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COLUMN: This is just to let you know that after writing this column for a number of years, I have reluctantly decided that this will be my last. I have really enjoyed making so many contacts and finding things to write about, but I now want to concentrate on other things and haven’t got as much energy as I once had. Thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way.

REPORT: On Saturday April 9 Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council held their first craft, hobbies and activities day at Wannock Village Hall. It included bonsai, pottery, knitting and crocheting and much more. Cllr. Christina Lynn, chair of the events committee, said that she was extremely pleased at how well it had gone, and that it was wonderful to see so many local residents supporting the event. She would like to thank the staff, the members of the parish council who helped and all the other people who supported this event, making it a resounding success.

TOM FITZPATRICK: Will be entertaining customers at The British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and on Saturday April 30 it will be the turn of Desperate Measures, with 60s to 80s music.

LONE STAR LINERS: Will be having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The cost is £5 per person to include tea/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.lonestarliners.co.uk .

MESSY CHURCH: At 7pm tomorrow, Saturday, there will be an adult version of the children’s Messy Church. It takes place in St Mary’s Church Hall and begins with a meal which everyone enjoys together. There will be a brief talk by Fr Kevin and then a lot of craft activities to try. This is a fundraising event, aimed at providing more equipment for the children’s Messy Church. Tickets are £8 each. For further information please contact Zoe Harris on 07933371337 or Susan Freeman on 07759932948.

APCM: The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place at 7.15pm on Monday in Willingdon Church Hall.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School, followed by the annual parish meeting at 7.30pm. For further information please ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104. Meetings are open to the public.

FRIENDLY CUPPA: Trinity Church has a coffee morning every Wednesday morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm in the church hall. Everyone is very friendly; and as well as tea, coffee and soft drinks, there are light snacks, cakes, sausage rolls, and toasted sandwiches with salad, all at very reasonable prices. There are several stalls, selling good quality and household items, including knitting wools and children’s knitted garments, books and a raffle. New stall holders would be very welcome. Please contact Wendy Brown on 01323 489002 for further information.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: Will be welcoming spring at their next meeting with a talk and demonstration by artist Lucy Parker entitled Bluebell Woods. Her painting will be in watercolour. The meeting is from 7pm to 9pm on Friday April 29 at Wannock Village Hall, with a break for refreshments. The annual fee to join Wannock Artists is £18 and for visitors on the night it is £4. For further information visit wannockartists.enquiries@yahoo.co.uk .

LMMM: The Long Man Morris Men have spent the winter months practicing their steps at St Mary’s Church Hall on Friday evenings. The dancing out season officially starts on May Day, which this year is on Sunday May 1 when they will be dancing at the foot of the Long Man of Wilmington at 5.30am. To find out more about the LMMM or to check their programme for the coming year, please visit their excellent website.

JENNIE AND ALASTAIR: Will be giving an illustrated talk about their holiday which took place earlier this year to the Arctic, and they are calling it In Search of the Northern Lights. It is at 2.30pm on Friday May 6 at Trinity Church Hall. Refreshments will be served and any donations will be given to the Polegate charity, Children with Cancer.

FASHION SHOW: Willingdon Flower Club is holding a Fashion Show on Friday May 6 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Doors open at 1.30pm for a 2pm start. The event is being hosted by Travelling Trends who will be displaying High Street clothes at bargain prices. Do go along for an afternoon of fun and fashion. You will be able to try on and buy this season’s fashions and this will also help raise funds for Willingdon Flower Club. Tickets at £5 each can be obtained from Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527 or email alison.pullinger@gmail.com or buy them on the day.

DIARY DATE: The British Queen will be hosting a charity event in aid of RNLI on Saturday May 14. It will be opened by BGT ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and is from 1pm to 5.30pm. There will be RNLI displays, music, Eastbourne Model Power Boats plus more nautical displays, a tombola, barbecue and a cake stall and other stalls. There will also be a variety of bitters and ciders available and a visit from Harveys horse and dray. At 8.30pm the Watson Bros will be entertaining.

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