COSMOFIL FILM CLUB will be showing Etre et Avoir, a documentary portrait of a “classe unique” - a one room school in rural France where the students, ranging in age from four years to 11, are educated by a single, dedicated teacher. The film offers an in-depth look at how education is provided in a remote part of the Auvergne. It will be shown at the War Memorial Hall, this evening, September 27, at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm film start. Tickets are sold at the door £7, Cosmofil students current and former £5. Under 20 year olds - free. For further details telephone Babette Kundrat at 871492.
CHOCOLATE is a word that attracts many and stimulates mouths to water. Ex-Alfristonian, Margaret Ann and her husband Henry run the award winning La Loma Jungle Lodge, in Panama. It is an eco friendly haven for adventurous travellers. With the help of indigenous neighbours they have immersed themselves in learning the ins and outs of making chocolate from the pod harvest to roasting beans to grinding them into liquor. Now Michael and Kitty Ann, Margaret Ann’s parents, will share their inside knowledge of making chocolate during an afternoon Upstairs at Much Ado on Sunday, September 29. From 2 pm until 5 pm while supplies last, visitors can sample nibs and roasted beans, liquor and even trash tea, a healthy and delicious hot drink made from the husk of the cocoa bean. The chocolate all comes directly from La Loma, is completely organic, milled by hand and produced using traditional rustic methods. Michael and Kitty will reveal the extraordinary story of how it is made. There will be homemade chocolate treats to buy. Margaret and Henry founded a pre-school at Bahia Honda. The local children there need a boat to get to school and all proceeds from the afternoon will be given to the project.
WI REPORT: from Wendy Day - September activities started with a large group of members visiting the Congress Theatre to see The Mousetrap. The afternoon was enjoyed by all with no one guessing ‘who did it’. The audience has been sworn to secrecy not to reveal the name of the murderer. At the September meeting Peter Lovett gave an illustrated talk on The Natural Year in Focus. Covering the months of July to December Peter talked about and showed pictures of the flora and fauna to be seen in his garden. His stimulating talk encouraged us all to focus more carefully on what is around us and perhaps visit some of the many nature reserves he mentioned.
COFFEE MORNING at Bishopstone Parish Hall is on Friday 27 September 10.30am to 12.30pm. This special event is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. There will be a raffle, a bring-and-buy produce stall, and coffee plus cakes.
HARVEST FESTIVAL AND LUNCH for Father Martin will be held on Sunday 29 September 12.15 pm in Bishopstone Parish Hall. The event costs £6 including a glass of wine with the meal. Tickets are available from the Churchwardens and Linda’s Stores.
WHIST DRIVE last Saturday raised £32 towards the upkeep of the Parish Hall. Thanks to all those involved in this successful and popular event.
FATHER Martin Yould was licensed in St Andrew’s, Bishopstone, on 11 October, 2005, and will finally retire at the end of the month. He was ordained deacon in 1963 and became a priest a year later. He has held a number of ministries including in Oxford, London, Wallasey, Doncaster, Staffordshire, Cornwall and even Australia before coming here. We all wish him a happy retirement in his new home, not far away, in Seaford.
FIREWORKS: We were startled last Friday by a huge bang which heralded the beginning of a firework display at the university. I wish I’d known in advance, I would have gone out to get a better look. The party was the grand finale to a week of events for the freshers who have just started at Sussex, where they have had the highest intake of new students ever! We have reached the time of year when one can hear fireworks almost every week until November 5 and beyond. I wonder whether it is the same all over the country or whether it is our proximity to Lewes that means we have more firework enthusiasts?
BIRDS: The birds in our garden are certainly trying to fatten themselves up for winter if their consumption of the nuts we put out is anything to go by. The feeders are cleaned out in a few hours and then they sit or flit about waiting for more. We have two small plastic trays full of water in our yard and the other day there was a party of four blue tits in one and five in the other - all having an energetic bath. The biggest bird in the village, Queenie the peahen, has been faithfully sitting on a batch of eggs for most of the summer. Her kindly guardian angels decided to remove the eggs as Queenie was looking more and more stressed and she will now hopefully return to her usual routine and start roosting up a tree again instead of being vulnerable to attack from a fox on the ground. The plan now is to fatten her up so she can face the winter. Her favourite foods are sunflower seeds and grapes!
ART: The countdown to the next local art event has started. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Chiddingly open artists’ studios fling open their doors to the public. I am lucky enough to be exhibiting my work in Annabel Cottage and am going to be tied up at weekends for the next couple of weeks. It is nice knowing that someone else is doing all the organising!
POND: I was by the village pond recently and a man asked me what had happened to the pond. He was astounded at how low the water level had become. I realised he was right and the level has dropped enormously since this time a year ago. The ground in our garden does not seem to be that dry but I suppose it will take a lot more than a few showers to fill up the pond.
ART MARKET: We are having a Christmas Art Market again this year on November 30 and December 1. We had some very talented people last year and enjoyed the two days immensely, as well as raising a goodly sum for the church. If you are an artist or maker and are interested in booking a stand please contact me.
Glynde & Beddingham
THE TREVOR ARMS: It may seem that summer has only just slipped away, but The Trevor Arms, as always, are keen to raise our spirits and are pleased to have their delicious Christmas menu available for viewing on their website and in the pub. To avoid disappointment please do book early by calling 01273 858208.
Community Swimming Pool: Sadly, the time has finally come to close the pool for the winter months. No more the merry tinkling of children’s laughter, no more the irresistable sight of the sparkling blue water. It’s time to hang up your wetsuits and swimming costumes until next spring anyway. It has been a superb season though, despite the slight hiccup mid July, starting on May 1 and continuing until the last week of September – is this a record? Many many thanks to the committee and volunteers who have worked so hard to maintain this much-loved facility and to everyone who joined again this year.
NEW ARRIVALS: If you have recently arrived in Glynde or Beddingham and are still trying to get your bearings, did you know that there is a Welcome Pack produced by the village and specifically designed for you? A small group of volunteers have collected together as much essential information as they could find and come up with an attractive, informative pack that gives an overview of the services, facilities, clubs and events going on in the village. To receive your free copy, please either ask Debbie and David in the shop or phone Helen on 07816749516.
HAPPY BIRTHADY: Many happy returns to Philip Brewer who celebrated his 60th birthday this week. Thank you to Jane Piper and everyone who made the day so memorable for this much loved and longstanding member of our community with a wonderful lunch at The Green Man in Ringmer.
FOOTPATHS GROUP: Recently seven members enjoyed a leisurely Wednesday walk from Woodmancote near Henfield to Small Dole and back. From St Peter’s Church Woodmancote we followed paths parallel to the A281 in a westerly direction towards Henfield. On this stretch we saw many bushes of blackberries ready for picking, fields of potatoes in the process of being harvested, and a small stretch of grape vines ripening on the edge of a south facing field. On the outskirts of Henfield at a splendid development of what we assumed were retirement apartments and homes we headed south.
We passed many isolated dwellings benefitting from fine views of the South Downs before arriving at our mid-way point at Small Dole. At the post office we headed east on a lane for half a mile or so before heading north. At the boundary of Woods Mill we took a long break to eat our picnics and enjoy the peace and quiet and views all round. Unfortunately we must have been close to a wasps nest as we were attacked by many inquisitive wasps checking what were eating. Luckily a lot of hand waving and presumably disappointed with our choice of food they left us alone after a while.
Our walk continued on mostly good footpaths with half a dozen stiles to negotiate. A tricky part was being forced to walk in the road at Horns Lane as no suitable alternative could be found. With the leader and back marker wearing high visibility jackets we walked in single file at the side of the road grateful to motorists who slowed down and pulled over for us. We arrive back at Woodmancote Church safe and sound having taken about three and a half hours on this enjoyable six mile walk that was originally published by the Argus. The walk was led by Dave. Next Walk - first walk of our new programme and will be at High Hurstwood on Tuesday, 1st October. Meet at top North Street car Park for a 09.30 start Our new programmes are available at the Tourist Office or the Walking Shop.
Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING: today (Friday). The Hampden Arms in South Heighton is holding the World’s Greatest Coffee Morning today at 10.30am in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief so do go along and support this worthy cause. Coffee mornings also on Friday 27 ay 10.30am at Newhaven Fire Station, Fort Road, as well as Guinness Court, Iveagh Crescent (opposite Paradise Park). All welcome.
MADS: There is still time to see Meeching Amateur Dramatic Society’s MAD Music Hall of Fun 3 at Meeching Hall, Fort Road tonight and tomorrow at7.45pm. Tickets are £8 each available from Meeching estate agents, High Street,Newhaven, tel 01273 515566 or on the door.
SEA CADETS: TS Defiance is holding a Presentation Night this evening in front of the Town Mayor, Councillor Julie Carr and invited guests. This is the night the cadets are rewarded for all their hard work throughout the year.
AUTUMN FAIR: FAIR tomorrow (Saturday)in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice at South Heighton village hall from 10am to 2pm. Free entry,raffle,tea,coffee,refreshments,cake and sweet stalls,local businesses, tombola, face painting and more.All welcome.
POPPY WALK: Sunday 29th September, start 9am from Newhaven Fort to Martello Tower in Seaford, raising funds for the Royal British Legion. Sponsor forms available from Ann King 01273 514258 or Julie Jepp01323 491329.
HARVEST FESTIVAL: St Michael’s Church,Newhaven, Sunday 29th September 10am followed by Harvest Lunch and Talent Auction. If you have any talent that can be offered for auction it will be most welcome, examples are baking a cake to order, doing a couple of hours housework or gardening, doing some sewing, reading aloud to someone, car cleaning.All offers welcome.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Ian Everest will be talking to members of the Newhaven Historical Society on Tuesday October 1st at the Hillcrest Centre,Hillcrest Road, Newhaven on Tuesday October 1st 7pm for 7.30pm. The subject of his talk will be The Womens Land Army, a Sussex Connection. Ian’s mother was one of the 80,000 Land Girls during World War 2 and the talk includes some of her personal memories plus a potted history of the role of women on farms during the two World Wars. Members free,non-members welcome £2 admission.
GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS: The next meeting will be on Tuesday October 8th at the Hillcrest Centre, Hillcrest Road,Newhaven. Stella Kassimali has been researching Dionysos, the God of wine,fruitfulness and abundance of life. Stella through her Greek heritage will bring depth and richness to this ancient myth and her story will be accompanied by Artemis Apostolakion the cello. Tickets are £6 in advance or £7 on the door.Available from the Hillcrest Cafe or send a cheque made payable to Guest House Storytellers to Ronda Armitage, Long Cottage, East Hoathly BN86QP, email email@example.com Hillcrest Cafe opens at 7pm,story begins at 7.30pm.
MACMILLAN Coffee Mornings, Friday 27th September from 10.30am
PARKING: The Town Clerk has confirmed that despite the various rumours circulating around the town there are no plans to introduce pay and display into any of the off street car parks in Peacehaven.
POST OFFICE: The post office are planning to relocate the post office currently situated within the Studio craft shop at 138 South Coast Road to the Nisa shop at 241 South Coast Road. Public consultation on this move is currently underway and will close on 22 October. If anybody would like to comment on the proposed relocation please send your comments to postofficeviews.co.uk or telephone 08457 223344.
MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow 28 has been arranged by the Harlequin Studios in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market will be organised by the Peacehaven Mayor on Saturday October 5.To book a table contact the information office on 01273 585493.
COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting on Tuesday 1 October of the policy and finance committee in the Anzac Room Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. There will be a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting when residents may ask questions.
Boot Sale: The penultimate boot sale this year at The Dell, South Coast Road is on Sunday 6 October arranged by the Peacehaven and Telscombe Scouts. The gates will open for sellers at 8am and buyers will be admitted from 9am until 1pm There is plenty of free parking on site.
COFFEE MORNINGS: Remember the Macmillan Cancer Support group are in the Meridian Centre today Friday 27 serving teas,coffees and cakes from 8.30am until midday. Also in the Anzac Room there is a Bring a Bag and Buy a Bag with all proceeds going to Cancer Support Next week on Tuesday the Cats Club which I believe is a local school club will be behind the counter. On Thursday the Kemptown Conservatives will be offering the refreshments. Followed on Friday 4 by The Peacehaven Evangelical Church. All of them seeking your support to help with their fund raising.
BOOK SALE: This initiative is in aid of the Peacehaven Mayors local project fund. All books are being sold for 50p each. If you have a book that you could donate to the cause there is a collection point in the information office.
CINEMA: Remember there is a film show tonight Friday 27 in the main hall, Community House. Summer in February starting at 7.30 and tickets at £5 each are available from the information office.
BLOOD DONORS: The NHS Blood and Transplant team will be in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Friday 4 October from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm. The need for more donors is both urgent and important . So if you are a regular donor why not try to bring along a friend who has not given before. As you know full well it doesn’t hurt and you could give a new comer reassurance. Donations really do save lives.
FULL OF LIFE: An over 50s Road Show in celebration of the nation wide Older Peoples Day has been arranged by the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum. The venue is the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven on Tuesday 1 October from10am until 12.30pm. The doors open at 9.30 In addition to information stalls Room 4 has been set aside as a relaxing room for foot care, massage, well-being, mind and body etc.
GRASS CUTTINGS: The final mowing of the grass verges is scheduled for October 7. The council would be grateful if residents could keep verges clear on cutting dates to assist the mechanical mowers. If there is a warm autumn and the grass is still growing the cutting dates may be extended
Gardening talks: The next free monthly informal gardening talk at Paradise Park is in October 2 when Mark Curtis under the title Autumn Colours will talk about falling leaves, rising colours and swelling fruits. It all starts at 11am and lasts for approximately 40 minutes with a mid point break for a free tea or coffee.
WRESTLING SPECTACULAR: This was so popular last time they were here with a full house that a second visit has been arranged for Saturday 19 October in the Community House starting at 7.30pm until 10pm. There are few tickets still available from the information office at £10 for adults and concessionary at £9. There are also family tickets for two adults and two children under 16 for £36.
HISTORY STUDY GROUP: This evening in the Village Hall commencing at 7.45 p.m. John Manley, who was for several years chief executive of the Sussex Archaeological Society will provide an illustrated interoduction to the archaeology of the recently formed South Downs National Park.
NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Primary School HSA are holding this event tomorrow Saturday, 28th from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Primary School for clothes, books, toys, etc on sale for ages 4 - 13. If you are intereasted in becoming a seller please contact firstname.lastname@example.org There will be a £1 admission charge for buyers. Do go along and get yourself a bargain.
RINGMER COMMUNITY ORCHARD: Tomorrow, Saturday, 28th between 11.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. RCO is holding its Annual Harvest Day with the Grand opening of the new Apple Store, raised bed and paths. The Orchard is situated at Broyle Place Farm, Laughton Road, Ringmer and you can obtain more information from Katharine Finnigan on 07887828249.
FOOTBALL CLUB: This weekend both the 1st and 2nd teams have away fixtures. The 1st Team are away to Hassocks again on Saturday and this fixture is an SCFL Div. 1 league match with a 3.00 p.m. kick off time at the Beacons. The 2nd Team have a Vernon Wentworth Cup fixture away to Hair Razors, please check the website for kick off time and venue. However, there is still some football at The Caburn this weekend. On Friday evening AFC Ringmer 1st Team play Copthorne in the Mid Sussex FL Championship with a 7.45 p.m. kick off and on Saturday afternoon the AFC 2nd Team take on Burgess Hill Albion III in the first round of the Parsons Challenge Cup with a 3.00 p.m. kick off time at the time of going to press. As always please check with the Club or the website as fixtures are liable to change at short notice. On Sunday the Veterans start their campaign with an away fixture at Lingfield with an 11.00 a.m. kick off time. Many thanks to everyone who supported the Brian Smith/Duncan Ralph memorial match which was won by the Ringmer Veterans side 8 goals to 4. A final reminder, it is the Ringmer Football Club’s Annual General Meeting on Monday, 30th September 7.30 p.m. for a prompt 8.00 p.m. start and all members are invited to attend.
SUNDAY SERVICES: The services at St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, 29th are - 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion, 9.45 a.m. Family Eucharist and 6.30 p.m. Taize Service.
FLOWER CLUB: At the meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday, 2nd October at 2.00 p.m. Sue Broadbridge will be giving a talk entitled ‘Gardens of a Golden Afternoon’. Visitors welcome: £4 to include tea and biscuits.
BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on the 18th September was - 1. Deirdre Booth & Simon Webster, 2. Frank Hibbert & George Montgomery and 3. Jenny Charman & Michael Slot. The Club next meets on Wednesday, 2nd October at 7.30 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Room of the Village Hall.
HARVEST THANKSGIVING AND TEA: This is being celebratrsd by St Mary’s on Sunday, 6th October with a new venture a Havest Tea. Come and visit the church in the afternoon, look at the harvest decorations and the exhibition in the church room about some of the charities supported by St. Marys. There will also be a display by the children of the Primary School and tea and cake will be served.
TABLE TOP SALE: This is being held at Ringmer Community College & Sixth Form on Saturday, 12th October and if you would like to book a table at a cost of £5 do get in touch with Ruth Whitlock, LRC Manager on 01273 812220 ext. 253.
FLUTES AND FRIENDS CONCERT: On Sunday, 13th October at 3.00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Church Anne Hodgson and her students and flute playing friends are giving a concert of a variety of music for flutes and piano. Everyone is most welcome to attend and join the performers for tea, coffee and cakes after the performance. There is no entry charge but there will be a retiring collection in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, as Anne is doing a Cycle India Challenge in aid of the Hospital in February. You can also contribute online http://www.justgiving.com/annehodgsoncycleindiachallenge
Rodmell & Southease
SADLY I didn’t make it to the Autumn Fair at Glyndebourne this year as I was waiting for a friend to arrive from Wales. For those who I know read the column, it is Ann Lyons, daughter of Ben Lyons, who for years was a technician in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Sussex. Ann and husband Leigh now live in a large old farmhouse in Norton, Powys. I am still in touch with many friends from university days which is great.
IT’s the time of year for spiders to scuttle across the floor in the evenings and crane flies to float around any bright light. I’m not keen on either, but at long last have learnt to live with them. Evidently pheasants and partridges love crane flies, so one of the shooting party who stayed here recently told me.
High winds have cause havoc with the fruit trees in the orchard and there are apples and pears on the ground everywhere. There is a glut of fruit everywhere so people who are finding the cost of living hard can find plenty outside of people’s houses all over the county for free. Blackberries are in abundance in the hedgerows everywhere so are a good source of Vitamin C for winter months if picked and frozen.
COOKING: For those on a budget look at what you are throwing away. I glanced through my grandmothers cookery book which is well over 100 years old and people in those days wasted nothing. For instance, cabbage or broccoli stalks cut up small and boiled or steamed with any other available vegetables were used to make vegetable pancakes, rolled up, laid in a shallow dish and covered with a good cheese sauce and backed in the oven, delicious and only cost pennies. The same mixture would also be used with pasta or in pies.
WI: The slide evening for the WI on Tuesday September 17 was a great success. The Magic Lantern slides were over 100 years old and were so interesting. Many were of old Lewes and the surrounding areas. There were also some of the oxen that were used around this area, which I’m sure my friend Ian Everest would appreciate as he does very good talks on the use of oxen on farms. Our thanks to Helen Wettern and David Smart for an entertaining evening which was very well supported. WI next meeting is on Tuesday October 15 which is the annual meeting for members with hostesses Joan Jones and Madeleine Harvey.
Work has started on the latest traffic calming measures and the men were working in the cold and the rain putting the first wooden post in. In the meantime traffic was still flying past at tremendous speed, rarely at 30mph. Having lived in the village for well over 40 years I still think what ever you do, drivers will still be driving too fast. I now drive towards Newhaven and turn around down the Gap as trying to get out of my entrance, on the corner, to go towards Lewes is lethal as the traffic is upon you before you know it.
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BINGO EVENING: Don’t forget bingo tonight, Friday 27th September at Telscombe Civic Centre - 7pm start. There will be 8 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 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.
BREAST CANCER Support Group – There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday 2nd October from 1-3pm in Telscombe Civic Centre. The group’s aim is to give social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it – friends, relatives or those awaiting diagnosis. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes. They have a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.
RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION meeting – Telscombe Residents Association are meeting in room 1 at the Telscombe Civic Centre on Thursday 3rd October at 7.30 pm for their AGM. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues, and you will have the opportunity to put forward your views and proposals for Telscombe. All Telscombe residents and new members are very welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.
QUIZ NIGHT at Telscombe Civic Centre on Friday 4th October with a 7.30pm start. Teams of up to 8 players at a minimal cost of £2 per person. Please bring your own food and drink. There will be a bottle of wine for each winning team member. There will also be a raffle and net proceeds will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund, so please ring and book in a team to help raise funds – it will be a fun evening. Ring 01273 589777 to book in your team or visit the Civic Centre reception.
Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington
BREAD DAY: There were 13 entries for this year’s recently held bread day competition at Polegate Windmill. Overall winner was Brian Liddiard. In joint second place were Barry Worby and Daphne Rideout and in joint third place were Jenny Wells and Mrs Tonkins. The prizes were sponsored by Bexhill Farm Kitchens who also judged the competition.
RIGHT AT HOME is now open at The Malthouse 122-124 Wish Hill in Willingdon Village Eastbourne. The new directors Sue Sinsbury, Matthew Draper and the registered manager Glenys Patrick were at the recently held launch to welcome everyone. They have the right attributes, practical and business skills for this new venture into home care and spoke with enthusiasm of how they see the future of Right at Home. Home care assistants have already been employed and the aim is to build up a data base of care assistants and clients. New home care assistants all receive in depth training once references have been obtained and DBS checks made. A friendly and caring disposition is all important because the clients might be disabled, elderly or vulnerable. The services of Right at Home include help with washing, dressing and personal care, companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, transportation and errands, post-operative support, and specialised care for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia andother neurological conditions. The personality and interests of the client and home care assistant are matched so that visits are eagerly awaited and stress and worry are alleviated. Right at Home strongly believes in continuity so the client will have two regular home care assistants with a third to cover leave. Right at Home understands that the time of calls are very important to the client therefore they ensure that time of visits are to suit the client and at the same time every day. The local office is open Mondays to Fridays from 8.45am to 5pm. Just pop in or ring 01323 506800 to find out more.
STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Thurrock Close to-day Friday September 27 at 10am and at Farmlands Close at 12noon. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.
COFFEE MORNING: Anita Hatch is organising her annual fund raising event - the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at her salon Anita’s Beauty Works 27 Church Street Willingdon from 9am to 1pm to-day Friday September 27. As well as a nice cup of coffee, customers will be able to take advantage of beauty treatments at reduced prices with £5 from each treatment going to the charity. Please ring 01323 503530. Anita is also having a raffle with some fantastic prizes including a box of Thalgo products worth £100 and some anti-ageing cream worth £60.
THE ANNUAL JPK 9th Charity Golf Day is taking place at Willingdon Golf Club today Friday September 27 organised by Chris Rose and his committee. It is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which now has planning permission to build a supported residential centre in Old Town for people with a learning disability so fundraising is all important.
THE LONG MAN MORRIS MEN will be practising on Friday evenings at 8pm in St Mary’s Church Hall Willingdon starting this evening September 27 until the new ‘dancing out’ season begins in April. For further information ring the bagman John Wardle on 01323 840877 or check the website.
HOWLING CHAMBERS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at Willingdon Triangle at 8.30pm on Saturday September 28. On the Sunday Jazz Caverners will be there from 1pm to 3pm.
JOHN CRAMPTON will be providing the entertainment with his foot stomping blues and bluegrass set from 8.30pm on Saturday September 28 at the Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village.
A RAFFLE with some great prizes and a sale of baby and toddler clothes, shoes, accessories and toys will be held from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday September 28 at Willingdon Community School in Broad Road. Heidi Brown and Chris Tuppen are raising money for the charity that supported them when their baby was diagnosed with plagiocephaly – flat head syndrome. Their son Finlay was fitted with a helmet in July thanks to a donation of £900 towards the cost from Headstart4babies.
A LINE DANCING afternoon is being held from 2.30pm to 6pm on Sunday September 29 at Polegate Community Centre Windsor Way Polegate in aid of the JPK Sussex Project. The tickets are £5 in advance or £6 at the door and include a cheese and fruit platter. There will also be a raffle in aid of the charity and a bar is available. Please contact Sue Thompson on 01323 844466 or Jill Parker on 01323 486179 for tickets or further information.
REHEARSALS start for Willingdon Church Players’ pantomime Dick Whittington at 7pm on Monday September 30 in the church hall. For more information, or if you would like to help in any way, please contact Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901.
CITIZENS’ ADVICE: A CAB adviser will be at Willingdon Library on Wednesday October 2 from 9.30am to 11.30am. Residents can drop in without an appointment to ask advice on such issues as benefits, debt, relationships, housing, employment, and consumer matters. It is a free service with funding provided by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council. Volunteers are always needed and would receive training. For further information ring the Hailsham office on 01323 842336.
ART EXHIBITION: Internationally renowned writer, artist and local historian Philip Brown, who lives in Willingdon, is holding an exhibition of his work at the Under Ground Theatre below the central library in Eastbourne. There will be a private viewing on Wednesday October 2 at 5.30pm which will be opened by Melanie Hunt principal of Sussex Downs College. The exhibition will then be open to the public from 10am to 4pm on the Fridays and Saturdays between October 4 and October 26 and admission is free. Some of the exhibits are for sale and refreshments will also be available. One of Philip’s paintings was admired by Picasso at his 90th birthday exhibition in Malaga the year before he died. This painting will be on display at the Under Ground Theatre along with the terracotta amphora – a two handled narrow necked jar – which was awarded to Philip for this painting. Philip and his late wife Gounil have lived interesting lives – working and teaching in many countries abroad as well as more locally in Old Town Hastings where they ran a very successful stained glass studio in the 1950s and 60s. Philip also taught at Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology in the 1980s but is probably best known locally for his work on the millennium maps for Willingdon and Jevington Parish and his books of local history.