Parish Pump Hailsham - August 16, 2013


THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society’s Summer Show was well attended by society members, villagers and tourists alike last Saturday. Although the number of vegetable and flower exhibits was down on last year the quality of entries was extremely high. The domestic classes (jams, chutney and baking) had a larger number of entries this year. Ken Lloyd, from Seaford, was the major exhibitor and prize winner including the prestigious RHS Banksian Medal. Ken gained the most prize money in the fruit, flower and vegetable sections. Other cup winners included Mark Hurst (men’s baking), Rene (Bubbles) Wilde (domestic classes), Bridget O’Dell (potatoes), Sheila Hamilton (pot plants), Anne Michael (flowers), Jill Butcher (domestic), Pyers Pennent and Paula Wilcox won novice cups.

MUCH ADO BOOKS will be hosting a discussion inspired by Juliet Clarke’s book Alfriston A Sussex Market Town and Its Makers. Juliet’s careful research and dedication to the facts helped her understand elements of the village’s history that had never before been understood. On August 24 she will be sharing the story of her work. From dusty archives to the bewildering choices for publishing she will discuss firsthand about the ins and outs of local history. Tickets cost £5 and include £3 off the price of Juliet’s book. Space is limited, to book call 01323 871222 or stop in at the shop.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL runs from August 23 to 26 and will include many of the familiar events and a few new ones. The Art Exhibition is once more generously sponsored by Moira House Girls School and is the first event of the Festival, opening on August 23 at 10.30am to 5.30pm daily at the Old Chapel Centre. Later that evening at the War memorial Hall will be the ever popular Family Quiz Night beginning at 7pm and including a light supper. Tickets £6. Teams to be of no more than six people. On August 24 the Collectors’ Car Show starts at 2pm and there will also be a bouncy castle, the Family Fun Run and the chance to tour Rathfinny Vineyard (11am and 2pm). The Eastbourne Scottish Band will play during the afternoon. In the evening at 7pm the Festival Revue will entertain at the war Memorial Hall. Tickets for the Revue are £8 and include a wine and cheese supper. On Sunday there will be the blessing of the animals Church Service at 11am. Two Historic walking tours, 11am and 2pm, Family Fun Dog show, which is sponsored by Drusilla’s Park and with prizes donated by Dene’s Dog Food will start at 2pm. The Seaford Silver Band will play throughout the afternoon and at 4.30pm the Wellie Throwing competition will start on the Tye. In the evening the British Legion Concert Band will play at St Andrew’s Church from 7pm; tickets £7.50 includes a soft drink or glass of wine. Bank holiday Monday will start bright and early at 7am with the Car Boot Sale on the Cricket field. At 2pm the Fair opens on the Tye with traditional games and stalls, pony rides, Morris dancers and all the fun of a traditional English Fair. The Festival Draw will be announced each evening of the weekend at 5pm and the Dine Out Draw on Monday at 5pm. The Festival raises money for local organisations and charities and is designed to be fun for all members of the family.

THE CLERGY HOUSE: Linking into the Alfriston Festival Fair on August Bank Holiday Monday the Clergy House will, from noon, have costumed tours of the house, a second hand book stall and a children’s corner which includes brass rubbing and shield painting. There will also be corn dolly demonstrations in the house. Entry to the Clergy House will be free all day.

PARKING on Bank Holiday Monday is £2 all day on the Recreation Ground. Follow the signs. In order to facilitate the flow of traffic and enable emergency vehicles access there will be no parking either on the Tye Road or the residential roads in the village.

BURST WATER MAINS: Once again water has been causing disruption to the traffic in the village. Over the last few weeks there have been several burst mains water pipes which has caused Road Closed signs to be either end of the village. On all occasions it has been possible to access the car parks and the village has been open for visitors, the roads affected have had water running in the gutters but there has been no reason for visitors to stay away from the village. Without trade the village will struggle. The good news is that the bin collection may have been sorted.

Bodle Street Green

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. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets at the village hall from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday.

East Hoathly

CHURCH TIMES: Sunday, Trinity 11, 10am United Benefice Communion Chiddingly, 6pm Evensong East Hoathly.

VILLAGE HALL: The village hall committee are pleased to report that the refurbishment work is going well and is on schedule to be completed in time for the planned re-opening in early September. We are hoping that, when all is completed, we will be able to apply to the licensing authority for an increase in the permitted numbers we can accommodate, an expanded facility for a growing community. It is the hall’s main function to serve as many of the community as we are able and one thing are we are particularly pleased about is the provision of a properly designed toilet facility for the disabled and infirm that will also contain a complete baby changing area. We have had to sacrifice part of the Belmont Room to manage this but we hope that it will not in-convenience too many.

THOMAS TURNER: Monday 22 August 1757 ‘…About 11 o’clock I went to Framfield and dined with my mother on some cold beef and French beans…from my mother’s I set off for Piltdown where I saw Charles Diggens and John Fowle run twenty rods for a guinea each, which was won by Diggens by ease. I got never a bet but very drunk. I was so much in liquor, I forgot what I spent. I lay at my uncle Hill’s all night.’


BONFIRE BINGO: This evening, Friday, at the Charles Hunt Centre at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. Help raise money for the Hailsham Bonfire Society’s evening in October and have fun at the same time.

TABLE TOP FUN DAY: This event is being held tomorrow, Saturday, at the Hailsham Memorial Institute on Western Road, (opposite the Rec). It is a tabletop sale and open fun day starting at 9am. There will be hot food available until 4pm followed by an evening disco and karaoke. Tables bookable on (01323) 840459. Non Members Welcome.

ST MARY’S: This is the twelfth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), A Friend of God, 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, The God of Justice. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Gospel Character.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Corinthian church service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Gail Moffit. There is a Clairvoyant Evening next Friday August 23 from 7.30pm to 9pm at the same venue when the medium will be Petula Stowell.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday there is a stroll from the Sovereign Centre around Sovereign Harbour with Jackie and Sid (841995). If you would like to walk a little further, Maisie (846737) and Liz (842022) are leading a 4.5 mile Friston Forest walk. Alternatively, there is an 8 mile Little Horsted to Isfield walk with Pam and Tony on 01825 764937 and 01825 764590 respectively. If you choose the alternative longer walk you will need to provide your own packed lunch and drinks. If you would like to go on either of these walks, please ring the walk leader for further details.

PEER SUPPORT COURSE: There is an information day on Friday September 6 for those aged 18 to 30 years who have experience of mental health difficulties. The Information Day runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm at The Square Youth Cafe, 1 Market Square. You will find out about an exciting free course that is going to start on Friday September 20 and which will consist of 10 sessions at 3 hours a week and refreshments will be provided. During the course, you can expect to improve confidence and raise self esteem, learn how to support others, learn how to improve your relationships, develop your listening skills, find out about signposting and employment, learn how to communicate more effectively and lots more. For more information please ring (01825) 766528 or email

U3A: There are lots of diverse groups within the U3A from garden visits to opera and dog walks. If you would like to be a part of the organisation or any of its groups call Sue in the first instance on (01323) 840797.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

OPEN GARDEN: In aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, there is an Open Garden event at Cowbeech House, Cowbeech BN27 4JF tomorrow, Saturday. This is a Grade Two listed building surrounded by formal rose gardens. There will be a range of stalls, raffle and refreshments organised by a dedicated team of volunteers. There is wheelchair access at this venue.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. 6.30pm Evensong. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

40s SING ALONG: On Sunday at Orchard House, Cowbeech, from 3.30pm sing along to well known music from the 1940s made popular by Vera Lynn and Anne Sheraton. Free entry but donations welcome for Hellingly Hospital Memorial Fund. For catering numbers, please contact Sylvia on (01323) 856448 or John (01323) 831621 if you would like to go along.

WORLD WAR 2 DAY: Michelham Priory on Wednesday there will be fun from the 40s. Music and dancing with Viv the Spiv, trail in the grounds, arts and crafts and wartime artefacts and vehicles. Suitable for all the family. Usual admissions apply.

GRANTS AVAILABLE: Hellingly Parish Council invites applications, to arrive by September 10, from organisations active in the parish or whose activities are of potential benefit to Hellingly parishioners. Applicants should state the purpose of the grant, which can include assistance towards administration or training. A recent set of accounts should also be enclosed. Applications will be considered in November and approved by the parish council in the autumn, after which the grants will be paid to successful applicants. Although the total sum available for grants is limited the sum has not always been fully spent. The decision of the council is final. Organisations who have previously received grants will also need to re-apply. Applications should be addressed to: The Assistant Clerk, Hellingly Parish Council, The Village Hall, North Street, Hellingly BN27 4DS.

FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: The 38th Festival of Transport, 2013 takes place at Broad Farm, from August 24 to 26. 2013 marks the 38th Hellingly Festival of Transport run by the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club and welcomes both participants and public alike to join in this prestigious event. This show is staged not only for the public but for charities in the village of Hellingly, East Sussex and in the South East of England. In 2012 Air Ambulance and the Eastbourne District General Hospital benefited, despite appalling weather during the year.

DICKER DAY went well. Angelena and Greg had provided for several stalls at The Plough, Upper Dicker. There was music from the bandstand and of course a play area for the children. Unfortunately some costly damage was done to the equipment provided for their enjoyment. The face painting was very popular as was the raffle (profits of £108.50 for the Dicker Hall fund) and ice cream (profits for Holy Trinity church) stalls. The rain did keep away for most of the time with the odd heavy shower. Thanks to all who attended.

DOG SHOW: The event went well with approximately eight entries per class. There were less stalls than usual due to some members of our small team of helpers being on holiday but there were some lovely handcrafted items of jewellery, porcelain and furnishings available. The food and refreshments, especially Glynis’s filled baked potatoes (including her very popular homemade coleslaw), went well. The profits are split between the church and Hall and this year amounted to just under £109 for each.

ARTS AND CRAFTS: Back in June 58 people submitted entries to the village hall exhibition amounting to 250 exhibits in 40 different classes and which showed skills to be judged and for the public to view in the afternoon. Visitors admired the exhibits and many remarked that they could have entered but were not quite sure what was wanted. On the strength of this, the Fundraising committee agreed another show would be held next year on Saturday June 21 and all hoped that more people would participate to make an event better show. To encourage more people to enter, it is hoped to be able to raise the prize money, but this is only possible if members of the public sponsor the prizes for one or more of the 40 classes. This would amount to £4.50 per class. More details available from Barbara or Margaret. Schedules will be available at the beginning of January 2014. Thanks are offered to the judges Evelyn Evenden, Doris Holt, Terry McGhie, Brenda Duffell and Jean Piper for the time they gave and the suggestions to the committee and exhibitors.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

THE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION has now become the voice of businesses for the Herstmonceux, Cowbeech and Windmill Hill with their aim being to foster businesses in the local area, encourage business growth in the area, support all types of businesses and provide the environment to develop Herstmonceux as a place to do business. They will negotiate opportunities to support businesses and seek out grant funding where available as well as seeking out support for business expansion. A member’s directory will be published regularly for distribution within the parish and whether you be self-employed as an electrician, plumber, carpenter, craftsman, builder or a manufacturer they are there to represent your business in our parish. They have set up an annual membership fee of £20 to encourage as many businesses as possible to join and to be heard and they have plans for a local produce market, a Christmas market and even some Christmas lights, that brings back memories. If you would like more details then please contact Malcolm Bradshaw on 8316666888 or by email at and their next open meeting , a meeting aimed at gathering in ideas, will be held on September 3 at 6.30pm to which every business is welcome to attend.

VILLAGE FAIR: All the fun of the fair and lots more at Orchard View on Saturday August 24 between 1pm and 5pm. It’s fun for all the family and admission is free with stalls to include books, bottle tombola, cream teas, home-made greetings cards, bric-a-brac, tin can alley, jewellery, cake stall and lots more. If you would like to run a stall the cost is £10 each payable in advance. Any donations of bottles for the tombola or any books etc would be much appreciated. If you are unable to drop them off at the office all you need do is to telephone 832335 and they will arrange to come and collect. Proceeds from this event will be split between the prostate cancer charity and Great Ormond Street hospital.

DIG FOR VICTORY: They had a great day with great weather which meant there was a big turnout for this year’s Dig For Victory. The Warbleton Brass Band were in fine form as were the Swingtime Sweethearts, the Companion Dog Show was well supported with an even bigger entry than last year photographs of which can be seen on www. The maggot racing along with all the sideshows did good business and the new feature of egg tossing proved to be very popular and entertaining. The committee of the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society would like to thank all those who went along and especially to those who helped with the preparation and the clearing up. They raised something like £3,000 on the day although this still has to be confirmed. Trophies were awarded to a number of people in the fruit and veggie competition and they included, Aniello Scarmadella and Rob Angel, Lesley Morgan, Jimmy Bingham, Carole Rolfe, Fiona Coutts, Jane Benians, Hollie willis, Tallulah Gower, Lissy Sheffield Robson, Cara Pellett, Caitlin Haques, Verity Webb, Giselle Olive, Amber Moore, Rosei Ledger, Rod Leeves and Ben Catt. Hope I haven’t missed anybody. Thanks to all for giving us a really nice afternoon out and we look forward to the next event in October which will be the grand bonfire display.

BOWLS: For the first match Herstmonceux travelled to St John’s Mead to play a friendly match, losing by 31 shots. Their next match away to Seaford they also lost, this time by 11 shots. Another loss when Ninfield came here to play in a friendly. Ninfield went home the winners by 9 shots. Next was a league match at home to Wadhurst, a win, the final score was 72 shots to 57 giving Herstmonceux a clear win of 15 shots and 7 points on the table.

WALKING CLUB: On Tuesday meet Cathie in the car park of the Woolpack at 6.30pm for a walk amongst the cows with the calves. For information please call them direct on 848790.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am with Holy Communion (CW) being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.

Horam & Vines Cross

FLOWER SHOW: Horam Flower Show will again be held in Horam Village Hall at the Constance Scott recreation ground on Bank holiday Monday, August 26 at 2.15pm, with presentations being made at 3.45pm. Competition sections include flower, vegetable, decorative, children’s, handicraft, art, domestic, drinks and photographic.


BRIDGE CLUB: Thursday July 25 Duplicate Pairs; 1, Susan Louis and Francine Talbot-Limbrey; 2, Peter Cattermole and Paul Allen,; 3, Ann Wykeham and George Hearn. Tuesday July 30 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Gannon and Martin Hall; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott. Thursday August 1 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nancy Wiginton and Rosemary Land; 2, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 3, Peter Cattermole and Mickie Lodge. Tuesday August 6 Ladder: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 2, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon.

OPEN HOUSE: Eclectic Avenue, Lewes Artwave Open House. 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer, BN8 5JT. 01273 812280. Fifteen artists and crafts-people. Free parking, free entry, refreshments, open house and garden. Saturday to Monday, August 24 to 26, Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1, Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, 11am to 6pm.

FOOOTPATHS GROUP: The group held its annual supper walk last Wednesday on a perfect warm sunny evening. Twenty five members set out from the Kings Head Inn at East Hoathly having first ordered their supper. The party set off in a westerly direction on the former A22 (before the village was bypassed), turning north onto the Wealdway on a lovely path leading to the well known Horse Stud Farm, Old Whyly. Continuing north for a further mile or so we then turning southeast through Pipers Farm to emerge on the road leading to East Hoathly at Crouths Farm. After a short distance the party left the road at the hamlet of Davis Town to cross several fields to reach the Old Whyly House, and soon returned to the former A22 a short distance from the hostelry. Almost the whole party were able to enjoy a refreshing drink and a hearty supper served by mine host before returning home, having enjoyed a perfect summer evening arranged by Bert. The next walk is on Tuesday. This all-day walk will visit the three villages of Rushlake Green, Warbleton and Vines Cross. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

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.

Ninfield & Hooe

GARDEN FETE: Birch Holt Residential Home invite you to their Summer Garden Fete tomorrow, Saturday, 1pm to 5pm. Along with craft, book, sweets and plant stalls, there will be a tombola and Grand Raffle. There will also be a guess the name of the caterpillar which has been made by the Birch Holt activities group. All are invited for a fun afternoon with all proceeds going to Age UK and St Michael’s Hospice.

SUMMER SHOW: Ninfield Horticultural Society’s Summer Show is tomorrow, Saturday, in the Memorial Hall. This is usually a big, colourful event with lots to see. The society would like to see as many entries as possible from the village, entry forms are available from the village post office. Please go to see the show from 2.30pm, and enjoy tea and homemade cake while you look around. Contact Rose on either 892422 or email: rose.franks1@btinternet for more information.

EXHIBITION: Ninfield Local History Group are having an Open Day Exhibition at the Memorial Hall from 11am on Saturday, September 28, in order to showcase what has been accomplished in recording the many and varied aspects of Ninfield’s history. Although the history group are not meeting during August due to the summer and school holiday break, it doesn’t mean they’re doing nothing. They are working on various projects for the exhibition as above and for the centenary of World War One next year in harmony with a project with Ninfield School. It’s also the 70th Anniversary of D Day and more importantly in our area, of the V1 doodlebugs and V2 rocket attacks. Those with memories of the V1’s buzzing overhead will be very welcome. Also any aircraft crashes or other incidents of note. Please contact Rod Ffoulkes on 893635 if you would like to get involved or share your memories.

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 Ian Wales.


ANNUAL SHOW: Stud Farm Allotment and Garden Society annual show is on the Lawns in Hyperion Avenue tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm. Prizes will be given at 3.45pm. We have a games evening today, Friday.

THE NEXT MEETING of Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society is today, Friday. The speaker is David Jones talking about the Bluebell Railway. Doors open at 6.45pm, meeting starts at 7pm, in St John’s Church Hall. Visitors welcome.

BOOK on the history of St Wilfrid’s Church by Jane Bwye, and her recent novel Breath of Africa, can be obtained from the Christina Bookshop, 91 Seaside Road, Eastbourne. A book signing is taking place in September.

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


TELEPATHY: We went to a party next door. Their daughter Daisy, who is two, was playing with her cousin. He’s 18 months old. The two of them would babble away to each other in a strange language and the other one would listen and nod. Then they’d go and play for a while, then speak their strange language again and toddle off to play another game. They could definitely understand each other. Our dogs used to communicate by telepathy. The eldest one would translate what I said. Are we all born with the power of telepathy, but lose it as soon as we learn to speak?

SUMMER SHOW: Don’t forget it is the Uckfield and District Horticultural Society Summer Show tomorrow, Saturday, at 1.30pm, prize giving at 4pm. Free entry to visit the show at the Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre. If you wish to exhibit, for a show schedule, please telephone 762934. There are classes for flowers, vegetables, flower arranging, photography, cookery, handicrafts and a children’s section. You don’t have to be an expert, so many people visit and say, my roses/carrots/photographs/cakes are as good, if not better, so come and join us. You will get all the help you need, if you are new to exhibiting.

COMMUNITY CAR SCHEME: The Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association has heard that the relocation of the Meads Surgery to Bell Farm Road is making it quite difficult for some patients living on Manor Park and Hempstead Fields to attend their appointments. The association thinks that the best way to tackle the problem is to create a Community Car Scheme. It is working with the Meads Practice on this project and a survey of their patients is underway to measure the level of support for such a service. The plan is to have a low cost car service to the new surgery, dedicated to the residents of Manor Park and Hempstead Fields. A Coffee and Cakes morning is being held in the Green Room at the Uckfield Civic Centre on Thursday August 29, 10am to noon, to air the idea and to give residents an opportunity to express their views on how the scheme might work. The Association is also hoping to recruit volunteer drivers and an administrator.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: The preacher at 11am Morning worship and 6.30pm Evening service and communion is Harry Vallance.

ART ON THE GREEN: Coffee and Company are planning an art exhibition called Art on The Green in The Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green on Saturday 14 September, 10.30am to 5pm and Sunday 15 September, 2pm to 5pm. There will also be a preview from 7pm to 9pm on the evening of Friday 13 September. Amateur and professional artists, photographers and craft-makers living in Rushlake Green and the surrounding areas are invited to submit one or two pieces of work. As well as paintings, photographs and craft items, three-dimensional work, sculpture and pottery will also be accepted. Reproductions are not acceptable. Work must be well presented, with art and photography suitable for hanging, and a maximum framed size of 100cm x 100cm. Children, under 10 years of age, are invited to submit work in any of the above media for a special children’s display. The work can be for sale, with 20 per cent of the selling price going to pay for the costs of running and promoting the exhibition. Entry forms are available now from The Stores in Rushlake Green.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. There is a change of speaker and topic for this meeting. Sally White will be giving a talk on Sussex Piers. David Jones’s talk on The Bluebell Line will now be held over until next year. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at the Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Memorial Hall. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros Burtenshaw on 01323 504463.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm Chris and Pete, known as Blue Reed, will be performing a varied acoustic set from country, jazz and pop at The Wheatsheaf. The quiz is on Tuesday starting at 8.30pm. On Wednesday it is open mic night from 8pm.

BRITISH QUEEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm Leigh Baker will be providing the entertainment at The British Queen. On Sundays there is free pool and jukebox and the meat raffle is drawn at 2pm. Curry night is on Monday from 6pm to 9pm; Thursday is quiz night and on Fridays there is free pool from 8pm to midnight.

HYMNS AND PIMMS: Fr Michael is organising a Hymns and Pimms evening on Sunday. Come and sing some of your favourite hymns at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church and this will be followed by Pimms and nibbles in the garden of 37 Church Street. Refreshments will be served in the church hall if it’s raining, non alcoholic punch.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council cemetery committee will meet at Willingdon Community School at 7.30pm on Monday. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

THE CHURCH RAMBLERS will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday for a circular walk from Warbleton via Rushlake Green. The walk is about five miles and there are some steady climbs.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: On Wednesday it is Mill Art Afternoon from 2pm to 5pm at Polegate Windmill. Drawing and painting tuition will be given by artist Peter Martin to children and adults, people of all ages. Admission is £1 per person which will include a tour of the windmill at no extra charge. All materials are provided. Please contact Peter on 01323 731514. The mill will also be open on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm as usual and then on Wednesday August 28.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Burlow Close on Wednesday at 7pm. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. She can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

WANNOCK ARTISTS hold their annual art exhibition and sale of work at Wannock Village Hall over the August Bank Holiday. Opening times are 7pm to 9pm Friday August 23; 10am to 5.30pm Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25, and 10am to 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday. Admission is free and refreshments are available. A painting, kindly donated by Sue Davies, will be raffled with the proceeds going to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

FESTIVAL OF ALE: This takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Willingdon when there will be a large selection of delicious real ales to sample. It is a community event largely organised by the Wheatsheaf’s landlord Martin Hughes and some of his regular customers. On Saturday August 24 there is a beer race when competitors race with a full firkin of beer from Beachy Head brewery to the Wheatsheaf. The race starts at 10.30am and competitors will hopefully arrive at the pub at noon to a cheering crowd and a jug of ale. Pedro entertains from 1pm to 2pm and there is a yard of ale contest. At 8pm an Elvis impersonator will be entertaining and customers are encouraged to dress up as The King. Sunday August 25 is a fantastic day of family entertainment. At noon there will be a barbecue with salads, chips and pizzas served in the back garden. At 12.30pm raffle tickets go on sale and there is face painting. At 1pm children’s barrel rolling for under 16s will take place. At 2pm the meat raffle and big cash draw will be held. At 3pm there is more barrel rolling and at 4.30pm the presentations take place. At 5pm, it is the tug of war. At 8pm Gadzooks will be entertaining at the 1940s theme night. On Monday August 26 the fun continues with a steel band at noon, a falconry display at 2pm and the Morris Men at 3pm.