Parish pump Hailsham - April 18, 2014


EASTER EVENTS: On Easter Sunday the Star Hotel is sponsoring a Spring Hunt with an Easter chocolate prize at the end for children up to 12 years old. To enter into the Hunt pick up from The Star Hotel Reception desk the list of items to be spotted in the village. The event runs from noon till 2.30pm and is free.

THE STAR HOTEL is also providing a treat for families who lunch in the restaurant. Children under 12 years who eat from the little Stars menu will eat lunch for free with a complimentary drink and ice cream. Booking is advisable. Telephone 01323 870495 or visit www.Events@the

WI NEWS: The Spring Bazaar will be held on May 3 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the War Memorial Hall. There will be stalls selling cakes and produce, plants and books; a chocolate tombola, a raffle and a prize for a guessing game. Entrance is £1 to include a cup of tea, coffee or squash and a biscuit. Slices of cake will be available at an extra charge.

Bodle Street Green

GOOD FRIDAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 10am An Hour at the Cross. Warbleton Parish Church: 3pm An Hour at the Cross. St Giles, Dallington: noon Good Friday Vigil.

EASTER SUNDAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Service followed by Communion. 6.30pm Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion.

FILM CLUB: Searching For Sugarman is this month’s film, and it tells the story of ‘the greatest 70s rock icon that never was’ the singer Rodriguez. A promising but then forgotten singer from Detroit, who later became a phenomenon in South Africa, from where two fans seek out what happened to him. Doors open at the village hall at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Guests are welcome at £6 on the door, with no need to book. This documentary lasts 1hr 25min.


CHURCH SERVICES: Easter Sunday, Family Service at 11am with the Reverend Stuart Baker. All welcome, refreshments after.


COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday, Hailsham Gospel Mission invite you to their event at Hailsham Gospel Mission, 15 Station Road and subsequent Easter Service on Sunday at 10.45am entitled New Life, Fresh Hope.

VINTAGE TRACTOR RUN on Easter Sunday starting at Hailsham Market, meandering towards Pevensey Marsh, at 11am. The market will be open from about 8.30am so you can go along and admire these marvellous machines and the cafe will be open for breakfast and light refreshments. There will be a raffle and all proceeds will be going to St Peters and St James Hospice. Last year was the first year it was held at the market and more than 50 tractors took part. The route goes out of the market and heads towards Rickney, passing Chilley Farm and onto the Pevensey Marshes. It cuts through Herstmonceux Castle grounds into Church Road, then through the Under Road and onto New Bridge back to the market. The reason for supporting this hospice is because the wife of Mr Walters, who is the auctioneer at Hailsham Cattle market, died of cancer and was in that hospice. The people who run the cafe there kindly give up their Sunday and do breakfast and light refreshments and would welcome your support. Enquiries to Dick Croft on 07885 090331.

ST MARY’S: On Sunday there is Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am and an Easter Family Communion service at 10.30am with crèche followed by an Easter Egg Hunt in the Vicarage garden. Easter Songs of Praise is at 6.30pm.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING at Primrose Hall starts at 7.30pm to 9pm. The medium on this occasion is Rev Petula Stowell. On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Bob Mann.

EASTER FUN DAY: At Michelham Priory on Monday there is a circus skills workshop from 1pm to 3.30pm, a trail in the gardens, face painting (£2), arts and crafts in the barn. Open from 10.30am to 4pm.

FORAGING WALK: Organised by Hailsham Trust, what will you find? Nettle, watercress, primrose, gorse flower, pennywort, rose hips, hogwart, chickweed, dandelion? Go along to Prospects House side entrance, Victoria Road, at 10am on Wednesday and find out. You will be taking a walk along the Cuckoo Trail and woods. Suitable for beginners, buggies, children and doggies. There is no cost to take part and no need to book, just join in and see what you can find. If you have any questions ring 01323 446404 or email

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Ann and Mike (844516) will be leading a 4.5 mile walk along the Chiddingly Trail. It is mainly flat but there are 13 stiles. If you fancy something a little less challenging then Nobby (440624) is leading an Exceat to the woods circular. You can meet at South Road Car Park at 9.30am or Exceat at 10am. If you would like to go on either of these walks please ring the walk leader in the first instance for the details.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING: Please note a mistake with the date last week. Sorry. It is on Thursday April 24. Hailsham Town Council invite you along to the Civic Community Hall, Vicarage Field (next to the Leisure Centre). It is very important to the Town Council that you share your views with them about what is going well in the town and what is not going so well. They would like to hear your views. The doors open at 6.30pm so that attendees can browse the information stands, including Hailsham Forward, and you will be able to talk to representatives. The formal business of the meeting will commence at 7.30pm with a presentation and review of the past year by the Town Mayor and Chairman, Councillor Jo Bentley. The Annual Town Meeting is an opportunity for residents to participate in a discussion on some very interesting and ambitious projects the Town Council and its project partners have for the future development of Hailsham, raise questions on matters affecting the parish of Hailsham and hold your local council to account. It also allows them to update you all on their achievements over the year. To submit questions or items for the Agenda, please advise the Town Clerk in writing at the Town Council Offices, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE or email by no later than Tuesday 22 April. The meeting was packed out last year so get there early to grab your seat.

GHOST WALK: Today, Friday, there is a 90 minute walk starting at 7pm which offers stories of ghosts and paranormal activity, together with a little of the history and characters of Michelham Priory’s past. Presented with a little humour. To book visit or call 07956 307684. Adults £15, children £10, family £40.

BONFIRE BINGO: The next bingo night is on Friday April 25 at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

BLUEBELL WALK: Arlington Bluebell Walk at Bates Green Farm is open from 10am to 5pm until May 18. There is already a warm blue glow contrasting with the white anemones in between. Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be running the catering this weekend and if you go along you can look forward to home made cakes, sandwiches, scones, washed down by a cup of tea, coffee or cold drink. The Bluebell Walk is supporting many other local charities including Demelza, Cruse Bereavement and the Lions. Visit for weekly updates on how the bluebell display is coming along. If you want to enjoy the many walks several times throughout the open season then it is worth investing in a season ticket for £18. I have.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week the guest speaker was Richard Walton FRPS, with his latest talk called Seeing for those who want to ‘see’ rather than just look. His first love is, and always will be, black and white photography. Richard showed a collection of colour prints and compared them with the same in monochrome as sometimes that suits the image better. Some prints also had wording with great juxtaposition to the subject giving so much more meaning to the image, resulting in humorous pictures, and taking time to capture people behaving naturally, he sets up his camera and waits for something to happen. Richard likes to break the rules by photographing things as he sees them and takes his camera everywhere. It was an absolutely superb evening with a very amusing delivery which made an extremely entertaining night. Richard is both highly rated as a judge and speaker.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

EASTER SERVICES: Hellingly: Good Friday 2pm reflective service. Easter Dawn Service on Easter Sunday at 6.30am followed by breakfast. 10.45am Easter Day Service. Bring a flower(s) to decorate the cross. Sunday 27 at 10.45am is the Parish Eucharist (CW). Holy Trinity Upper Dicker: Easter Day Service 9.15am. Holy Communion (CW) service on April 27.

SPRING FAIR: Next Saturday, April 26, Union Corner Pre School are holding this event from 2pm to 4pm. There will be homemade cakes, Cheeky Chippy van, bouncy castle, face painting, Easter word hunt, raffle, tombola, emergency services, Sams Little Gems, Taylor Made, Happy Dayz and Dees Quilts, Big Kids Painting, Diddy Dance. Adults free, children 50p. Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road.

ST GEORGE’S QUIZ at Upper Dicker village hall on Saturday April 26 at 7.30pm. Food is provided. Tickets are £7. Please bring any drink you may prefer.

MOTHERS’ UNION: Jacky Clark welcomed the Revd Davis Frost, the Mothers’ Union Diocesan Chaplain, to their Lent Service in March. Barbara Moore led the prayers and then mentioned that the new chalice being used during communion had been bought by donations from the congregation, in memory of Sheila Evenden, a past leader of the branch of the Mothers’ Union and churchwarden at Hellingly Church. Three new members were enrolled and welcomed by the Revd Frost. All members were then invited to take communion.The theme of the Revd David Frost’s talk was of The Good Shepherd. He spoke of the importance of showing kindness, however small, to others we meet in our daily lives and how this can have a very special knock-on effect on those with whom we come into contact.

MILK BOTTLE TOPS: Mary and John offer their thanks to all milk bottle top collectors. To date the Hellingly congregation’s generous collection of bottle tops has contributed towards a robotic arm for use in the operating theatre at the Eastbourne DGH, a portable scanner used in the prostate clinic and the Quiet Room at the hospital which was opened in June 2013. The present project is for raising money towards a template biopsy kit at a cost of £15k and they are very nearly there. Please remember we only save milk bottle tops with either a 2, 02, 4 or 04.

CRAFT AND ART SHOW: Hellingly church will be holding another Craft and Art Show on Saturday June 14 in the village hall. It is hoped that more people than last year will enter at least one class in order to make it successful. To encourage new entrants, the prize money has been raised and the schedule has been revised. The fund raising committee is asking any member of the community to sponsor one or more classes at a cost of £5 per class. The schedule is now available and the names of those sponsoring a particular class will be on display at the show. If you are willing to sponsor a class, the money can be paid in church or sent to Margaret Bloomfield. Do look at the schedule and make an effort to enter one or more classes so that the community can see the talents we have. The show will be open to view the exhibits from 2.30pm on Saturday June 14. Barbara Moore 01323 841685.


VEGETABLE PLANT SALE: Just a reminder that if you’re thinking of entering the Giant Vegetable Competition, which will be held at the Woolpack Inn later in the year. Sales of seeds and plants start tomorrow, Saturday, at the Woolie. If you need any other information about the show you can contact them direct on

RAY AND SHELDON will be holding their next meeting on Friday April 25 in the village hall when Gaynor from the fire service will be on hand to talk about the everyday work of a fireman/woman. All over the age of 60 years will be made most welcome. If you need more information or a lift to the village hall then please telephone 441244 and speak to Anne.

THE WALKING CLUB have now started their Tuesday evening walks. The first is on Tuesday when Sue will meet you at Herstmonceux church at 6.30pm for a Castle Walk. All are welcome. For further information or help please contact them on 848790. There will be no walk on Easter Sunday.

BOWLS CLUB OPEN DAY is on Sunday when the bowls club will be officially open for the season. All members old and new are invited to go along for a few ends of bowls to see what the Green is like and to enjoy a natter. For all information regarding the bowls club please contact either Terry on 832380 or Sue on 833403.

ANNUAL COLOUR SHOW which is being staged by the Hailsham Photographic Society, will be held in the village hall on Wednesday starting at 7.30pm. It really is a great evening full of colour and music with some wonderful slides. Admission is £5 on the door which all goes towards the work of the Friends of All Saints Church in maintaining the building and fabric of this our beautiful 11th century church.

SAVE YOUR SEEDS, cuttings, plants and divided perennials because your church needs them. Saturday May 10 will be the Annual Church Plant Sale so anything that you can sow, take cuttings from or divide between now and then would be most gratefully accepted to sell on the stalls. Any small garden sundries or gardening books would be most acceptable as well all of which can be taken down to the village hall on the morning of the sale.

THE LUNCH CLUB are looking for volunteers to help on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Duties would include serving the meal, washing up and clearing the hall after lunch. The club has been running now for 14 years which seems almost unbelievable and it provides a very worthwhile service in the community so if you think you can spare a couple of hours every four to six weeks please call them on either 832204 or 833261.

EASTER AT LIME CROSS: Their annual Charity Easter Draw this year is in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice and will be drawn tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets are £1 each and available from the nursery shop. Please help by supporting this very worthwhile cause. The nursery will be closed on Sunday for the day.

ST GEORGE’S DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, the St George’s Day celebrations will take place in the village hall, 6.30pm for 7pm. Magicians, musicians, dancers and of course the most enjoyable community singing. There will be a bar running throughout the evening, a raffle and they will be serving up the good old traditional English supper of bangers and mash followed by apple crumble. The cost of the tickets are £12.50 per person and available from Cllr Laurence Keeley on 832660.

CHURCH SERVICES: Today, Friday, Family Service at Herstmonceux, Service of the Cross, Wartling 2pm. Sunday, Holy communion and the Easter Praise at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with the Easter Family Service with Holy Communion being held at Wartling church at 9.45am.

MICHELHAM PRIORY LODGE: On Saturday April 12 members of the Michelham Priory Lodge in Herstmonceux were delighted to welcome many local people to a tour of the Masonic Lodge in Gardner Street. Guests were treated to a splendid afternoon chatting with the Lodge members about Freemasonry and how national and local charities benefit from donations by Freemasons. Since 1981 Freemasons have donated over £57 million to national charities covering medical research, support for vulnerable people and youth opportunities. Organisations supported are chosen because they aim to make a significant difference to people in need, provide maximum impact by benefitting as many people as possible. In addition The Freemasons’ Grand Charity also provides funding to hospice services, air ambulance charities, worldwide disaster relief. During the afternoon the Lodge was very pleased to present two £600 cheques to local charities, one to the Demelza Hospice Care for Children, a charity providing hospice care for children with life-limiting or life threatening illnesses and another to the JPK Project, a charity formed in 2001 to provide residential accommodation in the East Sussex area for people with a learning disability.

COMMUNITY CHOIR: There will be a Community choir singing Jazz and Rock in Herstmonceux. The first meeting is at the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. All are invited to come to sing and have a good time, no audition is required, just an enthusiasm to sing. The choir will take part in the upcoming Hailsham Arts Festival in September this year and there are plans to give a spectacular performance. The choir is being organised by local resident Graham Millett (email ) and the musical director is Peter Willson. (email ). Peter is a local jazz musician who has been involved in several choral projects in the past, notably setting up the Hailsham group JMTZ, which took part in the BBC’s Last Choir Standing programme, BBC radio 3’s Choir of the Year and Channel 5’s Don’t Stop Believing all within the last half dozen or so years. Please contact Peter or Graham if you would like further information, and there is also a Facebook Page Herstmonceux Community Jazz and Rock Choir.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

THIS YEAR’S Carnival Queen, chosen by an independent judge, is Alicia Reid. Her princesses will be Violet Newnham and Erin Freeman. The girls were chosen because of their love and commitment to the village. The crowning will take place at the Pram Race on May 5.

HOOE OPEN GROUP had their meeting on Friday, April 11, at Hooe Village Hall. Being near to Easter, every member was presented with a Cadbury chocolate egg. There was a very good turnout of members, together with two guests. The speaker for the afternoon was David Cowley, of Collective Legal Solutions, whose presentation was entitled Tax, Care and Toy Boys. His talk covered the topic of inheritance and the pitfalls associated with not taking professional advice when making a Will. David pointed out the legal minefield that has to be negotiated in order that a person’s wishes are properly executed upon death and not leading to the possibility of lengthy and costly litigation, whereby the beneficiaries are deprived of a high proportion of their legacy. The presentation led to a large number of the members asking questions on points of concern, highlighted in David’s presentation. After tea there was a raffle with a large number of worthwhile prizes. The bring and buy table was very well stocked, which attracted members to open their purses to take advantage of the bargains on offer. The next meeting will take place on Friday, May 9, at 2.30pm, which will be a talk by Olivia Breeze, entitled Memories of my Father (singer Alan Breeze). If you are interested in joining a very friendly group of like-minded ladies, why not go along to the next meeting, you are certain to enjoy the afternoon. For any further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

OPEN DAY: Ninfield Bowls Club are having an Open Day on April 20, from 2pm. Everyone is welcome and the club can lend bowls to anyone wishing to have a go. The only stipulation is that flat shoes must be worn.

HORTICULTURE: Ninfield Horticultural Society are meeting on April 21, at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. This month they welcome back Harry Townshend for his talk on Plant Hunting Around the World.

PLANT SALE: The horticultural society are holding their annual Plant Sale on April 26, from 9am to 11am at the Memorial Hall. In addition to their wide selection of sensibly priced plants, they are offering refreshments this year. Do go along and enjoy your coffee break while choosing your plants.

SCOUTS: Ninfield Scout Group are celebrating 30 years of Scouting in Ninfield. On May 3, at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 2pm to 4pm, they will exhibit some photos from past and present and have some stands to demonstrate what they do within their sections. Free refreshments will be available. You are invited to go along and reminisce as well as meeting some of today’s scouting family.

BARN DANCE: Ninfield Scout Group are holding a Family Barn Dance to celebrate 30 years of their successful Scout group in Ninfield. Some of their dedicated parents have organised this event, to be held on May 3 at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm to 11pm. Tickets cost £3 per adult and £2 per child. There will be a live band, disco and a licensed bar. Please purchase your tickets before the event either from Lorna 893644, Ninfield Post office or from one of the Scout section meetings.

PRAM RACE: It’s not long until Ninfield’s Pram Race on Monday, May 5. It will be held on Manchester Road this year, with the start near the Blacksmith’s car park. Registration for the races begins at 11.30am and the races will get underway at midday. This year’s carnival queen will be crowned at the pram race. The carnival committee are keen to organise a treasure hunt in the village on this day. If you live between the Kings Arms and Standard Hill and would be happy to hide a car (toy or homemade) in your garden, please contact Lorna ASAP so that they can allocate numbers! (893644). The treasure hunt will cost £1 to enter and entry forms can be purchased from the Blacksmith’s car park from 9am on the day. As always, the races have kindly been sponsored by the parish council and a special prize is available for the best fancy dress. The theme of this year’s carnival is Children’s TV.

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, services at 2.30pm.


WANTED: info on a cycling club by the name of Bachelors, or Eastbourne Batchelors, sometime before the First World War, and one of its members, Arthur Winton. Any info of this cycling club and its members. Or any other cycling club around before 1918.also The Eastbourne Rovers Cycling and Athletic Club. Please contact Maureen on 485971 or email

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the Liberal Democrats. All welcome from 10am until noon.

WALK tomorrow, Saturday, A Ship Ahead and a Golf Club. Meet at Golden Galleon car park 10am GR 514993, bus 12a 9.06am from stop J with Irene, Eastbourne Rambling Club, 5 miles. Or for a longer walk, Brisk Pace, The Jevington Triangle, bus 12a from stop J. Walk starts at East Dean village, 9.30am bus with Colin W.

EASTER MONDAY walk with Southdown Strollers. Meet at Eastbourne Pier at 10am.

ON TUESDAY there is a walk, Whitbread Hollow. Meet at 10am, at St Bedes School, top of seafront at with Dorothy, and Southdown Strollers.

ON WEDNESDAY a walk, Linear, No Dragons on St George’s Day, with Graham T. Meet bus 54 at 9.08am Stand H. Walk starts from Whitesmith 10am. Dry lunch. 8.75 miles. Walk to Uckfield, mostly flat. Meet leader on bus.

GARDENERS’ SOCIETY: At the meeting on April 24 there will be a talk about Harry The Wheelbarrow Man given by Harry Townsend. Meet at Polegate Community Centre, 7.30pm in the lounge. More details from Diane 482413.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

GOOD FRIDAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 3pm An Hour at the Cross. St John’s Bodle Street: 10am An Hour at the Cross. St Giles, Dallington: noon Good Friday Vigil. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Communion Service led by Rad Upfield.

EASTER EGG HUNT: Our annual Easter Egg hunt starts at 2pm at Warbleton Parish Church tomorrow, Saturday. Come and find out why Jesus is the Rescuer King and there will be crafts, songs and, of course, chocolate eggs.

WALKS: The history group has two walks planned in the near future with a flower theme. The first one is tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm starting from the car park of Berwick church to view the cowslips on the Downs. The second one is on Wednesday April 30 starting from the car park of Simon Turner/Curtis and Shaw, in Cowbeech at 7pm (time TBC), to view the bluebells.

Warbleton Walkers meets monthly for a walk in the area. The next ones are on May 13 and June 10. For times and venues please contact Judith on 01435 830481. Dogs are welcome.

EASTER SUNDAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Service followed by Communion. 6.30pm Evensong. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Easter service led by Dave Court.

RGWI: The Institute meets at 7.30pm on Thursday at the Dunn Village Hall to hear Dr Mick Lynn talk about the relationship of Bees and Gardening. There is a market stall each meeting with 10 percent of the takings going to WI funds. For details or help with transport contact Sharon on 01435 812388 or Marion on 831653.

BAND JUMBLE: Warbleton Brass Band will hold a jumble sale at 2pm Saturday April 26 at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, in aid of band funds. Their spring concert will be at 2pm on May 4 also at the village hall. Come along to this annual event and enjoy a variety of popular music. Tea and cakes available. Admission free but there will be a collection on your way out. Please come and support your local band. The band has a wide repertoire of music from pop to classical via traditional band music. Beginners are welcome to the training band and more experienced players to the main practice nights (Fridays). For more information or to let us know you’re coming along please call Cath on 01435 813359. To see more about the band visit their website.

HISTORY GROUP: We held our AGM on Monday. Chairman, Bryan Whitton, welcomed members and our president, Graham Reeve. In his report, Bryan thanked two long serving members of the Group, John and Betty Martin for their many years of service as treasurer and catering organiser, respectively, from which roles they were standing down. They were presented with a bouquet and a card in token of our appreciation. Bryan was re-elected as chairman and Jonathan Austin as vice-chairman and secretary. Ray Whitehead is the new treasurer, and Annette Spratley joins the committee to help with the library. Rita Hobden was thanked for her work in getting our library and research resources into order, from which role she has stepped down. The committee members in addition to those mentioned are Maggie Lambert Gorwyn (bookings sec), John Hobden (walks), Rita Hobden, Colin Rose, Mike and Gill Squires (outings) and Nannette Burton (library). A successful year of talks and walks was reported on and also our outing to Polesden Lacey. Our next meeting is on Monday 12th May with Kevin Gordon and An A-Z of Sussex Churches.

DUNN VILLAGE HALL: The recent Cheese and Wine party was a great success, raising nearly £100 for hall funds. Many thanks to all who so generously supported this event. Another film event will be held in the autumn and there are plans for an art event in September.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE PARISH of St Andrew Jevington is part of the United Benefice of East Dean with Friston and Jevington. The rector is the Rev David Baker. During the week leading up to Easter the services are as follows: On Good Friday there is a children’s workshop alongside a short service for all at East Dean Church at 10am. An hour at the cross meditative services will be held at Jevington Church at 11am; at Friston at 12.30pm and at East Dean at 2pm. On Easter Saturday there will be a Service of Light at 7pm at Friston Church. On Easter Sunday a Communion Service will be held at 8am at Friston; at 9.30am Parish Communion is at East Dean Church and at 11am an Easter celebration with communion will be held at East Dean Church followed by a children’s Easter egg hunt. At 11.15am Parish Communion will be held at Jevington Church.

KEVIN PALLISTER will be performing a mix of contemporary and classic covers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

EASTER DRAW: Tickets can be purchased at the Red Lion for the Eastbourne Lions Club annual draw at £1 a go. Ring 0845 833 2705 for further information or visit .

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be opening to the public for the new season on Easter Day, Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. If you would like to be a cashier or guide, I am sure you would be very welcome and would receive training. Please contact Pat or Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK: The annual sponsored Easter walk on Monday, starting between 9.30am and 10am, is in aid of Family Support Work. The walk takes a circular route and is approximately seven miles in all. It starts and finishes at the Memorial Hall on the Tye in Alfriston, with a refreshment stop at Wilmington. If you would like to walk, be a marshal or sponsor a walker please contact Sue on 01323 423410.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding an amenities meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 for further information.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Willingdon Residents’ Association will be having their AGM at 7.30pm on Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. Wannock resident Jill Parker will be giving an update on the JPK Sussex Project and there will also be a member of Wealden District Council present who will be giving a talk on waste management in Wealden and answering any questions that residents may have. There will also be a local police presence to give update information.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Jevington Road and Glen Close at 11am on Wednesday and at Tower Mill Mews at 2pm on Thursday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

ROUND FOUR of the Sunrise Great British Bake Off will be taking place at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper Kings Drive on Thursday and you are welcome to go along to enjoy light refreshments in return for making a small donation to The Eastbourne Talking Newspapers. For further information and the time of the event, please ring 01323 525000.

SPRING QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association’s spring quiz will be held on Friday April 25 at 7.30pm at Trinity Church Hall. Teams may consist of up to six people. A ploughman’s supper and free raffle will be provided. The quiz master is Steve White. Tickets are £7 each and can be obtained from Linda Francis on 01323 485885.

A TOMBOLA and table sale will be held at the Charles Hunt Centre, Hailsham, from 9.30am to 1pm on Saturday April 26. It is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project and is being run by Leonie Turner and Margaret and Mavis Langford Noakes. Do go along and buy some of Leonie’s delicious home-made jams and chutneys and support a good cause at the same time.

FRIENDS of Willingdon Community School invite you to a Ramble across the Downs. You can join The Friends for an invigorating free guided walk in the countryside starting from the school in Broad Road at 10am on Saturday April 26 taking in views of Jevington, Wilmington, including The Long Man, Alfriston, with a stop off for lunch and refreshments before returning to the school on a lower route. Everyone is welcome but places must be booked in advance via

MESSY CHURCH: This is a new form of Christian education for the young at St Mary’s. Parishioners who may be interested are asked to attend a training morning in the church hall on Saturday April 26. Please contact Sue on 01323 423410 for further information.

ABLAZE the youth group for the 14 plus age group meets at St Mary’s Church Hall on alternate Sundays from 6pm to 7.30pm and as well as fun activities in the hall, there are often trips out to the theatre, cinema and restaurants. Bowling and Laser Quest is planned for April 27 at the David Lloyd Club. For further information please contact Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528.

A FASHION SHOW will be held at Edgmond in Old Town in aid of the JPK Sussex Project at 2pm on Sunday April 27. Fashions include mother of the bride outfits, clothes for the groom, other special occasions, and leisure wear and much more. Tickets are £5 to include a drink on arrival and a cream tea. Contact JPK Project co-ordinator Jill Parker on 01323 486179 for tickets.

APCM: St Mary’s Church Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Monday April 28. The vestry meeting will be held first at 7.15pm and this will immediately be followed by the main meeting in the church hall at which everyone is welcome to attend.