Parish Pump Hailsham - May 31, 2013

alfriston

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society held their coffee morning at Ian Mylles lovely garden. The sun shone and there was a lot of chat as the society’s members mingled and admired. There was a lot of anxious discussion about flowers and vegetables being ready for the Early Summer Show which is to be held on June 8 at the War Memorial Hall. The Chelsea Flower Show contributors had talked on radio and television about the difficulties the long wet Winter and cold Spring had given them. These difficulties were repeated by local growers sharing their concerns but determined to aim for a winning display. Entries to the Early Summer Show should be made by June 5 to Bridget O’Dell or Tony Sawden. For details of membership please contact Miss F Stevens 870463.

WI NEWS: At the May meeting Stephanie Wadlow offered to teach some chair exercises. The expectation was that it would be a relaxing afternoon but members were amazed to find how many muscles had been exercised during the hour. It was, however, very enjoyable and Stephanie may find that her classes at the War Memorial Hall will have some new members. This year’s resolution, tackling the decline of our high streets and town centres, was then discussed. The vote was very much in favour of this resolution and members came up interesting and varied ideas in resolving the problem which will be passed on to the delegate attending the WI’s AGM. The next meeting will be on June 18 at 2pm in the War Memorial Hall with a talk on Gardening for the Young at Heart. All are welcome.

bodle street green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. The annual summer fair in aid of St John’s is on Saturday 2nd June, at the village hall and green. There will be a hog roast, Pimms, many stalls, vintage vehicles, bouncy castle and plenty of games on the green. Warbleton Brass Band will be playing during the afternoon. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP) 11am Family Pet Service in the car park (weather permitting otherwise in the church). St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion.

hailsham

HAILSHAM IN BLOOM: Go along to their public information day tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 1pm next to Boots the Chemist at 26 Vicarage Field. You will be able to talk to people and find out about the projects that they have been involved in the past, what is happening now as well as future plans. There will also be information about this year’s Garden Competition, volunteering and getting involved. There will also be representation from the Sussex Downs National Park Authority for your interest.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: Bill Forrester is a psychic artist and is the guest tomorrow, Saturday, at the Corinthian Church and Healing Association at Primrose Hall from 7.30pm to 9pm. On Sunday there is a Service from 11am to noon at Primrose Hall, followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Penny Hart.

ST MARY’S: The church will be open from June through August Tuesdays to Thursdays from noon to 2pm for visitors who may want to take time to reflect and look round this beautiful historic building. Learn more about its history as well as some interesting lesser known facts like the 1875 shipwreck victim, see the only stained glass window to survive WW2 bombing and hear about the gravestone under the piano. There will be free refreshments as well as colouring sheets and an activity trail for the children. Between June 11 to 13 there will also be an art exhibition in the church building, providing an opportunity to view paintings and drawings by church members. The Bite In café is open on Fridays in the church lounge from 9.30am until noon with a good selection of homemade cakes and refreshments at great prices. If you have questions about the Christian faith there is literature available. There is a Christianity Explored course for those wanting to know more about what it means to be a Christian. Why not go along to one of their services on a Sunday at 8am, 10.30am or 6.30pm when a very warm welcome awaits you. Due to other events taking place in the church building it will not be open from August 6 to 8 and between 27 to 29. Visit www.hailshamchurch.org.uk for more information.

CHAPTER 12: The Play and Script reading group of the Ropemaker Theatre Company will be meeting at 7.45pm on Monday. Nic Bennett with Acoustic Guitar and Vocals will be performing from 7.45pm on Tuesday and Heat one of the warm up to the Hailsham Festival will start at 7.30pm on Thursday. Keep an eye out for Thursday Night Music Specials starting at the end of May. Chapter 12 Book People meet twice fortnightly on Wednesday at 7.30pm and Tuesday at 1pm.

VOLUNTEERING DROP-IN: Go along to Splendid Blends, St Mary’s Walk on Tuesday between 10am and noon to meet Brenda Bruzon and find out more about volunteering. No appointment is necessary. This is a new monthly drop in service for people interested in learning more about volunteering opportunities in their local area and was launched in Hailsham last September. For more information ring (01323) 301757 or visit www.vces.org.uk

OPEN GARDEN: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be holding its annual Open Garden and Coffee Morning on Saturday June 8 from 10am to noon at Bates Green Farm Arlington. HOPS are extremely grateful that Mr and Mrs McCutchan have again invited the society to use their garden, a really beautiful garden that you will enjoy wandering around. There will be the usual array of stalls featuring homemade cakes, refreshments, books, plants and HOPS merchandise. Entry fee is by donation and all are welcome, but sorry no dogs. In aid of Hailsham Old Pavilion Society.

PRINT EXHIBITION: Hailsham Photographic Society is pleased to have been lent the Charles Hunt Centre again this year for their annual Print Exhibition from Monday June 17 to Saturday 22 from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free and there is plenty of free parking available locally. Relax with a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits while enjoying the art, refreshments will be served throughout the event. Vote for your favourite print and enter the amazing picture raffle giving yourself the chance of winning the print you would most like to have hanging on your wall. A selection of prints will be available to purchase as will interesting greeting cards. All welcome. For more information please contact Liz on 01323 843078 or visit www.hailshamphotographicsociety.co.uk

BONFIRE QUIZ: Go along to Union Corner Hall on Friday June 7 at 7pm and give those brain cells some exercise. At the same time know that you are helping Hailsham Bonfire Society raise much needed funds in order to put on another spectacular display in October. Teams of six cost £6, which will include a ploughman’s. Bring your own drink. Starts 7pm. If you wish to book ring Lyn on 01323 441514.

TWINNING SINGING: Hailsham Twinning Association has arranged the visit of a French choir from Gournay en Bray on Saturday June 8 at 7.30pm, who will be performing a free concert in Hailsham Parish Church along with a choir from Crowborough and a local Hailsham soloist.

ARLINGTON ARTS: The second Arlington Arts Festival is from June 15 to 23 and although there are a few events lined up already, they are happy to widen the festival to include events in all five benefices and further afield. If you would like to organise an event during the week to include in the festival, get in touch with Josie Tipler on (01323) 485153 or 07505 007049 or visit http://arlingtonartsfestival.blogspot.co.uk. Local businesses are invited to sponsor events or advertise in the programme. So far there is a Cajun night, outdoor painting workshop, mime and movement and art workshops for schools, art and crafts shows, an open mic stage afternoon for music and readings, book fair and side shows.

100 YEARS AGO: In May 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote: My dear friends, from April 19 we have had a real taste of English spring weather. It is so seldom that we get this in April that it deserves to be recorded, and did not we enjoy it. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners have sent me down forms to fill in relating to the proposed separation of the district of St John’s, Polegate, but they say if the Parsonage is legally conveyed to the Cure it cannot be accepted by them as a Benefaction. If this be so, but I am not certain yet, our proposed endowment or its foundation goes. I will give more information as I get it.

hellingly & horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Please note that the 6.30pm service of Sunday Evensong is temporarily suspended. Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

LIONS GOLF: Hailsham Lions Club is delighted to announce the date for the eighth annual charity golf event at Wellshurst Golf Club on the June 7 in aid of Sussex Air Ambulance and other local charities. First tee off is at 10.30am. There is an all inclusive entry fee of £37.50 to include round of golf, snack meal at Wellshurst Golf Club and prize giving. Prizes for nearest the pin on all par 3s. Wellshurst members-special rate of £22.50. You can also sponsor a hole for £50. For an application form go to www.hailshamlions.co.uk or if you require further information please contact Lion Mike Osborne on (01323) 895912. Start time and details of prizes will be advised on receipt of entry fee. Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements eg vegetarian.

COACH TRIPS: Lower Dicker Garden Centre is now running coach trips to some of the most interesting places in the country. Well-organised coach trips are planned to a variety of beautiful gardens and places of interest and they are inviting you to join them and visit destinations that have been carefully selected for their significant and incomparable appeal. All you need to do is relax and enjoy an enchanting day out. The next is on June 5 and is to Ramster Gardens, Chiddingfold, Surrey. Pop into the Garden Centre for more details and to book.

herstmonceux & wartling

GOOD MORNING: I have to apologise this week for not being able to keep you up you date with the Herstmonceux news due to illness. Be with you as soon as I can. Regards Dianne.

laughton

OPEN DAY: Marchants Hardy Plants, Mill Lane Open Day 11am-5pm Sunday, June 16, in aid of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. This imaginative garden has been created by Graham Gough who will be on hand throughout the day. Save this date to visit the garden, nursery and the opportunity to stay around and enjoy home made refreshments. Entry to the garden £5 per adult. Contact 01323 811248.

lewes

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP: In June we are starting our new full chiropody service for members, run by a trained podiatrist from Age UK. We also offer individual computer lessons with one of our trainers, £5 per session. Please call in to reception for more details, 9.30am to 1pm, Monday to Friday. We also do coffee and tea all morning, and a two course, home-cooked lunch, served at 12.30pm, £5 for members and £6 for non-members, from June 3. All aged 55 years or over are welcome.

TALK: Lewes and District Garden Society, Wednesday, Gardening Between the Empires. A potted romp through the ways in which we have gardened in England between the coming of the Romans to these shores and the setting of the sun on the British Empire roughly two thousand years later. The speaker, Joanna Wilkins, is an historian and archaeologist who is education officer for Sussex Archaeological Society and a keen gardener. 7.30pm for 7.45pm Cliffe Church Hall. Visitors £3, all welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Bank Holiday morning was just a perfect morning for walking, warm and sunny with a light breeze and 38 walkers obviously thought the same. We all started the walk from Buxted Station car park and were soon in the most glorious countryside. First we walked a country lane, then along the edges of fields of tall grasses and wild flowers just ready for cutting for hay. The best was to come. We walked through the most beautiful woods which were carpeted with bluebells which seemed better than ever. In places, we walked through a sea of white foam of wild garlic. This must have been the best week of the year to appreciate the beauty of the English wild flowers. We finished the walk through the grounds of Buxted Place and then back to the station where the waiting room had a jigsaw to add to and a lovely area for children’s activities. The walk was led by Roy. The Hike and Bike Festival takes place in Lewes this week, do visit our display in Lewes Station car park from 10am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. The next walk is on Sunday Around Five Ashdown. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start for this morning walk.

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 Road Alfriston 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 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

THE BOWLS CLUB have been a little bit up against it this last week with the weather. The Ninfield rinks were too wet for matches however, they managed a match (of sorts) against Hastings White Rock on Wednesday June 22. Only managing 12 ends before the weather took hold and they had to abandon, Ninfield won 39-31.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on Monday commencing at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. They will welcome Carolynne Meer with her demonstration entitled Bags of Flowers and Fun. All non-members are welcome at a a small charge of £3 which includes refreshments. All flowers demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding our group or would like to join please contact Susan on 01323 844634 or email on ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk.

HOOE OPEN GROUP (Ladies Club) are meeting on June 14 at Hooe Village Hall, at 2.30pm. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY next meet on Thursday June 13 in Hooe Village Hall at 7.30pm. Chris Hone and Ron Wanmer are going to talk to the group about Hooe’s Old Motor Club. Their illustrated talk will be about the history of the club and the car show, now in its 44th year. Hooe History Society was formed last September and since then has met monthly, the meeting topics have been varied and all have been well received. The society is getting excellent attendance and the evenings are very enjoyable. Plans are well advanced for their first exhibition to be held in October. Further details about the June meeting or further information about the Society from Heather Sinden 01424 893422.

NINFIELD SCHOOL are holding a Rat Pack Night on June 14, at the Memorial Hall, 8pm to midnight. Dean Ager, a super Frank Sinatra/Bouble tribute act, will be singing live with a disco. There will also be a bar throughout the evening. All funds raised will go towards extra resources for children at Ninfield C of E School. Tickets are available from the school 01424 892486 or Lorna 893644.

PERFORMANCE: Christian Voices Bexhill will be performing The Wedding at Cana, written by Alan Young, songs by Dave Chamberlin, at the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, June 15, 3pm. Admission is Free. Donations to Homecall, Bexhill.

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, 2.30pm Worship and Communion with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd.

polegate

EVENTS are now set up on Facebook. If you would like to add your event please contact Joe 0’Riodan on 486021 or email joe.oriordan41@btinternet.com. You do not need a Facebook account to do this.

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

MINIATURE TRAINS: Polegate and District Model Engineering Club are running their miniature trains every week end in the field at the bottom of Black Path. Go through the William Daly Gates and walk along the path until you reach the bridge on the right, the railway is situated across this field on the right. For more info please look at our website www.padmec.org.uk or email chris.padmec@gmail.com

LUNCH TIME recital are being held at St Saviours Church on Monday, at 1 pm with organist Brian Steer. In aid of the upkeep of the church organ.

HELP NEEDED, we are still looking for someone or a group of people who will organize the adverts for the magazine. This involves finding new advertisers when spaces become available and liaising with present over the designs or where they want the advert to go. It is not difficult but just needs a bit of time usually between August and December. Please think about it. More

info from John Rogers on 484631 or email johnrogers885@btinternet.com

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on June 6 include: Leisurely Walk, trunk calls are free, nearly three miles mostly flat, muddy patches after rain and some uneven surfaces. Meet outside Guardian Court, Hailsham Road, at 9.30am with Rick. Or a longer walk, Fields, Farms and Animals, five miles, Herstmonceux circular, fairly flat could be muddy approx 18 stiles with Sheila and David. Or Up Hill and Down Dale, 10 miles, meet at recreation ground at 9.15am, Fairwarp, hilly open countryside and woodland, take picnic with Christine.

GARDNERS SOCIETY coach outing on Thursday June 6, to Hatchlands Park, a few seats available. Contact Diana Pierce on 482413 for more details.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne today, Friday, from 4pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network. In April, Jocelyn Jaun, Urology Nurse Practitioner, was the guest speaker and spoke about the Urology Enhanced Recovery Programme in Eastbourne. Enhanced recovery is not new but in recent years has been reviewed to see how it can improve the experience for specific groups of patients. Jocelyn explained how her role is concerned with urology patients having planned surgery. This includes men with prostate cancer. Good assessment in advance will ensure patients are well prepared for the phases immediately before, during and after surgery as well as outpatient follow up. Jocelyn talked about a number of aspects including high energy food supplements and good communication with various services and personnel. In May, the group had a business meeting to report back from the PCaSO East branch meeting and the PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network annual general meeting. The group also visited the Quiet Room on Seaford 4. This is nearly complete and has already been put to good use. Members commented on the ambiance and that it did not feel like a clinical room. There was discussion about the next fund-raising project and how this could be commenced with some residual monies from the Quiet Room. Final decisions to be taken once all costs for the room have been paid. The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. All are welcome. The speaker will be Dawn Fishley, Community Nurse Specialist, Prostate Cancer, from Prostate Cancer UK. Dawn is in a new post which is developing the role of a prostate cancer nurse specialist in the community. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 / 641513 or e-mail graham.hatfield@btopenworld.com if you require further details or visit our website www.pcasoeastbourne.org.uk/

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OP BLITZ: Your Operation Blitz team will be patrolling your area on Friday evening. Contact the team direct, between 6pm and midnight, by calling 07787 685768.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Uckfield and District Horticultural Society May meeting was a talk and slide show by Mr Lanaway, a retired lecturer from Plumpton Agricultural College entitled Sussex Wood through the Seasons. Brocks Wood at Plumpton was a tangled wood in 1982 when Plumpton College first took it over. A survey was taken of the flora a fauna before any work was undertaken. There was some species around the edges of the wood, but the centre had very little wildlife or flora. Rides were introduced within the wood to increase light entering the wood and to provide a more diverse habitat. Within 12 months wood anemones appeared in abundance, the temperature within the wood was three degrees warmer, insects thrived, butterflies and caterpillars appeared, encouraging the birds to arrive for a tasty meal. It is known that this is an ancient woodland as it was recorded in 1790 and contained mature hardwood trees at that time. Pendula sedges, and spindle are also indicators of the ancient woodland. Hardwoods were used for coppicing, on a rotation basis, giving posts, fencing, and charcoal. Coppiced trees become stronger, send up more shoots, and are more vigorous. As part of the new management, a couple of small areas were cleared and replanted with hardwoods, spindle, ash, and oak. Flowers were waiting to germinate, and up came milk maids, bluebells and red campions. Orange tip butterflies arrived and the cuckoo. The storm of 1987 blew over many trees but they soon regenerated producing many seeds the following year to produce new plants. Mr Lanaway is licensed to net and ring birds. As a result he has the most amazing close-up photographs of many species. Their weight, sex, and wing length, are recorded. He has tracked black caps to Spain and Morocco. Many species of birds nest on the ground in the wood, the song thrush has increased from four singing males in 1982 to 27 singing males now. Other birds found in the woods include chiffchaff, tree creeper, nuthatch, jay, nightingale, woodpeckers and bluetits. Female birds have brood patches, where their chest feathers fall out to allow more warmth to pass to the developing eggs. A woodpecker drills a hole in a tree, but vacates the next year, one such hole became the nesting area for a nuthatch, starling, stock dove and a little owl over a number of years. He went on to tell us about the help fungi give to the decomposition of trees, resulting in more birds and the cycle of life. A wonderful view of life in a wood as many of us used to remember when we were children. The next meeting will be on Monday June 10 when Mr Lynn will give a talk entitled Pests, Poisons, Parasites and Potions at 7.30pm in the Ashdown Room of Uckfield Civic Centre. All welcome Visitors £3.

CONCERT: The Uckfield Singers will be performing their showcase Summer Concert, Gotta Sing, in the Civic Centre July 27 at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5can be obtained from Gale and Woolgar the Jewelers in Uckfield High street from July 1. The Charity we are supporting will be Macmillan Cancer Support.

MANOR PARK Hempsted Field Residents. If you would like to look at the minutes of the last committee meeting, please follow this link http://manorparkhempfieldsresidents.co.uk/committee/minutes.html Our Big Lunch event is on Sunday from noon to 3.30pm at the Rugby Club. This family picnic should be great fun for all the family.

CAR BOOT SALE: Holy Cross School PFA are holding their monthly Car Boot Sale next to the Farmer’s Market on Luxfords Field car park tomorrow, Saturday, 8am to 1pm. Pitches are £7, just turn up from 7.15am, first come first served.

WINE TASTING: St Michael and all Angels, little Horsted are holding a fund raising Tutor Wine-tasting Evening on Friday June 14, 7.15pm for 7.30pm start at Little Horsted Church. Go along and enjoy an evening in the church and learn from Charles Mears-Lamb of Noble Wines about a number of different wines from various countries. Tickets £10 per person available from Jenny Georges or Noble Wines, 140 High Street, Uckfield. Proceeds in aid of the church roof fund.

warbleton & rushlake green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP) 11am Family Pet Service in the car park (weather permitting otherwise in the church). All sorts of pets, accompanied by their owners, are welcome. So whether you have a hamster, or a horse, come along. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship and 6.30pm Evening Service. The preacher for the day is Rev Stephen Jackson representing SASRA.

QUIZ NIGHT: The committee of the Dunn Village Hall are organising a Grand Quiz for Saturday June 15. Tickets are £7.50 and include a ploughman’s supper. There will be a licensed bar. For tickets ring 01435 863727 or 812627. Proceeds of the evening will be split between hall funds and Children of Gambia Services.

SOAP BOX: The weather was superb for the Church Hill Challenge at Warbleton on Monday. There were 25 entrants with a wide range of designs of carts of three and four wheel layouts. A large crowd enjoyed the spectacle of the carts descending the hill at various speeds, with the largest crowd at the junction with Hammer Lane, where there is a bend with a reverse camber. The object of the challenge, is not the quickest time, but how far carts can travel up Kingsley Hill under the momentum gained. I didn’t note the names of the first three, or the winners of the wackiest cart, but will try and find out for next week. The winners were awarded ribbons with a black duck, instead of a medal. The funds raised by this event will be split between Warbleton Bonfire Society and Prostate Cancer UK, a good sum has been raised , and I will find out how much. Many thanks to Gary and Nikki at the Black Duck for hosting the event and to the committee, stewards, entrants and spectators for your various contributions to this great event.

PLAY: Saturday June 15 at Herstmonceux Village Hall. Doors open 7:30pm, cash bar available, performance 8pm. The God Particle is a brand new romantic comedy sci-fi from James Carey, the award-winning co-writer of BBC1’s Miranda. It’s deep, smart, and very funny. Tickets in advance are £8 and £6 for concessions (senior citizens, students, unwaged, under 16s etc.) and are available from Peter on 01323 365116 or email events@warbletonchurch.org.uk.

UNNATURAL ENEMIES? A talk and discussion with The Revd Dr Steve Jeffery on Monday June 24 at Warbleton in the church rooms; 7.15pm for refreshments for a 7.30pm start, finishing by 9pm. Steve is the minister of a church in north London. He has a doctorate in experimental physics from Oxford University and is the co-author of two books about the death of Jesus. He has appeared on Premier Christian Radio and BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief. This event is free of charge, and open to those of any faith or none, and to those who would like to engage in debate or just attend and listen. There is no need to book, just come along.

willingdon, wannock & jevington

COMMUNITY WEBSITE: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch has an excellent website www.willingdon-neighbourhood-watch.co.uk in which residents can enter their comments send photos, advertise local events, in fact anything which is not political or defamatory. Recommended traders are listed and there are links to the police, fire and rescue services, CAB and Willingdon Library and many others. Quarterly meetings are held in the vestry at Trinity Church, which is usually attended by the local police. The next meeting is at 2.30pm on Monday.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: Today, Friday, Maggi Cross will be giving a demonstration of Chinese brush painting in watercolour. The meeting will be held from 7pm to 9pm at Wannock Hall. Visitors are welcome to these monthly meetings. Admission is £3.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society is meeting at Willingdon Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday. The doors open at 7pm when members can browse through the growing number of books and magazines concerning all things astronomical. The meeting starts at 7.30pm when Claus Madsen will be giving a talk entitled The European Southern Observatory Through 50 Years. All are welcome.

ITALIAN NIGHT tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm at The Cottage Dittons Road, Polegate hosted by Maureen and John Males with food provided by Val and Ciro. The event is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide supported residential accommodation for adults with a learning disability. Admission is £8. Please contact Jill on 01323 486179 or Maureen on 01323 482011.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Talented young musician Si Mclean will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday.

GLEN CHORALE, under the direction of Robin Moray, will be presenting two summer concerts in Wannock Hall on Monday and Wednesday at 2.30pm. The programme includes Haydn’s The Heavens are telling’ from the Creation, Vilia from The Merry Widow, Cantate Domino by Pitoni, French and Italian folk songs, The Skye Boat Song, Tales from the Vienna Woods and In Stiller Nacht by Brahms. Tickets to include refreshments are £6 each and are available from Vi Robinson on 01323 767209.

OPEN DAY: Come and try your hand at lacemaking. The Triangle Lace Club is holding an Open Day at Trinity Church Hall on Saturday June 8 from 10.30am to 1pm. Lace, lovingly made by club members, will be on display plus demonstrations and a Have A Go Pillow. Light refreshments will be available and entrance is free.

CHURCH RAMBLERS: An additional walk is being organised by Willingdon Church Ramblers for Monday. Meet at Chalk Farm at 10.30am for a circular walk in Arlington including round the reservoir.

PRAYER WALKS are to be held, led by Fr Clive Woodward. They are described as mini pilgrimages, providing an opportunity to travel lightly, walk free of daily routines, grow in fellowship and celebrate God’s creation. They are also an opportunity to reflect on the journey of our lives and our journey homewards to God. Each walk involves a few reflections and prayers, a set period of silence, and a few miles of fairly easy walking in the countryside. The starting point is at St Mary’s Church and it is hoped that cars will be shared where appropriate to where the walk will begin. They are as follows: 10am Wednesday June 5, watersides (Arlington) 3 miles; 6.30pm Thursday July 11 heathlands (Lullington) 3 miles; 10am Saturday August 3 downlands (Folkington) 4.5miles; 10am Wednesday September 4 ascents (Butts Brow) 4 miles.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: This is a reminder of Music in the Park, the event put on by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council from 11am to 5pm on Sunday June 9 at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground.

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: On June 7 international demonstrator Nick Grounds will be giving a demonstration to Willingdon Flower Club at the Memorial Hall. For further information, please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

TRINITY CHURCH Friday Fellowship is at 10am on the first, third and fifth Friday of the month in the church. There will be a short quiet period of reflection and fellowship followed by refreshments.

MARKET: Willingdon Community Market is held from 10am to 1pm every Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. There are a large variety of items for sale. Refreshments are available and also sandwiches, toasted sandwiches and other light snacks not forgetting of course the big breakfast or brunch. For further information please ring 01323 723772.

TRINITY CHURCH HALL, the community rooms and meeting room with their excellent facilities are for hire. Ring 07901971527 or email trinityhire@gmail.com. You can also advertise in the church’s monthly magazine by ringing 01323 484189 or emailing secretary@trinitylep.plus.com .