WEATHER WATCH: The last week in August is always a stressful time for those hard working people who have spent the last few months planning and organising the Alfriston Festival. With the stalls sorted, banners up, permissions granted, the plans agreed, tickets printed and gazebos checked for holes, the most worrying thing left is, will the weather be fine. The money raised by the Festival goes towards vital parts of our lovely village and the life of our community. The halls which we all use, Heartstart which we value, the pre and primary schools, the churches and Friends of the DGH and St Wilfred’s Hospice are all set to benefit from the funds raised. It is a very busy time for many villages having their own fairs but Alfriston is special, or we think it is. We hope to see a lot of visitors this weekend. The art show is open from 10.30am to 5.30pm from today, Friday till Monday. Paintings are for sale but please note there are no facilities for payment by card. There are still tickets for the Family Quiz Night and the Revue and the Royal British Legion Concert, though I am writing this on Monday so cannot promise that this will be the case by the time the paper is published. Bank Holiday Monday is the busiest day of the Festival and parking on the recreation ground is just £2 for the whole day. No parking on the side streets as these must be kept clear to enable emergency vehicles and general traffic to flow. After the car boot sale (from 7am) on the recreation ground, the action moves to the Tye. From 2pm there will be traditional games and stalls with music from the Johnny Spice Swing Band throughout the afternoon. There will also be free admission to the Clergy House all day.
BINS: I jumped the gun last week when I stated that the bin collection had been sorted. I write this on Monday and still wait for the green waste to be collected. Most residents have resorted to black bags and a car ride to the tip. Some residents, who live in houses tucked away from main roads, have not seen any bin man for weeks.
DRIFTWOOD OPEN GARDEN, Marine Drive, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm, as part of Artwave. Fourteen artists’ works will be displayed in the garden.
PARISH HALL Coffee Morning is on Friday August 30, 10.30am to noon.
NOT ALL is green in the woods, residents and dog walkers alike have noticed the rapid browning of a number of elms in and around the village. This is the tell-tale sign of the deadly Dutch Elm disease which likes nothing better than closely spaced trees, whether on public or private land. Public sector cuts means that prompt action is slower forthcoming, so residents and council are now co-operating to tackle diseased trees. No less than sixteen elms are condemned on the village green. Still on the subject of wood, but on a happier note, look out for a historic timber on the local edition of the Antiques Roadshow next weekend.
THE LADIES GROUP last week visited the Sussex Prairie Gardens just outside of Henfield. I first visited this garden last year and then it had that wow factor, and again this year my return visit was just as enjoyable. Swathes of colour everywhere, with surprises amongst the small paths woven right into the middle of the borders. It is surprisingly still a young garden started in 2007 with the planting of 37,000 plants raised by the owners themselves, and planted out by friends, family and neighbours who had been invited to come and stay with food provided. It is well worth a visit and is open to the public from 1pm every day until the autumn.
TREES: A dead beech tree at the side of Ridge Road is having to come down very soon. It is sad to hear, but it is looking very dead. It is a very big tree and has been used by the Sussex University Radio Club for their aerials which are strung throughout the tree. It looks quite a task for the members to recover them.
HELLO AND FAREWELL: The University of Sussex is buzzing with new overseas students, and we wish them well to their stay. Some students do discover Falmer and recognise it as a picturesque village, but the majority of them never do. Over the years we have been privileged to make friends with the regular visitors to Falmer. Last week we were delighted to welcome back a Japanese family who especially broke their journey home from a holiday in Ireland to return to the University and visit us. We are very lucky to get to know so many people through the University, one family from India will be returning home next week and it was only through the husband walking daily in the village and at first just saying good morning that we were introduced to the whole family.
EXHIBITION: Please remember the Art and Soul at Falmer St Laurence Church and Falmer Village Hall open 11am to 5pm August 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, September 1, 6, 7, 8. We are looking forward to another very professional exhibition.
WE WERE SAD to hear of the passing of Lydia Collison. Lydia was born in Falmer and our condolences go to all her family. Her funeral will take place on Wednesday at 2.30pm in St Laurence Church.
VILLAGE FETE: On Bank holiday Monday at 2pm at the play area of Firle Cricket Ground there will be our annual Traditional Village Fete starting at 2pm. Come along and enjoy all the old games of catch the rat, bowls, white elephants, produce, cakes, hoopla, sheep racing and then buy some raffle tickets where you might win a crossing on the Newhaven ferry, meal at the Ram Inn, theatre tickets to Glyndebourne and Eastbourne, and at Firle Riding School for Mooman, Salmon, and much more. This year’s fete is to raise money for the village hall and St Peters Church in Firle. Free parking.
OVER 50S: Last Monday we had a lovely afternoon picnic in the cricket grounds where all the members supplied something for us all to enjoy. So peaceful an area. We have also now got a trip to Nymans on October 1st so keep you diary free and come and join us. Our next meeting will be on September 16 at the hall.
ANNUAL GOLF DAY: Willingdon Golf Club is again the venue for this popular Hailsham Old Pavilion Society fundraising event. If you would like an entry form contact Tom Chapman on (01323) 842758. Teams of four, £30 per player. Includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and prizes If you cannot play, why not sponsor a hole for £50.
KNITTING GROUP: If you like to knit and chat then you really should give this group a try. I have introduced friends and family and been along several times, occasionally with children (for the first hour only) who want to learn, and found a very helpful, friendly and jolly group of ladies. If you have forgotten how and would like to give knitting or crocheting another go or if you are a beginner and would really enjoy taking up this very satisfying hobby then go along on Tuesday to the Kings Head from 7.30pm. Do not let the fact that it is in a small friendly pub put you off, no drinking of alcohol is required and in fact is rarely taken, in fact most enjoy a soft drink or a cup of tea or coffee. Sometimes the chat is about some aspect of knitting and the morsels of information that can be gathered regarding something historical or regarding the materials or tools used past or present is in itself very interesting. The group is very knowledgeable. There are no costs involved other than you wish to spend on tools and materials of your own. For more information phone Su (05791 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).
COMMUNITY MATTERS: The Community Matters green token scheme run by Hailsham Waitrose in July benefitted Rosie’s Register to the tune of £346, the Friday Night Project £348 (Andy Joyes Project Coordinator 841702) and Golden Cross Lunch Club received £306. If you want to nominate a charity, club, cause or organisation then pop into the store and pick up a form. It is easy.
FESTIVAL OF ARTS: The official public launch for the Festival was attended by over 70 people who gathered in Gallery North to find out about plans for the Festival and to see the new Festival Programmes which had arrived just a few days earlier from the printer. Tickets for many of the events are now on sale at Hailsham Pavilion (and via their website) and later this week will be available from The Teashop in Grove Road, Eastbourne. The Festival opening is on Saturday September 7 by Mayor of Hailsham Jo Bentley. There is an Art Trail, so look out for art by local artists at 35 venues in the town centre and over the Festival period. There is a map on the website to help you find your way around and you will be able to pick up printed copies from Gallery North. Highlights include Americana Day on Sunday September 8 when the Boship Lions Hotel will be transformed with all things American, vehicles, barbecue, Cajun dance workshop and a fantastic line up of live bands. Then there is a Jungle Fever Children’s Dance Workshop on Monday September 9 when your little ones will move like a monkey, leap like a lemur and learn some other fantastic dance moves to perform at Saturday’s show. Gotta Boom Night is on Wednesday September 11, which showcases prominent young musicians in half-hour sets, playing original music through a mix of acoustic and electric sounds with groups and solo performers and finally, the Beauty of Baroque on Thursday September 12 is a one hour concert of vocal solos, duets and instrumental music by Handel, Bach, Purcell and Telemann. There is lots more going on including a three minute film, talent showcase and scarecrow making competitions, an opening umbrella parade with tribal dance and Djembe drumming and a musical performance in St Mary’s church and a Ballet Nimba Dance Theatre finale. So look out for festival programmes in local outlets right now, follow HailshamArtsFestival on Facebook, @HailshaArtsFest on Twitter or visit www.hailshamartsfestival.co.uk.
100 YEARS AGO: In August 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey reported regarding St John’s Church, Polegate: The Ecclesiastical Commissioners inform me that sufficient reasons is not shown for the formation of the proposed district, without the provision of a permanent endowment or an arrangement for providing an adequate maintenance for its incumbent, other than the Parsonage House, and any grant the Commissioners may be able to make out of their Common fund to meet the benefaction of the House. The Commissioners will be prepared to accept the House as the Parsonage House for the Living, if the same be duly formed, so we must now seriously consider the Endowment or some arrangement for providing an adequate maintenance for the future incumbent. We are providing a new lamp for Magham Down Mission Room out of the remainder of the funds raised by the jumble sale and I hope they will have some musical evenings after the style of our church room concerts. Would the Morris Dancers favour them this autumn? A good floor and new sympathetic ground.
SUMMER FAIR: St Thomas a Becket Church, Cliffe, Summer Fair tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 12.30pm in and around the Cliffe hall. Raffle, tombola, cakes, preserves, soft toys lucky dip, books, gifts and more. All proceeds to church funds.
FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our last Sunday walk we enjoyed walking beside the sea, over the Downs and through the lovely village of Rottingdean. This walk was led by one of our new leaders, Pat. Our next walk will be on Bank Holiday Monday when Vivien will take us on a ramble around Fletching. If you would like to join us, we meet at top North Street car park, behind the police station and we will be leaving at 9.30am sharp.
THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.
Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton
ART EXHIBITION at the Hillcrest Centre today (Friday) until Monday as part of Sussex by the Sea. Paint, Steel and Wood. Paintings by Harold Mockford and Tom Hammick, sculpture by Christian Funnell and Walter Bailey. Open daily 10am to 5pm.
STAND-UP COMEDY tonight (Friday) at the Hillcrest Centre featuring up-and-coming comedians from Brighton and London 7.30pm, cafe opens at 6.30pm. Tickets £5 from the Hillcrest Centre.
FILM SOCIETY: As part of Summer by the Sea Hillcrest Film Society presents two Wallace and Gromit films tomorrow, Saturday, 2.30pm A Grand Day Out (U), 3.45pm The Wrong Trousers (U), Tickets £3 each or £10 for a family ticket (four) children’s tea available in the Hillcrest Cafe at 3.15pm. Children must be accompanied. At 7.30pm there will be a film for adults Belleville Rendez-Vous, tickets £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre.
ARTWAVE: The annual visual arts festival for Lewes District starts tomorrow, Saturday, and runs to September 8. There are four venues in Newhaven, The Old School House, 86 Denton Road, featuring local artists and craft people. Open tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11am to 4pm. Newhaven Fort has an exhibition Vessels by Rachel Cohen running throughout Artwave 10.30am to 6pm, last admission 5pm. Plus works presented by St Nicholas Centre, Lewes inspired by the Fort and Castle Hill Nature Reserve open at the same time. Kai Crick at the Newhaven Ferry Port follows last year’s successful exhibition and is open throughout Artwave 10am to 4pm. Finally the ever popular Victor’s House at 35 Meeching Road features work by Victor Stuart Graham and his guest artists and crafts people. Victor’s House is open every Saturday and Sunday throughout Artwave from 2pm to 6pm.
DOROTHY VALENTI holds her 20th annual exhibition of paintings from tomorrow, Saturday, until Monday at South Heighton village hall, the Hollow South Heighton from 10.30am to 5pm, admission free.
TEA DANCE at Newhaven Fort in the Romney Hut on Monday from 1pm to 4pm for tea, cake and dancing. Entry to the dance is included in the normal admission charge for the Fort.
PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s planning and development committee will meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Meeching Hall to discuss the latest applications.
MEECHING WI: The monthly meeting of Meeching WI was held on August 15 at the Meeching Hall. The August meeting is an informal meeting. Refreshments and a delicious selection of homemade cakes were served. Then two representatives from Edinburgh Woolen Mills brought a large selection of clothes for the members to look at, try on and buy if they wished. This was very popular and many of the members added to their autumn/winter wardrobe. The outing to Finchcocks which took place on August 2 was excellent and everyone enjoyed it very much. The weather was perfect, the tour and recital in the museum was very interesting, followed by a delicious cream tea, what could have been better. A cream tea was held at the president’s home on August 8 which was enjoyed by all who attended. The outing to the Olympic Park on September 6 has an early start, 7.30am from Lower Place. However it will be well worth it. There are a few places left on this trip. Please telephone the number below if any member would like to come on the trip and has not already booked. The next meeting will be held on September 19 at 9.45am. The speaker will be Kevin Gordon on Sussex Churches. New members/visitors are always welcome.
NIPPERS August Family Fun Day takes place on Friday August 30 on Fort Road recreation ground from 1.30pm to 4pm.This is a free event including a mud slide.
WAVE LEISURE’S Summer Activities/Community Games Closing Ceremony takes place on Friday August 30 from 1pm to 5pm on Fort Road recreation ground. This is a free family fun day which includes a barbecue and a skate park competition for ages 8 to 17 years.
RIVERSIDE PARK: Community Voice invite you to a fun afternoon at the Hut, Lewes Road Rec on Saturday September 7, 2pm to 4pm. All residents welcome,bring a picnic,outdoor games and ideas how you would like Riverside Park to me managed. This group of local residents want the future of the park decided by Newhaven people and their aim is for the land to be owned by Newhaven Town Council and managed jointly between them and local residents.
GUINNESS TRUST is having a fun day for Older People’s Day and it will be held on Saturday September 14, noon to 4pm. Gill Hart would like people to donate things for the Fun Day including cakes, anything in a glass jar, sweets for guess the sweets in the jar, a cake for guess the weight of the cake,bric-a-brac, knitted items, toys for the toy stall. If you can help please contact Gill in the GuinnessTrust office, Iveagh Cresent 01273 514763.
ANNUAL SHOW: Despite the difficult weather during spring and summer there were more entries than last year at Newhaven Gardening Society’s annual show. There were also several first time exhibitors and new members were among the prize winners at Meeching Hall on Saturday August 10. The hall was filled with an impressive display of colourful flowers, vegetables, home cooking and crafts. A spokesperson for the group said: ‘The sun shone for us on Saturday and brought out loads of people, who were able to wander amongst the colourful display, and then enjoy a cup of tea and piece of home made cake. ‘There was a huge raffle with lots of prizes, many kindly donated by local businesses and attractions, for which we are extremely grateful for their help.’ The next meeting of Newhaven Gardening Society will be on Thursday September 19 at the Age Concern Day Club, West Quay at 7.30pm. The speaker will be David Lang with a talk and slide show called Tasmanian Treasures. The winner of the NGS Shield for most points in the show was Michelle Evans and this was presented to her by Graham Amy together with her Banksian Medal from the RHS. And the other winners were: Alf Plimmer Cup (runner up) Jenny White; Swadling Cup (best vegetable) Jenny White; TH Memorial Vase (best fruit) Bruce Ford; Simmonds Cup (best floral exhibit) Sue Evans; Willis Cup (best homemade domestic) Marilyn Southerden; Johnson Cup (most points in vegetable classes) Jenny White; Coronation Cup (most points in flower classes) Colin Cox; Coronation Bowl (most points in domestic classes) Michelle Evans; Gale challenge Cup (best handicraft) Sue Evans; Plimmer Challenge Cup (best flower arrangement) Sue Evans; Presidents Rose Bowl (best rose in show) Rob Mayo; Feltham Children’s Cup (best child exhibit) Ella-Mai Harvey.
BOOT SALE: Remember the Mayor’s boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 2pm. Please note this is being held tomorrow on the Saturday and not the usual day of Sunday.
COFFEE MORNINGS: U3A will be in the Meridian Centre Community House today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Please read the details below. Next week on Friday August 30 the Kemptown Conservatives will be offering hot drinks and cakes.
U3A: The Peacehaven and Newhaven group would welcome members’ help on stalls or the kitchen at their coffee morning today, Friday. Members are reminded that the AGM is to be held in the main hall,Community House on Thursday September 5 starting at 2pm. Please read the copy of the constitution which has been sent to you before attending the meeting.
MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Recycling Project group in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market will be organised by the Peacehaven Players on Saturday August 31.To book a table contact them on 01273 582198.
COUNCIL MEETING: The planning and highways committee will meet on Tuesday in the Anzac Room starting at 6.30pm. There will be a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting when residents may ask questions about any matters affecting the town.
REFUSE COLLECTION: There will be no collection on the Bank Holiday. All collections commencing Monday will be made one day later. The district council asks you to remember to put your food waste bin out on the day your refuse is collected. The kerbside collections will be made according to the schedule on your recycling calendar. If you do not have one then it is available to view at www.lewes.gov.uk/waste/boxit.asp”>www.lewes.gov.uk/waste/boxit.asp or by calling 01273 484999.
FLOWER BEDS: Correction; last week I mentioned the excellent flower display in Meridian Way. Sorry folks I know where it is but named the location wrongly. It is not Meridian Way, they are located in Greenwich Way opposite the turning to Wave Leisure gym.
TREES: It is part of the council’s future plans to plant more trees in the town. However no specific sites have been chosen yet. Residents are invited to suggest suitable places where a tree would enhance the area. Please let Steve Keogh in the council office know your thoughts as he would like to arrange them to be placed in areas of residents’ choice.
HOLIDAY: The Bank Holiday is on Monday and both the council and Information Office will be closed on that day.
THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre, from 10am until noon, is this week hosted by Pentanque club. All welcome.
PHOTO COMPETITON: Dan Dunbar is asking local residents to submit photographs under the theme of Polegate and Local Village Life, taken within the local area for the chance for them to be showcased in a calendar in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Images could include local buildings, scenery, events and positive aspects of living and working in the area. The competition is open to all local residents who have until midday on Friday October 25 to enter the images. Calendars will be available from November from St Wilfrid’s Hospice charity shop and other local shops. For more info visit the Polegate Town Councils website or contact Dan on 07743982610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DAHLIA ANNUAL SHOW at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday. All welcome. More info from Centre office telephone 482434.
POLEGATE GARDENERS society are holding a social evening with American Supper on August 25, at the Community Centre. All welcome from 7.30pm. For more info contact Diana Pierce on 482413.
POLEGATE WINE and social club next meeting on August 27, is an illustrated talk by Phil Gardner on Eastbourne in the 1960s. All welcome at the Community Centre in the coffee lounge from 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £3 for visitors with a lucky entrance ticket included. For more info contact Alf Harris on 485134.
NOT ONLY is Trinity Church open for services on Sundays, our minister conducts Baptisms as well. On Sunday our church welcomed the baptism of Hayden Jonathan Tate to our church fold.
GIBBYS TEA rooms and restaurant is open all the year round. Under new management. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays except bank holidays. Also open for evening meals on Friday and Saturday. Open from 10am to 5.30pm. Please telephone for details 482484, visit Jevington Road.
WEDNESDAYS in August there are activities for children. More info from Polegate Windmill or telephone Pat Stevens on 734496.
RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on August 29 include Folks to Folkington, nearly 5 miles, Wannock, Folkington, and Wannock. Hilly with one steep bit. A few steps, five stiles with Pat and Geoff; or Nutley to Chelwood Gate, nearly 10 miles, some hills, take picnic, few stiles with Christine. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.
Rodmell & Southease
BUSY WEEKEND: Well, it has certainly been a busy weekend for me. It all started on Friday when Lime Trees, my mother’s care home, gave a barbecue for residents, relatives and friends. We all had a marvellous time, with so much food and drink no one could possibly say they came away hungry or thirsty. It was a great atmosphere and the staff are so lovely, it is a great relief to me to know that Mum is so well looked after. I do hope more homes like this one appear in the future as we are going to need them.
HAVING dealt with mother, father and now Mike in dealings with the authorities and Social Services I have, over the years, heard many people say they are going to blow their money, sell their houses, and enjoy their retirement, because there are now far too many people who have not worked for years, have not saved for old age, or paid into pension schemes, let alone try to buy their own houses. They have, as many people state, milked the Social, and appear to get help without any effort whilst those that have worked, saved and try to look after themselves, keep them, but get no or very little help when it comes to their time of need.
SUMMER SHOW: Rodmell Horticultural Society held a great Summer Show on Saturday and although we did not have our usual good weather, the rain kept off for most of the time. I do not have the show results to put in the column, but there were some wonderful things to see, buy and take part in. I loved the brass band, the wonderful cakes, the birds of prey and the lovely vase of large pink dahlias which won a first. There was something for everyone and my friends who came for the afternoon and the evening thought it was wonderful.
PARTY: The After The Show party was great and well supported with live music by Elle and The Lillies and local girls Ruby and Holly. Food was done by our pub The Abergavenny Arms and there were local brews at the bar. Fireworks finished off the evening. Thank you to organisers, helpers and participants for making it a great day.
SUNNYSIDE was yet again like a gathering of the United Nations with French, Czechs and a couple from Yorkshire staying, and a last minute Aussie, who like many others who keep phoning around, could not find any accommodation in Lewes or the villages, turned up at my door desperate for somewhere to stay and ended up on a sunbed in the greenhouse, which he was quite happy with, as he came in for a full cooked breakfast in the morning. He said he will have a lot to tell folks back home about English hospitality. He had been told by other Aussies that he would have no trouble in finding B&B accommodation in the towns and villages of Sussex, he learnt the hard way.
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. The last evening takes place on Thursday and the guest is Will Duke, the doyen of Sussex folk music. 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.
BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURES: The Civic Centre will be closed on bank holiday Monday, re-opening on Tuesday.
BINGO EVENING: Just a reminder that its bingo tonight, Friday, at Telscombe Civic Centre with a 7pm start, that’s 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.
FREE FIREWORK SPECTACULAR on Saturday September 14 at 8.30pm on Telscombe Tye, courtesy of Telscombe Town Council. There will be a free local minibus service to this event, further details will be available shortly. There will be burgers, hot dogs and chips on sale on the evening. Don’t forget to tell your friends and come along and enjoy this fantastic display. Appropriate footwear is advisable.
Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington
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 today, Friday; 10am to 5.30pm tomorrow, Saturday and 10am to 5.30pm on Sunday, 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. Tomorrow, Saturday, 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 Wheatsheaf 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 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 the fun continues with a steel band at 12pm, a falconry display at 2pm and the Morris Men at 3pm.
POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, 2pm to 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday and from 2pm to 5pm on Wednesday.
BRITISH QUEEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm The Watson Brothers will be providing the entertainment at The British Queen.
CHURCHES TOGETHER: St Andrew’s Church in Jevington will be holding a church service at 6.30pm on Sunday, at which members of other local churches will come together in worship. Everyone is welcome. St Andrew’s Church is in need of more sides people to welcome visitors to their regular services or you might like to join their choir? It is a lovely old church with a friendly atmosphere.
MUSIC RECITAL: Michael Stumbles, organist at St Mary’s Church, will be directing a music recital on Wednesday, but on this occasion the recital will take place at St Nicolas Church in Pevensey. The concert starts at 7.30pm and taking part will be Willingdon Recital Choir with guest performers. It will be mainly light classical music, vocal and instrumental with solo and ensemble items. Admission is £6.
HOPS GOLF DAY: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be holding their annual golf day on Friday August 30 at Willingdon Golf Club. Teams of four will play and the cost is £30 per person. This includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and prizes. Alternatively, why not sponsor a hole? Proceeds are to help with the maintenance of this lovely art deco cinema, which is mainly run by volunteers. For more information or an entry form please contact Tom Chapman on 01323 842758.
COMMUNITY WEBSITE: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch has an excellent website www.willingdon-neighbourhood-watch.co.uk in which residents can enter their comments send photos, advertise local events, in fact anything which is not political or defamatory. Recommended traders are listed and there are links to the police, fire and rescue services, CAB and Willingdon Library and many others. Quarterly meetings are held in the vestry at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue, which is usually attended by the local police. The next meeting is at 2.30pm on Monday September 2.
COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch has joined Wealden Community Speed Watch, and a number of residents have been trained by the police in the use of the speed cameras and they will be out about in the local community very soon. The aim is to encourage motorists to keep within the existing speed limits, rather than trying to catch motorists speeding. If you are interested in being trained by the police to use a speed camera, please contact Ray Ingram, Neighbourhood Watch chairman and speed watch group co-ordinator. More training sessions could then be arranged in Willingdon. Email email@example.com or ring 01323 508634.
THE HYMNS AND PIMMS evening organised by Fr Michael Maine on Sunday August 18 was a huge success. St Mary’s Church Willingdon was packed for the hymn singing and afterwards everyone crowded into Fr Michael’s garden for the Pimms and nibbles on a very pleasant summer evening.
ART CLASSES: Angela Burnap will be continuing her Thursday morning art classes from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Wannock Village Hall and the new term starts on September 26. Angela gives tuition in drawing and painting in watercolour and pastel. She has a few vacancies so for more information please contact her on 01323 842113.
MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a recreation meeting at Willingdon Community School at 7.30pm on Tuesday. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.