Parish Pump Hailsham - September 14, 2012

Alfriston

MUSIC: Alfriston is becoming a mecca for music. We have just had a weekend of very successful concerts led by Matthew Rose and now the English Concert Orchestra is set to perform at St Andrew’s on Sunday. Under the direction of Dr Roy Wales there will be a Classics for Pleasure concert at 4pm on September 16. Daniel Bhattacharya, Alun Darbyshire and Michael Crabb will be the soloists in a programme of popular classics. Tickets priced at £15 (£13 concessions) are available from Much Ado Books.

THE COACH HOUSE GALLERY is hosting an exhibition of work by Brighton born artist Andrew Hill and other works by Carol Kemp. The exhibition will run from now until October 4 from 10am to 5.30pm every day. Admission free.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday at the village hall.

Hailsham

WELLBEING DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, local charity Demelza will benefit through the funds raised on this Wellbeing Day. Wellbeing Days are held regularly at the Horam Natural Therapy Centre to enable people to try therapies that they have not tried before at reduced rates, £20 for one hour or £10 for 30 minutes. Advance booking is recommended. There are further fundraising Wellbeing Days on Saturday October 27 and Saturday November 24. Call the Clinic on 01435 812997 to book and for a list of therapies available on each day.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday John (01323) 833995 is leading a 7.5 mile Ninfield walk through Brown Bread Street and Stevens Crouch. If you would prefer four miles with Frances (01435) 862330 on Wednesday then this walk will take you from Horam through Coggers Farm, and the Cuckoo Trail across meadows, across streams and round ponds. You are warned that there are plenty of stiles so a walking pole might prove useful. At time of going to press the strollers’ Wednesday route was yet to be advised but if you would like an end to the mystery then ring the secretary, Jill on (01323) 843530 or to find out about Hailsham Ramblers group generally.

ST MARY’S: This is the fifteenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Sunday Holy Communion, A Storm Warning. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Battle of Britain Sunday. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, So which God? The creative craft group meets on Wednesday in the church lounge from 10am to noon.

1-2-1 READINGS: There are private 1-2-1 readings tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. You can just walk in or to book with a medium of your choice ring (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582. The Corinthian Church Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with medium Derek Marney and is followed by refreshments. There is a clairvoyant evening on Friday September 21 from 7.30pm to 9pm. The medium is Rev Bill Baker. £5 at the door. All events take place at Primrose Hall.

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday there will be a floral art demonstration entitled Flora Bundance given by Mrs Nel de Jong Smith. This will be at Whitehouse School, Marshfoot Lane at 7.30pm. The club’s next big event will be the bi-annual open meeting on Wednesday November 21 in the refurbished Community Hall, Vicarage Lane. International demonstrator, Dr Christina Curtis, will give a demonstration entitled A Glittering Christmas. Tickets are available now at £10 each from Margery on (01323) 845500. Non-members welcome for this special event.

CHILDREN’S PARADE: There are a few days left of the Hailsham Art Festival which finishes on Sunday. Tomorrow, Saturday, morning kicks off with children’s parade, Viva Espana and Show in the town centre at 10.15am and thereafter at the Hailsham Pavilion. Join the fancy dress parade in your best Fiesta themed costume, meet at Vicarage Fields and proceed down the High Street to the pavilion. There will begin an adventure around Spain. Meet Tomas Tapas, learn songs, rhymes, even some Spanish dance moves. Find out about Spain’s festivals, food and language and most importantly, have fun. Entry is free, donations welcome. Suitable from age 5 years upwards.

HAILSHAM THEATRES performs classic comedy Just Between Ourselves this evening, Friday, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.50 and £5.50 concessions. The performance tomorrow, Saturday, includes a three-course meal served during the evening and tickets for this are £15 and £12. Booking is necessary on 01323 846938 or via www.hailshamtheatres.co.uk.

CARIBBEAN FIESTA: An exhilarating evening of vibrant music and colourful dancing awaits you at Hailsham Pavilion tomorrow, Saturday, evening from 7.30pm. Get ready to tap your feet to Euphoria Steel Band, led by Rachel Hayward, award winning steel pan soloist, hailed as Europe’s Top Pan Woman. The band will be joined by dancers from the highly acclaimed Brighton School of Samba wearing their exotic costumes and feathers. Caribbean cocktails will be available from the kiosk. Tickets £6.50. Booking advised from Hailsham Pavilion box office on (01323) 841414.

CAJUN ZYDECO PARTY: The last event of the Hailsham Arts Festival is the appearance of The Cajun Dawgs who land in Hailsham with their traditional Cajun two-step, grinding zydeco dark Nola blues and jumping swamp rock ‘n’ roll on Sunday at 4pm at Chapter 12 Wine Bar. There will be dance help from Cajun dance instructors Satu Phillips and Kaye Anderson. Tickets are £5 from Chapter 12 and Gallery North.

QUIZ NIGHT: Saturday September 22 at Summerheath Hall at 7.30pm for 8pm. £5 per person includes ploughmans. Raising money for the Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service. All welcome. Bookings via Hildi on 07514 065116.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The new season began with a social evening with drinks and nibbles and when members were entertained by gold medal winner Bill Wisden MBE, Hon FRPS and trusty assistant Trevor Gellard FRPS. Trevor is on three different distinction panels with the Royal Photographic Society. Bill retired from the RPS after fifty years. Despite his advancing years and ill health Bill Wisden (eighty two) still enjoys taking photographs. He prefers to use a compact camera now as he is less conspicuous while taking candid pictures. He gave his Nikon camera and lenses to his son. Bill says he ‘sees things for what they could be, not what they are,’ and likes nothing better than combining images and totally transforming his pictures using Photoshop techniques. Bill was taken to Devils Dyke on a photographic expedition. The only inspiration he found was two dustbins. He played around with the image, darkening it and giving gleaming eyes etc. The final result looked like Darthvader from Star Wars. Garden Centres are a constant source of inspiration. One of his images was taken inside a polytunnel. The plants created a mini landscape and the white price labels sticking up appeared to be houses. When one of his friends first saw the image they commented that they did not know he had been to Italy. One of the members, Pat Broad LRPS AFIAP, was not able to attend the prize giving last season so Bill agreed to present her with the Girling Award for Landscape Prints.

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; Millfield, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. 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 LOCAL policing team advise that there have been several reports of suspicious activity in our area recently. If you see any of the following and it doesn’t look right, please contact our local policing team: Vehicle driving by slowly taking interest in your home, someone trying to open your neighbour’s door or an unattended car or house with window open. You can call them by dialling 101.

DROP-IN ARTS: A new children’s drop-in arts exploration space is coming to Ninfield on a Tuesday (term time only) from 10am to noon at the Reading Room. ArtMonkey Studios is a children’s mobile art studio providing child led art to develop their learning and exploration. There is a weekly fee of £5 per child. For further information, please see their website: www.artmonkeystudios.co.uk.

HOOE OPEN GROUP will be meeting today, Friday, at Hooe Village Hall, 2.30pm. The presentation which was planned for the September was entitled A Touch of Class which was going to be a selection of glamorous cloths, selling for a greatly reduced price. However the presentation has had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, but the club has managed to secure the services of Alan Stainsby who is an historian specialising in Bodium Castle and will give a talk entitled The History and Legends of Bodium Castle. As usual there will be the bring and buy table and raffle. Come along and enjoy the company and be a part of the friendly atmosphere, which is the feature of the group. Non members are welcome to come along at the nominal cost of £2, which includes tea and biscuits. If you choose to become a member the cost is £10, which includes your visitor’s fee. For any further details telephone Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

BURLESQUE is back with the next session today, Friday, at 7.15pm at the Memorial Hall. Usual fun with refreshments and a good time had at the Ladies Club.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are playing away at Hollington Utd tomorrow, Saturday. Kick off is at 3pm. You can also track the club’s progress online: www.pitchero.com/clubs/hooesportsfc.

HISTORY SOCIETY: Hooe History Society will be launched tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm in Hooe Village Hall. All welcome. Further details from Heather Sinden 01424 893422 or Pam Doodes 01424 892329.

THE LOCAL HISTORY GROUP are meeting on Thursday. There will be a talk by John Cheshire entitled What the Census Tells Us. On Thursday October 18 a guest from Bexhill Museum will be talking about The Brassey Family. Everyone is welcome to the meetings. There is a charge of £1 for members and £2 for non-members to help cover the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. Annual membership costs £10. For more information please contact acting chairman Rod Ffoulkes ken.ffoulkes@which.net / Tel: 893635.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are next meeting on September 27 at the village hall, 7.30pm. All Hooe residents are welcome to attend.

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 Holy Communion with Revd Ian Wales.

Polegate

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

URGENTLY NEEDED person who could organize the existing adverts for the Community News. This job starts in August and usually runs until Christmas. Please contact the office on 482434 10am to noon and 2pm until 4pm for more information.

POLEGATE STROLLERS meet on Tuesday at Polegate railway station for 10.03am train to Lewes. Walk on level no hills, coffee with time at the priory, Church, Southover Park, Lower Cliffe area. Take picnic or café lunch. Return about 2pm. Meet at Polegate railway station at 9.30an to obtain group offer or contact Jayne on 07761612321 or email jaynebigsby@msn.com for more details.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION would like more volunteers to help with the Poppy Appeal. Please contact Keith Hanks on 486364 if you can help or visit the clubhouse in Victoria Road.

RAMBLING CLUB: September 18, Leisurely walk, Let’d Dot It Again, Peelings Lane Circular, approx three miles. Walk through the lanes, one field coffee at Sharnfold Farm, one small stile. Meet at Red Lion, Stone Cross car park at 10.15am with Geoff W. Or five miles Powermille and Ponds in Autumn, gently undulating farm and woodland, some lane walking, four stiles with Kim and Lynn. Or Winchelsea, Cockmarling and Royal Military Canal, eight miles, two ups but mostly flat and six stiles. Leaders at start, picnic lunch at Panelsewear Bird hide with Sheila and Frank. Meet Wannock Road Recreation Ground at 9.30am Sept 18.

TRINITY DINERS next meal is on Friday September 21, when our harvest lunch of roast gammon, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, apple cake and custard with tea or coffee. Good value at £5 per head. To book your place contacts Jennie on 484189.

PLAYGROUP: The coffee morning on Saturday September 22, in the Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Playgroup. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon.

THANK YOU to John Sellens for distributing the Community News to many people over the years. As he is now giving up this job we are looking for volunteers to distribute the Community News. See list on the Community Centre’s notice board of the streets that need covering. Please contact the office on 482434 or write to the Community Centre, 54 Windsor Way, Polegate BN26 6QF if you can help. Just give your name and the roads that you can cover.

GARDENERS SOCIETY Late Summer Show September 1: This year the weather was unusual and changeable for our gardeners but despite that there was a great display of vegetables and fruit which took up nearly half of the exhibition space. The potatoes, carrots, runner beans and tomatoes made a very colourful display together with the courgettes, cucumbers, marrows and other vegetables. There was a beautiful display dahlias which almost outshone the chrysanthemums, and not forgetting the gladioli, asters, zinnias, and begonias. The boards of fuchsia blooms were very outstanding and there was a wonderful orchid, together with some very prickly cactus and succulents. Large arrays of photographs were on display showing On the Seashore, My Favourite and Candlelight. Eight year old, Rio Pababi, won a Highly Commended for his favourite picture of his dog. In the decorative section the titles were Golden Harvest, Three of a Kind and Simply Small and the titles of the exhibits were all interpreted very well. The trophies were presented by, A. Clingo, president elect of the society.

Section One Vegetables: 12 Haive de Niort shallots: 1, J Smith; 2, W Burgess. 12 pickling shallots: 1, W Burgess. Three specimen onions: 1, J Smith; 2,, W Burgess; 3, R May. Five onions under 4”: 1, W Burgess; 2, R Rutland; 3, A Harris. Four potatoes: 1, J Fuller; 2, A Light; 3, A Harris. Three carrots: 1, J Smith; 2, W Burgess; 3, J Fuller. Three beetroot: 1, W Burgess; 2, R May; 3, J Fuller. Three parsnips: 1, J Fuller; 3, R Reeve. Six runner beans: 1, R Smith; 2, W Burgess; 3, J Fuller. Two greenhouse cucumbers: 1, W Burgess; 2, R Reeve; 3, E Sanderson. Two ridge or outdoor cucumbers: 1, J Fuller; 2, W Burgess; 3, Mrs A Sawyer. Two lettuce: 1, J Fuller. Two cabbages: 1, J Fuller. Three leeks: 1, J Fuller. Two table marrows or squashes: 1, J Fuller; 2, W Burgess; 3, A Harris. Two courgettes 6”: 1, W Burgess; 2, Mrs D Rideout; 3, J Fuller. Five tomatoes: 1, W Burgess; 2, J Pritchett; 3, Mrs D Rideout. Three beef tomatoes: 1, Mrs D Rideout; 2, W Burgess; 3, J Pritchett. 10 small tomatoes: 1, Ms C Tipton; 2, Mrs D Rideout; 3, J Pritchett. Any other vegetable: 1, Mrs D Rideout; 2, J Fuller; 3, J Smith. One novelty vegetable: 1, W Burgess; 2, Mrs D Rideout; 3, A Harris. The longest bean: 1, J Fuller. Basket of mixed vegetables: 1, W Burgess; 2, Mrs D Rideout; 3, A Harris. Garden News Top Tray: 1, W Burgess; 2, J Smith; 3, A Harris.

Section Two Fruit: Four dessert apples: 1, A Harris; 2, Mrs S Goddard; 3, J Pritchett. Four cooking apples: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, Mrs D Goldsmith; 3, Mrs A Sawyer. Dish of 12 berries: 1, Mrs A Sawyer; 2, E Sanderson; 3, A Harris. Dish of any other fruit (not berries): 1, Mrs D Clark; 2, Mrs A Sawyer; 3, Mrs J Wells.

Section Four Dahlias: Vase three decorative: 1, E Sanderson; 2, Mrs S Goddard. Vase three decorative up to 4”: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, Mrs A Sawyer. Vase three semi cacti 608”: 1, A Light. Vase three semi cacti 4-6”: 1, E Sanderson; 2, A Light. Vase three mini ball: 1, A Light. Vase three small decorative waterlily: 1, A Light. Vase five pompom: 2, Mrs S Goddard. One specimen dahlia, any variety: 1, Mrs C Bailey; 2, T Voyce; 3, Mrs D Rideout. Vase five mixed, any variety: 1, T Voyce; 2, Mrs R Haynes. Vase five mixed dahlias, mixed colours: 1, Mrs C Bailey.

Section Five Chrysanthemums: One specimen bloom: 1, A Light; 2, J Fuller. One specimen spray: 1, A Light. One vase three sprays: 1, A Light; 2, J Fuller.

Section Six General: Vase five zinnias: 1, Mrs R Haynes; 2, A Light. Three cut blooms of begonia on a board: 1, Mrs R Haynes; 2, D Brown; 3, Mrs J Freakes. Six fuchsia blooms on a board, one variety: 1, Mrs S Smith; 2, R Haynes; 3, A Harris. Six fuchsia blooms on board, over two variety: 1, Mrs R Haynes; 2, Miss D Pierce; 2, Mrs J Kemp. Vase three different stems autumn foliage: 1, Mrs S Smith; 2, Mrs D Goldsmith; 3, Miss D Cocks. Vase four stems mixed flowers: 1, Mrs G Goddard; 2, Mrs D Goldsmith; 3, Mrs R Haines. Vase three gladioli: 1, D Brown; 2, W Burgess. One specimen gladioli: 1, D Brown; 2, W Burgess; 3, Mrs D Goldsmith. Vase three asters: 1, Mrs A Sawyer; 2, Mrs J Kemp; 3, Mrs S Cooke.

Section Seven Pot Plants: One pot of begonias: 1, D Brown; 2, Mrs D Goldsmith; 3, Mrs S Tonkin. One pot fuchsia: 1, Mrs G Goldsmith; 2, A Clingo; 3, A Harris. One pot plant in flower: 1, Mrs J Freakes; 2, Mrs S Smith; 3, Mrs F Pritchett. One pot plant for foliage: 1, R Reeve; 2, Mrs S Smith. One orchid in flower: 1, Mrs P Clarke. One cactus: 1, Mrs J Wells; 2, Mrs S Smith; 3, D Brown. One succulent: 1, Mrs J Wells.

Section Eight Photos: On The Seashore: 1, M Cooke; 2, Mrs J Wells; 3, Mrs J Mordaunt. My Favourite: 1, Mrs A Sawyer; 2, Mrs J Kemp; 3, A Harris. Candlelight: 1, M Cooke; 2, Mrs J Kemp; 3, Mrs J Mordaunt.

Section Nine Decorative: Golden Harvest: 1, Mrs J Mordaunt; 2, Mrs S Goddard. Three of a Kind: 1, Mrs J Mordaunt; 2, Mrs S Goddard; 3, Miss D Cocks. Simply Small: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, Mrs J Kemp; 3, Mrs J Mordaunt.

Awards: Etchell Cup, best exhibit section one, J Fuller; Miller Bowl, most points section one, W Burgess; Mitchell Cup, most points section three, Mrs A Sawyer; Silver Medal, best exhibit section four, A E Light; Norman Dibble Cup, best exhibit section four, Mrs C Bailey; Floral Cup, most points section four, A E Light; Bronze Medal, second highest points section four, Mrs C Bailey; Bill Daly Cup, best exhibit section five, A E Light; Charles Kings Cup, most points section five, A E Light; Leslie Whitbread Cup, best exhibit section six, Mrs R Haynes; Asher Cup, best exhibit section six, Mrs R Haynes; Autumn Floral Cup, best exhibit section six, D Brown; Fairways Cup, most points section six, Mrs R Haynes; Noel King Trophy, best exhibit section seven, Mrs P Clarke; Bob Simmonds Trophy, most points section seven, Mrs S Smith; Knight Cup, best exhibit section eight, Mrs A Sawyer; Marshall Cup, best exhibit section nine, Mrs J Mordaunt; Shephard Cup, most points section nine, Mrs D Goddard and Mrs J Mordaunt. Garden New Tray: 1, W Burgess; 2, J Smith; 3, A Harris.

Judges were Mr D Lancaster, Mr C Bryen, Mr O Hone and Mrs A Brookes.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

ART SHOW: Four artists will exhibit their works at the Chantry, Middle Lane, Turners Green this weekend from 10am to 4pm each day. All are welcome. Chris Liddiard is the organiser.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. We learnt last week that our prospective apprentice in the parish has failed his driving test, and the next one is on 18th October. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington, 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship with Robin Lacey. 6.30pm Evening service and communion.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a very interesting talk from James Gardner on the Workhouses of Brighton, which in various forms lasted from 1820 to around WW2. They were not particularly nice places to be and it was a matter of last resort to put yourself in one. The regime was very strict, and the food not great, and hygiene left a lot to be desired. The staff and guardians weren’t always the most honest either. Our next walk is on Saturday September 22 meeting in the car park on the road to Barcombe from the A26. From the Uckfield direction turn off at the Claygate service station and the car park is after about half a mile.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is an opportunity for parishioners to raise matters early in the meeting. You may recall I mentioned the appalling state of a lot of roadside hedges in the parish. This was graphically illustrated by a large lorry making its way down Marklye Lane. It was having to use the middle of the road, and even drive on the wrong side to avoid overhanging branches, many of which ended up being snapped off, or left hanging.

Willingdon,

Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS held their annual exhibition over the August Bank Holiday weekend. At the opening of the exhibition, president of Wannock Artists Beryl Binnie was presented with a basket of flowers. Beryl and her late husband Ken were founder members of Wannock Artists. The exhibition was a great success. It was estimated that about 400 people came along to view the art work. Twenty four framed paintings were sold and a further 16 from the portfolio. An oil painting of Venice, donated by Jackie Hurwood, was raffled and raised £226 for the DGH Oncology Amenities Fund.

THE PLANNING application for the JPK Project to purchase and build on the site of the Edgmont Evangelical Church in Old Town was due to be heard by Eastbourne Borough Council planning committee on September 4. The project is to provide residential accommodation with meaningful daytime activities for people with a learning disability. Unfortunately, the meeting was deferred at the last minute due to a legal issue concerning parking rights. Solicitors for Edgmond Church and the JPK Project state that there is no substance in these allegations, but the council feels it has a duty to conduct its own enquiries.

THE MAYOR’S CHARITY: On Sunday September 2, a charity barbecue was held at Chalk Farm Learning Disabilities Centre for the Mayor’s chosen charity, Lark in the Park. Tickets were sold at £10 each and included a barbecue, home-made cakes, tea and coffee. ASDA generously donated salad and sauces. The Eastbourne Silver Band played for two hours and there was also a local dance group. Animal Extravaganza was present with a bearded lizard, tarantula spider, snake and other animal delights. The event was closed by the equally exotic Sea Gypsies Belly Dance Troupe. General manager Kay Coxon would like to thank the mayor for choosing to hold this event at Chalk Farm LDC and the staff for helping to make it so successful.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be in Church Lane Jevington, near St Andrew’s Church at 11am today, Friday. She will also be in Grosvenor Close Wannock at 4pm on Monday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

BREAD DAY: Polegate Windmill will be having its annual Bread Day on Sunday. If you would like to enter one or more of the classes in the competition, your entry needs to be at the mill between 9am and 10am on the day. A master baker will then judge the entries at 10am and present the prizes at 4pm. The mill will be open to the public from 2pm to 5pm. The adult classes are as follows:- class 1, small white loaf (about 400g); class 2, small wholemeal loaf (about 400g); class 3, Victoria sponge (with recipe provided); class 4, fancy bread; class 5, four Chelsea buns; and class 6, five fruit scones. In the children’s classes, class 7 is for two windmill shaped biscuits and class 8 is for the five best decorated cakes. The entry fee for each class is 50p. For more information or to get an application form with the recipe for the Victoria sponge, contact Patricia Stevens on 734496.

JOHN CRAMPTON with his blues and bluegrass set will be performing at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

ST MARY’S Church Ramblers will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday for a river walk from West Dean to Alfriston and return. It is a flat walk approximately 5.5 miles.

YOUTH CLUB: St Mary’s Youth Club for youngsters aged between 8 and 14 years, is held on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm to 9pm and re-starts after the summer break on September 19. To find out more, contact Canon Martin Onions on 01323 502079 or Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528.

PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday at the Red Lion for a coffee meeting.

ART TUITION: There are vacancies for the autumn term at a Thursday morning art group, which meets from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Wannock Hall. Drawing and painting tuition is given by Angela Burnap, mainly in watercolour and pastel. The autumn term starts on September 20. For further information ring Angela on 01323 842113.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday September 21. The speaker is Chris Butler and his talk is entitled East Sussex Under Attack. Meetings are held once a month at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be having a practice meeting at 1.45pm on Friday September 21 at the Memorial Hall.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at 12 noon on Friday September 21 at Trinity Church Hall for the Harvest Lunch. The menu will be roast gammon, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, apple cake and custard followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please call Jennie on 01323 484189.

RECITAL: Fr Michael Maine will be giving an organ recital at St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday September 24. Guest celebrities are Rebecca Kelly (mezzo soprano), Mike Barber (baritone) and Sue Lahache (coloratura soprano). Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection for Children with Cancer.