Parish Pump Hailsham - May 18,2012

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Bodle Street Green

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

JUBILEE: The village will celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, on Sunday June 3. At 11am, there will be a special family service at St John’s Church, followed by a barbecue on the village hall terrace and the Green. There will be an opportunity to work off your lunch from 2pm with games and competitions on the Green. The River Pageant in London will be screened in the hall from 3pm to 5pm, after which the children will have their tea party. A reception will be held on the terrace at 6.45pm with the loyal toast at 7pm, followed by a bring and share supper.

Hailsham

ST MARY’S: This is the seventh Sunday of Easter, Ascension Sunday. Holy Communion, The Signs of the New Order, is at 8am. Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Fear the Lord, is at 10.30am. Evening Prayer, Your Will be Done is at 6.30pm.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday the Corinthian Church and Healing Association Service is from 11am to noon with Bob Martin at Primrose Hall and is followed by refreshments. There is a clairvoyant evening next Friday from 7.30pm to 9pm with Rev Bill Baker. £5 at the door. Contact (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582 for further information.

KNIT’INN NIGHTS: The next Night will be Tuesday at 7.30pm in The King’s Head. Jane Austin has heroines that knit, usually as a distraction while waiting for the next plot twist. Traditionally Welsh knitters knitted on dark evenings taking turns to tell stories to amuse each other, which suggests that knitting was a communal activity in the 17th and 18th centuries. But the stories that survived this oral tradition do not seem to feature knitting, rather, the allied crafts of spinning and weaving. Folk tales such as Rumplestiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, and The White Swans involve spinning or weaving as a major plot device and we are familiar with these from childhood, but where are the knitters? Come and spin a yarn with the Knitters at The King’s Head. For more information contact Su (07951 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447). There are no meetings at all in June.

U3A: The annual general meeting was held recently and Janet Canner, retiring chair received a floral tribute from committee member, Jenny Roots, after serving 18 months chairing the Hailsham and District U3A. The AGM reports were of well attended members’ meetings, flourishing interest groups and a healthy balance sheet. A new committee was chosen and Sue Wilson was elected chairman.

100 YEARS AGO: In May 1912 Rev F Clyde Harvey reported in the Parish Magazine as follows: We hope, at the end of June, to go out on Sunday evenings to Gravett’s Yard, (Harebeating? Battle Road are), Sackville, Cacklebury, etc and to hold services. The great event of March was the coal strike, which commenced about March 1 and ended at Easter, in which over one million men were out of work for a considerable time. The church was beautifully decorated for Easter. The communicants numbered 286 at four celebrations. The congregations were good.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly: Holy Communion at 8am and again at 10.45am. Evensong is at 6.30pm. Upper Dicker: Holy Communion at 9.15am.

POLICE CHOIR: The Sussex branch will be performing at Hellingly church on May 26 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 including refreshments and are available in church or by contacting Jean on 842620 or Barbara on 841685.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION: As part of the Jubilee celebrations in Hellingly there will be a photographic exhibition in the village hall with a competition for amateurs of local scenes. Entries please by May 26 to Richard West, Lobdens, North Street (opposite school and hall). Entry fee is 50p. Professional photographer, Marie Stone, will exhibit. The celebrations commence on Sunday June 3 with a Jubilee Service in Hellingly Parish Church at 3pm followed by a tea party in the village hall. On Monday June 4 there will be a community picnic, concert band, a choir, children’s games and tug-o-war for grown ups, a drinks bar and ice cream van. There will also be a display of local organisations and what they do in the community.

STROKE ASSOCIATION: Only a few weeks ago Ayla Tapper, from Hellingly, said ‘anyone that knows me, knows I hate running or jogging and would rather drive 100 metres let alone walk it.’ But on Saturday Ayla raised almost £500 for The Stroke Association by running the 100km London to Brighton challenge. Ayla’s dad Richard, recently had a stroke and this was by way of thanking the association for all the help her family received from them. Richard was the Hellingly church treasurer for several years and his advice and help was invaluable. Ayla finished in 25 hours and was justifiably very proud. You may still be able to donate. Ayla’s fundraising page is at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AylaTapper.

Heathfield,

Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: The next visit of Heathfield Twinning Association to Forges-les-Eaux on June 30 to July 1, coincides with the Pays de Bray marathon and half marathon. The Pays de Bray is the geographical area which includes Forges. If there are any runners who would like to come for the weekend and enter one of the various races available they would be delighted to include you. Please telephone 01435 812861.

DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS: Bridges: the Aesthetic Achievement of Practical Need was the title of the group’s latest talk. Geoffrey Toms, speaker at the May lecture, showed members how something functional could also be elegant and beautiful. He showed slides of bridges from earliest times to the present day and from all parts of the world. They ranged from the sturdy bridges of the Etruscans to the breathtaking Millau Viaduct in southern France. The latter spans the Valley of the River Tam and stands higher than the Eiffel Tower. Designed by the British architect Norman Foster, it is the epitome of usefulness and beauty. The final meeting of the season will be on June 12 when Julian Halsby will talk on British and American artists in Venice. But before then, later this month they will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the society. The fact that talks by nationally acclaimed speakers have been available to the residents of Wealden for so long is indeed a matter for celebration. A lecture entitled Perdita – the Prince’s Mistress will be followed by supper. They have over 200 members. Why don’t you join when the season re-opens in September? Ring 01435 873258 for details.

FARMERS’ MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, in the Co-op car park. Weather looks good, spring vegetables (including local asparagus) are at their best, plus lots of other good stuff including plants (think about your bedding plants now) meat and meat products, pies, sausages, bread and cakes, preserves, fruit, flowers, artworks and crafts. Reduce your food miles and shop locally.

CHORAL SOCIETY: Eastbourne Choral Society, the Heathfield Choral Society returns to its roots tomorrow, Saturday, for a concert of popular choruses and songs from the world of opera and stage musicals. The concert takes place in the State Hall, Station Road, Heathfield and tickets are available from: www.wegotickets.com or from Peter Jameson on: 01435 863414. These are £10 in advance or £12 at the door and include a programme and a drink.

RAMBLERS: Meet in Mill Road car park, GR 577214 at 10am or Sheffield Park steam railway station GR 404236 to catch the 11am train to Horsted Keynes. They will then walk back about eight miles. The leader will buy a group ticket. Ring 01435 862359 or 883393.

SPRING FAIR: Mulberry House, Little London Road. Stalls selling plants, gardening items, clothing, jewellery, vintage, antiques and more plus a mini farmers market, lunch café and tea room. Entrance donation in aid of Scotts Project Trust, a residential centre for adults with learning disabilities, 10am to 3pm.

THE FLOWER GAMES: This is the name of the floral exhibition at the Heathfield Show. Classes include On the Water, Foreign Country, Sporting Hero, Picnic, A Medal, Dominoes, Five Rings, Gold, Silver and Bronze, London Town and a Ball Game. For children there is A Flat of a Nation, Sporting Action, 3D Funfair Amusement and a Firework Arrangement. Classes will be judged by Mrs Margaret Williams. It costs £2 for class 1 and £1 for classes two to 15l. There will be perpetual challenge cup for best in show, the Draycott Perpetual Challenge Plate for most points in show, the Fuller Perpetual Award for the winner of class 10 (novice) and the Swindells and Gentry Perpetual Cup for the judges’ choice. All entries must be made on the official form and handed in or posted by May 21. To find out more about these classes contact Sue Browning on 01435 866724.

DIAMOND JUBILEE Summer Festival, All Saints Church with St George’s Church Tuesday, May 29. Flower festival private preview from 6pm to 9pm £5, (children under 12 years free). Price to include a glass of wine or soft drink. Wednesday, May 30, 10am to 4pm Open Day. Coffee, teas, cakes, plant stall and more. Free entry. Wednesday, May 30, Ashdown Singers Concert 8pm including interval glass of wine or soft drink floral display viewing and pay bar. Open from 6.30pm. £8, £5 seniors, £2.50, students, children under 12 years free. Church will be open from 6.30pm. Thursday, May 31, Jubilee Community Concert, 7pm. Crowborough Area Music Centre String Orchestra and Youth Choir. Heathfield Community College Wind Quintet and Acapella, Chamber group from Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band, floral display viewing, tea, cakes and pay bar open from 6pm. Free entry. Friday, June 1, All Saints’ and St Richard’s Primary School Jubilee Celebration 2pm followed by a family barbecue at All Saints’ Church. There will be a charge for food. Floral display viewing, tea, cakes and pay bar open from 3pm. Free entry. Friday, June 1, The Making of Heathfield, 7.30pm. History talk by Geoffrey Mead from the University of Sussex. Aspects of the landscape and town. Including interval glass of wine or soft drink. Floral display viewing and pay bar open from 6.30pm to 10pm. Saturday, June 2, Coronation lunch 12.30pm at All Saints’ Church. Pay bar open from noon. Also family activities, teas and cakes at All Saints’ and St Richard’s School. Sunday, June 3, church services at All Saints’ Church, 8am and 11am. Songs of Praise at All Saints’ Church, 6.30pm. Refreshments. All Saints’ Church will also be open for viewing of floral displays from 10am to 4pm on Monday and Tuesday, June 5. For more details contact vickicolne@aol.com or ring 01435 862695. All in aid of All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield Restoration Fund.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

FOOTBALL: Herstmonceux are proud to have been chosen as one of only two clubs to play against the visiting Chicago Titans on their 20th Anniversary and second trip to Sussex. Tomorrow, Saturday, at Lime Park. Titans star player, Zachary Bowden admits to knowing very little about Herstmonceux and how they will play so feels that for the Titans, it will be best to play their usual attacking game. They will be bringing with them a squad of 14 players and are captained by veteran, Philip Gawthorpe who played on their last tour in 2004. He expects that the games will be hard fought but enjoyable for both sides. They bring with them team coach, John Flynn who will allow no quarter as he will have his team going through their paces almost as soon as they land with a two hour training session. I think we should give our team as much support as possible, kick off 3pm.

OPEN GARDEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, Carter’s Corner Farm near Hailsham will be open to the public between 11am and 3pm in aid of the Guides. There is a particularly pretty woodland walk at the farm and there will be refreshments, local craft stalls, raffle and you can sit down and enjoy a ploughman’s’ lunch.

QUIRKY CAKES WEEKEND: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at Lime Cross Nursery. Something a little unusual such as rose petal butter cream, chocolate and beetroot, courgette and cardamom to name but a few.

BOWLS: Our club did very well at their recent quiz night, and raised £700 which has gone into their fund for the new Green and pavilion. Winners on the night were a team from Hellingly made up of the Layers and the Burts, Herstmonceux were the runners up with Simon and Sue with their partners, Dave and Penny. Well done to all concerned. In their latest bowls match the team visited the Polegrove losing by 51 shots, the final score 119-68.

OPEN GARDEN 2: On Sunday Kitchenham Farm at Ashburnham, Nr Battle opens up to the general public between 2pm to 5pm in aid of the Home Physiotherapy Service (Sussex). Admission is £4 with no charge for children. There will be refreshments and the Rapkyns Plant Stall. All are welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am with Holy Communion (common worship) and Son Spot being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and 6pm respectively.

CREAM TEA: We are invited to Lewhurst Farm, North Corner, Hellingly tomorrow, Saturday, between 3pm and 5pm for a cream tea in aid of the Wartling Sanctuary Guild. Tickets at £5 each can be booked in advance by telephoning 01435 812180 or 01323 832128.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

THE PARISH COUNCIL published its Annual Report for 2011/2012 at the April meeting. Copies are available to all that want them. They are available on the website or in hard copy from the clerk’s office. 2011/12 was very successful for the parish council, and much was achieved. Here are some of those achievements: Continued development of youth services and the youth drop-in centre. Continued provision with partners of a community bus service. Strengthening of parish council financial process systems. Further substantial improvement of rights of way assets and opening of additional footpaths, as well as a licensed footpath. Progress with the development of the Parish Plan 2006-2026 to conform with opportunities afforded by the new Localism Act 2011. Court Meadow now in full council management, as part of the community and a review of management options for the future has been carried out during the year. Meeting requirements of Freedom of Information Act. Further development and maintenance of the village and parish council website. Provision of hanging baskets in Mayfield High Street. Operation of the South Street allotment site, with eight operational plots. Completion of the update and cleaning of the Mayfield War Memorial. Provision of a new parish council office. Provision of a street party to celebrate the Royal wedding on April 29, 2011, and work towards a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Providing a winter weather grit bin service, with further developments made during the year. Publication of a new edition of the Mayfield and Five Ashes walks booklet, and the Mayfield circular walk leaflet. There was significant capital expenditure during 2011/2, as detailed below: Office relocation £78,258. Love Lane car park and adventure site £7500 payable over three years. Jubilee Wood £3000 payable over three years. Grants towards Five Ashes nature garden £1,000. Five Ashes flagpole £122. Mayfield War Memorial £4,725. Bridleway 92 Extension Project £290. Total £94,895. In addition, extra grit bins and grit laying equipment were purchased in the year. The total asset value at the year end was estimated at £352,275. The youth drop-in centre continues to flourish, and is currently attended by all girls, who take part in a wide range of activities. It is a drop in centre and not a formal youth club. So if you would like to take part, why not drop in? It’s held on a Tuesday evening. Boys would be welcome. On April 18, a small committee meeting was held to review the arrangements for the Jubilee celebrations, which will consist of and be centred around a street party. The High Street will be closed for the day, and there will be a number of attractions laid on. They are planning to cater for similar numbers as for the Royal Wedding, with people bringing their own picnics, or taking refreshments from a wide range of stalls etc, in the High Street. As last year we shall have the services of Marco the magician and a range of musical events. The public toilet in South Street will be open for the day, as will London House, the Memorial Hall, and the Scout and Guide hut, and possibly some other locations. They need helpers for the day on a number of duties, and as we intend the event to be financed entirely from public subscription, and not from parish council funds, they would welcome donations to the cause.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Henry Hemming writes: It’s time to dig. Yes, dig out your diaries, please, as we’ve two big dates in the weeks ahead, and we don’t want you missing out. Firstly, the most important date: our summer outing on June 20. This year, it’s a bit extra special, as we’re off to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. At the hallowed gardens you’ll be free to visit whatever you like – and there’s certainly a lot to choose from. There’s a host of glasshouses, varied landscapes, and even a treetop climb. You may also have heard of Kew’s display to celebrate the Olympics, with flowerbeds created in the shape of the Games’ iconic rings, something to remember. Finally, there’s a host of tearooms and café options for whenever you fancy a breather from the flora! The whole-day trip costs £25, with the coach departing from the Middle House at 9am (other pick-up points to be determined), returning by 6pm. To secure your place, contact our chairman, Eddie Du-Cann (01435 872705; eddieducann@gmail.com). Memberships commence at our AGM each March, meaning there’s over 10 months left on a 2012/13 membership. So if you’ve not yet subscribed for the year, please pop into Jason’s and join there. Membership costs just £5.

MEMORIAL HALL AGM will take place on Tuesday, at 8pm in the hall. The agenda will include the usual annual reports by the chairman, treasurer and booking secretary. It will also include a progress report on the proposals for the Mayfield Village Centre project. Everyone is very welcome to attend. The committee meets every other month in January, March, May, July, September and November, normally on the first Wednesday evening of the month. If any organisation that at present has no representation on the management committee would like to have a say in the running of the hall, please contact John Neal on 01435 872113, (email:rjneal@btinternet.com) to arrange for one of their members to join.

CRICKET CLUB: Having secured the services of a Sussex County Junior Squad coach, Colts, the club offers first-rate coaching for all abilities in a safe and fun environment. Colts teams are in three leagues, matches played primarily on Sunday mornings. They welcome any new players, Year three upwards. Ratios of Colts to coaches will remain low by the use of additional qualified coaches. The bar and catering facilities will be open, soft drinks for Colts. They continue to introduce Colts to adult cricket via the Sunday or third XI. Many former Colts now play in senior teams. For more details, contact Colts Manager Andrew Watson colts@mayfieldcricketclub.co.uk (Tel: 01435 873896).

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Wilmington 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; opposite Rose Cottage Alciston 10.40am to 11am; Selmeston village hall 11.05am to 11.30am; Village Hall Arlington 11.40am to 12.05pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

AGM: Hooe Parish Council will be holding their annual general meeting on Monday at 7.45pm in the village hall. refreshments will be provided and it is hoped that as many of you will attend as possible.

WHIST DRIVE: The next game is on May 30 at 7.30pm in the Committee Room of the Memorial Hall. Cost is £3 which includes a cup of tea or coffee. Go and give it a try, call 892057 and speak to Beryl for more information.

TEA PARTY: Invites for the Tea Party and Cabaret for the over 60s on Saturday June 2. You can also register your name with Sophie at the Post Office. The Jubilee Co would like to know if anyone has a 60th birthday or wedding anniversary within the week either side of Jubilee Weekend. Please call Sami on 893699 or email samanthaguard@btinternet.com.

NINFIELD’S GOT TALENT is back after huge demand following the fantastic success of last years competition. To register your act for this year’s extravaganza on Friday July 13 in the main marquee, email samanthaguard@btinternet.com. Closing date for entries will be over the Jubilee weekend June 2 to 4. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third, with a special performance by one of last year’s finalists in the interval. If this was not enough, to end the evening there will be a band for dancing till midnight.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. St Oswald’s Hooe, Combined Service at 10.30am. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Revd Ian Wales.

Polegate

TRINITY DINERS next meal is today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. Doors open at noon. Meal includes fruit juice, lasagne, salad, banoffee pie, tea and coffee. To reserve your place call Jennie on 484189.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by the United Reformed Church. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

CUCKOO TRAIL task day on Monday. Bring your own food and drink, wear stout capped boots. Meet on Cuckoo Trail at 10am. Ring Andy on 01273 (Lewes) 481637 for more information.

POLEGATE STROLLERS next walk is on May 22, leaving Polegate at 10.13am bus number 126 to Seaford, walking back over the path to Exceat Bridge. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a drink, also a hiking or walking stick. Lunch or coffee at the Golden Galleon. Bus back via bus No 12 to Eastbourne. Contact Jayne on email jaynebigsby6@msn.com

GARDNERS SOCIETY: On May 24, our speaker is Chris Stewart talking about The Fascinating and Secret Life of a Mole, at St Johns Church Hall, 7.30pm. Details from Sheila Smith on 483222 or Diana Pierce on 482413.

POLEGATE SKETCHING and Painting Group meets on Tuesday mornings at the Community Centre and the Bernhard Baron on Monday evening. If you would like to join a beginner’s class, please contact Bruce on 484568 or email brucemargaret@hotmail.com

WANTED any information, pictures or maps of Dunnings watermill, near East Grinstead. Please contact Maureen by email maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk or PO Box 2951, Eastbourne, BN20 9WZ

LOCAL HISTORY: A few folk from the local history society recently visited the Salvation Army Citadel in Eastbourne. We were given a guided tour and a talk by Major David Squirrell. He told us how William Booth, with his wife Catherine and son Branwell, left the Methodist church in Derby and moved to London’s East End where he and his family helped the poor of the district and started up the organisation that we now know as the Salvation Army. The Citadel was built in Eastbourne, in the area of Seahouses where fishermen lived and worked and also drank in local pubs. There was a riot in Eastbourne when bandsmen were not allowed to march and play, as described in the DVD on the riots. A copy of this DVD can be purchased from the Salvation Army, with half of the proceeds going to the Eastbourne Lifeboat, where Tom Boniface, one of the leaders, was coxswain of the Eastbourne Lifeboat as well as a local fisherman.

RAMBLING CLUB: On May 24, At Ease Along the Ouse, 5 miles downland and river walk with some steep bits With Roger S. Or Lovely Views on a Lovely Day, 11 miles riverside, forest, downland with Pauline.

ARLINGTON PC: I have taken over as clerk for Arlington Parish Council. You will notice that the email address has changed slightly from internet to connect. My postal address is Helen Simpson-Wells, 73 Swaines Way, Heathfield TN21 0AN and my temporary telephone number is 01435 867549, email arlingtonclerk@btconnect.com. I will advise you of the new telephone number when it is set up.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

TAPAS EVENING: The Dunn Village Hall will be transported (metaphorically) to Spain tomorrow, Saturday, with a Flamenco and Tapas evening with Amor Flamenco. Tickets are £20 per head, including supper, and are available from The Stores or by phoning 01435 812627 or 863727. A bar will be available and the evening is in aid of the hall funds. There will be a special Jubilee Ploughman’s Lunch on Friday June 1.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel, Ernie Heron a retired London City missionary will lead the services at 11am and 6.30pm.

HISTORY GROUP: Melvin Smith, a native of Peasmarsh, gave us a very interesting talk on Old Rural Ways. He illustrated his talk with postcards of the area, and family photos. The first one was of the road through Peasmarsh, which he said can take five minutes to cross on a Sunday, because of the traffic. When the photo was taken, you could play in the road for nearly an hour without being disturbed. It was a fascinating glimpse into a former era, when the pace of life was slower, there were shops in every village, and many more people worked in the countryside. Our next walk is on Wednesday June 20. We meet at 7pm in the car park next to East Hoathly church.

RG WI: Last month was great fun as we heard about the benefits of tai chi from George Rose. He also gave some very useful tips on how to keep your joints flexible with simple rotation exercises. We were highly amused when he demonstrated some of the tai chi positions and moves and then encouraged us to have a go. He did admit that he never knew human beings could tie themselves up in such knots. On Thursday we shall have a short discussion on our resolution to go to the Government, members’ entertainment and of course our usual delicious refreshments. Want to know more or need transport phone Pat on 01435 830227. Meetings are at 7.30pm at the Dunn Village Hall.

FLOWER SHOW: The schedule for this year’s show is now available from The Stores, Rushlake Green. There are 125 classes in the show covering a wide range of subjects: Flowers, cooking, poultry, handicraft etc. The show is on Saturday July 28 and entries (and fees) need to be returned to the Stores by 5pm on Wednesday July 25. The evening entertainment will be provided by 60s to 80s music group The Buffaloes. There will be a united church service in the marquee on the Sunday morning. Full details of the weekend are in the schedule.

Willingdon,

Wannock & Jevington

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall when the menu will be fruit juice, lasagne, salad, banoffee pie and tea or coffee. To reserve a place call Jennie on 01323 484189.

LOCAL HISTORY: The next meeting of Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society is from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. The speaker is Peter Hill and his talk is entitled Pills Potions and Patience.

DARYL, appearing as Markham and Lodge as seen on the X Factor, will be appearing at The Eight Bells, Jevington, from 8.30pm today, Friday.

THE GROWERS GROUP which meets at The Wheatsheaf at 6.30pm on the second Thursday of the month, are organising a charity event in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the Macmillan Nurses. It will be taking place at the stables, opposite the Wheatsheaf, from 11am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. The idea is to bring along plants and cuttings that can be sold or swapped and also garden tools in good condition and gardening books. The Growers Group has been very busy, so do come along and see what is on offer. There will also be decorated terracotta pots and cakes and refreshments. Any contributions or ideas would be welcome. Ring Graham on 01323 501482.

GUITARISTS Chris Page and Terry Lees will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CRYSTAL CLEAR will the providing the entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at The British Queen.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding their annual parish meeting on Monday at 7.30pm at Willingdon Primary School. It will be chaired by chairman of the parish council Cllr John Pritchett. The minutes of last year’s annual parish meeting will be put forward to be signed and accepted. Reports from various community groups and organisations will be given. The annual reports from the chairman of the parish council, committee chairmen, Wealden District and ESCC councillors will be read out or circulated. Residents on the current electoral role for Willingdon and Jevington Parish will then be able to ask questions. Prior to this meeting, the planning committee will meet at 7pm.

ARTS AND CRAFTS showcase event will be taking place from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday May 26 in Trinity Church Hall. Some of the groups and organisations which regularly use these premises will be coming along to display their skills, such as the lace makers, flower arrangers, the Pilates group, artists, dancers and musicians. There will also be card making and hands-on activities for you to try. Afternoon teas will provided by Jevington and Filching WI or you may prefer an ice cream. Let’s hope the weather warms up by then. A group from the Downland Singers will be singing during the afternoon. There will also be static displays of various arts and crafts that church members enjoy as hobbies. If you would like to contribute to this exhibition ring Jennie on 01323 484189.

COMPETITIONS: As part of the Arts and Crafts Showcase, two competitions will be included, a miniature garden and a photography competition. The aim of the miniature garden competition is to create a small garden in a supplied pot which depicts a celebration of arts and crafts. The pots can be obtained from Trinity Church Hall, Renaissance Hair and Beauty Salon in Farmlands Way or by ringing 01323 484189. Each entry must be brought to Trinity Church on Friday May 25 between 2pm and 4pm and must be accompanied by a completed entry form which can be collected from the church or church hall or ring 01323 484189. The charge for each entry is £1. The miniature gardens will be displayed at the Arts and Crafts Showcase on May 26 and can then be collected on Monday May 28 between 10am and noon. A prize will be awarded to the entry that is judged to best portray the category. The age groups are under eights, between eight and 11 years, 11 to 17 and 18 and over.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The aim of the photographic competition is to present a photograph, sized 6 x 4 inches (15 cm x 10 cm), on a specified theme. The themes for children under 18 are animals or pets, people or nature. The adult categories are still life, landscape or pot luck. All photographs should conform to the size specified, should not be mounted or framed and must be the original work of the person displaying them. For further information and charges, see the miniature garden competition rules.

THE 3 MMMs (Miss Mrs and Ms) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday in St Mary’s Church Hall. The meeting is entitled Get Crafty when members will be demonstrating their own talents regarding craft work.

TRIANGLE LADIES CLUB will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall, when Gillian Wood will be giving an illustrated talk on New Zealand. The competition is A Spoon.

BUTTS BROW WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall to discuss the resolutions and to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

RED LION: It is open stage night at the Red Lion on Thursday, hosted by Richard Walder and Ron Turner.

Any style of music is welcome. So do go along to entertain the customers or just sit and listen to the music. It starts at 8pm.