Parish pump Hailsham - April 24, 2015


HISTORY IN THE GARDEN: Last week I wrote about the Historical Society AGM meeting but between my computer and the printing press Historical became Horticultural. I am writing this on Monday 20 before the meeting so cannot report whether or not the gardeners or the historians turned up. Fortunately we are a small village and word of mouth probably has sorted out the confusion.

A DOWSING WORKSHOP, led by Trevor Castleton, will be held at The Old Chapel Centre on April 29 at 10.30am to 12.30pm. Tickets cost £10, payable on the day. Trevor is an experienced dowser who received very positive feedback from his talk at the recently held Skills Cafe. The workshop will cover a brief history of dowsing and its uses followed by an interactive tutorial on learning to dowse. Bring your own dowsing tools or create a simple pendulum by tying a length of string to a finger ring. It is necessary to book in advance as places are limited. To reserve a place telephone Susan Casbon 01323 871841 or email

A SPRING TEA AND BAZAAR will be held by the WI from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the War Memorial Hall on the afternoon of Saturday May 2. There will be stalls selling books and plants and of course, homemade cakes. There will also be a tombola and raffle and other attractions.

A CRAFT GARDEN PARTY will be hosted by Much Ado Books on May 3 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Crafters and creatives will be familiar with Flow Magazine, the Dutch publication that focuses on incorporating creativity into daily life, now Much Ado Books is hosting the first ever afternoon craft event centred on this quarterly magazine. Guests will have projects available to make during the party and will take home goody bags to continue at home and some tempting refreshments will also be served. Tickets, available only in advance from Much Ado Books or on line at, cost £20 and include a copy of Flow Issue No 9.

ANOTHER DATE for May; Alfriston will be holding a Farmers’ Market on Sunday May 17 from 10am to 2pm further details may be found on the village website at

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: The film showing tonight is Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus, and is set during the NUM miners’ strike in 1984. Doors open at 7pm for coffee and cake and the film starts at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome at the door, at £6 per head.

G & S EVENING: Tomorrow evening there is a showing, in the village hall, of The Pirates of Penzance performed by Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House in August 2006. To book tickets, which include a two-course meal, contact Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Common Worship with Holy Communion.

PARISH COUNCIL: There were only ten candidates for the 11 spaces on the parish council, so there will not be an election this time. It was reported at the Annual Parish Meeting that £15,536 of the £20,000 needed for the extension to the village hall at Bodle Street had been raised, and attention drawn to the G & S evening, see above. For the rest of the meeting please see the Warbleton section.


ANZAC GALLIPOLI SERVICE: This year marks the centenary of the landings of British, Australian and New Zealand Forces at Gallipoli in Turkey on April 25. To observe the human cost to those young men of the British (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) 29th Division Forces and the ANZAC Forces that gave their lives for a world free of tyranny, Hailsham and District Royal British Legion is holding a service at the Hailsham War Memorial on Sunday at 10.45am. Prior to the service at 10.30am there is a parade of Veterans and local organisations, which will be led by the 1066 Pipes and Drums Marching Band from the car park adjacent to the Charles Hunt Centre, to the War Memorial. Local civic dignitaries and local organisations have been invited to attend. Members of the public are cordially invited to join the parade and also the service at the Hailsham War Memorial.

CRICKET CLUB: The club celebrated a superbly successful NatWest Cricket Force on Saturday April 11. With a long list of jobs to do at the beginning of the day, the club was hopeful of completing them all throughout the day with the help of club members. The weather had other ideas and until 11.30am was extremely miserable, wet and windy which meant that painting and groundwork had to be postponed. Around midday the sun came out and Cricket Force 2015 kicked off. The whole pavilion fence and garden area were painted, cleaned and tidied by a determined group of members. The score box was painted, repaired and is ready for the first home game on April 25. The cricket square was cut, spiked and rolled for eight hours, also the artificial was brought back to life with some intense cleaning and edging. As usual this would not have been possible without the amazing support and work of members, the club is now ready to attack the 2015 season, with the first pre-season friendly away at Laughton. For more details about the club please contact Rob Wilkinson 07980146841

VINTAGE TRACTOR RUN: This Sunday from 9.30am. Many old tractors on show and taking to the road at around 11am from Hailsham Cattle Market, down Market Street, across the Pevensey levels to Herstmonceux and back again. The market café will be open early for pre event breakfasts and traditional fayre throughout the day where there will also be a raffle.

ST MARY’S: This is the fourth Sunday of Easter. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Partners United. Evening Prayer at Emmanuel. 6.30pm Holy Communion, Better than Heaven.

BOWLING CLUB: Hailsham Bowling Club, behind Freedom Leisure, is holding their Open Day tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. Bowls provided. Please wear flat soled shoes or trainers. The green is located behind the Freedom Leisure. For more information visit or ring Tom 849810 or Kathy 840595.

CHRISTCHURCH: The preacher at ChristChurch on Sunday will be David Devenish at the Ropemaker Centre, Ropemaker Park starting at 10am. The church provides a crèche plus groups for children and teenagers. Coffee and tea are served afterwards. All welcome.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING at Primrose Hall at 7.30pm to 9pm this evening, Friday, with Robin Hodson. On Sunday there is a Corinthian Church Service at 11am followed by refreshments also at Primrose Hall. The medium is Dorothy Young. Healing is always available.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday the two walks are the Cowbeech circular of 4.5 miles which is flat with Gill 849741 and Jo 842193. The shorter walk is with Nobby 440624 and is along Bexhill seafront and parks. If you would like to go along on either walk, please give the walk leader a ring for the details.

TABLE TOP SALE: Book your table now for this event at Grovelands School on Saturday May 9 from 2 to 4pm. Free entry, crafts, pampering, stalls, tombola, clothes, books, café, free parking. To book, call Charlotte on 07841 397457 or email

OVER 50s: This Tuesday includes chair-based exercise. Keep healthy and in good shape by joining the Healthy Living Club. Exercise, make new friends, try new activities and have fun. £1 a session. Refreshments at the Methodist Church Hall from 10am to noon.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week’s lecture was by Ian Wright ARPS entitled The Documentary Project From Planning To Prints. Ian was accompanied by his wife Kitty Wright ARPS who assisted with displaying his work. Both are widely travelled and organise many tutorials and workshops, and until recently, also ran a wedding photography business. The evening began with a set of ten brightly coloured images taken in Skegness on Easter Monday. It was very cold and sunny with typically seaside scenes but with only a few people about. Then a set of minimalist seascapes taken at Camber Sands and St Ives with only one or two people in each shot and plenty of sand, sea and sky. Next a set of portraits in monochrome, mostly taken in India, Cuba and Nepal. Ian said it is a good subject if the person is looking at you in an interesting way, just like his stunning picture of an 11 year old girl dressed in national costume with beautiful intense eyes. All photographs were displayed for members to enjoy during the tea break. Next a set of ten colour images taken with a long lens in Cuba, of a tenement block. Each picture was of a window, some had been personalised with blinds and curtains, and some had people looking out as if imprisoned. On a group trip to the Amazon, and walking back to the boat, Ian noticed some fallen leaves decaying on a stony beach. He took a series of photographs, and processed the images by desaturating them almost to monochrome. They made a really unusual panel. It was a very enjoyable evening as Ian presented several different styles of photography.

SPORTS PARK: Hailsham Sports Alliance aims to secure land and funding for a new multipurpose sports park to meet the needs of Hailsham’s increasing population. There is a problem with the lack of indoor and outdoor sports facilities in the town. Hailsham used to be a leader in providing sporting facilities and back in the 1870s we had more sports area (by population) than is currently the recommended minimum. We are very short of adequate sports facilities to cater for the current population of Hailsham and Hellingly so a multi-purpose sports park which includes a floodlit artificial turf pitch as well as ancillary provision such as changing rooms, showers, toilets and function space is a priority. Despite being the largest town in Wealden it has some of the least adequate sports field facilities for its size in the country. In order to pursue these needs and to make this project a reality, a campaign has been launched which aims to prove to those with influence and the means to secure such a project that the Hailsham people are behind it. Therefore please pick up a paper petition from the Town Council offices, or visit and follow the link to the online petition at There are also car bumper stickers available so you can show your support. Enquiries to Steve Wennington on 07980 643827.

DEMELZA: On April 30 and May 1 Demelza Friends will be running the Cafe and the Entrance Gate the Bluebell Walk at Bates Farm, Arlington. Demelza Friends are always looking for more members and always aim to put the fun into fundraising, as they always enjoy what they are doing. To become a Friend of Demelza it does not cost anything, and can provide you with some fun events to get involved in, new friends and at the same time give the group some extra pairs of hands. To get involved or find out more call Pam on 844020.

HAILSHAM THEATRES: At its AGM recently it was announced that the raffle at this year’s Wizard of Oz pantomime raised £289.42 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

QUIZ NIGHT: Environment Hailsham (formerly Hailsham in Bloom) would love to see you at their fundraising event tomorrow, Saturday, at Summerheath Hall. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Bring your drinks and refreshments. Entry £5 per head.

FLOWER CLUB QUIZ: Also tomorrow, Saturday, at Grovelands School, Hailsham Flower Club is offering a ploughmans, tea and cake and a raffle for your £10 entry. This year the club is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will be celebrating by leaving flower arrangements in local places of interest around the town. There will also be lovely bouquets for people to pick up, these may be on benches for example and are for people to enjoy.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

SUNDAY SERVICES: 8am Holy Communion at Hellingly. Regular Services: Sundays 8am Holy Communion Hellingly, 9.15am Holy Communion Upper Dicker, 10.45am Holy Communion Hellingly. (Fourth Sunday 10.45am Family Service Hellingly).

ANNUAL Parochial Church Meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Upper Dicker.

RIGHTS OF WAY: Mike Sherry is the team leader for East Sussex County Council Rights of Way team Hellingly Group 07886 854375. He says: How encouraging it is to feel, once again, the warmth of the early spring sun on the face, and to see colourful life bursting out of the ground. All of this means that our footpaths and bridleways will yet again require attention, to ensure that everything is well for all who choose to use them. To that end, the team and I are out checking that stiles, gates, bridges and signs are all as they should be, and that any winter growth or storm damage is cut back and cleared where necessary. I trust our previous efforts have proved beneficial to all, and please rest assured that should anyone come across a problem on any official ESCC path, or indeed the Cuckoo Trail, if reported, it will be rectified as soon as possible. The website ‘Fix My Street’, is easily accessible for reporting, or if notified personally I will (along with my co-organiser Chris Hayes), arrange for the team to evaluate and, hopefully, deal with the issue concerned. Finally, my thanks go to Chris, Lee, David, Susan, Helen and Rebecca who give their time free to help keep our beautiful parish and the surrounding areas pristine. Enjoy.

HELLINGLY PC: The PC met in February. Discussions concerned the forthcoming Mission Day to be held at Barcombe Church, looking at the way forward for the church and how to achieve this objective. Also the progress of the two plaques being made, the first one for the memorial seat for Hellingly Patients and the second in memory of Marion Nicholls. Both are now nearing completion. Concerning the refurbishment of the aumbry: waiting on church architect regarding possible alternative scheme for the Remembrance Garden. There is a necessity of overhauling the sound system. Easter Services and the increasing number of members of the congregation signing up to the PGS (Parish Giving Scheme).

PARISH COUNCIL: Hellingly (from the draft minutes): Two members of the public were present. The council were asked if those standing for election to the council would be advertised. It was noted that a Statement of Persons Nominated would be placed on Wealden District Council’s website by 4pm on Friday April 10. It would also go on the parish noticeboards once received. Concern was expressed at the increase in council tax especially as there was no Government cap on parish councils. It was noted that it was hoped this would be the last increase for a while.The cricket club would like to invite a Sussex cricketer to open the cricket pitch and pavilion, but this would not be until both had been in use for a while. To date 12 organisations had agreed to attend the annual parish meeting on May 14. New signs should be purchased to advertise the annual parish meeting. Further estimates should be obtained for the removal of the Corsican pine tree. Once this information had been received a decision would be made as to whether to keep the tree or remove it. Regarding a dog bin for Mansers Lane, an email providing information about ownership of the lane had been received from one of the residents. The residents did not own the lane but maintained it so felt they had certain rights. The council has land which fronts onto the verge and as such had the right to place the bin in the lane. In future they would consult all those affected.

BLUEBELL WALK: Last Friday reports were that white wood anemones still predominate, but day by day more bluebells are appearing so soon there will be a carpet of blue and white all over the Wood. The next update is due today and you can find this on the website. Charities you will be helping by visiting the walk this week are the Rotary Club of Seaford today, Friday, Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be taking over the refreshments and running of the walk tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Headway the Brain Injury Charity on Tuesday and Wednesday and Demelza Hospice Care for Children on Thursday and Friday. The 43rd Arlington Bluebell Walk at Bates Green Farm, 10am to 5pm daily.

ARLINGTON ART GROUP: On Wednesday at Art in Arlington there is a tutored session at Pickhams, £6. Book in advance. 2pm to 4pm and on Thursday there is the Arlington Art Group Regular art session. £5/£2.50 AAG members. 7pm to 9pm. Annual membership is £10 and meeting fees are £5 for visitors/ £2.50 for members which includes insurance, discounts on materials and discounts on fees for group events. To join or renew email Call 01323 485153. Deadline for applications for artists and venues wishing to take part in this year’s festival art trail from September 12 to 20 is June 1. Apply online via

DOG SHOW: In aid of Sussex Pet Rescue on Sunday May 3 at Dicker Village Hall. Car park £1. Entries from 11am at £1.20 per class. Hot and cold food, tea and coffee or hot chocolate and soft drinks. Lots of stalls including pet related items, books, jewellery and crafts.

GARDEN TOUR: There is a 90 minute tour exploring the seven acres of historic gardens at Michelham Priory with the head gardener, James Neal. Price includes entrance to the house and grounds, tour and soup and fresh bread roll in the café. Tour starts at 11am to 12.30pm. £15 for non-members. £10 for Sussex Archaeological Society Members and Friends of Michelham Priory. Numbers are limited so please book in advance. To book call 01323 844224.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

ALL SAINTS: The Service on Sunday is at 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and at 6pm there is a Celtic Service.

WARTLING: The Service on Sunday at St Mary Magdalene is 9.45am Matins.

WALKING GROUP: On Tuesday meet at The Plough, Upper Dicker at 6.30pm for a Bluebell walk with drinks in the pub after. If you would like to go along, ring Helen on 845684 for details.

VITALITY VILLAGE DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a free village information day between 10am and noon where you can find out about local clubs, societies and activities for all ages. There are shops, post offices, a wide range of businesses, new health centre, pharmacy, school, large village hall, fire station, recreation grounds, village green and public houses. It is proposed to connect and advertise all these fantastic opportunities for the community and the surrounding areas and to allow as many groups and organisations as possible to showcase their activities. The Information Day is supported and funded by Action in Rural Sussex. There will be stalls about dancing, walking, sports, nutrition, healthy eating, sports clubs, yoga, tai chi, Extend, choirs, mother and babies, pre-school, youth groups, lunch club, bingo and lots more based at Herstmonceux Village Hall and Herstmonceux Integrated Health Centre and taster sessions will be held for yoga, Extend and tai chi. The Smoothie bike will be there and you can make your own smoothie! For more information phone Bea Simmons at Herstmonceux Integrated Health Centre on 01323 833535.

SCOUTS: Members of the Herstmonceux Scouts Executive Committee attend a workshop with other Executives from around the District tomorrow, Saturday. This assisted in confirming the Group’s commitment to running an efficient and effective group for the enjoyment of youngsters who take part in the activities available presented to a very active and successful group. If you would like to join or become a part of the movement then come along to the Vitality Village information day tomorrow and find out how you can join.


GRAND JUMBLE SALE on Saturday May 9 in Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble wanted. For more information please ring 01323 811385.

Ninfield & Hooe

PLANT SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, Ninfield Horticultural Society hold their Annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning from 9am to 11am in the Memorial Hall. This is the time to buy from their excellent selection of locally grown plants. They are combining the sale with a coffee morning so please go along and meet your friends. Enjoy homemade cakes and coffee while making your garden purchases.

MESSY CHURCH: The next Messy Church at Ninfield Methodist will be on Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm (straight after school). All young people ages four to 11 years are very welcome and must be accompanied by their parent, or carer. The theme will be All Things Bright and Beautiful with all the activities being run by the Ninfield Flower Group. The afternoon ends with a meal for everyone.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders will be meeting on Wednesday, May 6 at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm. Contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting will take place on Friday, May 8 at 2.30pm which will be a talk from Barry Wilkinson entitled It’s Me Again (Reminiscings from the past). Visitors are always welcome. For information about Hooe Open Group call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail:- or

FLOWER GROUP: On Monday May 11 in the Memorial Hall, Ninfield Flower Group welcome Janice Mason with her demonstration entitled Seasons Bounty. Non members are welcome at a charge of £4, to include refreshments. All flowers demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding any of their events, please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 11am Combined Valedictory Service for Revd Simon Earl. St Oswald’s Hooe, no service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm, Easter series with Revd Ian Pruden.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Stud Farm Allotments. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Spring has Sprung, 4 miles with Diana W. Meet at Co-op Albert Parade, at 10 am. Frequent buses from Eastbourne, 1 and 1A. Hilly leader offers refreshments after walk. Or, a longer walk at a brisk pace Beyond Exceat, 9 miles with Doris and Gavin. Meet at Martello Tower, Seaford at 9.30am GR 484984. On Sunday, Home For Tea, 9 miles with John and Marion. Meet bus No 1A 9.23am from Terminus Road stand K to Green Street, Bromfield Street. Walk starts from Dillingburgh Road at 9.45am GR 591996. Tea at leader’s house afterwards. On Wednesday, Hills after Lunch, 11 miles, drop out at 5 miles, with Clare K. Meet bus 12A, at 9.53am Terminus Road to Southdowns Way, bus stop where walk starts at 10am GR 584985

THOMAS THE TANK Engine is visiting Spa Valley Railway this weekend. To book your tickets contact the railway at or telephone 01892 537715.

POLEGATE PLODDERS: For info on this newly formed running/jogging group please contact Brian Winn on 07765216990 or email

OPEN DAY at Polegate Community Centre onMay 2 from 10am to 4pm. Come and see our various activities.

PARTY PIECE is being performed by Polegate Community Association Drama Group on Wednesday to Saturday, May 6 to 8. A hilarious comedy by Richard Harris. Tickets at £10 for adults and £6 for children and students. Held at Polegate Community Centre, Windsor Way, Polegate. Tickets available from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street, Polegate. Telephone 483348 or online at

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

FATAL ENCOUNTER: Members of the Village Players can obtain their tickets in person on Saturday morning at the Dunn Village Hall from 11am to noon. They will be available to the public, via the VP website from Monday, remember to include Rushlake Green when searching for it. The play, by Francis Durbridge is being performed from May 13 to 16. Plans are well advanced for our Victorian Christmas evening on November 28 and we will be putting on Cinderella The Pantomime from 3 to 6 February 2016.

HISTORY GROUP: We have two walks organised in the next few weeks. The first is our annual (24th) Cowslip walk starting from the Berwick Church car park at 2pm tomorrow Saturday. The second is also flower related and is a Bluebell walk on Wednesday meeting at the Simon Turner forecourt (by kind permission) in Cowbeech at 7pm. Our next meeting is on May 11 at 7.30pm for 8pm, when Ken Brooks will relate to us the history of the America Ground at Hastings.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. The APCM was held on Monday evening. Jennifer Gill and Jonathan Austin were re-elected as churchwardens. Vivian Bowern and David Cleverley continue as Deanery Synod representatives. Jane Atherden, Andrew Russell (treasurer), Shirley Austin, Tony Welford, Barbara Cooke, Meryl Clark and Judith Hemsley (secretary) were elected to the PCC. Caroline Thompson stood down from the PCC this year and was thanked for her service. St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Common Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services led by Leslie Message of the Belgian Evangelical Mission.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band Spring Concert, with refreshments served, is on Sunday at 2pm in the Dunn Village Hall. There is no entry fee, just a retiring collection. A good opportunity to enjoy splendid music in a relaxed atmosphere.

HUSTINGS: The churches in Heathfield are putting on an election hustings meeting at St Richards Church, Heathfield at 7pm on Sunday. All are welcome and at least five candidates for the Bexhill and Battle constituency will be present to answer questions from the audience.

POST OFFICE: Technical problems meant the opening of the Post Office at The Stores was delayed by 24 hours until Saturday morning, but I am pleased to report it is now open. The official opening by the vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Sara Stoner, will have taken place yesterday, and I will report on that next week.

PARISH COUNCIL: There were only ten candidates for the 11 spaces on the parish council, so there will not be an election this time. Cllrs David Turton and Peter Holland stood down this year and were thanked for all their hard work over the past four years, at the Annual Parish Meeting last week, as was Cllr Nigel McKeeman, one of our district councillors, who is also not seeking re-election. Nigel has been the driving force behind getting defibrillators installed in the villages in his ward, and elsewhere. The ones at Bodle Street and Rushlake Green are well on the way to being installed, and plans for ones at Three Cups and Punnetts Town are at the planning and fund raising stage. He thanked the ‘angels’ who have made donations to the project, and to the parish council for its contribution of £1,000. Cllr Chris Wells reported that Warbleton Charity distributed 47 hampers at Christmas and gave a grant to a law student, to help with their studies. Lionel Daw has stood down from the committee and Cllr David Powell and Barry Leeves have joined it. Cllr Turton reported that village hall bookings were up, and the committee had a new treasurer, Nick Morgan. The precept (the council’s part of the council tax) will rise by just under two per cent, to compensate for the reduction of grant from the government. Careful fiscal management has allowed the rolling restoration programme of the finger posts and the grant towards the de-fibs. Thanks were expressed to those landowners who have accepted their responsibility to cut back their roadside hedges. Those who haven’t will be more vigorously pursued by the Highways Dept of ESCC. Chris Wells was thanked for his work on this and also in getting action on the two areas subject to flooding a couple of months back. The planning committee had 32 applications to consider last year and supported 28 of them. Duties prevented anyone from Sussex Police attending but Cllr Simmonds said that Heathfield Police station would continue to be operational.

TELEPHONES: You may have noticed cabling work going on along the telephone pole routes. I gather this is to provide copper wiring, to replace the aluminium cables that are at present serving our properties. This is in preparation for the super-fast broadband.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

POLEGATE WINDMILL is now open to the public for the summer season from 2pm to 5pm each Sunday unless otherwise stated when there may be special events taking place, like National Mills’ Day on May 10, music day, the summer fete and activities for children on the Wednesdays during August. For group bookings outside the normal opening hours please ring John Watts on 01323 487697.

LMMM: The Long Man Morris Men have spent the winter months practicing their steps at St Mary’s Church Hall on Friday evenings. Today will be their last practice until September 25. The dancing out season officially starts on May Day (May 1) when the Morris Men will be dancing at the foot of the Long Man of Wilmington at 5.30am so if you are an early riser, do go along and support them. To find out more about the LMMM or to check their programme for the coming year, please visit their excellent website.

QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association is organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm today, Friday, in Trinity Church Hall. The cost is £7 per person to include supper and a free raffle. There can be up to six people in a team. Tickets are likely to have been sold out by now but you could try ringing Richard Nunney on 01323 501238 to check if there have been any cancellations.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be holding their next monthly meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall. The demonstration will be by Brian Smith in watercolour entitled Street Scene With People. New members are welcome at £16 per annum and visitors are also welcome at £4 on the night which includes refreshments. Contact details are at .

QUIZ EVENING: There will be a quiz evening at the RAFA Club in Wish Road, Eastbourne, at 7pm for 7.30pm today, Friday. Admission is £6 per person to include refreshments. There will also be a raffle. The quiz evening is in aid of Cancer Research UK.

JUSTINE will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

STONE JUNCTION with their transatlantic folk, Celtic, American and original music will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE JEVINGTON HOT CLUB, with their gypsy jazz, entertains customers at the Eight Bells in Jevington every Monday evening from 7pm to 9pm. Tuesday is quiz night from 8.30pm. It’s best to book. Ring 01323 484442.

SMALL BIKE RIDE: Billy and Wezley, young supporters of the JPK Project which aims to provide a residential centre with care for people with a learning disability, will be undertaking a sponsored cycle from Brighton to Eastbourne tomorrow, Saturday. Several years ago they took part in a sponsored run for the charity over the same route, but this time they will be peddling small bikes which will be quite a challenge. Donations can be made via

SALE OF NOTELETS: Willingdon resident Patrick Parker has commenced making pen and ink drawing notelets of individuals’ houses. These have become extremely popular. It all started when he made notelets for gifts at Christmas. Word soon spread and he has received commissions from various sources, especially from people moving house as ‘new address’ communications. He sells boxed notelets on request and all the proceeds are donated to the JPK Project. Contact Patrick on 01323 725479.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information.

APCM: St Mary’s Church annual parochial church meeting is at 7.15pm on Monday in the church hall. Five members will need to be elected to serve on the PCC for three years.

MESSY CHURCH: The first messy church afternoon in St Mary’s Church Hall will be held from 3pm to 5.30pm on Saturday May 2 and everyone is most welcome. This is mainly aimed at young children and their families or carers but to find out more or to enquire about possibly volunteering please ring Fr Kevin Agnew or Kate Agnew on 01323 502079.

CONTACT CARE is a small local charity run by Churches Together in Polegate, Willingdon and Jevington. Volunteers offer clients transport to medical appointments etc and assisted shopping. Volunteers are vetted and clients are registered with Contact Care. For information ring 07900 823138 between 9.30am and 12.30pm on week day mornings.

ROTARY: The Eastbourne Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM is an organisation made up of individuals and couples from all walks of life the aim of which is to support local charities and good causes. The members also have a lot of fun and enjoyment. The breakfast meeting is at 7.15am at Chalk Farm Hotel. For further information check out their website.