Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

GLEN CHORALE: The theme of Glen Chorale’s recently held concert was Ages and Seasons. Musical director Ansy Boothroyd guided the audience through the various stages of life from childhood to the final years and beyond. It began with a gentle lullaby, followed by a foot tapping Teddy Bears Picnic and then the delightful Three Little Maids, sung by Janet Togut, Val Cornish and June Aitken. With Springtime and Courtship came the beautiful All in the April Evening with melodic harmonies and voices blending well together. A lively madrigal Now is the Month of Maying came next and then the haunting Springtime of the Year, starting with the high notes of Graham Dibbens, as the rest of the choir gradually joined in, very effective. And so the concert progressed, with the musical director, ably supported by piano accompanist David Alexander bringing out the best in the singers. There were just six men in the choir, but all had good voices and the duet from Graham Dibbens and Dave Nunn entitled Tenor and Baritone was very well received. In the summer section soprano Janet Togut sang an Italian love song about love and longing, which was beautiful. A comical duet for the middle years was sung by soprano Val Roberts, another lovely voice and Dave Nunn, entitled Pass me the Butter. The audience may have recognised the tune from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, but certainly not the words. The final years included The Long Day Closes which was unaccompanied, and two negro spirituals Steal Away and Swing Low. And it didn’t end there. Beyond the Grave included an unaccompanied, spiritual rendering of Weep O Mine Eyes. But the audience didn’t stay mournful for long, as it was quickly followed by a whimsical and mythical saga of a sailor falling overboard, who marries a mermaid singing Rule Britannia. Ansy Boothroyd has reason to be proud of her choir who looked smart, followed her directions and as always their diction was excellent.

FETE: Jevington Village Fete is being held from 1pm to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, in the rectory fields next to St Andrews Church. It will be well sign posted and parking is free. Attractions include craft stalls, WI cakes, flower displays, plants, tombola, raffle, bric-a-brac, a tea tent and bar with real local ales. This year, a food festival element has been added. It includes Indian food, Thai stir fry, artisan-made sausage in a bun and traditional English picnic fayre made by Jevington’s own Pop-up restaurant chef Ben Dawson. The fete opens earlier this year so that visitors can sample the extra foods on offer including the four original recipe chutneys made by the villagers to sell on the home produce stall. The Jevington Hot Club Gypsy Jazz Quartet will be providing the musical entertainment. Anna’s Ferret Roulette and Matthew’s Mouse Town are not to be missed and then there is the table cloth trick, three Punch and Judy shows, a coconut shy and beat the goalie. There is also a barrow of booze to be won. The fun dog show has classes for everyone so do take your dog along. Admission to the fete is £2 or £1 for senior citizens and any money raised will be in support of the local community and Demelza Children’s Hospice.

FLORAL DISPLAYS: If you are going to Jevington Village Fete, do make a point of visiting Jevington Church as well. Jevington and Filching WI are putting floral decorations in the church in celebration of the WI’s centenary year.

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

LIVE MUSIC: Howlin’ BLues will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and there will also be live music at the Wheatsheaf.

MUSIC DAY: Polegate/Willingdon Windmill will be holding their annual Music Day from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. It is being organised and hosted by Gerry Page. Musicians include The Happy Day Band featuring Gerry Page, The Hoe Down Band and the Hot Club of Jevington, vocalist Merial Page, guitarist and singer Phil Coomber, saxophonist Tom Sangster, three groups of young up-and-coming musicals, The Remnant Gospel Band plus the Soul Division, and Max Salisbury on the bouzouki. Strawberry cream teas are also available and tours of the mill.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a cemetery committee meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning will be held from 10.30am to 11.45am on Thursday at Chalk Farm Hotel. The students with learning disabilities will be helping out. Delicious home-made cakes are on offer 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. Chalk Farm’s Summer Fayre is from 11am to 3pm on Sunday July 12.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners’ lunch at Trinity Church Hall is on Friday June 19 at noon. The menu will be fruit juice, chicken supreme or a vegetarian option, rice and roasted vegetables, followed by bread pudding and custard and tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. Meals are priced at £5.50.

AWARDS: Trinity Diners was inspected by Wealden at the May lunch and has retained a food hygiene rating of five. Trinity Diners also applied for the Eat Out, Eat Well award, which is available to food businesses that make it easier for their customers to make healthy eating choices. Bronze rating was awarded and Trinity Diners will be reapplying for the next grade in due course following further training. Both Jennie and Bev (assistant leader) have successfully completed the renewal of their level two Food Hygiene in Catering Certificate.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday June 19 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. The talk is on Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. A microphone with a loop system is used for the benefit of the deaf and hard of hearing at all talks. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £2.

ART EXHIBITION: Sunrise Senior Living at 6 Upper Kings Drive Willingdon will be launching an art exhibition from 2pm to 4pm on Friday June 19. The exhibition will consist of art work produced by Sunrise residents. Entries from a local primary school and local residents of Eastbourne have also been invited. At the launching, visitors are served champagne and canapes. The exhibition will continue until Friday June 26.

MID SUMMER FETE: Willingdon Traders are organising a fete from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday June 20 at Willingdon Triangle with over 40 stalls. Attractions include kids’ fancy dress, dog shows, haggis hurling, and a bakeoff. There will also be a bouncy castle, hog roast, fire and rescue, charity fundraisers, food stalls, face painting, tug of war, brass band, plants, Polefit, Zumba, Karate and a tombola. All Proceeds are for the JPK Sussex Project and Polegate Children with Cancer.

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