Parish Pump Newhaven - February 28, 2014

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Alfriston

SPRING is most certainly in the air in Alfriston. The bird box in the tree opposite my house has a tenant and the roadside bed beneath is a picture of daffodils and snowdrops with a sprinkling of crocuses. It does feel a bit like coming out of hibernation when the sun is shining and there is only a gentle breeze instead of the gales we have all been having. We have been fortunate in not having the floods that have ruined the homes and livelihoods of others. The water that has covered the floodplain along the Cuckmere Valley has been less invasive than the floods of 2000 when the valley suffered so dreadfully.

EVENTS’ GROUP: This evening (February 28) there will be a meeting at Deans Place Hotel to explore the Alfriston village annual events such as The August Festival and the Dickensian Evening and introducing a Spring Event. The aim of this evening’s meeting is to enlist helpers who will be willing to make these events happen. The meeting will start at 7pm. Any questions please ring Sylvia on 871188.

CLERGY HOUSE: The season for the National Trust property in the village will begin on March 1. The Clergy House will be open from 10.30am to 5pm for weekends only until March 15. After that date the Clergy House will be open all week excluding Thursday and Friday.

WI NEWS from Wendy Day: The February meeting was well attended despite the problems with flooded roads and waterlogged footpaths, perhaps the wine-tasting was the incentive. Michael Gould talked about his forty years in the wine trade starting in the 1950s when the wine was imported in large containers and wine merchants stored, bottled and labelled the wine themselves. He had many anecdotes about his time working in a London wine merchants and about some of the celebrities they supplied. There was then a chance to taste a couple of wines and the meeting ended leaving the group feeling much warmer and more cheerful than on arrival. The next meeting will be on March 18 at 2pm in the War Memorial Hall when Judith Bastide will be talking about Surprising Facts about Sussex Writers. Non members are very welcome (a small donation would be appreciated).

Barcombe

GARDEN CLUB: On Saturday March 15 at 2.30pm in the village hall, David Lang will be giving a talk on Orchids in Provence. Tickets for non-members will be £5, to include refreshments, available from Barcombe Stores and Post Office or on the door. Members free (no ticket required). All proceeds to St Peter and St James Hospice.

WALK: Barcombe Walking Group’s next walk is on Sunday. We are meeting at 2pm at the Gallops, Lewes (first right past the hospital) for a two hour walk on the Downs. Leader Anne Pearce.

Bishopstone

ELECTORAL ROLL: If you have joined the congregation of St Andrew’s since March 2013 and would like your name to be added to the church electoral roll, please get an application form from Hilary or John (deadline for applications is Sunday March 9).

QUIZ NIGHT: How well do you know Sussex? Find out at 7.30pm, Saturday March 15 in Bishopstone Parish Hall. This event is in aid of the Willett Trust. Tickets costing £7.50, including wine and cheese, available from Linda’s Stores.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday March 16. 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.

ST ANDREW’S Summer Fete needs volunteers to join the organising team. People are needed to help with car parking, stalls, children’s activities and publicity. If you would like to join the team, please phone Jane Lucy (01323 898209).

EVER WONDERED what lies behind those iconic downland flint walls? Building work near the manor recently revealed a backfill of rubbish dating back to Napoleonic times. Broken wine bottles and glasses suggest Trafalgar, Waterloo and much more was celebrated, but a total absence of clay pipes hints at an early smoking ban. A piece of early Victorian child’s plate depicts a cat with a saggy tummy, just like the stray that came to stay six years ago.

Falmer

TALK: Two weeks ago I attended a talk, which I had seen advertised in the Sussex Express, by Dr Stephen Weiss at the University of Sussex. Born in 1925, Dr Weiss has an incredibly fascinating life story as a Second World War veteran who landed in Southern France in 1944 and fought alongside the French Resistance. In our church congregation at St Laurence, we also have a Second World War veteran, who was parachuted into Normandy as part of the D Day landings. I knew that John would be interested, and I was privileged to accompany him to the talk. After the talk I found it very moving when John went to speak to Dr Weiss and introduce himself, Dr Weiss immediately took his hand and introduced him to many other people present at the meeting. These two men come across as very humble and we are very proud of them.

LADIES GROUP: Bakula our Indian Delia came to give a demonstration on making Indian sweets called Habsi Halisa. I heard that the meeting was well attended and everyone was able to enjoy tasting the sweets at the end of the evening.

ST LAURENCE CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a concert performed by Unfenced, a vocal jazz trio, Sally Wilson, Sam Brennan and Liz Woodhouse. The concert begins at 5.30pm, entrance is free and you are offered a glass of wine but beware you will be asked for a contribution at the end of the evening. These concerts are always worthy of a donation.

ON MONDAY the University of Sussex will be hosting the opening of their new Child Centre, built on the boundary of Falmer Village. It would be good to hope that perhaps we could build up some rapport with them. We wish the Centre well and every success.

Firle

SPRING: The crocuses are still opening and closing according to the sunlight and I would swear the spruce is turning a weak shade of green. She who must be obeyed says that I need my eyes testing but I am not so sure as I can smell spring in the air. Our daffodils have continued to open fully in the sun and they do look glorious, we have also discovered tulips coming up.

WALKERS: We have had a couple of really nice days and it is a pleasure to see all the determined people out for a walk in the fresh air, myself included. Firle is a good setting off point for a pleasant route march or stroll depending on the mood. I often delight in the fact that there aren’t that many places locally where you can walk to somewhere specifically, like Alfriston along the Coach Road, and walk back a different way. For those enjoying the village temporarily don’t forget that quite apart from the excellent public house, we also have a superb shop and church that are worth a look in.

THE VILLAGE HALL has seen a peaceful week, it does take a while to get over the Christmas festivities, seems like a dim and distant memory but with March 1 galloping towards us, everyone will take a deep breath and fix themselves on the prospect of a long and warm summer. I could be dreaming here but I seem to recall, as a child of the 50s and 60s, long hot summers where you were in shorts and t-shirts from April until October, I thought global warming meant hotter drier weather not all this wind and rain, I am happy to be proved wrong.

FRIDAY MORNING CAFE: Anyone fancying a cup of tea/coffee and a piece of homemade cake do call in at our Friday Morning Café from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Also a good place for a chinwag. A big thank you to Colin and Jill who run it for us. They have over the last few years raised monies for the hall renovations’. Thank you to you both.

CHURCH: The Sunday service is at Glynde for 10.15am and the Firle service is at 5pm for Evening Prayer.

FIRLE CHOIR: If anyone likes to sing you might like to join the choir at Firle. It meets at the church on Mondays 7.15pm and Thursdays 7.45pm.

MUSEUM: Firle Carpenters Museum is open on the first Saturday of the month, which is this weekend, where you can go and see old equipment relating to the carpenters of Firle. It is open between 2pm and 4pm. Well worth a visit.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday, Transfiguration Sunday, will see Reverend Malcolm Elwis at the helm. As it is the first Sunday of the month it will be Holy Communion following The Book of Common Prayer. As always, tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in church after the service. The service starts at 10.30am, all welcome.

Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our last walk we started from the Ashdown Forest Visitors Centre and enjoyed the huge views north that take in the valley of the River Medway and the North Downs beyond, before heading east to Coleman’s Hatch through the lovely open scrubland which makes Ashdown Forest such a pleasure to visit. Every walk this year has been muddy and this one was no exception. It was constant, low-level mud which was usually easy to avoid in the forest where paths are generally unconstrained. Walkers with wellies could carry on with little to trouble them. Skirting the golf course, we briefly joined the Vanguard Way before, just outside Forest Row, we headed north for the long, steady climb back to the car park. We heard our first woodpecker drumming in the distance and the great tits were very evident on their squeaky bikes. Ten of us enjoyed this walk led by Hilda and Graham. The next walk is on Tuesday, Upper Dicker. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Last Sunday, a sale of craft items and children’s books raised £125 to help genocide widows in Rwanda. Our February collections have gone towards the work of church members in Rwanda. One lives there; four others are currently there for a month, installing rainwater harvesting systems and investigating the use of water filters to provide safe drinking water for over 20,000 people; another is going out for five months as a lawyer; another for two months after Easter, mainly to teach English. She would like to take a whole range of small but essential items with her, for the widows, school and nutrition clinic she is visiting. Her list includes stationery, first aid items, vegetable seeds, sewing kits, educational games, wind-up torches, children’s fiction and children’s clothes: see the church website www.southover.org.uk . Barbara also gives free talks to groups interested in overseas development and updates on the work of the charity ‘Send a Cow’ in East Africa. For more information please ring 01273 814675. She is happy to collect items or they can be left in the box at the back of the church, which is always open on Sundays from 7.45am to 11.45am and from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Church members also collect items for the Lewes Food Banks. The men of the church will be presenting a night of unashamed competitiveness for men who like to win, at a Board Games Night on Monday from 7.30pm. The venue is the Rights of Man pub on the High Street: details from Chris Webb on 487293. The voting for favourite hymns has now closed: please come and sing them all at our special songs of praise service on Sunday afternoon. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am family service, children especially welcome; 11.15am informal family service, children especially welcome (church hall); 3.30pm songs of praise, with favourite hymns; 6.30pm informal service with communion. Do join us if you can.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

RNLI: Tomorrow (Saturday) an evening of Sea Shanties and entertainment from Hard Pressed who are performing live at the Lifeboat House in Riverside, West Quay, 7pm. Tickets £5, to book telephone Lyn on 01273 517884.

MEECHING WI: The February 20 meeting was particularly well attended, numbers have increased and several new members have joined. The meeting was taken by the vice president and after the business meeting the speaker was Brian Freeland who gave a talk entitled Around the World in Eighty Plays. He talked about his experiences as a travelling stage manager and it gave an interesting insight into the world of theatre when travelling abroad. There is an outing to London on April 9 for a Jewellery Exhibition and another trip is planned to the Moorings in Pevensey Bay on May 2, coach is included in the price. The book club meets at a member’s home on the second Thursday of the month, the next one is March 13 at 2pm, and the book this month is Holy Fools by Joanne Harris. Meetings are held at 9.45am in Meeching Hall on the third Thursday of the month, new members and visitors are always welcome. Amanda Wilkins writes: ‘I attended this meeting as I worked with Brian at Nottingham Playhouse in the 1970s. I would like to thank Meeching WI for allowing me to attend and making me so welcome. It was a pleasure to meet so many lovely ladies.’

COUNCIL: Newhaven Town Council is holding a full meeting in Meeching Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

U3A: Newhaven and Peacehaven U3A’s next meeting is on Thursday at 10am in the main hall of the Meridian Centre in Peacehaven. This is the Quiz Meeting and there will also be a short talk by a PCSO. New members always welcome.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER takes place on Friday March 7 and the theme this year is Streams of the Desert. The inspiring services this year have been prepared by the women of Egypt. There will be two services in Newhaven Baptist Church. At 2pm the speaker is Jeniya Gwendu from Laindon Baptist Church and at 7.30pm the speaker is Christine Doherty formerly of St Luke’s, Seaford. Following the services there will be refreshments and a Tradecraft stall. Everyone is welcome, men, women and young people.

COFFEE MORNING Saturday March 8 in St Michael’s Church Rooms, 10am to noon. Cakes for sale, bric-a-brac table and raffle. All welcome.

Peacehaven

LIFE SAVING: The NHS Blood Doning team will be in the Community House on Wednesday March 12 from 2pm until 4.30pm and for a second session from 5.30pm until 8pm. The need for blood is essential but the numbers giving is uncomfortably low. So if you are a regular why not bring along someone new who perhaps had never thought about giving before. Remember if you would like a specific time to donate this can be arranged by calling 0300 123 23 23. Thanks for your support.

CINEMA: The March film to be shown in the Community House, Meridian Centre is the Bafta Award winning Gravity. It starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 19. Tickets are available at £5 each from the information office.

PANCAKE DAY: This is celebrated on Shrove Tuesday and is part of a Christian Festival known as Ash Wednesday which is the start of Lent, when a period of strict fasting was observed. The fast, which is no longer practised today, involved giving up rich foods like butter, fats and eggs. To ensure that none of these foods were wasted on the Tuesday citizens made pancakes and this ritual is continued today in Britain and many other countries around the world. In some parts of the UK people take part in races during which the pancake has to be tossed and caught in a frying pan. Not easy when one has to run as well. So on Tuesday treat the family to a pancake or two but if you want to toss yours, try not to get it stuck on the kitchen ceiling.

RACE NIGHT: Another reminder that this event in aid of the Mayor’s Local Project Fund takes place in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Friday March 7. Entry is £2 per person. If you wish to own a horse take your pick from a list of names available in the information office. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Top hats are optional but do remember to bring your own food and drink.

ASSOCIATION OF CARERS: Remember this small charity based in Sussex has recently secured funding which enables them to expand the service to our area. Fiona Philips (is this the TV presenter?), the Association’s Service Co-ordinator, is hosting a coffee morning today, Friday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre from 10am until noon. Do have a chat with Fiona and if you would like more information she can also be reached on 01323 301122.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Recycling Project in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. There will be no market next Saturday as the hall is being used for International Woman’s Day. The next market is on Saturday March 15 and will be organised by the Labour Party. To book a table contact them on 07876 561880.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Association of Carers will be in the foyer of the Community House from 10am until noon serving teas, coffees, cakes and talking about their charity. On Tuesday Harlequin Studios will be offering refreshments at the usual time of 8.30am until noon followed by the Peacehaven Players on Thursday. On Friday March 7 the Peacehaven Evangelical Church will be serving refreshments.

COUNCIL MEETING: On Tuesday there will be a meeting of the full Town Council in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents are always very welcome at these meetings when much can be learnt of the happenings within the town. Also you are encouraged to ask questions on relevant matters during the first 15 minutes.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: On Saturday March 8 there will be a councillors’ surgery in the Meridian Centre from 10am until 11am when members from the council will be available to talk with individual residents on any matters they would like help or advice on. It is not always easy for some people to get to the regular Tuesday meetings. The surgery offers an opportunity to talk confidentially on a one to one basis. This is a drop in surgery so no appointment is required, just turn up.

Pells

PELLS SCHOOL: Children are continuing to enjoy Bike Club at Pells school. Last term a group of parents and children went on after school bike rides to Malling park, the Railway Land and the Buttercup Cafe. They also learnt how to replace a brake cable, adjust brakes, mend a puncture and generally maintain a bike. Children develop their bike riding skills at the weekly lunchtime club where they play games that improve steering, signalling and safety skills. Thank you to Lucy from Sustrans, Dr Bike and Mr Gayford for all your help with Bike Club.

Polegate

I WAS SAD TO HEAR about the demise of Doreen Mayoss, whom I met years ago when her husband Peter worked with my father at Becketts Newspapers. My condolences go to Diane, David and family at this sad time. For a while they lived in Polegate, before moving to Willingdon.

WALK tomorrow, Saturday, with Eastbourne Rambling Club, Linear, I do Like to be beside the Seaside with John C, telephone 726334. Meet at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill 10.20am. GB 742071, bus no 99 from Terminus Road stand E, walk continues towards Hastings, finishing at 1pm, 5 miles.

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

EASTBOURNE RAMBLING CLUB walk on Sunday, View from Lewes, with Angela F 504280. Meet at The Avenue, Eastbourne at 9.30am, walk starts at the top of Highdown Road, Lewes, (off A275 Nevill Road) at 10am. GR 403109 dry lunch finish 3.15pm, 10.5 miles no steep hills or stiles.

MINIATURE RAILWAY in Polegate. For more details of the new season, please contact Chris White by email chris.padmec@gmail.com or look at website www.padmec.org.uk

POLEGATE RAMBLING CLUB: For walks in March see www.polegateramblers.org.uk or email info@polegaterambles.org.uk or telephone rambles secretary Angela on 504280.

Ringmer

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall tomorrow (Saturday). Doors open at 2pm.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, weather permitting, the first team are away to Selsey in a SCFL Div 1 league fixture. The second team are at home to Saltdean in a reserve section premier league match with both games kicking off at 3pm. On Tuesday evening the first team are at home to near neighbours Newhaven in a John O’Hara league cup tie with a 7.45pm kick off at the Caburn Ground. On the social side, the club is now open every day including Sundays from 11.30am and throughout the afternoon. The usual range of refreshments are on offer including teas, coffees and hot chocolate. Membership is currently open to new members, just pop in and see us for a warm welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, at 2pm in the village hall, with a flower arranging demonstration by Nel de Jong Smith entitled Flower Power. Visitors are always welcome to come along to monthly meetings and enjoy a relaxing afternoon’s entertainment for £4 to include refreshments.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday February 12, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

THE STOOLBALL CLUB are holding their AGM on Thursday, 7.30pm at the Football Club. All members are welcome.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: This year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer Service for our area will be held at Firle Church on Friday, March 7 at 11am and is entitled Steams in the Desert. It was prepared by the Christian women of Egypt, a country with a turbulent past and immense problems in the present, especially for women. This is reflected in this challenging service at which all are welcome. For transport, please ring 01273 812697.

Rodmell & Southease

IT WAS SO NICE not to have the wind around all the time and to have some small periods of sunshine in the last week. Flowers are popping up all over the place, and people are out walking everywhere, and have smiles on their faces. It’s amazing what a little sunshine can do.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI had a very interesting talk given by Helen Poole on the life of Sir John Gage and his house at Firle, on Tuesday February 18. I found the illustrations she used fascinating and I felt from what she told us, that the Gage family have always cared for the families that worked for them on their estate and lived in the village.

FIRLE: On the subject of Firle, I was very interested to read the write-up by the Firle Parish Pump correspondent on the ghostly experience he and his wife had on seeing the figures of two young children in Victorian style clothes walking through the park at 11.30pm on a cold, foggy November night. A friend of mine, who lived in the large white house near the pond at Berwick and whose family had been friends of the Gage family for years, had related a similar experience to me.

PARISH MEETING on Monday at 8pm in the village hall. All welcome.

ON ASH WEDNESDAY (March 5) there is a service in St Peter’s Church at 10.30am. All welcome.

QUIZ NIGHT is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm in Rodmell Village Hall. Tickets in advance only from Sue Brickell 01273 858628. I’m sorry I am late in putting this in, but it was under Southease in our parish magazine and I didn’t notice it until it was too late.

THE CHURCHES are having a struggle to keep going in rural communities as faith seems to have dropped off. Rodmell Church has a congregation of roughly 13 most Sundays, and the family service that I went to recently, only had two children there. At one time it used to be packed. I know Christine is worried about the situation as I suspect are others. I believe Piddinghoe Church no longer has services although the tiny church at Telscombe Old Village has its regulars and Kingston and Iford seem to keep their heads above water. It may be a case of use it or lose it for Rodmell so think carefully. Southease, my favourite church because of its simplicity, also has a waning congregation but it is just a small hamlet whilst Rodmell is now quite a large village. These churches, being very old, take a lot of time and money to keep in order, and in times gone by were the focal point of the villages along with the local pubs, which actually do seem to be flourishing in Kingston and Rodmell. Sign of the times.

ON THE MOVE: There are quite a few properties to let and for sale in Rodmell at the moment. People that have been in the village for years are on the move. At one time, when I first came here, people rarely moved so you knew almost everyone in the village. Now I have trouble recognising people as we have so many new faces.

Seaford

BARN DANCE: Seahaven Lionesses are organising a Barn Dance on Friday March 7, 7.30pm to 11pm at the Constitutional Club in Seaford. Tickets are £8 from Newberry Tully Estate Agents or by phoning the Lionesses on 01273 513015. There will be a live band called Ded Effnik and caller, plus ploughman’s supper and raffle. All in aid of Leo House at Home.

HARD OF HEARING CLUB: The club meets on the first Friday of the month at St James House, Blatchington Road, at 2pm. Travel in the Lions Minibus is available to members. If anyone has any queries or wishes to come along and join us we would be pleased to see you. The next meeting is Friday March 7 and there will be a talk by Alan Hodges on Old Transport. Tea and biscuits is also provided. Contact details for the club are 01323 895216 or white-c7@sky.com.

Telscombe

BINGO EVENING: Don’t forget bingo tonight, Friday, at the Civic Centre, 7pm start. 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.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY at Telscombe Civic Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town councillor. There is usually a district or county councillor present too. Make the most of this opportunity to meet your councillor and come along on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe 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.

FILM AND GAMES: Young People’s Film Show and Games Morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon, at the Civic Centre, hosted by the town council. There will be films, table tennis, table football, air hockey and pool. Children under eight years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Entry is free and refreshments will be available to purchase. This is held on the first Saturday of the month, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery and coffee morning.

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the Civic Centre. 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 Telscombe 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. They look forward to seeing you there.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall. Julian Sutherland-Beatson will be giving a talk on presentation and selling paintings.

KEITH BRADY’S Nostalgia Roadshow will be the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with 50s and 60s music.

RIGHT REVEREND Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester, will be presiding and preaching at St Mary’s Church at the 9.45am service on Sunday. There will be no 11.30am services that day.

N WATCH: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch will be meeting in the vestry at Trinity Church at 2.30pm on Monday. For further information contact the chairman Ray Ingram on 01323 508634 or email him at willingdon.nw@tiscali.co.uk.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The Willingdon branch of the Mothers’ Union will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday in St Mary’s Church Hall when Anne Stamper will be giving a talk entitled Painting and Prayer.

ASH WEDNESDAY: Following the 11.15am service in St Mary’s Church on March 5, a Frugal Lunch will be served in the church hall at noon. Soup, bread and cheese and a cup of tea are provided and the suggested donation is £2.50. There will also be a raffle with all proceeds going towards Christian Aid.

BIG BREW: Traidcraft is joining forces with the regular Thursday morning Friendly Cuppa helpers from 10am to noon at St Mary’s Church Hall on March 6, so that visitors can sample some of the Faircraft goodies. Proceeds will go to support the work of Traidcraft smallholders around the world. A Traidcraft stall will also be available for people to buy any of the products or if not readily available, they could place an order from the catalogue. This year there is a selection of Easter eggs.

DEMONSTRATION: The flower club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday March 7 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for their AGM. The competition is entitled Let’s Party.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER is on Friday March 7. This year’s service has been written by the Christian Women of Egypt. A service will take place in St Mary’s Church at 10.30am. It involves a certain amount of drama and some participants will be dressed appropriately. After the service there will be some refreshments and the chance to sample some Egyptian cakes and time to look at an exhibition about Egypt. At Trinity Church, the Women’s World Day of Prayer service will take place at 2.30pm that day. The speaker will be Rev David Yule. Refreshments will be served after the service. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to attend either of these services - both male and female.

A FASHION SHOW organised by the JPK Sussex Project is being held at Edgmond 39 to 41 Church Street Old Town, at 2pm on Sunday March 23. Edgmont and the site on which it stands has now been purchased by JPK and will eventually become a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability once sufficient funds have been raised to commence building. Tickets for the fashion show are £10 each which include a drink on arrival. There will also be a raffle and refreshments. For tickets or further information please contact the JPK project co-ordinator Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or write to her at 7 Wannock Avenue, Willingdon, Eastbourne, BN20 9RP. Cheques should be made payable to The JPK Sussex Project.

QUIZ NIGHT: Friends of Eastbourne Hospital are organising a quiz night at 7pm for a 7.30pm start on Saturday March 29 at Christchurch Hall in Seaside Eastbourne. Teams of six can be made up. Tickets are £10 each to include a fish and chip supper. For tickets or further information please contact Jane Bradley on 01323 728662 or email her at janiebradley@btinternet.com .