Parish pump Hailsham - September 12, 2014

Alfriston

HERITAGE OPEN DAY is a national celebration of fantastic architecture and culture which offers free access to places usually closed to the public or normally charged for admission. Two local venues will be open free. The National Trust owned 14th century thatched Clergy House on the Tye will be open tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am to 5pm. For more information visit www.heritageopendays.or.uk. The Dovecote Gardens, West Dean, houses the restored 14th century Dovecote, a scheduled Ancient Monument. The Manor House ruins, the remains of the Jacobean Pavilion and Nag’s Barn will also be among other historic buildings on view as well as artefacts from excavations on the farm and include flint tools and Georgian implements. The West Dean church team will be running the refreshments area and proceeds go to All Saints Church, West Dean.

APPLE DAY: Another date for visiting the Clergy House is September 28, Apple Day. The house and garden will be open 11 am to 4pm to watch wood craft demonstration, speak to a corn dolly expert and watch conservation in action on the reed bed. Fees will apply to non National Trust members.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday. All are welcome to attend.

THE CROSS: When I arrived to strim the area around the memorial cross to Flying Officer Peter Crofts last week I noticed the steps have been replaced with a new set, which look and feel much sturdier. I believe the work was carried out by members of the RAF Association. The annual memorial service will be on October 5 at 3pm. The cross is in Redpale just down from Padgham Corner.

Hailsham

QUIZ NIGHT: Quizzers are welcome at the Twinning Quiz and Supper Evening this evening, Friday, at the Charles Hunt Centre from 6.45pm for 7pm start. Entry is £7.50 each. Teams of four to six or come on your own and make a team up on the night. Call 01323 846539.

FARMERS’ MARKET: At the Hailsham Farmers’ Market tomorrow, Saturday, on the Cattle Market site from 9am to 12.30pm, there will be several new stalls to look out for, including Annie Rogers of Leading Lady Cakes with her homemade flapjacks, brownies etc and Roberto’s mobile Pizzeria has homemade woodfired pizzas. Watch out for seasonal fruit and veg. Greenway Fruit Farm will be sending along plums, six to eight varieties of apple and pears. This month the Fire Service will be hoping for your support on their stall selling merchandise and tickets for a £25k nationwide raffle. All proceeds are for the fire fighters charity the only UK charity for the benefit of the fire fighting community. Last year the charity helped 4,500 people back to health. Cuckmere buses will also be there with a bus for you to try if you would like to become one of their volunteer drivers. Bring your normal car driving licence with you.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: The society’s Late Summer Show is at Summerheath Hall tomorrow, Saturday, between 2pm and 5pm. Admission is 50p, accompanied children and under 16s free. There will be a grand tombola and refreshments and a bonsai exhibition by the Eastbourne and District Bonsai club. Free parking. Join Hailsham Horticultural Society for £8 a year.

BICYCLE RACE: The Tour of Britain comes through Hailsham tomorrow, Saturday. If you want to watch the race on the big screen visit the Corn Exchange. This is stage seven of the UK’s biggest professional cycle race and the country’s largest free-to-view live sporting event. Some of the world’s top riders will be passing through Hailsham at about 1pm via the A271 Upper Horsebridge Road, turning right onto London Road, continuing down the High Street and George Street, then on to South Road before turning left into Ersham Road and exiting Hailsham. There will be events to coincide with the Tour as well as events to start the Arts Festival.

ARTS AND CULTURE: Tomorrow, Saturday, is the official Open Morning from 10.30am in Hailsham Town Centre with the Memphis Flyers and a fashion parade in The Quintins from 11.30am, puppet workshop from noon to 3pm and opening concert in St Mary’s at midday. The Festival brochure can be picked up in various venues all over town and Hailsham Festival Radio is now on air 24/7 at 87.7fm throughout the Festival and for the full programme schedule visit www.mixcloud.com/hailshamfestivalfm. There will be much music and chat and keeping up to date with the Festival as the days unfold. If you want to get involved with sponsorship or a show email Neil hailshamfm8777@gmail.com or call/text 07759 225371.

JUMBLE NEEDED: There is a jumble sale in aid of Hailsham Bonfire Society at the Charles Hunt Centre on Saturday September 20, 9am to noon. They will need as much jumble as possible. Call Lynn or email hailshambonfire@aol.com if you have anything to donate. Phone Lyn on (01323) 441514 for collection.

FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting is on Wednesday entitled In the Pink, presented by National Demonstrator Avril Hill, at Hailsham Civic Community Hall. Refreshments served from 6.30pm. Tickets for this special event cost £10 and are available by telephoning club chairman, Margery Luffingham, on 01323 845500. Non-members welcome.

ST MARY’S: This is the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, A Sheltered Life. At 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Jephthah the outcast. There is Holy Communion also at Emmanuel church, Hawkswood Road at 2.45. 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St Mary’s, Surprised by Jesus.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is Bob Mann.

BANGERS AND MASH: A charity night in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children is being held on Saturday September 20 at Union Corner Hall at 7.30pm. There are three courses with vegetarian sausage option. Bring your own drinks. Enjoy light entertainment and a raffle. Entry is by pre-booking only on 844020 or 840797. For general enquiries 01323 446460 or visit www.demeza.org.uk.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Chairman, Ray Beckwith, welcomed everyone back for the new season, including ten new members and a full programme of lectures and competitions. Winners trophies that could not be handed out at the AGM were presented and Paul Dunmall, Kent County Photographic Association officer responsible for the PAGB awards for merit, presented Gay Biddlecombe with her certificate for attaining a credit distinction award. For his evening with the chairman, Ray showed some audiovisuals he had made and the first one was of Hellingly Hospital. A couple of members remember it well having worked there, but Ray showed images of the buildings inside and out completely run down, vandalised and derelict. Only one block was untouched and left pristine. The final picture was a set of images of the tower being demolished. Beckwiths Alternative Tuscany was a collection of attractive buildings, inside churches, flowers, landcsapes, and street photography of six windows with green shutters. The history of St Michael and All Angels Church, Withyham, was narrated by Ray and showed, amongst other pictures, The East Window with its 10 stained glass panels and the Chapel of the Sackville Family. The Trossachs to the haunting music of Amazing Grace, with cattle, birds of prey, snow capped mountain peaks with rivers and lochs against stunning scenery and the final AV, the Philosophy for Old Age, was a sequence based on the George Carlin comedic monologue of the same name. Ray then presented a selection of prints under the title The Chairmans Pot Pourri which included a wide variety of images. Scenic views taken in Norway, a stunning kingfisher at the Loder Valley Nature Reserve at Wakehurst Place NT, badgers feeding, (a personal challenge) bee eaters in Tuscany, a bumblebee on a crocus at Batemans NT, and the Carrara Marble Mines in Italy to name a few. Ray maintains you should take photographs to please yourself, and if you like them that is good enough. Dr Colin Tourle LRPS, President, rounded off the evening thanking Ray for his opening address and said how much the members were looking forward to the season.

THE LINK has served the community for 20 years. In last week’s edition David Vaughan continues, you will have read how The Link started its life as a church-led community project, but like many such schemes it is necessary to adapt and grow to meet the needs of the community it serves. By 1999 it became clear the coffee shop had quickly outgrown both its seating area and its kitchen facilities and so the bold decision was taken to move to larger premises. Sheriffs Place on the corner of Market Square was available, although the building needed much work to make it suitable. The £30k needed was raised by Crosslink churches and donations from local supporters. And so it was later that year the new Link was opened, along with an enlarged Southerden Books. The bookshop greatly helped finances by sharing the rent. Word was spreading about its cosy atmosphere and friendly staff and The Link was becoming a popular meeting place.

COMMUNITY BUS: Cuckmere Community Bus had a really busy and successful visit to Hailsham Farmers’ Market last month for a recruitment event. We offered potential volunteers the opportunity to try out driving a bus. Many people came to talk to us and several signed up to go ahead with further training after they drove one of our buses around the large area at the back of the market. They will be visiting the market again tomorrow, Saturday, 9am to noon so people can see for themselves what opportunities are available by talking to one of the volunteers and to try out driving one of their buses. You do not need a PCV licence but you must have a category D1 licence, issued automatically to most people before 1997. Please note they must see your valid licence before you can drive.

ART EXHIBITION: The Town House Collective features work created by adults who have a learning disability at day services across East Sussex. Much of the work has been inspired by the Tour of Britain, a cycle race passing through Hailsham tomorrow. This show follows hot on the heels of their July show that welcomed many visitors through the door and opened up some great opportunities. The dates and times of the exhibition are: today, Friday, and tomorrow, 10am to 3pm; Monday to Friday September 19, 10am to 3pm. There will be the opportunity to buy artwork, cards and other items.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Holy Communion (CW) at 8am followed at 10.45am by Parish Eucharist (CW). Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am Holy Communion (CW). There is also a Holy Communion service at 9.30am on a Thursday (BCP).

BARN DANCE: This evening, Friday, at 8pm at The Sussex Barn, Hellingly, So Last Century String band and Ian Lamb will be providing the entertainment. Tickets are £8 from Chapter 12 Wine Bar.

ART TRAIL VENUE: Labyrinth Stained Glass Studios are on the Art Trail at 4 Shawpits Cottages, Mill Lane, Hellingly BN27 4HD from 2pm to 5pm and will be open this weekend and the following Saturday and Sunday. There is Art on the Green at Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green TN21 9QE this evening, Friday, from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 5pm. Textiles and paintings at Causeway Farm Barn, Bodle Street Green BN27 4UA will also be open this Saturday and Sunday between 10.30am and 4pm.

WACKY BAND: As part of the Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture you can enjoy a splendid evening with this 30-piece community wind band from Bexhill. Professional conductor, Nikki Holt, directs the company, which includes a wide range of instruments including saxophones, trumpets, trombones, horns, flutes, clarinets, bassoons, together with drum accompaniment. The Wacky Band performs regularly at festivals, carnivals and concerts in and around East Sussex. The concert is at Hellingly Church on Thursday at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 each from Hailsham Pavilion or on the door and include refreshments.

BANGERS AND MASH: This charity supper event is in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children and will be at Union corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham on Saturday September 20 at 7.30pm. Entry is by pre-booking only and is £10 per head (bring your own drinks) with a choice of mozzarella salad, melon or fruit juice for starter, sausages, mash, peas, onion gravy for main and summer pudding, apple pie or trifle for pud. Vegetarian sausages will be available. There will be a raffle and light entertainment. To book call Pam on 844020 or Sue on 840797.

MEDIEVAL WEEKEND: There are living history displays, an archery competition, medieval traders, falconry, barbecue and bar at Michelham Priory this Saturday and Sunday. Usual times and admission prices apply. Visit www.sussexpast.co.uk

ROAD RUNNERS: Go along and cheer on the Hailsham Harriers on Sunday. They are setting off at 10.30am from the bridge by the Cuckoo Trail in Station Road and up to 300 runners will follow a circular route through Park Road, New Road towards Magham Down at Amberstone then left on the Cowbeech Road to the junction and into Cinderford Lane and left down Grove Hill to Mill Lane and back through the lane to the village and Church Lane then right into Station Road and to the village hall HQ with the adjacent finish in farmer Richard Lee’s field. Fun and serious runners welcome. Enter online at http://www.hailsham-harriers.org.uk/ up to the day, before 9.45am, if the maximum limit has not been reached. Car parking at village hall field only. Medal for all finishers.

COFFEE MORNING: Jane’s Macmillan coffee morning is taking place a week early this year on September 19 from 10am till 5pm. There will be the usual stalls, with Christmas cakes, iced or un-iced and lots of other cakes and produce. A raffle that will include the chance to win a week’s stay in a cottage in Port Isaac where Doc Martin is filmed. There will also be a lovely plant stall, coffees, ploughman’s lunches and cream teas, all at Brook Cottage, Mill Lane, Hellingly.

FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: Over £1,600 was raised at the cake stall towards Hellingly church funds. A huge thank you to all the bakers and sellers and especially to Tess and Simon Gray who worked so hard to make the cake stall such a success.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BOWLS CLUB: A bit of catching up was needed this week due to cancellations because of bad weather during the recent weeks. In the first match Herstmonceux beat Rotherfield by 22 shots which gave them another seven points on the league table. The next match was a friendly against The Observer which the Observer team won by six shots. At the weekend it was time for the annual Charity Triples where anyone can enter a team. All proceeds from this match were split between two charities, Viewcraft and Riding for the Disabled. The afternoon had been arranged by Terry and Jean Everingham and it was good to see so many local people making up a team and joining in. Winners of the match were the Tug Of War Team with runners up being the Village Hall team. The last match of the week and it was a friendly at home against the Parade which our home team won 72-70.

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

RAY AND SHELDON will be meeting for the first time since their holiday break today, Friday, for Members Memories. All over the age of 60 years are welcome to go along and join them. If you need help with transport please call them on 441244.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill will be open on Sunday as part of Heritage Day. Entry is by donation. All details can be found on their website www.windmillhillwindmill.org

Laughton

PLOUGHING MATCH: Laughton and District Agricultural Society’s 84th Ploughing Match Wednesday, Court Farm, Falmer by kind permission of E S Huxham, Esq. Everybody welcome to come to Court Farm, Falmer; tucked into the bottom of the South Downs this is a fantastic site for the 84th Ploughing Match. Vintage tractors and ploughs, as well as the most modern machinery will be competing, together with the ever popular shire horses and their single furrow plough. Many local businesses who supply the agricultural industry will be there to meet their customers and exhibit their goods and services. The committee of the society are well aware of the need to educate young people about the countryside and to this end the pupils from Iford and Kingston Primary School will be attending. The children will learn the story of Wheat from Seed to Table, and will have hands on experience of grinding corn, corn dolly making, milking a cow as well as machinery displays and a tractor trailer ride around the Ploughing Match site. The family section is a very important part of the Ploughing Match and covers crafts such as cooking, painting, craft competitions, flower arranging and displays of seasonal fruit and vegetables. These classes are open for everyone to enter who live in the parishes of the Laughton and District Agricultural Society. Local young farmers’ clubs will once again be invited to enter all the competitions. For further information pleascontact: The secretary, Shauna Fenner, Email: shaunafenner6@gmail.com

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

THE BOWLS CLUB have not fared so well in their latest games. They played Pett on September 4, losing 44-58. They played Hampden Park on September 7 with a loss of 57-68. However, a club get together for their Finals Day was just the ticket with the results as follows: Ladies Singles winner was Audrey Beale, with Sue Haffenden the runner up. The Gents Singles winner was Norman McCubbin, with Brian Cockett as the runner up. Brian Ocbourne won the 100 Up, with Norman McCubbin the runner up. The novice runner up was Graham Richards, with the winner being Roger Saunders. And finally the pairs winners were Norman McCubbin and Linda Bosden, with Brian Osbourne and Ann Long runners up.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are meeting today, Friday, 2.30pm. If you are interested in joining a very friendly and jolly group of ladies, who enjoy each other’s company, why not go along to Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of the month at 2.30pm. Call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

HISTORY GROUP next meet on September 18, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. The talk is Mad jack Fuller with Geoff Hutchinson. Contact Rod Ffoulkes, Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email ken.ffoulkes@which.net

HOOE HISTORY GROUP next meet on Thursday, at 7.30pm in Hooe Village Hall. During the last two years their committee member, Andy Hamblin, has been completing the research of the history of his property. He has now an almost complete history of over 300 years. The detail includes the building and those who have lived there and their occupations. Andy started his research from scratch and had to learn how to carry out the work by trial and error. Now he knows how to do it, he is prepared to share what he has learnt along the way. So, the Hooe History Society invites you to come along on September 18 to learn how you can start your own research! Andy has prepared a comprehensive presentation and will be on hand to give advice and answer questions. Andy will also be bringing his home’s time line to the meeting. So even if you are not sure if you want to try researching your own property you will find his history, which fits well into the general history of the village, fascinating. Further details about Hooe History Society from Heather 01424 893422.

APPALACHIA MUSIC: The Whitetop Mountain Band, from Virginia USA, are coming to Ninfield, courtesy of Bluegrass Plus Club, on September 20. They will be playing Appalachia music (traditional music of the region of Appalachia in the Eastern United States). The evening will also feature Alive and picking. The venue is Ninfield Memorial Hall, 8pm to 11pm, tickets are £12 per person. There is a limited number of tickets. Contact Ray or Sheila on: 01424 893390 / 07956266534, or email: sheila@bluegrass-plusclub.co.uk.

CAR BOOT SALE: There will be a car boot sale at Ninfield Working Men’s Club on September 21 as part of their Charity Fun Dog Show (see below). Pitches are £5 each but are limited. To book your pitch, call Maggie on 844536.

DOG SHOW: Ninfield Working Men’s Club is holding a Charity Fun Dog Show on September 21. Entry fee £1 per class. Arrival is noon, judging starts 1pm. Pedigree and Novelty Classes. Rosettes for first to fifth places. RCCS or JW dogs need not be registered with the KC. Enquires for dog show phone Malcolm or Hayley 07806420350. Stalls include boot/table sale, raffle and tombola, cake stall, teas and coffees, barbecue and bar etc. Ample free parking. Their charity this year is Canine Partners. If you have unwanted items suitable for raffle/tombola prizes or any jumble/bootsale items you would like to donate ring Marj on 892239 or Maureen on 892182.

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 Revd. Don Cormack.

Polegate

WANTED info on Eastbourne Rovers Cycling Club, or any cycling clubs in Eastbourne. This is for Adam Knight, www.salvesengraham.com, or contact me on 485971.

LADIES’ PAMPER NIGHT today, Friday, at the Community Centre with Polegate Conservatives from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. This is where you can obtain some beauty treatments and catch up with your friends over a glass of wine. More details from Diane Fenton on 484954.

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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Linear walk Forest and Cliff Walk with Marjorie B. Meet at Exceat Visitor Centre 10.05am bus No 12 from Terminus Road Stand J at 9.43am. Finish 12.30pm 4.5 miles, two climbs, and leader at start. On Sunday The Seven Deans with Angela F. Meet bus No 12, 9.05am Terminus Road. Walk starts at Rottingdean seafront 10.15 GR 370022. Dry lunch Upper Bevendean finish 3pm, 9.25 miles. Car park 200 yards on left before Rottingdean. www.eastbourneramblingclun.org.uk

GIFT DAY: Polegate Community Association Gift Day is tomorrow, Saturday. Officers will be at the Community Centre to receive gifts from 10am until 2pm. Financial gifts can also be left in the office or sent to the Community Centre, 54 Windsor Way, Polegate BN26 6QF at any time. The Community Association is an independent organisation that does not receive a regular income from any other body. It provides a home for a host of local clubs and societies and aims to improve the social life for residents of the area. At present our need for capital outlay for a new boiler, repairs to the roof and other expenses means that our income is insufficient for our needs. You could help by becoming a member at a cost of £3 per annum and you would receive the Community News magazine every two months. Call at the office or on 482434.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY: Meet Fireman Sam tomorrow, Saturday. Take the train from Tunbridge Wells West Station to Eridge to meet Fireman Sam. High Weald Belle lunch trains run on September 28 and November 2. More information from www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

EXHIBITION: Photographic Memories of East Dean and Friston, an exhibition on Sunday at East Dean Village Hall, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Tea, coffee, refreshments and light lunches available. Organised by East Dean and Friston Local History Group. Visitors £3.

POLEGATE STROLLERS walk on Tuesday. Take 126 bus to Seaford seafront where we will meet up with a guide, cost £2 each.

TRINITY DINERS next meal is on Friday September 19, our Harvest Lunch. To book your place call Jennie on 484189.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society next meet on Friday September 19 at St Johns Church Hall. Our speaker is Ian Everest on A Sussex Farm in the 1950s. Doors open at 6.30pm meeting starts at 7pm.

CONCENTUS CHORALE is starting their new term in readiness for an exciting Christmas programme. New members are actively being encouraged to come along and see what is on offer in rehearsing for the forthcoming concerts, Echoes of Christmas are being performed on December 13 and 20 in Seaford and Eastbourne respectively. Being of friendly disposition and able to sing in tune are the only requirements. You do need to be enthusiastic and dedicated to perform to high quality concert standard. Under the leadership of Adrian White, the next rehearsal for this new term is on Monday (and continuing with Mondays thereafter) at the United Reformed Church Hall, Upperton Road (junction Watts Lane), Eastbourne, at 7.30pm. Contact the secretary, Evelyn Smith, on 01323 643358 or email supergran009@aol.com

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

ROAD WORKS: Work continues between the Green and Cowbeech. In the meantime, businesses in both villages, and in between, are open for business, so please do continue to support them. For the latest details please go to the Village Leaf website. Thanks to Nigel McKeeman for his contact with the contractors to keep us informed.

ART SHOW: Tonight is the preview of Art on the Green 2014, the annual open exhibition of art and craft from people local to Rushlake Green. It is also a part of the Hailsham Arts and Culture Festival Art Trail which brings in visitors from further afield. There are programmes in the Stores detailing all the events and a website at www.hailshamartsfestival.co.uk. Art on the Green is at The Dunn Village Hall in Rushlake Green and the village hall committee invites everyone to the Preview party, (with Prosecco and Harvey’s), from 7pm to 9pm this entry is free to the Preview and to the Exhibition. The exhibition continues tomorrow, Saturday, 11am until 5pm and on Sunday and teas, cakes and light lunches will be served. Local amateur and professional artists, photographers and craft makers have contributed their works for this exhibition. Some work will be for sale and there will be an Art Quiz over the weekend.

HISTORY GROUP: My apologies for putting the wrong speaker in last week’s column, the talk on pantomimes will be next month ‘O yes, it will’. We had an entertaining, interesting and slightly unusual talk by Alaric (Jim) Bond on the British Navy 1793–1815. Jim is an enthusiast for all things Navy, particularly of that period. At the beginning of the talk he handed out papers with a series of questions on them, and we were invited to say which of the three answers we thought was the correct one; he would then talk about the reasons for the correct answer. He had on display artefacts of the period which we were able to handle and examine including 9 and 32 pound shot. He is probably well known to many as the proprietor, with his wife, of Scolfes Tea Room, now closed. He is now a full time writer of naval fiction. Type in his name into your search engine for his website. Our next walk is tomorrow, meeting in Waldron recreation ground car park at 2pm, for a walk of about three miles, with a few stiles.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. A reminder the date for the church yard clear up is now October 4 at 10am. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday. All are welcome to attend and can raise matters.

QUIZ NIGHT: Warbleton Brass Band is holding a quiz night at the Dunn Village Hall, next Saturday, September 20, at 7pm. You can make up a table full or come as an individual. Let Cath know on 01435 813359.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Seven Sisters Road with Bailey Close at 11am today, Friday. Do go along and meet her. She can be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

RIDE AND STRIDE takes place tomorrow, Saturday. The idea is that participants visit as many churches as possible in their chosen area either by foot or cycle and are sponsored. Half the money raised goes to their local church and the other half to Sussex Historic Churches Trust which provides grants to churches for repairs and restoration work. The three ways in which you can help are either by participating in the ride and stride and get as many sponsors as possible, or you could sponsor a cyclist or walker or you could act as a steward to welcome visiting cyclists and walkers for an hour or two on the day. For Willingdon Church contact David Fleuty on 01323 485357 or for Jevington Church contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237.

TWISTED FATE will entertain at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

PENNY PAYNE and Andy Miller will entertain at the Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

AL LEE blues guitarists and talented song writer is easily recognised around Willingdon by his long blond hair, but at 4pm on Sunday he will be having it all shaved off at the Wheatsheaf for charity. Al is supporting the Beachy Head Chaplaincy, which until recently had its administrative centre in Willingdon Village before moving into Eastbourne.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm until the end of October. Sunday is bread day. You bake at home and enter on the day. There are six classes for adults, small white loaf approximately 400g, small wholemeal loaf approximately 400g, Victoria sandwich from the recipe provided, fancy bread class, four Chelsea buns, and five fruit scones. There are two additional classes for children, two windmill shaped biscuits and five decorated fairy cakes. Entry for each class is 50p. A winner will be chosen from each class as well as an overall winner. Competition entries should be brought to the mill between 9am and 10am on Sunday and judging by a master baker is between 10am and 11am. Prize giving will be at 4pm, after which any entries not required by the entrant will be available for sale. For information or an application form contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496.

RAMBLING: St Mary’s Rambling Group will be meeting at Chalk Farm on Monday ready to catch the 10am 126 bus to Alfriston and from there walk back to Chalk Farm, a distance of five miles with some steep climbs but good views.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Ring the parish clerk on 01323 489603 for information.

PANTOMIME: Informal auditions for Willingdon Church Players next pantomime Aladdin will take place in the church hall at 7pm on Thursday. For information contact the pantomime secretary Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901 or 07708 05 16 63 or email lesley.etwell@sky.com . This year, someone to co-ordinate the costumes is especially needed.

PRAYER WALK: Fr Clive will be leading the final of this year’s prayer walks with the idea of introducing new companions to consider on each journey. This month’s companion is Thomas Traheme (1637-74). His spirituality is pervaded by an optimism which wasn’t shared by Calvinistic Puritanism and so none of his works were published in his lifetime. Meet at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, at 2pm on Thursday for the two and a half mile circular walk from Butt’s Brow to Jevington.

EIGHT BELLS: Dates for your diary are Friday September 19 when jazz duo Dennis and Pete are providing the entertainment from 7.30pm.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday September 19 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when Ian Everest will be giving a talk entitled A Sussex farm in the 1950s.

GOLF: Edgmont Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town was purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013.The aim is to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. But building cannot start until a lot more money has been raised. One of the main fund raising events of the year is the charity golf day organised by Chris Rose and his team comprising of Jacquie and Pierre Begin, Tony Field, Tony Hamilton and Dave Hunt. This year the golf day will be taking place on Friday September 19 and will be opened by the Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Janet Coles and Stephen Lloyd MP at Willingdon Golf Club. One of the attractions will be a guest appearance of Geof Swain, trick shot champion. Golfing memorabilia would be particularly welcome for the auction which is held later in the day. But please check out the charity’s website www.thejpkproject.co.uk and help in any way you can. JPK Sussex Project co-ordinator is Willingdon resident Jill Parker.