Parish pump Newhaven - August 1, 2014

Alciston & Selmeston

THANKS to all you helped and supported our two villages Arts and Crafts weekend held on July 12 and 13 in Selmeston Village Hall along with our Flower Festival in Selmeston Church. It was good to see so many people turn out.

FLOWER SHOW: Our next event to put in your diary is for our two villages Annual Flower and Produce Show tomorrow, Saturday, doors open 2pm. Come along and browse at their wonderful flowers and produce. It does not seem to matter what the weather has thrown at them, our growers always seem to put display a really good show. Winner’s cups fought for every year. With so much to see and refreshments available, a visit to this show makes for a glorious summer afternoon out.

UPDATE: As this the first Parish Pump news for some while, I will give you a bit of an update. Some of you may not know that Selmeston and Alciston church now forms part of a larger benefice. We used to be a benefice of three churches, Selmeston, Alciston and Berwick but we now have five churches within our benefice with Arlington and Wilmington joining us. We also have our own benefice website giving you loads of information about our five churches. Visit http://www.berwickchurch.org.uk/ to find out more.

VILLAGE HALL: Our shared (Alciston and Selmeston) village hall in Selmeston has become very popular after its refurbishment a few years ago. We cater for all events from youth club sleep-overs to live band events and wonderful weddings. See our website at http://southdownsvillagehall.org/ Our rates are very competitive. People have even changed the date of their wedding so as to use our hall when their first choice of date was unavailable.

THE PETROL STATION on the A27 just before Selmeston village turn off, has now been extended to include a supermarket, come snack bar, where we can shop, have a coffee with something to eat and fill our vehicles up at the same location. Definitely very handy.

NATIONAL PARK: Alciston village now forms part of South Downs National Park as from the recent change of its boundaries.

VILLAGE MARKET: We still have our Village Market every month, next one August 19 from 10.30am to noon where you can purchase homemade cakes, bread, preserves, local free range eggs, books, good quality bric-a-brac and interesting crafts from our stalls. Refreshments available including full English breakfast. Well worth a visit.

Alfriston

WALK: Bostals, Barrows and Bloomsbury inspire countryside walk by the National Trust team from the Clergy House on August 7. To find out about the fascinating history and natural beauty of this part of the Cuckmere Valley join the team for a leisurely, circular walk along ancient trackways. Starting at 10.30am, the three mile long walk starts and ends at the Clergy House, finishing at 1pm. Good walking shoes are advised as it does involve a moderate to steep gradient and some stiles. The cost is £3 and booking is advisable. Further details and to book contact the Alfriston Clergy House on 01323 871961.

SMARTCOOKIES are once again running a cooking and craft session for children of five to 11 years old. Children will make a picnic with fruit smoothies, funky shaped sandwiches and animal iced cookies to picnic on the Tye. Cost is £8 per child. All of this takes place at the Old Chapel Centre on Friday August 8. For further details email smartcookiesliz@gmail.com or telephone Liz on 07722484262.

COCKTAILS AND COLOURING at Much Ado Books. Discover the grown-up pleasures of the colouring book with books featuring sophisticated art, clever images and pictures that both gently challenge and delight. Adding colour is an entertaining pastime with a gratifying goal. On August 21 from 7pm there is a chance to enjoy a relaxing evening of creativity and chat with a delicious drink to top it off. The price is £20 and includes refreshments and a copy of the popular Art Therapy Colouring Book, plus like-minded company of other colourists. Space is limited so telephone 01323 871222 to book a place.

Bishopstone

THE SUMMER FETE is tomorrow, Saturday, opening at noon with the Mayor of Seaford. There will be stalls, games, Punch and Judy, Seaford Silver Band playing plus refreshments and a dog show (registration at 1pm).

SPECIAL OPEN AIR SERVICE in St Andrew’s Churchyard on Sunday starting at 4pm. This short service is in memory of all those At Rest in the churchyard. The service will be followed by tea in the parish hall.

DRIFTWOOD OPEN GARDEN, 4 Marine Drive, is on Sunday, 11am to 5pm as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Entry costs £4 and children are free.

FREE HORSE MANURE is available on the west (Newhaven) side of Bishopstone Road between Bishopstone Estate and Bishopstone Pond. Help yourself but please return or replace the bags.

MONDAY is the centenary of Britain entering WW1. It should have been over by Christmas, like the French v German war of 1870 when Prussian troops could have caught the Newhaven ferry in Dieppe. This time, however, Britain could not remain neutral.

Falmer

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS: Work on the Heritage Open Days exhibition at St Laurence Church is gaining momentum. Our researcher, Sheila Massey, has been looking into the service records of the men listed on our WWI memorial and has come up with some fascinating insights into the lives of these men. A card with details of an 18 year old recruit gives his chest measurement as 33 inches (expanded) which seems tiny by today’s standards. Many had occupations that simply don’t exist any more due to the mechanisation of agricultural work, occupations such as Ox Boy and Waggoner. These men would probably have worked on the Estate belonging to the Earl of Chichester at Stanmer. Thanks to our resident postcard collector we have a wealth of images from pre-First World War that show men working as Ox Boys and Waggoners in and around Falmer and Stanmer. Sheila is, I am sure, going to unearth all sorts of fascinating information and I am looking forward to seeing the results.

DUCKS: In this long hot summer we have seen many families here in Falmer enjoying the lovely views, walking round the pond and feeding the ducks. It is a great thing to do with your little ones and I took my children to feed the ducks and remember doing it as a child. However when so many people are coming and arriving with a newly bought loaf of sliced white bread it is not doing the ducks and geese much good. Here is an article recently published online. Warning: Feeding the ducks can actually harm the birds according to two charities. The charities are urging people to throw ducks and geese grains rather than harmful white bread. Overfed birds can become susceptible to predators, according to the RSPB. Graham Madge, from the charity told The Daily Telegraph: (Feeding the ducks) is an excellent way for the public to have contact with birdlife and for toddlers to learn to appreciate ducks, geese and swans later in life. But feeding bread or, as we’ve often seen, chips to birds can lead to them developing health problems. He said families and bird lovers should consider buying grains from pet shops or even cut up green vegetables instead.

FRUIT: 2014 is shaping up to be a wonderful year for fruit. We have already had a bumper crop of apricots from our tree and, as I am no good at preserves, I now have three apricot tarts in the freezer (we have already eaten another three). Looking out of my window I can see the top of the Discovery apple tree and what looks like ripe fruit, the birds are flocking to the mulberry tree and there are a few ripe blackberries already on the brambles at the side of the road. The vegetables in our plot are romping away too, whenever it looks as though we will be in danger of a drought we get a massive thunderstorm and everything gets a good watering. I guess the harvest will be unusually early too. I wonder how much longer we are going to enjoy this weather?

ARTWAVE: It is not long now until our Art and Soul at Falmer exhibition. I have lost count of how many years we have been bringing together wonderful artists and showing their work in the village hall and St Laurence Church but it is certainly a well-established tradition. We have another brilliant line-up of artists this year. The Artwave website www.artwavefestival.org has our entry and you can have a look at our Facebook page Art and Soul at Falmer for sneaky peeks at the kind of work we will be showing.

Lewes

WESTGATE WI: For our July meeting we had a talk, given by Helen Poole, about Sir John Gage and Firle Place. Helen is fascinated by Tudor history and thus this is one of her pet subjects, very interesting it was too. Helen actually worked at Firle Place some six summers ago and, no doubt, was able to increase her knowledge of both the family and the building. The family originated in Gloucestershire before coming to Sussex, and its motto is Courage without Fear. The Gage family held high positions within the Royal circle, initially Sir John Gage’s father-in-law was Head of the Royal Household and, therefore, Sir John had access to the Royal Household. Later Sir John’s brother-in-law was head of the Royal Household so Sir John was still able to infiltrate this illustrious circle and was tasked to look after the Royal Household, being third in charge and one of the areas he was responsible for was the laundry. Sir John Gage held many positions within the Royal Household as well as being the MP for this area and a friend of Sir John’s was responsible for getting Oliver Cromwell into Parliament. By this time the Gage family had become extremely rich and this is when Sir John began building Firle Place and it’s possible that stone from Lewes Priory was used in the building of the house. During the reign of Henry VIII Sir John Gage was part of Henry’s entourage and he became a Knight of the Garter, upon Gage’s death he decreed that the Garter was to be sold and the monies given to the poor people of Firle. Gage was in charge of the Tower of London when the Queen, Anne Boleyn, was beheaded. Many of the Gage family are buried in Firle churchyard. One of the Gage family discovered the tree we now know as a greengage tree, so think of the family whenever you buy or eat greengages. As you can imagine various feuds took place over the years and there is still a sense of this between Firle and Glynde, even today, although it is getting better. Our next meeting is on Wednesday August 13 and we are having Fun and Frolics. If you want to know what this is then do come and join us, all very welcome, we are a very friendly crowd; we meet at St Thomas’ Church Hall, at the bottom of Cliffe High Street, 10am for 10.30am start. (Dee Barr).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Twenty six members of the group took part in an outing to the National Trust property at Polesden Lacey. Arriving by 10.30am many members took part in a guided tour of the house before having either lunch in the restaurant or their own picnic. Although the weather was very hot and sunny some eight members came on a guided walk across the Mole valley to Tanners Hatch youth hostel where one member was able to remember her experience of staying there over 50 years ago. Others preferred to take in Polesden Lacey’s beautiful gardens or simply stroll at their own pace in the extensive grounds. Although we did not leave until 4pm many would have preferred to have stayed much longer as it had been such an idyllic day. Thanks to Robert who organised this special coach trip. The next walk is on Wednesday, Ardingly. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. On Tuesday August 12 we will be holding our 50th Anniversary Walk into Lewes. There will be 10 walks from two to nine miles ending with tea with the Mayor in the Town Hall. The 10 walks will add up to 50 miles in the celebration of our 50 years of existence. Details can be found on our programme.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

THE GARDENING SOCIETY is holding the annual show tomorrow (Saturday) in Meeching Hall. Open to the public from 2pm, Free entry but donations welcome. Members will be displaying vegetables, fruit, flowers and pot plants, floral arrangements, cookery, handicrafts and photographs. There will also be a raffle, tombola and various stalls including home-made cakes. Auction of produce and prize giving at 4pm.

HELP THE HEROES day at Paradise Park tomorrow (Saturday). Come and meet the team and support this excellent charity. Blind Veterans UK representatives will also be there explaining about the work they do locally.

FORT CINEMA: Newhaven Fort’s Centenary Cinema is showing two great films on consecutive days tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday. Wings will be shown tomorrow and All Quiet on the Western Front on Sunday. The Sunday screening will be preceded by a short commemoration to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. Doors open at 6.30pm both days and tickets for each film are £7, concessions £6 and are available at the Fort.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee meet on Tuesday in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm to discuss the latest planning applications.

TABLE TOP SALE: Guinness Court in Iveagh Crescent is holding a Table Top Sale in the garden and lower lounge on Wednesday from 10am to 2pm. Everyone welcome to come along and get some bargains but there are no opportunities to book a table. The event is being put on to raise money for the residents fund to cover outings etc. Tea/coffee will be available and the community bus leaves the town centre behind Poundstretcher at 45 minutes past the hour from 9.45am and stops right opposite.

U3A: Newhaven and Peacehaven U3A are holding a meeting on Thursday at 10am in the Baptist Church Hall. Trevor Povey will give a talk Lewes to the End of the Earth. New members always welcome.

DIEPPE MEMORIAL: The annual service for Canadian Veterans takes place to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Dieppe Raid on Memorial Green, South Way, on Sunday August 10 at 3pm. The parade lines up on Denton Island at 2.15pm and will leave around 2.30pm to march down Bridge Street to the Memorial. This is the day Newhaven welcomes Canadian veterans from all over the country as well as a representative from the Canadian High Commission.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Newhaven branch of the RBL is holding a service of commemoration in memory of all those in Newhaven and surrounding areas who gave their lives for King and Country in St Michael’s Church from 11.30am to 12.30pm in the morning of Sunday August 10 prior to the annual Dieppe Memorial Service.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: These last six months have gone really quickly but during this time our WI has been busy and had many good speakers. February the Pitfalls of Not Making a Will with many details regarding inheritance tax and lasting power of attorney explained. Most people are aware of these matters but guidance is very helpful. This was followed on a lighter note by a History of Wine with tastings for all. April was our birthday meeting, we are now 54 and were entertained by John Cave and his guitar followed by a tasty tea. May, the resolution meeting and although our vote was not for the resolution, the resolution was very well explained to us with all the implications involved. June, All About Bees, which of course are very essential. A lovely local lady spoke to us and brought jars of her honey which members purchased. Our last meeting in July we heard about Fossils on the Seashore including all different colours of seaweed, some of which can be eaten. We were hoping to have had a walk around Tidemills in August to study this but the speaker was unable to attend. We are having a cream tea instead in Denton Church Hall. In June we had a stall at Denton Road to Rio fete and a stall at South Heighton fete in July. A very varied and interesting six months. We meet on the second Monday of the month in South Heighton Village Hall at 2.15pm and are a very friendly group and would welcome any possible new members. Our next meeting in September is a ploughman’s with a silent auction and we hope to arrange a visit to the incinerator later in the year.

Peacehaven

SUMMER FAYRE: The Peacehaven and Telscombe annual Summer Fayre on the Joff Field on Saturday July 26 was well attended and was blessed with good weather. The Hastings Twirlers put on a magnificent display of marching and baton twirling. It was followed by dance routines by the Harlequin Dance studio which had a definite ahhh factor as little tots showed what they could do, although several were more interested in looking for mummy in the crowd and waving. There was a report of a camera having been lost. So if anybody found a camera could they hand it in to the information office.

HORTICULTURE: The annual Flower Show takes place in the Community House tomorrow, Saturday. This show, put on by the Peacehaven Horticultural Society, is always worth a visit between 10.30am and 2pm. At the end of the show there is a fun auction where many of the prize winning entries can be bought for very modest sums.

CINEMA: On Wednesday A Long Way Down is showing in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 each are available from the information office.

MORNING MARKET: There is no market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre as the hall will be used for the annual Flower Show as mentioned above. The next Saturday market will be on August 9 and will be arranged by the Labour Party. To book a table call them on 07876 561 880.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, a coffee morning has been organised by the Cameo group in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Tuesday the Leigh Welch Dance Group will be looking after your coffee break while on Thursday the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) will be behind the counter providing the morning refreshments.

THE DELL: The Circus World will be at this South Coast Road venue until Sunday. Money saving vouchers can be had from the information office for all shows. From Thursday to Sunday August 10 the Bill Coles Fun Fair is making a return visit to The Dell. Fuller details can be seen from posters around the town.

LONELINESS: There has been a lot of publicity given to this subject during recent weeks. There are a lot of regular events that are available weekly in the town. Over the next month I will be letting readers know of the many clubs and organisations meeting in the Community House. Mondays; In the Morning Line Dancing with Southern Stomp, Citizens Advice (alternate Mondays) and Lewes District Council Housing Advice. In the afternoon Arts and Crafts, The Good Companions Club, WI Mah-jong Club, Citizens Advice (alternate Mondays. Evenings; Pilates. For further details call in to the information office or telephone 01273 585493 ext 1.

FIRST WORLD WAR: The conflict started on August 4, 1914. On Monday there will be a short Commemoration Service at the Peacehaven War Memorial in the Meridian Park starting at 6.30pm. Eight servicemen who fell during the war came from this area. Their names are dedicated on the war memorial. All residents are welcome to join this gathering.

BREAST CANCER: The next monthly meeting of this support group is being held in the Telscombe Civic Centre on Wednesday from 1pm to 3.30pm. This friendly, social and informal support group is for all with an experience of Breast Cancer. It is open to all including those who are caring for someone. You needn’t talk; you can just sit and listen or even make the tea.

Ringmer

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am on the Vicarage front lawn. This is being organised by the Mothers’ Union to support the work of the MU at home and overseas.

CHURCH SERVICES, Sunday 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Teddy Bear Service, 6.30pm Sung Eucharist.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: On Sunday we shall again be visiting the Culver Archaeological Group’s excavations of the Roman settlement at Bridge Farm, at the end of their second season. We will meet in the Barcombe Mills car park at 2.15pm. There will be a level 10 min walk to the site of this year’s dig. Last year was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund but this year they have to support themselves, so we hope that those attending will be willing to contribute £2 each to the Culver project’s funds.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Ringmer Branch invites everyone who can to attend a short ceremony and wreath laying at the war memorial at 11am on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the First World War. We shall especially remember the men of Ringmer whose names are recorded on the war memorial. The Royal British Legion nationally are asking everyone to turn off lights between 10pm and 11pm and just light a single candle as part of the commemoration. Special commemorative candles can be purchased from Marks and Spencer’s with proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday July 23, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

RBL HORTICULTURAL and Home Produce Society show. Considering the recent thunderstorms the displays at the show were of a surprisingly high standard. The flower, vegetable and cookery sections were well supported and the flower arrangement section showed all the artistry we’ve come to expect from our exhibitors. The show was again well attended and there were the usual discussions as to why the painting and photographic sections hadn’t been won by their own particular favourites. There were a good proportion of new winners in the horticultural section. Elsie Bowler, one of our very regular exhibitors, generated five first and three second prizes in the flower section. She was awarded the Ruby Anniversary Trophy for gaining most points in the flower section and shared the Meredith Rose Bowl for the best roses. Needless to say Paul Wieczorek again walked off with many of the prizes in the vegetable classes. He won seven first, four second and two third prizes and was awarded the President’s Trophy and the Wootton Cup. He also won the Plashett Cup for the most attractive garden and the Tom Pattenden Cup for the best allotment. Other prize winners were: Flowers: Calendula, C Browning; penstemons, E Hawkins, dahlias, J Fordham; hydrangea, J Fordham; shrub foliage, J Payne; foliage plant, V and E Duckett; perennial flowers, J Payne; any other flower, J Fordham; bowl of mixed flowers, R Barton; vase of flowers, R Barton; flowering tree/shrub, J Payne; scented rose, J Payne. Fruit: Gooseberries, C Browning. All the other classes were won by P Wieczorek or B Cairns.

Vegetables: Potatoes, white, J Badcock; dwarf French beans, R Barton; broad beans, E Hawkins; beetroot, J Fordham; peas, E Hawkins; tomatoes, cherry, B Suter; mixed herbs, culinary, R Barton; mixed herbs, non-culinary, E Robins; cucumber, B Suter.

Flower Arranging: All That Glitters, J Hunt; Spotlight in Colour, A Keeping; Gold, Silver and Bronze, A Keeping; Hats off to the Chef, J Hunt. Cookery and Preserves: Orange layer cake, R Peters; three bath buns, R Peters; two Cornish pasties, V and E Duckett; three cupcakes, J Miller; individual desert using chocolate, H Hobbs; five Welsh cakes, L Owen; jar soft fruit jam, R Peters; six eggs, H Hobbs. Handicraft and Hobbies: Painting, Best of British, M Hathaway; photo, My Favourite View, J Badcock; photo, animal Antics, R Parker. Other trophy winners: Norman Stacy Rose Bowl for most points in the flower arranging, A Keeping; Goldcliff Cup for best horticultural exhibit, B Suter; Adams Cup for the most attractive small garden, V and E Duckett.

Telscombe

FIRST WORLD WAR: Commemorations for the start of the First World War 100 years ago will be taking place in Telscombe and Peacehaven over the weekend. On Sunday at 6pm there is a service at St Laurence Church, Telscombe Village, followed by refreshments in the village hall. On Monday there is a commemoration at the Peacehaven War Memorial at 6.30pm followed by refreshments in Community House. The Mayors of Telscombe and Peacehaven will be attending the events along with members of the Royal British Legion and they ask you to join them at this very poignant time.

LIGHTS OUT CAMPAIGN: This is an invitation to everyone in the country to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on Monday, just leaving on a single light or candle. The time period marks the hour Britain entered the First World War 100 years ago and the event is intended as a shared moment of reflection.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: The next councillors’ surgery is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am at Telscombe Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues. All Telscombe residents are welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in Telscombe Civic Centre. The group’s aim is to give social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it, friends, relatives or those awaiting diagnosis. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes. They have a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.

MEETING: Telscombe Residents Association are meeting in room 1 at the Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30pm. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues, and you will have the opportunity to put forward your views and proposals for Telscombe. All Telscombe residents and new members are very welcome.

BUS SERVICES: ESCC are consulting residents regarding proposed changes to subsidised bus services. The proposals would save £1.79m of public money but they would like your views on the changes before they make any decisions. Forms are available at Telscombe Civic Centre reception or you can complete an online version at eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay. The survey needs to be completed and returned by September 28. If you have any queries contact the Highways Contact Centre on 0345 60 80 194.

DIAL THE CODE: From October 1, people in five areas of the UK will need to include the area code whenever they dial a local number from a landline, in the same way people currently do when calling from mobile phones. The change will free up new telephone numbers to be issued in areas where supplies are running low. Brighton (01273): Including Brighton and Hove, as well as places such as Lewes, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Telscombe and Southwick are affected. After October 1, if you dial a local number but forget to include the code, you will hear a free message asking you to redial. This change will not affect the price of a call. Ofcom is working with telephone companies to ensure callers in the five areas are informed of the change in good time, and the local communities are prepared. In the meantime, if you have any questions you can email dialthecode@ofcom.org.uk.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

A COFFEE MORNING for breast cancer will be held from 10am to noon today, Friday, at 2a Church Street Willingdon.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Gill Homer and is entitled Bright Ideas.

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION and the Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion are commemorating the centenary of World War 1 at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, in Willingdon Memorial Hall. It is in aid of the Poppy Appeal. Rosalind Hodge, St Mary’s Church archivist, will be displaying First World War archives, and if you have any that you would like to lend, they would be very much appreciated. Afternoon tea will be served from 3pm to 5pm and the Downland Singers will be there to entertain you with First World War songs and poems. Tickets are £5 each. Please contact Val Godwin on 01323 503684.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: At 3pm on Sunday a special memorial service will be held around the war memorial in St Mary’s Church to remember all those from the village who gave their lives during the First World War. Prayers will also be offered up for those who were wounded, maimed or injured and their loved ones and for reconciliation and world peace. Everyone is welcome.

LOCAL HEROES DUO entertain at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

OPEN GARDEN: The beautiful and peaceful walled gardens at Birling Manor, East Dean BN20 0AA will be open from 11am to 4pm on Wednesday. Limited wheelchair access is available. Birling Manor is signposted from the A259. In aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

POLEGATE WINDMILL willhost a number of activities for children on Wednesdays throughout August. On August 6 there will be an historical food day when children from the age of five can learn where different foods come from and their seasonal availability from different periods in time. They will experience cooking using a clay oven and open fire. They will make Roman sweets, an Elizabethan fruit pudding and bread and butter. There are two sessions, 11am to 1pm or 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Admission is £3 for the children and £1 for accompanying adults. Contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Oldfield Avenue and Coppice Avenue at 6pm on Wednesday and at Eastbourne Road, the meeting place by the twitten to Oxendean Gardens on Thursday August 14 at 11am. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. She can be contacted on 101 extension 68233 or 07787 685 755.

CHARITY NIGHT at the Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, with Paul Davis and the Easy Beat Orchestra and Singers on Thursday in the Chrystal Restaurant at 7pm for 7.30pm in aid of the JPK Sussex Project and Motor Neuron Disease. Tickets are available at £27.50 from 01323 746105. This includes a two course supper and coffee. Willingdon resident Jill Parker, project co-ordinator, says that having attended this event last year she can thoroughly recommend it, excellent hospitality and entertainment.

FAMILY HISTORY: If you are interested in family history but need help using online resources such as Ancestry and Find My Past, Willingdon Library will be able to help you. Why not book a free session with their family history volunteers? Ring 0345 60 80 196 for more information. Some computer experience is necessary.

READING CHALLENGE: Children can sign up to Mythical Maze, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, at their local library. All they have to do is read six library books of their choice, collecting stickers and other awards along the way. This is a free service.

RHYMETIME: Parents and guardians can just turn up at Willingdon Library from 10.30am to 11am on Thursday August 7 and Thursday August 28 for Rhymetime. It is intended mainly for babies and young children and is a free service.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: Do visit this historic ancient church on the South Downs Way. Tea and homemade cake will be offered between 11am and 4pm on Saturday August 9 to walkers and other visitors. There is no charge for refreshments but any donations would go towards the cost of installing a toilet and small kitchen area and renovation work to help preserve this Grade 1 listed building. The church is grateful to the anonymous donor who started the fundraising with a gift of £1,000. Several fundraising events have been planned and grants will be applied for. Please contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237 for more information or if you would like to help in any way.