Parish pump Newhaven - July 18 2014

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HERITAGE CENTRE: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heritage Centre was opened by Dr June Goodfield last week. At last we have a comprehensive history of Alfriston, clearly set out in the upper level of the Gun Room on the Tye. The Rathfinny Estate, who run the Gun Room shop, has promoted the centre and Dr Goodfield, Kevin Gordon and Juliet Clarke have made sure it is a true history of the village. The display panels were designed by a team from LDA led by Gary Lloyd. Alongside the village history is the story of Rathfinny and its development into a stunning sustainable vineyard which is set to be producing its own wines next year. This is another valuable asset which visitors can enjoy when exploring our village.

AWARDS: The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards for 2014 were announced last week and Mark Driver was able to inform the gathering for the opening of the Heritage Centre at the Gun Room that the winner of the 2014 Commercial Award went to Anthony Sherwin, Architect of the Gun Room. The awards, in their 16th year, are designed to recognise and reward high quality conservation, restoration and good design and encourage the use of traditional skills and crafts.

BASTILLE DAY was marked (a day early) in Alfriston by the Twinning Group hosting a French Market and a Music Festival followed by a Bal Musette. The weather was ideal, showing off the village and the Tye at their very best. After practicing language skills while buying up baguettes and croissants and cheeses from the market, families gathered to hear Sussex bands and groups perform. The Alfriston singing group, The Octaves, were received enthusiastically by the crowd and even tempted a couple of new members. It is the first time such an event has been organised and it was a great success.

AMENITIES SOCIETY: ADAS held a very pleasant drinks evening at the Clergy House garden next to the River Cuckmere on Wednesday July 9. Organised by Margaret Ball, the event was well attended, and music was provided by local musicians Mark Hurst (bass, banjo and guitar), Fran Wates (alto sax), Selma Lewis (sax and vocals), and Ruth Sargent (tenor sax). Thanks are due to the National Trust for the use of their splendid property and location.


THE RUDE MECHANICALS will be performing their latest production on the field at the village hall on Friday July 25 at 7.30pm. They will be making a much anticipated return with, The Wife. Tickets available now at Barcombe Stores or online


DRIFTWOOD Open Garden, 4 Marine Drive, on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, 11am to 5pm, as part of the Macmillan Garden Trail raising money for a new Macmillan Cancer Support Centre in Brighton.

OPEN GARDEN, Barrack Cottage, Bishopstone Village on Saturday July 26, 3pm to 5pm. Donations at the gate in aid of St Andrew’s Church, Bishopstone.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be no Bishopstone Community Coffee Morning this month. The next one will be on Friday August 29.

VOLUNTEERS are needed for the Summer Fete on August 2. Please contact Jane Lucy with offers of help or sign up for cake baking and/or washing up on the list at the back of St Andrew’s Church.

TODAY, Friday, is the popular anniversary of the Battle of the Buckle in 1545 when a French attack from the sea was stopped on the beach by the local militia. Actually, it was on the 23rd July, a few days after the Mary Rose was lost more famously whilst sailing out to intercept the enemy fleet. Strange to thing that a raid on Bishopstone might have influenced Henry VIII’s European policy.


NEW HOUSING? Last week it was suggested there were a number of possible sites for new housing around the fringes of Brighton. North East of Coldean Lane was shown as a possible site as well as places on the fringes of Saltdean and Woodingdean. Anyone who has experienced the traffic on the Falmer to Woodingdean Road may wonder how on earth this narrow country Lane could possibly cope with any more traffic. The jams at the roundabout in Falmer North are extraordinary and not just when there is something happening at the Stadium, but every day. The only way to widen the road would have to include rebuilding the bridge over the A27 (which is another story in itself).

MASTERPLAN: I see that the University of Sussex Masterplan has been turned down by Brighton Council’s planning department. I have to admit I am not sorry to see that the university’s relentless march into the South Downs has been called to a halt.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: I have been busy taking photographs of some of the lovely clothes that were left over from the preloved clothes sale at the Flower Festival. I am planning to take my first steps into online selling and put the clothes onto one of the websites that offer this service. Hopefully we can raise a bit more money for the church this way. The total raised at the Flower Festival weekend has already exceeded £2000.

THEFTS: There have been a couple of thefts from the gardens of houses in Falmer recently. Thieves have taken garden ornaments and planters. We are all vigilant about locking our houses and closing windows, but who would expect someone to steal ornaments from a garden? I know people with expensive antique garden statuary have them bolted to the ground or fixed with burglar alarms but you don’t expect to have to do that with all your planters. Obviously the thieves must be planning to sell the goods on, so if you see some garden ornaments and planters offered for sale, think twice about where they may have come from.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Now for some good news. Rosemarie mentioned last week that we are looking forward to our Artwave exhibition in August. Art and Soul at Falmer will be open for three weekends starting on August 23 and the line-up of artists is as good as ever, if not better. We are really excited to have the great painter David Armitage joining us, also showing with us for the first time at Art and Soul we have Sculptor Sue Nunn, jeweller Chanchala and painter Miranda Ellis. We also have our favourite artists returning with new work. It’s going to be a very good show. We are also working on our Heritage Open Days exhibition which will follow hot on the heels of Artwave in mid September, you can look at the Heritage Open Days website to find out more. If you have information about one of the men mentioned on our 1914-1918 war memorial, please let us know. The full list of men is on our St. Laurence Church Falmer Facebook page and also on Finally we are planning for another Christmas craft market in November. Last year’s was really well attended and enjoyed by visitors and stallholders alike (possibly because of the delicious cakes that were for sale). Watch this space.


KINGSTON WI committee members arrived at Kingston Pavilion about 45 minutes before our Soiree started on Thursday July 2 to set out the food and arrange tables and chairs. In order to accommodate everyone extra garden chairs and tables were set up outside for the expected attendance. The warm weather and the beautiful view of the downs, together with the sun still quite high in the sky, made a lovely setting. The guests began to arrive at about 6.20pm and by 6.30pm places both inside and outside were soon filled. Tables held a wide selection of savoury nibbles and finger sized bites; strawberries and cream and cakes with a choice of wine or fruit juices. Members were soon tucking in to the goodies on offer; praising the food and enjoying the chance to chat with their friends. The president, Beverley Wakeford- Brown, reminded us to look at the display of jewellery and knitted fruit and vegetables that had been entered in the competitions at the South of England Show at Ardingly. The fruit and vegetables achieved a score of 81.5 percent, but due to the very high standard our entry came only 24th out of 30. Equally the jewellery, a pretty necklace made of tiny beads depicting flowers of different colours and worthy of a professional jeweller, achieved 67.5 percent but surprisingly came second from last, a position that belied the skill involved. One of our members, Rosemarie Jeffrey, was celebrating her birthday and the members sang Happy Birthday and a bunch of flowers was presented to Peggy Nicholson for her work with the choir. After this we heard a report from Dee Barr, our guest from Lewis Westgate WI. She had been our delegate at the AGM held this year in Leeds where the WI resolution for 2014, to encourage us to inform our families and friends of our wishes regarding organ donation, was carried. She described the day as very special, encouraging us to be delegates if we got the chance in the future. With the tables depleted and everyone cheerful the evening came to a happy end.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Last week, 15 members enjoyed a lovely Summer’s evening walk around Rodmell and Iford. The weather was perfect and the evening finished with a meal at the Abergavenney Arms pub at Rodmell which was enjoyed by all. On Sunday, we had a ramble from Plumpton. This was a walk to the north west of Plumpton, which took us across fields and through ancient woodlands. One of the woods, Blackbrook wood is particularly beautiful at Bluebell time. This time, the fields were particularly beautiful and carpeted with wild flowers. Self Heal, Kidney Vetch, and Common Centaury were all spotted and we even saw some quite rare Ragged Robin in a marshy area. We followed ancient paths, some which still crossed garden outskirts and some which were old sunken paths through the woods which were still muddy even in July. Nineteen members enjoyed this varied walk in fine weather. The next walk is on Sunday July 27 at Barcombe Mills, always a popular area to walk in the summer. We will meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Programmes are always available at the Tourist Information Office or the Outdoor Shop or at

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO Church has some exciting news but first the services for Sunday: 10.15am Time of Prayer at the front of Church, 11am Morning Worship led by Helen Garratt from Southover Church and at 6.30pm Holy Communion led by Rev Dick Field with John Jardine preaching. Our exciting news is that on Thursday the Reverend Steve Daughtery, Rector of Southover Church Lewes, will also become our Vicar and also of our sister church at Malling. He will be inaugurated by Bishop Richard, the new Bishop of Lewes, and Archdeacon Phillip Jones at 7.30pm that evening. This will herald the first huge step in the coming together of the three churches, or as it is to be known, Trinity Church, which will be one church meeting in three different buildings. This will mean the pooling and sharing of resources within the communities of the three churches and it will be a considerable sign of the growth of the Kingdom of God in Lewes. We invite everyone from our area, also throughout Malling and all of Lewes, to join us and stay to enjoy refreshment with us afterwards.

SOUTHOVER: Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service including communion, with choir, organ and band; 11.15 informal worship in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do join us.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

CAR BOOT SALE tomorrow (Saturday) at Paradise Park, 9am to noon (sellers from 8.15am). Cars £6,vans £8,no trade, food or plants.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest film Society is showing Moonrise Kingdom tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hillcrest Centre. Seton an island off the coast of New England in the Summer of 1965 two 12 year-olds fall in love and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down a violent storm is brewing off-shore and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. The film is a feast of colour and fabulous design. Tickets are £4.50 from the Hillcrest reception, cafe opens at 6.30pm and the film starts at 7.30pm.

HOUSING ADVICE: If you are having difficulties paying your rent/mortgage, need advice on your rights as a tenant or owner, need somewhere to live or are having problems maintaining your home you can get advice at the drop-in surgery at Newhaven Town Council Offices, 20 Fort Road on Wednesday mornings between 9am and noon from a Lewes District Council housing officer. No need to book an appointment. If you live in an area with no means of transport or have a disability one of the LDC advice officers will be happy to arrange a home visit.

MENCAP: Newhaven, Lewes and District Mencap will be holding their popular Grand Summer Fair at their headquarters, Riverside Hall, West Quay on Saturday July 26 from 10am until 2pm. The fair will be opened by ventriloquist Sam Jones and Baby Leo from Britain’s Got Talent fame. There will be a grand draw, stalls, games, home-made cakes, refreshments and barbecue. Entrance is 50p, children under 12 years-old admitted free.


CITIZENS ADVICE: There will be a limited number of drop-in sessions during the summer months only on the following Tuesdays: July 29, August 12, August 26, and September 9. From September 23 the weekly service will resume. This free and confidential service is held in the Peacehaven Library, Meridian Centre from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 3pm. Further details and a leaflet are available from the information office.

SUMMER FAYRE: The Peacehaven and Telscombe annual Summer Fayre takes place this year at the Joff Field adjacent to the Meridian Centre from 1pm to 4.30pm on Saturday July 26. A new feature this year is a Disney Fancy Dress competition open to all children who come dressed as their favourite Disney character. Judging will be at around 3.30pm. There is a raffle being drawn at 4.20pm and tickets can be bought in advance from the information office. There are eleven major prizes to be won and a list can be viewed in the office. For those who are unable to use public transport a free journey to and from the fayre can be pre-booked by ringing CTLA (Community Transport) on 01273 517332.

WRESTLING: I mentioned last week that this would take place on Saturday October 11. Tickets for this event are now on sale from the information office. Adults £10, Concessions £9, and Family £36 (two adults plus two children under 16 years). Booking early is recommended.

MACMILLAN: There will be a Cancer Support coffee morning in the Community House foyer on September 26. The information office invites you to bring in any unwanted bags and scarves prior to the event. Last year these items being offered for sale during the coffee morning proved a very popular fund raiser and many a bargain was found.

HORTICULTURE: The Peacehaven Horticultural Society is holding their monthly meeting in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Monday starting at 7.30pm prompt. There is a talk about Raystede the local animal sanctuary. New members are always welcome at these meetings. Remember the Annual Flower Show takes place in the Community House on Saturday August 2. A show schedule is available from the information office which will enable you to enter for free and why not display an item of your own. Have a go.

CINEMA: The film showing on Wednesday is The Monument Men. Based on a true story about a group of men dropped behind German lines in WWII under orders to recover works of art stolen by Nazi thieves. The film starts at 7.30pm in the Meridian Centre and tickets are £5 each and are available from the information office.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre and has been arranged by the Community Orchard Charity from 8.30am to noon. The next Saturday market is on July 26 and will be arranged by the Mayor of Peacehaven in aid of his charity for local projects. To book a table ring 01273 585493.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Thursday the Peacehaven Catholic Church will be providing the morning refreshments followed on Friday July 25 when the Royal British Legion will be behind the counter.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: There will be a full town council meeting on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Please note this meeting has been moved forward from the original date of July 29 to a week earlier. Residents may attend and ask questions during the first 15 minutes of the meeting about any matters relevant to the town.

PEN TO PAPER: This is the name of the Downlands Court Writing Group who meet every Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Downlands Suite. Memories, Creative Writing, Poetry, and sharing are all part of the gathering. All are welcome so why not come along and meet this friendly group. For just a £1 a week there is always tea, coffee and biscuits and an occasional social outing. Writing is not difficult and can be a lot of fun. For more details contact Sue Sayers on 01273 588803 or Brenda on 01273 582654


FRIDAY CRAFT group meets at Polegate Community Centre. For details of our activities please contact Val Liles on 460336 or Shirley Hannam 488035.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, at St Johns Church Hall. Our speaker is Janet Pennington on Travel in the Past. Visitors welcome, doors open at 6.45pm, meeting starts at 7pm. Telephone 486208 or email

GAMES EVENING: Polegate Twinning Association are holding a games evening tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. There will be a variety of games to play with a sausage and mash supper included in the evening Tickets are £6. And can be ordered from 486021. Please let us know if you are coming as it helps with the catering numbers. It should be a fun evening.

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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Mystery of Braylsham Castle with Graham. Meet at The Avenue, 9.30am then to Street End Lane, Broad Oak 10.15am GR 606227, finish 1.30pm. 5 miles. Some stiles, coffee stop at Petals. On Monday, Milton Street Circular. Meet at Sussex Ox 10am far end car park, some stiles, one incline with Marion and Kay, 3 miles. On Wednesday, Explore the Twittens, slippery when wet. Meet at East Dean car park at 10am with Jeni, nearly four miles.

A DEFIBRILLATOR is at Polegate Community Centre on Tuesday at 8pm, for anyone who would like training on using this equipment. Please contact John Rogers to book your place at the Community Centre Office before then as places are limited.

POLEGATE WINE and Social Club meet on July 22 when our speaker is Ian Curry, the weather man, and his talk is Unusual Weather. We meet at Polegate Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

RAMBLING CLUB walks on July 24 include, Up the Downs, 5 miles. A downland walk with some ups and some downs. Three stiles with Roger S. Or, A Place and Two Churches, 8 miles Ram at Firle to include Charlestone Farm, Alciston and Berwick fields, paths and tracks along the foot of the downs. One stile take picnic, could be muddy with Jayne. For more info please contact Angela on 504280.


SUMMER SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Summer Show is tomorrow, Saturday, in the village halls and the doors will open at 2pm. There are numerous classes comprising flowers, fruit, vegetables, flower arranging, cookery and preserves and the ever popular painting and photographic classes. The show closes at 4.30pm and all exhibits left behind are auctioned for show funds.

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

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday July 9, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The new season gets under way soon and pre-season friendlies have been arranged. To kick off our season the first team play Lewes FC for the Chandler’s Cup on Thursday with a 7.45pm kick-off at The Caburn Ground. The first team then have friendlies versus Three Bridges on Saturday July 26, 3pm kick off at The Caburn, and on Thursday July 31 the firsts play Hastings United at home with a 7.45pm kick off at The Caburn. In the FA Cup we have a home draw in the extra preliminary round versus Corinthian FC and in the Vase we are again at home to Saltdean Utd, these fixtures are on August 16 and September 6 respectively. On Friday July 25 the club plays host to the Ringmer Cricket Club Juniors tournament which gets under way at 6pm and continues throughout the evening under the floodlights.

Rodmell & Southease

THE PARISH COUNCIL meeting held on Monday July 7 in the village hall had more people than usual in attendance. This was due to an issue on car parking on the green at The Dicklands.

Our councillors work very hard for the village, giving up a lot of their time going to lectures, meetings etc, all for the good of the village. Chairman, Paul Denerley, and clerk, Judith Bradburg, are very good and fair on the diplomatic side when dealing with issues. It’s a pretty thankless task being a parish councillor and, speaking on a personal level, not one that I could cope with.

NEWSLETTER: Reading No 93 Rodmell Round-UP, the informative village newsletter put together by Christine Isitt, known by many as our own dedicated villager, rather in the mode of our own Miss Marples on a bicycle, I was amazed at how many newcomers we have to welcome into the village.

CURATE: Our swinging curate, Revd Marcus brown, can now be seen riding around the village on a new bicycle and doing rather well on it. When’s the Lycra coming out Marcus? I remember the days when we had Ian Fraser’s sister, who was a nun, flying around the villages on her bike, habit blowing out in the wind. Does one peddle into religion I wonder?

TV: We have had to switch to satellite TV as our reception here has been awful since we sent digital and since its Mike’s only pleasure now it’s no fun being housebound with no TV to watch most of the time. I do wonder how many old folk living on their own with only a TV to keep them in touch with the outside world are coping these days. We had no trouble all the years we had the old system. Many times Have I heard young and old say, why can’t things be more simple. Everything is so technical and complicated these days.

RODMELL MILL: I had not realised there was an epitaph to Rodmell Mill until it was mentioned in Rodmell Round-Up. It came from the old WI scrapbook and was written by hand by the then Rector, J Hawksford, in about 1912.

STRANGE THINGS seen on the A27, one being a rickshaw being pulled by a Frenchman hoping to get to Newhaven, he was lost. This happened sometime last week and was mentioned on local radio.

COFFEE MORNING on Wednesday in the village hall from 11am.

THE SUMMER SHOW is on August 16.


OPEN WEEK: Seaford Constitutional Club is holding an Open Week (July 21 to 27) to celebrate 40 years at the present site of the club in Crouch Lane. Many events through the week including a barbecue on Sunday July 27 and free Kids Disco on Friday July 25. All are welcome.

FOOD SWAP: Seaford Food Swap at Seaford Community Garden behind the Peace Garden, Crouch Gardens, East Street Saturday July 26. An opportunity to exchange home made or home grown products with other local producers. All welcome.


COUNCIL MEETING: A Planning and Highways Committee meeting is taking place on Monday at 7.30pm in room one at Telscombe Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is public question time for a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting. Unfortunately the council is experiencing problems with their website and the agenda will not be able to be displayed. They are attempting to resolve this as soon as possible.

BINGO EVENING on Friday July 25 at the Civic Centre, 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball game at 50p per ticket and flyer game for £1. 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.

SUMMER FAYRE Saturday July 26 on the Joff Field, adjacent to the Meridian Centre, from 1pm to 4.30pm. This is a joint summer fayre organised by Peacehaven and Telscombe Town Councils. It’s going to be a fun packed afternoon with a host of stalls ranging from community and charity groups, crafts and keepsakes, cards, soft toys, and sweets to massage. Arena events will take place throughout the afternoon including a Chinese Lion Dance, Southern Stomp line dancing group, Anneli Smith Dance School, Hastings Twirlers, tug of war, theatre express and Harlequin dance studios. There will also be something for the young ones with children’s games and a Disney Characters themed fancy dress competition. As well as all this there will also be several attractions to include Birds of Prey, Jaws ‘n Claws who will be bringing various animals and reptiles, plate smashing and fairground rides. Members of the Peacehaven Meridian and Telscombe WI’s will be serving teas throughout the afternoon in the Joff Youth Centre. Please come along and enjoy yourselves. You can pre-book your free journey to and from the fayre through the Community Transport Lewes Area on 01273 517332 or on the day by phoning 07747 817376. There is also a prize raffle with net proceeds going to both the Peacehaven and Telscombe Mayor’s.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE OPEN GARDEN held at Flint House in Church Street in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice on July 5 raised £2,629.87, a magnificent total.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate when Janet Pennington will be giving a talk entitled Travel in the Past. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

WILMINGTON ART GROUP will be having an art exhibition from 10.30am to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at Wilmington Village Hall. Affordable art and cards are on sale and refreshments are available. Admission is free.

LOU TAYLOR will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

MEL will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Wheatsheaf.

RAMBLING: St Mary’s Rambling Group will be meeting at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm for a five mile flat walk at Herstmonceux. There are several styles. Everyone is welcome.

MUSIC: Fr Michael Maine, curate at St Mary’s Church Willingdon, will be playing a mix of music on the piano at St Wilfrid’s Hospice for about an hour from noon on Wednesday. All are welcome. Refreshments from the food bar make this an ideal lunch venue.

SPONSORED BIKE RIDE: Cameron and Murray Ballard with friends Oliver Perrott, James Shrub, Robin Pyper and Tim Perrott are cycling from John O’Groates to Land’s End from July 23 to August 2. Their vehicle support drivers will be Tim Blois and Steve White. The distance to be covered is about 900 miles and the group will be raising money for the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. Cameron and Murray’s sister Jade has Downs Syndrome. Jade has always lived at home but as time passes she will need her own independence, and Edgmont JPK Centre at Old Town would be ideal for her, where she would have friends and a real quality of life. Edgmont and the site on which it stands have already been purchased, but more money needs to be raised before building the accommodation can be started. For further information visit . And please donate by going to or send a cheque made payable to JPK Sussex Project, at 7 Wannock Avenue Willingdon Eastbourne BN20 9RP.

SLIDE SHOW: A history of Eastbourne past and present with a computerised slide show is being presented at 7pm on Thursday at the Edgmont JPK Centre in Old Town by Alan Hodges. Admission is £3 to include tea and biscuits in the interval. All proceeds will be going to the JPK Sussex Project.

SUMMER FAYRE: Margaret and Mavis are organising a Summer Fayre at Edgmont JPK Centre in Old Town from 10am to 3pm on Saturday July 26. Stalls include cakes, handcrafted cards, DVD’s, books, toiletries, home-made preserves, handbags, crafts, jewellery, name the doll, raffle, tombola, soft toys, and teas, coffees and biscuits. If you would like to book a table for your own sales at just £6 please ring Margaret or Mavis on 01323 485617.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting at 7pm on Friday July 25 at Wannock Village Hall when Norman Rossiter will be demonstrating an animal portrait in pastel. Visitors are always welcome. The fee is £3.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive Willingdon will be having a Wild West Family Day from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday July 26. Ride the Bucking Bronco if you dare or something a little tamer. Take a shot at the tin cans. Other games are available. There is something for everyone. Refreshments are served in the garden.

PRAYER WALK: Fr Clive will be leading the third of this year’s prayer walks with the idea of introducing New Companions to consider on each journey. This month’s companions are the Celtic Saints. Meet at St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 9.30am on Saturday July 26, when the group will be able to share cars to the start of the three mile walk to Lullington Heath. All are welcome.

VOLUNTEER PAINTERS are required at Polegate Windmill on Wednesday August 6 and Sunday August 10 to paint the vertical posts of the mill gallery. There will be two sessions on both days from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm. Adults over the age of 16 years with good painting experience would be welcome to cover either a morning session or afternoon or both with an hour’s break in between.

If you would like to help maintain this ancient mill, please contact the clerk of works Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496. Alternatively pop along to the mill on a Sunday afternoon between 2pm and 5pm to see what is involved. Offers of help should be made before the work day. Please do not turn up without a prior commitment.

VOLUNTEER GUIDES and cashiers are still needed at Polegate Windmill for Sunday afternoons, bank holiday Mondays and for special events when the mill is open for additional hours. The mill is also open on the Wednesdays throughout August for special educational events.