Parish Pump Newhaven - September 20, 2013


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


COFFEE MORNING: Bishopstone Parish Hall Coffee Morning is on Friday September 27, 10.30am to 12.30pm. This special event is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. There will be a raffle, a bring-and-buy produce stall, and coffee plus cakes.

HARVEST FESTIVAL and lunch for Father Martin will be held on Sunday September 29, 12.15pm in Bishopstone Parish Hall. The event costs £6 including a glass of wine with the meal. Tickets are available from the churchwardens and Linda’s Stores.

AUTUMN gales are forecast and with them is the promise of more beachcombing finds. The sea beans and sea breezes exhibition is still on at the Martello Tower Museum to give an idea of what can turn up on our local tideline. On the larger scale, the Antiques Roadshow from Eastbourne, last week, featured a piece of ship found locally. You never know what treasures the tide may bring.


THE LADIES GROUP had a real treat of chocolate treats this last Tuesday. We were very pleased to welcome Sarah Barber, a nutritional therapist, to conduct a raw chocolate workshop. Sarah went through the process of chocolate from the bean, growing on the trees, to the final product. Sarah explained chocolate is actually good for us containing serotonin and melatonin. Sarah is a great believer of raw foods in our diets and explained the reasons for this; she then demonstrated making chocolates using the ground chocolate and cocoa butter and pouring them into moulds with fruit and nuts which we were all allowed to sample when they were set. We were also sent home with the chocolate brownies she made with chocolate, dates and walnuts. It was all very yummy and greatly enjoyed by everyone. For more information about Sarah go to

EXHIBITION: We have now said farewell to all the artists exhibiting in the parish hall and the church. There were some wonderful paintings, jewellery and ceramics and we thank the contributors for displaying their work in Falmer, and special thanks must go to Sue Barnes, who worked so hard coordinating the whole exhibition.

PARTY: The Sussex University students have returned and celebrated by holding a party last Sunday with very loud music thumping away. Thankfully, unlike the previous week’s rave, this music stopped at about 11.30pm allowing Falmer residents to get some sleep.

Glynde & Beddingham

VILLAGE STORES: David and Debbie are going from strength to strength with innovative ideas popping up each week. They are now offering a fruit and veg box service as well as taking orders for fresh meat from Lew Howard in Ringmer and wonderful bread from our very own Flint Owl Bakery. They are also happy to deliver within the village if it’s not possible for you to get to the shop. We are all delighted that The Little Cottage Tea Rooms are to remain open all year round, albeit with revised opening times and hotwater bottles for those who still wish to try David’s exquisite scones outside in the garden (ask him for the secret ingredient). The Knit and Natter mornings have taken off again on Wednesdays from 10am til noon with tea, cake, knitting and crochet tips and of course oodles of chat on offer for £1.50. The tea rooms are also available for private hire for meetings and parties (max capacity 16). Please phone Debbie on 858215 for more details.

PARISH COUNCIL: What an inspiring and informative afternoon we all had a few Sundays ago when villagers were invited to drop in to The Reading Room to voice their concerns and talk through possible solutions for the traffic situation in Teddy Street and Mill Lane. Many thanks to all the members of the parish council who gave up their time to facilitate the event and to the many people who dropped in to eat cake and share their ideas. It reminded us how very special this street is and what a caring community it contains. Other village projects that are being undertaken by the parish council include urgent repairs to the equipment in the recreation ground and to the flint wall in the centre of the village, as well as the continuing research being done into the question of street lighting and new parish noticeboards. The next parish council meeting will be on Wednesday at 7pm in The Reading Room in Glynde. Everyone is very warmly welcome to come along to see what goes on.

FUEL: As September sees the inevitable change in the weather, many people are turning their minds to the subject of fuel – where can we get good, reasonably priced logs from and do we really have to pay the extortionate heating oil prices? The answer to both of these if relatively straightforward – the Glynde Estate can supply and deliver local logs and The Fuel Co-op can save you money each time you order domestic heating oil. The Fuel Co-op is a Glynde-based home heating oil buying group which has saved its members over £10,000 since it started. Membership details and order dates are on the website at


KINGSTON WI: Our first autumn meeting was held on a warm evening after a day of bright sunshine and high temperatures. As the president and vice president were both away it was left to Vicki Scott to welcome the members to the meeting and to conduct the business before the speaker was introduced. An important date in the calendar this autumn is a group meeting to be held on October 18 when Kingston WI will host members from neighbouring WI branches. They will be entertained by magician John Scholfield and enjoy a two course meal prepared by Kingston WI members. At least 60 are expected to attend. Other Kingston WI activities will resume or continue in September, Pilates, tap dancing and singing, our book group and monthly walk. Over the summer members enjoyed visits to see the musical Top Hat on stage in London and also to Smallhythe Place, the home of Ellen Terry in Kent. WI members also helped at the Kingston Family Day in July and at the Art Wave exhibition in Kingston Pavilion. Members were informed about a new national WI campaign advocating a small charge for plastic bags as is happening in Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland in order to reduce environmental damage and litter. After refreshments we welcomed Heather Woodward as our guest speaker. Heather is a National Trust guide and an expert on the life of Ellen Terry. She gave us a most interesting insight into the somewhat unconventional early years of the famous actress, her artistic partnership with Sir Henry Irving and of course, her later years at living at Smallhythe Place and her important legacy to the theatre. Her great nephew was John Gielgud who often visited her at Smallhythe and who acted in the Barn Theatre there with other famous stage actors of the day. Members are now planning a further visit to this National Trust property to see for themselves some of the costumes, jewellery and memorabilia belonging to Ellen Terry as described by our speaker. This month’s competition was entitled The Theatre and was judged by our speaker and won by Vicki Scott with a record book detailing plays her mother had seen during the 1940s and 50s, interestingly one had a young John Gielgud in the cast. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday October 3 at 7.30pm in the parish hall and will be a Zumba evening, a chance to try out this fun way of getting fit by dancing or just watching will be fine.


WESTGATE WI: Tudor history with a Sussex connection was brought to life by speaker Helen Poole whose work with the Sussex Archaeological Society and Sussex Castles and Museums enhanced her talk on Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII. Helen painted a picture of Tudor society, describing how Thomas Cromwell had enriched Henry through the dissolution of the monasteries. With an English Bible in churches and Cromwell and Cranmer beginning discussions with German Lutherans, Henry’s search for another wife was caught up in his search of an alliance with Protestant states. Unfortunately the German princess portrayed so appealingly by Holbein’s exquisite miniature did not impress Henry (now a corpulent 49-year-old), who found her unattractive at first sight. However, the marriage went ahead in 1540, only to be swiftly annulled six months later. Anne stayed on in England with a dowry, palaces such as Richmond, Hever Castle and nine Sussex manors. Lewes Priory would have been part of the manor of Southover but in spite of the splendidly named Anne of Cleves House there is no evidence that Anne ever came to Sussex. Next meeting is on October 9. Next Crafts is on October 16. (A Stephen).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The group had its final coach outing for the 2013 season last Sunday walking on the delightful hills and heath land of Surrey which forms part of the Greensand Ridge and provides many fine views of the countryside. There was a long walk from Puttenham to Shere and a short walk from Broadford Bridge near Shalford to Shere. Departing from Puttenham the party followed the North Downs Way eastward which was easy. We kept the sun on our right and watched out for the waymarks. This worked well till just after noon when the first of the forecast showers completely disrupted our picnic stop which had been taken early with the express intent of avoiding the rain. On the River Wey we saw rowers and scullers being coached about their rowing and sculling skills and being nearly run down by a narrow boat for their efforts. The highlight of this delightful walk was St-Martha-on-the-Hill (525ft) at Chilworth, which was so named after the church. The climb to the top of the hill was mildly laborious for those of us who had just walked six miles. The families who had driven to the car park at the bottom hardly seemed troubled by the incline at all. The church itself is mostly a Victorian construction with a simple interior. To be fair to the Victorians, what had started out as a Norman church was almost entirely in ruins before they restored it. The views were splendid and well worth the climb. The rest of the route to Shere was along the Pilgrims’ Way. The short walk party left Broadford Bridge crossing some fields before passing through Shalford village and by Shalford Mill which is a lucky survivor telling the story of the decline of the traditional village work and life; then climbing up onto the North Downs Way to follow the same route as the other party. We were unable to visit St Martha’s church as morning service was in progress, but were able to enjoy organ music whilst appreciating the wonderful views extending south to the South Downs. It is here the Downs Link starts, a 33 mile trail linking the North Downs Way with the South Downs Way at Shoreham. The reward at the end for both groups was a cream tea in the local café at Shere and a chance to visit the parish church dating from around 1190 with its Lych-gate designed by Edwin Lutyens. Also to visit the interesting village Museum housed in the original Parish Hall. Hilda and Graham led the long walk but Bert deserves the credit for organising this thoroughly enjoyable outing, and led the short walk. The rain started again before leaving Shere and on the way home the heavens opened. The next walk is a Lewes Circular on Sunday. There is an option of a half day walk or a 12 mile walk. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

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

QUIZ NIGHT at The Ship in aid of the Tree of Hope Children’s Charity, Monday at 8pm. First prize £20 in cash, second prize £15 drinks voucher. Pizza 50p a slice, all sales donated to the charity, music, auction. No need to book, just turn up on the night either as a team or an individual.

MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatic Society’s Music Hall of Fun 3 opens on Wednesday September 25 at 7.45pm and plays until Saturday September 28 nightly at 7.45pm. A popular return of a variety of old and new sketches,music,dancing an puppetry guaranteeing a great evening of fun in the true MAD tradition. Performances take place in Meeching Hall and tickets for the first night only are £7. Other nights £8 available from Meeching estate agents, High Street 01273 515566.

AUTUMN FAIR in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice at South Heighton village hall on Saturday September 28 from 10am to 2pm. Free entry, raffle, tea, coffee, refreshments, cake and sweet stalls, local businesses. Tombola, face painting and more.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Ian Everest will give a talk on Tuesday October 1 in the Hillcrest Centre at 7 for 7.30pm. The subject of the talk will be The Women’s Land Army, A Sussex Connection. Ian’s mother was one of 80,000 Land Girls during World War II and the talk includes some of her personal memories plus a potted history of the role of women on farms during the two World Wars. Members admitted free, guests welcome £2 admission.

HEALTH TRAINER SERVICE run by the NHS, free to all adults. The health trainers offer support and motivation to those looking to improve their lifestyle. They can help with improving mental wellbeing, healthy eating and weight watching, become more physically active, stop smoking, sensible drinking and improving your sexual health. One to one sessions are held at the Rehabilitation Centre, Church Hill, Newhaven Tuesdays 9am to 2pm, Wednesdays 9am to 1pm and the Children’s Centre, Denton Island 1pm to 4pm every Thursday. Other times available by prior arrangement. For more details telephone 01323 418997 or 07769 301460.

CTLA: Did you know Newhaven has an excellent Community Transport for Lewes Area office. Have you thought about using the Newhaven Community Bus to get to an event. For a nominal single flat fare of £2 single or £3.50 return (accompanied children under 12 travel free) the bus will pick you up at your home and take you anywhere in Newhaven, Peacehaven or Telscombe, including East Saltdean. It operates Monday to Friday 7.30am to 5.30pm and they also do regular trips every alternate Tuesday to Holmbush Shopping Centre, Shoreham for Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford residents, cost £8. Wednesdays to Arndale Centre, Eastbourne also £8 and Lidl, Sainsbury etc for Seaford residents £5. CTLA also operate a travel club which you can join for £12 per annum and go on various outings. For more information or to book a journey telephone 01273 517332.


MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Liberal Democrats in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market will be organised by Harlequin Studios on Saturday September 28.To book a table contact them on 07981 925742.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting on Tuesday for the planning and highways committee in the Anzac Room Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. There will be a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting when residents may ask questions.

BOOT SALE: There is a boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday arranged by the Seahaven Scouts. The gates will open for sellers at 8am and buyers will be admitted from 9am until 1pm. There is plenty of free parking on site however all vehicles must leave by the end of the event as all gates will be locked and access will not be available until Monday morning.

COFFEE MORNINGS: INAA the Access and Advice organisation will be in the Meridian Centre today, Friday, serving teas,coffees and cakes from 8.30am until midday. Next week on Tuesday the Kemptown Conservatives will be behind the counter. On Thursday the Seahaven Scouts Active Support group will be offering the refreshments. Friday September 27 is a very special day event run by the Macmillan Cancer Support.

BAG DAY: This is a message for the ladies. Perhaps you are fed up with your current handbag, purses and scarves and would like a change. Then bring them along to the sale in the Anzac Room from 9am to noon on Friday September 27 and buy a replacement bag for a reasonable price. All proceeds from the sale will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

GREEN GYM: It was good to see the cover of the September Peacehaven Directory displaying a picture of some of the equipment available in the Meridian Park. However I was sad to read it being described as new and almost unused. There is a group of about 20 who use it on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and I am told that some of the staff from the nearby doctors’ surgery use it during their lunch break. It is a free facility installed early this year. No special clothes are needed so whatever your age, if you have not yet used it, why not pop along and give it a try. There is nothing complicated and full instructions are on each piece of equipment.

CINEMA: Remember there is a film show on Friday September 27 in the main hall, Community House. Summer in February starts at 7.30pm and tickets at £5 each are available from the information office.

FIRE: With a few colder days recently have you been tempted to turn on your heating yet? More importantly do you have a working smoke alarm. The East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will be pleased to visit you to discuss fire safety measure and fit free smoke alarms. To request a visit call free on 0800 177 7069. It would be helpful to them if you could quote HSV1/0407. For the safety of you and your family call them now.

BLOOD DONATIONS: Blood donating sessions will be held on Friday, October 4, from 2pm to 4.30 and 5pm to 8, at Meridian Centre, Community House, Roderick Avenue.


COFFEE MORNING: DELTA are holding this event in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. There will be a tombola, raffle and cake stall.

SILVER SURFERS takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at Ringmer Community College from 10am to noon. There are still a few places left so if interested phone Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext. 253 to book.

JUMBLE SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm in the village hall. If you have any jumble you wish to donate please take it to the hall between 10am and 11am tomorrow.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Hassocks in the FA Vase competition and kick-off at The Beacons is 3pm as usual. The second team are at home on Saturday versus Pagham in the Reserve Section Premier League also with a 3pm kick-off time. Today, Friday, the Brian Smith/Duncan Ralph Memorial match takes place at the Caburn with a 7.45pm kick-off. This is a charity match and features ‘senior’ players who played under Brian or alongside Duncan at Ringmer FC.

BARN DANCE/HOG ROAST this evening, Friday, in the barn at Gote Farm by kind invitation of Will and Suzanne Craig and organised by Ringmer Primary Home School Association. The event is from 6.30pm to 10.30pm and the cost is adults £5 school age children £2 (food will be extra). Do contact Angela on 01273 813860 or the school office if interested in attending.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Mary’s Church services on Sunday are as follows: Holy Communion 8am, Sung Eucharist 9.45am with Evensong at 6.30pm.

HARVEST LUNCH: The Baptist church are holding their Harvest Lunch on Sunday commencing at 1pm in the village hall. This is after their Morning Service in the village hall which commences at 10.30am and their Evening Service is at 6.30pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on September 11 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan, Pam Brook and John Weston; 4, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith. The club next meets on Wednesday in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. Contact number 814220.

TABLE TOP SALE: Advance notice this is being held at Ringmer Community College on Saturday, October 12. £5 a table if pre-booked. Phone Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Manager, on 01273 812220 ext 253 for more information.

BOWLS CLUB: The result of the matches played last week was: Ringmer v Motcombe Gardens 65-71, Ringmer v St Francis 59-78, Ringmer v Brighton 49-51 and Ringmer v Haywards Heath 39-53.

Rodmell & Southease

CELEBRATION: It was the 50th year of Northease Manor School at the weekend so there was a fair to celebrate. Unfortunately I could not go to it, but as I drove past I noticed that there were many cars in the car park, so it was obviously well supported.

PARISH COUNCIL: I also missed the recent parish council meeting where the following items were discussed: Traffic calming work started on Monday and should be complete within a week. John Harvey has been working with experts. The intention is to kill off the existing turf including rampant nettles along the verges at the entrances/exits to Rodmell village. The bulbs will be left unharmed. The areas will be re-seeded in October with a wildflower/grass mix for flowering next spring/summer, at no cost to the parish. The National Trust have been diligently pursuing the doubling of the size of Monks House car park. Archaeologists have experienced some delays but have just come to the end of their work, so that the landscaper can return within the next couple of months to lay the top dressing. There have been recent changes to two muddy areas of footpaths. A hard surface has been created on the short farm track a the foot of Mill Hill near South Farm and the field from the top of Mill Hill to the top of Whiteway Lane has been converted to arable with a clearly defined path.

COFFEE CLUB continues to meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the village hall from 11am to 12.30pm. The next meeting is on Wednesday. All welcome.

BROADBAND: The county council has appointed BT as the Broadband provider for East Sussex and they are currently carrying out a detailed planning exercise. In the meantime, Northease School has kindly allowed Sussex Net Share to set up a pole to feed wi-fi to Rodmell residents. If you wish to know more about Sussex Net Share, look at their website or contact Marcus Brown, our administrator.

VERGES: I do hope when the work on our verges gets started the wonderful patches of violets don’t come to harm. White violets are a bit of a rarity and we have some on the verge by our field gate and in the field.

ON SUNDAY afternoon one of our Trees of Heaven (sumach) came down in the goat garden. Fortunately our old goat has always considered it a great delicacy so is eating it with relish (not with tomato ketchup).

ARTWAVE in the villages has been a great success, as have the various lectures etc to do with Monks House and the Bloomsbury Set.

LAUGH: I had to laugh at Robert Hammond’s letter in the letters page last week in my defence and in reply to Mr Baker’s letter. I’m still holding in my mind a picture of a 70 year old woman with tattoos and Jack Boots complete with crew cut hiding behind the Daily Mail, which Mr Baker seems to think is my daily newspaper. In fact I only read The Times and Sussex Express. Thanks Mr Hammond for giving me a good laugh.

OUR PUB: Many visitors have been really surprised at how packed our local pub gets. It was certainly the case on Saturday night, which was Jazz Night. It was heaving. If you give the public what they want, they spread the word.


SUSTAINABILITY SWAP: Finished a book, DVD or CD? Bring it along and exchange it for something else at Seaford Quakers’ coffee morning, 10am to 11.30am Saturday September 28 at the Clinton Centre, Clinton Place.

CLAREMONT HALL owned by Seaford WI has recently received over £4,500 from the Big Lottery Fund Awards For All grant. This is to be used to replace rotten timbers, soffits, fascias and have the walls insulated. The hall was built around 1920 and is financed by local clubs using our facilities including a car park. Christine Poulton Hall Trustee.

BLOOD DONATIONS: Blood donating sessions will be held on Thursday, October 10, from 2pm to 4.30 and 5pm to 8, at

Seaford Baptist Church Hall, Belgrave Road.


APPLE DAY returns to Stanmer Park in Brighton on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Admission is free and parking is between £3 and £5. There will be an apple café, orchard tours, apple themed games, music and dancing, apple pressing, juice and cider for sale, children’s activities, rare Sussex apple trees for sale, cookery demos, apple identification, talks on apples and orchards and Brighton Mummers Horse Play. Don’t miss out on this wonderful event. Visit for more details.

COUNCILLORS Evening Surgery, Monday, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along. No appointment is necessary.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Planning and Highways Committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 at Telscombe Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the council’s website at

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING at the Civic Centre from 10am to midday on Friday September 27. As well as scrumptious cakes, teas and coffees, there will be a raffle, various unique stalls that might give you inspiration for Christmas presents and various fundraising activities such as guess the weight of the giant cupcake. Please come along and support this ever popular event for an extremely worthwhile cause. Thanks go to the local Breast Cancer Support Group who will be making the teas and coffees for us.

BINGO EVENING: Don’t forget bingo tonight, Friday, at the Civic Centre, 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

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 meet from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. Ray Sparks will give a talk entitled My Life with Punch and Judy. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for 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 perform various recorder items interspersed with vocal and piano solos at 7.30pm on Monday at Christ Church Eastbourne. Admission 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.