Parish Pump Hailsham - July 6, 2012

Alfriston

THE CLERGY HOUSE and the Sunday evening television programme Countryfile will be celebrating the life of Octavia Hill on July 8. Octavia was a Social reformer and campaigner who led the campaign to buy the Clergy House, the first property to be acquired by the National Trust in 1896. Twenty-twelve marks the centenary of her death in 1912. From 11am to 4pm visitors to the Clergy house can hear Dickensian readings, listen to Victorian songs and learn about Octavia Hill’s life.

THE 300 CLUB will be meeting on July 10 at Deans Place Hotel at 8pm to once more witness the draw which will make two members £50 richer.

THE COACH HOUSE Gallery’s new exhibition is of paintings by William de Wilde and Elizabeth Brown from now until July 15.

MUCH ADO BOOKS will have a visit from Asa Briggs on July 21 from 2pm to 4pm. He will be signing copies of his latest book Special Relationships - People and Places. His portraits sheds light on some of the fascinating characters of our time from John Reith to Penelope Lively; from Edna and Denis Healey to PD James.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Family Pet Service, in the churchyard, weather permitting or else in the church. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion.

WI: The meeting on Tuesday is the garden meeting at Judy Swann’s, meeting as usual at 2.30pm.

GARDENING CLUB: The club outing is on Tuesday evening, meeting at Ocklynge Manor in Eastbourne, BN21 2PG at 6pm. The annual flower show will be on August 11.

OPEN GARDEN: My apologies: I got the wrong date for the open garden at Jonathan and Tricia Gray’s. By the time you read this, it will have happened.

Burwash

MUSICAL MEERKATS: This intrigued me so a phone call was made to Rachel Wright who runs this exciting new concept for pre-school children to learn every aspect of music, from the playing of simple instruments to movement to the music. They learn the shapes, touch, sound, while having a lot of fun. Rachel herself sounds fun, and is very keen for infants and toddlers to experience all these new sensations, to help their development and interaction. She runs three classes, 0 to 18 months, 14 months to 2 1/2 and 3 to 4 year old. Each session is £5 and lasts a minimum of 35 to 40 minutes, just enough for the attention span of the youngsters. She has already had one class of the four planned, but you can still go along and join them at the pavilion in Burwash Common, on Friday mornings. A taster session would cost £4. Rachel hopes to start full time in September. Why no give your kids a treat, sibling discounts for two or more, give Rachel a call on 07867 787227 to find out more and book in your children.

JUMBLE: The 1st Etchingham and Burwash scout group invite you along to their jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am at the scout headquarters in the Bear car park. They are busy raising funds for Burwash Scouts to go to the International Scout camp next year. If you have items for donation, please give Emmanuel Flecken a call on 01435 882764, or take them along to the Scout Hut tonight, Friday, between 6pm and 8pm.

SPORTS DAY: Let us all hope the weather bucks up for the children of the children of Burwash C of E Primary School to enjoy their annual sports day this week. The fun takes place on Tuesday afternoon from 1pm on the Swan Meadow playing fields. All the children will take part, hoping to do well at each discipline. They would be delighted to have your support so do go along and cheer them on. Seeing them taking part in the Jubilee races we know how much they enjoy taking part.

BLOOD: The mobile blood unit will be in the village on Tuesday, and would be grateful to everyone who takes the time to go along and give blood. The unit will be in the bear car park and sessions are from 2pm to 4.30pm ad 5.30pm to 8pm. Help save a life, give blood on Tuesday. The next time the unit visits Burwash will be on October 25. visit www.blood.co.uk for more details and other local locations the unit visits.

Hailsham

COFFEE MORNING: There is an Open Garden event at Bates Green Farm, Arlington from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of Hailsham Old Pavilion Society. Do not miss the opportunity to visit this lovely, tranquil, two-acre garden, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs McCutchan. There will be cakes, raffle, merchandise, plants and books. Entrance is £2. No dogs please.

OPEN GARDEN: Bay Tree Cottage is open tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. It is at BN26 6QN for Sat Navs or from Eastbourne proceed to Polegate cross roads, past the Horse and Groom pub. At the large roundabout take the A22 to Hailsham, first left into Bay Tree Lane into Sayerland Lane from where it will be sign posted. There will be a range of stalls, raffle and refreshments organised by a dedicated team of volunteers. Children are welcome. Only guide dogs will be admitted. Entry is by donation.

ST MARY’S: This is the fifth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Making Sense of Suffering, 2.45pm Holy Communion at Emmanuel church, Hawkswood. 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St Mary’s, The Workers in the Vineyard.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: The Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Reverend Barbara Almond is followed by refreshments.

RAMBLERS: There is an 8.5 mile Newick and Ouse Navigation walk with Pam (01825) 764937 on Sunday. On Wednesday the shorter walks group is going on the Brightling Woods circular of five miles with Daphne (01323) 845055, which may be muddy if wet. For the strollers there is the Tide Mills circular with Jacqui and Sid (01323) 461004. If you would like to go on any of these rambles, long or short, ring the walk leader for the details. If you have any general enquiries about Hailsham Ramblers ring Jill, the secretary, on (01323) 843530.

QUIZ NIGHT: Hailsham Community College main hall on Wednesday. Contact Claire Atherton on (01323) 841468 to book. Tickets £2.50 adults, £1 students (max six per table). Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start and ends at 9.45pm. BYO food and drink.

FLOWER CLUB: The demonstration given by Elsie Chaplin at the June meeting entitled Interior Design was an interesting one. Going through an imaginary house, members began with the hall, where a large welcoming arrangement of liatris, stocks, peonies and a variety of foliage were displayed. Then came the dining room with a more formal display of cocoa blades and cream roses. In the kitchen a large earthenware pot, very French, with sunflowers. The study had a black and white theme with black container and white gerbera. On to the conservatory and here there was a yellow cage-like container with yellow roses and ladies mantle for the greenery. Finally, a room of memories, with an arrangement in a large red dish with acer leaves and green and red orchids. On the same evening there was a competition entitled Summer Picnic and the winners were as follows: Beginners: 1, Sandy White; 2, Maggie Phillips; 3, Sue Groom. Intermediate: 1, Sarah McGinn; 2, Marie Haward; 3, Margery Luffingham. Advanced: 1, Sue Woodrow; 2, Marian Williams. Senior Advanced: 1, Wendy Bysouth; 2, Christine Campbell-Dykes; 3, Doris Holt.

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society. On July 11, members will be setting off from the Charles Hunt Centre car park at 7pm and going on a short walk around parts of the town guided by some of the society members, ending at the museum where refreshments will be laid on. Cost to members is £2. At the Charter Market in June, the society had the use of Seymours’ empty shop in the High Street for the day, where they had a display of old photos of the town and a few artefacts that had a town connection. Items from firms that no longer exist in the market town, like a bucket with a brass plate that reads Alfred F Smith, that were ironmongers in the High Street, an Electro butter church from the Hailsham Church Company and a hessian corn sack with Stricklands Hailsham printed on it. The mill was off Station Road at the far end of what is now the industrial site. Much interest was by the passing public. More photos and artefacts are on display at the Museum, Blackmans Yard, Market Street (behind the Kebab shop) which is open on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm. The society’s June meeting at the Methodist Church was a selection of varied photographs and subjects by local photographer, Marie Stone. Her wonderful shots of people, animals and scenery from here and around the world were superb, a very talented young lady. The society are now breaking for the summer and will be starting back at the Methodist Church hall on September 12 at 7.30pm when the subject will be A Convict’s Tale. All welcome. Visitors £2.

Heathfield,

Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CROSS IN HAND WI: The annual garden party was held in the delightful garden of member, Joan Manchip. They were fortunate to have a fine warm afternoon for the 30 members and guests attending. A strawberry tea was served by members of the committee, business having been kept to a minimum. Following the usual raffle, birthday flowers were given to: Mary Hough, Jessie Scott, Jane Wade and Sally Ann Donohue. A coffee morning is planned for next month with a visit to a local restaurant for lunch in August. Their next meeting will be as usual at Cross In Hand Village Hall on Wednesday, July 25 at 2pm. The speaker is Ian Everest who will talk about Sussex Farming in the 1950’s. New members are always made welcome. Phone 01435 862161 to find out more.

ALL PETS and their owners will be blessed at a short service in the garden of St George’s, Broad Oak, by the Rev’d David Guest on Sunday at 3pm. ‘There will be be tea and biscuits afterwards and even perhaps hay and carrots’, smiled Rev’d David.

POLICE MEETING: Come and air your views and find out what’s happening in our local area on Wednesday from noon until 4pm at Sainsbury’s when the Wealden neighbourhood policing team is holding an event with Trading Standards to raise awareness about cold calling in the town. You are invited to come and meet Trading Standards and find out what they do. What are your rights when buying goods and services, how and you spot a scam or rogue trader? Plus you can find out about the good trader scheme.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday meet at Paines Corner, GR 623237 at 9.30am for a seven mile walk via Punnetts Town windmill. Ring 01435 873551.

TRAFFIC MEETING: A first-rate meeting at Heathfield Community College earlier this week. Several dozen local residents attended to make their views known to a panel comprising Cllr Rupert Simmons, (ESCC,) Brian Banks (ESCC highways) Mark Swift (Sussex Police traffic officer) and Alan Powell (principal, Heathfield Community College). The meeting was introduced by two campaigners, Dr Kim Twinn and Susie Frank. On the agenda were various aspects of potential traffic and highway improvements, some achievable, some possibly not. They included lineage and signage issues; pedestrian footpaths and crossings; traffic calming and speed limit considerations. Speaker after speaker, many with children at the school, emphasised the lack of adequate signage on the main road; the official speed limits, reducing from 60mph to 40mph; the narrow footpath bordering the highway; past injuries and accidents; anti-social parking on approach roads and their frustration at trying and failing to ensure their children stay safe. A constructive question was asked by chairman of governors, Richard Karn who queried the best way campaigners could work to ensure road improvements were moved to the top of the council’s works agenda. He mentioned green issues which were often prioritised and had access to additional budgets, wondering whether a possible cycle and walking path (cutting exhaust emissions and improving children’s health) might tick the authority’s approval boxes. He also emphasised the need to make sure the campaign was intelligence led, rather than emotionally led. Brian Banks told the meeting there is great pressure on budgets and there are currently hundreds of road improvement schemes that have been brought to his attention. Cllr Simmons said it had taken seven and 11 years for two local crossings to be completed. The audience did not agree with Brian Banks’ assertion that reduced speed limits had little impact and they said some drivers might ignore them but many do not. One said limits reduce expectations of speed and believed a limit would have an impact. Research showed that most speeders were local drivers. It was also emphasised that the road is a trunk route and some calming measures such as build-outs and sleeping policemen might not be appropriate. Speakers suggested the road should be re-designated as an A-road. Mark Swift told the meeting cuts had reduced officer numbers and that night he had six officers in an area from the coast to Tunbridge Wells, so it was not always easy to enforce speed restrictions over a long period. But he did urge people to report incidents saying action could only be taken if police could build up a picture of consistent speeding or dangerous driving. Brian Banks said the council identified specific targets which must be achieved if schemes get the go ahead (such as road safety, transport availability, regeneration) and the good news is that improvement measures are in the pipeline, possibly for next year. Plans were laid for speed operation devices (SIDs) to be made available and a Speedwatch team could be on the cards. Several people think it would be helpful to educate children to be traffic aware, and that is the job of parents although most primary schools include road safety in their curriculum. One parent asked why automatic speed reduction schemes such as in Etchingham could not be used but Brian Banks said research on those elsewhere proved they were not effective and also cost a lot of money. After the meeting I drove down the road to check out the pavement it does seem daft to have a 40mph limit from the junction move up to a 60mph where the school path is still alongside then drop it down to a 40mph again. The simplest thing to do, if funds are short, would be to make it 40mph all the way and to ensure there are good, clear school signs. More substantial improvements would be great. Lets hope the residents and parents achieve the outcome of their wish list before too long.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

GAME AND COUNTRY FAIR: This event is tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at Michelham Priory between 10.30am and 5pm. There is an increased admission price for this event. Visit www.sussexpast.co.uk.

CHURCH SERVICES: Regular Services are on a Thursday at 9.30am, Holy Communion (BCP) and every Sunday 8am Holy Communion at 10.45am and Upper Dicker 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

OPEN GARDEN: Misty Acres, Lower Horsebridge, every Monday until July 16 from 11am to 4pm. Admission £3.50 children free. Refreshments. In aid of people with learning disabilities.

BATES GREEN FARM: There is once again an open garden at this venue on July 11 from 10.30am to 12.30pm and again from 2pm to 4pm in aid of The Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals. Morning coffee and afternoon tea will be served. The garden will be open whatever the weather and entry is by donation. There will be various stalls.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The Hellingly branch will be meeting on Tuesday at St Peter and St Paul’s Church at 7.15pm. Their speaker will be Ann Swaine on Gatwick Detainee Centres (Brook and Tinsley Houses). All welcome.

BONSAI ON SHOW: Eastbourne and Wealden Bonsai Club held their annual show at Stone Cross village hall. The members again came up with really high quality trees, from miniature only centimetres high but several years old, to landscapes with rocks representing mountains. The many visitors enjoyed admiring them and voting for their favourite which was a group planting entered by Neil Osborne. Entertainment did not stop there. David Penny, president of the International Saikei Association gave a demonstration of planting up a saikei (landscape). David also gave a demonstration of martial arts with Bruce Scrivens a seventh Dan in the art of Iaido. To maintain the oriental theme Derek Brooks demonstrated Chinese brush painting. Downs View Bonsai had small trees for sale for those inspired to grow their first tree or to add to their collection. Items connected with Japan and bonsai were donated by members and could be bought from a display. Indeed something for everyone, including refreshments and a raffle. Certificates were awarded for: Best in show Kevin Fletcher; runner up Nick Holt; best broadleaf Kevin Fletcher; best conifer Paul Alpress; best flowering Neil Osborne; best Shohin (under 22cms) Lal Ratnayake; best Mame (under 15cms) Neil Osborne; member’s choice Paul Alpress; public’s choice Neil Osborne. Several members were awarded with Certificates of Merit. New members are always welcome to the club which meets at Hellingly village hall. www.eandwbonsaiclub.co.uk

Herstmonceux & Wartling

ANN WALKER: A well-known lady in the village, retired last week and the girls in the office have asked me to include the following: Sharon. Gill, Laura and Liz would like to wish Ann a long and happy retirement and to let her know that they will miss her encyclopaedic memory, her melodic humming and her smiley face. The place won’t be the same without her.

HEALTH CENTRE: An auction was held recently in the village hall to help raise money for equipment in the new surgery. They are pleased to say that they raised £3400. They would like to thank all those who attended and purchased goods so generously and all those who helped to make this such a successful event.

THE ROBIN POST SINGERS will be performing a variety of songs on Sunday July 15 at All Saints Church from 3pm. Refreshments will be served during the interval and a retiring collection will be held in aid of the Friends of All Saints Church. Do pop along if you can.

HATS still have a few tickets left for the Summer Ball in the village hall on Friday July 13 starting at 7.30pm. Seaford Rock and Jazz Orchestra will be providing the live music and a licensed pay bar will run throughout the evening. Tickets at £10 each to include a buffet are available by telephoning 832117/832227.

SUMMER PICNIC: Our local MG Classic Car Club will be holding their summer picnic at the castle on Sunday July 22. All are invited to go along this is a family event with stalls including handmade walking sticks, plants, guess the weight of the cake, an auto jumble, a visit from Riverdale Motors of Hove with the new MG6, some goody bags to hand out as well as Eastbourne upholstery, Graeme’s car portraits, homemade cakes, biscuits, jams and chutney and much more. Please bring along a picnic. The display of cars and stalls will be just outside the science centre. If you need more details please go to their website www.southdownsmg.org.uk

BOWLS: The first match of the week was played against the Hellingly Ladies which we lost 50-57. Their second match of the week was a league match against Mayfield, again they didn’t do so well losing by 12 shots giving them just one and half points on the table. Their league match against Uckfield was no better, they only earned one point on the table, this time losing 81-58.

KNIT AND STITCH: If you fancy an hour or so sitting with friends knitting and stitching, here’s your chance. Tuesday July 17 at the information centre between 2.30pm and 4pm. Refreshments will be provided and everyone will be made most welcome. You can either ring Pam on 833079 or, just turn up on the day.

RAY AND SHELDON will be holding their next meeting in the village hall today, Friday, starting at 2.15pm. All over the age of sixty will be made most welcome.

JUNIOR FLY FISHING: A complete beginner’s day for juniors is to be held at Brick Farm Lakes on Wednesday July 25, 9.30am to 1pm. This is an excellent opportunity for any youngster who would like to have a go at the sport. They will get a qualified coach, teaching all about the tackle, the flies they use and when to use them, what, when and how to fish, how to read the water and how to cast a fly. If you catch any trout, you’ll be able to take them home. All equipment will be provided and the cost will be £10. For more details contact Sophie or Keith on 832615.

SHOW: This is advance notice of the Woolpack Inn Vegetable Show and Table Top Sale on Sunday August 26. The show will start from 12.30pm and entry forms are already available. Classes will include four white potatoes, six runner beans, five tomatoes and two cauliflowers to name but a few, They’ve also got classes for the children, any odd shaped vegetable or a drawing or painting on A4 paper of the front view of the Woolpack. A barbecue will run through the afternoon and music will be supplied by DJ Des Parker. Entrance into the table top sale and barbecue will be £1 each and 50p for children. If you would like to book a table for the sale it be £10. All money raised on the day going to the new Scout hut. Schedules are available in the Woolpack.

GIFT DAY: On Saturday July 14 the garden of the Rectory will be open between 10am and 4pm for teas. They are inviting anybody who would like to take along a financial gift towards payment for work on All Saints Church. Any donation, great or small will be gratefully accepted and any money raised over and above the required amount needed will be allocated to future costs, repairs and improvements to our lovely church and churchyard.

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

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; Millfield, 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

BOWLS: On June 27 the bowls club played a league match against Hollington winning 73-50, June 28 they lost to Pett 61-70, won against Cross-in-Hand on July 2, 67-56 and won again on July 2 against Hastings 77-41. A team of four members visited Fairlight on July 1 for their invitation match. Although the members did not win, they had a very enjoyable day.

NINFIELD’S GOT TALENT: Don’t forget the dress rehearsal of all those taking part is today, Friday, at the Memorial Hall, 6.30pm to 7.30pm. All entrants are requested that they take along with them all props required and any CD’s that you wish to perform to so that they can be put onto computer for the actual evening.

NINFIELD CARNIVAL will be held on July 14 with an Olympic theme. The carnival are holding a special extra raffle to select someone to lead the procession with the Ninfield torch. This person will then light the Olympic Flame (beacon) on the rec during the opening ceremony at approximately 1.30pm. These raffle tickets are available from Ninfield Village Stores at a cost of 50p each. The winner will be drawn during Ninfield’s Got Talent on Friday July 13. There is a rota in the post office for people to offer 1 hour of their time during carnival day. It would be brilliant if people could give up a little bit to their time to help with the tea tent, raffle tent or on the tombola. If you would be willing to help, please add your details on the rota (any queries, please ring Lorna 893644). The deadline for entries for Ninfield’s Got Talent is today, Friday. There will be a dress rehearsal in the Memorial Hall from 6.30pm. No entries will be accepted after this date. Please get your thinking caps on – we look forward to seeing you all in the procession.

Hooe Parish Council are meeting on July 16 at the village hall, 7.45pm. All Hooe residents are welcome to attend.

THE LOCAL HISTORY GROUP meet on July 19, with a talk on Faces and Memories with Jim and Brian, there is no meeting in August and on September 20, What the Census Tells Us. Everyone is welcome to the meetings. There is a charge of £1 for members and £2 for non-members to help cover the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. Annual membership costs £10. For more information please contact: acting chairman Rod Ffoulkes via email ken.ffoulkes@which.net or Tel: 893635.

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 with Revd David Freeland.

Polegate

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Pre-school. The coffee morning on Saturday July 14 is hosted by Byways Cat Protection. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

MURDER MYSTERY EVENING tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm at the Community Centre. A production by Polegate Drama Group. Tickets at £6. each can be obtained from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street, telephone 483348. Bring your own food and drink, tea and coffee will be supplied during interval.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Graham Daniels, the director of Christian’s in Sport will be the preacher. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Family Pet Service. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning Worship and 6.30pm Evening service with Rev John Billett.

HISTORY GROUP: We have a return visit from Ian Everest on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm start. His talk is titled From the Sussex Ox to the Fordson Major.

Willingdon,

Wannock & Jevington

SAD FAREWELL: It was very sad to say goodbye to Alan and Caroline Grindle at the Red Lion on Friday June 22. They had been the licensees for the past three years and had built up a loyal clientèle, many of whom were present that evening to wish them well. But the last six months have not been kind to them for various reasons, and the bad accident to their dog Toby and a recent burglary prompted them to move. At the moment they are staying with Caroline’s mother in Maresfield, while they have a break from the hard work of running a pub. They will then consider their options for the future. Caroline and Alan are a lovely friendly couple and I am sure that whatever they decide, they will do well. They wish to thank all their customers for their loyal support.

THE NEW LICENSEES are Nicky and Gavin Finnis, and exactly a week later, the Red Lion had opened for drinks and is now open for food. Nicky and Gavin are a young couple with an 18-month-old son Joshua and they will be living over the Red Lion. They have had a lot of experience of working in pubs. Prior to moving to Willingdon, they ran a country restaurant in Boreham Essex. Gavin has been a chef for 17 years and will be in charge of the kitchen and he has also brought his second chef with him. Gavin and Nicky will be concentrating largely on the catering side of running the Red Lion and have some great ideas. They are keeping the same staff and welcome old and new customers alike.

TERRIER RACING took place recently in Jevington. The dogs competed over a short distance and also took part in the miniature Grand National where small jumps are made from sprigs of leylandii. The Jevington Team wish to thank the Eight Bells for sponsorship and Stephen Carr for the use of his land and all those who came along on the day to make it such a successful occasion, despite the weather. The event was in aid of St Dunstans and £905.30 was made for the charity.

THE FLOWER FESTIVAL at Jevington Church to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was visited by hundreds of people. It certainly brought the community together as visitors admired the beautiful floral arrangements. The Flower Guild Festival Committee was chaired by Jackie Harris. Her committee members were Anne Bathard-Smith, Liz Griffiths, Jenny Wootton and Pat Siggs. But there were many others who had helped and many sponsors for the individual displays. The flower arrangements were breath taking, and there were also paintings from pre-school children which will soon be displayed in Willingdon Library. I particularly liked the picture of the Queen and her dog. Sixteen year old Liliah sang on the Saturday afternoon and there were organ recitals from Doreen Cocks, Andrew Griffiths and Mark Roper during the weekend. The cakes and refreshments were delicious. The whole event netted a fantastic £2,200 for the church. The committee would like to thank all the enthusiastic participants, the generous donors, sponsors and visitors.

CHALK FARM CENTRE: On Sunday June 24, Chalk Farm Learning Disabilities Centre had a Summer Fete. The centre gives training and work experience in hotel work and horticulture to people with a learning disability. The weather that morning had been a bit overcast. By 2pm the sun had come out but the line dancing was held in the Cottage in the grounds as the grass may have been a bit slippery. The stalls in the hotel did well and refreshments were enjoyed by many visitors in the garden. People wandered round the grounds, seeing the caged birds and buying plants from the garden centre behind the hotel. In just two hours £1,300 had been made for the centre. Hotel manager Annie Smith would like to thank the volunteers and all those who came along to support the event.

VOICE AND SPIRIT: As part of the twinning between Polegate and District and Appen in Germany, the German gospel choir Voice and Spirit visited East Sussex from June 22 to June 27 as guests of Concentus Chorale. The visiting choir members stayed in individual homes. The few days were jam packed with concerts, rehearsals and sight-seeing trips. Concerts were held at St John’s Church Polegate, Eastbourne Town Hall and the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford.

FLOWER CLUB members will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, Willingdon Memorial Hall, when members will be taking part in the Edith Pierce competition which is entitled Artistic Impressions and it will be judged by Barbara Harris. The club is inviting members of the public to come along at 2.30pm and join them for a summer tea. Tickets are £4.

WILLINGDON WI is hosting a charity coffee morning in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Entrance is £1 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Attractions include cakes, produce, plants, a chocolate tombola, bric-a-brac, books and a raffle.

AGE CONCERN EASTBOURNE is organising a Summer Fair from 12pm to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper Kings Drive. Attractions include cakes and produce, bric-a-brac, tombola, refreshments, plants, face painting and a raffle. A magician will also be there from 2pm to 4pm.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be having their annual fete from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. Attractions include cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac, plants and strawberry and cream teas. Music is provided by newly named Con Brio. Guided tours of the four floors will also be given and the museum and education room on the ground floor are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs, and there are toilet facilities. Ruth Flude would be glad to receive offers of cakes for the cake stall. Ring 01323 486194. Jenny Wells would appreciate anything for the plant stall. Ring 01323 487671. Bric-a-brac is also welcome. Ring Patricia or Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496. Alternatively, contributions could be taken along at the start of the fete. Help is always appreciated for special events or during normal opening hours 2pm to 5pm on Sundays from April to October. The windmill is an interesting charity in which to get involved, both for men and women who would receive training to act as guides or cashiers.