Parish pump Newhaven - May 16, 2014

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ALFRISTON

SUSSEX DAY will this year be marked on June 15 with a family fun day. The Cuckmere Morris dancers will be performing, the Pipe Band playing, Maypole dancing, stalls, hog roast, local story telling and an Historic Walking Tour will make up some of the attractions to celebrate the best of everything Sussex.

Barcombe

GARDEN CLUB: Don’t forget the Annual Plant Sale at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open 9am. As always, a great selection of home-grown plants for your garden. On Tuesday, at 7.30pm in the village hall, Ian Hilder will be presenting A Potted History of Local Gardening, and will take us on a search for evidence of Barcombe’s Gardening History. Bring along your photographs and your memories. Visitors warmly welcomed.

STOOLBALL: We’re back, so is the rain. However, the final of the 2013 August League had to be moved to the beginning of the 2014 season and on Tuesday, a cold and windy evening, Barcombe played Ringmer at Buxted for The Lily Mead Trophy. It was a very exciting final and I’m delighted to say that we won. Barcombe 102 achieving 12 points, Ringmer 91 achieving six points. Our first league match against Plumpton was at home yesterday, Thursday.

COFFEE, CAKE AND NATTER 10.30am to noon on Thursday at St Francis Church. Coffee £1, cake £1, tea £1. Also other goodies. Do pop in, all most welcome. In aid of St Peter and St James Hospice.

CARETAKER REQUIRED: Barcombe Parish Council wish to appoint a caretaker, to clean the sports pavilion and undertake other tasks relative to the care of the recreation ground and children’s playground. For further details, including job description and payment, please contact the parish clerk, Julia Shelley, on 01825 766356 or barcombe.pc@homecall.co.uk.

BOWLS: Results from the two weekend matches: Saturday May 3, Barcombe away to The Crouch (Seaford): Derek Stewart 25 D Richards 14, Jas Osmond 11 N Atkins 21, John Blackmore 7 J Pope 23, Shaun Smith 19 M Atkins 17. The Crouch won the match 75-62. Sunday May 4, Barcombe home to Cross-in-Hand: Derek Stewart 12 Phil Meredith 17, John Osmond 10 John Ewart 21, Jean Uridge 12 Alan 24, John Blackmore 9 Stuart Foord 24. Cross-in-Hand won the match 86-43. Monday evenings are our Roll Up (practice evenings) from 6pm at the Bowling Green on the recreation ground. New members and visitors are welcome along.

QUIZ NIGHTS: The Hospice Support Group hold their popular quiz nights on the last Tuesday of the month at the Royal Oak. You and your team are most welcome to join us. The quiz held on April 29 raised £130, and the total money raised so far this year amounts to £1,540. Many thanks to everyone. For further information about the Support Group please contact Caz Austen on 01273 401740.

FETE: Vintage Village Fete, Saturday July 5, noon to 4pm at the village hall. This is going to be a lively village event for all ages. Clubs, societies together with lots of individuals will be participating and there will be games, bouncy castle, competitions including the Great Barcombe Bake Off, performances, food (including a sumptuous barbecue, tempting cream teas and absolutely delicious ice-cream), plus a thirst-quenching Pimms and Beer tent and so much more. The Fete has a 1950s theme and there will be prizes for the best outfits. So make a date in your diary now.

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, a hilarious, tender and provocative play which digs deeply into the nature of love and marriage. Tickets available now at Barcombe Stores or online www.therudemechnicaltheatre.co.uk. Early booking advised.

Bishopstone

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, email Jim Skinner (brian.skinner2@binternet.com).

RACES: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club races on the sea by Marine Parade on Sunday. At 11am a race will start to Brighton and back.

LAST WEEK we heard a cuckoo calling around the old village. This sound is traditionally a welcome harbinger of spring, but cuckoos are no longer as common as they used to be (in the thirteenth century). This summer visitor had, however, arrived safely from Africa. We had another call from Pete Mason, who you may have noticed has disappeared off the Tide Mills contact list. He’s moved from Bishopstone to Wales (for family reasons) and says he’s swapped seagulls for red kites in his garden.

Falmer

POETRY: Last Sunday saw St Laurence’s first poetry reading as part of our In the Beginning exhibition. We have had art shows, Heritage exhibitions, a fabulous concert series, choir practise and recordings on top of our regular weekly services but never a poetry reading. The afternoon was very much enjoyed. The audience settled down to listen to award winning poet Susan Skinner, Sue Nunn, John Taylor, published poet David Barnes and Francesca Proud. We had a short break in the middle to allow late-comers and unsuspecting exhibition visitors to look round the show and then we completed the poetry reading and rounded the afternoon off with tea and cake. The event was deemed a success and it looks as though it will become a regular feature of the exhibition. Many thanks to our poets for giving up their time to come and read, some from quite far away.

VETERAN: I was so busy with our poetry and the exhibition that I did not have time to talk to Jon Glover about his trip to Holland, fortunately Rosemarie was able to chat to him, here is what she writes: Our war veteran, who attends our church, Frederick (John as we know him) Glover has just returned from a trip to Holland to visit the bridge at Arnhem, remembered in the film A Bridge too Far. He had been invited by the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for the disabled and ex-servicemen. John was moved by the walk across the bridge but as he said there were other memorable moments. The organisers asked the visitors to sign up if they wish to participate the following morning in a 4km march, now remember John is 88 years old, his companion said no it was too much for him. After his friend had retired, John put his own name on the list, and when he then told his friend, not to be outdone, he went and added his name. Next morning off they went, not only ex-serviceman, but other organisations joined them in their march. John made us laugh recalling how there was an ex sergeant major in their line-up who shouted to them ‘come on men open up those legs’. A Royal Salute was taken by a member of the Netherland’s Royal family and the sergeant, shouted ‘I’ll take the salute men you keep your eyes front, we don’t want no trip ups’, but John wasn’t going to let that happen, Oh no, he turned his head right to take the salute. It sounded a memorable event, with crowds watching the march past six deep on the sides, cheering most when the ex-servicemen passed.

MUSIC: We have a real treat of a concert this Saturday, May 17. Duck Soup, the folk band that gave us such an enjoyable concert last year, is returning. Members Adam Bushell, Ian Kearey and Dan Quinn will delight and astound us with their playing of the melodeon, dobra, marimba, phonofiddle mandolin, tiple and mouth organ, not to mention the musical saw; also some very fine vocals. If you like folk music, you will love this concert. The programme starts at 5.30pm, drinks will be available. Free entry with a retiring collection.

POND LIFE: The goslings that appeared at Falmer pond recently are growing quickly and are being well guarded by their parents and their self-appointed bodyguard, the white goose that has lived on the pond for some years. They are still at the fluffy down stage and very sweet. It is a pity that visitors will try to feed them bits of bread, which is not good for them and also encourages the seagulls and worse. I’m looking forward to seeing some ducklings soon.

WHAT’S ON: The In the Beginning exhibition continues at St Laurence Church on Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 5pm until May 25 and booklets of some of the poetry read at last Sunday’s event are available for sale there.

CONCERTS: We have a continuing series of concerts during May with one every week until May 24. Check here or on our website www.achurchnearyou.com/falmer-st-laurence for details. To link in with the exhibition we are having a series of services led by Jeff Lake. The next is on Sunday at 5pm and will be a Common Worship Evening Prayer.

IAN McEWAN: University of Sussex alumnus Ian McEwan will be on the Sussex campus today (Friday) in conversation with Professor Peter Boxall. McEwan attended the university in the sixties, I wonder if he will recognise it?

Kingston

KINGSTON WI: Our May 1 meeting began with a talk from PC Ella Graham-Scott to raise awareness of scams that can cost us a fortune. The scams are instigated through scam mail, telephone calls and internet and involve investment offers, lotteries and competitions. People have been led to think they will win the big prize and send in regular payments that total £1,000s, even £100,000s. Never provide banking or personal details to someone you don’t know, especially PIN numbers and passwords. Your bank or the police will never ask for your card and PIN. Do not respond to callers trying to sell investments; this is most often done by phone. If the investment seems too good to be true then it is most likely a scam; seek investment advice. You can get advice from The Little Book of Big Scams available through Sussex Police. Our second talk was from Jenny Greening, Nurse Specialist for Organ Donation in Brighton, to help us vote on this year’s WI Resolution about Organ Donation. The resolution is to encourage us to inform family and friends of our wishes regarding organ donation and to be on the organ donation register. Three people die each day in the UK waiting for an organ and four out of ten families would allow donation if they knew their relative’s wishes. One donor can save up to nine lives by giving their heart, lungs, kidneys, small bowel and liver, divided to benefit an adult and child. Other body parts for donation are bone, corneas, tissue, tendons, veins and arteries, heart valves and skin. Families need reassuring that the donor’s body will be treated with respect during the process of donation and find it comforting that others have benefited from donation. Black and ethnic groups have an even greater problem due to lack of organs for donation. We watched a short DVD about a 19 year old who had registered his wishes but hadn’t told his family. The resulting anguish could have been averted had he made his wishes clear. Finally the film showed that the family were comforted, knowing he had saved several lives by his unselfish behaviour. The vote was 28 for the resolution with no abstentions and none against. The meeting’s business was of forthcoming group activities and preparations for WI teas and cakes for the village fete on June 21, preceded by a barbeque and followed by country dancing. The tapestry dedicated to the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes is on display in Lewes.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

NEWHAVEN FORT is open this evening (Friday) under the national Culture 24 Museums at Night project. The theme will be Remember Newhaven 1914-18 and it is open 6pm to 9pm. Entry is free and you will be able to go and learn what was happening in Newhaven and the surrounding areas during World War I. You can listen to short illustrated talks, chat with local historians and learn how to research your own family history. You can see and handle some of the Fort’s WWI collection and bring your own family heirlooms and tell your own stories. The cafe will be open for refreshments. On Sunday you can visit the Fort again to see Sussex Classic Society’s collection of Classic Cars on Parade. See a great display of cars from across the decades. The cars will be on show from 10.30am to 4pm and for this event normal Fort admission prices apply.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society is showing The Visitor tomorrow (Saturday) in the Hillcrest Centre at 7.30pm. This is a Cert 15 film about a college professor who travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple in his apartment. The film covers the situation in a comic way which is also filled with pathos. Tickets are £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre reception today or on the door. The cafe opens at 6.30pm.

MILITARY HISTORY: Sussex Military History Society is holding a Study Day on the Great War on Saturday May 24 at Newhaven Fort. The day includes a series of lectures relating to the First World War. The tickets are £15 and are available from the Society. Check their website http://www.sussexmilitary.org.uk or email emquiries@sussexmilitary.org.uk

ART SALE: The Ouse Valley Artists who are based at Denton Community Centre are staging an Art and Craft Sale on Saturday May 24 at the Clinton Centre, Seaford (opposite Barclays Bank), from 10am to 4pm. There will be 18 art and craft stalls, a raffle and refreshments are available. Entry is free. The group meet at the Centre in Denton every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm for relaxation and fun. If you are interested in joining the Ouse Valley Artists or just want more information email grandma.exley@googlemail.com

MADS: Tickets are on sale for the spring production that opens next week. The Old Boilers plays at Meeching Hall on Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31 followed by Thursday June 5 to Saturday June 7 inclusive at 7.45pm. Directed by Garry Fowler, this modern comedy farce is based on the comings and goings at a Blackpool Bed and Breakfast Guest House. Tickets are £8 from Meeching estate agents, High Street, telephone 01273 515566.

DIARY DATES: Two great family events are coming up very shortly. On Saturday June 7 the popular Denton Community Challenge takes place on the recreation ground opposite Tates Garage in Avis Road and the theme this year is The Road to Rio, commemorating the World Cup, and for the first time there will be a Craft Fair in the adjacent Community Hall in Denton Road. Both events run from1pm to 5pm. The annual Fish Festival will take place the following week on Huggetts Green, West Quay on Saturday June 14 from 9am to 4pm. More details of both these events next Friday.

peacehaven

HORTICULTURE: The Peacehaven Horticultural Society are holding their monthly meeting in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, on Monday starting at 7.30pm when there will be a talk on the Air Ambulance by Sally Musker. But it is important to remember that there will be a short extraordinary meeting at approximately 9pm to discuss some small changes to the Society’s constitution.

PEACEHAVEN ONE SHOW; The Peacehaven Accessibility Group are putting on a free event on Wednesday May 28 from 10am until 2pm in the Community Hall and foyer. A range of local organisations will offer free taster sessions with advice and information on many everyday activities. This will be a wonderful opportunity to try things you may have thought about doing. Further information from sue.dunkley@lewes.gov.uk

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre, has been arranged by Harlequin Studios from 8.30am to noon. The next Saturday market is on Saturday May 24 and will be organised by the Peacehaven Players. To book a table contact them on 07849 771 883.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, Peacehaven Evangelical Church will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Tuesday the Seahaven Lioness Club will be offering the refreshments. The Seahaven Active Scout group will be in the foyer on Thursday. And finally on Friday May 23, Saint Laurence Church will be behind the counter.

CINEMA: The film on Wednesday is The Railway Man and will be shown in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre, from 7.30pm. It is the true tale of a British army officer tormented as a Japanese prisoner of war. Decades later he discovers the Japanese interpreter who was responsible for his treatment is still alive and he sets out to confront him. Some tickets for this film are still available at £5 each from the information office.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, starting at 6.30pm. The public are welcome to attend to learn about recent improvements to the town’s facilities and to ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

HOWARD/PEACE PARK: Visitors will have noticed the changes that have taken place to the park recently. Work is continuing with the landscaping and it is hoped to complete the project by the end of July with an official opening in August.

CIRCUS: The John Lawson Circus has returned for their annual visit to the town. The big top will be raised on The Dell, South Coast Road, with shows today, Friday, at 4.30pm and 7.30pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm and 5pm. On Sunday there will be just one show at 2pm. There are special vouchers available from the information office offering tickets for all shows at £8 each.

FUN FAIR: The Bill Coles Fun Fair comes to the town twice a year. Their first visit will be from May 23 to 26 when they will set up on The Dell, South Coast Road, in time for the Spring Bank Holiday. They will be back again in August.

COLLECTIONS: Advanced warning. On the May Bank Holiday at the beginning of the month I noticed several people got caught out with the changed collection times for refuse and food waste. So be advised that for one week only due to the Spring Bank Holiday beginning from Monday May 26 all collections will be one day later. It is requested that all bins are put out by 6am on the altered days.

BIRTHDAYS: It is my birthday this week but it seems to come around so quickly these days. I am sure that as a child Christmas and birthdays never came around this fast. Then in those far off times it felt like I had to wait for ever for the special days to arrive.

PEACEHAVEN WI: Although several members were unable to attend the May meeting due to illness etc, we still managed a good turnout, and had a pleasant, busy afternoon. The Resolution for increasing organ donations was carried unanimously and will go forward to NFWI annual meeting in June. Tea was followed by a bring and buy sale which gave members the chance to purchase goods on offer and at the same time mingle and chat, always a favourite pastime with WI ladies. The next meeting will be held on June 4 and we look forward to welcoming all. (Joy Allen).

Ringmer

MORNING MARKET: Do come along to the flower club morning market tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall from 10am to noon. There will be stalls for good as new clothes, plants, flower baskets, cakes, books and CDs, handmade cards, bring and buy and a fantastic raffle.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Taize Service; the service provides music, silence and meditation. The theme will be Creation with the chants being accompanied by an instrumental ensemble.

COUNTRY MARKET: Just a reminder that the Country Market is open every Tuesday (but not May 27) in the village hall from 10am to 11am. We now have a selection of plants and vegetables as they come into season, in addition to the regular stalls selling sweet and savoury baked goods, preserves, home-made bread, free range eggs and local honey. We also have local cheeses, hand-made greetings cards and a variety of attractive craft items. Everything is home-made, hand crafted or home grown. If you have not been before, please come and see what we have to offer.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday May 7, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Lesley Durrant snf David Warner; Joint 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith, John Weston and Roy Scan. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: Ringmer v Barcombe 58-67; Deanland v Ringmer 80-59; Bexhill v Ringmer 70-70.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday May 24. Doors open at 2pm. The next jumble sale will be on Saturday July 5, details to follow.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The actual playing is now over for another season and now the work begins on the pitch and ground to get it ready for next season and if you feel that you can help in any way please let the club know. Today, Friday, is the players’ presentation evening and all supporters are very welcome to attend. Although the football has finished the social side of the club carries on throughout the summer months. On Friday, May 30, the ever popular Fat Belly Jones Band play in the bar and the following weekend sees the return of the Hailsham Theatre Group and their Cabaret Night which is suitable for all ages. Tickets are available from the clubhouse now. The club now has Sky Sports and the upcoming World Cup games will be shown on the TVs in the bar.

Rodmell & Southease

MY APOLOGIES for no PP last week but with the Bank Holiday and staff holidays things went awry. At least everyone should have had a good break being able to enjoy the beautiful weather.

THE WIND: As I’m writing this on May 8, the wind is lashing at the lilacs in the garden, sending the lovely heads of blossom all over the lawns and as the huge poppies in my border are about to come out I hope the winds die down soon. I’ve also only just had the storm damaged fencing replaced at great costs. I had to wait for ages to get any fencing, as I’m sure many readers will know there was a shortage, due to the storm damage.

SLUGS AND SNAILS are out in abundance and I’m putting beer in the slug traps because I hate to use those pellets that kill the birds, dogs and wildlife. There are non-toxic ones, but I cannot find where to buy them.

THE FUNERAL of Peter Jarrett will have taken place by the time this goes to print. He was a lovely man, well thought of, very kind to his animals, and someone who loved nature and farming. He will be sorely missed and we will all be thinking of his wife Pat and son Peter.

PLANT FAIR: I went to the Spring Plant Fair on May 5 at Southease. It seemed that stalls were a bit thin on the ground this year but standards and prices were good. We missed the presence of Adrian Orchard who was under the weather.

JUMBLE SALE in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm. Entrance fee 30p. Raffle and teas.

DIARY DATES: Sunday June 8, Rodmell Open Gardens in Lower village. Southease has its Open Gardens on June 14 and 15.

TODAY, Friday, the annual Village Meeting takes place in the village hall at 8pm. This will probably be packed as several planning issues are coming up. Also broadband is a regular issue.

COACH TRIP: There are still a few places left for the coach trip to Wisley Gardens on Sunday. Phone Judith Bradbury on 470713.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI meet on Tuesday to discuss the vote on the resolution to encourage donation of organs for transplant.

COFFEE MORNING in the village hall on May 21. All welcome.

PRODUCE STALL: This year the stall will operate a weekly Friday stall, 11am to 4pm, commencing on June 13 selling surplus produce such as fruit, vegetables, cakes, jams/chutneys, plants and craft items. If you wish to get involved contact Carolyn Orchard 470935.

COMPASS BUS: New limited Sunday and public holiday services between Lewes and Newhaven together with a connection to Sheffield park Gardens and Bluebell Railway. The new service, until September 7, includes a 10.40am bus No 123 from Newhaven Lower Place to Lewes Bus Station (arriving at 11.09am). Stops will be made at Piddinghoe Main Road, Southease Bus Shelter, Rodmell, Iford Signpost, Kingston School, Southover High Street, Lewes Bus Station. This bus will reach Kingston School bus stop at 10.59am and arrive at Lewes Bus Station at 11.09am. This same bus will then leave Lewes at 11.12am to continue to Sheffield Park as Bus 121 and arrive there at about 11.53am. The latest return journey to Kingston/Newhaven leaves Sheffield Park (as Bus 121) at 3.48pm and arrives at Lewes Bus Station at 4.20pm. This bus will then proceed to Kingston/Newhaven as Bus 123. Timetables can be obtained from Lewes Tourist Office. The telephone number for other enquiries is 01903 690025. This seems a good deal, please use it or lose it.

THE PHONES around the village have been playing up (BT) since April 16 and this is very inconvenient and dangerous for those who rely on Lifeline machines which go down when phones are disconnected. Ours has been awful, but at the moment we have phones, and Pat from BT phones to make sure we have a service since I reported it to MP Norman Baker. Never be unsure about contacting your MP, that’s what they are there for.

Telscombe

COUNCIL MEETING: Planning and Highways meeting on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 at Telscombe Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during 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 and will usually also be available on the council’s website at www.telscombetowncouncil.gov.uk

ANNUAL MEETING: The annual meeting of Telscombe Town Council takes place on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre. At this meeting a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be elected for the forthcoming year. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda will be put on the notice board and on the website.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS, Thursday May 22. The European elections give voters the chance to influence the future political course of the European Union when they elect the 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to represent their interests for the next five years. British voters will turn out on May 22 to elect their 73 MEPs with the results from all 28 states to be announced on the evening of Sunday May 25. There have been 766 Members of the European Parliament since Croatia joined the EU in July 2013 but this number is being scaled down at the 2014 elections to 751 and will stay at that level in future. These MEPs will represent over 500 million citizens in 28 member states. The seats are allocated among the various states, by the EU treaties, on the basis of ‘degressive proportionality’, meaning countries with larger populations have more seats than smaller ones but the latter have more seats than strict proportionality would imply. More information can be found online at www.elections2014.eu/en

QUIZ NIGHT at Telscombe Civic Centre Friday May 23 at 7pm. There are still a few places left, so book your team in now for this friendly, fun quiz. Cash prizes to be won. £2 per entrant with a maximum of six to a team. Bar and snacks available. Ring 01273 589777 to book in or go to the Civic Centre reception.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING: You are invited to a relaxing afternoon in the glorious gardens of Sunrise Senior Living Upper Kings Drive from 2pm to 4pm today, Friday. Enjoy great company, refreshing cocktails and delicious canapés on the lawn. Talented harpist Magdalena Reising will be providing

live musical entertainment.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when Rex Swain will be giving a talk on Old Rye. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

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.

STEVE HEWLETT, the popular Eastbourne ventriloquist, will be opening a charity day at the British Queen tomorrow, Saturday. It will take place

from 1pm to 5.30pm and includes a display of old vehicles, a tombola, entertainment in the car park with Fifth Avenue, Justine and Nicky, a cake

stall, bric-a-brac and a barbecue. The raffle will be drawn at 5pm. The charity day is in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Cancer Research.

STONE THE CROWS will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf, with an eclectic mix of new and classic acoustic music from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

PARISH WALK: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council’s annual parish walk will take place on Sunday starting at Polegate Windmill at 2pm. After the short walk, refreshments will be provided at the windmill. This is a free event, all are welcome.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding their annual parish meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Representatives from the organisations for which the council has agreed grants have been invited to the meeting and it is also hoped to have a speaker from Wealden District Council to talk about fund raising opportunities. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings

are open to the public.

RAMBLE: St Mary’s Church Rambling Group will be meeting at 10.30am on Monday outside Chalk Farm in Coopers Hill to drive to Laughton for a gentle flat circular walk of approximately four miles. All are welcome.

PRAYER WALKS: For many years Fr Clive has led prayer walks in the area. Last year they were on different themes of the landscape. Five more walks are now planned and the idea is to introduce a new walking companion. For the 3.5 mile walk on Thursday, walkers will first meet at St Mary’s Church at 2pm and then share cars to drive to Litlington. The walking companion will be Hildegaard of Bingen, who lived from 1098 to 1179, a German abbess, poet, composer and mystic, a saint.

A COFFEE MORNING will be held from 10am to noon on Saturday May 24 at Polegate Community Centre to raise funds for the maintenance of Polegate Windmill. There will be a book stall, raffle and cake stall. Offers of help or gifts for the raffle would be appreciated and additional cakes and scones on the day. Please contact Jenny Wells on 01323 487671.

SUSSEX POLICE are advising dog walkers to be extra vigilant when leaving their vehicles at beauty spot car parks. There have been four incidents recently in which a passenger side window has been smashed and valuables taken. Two of the thefts occurred at Butts Brow. On April 30 a bag

containing a purse was stolen between 1.15pm and 2.15pm and on May 4 a large tobacco pipe pouch was taken from another vehicle between 3.15pm and 4.15pm. On May 3 between 5.40pm and 6.05pm a shoulder bag containing cash and credit cards was stolen from a vehicle parked in the Friston Forest car park. On May 4 between 1.30pm and 2.30pm another car was broken into at the Arlington Reservoir car park and a handbag containing a purse was taken. If you witness any suspicious behaviour please call 101.