Parish Pump Hailsham - July 20, 2012


HISTORIAN ASA BRIGGS will be visiting Much Ado Books tomorrow, July 21. He will be signing his memoir, Special Relationships - People and Places between 2pm and 4pm. Much Ado has recently given more than £2,000 to two charities as part of their fund raising initiative, Prospero’s Project. Cate and Nash have now decided to dedicate a portion of the shop’s takings to charity after the very successful Christmas stocking fund raising drive. Now when customers spend more than £10 there will be a chance to vote for the charity to receive up to 10 percent of their spending. Charities to be supported will be changed every three months. Listening Books received £1,426.87 over the past three months and West Rise School of Eastbourne received books to the value of £902.88.The two new charities customers will be choosing between the Hillcrest Centre Cafe in Newhaven and the Monso Chi Preschool in Panama.

WI NEWS: At the June meeting Jackie Marsh-Hobbs talked about the history of Preston Manor in Brighton. The following week members visited the Manor and enjoyed seeing all the Victorian and Edwardian artefacts. There was also a chance to look round the garden and the adjacent 13th century St Peter’s Church which has some original wall paintings. The visit finished in true WI style with a walk across the park for tea and cakes.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship. 4pm 4forAll at Punnetts Town Village Hall.

FILM CLUB: No film this month as the date clashes with the Olympics Opening Ceremony. The next showing will be Friday August 31.


SUMMER SHOW: At the Chiddingly Horticultural Society Summer Show on June 30 there was so much scent and colour in the village hall that we could almost believe we were having a lovely, hot summer. Vegetable and fruit entries were down, but the flowers were beautiful, roses in particular were outstanding. Our cookery classes now attract some very talented cooks, and the standard in the decorative and photography classes was so high that the judges had a difficult task.

Prize winners. Vegetables: Potatoes: 1, Holly Dann; 2, Julie Baker; 3, Gill Bretten. Spinach or Chard: Helen Miness. Carrots: Holly Dann. Spring onions: 1, Julie Baker; 2, John Ford. Onions from sets: 1, Julie Baker; 2, John Ford. Shallots: John Ford. Peas: John Ford. Broad beans: 1, Holly Dann; 2, Gill Bretten; 3, John Ford. Cos Lettuce: Phyllis Simmonds. Cabbage Lettuce: 1, John Ford; 2, Sue Cornford. Courgettes: 1, Julie Baker; 2, John Ford. Beetroot: John Ford. Two different vegetables: 1, John Ford; 2, Julie Baker. Collection of herbs: 1, Patricia Debley; 2, Julie Baker; 3, Janet Gasson. Rhubarb: 1, John Harriott; 2, John Ford; 3, Julie Baker.

Fruit: Strawberries: Joan Pay. Gooseberries: 1, Holly Dann; 2, Janet Canner. Raspberries: Holly Dann. Redcurrants: 1, Gill Bretten; 2, John Ford. Mixed Fruit: Holly Dann.

Flowers: A collection of flowers: 1, Joan Pay; 2, Ann Hobden; 3, Julie Baker. Sweet Peas (six spikes): 1, Julie Baker; 2, Maurice Hobden; 3, John Ford. Sweet Peas (four varieties): 1, John Ford; 2, Maurice Hobden. Sweet Peas (one variety): 1, Julie Baker; 2, Maurice Hobden; 3, John Ford. Sweet Peas (12 spikes): 1, John Ford; 2, Maurice Hobden. Annuals (one kind): 1, Robin Symington; 2, Julie Biggs. Carnations or pinks: 1, Dennis Brown; 2, John Ford; 3, Robin Symington. Annuals (three different kinds): Robin Symington. Delphinium: Ann Hobden. Perennials (five different kinds): 1, Holly Dann; 2, John Ford. Sweet Williams: 1, Robin Symington; 2, Queenie Cornford; 3, John Ford. Lilies: 1, Caroline Manning; 2, Dennis Brown. Rambler roses: 1, Holly Dann; 2, Winnow Hardy; 3, Dennis Brown. Floribunda roses: 1, Janet Canner; 2, Janet Gasson; 3, Dennis Brown. Roses, six blooms any colour: 1, Dennis Brown; 2, Ann Hobden. Scented full-blown rose (judged on scent): Janet Canner. Chiddingly Rose: 1, Janet Gasson; 2, Daphne Robinson; 3, Robin Symington. Roses (cycle of bloom): 1, Dennis Brown; 2, Queenie Cornford; 3, Joan Pay. Any other flower: 1, Daphne Robinson; 2, Janet Canner; 3, Dennis Brown. Flowering shrub: 1, Janet Gasson; 2, Daphne Robinson; 3, Holly Dann. Pot plant (178mm): 1, Dennis Brown; 2, Joan Harriott; 3, Janet Canner. Pot plant (over 178mm): Dennis Brown. Orchid: 1, Joan Harriott; 2, Caroline Manning; 3, Daphne Robinson. Six eggs: 1, Winnow Hardy; 2, Gill Bretten.

Art: programme cover for the Olympic Games: 1, Emma Pollard; 2, Julie Biggs.

Decorative: Olympic Games: 1, Emma Pollard; 2, Holly Dann; 3, Julie Biggs. Fairy Tale: 1, Julie Biggs; 2, Sue O’Hare; 3, Holly Dann. Arrangement in a wine glass: 1, Holly Dann; 2, Julie Biggs; 3, Emma Pollard.

Cookery: Fatless, sugarless cake: 1, Queenie Cornford; 2, Georgina Carter; 3, Joan Harriott. Egg custard: 1, Sue O’Hare; 2, Daphne Robinson; 3, Joan Harriott. Soup (chilled): Janet Gasson. Slices of Rocky Road: 1, Julie Baker; 2, Georgina Carter; 3, Diane Rosborough. Savoury flan: 1, Sue Cornford; 2, Patricia Debley; 3, Helen Miness. Victoria Sponge: 1, Georgina Carter; 2, Phyllis Simmonds; 3, Sue O’Hare. Jar of jam: 1, Daphne Robinson; 2, Phyllis Simmonds; 3, Robin Symington. Jar of fruit jelly: Winnow Hardy.

Photography: Boating: 1, Emma Pollard; 2, Winnow Hardy; 3, Julie Biggs. Village Cottage/s: 1, Emma Pollard; 2, Holly Dann; 3, Phyllis Simmonds. Close-up of specimen flower: 1, Melissa Rosborough; 2, John Debley; 3, Roland Thorpe.


NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING: You can meet your local PCSOs at the following venues to say hello or raise any concerns today, Friday, at 10am when PCSO Bond will be at St Mary’s Church coffee morning, also on Wednesday at 10am at Freedom Leisure Market, and next Friday, July 27, at 10am at St Mary’s Church coffee morning. If you cannot make it but have something you wish to raise then you can contact the PCSOs at Hailsham Neighbourhood Policing Team on Tel 101 Ext 27437 Mobile 07787 685752 or follow them on Twitter @hailsham_pol.

BONFIRE BINGO: Tonight, Friday, is a Hailsham Bonfire Society bingo night (over 18s) at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm with interval refreshments in aid of the Hailsham annual free bonfire celebrations on October 20.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There are 1-2-1 private readings with the medium of your choice tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 2pm If you would like to book then call 01323 766435 or 07716 225582. The Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Jan Dayton and is followed by refreshments. There is a clairvoyant evening on Friday July 27 with Malcolm Putland and Lesleigh Badgery from 7.30pm to 9pm. It is £5 at the door.

ST MARY’S: This is the seventh Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion, Invest Wisely, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, The Narrow Door. Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel church on Hawkswood at 2.45pm and back at St Mary’s at 6.30pm Evening Prayer, A Triumphant Entry.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday Tony (01825) 764590 is leading an eight-mile walk starting at Little Horsted school to Little Horsted via Isfield. The Wednesday walkers will be going to Uckfield via Framfield for a five miler with Pam (01825) 764937 and also on Wednesday the strollers will be going with Margaret and Frank (01323) 461004 around Sovereign Harbour with a possible boat trip. For more details contact the walk leader.

U3A: The towns and villages group trip to Bexhill was soon booked up. The theatre group are off to the Congress in August for A Diamond Jubilee Last Night at the Proms, then Gotta Sing Gotta Dance at the Devonshire Park Theatre later in the month. The afternoon tea group will be meeting in Callenders for their next gathering and the lunch group enjoyed a visit to the Old Polegate Station and are looking forward to the next outing to the Moorings in Pevensey. There are also U3A groups in gym, bowling, quizzing, discussion, strolling and various other groups. To find out more ring Sue Wilson in the first instance on (01323) 840797.

HOPS: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society held its annual Open Garden and Coffee Morning this month at Bates Green Farm, Arlington. Fortunately, the rain stayed away and a succession of visitors enjoyed the garden, which once again was absolutely lovely, the various stalls and the very popular homemade cake stall. Over £500 was raised towards the upkeep of the Hailsham Pavilion and HOPS would like to thank Mr and Mrs McCutchen for allowing the use of their garden and the army of HOPS volunteers.

SUMMER TENNIS CAMPS: Hailsham Lawn tennis club is running a two-week great value tennis camp this summer for children aged 5 to12 years during the Summer Holidays starting Monday July 30 to Friday August 3 and Monday August 13 to Friday August 17 from 9am to 1pm daily. The camps will be held at Hailsham tennis club, Western Road and will cover all aspects of tennis; technique, tactics, movement, playing matches and most of all, having lots of fun. Coaches at Hailsham LTC are all CRB checked and LTA qualified. You will need to take a packed lunch, wear suitable clothes for outdoor play and if you have your own racket, take it along. For more details please ring Sean Yates on 07739689158.

COMEDY OF TERRORS: Film, TV actor and patron of Hailsham Pavilion, Richard Graham and the Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex Peter Field, will be among the distinguished guests attending the opening night of the Ropemaker Theatre Company’s very first production Comedy Of Terrors by John Goodrum which will debut at the Hailsham Pavilion on Tuesday September 4 at 7.30pm. This is a fast-moving madcap comedy of mistaken identity featuring established stage and television actor, Nick Bartlett (Coronation Street and Call The Midwife) and Tamara Wilder, an established touring repertory theatre actress who has also appeared in several P&O Cruises’ productions. Tickets for opening night, matinee and evening performances between September 5 and 8 are available from the pavilion’s box office and online from the theatre’s website or The Ropemaker Theatre Company formed in March 2011 with the aim of bringing live professional theatre to Hailsham and the surrounding towns and villages, providing work for Sussex-based actors, writers, directors and technicians. Hailsham’s pavilion is the perfect location for live theatre.

ART GROUP: The South View Art Groups have projects to do throughout the holiday period set by the tutor. The watercolour groups have been asked to do a painting entitled My Favourite Place and the pencil group, a drawing in coloured pencil of One of my Favourite Things. They will also meet up once a month for a social drawing and painting session with lunch or coffee and cake. When they return in September the groups will be preparing for the Hailsham Art Trail Exhibition that month. Sessions for the new term in September are already booking up. If you would like to join one of these groups or find out more please contact Eileen on (01424) 532866.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: There is evening prayer at 2.45pm in Emmanuel Church on Hawkswood on Sunday. Regular services at Hellingly church are on a Thursday 8am Quiet Prayer, 8.30am Vicar on Tap, available to members of the community in church, 9am Morning Prayer and 9.30am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) and every Sunday 8am Holy Communion at 10.45am and Upper Dicker 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

COMMUNITY POLICING: You can go along and meet a Community Support Officer to say hello or to raise any concern about Hailsham North today, Friday, at 10am when PCSO Bond will be at St Mary’s Church coffee morning, also on Wednesday at 10am at Freedom Leisure Market, and next Friday, July 27, at 10am at St Mary’s Church coffee morning. If you cannot make it but have something you wish to raise then you can contact the PCSOs at Hailsham Neighbourhood Policing Team on Tel 101 Ext 27437 Mobile 07787 685752 or follow them on Twitter @hailsham_pol.

SUMMER CRAFT SHOW: Go along to the newly restored function barn at Blackstock Farm, Grove Hill, on Sunday from 10am and 5pm and you will find a showcase of traditional and modern handmade items produced by crafts people from the Weald. There are 26 stalls displaying such items as jam to needlecraft and knitting, costume jewellery to animal portraits and much more. Visit Free entry to show.

CIRCUS WONDERLAND: Denis Remnev on trapeze (who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent), award-winning musical clowns, The Popolinos and the somersaulting Deltai Troupe from the Hungarian State Circus, high speed hula hoops, fearless flying arrows and Captain Dinka’s Pirate Pandemonium are coming to Broad Farm (Festival of Transport field) Hellingly over this coming weekend. Today, Friday, performances at 4.30pm and 7.30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 5pm, and Sunday at 2pm only. Discount leaflets are in Hellingly post office and at various outlets around Hailsham otherwise tickets are £12 and £9 depending where you sit.

MOTHERS UNION: Last month members braved the pouring rain, mud and high winds for a visit to Stone Cross windmill. Restored to full working order in 2000, stoneground wholemeal flour is produced and sold in the mill store. Peter Hill, a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable Friend of the mill, gave a guided tour. Three pairs of millstones were set up on the first floor and members learned about stone dressing and the age-old skill of grinding wheat into flour. The tour was followed by delicious scones, made with stoneground flour of course, clotted cream, strawberry jam and copious cups of tea, in the mill store. The MU meet in St Peter and St Paul’s church, Hellingly on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.15pm or as stated in the programme. All welcome.

WALKING BUS: For the most part of the last decade children have been taking the healthy option and walking to Hawkes Farm School with parent volunteers overseen by East Sussex County Council’s School Travel Plan Advisors. Among many other benefits, the service has also allowed parents to drop children early and well away from the school and Hawks Road, thereby easing congestion outside the school and allowing parents to get to work avoiding the usual school run panic. It is sad therefore that in this day and age when the green option is encouraged and applauded, that the local authority are no longer be able to provide practical support, insurance cover or risk assessments via their School Travel Plan Advisers who have helped operate the Walking Bus, as this support has been withdrawn. The school itself has also said that it is unable to carry out the provision. This news is obviously very disappointing for all the children and volunteers and parents who have used it and will be a sad loss to the community. On a good note, during the last term of each year the Walking Bus has made use of its pedometers to raise funds for local charities, particularly those with an animal connection. These have included horses, Raystede and for this, their last year, they are being sponsored by friends and family in raising money for the locally based Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service and adults will also be selling tickets for this charity’s Grand Raffle. They will be rewarded for their efforts by a visit to the centre in Whitesmith and a talk by WRAS founder, Trevor Weeks MBE. If you would like to sponsor their footsteps to school then you can contact me, Jenny Seale on 440567 and also if you are able to offer a solution so that the Walking Bus can continue I will pass this on to the bus leader.

DIG FOR VICTORY: This annual event at the Merrie Harriers is on August 5 from 1.30pm. If you want to enter an exhibit the entry form is available from the Merrie Harriers. There are lots of classes from horticultural to photography, eggs to dahlias, pickles to handicrafts and many more. There are classes for under 5s, 6-8s, 9-15 and for brothers and sisters or friends for a secret garden, puppet making, cookery, pictures and paintings, models and so much more. There is something for everyone. Entry forms at 20p per entry have to be back to the Merrie Harriers by 11am on Wednesday August 1.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

HEARING RESOURCE CENTRE: The mobile unit will be visiting the village hall car park from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. Staffed by an experienced member of the centre they will be able to give advice and demonstrate equipment. SA visit will also provide you with essential information on all aspects of hearing loss, free hearing screening tests will be available as well as their hearing aid maintenance and battery service.

BOWLS: Three friendly matches this week and three losses. The first was an away match against Buxted, the final score being 72-40. The second away match against Battle wit a loss of 36 shots. The final match was a home match against Gildredge Park, the final score 84-47.

SUMMER PICNIC: Fancy having a look as some very nice classic cars, wandering around a variety of stalls including an auto jumble stand? On Sunday you can do just that. Tickets at £7.80 for adults and £5.85 for children will also get you entry into the Science Centre with its gift shop, café, hands-on science centre, discovery among the domes and telescopes of the world in the Observatory. Included in the ticket price will be a conducted tour of the observatory. Entry is between 10am and 6pm, parking is free.

SUMMER FAIR in aid of Wartling’s St Mary Magdalene church tomorrow, Saturday, at Convent House Wartling between 2pm and 4.30pm. Entrance is 50p, children free. Plenty of off road free parking.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy communion along with Evensong will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with Morning Prayer being held at Wartling church at 9.45am.

OPEN GARDEN: Lime Cross Nursery’s two acres of garden will be open to the public daily between 9am to 4pm. Wander through the Pinetum display down through to the beautiful lake and then on to the Alpacas. Open to all. For more information call 833229.

BINGO: The next bingo afternoon in village hall will be on Wednesday, eyes down at 2.15pm. Prizes for both lines and full houses. All are welcome.

RAY AND SHELDON: Over 60 years of age and wanting to meet up with and make some new friends? Today, Friday, the Ray and Sheldon Club will be holding the last of their meetings in the village hall before the summer break. Non-members are also welcomed for a small fee of £3 which includes your tea.

FLOWER SHOW AND FETE: On Sunday August 5 the popular annual flower show and fete at the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech. The Warbleton Silver Band as well as the William Dexter Swing Band will be entertaining us. Easy company will be taking along their display of military vehicles and they will be repeating the successful Companion Dog Show. You will also be able to view the show exhibits, shout for the tug of war team of your choice, have a go at wellie throwing, the coconut shy and hoopla to name but a few. Maggot racing is a must and the Harriers will be open all day with another bar and barbecue in the field. They look forward to seeing as many people as possible in some very patriotic gear as this is the jubilee/Olympic year. See what you can do by digging out some 1940s gear as they will be awarding prizes for the best military vehicle as well as the best period costume. Leading up to all this they offer their Cowbeech re-cycling scheme which gives us all chance to sort out those unwanted gifts for the tombola, books, toys and plants or any other items you can think of for the white elephant stall. Anybody wishing to donate cakes for the tea tent, which runs throughout the day, should get in touch by calling them on 833749. Any donated items can be left at St Michaels’ which is just opposite Hammer Lane in Cowbeech.

Mobile Library

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

Ninfield & Hooe

PCSO: I have received information from our PCSO Daryl Holter that over the weekend period of July 7 to July 9, 300 lengths of wood were stolen from Skinners Sheds on Bexhill Road. If you saw anything suspicious or know any information please contact Sussex Police by dialing 101, ext 65261. Other than this there are no other reported crimes in our villages.

CARNIVAL: Last weekend saw an eventful weekend in Ninfield with the Carnival taking place, despite the not so fantastic weather. On the Friday evening saw Ninfield’s got Talent: 1, Aleisha Edwards who sang Could’ve Been; 2, Asher Martin, doing a true war-time story in stand up comedy style; 3, Anna Foster who wowed the crowd with a traditional Belly Dance. Saturday saw a good turn out for the carnival which saw the following floats and fancy dress win prizes: Adult float: 1, Working Men’s Club The Ancient Olympians; 2, Ninfield Village Society Noah’s Olympic Ark; 3, The Blacksmiths Inn, British Equestrian Team. Junior Float: 1, Ninfield Pre-School, Ancient Olympc Games; 2, Ninfield Carnival Court; 3, Ninfield School, Australian Swimming Team (no added water needed). Highly Commended: Little Stars Dance Club Racing Yacht. Fancy Dress. Adults: 1, Ashley Foord, Weakest Warrior; 2, Mr Bowker, Gladiator; 3, Section 5 Drummers. Juniors: 1, Phoebe, Megan, Jasmine Sowden, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medallists; 2, George and Lydia, Greek Charioteers; 3, Jack Bowker, Roman Athlete and Honey, Edwardian Boat Cox. A good weekend that raised funds for the Carnival Committees charity Children with Cancer Fund.

CREATIVE BEXHILL Community Interest Company, a not for profit social enterprise with aims of improving well-being in Bexhill and Rother, are providing two activities for three consecutive Tuesdays at the Memorial Hall, starting July 24. Each day will start with Feel Better With A Book, a good read aloud of popular texts from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. There is a suggested donation of £2 for this activity. There will then follow at 3pm Gentle Yoga for an hour. The Yoga has a suggested donation of £3. This will then continue on July 31 and August 7.

COFFEE MORNING: Ninfield Working Mens Club are holding a charity coffee morning on Tuesday, 10am to noon. They will also be holding an afternoon strawberry tea on August 14. Both events are in aid of the Young Carers Charity. All are welcome.

GIG: The bonfire Society’s Ninfield Gig is back, July 28 at Elm Cottage, Marlpits Lane. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Ninfield Stores at the following prices: Adults £10 each, children £5 each, family (two adults, three children) £25. Children 5 years and under go free. Ticket prices at the gate are: Adults £12, children £6.

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, Praise and Holy Communion with Revd Ian Wales.


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

POLEGATE STROLLERS: July 31, Stud Farm Tour, meet at Jubilee tree, St Johns Road and walk to the allotments. Contact Jayne on 07761612132 for more information.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

POST OFFICE: In a month, we may well not have a sub post office. Andrew needs the room in which it is now situated, and the Post Office seem to be determined to close it down, or turn it into a Post Office Local, which would oblige Paul to open it six days a week from early to late, for virtually no return. Talking with Sandi I gather they are using the same tactics used by British Railways in the sixties to force the closure of the railways including the Cuckoo Line. That is they massage the figures to make our office seem non-viable, and constantly move the goalposts to cause delays in what should be a simple process. They work on the number of transactions, rather than what those transaction represent. Cllr Chris Wells told me that when he brings several dozen parcels in to post, they are classed as one transaction, because they are paid for in one amount. Please write to our MP, support Sandi by using the Post Office not only for stamps, but for drawing money out (or paying in), pay utility and tax bills there. It seems that big organisations like the Post Office, are not interested in serving their customers, but in arranging things for their own benefit.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship. 4pm 4forAll at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship and 6.30pm evening service both with Paul Daniels.

WI: Last month we had the Apple Man, alias John Guest. It was fascinating and most of us did not realise there were so many different kinds of apples. On Thursday, 7.30pm at the Dunn Village Hall we have Jason Caulfield from Raystede. So we are hoping he does not bring any animals looking for homes in case we submit. Having discussed the matter with our hosts, they agree it would be better if the Summer Supper on Sunday August 5 were to be a Summer Lunch. This would give us more time for chat before the temperatures drop and darkness descends, especially with the summer we appear to be having now. So it will probably be a lunch at the Messa’s at l2.30pm for lpm. Further details will be given at the meeting but anyone who cannot make the meeting will receive a telephone call from yours truly, Pat Clark. Any queries, phone Pat on 01435 830227.

FLOWER SHOW: It is just a week to the big day now, and a reminder that schedules are available in The Stores, giving full details of all the classes. Despite the name, it is not just about flowers, there is a poultry section, along with cookery, vegetables, handicraft, photography etc. Entries need to be returned to The Stores, complete with fees by no later than 5pm this Wednesday. On the day entries have to be displayed between 8.30am and 10.30am at which point the marquee closes for judging. It re-opens at 1.45pm for members only and at 2.15pm for the public. During the afternoon, there will be children’s pets competition, dog agility display, and children’s races plus tug-of-war and lots of stalls around the Green.

MARQUEE SHOW: In the evening of the flower show, there will be live music from the four piece band the Buffaloes, playing covers from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, and can be obtained on 01435 830263 or 831169. Please bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and great music.

UNITED SERVICE: On the Sunday, local churches gather for worship in the marquee at 11am, followed by a picnic and rounders. All welcome.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass will perform on the Green at 6pm on Sunday July 29. Bring a picnic and sit back and enjoy great music.

MARQUEE CLUB: Warbleton Church are organising a holiday club in the flower show marquee on Monday July 30, by kind permission of the horticultural society. It will be held from 10.30am to noon. It is for primary school children (parents are welcome to stay) and under school age children who need to be accompanied by an adult. There will be craft, games, races, refreshments, singing and Christian teaching. Entry is free and registration forms are available in The Stores. For more info contact Shirley Austin on 01435 830280 or

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Warbleton and Rushlake Green Bonfire Society would like to inform all our quiz goers that the monthly quizzes that are held on the first Sunday of every month at The Black Duck in Warbleton are being revamped and will no longer be held there monthly. When set up they will held quarterly at either The Black Duck or at Rushlake Green Village Hall. Please keep your eyes peeled for boards and local advertising. The quizzes will also be advertised here. Please also look at our Facebook page Warbleton & Rushlake Green Bonfire Society, where all upcoming events will be posted. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who supports our bonfire society by coming to the quizzes and we look forward to seeing you at our new and exciting revamped quiz nights.


Wannock & Jevington

THE BIG TOP: Don’t forget to visit St Mary’s Church Fair, tomorrow, Saturday. It starts at 10am and is scheduled to finish at 2.30pm. The theme is The Circus so activities will reflect this and there are also a large number of stalls for you to visit as well as the archives in the church.

THE JPK PROJECT AGM will be held at 7pm on Friday July 27 at 7 Wannock Avenue. If you would like to attend, please advise the project co-ordinator Jill Parker today, Friday. Telephone number 01323 486179 or email

ITALIAN EVENING: The next fund raising event to be held in aid of the JPK Project is an Italian evening hosted by Maureen and John Males at The Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate. On this occasion the Italian cuisine will be provided by Val and Ciro Pickett. The evening starts at 7pm on Saturday July 28. The JPK Project aims to provide a supported residential living centre with meaningful activities for people with a learning disability. Tickets are available from Jill on 01323 486179 or Maureen on 01323 492011 priced at £8 each.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall when the menu will be Olympic quiche ham, various salads and going for gold sponge and sauce, followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place call Jennie on 01323 484189.

THE LOCAL HISTORY Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday. The speaker is Malcolm Lawrence and his talk is entitled The Moving Image. Meetings are held once a month at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be having a practice meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, July 21 at the Memorial Hall. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros on 01323 504463.

LOU TAYLOR will be providing the musical entertainment at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Meanwhile at the Wheatsheaf, Mark Maclean will be doing an acoustic selection that crosses all genres and is sure to appeal to everyone.

THE ANNUAL FETE held recently in the grounds of Polegate Windmill raised £300.

COFFEE MORNING: The recent charity coffee morning hosted by Willingdon WI at the Memorial Hall raised £583 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

TRIANGLE LADIES CLUB will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall, when Phil Gardner will be giving an illustrated talk on Eastbourne in the sixties. The competition is A Pretty Tin.

BUTTS BROW WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Ian Everest will be giving a talk entitled Bygone Country Life.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: On Friday July 27 at 7pm William de Wilde will be demonstrating how to paint a seascape in acrylic, at Wannock Hall. Visitors are welcome. Admission is £3.

CHARITY TABLE SALE and raffle will be held from 10am to 1pm on Saturday July 28 at Trinity Church Hall in aid of the Sussex Carers Fund, the Royal Sussex Hospital Brighton and the RNLI. Admission is 50p to include tea, coffee or cold drink and biscuits.

MONSTERS OF ROCK Summer School is a really exciting project for young people who have some musical ability. From August 13 to August 17 a Monsters of Rock Summer School will be held in the drama studio at Willingdon Community School under the Sussex Rocks banner. The course will be held each day from 10am to 4pm. It is intended for young people aged between 10 and 18. The idea is that young instrumentalists can be part of a rock band, and bring along their own instruments such as guitars, keyboards, amplifiers and drums and will receive expert tuition. At the end of the week a show case concert will be put on for family and friends. The course is just £150. See the website Sussex Rocks and scroll down to Events Details Wealden District Council. Ring 07746 770877 or email