Parish pump Hailsham - May 30, 2014

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Alfriston

THE ANNUAL Parish Assembly will be held at the War Memorial Hall at 7pm on June 3.

QUIZ NIGHT: The Star Inn has a regular Quiz Night on the first Wednesday of the month. The next quiz is on June 4 at 7.45pm. Entrance is £1 with Sylvia as the Quiz Mistress.

THE CLERGY HOUSE is opening up at 8.30am on June 3 so that visitors can enjoy the morning sunshine and beautiful bird song in an idyllic setting. National Trust members are free; normal admission fees do apply to non-members. Booking is not required.

THE CLAPHAM LANE produce stall will re-commence on May 24 from 10am to noon. This year the stall will run weekly and all profits will be divided equally between Litlington Village Hall and St Michael the Archangel church. Fruit vegetables, cakes, bread, plants and flowers will be for sale.

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society’s Early Summer Show will be held at the War Memorial Hall on June 14 from 1pm to 5pm. It is that time of the year again when all growers are busy preparing to show off their expertise. With the recent warm, wet winter we should be in for a good show.

SUSSEX DAY will be celebrated in Alfriston on June 15 from 11am onwards. A family fun day is planned to include local story telling, an historic walk, music, Maypole dancing, stalls, hog roast, and children’s activities.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: The Counterfeiters takes us back to the dark days of WW2 in Europe and tells the story of Salamon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), a talented artist who uses his art for more nefarious means. He is subsequently arrested and sent to Mauthausen concentration camp. 1hr 39mins Austro-German film with subtitles, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. Doors open at 7pm tonight, for light refreshments, and the film starts at 7.30pm. Guests £6 per head.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Pet service in the car park, or in the church rooms if wet. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

Hailsham

STREET MEETINGS: Tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 10.30am PCSO Fletcher will be holding a meeting in Harebeating Close (BN27 1JS) and moving on to Arundel Close (BN27 1UH) between 11am and 11.30am, giving local residents the opportunity to come out and talk to her about concerns or issues where you live.

WHO LET THE DADS OUT: This group is for dads, granddads and carers to spend playtime with their youngsters under six years. The next is tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 11am and it is free at St Mary’s. Go along when you can. There is lots of play for the children, chat between adults, coffee and bacon butties on offer along with craft making. Enquiries to Dave on 441868.

ST MARY’S: This is the seventh Sunday of Easter. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Priority and at 10.30am All Age Special with crèche, The Rotten Ruler’s Tale. Holy Communion is at 2.45pm at Emmanuel. Evening Prayer is at 6.30pm at St Mary’s, The Ascended Priest.

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

COMMUNITY GROUPS FORUM: If you are involved with or run any of our many and varied social groups, clubs, societies etc in Hailsham and its surrounds, come along on Wednesday to St Mary’s church lounge at 6pm. For information call Michelle at the Town Council (01323) 841702.

RAMBLES: Hailsham Ramblers will be doing two long and short rambles on Wednesday. Daphne (845055) will be leading the six-mile East Hoathly circular which is flat and through fields and woods and Michael (845479) will be walking around Herstmonceux Observatory with short walkers. Please contact the walk leader for the details.

BARN DANCE: Environment Hailsham will be holding a barn dance with the Spinning Jennies on Saturday June 7 at the Civic Community Hall (behind Wealden Council Offices). Tickets are £10 from Joy on (01323) 840382. Bring your own drinks and nibbles but tea, coffee and cake will be available in the interval.

VOLUNTEERS WEEK: Computers for Charities are based in Hailsham and have been around for 20 years. They take donations of unwanted IT equipment from companies and individuals and the team of volunteers use the parts to build refurbished computers. They offer these on their website to charities, churches, and schools and use the income generated to fund their other projects. Very much valuing their volunteers two events have been organised to take place during Volunteers Week, from June 1 to 7, to show their appreciation. A thank you lunch and an open day to raise awareness of the charity and the valuable contribution it makes through various projects to local disadvantaged people. Unit 24, Industrial Estate, Station Road, will be open from 10am to 4pm if you would like to see first-hand what CfC do. Have a chat and a cup of tea. This is on Thursday.

PRINT EXHIBITION: The 2014 Hailsham Photographic Society’s annual exhibition will take place from Monday June 16 until Saturday June 21 from 10am to 4pm at the Charles Hunt Centre (Age Concern Building). There will be about 140 prints displayed both in black and white and colour, of various subjects so there should be something for everyone to enjoy. Free entry, free parking nearby and refreshments available. There will be the chance to vote for your favourite picture and also enter the picture raffle with the opportunity to win your favourite print. There will also be a selection of prints and greeting cards to buy.

U3A: The book club was about the life and literature of Jane Austen as a prelude to reading her Sense and Sensibility and the second chosen book is Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending. The fitness classes are so popular the staff at the gym have introduced a booking system for the circuit and gym glasses. The dog friendly walking group also welcomes walkers without dogs. Next month Butts Brow. The natural history group enjoyed presentations of Buzzards by Sally Fox, and Peregrines by Teresa Fowler accompanied by some stunning footage of the birds. The May meeting would be an outing to Pulborough Brooks, the RSPB nature reserve in West Sussex. These are just a few of the activities and groups being enjoyed by U3A members. Further information from Sue on 840797.

HERITAGE CENTRE: Did you realise how close the trenches sometimes were between the opposing sides in WWI. I didn’t. Imagine the War Memorial in Hailsham and at its widest the trench you were in being behind the wall on one side and the enemy being behind the wall on the other. That close. Some imagine the battles were non-stop but you will realise, given the trench art in the museum that when soldiers pulled back for their time off they had time to create some masterpieces. When asked how the soldiers spent their time the reply was 90 per cent of the time they were bored stiff, nine per cent they were frozen stiff and one per cent they were scared stiff. There is a small and interesting recreation of a trench in which is displayed WWI memorabilia with a backdrop scene created by Linda Goldsmith and Maureen Bishop and accompanying music of the period in the Town Museum. There are also some lovely postcards that were sent home, designed to be uplifting for the soldiers’ families and reassure them. These were censored lest any secrets were mistakenly given away and often written in code that could be understood by the recipient and requested items sent back to them. The Heritage Centre is in the gap by Lloyds Bank in Market Street, open Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 12.30pm. Free entry. Enquiries (01323) 440359.

BAKE OFF GLORY: Brownies and Guides in Hailsham West District have joined to compete for a place in the Division Big Bake Off Competition. The Brownie and Guide Units held their own competitions over the last month to submit the winners to the District Bake Off. On Saturday May 17, four Brownies and one Guide baked some amazing cakes and scones ready for judging by Hellingly Parish cllr Elizabeth West. It was a lovely morning and the girls did extremely well. There were very positive comments from cllr West including how delicious it all tasted. A huge congratulations goes to Emily Coates, 1st Hailsham Guides, and Rebecca Pike, 3rd Hailsham Brownies, who are off to the next round to compete at Division with Guides and Brownies across Wealden. Girlguiding offers girls and young women their own space to have fun, build friendships, gain valuable life skills and be themselves. Call 0800 1 69 59 01 or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: With the centenary of the commencement of World War I and 75 years for World War II, there are persons who have not applied for the respective lapel badge. Hailsham and District Branch is holding various services during the coming year to commemorate various events and it would like to present Veterans Badges to those personnel who have not yet obtained them. If any person who qualifies would like to be included in a presentation at one of these services please contact either Mike Weller (branch chairman) on 01323 440749, Frank Berry (branch vice chairman) on 01323 843880 or 07901717354 or Peter Clark (branch secretary) on 01323 841809 so the relevant application can be made. Applications for HM Armed Forces Veterans Lapel Badge, UK Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badge, The Arctic Emblem, Women’s Land Army Badge application forms have to be completed and for the Bevin Boys Badge a letter of application has to be submitted. The Hailsham and District Branch is pleased to assist in these applications.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

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

OPEN GARDENS: On Sunday Hellingly village (BN27 4HD) is opening ten of its gardens in aid of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital from 11am to 5pm. Follow the Open Garden signs. Entrance to all gardens is £5. Map provided. Morning coffees, Ploughmans Lunch and afternoon teas throughout the day at Brook Cottage, by the watermill, Mill Lane, with brass band from 2pm to 4pm. Hellingly church open from 12.30pm. Plenty of parking through the village.

PLOUGH PARTY: The Plough, Upper Dicker, is celebrating its first anniversary under its new landlords with a party on Saturday May 31, 1pm to 6pm. There will be a barbecue and hog roast, live music, bouncy castle and face painting.

GHOST HUNT: Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a Ghost hunt at Michelham Priory from 8pm until 1am. There is a limit of 40 people allowed on each ghost hunt, and on arrival you will be divided into groups with no more than 10 people in a group. Each group will have a member of Sussex Darkside with them, to guide them around and supervise the evening.Each group will be provided with an EMF Meter, a K2 Meter, a Compass, an IR Thermometer, an EVP Voice recorder, a Motion Detector, and a Spirit Box, in short all of the latest modern Paranormal Investigation equipment, all you need to do is bring your own digital cameras and video cameras. As the staff are also part of the ghost walk team, they will know the reported activity in that area and can make sure you are looking in the right place and asking the right questions. We do not allow occult items such as Ouija boards or tarot cards, nor do we indulge in activities such as table tipping and séances, our ghost hunts are more scientific and factual. The cost is just £50 per person for the evening. After booking in, you will be organised into groups, issued equipment (which you will be taught to use) and given a quick briefing. This will take no more than half an hour. You will then spend 45 minutes in the first location, then 45 minutes in the second location. You will then have a short 30 minute break with a cup of tea, and then two more 45 minute investigations in the remaining two locations. The evening finishes with a final 15 minute get together to share experiences and then home. To book visit www.sussexdarkside.co.uk or call 07956 307684.

HELLINGLY WI: The next meeting is on Wednesday at 2.30pm in Hellingly village hall. Wendy Holmes will talk on the subject of the Children of Malawi. All welcome. For enquiries (01323) 841875.

MOTHERS UNION: At a recent meeting there was much to be learned about fire safety in the home when Gaidagh Chapman, Wealden Community Safety Advisor for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service came to talk to members. Far from a serious possibly boring lecture, members were entertained with an informative, interactive and humorous mixture of vital messages brought to life by Gaidagh’s energy, enthusiasm and passion for her subject. The team would visit homes on request with advice and recommendations for various safety measures and provide free smoke alarms. The old alarms previously installed will be updated on request. There was also information on the limitations of gang plugs illustrated with incorrectly used extension leads and burnt out devices. Members were invited to complete request forms for home visits. There are spare forms at the back of Hellingly church for further requests. The spring sale back in April raised an amazing £455 on the day for the MU work here and worldwide and thanks are offered to contributors, helpers and supporters.

Herstsmonceux & Wartling

CHARITY WALK: We have a young lady amongst us who will be out and about today, Friday, along with other youngsters to raise money for the Endometriosis UK fund, a disease her cousin is fighting. Abbie Hunter will start her walk on the Cuckoo Trail, Heathfield and, after covering about 14 miles, will arrive at Eastbourne some time. If you would like to help Abbie go to thevirginmoneygiving.comwebsite and type in Millie Gilbert where you will be able to follow the links to add your sponsorship money. For now though, let’s wish Abbie the very best of luck and all those who will be joining her.

ASSOCIATION OF CARERS: On Wednesday June 11 from 1pm to 4pm, a special event is being held at Kings Church, Heathfield, for carers. There will be a variety of stalls to browse around, coffee and biscuits will be served, some free complementary therapy tasters, some talks and demonstrations. The week of June 9 is National Carers Week, and the aim is to show what services there are available for carers. For information contact Fiona on 301122 email fiona@associationofcarers.org.uk

WINDMILL HILL Horticultural Society’s 137th Summer Show schedules are now available in the local shops and nurseries. The show will be held at the Reid Hall on Saturday August 2 and we are all being encouraged to enter at £1 per class. There are plenty of classes and you’ll be sure to find something that suits you.

BOWLS: Herstmonceux are not starting the season too well, their first match of the week was a friendly home match against St John’s Mead which Herstmonceux managed to lose by 38 shots. Their second match away to Cross in Hand for a league match, this time they lost by seven shots only giving them one point to add to the league table. Hampden Park was last on the list for this week; here at home they finally managed a win the final score being 59-55.

LATE SPRING RAFFLE: You have a week or so to pick up your final tickets for the raffle which will be drawn on Monday June 9 in the village hall at 7pm. Prizes include £100 in cash, a hamper and tickets for both the castle and Michelham Priory and are available at Caprice Hairfashions at £1 each raising money for the maintenance etc of the hall.

CHARITY CONCERT in aid of the Windmill at Windmill Hill will be held in the Ballroom of Herstmonceux Castle today, Friday, starting at 7.30pm. A selection of works for both piano and violin will be performed by David Singh and Aleksander Szram and tickets at £17.50 to include wine or soft drinks during the interval are available by telephoning Bee on 833033.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday, an outing to Hellingly Open Gardens in aid of Eastbourne Hospital has been planned. Will all who are interested meet at the Cuckoo Trail at 11am, entrance to the gardens will be £5. On Tuesday meet Rosemary at Pevensey Castle at 6.30pm for a four mile walk to Chilley Farm. For information please contact 848790.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with Evensong (BCP) will be at Wartling Church. The Family Service is at Herstmonceux church at 6pm.

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; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s RoadAlfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

OUR PCSO, Daryl Holter, received a report of two stolen bicycles from Hooe between 7.45am on May 15 and 8am on May 16. The bicycles are described as silver and dark blue. Should anyone have seen or heard anything in connection with this please can they call 101 quoting ref 534 17/05/14.

BOWLS: With the sun popping its head out last week, Ninfield Bowls Club have been on the up. They played a total of four games with three wins: May 20, they played against St Leonards, with a score of 98-44. They achieved a second win of the week on May 21 against Mayfield scoring 87-52. After two consecutive days of wins, May 22 saw them have their only loss of the week against Hastings with a score of 47-79. However, after a few days of rest, the team were back on their winning form against Hollington on May 25 in the Rother League. They scored 79-57.

CAFÉ CHURCH: Ninfield Methodist Church hold a Café Church Family Service for all ages, including freshly baked croissants, jams and coffee with tea and activities for young people on Sunday, 10.30am to 11.30am.

THE FLOWER GROUP meet on Monday at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. They welcome Lucinda Knapman with her demonstration entitled Fabulous Flowers. Non-members are welcome for a small charge of £4, which includes refreshments. All floral arrangements demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878, email ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk or go to www.ninfieldflowergroup.co.uk.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders meet on Wednesday at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm, every first Wednesday in the month. Contact team leader, Mike Dean, on 07970024135.

COLLECTION: Those organising the collection weekend at Sainsbury’s, Bexhill, look forward to seeing on Friday, June 6 and/or Saturday, June 7 when they will be collecting for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with the collection, more would be very welcome. Please contact either Thelma Nance 892421 or Pam Doodes 892329 if you could give an hour or two.

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

VISIT: Ninfield Horticultural Society meet on June 16, where a visit has been arranged to the Walled Nursery at Hawkhurst. This starts with a talk at 2pm on the history of the 13th century estate. There will be time to look round and buy plants as well as enjoying tea and cake. The talk is free to Horticultural members and £2 for non members. Booking is essential with Rose by June 6 on 892422 or email rose.franks1@btinternet.com.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am Family Service.

Polegate

WANTED INFO on how Normans Bay got its name, also photographer William Hardy Kent, and the photographic firm of Kent Lacy, who had premises in Eastbourne, any info the origins of Gibbys Tea Rooms, on Jevington Road. Also info on the Tennis club at the Goffs Lawn Tennis Club at Gildredge Park. Any info and photos please of this club. For Julie Thompson. Email Julie_ann-thompson@talktalk.net*. * or contact Maureen on 485971, or email maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk

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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, linear nightingales sing in moat wood with Bob J. Meet East Hoathly car park at 10.05am bus No 54 at 9.08am Terminus Road stop H, dry lunch Blackboys public house if time, finish 1.30pm 5 miles bus No 318 , 1.59pm to Heathfield or return on 51. Or brisk pace full day walk with Clare, meet bus 1a at 8.55am Terminus Road stop C. Walk starts outside Red Lion Pub at Stone Cross. 9.30am GR615044 map 123 finish at 1.15pm, 9 flat miles. On Sunday, East of Pick Hill, with Graham T. Meet bus 51, 9.40am Terminus Road stand H. Walk starts at The Mill, Horsebridge, with consideration to residents. Dry lunch at Gun Hill pub nearby. Finish 2.45pm, 7 miles.

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

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is still open every Wednesday from 9.30am to12.30pm. We are back in the Church Hall, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon. Come and visit our various stalls. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002 or email wendyandterrybrown@gmail.com

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

ON MONDAY a walk, Firle Beacon/Denton Circular. Meet at Firle Beacon car park, coffee at Paradise. Nearly five miles with Sylvia and Ken.

AGM: Polegate Residents Association AGM on Tuesday, at St Johns Church Hall, at 10am. All residents welcome. We are looking for people who care about Polegate to join our committee. For more info please contact Terry Wright on 487630.

ON WEDNESDAY a walk, Bexhill Clock Tower to Glyn Gap. Meet at clock tower, 3 miles with Richard.

RAMBLING SOCIETY: Walks on Thursday include a Leisurely Walk, No Hanging Around, 3 miles bus No 56 at 10.06am Medical Centre, alight at Gallons Lane, flat walk, no stiles, coffee available with Jessie. Marklye Lane Circular, nearly 5 miles Heathfield, land and bridleways, fields and woods, five stiles with Sue and Derek. Or, a longer walk, We May See Winnie the Pooh, 10 miles, Friar’s Gate, lanes, tracks, and woodland and forest paths, mostly flat take picnic with Christine. For full details please contact Angela on 504280 or from www.pegateramblers.org.uk. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am June 5.

MUSIC DAY at Polegate Windmill on June 8, 2pm to 5pm.

CONCERT: Following the renowned success of previous concerts, Eastbourne’s Concentus Chorale will take you on a magical tour of the theatre and film industry in bringing yet another spine tingling, action packed evening entitled Reflections of the Movies and World War 1. Included in the varied programme will be challenging but exciting medleys from the hit films including the much acclaimed Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys and West Side Story plus other well-known music. For the first time the choir is singing Barbarshop style music which will include a stimulating arrangement of Seventy Six Trombones. In salute to the centenary anniversary and everlasting memory of WWI, the choir will sing a medley of well know morale boosting songs as sung by the troops as well as Schindler’s List. They will then lead the audience in singing rousing choruses. This highly uplifting and exhilarating concert is once again being led by their Director of Music, Adrian White within the beautiful setting of St Saviour’s and St Peter’s Church, South Street, Eastbourne, on Saturday June 14 at 7.30pm. Tickets from Bonners Music Superstore, 56 Langney Road, Eastbourne (01323) 636140 or Semantics Glass Engraving Studio, 33 Grove Road, Eastbourne (01323) 646414. Alternatively out of hours purchases or further information can be obtained by contacting Lyn 01323 763273. Refreshments will also be available during the interval. Once again the choir will be making a donation from the proceeds of the concert to the JPK (Sussex) Project, which is their chosen local charity for this forthcoming year.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Pet service in the car park, or in the church rooms if wet. All pets, and their owners welcome. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion with John Casse and 6.30pm Evening service with Tony Wood.

COFFEE AND COMPANY: Each Thursday the doors of the Osborne House Community Room, opposite the shop, are open for coffee and company, from 10am to noon each Thursday. Local residents volunteer to staff the event and any surplus made is given to charities. Every so often a special event is held for a specific charity. Recently one was held for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, and I am delighted to report that a cheque for £500 has been handed over.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS meet at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall when Derek Oliver will be giving a talk and demonstration entitled Landscape in Gouache. Visitors are always welcome. The fee is £3.

A VILLAGE FETE will be held at Willingdon Memorial Hall from 1.30pm to 4.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Attractions include crafts, a cake stall, books and CDs, bric-a-brac, Forever Living Products, various games and a variety of other stalls. The fete is in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Lee Willingham, who lives in Coopers Hill, is hoping to raise as much money as possible for the British Heart Foundation by taking part in the Kenya Rift Valley British Heart Foundation Charity Bike Ride which takes place from November 1 to November 10. Lee first has to raise a total of £3,150. As manager of the Polegate Grasshoppers, Lee has already organised a Dads versus Lads football match and the next fund-raising project, with the help of his wife Sarah and friends, will be the Village Fete. But there is still a long way to go to raise sufficient money. The British Heart Foundation organise the whole Rift Valley tour at a cost of £1,495 which includes flights from London to Nairobi, bike hire, accommodation, meals, doctors and local guides. The challenging itinerary starts with an overnight flight from London to Nairobi. The next day the group travels from Nairobi to Nyeri, the gateway to the Aberdale National Park where the bikes are collected and there is a short warm up ride and Mount Kenya can be seen in the distance. On the third day the cyclists will cover 99km from Nyeri to Nyahururu with long steady climbs and several downhill stretchespast fields of crops, fruit, vegetables, sugar cane, tea and coffee. On day four the cyclists cover about 57km. They head into the Subukia Valley and continue to the town before transferring to Baringo, a small village next to one of Kenya’s fresh water lakes. Day five starts with a one hour transfer from Baringo to Kabernet before the cyclists embark of a very challenging 85km ride with steep hills on winding roads but the reward is the fantastic views across the Rift Valley before a downhill ride to Eldoret. Day six is from Eldoret to Kakamega - 92km if there has been no rain but an alternative longer 110km route if wet, eventually entering the Kakamega Forest Reserve, the home of black and white colobus monkeys, flying squirrels, the blue monkey and the potto, the world’s slowest mammals. On day seven the 53km cycle is mainly downhill with a view of Lake Victoria, which covers 70,000 square kilometres and then into Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest town for a celebration meal. The cyclists transfer to Nakuru, a four hour drive away and they are then free to relax. On day nine there is an early transfer to Nairobi with an optional visit to an elephant orphanage in the Nairobi National Park which is home to giraffes, monkeys, rhinos, antelopes and more. The next day, it is an early start - flying back to London. It sounds a really exciting but strenuous trip. Congratulations to Lee for taking part. It will be interesting to hear how he gets on. Please help him to raise as much money as possible for The British Heart Foundation by supporting the village fete.

WALKERS’ TEAS: One of the aims of the Parochial Church Council at Jevington Church is to install a toilet in the church within the next few years. Fund-raising events and applications for grants are now being considered. One of the fund-raising ideas is to offer teas and cakes to walkers and visitors to the church on several weekends over the coming summer. The first one will be tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to 3pm. If you can help by baking a cake or serving on the day contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237.

A PARISH LUNCH will be held on Sunday in St Mary’s Church Hall. For information or to book contact Pat on 01323 502820.

ORGAN RECITAL: Fr Michael, curate at St Mary’s Church, will give a lunchtime organ recital at St Saviour’s and St Peter’s Church, South Street, Eastbourne, on Monday at 1pm. The programme will include Bach’s great Passacaglia, one of the most magnificent of all organ works.

GLEN CHORALE perform their Summer Concert at 2.30pm on Monday at Wannock Village Hall, to be repeated at the same time and venue on Monday June 9. The concerts are dedicated to the memory of Robin Moray, the musical director of Glen Chorale prior to the present conductor Ansy Boothroyd. The choir will sing a variety of English music taking the audience through an English day from morning to evening. The concert includes two solos and a trio. Tickets to include refreshments are £6 from Janet on 01323 502113.

N WATCH will meet in the vestry at Trinity Church at 2.30pm on Monday. For information contact the chairman Ray Ingram on 01323 508634 or email him at willingdon.nw@tiscali.co.uk

MUSIC IN THE PARK: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is working on the programme for this year’s Music in the Park which has become a most enjoyable community event held at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground. As in previous years, there will be charity stalls and other stalls, refreshments and food outlets and various activities for adults and children. The date is Sunday June 8. For more information or to get involved please ring the parish clerk Andy Beams on 01323 489603.

MUSIC DAY: Polegate Windmill’s Music Day is also on Sunday June 8. It is a pity both will be on the same day, but there is time to get to both. Music Day is from 2pm to 5pm when strawberry cream teas will be served and visitors can have a guided tour of the mill. Gerry Page is once more organising the music programme with a whole range of talented performers, including The Hot Club of Jevington, a gypsy swing band, singer songwriter Nairne, Harry and Max bass singer and guitarist, harpist Sunnie, tenor Luca with songs from the shows, teenage singer Lauren and young saxophonist Tom with a group of other talented instrumentalists. Ukulele players from Eastbourne’s UKE Stock 101 will be there. Gerry Page and his wife Merial will be singing. Happy Day Band to finish.