Parish pump Hailsham - June 6, 2014

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Alfriston

OPEN DAYS: Follers Manor garden will be open on June 7 and 8 for the National Garden Scheme. The gardens will be open from 2pm to 5.30pm to raise funds for the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart and Children with Cancer charities. Entrance £5, children free but dogs cannot be accommodated. There is wheelchair access to some areas. Refreshments will be available and plants will be for sale. Follers Manor is situated half a mile south of the village towards Seaford and next door to the Youth Hostel. There will be signage for parking. For full details see www.follersmanor.co.uk.

THE 300 CLUB will meet this month on June 10 at The Smugglers Inn at 8pm when two more lucky numbers will be drawn from the bin.

HEARTSTART: Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, 2014 (the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups). Congratulations to all volunteers, both past and present, of this valuable and valued service to our community.

Bodle Street Green

OPEN GARDEN: South Cottage’s garden will be open tomorrow from 11am to 5pm in aid of the work of the Quicken Trust in the village of Kabbubu in Uganda. There will be a Charity Tea Party, with home-made cakes, scones and biscuits as well as crafts. For Satnav use BN27 4RB.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion and Children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSG WI: Members meet at 6.30pm for supper on Tuesday at the village hall, celebrating the 91st birthday of the institute in Bodle Street. Tony Harris returns to talk about Jack the Ripper. For further information about the WI contact Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

VILLAGE HALL: At the AGM last month Charles Harding was re-elected as chairman and Geoff Holt as secretary and Bryan Gibson as treasurer. The committee were also re-elected. The extension fund stands at £12,300. £20k needs to be raised before applications for grants can be made. A website for the hall was demonstrated, which it hoped will go live in the near future.

Folkington

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in the church tomorrow, Saturday, at 10.30am to raise funds for much needed restoration work. Come and browse the second hand books, plants and bric-a-brac. Purchase a homemade cake or have some delicious refreshments and enjoy the tranquility of this ancient church. Donations of cakes or produce gratefully received.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday, Pentecost will be celebrated at 10.30am with Holy Communion. The Reverend Neville Manning will lead the service and it will be followed by coffee and biscuits; all welcome.

Hailsham

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: A meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch is to take place on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Fields. Following the meeting there will be either a quiz, talk or slide show. All ex-service, serving personnel and dependants, young and old, are welcome. Go along and make new friends. Car parking at the rear of the club. For further details contact Mike Weller on 01323 440749, Rev Peter Clark on 01323 841809 or Frank Berry on 01323 843880 or 07901717354. At the May meeting Frank Berry informed members that an article had been submitted to the Sussex Express about the Veterans Lapel Badges. There are different Veterans Lapel badges for HM Armed Forces, UK Merchant Seafarers, Arctic Emblem, Women’s Land Army, Women’s Timber Corps and the Bevin Boys. If any person who served in any of those mentioned and have not applied for the appropriate Lapel Badge contact one of those listed above for assistance in application. The Agenda for the British Legion Conference was discussed and delegate, John Burton, was given a free vote on the agenda items. Following the meeting there was a quiz organised by Frank Berry which was won by Phil Tuppenny. There is a Veterans and Armed Forces Service to take place at the War Memorial, Vicarage Field, Hailsham, on Sunday June 29 2014 at 10.45am. Last Post will be played at 11am, followed by a two minute silence, after which Reveille will be played.

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday Elizabeth Harrison will be appearing at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSOs will be at Observatory View (odds) BN27 2HQ on Tuesday June 10. Observatory View (evens) BN27 2HH will be given the opportunity to meet wiPCSOs on Thursday. On Wednesday and Thursday there are Street Meetings at Sandbanks Way BN27 3LN. All meetings are from 7pm to 7.30pm and give local residents the opportunity to meet them and talk about any concerns or issues they may be having where they live. This does not have to be simply police related. Local town and Wealden councillors may also attend. If you do not have any matters to raise, simply come out and say hello. PCSOs will also be promoting police community messaging which they use to give members of the public police news and advice.

ST MARY’S: Sunday is Pentecost. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Pentecost and at 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Waiting for the Not Yet. Holy Communion is at 2.45pm at Emmanuel. Evening Prayer is at 6.30pm at St Mary’s: Faith, Anguish to Assurance.

OPEN CHURCH: Summer open church starts on Tuesday and runs through to Thursday August 21 and will also be open for the Hailsham Arts Festival in September. The building will be open between noon and 2pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term time and Tuesday to Thursday from August 12. The decision was made because it can be difficult to set up while the ABC team is clearing away on a Thursday. The exception to this will be the Market Thursdays on June 12 and July 10 when the volume of people in the town is too good an opportunity to miss. Please encourage friends, neighbours and colleagues to take the opportunity to come along to see this fantastic building and what goes on there. As usual the church is open Fridays from 9.30am to noon and throughout the summer entry will be possible through the main door as well as through the Bite In.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is to be arranged.

BARN DANCE: Swing your partners and do-si-do with Environment Hailsham and the Spinning Jennies tomorrow, Saturday, at the Civic Community Hall (behind Wealden Council Offices). Tickets are available on the door or in advance at £10 from Joy on (01323) 840382. Bring your own drinks and nibbles but tea, coffee are included. Cake will also be available in the interval. According to www.barndances.org.uk for those unacquainted with them, English barn dances are social occasions where, frequently, many of those present have little experience of this type of dancing. Easy dances are therefore a must. So go along and have a great evening and know that all comers new and old are welcome.

U3A: Coming up on Tuesday June 24, Geoff Hutchison will be giving a talk on Rudyard Kipling, his Life and Work. Tea at 2pm. Programme starts 2.30pm. If you would like to join U3A and enjoy some of the interest groups that run then further information is available from Sue on (01323) 840797.

HERITAGE CENTRE: There are many exhibits of local interest and currently there is a focus on WWI memorabilia. The Heritage Centre is in the gap by Lloyds Bank in Market Street open Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 12.30pm. Free entry. Enquiries (01323) 440359.

TWINNING: A party of 23 people from Gournay-en-Bray, Hailsham’s twin town in France, enjoyed an action-packed weekend on a cultural exchange visit, starting with a meal at the Old Polegate Station restaurant, before which they were greeted by Mayor Councillor Jo Bentley. The Hailsham and District Twinning Association enabled members to meet with people from Gournay-en-Bray and plans were made for the July visit there for the annual St Clair Festival. Regular exchanges between the two towns provide time for friendships new and old. The Association has over 45 members and plenty of room for more. They offer several trips and exchanges each year, hold monthly social events and are particularly keen to establish links between local sports clubs and those in Gournay-en-Bray. Any clubs interested in visiting France and playing sports there should contact (01323) 846539. Hailsham Choral Society will be travelling over with group members in September to participate in a concert there.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head, are twice a month on the second and last Tuesday. At the last meeting, by coincidence, everyone was working on pattern and textured pieces. So the main topic of conversation evolved as we worked from written instructions. (There were more silences than usual, as this work required concentration.) When following instructions does not give the result you expect, what do you do? There was the usual round the table enquiry, and then when that drew a blank, consult reference books. When the same stitch was found, but different use of words to explain the method, the result was perfect. The campaign for clear English would have a field day with some patterns. Knitting is not always as straightforward as it looks. Being in a group certainly helped in that instance. The welcome at the King’s Head is always a warm one. For more information phone Su (07552229473) or come to a June meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 and 24.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The next meeting is on Wednesday and is a presentation by John Parsons on Iris brewer in Berlin 1938-1939 and tells of her life as a 16 year old, the people she met there and her passage out of Germany just before WW2. The meeting is at the Methodist church hall at 7pm for 7.30pm start. All welcome. Visitors £2.50. Last month Patrick Coulcher delivered an interesting talk with some very good photos of the natural history around Britain. Starting in Dorset to Cornwall, Wales, Northern England, Scotland and back down to this neck of the woods, there were pictures of butterflies, some common and some not so, also some of the less common of our native and migrant birds. Patrick also showed some of the plant life that grew in only a few places like the slipper orchid and other plants that grew on heathland, mountains and our chalk Downs. Not only was the subject of good quality but some of the background scenery showed breathtaking views. There was one photo of a swan on eggs. Just stunning. It was nice for a change to have a talk on the natural history side of the Society and the audience thanked Patrick for an excellent presentation. The society’s museum is open on Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm. See previous item on the Heritage Centre. On show are old photos of the town, rural tools, domestic bygones and much more and currently includes a WWI memorabilia display. Admission is free.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Holy Communion (CW) at 8am followed at 10.45am by Parish Eucharist (CW). Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am Holy Communion (CW). There is also a Holy Communion service at 9.30am on a Thursday (BCP). Evening Prayer 2.45pm at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood.

CHARITY GOLF DAY: Next Friday, June 13, Hailsham Lions is holding a Golf Day at Wellshurst Golf and Country Club teeing off at 11am. Entry fee £38.50 per person includes round of golf, snack lunch and prizes. Special rate for Wellshurst members). This year the event will help fit out a Kent, Sussex and Surrey second helicopter. Entry forms www.hailshamlions.co.uk, email taraking56@sky.com or phone Lion Mike Osborne on 01323 895912.

LIONS COUNTRY FAIR: This grand event is on Sunday at Broad Farm, Hellingly, BN27 4DU from 11am to 5pm. Stalls, arena events and a fun fair. Blood pressure testing, free of charge, between 11am and 2pm and a Lions Companion Dog Show from 12.30pm with Pedigree and Novelty. More information from Keith Shonfeld on 07818 154668.

SCHOOL FAIR: Hawkes Farm School Fair, noon to 4pm on Saturday June 14.

PARISH COUNCIL: At recent meetings members of the public reported that there had been some nasty incidents on the Roebuck Park estate, one of which had been reported to the police. The PCSO would arrange walk rounds for the estate. Parking on the estate was also of concern, in particular the number of spaces allocated to the new Community Hall and that there would not be enough spaces once the cricket pitch was in use. Further, users of the Country Park were parking on the park itself. The chairman said that he had answered all their questions in a written response. The byelaws would apply to all open spaces and notices posted at the recreation grounds at Lower Dicker and Lower Horsebridge and the Country Park. However, it may be some time before the council receive a signed copy from the Secretary of State. The rugby club would undertake the drainage works to the pitch starting at the back in the hope that this would help the drainage.

FATHERS’ DAY LUNCHES: At Michelham Priory on Sunday June 15 they are offering a special Fathers’ Day three course lunch in the café with free have-a-go archery for all dads. The cost is £23.50 which includes entrance to house and grounds. Opening times from 10.30am to 5pm. Enquiries to (01323) 844224.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Muriel Coleman who was 100 years old this week and how well she looks too. A number of friends and family gathered in the village hall on Bank Holiday Monday to celebrate this special day, a proper party girl is Muriel and she showed just how much by enjoying all the jokes, chatter and food. The hall looked very special after having been decorated by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. It was a truly special afternoon and we can only thank Muriel for letting us be a small part of her life which started on 2 June 1914 in Boreham Street wending its way down to Herstmonceux after she married Stan where they ran the outfitters shop. Even after Stan’s death and the sale of the shop, Muriel carried on working there as a draper, becoming an integral part of the village and a well-known character. A choir member for many years as well as being president of the Mother’s Union, she spent as much time as she could and still does, with her grandchildren and now of course great grandchildren. Age does not stop her, a member of the bingo club, Ray and Sheldon and Extend she still continues to envelope us all with her sunny nature and friendly smile. When asked why she thought she had reached the grand old age of 100 she answered, ‘God doesn’t want me yet’. Well, we don’t want him to want you for some considerable time to come yet so let’s all raise yet another glass to Muriel, 100 years old on June 2.

CONCERT: On Sunday June 14 the celebrated pianist William Hancox will be returning to Wartling Church to perform music by Schuman, Chopin and Debussy as well as accompanying his wife, Noa Lachman, when she performs Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs. Tickets, at £15 in advance and £17 on the door (with concessions) to include a drink during the interval, are available a t the Village Information Centre, Windmill Hill Stores, The Lamb Inn at Wartling or by telephoning 0800 7811686.

RAY AND SHELDON: Today, Friday, Bee Frost will be the guest speaker at their meeting and she will be able to update everybody on how well our windmill at Windmill Hill is getting on and what needs to be done to keep it well maintained. On June 20, David Jones will be there to share his love and knowledge of the Bluebell Railway. All over the age of 60 years will be made welcome. If you have any difficulties with transport or need further information then please call 441244.

BOWLS: Winners of last year’s League, Hellingly, visited for the first show down between the two clubs in this year’s league. Well done to Herstmonceux, who took the honours by winning 69-60 giving our home team seven points on the League table. That’s more like it gang, keep up the good work.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The Robin Post Singers come along to All Saints Church on Sunday July 13 to perform one of their concerts in aid of funds for the Friends of All Saints appeal. We are all invited to go along and enjoy the afternoon, which starts at 3pm, in our lovely village church; there will be a retiring collection and some very nice cakes etc on offer. For further information please call 441244.

WALKING CLUB: On Tuesday meet Sue at 6.30pm on the Cuckoo Trail car park at Hellingly for a four mile walk round Hellingly and Wellshurst. On Sunday June 15 meet Trudy at the Orangery car park on the Ashburnham Estate at 2pm. She plans a stroll round the landscaped grounds and woods with a cream tea afterwards. Unfortunately on this occasion no dogs.

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

Lewes

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk 7pm for 7.30pm on Monday at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Victorian and Edwardian Photographers in and near Lewes by David Simkin. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door. www.leweshistory.org.uk.

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. 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: Ninfield Bowls Club are continuing their recent form with two matches played last week. On May 29, they played Winchelsea in a Rother League match, winning 86-59. Their match on Saturday, May 31, against Rye was very close however, they lost 68-71.

COLLECTION: Those organising the collection weekend at Sainsbury’s, Bexhill, look forward to seeing you today, Friday, and/or tomorrow, Saturday, when thy will be collecting for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with the collection, more would be very welcome. Please contact either Thelma Nance

892421 or Pam Doodes 892329 if you could give an hour or two for this fantastic cause.

N WATCH: Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch report a number of garden sheds and garages having been broken into in recent months in our area. Expensive tools and equipment have been stolen and the police urge us to take precautions against this crime. They forward this advice from Sussex Police: It goes without saying that garages and sheds should be secured at all times. Even when you are in the house or garden, an opportunist can be away with your property in a very short time. Garage and shed alarms are widely available and not expensive and can be an excellent deterrent to thieves. If you are using a padlock, ensure it is a close shackle padlock and be sure to fix the hasp and staple with coach bolts to prevent them being levered off. Also chain items together and ideally to a fixed anchor point. You should also consider installing a lockable steel cabinet within the garden/shed to store valuable tools in. Ensure all your property is marked with your postcode and house number. This can be done clearly with a permanent marker pen or with some paint and also additionally use an invisible UV marker pen. Make a note of all serial numbers of tools, bicycles etc and consider using www.immobilise.com to record your property.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are next meeting on Friday, June 13, which will be a summer cream tea and topical quiz. If you would be interested in joining in with a lively bunch of ladies, why not go along on the second Friday of the month to Hooe Village Hall, 2pm. For further details contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

MUSIC AND PRAYERS: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Salvation Army Music and Prayers anniversary service on June 15, 2.30pm. The service will be followed by afternoon teas. A warm welcome will be extended to visitors to this special event, with the Hastings Temple Band and Songsters.

MEETING: Ninfield Horticultural Society are meeting on June 16, where a visit has been arranged to the Walled Nursery at Hawkhurst. This starts with a talk at 2pm on the history of the 13th century estate. There will be time to look round and buy plants as well as enjoying tea and cake. The talk is free to Horticultural members and £2 for non-members. Booking is essential with Rose by today, Friday: 892422 or email: rose.franks1@btinternet.com.

THE GOLDEN CIRCLE are meeting on Tuesday, June 17, 2.30pm in the Methodist Hall. Their speaker will be Heather Goodsall giving a talk on Plants and Planting. All are welcome.

LOCAL HISTORY: Ninfield Local History Group are meeting on June 19, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. Kevin Regan will be giving a talk looking at the 70th Anniversary of D Day and the V1 Campaign over Sussex. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email ken.ffoulkes@which.net

HOOE HISTORY: The June meeting of Hooe History should be fantastic and not to be missed. On June 19, they will be welcoming Ken Lyon who is going to tell the group about his experiences attempting to escape from Colditz. If you have seen the magnificent film, Ken will tell them what it was really like. This will all be happening at The Hooe Village Hall at 7.30pm. All guests are welcome along with members, so why not join them for this memorable evening. Further details from Chairman Heather Sinden 01424 893422.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church have a service at 2.30pm.

Polegate

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of Polegate Drama Group will be in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre. All welcome from 9am until noon. To book a table in advance ring 483529.

MUSIC DAY at Polegate Windmill, Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm. This event is once again being presented by Gerry Page who is featuring many musical talents. Those participating are: Jevington Hot Club, Happy Day Band, singers of various styles, UKE Stock 101, ukulele group, young harp player, saxophone group, Irish Instrumental folk and much more. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music. Teas and refreshments served at the mill. Guided tours of the mill, adults £1, children 50p.

THE LADIES CIRCLE meet on the second Tuesday of the month, at 2.30pm in Polegate Community Centre. For more infoormation on our programme please contact Shirley Hannam on 488035.

FRIDAY CRAFT GROUP meets at Polegate Commnity Centre. For more information on our activities please contact Val Liles on 460336 or Shirley Hannam 488035.

WALK on June 9, Walk Through the Bottoms. Meet at Youth Hostel, bus back from East Dean, bring bus pass. Four miles with Chris and Barry.

SONGS OF PRAISE on Sunday June 15, at 10.30am at Trinity Church, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon. A warm welcome is extended to everyone to come and join in singing some of our well-loved hymns. Refreshments will be served after the service.

TRINITY DINERS: Our next lunch is on Friday June 20, where the menu will be chicken pie with vegetables, and fruit trifle. Will Pam Blunden please contact Jennie on 484189 to confirm your place? Bookings taken by Jennie to confirm numbers attending.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion and Children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and 6.30pm evening service both led by Rev John Billett.

HISTORY GROUP: There is a great debate and an impending report on where to put an extra runway in the South East. One of the airports vying for it is Gatwick, and on Monday we will learn of A History of Gatwick Airport from David Harrison. We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm start at the Dunn Village Hall.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Sue Thompson and is entitled A Few of my Favourite Things.

EASTBOURNE ASTRONOMICAL Society will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Prof Bill Letherbarrow will be giving a talk entitled The Moon – An Amateur Perspective.

MICHAEL, SIMON AND DAN, otherwise known as Stone Junction, will be performing an electric mix of original, contemporary and transatlantic folk at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is once more organising the ever popular annual community event Music in the Park at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground. It takes place on Sunday. As in previous years, there will be charity stalls and other stalls, refreshments and food outlets and various activities for adults and children. Details to date are as follows: noon chairman’s welcome; 12.05pm Street Dance Crewe; 12.30pm Con Brio; 1.30pm to 2pm dog display; 2pm to 3pm Howling Blues; 3pm to 3.30pm Kingfisher Scout Band; 3.30pm to 4.15pm DJ Time, a chance to request your song; 4.15pm to 4.45pm raffle and close. For more information please ring the parish clerk Andy Beams on 01323 489603.

MUSIC DAY: Polegate Windmill’s Music Day is also on Sunday. It is a pity that both events will be held on the same day, but there is time to get to them both. Music Day is from 2pm to 5pm when strawberry cream teas will be served and visitors can have a guided tour of the mill. Gerry Page is once more organising the music programme with a whole range of talented performers. They include The Hot Club of Jevington, which is a gypsy swing band, singer songwriter Nairne, Harry and Max bass singer and guitarist, harpist Sunnie, tenor Luca with songs from the shows, teenager Lauren with her sweet voice and young saxophonist Tom with a group of other talented instrumentalists. Ukulele players from Eastbourne’s UKE Stock 101 will be there, perhaps not all of them, a fairly large group. Gerry Page and his wife Merial will be singing three standard type songs and the afternoon will be concluded by a further performance by the Happy Day Band, a traditional jazz band with a comic edge.

CHURCHES TOGETHER: There will be a united service, churches together, at 6.30pm on Sunday at St John’s Church Polegate. Everyone is welcome.

QUIET DAY: You are invited to Trinity Church between the hours of 10am and 3.30pm on Monday to spend a time of relaxation and contemplation away from the stress of daily life. The theme of the day is Pilgrim People. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. Please add your name to the list in church if you would like to participate in the day.

GLEN CHORALE: If you missed the Glen Chorales Summer Concert on June 2 there is still the opportunity to see it on June 9. The repeat performance will take place at 2.30pm on Monday at Wannock Village Hall. The concerts are being dedicated to the memory of Robin Moray who was the musical director prior to the present conductor Ansy Boothroyd. The choir will sing a variety of English music which will take the audience through an English day from morning to evening. The programme will include Early One Morning, My Love is an Arbutus by Stanford, My Soul There is a Country by Parry, Tea for Two, Ave Verum by Elgar, and Home Sweet Home. The concert will include two solos and a trio. Tickets to include refreshments are £6 and are available from Janet on 01323 502113.

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

THE 3 MMMs will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when there will be another chance to exercise with Louise Ogle.

AFTERNOON TEA and a silent auction and raffle will be hosted by Maureen Males at the Cottage Dittons Road Polegate at 3pm on Wednesday. It is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability at Edgmont in Old Town. Edgmont Church and the site on which it stands was purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013 but building work for the accommodation cannot start until a lot more money has been raised.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at the Memorial Hall when Joan Harding will be giving a talk entitled You Can’t be Out, You’re My Mother.

JEVINGTON & FILCHING WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall. Peter Wilson will be giving a talk with piano accompaniment on the origins of jazz and other music. The competition is a musical poem with six lines.

FRIENDS of the Eastbourne Hospitals are organising a cream tea and summer fair from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday June 14. It is being held at East Dean and Friston Village Hall. There will be musical entertainment in the main hall while guests enjoy their tea and scones. Other attractions include a plant stall, bathroom stall, stamps, cakes and preserves, hand made cards, tombola, Pimms, books, flower shop, silver and jewellery and the grand draw tickets. Cream teas are £5 or £6.50 to include cake. Advanced tickets are available for 2pm to 3pm or from 3pm to 4pm. Call the Friends office on 01323 438236 for tickets or purchase them on the day. The Friends are raising funds to provide equipment to enhance the acute stroke unit at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

JEVINGTON VILLAGE FETE is being held from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday June 14 in the Rectory Fields, Jevington, next to St Andrew’s Church. Attractions include Punch and Judy, craft stalls, plants, Jevington produce stall, tombola, cream teas, hog roast, drinks tent with real ale, fun dog show, ferret roulette, card stall, book stall, bric-a-brac, clairvoyant, coconut shy, Sussex cheeses, barrow of booze raffle, Matthews mouse town and express manicures and massages. Live music is provided from Hot Club of Jevington and the Gypsy Jazz Quartet. There is free parking. Admission is £2 per person with senior citizens £1. A matching donation of 10 percent of the fete profit will be made to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

CYCLING: A new initiative at the Wheatsheaf is to have an annual cycling event, a hill climb up Butts Brow. It will be organised by Kim Washington and friends and it is envisaged that it will become an annual September event which will be taken seriously by keen cyclists from all over the south of England with the changing rooms, registration, refreshments taking place at the Wheatsheaf.