Parish pump Hailsham - July 27, 2012

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Alfriston

CHARLESTON MANOR, West Dean, is hosting the annual fund raising event on behalf of All Saints Church, West Dean on July 29 between 2pm and 5.30pm. There will be stalls selling crafts, plants, books and pies, a tombola and of course teas with homemade cakes and scones. The Heathfield Silver Band will play. The Service of Summer Praise will be held at 5pm. Entrance is £3 adults; car parking is free. Unfortunately dogs cannot be catered for, even in the car park, as there are wild fowl in the grounds.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Alfriston Summer Music Festival begins on July 31 to August 4. Once again the village is looking forward to welcoming Jeremy Young and Daniel Bhattacharya and their very talented professional friends who perform each day during the week. All details of the programme can be found on their website at alfristonsummermusic@yahoo.co.uk, or on posters around the village.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL committee is busy checking out the long range weather forecast. After the summer of rain that we have had there has been some furrowed brows and hasty meetings drawing up contingency plans to answer the problem ‘what if it continues to rain’. However, I am writing this with the sun pouring through the window and, along with all Alfristonians who take part in the Festival, hoping it can last a few more weeks. The Alfriston Festival runs from August 19 to 27. Programmes are available throughout the village and in local tourist offices and on the village website at www.alfriston-village.co.uk.

Bodle Street Green

UNITED SERVICE: On Sunday, local churches gather for worship in the marquee at Rushlake Green at 11am, followed by a picnic and rounders. All are very welcome to join us. There will be no morning services at Warbleton, Bodle Street or at Heathfield Chapel. The latter has an evening service at 6.30pm with Tony Wood. Dallington have a 10am Communion service (BCP), and then join us at 11am. For details of the Marquee children’s club see the Warbleton section.

FOLK CLUB: The club meets at the White Horse Inn on alternate Mondays at 8.30pm; this Monday being the next session. For details call at the pub, contact Chris Liddiard on 01435864271 or go to whitehorsefolk.co.uk

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

Burwash

MUSIC:Tonight, Friday, is music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common, when local singers and musicians will be playing for your pleasure. We have some truly talented artists in our area and if you would like to do a turn, go along and let it be known, you will be given a warm welcome. The licensed bar will be open, so do go along and support the acts.

TABLE TOP SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, morning the village hall committee are holding a table top sale and coffee morning, at the village hall from 10am until noon. There are a few tables still available at £6 each, and can be booked by calling Shirley Viney on 01435 882497. Refreshments will be available, so why not come and browse the stalls of gifts and cards and other items. Setting up from 9am.

SUMMER FAIR: Have you booked your pitch for the August Bank Holiday Fair. This is always on the Monday, and has a great following with people coming from far and wide. Stalls can be local groups, charity or commercial. To book a site please call Steve Mintram on 01435 882444. The site is open from 8am for setting up and the fair begins at 1pm. until 5pm. Book now to be sure of a pitch.

FETE: The Burwash Common Summer Fete is being held on September 8. I know this is early, but they are in need of helpers as many of their regular who run the stalls are away that weekend. If you can spare a few hours please call Jan McCartney on 01435 882117.

FLOWER SHOW: The horticultural society summer show is being held on Saturday August 4 at the Swan Meadow Playing Fields. Schedule and entry forms are available from The Burwash Newsagents. Entries should be returned by Wednesday evening. The show always has classes for locals, children, photography and cooking as well as vegetables, plants flowers and floral art.

ITEMS: As the children begin their summer holidays, mums and dads are looking for ways to keep them entertained. If you have anything happening that would attract them, then why not let me tell my readers. If you have any event at all that you would like advertised, you can contact me via email at marybarrytaylor@hotmail.co.uk or by phone on 01435 882107. Please let me have any copy by Sunday evening. Thank you.

STOOLBALL: Last Friday the team had a home fixture against Stone Cross. Thankfully the rain stayed away although dark clouds kept us all sky watching. Burwash batted first scoring 92 from the 13 overs, Jo Baldwin 43. Stone Cross made 93 with two overs left, Jane Jenner 27, Maggie Wright 41. The season has been somewhat small with rain and teams struggling to get players. Is this a dying sport, I hope not.

Hailsham

KNIT’INN NIGHTS resume after a short break on Tuesday. If you are interested in knitting or crochet, as a beginner, or with experience, go along to a Knit’Inn Night at The King’s Head at 7.30pm on the second and last Tuesday of the month. The King’s Head provides a relaxed atmosphere and a range of beverages and the knitters and crocheters provide informal chat and mutual support and assistance. For further information phone The King’s Head (01323 440447) or Su (07951 631749).

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: The Service on Sunday at Primrose Hall, is from 11am to noon with Trisha Bamsey and is followed by refreshments.

ST MARY’S: This is the eighth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion, Don’t Worry. 10.30am Olympics All Age Special with crèche, 6.30pm Holy Communion, On Whose Authority?

U3A: The bowling group meet monthly and more people are needed to join them for a bit of fun. The family history group meeting concentrated on problem solving led by Bob Bruce and included a discussion on a wide range of family history issues. Quiz group meets regularly and the strollers group have recently taken a walk along the bank of part of the River Cuckmere and back. At the discussion group there was a pretty lively discussion about the defence cuts and how the defence budget is being, or should be, spent. Their next discussion will be about the North/South divide in the UK how the cost of living varies, along with the way of life, attitudes, benefits and work ethics. Please do some research, particularly in view of the government suggesting benefits should be based on where we live. There are many more U3A groups. If you would like to find out more about U3A ring Sue Wilson in the first instance on (01323) 840797.

EARLY SUMMER SHOW: Hailsham Horticultural Society put on their Early Summer Show last Saturday and I was very impressed with the increased number of both exhibits and exhibitors. Unfortunately the weather had an adverse effect on the sweet peas and roses but all the other classes were very well represented. I would like to thank everybody who helped and made the day so enjoyable. (Sheila Mighall).

Section One Sweet Peas (Open). Class 2, Mr M Parker; Class 4, Mr M Parker. Class 5: 1, Mr D Fitton; 2, Mr M Parker. Roses (Open): Class 10, Mr E Sanderson. General Flowers (Open). Class 12: 1, Mr B Croft; 2, Mrs K Kirk. Class 13: 1, Mr B Croft; 2, Mrs B Catt; 3, Mr N Veit. Class 15: 1, Mrs K Kirk; 2, Mr N Veit; 3, Mrs B Catt.

Section Two Sweet Peas (Members). Class 17: 1, Mr B Croft; 3, Mrs W Burgess. Class 18: 1, Mr W Burgess; 2, Mrs A Poole. Class 19: 1, Mr W Burgess; 2, Mrs A Poole. Class 20: 1, Mr W Burgess; 2, Mr B Croft. Class 21: 2, Mr W Burgess. Class 22: 1, Mr B Croft; 2, W Burgess; 3, Mrs A Poole. Class 23: 1, Mr B Croft; 2, Jacqui Hunt; 3, Mrs A Poole. General Flowers. Class 24: 1, Mrs N Hully; 2, J Battams; 3, Mrs A Mowles. Class 25: 1, Mrs A Poole; 2, Mr N Veit; 3, Mr B Croft. Class 26: 1, Mrs P Cuttell; 2, Mr B Croft; 3, Mr N Veit. Class 27: 1, Mrs A Poole. Class 28: 1, Mr N Veit; 2, Mr B Croft; 3, Mrs L Woodley.

Section Three Decorative (Open). Class 29: 1, Mrs E Evenden; 2, Miss S McGinn; 3, Mrs W Bysouth. Class 30: 1, Mrs D Holt; 2, Mrs S Tester; 3, Helen Gander. Class 31: 2, Mrs S Tester. Class 32: 1, Mrs E Evenden. Class 33: 1, Mrs M Luffingham; 2, Mrs E Evenden; 3, Miss S McGinn.

Section Four Vegetables (Open). Class 34: 1, Mr R Kirk; 2, Mr G Allcorn; 3, Mr W Burgess. Class 35: 1, Mr L Holt; 2, Mr B Croft; 3, Mr W Burgess. Class 36: 1, Mr R Kirk; 2, Mr B Mighall; 3, Ms Katkin. Class 37: 1, Mr Allcorn; 2, Mr R Kirk. Class 38: 1, Mr R Kirk; 2, Mr B Mighall; 3, Mr W Burgess. Class 39: 1, Mr L Holt; 2, Ms Katkin; 3, Mr B Croft. Class 40: 1, Mr G Allcorn; 2, Mr R Kirk; 3, Mr L Holt. Class 41: 1, Mr B Mighall; 2, Mr W Burgess; 3, Mr G Allcorn. Class 42: 1, Mr W Burgess; 2, Mr R Kirk. Class 43: 1, Mr R Kirk; 2, Mr B Mighall; 3, Mr L Holt. Class 44: 1, Mr G Allcorn; 2, Mr W Burgess.

Section Five Vegetables (Members). Class 45: 1, Mr B Mighall; 2, Mr G Allcorn; 3, Mr R Kirk. Class 46: 1, Mr L Holt; 2, Mr R Kirk. Class 47: 1, Mr G Allcorn; 2, Mrs J Battams; 3, Mr R Kirk. Class 48: 1, Mr B Mighall; 2, Mrs S Wilson; 3, Mr R Kirk. Class 50: 1, Mr R Kirk; 2, Mr G Allcorn; 3, Mr L Holt. Class 51: 1, Mr G Allcorn; 2, Mr B Mighall; 3, Mrs J Battams.

Section Six Fruit (Open). Class 52: 1, Mr N Veit; 2, Mrs A King; 3, Mrs J Battams. Class 53: 1, Mr G Allcorn; 2, Mrs B Mighall. Class 54: 1, Mr G Allcorn; 2, Mrs B Catt; 3, Mr R Kirk.

Section Seven Cookery and Preserves (Open). Class 55: 2, Mrs A King; 3, Mrs J Battams. Class 56: 1, Mrs J Battams; 2, Miss S McGinn; 3, Jacqui Hunt. Class 57: 1, Miss S McGinn; 2, Mrs A King; 3, Mr N Veit. Class 58: 1, Mrs M Luffingham; 2, Miss S McGinn; 3, Mrs A King. Class 59: 1, Miss S McGinn; 2, Mrs J Battams; 3, Mrs S Mighall. Class 60: 1, Mrs M Luffingham; 2, Mrs S Wilson; 3, Mrs S Mighall. Class 61: 1, Miss S McGinn; 2, Mrs S Mighall; 3, Mrs M Luffingham. Class 62: 1, Mrs M Luffingham; 2, Miss S McGinn; 3, Mrs S Mighall.

Section Eight Art (Open). Class 63: 1, Mr P Wilson. Class 64: 1, Mrs W Bysouth; 2, Mrs A Poole; 3, Jacqui Hunt. Class 65: 1, Mrs A King; 2, Mr P Wilson; 3, Miss B Burd.

Section Nine Children’s (Open). Class 66: 1, Miss H Barnard. Class 67: 1, Mr A Gasson. Class 68: 1, Miss R Gander; 2, Mr J Miller; 3, Miss I Barnard.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

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

BUNNY RUN: The childcare centre celebrated the end if term with 40 pre-schoolers who are going to school in September with a fantasy island fancy dress party. They are also hosting a pre school open afternoon on August 16 for parents wanting to apply for a place at the Bunny Run. There will be more information nearer the time or you can phone Angela on (01323) 848490 or 849944.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BOWLS: Four matches were played this week. The first was a league match away at Mayfield with Herstmonceux only managing one point on the table, the final score being Mayfield 55, Herstmonceux 35. An away friendly against Hampden Park saw them fare no better, the final score being 108-95 to Hampden Park. Their third match of the week was played at home against Hellingly Ladies, sadly it was a yet another loss for our home team by some 19 shots. The friendly against Guestling had to be abandoned after 12 ends due to bad weather and the final match of the week, a friendly against Battle ended in a 47 shot loss to Herstmonceux.

JAZZ IN THE GARDEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Sara Lee Trust hold their Jazz in the Garden event at Butler’s Farmhouse. Garden open from 5pm. Adults £10 children free. Plenty of free parking and room for your picnic, bar, raffle and the Pete Willson quartet playing jazzt. All enquiries to 01424 456608 please.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Held their recent joint meeting with the East Sussex Farm, women’s group listening to talk and tips from show judges, the importance of presentation and the problems we all face this year with difficulty which is being experience by all growers due to the weather. With this in mind perhaps it’s time you called into any of our local shops and picked up a schedule for their show on August 4. This is their 135th show and apparently it all started back in 1878 in the bar of the Horseshoe Inn when a gentleman who was courting the landlord’s daughter challenged customers as to who could grow the biggest marrow. Produce at the early shows were laid outside the Inn on Posey Green and then came the marquee. The show as them moved to Windmill Hill Place, courtesy of the Reid family and for a while it was held at Dormers Farm courtesy of Mr and Mrs Page before moving to its current home, the Reid Hall. The tradition continues today so why not be a part of this tradition and join them in what promises to be a most enjoyable day.

HATS had a cracking night on July 13. The hall was shacking from about 8pm onwards to the sounds of the Seaford Rock and Jazz Orchestra who seem to have a variety of and very high standard of talent which was appreciated by everybody. A great night was made even better by the addition of David Palmer’s disco. It was announced officially at this event that HATS had been awarded the Accolade of Excellence for the South East Region for their production of Billy. This is their second award in five years and very much deserved by them all. HATS next production is in November, with The Sound Of Music.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion and the Discovery Service will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 11am respectively, with Matins being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and the United Service at the Free Church commencing at 6pm. On Thursday Holy Communion will be held at The Friends Meeting House in West End at 11am.

NEW BUSINESS: Tomorrow, Saturday, 9am to 12.30pm there will be an introduction of new businesses to include Alpha Pet and House Sitting, Art Zone (a children’s art club). We are invited to the Reid Hall, Boreham Street to meet with the proprietors for a chat and see if there is anything that they can do for us. A small entrance fee of £1 will be donated to the Macmillan Cancer Support and we will be able to sample some English Tea, courtesy of Quintessentially Yours. For further details contact Graham on 0774 585 5320 or Kirsty on 0789 106 0485.

SAM HOLDEN is the only professional poker player that most of us know and he did well in the World Poker Playing tournament last year ending up I think eighth in the world. He was there again this year, one of the 6600 hopefuls in an event that would take ten days and see Sam, still the last Brit standing, achieving 55th place and taking away a prize in the region of $128,000. A massive achievement and on top of his Channel 4 Late Night Poke win he is doing extremely well. Many congratulations Sam. If anybody wants to follow Sam just google, Sam Holden Poker.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Wilmington 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; opposite Rose Cottage Alciston 10.40am to 11am; Selmeston village hall 11.05am to 11.30am; Village Hall Arlington 11.40am to 12.05pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY’S Nin Field Gig is tomorrow, Saturday, at Elm Cottage, Marlpits Lane. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Ninfield Stores at the following prices: Adults £10 each, children £5 each, family (two adults, three children) £25. Children 5yrs and under go free. Ticket prices at the gate are: Adults £12, children £6 (no family tickets).

BOWLS: The bowls club have had some ups and downs over the last few weeks with the weather not helping their cause. Their match at home on July 11 against Sidley Martlets was cancelled. They then played Staplecross on July 14 with the game having to be abandoned after 11 ends. July 15 saw their home match against Hawkhurst having to be cancelled due to a water logged pitch (we can hardly believe that just a couple of weeks ago the weather was so different). However last weekend saw better weather and they managed to get some matches in: July 18 they played Gullivers, July 21 they lost against Northiam 57-93 (a drastic defeat, obviously the good weather put them off) and on July 22 they narrowly lost to Beckley 64-66.

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

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

CREATIVEBEXHILL Community Interest Company, a not for profit social enterprise with aims of improving wellbeing in Bexhill and Rother, are providing two activities for the next two Tuesdays at the Memorial Hall, July 31 and August 7. Each day will start with Feel Better With A Book, a good read aloud of popular texts from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. There is a suggested donation of £2 for this activity. There will then follow at 3pm Gentle Yoga for an hour. The Yoga has a suggested donation of £3. This will then continue on July 31 and August 7.

COFFEE MORNING: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a coffee morning on Saturday August 4, 10.30am to noon. There will also be a bring and buy stall. This is in memory of Ron Wells who was our village baker for many years. Proceeds raised will be shared between St Michael’s Hospice and The Stroke Association.

GARDEN LUNCH: The Arthritis Research Summer Garden Lunch is being held on Saturday August 4 at Elm Cottage, Marlpit Lane, 12.30pm. This is by kind invitation of Pete and Carol. All Welcome by booking with Ann: 892593. Tickets £7.50 each.

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 7 Praise with Revd Derek Brice.

Polegate

COFFEE MORNING in aid of Polegate Residents Association is held at the Community Centre today, Friday. All welcome. For more information contact Terry on 487630, Jean 485075 or George 484109.

POLEGATE STROLLERS meet on July 31, Stud Farm Tour. Meet at Jubilee tree, St Johns Road at 10am and walk to the allotments. Contact Jayne on 07761612132 for more information.

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

WALK: Eastbourne Natural history and Archaeological Society presents A Walk on Wilmington Hill led by Christopher Greatorex on Sunday Aug 5. Christopher is a well respected freelance professional archaeologist. The walk will take us up Windover Hill that rises to the south of Wilmington village and has a number of archaeological field monuments on its slopes, not the least of which is the enigmatic figure of Wilmington Giant. The walk will take in two groups of flint mines of possible Neolithic date, a large Neolithic long barrow with ditches on both sides and a splendid bowl barrow with a well defined ditch. Further to the west is the site of Windoor Windmill, burnt down in 1877. Meet in Wilmington car park (just south of Wilmington Priory) at 10am. Donations gratefully accepted. Further information from Robin Reffell 01323 648226.

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

Uckfield

COOKERY BOOK: I have been writing a dairy cookery book for some time. It’s the hardest thing that I’ve ever written. I have to list the ingredients in order, say how many it feeds, make the dish and take photos, and try it out on my guinea-pig neighbours. If any of you have an interesting, original recipe that includes cheese, and you’d like your name in my book, please send me your recipe, with a photo. If it has an interesting history, you can write that too.

A BIG THANK YOU to all those who took part in the Uckfield Festival over the past 10 days, especially to those in the background, who put up the tents, take down the tents, provide the tea/coffee/food, spend hours before the Festival working on their exhibitions, performances etc. Also to the people of Uckfield who come out to watch or participate in the events. Uckfield is very special, it has a wonderful community spirit and so many people contribute to this. Take the Alternative Torch Run as an example, there were over 70 marshals from the community, plus all the Uckfield schools, almost all bringing out their whole school to watch, and the Fire Brigade also helped us. I would like to say a personal thank you to Uckfieldfm, who have taken the Festival into the homes of those who may not been able to attend in person. Uckfieldfm is part of the community spirit of Uckfield as their presenters and backroom staff do not receive any monetary gain for the long hours they devote to the airwaves. Lastly, but not least, I would like to thank publically, the Festival Committee. A band of around 14 people who plan the Festival over 12 months. Again with no payment or perks. They put so much effort in to providing what is Festival Week, the second week of July. (Dorothy Sparks).

LADIES WHO LUNCH: Members were reminded that Marilyn Jenkins has taken over as lunch secretary. Her telephone number is 01825 764260. Please keep to the usual practice of letting her know by the Wednesday before the lunch if you cannot attend, followed by writing a note or sending her an email marilynjenkins@hotmail.co.uk.We were also reminded about the bran tub at Christmas. Start thinking of quirky inexpensive gifts. Our speaker, Pam Wright, gave an illustrated talk on meeting our ancestors. Not as you might think exploring our family tree, but describing the life of our medieval ancestors. The game of football was recorded as early as 1174 played in the streets of London. It was so fierce that it could set whole neighbourhoods against each other. And we thought football hooliganism was a modern thing. The next meeting will be on August 6 and as the speaker’s husband has recently died, there may be a change.

FAMILY HISTORY GROUP: Hit a brick wall in your family history research? Come and ask the experts at the Luxford Day Centre from 10am to noon on Saturday August 11. We have a panel with a wide range of expertise, including military, births, deaths and marriages and census data.

LUXFORD CENTRE: Firstly thank you to everyone who came into the Centre for a drink and a cake on Festival Day and for those who haven’t been to see us read on: Everyone over 60 living in and around Uckfield can use the Centre, so come and have a coffee or tea. We are open every day of the week with activities such as Boccia (seated ball game), darts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings cards and crib, Scrabble, bridge and short mat bowls also take place of an afternoon. For those who want to keep themselves fit, you can attend Extend Exercises on a Tuesday afternoon. Lunch can be had on a Thursday when booked in advance on a Tuesday. Outings are arranged in the Summer plus two holidays a year. So don’t sit at home on your own, come and make new friends or find old friends already there and see what happens at the Luxford Centre with those over 60 years old in your town.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

FLOWER SHOW: It is too late to enter the show, but come along tomorrow, Saturday, for a good afternoon. On the day entries have to be displayed between 8.30am and 10.30am at which point the marquee closes for judging. It re-opens at 1.45pm for members only and at 2.15pm for the public. During the afternoon, there will be a children’s pets competition, dog agility display, and children’s races plus tug-of-war and lots of stalls around the Green. Local groups will have displays of their activities. Warbleton Brass Band will play during the afternoon, and refreshments are available.

MARQUEE SHOW: In the evening of the flower show, there will be live music from the four piece band the Buffaloes, playing covers from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, and can be obtained on 01435 830263 or 831169, or in The Stores. Please bring a picnic, drink and glasses and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and great music.

UNITED SERVICE: On Sunday, local churches gather for worship in the marquee at 11am, followed by a picnic and rounders. All are very welcome to join us. There will be no morning services at Warbleton, Bodle Street or at Heathfield Chapel. The latter has an evening service at 6.30pm with Tony Wood. Dallington have a 10am Communion service (BCP), and then join us at 11am.

BAND CONCERT: At Hampers and Champers Warbleton Brass will perform on the Green at 6pm on Sunday, with a guest opera singer. Bring a picnic and sit back and enjoy great music.

MARQUEE CLUB: Warbleton Church are organising a holiday club in the flower show marquee on Monday, by kind permission of the horticultural society. It will be held from 10.30am to noon. It is for primary school children (parents are welcome to stay) and under school age children who need to be accompanied by an adult. There will be craft, games, races, refreshments, singing and Christian teaching. Entry is free and registration forms are available in The Stores. For more info contact Shirley Austin on 01435 830280 or shirleyaustin@btopenworld.com

PARISH COUNCIL: I was not able to attend the last meeting, as I was working late, and 7pm was too early for me to get there. I understand though, that one subject that it causing concern is the proposal to build 40 homes off Blackdown Lane in Punnetts Town. This is just inside the parish boundary with Heathfield parish.

Willingdon,

Wannock & Jevington

CHEQUE PRESENTATION: On Sunday members of Concentus Chorale met for a barbecue at Bates Green Farm near Arlington. The choir’s chosen charity is the JPK Project and during the afternoon a cheque for £3,310.59 was presented to the JPK Project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker. It represented money raised throughout the year from retiring collections at the choir’s various concerts as well as from other fund raising initiatives. Jill said that she was extremely grateful for the continuing support of Concentus Chorale and the general public who have always given so generously.

THE JPK PROJECT has now submitted a planning application to Eastbourne Borough Council planning department for a supported living centre for people with a learning disability. It will be on the Edgmond Church site in Old Town and negotiations with the church trustees are continuing to run smoothly. It has been a long struggle to get this far with many hurdles to overcome along the way but Jill Parker and the other JPK trustees have never given up hope that their dream would one day become a reality. Hopefully planning permission will now be passed and funds from grant making trusts can be released. To find out more Google Eastbourne Borough Council Planning Applications then click on Eastbourne Borough Council online Planning Applications Search, then enter the planning application number EB/2012/0473. You can then view the details and comment on the application. Alternatively write to Ms Jane Sabin Case Officer, Development Control, Eastbourne Borough Council 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4TW.

ITALIAN EVENING: The next fund raising event to be held in aid of the JPK Project is an Italian evening hosted by Maureen and John Males at The Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate. On this occasion the Italian cuisine will be provided by Val and Ciro Pickett. The evening starts at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets are available from Jill on 01323 486179 or Maureen on 01323 492011 priced at £8 each.

THE SUMMER FAIR organised by Age Concern Eastbourne at Sunrise Senior Living on July 7 raised £1,027.55. It included a generous donation.

ARC: The Polegate and Eastbourne branch of Arthritis Research UK has recently had two fund raising collections. The street collection in Willingdon and Polegate on July 14 raised £204.30 and the collection at Waitrose in Old Town on July 21 raised £338.37.

ART TUITION: There are vacancies for the autumn term at a Thursday morning art group, which meets from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Wannock Hall. Drawing and painting tuition is given by Angela Burnap, mainly in watercolour and pastel. The autumn term starts on September 20. For further information ring Angela on 01323 842113.

A COFFEE MORNING in aid of breast cancer research will be held from 10am to 12.30pm today, Friday, at The Boro 2a Church Street Willingdon (behind the Wheatsheaf).

WANNOCK ARTISTS: Today, Friday, at 7pm, William de Wilde will be demonstrating how to paint a seascape in acrylic. The meeting will be held at Wannock Hall. Visitors are welcome to these monthly meetings. Admission is £3.

A CHARITY TABLE SALE and raffle will be held from 10am to 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church Hall in aid of the Sussex Cancer Fund at the Royal Sussex Hospital Brighton and the RNLI. Admission is 50p to include tea, coffee or cold drink and biscuits.

TOM FITZPATRICK will be entertaining customers at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Owen Donovan will be providing the entertainment at The Wheatsheaf, also at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. At 1.30pm on Sunday Leo will be singing and playing guitar at the Wheatsheaf.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: As well as the normal opening hours of 2pm to 5pm on Sunday afternoons, Polegate Windmill has special events taking place on the Wednesdays during August. Historical Food Day is on August 1 when children from the age of five years upwards can learn to cook and make bread as it used to be done in a by-gone age. The cooking takes place on the mill plat, with covering if necessary. There are two sessions to choose from 11am to 1pm or from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Admission is £3 for children and £1 for accompanying adults, which includes a tour of the mill following each session. Please contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496 for further details.

CHAMPAGNE &

STRAWBERRIES: A fundraising event is being held in aid of Action Medical Research for Children for Life to celebrate 60 years of vital research that has helped change the lives of thousands of children. From 6pm to 8pm on Friday August 3, champagne and strawberries will be served at 38 Wish Hill Willingdon (outdoors weather permitting). Tickets are £10 each to include canopies, beer or soft drinks. For further information ring 01323 506524 or 01323 646286.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday August 3 at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Gill Sadler will be giving a demonstration entitled Show Stopper.

COFFEE MORNING: An Action for Children’s Coffee Morning will be taking place at 10am on Saturday August 4 at Trinity Church Hall.