Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

FAMILY QUIZ EVENING: The Friends of Willingdon Community School are organising a quiz evening at 7pm today, Friday, in the main hall. Entry per person is just £1.50 and a quiz team can be up to eight people. You might want to join others on the night. Please bring your own refreshments. You can book your place via friends@willingdonschool.org.uk or ring 01323 485254 or just turn up to- night.

SPONSORED WALK: Today, Friday, is the day when Greg Priscott is doing a sponsored walk/run accompanied by a friend in aid of the JPK Sussex Project. It is over the South Downs Way, a distance of 100 miles, so hopefully they should be well on their way by the time you are reading this. Greg has a 40 year old sister with a learning disability and he knows how difficult it is for their parents to cope and also for Karen herself to meet friends and socialise. This is why her name is on the waiting list for Edgmont JPK which will be a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability once it has been built. Greg has a donation page on www.justgiving.com/Greg-Priscott or you can text donations to SDWW50 then key in the amount and send to 70070. Willingdon resident and JPK Project co-ordinator Jill Parker MBE is extremely grateful to Greg for his endeavours and hopes he is well supported.

THE BEATROOTS: Will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

PENNY PAYNE: Will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

ART EXHIBITION: As part of the Eastbourne Festival open houses, Margaret Worster, Helen Lavina Moore and Deborah Whitehead are displaying their art works which include paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewellery, painted furniture and original cards which are also for sale. Visit 15 Portsdown Way, Willingdon Village between 10am and 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, or Sunday.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beaden will be at Downsview Road near to number 11 at 1pm tomorrow, Saturday. There will then be another street meeting with a police presence at 6pm on Friday July 17 at the junction of Coopers Hill and Eastbourne Road. Do go along and discuss any issues relevant to the work of the police. For further information please ring PCSO Ali Beaden on 101 ext 68233 or her mobile 07787 685 755.

CHALK FARM: Learning Disability Centre will be having a Summer Fayre from 11am to 3pm on Sunday. Attractions include quirky turtle, vintage fashions and accessories, greetings cards, gifts and craft stalls, homemade cakes, bouncy castle, raffles and refreshments. Other attractions include guess the name of the bear, win a hamper, tombola, bric-a-brac, guess how many sweets and a lucky dip, The barbecue is from noon to 2pm and there is a bar and music. Admission is 50p and it is free for children. And do visit the garden centre behind the hotel while you are there.

THEATRE COMPANY: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company, which is Eastbourne based, is currently performing The Comedy of Babi Babbett in various venues. This is their 17th year of outdoor theatre and on Wednesday the comedy will be performed in the lovely grounds of Filching Manor. This amusing farce is about miserly widower and gold merchant Sydney Lean who mistakenly receives some sausages from Philomila Taureaumerde, wife of a hard up doctor and sees them as a proclamation of her love. He writes her a love poem which he asks his incompetent servant Babi to deliver. Needless to say - he doesn’t - and so the story continues with more complications.

The performance at Filching starts at 7.30pm and there is plenty of parking in the grounds. It is best to get there early to set up your picnic, probably about 6pm. You might like to take small folding chairs and a small table or a rug to sit on and warm clothing. It is also a good idea to take a torch or lantern. Adult tickets are £13 each but there are concessions for seniors, students, children and family groups. Call 01323 501260 or book on line at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk .

OPEN GARDEN: Birling Manor at Birling Gap Road East Dean BN20 OAA is open to the public from 11am to 4pm on Wednesday in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. The beautiful and peaceful walled gardens and elegant flint buildings are situated at the foot of the South Downs in the tranquil grounds of a Grade II listed building. Tea, coffee and light lunches are available and there will be stalls and a raffle. Wheelchair access is limited.

TRINITY DINERS: Will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall at noon on Friday July 17. The menu is fruit juice, roast gammon and pineapple or celeriac and lentil gratin, new potatoes and mixed salads, followed by fruit sponge and cream and tea or coffee. The meals are £5.50 each. To book a place, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday July 17 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. The talk is on Eastbourne through the ages. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £2.

FLOWER CLUB: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 2pm on Friday July 17 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

SUMMER FAYRE: St Mary’s Church Summer Fayre takes place on Saturday July 18 from 10am to 2pm and will have a Tudor theme. Costumes are being made, musical instruments practised, and Henry VIII is preparing his court for their procession down Church Street in Willingdon at 10am. Many of the stalls will be situated in the church hall, and light refreshments can be purchased in the adjoining room. The children’s play area behind the hall will also be utilised. There will also be activities and stalls in the church gardens where the arena will be set up. Part of Church Street will be closed to traffic, where there will be more stalls. One of the added attractions this year is a Tudor style hat competition for all ages and there will be hat parades to be judged in the arena and prizes to be won. There will be a children’s play area which will include storytelling, as well as craft activities and music. Donations of gifts for the stalls are coming in fast but they usually sell out quickly and additional items would still be much appreciated. Boxes are at the back of the church for such items as books, bottles, craft, toiletries, toys and bric-a-brac. The boxes are emptied regularly by those who are running the stalls. Suzie Wilkins is the main organiser for the Summer Fayre and she is still looking for volunteers who could help on the day either by selling entrance tickets, raffle tickets or help with stewarding. Ring 01323 729749 or email smw27@sussex.ac.uk .

ARCHIVES: Don’t forget to look at the archives which will be displayed in St Mary’s Church on Saturday July 18.

LONE STAR LINERS: Will be having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm on Saturday July 18 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The cost is £5 per person to include tea or coffee and biscuits. For tickets or further information please contact Ros Burtenshaw on 01323 504463 or 07542 738408 or email lonestarliners@talktalk.net or check out the website at www.onestarliners.co.uk.

TEA PARTY: Saturday July 18 is a very important date when you are cordially invited down the rabbit hole to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Trinity Church Hall. It takes place at 2.30pm so don’t be late. In addition to the tea party there will be entertainment, and plant and gift stalls. The tea party is in aid of Action for Children and tickets are just £3 each. Please ring 01323 501290 for tickets or further information.

ANNUAL FETE DAY: Polegate/Willingdon Windmill will be holding their annual Summer Fete from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday July 19. The mill plat will be filled with stalls of cakes, plants, books and bric-a-brac. There will also be a variety of games, side shows and souvenirs. Strawberry cream teas will be available and tours of the four floors of the mill can be taken. Entertainment by Con Brio will include popular music, blues, swing and jazz.

GROUP BOOKINGS: If you have a group who would like to be shown around the mill outside of the normal opening hours, a special guided tour can be arranged. For more information please contact John Watts on 01323 487697. The windmill is located in Park Croft, Willingdon, BN26 5LB.

FLOWER CLUB REPORT: With guest demonstrators, competitions, raising money to donate to chosen charity, plus our own talented members Anne B-S, Jasmine, Alice T and Wendy’s themed demonstration titled Election Fever it has been a busy first half of the year. The meeting chairperson, Margaret Lainchbury, welcomed invited guest and judge, Joan Fowlie, members and visitors to the summer tea party complete with bunting, festive tables and afternoon tea plus the Edith Pierce competition. Fourteen entries exhibited to the title Anyone for Tennis: 1, Anne Bathard-Smith; 2, Judith Pettigrew; 3, Anne Taylor.

The next event is on August 7 with demonstrator Gaenor Circus Ancient and Modern. Future events are September 4, with demonstrator Linda Brayne Celebration of the Senses; October 2, demonstration and competition A trip to the Theatre. Meetings take place on Fridays at 1.45pm at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Willingdon Flower Club is a shared interest flower arranging club and will warmly welcome anyone interested in joining this motivated branch. Further details from chairperson Margaret Lainchbury on 484347.

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