Parish Pump Hailsham - August 9, 2013

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ALFRISTON

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The Annual Show will be held in the War Memorial Hall from today, Friday at 1 pm to 5pm and Saturday from 11 am to 4.30pm. Members have been very busy preparing their entries. Visitors are very welcome to admire and perhaps make plans to join and be inspired to be the winning entry next year. There will be refreshments available.

THE 300 CLUB: meets on Tuesday August 13 at The George at 8pm. The monthly gathering to witness the lucky numbers being drawn is a convivial meeting for a chat with friends.

BINS - a very emotive word in Alfriston. We have no doubts that eventually the new system will sort itself out but at the moment we are all in some confusion as to when the bins will be collected. We hope that by the time you are reading this all bins will have been emptied and next week’s collection will be as planned. This ‘confusion’ has resulted in a constant exchange of e-mails up-dating the arrangements none of which at the time of writing, have come to pass.

ALFRISTON FESTIVAL: Tickets for the Family Quiz Night, The Festival Revue and the British Legion Concert are now on sale at Hicks, The Newsagents in Waterloo Square. The Quiz Night will be on August 23 at 7pm in the War Memorial Hall. Teams should be no more than six people. A light supper is included in the ticket price of £6. The War Memorial Hall is also the venue of The Festival Revue on August 24 at 7pm. The evening of sketches, music and cabaret acts featuring the Alfriston Players will be supported by the Festival Band. Tickets are £8 and include a wine and cheese supper. The Little Common Royal British Legion Band Concert starts at 7pm at St Andrew’s Church. The ticket price of £7.50 includes a glass of wine or soft drink in the interval.

HAILSHAM

CATTLE MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday and on the second Saturday of every month there will be plenty of fresh local produce at the Cattle Market, Market Street, Hailsham from 9am to 12.30pm. From meats, cakes, organic milk, eggs, fruit and veg, breads, honey, shellfish and fresh fist, meat pies, jams and pickles, fruit juices, cheeses, sauces, plants and lots more including a crafts section, market café and free parking. For more details contact Phil brooks on (01323) 449478 or visit www.hailshamfarmersmarket.co.uk.

GEORGE MEWS MARKET: Stallholders wanted for a new market to be held in the Mews at George Street. Sponsored by Wetherspoons, Fine Florists and Hailsham Pet Supplies, stalls are £10 and the market will be launched this month. If you would like a stall get in touch with Martin Tippett of Hailsham Pet Supplies, George St Mews on 07580 103508 or pop in. Organisers would particularly like to hear from such sellers of jewellery, fruit and veg, meat and already have a pastries and chocolates by My Home Bake coming along.

CHURCH SERVICES: This is the eleventh Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) – A Child of the Father, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups – The God of Victory. 6.30pm Evening Prayer – Gospel Freedom. There is a Holy Communion Service at Emmanuel Church on Hawkswood at 2.45pm.

OPEN CHURCH: Since June a team of volunteers have been welcoming a steady number of visitors into the church building during the week. Many reasons bring folk in and the team is always glad to see them. Local folk pop in, some working nearby during their lunch break, visitors who had links with Hailsham in the past or holidaymakers from different parts of the UK as well as Germany and even Australia. Many want to learn more about the historic features of the building or to look through photographs and information booklets on its history, or have time to reflect and pray. A friendly chat over a coffee perhaps and an opportunity to take free literature and view a DVD explaining more about the Christian faith. The art exhibition in June drew in folk keen to view art by church members and was well received with many positive comments. Live music has been enjoyed too, singing and organ recitals and there is more to come in August and during the Arts Festival week in September. As it is the school holiday time why not invite friends and family with children to visit and do the specially designed activity trail and colouring sheets. Open church takes place Tuesday to Thursday from noon until 2pm and during Bite-In on Fridays from 9.30am to noon (closed first and last week of August due to other events). A big thank you is offered to all involved.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Corinthian church service at Primrose Hall, 15a London Road, Hailsham from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Phillip Towler.

CRAFT WORKSHOP: If you want to learn how to make a pasta necklace or bracelet, make beautiful charm bracelets, pottery, paint ceramics then book into a craft workshop at Dippy Doodahs at 52 Hailsham High Street. The first of these workshops is on Tuesday August 13 from 10am to noon.

SCARECROW DESIGN WORKSHOP: This event is to help you design your scarecrow for the Medieval Scarecrow competition. Workshops will be at the Town Council offices in Market Street on August 13 and 14 from 10am to 2pm for 6-11 year olds. Refreshments will be provided and under 10s must be accompanied by an adult. Hailsham Town Council invites you to make your own scarecrow with a medieval theme. Entry into the competition is free and there is a prize for each category. Categories are: Best child, best group (clubs, schools etc), personal, business, best use of recycled materials. Scarecrows to be with Hailsham Town Council by August 27 2013. For more information and to download an entry form, visit www.hailsham-tc.gov.uk or pop in and see them. Look for the scarecrow in local shops and get an entry form there. For further information contact Hailsham Town Council on (01323) 841702.

MURDER MYSTERY: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 7.30pm for 8pm start at Summerheath Hall, Summerheath Road, Hailsham, there will be plenty of red herrings and clues for all to enjoy when the Hailsham Lions present a Murder Mystery performed by the highly entertaining Catsfield Players. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets are £5 in advance from Joy 840382 or Yvonne 845715. In aid of the Sussex Air Ambulance and other local charities.

U3A: On Monday the Discussion Group will be talking about embarrassments. What do we find embarrassing? Do we tell our best friend if they are unknowingly being embarrassing? Do we think our politicians or other public figures are embarrassing? All very embarrassing, but it could be a good, light-hearted discussion, hopefully without too many red faces! If you think you might have something to say then join the group, which meets at Diplocks Hall and is around £1 depending on numbers and you get a cuppa and a biscuit. There are lots of diverse groups within the U3A from garden visits to opera and dog walks. If you would like to be a part of the organisation or any of its groups call Sue in the first instance on (01323) 840797.

KNITTING GROUP: At the last get together there was a lot of talk about modern yarns, sparked by one member of the group using a yarn that changed thickness every 30cm or so. The very pleasing result was, a soon to be completed, lacy t-shirt. To achieve laciness in the past, complicated stitches were used, and often took time to complete. Another favourite for the experienced knitter are FairIsle patterns, using multiple yarns in changing sequences. Now space-dyed yarns produce similar effects, with far less effort. The skill and ingeniousness of yarn producers can only be admired. The ever expanding variety of yarn available, increasing the possibilities for knitters of all abilities. Knit’Inn Nights in August are on Tuesday 13 and Tuesday 27 from 7.30pm at the King’s Head, Hailsham. For more information phone Su (05791 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

CHARITY NOMINATIONS: Do you have a favourite charity that you think would benefit from a boost to their funds? Then Waitrose Community Matters scheme would like to hear from you. Just pop into the store in Hailsham and pick up a nomination form and surprise a worthy cause. The Hailsham branch covers areas as far as Bexhill and Rye. It is easy to do and your favourite charity could benefit from the green token scheme which runs for the benefit of three charities a month. Customers are awarded a green token with every purchase and they can choose to drop it into the collection chamber which they would like to support and at the end of the month the coins are apportioned between those charities which could amount to hundreds of pounds.

HISTORICAL & NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY: The Society meets on Wednesday August 14 at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Hailsham. The talk is by Melanie Gibson-Barton entitled Through Flanders Fields. All welcome. Nonmembers £2.50.

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday August 14 Eastbourne’s own organ star Rod Pooley is the guest. All meetings are at the Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham, on the second Wednesday of each month. Nonmembers are most welcome at all meetings, which start at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm. For more info on any show phone Charles Clegg on 01323 762411, or go to www.emjaymusic.com and go to the Hailsham Organ Club page.

BONFIRE BINGO: For a fun bingo evening go along to the Charles Hunt Centre at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30 next Friday August 16 and help raise money for the Hailsham Bonfire Society’s evening in October. Not long to go now. The Bonfire Society meets at Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road on the first Monday of every month from 8pm. All welcome if you wish to know more about the Bonfire Society.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

Hellingly - Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. 6.30pm Evensong. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Community (BCP). Upper Dicker – Family Service (CW) 9.15am.

WEALD CRAFTS: There will be exhibitions and sales of genuine crafts made by people living and working in the Weald on Sunday August 11 from 10.30am to 5pm at Blackstock Farm, Grove Hill, Hellingly, BN27 4HF. Formerly Wealden Craftworkers, Weald Crafts is a non-profit making organisation whose main objective is to promote both functional and decorative crafts across Sussex and Kent. They aim to provide suitable venues for the sale of members’ work and encourage, by means of education, the development of traditional skills in The Weald. Also the aim is to highlight the wealth of skills available locally and in doing so, provide the opportunity for members of the public to have access to a wide range of quality products at a reasonable cost. Entry is free. Visit

www.wealdcrafts.co.uk.

40s SING ALONG: Come along to Orchard House, Cowbeech BN27 4JQ on Sunday August 18 from 3.30pm and sing along to well known music from the 1940s made popular by Vera Lynn and Anne Sheraton. Anne Sheraton’s niece will be bringing along some memorabilia to the event for all to see.

The event is free but a collection will be held for the Hellingly Hospital Memorial Fund which aims to place a memorial stone in the cemetery at North Street for all those who died at the hospital and were buried at the cemetery without a stone. The memorial will bear the date the hospital closed and a small inscription. Approximately £1,500 is needed and a stonemason is ready. For

the purposes of catering, please contact Sylvia on (01323) 856448 or John (01323) 831621 if you would like to come along.

MALAWI ADVENTURE: Paul and Wendy Holmes invite you to join them at Arlington village hall on Wednesday August 14 at 7.30pm to listen to a talk and view a slide show about their experiences in Malawi in 2012. Entry is free but donations of either money or gifts for the children of Kajendere School, would be most welcome. Light refreshments will be available.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

VILLAGE FAIR: On Saturday August 24 Orchard View Park in Victoria Road stage their Village Fair. Stalls to include bottle tombola, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs, jewellery, hoopla, hand made greetings and more. They will also be running a raffle and serving cream teas. All are welcome; entry is free. If you would like to take a stall they will be £10 payable in advance. Please contact Lou on lou28inspain@hotmail.com

WINDMILL: A reminder that the windmill at Windmill Hill will be open on August 18, 25 and 26 when guides will be happy to welcome and show you around the mill and should you need further information please go to their website on www.windmillhillwindmill.org

WALKING CLUB: Will be holding their next scheduled walk on Tuesday. At this point they are not certain as to where the two leaders, Tamsin and Verity, are planning to take everybody. It will possibly be somewhere around Old Heathfield, however, to find out where they want to meet and where they will be going, please contact 848790.

BOWLS CLUB: Not the best of results for the last week. Their first match was a friendly at home to Seaford which our home team lost by 25 shots. The next match, a league match at home against Maresfield, was a draw of 72 shots each which gave Herstmonceux four points on the table. Next was away to Maresfield who play on artificial turf which Herstmonceux always find difficult. Herstmonceux lost but only by 14 shots. The last match of the week was away to East Dean and Friston, which they won by 10 shots.

BOOGIE BEAT Music and Movement run by Melanie on August 22 and 29 between 10.30am and 11.30am at Lime Cross Nurseries. These classes are suitable for ages of six months plus. Over sixes go free and can join in or just watch. Contact Melanie on 503541 or 07853950274 or you can contact the nursery direct on 833229. A reminder too that they are also holding a Summer Treasure Hunt on a daily basis throughout August between 10am and 4pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy communion (BCP) along with the Celtic Service will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Holy Communion (CW) along with Worship and Prayer being held at Wartling church at 9.45am and 11am respectively.

PARISH MAGAZINE: Please note that all copy for the Herstmonceux Parish News is to be sent to Adam Hooper, Tremayne House, Wartling Hill, Wartling BN27 1RY or you can email him at adam@hoopdesign.co.uk General enquiries can still be directed to Frank Beeney on 832587.

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

Sussex Police have received a report of a burglary in the Standard Hill area of Ninfield on July 29, between 10am and 4pm. Should anyone have seen or heard anything please make the police or crime stoppers aware quoting serial 1019 29/07/2013. They have also received a report of a suspicious male in the village of Hooe at 10.35am on July 30. The male is described as in his late teens wearing a black hoodie and carrying a rucksack. Again should anyone see any further sightings of strange/suspicious activities please make police aware quoting serial 0514 30/07/2013. Telephone the police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

BIKE RIDE: Last weekend saw Lorna Tomasetti complete the 100 mile bike ride around London and the Surrey Hills in just under 8 hours! Currently her total raised for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital stands at over £1500, which Lorna is delighted about. Lorna would like to say a special thank you to the Village Stores who have been collecting sponsor money for her and also to all her friends and family for all their support over the past four months. If anyone would like to sponsor Lorna, you can still visit her Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Lorna-Tomasetti.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: meet today Friday, August 9, at Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne. The members will take a 40 minute round the harbour trip on the “African Queen”. This will be followed by a Danish pastry tea at the nearby Simply Italian cafe. If you are interested in joining a group of very friendly ladies, why not drop in at Hooe Village Hall at 2.30pm on the second Friday of the month (except August) or call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

BOWLS CLUB: have played against clubs from all over the place this last week: July 31 they played Hawkhurst losing 83-51. A 36 point lead saw them win against Hailsham on August 1. On August 3 they played against Ringmer but lost 90-53. Their final game of the week was against Herstomceux which resulted in a 66-66 draw.

HISTORY GROUP: Following the success of the Carnival and the excellent weather, Ninfield Local History Group had a record crowd visiting their marquee, and would like to thank all who added names and memories of Ninfield Past for them. They really do appreciate all these memories, as unless you tell them, they may be lost forever. The group’s membership has been steadily increasing and now is too large to comfortably seat all who attend at the Reading Room. With much regret, as the Reading Room has an invaluable “cosy” atmosphere, they have decided that a move to the Methodist Hall is necessary. It has the added advantages of more seats (50); a disabled toilet and easier access for those amongst the group with walking difficulties who cannot quite manage the slope to the Reading Room. They have contacted their friends in the Hooe History Group, who have moved their own meeting date to allow attendance at each other’s meetings, and they will be warmly welcomed. They are having an Open Day Exhibition at the Memorial Hall from 11 am on Saturday, September 28, in order to showcase what has been accomplished in recording the many and varied aspects of Ninfield’s history. Although the History group are not meeting during August due to the summer and school holiday break, it doesn’t mean they’re doing nothing! They are working on various projects for the exhibition as above and for the centenary of World War One next year in harmony with a project with Ninfield School. It’s also the 70th Anniversary of D Day and more importantly in our area, of the V1 doodlebugs and V2 rocket attacks. Those with memories of the V1s buzzing overhead will be very welcome! Also any aircraft crashes or other incidents of note.

GARDEN FETE: Birch Holt Residential Home invite you to their Summer Garden Fete on August 17, 1-5pm. Along with craft, book, sweets and plant stalls, there will be a tombola and Grand Raffle. There will also be a ‘Guess the name of the caterpillar’ which has been made by the Birch Holt activities group. All are invited for a fun afternoon with all proceeds going to Age UK and St Michael’s Hospice.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on August 17, & 31 at: Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50pm - 2.35pm; Ninfield, Coombe shaw (off Manchester Road), 2.50pm - 3.25pm; Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40pm - 4.05pm.

Ninfield Horticultural Society: Summer Show is on Saturday August 17 in the Memorial Hall. This is usually a big, colourful event with lots to see. The society would like to see as many entries as possible form the village, entry forms are available from the village post office. Please go to see the show from 2.30pm, and enjoy tea and homemade cake while you look around. Contact Rose on either 892422 or email: rose.franks1@btinternet for more information.

NINFIELD FLOWER GROUP: are holding a flower festival entitled “A Festival of Festivals”, August 24 - August 26. The festival will be held at Ninfield memorial Hall, 10.30am-5pm daily. Entry is £2/person 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. The group look forward to welcoming you.

OUR PCSO: Daryl Holter will be at Ninfield Stores on August 25, 10-11am. Go and meet PCSO Daryl Holter to discuss local policing and community issues or just to say hello. Don’t forget that you can find out more community information from both villages and Wealden District Council on our district councillor’s (Pam Doodes) website or the Ninfield Parish Council website: www.pamdoodes.com / www.ninfield.webplus.net.

CHURCH SERVICES: for Ninfield and Hooe (www.ninfield.org.uk): St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield): Sundays - 9.30am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month) Wednesdays - 10.00am Holy Communion. St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe): Sundays - 11.15am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month). Ninfield Methodist Church - all services at 2.30pm (unless otherwise indicated): August 11, Cafe Service with Mrs M. Bickerdike. August 18, Holy Communion with Revd. Ian Wales. August 25, Worship & Praise with Dawn Novis.

Anything that you would like included in the Parish Pump for Ninfield or Hooe, please email the details to me: nhvillagevoice@hotmail.com.

POLEGATE

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Polegate Twinning Association. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

STUD FARM Allotment and Garden Society annual show is held on the Lawns in Hyperion Avenue. We have a games evening on Friday August 16, and the annual show with exhibits on Saturday August 17 from 2pm to 4pm. Prizes will be given at 3.45pm.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: On Wednesdays in August there are activities for children. More information from Polegate Windmill or telephone Pat Stevens on 734496.

MUSGRAVE MUSEUM is now open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am until 4pm. As well as showing paintings and artefacts collected by the late George Musgrave in his lifetime. Books published by George Musgrave are also on sale at the museum. The museum is now exhibiting various artists’ works. Free entry. This can be seen at 77 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3PL telephone 648106 or visit www.musgravemuseum.co.uk

STUD FARM ALLOTMENT AND GARDEN SOCIETY: our annual show is held on the Lawns in Hyperion Avenue. We have a games evening on Friday August 16, and the annual show with exhibits on Saturday August 17.

From 2pm to 4pm. Prizes will be given at 3.45 pm.

BOOKS published by George Musgrave, Eastbourne Local History Society and other authors are available by mail order from www.maureenschoice.co.uk or telephone Maureen on 485971. Also now in stock Tea Tree and Aloe Vera Foot preparations. A catalogue is available

by email – maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk or visit Willingdon Community Market on Wednesday mornings, from 10 am to 1 pm at Trinity Church Hall, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon.

THE NEXT MEETING of Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society on Friday August 16, our speaker is David Jones talking about the Bluebell Railway. Doors open at 6.45 pm, meeting starts at 7pm, held at St John’s Church Hall, High Street, Polegate. Visitors welcome.

WEDNESDAYS IN AUGUST there are activities for children on, 21st and 28th. More info from Polegate Windmill or telephone Pat Stevens on 734496.

FOR THOSE who wish to email me. Please note that my email is maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk

PHOTOS: 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. Dan said after the success with the pervious Polegate calendars he wants more local people to use photography to capture well know and recognisable local views from a new angle, to show Polegate and the local area from a new and interesting viewpoint. The competition is open to all local residents who have until midday Friday October 25 to enter their images. Calendars will then be available from mid November from the St Wilfrid’s Hospice charity shop and other local shops. For more information visits the Polegate Town Council website or contact Dan Dunbar 07743982610 or dan.dunbar05@gmail.com

WILLINGDON WANNOCK & JEVINGTON

CONCERT: held at St Andrew’s Church in Jevington given by the Frank Bridge String Quartet was very much enjoyed. The event made about £1,300 towards the upkeep of this lovely village church. Another concert is being planned for October. Watch this space.

THE WHEATSHEAF: On Saturday August 10 from 8.30pm talented jazz singer Penny Payne will be providing the entertainment at The Wheatsheaf. On Sunday August 11 it is the turn of singer and guitarist Leo who will be at the Wheatsheaf from 1.30pm. Monday August 12 will see Gerry Page and the Happy Day Band – jazz and dinner with delicious Italian cuisine prepared by Luca - 7.30pm for 8pm. The quiz is on Tuesday August 13 starting at 8.30pm. On Wednesday August 14 it is open mic night from 8pm.

BRITISH QUEEN: On Friday August 9 there will be Karaoke from 8.30pm. On Saturday August 10 from 8.30pm The Hustlers will be entertaining and on Sunday August 11 from 1pm to 3pm Chloe Paige will be at The British Queen. On Sundays there is free pool and jukebox and the meat raffle is drawn at 2pm. Curry night is on Monday from 6pm to 9pm; Thursday is quiz night and on Fridays there is free pool from 8pm to 12pm.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: Wednesday August 14 is historical cooking day at the mill. There are two sessions to choose from – 11am to 1pm or from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Come and learn how to cook in an outdoor oven, learn about food available in earlier times and seasons and try your hand at making bread. The sessions are suitable for children from the age of five years upwards and are £3 per child. Accompanying adults, who could take the opportunity of having a guided tour \of the mill, would just pay £1. The mill will also be open on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm as usual. Contact Mrs Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496 for further information.

WEALDEN BRASS is presenting a Summer Music Showcase at 3pm on Saturday August 10 at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue Willingdon. Admission to include the programme and strawberries and ice cream is £5 and you can pay at the door.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Berwick Close at 11am on Thursday August 15 and at Burlow Close on Wednesday August 21 at 7pm. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue from 10am to 2pm on Saturday August 10. 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.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council planning committee will be meeting at Willingdon Communiuty School in Broad Road at 7.30pm on Monday August 12. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

MONSTER WORKSHOP: Children are invited to Willingdon Library in Coppice Avenue from 10.30am to 12 noon on Tuesday August 13 to learn how to draw their own monster on computer or card. The suggested age is 7seven plus. Book now by ringing 0345 60 80 196.

DIARY DATE: International writer, artist and local historian Philip Brown, who lives in Willingdon, will be holding an exhibition of his work at the Under Ground Theatre below the central library in Eastbourne during October. It will be opened at 5.30pm on Wednesday October 2 by Melanie Hunt the Principal and Chief Executive of Sussex Downs College at a private viewing. A DVD of Philip doing a painting of Hellingly Church will also be shown at the private viewing. The exhibition will run for the whole of October. Philip was largely responsible for the three millennium maps for Willingdon and Jevington parish, copies of which can be seen at various locations around the parish including Willingdon Library, Jevington Church, Wannock Hall and Willingdon Memorial Hall. Do make a note to see the exhibition.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING will be hosting a summer BBQ from 2pm to 4pm on Friday August 9. This is a free family event and there will be a bouncy castle for the children and an opportunity for everyone to see the facilities which are available at this upmarket living centre in Upper Kings Drive Willingdon. Ring 01323 887917 for further information.

ALFRESCO & DINING: The

weather could have been a bit kinder during the evening of Saturday July 27 when John and Maureen Males hosted their annual Alfresco & Dining evening and auction at the Cottage in Dittons Road Polegate, but everyone kept dry under the marquees. The event was in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which now has planning permission to build a supported living centre for adults with a learning disability on the site of Edgmond Evangelical Church in Old Town. Jill Parker, Willingdon resident and JPK project co-ordinator, thanked everyone who supported this event, with very special thanks to Maureen and John Males for hosting it for the 10th year running and their family. With additional match funding the event will have made approximately £2,000.

THE FIT CLUB is held at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground on Tuesday and Thursday at 7am and on Sundays at 9.30am. Free and fun.

WILLINGDON PROBUS CLUB will have a coffee morning at 10.15am for 10.30am on August 15 at the Red Lion in Willingdon.

THE RED LION will be having a charity quiz night on Thursday August 15.

TRINITY DINERS meet at noon on Friday August 16 at Trinity Church Hall, Coppice Avenue. The menu is fruit juice, Sussex Smokie (fish pie), seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit salad and ice cream and tea or coffee. The cost is £5. To reserve a place, call Jennie on 01323 484189.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society meet 7pm to 9pm on Friday August 16 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. There is a change of speaker and topic for this meeting. Sally White will give a talk on Sussex Piers. David Jones’s talk on The Bluebell Line will now be held over until next year. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 486208.