Parish Pump, Hailsham - July 26, 2013

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SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: This annual music fest began on July 23 with a concert at St Andrew’s Church. Today, Friday, there are two concerts at St Andrew’s. At 1.10pm talented young musicians from local schools in Sussex will entertain with a programme of varied chamber music and in the evening at 7.30pm the Navarra String Quartet, with Jeremy Young at the piano, will perform. Tickets for these concerts can be purchased at Much Ado Books, Music Memorabilia or Steamer Trading. Tomorrow, Saturday, a walk to Lullington Church with a picnic tea and the bonus of hearing one of the free micro concerts could be a perfect summer outing. Violinist Dominic Moore, a regular visitor to the festival, will be performing on Saturday, July 27 at 4pm at Lullington Church. The final concert will be at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday, at 5pm when the Corin Long Memorial Concert will be playing some popular chamber music. This last concert is a fund raiser by donation.

FUND RAISING PARTY: To celebrate five years at Deans Place Hotel, General Manager James Dopson is hosting an afternoon tea party to raise funds for the Chestnut Tree children’s hospice. Entry is free but to assist with catering numbers please telephone 01323 879248 or email jdopson@deansplacehotel.co.uk or visit the facebook page htts:/www.facebook.com/events/ 426319867481392. The party will be from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday. There will be a raffle and tombola with prizes donated by the hotel and local businesses.

CHARLSTON MANOR

GARDENS and medieval barn will be open on Sunday August 4 to raise funds for All Saints Church, West Dean. Thanks are due to Mrs Birley, the owner, who is continuing this 20 year tradition which has done so much to help maintain this 800 year old church in the Cuckmere Valley. The fete will include stalls selling plants, pies, books, bric-a-brac, crafts, a tombola and, of course, tea and homemade scones and cakes which can be enjoyed on the lawns whilst listening to the music of the Heathfield Silver Band. Opening time 2pm to 5.30pm. The event will end with Evensong on the lawn. Entry fee is £3 (children free). Car parking is free. It is not possible to accommodate dogs.

WI NEWS: The July meeting was a very informative and interesting talk by Mrs Asti entitled Motorina to Racing Driver. It covered all aspects of women’s involvement in the history of motoring. Motorina was a term used for a woman driver when she first took over the wheel, apparently to the disapproval of fathers and husbands. Women were also responsible for the invention of several of today’s standard car components including the rear view mirror and windscreen wipers. Mrs Asti showed slides of cars and famous drivers through the years and advertisements ranging from very discreet pictures of women’s clothing suitable for travelling by car. There will be no monthly meeting in August but the Alfriston WI will entertain a party from the Bexhill Day Centre for afternoon tea. The September meeting will be a talk by Peter Lovell on The Natural Year in Focus. All are welcome.

Bodle Street Green

MARQUEE SERVICE: The three churches in the benefice (Warbleton, Bodle Street, and Dallington) join with Heathfield Chapel in the marquee on the Green for a united service. There will be a crèche and the children will have their Sunday Club. There will be no services in the churches, and chapel. All are very welcome to join us at the service and the picnic and rounders which follow. I gather just over £2,006 was raised at the village fair in June for St John’s church.

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.

FLOWER SHOW: The Gardening Club’s Annual Show is at the village hall on Saturday August 10. Schedules of the classes to enter are available from The White Horse Inn or from Maggie Grant. Entry forms must be in by 9pm on Thursday August 8.

east hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Trinity 9, 8am Holy Communion Chiddingly, 10am Matins Chiddingly, 10am TGI Sunday East Hoathly.

THOMAS TURNER: Tuesday 31 July 1759 ‘…Down at Halland three times today. A great deal of rain today. In the afternoon drawed off a barrel of cider. James Marchant supped at our house, he helping me powder some for Halland’.

Hailsham

BEETLE DRIVE: If you like a Beetle Drive or would like to go along, enjoy a fun evening out and find out more then go along to the Charles Hunt Centre this evening, Friday, from 7pm for 7.30pm start. Bring your own food and drink. The cost is £3.50 each.

ST MARY’S: This is the ninth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), A New Creation, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Crossing the Waters. 6.30pm two religions, two ministries. Evening Prayer is at 2.45pm at Emmanuel.

1-2-1 READINGS: The Corinthian Church and Healing Association are holding private 1-2-1 readings between 10am and 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Primrose Hall. If you would like to know more visit www.corinthian-healing.co.uk On Sunday there is a Corinthian church service at Primrose Hall, from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Rev Nicola Harwood.

SHOWTIME: Tomorrow, Saturday, 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 Sunday 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.

KNITTING GROUP: The last one in July will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the King’s Head. At the last gathering the talk was predominantly about tension. A pattern uses a yarn and then gives instructions how to get the correct size piece. However, sometimes there is a yarn that has more appeal. Even if it is the same specification, that can be the start of a whole lot of problems. Too long or too short, too narrow or too wide, a strange combination of all is more than likely. A test piece is always suggested, but impatience can win out over caution. It depends how many times you are prepared to undo and start again. Not the same word as used in the pattern, but this approach to knitting can cause tension. If you have a knitting problem, come and talk about it. Phone Su (07591 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society. In June, Chairman David Bourne gave a talk with slides about the Hailsham Printing works, a business that occupied 42-44 High Street, Hailsham (now a hardware shop) for 200 years. He gave a brief description on letter press printing, through the different owners, from the Breads through to the Jenners then to his late father, Derek Bourne and finally to his sister, Diane Jones and the end of the business in December 1996. By all accounts those present enjoyed this little part of the history of our market town of Hailsham. An ex-printer from a Brighton press was a visitor, to reminisce about his past trade. The art of type-setting (compositing) is now to be found in a few printing museums. Jenners Hailsham Ltd was still using some machines going back to Victorian times. The museum behind the kebab shop in Market Street, Hailsham, is open Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm. The next meeting is on Wednesday 14 August at the Methodist Church Hall starting at 7.30pm. Melanie Gibson-Barton will present Wandering Through Flanders Fields.

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.

DICKER DAY: Festivities will take place in the grounds of the Plough Inn, Upper Dicker from 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, with food, games, live music, competitions, ice cream and lots of other stalls including raffle. Go along and enjoy a fun day for all the family.

BRIDGE AFTERNOON on Sunday in aid of Hailsham Old Pavilion Society at Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road from 2pm for 2.30pm start. Teams of four, £6 per person, to include afternoon tea. Please call Peter on (01323) 840305 to book.

FUN DOG SHOW at Dicker village hall on Sunday from noon. It is £2 per class, payable in the ring and there are six rosettes in each class. There will be other stalls as well as refreshments, lunches and teas throughout the afternoon including baked potatoes with choice of several fillings, books, cards, jewellery and more. Stalls available, call Jenny on (01323) 844687. Enquiries for dogs and classes to Liz on 842451.

CRAFT SHOW: The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show runs from August 1 to 4 from 10.30am to 5pm at Michelham Priory. Meet the region’s finest designer makers showing their work in marquees and the Elizabethan bard with pottery, textiles, wood turning and blacksmithing demonstrations. Admission £7.50, child £4, concessions £6.50, family £20.

DIG FOR VICTORY: At the Dig for Victory Summer Fete on Sunday August 4 from 1pm in the Merrie Harriers beer garden and the fields beyond, Cowbeech village looks back to the 1940s when everyone was encouraged to Grow your Own. This was not a matter of being green, but a matter of being fed. There will be competitive classes for the best fruit, vegetables, preserves, cakes, flower arrangements and more. Warbleton Brass Band and the Swingtime Sweethearts will be there as well as World War II vehicles and plenty of period dress will add to the impression that the Merrie Harriers has stepped back over 60 years. Also a dog show with many different classes and plenty of sideshows including Tug of War competition, children’s face painting, coconut shy, punch and Judy, maggot racing (yes really), the human fruit machine, to name a few. Refreshments, barbecue and beer tent. The Merrie Harriers will be open all day with a special Dig For Victory Set menu and a sing song of Wartime songs around the bar at 7pm. The Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society host this event for local charities and good causes, including Demelza.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

THE WALKING CLUB will be holding their next walk on Sunday. Meet Sylvia at Chalk Farm, Willingdon at 10am ready for a Downland walk to Friston. Take along a picnic as there will be plenty of places to stop. On Tuesday meet Lita at Selmeston church where you can leave the car and join her in a four to five mile walk. All enquiries to 848790.

WINDMILL HILL Horticultural Society will be holding their 136th Summer Show on Saturday August 3 between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Reid Hall, Boreham Street. Entry is £1 adults, children free and there’s plenty of free parking. Stalls will include the WI Exhibition, plant stall, tombola, a chance to see some vintage farm vehicles, a raffle and a demonstration of bread making. Teas and refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon. All are welcome to go along.

FREE SERVICE: On Thursday August 8 the mobile unit of the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre will be parked in the car park at the village hall between 10.30am and 3.30pm. The unit is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from the ESHRC and Adult Social Care will be available to provide information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss.

SUSSEX PRODUCE MARKET will be held tomorrow, Saturday, on the fields at the back of The Bull’s Head in Boreham Street. Plenty of local produce to choose from and the pub will be serving, tea, coffee, drinks and breakfast.

THE ‘CEUX VILLAGE SHOW: There is still chance for you to enter this village show which is to be held at the Woolpack Inn on Sunday. The schedules are packed full of classes to suit everybody from veggies, even the continental type to flowers, cookery and photography classes and special classes for children. Pick up a schedule, fill in the entry form and get it back to the pub. If you have any enquiries please contact them direct by email at ceuxvillageshow@yahoo.co.uk

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill will be open on August 4, 18, 25 and 26. Entrance is by donation and there is plenty of parking. Guides will be on hand to tell you all about the restoration etc and there will be refreshments available throughout.

lewes

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday June 18 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 3, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. July 2: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Peter and Irene Gannon; 3, Peter Cattermole and Peter Waters. July 9 Teams: 1, Jill Higham, Pauline Brown, Matt Read and Di Johnstone. Thursday June 20: 1, Roy Skan and Frank Hibbert; 2, Anne Davison and Edith Jeffery, Ron and Margaret Buddery. June 27: 1, Nigel Osmer and Ron Buddery; 2, Alan Disney and Peter Waters; 3, Paul Allen and Lynne Tunley. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FARMERS’ MARKET: As well as the usual market in the precinct on the first Saturday of the month, Lewes Farmers’ Market will now also take place once a month on Sunday. The dates are as follows: August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and the Christmas one on December 15.

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP, on School Hill, is re-starting its Scrabble Group on Thursday afternoons, from 1.30pm to 3pm. Do come along if you like words. From Monday our subscriptions will be reduced to £2.50, as we are now half-way through 2013. For those who like snooker, we have a lovely snooker room with a ¾ size table. Call in at reception to find out when it is free and how to become a member. Our reception is open from 9.30am to 1.30pm, Mondays to Fridays, or telephone 01273 476463.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO morning service and Holy Communion at 11am on Sunday with Rev David Farey taking the service. Thanks to all those who supported our Tabletop Sale at St Thomas church hall last Saturday, making it a huge success; thank you Lewes. And for the diary, anyone interested in The wildlife of Lewes Churchyards or as they are now known, God’s Acre, on Saturday August 10, 1pm to 4pm in Downtown Lewes.

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

THE BOWLS CLUB have been in action again this last week with three games, two of which were league games. They played Gullivers (league game) on July 17, winning 65-45. It was another win on July 20 against Northiam (league game) with a score of 71-60. Finally, Ninfield played Beckley on July 21 loosing 58-66.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are holding pre-season training sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm until 9pm. All players welcome. Contact John Copley 07929 721116 / 01424 211559, Luke Pont 07872 312266, Mark Pont 07973 792271. Or just go along.

CAR SHOW: Hooe’s Old Motor Club is holding their 44th annual Car Show on the Hooe Recreation Ground (situated between Pevensey and Ninfield on the B2095) on Sunday August 4, from 11am to 5pm. 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. With plenty going on it makes for a great day out. Admission, which includes a programme, is £5 for adults (children under 16 free). Car parking in the new improved car park is free. Money raised is distributed amongst local charities. If you would like to find out more about the Hooe Old Motor Club, please visit their website www.hooeoldmotorclub.org.uk.

HOOE OPEN GROUP meet on Friday, August 9, which will be 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.

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

Polegate

TICKETS 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.

ACTION FOR CHILDREN: The coffee morning held at Trinity Church Hall on Saturday July 13, in aid of Action for Children raised the sum of about £200. A big thank you to all who attended and supported this event.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre in the lounge is hosted by Polegate Residents Association. All welcome at 10am till noon.

QUIZ NIGHT tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm in the Henry Twine hall, Community Centre, make up a team of six people at £2 per person. Light nibbles supplied, bring your own drink, entry by ticket only. Tickets on sale at the Centre office or telephone 484631. All proceeds towards the kitchen fund.

ringmer

VILLAGE SUMMER FAIR takes place tomorrow, Saturday, in the village halls from 2pm to 5pm. Empire Dance are starting things off with dancing from local people. To follow them there are lots of stalls to keep you entertained. Children, do remember to bring along your Decorated Wooden Spoon for judging and also your Painted/Decorated Plaster Gnome. Also any Grand Draw money and ticket stubs not handed into Freeman Forman can be brought along to the fair. This hopefully will be a great event attracting many people and providing a boost not only to the village hall fundraising but to all the local groups taking part.

EXHIBITION OF ARTWORK: The Lewes Art Club’s annual Exhibition will be held from tomorrow Saturday, to Sunday August 4 at the House of Friendship, School Hill, Lewes. It will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Entry is free and refreshments will be available. Lewes District Art Club was founded in 1994 and many of its 15 members come from Ringmer where it meets in the village hall throughout the winter. This year the club is pleased to be invited to exhibit in the elegant rooms of the centrally situated House of Friendship. There will be a variety of work on view with paintings in different media, including many of local interest. There will also be unframed pictures and cards on sale. Do call in and see the exhibition.

STOOLBALL: Ringmer Stoolball Club are hosting the Sussex County Mid Division verses Kent game of Stoolball on Sunday on the Village Green. The U21s start at 11am and the Seniors at 2pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on July 17 was: 1, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 2, Alan Disney and Hugh Griffiths; 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith, Roy Skan and David Warner. The club next meets in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 01273 814220.

COFFEE MORNING: Advance notice that the Ringmer Mothers’ Union annual coffee morning is being held on Saturday, August 3 in the Vicarage garden by kind invitation of Linda and Will Pratt from 10am to noon. There will be the usual stalls and of course a raffle. As this is the Ringmer Mothers’ Union’s main fundraising event it is hoped that it will be well supported.

BOWLS CLUB: The result of the matches played last week was: Ringmer v Newhaven 68-60, Ringmer v Gildredge 73-56 and Ringmer v Herstmonceux 61-78.

SUMMER SHOW RESULTS: Considering the weather we have been having the displays at the summer show on Saturday were of a surprisingly high standard. The flowers, vegetables and cookery sections were well supported and the flower arrangement section showed all the artistry we’ve come to expect from our regular exhibitors. The show was very well attended and there were the usual discussions as to why the painting and photographic sections hadn’t been won by their own particular favourites. Although there were a good proportion of new winners in the horticultural sections, most of the awards were garnered by the Meredith duo. Moira and Phil won 13 first places, four second and three third and were awarded four trophies. The Presidents Trophy, the Wootton Cup, the Ruby Anniversary Trophy and the Goldcliff Cup.

First prize winners were: Flowers: Roses, large flowered, E Bowler; one specimen rose, G Fowlie; roses, cluster flowered, G Fowlie; carnations/pinks, C Browning; hydrangea, J Fordham; shrub foliage, G Fowlie; flowering plant, J Martin; foliage plant, J Martin; sweet peas, C Browning; perennial flowers, P Ball; any other flower, E Bowler; bowl of mixed flowers, V Duckett; flowering tree/shrub, M Constable; a scented rose, G Fowlie. Fruit: Strawberries, P Wieczorek; redcurrants, J Payne; gooseberries, C Browning; raspberries, P Wieczorek; any other fruit, P Wieczorek.

Vegetables: Potatoes, white, P Wieczorek; potatoes, other, P Wieczorek; dwarf beans, M Pattenden; broad beans, R Barton; cabbage, R Barton; lettuce, C Browning; peas, C Browning; bunch mixed herbs, culinary, L and W Pratt; courgettes, R Barton; cucumber, J Badcock; any other vegetable, P Wieczorek. Flower Arranging: The Sparkle of Glass, J Miller; Blooming Lovely, R Parker; A Song Title, R Parker; Beach Party, V Duckett. Cookery and Preserves: Lemon drizzle cake, M Mockford; granary loaf, S James, two vegetarian pasties, R Barton; individual pasta salad, S Tibbenham; tiramisu for two, L Pratt; three rock cakes, R Peters, jar soft fruit jam, R Peters, six eggs, R Hobbs.

Handicrafts: Painting, Memories, J Leister; photo, A Farming Scene, M Berry; photo, Tranquility, M Berry.

Other trophy winners; Norman Stacy Rose Bowl, most points in flower arrangement section, R Parker and J Miller; Meredith Rose Bowl, most points in the roses section, J Badcock and G Fowlie; Adams Cup, most attractive garden, V and E Duckett.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

FLOWER SHOW: The weeks have flown by and the big day is tomorrow, Saturday, on the Green at Rushlake Green. Entries closed on Wednesday, and they may be staged in the marquee between 8.30am and 10.30am. The marquee closes at 10.30am for judging, re-opening for members at 1.45pm and to the public at 2pm. The afternoon events start at 2.05pm with the judging of children’s pets; 2.30pm we have the Muso Bongo Drummers; the children can let off steam with their races at 3pm. Mr Peter Dunn will present the trophies at 3.45pm followed by the raffle. Tug of War follows at 4.15pm and the auction of produce at 4.45pm. There will be a wide variety of stalls around the green with produce, craft and local interest. The tea tent will be open, and Warbleton Brass Band will play during the afternoon.

THE BUFFALOES: No, we haven’t gained an exotic new additions to our fields, the Buffaloes are a music group playing 60s to 80s music. They will be performing in the marquee after supper on Saturday evening, and are excellent. Please bring your own supper, glasses and drinks. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £3 for children, and are available from The Stores, the Horse and Groom or from Gill on 01435 868246.

MARQUEE SERVICE: The three churches in the benefice (Warbleton, Bodle Street, and Dallington) join with Heathfield Chapel in the marquee on the Green for a united service. There will be a crèche and the children will have their Sunday Club. There will be no services in the churches, and chapel. All are very welcome to join us at the service and the picnic and rounders which follow. The chapel has an evening service at 6.30pm as well.

HAMPERS AND CHAMPERS: Warbleton Brass Band have their outdoor concert on the Green at 6pm on Sunday, in the marquee if wet. As the name implies please bring along your picnic and drinks, to complete the experience.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WISH HILL POST OFFICE: There was quite a crowd to see local ventriloquist Steve Hewlett officially open the newly renamed Wish Hill Post Office on July 22. Steve’s dummy Arthur Lager was there to accompany him to the delight of everyone present. Also at the opening ceremony was chairman of the county council Cllr Colin Belsey and Kitty del-Lungo, who is retiring from running the post office in Freshwater Square, and her son-in-law Colin Manktelow. As there will no longer be a post office in Freshwater Square, Colin will be helping out part-time at Wish Hill Post Office. Andrea Etwell, who runs the village shop, is delighted it has once again become a post office. Since its forced closure in May 2008, she has continually aimed to get the post office re-established and despite its new name, customers can expect the same friendly service 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.

ALFRESCO DINING and Auction 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 which has now obtained planning permission to build a supported residential centre for adults with a learning disability. The event will be held from 6pm tomorrow, Saturday. 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.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: Today, Friday, 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 today, Friday, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. The event will be opened at 10.30am today 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.

MONSTERS OF ROCK Summer School is a really exciting project for young people who have some musical ability. From Monday July 29 to Friday August 2 a Monster Rock Summer School will be held in the drama studio at Willingdon Community School under the Sussex Rocks banner. The course will be held every day from 10am to 4pm. It is intended for young people aged between 10 and 18 years. The idea is that young instrumentalists can be part of a rock band and bring along their own instruments such as guitars, keyboards, amplifiers and drums and will receive expert tuition. This was the brain child of Jacqui Crowther and her 15 year old son Lawrence. Lawrence took part in a similar scheme in the West Country in 2011. He loved it and learnt a lot but it proved to be very expensive as accommodation and travel had to be taken into account. Last year Jacqui set up her own Summer School in Willingdon which went well and some of the participants will be returning this year, but there is still room for others. This year there will be additional tutors, specialising in guitar and drums as well as a singing teacher. Lawrence aims to be an opera singer and has already performed in several events at Glyndebourne. The course is £150. To find out more ring 01323 487780 or 07746 770877 or visit www.sussexrocks.org.uk.

THE WHEATSHEAF: John Paul Miller will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. The Wheatsheaf quiz is on Tuesday at 8.30pm. Wednesday is open mic night when talented and enthusiastic singers and instrumentalists can entertain from 8pm.

POLEGATE WINDMILL held their summer fete on July 14 on a very hot sunny day. £500 was raised and everyone enjoyed the music provided by the talented group Con Brio. The mill will be open this Sunday from 2pm to 5pm.

DANGEROUS ROAD: Some of the members of Jevington and Filching Residents Association will be meeting a traffic calming consultant on July 29 to discuss the problems of speeding along Jevington Road. Some of the residents have already been trained to speed watch and are already monitoring those who are exceeding the speed limit or driving dangerously. One of the issues is also that the pull-ins haven’t been cleared. This can cause a further hazard when drivers are trying to pull over to allow more room for the on-coming traffic.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will be staging an outdoor production of Harlequin goes to the Moon in the lovely grounds of Filching Manor on Wednesday. This hilarious new play is set in Florence in the 16C. Catalina, the daughter of the great astronomer Il Dottore Pazzo, is in love with Federico the son of Il Magnifico Buco del Culo a mean Florentine banker who disapproves of the match and threatens his servant Harlequin and his wife’s maid Colombina to keep them apart or else… To make his escape Harlequin steals Pazzo’s moon ship and together with Colombina and the stable lad Paglia they set off for the moon where Harlequin will no longer be kicked around and will be in charge of his own destiny. This is commedia at its best with a professional cast of actors and musicians. It is aimed at adults but older children may also enjoy it – if they can sit quietly. The audience is advised to be there early, about 6pm, take chairs and possibly a small folding table or rugs and extra clothing in case it gets chilly. Take a picnic and drink. A torch or lantern would also be useful. There is amble parking space in the grounds of Filching Manor. The performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 for adults, £11 for seniors, £9 for students and £6 for children aged 7 to 17 years, and there are group concessions. Tickets can be bought on line visit www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk or on the night when concessions will not be available. For more information ring 01323 501260.