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Alfriston

MUSIC: This area of the Cuckmere Valley is having a great time enjoying musical events. We have four concerts coming up in the next few weeks.

ANNIE LORYS, soprano and Daniel Elton, piano, will give a recital at St. Andrew’s Church to raise funds in aid of St Andrew’s. The programme will consist of pieces of Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Debussy. The concert will be held on October 7 at 3pm.

GLYNDEBOURNE Soloists are to perform at St Michael and Archangel, Litlington on October 14 at 5pm. There will be a retiring collection for St Michael’s, Litlington.

A LITTLE LIGHT MUSIC will be performed by Kathryn Sargent and Ray Maulkin at St Andrew’s Church on October 21 at 3pm.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Kirker Chamber Music Festival will take place at Deans Place in November when the Heath Quartet will give three concerts. Details of this festival from 01323 870248.

PRUE LEITH will be talking about, and signing her new book Relish at Deans Place Hotel on October 11. Tickets cost £17.50 and include a glass of wine and light nibbles as well as a copy of Relish with a portion of the ticket price going to St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Tickets are only available in advance from Much Ado Books shop.

Bodle Street Green

3D GALA: The equipment in the village hall has been upgraded, and is now capable of showing high definition 3D films. To celebrate this there will a 3D Gala evening tonight at 6.45pm. Martin Scorsese’s first 3D film Hugo will be shown. Sparkling wine and canapés will be served at 6.45pm; supper will be served with the film starting at 8.15pm. Tickets are £15 and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 01323 833343. Further events are a charity soup kitchen (noon) and a race night (7pm) on October 27 and opera (La Traviata) from Sydney Opera House (in HD) on November 24.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church, 11am Harvest Family Service followed by lunch in the Dunn Village Hall. St Giles, Dallington, 10 am Communion (BCP).

WI: Jason Caulfield will speak on Raystede Animal Welfare at 2.30pm on Tuesday in the village hall.

Hailsham

HOPS OPEN DAY: Hailsham Pavilion, your local cinema and live arts venue, will be open for a look around from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday. See the new digital projector, enjoy refreshments, tombola, lucky seat competition and merchandise.

ST MARY’S: This is the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity and Harvest Festival.8am Sunday Holy Communion, 10.30am All Age Harvest Special with crèche, 6.30pm Harvest Songs of Praise.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH and Healing Association Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Medium Bob Mann at Primrose Hall. Followed by refreshments.

KNIT’INN NIGHTS will be Tuesday October 9 and 30. Journeys to and from The King’s Head for Knit’Inn Nights are both in darkness now as we have passed the autumn equinox. Thoughts inevitably turn to cosy for garments and blankets etcetera. Christmas knitting needs to be underway soon as well. What are appropriate presents for the people you know? Textured knitted bags are trending at the moment. Fairisle waistcoats (chances to be adventurous with colour, zinging or subtle) are having a revival too. Hats, wrist warmers and scarves are still popular and shawls and blankets are always welcome if someone you know feels the cold. One crocheted character from the Christmas story for each day of Advent is a good way to introduce younger family members to the reason Christmas exists. Share Christmas ideas or just knit. For more information phone Su (07951 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

ORGAN CLUB: Go along to Hailsham Pavilion on October 9, if you like the best in live music. Join the happy crowd at the Hailsham Organ Club show and you will thrill to the musical skills of top organist Richard Bower. Non-members welcome. Phone Charles Clegg on 01323 762411 for further information.

VOLUNTEERING DROP-IN: Splendid Blends in St Mary’s Walk invite you to go along on Wednesday from 10am to noon. For more information ring (01323) 301757 or visit www.vces.org.uk.

HISTORICAL and Local History Society next meet on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. The subject is The Natural History of Ethiopia presented by Monty Larkin. The first meeting after the summer break A Convicts Tale by Norma Holt was an interesting subject. Norma talked about one of her distant relatives, who way back was a naughty boy and was sent packing down under to Australia. All are welcome at the monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of the month. Visitors pay just £2 at the door.

MS SOCIETY: Hailsham has a new social and support group for people with MS or those who have been affected by the disability. The group meets on a regular basis in a friendly location and are socially active with regular trips out. For further information contact Canas Whelan on 07742 884811 or email mark01883@aol.com.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: Neil Payne is the Medium next Friday, October 12, from 7.30pm to 9pm at Primrose Hall. Entry is £5 on the door.

FOODBANK: There were a few weeks of set backs and last minute obstacles, but although not everything was going to be as planned the opening went ahead regardless. Several phone calls were received each week from people in crisis asking when it was to open, so the need is there. The Foodbank is looking good having been refurbished, painted, rewired and new doors fitted, new floor and vinyl laid and the furniture donated by Hailsham Lions has arrived. Shelving proved an issue so initially tables will be used. There still odds and ends that need doing (paper towel dispenser, loo roll holder, alarm system, notice board) but that will get sorted. A couple of good scatter rugs are sought if any one has some to add a homely touch to the place. A recent supermarket food collection exercise yielded a large amount of food so all is in place and the care agencies have been issued with their vouchers. There is a box at the back of St Mary’s church for your donated items for the Foodbank.

100 YEARS AGO: In September 1912 Rev F Clyde Harvey reported on the church fete and school treat of August 1912 as follows: The dreadful weather of July 31 made us very anxious about August 1. Mr Wenham was on the bridge very early and came back, gloomy. Some of the CEM were up at five putting up the tent and at 10 o’clock we decided to have he tea in the field, although there were some who doubted. Everyone worked with a will and the day grew brighter but it was 3.30pm before the children could get on the roundabout. However, Mr Davis allowed them their two hours and their tea was put off till 4.45, when 410 sat down. At the second tea, 5.30, the four Scholars’ Bible Classes sat down, 448 of the School had tea and about 174 parents and friends, of 622 in all. Then from 7pm the people came in, and the whole space seemed full of young and old, enjoying themselves at the various shows. The day was beautiful, sunny and cool.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: This week services are Hellingly: Regular Services are on a Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday 8am Holy Communion and also at 10.45am and Sunday 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

MOTHERS UNION: On October 9 the MU Hellingly Branch will be hearing how the Children with Cancer Fund helps children and their families. If you would like to go along to Hellingly church the presentation evening starts at 7.15pm. For general enquiries about the MU ring Mary on (01323) 840099.

DEMELZA SUPPER NIGHT: Get your tickets now for this Demelza Hospice Care for Children charity night on Saturday October 20 at Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road at 7.30pm. Entry is by ticket only at £10 per person. Bring your own drinks and glasses. There will be a table quiz and raffle. For tickets and menu choices ring (01323) 844020 or email pamrobinson977@hotmail.com.

CONCERT: A Fresh Set of Keys is the title of a concert to celebrate the new grand piano at Hellingly church. Tickets are available now for this event on Saturday October 27 at 7.30pm at St Peter and St Paul’s church Hellingly which offers a programme of piano music and song, including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Brahms with songs and popular operative arias performed by Will Hancox (piano), Noa Lachman (soprano). Tickets are £8 (£5 concessions) in advance or £9 and £6 respectively on the door, available at Hellingly and Upper Dicker Parish churches or phone John on (01323) 831621 or Gillian on 844298.

UNUSUAL QUIZ: The Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service are holding another of their very popular quiz nights with a difference on October 20 from 7pm to 11pm at Berwick village hall. For your £10 per person advance booking, you will enjoy spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread, a bar and entry to the quiz. Entry on the door is £12.50. Book with Kate on 01825 873003 or email her at kate@eastsussexwras.org.uk.

SPEED LIMITS: It is proposed to introduce various speed limits on the following lengths of road, A22 Lower Dicker 40mph, A22 The Dicker from a point 173m east of the east kerbline of Camberlot Road, eastwards for a distance of 1590m, to a point 60m west of the centre of Boship roundabout, C39 Coldharbour Road from the junction with the A22 The Dicker, southwards for a distance of 651m to a point 374m south of the southern kerbline of Orchard Grange. The existing 50mph speed limit will remain in force on the remainder of the A22. A271 Magham Down 40mph A271 Amberstone and New Road from a point 364m west of the west kerbline of New Road, eastwards for a distance of 1527m to a point 71m east of the east kerbline of Under Road and finally the U7072 Old Road from the junction with the A271 New Road, eastwards for a distance of 57m.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Award winning Bob Websell ARPS EFIAP taught himself photography twenty years ago while living in Africa. In 1991 he sent his first images to an international exhibition and explained how easy it is to send an image on line and settle the account via PayPal. He exhibits worldwide despite living in Rottingdean and never having been to most of the countries. Bob showed a Pied Wagtail on a rock in the middle of a river for which he won a £300 pair of binoculars. The judge wondered how he had managed to blur the water, but keep the bird so pin sharp. ‘It was 5.30am and the bird was frozen solid’ he revealed. Showing a stone lion at the top of steps, it appeared to be eyeing up the cute cat that was asleep at its feet. Bob has spent the last ten years helping to build Noonkodin Secondary School in a Maasai village with the proceeds of his photography through Serian UK a registered charity. He showed a Zebra rolling around on its back, which had a black stripe running along its tummy and asked who could spot the zip? He went to bed alone in a mud hut only to find seven others had snuck in during the night and one of them had wet the bed. Bob loves Africa so much that he has decided that if an African Elephant charges at him while he is taking its photograph he would be happy to die and be eaten by vultures. That would be one way to go I suppose.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

SQUEEZE Breakfast Club is taking a new line this weekend. On Sunday breakfasters will be invited to take part in a Design your perfect island project. There is no compulsion to join one of the groups, volunteers only. You can sit and watch or do something else until you want to join in. They do not want to reveal too much beforehand, but if you spot a picture of your ideal in a magazine, then bring it along. Other suggestions are that you design a flag for your island, or write an anthem (words and a tune) for the inhabitants to sing. This promises to be a lot of fun. The usual breakfast will be provided; cereals, pastries, fresh fruit, fruit juice, make your own toast with marmalade, jam or cheese, and tea or coffee. The Squeeze programme is a Free Church event which takes place on the first Sunday in each month between 10am and noon, in the village hall. If you cannot manage two hours then come when you can and leave when you must. There is no charge.

THE BOWLS CLUB are fast coming to the end of their season. Last week they visited Horam to play against their ladies team. Our team came away the winners. Their next match was at home for a friendly against Hastings which our team lost 101-39. Things improved a bit for their last league match at home to Groombridge and after a great match our home team were victorious, the final score being 86-60 giving the home team six points on the league table. One last match was a visit to Worthing to play on their wonderful greens and as has been the tradition for the past few years, Hellingly joined them to play in a friendly which our team won by two shots. The day was complete only once they had made a visit to the local bowls shop and enjoyed a fish and chip lunch. The club would like to pass on their thanks to Jean and Terry for organising the day and I would like to thank Rae for her weekly notes on how our home team do, whether it be good or bad. She hopes that everybody winters well and she’ll see them all again in 2013.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: The Merrie Harriers bonfire and firework display will be held on the fields at the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech on Friday October 26. They have had a great year fundraising and collecting for local good causes and they intend this event, the last of this year, to be the biggest and the best yet. A Jubilee Year Special with a professional display of pyrotechnics choreographed to the music of Queen. As on previous years there will be free to enter fancy dress and pumpkin carving competitions, mainly aimed at the children, but there are classes for adults. These start at 6.30pm and will be held in the car park of the pub. The display field will open at 6.30pm and a barbecue will be available for burgers, hot dogs and bacon rolls along with the Merrie Harriers hog roast and the bar. The bonfire will be lit at about 7.15pm with the hope that it will have burnt low enough to start the main event at about 8pm. A display the like of which you have never seen before, from this professional team from Brightfix and the many volunteers who will be giving up their day to make this event possible. The cost of fireworks rises year on year so they need an exceptional turnout to keep up their momentum. In all a total of £9120 was distributed locally in April of this year so if you can get there you will be helping to top up the funds for 2013. Entrance charges will be £5 for adults, children free if accompanied by an adult.

ART ZONE: Pre-school and primary school children are invited to join their friends at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street each Monday during October for an hour of arts and crafts and fun. Pre booking is essential, call Elizabeth Permaul on 833317.

MURDER MYSTERY EVENING in aid of the Heron’s Ghyll Riding for the Disabled group is being held in the village hall October 19 starting at 7pm. An exciting evening and one which will make you scratch your head a little but promising to be most enjoyable. Tickets at £10 each to include a two course supper are available from either The Village Information Centre or by telephoning 833654.

YOGA: Two chances of Yoga with Oriental Movement are available now at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street on Thursdays between 11am and 12.30pm or 7pm and 8.30pm with Sarah Bristow. Anybody interested in going along would they please contact her at be@sarahbristow.com

EXHIBITION: On Saturday October 13 the Reid Hall, Boreham Street will be hosting the local history exhibition. This year there will be a record 46 display boards showing more photographs, maps and much more on early Wartling. This year they will also be including Pevensey and Westham as well as Hailsham. All children who attend will be invited to have a go at the quiz with prizes for the winners. Refreshments will be available. The doors of the hall will be open between 2pm and 6pm with an entrance fee of £3 adults, children under the age of 16 years free.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am with the Herstmonceux Harvest Festival being held at Herstmonceux church at 11am.

1960s DANCE NIGHT: Music and dancing at the village hall on Saturday October 20 when City Rhodes Sounds come along to entertain us. This will be a very popular night so you need to book early. Tickets are now available at £10 each, to include a ploughman’s supper, by telephoning Dawn and Cecil on 832304.

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; Wilmington 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; opposite Rose Cottage Alciston 10.40am to 11am; Selmeston village hall 11.05am to 11.30am; Village Hall Arlington 11.40am to 12.05pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

CONGRATULATIONS to Ninfield Utd who played against Hooe Sports Football Club last Saturday in our local derby, wining 6-2. Tomorrow, Saturday, Hooe club play Spartan 04. Kick off is 3pm at Hooe recreation ground.

HARVESTS FESTIVAL: Ninfield Methodist Church invites you to it’s Harvest Festival, Family Service of Celebration, on Sunday at 10.30am, led by Revd Ian Wales. On Sunday October 14 they will be holding a Service of Praise followed by a Harvest-Time Tea at 2.30pm led by Revd Ian Pruden. Families with children will be very welcome to either of these services.

CARNIVAL AGM: Please join the carnival committee on Wednesday at 8pm, in the Working Men’s Club for their annual AGM. They would welcome new faces and especially fresh ideas for next year’s carnival. There will be hot food provided. For additional information, contact Lorna on 893644.

COFFEE MORNING: The Arthritis Research are holding a coffee morning in the Reading Room on Wednesday, 10.30am. Entry £1 per person.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are next meeting on Friday October 12 when there will be a demonstration, sponsored by the marketing department for Gruyere Cheese, where you will be able to taste and discover what this exceptional Swiss cheese can offer. If you are interested in joining the ladies of the Open Group, just turn up at 2.30pm at the village hall on the second Friday of any month, where you will find a very welcoming group of ladies, together with their social organiser, Edna Wallison. For further information contact Edna on 01424 842591.

N WATCH are meeting on Tuesday October 16. This will include a panel meeting when they have a police presence, usually our PCSO Daryl Holter. In addition they will have a talk on Crime Prevention by our local crime prevention officer. These meetings, especially with the crime prevention officer, can be very informative and help us to reduce even further our risk of being a victim of crime. All are welcome to attend.

AGM: The horticultural society are meeting on October 17. This will be their AGM and guest speaker Kim Parks.

HISTORY GROUP: At the recent meeting of Ninfield Local History Group held on Thursday September 20, John Cheshire gave an informative and entertaining presentation on the history and development of the Census and illustrated it with details taken from Ninfield households of the past. John is the local representative for Sussex Online Parish Clerk, a free national website holding a great deal of social information including census results. He is adding his research data but there is much work to be done and he would welcome help. He appealed for interested members to transcribe information on births, deaths etc from the records kept at Lewes and enter it on templates for the SOPC website. A new book about the village school during WWII is available from Ninfield Post Office. We are looking forward to welcoming our first guest speaker at our next meeting on Thursday October 18 at 7.30pm. Julian Porter, Curator of Bexhill Museum will give a talk on Lady Brassey. This promises to be fascinating as the Brassey family played such an influential role in the lives of many Ninfield residents of the past. Everyone is welcome to attend. 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 893635.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service, 6pm Book of Common Prayer Communion. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am Harvest Thanksgiving with Revd Ian Wales.

Polegate

WANTED information on where the Blue Plaques are in this area. Please contact Maureen with the address where to find them to pawhistory@btinternet.com. Also information on the whereabouts of miniature bus models built by Ernest Johnstone in 1935. Contact derekbjohnstone@gmail.com.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION at Polegate 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.

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

RECENTLY a group of us from Trinity Church and other churches in Eastbourne, visited Ashburnham Place, near Battle, www.ashbuyrnham.org.uk or telephone 01424 892244, for a day of prayer and reflection. We heard a talk by Dr Graham Campling on the Missing Generations of folk who do not attend church. This is because of two world wars that these generations are missing. After lunch we had an audio visual presentation by Peter Watts on the Food Bank, and David Barrett on the Winter Night Shelter for the homeless. Both thought provoking talks of those folk who are affected by the rising prices of living, and the lack of accommodation during the winter. It is not just a case of turning up at the food bank and asking. It’s more a case of being referred to them by different organizations in the town.

WALK: Meet at 9.30am at Wannock Road Recreation Ground on October 11 for a walk with Polegate Rambling Club: Cuckoo and Cuckmere, 5 miles of field, tracks and two gentle slopes, could be muddy with seven stiles with Tony B. Or Burwash Circulars 8 miles of undulating passing Brightling Church and Batemans. Six stiles take picnic with Sheila and Frank.

PCaSO: Macmillan Dietician Penny Kaye was guest speaker at the September meeting where she considered some of the mixed messages about food. Entitled Food, Nutrition and Prostate Cancer: An Update, her talk focused on recommendations from the World Cancer Research Fund. Penny presented a number of food options and alternatives for making healthier choices and reducing cancer risk. The meeting was the ten year anniversary of this local prostate cancer support group set up by brother and sister Graham and Debbie Hatfield. Roger Bacon, Chairman of the PCaSO charity was in attendance and thanked the pair for their hard work to run the monthly meetings over the last decade. They have been ably supported by a number of other people including Mum Marjory Hatfield who serves the teas and coffees each month. Supporters and speakers were in the audience and enjoyed a celebration cake made by Linda Pesci. The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. James Moore, consultant urological surgeon, will talk about Restoring Continence after Prostate Cancer Surgery. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 or e-mail graham.hatfield@btopenworld.com if you require further details or visit our website www.pcasoeastbourne.org.uk/ There are stairs to this venue but lift access is available.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church, 11am Harvest Family Service followed by lunch in the Dunn Village Hall. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington, 10am Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship and communion with Matthew Bater. 6.30pm evening service led by Chris Durrant.

HISTORY GROUP: We have a return visit from Geoff Hutchinson at 7.30pm on Monday in the Dunn Village Hall. His talk will be on Grey Owl – The Hastings Indian.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Heathfield Chapel was beautifully decorated for the flower festival and celebration of harvest last weekend. The theme was The Bread of Life and the various displays combined marvellous arrangements with carefully chosen props, including a horse plough, to illustrate the theme. On Sunday night, we attended the songs of praise service, when we sang a good many of the old favourite hymns. Well done to Audrey Milton and her team for such a great weekend.

PLOUGHING MATCH: Congratulations to Simon Tingley, who won his class at the match at Hellingly last Saturday; he also gained the trophy for the best work with a John Deere tractor. There was the usual friendly rivalry between Richard and Daniel Lambert-Gorwyn in the Ferguson class. This time it was dad, Richard, who edged ahead in second place, with Daniel in third. It was a lovely day with a fine site, a little sticky underfoot to start with after overnight rain. The sun and a gentle breeze soon dried things out, and there were good ploughing conditions.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

A NEW MANAGER has recently taken over at the Eight Bells in Jevington, Gemma Buck, who says ‘she is ready for a challenge’. Regulars will already know Gemma as she worked as an employee at the Eight Bells five years ago, but then left to buy a café in Polegate, and has now sold the café and is back at the Eight Bells again. Gemma will be living over the pub with her partner Anton and five year old daughter Amelia. She is keen to build up the food side of the Eight Bells and there could be a slight change of menu. Dawn, the regular chef is staying on and there will also be Sam, a new chef to help out. Gemma has various events planned for the near future including a Tex-Mex night on Saturday October 13 with Mexican food, music and cocktails from 7.30pm. It is best to book by ringing 01323 484442. There will also be a three day beer festival from Friday October 26 to Sunday October 28.

WILLINGDON IN BLOOM: The results of the Willingdon in Bloom competition are as follows: Front gardens: 1, Richard Stapp; 2, Keith Wickens; 3, Mr Hunt. Certificates of achievement to Sally Attfield and Mrs Hales. Window boxes: 1, Karen Walker; 2, Sharon Mersh; 3, Mrs Dyson Rooke. Certificates of achievement to Catherine Holter, Barbara Nesbit and Jackie Tate. Cottage garden: 1, Pam Hollingworth; 2, Mrs Myrnia; 3, Merton Cox. Certificate of achievement Sarah Cleed. Unusual novelty garden: 1, Colin Ticehurst; 2, Susan Roche; 3, Mrs Wilcox. Educational and environmental category: 1, Lower Willingdon Pre-School; 2, Friends of Willingdon Primary School. Commemorative category, Gillian Eames.

ART TUITION: There are still some 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 started on September 20 but it is not too late to join. For further information ring Angela on 01323 842113.

DONS GOLF DAY: Willingdon Football Club organises two golf days a year, one in April at Willingdon Golf Club when they challenge Willingdon Cricket Club for the John Beck Trophy, and the other in October for footballers, ex-footballers, friends and in fact anyone who would like to take part! This is held at the Downs Golf Club and is a social occasion, although any small profits would benefit the football club. It is known as Golf Society Day and the date the event is taking place this year is today, Friday. The first tee off is at 1pm and the last tee off is at 2pm. Just turn up by 1pm and if you are on your own, you will be matched with a partner against another pair. The cost per person is £28.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Patricia Ellis will be giving a demonstration entitled Tints and Tones. The competition will be called Razzmatazz, an exhibition with clashing colours.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm until the end of October. On Saturday there will also be a fund raising coffee morning for the mill from 10am to noon at Polegate Community Centre. The coffee morning is being organised by Jenny Wells and she would appreciate offers of help on the day as well as donations of cakes and scones, and prizes for the raffle. She is also hoping to have a book stall as well as the mill souvenir stall. Ring Jenny on 01323 487671.

ENTERTAINMENT: An acoustic medley from the 1960’s, 1970’s and to date from Marcella is the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 8.30pm.

THE HARVEST FESTIVAL is being celebrated at St Mary’s Church on Sunday when parishioners are asked to bring non-perishable items which will then be passed on to Ann Ward to help with families in need and distributed through the Diocesan Family Support work.

STRICTLY COME DANCING starts again on Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. It is now held in St John’s Church Hall Meads. All newcomers are welcome. Please ring Jane on 01323 508895 for further information.

THE 3 MMM’s will be meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall at 8pm on Wednesday when the talk by Joanna Wilkins is entitled Bygones in Your Attic.

THE GARDEN GROWERS Group will be meeting again at 6.30pm on Thursday at The Wheatsheaf. For further information ring Graham on 01323 501482.

WILLINGDON WI will be having their annual meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The meeting will include the financial statement and the election of the committee and president.

JEVINGTON & FILCHING WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall when the speaker Mr E Padget will be giving a talk entitled My Friend the Elephant. Bring an elephant for the exhibition.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm on Saturday October 13. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including tea and coffee is £2.50. For further information, ring Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.