Parish Pump Hailsham - May 10, 2013

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ALFRISTON

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK begins on May 12 with house to house collections. Christian Aid spent £67.8 million in 2011/12 on healthcare, sanitation, education, agricultural development and other life-changing projects helping impoverished people in 44 countries. The Christian Aid church services, at Litlington on May 5 and on May 12 at West Dean and Alfriston, will focus on Christian Aid’s Enough Food for Everyone campaign. The speakers will be Caroline Giles at Litlington and the Rev. Keith Williams at West Dean and Alfriston. The service at Alfriston will be followed by a simple lunch organised by Jane Alvey. There are no tickets or a set charge but a Christian Aid collection box will be on prominent display at the exit. On May 18 there will be the Beating the Bounds sponsored walk. The walk starts at 8.20am. Contact Rachel on 01323 871592 if you would like to join the walk and/or would like to sponsor a walker.

THE ALFRISTON and Cuckmere Historical Society’s May meeting will be on May 16 at 7.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. The two speakers will be Robin Burnett and Graham Kean. Robin’s talk is entitled Paddle Steamers to Great Liners, about the history of the Royal Mail Line. Graham Kean’s subject is Flints and Finds. Graham is a enthusiastic amateur archaeologist with the Mid Sussex Archaeology Team and his talk will focus on local archaeology. All are welcome: members free, non-members £5.

THE 300 CLUB will be meeting at The George on May 14 at 8pm. Another chance to witness who will end the evening £50 better off - if you are a member, it could be you.

BODLE STREET GREEN

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: Rogation Sunday Family Service. The congregation will walk from the church to the lower churchyard, on to a field of farm animals and the village hall before returning to the church. At each point there will be a reading and hymn. It is a way of indicating that the church and its worship is connected to the real world. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship, with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. For details of the Spirituality Workshop, and the God Particle play, please see the Warbleton section.

BSG WI: Members have a busy week, with some attending a meeting at Uckfield Civic centre for talks on Great Dixter and other gardens in Sussex. The latter will be given by Charles Harding. The monthly institute meeting is on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall. The resolutions to be put to the National AGM, will be discussed. The Institute has been presented with a certificate marking 90 years in the life of the village.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Bodle Street Village Hall. This is the annual parish council meeting, at which the officers for the year are elected, and the committees are appointed. The public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters. If I have read the election website correctly, Bill Bentley was re-elected county councillor for Herstmonceux and Hailsham which covers the Bodle Street ward of our parish together with Laurence Keeley who is elected for the first time. Congratulations to them and commiserations to Roger Thomas who has served the area well for many years.

HALL AGM: The AGM of the village hall will be held on Friday at 7.30pm with refreshments from 7pm. The usual business, accounts, election of officers etc, will be followed by discussion of the future programme. It is hoped the result of the planning application for an extension to the hall will be known by then. The committee is looking at the future, seeking to keep the hall up to date, it is hard to believe but the new hall is now 15 years old.

BRIDGE CLUB: Meetings of the Bodle Street Bridge Club have been suspended until the autumn.

HAILSHAM

HAILSHAM FORWARD: Only today, Friday and tomorrow, Saturday, left to get your thoughts and opinions across by visiting the pop-up shop next to Boots in Vicarage Field. If you have something to say about Hailsham, what is good, what is not so good and if you have any ideas on how Hailsham can be made better anywhere and how to revitalise the High Street, what businesses to attract, what facilities there could be to improve the town or just to pop in and see the displays about Hailsham past, present and future then you will find people who will listen and answer your questions and you can fill in the questionnaire with your comments and ideas. Local businesses, councils and the Chamber of Commerce all want Hailsham residents and users to be involved in revitalising the town and particularly its High Street. So far the response has been good and people have responded very positively that action is being taken, that we can all plan together and that residents feel they are being heard. There are questionnaires to complete. It is very important if you want to help secure funding to help with the changes you want, then the questionnaire provides the evidence to support ideas to the grant providers and is needed in order to gain approval and move Hailsham Forward. The annual Town Meeting is on Wednesday in the Civic Community Hall (by Freedom Leisure) with displays from the NHS, East Sussex Council and the Highways Department and there will be another opportunity to pick up a questionnaire. A draft plan will be published within the next couple of months with the results of the survey. If you do not manage to get along to the shop between 10am to 5pm then you can still have your say by going to http://www.hailshamforward.co.uk/ and completing the questionnaire online at http://www.hailshamforward.co.uk/get-involved.html.

EURO MUSIC NIGHT: This evening, Friday 7pm, at Hailsham Pavilion there will be three European bands, local English band Con Brio, visiting German professional band September and visiting French band Sheepshaggers performing a fusion of all types of music rock, jazz, blues, folk. Tickets are £10. Hailsham Twinning Association is hosting this event and would like to see lots of support for this great new venture.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Have you tried your local Farmers’ Market in Hailsham yet? Come along tomorrow, Saturday. This is where you can buy really fresh food. The meat, chicken, smoked bacon and sausages are as local as you can get and quite often the price is comparable to other places. You can also buy your cheese, eggs, honey, bread and wonderful fresh homemade cakes. Bedding plants will also be available with any help you need to grow them on, so your garden can look a picture and your vegetables will be delicious when you pick them yourselves. There are also a variety of craft stalls for that unusual present you have been looking for. The market is at The Cattle Market from 9am to 12.30pm. Organisers look forward to seeing you there. Visit the on-site cafe for tea or coffee, even a cooked English breakfast if you are feeling peckish.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service starting at 11am until noon at Primrose Hall. The medium will be Derek Marney.

ST MARY’S: This is the seventh Sunday of Easter. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am All Age Special with crèche, Postcard from Palestine. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Word of Wisdom, while we wait.

MEETING POINT: This month the group welcomes Peter Lord talking about Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, its history and work today. The group meets in St Mary’s church lounge on the first Monday of the month. For more information contact Pam on 844341 or Gill on 845329.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday John and Peggy (01323) 842376 are leading the easy walking Rushlake Green circular of 4.5 miles. There is an alternative longer walk of eight miles also on Wednesday with Pam and Tony on (01825) 764937 or (01825) 764590 through Herstmonceux, Flowers Green and Bodle Street. For this longer walk you will need to bring your own packed lunch and drinks. If you would like to go along on either of these walks then please phone the walk leader in the first instance for further details.

OPEN GARDEN: This year St Wilfrid’s will have an assortment of Open and Secret Gardens throughout the local area. The Open Gardens are larger gardens organised by a dedicated team of volunteers. On Saturday May 18 from 11am to 4pm located on Vicarage Road, Hailsham Grange will be one such Open Garden offering tea and coffee, stalls, raffle, limited wheelchair access. Only guide dogs will be admitted. The formal layout of this garden includes striking hedging which divides the garden into colour themed borders.

RHYME TIME: Go along to Hailsham library on Wednesday from 9.45am to 10.15am and every other Wednesday and enjoy singing rhymes and playing instruments with your baby. It is free. There is also Story Time every Tuesday from 11am to 11.30am.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING: On Monday Hailsham Town Council invites members of the public and local organisations to attend this year’s Annual Town Meeting which takes place at the Civic Community Hall in Vicarage Lane at 6.30pm. The town council will tell residents about the work it has done and what it has achieved during the last 12 months.

BONFIRE BINGO: The next opportunity for a fun night out at the bingo is next Friday May 17 at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field (entrance in Waitrose car park). Doors open at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

COMMUNITY MATTERS: This Hailsham Waitrose scheme which helps local causes raise money, donated an equivalent amount of pounds per green token in April to Sussex Search and Rescue in the amount of £402 towards a replacement Search Support Vehicle, East Sussex Disabilities Association £256 for an outing for a cream tea at an Eastbourne Hotel and Happy Endings Animal Rescue £342 to help rescue animals that have been subjected to cruelty, neglect or unwanted from shire horses to rabbits and anything in between. In May, the organisations to benefit from customers dropping their green tokens into one of the boxes are Sheepsetting Pre-school at Cross in Hand who are fundraising for a new playhouse. Secondly, Farleys Yard Trust is an educational arts charity. They run the Farleys Yard Arts Awards for all East Sussex state secondary schools and colleges every two years and are raising funds towards the 2013 awards. Finally, Herstmonceux Bowls is a small village club catering for all ages and which has weekly sessions catering for all abilities and disabilities.

HELLINGLY & HORSEBRIDGE

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. Evensong 6.30pm. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The next meeting of the Hellingly branch is on Tuesday at 7.15pm in Hellingly Church. Hazel Treadgold will be giving a presentation entitled Scarlet Moon. All welcome.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Find out what the advantages and costs for Hellingly are by going along to the annual parish meeting on Thursday at the village hall, starting at 7.30pm. Last year parishioners were asked for their views on the possibility of pursuing the adoption on a Neighbourhood Plan which would potentially give the parish greater influence on planning matters affecting their patch. Following a very low level of support in response to that invitation and bearing in mind the probable expense of adopting such a plan, the parish council decided not to proceed. The position has now changed considerably and the council has decided to revisit the matter with consideration of the advantages and disadvantages to residents of agreeing a plan. What has changed is the Government has announced parishes and towns who have a Neighbourhood Plan will receive an enhanced amount of Community Infrastructure Levy, the money that can be required from developers in return for planning agreements. In addition Government financial help in the preparation of the Plan has been announced, making the preparation process more affordable for successful applicants. The plan will enable the parish to better inform residents of the implications. What it does not allow is for parishes to refuse developments agreed under Government policy, so it will not be acceptable to try to stop developments completely although influence on the location of developments may well be possible. The council will decide whether to continue with an application for a Neighbourhood Plan after the annual parish meeting has expressed a view. Speakers will include representatives from Action in Rural Sussex and Wealden District Council who will provide an insight into the advantages, challenges and costs of adopting a plan. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. In addition to the main theme the chairman will also present the council’s annual report and the draft annual accounts for 2012-2013 will be available. All parishioners welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

A MUSICAL IN MEMORY: The musician Marion Nicholls, who died on March 1 after a lengthy illness, is to be honoured with a memorial concert. The concert will be given by members of all the musical organisations with which she was connected for 30 years: Hailsham Choral Society, Polegate Dramatic Society, The Prospect Singers, Robin Post Singers and Hellingly Church Choir, where she also was organist for 26 years. Marion also sang with the Sussex Bach Choir. The celebration of her musical life will take place in Hellingly Parish Church at 7pm on Saturday May 18. All welcome. Admittance free. Refreshments served.

HITLER’S BERLIN: A talk will be given by village resident and long-term member of the Etchingham Military and Aviation Preservation Group, John Parsons on Iris Brewer in Hitler’s Capital City of Berlin from December 1938 to August 1939 when she was 16 years of age. For those of you who know and respect Iris and are interested in that fearful period in our history, this talk on her probably unique experiences and their sequel is not to be missed. Tickets are £5 in advance either from Jenny on (01323) 844687 or the Village Shop on 844352. The shop also accepts card payments. Ticket includes refreshments.

MEDIEVAL GALLERY: I went along to the launch of the new Medieval Gallery at Michelham Priory, which is on the first floor of the gatehouse. There are some smashing hands-on activities both adults and children can enjoy and find their own path to discovery of medieval crafts including carpentry, masonry arch-building and mosaic tiles. Rubbings and stencilling can also be practised along with a very busy picture to colour and discover. I liked the various buildings you could arrange on the site following the timeline to discover what the Priory grounds might have looked like at different points in history and an opportunity to use the blocks to rebuild the gatehouse itself. A very enjoyable addition to the many wonderful things to see and do.

HERSTMONCEUX & WARTLING

BEE WEEKEND: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Lime Cross Nurseries you’ll be able to enjoy Dr John Feltwell showing his honeybees, answering questions and promoting his book. They’ll also have an abundance of bee-friendly plants for sale plus recipes incorporating lavender and honey will be available in their very popular café.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Would you like to be part of the Herstmonceux/Varengeville Twinning Association which has now been going for over 20 years. Various events are held both here and in France with three being planned for June alone. In September families from Varengeville will be coming to Herstmonceux and there will be a social event at the castle. If you would like to join or find out more please contact Alan McInnes on 833306 or email him at mcinnes.alan@yahoo.co.uk

WALKING CLUB: On Tuesday meet Wendy in Uckfield High Street at 6.30pm for a three to four mile walk via Buxted Park. All are welcome. Further information on 8948790.

RAY AND SHELDON will be holding their next meeting in the village hall today, Friday, when a representative from Age Concern will talk about Health Styles. All over the age of 60 years are welcome. Doors of the hall will be open from 2pm for a 2.15pm start.

NATIONAL MILLS WEEKEND: Visit our local windmill at Windmill Hill on Sunday between 10.30am and 5pm. There will be lots of entertainment on site in celebration of National Mills Weekend. The Long Man Morris Men will be performing at 3.30pm, there will be fencing for children, face painting, stationary engines at the mill and classic cars on the green. Entrance is by donation and there will be plenty of free parking at the Horseshoe Inn.

THE DAHLIA SOCIETY will be selling some of their produce in the small hall of the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am.

BOWLS CLUB: The season has started and Herstmonceux played their first match against the Parade at Eastbourne which they won 118-85.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion BCP along with Songs of 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.

COFFEE MORNING: Herstmonceux Conservatives will be holding their coffee morning at the Friends Meeting House tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and noon. All are welcome. There will be plenty of bargains to be had on their plant, cake and book stalls as well as the bring and buy and raffle. Entrance will be by donation which will include your coffee and biscuits.

MOBILE LIBRARY

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

NINFIELD & HOOE

A THANK YOU to all who attended the recent flower group jumble sale. A total of £402 was raised on the day.

HOOE OPEN GROUP (Ladies Club) are meeting today, Friday, 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. They will be having a talk by Annlyn Boyes called My Career with Sir Norman Hartnell, which should be of interest as his client list covered almost everyone of note, from the Queen to stars of the cinema and theatre. For further detail contact the social organiser, Edna Wallis, on 01424 842591.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on May 13, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall. They will be having a demonstration by Samantha Thomas entitled Hollywood Legends. Should you require any further information regarding the group or would like to join, please contact Susan on ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP are meeting on May 16, 7.30pm at the Reading Room. This month they have a talk from the manager of Ibstock Bricks. Annual membership only costs £10 per person, but everyone is welcome. There is a charge of £1 for members (and £2 for non-members) at each meeting to help towards the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Acting Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email ken.ffoulkes@which.net or see their website/Facebook page: www.ninfieldhistorygroup.org / http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ninfield-Local-History-Group/206758869459743.

A DINNER DANCE is being held on May 18 at the Memorial Hall to raise money for the hall repairs which start in July. There will be a three course meal (two choices per course) plus coffee and mints, dancing, and a floorshow cabaret featuring Les Belles Burlesques and other local performers. Tickets are limited to 80 and are £20 per person. There will also be a pay bar, wines, champagne, beer and lager, plus a small raffle. Dress code is formal. For further information or to book your place, contact Sami Guard on 893699 email samanthaguard@btinternet.com.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on May 23, 7.45pm in the village hall. All Hooe residents are invited to attend.

NIINFIELD’S GOT TALENT returns for another fun filled evening on July 12, 7pm to midnight. This is a great family event held in the marquee on Ninfield recreation ground. There are cash prizes on offer for the participants. For the revellers there is a bar, barbecue and a wide selection of entertainment. If you would like to enter, please contact Sami on 07970650321. If you would like to take part in the talent contest, please contact Sammi Guard on 893669/samanthaguard@btinternet.com. Closing date for entries is June 30.

NINFIELD CARNIVAL will be on Saturday July 13. The theme is James Bond (it is the 50th anniversary of the Bond films). Preparations are already underway to organise the carnival. The committee has a committed core of people organising the day, but they are keen to welcome any new members, especially people to give up an hour or so of their time on the day of the carnival. This year, they have decided to raise money purely for projects in our village. If you could help in any way, please either ring Andy on 892196. If you would be willing to sponsor an event or provide a raffle prize please contact Steve Fleming on 07717451303.

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 Holy Communion with Rev Ian H Wales.

POLEGATE

DRAMA: Polegate Drama Group’s production of The Shellseekers, based on the great modern romantic novel by Rosamund Pilcher, taking place until May 11 inclusive. Evenings at 7.45pm and Saturday matinee at 2.45pm. Tickets adults £8, children and students £6 available from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street (483348) or online at www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk

COFFEE MORNINGS: Tomorrow, Saturday, a coffee morning at Trinity Church Hall in aid of Christian Aid. All welcome from 10am. Also tomorrow, Saturday, a coffee morning at Polegate Community Centre lounge, hosted by Polegate WI, 10am to noon.

AFTERNOON TEA Garden Party in aid of MS Society Cake Break, tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm at 13 Dover Road, Polegate. Please come and join Shirley and Paul for a cup of tea and a cup cake. Entrance by donation, raffle, cup cake sweepstake, tombola, guess the weight of the cake.

HELP WANTED for a pensioner who has just upgraded her computer from Windows XP to Windows 8. Tuition on using Word, Access and Exel documents. Please contact Maureen on 485971 or email maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on May 16 include a leisurely walk, Bygone Steam and Water, nearly three miles Heathfield, old steam line. Edge of woodland to the lakes. Two inclines, may be muddy after rain. Coffee available in town. No 51 bus from Polegate High Street, 9.17am. No stiles with Sue. Or a longer walk of nearly five miles, The Brickmakers Walk, mainly flat, tracks and woods near Laughton, could be muddy in places, four stiles with Howard and Hilary. Or nearly nine miles, Over the Hills, But Not Far Away. Downland hills and fields near East Dean, 6 stiles, take picnic with Jean and Betty. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

TABLE SALE and coffee morning at Polegate Community Centre on Saturday May 18, from 10am to noon. Table Sale in the Henry Twine Hall and coffee morning in the lounge. In aid of funds for a new kitchen.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are visiting Eastbourne on May 23, at Eastbourne Bandstand, and are interested to hear from folk who have an interesting story to tell on the history of Eastbourne. If you can help please contact Khalid Khan at Antiques Roadshow, BBC Bristol on telephone number 0117-974-2310 or email khalid.khan@bbc.co.uk

LOOKING FOR Derek who worked in Central Radio, Langney Road, Eastbourne in the 1960s. He was a radio engineer. Please contact Michael Ockenden on Michael.ockenden@orange.fr or Maureen on 485971 if you can help.

THE LADIES’ CIRCLE meet on the second Tuesday of the month, except August, at Polegate Community Centre at 2.30pm, for slides, talks, outings and social afternoons. Please contact Evelyn on 482402 or email emrees@btinternet.com

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Winter Garden Eastbourne on Tuesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

WARBLETON & RUSHLAKE GREEN

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship, with Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Rogation Sunday Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Paul Daniels. 6.30pm Evening service and communion with Erik Cornelisse.

HISTORY GROUP: The White Rock Story is the title of Ken Brook’s talk on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Coffee is served prior to the meeting and there is time for a chat, or to peruse our bookstall, and library.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Bodle Street Village Hall. This is the annual parish council meeting at which the officers for the year are elected, and the committees are appointed. The public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters. If I have read the election website correctly, Rupert Simmonds was re-elected county councillor for Heathfield East which covers the Warbleton ward. Congratulations to him.

FISH SUPPER: Sarah Turner’s daughter and son-in-law, Nina and Pa are organising an event for the Spinal Injury Association and an all-terrain wheelchair for Pa, who is a full-time wheelchair user. The event is on Saturday May 18 at Rushlake Green Village Hall at 7.30pm. There will be a fish and chip supper, entertainment, table top competitions with prizes and a raffle. Tickets are only £10 which includes fish and chips, from Nina 07701045887 or Sarah 01435 863727.

SPIRITUALITY WORKSHOP: On Saturday June 1 at Osborne House. Coffee from 9.30am. The workshop is from 10am to 12.30pm followed by a light lunch, and is based on the Christian tradition but is intended to be suitable for those of any faith or none. The morning involves an introduction to time honoured Christian practices including meditation, with the option of trying out one or two approaches to spirituality. There is a suggested minimum donation of £5 per person. The workshop will be led by The Rev Marian Raikes, Chaplain and tutor at Oak Hill Theological College, London. Marian has considerable experience of Christian ministry. Before coming a full-time theological educator, she was a parish minister for 14 years and before that a University chaplain. She is the author of a number of works and edited Stirrings of the Soul. Call Marc on 01435 830421, or Caroline on 01323 833921 for information.

GOD PARTICLE PLAY Saturday June 15 at Herstmonceux Village Hall. Doors open 7.30pm, cash bar available, performance 8pm. The God Particle is a brand new romantic comedy sci-fi from James Carey, the award-winning co-writer of BBC1’s Miranda. It’s deep, smart, and very funny. Tickets in advance are £8 and £6 for concessions (senior citizens, students, unwaged, under 16s etc.) and are available from Peter on 01323 365116 or email events@warbletonchurch.org.uk.

WILLINGDON, WANNOCK & JEVINGTON

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Portsdown Way and Manor Close at 11am today, Friday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

A SONG IN MY HEART: St Andrews Church Jevington is the venue for an evening of songs celebrating musical theatre tomorrow, Saturday. West End stars Annette Yeo and Ian McLamon will be singing a variety of musical theatre and classics from the great American songbook. There is a reception at the church at 6.45pm when a complimentary drink is served. The performance then starts at 7.30pm and will finish at 9.15pm. Tickets are £15 each. Please ring 01323 488456 or email amandakirkman@hotmail.co.uk.

CHRISTIAN AID week is from May 12 to May 18 when members of St Mary’s Church will be conducting house to house collections so please give generously to help support some of the poorest communities around the world. Trinity Church will be having a coffee morning in aid of Christian Aid from 10am tomorrow, Saturday.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Piers and John, under the name of Driving Miss Daisy will be performing a mix of rock, pop and reggae from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Wheatsheaf. On Sunday from 1.30pm Denis and Pete will be providing the perfect background music for the diners. Jazz and dinner takes place on the second Monday of the month, so why not go along and see Gerry Page and the Happy Day Band at 7.30pm on Monday?

THE BRITISH QUEEN is hosting a charity event in aid of the cardiac department at the DGH. It will take place tomorrow, Saturday. From 1pm to 5.30pm there will be a barbecue. Attractions include a display of classic cars, tombola and sweets and cakes, and music to enjoy the whole afternoon. In the evening at 8.30pm Howling Blues will be entertaining customers.

NATIONAL MILLS DAY is on Sunday when Polegate Windmill will be open from 11am to 5pm. There will be a radio link up with mills in other parts of the country and hopefully also radio hams abroad. The Long Man Morris Men will be there at 1.30pm. More guides and cashiers are needed for the occasional Sunday at Polegate Windmill, and training would be given. Please ring Patricia or Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496 or pop along to the mill on Sunday.

MEETINGS: The annual parish council meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. The chair of the parish council and the chair of the various committees will be elected or re-elected and councillors will then choose on which committees they would like to sit. Prior to this at 7pm there will be a planning meeting.

A CONCERT directed by Michael Stumbles will take place at St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday with solos, vocal ensembles and various light instrumental items including an organ solo from Graham Thorpe from Guildford Cathedral. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection in aid of the church music fund supporting Children with Cancer.

THE PERFORMANCE of Mozart’s Requiem by Brighton Voices with the tea provided by Willingdon Church social committee raised £932.65 towards the purchase of a house in Willingdon Trees for an outreach worker. This including a number of donations.

CITIZENS’ ADVICE: A CAB adviser will be at Willingdon Library on Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.30am. Residents can drop in without an appointment to ask advice on such issues as benefits, debt, relationships, housing, employment, and consumer matters. It is a free service with funding provided by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council. Volunteers are always needed and would receive training. For further information ring the Hailsham office on 01323 842336.

THE RED LION: The next charity quiz will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday. The cost to enter is £2 per person which includes a chip butty. The winning team receives half the proceeds and the remaining half goes to charity. The winners can then choose the next charity to be supported.

PROBUS CLUB members will meet at the Red Lion on Thursday at 10.15am for 10.30am.

TRINITY DINERS will meet at noon on Friday May 17 at Trinity Church Hall. The menu will be fruit juice, Swedish meatballs, creamed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and Bakewell tart and cream, followed by tea or coffee. The cost is just £5. To reserve a place, please call Jennie on 01323 484189.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS garden group are having a plant sale at the Red Lion on Saturday May 18 in aid of Polegate based charity Children with Cancer. There will be a large selection of herbaceous plants, annuals, baskets and containers available. Depending on the weather, the plants will be in the Red Lion grounds. The other stalls such as bric-a-brac, arts and crafts, cakes, raffle and light refreshments will probably be under cover. The sale is from 10am to 4pm. For more information or to offer help or items to be sold or raffled, please contact Graham on 01323 501482.

WEB SITE: Jevington and Filching WI members meet at 2pm on the second Thursday of the month at Trinity Church Hall and visitors and new members are always welcome. Do check out their website www.jevingtonwi.co.uk to find out more about their many and varied activities. Alternatively ring the president Hazel Wilks on 01323 483454.

GLEN CHORALE, under the direction of Mr Robin Moray, will be presenting two summer concerts in Wannock Hall on Monday June 3 and Wednesday June 5 at 2.30pm. Tickets to include refreshments are £6 each and are available from Vi Robinson on 01323 767209.