Parish Pump Hailsham - July 12, 2013


VISIT TO THE PALACE: This summer several residents of Alfriston have been invited to Buckingham Palace garden parties for a variety of reasons mostly to do with valued long service in the community. Bill Clarke is a member of the Monte Cassino Society and as such was invited to a garden party being held by the Not Forgotten Association. The association is a Tri Service Charity founded in 1920 and provides entertainment and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick ex-servicemen and women with disabilities. On July 2 Jan Apps went with her father Bill Clarke to Buckingham Palace. Bill, having served in WW2 and seen action at Monte Cassino, wore his medals with pride, as did a lot of the other veterans. Once in the garden they were served with tea, cucumber sandwiches and petite cakes while the band played. HRH the Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, arrived at 4pm and chatted to groups. There were lots of celebrities and service personnel, many who had been injured in past and ongoing wars. Jan and her 90-year-old Dad said: ‘It was a truly wonderful day and one we will never forget.’

THE ALFRISTON Summer Music runs from July 23 to 28. There will be five evening concerts at St Andrew’s Church with all tickets at £15, or £50 for a ticket to all five concerts; under 16 years old free. Wine or soft drinks will be served in the interval. There are also five free concerts, two at St Andrew’s Church and three at Lullington Church. The free concerts will be held in the afternoons. Full details of the artists, music, venues and times are in the programme now available in the village, visit or telephone 01403 276726. Tickets from Steamer Trading, Music Memorabilia and Much Ado Books.

THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME is also now in the shops. The Festival will run from August 23 to Bank Holiday Monday on which day the Tye will once again be transformed into a traditional country fair. There are several new events planned and many old favourites. Tickets for Family Quiz Night, the Festival Revue and the British Legion Concert (all details of which are in the programme) will be on sale at Hicks, The Newsagents, from the beginning of August.

VEULES-LES-ROSES, Alfriston’s French twin town was mentioned in a Sunday paper holiday section which stated the quaint village and its watercress beds was considered to be the best lunch spot on a two day holiday in Normandy.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Pet Service, in the churchyard, weather permitting. The Countryfile forecast is for fine weather. All shapes and sizes of pets are welcome, together with their carers. Refreshments will be served after the service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm in the village hall on Monday.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at Bodle Street Village Hall. All meetings are open to the public, and parishioners can raise matters.


SUMMER SHOW: Horticultural entries were down at this show, due to the very late arrival of good weather, but some people managed to cope better than others. Good photography and cookery sections made up for this, and the children’s classes were, as usual, a delight, thanks to great support from Rainbows and Brownies. It was, as always, a very pleasant social afternoon.

First prizes went to: potatoes, Holly Dann; cabbage, Holly Dann; spinach, John Ford; radishes, Robin Symington; spring onions, John Ford; pickling shallots, John Ford; peas, John Ford; broad beans, John Ford; Cos lettuce, Phyllis Simmonds; cabbage lettuce, Robin Symington; courgettes, beetroot, other vegetable, John Ford; collection of herbs, Julie Baker; rhubarb, John Ford; strawberries, Joan Pay; goosberries, Winnow Hardy.

Flower Classes: A Collection of flowers, Joan Pay; sweet peas, John Ford; sweet peas, four varieties, John Ford; sweet peas, one variety, John Ford; sweet peas, 12 spikes, John Ford; annuals, one kind, Julie Baker; carnations or pinks, Dennis Brown; annuals, three separate kinds, Julie Baker; delphinium, one spike, Robin Symington; perennials, five kinds, Holly Dann; Sweet Williams, Julie Baker; lilies, Caroline Manning; rambler roses, Daphne Robinson; floribunda roses, Dennis Brown; roses, six blooms, Dennis Brown; scented rose (judged by the public), Robin Symington; one Chiddingly rose, Janet Gasson; roses, cycle of bloom, Joan Pay; any other flower, Robin Symington; flowering shrub, Robin Symington; pot plant, 178mm diameter, Dennis Brown; pot plant, over 178mm, Dennis Brown; pot of pelargonium, Phyllis Simmonds.

Art and Craft: A flower picture, John Debley. Decorative: Diamond Anniversary, Daphne Robinson; 50 years of James Bond, Julie Biggs; Petite arrangement, Daphne Robinson; Three stems, Daphne Robinson.

Cookery Classes: Brighton gingerbread, Pearl Baker; Bakewell tart, Patricia Debley; jar of pasta sauce, Julie Baker; chocolate muffins, Julie Baker; cheese and onion pasty, Winnow Hardy; five macaroons, Georgina Carter; dish of bean salad, Julie Baker; jar of jam, Phyllis Simmonds; jar of fruit jelly, Daphne Robinson. Photography: A bridge or bridges, Phyllis Simmonds; A Chiddingly Scene, Linda Fittall; My favourite garden, Roland Thorpe. Children’s Classes: A picture growing in cress, 6 and 7 years: 1, Georgina Lampshire; 2, Rosie Hyland; 3, Scarlett Hyland. 8 and 9 years: 1, Amelie Anastasakis; 2, Robyn Clark; 3, Jame Harvey. 12 years and over, Brooke Harvey. A mask on a paper plate, 5 years and under: 1, Jessica Emery. 6 and 7 years: 1, Rosie Hyland; 2, Georgina Lampshire; 3, Isla Norman; Daphne Anastasaki; Ellie Moore. 8 and 9 years: 1, Ruby Stevens; 2,Amelie Anastasakis. A model creature from scrap, 5 years and under, Jessica Emery. 6 and 7 years: 1, Scarlett Hyland; 2, Isla Norman; 3, Rosie Hyland. 8 and 9 years: 1, Ruby Noraman; 2, Amelie Anastasakis. 10 and 11 years, Lucy Deeprose. 12 years and over: 1, Laura Carpenter; 2, Jessica Carpenter. Cups and Trophies: John Ford staggered home with six cups (best vegetable exhibit, most points in vegetable classes, Sweet pea cups) and also the Banksian medal for the exhibitor gaining the greatest amount of prize money in the horticultural classes. Joan Pay won a cup for her strawberries, and also the RHS Certificate for her collection of flowers. The Perpetual Challenge for Family entry was won by Melissa Rosborough and daughter Jessica Emery. Dennis Brown swept the board in the Rose Classes, winning the Mrs Knight Rose Bowl, The Fellowes Cup for the best Rose Exhibit, and the Hobden Cup for most points in the Flower Classes. Robin Symington won the Mis Dayrell Cup for the best Full Blown Rose. Janet Gasson won the Millennium Cup for the best Chiddingly Rose. Julie Biggs and Daphne Robinson took the cups for Decorative classes, while Julie Baker took the cup foir most points in the Cookery classes, and Georgina Carter won the Shield for the best exhibit in the Cookery Classes. The cup for most points gained in the Children’s section was won by Amelie Anastasakis.


FARMERS’ MARKET: Go along to the Cattle Market, Market Street tomorrow, Saturday, 9am to 12.30pm where you can buy meat from your local farmers, vegetables fresh from the Kent fields, cheese, green back and smoked bacon, honey, beautiful bread, and many other good fresh foods. There are also various craft stalls for that unusual gift.

ST MARY’S: This is the seventh Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Lost at Home, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Four Funerals and the Promise of God. A Holy Communion Service will be held at Emmanuel Church (Hawkswood) at 2.45pm. 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St Mary’s, The Work of the Gideons.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: At Primrose Hall there is a Clairvoyant Evening today, Friday, with Ivan Lee starting at 7.30pm until 9pm. On Sunday there is a Corinthian church service at the same venue from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium is Michael Knight.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Hailsham Horticultural Society Early Summer Show is tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm at the Summerheath Hall. Admission members 25p, non-members 50p. This society welcomes new members at The Charles Hunt Centre on the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Contact John on 01323 441120.

BOOT FAIR: Tesco Car Park on Sunday from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Entry is 50p.Cars are only £5 for a pitch and vans are £7, book at the Customer Service desk in story.

GLASS SCULPTING: At Dippee Doodahs on the High Street on Thursday there is a craft evening from 7pm to 9pm. This is followed on Thursday July 25 by Green Man pottery making at 6.30pm. Please ask to have your name put on the list if you are interested in either (01323) 843019.

MONSTER BINGO: New Thursday July 18 Night Bingo at the Maurice Thornton Playing Fields Pavilion, Orion Close. Doors open 7pm for eyes down 7.30pm.

BONFIRE BINGO: On Friday July 19 go along to the Charles Hunt Centre, have fun and help Hailsham Bonfire Society raise vital funds for the firework and bonfire society parades in October. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre.

SUPER QUIZ NIGHT: Back by public demand! Hailsham Lions will be hosting another Super Quiz Night on Saturday July 20 at the Summerheath Hall. Tickets are £4 . Bring your own food and drink. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Raffle with many prizes. Tickets in advance from Joy on 01323 840382. These nights are so popular we advise bookings.

ERROR: Hailsham Lions did not, as recently advertised, host the Quiz Night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care. However, they are delighted the evening was a success.

JAZZ PLUS FOR DEMELZA: Tickets have gone on sale this week for an exciting event being held in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Jazz Plus is to be a festival of jazz and other music which will run over two days of August 3 and 4 and is being held in the lovely grounds of Butlers Farmhouse at Herstmonceux, with all the music safe from inclement weather housed in a large marquee. Acts signed up so far include Pete Willson Jazz Quartet, The Soho Village Jazz Band (trad jazz), The Bourne Chorus, (close harmony singing group), Elainor Knight (top London Jazz singer), Con Brio (local mainstream/modern jazz), Twisted Fate (rock group), Joel White (Jazz guitar) and Suite Semi Grand (cabaret act), with lots more still to be added. The Friends of Demelza are organising the event in conjunction with Pete Willson, and providing a barbecue and a licensed bar all day, as well as cream teas in the lovely farmhouse. There will be a selection of stalls too, so if anyone wants to take part in this event for £10 per table, then just contact Pam Robinson on (01323) 844020. Musicians who want to be a part of this event should contact Pete Willson on 01323 833770 who is selecting the final list. It is a chance to hear some great music, as well as enjoy a barbecue lunch, afternoon tea and a glass of wine or a beer. Saturday will start at noon and go on till 9pm, with Sunday also starting at noon and finishing at 6pm. As Butlers Farmhouse is also the home of a beautiful garden which is on the list of the National Gardens Scheme, you will also have the opportunity of viewing the gardens. Tickets £8.50per day on 01323 844020 (Pam), 01323 833770 (Pete), or at the Demelza shop and at Chapter 12, both in the High Street.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

PARTY WEEKEND: There is a Summer Garden Party weekend with barbecue starting tomorrow, Saturday, at 8.30pm with live music featuring the fantastic Tar Babies. On Sunday from 3pm there is entertainment with the Cracklin’ Griffins, an Irish band, at The White Hart, Lower Horsebridge.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. 6.30pm Evensong. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am. Next Sunday is a family service.

BUS STOPS: Of the two bus shelters in Anglesey Avenue one has now been re-sited and the other replaced with a smaller rustic style shelter. Hopefully by the time this goes to print the bus stops will be reinstated and buses will be running from them.

BIG BAND EVENING: St Peter and St Paul church Hellingly are holding an evening of big band music with the Swingshift Big Band on Saturday July 20 from 7pm to 9pm in Hellingly church. Light refreshments will be available. Tickets are £10 from (01323) 846685 or (01323) 842620.

BRIDGE CLUB: Hailsham Bridge Club has been running for over 25 years with the philosophy that bridge is for enjoyment. The Club meets on Monday evening and Friday afternoons at Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road (next to Hawkes Farm School) throughout the year for duplicate bridge, competitions and social events. Annual subscription is £7.50, table money £2 or £2.50 for non-members, coffee or tea and biscuits included. Ample off road car parking. Ring Pat on 01435 864448 or Steve on 01323 840323 for more details or visit

CHOIR: In May Hellingly Parish church choir headed for Chichester Cathedral to take part in a Hymnation, raising funds for Friends of Sussex Hospices. The choristers sang for an hour, hymns from the New English Hymnal (numbers 487 to 500). One of the choristers taking part reported they met up in the cathedral refectory and enjoyed a light lunch before heading for the Cathedral to robe up and prepare for singing. Although there were only 10 of them, their voices resounded around this lovely Cathedral. They completed this happy day with an Italian meal, before driving home. Thanks are offered to John Francis who stood in as conductor due to the sad death of Marion Nicholls, and Brian Hamper who helped at the piano and also to all the people who kindly supported them to raise £600 for the hospices.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

EXHIBITION and Summer Fair tomorrow, Saturday, at St Mary Magdalene church, Wartling. The exhibition of vintage toys and games, all of which are on loan from local residents and Yesterday’s World, can be seen in the church from 11am. From 1pm onwards, the fun of the fair begins in earnest with the tombola, games, plants, bric-a-brac, books and cake stall. At the refreshment stall you’ll be able to pick from a vast array of cakes, enjoy a good cuppa and relax. Proceeds to Wartling church.

SUMMER FAIR: Don’t miss the Boreham Street and Wartling Summer Fair tomorrow, Saturday, between 2pm and 5pm in the fields adjoining the Bull’s Head PH, Boreham Street. Come along and join in the fun with the famous Battle Town Band, the Alfriston Falconry display team, carriage rides with award winning Ottawa. Children’s fancy dress parade at 3pm and Fun Dog Show at 4pm, just turn up on the day. Foaming Sussex Ale Tent, sparkling Pimms and cream teas, barbecue. Many great games and attractions for the whole family. Don’t miss the chance to take part in the Silent Auction with many fabulous items and the Grand Raffle with top cash prizes of £500, £250 and £100. All proceeds in aid of Help for Heroes, St Wilfrid’s Hospice and other worthy local causes. For further details contact Mike on 01323 831981.

PAINTING IN THE GARDEN: Lime Cross Nurseries have a number of events planned for July. The first will be held on Sunday July 21 and will take the form of a demonstration by local art teacher, Caroline Green. She will be setting up her easel in the nursery between 11am and 3pm, painting a watercolour competition while you watch. You’ll be able to pick up one or two hints and tips as well as observing her techniques while she creates her very own masterpiece. There will be a chance for you to have a go in the weeks to come.

CHURCH SERVICES: Holy Communion BCP along with the Compline will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Holy Communion CW along with Worship and Prayer being held at Wartling church at 9.45am and 11am.

CLASSIC CARS at Herstmonceux Observatory on Sunday July 21. There will be a gathering of MG cars from all around the area as they get together for their third MG Picnic Day. There will be a number of competitions running for members from the best picnic to how fast you can change a spark plug. Stalls will include plants, craft and walking sticks, a small auto jumble, books, a game of chance to win a bottle along with one or two other stalls relating to cars. One other event being planned for the day will be a dog agility demonstration arranged by the Southern Alsatian Training Society.

RAY AND SHELDON will be holding their next meeting on Friday July 19 at the village hall when Joan will be performing all hers, and your, favourite songs. All are welcome to this very friendly club aimed at the over 60s. This will be the last meeting before the summer break, their next meeting being in September. If you need further information or need a lift to the village hall please call them on 441244.

THE ‘CEUX Village Vegetable and Flower Show will be held on July 28 at the Woolpack Pub where schedules are awaiting your collection and then, it’s up to you. Plenty of classes so there’s no excuse for not entering so come on, get yourselves a schedule.


VILLAGE MARKET: I apologise for the misprint in last week’s Parish Pump column. I hope that no-one was inconvenienced and was aware of the mistake, as it stated more information next Friday.

LAUGHTON VILLAGE MARKET is in Laughton Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. This will the our Summer Market and will have a full complement of stalls as follows: preserves, free range eggs, cakes, flans, savoury pies, scones, cheese, pork, beef, cards and kits, books, knitwear, toys, bric-a-brac and jewellery. Entrance is free, but there is an optional raffle to raise funds for the village hall. Refreshments, including bacon and egg rolls, tea, biscuits and coffee are available. Our next market will be our Christmas Market on Saturday November 16, so make a note in your diary.

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 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

INTERVIEW: The local history group are linking up with the youth forum and want to interview ex Ninfield United football players and record their memories of playing for the village in years gone by. This is part of our Heritage Lottery Fund project entitled Ninfield - The History of a Rural Village. If you, or someone you know played for the Ninfield team contact John Cheshire on 01424 892248.

A NOTE OF THANKS: Ninfield Methodist Church, and many friends, have enjoyed a wonderful June at our Chapel in the village. As previously mentioned we celebrated 142 years of the life of the Chapel and in mid- June remembered this occasion, and our Christian presence in Ninfield, with a celebration service and then a tea attended by around 35 people. Then at the end of June the Salvation Army/Hastings Temple Band and Songsters led an amazing worship-time remembering our links with their founder William Booth and his wife Catherine. We seemed to raise the rafters of the church with around 60 people present including the Salvation Army Band. Wow.

THE BOWLS CLUB have had a busy week with four matches: July 1 they won against Hastings (White Rock) 68-63. They lost a league match against Winchelsea on July 3, 53-61. July 6 they won 57-52 against Peasmarsh and finally on July 7, Ninfield lost against Guestling 59-73.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are next meeting today, Friday, with a demonstration of many different devices for home security, covering personal alarm systems, fire alarms and remote monitoring devices; this presentation is a must for anyone living alone. On Friday August 9, the members are booked to take a tour of Sovereign Harbour on the African Queen followed by tea and pastries at Simply Italian (Fingers crossed for fine weather). If you are interested in becoming a member of this friendly group of like minded ladies, telephone Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

NINFIELD’S GOT TALENT returns for another fun filled evening tonight, Friday, 7pm to midnight. This is a great family event held in the marquee on Ninfield recreation ground. There are cash prizes on offer for the participants. For the revellers there is a bar, barbecue and a wide selection of entertainment.

NINFIELD CARNIVAL is tomorrow, Saturday. The theme of the Carnival is James Bond (it is the 50th anniversary of the Bond films). Events start at noon with the usual precession off around the village and many stands on the recreation ground. The usual refreshments of a barbecue, beer tent and teas and coffees will be available. Many of our local groups will be represented at the Carnival this year. The flower group will be there with some demonstrations, Ninfield School will have a tombola , the local history group will exhibit photos of carnivals past along with the ever popular (and challenging) Name That Face and Place; an update on progress with their new Centenary (of the Deeprose 1913) Map. There are more projects in the pipeline, so come and talk to us on what is happening and more importantly, your own areas of interest in history. Ninfield Scout Group will also be there with their tombola which includes some star prizes.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are holding pre-season training sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm until 9pm. All players welcome. Contact John Copley 07929 721116 / 01424 211559, Luke Pont 07872 312266, Mark Pont 07973 792271.

STRAWBERRY TEA: Ninfield Working Men’s Club will hold a charity strawberry tea afternoon on Tuesday, 2pm to 4pm. Entrance is £2.50 per person to include your strawberry tea along with enjoying some live music. There will be a cake stall and a raffle. If you would like to donate a cake for the day, it would be greatly appreciated.

MEETING: The local history group are meeting on July 18, 7.30pm, at the Reading Room. This month they will be looking at memories of Ninfield Bonfire Society. It’s been a source of much pleasure and charitable work in the village for many years, so come early for the limited seats, or it’s standing room only. Annual membership only costs £10, but everyone is welcome. There is a charge of £1 for members (and £2 for non-members) at each meeting to help towards the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Acting Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email or see their Website/Facebook page: /

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on July 22, 7.55pm at the village hall. All Hooe residents are invited to attend.

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


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

ALSO TOMORROW a coffee morning at Trinity Church Hall, in aid of Action for Children. All welcome from 10am. Also a chance to take part in a table top Treasure Hunt, in aid of Trinity Church kitchen.

TRINITY DINERS takes place on Friday July 19, at Trinity Church Hall from noon. To book call Jennie on 484189.

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network Eastbourne Support Group. Dawn Fishley, Community Nurse Specialist for Prostate Cancer UK, was the guest speaker at the June meeting of the group. Dawn is one of five newly appointed nurses whose roles are sponsored by Royal Mail. Royal Mail has entered into a two year partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, which commenced in July 2012, to raise at least £2 million for the charity. It is intended to fund 50 specialist prostate cancer nurses working in the heart of communities. Dawn’s area is London and the South East. Other posts are based in Manchester, Birmingham, North East England and Glasgow. She explained her role is divided into two parts; 40 percent of her time is to raise awareness about prostate cancer, particularly amongst groups who are less likely to have contact with health services. The other 60 percent of the role is to improve the quality of life for men living with prostate cancer. She sees this as building partnerships with support groups and communities and looking for gaps in services so that quality of life can be enhanced. Dawn gave the example of get back on track which is tailored support to help manage fatigue. There are also other projects which groups and individuals can find out about via the specialist nurses on the Helpline or the website. See June also saw the official opening of the PCaSO Room at Eastbourne District General Hospital. This is the culmination of two years’ fundraising. It is intended to be a quieter, more private and non-clinical area where men and their partners can discuss treatments and outcomes with the Clinical Nurse Specialists and doctors. In the evenings and at weekends it doubles up as a place for relatives who are visiting and wish to be close to their loved ones. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 / 641513 or e-mail if you require further details or visit our website:

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne on Tuesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm and at the Kings Centre, Edison Road Eastbourne on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Pet Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Pat Reigh and 6.30pm Evening service with Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Judith Kinnison Bourke took on the role of Maud Newman, who was responsible for visiting families in Southampton bereaved by the sinking of the Titanic. These were the relatives of the crew, very few of whom survived the tragedy. Work was on a per voyage basis, and there was heavy reliance on tips. 700 men died when the ship went down. Judith recounted the story of the White Star Line, including the older sister ship Olympic, which also had a run of bad luck. She then related how Maud visited 500 homes a month, making sure that the families were cared for, and that they still qualified for aid from the Lord Mayor of London’s Mansion House Fund. She continued to visit after her employment ended, right up to her death in 1943. Our next walk is on Wednesday meeting at the car park near Wilmington Priory at 7pm. After that we meet again on 7th August at the car park near Barcombe Mills. We don’t have a meeting August, so our next one is on 9th September when David Calvert will tell us about Herstmonceux Castle.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at Bodle Street Village Hall. All meetings of the council are open to the public, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters. I have no doubt the recent inquiry held at the Dunn Village Hall, regarding the bridle way from Church Hill through to Cade Street will be on the agenda.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

SUMMER FETES: Although the numbers were down this year on those attending St Mary’s Church Summer Fete on July 6, which was probably due to the fact that there were so many other events taking place that day, the money raised was about £5,000 for the church, which was up on last year. Jevington Village Fete was held the previous week and raised £4,600 also up on last year. £1,600 will be donated to St Andrew’s Church Jevington.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will hold their Summer Fete on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. It will be opened by the mayor of Polegate Cllr Malcolm Cunningham. This is the major fund raising event for the mill and as usual strawberry cream teas will be available as well as cakes, plants, tombola, bric-a-brac, hoopla, darts and other favourites. During the afternoon visitors will be entertained by ‘Con Brio’ led by John Purcell with a variety of music including jazz, soul, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll. Guided tours of the mill will be available at £1 for adults and 50p per child.

A COFFEE MORNING will be held at Trinity Church at 10am tomorrow, Saturday, in support of Action for Children. There will be a number of stalls and refreshments.

OWEN DONOVAN will provide the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday jazz duo Denis and Pete will play music with your lunch.

KEVIN PALLISTER will be entertaining customers at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at The Thatchings at 11am tomorrow, Saturday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. She can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

JPK PROJECT: The JPK Sussex Project has now purchased the Edgmond Church site in Old Town Eastbourne to build a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability. There have been many set-backs along the way but hopefully everything will now run smoothly for the charity. Grant making trusts and the lottery can now be approached with confidence, and pledges will be honoured now that planning permission has been obtained. Organisations, clubs and individuals, who were beginning to lose heart, will now have no doubt that this project will go ahead. To help fundraise visit or call the project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker on 0843 289 3624.

THE CHURCH RAMBLERS will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday for a five mile circular walk from Warbleton to Rushlake Green, some steady climbs but wonderful scenery.

JUDGING for the Willingdon and Jevington in Bloom competition begins on the week commencing July 15.

JEVINGTON AND FILCHING Residents’ Association have a meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday at Jevington Village Hall.

THE PROBUS CLUB will meet at 10.15am for 10.30pm on Thursday at The Red Lion.

THE RED LION has a charity quiz on the third Thursday of the month from about 7.30pm. The next quiz is on July 18. To enter is just £2 per person which includes a chip butty. The winning team receives half the proceeds and the remaining half goes to the charity. They can then choose the next charity to be supported.

THE FRIENDLY CUPPA with hearing aid servicing will be held at 10.30am on Thursday in St Mary’s Church Hall.

TRINITY DINERS will meet at noon on Friday July 19 at Trinity Church Hall. The menu will be fruit juice, quiche Lorraine, various salads, pineapple upside-down pudding and custard followed by tea or coffee. The cost is just £5. To reserve a place, please call Jennie on 01323 484189.