Parish pump Hailsham - November 15 2013


ELM TREES: It was thought that the wonderful old elm tree on the Tye had succumbed to Dutch elm disease and would have to be felled. However, recently it put on an encouraging burst of healthy looking green foliage (which is now responding to the season and shedding its leaves). As a result it has earned a reprieve, at least until spring, to see if the recovery is sustained. Sadly the same cannot be said of the elm at the junction of King’s Ride and Dean’s Road which is due for felling. A number of elms on Weavers Lane are due to be felled also. (report from Nick Beechey, Chair of the Parish Council).

THE FESTIVAL Helpers’ Supper was held last Friday evening. There was a good turnout on a very cold evening and everyone contributed a plate of something delicious to make up the supper. The evening is held in order to hand out the cheques to those who successfully bid for a share of the funds raised, and to review the event. Looking back, the Festival of 2013 was encouraging. The separate evening’s activities were recalled with enthusiasm and the Bank Holiday fair was a tremendous success with perfect summer weather. The money raised provides each organisation with that vital bit of extra cash that allows a purchase or project to happen without putting stress on limited resources. It takes a lot of people a lot of effort to make the Festival happen. This year Chairman Rod Young, Maralyn Streeter and Treasurer Jackie Knights are resigning. Rod has been deeply involved with the committee for the past seven years and Maralyn has been on the committee for the past three years but Jackie has been in charge of balancing the books for the last 14 years. Thanks were expressed and the daunting search now begins for replacements.

THE ALFRISTON and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society will hold their final meeting of the year on November 21 at 7.30pm at the war Memorial Hall. The two speakers will be looking at aspects of Sussex ecclesiastical history. John Funnell is a past president and current co-ordinator of Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society. He has been involved in research prospects and excavations for the past 25 years. His talk is entitled Stretham and Ovingdean - Aspects of Medieval Sussex. Kevin Gordon, who will be known to most members, is an historian for the British Transport Police, an accredited guide for the Houses of Parliament, an active member of the Seaford Historical Society and the history columnist for this paper. His subject is An ABC of Sussex Churches. Admission to members is free; non members £5.

DICKENSIAN EVENING: November 23 from 2pm to 10 pm. The High Street will be closed throughout that time. There will be Park and Ride from Drusillas. Father Christmas will be in his grotto at the Clergy House from 2pm with a break at 5pm when he leads the Grand Procession of the Hailsham Bonfire Boys and Belles and the Scottish Pipe Band along the High Street to switch on the Christmas tree lights. He will then return to his grotto. There will be Morris dancers, school children singing carols and the Salvation Army Band. The High Street shops will be open late and the pavements lined with stalls and though the Clergy House is tucked away in the corner of the Tye, it too will be open and decorated and that is where Father Christmas will have his grotto.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Bodle Street Village Hall. The public are welcome to attend council meetings, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters in the meeting.

GARDENING CLUB: The club meets at 7.30pm on Tuesday in the village hall. Kevin Loveland will give a Christmas decoration demonstration. Entry is £3 for members and £5 for non-members. This will include a glass of wine and a mince pie. Neighbouring clubs are invited.


STREET MARKET: If you love deliciously fresh fruit and vegetables, farmhouse cakes, handmade crafts, jewellery, fashion, garden plants, handbags and yes, even dog accessories, then go along to Hailsham Street Market tomorrow, Saturday, 9.30am to 3pm, at Vicarage Field.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: At the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field from 9am to 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, for Hellingly Bowls Club. Tombola, yummy cake stall, jams, pickles and preserves, Christmas gifts and cards, jewellery and clothes, toy stall, books and puzzles, bric-a-brac and more.

WINSTON’S WISH: Support this charity for bereaved children at the Quintins Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 1pm, there will be a raffle, tombola, homemade cakes and more.

ST MARY’S: This is the second Sunday before Advent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Moving On. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, A Life that Pleases. 6.30pm Choral Evening Prayer, An Angels Announcement.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Rev Barbars Almond. All welcome. Next Saturday there are 1-2-1 Private Readings from 10am to 2pm at Primrose Hall. No appointment necessary.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AGM on Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm at the Charles Hunt Centre. There will be a buffet. Everyone welcome. Non-members £2 entry.

BONFIRE BINGO: This evening, Friday. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre.

DINNER DANCE: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society is hosting this charity event at Willingdon Golf Club on Saturday November 23 at 7pm for 7.30pm start. There is a three course meal, plus coffee. Tables of eight (smaller groups or individuals welcome) at £29.50 per person. Black tie or lounge suits. All proceeds to HOPS. For booking form ring Margaret Critchfield on (01323) 484971.

BARN DANCE: Hailsham in Bloom are hosting an event on Saturday November 30 at Summerheath Hall at 7pm for 7.30 start. Bring your own nibbles and wine but there will be homemade cakes and refreshments in the interval. Tickets are £7 per person. Under 12s free. Contact Joy on (01323) 840382.

CHRISTMAS CRACKER: Start the Christmas celebrations early with a seasonal singsong hosted by The Robin Post Singers at The Pavilion on Sunday December 1 at 2pm for 2.30pm. Tickets are £6.50, including tea/coffee and a mince pie), under 16s £4. £1 off for HOPS members with a voucher.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: On Thursday the Society held the first of its open competitions, which are set subjects open to all members of the club irrespective of whether they are beginners, intermediate or advanced. This week it was Natural History for both prints and projected digital images. The judge was Keith Gibson, a biologist who is passionate about natural history and also enjoys judging. Keith has been to the club several times before and said he was looking for a little more than just a portrait, the images should include habitat, behaviour and also be pictorially strong. For the print results: 3, The Stand Off, Coyote and Bison-Yellowstone (Canis Latrans, Bison Bison) by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS; 2, Elephant In The Dust (Lenodonta African) by Mike Sales LRPS; 1, Ted Sturgeon LRPS for Fishers Lovebirds, Tarangire showing several of these pretty colourful birds in flight. PDI results: 3, Namaqua Chameleon by Chris Coates ARPS DPAGB; 2, Wasps Nest (Vespula Vulgaris) by Janice Payne LRPS; 1, Roy Broad for Royal Terns showing one tern about to land on a perch which another tern was just vacating. There was an incredible array of photographs and images for Keith to judge and many were highly commended. He did an exceptional job and imparted a lot of inside information with his remarks. The club thanked him for his visit and look forward to the next one.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING: There have been some more reported thefts of oil and diesel. Sussex Police would like to remind you that if you store oil or diesel on your premises, take adequate security measures. Consider fitting an audible alarm along with a good quality padlock. For more crime prevention advice please contact your local PCSO who will arrange a visit.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Hellingly church holds their annual festive event tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Hellingly Village Hall. Stalls include bottles, books, bathroom and kitchen, homemade cakes, preserves and pickles.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Go along to Michelham Priory tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday for this very popular festive event. Opens 10.30am to 4pm. Admission adults and seniors £5, children and disabled £3. There will be Christmas stalls, Santa’s grotto, decorations and Christmas music in this beautiful historic setting. Free park and ride. Tel: 01323 844224 for further information.

INDOOR BOOT FAIR: On Sunday,9am to noon at Reid Hall, Boreham Street. In aid of Eastbourne Rabbit Rescue. Stalls £7 pre-booked. Admission 50p. Enquiries 01323 410727.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. 6.30pm Evensong. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am. Tues 9.30am to 10.30am Holy Corner. Meet the Vicar at the Village Shop and Cafe, Upper Dicker.

SUSSEX RAMBLERS: The following work is being carried out by East Sussex County Council. ESCC report access improvements at Hellingly Footpath 72c stile repairs TQ590/138 which, following Rights of Way Officer contact, a landowner has made improvements to the stile. At Hellingly Footpath 67 at TQ584/153 following Rights of Way Officer contact, a landowner has made improvements to the footpath on Hellingly 67 and has removed the stile to leave a gap. At Hailsham Byway 57 at TQ609/085 just under 0.5km of surface repairs has been completed. The worst section of the path has been raised out of the marsh and topped with type 1 limestone. Barriers are also being installed on this route to allow temporary closure to 4x4 vehicles. Finally on the subject of cropped paths, thanks to all the Ramblers’ Volunteers who inspected paths reported as cropped over the summer months. A similar success rate as last year was achieved with around 65 percent of paths being cleared.

MEMORIAL PLAQUES: There were two Hellingly Hospital Chapel war memorial plaques on the wall of the chapel commemorating the men who died in both world wars. Sometime prior to 1990 the chapel was no longer in use and many of the furnishings, pews, lights etc were sent to new homes. The two wall plaques have disappeared and no-one can remember what happened to them, although we are pretty sure they did not go with the pews. Did someone store them in a place of safety and over the years with a change of personnel their whereabouts has been forgotten. All that is left is a list of the names. If you have any idea of their whereabouts, could you contact Gill Hesselgrave 01323 844613 or email These names are not on the Hellingly War Memorial and there is, therefore, no record for posterity. With next year being the 100 years since the end of WW1 it would be great if they could be traced. At that time the Hospital ran as an almost separate town and was not integrated into the local parish, but many of the names belong to local families. Also if you had a relative who worked at the hospital and was killed in either of the wars we would like to hear from you.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: This week’s guest speaker was Paul Keene FRPS, a member of Royal Photographic Society for many years, an international exhibitor and PAGB listed Judge with many distinctions. It was Paul’s first visit to East Sussex and as he was also lecturing at Seaford Photographic Society, members from both clubs were invited to each other’s meetings to enjoy a double helping of creativity. Paul showed a collection of Audio Visuals, works with both sound and visual components, called From Here To Eternity showing local images to start off with. The first AV, titled Art or Junk, was a series of virtually abstract images in blue, grey, gold, orange, amber and cream, with the words Do you know what it is yet? halfway through the sequence, then casually panning out to reveal a burnt out car. The message here was you can take lots of different photographs from just one subject. Another AV, called Belen, was of a beautiful Spanish lady with long blonde hair posing in a riding habit with a handsome white horse with an impressive grey mane. An AV named The Life of Swans showed scenes of all aspects of this lovely bird including taking off into the wind, raising young, bathing, a number flying in a skein and simply stunning close up shots of their plumage. The evening came to a close with AV’s moving further afield to places like Australia, called Wish You Were Here with wildlife and beaches in Queensland, music by Pink Floyd, and then onto Tibet, with fascinating pictures of colourful characters and smiling children at school who seemed to be eager to learn their lessons. A huge thanks was given to Paul, an extremely talented photographer, for a very entertaining evening.

FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: This event seems a long time ago as Christmas approaches but the Hellingly cake stall organisers would like to report on how things went as they do not see everyone who kindly makes cakes for the church cake stall. It was a bad start as on the Saturday it rained all day and very few paying public came through the turnstiles. However regular customers who bring their treasured classic cars each year and like to stock up on their goodies and other stall holders needed their spirits raised by having a good cake. By altering the arrangement of tables there was a good sized area inside the marquee where people could take shelter from the rain and enjoy a cake on a plate. Takings for the day were halved but were appreciated by customers who returned on subsequent days to buy more. The Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday were perfect for everyone. At the church service on the Sunday morning Charlie promoted the cake stall and, of course, many came bearing cakes. Tess and Simon Gray said, ‘It is a tribute to all of you who made such delicious cakes and who helped on the stall, that we made such a large amount of money. The only disappointed customers were those who returned for more of the ever-popular Barbara Moore’s Bread Pudding. Despite making 150 pieces, the Bread Pudding was a sell out.’

MOTHERS’ UNION: Guest speaker Pauline Townsend from Wealden Citizens’ Advice spoke on Seven Decades of Problem Solving: The Citizens’ Advice Bureau. Here she fulfils the dual roles of being the Manager of the Uckfield branch as well as being in charge of training for the entire area. The idea of a national information and advice service first emerged after the First World War when complex new regulations and the after effects of war made the need for information and advice, apparent. However, it was not until 4 September 1939 that the first 200 bureaux opened ready to deal with the problems and fears of those bombed out, drafted up or evacuated. From the start they were staffed by a committed group of volunteers, largely drawn from social services and the professions. From these modest beginnings the Citizens’ Advice service has grown into one of the largest volunteer organisations in the UK, with over 20,000 volunteers, most of whom are part-time advisers, but there are also trustees and administrators as well as paid bureau managers and advice session supervisors. All volunteers are required to undertake rigorous and demanding training to ensure they fully understand the nature of the service. The work of today’s Citizens Advice service involves providing guidance on many issues.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

FLASH BANG WALLOP: If you ever wanted a musical that strolled, strutted and razzle dazzled its audience then Half a Sixpence is it; the story of a humble draper played by Adrian Samuel took us through the highs and lows of his life, his loves and the inheritance he received, lost and got back a real rollercoaster of a story. Adrian Samuel took to the part of Kipps like a duck to water and there were very few moments when he was not on stage, singing, dancing and narrating all of which he performed to an exceptional standard. The love of his life Ann, played by Victoria Langley, was another lovely performance and she really came into her own during the scene on the Promenade where she stomped and raged through I Don’t Believe a Word of It. A very pretty voice and she seemed to be able to change between the more raucous numbers to the melancholy with ease showing the extent of her talent. HATS showed the full extent of their professionalism by staging a show that at times seemed to be a bit big for the Herstmonceux stage, their singing and dancing was as good as ever and of course we couldn’t leave without mentioning Cliff Bendall who took the part of Chitterlow, an actor of the more eccentric kind, he was funny, very professional and able to take command of the stage and, all of which went down very well with the audience, much stomping and cheering went through the hall after his appearances. I’m sure the song, Flash, Bang Wallop will be on many people’s lips for some time to come, that song was made for HATS. They were at their best when performing it, the choreography, the singing it all came together and judging by the applause it was one the whole audience enjoyed. Many congratulations to the whole cast and production team. I am constantly amazed to see how hard the troupe worked to bring each production to life.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday meet Irene at the Horam Cuckoo trail car park at 10.30am for a four mile circular walk of Horam. If you need further information or need a lift to the meeting point please call them direct on 848790.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill. Today, Friday, Kevin Gordon will be in the village hall to give an illustrated talk on the Palace of Westminster including the workings of the Houses of Parliament. The doors open for 7pm ready for Kevin to start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 on the door to include tea or coffee with all proceeds going to the windmill fund.

BINGO: A reminder this month’s bingo will be held one week earlier than normal, Wednesday November 20. The doors of the village hall will be open from 2pm ready for eyes down at 2.15pm. Prizes for both lines and full houses, lots of fun, lots of home-made cakes and biccies for tea.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am with Holy Communion (CW) at Wartling church at 9.45qam and Messy Church at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street at 4pm.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: St Mary Magdalena Church at Wartling will be holding their Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, in the Reid Hall at Boreham Street between 11am and 2pm. Entrance will be 50p or, if you would like to join them for lunch between noon and 1.30pm it will cost you just £5. Stalls include gifts, cakes a raffle, plants and lots more. All proceeds will go to the Wartling church funds.

CHRISTMAS FAIR 2: All the fun of the fair at Orchard View on Saturday November 23 from 2pm to 5pm. It’s free entry with a raffle, bric-a-brac stall, tombola, roll a twopence, crafts, mulled wine and mince pies to name but a few of the attractions. Father Christmas will draw the raffle at 4.30pm with all profits being divided between the Prostrate Cancer Fund and the Great Ormond Street charity.

WHAT’S IN MY STOCKING: Have you seen these signs in local shops and businesses throughout the village, well what do they mean? It’s the latest competition being held locally. Visit the local businesses in the village to find out what is hidden in their Christmas stockings. Be in with a chance of winning a family Christmas hamper by collecting an entry form, completing and returning it by Friday December 6. The draw takes place at the Spirit of Christmas market in the village on Saturday December 7, noon to 6pm.


VILLAGE MARKET: There will be no market tomorrow, Saturday, due to refurbishment of the main hall. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

HOOE OPEN GROUP enjoyed a very successful meeting on Friday afternoon, November 8, when 23 members and two visitors where enthralled by a presentation by David Harrison on the subject of viticulture (wine growing) in the UK. In the last 30 years English/British wine has established itself very firmly on the world of wine, capturing some of the most prestigious accolades, including Gold Medals for English sparkling wine against the top names in French Champagne. After David Harrison’s excellent presentation, the members and guests enjoyed mince pies with their afternoon tea. Next month will be the club’s Christmas luncheon, at the Cooden Beach Golf Club on December 13, when members are able in invite guests. The January meeting will be a members’ forum, when the programme for 2014 will be formulated. If you are interested in joining a very friendly group of ladies, go along to Hooe Village Hall at 2.30pm on Friday, January 10, and be assured of a warm welcome. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

BINGO: 1st Ninfield Scout group are holding a Family Bingo night tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm to 9pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Costs, to include a bingo book are £3 adult and £2 child. Additional books can be purchased on the night for £2 per book. Please purchase tickets early, either through any of the Scout sections, Ninfield Post Office or Lorna (893644). This event was sold out earlier in the year. There will be refreshments, a raffle and games too.

MEETING: Ninfield Horticultural Society are meeting on November 18, 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. They have had to re-arrange their speaker Chris Jenkins and instead will welcome Ian Everest with his talk about the Land Girls. They hope to visit Brazil in January.

LOCAL HISTORY: The local history group meet on November 21, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. This month they welcome Nick Austin with a talk on The Battle of Hastings and Ninfield in 1066. For further information, contact Rod Ffoulkes, Acting Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or or see their Website/Facebook /

THE COMMITTEE of Ninfield Memorial Hall have been very pleased with the bookings for their Home Made Fair on November 23. As well as delicious bakes from the Memorial Hall team, there will be jams, chutneys and cordials to please your palate, plus some unique Christmas presents - everything from bird boxes to painted glass, knitted toys to fine art. The younger generation may like to help Father Christmas in his workshop with making labels and toys, or create their own Christmas card. Doors open between 10am and 4pm.

ST MARY’S Church are holding a Christmas Coffee morning on Saturday November 23. Alongside teas and coffees available all morning, there will be a raffle, crafts and gifts, cakes and produce, tombola and competitions. Do go along and enjoy coffee and conversation with friends 10.30am to noon in the Reading Room.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Communion with Revd Ian Wales.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Polegate Pre-School children. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session in the Winter Garden, Eastbourne on Tuesday and The Kings Centre, Edison Road, Eastbourne on Thursday, 2pm to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 8pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

QUIZ NIGHT: Warbleton Brass Band has a Quiz Night at the Dunn Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Teams of six are invited to enter at £5 per person, tea and coffee are available. Please bring your own drinks and nibbles. Book with Cath on 01435 813359. The band will give their Christmas Concert on Sunday December 8 at 2pm, in the Dunn Village Hall. Entry is free with retiring collection. There will be a raffle and refreshments. Come along and listen to a wide variety of music including some of your festive favourites. The band donates 50 percent of all collections from Carol Playing and their Christmas Concert to a chosen charity. This year it will be the renovation of the bells of Warbleton Church.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship & communion led by Rev Neville Barnett.

MAKE WAY FOR LUCIA: Time seems to have rushed by; we have our dress and tech rehearsal for this comedy by John Van Druten based on the novels by EF Benson, this weekend. Performances by the Village Players in a Café Theatre production are from Thursday to Saturday, November 21 to 23, at the Dunn Village Hall. Tickets are £18.50 and include a three course meal (vegetarian option available, must be ordered with the tickets). Tickets are available from The Stores, Rushlake Green, or from Anita on 01435 873226. Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.30pm start, and there will be a licensed bar. This is an amateur production by permission of Samuel French Ltd.

HISTORY GROUP: John Bishop showed three films from the 50s and 60s on Monday. The first was the BBC film, released on cine film for domestic use, of the 40th Anniversary run from London to Edinburgh of the Flying Scotsman. The original non-stop run was in 1928, the re-run in 1968 under the direction of the then owner Alan Pegler. They just got away with the non-stop with the train almost coming to a halt at a signal. The second film was Turning to the Wind, a documentary about windmills, their types and survival. The third short film was a rather romantic view of a farmer’s life, as seen by ramblers. John will be showing more films in aid of HOPS at the Hailsham Pavilion on Saturday November 30. This will be a transport coffee morning. Our next walk is next Saturday November 23, at 2pm. We meet at the lychgate of Old Heathfield Church.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Bodle Street Village Hall.

REMEMBRANCE: It was heartening to see and hear of good attendances at remembrance services last Sunday. Warbleton church was full, as was Horam. I was involved at the service in Hailsham High Street where hundreds gathered. In today’s hustle and bustle and non-stop noise, it is wonderful such large crowds can fall silent for two minutes.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY was a beautiful sunny day. The Kingfisher Band led the parade of ex-service men and women and local uniformed organisations along Church Street for the Service of Remembrance at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon. Piper Ian White piped the congregation into church, which was full to capacity. The service was led by Fr Michael Maine. The names of all those to be commemorated were read out, men and women of Willingdon who had died fighting for their country. As each name was called out, a lit candle was placed on the memorial by the young members of the uniformed organisations, and wreaths were laid. The immortal words ‘they shall grow not old as we that are left grow old’ were said. The last post was sounded and the two minute silence observed, and this was followed by the reveille. In his sermon Fr Michael said thousands had perished or suffered in the two world wars and beyond, there were many individual stories that could be told, but he dwelt on just one, that of RAF Willingdon service man Ken Wakefield, who worked with radar in the second world war until he was captured in Tobruk. In dreadful conditions, he was transported first to Italy and later to a prison of war camp in Germany. But, unlike many, he survived, and a letter he wrote eventually reached home. He recounted some of his experiences but felt God was always with him. Audrey Thew, member of St Mary’s Church, is Ken Wakefield’s daughter and treasures that letter sent to her mother. The readings were given by Cllr John Pritchett, chairman of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council, and Peter Boxhall, church warden. Hymns were sung and a collection was taken for the work of the Royal British Legion. After the service a short ceremony took place in the garden of rest for the laying of wreaths in memory of all ex-service men and women who died. Piper Ian White played the lament. During the afternoon there was a further short service at the Ruth-less Memorial at Butts Brow to commemorate the crew of the ill-fated American Liberator bomber Ruth-less which crashed on the Downs in February 1944.

RACE NIGHT: The Red Lion is hosting a Race Night with all proceeds going to the newly formed Youth Group Ablaze for the 14 plus age group which meets at St Mary’s Church Hall on alternate Sunday evenings. The Race Night is tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Red Lion and are £2 each to include a burger or hot dog - but check for availability or contact Susan or Stuart Freeman on 01323 505833 or 01323 464430 for further information.

TIMESPAN: A group of actors known as Timespan will be re-enacting the Great Fire of London for the Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society. The meeting is from 7pm to 9pm tonight, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for information.

THE FLOWER CLUB meets at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Anderida Road (near number 105) at 11am tomorrow, Saturday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. She can be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or 07787 685 755.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros Burtenshaw on 01323 504463.

THE RIDDOS with their rockabilly set will entertain customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

ESK Warehouse is allowing supporters of the JPK Sussex Project to bag pack at their tills from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. There are six tills and so the more volunteers able to give up an hour or two of their time, the more money will be made for the charity, the aim of which is to build a supported living centre for adults with a learning disability on the site of Edgmont Evangelical Church in Old Town and the car park area. Ring project leader Jill Parker on 01323 486179 if you want to help.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council finance and policy committee will meet at Willingdon Community School at 7.30pm on Monday. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for information.

ST MARY’S rambling group meet at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday for a five mile circular walk from Herstmonceux. There are a number of stiles. Take a packed lunch.

A FUN QUIZ will be held in St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Teams of four can be made up or participants can go on their own. Tickets are £5 each to include light refreshments, or you can take your own drink. The evening will include a raffle and all proceeds will go to Family Support Work. For availability of tickets please ring 01323 502820.

ADMISSION of children to start at infant, junior and primary schools in September 2014 is taking place now and is an opportunity for parents to visit schools this November. Willingdon Primary School’s telephone number to make an appointment is 01323 482619. Visiting times are 11am on Tuesday; 9.30am and 6pm on Thursday, and at 9.30am on Wednesday November 27.

PROBUS CLUB will be having a coffee morning at 10.15am for 10.30am at the Red Lion on Thursday.

THE RED LION: The next charity quiz at The Red Lion will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday. The cost to enter is £2 per person which includes a chip butty. The winning team will receive half the proceeds and the remaining half goes to charity. The winners can then choose the next charity to be supported.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Polegate Windmill will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar from 10am to 12.30pm on Saturday November 30 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Attractions will include tombola, a raffle, cakes, bric-a-brac, books, mill souvenirs and refreshments and Father Christmas will be arriving at 10.30am. To book a table to sell your own goods, please contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496. The cost for hiring a table is £6 and admission to the hall to set up the tables is from 9am on the day.