Parish Pump Hailsham - August 2, 2013

Village news
Village news


A REMINDER: Charleston Manor gardens and medieval barn will be open on August 4 to raise funds for All Saints Church, West Dean. The fete begins at 2pm to 5.30pm. There will be the usual stalls selling plants, books, bric-a-brac and homemade cakes and scones. Teas can be enjoyed on the lawns to the music of the Heathfield Silver band. Entry is £3, (children free) parking is free. Sorry but no dogs.

MUCH ADO ABOUT BOOKS have invited Stephen Britt along to demonstrate the most up to date manifestation of printing technology around, a 3D printer. Inventor Stephen will be showing off his device at the shop from 1.30pm to 3pm on August 18. No reservation is needed. The device looks rather like a thick bicycle pedal and offers assistance to leg muscles when peddling. A video about it may be found on Much Ado’s website. The 3D printer Stephen will be showing exudes a special plastic, printing forms according to plans embedded in the computer. The printer will be working Upstairs at Much Ado.

DEANS PLACE celebrated five years under the management of James Dopson last Sunday with a tea party fund raiser for the Chestnut Tree children’s hospice. The amount raised to date is a splendid £670. The weather was forecast to be possibly torrential rain and thunderstorms which was scaled down to showers by Sunday morning and in reality was a slight sprinkling of rain which did nothing to stop the animated chatting on the hotel lawns.


THE SUMMER FETE and Dog Show will be held tomorrow, Saturday, on the village green. Grand opening by the Mayor of Seaford at noon. Entry forms for the dog show (classes for all shapes, sizes and ages) are available now at Linda’s Stores, Bishopstone Station, and on the day in the show ring.

DRIFTWOOD Open Garden, Marine Drive tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm, as part of the Macmillan Coastal Garden Scheme.

BIRDS: When you think the birds have finally flown, a strange noise in the chimney revealed an exhausted kestrel parent had fallen in. It safely hopped out of the open Aga flu in the kitchen and was happily reunited with the family on the roof.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).

FLOWER SHOW: The gardening club’s annual flower show is at the village hall next Saturday, August 10, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Programmes are available form the White Horse Inn or from Maggie Grant, and entry forms must be returned by 9pm on Thursday. Please encourage the under 12s to enter.


CAR BOOT SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at Maurice Thornton Playing Fields, Orion Close from 1pm to 3pm. Free entry. For more information call Emma on 07403 462138. Cars only £5 (from 12.30pm). No large vans or food vendors.

ST MARY’S: This is the tenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), A Forgiven Sinner, 10.30am All Age Special with crèche, A Postcard from Paul. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Two Mothers, Two Sons.

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 Rev Paul Green.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday there is a five miles Bo-Peep circular from the top, undulating and steep in places. This is led by Larry and Elaine on 01323 849680. If you prefer a short walk with Michael and Linda (01323) 845479, the strollers group will be enjoying summer time at Newhaven nature reserve. If you would like to go on either of these walks please ring the walk leaders for details.

ANNUAL GOLF DAY: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be holding the annual Golf Day at Willingdon Golf Club on August 30. Contact Tom Chapman on 01323 842758 now for details and entry forms. Teams of four, £30 per player, includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and prizes. If you cannot play, why not sponsor a hole for £50.

MEDIEVAL SCARECROW FESTIVAL: Make your own scarecrow with a medieval theme. Entry into the competition is free and there is a prize for each category of best child, best group (clubs, schools etc), personal, business, best use of recycled materials. For more information and to download an entry form visit Hailsham Town Council’s website or pop in and see them. Look for the scarecrow in local shops and get an entry form there. Hailsham Town Council can be contacted on (01323) 841702.

POTTERY WORKSHOP: There is a pottery workshop on Wednesday from 10am to noon with Helen Lavinia Moore at Dippy Doodahs tearoom at 52 High Street. There are courses to follow on making pasta necklaces and bracelets, make beautiful charm bracelets, more pottery and cones with Helen and painting ceramics. All courses must be booked and paid for in advance. Ring 01323 843014.

MURDER MYSTERY: As the famous detective Hercule Poirot used his little grey cells to solve a murder, so can you. On Saturday August 10 from 7.30pm to 8pm start at Summerheath Hall there will be plenty of red herrings and clues for all to enjoy when the Hailsham Lions present a Murder Mystery performed by the highly entertaining Catsfield Players. When the Hailsham Lions last presented a murder mystery evening, tickets were sold out quickly. Due to their popularity, the Catsfield Players are very much in demand and the Lions are delighted to have secured them for the evening. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets are £5 per person in advance from Joy 01323 840382 or Yvonne 01323 845715. The evening is in aid of the Sussex Air Ambulance and other local charities. Do not risk being disappointed. Book now.

KNIT AND NATTER: Ladies (and one man) who knit meet at the Hailsham Memorial Institute and have now reached a grand total of 20 blankets for charity with several more in the pipeline. In addition to this they have produced many children’s vests, booties and mittens all in association with Computers for Charity. Formed in March of this year by four like minded ladies, club numbers have now risen to twelve including one enthusiastic male member. The Knit and Natter club meets every Monday afternoon at the Hailsham Memorial Institute from 2pm to 4pm. Novice, experienced knitters and non-members of all ages welcome. Refreshments available.

INFLATABLES FUN DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday there is a fun inflatables event on Western Road cricket and recreation ground from 11am to 5pm.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: If you would like to find out more about the bonfire society and consider becoming a member then go along to one of their meetings held on the first Monday of the month at Hailsham Memorial Institute at 8pm. All welcome.

HAILSHAM’S GOT TALENT: The Ropemaker Theatre Company are looking for speciality and variety acts, jugglers, magicians, actors, singers, comedians, acrobats, snake charmers and, well, you get the message, to appear at a an evening of entertainment that is not only for the community but by the community. This will be in the style of The Goode Olde Days which some of us remember. Some acts have already been booked, but there is plenty of room for more. Auditions will be during September, so if anyone is interested, or knows anybody who can do a turn, don’t hesitate to contact John Wilders on 07973 473321 or hook up via, or leave a message on the company’s Facebook page.

U3A: Members have enjoyed strolling around Arlington Reservoir this month, a visit to the Old Vicarage at Firle, the harrowing opera Tosca, a field trip to Hailsham Country Park, a tour of Old Town Hastings, a walk with their pooches at Butchershole Bottom, a trip to see Gotta Sing Gotta Dance at the Devonshire Park and are practising their recorder and painting skills. There is something to suit everyone at U3A Hailsham. 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

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.

CRAFT SHOW: The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show is today, Friday, to Sunday from 10.30am to 5pm at Michelham Priory. Designer makers, pottery, textiles, wood turning and blacksmithing demonstrations.

DIG FOR VICTORY: Cowbeech Summer Fete on Sunday from 1pm in the Merrie Harriers beer garden and the fields beyond. Horticultural, crafts show for best fruit, vegetables, preserves, cakes, flower arrangements and more. Warbleton Brass Band and the Swingtime Sweethearts will be there as well as World War II vehicles and plenty of period dress. A dog show, sideshows, tug of war, face painting, coconut shy, Punch and Judy, maggot racing, a human fruit machine, refreshments, barbecue and beer tent. Wartime songs around the bar at 7pm. Hosted by the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society for local charities and good causes, including Demelza.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: The Hellingly branch have a garden meeting on Tuesday. If you would like to go along please contact the group secretary, Iris, on (01323) 841875. The WI meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm usually in Hellingly village hall. They also meet for craft and social afternoons.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

DIG FOR VICTORY: It’s that time of the year again when Cowbeech turns back the clock to the 1940s for its Dig For Victory show on Sunday. The Swingtime Sweethearts, having performed previously at Buckingham Palace, will be back to perform just for us their musical tribute to the 40s. Sharing the musical entertainment will be the Warbleton Brass Band and their first session will begin at 2pm just 30 minutes after the show has opened. This is a fund raising event put on by the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society who support many local good causes and charities. This particular event, which is staged in the fields of the Merrie Harriers from 1.30pm, is based on a traditional village fete with stalls and sideshows to include tug-o-war, barbecue, beer tent, tea and cakes, vintage military vehicles, period costumes and a Companion Dog Show. Running alongside this will be the competitions for the best fruit and veggies, photography and crafts and special classes aimed at the children. The Merrie Harriers will be open for the duration and the day will finish with a traditional British dinner but remember, you will have to book for the dinner. This is the 18th Dig For Victory and over the years in excess of £100,000 has been distributed to local good causes. Cost of entry is £1 per person.

SUMMER SHOW: A reminder that the 136th Windmill Hill Horticultural Society Summer Show is being held at the Reid Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Plenty of stalls, refreshments, free parking and the show will run between 2pm and 4pm.

SUMMER TREASURE HUNT: Throughout August, Lime Cross Nurseries will be running a Summer Treasure Hunt on a daily basis between 10am and 4pm. All you need to do is to follow the clues around the grounds to find the treasure and claim your reward. This is a free event and fun for all the family. Also during August they’ll be running a Summer Colouring Competition for children between the ages of 3 and 10 years. Collect a colouring sheet from the bursary, get creative and who knows, a winner could be found in your family in groups 3 to 6 year olds and 7 to 10 year olds. Closing date for entries is August 31. For more details please call 833229.

WALKING CLUB: On Tuesday meet Sue and Helen at Chiddingly village car park at 6.30pm for a 3 to 4 mile walk in search of the Maze. For more details please call them on 848790.

EAST SUSSEX Hearing Resource Centre mobile unit will be at the village hall car park on Thursday between 10.30am and 3.30pm where you will find helpful staff who will be willing to run a screening test for you and give some very helpful and constructive advice. They will also be demonstrating several of the aids that are available and these include amplified phones, loop systems, alarm clocks and smoke alarms. There will also be somebody there to do any maintenance on your aid should you need it.

SQUEEZE: There will be no Squeeze Breakfast in August because it is a holiday month. But the same warm welcome awaits you at the church in Chapel Row at 10.45am on Sunday and every other Sunday except the first one in the month. There will be separate activities for the children, and the young people meet at The Den. Tea and coffee or soft drinks are served at the end of the morning, with biscuits and the occasional cake. Squeeze Breakfast Club recommences on September 1 at the village hall, beginning at 10am. Come when you can and leave when you must. There is no charge.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday July 9 Teams: 1, Matt Read, Di Johnstone, Jill Higham and Pauline Brown. July 16 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge. July 23: 1, Irene Gannon and Rosemary Land; 2, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott; 3, Peter Gannon and Jonathan Hyde. Thursday July 18: 1, Alan Disney and Hugh Griffiths; 2, Nigel Osmer and Susan Louis; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. July 25: 1, Susan Louis and Francine Talbot-Limbrey; 2, Peter Cattermole and Paul Allen; 3, Ann Wykeham and George Hearn. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our recent walk involved taking the train to Amberley, walking to Arundel and returning by train from there to Lewes. Amberley Station is actually situated at Houghton Bridge and within yards of the station entrance we had started on a riverbank walk to the footbridge erected some years ago to facilitate a safer crossing of the River Arun than Houghton Bridge itself had given. We then proceeded through the delightful village of Houghton, noting the many thatched roofed houses there, before going southwards on a riverside path that had many exposed tree roots to a point where a gate led us into Arundel Park. The climb up the hill of about 500 feet with stops en route to admire the view across the Arun valley was accomplished without any difficulty and once we had reached the top we stopped for lunch at the edge of a tree belt that provided shade from the heat of the day but also afforded excellent views both east and west. Our route then took us downhill in Arundel Park until we came to Swanbourne Lake where a stop was made for refreshments before we walked the final mile to the railway station. Robert organised this interesting day with the help of public transport. The next walk will be an evening walk at East Hoathly. Meet at top North Street car park at 5.30pm on Wednesday.

ON SUNDAY St John sub Castro morning services kick off at 11am with worship for all led by Rev Dick Field, followed in the evening at 6.30pm by Holy Communion. We invite everyone to join us, especially if for the first time. Refreshments and a chat Will follow. Last Sunday we said farewell to Glen Hocken, our Honorary Curate, who will be greatly missed at St John’s, also by colleagues and residents at Lewes Prison and those at St Peter and St James hospice where he was a regular visitor. We wish him and his family every happiness in his new appointment. On Friday August 9 a Friendship Lunch from noon to 1.15pm at Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road for everyone who would like to come. Great news, the Children’s Society Cream Tea Afternoon last Sunday raised £149 for the society. Now one for those of all ages interested in wildlife, Saturday August 10, Down Town Lewes at 1pm. Meet at St John’s and will end at St Michaels in Malling. We’ll be joined by Andrea Gilpin of the national churchyard conservation charity Caring For God’s Acre. The event will start at St John’s with two talks on why churchyards are so important for wildlife, the wildlife you can find there and how you can help conserve it. As well as churchyard walks there will be a scything demo and refreshments. A free event but booking is essential so please e mail For anyone interested in joining the Sussex Wildlife Trust phone 0127349263.

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

BOWLS RESULTS: July 24, they played St John’sMead, Eastbourne, loosing 57-89. They lost again on July 25 against Rye with a score of 52-78. With 29 points in hand against Hampden Park on July 26 saw Ninfield win 91-62. On July 28, playing Gullivers, they lost 87-76. Saturday July 27, Ninfield held their Presidents Day where they held mixed competitions for Roundheads and Cavalier teams. The victors were the Cavaliers. Following their matches, the club had a barbecue before the heavens opened.

MEMORIAL HALL: The next phase of work at the Memorial Hall is underway. Volunteers from the 1st Ninfield Scouts, Youth Forum, Village Society, Bonfire Society and Hall Committee set to and removed all of the internal panelling. It is now up to the professionals to seal, batten and insulate the walls before they can be boarded out. This will then allow for the new electrical sockets and radiators to be fitted, then it will be back to the volunteers to decorate. If you would like to get involved and can assist with the decorating, please let the hall committee know by contacting Pete Holland on 893326. The hall committee would like to extend their grateful thanks to everyone who has helped refurbish our village Memorial Hall, the volunteers as well as the contractors Parker and Son (builder), Gary Wadmore (electrician), Jason Monk (heating engineer) and Mike Eastman (dryliner).

LOCAL MUM, Lorna Tomasetti, has been training hard to participate in Ride London 100 on Sunday. This is a new race billed as the London Marathon for bikes, which is hoped to be a legacy to the Olympic Games. Her challenge is to complete a 100 mile route around London (including the Surrey hills) in under 9 hours. She has taken up this challenge to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, as her youngest son has had a number of operations there. If you would like to support Lorna in her challenge, you can sponsor her via the sponsor form in the village shop, at the school office or alternatively via her Just Giving page:

CAR SHOW: Hooe’s Old Motor Club is holding their 44th annual Car Show on the Hooe Recreation Ground on Sunday, from 11am to 5pm. There are classes for cars from the turn of last century until 1970. Admission, which includes a programme, is £5 for adults (Children under 16 years free). Car parking in the new improved car park is free. Money raised is distributed amongst local charities. If you would like to find out more about the Hooe Old Motor Club, please visit their website:

THE NEXT Hooe History Society meeting will be a little different. Originally the society thought there wouldn’t be an August meeting, but that idea was soon changed due to popular demand. Therefore, on Thursday, they will be congregating in The Red Lion car park at the earlier time of 7pm ready to enjoy a short but interesting walk around Hooe. The properties in Hooe have individual histories of their own. Much of this history will be revealed during the walk, and they are sure those who go along will have extra stories to tell. The walk has been researched and will be led by Marjorie Colclough, who will be delighted to see you. Starting and finishing on The Red Lion car park and lasting about an hour it is no surprise to learn that the evening will finish in the pub. So if you can’t make the walk please meet at 8pm in the pub when the conversation about the history of our buildings is bound to continue. Further details and information from Marjorie Colclough 892694 or the chairman Heather Sinden 893422.

GARDEN FETE: Birch Holt Residential Home invite you to their Summer Garden Fete on August 17, 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 Michaels Hospice.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Mrs Lesley Gilchrist.


TICKETS are on sale at Archer & Partners, 48 High Street for Polegate Drama presentation of two Murder Mystery evenings, which will take place today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. Both start at 7.30pm. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets £8 or £15 for both nights.

POLEGATE DRAMA are sorry to hear of the death of Marion Nicholls, who for many years was our musical director. She played for countless pantomimes and music halls and was always a joy to work with.

POLEGATE SINGERS would welcome more new singers. We meet on Wednesday evenings in the Activity Room, at Polegate Community Centre at 7pm. We also welcome our new pianist Hazel. We look forward to learning more songs from the shows and musicals.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, held in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Polegate Wine and Social Club. All welcome from 10am until noon. More info from Alf Harris on 485134.

CONGRATULATIONS to Bruce and Linda Margrett for celebrating their 70th birthday, we all had a very good time at your recent birthday party, with entertainment provided by The Vintage Cats. Delightful singing in the forties style by this trio, who can be found on Facebook. A sumptuous spread of sandwiches, cakes, scones etc provided by your large family. Thanks go to the Margrett family for organising this. Also thanks to the young lady who danced to the songs which gave further entertainment. Thanks for the invitation.


PAINTING: My antique dealer friend gave me a painting that he found in a box from an auction. It’s a miniature, painted on a slice of a branch, with the bark still on it. It’s of Rocks Road, by F Parks and it must be old because there are no houses there. Do any of you know who F Parks is/was? It’s a lovely little painting.

UCKFIELD SINGERS would like to thank everybody who helped to make the evening such a success, it was a complete sell out, such an uplifting evening for everybody. The charity we supported (Cancer Support) raffle alone, made £613 all in a couple of hours, so thank you all once again.

LADIES WHO LUNCH met at the Alma on July 1. Members were reminded that Uckfield Festival is now on. A very varied programme is available. We were also reminded about the Christmas Lucky Dip. A little early, agreed Maureen, but we may see the perfect silly gift during our summer hols. On July 27, the Alma is hosting an open garden in aid of the firefighters’ charity from 1pm. Margaret Eaves introduced our speaker, Michaela Wynn-Jones, who gave an interesting talk on The Language of Flowers. Michaela is a professional numerologist and has an interest in codes. She became interested in the language of flowers some time ago. She told us that primroses mean I can’t live without you, bluebells stand for constancy and nettles are to complain about someone’s cruelty and slander. Gladioli mean give me a break. The inmates of the Harems in Turkey couldn’t read or write so used the language of flowers to pass some very sophisticated messages. In the 1700s the wife of the British Ambassador to Turkey was allowed into the Harems in Constantinople where she learned the secret language and brought it back to England. Tulips mean you have beautiful eyes and lilies are associated with purity. Narcissus means stay as sweet as you are. Pansies, also known as hearts ease, were made into tea to ease your heart. All counties have their flowers, Surrey’s is Cowslip and Sussex is Campion. Michaela was thanked by Margaret Eaves. The next lunch will be on Monday.

THE ROTARY CLUB held a presentation evening last Monday, at which two awards were made. The first was to Ailsa Jones, the winner of the 2013 Making Dreams Come True award. She will be using her £1,000 to help fund training in her chosen career. The other was a Rotary International Community Service Award, presented to Dorothy Sparks in recognition of her contribution to so much of what goes on in Uckfield. Also, the Antiques Afternoon organised by the Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs is on Thursday from 2pm to 5pm in Uckfield’s Belmont Centre. TV’s James Braxton will be there to talk about antiques, and possibly value items you bring with you. Did we mention tea and cakes? Tickets cost £10 and should be bought from 01825 767167.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family service. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Rev Philip Laver and 6.30pm evening service led by Neil Thornicroft. We all met together in the marquee last Sunday, for a united service, led by the rector Rev Marc Lloyd. After the service we spread out on to the Green for a picnic and games.

HISTORY GROUP: There is no meeting in August, but we have a walk on Wednesday, meeting in the car park near Barcombe Mills at 7pm.

LAST WEEKEND: For some of us a very busy time. The forecast was terrible, and we wondered whether we would be able to do much. Saturday morning was warm and overcast and all the preparations for the flower show went well. Entries in and judged the marquee reopened at 2pm and the programme of events started with the children’s pets, followed by Muso Bango a ladies drumming group, who play African drums. They managed most of their performance before the rain started, and brought some new tunes to us all. The rain lasted about half an hour, and then we were able to have the children’s races. We re-arranged these so that the sprints were later when the grass had dried a bit. A good number took part especially in the adult and child race. All too soon the presentation of trophies took place followed by the tug of war and the auction. A special presentation of a suitably engraved Sussex trug was made by Wendy Greaves, Society Chairman, to David Bysouth, who retired from the committee after 40 years. Lin Collins swept the board winning the following: Championship Trophy (highest overall points), RHS Banksian Medal (highest points horticultural classes), Phillips Challenge Cup (best floral exhibit), Dunn Challenge Cup (highest points in floral art), Bower Cup (highest points in handicraft), Percy Buss Cup (best flowers and plants exhibit) and the Dowden Cup (highest points flowers and plants). Una Weller won the Kelly Cup (best veg and fruit exhibit), and the Knibb Trophy (best bloom cl 100-114). The Norman Buss cup (longest runner bean) went to Keith Buss. The Barnes Challenge Cup (highest points junior classes 51,52 and 74b) was shared by Sam Mountford and Bella Henderson. Emily Evans gained the Austin Cup for the most entries in the junior sections and the Poultry Cup for the best exhibit. Kate Mills won the Sweetman Cup for the best eggs exhibit. The Chairman’s Cup (highest points egg classes) went to Johanne Barnes. Hannah Wise won the Clapper Cup (highest points cookery and preserves). There are three Dian Mills Awards: the cup for 11s and under went to Tiggy Mills, that for 16s and under by K Mountford and the Chef of the Year (men’s cookery) to Tim Rayner. Julia Padbury won the Silver Rose Bowl for the most fragrant rose. Julia and Chris had opened their garden in aid of Eastbourne hospitals recently and raised over £2,000. The best rose won Norman King the Honour Southam Memorial Cup. The Muriel Lucas Memorial Trophy for bet hydrangea went to Pamela King. Holly Pope won the Joan Oliver Cup for the best kept dog. The Junior Pets Cup was won by Bella and Milly Henderson. The trophies were presented by Peter Dunn the president of the society. A big thank you to the committee for all their hard work in putting on this wonderful show, and to all who assisted in any way, and to the many stall holders. I was not able to attend the evening entertainment with The Buffaloes, but I gather all went well, although a little soggy in places under foot. For a report on the Sunday service please see above. The weekend concluded with the Hampers and Champers concert by Warbleton Brass Band on Sunday evening, under a blue clear sky with just a gentle breeze. The first solo was played by Amy Buss, conducted by Sian Buss (mum), with Martin Buss (dad) and Keith Buss (granddad) in the band. An ancestor was the band master over 100 years ago. She played beautifully. Brian Grindell and Paul Rogers did a euphonium duet. Sidoni Winter sand various songs including some of the favourites from the last night of the proms, to much waving of Union Flags.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm multi-talented Kevin Pallister, theatre and TV actor and musician, will be performing an entertaining set with classic and contemporary covers at the Wheatsheaf.

BRITISH QUEEN: Eddy Stacey will be providing the entertainment at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the British Queen. On Friday August 9 there will be a Karaoke from 8.30pm.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. During August the mill will also be open every Wednesday for educational events. From 2pm to 5pm on Wednesday there will be quizzes and puzzle sheets for everyone, a different way to learn about the mill, open to all ages. Admission is £1 to include a tour of the mill. All materials are provided. Contact Sandra Creasy on 01323 736899.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at the Memorial Hall. Nel de Jong-Smith will be giving a demonstration entitled Flower Power.

CHURCH PICNIC: Parishioners from St Mary’s Church will be meeting for a church picnic from 12.15pm on Sunday in Gildredge Park Old Town (by the Old Towner gallery, opposite Waitrose).

A PRAYER WALK to be led by Fr Clive Woodward is tomorrow, Saturday. At 10am walkers will be meeting at St Mary’s Church for 4.5 mile walk to Folkington. For further information please ring Fr Clive Woodward on 01323 509891.

MARKET: Willingdon Community Market is held from 10am to 1pm every Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. There is a large variety of items for sale. Refreshments are available and also sandwiches, toasted sandwiches and other light snacks, not forgetting of course the big breakfast or brunch. For further information please ring 01323 723772.

TRINITY CHURCH HALL, the community rooms and meeting room with their excellent facilities are for hire. Ring 07901971527 or email You can also advertise in the church’s monthly magazine by ringing 01323 484189 or emailing .

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS will meet at 6.30pm on Thursday at The Red Lion when Sue will be talking about making delicious chutneys and preserves from the produce grown in the garden. For further information please contact Graham Broom on 01323 501482.

THE EASY BEAT orchestra and singers will be giving a charity concert in aid of the JPK Sussex Project and Motor Neurone Disease at The Hydro Hotel Chrystal Restaurant on Thursday. It is at 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £25 each and this includes a two course supper. Please ring 01323 746105.

WEALDEN BRASS is presenting a Summer Music Showcase at 3pm on Saturday August 10 at Trinity Church. Admission to include the programme and strawberries and ice cream is £5 and you can pay at the door.

MONSTER WORKSHOP: Children are invited to Willingdon Library from 10.30am to noon on Tuesday August 13 to learn how to draw their own monster on computer or card. The suggested age is 7 years plus. Book now by ringing 0345 6080196.