Parish Pump Hailsham - August 10, 2012


WI NEWS: On July 17 the Alfriston WI welcomed the well known musician and conductor, Janet Cannetty-Clark to their meeting. Her talk was entitled On Being a Woman Conductor in Vienna. ‘Not only was this talk informative and interesting but hugely amusing’ reports Christine Jackson. In Ms Cannetty-Clark’s honour the members sang Jerusalem and followed this with a full WI tea. Then there was a busy business meeting as there is no meeting in August.

THE PLEASURE OF CROCHET will be in the spotlight over the coming weekend, August 11 and 12. Much Ado will host a weekend with author Vanessa Mooncie celebrating the publication of her new book, Crocheted Accessories. The author will be signing copies of her book on Saturday from 2pm until 5pm. Crafters are invited to drop in to meet the expert and bring crochet challenges along. Anyone who purchases a copy of Crochet Accessories will be invited to drop in for a free crafting session on the afternoon of August 12. Some material will be provided although anyone with their own needles or wool is welcome to bring them along. For details visit the website or call the shop on 01323 871222.

A NEW EXHIBITION will be starting this week at the Coach House Gallery. Young landscape painter from Lewes, Jaime Etherington along with Virginia Grove will be exhibiting their work until the end of August.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL runs from August 19 to 27. Tickets for the Festival Supper at Deans Place Hotel on August 20, the Revue on August 23, the Quiz Night on August 24 and the Concentus Chorale Concert on August 25 are now on sale at Hicks, The Newsagents. Programmes giving full details of the week’s events are available in all shops in the High Street.

Bodle Street Green

FLOWER SHOW: The gardening club’s annual show is tomorrow, Saturday, featuring all sorts of classes, covering plants, flower arranging, vegetables and cakes photography etc.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service. St Mary’s Warbleton: 11am Morning worship with holy communion.

WI: The institute is having an outing to Raystede on Tuesday, meeting at the Green Man Ringmer at noon.

East Hoathly

CHURCH: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion and 10am Matins.

AGE CONCERN: Please note that there will be no Pop-In Lunch or Bingo this month. There will be a concert and buffet supper on Friday August 17 a 7pm in the village hall. Please let Jean know if you would like to go as numbers are needed for catering. The cost is £6 per person and please pay at the door.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Monday 16 August 1756: ‘…We came away about 3 o’clock and called at my Aunt Ovendean’s, drank tea and came home about 8.35…Bought at Wells Locke ‘On Human Understanding’ which cost me 4s 6d, and Mead On Poisons which cost me 4s, but did not bring them away because he was to send them me by the news man.’ (The previous day Thomas, his wife and friends had visited a religious gathering at Cox Heath, nr Maidstone where there were 12 congregations with about 1,000 people in each congregation).


FARMERS MARKET: Buy all your locally grown or sourced meat, chicken, fish, eggs, vegetables, cakes, cheese and much more at Hailsham Farmers Market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Cattle Market, Market Street, Hailsham, 9am to 12.30pm. There are also local crafts, for usual and unusual gifts. Meet your friendly farmers, who will explain how best to cook or use their produce. The Market Cafe will be open for food, tea and coffee.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: Go along to Primrose Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 7.30pm to 9pm. The medium is Tricia Bamsey. Starts 7.30pm to 9pm. Entry is £5 at the door. The service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with John Brooks and is followed by refreshments. There are 1-2-1 private readings next Saturday August 18 from 10am until 2pm. This event allows you to have a private reading with a medium of your choice. Contact (01323) 766435 or 07716225582 to book. All events take place at Primrose Hall.

ST MARY’S: This is the tenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Sunday Holy Communion, Two ways to live, death and hope. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups with the same theme. There will be Holy Communion at 2.45pm at Emmanuel church (Hawkswood). 6.30pm Sunday evening prayer service, On Whose Authority?

ANNUAL GOLF DAY fundraiser is on Friday August 31 at Willingdon Golf Club. It costs £30 per player, which includes lunch and prizes. Ring Tom on (01323) 842758 if you would like to take part. If you are not able to play, perhaps you or your company could sponsor a hole for £50. You can also support the Hailsham Old Pavilion Society at its tombola tomorrow, Saturday, at Tesco.

SPONSORED BIKE RIDE: This Sussex Historic Churches Trust event returns again on Saturday September 8. As usual participants can cycle, walk, ride or go on horseback or practically anything other than a car or motorbike between churches. The idea is to raise monies for the maintenance of historic churches by means of sponsorship, which involves exercise, encourages community spirit and gives families and friends a good day out and helps a good cause along the way. The bike ride is always a good opportunity to see churches, some of which are normally not open and to meet folk from other congregations. Money raised is split equally between the Trust and individual churches. As there is no set route, you are free to plan your own itinerary from the list of churches open, which is available from St Mary’s Church or Ron on (01323) 844988 or you would be welcome to join the Link Team or Ron and Brian leaving St Mary’s at 10am.

FOODBANK: Plans to open a foodbank for Hailsham are well under way and gaining support from many sections of the local community. The local Waitrose store is providing support under its Community Matters initiative and has promised to convert the green tokens (£408 raised) donated by shoppers into food to get the foodbank stocked. Many volunteers from the local church communities have come forward to help run the foodbank by collecting food, distributing emergency food to those in crisis, working in the storage warehouse and helping to refurbish the premises to be used as the distribution point. The local frontline care agencies such as doctors and social workers given foodbank vouchers to people in crisis, the vouchers are exchanged for three days of food at the foodbank. Volunteers take time to listen and signpost clients to further long term support. It is a sad fact that many families in Hailsham are struggling to put food on the table. With many people on low incomes, a sudden crisis, redundancy or an unexpected bill, can mean difficult choices between paying the rent and eating. This is where the foodbank comes in to meet the immediate need. Foodbanks help prevent family tension, housing loss and health problems. If anyone would like to help by donating food, giving funds, volunteering or in any other way, the Hailsham Foodbank Project Manager, Malcolm Richards, would love to hear from you on (01323) 844428 or email

Hellingly & Horsebrige

CHURCH SERVICES: This week services are Hellingly: Regular Services are on a Thursday 8am Quiet Prayer, 8.30am Vicar on Tap, available to members of the community in church, 9am Morning Prayer and 9.30am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) and every Sunday 8am Holy Communion at 10.45am. Upper Dicker: 9.15 Holy Communion (CW). Emmanuel (Hawkswood): 2.45pm Holy Communion. Evening and Holy Communion services are fortnightly with the first service of the month being Holy Communion. The next is an evening service on Sunday August 26 at 2.45pm.

FUN DOG SHOW: On Sunday at Dicker Hall on Coldharbour Road. The event starts at noon and you can pick up more information from the Dicker News in the village shop.

OPEN GARDEN: Trumpetts Farm (BN27 4RD) is hosting an event for St Wilfrid’s Hospice on Saturday August 18 from 11am to 4pm. Organised by a dedicated team of volunteers, there will be a range of stalls, raffle and refreshments as well as professional gardening advice on offer. Take the Horsebridge to Herstmonceux road (A271) towards Windmill Hill, turn left after Lime Cross Nurseries into Victoria Road towards Bodle Street. Take right fork at White Horse Pub (Wood Corner sign) and next left into Trumpetts Lane from where the event will be signposted.

FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: This popular event is a great day out and it is coming to town on August Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday to Monday, August 25 to 27, from 10am to 5pm at Broad Farm, Hellingly. Adults £8, children £2, senior citizens £6. The car park is free. Organised by Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club Ltd, the event benefits several local charities.

FOOD MARKET: Have you visited yet? There is a village food market at Dicker Hall every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm where you can stop to buy your eggs, cheese, meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, bread or one of the other delicious items from local and sustainable sources. Chat to stallholders and find out how it is produced and where it comes from. A free cup of tea or coffee awaits you.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BOWLS: Three matches this week and three very different results. The first was a league match at home against Maresfield and the home team won 97-46 giving them 7.5 points on the table. The second home match, a friendly against Seaford again saw Herstmonceux come out on top, 87-74. The next match was away to Wealden-Maresfield which this time they lost by 67 shots.

HEARING RESOURCE CENTRE: A new lip reading and sign language course organised by the ESHRS in their converted bus at the village hall car park each Wednesday between 10am and 11am. This will be for 10 weeks starting on September 26 to November 28. The cost of the course will be £25 for the full 10 weeks and they are looking for a minimum of eight people to make the course viable. If you think you would like to have a go please telephone 722505 or email

BARBECUE: On Sunday August 26 the Woolpack Inn Vegetable Show and Table Top Sale, with barbecue and music. Schedules from the Woolpack. There are classes for everyone including special classes for the children and you can book a table for the sale. Money raised will be going towards the new Scout Hut Appeal.

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

KNIT AND STITCH will be meeting up at the Village Information Centre on Tuesday August 21. All welcome with your own knitting, crochet or sewing. If you don’t have anything in hand at the moment then just take yourselves along. Further information from Pam on 833079.

HOLIDAY CLUB: 5 to 11 year olds (or as close as) are invited to go to All Saints Church for lots of fun, stories, craft, music and prayers suitable for all on August 13, 14 and 15. This is a united event with both the Anglican and the Free Church.

THE OPEN GARDEN and Summer Fete at The Old Rectory, Chapel Row will now be held on Sunday August 19 between 3pm and 5pm. Stalls, games, refreshments all set in this beautiful garden. All welcome. If you can help on the day they would be very grateful to hear from you. They need help on the stalls, teas and setting up and clearing up etc. They would also like donations of good bric-a-brac, books and cakes etc. If you can help please ring Pam on 833079.


VILLAGE MARKET in Laughton Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Fresh local produce, crafts, bric-a-brac, books etc. Refreshments. Entrance free, raffle in aid of the village hall. Our next market will be on the second Saturday in October.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

RIDERS from St Leonards-Mayfield School showed what they were made of when they rode to victory at the National Schools Junior Show Jumping Championships at Gickstead on Thursday, July 26. Phoebe Toyne-Bridges,14, from Wadhurst, Ellie Walker 13, from Heathfield, and Millie Bresnahan 14, from Heathfield, formed the winning team, and were among 15 pupils from the East Sussex school to compete at the championships. The competition allows only three riders in a team, which means that every score counts, and therefore that every rider is under intense pressure. The Mayfield team were among ten teams to qualify for the final round, which was held in the Hickstead International Arena, jumping on the turf where only last week Team GB’s Olympic hopefuls were competing at the Royal International Horse Show. Despite the pressure and the grand scale of the event, all three girls jumped stylish rounds to produce an emphatic win, and to take the title most convincingly. Jill Barker, director of riding commented: ‘This is one of the most significant schools’ championships in the country, so it is a massive achievement for our riders to be so successful here. This team won the National Schools Winter Novice Championships at Addington last year so they have had some experience of riding under pressure, but Hickstead took it to a whole new level, and I am immensely proud of how well they coped. There is no doubt that hard work and team training has played a large part in their success, but it is also due, in no small part, to the team spirit throughout the entire squad and how well they support each other. The whole squad should be very proud.’

CHALLENGE: The Summer Reading Challenge for all primary school aged children began again on Saturday, July 14 and ends on Saturday, September 15. The theme for this year is Story Lab a celebration of story and the imagination. Story Lab will have a link to the 2012 Olympics and is an official project in the Cultural Olympiad’s London 2012 Festival. The prizes for the challenge are a little different this year a set of 22 Super Munglers Trump cards. Munglers Trumps is a pack of collectable trump cards featuring the Mungler characters devised by author and illustrator Guy Bass. This year, to coincide with the Story Lab, a new set of Super Munglers Trumps have been developed by him. You can view them on the website: Each card is scored for strength, size, speed, smell and scariness so the cards can be played as an exciting trumps game. Children will choose their Trump cards by a lucky dip and can swap them with their friends. To complete the challenge, children will need to read six library books, fiction or non-fiction. A certificate and medal will be awarded to every child who finishes the challenge. It’s hoped many children in Mayfield and Five Ashes will join the challenge and that they enjoy reading their books and playing with their trump cards. Lorna Train, library volunteer looks forward to enrolling them in the library very soon.

SUMMER FAIR: Despite the difficult weather which forced the St Thomas of Canterbury Summer Fair indoors, organisers were delighted to see how many people made the effort to turn up and enjoy the day on July 7. As a result of the generosity of all who attended, the Fair raised just under £2,500, of which a third will be shared equally between Hospice in the Weald and Sussex Oakleaf.

COMPETITION: Jason’s Marmalade competition has finally been judged. Jason thanks everyone for their patience. Once again the quality was high and the judges managed to get down to four, the first place was confirmed and a blind tasting was done for second and third place. The winner was Mrs Ward and she has never made marmalade before so, very well done. Second was Gill Bird and third was Nicky Cluney (last year’s winner). Well done to all and for those not so lucky, better luck next year. Jason says this year’s honey harvest has suffered due to the constant foul weather, so local honey will be in short supply but foreign honeys are nearly always available though, apparently, not as good for the immune system should you have hayfever or other ailments. Meanwhile, July and August are traditionally good times for fruit and vegetables but again some crops have suffered and outside grown may not be as plentiful as in other years, let’s hope the jet stream behaves next year. However, as courgettes will probably be in abundance this year, this is a delicious recipe.

OPEN GARDENS: On Sunday June 17 this year, the sun shone. Seven of Mayfield’s gardens were open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme ( The village was very busy with local visitors and also those from further afield. The money raised goes to various charities under the scheme and this year £2,700 was made from ticket sales. Friends of Macmillan Cancer Support provided teas at two of the gardens and raised a further £800 for their own charity making a grand total of £3,500 over the whole day. Thanks to all who attended. Let’s hope everyone is just as fortunate with the weather when the gardens are open in June 2013.

THE CENTENARY of the Five Ashes Horticultural Society took place at the village hall on Saturday, July 28 at 2.30pm. As well as the Jubilee celebrations this was a special event with an exhibition of artefacts, memories, photos, etc. of the last 100 years of village life and old timers who can no longer regale us with their stories and life styles. It was very nice to come and learn how it all was, idyllic and otherwise in this farming community, we are down to about two working farms now in this green and pleasant land. The WI and horticultural shows will survive so please come and support the society. Relatives and people who lived long ago in the village, but have moved away, attended, so there was lots of chat and yarning as well as all the usual sideshows, exhibits and fun.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Wilmington 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; opposite Rose Cottage Alciston 10.40am to 11am; Selmeston village hall 11.05am to 11.30am; Village Hall Arlington 11.40am to 12.05pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

PCSO: Over the end of July/beginning of August, our PCSO Daryl Holter has been out in Hooe, Ninfield and Catsfield with Speed Watch. This was in an effort to deliver a message to drivers that anti social, dangerous or illegal driving in the area will not be tolerated. In total 119 drivers were spotted by the Speed Watch volunteers exceeding the speed limit and a further 12 drivers received a fixed penalty notice or the offer of a speed awareness course.

OLD MOTOR CLUB: Last Sunday saw Hooe’s Old Motor Club’s 43rd Show which was a big success. With the new car park and enlarged show ground even more exhibitors attended. The show attracts cars that are not normally seen such as Queen Wilhelmina’s 1926 Rolls Royce, Queen Mary’s Lady in Waiting’s 1905 Renault, A 1911 Rolls Silver Ghost and perhaps the star of the show, the only 1910 International AA Auto Buggy in the world. These were supported by another 300 or so pre 1970 cars all in show room condition plus vintage motorbikes, classic bicycles displayed by Bexhill’s Classic Bike group preceded the Lady and Car competition entertained the numerous spectators. The show ground was ringed by over 40 trade stands including a display by Hooe’s newly formed Youth Club. The organisers expect record profits from the day which at the time of writing has yet to totalled. This money will go to local charities.

THE BOWLS CLUB had a number of matches last week but I think the late night on the Friday before (watching the Olympic Opening Ceremony) caught up with them. August 1 they played Hawkhurst and lost 47-100, August 2 they lost 85-99 to Hailsham, August 4 they played Ringmer loosing 83-102.They did gain a win from the week when they played Herstmonceux on August 5, winning 67-66. During the week four members of the club attended the Staplecross Invitation day. Although they didn’t win an enjoyable day was had.

FOOTBALL TRAINING: Linked to the Youth Forum, a group of young lads (and hopefully a few girls) from the village are starting football training on Thursday night, 6pm to 7pm. They have one coach, but could do with more help. If you have a background in coaching or just an interest in football and would be willing to donate an hour a week to help out, please call Kaye Crittell 01424 892883 for more information.

HOOE OPEN GROUP meet today, Friday, 2.30pm at the Bexhill Museum in Egerton Road. The museum will lay on a special presentation of their exceptional costume collection, consisting of both over and undergarments, ranging over a period of some 300 years. After this fascinating and knowledgeable presentation the members will walk to the De La Warr Pavilion, for a cream tea, taken in a reserved section of the first floor lounge. The cost will be just £5. As always this will be a most memorable event so why not invite a friend? For further details contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

STRAWBERRY TEA: Ninfield Working Mens Club are holding an afternoon strawberry tea on August 14, 2pm to 4pm at NWC. This is in aid of their chosen charity the young Carers Charity. All are welcome.

SUMMER SHOW: The horticultural society’s summer show is on August 18 in the Memorial Hall at 2.30pm. They invite you to submit your entries for the show (there are classes for young and old alike). Entry forms can be obtained from Rose, Ivan, Robin or Linda, to be submitted by August 15. There will also be refreshments and a tombola! All are welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Mr J Torn.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the Building Fund. This will include a summer hamper, raffle, plus bric-a-brac. On Saturday August 18 the coffee morning will be hosted by the Ladies Circle. All welcome in the lounge from 10am till noon.

COMMUNITY CENTRE: Please enquire at the office, 54 Windsor Way, Polegate for hire charges and vacancies, open 10am to noon, and 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Telephone 482434.

RAMBLING CLUB: On August 16, Bluebells in August, three miles approx. Walk along Dittons Road to look at new development in its first phase, then on to nursery for coffee, back to Polegate via Cuckoo trail. Meet at Co-op car park at 10am no stiles with Geoff. Or a longer walk 1066 And All That, five miles, tracks and fields, six stiles with Roy H. Or Ouse Valley to Newick, nine miles, flat, fields and river, take picnic with Barbara.

TEA PARTY: Amanda O’Riordan is holding her annual Blooming Great Tea Party, in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Fund, from 11am until 1pm tomorrow, Saturday. There is a £2 entry donation to include tea/coffee and cakes. All the donated money goes to the charity as Joe covers all the costs of the refreshments. Please try to come along to assist me in raising some funds for a very worthy charity. Joe’s Jump by parachute for those that have been asking is on Wednesday.


OLYMPICS: I wasn’t the slightest bit interested in the Olympics, but I’ve been absorbed in the atmosphere. That evening when the athletics were on and hubby John was watching, suddenly I was gripped. Three British gold medals in under an hour. Amazing. And of course, Andy Murray’s win. That was fantastic. Poor Federer. I said, if the Krays were still around, you’d think they’d threatened him. There have been a lot of press events on in the different Olympics Houses. I went to a Scottish one and met Neil Oliver. He’s even better when he’s not windswept. And we talked archaeology for ages. He said that women love to marry an archaeologist because the older she gets, the more interesting he finds her. Friday was Italy’s turn. I had my photo taken between two hunky archery gold medal winners. Their faces said it all. They couldn’t stop beaming. Today it’s Italy again. I’m taking hubby John so he can feel the atmosphere. London’s buzzing. Everyone’s happy. And there’s no travel problems at all. I know there are only two days left, but I strongly recommend a trip to London. It’s simple, Uckfield line to London Bridge. Get off and stare up at the Shard, and just walk around. There are people in pink everywhere to give directions. I think London’s handled it brilliantly.

SUMMER SHOW: The horticultural society’s Summer Show is on Saturday August 18 in the Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre at 1.30pm. Prize giving at 4pm. There are classes for flowers, vegetables, flower arranging, photography, cookery, handicrafts and a children’s section. Visitors to the show are often overheard saying, my roses/beans/sponge are better than these. Come and join in, we will give you any help you need with placing in the correct class and advice on how to present your entry, if required. Phone 762935 or 763929 for a show schedule. (Dorothy Sparks).

MEETING: The next horticultural society meeting is at 7.30pm on Monday at The Ashdown Room of the Civic Centre. It is a demonstration by Carol Hodge entitled flower arranging made easy. All Welcome. Visitors £3.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning worship with holy communion. Last week we had our family service with pets, in the car park. As we set things up for the service we kept an eye on the clouds, but mercifully they retained their contents, and we enjoyed our service outside. All but one of the pets were dogs, the exception being a rabbit. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service. Heathfield Chapel: Peter Barrie, representing the Slavic Gospel Association, will be the speaker at the 11am and 6.30pm service.

HISTORY GROUP: There is no meeting this month. Our next walk is on Wednesday, meeting at the cross roads at the junction of Rookery Lane with Golding’s lane and Colliers Green at 6.30pm. As the evenings are beginning to draw in it is recommended that you bring a torch, for the last part of the walk.

PARISH COUNCIL: There is the story from WWI of a message being passed along the trenches from the front line to HQ. On the way, ‘send reinforcements we are going to advance’ became ‘send three and four pence we are going to a dance’. Something similar happened between the last meeting and myself. Hearing the item about new houses in Forest Lane (c14) it came to me as 40 in Blackdown Lane.


Wannock & Jevington

THE CHARITY Table Sale held at Trinity Church hall on July 28 raised £513.20 for the Sussex Cancer Fund at the Royal Sussex Hospital Brighton and the RNLI, an excellent result.

CHARITY EVENT: The next fund raising event for the JPK Project takes place at the Manor Barn at Bexhill today, Friday, from 7.30pm to 11pm. There will be dancing and live music with Billy Miller, singer of swing and up-tempo songs. There is a staffed bar, a cold buffet and desserts, raffle and tea or coffee. Tickets are £12 each or £6 for the under 11’s or for those with a learning disability. Please ring Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or Carol Short on 01424 810454. The JPK Project aims to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability.

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

THE BOOGERA BROTHERS, Paul and Andy, will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with their lively acoustic set.

THE HOOTS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE GIBBS TRIO will be giving a recital at 7.30pm on Monday at St Mary’s Church. The trio consists of 23 year old Fiona Gibbs, and her brothers Mark and Iain, who are 20. They have all attended local Eastbourne schools and have performed together since they were children, winning numerous awards at both Eastbourne and Hastings Music and Arts Festivals. Since turning professional five years ago, The Gibbs Trio has performed at many venues in London and throughout the South East. The recital will include Pachelbel’s Canon, Eine Kleine Nachtmusick, Bach’s Concerto for two violins, pieces by Dvorak, and adaptations of songs by the Beatles and Van Morrison. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection.

MONSTERS OF ROCK Summer School is a really exciting project for young people who have some musical ability. From August 13 to August 17 a Monsters of Rock Summer School will be held in the drama studio at Willingdon Community School under the Sussex Rocks banner. The course will be held each day from 10am to 4pm. It is intended for young people aged between 10 and 18 years old. 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

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Gorringe Valley Road and Wannock Lane at 11am on Tuesday. She will also be at the junction of Gorringe Valley Road and Gorringe Drive at 11am on Saturday August 18. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685755.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: As well as the normal opening hours from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday afternoons, Polegate Windmill has special events taking place on the Wednesdays during August. On Wednesday August 15 from 2pm to 5pm there will be quizzes and competitions for children based on the windmill. The afternoon will commence with a guided tour of Polegate Windmill and the cost is £1 per child and 50p for an accompanying adult.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon on Friday August 17 at Trinity Church Hall when the menu will be luxury fish pie, seasonal vegetables, fruit salad and cream followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place call Jennie on 01323 484189.