Parish pump Newhaven - May 1, 2015

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Alfriston

THE WI BAZAAR will be held at the War Memorial Hall tomorrow, May 3, from 2pm to 4.30pm. This is the annual fund raising event by the Alfriston Women’s Institute and will include cake, plant, book and bric-a-brac stalls. There will also be a raffle and Chocolate Tombola. Entry £1 includes tea and biscuit.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK starts on May 10 to 16. Envelopes will be delivered to each household and collected a day or so later. Supporting Christian Aid makes a real difference to the lives of poor communities in the third world.

BEATING THE BOUNDS, the annual sponsored walk on May 9 is part of Christian Aid week. The walk is split into three sections so that it can be joined along the route. Section 1 (4.75 miles) starts at 8.45am on the South Downs Way at the top of Kings Ride junction with The Broadway ending at the Alfriston-Seaford road by the Welcome to Seaford sign. Section 2 (3.25 miles) starts at approximately 11.40am continues along the bank of the Cuckmere River to White Bridge. A National Trust warden plans to join the walk on this section. Section 3 (4 miles) begins at 2.15pm from White Bridge to Long Bridge, via Winton Street, Comp Barn and New Barn up the South Downs to complete the circuit returning to Kings Ride about 4.25 pm. For further information or a sponsorship form please contact Lawrie Walker 01323 870833.

A FARMERS’ MARKET will be held in the Square on May 17 from 10am to 2pm. The through road will be kept open but half the Square and West Street will be closed to traffic. More details will be in next week’s column.

Bishopstone

BISHOPSTONE MAY FAIR is tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 4pm. Please can you help? Bric-a-brac, toys, DVDs, CDs, bottles, books and plants are needed for stalls, as well as homemade cakes and any unwanted gifts for the tombola. Items can be dropped off at Linda’s Stores, Bishopstone Station, or ring 01323 492246 to arrange collection.

FREE HORSE MANURE available on west (Newhaven) side of Bishopstone Road between Bishopstone Estate and Bishopstone Pond: help yourself, but please return or replace the bags.

THE MERRY MONTH of May is upon us with its traditional poles, flowers and holidays including celebration of labour. The orange tip butterflies have, nevertheless been flying already during the past week as males do in April. The recent cold snap should, however, warn us: Change not a clout, Till May be out.

Falmer

LADIES GROUP: At the April meeting John Glover, a D Day veteran, came and gave the most moving account of his experiences on that day 6 June 1944. John was only 18 when he was told in the middle of May that he would be flown to France by glider as part of the 9th battalion and land by parachute. There were three gliders each with 28 soldiers on board that took off in the early hours of June 6, their aim was to land in the vicinity of Merville and take out the gun battery to enable the landing of troupes on the eastern beach. As John said, things didn’t actually go to plan. One glider came down never leaving these shores, the second landed two miles away from their destination, with the Germans shooting at them, John was injured in the legs, and struggled on. Instead of 650 men only 150 were there to try and take out the battery, and only 60 men were left on their feet at the end. The men were moving forward, but with wounded legs John could not keep up with them and they left him behind with two German prisoners. One of these prisoners was badly injured in the stomach and John could only try to help by giving him his own morphine and moistening his lips with water, the other prisoner was injured in the legs like John. Instead of being picked up by the allies, John could see the Germans crossing the field coming towards him, the Germans had received a directive from Hitler not to take prisoners and John thought that was it, but his former prisoners spoke to the officer and, although John could not understand, he assumed that the story was told how he had tried to help them and John was allowed to live. He eventually was taken to a German hospital in Paris and by cunning, eventually escaped, and helped by the French resistance was put him in touch with the US troops who were entering Paris, and eventually returned to England with the Americans and for a short while was treated by them in their US hospital. We were honoured to have John come and thank him for sharing his memories with us.

EXHIBITION: Last chance to see the Easter Art Exhibition this coming weekend, there have been many visitors coming through the doors of St Laurence to see these lovely art works and poems. You cannot help but be moved by them.

CONCERT: Come too to the concert tomorrow, Saturday, at St Laurence Church, 5.30pm to 6.15pm. An evening with Joyce Grenfell, Jacquie Currie presents the words and music of the great entertainer Joyce Grenfell. An evening of gentle humour based on Grenfell’s astute observation of human nature. Accompanied on the piano by Jonathan Steele. Admission is free, with a retiring collection.

Firle

CRICKET: Pre-season nets currently taking place at Plumpton College, Tuesdays 8pm to 9pm. New players welcome. Outdoor nets start first week of May.

FIRLE FALCONS relaunch on May 7, 5pm to 7pm; ages five to 11 years free barbecue for kids; Sid the Shark will be making guest appearance.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BREAKFAST CLUB: Go along to the village hall on Sunday between 10am and noon. Breakfast is provided, along with newspapers and discussions. There is a craft workshop, tea, coffee and juices. Meet friends and make new ones. The atmosphere is friendly and information. This is on the first Sunday of every month.

WALKING GROUP: This Sunday there is a change to the schedule as the group would like to support the Cowbeech Bonfire Society sponsored bluebell walk (see below). This means the group will meet at The Merrie Harriers at 10am instead of in Herstmonceux. You will be asked to register for the walk between 9am and 9.45am and give a small donation to the bonfire society or you can collect sponsorship if you want to. In the past the walk has been about six miles through very pretty countryside with lots of bluebells and the orchards which should be fully in blossom by then.

DEMENTIA AWARENESS: At Herstmonceux Health Centre as Part of Dementia Awareness week, on Tuesday May 19 from 6.30pm to 8pm the NHS Eastbourne, Seaford and Hailsham CCG will be showing the film Forget Me Not, a poignant film telling the story of Jamie Graham who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 59 years and his quest to fulfil his lifelong ambition to row down the Thames. The director of the film will be at the showing and will give a brief talk about the film and take any questions. Dr Katy Dodge will also be on hand to discuss dementia. There will be refreshments available and the £1 entrance fee will go to the Dementia Friends charity. For further information please contact Bea Simmons at the Health Centre on 01323 833535.

BONFIRE WALK: The first event to raise funds for local good causes is on Sunday and is a six mile walk. Anyone can join in (even well behaved dogs) the first event of the year organised by Cowbeech Bonfire Society. The course is marked and marshalled, starting and ending at the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech. There is a small entry fee and you are encouraged if you like to raise sponsorship for your own supported good cause. Register between 9am and 9.45am. Get your sponsorship forms on 01323 833108. Last year a total of just over £8,000 was given out at the presentation evening. Thank you to everyone who attended events and to all that donated time and or money.

BUBBLETASTIC WEEKEND: There is a special event at the observatory science centre from May 2 to 4. Experience standing in a bubble, make your own giant bubbles and join a game of bubble tennis! These activities are offered at no extra cost to normal admission. Visit http://www.the-observatory.org/events.

PLANT SALE: All Saints Church annual Plant Sale is on Saturday May 9 at the village hall starting 10am. The success of the event is reliant on donations of any plants, seedlings, small garden sundries and gardening books to sell in aid of church funds. Time to get sowing, dividing herbaceous plants and sorting out bookshelves. There will be a raffle and children’s activities. Pick up a bargain and enjoy a cup of coffee included in the entrance fee of £1.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Thursday there is a visit for anyone who would like to come along, to Ashburnham Place in the evening. Both members (£2.50) and non members (£4.50) are invited to go along. For more information contact Alan on (01323) 833626. The schedule for the 138th Summer Flower Show on August 1 is now available from the following locations: Herstmonceux Health Centre, Herstmonceux Information Centre, Herstmonceux PO Stores, Lime Cross Nurseries, The Horseshoe Inn, Windmill Hill Stores, Boreham Mill Nurseries. A copy of the schedule can be obtained by email from Alan Sephton (alan.benrica@phonecoop.coop).

Lewes

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: After last Sunday’s 10am service, Marcus Taylor sold out of his delicious jams and chutneys and raised £150, which will assist two of our church members in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, in their work with orphans over the age of 16 who don’t receive any help from the state. On Saturday May 9 our Rwanda Youth Team (who will be travelling there in the summer to help with local projects) invite you to their board games barbecue, from 2pm to 6pm. Games will be provided but do please bring your own favourite game to play. £5 per adult and £3 for under 18s, food included (under 13s have to be accompanied by an adult please). Tea, coffee and cakes will be available all afternoon and the barbecue from 4.30pm. Very many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the winter clothing collection for homeless people. We are continuing to collect: clothing and bedding will be given either to homeless people as before or to asylum seekers arriving at Gatwick, who often own only the clothes they stand up in. A collection box is in the porch. The church is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, as well as on Sunday for services (and for our many other activities throughout the week). Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal family service (church hall); 3.30pm Songs of Praise featuring favourite hymns chosen by individuals, with organ and choir; 6.30pm informal evening service with communion, accompanied by singers and band. Please do come and join us.

NOTABLY COURTEOUS HUSTINGS in Lewes last week. The five Lewes Parliamentary Candidates came together in Kings Church, to answer questions from a full house (standing room only) in Hustings arranged by Churches Together in the Lewes Area (CTLA). The panel was ably chaired with firmness and humour by His Honour Judge Michael Kennedy. The five candidates had about five minutes each to answer questions which they had seen in advance: there were 12 questions covering the living wage, assisted suicide, NHS funding and competition, tuition fees, the carbon footprint, Israel, the Independent Living Allowance, detention of asylum seekers, electoral reform, educational priorities and even whether candidates were Christians or not. Questions were often asked by local organisations with a specific issue as well as by individuals. They were answered briefly, intelligently and courteously and often candidates referred favourably to what other members of the panel had said at previous hustings. It was a very informative evening, finishing almost dead on the advertised end time and the organising committee has received many favourable comments. One compliment said, ‘Hustings are usually heated arguments. It was a change to attend one where candidates had thought through what they wanted to express, a useful way of giving voters a chance to see how candidates think and respond.’ Another said, ‘The questions were fair but probing; I certainly learned a lot.’ The large open space and excellent technology at Kings Church also helped. CTLA, the chair, questioners and all the candidates are to be thanked for a very civilised and useful evening.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Deans Road, Alfriston, 11.15am-11.55am; East Dean Village Hall 12.20pm-1.20pm.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

RNLI FUNDRAISING: Mayday Music Night with fish and chips is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, from 7pm at Newhaven Lifeboat House. Local bands The Mulekickers, Crooked Rooks and other invited guests converge for a musical entertainment evening and to enjoy a delicious fish and chips supper. Tickets are only £10 each. You are invited to bring your own bottle, although refreshments will be available for a donation. Ticket enquiries: 01273 515964 or rnlinewhaven.society@hotmail.co.uk

PIN BADGE COLLECTION: From Monday May 4 to Sunday May 10 there will be Mayday Pin Badge Collection week. Bucket collections are taking place during the week at Sainsbury’s Supermarket, Newhaven. Be sure to buy your Yellow Welly pin badge and wear it with pride.

CONCERT: St Michael’s Church, Newhaven, are holding a concert given by the Sussex Police Choir at 7.30pm on Saturday May 16. It promises to be a delightful programme of songs on an early Summer’s evening. The tickets are £5 each and include interval refreshments. The tickets are available from 01273 515251, or 01273 514892. The concert will be held in the 12th century church and proceeds will go towards the work of the church.

Peacehaven

THE MURDER MYSTERY event was a complete success and the winning who dun its were the Playrights. £193.10 was raised to support the Mayor of Peacehaven’s local project fund.

MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday’s, market at Community House will be run by the local Guide Dogs group.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Tuesday’s coffee morning at Community House will be run by Meridian Surgery and on Friday May 8 Woodingdean Methodist Church will be serving tea and cakes. There will also be a coffee morning on Thursday.

THE CIRCUS will be coming to town on Friday to Sunday, May 8 to 10, at the Dell. Special offer, all seats for £7, can be collected from the Information Office.

REMINDER: A gentle reminder that the Town Council and Information Office will be closed on Monday.

WEBSITE: Peacehaven Town Council have refurbished their website, thanks to Madison Solutions. If you are a Twitter user please use #peacehavenNow to get involved in local up to date news.

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting the Meridian Centre Service Yard, Peacehaven, from 10.30am to 12.30pm and the Saldean Tavern car park, Saltdean Park Road, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Thursday. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail: info@eshrc.org.uk

Ringmer

WI: Thank you to all who supported the WI’s Spring Fair, it was a very successful event and as usual the cake stall sold out. Ringmer members have recently attended the Federation’s Annual Meeting in Eastbourne and a special WI Archive Day at The Keep, both marking the WI’s centenary. Ringmer Evening WI was host to the Castle Group Meeting when members from the four WIs were addressed by Lady Crabtree and given some hilarious advice on growing old gracefully. This was followed by a delicious buffet supper provided by Ringmer. The next meeting will be on May 5 at 7.30pm in the village hall when members will be instructing the delegate who will represent us at the centenary AGM in the Albert Hall, which the Queen and Princess Anne are also attending. This will be followed by a talk from Barbara Marsden about the Charity Send a Cow. Visitors and new members welcome. For more details contact Norma Phillips (813897).

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 22, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley; joint 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams, Dianne and Mike Preece. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Frant v Ringmer 66-58, Ringmer v West Hoathly 49-94, Mayfield v Ringmer 57-106. The bowls club are having an Open Morning on Saturday May 9, 10am to noon. We are looking for new members to come along and join us. Bowls is a sport for all the family. We have the bowls, just wear flat soled footwear to protect the green. Improve your health, meet new people and socialise. We look forward to meeting you. Tel 01273 812470 for more information.

CHARITY RACE NIGHT: Ringmer Primary School PTA are holding their ever popular Charity Race Night on Friday May 8 at the Primary School. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Entrance tickets (which includes a free drink) are just £3 in advance or £4 on the door. Please come and support your local school and raise much needed funds for redeveloping our outside area after all the building work has been completed. For further details please phone 01273 813860/812463.

VE DAY: The Royal British Legion, Ringmer Branch plan to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day by laying a wreath at the War Memorial at 11am on Friday May 8 and they invite everyone who can to join them. They will do the same on VJ Day, August 15. Please put this date in your diaries so you can also join them then.

PARISH COUNCIL: The number of people nominated to stand for Ringmer Parish Council was lower than the number of places. There will thus not be a parish council election this year on May 7, but the parish council will be seeking to co-opt additional members at its May meeting. Anyone interested in joining the council should, in the first instance, contact Karen Crowhurst, the parish clerk, 01273 813242.

Rodmell & Southease

PLANT FAIR: Southease Spring Plant Fair takes place on the green at Southease on Monday. You can buy some lovely, healthy plants there and it is a lovely atmosphere in a delightful hamlet. Do go inside the church and see its lovely simplicity and wall paintings.

FLOWERS: all the villages have had lovely displays of spring flowers, and it seems such a shame when they die off, but they will soon be replaced by the blossoms and cow parsley.

ARTISTS: The palette of nature has a wonderful selection of colours. Hopefully the weather will be kind to a group of artists who are coming to paint in our old orchard. One of the group stayed here when she and her husband went to Glyndebourne and she fell in love with our orchard and the areas around here. Many of the walkers fall in love with this area and come back time and time again. We really are so lucky to live in such a lovely place.

MONK’S HOUSE which is now open until the autumn is very popular and needs its much larger car park to keep cars off The Street, Rodmell. It would be helpful if people realised iit is for visitors to Monk’s House during their opening hours and didn’t use it to park cars and go off walking.

OUR PUB is very poplar and gets full up at weekends so it is always a good idea to book on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

BOOK AHEAD: The usual problem for walkers, thinking they can just find accommodation without having booked, is happening again. Do book ahead if you need a bed, should be a theme to keep in mind. It’s not very comfortable sleeping in the bus shelter.

FOR SALE: There are quite a few houses in the village for sale again, although we now also have quite a few that are let as people can’t afford to buy, especially at the prices in this area.

ELECTION: Like many of you, I am fed up with the election bumf being sent in the post, the endless TV publicity and the general back biting of politicians. Thank goodness it will be over soon and hopefully life will get back to some normality. I’ve heard many people say ‘I just don’t know who to vote for if I vote at all’. Could we have some dignity and common sense from our politicians?

Seaford

SEAFORD CHORAL SOCIETY Spring Concert tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm will be performing Haydn The Creation. We are delighted to be performing this joyous work in St Leonard’s Church, Church Street, and we are certain this ever popular piece will prove to be an unforgettable experience. Under the acclaimed baton of our conductor and music director Anna Tabor. Tickets are available from Newberry Tully Estate Agents, 52 Church Street, or at the door, adults £12 and children £6. For further information call 01323 482387.

OYEZ, OYEZ, OYEZ will be heard at St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Road, on Tuesday at 2.30pm from Seaford’s Town Crier, Peter White, who will be giving a talk about his craft. This is the latest in the series of popular lectures for 2015. The tickets are £7, including refreshments, and are available from Newberry Tully Estate Agents.

BARN DANCE: Seahaven Lioness Club are holding a Barn Dance on Friday May 8 at Chyngton Primary School, Millberg Road, 7.30pm to 11pm. Tickets are £8 including ploughman’s supper. Bring your own drink and glasses. Tickets available from Newberry Tully Estate Agents or ring 01323 612098

OPENING TODAY at noon is Julie’s Kitchen, the new caterer at The Constitutional Club, noon to 2pm Thursday to Sunday. The entertainment this Saturday evening is the popular Keith Hayman everyone welcome.

PLANNING AND HIGHWAYS Committee meeting being held on Wednesday, 7pm at 37 Church Street.

BISHOPSTONE MAY FAIR tomorrow, Saturday, opening at noon until 4pm. May Pole dancing, scarecrow making usual stalls and attractions. Step back in time at a traditional fair in an unspoilt village setting. Free parking and entry.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY open meeting is on Thursday, 7.30pm at The White Lion Hotel, Claremont Road. Come along if you want to be a member and be part of this year’s big night in October.

LOCAL MARKET and Cafe at The Clinton Centre every Tuesday from 10am to 2.30pm serving light lunches. Stalls available. For more details telephone Wendy on 07883611677.

THE COMMUNITY GARDEN, Crouch Gardens is open every Wednesday 9.30am to 12.30pm. Plants and produce for sale. All welcome.

GET PLANTING for the Plant Sale at St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Road on Saturday June 6. So nurture those cuttings or sow those seeds ready for this coming event.

Telscombe

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION will be meeting at the Civic Centre on Thursday, 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

COUNCIL MEETING: The Planning and Highways meeting will be on Tuesday, 7.30pm at the Civic Centre.

SUPPORT GROUP: The Breast Cancer Support Group meet at the Civic Centre on May 6, 1pm to 3pm. Contact Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952.

FOOTNOTES: With the temperatures starting to rise and some of the days full of sunshine, Jack and I have extended our short walks a little further and it is always a pleasure to see the front gardens blooming. Having spent most of my life in south London, it is lovely to see them. I always have a feeling of regret, when I see a garden being concreted over to provide hard standing for a car. I know parking in the street is hazardous, our own car has suffered from minor vandalism, but when that little piece of grass is gone it is usually gone forever. In some parts of the country they are blaming this practice for contributing to flooding, etc. The rain is not being soaked up as before. Oh well. Jack and I are enjoying our strolls nevertheless. Have a nice week.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council held their annual parish meeting on April 20 at Willingdon Community School. Following the business side of the meeting, an interesting and informative talk was given by a representative from the ambulance service who explained how lives can be saved with some knowledge of first aid. Two defibrillators have now been purchased by the parish council to further aid in the resuscitation of casualties suffering a cardiac arrest. One is to be sited at the Memorial Hall in Church Street and the other is intended to go into the new Parish Office planned for Jubilee Gardens at the Triangle. Each year Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council invite local charities to apply for grants. The JPK Sussex Project, which is to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability, was chosen to be one of the recipients of a grant for 2015/16 and received a generous donation of £704 from the parish council chairman Cllr John Pritchett. The grant will be used to purchase an overhead projector and screen which will be invaluable in assisting the JPK in its talks to the general public, professionals and at fundraising events. The equipment can also be used by the hirers of the present facilities at Edgmont in Old Town and will later be used for training purposes with respect to prospective residents, students and staff once the JPK is established. JPK Project co-ordinator, Willingdon resident Jill Parker said that she was extremely grateful for the continuing support of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council and also to Cllr John Pritchett who donated an additional cheque of £100 from his personal allowance as chairman.

LMMM: The Long Man Morris Men have spent the winter months practicing their steps at St Mary’s Church Hall, Willingdon, on Friday evenings. The dancing out season officially starts today, May Day, when the Morris Men will be dancing at the foot of the Long Man of Wilmington at 5.30am.To find out more about the LMMM or to check their programme for the coming year, please visit their excellent website.

MESSY CHURCH: The first messy church afternoon in St Mary’s Church Hall will be held from 3pm to 5.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and everyone is most welcome to come along and join in the craft activities, a bible story, songs and a meal together. There is no charge for Messy Church and there is no need to book in advance. Messy Church will then be held on the first Saturday of the month except August and December. To find out more please ring Fr Kevin Agnew or Mrs Kate Agnew on 01323 502079.

UNIHORN will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the British Queen.

MOTHERS’ UNION will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when Peter Boxall will be giving a talk about his experiences during his time in the navy.

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

STREET PARTY: The Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion is organising a street party to commemorate the 70th year of VE day (Victory in Europe). The party will take place at 2.30pm on Saturday May 9. If the weather is fine, it will be held in the playground behind St Mary’s Church Hall with trestle tables laid out with sandwiches, jelly and cakes etc to re-enact the celebrations that took place after the end of World War Two. If the weather is wet, the celebrations will be held in the church hall. Memories of VE Day or of being an evacuee would be welcome. Please send them to Susan Freeman at susanfreeman2008@btinternet.com. Photos of VE Day parties would also be appreciated for everyone to see and you can bring them along on the day. Tickets are £5 each. Please contact Val Godwin on 01323 503684. Proceeds are for the Poppy Appeal. Another afternoon tea party is planned for August 8 to commemorate VJ day (Victory in Japan) and the final end to the Second World War.

NOTEWORTH VOICES present a concert of a Capella pre-Bach to post-Beatles music at 7.30pm on Saturday May 9 at St Mary and St Peter’s Church, Wilmington. Musical director is Ansy Boothroyd. Tickets are available on the door at £6 per person or £12 for a family ticket. Students go free. Refreshments are available during the interval. For further information please contact Richard Long on 01323 416362 or Colin Bissell on 01323 488824.

POLEGATE/WILLINGDON WINDMILL is situated in Park Croft, Willingdon BN26 5LB and opens its doors to the public every Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter through to the last Sunday in October. Unless otherwise stated times of opening are from 2pm to 5pm. National Mills Day on Sunday May 10 is a special event when the mill will be open from 11am to 5pm. There will be classic cars on display, side shows and stalls, cakes and teas, and tours of the four floors of the mill as well as the museum on the ground floor. The local amateur radio hams will be there contacting other mills throughout the country and possibly further afield and the Long Man Morris Men will be putting in an appearance about 1.30pm. It should be a good day.

THE JEVINGTON Hot Club, with their gypsy jazz, entertains customers at the Eight Bells every Monday evening from 7pm to 9pm. Tuesday is quiz night from 8.30pm. It’s best to book. Ring 01323 484442.

SALE OF NOTELETS: Willingdon resident Patrick Parker has commenced making pen and ink drawing notelets of individuals’ houses. These have become extremely popular. It all commenced when he made notelets for gifts at Christmas. Word soon spread and he has received commissions from various sources, especially from people moving house as ‘new address’ communications. He sells boxed notelets on request and all the proceeds are donated to the JPK Project the aim of which is to provide supported residential care for people with a learning disability. Should you like to commission a box of notelets, please contact Patrick on 01323 725479.

CONTACT CARE is a small local charity run by Churches Together in Polegate, Willingdon and Jevington. Volunteers offer clients transport to medical appointments etc and assisted shopping. Volunteers are vetted and clients are registered with Contact Care. For further information please ring 07900 823138 between 9.30am and 12.30pm on week day mornings.

ROTARY: The Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM is an organisation made up of individuals and couples from all walks of life the aim of which is to support local charities and good causes. The members also have a lot of fun and enjoyment. The breakfast meeting is at 7.15am at Chalk Farm Hotel. For further information check out their website.