Parish pump Hailsham - May 9, 2014

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Alfriston

COLIN AND CHRISTINE BURDEN of Heartstart are retiring. Colin was a member of the ambulance service from 1969 until 2003. Also in 1969 he joined the RNLI serving on the Eastbourne lifeboat for 21 years until 1990. He was one of the first full time paramedics in Sussex at the forefront of enhanced training for ambulance staff, with particular regard to heart disease. His career in the ambulance service has taken him to work in a number of ambulance stations across Sussex and when Margaret Thatcher visited Eastbourne, at the height of the IRA campaign, he was her personal paramedic. In 2006 Colin and two or three others, whilst talking in the pub, developed the idea of Heartstart. Dr Adcock was involved and supported the idea by donating a fibrillator. Since that time there has been nearly 1,000 calls, over 300 last year alone. There are six responders that form the local team with two more going to be trained in the next month or so. Colin has personally received many commendations over the years, the most recent being the Chief Executives Commendation for saving someone’s life on the Downs. Colin’s wife, Christine has shared in all the stress and triumphs throughout their long marriage and has been the very successful leader of the Fund Raising for Heartstart. Their future plans are not clear at the moment but it was made very clear, at a party held in their honour last Saturday, that the village is grateful for their work and wish them well in their retirement. The parish council at the Monday PCC meeting also presented a picture as a mark of appreciation.

WI NEWS report from Wendy Day: Many members and several visitors attended the April meeting to hear an interesting talk by Irene Eltringham-Wilson, National Gardens Scheme organiser for East Sussex. Mrs Eltringham-Wilson started by explaining the criteria that gardens have to meet to be included in the scheme. All entrance charges to the NGS Open Gardens are donated to national nursing and cancer charities with the total to date being over £40 million. Everyone present was given a copy of the East Sussex guide to gardens open in 2014 and were then shown pictures of some of the gardens with amusing and entertaining anecdotes about the gardens and their owners. Plans for a summer of garden visiting were made by members. There was also reminders of the outing to the Seaford Little Theatre and that the Bexhill Tea Club will be visiting at the end of May.

EXHIBITION: The Alfriston Art Club will be holding its very popular annual Exhibition and Sale of work from May 24 to 27 from 10.30am to 5.30pm at the War Memorial Hall. There will be a large selection of framed and unframed paintings for sale and also homemade refreshments. Entry is free but please note there will be no credit card facilities.

THE ZHEN SHAN REN (Truthfulness Compassion Tolerance) International Art Exhibition is visiting the Old Chapel Centre from May 24 to May 31, from 10am to 5pm. The exhibition is free. For more information visit www.zsr-art.org.uk.

THE 300 CLUB will be meeting at The George this month on May 13 at 8pm. All are welcome to witness another couple of lucky winners at the monthly draw and perhaps join so that you too could have the chance to win £50. The 300 Club donates all profits to the War Memorial Hall.

NEW VENTURES: The village High Street is getting a new look with two new shops. The Cuckmere Emporium at 2 Cross House plans to source the majority of its goods from within the Cuckmere Valley and surrounding locality with a view to supporting our community and economy. Currently 11 local producers have their goods in the emporium and Geoff and Jackie Knights are continuing to develop the range and are happy to hear from anyone in the neighbourhood who may wish to use the shop as an outlet or point of contact. At this time cushions, cards, vintage clothing, furniture, jewellery, bespoke quilts and a range of Love Alfriston souvenirs by Padgham-Major and numerous gift items by Bob Kingdom can be found. The second new shop is really a location move from one end of the High Street to the other. The Apiary is open for their well known range of ladies clothes but are also adding a coffee shop at their new, larger address.

RATHFINNY Wine Estate is hosting a Gala Evening of wine and music on June 11 at 7.30pm. The London Conchord Ensemble will perform a programme including the music of Pierne, Beethoven, Elgar and Shubert. Tickets, £25, may be booked at the Gun Room or telephone 01323 870022, when directions to the venue will be given. Full details of the programme can be found at www.rathfinnyestate.com.events.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCHSERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Rogation Family Service. The congregation walk round the village stopping at key points for hymns and prayers for God’s blessing on village life. At the Annual meetings the following were elected: Churchwardens Mary Gibson and Charles Harding, Deanery Synod Reps Jeanne Archer and Bryan Gibson. PCC: Philippa Gentry, Margaret Harding, Margaret Holt, Shirley Price, Peter Morgan, Dr Helen Ridge and Mary Williamson (secretary). Charles Harding will be vice-chairman and Bryan Gibson the treasurer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Council meets at Bodle Street Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday. This will be the Annual Parish Council meeting at which officers and committees for the year will be appointed, prior to the regular business.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICES: Tomorrow, Saturday, we welcome The Right Reverend Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester to our service of Evening Prayer (BCP) at 4.30pm. The Reverend Canon David Gutsell will lead the service and there will be refreshments after of tea, coffee and Simnel cake. All are very welcome to join us. On Sunday the service of Mattins (BCP) at 10.30am will be led by The Reverend Stuart Baker, again followed by tea and coffee after in the church.

Hailsham

FARMERS’ MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, in The Cattle Market from 9am to 12.30pm. You can buy local produce straight from your local farms and ask your farmer any questions regarding their produce. All types of meat, chicken, sausages, bacon, along with eggs, cheese, lovely homemade cakes, honey, bread, jam and milk. There are also various craft stalls for that unusual present. The Market Café will be open for tea, coffee, hot and cold food. There is free car parking alongside the market. Go along and see what your Farmers’ Market is about.

NEW BOOT SALE: The Old Loom Mill on Ersham Road is going to be holding fortnightly boot sales starting tomorrow, Saturday. Sellers from 11am, buyers noon to 3pm. Good refreshments and comfort facilities. Children’s play area. £7 per pitch. To book contact (01424) 731006.

SPRING CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, the South Downs Singers will perform An Evening with Faure and others at Hailsham Community Hall, directed by Louise Morris with Fiona Baines, Chris Dixon and Tim Nail, starting at 7.30pm and in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice Care. Admission is £10 and £5 for under 14s. Tickets can be reserved on (01323) 870610 or 847211.

CATS PROTECTION FAIR: Go along on Sunday from noon to 3pm and support the Friends of Eastbourne Adoption Centre at 63 Marshfoot Lane. Visit the cats and kittens and enjoy cakes, refreshments, raffle and stalls in the garden. Entry is 50p or a tin of cat food.

ORGAN CLUB: Hailsham Organ Club meets at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field, on Wednesday when Jean Martyn, who was a great hit on TV a short while back, will be playing your sort of music live at the organ.

U3A: Some members attended Battle Memorial Hall for a presentation by the South Downs National Park Authority last month to celebrate the South Downs Project. Following refreshments the morning commenced with an informative talk as to why the South Downs National Park was created and what makes it such a special place, using a power point presentation to explain how the vast area of some 618 square miles and amazingly home to some 11,200 inhabitants, is managed. The geology of the national park and its cultural heritage was also explained and how visitors interacted with the area, enjoying the countryside, buildings and natural habitat. This embodied the ecology of balancing the preservation and conservation of the woodlands, heath lands and farmlands. Finally there was a talk by the Sussex Wildlife Trust explaining the balance of different wildlife in the park and the importance of each habitat. The day was extremely interesting and showed just how much interest and enjoyment can be found in the architecture, leisure or countryside on our doorstep. The U3A has over 20 groups, including discussion, strollers, dog walkers, art lovers, opera, gardening and garden visits. To find out more, contact Sue 840797.

HISTORY GROUP: Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society next meets on Wednesday and the subject is Natural History around Britain, by Patrick Coulcher. The venue is the Methodist Church Hall, High Street. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. All welcome and visitors pay just £2.50. The April meeting was ‘the best history lesson about one of our past Kings that I have sat through,’ said Chair, David Bourne. It was presented by Helen Poole and entitled Charles II and his escape through Sussex. Charles had lost the battle at Worcester to Cromwell’s army in 1651 and a £1,000 reward was offered for Charles’ capture. It was a job to disguise him being 6ft 2inches tall and having long curly hair. So, with hair cut short and wearing peasant clothing, they made their escape across the country coming south to find a ship to take him to France. There were some narrow escapes along the way but they found a ship at Southampton. However, this ship was commandeered to take soldiers to Jersey. He then made his way along the Sussex byways, again with some near misses of being captured and eventually made it to Brighton, sailing from Shoreham to France. It was hours later that troops arrived to arrest him. Helen was thanked for presenting an enjoyable and informative evening and this report barely scratches the surface of her talk.

THE HERITAGE CENTRE situated behind the kebab shop and between Hailsham Town Council and Lloyds Bank, at Blackmans Yard, Market Street is now open through to the end of September. The museum will be open on Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm. If you have never been, you really must go along to this lovely and most fascinating place of interest. Admission is free and there are many photos on view of old Hailsham, tools, domestic items and a special World War I display this year. Do go along and visit. You may learn something or have a chat with a history society volunteer and they may be able to find information for you. If you would like information about the society or the museum contact David Bourne on (01323) 440359.

ST MARY’S: This is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Jesus, the Ascended Priest and at 10.30am. All Age Special with Crèche: Bible Baddies, the Bully’s Tale. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Jesus the Ascended Priest.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The mediums on this occasion are Darren John and Adam Samuel.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The Hailsham and District Branch is meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Fields, followed by a quiz. All ex-Service, serving personnel and dependants, young and old, are welcome. Make new friends. Car parking at the rear of the club. For further details contact Peter Clark on 01323 841809 or Frank Berry on 01323 843880 or 07901717354.

100 YEARS AGO: In May 1914 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote as follows: My dear Friends, On May 7 I represent you at the Great chapter of the Cathedral. On May 12 and 13, your Clergy, the licensed Lay Readers and Messrs Black and AK Burtenshaw, your elected members, represent you at the Great Religious Council of the diocese, at Brighton, the General Synod. So our corporate existence is coming before us as a reality. Easter Day was brilliant. A splendid sun and cloudless sky, 60 communicants at 7am, 110 at 8am, 80 at 11am and 49 in the evening, total 299. The Easter Offering amounted £15 11s 5d, for which I am much obliges. The decorations were quite beautiful.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last Thursday was the last meeting of the season and the club held its annual general meeting and awards presentation. Chairman Ray Beckwith opened the proceedings with a warm welcome to all members and began with his report of the year’s activities, which was then followed by a report from each member of the committee. Next on the agenda was the re-election of officers and members of the committee for those who had not completed their three year term after nomination, and nominations and election of officers to fill vacancies. After the tea break, there was the presentation of trophies by the club’s President Colin Tourle LRPS, to the winners in each category of the competitions, with photographs taken for the club website by Bob Sherrard LRPS. The annual dinner is planned to take place next Thursday at the Boship (Lions) Farm Hotel for members and their guests and there are several social activities arranged during the summer to help people stay in touch until the new season begins in September.

PARISH COUNCIL: Five members of the public were present at the March meeting and raised the issue of parking at Roebuck Park where cars were being parked along The Drive and the roads leading off it causing residents to be either blocked in or having nowhere to park. The question of whether no parking or residents parking only signs could be erected was raised. When a park ranger would be in post was also raised and whether the park ranger would be able to enforce the Byelaws within the recreational areas of the parish. Lastly, a question as to who has the right to enforce the covenant with regards to sign written commercial vehicles parked within the Roebuck Park development was also asked. The notice regarding Byelaws for Parish Open Spaces had been placed in the local press. If no objections were received it was hoped that the byelaws would come into force on 1 April. County Cllr Bennett had written to Nigel Greenaway, Division Chief Executive at Persimmon Homes, regarding antisocial behaviour at Roebuck Park. A response had been received from Andrew Hammond, Regional Chairman, South Eastern, stating that Andrew Shankster, Managing Director of the South East business, will keep him informed of any developments. An article would be placed in the Hellingly Highlights and the local press explaining the reasons for the increase in council tax to parishioners. The parish council took over the responsibility of phase 1 of Roebuck Park at the beginning of April. A meeting, including a walk around the park, would take place when a snagging list would be drawn up of any outstanding works that needed to be completed by the developer. The council had not made a formal decision to employ a full time Park Ranger at this time as further research is needed into this post. Hailsham Cricket Club confirmed the club was very interested in continuing talks with the Parish Council with regards to the tenancy of the sports facilities. Also the rugby club has requested permission to carry out extensive drainage works on the pitch costing in the region of 20k which would be raised through fundraising and grants. At the annual parish meeting, members agreed that David Dyer was to be invited to give a presentation about his recently published book. Katy Bourne, Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, and a representative from First Responders should also be asked to give presentations. Further information about this or future meetings from The Parish Council of Hellingly, The Village Hall, North Street, Hellingly, East Sussex, BN27 4DS. Tel or Fax 01323 484210, E-mail clerk@hellingly-pc.org.uk or visit Website www.hellingly-pc.org.uk.

SPRING FAIR: Emmanuel Pre-School on Hawkswood has its seasonal event tomorrow, Saturday, from 1pm to 3pm. There will be a tombola, raffle, bouncy castle, children’s games, face painting and story telling. Entrance is free.

CIRCUS: John Lawson’s circus is coming to town over this weekend, May 9 to 11, at the Festival of Transport Field, North Street. There are special offer vouchers around town where all seats are £7 for as big a party as you like with the one voucher. Shows are 7pm Friday, 2pm and 5pm tomorrow and 2pm only on Sunday. Enquiries 07860 498833.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

TOM’S NIGHT: We were promised an entertaining night and courtesy of Tom Fitzpatrick and Team Woolie, we got it. The evening was a sell-out so there were lots of familiar faces there and quite a few new ones, the evening was enjoyed by all. Tom now has an extensive repertoire, some old, some new and as his confidence has grown and he has become the entertainer we all knew he would be. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook or visit www.tomfitzpatrickentertainments.com to see where you can watch him next.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill will be open on Sunday between 10.30am and 5pm as part of the National Mills Weekend. Other attractions will include a classic car display on the Green, an amateur radio station linking mills around the world, the Long Man Morris Men, face painting and fencing for children and the usual plants stalls, tea rooms and barbecue. Free parking at the Horseshoe Inn and entry to the Mill by donation; other opening times for the Mill in May will be May 18, 25 and 26.

CHARITY CONCERT: Friday May 30 a concert starring Davinder Singh on violin and Aleksander Szram on piano will be held at Herstmonceux Castle in aid of the Windmill at Windmill Hill. The Elizabethan gardens will be open from 6.30pm for ticket holders. Pre-concert champagne and soft drinks will be available in the courtyard and to book your tickets please call Bee on 833033.

RAY AND SHELDON will meet today, Friday, when a representative from Oakhouse Foods will go along with samples and to explain just how their delivery system works. All over the age of 60 years are most welcome to pop along from 2.15pm. For further information call 441244.

WALKING CLUB: On Tuesday meet Lita at Buckle car park, Seaford, at 6.30pm for a 4 mile walk through Bishopstone and Tidemill. All are welcome. For lifts please call 848790.

SPORTS DAY AND FAIR hosted by the Herstmonceux Scout Group in aid of the new Scout Hut and in conjunction with the Herstmonceux Bowls Club and Cricket Pavilion who are raising money for their new clubhouses. Pitches at £10 each for businesses (advance booking only by May 19 please) and donations from any other charity groups, along with a whole host of other events. Set up time will be 8.30am for 10am start running until 3pm. Cheques will secure your booking but will not be cashed until after the event and if the weather proves to be inclement it will be rescheduled. To book please contact Tabitha on 07887 420751 or email tabfa71@gmail.com and for all other enquiries contact Colin on 07730 805105 or email c.southouse@sky,com.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with Evensong will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Holy Communion (CW) along with the Worship and Prayer service being held at Wartling church at 9.45am and 11am respectively.

Laughton

JUMBLE SALE: There will be a Jumble Sale in Laughton Parish Hall on Saturday May 17. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble still wanted. Please contact Jean-Mary Crozier 01323 811385 email jean-mary@silverhounds.co.uk

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm. 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

OUR PCSO, Daryl Holter, reports there has been a theft of maintenance equipment, lawn mowers, from St Oswald’s Church in Hooe between April 13 to April 16. If anyone saw anything or has any information, please contact the police on 101, quoting reference 0944 28/04/14.

SCOUTS: 1st Ninfield Scout Group held their 30th year celebrations last Saturday. A large number of the Scout group attended the events in the afternoon, with Crowhurst group ending a hike at the Memorial Hall. The afternoon was followed by a very enjoyable Barn Dance. The executive committee thank everyone who helped to organise these celebrations.

HOOE OPEN GROUP meet today, Friday, at 2.30pm with a talk by Olivia Breeze, Memories of My Father (singer Alan Breeze). If you are interested in joining a very friendly group of like-minded ladies, why not go along to the meeting. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

CLEAN UP: Ninfield Village Society have a Village Clean Up day tomorrow, Saturday. You are invited to help clear and tidy your part of the village, with all equipment supplied by Ninfield Parish Council and Kier. If you would like to join in, please meet at the Methodist Church Hall at 10am. Refreshments are provided courtesy of the parish council. For more details, please contact Martin Wood on 892895 or Robin Goldsmith on 892778.

THE FLOWER GROUP meet on Monday with A Basket for all Occasions workshop and June 2, Gaenor Circus with a demonstration Fabulous Flowers. For information, contact Jennifer Collett on 01424 892878 or email ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk.

NWATCH: Neighbourhood Watch meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Reading Room. This is your opportunity to speak to our PCSO, Daryl Holter, regarding any policing matters. For more information, call Thelma on 892421.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The next meeting of Hooe History Society will be on Thursday in Hooe Village Hall, 7.30pm. Robert Pilbeam has been preparing a talk entitled The Red Lion: the building, its people and other inhabitants, so this should be really interesting. The group are aware that many people have knowledge, memories and stories about this splendid old pub so they are hoping for as much audience participation as possible. The more information they can draw together the better. Further details about the society from Heather Sinden, 01424 893422 or Peter and Pam Doodes 01424 892329. If you have information or interesting stories about the Red Lion please contact Robert Pilbeam 01424 844365.

LOCAL HISTORY: Ninfield Local History Group meet on Thursday, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. David Swales will talk about farming in the Ninfield Area. For information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Acting Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email ken.ffoulkes@which.net

COFFEE MORNING: The Methodist Church are holding a coffee morning to support Christian Aid week on Saturday, May 17, 10am to noon.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesdays, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church service is at 2.30pm.

Polegate

TICKETS for Polegate Drama Group’s next production of A Vicar of Dibley Christmas, the second coming, at Archer and Partners, 48 High Street, or telephone 483348. Adults £9 children £6. Performance until May 10.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, View of all The Sisters with Catherine. Meet at Chyngton Lane, Seaford, 10am bus No 12 at 9.28am Terminus Road stand J, finish at 12.30pm, 4.5 miles, one climb. On Sunday, Not a Lot to Drink, with Rob J, meet bus No 12A 9.36 Terminus Road, stand J. Walk starts at East Dean CP 9.50am, dry lunch, Jevington finish at 3pm, 8miles. On Monday, Up The Royal, Across the golf course to Meads. Meet in front of Waitrose at 10am with Margaret. Programmes available from 735714. On Wednesday, Hankham Circular. Meet at Westham Village Hall at 10am with Derek.

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

TABLE SALE on Saturday May 17, in the main hall at Polegate Community Centre, from 9.30am to noon. To book a table at £5, please telephone 485778.

ROY HALE will be talking to Polegate Gardeners Society on A Stroll Along an English Country Lane, on Thursday May 22, at 7.30pm. We meet at Polegate Community Centre, non-members are very welcome to join our meetings. For more information please telephone Sheila on 483222.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Rogation Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with Roger Lumley and 6.30pm evening service with Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Kevin Gordon presents us with an A-Z of Sussex Churches on Monday at the Dunn Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

CAROUSEL: Time is racing away and the production of the musical Carousel put on by the Village Players is coming together. Dress and tech rehearsals are this weekend with opening night on Wednesday. In a new venture for the group, tickets are now only available via the players’ website. Type in to your search engine, Village Players Rushlake Green. When you get to the site there is a link to the ticketing at the foot of the home page. There are some great tunes in this show, June is Busting Out All Over, My Boy Bill, and You’ll Never Walk Alone to name but three. Even your correspondent has a small, non-singing part.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at Bodle Street Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday for the Annual Parish Council meeting at which officers and committees will be appointed, prior to the regular business.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

FASHION SHOW: Edgmont Church and the site in Old Town was bought by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013 to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. But building cannot start until a lot more money has been raised. The Edgmond Church, now known as Edgmond Hall, has been refurbished and can be used for community and fundraising events. On Sunday April 27 a fashion show and cream tea was held. The fashions were from The Designer Room, 20 South Street, Eastbourne, and the whole event was masterminded by events manager Ann Hamilton. It was very professional; the models looked as if they had received training, but in fact they were friends and colleagues and even Jill Parker, project co-ordinator for the JPK Project, was persuaded to walk the cat walk and looked stunning. Round tables were set out with beautiful linen cloths for afternoon tea, dainty sandwiches and scones, all very civilised. Everyone agreed it had been a most enjoyable afternoon and the venue is ideal for big occasions such as wedding receptions, parties, special events and functions, and there is plenty of parking. For enquiries contact Ann Hamilton on 417163 or her mobile 07780 475200.

PIRATES OF PENZANCE is showing at the Devonshire Park Theatre at 7.45pm until tomorrow, Saturday. Matinee performance at 2.30pm Saturday. JPK Sussex Project will benefit from the programme sales and retiring collections. Please contact Kath Day on 01323 460258 if you could help.

CYCLE TOUR: Martin Hughes, landlord of the Wheatsheaf, and customer Paul Crysell are cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and hope to do it in nine days, a distance of 1,000 miles, averaging at about 110 miles a day, including a total ascent of 51,700 feet. They set off on May 4. Progress of the trip is being recorded on the large map inside the pub. The three charities they are supporting are Breast Cancer Research, Water Aid and St Wilfrid’s Hospice. You can put a donation into the collecting tub in the Wheatsheaf, sign the sponsor form at the bar or visit www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/martincharitychallenge2014 .

MILLS DAY is on Sunday when traditionally radio hams link up with mills in other parts of the country and even abroad. The Amateur Radio Club will be at Polegate Windmill to see how many contacts they can make. The Long Man Morris Men will also be dancing at the mill at 1.30pm. Hopefully the weather will be good and members of the public are invited to bring along their own table to sell their own wares or publicise any organisation or charity in which they are interested, so there should be a large variety of stalls. There will be no charge but do contact the event’s organiser Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496 first. Refreshments are also available on the day and tours of the four floors of the mill can still be taken. The ground floor and education room are wheelchair friendly and toilets are also available.

EASTBOURNE Astronomical Society will meet from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Damian Peach will give a talk entitled An Introduction to Astronomical Imaging.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Solo acoustic artist Alex Gold will be performing a mixture of popular and old soul hits at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

RNIB: An afternoon of light musical entertainment will be held at 3pm on Sunday at Wannock Village Hall in aid of Royal National Institute for the Blind. Tea and homemade cake will be served and there will be a raffle. Tickets are £5.

A CONCERT will be held at St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday directed by Michael Stumbles. The augmented church choir will sing. There will be various solos and ensembles, vocal and instrumental, and including organ solos from Paul Collins. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection supporting local charity Children with Cancer.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will hold a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by the annual council meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. At the annual council meeting, the chair of the parish council will be elected and councillors will then choose on which committees they wish to stand. Ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

TRINITY DINERS: Installation of the new kitchen at Trinity Church is due to be completed on Thursday. Unfortunately the monthly lunch scheduled for May 16 will have to be cancelled as there will still be a lot of clearing up to do and china and pots and pans put back in place. The next lunch will be at noon on Friday June 20 when chicken pie with seasonal vegetables and fruit trifle will be served. To book please ring Jennie Macfadgen on 01323 484189 or email secretary@trinitylep.plus.com. In the meantime Trinity Community Market is still being held in the hall each Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm, when there will be fresh produce for sale, crafts, haberdashery, cakes, household goods and refreshments. For information or to book a stall please ring Wendy on 01323 489002 or email wendyandterrybrown@gmail.com.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING: You are invited to a relaxing afternoon in the glorious gardens of Sunrise Senior Living, Upper Kings Drive, 2pm to 4pm on Friday May 16. Enjoy great company, refreshing cocktails and delicious canapés. Talented harpist Magdalena Reising will provide musical entertainment.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society meet from 7pm to 9pm on Friday May 16 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate when Rex Swain will talk on Old Rye. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm on Friday May 16 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.