Parish pump Hailsham - July 18 2014

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HERITAGE CENTRE: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heritage Centre was opened by Dr June Goodfield last week. At last we have a comprehensive history of Alfriston, clearly set out in the upper level of the Gun Room on the Tye. The Rathfinny Estate, who run the Gun Room shop, has promoted the centre and Dr Goodfield, Kevin Gordon and Juliet Clarke have made sure it is a true history of the village. The display panels were designed by a team from LDA led by Gary Lloyd. Alongside the village history is the story of Rathfinny and its development into a stunning sustainable vineyard which is set to be producing its own wines next year. This is another valuable asset which visitors can enjoy when exploring our village.

AWARDS: The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards for 2014 were announced last week and Mark Driver was able to inform the gathering for the opening of the Heritage Centre at the Gun Room that the winner of the 2014 Commercial Award went to Anthony Sherwin, Architect of the Gun Room. The awards, in their 16th year, are designed to recognise and reward high quality conservation, restoration and good design and encourage the use of traditional skills and crafts.

BASTILLE DAY was marked (a day early) in Alfriston by the Twinning Group hosting a French Market and a Music Festival followed by a Bal Musette. The weather was ideal, showing off the village and the Tye at their very best. After practicing language skills while buying up baguettes and croissants and cheeses from the market, families gathered to hear Sussex bands and groups perform. The Alfriston singing group, The Octaves, were received enthusiastically by the crowd and even tempted a couple of new members. It is the first time such an event has been organised and it was a great success.

AMENITIES SOCIETY: ADAS held a very pleasant drinks evening at the Clergy House garden next to the River Cuckmere on Wednesday July 9. Organised by Margaret Ball, the event was well attended, and music was provided by local musicians Mark Hurst (bass, banjo and guitar), Fran Wates (alto sax), Selma Lewis (sax and vocals), and Ruth Sargent (tenor sax). Thanks are due to the National Trust for the use of their splendid property and location.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and 4pm 4ForAll/Messy Church at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Family Communion. Next week we all meet together in the marquee at Rushlake Green, together with the folk from Heathfield Chapel.

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

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.

FILM CLUB: There is no film this month. Next month on August 29, Shine will be screened for which Geoffrey Rush gained a best actor Oscar.


BONFIRE BINGO: Tonight, Friday, at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm eyes down at 7.30pm.

TABLE SALE tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm at Summerheath Hall. Tables £5 to £7.50 booked through Margaret 01323 844509. With our unpredictable British climate, unlike a car boot sale, you will be able to browse or sell whatever the weather. There will also be a raffle, tombola, cakes and refreshments. Funds raised for upgrading Summerheath Hall. Proposed plans will be on display the day of the sale. Grant applications have submitted, anyone interested in helping to raise funds please visit the website at for contact details or talk to them on the day.

ST MARY’S: This is the Fifth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Vertically Challenged and at 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Investment Potential. 6.30pm Evening Prayer. Power through weakness. Cops and Robbers Holiday Club runs for four days during the summer holidays at St Mary’s church for primary school children from August 26 to 29 for just £1 a day. Children will learn more about the adventures of Joseph through crafts, games, songs and of course, the Watt Family will be there too. For more information or to book contact Lyn on 441868 or email Also, if you are retired and just wanting a break, how about a Holiday at Home at St Mary’s church between Monday and Wednesday, August 4 and 6. There will be various activities, including an outing to Michelham Priory, refreshments including a light lunch and a chance to meet new friends and have fun trying some different activities. Details and booking forms are available in the church.

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

CABARET: Hailsham Theatres has its popular cabaret show coming to Summerheath Hall on the July 25 and 26. Tickets and further information are available at as well as a face-to-face box office for cabaret tickets open during Summerheath Hall’s tabletop sale tomorrow, Saturday, (see above).

TOWN FETE RAFFLE: Are you a winner? Winning raffle tickets attached to the front of your programme for the Hailsham Community College Fete on Saturday July 12 are as follows: 75, 83, 103, 132, 186, 225, 350, 367, 375, 439, 883, 919, 965. If you have one of the winning raffle tickets please contact Karen Moralee at the Town Council offices on 01323 841702. Hailsham Lions got into the swing of things by turning into lions with the help of face painter Katherine Moore, not something you see every day. They joined in the fun, selling their much loved candyfloss to the hundreds of visitors who enjoyed the sunshine and the many stalls on the HCC’s sports field.

SWIMMING CLUB: Hailsham Swimming Club is running an open morning on Saturday July 26, 10am and 11.30am at Bedes school, Upper Dicker. If you love swimming, want to compete in a fun environment then this is your opportunity to see what the club has to offer, how it is run and to meet the coaches and take part in a free swimming trial. To find out more visit, email or telephone Jeanette on 01323 440140.

QUIZ NIGHT: Environment Hailsham are holding a Quiz Night on July 26 at the Charles Hunt Centre £5 per person for teams of six, doors open 7pm for 7.30 start. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available at the interval. Prize for winning team, six bottles of wine. Raffle.

GIVE BLOOD: The next blood donor session at the Community Hall, Vicarage Lane, is on Tuesday July 29 from 1.30pm to 4pm and then at 5pm to 7.30pm. If you prefer to book your spot then call 0300 123 23 23 at any time before the day of the session or visit to check details of your session.

HAILSHAM LIONS: At Wellshurst Golf Club, the Hailsham Lions’ outgoing president John Ward, presented the chain of office to incoming president Mrs Gerry Constable. As one of his last duties, John presented three annual awards to members of the Lions Club. The first award was presented to Chris Millen for his continued hard work and organisational skills as quartermaster. The second to Frances Baker for her excellent work in organising the 2013 It’s A Special Knockout held at Bedes School. The third award, a wooden spoon, was presented to a Lion who continues to entertain with his foot-in-mouth moments, Ken Gray. President Gerry intends to continue upholding the Lions’ motto: ordinary people, amazing things, during the next 12 months with the help of vice president Keith Shonfeld MBE. Plans are already progressing for the continuance of fundraising activities, including a huge presence over the Christmas period and another Country Fayre in June 2015. With the help of all the Lions Club members, Gerry looks forward to raising money, not only for international disasters, but for local good causes and individuals. Hailsham Lions are always looking to expand their membership and anyone interested in learning more should contact them via their Facebook Page, or emailing to

BEST FRONT GARDEN: This year many more residents of Hailsham entered the competition run by Environment Hailsham, formerly Hailsham in Bloom. Environment Hailsham embarked on a competition encouraging people to tidy up their gardens and plant out and create an attraction in their street, thereby making it a brighter and prettier place.

The judges had a difficult task as there were many beautiful and skilfully organised gardens, but the winners by just one point were Mr and Mrs Berry. Their well laid out garden which was full of colour and clever planting creating areas for wildlife and relaxing, took first prize ahead of Mr Cousens who had a beautiful strong colour design. Others gaining merit were Mr and Mrs Smith, Mr I McEwan, Mr I Hopkins, Mr R Atherden and Mr and Mrs J Coe The Small Business Award was given to Karl Hopper-Young of Sussex Independent Financial Advisors of Downford House, George Street. Mrs Mary Rowe, a member of Environment Hailsham and organiser of the event was encouraged to see so many people taking part this year giving colour and pride to the town and they will start advertising the event in spring. There is to be a formal presentation in October.

FLOWER CLUB: At the June meeting Judith Kinnison Bourke gave a talk on Dorothy in the Workhouse 1905-1926 giving an insight into the ups and downs for inmates of workhouses in the early 20th Century. It was astounding and brought home to listeners just how recent this piece of history was. Club chairman, Margery Luffingham, presented two cheques on behalf of the flower club. The first, a donation of £250 to Sussex Kidney Trust formed in 1967 by the Sussex Area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies was received by Pam Gibson. This would be used to purchase vital equipment for the Renal Units of the Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton, Worthing and Bexhill. Since its formation the Trust has purchased over £1m of equipment for these units. The second donation of £500 to St Wilfrid’s Hospice following a quiz night in april, received by Robin and Caroline Kempe. It costs in the region of £10k per day to run the hospice, all donations were greatly appreciated. The competition entitled 50 Shades of Green was judged by Pam Fuller. Beginners: 1, Elaine Chapman; 2, Carol Leggett; 3, Margaret Surrey. Intermediate: 1, Sarah McGinn; 2, Jane Williams. Advanced: 1, Evelyn Evenden; 2, Wendy Bysouth; 3, Marian Williams. Hailsham and District Flower Club meetings on the third Wednesday of each month, except December, in The Civic Community Hall at 7.30pm.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSOs will be hoping to meet residents of Solway (even numbers) this evening from 6.30pm to 7pm. On Monday from 7pm to 7.30pm at Ditchling Way, Tuesday 7pm to 7.30pm Caburn Way and Quail Court, Wednesday 7pm to 7.30pm Curlew Court, Thursday 6pm to 6.30pm Harmers Hay (odds). This gives local residents the opportunity to come and talk about concerns or issues they may be having where they live. 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.

100 YEARS AGO: In July 1914 the Hailsham Parish Magazine reported: The Band of Hope Outing takes place tomorrow and once again we shall visit Bexhill. The children will assemble at Market Square at 8am. The Train leaves Hailsham 8.40am returning from Bexhill 8pm.

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). At 5pm there is a joint service with Hellingly. There is also a Holy Communion service at 9.30am on a Thursday (BCP).

MODEL SHOW: Hailsham and District Scale Model club are holding their first annual Model Show tomorrow, Saturday, at Union Corner Hall. This is a multi genre event with exhibitors including Hailsham and District SMC, Uckfield Model Railway Club (N gauge layout), Eastbourne Model Boat Club, Bentley Miniature Railway, scale modelling demonstrations and more. Trade support will be provided by LSA Models of Hove and Ash Cards Etc of Hailsham. There will be a figure paint-and-take activity for children, tombola and prize raffle draw. Admission prices are adults £2, concessions £1.50, children (6 to 16 years) 50p with 5’s and under accompanied by an adult are free. The show opens at 10am and finishes at 4pm. Light refreshments will also be available during the day and there is off road parking in the hall’s car park (approx 27 spaces). For more details see the clubs website.

CLASSIC VEHICLE SHOW: Classic domestic, agricultural and military vehicles will be on show tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at Michelham Priory from 10.30am to 5pm. The Porsche Club of Great Britain will be arriving with a number of magnificent sports cars.

OPEN GARDEN: On Wednesday Andrew and Karty Watson will be opening their garden at Knightsbridge House, Grove Hill, Hellingly BN27 4HH, in aid of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital. This is a new open garden and has good access for the disabled. It will be open from 10.30am to 12.30pm for morning coffee and from 2pm to 4pm for afternoon tea. The garden will be open whatever the weather. Entry is by donation. Please bring cakes and

produce and plants for the stalls. Funds raised are being used to provide equipment to enhance the Acute Stroke Unit at EDGH.

GARDEN TOUR: Next weekend there is a 90 minute garden tour which explores the seven acres of historic gardens of Michelham Priory with the head gardener, Stuart Reid. Price includes entrance to the house and grounds, tour and soup and fresh bread roll in the café. Tour starts at 11am finish approx 12.30pm. £15.50 for Non-members. £10 for Sussex Archaeological Society Members and Friends of Michelham Priory. Numbers are limited so please book in advance on 01323 844224 or email

Mobile Library

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

Ninfield & Hooe

THE BOWLS CLUB accumulated some good points last week in the Rother League, with all their matches being league matches. Their first on July 9 against Sidley Martlets, they won 71-60, gaining 10 points. They achieved a further four points on July 12 against Staplecross, although losing 67-73. Despite losing 53-80 against Hawkhurst, they gained a further four points on July 13, due to winning two rinks on the final two games.

HOOE OPEN GROUP met in the afternoon of Friday, July 11 at Hooe Village Hall. The rain did not prevent a record attendance of just over 30 members and visitors. The star attraction was Tracy Trimmer, who is a top class Podiatry (Foot care) expert with a BSc degree in the subject; her clinic is located in Little Common, called Trim Feet Podiatry. The presentation covered all aspects of foot care, from cutting nails to dealing with corns, calluses and other skin ailments. There were many questions both during and after the presentation, highlighting a keen interest in the subject. Tracy Trimmer also gave advice on the subject of choosing the right shoes, which did not always follow the selection by size only; she said other criteria have to be taken into consideration such as support, posture and comfort. Tea was taken at 3.30 p.m. during which Tracy Trimmer went around to each table to further discuss and advice on aspects of foot care. The next meeting of Hooe Open Group will be on August 8, when the club will be 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.

FLOWER SHOW: Ninfield Flower Group are holding their Flower Show, entitled Songs of Praise on August 2 and 3 at Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday and 11.30am to 4.30pm on the Sunday. Proceeds are in aid of the Sussex Kidney Trust. Entry is £2, to include a programme. There will also be teas, cakes, bric-a-brac, plants, book stalls and a raffle. For further details of Ninfield Flower Group, please see their website:

CHURCH SERVICE: Ninfield Methodist Church will be having a special Morning Praise Service on August 3, 10.30am, which will feature some of the song/hymns portrayed in the displays of the Ninfield Flower Group’s Flower Show. All are very welcome to attend.

A COFFEE MORNING/Light Lunch will be held on August 6 in aid of Chestnut Tree House, Children’s Hospice Care at Little Acre, Church Path, 10.30am to 2pm. A raffle and plants will also be available. All are welcome to support this worthwhile charity. Any contributions will be welcome.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders will be meeting on Wednesday, August 6 at Bexhill Fire Station. Meetings are at 7.30pm every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

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 Holy Communion with Revd Ian Pruden.


FRIDAY CRAFT group meets at Polegate Community Centre. For details of our activities please contact Val Liles on 460336 or Shirley Hannam 488035.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, at St Johns Church Hall. Our speaker is Janet Pennington on Travel in the Past. Visitors welcome, doors open at 6.45pm, meeting starts at 7pm. Telephone 486208 or email

GAMES EVENING: Polegate Twinning Association are holding a games evening tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. There will be a variety of games to play with a sausage and mash supper included in the evening Tickets are £6. And can be ordered from 486021. Please let us know if you are coming as it helps with the catering numbers.

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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Mystery of Braylsham Castle with Graham. Meet at The Avenue, 9.30am then to Street End Lane, Broad Oak 10.15am GR 606227, finish 1.30pm. 5 miles. Some stiles, coffee stop at Petals. On Monday, Milton Street Circular. Meet at Sussex Ox 10am far end car park, some stiles, one incline with Marion and Kay, 3 miles. On Wednesday, Explore the Twittens, slippery when wet. Meet at East Dean car park at 10am with Jeni, nearly four miles.

A DEFIBRILLATOR is at Polegate Community Centre on Tuesday at 8pm, for anyone who would like training on using this equipment. Please contact John Rogers to book your place at the Community Centre Office before then as places are limited.

POLEGATE WINE and Social Club meet on July 22 when our speaker is Ian Curry, the weather man, and his talk is Unusual Weather. We meet at Polegate Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

RAMBLING CLUB walks on July 24 include, Up the Downs, 5 miles. A downland walk with some ups and some downs. Three stiles with Roger S. Or, A Place and Two Churches, 8 miles Ram at Firle to include Charlestone Farm, Alciston and Berwick fields, paths and tracks along the foot of the downs. One stile take picnic, could be muddy with Jayne. For more info please contact Angela on 504280.


GREAT GARDENS: How lucky we were last weekend when three beautiful and contrasting gardens were open for us to visit in the centre of the village. Organised by the Friends of Waldron Churches, even the weather sparkled so that they the fabulous gardens could look their best. All profits go to the Friends and I hear that the amount raised was in the region of £800.

LIGHTS OUT: The Royal British Legion is organising a special event to remember all those Commonwealth service men and women who lost their lives in the First World War and it’s something that everyone can join in. The event is simply an invitation to everyone to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on August 4, (the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war) leaving on just a single light or candle as a sign of remembrance. At the same time there will be a candlelit service at Westminster Abbey. If you would like to make a donation to the British Legion (they do such brilliant work and have been doing so for nearly a century) you can make a donation on line at .

BEHIND THE FRONT: An event at the Remembrance weekend is being organised in the village and will be a revue, throwing light on the effect of the First World War in ways that may be new to you and will certainly be original. It will include music, poetry and drama and is currently being written. There will also be an exhibition of material some of which has not been displayed in the village before. Auditions for anyone who would like to read or sing in the revue will take place on Thursday August 7, 6.30pm to 9.30pm in the Lucas Hall, everyone welcome.

RUDES IN WALDRON: The Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company will be visiting the village again this summer on Thursday August 14, bringing their production The Wife (loosely based on Chaucer’s Wife of Bath) for our enjoyment. The basis of the plot is the nature of marriage and love, seen through the eyes of Alyson, the Wife. Tickets are now on sale and Deborah has some at the Stores at Waldron or you can buy on-line through their website This production is a reworking of the company’s 2003 smash hit The Wife of Bath which played then to rave reviews, and was included in The Times’ top three outdoor plays of that year.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and 4pm 4ForAll/Messy Church at Punnetts Town Village Hall. As the title says it is for all ages at 4pm. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Roger Lumley and 6.30pm evening service and communion with Rev David Laskey. Next week we all meet together in the marquee at Rushlake Green.

FLOWER SHOW: A reminder that entry forms and fees must be returned to the The Stores by 5pm on this Wednesday. If you were fortunate to win a trophy last year please return them to Lin Collins (01435 830519) in clean polished condition ASAP. Just a week 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. 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 together 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.

RGWI: Have you ever wondered what it like to run a B&B? Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall will be a good opportunity for members to find out when Irene Eltringham-Wilson speaks on the subject. For details of the WI or for help with a lift please contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

HISTORY GROUP: When I arrived at 7.30pm on Monday the hall was already filling up, and by the start of Steve Zeigler’s talk it was full. His talk was on Warbleton and World War One. His relatives are from the Funnell and Hobden families, and so a fair number of them turned up. Most of the young men of the family either joined the Royal Sussex Regiment or the Royal Horse Artillery, the latter providing a familiar occupation in a strange land and situation. He spoke of the effect the outbreak of war had on family members, the men feeling obliged to join up and their siblings and parents a mixture of pride and anxiety. He also related the effect the sudden removal of so many young men and horses had on such a rural area. The army were empowered to remove the best 50% of the horses for war service, many never returning either because they were killed or put to work in France and Belgium after the war. This created many problems for the farmers, trying to get the harvest in. I am hoping that Steve will lend us some of his material for our stand at the flower show. At the end of his talk he read out the names recorded on the tablet at Warbleton Church, and we observed a minute’s silence. A reminder to those booked on the outing that it is tomorrow. We have two walks planned. The first is more of a visit as we go to Barcombe Mills to see the Roman dig there. We meet at the car park at 2pm on Saturday August 2, TQ434146. The second one is local starting from the Dunn Village Hall at 7pm on Wednesday August 20. We don’t have a meeting in August so we next meet on September 8 when Alaric Bond will describe the British Navy 1793 to 1815. Members who weren’t at our meeting but are able to help staff the stall at the flower show, please phone me on 01435 830280. We have half hour slots between 2pm and 4.30pm.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE OPEN GARDEN held at Flint House in Church Street in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice on July 5 raised £2,629.87, a magnificent total.

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

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, 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.

WILMINGTON ART GROUP will be having an art exhibition from 10.30am to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at Wilmington Village Hall. Affordable art and cards are on sale and refreshments are available. Admission is free.

LOU TAYLOR will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

MEL will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Wheatsheaf.

RAMBLING: St Mary’s Rambling Group will be meeting at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm for a five mile flat walk at Herstmonceux. There are several styles. Everyone is welcome.

MUSIC: Fr Michael Maine, curate at St Mary’s Church Willingdon, will be playing a mix of music on the piano at St Wilfrid’s Hospice for about an hour from noon on Wednesday. All are welcome. Refreshments from the food bar make this an ideal lunch venue.

SPONSORED BIKE RIDE: Cameron and Murray Ballard with friends Oliver Perrott, James Shrub, Robin Pyper and Tim Perrott are cycling from John O’Groates to Land’s End from July 23 to August 2. Their vehicle support drivers will be Tim Blois and Steve White. The distance to be covered is about 900 miles and the group will be raising money for the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. Cameron and Murray’s sister Jade has Downs Syndrome. Jade has always lived at home but as time passes she will need her own independence, and Edgmont JPK Centre at Old Town would be ideal for her, where she would have friends and a real quality of life. Edgmont and the site on which it stands have already been purchased, but more money needs to be raised before building the accommodation can be started. For further information visit . And please donate by going to or send a cheque made payable to JPK Sussex Project, at 7 Wannock Avenue Willingdon Eastbourne BN20 9RP.

SLIDE SHOW: A history of Eastbourne past and present with a computerised slide show is being presented at 7pm on Thursday at the Edgmont JPK Centre in Old Town by Alan Hodges. Admission is £3 to include tea and biscuits in the interval. All proceeds will be going to the JPK Sussex Project.

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, DVD’s, 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.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting at 7pm on Friday July 25 at Wannock Village Hall when Norman Rossiter will be demonstrating an animal portrait in pastel. Visitors are always welcome. The fee is £3.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive Willingdon will be having a Wild West Family Day from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday July 26. Ride the Bucking Bronco if you dare or something a little tamer. Take a shot at the tin cans. Other games are available. There is something for everyone. Refreshments are served in the garden.

PRAYER WALK: Fr Clive will be leading the third of this year’s prayer walks with the idea of introducing New Companions to consider on each journey. This month’s companions are the Celtic Saints. Meet at St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 9.30am on Saturday July 26, when the group will be able to share cars to the start of the three mile walk to Lullington Heath. All are welcome.

VOLUNTEER PAINTERS are required at Polegate Windmill on Wednesday August 6 and Sunday August 10 to paint the vertical posts of the mill gallery. There will be two sessions on both days from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm. Adults over the age of 16 years with good painting experience would be welcome to cover either a morning session or afternoon or both with an hour’s break in between. If you would like to help maintain this ancient mill, please contact the clerk of works Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496. Alternatively pop along to the mill on a Sunday afternoon between 2pm and 5pm to see what is involved. Offers of help should be made before the work day. Please do not turn up without a prior commitment.

VOLUNTEER GUIDES and cashiers are still needed at Polegate Windmill for Sunday afternoons, bank holiday Mondays and for special events when the mill is open for additional hours. The mill is also open on the Wednesdays throughout August for special educational events.