Parish pump Newhaven - July 4, 2014


A VERY BUSY SUMMER: There has been a lot happening in the village this summer with activities and some changes in the shops. We said farewell to Diane, of Pearls, last week. Diane is relocating to concentrate on her shop, Jocalia, in Heathfield. Munchilicious has moved to The Old Bank building next door which is a more compact outlet. The Apiary has settled into its new home and has become a popular stop for coffee drinkers and clothes shoppers alike. The Alfriston Emporium is stocking all things local which shows a surprising number of small businesses the Cuckmere Valley can boast. Moonrakers is now open as a tea shop. There seems to be a different art exhibition each week and there have been regular music performances throughout the summer with the five day annual Alfriston Music Festival starting on July 22 to 27, for details visit www.alfriston.musicfestival.

A FESTIVAL OF BELLS will ring out on July 12 from 11am to 4pm. Run by the Sussex County Association of Change Ringers in aid of St Andrew’s Church, the programme will include Bell Meadow Mini Ring, a Bells and Bell Ringing exhibition, Hand Bell Ringing, Church Bell ringing, a Treasure Hunt and refreshments.

TWINNING VISITS: Alfriston residents have spent two weekends recently in the picturesque Normandy village of Veules les Rose. On the weekend of June 14 several people went over for the Fete des Roses, a splendid flower festival at which there were many colourful flower stalls, a Mayor’s reception and a huge meal in a local restaurant overlooking the sea. Mark Hurst played the banjo with the local French trad jazz band, Le Crustaces, to which everyone danced hard and long into the night. Mark also exhibited some paintings in a local exhibition in the town. The following weekend some students from Babette Kundrat’s French Class visited the town for their Fête de la Musique, with Mark once again playing with Les Crustaces. The hospitality shown by the French hosts was, once again, warm, generous and most welcoming.

A FRENCH CELEBRATION will be held in the village on July 13 from 11am. Visitors from Veules les Roses, will be in Alfriston to share in marking la Fête de la Bastille with a Marché Français, a Fête de la Musique and a Bal Musette.

HEARTSTART QUIZ: The Smugglers hosted a quiz run by Gerry Garnet with all proceeds going to the local first responders charity, Heartstart. The winning team was Chestnuts which comprised Bridget Odell, David Withers, Veronica Cowin, Malcolm and Mary from the Chestnuts tea room and the busy Mark Hurst. The event raised over £300. Included in the entry fee was a superb bangers and mash supper.


DRIFTWOOD OPEN GARDEN, 4 Marine Drive, is on Tuesday, 11 am to 5pm. Tea and refreshments will be available. This event is in aid of St Wilfred’s Hospice.

SEA SUNDAY’s special service is at 10.15am on Sunday, July 13, at St Andrew’s Church. After the service there will be drinks in the tower. Tickets, costing £7.60, are available from the churchwardens for lunch in the village hall afterwards.

CONGRATULATIONS to Wendy Simpson for raising a magnificent £447 for Christian Aid with her Cream Teas.

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.

ANNIVERSARY: The 150th anniversary of the local railway was successfully celebrated last month. The 17.37 to Lewes was late this week 74 years ago for an unusual reason, it was machine-gunned by the Luftwaffe at Bishopstone and left driverless as a warm up for the Battle of Britain.


MANY APOLOGIES for the lack of Falmer’s Parish Pump last week, I am afraid I missed the deadline.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: The annual Flower Festival last weekend was blessed with lovely weather in spite of depressing forecasts. We had a very busy two days and people really enjoyed all the different stalls we had. The competition flower arrangements in the church looked lovely and the supporting arrangements by Angela Stannard really made the church look beautiful. The results of the competition were: 1, place with 270 points (The Wheel) Angela Stannard; 2, with 204 points (Space Travel) Sue Barnes; 3, with 203 points (Hot Air Balloon) Rosemarie Warton. It looks as though the weekend raised a considerable amount of money, although the total is not known yet. A huge vote of thanks must go to Jill Burt who organised everything and slaved away tirelessly in the kitchen all weekend.

MYSTERY FILMING: Visitors to the flower festival on Saturday noticed a film crew with two police officers in Mill Street. Were they filming for a TV series or were we on the news?

POWER: Falmer endured yet another power cut recently. This time it affected the whole village and not just the seven houses that usually get cut off. Teas in the village hall should have been in full swing but customers had to wait patiently for the water to be boiled on a camping stove. It may have added to their enjoyment as the teas did very well that day. This cut was caused by a problem with the substation at Ashcombe. Thankfully it came back on soon.

HERITAGE: In our last column Rosemarie mentioned the Ladies’ Group’s talk about Newmarket Farm from David Cuthbertson. When we were researching for our last Heritage open days event I was privileged to talk to a lady who had lived at the farm before the war. She recalled walking to school (a good couple of miles or more) in all weathers and it was fascinating to hear how different things were then, especially in small rural communities. We are now researching for our next exhibition and we are looking into the backgrounds of some of the men commemorated on the plaque in St Laurence who fought in World War One. We would be very interested to hear from anyone who had a grandfather, great uncle or just a friend of the family who might be mentioned on the plaque. Please call 07767293906 if you can help.

RAVE: Rosemarie has sent me this report: Thanks to the Police’s quick action they thwarted a rave planned to take place north of Falmer and Mary Farm. It was to all happen on Saturday night but the police took over, we heard the helicopter flying over the area at about 10pm, apparently they were seen by some villagers scanning with searchlights. We were lucky and are very grateful, we have had raves close by before and the music thumps away through the whole night.

SUMMER SPORTS: The University of Sussex will be running Summer sports sessions for children aged five to 16 years, look at the university website for more details.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Nine of us took part in last Tuesday’s walk as many of the group were away on the Lancaster holiday. The weather was warm and sunny and we took two buses to East Brighton where we began our walk up a gentle hill beside the golf course with lovely views across East Brighton Park to the racecourse. We crossed the golf course and descended into Ovingdean. Walking through the back of the village and past St Dunstans (which has a different name now) we crossed the busy coast by the underpass, then went down lots of steps to reach a welcoming café where we stopped for coffee and homemade cake, all with a delightful sea view. Suitably refreshed we proceeded along the undercliff to Brighton Marina. Here we had a choice, some catching the bus back and others continuing the walk along to Brighton. The walk, led by Janet, was a rather different one which I think we all thoroughly enjoyed. The next walk is an evening walk on Wednesday. Meet at 5pm at top North Street car park for a walk at Rodmell. This walk will finish with an optional supper. Our programmes are always available at the Tourist Office or the Outdoor Shop in the Cliffe.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

SUMMER FETE: Tomorrow (Saturday) South Heighton Village Hall Committee are holding their annual summer fete on South Heighton recreation ground at The Hollow from 2pm to 5pm. Featuring BlackPowder Morris Men, Earthquake, Norcross dancers, Dodgy Dogs display, Titan Kickboxing, Scriven Family Martial Arts, free micro chipping from the Dogs Trust, traditional children’s games, raffle, tombola and many other stalls and attractions. Music provided by Crooked Rooks. Beer and Pimms tent.

RNLI: The annual Lifeboat Fete takes place tomorrow (Saturday) on Huggetts Green, West Quay from noon to 4pm.Fun for all the family plus you can visit the lifeboat and the boathouse. Lots of different stalls.

LIFEBOAT DISPLAY: See Newhaven Lifeboat in action off Seaford beach on Sunday morning at 10.30am (call-outs permitting). This is always a good display and well worth going over to see. The Coastguard helicopter will be taking part (subject to operational requirements).

STORYTELLING: Guest House Storytellers are hosting a Tales from Sussex evening in the Lifeboat House, West Quay on Tuesday. During the first half members of the lifeboat crew will share their stories before Michael O’Leary tells tales of Spooky Sussex. As night falls stand beside a woodland tumulus in the screaming wind, or in the dark recesses of a Wealden copse to feel the presence of barrow weights, witch hounds and wood demons. Up on the downs it can be wild. Sussex has an abundance of other tales about saints, smugglers, warriors, Pharisees and goblins, even the devil himself. Tickets for the stories are £5 and there is an optional fish and chip supper which must be booked in advance for an additional £4. All proceeds to Newhaven Lifeboat. Tickets are available from Hillcrest Centre reception or send a cheque to Ronda Armitage, Long Cottage, East Hoathly BN8 6QP. Say how many fish and chips you want, how many tickets and your email address and your ticket will be on the door to collect. Please turn up promptly at 7pm for your fish and chips. Stories at 5.30pm.

HAVE YOUR SAY: The Meridian Forum July meeting will be held at the Hillcrest Centre on Wednesday at 10am. The subject this month is Active Lifestyles for the Over 50s. There is free coffee/tea from 9.45am. You are invited to come along and have some fun at this free taster session. There is no meeting in August.


QUIZ NIGHT: Remember tonight, Friday, is Quiz Night in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre starting at 7.30pm. It costs £2 per head. Teams are limited to eight per table which must be booked ahead in the information office. To mark the date (American Independence Day) you can expect a few questions about America. Don’t forget to bring your own food and drink.

SUMMER FETE: Downlands Court, Roundhay Avenue are holding their annual fete on Saturday July 12 from 1.30pm to 4pm. There will be plenty to do and see plus books, bric-a-brac, tombola, and fun and games. All are welcome so if you have wondered what it is like inside here is an opportunity to see for yourself. There is an excellent restaurant here too that is open to the public. It seems to be a well-guarded secret.

HAVE YOUR SAY: There is the monthly meeting of the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven on Wednesday starting at 10am. There is free tea/coffee from 9.45am. The topic this month is Active Lifestyles. Have some fun at this free taster session. The MMCF is open to all the residents of 50 years and over from East Saltdean to Newhaven. It is free to join so why not come along.

NAME THAT PARK: The Big Park project is now well under way with the construction of the skate park and work beginning on the Gateway Café. There is currently a competition to name the park and the deadline to enter has been extended to Friday July 11. Get an easy to complete form from the information office. Yours could be the inspirationally suggested name that could be chosen.

WRESTLING SPECTACULAR: This has proved very popular with each event being a sell-out. There will be another wrestling programme coming to Peacehaven on Saturday October 11. Fuller details will be available a little closer to the event.

SUMMER FAYRE: Due to work on the Gateway Café this annual joint event will take place this summer on The Joff field on Saturday July 26 from 1pm to 4pm. There is a Disney Fancy Dress competition this year. It is open to all children to come dressed up as their favourite Disney character. Around 3.30pm the Mayors of Peacehaven and Telscombe will judge the event. Sorry grownups the dressing up is for children only.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, is in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre and has been arranged by the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) from 8.30am to noon. The next Saturday market is on July 12 and will be organised by the Dragoon Scouts. To book a table contact them on 01323 891320.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the NSPCC will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Tuesday the allocated organisation has pulled out so if anybody would like to take this vacancy over please contact the information office immediately. For the rest of next week the Peacehaven Players will be serving the refreshments on Thursday followed on Friday July 11 when Mencap will be behind the counter.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: There will be a meeting of the policy and finance committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents may ask questions during the first 15 minutes of the meeting.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There is a councillors’ surgery in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre from 10am to 11am on Saturday July 12. This drop in surgery is a confidential opportunity to talk with councillors about subjects local to you and the town. No appointment is required, just turn up to get the help and advice you need.

BOOK SALE: This very successful book sale continues in aid of the Mayor’s charity. If you have a book you would like to pass on please take it to the information office. All books are then sold for just 50p in The Co-op. It is surely one of the better ways to recycle.


BARGAINS GALORE: There will be another jumble sale in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) with scrum down at 2pm. This time it is organised by the Village Action Plan in aid of the Monday Group, the nice people who build and repair styles and carry out repairs on our footpaths. Naturally there will be cakes, tombola and those vital refreshments to help calm you down after the thrill of the chase. If you have jumble to donate, please take it to the hall by 11am on Saturday.

TIME FOR WALKIES: If you re craving some exercise then join the Footpath Society tomorrow (Saturday) at Chiddingly car park, near the church (TQ545 143) at 10.30am. Then it will be off on an easy five mile walk along part of the Vanguard Way, Kiln Wood, Livekiln Farm, Nash Street, Muddles Green, Chiddingly and then lunch at the Six Bells (optional). More details on 01825 722649. On Wednesday there will be a walk in London. Meet at Plumpton railway station in time to catch the 9.27am train. Further details on 01273 890302.

GARDENS TO VIEW: On Sunday there will be a number of private gardens open to the public to enjoy and at the same time raise funds for St Peter and St James Hospice. They are all at the southern end of Plumpton Lane and are The Eugh, Ashcombe, Dragons Green, Hackmans, Townsend Cottage, Bates Hill, 1 Cedar Cottages, Little Hackmans and Downsview. Off road parking will be available adjacent to Townsend Cottage where programmes will be available. They will also be available at all the other gardens. The charge will be £1 for an individual garden or £5 to get into them all. Children under 14 get free admission. At Townsend Cottage there will also be cream teas and live music provided by the Jazz Dukes. So go on down, give your noses a treat, maybe get some inspiration for your own garden, socialise and help our local hospice while enjoying yourself. The gardens will be open between 2pm and 5.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council meets on Wednesday (yes, Wednesday) in the village hall at 7.45pm. The meeting will be open to the public. The new parish clerk is now in post and her name is Sarah Jeffers. Her email address is and her telephone number is 01444 441302.

BUSES UNDER THREAT: ESCC is currently reviewing the subsidies it provides to enable bus services to operate and preliminary indications are they are considering some pretty drastic cuts that will penalise people in rural areas in particular. The 166 route that serves Plumpton with services to Haywards Heath and Lewes currently operates during daytimes roughly every two hours from Monday to Friday with a reduced service on Saturday. The proposal is to operate Mondays to Fridays only on peak (school) days and during off peak periods on Mondays and Thursdays only. The constant call is to use public transport rather than cars. Such reductions will force a lot more cars on to the roads increasing congestion and pollution, but what happens to those people who do not own one? So far as ESCC is concerned it would appear they will not be allowed out of Plumpton other than on two days a week during school holiday times. We have a railway station but that is not accessible to all, rail fares are high and the stations at Lewes and Haywards Heath are not very close to the town centres for those who cannot walk long distances. But that is not all, ESCC is proposing some hefty fare increases that may put bus travel on a par with rail. The County Council is about to start a consultation process and details are available by ringing its offices or visiting its website. Plumpton Parish Council will of course be investigating the scenario and making representations, but individuals can also make their own and the more the better. Other routes face some horrendous cuts which will cause terrible inconvenience and restrict movement. The combined result will be increased traffic congestion, a big rise in pollution and higher fares, restricted movement for many and it is the poor, the disabled and the elderly who will, once again, be hit the hardest. If local and central government concentrated their efforts on improving efficiency and cutting needless red tape that seemingly grows by the day, then great savings could be made that would make these other drastic cuts unnecessary and we would benefit from better service.

BATTLE OF LEWES WALK: Close on 50 people turned out for the commemorative walk on Sunday that took walkers along what is believed to be part of the route taken by Simon de Montfort’s troops when they left Warningore Wood to do battle in Lewes in 1264. During the walk an interpretation board was unveiled on The Ridge. It illustrates how Plumpton fits into the downland setting and provides a lasting memorial to the events of 1264. It is within sight of Plumpton Cross which was again marked out for the day. The walk took in the cross and ended with a cream tea kindly provided by Richard at the Half Moon. An illustrated leaflet detailing the walk is available at the village store free of charge. The interpretation board was largely designed by Richard Wells working with the Village Action Plan and was made possible by a grant from the South Downs National Park Authority. The walk was planned by John Moore and led by the Footpath Society.


SUMMER FAIR: Ringmer Primary Home School Association hold their annual Summer Fair this evening (Friday) 6pm to 8pm. This event is open to the whole community. We have a barbecue and licensed bar, bouncy castle, army lorry rides, a grand raffle with a first prize of £100 and second and third prizes of £50 each and much more.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The meeting tonight (Friday) at 7.45pm will be An Evening With the RHSG Scrapbooks. About 30 years ago Ringmer WI decided to create and maintain a scrapbook about events in Ringmer, and ever since this project has been continued by Study Group volunteers (currently Sue and Alan Tompsett). The scrapbooks record items published about the parish, mainly in local newspapers. Occasionally they note quite dramatic events, but in the main they record the ordinary details of village life and the activities and achievements of local residents. These scrapbooks have now accumulated to become a substantial archive in their own right.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a Jumble Sale in Ringmer village hall tomorrow (Saturday). Doors open at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Service, 4pm Praise Picnic with the Baptists on the Green, 6.30pm no service as we are invited to the Praise Picnic.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday June 25, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Hazel North and Alan Hardy; 2, Lesley Durrant and David Warner; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

Rodmell & Southease

I CANNOT BELIEVE we are beyond the longest day and halfway through 2014. Christmas gifts will probably be arriving in the shops soon and Christmas adverts will appear on TV. Give us a break folks and let’s enjoy the holiday season first. The thought of dark mornings and evenings does not inspire me. However, at present we are having lovely weather and I’m gardening like mad and trying to make the most of the hours I can get outside.

EGRETS WAY: I keep trying to find the time to walk the new Egrets Way since it was opened at Southease on June 7. This path is the second section of a planned network of multi-user routes which will eventually run from Lewes to Newhaven with connections for the villages inbetween.


FOOD SWAP: The next food swap will be held on Saturday July 26 in the grounds of Seaford Community Garden from 10am to noon. Home produced items are viewed, sometimes sampled and then bids made to swap goods. No money changes hands, produce is the only currency. This is a social event and attracts a mix of people of all ages, genders and occupations. The event lasts for about two hours. If you would like to be part of our next event book your place on There is no entry fee. See our webpage or join our Facebook page for the latest updates at Organisers Adele on 01323 492995 or Di on 01323 897897.

STAMP CLUB: Seaford District Stamp Club will be meeting on Wednesday, 7.15pm for 7.30pm at Cross Way Church Hall, Steyne Road. This will be a Members’ Night showing art depicted in stamps. All stamp collectors welcome. Tel: 01323 890699 or visit


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

FILM AND GAMES: Young People’s Film Show and Games Morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. Telscombe Town Council will be hosting a free film show and games morning for young people at the Civic Centre. There will be a film showing table tennis, pool, air hockey table and table football. Children under eight years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Over eights must be collected promptly at midday. Refreshments are available to purchase but entry is free. This is held on the first Saturday of each month.

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.

PAMPER AFTERNOON at Telscombe Civic Centre on Sunday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm to raise funds for Serbian Flood Relief. Treatments include back massage, aromatherapy massage, Indian head massage, nail extensions, manicure, pedicure, bio-energy healing, cosmetic tattooing, facial waxing, tarot reading, health and vitality food products and supplements plus a raffle with great prizes. This should be a really relaxing afternoon, so make sure you put it in your diaries now.

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the Civic Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday. New members are always welcome. For any queries or more details please telephone Pat Grey on 01273 583778.

QUIZ NIGHT at Telscombe Civic Centre Friday July 11 at 7pm. Cash prizes to be won. £2 per entrant with a maximum of six to a team. Drinks available to purchase. Ring 01273 589777 to book in or go to the Civic Centre reception.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

PRESENTATION CEREMONY: Willingdon Church Players is a non-profit making organisation and the success of their last pantomime Dick Whittington meant that the pantomime committee were able to choose which charities they wished to support from the money raised. On June 13 there was a presentation ceremony in the Memorial Hall when Fr Kevin Askew presented cheques of £250 to each of the four local scout and guide companies as well as a cheque for £500 to Jill Parker, project co-ordinator of the JPK Sussex Project, which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability, once sufficient funds have been raised to commence the building work at Edgmont in Old Town.

FLOWER COMPETITION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Members will be competing for the Edith Pierce trophy. The theme for the arrangements will be The Fourth of July. The competition will be judged by Ann Brooks. This will be followed by a summer tea party.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: Do visit this historic ancient church on the South Downs Way. Tea and homemade cake will be offered between 11am and 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, to walkers and other visitors. There is no charge for refreshments but any donations would go towards the cost of installing a toilet and other renovation work to help preserve this Grade 1 listed building.

OPEN GARDEN: There will be an open garden at Flint House, 14 Church Street, Willingdon, from 11am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. The lavender flower beds from the original design of this garden in 1975 have been beautifully complemented with a railway theme. Among the other attractions are plants and greetings cards for sale, and refreshments are also available. The event is in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

EASTBOURNE Astronomical Society will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Prof Roger L Davies will be giving a talk entitled Our Universe of Galaxies.

PENNY PAYNE, jazz and blues singer, will be accompanied by Andy Millen to entertain customers at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

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

MUSIC: Fr Michael Maine, curate at St Mary’s Church will be playing a mix of music on the piano at St Wilfrid’s Hospice for about an hour from noon on Tuesday and again on Wednesday July 23. All are welcome. Refreshments from the food bar make this an ideal lunch venue.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Barbara Stevens will be giving a talk entitled My Year as a Journalist.

THE GROWERS GROUP will be meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday at the Red Lion. The guest speaker is Brian Dale, chairman of Eastbourne Pond and Aquarium Society.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS took place in St Mary’s Church Hall on June 29 to highlight the talent in the local community. Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett compered the show and introduced the various acts. There were ten in all, mainly singers and guitarists, all very talented who were encouraged by Steve to ‘follow their dream’. Willingdon River Dance Troup was hilarious, and the youth club Ablaze with their performance from Sister Act, boys and girls and leaders dressed as nuns before making a quick change into something glamorous was also very amusing. The four judges made their comments after each act and awarded points. In first place was the Court Brothers (Harry and James) with their base and acoustic guitars. Second was Willingdon River Dance and in joint third place was singer and guitarist Wanda Kent and singer and guitarist Luke Howard.

SUMMER FAIR: The theme of St Mary’s Church Summer Fair on Saturday July 12 is The Swinging Sixties. The fair will be opened in the church grounds by sixties legend Dec Cluskey of the Bachelors. The rest of the programme will then be hosted by Fr Kevin Agnew assisted by Fr Michael Maine who will be joined by talent from Willingdon School, Robinsons Drama Academy, Willingdon’s own Strictly Come Dancing and SAMA Martial Arts. Performers selected from the recently held Willingdon’s Opportunity Knocks will also be performing. There will be a fancy dress competition, children’s sideshows, barbecue and bouncy castle. In addition to all this, there will be a large variety of stalls with such items as plants, jewellery, bric-a-brac, bathroom items, books, bottle tombola, tombola, sweets and toys, village store, cakes and patisseries and raffles. Refreshments will also be available. The main road end of Church Street will be closed to traffic for the duration of the fair which normally winds down in the early afternoon. Most of the activities will take place in the church grounds, whilst many of the stalls will be in the church hall. The archives are also well worth a visit and will be displayed along the pews in the church.

ST WILFRID’S CHURCH is also having a Summer Fair on the same day, Saturday July 12, but as it doesn’t start until 2pm there is time to visit both events. There will be a large variety of stalls and activities.

EATING ALFRESCO: John and Maureen Males are organising a fund raising event in aid of the JPK Sussex Project. It will be held in their lovely garden at the Cottage in Dittons Road, Polegate, from 6.30pm on Saturday July 12. There will be a disco, sponsored raffle, barbecue and other delicious food prepared by Maureen. And don’t worry if it’s a chilly evening or even raining, as two large marquees will be set up in the garden. The numbers will be restricted to 70 this year so please ring John or Maureen on 01323 482011 if you would like to go. It is always a great evening. Tickets are £10 each.