Parish Pump Hailsham - August 17 2012


OLYMPICS 2012: It is not possible to ignore the last 17 days of emotion and it feels necessary to somehow claim some part of it for ourselves. With a little poetic licence I can do just that in this column. Howard Eaton’s company in Cooksbridge built and made work the glorious five rings which were quite breathtaking when raised with cascading fireworks during the opening ceremony. Alfriston’s link is that we know Howard. He comes to help out the technical side of the Alfriston Player’s pantomime.

SUMMER SHOW: The Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society held its annual Summer Show last Friday and Saturday. Although this year’s growing season has not been the most favourable the exhibits were superb especially in the flower sections. It was well attended, helped by the glorious summer weather. Sylvia Daw, Brian Dingley, Jim Hall and Hannah Weatherhead all won novice cups and Seaford resident Ken Lloyd won the Alfriston Cup for his vegetables. Cups were also won by Sheila Hamilton for her pot plant, Jill Butcher for her jams, chutney and baking, Heather Hurst for her flower arranging and Hilda Burton for her flowers. Hilda’s vase of mixed garden flowers was also judged to be Best in Show. The real star of the show, however, was allotment gardener Guy Eves, who only two years ago won a novice cup. This year Guy won four awards including the prestigious RHS Banksian Medal for the highest number of points scored in vegetables, fruit and flower sections.

COFFEE MORNING: On Saturday August 18 at 10.30am to 12.30pm the Lewes Constituency Conservative Association will be holding a Coffee Morning at Rossmere House, Lower Laines, The Furlongs. It is a chance to meet local Councillors Cllr Steve Harms from Wealden District Council and Cllr Nick Bennet from East Sussex County Council. Katy Bourne, who is a candidate for the Police Commissioner Elections, will also be present. There will be stalls of cakes and plants plus a raffle. Everyone is welcome. Donations of £2 at the door.

ALFRISTON FESTIVAL: Tickets for the Supper, Revue, Quiz and Concert are on sale now at Hicks, The Newsagents.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW). 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP). 11am Morning Worship. 6.30pm We welcome friends from churches in Heathfield for a Sunday evening service under the auspices of Churches Together in Heathfield and District. Let us come together to worship God in fellowship, praise and joy.

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


THEATRE: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company gave us all another of their amazing performances last Friday evening, despite the background noise of the lawn mower. The weather held warm and dry as the story unfolded about the disappearance of Marjory Daw. Transporting us back to the ’60s with mods and rockers, mini skirts etc. this was cleverly acted by the small cast who all took on several different characters each. At some times risqué and often funny, and the characters as usual helping themselves to wine and food from the audience, much to everyone’s delight, we had a great time. Thank you to all those involved. The final show of the season was last Saturday, so if you missed them this year bad luck, but look out for them again in November, when they will be doing another show at indoor venues.

CRICKET: The weather also held for the twenty/twenty cricket match on Sunday, at the playing fields. Two teams from the village played against each other. The first innings finished very close with just a few runs in it. At time of writing I am unsure of the final result, except that they all had a great time, with players young and younger. Mind I did notice the pain pills on the scorers table so I guess some of them haven’t played in a while, but there was a great catch and several good hits the short time I was able to be there. It was a shame that more hadn’t taken the opportunity to have a family day out and join the small crowd watching.

WALK: On Monday morning the next monthly parish footpath walk will take place, with Roger Cloke leading the way. You are all welcome to join him as he leads you over the net work of public footpaths around the parish. The walks start at 9am at the Bear car park and usually end in time for lunch. Dogs are welcome provided they are kept under control, especially around livestock.

LUNCH: The Age Concern, Burwash Branch lunch club also meet on Monday, to enjoy a lovely cooked two course meal at £8 per person at the Bear Motel. Anyone over 55 years old is welcome to join them. To book a place please call Jazz Botting on 882033 or Heather Lewes on 882080 or Maddie Ashbee on 883233. They may also be able to arrange transport if you should need it.

East Hoathly

CHURCH: The service on Sunday is 6pm Evensong.

WALK AND VISIT: Last weekend the preservation society had a very enjoyable visit and walk at Batemans, the home of Rudyard Kipling at Burwash. After a very interesting look around the house and wander through the beautiful gardens, 12 people and one dog set off for a walk among the glorious and quintessentially English rolling countryside that took in a watermill, meadows alive with butterflies, woodlands with meandering streams and stunning views all around. On the return they finished off a perfect afternoon in the best possible way – with tea and cake. The next walk is on Sunday September 9 and will be starting from The Star at Waldron at 2pm. Everyone is very welcome to come along, you don’t have to be a member and it’s free. Dogs are very welcome too, but must be on leads in case of livestock. For further details, please call Jenny or Chris on 01825 872830.

KING’S HEAD: This weekend there is a two day all day Beer Festival with music on Saturday evening at 8pm featuring the Juke Box Junkies.

THOMAS TURNER’S HOUSE: Fiona has kindly agreed to open Thomas Turner’s house as part of the Heritage Open Day Scheme. It will be open on Thursday September 6 in the morning from 10am to noon. Well worth viewing, but there is no wheelchair access because of the different floor levels, and it is not suitable for very small children. For further information on the Heritage Open Days visit the website at

DIARY: Friday 29 December 1759: ‘About 10.20 I went down to Whyly, from whence Mr. French and I set out for Buxted Place, he being a-going to gather some quit-rent of Mr Medley… After Mr French had done his business with Mr Medley, we were prodigious civilly entertained with some bread and cheese, wine and beer etc.…We also was showed the house all over, which undoubtedly is a very fine place, being built in the modern taste, though as yet it is not completely finished.’


PRIVATE READINGS: This event is tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 2pm and allows you to have a private reading with a medium of your choice. Contact (01323) 766435 or 07716225582 to book. The Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Francis Stadden and is followed by refreshments. Both events take place at Primrose Hall.

ST MARY’S: This is the eleventh Sunday after Trinity. 8am Sunday Holy Communion, Great Sin and Greater Grace. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups with the same theme. 6.30pm Sunday evening prayer service, Respecting Jesus.

RAMBLERS: Steve (844597) is leading the 7.75 mile Plumpton, Streat, Ditchling Beacon circular this Sunday. There is one steep climb. On Wednesday there is an easy walk with Peter (449439) over the levels to Magham Down of 4.5 miles and the Wednesday Strolls group are walking from Crowlink to the sea and return with Peggy (840387). If you would like to join Hailsham Ramblers on any of these walks, please ring the walk leader for the details.

FLOWER CLUB: In July members enjoyed a workshop given by Pam Gibson entitled Enclosure and were shown how to make a framework out of twisted sticks to support large stems of lilies with smaller flowers and foliage at the base. This was very effective once they got the hang of it. The August meeting was a talk by Lady Teviot entitled One Day I Will, along with a Small is Beautiful competition. As always there was a raffle, refreshments, and sales table. A warm welcome awaits everyone who comes along and you can contact (01323) 760513 for more information about the club.

ROPEMAKER: This new exciting professional theatre company based in Hailsham will be presenting The Comedy of Terrors from September 4 to 8 at the Hailsham Pavilion. Tickets are on sale now from the Pavilion Box Office. Visit for more information.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: This week services are Hellingly: Regular Services are on a Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday 8am Holy Communion and also at 10.45am and Sunday 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

OPEN GARDEN: Trumpetts Farm, Trumpetts Lane, (BN27 4RD) tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4pm. In aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Stalls, raffle and refreshments.

SCHOOL CENTENARY: Reverend Ronald Chatwin reports that distinguished national treasure, Dame Vera Lynn graced Hellingly Primary School with her presence on June 29, to mark the centenary of the present building, which opened its doors to the first pupils on June 6, 1912. Social pressures caused the school to be built, the erection of a Lunatic Asylum for 2500 patients, with a staff of 1000 to care for and maintain them. New people, more children, and the village school that had done good service since 1844 was now inadequate. Hence the Board School (as it was called) on the North Street site. History has a tendency to repeat itself and social pressures in the 21st century may cause, eventually, the closing of this building and the school’s removal to another part of Hellingly. Following Dame Vera’s visit, the school had an open afternoon and some 240 plus visitors, many of them former pupils, queued for admittance to view an excellent exhibition, called Look, That’s Me of memorabilia, wander down memory lane, greet fellow pupils, some of 60 years ago ‘Steven, is that you? I remember you threw an inkwell at me,’ and enjoyed a cream tea. The celebration finished off with a jazz concert and supper for parents, staff and governors.

EVENING MARKET: This recent event at Dicker Hall was well attended and ladies from the village tried on garments along with other visitors. There was a wide choice of items from clothes for ladies, gents and children’s shoes, handbags and other accessories. The changing room was very busy. All the items had very reasonable prices and most people bought at least one item if not several. The event will be back on August 16 from 6pm to 9pm and again at the same time on September 20.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

DIG FOR VICTORY: The weather forecast wasn’t good, the Olympics was being shown on TV but that did not stop people turning out for the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society’s annual show. Entries were down a little but I think that’s more to do with the weather than anything. This year, for the first time, the Cowbeech Calendar was on sale at the show. If you would like to purchase one they are on sale at the Merrie Harriers, but be quick because they are a limited edition. It was an afternoon of good old fashioned entertainment with the Warbleton Brass Band and the Will Dexter Swingers providing the music and a memorable Punch and Judy show was staged by Graham Lee. Cowbeech has always been known for its community spirit and when the charity auction took place it showed when one supporter bid over £500 for a donated iced and decorated fruit cake. Prizes were presented by Pippa Cross who many will know from the films she has produced including Chalet Girls, don’t forget to look out for her forthcoming production Summer in February. Finally a traditional day was brought to a traditional end, with dinner and a sing-a-long in the Merrie Harriers followed by the drawing of the Wild Blue Yonder raffle. Another great day for team MH. A lot of hard work but the suggested profit for the day was £4000 all of which will go into the funds for local good causes. Support of the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society’s events is always very much appreciated and we appreciate all the effort and hard work that the committee and their helpers put in before, during and after the day. A big thank you from all of us.

BOWLS CLUB: Five matches this week and the first was an away friendly to St John’s Mead with a win for Herstmonceux, 85-68. Their next match was a league match away to Uckfield which they lost 54-79, which means just the one point on the table. Seaford was another away match, a friendly with our team losing by just six points. The first home match of the week against Ninfield, a one shot loss to Herstmonceux. The last match of the week was a league match at home against Wadhurst, a win of 68-61 adding six and half points onto the table.

OPEN GARDEN and Summer Fete tomorrow, Saturday, when the gardens at the Old Rectory, Chapel Row open to all between 3pm and 5pm. There will be stalls, games, refreshments, books, bric-a-brac and cakes. All are welcome. For information ring Pam on 833079.

BREWER’S ARMS are hosting their Fun Day tomorrow, Saturday. It promises to be fun for all the family with all sorts going on for both young and old. Money raised will go towards the building of the new Scout Hut. For details see their board outside the pub or call in and have a word with Gaynor.

RNLI: It is with great delight that co-ordinator, June Exworth, reports that despite the bad weather this year her collectors did a great job. Their grand total was £1441.98 which was £200 more than last year. She would like to thank all who helped with the collections and those who donated so generously. Eastbourne lifeboat went out 11 times between October and December last year, so any money raised is always put to very good use.

OPEN MEETING: Tuesday September 4 an Open Meeting of the hall management committee will take place in the village hall from 8pm. All users of the hall and villagers are invited to go along, especially if you have any ideas which might benefit it in the future.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am, with Holy Communion (common worship) and Son Spot at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and 11am respectively.

Mayfield &

Fives Ashes

RAMBLERS: On Sunday, a picnic with John and Meri at 12.30pm. Please bring a salad or sweet and, if possible, a chair/table. There will be a small charge on the day. Please let them know beforehand on 01435 883393 if you are coming.

GARDEN PARTY: The Friends of St Dunstan’s Parish Church garden party will be held at Andredsbourne, Coggins Mill Lane on Sunday, September 2, from noon until 2pm by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Tim Reid. Andredsbourne is situated about 1/2 mile down Coggins Mill Lane on the left. Ample parking will be provided. Everyone is welcome. Tickets cost £8 at the gate and include a glass of wine, light refreshments and a walk around the garden. All the proceeds from this event will go to supporting the work of the Friends. The charity’s remit is focussed exclusively on raising funds for the preservation and maintenance of the church building and it was set up as a charitable trust to enable everyone in the village and beyond to contribute towards this goal. They have so far raised over £126,000 and projects include the restoration of marble memorials, the cleaning of stained glass windows, the re-leading of the chancel roof, the installation of French drains and much more. Information and directions from Annette Nabavi 01435 873476 or Tim Reid: 01435 873119.

MONTHLY WALK: The walk this month is on Sunday, August 26, Bank Holiday weekend. Last month they walked a new permissive path and Deborah Dixon would like to thank all those local landowners who provide walking opportunities for us on top of the many existing public footpaths. It’s always exciting to explore a new path and think of new routes through the local countryside. They meet at 10am in South Street car park for another friendly and gentle stroll within the parish. To find out more contact Deborah on 01892 853767.

FREE HEARING BUS: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre working in partnership with Adult Social Care mobile unit will be visiting the Memorial Hall car park on Thursday, from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail Martin Crawford Jones.

TENNIS: The club’s annual Noah’s Ark Tournament is taking place on Sunday, August 26. Perhaps this is an apt name in this rainy summer, let’s hope that players don’t actually need the ark. There is also a Ladies’ Tournament in the morning of Wednesday, September 12. Non-members and players of all abilities are welcome to join them. There have been two coaching camps for juniors last month and this with one just finished. These were also for both members and non-members and are for children in different age groups ranging from four to 16 years. For details of all these, plus information about the friendly club itself, please look at the website or ring 01435 873113.

FILM SOCIETY: Full programme details of Film on Friday’s new season which starts in September are now available. The group shows a variety of recently released films (with one classic each season) in the Memorial Hall. They choose entertaining and thought provoking films from around the world that have not been widely shown in commercial cinemas. The programme is as follows: September 7, Salt of Life; October 12, Goodbye First Love; November 9, Young Adult; December 7, Las Acacias; January 11, Monsieur Lazhar; February 8, The British Guide to Showing Off; March 9, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. Since the programme has been chosen early this year there are two slots left in 2013, April 19 and May 10, to select new features. Colonel Blimp is a long film that will be interrupted by a dinner prepared by Elm Green of Mayfield. As always a licensed bar is provided by Wealden Wholefoods of Wadhurst. To discover full details of these titles, pick up a leaflet at Handleys in the High Street, visit or ring 01435 872165 to receive one in the post. Subscription rates for members are unchanged.

VISIT TO HAMPTON COURT: The local history society outing to Hampton Court on Tuesday, July 10 was a great success, with the expected downpours waiting until the walk back to the coach. Travel with Lynn’s Coaches went well with no delays on either the outward or return runs. Those who had been to Hampton Court in the last few years saw many improvements in the layouts and content of the displays. Thanks go to Rob Foster, Warwick Child and Lynns for making the outing such a success. Next season meetings begin on October 26 with a talk by David Martin on Who Lived in a House Like This? This will be preceded by a brief AGM at which some member of the committee will have had to stand down and be replaced. Now that they have updated all their systems to manage databases and our oral history records, there are many opportunities to help modernise the society. In response to last notes we have a volunteer to help transcribe oral history recordings, but assistance in revising database files would also be most welcome. For details contact Brian O’Connor, MLHS Chairman 01435 873477, Rob Foster, secretary 01435 873215 or Warwick H Child, treasurer 01435 873252.

BUSINESS FORUM: Discussion on Keeping your Business Fresh by Innovating at the Rose and Crown from 6pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday, September 4.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Millfield, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

LUNCH: On Saturday August 4, the Arthritis Research Lunch took place. The lunch raised a fantastic £235 for Arthritis Research. The event went very well with good weather and good company. The organisers would like to thank Pete and Carol for hosting the event, who’s garden made a very pleasant venue. They would also like to thank all those who supported the event.

VISIT: The local history group are hoping to arrange a visit to the Observer Corps Post which is in the grounds of the reservoir (Ninfield) and would like to hear from any former member of the corps. Please contact Rod Ffoulkes on 893635.

COFFEE MORNING: The Methodist Church’s recent coffee morning (August 4), in memory of Ron Wells, was attended by over 50 members of the family, friends and local people. Funds raised from the event have enabled them to send donations of £75 to the Stroke Association and £75 to St Michaels Hospice. The organisers would like to thank all those who supported the event.


FELLOWSHIP coffee morning/mini lunch held on August 8 was very well supported and raised a fantastic £472 for The Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice. It may have been the lure of Judy Mann’s delicious cup cakes or finding a bargain in the mountain of bric-a-brac but it was a tremendous amount to make on what was a very damp day. A big thank you to all those who attended the event from the organisers.

THE BOWLS CLUB played Westfield in a Rother League match at home on August 11, winning 75-50. A very hot afternoon got the better of them on August 12 when they played at Pett loosing 57-81. On the same day two mixed Ninfield teams attended the Hellingly Invitation day and had a very enjoyable time.

HOOE OPEN GROUP had a very successful gathering of the members on the occasion of the club’s visit to Bexhill Costume Museum on Friday August 10, where a group of 20 members were given the opportunity to handle and examine a range of garments, covering a period of almost 300 years. After the visit the group made their way across to the De La Warr Pavilion for a cream tea, with scones and cake. The club will be meeting again at Hooe Village Hall on Friday September 14 at 2.30pm. There will be a wide selection of top quality, designer ladies clothing on sale, taken from the wide ranging display by A Touch of Class who specialise in nearly new garments and shoes. If you want to look stunning at a fraction of the cost you would otherwise pay, come to Hooe Open Group in September and kit yourself out ready for the party season. Non members are welcome to come along at the nominal cost of £2, which includes tea and biscuits. If you choose to become a member the cost is £10, which includes your visitor’s fee. For any further details telephone Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

SUMMER SHOW: The horticultural society summer show is tomorrow, Saturday, 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). There will also be refreshments and a tombola. All are welcome.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on August 20, 7.45pm in the village hall. All Hooe residents are invited to attend.

PCSO: Daryl Holter, our local PCSO is holding a meet and greet on August 23, 6pm at the Red Lion Public House car park. This is a great opportunity for you to discuss any policing issues that you may have with Daryl.

THREE MEMBERS of Ninfield Flower Group, Christine, Jennifer and Hazel, have been invited to do three floral arrangements for Southwark Cathedral’s Flower Festival which runs August 23 to 26. The Cathedral is a short walk from London Bridge station for anyone wishing to go and have a look at our local talent’s work in the splendor of London.

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.


TRINITY DINERS next meal takes place today, Friday. The menu is luxury fish pie, seasonal vegetables, fruit salad and cream, tea or coffee. To reserve your place contact Jennie on 484189 or email

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

THE ANNUAL SHOW tomorrow, Saturday, at the Stud Farm Allotment and Garden Society site at the Lawns, Hyperion Avenue, commences at 2pm. In the marquee there will also be stalls, games, and refreshments. Do come along and support us.

COFFEE MORNING:The annual coffee morning in support of the Marie Curie Cancer Care, held at Guardian Court, hosted by Amanda and Joe O’Riordan raised £248, which was rounded up to £250. Thank you for the generosity of all who came, we are very grateful.

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Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW). 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP). 11am Morning Worship. 6.30pm we welcome friends from churches in Heathfield for a Sunday evening service under the auspices of Churches Together in Heathfield and District. Let us come together to worship God in fellowship, praise and joy. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel, Morning worship with Paul Daniels. 6.30pm Evening service and communion with Rev David Laskey.

POST OFFICE: As feared, the notice has gone up announcing the ‘temporary’ closure of the Post Office in the shop, on August 30. It seems that the Post Office have no regard for local needs, and bulldoze through all objections. We need to keep up the pressure on them by various means. I gather that our MP Greg Barker has been informed and is taking an interest. Nigel McKeeman has put a good summary of the situation on the Village Leaf website. I am glad to report that if it is a permanent closure we will not be losing Sandy as she will be working in the shop. Personally if the Post Office does not re-open in the shop, then they will lose quite a bit of custom from me, as I pay my utility bills, national insurance and income tax at our local office. I also still get my road tax at Heathfield. These will all be done online or by direct debit from now on. I will probably get my stamps at a shop that sells them rather than a post office.


Wannock & Jevington

ALFRESCO DINING and an auction is the next fund raising event to be held in aid of the JPK Project which aims to provide supported residential accommodation alongside meaningful day time provision for people with a learning disability. This event is being held from 6pm on Saturday August 25 at The Cottage in Dittons Road Polegate, by kind permission of Maureen and John Males. There will be a live band with QED, informal cuisine, an auction, raffle, bar and dancing. There is parking room in Shephams Lane nearby. Tickets are £10 each and can be obtained by ringing project co-ordinator Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or by writing to her at 7 Wannock Avenue, Lower Willingdon BN20 9RP.

THE PLANNING APPLICATION for this much needed JPK residential centre to be built on the Edgmond Church site in Old Town will go before Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee on September 4. It has been a long struggle to get this far with many hurdles to overcome along the way but Jill Parker and the other JPK trustees have never given up hope that their dream would one day become a reality. Hopefully planning permission will now be passed and funds from grant making trusts can be released. To find out more Google Eastbourne Borough Council Planning Applications then click on Eastbourne Borough Council online Planning Applications Search, then enter the planning application number EB/2012/0473. You can then view the details and comment on the application.

LOCAL HISTORY: The society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday. The speaker is Ian Everest and his talk is entitled Newhaven Fort Then and Now. Meetings are held once a month at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be having a practice meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon today, Friday, 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.

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 on 01323 504463.

LEIGH BAKER will be providing the entertainment at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Meanwhile at the Wheatsheaf also from 8.30pm Pocketsize, Liz and Darren, will be entertaining the customers.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Gorringe Valley Road and Gorringe Drive at 11am tomorrow, Saturday. 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 685 755.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: There will be a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday at the parish council office in Gorringe Valley Road followed by a cemetery committee meeting at 7.30pm. Meetings are open to the public. For further information please ring the parish office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

THE CHURCH RAMBLERS will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday for a five mile walk from Alciston to Firle Tower. There are a few gentle gradients and a couple of stiles. For further information ring Lesley on 01323 504901.

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 22 from 2pm to 5pm there will be windmill book readings in the mill. The afternoon will commence with a guided tour of Polegate Windmill and the cost is £1 per child and 50p for an accompanying adult. For further information contact Jenny Wells on 01323 487671.

THE GARDEN CLUB members met on August 9 at The Wheatsheaf for a very interesting talk and demonstration on orchids given by Bernie, who works part time at Hilliers. A large friendly group attended the meeting and we certainly learnt a lot. Orchids need very little watering, and don’t like bright sunlight or compacted soil, in fact they can grow without soil or in just bark chippings or pebbles. Kitchens and bathrooms are the ideal rooms for orchids, because of the humidity, providing they are not too hot or too cold. More flowers could grow at a later stage, as long as the stems are not cut down - unless they are obviously dead. Orchids grow in the rain forests, often without soil, under a dense canopy of trees so the rain only trickles through. The group meets at The Wheatsheaf on the second Thursday of the month at 6.30pm. Contact Graham on 01323 501482 for further information.