Parish Pump Hailsham - August 30, 2013


IN SPITE OF SOME RAIN the Alfriston Festival went with its usual swing. Chairman Rod Young breathed a long sigh of relief on Saturday evening when, after a rain sodden day on the Tye, the Revue brightened up the day with a great evening of entertainment. The War Memorial Hall was transformed into a pub (not unlike The George) and in that setting visitors dropped in for a pint and did a turn. The Croakers opened and closed the evening and members of The Alfriston Players performed sketches and songs and did what they are individually good at. It is difficult to mention one above another. Each year Heather and Jane write and sing a song that is very locally inspired which always expresses many village moods. Tony Mason played his harmonica and this year did a Tommy Cooper impersonation which evoked many memories of the great man and received long and loud applause. Bob Kingdom had a demanding role keeping him at the stage bar throughout the evening. Cate Couch wrote and performed a sketch explaining the new rules regarding recycling and bins which brought the house down. The whole company led the audience in a roof raising rendition of Delilah and we all went home having forgotten that a lot of the afternoon’s arrangements had been rained off. Other events that rain did not impede upon and were very well supported were the tour of Rathfinny Estate, the Art Exhibition and the Quiz Night. I am writing this on Bank Holiday Monday. The sun is shining and it is the day when we have all outside events starting at 7am with the Car Boot Sale on the recreation ground and this afternoon on the Tye with the Fair. It looks as if Rod and the committee will be able to relax for the forecast is fine and warm.

THE ORGANIST AND FRIENDS will entertain at St Andrew’s Church on September 1 at 3pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection, the proceeds going to St Andrew’s Church.

THE 300 CLUB is due to meet at The Smugglers on September 10 at 8pm. It is time to join or renew membership. Either complete the form in the Cuckmere News or contact Nicky Vassell and Robin Steadman at 11 The Broadway or Des and Phyllis Houston at 8 The Broadway. The draw takes place on the second Tuesday of the month at a designated village pub at 8pm when two lucky members win £50 each. The club raises money for the War Memorial Hall. There are very few village events which do not involve the hall and last year the 300 Club was able to donate £625 towards its upkeep. It is not necessary to live in the village to join.


WALK: Barcombe Walking Group’s next walk is on Sunday. Meet at Hurstview, Spithurst Road, Barcombe for a 4 mile circular walk around Spithurst. Leader Red Alce.

CRICKET NEWS: Cricket News. ESCL Div 2, Fletching v Barcombe. Match cancelled, rain, 9 points each. ESCL Div 8, Barcombe II v Seaford III. Match cancelled, rain, 9 points each. Sunday, Barcombe v Brighton Trotters. Barcombe 137 all out in 31 overs: (Allan Trower 75 Matt Tucker 22). Brighton Trotters 138-6 in 27.1 overs. (Allan Trower 3-19 Matt Tucker 2-22). Trotters won by 4wkts.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is A Royal Affair, a historical drama based on real events featuring an English princess and an insane Danish king. It is in Danish with English subtitles. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm tonight at the village hall.

JUMBLE SALE: The village hall has a jumble sale tomorrow at 2pm, in aid of the hall extension. Please bring unwanted items (clothes, bric-a-brac etc) to the hall between 10am and 1pm on the day or call Sue on 01323 832542 to arrange collection. Donation for the cake stall and raffle are also very welcome. The next fund raiser will be an auction of promises on Friday September 20. Offers of lots to please. Tickets will be £10 per head to include a two course supper and can be had from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343.

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).


ST MARY’S: This is the fourteenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 10.30am All Age Special with crèche and baptism, A postcard from Paul from Rome. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Sowing and Reaping. The Meeting Point AGM is on Monday at 7.30pm followed by Surveying the Scene with Ron Timms.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, there are 1-2-1 readings at Primrose Hall from 10am to 2pm. Just turn up. Enquiries to Rev Theresa Swithenbank on (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582 or visit On Sunday there is a Corinthian church service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Derek Marney.

FESTIVAL OF ARTS: Tickets for many of the events are now on sale at Hailsham Pavilion (and via their website) and later this week will be available from The Teashop in Grove Road, Eastbourne. The festival opening is next Saturday, September 7, by Mayor of Hailsham Jo Bentley. Events start at 10am and the Umbrella Parade is at 11am. Bring your brolly to Vicarage Fields and join the parade around the town. Follow the Jungle Book theme or do your own thing, fancy dress welcome. Decorate your umbrella at home or come to the free Umbrella Decorating workshop at Hailsham Civic Community Hall, run by Radiator Arts tomorrow, Saturday. On Saturday September 14 at 10.30am at Hailsham Pavilion there is the Jungle Book Show and all cheeky monkeys are invited to wear their animal masks and take part in a fantastic theatre performance. Sing along with all your favourite Jungle Book songs, join in the dances, rhymes and games and learn about music and animals along the way. There are lots of Jungle Book children’s events such as Jungle Fever, a contemporary dance workshop on Monday September 9, Animal Mask Making on Tuesday September 10, Colour – Lines – Birds mixed media painting workshop on Wednesday September 11 and an Art Box Mime workshop on Friday September 13, entry for each of these events is just £2 to £3. For more information look out for festival programmes in local outlets right now, follow HailshamArtsFestival on Facebook, @HailshaArtsFest on Twitter or visit

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Frances (01435) 862330 is leading a 4.5 to 5 mile walk from Horam through Marle Green and Vines Cross. It is fairly flat, mostly fields with some styles. If you prefer a shorter walk, then you can join Jill (01323) 843530 for a walk around St Dunstan’s Marina. Depart by bus (don’t forget your bus pass) from South Road car park. If you would like to go on either of these walks, please telephone the walk leader in the first instance for timings and details.

MURDER MYSTERY: The Ropemaker Theatre Company is proud to announce their next Murder Mystery Evening on Friday September 13, as part of the Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture. Once again it will be held at Callenders Restaurant, 80-82 High Street. This production, Firm Foundations, is written by actress and singer Linda Francis, who is also a co-director of the Ropemaker Theatre Company, founded by John Wilders. Its debut murder mystery, Murder Most Fun, was a huge success last April, when diners at Callenders Restaurant joined in the whodunit fun. Firm Foundations is set in a lingerie factory and, apart from the script offering vital clues and red herrings (naturally), it is written with an extremely humorous edge. Included in the price of £35 per head is a full three course meal plus coffee. Time is 7pm for 7.30pm start. Book early as the last event sold out fast. Join in solving the murder or actually taking part in it. There is a prize for the winning team. Bookings are now being taken by Callenders Restaurant on 01323 842400.

HAILSHAM NEEDS YOU: Make it happen. All types of acts wanted! The Ropemaker Theatre Company has announced plans to stage Celebrating the Good Olde Days at the Hailsham Pavilion on Saturday, November 9. The evening will be extra special because it is not only for the community but by the community. People of a certain age will remember the television series The good Old Days featuring a host of variety acts, encouraged by the Master of Ceremonies, who stood on a podium with gavel in hand, spouting extraordinarily long words. And this is what is being planned. RTC is looking for all types of acts jugglers, magicians, actors, singers, comedians, acrobats, snake charmers and more to appear on 9 November auditions are being held on Saturday September 28 at 10am at the Hailsham Pavilion. If you are interested and would like to take part or know somebody who can ‘do a turn’, do not hesitate – contact John Wilders on 07973 473321 or hook up via, or leave a message on the company’s Facebook page.

100 YEARS AGO: In August 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey reported regarding Church Finance and the Bishop of Chichester’s Fund: During the past month four Church Finance Meetings have been held. They report thus: For many years past the finances of the Church of England have been unsatisfactory. Ancient endowments are quite inadequate for modern needs. The income of the Church has not kept pace with the increase of the population, and a serious attempt must now be made to grapple with this problem of Church Finance and place the finances of the Church of England on a sound financial basis. At Hailsham, we are asked to raise by the end of this year £25, and about the same amount in subsequent years. I ask each member of the Church to take a share in this work. No contribution (even ½d or 1d per week) is too small. Some may prefer monthly, quarterly or yearly subscriptions. When replies have been received saying how much and how often each would like to contribute, arrangements can be made for receiving the gifts.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

LE MARCHE: I’m writing this having just come back from a splendid morning at Le Marche. A friend said: ‘I wonder why they don’t do this more often?’ I suppose the answer is it just takes so much time, money, volunteering resourcefulness and effort to stage, the committee would be flat on their backs for the rest of the year. But I must say, I agree. It’s one of the best community events I have ever attended anywhere. And this year even more of the High Street shops threw in their lot, decked themselves out in red, white and blue and threw open their doors. The owner of the Cuculo, the town’s delicatessen, says he does more business that day than any other. He certainly deserved to. Staff were dressed in traditional costume selling wares outside the shop front. There were queues when I passed. A friend from the days when I was involved with food and hotels, Rob from Bookham’s Fine Foods (vegetarian and Continental cheeses, based over in Rudgwick, West Sussex), had sold out of cheese by lunchtime. The Normandy contingent’s layouts of peaches, nectarines, smoked garlic and tomatoes were half empty midway through the day and their fast food providers cooking up paella, pasta and crepes were doing brisk business. The bags, accessories, tablecloths, classical French blue and white enamelled signs, soaps, olive oils, pates, brioches and bakery products were going, well, like hot cakes. Good to see more and more Sussex exhibitors too. Sarah Tate, our Heathfield photographer, was signing up clients; the chair caning man was also doing good business. Graeme Bartlett from Martlet Wines was distributing generous tasting samples (delicious, thank you Graeme) and even Horam Scouts manned and womanned a popular stall. Marco was demonstrating his magic and there was the usual mouthwatering display of charcuterie. The bandstand hosted music throughout the day with the Sussex Stompers’ traditional jazz pulling in most of the punters. Heathfield Silver Band also wowed the audience with some contemporary music such as a medley from Grease and The War of the Worlds, all immaculately performed. The town’s firefighters put on quite a show too. Throughout the day there was a series of demonstrations; foam, releasing someone trapped under a car plus many more. Toddlers were having the time of their lives being lifted into giant fire trucks and teas and a barbecue were served. There were fire engine rides and a firefighter wearing a llama suit demonstrating smoke alarms. Don’t ask. All the town’s charity shops were open and had searched their rails to put on red, white and blue displays. Sue’s Shoes were open, also the Greenhouse, Heathfield Books, the coffee shops (all packed out,) Nemo’s Fish and Chips, new restaurant Gailin (about which we are hearing very good reports,) Auntie Wainwrights, Toad Hall plus the vintage clothes shop upstairs. Shame about the jewellers, the card and gift shop, they would have filled their tills. We don’t yet know a rough head count but I would say this year’s Le Marche smashed last year’s attendance record into smithereens. I must hand bouquets to organisers and marshals, my neighbour John Kay helped man the traffic barricades early in the day through his association with the Rotary Club, but there were hundreds of unsung heroes, not least those collecting for this year’s charity, the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. As one man said: ‘It’s giving to a charity you desperately hope you will never, personally need.’ Well done all. And merci beaucoup to those French traders who braved the Channel to show us just how fabulous a French market can be.

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.

FUN DAY: The Bunny Run pre school nursery at The Drive is holding a charity Fun and Open day tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 2pm.

RACE FOR LIFE: Val Moore took part in this three mile (5km) race event and was joined in the challenge by her eldest daughter, Katherine, on a sunny breezy day back in June. Val reports: “There were 1,200 women, all dressed in pink, all doing the same thing for the same reason, it was quite an amazing day. The event is always organised so well, and we set off at 11am. It took about five minute to get going purely because of the amount of people taking part. We picked out our supporters who followed us on the way round, shouting encouraging words. It was great to have them there with us. I started to get very tired at around the 4k mark, but we kept going. The course was fairly flat and it was good to go through the woods where it was cooler. The Marshals all supported and encouraged us on the way and there were pink ribbons tied to the trees in the wood. As we ran round the last (huge) field, we could see the finish line and Katherine just kept me going. We held hands and made a final 200 metre sprint for the line and got round in a rather respectable 32 minutes. Such a great feeling to cross that line and then finally hug each other and know that we had, together, raised £877 for this incredible charity. It meant a great deal, particularly this year, to take part after her own battle with breast cancer. Very proud and glad to be there, Val would like to thank Katherine for being there with her and to everyone who helped raise this amazing total.


GARDEN SALE at Elm Close, Laughton on Sunday from 11m onwards. Chairs from £5, children’s wardrobes, dog bed, books etc. If wet it will be held on the next dry Sunday.lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Tuesday August 20 the Lewes Footpaths Group enjoyed a beautiful day for their 6.5-mile circular walk from Vines Cross. In perfect walking weather a party of 11 set off northwards from Vines Cross, then turned off the road at Boring House Farm down a concrete track and over the fields towards Furnace Lane. As hinted at by the names, in mediaeval times this countryside was an industrial landscape of iron smelting and cannon foundries, and our path led over bright orange iron-bearing streams. With distant views of Heathfield church, we followed the edge of Furnace Wood and then walked east across open country, stopping for a coffee break, before continuing to Rushlake Green, where we refreshed ourselves very agreeably at the Horse and Groom. Rousing ourselves reluctantly from the pub’s pleasant garden, we followed the path towards Warbleton, glad of the shade on the wooded stretches. We briefly rejoined the road uphill to Warbleton church and through the churchyard, pausing to pay brief respects to the memorial to Tudor ironmaster Richard Woodman, better known as one of the Lewes martyrs. The remainder of the walk was easy going across fields of tawny stubble, disturbing a vast flock of foraging pigeons, arriving back at Vines Cross at about 2.30pm. The walk was led by Anne. The next walk is on Tuesday. There will be a choice of two walks, walking from South Chailey to Isfield or South Chailey via Isfield to Lewes. Meet at Lewes bus station to catch the 9.28am bus to South Chailey. Bring a picnic.

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.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

NIPPERS: August Family Fun Day, Fort Road recreation ground today (Friday) 1pm to 4pm.This is a free event including mudslide.

WAVE LEISURE: Community Games Closing Ceremony takes place today (Friday) on Fort Road recreation ground from 1pm to 5pm. This includes a family fun day, barbecue and skate park competition. The last cricket coaching session will take place as normal from 2pm to 4pm.

ARTWAVE continues this weekend with several venues in Newhaven, Newhaven Fort has an exhibition of Vessels by Rachel Cohen also an exhibition of works from St Nicholas Centre, Lewes inspired by the Fort and Castle Hill Nature Reserve. There is an exhibition of Kai Crick photography at Newhaven Ferry Port and Victor’s House is open tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. So do go along and support our local artists.

MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatics is holding its annual general meeting tonight (Friday) in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome. This is your chance to find out what your local dramatic society does and there will be an opportunity to become a member.

COUNCIL MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s full council meeting is on Tuesday at Meeching Hall, at 7.30pm.

FETE DE NEWHAVEN takes place in the High Street on Saturday September 8 from 9am to 3pm. All the normal stalls plus the Dieppe Market and entertainment for all the family.

FAMILY FUN at The Hut, Lewes Road Rec on Saturday September 8 from 2pm to 4pm organised by Riverside Park Community Voice. Bring a picnic, outdoor games and ideas for the park to share.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers are meeting on Tuesday September 10 with a kaleidoscope of colour. The colours of different seasons, flowers, clouds,the earth and seasons. The earth and sea, human skin. Inside are the colours of fear, anger,sorrow, joy. Find a story involving colour and go along and share it or just sit back, relax and listen and let the colours wash over you. To book a 10 minute story of a maximum of 10minutes email

Ninfield & Hooe

THE BOWLS CLUB started their week off with a resounding win against Hailsham on August 20, winning by 25 points 113-88. The club held a fun day on Wednesday August 21, trying their hand and different variations of the game of bowls. At least the sun shone for them in comparison to the awful weather endured on Saturday August 24, which meant their game scheduled had to be cancelled. Their match on Sunday August 25 against Alexandra Park Club was cancelled due to APC not being able to raise a team. The weekend allowed the club to relax and re-energise for the forthcoming week.

SHOW: Sammi Guard’s Dance /Drama Club will be performing a show at the Memorial Hall today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. Doors will open at 5.30pm with the show starting at 6pm, entrance £1 which will include a raffle ticket. Light refreshments will also be provided. The show is called Tadaah and will be their third one, following Pzzazz and Ooomph in previous years. It should be a good fun entertainment.

FUN DOG SHOW: Ninfield Working Men’s Club will be holding a Fun Dog Show on Sunday. Opening at noon, judging starts at 1pm with entry fees being £1 per class. There will be trophies for all class winners and rosettes from first to fifth place. This event will be opening with the pedigree classes and them best puppy with judge Harry Nelson. The novelty classes will be judged by Margaret Nelson and Lord Brett MClean. All dogs myst be kept on leads and no in season bitches please. No C.CCS, RCCS or JW and there is no requirement for dogs to be registered with the KC. Should you have any enquiries, please contact Julie Honeyball on 07933734355. Alongside the dog show, there will be refreshments, tombola, bric-a-brac and a car boot sale. There are limited spaces for the car boot so please book your pitch with Maggie on 844536. NWC would appreciate any donations of unwanted gifts for the bric-a-brac stand. Please call 892239 or 892182, alternatively take along on the day. Ninfield Working Men’s Club is located off the main Bexhill road opposite the Hand Car Wash Garage. A warm welcome awaits.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on Monday at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. They shall welcome Christine Nash with her demonstration entitled Travelling Light. Non-members welcome at a small charge of £3 to include refreshments, all flower arrangements are raffled at the end of the evening.

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 Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd.


STEAM TRAIN RIDES in Polegate with the Polegate and District Model Engineering Club. Rides for children and adults on miniature steam hauled locos take place at weekends in the field just off Black Path, through the William Daly gates, turn right across the bridge into a large field, at the far end of this field, these trains are in steam. More info from or email

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Kit Wilson Trust, all welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.


MORTGAGES: As we’re moving I’ve been looking at various mortgages and discovered a huge problem. A lot of people have an interest-only mortgage because it’s the cheapest way to buy a property. But beware of the future. When your time is up after, say 25 years, the Building Society could demand their money back. But even if they don’t, you won’t have paid even one penny off your mortgage even though you’ve probably parted with enough money to buy it three times over. And you’ll still be paying the same amount, or even more, when you’re in your 80s. When you die you won’t be able to bequeath the house to your children because it won’t be your house. Do have a word now with your building society or mortgage broker, and keep asking until you have peace of mind, because this is a new problem for the future and a lot of them haven’t thought it through. Will millions of pensioners be kicked out of their houses in the future? As I said, it could blow up as a huge scandal in the future. It’s a ticking time bomb. People don’t understand the situation. And those with large endowments to pay off the mortgage will still get stuck as they’re expected to have a shortfall.

UCKFIELD SINGERS Community Choir and Au Cours De L’iton (French choir from Brosville, Upper Normandy) in concert at Holy Cross Church, 6.30pm Saturday October 5. Seating on a first-come first-served basis. There will be a retiring collection.

VOLUNTEER CENTRE: The Uckfield Volunteer Centre are delighted to announce their re-launch, which will take place on Monday, September 30, when Frank Ifield will be performing the official opening of our new look Centre at 73 High Street. Frank lives in Australia but is returning for a visit to the UK and we thank Uckfield FM for facilitating the connection. It is 50 years since he had three consecutive number one hits here, including I remember you. The Volunteer Centre has been in existence for over 30 years and the current team intends to carry on and expand the work that our predecessors, including Sheila Charlesworth and her team, have done. Their endeavours have provided us with a firm foundation on which to build and continue to serve the community of Uckfield. For further details contact the Centre on 01825 760019, visit our website or email or, indeed, pop into the Centre.

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. 6.30pm Evening service with Matt Andrews.

COFFEE AND COMPANY: I am pleased to report that the recent special event at Coffee and Company raised £300 for the Talking Newspaper. Coffee and other hot drinks are served each Thursday from 10am to noon at the Osborne House Community Room, with time to relax and chat to friends. Another event under the C&C banner is an art exhibition, Art on The Green, in the Dunn Village Hall on Saturday September 14 (10.30am to 5pm) and Sunday September 15 (2pm to 5pm). Many of the works will be for sale.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

Lt Col OLIVER KEEF died at home on August 12 after a long illness, bravely fought, with family and friends around him. Flint House in Church Street, Willingdon, had been the family home for all of Oliver’s 82 years. Willingdon Church was packed for the funeral service on August 22. The flag was flying at half-mast. The Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion had arranged for piper Ian White to pipe everyone into church and two standard bearers carried the flags of the Royal British Legion and The Royal Engineers. Oliver had fought with the Royal Engineers during the Korean War and in later years he had been president of the Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion. The entrance music for the funeral service was Elgar’s Nimrod. Bp David Wilcox gave the opening prayer. Canon Martin Onions, now rector of Holy Cross in Uckfield, had returned to Willingdon for Oliver’s funeral and took part in the service along with curate Fr Michael Maine. Like the other mourners, they wanted to pay their respect. But this was a celebration of Oliver’s life which he had lived to the full. Tributes were given by his three children, Camilla, James and Serena, who spoke with affection of their father, a man of many talents. They said that their father’s happiest moment was when his proposal to Gilly was accepted and they were married in 1961. The hymns for the funeral service were well chosen. Camilla’s young daughter Isabel played the last post from the balcony, note perfect. The exit music was the Royal Engineers’ March Wings followed by the theme tune from Dad’s Army, one of Oliver’s favourite programmes. After the service, everyone was invited back to Flint House where a buffet had been provided from a marquee in the garden. It felt as though Oliver was smiling down with approval. This was the garden where he and Gilly had welcomed members and friends for the Legion’s summer socials, and where many fund raising events had taken place over the years, particularly for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, happy memories.

N WATCH: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch will be meeting in the vestry at Trinity Church at 2.30pm on Monday. For further information contact 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 when councillors will discuss past events that they have organised and plan new ones. If you have any suggestions I am sure they would like to hear from you. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

PRAYER WALK: A prayer walk to be led by Fr Clive Woodward is on Wednesday. At 10am walkers willmeet at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, for a four mile walk from Butts Brow. For further information please ring Fr Clive Woodward on 01323 509891.

DICK WHITTINGTON: It doesn’t seem possible that it will soon be rehearsal time for Willingdon Church Players’ next pantomime Dick Whittington. The read through is at 7.15pm on Monday in the church hall with open auditions at 7.15pm on Thursday. Directing the pantomime will be Christopher Peck. Rehearsals will then begin on Monday September 30 and continue on every Monday and Thursday in the church hall. The pantomime will be staged at the end of January 2014. For further information ring Lesley on 01323 504901 or email her at

ROBERT BROWN will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with covers by Johnny Cash, David Bowie and Led Zepplin to name but a few.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. Sunday September 8 is music day at the mill.

THE LUNCH CLUB held at Trinity Church Hall on the third Friday of the month is going from strength to strength with more and more people coming along to enjoy the delicious home cooked meals and for the companionship. However, due to its success, more volunteers are now needed to help prepare, serve and clear away at each meal. Training would be given. Volunteers are able to work shifts according to their availability. If you would like to join this friendly and hard-working team, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. Trinity Diners will be meeting at noon on Friday September 20 when the menu will be fresh juice, steak pie (or the vegetarian option), boiled potatoes, seasonal vegetables, followed by Eton mess and tea or coffee. The meals are £5. To reserve a place ring Jennie.

BROWNIES: Monday September 9 is the date when the 41st Eastbourne Brownies resume their weekly meetings at Trinity Church Hall after the summer break. Many of the Brownies will be going up into the Guides. Consequently some places are currently available for more Brownies and also for the younger children, the Rainbows. For more information ring Judy Kemp on 01323 486756 or email her on

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will meet at 1.45pm on Friday September 6 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration from Josephine Jacobs. The competition is entitled Autumn Bounty.

BINGO AND CHIPS: This is at 7pm for 7.30pm on Saturday September 7 in St Mary’s Church Hall. Tickets are £5 each to include the meal and a bingo card. Contact Lesley on 01323 504901 or the parish office on 01323 501763.