Parish Pump hailsham - September 27, 2013

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COSMOFIL FILM CLUB will be showing Etre et Avoir, a documentary portrait of a “classe unique” - a one room school in rural France where the students, ranging in age from four years to 11, are educated by a single, dedicated teacher. The film offers an in-depth look at how education is provided in a remote part of the Auvergne. It will be shown at the War Memorial Hall, this evening, September 27, at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm film start. Tickets are sold at the door £7, Cosmofil students current and former £5. Under 20 year olds - free. For further details telephone Babette Kundrat at 871492.

CHOCOLATE is a word that attracts many and stimulates mouths to water. Ex-Alfristonian, Margaret Ann and her husband Henry run the award winning La Loma Jungle Lodge, in Panama. It is an eco friendly haven for adventurous travellers. With the help of indigenous neighbours they have immersed themselves in learning the ins and outs of making chocolate from the pod harvest to roasting beans to grinding them into liquor. Now Michael and Kitty Ann, Margaret Ann’s parents, will share their inside knowledge of making chocolate during an afternoon Upstairs at Much Ado on Sunday, September 29. From 2 pm until 5 pm while supplies last, visitors can sample nibs and roasted beans, liquor and even trash tea, a healthy and delicious hot drink made from the husk of the cocoa bean. The chocolate all comes directly from La Loma, is completely organic, milled by hand and produced using traditional rustic methods. Michael and Kitty will reveal the extraordinary story of how it is made. There will be homemade chocolate treats to buy. Margaret and Henry founded a pre-school at Bahia Honda. The local children there need a boat to get to school and all proceeds from the afternoon will be given to the project.

WI REPORT: from Wendy Day - September activities started with a large group of members visiting the Congress Theatre to see The Mousetrap. The afternoon was enjoyed by all with no one guessing ‘who did it’. The audience has been sworn to secrecy not to reveal the name of the murderer. At the September meeting Peter Lovett gave an illustrated talk on The Natural Year in Focus. Covering the months of July to December Peter talked about and showed pictures of the flora and fauna to be seen in his garden. His stimulating talk encouraged us all to focus more carefully on what is around us and perhaps visit some of the many nature reserves he mentioned.

Hailsham

CRAFT SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, Crafty Companions is having a sale of work from 10am to noon in St Mary’s church lounge. You can enjoy a friendly cuppa and biscuit and have a browse. Everything is at competitive prices.

QUIZ NIGHT: Hailsham and District Twinning Association quiz and supper tomorrow evening, Saturday at 6.45pm at Charles Hunt Centre near Waitrose. Teams of 4-6 or come along and make up a team on the night. Entry is £7.50 to include supper, tea and coffee (bring your own other drinks). Please let Pauline Townsend know if you want to book for the night at paulinetownsend@rocketmail.co.uk or ring 01323 846539.

VARIETY SHOW AUDITIONS: Auditions are being held on Saturday, 28 September at 10am at the Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham, BN27 1AE. Ropemaker Theatre Company is looking for all types of acts – jugglers, magicians, actors, singers, comedians, acrobats, snake charmers and so on - to appear on 9 November 2013. If you or anyone you know can ‘do a turn’, contact John Wilders on 07973 473321 now!

ST MARY’S: This is the eighteenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) – The God of the Impossible. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups – Moving On. 6.30pm Evening Prayer – The God who Saves.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There are 1-2-1 private readings tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm at Primrose Hall. On Sunday there is a Corinthian church service at Primrose Hall, 15a London Road, Hailsham from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Tricia Bamsey.

RAMBLES: On Wednesday Ann and Mike (01323) 844516 are leading a 4.75 mile Pevensey circular. It could be muddy if wet. It is flat with some styles. Also on Wednesday, Mary (01323 840099, is leading the short walks group on an Arlington walk.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The society welcomed new speaker, Mervyn Taylor DPAGB EFIAP from Tonbridge, who gave a print lecture titled Glimpses - Monochrome and Colour. The images were all dark room prints. He began with Cuba and said it was so colourful he takes photographs in black and white. Members were shown many photographs of families in Trinidad either at home or in the streets, who were poverty stricken but mostly seemed quite happy. In the back streets of Havana, three men were seen lounging on a wall, and against the Buena Vista wall three boys were practising baseball with a cane as bat and a bottle top for a ball. There were also photographs of “Big Mama” with her family group. Many infra red images were shown which make very atmospheric pictures. Tracks, sky and buildings in Dungeness, tide, rocks and skies in the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland. Then there were a few colour photos of the Dingle Peninsular Ireland, ridges in the sand, green fields in the mist and razor shells on the beach, A thoroughly entertaining and humorous evening and it is hoped that Mervyn Taylor will return to the club in future with more of his wonderful images.

U3A: Some of us had the rather weird experience of hearing ourselves on 87.7FM during the Festival of Arts and Culture. Radio producer Peter Wilson brought his microphone to some group meetings and recorded our activities. He was so impressed with the material read by the Creative Writing Group that he made a whole half-hour programme of it by interspersing the pieces with some very nice music. The Discussion Group and Natural History were also featured during the week.

THE GOOD LIFE SHOW: People of Hailsham are invited along to this event in Eastbourne. AGE Concern Eastbourne and The Eastbourne Seniors Forum are working in partnership to stage “The Good Life” event, to celebrate National UK Older Peoples Day. The event takes place on Wednesday 2nd October 2013, between 10am and 4.30pm, at the Winter Gardens, Eastbourne, and is aimed at people over 50 to help them get the most out of life. Free of charge to members of the public, the event will be opened by Matt Monroe tribute act, Mike Lee. The day’s schedule includes short talks, entertainment from Constance, Lady Crabtree, music from “Recycled” and a host of display stands representing organisations, businesses and charities which aim to make a positive difference to your lifestyle. Light refreshments will also be available throughout the day. Come along to this exciting one-stop-shop to a more fulfilled life! For further information please contact Steve Thornett – 01323 479846.

ART, ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES: Street market organisers Hailsham Forward are looking for existing and aspiring local traders to sell their wares at its forthcoming Art, Antiques and Colletables Market on Saturday November 2. Organisers will be providing 28 stalls for hire at the one-off special market which will take place in vicarage Field from 9.30am to 3pm. Traders selling ceramics, silverware, jewellery, paintings, sculptures, postcards, stamps, books, ephemera, automobilia, militaria, vintage homeware, fine art, modern collectables and vintage must-haves are invited to reserve a stall.The market is an opportunity for new stall traders looking to make the break into selling art, antiques and collectibles, as well as more established sellers.” The cost of a pitch and each 3m x 3m gazebo stall are just £20 per day. If you are interested in booking a pitch and stall call 01323 841702 or email streetmarket@hailshamforward.co.uk.See more

100 YEARS AGO: In September 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey reported: Miss Hilda’s Mothers’ Meeting went to East Hoathly on August 19, driving there by Laughton and Halland, in three brakes, driven by Messrs. Wilmshurst, Viney and Delves, closely packed, 30 women and some babies! The Rev. Harry Harbord, an old school-fellow of mine some fifty years ago, showed them over the church and rectory garden, and provided a field and stoolball. They returned home in great spirits at 8 o’clock.

HARD OF HEARING: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting the Quintin Centre car park from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. Representatives will be available to provide information and advice. Further details from 01323 722505.

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.

COFFEE MORNING: This morning at Brook Cottage, Mill Lane, Hellingly, starting at 10am until closing at 5pm. Includes Ploughman’s lunches and cream teas in the afternoon.

BOTTLE TOP THANKS: The Prostate Support Group at EDGH wrote a letter of thanks for the support of Parishioners in collecting milk bottle tops which enabled the ‘Quiet Room’ at the hospital to be opened in June 2013. The next project is now underway, to raise money towards a template biopsy kit at a cost of £15k. Milk Bottle Top Collecting is only a small part of the fundraising but not only does it give some cash towards the target, it also keeps milk bottle tops off the landfill sites and to date, that amounts to over 5 tons! Please keep them coming. Please note only save milk bottle tops with either a 2, 02, 4 or 04 in a recycling triangle as they do not save anything else.

MEMORIAL FUND: Giving is good for you and so is singing. Thirty five members of St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church Hellingly, and their friends and relatives got together for tea in August and did themselves a power of good. Spirits were raised singing the stirring music made famous by Ann Shelton who lived in Herstmonceux at the end of her life. Familiar numbers from the 40s and early 50s were introduced by Ann’s niece and local resident, Kelly Richards. In a beautiful garden and in warm sunshine, the evocative words of “Bless em all”, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “We’ll Meet Again”, rang out along with other favourites, accompanied skilfully by Muriel Hill on the piano. A delicious tea with cakes, organised by Marie Cobb and a team of helpers, ensured everything went with a swing. Everyone’s efforts were rewarded when we found that we had raised the impressive sum of £302.85 for the Hellingly Hospital Memorial Fund. This is a special local charity which aims to provide a gravestone to mark the plot in North Street, Hellingly, which is at present unmarked. Here, many hospital patients who died without friends or relatives, were buried. God loves and values us all. This memorial reminds us that no-one, however unloved and unfortunate deserves to be just cast away. They are now a third of the way to covering the cost of the stone. Following the success of this “Sing Along”, more events will be organised to raise the balance. If you would care to contribute, write to Hellingly Church’s PCC Treasurer, Margaret Bloomfield, c/o Evergreen, Hackhurst Lane, Lower Dicker, East Sussex BN27 4BL. Cheques payable to Hellingly Church PCC, please.

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

AFTERNOON TEA: Arthritis Research UK held an afternoon tea last Wednesday which went well. They had catered for more people to eat up the cupcakes! You are very much encouraged to go and taste the home baking next time (they were very tasty)! The raffle Polar Bear was won by Oliver, and the Snoopy toy dog by Annabel Sargeant. Thanks to the generosity of the participants, they have over £120 to send to the Fund. Thanks to all the helpers and visitors. Come again!

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: have kicked off the school project by talking to year 5 about WW2. They were really keen on the subject and the level of intelligence shown by the questions they asked was truly impressive. Miss Watson had clearly done an excellent job in preparing the way for the group. David has not lost his touch either (so I am told)! The school has been left with an edited version of the Wartime Memories CD and they handed out a James Broughton book to each child in year 5. The next events in the programme will be:

October 3 - visit by ex Spitfire pilot, this is unconfirmed at the moment, he currently has lots of health problems. Rod is going to Newhaven Fort with the class in October and October 24 - Evacuee day (volunteers to act as local residents selecting children to have in their families - just for the day!). More events are due to be held in November and December, details will follow nearer the time.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages tomorrow, September 28 at: Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50pm - 2.35pm. Ninfield, Coombe shaw (off Manchester Road), 2.50pm - 3.25pm. Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40pm - 4.05pm.

OPEN DAY: Ninfield Local History Group hold their Open Day Exhibition tomorrow, September 28 at the Memorial Hall from 10am. This will showcase what has been accomplished in recording the many and varied aspects of Ninfield’s history. In addition to the ever popular “Who/Where Is It?” photos section (updated thanks to all those who contributed Names and places!) they will be displaying the superb Ninfield Centenary Village Map as a companion to the 1913 Deeprose Map already on display. This will be donated to the Parish Council for display in the Memorial Hall as a record of the changes and growth in the village. Advance Orders (with deposit, please) can be placed by anyone wanting a Village Map for family and friends. An ideal Christmas present for those who have everything else! (hint, hint!). They will have other maps on display showing the timeline of how homes and businesses spread through the village. To complement that, there will be a map of air crash sites, so again, any memories will be welcome. It may be the piece in the jigsaw which allows records of the Battle of Britain etc to be updated. Adding to the Village Maps, they will also have details of historic buildings such as Luxford House amongst others. Does YOUR house have some interesting facts? What do you know of its age, and who lived there before you? They have arranged for Hooe History Group to have their own display; as well as the local branch of the Sussex Family History Society, there will be 4 local and family history book sellers with their displays and also a confectionery stall. There will be refreshments available of course, and all help towards that will be appreciated, whether a member or not! Home-made cakes (is YOURS the best in the village?) scones etc can all be donated towards the event; tea, coffee and soft drinks (home-made lemonade etc) will be available at reasonable cost. If you want to come along, dressed as a Land Girl, Home Guard or in any other wartime related clothing, please do so! Lastly – but by no means least – there will be a display from Year 5 at Ninfield School with their work. Some of it will be based on James Broughton’s excellent booklet on his Ninfield School Memories. We are arranging for a copy to be presented to each pupil in Year Five. A Village Historical Walks Booklet has been compiled, providing information on the many interesting houses and places around Ninfield. A limited number will be available (First Edition!) at the Exhibition. Walking around the village is now a good excuse for some post Christmas lunch exercise, and showing off your local knowledge to your family and friends. Ninfield Local History Group look forward to seeing you. If you would like further information about the group, please contact Rod Ffoulkes by emailing: ken.ffoulkes@which.net, or calling: 893635.

GUILD: Battle & Ninfield Guild are next meeting on October 2, 2.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. This week they have a talk entitled ‘A Headmaster’s Education’ with David Swales. They next meet on October 16, with a talk by Paul Burson titled ‘An Italian Journey’.

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on October 3, 7.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Church Lane. All residents are welcome to attend.

FRIENDS: On Saturday October 5, the Friends of Ninfield School have organised a ‘Back to School disco in the Memorial Hall. There will be a night of 70s, 80s and early 90s music to enjoy and dance the night away to! Doors open at 7.30-11pm. There will be a well stocked bar. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the school office or Ninfield Post Office. The Friends look forward to seeing you there.

FLOWEWR GROUP: Ninfield Flower Group are meeting on Monday, October 7 at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. This month they welcome Jean Allan with her demonstration entitled “Autumn Glory”. All non-members are welcome at a small charge of £3.00, which includes refreshments. All flowers demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding the above please contact Susan on 01323 844634 after 6pm or email ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk.

OPEN GROUP: Hooe Open Group are meeting on October 11, 2.30pm at Hooe 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.

FLOWER CLUB: Ninfield Flower Group are holding a jumble sale on Saturday October 12 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.

HARVEST: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Harvest Lunch in their hall on Sunday October 13, 12.30pm. Tickets are £5 each are available from church members or Paul and Betty Burson by telephoning 892192. All are very welcome.

CARNIVAL: It will be Ninfield Carnival’s AGM on Wednesday, October 16, at 8pm. It will be held 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.

REUNION: Tickets for the Ninfield Reunion event at 2pm on Saturday ,October 19, organised by the Ninfield Local History Group are now on sale at the Ninfield Village Stores & Post Office. The Reunion is for anyone who lived in the village anytime 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!

TABLE TOP SALE: Crafts for Christmas, Christmas Gifts and Table Top Sale returns this year, again in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice Care. At Ninfield Memorial Hall, Saturday November 9, 10am - 4pm. A whole host of craft stalls will be there. For further information, please call Pam 01424 892329 or Thelma 01424 892421.

FAIR: On November 23, the Memorial Hall will be holding a ‘home-made’ fair. This could cover anything from knitted hats to jam, cards to cakes. It’s all to raise money for the hall and tables can be booked via Kaye Crittell 01424 892883 or k.crittell@btinternet.com. Price £10 if you are from Ninfield, £12 if outside.

COUNCIL: Don’t forget that you can find out more community information from both villages and Wealden District Council on our district councillors (Pam Doodes) website or the Ninfield Parish Council website: www.pamdoodes.com / www.ninfield.webplus.net.

CHURCH SERVICES: for Ninfield and Hooe (www.ninfield.org.uk): St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield): Sundays - 9.30am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month) Wednesdays - 10am Holy Communion. St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe): Sundays - 11.15am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month).

Ninfield Methodist Church - all services at 2.30pm (unless otherwise indicated): September 29, Back to Church Sunday Service with Mrs Christine Thacker.

October 6, 10.30am, Harvest Festival Family Service with Rev Ian H Wales. They look forward to welcoming the 1st Ninfield Scout Group to this special service of Thanksgiving for God’s gifts. They would be grateful for any gifts of produce / tins; which will subsequently be distributed in the village, and via Bexhill Foodbank.

October 13, Service of Worship with Gillian Lambourne; October 20, Holy Communion with Revd Ian Wales; October 27, Bible Sunday Service of Worship with Mr Owen Birch.

Anything that you would like included in the Parish Pump for Ninfield or Hooe, please email the details to me: nhvillagevoice@hotmail.com.

Polegate

COFFEE morning tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Byways Cat Care. All welcome from 10am until noon.

HISTORY exhibition is taking place at Ninfield Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 10 am. The exhibition is organized by Ninfield History Group. All welcome. There are various stalls ranging from local sweets to local history books.

LOCAL HISTORY: Afternoon meeting of Eastbourne Local History Society is held on Tuesday, where one of our members, Jay Dixon will give a talk on Depictions of Sussex, past and present doors open at 2pm, meeting starts at 2.30pm. Visitors welcome.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on October 3 include Leisurely Walk, Peelings, and Nothing More Than Feelings approx. 3 miles, Stone Cross a nice flat walk up the lanes. Coffee at Sharnfold. Bus No 56 at 10.05am High Street, Polegate, no stiles, with Geoff. Or, Catsfield, Fish and Pheasants, 5 miles, gently undulating farm and woodland. Two slight inclines, some lane walking, could be muddy in parts. Six stiles, White Hart Pub, Catsfield if folk want lunch after walk with Kim. Or Coastal and Forest Circular, nearly 11 miles, East Dean and quite hilly, take picnic about 10 stiles with Colin. For these two walks meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

Bowls Club is having an AGM on Tuesday October 8, at Polegate Community Centre. See Centre notice board for more details.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION are having a quiz night on Saturday October 5 followed by our AGM. For more info contact Amanda on 486021.

CALENDAR: Entries wanted for the Polegate Local Village Life Calendar for 2014. The competition is open to local residents to take photographs of Polegate and District. Closing date is at the end of October. Contact Dan Dunbar on 07743982610 or email dan_dunbar@me.com.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship. 4pm 4ForAll (messy church) at Punnetts Town Village hall. A big thank you to the good number of people who came and helped with the churchyard clear up last Saturday. Hedges were cut, strimming done and general tidying done. We enjoyed a light lunch together afterwards. St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Harvest Festival Family Service and Thanksgiving, follow by a Bring & Share lunch in the village hall. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Harvest Festival and Harvest Supper. Heathfield Chapel: Harvest services at 11am with Rad Upfield and 6.30pm with Dave Court.

HARVEST WEEKEND: Over next weekend, this year our giving of thanks to God for all his goodness to us will be marked with an even more special display of flowers in the church. We invite everyone to join us to enjoy this special time. On both days, there will be displays in the church portraying some of our church activities and the work undertaken by some of the Christian agencies we support. The children of Punnetts Town School will be providing their reflections on Harvest time in an artistic display in the churchyard. Light refreshments, including a ploughman’s lunch will be available in the Church Rooms on Saturday between 11am and 3.30pm and the church will be open all day. There will also be a cake stall in the church Rooms. On Sunday, our special services will start with Holy Communion at 8am followed by our Harvest Festival Celebration for the family at 11am and then a service of Choral Evensong at 6.30pm. All are welcome at our annual harvest lunch in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, starting at 12.30pm. This year we are combining our Harvest Thanksgiving with our annual Gift Day. In addition to our ordinary year long financial support of Christian ministry in our parish we are using this occasion to make one-off donations as we reflect on God’s goodness to us and our desire to see Christian ministry and service continue in our community and further afield.

PARISH COUNCIL: The proposal for homes in Forest Lane, Punnetts Town, has gone very quiet, possibly because larger projects in Heathfield are proposed. The projected cost of the new swimming pool at Heathfield has been brought down. Over £600k has been raised so far. The public enquiry re the right of way through Callers Corner, resumes at the Dunn Village Hall 7th to 9th November. Objections to details of the scheme for traffic calming in Punnetts Town, are delaying implementation of the scheme. Cllr David Turton reported that bookings for the Dunn Village Hall were up. A film evening showing the changes in the Heathfield area will be held on 9th November. The next meeting will be at the Dunn Village Hall on 17th October.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

BREAD DAY: There were 13 entries for this year’s recently held bread day competition at Polegate Windmill. Overall winner was Brian Liddiard. In joint second place were Barry Worby and Daphne Rideout and in joint third place were Jenny Wells and Mrs Tonkins. The prizes were sponsored by Bexhill Farm Kitchens who also judged the competition.

RIGHT AT HOME is now open at The Malthouse 122-124 Wish Hill in Willingdon Village Eastbourne. The new directors Sue Sinsbury, Matthew Draper and the registered manager Glenys Patrick were at the recently held launch to welcome everyone. They have the right attributes, practical and business skills for this new venture into home care and spoke with enthusiasm of how they see the future of Right at Home. The local office is open Mondays to Fridays from 8.45am to 5pm. Just pop in or ring 01323 506800 to find out more.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Thurrock Close to-day Friday September 27 at 10am and at Farmlands Close at 12noon. 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.

COFFEE MORNING: Anita Hatch is organising her annual fund raising event - the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at her salon Anita’s Beauty Works 27 Church Street Willingdon from 9am to 1pm to-day Friday September 27. As well as a nice cup of coffee, customers will be able to take advantage of beauty treatments at reduced prices with £5 from each treatment going to the charity. Please ring 01323 503530. Anita is also having a raffle with some fantastic prizes including a box of Thalgo products worth £100 and some anti-ageing cream worth £60.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: Richard Mainwaring Baines will be giving members a ‘critique and assessment’ of their work at 7pm to-day Friday September 27 at Wannock Village Hall.

THE ANNUAL JPK 9th Charity Golf Day is taking place at Willingdon Golf Club today Friday September 27 organised by Chris Rose and his committee. It is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which now has planning permission to build a supported residential centre in Old Town for people with a learning disability so fundraising is all important.

THE LONG MAN MORRIS MEN will be practising on Friday evenings at 8pm in St Mary’s Church Hall Willingdon starting this evening September 27 until the new ‘dancing out’ season begins in April. For further information ring the bagman John Wardle on 01323 840877 or check the website.

HOWLING CHAMBERS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at Willingdon Triangle at 8.30pm on Saturday September 28. On the Sunday Jazz Caverners will be there from 1pm to 3pm.

JOHN CRAMPTON will be providing the entertainment with his foot stomping blues and bluegrass set from 8.30pm on Saturday September 28 at the Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village.

A RAFFLE with some great prizes and a sale of baby and toddler clothes, shoes, accessories and toys will be held from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday September 28 at Willingdon Community School in Broad Road. Heidi Brown and Chris Tuppen are raising money for the charity that supported them when their baby was diagnosed with plagiocephaly – flat head syndrome. Their son Finlay was fitted with a helmet in July thanks to a donation of £900 towards the cost from Headstart4babies.

A LINE DANCING afternoon is being held from 2.30pm to 6pm on Sunday September 29 at Polegate Community Centre Windsor Way Polegate in aid of the JPK Sussex Project. The tickets are £5 in advance or £6 at the door and include a cheese and fruit platter. There will also be a raffle in aid of the charity and a bar is available. Please contact Sue Thompson on 01323 844466 or Jill Parker on 01323 486179 for tickets or further information.

REHEARSALS start for Willingdon Church Players’ pantomime Dick Whittington at 7pm on Monday September 30 in the church hall. For more information, or if you would like to help in any way, please contact Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901.

CITIZENS’ ADVICE: A CAB adviser will be at Willingdon Library on Wednesday October 2 from 9.30am to 11.30am. Residents can drop in without an appointment to ask advice on such issues as benefits, debt, relationships, housing, employment, and consumer matters. It is a free service with funding provided by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council. Volunteers are always needed and would receive training. For further information ring the Hailsham office on 01323 842336.

ART EXHIBITION: Internationally renowned writer, artist and local historian Philip Brown, who lives in Willingdon, is holding an exhibition of his work at the Under Ground Theatre below the central library in Eastbourne. There will be a private viewing on Wednesday October 2 at 5.30pm which will be opened by Melanie Hunt principal of Sussex Downs College. The exhibition will then be open to the public from 10am to 4pm on the Fridays and Saturdays between October 4 and October 26 and admission is free. One of Philip’s paintings was admired by Picasso at his 90th birthday exhibition in Malaga the year before he died. This painting will be on display at the Under Ground Theatre along with the terracotta amphora – a two handled narrow necked jar – which was awarded to Philip for this painting. Philip and his late wife Gounil have lived interesting lives – working and teaching in many countries abroad as well as more locally in Old Town Hastings where they ran a successful stained glass studio in the 1950s and 60s. Philip also taught at Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology in the 1980s but is probably best known locally for his work on the millennium maps for Willingdon and Jevington Parish and his books of local history.

TRAVELLING TRENDS are hosting a fashion show on Friday October 4 at Willingdon Memorial Hall in aid of Willingdon Flower Club. The doors open at 2pm. for details call Alison on 01323 645527.