Parish Pump Hailsham - April 26, 2013

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WI NEWS: Wendy Day writes: At the April meeting Jill Rutherford gave a very interesting and entertaining talk about Japanese culture ranging from the days of the Shogun and Samurai to the present day. It was particularly interesting to hear about the lives of Japanese women who, for decades, were only expected to marry and produce (preferably male) heirs. Now they are allowed to follow careers and choose their own lifestyle. Mrs Rutherford’s talk was illustrated by colourful slides of national costumes and festivals. The Alfriston WI Spring Bazaar will be held on May 4 at the War Memorial Hall starting at 2.30pm. There will be plants, books, cakes and produce for sale; a chocolate tombola and a raffle. Refreshments will be available. All are welcome.

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FILM CLUB: Waste Land is a documentary about the people around and on the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. It follows the journey of artist Vik Muniz.Guest tickets can be reserved at Doors open at 7pm, tonight, Friday, for drinks and cake, with the film starting at 7.30pm.

CONCERT: A reminder that if you intend to go to the folk concert in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, night, you need to get your tickets in advance from the White Horse Inn or The Stores at Rushlake Green. No tickets at the door. CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

PARISH COUNCIL: Please see the Warbleton section for a report on the annual meeting.


HOPS FARMERS’ MARKET: Until May 19 Hailsham Old Pavilion Society are running the stall at the Bluebell Trail at Bates Green Farm, Arlington. You can now visit the tearoom and stalls separately from going on the Bluebell Trail. Open daily from 10am to 5pm except Mondays (not including Bank Holidays).

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service starting at 11am until noon at Primrose Hall. The medium on this occasion will be Rev Tim Collier. The medium for the Clairvoyant Evening this evening, Friday, is Robin Hodson from 7.30pm to 9pm at Primrose Hall. There will be private 1-2-1 readings tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. For details visit or call Theresa on (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582.

ST MARY’S: Sunday is the Fifth Sunday of Easter. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Too bad for God, 2.45pm Evening Prayer at Emmanuel (Hawkswood) and 6.30pm Holy Communion at St Mary’s, The Sufficient Word for every trial.

THE BOWLING CLUB has its open day tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. Go along and have a go behind Freedom Leisure Centre. Access from the bottom long term car park. Flat shoes or trainers please. Enquiries call Tom (01323) 849810 or Kathy (01323) 840595 or visit

QUIZ NIGHT: Hailsham and District Flower Club are hosting this event tomorrow, Saturday, at Grovelands School. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Teams of up to six. Entry £9 includes a ploughman’s supper and coffee/tea. Tickets available from Margery Luffingham 01323 845500.

FASHION SHOW: Demelza are hosting a fashion show with afternoon tea on Sunday at Summerheath Hall, from 2.30pm to 5pm. There will be new and nearly new clothes on sale and accessories. Tea/coffee and cakes and other items for sale including home accessories. Entry £2.50 includes hot drink and cake. All proceeds go to Demelza Hospice care for children.

KNITTING GROUP: It is appropriate that the next meeting is at the end of the month as this has been a knitting for charity month. If you have been knitting for charity come and join the Knit’Inn Night Big Reveal on Tuesday April 30 at The King’s Head, at 7.30pm. Each knitter at the last meeting had decided which good cause they were knitting for. So at this meeting members will reveal the results of their labours to each other. Having a deadline casts the mind back to school projects, and there are so many ways of tackling the problem. Start with enthusiasm which dwindles as time passes, work steadily to the end, or prevaricate until it can no longer be put off and then work like the clappers. I wonder whether each of the methods will be represented and by whom? Phone Su (07591 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447) to find out more.

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FARNE CLOSE: The local PCSOs are holding a Street Meeting at Farne Close this evening, Friday, from 6pm to 6.30pm to address any issues and problems that you, the local residents of this area, may be experiencing. This meeting will be attended by both officers and hopefully local councillors, is an informal meeting and a chance for you to raise any concerns that you may have directly with the people who can do something to help.

QUIZ NIGHT: If you like quizzing the last held at Dicker village hall was packed to the rafters and was great fun. Go along tomorrow, Saturday for 7.30pm start at Dicker Hall. Tickets are adults £6, children (under 12 years) £3. Includes supper with dessert and tea or coffee to follow. Please contact Liz 841451 or Herbie 844522 for further information and to book a place for catering purposes.

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.

MEDIEVAL GALLERY: Michelham Priory is excited to be opening a new interactive medieval gallery on April 30 in the imposing 14th century gatehouse building. The activities within the gatehouse will reflect aspects of medieval life, helping to tell the story of the Priory, built in 1229 and which remained a religious house until the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. Open in time for the Ancient Crafts Festival, being held on May 5 and 6, this new gallery will be a great addition to that event and to the museum as a whole, giving visitors the opportunity to get hands-on while learning about some of the techniques and skills used in building and crafts from medieval times. The fact that it is housed within a building dating from the period and all the furniture has been made using medieval processes, just adds to the authenticity and helps to tell the story of Michelham Priory. It is part of an on-going process of improvements to the Priory developed jointly with the East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership, funding from the Friends of Michelham Priory and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Work continues outside on the moat and grounds, and the Dovecote shop is being refurbished.


SOCIETY: The Projected Digital Images Final was judged by Martin Faiers. The results for the beginners Swallow Cup: 1, Through The Gap by Sam Daws; 2, Solitude by Dee McNabb; 3, Waterfall by Sam Daws. Highly Commended was awarded to Brian Gell for Red Crested Pochard. Intermediate Sussex Sheild: 1, Organ Pipes by Colin Chrismas LRPS; 2, Goggles by Janet Monk ARPS; 3, Chess by Wendy Chrismas. Highly Commended was awarded to Wendy Chrismas for The Mill. Advanced Arthur Hillman Cup: 1, Coral Dawn by Janice Payne LRPS; 2, Me Taking A Photo of Beach Bubbles by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS; 3, Against the Wind by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS. Highly Commended was awarded to Terry McGhie ARPS for Elephant Leaving the River. A Celebration of Life will be held for Alan Spencer from 2pm onwards on Saturday May 4 at Wellshurst Golf and Country Club, North Street.

NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing. Cheques were presented recently to Hellingly Seeone Scouts and Hailsham 1st Guides for £250 from the Police Property Act Fund and will go towards equipment for their future camping trips and will benefit many children to come. If you are part of an organisation and could do with some extra funding towards a trip or equipment of any kind please get in touch with your local PCSO. You can also go to the following web-site for more information:

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TWINNING: Herstmonceux has been twinned with Varengeville sur mer, a Normandy village five miles from Dieppe, for over 20 years. Families from both villages enjoy regular meetings with group exchange visits taking place in each village on alternate years over a weekend in September. Events in Normandy this year include: June 15 and 16, Armada of tall ships in Rouen; June 22 to 25, conclusion of the Solitaire du Figaro single handed yacht race with the arrival of yachts in Dieppe; June 29, a music festival in Varengeville. December 1, Christmas Market in Varengeville. Members of the twinning association attend the market and sell homemade jams and chutneys. In September we are hosting the Varengeville families and a social event at Herstmonceux Castle has been arranged for the Saturday evening. Host families entertain their French friends during Friday evening and Sunday morning. There are new families joining the twinning association this year and if you wish to join or want more information, please contact Alan McInnes on 01323 833306 or

WHHS had a very interesting evening recently when Malcolm Emery from Natural England was their guest speaker. There were plenty of new faces at the meeting. If you are interested in joining them for their next meeting it will be on Thursday May 2 and they’ll be visiting Boreham Mill Nursery with a chance to see how the professionals plant a hanging basket. Please be at the nursery by 6.30pm ready for a prompt start at 7pm.

THE WALKING CLUB will be meeting up at Herstmonceux church on Tuesday at 6.30pm for a walk through the bluebells. They’ll cover about three to four miles and Sue will be the leader. All are welcome. If in any doubt or you need further information please contact them on 848790.

’CEUX VILLAGE SHOW and Charity Fundraising. A new group and their first is The ’Ceux Giant Vegetable Sale at Woolpack Inn today, Friday, where you can buy some of these monsters to grow on ready for the big competition in November. Not just giant veggie plants to be had but raffle tickets as well which will be on sale at the Woolie on the night.

WELLBEING FAIR on Saturday May 18 at Heathfield Community Centre where profits from the book stall and the tombola will go to the Demelza Children’s Hospice fund. Admission is £2. The centre will be open between 10.30am and 4.30pm and there’s a chance for a taster session on some of those therapies.

BOWLS CLUB: On Sunday May 5there will be a Fun Day for the bowling club at the pavilion where you can have a go. They’ll have some spare woods for you to try out and will make you most welcome.

RAY AND SHELDON: Today, Friday, Anne and Dorothy will be at the Ray and Sheldon Club performing their music. The doors of the village hall will be open in time to welcome everybody to a 2.15pm start. If you need further information or transport to the venue then please call 441244,

MARKET: I’m sure the weather is going to be better for this the second Sussex Product Market on the fields of the Bull at Boreham Street tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am. Lots to see, lots of stalls and the Bull will be open for coffees and teas as well as breakfast.

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

1960s DANCE NIGHT: Tickets are now on sale for this year’s first Charity Dance Night which will be held in the village hall on Saturday May 11. City Rhodes Sounds will be providing the live entertainment and a licensed bar will run throughout the evening. Tickets at £11 each, which includes your ploughman’s supper, are available in advance from Dawn and Cecil on 832304.


U3A Lewes Lecture at Lewes Town Hall, Council Chamber, 2.30pm on Tuesday. What’s New About Walking In Sussex Today? by Maire McQueenie. What gets people out and about has changed in the last 20 years, leading to today’s walking for health and extraordinary walking challenges. Lewes lectures are free and all are welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: Lewes Supporters Group for St Peter & St James Hospice are holding a coffee morning at Cliffe Hall (next to St Thomas Church, Cliffe) tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Cake, plant and book stalls, refreshments and tombola. All welcome.

ANNUAL OUTING: Last Wednesday, the Friends of Anne of Cleves House set off on their annual outing. This year it was to Petworth House. They all set off aboard the lovely mini-bus provided by Community Transport (CTLA) and stopped for refreshment at Steyning, in a delightful coffee shop filled with local cheeses, fruit and vegetables and other delicious things. On arrival at Petworth House, the Friends were awed by the amazing sculptures and pictures, Turners, Constables, Gainsborough, a fantastic array of works of art in a gallery looking out onto a landscape by Capability Brown. They were whisked home after this cultural feast and declared it an amazing day. The lovely Anne of Cleves House looked like a shoebox after Petworth and not a Turner in sight.

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.


SCOUTS: The 1st Ninfield Scout Group were out in force last Sunday for the annual Senlac District Council’s St George’s Celebrations in Battle. A beautiful sunny afternoon aided the atmosphere to pay homage to the Scout Association’s Patron Saint. Baden-Powell (founder of the Scout movement) chose Saint George to be The Patron Saint of The Scout Association. He felt that the Saint George of legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance. All sections of the group, Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and their satellite group of Crowhurst Cub and Scout sections were represented along with a number of leaders, helpers and their GSL. During the Inspiring a Generation themed service, all members renewed their Scouting promises. Well done to the flag bearers for carrying the flags down to St Mary’s Church from Budgens car park and back.

LITTER PICK: On behalf of Ninfield Village Society, Martin Wood would like to thank all those volunteers who joined in the litter picking on Saturday April 20. Their efforts have made a big difference to the tidiness of our village.

EXPLORER SCOUTS: 1st Ninfield Scout Group are looking to put a team together to run the Ninfield Explorer Scout unit. Our Explorers are a great group of 14 to 18 year olds. The programme includes the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. This is a voluntary team but you get to join a great team and have lots of fun. If you are interested please contact Rosemary Cooper on 892681.

PLANT SALE: The horticultural society are holding their annual Plant Sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 11am at the Memorial Hall. They welcome regular and new customers to buy their wide selection of sensibly prices plants. As usual the society would welcome any donated plants, please take them to the hall from 8.30am that morning. This is usually a very busy two hours and a great opportunity to buy all sorts of plants at sensible prices.

BINGO: 1st Ninfield Scout Group invite you to join them for a fun family evening of Bingo tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm to 9pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Prices are £3 per adult, £2 per child, to include a bingo book. Refreshments will be available on the night as well as a raffle. For further information or to purchase your tickets, please contact Lorna Tomasetti on 893644.

AGM: Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch are holding their AGM in the Reading Room on Tuesday, 7.30pm. All members are requested to try and attend. Everybody is welcome, to find out what Neighbourhood Watch is all about. Our local PCSO, Daryl Holter, will also be there to provide information and answer questions. Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided and there is no charge.

THE NEXT Policing Panel meeting is on April 30, 7pm at the Reading Room. Members of all villages covered by PSCO Daryl Holter are invited: Ninfield, Hooe, Catsfied, Crowhurst, Ashburnham and Penhurst. This is your opportunity to raise concerns or find out what the local policing team are doing in your area.

COFFEE MORNING: Arthritis Research UK are holding a Coffee Morning on Wednesday in the Reading Room. Non members, and new members will be most welcome. Members are asked to bring contributions for raffle, and for the bring and buy stall. Entry £1 includes coffee and biscuits.

THE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on Thursday, 7.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall. All Ninfield residents are invited to attend.

PRAM RACE: The annual Ninfield Carnival Pram Race takes place on May 6, returning to Manchester Road. The fun begins at 11.30am to 2pm. The Carnival Committee look forward to seeing you there.

PARISH MEETING: Ninfield Parish Council are holding their Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday May 8, 7.15pm at the Memorial Hall. This event aims to provide a further opportunity for parishioners to understand more about the priorities and activities of the village. Following the previously successful format, local groups and societies are cordially invited to participate by giving a two minute presentation promoting their activities to parishioners and potentially gaining new members and interest (please register your interest with the parish council clerk, Jackie Scarff 07725843505).

HOOE OPEN GROUP (Ladies Club) are next meeting on May 11, 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. For further details contact the social organiser, Edna Wallis 01424 842591.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on May 13, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall. They will be having a demonstration by Samantha Thomas entitled Holywood Legends. Should you require any further information regarding the group or would like to join, please contact Susan on or telephone 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends.

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 Communion with Rev Ian H Wales.


THE SKETCHING and Painting Group has vacancies for beginners. Our tutor is Richard Liley BA Hons. We hold meetings on Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings. Please contact Bruce Margarett on 484568 for more details.

POLEGATE and District Model Engineering Club. For information of when miniature trains are running in the field at the bottom of Black Path, through the William Daly gates, please contact Chris White email or look at website

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

RAMBLING CLUB: On May 2, leisurely walk, Bridge Over Cuckmere Water, nearly 3 miles flat, no mud and bring own coffee. Bus 51 from the Post Office Coppice Avenue, 9.38am or Polegate High Street 9.47am, alight at Hellingly Village Hall, no stiles with Rick. Laughton Circular, nearly 5 miles flat, approx 11 stiles with Denise and Alex; Or Downs and River, nearly 10 miles hilly, downs including one long slope and one short steep slope near West Dean and Litlington. Take picnic, three or four stiles with Eileen and Heather. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

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


WALK: The history group walk starts from the car park at Berwick Church at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. It is our annual Cowslip Walk across the Downs.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. At our recent annual meetings, Jennifer Gill and Jonathan Austin were elected as churchwardens. The following were elected to the PCC: Andrew Russell (treasurer), Judith Hemsley (PCC secretary), Vivian Bowern, Caroline Thompson, David Cleverley, Gill Brentford, Meryl Clark, Barbara Cooke and Helen Bowern. Rev Marc Lloyd, our rector, and Jeremy Cooke, our lay reader, are also on the PCC. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Roger Lumley and 6.30pm Evening service with Ray Bodkin.

PARISH COUNCIL: The meeting last week was the annual parish meeting at which the council reports on its work during the past year. In his report the chairman, Cllr Bryan Whitton, said one councillor has resigned because she was moving away, and Peter Holland was co-opted in her place. He thanked Cllr Christian Jervis Read and his team for organising the Jubilee Celebrations in 2012. He also thanked our Wealden and County councillors for their co-operation during the year. One instance of this is the work on reducing the speed limits in Punnetts Town (to be brought in soon) and Bodle Street (still an aspiration). The new website should be operational soon. Finance: There will be a 2.8 percent increase in the parish precept; that is the parish part of the council tax. Highways: Cllr Chris Wells said there are still some landowners who are proving uncooperative regarding cutting back their road side hedges, but thanks to those who have cut theirs. Planning: Cllr Jonathan Glass reported that the national planning framework documentation has been reduced from 1,000 pages down to 50. The local development framework is still a year away. The development boundary around Punnetts Town has been removed which means it is treated as open countryside. The parish planning committee have been getting to grips with the electronic submissions. There is no clear indication of the plans to be submitted for housing in Forest Lane. Cllr Ray Tratt reported on the various paths and bridleways where work has been done by volunteers and the team from county. This includes clearance work and signage. The Judicial review for the bridleway between Warbleton and Cade Street via Callers Corner will be held in the Dunn Village Hall for up to three days starting Wednesday June 26. Prior notice needs to be given if you wish to speak. Those who have put in written submissions should have been notified of the review. Cllr Wells is the chairman of Warbleton Charity, an amalgam of various small local charities from the past few centuries. It provides Christmas parcels and grants for young people in apprenticeships or similar training including further education. 46 parcels were delivered this year and thanks go to Paul and Sandy at the shop for putting these together and to Isabel Collect for delivering them. Grants are for young people within the parish and usually about £100 and are for tools, books etc. Chris said that it is important when writing to the charity to include your contact details. Two good applications were received without such details and the charity was unable to respond. PCSO Matt Neve came to the meeting on behalf of his colleague Liz McDonagh. He asked us to be vigilant about suspect vehicles, fly tipping and anti-social behaviour. The latter is down, due to community liaison and he paid tribute to the work of the Street Pastors in Heathfield. As you probably know, there have been a spate of thefts of heating oil recently. He distributed leaflets which give details of ways of minimising the risk. He was pleased to report that three men were disturbed whilst stealing oil. They ran off, but their van and equipment was seized. One person connected with the van has been arrested, and others are expected soon. He advised that we be aware about open windows etc in the summer, regarding burglars. Details of crime prevention, including the oil leaflet, can be seen on the Sussex Police website, and they have crime prevention officers who can visit you to give you advice. The new number for non-urgent calls to the police is 101; the old number is now no longer in use. It is a national number; the system detects where you are calling from and directs the call to the local police area. 999 is of course the emergency number for all the emergency services.I reported recently the changeover in waste collection to Kier Group. Originally village halls were to be charged about three times the present rate. I gather there has been strong reaction to this and they will be treated the same as household, providing the amount is within certain limits. Wealden are introducing a council mortgage scheme along the lines of that provided by the government and county. The budget for this is £2m per year. It is approved by the cabinet, and due to be put to the full council.

WEDDING FAIR: There will be a wedding Fair at Punnett’s Town Village hall on September 1 from 11am to 4pm. This is a first for the hall, and they are looking for local businesses interested in having a stand, and any future brides and grooms. Contact Tina Applegate on 01323 849561 or


WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting today, Friday, from 7pm to 9pm at Wannock Hall. Well known artist Jake Winkle will give a watercolour demonstration explaining the techniques used. The demonstration is entitled Boats in Harbour – Lost and Found. This is a memorial demonstration in memory of Wannock Artist member Jake Winkle. Visitors are welcome to these monthly meetings. Admission is £3.

BRIGHTON VOICES community choir will be performing the Mozart Requiem at 3pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Mary’s Church. Tickets are £5 each and are obtainable from the parish office or ring the secretary on 01323 501763. The cost includes tea and cake. The proceeds are in aid of the Willingdon Trees parish house.

THE WATSON BROTHERS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

PENNY PAYNE will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with her special brand of New Orleans Jazz.

MUSIC: Light musical entertainment will be taking place at 3pm on Sunday at Wannock Hall. Tickets, to include tea and home-made cakes, are £5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance from the parish council office in Gorringe Valley Road. The event is in aid of RNIB.

CHALK FARM HOTEL itself is now completely run as a charity and any money raised goes directly to the Downland Farm Project for the benefit of the students who attend part-time from 10am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays. The garden centre behind the hotel is run by Graeme and Sue Dunlop as a business, but they also give training in horticulture to many of the students. There is a coffee morning every month which is run by the students, who greet visitors and take their orders for tea or coffee and delicious home-made cake. A raffle is held and there are greetings cards and plants for sale. The next coffee morning is from 10.30am to 11.45am on Monday so do go along and support the students.

COUNCIL MEETING: The parish council will be having a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

CHURCH MEETING: St Mary’s Church will have their annual Parochial Church Meeting in the church hall on Monday following the vestry meeting at 7.15pm. Five members need to be elected to the PCC to serve for three years. For more information contact the parish office on 01323 501763.

AGM: Willingdon Residents Association will hold their AGM at 7.30pm on Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. The speaker is Jo Carr, the parish councillor for Jevington. She is also a member of the South Downs National Park, and this is the topic for her talk. There will be the opportunity to ask questions. It is also hoped that one of the neighbourhood police team will be present to give an update on police matters in the parish. Refreshments will be available.

EARLY MORNING: The Long Man Morris Men have spent the winter months practising their steps at St Mary’s Church Hall on a Friday evening. Their last practice until October is today, Friday. It is now the dancing out season which officially starts on May Day when the Morris Men will be dancing at the foot of the Long Man of Wilmington at 5.30am on Wednesday, so if you are an early riser, do go along and support them.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday May 3 at the Memorial Hall. Angela Hyde will be giving a demonstration entitled The Planets. The competition is called Things to Come.

JPK SUSSEX 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. At the time of writing, the inspectorate’s decision is still awaited. In the meantime fund raising is continuing. On Wednesday May 8 Maureen and John Males will be hosting afternoon tea from 3pm at the Cottage in Dittons Road, Polegate. There will also be various items for sale including home-made preserves. Tickets are £8 each. Please ring Jill on 01323 486179 or Maureen on 01323 482011.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society is meeting at the Memorial Hall on Saturday May 4. The doors open at 7pm when members can browse through the growing number of books and magazines concerning all things astronomical. The meeting starts at 7.30pm when F Richard Stephenson will be giving a talk entitled Historical Supernovae. All are welcome.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS garden group will be meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday May 9 at The Red Lion, when it will be an opportunity for members to exchange gardening tips. Also under discussion will be the fund raising day they are having at the Red Lion on Saturday May 18 in aid of Polegate based Children with Cancer. It will be a plant sale with herbaceous, annuals, baskets and containers available. Depending on the weather, the plants will be in the Red Lion grounds. The other stalls such as bric-a-brac, arts and crafts, cakes, raffle and light refreshments will probably be under cover. The sale is being held from 10am to 4pm. For more information or if you would like to offer help or items which could be sold or raffled, please contact Graham on 01323 501482.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday May 5 and Monday May 6. Guided tours of the four floors will be given and there is also a museum on the ground floor which is wheelchair friendly. There is a comfortable room where you can sit and enjoy a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake while watching a video about mills. Toilets are also available. Do spend an afternoon there, an ideal venue, particularly if it’s too cold or wet to be outside. More guides and cashiers would be very welcome for the occasional Sunday and training would be given. Please ring Patricia or Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496.