Parish Pump Hailsham - September 20, 2013

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THE MYRIAD THEATRE Company will be bringing their productions of Jane Eyre to Alfriston. Charlotte Bronte’s tale has been adapted for the stage by Connie Stephens and will be performed at the War Memorial Hall on October 19 at 7.30pm. Tickets, £10, are available from Much Ado Books or online via

Bodle Street Green

AUCTION OF PROMISES: This event, at 7pm for 7.30pm tonight, Friday, is the formal launch of the Extension Appeal for the village hall. This will provide an extension in the kitchen area of the hall. The auction will be conducted, after supper, by local auctioneer James Braxton (as seen on TV), and there will be a silent auction of some of the lots. An addition is the special guest, entertainer and magician Bertie Pearce. Tickets are £15 to include a three course supper and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343. There will also be a licensed bar. The next event is a showing of the Opera Carmen on November 16. Tickets from Bryan or Geoff.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).

FILM CLUB: This month’s offering is The Angel’s Share directed by Ken Loach. Doors open next Friday at 7pm for 7.30pm start, at the village hall. It does contain some violence and strong language.

HARVEST FLOWER FESTIVAL: St John’s church is celebrating harvest with a flower festival next weekend (September 27 to 29). The church will be open for viewing from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. Refreshments including light lunches will be available during the day. On Saturday evening, the Penshurst Singers with Richard Eldridge will give a concert in the church. Tickets are £10, and include a glass of wine and light refreshments. They can be obtained from Penny on 01323 833146 or Mary on 833554. At 11am on the Sunday the rector, Rev Marc Lloyd, will conduct the Harvest Festival Eucharist. This will be followed by a bring and share lunch in the village hall.

SHORT MAT BOWLS: The club starts its 20th season on September 30 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the village hall. Members enjoy competitive games within a friendly atmosphere and good equipment. New members are welcome, experienced or novice, bowls are supplied. For details contact Brian on 01323 833560 or Henry on 442296.


AUTUMN SHOW: The last Chiddingly Horticultural Society show of the year was a great success. Slightly fewer entries this year, but an excellent standard in flowers and vegetables. Photography and cookery were well supported, and the children’s contributions, particularly the creature made from vegetables, were a delight. Trophies were presented by Jane Mitchell.

First prize winners were: dahlias: miniature, Brian Paterson; small cactus, Holly Dann; pompon, John Ford; other, John Ford; one specimen, John Ford; chrysanthemums three blooms, John Ford; three sprays, John Ford; ornamental grass or sedge, Brian Paterson; African marigolds, Holly Dann; asters, John Ford; any annual, three stems, John Ford; fuchsias, Christine Fairway; roses, Dennis Brown; one spike or spray, Dennis Brown; a collection of flowers, Holly Dann; any other flower, three stems, Dennis Brown; pot plant in flower, Dennis Brown; pot plant (large), Dennis Brown; orchid, Caroline Manning. Vegetables: basket of five different veg, John Ford; white potatoes, David Farmer; coloured potatoes, David Farmer; leeks, John Ford; onions from sets, John Ford; onions from seed, John Ford; butternut squashes, John Ford; vegetable marrow, John Ford; shallots, David Farmer; tomatoes, William Simmonds; cherry tomatoes, Julie Biggs; beetroot, David Farmer; carrots, 2, John Ford; runner beans, John Farmer; a pumpkin, John Ford; two other vegetables, Brian Paterson. Dessert apples, Brian Paterson; culinary apples, John Debley; any other fruit, John Ford.

Decorative: Book Title, Julie Biggs; Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness, Daphne Robinson; Fungi, Moss, Lichen, Julie Biggs; Petite, jewellery box, Holly Dann. Cookery: apple cake, Georgina Carter; Battenberg cake, Terence Fairway; red onion marmalade, Julie Baker; a spiced pear, Christine Fairway; bread pudding, Daphne Robinson; French apple tart, Helen Miness; home-made sweets, Patricia Debley; jam, Phyllis Simmonds.

Photography: Harvest, William Simmonds; Autumn Colours, Phyllis Simmonds; Action-packed, Phyllis Simmonds.

Art and Craft: Knitted or crocheted article, Janet Gasson; Christmas Wreath, Diane Rosborough; design for schedule cover, Julie Biggs. Children’s Classes: A Photograph: Under 5 years, Jessica Emery; 8 and 9 years, Emily McHale; 10 and 11 years, Robyn Clark. 12 years and over: 1, Lucy Deeprose; 2, Jessica Carter. A Creature made of Vegetables: Under 5 years: 1, Helvett Steven; 2, Jocelyn Jeary; 3, Jessica Emery. 8 and 9 years: 1, Grace Steven; 2, Matty Steven. 10 and 11 years: 1, Laura Allen; 2, Bonny Steven. A Decorated Biscuit: Under 5 years: 1, Jessica Emery; 2, Lottie Hardy. 6 and 7 years: 1, Scarlett Hyland; 2, Daphne Anastakis; 3, Isla Norman. 8 and 9 years: 1, Rose Hyland; 2, Jessica Cherry. 10 and 11 years, Robyn Clark. 12 years and over: 1, Laura Carpenter; 2, Lucy Deeprose; 3, Amelia Anastakis.

Trophies: Dahlia Challenge Cup, Brian Paterson; Chrysanthemum Challenge Cup, John Ford; The A D Frost Cup for Pot Plants, Dennis Brown; The Lilian Taylor Shield for Cookery, Helen Miness; The Bill Baker and Ken Davis Cup for Vegetables, John Ford; The John Laycock Cup for the largest onion, John Ford. Aggregate of all shows: The Watson Challenge Cup for Horticultural Classes, John Ford; The Lady Baillieu Cup for Decorative Classes, Julie Biggs; The Vi Braden Cup for Cookery, Julie Baker; The Mrs Watson Cup for most points in the Children’s Classes, Jessica Emery; The Salle Barnham Cup for Photography, Phyllis Simmonds; The Annie Rose Memorial Cup for most points over the year, John Ford.


FESTIVAL OF ARTS: If you went along to the events of the past week or listened to the specially launched Festival radio channel you will appreciate the enormous amount of work that went into organising this fabulous week of events and I am sure you would like to join me in thanking everybody who was involved for a very enjoyable festival. Everything we managed to get along to was fabulous including the displays at various art studios and establishments around the town.

PAVILION OPEN DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a coffee morning and open day at Hailsham Pavilion from 10am to noon. Go along and look around our lovely cinema and live arts venue. Find out about membership, enjoy refreshments. There will be merchandise, children’s entertainer, tombola and lucky seat competition.

QUIZ AFTERNOON: Tomorrow, Saturday, U3A Hailsham and District University of the 3rd Age present a quiz afternoon at Summerheath Hall at 1.30pm for 2pm start. Teams of six people at £4 each to include tea and cakes. Bring your own soft drinks. To register your team please contact Sue Seabrook on 01323 844279 or email

ST MARY’S: This is the seventeenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The God of Surprises. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Staying Focused. 6.30pm Holy Communion, A Shocking Rebellion. Evening Prayer is at 2.45pm at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood Road.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Corinthian church service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The mediums on this occasion are Malcolm Putland and Lesleigh Badgery.

HAILSHAM WORKS: Starting on Monday, Tomorrow’s People. If you are aged 16 to 24 years, are you ready to do something different? Hailsham Works is a 10 week personal development programme that is designed to get you where you want to be in life and work: learn new skills, improve your CV and prepare for a job, meet new people, strong links with employers and apprenticeship providers, take part in community challenges, 80 percent of people who complete the programme progress into education, employment or training. Expenses and travel costs paid. To apply for a place call or email Shaun Cox, Task Force Leader on 07437 017037 or


ART GROUP: The South View Art Groups start back to classes on the Monday having enjoyed the summer break. Not all time off though. They have met up once a month for Art in the Garden, Artist Garden Party and an Art Day in Ninfield. Blessed with fine weather these events were a huge success. The past weekend has seen them put on a very successful art exhibition for their 13th anniversary with well over a 100 pictures displayed. Now they are looking forward to the new term, which is 10 weeks long. If you think you might enjoy learning how to paint with watercolours give Eileen a ring on 01424 532866.

KNITTING GROUP: The next get together of this small group of knitting and crocheting enthusiasts meets on Tuesday at 7.30pm and welcome all comers to The King’s Head. For more information phone Su (07591 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

MACMILLAN COFFEE: This morning the Wealden Senior citizens’ Partnership is having a Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Corn Exchange, from 10am to 12.30am. This event is taking place a week before the official biggest coffee morning. Please go along and support the event and donate the cost of a coffee to this worthy cause.

CRAFT SALE: On Saturday September 28 Crafty Companions is having a sale of work from 10am to noon in St Mary’s church lounge. You can enjoy a friendly cuppa and biscuit and have a browse. Everything is at competitive prices.

QUIZ NIGHT: Are you interested in coming along to Hailsham and District Twinning Association quiz and supper evening next Saturday September 28 at Charles Hunt Centre near Waitrose. Teams of four to six or come along and make up a team on the night. Entry is £7.50 to include supper, tea and coffee (bring your own other drinks). Please let Pauline Townsend know if you want to book for the night at

IN BLOOM AWARD: Hailsham excelled in the South and Southeast in Bloom Competition, clinching two prizes at a dazzling Awards Ceremony in Tunbridge Wells. This is the town’s fifth year of competing winning. Finalists in the competition are ranked as Gold, Silver-Gilt, Silver and Bronze. Out of over 1,000 entries across the UK, Hailsham achieved a Silver-Gilt in the Large Town category for its high standard entry. The town also scooped the Community Involvement Award, an accolade given to just one entry each year in recognition of projects that provide evidence of community spirit, commitment and overall dedication to improving the environment of the town. Judges were particularly impressed by the recently constructed Hailsham in Bloom Plant Nursery on the Orchard Park site off Grovelands Road, the planting of additional trees at the Common Pond, the town centre floral displays and the high level of contribution from local businesses and younger members of the community. Chairman Richard Grocock said it was a wonderful result and fabulous ending to a year’s worth of community projects undertaken by Hailsham in Bloom volunteers, local businesses and youth organisations. He hopes they can work with even more residents, young people and local businesses next year. For more information call 01323 841702 or visit

GOLF DAY: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) held its annual golf day last month at Willingdon Golf Club. There was an excellent turnout. Twenty teams turned up to battle for the 2013 title and once again the sun shone and the occasional quick shower burst hardly noticeable. All players enjoyed an excellent and exhausting day and the standard of play varied once again from the brilliant to the not so sublime. Some fantastic shots were played by some, whilst others visited parts of Willingdon Golf Course that were, until now, probably undiscovered. The players were treated to an excellent lunch when they arrived back at the clubhouse and partook in the usual liquid refreshments that went on long into the evening. The prizes were presented by Hailsham Pavilion Manager, Paul Nunney and this year’s winners were the aptly named In need of a Miracle and they clearly got one. They scored very well and bonded well together as a team. Many thanks to those who took part and made it such a successful day and donated so generously to the raffle. HOPS would also like to thank local companies that sponsored the event including Chapter 12 Wine Bar Hailsham, SLS Fabrications, Shaws Glass Brighton, Stevens and Carter, Ian Batchelor and June Bourne. Willingdon golf course was as usual, in fantastic condition and many glowing tributes were paid by the competitors. Thank you to Willingdon and their excellent staff for allowing us to host our day and the support they gave us. The event raised over £1,700, which will go towards the upkeep of the Pavilion, Hailsham’s Cinema and Live Arts venue.

BATTLE OF BRITAIN: Heroes were remembered at a service of remembrance held at Hailsham Parish Church last Sunday for all those who took part in the Battle of Britain during the summer and autumn of 1940. Town Mayor Councillor Jo Bentley joined with town councillors and representatives from the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) and the Royal British Legion for a ceremony which marked the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Britain and former British fighter pilots’ involvement in fighting attempts by the German Air Force to gain superiority over the RAF during World War Two. Following the service, the Mayor attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Hailsham War Memorial, alongside uniformed dignitaries, war veterans and cadets from the 249 Hailsham Millennium Squadron.

100 YEARS AGO: In September 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey reported: The Church roof is finished and has been inspected by the architect, who is quite pleased with it, and with one or two slight additions, he thinks that the work will suit our purpose well. The church has been thoroughly cleaned; walls and windows dusted and the floor scrubbed with carbolic soap and tiles on the pavements polished with paraffin. The churchyard has been nicely mown by Mr Gander, and looks neat and tidy.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

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.

MACMILLAN Coffee Morning next Friday, September 27, at Brook Cottage, Mill Lane, Hellingly, starting at 10am until closing at 5pm. This year there will also be ploughman’s lunches and cream teas in the afternoon. Everyone who enters the draw has a chance to win a week’s autumn or spring break in our cottage in Port Isaac where the television programme Doc Martin is filmed. There will be the usual produce, plant stall and raffle. This is always a really enjoyable time for everyone to get together and of course, the whole idea is to raise as much as we can for Cancer Care.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week the guest speaker was Patricia Jones FRPS who gave a print lecture entitled Light! What Light! She is very popular with the Society and her talks always ensure a first rate evening. Members were taken on a trip around the UK with her images showing a range of beautiful landscapes and stunning seascapes, Wales with its reflective lakes after rainfall, Ireland with an evening sunburst on the beach, the light reflected in the sea and Yorkshire, with many snow scenes taken in February with leafless trees, fences, cottages and sheep, both in colour and black and white. In the Lake District, dawn shots of lakes and trees in pastels, evening shots of distant mountains in different hues of blue. In Northumberland, empty beaches with horse riders galloping in the waves, enveloped in a sea mist. Scotland’s many images included mountains, beaches and the sea, in rain, mist and sunshine, against dark clouds and rainbows. Simply beautiful scenery in Great Britain captured by an extremely talented photographer.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING: Hailsham North Ward met recently to choose the policing priorities for the next three months. The three priorities agreed were: speeding in the local area, antisocial behaviour, parking. There are six sites on the Hailsham North ward that have been assessed and agreed for community speed watch volunteers. We currently have three members of speed watch and are actively looking for volunteers to assist further. If you are able to give one or two hours a week working alongside the speed watch team we would love to hear from you. Full training will be given in the use of the latest speed devices, alongside ongoing support from your local neighbourhood policing team and the Wealden casualty reduction officer. Also from a recent survey that was sent round, antisocial behaviour was brought up as an issue within Hailsham North. When looking into this further there was a question that asked, ‘have you experienced this yourself?’ The majority of answers came in as no. From the calls that are made to Sussex Police I am not aware of any anti-social behaviour in the area. However if you experience this could you please respond to me (PCSO Faye Fletcher) directly. I can be contacted at for more information.

MOTHERS UNION: Eleven members met for lunch and a summer walk at the Hikers Rest in East Dean last month. After an enjoyable snack, five plus cocker spaniel, started off over the Downs, to Birling Gap. The rest arranged to meet us there, travelling independently by car. The weather had cleared and the sun shone brightly. The views from the top were breathtaking and well worth the climb. Following a makeover, the National Trust’s Birling Gap has opened new facilities for visitors, with a brand new shop, ice-cream parlour, an extended café sitting area and a landscaped garden. Members relaxed in the garden area overlooking the sea and the Seven Sisters, with ice creams or cups of tea, taking in the stunning views. The new development at Birling Gap is well worth a visit and a new visitors’ centre is due to open in March 2014. Returning to their cars, the long or short way, after a most enjoyable afternoon, thanks were offered to Yvonne Knight who again organised the walk.


AUCTION: Don’t forget the Auction of Goods and Promises tomorrow, Saturday, in Laughton Parish Hall. Viewing is from 10am to noon and the sale starts at 2pm. There are some interesting lots and some wonderful promises so do come along and help raise funds for the parish hall. For more information 01825 840513.

JUMBLE SALE: A date for your diary as well, Saturday October 5, Grand Jumble Sale in the parish hall, doors open at 10.30am. Jumble needed so do have a clear out and ring 01323 811385 we will collect anything. The sale is in aid of Laughton Parish Hall which is just about to embark on a new refurbishment programme.

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: Friday the 13th was a lucky day for the Hooe Open Group as they were entertained by Pam Vieler. Pam provided the members with a most informative and entertaining presentation of life after the end of WWII, with a look back at the period when food rationing was restricting what one could buy, such as material for making ones clothes or having to paint your legs to resemble nylons, while living on a diet of SPAM (Special Processed American Meat), powered egg and very small amounts of butter, cheese and fruit. The older members of HOG’s remember it well; it was a time when families were very much pulling together to support each other as well as their neighbours, by helping out with the odd cup of sugar or even helping with a home birth, which was common at the time. It was a very good meeting with lively banter between members which made for a very congenial atmosphere. As usual the members enjoyed the tea and raffle, which as always had a number of very worthwhile prizes, also the bring and buy table was well stocked with many useful items. Hooe Open Group is enjoying an ever increasing membership, with new members joining at almost every meeting, the September meeting being no exception. Next month should also prove interesting, Sarah Page will be presenting the history of the Sussex Trug as well as demonstrating its manufacturing technique. If you would like to join a very lively group of ladies, why not come along to Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of the month, the meetings commence at 2.30pm, for further information call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

THE BOWLS CLUB have finished the season with a win against Fairlight on September 12, with a score 83-78. Their last game of the season against the Observer Team was cancelled on Sunday September 15 due to the weather. They managed to hold the club’s Finals day on Saturday September 14 with the following results: Presidents Shield, Roger Bryant, runner up Sue Haffenden; Novice Cup, Sheila McCubbin, runner up Jackie Richards; Ladies Singles, Sheila McCubbin, runner up Linda Bosden; Gents Singles, Roger Bryant, runner up Chris Haffenden; 100 Up, Audrey Beale, runner up Brenda Haffenden; Mixed Pairs, Carole Lawrence and Brian Osborne, runners up Sheila McCubbina and Linda Bosden.

DON’T FORGET Ninfield Local History Group are having an Open Day Exhibition at the Memorial Hall from 10am on Saturday, September 28, in order to showcase what has been accomplished in recording the many and varied aspects of Ninfield’s history. For further information about the group, contact Rod Ffoulkes, or ring 893635.

THE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on October 3, 7.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall. All residents are welcome to attend.

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 Praise with Margaret Bickerdike


WILLINGDON MARKET meets every Wednesday morning at Trinity Church Hall. There is a selection of varied stalls including, wool, knitting needles, card making etc, jumpers embossed design, cards, household, children knitwear, veg and eggs. Cakes and homemade sweets. Scarves, jewellery, books, tea tree and aloe vera foot remedies. Also teas, coffees and light snacks served. The market opens at 9am and closes as 1pm. Do come along for a friendly chat. A raffle is held every week.

STEAM TRAIN RIDES in Polegate with the Polegate and District Model Engineering Club. Rides for children and adults on miniature steam hauled locos take place at weekends in the field just off Black Path, through the William Daly gates, turn right across the bridge into a large field, at the far end of this field, these trains are in steam. More info from or email

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the bowls club. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCHYARD CLEAR UP: Twice a year we have a tidy up of the parts of the churchyard that the contractor doesn’t do. We meet at 10am and work until just gone midday, when we adjourn to the church rooms for our reward, a light lunch. If you would like to join us just turn up suitably attired, with or without tools, and we will find you a task. If we have enough help or it is pouring with rain, we will give the church rooms and the church a good clean.

WALK: The History Group walk starts from the lay-by just north of Cowbeech on the Rushlake Green road, at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. The walk will include some sites used in the iron industry.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am the speaker at the 11am and 6.30pm services will be Robin Jones.

RGWI: Hilary Sterling starts the new season with her talk The Influences and Inspiration of a Crafty Potter. The Institute meets at 7.30pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall. For information, or help with transport, contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

ART ON THE GREEN: Visitors to the exhibition of art, in the Dunn Village Hall last weekend, were treated to a wide selection of quality pieces in different media, drawings, painting, sculpture, and weaving. I think my favourites were the photo The Stag by Yao Sullivan and the painting Misty Morning by Pam Edmonds. Congratulations to Chris Liddiard and his team. Thanks also to those who staffed the exhibition and provided refreshments over the weekend. I gather over £300 was raised for the hall funds.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

PANEL MEETING: Willingdon Neighbourhood Panel met recently to discuss the priorities to be targeted for the coming months. It was agreed that during the summer holidays there had been little crime, unsocial behaviour or vandalism in the parish and that young people and dog walkers using Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground had been particularly considerate and helpful. The Community Speed Watch in both Willingdon and Jevington are now up and running which seems to have had the desired effect of motorists keeping within the speed limit. Only two priorities were chosen, criminal damage at Tott Yew Recreation Ground and inconsiderate parking. Damage has been reported to the soft play area at Tott Yew Recreation Ground. Additional patrolling will now take place and residents are asked to contact the police if they see anyone causing damage. PCSO Ali Beadon has already met with the new parents of the children attending Willingdon Primary School to ask their co-operation in parking considerately when taking or collecting their children from school. Parking on verges and pavements in Huggetts Lane by the recreation ground can cause difficulties for wheelchair uses and mothers with pushchairs. A notice is to be put up in the club house as this is particularly a problem when football or cricket matches are taking place. Other parking issues included parking opposite driveways which can sometimes make manoeuvring difficult and staggered parking along the highway which can hinder emergency vehicles.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Thurrock Close on Friday September 27 at 10am and at Farmlands Close at noon. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

WILLINGDON LIBRARY hosts a weekly Rhymetime session for pre-schoolers every Thursday morning from 10.30am to 11am. This is a free and fun signing session for little ones.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. Ray Sparks will be giving a talk entitled My Life with Punch and Judy. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

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

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.

IT’S LONDON NIGHT at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, sing-along classics with barrow boy Wayne Adams.

MEL will be entertaining customers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with her chilled out live lounge set, lovely music to accompany Luca’s delicious Italian cuisine. It is best to book. Ring 01323 502069.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open on Sunday for tours of the four floors of the mill and a visit to the adjoining museum on the ground floor, wheelchair friendly, all for the cost of £1. Refreshments and home-made cake are also available and mill souvenirs can be purchased. An interesting place to visit, especially if the weather is a bit inclement.

THE RECORDER GROUP led by Michael Stumbles will be performing various recorder items interspersed with vocal and piano solos at 7.30pm on Monday at Christ Church Eastbourne. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection.

ART CLASSES: Angela Burnap will be continuing her Thursday morning art classes from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Wannock Village Hall and the new term starts on September 26. Angela gives tuition in drawing and painting in watercolour and pastel. She has a few vacancies so for more information please contact her on 01323 842113.

A LINE DANCING afternoon is being held from 2.30pm to 6pm on Sunday September 29 at Polegate Community Centre in aid of the JPK Sussex Project. Tickets are £5 in advance or £6 at the door and include a cheese and fruit platter. There will also be a raffle in aid of the charity and a bar is available. Please contact Sue Thompson on 01323 844466 or Jill Parker on 486179 for tickets or further information. The JPK Sussex Project has now been given planning permission to build a supported residential centre in Old Town for people with a learning disability so fundraising is all important.

THE ANNUAL JPK ninth Charity Golf Day is taking place at Willingdon Golf Club on Friday September 27 organised by Chris Rose and his committee. Please contact Jill Parker in the first instance for further information. Auction and raffle prizes welcome.

THE LONG MAN MORRIS MEN will be practising on Friday evenings at 8pm in St Mary’s Church Hall from September 27 until the new dancing out season begins in April. For further information ring the bagman John Wardle on 01323 840877 or check the website.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: The flower arrangements at Wilmington Church Flower Festival over the weekend of September 13 to 15 were truly amazing. With the theme of Faiths in Flowers they encompassed many religious beliefs with descriptions of what the displays represented. As one inscription read ‘there are many paths to the top of the mountain’. The beautiful stained glass windows in this little village church were an added reason to visit and the cakes and light lunches were another attraction, the quiche was mouth-watering.

A RAFFLE with some great prizes and a sale of baby and toddler clothes, shoes, accessories and toys will be held from 10am to noon on Saturday September 28 at Willingdon Community School. Heidi Brown and Chris Tuppen are raising money for the charity that supported them when their baby was diagnosed with plagiocephaly – flat head syndrome. Their son Finlay was fitted with a helmet in July thanks to a donation of £900 towards the cost from Headstart4babies.