Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS: Held their annual art exhibition at Wannock Hall over the August Bank Holiday weekend and it proved to be very successful. Visitors did not seem to be put off by the wet weather on some of the days. Twenty seven framed pictures were sold and seventeen from the portfolio, an increase on last year. Many people commented on the variety of the subjects and the skill of the artists. The raffle painting by local artist Nick Englefield raised £187 for WRAS (East Sussex Wild Life and Rescue Service). I am delighted to say ‘I won it’ and I offer my thanks to the talented artist and to the chairman of Wannock Artists Pauline Beddard for kindly delivering it to me.

BEER FESTIVAL: The Wheatsheaf also had a very successful bank holiday weekend with various marquees erected in their grounds for beer, stalls and for organising all the weekend’s events. It has now become an annual custom for teams of four to manoeuvre a full firkin of beer from the Beachy Head Brewery back to the Wheatsheaf on any crazy contraption that they can devise without the benefit of wheels or a motor, although a certain amount of cheating is permissible. Sadly the husky dogs had to be pulled out at the last moment as their owner, a motor mechanic, was called away for car breakdowns. But there were still five teams who all started the challenge at staggered times and they could take any course they liked with the winner judged by the least time taken. The House Martins led by Lee Potterton was awarded first place. This event on the Saturday morning signified the start of the beer festival. There was also the individual barrel racing along Coopers Hill from Chalk Farm to the Wheatsheaf. This was won by Mark Keen who narrowly missed his last year’s record of two minutes seven seconds. Then there were the various tug-o-war competitions with one especially for children. On the Monday afternoon the Long Man Morris Men turned up to get everyone in a dancing mood and there was also a theatre group which entertained inside the pub using headphones and puppetry, a great family entertainment. It was a good weekend.

HOWLING BLUES: Will be entertaining customers at The British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: Parishioners will be having a special service at 6pm on Sunday to celebrate all that is good in their village. But you are invited to go along and refreshments will be served after the service.

BREAD AND CAKE DAY: Polegate Windmill will be having its annual bread and cake day on Sunday. To enter this competition obtain an entry form from Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496. Decide from the entry form which class you wish to enter and bake at home. If you are making a sponge cake you must use the recipe given on the entry form. There is a special category for children. On competition day deliver your competition entry to the mill between 9am and 10am. Judging will take place between 10am and 11am by a master baker and prizes will be awarded at the mill at 4pm. The classes are as follows: class (I) small white loaf; class (II) small wholemeal loaf; class (III) Victoria sandwich; class (IV) fancy bread; class (V) four Chelsea buns; class (VI) five fruit scones. The children’s classes are: class (VII) two windmill shaped biscuits and class (VIII) the five best decorated fairy cakes. The entry fee for all classes is 50p. The mill will be open to the public from 2pm to 5pm.

CHALK FARM: Learning Disability Centre was chosen by Sainsbury’s in the Arndale Centre as their charity of the year. Chalk Farm LDC had a table in the Arndale Centre last month with leaflets explaining what the charity does, namely giving training and work experience to people with a learning disability in the hotel and garden centre. £200 was raised in their collection boxes. Collecting buckets are now sited at the end of each check out in Sainsbury’s, and one of the staff will be organising a sponsored walk this month. Ask for a sponsored form or pick one up at Chalk Farm Hotel in Coopers Hill Willingdon if you wish to support the event.

CHARITY GOLF: Willingdon Golf Club is a popular venue for members raising money for worthwhile causes, while at the same time having fun. Today, Friday, Chris Rose and his committee will be staging their annual golf tournament with a raffle and auction and a meal after the event. It is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability.

HOPS: (Hailsham Old Pavilion Society) also had a charity golf day recently at Willingdon Golf Club where twenty teams did battle over 18 holes to find this year’s winners. Team Sure Shank Redemption made up of Hugh Thomas, Richard Miller, Chris Street and Tom Chapman won by two points. Helen Rayner was the leading lady and won a special prize.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL: Willingdon Neighbourhood Plan is a group of local residents and councillors who meet quarterly in St Mary’s Church Hall to discuss issues which affect local people relating to crime, vandalism and unsociable behaviour. The panel then selects up to three priorities to be targeted. The date of the next meeting is Tuesday September 15 which will be attended by PCSO Ali Beadon. If you have any issues which you would like discussed at the meeting, please contact her on 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The Willingdon branch of the RBL will be holding their quarterly meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday at the Red Lion.

CHARITY EVENTS: Eastbourne Mayor Cllr Janet Coles’ two chosen charities for her year in office are Eastbourne RNLI and the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability. The project co-ordinator of JPK is Jill Parker, a Willingdon resident. The next mayor’s charity event to be held is a quiz on Friday September 18 at Eastbourne Town Hall commencing at 7pm. Up to six people can take part in each team. The cost to include a fish and chip supper is £10. Please ring the Mayor’s office on 01323 415020 or email mayorsoffice@eastbourne.gov.uk for tickets.

WANNOCK HALL: There will be a meeting at Wannock Hall at 7.30pm on Friday September 18 at 7.30pm to discuss the formation of a group Friends of the Wannock Hall.

TRINITY DINERS: Will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall at noon on Friday September 18 for their harvest lunch. The menu is fruit juice, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding or vegetable dahl, Eton mess, followed by tea or coffee. The meals are £5.50 each. To book a place, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189.

FLOWER CLUB: The club will be meeting at 2pm on Friday September 18 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

CHARITY QUIZ: Steve White will be the quiz master at a charity quiz night for Action Medical Research for Children for Life on Friday September 25 at Trinity Church Hall. It is at 7pm for 7.15pm. Teams can be made up of up to six people. There will also be a variety of delicious rolls to choose from with various fillings included in the price of £7.50p but do take your own drinks and glasses. For tickets please contact Fran Pritchett on 01323 485415.

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