was opened by Derek Mepham, who was one of those lucky enough to have been chosen as an Olympic torch bearer, who did his 300m in Pevensey. He was chosen for his work in raising £40k for Hospice in the Weald and more for other charities, by running 10 London Marathons. At the show he was supporting Clic Serjeant (cancer and Leukemia in children), by people having their photo taken with him and the torch. After declaring the show open, he did a lap of honour with the torch. After the children’s pets had been judged we had a display of dog agility by Wealden Agility Society. The activities ended with the traditional children’s races.

Results: Lin Collins did very well, winning a number of cups, the Championship Trophy for overall points in all classes, the Dunn Challenge Cup for highest points in floral art, the Phillips Cup for best exhibit in floral art, joint winner with Don Clark and Lesley Morgan of the Bower Cup for highest number of points in handicraft section, the Dowden Cup for highest points in flowers and plants, the Honor Southam Cup for the best rose in show and the Muriel Lucas memorial Trophy for best Hydrangea. Vivian Bowen won the RHS Banksian Medal for highest points in all horticultural classes. Neil Post won the Kelly Cup for best exhibit in vegetables and fruit, and the Herbert Cup for highest number of points in those classes. The Norman Buss Cup for the longest runner bean went to Doug Jones. Emily Evans gained the Barnes Challenge Cup for highest points in Junior section and Jasmine Evans the Austin Cup for most entries in the Junior section. The Sweetman Cup for best eggs exhibit went to J Barnes. The chairman’s Cup for the highest number of points in the eggs classes went to Wendy Greaves. Sharon Coleman and Sally Grey shared the Clapper Cup for highest number of points in cookery and preserves. There are three Dian Mills Cups for cookery – 11a and under Jasmine Evans, 16s and under Katy Mountfield, Inspired Chef of the year Douglas Elvidge. The Knibb Trophy for best blooms (classes 100-114) went to Rosemary Wootten-Whitling. Robin Groves gained the Silver Rose Bowl for the most fragrant rose. The Poultry Cup for best exhibit went to Katy Ansell. The best kept dog gained Orla Groves the Joan Oliver memorial Challenge Cup, and the Junior Pets Cup went to Bella Henderson.

We have a very hard working committee who meet regularly to plan this show. Our thanks are due to them and all those who assist them on the day. Particular thanks are due to Paul and staff at The Stores, for issuing the schedules and receiving the entry forms etc, and to John and Mary Brenchley for the water and electricity, over the weekend. Next year 27 July 2013 and the AGM is on Tuesday 15 January 2013 at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Refreshments will be served.

THE BUFFALOES: After sorting out the marquee, we gathered for a great evening’s entertainment by East Grinstead Band, The Buffaloes. We were treated to the wonderful music of the 50s, 60s and a little of the 70s. They are the traditional beat combo three guitars and a real drum kit. When they were playing Apache I closed my eyes, and it could have been the Shadows; mind you, they didn’t do the Shadows’ fancy footwork. A little while into the evening, supper having been consumed, one brave lady danced solo, and after that, at least half of the audience rose to their feet. Not being a natural dancer, I remained seated but my toes were tapping all evening.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band and audience were all seated in front of the marquee, on Sunday afternoon, Sian Buss was about to raise her baton, and it started to rain. We all quickly moved into the marquee and the concert started. As well as their usual wide repertoire of tunes, they accompanied mezzo-soprano Sidonie Winter, who sang a number of songs including well known ones from the last night of the Proms – sea shanties, Rule Britannia etc. There was much waving of Union Flags. A great conclusion to a hectic weekend, for the band as well, as they played at the flower show.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

CHURCH FAIR: The sun shone brightly for St Mary’s Church Fair with its circus theme. It was held on July 21, and the two young children The Prince and Princess who were to open the event arrived in a 1953 Morris Minor convertible and were heralded in to the arena by the Kingfisher Band along with ring master Canon Martin Onions. The various stalls all did a roaring trade and the archives in the church were another great attraction. Serena Thompson, who had organised the fair, said that the event had made £4,650 for the church and she congratulated all the stall holders and those who had given so generously.

VILLAGE FETE: St Andrew’s Church Jevington raised approximately £3000 at their village fete, another excellent result.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL: Members of Willingdon Neighbourhood Panel met on July 17. PCSO Ali Beadon was present along with PC Mike Morton. Speeding is still a problem on The Seven Sisters Road and speed checks will continue to be made. Dangerous parking outside the two schools continues to be a concern in term time and this will be further discussed at the next meeting after the school summer holidays. It was felt that whenever possible, unwanted items should be taken direct to a charity shop rather than left in a bag by the side of the road. However, if the items are to be collected, it is important to make sure that they are going to a legitimate charity, which will receive all the funds, and that the driver is actually from that charity. If you are suspicious, take the registration number of the van and report it. Other concerns voiced by the panel were bogus phone calls and bogus emails. Promises of money owed to you should be ignored, especially if the caller wants your bank details. An unsolicited offer to sort out problems with your computer is another scam. Most people do have some slight problems with their computer, but do not fall for one of these tricksters – use a genuine IT technician.

CHAMPAGNE and Strawberries. A fund raising event is being held in aid of Action Medical Research for Children for Life, to celebrate 60 years of vital research that has helped change the lives of thousands of children. From 6pm to 8pm today, Friday, champagne and strawberries will be served at 38 Wish Hill Willingdon (outdoors weather permitting). Tickets are £10 each to include canopies, beer or soft drinks. For further information ring 01323 506524 or 01323 646286.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Gill Sadler will be giving a demonstration entitled Show Stopper.

COFFEE MORNING: An Action for Children’s coffee morning will be taking place at 10am tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church Hall.

ALEX GOLD will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at The Wheatsheaf.

FRIENDLY CUPPA: On Thursday a friendly cuppa will be served in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am to noon so do go along and make new friends.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: As well as the normal opening hours from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday afternoons, Polegate Windmill has special events taking place on the Wednesdays during August. On Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm there will be a mill art afternoon for all ages. It will commence with a guided tour of Polegate Windmill and the cost is £1 per person. Drawing and art tuition will be given by Peter Martin. Please ring him on 01323 731514.

CHARITY EVENT: The next fund raising event for the JPK Project takes place at the Manor Barn at Bexhill on Friday August 10 from 7.30pm to 11pm. There will be dancing and live music with Billy Miller, singer of swing and up-tempo songs. There is a staffed bar, a cold buffet and desserts, raffle and tea or coffee. Tickets are £12 each or £6 for the under 11’s or for those with a learning disability. Please ring Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or Carol Short on 01424 810454. Alternatively send a cheque made out to the JPK Project to Jill at 7 Wannock Avenue, Lower Willingdon BN20 9RP or Carol at 1 Jubilee Villas 55a Cantelupe Road Bexhill TN40 1PP. The JPK Project aims to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm on Saturday August 11. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including tea and coffee is £2.50. For further information, ring Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

THE GIBBS TRIO will be giving a recital at 7.30pm on Monday August 13 at St Mary’s Church. These three young performers are all studying music at academies in London. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon on Friday August 17 at Trinity Church Hall when the menu will be luxury fish pie, seasonal vegetables, fruit salad and cream followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place call Jennie on 01323 484189.

TRINITY CHURCH HALL and Community Room with their excellent facilities are available for hire. For further information ring Ruth on 07901971527 or email trinityhire@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY MARKET: Don’t forget Willingdon Community Market which is held every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm in Trinity Church Hall. Stalls include fruit and vegetables, plants, hand crafts, farm eggs, jams, chutneys and pickles, cakes and quiches, jewellery, wood crafts and bird food.