Parish pump Hailsham - July 11, 2014

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THE BELLS will be ringing out tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4pm in aid of St Andrew’s Church and the Sussex County Association of Change Ringers. There will be a Festival of Bells including a Bell Meadow Mini Ring (weather permitting), a Bells and Bell Ringing Exhibition, Hand Bell Ringing, Church Bell Ringing a treasure hunt and refreshments.

ON SUNDAY we are celebrating Bastille Day (a day early) with visitors from our twinned town of Veules Les Roses. There will be a French Market on the Tye from 11am; refreshments will be served in La Guinguette, a pop-up French Café bar in the WMH. From 11.30am to 1pm there will be family activities in the War Memorial Hall with games for children and parents. At 1pm will be the inauguration of French Market and Music Day with Councillors Nick Beechy and June Goodfield. French accordionist Sylvie Meheust will entertain and at 2pm the Fête de la Musique will begin and feature the Memphis Flyers, the Koan Brothers, violinist Helen Browne, the Octaves, Ian Meikle, Band of Brothers and many others. The day will end with a Bal Musette from 6pm to 8.30pm. The early time for a dance is meant to promote the Bal Musette as a family occasion as it in France.

SUMMER MUSIC: The annual Alfriston Summer Music takes place from July 22 to 27. Tickets are available by telephone pre-booking on 01403 276726 or from Much Ado Books and Steamer Trading. Full details maybe found at

Bodle Street Green

SUMMER FAIR: The annual village fair in aid of St John’s Church will be held tomorrow at the Village Hall and on the Green. It starts at noon with the Terrace Bistro open from 12.30pm for lunches, hog-roast and locally sourced barbecue favourites. There will be a licensed bar, refreshments, teas and ice-creams. Having stocked up your energy reserves, there will be new fun games and competitions on the Green and a family bouncy castle. Less energetic things to enjoy will be Warbleton Brass Band from to 2-4pm, a vehicle display, and a number of stalls – cakes, produce, collectables, gifts, books, bric-a-brac, face painting, toys, tombola and the raffle. Entry is £1 with children under 14 years going free.

FOLK CLUB: The folk club meets fortnightly at the White Horse Inn on a Monday evening at 8.30pm with the next two on July 14 and 28. There will be a special evening at the village hall tomorrow night with Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby plus floor singers. For details contact Chris on 01435 830779.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family pet service, in the churchyard, weather permitting. All pets and their owners are welcome. It would be helpful if you could bring a chair with you. Refreshments will be served after the service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at Bodle Street Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday. The meeting is open to the public and parishioners can raise matters early in the meeting.

GARDENING CLUB: The annual flower show is on Saturday August 9. If you have not obtained a schedule yet please phone Mary on 01323 832509, or contact another committee member. The schedule doesn’t just contain horticultural classes but has photography, craft and baking sections as well.


CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday is Sea Sunday. A service of Mattins (BCP) will be led by The Reverend Neville Manning at 10.30am. All welcome; refreshments in the church after the service.


BONFIRE QUIZ: Hailsham Bonfire Society has a Quiz Night for the Battle of the Brains Trophy this evening at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Teams of up to six people, entry fee £6 per head including a ploughman’s supper. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Please book teams in advance by contacting Lynn 01323 441514 or e-mail

FARMERS’ MARKET: Hailsham Farmers’ Market takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at The Cattle Market site from 9am to 12.30pm. In season this month look out for carrots, gooseberries, strawberries, spinach, tomatoes, watercress, loganberries, sage, cauliflower, aubergine, fennel, asparagus, cabbage, celery, cherries, lettuce, mangetout, nectarines, new potatoes, oyster mushrooms, peas, peaches, radish, raspberries, rhubarb, tomatoes and French beans. On offer at the market this month is local produce straight from local farms and the farmer is on hand to answer any questions regarding their produce. There will be all types of meat including, chicken, sausages, bacon, all fresh or ready for your freezer. Also available will be eggs, cheese, lovely homemade cakes, honey, bread, jam and milk. If you are going to the village fete at HCC then come and find us between 11am and 12.30am and enter our prize draw to win some of the lovely produce on sale at the Farmers’ Market. All enquiries regarding the market to (01323) 440567, 07887 910150 or email or visit the information stand.

IN BLOOM VISIT: Judges from South East in Bloom will be coming to Hailsham tomorrow, Saturday, to see how Environment Hailsham has been giving the town a floral presence. Environment Hailsham, previously Hailsham in Bloom, is now a voluntary organisation with charity status, and has been getting ready creating flower beds, flower troughs and pots for the town for several months making an attractive outlook for residents and visitors. There is also to be a special display in the town’s War Memorial, marking the centenary of WW1. The judges’ tour will be around the town and will also include the Sensory Garden in Grovelands Park, vegetables planted by children, and the Jubilee Gardens, adjacent to the library, as well as the winner of the Best Front Garden competition.

VILLAGE FETE: This is tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 3pm on the Hailsham Community College field. Entry is free and there are a large number of stalls and activities including face painting, nail painting, climbing wall, vintage cars, Punch and Judy, numerous local charity stalls and tombolas. There will also be an inter primary school five a side football competition as well as a number of taster sessions throughout the day on zumba, street dance, cricket and stool ball. Please note, there will only be disabled parking on site and only assistance dogs will be allowed in and absolutely no alcohol permitted. A picnic area has been cordoned off so that people can bring along their own food if they wish, although there will be a barbecue and refreshments.

ST MARY’S: This is the fourth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Blind Sight and at 10.30 Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Vertically Challenged. At 12.45pm bring your own picnic to the Vicarage Garden and say farewell and thank you to Dan and Jo Henderson who will be leaving St Mary’s after four years. There will be games for toddlers and speeches too. No 2.45pm service this Sunday.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Penelope Hart.

ART EXHIBITION: Starting on Monday Environment Hailsham and Britain in Bloom and the Town House Collective is holding an exhibition of artwork at the Town House in Hailsham, created by adults with a learning disability. The offices 4 and 5 at The Town House will be open daily from 10am to 3pm. The artwork is produced by Adults with Learning Disabilities who are all from ESCC, Adult Social Care, Learning Disability Directly Provided Day Services.

PANTO AUDITIONS: Panto 2015 will be The Wizard of Oz. If you would like to be a part of this go along on Wednesday at 7.30pm to Hailsham Methodist Hall when Hailsham Theatres will be holding auditions for over 16 year olds and adults only. No auditions needed for youths at present, they will have lines allocated as and when necessary during the rehearsal period. Unfortunately, we do not have spaces for new under 16s at present, so youths can be existing members only. Sorry to disappoint. If you have a child wishing to join, please let us know so we can put them on the waiting list. Any questions, please feel free to ask Debbie Davis, HT Secretary, visit or find them on facebook and twitter.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: There is a Listening Lunch at Whitehouse School, Hailsham, on Tuesday at 12.15pm to 12.45pm when PCSOs will be meeting the future adults of Hailsham, to build a rapport, and let the children know that they have access to them. On Thursday from 11am to 11.30am they will be outside Waitrose in Hailsham. Vicarage fields, BN27 1AB when you can sign up for messaging to get your monthly e-mail letting you know what is going on in your local area. On July 18 from 6.30pm to 7pm PCSOs will be hoping to meet residents of Solway (even numbers) giving local residents the opportunity to come and talk about concerns or issues they may be having where they live. Now this does not have to be simply police related as local town and Wealden councillors will be invited to attend also and any housing officers responsible to the area. If you do not have any matters to raise then simply go along and say hello.

OUT AND ABOUT GROUP: On Thursday Christ Church, Hailsham, will be enjoying a beach picnic from 1pm followed at 2pm by a walk along Eastbourne Seafront followed by tea and or ice cream at Fusciardi’s. Meet at Fort Fun Car Park. If you would like to go along or need any further information, please contact Mr and Mrs R Bodkin on 01323 843948.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, is Hailsham Horticultural Society Show from 2pm to 5pm in Summerheath Hall. This is the first of their two annual shows. Sweet peas, roses, lovely flower arrangements, vegetables, fruits, cookery handicraft and painting entries will be on show.

HOPS CREAM TEA: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm at Lynwood, Arlington Road, Hailsham Old Pavilion Society are hosting a 1940s nostalgic afternoon finishing at 5pm. With homemade cakes, quizzes, music, fancy dress for children, sing-along, garden games all with a 1940s theme. Get in the spirit, dress up and exchange your 40s memories with friends. Tickets £7.50 and £3 children from The Nodding Cobbler, Hailsham Camera Centre and the Pavilion box office at £7.50 for adults and £3 for children.

BONFIRE BINGO: Next Friday, July 18, at the Charles Hunt Centre (Hailsham) doors open at 7pm eyes down at 7.30pm. Please support the Bonfire Society stall at the village fete at HCC tomorrow.

CHAPLAINCY SERVICE: The Chaplaincy Service has a stall in the Quintins Centre every Friday from 10am to noon to offer a listening ear for the whole community. They will listen to anything you want to talk about, such as personal illness, family issues and relationships, bereavement, money worries, legal concerns, benefits, stress resulting from work, wider life issues and spiritual life. They have lots of useful leaflets on their table.

VISIONS AND VISTAS: A Gallery North exhibition runs from tomorrow, Saturday, to Friday August 8. Sussex artists Anne Howard and Josie Tipler are exhibiting alongside the 12 resident artists at Gallery North. The exhibition features the intricate and detailed oil paintings of local landscapes by Anne Howard and the vibrant, colourful paintings on glass by Josie Tipler inspired by music, dance and the human figure. Open 10am til 4pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays during exhibitions, entrance to the community gallery is always free. There are also two opportunites to view the exhibition in the evening from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at the preview evening, and on July 22 at the Arty Evening which is a free event where visitors can enjoy the exhibition and can, if feeling inspired, sit down and be creative with materials supplied by the gallery. Donations for materials used help to keep the community gallery running. Full details of this and future exhibitions are on the website

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). Holy Communion 2.45pm at Emmanuel Church.

SUMMER CONCERT: Here to Entertain You is the theme of a summer evening concert tomorrow, Saturday, at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church at 7pm. The local U3A choir, a pianist and soloist will provide that entertainment for £6 entry which includes light refreshments. For more information or to ensure a ticket contact 01323 841685 or 01323 840915.

FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: This year will be the 39th annual show organised by the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club, held at Broad Farm and is, as usual, over the August Bank Holiday weekend Saturday August 23 to Monday August 25. This year we will be supporting service charities as part of a WW1 commemoration. All the usual attractions are in place with some 1,500 exhibits, displays, trade stands, vintage fair, children’s entertainment, catering and bar. Entry prices are being kept as last year: Adults £9, children £2, seniors £7. Please contact Dave Bone for any further information on or phone 01323 843186.

PARISH COUNCIL: Members of the public raised concerns following recent activities provided by the Council for the youth of the area about the lack of toilet facilities, particularly if children are coming from further afield for future activities. A dog bin should be placed in the area of Mansers Lane. The dedication of a memorial stone in Hellingly Cemetery went well. The Council were made aware of the overgrown state of the grass verge at the junction of Coldharbour Road and the A22 as this was felt to be dangerous. Regarding Hellingly Country Park and Roebuck Park, further activities should be arranged in the summer holidays and in respect of the old Hellingly Hospital the council agreed to take on the parking spaces so that they could be used by all visitors to the Park. A First Responders report was noted and provided the cost was no more than £700 the council should provide two defibrillators for use in the community. The clerk will apply for a contribution from the Community Dividend Fund. Are there any local schemes of First Responders already set up. The council supports the moving of a post box from the disused section of Park Road to Station Road and the Post Office will be asked if this is possible.

CLASSIC VEHICLE SHOW: Classic domestic, agricultural and military vehicles will be on show next weekend, July 19 and 20, at Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, from 10.30am to 5pm. The Porsche Club of Great Britain will be arriving with a number of these magnificent sports cars.

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

THEFT: A blue Toyota Hilux was stolen on July 1, from the Ninfield area around 4pm. Should anyone have seen or heard anything in connection with this please call 101 quoting serial 1080 01/07/14.

THE BOWLS CLUB have been out enjoying the sunshine with four games last week. It was a week of mixed fortunes: June 30, they played Hastings losing 52-62. They then played a Rother League Match against Winchelsea on July 2, winning by an impressive 85-55. Their match against Peasmarsh on July 5 saw them narrowly lose 63-67. By the skin of their teeth, they managed to win 68-67 against Guestling.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are next meeting today, Friday, when they will have a talk by Tracy Trimmer who is a BSc Hon in podiatry (foot care). She will cover all aspects of well-being for your feet. If you would be interested in joining in with a lively bunch of ladies, why not go along on the second Friday of the month to Hooe Village Hall, 2pm. For further details contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

NINFIELD’S GOT TALENT returns this evening, Friday. If you would like to enter, please contact Sami Guard on 893669 or email Big cash prizes are to be won. After the competition, there will be a disco until midnight, and of course the bar and barbecue will be at full tilt. Entrance £2.50 adults, children £1.

CARNIVAL: It’s Ninfield Carnival tomorrow, Saturday. This year’s theme is Children’s TV Programmes. You don’t have to have a float as walking processions are welcome too. Cups and rosettes are given for best in each category. The procession starts at midday. Along with the usual craft stalls and refreshment tents, there will be a car boot sale and a range of games for the teenagers like Bungee Run. Also, in the smaller marquee, for the first time there will be The Great Ninfield Bake-off, get your recipes sorted and join in the fun, look out for posters and info! There will also be a Tractor Pull competition, so if you’ve got a team in mind, come and record a Tractor Pull time on a set course. The evening event will be dancing to the sounds of the band Sarah G and the Other Three and there will be a Cabaret in the break performed by residents and based on Animal Magic and The Jungle Book, come and see if you can recognise anyone. The bar and barbecue will again be in full swing. Entrance for the evening is £5 for adults, children £2.50. As always, the Carnival Committee is asking for help. Anyone who is interested in giving a little time in the tea tent, on a stall or game, marshalling or selling raffle tickets, please contact Sami on 893669 or email, or see the list of jobs in the Village Post Office.

LOCAL HISTORY: Ninfield Local History Group are meeting on July 17, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. This month’s talk is The De La Warr Family by Julian Porter. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY meet next on Thursday at 7.30pm in Hooe Village Hall. They will be welcoming Bob Bonnett who will be giving a potted history of Sussex Windmills. Do you know where the Hooe windmill was situated? Apparently there is a difference of opinion, two distinct points of view. Perhaps all will be revealed on July 17. Members and non members welcomed, further details from Chairman Heather Sinden 01424 893422 or Peter and Pam Doodes 01424 892329 or visit the website

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Revd Neville Barnett.


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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Summer Saunter to Belle Tout with Dympna and Chris. Meet at St Bedes School, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne 10am. GR 601972, bus No 3a, 9.45am Terminus Road, stand M, finish at 1pm. Or a longer walk: At a Brisk Pace Forest Downs and Lullington Heath with Colin W. Meet bus No 12 Terminus Road, stand J 10am. GR 567978, walk starts at East Dean Car Park. Finish at 1.30pm, PH option. On Sunday, Linear ups and downs, with Clare. Meet bus No 12 at 9.46am Terminus Road, stand H. Walk starts at South Downs Way, bus stop 10am. GR 586985, dry lunch, finish 4.30pm. Drop out possible after early lunch at six miles Friston pond. Afternoon walk to Seaford and return by bus or train. On Monday, Chyngton to Golf Course Via Cliffs. Meet at junction A259/Chyngton Lane bus stop, and bring bus pass for return from Seaford town. Nearly four miles with Carol, Polegate Strollers. Wednesday is the Strollers 15th birthday get together, with Joan. Meet at Palm Court Hotel, Burlington Place at 10.30am.

ANNUAL FETE day held at Polegate Windmill on Sunday. Open from 2pm to 5pm. Musical entertainment supplied by Eastbourne Band Con Brio led by John Purcell, offering a cocktail of jazz, blues and soul. On the mill plat will be games, stalls selling books, plants, bric-a-brac, cakes, tombola, and much more. Just come along and enjoy the fun. Guided tours of the windmill.

AFTERNOON TEA and entertainment 1914 style recently held at Trinity Church Hall was a chance to sing some of the songs of the period. Also to listen to a Prisoner of War memories, from Alastair, poetry read by the Rev David. Solo singing from Jennie with us all joining in the chorus. Whilst Rosemary entertained us with her accordion playing. This was followed by afternoon tea the old fashioned way. A selection of finger sandwiches, followed by scones, jam and cream, topped up by cakes and fancies. With lashings of tea and coffee. The hall was decorated in the 1914 theme, with memorabilia and books on display.

RAMBLING CLUB: On Thursday a choice of three walks: Leisurely, Out of the Country, nearly three miles, flat no mud, bring own coffee. Bus 51 Post Office, Coppice Avenue at 9.38am or Polegate High Street 9.47am, alight at Hellingly Village Hall. No stiles with Rick. Or, Wannock, Folkington, Wilmington circular. Five miles woodlands, fields and downland. A few ups and downs, six stiles, starting at rec 9.30am, with Sue and Derek. Or a longer walk of nearly 10 miles See the Sea Then off to the Woods, Birling Gap, Seven Sisters, Cuckmere Valley, Friston Forest, about eight stiles with Aled. For more info please contact Angela on 504280.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion, and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family pet service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Matt Andrews and 6.30pm evening service with Ray Bodkin. You are warmly invited to our united service in the flower show marquee on Sunday July 27 at 11am.

HISTORY GROUP: As I am sure you are aware this year is the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1. Steve Zeigler is our speaker and will speak about Warbleton and WW1 We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm start on Monday in the Dunn Village Hall. Coffee is served before the meeting and there is an opportunity to browse our bookstall and library.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at Bodle Street Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday. The meeting is open to the public and parishioners can raise matters early in the meeting.

THE STORES: As I mentioned last week, it is all change at the Stores. Paul Hammond had arranged a presentation to Sandy Jones on her last day in the shop on Thursday July 3. At 12.30pm a crowd gathered to say farewell and thank you for her 16 years of service in the shop, 13 years of which were as our sub-postmistress. She always gave everyone a warm welcome, and knew all her customers by name and usually what they had come in for. She was presented with a card, signed by many well-wishers, and some plants. Parish council chairman, Cllr Bryan Whitton also spoke warmly of her contribution to parish life and also thanked Paul for running the shop over the past three years. A P Paulsanthan (Bobby) and his wife took over the running of The Stores, last Friday and we welcome them. I gather that they will be introducing a Pay Point at the shop so that it will be possible again to pay bills.

BROADBAND: I noticed a couple of BT Openreach vans and staff outside my place over the weekend, and so wandered over to see what was going on. They said they were surveying the area in preparation for Super-fast Broadband, which I gather may come within the year. I also understand that it will be fibre-optic cable all the way, as the nearest green cabinets are so far away from most houses around here.

FLOWER SHOW: Just two weeks to go now until the big day, so if you haven’t got your schedule yet, you need to get your skates on. They can be found in The Stores, among other places. There are full details of all the many classes, covering vegetables, fruit, floral art, juniors, domestic pets, handicrafts, and eggs. As with any competition there are rules and these are clearly set out in the schedule. Entry forms and fees must be returned to the The Stores by 5pm on Wednesday July 23. If you were fortunate to win a trophy last year please return them to Lin Collins (01435 830519) in clean polished condition by two weeks before the show, that’s tomorrow. The weekend has lots going on, with the show opening at 2pm on Saturday July 26. As well as the show itself there will be a wide range of stalls around the Green. During the afternoon there will be Morris Dancing, children’s races and tug-of-war. Warbleton Brass Band will entertain us as well. In the evening the celebrated 60/70/80s music group The Buffaloes will appear in the marquee (tickets from the Stores or on 01435 868246). On Sunday the local churches meet in the marquee and issue a warm welcome to all to join them. This is followed by a picnic and rounders, or you can chill out. The weekend concludes with Hampers and Champers, the concert by Warbleton Brass Band at 6pm.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the Tarmacked area to the rear of 180/182 Seven Sisters Road at 11am today (Friday July 11) and at the junction of Farmlands Avenue and Park Croft at 10am tomorrow, Saturday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

SUMMER FAIR: A final reminder: The theme of St Mary’s Church Summer Fair tomorrow, Saturday, is The Swinging Sixties. The fair will be opened in the church grounds at 10am by sixties legend Dec Cluskey of the Bachelors. The rest of the programme will then be hosted by Fr Kevin Agnew assisted by Fr Michael Maine, who will be joined by talent from Willingdon School, Robinsons Drama Academy, Willingdon’s own Strictly Come Dancing and SAMA Martial Arts. Performers selected from the recently held Willingdon’s Opportunity Knocks will also be performing. There will be a fancy dress competition, children’s sideshows, barbecue and bouncy castle. There will be a large variety of stalls with plants, jewellery, bric-a-brac, bathroom items, books, bottle tombola, tombola, sweets and toys, village store, cakes and patisseries and raffles. Refreshments will also be available. The fete will close at 2.30pm. The archives are also well worth a visit and will be displayed along the pews in the church.

ST WILFRID’S CHURCH is also having a Summer Fair on the same day, tomorrow, Saturday, but as it doesn’t start until 2pm there is time to visit both events. There will be a large variety of stalls and activities.

EATING ALFRESCO: John and Maureen Males are organising a fund raising event in aid of the JPK Sussex Project. It will be held in their lovely garden at the Cottage in Dittons Road, Polegate, from 6.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. There will be a disco, sponsored raffle, garden games, barbecue and other delicious food prepared by Maureen. And don’t worry if it’s a chilly evening or even raining, as two large marquees will be set up in the garden. The numbers will be restricted to 70 this year so please ring John or Maureen on 01323 482011 if you would like to go. It is always a great evening. Tickets are £10 each.

GRAND BENALI will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

SUMMER FETE: Willingdon/Polegate Windmill will be having their annual Summer Fete from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. Musical entertainment will be provided by Con Brio led by John Purcell with mainly jazz, blues and soul music. Entertainment for all ages will be held on the mill plat, including games such as ‘ball in the bucket’ and ‘hook a boat’. There will be a large number of stalls including books, plants, bric-a-brac, tombola, cakes and souvenirs. Refreshments, including strawberry cream teas, will also be available. Guided tours of the windmill are just £1 for adults and 50p per child.

SOROPTIMISTS: The next meeting of Eastbourne and District Soroptimists will be at 7.45pm on Monday at Chalk Farm Hotel. The speaker will be Revd Jenny Yule from Eastbourne United Reformed Church and her subject is entitled Women in the Ministry and the Stained Glass Ceiling. New members and guests are very welcome. This will be the last formal meeting until September when Eastbourne and District Soroptimists will once again be meeting at 7.45pm on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. If you are interested in joining please ring 01323 769004 or visit

WILLINGDON IN BLOOM: July 7 was the closing date for the Willingdon and Jevington in Bloom competition. The entries are due to be judged by the parish council during the week from July 15.

RUDE MECHANICAL Theatre Company is performing The Wife in various outdoor venues in the south east of England. On Wednesday the company will be in the lovely grounds of Filching Manor. The play starts at 7.30pm but it is a good idea to get there early, about 6.30pm, to find a comfortable place to sit. You might like to take folding chairs and small tables for your picnic and refreshments or a rug to sit on. It is also a good idea to take a torch or lantern. There is plenty of parking. The story is about Alyson the wife from Bath and is described as hilarious but also deeply poetic and tender, all about love. Tickets can be purchased from Brains Butchers Orchard Parade Willingdon or ring 01323 501260.

AGM: The JPK Sussex Project will be having their annual general meeting at 7pm on Thursday at Edgmond – the JPK Sussex Project, 39-41 Church Street, Eastbourne BN21 1HP. Should you wish to attend the meeting, please contact Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or email at your earliest convenience so that the relevant papers can be sent to you prior to the meeting. Light refreshments will be provided following the meeting. The meeting will give those who attend the opportunity to speak to the trustees and their professional advisors and will also be an opportunity to see where the JPK Supported Living Centre will be developed.

THE PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at 10am for 10.30am on Thursday at the Red Lion. The speaker is Ian Oddy.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday July 18 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when Janet Pennington will be giving a talk entitled Travel in the Past. 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 July 18 when the menu will be fruit juice followed by fish pie or vegetarian cauliflower and egg cheese, seasonal vegetables, Bakewell tart and cream, and tea/coffee. To reserve a place, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. The cost is £5.50. Doors open at noon.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm on Friday June 20 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

SUMMER FAYRE: Margaret and Mavis are organising a Summer Fayre at Edgmont JPK Centre in Old Town from 10am to 3pm on Saturday July 26. Stalls include cakes, handcrafted cards, DVDs, books, toiletries, home-made preserves, handbags, crafts, jewellery, name the doll, raffle, tombola, soft toys, and teas, coffees and biscuits. If you would like to book a table for your own sales at just £6 please ring Margaret or Mavis on 01323 485617.