Parish pump Hailsham - August 15,2014


THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY’S Annual Summer Show was held last weekend and it did not disappoint. The heady perfume from the floral exhibits filled the hall but it was the vegetables that outclassed them apparently flourishing in the hot, dry summer. There were some Alfriston regulars in the list of winners with Jan Stevens, Sheila Hamilton, Mark Hurst, Ian Thomas and from Seaford, Ken Lloyd with some encouraging entries from newcomers. Ken Lloyd was the most prolific exhibitor adding to two winning cups the Best in Show with his Trug of Garden Produce, Ian Thomas won the prestigious RHS Banksian Medal for most points gained in fruit, flower and vegetable exhibits. Sheila Hamilton won two cups for flowers and pot plants. She is making the prize for Best Pot Plant her own this being the third time she has walked away with the winning cup. Frances Stevens won two cups in the domestic class and Heather Hurst won the Penfold Cup for her decorative arrangements. The novice exhibitors included Adrian Butcher winning Tony’s Trophy for baking and a cup for his flower entry. Vanessa Bristow-Rose won the Decorative Cup for flower arrangement and Debora Cova shared a Novice Cup with John and Avril Hughes in the flower and vegetable section.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL begins on Friday August 22 with the art exhibition at the Old Chapel Centre (sponsored by the Wingrove House) from 10.30am to 5.30pm daily. At 1pm on the Tye the Children’s Fun Day begins with a Teddy Bears Picnic (bring your own teddy and picnic) with entertainment provided by Smartcookies. (Free). On Friday evening at 7pm the Quiz Night will be held in the War Memorial Hall. This year quizzers are asked to bring a plate of something to share for supper. On Saturday August 23, there will be a chance to admire the Collectors’ Car show, or try the Bouncy Castle, Family Fun Run (sponsored by The George) and Beret Throwing competition. At the War Memorial Hall, at 7 pm, the Festival Revue will mark the Outbreak of WW1. It will also be a chance to hear and sing some Old Time Music Hall songs and come dressed up in the style of 100 years ago, hats and costumes are available from the Alfriston Players, get in touch with Liz or Sylvia at Tickets, £6, which includes supper, are on sale at Hicks, The Paper Shop. Sunday will start with the animal blessing on the Tye at 11am. Even if you don’t have an animal it is still an interesting sight to see the pets, from hamsters to horses, receiving the blessing. Another packed family day on the Tye is planned starting at 2pm with the Fun Family Dog Show (sponsored by Drusillas) and ending at 6.30pm with Bingo and Bring your own Picnic. This will be on the Tye, but if wet, in the War Memorial Hall. Bank Holiday Monday is, as ever, the big day of the Festival starting with the Car Boot Sale at 7am on the Recreation Ground and in the afternoon on The Tye with a selection of traditional stalls and games. Throughout the weekend there will be music to accompany the merry making with The Scottish Pipe Band, The Seaford Silver Band and the Johnny Spice Swing Band. Full details can be seen in the programme which is in every village outlet and at the Tourist Offices in Seaford and Eastbourne.

PARKING: Parking for the Bank Holiday Monday will be on the well signed Recreation Ground at the bargain parking price of £2 for the day. There will be signs indicating No Parking along the residential roads in the village to enable an essential need for the free flow of traffic.

Bodle Street Green

VILLAGE HALL: A boot and table sale is being organised for tomorrow, Saturday. It will be open during the morning and early afternoon.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.


CHURCH NEWS: On Sunday August 3 the Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological society enjoyed a most informative talk about our beautiful downland church and many members vowed to return for future services. On Sunday August 10, Reverend Roger Dalling conducted a lovely service of Matins. This Sunday will be Matins again (BCP) The service will be followed by refreshments, tea, coffee etc.


FARMERS’ MARKET: Great Market last week. Despite the Charter Market also being on in the centre of town, HFM were able to take advantage of this opportunity to increase awareness about the Farmers’ Market. To compensate for the loss of footfall, Hailsham Town Council very kindly donated a pitch and this was used, not to sell produce because this is not HFM’s traditional site, but to give out information to promote the Farmers’ Market, reassure people that it was still on, tell them about Olly Dawson doing his demonstrations and free tasters, and that Cuckmere Community Bus who shared the pitch, were also able to send people down to the Cattle Market site to have a whizz around in one of their buses and possibly sign up as a volunteer driver. The footfall at HFM, as a result was greatly increased and the farmers were very happy with the result and so too was the bus company. Thank you very much everybody who went along and supported HFM and hope you enjoyed the Olly Dawson experience. There will be more stallholders next month, it is August and holiday season after all.

ST MARY’S: This is the Ninth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Gideon: Weak, Mighty Warrior. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Dealing with Sin. All welcome at the Bite In on Fridays in the Church Lounge from 9.30am to noon for refreshments, light snacks, friends and chats.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is to be arranged.

SPENCER AND BINKS: This new exhibition at Gallery North starts on Tuesday and runs until Saturday September 12. There will be a wide selection of striking contemporary paintings by two of the gallery’s long standing artists. Tony Spencer and Graham Binks.

BEETLE DRIVE on Friday August 22 from 7pm at the Charles Hunt Centre. Entry of £5 per head includes tea and cake. As we get nearer the Hailsham Bonfire Society’s celebration on October 18 this is another opportunity to help them raise funds towards this fantastic public event.

HOPS OPEN DAY tomorrow, Saturday, at The Pavilion, George Street. Go along between 10am and noon to visit your local cinema and live arts venue. Have a look behind the scenes and meet some of the staff and volunteers. Admission is free and open to everybody. There will be refreshments available and there will be a walking treasure hunt, tombola and merchandise sales.

U3A: The U3A as a whole will meet at the Civic Hall on Tuesday August 26 at 2pm for 2.30pm start when Ian Gledhill will give a digital presentation on The Magic of Pantomime.

FLOWER CLUB: Hailsham and District Flower Club welcomes guests. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month (apart from December) in the Hailsham Civic Community Hall at 7.30pm. Next meeting is a workshop on Wednesday.

UKIP COFFEE MORNING: The UKIP Hailsham group are holding a coffee morning on Tuesday August 26, in the Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road, starting at 10.30am. All are welcome to attend and Peter Griffiths, the UKIP Wealden Constituency Parliamentary Candidate, will answer any questions that local people might have.

PLAYDAY: On Wednesday August 27 from 10am to 2pm there is a free Wealden Activity Day on the Maurice Thornton Playing Field. The Community Chef will be there as well as arts and crafts, community games and lots more. Bring your own picnic. All ages welcome. Visit for more information.

BLUEBELL WALK: The Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail partnership of John and Carolyn McCutchan and Philippa and Michael Vine enjoyed a wonderful season as the weather was on our side, so different to the past two difficult years. Spring sprung early and so the start date had to be brought forward, so different from last year when they had to contend with one of the latest springs in recent years. Thanks to those charities that also had to bring forward their duty days. This year for the first time there was an official opening by Geoff Rowe, the Hailsham Town Crier, cutting the ribbon at The Gate House, followed by celebration drinks all round. The major improvements made to the barn and installation of the gate house, made coping easy with the increased numbers of visitors, so different to the waiting queues of visitors which often stretched across the road at busy times in earlier years. The elimination of the well-used Wilbees Wood Walk due to ownership changes of the land over which this walk traversed, caused many problems. All the maps had to be replaced showing a new route that the Appleton Family kindly provided, but this field was already ploughed to the field edge over which visitors had to walk, then when it was cultivated to sow maize there was wet weather, and being Weald clay caused very muddy conditions. Plans are for a firm and relatively smooth surface next year. No Bluebell Walk functions without the valuable help and delicious food supplied by the participating charities and thanks are offered to them for their commitment in ensuring visitors have an enjoyable experience and everything including the loos are kept spic and span. What has been highlighted is that improvements can be made by improving the signing especially in relation to the Farm Trails, to help avoid the unexpected electric fence and to keep cows and visitors separated. Thanks to the Appleton Family and staff for allowing access to their farmland and especially the milking parlour. All this adds to an interesting day out for so many visitors. In welcoming many family groups, creating an interest in what children are able to see and understand in our lovely countryside augers well for the future, as the completion of the Kidz Quiz sheets increase year on year.

100 YEARS AGO: In August 1914 Rev Francis Clyde-Harvey wrote the following: I suppose that when you reach 70 years they may do anything to you. Somebody told the Bell-Ringers that I should be 70 on July 29 and suggested that they should tell the parish, so without saying a word to me or anyone else, they told the whole parish at 6am. It was a nice and touching compliment, and I thank the originator and those who put it into execution. (Francis Clyd-Harvey continued as Vicar until his death in September 1922).

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Holy Communion (CW) at 8am followed at 10.45am by Parish Eucharist (CW). Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am Holy Communion (CW). At 5pm on Sunday there is a joint service with Hellingly. There is also a Holy Communion service at 9.30am on a Thursday (BCP).

THE WIFE: Outdoor theatre by The Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company present The Wife, the wife of Bath’s classic tale about what women really want. The venue is Michelham Priory and the gates open at 6pm on Sunday, bring a picnic, blanket and comfortable chair. Performance starts at 7.15pm and ends at about 10.30pm. Drinks available in the cafe during the interval. Tickets from 01323 501260.

MILITARY ARCHAEOLOGY: An evening lecture on Military archaeology around Michelham Priory with speaker Chris Butler on Tuesday. Refreshments from 6.30pm and the talk will start at about 6.45pm in the Great Barn and will last until 7.30pm when there will be the opportunity for 30 minutes of questions and discussions. Tickets £6 are limited so pre-booking advised through: Michelham Priory Gatehouse, 01323 844224 or

CARING AND SHARING: Julia Maling, the Project Officer for Caring and Sharing is coming to speak at the 10.45am service at Hellingly Church on the August 31. Hellingly Church has been supporting Caring and Sharing for many years. Now they are supporting the Steve Willis Memorial Fund and The Water Trust. The Memorial Fund was set up by Debbie Willis in memory of her husband Steve, who was killed by the Lord’s Resistance Army whilst responding to a call for help from a group of explorers in Uganda in 2005. This fund seeks to help those who have been affected by the LRA by providing clean drinking water and providing education in hygiene and sanitation. Working hand-in-hand with the Water Trust they have so far funded 12 boreholes, four of these constitute the sole water source in a refuge settlement of 10,000 people. All proceeds to the fund go directly to the installation of more boreholes in the area. The Water Trust works with the community to ensure the water point is maintained. They educate the community about hygiene and sanitation and ensure every family has access to a basic pit latrine. For further information contact Nicola Stone on 01323 842660, email Information about The Water Trust can be found on

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BOWLS CLUB: Three wins, one loss this week so not so bad? The first win came when they played against Hailsham in a league match, it was a really good afternoon and all four triples won which gave them a final score of 82 shots to Hailsham’s 48 which means that’s another eight points on the league table. Their second match, a friendly against Seaford, was also a win, the final score being 86 shots Herstmonceux, 57 shots Seaford. Not so good on the last but one match of the week even though they should have had the advantage as they were playing at home however, Ninfield came through with a 16 shot lead at the end so went home the victors. Last match of the week, a league match against Wadhurst, was a good result for Herstmonceux, a margin of 34 shots, another eight points on the table.

THE WINDMILL: A reminder that the windmill at Windmill Hill will be open to the public on August 17 and 24 as well as the Bank Holiday Monday between 2.30pm and 5pm. Lots to see and entry is by donation with plenty of free parking.

MOTH BREAKFAST at Lime Cross nursery on Saturday when moth experts, David and Charles Harding, of Court Lodge Farm, will, after having set up a moth trap the night before, be investigating the contents on the Saturday morning. A special breakfast menu will follow in the café for everyone who wants to attend the moth catch so please arrive at the nursery by 8.45am, breakfast will be served until 11.30am. Booking for the moth presentation is not essential, but it is for the breakfast so please call them on 833229.

WALKING CLUB: Meet Trudy at the Brewer’s Arms, Vines Cross, at 6.30pm on Tuesday for a four to five mile walk of the area. Drinks in the pub afterwards.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church with Holy Communion (CW) being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.

THE INFORMATION CENTRE are looking for another volunteer to help man the centre on Thursday mornings. If you are free on Thursdays and would like to help in the community please contact the centre for details or telephone them on 831988.

YOGA CLASSES are now being held at the Herstmonceux Health Centre on Monday evenings between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. You can either just call in or book a block of classes and if you need further information please would you call Kate on 07990755415. If you’re interested in the benefits of herbs medicinal herbalist Julia Behrens offers consultations at the Health Centre and is taking along baskets of herbs to the reception with all the information on their benefits. You can visit her on her website

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas. 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. 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

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: At their July meeting, Julian Porter from Bexhill Museum gave a most entertaining talk with slides on the De La Warr family and their influence on Bexhill. The De La Warr name began in the 1700s and Julian took them through the family history with its ups and downs. Bexhill was developed by the family and Julian showed the group maps of Bexhill in the first half of the 19th century and demonstrated how it changed from a small hill top village, to a town on the coast in just a few years when the 7th Earl developed it into a seaside resort on continental lines. It was the 8th Earl who built the Kursaal on the seafront as a pavilion for refined entertainment in 1896. This was quite successful as he had interests in the London theatres and had acts coming down to entertain, but it was mainly for wealthy visitors. He also had the cycle track laid down and in 1902, organised the first official motor race in this country which was won by Serpollet in his steam car at over 50mph. The Kursaal was demolished in 1936. The De La Warr Pavilion was championed by Herbrand Edward Dundonald Brassey Sackville, the 9th Earl, and was opened in 1936 after a RIBA competition for the design.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: On Friday, August 8, Hooe Open Group visited the Carr Taylor Vineyard at Westfield. Despite the weather forecast saying it was going to be a wet day, the club was blessed with a dry and almost sunny morning for the commencement of the tour of the vineyard and winery as well as an explanation and tasting of the vintages. The group was expertly conducted through the mysteries and heritage of viticulture (wine making) by David Harrison, who explained in great detail the correct way to prune and train the vines, of which Carr Taylor has 40 acres producing eight distinctive varieties of grape. Due to climate change over the last decade or so, the average temperature in southern England has risen by almost 1.6 degrees, which makes it the ideal climate for growing white grapes, which previously was the preserve of the French or Germans. In particular this applies to the growing of the crop for producing sparkling wine. Carr Taylor in recent years has been awarded gold medals for their sparkling wine in direct competition with the best French Champagne. Another very interesting development in viticulture is the management of the vines by remote control. This involves a highly sophisticated machine which is guided by satellite, able to monitor the growth of the vines and select those that need to be replaced, automatically planting new vines to millimetre accuracy. The complete tour lasted about two hours, including a Ploughman’s lunch, which was eaten on the terrace, in warm sunshine, before heading home. August and December are the only two months that the Hooe Open Group meets away from Hooe Village Hall, the December event being the Christmas Luncheon at Cooden Golf Club. If you are interested in joining a very friendly and jolly group of ladies, who enjoy each other’s company, why not go along to Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of the month at 2.30pm, you will be made very welcome. Their next meeting is September 12. For further information call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

CHESTNUT TREE HOUSE: The recent coffee morning/mini lunch fund raising event was a great success. Even though the day started with the promised rain, Carole’s friends, including other members of the Christian Women’s Fellowship, arrived to brighten up the day and set up the bric-a-brac and tea tent in what looked like a gazebo festival! The day followed their lead and the weather cheered up incredibly to be hot and sunny by lunchtime. Four members of the Spinning Jenny Band attended to play some tunes and the result of the day was an amazing £525 and rising. There were some generous donations included in that total but the rest was from the generosity of the people that came and the wonderful effort that the ladies put in to make the day a financial success as well as an enjoyable event. A thank you to all who attended for supporting Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

HOUSING QUESTIONNAIRE: There is a box for completed housing questionnaires recently handed out by Ninfield Parish Council regarding additional housing in our village. This is located at the Post Office. Please submit your completed questionnaires to this box or back to the parish councillor that gave it to you.

BOWLS: It has been a few weeks since we had the latest from Ninfield Bowls Club, so there is a bit to catch up on. There have been a few wins along the way: July 27, they played a league match against Gullivers, losing 33-46. July 29, they played Clive Cale, Hastings, winning 64-50. Another league match on July 30 against Hawkhurst saw them lose 42-84. A win came again on July 31 against Hailsham, when they won 87-77, even with a loan of a player to the opposition. On August 3, they also had two ladies and two men attend a Round Robin competition at Staplecross Bowls Club. It was a long day, playing a total of 42 ends, but sadly they didn’t win however, they enjoyed a lovely lunch and good weather. Last week saw them have a winning streak, spurred on by the good weather. August 3, they played Herstmonceux, winning 73-57. They played St Johns Mead (Eastbourne) on August 6, with a 92-79 win. Their final game of the week, a Rother League match against Westfield, saw them gain 8 points with a 72-51 win. This will hopefully move them to fifth in the table. The last league game of the season will be August 13 against Sidley Martletts and then all 10 clubs in the league meet at Ninfield in September for a Final Fling when the final scores will be given. Fingers crossed for Ninfield.

SUMMER SHOW: Ninfield Horticultural Society have their Summer Show tomorrow, Saturday, 2.30pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. You are invited to make your entries, schedules including entry forms, are available from the village Post Office or from Rose (892422). Whether you are an entrant or not, please do go along to this friendly, colourful show.

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY: August is the month when members of Hooe History Society meet for a social evening whilst still learning a little about the village. This year is no exception. So on August 21, they will be meeting at the earlier time of 7pm at New Lodge Farm, TN33 9HJ. They have been invited to wander around the garden, woodland, lakes and nature reserve, to hear about the wildlife and nature on the site and how Joan and John worked to create this hidden special place. Following this experience, they will enjoy a barbecue and social time. Car parking will be available, just follow the signs, and it might be sensible to wear suitable shoes. To cover their costs there will be a charge of just £2.50 for the barbecue. Please take your own drink, they will supply glasses and a bucket of iced water to help keep white wine and beer cool! It would be helpful to know the approximate numbers so that they can organise catering, so please let Heather (893422) or Pam and Peter (892329) know if you will be attending. The more the merrier, so if you forget to register just come anyway, you won’t be turned away. Should the weather be wet there will be limited cover for the barbecue, but you will need to wrap up for the wander.

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 Holy Communion with Revd Derek Brice.


LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, when our speaker is Malcolm Pratt on New Winchelsea. Doors open at 6.30pm, at St Johns Church Hall, High Street.

TRINITY DINNERS next meal is today, Friday. To book contact Jennie on 484189.

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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Jevington Circular, 5 miles with Mahmud. Meet at Friston Pond 9.50am, bus No l2X at 9.38am Terminus Road stand J. Two stiles, option tea at Jevington Tea Gardens. With Eastbourne Rambling Club. On Monday, Arlington/Michelham Priory grounds. Meet at 10am at Old Oak Inn, Arlington, with Robin, three miles, moderate walk. On Wednesday, Harbour Walk, Newhaven, three miles with Peter. Meet at car park first left of Newhaven bridge at 10am.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY events for children. This weekend please bring along your favorite teddy bear for Teddy’s Day out. Also on Thursday, Peppa Pig will be dropping in.

QUIZ NIGHT at Polegate Community Centre, 6.30pm to 10.30pm, organised by Polegate Conservatives. Please see notice board at the community centre for more details.

POLEGATE STROLLERS walk on 19 August, Motcombe and Old Town area, finish with refreshments. More information from Jayne 482538. Walk starts from the Centre, by Polegate railway station.

DOWNLAND SINGERS celebrating 25 years of singing together. Fellow singers, we know you are hiding your voices and talents. We are waiting to welcome you to our friendly and small choir. Our repertoire is varied, ranging from musicals to songs of yesterday and tomorrow. Do come and have fun on Thursday evening between 7.30pm and 9pm at Trinity Church Hall. To find out more about us telephone 484189. We are on holiday during August and recommence on Thursday September 11.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm evening service and communion led by Neil Thornicroft.

HISTORY GROUP: We meet near the Dunn Village Hall for a walk on Wednesday at 7pm. All are welcome.

THE BELLS: I am pleased to report the funds required to refurbish the bells at Warbleton Parish Church have been raised, and the work will go ahead soon. A big thank you to all who made this possible, including Margaret McCarthy and others who produced the recipe book New Bell Cuisine. Copies are still available at £5 from Margaret (01435 830560). Work will start in early September when the bells will be lowered to the floor of the bell chamber, and the headstocks etc. will be removed for renovation. They are due to return on October 6 and be back in operation on October 9, with thanksgiving on Sunday October 12. Whilst they are away a team of volunteers will rub down the steel frame and repaint it.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Congratulations to all involved in putting on a wonderful display in St Giles, Dallington, last weekend. The theme was Pause For Thought, and beautifully represented in the 28 displays each telling of something we can be grateful for. The detail in the arrangements was well thought out, I particularly liked the garden formed around the pulpit. There were delicious refreshments on offer as well, including lovely cakes.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

POLEGATE WINDMILL: During the remaining Wednesdays in August the mill will be open to the public from 2pm to 5pm as well as the usual opening hours of 2pm to 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday. On Wednesday children and adults can observe the mill and milling museum, using quizzes, word search, puzzles and crosswords. There is something for all ages. £1 per child and per adult. All materials are provided and includes a tour of the mill. Contact Sandra Creasy on 01323 736899. Wednesday August 27 is a general opening day of the mill and milling museum (2pm to 5pm). Refreshments available. The ground floor and museum are wheelchair friendly and toilet facilities available.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will meet from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when Malcolm Pratt will give a talk entitled New Winchelsea. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will meet at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

THE GOOD COMPANY BAND from Nashville USA play at the Wheatsheaf tomorrow, Saturday, on their All Roads Lead to London walking tour. Supporting acts will be starting at 7pm. The band is an ensemble of Nashville’s finest song writers, vocalists and musicians.

THE COURTELLES will entertain at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

ABLAZE the youth group for the 14 plus age group, meets at St Mary’s Church Hall on alternate Sundays, 6pm to 7.30pm. On August 17 there will be a summer walk. Meet as normal. On Sunday August 31 there will be a barbecue on the beach. Bring a friend, but contact Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528 or Sue or Stuart Freeman on 01323 505833 to check on the meeting place.

RAMBLERS: St Mary’s Church Ramblers meet at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm in Coopers Hill to drive to Mayfield for a five mile circular walk with some steady climbs. All are welcome.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council hold a cemetery committee meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Ring 01323 489603.

RECITAL: Fr Michael, curate at St Mary’s Church, gives a lunchtime organ recital at All Saints Church, Hove, The Drive Eaton Road, at 1pm on Wednesday.

BEER FESTIVAL: Willingdon’s Festival of Ale will be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend with plenty of real ale and cider to try. On Saturday August 23 teams of four will go up to Beachy Head for the barrel race. Each team has to manoeuvre a beer cask to see who can roll it back to the Wheatsheaf first. Each cask will be controlled by ropes and a plank of wood to use as a wedge if it looks in danger of rolling away, two men to push and two men to pull. If you would like to take part and can make up a team of four make it known in the Wheatsheaf. The teams normally get back at about noon to a welcoming party. During the day there will be music from Leo and the Wakin’ Snakes, face painting, garden games and stalls, and yard of ale contests. Food will be served from noon to 9pm. Sundays main events are the tug ‘o’ war and the barrel rolling competition for men, women and children along part of Coopers Hill. The biggest meat raffle and cash draw takes place at 2pm. More face painting and a Neil Diamond tribute, and more yard of ale contests and food will be served from noon to 9pm.The beer festival continues on Monday August 25 from noon with music from the Gadzooks, the last yard of ale contest and entertainment from the Morris Dancers. Food will be served noon to 6pm.

WANNOCK ARTISTS have their 40th annual art exhibition and sale at Wannock Village Hall over the August Bank Holiday. The exhibition will be opened on Friday August 22 at 7pm by Dr Richard Manwaring Baines and will then stay open until 9pm. Opening times are then: Saturday August 23 from 10am to 5.30pm, Sunday August 24 from 10am to 5.30pm and Monday August 25 from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free and refreshments are available. A large painting in acrylic of Sheffield Park Gardens, kindly donated by John Hook will be raffled with proceeds going to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.