Parish pump Newhaven - 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 be holding their final meeting of the year on November 21 at 7.30pm at the war Memorial Hall. The two speakers will be looking at aspect 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.


WHIST DRIVE tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm, at the Parish Hall. Admission £2.50 including refreshments. All are welcome, come and play or learn how. This event is in aid of the Parish Hall.

THE NEXT TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, email Jim Skinner ( or phone 01273 517291; or contact Peter Mason ( or phone 01323 893096.

OUR CAT now spends hours gazing out of the window. She might just be looking out for her boy friend, Oska, who has just moved out of the village. Taking advantage are a flock of house sparrows, announcing themselves with a morning chirruping, and establishing an evening roost in the creeper covering our house wall. Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, put it less delicately: ‘Nature abhors a vacuum.’


VISITING BIRD: The recent high winds have blown a visiting cormorant onto Falmer pond. The pond is now looking much healthier thanks to all the rain we have had over the last few weeks and the birds that make it their home look healthier too. I expect the cormorant will make his way back to the coast soon, unless all his buddies come to join him here. We had at least six of these large birds living here once and they made quite a mess when they roosted on top of the church tower.

GRANDPARENTS: Congratulations to Peter and Veronica Lenihan who have just become grandparents for the first time. Baby Imogen Florence was born 8lbs 6oz and is doing well.

LOOKING FORWARD: We have lots going on in Falmer in the run-up to Christmas. November 24 sees the Steiner Early Years School Christmas Fair, which should be great fun, especially if you have youngsters as there are always activities for the children. For the more serious Christmas shopper we have two days of our Christmas Art and Craft Market on November 30 and December 1, with ceramics, prints, cards, jewellery, paintings, basket-ware, glassware and any amount of delicious things from the kitchen plus decorations and live music.

FURTHER FORWARD: We have two carol services at St Laurence to look forward to. The first on Sunday December 8 at 6pm is the parish Advent Carol Service, the second is the University of Brighton Carol Service on December 11 at 5pm. All are very welcome to both of these. Another carol event is the Music and Readings for Advent from St George’s Choir, Kemptown, on December 15 at 5.30pm. This carol service/concert has become something of a tradition in recent years. We’ll bring you reminders and more details about these events nearer the time.

CONCERT: Tomorrow (Saturday) we have a concert entitled Piano Duet – four hands one piano given by Pam Cragg and Margaret Grimsdell, who both studied at the Royal Academy of Music. The concert will include music by Schubert, Brahms, Bizet, Frank Bridge and Léo Weiner, it starts at 5.30pm and entrance is free with a retiring collection.

NEWMARKET FARM: I wasn’t able to go to the recent tour of the dig at Newmarket Farm, but I understand it was very interesting. The first time the farm appeared on an Estate Map was in 1830. The land on which the buildings stood was bought by the Goring family of Wiston who also owned most of the rest of Kingston Parish and tenant farmers worked the land. Newmarket Farm was occupied by farm labourers and their families. In 1868 a tenant David Baldy was murdered and the case widely reported by journalists. The land was sold in 1911 to Mr Howell and changed hands yet again in 1923 when Mr Selbach bought it with the intention of developing it, and much of the surrounding area, for housing. In 1925 Brighton Corporation bought Newmarket, Balsdean and Norton farms and put a stop to Selbach’s development plans. The farms were again run by tenant farmers, this lasted up until 1942 when the army evicted the tenants and took over the farm to use for military exercises. Newmarket farm was destroyed. The dig has turned up a large amount of ordnance. The dig continues on Fridays and Sundays 10am to 4pm, weather permitting, till shortly before Christmas. Meet at Falmer Road car park. Information courtesy of David Cuthbertson.

Glynde & Beddingham

MEMORIAL PARADE: Many thanks to Steve Gear and the memorial team for giving us all such a treat last Friday evening. The weather cleared at the last minute allowing the celebrations to continue as planned and what a spectacular fireworks display we had. Thanks also to Lord Hampden for providing the wonderful setting and the swimming pool team for organising the delicious barbeque. We are all greatly looking forward to next year.

PARISH COUNCIL: We have been asked to inform the community there will be a vacancy arising for a new parish councillor from the beginning of December. If you are interested in becoming part of the team, contact Barbara Knight, the parish clerk, on The council works throughout the year on village projects and meets every two months in Glynde. Please see the parish noticeboard for details of meetings and current councillors.

TEA ROOMS: Last Sunday Debbie and David opened their doors for the launch of Andrew Lusted’s new book, Fifty Early Postcards of Glynde, Firle and Beddingham. The weather was sparkling and people had a very jolly afternoon in the gazebo with mulled wine and baked potatoes.


TABLE TOP SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall, behind St Thomas’ Church. Cakes, cards, gifts, books, CDs for sale, and refreshments available all morning, from 9.30am to 1pm. Admission free, all welcome. The sale is in aid of St John sub Castro Church’s Restoration Fund.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: We had an exciting time towards the end of our last walk when a very muddy path in a wood opened out into a large expanse of water in the middle of which was a submerged bridge. Amazingly, with the help of some gallant men, all 24 of us safely made it to the other side, albeit some with very wet feet. The walk started from Chiddingly Church and took us through fields towards Golden Cross. After crossing the A22 we took a straight path, a green lane, lined by low banks and mature trees beginning to show their autumn colours. This lovely path is possibly on the line of a trackway of Roman origin. After this path we joined The Vanguard Way, a long distance path which links East Croyden with Seaford. The route took us past the beautiful old buildings of Limekiln Farm and then through the Mohair Centre, near Laughton, with its variety of different sheep, llamas and alpacas, before heading back to Chiddingly with its tall church spire showing in the distance. The walk was led by Roy. The next walk is on Sunday in the beautiful area around Crowlink when we will be walking two of the Seven Sisters. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session in the Corn Exchange, High Street today, Friday, 2pm to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 8pm.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

CHARITY QUIZ tomorrow (Saturday) South Heighton Village Hall 7pm. Monies raised will go to the HCPT154 charity which takes disabled children from Sussex to Lourdes on holiday. The evening will cost you £5 which includes ploughman’s supper and a raffle,bring your own drink. Come as a team or as an individual and slot into a team.

FILM SOCIETY: Tomorrow (Saturday) the Hillcrest Film Society is showing Perrier’s Bounty (15) at the Hillcrest Centre at 7.30pm.Cafe opens at 6.30pm for meals,snacks and drinks. This is a quirky and violent Irish crime comedy-thriller set in modern-day Dublin where Michael is trying to escape from thugs he owes money to. Tickets are £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre reception today, 9.30am to 4pm or on the door.

CHARITY NIGHT featuring 60s/70s music from Rick Sharpe, Nicki Day and friends. Tomorrow (Saturday) at the Mencap Riverside Hall, West Quay 8pm to 11pm, doors open at 7.30pm. Licensed Bar. Monies raised will go to Rick Sharpe International’s Gambian projects. Tickets £10 including buffet from the Searchlight shop, High Street or telephone 07980 930358.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee will meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Meeching Hall, to discuss the latest applications. This is followed by a Community Engagement and Promotion Meeting.

MEECHING WI will be holding their November meeting on Thursday in Meeching Hall at 9.45am. New members and visitors are welcome to attend.

GARDENING SOCIETY: Brian Gallop will give an illustrated talk on Flora and Fauna of South East England at the gardening society meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm. The meeting is at the Age Concern Day Club,West Quay and non members are always welcome for an admission price of £2 to include coffee and biscuits.

BEETLE DRIVE: The twinning association is holding a Beetle Drive on Friday November 22 at 7pm in the Scout Hut, Fort Road recreation ground. This is a fun evening for all ages and non-members are very welcome to attend. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children to include a ploughman’s supper. Please bring your own drink. To aid catering please book in advance by telephoning Terry Nunn on 01273 515587.

ST LEONARD’S, Denton Church Christmas Fair is being held in the Denton Social Centre, Denton Road on Saturday November 23 from 10am to 11.30am.Gifts,cakes,books,cards,bric-a-brac and refreshments. All welcome.

ST MICHAEL’S is holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday November 23 from 2.30pm to 4pm in the church rooms. Delicious Christmas teas, books/puzzles,gifts,nearly new, crafts, lucky dip,tombola, games.Carol Singing and Christmas trees in the church.

NCDA: Following their successful bid for a Lottery Grant for the Community Garden Newhaven Community Development Association has again been selected as a finalist for the People’s Millions 2013 for their Food4Seahaven project. If successful the money will be used for the Community Kitchen which is associated with the food bank. NCDA will introduce training and cookery sessions for volunteers and food bank beneficiaries. The project will be featured on ITV Meridian East on Monday November 25th and people can vote from 9am to midnight that day with the winner announced on the afternoon of November 26. You can read more about the project on Please vote for your local community project.


BINGO: Remember tonight, Friday, there is a bingo evening in the Community House starting at 7pm sharp. Eight games for £4 plus a flyer and a snowball game with cash prizes to be won. There are free refreshments during the interval half way through the evening.

MAROON: The Remembrance Day maroon was launched from the Meridian Park at 11am on Monday November 11. Despite the wind and drizzly rain it was good to see that a few teachers had brought some school children to the the Meridian Park War Memorial witness the event.

LIBRARY: Remember that from Monday November 18 to Monday December 2 the computer system is being updated. The library will still be open but it will not be possible to search catalogues or access your account to renew books on line. However the loan period will be extended so that nothing will be due back in this time.

PLANNING: A planning application has been submitted by Bovis Homes to build 55 homes on land to the north of Arundel Road East. Any member of the public or residents who have concerns or objections should write direct to Steve Howe, Lewes District Council, Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes BN7 1AB to comment or complain.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Peacehaven Players in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market on Saturday November 23 will be organised by the Lioness Club To book a table contact them on 01273 513015.

COUNCIL MEETING: There are no committee meetings this Tuesday. The next meeting for the policy and finance committee will be on Tuesday November 26 starting at 6.30pm in the Anzac Room.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Peacehaven Evangelical Church are holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday. Next week on Tuesday the Kemptown Conservatives will be behind the counter. The Seahaven Active Scout Support group will be in the Community House foyer on Thursday offering refreshments. And finally on Friday November 22 INNA the local advice group will be back providing the teas and coffees.

HORTICULTURE: The Peacehaven Horticultural Society hold their monthly meeting in the Anzac Room on Monday. The doors open at 7pm for prompt start at 7.30pm when Martyn Hird will give a talk on the New Zealand Shivering Isles. There will be teas and coffee during the evening which usually end around 9.30pm. Visitors are welcome.

PEACEHAVEN WI: It was encouraging to see a good attendance to the November meeting. Apparently the trip to Cambridge was a success, with better weather there, than here. After the usual business one of our members celebrated her 90th birthday offering cakes to everyone. We reciprocated with a gorgeous basket of flowers. Unfortunately, our speaker was unwell but very kindly sent a replacement in the form of Richard Atkins, who gave us a most informative talk, with slides, on Dame Barbara Cartland. Although famous for her prolific writing, one billion books sold, she championed women racing drivers, herself reaching a speed of 140mph at Brooklands, beating the gentlemen at their own game. She was also an avid pilot and glider pilot. All these attributes were no mean feat in the 1920s. She died in May 2000, aged 99, what an amazing lady. The meeting closed with a reminder of our coffee morning on December 6. (Joy Allen).


COFFEE MORNING at 1 The Elms today, Friday, 10am to noon in aid of the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. There will be a raffle and a bring and buy stall. Also SASBAH Christmas cards and calendars will be on sale.

FIREWORKS PARTY: This is again being organised by Ringmer Home School Association this evening, Friday, at the Primary School. Gates will be open at 6pm to enable people to go along and feast themselves on the mouth-watering food before the display at about 7pm. The fireworks are carried out by the Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society whose aim is to give a very visual aerial display without too many loud bangs. All proceeds from this event go straight back into the school for the benefit of the children. Tickets are £10 for a family of four (one must be over 18 years) or adult £3.50, child £2.50 and are available from the school office or by phone on 813860/812463. Please note that all tickets will cost more on the door.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: You can still see Graham Stapley’s production of Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett adapted by Stephen Briggs tonight, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, evening commencing at 7.45pm in the village hall. If you have not already got your tickets hopefully there will be some available on the door.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: Do remember there is a meeting for anyone interested in this event which will take place in April at Christ Church, Lewes, tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. If unable to make the meeting but interested in taking part please phone 07926 486567.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Last weekend the only team that managed to get a game were the Veterans who maintained their 100% record with a 5-2 win away to Stone Veterans. This weekend, weather permitting, the first team are at home to Shoreham in a league fixture with kick off at The Caburn at 3pm. The Reserves travel to Saltdean Utd on Saturday for their Reserve Section Premier game also with a 3pm kick off time. At the time of going to press there are no mid-week fixtures planned but please check the local press as postponed games are often slotted in at short notice. The Trustees management committee and members would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Peter Bentley who sadly passed away last week. Peter was a good friend to Ringmer FC and will be much missed by all who knew him.

SUNDAY SERVICES: St Mary’s, Sunday, Holy Communion 8am, Sung Eucharist 9.45am and Evensong 6.30pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on November 6 was: 1, David Coutinho and Roy Skan; 2, David Warner and Simon Webster; 3, Lis and Tim Owen, Lesley Durrant and Alan Grindley. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St. Mary’s Room of the village hall. Contact number 814220.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council has a vacancy which it intends to fill by co-opting a candidate at its meeting on Thursday, December 12. Further details from Chris Elphick, Clerk to the Council on 01273 813242. Please note that the closing date for nominations is Friday, November 22 and applicants will be asked to provide a brief written statement giving basic information about themselves and their reasons for seeking co-option.

LIGHT OF LOVE SERVICE: The Ringmer Support Group of St Peter and St James are holding this service in St Mary’ s Church on Saturday, December 7 at 4pm. This is to remind those wishing to have a loved one remembered at that service they must send their donations in to Thelma Saunders, Powderham, 2 Shepherds Way by Saturday, December 1 at the latest.

THE RINGMER Famous Festive Feasts Booklet is an interesting and tasty morsel which features articles from many Ringmer people, who have recently cooked up their contributions. Costing only £2.50 this colourful and seasonal read featuring recipes, jokes, quotes, poems and cartoons is now on sale around Ringmer or direcly from Jayne e-mail All proceeds go to St Peter and St James Hospice.

CHARITY CALENDAR: Aidan, who is a pupil at Ringmer Community College, and is presently in hospital after his bone marrow transplant, as he was diagnosed in June, 2011 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, has designed a humorous calendar to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust which built a unit at the Royal Marsedn Hospital especially to help 15 to 25 year olds suffering from rare forms of cancer. The calendar is now on sale to raise money for this Trust. Printing costs have been sponsored by The Rotary Club of Lewes so all money raised will go towards the Trust. Request for a calendar or any donations to help Aidan reach his target of £2,000 can be made online at It is also intended to have the calendar available around the shopping precinct one Saturday in December.

ST MARY’S Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 23 in the village halls from 10am to 1pm. Labelled boxes for donations are in the Springett Chapel for contributions to the various stalls. Grand Draw Tickets are being sold in the shopping precinct tomorrow, Saturday, so if you do not already have your tickets there will be a chance to purchase them.

WINTER PARTY: The twinning association are holding this event at the Ringmer Football and Social Club on Saturday, November 23 at 7.30pm. Do go along and enjoy a meal, music and dancing led by Tony Dunn. Tickets £8 (including meal) are available from Sharon Gunde on 01273 812186/07815 103196 or Jim Stock on 01273 813390.

Rodmell & Southease

TALK: It was lovely to be able to go to yet another of Ian Everest’s talks on farming in the village hall on Saturday night. This time the first half was about the Women’s Land Army, that much maligned force, that did not get the credit it deserved for many years. Ian’s mother and my mother were both in it and featured in his talk. It was wonderful and touching experience to see my mother, on film, with the beloved shire horses she looked after, at the farm in the Cuckmere area. Unfortunately mum could not be at the talk to see her moment of fame, as she is in a care home in Ringmer and at 94 does not want to go out and about. The hall was packed out, with farmers and members of the farming and village communities from along the valley and beyond. It reminded me of when mum and I used to go to the various cattle markets with dad in the past, at Haywards Heath, Lewes, Steyning and Hailsham and everyone caught up with each other and exchanged news. Seeing the Polar Bear cafe featured in the Sussex Express recently reminded me that mum and I used to sneak into town to do shopping and play tunes on the jukebox in the Polar Bear whilst dad did his business deals. Ian and all those who worked so hard to make this such a wonderful evening have the thanks of all those that attended it. I really appreciate these village events as we have no evening buses and I no longer drive at night, plus as a carer I can only be away from home for a few ours, so events such as these are a Godsend to me, and I’m sure many others.

SADLY Anne Foster who lived in, what once was the village shop, died on October 29 at the grand age of 88. She was a kind and gentle lady and was very interesting to talk to. She moved to the village with her lovely husband Peter in 1991. Peter loved to be in the Rodmell pantos and had many fans. Peter died last year. I understand we are having a panto again this year and a meeting has taken place in the usual venue, Hic.

FOR SOME REASON I felt drawn to Southease Church for Remembrance Sunday. I usually attend our church, but I do love the simplicity of Southease Church and often go there. The service taken by Mary Sitwell was lovely and it was a very poignant moment when we all stood around the grave of the Canadian airman who is buried in the churchyard. It’s a great mystery as his plane came down in Kent, and no-one seems to know why he is in Southease churchyard. The last Post was played and we had a two minute silence. I could not help but wonder as we all stood in the sunshine under trees of autumn hue listening to bird song what he or his family would feel at the dedication to keeping his memory alive by the people of Southease.

CLEAR-UP: Tomorrow, Saturday, 9.30am to noon churchyard clear-up.

WI: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI monthly meeting at 7.30pm. It’s also the 94th birthday of our WI.

COFFEE MORNING on Wednesday November 27 in the village hall from 11am.

SERVICE: Sunday December 1, Advent Service of Light by candlelight at 4pm.

HORSE RACING: Saturday December 7, The Great Rodmell Derby.

SPEEDING: Hopefully the two vehicle activated signs will soon be up to try to get drivers to slow down through the village. We can but hope.

SEEING the dreadful situation in the Philippines makes me feel so grateful for all I have. How must it feel to be in such a situation? My ex-husband has houses there, and lives there, on and off, and I heard from my ex-mother-in-law that he is safe, as he was in Dubai at the time, but his staff in the Philippines are safe as his properties are on high ground. It must be awful for people living and working over here who have families back home to worry about. I feel for them.


CONCERT: The Wu String Quartet are playing works by Haydn, Mozart and Smetana, 7.45pm at Cross Way, Steyne Road on Friday November 29.

JUST DESSERTS: Sixty people crammed into St Leonard’s Church Hall on November 1 to enjoy samples of six different desserts, all lovingly made with Fairtrade ingredients by members of Seaford Fairtrade Group. The event marked One World Week and also included a quiz with a round focused on Fairtrade. The desserts provided included lemon posset, baked banana and a rich chocolate pot. ‘It was great fun making the desserts,’ said Eileen Delaney, one of the cooks. ‘Every year, more and more goods carry the Fairtrade mark to show that they have been traded fairly, giving the producer a good price and also a Fairtrade premium to use in their local community.’

ROTARY CLUB: On November 7 the Rotary Club of Seaford held their third Senior Citizens’ Party, again staged at St James’ Trust in Blatchington Road. Thirty five guests came along at around 2.30pm to enjoy themselves with a sherry (or soft drink) to start, followed by sing-along entertainment from Graham Tubb, Margot Miller and Rosemary Kemp. Then came Afternoon Tea with a variety of sandwiches and cakes as well as plenty of tea. More excellent entertainment from our trio of musicians was followed by Seaford Mayor, Councillor Anthony White, drawing the raffle prizes while Rotary President Michael Logan distributed them to the winners. Soon it was time to say goodbye for this year, and a happy group of guests were off home after a pleasant and refreshing afternoon. Thanks are due to many as well as the Rotarians, families and friends who gave up their time. St James’ Trust kindly allowed us to use their facilities, and minibus transport was supplied again by CTLA with driver Gwyn, and this year also by our good friends the Lions Club of Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford with their driver Dirk. Mayor Anthony White enjoyed the afternoon with us all for which we thank him, and last but not least thanks to entertainers Graham, Margot and Rosemary.

THE NATIONAL TRUST Seaford Association (NTSA) will meet on Wednesday at Cross Way, Steyne Road at 2.30pm. The meeting will commence with the AGM followed by a talk by a representative from Monk’s House. New members (including non NT members) are welcome. For further information about the NTSA visit our website on

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, 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 which was 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 have 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. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for information.

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. 101 extension 68233 mobile 07787 685 755.