Parish Pump Hailsham - October 11, 2013

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ALFRISTON a accueilli des visiteurs de Veules-les-Roses ce weekend. The twinning ceremony was brought to order by Peter White, looking, and sounding, splendid in his town crier’s uniform. Nick Beechey, Chairman of Alfriston Parish Council and M Jean Claud Luca, deputy Mayor of Veules les Roses, signed and exchanged documents making the village officially twinned with Veules-les-Roses. There was an exchange of gifts. The War Memorial Hall now sports a new painting by the French artist Laurence Riguard and Veules les Roses has a painting of Alfriston by Mark Hurst. Jean Claud Luca also gave the village a colourful glass cockerel. It was a packed weekend for the visitors. On Saturday, after lunch at The Smugglers, there was a guided tour of the village by Kevin Gordon and then a chance of a guided walk on the Downs. In the evening the signing ceremony was Chaired by Dr June Goodfield and attended by a packed War Memorial Hall. There followed an official dinner at Deans Place Hotel. All were very well attended and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming and friendships were made. A special peal of bells was designed for the visit by Pauline Kennard and the Sunday morning service was delivered half in French and half in English. There are ambitious projects proposed with creativity high on the agenda. Already the schools have become linked and a teenage twinning group is planned. As Babette Kundratt, who has done so much towards this coming about, ended her welcome speech ‘que la fete commence!’

LITLINGTON Village Hall will be celebrating 60 years on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 between 10am and 4pm with a display of painting, photos, books and post cards celebrating village life in Litlington, Lullington and West Dean. All are welcome.

THE COACH HOUSE Gallery is planning to start a Deckchair Cinema. The first film to be shown on October 20 will be a tragicomedy German film, Goodbye Lenin. It will have English subtitles. This showing is supporting the Seaford Twinning Association. For details and to book a place e-mail deckchaircinema@rocketmail.com. or telephone 01323 871402.

Bodle Street Green

GAMES EVENING: Ye Olde Games Evening will be held at the village hall from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday. It will feature a Beetle Drive, Generation Game, Call My Bluff, Just A Minute and the Aardvark Relay. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £5 for children and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 Geoff on 833343 or Peter on 07860 889203. A jacket potato supper is included. Proceeds go to St John’s Church.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 2pm Weald Story Tellers – Fund Raising event.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, at 7pm on Thursday. Parishioners can raise matters early in the evening and the public are welcome to attend.

CROFT MEMORIAL: It is a sad fact that that the number of veteran’s able to attend the memorial service for Flying Officer Peter Crofts, diminishes each year, and it seems that those leaving the forces these days are not interested in joining the ex-servicemen’s organisations. Peter Crofts was shot down over Padgham Corner in late September 1940 and was dead by the time he reached the ground. His mother erected a simple wooden cross near the site, which was replaced with a larger cross for many years. This was showing signs of its age and it was replaced this year with a splendid new one. At the service last Sunday afternoon, our rector Rev Marc Lloyd dedicated the new one. As usual, the ATC from Eastbourne provided the escort and there were standards from RAFA and the British Legion. We adjourned to the village hall for a splendid tea provided by the WI.

Hailsham

DOORSTEP SELLERS: Wealden Police have had a number of reports recently of duster sellers working door to door in the local areas. They are advising people not to purchase anything from doorstep sellers unless you know they are completely legitimate. Some doorstep sellers will sell items at incredibly inflated prices, and have various reasons why they are selling items like dusters. One reason they may use is that they have been released from prison and are on a community rehabilitation programme. Always be wary of doing any business on the doorstep. If you need a trader, you can find approved ones in the buy with confidence booklet available from East Sussex Trading Standards or online at http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/business/tradingstandards/buywithconfidence/results2.aspx?Easting=&Northing=&Subcat=&Name If you require any advice or support, you can speak with your local Police Community Support Officers who will be happy to assist.

FARMERS MARKET: It does not seem possible that it was a few weeks ago we were visited by Radio Sussex with Simon Jenkins and Janina. Great morning and some good interviews. The Farmers Market is tomorrow, Saturday, at the Cattle Market, 9am to 12.30pm. You can buy your local meat, chicken, sausages all made in and around Hailsham. The farmers are there and you can speak with them and ask any questions you may have regarding their produce. Raw milk from The Mooman, also smoked bacon, honey and its various products. Cheeses that are delicious, you can have a taster just to make sure it is right for you. Cakes, eggs and beautiful tasty bread. This month also welcomes a fish seller, all caught locally. Various craft stalls will be there, for those extra special presents, perhaps even get ideas for Christmas. The bonfire society will be selling the programmes for the October 19 procession and firework display. Your Farmers Market has been in Hailsham for almost 14 years. Thanks are offered to all who have supported them over that time and the organisers look forward to seeing you and perhaps some new faces this month.

ST MARY’S: This is the twentieth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The God of Victory: defeating the enemy. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, A Church is Born. 2.45pm Holy Communion at Emmanuel. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Blessing, Promises and Talking Donkeys. Open Church will take place every second and fourth Thursday to coincide with the new Hailsham Street market.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Rev John Hawksworth. All welcome. There is a Clairvoyant Evening on Friday October 18 at the same venue from 7.30pm to 9pm. The medium is Marlene Woolgar.

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening Hailsham Old Pavilion society will be holding a quiz night at Summerheath Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 each per person and there will be teams of four to six players only. Includes ploughman’s supper. Bring your own drinks. To book call Paula on (01323) 841373.

RAMBLERS: There is an East Hoathly circular of four miles with Jo 842193 and Gill 849741 on Wednesday. It is flat with some styles. The shorter Wednesday short walks group is setting off with Jackie and Naomi 841995 but at the time of going to press the route and destination had yet to be decided. If you would like to go on either of these walks please phone the walk leaders for the details.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: This year the celebrations are on Saturday October 19. Bonfire building starts at 8am at the firesite in the Leisure Centre lower car park. From 9am members of Hailsham Bonfire Society will be in the town centre and in costume selling programmes and badges. The effigy will arrive at the firesite at noon. The procession will form up opposite the Western Road rec at 7pm ready for the procession to start with the sounding of the maroon at 7.30pm. There will be a rolling roadblock on the procession route from 7pm to 10pm. The route will be from Western Road onto South road, right into Station Road, left into Bellbanks Road and left into the High Street. At 8pm there will be a short service of remembrance at the War Memorial with a minutes silence and laying of wreaths returning to Western Road via Vicarage Lane, Vicarage Road, and South Road. The procession will set off for the firesite at 9pm, lighting the bonfire at 9.15am and at 9.30pm the Grand Firework Display will start. Bonfire prayers will be said before the detonation of the effigy. This year the street collection will be distributed to St John Ambulance, Sussex Search and Rescue and 2nd Hailsham Scout Group. For more information visit http://www.hailsham-bonfire.org.uk

U3A: The theatre group is going to The Holly and The Ivy on Wednesday November 27 at Devonshire Park. The opera group having seen Pavarotti in the light-hearted L’Elisir d’Amore, now looks forward to La Traviata on Wednesday October 30 at Diplocks Hall. In January we will see a comic opera. Last month the natural history group made a field trip to West Park Local Nature Reserve at Uckfield, which is of special value due to the variety of habitats it contains. These include mixed woodlands, flower-rich grassland and a sensitive marsh that supports a number of orchid species, including the rare Southern Marsh Orchid. Wooded sandstone outcrops, also present here, are home to at least 58 species of moss and liverworts. A worthwhile variety of trees, butterflies and birds were also seen. U3A has many groups and interests to suit everybody. If you would like to join any of these or find out more about what is available ring Sue on 840797 in the first instance or visit www.hailshamu3a.co.uk.

COMMUNITY MATTERS: Go into Waitrose during October and your green token can be used to support either Herstmonceux Rainbows who are raising funds to put towards earning badges whilst at the same time having fun. The unit is for girls aged between 5 and 7 years who meet weekly during term time. You could put your token towards the Grow and Sell Seed kits which are part of the Waitrose Community Investment programme and supports local primary schools with seed kit packs to inspire children to grow their own produce. The children will learn more about where food comes from, the impact of seasons, and develop entrepreneurial skills by selling their food outside our shop or at their school fete to encourage them to grow their own produce. The third choice is to support Hawkes Farm School.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Ray Bridges, LRPS GPAGB from Maidstone Camera Club gave a projected digital image lecture titled Thinking in Digital Terms. Ray has been taking photographs for nearly 50 years and has entered many competitions and exhibitions and gained numerous awards, winning several gold medals. Members saw many images of landscapes, his favourite subject, taken in the early morning in winter in the Lake District, as you have good light, colour and great texture. There were a great variety of photographs of Scotland, Northumberland and the Cotswolds, under the headings of Transport, Aircraft, and People. There was also a selection of digital creations from his own imagination, and a very good evening concluded with an Audio Visual presentation of Infra red images called A Lonely Chair.

CLOSE SHAVE: Local mum Vicky Richards had her head shaved for the Children with Cancer Charity and raised an amazing £170. Vicky was inspired by a friend’s daughter whose wish was that the garage be turned into a downstairs bedroom with bathroom to make her life easier. This was made possible by the charity and made her life, and thankfully still is making her life, so much better. In fact, the girl who shaved off Vicky’s hair was the subject of her inspiration.

HAILSHAM IN BLOOM: The 2013 Competition Awards were presented to green-fingered individuals and businesses for their efforts at a prize ceremony attended by the Town Mayor Councillor Jo Bentley. Hailsham in Bloom holds a number of annual competitions that give local people the opportunity to flaunt their horticultural skills, and aims to make the town more attractive for residents and visitors alike. This year, there were five categories with marks awarded for colour combination, landscape and floral design, quality of plants and evidence of recycling and a tidy appearance all round, in addition to the Hailsham Heritage Award, which recognises work of architecture or landscape design that best protect and promote the heritage of the town. Winners were: Best Kept Front Garden: 1, Mr R Cousens (Moore Park); 2, Ms J Figg-Leach (Front Lane); Highly Commended: Mrs L. Woodley, Ms T Harper, Mr and Mrs P Mead, Mr and Mrs J Coe, Mrs C Berry. Best Kept Allotment: (Battle Road allotments) Mr B Pullen (Plot 34); (Station Road allotments) Mr G Robinson (Plot 6). Best Business Premises (large), Waitrose Hailsham (Vicarage Field). Best Business Premises (small), Neptune Design Centre (North Street); Highly Commended, Sussex Independent Financial Advisors (George Street). Best Public House Display, The King’s Head (South Road). Hailsham Heritage Award 2013, Bowes House Care Home (Battle Road). Discretionary awards were presented to 1st Hellingly Brownies, 6th Hailsham Rainbows and Cllr Mary Rowe for their volunteer work and dedication to Hailsham In Bloom throughout the past year.

100 YEARS AGO: In October 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote: The Festival of the Ingathering of the Fruits of the Earth took place on Sunday September 28. There were 59 at the Eucharist, 8am, and large congregations during the day. The offertory for the Clergy Fund came to £10 5s 9d. This wonderful Earth has again put forth her strength and fed us. I see the estimated supply of wheat in the world is considerably greater than last year. And many of us never give thanks, and many only grumble. And yet we know ‘who workest hitherto’, and who works now to keep it going. There must be some centre and source of all this energy. We Christians know who is The Life.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. 6.30pm Evensong. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

HARVEST SUPPER at Hellingly Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 7pm for 7.30pm start. There will be a Grand raffle in aid of a project which Colin Tourle will explain during the evening. Please give your names to Barbara on 01323 841685 if you wish to go along.

MOTHERS UNION: On Tuesday at 7.15pm in Hellingly Church, Pauline Townsend from the Citizens Advice Bureau will be the speaker. Everyone welcome.

THANK YOU: Jane and Colin Tourle would like to thank everyone who supported their coffee morning, which actually went on throughout the whole day, with ploughman’s lunches and cream teas also being served. The event was just one of hundreds if not thousands held for the Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning in the World National event in aid of Cancer Care last Friday September 27. The magnificent total of £2546 was raised.

FIREWORKS: The Merrie Harriers Bonfire and Fireworks night is on Friday October 25. From 6pm children assemble for the judging of the Fancy Dress Competition in the Merrie Harriers Car Park. (Classes 0 to 4yrs; 5 to 7yrs; 8 to 11yrs; and 12yrs plus). There is no charge to enter, just turn up in your fancy costumes. There are cash prizes for three winners in each class and sweets for all that enter. Judging starts at 6.30pm. At 6.30pm the gate to the field opens and the hog roast and barbecue get under way. You can enjoy hamburgers or pork roast. There will be a bar in the field as well. At 7pm to 7.15pm lighting of the bonfire and from 8pm the firework display set up by Brightfix is scheduled. There will be the usual topical musical accompaniment to the festivities. This event usually costs more to stage than it makes so do come along and spend generously. Afterwards the pub is open until late

Herstmonceux

HATS are off...again: The cast and crew of Herstmonceux Amateur Theatre Society ( HATS) are busy rehearsing for their next production Half a Sixpence. This is a big musical with lots of dance and music in it and particularly chorus numbers. The show runs from 5th to 9th November at Herstmonceux Village Hall and tickets are available from Caprice Hair Fashions 01323 832227.

lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Tuesday October 1, nine members enjoyed a six-mile scenic walk starting from the village of High Hurstwood. We parked near St Trinity’s Church with its half-timbered clock tower and separate bell tower and walked along pastures and tree-lined tracks to enter High Hurstwood Nature Reserve. We then walked along stunning Autumnal woodland paths and some of our group gathered mushrooms from the verges. When we stopped for coffee on a grassy slope, we admired views of distant hills shrouded by mist. Continuing on, we followed more woodland paths and crossed a high culvert over a dramatic, deeply-sunken stream, trickling today but known to flood after a wet spell and turn into a rushing torrent. Fortunately, few golfers were out whilst we followed the footpath skirting the fairways of Crowborough golf course and we then took an enclosed path which led us out to the A26 at Poundgate, opposite the Crow and Gate pub. By this stage, we had gently climbed 450 feet since leaving High Hurstwood. At one stage, we had to make a detour along the Vanguard Way because a bridge was unsafe which added a little distance but in no way deterred from the enjoyment of the walk. As well as the extensive woodlands and forests, the walk took us along the ancient sunken trackways, with high banks of trees on either side. No doubt the heavy Wealden clay would turn to mud during the wet winter months but we were lucky that on the day they were dry and easy to walk on. We arrived back at the church and our car park safely and five of us adjourned to the local hostelry for a well-deserved drink and tasty sandwiches. The walk was led by Margaret. Our next walk is on Wednesday, and is Around Arlington. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in time to catch the 10.09am train to Berwick and bring a picnic. Our new programme is available at the Tourist office or visit our website http:/www.lewesfootpathsgroup.org.uk.

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk on The Story of a Lewes Street: Chapel Hill, Monday 7pm at the Kings Church building Brooks Road. Most local people know Chapel Hill as the steep, narrow road that leads up to the golf course. However, did you know that cricket was played on the top of the hill before golf? And what happened to the chapel that gave the road its name? What was Baldy’s pleasure garden and who were the artists James Lambert (senior and junior)? Find out more about the fascinating history of Chapel Hill and the people who lived and worked there. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door. www.leweshistory.org.uk

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday September 24, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Meic Goodyear and Simon Fishburn; 2, Martin and Sylvia Hall; 3, Nancy Wiginton and Rosemary Land. Thursday September 26, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Diana Stevens and Margaret Buddery; 2, Nigel Osmer and Ronald Buddery; 3, Roy Skan and Frank Hibbert. Tuesday October 1, 8th Ladder: 1, Simon Fishburn and Richard Pearson; 2, Janet Catermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Peter Waters and Nancy Wiginton. Thursday October 3, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Cattermole and Mickie Lodge; 2, Margaret and Ronald Buddery; 3, David Sharpe and Liz Fry.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; 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

HOOE OPEN GROUP are meeting today, Friday, 2.30pm in the village hall where they will welcome Sarah Page will be presenting the history of the Sussex Trug as well as demonstrating its manufacturing technique. If you would like further information about the group, please call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

JUMBLE SALE: The flower group are holding a Jumble Sale tomorrow, Saturday, in the Memorial Hall. Doors open 2pm. If you are unable to attend on the day and would like to donate, cakes or produce, it can be dropped off with Beryl Harmer, Chamberlain House, The Green, Ninfield (01424 892057) or contact Jennifer on (01424 892878). The money raised at our Jumble Sales is essential fundraising for the club.

THE MEN’S CLUB have the first presentation of their charity donations tomorrow evening, Saturday. Hastings Lifeguards will be presented with a cheque for £1000. On November 30, they have a further charity presentation evening where they will hand over cheques to Children with Cancer and to Brown Bread Horse Rescue, a local charity based in Ashburnham. You may have noticed there has been a seat installed at Lunsford Cross bus stop. This was kindly donated by NWMC, where they hope the people of Lunsford Cross will enjoy being able to sit down while waiting for the bus. NWMC have one final charity fund raiser in December with a Charity Christmas Coffee Morning in aid of Help For Heroes (further information nearer the time). They would welcome donations of Christmas decorations or any unwanted items for this event. Please phone 892239 or 892182 to make your donation.

HARVEST LUNCH: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Harvest Lunch in their hall on Sunday, 12.30pm. Tickets are £5 each are available from church members or Paul and Betty Burson by telephoning 892192. All are very welcome.

AGM: It will be Ninfield Carnival’s AGM on Wednesday at 8pm at the Working Men’s Club. Their chairman, Andy Gale, will be standing down. They have very few members at the moment and would warmly welcome some new blood. Please ring Lorna 893644, if you’d be interested in joining them, or turn up at the AGM.

BATTLE and Ninfield Guild are next meeting on Wednesday, 2.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. This week they have a talk by Paul Burson titled An Italian Journey. They next meet on November 6 where they welcome the Beachy Head Chaplaincy.

TICKETS for the Ninfield Reunion event at 2pm on Saturday, October 19, organised by the local history group are now on sale at the Village Stores and Post Office. The reunion is for anyone who lived in the village any time between 1930 and 1969. Admission is by advance ticket only as an afternoon tea is included in the price of £2 per person. To avoid disappointment buy your tickets now.

THE NEW SEASON of Ninfield Horticultural Society starts on Monday, October 21, in the Memorial Hall with their AGM. Regular and new members are very welcome at 7.30pm and annual subs are payable from that night. As a reward for attending the AGM, it will be followed by Kim Parks with some of his lovely local slides. This is usually a very entertaining evening and the society hopes to see lots of you there.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL: The next Neighbourhood and Panel meeting will be held in the reading room, Ninfield, on Tuesday October 22, 7.30pm. The speak will be from the Road Policing Unit advising about operation Crackdown and Anti-Social Driving. You are invited to go along and find out how incidents can be reported and ask questions to the speaker along with your questions to Daryl Holter, our PCSO.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Service of Worship with Gillian Lambourne.

Polegate

TICKETS now on sale for Polegate Drama’s next production of See How They Run, an hilarious war time farce by Philip King. Tickets at £8.50 for adults and £6 for children are obtainable from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street 483348, production takes place from Wednesday October 30 to Saturday November 2 or online at www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Residents Association. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

ANNUAL MILLS TALK at Polegate Windmill on Sunday. This year Peter Hill will talk about West Blatchington Windmill Past and Present. Details from Pat Stevens 734496.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on October 17 include Leisurely Walk, Old Eastbourne Town, nearly three miles. No 51 bus from Polegate High Street at 9.19am or Triangle, Eastbourne Road 9.27am alight at Hurst Arms. Coffee, no stiles with Rich. Let’s Try The Stiles Around Old Heathfield, nearly six miles woods and fields around Old Heathfield, undulating but no steep hills, 17 stiles with Brenda G. Or a longer walk of nine miles, Good Views – Weather Permitting, downland, hilly, Firle five stiles with Betty and Jean. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

HOW ABOUT seeing the New Year in by doing something different. How about a five course meal with champagne, wine and fireworks. Jinty will be making her last run at the Spa Valley Railway before her overhaul. Go to Spa Valley website for more info and booking. www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk or telephone 01892 537715.

COFFEE MORNING at Polegate Community Centre, on Saturday October 19, in the lounge is hosted by Polegate Conservatives. All welcome from 10am.

POLEGATE SINGERS meet on Wednesday evenings at Polegate Community Centre. Do come along and join us. More info from Helen Stiles on email helenstiles108@gmail.cm

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. The church looked beautiful over last weekend with wonderful displays of autumn flowers and foliage, together with fruit and vegetables. Most of the displays should still be in place now, so you still have time to see them. Many thanks go to Joanna Smith and the members of the Sanctuary Guild for all their hard work in putting on such a wonderful display. Thank you also to the staff and children of Punnetts Town Community Primary School for their artistic contributions, which provided added interest in a delightful way. Our harvest weekend was combined with our annual gift day. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 2pm Weald Story Tellers – Fund Raising event. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm Evening service with Jim Dryden.

HISTORY GROUP: Our speaker on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm is Derek Legg who will encourage us to Remember, Remember, the 5th of November. We meet in the Dunn Village Hall. Coffee is served prior to the meeting.

COFFEE AND COMPANY: A reminder that Coffee and Company have a special event in aid of the Horder Centre, this Thursday from 10am to noon. There will be a raffle, bring and buy and cakes for sale.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets in the Dunn Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday. Parishioners can raise matters early in the evening and the public are welcome to attend.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including tea or coffee is £2.50. For further information, ring Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Admission is £5 to include tea or coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros Burtenshaw on 01323 504463.

ART EXHIBITION: The Church Street Art Group tutored by Teresa Currie are holding their annual exhibition from 10am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Mary’s Church Hall. There will be a sale of original art works, prints, cards, photography, textiles, and other crafts. Commission raised from sales will go towards church funds and family support work. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available all day. The local history archives will also be on display in the church.

LIZ AND DARREN known as Pocketsize will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf with their laid back American folk music tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday at 1.30pm it will be the turn of wandering minstrel Leo.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm with tours of the mill and refreshments available. At 3pm Peter Hill will be giving a talk on his involvement with West Blatchington Mill, past and present.

ORGAN RECITAL: Fr Michael Maine will be giving an organ recital from 7.30pm on Monday at St Mary’s Church. Also taking part will be some vocal soloists. Admission is free with a retiring collection supporting local Polegate charity Children with Cancer.

MEETING: Willingdon Residents’ Association will be holding their general meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. Their speaker is Jenny Wootton who will be giving a power point presentation on Wannock Tea Gardens. A member of the Neighbourhood Police Team also hopes to be in attendance. Refreshments are available.

ELECTRIC BLANKETS: Wealden District Council’s free annual electric blanket testing is taking place in a number of venues in Wealden. On Tuesday they are being tested at St John’s Church Hall Polegate from 2pm to 4pm. Information will also be given on energy efficiency, security and fire prevention, benefits and pensions, and adaptions and improvements to your home. For further information ring WDC Community and Regeneration Team on 01892 602757.

QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association is having a quiz night at Trinity Church Hall at 7.30pm on Friday October 18. The quiz master is Steve White. Tickets are £7 to include a ploughman’s supper and free raffle. Please ring Linda Francis on 01323 485885.

COMEDY NIGHT: Friday October 25 should be a good night at the British Queen when a variety of professional and amateur comedians will be ready to entertain you from 9pm. Tickets are £7 each and are available at the bar.

PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at 10.15am on Thursday at the Red Lion.

JEVINGTON AND FILCHING Residents’ Association will be meeting in Jevington Village Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon on Friday October 18 at Trinity Church. The menu will be fruit juice, chicken supreme or vegetable supreme, boiled rice, seasonal vegetables, apple cake and custard, and tea or coffee. The cost is just £5. To reserve a place please call Jennie on 01323 484189. Trinity Diners is one of the three good causes chosen by Waitrose in Old Town for the month of October. The cashiers give a green token to each of their customers who can then select who they wish to support and these tokens equate to cash for the good causes selected.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is trying to collate the various artefacts displayed in the mill museum and are looking for a volunteer computer operator with an interest in the museum who could help them. Each item has a unique number with some information about it. The aim is to get a list of the numbered artefacts, and this would then be available to visitors wanting to do further research. The work would be carried out on Sunday afternoons. To find out more ring 01323 734496 or call at the mill on Sunday November 3 between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Volunteers are also needed to deliver leaflets in an area close to where they live so that mill events can be more effectively advertised.