Parish Pump Newhaven - August 16, 2013

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ALFRISTON

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society’s Summer Show was well attended by society members, villagers and tourists alike last Saturday. Although the number of vegetable and flower exhibits was down on last year the quality of entries was extremely high. The domestic classes (jams, chutney and baking) had a larger number of entries this year. Ken Lloyd, from Seaford, was the major exhibitor and prize winner including the prestigious RHS Banksian Medal. Ken gained the most prize money in the fruit, flower and vegetable sections. Other cup winners included Mark Hurst (men’s baking), Rene (Bubbles) Wilde (domestic classes), Bridget O’Dell (potatoes), Sheila Hamilton (pot plants), Anne Michael (flowers), Jill Butcher (domestic), Pyers Pennent and Paula Wilcox won novice cups.

MUCH ADO BOOKS will be hosting a discussion inspired by Juliet Clarke’s book Alfriston A Sussex Market Town and Its Makers. Juliet’s careful research and dedication to the facts helped her understand elements of the village’s history that had never before been understood. On August 24 she will be sharing the story of her work. From dusty archives to the bewildering choices for publishing, she will discuss firsthand about the ins and outs of local history. Tickets cost £5 and include £3 off the price of Juliet’s book. Space is limited, to book call 01323 871222 or stop in at the shop.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL runs from August 23 to 26 and will include many of the familiar events and a few new ones. The Art Exhibition is once more generously sponsored by Moira House Girls School and is the first event of the Festival opening on August 23 at 10.30am to 5.30pm daily at the Old Chapel Centre. Later that evening at the War memorial Hall will be the ever popular Family Quiz Night beginning at 7pm and including a light supper. Tickets £6. Teams to be of no more than six people. On August 24 the Collectors’ Car Show starts at 2pm and there will also be a bouncy castle, the Family Fun Run and the chance to tour Rathfinny Vineyard (11am and 2pm). The Eastbourne Scottish Band will play during the afternoon. At 7pm the Festival Revue will entertain at the War Memorial Hall. Tickets for the Revue are £8 and include a wine and cheese supper. On Sunday there will be the blessing of the animals Church Service at 11am. Two historic walking tours, 11am and 2pm, Family Fun Dog Show, which is sponsored by Drusilla’s Park and with prizes donated by Dene’s Dog Food will start at 2pm. The Seaford Silver Band will play throughout the afternoon and at 4.30pm the Wellie Throwing competition will start on the Tye. In the evening the British Legion Concert Band will play at St Andrew’s Church from 7pm; tickets £7.50 includes a soft drink or glass of wine. Bank holiday Monday will start bright and early at 7am with the Car Boot Sale on the cricket field. At 2pm the Fair opens on the Tye with tradition games and stalls, pony rides, Morris dancers and all the fun of a traditional English Fair. The Festival Draw will be announced each evening of the weekend at 5pm and the Dine Out Draw on Monday at 5pm. The Festival raises money for local organisations and charities and is designed to be fun for all members of the family.

THE CLERGY HOUSE: Linking into the Alfriston Festival Fair on August Bank Holiday Monday the Clergy House will, from noon, have costumed tours of the house, a second hand book stall and a children’s corner which includes brass rubbing and shield painting. There will also be corn dolly demonstrations in the house. Entry to the Clergy House will be free all day.

PARKING on Bank Holiday Monday is £2 all day on the Recreation Ground. Follow the signs. In order to facilitate the flow of traffic and enable emergency vehicles access there will be no parking either on the Tye Road or the residential roads in the village.

BURST WATER MAINS: Once again water has been causing disruption to the traffic in the village. Over the last few weeks there have been several burst mains water pipes which has caused Road Closed signs to be either end of the village. On all occasions it has been possible to access the car parks and the village has been open for visitors, the roads affected have had water running in the gutters but there has been no reason for visitors to stay away from the village. Without trade the village will struggle. The good news is the bin collection may have been sorted.

barcombe

HOLIDAY CLUB at St Mary’s from 9am to 3pm Wednesday to Friday, August 28 to 30. Bring a packed lunch. It’s a long day.

ADVENTURE CRUISE. For all primary school age children, including those starting in reception this September but also current year 6. We would also love having older youth to help. Contact Rev James Hollingsworth, 400260. Registration forms www.barcombe.net/church/youth.

CRICKET RESULTS: ESCL Div 2 Willingdon v Barcombe: Willingdon 57 all out in 21 overs. (Allan Trower 5-33 Nick Beck 3-10 Joe Wheatley 1-5). Barcombe 59-0 in 12.4 overs. Barcombe 30 points beat Willingdon 0 points by 10 wkts. ESCL Div 8 Barcombe II v Little Common II: Barcombe 165 all out in 36.2 overs. (Mike Scott 33 Brian Wheatley 32 Eddie Thomas 26). Little Common 94 all out in 34.1 overs. (Kane Black 5-10 in 11.1 overs). Barcombe 30 points beat Little Common 10 points by 71 runs.

BOWLS RESULTS: Two home games and two wins. Wednesday, home to Maresfield. Les Line 16 John Blyth 11, Jas Osmond 16 Elizabeth Grisenthwaite 9, John Blackmore 22 Tony Quinn 12, John Osmond 31 Peter Baker11. Club won 85 to 43. Saturday, at home to St Francis: Derek Stewart 15 Paul Guest 19, Jas Osmond 27 C Parks 13, Les Coppard 12 C Ball 18, John Blackmore 16, R Caulter 12. Club won by 70 to 62.

Bishopstone

DRIFTWOOD OPEN GARDEN, Marine Drive, August 24 and 25, 11am to 5pm, as part of Artwave. Fourteen artists’ works will be displayed in the garden.

BEACH CLEAN: The next Tide Mills community beach clean and annual summer picnic starts at 10am on Sunday, meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, email Jim Skinner (brian.skinner2@binternet.com) or phone 01273 517291; or contact Peter Mason (petermason@seaford2.freeserve.co.uk) or phone 01323 893096.

PARISH HALL Coffee Morning is on Friday August 30, 10.30am to noon.

SEVENTY-ONE years ago next week, washing was left hanging on the line in the village for the young Canadians who failed to return from the costly Dieppe raid. Tide Mills provided the WW2 military training ground whose access road is still used every day by many visitors including dog walkers, surfers and beach cleaners. Like the Roman roads of old, the unpotholed concrete is maintained by ghosts, a fitting memorial.

Falmer

WILDLIFE: A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a badger digging up a wasps nest in our garden. Over the next week the remaining wasps worked away at repairing the damage and managed to construct a fist-sized sphere of new nest in the centre of the football sized wreckage of the old nest. My son came to visit last week and I thought he might be interested in this activity. When I took him to see the nest, it had been dug up for a second time! I couldn’t help feeling sorry for the wasps (not my favourite insects), all that work on the building, all that chewing up wood to make the paper to build the nest, just so it could end up as a mouthful for a badger. We have had a number of sightings of badgers this summer, probably because we have been out in the evening more this year, due to the wonderful weather. We have seen badgers snoofling about under the tree where we have our bird feeders. I have just found out that badgers are particularly fond of peanuts, so I expect they have been hoovering up any stray peanuts the woodpeckers and blue tits have dropped.

MORE WILDLIFE: At the start of the summer, I thought we would not have any butterflies. I have hardly seen any until now. I don’t know where they have been hiding but my buddleia is covered in Peacocks, Red Admirals, Painted Ladies, Commas, Tortoiseshells and even some Clouded Yellows. The honey bees seem to be thriving as well and appear to be particularly fond of mint flowers, do you think that means their honey will taste of mint?

FEAST: Last Saturday was the feast day for St Laurence, the saint for which our church is named, and we marked the occasion with a special service where the guest preacher was Fr David Biggs. The service was followed by a lunch party. We were blessed with the weather and the day was a great success. The lunch, held at the vicarage, was accompanied by the roars and gasps of the crowd attending a football match at the stadium.

PARKING: An official was seen measuring and surveying Ridge Road recently in preparation for the imposition of parking restrictions.

ART: Saturday August 24 sees the opening of the 2013 Art and Soul art show at the village hall and St Laurence Church. This year’s show promises to be a splendid one, you can check up on the details on the Artwave website www.artwavefestival.org or have a look at our Facebook page Art and Soul at Falmer, or look at my website www.suebarnes.org.uk and go to the Art and Soul page.

Lewes

BRIDGE CLUB: Thursday July 25 Duplicate Pairs; 1, Susan Louis and Francine Talbot-Limbrey; 2, Peter Cattermole and Paul Allen,; 3, Ann Wykeham and George Hearn. Tuesday July 30 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Gannon and Martin Hall; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott. Thursday August 1 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nancy Wiginton and Rosemary Land; 2, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 3, Peter Cattermole and Mickie Lodge. Tuesday August 6 Ladder: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 2, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon.

OPEN HOUSE: Eclectic Avenue, Lewes Artwave Open House. 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer, BN8 5JT. 01273 812280. Fifteen artists and crafts-people. Free parking, free entry, refreshments, open house and garden. Saturday to Monday, August 24 to 26, Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1, Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, 11am to 6pm.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The group held its annual supper walk last Wednesday on a perfect warm sunny evening. Twenty five members set out from the Kings Head Inn at East Hoathly having first ordered their supper. The party set off in a westerly direction on the former A22 (before the village was bypassed), turning north onto the Wealdway on a lovely path leading to the well known Horse Stud Farm, Old Whyly. Continuing north for a further mile or so we then turning southeast through Pipers Farm to emerge on the road leading to East Hoathly at Crouths Farm. After a short distance the party left the road at the hamlet of Davis Town to cross several fields to reach the Old Whyly House, and soon returned to the former A22 a short distance from the hostelry. Almost the whole party were able to enjoy a refreshing drink and a hearty supper served by mine host before returning home, having enjoyed a perfect summer evening arranged by Bert. The next walk is on Tuesday. This all-day walk will visit the three villages of Rushlake Green, Warbleton and Vines Cross. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

Malling

MALLING TENANTS and Residents Association. You may have seen last week’s report, elsewhere in this paper, of Mayor Ruth O’Keefe’s opening of the Malling Food Bank. It got off to a good start with around 16 customers and continued with a similar number this week. To be able to use the Food Bank, customers need to be referred in advance by a recognised authority, which could be Citizens Advice Bureau, housing officer, doctor’s surgery, Social Services or some other similar appropriate authority. The establishment of a Food Bank was one of the requests made to the Association at its founding meeting in June. Their next immediate task is to launch a Community Fun Day, which will be talking place on the recreation ground on Saturday August 31 between 10am and 4pm. This will include the presence of a range of local services and demonstrations of what they do. The community centre will be open for refreshments and residents will be able to see what else to centre has to offer, including an opportunity to admire the work which has recently been done to improve the building. Watch out for more information.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

BOWLS: Wave Leisure’s Summer Activity Programme has been well received and kids are enjoying two hours of tennis, cricket and football for just £1. But the one activity they have not signed up for is bowls. Newhaven Bowls Club are giving coaching to youngsters on a Saturday morning from 10am to 11.30am by a qualified coach and arranging friendly instructional matches against their own junior members. I went down and watched last week and they were all having fun so why not give it a go tomorrow? Any clothing is allowed,you just have to wear flat shoes. The entrance to the club is off Fort Road Recreation Ground and you should be there to sign in about 9.45am.

BEACH PICNIC tomorrow, Saturday, from noon organised by Save Newhaven Beach and We Love Newhaven. This is a peaceful protest to show NPP Newhaven wants its beach back. Organiser Heather wants as many people as possible to turn up, bringing their own food and drink. Low tide is 2.30pm so there should be sand from about 12.30pm. There will be performances by local musicians and it is a family day so children are welcome. They can even turn up dressed as pirates if they wish. So support your local community and head for Newhaven beach tomorrow (Saturday) from noon.

MARKET: I was very impressed with the revamped Newhaven Market last Saturday, congratulations to Newhaven Chamber of Commerce for arranging it. There were masses of stalls including a baker from Maidstone selling a huge selection of bread. I had an ostrich burger because the kangaroo and crocodile burgers had sold out,and Jean Cantell’s dancers gave a great display of ballroom,rock and roll and line dancing. Congratulations to Jean and her sister who have taught Newhaven to dance for 60 years. The market will be in the High Street Saturdays and Thursdays from 9am to 2pm so do go along and support it and keep Newhaven buzzing again.

ODDSOCKS: The popular travelling players will be rolling their caravan into Newhaven Fort again on Tuesday for their annual irreverent version of a Shakespeare play. This year’s offering is The Comedy of Errors. If you have never seen this company you have missed a real treat as it is a very enjoyable evening. You can take your own picnic and gates open at 6.45pm with the show beginning at 7.30pm. Take a coat as it does get chilly by the end. Tickets are available from Newhaven Fort 01273 517622.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH barbecue takes place on Wednesday from 4.30pm at Nore Road. Anyone wishing to attend should sign the list at the back of the church.

SUMMER BY THE SEA is a Festival celebrating Newhaven and it begins on Friday August 23. Events take place at the Hillcrest Centre and from August 23 to 26 is an exhibition of paintings by Harold Mockford and Tom Hammick, sculpture by Christian Funnell and Walter Bailey. The opening of the exhibition is on Thursday August 22 from 7pm to 9pm with the exhibition continuing from Friday 23 until Monday 26, 10am to 5pm.

COMEDY EVENG: As part of the above Festival there will be a stand-up comedy evening at the Hillcrest Centre on Friday August 23 at 7.30pm. Hillcrest Cafe opens at 6.30pm. There will be a bar and the evening features up-and-coming comedians from Brighton and London. Tickets are £5 from the Hillcrest Centre.

FILM SOCIETY: Also part of the Festival, the Hillcrest Film Society will be showing A Grand Day Out (U) for accompanied children at 2.30pm on Saturday August 24. Children’s tea will be available in the cafe at 3.15pm and at 3.45pm the second children’s film will be shown, Wallace and Grommit The Wrong Trousers (U). Tickets are £3 each or a family ticket for four is £10 from the Hillcrest Centre. At 7.30pm the film for adults Belleville Rendez-Vous will be shown and the cafe will be open. Tickets for this film are £4.50.

Peacehaven

BOOT SALE: I try to keep you informed about these events that take place on Sundays at The Dell. However I have just spotted one that slipped under the radar. Apparently the Mayor is holding a boot sale on Saturday August 24 from 10am until 2pm.

BINGO: Remember there is a bingo evening tonight, Friday, in the Community House in aid of the Mayor’s charity starting at 7pm sharp. Eight games for £4 plus a flyer and a snowball. There will be free refreshments during the interval half way through the evening. There is always plenty of free parking available.

BIN LINERS: I expect you are well into the swing of using the small Food Caddy in the kitchen now. Since the wrapped contents are collected every week it will not be long before the initial supply of liners are exhausted. I doubt that the suggestion that newspaper could be used in future will be practical. However the information office do have rolls of 50 liners available at £2 each.

HORTICULTURE: The annual show held by the Peacehaven Horticultural Society was well attended by residents and there was a good showing of flowers and vegetables bearing in mind that the weather earlier in the year made it a difficult growing year. They are holding a meeting in the Anzac Room, Community House on Monday starting at 7.30pm. Since vegetable growing has become very popular with the public of late it is appropriate that Laurie Manser will be giving a talk on General Vegetables. New members are always welcome at these informal meetings so if the subject interests you do come along.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Mencap will be in the Meridian Centre Community House today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week on Thursday the Peacehaven Players are behind the counter serving the refreshments. Then on Friday August 23 the Peacehaven and Newhaven U3A will be offering hot drinks and cakes.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Lioness Club in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market will be organised by the Recycling Project group on Saturday August 24.To book a table contact them on 07932 448 721.

COUNCIL MEETING: A reminder that there will be no council meeting this Tuesday. The planning and highways committee will meet on Tuesday August 27 in the Anzac Room starting at 6.30pm.

FUN FAIR: The William Cole Fun Fair is making a second visit this year to The Dell, until Sunday.

MMCF: The Meridian Mature Citizens Forum is holding a meeting at the Hillcrest Centre Newhaven on Tuesday starting at 10am. Get there early for a free coffee from the cafeteria. Chair person Kate Davies will be talking about the work of the Forum and East Sussex Seniors Association (ESSA). She will also be able to give details of Older Persons Day that is being held nationally on October 1.

CRACKDOWN: Operation Crackdown has been relaunched with an easier friendly website. It invites drivers not to put up with anti-social driving. Vehicles that are driven badly by speeding, tail gating, cutting you up or using a mobile phone can now be reported to the police by calling 01243 64 22 22 or on line at www.operationcrackdown.org Also abandoned vehicles will be removed if reported. This is intended to make Sussex roads safer.

IMPROVEMENTS: Whilst doing my half hour stint at the outdoor gym in the Meridian park recently I noticed that all the weeds and overgrown plants around the trees had been cleared away. The trees all stood out and the whole parked looked so much better. This is not the only thing that our Peacehaven groundsmen have achieved. Take a look at the flower beds in Meridian Way which are planted up in a striking array of red,white and blue flowers. Also the railings close to the pedestrian crossing on the South Coast Road which support a bank of flowers on both sides of the road. The hard work of the ground staff definitely helps to make Peacehaven a nice place to live and work.

Polegate

ANNUAL SHOW: Stud Farm Allotment and Garden Society annual show is on the Lawns in Hyperion Avenue tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm. Prizes will be given at 3.45pm. We have a games evening today, Friday.

THE NEXT MEETING of Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society is today, Friday. The speaker is David Jones talking about the Bluebell Railway. Doors open at 6.45pm, meeting starts at 7pm, in St Johns Church Hall. Visitors welcome.

BOOK on the history of St Wilfrids Church by Jane Bwye, and her recent novel Breath of Africa, can be obtained from the Christina Bookshop, 91 Seaside Road, Eastbourne. A book signing is taking place in September.

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

Ringmer

CASHMOB AT THE BAKERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, you are invited to join a Low Carbon Ringmer event at Jack and Jill’s bakers on the shopping precinct. The idea is to show support for the local shops by spending some money locally. Coffee and buns are on sale as well as their excellent bread, etc. A chance also to sit and chat (hopefully also enjoy the sunshine).

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on August 7 was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith. The club next meets in the village hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday. Contact number 814220.

ECLECTIC AVENUE, Arts and Crafts. Artwave Open House at 51 Christie Avenue from Saturday August 24 to Monday August 26 from 11am to 6pm on Monday from 11am to 5pm. This show will feature an eclectic range of art and craft disciplines by local practitioners. This is an ideal opportunity to purchase unique and affordable gifts as well as supporting local crafts people. This venue will also be open on August 31 and September 1 from 11am to 6pm.

TEN ARTISTS AND AN ORCHARD: Also on Sunday and Monday, August 25 and 26 Ten Artists and an Orchard, Artwave Open Studios and Teas at Upper Lodge, The Broyle, Ringmer BN8 5AP (Off the B2192 two miles east of Ringmer towards Halland. After Raystede look out for the signs) from noon to 5pm. This event will also be held on August 31 and September 1 from noon to 5pm.

BOWLS CLUB: The results of the matches played last week were: Ringmer v Burgess Hill 88-72, Ringmer v Uckfield 61-84 and Ringmer v Adastra 16-11 (match rained off after five ends).

Rodmell & Southease

LIFE for me at the moment is pretty traumatic, with Mike back in Meadow Lodge and his move to Haywards Heath Hospital this week, plus mum had a fall at her care home in Ringmer. Going from hospital to care home visiting, and fitting in with B&B and keeping the house and gardens in order keeps me very busy and I have to admit that this wasn’t what I had in mind for the retirement years, but I know many more people in such situations, some probably much worse. In Scandinavian countries they pay very high taxes and also have to pay insurance for their old age. This results in them getting the best of care at hospitals etc and being looked after well in their later years. However, there is a blip as like other countries they have an element of people who bunk the system and won’t work and expect to be kept and looked after by the state but know they will still get help without effort. It seems to be becoming a world wide problem.

VISITING: On visiting my mother at Lime Trees Care Home in Ringmer it was a lovely surprise to see a whole group of young people from The Princes Trust, based at City College, Brighton, entertaining the seniors who were all extremely happy about it. The aim of The Princes Trust is to help each other, and people in the community, and they were certainly doing that at Lime Trees. They were such a lovely group of youngsters and their college tutor Kyle Holman had a very good way with them and they obviously respected and liked him.

DELIGHTED: I was delighted to get a letter this week telling me that I had ranked third in the Lady Denman Cup Competition 2013 for short story writing. Evidently it was a winner, until I put in an unnecessary final paragraph which the judges did not like. It now goes on to the national competition as my entry was for East Sussex.

SUMMER SHOW: Rodmell Horticultural Society Summer show takes place tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4.30pm on the sports field. Admission: adults £2, children free. Fun dog show and children’s races, barbecue, Pimm’s tent, teas and homemade cakes, produce stall, side shows, tug-of-war, classic cars, birds of prey, Mid Sussex Brass Band. This is always a great event followed by a good evening’s entertainment with live music by Elle and The Lillies, hot food from the Abergavenny Arms, local brews at the bar, dancing, fireworks from 7pm. Tickets £7 adults, £3 children, or family ticket £18. For tickets call Gaye on 477800 or Sheree on 07808 588233 or buy a the pub.

VISITORS: It’s been like the United Nations at Sunnyside this week as I had a group of Ukrainians and Russians staying en route cycling from London to Paris. Vasily the Russian flew in from Moscow on Friday and was on his bike the next day. He was very interested in sewerage systems and fireplaces and chimneys and took photos around the cottages. They all loved the accommodation calling it very cosy and welcoming which pleased me. Cosy is one of my favourite words. Tonight I have Japanese visitors. Endless phone calls are coming in for accommodation as it’s extremely difficult for visitors who have not pre-booked to find at the moment. This area is becoming so popular.

TO FIND OUT what’s going on in Rodmell, go to www.rodmell.net. I hope the coach-load of Rodmellians who went to Glorious Goodwood had a great time.

Telscombe

FOLK EVENING at Telscombe Village Club in Telscombe Village every Thursday in August from 8pm to 10.30pm. A group of traditional folk music enthusiasts are meeting to swap songs. Each week one of their number has a full hour to, as well as singing or playing, delve a little into their roots and influences. On Thursday the guest is Naomi Bedford who started singing murder ballads at the tender age of 5 years. Her brand new recording, a four track EP which features a duet with Ron Sexsmith on the lead track Bluebirds is exclusively available from her own website at www.naomibedford.co.uk. All are welcome to join them. The only approach to Telscombe Village is via Gorham’s Lane from the C7. Please bring your own drink. There will be a collection.

BINGO: There will be a bingo evening at Telscombe Civic Centre next Friday, August 23, with a 7pm start. This is a week earlier than normal. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

JOIN US: Come and join us at our Last Night of the Proms and Bingo evening. It will be taking place on Saturday September 7 at the Civic Centre. Bingo starts at 7pm prompt. There will be eight games played, followed by refreshments and then the screening of the second half of the Last Night of the Proms. Ticket price £10 in advance only, this includes three bingo tickets per game.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. There is a change of speaker and topic for this meeting. Sally White will be giving a talk on Sussex Piers. David Jones’s talk on The Bluebell Line will now be held over until next year. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at the Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Memorial Hall. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros Burtenshaw on 01323 504463.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm Chris and Pete, known as Blue Reed, will be performing a varied acoustic set from country, jazz and pop at The Wheatsheaf. The quiz is on Tuesday starting at 8.30pm. On Wednesday it is open mic night from 8pm.

BRITISH QUEEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm Leigh Baker will be providing the entertainment at The British Queen. On Sundays there is free pool and jukebox and the meat raffle is drawn at 2pm. Curry night is on Monday from 6pm to 9pm; Thursday is quiz night and on Fridays there is free pool from 8pm to midnight.

HYMNS AND PIMMS: Fr Michael is organising a Hymns and Pimms evening on Sunday. Come and sing some of your favourite hymns at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church and this will be followed by Pimms and nibbles in the garden of 37 Church Street. Refreshments will be served in the church hall if it’s raining, non alcoholic punch.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council cemetery committee will be meeting at Willingdon Community School at 7.30pm on Monday. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

THE CHURCH RAMBLERS will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday for a circular walk from Warbleton via Rushlake Green. The walk is approximately five miles and there are some steady climbs.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: On Wednesday it is Mill Art Afternoon from 2pm to 5pm at Polegate Windmill. Drawing and painting tuition will be given by artist Peter Martin to children and adults, people of all ages. Admission is £1 per person which will include a tour of the windmill at no extra charge. All materials are provided. Please contact Peter on 01323 731514. The mill will also be open on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm as usual and then on Wednesday August 28.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Burlow Close on Wednesday at 7pm. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

WANNOCK ARTISTS are holding their annual art exhibition and sale of work at Wannock Village Hall over the August Bank Holiday. Opening times to the public are from 7pm to 9pm Friday August 23; 10am to 5.30pm Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25, and 10am to 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday. Admission is free and refreshments are available. A painting, kindly donated by Sue Davies, will be raffled with the proceeds going to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

FESTIVAL OF ALE: This takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Willingdon Village when there will be a large selection of delicious real ales to sample. It is a community event largely organised by the Wheatsheaf’s landlord Martin Hughes and some of his regular customers. On Saturday August 24 there is a beer race when competitors race with a full firkin of beer from Beachy Head brewery to the Wheatsheaf. The race starts at 10.30am and competitors will hopefully arrive at the pub at noon to a cheering crowd and a jug of ale. Pedro entertains from 1pm to 2pm and there is a yard of ale contest. At 8pm an Elvis impersonator will be entertaining and customers are encouraged to dress up as The King. Sunday August 25 is a fantastic day of family entertainment. At noon there will be a barbecue with salads, chips and pizzas served in the back garden. At 12.30pm raffle tickets go on sale and there is face painting. At 1pm children’s barrel rolling for under 16s will take place. At 2pm the meat raffle and big cash draw will be held. At 3pm there is more barrel rolling and at 4.30pm the presentations take place. At 5pm, it is the tug of war. At 8pm Gadzooks will be entertaining at the 1940s theme night. On Monday August 26 the fun continues with a steel band at noon, a falconry display at 2pm and the Morris Men at 3pm.