Parish pump Newhaven - October 24, 2014

ALFRISTON

THE QUEENS AWARD for Voluntary Service is the highest award given by Her Majesty the Queen to a local group in recognition of outstanding work done in the community. It is the MBE for voluntary service. Last Friday the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, representing the Queen, presented the award to the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart. The ceremony was attended by the members of Heartstart, those who had been helped, friends and supporters. The High Sheriff of East Sussex, Chris Gebbie OBE was also present. Colin Burden, recently retired after many years of service, accepted the award on behalf of the group.

THE COACH HOUSE GALLERY is hosting an exhibition of Art in the Landscape by Simon Savage from now until November 2.

SMARTCOOKIES for Halloween will be making spooky pops, designing scary face painting and making masks at the Old Chapel Centre on October 30 between 10am and noon for children between four and 11 years old. The cost is £10 per child. For more details email smartcookiesliz@gmail.com or telephone Liz on 07722484262 or 01323 870599.

RATHFINNY WINE ESTATE has started its first harvest of Chardonnay grapes. The winery is ready, the presses are waiting and all is set to make the first sparkling wine which is expected to be released in 2017. The winery is open for tours which can be booked on line or through the Gun Room, on the Tye. The work on the Flint Barns, now converted into accommodation for up to 46 seasonal worker as well as other special interest and educational groups, is complete.

Bishopstone

LOCAL BEACH MEETING at 7pm today, Friday, at the Clinton Centre, Clinton Place.

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.

BRITISH SUMMER TIME ends on Sunday, so Monday morning should be lighter.

RIDE AND STRIDE raised a total of £729.50 in sponsorship this year, half of which is to benefit St Andrew’s Church. Congratulations to everyone who organised the event and walked or otherwise supported this Sussex Historic Church Trust Ride and Stride event.

TIDE MILLS: Bishopstone Tide Mills was graced this week with a Brent goose, duck size with a white rump and neck collar, probably newly arrived from breeding in the Arctic, and a bright blue and orange kingfisher flying low and swiftly over the Mill Pond by the bridge. Both these birds are on the orange endangered list (only one down from red).

Falmer

TRAVELLING: We have just returned from travelling in Europe visiting friends in Belgium and Germany, and it is always good to return home safely. We were amazed by all the lorries travelling on the motorways, the majority of them with number plates from all different countries in Europe and mostly the eastern bloc countries. When we journeyed back to our ferry, again we could see all the lorries waiting to board and only two could I see with GB plates. Again I was staggered to hear on the radio, a reporter travelling with a driver picking up frozen bread dough in Brussels to transport for retailers in the UK. I must stop before getting too political.

LAST SUNDAY we welcomed the Bishop of Chichester to our church, St Laurence, for evensong and then tea afterwards in the Parish Hall. Many people came to meet Bishop Martin and he took the opportunity of speaking to everyone. Bishop Martin spoke with emphasis on the future of all churches and aims that he wishes us all to attain. We enjoyed meeting the Bishop and welcomed his visit, and we hope that he could see that our community is very special and our doors are open to all.

RETURNING to my visit to Germany, the main reason was an invitation to a brunch party to celebrate a special birthday. I felt quite proud when on that menu was a full English breakfast and I could see that most guests were going for it. We had a great time with all our friends and are very lucky to have them.

ONE LITTLE STORY, which I am sure would have been picked up by our local news if it had happened here, was a young boy of three years old being locked in the big church of the town. It was market day and his grandparents had stopped to chat with friends, the young boy, Max, was his name, loved the church and had found the door open and there was a rehearsal of a concert just finishing, and being unaware that Max was in the church, they left and locked the church. His grandparents heard him calling and they called the police, who called the fire brigade. Max was exceedingly brave and was not panicking, you could see the giant door handle moving up and down trying to open the door. It took 30 minutes to get him released.

Folkington

CHURCH SERVICE: There will be no service at Folkington on Sunday. The service will be a joint Benefice service at St Andrew’s in Alfriston at 11am. This will be a Holy Communion service led by the Right Reverend Christopher Hibbert (former Bishop of St Alban’s). It 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.

Hailsham

ST MARY’S: This is the last Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Gideon: weak mighty warrior. Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch is on Tuesday November 11 at 7.30pm at the Hailsham Club, High Street. At the October meeting the death of Rose Young (Hellingly) was observed. Ray Smith was welcomed as a new member on transfer from Little Common Branch. Nominations were invited for county and vice chairmen. Renewal subscriptions of £15 are now due and the secretary has the new cards. The Poppy Appeal has started for 2014/15. The collections of £314 for 2013/14 have been forwarded to HQ. John Burton reported on the conference and informed the Branch that the RBL Management lost an amendment to the Royal Charter. He was thanked by all for his concise report. Rev Peter Clark said that he was pleased that a volunteer had come forward for the post of secretary and he nominated Frank Berry. The chairman requested that if any member knew of an elderly person who needed any assistance, whether ex-service or not, to notify the chairman, vice chairman or secretary so that action could be taken. After the meeting a slide show was given showing That Land Down Under. The annual general meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch, Royal British Legion is to take place at 8pm on November 11 at the Hailsham Club, High Street, Hailsham for the purpose of hearing reports from the Officers of the Branch and to approve the accounts of the Branch. Following this, election of the branch officers for the ensuing year will take place, with any other business to follow.

KNITTING AND CROCHET: Go along to a Knit’Inn Night at The King’s Head. The next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm. It really does not seem so long ago that the group met for the first time, but they are soon to be in the fifth year of meeting up twice a month to compare knitting notes, swap information and enjoy general chitchat with similar minded people. The atmosphere is relaxed, the general mood encouraging and there is no pressure to do or complete anything. There are no joining fees, no obligations. If you have knitting or crochet habit, or a project you would like help with, go along to a Knit Night. They meet on the Second and last Tuesday each month. For more information phone Su (07552229473).

FLOWER CLUB: Members and friends enjoyed an entertaining and lively evening with NAFAS National Demonstrator Avril Hill at their September meeting with her demonstration In the Pink. A former NAFAS chairman, Avril created some lovely designs using a variety of flowers and foliage. She introduced them with some very amusing stories illustrating experiences during her life including a garden slug patrol using rubber gloves. An attractive buffet was served at the beginning of the evening complemented by an attractive sales table and raffle. The club meets on the third Wednesday in the month (except December) at 7.30pm at the Civic Community Hall and warmly welcomes new members and visitors to their meetings.

ART EXHIBITION at St Mary’s church from Tuesday to Thursday, between 10am and 4pm and on Friday October 31 from 10am to 2pm. Ten artists will be showing works from contemporary to traditional in various mediums. Free entry (donations welcome). Refreshments available.

ROTARIANS: Hailsham Rotarians will be handing out soup, tea, juices, sausage rolls and tea cakes to the runners in the Beachy Head Marathon tomorrow, Saturday. Members man two refreshment stations at Littlington and Birling Gap providing a much needed service for the runners and walkers raising their own money for the charities they are running for. The Rotary Club’s website is being updated and apologies for the lack of up to date information. The new exciting website will be up and available soon. They have a Facebook Page which is updated every week. If you are interested in their work and think that you too could put something back into our great town by helping or even joining just contact Richard Thomas on 01323 847 776. Find us on Facebook: Rotary Club of Hailsham.

U3A: At their October meeting on Tuesday, Ian Everest will give an illustrated talk on The Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Tea is at 2pm, programme starts 2.30pm. If you would like to join U3A ring Sue in the first instance on (01323) 840797 or visit their website: hailshamu3a.co.uk, email: u3apublicity@gmail.com

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The first round of Projected Digital Images competition is in the same format as the print competitions except the images are viewed from a projector onto a large screen. The judge was Gary Carter from Seaford Photographic Society. It was his first visit to the society. The results are as follows; The Swallow Cup for beginners has two images through to the final, Sea Holly by Dee McNabb, a pretty picture of spiky white holly against a lovely muted background, and Shetland Summer Night by Pam Maclay, a beautiful sunset reflected in the water taken through the reeds in the foreground of the picture. The Sussex Shield for intermediates had four images picked, San Bushman, Kalahari Desert by Peggy McKenzie, Survivor by Terry Maskell, Little Egret and Bittern In Flight both by David Philips. Each had a superb photograph of the bird in flight showing stunning colour and feathers. The Albert Hillman Cup for advanced members had six images chosen to go through. These were Mist In The Cuckmere Valley by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS CPAGB, Outside The Temple by Alison Morris ARPS, Sweet Pea by Bob Sherrard LRPS, Looking Towards The Light and Alone In The Corn both by John Deller LRPS, and What Is It Fred? by Alan Clark, a really amusing picture of two cats sitting either side of a very old wooden door with one of them peeping through a gap. There was a burst of laughter when this one appeared on the screen. At the end of the competition, Ray thanked Gary very much for coming to the club, giving his views and comments on the work. Ray also commented on how nice it was to meet new judges on the circuit.

Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Often the group use public transport to and from their walks and recently a party took the train to Arundel to walk from there to Goring where they caught the train back to Lewes. At Arundel the noisy and busy A27 was soon left behind as the party made their way across numerous stiles past Broomhust Farm to Lyminster, the first of three villages with interesting buildings where the houses were mainly of an executive nature. Taking the byway to Poling a picnic lunch was eaten in the churchyard before going on along the edge of a recently ploughed and muddy field to Angmering. From here a very gradual ascent was made to Highdown Hill where excellent views were obtained both towards the sea and inland. Time did not allow a stop at the gardens or tea shop there, although at least one member said that she would come back to do so, before descending the hill, crossing the busy A259 road and proceeding by footpath to Goring railway station. Despite a poor weather forecast the party only experienced a short shower on Highdown Hill and otherwise the day had proved very suitable for walking.

GARDEN SOCIETY: On Tuesday, 7.30pm, at Cliffe Church Hall, Stuart Lees will be talking about adventurous container gardening. He trained as a horticulturist and then worked for the Cadogan Estate in Chelsea before progressing to various head gardener positions. He now runs his own garden design and consultancy business in Hampshire - daring you to be different. All welcome. £3 for non-members.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Please come to the Fairtrade Fayre in the church on Saturday November 22, 12.30pm to 4pm. This year it is being held slightly earlier than before, so that even the more organised present-buyers can browse the Fairtrade and handmade collections of beautiful cards and gifts. The products are of very high quality, food stalls will provide lunch/afternoon snacks and the atmosphere is lovely. Last week’s Fairtrade cake sales for Tear Fund’s No Child Taken campaign raised over £120. Thank you both to cake-makers and to cake-buyers. The church is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, as well as on Sunday for services (and for our many other activities throughout the week). Everyone is welcome to look round or for quiet reflection. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service, with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

PELLS SCHOOL: All four classes at Pells Church of England Primary School have been enjoying their Outdoor Learning lessons this term. Children have had opportunities to work together to build temporary shelters in the school wildlife area, make pictures inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy using materials from nature such as leaves, sticks and seeds, plant spring bulbs in containers and flower beds and tidy up the garden after the summer. Happy half term.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH is holding a Beetle Drive in the church rooms tonight (Friday) at 6pm. Admission is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and includes hot dogs and burgers. Places should have been booked in advance for catering purposes so telephone 01273 973301 to check availability. On Sunday St Michael’s is holding a Pet Service at 10am. Well behaved pets of any variety are welcome.

MEECHING WI is running a stall today, Friday, at the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven from 8.30am to noon. They will be serving teas, coffees, bacon sandwiches and cakes. They are also selling nearly new clothes, jewellery, books, cakes and bric-a-brac. The October meeting was well attended when Sharon Bass talked about her time working at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. The AGM will be held on Thursday November 20 at 9.45am in Meeching Hall and at the same venue there will be a Christmas lunch on December 11 from noon to 3pm.

NEWHAVEN FORT Halloween Fun starts tomorrow (Saturday) and runs until Sunday November 2. Back by popular demand is Paws and Claws and there are Halloween Workshops on Thursday October 30 at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3pm which must be booked in advance. 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 a full programme of events and to book a place at a workshop telephone 01273 517622.

PRIZE BINGO tomorrow (Saturday) at Denton and Mount Pleasant Social Centre in aid of 1218 Squadron Newhaven Air Cadets. Doors open at 6.30pm and the first game is at 7pm. Tickets are purchased on the night, £1 a strip for six tickets (six games) and there are two prizes for each game, winning line and full house. In the interval you can purchase refreshments, tea, coffee, soft drink and cakes before you can buy another six tickets for six further games. All monies raised goes towards purchasing vital equipment for the squadron.

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

RNLI: Tickets are available now for another music evening at the Lifeboat House on Saturday November 1 at 7.30pm. Hard Pressed are returning by popular demand to hear an evening of sea shanties. Bring your own drink and light refreshments will be available for a donation. To book a ticket at £5 each contact Lynn on 01273 517488 or email rnlinewhavensociety@hotmail.co.uk

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Sussex RBL will be officially launching the 2014 Poppy Appeal at Newhaven Fort on Saturday November 1. This will be a day packed with activities to launch the annual appeal. For full details telephone the Fort on 01273 517622.

Peacehaven

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

Ringmer

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: Tonight (Friday) at 7.45pm in the village hall, Geoff Bridger will be giving us A Great War Medley. A century after the outbreak of the Great War, this will be an eclectic collection of little known and unusual aspects of the conflict. His presentation is based around a collection of slides that illustrate the more unusual aspects of the Great War, and is designed to appeal to non-specialists in the topic.

DANCE AND SUPPER: In support of St Peter and St James Hospice and Ringmer Twinning Association are holding an Autumn Dance and Supper tomorrow (Saturday) 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.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: The Village Clubs Service, led by Neil Thornicroft, was well attended with representatives from many of Ringmer’s sports and social clubs. There was a superb mix of hymns and worship and the event was a lovely celebration of our village community. On Sunday, Rev David Perks will be leading St Mary’s morning services, 8am Holy Communion and 9.45am Sung Eucharist, and Evensong will be taken by Rev Mary Sitwell. Evening Prayer will be held at 5pm on Monday November 3 to mark All Souls’ Day. Anyone wishing to commemorate loved ones are welcome to attend and may add names to the list held at church.

HOLIDAY CLUB: Mega Makers! Holiday Club takes place each morning on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at St Mary’s Church. There are many activities to do and all children of primary school age are welcome. It is time to hurry if you are registering your child as the latest date to do so is Tuesday. Further information and booking forms from Juliet Lyon (01273 813298) or Julius Ndhala (01273 813579).

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday October 15, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Simon Webster and Roy Skan; 2, Lesley Durrant and David Warner; 3, Pam Brook and John Waston. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

U3A PHOTOGRAPHY: The first meeting of the group will be held in the Scout Hut from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday. New members are invited to attend and bring their camera and up to six photos on a USB stick or hard copy on the theme of autumn. Meetings will be held monthly throughout the year on the last Thursday in the month. Details from Bob on 01273 812784.

Rodmell & Southease

INTERESTING EVENTS: a lot of interesting things go on in an around our villages. Many of us are very thankful for the efforts put into such events by the organisers. One such event recently was the charity gig in aid of the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice at Iford Village Hall by the local group Leaky Buckets, on Saturday October 11. Those of you who know the Leaky Buckets may remember they opened the Lewes Live Music Festival in July and two weeks later played at the Secret Garden Party Festival at Huntingdon, where there were 30,000 people and I hear they woke some of them up with their 10am set. It was a very lively evening at Iford and we all enjoyed it and were greatly impressed by the great guitar playing by 11 year old Will White, a name to watch for the future. I actually met up with Audrey Eade who used to attend the same youth club in Brighton as Joan Ellis and myself. That must have been around 55 years ago at least. Audrey’s brother Keith is a member of the band.

HARVEST SUPPPER: Rodmell and Southease Harvest Supper on Friday October 10 was as usual a great event. The food was lovely and the hall looked very attractive with all its Harvest decorations and we had fun with the entertainment. Thanks to all the organisers for their great efforts. In earlier days we used to have a table full of children at this function, just in front of the stage. In past years none have come, such a shame.

WI: On Tuesday October 21 Rodmell and Southease WI held their AGM. Yet another interesting evening.

THE COFFEE MORNINGS in the village hall are still popular. Thanks to the organisers.

GARDENING: Tomorrow, Saturday, Churchyard Gardening. Once again calling all our kind volunteers to turn up with favourite tools any time between 9.30am and noon and wait to be put to work. With luck there will be delicious jumblies and coffee.

ON SUNDAY British Summertime ends, the end of a lovely summer. Let’s hope the winter won’t be too bad.

PARISH COUNCIL: On Monday November 3 the parish council will be meeting in the village hall at 8pm. All welcome.

Seaford

END OF SEASON: The last Seaford Foodswap of 2014 was held last Saturday at the Seven Sisters Public House. Tables in this spacious venue were quickly filled with loaves of bread, chutneys, soups and cakes. Regular attendees set up speedily and were then able to help newcomers. With sampling, negotiations and swaps made it was time to go. Everyone left happy, their bags and boxes bulging with new taste tables. As the result of feedback, Seaford Foodswap will return next year. No dates have yet been set but watch this space in the new year. We are trying to find new ways to promote this event and encourage more people to take part. Please contact Adele 01323 492995 or Di 01323 897897 or visit www.facebook.com/groups/seafordfoodswap

THEATRE: The Synergy Theatre presents Our Town at The Clinton Centre, Clinton Place (01273 301444) at 7.30pm from October 28 to November 1.

LECTURE AND LITERARY CLUB: Seaford Lecture and Literary Club meet on Tuesday, 7.30pm, at St Leonard’s Church Hall. This week the subject is Family Trees by Stuart Cameron-Waiier. Visitors welcome. Further information on 01323 899932.

FOLK CLUB: Seaford Folk Club meet tonight, Friday, for Singers and Musicians evening ‘and another’, 8pm at the British Legion Club, Claremont Road. All welcome.

Telscombe

CELEBRATE DIWALI - or Deepavali as it is otherwise known - is the Festival of Light and marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is observed on the 15th day of the month of Kartika in the Hindu calendar, this year being yesterday, Thursday. It is not a bank holiday in the UK but is celebrated in many towns and cities as, according to national statistics for 2001, Hindus comprised the second largest non-Christian religious group in the United Kingdom. Lamps, fireworks and bonfires illuminate this holiday, as the word Deepawali means a row or cluster of lights or rows of diyas (clay lamps). The festival symbolises the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The goddess Lakshmi, who symbolises wealth, happiness and prosperity, is also worshipped during Diwali.

WINTER’S ON ITS WAY: Don’t forget that British Summer Time ends on Sunday. 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. The House Project Charity have kindly sponsored this event of 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.

HALLOWEEN FANCY DRESS: Kids’ Halloween fancy dress party at Telscombe Civic Centre on Friday October 31 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Just a few tickets left at £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. Tickets must be bought in advance.

ELVIS NIGHT: Blind Veterans UK present Mark Wright as Elvis at Telscombe Civic Centre on Saturday December 6. Tickets have just gone on sale at £10 each. Whether you are a true Elvis fan or just fancy a good night out, join in the celebration of Elvis’s music with one of the best acts in the business. To book call Rachel on 01273 391455 or email rachel.chitty@blindveterans.org.uk – tickets can also be purchased from the Civic Centre reception.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

JOHN PAUL MILLER will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf with his repertoire of classic and contemporary songs from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Meanwhile Simon Scardenelli will be providing the entertainment at The British Queen from 8.30pm.

LEIGH BAKER will be entertaining customers at The British Queen from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm, will be the last opening day to the public until next April, although group bookings could probably be arranged. The closed season is the time when work on the mill is mainly undertaken so if you think you could help in any way or would like to find out more please ring Lawrence or Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496.

ART: The Church Street Art Exhibition held on Saturday October 11 at St Mary’s Church Hall was very successful and raised £164 for church funds and Family Support Work. Teresa Currie, who tutors the artists, said that she would like to thank all those who helped on the day and the 145 people who attended the exhibition.

COFFEE MORNING: The Macmillan Coffee Morning organised by Anita Hatch at her salon Anita’s Beauty Works raised £253.29. Anita was delighted with the response from the public and thanks all those who contributed by buying raffle tickets or having hugely discounted treatments on the morning. From each back massage, green tea facial or eye lifting treatment £5 was given to the charity. Prizes for the raffle were donated by H T Whites, Silhouette International Facial and Body Products, Thalgo Skincare and Anji hair designer. Macmillan Coffee Morning has become an annual event for Anita, who is always keen to support charity and her treatments are excellent. Ring 01323 503530.

THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION held their general meeting on October 15 at Trinity Church Hall. It was well attended. The guest speaker was David Jones who gave a very interesting PowerPoint presentation on the Bluebell Railway, its history and the film and television programmes in which it has been featured, including Downton Abbey. PCSO Ali Beadon was unable to attend the meeting. Chairman of WillRA John Pritchett spoke on her behalf reassuring residents that crime remains very low in Willingdon. Treasurer Richard Nunney gave his report explaining what the association did with the money raised from their twice yearly popular quizzes and the membership subscriptions. As much money as possible is ploughed back into the local community and over the last year WillRA has sponsored many worthy causes including the JPK Sussex Project, the local scouts and guides, the Music in the Park event, Willingdon and Jevington in Bloom, Willingdon Church’s youth club ABLAZE, and Willingdon pre-school nursery and the Friends of Willingdon Primary School. Membership secretary Denis Langford reported on the number of paid up members in the Association. New members had subscribed that night, which at £1 a family for the year represents good value. Newsletters distributed twice yearly keep residents informed, with reports and future events as well as useful contact numbers. The audience was asked to let any committee member know of any project they would like considered and WillRA would do its best to help.

QUIZ REPORT: Willingdon Residents’ Association held one of their popular quizzes at Trinity Church Hall on October 17. The quiz master was Steve White assisted by Carol. Eleven teams fought a close battle with the team of Ken and Chris Stevens, Pam and Allen Gales and Fran and John Pritchett emerging victorious by two clear points. A free raffle was held and quizzers enjoyed an excellent ploughman’s supper during the interval when the bonus round was completed. A great evening was enjoyed by all. Scout Benjamin Preston sold cakes during the interval to help raise funds for his visit to Japan next year for the Scout Jamboree.

TRINITY DINERS was really excellent on October 17. Congratulations to Jennie and her team. Seven people who had booked were unable to attend due to coughs and colds, which meant that there was even more for the rest of us. The next Trinity Diners meal at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue is on Friday November 14. To reserve a place please contact Jennie on 01323 484189. The meals are £5.50.

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

JOINT COFFEE MORNING: The Mothers’ Union and the Friendly Cuppa group are hosting a joint coffee morning from 10am to noon on Thursday in St Mary’s Church Hall. It is in support of Family Social Work and Chestnut Tree House. Stalls include a craft table. Any craft items, cakes or raffle prizes would be gratefully received. Please ring 01323 521637.

SPOOKY SPECTACULAR: Andy Robertson will be at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper Kings Drive at 2pm to entertain on Freaky Friday, October 31. For more information please contact Emma Viera on 01323 525 000.

STEVE HEWLETT is the vice chairman of the charity Look Beyond the Heart, Steve is hosting a one night only local talent show at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne at 8pm tomorrow, Saturday. The tickets are £10 each. It is called Alfie’s Starquest and will be a local Sussex talent show with celebrity judges and guest appearances.