Parish pump Hailsham - August 22, 2014


IT’S FESTIVAL TIME in Alfriston. Preparations to welcome friends and visitors to this year’s Bank Holiday weekend Festival culminate today, Friday, and end on Monday with the Village Fair. All that is left to do is hope that the weather is kind so that all the activities planned may be thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The Festival is a community event for fun and to raise money for local organisations and charities. There is something for everyone over the weekend - full details in programmes are available (free) in shops and tourist offices.


BOWLS CLUB: With two League matches and a friendly played last week, Herstmonceux didn’t do too well. Their first home match against Horam went quite well though. Herstmonceux won by a margin of 38 shots so that gave them yet another 7 points on the table. Sadly when they travelled away to Hailsham, they were met by a very determined team who, having lost to Herstmonceux when they came here, were not going to lose again and they didn’t, they won by 16 shots, the final score being Herstmonceux 52, Hailsham 68. Their last match of the week was a friendly over at Eastbourne against Gildredge Park and, by the very narrowest of margins; they lost so it looks as if we’re back to the ‘team talk’ time. C’mon Herstmonceux you can do better than this.

WINDMILL HILL FLOWER Show On Saturday August 2 was very successful with 451 entries in the horticultural, flower arranging, cookery and hobbies classes for adults and children. The standard of entries was very high and the competition keen but friendly. Visitors enjoyed the displays, raffle, tombola, stalls and refreshments. The chairman, Penny Vasey, said: ‘We would like to thank Windmill Hill Stores, Boreham Mill Nurseries and Coopers Croft Garden Centre & Cattery for donating some magnificent prizes for the raffle. Plus our grateful thanks to friends and volunteers who helped set up the show, steward it, man the stalls and serve the refreshments – we could not have done it without them.’ Cup & Trophy Winners: Cup Winner Banksian Medal - David Harris; Reid Cup - Lynda Knight; Barbara Page Memorial Vase - Liz Harris; Evan Barron Cup - Liz Harris; Chilsham Cup - Lesley Morgan; Kathleen Akehurst Cup - Louise Roff; Merritt Cup - Liz Harris; Jim Akehurst Cup - Lynda Knight; MacDonell Trophy - Lesley Morgan; Tom Simmons Trophy - Gill Blunden; Cutler Cup - Carolyn Shepherd; Tobex Cup - David Harris & Lynda Knight; Richardson Cup - Lynda Knight; Simmons Cup - David Harris; Parkes Cup - Peter Saunders; Elliot Cup - Liz Harris; Appleby Cup - Alaine Hamilton; Windmill Hill Stores Cup - Caitlin Hagues; Star Garage Cup No1 - Etienne Del Prete; Star Garage Cup No2 - Harry Frizzell. What was originally to be called the ’Peter Gordon Lawrence Trophy’ turned out to be called the ‘Evan Barron Cup’. Named after the head gardener at Windmill Hill Place and kept as a surprise until the presentation at the show. Everyone was delighted as Evan is a great friend of the society and organised the planting of the society’s Jubilee Tree and continues to look after it. The chairman congratulated Evan and thanked Cameron, PGL manager, for presenting the ‘Evan Barron Cup’ to the society.

WALKING CLUB will be holding their next walk on Tuesday August 26 and it’ll be up to Sue to show you the way so she’ll meet you at Battle Great Woods in Marley Lane at 6.30pm for a 3-4 mile circular walk. If you need further information or a lift call them direct on 848790.

CHURCH SERVICES Sunday August 24 and Holy Communion (BCP) along with the compline will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Matins (BCP) being held at Wartling church at 9.45am.


STREET MEETINGS: Central and North Hailsham PCSOs will be pleased to meet you to talk about any concerns you have if you live in Falcon Way (odds) on 27 August 6.30 to 7pm at BN27 1HY.

POLICE SURGERY: On 28 August there is a Police Surgery for Hailsham Central from 10am to 11am at Dippydoodah’s at High Street, Hailsham, BN27 1AB. PCSOs will also be at Hailsham Street Market on 29 August from 9am to 10am and they will then move on to the Bite In Coffee Morning @ St Mary’s Church from 10am to 11am. Hailsham East PCSOs will be at Plover Court on 27 August from 7pm to 7.30pm BN27 2PN. On 28 August from 7pm to 7.30pm they will be at Orion Close BN27 2JZ . Hailsham South PCSOs will be at Summercourt from 6.30pm to 7pm BN27 3AW on 28 August and Green Grove on 29 August from 6.30pm to 7pm BN27 3NZ. PCSO street meetings give local residents the opportunity to come out and talk about concerns or issues they may be having where they live. This does not have to be simply police related as local town and Wealden councillors have been invited to attend, also and any housing officers responsible to the area. If you do not have any matters to raise then simply come out and say hello, it is always good meeting new people.

SOUTH VIEW ART GROUPS: Members are enjoying a summer break at the moment, although they do still meet up once a month. This month they were at Michelham Priory enjoying the beautiful grounds and trying to do justice to them on paper. The groups are already getting booked up for September classes (give Eileen a ring if you would like to join on 01424 532866). Before that they have their 14th Art Exhibition from Saturday 6, Sunday 7 and Monday 8 September from 10am to 4pm at South View, Western Road. Hailsham, BN27 3DN (next door to the library and above the Citizens Advice Bureau offices). Entrance is free.

ST MARY’S: This is the Tenth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups – Gideon: Triumph in Weakness. Visit preacher is Hugh Bourne. There will be no evening service today. All welcome at the Bite In on Fridays in the Church Lounge from 9.30am to noon for refreshments, light snacks, friends and chats.

OPEN CHURCH: Due to other events taking place in the church building during the fourth week of August, the open church season has now finished. However, the Bite In Café is still open on Fridays in the Church Lounge from 09.30 until 12 noon and offers a good selection of homemade cakes and refreshments at great prices. A very warm welcome awaits you. Visit to find out more about forthcoming church activities, services and other events.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall, London Road at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Sheila Have.

KNIT’INN NIGHT: The next Knit Inn will be on Tuesday 26 August at 7.30pm. Although this is the holiday season we still manage to get together enough for a knit and natter session, and at the last meeting the discussion ranged around essential equipment. Obviously a pair of needles is fairly essential kit. The thickness and qualities of yarn chosen means over time different gauges of needles, be they plastic (inclined to snap), bamboo (become blunt) or metal (become bent) are part of your standard kit. Advocates of metal needles were in the majority and some even confessed to using metal needles passed down from the mothers and grandmothers who first set them on the course of being a knitter. Lovely that searching through your equipment bag can stir fond memories of people in your past. If you are continuing a tradition or have just begun one, you may like to join the knitters at The King’s Head in South Road, Hailsham. For more information phone Su (07552229473).

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday there is a long and a short walk to suit you. Peggy and John (842376) are leading the 5.5 mile Southlease circular over brooks and downs with one hill and Peter (449439) is leading a much shorter walk which route as yet to be confirmed. If you would like to go on either of these walks, please contact the walk leader for the details.

CHARITY GOLF: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society has its Annual Charity Golf Day at Willingdon Golf Club on Friday 29 August. Teams of four are £35 per player which includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and prizes. If you cannot play, why not sponsor a hole for £50. Contact Tom Chapman on 01323 842758 for details and entry forms.

BONFIRE BEETLE DRIVE: Hailsham Bonfire Society will be holding a Beetle Drive this evening, Friday, at the Charles Hunt Centre, Hailsham. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Entry is £5 and the price includes light refreshments. To book a place please call Sharon 01323 845792. Also the recent quiz night was extremely successful and raised over £250 for the annual bonfire celebrations.

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

UKIP COFFEE MORNING: The UKIP Hailsham group is holding a coffee morning on Tuesday in the HMI, Western Road (next to the library), starting at 10.30am. All are welcome to attend and Peter Griffiths, the UKIP Wealden Constituency Parliamentary Candidate will be on hand to answer any questions.

PLAYDAY: On Wednesday from 10am to 2pm there is a free Wealden Activity Day on the Maurice Thornton Playing Field at Vega Close, Hailsham BN27 2JZ. The Community Chef will be there as well as arts and crafts, community games and lots more. Bring your own picnic. All ages welcome. Visit for more information.

STREET LEARNING: Street Learning is a partnership project between Eastbourne Homes Ltd, Places for People, Mears, Sussex Downs College and Wealden District Council and provides free training in our community at local venues. There are practical courses from cooking and DIY to those that will help you to get to grips with computers and the internet, writing stories and improving your employability skills. These courses are free of charge and are available to Eastbourne and Wealden residents. All you have to do is look through the brochure at, choose a course and book your place. To book, please call 01323 436436 or email to

COUNCIL GRANTS: The deadline for grant applications for 2015/2016 is at the end of December. Grant application forms are still available for non-profit organisations, registered charities or other agencies in Hailsham intending to request funding for new or improved facilities, activities or projects from Hailsham Town Council’s 2015 grants budget. The council is pleased to accept applications and offer small-scale support to help with projects, events and other valuable work in the community. For many years, Hailsham Town Council has awarded grants to fund programmes that relate to its grant criteria and considers each application fairly and openly. All grant applications will be considered by the Finance, Budget & Resources Committee in early 2015 and notification of the decision on your application will be released in May or June 2015. Application forms and grant award criteria are available to download from or by writing to the Town Clerk, Hailsham Town Council, Inglenook, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE. The deadline will be the end of December 2014.

100 YEARS AGO: From the Sussex Express 6 August 1914: Considerable excitement and surprise were created on Tuesday when the members of the Hailsham Ammunition Column of the 2nd Home Counties Brigade, RFA, unexpectedly returned from camp. They had proceeded as far as Larkhill on their march, about a mile and a half from their standing camp, Rolestone, when the message arrived that they were to return to their respective headquarters and await instruction. The Hailsham column immediately packed up, and by six o’clock Tuesday had arrived at Bexhill, and proceeded straight on to Hailsham. Early in the evening quite a large crowd assembled near the Drill Hall to hear any news as to what was to happen. It was thought the men would be despatched to Canterbury or Dover to protect the magazines. The crowd grew larger and larger. It was a brave picture, and yet a sad one. About 8pm the next day notices respecting the embodiment of the Territorials and the calling up of the Reserves were posted up at the Booking office of the Hailsham Railway Station and other prominent positions in the town and districts around. Although the railways are technically in the occupation of the Government, the ordinary service of trains has been maintained with little interruption. All excursions and cheap tickets have been cancelled. This morning the Hailsham Ammunition Column were busy getting in stores and ammunition. About 155 horses and 42 vehicles will be drawn from the Hailsham district. The local members of the “A” Company, 5th Battalion (Cinque Ports) Royal Sussex Regiment, left the Hailsham Drill hall yesterday morning for Bexhill. The bus running between Herstmonceux and Hailsham has been requisition by the Army. Special services of intercession are held at Hailsham Parish Church each day at 9.30am.

hellingly & horsebridge

FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: Once again, the noise and aroma of oil and steam returns to Hellingly over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The 39th annual Festival of Transport, organised by the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club, will be held as usual at Broad Farm from the tomorrow, Saturday to Monday 25 August. This is a day out for all the family. As well as over 1,000 exhibits and demonstrations reflecting all aspects of our motoring heritage, there will be trade and autojumble stands, Harris Bros Vintage Fair, children’s attractions, a beer and catering tent with evening entertainment and many other activities. Harveys of Lewes are due to make an appearance with their horse drawn beer delivery dray on the Monday. This year there will be a commemoration of WW1 with several exhibits reflecting this theme. The usual church service will be held on Sunday morning in the main arena and we will be joined by representatives of the local British Legion branch together with the congregation from Hellingly Church. Dave Bone, chairman of the organising committee, said, “Once again, we are delighted to be able to bring together such an amazing collection of our motoring heritage for both enthusiasts and the general public alike. We are also very pleased that during the time the show has been running, local charities have benefited to donations of more than £100,000. This year we will be supporting service charities.” Entry prices are being kept as last year - adults £9, children £2, seniors £7.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Out Door Theatre Chapter House present The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes adapted by Laura Turner in the stunning gardens of Michelham Priory. Deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside a terrifying mystery and legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world’s greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Holmes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning new tale of romance and suspense. Tickets - adult £14, child £10, family (2+2) £42. 10% discount for parties of 10 or more available from Michelham Priory or (0871) 220 0260 or

SUNDAY SERVICES: Holy Communion (CW) at 8am followed at 10.45am by Parish Eucharist (CW). Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am Holy Communion (CW). There is also a Holy Communion service at 9.30am on a Thursday (BCP).

PLAY DAYS: There are plenty of school holiday activities taking place at Hellingly Community and Roebuck Parks throughout August run by Freedom Leisure. There will be active play based around the hard court from 12- 1.30 on Mondays and again from 3pm- 4.30 on Tuesday, TYS Outreach Youth workers will be parked at the top of The Drive by the bus stop on Wednesday from 6.30pm to 8pm, more active play at the hard court on Thursday from 12.30pm to 2pm and there will be games at Hailsham recreation ground from 7pm to 9pm on Friday. Similar activities run each week until 29 August. For more information ring 07717 776788 or visit Sponsored by Hellingly Parish Council and Orbit Housing Association.

CIRCUS: Come and see Hazee’s Crazee Circus where the children become part of the show at Michelham Priory BN27 3QS on Wednesday 27 August from 10.30 to 5pm.

MOBile library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

NINFIELD Bowls Club: Ninfield Bowls Club played their last league match of the season on August 13 against Sidley Martletts. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, they lost 84-53. Their match against Guestling on August 17 faired much better, in spite of the rain. After 5 ends the heavens opened and rain stopped play. While they waited for the rain to clear, tea and cakes were served. Once the sun finally appeared, they managed to complete the 18 remaining ends to win 82-44.

ARTHRITIS Research UK: Tomorrow, August 23, our local Arthritis Research UK fund raisers are holding an open gardens from 2-4pm. This is your chance to see John’s open garden at Barn Cottage, Standard Hill Mews then afternoon tea at Campions, Standard Hill. Suggested donation of £4. There will also be a bring and buy stall, cakes, produce and of course a raffle.

BEATING the Bounds: Ninfield Village society is repeating the successful Jubilee walk of Beating the Bounds. This will be Sunday, August 31, starting from Sparkes Pavillion at 9am. Maps will be supplied for you to either follow the route with their guide, Robin Goldsmith, or go it alone at your own speed. The walk, following the eastern part of our boundary, is approximately 8½ miles and at a gentle pace will take about four or five hours to complete, with ‘get out spots’ along the way for those who wish to do a shorter walk. Please carry water and any snacks you may need and be aware that short stretches of the walk are on public roads. Arrangements have been made for a comfort stop about half way. No booking necessary. This is a free walk although any small donation to the Society will be graciously received. Enquiries to Robin Goldsmith 01424 892778.

MOBILE Library: East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will be in the villages on August 30 at: Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50pm-2.35pm. Ninfield, Coombe Shaw (off Manchester Road), 2.50pm-3.25pm. Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40pm- 4.05pm.

NINFIELD Flower Group: Their next meeting is on Monday, September 1, at the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. They welcome Jo Durkin with her demonstration “All things Bright and Beautiful”. Non members are welcome at the cost of £4, including refreshments. All flowers demonstrated are raffled.

FIRST Responders: The Bexhill & District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe, Whydown & Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday, September 3. This is at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm, every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more contact team leader Mike Dean on 07970024135.

NINFIELD History Group: Ninfield Local History Group are not meeting during August. Their next meeting is on September 18, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. This months talk is ‘Mad jack Fuller’ with Geoff Hutchinson. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email or see their Website/Facebook page: /

NINFIELD of the Past: On September 27, Ninfield Local History Group are having ‘An afternoon of Local History’ in the Memorial Hall with a slide show of Cyril Wells’ photographs and ‘An Illustrated Talk On Shops And Businesses’, with light refreshments available. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email or see their website/Facebook page: /

Finding out more: Don’t forget that you can find out more community information from both villages and Wealden District Council on our district councillors (Pam Doodes) website or the Ninfield Parish Council website: /

CHURCH Services: for Ninfield and Hooe ( St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield): Sundays - 9.30am. Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month) Wednesdays - 10am Holy Communion. St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe): Sundays - 11.15am. Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month).

Ninfield Methodist Church: All services at 2.30pm except the first Sunday of the month, where they hold a Family Service at 10.30am. August 24, with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd. August 31, Worship & Praise with Revd Ian Pruden

Contact me: Anything that you would like included in the Parish Pump for Ninfield or Hooe, please email the details to me:


COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 23 August, held at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Liberal Democrats, all welcome in the lounge at 10am.

WALKS on Saturday 23 August Chasing our tails, with Angie and Roger, meet at Little Common, Wheatsheaf, 10am, bus ride no. 99 at 9.23am Terminus Road stop E. finish 12.30 4.5 miles. Or Brisk Pace Morning on Caburn. With Clair K. meet at The Avenue 9 am walk starts at Glynde rec. 8 miles, GR 45708

WALK on Monday 25 August, Bank Holiday Monday, meet at the pier at 10am, for a do it yourself walk with Southdown Strollers.

EXHIBITION of Fossilis by Fenya Sharkey, an exhibition of mosaic and sculpture held at the National Trust Visitor Centre Birling Gap now until 3 September . Open from 2pm to 4pm.

WALK on Wednesday 27 August, meet at entrance to Sainsbury’s at Hampdon Park for a circular walk 3 miles with Joan. Walk starts at 10 am.

MINIATURE RAILWAY William Daly playing fields, Brightling Road, Polegate. We are available for private bookings, parties etc. Our station is Polegate Oaks. For more details of the new season every Sunday, please contact Chris White by telephoning 07528480371 or email or look at website

COFFEE MORNING on 30 August, held at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Polegate Gardeners Society, in the lounge at 10 am. All welcome.

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is still open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. We are back in the Church Hall , Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon, we are on a bus route, bus nos. 51, 56, 126 and 143 stop outside, whilst bus nos. 54 and 98 stop nearby on the Triangle. Come and visit our various stalls including eggs, fresh fruit and veg products, crafts, haberdashery, household goods, books, remedies and refreshments including light snacks. We like being there for a friendly chat and a cuppa, a pity many folk just walk by instead of coming in and joining us. Entrance is free. Come and browse or stay a while. Weekly raffle for different charities. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002 or email

DOWNLAND SINGERS – celebrating 25 years of singing together! Fellow singers, we know you are hiding your voices and talents. We are waiting to welcome you to our friendly and small choir. Our repertoire is varied, ranging from musicals to songs of yesterday and tomorrow. Do come and have fun on Thursday evening between 7.30 pm and 9 pm. We meet at Trinity Church Hall, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon. BN20 9PN. To find out more about us you can telephone 484189. Visit our website or see us on our Facebook page. Email We are on holiday during August and recommence on Thursday 11 September.

COFFEE morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Liberal Democrats. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Chasing our Tails, 4.5 miles with Angie and Roger. Meet at Little Common, Wheatsheaf, 10am, bus ride No 99 at 9.23am Terminus Road stop E. Or Brisk Pace Morning on Caburn, 8 miles with Clair K. Meet at The Avenue 9 am walk starts at Glynde rec. On Bank Holiday Monday, meet at the pier at 10am for a do it yourself walk with Southdown Strollers. On Wednesday, meet at entrance to Sainsbury’s at Hampdon Park for a circular walk 3 miles with Joan. Walk starts at 10am.


CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Service of The Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Moring Worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm evening service with Tony Wood.

ROAD CLOSURE: Regular users of the Rushlake Green to Cowbeech road will have seen the signs for a road closure to allow reconstruction of the road. This is for up to five weeks from 27th August. I cannot find any indication of the likely diversion route. Locals will of course make their own arrangements. I would make a plea for those doing so to remember that the likely routes are all narrow lanes with overhanging hedges, so please keep the speed down and be extra vigilant when driving. You may well encounter large tractors, lorries or just someone treating the lane as a race track. Grovelye Lane and Churches Green will also receive attention on September 11 and 12.




BEER FESTIVAL: Willingdon’s Festival of Ale will be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend with plenty of real ale and cider to try. On Saturday August 23 teams of four will be going up to Beachy Head for the barrel race. Each team has to manoeuvre a beer cask to see who can roll it back to the Wheatsheaf first. Each cask will be controlled by ropes and a plank of wood to use as a wedge if the cask looks in danger of rolling away – two men to push and two men to pull. The teams normally get back at about noon to a welcoming party. During the day there will be music from Leo and the Wakin’ Snakes, face painting, garden games and plenty of stalls, and yard of ale contests. Food will be served from noon to 9pm. Sunday’s main events are the tug ‘o’ war and the barrel rolling competitions for men, women and children along part of Coopers Hill. The biggest meat raffle and cash draw will take place at 2pm. There will be more face painting and a Neil Diamond tribute, and more yard of ale contests. Food will be served from noon to 9pm.The beer festival continues on Monday August 25 from noon with music from the Gadzooks, the last yard of ale contest and entertainment from the Long Man Morris Men at 5.30pm. Food will be served from noon to 6pm.

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

JUSTINE will be entertain at The British Queen, 8.30pm on Saturday August 23.

PRAYER WALK: Fr Clive will be leading the fourth of this year’s prayer walks with the idea of introducing ‘new companions’ to consider on each journey. This month’s companion is Sr Joan Chittister, born in 1936. She is from the Benedictine community of Erie, Pennsylvania and has written extensively on issues of human rights, feminism, peace and justice. Meet at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, at 9.30am on Saturday August 23 for the two and a half mile circular walk from Butt’s Brow to Jevington. All are welcome.

CHURCHES TOGETHER: There will be a Churches Together Service, attended by all denominations, at 6.30pm on Sunday August 24 at St Andrew’s Church, Jevington.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open to the public from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday August 24, Monday August 25 and Wednesday August 27 for tours of the four floors. The ground floor and museum are wheelchair friendly and toilet facilities are available.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a recreation meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday August 26 at Willingdon Community School in Broad Road. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 for further information.

CAB: The Citizens’ Advice Bureau is at Willingdon Library on alternate Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am. The next date is August 27. Residents can drop in without an appointment to ask advice on such issues as benefits, debt, relationships, housing, employment and consumer matters. This is a free service with funding provided by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council. Volunteers are always needed and would receive training. For further information ring the Hailsham office on 01323 842336.

RHYMETIME: Parents and guardians can just turn up at Willingdon Library in Coppice Avenue from 10.30am to 11am on Thursday August 28 for Rhymetime. It is intended mainly for babies and young children and is a free service.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive, Willingdon, is having a Summer Garden Party from 2pm to 4pm on Friday August 29. You are invited to go along and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in their beautiful gardens, listening to music whilst being served traditional afternoon tea and Pimms. Please notify Emma Vieira, the community relations associate, if you would like attend by ringing 01323 525000.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: Do visit this historic ancient church on the South Downs Way. Tea and homemade cake are offered between 11am and 4pm on Saturday August 30 to walkers and other visitors. There is no charge for refreshments but any donations would go towards the cost of installing a toilet and small kitchen area and renovation work to help preserve this Grade 1 listed building. Contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237.

ART GROUP: Angela Burnap runs a Thursday morning art group at Wannock Village Hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm and gives tuition in drawing and painting, mainly in watercolour and pastel. Her new term starts on September 25. For further information please ring Angela on 01323 842113.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP meets from 6.30pm at the Red Lion in Willingdon on the second Thursday of the month. Quite a few members attended the informal meeting on August 14, and discussions ranged from how to care for your plants, vegetables and fruit in the garden and how to prevent recurring problems for next year; and jobs which should be attended to in the coming months. Some of the members had been to the Hampton Court Flower Show and thoroughly enjoyed it and there was talk of having a club outing there next year. One of the group brought along a selection of tomatoes which he had grown – about 13 different varieties in all. I hadn’t realised that there were so many. We all sampled them. Among my favourites were Red Stripe and Red Robin. Do make a note of the date of the next meeting which will be on September 11. Everyone is welcome.