Parish pump Hailsham - august 29

SHINE: This month’s offering at the Film Club is Shine, the true story of an Australian piano prodigy. Geoffrey Rush gained an Oscar for best actor, for his portrayal of Davis Helfgott, a pianist with a history of mental health problems. Doors open at 7pm this evening for cakes and drinks with the film showing at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome at £6 per head at the door. The film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Scott Hicks is 1hr 45min and is PG-13.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP). Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship, 4pm 4 For All/Messy Church for the whole family at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Service of the Word.


NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL: This evening, Friday, a public open exhibition will take place for residents to comment on a proposal to build a new primary academy/free school on land off Ingram’s Way in Hailsham. Residents, businesses, community groups, and voluntary organisations in the Hailsham area are invited to attend the consultation event which will take place at the Town Council’s Fleur de Lys Meeting Room in Market Street from 4.30pm to 7pm. This drop-in event will provide an overview of the proposal, why a new primary school is necessary and outline the development process. The design team will be on hand to talk through the plans and listen to your views. Research by East Sussex County Council has shown that due to the introduction of around 3,000 new homes in Hailsham over the next 20 years (some development of which is already underway) there will be a notable increase in the number of children of primary school age in the town. The site at Ingram’s Way has been selected as the most suitable for a new one-form entry primary school (just over 200 places), as showed by a feasibility study carried out by the Local Authority in May 2013. The estimated cost of building the new school is in the region of £4.5 million. Public feedback is now being sought on the proposed new primary school in Hailsham and this exhibition event will give residents an opportunity to find out more and to comment on the proposal. It is important that our local education services are future-proofed to ensure that there are places for pupils as and when required. With the housing developments being built over the next 20 or so years, we must be able to cater for the influx of new residents to the area. Everyone interested in the proposal should get involved and go along to the exhibition. The more feedback received the more tailored a school can be designed for the local community. People who are unable to attend the public exhibition can find information about the scheme online at

STREET MEETING: Come and meet your local PCSO to discuss any issues or problems on Thursday 4 September at St Wilfred’s Green from 6pm to 6.30pm. This will be at St Wilfred’s Green at the top end, BN27 1AB. Come and meet your local PCSO to discuss any ongoing issues you may feel that you have. 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.

ST MARY’S: This is the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am Morning Service with crèche, Cops and Robbers Holiday Club. 2.45pm Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel Church on Hawkswood Road. 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St Mary’s, Brothers in Law or members of Christ.

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

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Hailsham Horticultural Society’s late summer show is on Saturday September 13 from 2pm to 5pm at Summerheath hall. Entries into the show are open to everybody. If you would like a schedule with entry forms contact the show secretary on 01323 842977. There will be displays of chrysanthemums, dahlias, craft, appetising food and home grown organic vegetables, fruits and there will be the opportunity to ask how the results were achieved. If you would like to compete it costs 35p. Admission is 50p to the public, 25p to members, accompanied children are free. You can see photos of the society’s 160 year celebrations and details of their monthly meetings held at the Charles Hunt Centre at

100 YEARS AGO: From the Sussex Express 13 August 1914: Hailsham Recruits. No fewer than 28 young men have joined the local Ammunition Column, RFA. The Eastbourne Territorials had more recruits than they could deal with and 35 were transferred and sent up to Hailsham, so that the total number of Territorials at Hailsham now is about 133. About 155 horses have been taken, and a large number of farm wagons and tradesmen’s vans. The Drill hall is now stacked with ammunition. All the men seem contented with their lot, and certain sections of them are expecting orders to move on to Robertsbridge, and then to Canterbury, at any moment. They are fully equipped and ready. The men attended the Parish Church on Sunday evening, when the Rev GH Evans preached from ‘Be brave and of good courage.’ Provisions remain dear, but fish and fruit is very cheap. (The Drill Hall is now Sturton Place).

Hellingly & Horsebridge

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

CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Hellingly Lions Cycle Speedway Club are holding an open day on Sunday at the Lower Dicker Recreation Ground starting at 2pm. It you are interested in racing Cycle Speedway, why not come along and have a go. Bikes and tuition are provided free of charge or if you like you can bring your own helmet. Long sleeve jumpers and trousers must be worn. Anyone is welcome to come along and give it a go or find out more about Cycle Speedway, call 01323506751.

COFFEE MORNING: Keep your diary free for Jane’s Macmillan coffee morning, which will be a week early this year on September 19 between 10am and 5pm. There will be the usual stalls, with Christmas cakes, iced or uniced and lots of other cakes and produce. A raffle that will include a chance to win a week’s stay in a cottage in Port Isaac where Doc Martin is filmed. There will also be a lovely plant stall, coffees, ploughmans lunches and cream teas. This event will be held at Brook Cottage, Mill Lane, Hellingly.

SYRIAN REFUGEES: Dr Colin Tourle, of Hellingly Parish and Iasis Medical, reports: Mount Lebanon forms the western edge of the Bekaa Valley. The Bekaa Valley was famous back in Roman times as the granary of Levant and it carries the main highway from Beirut to Damascus. It has been the centre of conflict for many years and in the years before the New Testament, the Phoenicians traded from here. The Crusaders fought the Muslims here, the Ottomans and French were here; now the four million Lebanese are coping with nearly a million Syrian refugees who have mostly come here as a result of Assad’s bombing. The tents are tarpaulin shelters on wooden frames. Each room is about three metres square with virtually no furniture, only a curtain for a wall separates from the next door family. The medical care is not extensive. There are virtually no doctors, I certainly didn’t see any. I would assume foreign NGOs tend not to go because it is not safe and Lebanese doctors would want a fee. A clinic would be held in a family home which was hot and noisy. The language is Arabic so a good translator is essential. The patients presented with many problems that you would see the world over, backache, infections etc but superimposed on this were problems incurred by the intractable war in Syria. What we now describe as ‘post traumatic stress disorder’ was, of course, very common. The descriptions of being underneath barrel bombs and being shelled were appalling. The Syrians themselves were wonderful, enormously grateful that someone from the outside world had come to help with their troubles. I was very aware of the kind wishes and prayers that followed me. I did feel protected when I knew an ISIS suicide bomber blew up a police check-point, killing three and injuring 42, just ten hours after I had been through the same spot.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BOWLS: Members were not over impressed with their last week of bowls; two matches had to be cancelled because of rain so the first match I have to report on is Herstmonceux gents v Hailsham gents, a friendly match which didn’t go too well, Herstmonceux 55 shots, Hailsham 83. Next on the agenda was an Invitation Day to Hailsham to which six of our players went. They would like to thank May and George along with all their helpers for making it such a pleasant day. The last match to be played was at home with the Sovereign team coming over to play in a friendly. Again the weather beat them, the match having to be abandoned after 21 ends, the final score was Herstmonceux 85 shots, Royal Sovereign 64.

WINDMILL HILL Horticultural Society will be holding their next meeting on Thursday when Joe Blackman-Hallett will be at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street to talk on Herstmonceux Castle, Gardens and Estate. All are welcome to go along. The doors of the hall being open at 7pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm. Entrance is £1 and there is plenty of free parking at the hall.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill is open on September 7, 14 and 21 between 2.30pm and 5pm. September 14 is a special Heritage Open Day where there will be a number of artefacts on show which you may well find of interest. If you would like to find out more about our windmill then go to their website at

RAY AND SHELDON: Not long now until this popular club returns to the village hall after its summer break. Friday September 12 will be their next gathering and contrary to the programme details it will be Members’ Memories. All over the age of 60 years are welcome to go along. For further details please call 441244.

WALKING CLUB: On Tuesday meet Jeanette in the car park at Seven Sisters, Exceat, parking charges will apply, for a two to three mile walk which is all on the level. If you need further information or a lift please call 848790.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am with Matins being held at Wartling church at 9.45am and a Combined Service with the Free Church held at the Free Church at 6pm. On Thursday Holy Communion will be held at the Friends Meeting House at 11am.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: After our very exciting 50th Anniversary week we are back to our usual programme of walks and strolls. Our strolls seem to be popular with everyone and a recent one led by Robert Cheesman visited Ditchling on a very pleasant day. Starting from the car park by the village hall, the party first went south on footpaths towards the Nye before turning north to the recreation ground. Whilst going along part of East End Lane the various architectural styles of the buildings were noted before the party went by footpath to the north end of the village and the path that leads to Lodge Hill and Oldland windmill. In this stretch a lot of people were seen taking advantage of the blackberries. Having looked at the windmill, where exterior painting was in progress, a short stop was taken to view the excellent panorama of the South Downs from Plumpton Plain to Woolstonbury Hill and in the far distance Chanctonbury Ring. Returning to the village more directly a brief stop was made at the excellent Ditchling Museum whilst the majority of the group then partook of a drink and snack in the Bull Inn. The next walk is on Tuesday and will be a half day or all day walk. Bishopstone to Alfriston or Bishopstone to Berwick station via Alfriston. Meet at Lewes railway station for the 9.30am train to Bishopstone.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Sunday we say thank you and au revoir to David Garratt, our associate vicar, who is moving to a new post as chaplain of Bishop Bell School in Eastbourne next month. We will be celebrating his time with us at a special service when the 10am and 11.15am congregations will join to thank David for his ministry in Southover at a combined service followed by a picnic lunch, with tea, coffee and cake provided by church members. We are pleased that David’s wife, Helen, will continue as part of our leadership team to complete the fourth year of her curacy. Celebrations continue next week as well. On Sunday September 7 at 3.30pm there will be a celebratory service at which our former rector, Peter Markby, will preach and preside at communion to mark his completion of 50 years as an ordained minister, 25 of which were at Southover. Everyone is warmly invited to join us for the service, followed by tea and cake. We believe all good celebrations should involve cake! A date for your diary: on Saturday 13 September both men and women are warmly invited to the Lewes area churches’ breakfast, 8.15am for 8.30am at the White Hart hotel, Alex Ntung will speak on his experience of conflict and violence in Rwanda, his humanitarian work for UN-related NGOs, his present work in peace and mediation and the part that resilience and forgiveness have played in his survival. Please reserve a place by emailing (£9 cooked breakfast, £7 unwaged or continental breakfast). Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am joint morning service with our congregation that normally meets in the church hall at 11.15am, including choir, organ and band; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

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. 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.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

NIPPERS Family Fun Day today (Friday) Fort Road recreation ground. For further details of activities telephone 07796 267388 or 07564 452837 or just turn up on the day.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee will meet in Meeching Hall to discuss the latest applications at 7.30pm on Tuesday. This will be followed by a meeting of the Environment and Open Spaces Committee.

NEWHAVEN U3A: The talk in August on Lewes to the End of the Earth was both interesting and fascinating. We learned about St Martin the Martyr and the pilgrim route to Compostella. On September 4 we will have our AGM at the Meridian Centre at 2pm. The present committee will be standing down and we will need you to come and vote a fresh committee in place. We will have a visitor from central office to clarify some points that have arisen during the year and she will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Our U3A is a thriving group, which has grown over the past year and the committee look forward to seeing all both new and older members at the AGM.

NEWHAVEN FORT: Battle of Britain Commemoration Day Sunday September 7. A day of nostalgia and commemoration with living history groups and musical entertainment throughout the day. Normal opening times and admission prices apply. Tel: 01273 517622.

FETE de NEWHAVEN: The date has been changed to Saturday September 13 to coincide with the Tour of Britain featuring Sir Bradley Wiggins coming through Newhaven. There is no Dieppe Market this year so the Fete has a strong cycling theme. It opens from 9am until 4pm and there will be a stunt bike display, Halfords is doing a Dr Bike repair service, Sustrains will be there and Network Leisure are bringing some exercise bikes. Ouse Valley Cycling Network will feature cycle paths and Ovesco will be giving demonstrations of creating electricity by peddling. The Tour is expected to come through Newhaven at about 2.30pm to 2.45pm.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Please support our efforts to welcome a large group of French families to Newhaven in October by supporting these forthcoming events. Newhaven Twinning Association Quiz Evening, Friday September 5 at 7.30pm in the Hillcrest Centre. Tickets £4 per person or £20 for a team of six. Excellent food available from 6.30pm in the Hillcrest Cafe. Places must be reserved in advance please by contacting Alison Thomas on 01273 517369 or emailing Newhaven Twinning Association Car Boot Sale at Paradise Park on Saturday September 6. Sellers from 8am. Buyers from 9am. £6 per car. Please contact Terry Nunn to reserve a pitch on 01273 515587 or email Donations for the Twinning Table Top would be very welcome and can be left at the Searchlight Shop in Newhaven.

Ninfield & Hooe

BOWLS: Not a bad week for Ninfield Bowls Club, with two out of three wins: On August 19 they played Hailsham losing 82-61. Playing Hellingly on August 23 they won 88-76 and then had a further win on August 24 against Alexandra Park, winning 59-32. They only have a few matches left before the end of the season.

BEATING THE BOUNDS: Ninfield Village Society is repeating the successful Jubilee walk of Beating the Bounds. This will be Sunday, and will start 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, which follows the eastern part of our boundary, is approximately 8.5 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 at approximately half distance. 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.

HOUSING QUESTIONNAIRES: All questionnaires should have now been delivered. If you have not received your copy, please call 01424 892883 or pick up a copy from the Village Stores. If you have not yet returned your questionnaire, please leave it at the box in the stores by Monday.

FLOWER GROUP: Their next meeting is on Monday at the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. They shall welcome Jo Durkin with her demonstration entitled All Things Bright and Beautiful. Non members are welcome at the cost of £4 which includes refreshments. All flowers demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders will be meeting on Wednesday at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm, every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the team leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

N WATCH: The next Neighbourhood Watch and Panel meeting will be on Tuesday, September 9, 7.30pm at the Reading Room. The speaker will be Stephanie Smith, Sussex Police’s Finds and Liaison Officer. She will be talking about anything of value that has to be declared and the process involved. The team will also be showing a DVD regarding scam mail and its problems. All are welcome, you do not have to be a Neighbourhood Watch member to take part. Tea and biscuits will also be available.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are next meeting on September 12 at 2.30pm. If you are interested in joining a very friendly and jolly group of ladies, who enjoy each other’s company, why not go along to Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of the month at 2.30pm, you will be made very welcome. For further information call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

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 Worship and Praise with Revd Ian Pruden.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Gardeners Society, at 10am. 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. 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 that 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 7.30pm and 9pm. We meet at Trinity Church Hall. To find out more about us you can telephone 484189. Visit our website or see us on our Facebook page. We are on holiday during August and recommence on Thursday September 11.


RINGMER HUB is an event held at the village hall where you can come and find out what goes on in Ringmer and meet the people behind many of the village’s clubs and societies. It will be on tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 2pm. Refreshments (hot drinks, cakes and ploughman’s lunches) will be on sale, and all funds raised will go to the Village Hall extension appeal. It promises to be a lively community event with more than 20 groups booked, and we hope you will be able to join us on the day.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

ECLECTIC AVENUE: Lewes Artwave Festival Open House. For the third year, Julie Turner, Ringmer-based glass artist, will be opening her home in the village for the three weekends of the popular arts festival. In all, there will be 15 talented individuals showcasing their wares. Come and feast your eyes, then your taste buds, as we will be serving delicious homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks. As well as the house, the garden and Julie’s workshop will be open so just come and chill out with us at 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer, BN8 5JT. Open Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31 September 6 and 7, 11am to 6pm each day. 01273 812280.

FLOWER CLUB: Our annual lunch at Barnsgate Manor was most enjoyable and now our autumn programme begins with a flower arranging demonstration by Carolynne Meer entitled Recycling on Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall. The competition for members who wish to enter is an exhibit incorporating recyclable material. We have welcomed a number of visitors to meetings this year so why not come along to the meeting next Wednesday and enjoy the demonstration, tea and biscuits all for £4.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday August 20, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Lesley Durrant and David Warner; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

HORTICULTURE: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Autumn Show will be held in the village halls on Saturday September 6; the doors will be open to the public at 2pm. This show is always the biggest of the year so why shouldn’t the judges be looking for the biggest apple, the heaviest onion, potato or marrow or even the longest runner bean in Ringmer? The photographic section has two titles My Friend and Festival. The show closes at 4.30pm and all exhibits left behind are auctioned for society funds. Entries need to be returned to Albert Knight at 5 The Martlets, Ringmer not later than 7 pm on Thursday September 4.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

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 was due to start a couple of days ago. 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.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship, 4pm 4 For All/Messy Church for the whole family at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP). St Giles, Dallington: 11am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm evening service led by Rev Neville Barnett.

ART SHOW: We are just under two weeks away from the Friday night preview of Art on the Green 2014, the annual open exhibition of art and craft from people local to Rushlake Green. It is also a part of the Hailsham Arts & Culture Festival Art Trail which brings in visitors from further afield. There are programmes in the Stores detailing all the events for this year’s festival, and a website at Art on the Green is at The Dunn Village Hall in Rushlake Green and the village hall committee invites everyone to the Preview party, (with Prosecco and Harvey’s), from 7pm to 9pm on the evening of Friday 12 September. Entry is free to the Preview and to the Exhibition. The exhibition continues on Saturday 13 September, 11am until 5pm and on and Sunday 14 September and teas, cakes and light lunches will be served. Local amateur and professional artists, photographers and craft makers are reminded that they still have time to enter. Details and entry forms are available from The Stores in Rushlake Green. Closing date for returning the form is next Saturday September 6. Some work will be for sale and there will be an Art Quiz over the weekend.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive, Willingdon, is having a Summer Garden Party from 2pm to 4pm today, Friday. Eastbourne Mayor Janet Coles will open the event. You are invited to go along and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the beautiful gardens, listening to music, which features a jazz band, whilst being served traditional afternoon tea and Pimms. Please notify Emma Vieira the community relations associate by ringing 01323 525000 if you would like to attend.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: Do visit this historic ancient church on the South Downs Way. Tea and homemade cake will be offered between 11am and 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, 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. Please contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237 for nformation.

JAMES MORRIS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

PAUL AND ANDY, known as the Boogera Bros, will be playing jazz, blues and contemporary music from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Wheatsheaf.

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

N WATCH: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch will be meeting in the vestry at Trinity Church at 2.30pm on Monday. All are welcome. For further information or if you would like to be a street co-ordinator, please contact the chairman Ray Ingram on 01323 508634 or email him at .

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding an events meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Councillors will be discussing recent events which they have organised, and planning new ones. Meetings are open to the public. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm until the end of October. Sunday September 14 is bread day. You bake at home and enter on the day. There are six classes for adults, small white loaf, small wholemeal loaf, Victoria sandwich from the recipe provided, fancy bread class, four Chelsea buns, and five fruit scones. There are two additional classes for children, two windmill shaped biscuits and five decorated fairy cakes. For further information or to obtain an application form, pop into the mill during opening hours or contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday September 5 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. New members and visitors are welcome. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

HYMNS AND PIMMS: Fr Michael, curate at St Mary’s Church, will be organising another Hymns and Pimms evening following the success of last year’s event. The idea is to go along to the church service at 6.30pm on Sunday September 7 where favourite hymns will be sung, there is a list at the back of the church for suggestions, and then following this short service, everyone makes their way to the curate’s garden at 37 Church Street where Pimms and nibbles will be served. Bottles would be very welcome. If it is raining, the event will take place in the church hall.

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.

REPORT: Wannock Artists’ 40th anniversary was held over the August Bank Holiday. The official opening took place on the Friday when Dr Richard Manwaring Baines, distinguished artist and art critic, came to open the event. He was sporting a ruby red rose to mark the occasion, which had been provided for him by the chairman Pauline Beddard, who had also arranged ruby buttonholes for the committee to wear. A celebration cake had been made, and this was cut by the president Beryl Binnie, one of the founder members, assisted by Dr Manwaring Baines. The occasion was also marked with anniversary balloons, wine and nibbles, and the beautiful table flower arrangements made by Vera Geering. Visitors were asked to fill in a slip of paper with the name of their favourite painting and this was then entered into a secret ballot. With 145 pictures from which to choose, this wasn’t easy. At the end of the evening the winner was announced as Jean Fletcher with her watercolour entitled Cosmos. The archives, with scrap books full of photos of paintings from previous years’ exhibitions along with other snaps from the events and newspaper cuttings were also available for everyone to see.