Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS: Will be holding their annual exhibition over the August Bank Holiday, which is well worth a visit. The paintings will be displayed at Wannock Village Hall and the pre-view is today, Friday from 7pm to 9pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday the hours are from 10am to 5.30pm and then on Bank Holiday Monday the paintings can be viewed from 10am to 4pm and any purchases collected towards the end of the exhibition. Admission is free and refreshments are available. There is a disabled access as well as parking near-by. A painting by Nick Englefield has been donated for the raffle. The proceeds of the raffle are for WRAS.

FESTIVAL OF ALE: The Wheatsheaf in Church Street Willingdon will be holding their annual Festival of Ale over the Bank holiday weekend with a choice of 23 ales and eight ciders. Attractions include barrel rolling, tug-o-war, barbecue, half a yard of ale challenge, lots of stalls and live music including Stuart Fletcher, Modway at 8.30pm on the Saturday. You could welcome back the barrel rollers who will be manoeuvring full firkins of beer across the South Downs from the Beachy Head Brewery with their crazy contraptions on the Saturday morning. It is estimated that they could start arriving about 11.45am. Teams are made up of four people and if you are considering joining in, you could find out more from the bar at the Wheatsheaf. Festival of Ale glasses for 2015 priced at £2 can also be purchased. It should be a good weekend finishing on the Monday night. The Long Men Morris Men are due to be at The Wheatsheaf at 4pm on Monday.

Lou Taylor will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

TEA AND CAKE: St Andrew’s Church Jevington will be providing tea and homemade cake to visitors and ramblers tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4pm and also on 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.

VOICEWORKS CHOIR: Will be giving a concert at All Saints Church in Grange Road Eastbourne at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday. Refreshments will be provided in the interval. Tickets can be obtained at the door. The concert is in aid of the JPK Project which aims to provide a supported residential centre with meaningful day-time activities for people with a learning disability.

CHURCHES TOGETHER: There will be no Sunday morning service at St Andrews Church Jevington on August 30. In the evening there will be an informal evening praise service at 6.30pm led by Tony Rogers at which all church members from all denominations are invited. Refreshments are available after the service.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council are holding a photographic competition for residents of Willingdon and Jevington parish. They prefer them to be in digital form and no photos can be returned after the competition. Categories are (a) seasonal picture of your gardens, (b) historic buildings taken within the parish, (don’t forget that Polegate Windmill is within the parish) and (c) country views taken within the boundaries of the parish. The competition is open to all ages so it may be a good idea to state your age if you are a young person. The closing date is Monday. Please email your entries to asstclerkwjpc@btconnect.com .

WILLINGDON FLOWER CLUB: Will be meeting at 2pm on Friday September 4 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration by Linda Brayne entitled Celebration of the Senses. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

THE TODDLER GROUP: Held at St Mary’s Church Hall from 9.45am to 11.45am every Wednesday during school time, is run by the Chalk Hill Pre-School staff. It is just £2 per family. Activities include arts and crafts, a role-play area, small world play, water play, sand and playdough. There is a different layout each week. Please ring 01323 504659 for further information.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: Willingdon Church Players are planning their next pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk which will be staged on January 27, 28, 29, and 30 with a matinee on January 30, 2016. Following the read-through in St Mary’s Church Hall Willingdon on Thursday August 27, there will now be informal auditions at 7pm on September 3 and September 10. Rehearsals will then begin at 7pm on Thursday October 8. They will only be once a week on a Thursday up until Christmas but in January they will be held on Mondays and Thursdays. For further information please contact the pantomime director Terry Harvey on 07800 630 761 or the pantomime secretary Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901 or 07708 051 663.

CONCERT FOR INDIA: Ellen Humphreys has been a member of St Mary’s Church Choir for the past seven years and has been offered a unique experience with the International Citizens Service created by VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) to work in India for three months starting from September 25. She will be helping some of the poorest people in the world, living with a family and learning valuable skills while working alongside a counterpart from India on community projects. ICS asks that volunteers provide £800 which should be raised by their own efforts to show commitment. As Ellen has performed in church concerts for as long as she can remember, she has decided to organise a concert at St Mary’s Church with mainly young participants, to not only help raise the necessary funds, but also to showcase the amount of talent within the parish. The concert will be held at 7.30pm on Monday September 7 at St Mary’s Church Willingdon.

ART CLASSES: A Thursday morning art class re-starts on September 24 at Wannock Village Hall. Sessions are from 9.30am to 12.30pm and are run by Angela Burnap. Beginners are welcome as well as those with some experienced. Contact Angela on 01323 842113 for more information.

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