Parish pump Newhaven - October 17, 2014

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Alciston & Selmeston

AUTUMN FAIR: Selmeston and Alciston Annual Autumn Fair in Selmeston Village Hall, tomorrow, Saturday, 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

THE SOUTHEND CHORAL SOCIETY will be singing at St Andrew’s Church at 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. The choir will be joined by Kathryn Sargent (soprano), Sara Gourlay (mezzo-soprano) and Ray Maulkin (organ). The programme is the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi and Monteverdi’s lively setting of Psalm 112 Beatus Vir. There is no charge for this concert but there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Andrew’s Church.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Historical Society will be meeting on October 23 at 7.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. The first speaker will be Beryl William, Emeritus Reader in History at the University of Sussex. The title of her talk will be Redrawing the Map of Learning - the Foundation of the University of Sussex. Beryl taught there between 1963 to 2003 in the early years of the University which was founded in 1960. The second speaker will be Kevin Gordon who will give a presentation on Unseen Alfriston. Kevin has a fascinating collection of photos of old Alfriston dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. All are welcome to this meeting; members free, non members £5.

ANNUAL QUIZ: The cricket club’s annual quiz was held last weekend. A full War Memorial Hall enjoyed an evening packed with questions so the little grey cells were suitably challenged by Tim Hurst as Quiz Master. Barbara Harmer, once more, provided a huge and very tasty spread.

NEW WEBSITE: To visit the recently updated village website go to http:/www.alfriston-village.co.uk.

Barcombe

GARDEN CLUB: On Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall, Hedley Cornwell and Professor Roger Homan will be talking about Favourite Garden Tools. Bring along your own favourites. All welcome. That’s almost it for this year, only one more for November.

SHORT MAT BOWLS: The outdoor bowls season has now finished. Some of the members have moved into the school/community sports hall for the indoor short mat bowls season. A number of the Ringmer outdoor Bowling Club members have joined us in order to make up a team to play in the Wealden SMB League. Already we have played the first two league matches with some success by drawing the matches against both Burwash and Chailey and picking up a total of eight points. We are looking to increase our membership, so if anyone would like to come along on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm to the sports hall we will put out an extra mat and have an introduction practice session. For more information contact John S on 01273400548 or John B on 01273401147.

Bishopstone

TIDE MILLS community beach clean at 10am to noon 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.

LOCAL BEACH meeting at 7pm on Friday, October 24, at the Clinton Centre, Clinton Place.

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints and All Souls Services at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday, November 2, 10.15am All Souls will be celebrated when a list of loved ones departed will be read, 4pm Evensong All Saints will be celebrated.

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.

SOUTHDOWN SHEEP: The famous Southdown Sheep has been recognised for many things - last week David Arnold (p 45) suggested it also contributed to the American Revolution because of the wool tax. In fact, it was equally if not more important for meat, now less popular than in the more hungry and less fussy eighteenth century. At least it survives as a genetic breed.

Falmer

BIRD LIFE: The garden seems very alive with birds lately. I keep seeing chiff chaffs in our back yard and flocks of small birds have been flitting about in our oak tree. Last week they had set up a great kerfuffle of tweeting and cheeping and when I went to see what all the fuss was about I saw a little owl perched in the middle of the tree with all the small birds flying around (making sure they were well out of reach) chirping their distress calls. We have our regular autumn and winter visitors to our bird feeders now, with the nuthatches’ return. I don’t know where they go and build their nests, but they always disappear during the spring and summer to raise their young and reappear when the young have gone.

SERVICES: This week as well as our Wednesday midweek Eucharist and our normal Sunday 10am Eucharist followed by coffee and biscuits, we will be having a 3pm Evensong service followed by afternoon tea at the village hall. This is in honour of the visitation of the Bishop of Chichester, who will be with us on that day as part of his tour around the Diocese.

ROAD CLOSURES: Those of you who live in the village and drive around this area will have seen the signs, or had the note about the A27 overnight closures coming up next week. I will make sure to avoid going out during this time as it seems we will have to make huge detours to get anywhere. I was caught out by closures on the A27 when returning from Chichester a while ago, we followed the diversion signs but went wrong somewhere and spent quite a while driving around Portslade. The note we have had also warns about the noise that will be generated by the work. These repairs have to be done and maybe the everyday noise from the road may be decreased by the new surface.

RARE BIRD: I see that a wryneck was spotted recently on the Sussex University campus. I remember seeing one in my garden years ago and getting very excited as I had never seen such a rare bird before, it stayed for around an hour and then I never saw it again. I expect this one was also just passing through.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday David Walters will conduct a service of Mattins (BCP) at 10.30am. There will be refreshments after the service in the church. The following Sunday, October 26 (end of British Summertime) there will be a Holy Communion service led by the Right Reverend Christopher Hibbert (former Bishop of St Alban’s) commencing at the later time of 11am. This will be a joint service with the United Benefice of Alfriston with Lullington, Litlington and Westdean. St Peter’s Folkington will shortly be joining this Benefice. Coffee, tea and biscuits served in the church afterwards so all can get to know each other. Everyone welcome.

Kingston

KINGSTON WI: Our October meeting began with the treasurer reporting an acceptable balance. The choir will restart in November and performing for Maisie Carter and friends in December. Transmission of the 2015 AGM is expected at the pavilion in June but if not will be screened in Brighton and Eastbourne cinemas. Items for Shoeboxes for Romania are needed as soon as possible; and members have been invited to both Ditchling and Plumpton WIs. Craft meetings are on Fridays, 2pm to 4pm; Gone Girl is the named book for the book club meeting and Pilates has room for new members, Tuesdays at 2pm. Our speaker this evening was Shirley Jaffe, a film and TV actor but as parts dried up in the 1970s she trained to teach drama. Her first poem, Identity Crisis, came out of the blue, and having done a variety of jobs, is about how different people see you. Who am I? She asks: mother or wife or daughter, aunt or friend etc. The poem was extremely clever and witty and certainly made us think of the roles we have. Her poetry featured different events in her life including the family moving to Dorset where she felt isolated from family and friends, the WI was a saving grace. Her next poem, brought about by the news she was to be a grandmother, was called Looking Back about a future child through the eyes of the mother, grandmother and ended with Looking at Imogen, her first grandchild. A Child of Our Time told the story from when a grandchild was expected, onwards. Recollections of visits to London Zoo was the theme of the poem At the Zoo. Living in Dorset enabled the family to get a dog and the poem Finding, included the lines ‘you found us, you claimed us, we took love home with us; we were the chosen people’. The Marriage Raft included the phrases, white water, avoiding the rocks, a reckless journey, helpless over the edge and kids helpless between us. Another along this theme, Change was written as neighbours were going through a divorce and having to decide who had the red setter dog - divorce affects pets too. All the poems were very thought provoking, some touching, some sad and many made us laugh. She won a prize for At the Zoo and promptly had to pay for a damaged windscreen meaning she could always look at her award. Shirley had brought pictures of her family, from her grandparents through to her grandchildren. We had listened to their stories through Shirley’s poems which we all thoroughly enjoyed. The winner of the competition was Betty Houghton.

Lewes

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: We are now able to keep the church open for visitors from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, as well as on Sunday for services (as well as for our many other activities throughout the week). Everyone is welcome to come for quiet reflection away from the bustling world outside. This Sunday all the morning congregations from Southover, St John-sub-Castro and South Malling churches will meet for a combined service at Southover, to continue the process of us all getting to know one another better as part of the on-going Trinity project to create a single parish for the future.

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

COFFEE MORNING today (Friday) at Paradise Park in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice 9am to 1pm. Representatives of the charity will be in attendance. All welcome to support this worthy cause.

HILLCREST FILM SOCIETY opens their new season tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hillcrest Centre with a superb choice of film, Stephen Frears’ heart-wrenching story of a mother’s search for her long lost son. Based on a true story Philomena stars Dame Judi Dench as Philomena and Steve Coogan as the investigative journalist who helps her in her quest. I have seen this film and take some tissues. The society’s AGM takes place at 6.45pm and the film is at 7.30pm so the Hillcrest Café will open earlier at 6pm for drinks, light meals and refreshments. Tickets are £4.50 from Hillcrest reception Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm or email film@hillcrestcentre.co.uk to reserve your ticket and pay on the night.

BUDGETING WORKSHOP: Are you struggling to keep on top of your monthly bills? Not sure where your money goes? Building up debt? This Family Learning workshop is designed to help you to manage your money more effectively. It takes place at Denton Island Community Centre on Wednesday between 9.30am and 12.30pm. For further information or to book a space call 01273 517250 or email zoe@ncda.org.uk

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: On Friday October 24 at 6pm there will be a beetle drive in St Michael’s church rooms. Admission is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and includes hot dogs and burgers. Places must be booked in advance, telephone 01273 973301. On Sunday October 26 at 10am St Michael’s is holding a pet service. Well behaved pets of any variety welcome.

HALLOWEEN FUN at Newhaven Fort runs from Saturday October 25 to Sunday November 2. Back by popular demand is Paws and Claws, there are Halloween Workshops which must be booked in advance on Thursday October 30 at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3pm. On Friday October 31 there is a children’s Halloween Party in the Romney Hut with spooky games and a disco. Prizes for the best fancy dress. The party is open to anyone attending the Fort that day. For further details of the programme of events or to book for the workshops telephone 01273 517622.

SPOOKY WALK: Meeching Amateur Dramatics in association with Newhaven Fort is staging Another Walk on the Spooky Side starting and finishing at Newhaven Fort on Friday October 31. A fun thrilled evening for all the family that you might want to forget. Booking is essential and tickets are £6 available from Newhaven Fort 01273 517622, Wave Leisure in Seaford 01323 490011 or MADS on 07912 965507. Hot refreshments are included in the price and suitable/warm clothing should be warn, bring a torch and fancy dress is optional.

PRIZE BINGO: Newhaven Air Cadets are staging a Halloween Special Prize Bingo Night at Denton and Mount Pleasant Social Centre on Saturday October 25. Doors open at 6.30pm and the first game is at 7pm. Tickets are purchased on the night £1 for a strip of six tickets (six games) and there are prizes for a winning line and a full house. There will be an interval so you can purchase refreshments, tea, coffee, soft drinks and cakes before you can buy another strip of tickets for a further six games. All funds raised go towards purchasing vital equipment for 1218 Squadron.

Polegate

TRINITY DINERS next meal is today, Friday. Please contact Jennie on 484189 to book your place.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Friends of Willingdon School. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

MEET THOMAS and friends at the Spa Valley Railway today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. Bookings taken online only. Car parking at Eridge is £1 for the day. The Thomas trains start at Eridge and travel to Tunbridge Wells West Station. Many extra attractions and re-enactment of some of the Thomas stories. Meet Daisy Diesel, George and Percy, also Spa Valley residents Sparten and Ugly. Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller, will be giving a tea party on the last train. Please reserve you tickets at www.daysoutwiththomas.co.uk/spavalley. Anyone arriving at Tunbridge Wells main station in the town centre, will need to board Arriva buses from the opposite side of the road, stop S, to Sainsbury’s, the Spa Valley Railway is next door. There are frequent buses to Sainsbury’s superstore.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Around Eastbourne, with Marjorie W. Meet at Gildredge Park, the Goffs, at 9.30am GR 604994. Frequent buses 1, 1A , 12 and 12A. 4 miles. Or, Brisk pace Fullers Folly Foray, 8.5 miles with Kay and Mary. Meet at the Avenue at 9am. Walk starts at Woods Corner at 9.45am GR 664194, map 124. Finish at 1.30pm. Use lay-by on B2096 200 metres west of pub. On Sunday, a walk in the Low Weald, 9.25 miles with John and Marion. Meet at the Avenue at 9.30am, walk starts in lay-by at Arlington Reservoir 9.50am GR 528075, dry lunch, 18 stiles. On Wednesday, Cross the Vine, 6.5 miles with Paul and Barbara. Meet bus 51, 9.53am Terminus Road Stand H. Walk starts at Coggers Cross 10.40am GR 528075. Dry lunch finish at 2pm. Cars park in lay-by before Coggers Cross. Meet leaders at start. On Thursday, Leisurely Nursery Walk, about 2.5 miles a nice flat to Nursery Polegate area, up to the nursery and back via the Cuckoo trail, finish at High Street. Meet at Co-op car park 10am with Geoff. Or a longer walk of 4.5 miles Bishopstone village, hill and sea. Walk to Bishopstone through fields, up and incline through woods and drop down to sea. Three stiles with Chris W. Or a longer walk of eight miles Monk, Rod, Ease and Arms. From Rodmell, some steep climbs and river walk, three stiles, take picnic with Angela. More information from 504280 www.polegateramblers.org.uk Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

QUIZ NIGHT tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre hosted by the twinning association. All welcome at 7.30pm.

DEANS of Polegate have now moved to a new location. Please visit them at 166 Seaside, Eastbourne, telephone 724133 and 640784. Huge discounts on take away meals. Opening hours seven days a week, lunch noon to 2pm and evening 5.30pm to 11.30pm. Bus stop outside, opposite TA Centre serving Indian and Bangladeshi Cuisine.

THE GARDENERS SOCIETY meet on Thursday with a talk on Old Inns of Lewes. Meeting starts at 7.30pm at Polegate Community Centre. More information on 483222.

Ringmer

ST MARY’S YOUTH GROUP meets this evening (Friday) and meets every month, details from Julius Ndhala (01273 813579). Services at St Mary’s continue as normal with Holy Communion at 8am and a Family Eucharist at 9.45am on Sunday.

TABLE TOP SALE at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form tomorrow, (Saturday) from 10am to noon. Refreshments and free parking. Come along and grab a bargain.

VILLAGE CLUBS SERVICE: Sunday at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church. Do come and join in with celebrating and giving thanks for all the clubs and organisations in our village. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the Church Room.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday October 8, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Deirdre Booth and Roy Skan; 3, Lesley Durrant and David Warner. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Primary School are holding a Nearly New Sale of all things children tomorrow, Saturday. It is to be similar to the very successful NCT sale and Tiddlers and Toddlers Sales but for children age four 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 please 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 & can collect locally.

FLUTES AND FRIENDS returns to St Mary’s Church, for another of their popular charity concerts tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

AUTUMN DANCE AND SUPPER in support of St Peter and St James Hospice and Ringmer Twinning Association, will take place on October 25 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Dancing led by Tony Dunn. Tickets £5 (twinning members), £7 (non-members) are available from Ringmer Wine Store, which is offering ticket holders a 10 per cent discount on wine and local ales purchased on the night, Jim Stock (813390), Daisy Mckie (814859) or email Sharon Gunde at sharon.gunde@gmail.com.

SMILE INTERNATIONAL: If you would like to fill a shoebox to go to children in need in the countries where this charity works, please contact Sue Clyde on 812700 or see www.smileinternational.org. These boxes need to be filled by October 26. Donations of money are also acceptable.

HOLIDAY CLUB: Mega Makers! Holiday Club takes place at St Mary’s Church during the mornings of Thursday, Friday and Saturday October 30 to November 1. The club offers lots of fun activities, games, craft, an interesting Mega Machine as well as hearing some stories from St Matthew’s Gospel. All children of Primary School age are welcome. For registration forms or more details contact Juliet Lyon (813298) or Julius Ndhala (813579). This is a joint venture with the Baptist Church.

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING: Why not come along to the village hall on Saturday, November 1 at 10am to hear Maria Caulfield speak and answer any questions you may have. Maria is the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for the Lewes Constituency in the 2015 General Election. This meeting is open to all. Tea/coffee will be served.

Rodmell & Southease

THE NEWS is not very cheery these days is it? Apart from war zones across the world, people in general seem to be having a hard time, especially health wise. Our thoughts are with them, especially those in caring roles, some as young as eight years old.

APART FROM attending three different hospitals in three days last week, for my own health, I also went to a Carers conference in Eastbourne so it was definitely a Health Issue week. Whilst we may think our NHS is on the downhill run, at least we have one, and I’m sure the hard pressed staff are doing the best they can. In many cases I feel we should take more care of our own health as prevention is better than cure.

MY FRIENDS had a laugh at my expense recently when we were discussing books we are reading, or have recently read. I read Lost Horizons and the plane went down in the Indian Ocean, then I read Gravity and the Ebola virus hit, and now I’m reading The Island by Victoria Hislop about the island of Spinalonga, Greece’s former leper colony. What a strange coincidence at this time, when brave people are putting themselves in danger dealing with Ebola just as people did with lepers.

JUMBLE SALE: The jumble sale for Village Hall Funds did very well with lots of jumble, unlike last time when it was cancelled for lack of jumble which resulted in an article in The Oldie magazine, much to the amusement of many.

THE GARDENS are now looking very lush and green after the refreshing rain following our long dry period.

CYCLING: Whilst I agree with more people cycling and try very hard to give them a wide berth when driving, especially on country roads and lanes. I do not like people cycling down Friars Walk when it is a one way system. It is a very frightening experience to have a cyclist right in front of you going the wrong way. Regarding cyclists being insured and having number plates (in the news this week), could they not be compelled to wear those yellow jackets with their number on them. They have numbers when competing in bike rides so why not in general. It is lovely seeing so many families out on their bikes at the weekends, especially when they are actually using the cycle paths built for them. It shows appreciation of the efforts so many people put in to get these things in place and the expense of such projects.

FED-UP: People in this area are getting very fed-up with one second power blips which are happening rather frequently and put out all electrical equipment.

Seaford

FOOD SWAP: The Seaford Autumn Food Swap will be at the Seven Sisters Public House, Alfriston Road tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am. Exchange your home-made and home-grown products with others. For details please call (01323) 492995.

TALK: Seaford England and Jamaica United by WW1 is the title of an illustrated talk which will be followed by documentary film, German Town: The Lost Story of Seaford Town Jamaica, at the Barn Theatre tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. All welcome.

FOLK CLUB: Seaford Folk Club will be meeting at the British Legion Club, Claremont Road today, Friday, at 8pm. The featured artists will be The Snapes.

CONCERT: The Concert Singers will present songs from the shows with a concert entitled Musical Memories tomorrow, Saturday, 2.30pm at Seaford Little Theatre. All welcome.

SEAFORD Lecture and Literary Club will be meeting on Tuesday at St Leonard’s Church Hall at 7.30pm. The talk will be Newhaven Fort – Then and Now by Ian Everest. For further details call 01323 899932.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: There will be a lunchtime concert given by the Hammig String Quartet at St Leonard’s Church on Saturday October 25 at 1pm. They will be playing Beethoven’s String Trio in G op 9 no 1 and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in Eb op 47. The concert lasts approximately an hour. Free admission with a retiring collection.

Telscombe

BINGO EVENING: Due to a children’s Halloween Party at the Telscombe Civic Centre, this month’s bingo is a week early on Friday October 24 with a prompt start time of 7pm. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

DON’T FORGET that British Summer Time ends on Sunday October 26. That means that at 2am you turn your clocks back one hour to 1am.

TEA DANCE: Deans Senior Tea Club free Halloween afternoon tea dance. Live music, dancing, cakes, raffle and refreshments. From 2pm to 4pm at St Nicholas Church Hall, Saltdean Vale on Friday October 31. For further details call Maria on 01273 307435. (Thanks to The House Project Charity for sponsoring the event).

FANCY DRESS PARTY: Kids Halloween fancy dress party at Telscombe Civic Centre on Friday October 31, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets £2.50 per person, including adults. Price to include a hotdog and a drink. Ring 01273 589777 to buy a ticket or go to the Civic Centre reception between 9.30am and 4pm weekdays.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

JPK SUSSEX PROJECT: Edgmond 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. Fundraising is on-going and project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker is grateful to all those who continue to support the project. It is hoped to start the first phase of the building work before too long. There have been many individual donations. Over the past few months fundraising activities have included a barbeque and disco hosted by John and Maureen Males which raised £761 with additional match funding of £500 from Legal and General and £825 from Barclays Bank. A raffle held at Filching Manor during the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company’s outdoor production of The Wife raise a further £177. A generous donation of £135 was donated by Alan Hodges following his interesting talk on the History of Eastbourne. ‘The Jade Team’ took park in the John O’Groats to Land’s End Cycle Challenge and sponsorship money could run into the thousands. As part of their community action programme Scotia Gas Networks provided a working party to undertake painting and clearance work on the JPK Edgmond site. The Summer Fayre organised by Margaret and Mavis Langford-Noakes was a great success and raised £700. In August a cheque for £200 was received from ASDA following their customers’ collection of tokens earlier in the year. A charity night at the Hydro with Paul Davis and the Easy Beat Orchestra and singers raised a further £600. At Concentus Chorale’s annual barbeque a cheque was presented to JPK for £2,089, the proceeds of their year’s fundraising and retiring collections at their concerts. Donations to JPK were requested rather than gifts at Rene Wicking’s 100th birthday and from this special occasion £790 was donated. Voice Works Company of Singers raised £416 from their concert in August adding to the £500 raised for the charity at a previous concert. Bridge Builders Club, a social club for people with a learning disability, undertook a sponsored walk in Hampden Park and raised £1,001, and a sponsored walk for JPK by the students of St Andrew’s School Meads took place in September with the proceeds still being collected. ‘The JPK Cycle’ team took part in the London to Brighton Bike Challenge in June and £829 was raised. Sovereign Harbour WI presented a cheque for £284 following their garden party. The annual charity golf day organised by Chris Rose and his team raised an amazing £12,500 in September. And finally Leonie Turner continues to make her delicious chutneys and jams for sale and during this financial year has raised £500. For further information please contact the JPK Sussex Project co-ordinator Jill Parker at 7 Wannock Avenue, Willingdon, BN20 9RP telephone number 01323 486179 or email jill@thejpkproject.co.uk or visit www.thejpkproject.co.uk . Meanwhile the old church Edgmond 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.

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, from 7pm tomorrow, Saturday. This is a fun evening, good food and audience participation led by Bourne Chorus. Please contact Maureen on 01323 482011. Tickets are £8.

QUIZ: The residents’ association is organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm today, Friday, 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 to check if there are still places left.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive is the venue for a networking breakfast which takes place on the third Thursday of the month from 8am to 9am. It is an opportunity for local businesses and charities to meet and promote their organisations and the services that they provide. The cost is just £3 to cover the breakfast. Ring the director of community relations Emma Vieire on 01323 525000 or email Eastbourne.DCR3@Sunriseseniorliving.com.

COCKTAILS AND CANAPES: You can enjoy cocktails and canapes at Sunrise Senior Living at 2.15pm today, Friday, whilst listening to entertainment provided by pianist Andy Payne.

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

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when Geoff Hutchinson will be giving a talk entitled Mad Jack Fuller.

CARGO: Accomplished guitarist Chris Page and bass player Peter Lees, known as Cargo, will be providing an eclectic mix of covers at the Wheatsheaf tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm.

COMBINED VOICES: At 6.30pm on Sunday there will be a combined voices service at St Mary’s Church in support of the Royal School of Church Music with special choir music, hymns and psalms.

RAMBLERS: St Mary’s Church Ramblers will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday. The walk will be around Herstrmonceux, which is a change from the original itinerary.

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

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs Miss and Ms) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when there will be a SE Water presentation and discussions on Operation Christmas Child.