Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS: The artists will be holding their next monthly meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall. Popular international artist Jake Winkle will be giving a demonstration entitled Going Wild With Watercolour. New members can join Wannock Artists at £16 per annum and £4 for visitors on the night to include refreshments. Contact details are wannockartists.enquiries@yahoo.co.uk .

SUMMER FAIR: A summer fair and flower festival will be held from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at St Wilfrid’s Church. There will be various stalls including cakes, toiletries, books, and jewellery. Admission is free.

ART EXHIBITION: Exhibition and sale of paintings: This event organised by Wilmington Art Group is from 10am to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, and from 10am to 4.30pm on Sunday in the village hall at Wilmington which is off the A27 between Polegate and Drusillas. Affordable art and cards are for sale and refreshments are available. Admission is free and there is also free parking in the Long Man car park.

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

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS: Who practice at Trinity Church are celebrating a special milestone this year, their silver jubilee. A concert to mark the 25 years was to have taken place later this month at their sister church, St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in Blackwater Road. Unfortunately the date clashes with the tennis finals at Devonshire Park and no parking will be allowed anywhere near St Andrew’s. The concert has now been scheduled for Saturday August 1.

FIREWALK: This event in aid of the JPK Sussex Project is being organised by Karen Hurst. It is run by Time4Change and is described as a life-saving experience which will help you face your fears. It takes place at Eastbourne Town Hall on Sunday. If you would like to be one of the fire walkers, it is essential to attend the seminar in the assembly hall at 7pm prior to the actual Flaming June Charity Firewalk which starts at 9pm. Karen is taking part and also Jill Parker MBE, Willingdon resident and project co-ordinator for the JPK Sussex Project and her mother Sylvia Westley who is 94 years of age. To enter this event please contact Karen on 07944 867463. The cost is £15 and any sponsorship money you can raise for JPK would be very much appreciated. Alternatively go onto the JPK website and sponsor Karen or Jill. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided on the night.

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

MAJOR LAUNCH: There will be a major fundraising launch for the JPK Sussex Project at Langney Shopping Centre from 10am to 4pm on Thursday July 2, Friday July 3 and Saturday July 4. Support would be welcome in manning the table over this period. The public are invited to buy a brick for a pound to help get the project of building a residential centre for people with a learning disability even closer. Information and literature about the project will be available at the stall. Please contact Peter Tucknott on 01323 483057 for further information.

THE RATTON WARD: Of Eastbourne covers part of Willingdon and comes under Eastbourne Borough Council. There will be a street meeting with a police presence from 2pm to 2.30pm on Thursday at Spring Close Eastbourne BN20 9HD which is in Willingdon Village. Local officers would like to meet residents to discuss any issues or concerns they have in the area. For further information please contact PCSO Austin Milson on his mobile 07787 685808 or ring 101 or 01273 470 101 or email austin.j.milson@sussex.pnn.police.uk .BAND CONCERT: Wealden Brass will be playing from 7.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday at Flint House 14 Church Street Willingdon at the Royal British Legion’s summer social. It is being hosted by Gilly Keef. Everyone is welcome to come and listen to the band. There will be refreshments.

FLOWER CLUB: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 2pm on Friday July 3 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for their summer tea party and to compete in the Edith Pierce competition. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

ART EXHIBITION: Three local artists who attended Eastbourne College of Art and Technology (now Sussex Downs College) are holding an exhibition of their work from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5, and then at the same time on the following weekend Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12 at 15 Portsdown Way, Willingdon Village. On sale will be a vibrant mix of arts and crafts, including paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewellery, painted furniture and original cards. The artists are Margaret Worster, Helen Lavina Moore and Deborah Whitehead. The gardens overlooking the South Downs are delightful and cakes and refreshments will be available. Free admission.

TEA AND CAKE: St Andrew’s Church Jevington are providing tea and homemade cake during the summer months to visitors and ramblers on the following Saturdays from 11am to 4pm: July 4, August 8, August 29 and September 26. The refreshments are free but a donation would be appreciated. Money raised will go towards the upkeep of this lovely ancient church in the heart of the Downs.

WOOLCRAFT EXHIBITION: Christina is holding a woolcraft exhibition in aid of the RNIB from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5 at 29 Cornmill Gardens Wannock. Sussex views and garments worked in naturally dyed wool will be on show and there will be woolcraft demonstrations. Plants will also be for sale and refreshments and home-made cakes are also available. Entry by donation.

OPEN GARDEN: There will be an open garden in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice from 11am to 4pm on Saturday July 4 at Friston Place Jevington Road Friston BN20 OAH. The venue will be signposted from Friston and Jevington. The extensive gardens feature a walled rose garden and a large wild flower meadow. Wheelchair access is limited. Tea, coffee and light lunches plus stalls and a raffle will be available. Admission is by donation.

MESSY CHURCH: Is held on the first Saturday of the month except August and December and is intended for children and their guardians. There have now been two messy churches at St Mary’s Church Hall and they have proved to be very successful. The next one will be held from 3pm to 5.30pm on Saturday July 4 and everyone is welcome to come along and join in the bible themed craft activities, followed by family worship and singing in the church from 4.30pm to 4.50pm and then back to the hall for a meal together. There is no charge for Messy Church and there is no need to book in advance, just go along in the time you have available. To find out more please ring Fr Kevin Agnew or Mrs Kate Agnew on 01323 502079.

CANON MARTIN ONIONS: The memorial service to celebrate the life of Fr Martin is being held today, Friday, at the Church of the Holy Cross in Uckfield, and many of the parishioners from St Mary’s Church Willingdon will be going there by coach. In addition there will be a service of thanksgiving for the life of Fr Martin on Sunday July 5 at 6.30pm at St Mary’s Church. Fr Martin had been the parish priest at St Mary’s for over 12 years up until June 2013 when he became rector at the Holy Cross Church in Uckfield.

HELP: Help is needed at the Trees Lunch Club which is an outreach of St Mary’s Church. Lunches are served on the first and third Tuesday of the month. For further information or if you think you can help please ring Marie on 01323 521637.

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