Parish Pump Hailsham - August 31, 2012

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MARGARET KNIGHT had a string of parties and gatherings to celebrate her 100th birthday. On Sunday, her actual birthday, she walked to St Andrews to share in the service and to also share a large birthday cake made for her. She had a series of birthday cakes produced by the organisation with which she has been associated. Margaret moved to Alfriston in the sixties whilst still Head of PE and Deputy Head of Eastbourne High School for Girls. She remained on the committee of the Old Girls of the school until 2010. Always taking an active part in community matters she was a founder of Abbeyfield Homes and was a Samaritan until five years ago when she gave up driving. She was also an active member of the Alfriston WI and a keen bowls player -both outdoor and short mat bowling. She gave up bowling too about five years ago because of failing eyesight but until then was a very skilful and competitive player. Margaret was still opening some of her many birthday cards on Sunday evening, including one from the Queen.

ALFRISTON FESTIVAL has left us all feeling exhausted but satisfied that a it was a job well done. Most of the week was taken up with fund raising events which were both entertaining and enjoyable. The final figure will not be reached for a day or two as overheads have to be deducted and monies counted. The whole week however was not as well supported as in years gone by. The expectation is that the final figure may not be as high as it has been in the past but for those who attended the events a good time was thoroughly enjoyed.

MATTHEW ROSE and Friends will be giving a Gala Concert at St Andrew’s Church on September 7 at 7.30pm. This is the first of a series of events to be held over the weekend details of which are available at Much Ado Books and Seaford and Lewes Tourist Offices.

GUIDED TOUR: Local historian, Kevin Gordon will be providing a guiding tour of Alfriston tomorrow, Saturday, departing from the Market Cross at 2pm. Tickets are £5 and are available on the day.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is My Week With Marilyn and will be shown tonight at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm for drinks, ice cream and cakes).

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. The benefice now officially includes Dallington Church as well as Bodle Street and Warbleton. We have been working with Dallington for some while now, but now the wheels of officialdom have stopped and we are one. Warbleton Parish Church, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service. St Giles Dallington, 10am Communion (BCP).


RAMBLERS: The postponed July walk of seven miles with Bob and Doreen (01323) 847682 around Hellingly and Abbots Wood will now take place on Sunday. Wednesday’s walk, with Richard and Jill (01323) 832303, is the Catsfield circular of 4.5 miles, passing fishing lakes with some hills and stiles. The shorter Wednesday stroll will be at Arlington Reservoir with Nobby (01323) 440624. If you would like to go along on any of the rambles, give the walk leaders a ring for the details or if you would like to find out about Hailsham Ramblers generally then ring Secretary Jill on (01323) 843530.

ST MARY’S: This is the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Sunday Holy Communion. 10.30am All Age Special with crèche and children’s groups, The God who Saves. 6.30pm Holy Communion, The Trouble with Taxes. On Monday meeting point has its AGM in the church lounge at 7.30pm followed by My Travels in Nepal with Jill Hobbs. If you would like to find out more about Meeting Point ring Pam on 844341 or Gill on 845329.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: The Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Dorothy Young and is followed by refreshments. There is a Clairvoyant Evening on Saturday September 8 from 7.30pm to 9pm. The mediums are Sue and Leigh Smith, £5 at the door. All events take place at Primrose Hall.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: The Late Summer Show of Hailsham’s Horticultural Society is to be held at Summerheath Hall, Summerheath Road on Saturday September 8 from 2pm until 5pm. This is the society’s 160th year of showing and growing so why not go along and support them. On display are the entries for classes of flowers, vegetables and floral art, cooking and crafts and there will be lots more to see and admire and includes a tombola, exhibition by the Bonsai Society and refreshments. Admission is 50p, members 25p and accompanied children free.

OAKLEAF WALK: A gentle, sociable walk has been organised by a local walk leader in partnership with Sussex Oakleaf and trained by TCV (formerly BTCV) on Tuesday September 4 from noon to 2pm. If you would like to go along, meet at the Quintins shopping centre at 11.45am. It is hoped that this will be a regular monthly walk. All welcome including dogs. Contact (01323) 849524 for more information.

ORGAN CLUB: On September 11, young organ maestro Chris Stanbury is the star guest player at the Hailsham Pavilion. If you like live music go along and non-members are very welcome to join the happy audience, just phone Charles Clegg on (01323) 762411 for further information.

KNIT’INN NIGHTS: What do scarecrows, teddy bears and Olympic athletes have in common? You can get knitting patterns to make your own versions. In fact many knitters use up odds and ends of yarn making toys for their children or for charity. When you have completed a large piece of knitting there always seems to be too much yarn left over to throw away, but not enough to do much else with. Consequently all knitters have at least a small bag of remnants. Knitting may not be the thrifty hobby it once was, but little goes to waste. Join a Knit Night at The King’s Head and find a source of bits that may produce just what you are looking for to complete your line up of medal winners. Phone Su on 07951 631749 or The King’s Head on (01323) 440447.

ARTS FESTIVAL: This exciting annual event is running from September 8 to 16 and there are lots of events and activities all week such as comedy, poetry, music, dance and art displays including the ongoing Art in Empty Shops project. The programmes are available now from various venues in and around Hailsham and full details are on the website

Hellingly & Horsebridge

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, Arlington and Upper Dicker have their Produce and Flower Show at Arlington village hall. It starts at 3pm and there will be lots of flower and produce classes as well as a photographic competition with various sections.

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

BSA OWNERS CLUB: There is a gathering of BSA owners at the King’s Head on Sunday from 1.30pm.

BONSAI CLUB: The next meeting is on September 10 at Hellingly village hall. There will be a talk by Paul Eslinger, Chairman of Eastleigh Bonsai Society, on shohin, which are trees below 20cms high. This is proving to be a very busy Summer for the club following their successful show following which, several new people came along to the meeting in July for a taster session and were given a warm welcome. It is hoped they will join the Eastbourne and Wealden Bonsai Club and enjoy their membership. Certificates were presented to members along with the Best in Show shield to Kevin Fletcher. There was also a workshop where members worked on their trees and exchanged views on styling, health and other aspects of tree care. The club has also held displays and demonstrations at summer shows, in particular at Battle Summer Fayre and the Eastbourne Old Town Fete. Both displays attracted much attention and there was no shortage of questions asked. The trees are being displayed at horticultural and allotment societies in Hailsham and Bexhill at the Ninfield Summer Fare. The August meeting was held at Downsview Bonsai, Wannock. This was an opportunity to look at Peter Ling’s huge array of trees, pots, tools, soil and other accessories ( New members were able to gain advice on purchasing suitable starter trees and pots. More experienced members took the opportunity of adding to their collection or purchasing necessities at the club discount price. The sudden downpour of rain immediately before did not deter the stalwart members who needed to have made their selection of outside trees before the early darkness moved proceedings inside. Nevertheless it proved to be an enjoyable and useful evening. Find more about us on or telephone Brian Dale, chairman on (01323) 731369.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: I have had several people ask what happened after the meeting on May 4 when it was agreed to hold another public meeting allowing for more time and enhanced publicity. It was noted however that no-one offered to help the existing committee. Peter Reynolds, Chair of NHHRA, said that by the beginning of June, when it was expected to go ahead with the publicity, nothing had been done and the members involved resigned. Peter felt unable to do it all himself. Following a discussion with the remaining committee members it was decided to call it a day but it was considered too late to cancel the meeting on July 4. The association then received a leaflet from Terence O’Rouke about holding an exhibition of the plans for the 700 houses and it was realised then that the development had already been decided and would begin, not when the other sites had sold, but immediately permission had been granted. It was suspected that the overall plan is for Hailsham New Town and London Overspill. It was decided to give it one more go and the association advertised, as best they could, and went ahead with the meeting on July 4. This meeting was nearly as well attended as May 4 but with different people. The chair spelt out that the development would go ahead, that it could not be stopped, but that with enough protest perhaps improvements to the infrastructure could be made. It was decided to wait and see the exhibition on July 13 and 14. At the end of that meeting the chairman, Peter Reynolds, resigned from both that post and that of secretary and there were no volunteers for the positions. Peter did however, attend O’Rourkes’ exhibition and was even more convinced that the plans were already agreed and unstoppable. Meanwhile, a group calling itself the North Hailsham and Hellingly Residents Union was launched, with a website, and held a meeting at the beginning of August at Emmanuel hall with the aim of fighting the development. Peter expressed disappointment that the Residents Union and its members had not made itself known when NHHRA was seeking support some two months earlier and may have been able to add weight to the cause.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

SQUEEZE Breakfast Club is back after a short summer break, on Sunday in the village hall. A light buffet breakfast will be served from 10am, make your own toast, pour your own tea, coffee or fruit juice a choice of cereals, pastries, fresh fruit and similar items The occasion is an opportunity to relax, make new friends, read the Sunday papers and join in handicrafts or other activities, including a version of carpet bowls. All ages are warmly welcome, whole families or those on their own, and there is no charge. The two-hour event is staged on the first Sunday in each month by the Free Church in Chapel Row. At some point in the morning Pastor Jim Beveridge delivers a Thought for the Day type of message linking the Christian faith to a current topic. Go when you can, leave when you must.

CARRY ON CELEBRATING: The main Olympics are over and now it’s time for us to enjoy the Alternative Games in the village hall on Friday September 7. Bagatelle, skittles, draughts, dominoes etc, between 1.30pm and 4.30pm. The games are suitable for all abilities and will probably bring back a whole host of memories. The event is being organised by the Wealden Senior Citizens Partnership and open to everyone over the age of 50 years. Entry is £2 per person which includes refreshments. If you need transport please call Carol on 01825 762934.

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, Wartling Church quiz night at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street from 7.30pm. Tickets are £6.50 including supper and are available by ringing 833445. If you can make up teams of six that would be great, but if not just go along and join one of the teams there.

OPEN MEETING of Herstmonceux Village Hall Management Committee on Tuesday in the village hall, from 8pm. All interested people are invited to go along. The hall is a valuable asset to the village and relies on the whole community taking an interest. If you would like to know more about the running of the hall or have any ideas for its future, please go along and share them, your input will be appreciated.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Windmill Hill Horticultural Society will be holding their next meeting on Thursday in the Reid Hall at Boreham Street, 7pm for 7.30pm. Brian Meldrum will be their guest speaker and his subject Gardens of a Golden afternoon-Luterns-Jekyll.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with Evensong (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 6pm respectively with the Family Service being held at Herstmonceux at 9.45am.

Mobile Library

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

Ninfield & Hooe

JUBILEE BOOK: As you may have heard, the lovely Jubilee book of photos etc from our celebrations was sent to Her Majesty the Queen a couple of weeks ago and Sami Guard has had a fantastic letter from Balmoral last Friday in thanks. A copy of the letter and the photo card received has been put outside the village shop for all to read and framed copies are being put in all the venues that hosted events over the Jubilee weekend. Carol and Sami were thrilled to hear from the Queen’s Lady in Waiting, and hope that people would like a copy of the beautiful record of the Jubilee events. They will be on sale at the Michaelmas Fair (see below) or you can place orders from Carol or Sami.

THE DANCE CLUB have been having their Summer School this week and will be performing their show at the Memorial Hall at 5.30pm today, Friday. Entrance fee £1 which will also be a raffle ticket (under 10’s free) and there will be refreshments available. You are invited to go along and support the youngsters, they work so hard, and following the success of last year’s show they will be pushing the limits even more this year.

SOCIAL EVENING: at St Mary’s church this evening, Friday, in the Reading Room. This will be a Not the Jubilee or Olympics Quiz Evening with a fish and chip supper. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start, food at 8pm. Refreshments of tea and coffee will be available or if you prefer, you are welcome to take your own beer or wine. Tickets are £5.50 available from Nikki 01424 893867 and at church on Sundays. All are welcome to go along and have some food and fun with friends.

THE BOWLS CLUB have been busy in the last week with the following results: August 21 they played Hailsham loosing 77-96, they then won their next match on August 24 against Hampden Park 93-80. Unfortunately their match on August 25 had to be cancelled due to the great British Summer weather, rain and a flooded pitch. However, in true British weather style, the rain went on August 26 and helped Ninfield to an 82-50 win against Alexandra Park.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are playing at home against Iden tomorrow, Saturday, and are then hosting fellow Premier Division Langley Wanderers on September 8. They are still on the look out for new players for the 2012/13 season as they look to strengthen their squad in preparation for their return to the East Sussex Football League Premier Division. As well as players, they are also looking for sponsors, no matter how small, who would like to support their local football team in any way that they can. Please contact Luke Pont on 07872 312266.

COMMUNITY DAY: A Hooe Community Day will be held tomorrow, Saturday September 1 in and around Hooe Village Hall from 10am to 2pm. This event is designed for all to hear about the services available to us, pick up a wealth of information and ask questions. Representatives from the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Warm Front (to give advice on insulating your home), Neighbourhood Watch, Trading Standards, RSPCA, Horse Watch, Ninfield Patient Involvement Group, East Sussex County Council and Wealden District Council and more will be attending. In addition the parish council will be asking for your views about the proposed village hall improvement plans, explaining the ambitions project A Moment in Time, launching the village flag competition and more. Refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle to start the fund raising for village projects. Further details from Dick Carey 01424 892051 or Peter and Pam Doodes 01424 892329.

PRAM RACE: The carnival committee are holding their annual pram race on Sunday. It will be held on the recreation ground, 11.30am to 2pm. There will be a barbecue, bar and refreshments will be available. As usual there will be races for the following categories: junior, senior, adult and mixed. If you are all fired up after the Olympics and think you can beat the great Usain Bolt, then you can test your speed in races against SID. Fancy dress is invited with prizes for entries. Hopefully, there will be more entires this year (maybe you could go as your favourite Olympian of 2012). Celebrate the end of the summer holidays in style with lots of racing fun. There will also be a Tug-o-war fun contest, and a tombola. For further information or how to enter, please contact Lorna on 893644.

THE FLOWER GROUP are next meeting on Monday in the Memorial Hall commencing 7.30pm for a demonstration by Pat McDonald entitled A Walk in the Park. Non members welcome – entrance charge of £3 includes refreshments all flower arrangements raffled at the end of the evening.

MICHAELMAS Onion Festival and Fun Dog Show is on Sunday September 8 from 11am to 5pm at Hope Cottage Farm Shop, Hooe Road. A fun day out with something for all the family. For children there’s Punch and Judy, stilt walkers, Victorian Carousel, face painting and activities. There’s bell ringing, arena events including dog training demonstrations, birds of prey, ferret racing, tug of war, onion eating. If you grow onions or garlic bring them along to see if you have the largest, or plait eight together with a ribbon. Competitions for best decorated onion, onion marmalade, fruit jam, favourite cake and odd shape vegetable. The Fun Dog Show looks for the best dog, bitch, puppy and veteran; best rescue, child handler, waggiest tail and six legs. There is also a scurry to try out. Full details on website: There’s also crafts, games, raffles, the tea tent, bar and barbecue. Lots of entertainment for all the family. Entry £1 per adult. Fun Dog Show registration from 11am, first class 2pm, entries £1 per class 07858 555343.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service, 6pm Book of Common Prayer Communion. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Revd Michael Ward.


IS ANYONE interested to play Scrabble one afternoon? Please contact Maureen on 485971 for more details.

LADIES CIRCLE meeting in September is a talk by Ann Bissett Fun with Poetry. Please contact Polegate Community Centre for the date and time of this event. Telephone 482434.

URGENTLY NEEDED person who could organize the existing adverts for the Community News. This job starts in August and usually runs until Christmas. Please contact the office on 482434 10am to noon and 2pm until 4pm for more information.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by he Social Section. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

SHOW: Polegate Gardeners Society Late Summer Show is tomorrow, Saturday, at St Johns Church Hall commencing at 2pm.

MONDAY CLUB: The next meeting is on September 3, at the Community Centre. All welcome between 2pm and 4pm. If you enjoy pleasant company and playing table games you will be most welcome.

RAMBLING CLUB: On September 6, Leisurely walk, Sovereign Harbour South, two to three miles flat and easy with coffee at the end. Meets at 10.30am at the Harvester, Bus 51 from Polegate High Street 9.19am to Harbour, with Joan S. Or To The Bluebell Woods, 5miles mainly flattish, fields, tracks and woods, 11 stiles, with Jean W. Or Home For Tea, 10 miles through Friston Forest to the Cuckmere with Roger L. Both walks meet 9.30am at Wannock Road Recreation Ground.

POLEGATE STROLLERS walk to hill overlooking Wannock Tea Rooms. Meet at the Jubilee tree, St Johns Road at 10am on Tuesday September 11.


GRAFFITI KNITTING: The latest form of protesting is graffiti or Guerilla Knitting. It’s going on all over the world. No, I’m not stitching you up. Check out One Southern council actually spent the day going around, cutting knitted flowers, etc off lampposts. Then they apologised. So if you spot knitted lupins on lampposts, bears on benches, or rugs on roadsigns around Uckfield and you wonder whodunnknit, it might be me.

LADIES WHO LUNCH: St Peter and St James Hospice are having a Pleasure Ride on September 7. If you own a horse or have access to horses and are interested, please get in touch with Glenda Blackaller 01825 722607. Macmillan Nurses are having a fashion show on September 12, 7.30pm at the Civic Centre. The entrance is £15 and there will be cheese, wine and a raffle. If interested please see Maureen. Macmillan will also be holding their usual coffee morning at Pizza Express on September 28. Please come along and support this very worthwhile charity. Maureen reminded us that we need to look for fun prizes for the Bran Tub at Christmas. Gifts to be wrapped and a long piece of string or ribbon attached. As our speaker had to cancel at the last minute due to bereavement, Maureen Biron stepped in. She gave us an illustrated talk on Uppark House. After an hilarious 15 minutes trying to get the screen and pictures together she gave us an interesting talk on the house. Although the name of the house is all one word, it is actually pronounced Up Park. This is because it is built on the highest point of the Downs with magnificent views all round. The nearest town is Petersfield. It was built in 1690 and is known as a Dutch house by its design. It was bought by Mathew Featherstone Haugh after his great uncle said he would make him his heir if he bought a house in the South of England and married. This he did and he and his wife had a son, Harry who travelled a great deal and brought back many works of art from the continent. Sir Harry was great friends with the Prince Regent, who often came to stay. When Sir Harry died, his widow’s sister came to live in the house and when they were elderly ladies, HG Wells’ mother was their housekeeper. The National Trust now owns the property and in 1989 there was a devastating fire. The whole of the top floor, the family’s apartment was destroyed. Seven fire brigades attended the blaze and managed to keep the rest of the house safe. The fire started during visiting hours and all the staff and many of the visitors carried out furniture and pictures thereby saving the bulk of the treasures. 800 black dustbins were used to store the rescued items until the house was restored to its original state by the National Trust. Maureen was thanked by Margaret Eaves.

THE BANDSTAND Marathon Communities in Tune. Free admission at Uckfield Bandstand in the Civic Centre Square, featuring Uckfield Singers with Fletching Singers, Uckfield Concert Brass, Theatre Guild, Debs Dancers, Jamie Parsons, Little Horsted School and Buxted Junior Choir, Lucy Williams,Carol Shirley and Glyn,TGK and with MC Barry Horsman. Presented by Fletching Singers with kind help from local business; Uckfield Rotary Club and Town Council. The Date is Sunday September 9m 1pm to 5pm. Visit for the bands appearing at this and over 500 more venues around the UK this will mark the end of the fantastic London 2012 Olympics. What a fabulous year. We will be collecting for Demelza Childrens Hospice Hailsham.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service. At the service last week, it was announced that the benefice now officially includes Dallington Church as well as Warbleton and Bodle Street. We have been working with Dallington for some while now, but now the wheels of officialdom have stopped and we are one. A warm welcome to the congregation of St Giles. You are warmly invited to join our Parenting Course for any parents, step-parents, prospective parents or carers of children aged 0 to 10 years. Children do not arrive with an instruction manual. No role we undertake is more important than parenting. Family life is under great pressure today and parents face bewildering choices about how to parent effectively. Discovering we are not alone in the challenges we face and picking up ideas from other parents can make a huge difference. We can all learn how to make even the happiest family better. The series will run for five Mondays from September 24, 7.15pm for coffee and cake, 9.30pm at the Rectory. We may be able to help with babysitting. Please contact us if that would be of interest. For more details or to book a place, call Marc on 01435 830421 or St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles Dallington, 10am Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship with communion led by Ray Dadswell. 6.30pm Evening service with Paul Daniels.

QUIZ NIGHT: The bonfire society are re-launching their monthly quizzes at a new venue. They will now be held at The Three Cups Inn at Punnetts Town. Our first quiz is this Sunday at 7.30pm and is £2 per person. Please ring The Three Cups on 01435 830252 to reserve a table. We will also be holding a raffle to raise funds for the bonfire society. We look forward to seeing everyone for a fun evening.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: It is the 20th Anniversary of the players this year, and as part of our celebrations we are holding a review from November 28 to December 1. This will consist of a selection of songs and dances from four of our past musicals together with a variety of sketches, songs and monologues. Like to be involved? Then contact Pam on 01435 830856 for acting roles and Anita on 01435 873226 for singing or dancing roles. Rehearsals start in September at the village hall and will be on Monday or Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Perhaps you have been involved in past productions and would like to reprise your role?

HEDGES: Driving up Rookery Lane last week I had a branch hit the front door pillar. At first, there seemed to be no damage, but returning to the van a few hours later, I found that the quarter light was broken. After the aggravation of sorting out the repair and shelling out £50 excess on my policy it was repaired. This illustrates the increasing problem of roadside hedges being neglected by landowners, who ignore their responsibility to keep vegetation clear of the highway. I wonder if they have considered the implications for them if they cause an accident? It is quite difficult driving down many of our lanes including Kingsley Hill. Others I have noted are Flitterbrook, Middle Lane, Colliers Green, Golding’s Lane, Padgham and Back Lane, in addition to the two mentioned above. The parish council have a reporting and advising role in the matter, but ultimately it is the responsibility of the county council to enforce the cutting back work.


Wannock & Jevington

DRAMA CLASSES: Rachel Fielding is a professional actress with over 20 years’ experience from West End theatre to television and film. She has lived in Willingdon for about a year now and previously ran a very popular children’s drama group. However, she is now keen to start a drama group for adults, initially a six week performance skills course, and she is sure that there is a lot of local untapped talent about. Rachel writes: Have you ever wanted to act but never had the confidence to stand up in front of other people? Have you been attracted to the entertainment industry but been side lined into a more conventional way of life? Come and discover a new you. Through a series of relaxation techniques, confidence building exercises and a taste of different genres of performance, from Shakespeare to television techniques, I will take you on a journey of self-discovery. At the end of the course there will be an evening performance for friends and family. Whether you want to come and have some fun or would like to gain confidence for presentations or public speaking, or maybe even think about a new career, this could be the course for you. To find out more, contact Rachel on 07966 143190 or email .

THE WATSON BROTHERS will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf in from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. A guided tour of the four floors of the mill is just £1. The museum on the ground floor is also interesting for those less active. Mill souvenirs can be purchased and tea, soft drinks and cake can be enjoyed in the comfortable education room where you can also watch a video on mills. There are also toilet facilities.

NW: Neighbourhood Watch will be meeting at 2.30pm on Monday in the vestry of Trinity Church. If you are interested in becoming a member, street co-ordinator, or would be available to deliver the quarterly newsletters or just want to know more about what is going on in your locality, contact the chairman Cllr Ray Ingram on 508634.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be an amenities meeting from 7.30pm on Monday at the parish council office. Meetings are open to the public. For further information please ring the parish office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

RED LION: Gavin and Nikki Finnis, the new landlords of the Red Lion are hosting a race night, raising funds for St Mary’s Church. It will take place from 7.45pm on Tuesday. For further information please ring them on 01323 502062.

BABES IN THE WOOD is the pantomime to be rehearsed by Willingdon Church Players for their performances in January next year. The read-through is at St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.15pm on Thursday and informal auditions will then take place the following week. If you would like to take part or get involved in any way, do go along, or ring Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday September 7 at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Terri Simmons will be giving a demonstration entitled Sugar Flowers.

RIDE AND STRIDE: A sponsored cycle ride and stride is taking place on Saturday September 8. The idea is that participants are sponsored to visit as many churches as possible on the day, either by walking or cycling. Their visit to each church is then recorded by one of the welcoming team. The money raised is equally divided between the Sussex Historic Churches Trust and the participant’s own church. If you would like 
to be involved in St Mary’s ride and stride, please contact David or Jo Fleuty on 01323 485357. Volunteers are also required to be part of the welcoming team.