Parish Pump Hailsham - July 19, 2013

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CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

GARDENING CLUB: The club is invited to visit the gardens at Hole Farm and Hole Farm Cottage at 6pm on Tuesday.

MERRY WIDOW: This opera by Franz Lehar will be the feature at a Glyndebourne experience at the village hall on Saturday August 3. The evening starts at 5.30pm with picnics on the terrace. The DVD is in three parts with two intervals for supper and coffee. It is shown on the big screen with surround sound. Tickets are £7.50 from Bryan on 01323 833554. Future events at the hall are an auction of promises (September 21), the opera Carmen (November 16), the ballet La Fille Mal Gardee (December 7) and a race night on January 18.

FILM CLUB: The club is having a break this month, so the next film will be the Danish film, A Royal Affair, at the end of August.

Hailsham

BONFIRE BINGO: Today, Friday, evening go along to the Charles Hunt Centre, have fun and help Hailsham Bonfire Society raise vital funds for the firework and bonfire society parades in October. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

LADIES NIGHT: This evening, Friday, from 8pm at the Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road. Members free. Non-members welcome, entry £10. Call 01323 840459 for more information.

GARDEN PARTY AND FETE: Tomorrow, Saturday from 2pm to 4pm at Woodside Hall, Polegate Road. Fun for all the family. Many popular stalls, cream teas. Free entry and parking. More information on (01323) 841670 or visit www.woodsidehall-nh.co.uk

FOOTBALL:Hailsham Town Football Club begin their pre-season campaign under the new management team of Andy Goodchild and Howard Stevens tomorrow, Saturday, against Ryman League side Chipstead. The match kicks off at 2.30pm, and will be followed by the Reserves against Chipstead Under 21s at 4.30pm. Entry is £2.50 and includes entry to the Reserve game. Bar, tea hut and burger bar will be open.

SUPER QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, at the Summerheath Hall. Tickets are £4 pp. Bring your own food and drink. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Raffle. Booking advised on 01323 840382.

ST MARY’S: This is the eighth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The Dishonest Manager, 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Surprising Grace. 6.30pm Choral Evening Prayer, Children of God.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Corinthian church service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Sheila Have.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Richard and Jill (01323) 832303 will be leading a north-east Rushlake Green walk of five miles. There are two short hills and this route may possibly be muddy if wet. If you wish to go along, please ring the walk leaders for the details.

1-2-1 READINGS: The Corinthian Church and Healing Association are holding private 1-2-1 readings between 10am and 2pm on July 27 at Primrose Hall. If you would like to know more visit www.corinthian-healing.co.uk

BINGO NIGHT: If you are bored indoors on Thursday and fancy a laugh and a chance at winning your neighbour’s pennies go along to the Maurice Thornton Pavilion, this and every fortnight on a Thursday eve from 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. The prize money is up to you. The more you spend the more you can win. Refreshments also available.

SHOWTIME: On July 27 Hailsham Choral Society are presenting a show featuring songs from favourite musicals at Hailsham Community Hall conducted by John Kotz and Barbara Edwards. Tickets £8 from the Camera Centre.

BRIDGE AFTERNOON: In aid of Hailsham Old Pavilion Society this event on July 28 will be at Union Corner Hall from 2pm for 2.30pm start. Teams of four, £6 per person, to include afternoon tea. Please call Peter on (01323) 840305 to book.

AUDITIONS: There’s no business like show business, sang Ethel Merman, and that is exactly what the Ropemaker Theatre Company is planning to bring to the Pavilion theatre on Saturday, November 9. The theatre company’s aim has always been to present affordable productions to the community, and to this end, is now announcing the plan to stage celebrating the good olde days.

The evening will be extra special because it is not only for the community but by the community. Those of us of a certain age will remember the television series The Good Old Days featuring a host of variety acts, encouraged by the MC, who stood on a podium with gavel in hand, spouting extraordinarily long words. Well, this is what is being planned. RTC are looking for speciality acts, jugglers, magicians, actors, singers, comedians, acrobats, snake charmers and well, you get the idea, to appear on the evening. Some acts have already been booked, but there’s plenty of room for more. Auditions will be held on 7 September. If you are interested or know somebody that can do a turn, contact the Hailsham Pavilion on 01323 841414 or hook up via www.ropemakertheatrecompany.co.uk, or leave a message on their Facebook page. The Ropemaker Theatre Company and the Hailsham Community need you.

POTTERY MAKING: Book your place now at Dippee Doodahs for a social evening on Thursday. Whilst drinking tea and eating cake you can enjoy Green Man pottery making from 6.30pm. Dippee Doodahs is on Hailsham High Street opposite the Camera Centre. Please ask to have your name put on the list if you are interested on (01323) 843019.

HIGH STREET CRAFTERS: This very popular crafting group meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 1.30pm to 4pm at Hailsham Methodist Church hall. They try an assortment of unusual and quirky crafts and this month were using wood bark on greetings cards. There is no knitting or sewing. The group enjoys a very wide age range and welcomes all to enjoy trying something new as well as a number of social events and quizzes throughout the year. If you would like more information or to come along please ring Brenda on (01323) 440519 or email brendahes@hotmail.co.uk.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. 6.30pm Evensong. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

BIG BAND EVENING: St Peter and St Paul Church are holding an evening of big band music with the Swingshift Big Band tomorrow, Saturday from 7pm to 9pm in Hellingly Church. Tickets are £10. Light refreshments will be available. Tickets are £10 from (01323) 841685 or (01323) 842620.

CAR SHOW: On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July there is a Classic Vehicle Show at Michelham Priory from 10.30am to 5pm. There will be vintage domestic, agricultural and military vehicles on show. Adults £7.50, students and seniors £6.50, child £4, family £20 and disabled and carers £4. More info on 01323 844224 or visit www.sussexpast.co.uk.

TABLE TOP SALE: This charity table top bric-a-brac sale is being held in the garden of Misty Acres, Lower Horsebridge, over Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. There will be refreshments, tea and homemade cake. Admission is 50p and children are free. Misty Acres is just off the Boship roundabout on the A271 and is the second house on the left. Limited parking. All monies raised go to support people with learning disabilities.

HELLINGLY SPEEDWAY: Hellingly Cycle Speedway Club needs new riders. Why not go along to a training session at the Lower Dicker track situated by the A22 on Wednesday evenings at 6.45pm onwards. For more information phone 01323 506751.

CLOTHES MARKET: On Thursday evening from 6pm to 9pm at Dicker Hall, Coldharbour Road, with Hilary and Angie.

FUN DOG SHOW: On Sunday July 28 from noon there will be six rosettes in each class at £2 per class, payable in the ring. There will also be refreshments, lunches and teas available throughout the afternoon including baked potatoes with choice of several different fillings. Stalls will include books, cards, jewellery and more. Stalls are still available. Call Jenny on (01323) 844687. Enquiries about dogs and classes phone Liz on 842451. In aid of the church and village hall.

DICKER DAY: On Saturday July 27 festivities will take place in the grounds of the Plough Inn, Upper Dicker from 1pm. Food, games, live music, competitions, ice cream and other stalls, raffle. Go along and join your neighbours and friends for a fun day for all the family.

QUIZ NIGHTS: These are now back up and running at The Plough, Upper Dicker, on Tuesday nights from 7.30pm for 8pm start.

MOTHERS UNION: Last month the MU welcomed Nigel Whiteley and his wife Jacky to talk about Blind Veterans UK, formerly known to most older adults as St Dunstans. They have three centres, in Brighton (Ovingdean), Llandudno and Sheffield, places for recreations, training and rehabilitation for blind veterans and their families. Nigel lost his sight in one eye from a viral infection. Twelve years later, now married and invalided out of the Royal Navy where he was a Chief Petty Officer, he lost sight in his other eye. Blind Veterans UK helps members learn skills and techniques to live more independently with sight loss and helps people to enjoy life on their own terms. Using a white cane makes getting around much easier. Coping with everyday tasks such as working out the correct money in a shop to using kitchen knives and catching trains is practised with the help of skilled officers. Use of helpful technology like smart phones and special computer programmes is also introduced. As a charitable institution, Blind Veterans UK is dependent on support from the general public to do their important work with members. Money is raised by donations, gifts in wills and resourceful fundraising and to this end a collection was quickly organised at the end of Nigel’s informative and most enjoyable talk.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

RAY AND SHELDON will be meeting for the last time before their summer break today, Friday, and they would like to invite anybody over the age of 60 years to go along and join them for the afternoon. Entertainment will be provided by Joan who will be singing all your favourite songs. All are welcome; their meetings are held in the village hall starting at 2.15pm and should you need transport to and from the venue please call 441244.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am with Holy Communion CW being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am. Messy Church is being held at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street at 4pm.

MG PICNIC DAY: On Sunday don’t be surprised if you see a number of classic MG cars touring the area as they congregate at the Observatory for their annual picnic. Fun and the chance of picking up one or two bargains is not just confined to MG Club members as this event is open to all. Stalls will include walking sticks, a small auto jumble, books, a chance to win a bottle or two and this year for the first time a demonstration in dog agility which is great fun to watch. All are welcome especially if you have an interest in classic cars, there will be quite a few there to see and owners are always more than willing to chat and share information about these wonderful little cars.

WINDMILL HILL Horticultural Society. Just a nudge to remind everybody that the 136th Summer Show will be held this year on Saturday August 3 at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street between 2pm and 4pm. A very popular show both for exhibitors and spectators. Stalls will include tombola, raffle and refreshments and if you wish to enter which can be a bit of fun, schedules are available at any of the following, Willows Pharmacy, Lime Cross Nursery, Windmill Hill Stores or Boreham Mill Nursery.

PAINTING IN THE GARDEN: On Sunday local art teacher Caroline Green will be demonstrating her watercolour skills at Lime Cross Nursery between 11am and 3pm. You’ll be able to pick up several tips on choosing the right materials and how best to use them. On Sunday July 28, she will be hosting a very relaxed Workshop where you can take along your own materials and brushes any time between 11am and 1pm and perhaps produce your own masterpiece. Booking for this Workshop at £12 each to include a light lunch, tea and coffee, is essential so please call the nursery direct on 833229.

THE WOOLPACK INN: Will be the venue for the ‘Ceux Village Vegetable and Flower Show on Sunday July 28. Schedules are available at the pub and there are classes for absolutely everybody from the novice to the accomplished gardener so why not, pop down the Woolie, Pick up a schedule and have a go.

THE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION is the voice of business for Herstmonceux, Cowbeech and Windmill Hill and has been formed to foster business in the area and especially local buying for local selling. Their aim is to encourage business growth in the area, support businesses of all types providing the environment to develop Herstmonceux as a place of business. They would help with negotiating in support of businesses and seek out grant funding where available, seek out support for business expansion and publish a member directory on a regular basis for distribution within the parish. If you wish to join the HBA it will cost you just £20 per annum per business, you can find them on Facebook or just pop into Davenports Delicatessen for an application form. One of their first events to benefit the village will be the first Local Produce Market which will be held in the car park of the Sundial Restaurant on September 7 between 9am and 12.30pm, a real chance for us all to go buy local produce, couldn’t be fresher so please, make a note in your diaries and be there, have a look and we too can help to put Herstmonceux on the map.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill will be open on August 4, 18, 25 and Bank Holiday Monday August 26 which will give us more than ample opportunity to see a fully working windmill in action. Guides will be on hand to explain the finer details, refreshments are available and there is a small gift and card shop which all help to raise money for keeping the windmill running. Entry is by donation and there is plenty of free parking.

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FARMERS’ MARKET will take place in Lewes precinct on Sunday July 21. This will be a monthly event in addition to the market on the first Saturday of each month.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our coach trip on July 10 provided everybody with three choices on how to spend the day. There was a choice of a long or short walk or a visit to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. The latter proved to be a popular choice and people were interested to experience the homes and gardens of our rural ancestors covering a period of six centuries and discover their crafts and skills. The long walk took walkers from Bury Hill to East Dean and they soon joined the Monarch’s Way, which follows the route the future king Charles II took when he fled to France after the Battle of Worcester. After climbing to the top of the Downs through Houghton Forest they were rewarded with wonderful views of the coastal plain towards the sea and Bognor Regis and then continued on to Stone Street, a Roman Road, in a remarkably good state considering the lack of maintenance over the last two thousand years. Striking west, we then followed the same route as the shorter walkers who had started on the A29 near Slindon. The walks ended with descending past part of Goodwood racecourse to Charlton. It had been a hot day where the party appreciated the fact that a good part of the walk had been in woodland as well as having the opportunity of thirst quenching drinks in the Fox public house at Charlton before returning by coach to Lewes. The next walk is on Wednesday. A Day’s Outing in West Sussex, Arundel. Meet at Lewes Railway Station to catch the 9.16am train to Gatwick and bring a picnic.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; 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

OUR PCSO Darly Holter has advised that a garage door was opened in the Lunsford Cross area over the period of 06/07/13 to 11/07/13, nothing was taken. If you have any information that would assist the police in their enquiries, please contact Daryl Tel: 101 Ext 65261.

MANY CONGRATULATIONS to all the contestants that took part in Ninfield’s Got Talent last Friday, July 12. You all did very well despite the apparent technical hitches. I know that mums and dads are very proud.

HOOE OPEN GROUP (Ladies Club) held its meeting on a very sunny afternoon, on Friday July 12, which was attended by an enthusiastic contingent of members, who enjoyed the social atmosphere of the gathering at Hooe Village Hall. The meeting, as always, commenced with the members gathering around the bring and buy table, which is always stocked with a wide selection of nearly new items on offer at bargain prices, including plants and CDs. The speaker was Hilary Dugan from Lifeline a company based in Eastbourne who provide a security for those who live alone or are infirmed, as well as young persons who may need monitoring. Hilary demonstrated a large number of devices for calling up help from a call centre based in Eastbourne, which is manned 24/7, 365 days of the year, who are ready to respond when called upon both in an emergence or just for a friendly chat, if someone is just feeling lonely. There is always someone ready to help in any situation good or bad, night or day. The members were very impressed with the diversity of available products, able to cover almost every possible requirement, no matter what, such as a warning system for bed wetting. There were many questions as the devices on display were handed around, in particular a door chain that can be unlocked from outside. After the presentation the member had afternoon tea at which time Hilary Dugan handed out company pens and £1 size tokens for use on super market trolleys. The next event is on Friday August 9, which will be at the Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, where 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.

THE BOWLS CLUB have had three league matches this last week. However, they found the hot weather a little draining: July 10, Ninfield played Sidley Martletts winning 78-48. They then played Staplecross on July 13, just losing 71-65. The heat then really affected the players when they played Hawkhurst on July 14 conceding another loss of 85-49. Hopefully the members can get used to the heat this week and we will see some good results.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on Monday, 7.55pm at the village hall. All Hooe residents are invited to attend.

N WATCH: The next Neighbourhood Watch and panel meeting will take place on Tuesday, 7.30pm at the Reading Room. They will be having a speaker from Trading Standards. All villagers are welcome. If you have any questions regarding police matters or Trading Standards, do go along and get the answers.

LOCAL MUM, Lorna Tomasetti, has been training hard to participate in Ride London 100 on Sunday, August 4. This is a new race billed as the London Marathon for bikes, which is hoped to be a legacy to the Olympic Games. Her challenge is to complete a 100 mile route around London (including the Surrey hills) in under 9 hours. She has taken up this challenge to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, as her youngest son has had a number of operations there. If you would like to support Lorna in her challenge, you can sponsor her via the sponsor form in the village shop, at the school office or alternatively via her Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Lorna-Tomasetti.

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 Communion with Revd Derek Brice.

Polegate

TICKETS are now on sale at Archer and Partners, 48 High Street for Polegate Drama presentation of two Murder Mystery evenings, which will take place on Friday August 2, and Saturday August 3. Both start at 7.30pm. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets £8 or £15 for both nights.

LOCAL HISTORY: The local history society are meeting today, Friday, when our speaker is Alexandra Loske, on the History of Brighton Pavilion.

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

OPEN GARDEN in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice at 57 Windmill Road, Polegate, from 10am on Sunday. All welcome. Telephone 637871 for more information.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Kings Centre, Edison Road, Eastbourne on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

uckfield

SUMMER OUTFITS: The sun’s come out at last, and so have all the entrants for the Funniest Bloke’s Outfit Contest, eg black socks and shoes, long, faded carnival shorts with half an unidentifiable tattoo underneath, and a tatty old t-shirt with a funny picture or comment on the front. They even walk funny. Thank goodness we use tissues now or they’d all be wearing knotted hankies instead of back-to-front baseball caps. Why oh why can’t they learn from our Continental cousins who look smart, fresh and fashionable when the sun shines? There’s no excuse for their terrible dress sense. After all, we women all look great in the summer.

UCKFIELD FESTIVAL has been very successful so far. Many people watched Uckfield’s Most Talented, came to the Big Day and attended the Kit Car Grand Prix. Today, Friday, has the opening of the Art Trail (3pm to 9pm), the last of the Festival Club (6pm to 7.30pm) with Barber and Taylor playing. Both of these are free events. Today, Friday, is also the start of the Roots and Blues weekend (8pm). All three are at the Uckfield Civic Centre. At 9.30am there is a guided walk starting at Bridge Cottage taking in the Buckham Hill and Shortridge area. Tomorrow, Saturday, sees Hempstead Meadow Nature Reserve Open Day with guided walks from 10am to noon. At 3pm to 6pm there is the Summer of 1913, a Country Fair, a nostalgic look back at how the Edwardians enjoyed the last summer before the Great War, entrance free. Bring the children to enjoy the Maypole, period games, rides, stalls, Magic Lantern Show, a Camera Obscura, see a view of the world 360 degrees as if you were 15 feet tall. Uckfield Concert Brass will be playing, and there will be short sketches from that era. Enjoy a cup of tea and a cake. This will be followed by Music Hall Entertainment from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Tickets £4 but £2 refund if you are in Edwardian costume. This all takes place at Hempstead Lane Play Park and Field, adjacent to the Guide’s Osborn Hall where the Music Hall will be staged for your delectation. (Remember the Musical Halls from Leeds Theatre on the TV). To access Hempstead Play Park and Field, walk through Hempstead Meadows from the Waitrose car park, or walk along Hempstead Lane from the Cinque Ports in the High Street. Parking is very very limited so we suggest you park in Luxford Field car park. See you there. See festival programme for more details, available from Uckfield Civic Centre hallway, the library or on line www.uckfieldfestival.co.uk

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. The east end of the North Aisle is looking a little darker at the moment as the Dunn Window has been removed for renovation, and it is boarded up. The associated stonework is also to be rebuilt. We are holding a children’s holiday club in the Dunn Village Hall on Tuesday August 13 from 10.15am to noon. It is for primary school aged children (parents are welcome to stay). Those under school age must be accompanied by an adult. There will be craft, games, refreshments, singing and Christian teaching. Entry is free. For more details and to register an interest, please contact Shirley on 01435 830280 or shirleyaustin@btopenworld.com. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with Ewart Helyar and 6.30pm evening service and communion with Paul Daniels.

FLOWER SHOW: A reminder that 5pm on Wednesday is the strict deadline for entry forms to be returned, with the appropriate fees, to The Stores, Rushlake Green. The exhibits may be staged from 8.30am up to 10.30am, next Saturday, after which the marquee closes for judging. It reopens to members of the society at 1.45pm and to the public at 2pm. During the afternoon we will have the judging of children’s pets, the Muso Bango Drummers, children’s races and tug-of-war. There will be a wide variety of stalls, with local interest, craft and produce, and Warbleton Brass band will play during the afternoon. In the evening 60s to 80s group The Buffaloes will provide the music in the marquee. Tickets, from The Stores, The Horse and Groom or on 01435 868246 are £7.50 for adults and £3 for children. Please bring your own picnic, drink and glasses. On the Sunday there will be a united church service at 11am and the Band will have their Hampers and Champers concert at 6pm on the Green. Picnics are the order of the day for both events.

RGWI: Ruth Waller will be updating members on the work of the Street Pastors in Heathfield, at the meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WISH HILL POST OFFICE: Andrea Etwell who runs the village shop in Willingdon Village is delighted that it will once again become a post office. She can confirm that Wish Hill Post Office will be opening on Monday in the Old Willingdon Post Office 116 Wish Hill. Since its forced closure in May 2008, Andrea has always aimed to get the post office in the village shop re-established and despite its new name, customers can expect the same friendly service that they have always enjoyed from her and her team. With the longer opening hours of 9am to 5.30pm Mondays to Fridays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays and with enhanced services on offer such as road fund licences, Andrea looks forward to welcoming customers new and old. Local ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, who came fourth in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, has kindly agreed to officially open the new post office at noon on Monday. Please show your support by coming along to this much awaited event.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday. The speaker is Alexandra Loske and her talk will be about The Royal Pavilion Brighton. Meetings are held once a month at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

IT’S COMEDY NIGHT at The British Queen today, Friday. Two professional comedians and two amateur comedians will be providing the entertainment starting at 9pm. Tickets are £4 each and the doors open at 7.45pm. For further information ring 01323 484166. Tomorrow, Saturday, Rockaround will be entertaining customers from 8.30pm.

THE BRIDGE STRING QUARTET will be giving a concert at St Andrew’s Church Jevington in celebration of the work of Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten. The quartet comprises violinists Colin Twigg and Catherine Schofield, with Michael Schofield (viola) and cellist Lucy Wilding. It will be held tomorrow, Saturday . Gates open for car parking in the Old Rectory Fields Church Street from 6pm and there is then a reception in the Old Rectory Gardens. Seats in St Andrew’s Church should be taken by 6.55pm when there will be an introduction by Thomas Grant at the start of the concert. The quartet will then perform Purcell Chaconne, arranged by Benjamin Britten, three Idylls followed by Rhapsody for two violins and viola, Frank Bridge. There will then be an interval for drinks outside the church before the quartet will resume with Benjamin Britten’s Quartet No 1. The concert ends at 8.45pm when the bar opens until 9.30pm.To book your ticket email katejmcmillan@aol.com or call 01323 483198. Tickets are £15 each and all proceeds are for St Andrew’s Church restoration fund.

THE STRAY DOGS will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros Burtenshaw on 01323 504463.

OPEN GARDEN: As part of the Garden Trail 2013 in support of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, there will be an Open Garden from 11am to 4pm on Sunday at 37 Windmill Road Polegate. This is a spectacular garden with a variety of plants including lavender and roses. There are stalls and refreshments but no wheelchair access.

ALFRESCO DINING and Auction. This has now become an annual event by kind permission of Maureen and John Males in their lovely garden at The Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate. It is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project. The event will be held from 6pm on Saturday July 27. Patrick Parker will be auctioneering in his own inimitable style so you could pick up a real bargain as the bidding moves fast. There will be live music, dancing, informal cuisine and a bar. Marquees will be set up so there is no fear of getting wet if the weather is inclement. Parking is available in Shephams Lane. Tickets are £10 each. Please apply to Jill Parker at 7 Wannock Avenue Lower Willingdon BN20 9RP stating if you will be joining friends, to ensure that you will all be seated at the same table. Alternatively ring 01323 486179. Cheques should be made payable to The JPK Sussex Project.

THE JPK SUSSEX PROJECT will be having its AGM at 7pm on Wednesday August 21 at 7 Wannock Avenue. Those wishing to attend should contact the project co-ordinator Jill Parker by July 24 by ringing 01323 486179 or emailing jillparkerjpk1@tiscali.co.uk.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Windmill Place at 11am on Thursday. 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.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: On Friday July 26 Neil Barton will be demonstrating how to draw caricatures. Take paper and pencils if you wish to have a go. The meeting will be held from 7pm to 9pm at Wannock Hall. Visitors are welcome to these monthly meetings. Admission is £3.

A FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS will be held at St Andrews United Reformed Church on July 26, 27 and 28. The event will be opened at 10.30am on Friday July 26 by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd. Morning coffees, lunches and teas will be available on the Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. St Andrews in Blackwater Road is a sister church to Trinity Church and share the same minister Rev David Yule.