Parish Pump Hailsham - April 12, 2013


THE CLERGY HOUSE: On April 16 gardener Pete Keefe will give a talk about the history and different features to enjoy in the garden at the Clergy House. The talk will last one hour starting at 11.30am. The talk is free to members of the National Trust but normal admission charges apply to non members.

A POTPOURRI OF MUSIC in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice and St Andrew’s Church will be held on April 20 at 7pm in St Andrew’s. The Lewes Jazz ensemble, Tony Mason and his harmonica, Gary Davis and his ukulele, the Alfriston Church choir and the Croakers will all entertain. Tickets adults £10 on the door.

MUCH ADO BOOKS will be hosting a workshop entitled Beyond Description - Writing in Response to Place. It will give an opportunity to hone skills at a one-day workshop focussing on using language to reflect a sense of place. Author Kay Syrad will lead the workshop which will feature a walk through the South Downs landscape painted by Philip Hughes in his book Tracks. The class is set for May 4 and further details and booking may be made by contacting Much Ado by e-mail at

bodle street green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

GARDENING CLUB: Ian Rumely-Dawson will tell members about the Wildlife of the Ashburnham Estate at 7.30pm on Tuesday in the village hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: The April meeting is at 7pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. This is the Annual Parish Meeting, when the council reports on its work during the past year, and there is opportunity for the public to ask questions. Normal council business follows after this.

TOBS: The Thespians of Bodle Street to give it its full name, has been entertaining the village for some time. They are looking towards the future and will have a meeting from 6pm to 8pm on Friday May 10 to discuss plans and how you can be involved. There are all sorts of ways you can be part of TOBS, on the stage and backstage in costume, make-up or set design. All ages are welcome, beginners included. Cheese and wine will be provided. Contact Pete on 01323 831955 or Sue on 832542, if you would like to be involved, but cannot make the meeting.


FARMERS’ MARKET: Eastbourne RNLI is coming to the market tomorrow, Saturday, with a tombola to help raise money for the new rescue boat. Hailsham Farmers’ Market is held at The Cattle Market, from 9am to 12.30pm. The produce is local and fresh and the producers and farmers will be able to tell you all you need to know about the items they sell. There will be meat, chicken, bacon, sausages, honey, vegetables, cheese and lovely cakes as well as your vegetable plants, hopefully to be able to plant in the very near future if the ground is warmer. There are also various crafts all locally made, a woodturner, handmade cards, baby knitwear, bunting, jewellery and baby cakes made from towelling and lots more. The Market Cafe is also open for tea, coffee and a great breakfast or bacon and sausage sandwiches. Enquiries to Phil Brooks on (01323) 449478 or 07828 152897 or email

CREAM TEA: Hailsham Twinning Association invite you to go along tomorrow, Saturday, from 12.30pm to 3pm at the Fleur de Lys (Hailsham Town Council Offices) and drop in for a Cream Tea (indoors and outside, weather permitting). Entrance through the back gate via alley between Lloyds Bank and the Kebab Shop. Everyone welcome £5.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service starting at 11am until noon at Primrose Hall. The medium on this occasion will be Tricia Bamsey. There is a Clairvoyant Evening next Friday April 19 with Robin Hodson from 7.30pm to 9pm. There will be private 1-2-1 readings on April 27 from 10am to 2pm. For details about any of these services or events visit or call Theresa on (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582.

ST MARY’S: Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Made for Mission, 6.30pm Holy Communion, Word of Freedom, Word of Life.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday join Frances (01435) 862330 for a 5-mile walk from Cade Street through woods to Broad Oak. There is also a longer 7-mile walk with Pam and Tony (01825) 764590/764937 through Hellingly and Chiddingly for which you will need to bring a packed lunch. If you would just prefer a gentle stroll then Nobby (01323) 440624 is leading the Hamden park Heritage Walk. If you would like to go on any of these walks, please ring the walk leader for the details.

OUT AND ABOUT: On Wednesday the Christ Church Group will be enjoying a cream tea at Wentworth House, George Street. If you would like to go along it starts at 2pm and there is a talk starting at 2.15pm by Ian Everest on The Womens’ Land Army – A Sussex Connection. The cost for the afternoon is £5 to cover speaker’s costs. Telephone number for office is 01323 844428.

BONFIRE BINGO: The next opportunity to use your dibber, have fun and help raise funds for this year’s bonfire spectacular display is on Friday April 19. Doors open at the Charles Hunt Centre at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

BOWLING: The 2013 season will run from Saturday April 20 until the end of September and Hailsham Bowling Club are holding their Open Day on Saturday April 27 from 10am to 1pm when you can go along and have a go. Meet on the green behind the Leisure Centre, access from the bottom longterm car park. Flat shoes or trainers please. Hailsham Bowling Club is on the lookout for new members, whether young or old, beginners or experienced bowlers. They play informal roll-ups, club drives, internal and external competitions and league games as well as friendly matches at home and away. Why not give bowls a try? The club is in a delightful setting with free car parking. A happy and friendly club, they also enjoy a good social calendar. Enquiries call Tom (01323) 849810 or Kathy (01323) 840595 or visit

LITTER PICK: There is a meeting, open to all, on Saturday April 20 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at Hailsham East Community Centre together with Living Word Community Church, Computers for Charities and Town Farm residents for a litter pick of the estate.

COMMUNITY MATTERS: One of the charities supported by Waitrose green token scheme in April is Happy Endings Rescue which rescues animals that have been subjected to cruelty, neglect or are unwanted from Shire horses to rabbits and anything in between. Also supported this month are Sussex Search and Rescue (SUSSAR) and Hailsham Group of East Sussex Disability Association (ESDA). When you shop, drop your token into the appropriate box and at the end of the month the tokens will be apportioned between the charities.

THE GRANGE: Having opened the garden at Hailsham Grange on behalf of The National Gardens Scheme for the past 21 years, Noel has come to the decision to retire. Consequently, there will be no further NGS Open Gardens for the foreseeable future. Noel says, ‘during the past 21 years I have been most appreciative of the loyal support provided by the (St Mary’s) church’s tea ladies team and I would ask that you pass on to the team members (both current and past) my unreserved thanks and gratitude for all their efforts and support.’

MURDER MOST FUN: The evening, hosted by The Ropemaker Theatre Company, was one of murder, mystery, intrigue, red herrings and total mayhem at Callenders Restaurant last weekend. Diners enjoyed a three course meal and entertainment that got their little grey cells working overtime. RTC’s John Wilders and Linda Francis appeared in Murder Most Fun (written by Linda) with five diners chosen on the night and, having worked out all the clues to discover who dunnit, the winners were The Clarke Clan, who received wine and an RTC Certificate. Who dunnit? The butler of course. Another murder mystery evening will be staged at Callenders Restaurant during the Hailsham Festival in September.

100 YEARS AGO: In April 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote: The Cassock and Surplice Fund has been fixed on the notice board of the church and will appear in the parish account book in May, so it will suffice to say that the total cost was £22.3s.11½d and the receipts £22.4s.0d. Mr Evans managed this from first to last and did it very well. There were terrible gales during Holy Week, and on Saturday 22nd, at night, at times the pace was terrific. March keeps up its character.

hellingly & horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. Evensong 6.30pm. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

PARISH PLAN: A consultation for the Arlington Community led plan is an open meeting with no age restriction taking place on Saturday April 20 at Dicker Hall from 10.30am for 11am start. Refreshments. Find out why a plan is needed, how localism legislation will affect all aspects of our lives, water provision and purity, the National Planning Policy, Development, growth and infrastructure. Be part of making a plan for now and the future in the parish. Put your thoughts and ideas for the future of housing, social and leisure facility provision in the parish to the meeting to have it included in a questionnaire which will go out to all residents.

QUIZ: If you like quizzing, keep your diary free for another fun event on April 27 at 7.30pm in Dicker Hall. Further details nearer the time.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Visitors flocked to Diamond Farm last Sunday for the first of the members’ summer outing social events. Hosted by Robin and Chrissy Neale and their friend Jan, the event raised nearly £200 which Chrissy wished to donate to Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Fluffy white lambs gamboled in the fields and a few were available for bottle feeding. One of the lambs, wearing a fleecy red jumper with holes for its legs to poke through, was especially used to being picked up and received several cuddles. Amongst the other animals were horses, a pig, cows, chickens, ducks and geese. After a walk across the fields to feed ducks in a distant pond members crowded into the farmhouse for a delicious cream tea with sandwiches, a wide selection of cakes and melt in the mouth scones topped with jam, cream and deep red strawberries. A fine time was had by all. The results from the Print Finals judged by Ken Scott ARPS were as follows: Pavilion Cup beginners were Highly Commended awarded to Graham Wilkinson for Mist Over Loch Awe; Brian Gell, Great Tit; and Carole Parish for Viv the Spiv. 1, Sam Daws, Second Severn Crossing at Sunset; 2, Graham Wilkinson, Shatterford Bottom (New Forest); 3, Sam Daws, All Alone. Keith Donald Shield Intermediate: Highly Commended was awarded to Peggy McKenzie, In Another Place and Standing Stones and Janet Monk ARPS, Glass Staircase. 1, Colin Chrismas LRPS, Bluebell Woods; 2, Janet Monk ARPS, Last Train; 3, Liz Cottingham LRPS, Grandpa’s Sunhat. Founders Cup Advanced: Highly Commended Gay Biddlecombe LRPS, Fair Stood The Wind For Seaford; Pat Broad ARPS AFIAP, Dead Pines (Yellowstone); and Alan Clark, Little Girl At The Window. 1, Phil Smith, Just Jestin; 2, Gay Biddlecombe LRPS, A River Runs Through It (Yellowstone); 3, Gay Biddlecombe LRPS, The Two Faces Of Bert. Preparations are under way for the Annual Print Exhibition from June 17 to 22 at the Charles Hunt Centre, Hailsham so perhaps an image taken on Sunday might appear? Keep the date free in your diary and visit from 10am to 4pm to find out


POLICING: There is a Street Meeting at Oldfield Crescent tomorrow, Saturday, at 4pm on Jasmine Green, Hailsham. This street meeting is being held to address any issues and problems that you, the local residents of this area, may be experiencing. This meeting will be attended by PCSOs Fletcher and Choppin and hopefully local councillors. This is an informal meeting and a chance for you to raise any concerns that you may have directly to the people who can do something to help. Please go along if you can make it. If you have any local concerns or issues you would like to discuss contact the PCSOs by dialling 101, or approach them when you see them out and about. PCSO Wendy Wyatt is also holding a Street meeting in Cuckmere Close, Hellingly BN27 1AB on April 17 between 6pm and 6.30pm. The purpose for the meeting is to invite all residents out to meet her and other residents in the close. You might wish to discuss community issues or have concerns for others in your area that you may like to address. She would like to talk about Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, property marking and community messaging. If you are unable to attend but would like more information about any of the subjects mentioned please contact her either on 07787685750 or

herstmonceux & wartling

FOOTBALL: The Herstmonceux first XI are through to the Eastbourne FA Vice President Cup Final which will be played at the Oval in Eastbourne later this year. Our second XI have made it through to the semi-final of the ADA Challenge and are also sitting third in the table with just five games to play which means that promotion is within grasping distance. Our third XI are also through to the Eastbourne Coach Finishers semi-final and they too are sitting at the top of division six with just two games to play so it looks like we are looking at three finals and two promotions this season. Probably one of the best seasons in the club’s history. Well done lads, keep it up.

ANNUAL COLOUR SHOW: On Friday April 19 all are welcome to the village hall for an evening of slides set to music courtesy of the Hailsham Photographic Society. This event is being put on by the Friends of All Saints Church who are charging admission of £5 to include refreshments.

QUIZ NIGHT: Members of Wartling church are staging a very light-hearted quiz on the evening of Saturday April 20 at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street. They will be commencing at 7pm and the cost of the evening will be £6 which includes supper. If you would like you can make up teams of six or just pop along and join the others, there will always be a team who need an extra member. To book please contact Stella 833445, Pam 833079, Suzanne, 01435 812180 or Gill 01424 892840.

TOM AT THE WOOLIE: There are still a few places left for the Italian Night at the Woolpack Inn on Saturday April 20. A three course Italian meal followed by Tom Fitzpatrick. To see the menu and book please call in at the pub.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with the Compline will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Holy Communion (CW) and the Worship and Prayer being held at Wartling church at 9.45am and 11am respectively.

ST GEORGE’S DAY celebration on Saturday April 20 at the village hall. Stage entertainment, an audience sing-a-long and a supper of British moussaka followed by apple pie. There will be a licensed pay bar. Tickets £12 from Laurence on 832660.

THE WALKING CLUB are starting their Tuesday evening walks. On April 16 meet Sue and Irene at the Horam Manor car park at 6.30pm for a short stroll through the bluebell woods. All enquiries to 848790 please.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Cliffe Church Hall (behind the church). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: It was bitterly cold on Easter Monday, but even so, 31 people decided to brave the Arctic wind and pretend it was spring. It was a relief to have the ground drier underfoot and in the woods we were sheltered from the wind and were thrilled to see our first glimpse of this year’s lovely white wood anemones, sometimes called windflowers. Bluebell leaves were gaining height but no sign of any flowers yet. The walk started and finished at Blackboys and we passed Tickeridge Mill, always much admired and the iron streams near by. We came across a large herd of wild deer which is becoming a regular occurrence on our walks now, and stood aside on a lane to let two beautiful pony and traps pass by. Despite the cold wind everyone enjoyed the walk which was led by Roy. The next walk will be at Pevensey on Tuesday. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: 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.

ninfield & hooe

HOOE OPEN GROUP meet today, Friday. The invited speaker is the skipper of the new Eastbourne Jubilee Lifeboat, who will illustrate its operation and the sophistication of its advanced design. Hot Cross Buns with their afternoon tea. The meeting will commence as usual at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. If you would like to receive details of the club’s future program, contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

OPEN DAY: The bowls club are holding an Open Day on Sunday from 2.30pm onwards. The club is located adjacent to the Kings Arms. If anyone is interested in bowls, please go along and have a bowl. Who knows you might find that you enjoy it. The group are all very friendly and they would love to see some more locals at this event and join them.

MEETING: The horticultural society are meeting on Monday when Harry Townsend, formerly of Kew, will give a talk entitled Kew Through The Looking Glass. 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.

WESLEY GUILD: Battle and Ninfield Wesley Guild are meeting on Wednesday at the Methodist Church Hall, 2.30pm. They will have a talk by Mrs V Cook entitled A Visit to Romania.

AGM: Ninfield Local History Group are meeting on Thursday, 7.30pm at the Reading Room. It is their AGM followed by Brian Purdey on Sussex Customs and Cures. The group now have a website and facebook page for you to keep up to date with all what is going on: / Annual membership only costs £10 per person, but everyone is welcome. There is a charge of £1 for members (and £2 for non-members) at each meeting to help towards the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Acting Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email

CLEAN UP DAY: A village-wide litter pick on April 20, organised by Ninfield Village Society. Meet at the Methodist Hall, Church Lane at 10am. You are invited to help the Village Society to tidy your part of our village. Litter pickers, bags, gloves, hi-viz jackets will be supplied by Wealden District Council. Earn your reward of free refreshments courtesy of Ninfield Parish Council. For more details contact Martin Wood 892895 or Robin Goldsmith 892778.

QUIZ NIGHT: The Memorial Hall Committee are holding a Quiz Night on Saturday April 20 in the hall starting at 7.30pm. Tables maximum of six. Tickets £5 per person to include a ploughman’s supper, bring your own drink. There will be a raffle and all proceeds will go towards the hall refurbishment funds. To book a table please contact Jennifer 01424 892878 or Jim 01424 892682.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on April 23, 7.45pm in the village hall. All Hooe residents are invited to attend.

PLANT SALE: The horticultural society are holding their annual Plant Sale on April 27 from 9am to 11am at the Memorial Hall. They welcome regular and new customers to buy their wide selection of sensibly priced plants. If you have any plants to donate, please take them to the hall from 8.30am that morning.

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 Rev Peter Timms.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Wine and Social Club. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon. On Saturday April 20 the coffee morning will be hosted by the Ladies Club.

N WATCH: At our recent annual meeting the street co-ordinators reelected are Andy Watkins as chairman, Michael Clewett as vice chairman, Liz Coles as secretary and Andrew Howe as treasurer to lead and co-ordinate Polegate Neighborhood Watch for the next twelve months. To receive a newsletter please contact Andy Watkins on 485795 or Liz Coles 488136.

RAMBLING CLUB: On April 18 a leisurely walk, Off The Rails, nearly three miles, flat no mud, coffee at Horam. Bus 51 Post Office Coppice Avenue 9.07am, Polegate High Street 9.17am, alight at Sandy Cross, no stiles with Rick. Arlington, Selmeston and back to Berwick, up to 5 miles flattish, woody and perhaps mud, four stiles with Chris; Or Spot the White Bells, nine miles Hailsham and woods, fields, take picnic with Barbara and Paul. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

MEETING: The local history group meet on Friday April 19 when our speaker is John Eldridge talking about Growing up in Wartime Mayfield. Doors open at 6.30pm. Visitors welcome.

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AGM for Eastbourne Local History Society takes place on Tuesday evening April 23 for members only, followed by, if time, a talk by Peter Allen. Meeting is held at St Saviours Church Hall, Spencer Road, Eastbourne starting at 7.30pm.

MUSGRAVE MUSEUM is now open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm. As well as showing paintings and artifacts collected by the late George Musgrave in his lifetime. The museum is now exhibiting various artists’ works. This can be seen at 77 Seaside Road, Eastbourne.

warbleton & rushlake green

LAND ARMY: A reminder of the talk The Women’s Land Army – A Sussex Connection to be given by Ian Everest at Punnetts Town village hall at 7pm on Saturday April 20. Tickets are £6.50 and include light refreshments. This is to raise funds for Demelza Hospice Care For Children. Please phone 01323 482235 for tickets. Ian always provides a very interesting and often humorous commentary to his slides, so please buy your tickets and support Demelza.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: Next Saturday 20th April sleeves will be rolled up for the spring churchyard clearup. There will be various tasks to be done, clearing winter debris etc, together with some spring cleaning in the church and church rooms. Want to help? Just turn up from 10am, with or without tools. What are the rewards – exercise, the satisfaction of job well done and a light lunch. 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Roger Lumley and 6.30pm evening service with Jim Dryden.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a good turnout for the AGM on Monday evening, and we were delighted that our president, Graham Reeve, was able to attend. Our chairman, Bryan Whitton, led the series of reports on the activities during the year, including an interesting range of talks, walks and our outing to Hinton Ampner via The Watercress Line. The committee were re-elected with the exception of Liza Marriott, who decided to stand down, and was thanked for her service over a number of years. The committee is as follows: chairman Bryan Whitton, vice chairman and secretary Jonathan Austin, treasurer John Martin, membership secretary John Hobden, meetings secretary Maggie Lambert-Gorwyn, Rita Hobden, Colin Rose, Betty Martin, Nannette Burton, Mike and Gill Squires. Our outing on July 20 is to Polesden Lacey. We had hoped that this would be a complement to our March talk on Mrs Greville of that address. This was scuppered by the snow that day. After the meeting wine and cheese were served, and members had a good natter. Our next walk is on Saturday April 27 and is our annual Cowslip Walk. We meet at 2pm in the car park of Berwick Church for a walk across the Downs. Next month we welcome Ken Brooks who will tell The White Rock Story on 13th May.

PARISH COUNCIL: The April meeting is at 7pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall. This is the Annual Parish Meeting, when the council reports on its work during the past year, and there is opportunity for the public to ask questions. Normal council business follows after this.

SPRING MARKET: Warbleton Brass Band is holding a spring market at the Dunn Village Hall on April 20, starting at 10.30am. Tables are still available at £10. Please contact Caroline on 01435 882082 to book one. There will be a concert in the hall at 2pm the following day.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Rehearsals have started for our production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, which will be performed on the Green from 20th to 22nd June. Our director is Kirrie Wratten, from the Wateryard Group in Mayfield. Tickets will be available to members at the village hall from 11am on Saturday May 25 and to the public from Tuesday May 28 at The Stores. Plans are already being made for our autumn production Make Way For Lucia, a comedy based on the novels by E F Benson, to be performed November 20 to 23, in our successful theatre supper style. Auditions will be held Sunday July 7, 10am to noon in the Dunn Village Hall and Monday July 8, 8pm to 10pm at the Chantry, Middle Lane, Turners Green. We are always looking for enthusiastic people who would like to be involved with The Village Players. If you fancy treading the boards, helping backstage or front of house then please contact Anita Gunn on 01435 873226.

willingdon, wannock & jevington

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including tea and coffee is £2.50. For further information, ring Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

THE WHEATSHEAF: The Fabulous Red Diesel will be playing jazz, funk and groove, original material, from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday jazz duo Denis and Pete will be providing background music from 1.30pm.

SECTION 6 will be providing the entertainment at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

PARISH WALK: Meet at Polegate Windmill at Park Croft at 2pm on Sunday to join parish councillors and residents for a short walk around the parish with refreshments kindly provided by the windmill volunteers. Some paths could be muddy, so please ensure that you have suitable footwear. All are welcome to this free event. With boundary changes several years ago and despite the name, Polegate Windmill is in the parish of Willingdon and Jevington.

THE INFORMATION DAY held at Trinity Church Hall on April 3 went well. As well as local residents, it was attended by many community groups and organisations who networked with each other.

EVENTS MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding an events committee meeting at Willingdon Community School at 7.30pm on Monday when councillors will consider whether or not to hold another information day in 2014. The meeting is open to the public and any input would be welcome. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

RAMBLING: The Church Ramblers will be meeting at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm for a circular walk from Warren Point via East Dean and Downs Golf Club. The walk is approximately five miles long with some steady climbs.

MEETING: St Andrew’s Church Jevington will be holding their vestry and annual parochial church meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday at Wannock Village Hall. The church will need one churchwarden, one deanery synod representative and three parochial church members to make up the membership of the PCC.

STREET MEETINGS: Part of Willingdon comes under Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council and Wealden District Council, and part of it comes under Eastbourne Borough Council, so it can be a bit confusing. The PCSO who covers Ratton and part of Willingdon and further afield for Eastbourne Borough Council is Austin Milson. The PC is Lisa Cousins. On Wednesday there will be a street meeting at 6pm at the junction of Southdown Road and Falmer Close when residents can discuss any concerns they may have regarding crime, vandalism or unsociable behaviour. There will also be a street meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Marcia Close. For more information ring PC Lisa Cousins on 07787 685802 or PCSO Austin Milson on 07787 685808.

RESIDENTS’ MEETING: Alyson Flower is the new secretary of Jevington and Filching Residents’ Association and their next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday at Jevington Village Hall. The main topic at the meeting will be the traffic speed through Filching and Jevington. PCSO Ali Beaden will be at the meeting and there are several volunteers who are prepared to conduct speed monitoring. PCSO Ian Tompsett will be training them in May.

COFFEE MEETING: The Probus Club will meet at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday for a coffee meeting at the Red Lion.

QUIZ NIGHT: Willingdon Residents’ Association have a quiz night on Friday April 19 at Trinity Church Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 to include a ploughman’s supper and entry into the free raffle. Tickets are available from Linda Francis. Please ring 01323 485885.

JPK PROJECT: The planning appeal hearing to build a supported living centre for people with a learning disability on the Edgmond Church site was heard on March 13. The inspectorate’s decision is still awaited. In the meantime many donations have been given for the JPK Sussex Project and a number of fund raising events have been planned. The first of these is a pudding night at 7pm on Saturday April 20, to be hosted by Maureen and John Males at the Cottage Dittons Road Polegate. The meal will include a light main course followed by a wide selection of desserts to be tasted and voted on. Tickets are £8 each. Please ring Jill on 01323 486179 or Maureen on 01323 482011.

BRIGHTON VOICES community choir will be performing the Mozart Requiem at 3pm on Saturday April 27 at St Mary’s Church. Tickets are £5 from the parish office or ring the secretary on 01323 501763. The cost includes tea and cake.

50th ANNIVERSARY: Willingdon Flower Club will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and on Friday June 7 international/national demonstrator Nick Grounds from the Cambridge area has been invited to give a demonstration which will be entitled Inflorescene. The meeting is from 1.30pm for 2pm at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Tickets are £10 each but they are going fast. Please ring Alison Pulinger on 01323 645527.

AUCTION: On June 20 The Wheatsheaf will host an auction of promises evening in support of St Mary’s Church. The idea is parishioners and other residents offer a service they could perform, such as making a special cake, ironing, mending, making a dress, an afternoon’s gardening, dog walking for a week, computer advice, or simple DIY jobs. The work is not meant to be onerous, but what may seem difficult to one person may be simple for someone else. Please contact Serena Thompson on