Parish Pump Hailsham - 26 October, 2012


THE COSMOFIL film tonight, Friday, will be Indochine starring Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Jean Yane and Lunh Dan Pham. The evening begins at the War Memorial Hall at 7pm for a 7.30pm start of the film. Tickets cost £7; £5 to Cosmofil students and free for under 20 year olds.

HALLOWEEN Holiday Fun at The Clergy House. Pumpkins will be popping up everywhere at the Clergy House and help is needed to find them. From October 27 to November 4 families can embark on a Pumpkin Prowl around the garden and orchard to search them out. There will be £1 charge per Pumpkin Prowl and normal admission applies.


FILM CLUB: This month’s film is Sarah’s Key and will be shown at 7 for 7.30pm in the village hall tonight, Friday.

RACE NIGHT: The race night, due to be held tomorrow, Saturday, has been postponed until January 19.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of The Word.


FIREWORKS DISPLAY: The Merrie Harriers at Cowbeech has its bonfire and fireworks display this evening, Friday, from 6.30pm. Entry is £5 and under 11s go free. There will be barbecue, fancy dress and pumpkin lantern competitions.

BLACK CAT DAY: Friends of Eastbourne Adoption Centre at 63 Marshfoot Lane, Hailsham are holding this event tomorrow, Saturday, noon to 3pm. Entry is 50p or a tin of cat food. There will be lots of stalls and a prize for the children’s fancy dress competition.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: This is tomorrow, Saturday, evening from 7.30pm to 9pm at Primrose Hall. The Medium is Derek Marney. £5 at the door. For more information contact (01323) 766435 or 07716225582.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: This is the 20th Sunday after Trinity. 8am Sunday Holy Communion, Hope for the Nations. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Prayer for People. 2.45pm, Evening Prayer at Emmanuel Church (Hawkswood) and back at St Mary’s 6.30pm Holy Communion, A new and better Sacrifice.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH and Healing Association Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Medium John Brooks at Primrose Hall. Followed by refreshments.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday there is a seven mile walk around Lindfield and Ardingly reservoir with Pam (01825) 764937. Give her a ring for details.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Jack Taylor has taken photographs for the past 50 years. Early images were monochrome having received a Pentax from his father for his 21st birthday. A trained scientist, Jack took many interesting photographs while working for Kodak in America. One image of a man in a crowd sketching a portrait on a small notebook was selected to go into a book on street photography by the Tate. Jack enjoys photographing suitable backgrounds and adding people to the image afterwards. He has even been known to turn around cyclists and dogs for more impact and explained this by showing the Berlin Wall and then the four images he incorporated. He added a dog to an unrelated person and called the image Dog Walker. Health and Safety Rules are not always applied, demonstrated with a picture of a man precariously balancing on two spindly round bistro tables stacked on top of each other and two men either side holding him up. He was trying to clear a bird nest from the guttering with a broom. Members were shown three young girls in pretty dresses that had a look of glee in their eyes as they licked their toffee apples and at the Woodstock Festival in America he took a picture of a hippy with a cute kitten poking out from the folds of her coat. Also a close up of a child with his reflection in their eyes. Inspirational and humorous images included a dog sitting by a ball with the stuffing scattered all around and a ‘nothing to do with me, honest’ expression.

U3A: This month there is a choir in the process of being set up, the book review group is still enjoying a varied selection of books and the theatre group went to the Devonshire Park Theatre to see Rough Justice with Tom Conti. These are just a few of the groups available. To join U3A ring Sue Wilson (01323) 840797.

100 YEARS AGO: In October 1912 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote: It is not perhaps, understood or realised that that the fees for members joining the Hailsham Nurse Association includes the wife, husband and children under 16 years. There seems to be an idea that it is only for the wife. In the case of a labourer, one shilling places the nurse at the disposal of the father, mother, and the whole family in case of sickness, in accordance with the rules. The infant school managers have put up new iron railings round the playground which they have re-asphalted. They have also put in a new or enlarged SE window, letting in much more light, and all this without asking the Ratepayers for one penny. Happy Ratepayers. Happy Managers.


CHURCH SERVICES: This week services are Hellingly: Regular Services on a Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday 8am Holy Communion and also 10.45am and Sunday 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

CONCERT: This is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. Entitled A Fresh Set of Keys, it is a programme of piano music performed by William Hancox which, along with song by soprano, Noa Lachman, celebrates the arrival of the new grand piano at Hellingly Parish Church. Tickets in advance £8 (£5 concessions) or at the door £9 and £6 respectively from John on (01323) 831621 or Gillian on (01323) 844298.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Richard Walton, FRPS gave a lecture entitled As I See It – Updated, which was a retrospective view of where he was 25 years ago. He was first given a camera at the age of eight and even today still has a preference for film as against digital and also prefers monochrome. This was obvious when he showed some stunning black and white, very contrasted images. He enjoys making simple compositions and says he likes to upset judges by having someone just walking out of the picture. Richard has exhibited at the London Salon and obtained not one but two salon medals. Although he is a digital worker now, he prefers to get it right in camera and says he is old fashioned by not enjoying manipulation of the picture too much. Having shown us some wonderful photographs, it is hard to believe when Richard says photography does not come naturally although it was very evident design and humour do.

BONSAI CLUB: The October meeting was about Bonsai in Japan. Reg Bolton from Swindon and District Bonsai Society and President of the European Bonsai Association gave an interesting talk to a well-attended evening. Reg has been to Japan on many occasions, attending conventions, shows and accompanying experienced buyers. He gave a power point display of photographs and videos of recent visits there and to Taiwan. There were many points of interest, such as the size of many of the trees at several metres high in pots and many of which were fig but very few maples and the difference in showing trees from Japan and Taiwan. Those in Taiwan were in a less pristine condition than those of Japan. Pots were left unwashed or polished and there was no dressing on the soil surface. This possibly represented a cultural difference. Reg felt the standard of trees in collections and nurseries in Japan had declined since the mid-90s. Young people are not interested in continuing the family tradition and many well-known nurseries have closed. He visited the parks around Emperors’ palaces and was unimpressed by the quality of the trees. We also learnt trees are entering Europe via Spain where there are no quarantine laws in place. They may be cheaper but are a risk to our trees if they reach here illegally. There are strict regulations on English imports. The evening was a fascinating insight into another aspect of this hobby. The November meeting is a workshop when members will be preparing bonsai for winter and working on conifers. There will be help and advice available. Find out more at or call chairman Brian Dale on 01323 731369. The first meeting is free.

BUNNY RUN: A big thank you to all who attended the Summer Fun Day and local businesses and made donations and £514 was raised towards new equipment for the nursery. Another thanks also to everyone who supported the Find The Gruffalo charity event, raising £290 Fragile X.


BONFIRE NIGHT: Just a reminder that the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society will be holding their annual bonfire and firework display today, Friday, at Cowbeech. They are delighted to say that they will again be welcoming an old friend the Dutch fairground organ which has recently been re-furbished and freshly painted and it will be a treat for the eyes and ears.

BIGGEST PUMPKIN: Ted at the Woolpack has his pumpkin on display in the window and if you pop inside you can have a go at guessing it’s weight to win a bottle of whiskey. The competition closes and the weigh-in will take place on Sunday. To make it that much more special we have a return visit of Recycled, our local vocal skiffle group. A fun night and money raised will go to Prostate Cancer Awareness fund which is the Woolies’ latest charity and I understand that a sky dive has already taken place so we must find out more about this.

QUIZ NIGHT: The gardener’s club will be holding their annual Quiz Night on Wednesday November 14 in the village hall starting at 7.30pm. As in the past Kay and Neil Holden will be your quizmasters for the evening. Teams of four with tickets at £8.50 per person to include either a fish and chips, sausage and chip or veggie burger and chip supper. To book your tickets please telephone 833006 leaving your choice of food, name and contact number on the answerphone.

CRAFT FAIR and Christmas Shop at Lime Cross Nursery on November 17 and 18 between 9am and 4pm. Stalls to include pottery, jewellery, paintings and print as well as some delicious food and drink, gifts and festive fair.

LITTER PICK: Stephen Nash is organising a litter pick on Sunday November 4. Anybody willing to give their support for an hour or so please gather at the Village Information Centre for Herstmonceux and St Michael’s, just opposite Hammer Lane, for Cowbeech. Refreshments will be available.

CHRISTMAS CARD: The Windmill Hill Christmas card is now available at £3.95 for 10 and if you would like to collect some from the Old Bakery could you please call them on 833033. If you would like your order posted please add another £1 for one to three packs over that P&P will be free.

RAY AND SHELDON will be meeting in the village hall today, Friday, for their AGM followed by a bring and buy stall. Non-members will be made welcome for just a small fee of £3 and this includes your tea and raffle ticket.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with evensong (BCP) will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Matins (BCP) being held at Wartling church at 9.45am.

HISTORY EXHIBITION: The Wartling Parish Local History Group held their fifth Local History Exhibition on Saturday, October 13, at the Reid Hall, Boreham Street. The Wartling Parish consists of Wartling, Boreham Street, Windmill Hill, Bodle Street Green, Stunts Green, Cowbeech, Cowbeech Hill, and Trolliloes, and areas outside the parish included Herstmonceux, Gardner Street, Ninfield, Hooe, and Ashburnham. This year we also included Hailsham and Pevensey. It was a very successful event, drawing in over 200 visitors, who enjoyed the exhibition. On show were more old photographs, old maps and documents shown than previous years, and also included family history. Various guests had tables, including Family Roots (from Eastbourne), History of Surnames, The Pevensey and Westham Historical Society (jointly with The Old Courthouse), and the Windmill Hill Trust. Our own table was also very encouraging with record sales of books, calendars, and postcards. The Wartling Parish Local History Group will be able to donate £600 to the building and maintenance fund of the St Mary Magdalene Church, Wartling, this being our best and most successful exhibition so far. The history group will also be donating another £300 resulting from the sales of their 2013 calendar and their latest book Farming and Local Occupations. They will be having a break next year, but will be staging their next exhibition on 11 October, 2014. Next year they hope to produce their sixth book. Don’t forget that you can see them on the Wartling Parish website, and that all of their publications are available at many local outlets.


THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


LOCAL HISTORY: The local history group welcomed their first guest speaker at the meeting on Thursday October 18, when Julian Porter, curator of Bexhill Museum gave a talk on Lady Brassey. She appears to have been a remarkable woman, like a female Indiana Jones of the Victorian era who travelled around the world collecting geological and plant specimens. It was a very enjoyable evening and we hope to invite Julian to speak to the group again in the future. The next meeting will be on Thursday November 15 at 7.30pm in the Reading Room when the discussion will centre on the wartime Secret Army and Ashburnham. Also everyone will be invited to help with some of the current projects. Is anyone good at deciphering handwriting? John Cheshire would welcome help with some of the census returns he is working on and there are photographs to identify and maps to locate buildings and addresses. Looking ahead, their future plans include talks on farming, the local brick industry and a village walk but they would welcome other suggestions. There is a charge of £1 for members and £2 for non-members per meeting to help cover the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. Annual membership costs £10. For more information please contact: Rod Ffoulkes, Chairman Tel: 893635.

BURLESQUE is next meeting tonight, Friday, 7.15pm to 8.30pm at the Memorial Hall. This will then be fortnightly until November 9. For further information, please contact Sami Guard on 893699.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club play Bexhill United II tomorrow, Saturday, in the Hastings FA Intermediate Cup. Kick off is 2.30pm at Hooe recreation Ground. You can also track the club’s progress online:

WESLEY GUILD: Ninfield Methodist Church hold a Wesley Guild on Wednesday, 2.30pm. This is a relaxed and informal fortnightly meeting of fellowship. All are warmly welcome.

LUNCH: St Oswald’s Church are holding a Bonfire Lunch on Thursday, noon to 2pm. No tickets are required and all are welcome to attend.

MOBILE SERVICE: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. The mobile unit will be visiting the Blacksmiths Inn car park, The Green from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

EXHIBITION: The date for Ninfield Arts and Craft Exhibition has now changed and will now be on Saturday November 3. They have a number of first-time exhibitors as well as returning favourites, so please come along and enjoy the variety of exhibits on show, along with delicious tea and cakes. Visitors are always amazed by the number of talented people we have in Ninfield and even more have come forward this year. Please call Kaye Crittell 0142 892883 for more information.

A COCKTAIL PARTY and evening exhibit will be held on November 3 at the Memorial Hall, 7pm to 9pm. Serving wine and canapes, ticket holders will have a more leisurely look around the exhibits of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition. During the evening, the village awards will be presented. Posters are up around the village.

BREAKFAST: Hooe Energy Breakfast, Saturday November 3, Hooe Village Hall from 9am to 11am. Please come along to this energy efficiency event and find out about many energy saving initiatives. Tea and coffee and bacon butties will be served. Further details from Pam or Peter Doodes 01424 892329.

ENERGY EVENT: Saturday November 3, Methodist Hall from 1.30pm to 4pm. Please come along to this energy efficiency event and find out about many energy saving initiatives. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served. Further details from Pam or Peter Doodes 01424 892329.

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, service with John Thorn.


AUTUMN FAIR at Westham Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, to raise funds for ViewCraft, a local charity run by volunteers providing a high quality craft group for blind and partially sighted people living in Eastbourne and Wealden. Doors open at 10am and entrance is 50p which includes refreshments. There will be the usual stalls: gifts, bric-a-brac, craft work, cakes etc and a tombola and raffle. Please join us for coffee and a chat, and a bit of shopping, we’d love to see you.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Kit Wilson Trust. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

AUTUMN FAIR: There will be a Coffee Morning and Autumn Fair tomorrow, Saturday, provided by 1st Polegate Brownies at the Free Church Hall, Victoria Road from 10 am until noon. All welcome.

THE INDEPENDENT candidate Ian Chisnall, for Sussex Police Commissioner is visiting Polegate on Monday. He will give a talk on the new position and its implication of changing the face of policing in Sussex followed by a question and answer session at the Free Church Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome. POLEGATE STROLLERS: The next walk on October 30 is a walking tour around London, visiting Downing Street. Train from Polegate 10.04am and ask for a super saver ticket on the day, or visit Tourist Information for group ticket. Four adults £25 in advance. The walk will commence and end at London Victoria. More information from Jayne or telephone 0776161232.

NW: For information on Polegate Neighbourhood Watch please contact Andy Watkins on 485795 or email

DRAMA GROUP: The next production is The Vicar of Dibley, at the Community Centre from Wednesday October 31 to Saturday November 3. Tickets available from box office, Archer and Partners, Estate Agents, 48 High Street, telephone 483348. Or online at Tickets are £8 adults and £5.50 for children and students. Credit cards booked on line an extra £1 is charged. If you would like to become a Friend of Polegate Drama Group then you will be able to purchase discount tickets. Contact Friends’ secretary Joan Law, 49 Oakleaf Drive Polegate, or telephone Jim Dobell on 483082.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on November 1, include leisurely walk, no sleepers, signals or steam, 2.5 miles No 51 bus outside Coppice Avenue Post Office at 9.07am, Polegate High Street 9.17am alight Theobalds Green. Coffee at Heathfield with Rick. Or What Goes Up Must Come Down Again, 4.5 miles Jevington-Butts Brow-Jevington, undulating with a couple of climbs. Coffee at Chalk Farm, four or five stiles with Pat. Or Lavender Line special 8.5 miles, mainly level walking, some stiles, grand views around Isfield, take picnic with Graham. For these two walks meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground at 9.30am.

A COFFEE MORNING on Saturday November 3, at the Community centre is hosted by the bowls club. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

CHRISTIMAS FETE and table sale on Saturday November 3, at St Johns Church Hall in aid of Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group. To book a table at £7 please contact Andy on 504893. All welcome from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

BEETLE DRIVE at Trinity Church Hall on Saturday November 3 at 7 pm. Admission by ticket purchased in advance at £8. Each includes a Chinese Supper. Please telephone 484189 for a ticket. All proceeds to church funds. Come and join in the fun.

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS are meeting again every Thursday, from 7.30pm at Trinity Church Hall. The friendly group of enthusiastic singers is always pleased to welcome new voices and would particularly like additional male members for the bass section. The ability to read music is not essentials as training will be given. If you enjoy music and would like to take up an addictive and therapeutic hobby, then come along and join us. Further information from Jennie on 484189.

THE EPILEPSY GROUP and Polegate and Willingdon ESDA group Christmas Fete,Table Top Sale in St Johns Church Hall, is on Saturday November 3 (9.30am 1.30pm). Entry is free. The stalls include cakes, Christmas cards, crafts, books and guess the weight of the cake. Of course, there is the opportunity to win some brilliant prizes in the raffle. In addition you can sit down and enjoy refreshments.


HARP CONCERT: The concert features Sally Course on the harp, and is at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, in the Dunn Village hall. A glass of wine and refreshments are included in the ticket, price £10. The tickets can be booked on 01435 812627 or 867372. This is arranged by the hall committee.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of The Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Roger Lumley. 6.30pm Evening Service with Ken Davies.

PARISH COUNCIL: PCSO Liz McDonagh reported that suspicious vehicles had been noted in the area. Please take note of any such vehicles and report them. There have been a number of break-ins etc in the area. Time to check on security measures. The question of hedges overhanging roads came up again. It is encouraging to see some hedges now being cut, usually by those who take their responsibilities seriously, but there are others, who have not yet done so. They are reminded, by personal contact, then by letter. If that does not work, then an order will be issued, or the highways department can cut them and invoice for the work done. Cllr Roger Thomas (ESCC) reported that the Audit Commission were satisfied with the County Council’s use of resources. There is a rolling programme of repair to roads (eg Cade Street, Earls Down and the Wartling Road). Locally we have had some work done at the Back Lane junction and at Dog Corner. The latter is to try to alleviate flooding. I notice that it is already filling with leaves, another problem with overgrown hedges. At this point, I had to leave the meeting in the committee room for the Village Players AGM in the main hall, see below.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Chairman, Pam Edmonds, reported on a busy and successful 20th anniversary year. This started with An Enchanted Journey Around The World in poetry and song, directed by Leigh Lonsdale. She was pleased to report that £500 was sent to the Queen Victoria Hospital Charity Fund, and read a letter of thanks from the hospital. Our second production was Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, a comedy with two young people, Jason Bainbridge and Naomi Hemsley taking the lead roles. This was directed by Mike Farrall, and featured a wonderful set, and matching cast. She thanked those who work almost unseen but are so essential to productions, Moira Bowles and Christine Cogdell our prompts, and Mary Dick Cleland who feeds our audiences at theatre suppers. The summer ball at Wellshurst was a success; sadly the weather caused the annual golf day to be cancelled. Our next production is a revue, in theatre supper format, and will feature songs from four of our musicals, together with a number of sketches, and comic songs. Production dates are November 28 to December 1. Tickets to include a two course supper, are £15. Members will be able to purchase them on Saturday November 10 from 11am to noon. Friday and Saturday evening tickets will be limited to two per member or four per couple or family membership. The public will be able to purchase tickets from Monday November 12 from Anita on 01435 873226 or Pam on 830856. Two members of the committee stood down, Mike Farrall and Yvonne Mitchell; both were warmly thanked for their years of service. Glen Hadlow and Stephanie Cogdell join in their place. A gift was made to the group in memory of founder Angie Trew, which provides a fund for annual awards. The first presented this year was for the person who has contributed most to productions during the year. Our props lady Yvonne Mitchell was delighted to receive it this year for her work backstage. Pam paid tribute to all her hard work, involved detailed research, acquiring or making props and her great contribution to the smooth running of backstage. The second award is voted for by members and is for the best performances during the year. Clyde Young was surprised to receive it for his roles as Clive in See How They Run and as Baines in Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime. Pam said the group owed a great debt to Clyde for his contribution over the years. For a number of years we have had a website, but at the AGM the new site was launched live using the hall’s broadband connection. Clive Uren took us through the various pages, which will be kept up to date; the AGM report is there already. Details for future productions will be posted, together with an archive page of all past productions. This is a work in progress and will feature details, photographs and programmes. Just Google Village Players Rushlake Green and you will get there.

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MARATHON: Sandra Fowlie is running in the Beachy Head Marathon tomorrow, Saturday, for the JPK Project which aims to provide supported residential accommodation with meaningful daytime activities for people with a learning disability. If you would like to sponsor her, go on line at Please gift aid if you are a tax payer. Alternatively ring the project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker on 01323 486179 for a sponsor form.

THE BOURNE SINGERS will be leading a musical sing-a-long at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday, at The Cottage in Dittons Road, Polegate. Tickets from Jill on 01323 486179 or Maureen on 01323 482011.

BEER FESTIVAL: The Eight Bells in Jevington is having a beer festival from today, Friday, to Sunday with a number of real ales and bitters on offer. On the Friday evening Markham and Lodge from the X Factor will be playing from 8pm. Tomorrow The Hot Club of Jevington will be entertaining from 2pm to 4pm and on Sunday Gaz and Pip will provide the entertainment from 2pm to 5pm. A hog roast will be served at lunchtime and into the afternoon on all three days as well as the normal menu, but it is best to book by ringing 01323 484442.

AUTUMN FAIR: Chalk Farm Hotel is having an Autumn Fair from 11am to 4pm on Sunday in aid of the Downland Farm Project which gives training and work experience to adults with a learning disability. There will be a large variety of stalls, including gifts, crackers, homemade cards, woodcrafts, jewellery, cakes, organic products, bric-a-brac and silk cushions, a raffle and tombola. There will also be hot and cold refreshments and mulled wine and mince pies. It will be a fun day for all, with entertainment, children’s games and face painting. Admission is 50p for adults and is free for children. Do support this local charity and while you are there, visit the garden centre behind the hotel where Graeme and Sue have a large selection of shrubs, herbaceous plants, bulbs and winter flowering pansies.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: Today, Friday, at 7pm Colin Merrin will be giving a demonstration of a landscape in oils. The meeting will be held at Wannock Hall. Visitors are welcome to these monthly meetings. Admission is £3.

THE WHEATSHEAF is having a Halloween party from 8pm tomorrow, Saturday. This year’s theme is The Living Dead and customers are encouraged to dress the part, it will be a scream. Sam Culver will also be entertaining from 8.30pm with his varied cover music. On Sunday pianist Joseph Bowlby will have a lunch time session from 1.30pm.

THE BRITISH QUEEN is also having a Halloween Party tomorrow, Saturday, evening with Sound of the Crowd providing the music from 8.30pm to 11pm. There is a prize for the best outfit.

QUIET DAY: Contact Bp David Wilcox on 01323 506108 to learn more about the Quiet Day that he will be leading, with the teaching of Michael Ramsey from 10am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Mary’s Church. The cost is £2. Please bring your own lunch.

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 on 01323 504463.

COMBINED VOICES SERVICE: This will take place at 6.30pm on Sunday at St Mary’s Church and the choir will be directed by Michael Stumbles. There will be a retiring collection in support of The Royal School of Church Music.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a cemetery committee meeting to discuss the budget 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 RED LION recently had a charity quiz raising £69 for the Alzheimer’s Society. The winners of the quiz will be choosing the charity to support at the next quiz on November 22. On Friday November 2 there will be a Halloween Party and disco at the Red Lion with optional fancy dress. Food will be served from 6pm to 8pm. The Red Lion will be closing on Monday November 5 for a complete refurbishment and will be re-launched at 6pm on Saturday November 17 with a new menu. Food is served from 6pm to 8pm and Justine will provide the entertainment. It is best to book by ringing 01323 502062.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Polegate Windmill will be open on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm and will then be closed until Easter, so if you haven’t visited the mill recently this could be your last opportunity this year. But there will be a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday November 17 from 10am to 12.30pm at St Johns Church Hall, Polegate in aid of the mill’s maintenance. There will be tables with refreshments, cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac, books, mill gifts, and a raffle, as well as a visit from Father Christmas. There are a number of tables available for hire, so for a small cost, it makes sense to take advantage of this opportunity in a prime location to sell your own craft items or have a charity stall.