Parish Pump Hailsham - March 29, 2013

alfriston

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH will have an afternoon of fund-raising on Easter Monday. Ray Maulkin and friends will entertain with a short recital of popular music to relax and enjoy. Then tea and cakes will be on sale followed by bell ringing. There will be a retiring collection.

THE CLERGY HOUSE will be holding its annual Easter Bunny Hunt during the holidays from March 29 to April 14. Those who find the bunnies hidden around the cottage garden will receive a chocolate Easter treat. There will be a charge of £1.50 to take part in the Bunny Hunt. Booking is not necessary. The event is sponsored by Cadbury’s who will also be supplying a face painter on East Sunday and Easter Monday for all bunny hunters. The Clergy House is open from 10.30am to 5pm with last admission at 4.30pm. Normal closing days are Thursday and Friday but there will be a special opening on Good Friday.

WI NEWS from Wendy Day: At the end of February members had a very enjoyable and informative guided tour of McBean’s orchid nursery and were amazed to hear that varieties of orchid are to be found growing in every environment except deserts. We left with tips that hopefully will allow our own plants to grow healthily. At the March meeting Mrs Heaseman introduced us to the art of quilling and some intricate and attractive cards were produced. Some members purchased equipment and plan to practice the craft at home. (nb Quilling is a type of ornamental craftwork in which paper or fabric is shaped into delicate pleats or folds). The next meeting will be on April 16 and will be a talk on The Mysteries of Japanese Culture. Visitors are welcome and may consider joining.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Twinning Association has been established. The first AGM will be held in the evening of May 7. Invitations for membership will be available throughout the village or by contacting Babette Kundrat on 01323 871492 or email babette@cosmofil.com. Individual membership is £10, family membership £15. The talks between representatives of Veules les Roses and Alfriston have been going on for some time and now details of future plans and exchanges are underway. Veules les Roses, a village not unlike Alfriston, is situated along the coast, a few miles from Dieppe.

ROADS OPEN: I am writing this on Monday and can only state it is hoped and expected all road works will be completed by Easter and visitors will come to enjoy Alfriston and all it has to offer. It will also be possible to admire the newly laid Tarmac and enjoy driving without fear of coming across a large pothole. The new drains will not be visible for admiration but we all appreciate them. The road crew has worked very hard with some of them also being responsible for gritting the main roads during the continuing cold spells.

bodle street green

GOOD FRIDAY: There will be services of quiet reflections upon the events of Good Friday as follows: Bodle St 10am and Warbleton 3pm An Hour At The Cross. Dallington has a vigil at noon.

EASTER SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service and Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Communion Service, 6.30pm Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 10am BCP Communion.

PARISH COUNCIL: The traffic calming survey in The Causeway has been carried out in early January, at points specified by local residents. The average speed is 45.4mph compared with 31.5 in 2009. 75 percent were above 45mph and 20 percent above 50mph. ESCC won’t support a speed limit because of a lack of money, A and B roads are a priority, a 50 limit is most likely because of survey results, and nobody has died. There is no prospect of a change is legislation to allow councils more flexibility in the criteria for imposing speed limits. One suggestion is to erect signs, designed by local children, of the ‘don’t kill my grandpa’ type. This worked in Ninfield it was reported. The planning application for the kitchen extension at the village hall has been submitted. The next meeting is on April 18 at 7pm at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. I believe this is the annual parish meeting, at which the council reports on its activities during the past year.

hailsham

CAR BOOT SALE: Tesco Hailsham Car Park on Easter Sunday, sellers from 8am, buyers from 9am. You can book a pitch at the Customer Service desk. Cars £5, vans and estates £7.

ST MARY’S: Today, Good Friday, All Age Special at 10.30am followed by hot cross buns and coffee and craft activities for all ages. Meditation at 2pm and Stainer’s Crucifixion by Hailsham Choral Society at 7.30pm. Easter Day, Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Easter Family Communion at 10.30am with crèche followed by Easter Egg Hunt in the Vicarage garden.

6.30pm Easter Songs of Praise.

CHORAL SOCIETY: A performance of the Crucifixion by Stainer will take place at St Mary’s church at 7.30pm today, Good Friday. Admission is free although there is a retiring offering to help with the expenses involved.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service at the Corinthian Church and Healing Association at Primrose Hall, 11am to noon. The medium is Denise Masserrerpa.

COMMUNITY LINKS

SERVICE: A monthly drop-in takes place in the cafe at Hailsham East Community Centre on the last Thursday of the month from 11am to 1pm. If you have been suffering from anxiety or any other mental health difficulty and want to access opportunities in the community, such as evening classes, clubs, sports, leisure, volunteering but do not know where to start or lack the confidence to take the first step, this is a chance to find out what the Community Links Service can offer. Just turn up or contact Maggie Harvey Community Links Advisor (South Wealden) on 01273 405822/07805 863180 Tuesdays to Thursday.

SPEEDING: Recently PCSOs Fletcher and Tomsett were out in Hailsham North with the speed indication device, and stopped at two locations for half an hour each, Hawkswood Drive near to bus stop and Anglesey Avenue, near Stroma Gardens. Of the 61 vehicles 10 were reported via Operation Crackdown at the first site though none at the second. Operation Crackdown is Sussex Police’s website where people can be reported for anti-social driving. Members of the public are able to use this site to report things such as speeding, driving with no seatbelts or whilst on a mobile phone for example. Visit http://www.operationcrackdown.org/. If you have any questions please get in touch with PCSO Faye Fletcher at Hailsham Neighbourhood Policing Team. Tel 101 Ext 27437 Mobile 07787 685752 Twitter @HailshamPolice

EASTER EVENT: On Sunday and Monday there are Easter Fun Days at Michelham Priory from 10.30am to 5pm. Admissions adults £7.50, student/senior £6.50, child £4, family £20, disabled/carer £4. Learn new skills in the big-top barn, garden trail and art activities. Activities finish at 4pm.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY meets at Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road on the first Monday of every month from 8pm. All welcome.

MURDER MOST FUN: Following the success of The Ropemaker Theatre Company’s debut production A Comedy Of Terrors by John Goodrum, last September at Hailsham Pavilion, the company has planned something entirely different by hosting an evening of murder, mystery and total mayhem on Friday April 5 at Callenders Restaurant, 80-82 High Street. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. The play titled Murder Most Fun written by celebrated actress and singer Linda Francis, is set in Black Bottom Grange, a remote manor house, which is the residence of Lord and Lady Biggun. Incidentally, Linda Francis also stars in Murder Most Fun alongside John Wilders (RTC’s founder) plus five diners to be chosen on the night. The evening of the murder mystery will be served with a three-course meal, with menu choices, and the price is £35 per person. Pre-order before Sunday by phoning Callenders on (01323) 842400.

QUIZ NIGHT: Once again Hailsham Lions are hosting a Quiz Night on Saturday April 6. Entry is £4 per person. All are welcome to join in the brain teasing fun at Summerheath Hall, at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Bring your own food and drink. Raffle with many super prizes. Local charities will benefit. Advance bookings from Lion Joy on 01323 840382 or on the night. Hailsham Lions would also like to thank everyone who braved the Arctic conditions in March, for their generous support of the charity Easter Egg tombola in the Quintins Centre.

ART GROUP: South View (Western Road) art groups are coming to the end of the winter term later than expected as some of the sessions had to be postponed due to the bad weather. It has been a busy term seeing students trying new ideas both in watercolours and coloured pencils. Although breaking until April 15 all members have an Easter project to paint or draw. Do get in touch with Eileen on (01424) 532866 if you think you might enjoy having a go. There are four groups on Monday evenings, Tuesday morning and afternoon for watercolours and Thursday afternoons for coloured pencils.

COMMUNITY MATTERS: In April Sussex Search and Rescue (SUSSAR) will benefit from Waitrose green token scheme. They are the primary volunteer search and rescue resource for Sussex Police. It is entirely run by volunteers on call 24 hours, 365 days a year. They are currently raising funds to replace a Search Support Vehicle. Other charities to benefit this month are Hailsham Group of East Sussex Disability Association (ESDA) and Happy Endings Rescue. Please help support.

HISTORIC VEHICLES: Tickets at £5 are available now at Hailsham Pavilion for an Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club (EHVC) presentation of historic films on Wednesday April 24 at 7pm. There will be a talk by retired director John Wynn, who will be illustrating some of the amazing, abnormal load haulage feats undertaken by Wynn’s Heavy Haulage over the last 150 years.

hellingly & horsebridge

EASTER SERVICES: Hellingly: Today, Good Friday, at 2pm to 3pm Final Hour. Saturday from 10am to noon Easter Garden for children. Easter Day 6.30am Dawn Service, 10.45am Family Service with Holy Communion, 6.30pm Choral Evensong. Upper Dicker: Easter Day 9.15am Holy Communion.

COFFEE AND BOOKS: The coffee morning and book exchange runs at Dicker Hall every Thursday morning from 10.30am to noon. Coffee, tea, homemade cake and biscuits are served, there are books to exchange and Rosie Piper’s beautiful cards. There is a good range of books with new acquisitions ongoing. Several boxes of recent publications in very good condition have been donated. Do go along and have a browse.

HELLINGLY WI: Karen Martin is the speaker at the meeting on Tuesday at Hellingly village hall at 2pm. Her presentation is Hypnotherapy Explained. For more information contact Iris on (01323) 841875.

SPRING SALE: This Mother’s Union event is at Hellingly Church on Saturday April 6 from 10am. There will be good as new clothes, good bric-a-brac, books, cakes and coffee and a raffle. In aid of MU funds and their family projects.

MODEL CLUB: The next club meeting of the Hailsham and District Scale Model Club/East Sussex MAFVA will be on April 12 from 7.30 at Union Corner Hall. There is an open competition (for any genre of model). Points (three) will be gained for each model entered and all club members will be voting for the models to be placed first, second and third. As usual any new potential members are more than welcome to come along, we are a friendly bunch and would like to meet more modellers from the East Sussex area. The usual cost for each meeting is £3 which includes refreshments. The first meeting for new members free of charge. The club meets on the second Friday of each month. Further details from Tony at tony_robs@hotmail.com (please put Hailsham and District Scale Model Club in subject so as not to be considered as junk mail) or on 01323 849023. The current members have a wide range of interests from static models, wargames figures, model railways and diecast to mention a few.

PRESENTATION DINNER: It pays to book early because this event on Sunday April 14 at the Merrie Harriers, at which the money amassed during the previous year is presented to the local good causes, can become very crowded. Contact 01323 833108.

SPANISH NIGHT: This event is at Blackstock Farm on Friday April 19. There will be live Flamenco music and dancing with Spanish duo Amor Flamenco, plenty of sangria, paella and tapas. Tickets for the show are £4.95 per person, which includes a glass of Sangria or non-alcoholic punch. Food can be purchased separately. Reservations can be made, the full menu and further details at www.blackstockfarm.co.uk. Bar and food available from 7.30pm. Performance starts 9pm.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The Strong Trophy Competition was judged by Walter Benzie ARPS who said they were the best panels of prints he had ever seen. In first place, No Title by Roy Morris LRPS, second place, Spring in the Greenwood by Gerald Hartley, third place, A Day at Duxford by Wendy Chrismas LRPS. Highly Commended Awards went to Untitled by Colin Chrismas LRPS, Still Flying by Terry McGhie LRPS and Floral Spring by Bob Sherrard LRPS. The grand total raised for Demelza through the recent colour shows including tea money and an extra donation now comes to almost £1600. Demelza are thrilled.

herstmonceux & wartling

FREE CHURCH: A warm welcome is offered by the Free Church in Chapel Row on every occasion, but especially this weekend when we celebrate Easter. If you wonder what is good about Good Friday then drop in today at 10.45am and find the answer in An Hour at the Cross. Easter Sunday brings another opportunity to find the answer to the meaning of life in the He’s Alive Celebration, also at 10.45am.

FIRE AND SAFETY CHECK: If you would like a free fire and safety check on your home, which would be carried out by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, please contact them on 462824 or by email at clerk@wartlingparish.org.uk

BINGO NIGHT: The gardener’s club will be hosting Bingo in the village hall on Wednesday April 10. Tickets at £6 each, which include a hot dog supper, are available by telephoning 833006.

WINDMILL HILL Horticultural Society welcomed members and friends to their last meeting to hear a fascinating talk by Dr Michael Lynn on Poisons, Potions, Pests and Parasites. A couple of weeks later, a group of interested people met up at Lime Cross Nursery to discuss the schedule for the summer show. Their next meeting will be held on Thursday at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street when Michael Emery of Natural England will be on hand to give a talk on the Pevensey Levels, its History, Fauna and Flora. All are welcome. Doors open from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Admission £1.

SUSSEX PRODUCE

MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first of a new produce market will take place in the fields at the Bull’s Head in Boreham Street starting at 10am. Plenty of stalls and ample car parking and a chance to purchase local produce and talk to the producers themselves. The Bull’s Head will also be open for hot and cold drinks and breakfasts.

EASTER EGG HUNT at Lime Cross Nursery each day over Easter. Find the egg shapes hidden within their grounds, solve the puzzle clues and you could win a chocolate treat. The egg hunts will be running throughout the school holiday but require adult supervision. On Easter Sunday and Monday they will also be running free planting workshops and craft for the children where they can learn the best way to sow seeds, how to look after them and be given a pot plant to take home so they can watch them grow. Open for ages between 4 to 11 years and adult supervision will be required. The Easter Charity Draw will also take place with the prize being a 1.5ft Belgian chocolate Easter Bunny. Proceeds go to the Demelza Hospice Care for Children fund.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill will be open on Easter Sunday and Monday, 2.30pm to 5pm. Volunteer guides will be on hand to show you round and be able to tell you the history of the Mill and just exactly how it works. Entrance is by donation and all are welcome.

WALKING CLUB: Meet Lita at the Leisure Centre in Hailsham at 10am on Sunday April 7 for a seven mile walk round Stonegate. She suggests you take a picnic. For transport to the meeting point or further information, call 848790.

CHURCH SERVICES: Today, Friday, the Family Service will be at Wartling Church at 9.45am with the Service of The Cross at Herstmonceux Church at 2pm. On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with the Village Easter Praise will be at Wartling Church at 8am and 6pm respectively with the Easter Family Service with Holy Communion at Herstmonceux Church at 9.45am. On Thursday Holy Communion at the Friends Meeting House in West End at 11am.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Questionnaires will be sent out to every household over the next week or two which will give all parishioners the chance to express their opinions on anything that goes on in the parish. We are all asked to complete and return the questionnaire. On Monday April 8 there is a drop-in event in the main hall of the village hall between 6pm and 9pm giving us a chance to chat to the recently formed Focus Groups.

OFF WITH THEIR HEADS: On a cold, wet and windy night, as it was when I attended the Young HATS production of Alice in Wonderland, we all felt we needed a little trip into wonderland. As the story unfolded we became more and more enthralled, the three Alices, played by Ruby Thomas, Hattie Pemberton and Alivia Dicker, did an excellent job as they changed from a tiny 3in Alice to a very tall Alice throughout the trip. The casting of the White Rabbit was an excellent choice as Lauren Noya, who took the part, had us all laughing as she rushed around the stage and the hall in a complete state of anguish at being so late all the time. Another star of the show was James Tweedy who, as the Caterpillar, played a very convincing role. The way he took to the stage, his movement and the enthusiasm which went into his singing of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah were absolutely excellent. And when the show ended in a cacophony of sound as Alice returned to normal only to find herself back in the park listening to her sister Mathilda lecturing her from a book about looking before she leapt the audience actually went wild with excitement, lifting the roof of the hall with their applause. Alice will go down as one of their best productions, it was bouncy, colourful and alive and they made use of both the stage and the hall which was good to see. Director Joanna Stevens should be congratulated on such an excellent show, but most of all congratulations must go to the children who were able to turn it into such a wonderfully colourful and magical show.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

ninfield & hooe

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are playing Ticehurst tomorrow, Saturday, in the Barclays Business Challenge Cup. Kick off is at 2.30pm at Hooe Recreation Ground. All are welcome to support their local team.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on Monday April 8, at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. This month they welcome Jill Griffin with her demonstration entitled Take Me As I Am. All flower arrangements demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening. Non-members are welcome with an entrance fee of £3 which includes refreshments. Contact Susan on ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends.

MEET Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner April 10 at 2.30pm in The Methodist Hall. This is a great opportunity to meet Katy Bourne, hear her plans for policing Sussex, tell her about the problems you are experiencing locally and chat to her informally over a cup of tea. For details please contact Pam Doodes 01424 892329.

HISTORY SOCIETY: On April 11, John Dowling will be the guest at the Hooe History Society’s meeting. John is the ex-assistant editor of the Bexhill Observer and will be talking about his experiences and memories reporting local news to local people. Did he report a story about you? His talk is entitled Was It Worth It? Further details from Heather Sinden 01424 893422 or Pam Doodes 01424 892329.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting of the Hooe Open Group is on Friday April 12. The invited speaker is the skipper of the new Eastbourne Jubilee life boat, who will illustrate its operation and the sophistication of its advanced design. Members will be treated to hot cross buns with their afternoon tea. The meeting is at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. For details of the club’s future programme, contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

BOWLS: Ninfield Bowls Club are holding an Open Day on April 14 from 2.30pm. The club is located adjacent to the Kings Arms. If anyone is interested in bowls, please go along and have a bowl.

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 Easter Communion with Rev Ian Wales.

polegate

WANTED INFO: Can anyone please identify where a stone sundial which had a ball base standing on a square plinth, with some triangular markings on the ball, was in 1937? Any photos of the memorial garden at Princes Park in 1937, and also any other park that may have had a sundial prior to the Second World War. Contact Maureen Copping on 485971 or email pawhistory@btinternet.com and maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk

HELP NEEDED for groups of people to organise adverts for the Community News magazine. This involves finding new advertisers when spaces become available and liaising over the designs or where they want to go. It is not difficult but just needs a bit of time, usually between August and December. More info from John Rogers on 484631 or email johnrogers885@btinternet.com

DON’T FORGET to put your clocks forward one hour this weekend, start of British Summertime.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Scouts. All welcome in the lounge, 10am to noon.

SPRING SHOW tomorrow, Saturday. All welcome in the hall at Polegate Community Centre.

HOTEL LIFE is the talk by Neil Kirby and Paul James at the meeting of Eastbourne Local History Society at St Saviour’s Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, on Tuesday at 2.45pm. Doors open at 2pm.

SLIMMING WOLRD held every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm at St Georges Church Hall. www.slimmingworld.com telephone 0844 897 8000.

RAMBLING CLUB: On April 4 a leisurely walk, Sharnfold Farm Trail and Lakes, nearly three miles, Polegate area, a nice flat walk, could be muddy, no stiles, coffee in shop. Bus 54 from Polegate High Street at 9.29am, back on the hour with Geoff. Exceat Circular, nearly five miles West Dean woodland path then along Cuckmere to beach, back on hard path, one hill, four stiles with June. Or Chalvington With Ripe, nearly nine miles Arlington area, fairly flat, fields, tracks and some road walking, take picnic or pub lunch, about 20 stiles and gates with Angela. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be blood donor sessions at the Kings Centre, Edison Road, Eastbourne from 2pm to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 8pm on Tuesday. And from 2pm to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 8pm at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne on Wednesday.

warbleton & rushlake green

GOOD FRIDAY: There will be services of quiet reflections upon the events of Good Friday as follows: Bodle St 10am and Warbleton 3pm An Hour At The Cross. Dallington has a vigil at noon. Heathfield Chapel has a Communion service led by Rad Upfield at 10.30am.

EASTER SATURDAY: The annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place at Warbleton Parish Church at 2pm, for all ages. Bible stories, crafts, refreshments and chocolate eggs.

EASTER SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Communion Service, 6.30pm Evensong. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service and Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am BCP Communion. Heathfield Chapel: Morning Worship with Derek Martin. 6.30pm Evening service with Rev Philip Laver.

PARISH COUNCIL: Councillors are working towards a new website co-ordinator being appointed. Highways issues are being investigated regarding the proposed development in Forest lane, Punnetts Town. The latest information is that 10 to 14 houses are likely, some might be social housing. The parish council remain opposed to the development. You may have heard in the budget the government are launching a shared equity scheme for first time house buyers. Cllr Bill Bentley (ESCC) said the county council had a similar scheme. They have £10m available to be equally divided between the five districts and boroughs, to provide a 20 percent guarantee. They are encouraging the districts and boroughs to provide similar funding. Cllr Andy Long (WDC) said that Kier were taking over the contract for refuse collection. This has caused a large increase in the charge for commercial premises. Unfortunately, this covers village halls. If you need to have a bin replaced, the new one will be the smaller size. So if you need a large bin, look after it. The collection service for large items (sofas etc) will also be more expensive. There is some indication some permitted development, eg change of use, may be easier to obtain. New standing orders for the conduct of council business and a new risk assessment are being prepared. Grants will be made to the CAB, Air Ambulance and the E Sussex Assoc for the Blind. The next meeting is on April 18 at 7pm at the Dunn Village Hall. I believe this is the annual parish meeting, at which the council reports on activities during the past year.

willingdon, wannock & jevington

OUR LOSS: At the Palm Sunday service on March 24, Canon Martin Onions announced to the congregation that after 12 years at St Mary’s Willingdon, he has accepted the position of Rector of Uckfield where he will have the responsibility for several churches. The move will probably take place about the end of May. We all wish Fr Martin well. He will be sorely missed.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Today, Good Friday, children’s worship is at 10am followed by hot cross buns in the church hall. At 1pm there will be a devotional hour leading to the liturgy of the cross and Holy Communion. An Easter Vigil will be held on Holy Saturday at 8pm. At the 9.45am service on Easter Sunday, parishioners are asked to bring flowers with hard stems to transform the cross of dereliction into the cross of resurrection.

THE PARAGON FIELDS Preservation Association was formed in 1992 when the five and a half acre field came up for sale and local people were concerned about what might happen to it. With a lot of fund raising and donations from individuals, companies, environmental and conservation groups and the parish council, and with an interest free loan which covered half the costs, the field at Wannock was purchased, to be maintained in its natural state for the enjoyment of the community. By 1995 the balance of the loan had been paid and the field management was comparatively easy. But time moves on and there are now various issues to be addressed. On Friday March 15 a meeting was held at Wannock Hall as there had been no AGMs since 2005. It was a productive meeting with a new committee willing to stand. The officers for the committee are still to be decided. The Paragon Fields are now in the National Park.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open for the new season from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday and Monday. The mill is well worth a visit and you can have a conducted tour of the four floors for just £1. The ground floor with its museum and education room/tea room is wheelchair friendly and there are toilets available. A new display in the museum is a model dressing the Derbyshire Peak millstone. Tea and home-made cake and mill souvenirs can be purchased. If you would like to become a guide or cashier or help with maintenance work, please ring Lawrence or Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496.

COFFEE MORNING: There will also be a coffee morning to raise funds for the maintenance of the mill on Saturday April 6. The coffee morning will be held from 10am to noon at Polegate Community Centre. Cakes and scones for the refreshments or to sell on the day would be very much appreciated and also raffle prizes. It is also hoped to have a souvenir table and a book stall and help would be welcome. Please ring Jenny Wells on 01323 487671.

SPONSORED WALK: On Easter Monday, church members will take part in the annual Easter walk to raise funds for Knowles Tooth Children’s Centre at Hurstpierpoint, run by the Chichester Diocesan Association for Family Social Work. The centre provides short residential breaks for children and families in need. It will be a circular walk starting and finishing at the Memorial Hall on The Tye near St Andrew’s Church at Alfriston. The walk will start between 9.30am and 10am and there will be a refreshment stop at Wilmington. The distance is approximately seven miles. If you would like to take part ring Sue on 01323 423410.

WILLINGDON LIBRARY is closed today, Good Friday and also on Easter Monday but will be open tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

THE BRITISH QUEEN: Beve and the Beatroots will be entertaining customers at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, The Riddo’s will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm with mod and 60’s music.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council holds a cemetery meeting at at Willingdon Community School at 7.30pm on Tuesday. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for information.

INFORMATION DAY: This is a reminder that Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is organising a Public Information Day from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday at Willingdon Community School. Residents are invited to drop in for free advice and information on local services, groups, charities and organisations throughout Willingdon, Wannock, Filching and Jevington.

GARDEN COMPETITION: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is again organising a free annual gardening competition. Application forms are available from the parish council office at 3 Gorringe Valley Road or ring the office on 489603 or 489104 to register. Categories are: 1, Front garden, early blooming/cottage; 2, Front garden, later blooming, more formal; 3, Front garden, interpretation of theme chosen by entrants; 4, Front garden, unusual and novelty; 5, Window boxes, hanging baskets and containers; and 6, educational and environmental. Categories one to five must be easily visible to the public and judges. The judges will be scoring for visual impact and first impressions, standard of maintenance, use of colour and design, the best use of available space, as well as special or unusual features. In category six entrants must be able to demonstrate educational and environmental awareness. The closing date for category one is Monday June 17. For all other categories judging commences week beginning July 15. A time will be arranged in advance for category six. Entrants will be notified of the results at the presentation meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday September 12 at Trinity Church Hall. The address of entry must be within the parish of Willingdon and Jevington.