Parish Pump Hailsham - 13 July 2012


THE VILLAGE is busy doing what it does so well, providing a welcome to visitors to a place of outstanding natural beauty. Some of the beauty has been disrupted because of infrastructure repairs and the through traffic has had to cope with half of the square being closed. Strangely this seemed to allow the traffic to flow quite easily but maybe fewer drivers came this way. The rain has caused a drop in trippers coming for a day out but we have seen the usual intrepid walkers and cyclists. The various village activities continue to keep us all fit with yoga, zumba, tai chi and last week a guest singing teacher put the Octaves through their paces. The Festival Committee is busy tying up loose ends. It is hoped that the rain will give way to some warming sunshine for the annual fund raising event. So much effort is put into this event on behalf of some valuable and needy organisations. The festival, which runs from August 20 to 27, also provides a fun day out for a lot of families.

THE OLYMPIC TORCH: The route in Lewes that the torch bearers will cover is described elsewhere in the paper. The torch will be carried ‘in transit’ along the A27 passing the Alfriston turnoff at Drusilla’s Roundabout. It is due re-appear for spectators at 15.18pm at Kings Drive, Eastbourne and be carried along to the Lewes Road, along Upper Avenue to Cavendish Place, into Ashford Road, Susan Road, Seaside Road back to Cavendish Place and all along the sea front, across Sovereign Road up Princess Road to the Langney Roundabout and on to Pevensey Bay Road. For a map of the route Google, Olympic Torch Relay Route. The details on line also give a potted history of the torch bearers. Kate Steer of Seaford appears to be Alfriston’s nearest runner in the event.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship.

LUNCH CLUB: The villages lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday in the village hall.

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

OPEN GARDEN: Tricia Gray tells me that they had a successful open garden, with good weather, and raised nearly £2,000 for Eastbourne Hospital. My apologies for getting the day wrong.


BUXTED WI: It was the delicious smell of lovely biscuits that greeted us at our July meeting in Buxted Reading Room. Some of our members had been very busy baking as our competition this month was Home made Biscuits, thankfully, we were able to sample them later with a cup of tea. As this month’s theme was Our own magazine, after all singing a hearty Jerusalem we were treated to competitions and various entertainments by our own members. Stories, poems and anecdotes kept us enthralled for the next hour. Joyce Harvey our secretary told us of the various outings and courses available, Buckingham Palace to see the Jubilee Diamonds being a firm favourite. Ann Tricker, our president, gave us a detailed account of her visit to the WI AGM held in the Royal Albert Hall in London. She told us of her interesting day with speakers including scientists and playwrights including Julian Fellows of Downton Abbey and Gosford Park fame. The day concluding with a beautiful display of ballroom dancing by the Strictly Come Dancing team. After tea our flower competition was judged and the winners sharing first place were Muriel Brooker and Sandra Hatswell. Second was Kirsten Brown and third Shirley Isted, Sheena Mickleborough and Hilary Quinn. The best home made biscuits were made by: 1, Shirley Isted: 2, Sheena Mickleborough; 3, Hilary Quinn. The next meeting is on August 2 when we will be enjoying a delicious cream tea at Barnsgate Manor Vineyard. Our competition will be A Hand Made Hat. (Mary Mustin).


FARMERS MARKET: At the Cattle Market, Market Street tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 12.30pm there will be local produce, meat, fish, chicken, eggs, honey also cakes and cheese along with fresh fruit and vegetables. You will also find various crafts for that usual present. This month the Royal Agriculture Benevolent Institution (RABI) will be there. This is a grant-making charity that supports members of the farming community facing need, hardship or distress. Find out more about this worthwhile charity whilst buying your local food.

SUMMER FAIR at the Cats Protection Centre in Marshfoot Lane, in aid of Friends of Eastbourne Adoption Centre, tomorrow, Saturday, from noon ending with the Grand Raffle at 3pm. Visit their lovely cats, enjoy the stalls which include cakes and facepainting and there will be a ploughman’s lunch available with other refreshments in the garden. Entrance is 50p or a tin of cat food. Visit for more information.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING: You can meet your local PCSOs at the following venues to say hello or raise any concerns tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm at Emmanuel Pre-School Summer Fete, Monday at 5pm there is a street meeting at London Road (even numbers) and on Wednesday at 5pm (odd numbers). On Wednesday at 10am PCSO Bond will be at Freedom Leisure Market and on Friday July 20 at 10am PCSO Bond will be at St Mary’s Church coffee morning.

ST MARY’S: This is the sixth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion, Fear the Lord; 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Seeking the Kingdom; 6.30pm Evening Prayer, A Mother’s Request.

OPEN GARDEN: Bates Green Farm, Arlington (BN26 6SH) is open for The National Gardens Open for Charity scheme on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. There will be light refreshments and admission is £4.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There are 1-2-1 private readings with the medium of your choice tomorrow, Saturday from 10am until 2pm. If you would like to book call 01323 766435 or 07716 225582. The Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Louise Eaton and is followed by refreshments.

OUT AND ABOUT: On Tuesday the group will be enjoying a beach picnic at 1pm, followed by a walk along the seafront at 2pm, and will be watching the progress of the Olympic Torch at 4pm.

Park at Fort Fun car park. Further details from the Christchurch office on 01323 844428.

BONFIRE BINGO: On Friday July 20 a bonfire society bingo night (over 18s) is to be held at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm. Half time refreshments are provided. There is bingo at the same time and venue every third Friday of each month. All proceeds go towards staging the Hailsham’s annual free bonfire celebrations, which this year are on October 20.

U3A: Members will be enjoying an Opera Event, Carmen from New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, at the Diplocks Community Hall on Monday July 30. This is the film of Bizet’s opera (in French with English subtitles) with the opportunity to read the story in the programme prior to the showing. Members are exploring the possibility of starting a group for the purpose of listening to music of the big band era, including the big bands, smaller groups and their vocalists, Basie Ellington, Buddy Rich, Brubeck on the second Monday afternoon of the month from 2pm until 4pm. Members may want to take it in turns to produce a programme of recordings and say a few words to explain their choices but equally would also be welcome to just come along and enjoy the music. The dog friendly walking group has already met for its first walk from the old Hellingly Station car park and along the Cuckoo Trail. They will be meeting on the first Friday of each month for an afternoon walk. Owning a dog is not obligatory. These are just a couple of the activities U3A get up to amongst other groups for theatre and family history interests to name just a few. If you would like to find out more about U3A and all the other groups on offer then ring Sue Wilson in the first instance on (01323) 840797.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Regular Services are on a Thursday 8am Quiet Prayer, 8.30am Vicar on Tap, that is available to members of the community in church, 9am Morning Prayer and 9.30 Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) and every Sunday 8am Holy Communion at 10.45am and Upper Dicker 9.15am Holy Communion (CW).

OPEN GARDEN: Misty Acres, Lower Horsebridge BN27 4DN Monday from 11am to 4pm. Admission £3.50 children free. Refreshments. In aid of people with learning disabilities.

COMMUNITY POLICING: You can go along and meet a Community Support Officer to say hello or to raise any concerns at the following venues and events tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm at Emmanuel Pre-School Summer Fete, Monday at 5pm for a street meeting on London Road (even numbers), Wednesday at 10am (odd numbers). PCSOs Faye Fletcher and Iain Tomsett and two local residents were out on foot last month in the windy conditions looking to identify possible Community Speed Watch locations on Hailsham North ward. They found 11 possible sites which have been put forward for consideration to East Sussex Roads Policing unit for approval. There are two sites along A271 on Hawkswood Road, another two along Battle Road, one on Harebeating Drive, two along London Road, two more along Hawthylands Road and two on Milland Road.

Once a number of sites have been approved then training commences and deployment for Hailsham North Community Speed watch can commence. Updates will appear here when available. Alternatively you can contact PCSO Iain Tomsett on for further information.

UPPER DICKER: Parking was discussed at the parish council meeting in June. Currently the only two possible options are at the back of the village hall or on the recreation ground. Housing in the parish which is both market and affordable has been apparent for some time. The current allocation until 2027 is for only 10 houses. A request to increase this to 30 has been made but there is no guarantee that the increase will be granted. All communities need room for growth or they run the risk of becoming insular, stagnating and eventually disintegrating – no shop, no pub, no church and little choice for local employment. A village food market is held in Dicker Hall every Wednesday from 9.30am to 1pm and coffee mornings and book exchange every Thursday from 10.30am to noon where you can enjoy coffee, tea, homemade cake, biscuits, card stall and book exchange.

SUMMER FETE: Emmanuel Pre-School tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

THE BOWLS CLUB: The first match of the week was at home to Horam for a ladies match, which Horam won by 17 shots. The next match was away to Hailsham for a friendly match, the final score was 116-71 in favour of Hailsham. A match that everybody really enjoys is when the ESAB visit. It’s always a good afternoon with lots of fun and banter when this team arrive and as always both teams did really well, ending in a draw.

JAZZ IN THE GARDEN: The Sara Lee Trust are staging this event at Butlers Farmhouse, Butlers Lane, on Saturday July 28 from 5pm. The Pete Willson Quartet will be providing the music and we are all invited to go along, take a picnic, relax in the beautiful garden and enjoy a glass or two from the bar. A raffle will be run and tickets at £10 each (children free of charge) are available by telephoning 01424 456608.

SUMMER BALL: HATS still has just a few tickets left for today, Friday, when they will be holding their Summer Ball featuring The Seaford Rock and Jazz Orchestra. The doors open from 7.30pm and a licensed pay bar will run throughout the evening. Tickets, at £10 each to include a buffet, are available by telephoning 832117/832227.

ROBIN POST SINGERS: A reminder that the Robin Post Singers will be performing at All Saints Church on Sunday at 3pm. They will perform a variety of songs. Refreshments will be served during the interval and a retiring collection will take place in aid of the Friends of All Saints Church.

KNIT AND STITCH starts on Tuesday at the Information Centre between 2.30pm and 4pm. All are welcome to join this very friendly group. Refreshments will be provided.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am with Holy Communion (common worship) and Son Spot will be held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and 11am respectively.

SUMMER FAIR: Members of St Mary Magdalene Church, Wartling, stage their Summer Show at Convent House on Saturday July 21. Lots of fun and excitement with so much going on, bowling, hoopla, children’s’ games etc, tombola, crockery smashing, books, bric-a-brac, cakes and teas. Entrance is 50p with plenty of off road parking. All are welcome.

SUMMER SHOW: Windmill Hill Horticultural Society’s 135th Summer Show is at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturday, August 4. You still have time to pick up a schedule as there are classes for everybody. Over £300 in prize money along with 22 cups and trophies will be awarded and there’s the ever popular Women’s Institute exhibits which this year takes the theme of Village Sport. There will be classes for children including; a painted stone, and animal made of vegetable or fruit, something you have grown yourself to name just a few. You’ll find the schedules in all the shops and nurseries. Entrance on the day for the general public will be £1, children free.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill will be open on Sunday between 2.30pm and 5pm. If you haven’t been along on previous occasions to have a look at the windmill then you should get up there on Sunday, you will really enjoy it. There are plenty of volunteer guides to show you round and answer your questions. Their website: www.windmillhillwindmill,org is always updated on a very regular basis.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Wilmington 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; opposite Rose Cottage Alciston 10.40am to 11am; Selmeston village hall 11.05am to 11.30am; Village Hall Arlington 11.40am to 12.05pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

PCSO: I have received information from our PCSO Daryl Holter that a doorbell on the Green area of Ninfield was continuously pressed for some time at approx 2.40am on June 30. If you know anything of this incident or saw anything suspicious please contact Sussex Police by ringing 101, ext 65261. Other than this there are no other reported crimes in our villages.

REFURBISHMENT: After a recent refurbishment, the Blacksmith’s Inn is now fully back in action and serving food again. They now also have a beer garden. All are very welcome.

HOOE OPEN GROUP meets today, Friday, 2.30pm at the village hall. The July meeting is a summer cream tea, consisting of scones and a selection of cakes. Entertainment before tea is a quiz based on places you may have visited or are part of one’s general knowledge, as always there will be prizes for the winners and losers. There will also be the ever popular bring and buy table at bargain prices. With an ever growing membership, now over 30; the club is able to extend its programme of events to include visits to interesting places within our area of East Sussex, including lecture tours of historic places such as Michelham Priory, Battle and Pevensey Castle, which are planned to be included in the club’s future programme. However during the summer months the club’s activities have been centred on Hooe Village Hall. The August meeting however will be held at the Bexhill Museum in Egerton Road. The museum has laid on a special presentation of their exceptional costume collection, consisting of both over and undergarments, ranging over a period of some 300 years. After this presentation members will walk to the De La Warr Pavilion, for a cream tea, taken in a reserved section of the first floor lounge. The cost will be just £5. September being the commencement of the autumn season, the club has invited A Touch of Class to display their nearly new range of top quality designer garments for every occasion. If you would like to join one of the most welcoming and friendly ladies club in our area, just go along to the village hall on the second Friday of the month at 2.30pm, or for further details contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

CARNIVAL DAY: If you are registered at Ninfield or Windmill Hill Surgeries, please do visit the PIG stand in the village hub on Carnival day tomorrow, Saturday. Help the Patient Involvement Group to improve the service to patients.

BOWLS: The bowls club have been battling the summer weather that we are enduring to play a few games of bowls: July 4 they played Winchelsea in the Rother League Match winning 87-45 with the weather just about holding out for them. July 6, three of the clubs ladies travelled to Peasmarsh to take part in their Ladies Invitation Day. Unfortunately there were no wins but the ladies had an excellent day and did very well. On July 7 they were back at Peasmarsh with the rain starting as soon as play did. Ninfield lost 62-72, (I blame the weather affecting play) and July 9 they played Guestling losing 56-65. At least for this game the sun shone a little.

OLYMPIC FEVER takes a hold this weekend starting with Whiteben Disco and Light Show tonight, Friday, in the marquee on the recreation ground. Doors and bar open at 7.30pm til late. There will also be a barbecue to go along side your pints. During the evening Ninfield’s Got Talent will be held with Ninfield’s ruthless panel of judges (BGT judges will be shown how it’s done). Adults £2, children £1.

NINFIELD CARNIVAL: Tomorrow, Saturday, then sees the annual Ninfield Carnival continuing the Olympic theme. If you are in the procession, please meet at 10.30am in Lower Street for judging. The procession leaves at 11.45am. There are prizes for adult and junior floats along with fancy dress. Many attractions have been arranged for this years event on the recreation ground to include: ESRM Hunt Parade, meet and greet the hounds, Wacky Carnival Band, Applause: Outdoor Roaming Theatre Co, Galloping Cuckoo’s as well as carousel and other rides, craft tent, face painting, have a go bag pipes, a fun dog show, racing/high jump for all dogs (big and small), bouncy castles, tombola and lots lots more. There is also the Carnival Raffle with cash prizes and even a Balloon ride to win. Tickets cost 50p each. Also this year there is a silent raffle for a corporate day at Brighton and Hove Football Club for any game and dinner for two. It’s A Knockout is at 3pm with cash prizes of £80, £40 and £20. If you would like to enter a team of four at the cost of £10 per team, please contact Derek on 07766 146402. The evening events start at 7.30pm dancing to Soul X Press. During the interval there will be a performance by some athletes of the village. Adults £5, children £2. A lot of fun organised, lets just hope the weather holds. To get updates of the Carnival you can visit their Facebook page: Ninfield-Carnival.

GARDEN PARTY: St Oswald’s Church are holding a Garden Party tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Featuring Hooe Silver Band. Stalls include cakes, plants, raffle, Teddy Bears Picnic and children’s activities. Ample Parking. Further information from the Churchwardens Jack Rist 892576 or Simon Pattisson 845087.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on July 16 at the village hall, 7.45pm. All Hooe residents are welcome to attend.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP meet on Thursday with a talk on Faces and Memories by Jim and Brian. There is no meeting in August and on September 20, What the Census Tells Us. Everyone welcome, £1 for members and £2 for non-members. Annual membership costs £10. For more information contact Rod Ffoulkes or ring 893635.

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


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Byways Cat Protection. The coffee morning on July 21 is hosted by URC Church. All welcome in the lounge from 10 am.

CUCKOO TRAIL: The next task day is on Monday. Meet at Heathfield Station Road car park at 10am. Wear stout boots and bring your own food and drink. More details from Andy on 01273 481637.

STROLLERS: Stud Farm Tour. Meet at Jubilee tree, St Johns Road on July 31 at 10am, and walk to the allotments. Contact Jayne on 07761612132 for more information.

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network. The June meeting welcomed two nurses from the Community Continence Advisory Service. They spoke about their role to raise awareness, actively promote continence and help effectively manage incontinence. The service includes clinics in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Seaford, Uckfield and Crowborough. All can be accessed by self- referral as well as referral from a GP or other health care professional. A reminder of how to exercise those all important pelvic floor muscles was followed by a demonstration of the various pads and other equipment. The audience also had the opportunity to ask questions on an individual basis after the talk. Debbie Davis and Jill Bonnici were thanked for a very informative talk. In September we will mark the 10 year anniversary of Eastbourne Prostate Cancer Support Group. On this occasion we will be holding an anniversary tea on Tuesday September 11 at 2.30pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. This is instead of the usual second Thursday evening meeting. All are welcome. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 if you require further details or visit our website:

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at Kings Centre, Edison Road, Eastbourne on Thursday July 26 from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.


FORAGING: Will anyone interested in a day learning how to forage for edible plants over Ashdown Forest, please email me. We need at least six people to make up the numbers for the course. Date to be arranged later.

UCKFIELD SINGERS: Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Summer Concert (they are still only

£5) you can either buy them on the door on the night or from Gale and Woolgar, High Street. Wendy and Frances will be having an interview on Uckfield FM on July 24 around 8.30pm. Do tune in.

CHILDREN’S BOOK: I’ve told you about my amazing friend Wendy Hughes before. Despite suffering from Stickler Syndrome, a genetic condition, and having failing eyesight, deaf-aids, replacement hips, and more, she’s written 26 books. She’s now written Rainbow Stories, with Polish author Madlen Namro. It includes eight stories based on each colour of the rainbow and an animal. Each story includes facts relating to the stories, and something for the children to do. It’s brightly illustrated by young artist Samantha Groom, and all profits go to The Stickler Syndrome Support Group. Copies from the Group, PO Box 3351, Littlehampton, BN16 9GB, price £7.50, post free. Cheques should be payable to Stickler Syndrome Support Group.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship with Pat Reigh. 6.30pm Evening service and communion with Rev David Laskey.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a very interesting illustrated talk by Ian Everest about the role of Oxen in farming up to the early part of the 20th century. He has a series of fascinating photographs from the mid 1800s to the 1920s of teams of oxen ploughing and hauling wagons etc, together with the characters who managed the teams, usually of six oxen. We discovered that the ox-bow is the name of the piece of bent wood that went round the ox’s neck and through the ox beam keeping it in place on the ox’s neck. Oxen were castrated bulls, which gave them a placid temperament, except when being shod, when several men were required to throw the ox on to its side and then rope its legs to a post, to allow the shoes to be fitted. He also illustrated the way that horses complemented the work of oxen, both eventually being succeeded by the tractor. Our next walk is on this Wednesday at 7pm, meeting at the car park in Barcombe, half a mile from the A26. Then after that it will be August 15 at 6.30pm meeting at the cross roads at the top of Rookery Lane, where it meets Golding’s Lane and Colliers Green.

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

FLOWER SHOW: Just a fortnight to the big day now, and a reminder that schedules are available in The Stores, giving full details of all the classes. Despite the name it is not just about flowers, there is a poultry section, along with cookery, vegetables, handicraft, photography etc. Entries need to be returned to The Stores, complete with fees by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 25th July. On the day entries have to be displayed between 8.30am and 10.30am at which point the marquee closes for judging. It re-opens at 1.45pm for members only and at 2.15pm for the public. During the afternoon, there will be children’s pets competition, dog agility display, and children’s races plus tug-of-war and lots of stalls around the Green.

MARQUEE SHOW: In the evening of the flower show, there will be live music from the four piece band the Buffaloes, playing covers from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, and can be obtained on 01435 830263 or 831169. Please bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and great music.

UNITED SERVICE: On the Sunday, local churches gather together for worship in the marquee at 11am, followed by a picnic and rounders. All are very welcome to join us.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass will perform on the Green at 6pm on Sunday July 29. Bring a picnic and sit back and enjoy great music.

MARQUEE CLUB: Warbleton Church are organising a holiday club in the flower show marquee on Monday July 30, by kind permission of the horticultural society. It will be held from 10.30am to noon. It is for primary school children (parents are welcome to stay) and under school age children who need to be accompanied by an adult. There will be craft, games, races, refreshments, singing and Christian teaching. Entry is free and registration forms are available in The Stores. For more info contact Shirley Austin on 01435 830280 or


Wannock & Jevington

THE BIG TOP: The theme of this year’s Summer Fair, which will be taking place in the grounds and hall of St Mary’s Church Willingdon on July 21, is The Circus. The young Prince and Princess to open the show at 10am are Jack Watkins and Maxine Staplehurst, heralded by the ever popular Kingfisher Band. Their official duties will include drawing the winning tickets for the various competitions at 2pm and present the prizes. Two of the entertainers taking part on the day will be 12 year old saxophonist Tom Sangster and seven year old Matthew Wakefield. Matthew sang Any Dream Will Do from Joseph at the Willingdon’s Got Talent competition on June 15. Canon Martin Onions will don his ringmaster’s outfit to introduce the arena events which will include custard pie throwing, tight rope walking and other games and competitions. There will be a large variety of stalls, including bric-a-brac, jewellery, bathroom, books, and cakes as well as a barbecue and home prepared refreshments. A vegetable competition and cake competition is a new idea for this year. In the vegetable competition, the entrant’s name should be put on the underside of a paper plate bearing three runner beans, three courgettes, three potatoes or three carrots or alternatively five raspberries. Entries are 20p per item and should be at the church hall by 10am for judging at 10.30am. There is also a best dressed potato competition for all ages to win a Mr Potato Head. Entry is 50p. In the cake competition, all cakes including cup-cakes, should be decorated with a circus theme. Entry is 20p per cake and they will be sold at the end of the day. And don’t forget to visit the archives which will be displayed in the church. The event is scheduled to finish at 2.30pm. For further information ring Serena on 01323 439539 or pick up a leaflet from St Mary’s Church.

CONCERT: Fr Michael, who was recently ordained priest and is based at St Mary’s Church, will be one of the guest performers in a concert given by Lipsync, a Brighton Ladies’ Choir. He has a strong baritone voice and is also an accomplished organist. The concert will take place at 3pm tomorrow, Saturday, in the magnificent setting of the organ room at Claycroft Farm House in Ditchling. The concert will be directed by Nick Andrews. Other guest performers include trumpeters and cellists. Tickets, to include a champagne tea, are £12 50 and can be obtained from Fr Michael or Lesley Etwell. Ring the parish office on 01323 501763 for further information. Proceeds will be going to the Willingdon Trees Project, the aim of which is to purchase a house for a parish worker to serve the church and the local community.

THE OUSE VALLEY THREE will be returning to the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, for some more of their quirky toe tapping southern style music. Meanwhile Justine will be entertaining the customers at The British Queen.

SEE AND SING: A two session workshop will be held in Trinity Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, and Saturday July 21. The object is to explore some of the mysteries of music reading and vocal technique. It is intended for the complete beginner or early learner to develop knowledge, understanding and confidence in their own ability to cope in a vocal group. The sessions will be run jointly by Roger Malley, former musical director of Southdown Singers, and Brian Newman musical director of Heathfield Choral Society. They both have a life time experience in music education and directing choral groups. You would be expected to attend both sessions which run from 10am to 12.30pm. The total cost is £10. For further information ring Roger Malley on 01323 504868 or email him on .

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a planning meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council office. Meetings are open to the public. For further information please ring the parish office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

THE CHURCH RAMBLERS will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday for a five mile walk from Warbleton via Rushlake Green. There are some steady climbs. For further information ring Lesley on 01323 504901.

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Panel is a group of local residents and councillors who meet quarterly at Willingdon Church Hall to discuss issues which affect local people relating to crime, vandalism and unsociable behaviour. The panel then selects three priorities to be targeted. PC Keenan and PCSO Ali Beadon also attend the meetings whenever possible. The next meeting is on Tuesday. If you have any issues which you would like discussed at the meeting, please contact PCSO Ali Beadon on 101 Ext 68233 or ring her mobile on 077787 685 755.

PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at 10.15am for 10.30am at the Red Lion on Thursday.

A CHARITY TABLE SALE and raffle will be held from 10am to 1pm on Saturday July 28 at Trinity Church Hall in aid of the Sussex Cancer Fund at the Royal Sussex Hospital Brighton and the RNLI. Admission is 50p to include hot or cold drink and biscuits.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon on Friday July 20 at Trinity Church Hall when the menu will be Olympic quiche ham, various salads and going for gold sponge and sauce, followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place call Jennie on 01323 484189.