Parish pump Hailsham -September 5, 2014

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Alfriston

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY: Putting on an event to raise money for the local community and charities requires a real effort of planning, organisation and effort. This year has been no different for the team behind the scenes of the Alfriston Festival. But a further challenge was put before the organising team. After a warm sunny summer, the day when Alfriston looks to welcome visitors from all over the Cuckmere Valley and beyond to enjoy all the fun of the fair, it rained. Not just summer rain but heavy, constant down pouring. However, the challenge was met and the Festival, allbeit a cut down version, squashed into hall and church and a good time was had. Thanks have to go to all those brave souls who ventured to the village to contribute to this annual event. The final sum raised will turn out to be much, much less than usual but the event provided fun and a lot of community spirit.

THE 300 CLUB year ends on September 9 with a meeting at The Smugglers at 8pm. It is time to join for another year and get a chance each month of winning £50. Joining fee £10 per annum. It is not necessary to live in the village to be a member. The money raised over and above the prize money supports The War Memorial Hall. This year £700 was donated to the hall and went towards repairing and painting the windows and doors. The hall is such a vital part of village life, what would we have done without it on Bank Holiday Monday, that the £10 membership is a bargain particularly as there is also the chance of a £50 win. Cheques should be made payable to The Alfriston 300 Club and sent to Nicky Vassell or Robin Steadman, 11 The Broadway, Alfriston, or Hicks, The Newsagents in Waterloo Square, with your name and address and email and phone details.

THE STAR runs its monthly Open Mic evening on September 11 at 8pm to 10.30pm. Entrance is free. For information call Julie Gardin on 01323 870495 or email events@thestaralfriston.co.uk.

RIDE AND STRIDE is being held on September 13. St Andrews and local churches will be open to offer a warm welcome, drinks of squash and biscuits to the participants of the annual sponsored Ride and Stride event which aids Sussex Historic Churches Trust.

MUCH ADO BOOKS are hosting another Cocktails and Colouring evening on September 18. Tickets at £20 includes something slightly sinful to sip (a non-alcoholic mixture will be available) and a copy of the newly published Creative Therapy Colouring Book (regularly priced at £12.95), plus a set of coloured pencils and a sharpener. The evening starts at Much Ado from 7pm. Secure a place by dropping into the shop or call 01323 8712222.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). St John’s holds a flower festival over the weekend 27-29 September. There will be a concert by the Penhurst Singers on the Saturday at 7.30pm and Harvest Festival Eucharist on the Sunday at 11am, followed by a bring and share luncheon in the village hall.

BSGWI: The speaker at 2.30pm on Tuesday at the village hall will be Helen Poole on The Gods of Mount Olympus. Contact Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICE: Sunday, Holy Communion (BCP) at 10.30am with Reverend Malcolm Elwis. Share refreshments with us after the service.

Hailsham

FIRE FIGHTERS: On Sunday there is a showing of When the Bells go Down at the Hailsham Pavilion. The film, starring Tommy Trinder and James Mason tells the story of the Fire Service in the Blitz. On the day a fire engine and crew will be available for people to meet and view and a raffle will be held. All proceeds are for the fire fighters charity. Last year the charity helped 4,500 people back to health. The Fire Fighters Charity started in the Blitz and is still going today with all of its £9 million running costs raised through public donations. Tickets £5. Doors open 2pm.

BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch is on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Field. There will possibly be a talk by the Blood Transport Bikers or quiz, bingo or slide show. All ex-service, serving personnel and dependants, young and old, are welcome. Car parking at the rear of the club. At the July meeting it was reported Joyce Manser was not in good health but awaiting hospital admission for an operation. The chairman reported he had attended a presentation evening at the Air Training Corps. Following the meeting Michael Partridge showed slides of Malta and Morocco. There are veterans’ lapel badges available for ex Armed Forces (including volunteer and regular reserves), Merchant Seaman (merchant seafarers and fishermen who were on a vessel operated to facilitate military operations by UK Armed Forces), Women’s Land Army, Women’s Timber Corps and Bevin Boys. If any member of the public served in any of the above and has not applied or received the appropriate badge please contact Frank Berry then the application can be made. For further details contact Mike Weller on 01323 440749, Peter Clark on 01323 841809 or Frank Berry on 01323 843880.

TRANSPORT SCENES OF SUSSEX: This month’s historical society meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30pm and is presented by society member and historic vehicle enthusiast, John Bishop. All welcome, visitors pay £2.50 at the door. In July the society enjoyed a trip out to the museum at Seaford at the Martello, where local historian, Kevin Gordon, gave a talk about the history of the town and conducted members around the museum. What an interesting place to visit. It is unbelievable the number of exhibits they have on display there. Some of the items will rekindle memories of a past age. Don’t forget Hailsham’s museum and Heritage Centre is still open until the end of September on a Friday and Saturday morning from 10am to 12.30pm.

STREET MEETINGS: On Wednesday at 7pm to 7.30pm at the junction of Windsor Road and Ersham Way, BN27 3HL and on Thursday at the same times at the junction of Windsor Road and Gordon Road, PCSO Bond gives residents the opportunity to meet her and talk about any concerns or issues. This does not have to be simply police related. She will be inviting local town and Wealden councillors to attend. If you do not have any matters to raise, then come out and say hello. She will also be promoting police community messaging which we use to give members of the public police news and advice and looks forward to meeting you. Local priorities are led by reports of nuisance behaviour across Hailsham West. This seems to mainly be on the recreation areas across the various estates. Op Blitz are aware and will patrol them on Friday and Saturday nights. Road traffic collisions on Ersham Road B2104 may be down to vehicles speeding on the bend. The team will be liaising with Sussex Safer Roads and The Highways Agency to discover ways of reducing accidents on the B2104, This will be done via education through better signage surrounding the bend.

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday Angie Diggens, a top UK organist and superb singer who came second on Stars In Their Eyes as Sarah Brightman, will thrill you with her musical talent, at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Non-members are welcome, just pay at the door. Information from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

ARTS AND CULTURE: The Festival brochure is now out and can be picked up all over town. The events are too many to list in any detail here so I urge you to get a copy of the programme so you do not miss out. There are events for everybody starting on Wednesday with the launch of Festival Radio which you can find at 87.7FM. The full programme schedule being broadcast throughout the festival is at www.mixcloud.com/hailshamfestivalfm. If you want to get involved email Neil hailshamfm8777@gmail.com or call/text 07759 225371. On Thursday there is Project Catwalk, an after school workshop at the Town Council offices and on Friday, Jazz Club at Chapter 12 and a Barn Dance with so Last Century String Band and Ian Lamb at The Sussex Barn, Hellingly. Saturday September 13 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.

JUMBLE NEEDED: There is a jumble sale in aid of Hailsham Bonfire Society at the Charles Hunt Centre on September 22 from 9am to noon. They will need as much jumble as possible. Call Lynn or email hailshambonfire@aol.com if you have anything to donate.

CHARITY GOLF: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) held its annual charity golf day last Friday at Willingdon Golf course. Once again the weather stayed dry, but the golfers had to contend with a howling wind that caused many a shot to disappear into the woodland. The winning team was called Halfway down the Fairway, a group who regularly support the event. They played some excellent team golf and were deserved winners. Over £1,700 was raised towards the upkeep of the Pavilion. HOPS thanked Willingdon Golf Course and those who supported the event.

FLOWER CLUB: Last month’s meeting of the Hailsham and District Flower Club was a workshop evening. Members created a horizontal design in a tall container with judged comments by Sue Macleod-Nice. Whilst all the participants were undertaking the same style of arrangement it was notable the extensive range of colours and flower varieties made for a wonderful display of very individual exhibits. The next meeting is on Wednesday September 17. It is an open meeting entitled In the Pink, presented by National Demonstrator Avril Hill and is at the Hailsham Civic Community Hall. Refreshments served from 6.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and from club chairman, Margery Luffingham, on 01323 845500.

RIDE AND STRIDE: Formerly the sponsored Bike Ride, Ride and Stride returns on Saturday September 13. Take part and help raise funds for the repair of historic church buildings. Contact Ron on (01323) 441079 or 844988 if you would like to take part.

POTTERY PAINTING: This event for children takes place in St Mary’s church lounge on Saturday September 13 from 10am to noon. No need to pre-book, just turn up and get creative. This event is run by Aceramica (Susan Smith). There is a cost per piece painted which is payable on the day and is run during the Hailsham Arts Festival.

CREAM TEA: Friends of Eastbourne Cats Protection Adoption Centre hold a fundraising event at their Marshfoot Lane centre in Hailsham from noon to 3pm this Sunday. Entry 50p or a tin of cat food.

ST MARY’S: This is the Twelth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Wake up to Worship. At 10.30am All Age Special with Baptism and crèche. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Marriage and Singleness.

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

THE LINK has served the community for 20 years. It all began, writes David Vaughan, when a group of Hailsham churches working together under the banner of Crosslink, decided somewhere was needed in the town for young people to go in the evenings, and for older people to meet in the daytime over a coffee or a snack provided by friendly volunteers at affordable prices. Thus started a project which, although changed from its original course, is still providing a service to the community in Market Square. Running the youth group proved problematic for an enthusiastic but untrained team of volunteers. These problems were resolved when a community youth club with appropriate facilities and trained youth workers opened on the opposite side of the square. The coffee shop however grew in popularity, and the team running it was strengthened by the inclusion of a group of adults with learning difficulties from Firstfields day centre. In cooperation with ESCC Social services this gave those with disabilities the opportunity to gain work experience and meet people in a typical social environment. It also helped them to gain confidence and break down possible prejudices between the general public and people with physical or mental health problems.

Find out how the project developed next week.

FRACKING: Is it Safe? This free event (donations welcome) provides an opportunity to learn more about this controversial subject. Ian R Crane, an ex oil-field executive, will give a talk at this exhibition on Saturday September 13 at the Civic Community hall, 6.45pm to 10.30pm.

UKIP COFFEE MORNING: Peter Griffiths says the second UKIP Coffee Morning in Hailsham was even better attended than the first, as word of them spread. It is intended to hold other such events in Uckfield and Crowborough, as well as Hailsham, in the future. You do not have to be a member. All are welcome that would like to put a different viewpoint or philosophy, but politely. Other than coffee, tea and biscuits, there was a wide range of discussion on both national and local subjects affecting the area and there was a willingness of everybody to contribute to the conversation which was pleasing. Subjects discussed included funding for the local hospitals, the fire service, the consent for the Rampion Wind Farm and the difficulty of obtaining low cost housing.

CUCKMERE BUSES: The Cuckmere Bus stall will be at Hailsham Farmers’ Market on the Cattle Market Site on Saturday September 13, 9am to 12.30pm. If you fancy becoming a volunteer driver and would like to give it a try, the bus will be there for you to have a go. Bring your car driver’s D1 licence with you.

FLARE PATH: This Terence Rattigan production by Hailsham Theatre group runs from September 18 to 20 at Summerheath Hall. Tickets are available from Hailsham Pavilion 01323 841414 or www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk for more information visit www.hailshamtheatres.co.uk.

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).

POST OFFICE: Ian and Craigan would like to thank the community for their support following the most recent raid on Horsebridge (North Street) Post Office. Much damage was sustained to the structure with the front glass having been pelted with tins of pet food and the door being destroyed. Luckily, no one was hurt but the violence of the incident was very intimidating and has left staff shocked. The plan, however, is to reopen the Post Office in a couple of weeks’ time with improved security measures. This however, is down to the Post Office Ltd Security Officer, whose inspection and discussion was imminent at the time of writing. Craigan is keen to return to work as soon as possible. Both gentlemen are to be applauded for their determination to keep this little store and vital village service open.

MOTHERS UNION: Fay and Jennifer from East Hoathly gave a talk about a project called Open Book, which they very much enjoyed. Open Book is a voluntary scheme. Small groups of adults go into schools, with the head teacher’s permission, and in advance ask for half a dozen pupils to be involved. This usually means just holding up large printed cards. No one has to learn lines. It is thought the idea for this project began in Bedfordshire in about 1999 and has slowly spread across the country. Fay discovered it when she lived in Gloucestershire and introduced the project to East Hoathly. During a session, short versions of well known Bible stories are read in language children can understand, and acted out from the Lions Story Teller Bible. After a five to ten minute performance, a short prayer is said and a song is sung. To add to the fun, people dress up in homemade props. The performance usually takes place at school assemblies and seems to be very popular with the children. After the talk, Jennifer asked for three volunteers to do a short skit. Peter McMullen, Yvonne Knight and Carol Haywood were the brave volunteers. Information packs are available and together with the Lions Story Teller Bible, are all that is needed to make a start, plus, of course, planning, preparation and volunteers.

10K ROAD RACE: Hailsham Harriers are holding their 30th Anniversary John Faulds Hellingly 10k Road Race at 10.30am on Sunday September 14. John was an exceptional man who took on many tasks for Harriers and organised this race for a number of years before his passing in 2002. The start is in Station Road, Hellingly, just past the bridge by the Cuckoo Trail and with a circular route left into Park Road, right into 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. The event continues to attract the best of the Sussex athletes and is part of the Sussex Road Race Grand Prix series. The club is very happy to have along fun runners to test themselves on this challenging but rewarding country lanes course. Entries are still available and can be accepted on line through the Harriers website http://www.hailsham-harriers.org.uk. Entries will also be accepted on the day before 9.45am subject to the maximum limit not having been reached. Car parking is only available at the finish area field next to the hall so competitors are asked not to use the local roads. A special 30th anniversary medal is awarded to all finishers.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

A WILD FEAST: Ever foraged for fruits and seeds and then not known what to do with them? Now’s your chance to find out because on Sunday Sarah of Wild Feast will be at Lime Cross Nursery creating some delicious food and drinks from nothing but foraged fruits and seeds. It should give you a chance to learn how to identify edible plants and then sit back and enjoy the tasters Sarah will be preparing. Tickets are £15 per person which includes a glass of fizz and your tasters. For more information or to book call 833229.

ART TRAIL: As part of the Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture, between September 10 and 21, Lime Park Nursery will be displaying a selection of local artwork both inside and outside the nursery. Paintings, sculptures, some available for purchase and a chance on the evening of September 10 to meet the artists between 6pm and 9.30pm.

BOWLS CLUB: The first match, a friendly at home here to Polegrove, saw our home team lose by 21 shots. The second, a league match at Horam, they won 75-62 giving Herstmonceux another six points on the table.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday meet Helen in the car park at Herstmonceux at 10am for a Pooh Walk in the Ashdown Forest covering about 4.5 miles. On Tuesday meet Mary Ann at the Merrie Harries in Cowbeech at 6.30pm for a circular walk finishing at the pub where you can enjoy a drink and a choice of meat or vegetable curry which the pub is putting on at a special price for the walkers. For all other information please call 848790.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with Evensong (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with The Family Service being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

CRIMINAL DAMAGE: Our PCSO, Daryl Holter, would like to make you aware of some criminal damage in Ninfield. Overnight August 27/28, believed around 12.30am to 1am, a ground floor window was broken on a property in Manchester Road, Ninfield. It is believed to be malicious damage. If anyone has seen or heard anything in connection with this, contact the police (101) quoting CAD 0537 28/08/14.

ARTHRITIS RESEARCH: 0ver £220 was raised for Arthritis Research UK by those attending the recent Open Garden at Barn Cottage, and Tea Party at Campions, Standard Hill on Saturday, August 23. Thanks go to all the supporters and helpers. They were fortunate in having a fine day before the onslaught of rain afterwards. The stall was well patronised, mainly due to generous and varied donations. The bakers of scones and cakes for the cream tea are to be congratulated, as their wares were much appreciated.

BOWLS: A good week was had by Ninfield Bowls Club. On August 27, they played against Fairlight, winning 76-53. A further win was had on August 30 when they played Hastings Visually Handicapped, winning 55-36. They always enjoy the games with the local teams and it is amazing how they are able to play and reach the Jack with two of their players (one each end) with walkie talkies explaining from one end to the other where the bowls are compared to the Jack ie 10 0’clock or 12.15. Although it was very windy at the White Rock members enjoyed the afternoon. On Sunday, August 31, they had their competition for the Scrivens Cup. Mr Scrivens donated four silver goblets some years ago and they have been won by three or four members of the leading team, which this year was very close. The winners had 33 points second had 32 points and the third team had 30 points with many lower scores of the seven teams taking part (28 members). This started at 10.30am finishing at 5pm with a ploughman’s lunch.

CAFÉ FAMILY SERVICE: Ninfield Methodist Church invites you to its Café Church Family Service on Sunday at 10.30am. The theme of the service will be Why Worship God and include children’s activities and breakfast.

N WATCH: The next Neighbourhood Watch and Panel meeting will be on Tuesday, 7.30pm, at the Reading Room. The speaker will be Stephanie Smith, Sussex Police’s Finds and Liaison officer. She will be talking about anything of value that has to be declared and the process involved. The team will also be showing a DVD regarding scam mail and its problems. All are welcome, you do not have to be a Neighbourhood Watch Member. Tea and biscuits available.

HOOE OPEN GROUP next meet on September 12, at 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.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am Cafe Church Family Service with breakfast.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family service. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion and 6.30pm evening service. Last Sunday was the last time for just over a month the bells at Warbleton will be rung, as they are being dissembled for the various ancillary bits, the headstocks etc, to be taken away for refurbishment. During the next few weeks, volunteers will scrub down the supporting frame and paint it. It is anticipated if all goes to plan, they will be back in action on October 12. There is a change of date for the church yard clear up. It will now be on Saturday October 4, at 10am.

HISTORY GROUP: After a break in August we meet on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall. One of the staple productions for local drama groups and professional theatres is pantomime. Jan Gledhill seeks to shed some light on the subject in her talk The Magic of Pantomime. Coffee is served before the meeting and the bookstall is open.

SHOP HOURS: Talking with Bobby he tells me that The Stores is now open from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 3pm on Saturdays. He is now experimenting with opening on Sundays 8am to noon from September 14.

ROAD WORKS: In the first few days a good start has been made with the stretch from the village down to the Kingsley Hill largely reconstructed with the Tarmac yet to be laid. Residents along the road have passes which give them priority to travel through the works. There are gatemen at either end who have been very helpful in advising what is open etc. It has made the traffic flow through the village a lot quieter, a mixed blessing as our businesses rely on passing trade. The Village Leaf website has up to date information.

WAYSIDE THEFT: I have heard from Paula who tells me, ‘At least two local folk who sell fruit, vegetables, jams and chutneys outside their houses to passers-by have had their produce stolen this week. When there is such a good fruit harvest as this year’s, country dwellers like to pass on the benefits to others at a modest cost. It is a great pity there are some people who do not know the meaning of honesty boxes.’

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS: By the end of the bank holiday weekend, despite the constant rain on the Monday, 360 people had visited the Wannock Artists’ Exhibition and 27 paintings had been sold. The raffle of a watercolour of Sheffield Park Gardens by John Hook raised £140 for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

THE FESTIVAL OF ALE organised at the Wheatsheaf topped all records for visitors this year. Tomorrow, Saturday, Alex Gold will entertain at the Wheatsheaf with his live acoustic overs from 8.30pm.

HOWLING BLUES will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE FLOWER CLUB meet at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. New members and visitors are welcome. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

HYMNS AND PIMMS: Fr Michael, curate at St Mary’s Church, will be organising another Hymns and Pimms evening following the success of last year’s event. The idea is to go along to the church service at 6.30pm on Sunday where favourite hymns will be sung, there is a list at the back of the church for suggestions, and then following this short service, everyone makes their way to the curate’s garden at 37 Church Street where Pimms and nibbles will be served. Additional bottles of Pimms, would be very welcome. If it is raining, the event will take place in the church hall.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by an amenities meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information.

THE 3 MMM’S will meet at St Mary’s Church Hall at 8pm on Wednesday. It will be a social evening with pudding tasting. Members are asked to bring non-perishable goods for the harvest.

WILLINGDON WI will meet at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The guest speaker is Robin Gregory and his topic is entitled World War 1 - Tim’s Diaries.

JEVINGTON AND FILCHING WI will meet at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall. Paul Lendon will be giving a talk entitled Ticket to Ride.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP will be meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday at The Red Lion.

COMPETITION RESULTS: Residents who took part in this year’s Willingdon and Jevington in Bloom competition will be notified of the results at a presentation evening at 7pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall which anyone can attend.

PANTOMIME: Willingdon Church Players have chosen their next pantomime which will be Aladdin. It will be directed by Terry Harvey. The read through will be in the church hall at 7pm on Thursday with informal auditions at 7pm on Thursday September 18. Rehearsals will then begin at 7pm prompt on Monday September 29 when a rehearsal schedule will be available for Monday and Thursday evenings. The pantomime will be staged on the evenings of Wednesday to Saturday, January 28 to 31, with a matinee on the Saturday. In addition to the cast, help is also needed behind the scenes. Please 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.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Seven Sisters Road with Bailey Close at 11am on Friday September 12. 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.

RIDE AND STRIDE takes place on Saturday September 13. The idea is 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.

EIGHT BELLS: The Hot Club of Jevington entertains customers at the Eight Bells every Monday evening from 7pm to 9pm with their mix of gipsy music and jazz. There is a quiz night every Tuesday evening which starts at 8.30pm which is proving to be very popular so it may be best to book by ringing 01323 484442. Dates for your diary are Friday September 19 when jazz duo Dennis and Pete are providing the entertainment from 7.30pm and Friday September 26 when cover music from the 1950s onwards will be performed by Pete Martin from 9pm.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm until the end of October. Sunday September 14 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 September 14 and judging by a master baker will take place 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 further information or to obtain an application form, pop into the mill during opening hours or contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496.

ART: The Church Street Art Exhibition will be held on Saturday October 11 from 10am to 5pm at St Mary’s Church Hall. The art group, tutored by Teresa Currie, welcomes you to their fourth annual exhibition and sale of original artworks, screen prints, prints, artists’ card, photography, textiles, painted wood and other crafts. The group has been working on a wide range of mediums and subject matter; acrylic, painting on wood, pastels, negative painting in inks, watercolour, mixed media, graphite and charcoal. All work is for sale at affordable prices and refreshments are available all day. Light refreshments are available, admission is free and there is a disabled access.