Parish pump Hailsham - August 8, 2014


ANNUAL SHOW: Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society is holding its Annual Show today, Friday, from 1pm to 5pm and tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4.30pm at the War Memorial Hall. If the Early Summer Show in June is anything to go by, this bigger show should be well worth a visit. The Early Summer Show day in June was very wet, since when the sun has been shining and with luck will continue to shine for this weekend and encourage lots of visitors.

300 CLUB this month will meet at The George at 8pm on August 12 to witness the lucky numbers being picked out of the bin giving two more winners £50 each.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL is rapidly approaching. Starting on August 22 with the Children’s Fun Day on the Tye from 1pm and the quiz in the War Memorial Hall in the evening at 7pm. All details are in the brochures which are in all outlets in the village.

Bodle Street Green

FLOWER SHOW: The gardening club’s 55th annual Flower Show is to be held tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm in the village hall.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Please see the Warbleton section for the programme of events for the Dallington flower festival this weekend.

BSGWI: The Institute does not normally meet in August, but members have been invited to a local garden. This will be on Tuesday at 2.30pm meeting in the village hall car park to share transport as parking is limited. Normal meetings resume on September 9 with a talk by Melanie Gibson-Brown entitled Wandering in Flanders Fields. For details of the group please contact Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

VILLAGE HALL: A boot and table sale is being organised for next Saturday, August 16. For details of stalls etc please contact Sue on 01323 832542.


FARMERS’ MARKET: At the Farmers’ Market tomorrow, Saturday, on the Cattle Market site in Market Street, Community Chef Olly Dawson will be coming along to give a cookery demonstration and free tasters using market produce. Cuckmere Buses will be using Hailsham Farmers’ Market for the foreseeable future to promote this local service and there will usually be a bus available for prospective volunteers to have-a-go. An information stand at the Town Council’s Charter Market on that day will offer a chance to win Farmers’ Market Produce and samples. General and all other enquiries from crafters and producers to the Farmers’ Market Manager on 07887 910150.

ST MARY’S: This is the Eighth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am there is a Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Deborah and Barak: ruling and rescuing. The visiting preacher is Michael Wilcock. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, A Model for Ministry. There is Holy Communion at 2.45pm at Emmanuel Church. All welcome at the Bite In on Fridays in the Church Lounge from 9.30am to noon for refreshments, light snacks, friends and chats.

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

MURDER MYSTERY: Tomorrow, Saturday, doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start for a Murder Mystery play. Find out Who Done it? at The Charles Hunt Centre. Ample free parking nearby. Entry is £6.50 a head to include a ploughman’s supper, reduced price for 12 to 16 year olds at £2.50. Raffle. Tickets in advance from Joy Bowdery 01323 840 382 or on the night. In aid of Environment Hailsham that makes our town look so lovely with all the planters and hanging baskets. This event will help buy more compost, seeds and plants etc to help improve our town.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Daphne (01323 845055) is leading a five-mile Brightling Woods circular. This walk could be muddy if wet. There is the shorter Seaford town Heritage Walk with Jackie and Sid (01323 841995) also on Wednesday. If you would like to go on either of these walks with the Hailsham Ramblers, please contact the walk leader for the details or ramblers secretary Gill on 843530.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Bond will be holding a meeting in Ersham Road from Palmers Row properties to the junction of Sandbanks Way on Wednesday from 7pm to 7.30pm and then on Thursday from 7pm to 7.30 in Ersham Road from properties from 2 to 62. This will give local residents the opportunity to meet her and talk to me about any concerns or issues they may be having where they live. This does not have to be simply police related.

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday top maestro Chris Powell will be making a return visit playing your kind of music and 100 percent live too at the Charles Hunt Centre. All shows on the second Wednesday of each month. There is plentiful free parking very close to the venue. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Non-members are very welcome, just turn up and pay at the door. Further information can be had from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

BONFIRE BINGO: It’s not long now before the next Hailsham Bonfire Society celebration on October 18 so go a long and support them and have a fun evening at the Charles Hunt Centre next Friday, August 15. Doors open at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

HOPS OPEN DAY: Everyone is welcome at the Pavilion for their Open Day, Coffee Morning and walking treasure hunt from 10am to noon on Saturday August 16.

WW1 COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE: On August 3, Hailsham was led by the Mayor of Hailsham, Councillor Jo Bentley in a Commemorative Service for the commencement of World War 1, supported by representatives of Wealden District Council, Hailsham Town Council, RAF Association, Hailsham Rotary Club, Hailsham Royal British Legion, No 19 Hailsham Platoon Sussex Army Cadets, No 249 (Hailsham) Squadron Air Cadets, Hailsham Memorial Institute Club, Hailsham Club (formerly Old Comrades Club), The Red Cross, Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society, Michelham Priory Lodge No 5059 of the Masonic Order and very good support from members of the public. The 1066 Marching Band from Hastings consisting of pipers and drummers led a marching parade from the car park at the Charles Hunt Centre along Vicarage Lane and down the High Street to the War Memorial. The parade consisted of Standard Bearers from the British Legion, Army Cadets, Air Cadets, representatives of the district council, town council, old comrades and Legion members and the Hailsham Army Cadets and Air Cadets. The Service was led by the Rev Peter Clark, Hailsham Branch Chaplain and Secretary with Mike Weller, branch chairman giving the address. During the service and ably led by Rev Clark, verses from three well known WW1 songs were sung and enjoyed by all present. Last Post was played and two minutes’ silence was observed then Reveille was played. Wreaths were laid firstly by the Mayor of Hailsham on behalf of the residents of Hailsham followed by all other representatives.

U3A: The dog friendly walking group is going to Arlington Reservoir in August. Walkers without dogs are welcome. The quiz group meets on the third Tuesday of each month and the recorders group is looking for a tenor or bass player even if you are rusty. The painting group recently chose a summer scene, garden etc for their subject, the family history group recently had a talk on Rope Makers of Hailsham and a meeting where members discussed aspects of WW1 with stories from members whose relatives fought in that conflict and members who had been over to the War Graves recently. The U3A as a whole will be meeting at the Civic Hall on Tuesday August 26 at 2pm for 2.30pm start when Ian Gledhill will give a digital presentation on The Magic of Pantomime.

FLOWER CLUB: A very enjoyable Inter Club Competition entitled Garden Party was held in July in Hailsham. Members from St Andrews, Eastbourne, Horam and Heathfield, Willingdon, Little Common and Hailsham Flower Clubs’ had one hour to complete arrangements which were judged by Angela and Steve Merryfield. Results were as follows: Beginners: (Cream Tea) 1, Sue Cork, St Andrews; 2, Teresa Fennings, Horam and Heathfield; 3, Elaine Chapman, Hailsham. Intermediate: (Ring O’Roses) 1, Sandra Fleming, Little Common; 2, Gill Smithers, St Andrews; 3, Alice Stacey, Willingdon. Advanced: (Flower Show) 1, Janet Bailey, St Andrews; 2, Alison Tomlinson, Willingdon; 3, Marie Hayward, Hailsham. The winning club was St Andrews. Whilst competitors worked on their arrangements, club members and visitors were able to relax and enjoy a sociable evening including a cream tea in keeping with the evening’s theme and bought raffle tickets, visit the sales table and plant stall. Hailsham and District Flower Club welcomes guests. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month (apart from December) in the Hailsham Civic Community Hall at 7.30pm. Next meeting is a workshop on Wednesday August 20.

FESTIVAL OF ARTS: Programmes will be available from local outlets from August 10. The website is gradually being updated with details of all events and ticket information at In the run up to this year’s festival there are several competitions you can prepare for. All are free to enter. Full details on the website.

100 YEARS AGO: In August 1914 Rev Francis Clyde-Harvey wrote the following: My dear Friends. I must thank all the officials, especially Mr Evans and the Wardens, for carrying on the affairs of the church so well and letting me have an undisturbed holiday, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Mr and Mrs Jackson are away on their well deserved holiday. The Rev and Mrs H Jackson were in Grindelwald, Switzerland, when war was declared and for a time were unable to travel home. They arrived back in Polegate in due course, updates were given in the October magazine. I should like to see Mr Jackson Vicar of the proposed new Parish of Polegate. Mr Jackson is thoroughly liked as a Pastor as far as I can judge. I believe if Polegate said ‘yes, we will guarantee £100 a year’ the Commissioners, with the Parsonage handed over to them would allow the division, and Bishop’s Fund would help well to make a living wage.

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).

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

TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC: On Wednesday, bring your teddy along for the magic show and games, in the barn if it is raining, to Michelham Priory from 10.30am to 5pm.

CHOIR NEWS: Hellingly church choir is proposing to erect a plaque on the pillar beside the organ in memory of Marion Nicholls who was the organist and choir mistress at Hellingly Church from 1983 to 2013. She joined the choir when the Reverend John Sweatman first came to Hellingly. About two years later she took over as organist and over the years that followed she built up the small choir to what it is today, encouraging everyone and increasing their repertoire. She was also a stickler for perfection. Marion took the choir to Chichester Cathedral Church Choir Festivals many times and also to some of the Village Choir Festivals. She herself furthered her knowledge of the organ by attending various workshops and courses. It is only when one visits other churches that you realise what a talent she had and how much she is missed. She also accompanied several choirs in the community. The amount needed for the plaque is approximately £500. To date there is around £100. Wedding fees are being donated to the fund and the congregation is invited to contribute also. It is intended to have a concert at some stage to raise more funds. If you are interested in helping us reach our total, please give any contributions to Eileen Procter on 01424 532866.

MOTHERS’ UNION: Michelangelo to visit Sussex. Thus might have blazoned the headlines in 1987 when Gary Bevans was inspired by a pilgrimage to Rome to take on the Herculean task of reproducing the Sistine Chapel ceiling in his parish church of the English Martyrs in Goring-by-Sea. In June a coach-load of Mothers’ Union members and friends, made their own pilgrimage to see the only known reproduction of the famous ceiling which was painted (in a hurry) by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. Gary’s task, working evening after evening for some five and a half years and completed in 1993, was an expression of his passion and wonder at the genius of Michelangelo’s cornerstone work of High Renaissance Art.

THE PCC has decided that the £4k due from the voluntary giving for charities will be divided between the Salvation Army, British Legion, Church Army, Church of England Pensions Board, St Luke’s Hospital for the Clergy, Chichester Diocese Family Support Work, Scouts, Guides, People Matter, St Wilfrid’s Hospice, PARCHE, Bible Society, USPG, and Mission to Seamen. This amount of money will be spread over the next six months.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BOWLS: Our home team had three friendly matches this week, the first was at home to Seaford and Herstmonceux were the winners, the final score being 85-62. Sadly that was the only win and even though they were playing in the lovely setting which is East Dean and Friston, Herstmonceux found the green a bit hard going and lost by 12 shots. The third match of the week over at St John’s Mead was played on the day that Eastbourne Pier sadly caught fire, but they played on losing by just four shots. Better luck next week guys.

WALKING CLUB: Having recovered from drinks at the pub after their last walk, the walkers will be meeting Lita at the Pine Shop in Ringmer for a three mile walk. All are welcome to join them, if you need transport to the meeting point or any other information please call them direct on 848790.

RAY AND SHELDON: Just a reminder that there are no meetings for the Ray and Sheldon club throughout August but they will be back on September 26 with an outing, possibly for a cream tea somewhere. If you need more information or want to book in for the outing please contact them on 441244.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with Evensong (BCP) will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with Holy Communion (CW) and the Worship and Prayer Service being held at Wartling church at 9.45am and 11am respectively.

BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: Have very kindly negotiated a deal with the Herstmonceux Medieval Festival organisers from the Castle and will give all locals a 20 per cent discount into the festival at the end of the month. The discount only applies to tickets booked in advance through the HBA website and the HBA have arranged for some parades to start in the village and for information on those you’ll find posters around the village. Some members will be holding a raffle with the winners taking home their own entry tickets to the festival and profits from the raffle going to various charities. Their monthly market is gathering more and more interest and is held on the second Saturday of each month in either the Sundial or Brewer’s Arms car park. You may also have noticed the flowers in the trough by the mini roundabout, these have been sponsored by the HBA and will help to brighten Gardner Street. Any businesses wishing to join the HBA please contact Malcolm Bradshaw at

MISSING COCKATIELS: Sadly two cockatiels have gone missing locally so if you spot them please call 832117.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Next week is our 50th Anniversary Week. To celebrate we are having, not one, but ten walks. Each walk will finish in Lewes and the total mileage will add up to 50 miles. We are all going to be welcomed by the Mayor at the Town Hall where we will be served tea and buns to celebrate. This will be followed on Friday by a 50th Anniversary Dinner at Pelham House so it will be a week to remember. Details of all the walks are to be found on our programme. Get in touch with one of the leaders if you would like to join us.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: St John-sub-Castro was packed to welcome Steve Daughtery’s installation by the Bishop of Lewes as vicar of sub-Castro and South Malling churches, as well as Southover. Lots of cakes had been donated and were devoured by the assembled masses after the service. Thank you to the congregation at sub-Castro for looking after us all so splendidly. On July 18 our eco team met the assessors for a review of the work we have done in the churchyard and we were pleased to learn that we have been awarded a second tier award. Some areas of our work were rated as outstanding. We will celebrate the award later in the year when we receive our plaque. The holiday club was a great success with over 100 children joining in the pirate fun at the church. We are grateful to the many volunteers who made this possible. Thank you also to everyone who donated Sainsbury’s vouchers to Southover School, which has enabled the school to order some playground equipment and a lot of cookery and baking utensils to use in class. Services on Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with choir organ and band; 11.15 informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

Mobile Library

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

Ninfield & Hooe

HOOE OPEN GROUP next meet today, Friday, when the club are visiting the Carr Taylor Vineyard to see and sample the new vintage and partake of a ploughmen’s buffet lunch. If you are interested in joining a lively group of ladies who enjoy each other’s company, contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 and she will be pleased to welcome you into the fold.

SUMMER SHOW: Ninfield Horticultural Society have their Summer Show on August 16, 2.30pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. You are invited to make your entries, schedules, including entry forms, are available from the village Post Office or from Rose (892422). Entry details need to be in by Wednesday please. Whether you are an entrant or not, please do go along to this friendly, colourful show.

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY: August is the month when members of the history society meet for a social evening whilst still learning a little about the village. This year is no exception. So on August 21, they will be meeting at the earlier time of 7pm at New Lodge Farm. They have been invited to wander around the garden, woodland, lakes and nature reserve, to hear about the wildlife and nature on the site and how Joan and John worked to create this hidden special place. Following this experience, they will enjoy a barbecue and social time. Car parking will be available, just follow the signs, and it might be sensible to wear suitable shoes. To cover their costs there will be a charge of just £2.50 for the barbecue. Please take your own drink, they will supply glasses and a bucket of iced water to help keep white wine and beer cool. It would be helpful to know the approximate numbers so that they can organise catering, so please let Heather (893422) or Pam and Peter (892329) know if you will be attending. The more the merrier, so if you forget to register just come anyway, you won’t be turned away. Should the weather be wet there will be limited cover for the barbecue, but you will need to wrap up for the wander.

FIRST RESPONDERS will be meeting on Wednesday, September 3, at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm. They meet every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the team leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

NINFIELD HISTORY GROUP are not meeting during August. Their next meeting is on September 18, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. This month’s talk is Mad Jack Fuller with Geoff Hutchinson. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email

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.


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

ANNUAL SHOW at Stud Farm Allotment and Garden Society tomorrow, Saturday, on the Lawns at Hyperian Avenue. We have a marquee. We have various exhibits on show for vegetables, fruit, flowers, cookery, handicrafts, photography, and art with a few stalls as well.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Linear outskirting Seaford, with Pauline S. Meet Chyngton Lane at 9.45am GR 503994. Bus No 12A 9.23am Terminus Road, Stand J finish noon. Hill Rise 4.5 miles, on short climb, leader at bus stop. Or, Brisk pace walking around France with Brigitte and Margaret. Meet at the Avenue 9am. Walk starts at High and Over car park GR 508011 8.5 miles, leaders at start. On Sunday, via Old Heathfield Circular with Jan S. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am walk starts at Rushlake Green 10am. Park around village green dry lunch. Eight miles. Leader at start. On Monday, the parson’s new breeches. Meet at car park opposite East Hoathly Church, at 10am some stiles nearly four miles with Rob and Barbara, with Polegate Strollers. On Wednesday, Pop in after the marsh. Meet at 10am at the service road, Granville Road, Pevensey Bay with Thelma. Three miles. With Polegate Strollers.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY timetables now available at Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, or direct from the railway, we are always looking for volunteers to join us, bookings now being taken for special events. Fish and chip lunch time specials are running on Thursday. Weekend, August 16 and 17, please bring along with you your favorite teddy bear for Teddy’s Day out.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

FLOWER FESTIVAL: St Giles Church, Dallington, is holding a flower festival this weekend with the Pause For Thought to help us think how lucky we are living in our country. The church is open all three days (today, Friday, to Sunday) from 10am to 5pm. Refreshments will be served and there will be stalls. This evening a bring your own picnic will be held at 6.30pm in the churchyard, or if wet or cold in the church. This is followed at 7.30pm with a performance by the Weald Singers, a group of Guiders who sing all over the county for charity. Coffee will be served in the interval. No tickets required but there will be a retiring collection. Saturday, Our Village Boys, those who served 100 years ago, an evening compiled by Roy Iremonger who is a fund of knowledge, with help from some villagers. Wine will be served after the performance. Free entry with retiring collection. Sunday, 6.30pm Songs of Praise style service to bring the festival to a close.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St John’s, Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Songs of Praise, see above. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Ewart Helyar and 6.30pm evening service with Ken Davies.

SHOW RESULTS: In response to my piece on the flower show last week, I have heard from Rosemary Wootton-Whitling, who said ‘this year we had 135 entrants and 786 entries, an excellent response’. She sent me the list of trophy winners. Neil Post has some polishing to do as he won the Herbert Cup and Banksian Medal (both for highest number points fruit and veg) and The Kelly Cup (best exhibit (same section). The Norman Buss Cup (longest runner bean) was awarded to Ken and Pam Knight. Lin Collins won the Oliver Batten Challenge Cup (highest number of points in the show), the Dunn Challenge Cup (highest number of points in floral art) and the Dowden Cup (highest number of points in flowers and plants), more polish needed. In the Juniors’ section Milly Henderson and Joe Mountford shared the Barnes Challenge Cup (highest number of points). Joe also gained the Austin Cup for the most exhibits in the section. Milly and Bella Henderson won the Joan Oliver Memorial Cup for the best kept dog. Julia Parker gained the Bower Cup (highest number of points in the craft section). In the Eggs section the Sweetman cup (best exhibit) was won by Paul King, and the Chairman’s Cup (highest number of points) was shared by Johanne Barnes and J Sharp. In Cookery and Preserves the Clapper Cup (highest number of points) went to Sharon Coleman. There are three Dian Mills Inspired Chef/Cook awards. The chef one was won by Douglas Elvidge, Young Cook (11 years and under) Joshua Reed and 16 years and under by Katie Mountford. Flowers and Plants: The Percy Buss Cup (best exhibit) went to Lynda Knight. The Knibb Trophy for Best Bloom (classes 94 to 114) was won by Anne McKenzie. The Honor Southam Memorial Cup (best rose) was awarded to Ann Brown. Brian Wotton-Whitling won the Muriel Lucas Memorial Trophy (best hydrangea) and the Silver Rose Bowl was gained by Julia Padbury. The Poultry Cup was won by Emily Evans.

HOLIDAY CLUB: Warbleton Parish Church is holding a children’s holiday club on Tuesday from 10am to 11.30am at the Church and the Church Rooms. It is for primary and pre-school children. Under fives to be accompanied by an adult. The cost is £1 per child. For more details contact Shirley on 01435 830280 or

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

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 more information.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. The cost including refreshments, raffle and insurance is £5. For more information, contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

JOHN PAUL MILLER will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CONCERT: The Gibbs String Trio will be performing at St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday. This is a return visit of the talented young members of the same local family who are studying music at colleges in London. Admission is free. There is a retiring collection.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council holda planning meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: During the remaining Wednesdays in August the mill will be open to the public from 2pm to 5pm as well as the usual opening hours of 2pm to 5pm on Sundays. On Wednesday it is Art For All. The cost is £1 per child and £1 per adult. Resident artist Peter Martin will explain about perspective and observation so the budding artists have a firm grounding to draw a picture that will always remind them of an enjoyable time at the mill. Please contact Peter on 01323 731514. On Wednesday August 20 children and adults can observe the mill and milling museum, using quizzes, word search, puzzles and crosswords. There is something for all ages. The cost is £1 per child and £1 per adult. Please contact Sandra Creasy on 01323 736899. All materials are provided for both events and include a tour of the mill. Wednesday August 27 is a general opening day of the mill and milling museum (2pm to 5pm). Refreshments are available on all opening days. The ground floor and museum are wheelchair friendly and toilet facilities available.

CAB: The Citizens’ Advice Bureau is at Willingdon Library on alternate Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am. The next dates are August 13 and August 27. Residents can drop in without an appointment to ask advice on such issues as benefits, debt, relationships, housing, employment and consumer matters. This is a free service with funding provided by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council. Volunteers are always needed and would receive training. Ring the Hailsham office on 01323 842336.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the meeting place by the twitten to Oxendean Gardens at 11am on Thursday August 14. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. You can also call PCSO Beadon on 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

READING CHALLENGE: Children can sign up to Mythical Maze, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, at their local library. All they have to do is read six library books of their choice, collecting stickers and other awards along the way. This is a free service.

FAMILY HISTORY: If you are interested in family history but need help using online resources like Ancestry and Find My Past, Willingdon Library will be able to help you. Why not book a free session with their family history volunteers? Ring 0345 60 80 196 for more information. Some computer experience is necessary.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday August 15 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when Malcolm Pratt will be giving a talk entitled New Winchelsea. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

TRINITY DINERS: The next lunch at Trinity Church Hall will be on Friday August 15. To reserve a place, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. The cost is £5.50. Doors open at noon.

THINKING AHEAD: The date of next year’s summer fair at St Mary’s is July 18. It will have a Tudor theme.

PANTOMIME: Willingdon Church Players have chosen their next pantomime which will be Aladdin. It will be directed by Terry Harvey. The read through will be in the church hall at 7pm on Thursday September 11 with informal auditions at 7pm on Thursday September 18. Rehearsals will then begin at 7pm prompt on Monday September 29 when a rehearsal schedule will be available for Monday and Thursday evenings. The pantomime will be staged from Wednesday January 28 to Saturday January 31. In addition to the cast, help is also needed behind the scenes. Please contact the pantomime secretary Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901 or 07708 05 16 63 or email . This year, someone to co-ordinate the costumes is especially needed.