Parish pump Newhaven - October 10, 2014

Alciston & Selmeston

AUTUMN FAIR: Selmeston and Alciston Annual Autumn Fair in Selmeston Village Hall, Saturday October 18, 2.30pm to 4.15pm. Our annual Autumn Fair is always popular with various stalls to feast your eyes on. This year we have added some new stalls, which we hope you will find inviting to purchase gifts etc as well as keeping the ever popular books, bric-a-brac, Grand Draw (first prize this year is a share in a National Hunt race horse), tea and coffee plus homemade cakes and biscuits to refresh you. Our parish pantry tables will be groaning with delicious homemade produce of biscuits, cakes, pastries, pasties and preserves to choose from. We know so many of you return year after year and we look forward to seeing you all again. Those you have not yet managed it, come along and see.

Alfriston

TWINNING NEWS: Last weekend friends from Veules les Roses arrived in the village to celebrate the first anniversary of the formal signing of the twinning Charter. Some firm friendships have been established and it seems that many of the visitors are beginning to enjoy our countryside and take part in our local events. The Harvest lunch, organised by Jane Alvey and Sherry Ward, had the usual numbers swelled by the French visitors with the sticky toffee pudding producing a challenge in translation but nothing was left over. During the address of welcome Dr June Goodfield read a letter from Lieutenant Colonel Peter M Little OBE, Commanding Officer of the 51st Highland 7th Battalion, the Royal Regiments of Scotland, who recounted that the members of the regiment who visited Veules les Roses in September had spoken of how generously they had been treated on their visit. That visit had been to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation in 1944. Charles Anson then spoke as representative of Peter Field, The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex welcoming the Mayor of Veules les Roses, M Jean-Claude Claire and members of his Conseil. Charles then proposed the toast to the local and modern Entente Cordiale - the citizens of Alfriston and Veules les Roses.

THE 300 CLUB will be meeting at Deans Place Hotel on Tuesday at 8pm. Two more lucky winners of £50 each will be drawn from the box. It is only possible to win if you are members and it is that time of the year to renew - or to join. If it is not possible to get to Deans Place on Tuesday then put all contact details in an envelope with £10 per person membership fee (cheques made payable to The Alfriston 300 Club) and leave with Hicks, The Newsagents in Waterloo Square.

AMENITY SOCIETY: The Alfriston and District Amenity Society has invited a representative of Healthwatch East Sussex to the Old Chapel Centre on October 16 at 2.30pm. HWES is an independent group who support users and carers of the health and social care services, ensuring the public voice is heard. It also has a responsibility to support the strategic partners at times of service change.

STABAT MATER by Pergolesi will be performed by the Southend Choral Society with soloists Kathryn Sargent and Sarah Gourley at St Andrew’s Church on October 18 at 4pm. There is no charge for this concert but there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Andrew’s Church.

LUNCH: The Conservative Association, Alfriston Branch will be organising a lunch on November 8 at the War Memorial Hall at 12.30pm. The guest speaker is Maria Caulfield who is standing for Parliament in this constituency in the next election. All are welcome and anyone wishing to attend should contact Tony Woodthorpe at 01323 871695.

Bishopstone

TALKS: Sussex During the First World War and the Bishopstone War Memorial two talks by Ian Everest and Philip Pople respectively, starting at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Bishopstone Parish Hall. Tickets £7.50 including refreshments, available from Linda’s Stores, Bishopstone Station. Proceeds in aid of the Willett Trust.

ST ANDREW’S MATINS on Sunday at 10.15am will celebrate Bible Sunday with the Rev Christine Doherty.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean at 10am to noon on Sunday, October 19. 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.

TODAY’S MICHAELMAS (originally September 29, revised to October 10) celebrating harvest’s end and the start of autumn. It’s also known as Devil’s Spit Day as the devil was tipped on a blackberry bush by Archangel Michael and spat on the fruit making it unpleasant to eat after today. In fact, there is a fly that lays its eggs on late blackberries making them unpalatable.

Falmer

DOGS’ DELIGHT: I have managed to miss all the recent events in Falmer, but fortunately I have been kept up to date by my informants. Last Saturday’s Animal Blessing service seems to have gone splendidly, (judging by the photographs) with a lot of excited pooches of all shapes and sizes, greeting each other with enthusiasm. The weather deterred the more exotic and larger animals that we were expecting, but I do hope this will become a regular event in our calendar.

CONCERT: Saturday was a busy day here as there was also a concert in the evening. Clare’s Journey was Terence Deadman’s musical settings of the poetry of John Clare (the peasant poet). The concert featured Stefan Holmstrom baritone, Kevin Starns tenor, Jane Richards mezzo-soprano, Tim Nail piano and the choir was directed by Shirley Linford. The concert followed Clare’s life from the publication of his first volume of poetry and society success to the waning of interest in his work and his increasing bouts of depression which eventually led to his incarceration in a lunatic asylum. I am told the production was incredibly professional and the musicianship wonderful, not surprising as some of the performers have worked at Glyndebourne, Grange Park Opera and Opera Holland Park. The concert series continues with Gabrielle Stevens on classical guitar on November 15. More details nearer the time.

HARVEST: Sunday saw the Harvest Festival service at St Laurence, the church was decorated beautifully with flowers and with an enormous pumpkin sitting on top of the font surrounded by bright red leaves and flowers. The service was followed by a Harvest Lunch which raised over £100 for US, a Christian charity supporting efforts all over the world to help people in many different ways, including a hospital in Palestine.

BISHOP: Our parish will be visited by the Bishop of Chichester next week on Sunday October 19. Bishop Martin is travelling around the whole of the Diocese visiting every parish. He has already visited the parish when he first took up the office of Bishop, but on that occasion he met clergy and PCC members from all over the area in the rather different surroundings of the Amex stadium.

SHOPPING: Now that the university term has started again, we can enjoy the Tuesday Market on Sussex Campus. The market has all sorts of exotic delicious looking treats like olives, cakes, curries and baklava as well as basics like bread and vegetables. We are very well served by the Park Farm shop too, which, as well as fruit and veg, now has delicious sausages, cheeses, crisps cakes and biscuits, in fact I don’t know why I go anywhere else.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday start at 10.30am. This will be Holy Communion led by the Reverend Roger Dalling. Refreshments after the service. All welcome. On Sunday October 19, David Walters will lead Mattins, also at 10.30am. All welcome.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

TEA, CAKE AND FILM: Today (Friday) to Celebrate Old People’s Day, Hillcrest Film Society will be showing the 1955 comedy The Ladykillers 2pm to 5pm, tea and cake included in the price of the ticket £3. Seats are limited and places have been booked in advance so check for availability on 01273 515764 before turning up. Pay on the door.

RNLI: The Mulekickers will be headlining an evening of music by local acoustic guitarists in the Lifeboat House, West Quay, tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and you should check with Graham on 01273 515964 for availability. Light refreshments available for a donation but bring your own drink.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Annual meeting with social time takes place on Monday at 2.15pm in South Heighton village hall. New members/visitors always welcome.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: The Church Hall Women’s Group will be treated to a talk on Monday at 2pm by local freelance artist Lesley Harvey about her career. She specialises in caricatures, portraits and landscapes. On October 24 at 6pm there will be a Beetle Drive with hot dogs and burgers in St Michael’s Church Hall. Admission is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and you do not have to be a member of the church to attend. I have been to one of these beetle drives and they are great fun. Places must be booked in advance by telephoning 012763 973301.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS: The next meeting is Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre, when the theme will be A Magical Mystery Tour. Tales set in Once Upon a Time Land Far, Far Away. At this meeting the richness of magic will be explored through Wonder Tales from around the World. To book a ten minute slot to tell such a tale email Elizabeth at wizzie@uwclub.net. Hillcrest Café opens at 7pm and the stories will begin at 7.30pm. Admission is £5, concessions £4 on the door.

MEECHING WI meets on Thursday in Meeching Hall at 9.45am. Sharon Bass will talk to members about My Time Working at Glyndebourne. New members/visitors welcome.

GARDENING SOCIETY: Peter Hill will give an illustrated talk to Newhaven Gardening Club members on Thursday in the Age Concern Day Club, West Quay at 7.30pm. The theme of the talk is A Guernsey Travelogue and non-members are welcome for an admission fee of £2 in include tea and biscuits.

CHARITY COFFEE MORNING in Paradise Park on Friday October 17, 9am to 1pm. In aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice and representatives of the charity will be in attendance.

HILLCREST FILM SOCIETY: The new season begins on Saturday October 18 with Stephen Frears’ brilliant film Philomena. This is a film not to be missed. Based on a true story Dame Judi Dench is amazing in the title role as the woman searching for her long-lost son. Steve Coogan gives an equally good performance as the journalist who assists her in her search. This is a heart-wrenching film which is classed as a 12A and a cracking good start to the season. Tickets are £4.50 each from the Hillcrest reception Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. The café opens earlier than usual at 6pm as the society’s AGM starts at 6.45pm and the film at 7.30pm.

U3A: Members have enjoyed a trip to London this month with a WWI theme. They drove past the sea of porcelain poppies at the Tower of London and ended up at the Imperial War Museum. The next meeting is on Thursday November 6 at 2pm when Ian Gledhill will give a talk on The Magic of Pantomime.

NEWHAVEN FORT is staging Another Walk on the Spooky Side on Friday October 31. This is a fun filled evening for all the family you might not want to miss. Wear suitable warm clothing and bring a torch, fancy dress is optional. Hot refreshments are included in the ticket price of £6 but advance booking is essential. Meet at the Fort car park at 6.30pm and finish in the Fort. Tickets obtainable from Newhaven Fort 01273 517622, Wave Leisure 01323 490011 or MADS 07912 965507.

PARADISE PARK: Autumn fruit bushes, four for three offer on currants (while stocks last). Fresh stock of roses. Halloween pumpkins and gourds and late autumn colour and berries. Timely Talk: The Winter Garden November 5 at 11am. Free tea/coffee plus plant offer in the coffee shop. All welcome. Our plant doctor, David Fitton MBE, will be at the information centre most weekends (10am to 5pm) for advice. Plant Helpline: 01273 616004.

Peacehaven

ELECTRIC BLANKET TESTING: With the nights getting colder electric blankets will start to be used. It is essential that these should be tested before being plugged in. The East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are offering a free professional safety check on Thursday 16 from 10am to noon at Telscombe Civic Centre. There will be money off vouchers for new blankets for all blankets that fail.

WRESTLING: A reminder that the long awaited Wrestlers are back in Peacehaven tomorrow, Saturday. The show starts at 7.30pm in the Community House, Meridian Centre and some tickets are available from the information office.

DAYLIGHT: Get out and make the most of the daylight hours. Sunset is already around 6.15pm and at the end of the month British Summer Time will end. Then the late afternoons will be dark and it will feel decidedly winterish.

MORNING MARKET: There is a market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre which has been arranged by the Guide Dogs for the Blind. Next week’s market is on October 18 and will be organised by the Seahaven Lioness’. To book a table with them ring 01273 513015.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, there is a coffee morning in the Community House from 8.30am until noon organised by Peacehaven Horticultural Society. Next week on Tuesday it will be Mencap serving the teas and coffees. On Thursday it will be the Peacehaven Players offering refreshments while raising funds for Sleeping Beauty, their Christmas pantomime. Finally on Friday October 17 Peacehaven Evangelical Church will be behind the counter.

CINEMA: Remember The Book Thief is showing in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the information office at £5 each.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There is a monthly surgery in the Community House, Meridian Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 11am. This is a drop in surgery so no appointment is necessary.

BOOT SALE: Subject to good weather conditions there will be a boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday organised by the Labour Party. The gates will open for sellers at 8am. The gates will re-open for buyers from 9am. Parking on The Dell is both free and easy but only for the duration of the event.

FLU JAB: Patients of the Meridian Surgery had to join a long queue last Saturday followed by a 30 minute wait before getting a quick jab in the left arm which hopefully will ward off any winter bugs. Fortunately the weather was dry before the torrential rain of the afternoon. If you missed the session there is another one on Saturday October 18 from 9.30am to 11.30am.

HELPING HAND: I was in the above queue but long before I reached the entrance my legs gave out and a lady in front helped me to a seat inside the surgery saying I could re-join her when she finally reached the entrance. She moved on through the foyer meanwhile a nurse came to my seated position and gave me the required shot. I was then able to leave but not before waving to the kind lady and getting a thumbs up. The only reason for telling this tale is that it demonstrates the friendliness of people in our town and this is the only way I have to thank an anonymous stranger who came to my aid.

LEAVING: It has been announced that our town clerk Kevin Kingston is leaving on October 28 to move on to pastures new having been with us for over three years. Having lived in this town for fast approaching half a century I have, during that time seen a number of town clerks come and go. Kevin has been one of the more proactive ones. He is approachable and has a ready smile. I wish him well but will miss his weekly blogs and keen sense of humour.

PEACEHAVEN WI: Before the meeting started, members had an enjoyable ploughman’s lunch provided by our excellent catering team. A report was afterwards given on the very successful outing to Saville Gardens, including a river trip on the Thames at Windsor. This was followed by the Annual Meeting when our treasurer explained her financial statement for the past year and our secretary gave a detailed account of activities throughout the varied and busy year. Finally, all members were thanked by the president for their contributions and help in making Peacehaven WI a happy institute. After tea we took part in a light-hearted quiz and the meeting closed just after 4pm. The next meeting will be on November 5, everyone is welcome. (Joy Allen).

Polegate

DRAMA GROUP next production will take place in October, the booking office is now open, where tickets can be booked for The Uninvited. Box office at Archer and Partners, telephone 483348 or visit www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk

MEETING of Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society today, Friday, when our speaker is Sally White talking about Lewes Castle and its century’s old history. Meetings are held at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, entrance from Spencer Road. Members free, visitors welcome at £2.50.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY open every week end for train rides to High Rocks, Groombridge and Eridge. Our own High Weald Belle lunch trains run on November 2. In October we welcome back Thomas and Friends, for weekends October 11 and 12, 18 and 19. Tickets can be booked on line only at www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk private hire available more info please telephone 01892 537715 or email enquiries@spavalleyrailway.co.uk

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, The Windmill Walk, 5 miles with Graham. Meet at Rottingdean White Horse 10.40am bus No 12A, 9.23am Terminus Road stand J. Finish at 1.30pm, two hills, pub and café at end. On Sunday, Piltdown Plod, 9.75 miles with Graham T. Meet at the Avenue, 9.30am. Walk starts at Warrs Hill Lane, 10.15am GR 392218. Dry lunch, finish 4.30pm. Plenty of level walking. Tea stop at May Cottage, North Chailey. On Wednesday, 1066 and More with Linda S. Meet at Eastbourne Station 8.55am train to Winchelsea. Walk starts at Winchelsea, dry lunch.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre from 10am to noon is hosted by Neighbourhood Watch. All welcome in the lounge. On Saturday October 18 the coffee morning will be hosted by Friends of Willingdon School.

AN ART EXHIBITION is being held tomorrow, Saturday, in the main hall at Polegate Community Centre. Contact Bruce on 484568 for more details.

DOWNLAND SINGERS: Join the Downland Singers at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm for a toe tapping evening of popular light music from WW1 to present day. Free admission but retiring collection to the Eastbourne and South Wealden branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Refreshments will be served in the interval.

MILLS TALK on Sunday at the Education Room. A talk by Peter Hill on Sussex Mills in the afternoon. Free entry to talk.

POLEGATE WI meetings are held on the second Thursday every month at 2.15pm in the activity room at Polegate Community Centre. Visitors welcome. We have various speakers and do various activities. Contact Avril on 489332 for more information.

FRIDAY CRAFT GROUP meets every Friday at Polegate Community Centre, organised by the MS Society, we make things and chat over a cup of tea or coffee. Contact Val Liles on 460336 or Shirley Hannam on 488035 for more details.

POLEGATE LADIES CIRCLE meet on the second Tuesday of the month at Polegate Community Centre. Our October meeting is a social with a quiz stating at 2.30pm. For more details contact Shirley Hannam on 488035.

Ringmer

TODDLERS NEARLY NEW SALE: Tiddlers and Toddlers Nearly New Sale tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall, 10.30am to noon. Children’s clothes and equipment age 0 to 5 years. Everything you need when having, raising or minding a little one. Tea and cakes also available, please come along and support our little group, thanks. Entrance £1 per family.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Lancing in a SCFL Div 1 league fixture with a 3pm kick off at Crabtree Lane. Meanwhile the second team are at home in the second round of the Intermediate Cup versus South Coast City also with a 3pm kick off at the Caburn. On Sunday the under 18s have a home league fixture versus Newhaven with an 11am kick off at the Caburn. At the time of going to press, there are no mid week fixtures planned.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday October 1, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

ELECTRIC BLANKET TESTING: Lewes District Council are testing electric blankets in Ringmer Village Hall on Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. This essential service is free to all.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Primary School are holding a Nearly New Sale of all things children next Saturday, October 18. It is to be similar to the very successful NCT sale and Tiddlers and Toddlers Sales but for children age 4 years and upwards. We will be selling clothes, books, shoes, toys, bikes, computer games, uniforms, scooters and small items of furniture, in fact anything to do with children. Sellers must register before the sale and there is a limited number of places. If you are interested in selling contact me on rachel@willats11.plus.com for further details and if not please do come along to buy. We would welcome any good quality donations please and can collect locally.

FLUTES AND FRIENDS return to St Mary’s, Ringmer for another of their popular charity concerts at St Mary’s Church, Ringmer, Saturday October 18 at 3pm. Anne Hodgson and her flute students aged 10 years to adults at diploma level will be performing a variety of music for flutes in ensembles as well as for flute and piano. Please come and join us for an afternoon’s entertainment with tea and cakes afterwards. There will be a retiring collection in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice and admission is free.

Rodmell & Southease

POST: I wrote a long piece praising the lovely day spent at the new YHA at Southease on Monday September 15 but I’m afraid it did not get into the paper as the first class post let me down yet again, and the paper did not receive it. This really makes me mad as I always write it and send it at least four days before it has to get to its destination, and I put a first class stamp on it and also write first class on the envelope. I can only apologise at these blips in the system and intend to phone the Royal Mail about it. These days I really think more people should complain as all sorts of services are going down-hill and so many people in all walks of life just do not have pride in their job. One of the things I hear so often these days is ‘Oh, my mum/dad has pressed all the wrong buttons on their phone/TV and I have to go to sort it out’. This didn’t happen when things were simple. These days you need to ask a four year old to switch on the TV or get the phone sorted as they are already up with technology, not like many of us oldies.

HARVEST: I also wrote about the splendid harvest celebration at Headway on Saturday September 20 at Newick, which I was pleased to see, did actually get a lovely piece written in last week’s Sussex Express, which they thoroughly deserved.

TV: Strangely I know many people (quite a few in their 30s and 40s) who have given up on TV and gone back to listening to the radio.

B&B: It’s still busy on the B&B front and I had 15 people at my door at different stages on one day wanting a room for the night. The South Downs Way is becoming so popular.

COFFEE MORNING: Maureen Ford has asked me to put the following in the Parish Pump column and I think readers will consider it a very worthwhile cause to support. There is a coffee morning in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at St Mary’s Hall, Highdown Road, Nevill. All welcome. Cakes, books and craft stalls, refreshments and tombola.

Telscombe

COUNCIL MEETING: A Planning and Highways Committee meeting is taking place on Monday at 7.30pm in room one at Telscombe Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is public question time for a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting.

BLANKET TESTING: Free electric blanket testing will be taking place at Telscombe Civic Centre on Thursday from 10am to midday. Lewes District Council will offer a collection and return service for those residents in rural parts of the district or for anyone who is unable to attend an event. To make an appointment please contact Environmental Health on 01273 484354 or email ehealth@lewes.gov.uk by October 14.

SENIOR TEA CLUB: This is a new group that now meets weekly on a Tuesday at the Civic Centre from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There is tea, coffee, cake, entertainment and sometimes even trips, all for a £1 or £2 optional donation. Why not come along and join in, it’s a great way of getting out and meeting people, even if you don’t know anyone, there are lots of people in the same position and everyone is very friendly.

FLOWER CLUB: Just to let you know that the Peacehaven and Telscombe Flower Club will be meeting on Wednesday at 2pm for a 2.30pm start at the Civic Centre. There will be a floral demonstration and workshops. Whether you are an experienced flower arranger or a beginner, there is something for you. For further information call 01273 586191.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

QUIZ NIGHT: Today, Friday, The Friends of Willingdon School are organising a quiz in the main hall starting at 7pm. Teams can be made up of eight people or less and there will be a staff team so think how clever you would feel if you beat them. The quiz ticket price is £1.50. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available. Drink and food can also be brought from home. You can purchase your tickets from the school reception or email friends@willingdonschool.org.uk or just turn up.

JPK SUSSEX PROJECT: Edgmont Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town were purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013. The aim is to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. Building work needs to be started within the three years since planning permission was granted, and consent also requires that no demolition of existing buildings can take place without an archaeological watching brief during excavation. At present, finance does not allow for the whole building project to go ahead in the preferred order and so it will need to be tackled in three stages commencing with eight semi-independent flatlets and activity room. JPK trustees are now in a position to instruct CPL Architects to commence the pre-building works required for stage one.

Fundraising is on-going. For further information please contact the JPK Sussex Project co-ordinator Jill Parker at 7 Wannock Avenue, Willingdon 01323 486179 or email jill@thejpkproject.co.uk or visit www.thejpkproject.co.uk. Meanwhile the old church, Edgmont has been cleaned and decorated with the help of volunteers and is currently being let out to community groups. This covers the overheads on the building and the site.

VOICE WORKS Company of Singers will start rehearsals at 10.30am on Tuesday at Edgmond. For information contact voiceworkschoirs@hotmail.com or just turn up.

SONGS AND PIES: This event in aid of the JPK Sussex Project is being hosted by Maureen and John Males at The Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate, on Saturday October 18. This is a fun evening, good food and audience participation led by Bourne Chorus. Please contact Maureen on 01323 482011. Tickets are £8.

ART: The Church Street Art Exhibition will be held today, Saturday, from 10am to 5pm at St Mary’s Church Hall. The art group, tutored by Teresa Currie, welcomes you to their fourth annual exhibition and sale of original artworks, screen prints, prints, artists’ card, photography, textiles, painted wood and other crafts. The group has been working on a wide range of mediums and subject matter; acrylic, painting on wood, pastels, negative painting in inks, watercolour, mixed media, graphite and charcoal. All work is for sale at affordable prices and refreshments are available. Admission is free and there is a disabled access.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. This is an active friendly club promoting all forms of bobbin lace. All lace makers of any age are welcome. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including refreshments, raffle and insurance is £5. For more information, please contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

MEL HAYES will be entertaining the customers at the Wheatsheaf from 9pm tomorrow, Saturday. Mel is a great guitarist with a good voice. She will be playing through a catalogue of covers.

ABLAZE, the youth club for the 14 plus age group will be meeting from 6pm to 7.30pm on Sunday in St Mary’s Church Hall. This group meets on alternate Sundays and as well as fun activities in the hall there are often trips out to the theatre, cinema and restaurants. The youth club for the eight to 14 year olds meets in the church hall on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9pm. On October 15 there will be a cooking competition. For further information please ring Fr Kevin Agnew on 01323 502079 or Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday October 12, 19 and 26 when tours of the mill can be taken and light refreshments are available. The mill will then be closed to the public until next April although private group visits can be arranged during the closed season. On October 12 there is an added attraction when Peter Hill will be giving a light hearted look at Sussex Windmills. His talk starts at 3pm and is free.

ORGAN RECITAL: Fr Michael Maine will be giving an organ recital at 7.30pm on Monday in St Mary’s Church. Guest singers are Susan Lahache (soprano) and Mike Barber (baritone). Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection to the music fund, supporting Children with Cancer.

THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION will be having their general meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. The speaker is David Jones who will be giving an interesting presentation on the Bluebell Railway which will include all the films in which the railway and steam trains have appeared. Refreshments are available. All are welcome.

QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association is organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm on Friday October 17 at Trinity Church Hall. Teams can be made up of six or less people. The cost is £7 each to include supper and a free raffle. Ring Richard Nunney on 01323 501238 for tickets.

PROBUS: Willingdon Probus Club is a club for retired and semi-retired professional and business men. They will be meeting at the Red Lion at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday. The speaker is Edward Dickenson and his subject is Tigers.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon on Friday October 17 at Trinity Church Hall when the menu will be fruit juice, toad in the hole or vegetarian toad in the hole, potatoes and seasonal vegetables, lemon cheesecake and cream, followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place please contact Jennie on 01323 484189. The meals are £5.50.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm on Friday October 17 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday October 17 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate when Geoff Hutchinson will be giving a talk entitled Mad Jack Fuller.