Hailsham Village News

Alciston & Selmeston

QUILT EXHIBITION: The Laughton branch of the Ouse Valley Quilters present a Quilt Exhibition plus a hands on demonstration on Saturday June 6 from 10am to 4pm in Selmeston Church. Refreshments available, sandwiches, cakes, cream teas and homemade cakes to take away. Free entry. Donations towards the upkeep of Selmeston and Alciston churches gratefully accepted.


WI REPORT: From Wendy Day: At the May meeting members discussed this year’s resolution - Failing to care: Assessment of Need in Long term care. What seemed to be a fairly simple proposal turned out to be very complex, particularly in terms of funding. It was decided that the delegate would decide for or against the resolution after hearing the speakers at the NFWI Annual Meeting. The next Alfriston meeting will be on June 16 at 2pm at the OCC. The speaker will be Margaret Kimber who will be talking about the RNLI. All visitors are welcome - a small donation would be appreciated.

THE EARLY SUMMER SHOW: By members of the Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society will be on June 13 from 1pm to 5pm at the War Memorial Hall. Once again there will be an opportunity to become inspired to grow and show and to admire the products of those who have.

SUSSEX DAY: Sussex Day is June 14. There will be music and dancing in The Square at 11.15am followed by the main event on the Tye at noon where there will be lots of stalls, music, storytelling and songs and dance throughout the afternoon.

Arlington & Berwick

PARISH COUNCIL: Arlington Parish Council Planning Meeting on June 4 at Upper Dicker Village Hall at 7.30pm to consider Planning Application: WD/2015/0854/O.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: Monsoon Wedding is this month’s film to be shown at 7.30pm today, Friday. It involves a stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world who create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India. The film, directed by Mira Nair lasts 1hr 54min. Guests are welcome at £6 each at the door, and doors open at 7pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP). Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Worship.

PARISH COUNCIL: The meeting this month was a meeting of two halves. The first was the AGM following the election of the new council. In fact there was no election as there were only 11 candidates for the 11 seats on the council. One of those was not filled due to a small discrepancy in the application form. With the agreement of the returning officer this was filled by the co-option of the person at the meeting, the discrepancy having been rectified. The councillors filled in their declarations of office and the meeting began with the re-election of Cllr Bryan Whitton as chairman, Cllr Nick Richards as vice chairman. I will advise you of the role the councillors will play as soon as I receive a list of their committee appointments from the clerk. The other nine councillors are Pauline Velten, Jonathan Glass, Chris Wells, David Powell, Karen Cooke, Sue Ralph, Christian Jervis-Reade, Ray Tratt and Alastair King. Cllrs Richards and Ralph represent Bodle Street Green ward and the rest Warbleton ward. Also present was Cllr Bob Bowdler the new Wealden councillor for Heathfield East ward, which covers the Warbleton ward of our parish. Cllr Bill Bentley (ESCC) continues to represent the Bodle Street ward at county level, and is lead member for adult social care.

The second half was the regular council meeting. The question of the road closure between the two halves of the parish for ten days was raised, was it really necessary considering how little work seemed to be going on? It was reported by Nigel McKeeman that the de-fibrillator for Bodle Street has been installed outside the White Horse Inn and a successful and well attended training day had been held. He thanked the council for the grant of £1,000 towards this project. The chairman on behalf of the council thanked Nigel for all the hard work he has put into fund raising and keeping the momentum going.

Bryan Gibson reported that the BSG village hall extension appeal has raised £17,650 and they will soon be in a position to make grant applications. The council passed a motion expressing full support for the project, which will assist in such applications, as a letter will be given to the hall committee showing that support. Bryan said that, apart from one very brief period the hall which remain open during the works. The entrance will be temporarily re-located to the double doors facing the car park, with disabled access maintained.

The next meeting is at 7pm on Thursday June 18 at the Bodle Street Village Hall.


WHO LET THE DADS OUT: Tomorrow, Saturday, Dads of toddlers to 7 year olds are meeting between 9.30am and 11am and the last Saturday of every month at the same time in St Mary’s lounge. All welcome.

ST MARY’S: This is Trinity Sunday. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups: The Spirit who Unites. 6.30pm Choral Evening Prayer, The Leadership Crisis.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday at Primrose Hall, London Road, there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Gail Moffit. Healing is always available.

GIVE BLOOD: Tuesday from 1.30 to 4pm and again between 5pm and 7.30pm at the Community Hall, Vicarage Lane. This is a drop in session but you can book if it is more convenient. Call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.

AFTERNOON TEA: This is the first event in Hailsham Methodist Church Summer Outreach programme and will take place on Saturday June 6 starting at 3pm. Tickets are £2, go along and also hear a short talk by Petrina Mayson on the work of the Furniture Now charity which will benefit from this event. Email caroleshrt@gmail.com for a ticket or ring 01323 325916.

OPEN GARDEN: As part of the National Gardens Scheme open for charity Festival Weekend, this new venue at Moietties Farm and Barn at Foul Mile, Cowbeech, Hailsham BN27 4JJ will be open on Saturday June 6 from 2 to 5.30pm. The Admission is £3.50, children free. There is off road car parking in the field. This is a two acre informal country garden surrounding a c18 farmhouse and recently converted barn (not open). Mixed borders with ancient apple trees, kitchen garden, cut flower plot, meadow with mown paths to .5 acre farm pond overlooking woodland plantations and pasture. Partial wheelchair access, gravel paths, refreshments and plants for sale.

BONFIRE MEETING: If you are interested in being a part of the Hailsham Bonfire celebrations, parade and display on October 17 then go along to a meeting at Hailsham Memorial Institute on Monday at 8pm to meet everybody and find out more.

LOCAL FOOTPATHS: Chiddingly Footpath 10 (S4218). Stile replaced TQ 529/142 following officer contact a stile has been replaced on Chiddingly Footpath 32.

GRANT APPLICATIONS: The next deadline for Town Council grant aid applications (2016/17) will be the end of January 2016. For an application form, please write to the Town Clerk, Hailsham Town Council, Inglenook, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE.

FLOWER CLUB: Last month Hailsham and District Flower Club once again held a very successful general knowledge quiz at Grovelands School. The 80 people attending had a very entertaining and educational evening and in the interval enjoyed an excellent ploughman’s supper. The club will be making a donation of £250 from the proceeds of the evening to the Sussex Kidney Trust formed in 1967 by the Sussex Area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies. To this day it continues to be run by a dedicated and completely voluntary committee. Since its formation the Trust has purchased over £1m of equipment for the Renal Units of the Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton, Worthing and Bexhill. Hailsham and District Flower Club welcomes anyone who would like to come along as a guest. The next meeting is on Wednesday June 17, 7.30pm in the Hailsham Civic Community Hall.

Hellingly, Horsebridge

& Dicker

HELLINGLY CHURCH: This week all services to be taken by Rev Will Pratt. Sunday Services are at 8am Holy Communion Hellingly. 10.45am Holy Communion Hellingly. (Fourth Sunday 10.45am Family Service Hellingly). There is no mission meeting on Monday night of this week.

HELLINGLY FOOD BANK: The Hellingly church distribution point for Hailsham Food Bank has been delayed until June 4 on Thursdays at 11am. There is a small team to oversee it but more helpers would be welcome.

MOTHERS UNION: On Tuesday June 9 Kathryn Anderson will be talking about the MU visit to Kenya. The group meets in Hellingly church at 7.15pm. All welcome. Enquiries 01435 862542.

JAZZ EVENING: On Saturday June 6 there is a fundraising event provided by the Peter Willson Quartet with soloist Linda Francis. It takes place in Hellingly Church at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 which includes refreshments.

COMMUNITY PARK: Hellingly Community Park Trust Chairman, Gill Hesselgrave is pleased to be able to report more progress.

70s DISCO NIGHT: Book your tickets now for a 70s Disco Night on Friday June 5. Head back to the 70s with a disco night and retro buffet. Dance the night away to the golden oldies while sampling the themed food expertly prepared by their rosette standard executive head chef. £4.95 per person. Food optional and payable on the night. Dress to impress. The best dressed 70s throwback male and female will each win a private table for up to 10 people at one of the live comedy nights. Arrivals 7pm, food from 7.30pm dancing from 8.30pm and carriages at 11pm. Admissions by booking only at buytickets.at/blackstockfarmcoltd or call 01323 440450.

CUCKOO TRAIL CELEBRATIONS: On Tuesday June 16 meeting at 10am there is a walk entitled, A Number of Inmates, of 3 Miles over 2 hours. Meet Hellingly Station Car Park. No dogs please.

From Saturday to Friday, June 13 to 19, there will be celebrations along the Cuckoo Trail from walks to boot fairs to mark the 50th Anniversary of the last train going down the Cuckoo Line. It is 50 years since the last train travelled down the Cuckoo Line. Nowadays this stretch of the line is used by over 250 thousand visitors a year for cycling walking and horse riding. Join in the Sussex Walking Festival on this anniversary in one of the most famous parts of Sussex. For more details check the websites: www.wealden.gov.uk or www.sussexwalkingfestival.org.uk.


& Wartling

ALL SAINTS: There are services on Sunday at 9.45am Matins (BCP) and at 6pm there is a combined service at the Free Church.

WARTLING: St Mary Magdalene has a service on Sunday at 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and will also be joining the combined service at 6pm at the Free Church.

QUIZ NIGHT: The village hall management committee has arranged a fun evening out on Friday June 5 at the village hall for 7.30pm start. Teams of six but not to worry if you do not have six we can match you up with other people. Tickets £7 per person to include hot dog. Refreshments available but bring your own drinks if you prefer. There will be a raffle. Tickets available from Gerald on 01323 832212 or Caprice Hairdressers in centre of village on 01323 832117. Please support your village hall whilst having a very happy, fun evening.

BOWLS: Last week the Observer won a friendly 93 shots to Herstmonceux’s 45. An outcome of 38 shots to Cross-in-Hand’s 74 brought them no points in the league but in a final friendly of the week Hampden Park’s 32 shots allowed Herstmonceux a 63 shot win.

RAY AND SHELDON: Frank Beeney is leading a singalong at the next gathering on Friday June 12. This over 60s group meets at the village hall at 2.15pm. If you would like more information or to go along ring Anne on (01323) 441244.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Wednesday June 10 the group have their annual outing. This year they are off to Sussex Prairie Garden, Henfield and St Mary’s, Bramber. The group then enjoys a summer break until September other than the Summer Flower Show in August.

ARTS MUSIC AND SKILLS: New six week courses for absolute beginners from the first week in June for Ukelele on Fridays 1pm and Tuesdays 7pm (very easy, portable and sounds lovely). Also for acoustic guitar in a relaxed, informal workshop learning a few chords and a song every week on Thursday’s 7pm and Friday’s noon. All about Felting is a two day introductory course. Making bags from raw fleece (wet felting) with dyed wool decorations and needle felting, lined with fabric. Lovely rural workshop, stunning views and gardens. Saturday June 13 and Saturday June 27, 11am to 4pm. Lunch provided. For more information including costs call 01323 339339 or visit www.sussexartsmusicandskills.com.

THE WINDMILL: Almost 100 children, staff and helpers from Year 3 Hollington Primary Academy, St Leonards-on-Sea and All Saints C of E Junior Academy in Hastings braved the rain and visited the Windmill at Windmill Hill to carry out media projects. In collaboration with the University of Brighton, the Compact Plus Programme allows children to became journalists for the day, using cameras and editing the results to create weblogs of their experiences. The final product of their efforts is awaited. Wendy Heasmer, the University’s Widening Participation (WP) Coordinator, said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity for us to be involved in a great restoration project, to engage with the local community and to help school students with their learning experience.’ This outreach project is in support of the Heritage Lottery Funded £80,800 restoration of the machinery and sweeps of the windmill so that it will grind grain into flour once more.

The mill is open on the first and third Sunday in the month from 2.30pm to 5pm until October as well as all public holidays. Visits for schools and groups can be arranged. If you would like to become a volunteer guide, help with maintenance or learn how to operate the machinery please contact Mrs Bee Frost on 01323 833033 or Mrs Jenny Alder on 01323 832329.

VITALITY VILLAGE: The next coffee morning at the Health Centre is on Monday June 15 from 10am to noon. Age UK will be there to tell you about footcare and how you can have sparkly toes. All topped off with a healthy snack and a cup of cha.

WALKING GROUP: On Sunday at 10am the group will be meeting at Hailsham Leisure Centre for a 4.5 mile walk in the Plumpton area with Helen 845684. On the following Tuesday they will be meeting for an evening walk led by Jenny 840777 at 6.30pm at School Hill, Old Heathfield with optional drinks in The Star afterwards. If you would like to go along on either of these walks, ring the walk leader in the first instance to let them know to expect you and for any more details you may need.

THE CASTLE: On Sunday there is a Feathers, Flights and Beats theme throughout the day offering a hands on experience including birds of prey, archery and medieval drumming. Also, starting on Sunday and running until Sunday August 23 is an Exhibition of Zimbabwean Sculpture every day in the gardens and grounds. This is an open-air exhibition of the wonderful stone sculptures of Hilary Manuhwa. Then coming up on Sunday June 7 throughout the day is the East Sussex Jaguar Enthusiasts Club Rally. You will be able to view these magnificent cars in front of Herstmonceux Castle and meet some of the owners. For these three events normal gardens and grounds charges apply. Also on June 7 and for booking now there is a production of Robin Hood the Musical at 4pm by the Cambridge Touring Theatre. This is an open air theatre for children and adults. Come dressed in your best Sherwood fashion and have a joyful, fun-filled picnic with your family while watching this hilarious musical show. Tickets adults £14, children and concessions £9, U3s free, family £40. General enquiries and tickets 01323 834479.

STREET MEETING: PCSOs will be hosting a street meeting to discuss local issues at the Merry Harriers, Cowbeech Road, Cowbeech on Thursday between 7pm and 7.30pm.


JUMBLE SALE: Huge Summer Jumble Sale to be held on Saturday June 20 in Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble still wanted. For more information ring 01323 811385.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Normans Bay 9.40am-10.10am; Opposite Denbeigh Court, Hooe 10.40am-11.10am; Downsview, Ninfield 11.20am-11.45am; Catsfield Village Hall 11.55am-12.30pm; Hoath Hill, Mountfield 1.50am-2.45pm; Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 2.55pm-3.30pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Thelma Nance, who was the Chairlady of Ninfield and Hooe Panel, has stepped down after many years of service. Thanks go to Thelma for her work over the years in the community and the work she did with NHW and PCSO Daryl Holter to make Ninfield and Hooe a safer place to live. She was presented with two bouquets from the panel which spoke volumes about how highly she was thought of locally. The new chairman of the panel is Rod Ffoulkes. At this meeting, our new PCSO, Rachael Scott was introduced, who has taken over from Daryl Holter. Also at the meeting was Ted Kemp who leads the Rother Neighbourhood Watch and who offered his assistance. Lyn Denton was happy to continue as secretary and Martin Wood volunteered to be treasurer. So the intention is that Neighbourhood Watch will continue to serve the people of Ninfield and Hooe into the future. The next meeting has been arranged for Tuesday, August 18 at 7.30pm, for any local residents who would like to attend. Should you wish further information about the group, please contact Rod Ffoulkes on 893635 or email ken.ffoulkes@which.net. More scams are coming to light, the latest being a letter telling you that you have won a very large sum of money on a postcode lottery. To get the money all you have to do is phone the number given when you will be told to send quite a large sum to receive it. Please be aware. The rule of thumb is if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.

More scams are coming to light the latest being a letter telling you that you have won a very large sum of money on a post code lottery. To get the money all you have to do is phone the number given when you will be told to send quite a large sum to receive it. A scam of course.

BIN COLLECTION: From June, Wealden DC will be changing the day they collect our rubbish. As of Monday, June 1, collections will take place on a Monday, starting with a landfill rubbish bin collection. The garden waste service is not affected. Please see your existing calendar for these collections dates.

FLOWER GROUP: On Monday commencing at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Ninfield Flower Group welcome Sue Thompson with her demonstration entitled A Few of my Favourite Things. Non-members are welcome at a charge of £4 to include refreshments. All flowers demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening.

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of Ninfield Parish Council will be held on June 4, 7.15pm at Ninfield Methodist Hall. All residents are welcome to attend.

BUCKET COLLECTION: A bucket collection in aid of Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice has been organised at Sainsburys, Bexhill, on June 5. Pam Doodes is looking for volunteers to assist during the day. If you feel that you could spare some time to assist, please contact Pam on 892329.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Celebration Service with Marktime Brass Band for their anniversary on June 7, 10.30am to 11.30am. This will also include the Cafe style Family Church and breakfast. A warm welcome will be extended to all.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting of Hooe Open Group will be on Friday, June 12, at 2.30pm, which will be a cream tea and a general knowledge quiz. For information of the club’s activities call the social organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail: davidawallis@aol.com.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 10.30am Combined Parish Eucharist. St Oswald’s Hooe, no service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Trinity Sunday Worship and Praise with Barry Turnwell.


COFFEE MORNING: The coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Centre Fund Raising. All welcome in the lounge from 10 am to noon. Many stalls including bric-a-brac, books, preserves, raffle, hamper draw, bring and buy stall. On Saturday 6 June 6 the coffee morning will be hosted by Polegate Drama Group. All welcome.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Church to Lido, 5 miles with Tony W. Meet at Elim Church, Newhaven, 10.20am bus 12A 9.23am Terminus Road Stand J. finish at Satldean via Telscombe. Or, Harbour Stroll, two to five miles with Thelma. Meet at Cinema, Crumbles Retail Park at 10.15am bus 99 at 9.43am Terminus Road stand E to Asda bus stop. Leader at start. On Sunday, Tye the Corner, 9.5 miles hilly with Tony W. Meet bus 12A 9.16am Terminus Road to Telscombe Tye where walk starts 10.30am. Dry lunch, YHA Southease, finish Denton Corner. On Wednesday, Not a Beatle in Sight, 10 miles with Linda S. Meet at Eastbourne Station for 9.09am train to Rye, walk starts at Rye Station 10am. Dry lunch Peasmarsh.

WILDLIFE: Wildlife Weekend on the Spa Valley Railway, May 28 to 31, children’s wildlife trail, craft activities and garden display. Standard fare apply with a small additional charge for some optional activities. www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk telephone 01892 537715.

TABLE SALE: On Saturday June 6 in aid of Polegate Drama Group. Tables cost £5, if booked in advance or £6 on the day. Open from 9am to noon in the Henry Twine Hall, Polegate Community Centre. Contact Jim Dobell on 483082 to book a table.

STATIONERY ENGINES: These are on display on Sunday June 7, at Groombridge Railway Station, on the Spa Valley Line. A display by the Sussex and Kent Weald Stationery Engine Group. More info from http://www.wealdpower.co.uk or telephone Alan Cullen 01342 327852.

TALK: Slide show and talk by Alan Hodges, Eastbourne Thro The Ages, is held at St Marty’s Church Hall, Willingdon on Monday June 8 at 7pm. Entry £3 including refreshments. In aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

ELHS: Guided walk around Hampden Park, in June please contact Maureen on 485971, or email maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk also contact me for proposed excursion to Spa Valley Railway, in July.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: Music Day on Sunday June 14 is organized by Gerry Page. He will entertain on the mill plat together with any local musicians who would like to take part on the day.

MID SUMMER FETE: On Saturday June 20, on Lower Willingdon Triangle. Open from 1pm to 6pm. Local traders, many stalls, food stall, local history quiz, kids’ fancy dress, dog shows, tombola, bouncy castle, hog roast, fire and rescue, face painting, brass band, bake off, plants, Polefitr, Zumba and Karate. In aid of two local charities, Children with Cancer Polegate and JPK Project.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP). St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Worship. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Tony Wood and 6.30pm evening service led by Paul Daniels.

PARISH COUNCIL: It was reported by Nigel McKeeman that the de-fibrillator for Rushlake Green will be installed soon (indeed it may be by the time you read this) and a successful and well attended training day had been held. The one for Three Cups is nearly fully funded and will follow in due course, and the one for Punnetts Town is fully funded. The next meeting is at 7pm on Thursday 18th June at the Bodle Street Village Hall.

For a full report on the meeting please see the Bodle Street section.

THE BIG LUNCH: This event is part of a national programme on next Sunday June 7. The idea is to bring neighbours together in friendship and fun. People living in Rushlake Green or connected to it are invited along at 12.30pm to the Green. There will be music and entertainment and a raffle in aid of the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice. Tickets are free and available from The Stores, as are flyers about the event. The idea is that you bring a picnic, with a dish for the communal table. There will be tables and chairs, but it would be helpful to bring your own chairs, cutlery and crockery. For info phone Louise on 01435 830206.

POST OFFICE: Just a reminder that we have a Post Office back in the village, so you don’t need to travel to use the Post Office services. Indeed a visit to Heathfield will be wasted as the office there remains closed. As well as postal matters, stamps, parcels etc. you can use a variety of other services. Why not pop in and ask?

FATAL ENCOUNTER: Time prevented me last week from reporting on the performances of this thriller by Francis Durbridge, put on by the Village Players. After months of rehearsal we were on and all went very well, with perhaps a wobble on Thursday evening. Particular tribute goes to Richard Evans-Thomas for his portrayal of Howard Mansfield. He carried off this demanding role (he is in every scene) very well, quite how he managed to learn all those lines is a mystery. New to the group is Jayne Cottrell who played Hilary van Zale, an MP’s wife, whose anguish at her husband’s lifestyle was well portrayed. Similarly troubled was Howard’s wife, Joanna, played by Maria Hadlow, again a fine performance. Seemingly a Good Samaritan, but with dark intentions was Mark Adler, aka Norman Ryder, ably played by Ian Charlesworth. Perry Kingsley, a charmer with blackmail in mind was well played by Mark Bostock, providing all the tension around which the play revolves. His ex-wife Grace (Lizzie Hutcheson) came across well with a range of emotions. Clyde Young brought the detective skills of Chief Inspector Chris Coldwell to the fore as the plot unravelled. A pawn of Perry’s was Rex Winter, a newspaper photographer well played by Jim Edmonds. Yours truly made a brief appearance as a police officer. The play, directed by Heather Young, was performed on the trust stage, so the audience are on three sides and some of the action and most of the entrances and exits were made through the audience. This means the actors have to be aware of three directions to act to instead of one. This the cast did well, and several of the audience commented that they felt involved in the action. Our thanks to all who supported the cast, backstage and front-of –house, particularly to our producer, Anita Gunn.

On November 28 we will be presenting A Victorian Christmas, and Cinderella, the Pantomime from 3 to 6 February 2016.

FLOWER SHOW: Schedules for the annual flower show which will be on Saturday July 25 on the Green, are available now from The Stores, The Horse and Groom or from Gill on 01435 868246. These give full details of all the classes you can enter in vegetables, fruit, floral art, juniors domestic pets, handicrafts, eggs, cookery and preserves, children’s cookery, flowers, plants, and poultry. There are also details of the activities over the weekend, including the children’s races, the evening entertainment, the Sunday service and the band concert on Sunday evening.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

CANON MARTIN ONIONS: Fr Kevin Agnew announced at the morning Eucharist service at St Mary’s Church Willingdon last Sunday that Fr Martin Onions had sadly died on the morning of Friday May 22. It was a great shock to everyone. Fr Martin was only in his early fifties. He had been the parish priest at St Mary’s for over 12 years up until June 2013 when he became Rector at the Holy Cross Church in Uckfield. But he had kept in touch with everyone, attending the pantomime staged by Willingdon Church Players in January, and the following month he was at the ordination service of Fr Michael Maine, who had been curate at St Mary’s before becoming vicar of Holy Trinity Church Cuckfield. Condolences were offered to Fr Martin’s widow Gill and the family.

REPORT: From Cllr John Pritchett: Following the recently held parish council elections, I would like to give my grateful thanks and those of my fellow Willingdon Residents’ Association councillors, to all the residents who supported us, not forgetting our newsletter deliverers. We have all been elected and we promise as always to do our very best for Willingdon and Jevington Parish and all its residents. We do hope that residents will come along to our parish council meetings so that they can see at first-hand how the council is run, and perhaps in the future think about standing. It would be particularly great to see some young people showing an interest.

COUNCIL MEETING: The full Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council meeting was held on May 18 when John Pritchett was unanimously elected to serve for another term as chairman of the council. Howard Coote was re-elected as vice-chair, Andy Watkins as chair of finance and policy, Fran Pritchett as chair of planning, Jim Gleeson chair of amenities, Martin Cooper chair of cemetery, Richard Nunney chair of recreation, Christina Lynn chair of events, John Pritchett chair of the office/toilet project, and Jo Carr as chair of personnel sub-committee.

The parish council is in the process of having a new website which should be up and running within the next month. All the other appointments and information should be easy to find.

CONGRATULATIONS: To John and Fran Pritchett who recently celebrated their Golden Wedding with family and friends.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: This will be taking place from noon to 4.30pm on Sunday June 7 at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground and is an event not to be missed. Music will be provided by Lawrence Gillians, Con Brio, Howlin’ Blues and the Kingfisher Scout Band. There will be a large number of stalls, and food outlets. Plenty of fun activities are being provided for the children including fairground rides and a bouncy castle. The dog show and agility course will be starting at 1pm. Music in the Park is being sponsored by Peter Shoesmith, Tesco Express, Ross and Co, St Anne’s Vets, The Landscape Group, Willingdon Residents Association and Wilmoths. Admission is free and all monies raised from this event will be shared between Chalk Farm LDC and Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance.

MEETING: Wannock Artists will be holding their next monthly meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall. The demonstration by Josie Tipler and will be of a local scene in chalk pastels. New members can join at £16 per annum and visitors are also welcome at £4 on the night which includes refreshments. Contact details are wannockartists.enquiries@yahoo.co.uk .

SUMMER CONCERT: The Glen Chorale will be presenting their summer concert at 2.30pm on Monday at Wannock Village Hall. The concert will then be repeated at the same time and venue on Monday May 8. The programme is called Ages and Seasons and follows a theme from childhood, maturity and into old age. Songs include All in the April Evening, Vilia, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose, :Locus Iste and The Mermaid. The musical director is Ansy Boothroyd who studied at the Royal College of Music and teaches at Eastbourne College and Christ’s Hospital Horam. Tickets are £6 each to include refreshments. For further information please ring 01323 482623.

CHURCH CONCERT: St Mary’s Church will be hosting a concert from 7.30pm on Monday with talented performers in the church family, both young and old. Directed by Michael Stumbles there will be various musical styles with solos and ensembles, singers and instrumentalists. Admission is free. There is a retiring collection for the music fund, supporting Children with Cancer.

DIARY DATE: Do keep Saturday June 13 free as Jevington Village Fete is being held that day from 1pm to 5pm in the rectory fields next to St Andrews Church. It will be well sign posted and there will be free parking. Attractions include Punch and Judy, craft stalls, hog roast, plants, produce stalls, tombola, cream teas, a drinks tent with real ale, fun dog show, artisan bread, card stall, book stall, bric-a-brac, clairvoyant, coconut shy, Sussex cheeses, barrow of booze, and Matthews mouse town. There will be live music from the Hot Club of Jevington, Gypsy Jazz Quartet.

GRAND TOTAL £1,471: Wendy Quinn recently entered the Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings half marathons, as well as the Brighton marathon for the JPK Sussex Project which has been formed to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability based in Eastbourne. Wendy gained sponsorship for all these events and raised £746.

Sandra Fowlie, her running partner, entered the Eastbourne half marathon and Brighton marathon and raised a further £725 through sponsorship for the JPK.

Jill Parker, Willingdon resident and chairman and project co-ordinator said ‘I am so grateful to Wendy and Sandra for undertaking these events to raise money for the JPK. Pounding the streets for hours in training and then undertaking the challenge itself cannot be considered one of the most pleasant pastimes, by my way of thinking. The JPK is very grateful for this wonderful donation to help with our appeal to raise the capital required to commence building our much needed centre. To have the support of so many people including their sponsors, is most encouraging and gives us the strength to battle on with our endeavours. You have all made a difference’.

MESSY CHURCH: The first Messy Church afternoon in St Mary’s Church Hall was a huge success. The next one will be held from 3pm to 5.30pm on Saturday June 6 and everyone is most welcome to come along and join in the craft activities, a bible story, songs and a meal together lasagne, salad and home-made cakes. There is no charge for Messy Church and there is no need to book in advance. Messy Church is held on the first Saturday of the month except August and December. To find out more please ring Fr Kevin Agnew or Kate Agnew on 01323 502079.