Parish pump Hailsham - July 5 2013

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ALFRISTON

THE 300 CLUB: This month will meet at Deans Place Hotel on Tuesday 9 at 8 pm. Another chance for a drink and chat and to witness the draw - and perhaps win £50.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: The house to house collection in Alfriston, Litlington/Lullington and West Dean together with a church collection in West Dean, the Beating the Bounds sponsored walk and the simple lunch raised an excellent £2,922. Of course these events never ‘just happen’. Rachel Hampshire organised the sponsored walk, Jane Alvey and the team made the lunch and Herbie and Jill Eacott counted the money and of course there was also a band of house to house collectors too. Laurie Walker, the Christian Aid co-ordinator, expressed his gratitude to everyone who contributed. Christian Aid’s work is to help alleviate poverty, hunger and disease in developing country.

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane to very good reviews. Alfriston has two connections with this production. Paul Pyant, a Lewes resident who has close ties with the village, is the Lighting Designer on the show and Howard Eaton (who created the iconic five glowing rings at the opening ceremony of last year’s Olympic Games) has helped the Alfriston Players pantomime for the past few years and has been booked again for 2014. Paul and Howard’s input into Willy Wonka has been praised in the reviews.

BODLE STREET GREEN

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service followed by Parish BBQ at Wayside. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).

BSG WI: The meeting on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall, will be a planning meeting for the coming year. Members are encouraged to bring their ideas for the programme.

Hailsham

ST MARY’S: This is the sixth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), A Rush of Reason, 10.30am All Age Special with crèche, A Postcard from Corinth, 6.30pm Evening Prayer, The Law and the Gospel.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Penny Hart Davis. At the same venue, there is a Clairvoyant Evening on Friday July 12 with Ivan Lee starting at 7.30pm until 9pm.

NEW INDOOR MARKET: Every Monday from 10am to 2pm at the Corn Exchange Function Room. Stalls include jams and pickles, baby/dolls knitwear. Homemade sweets and pastries, cakes. Wonderful selection of plants, homemade bird tables, birdseed, greetings cards, handmade jewellery, handmade soaps, pottery and other gifts. No tombola, jumble or bric-a-brac. Stalls sell only quality homemade local goods. Tables are £3. Local charities are supported quarterly. Contact Maggie 01323 840345.

OPEN CHURCH: It would seem from the evidence of early wills that the church has retained its original dedication to St Mary the Virgin. Except possibly for a portion of the north wall, nothing remains of the church of 1200. However, the present building is of the perpendicular style and probably dates from 1425-50. Even this has been altered considerably over the years. The tower is square, some 70 feet in height, built in blocks of sandstone alternating with squares of knapped flints, topped with battlements and a pinnacle at each corner, bearing weather vanes. The main vane rising from the tower bears the date 1801 and the initials W H and W K are those of William Hilder and William King, the churchwardens at the time. The church is equally interesting on the inside, go along and discover more about this wonderful building. St Mary’s parish church is open for visitors to come in and have a browse on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout June to August from noon to 2pm. There are free refreshments, children’s colouring sheets and activity trail. Volunteers are in attendance to answer any questions. Please note that due to other events, the church will not be open between August 6 and 8 and also August 27 to 29 inclusive.

ROSIE’S REGISTER: This local charity has been nominated as one of the three good causes at the Hailsham branch of Waitrose, throughout July. Please give Rosie’s Register your support and thanks are offered to whoever nominated them. They are particularly looking to use any money they receive to get some more temporary housing in the way of kennels for those cats awaiting accommodation in the shelters. Rosie’s Register is run completely voluntarily. You can also help Rosie physically if you have any spare time or financially. Drivers are always needed as Rosie cannot drive. People to help with the admin. Could you help with fostering? They are always grateful to receive your unused cat baskets. There are lots of other ways you can help. Contact Rosie on 01825 873067, email rosie@rosies-register.co.uk or visit www.rosies-register.co.uk.

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday the very talented young organist Ian House will be performing. All meetings are at the Pavilion on the second Wednesday of each month. Non-members are most welcome at all meetings, which start at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm. For more info on any show phone Charles Clegg on 01323 762411, or go to www.emjaymusic.com and go to the Hailsham Organ Club page.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Hailsham Horticultural Society Early Summer Show is on Saturday July 13 from 2pm to 5pm at the Summerheath Hall. Admission members 25p, non-members 50p. This society welcomes new members at The Charles Hunt Centre on the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Contact John on 01323 441120.

COACH TRIP: Join Lower Dicker Garden Centre for an exceptional day out to Loseley House and Gardens, Guildford on Wednesday July 17. If you would like to find out more, visit Lower Dicker Garden Centre or its website at www.lowerdickergardencentre.co.uk.

BOOT FAIR: Following the success of their last car boot sale, Tesco car park will be full of stalls on Sunday July 14 again after the store closes and from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Cars are only £5 and vans are £7. Entry is 50p. Pop into the store to book your pitch.

FREE WORKSHOP: Photographing and Digitising Your Artwork is on Thursday from 11am to 2pm at The Old Chapel, 1 Carriers Path. If you would like to find out more contact (01323) 849524.

AUTHOR EVENT: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) were delighted to welcome international best selling crime thriller novelist, Peter James to a full house at Hailsham Pavilion where he gave a very interesting and informative talk. Focussing on his best seller series of books featuring Roy Grace, set in Brighton, Peter gave some very interesting and humorous insights into the research that he does for each novel. He answered an array of questions from the audience and announced his first Roy Grace Novel Dead Simple is being turned into a movie. He is currently joint writing the screenplay and filming is due to start in spring 2014. Hopefully we will see it at the Pavilion when it is released in 2015. He confirmed his ribs are recovering well after a high-speed motor racing accident in May and spent time with his fans, autographing copies of his latest novel and posing for photographs. Just to add a bit of authenticity to the evening Peter’s departure was delayed by a real life bomb scare in Hailsham which fortunately turned out to be a false alarm. The total raised on the night was approximately £1,600 and was shared between HOPS and The Whitehawk Inn charity that Peter supports and is also one of their Patrons.

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.

BUS STOPS: Two bus stops on Anglesey Avenue have been out of use for some time and temporary ones located a couple of hundred metres away. This was necessary because the shelters did not suit the site lines. Work has now been started on relaying the base and new smaller shelters, which will still provide protection from prevailing weather are soon to be erected. This work is at no expense to Hailsham Town Council as the cost is being covered by the developers and the shelters that have been removed are being recycled and sited elsewhere in Hailsham.

NEW FOOTPATH: A new footpath has now been laid at Gleneagles Drive, opposite St Andrews Close near Hempstead Lane. New turf has been laid and new fencing erected. This has been paid for by the developers, Bloor Homes.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Annual Parish Meeting was attended by 36 people and support for a Neighbourhood Plan was registered. The Strategic Sites local plan and the draft Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule were now open for consultation periods both ending on July 29. Wealden Council would shortly agree a Dog Fouling Order, which would apply throughout the district with power to level on the spot fines. Regarding the Neighbourhood Plan, the council considered the 19 responses to the questionnaire and agreed to seek an informal meeting with those who had offered assistance. The council noted the site visit to Hellingly Country Park and Roebuck Park in June with Claire Macintyre of Wealden Planning at which bollard lighting had been discussed. This was only to be acceptable if lighting was approved by an ecologist. The use of picket fencing on Roebuck Park was not permitted and one such installation was to be removed. On the subject of noticeboards, the Council agreed to allocate £5k from reserves to replace all of the existing noticeboards and provide a new noticeboard at Roebuck Park. Specific designs would be decided by the planning committee. The chairman reported on the recent meeting with Claire Macintyre at which there had been discussion on recouping some of the cost of the Community Hall from developers of new sites on the parish. Claire had subsequently asked for costs of the re-designed hall so that she could pursue the possibility with applicants. The council agreed subject to ratification at the next council meeting. The village hall committee was asked to consider the re-design as a matter of urgency. Revised costings could be requested from the Roebuck Park developer. Other matters raised were Community Hall re-design, slight re-siting and redesign of the sports pavilion and storage. No parking of cricket club vehicles, suggesting the use of electric buggies. The chairman had also met with County Highways officials to discuss the possible re-routing of the A271 which was said to be unlikely. If you require any further information concerning any of the items discussed please contact the parish clerk on Tel/Fax: 01323 484210, e-mail: clerk@hellingly-pc.org.uk or visit www.hellingly-pc.org.uk.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

HI ALL: Sorry about the last few weeks, things are getting slowly back to normal but if things get a bit intermittent, I hope you’ll forgive me.

SQUEEZE: As the team met to plan the June Squeeze Breakfast, someone had just had a kitchen installed. The earpieces of cardboard wrapping were ideal for under-lining the chosen theme from Psalm 18. A prayer tower was built from two pieces of packing. A paint brush and artistic licence turned them into stone walls, joined by a longer piece on which battlements were drawn. On the day, we were warned not to move the chairs because they were holding up the walls. We all feel the need for a place of safety, said the younger Mrs Ford (Pastor Jim was on holiday), and would like to take it with us wherever we go. Since God is everywhere, when we entrust our lives to him, he lives within us, and we are always safe. Other safety-related activities included colouring an enormous fortress on a rocky island, and making shields with our own-design coat of arms. Finally we crossed the hall in pairs, carrying our shields, in a giant snakes and ladders game. Using strips of discarded wallpaper marked in squares, and throwing an inflated dice, we all finished up in the prayer tower for a group photograph, shown on our website, www.herstmonceuxfreechurch.org.uk. The next Squeeze Breakfast falls on Sunday in the village hall from 10am until noon. Come when you can and leave when you must. All ages are very welcome, a simple breakfast is provided, and we expect a good time to be had by everyone. There is no charge. Please note: there will be no Squeeze in August.

ST MARY MAGDALENE: Wartling Exhibition and Summer Fair will be held this year on Saturday July 13. Starting at 11am there will be an exhibition in the church of vintage toys and games, all of which are on loan from local residents and Yesterday’s World. At 1pm the Summer Fair itself begins with all the usual array of stalls including plants, tombola cakes and of course the tea and refreshments marquee. All are welcome and any proceeds made from this event will go to Wartling Church.

ANNUAL FAIR: The Boreham Street and Wartling Annual Fair will also be held on Saturday July 13, with all the fun taking place in the field adjoining the Bull’s Head at Boreham Street. The fair will feature the famous Battle Town Band, the Foaming Sussex Ale Tent, barbecue, fun competitions and fun dog show and loads of other attractions. Money raised at this event will be split between the Wartling Parish Church, Help for Heroes and St Wilfrid’s Hospice and again all are welcome and if you have any enquiries would you please contact them direct on 831981 or 832590.

THE WINDMILL: Windmill Hill will be open on Sunday July 7 and Sunday July 21 between 2.30pm and 5pm. All are welcome to pop up and have a look, there will of course be volunteer guides to show you round if you wish and entry will be by donation. If you would like more information on the Mill please go to their website on www.windmillhillwindmill.org.

BOWLS CLUB: As you can imagine our local bowls club have been up to all sorts over the past few weeks and have played no less than 14 matches, nine of them being friendly matches, five being league matches. On the whole they haven’t done too bad winning 8 of the matches, gaining 16 points on the League table but still not managing to beat their arch rivals, Hellingly….One day Herstmonceux, one day. I’m sorry I can’t list off all the matches but sadly, there just wouldn’t be room.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with Evensong (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 6pm respectively with the Family Service being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.

RAY AND SHELDON will be meeting in the small hall of the village hall today, Friday, when Judith Kinnison-Bourke will be giving her very informative and very amusing talk on the Housewife of ’49. Judith is always a popular speaker and as it’s open to all, designed for the over 60s. They very much hope you will be encouraged to join them. If you need further information please could you telephone them on 441244.

THE SCHOOL FETE is tomorrow, Saturday, on the recreation ground between 11am and 2pm. As always the school fete is very popular and boasts a vast array of stalls with this year, for the first time, a fun dog show with a class for every family friend. Entries for the dog show will be £2 on the day so you’ve got this week to get your best mate all ready for his/her big day. They do still have one or two pitches at £12.50 available and you can book one by telephoning Lorena on 07748145072. Should the weather turn out to be bad, the show will move into the school.

Laughton

MARKET: Laughton Village Hall Market in the village hall 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday. This will be our summer market. More information next week.

Lewes

HISTORY GROUP: On Monday, 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road, Lewes History Group talk on William de Warenne, the Man Behind Lewes Castle. Lewes Castle dominates our skyline, but who was the man behind it? Joanna Wilkins will talk to the Lewes History Group about William de Warenne, his life from younger son with few prospects to William the Conqueror’s right-hand man; the changing world around him in the 11th century; and how he came to be England’s third richest man in the last 1000 years (according to The Times’ Millenium Rich List) owning five castles and land in 13 counties. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door. www.leweshistory.org.uk

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday July 7th at 11am our ‘Worship for All’ service will be led by Rev. Dick Field who will also lead the 6.30 Holy Communion service. That afternoon at 3.30pm there will be Songs of Praise at Southover Church.

The Sussex Police choir is making a most welcome return to St John’s on Saturday 6th July at 7.30pm. All profits from the retiring collection will go to St John’s Restoration Fund, as the Choir is very

generously giving the concert free of charge; we do hope for a good sized audience so please make a note as you read this!

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

A BIG THANK you to all who helped at the 1st Ninfield Scout Group Jumble Sale last Saturday, June 29 as well as those who generously gave up their time on the Friday evening. There were a huge amount of items donated that needed sorting. The group would also like to thank everyone who came along to purchase their bargains. Over £1000 was raised.

NINFIELD BOWLS CLUB: romped to victory in their league match on June 26 against Hollington, winning 90-59. They then played St Leonards the following day, June 27, losing 56-78. On Sunday June 30, 4 members took part in the Fairlight Bowls Club Invitation Day. Upon their arrival, the sun was shining however, by midday the rinks were shrouded by sea mist and a chilly wind. Bowling in the cold wind and all layered up, the members eventually lost their first match by just 2 points. Feeling more like winter, the weather hindered the members second match as thoughts of home were more on their minds. The club drastically lost this match. The club have played in this Invitation for a few years and this was the worst weather they have experienced. Even the firehills could not be seen because of the sea mist.

MELODIANS CONCERT: The recent concert at St Oswolds Church was a great success and raised £232 for the Church and £210 for St Michael’s Hospice. St Oswald’s Garden Party is on July 6, at 2-4.30 pm. Hooe Silver Band, tea and cake, and various stalls to entertain all ages.

MOBILE LIBRARY: Will next be in the villages tomorrow, July 6 & 20, at:Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50pm-2.35pm. Ninfield, Millfield (off Manchester Road), 2.50pm-3.25pm. Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40pm-4.05pm.

HOOE SPORTS FOOTBAL CLUB: Are holding pre-season training sessions. Training starts at Hooe Recreation Ground on Tuesday July 9 and Thursday July 11, and every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter from 6:30pm until 9:00pm. All players welcome. Contact John Copley - 07929 721116/01424 211559, Luke Pont - 07872 312266, Mark Pont - 07973 792271. Or just go along!

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY: Next meeting on July 11, 7.30pm in Hooe Village Hall. This month the topic will be Smugglers and Smuggling. The talk has been prepared by Mavis Walledge, a well known local historian and Heather Sinden, the chairman of Hooe History. The Red Lion Hooe was known to be a special stopping off place for smugglers traveling across the marshes and Hooe had the reputation for being the centre of operations. Rumour has it that an unlucky officer of the crown met his end in the hostelry and now comes back to haunt from time to time. Does the painting of the white van on the village notice board indicate smuggling is still carried out in the sleepy village of Hooe? You are welcome to go along to the hall to hear more, and to share any information you might have. The more the merrier!

THE HOOE OPEN GROUP: Next meeting on July 12, with a demonstration of many different devices for home security, covering personal alarm systems, fire alarms and remote monitoring devices; this presentation is a must for anyone living alone. On Friday August 9, the members are booked to take a tour of Sovereign Harbour on the “African Queen” followed by tea and pastries at Simply Italian (Fingers crossed for fine weather). If you are interested in becoming a member of this friendly group of like minded ladies, telephone Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 who will be pleased to welcome you.

NINFIELD’S GOT TALENT: Returns for another fun filled evening on July 12, 7pm-midnight. This is a great family event held in the marquee on Ninfield recreation ground. There are cash prizes on offer for the participants. For the revellers there is a bar, barbeque and a wide selection of entertainment.

NINFIELD CARNIVAL: Saturday July 13, the theme of the Carnival is ‘James Bond’ (it is the 50th anniversary of the Bond films). Events start at 12pm with the usual procession off around the village and many stands on the recreation ground. The usual refreshments of a barbeque, beer tent and teas and coffees will be available.

NINFIELD LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: Meeting on July 18, 7.30pm at the Reading Room. This month they will be looking at memories of Ninfield Bonfire Society. Annual membership only costs £10 per person, but everyone is welcome. There is a charge of £1 for members (and £2 for non-members) at each meeting to help towards the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Acting Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email ken.ffoulkes@which.net or see their Website/Facebook page: www.ninfieldhistorygroup.org/http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ninfield-Local-History-Group/206758869459743.

DON’T FORGET: You can find out more community information from both villages and Wealden District Council on our district councillors (Pam Doodes) website or the Ninfield Parish Council website: www.pamdoodes.com / www.ninfield.webplus.net.

CHURCH SERVICES: Ninfield and Hooe (www.ninfield.org.uk): St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield):

Sundays - 9.30am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

Wednesdays - 10.00am Holy Communion.

St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe):

Sundays - 11.15am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month).

Ninfield Methodist Church - all services at 2.30pm (unless otherwise indicated):

July 7, Worship & Praise with Mrs. Topsy Brice.

July 14, Worship & Praise with Revd. Ian H. Wales.

July 21, Worship & Communion with Revd. Derek Brice.

July 28, Worship & Praise.

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

Polegate

MARKET: Willingdon Community Market will be holding their Summer Market tomorrow, Saturday. If you would like to take part please contact Wendy after 5pm on 07776424685.

SUMMER FAIR at the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 11.30am to 3pm. Table sale, tables at £8 each. To book contact Wendy Rogers on 484631 or email Wendyrogers885@btinternet.com. Games for children, fancy dress age groups are: Preschool, Fairy Tale Character; 6 to 8 years, TV character; 9 to 14 years, costumes made with recycled materials. Bouncy castle, Morris Men, miniature railway.

THE COFFEE MORNING: At the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Polegate Gardners’ Society. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

ANNUAL FETE: Polegate Windmill, Park Croft on Sunday July 14, where the windmill will be dressed in bunting, and the mill plat will sport gazebo’s and a variety of games will be in abundance. Bric-a-brac, book stalls and a plant stall, strawberry cream teas, all this with a background of music and song. Open from 2pm to 5pm.

WALDRON

FLAMENCO!: Tomorrow Saturday July 6 there’s a Spanish evening at the Star Inn, Waldron, at 7pm. Tickets are £5, entry by reservation and you get a glass of sangria with your ticket. Food (which include tapas and paella, of course) available for purchase on the night. It’s live and exciting with two terrific performers, Ana and Jose, who perform round the world.

WARBLETON & RUSHLAKE GREEN

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service followed by Parish BBQ at Wayside. If it is wet, we will be in the barn. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Rev David Laskey. 6.30pm Evening service with Paul Daniels.

AUDITIONS: The next Village Players production in November is “Make Way for Lucia” which is a comedy by John Van Druten based on the novels by E.F.Benson set in the 1920s in a small village in Sussex! We are having auditions on Sunday from 10am-12pm at The Dunn Village Hall and Monday from 8pm-10pm at The Chantry, Middle Lane, Turners Green. There are parts for 6 women and 5 men, all of which are lovely character roles. Some are quite small so, if you have always wanted to have an acting role but have been too shy to come forward in the past, now is your chance! The audition pieces are up on our website www.villageplayersrushlakegreen.co.uk with more details about the individual roles and synopsis of the play. If you want more information, please contact Heather on 01435 830059.

HISTORY GROUP: Group member Judith Kinnison Bourke will give a talk on Maud Newman, and the Titanic Disaster Fund, on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm start. We meet in the Dunn Village Hall.

FLOWER SHOW: It is just three weeks until the big day. Schedules are available at The Stores. These give full details of all the classes in the show, and details of the weekend’s activities. Entry forms and fees should be returned to The Stores by 5pm on Wednesday July 24. The evening entertainment will be provided by 60-80s music group The Buffaloes. They are excellent and had a number of guests on their feet last year. Tickets, available 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.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

SUMMER FAIR: St Mary’s Church Summer Fair is from 10am to 2.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with the theme of Beside the Sea. There will be a large number of stalls as well as children’s side shows, a barbecue, bottle tombola, the grand draw, cakes, refreshments, pebble painting, arena events, face painting and races. A list of the organisers for each stall and the telephone numbers are on the church door, so if you can contribute to any of the stalls you will be able to see who to contact. Alternatively if you would like to help in any way please ring Serena Thompson on 07725 124902. There will also be a cake competition with a seaside theme. Either a full size cake or cupcakes can be entered. Entry is 50p per cake and they will be judged first, second, third and highly commended. The cakes will be sold at the end of the day. The church archives will also be available for everyone to see. They will be displayed in the pews in the church. The church end of Church Street will be closed to traffic for the duration of the fair. This is one of the main fund raising events of the year for the church so let’s hope the weather keeps fine.

FLOWER COMPETITION: Willingdon Flower Club members will be competing for the Edith Pierce competition with the theme of a Summer Tea Party, an exhibit to complement a plate. The meeting is held at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The judge will be Elsie Chaplin.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society is meeting at Willingdon Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday. The doors open at 7pm when members can browse through the growing number of books and magazines concerning All Things Astronomical. The meeting starts at 7.30pm when Dr Stephen Webb will be giving a talk entitled New Eyes on the Universe. Twelve cosmic mysteries and the tools we need to solve them. All are welcome.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. The following Sunday, July 14, will be Polegate Windmill’s annual fete, also from 2pm to 5pm. This is the major fund raising event for the mill and as usual strawberry cream teas will be available as well as cakes, plants, tombola, bric-a-brac, hoop-la, darts and other favourites. During the afternoon visitors will be entertained by Con Brio led by John Purcell with a variety of music including jazz, soul, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll. Guided tours of the mill will be available at £1 for adults and 50p per child.

THE SPOUT: The quarterly Polegate Windmill newsletter The Spout has just been published, and as always makes interesting reading. As well as the forthcoming fete, other dates for your diary are as follows: the educational events throughout the Wednesdays in August, music day on September 8, bread day on September 15, the annual mills talk on October 13, and the Christmas Bazaar (at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate) on November 30. More details later. Members who have not paid their annual subscription of £10 are reminded to do so. New members are always welcome and they will receive the quarterly Spout and all the information of what is going on. Contact Patricia or Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496 particularly if you would like to be a guide or cashier.

GRAND BENALI: will be providing contemporary and classic acoustic guitar cover music from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Wheatsheaf.

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

A PRAYER WALK led by Fr Clive Woodward is on Thursday. At 6.30pm walkers will be meeting at St Mary’s Church for a three mile walk over the heathlands at Lullington. It is hoped that cars will be shared where appropriate to the start of the walk. For further information please ring Fr Clive Woodward on 01323 509891.

JEVINGTON and Filching WI: Will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall for some home grown entertainment. The WI members are the speakers for the day. The competition is the largest weed.

GRUMBLEWEEDS Growers Group will be meeting at The Red Lion at 6.30pm on Thursday. This meeting also involves home grown entertainment when members are encouraged to entertain the group with a gardening or countryside theme, poem, song, story, etc. For more information please contact Graham Broom on 01323 501482. The Grumbleweeds is a very informal group which is rapidly expanding and new members always welcome.

WILLINGDON WI: Will be meeting at 2.15pm on at the Memorial Hall when Mr D West will be giving a talk entitled Development of British Landscape Painting.

A SUMMER CONCERT and Barbecue are planned at Willingdon Community School on Thursday evening. For further information please ring the school on 01323 485254.