Parish Pump Hailsham - June 15, 2012

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Alfriston

EARLY SUMMER SHOW: Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society held their Early Summer Show last weekend and once again there was a huge array of superb exhibits of flowers, fruit and vegetables. The photography and art classes were especially popular this year. The Alfriston allotment holders put in some high quality exhibits with special mention to be given to Rosemary Gee who won Best in Show. Other winners included Frances Stevens, who yet again won the Jubilee Cup for her roses, George Gulland who won the photographic cup jointly with Mark Hurst and Silvia Daw who won all three flower decoration classes. Liz Hall produced a perfect set of strawberries from her allotment to win a first prize. The show was very well attended by the general public and villagers alike. The much larger Summer Show will take place on August 10 and 11.

EXHIBITION: The Rt Hon Lord Healey’s exhibition of photographs entitled People and Places, sponsored by Steamer Trading, was launched with a fund-raising evening on behalf of the Chaseley Trust. The trust, situated overlooking the seafront in Eastbourne, supports people with severe physical disabilities through residential, respite and day care. The exhibition demonstrates what a very fine photographer Lord Healey is. To find out more about the Chaseley Trust visit their website at www.chaseley.org.uk. To see Denis Healey’s photographs until June 28 visit The Coach House Gallery, High Street, Alfriston.

PRO MUSICA is having a Right Royal Do at St Andrew’s Church at 5pm on June 24. Ray Maulkin and Kathryn Sargent will be leading a musical evening. Tickets £8, children under 14 free, obtainable at the door. For further details visit www.promisca.org.uk.

FOLLERS MANOR GARDEN will be open on June 24 between 11am and 5pm. Follers Manor is situated past Deans Place and before the Youth Hostel on the Seaford Road. There will be parking available in a nearby field. Tickets are £4 with funds raised going to Heartstart.

Bodle Street Green

SCHOOL FAIR: Dallington School Fair is to be held tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm at the school.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm at the village hall on Monday.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters.

Hailsham

OPEN GARDENS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Carters Corner Farm BN27 4JA (on the Cowbeech Road) is open for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. There will be stalls, raffle, refreshments and professional gardening advice. Entry is by donation. On June 20 there is also an Open Garden for the Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals at The Old Schoolhouse, Rushlake Green. This is also on the Cowbeech Road towards the Merrie Harriers, follow the Open Garden signs. Open from 10am to 12.30pm and again from 2pm to 4pm, there will be morning coffee and afternoon tea. It will be open whatever the weather. Entry is by donation.

BONSAI SHOW: The Bonsai Club has its annual show at Stone Cross Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 3pm. For more information phone Ian Wright 01424 437262 or www.eandwbonsaiclub.co.uk

MUSIC RECITAL: A light classical and choral music recital is to be performed at St Mary’s Church, by Willingdon musicians and directed by Michael Stumbles in support of Friends of St Mary’s tomorrow evening, Saturday, at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 on the door.

ST MARY’S: This is the second Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion, Walk Humbly, 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Stay Awake. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, The End is not yet. The creative craft group meets in the church lounge on Wednesday from 10am to noon, Meet and Pray is from noon to 1pm, Oasis Plus 1.45pm to 3pm and Crafty Companions from 2pm to 3.30pm. The ABC Playgroup gets together on Thursday from 9.30am to 11.30am and on Friday you can go along for refreshments, light snacks and company at the Bite In from 9.30am to noon.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: The service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Malcolm Putland and Lesleigh Badgery and is followed by refreshments. There are 1-2-1 private readings on Saturday June 23 from 10am to 2pm. This event allows you to have a private reading with a medium of your choice. Book on (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582. The next clairvoyant evening is on Friday June 29 from 7.30pm to 9pm with Rev Petula Stowell. £5 on the door. All events are at Primrose Hall.

JUBILEE CREAM TEA: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society invite you to celebrate Jubilee year at their garden fete and Jubilee cream team on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm at Lynwood, Arlington Road East, Hailsham. There is a bring and buy stall, garden games, magician and fancy dress for children as well as books, fun, music and prizes. Tickets are £6 adults, £3 children from The Pavilion, Nodding Cobbler and Camera Centre, Hailsham. All proceeds to HOPS supporting the Pavilion.

FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting is on June 20 when there will be a floral art demonstration given by Elsie Caplin entitled Interior Design and a competition for members entitled Summer Picnic. Meetings are held at Whitehouse School at 7.30pm and visitors are always welcome. There is always a raffle, sales table and refreshments. In May there was a workshop and members were shown how to weave leaves, wool, ribbon and more, through bio-degradable copper wire one inch mesh to make a background to an arrangement of flowers. This was really very effective and interesting. The club had a stall at the Hailsham Jubilee Fete with two craft activities for children. On one side children were being helped to make small red white and blue flower arrangements and on the other, red white and blue paper flowers into neck garlands or headbands. There was a queue for both and parents also enjoyed being creative. It was a very successful afternoon, which the odd spots of rain did not dampen.

ACTIVE COMMUNITIES Festival promises to be a fun day out for everyone It is on Saturday June 23 at Hailsham Community College between 10am and 1pm. You can go along and try out new and exciting activities free of charge such as graffiti art, street dance, trampoline, climbing wall, archery, martial arts, bouncy castle, inflatable assault course, sports taster sessions and much more. There will also be a police dog display. Visit www.activecommunitiesfestival.com for more information and consent forms.

POLICING: Go along and meet the Hailsham town sponsored PCSOs. If you cannot get to any of the meetings but have any concerns the contact details for Hailsham Town sponsored PCSO Alison Bond Hailsham PCSO, Email Alison.bond@sussex.pnn.police.uk, Telephone 0845 6070999 ext 13151, Mobile 07787 685747. On Wednesday at 10am, Freedom Leisure Market, Friday June 22 at 10am St Mary’s church coffee morning, Saturday June 23 at 9am Hailsham Active Community Festival at HCC, and also June 23 at noon Hawkes Farm School summer fete, Monday June 25 at 5pm street meeting at Harebeating Drive (properties between Battle Road and Hawthylands Drive) and Tuesday June 26 at 5pm street meeting at Harebeating Drive (properties between Hawthylands Drive and Hawks Road).

PRINT EXHIBITION: Hailsham Photographic Society is holding their annual exhibition from June 18 to 23 at the Charles Hunt Centre from 10am to 4pm. The exhibition will feature members’ latest images and some of the prints will be available to purchase or you could enter the amazing raffle and win your favourite one. All welcome and entrance is free. Light refreshments will be available throughout the event. Enquiries and further information from (01323) 843078 or visit www.hailshamphotographicsociety.co.uk.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday at Hellingly, 8am Holy Communion and 10.45am. Evensong is at 6.30pm. There is an 8am service on Thursdays. Sunday Upper Dicker Holy Trinity at 9.15am.

THE CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP of Hailsham, Heathfield, Herstmonceux and District meets again on Thursday June 28 at 2pm for 2.30pm start at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood. The speaker is James Gardner, an acclaimed author. The talk will be on his latest title the Workhouses of Sussex and copies of his book will be available and signed if you wish. We are pleased to welcome Mr Gardner back and his previous talk on the Balcombe Tunnel Murder, went down really well. At the May meeting members had the honour of welcoming Norma Holt. Norma gave a great talk, on Transportation to the penal colonies. She talked about a member of her family who survived a 10 year sentence. While at work the government put aside 1d per week by way of wages. This was in order that once the term was served he could go home. Over the years this man would have accrued £2.3.4d which equates to £2.15. But as he could not buy a ticket, the wages never got paid. Thanks to Norma for all her hard work. All welcome for 50p at the door. Plenty of parking. For questions or seat bookings, please email chair@cardiacsupportgroup.co.uk or visit www.cardiacsupportgroup.co.uk.

THE HELLINGLY 10K: John Faulds race is already open for applications. You do not have to be an Olympic champion to come and have some fun. The race takes place on Sunday September 9 at 10.30am. It is an accurately measured course of 6.2 miles with UK Athletics Road Race Licence around the undulating country lanes of Hellingly. Organised by Hailsham Harriers, the friendly running club, you can become part of the Sussex Grand Prix and get your own time for 10k in race conditions, and take the challenge to step up in distance after Race for Life and Parkrun. There will be spot prizes and team awards, including a special corporate team award. There are training sessions and a coaching programme available on Harriers club nights. Enter at www.hailsham-harriers.org.uk.

THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE at Rushlake Green will be open as part of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospitals Open Gardens scheme on Wednesday from 10.30pm to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm. Morning coffee and afternoon tea will be served. The garden will be open whatever the weather. Entry is by donation and you may bring cakes, produce and plants to sell on the stalls.

ROEBUCK PARK developers are progressing well with the restoration of the parkland and installation of play facilities. They hope to have a considerable area and some of the play areas open for the school summer holidays. A start has been made on restoring the cricket pitch which it is hoped will be available next summer. The long awaited bus service was scheduled to start in May. The council is ordering a noticeboard for the estate. Residents are being asked what facilities they would like to see included in the new Community Hall, the design for which is currently being considered by the council.

WALK: Hellingly Community Park Trust are intending to hold a walk for members of the HCPT soon after the play areas for children and open space at Roebuck Park are opened, which will probably be early August. Members will be contacted when there is a confirmed date.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

WHAT A WEEKEND WE HAD: The Jubilee weekend was celebrated in style, we had the get together at the Woolpack Inn on Saturday which was very well attended and much enjoyed. Thanks must go to Dave Palmer who ran the disco managing to accommodate everybody’s taste and keeping us all up dancing right to the very end. On the Sunday of course it was Re-cycled, who had the customers and staff of the Woolpack jigging up and down to their music. I think most of us had forgotten songs such as My Old Man’s A Dustman and Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavour but we bore no grudges and joined in anyhow. As well as all the fun and laughter going on in the bar Rex was able to raise over £100 for the pubs chosen charity, The Jaydon Fund. On the Monday it was the Fun and Family Picnic Day at the Castle. Even though the weather turned a bit cooler, there was a very good turnout. The record for the most people wearing a crown in front of a castle was a success and people enjoyed watching the various events and displays going on during the day even though it was a bit cold. Well done to everybody involved in staging these events, it was a fun weekend for all. I know this is a bit late but there was one special lady who was unable to attend the gathering in the Woolpack on Saturday evening and we missed her. That lady has been 98 years in the making and still hasn’t really grown up. If it’s not too late a very happy 98th birthday to Muriel Coleman. We will have to sort out another get together for next year and we’ll see you there Muriel.

BOWLS: Despite the weather our bowls team managed to get in three games last week. The first one was away to the Parade in Eastbourne in a friendly match, which our team lost by 32 shots. Their next game was away to Victoria Drive for another friendly match, again our team lost, this time by 27 shots. The next match was away to Wadhurst for a league match. Wadhurst is new to the bowls circuit so this was Herstmonceux’s first visit and they were very impressed by the greens. The final score, Herstmonceux 66 shots, Wadhurst, 60 shots, giving our home team six and half points on the league table.

THE HEALTH CENTRE are holding their Auction of Goods and Promises tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall starting at 6pm. Viewing will be between 3pm and 5pm. During the auction they will be running a pay bar and there will be food available. All money raised will be going towards equipment for the new surgery and your support would be very much appreciated.

FLY FISHING: The first of two complete beginners’ days is to be held at Brick Farm Lakes on Thursday. This one is for adults and starts at 9.30am running through until 1pm. This will be an excellent opportunity for anybody interested in learning the art of fly fishing being shown by a first class, qualified coach how to cast, what and when to fish and all about the tackle. All the equipment needed will be provided and the cost will be £10 per head. If you are interested would you please call either Sophie or Keith on 832615.

LADIES FASHION SALE on Saturday June 23 at the village hall. Very nice outfits from some of the top fashion houses at under half the shop prices. All the items are brand new and the sizes range from 10 to 16. The doors of the hall will be open between 10am and noon, entry is 50p to include refreshments. Money raised will go to help with the running of the Village Information Centre.

CONCERT: Today, Friday, flautist Wissam Boustany and pianist Aleksander Szram will be performing a selection of works for flute and piano in the Ballroom of Herstmonceux Castle in aid of the Windmill at Windmill Hill. The beautiful gardens will be open to ticket holders from 6.30pm when pre-concert champagne and soft drinks will be available. Tickets at £15, which will include a glass of wine or soft drink during the interval, are available by telephoning 833033 or by email them at bee@windmillhillwindmill,org

WE ARE INVITED to pop down to Coopers Farm, Wartling any weekend between now and July 1 between the hours of 11am and 4pm to have a look at their contemporary sculpture and art which you will find in the garden. The exhibition includes work in glass, willow, oak, metal, stone, ceramics, paintings and silver jewellery. To find out more please go to their website www.theartbarn.co.uk

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy communion along with Son Spot will be held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and 11am respectively, with Holy Communion (BCP) being held at Wartling church at 8am.

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

PCSO: I have received information from our PCSO Daryl Holter regarding a theft of tools from a farm in Hooe on June 11. There was also some damage to Ninfield School over the weekend period of May 26/27 of some etching on a window. If you know anything of these two incidents please contact Sussex Police by dialing 101. Other than this there are no other reported crimes in our villages.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: Last Friday, June 8, Hooe Open Group held their meeting to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee. The organiser, Edna Wallis, was determined to make the meeting very special, as the occasion demanded. To this end she invited a number of local dignitaries to attend the meeting in order to participate in cutting a specially iced cake and proposing the health and long life of Queen Elizabeth II, with a glass of Bubbly. The ceremony of cutting the cake was performed by the Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Environment, who also proposed the loyal toast. Also present as guests of the club was the recently installed Mayor of Bexhill, The Worshipful Mrs Joanne Gadd, who was accompanied by her Consort, Councillor Brian Gadd. Other distinguished guests of the Hooe Open Group were Councillors’ Barbara Strevett and Pam Doodes from Wealden Council as well as Councillors’ Stuart Earl and Deirdre Williams representing Rother District Council. There was a full turnout of members, who entered into the spirit of the occasion by dressing up in red, white and blue outfits and decorating the village hall to reflect the theme of the event. Due to the extra time required to formally acknowledge the importance of the afternoon’s celebration, the club commenced the meeting at 2pm rather than 2.30pm. The arrival of the Rt Hon Greg Barker being scheduled for 3pm. Therefore the first half of the meeting was taken up by a fascinating talk by Pam Vielers called All our Yesterdays. Pam brought with her a wide selection of curiosities from a by-gone age and explained in detail their application. As usual there is never enough time to fully cover such an extensive collection from a bygone age. They will certainly book Pam to come again in the very near future, when more time can be devoted to her talk and presentation. The success of any event relays on the members doing their bit to make everything run to plan. The members of Hooe Open Group certainly contributed in making the June meeting such a resounding success. If you would like to join one of the most welcoming clubs in our area, contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

BOWLS: The bowls club have been busy of late. On June 6 they played Mayfield winning 58-50, June 8 saw them play against VP’s (a team of 20 men) and lost 85-117. They lost again to Hellingly on June 9, 7-88 and June 10 they were doing well against Beckley until rain stopped play with the scores at 31-35. Over last weekend (Saturday and Sunday) a team of four from Ninfield Bowls Club played in the New Romney Invitation consisting of 40 teams of four. The Ninfield members came sixth overall, winning five out of six games with the final game being played in harsh conditions.

THE MEMORIAL HALL are celebrating 80 years and are including a thanksgiving for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. As part of their celebrations, Christian Voices, the musical drama group, will be performing Lost and Found at the Methodist Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 3pm. The play is based on the parable of the Prodigal Son. It was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. The performance will be in aid of the Bexhill Caring Community. On Sunday at 2.30pm there will be a Service of Thanksgiving and Praise led by Revd Ian Wales which will be followed with cream teas. You are welcome to join in with the celebrations.

LOCAL HISTORY: The local history group will have a guest speaker on Thursday with What Did Your Ancestors Do in The War? by Kevin Regan. On July 19, 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 ken.ffoulkes@which.net or 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, 3pm Concert with Christian Voices.

Polegate

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the Liberal Democrats. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

CREAM TEAS: Willingdon and Polegate Windmill is open on Sunday for strawberry and cream teas day.

POLEGATE STROLLERS walk on Tuesday is at Alfriston with tour of Tye. Bus 126 at Downland Medical Centre, High Street at 9.30am. Return 1.30pm. Guided tour around Alfriston. More details from Jayne 07761612132 or email jaynebigsby6@msn.com

POLEGATE RESIDENTS Association AGM will be held on Wednesday in the Town Council Chamber, Town Hall. All members are welcome. This is a legal requirement of any committee and we cordially invite anyone who is interested in the association to attend. It is a time where new officers are appointed and new members elected. Please do consider what you can do for your town and come along at 7pm. If you require a lift please contact Terry on 487630.

RAMBLING CLUB walks on Thursday: Leisurely walk, Willingdon, no map needed two to three miles, fields and roads. Meet at British Queen at 10am with Yvonne. Or Norton Circular, about five miles, gentle slopes, three stiles with Jimmy. Or a longer walk of 10 miles, Rinmger-Lewes-Barcombe circular. One hill at start, then flat good views, take picnic with John R.

Uckfield

VILLAGE FETE: High Hurstwood Village Fete is tomorrow, Saturday, 1pm to 5pm on the village green. All weather fete with covered stalls, bar, barbecue, magic show, dancing, brass band. The Best of British.

THE LEBANON: I’m not in The Lebanon yet. The arrangements have been a complete shambles. We’re going on Thursday now, and back on Monday.

DAWN CHORUS: We keep waking up at around 5am when it gets light. But where’s the Dawn Chorus? It seems that the birds are just as tired and fed up with the weather as we are.

SUMMER EXHIBITION: Uckfield Art Group’s Summer Exhibition was a great success on June 2. A couple of quotes from the visitor book read, Great talent on display, and very good refreshments too and Such talent. Well done everyone great show. Mary Harris with her picture February Walk was voted favourite picture and the picture raffle was won by Richard Butler. He chose Cuckmere Haven by Sam Gregory. Not only was the theme corner red, white and blue, but there was also a display of vintage bunting, some of which had not seen the light of day for many decades. The children’s craft table was popular with the children taking away a selection of goodies they had made, including flags to wave at the Jubilee Festivities. If you are feeling creative the art group will be holding an Open Evening on Tuesday July 17 in conjunction with the Uckfield Festival. Come along and help create a huge mosaic picture 7pm to 9pm at the Luxford Centre. Materials will be provided and the event is free. The final result will be displayed at the Autumn Exhibition on November 3 at the Luxford Centre.

SUMMER FAIR: St Philip’s Primary School is holding a Summer Fair tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 2pm. The Theme is Best of Britain, with the children presenting their Jubilee song and dance Extravaganza, spanning all seven decades of Her Majesty’s reign. Also on show will be their self portraits used for the Face Britain display, where the Queen’s face was projected onto the side of Buckingham Palace, made up of thousands of children’s pictures. For the first time ever at an Uckfield school fair, Laser Combat from Woodland Adventures, based at Bentley, will be there to entertain children and adults alike. With plenty of stalls, activities and displays, there will be fun to be had for all ages, including a raffle, tombola, bread & cake stalls, as well as stalls you might not expect. Uckfield FM will be broadcasting live, and there will be lots of refreshments on offer, with a barbecue, ice cream, beer tent and tea and scones. Entry is 50p but free if you wear red, white and blue. All proceeds go to the Friends of St Philip’s Association, which is raising money to build a new sports pavilion.

AND FINALLY: Remember how I wrote recently that I sometimes can’t understand what I’m reading, and how they ramble on with Newspeak? Pythagoras’ Theorem 24 words. The Lord’s Prayer 66 words. Archimedes’ Principle 67 words. The 10 Commandments 179 words. The Gettysburg Address 286 words. The US Declaration of Independence 1,300 words. The US Constitution, with all 27 Amendments 7,818 words. EU regulations on the sale of cabbage 26,911 words. No comment.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning Worship and 6.30pm Evening service and communion. The speaker for the day is Paul Davies the General Director of the Albanian Evangelical Mission.

HISTORY GROUP: On Monday, we had an illustrated talk by Kevin Gordon on the Lost Village of Tidemills. Our next walk is on Wednesday; we meet at 7pm in the car park next to East Hoathly church.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters.

RUDE MECHANICALS: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co will make its annual visit to Rushlake Green on Thursday August 9, with their new production Who Saw Marjory Daw?. Set in 1968 London, it is a comedy surrounding the disappearance of celebrity model Marjory Dawson. Tickets are available via their website, on 01323 501260, or at The Stores.

Willingdon,

Wannock & Jevington

GREAT WEEKEND: The Music in the Park/Big Lunch event at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground on Sunday June 3 went extremely well with the sun eventually coming out. Deputy Lieutenant Bill Shelford and his wife Annette enjoyed a picnic lunch with the chairman of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council John Pritchett and his wife Fran. Mrs Shelford had made a Jubilee cake which was covered in white icing with raspberries and blueberries on top – depicting the Union Jack. It was shared with stall holders and residents, a nice gesture. Music was provided by Willingdon Community School students and a number of bands including Wealden Brass which played patriotic music during the lunch period. On the Monday, Cllrs John and Fran Pritchett accompanied by Cllr Colin Wood, Cllr Les Moor and Guy Woodford spent the morning helping farmer Richard Brown build the beacon on the Downs above Willingdon. In the evening, in the grounds of Willingdon Community School, people danced to the music of the band Pulse and sang patriotic songs with the Downland Singers led by Jennie and Alastair Macfadyen. The event was attended by hundreds. At 10.15pm the beacon was lit on the Downs and this was also attended by over 100 people. The clear evening meant that people at Willingdon School could just about see the beacon, whilst those at the beacon could watch the wonderful firework display which took place in the school grounds. Philip Stokes who attended the beacon took some amazing photos of both the beacon and the fireworks. Cllr John Pritchett said that the combined hard work of the parish clerk Andy Beams and assistant clerk Karen Crowhurst was rewarded by all the positive feedback that has since been received. Special thanks must go to Karen who co-ordinated the events and Richard Brown for all his help in building and lighting the beacon with resident Guy Woodford.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall when the menu will be ham, cheese and egg with various salads and new potatoes followed by fruit sundaes, tea or coffee. To reserve a place call Beverley on 01323 847608.

WILLINGDON’S GOT TALENT will be taking place at St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm today, Friday. The best and most enthusiastic performers will then be asked to appear at The Big Top Summer Fair in the church grounds on Saturday July 21 between 10am and 2.30pm. Also today at 6pm the judges will be choosing a prince and princess aged over eight years to open the fair on July 21 who will be available to carry out various duties on the day. Spectators are welcome at the Willingdon’s Got Talent evening and the admission charge is just £1. For further information ring Serena on 01323 439539 or Canon Fr Martin Onions on 01323 502079.

LOCAL HISTORY: The local history society will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday. Meetings are held once a month at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be having a practice meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall.

FETE: Jevington Village Fete will be taking place from 2pm to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, in the Rectory Fields just below St Andrew’s Church. This is always a good event and the stalls will include plants, jams and chutneys, a tombola, raffles and bric-a-brac and there will also be a number of activities going on. All proceeds will go to St Andrews Church Jevington, Jevington Sports and Social Club and Jevington Village Hall. If you would like further information or would like to donate to any of the stalls please ring Amanda on 01323 488456.

CONCENTUS CHORALE will be performing their West End Musical Spectacular concert at 7.45pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Saviours and St Peter’s Church, South Street, Eastbourne. Tickets are £9 in advance or £10 at the door on the night. They can be obtained from Bonners in South Street or Semantics in Grove Road or ring Evelyn on 01323 643358. There will be a retiring collection for the local charity the JPK Project.

THE RIDDOS are providing the entertainment at The Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

1940s WEEKEND: The British Queen will be hosting a 1940s charity weekend in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. There will be military vehicles and costumes on display, military bands, a barbecue, raffles and an auction. On the Saturday evening there will also be a 1940 themed disco with prizes for the best dressed customer. Opening hours on the Saturday are from 11am to late and on Sunday it is from 11.30am to 8pm.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Strawberry teas will be served from 3pm to 5pm and guided tours of the mill will be conducted during the afternoon. The cost is just £1 for adults and 50p for children. The mill would be an interesting place to go for Fathers’ Day. There are still a few vacancies for volunteers to act as guides or cashiers and training will be given. Enquire while you are there or ring 01323 734496.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a planning meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at the parish council office. Meetings are open to the public. For further information please ring the parish office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

THE CHURCH RAMBLERS will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday for a six mile flat birthday walk from Polegate to Hailsham along the Cuckoo Line, followed by lunch at Wetherspoon’s. For further information ring Lesley on 01323 504901.

WILLINGDON IN BLOOM: Application forms are available from the parish council office for the Willingdon in Bloom competition or ring the office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 to register.