Parish pump Hailsham - May 25, 2012

Alfriston

THE EARLY SUMMER SHOW this year will be held on June 9 from 1pm to 5pm at the War Memorial Hall. If you are planning to enter, it is time to start thinking very seriously about putting those plans into action. There are 41 classes with plenty of choice. Entry forms should be returned to Bridget O’Dell by June 6. For membership details telephone Frances Stevens 870463.

THE WI: Jubilee Bazaar was a great success. It was the first time the annual fund raising event had been held in the afternoon. The rare dry day brought out the visitors to enjoy a typical high standard, WI prepared, tea and cakes. Not only was it a successful fund raiser it was also a very relaxed social event.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: At the meeting of the parish council last Monday Ray Savage stood down as chairman and Cllr Geoff Knights was voted in to the post. Diane Monteith-Wilson was voted in as vice chairman. Geoff Knights then took the meeting. The meeting also marked the end of Stephen Smith’s time as clerk to the council. Stephen in recognition of his work for the PC was presented with a print of St Andrew’s Church. His resignation creates a vacancy for clerk and details of the post maybe be found by logging on to Sussex Association of Local Councils (SALC) website.

THE ANNUAL VILLAGE ASSEMBLY will be held at the War Memorial Hall on Monday at 7.30pm. Our district councillor and county councillor will be in attendance together with a representative of South Downs National Park who will give an over view of current strategy and planning information. Representatives of the local Neighbourhood Policing will also be present.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: Tonight’s film at the village hall is Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France. It contains prehistoric artwork. This documentary by Werner Herzog lasts 1hr 35mins. Doors open at 7pm for drinks, coffee and cakes, with the film showing at 7.30pm. Guests pay £6.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Pentecost Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship. 4pm 4 For All at Punnetts Town Village Hall, an all age informal service.

JUBILEE: The village will celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee next Sunday June 3. The day starts with a family service in the church at 11am. All residents and those with close associations with the village are welcome to the village hall and green for the day’s events starting at 12.15pm. There will be a barbecue from 12.30pm on the terrace, using locally sourced produce. A DVD of the Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace will be shown in the hall. There will be games on the green during the afternoon or you can watch the River Pageant on the big screen. A 5pm BSG WI will provide a tea party for the children, living within the village. At 6.45pm, a reception on the terrace precedes the loyal toast at 7pm. For those who want to continue there will be a bring and share supper.

Burwash

AGM: The Seagulls Over Burwash Club are holding their AGM tonight, Friday, at The Bear at 7.30pm. All members and prospective members are welcome to attend, to find out how their the first year as a Brighton and Hove supporters club has gone and plans for the next season. The club has enjoyed the first season of matches in the new Amex Stadium, sometimes travelling to away games as well. Well done to those who got this club off the ground and given pleasure to so many.

MUSIC: Tonight, Friday, is music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Talented local singers and musicians will entertain you from 8pm. The licensed bar will be open. You are all invited to go along for an evening of fun and music.

SUPPER: The annual Spring Supper takes place tomorrow, Saturday, evening in the village hall at 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 each to include a two course buffet supper and musical entertainment, available from the newsagents or Shirley Viney on 01435 882497. All proceeds will go to necessary repairs and maintenance of the hall.

LUNCH: Burwash branch of Age Concern Lunch Club will meet on Monday at the Bear Motel for the monthly lunch. If you are over 55 years old and would like to attend you should call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033 or Heather Harris on 882080 to book your places. It costs £8 for a delicious two course lunch. Transport may be available to anyone who needs it.

JUBILEE: On Thursday afternoon from 3pm, the children at Burwash Primary School will be holding an opening ceremony to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. They hope to have some traditional country dancing and singing as well as cakes and tea before the opening ceremony. Headteacher, Debbie Gilbert invites you all to go along and join in this special occasion, using it as the start of the many community gatherings planned for the Jubilee weekend.

WANTED: We are looking for a back copy of the village broadsheet. I have had a request from a gentleman asking if anyone knows if the St Bartholomew’s Broadsheet was published in January 1940. Research in the village has drawn a blank, but if anyone has a copy and would be happy for the gentleman to see it, would they please contact me so that I can pass the information on. We thank you for your help.

QUIZ RESULT: The latest postal quiz came to an end on May 1, and after checking answers we discovered that we had six clever people with 100 correct. The names were put into a draw at the last whist drive and Shirley Viney pulled the lucky winner, Dot and Buster Rowland of Hailsham. They have been sent their prize money. Thank you to everyone who takes part in these quizzes. The next one is due out in mid September, the subject will be something completely different.

Hailsham

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING at Primrose Hall this evening, Friday from 7.30pm to 9pm with Rev Bill Baker. £5 at the door. Contact (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582 for further information.

ST MARY’S SERVICES this Whit Sunday are Holy Communion, Pentecost, at 8am. Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Invest Wisely, is at 10.30am. Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel church (on Hawkswood Rd) is at 2.45pm and Holy Communion back at St Mary’s is at 6.30pm, How long - O Lord?

CORINTHIAN CHURCH services on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Derek Marney at Primrose Hall and is followed by refreshments.

HAILSHAM RAMBLERS are off to Hellingly and Abbots Wood on Sunday for a 7-mile walk with Bob (847682). On Wednesday the walks group are doing the 5-mile Willingdon, Wannock and Folkington circular with Jan (501315). The Strollers are also off on Wednesday to walk the Barcombe riverbank to the Anchor Public House with Nobby (440624). If you would like to go along on any of these events, please ring the walk leader for the details.

BATES GREEN is holding an open garden for charity organised by the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday. There is wheelchair access to at least the main features of the garden, dogs on short leads are welcome, there will be plants for sale and refreshments. This is a plantsman’s two-acre tranquil garden of interest through the seasons and has areas with work in progress. There are further dates in July and September.

THE MOHAIR CENTRE has an open day on Sunday, celebrating the first birthday of the nursery, from 11am to 3pm. Entry is Free. Light refreshments will be available and picnics are welcome. There will be lots of things to see and have a go at for all the family and an opportunity to see what The Mohair Centre has on offer from nursery care, children’s holiday play scheme, after school club, Woodland School for all ages and lots more. Also on the farm there is fun at lambing and kidding time. The Mohair Centre is at Brickfield Farm, Chiddingly on the B2124 just passed Golden Cross.

A COFFEE MORNING and Indoor Market in aid of Demelza Trust is being hosted by Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road on Tuesday from 10am to 2pm. Non club members welcome. Email jeanettegardinerhmi.hailsham@btconnect.com or phone 01323 840459 for more information.

OUT AND ABOUT GROUP have some great visits lined up for the summer. On Wednesday there is a visit to Latchetts, the gardens of Laurence and Rebeka Hardy. If you would like to go along, meet at South Road car park at 2pm. The cost of £13 includes entrance and tea. There are more outings coming up to Hampton Court Flower Show, and a walk to accompany the Olympic Torch. For further information contact Christchurch office on (01323) 844428.

SUMMER TREE FARM at Bodle Street has an Open Garden, whatever the weather, for The Friends of Eastbourne Hospitals on Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm. Entry is by donation. Morning coffee and afternoon tea will be served. You may bring cakes, produce and plants for the stalls. Summer Tree Farm is off the A271 at Windmill Hill, proceed to Bodle Street and follow the Open Garden signs.

A JUBILEE Thanksgiving Service is to be held at St Mary’s Church, on Sunday June 3 at 10.30am for all ages to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen with civic representatives, special children’s activities and celebration refreshments.

GARDEN PARTY: A Jubilee Garden Party is to be held at the Vicarage, Vicarage Field on Tuesday June 5 from 2.30pm to 5pm with fun for all the family including cream teas, cakes, games and quizzes.

DEAD SEAGULLS found in the Hawks Road are were collected by Gull Rescue and on examination were found to have been shot with an air rifle or similar, according to the Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter. If you have seen or heard anything please do not hesitate to contact the PCSOs.

OPEN STUDIOS: There will be quite a few pigs and chickens as well as the familiar cows on view in local artists Veronica van Eijk’s Longleys Studio Barns. The exhibition is part of the South East Open Studios 2012 event and will also include colourful ceramics and silver jewellery. Our delicious home-baked cakes, coffees and teas will be served in the barns and gardens again and as usual all proceeds of the refreshments will go to our local hospice St Wilfrid’s. The studio will be open the first three weekends of June. For more info see www.longleysstudiobarns.com

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES at Hellingly church on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and again at 10.45am. Evensong is at 6.30pm. Upper Dicker has Holy Communion at 9.15am.

BONSAI CLUB members enjoyed another busy evening in May and were updated with the latest plans for their important annual show before everyone started work on their trees, many of which were being prepared for showing. Experienced members were only too willing to give advice and help. There was a buzz of conversation as small groups met to move forward planning displays and other aspects of the show. Members watched a slide show of last year’s Birmingham show, which acted as inspiration and the programme was varied with ideas, advice and tips on other aspects of gardening. The Eastbourne and Wealden Bonsai Club Annual Show is at Stone Cross Memorial Hall on Saturday June 16 from 10am to 3pm. The new website is now up and running. Visit www.eandwbonsaiclub.co.uk for more information or telephone Ian (01424) 437262.

JUBILEE celebrations in Hellingly are organised and everybody is very excited. Professional photographer Marie Stone is exhibiting some of her work in Hellingly village hall. At the same time amateur photographers are invited to contribute their own work of local scenes. The Diamond Jubilee celebrations are taking place in the adjacent field on Monday June 4 from noon to 4pm. Council Chairman, David White, will open the proceedings with a Loyal Toast. The Harmonie Concert Band will entertain picnickers in Jubilee mode. Table arrangements will be royally decorated and there is a prize for the best one judged by Cllr White. Hellingly School Children will sing and the Scouts will lay on fun and games for all youngsters. Maypole dancing can be given a go to see who gets knotted and there will be a tug-o-war for a right royal pull of strength. A beer tent and ice-creams will add to the Bank Holiday fun.

MOTHERS’ UNION: Last month the Hellingly branch welcomed Maggie Simons from Family Support Work to their meeting. The work of the two societies is closely allied. The MU’s five objects are to promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children and to help those whose family life has met with adversity. Family Support Work helps in many varied ways to resolve all sorts of problems that families can encounter. The fact that a caring person is there to talk to, can make a tremendous difference to the loneliness and helplessness that people feel. But the concern is also fundamentally practical and help is given in such a way as to gradually give people the ability to be independent again. Families can be helped to sort out a budget, find ways to organise their lives or their children more effectively and given a breather away from their everyday problems. MU helps with holidays in their caravan, or by providing a trained member to advise on parenting. Food and toys are collected for distribution to those who need them and families can spend time at Knowles Tooth Children’s Centre, Hurstpierpoint, the hub of a great deal of work. All of this needs a tremendous amount of organising and funding. There is an annual Easter Monday walk, a Big Book Sale, Open Gardens, recycling of CDs, DVDs, printer cartridges and mobile phones and clothes in really good condition are always needed. Maggie and her team do a wonderful job. More information at www.familysupportwork.org.uk.

RAMBLERS: Hailsham Ramblers are walking our neck of the woods, literally, on Sunday with a seven mile trek from Hellingly through Abbots Wood with Bob (01323) 847682. If you would like to go along, please give him a ring for the details.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BINGO on Wednesday at the village hall from 2.15pm with a Jubilee theme. Lots of red, white and blue and lots of prizes for both lines and full houses. There will be a raffle during the interval along with home made cakes and tea.

FREE EVENT: On Sunday the village is invited to go to the village hall between 4pm and 6pm to practise community singing. Aanna Colls will be leading and it’s in preparation for the community singing at the castle on June 4. Celebratory music includes Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and the National Anthem. Tea and coffee will be on sale during the afternoon. For more information contact Liz Maddock on 833611 or email liz.maddock@virgin.net

JUBILEE WEEKEND: On Saturday June 2 there will be a get-together in the function room of the Woolpack from 7.30pm. There will be musical entertainment, a nibbles type buffet and during the evening the hat will be passed round for donations to help cover the cost of the evening. Nobody will be expected to donate more than a couple of quid but please can you let us know if and how many of you would like to come. You can contact me on di.papers@yahoo.co.uk or on 833659 or Sandy Parker on 833447 or by email at sandyfairlawns@hotmall.co.uk

ALSO AT THE WOOLPACK during the day will be an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia. It covers the last 60 years and you’ll be able to see that, although basically the village hasn’t altered that much, there have been one or two changes.

RECYCLED: On Sunday June 3 a new local band is to be launched. Recycled will be performing live in the bar of the Woolpack Inn between 8.30pm and 10.30pm. True musicians playing skiffle, rock and roll, country, melodic music, old ones, loved ones and neglected ones. Make it a party if you like, wear the union jack suit, the flares, anything goes. Any money raised on the night will go to the Jaydon Fund.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH will be holding a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Family Day at the church on June 3 commencing with a Family Service at 11am. This will be followed by a shared picnic lunch outside the church with games, fun and tea served up during the afternoon, finishing by 5pm. All are welcome for all or part of the day’s celebrations.

BEHIND THE SCENES at Lime Cross Nursery is being held on Sunday from 11am. This is a free event and you get a behind the scenes tour of the nursery, find out how they grow their plants and then enjoy a guided walk around the gardens. The tour should take about an hour to include questions and answers. To book please call them on 833229.

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

PENTECOST PARTY: Go along and join the children of the parish at the Reid Hall on Sunday between 3pm and 5pm for a bring and share tea which the children will help serve. There will be plenty of things to make and do and some entertainment.For further information, or if your child would like to take part please let Pam know on 833079.

RAY AND SHELDON will be meeting today, Friday, at the village hall from 2.15pm when Joan Clark will be showing slides of a Record of a Holiday in Norway. Anyone over the age of 60 years is welcome to go along and join them.

BOWLS: Even though the weather hasn’t been kind, our bowls club have managed a couple of good wins last week. The first was in a league match against Ringmer which our team won 65-62, which gave them six points on the league table. Their next was a friendly match at home to St John’s Meads. This time it was a very good win by a margin of 35 shots, the final score being 87-52.

WORKSHOPS: To help celebrate the jubilee and to support Team GB at the Olympics, Lime Cross Nursery will be holding a couple of workshops. The first is on Saturday June 2 between 10.30am and 2.30pm. They will demonstrate and encourage you to have a go at planting up a container for the summer patio using red, white and blue flowering plants. Everything you need will be supplied and prices will start from just £3, not including the plants which will be on sale from 30p each. The workshop will last for about an hour and all ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. To book your place please telephone them on 833229.

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; Millfield, 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

WHIST: The next Whist Drive is on Wednesday 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.

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.

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 Worship and Praise Service.

Polegate

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Pre-school. Come along and join us for a cuppa from 10am.

AN ARTS and crafts showcase, celebrating a wealth of talent in our community. Do come along to Trinity Church, Willingdon tomorrow, Saturday, between 2pm to 5pm. There will be a varied programme of events to include music, dance, pilates, lace making, flower arranging, card making, exhibitions. Further details on 01323 484189 or email secretary@trinitylep.plus.com

WANTED any info, 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

RAMBLING CLUB: On Thursday, Two Churches Plus Large Barn, 5 miles, fields, track, mainly flat, could be muddy. Approx five stiles with Jean W. Or a longer walk of 10 miles, Piltdown Flood, woods, tracks, farmland, tea stop at May Cottage, North Chailey take picnic with Graham.

COFFEE MORNING: Polegate Drama Group invite you to a royal coffee morning on June 2, at the Community Centre from 10am to noon. Come dressed as a Royal person either from history or present day. Judging will take place during the morning. The person considered to be the best dressed Royal will be invited to plant the Jubilee Tree outside the Windsor Club.

ON SATURDAY June 2, the Lord Lieutenant will visit Polegate at the invitation of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration Committee to plant a Jubilee Oak from a Royal Estate, which has been presented to the First Polegate Scout Group. Members of the public will arrive at the Wannock Road War Memorial Recreation Ground at 12.15pm. The Scouts will be pleased to see as many people as possible to witness this prestigious event. Parking will be restricted. There will be no parking in the recreation ground for the duration of the event. The oak tree represents hope, growth and continuity within the Scout movement and the local community. The tree will be a symbol of Polegate’s respect for the Queen as she celebrates 60 years as Monarch. The Scout Group are especially pleased to welcome Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant who will officiate on her behalf. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the guests arrive so that we can give a true Polegate welcome to the start of the weekend’s festivities.

AFTERNOON TEA on Saturday June 2, from 3pm to 5pm to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. Contact Jennie on 484189 for tickets at £5 each, or email secretary@trinitylep.plus.com

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION will be hosting a special Diamond Jubilee coffee morning on Tuesday June 5, at 10am in St Johns Church Hall. All welcome. We will play bingo, hold a quiz, enjoy a raffle and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. All welcome, membership is not necessary. Come and join the community and look at old photos, memorabilia of the past 60 years. At this meeting the annual subs are due at £2.50 per household. For more info on our association please contact Terry on 487630, Jean on 485075 or George on 484109.

COACH OUTING to Tenterden, on June 13, some seats available. Contact Pam on 764020 if you would like to go.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

THE SHOW: The Heathfield Show, which has something for everyone, takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at Broad Oak. Show jumping, livestock, machinery (farm and garden), rural crafts and pursuits, and many stalls to shop at. It is a good day out, and at the time of writing, the forecast was good.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship. 4pm 4 For All at Punnetts Town Village Hall, an all age informal service. Jane Atherden was commissioned as the 17th Street Pastor in Heathfield, last Friday at the Union Church. She joins this group of dedicated volunteers who go out on the streets in all weathers on Friday nights and at special events, to befriend people, particularly the young. PCSO Matt Neve said that the incidence of anti-social behaviour had been reduced over the four years that the Street Pastors have been operating in Heathfield. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Pentecost Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with Ewart Helyar and 6.30pm evening service with Tony Wood.

JUBILEE: Next weekend will be a busy one. On Friday June 1, the village hall will hold a special ploughman’s lunch from noon. On Saturday, we move outside. Firstly with a parish walk, starting at 10am from St Mary’s Church. A circular route via Rushlake Green will be followed, with refreshments at Watermill Farm, kindly provided by Ian and Isabel Collet. Later we have the Jubilee Tea Party on the Green, from 3pm to 6pm. The road between the Stores and the Horse and Groom will be closed from 2.30pm, so that tables can be laid out for the tea. Residents will be asked to sign the Jubilee book, bring a picnic and join in the activities (no charge but there will be prizes). Music will be provided in turn by Warbleton Brass Band, Dan Stewart and band and Gough Radcliffe and his fairground organ. There will be races and other games, plus terrier racing. There are competitions for children’s Jubilee Painting and Jubilee Crown. Please bring a home baked cake decorated with your own design. These will be judged and put with the others to create a cake tapestry. Once viewed, it will be available to eat. The oldest and youngest residents will be awarded prizes. At 5.30pm a Jubilee Group photo will be taken, you will be able to get a copy by email. A time capsule will be buried in the autumn with a commemorative oak. Peter Dunn will give the loyal toast at the end of the afternoon. For more info, please see Adel at the Stores. On Sunday we will have a Jubilee service at St Mary’s with a bring and share tea at Punnetts Town Rec. On Monday from about noon, we have the Church Hill Challenge, when all sorts of gravity powered vehicles will descend the hill and see how far they can get up Kingsley Hill. There will be refreshments available and full details are to be had from the Black Duck. As well as the competition itself, there will be prizes for the best go cart etc.

RGWI: 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. These can be done while cooking, watching television or even when lying in bed. 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. Want to know more or need transport phone Pat on 01435 830227. Meetings are at 7.30pm at the Dunn Village Hall.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WILLINGDON’S GOT TALENT will be taking place at St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Friday June 15. The evening will be compered by professional ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and the judges are Ric Scott from Sovereign Radio, Canon Fr Martin Onions and Mrs A Bissell. The best and most enthusiastic performers will then be asked to appear at ‘The Big Top’ Summer Fair in the church grounds on Saturday July 21 between 10am and 2.30pm. The annual Summer Fair is the church’s main fund raising event. Application forms for the Willingdon’s Got Talent evening can be obtained from the church parish office on 01323 501763, The Red Lion or The Wheatsheaf, but the forms need to be in ASAP. Also on June 15 at 6pm the judges will be choosing a prince and princess aged over 8 years to open the fair on July 21 who will be available to carry out various duties. Application forms for this can also be picked up from the church parish office or from White Lavender or Willingdon Stores. Spectators are welcome at the Willingdon’s Got Talent evening and the admission charge is just £1. For further information ring Serena on 01323 439539 or Canon Fr Martin Onions on 01323 502079.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall when Janet Redden will be giving a talk entitled Flowers and Still Life in Pastels.

AN ARTS AND CRAFTS showcase is being held from 2pm to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, in Trinity Church Hall. The showcase will include lace making, flower arranging, Pilate, paintings, dance, music, greeting cards and hands-on activities. The Downland Singers will be singing during the afternoon. Afternoon teas and ice cream are available from Jevington and Filching WI. There will also be static displays of various arts and crafts that church members enjoy as hobbies. As part of the Showcase, two competitions will be included with judging taking place on the day. One is for a miniature garden which depicts a celebration of arts and crafts and the other is a photographic competition. The pots for the garden competition can be obtained from Trinity Church Hall or from Renaissance Hair and Beauty Salon. Entry forms can be found in the church or church hall. For further information ring 01323 484189.

THE BRITISH QUEEN: Children of the Revolution will be entertaining customers at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE WHEATSHEAF: From 8pm tomorrow, Saturday, customers will be celebrating the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest on the big screen at The Wheatsheaf and are being encouraged to dress up. Engelbert Humperdinck is the English entrant. On Sunday at 1.30pm Greg Hampson will be playing ragtime and honky-tonk piano. If you are planning to eat, it is best to book. Ring 01323 502069.

THE PLANT SALE held in the stables opposite the Wheatsheaf on Saturday May 19 raised £300 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the Macmillan Nurses. A further donation of £30 was later added.

A FREE EXHIBITION of never-before-seen 60s photos of John Lennon, Mick Jagger, The Who, The Kinks, Small Faces, Donovan, The Walker Brothers, Manfred Mann, Eric Burdon and more will be displayed at Chalk Farm Hotel from 11am to 1pm on Sunday. Coffee, tea and homemade cakes are available. While you are there, do pop into the garden centre behind the hotel, where there is a large selection of annuals and other plants and shrubs for sale as well as hanging baskets.

SCHOOL NEWS: Willingdon Primary School is 60 years old this year. Their Diamond Jubilee week starts on Monday. On May 30 parents are invited to view their children’s work between 3pm and 4pm. On Friday June 1 the school is having a Diamond Jubilee Picnic for invited guests.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Mill Stream Gardens and Farmlands Way at 11am on Tuesday. On Wednesday she will be at the junction of The Green Walk and Seven Sisters Road at 11am. 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 69304 or on her mobile 07787 685755.

A CHARITY AUCTION is being held at Willingdon Golf Club on Saturday June 2 in aid of The Gastro Intestinal Blues Charitable Trust (gi*blues). Doors open at 7.15pm and the ticket price is £7.50 to include a drink on arrival and a ploughman’s supper. The auction has some great items, donated by businesses all over the country, and there will also be a disco and a raffle. The theme of the evening is red, white and blue in honour of the Diamond Jubilee. To book a ticket ring 01323 487154. To find out more about the charity visit www.giblues.ik.com

AFTERNOON TEA to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be served at Trinity Church at 3pm on Saturday June 2. Tickets are £5 each but space in the hall is limited so it is best to book ASAP. Ring 01323 484189.

A SPECIAL SERVICE to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be taking place at St Mary’s Church at 6.30pm on Sunday June 3.

THE PARISH CLERK announces that Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council intends to allow Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground to be used on Sunday June 3 from 10am to 4.30pm for a music event called Music in the Park. Access by the general public will be maintained on this day, except in the area occupied by the bands, family funfair and stall holders. This is in accordance with Section 44(1) of the Public Health and Amendments Act 1890 as amended by Section 8 of the East Sussex Act 1981. The programme of events is as follows: 11am to 11.05am chairman’s welcome; 11.05am to 11.55am performances from pupils attending Willingdon Community School; 12.20pm to 12.30pm Kingfisher Scout Band; 12.30pm to 1pm Harvey Marshall of Willingdon; 1pm to 2pm Wealden Brass; 2.05pm to 3.45pm Howlin Blues Live Blues Band performance; 4.15pm to 4.45pm raffle and close. To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the big lunch is also being incorporated. The idea is to take along your picnic and join up with others to sit and enjoy it, a similar idea to the street parties that were once part of any big national celebration. But if you do forget your picnic, the mobile catering hot dog and burger van are close at hand. Please remember to bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on.