Parish Pump Hailsham - April 27, 2012

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Bodle Street Green

NOWHERE BOY: This film will be shown at the Film Club at 7.30pm tonight, Friday, in the village hall. Guest tickets are £6. Beer and wine, and coffee and cake, will be served from 7pm. The film is based on the life of John Lennon, and is directed by Sam Taylor-Wood. R rating.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Matins (BCP). St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Prayer.

HALL AGM: As you are probably aware, the village hall is one of the hubs of village life. At the AGM each year there is a chance to catch up with the committee’s hard work during the past year and the plans for the future, as they present their report and accounts. The election of officers for the coming year takes place. The hall is open for refreshments from 7am with the business starting at 7.30pm. Please come along and show your support, and if you have any flashes of inspiration for the future programme, please express them. The hall will be the focus for the village Jubilee celebrations on Sunday June 3, after the family service at 11am in St John’s Church. Events at the hall and Green start at 12.15pm. There will be a barbecue, games, showing of the river pageant in London, a tea party for local children at 5pm, a reception at 6.45pm with a supper in the evening. Full details will appear nearer the event. The aim is that the celebrations will largely be for local residents and those with close association with the village. If your children have not received an invitation to the tea party, please phone 01323 833554.

PARISH COUNCIL: For a full report of the annual parish meeting and council meeting, please see the Warbleton section. Cllr Sue Ralph said that the Bodle Street Hall programme for the Diamond Jubilee was complete. They had a very successful visit from the Channel Theatre Co with their production, Running For Glory, which was a great production. The clerk is Marian Smith 01435 831653 and the next meeting is at 7pm on May 17 at Bodle Street village hall. This is the annual parish council meeting at which officers are elected and committees appointed.


ST MARY’S: This is the fourth Sunday of Easter. Holy Communion is at 8am, The Physical Future, Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am, sermon as above. There is Holy Communion at Emmanuel Church (on Hawkswood) at 2.45pm and Evening Prayer, Easter Message back at St Mary’s at 6.30pm.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday the Corinthian Church and Healing Association Service is from 11am to noon with John Brooks at Primrose Hall and is followed by refreshments.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday there is an extremely picturesque walk of seven miles with Helen (01323) 845684, which offers superb views of Guestling, the Brede Valley, Doleham and Westfield. Bring a packed lunch.

PSYCHIC ARTIST: Bill Forrester will be at the Corinthian Church Clairvoyant Evening at 7.30pm on Saturday May 5 at Primrose Hall. Entry £5 at the door.

U3A: The towns and villages group has started up again with the improving weather with a tour of Hailsham following the Heritage Trail with commentary and comparisons of old photographs with the current scene. The natural history members went on a field trip to West Rise Marsh in Eastbourne last month and saw interesting plant life, numerous bird species, early bees and had a memorable encounter with some inquisitive water buffalo. Gardening to encourage wildlife was discussed at the monthly meeting and having watched part of a film about the decline of the honey bee members looked at insect habitats and considered plants which attract pollinating insects. Wild flower seeds were distributed. Ten pin bowling is on every second Friday of the month at Freedom Leisure. If you would like to join any of the many groups held or U3A generally, please contact Janet (chair) in the first instance on (01825) 873646, email or visit their website at

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly: Holy Communion at 8am and again at 10.45am. Evensong is at 6.30pm. Upper Dicker: Holy Communion at 9.15am.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: At the tender age of 14 Marie Stone achieved her first published image, a poster for the Mohair Centre. Postcards of the Hailsham Pavilion were also taken by her. Marie spent her work experience at Madame Tussauds and was invited back on a freelance basis six months later. She has travelled the world taking photographs of celebrities for them including Morgan Freeman, Samuel L Jackson, Tom Jones, Nicholas Cage, Jerry Springer, Bet Middler and Mohamed Al Fayed. Two hundred images and 226 measurements are taken for each sculpture. A tray of eyeballs (for matching purposes) is entertaining to explain to airport security, but necessary for the sitting. Human hair is added to the models. They are washed, and makeup is retouched regularly. Being the same size, Marie’s feet were modelled for Lady Diana’s sculpture. In 2007 Marie took the images for Harrods Chairman’s Choice Christmas Hamper worth £5,000. Inside were whole hams, cheese rounds, bottles of wine, a fruit basket, chocolates, Christmas cake and more. Marie has published two books. Her latest is Beauty is Within which has been accepted by the British Library. Forty of her images are being used by Silver Stamp, an online greeting card company, and she has been featured in ETC magazine.

SPRING FAIR: This is tomorrow, Saturday, at Hellingly Primary School from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Some of the highlights include maypole dancing, barbecue, grand draw, coconut shy, bouncy castle, cake stall, chocolate tombola and much more. Lots of fun and everyone is welcome. Entrance 50p per adult and children free.

CHURCH QUIZ: The Church of St Peter and St Paul offer an evening of quizzing tomorrow, Saturday, at Hellingly village hall starting at 7pm. Bring your own refreshments. Tea and coffee will be served in the interval. Quizzers pay £4 per person and can book on (01323) 841685 or 842620.

SCHOOL QUIZ: Go along to Emmanuel church hall tomorrow evening, Saturday, from 7.30pm, have a great night and help raise funds for Hawkes Farm Primary School. Teams of four to eight cost £5 per person and include a sausage and chip supper. BYO drinks. Light refreshments will also be available. Tickets available from (01323) 449094 or 07986 195885, direct from Hawkes Farm School or just go along. Emmanuel church hall is tucked away opposite and to the let of the parade of shops on Hawkswood.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: The North Hailsham and Hellingly Residents Association are meeting on Friday May 4 at Union Corner Hall from 8pm to 9.30pm. Chairman, Peter Reynolds has attended many Wealden Planning Committee South meetings. This is the committee that approves or disapproves planning applications. He has also attended town council planning panels and many other relevant meetings and the association has voiced its concerns at many of these on the behalf of residents and has also supported some members faced with unsuitable planning applications near them. Currently, the association has some new enthusiastic committee members and is following the rumours of roadworks on the A271. Peter says, ‘There is much disquiet about the traffic levels on this section, especially the size and weight of lorries and the damage to the structure, let alone the houses close by.’ The parking at Hawkes Farm School does not improve even with the intervention of the PCSOs and this is compounded by the building work at the Security Unit further along the road where, he states, ‘There is an unofficial 150m single line alternative working.’ Meanwhile a reply has been submitted to the Wealden District development proposals and it is felt this subject will remain the main cause of concern locally. Go along to the meeting on May 4 and find out more. More information on (01323) 449700 or email

Herstmonceux & Wartling

THE ITALIAN NIGHT: Fantastic, well-staged by Ted and Alyson at the Woolpack, the Italian menu compiled, prepared and cooked by Nello was excellent and Tom. On entering the function room of the pub it was like being transported to a different place, the tables with their gleaming white cloths, sparkling glasses, Italian flags, it all looked so nice, the atmosphere was great. Food was served from 7.30pm and the girls did exceptionally well trying to sort us all out. The wine was flowing and as the meal came to an end, Tom arrived and sang his best Italian Rat Pack style songs. It wasn’t long before he managed to encourage the first dancers up onto the floor and was building us up ready for the very first performance of his soon to be released song. The combination of Team Woolpack and Tom Fitzpatrick, the Crooner, is a winner and one which will be repeated sometime in October.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The first team were in the quarter finals against AFC Sidley April 14, which they won 6-1. Unfortunately the second and third teams did not do quite so well, losing 4-0 to Bexhill and 8-1 to Wadhurst. Herstmonceux FC has been chosen as one of two clubs to play against the Chicago Titans on this their 20th anniversary trip to Sussex in May. They are known as the Eggplants because of the colour of their shirts and although soccer is relatively new to the USA, it is becoming very popular. The match will be played on Saturday May 19 on the Lime Park pitch, kick off at 3pm. The Herstmonceux team will be made up of a mixture from the three existing teams plus some of the veterans and after the game it’ll be back to the Woolpack Inn for nibbles and a few beers. Afterwards the Chicago Titans will be taken to the Eastern Promise Restaurant where they can relax and enjoy a taste of India. Anybody interested in playing in that match should contact Matt Bryan on his email address at but there is one condition, the players wife, girlfriend or partner must accompany them to dinner in the evening.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The schedules for their 135th annual Summer Show, being staged at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street on Saturday August 4, are now in the shops. Return your completed form to them no later than Wednesday August 1. There are plenty of classes in flower arranging, growing of fruit and veggies, cookery, photography and handicraft, not forgetting the children’s section where entry is free. All members are non-members are welcome to enter.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Matins along with the United Service with the Free Church will be held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and 6pm respectively, with the Wartling Parish Discovery Service being held at Wartling church at 11am.

PLANT SALE: All Saints Church annual Plant Sale is on Saturday May 5 from 10am in the village hall. Bargains galore on a wide variety of plants.

QUIZ: Today, Friday, the bowls club are hosting a quiz night in the village hall to help raise funds for their new pavilion and green at Lime Park. Teams of up to four players at £6 per person which, includes a hot dog supper. A licensed bar will be running throughout. All are welcome. Contact Sue Saunders on 833403.

FRIENDS OF ALL SAINTS Annual Colour Show in the village hall on Monday. Hailsham Photographic Society will again be staging the show inspiring everyone with its colour and vibrancy. Entrance will be £4.50 on the door, which will include refreshments.

CELEBRATE: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with the Aanna Colls singers at All Saints Church on Sunday at 3pm. They will be performing a selection of music from the coronation and other royal occasions. Tickets are available at £10 each from their website at or speak to Rosemary Morris on 833706.

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; Millfield, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

BURLESQUE: Today, Friday, 7.15pm to 8.30pm at the Memorial Hall, £5 to include refreshments. Come and join in this fun evening, lots of lovely ladies having a giggle, and a wiggle, and this week bring a hat. The take up for burlesque has been so fabulous that we are now definitely doing every Last Friday of the month. It’s not too late to start.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club ended the season in sixth position of the East Sussex Football League Division One. Well done to all the players, manager and coach and they would like to thank all those who have supported them this season. For further information of the Hooe Sports Football Club please call 07872 312266.

PLANT SALE: The horticultural society are holding their annual plant sale tomorrow, Saturday, 9am to 11am at the Memorial Hall. A wide range of plants at excellent prices will be available.

MEETING: The Jubilee Committee are holding a meeting tomorrow, Saturday, 10am at the Working Men’s Club. They really would like a couple more gardens to be available, especially on The High Street, Manchester Road, Standard Hill/Close or Standard Hill, as at the moment everything is around the Rec and it would be nice to go further afield following the carnival route. If you are willing to make your garden available or would like to know more information, please contact Sami on 893699 or Carol on 893326. There will be a stand at the pram race that will give up to date information, if any one would like to go to the meeting to assist with the organisation please just turn up.

HOOE YOUTH CLUB and Forum started on Monday April 16 between 6.30pm and 7.30pm and will be operating every Monday offering table tennis, rounders, badminton, games and fun. All children in the village are welcome and if you are interested please contact Mark Gransden on 893397 of Jeremy Dodge on 893469.

COFFEE MORNING: The flower group’s Jennifer, Pat and friends will be holding a coffee morning on Wednesday between 10am and noon. All proceeds are in aid of the Memorial Hall Floor, she hopes that everyone will attend for the worthy cause. Their next meeting on the May 14 is being held at Hilliers Nursery Centre at Stone Cross. All members and friends will be welcome to join us for a talk on Plant Material, starting at 6.30pm at the centre, coffee/cake available and the Nursery will stay open to 8.15pm if anyone would like to shop.

AGM: Ninfield Parish Council’s next meeting, on Wednesday at 7pm in the Memorial Hall, will be the annual general meeting combined with the annual parish meeting. At this meeting, after the formalities of electing chairman and representatives etc, all the societies and clubs in the village are invited to make a short presentation (two minutes) bringing their yearly activities up to date. There will be refreshments available, and the major topics for presentation and discussion will be the re-build of Sparkes Pavilion, the necessary refurb of the Memorial Hall floor and walls, and other important village matters. All Ninfield residents are invited to attend.

WINE TASTING: Following the success of the last wine tasting and thus back by popular demand, there will be another on Friday May 4 at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Ninfield Stores for £10.50 each. Sample eight different wines and some cheeses.

BLUEBELL WALK: Ninfield Village Society are holding a Bluebell Walk on Saturday May 5, 10am to noon. Meeting at the Reading Room. This is a free conducted tour of Church Wood to see this beautiful little wood, look at the recent work of the society volunteers and hopefully to see the bluebells and other signs of summer. This invitation is open to all. Refreshments will also be available.

THE PRAM RACE will be held on the Rec on Monday May 7. Registration for races will begin at 11.30am, with races beginning at midday. Race categories are juniors (11yrs and under); seniors (12-18yr); adults; fun; veteran. There is also a prize of £20 for best home made pram/cart. There will be cash prizes for each race and fancy dress is optional. The carnival committee will be running a bar and barbecue along with selling raffle tickets for the Carnival Draw. There will also be an auction for an animal house, kindly donated by Skinners Sheds, to raise money for the Diamond Jubilee events. This is sure to be a fun afternoon. The carnival committee would be very grateful if any individual or society that has a cup from the pram race or carnival if they could return it ASAP. Please contact Lorna on 893644 if you have one of their cups at the moment.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, Combined Service at 10.30am. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Revd Ian Wales.


WANTED: Info on the history of Old Willingdon, dates of when the cemetery in Gorringe Valley Road first appeared, the public toilets on the Triangle. Photos of any old buildings prior to 1930. Also photos of bomb damage in Western Avenue, Polegate, 7 July 1944, and info on this, please contact Maureen on 485971 or email Or write to P.O. Box 2951, Eastbourne, BN20 9WZ

DO YOU HAVE any unwanted china or pottery teapot or a two tiered cake plate? If so Trinity Church, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon will be pleased to put them to good use. Contact Jennie on 484189 email they will be put on show at our Jubilee afternoon tea to celebrate the 60th anniversary tea – fit for a queen.

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

RAMBLING CLUB: May 3, Leisurely walk, Cuckoo, Cuckmere and church, 2 to 3 miles flat no mud, bring your own coffee, bus 51 from Polegate High Street 9.47am to Hellingly Village Hall with Rick. Or Figure of Eight, Barcombe Mills to Isfield, 5 miles, flat riverside walk, fields, disused railway, could be muddy if wet, three stiles with Barry. Or Around Alfriston, 8 miles, take picnic with Rosalind.

COFFEE MORNING, Saturday May 5, at the Community Centre hosted by the Social Section. All welcome in the lounge as from 10am.

TICKETS now on sale at Archer and Partners 483348 for the production of Stepping Out which takes place from Wednesday May 9 to Sunday May 12.

POLEGATE STROLLERS walk on May 8, Toby Carvary, for lunch. Meet at Jubilee Tree, High Street, at 10am. We will walk there and back via the Cuckoo Trail; pick ups at Old Polegate Station and St Mary’s Road, Lynholm Road. Contact Jayne on 487543 to book your meal in advance.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Prayer. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Matins (BCP). Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning Worship with Rev Philip Laver. 6.30pm service with Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP WALK: Our annual Cowslip Walk is tomorrow at 2pm. We meet at Berwick Church for a walk across the Downs.

PARISH COUNCIL: The annual parish meeting was held at the Dunn Village Hall on April 19. At this meeting, the council reports on its work during the past year. Sadly, there were just two parishioners there to hear it. Chairman, Bryan Whitton reported on a good year with the various levels of council working well together. After the election, there was a shortfall in councillor numbers. This had been made up with co-options early in the year. He thanked his fellow councillors, and those from WDC & ESCC, together with the police. Cllr Chris Wells, chairman of the Warbleton Charity, reported that 47 Christmas parcels had been given out last year. Warbleton Charity was formed from four local charities, of ancient origin. It is a small charity, one function of which is to provide grants to those in apprenticeships. These are not so common now, although Cllr Rupert Simmons reminded us that the Heathfield Partnership scheme is providing these now. The scope of these grants has widened to those in education or vocational training. It is stressed that these are available to residents of the civil parish of Warbleton only. This includes Warbleton, Rushlake Green, Three Cups, Springhill (Punnetts Town) and Bodle Street. Application need to be received in person by the applicant. The clerk of the charity is John Leeves 01580 200781. Cllr Rupert Simmons (ESCC) said that the priority for county was economic regeneration, including the spread of super fast broadband in rural areas. There was no report from Wealden – neither councillor was present.

The regular council meeting followed. Rupert Simmons said good progress was being made on further speed safety measures in Punnetts Town and Three Cups. Cllr Bill Bentley (ESCC) was pleased to report that the E Sussex Children’s Services has been highly commended by national inspectors. Personal tributes were also made in the meeting, particularly with reference to fostering and adoption. Cllr David Turton reported that the Dunn Village Hall had received £1,100 from the recent Auction of Promises, jointly held with GOGS. A Spanish evening is to be held on 19th May.

Cllr Sue Ralph said that the Bodle Street Hall programme for the Diamond Jubilee was complete. They had a very successful visit from the Channel Theatre Co with their production, Running For Glory. Cllr Ray Tratt in his report on Wealden District Assoc of Local Councils, said that a new system for the register of councillors’ interests will commence in July. This not only records councillors’ interests, but those of their families as well. In his report on Rights of Way, he said that there was still a great deal of work going on regarding the bridle way from Warbleton to Cade Street via Callers Corner. There was some concern that only six letters from the public (out of dozens) would be used in the inquiry. Rupert Simmons said that only six actually provided a legal punch, but the others would all be forwarded to the inspector. There is a continuing problem with landowners not keeping their roadside hedges and trees cut back clear of the road. The latter should be cut back up to 18ft from the road surface. The former should be cut back well clear of passing traffic. Failure to do so can create dangerous conditions for passing traffic, not to mention law suits! The parish council has formed a sub committee to deal with complaints. The village maintenance team (ESCC) will visit the parish in August.

The clerk is Marian Smith 01435 831653 and the next meeting is at 7pm on May 17 at Bodle Street village hall. This is the annual parish council meeting at which officers are elected an committees appointed.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: A reminder that tickets for Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (May 9 to 12) are available from Anita Gunn on 01435 873226. Tickets are £17.50 to include a three course meal. The comedy is by Constance Cox based on a short story by Oscar Wilde.

DIAMOND JUBILEE: Cllrs Christian Jervis-Read and Kerrie Jones are heading up the planning for the celebrations on Saturday 2nd June on the Green. I will put more details of the whole weekend in next week’s pump. In the mean time, details can be seen in the parish magazine or from Adele in The Stores.


Wannock & Jevington

ART TUITION: There are still a few places available on the art course that Teresa Currie is running in the newly refurbished community room at Trinity Church. The classes are from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday evenings and will cover drawing skills, watercolour techniques, pen and ink drawing, pastel and charcoal, figure drawing, perspective drawing, and acrylic and mixed media. Refreshments will be provided. The cost is £10 per session or £50 for six classes. Teresa has over 30 years’ artistic experience. For further information ring her on 01323 501213. Mobile 07708056128.

SUMMER SCHOOL: Sussex Rocks Summer School is a really exciting project for young people who have some musical ability. From August 13 to August 17 Sussex Rocks will be taking place at Willingdon Community School each day from 10am to 4pm. The course is intended for young people aged between 10 and 18 years. The idea is that young instrumentalists can be part of a rock band, and bring along their own instruments such as guitars, keyboards, amplifiers and drums and will receive expert tuition. Bass players and vocalists would also be welcome. This is the brain child of Jacqui Crowther and her 14 year old son Lawrence. Lawrence took part in a similar scheme in the West Country last year. He loved it and learnt a lot but it proved to be very expensive as accommodation and travel had to be taken into account. With the help of expert advice and qualified tutors, Jacqui felt that there was no reason why a similar course couldn’t be run in Willingdon. The experienced tutors she has enlisted are well qualified and have been checked by the Criminal Records Bureau. At the end of the week a show case concert will be put on for family and friends. The course is just £150. See the website Sussex Rocks and scroll down to Events Details Wealden District Council. For more information ring 07746 770877 or email .

THE BINNIE SISTERS exhibition is being held in the Stable opposite the Wheatsheaf. If you haven’t already visited it, there is still time from noon to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, Pocketsize with their laid back American folk music will be entertaining the customers from 8.30pm.

GOLF DAY CHALLENGE: The cricket club and football club will be meeting today, Friday, at Willingdon Golf Club for their annual golf competition for the John Beck Trophy. The trophy is in memory of former Dons Football Club’s secretary and well-known local football administrator John Beck. This year’s competition is in support of local charity Chloe’s Fight for Sight. The first tee-off will be at 1pm. Two footballers will play two cricketers in pairs and there will be approximately 18 cricketers and 18 footballers in all so it could take about five hours for all the fours to complete the 18 holes. The presentations will then take place followed by an evening meal at the golf club.

A COFFEE MORNING in aid of Polegate Windmill is being held from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre. Donated cakes, and scones to sell with the refreshments would be appreciated and prizes for the raffle would be gratefully received. Extra help would also be welcome to man the souvenir table and book stall. Please contact Jenny Wells on 01323 487671. Additional guides and cashiers are always needed at the windmill. Please contact Patricia or Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496 or pop in to the mill for more information on Sunday between 2pm and 5pm.

BAND OF TWO will be entertaining the customers at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

A QUIZ NIGHT is being organised by Sandie at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday, at The Cottage Dittons Road Polegate. It is being hosted by Maureen and John Males and is in aid of the JPK Project. The cost is £8 per person and if you would like to attend please contact Jill on 01323 486179 or Maureen on 01323 482011.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at the parish council office in Gorringe Valley Road. Meetings are open to the public. For further information please ring the parish office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

EARLY MORNING: The Long Man Morris Men have spent the winter months practising their steps at St Mary’s Church Hall. Their last practice until October is tonight, Friday, at 8pm. 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 Tuesday, so if you are an early riser do go along and support them.

LEAD THEFT: Some of the lead on the flat roof adjoining St Mary’s Church and vestry was taken on the night of April 10.

WILLINGDON IN BLOOM: This is a further reminder of the Willingdon in Bloom competition which is being organised by the parish council. Application forms are available from the parish council office or ring the office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 to register. An application form can then be emailed or sent to you. This year there are six categories. They are as follows: 1, Private front gardens; 2, window boxes, hanging boxes and containers; 3, cottage gardens; 4, unusual and novelty gardens; 5, educational and environmental; 6, commemorative Diamond Jubilee gardens. The judges will be scoring for visual impact and first impressions, standard of maintenance, use of colour and design, and the best use of available space, as well as special or unusual features.

The closing date for category 3 is Monday June 18. For all other categories the closing date is July 9. Judging for category 3 will commence the week beginning June 25. For all other categories, judging will take place between July 12 and July 16.