Parish pump Newhaven - September 19, 2014


THE FLOWER FESTIVAL raised a splendid £1,370. Congratulations to all those involved.

WHIST DRIVE at Bishopstone Parish Hall tomorrow, Saturday, starting at7.30pm. Admission £2.50 including refreshments. This event is suitable for all abilities and is in aid of the Parish Hall.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean at 10am on Sunday. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. The beach clean usually lasts two hours.

BIG COFFEE MORNING on Friday September 26 at 10.30am to noon, Bishopstone Parish Hall. There will be a bring-and-buy produce stall and raffle. This event is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

658 YEARS AGO today was fought the battle of Poitiers, a spectacular victory for the Black Prince, in which the French King John was captured. Local Sir John Pelham was involved. His descendants subsequently adopted a Medieval buckle as an emblem, which can still be seen around Bishopstone, and survives as a local place name.


EXHIBITION: The Heritage Exhibition displayed in St Laurence for five days over last weekend was interesting to read and lovely to look at with all the old copies of photographs taken from postcards. There were many stories and yet still more untold, men who had worked, mainly on the land, and had gone to fight in the First World War. One picture showed a group of young men, and a visitor, who came to see the exhibition, was so delighted to recognise her own father. There has been a tremendous amount of research undertaken by Sheila Massey and Sue Barnes who copied the photos for display from John Burt’s collection. An amazing effort and very much appreciated by those who came to visit.

LADIES GROUP: Francis Lacey Scott came to talk about the last stage of his Santiago de Compastello walk. Sadly I missed the talk, but to those of whom I have spoken with, all have said how interesting and entertaining Francis made the evening. I was walking myself in Kent, a little less glamourous than Francis’, but I had the most fantastic weather and loved every day.

LORRIES: For the last two weeks huge lorries have been trundling up to Mary Farm delivering, we understand, reconstituted environmental waste for distribution on the land. Thankfully the smell is not as bad as it was last year, but the lorries and equipment that followed to do the work were quite a shock to a very small lane.

PLOUGHING MATCH: Too early for this report, but we are looking forward to a ploughing match in Falmer on Wednesday, and apparently there will be some shire horses, whether they will be taking part in the ploughing, we will have to wait and see.

PARISH COUNCIL: Again, too early for this column, on Tuesday there will be a parish council meeting, and I am hoping to find out more about the planning application made for change of use to one of the barns at Court Farm from agricultural use to an Auction Site.

GREAT SADNESS: It was with great sadness to hear of the death of Marilyn Huxham, whose funeral took place on Monday in Henfield, where she lived. Marilyn and Eric Huxham lived in Falmer village for many years, and we send the family our sincere condolences.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Sunday was a beautifully warm and sunny day and 20 members of the group walked a circular route from the village of Fletching through Newick via Sharpsbridge. The route took us across fields, some of which were high with corn (on the cob!) in some places reaching about 7ft high, and could be mistaken for an African jungle. Fortunately all the paths were very well trodden so there was no risk on getting lost. The route then took us along a high meandering path along the River Ouse eventually crossing a stile into a field, which led us up to Newick Churchyard. From there we walked into Newick Village and enjoyed a pleasant and welcome break. Suitably refreshed we carried on back across the A272 and through a small housing estate to rejoin fields leading across a fairly new bridge then back into fields before emerging out onto a lane behind Sheffield Park and walking the half a mile back to Fletching Village. We all especially appreciated this lovely late summer’s day. The next walk will be a short stroll at Laughton 2.5 miles. Meet at 10.30am at top North Street car park. Our new season’s programme is available at the Tourist Office, The Outdoor Shop or online at

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday September 2, 7th Ladder: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, James and Sally Budgen; 3, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. Thursday September 4 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Margaret Buddery and Peter Waters; 2, Di Johnstone and Peter Kennedy; 3, Sheila Cripps and Elizabeth Roger. Thursday September 11 Teams: 1, Peter Cattermole and Nigel Osmer, Susan Louis and Adela Thomas; 2, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell, Margie Parris and Mavis Druce. New members and visitors welcome, contact 01273 473026.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service including communion, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service including communion, with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015: Launch meeting Saturday September 27 at 10am in King’s Church, Brooks Road. An opportunity to find out more and become involved in this exciting project. Contact, call/text 07926 486567 or visit

WESTGATE WI: On Wednesday September 10, Betty Houghton came to talk to us about her time working at Bletchley Park. It was a huge place with some 10,000 people working there and the site covered 23 acres, Betty worked there for two years. Obviously, as we all know, the work carried out at Bletchley Park was top secret and these secrets have only been released to the public in recent years. Betty’s aspect of work was to decipher the messages obtained from the Germans, her job being called Clear German, in order to block whatever plans the Germans had to invade our British Isles. The hut she lived in together the other girls, was where the enigma Colossus machine was and the work these girls did was very intense during their shifts of 9am until 4pm; 4pm until midnight or midnight to 9am and sometimes one only had a short break between shifts and others a much longer one, hence they were all extremely tired most of the time, making the obtaining and translating of the German messages harder than when one is less tired and hence we appreciated the fact that their work was maintained to a very high standard all the time. Betty was at boarding school in Eastbourne, aged 14, when war broke out and she was duly sent home to Chiddingly. She applied to the WAAF in Eastbourne but was unsuccessful so applied to the WRENS with success and hence ended up at Bletchley Park. Whatever job any person held at Bletchley Park this was never divulged to anyone else either at Bletchley Park or outside. There were several departments ie Italian, Japanese, etc. and, of course, very intelligent personnel worked there. Most of the female staff were from the armed forces but the male staff were mainly straight from university. The Colossus machine was developed by Turin but built by Head Electrical Engineer, Tommy Flowers. Betty, like many others, had to do fire watching duty but she used to go into the office and sleep! In all an interesting and insightful talk about this very secret establishment. Our next meeting is on Wednesday October 8 in St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe High Street and our speaker is Cliff Dargonne giving us a talk on Climbing in Antartica. Do come and join us, we are a very friendly group and welcome everyone; you may visit us three times before deciding whether or not you would like to become a member, we’d love some more ladies of any age to come and join us. (Dee Barr).

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 tomorrow (Saturday) at 46 Meeching Rise, in aid of St Michael’s Church Steeple Fund. The coffee morning runs from 10am to noon and admission is £1 to include coffee or tea and biscuits. There will be a cake stall and a raffle, all welcome.

PARADISE PARK: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday there will be a Better Lawn Talk for keen gardeners at 10.30am.

U3A: The 25th AGM of Newhaven and Peacehaven University of the Third Age was held recently when the outgoing chairman was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a token for all her hard work, she remains on the committee as deputy chairman. The treasurer also retired and was thanked for her work and support for U3A. In the winter members will enjoy an outing to London to see the Christmas lights and the next meeting is on Thursday October 2 when the subject will be lotions and potions, the next committee meeting will be on October 14.

TOWN COUNCIL: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee will meet on Tuesday in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm to discuss the latest applications. This will be followed by a meeting of the Community Engagement and Promotion Committee.

MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatics will be holding their AGM on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Meeching Hall. All welcome and there will be an opportunity to join the society if you would like to.

MACMILLAN COFFEE AM: Guinness Court in Iveagh Crescent will be holding a coffee morning on Friday September 26 in the lower lounge from 10.30am. It is opposite the community bus stop which leaves the stop behind Poundstretcher at 9.40am, Sainsbury at 9.59am and Denton Corner at 10am. Plenty of parking so come along and have a drink and some home-made cake and support this worthy cause. Donations of cakes or pies welcome.

TEA, CAKE AND FILM at the Hillcrest Centre on Friday October 10, 2pm to 5pm. To celebrate Older People’s Day Hillcrest Film Society will be showing the classic film The Ladykillers starring Alec Guinness. Tea and cake is included in the ticket price of £3, pay on the day but to secure a place book in advance by phoning 01273 515764, email or text your name and word Ladykillers to 07766601834.

SUNDAY LUNCH CLUB is open to all at Newhaven Day Club, West Quay, when lunch, dessert and coffee costing £6.50 is served at 12.30pm. It must be booked in advance by noon the previous Friday by signing the list in the Day Centre or by telephoning Kate on 01273 516207.


DOGGIE BAGS: With retail shops cutting back on providing plastic carrier bags it is sometimes not easy to find something to clean up your dog’s poo. The Peacehaven information office now has special packs of 100 bags for clearing up the mess for just £1.50.

ELECTRIC BLANKETS: With the cooler nights, some residents will be switching on their electric blankets. It is important that blankets are tested annually. Bring your blanket for a free professional safety check to the Telscombe Civic Centre, 360 South Coast Road on Thursday October 16 from 10am to noon. There will be money off vouchers for a new blanket for all blankets that fail. Lewes District Council will offer a collection and return service for anyone who is unable to get to the event. If you would like your blanket collected please contact Environmental Health on 01273 484354 before October 14.

THE MORNING MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre has been arranged by the Lions Club. Next week’s market, on September 27, will be organised by the Dragoon Scouts. To book a table with them ring 01323 891320.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, Meridian Evening WI will be in the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Tuesday the Kemptown Conservatives will be behind the counter followed on Thursday by the Peacehaven Catholic Church. On Friday, September 26, there will be a special coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Nurses.

BAGS AND SCARVES: On Friday September 26 there is a special coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. There will also be a sale of bags and scarves donated by local residents. The information office needs bags and scarves that you could give for sale on the day. So ladies is it time for a wardrobe change? Give your unwanted bags and scarves to the information office prior to the event and choose a new outfit on the day ready for the winter.

BOOT SALE: Another huge boot sale on Sunday September 14 at The Dell. There were plenty of bargains to be had but there is a noticeable trend recently that whatever reasonable price the seller asks a potential buyer always seems to want it for less. Is this I wonder the influence of some television programmes or is it the influx of migrants from other countries where this type of haggling is common place.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the policy and finance committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. At the start of the meeting members of the public may ask questions.

SAVE A LIFE: The NHS Blood and Transplant team will be visiting Peacehaven on Wednesday. They will be in the Community House, Meridian Centre from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm. Donating blood is so important in saving the lives of those who have heart transplants to mothers who have just given birth. Please go along if you have never given before. It is so easy and you can go home proudly knowing you may have saved someone’s life.


POLEGATE GARDENERS SOCIETY: It was nice having a lovely warm spring and summer but some of the vegetables and flowers had passed their best but our gardeners always manage to put on a good show. There was a great display of vegetables and fruit followed by a number of dahlias but sadly no chrysanthemums, but there were other flowers and the boards of fuchsia blooms were in abundance together with some lovely orchids and very prickly cactus. A very large array of photographs was on display showing Winter Wonderland, Out and About and Sunrise/Sunset. They were all so very good that it must have been a hard task for the judge. The titles of the Decorative section this year were Rainbow End, Dried but not Dull and Autumn Bliss and our members came up with some good interpretations. The trophies were presented by, A Clingo, president of the society. Winners were: Section 1 Vegetables: 12 Haive de Noirt shallots, J Fuller; 12 pickling shallots, W Burgess; three specimen onions, W Burgess; five onions under 4 inches, J Fuller; four potatoes (7 to 8oz), J Fuller; three carrots, J Fuller; three beetroot, R Smith; three parsnips, J Pritchett; six runner beans, J Fuller; one greenhouse cucumber, W Burgess; one ridge or outdoor cucumber, Mrs A Sawyer; two cabbages, W Burgess; three leeks, W Burgess; two table marrows or squashes, J Fuller; two courgettes 6 inches, W Burgess; five tomatoes, W Burgess; 10 small tomatoes, Mrs A Sawyer; any other vegetable, Mrs M Spray; one novelty vegetable, Mrs D Harris; the longest bean, J Fuller; basket of mixed vegetables, R Reeve.

Section 2 Fruit: Four dessert apples, A Harris; four cooking apples, Mrs A Sawyer; dish of 12 berries, Mrs A Sawyer; dish of any other fruit (not berries), Mrs A Sawyer; three different types of fruit, R Smith.

Section 4 Dahlias: Vase three decorative 4 to 6 inches, E Sanderson; vase three semi-cacti 4 to 6 inches, E Sanderson; vase three mini ball, E Sanderson; vase three small ball, E Sanderson; one specimen dahlia, any variety, A Harris; vase five mixed, any variety, A Harris; vase five mixed, semi-cacti pom, A Harris; vase five mixed dahlias, mixed colours, A Harris.

Section 6 General: Vase five zinnias, A Winter; three cut blooms of begonia on a board, A Winter; six fuchsia blooms on a board, one variety, A Clingo; six fuchsia blooms on a board, over two varieties, Miss D Pierce; vase three different stems autumn foliage, Mrs S Smith; vase four stems mixed flowers, T Voyce; vase three gladioli, A Winter; one specimen gladioli, A Winter; vase three asters, Mrs A Sawyer.

Section 7 Pot Plants: One pot of begonias, Mrs A Sawyer; one pot fuchsia, Mrs M Spray; one pot plant in flower, Mrs J Cox; one pot plant for foliage, Mrs M Spray; one orchid in flower, Mrs W Rodgers; one cactus, Mrs S Smith; one succulent, D Brown.

Section 8 Photos: Winter Wonderland, Mrs A Sawyer; Out and About, Miss D Cocks; Sunrise/Sunset, Miss D Pierce.

Section 9 Decorative: Rainbows End, 46cm, Mrs J Mordaunt; Dried but not Dull, petite, Mrs J Mordaunt; Autumn Bliss, mini, Miss D Pierce.

Mitchell Cup, most points fruit, Mrs A Sawyer; Silver Medal Certificate, best exhibit dahlias, E Sanderson; Norman Dibble Cup, best exhibit dahlias, A Harris; Floral Cup, most points dahlias, A Harris, E Sanderson; Bronze Medal Certificate, second highest points dahlias, Mrs D Morgan-Smith; Leslie Whitbread Cup, best exhibit general, A Winter; Asher Cup, best exhibit general, A Winter; Autumn Floral Cup, best exhibit general, A Winter; Fairways Cup, most points general, A Winter; Noel King Trophy, best exhibit pot plants, Mrs W Rodgers; Bob Simmonds Trophy, most points pot plants, D Brown; Knight Cup, best exhibit photographs, Miss D Cocks; Marshall Cup, best exhibit decorative, Mrs J Mordaunt; Momemto Cup, for winning the Etchell Cup for the past three years, J Fuller; Momemto Cup, for winning the Asher Cup for the past three years, Mrs R Haynes; Momemto Cup, for winning the Shepards Cup for the past three years, Mrs S Goddard; Garden News Top Tray: 1, W Burgess; 2, R Reeve.

Judges were Mr D Lancaster, Mr C Bryen, Mrs B Gough and Mrs L Purdy.


JUMBLE SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm in the village hall. If you have jumble for the sale, please bring it to the hall between 10am and 11am on the morning of the sale.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Arundel in a SCFL Div 1 fixture. Meanwhile the Reserves are at home to Mile Oak Reserves in a league fixture with a 3pm kick-off at the Caburn. On Sunday the Under 18s are at home in a league fixture versus Eastbourne Utd with an 11am kick-off at the Caburn. On Tuesday the first team are at home to St Francis Rangers in a SCFL Div1 fixture and kick-off time is 7.45pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday September 3, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams; Joint 2, Valerie and Peter King, Jenny Charman and Alan Grindley. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

DRESSMAKING COURSE: Beginners Dressmaking Course, five weeks from Wednesday. Learn basic techniques and make a simple skirt. For more information phone Sarah 01273 812844.

BOWLS CLUB: Ringmer v St Frances 98-48; Motcombe Gardens v Ringmer 68-76; West Hoalthy v Ringmer 35-76; Brighton v Ringmer 72-74; Haywards Heath v Ringmer 60-69; Ringmer v Humberside, a club in Sussex on holiday and they went home happy they beat us 102-73.

COFFEE MORNING: Make your morning matter. Join us and be part of the world’s biggest coffee morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Care. Chat to friends old and new over a coffee and cake and help fight cancer too. Ringmer Football Club Friday September 26, 11am to 1pm. See you there.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Ringmer Horticultural and Home Produce Society held their last show of the year in the village halls on September 6. The number of entries was on a par with last year but what the show lacked in quantity was more than compensated for by the quality of the exhibits. There were impressive displays in the flower arranging section and there was ample evidence of the talents of Ringmer cooks in the cookery and preserve section. Again Paul Wieczorek, greenfingers of Ringmer, was the most successful exhibitor winning 21 firsts, six seconds and one third prizes. He collected four of the trophies awarded at this show and also won the Banksian Medal (awarded by the RHS) for the exhibitor gaining most points in the horticultural sections over the three shows this year. There were many visitors to the show throughout the afternoon and it is hoped that what they saw will encourage them to participate in next year’s shows. Other winners were: Flowers: Dahlias, cactus, A Davis; dahlias, other types, J Browning; specimen rose, A Davis; roses, large flowered, G Fowlie; roses, cluster flowered, G Fowlie; hydrangea, A Davis, zinnias, J Payne; perennial flowers, J Browning; any other flowers, J Browning; bowl of mixed flowers, J Badcock; flowering plant, J Vaughan; foliage plant, J Browning. Fruit: Apples, dessert, J Payne; apples, cooking, J Payne; pears, G Fowlie; raspberries, B Cairns; grapes, indoor, J Payne; apple, larges, J Payne. Vegetables: Tomatoes, cherry, J Badcock; tomatoes, P Ball; runner beans, P Ball; six shallots, exhibition, W Hirsh; cucumber, J Badcock; heaviest marrow, J Vaughan; longest runner bean, P Ball; bunch herbs, culinary, E Hawkins. Flower Arrangement: Our Village Green, J Hunt; Autumn Highlights, J Hunt. Cookery and preserves: Carrot cake, H Hobbs; cottage loaf, R Peters; fruit jam, J Miller; mixed salad starter, V Duckett; Queen of Puddings, J Miller; chocolate eclairs, H Hobbs; jar chutney, V Duckett; jar fruit jelly, C Browning; jar stone fruit jam, E Hawkins; jar lemon curd, L Owen; jar mint jelly, E Hawkins; jar pickled vegetables, K Millbank; six eggs, J Browning. Photographs: My Friend, H Hobbs; Festival, E Vaughan. Other trophy winners: Fuller Cup, most points in flower section, A Davis; Carey Cup, most points in fruit section, B Cairns; C and M Brown Trophy, most points in flower arranging section, J Hunt; Mills Trophy, most points in cookery section, R Peters; Sam Haffenden Trophy, best exhibit in horticultural section, J Payne; QEII Golden Jubilee Salver, most points in photographic classes, J Badcock.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Primary School HSA are holding a Nearly New Sale on Saturday October 18, 10.30am until noon, for ages four to 13 years, with clothes, books, toys etc. If you are interested in becoming a seller please contact There will be £1 admission fee for buyers. Come and grab yourself a bargain.

Rodmell & Southease

SOUTHEASE is a tiny hamlet, which has now become rather well known of late, because of the new YHA at Southease and Itford. Its little station is becoming very popular for hikers and people wishing to see Monk’s House and Rodmell. The YH is actually at Itford, over the railway crossing and alongside the A26. If you are looking for a nice little trip out but can’t walk far, you can park easily and it has a lovely restaurant/tea room where you can sit out on the terrace on a nice day. There are gentle walks on the flat to the river and along Egrets Way, the new cycle way. The scenery is lovely and it’s ideal for dog walkers, nature enthusiasts nad bird watchers.

CHILLI FAYRE: Sadly Southease is not holding its Chilli Fayre on the green this year but it will be selling local chilli products at Lewes Chilli Fayre tomorrow, Saturday, at The Paddock, Paddock Road, from noon to 6pm. It will feature A Streat Bar Named Desire, chilli beers and chilli cocktails, street food, from mellow mild to ultra hot, something for everyone, Fruitful DJ’s playing super hot Afro, Latin and Reggae sounds. Let’s hope they have good weather.

THE TOUR OF BRITAIN bike ride came through Rodmell at around 2.45pm on Saturday and true to form, our pub made the best of the event by putting up bunting and welcoming all to meet outside and cheer the riders on. It all happened so quickly and there was a good turnout of villagers, bewildered Monk’s House visitors (many being tourists who did not know what was going on) and bike riders doing the sponsored bike rode for Historic Churches Trust, who were clapped and cheered good humouredly, by the waiting crowds. Chris Wettern, our local farmer, also got a huge cheer as he drove his tractor along the C7 and down into the village. There were many police motorcyclists and police cars who also had good humoured remarks and cheers thrown at them.

DIARY DATES: A walk to Harvey’s Cross, about six miles with two hills and will take about two hours. Meet at 10am at the top of Mill Lane and phone Christine Isitt to let her know you would like to come on 475943. Saturday October 4 a Jumble Sale in the village hall in aid of village hall funds. Please keep all your jumble and let Christine Isitt (475943) or Brenda Dartnell (470847) know and they will collect it. Last chance this year for a good turnout.

READERS: It was very nice to meet a PP reader at the bike ride on Saturday, who I believe said she was from Alciston and was actually visiting Monk’s House. I always enjoy meeting PP readers, especially the lady I met some time last year, who said her husband would be jealous because he wanted to meet me as he always reads PP. It’s nice to have a Fan Club!


CORRESPONDENT: We are looking for any reader who would like to become Village News correspondent for the Seaford area. Any applicants can email Sally Funnell at


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 and will usually also be available on the council’s website at

BINGO EVENING: The monthly bingo evening is taking place on Friday September 26 at the Civic Centre, 7pm start. 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.

COFFEE MORNING: Once again Telscombe Town Council will be holding a coffee morning as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, raising funds for Macmillan. It will be held at Telscombe Civic Centre from 10am to midday on Friday September 26. There will be tea and coffee plus delicious homemade cakes being served and you are asked to make a donation of your choice. The local breast cancer support group are kindly making the teas and coffees for the council. There will also be other fundraising activities being held on the morning, including a raffle and various stalls.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall when the menu will be fruit juice, chicken or vegetable supreme with rice and seasonable vegetables, apple cake and cream, followed by tea or coffee. It may be too late to reserve a place now but you could go along to the hall and check for any cancellations. The meals are £5.50.

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.

JAZZ DUO Dennis and Pete are providing the entertainment from 7.30pm today, Friday, at the Eight Bells, Jevington. On Friday September 26 cover music from the 1950s onwards will be performed by Pete Martin from 9pm.

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 Ian Everest will be giving a talk entitled A Sussex Farm in the 1950s.

GOLF: Edgmont Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town was purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013.The aim is to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. But building cannot start until a lot more money has been raised. One of the main fund raising events of the year is the charity golf day organised by Chris Rose and his team comprising of Jacquie and Pierre Begin, Tony Field, Tony Hamilton and Dave Hunt. This year the golf day will be taking place today, Friday, and will be opened by the Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Janet Coles and Stephen Lloyd MP at Willingdon Golf Club. One of the attractions will be a guest appearance of Geof Swain, trick shot champion. Golfing memorabilia would be particularly welcome for the auction which is held later in the day. But please check out the charity’s website and help in any way you can. JPK Sussex Project co-ordinator is Willingdon resident Jill Parker.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: Do visit this historic ancient church on the South Downs Way. Tea and homemade cake will be offered between 11am and 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, to walkers and other visitors. There is no charge for refreshments but any donations would go towards the cost of installing a toilet and small kitchen area and renovation work to help preserve this Grade 1 listed building. Please contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237 for more information.

SOUND OF THE CROWD will be entertaining customers at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday the Jazz Caverners will be playing from 1.30pm.

STONE JUNCTION, Michael, Simon and Dan will be providing an eclectic mix of original, contemporary and transatlantic folk music from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Wheatsheaf.

READER: Father Kevin will be conducting a short ceremony during the 9.45am Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church on Sunday to formalise Vicky Peattie’s new role in the parish as a Reader. There will be a small celebration in the church hall afterwards.

CHURCHES TOGETHER in Polegate, Willingdon and Jevington will be holding their annual Songs of Praise service at 6pm on Sunday at Willingdon Community School.

TRINITY CHURCH will be having a harvest festival service at 10.30am on Sunday.The Uniformed Organisations will be having a special harvest service at 6pm on Monday.

JEVINGTON CHURCH is having a special village service at 3.30pm on Sunday. It is for the whole parish of St Andrew’s which includes not only Jevington but also Filching and part of Wannock as well. Representatives and members of community groups and organisations are also warmly welcome. It is hoped that this event will build and strengthen positive community spirit and good relations. Refreshments will be provided afterwards, time for parishioners to get to know each other better.

A COFFEE MORNING will be held from 10.30am to 11.45am on Monday at Chalk Farm Hotel. The students with learning disabilities will be helping out and there will be a raffle, greetings cards and plants for sale. And do visit the garden centre behind the hotel where there is a large selection of plants.

SOROPTIMISTS: The next meeting of Eastbourne and District Soroptimists will be at 7.45pm on Monday at Chalk Farm Hotel. The speaker will be Annemarie Field, chief reporter from the Eastbourne Herald. Annemarie will be talking about growing up, living and working in Eastbourne, a reporter’s eye view. New members and guests are welcome. Eastbourne and District Soroptimists meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7.45pm. If you are interested in joining please call 01323 769004 or visit

THE 3MMMs (Mrs, Miss and Ms) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. Graham Albon will be giving an illustrated talk entitled The Other Romania.

ART GROUP: Angela Burnap runs a Thursday morning art group at Wannock Village Hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm and gives tuition in drawing and painting, mainly in watercolour and pastel. Her new term starts on September 25. For further information please ring Angela on 01323 842113.