Parish Pump - March 16 2012

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THIS is the latest Parish Pump news from the Sussex Express.

Each week we provide a round-up of local news from the villages.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Mothering Sunday Family Service with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Mothering Sunday Service followed by a light lunch in the Church Rooms.

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

RUN FOR GLORY: Actually, you will be able to sit back and watch this one. Running for Glory combines sporting spectacle and theatre as it follows a group of athletes, including Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell (they of Chariots of Fire fame) as they train for and compete in the 1924 Olympics. Tickets are £9 for the performance only or £12.50 to include a two course meal. Supper is at 7pm and the performance at 8pm. Contact Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 01323 833343.

Burwash

Motor cycle ride

On Sunday morning Tom Appleby will be taking part in the Pioneer Run, organised by the sunbeam Motor cycle club, riding his 1911 Humber. The run begins at Tattenham corrner, Epsom and ends at Madeira Drive, Brighton, a total of 62 miles. Over 350 riders from thoughout the UK and europe will take part, the first leaving Epsom at 8am and the last one arriving in btighton by the 1pm deadline. This year the club are raising funds for the British Heart foundation. I am sure that Tom would love you to go and see him arrive in Brighton. it would be a marvelous day out for motorcycle enthusiasts. Good luck Tom for a smooth, successful ride.

Walk The March Parish Footpath walk will take place on Monday morning. Roger Cloke will lead you around the network of public footpaths around our villages, thereby making sure they are kept open and in good order for all to enjoy. He will leave the Bear car park at 9am. The walks usually finish by 1pm. Everyone is welcome to join him.

AGM The Burwash village hall have their AGM on Tuesday. All user groups are invited to send along a representative to hear how the hall faired over the past year and the plans for the future. We are still looking for someone to help on the committee, either as Chairman or Treasurer. At present the jobs are being done by one person. If you are interested either call Shirley Viney or come along to the meeting, which starts at 7.30pm.

Diary of events - Next Saturday, March 24, is a busy day for Burwash. The Guides have one of their jumble sales, any jumble call Jackie Ashdown on 01435 882196. There is to be a general spring clean of the St Bartholomews church yard. Volunteers are welcome to help. There is also going to be a run in the Sport Relief mile, in the playing fields. More details for all these next friday.

A Table top sale is being held next Saturday in aid of Premature Babies, in Robertsbridge Village hall. If you would like a table call Matthew & sarah Wilkinson on 01580 881845.

Bowls - Last week the club had a home fixture against Plumpton, with mixed results. The triple played first with Stephen Trew, Shirley Pope and gavin wood unable to get the better of Plumpton and losing 10-17, a very rare defeat fro Gavin. Margaret waterhouse, Mick Moore and John Ryan enjoyed a good tussle, coming out winners 13-9. After the tea break Joan Howard and Mary Taylor enjoyed a great win 17-8 while Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood just lost out 11-12. This gives Burwash four league points nad slips them back to fourth in the table. Last saturday Joan and Margaret played in the Old Heathfield pairs tournamaent, as did Juie Hawkins and mary Taylor. It was a great day with some good bowls played. Margaret & Joan enjoyed four games on a somewhat querky mat but were unable to progress past the round robin. Julie & mary despite losing their first game went on to the final which they lost to Audrey & Alan of Horam. It was a great day’s bowling, thank you Old Heathfield.

Buxted

BUXTED WI: Our third meeting of the year and its March already. We were warmly welcomed by president Ann Tricker who opened the afternoon’s proceedings with various announcements and information also giving apologies for those unable to attend. Secretary Joyce Harvey followed with her reading of last months minutes and telling us about forthcoming social events and courses available to members, cream teas and theatre visits amongst them. We watched with growing interest as our guest speaker for the day, Pamela Sharp, unpacked and displayed some beautiful items of lace. After being introduced Pamela went on to give us a fascinating insight into how the lace makers became an important craft in the British Isles back in the 18th century when we learned that lace was introduced here from Spain and France. She told us how the lace makers of Bruge and Malta also influenced the growing industry with women making and selling their lace, often making them the sole breadwinner for families as work for men paid very little. They needed to be producing lace all the time and in order to keep warm in winter they would collect red hot ashes from the fire and put them under their skirts. Not something health and safety would tolerate today, I’m sure. Lace merchants were very important to keep on the right side of as the livelihood of many families depended on whether he purchased their lace or not. Pamela had some beautiful examples of lace to show us and a story to go with each of them. She encouraged several of our ladies to model the lovely lace collars to show us how they were worn. We all agreed with Evelyn Smith when she gave a vote of thanks to Pamela for a most interesting and well delivered talk. Just two of our members celebrate birthdays this month so cards were given to Roz Wariner and Frances Brett. The competition entitled A Piece of Lace was won by: 1, Kath Warner; 2, Sheena Mickleborough; 3, Hilary Quinn. The Flower of the Month competition was won by: 1, Kirsten Brown; 2, Hilary Quinn and Sue Ashton; 3, Shirley Isted and Evelyn Smith. Next month we will meet at the Buxted Reading Room on April 5 when our guest speaker will be Cecelia Trueman who will give us a talk entitled Colour Analysis. The competition will be A Rainbow. Mary Mustin, Buxted Womens Institute – East Sussex Federation

Heathfield

Heathfield Silver Band will be holding a quiz night on Saturday, March 312012 at The Goward Hall, Cade Street, Old Heathfield. Please arrive at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start. The cost is £8 per person to include fish and chips. Teams of eight. Please ring: 01435 866390 or 862398 or email: richardgsherlock@gmail.com. They look forward to seeing as many people as possible to help them raise funds for new uniforms, music and banners.

POTHOLES Excuse the old, old story. The road from Cross in Hand to Halland is deeply scarred with potholes. They run the whole length of the highway, but they are particularly damaging between the Honeys Farm caravan site and Halland Forge where there are two about a metre in diameter and almost as deep. During the day you can circumnavigate them (usually by swerving into the opposite lane,) but at night I find I need foglights to pick them out. We have already had more than £4,000 of damage to one car and County refused to pick up the bill. I can see more massive charges soon. What concerns me is that this road has been in appalling condition for several years. County cannot blame harsh weather this season as the potholes appeared before the snow fell. But I note that the whole of Whitehouse Lane in Waldron was resurfaced and now has a smooth tarmacadam topping. I would question priorities here and ask whether anyone checked the comparative density of traffic on both roads. The B2102 and 2192 (Heathfield to Halland) is a busy commuter route, heavily used by commercial and domestic traffic, particularly during the rush hours. Whitehouse Lane, I would say, is used mainly by people living in and around Waldron. It would be good if some prior traffic monitoring assessments could be made before cash-strapped County highways officers made decisions about where their finite funds will be spent.

WALKS BOOKS Having had a go at the County Council, I now want to sing their praises (Rights of Way, a different department however.) They have published a terrific little sequence of walks leaflets detailing where to start and finish, the state of the going, where to park, how to travel by public transport and where to eat and drink. Each one contains a detailed map, step by step written guide and series of photographs of landmarks. We’ve done several and they work. There are also shorter versions if you are feeling less fit, or walking after a heavy lunch! Excellent and free from your local library or Parish Council office.

HEATHFIELD PARISH COUNCIL We were invited to the official opening of the new Heathfield Parish Council offices by MEP Richard Ashworth. Unlike some folks in the town, I have no objection to these offices which replace a building that was hard to get into, unwelcoming in its shape and layout and almost inaccessible if you have to use a wheelchair or are pushing a buggy. The event was professionally done and about 80 people turned up and were given a guided tour of the offices. I think our Parish Council does a wonderful job for us and provides services I have not come across in the many other communities where I have lived and worked. We have a superb High Street, community centre, playing fields, open spaces (like the Millennium Green,) play parks, a new burial ground and new allotments. Councillors are always very visible and ready to help. Richard Ashworth amused us by describing what it was like to spend time in Belgium in the course of his work. The country has had no government for about two years – apparently local government runs the show – and he said: “It’s wonderful. You’d never notice. Everything works brilliantly. That shows me how vital a job local government does in the communities it serves.” And he paid special tribute to councillors and, of course, the staff who put in time behind the scenes. Not so much behind the scenes now as they are very visible from the High Street. We can count your every cup of coffee ladies! But well done to all. We are lucky to have you.

CUCKOO TRAIL It’s all praise this week. I think the Cuckoo Trail booklet has been out for a while now but I picked one up from the Parish Council offices. Once again, a lovely piece of artwork with pictures, maps, descriptions and details of local attractions along the route. The Heathfield section chronicles a brief history of the town, lists events such as Le Marche, the Cuckoo Fair and the Heathfield Show. The trail is open to walkers, cyclists and horseriders and is well used by many. What a shame we can’t see it extended northwards towards Mayfield. I believe some of the trackbed now lies in private hands and is consequently inaccessible.

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL The Punnetts Town Village Hall committee holds its AGM on Thursday, March 22 at 7.30pm with wine and cheese after business. Everyone is welcome.

FARMERS MARKET The next Heathfield Farmers Market is tomorrow in the Co-op car park. This is going from strength to strength. On sale at the numerous stalls will be fruit and vegetables, drinks, meat, sausages, pates and meat products, olives, soaps, flowers and plants, great bread and cakes (from Waldron WI members,) arts and crafts, cards, eggs and cheeses and lots lots more. Let’s hope for some decent weather for these brave stallholders who turn whatever the skies threaten.

BLOOD DONORS

There will be blood donor sessions at the Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane on Monday, March 19 from 1.30 to 4pm and from 5pm to 7.30pm.

COSTA COFFEE? Mystery surrounds the double fronted shop close to Dream Machines on the south side of the High Street. A planning application has appeared requesting change of use to mixed A1 and A3 use. There have been coffee shop rumours for a while but Costa won’t say one way or the other. We would welcome them and it would, of course, be an excellent reinforcement of the village’s importance and retail strength if yet another national outlet came to the High Street. It appears that the doctors’ surgery will be moving into space vacated by the Parish Council. I must say shops do not stay closed for long here.

Hailsham

QUIZ NIGHT Mayor, Jeff Bentley-Astor, will be the Quiz Master at this combined Hailsham In Bloom and Hailsham Lions event at the Charles Hunt Centre on Saturday March 24 at 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Entry is £4 donation per person for teams of 4 to 8. Bring your own food and drink. Raffle.

BONFIRE BINGO Hailsham Bonfire Society will be holding their monthly bingo on Friday March 16 in the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm eyes down at 7.30pm. The Bonfire Society is also holding a grand jumble sale on Saturday March 31, in the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 10am, admission 30p. If you have any jumble or unwanted Christmas presents please contact Rose (01323 849562) or Lynn (01323 441514) for collection. CLAIRVOYANT EVENING

Tonight (Friday) 7.30pm to 9pm at Primrose Hall. Marlene Woolgar is the medium and entry is £5 on the door.

Corinthian Church & Healing Association’s Sunday Service is 11am to 12 noon with Glyn Davis at Primrose Hall, followed by refreshments. There are private 1-2-1 readings on March 23. Ring (01323) 766435 to book. Healer Training classes will be starting in April, with Rev Richard Rawlingson. Ring (01323) 440420/766435/846546.

ST MARY’S Mothering Sunday, fourth Sunday of Lent. Holy Communion (BCP) 8am – Wisdom’s Choice, 10.30am Mothering Sunday All Age with crèche. Lent Bible focus is at 6.30pm on The Outgoing God – the Triune God.

RAMBLERS There is a 7-mile walk on Sunday March 18 from Hailsham, through Horsebridge, Hellingly and along the Hailsham Heritage Trail with Doreen (442460). Bring a packed lunch. Wednesday walkers with Pauline (845129) are doing the Alfriston to Berwick 5-mile circular. The strollers’ walk at time of going to press had yet to be arranged but this is usually a short leisurely walk. Ring Jill on 843530. If you would like to go along on any of the walks ring the walk leaders for more details.

FLOWER CLUB The next meeting of the Hailsham and District Flower Club will be a floral art demonstration given by Mrs Julie Brownlee entitled Isn’t This Lovely, on Wednesday March 21 at 7.30pm at Whitehouse primary School, Marshfoot Lane.

QUIZ EVENING The Hailsham Old Pavilion Society is hosting this event on March 24 at Summerheath Hall, Hailsham at 7.30pm. Tickets at £6 include a ploughmans Supper. BYO drinks. Teams of 4 to 6 ring Ray on (01323) 845209 to book.

TAKE FIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Five Sussex photographers, John Deller, David Mills, Liz and Roger Scott, and Peter Stafford, all members of the Hailsham Photographic Society, are holding an exhibition of their work at Gallery North, High Street, Hailsham from March 27 until 28 April. The Gallery is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday. Contemporary digital and traditional silver gelatin photography. Landscapes, abstracts, architecture and African wildlife are just a few of the subjects featured.

BICYCLE MAINTENANCE

A second bike maintenance course initiated by Sussex Oakleaf is due to start in Hailsham on April. 17. This 6-week (once a week) course will cover the basics of bike maintenance and include some road awareness and a short trip. It is hoped to have some second hand bikes that participants can recondition during the course. There will be a few places available for the general public. For more information, to register or donate an unwanted bike contact Maggie on 01323-849524 or Maggie.Harvey@sussexoakleaf.org.uk. For more information about Sussex Oakleaf’s work see www.sussexoakleaf.org.uk

Horam

Horam Natural Therapy Centre, is having a Massage and Wellbeing Day on Saturday March 17, 9-5pm.On offer are acupuncture, Ayurvedic face massage, crystal therapy, facials, healing, flower & gem essence therapy, reiki, Indian head massage, massage and reflexology.

£10 for 30 mins £20 for 1 hour. Advance booking is recommended. Phone01435812997.

Mayfield

PARISH COUNCIL PLANNING COMMITTEE The Planning Committee continues with their review of planning applications which despite the current economic climate do not seem to reduce in number. For residents in Fletching Street, over nine of whom attended a planning meeting to protest over proposed developments at the land adjacent to Rock Cottage, the Council Clerk reports that the application was withdrawn on February 7. In connection with planning applications they have just received a 73 page draft document outlining the requirements for householder applications for planning permission for works or extensions to a dwelling. This document once approved will form the basis for the future. After many years of neglect, it was of great interest to see at long last the first of many planning applications which will eventually lead to the restoration of Argos Hill windmill. The council can also report that their proposal to extend the route along the Old Railway Line from Bassets Bridge to the entrance of the Argos Hill Tunnel will be licensed to use for three years starting on April 1 and this will provide residents with yet another area of natural beauty, chances for wildlife observation, as well as some structures of local architectural interest. Three hundred copies of the popular walks booklet has also been ordered and can be picked up from the parish offices.

MAYFAIR 2012 Plans for the Mayfair, to be held this year on Court Meadow, are progressing well with many local schools interested in taking part in maypole dancing and various races. The Chamber of Commerce is also booking a skateboarding organisation to come and give demonstrations as well as coaching and taster sessions for anyone who is interested. At the end of the afternoon there will be a tug-of-war competition so now is the time for people to get together in teams of at least eight people ready to challenge allcomers. As well as the sports, the day will also celebrate other aspects of the village community and rural life with many organisations showing off their activities. If you are interested in your group taking part or helping out and have not yet talked to organisers, contact Roger Stone on: 01435 872764

EASTER CAKE COMPETITION The Friends of Mayfield Primary School and St Dunstan’s Church are running an Easter cake competition and coffee morning on Thursday, March 22 from 10am in the Scout and Guide Hall, Mayfield. The competition will be split into three groups: adults, children in KS1 and children in KS2 with a first, second and third prize in each group. The cakes will be judged on appearance and should have an Easter theme. Cakes entered into the competition should be dropped off between 9-10am to the Scout and Guide Hall (please ensure you include a card with your name and contact telephone number with your cake). They usually sell the cakes in the playground after school with the proceeds boosting the day‘s takings. If you would prefer to keep your cake please make sure you write this alongside the details on your card. All the entries can be viewed during the morning while enjoying a coffee, cake and a chat. The cakes will be judged by an independent adjudicator during the morning. Prizes will be given out at the Celebration Assembly in the School on the morning of Friday, 23rd March for those who can make it. All the proceeds from this coffee morning will be split between Mayfield Primary School and St. Dunstan’s Church. There will also be a raffle on the day with the prize of a delicious cake kindly donated by Marie-Claire Grady (who runs baking classes for adults and children). Further details can be obtained from Nicky Higgins in the Parish Office (873484), or from the co-vice chair of Friends, Diane Zaltzman on: 01435 873678.

FOOTPATH WALK This month’s takes place on Sunday, March 25. It will either be freezing cold or very hot so make up your mind what to wear on the day. Primroses were sighted over the Christmas holidays and the daffodils have been out since mid-December, so you never know! Each month they explore a route along some of the many the footpaths and bridleways of the Parish and never fail to find stunning views and wonderful woods and meadows. They will start at South Street carpark at 10am and aim to be back at 1.00pm at the very latest. Everyone is welcome to join in. Ring: Deborah Dixon on: 01892 853767

COFFEE MORNING There will be a coffee morning in London House, Mayfield High Street, on Saturday, March 31 between 10am-noon in aid of the Quicken Trust. The Quicken Trust is a local charity founded in 1996 which seeks to help a rural community in Kabubbu, a village in Uganda. Find their website at: http://www.quickentrust.com/. The Trust has run several major projects in Kabubbu and is now concentrating on self-sustainability. Sue Parson and her daughter are visiting Kabubbu in July as volunteers to work on building projects and in the school. They are trying to raise money to take as a donation towards the Quicken Trust’s on-going work in the village, hence the coffee morning.

FLOWERS The Flower House in the High Street will be open on Sunday, March 18 (Mother’s Day) for flowers and coffee between 10am-12.30pm. Owners say spring flowers are at their best with tulips and ranunculus in an array of colours and the scent of hyacinths, narcissus, mimosa and broom, to name a few

MAYFIELD EVENING WI

Last month the Mayfield Evening WI’s regularly scheduled meeting happened to fall on…Valentine’s day. This notwithstanding, there was a healthy turnout, though one member’s husband asked her to transmit his request that this timetabling conflict be taken into account when the two occasions coincide once more, as will be the case in 2017. He added that he could imagine the reactions if a men’s organisation had scheduled its meeting on Valentine’s Day! This provoked smiles from the audience, and the point was taken. Plans for the Diamond Jubilee Dinner on April 21 continue apace. Entertainment depicting the events of each decade of the reign of Elizabeth II will be offered, and tickets will be available next month. Indeed, 2012 is a year of anniversaries, and the WI will mark its own Golden Jubilee in September, with a celebration of fifty years of service to the Mayfield community. Members were notified as well of the result of last month‘s vote on resolutions. It was decided that the Mayfield Evening WI will endorse the resolution supporting the training, employment and retention of midwives in order to ensure that services are adequately resourced and delivered to a high standard. Julie Ede then offered a stimulating talk on the redoubtable Elizabethan matriarch Bess of Hardwick. The subject was somehow appropriate to Valentine‘s Day, given Bess of Hardwick‘s eventful matrimonial career, which was characterised not only by adventure and high romance but also a keen eye for pecuniary advantage; she married four times and outlived all her husbands, ending her life as one of the wealthiest women in Britain.

Waldron

FABULOUS It will be a lovely evening of music and readings tomorrow night (Saturday) when organist Jonathan Fenton-Vince performs at All Saints’ Church Waldron starting at 7.30 pm in aid of the Friends of Waldron Churches. The programme will include music for the organ by J S Bach, Widor, Dubois and Walton and there will be readings from the works of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Evelyn Waugh and Sebastian Faulks. Tickets are £10 full price or £9 to members of the Friends, to include a glass of wine and can be bought from the Village Shop in Waldron (next to the Star Inn) or from Heathfield Art and Books, High Street Heathfield or on the door. There will be a retiring collection for the Friends of East Sussex Hospices.

GIFT DAY There will be the annual Gift Day for the church on Saturday March 31 when anyone wishing to make a donation can do so. You can either write to the Treasurer Arthur Kay (cheques made out to Waldron PCC please) at Cransford, Little London, Heathfield TN21 0BB or drop it in a sealed envelope Fr David at the Rectory. Tremendous efforts have been made this year to turn round a loss-making situation in the previous year when expenditure outstripped income. Fr David reports that in the past year, direct financial giving rose appreciably, we secured a reduction in the level of contribution we pay to the Diocese, cut our utilities bills and administrative support costs by over 50% and held some enjoyable social and fund-raising activities. All this was in addition to the great success of the first year of the Friends’ association.

TEA & CAKE Christine and Malcolm Bell’s daughters Susan and Sarah are running a Tea and Cake afternoon at the Lucas Memorial Hall in Waldron on Saturday March 24, from 2-5pm pm. They are organising it to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research to support their friend Kate who will be running the London Marathon this year for the charity in memory of her husband Paul who died two years ago. You are all warmly invited to enjoy the afternoon and help this worthwhile charity. Entry is by donation and there will be stalls for greeting cards and jewellery, bags, jams and cakes, previously-loved books and jigsaw puzzles and a raffle with fantastic prizes. If you want more details, contact Sue on 01435 866546.

EASTER BUNNIES There’s an Easter Bunny hunt for the children on Easter Bank Holiday Monday (9th April) at All Saints’ Church from 11.30 pm – 3.30 pm. Pay £1 per child and they can hunt for the hidden bunnies and name the sleeping bunny. There will be prizes!

MOTHERING SUNDAY This Sunday (March 18) is Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent. There will be Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am. The next session of the Lent Course arranged by Churches Together in Heathfield will be held in the evening at 6.30 pm at Heathfield Community Centre.

Warbleton &

Rushlake Green

HISTORY GROUP: We meet at 2pm outside Laughton Village Shop (TQ 502132) tomorrow, Saturday for our next walk.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Mary’s Warbleton: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Mothering Sunday Service followed by a light lunch in the Church Rooms. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Mothering Sunday Family Service with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Family Service with rev Neville Barnett. 6.30pm Evening service with Ray Bodkin.

RG WI: As your roving reporter has just returned from two weeks in the Arctic a few hours ago, this is a quick advertisement for our meeting in March. On Thursday March 22 at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Charles Rennie Mackintosh is the subject of David Back’s Talk. David is usually an excellent and fascinating speaker, so it should be a very good evening. Visitors are very welcome to give us a try. Any transport problems phone yours truly, Pat Clark, now well thawed out, on 01435 830227.

AUCTION: Copies of the catalogue of lots for the auction of promises to be held on March 24, are available in The Stores. This is in aid of Children of Gambia Services and the Dunn Village hall, and will be held at 7.15pm, with doors open from 6.45pm. There are 70 lots listed covering promises of services to be provided and actual items. There are admission tickets to events, or tourist attractions (eg Pashley Manor), an MOT, cakes, teddy bear etc. One of the higher value lots is a guided tour of Vintners Hall, London including lunch for 6 people. A wide range of lots to suits all pockets and tastes. Our auctioneer is the very capable and experienced Tim Watson.

Willingdon, Wannock

& Jevington

POLEGATE WINDMILL: Eastbourne and District Preservation Trust Ltd, which manages Polegate Windmill, is having its 47th Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday March 20 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. The agenda will include the election of members of the council. Members retire by rotation on alternate years and those retiring this year will be Sandra Creasy and David Vine. After the business meeting there will be tea or coffee and biscuits, followed by a talk by Frances Muncey entitled ‘Vera’s Polegate’ which draws on the documents and notes by the late Vera Hodsoll, local historian and a keen supporter of the mill.

Do go along and support this event and if you would like to become a member of the trust, membership is just £5 which entitles you to receive the quarterly newsletter ‘The Spout’ and you will also have free admission to Polegate Windmill. During the mild autumn and early winter, volunteers have been able to work on the exterior of the mill where various maintenance tasks have been carried out. The new season starts on April 8 when the mill will be open every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm until the end of October. There are also special events such as the Wednesday activities for children in August, the bread day, mills day and the annual fete. As always guides and cashiers are urgently needed and if you could help out on the occasional Sunday it would be very much appreciated. Training will be given. Please contact Patricia Stevens if you are interested in becoming a cashier or Lawrence Stevens if you would like to become a guide. Ring 01323 734496.

LOCAL HISTORY: The next meeting of Polegate & Willingdon Local History Society is from 7pm to 9pm to-day Friday March 16 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. The speaker is Will Duke and his talk is entitled ‘Life and Times of Scan Tester’.

A QUIZ NIGHT is being held at 7.30pm to-morrow Saturday March 17 in St Mary’s Church Hall Willingdon to raise funds for the hall roof repairs. Tickets are £5 each. Please ring the parish office on 01323 501763 to check on ticket availability.

ST PATRICK’S DAY is tomorrow March 17 and the Ouse Valley Three will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village starting at 8.30pm. This is an exciting new band to the Wheatsheaf and they will be performing an Irish set. Earlier in the day you can watch the England v Ireland rugby match on the big screen. The kick off is at 3pm. On Mother’s Day Sunday March 18 Greg Hampson will be playing piano from 1.30pm at the Wheatsheaf.

LOU TAYLOR will be providing the entertainment at The British Queen at Willingdon Triangle from 8.30pm to-morrow Saturday March 17.

TRIANGLE LADIES CLUB will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday March 22 at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue Willingdon, when Mr Kevin Gordon will be giving a talk entitled ‘The lost village of Tidemills’. The competition is ‘present from abroad’.

BUTTS BROW WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday March 22 at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street when Mrs Betty Houghton will be giving a talk entitled ‘My time at Bletchley Park’.

THE SOUTH DOWNS YOUTH ORCHESTRA will be giving a concert of Haydn’s Symphony No 22 at 10am on Saturday March 24 in St Andrew’s Church Jevington.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm on Saturday March 24 at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros on 01323 504463.

SPORT RELIEF MILE: Doreen Giller is once again organising an annual ‘Sport Relief Mile.’ It will take place in Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground on Sunday March 25 at 2pm and has the support of Willingdon & Jevington Parish Council. WAGS (Walkers of All Generations) are being encouraged to take part in this event. Sponsor forms can be obtained from the parish council office in Gorringe Valley Road. Or ring Doreen on 501610. Doreen is hoping that with all the publicity given for Sport Relief on television, this year will be even better. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits will be available, provided by Willingdon WI.

STAINER’S CRUCIFIXION will be performed at St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 7.30pm on Monday March 26. The conductor is Michael Stumbles and the organist is Fr Michael Maine. Taking part will be the augmented church choir with soloists – tenor Rodney Brown and bass Mike Barber. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection supporting Children with Cancer.

ART TUITION: Teresa Currie will be running a six week art course in the newly refurbished community room at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue Willingdon starting on Wednesday April 18 from 7pm to 9pm. The course will cover drawing skills, watercolour techniques, pen and ink drawing, pastel and charcoal, figure drawing, perspective drawing, and acrylic and mixed media. Refreshments will be provided. The cost is £10 per session or £50 for all six classes. Teresa has over 30 years’ artistic experience. For further information ring her on 01323 501231.