Parish pump Hailsham - July 4, 2014


A VERY BUSY SUMMER: There has been a lot happening in the village this summer with activities and some changes in the shops. We said farewell to Diane, of Pearls, last week. Diane is relocating to concentrate on her shop, Jocalia, in Heathfield. Munchilicious has moved to The Old Bank building next door which is a more compact outlet. The Apiary has settled into its new home and has become a popular stop for coffee drinkers and clothes shoppers alike. The Alfriston Emporium is stocking all things local which shows a surprising number of small businesses the Cuckmere Valley can boast. Moonrakers is now open as a tea shop. There seems to be a different art exhibition each week and there have been regular music performances throughout the summer with the five day annual Alfriston Music Festival starting on July 22 to 27, for details visit www.alfriston.musicfestival.

A FESTIVAL OF BELLS will ring out on July 12 from 11am to 4pm. Run by the Sussex County Association of Change Ringers in aid of St Andrew’s Church, the programme will include Bell Meadow Mini Ring, a Bells and Bell Ringing exhibition, Hand Bell Ringing, Church Bell ringing, a Treasure Hunt and refreshments.

TWINNING VISITS: Alfriston residents have spent two weekends recently in the picturesque Normandy village of Veules les Rose. On the weekend of June 14 several people went over for the Fete des Roses, a splendid flower festival at which there were many colourful flower stalls, a Mayor’s reception and a huge meal in a local restaurant overlooking the sea. Mark Hurst played the banjo with the local French trad jazz band, Le Crustaces, to which everyone danced hard and long into the night. Mark also exhibited some paintings in a local exhibition in the town. The following weekend some students from Babette Kundrat’s French Class visited the town for their Fête de la Musique, with Mark once again playing with Les Crustaces. The hospitality shown by the French hosts was, once again, warm, generous and most welcoming.

A FRENCH CELEBRATION will be held in the village on July 13 from 11am. Visitors from Veules les Roses, will be in Alfriston to share in marking la Fête de la Bastille with a Marché Français, a Fête de la Musique and a Bal Musette. Full details will be in next week’s column.

HEARSTART QUIZ: The Smugglers hosted a quiz run by Gerry Garnet with all proceeds going to the local first responders charity, Heartstart. The winning team was Chestnuts which comprised Bridget Odell, David Withers, Veronica Cowin, Malcolm and Mary from the Chestnuts tea room and the busy Mark Hurst. The event raised over £300. Included in the entry fee was a superb bangers and mash supper.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family service followed by barbecue at Wayside. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion (BCP). The above churches and Heathfield Chapel will come together for a united service in the flower show marquee on Sunday July 27.

BSG WI: Members will gather as usual on Tuesday at 2.30pm at the village hall for the business part of the meeting. Following this they will go to The Causeway to visit Julia Desch. She will talk about Sheep to Shawl with many examples of her work on display. For details about the WI phone Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

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

CHARI-RESULT: Sarah’s open garden and chari-tea party for the Quicken Trust at South Cottage raised the wonderful sum of £1,624.73 (including Gift Aid and JustGiving). She is very grateful to everyone who helped to organise the event and to the generous people who gave, enjoyed the afternoon and dug deep to support the work of the Quicken Trust in Kabbubu in Uganda.

VILLAGE HALL: The recent progressive supper raised £540 for the project fund for the proposed hall extension. Thanks to Margaret Holt and Shirley Price for organising an enjoyable and successful evening. The fund now stands at £12,900 with the target at £20,000. Future events are a boot and table sale on Saturday August 16, an opera evening on September 6 and a Downtown Dance evening on November 22.

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.


A BIG THANK YOU to Reverend Canon David Gutsell last week for not only leading a beautiful service but also stepping in to play the organ. Another plea goes out to anyone who may be able to spare an hour or so on occasional Sundays to accompany our singing. On Sunday The Reverend Malcolm Elwis will lead Holy Communion at 10.30am. All welcome. Tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat follow the service.


TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN: Popular Hailsham (Community College) Academy Trust teacher Gareth Jones is offering the opportunity to buy your own copy of a signed First Edition of his book Travelling with Children at the special price of £7.50 (RRP £9.99) from Hailsham Jewellers, 36 High Street. The sale will end tomorrow, Saturday, at the close of business and will not be available again until November. Relive your adventures if you are a veteran traveller, or just enjoy the stories about the travelling adventures of Hailsham children in Alaska, Peru, Florida, Borneo and a host of European destinations. Gareth said: ‘It is always nice when the e book leaps back into the top 100 at 51 on the weekend. Now let’s sell out the pop up shop and make it a double.’

ST MARY’S: This is the third Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, The Problem of being Rich and at 10.30am All Age Special with crèche, The Con Man’s Tale. Evening Prayer is at 6.30pm, A Surprising Song.

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

CHORAL CONCERT: Get into the spirit of summer and join in the celebrations at Hailsham Choral Society’s annual Summer Concert on Sunday at 3pm in the Hailsham Civic Community Hall. The event promises an afternoon of musical miscellany featuring songs to commemorate the beginning of the First World War. The society’s musical director has put together an interesting programme to include a wide range of music, from the sacred to the songs of the soldiers. The concert will be followed by tea and scones. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is £10 and tickets are available at the Hailsham Camera Centre, from members of the choir or by calling 01323 870515 or visit

ART EXHIBITION: To celebrate the work of Environment Hailsham and Britain in Bloom the Town House Collective is holding an exhibition of artwork at the Town House in Hailsham, created by adults with a learning disability. The offices 4 and 5 at The Town House, Market Street, will be open daily from 10am to 3pm between Monday July 14 and Saturday July 19. The artwork is produced by Adults with Learning Disabilities who are all from ESCC, Adult Social Care, Learning Disability Directly Provided Day Services.

BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting is on Tuesday from 7.30pm at the Hailsham Club. Following the meeting there will be either a quiz, talk or slide show. All ex-service, serving personnel and dependants, young and old, are welcome. Come along and make new friends. Car parking at the rear of the club. For further details contact Mike Weller on 01323 440749, Rev Peter Clark on 01323 841809 or Frank Berry on 01323 843880 or 07901 717354.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head this month will be on Tuesdays July 8 and 29 at 7.30pm. At the last meeting everyone was working on something to wear. This led to thoughts about seasonality in knitted clothing. After all most people associate knitting with woolly jumpers, suitable for cold winter days or when your heating fails, but a bit heavy for other occasions. Whereas, examples of work on the go were, using a light cotton mix yarn, a lacy t-shirt and a crocheted waistcoat and a complicated and uniquely patterned ganzi. The latter probably the most sensible thing to be working on as there was every possibility it would be completed to wear for the next appropriate season. The lighter summer garments will be useful additions to the 2015 wardrobe. Bring your seasonal or unseasonal projects to a Knit Night and compare and contrast ideas, and enjoy the hospitality and relaxed atmosphere at The King’s Head. For more information phone Su (07552 229473).

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday at the Charles Hunt Centre there will be loads of great music and a barrel of laughs when top organ star Matthew Bason will be entertaining in style again by popular request! There is plenty of free parking next to venue, which is very comfortable and has excellent acoustics. Doors open at 7pm, shows start at 7.30pm. Non-members are very welcome indeed, just turn up and pay at the door. Further information can be had from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: On Wednesday there is a PCSO street meeting for the even numbers living on Harmers Hay Road BN27 1TN. They will also be at the Quintins Centre on Thursday from 5.30pm to 6pm. Meet your local PCSOs, discuss any concerns you may have in your neighbourhood or just pop along and say hello. Sign up to get your monthly e-mail letting you know what is going on in your area.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Everyone, including children, can enter some exhibits on Saturday July 12 in the Hailsham Horticultural Society Show. The first of their two annual flower shows. Displays of sweet peas, roses, lovely flower arrangements, vegetables, fruits, cookery, handicraft and painting entries will be on show. For children up to 14 years they can enter five cupcakes, a photo of a flower, a collage on up to an A4 piece of paper. Children are welcome to enter adult classes but their entry will be judged as an adult. To see all the categories, request a free booklet with the entry form in the middle from Bernie or Sheila on 01323 842977.

1940s CREAM TEA: On the Saturday July 12 starting at 2pm, Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be hosting an afternoon of 1940s nostalgia finishing at 5pm. There will also be homemade cakes, quizzes, music, fancy dress for the children (not compulsory) a sing-along, various garden games and much more, all with a 1940s theme and a few things that will bring memories flooding back. Come along and get into the spirit and dress up with 1940s attire if you wish and exchange those 40s memories with your fellow friends and colleagues. The event is being held at Lynwood, Arlington Road. Tickets are available from The Nodding Cobbler, Hailsham Camera Centre and the Pavilion box office at £7.50 for adults and £3 for children. HOPS members can get £1 off by using their voucher from the June newsletter.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The print exhibition raffle winner was Pat Weston, of Wannock, whose husband is a member of the Seven Sisters Camera Club. The print Pat chose was Let it Rain by Christine Archer, a lovely colourful print of many umbrellas seeming suspended in the air.

TOWN COUNCIL GRANTS: Local community groups and voluntary organisations across Hailsham will benefit from the distribution of nearly £6,150 in grants. The wide range of community groups that aim to introduce improved facilities, activities or projects for the benefit of the town’s residents are Diplocks Community Trust £200, Hailsham Bonfire Society £750, Hailsham ATC 249 Squadron £500, Furniture Now! £500, Hailsham United Junior Football Club £500, Hailsham and District Sports Alliance £200, Hailsham Town Football Club £500, Hailsham Bowling Club £200, Summerheath Hall £500, Hailsham Out and About Club £350, 2nd Hailsham Rainbows £150, Hailsham Table Tennis Club £150, Hailsham Theatres £200, 2nd Hailsham Scout Group £200, Hailsham Tennis Club £500, Hailsham Choral Society £200, Hailsham Old Pavilion Society £300, Hailsham ESDA £150, and Mediation £100. Any group that has a constitution, a non-profit ethos and are of benefit to the local community of Hailsham may apply for a grant. The next deadline for applications (2015/16) will be the end of January 2015. For an application form, write to the Town Clerk, Hailsham Town Council, Inglenook, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE or visit

HOPS: The Hailsham Old Pavilion Society annual open garden and coffee morning was once again hosted by Mr and Mrs John McCutchen at their garden at Bates Green Farm, Arlington. Fortunately the rained stayed away and the visitors enjoyed the garden, which once again was absolutely lovely. There was a succession of visitors who also enjoyed the various stalls on offer and as usual the homemade cakes were popular.

The total raised was over £800 and this will go towards the upkeep of the Hailsham Pavilion. HOPS would like to thank Mr and Mrs McCutchen for allowing the use of their garden and the army of HOPS volunteers who helped make the event a success.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Holy Communion (CW) at 8am followed at 10.45am by Parish Eucharist (CW). Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am Holy Communion (CW). There is also a Holy Communion service at 9.30am on a Thursday (BCP).

SECRET GARDEN: The secret garden at Misty Acres on Horsebridge that held an open garden event recently raised almost £450 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP: The group aims to support those with cardiac problems and their families regardless of severity or age and is affiliated to the British Heart Foundation. The group currently meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (excluding December) at Emmanuel church hall at 2pm for 2.30pm start until 4pm. There are some interesting specialist speakers as well as more general non-cardiac speakers and social events. There is a table full of information available at meetings and people available to share views and experiences if you wish. The group also benefits from discounts on mobility products. Annual membership is £8.50. For more information contact Philip on 01323 449195. This month members enjoyed an interactive afternoon and talk on Running a Successful Community Group. They are looking forward to developing many new ideas and are excited about the future of the group.

DICKER DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 1pm to 6pm there is a great fun packed day for all the family with stalls, barbecue hog roast, live music, bouncy castle, face painting, raffle, tombola and more at The Plough Inn, Upper Dicker.

APPAG 2014: The Action in Community Planning questionnaires have been distributed via village, farm shops and pubs. If you have not received one phone Jenny Turland (01323) 844687 or email Jenny Holland for a copy at Please complete and return yours to the person you got it from or direct to Jenny Holland at Camberlot Place, Camberlot Road, Upper Dicker BN27 3RQ.

SUMMER CONCERT: The U3A choir, a soloist and pianist will all be performing at this concert for a summer’s evening entitled We’re Here to Entertain You at Hellingly church on Saturday July 12 at 7pm. Tickets are £6, which includes light refreshments, available by contacting 01323 841685 or 840915.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Nine of us took part in last Tuesday’s walk as many of the group were away on the Lancaster holiday. The weather was warm and sunny and we took two buses to East Brighton where we began our walk up a gentle hill beside the golf course with lovely views across East Brighton Park to the racecourse. We crossed the golf course and descended into Ovingdean. Walking through the back of the village and past St Dunstans (which has a different name now) we crossed the busy coast by way of the underpass, then went down lots of steps to reach a welcoming café where we stopped for coffee and homemade cake, all with a delightful sea view. Suitably refreshed we proceeded along the undercliff to Brighton Marina. Here we had a choice, some catching the bus back and others continuing the walk along to Brighton. The walk, which was led by Janet, was a rather different one which I think we all thoroughly enjoyed. The next is an evening walk on Wednesday. Meet at 5pm at top North Street car park for a walk at Rodmell. This walk will finish with an optional supper. Our programmes are available at the Tourist Office or the Outdoor Shop in the Cliffe.

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 have been enjoying the sunshine this last week, playing three games. Although winning their Rother league match and gaining 10 points, they lost their other two matches. On June 25, they played Hollington with a score of 95-55. Playing St Leonards on June 26, they lost 62-79. And their final match was against Cross-in-Hand, which they lost 62-78.

SCOUTS: 1st Ninfield Scout Group would like to thank everyone who helped at or attended their Summer Jumble Sale last Saturday. The weather was lovely and there was a good number of people who came out to support them.

GARDEN PARTY: St Oswald’s Church are holding their annual Garden Party tomorrow, Saturday, 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Hooe Silver Band will entertain with refreshments, cake stall and raffle.

CAFÉ CHURCH: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Café Church Family Service for all ages, which will include freshly baked croissants, jams, coffee/tea and activities for young people on Sunday, 10.30am to 11.30am.

THE FLOWER GROUP on Monday at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. They welcome Gaenor Circus with her demonstration entitled Ancient and Modern. Non-members are welcome for a small charge of £4 which includes refreshments. All floral arrangements demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are next meeting on Friday, July 11, when they will have a talk by Tracy Trimmer who is a BSc Hon. in podiatry (foot care). She will cover all aspects of well being for your feet. If you are interested in joining in with a lively bunch of ladies, why not go along on the second Friday of the month to Hooe Village Hall, 2pm. For further details contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

NINFIELD’S GOT TALENT returns on Friday, July 11. If you would like to enter, please contact Sami Guard on 893669 or email: by June 30. Big cash prizes are to be won. After the competition, there will be a disco until midnight, and of course the bar and barbecue will be at full tilt. Entrance £2.50 adults, £1 children.

NINFIELD CARNIVAL on July 12. This year’s theme is Children’s TV Programmes. You don’t have to have a float as walking processions are welcome too. Cups and rosettes are given for best in each category. The procession starts at midday. Along with the usual craft stalls and refreshment tents, there will be a car boot sale and a range of games for the teenagers like Bungee Run. Also, in the smaller marquee, for the first time there will be The Great Ninfield Bake-off, get your recipes sorted and join in the fun, look out for posters and info. There will also be a Tractor Pull competition, so if you’ve got a team in mind, come and record a Tractor Pull time on a set course. The evening event will be dancing to the sounds of the band Sarah G and the Other Three, and there will be a Cabaret in the break performed by residents and based on Animal Magic and The Jungle Book. The bar and barbecue will again be in full swing. Entrance for the evening is £5 for adults, £2.50 children. As always, the carnival committee is asking for help. Anyone who is interested in giving a little time in the tea tent, on a stall or game, marshalling or selling raffle tickets, please contact Sami on 893669 or email:, or see the list of jobs in the Village Post Office.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Services Ninfield), 9.30am Family Service. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am Cafe service (family) with Mrs M Bickerdale.


WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Walking on the Low Side with John and Esther. Meet at Wannock Village Hall, 10.10am GR 575034, bus No 126 at 9.48am Terminus Road stand M to Glen Close. Finish 1pm, 5 miles. On Sunday, Around Sedlescombe with Pat B. Meet at the Avenue Eastbourne, 9.30am. Walk starts at Sedlescombe Village Hall. Dry lunch GR 782180. Leader at start. On Wednesday, Friston Forest/West Dean circular. Meet at Exceat Tea Rooms car park, with Peter. Three miles moderate may be muddy. On Thursday, Herstmonceux Castle. Meet at Reid Hall car park, Boreham Street. Coffee Lime Cross Nursery with Chris and Barry. Four miles moderate.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Bye Ways Cat Care. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon.

A SONG RECITAL on Monday, by Becky Anstey, at St Saviours Church, South Street, Eastbourne at 1pm. Donations at the end towards the upkeep of the organ would be appreciated.

TRINITY MARKET is open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm in the church hall, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002 or email

RAMBLING CLUB walks on 10 July include, a Leisurely Walk, Park Vista, 2 miles. Meet at Downlands Medical Centre 10.05am for 56 bus to Stone Cross. Easy walking, no stiles with John R. Or a longer walk of 5 miles St Andrews, Pond and South Downs Way, Jevington, chalk path, could be slippery if wet, downlands, no stiles with Sheila and David. Or East Hoathly to Framfield Circular Take 2, 8.5 miles mostly well-defined field and woodland paths, one short stretch of road. Mostly flat, muddy in places after heavy rain. Optional tea at end. Take a picnic. About 22 stiles with John R.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Heathfield Chapel, Chapel Cross, is holding a flower festival this weekend. Doors are open today and tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 6pm and on Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. Refreshments during the day with lovely lunches and teas. No charge but donations may be made for Demelza Hospice for Children. The chapel is at the Heathfield end of Punnetts Town on the B2096, TN21 9DB. There will the normal morning service at 11am on Sunday with a Songs of Praise style service at 6.30pm. Both led by Ray Dadswell.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family service followed by barbecue at Wayside. We will be in the garden unless it is wet, in which case we will be in the barn. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship and 6.30pm Songs of Praise. Both services will be led by Ray Dadswell. The above churches will come together for a united service in the flower show marquee on Sunday July 27.

THE STORES: It is all change at The Stores this weekend as Paul Hammond hands over running of the shop to a new couple. Our thanks to Paul for keeping the Stores for the past few years, which is the hub of the village, and our best wishes to him for the future.

PLAY READING: Come along to The Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, on July 9 at 8pm and join us, the Village Players, for a Play Reading Evening. There Goes The Bride (a farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman) is our next Cafe Theatre production in November. This is an opportunity to get a feel for the play before the auditions. You are very welcome whether you want to take part and read or whether you would prefer to sit and listen. Either way, there will be a glass of wine and a few nibbles to make it a convivial evening. The characters in the play are: the parents: Timothy and Ursula, the daughter Judy, the grandparents Gerald and Daphne, a friend of the father Bill, the prospective father-in-law Charles and Polly, a young flapper lady of the 1920s. The action takes place in the lounge of the parents’ house on the morning of their daughter’s wedding. It would be helpful if you could let Clyde Young know if you will be attending. Auditions are on Wednesday July 23 and Monday July 28 at 8pm at the DVH.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

PRESENTATION CEREMONY: Willingdon Church Players is a non-profit making organisation and the success of their last pantomime Dick Whittington meant that the pantomime committee were able to choose which charities they wished to support from the money raised. On June 13 there was a presentation ceremony in the Memorial Hall when Fr Kevin Askew presented cheques of £250 to each of the four local scout and guide companies as well as a cheque for £500 to Jill Parker, project co-ordinator of the JPK Sussex Project, which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability, once sufficient funds have been raised to commence the building work at Edgmont in Old Town.

FLOWER COMPETITION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Members will be competing for the Edith Pierce trophy. The theme for the arrangements will be The Fourth of July. The competition will be judged by Ann Brooks. This will be followed by a summer tea party.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: Tea and homemade cake will be offered between 11am and 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, to South Downs Way walkers and other visitors to this ancient church. There is no charge for refreshments but any donations would go towards the cost of installing a toilet and other renovation work to help preserve this Grade 1 listed building.

OPEN GARDEN: There will be an open garden at Flint House 14 Church Street, Willingdon, from 11am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. The lavender flower beds from the original design of this garden in 1975 have been beautifully complemented with a railway theme. Among the other attractions are plants and greetings cards for sale, and refreshments are also available. The event is in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

EASTBOURNE Astronomical Society will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Prof Roger L Davies will give a talk entitled Our Universe of Galaxies.

PENNY PAYNE jazz and blues singer will be accompanied by Andy Millen to entertain customers at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

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

MUSIC: Fr Michael Maine, curate at St Mary’s Church, will play a mix of music on the piano at St Wilfrid’s Hospice for about an hour from noon on Tuesday and again on Wednesday July 23. Refreshments from the food bar.

WILLINGDON WI will meet at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Barbara Stevens will give a talk entitled My Year as a Journalist.

THE GROWERS GROUP will be meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday at the Red Lion. The guest speaker is Brian Dale, chairman of Eastbourne Pond and Aquarium Society.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS took place in St Mary’s Church Hall on June 29 to highlight the talent in the local community. Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett compered the show and introduced the various acts. There were ten in all, mainly singers and guitarists, all very talented who were encouraged by Steve to ‘follow their dream’. Willingdon River Dance Troup was hilarious, and the youth club Ablaze with their performance from Sister Act, boys and girls and leaders dressed as nuns before making a quick change into something glamorous was also very amusing. The four judges made their comments after each act and awarded points. In first place was the Court Brothers (Harry and James) with their base and acoustic guitars. Second was Willingdon River Dance and in joint third place was singer and guitarist Wanda Kent and singer and guitarist Luke Howard.

SUMMER FAIR: The theme of St Mary’s Church Summer Fair on Saturday July 12 is The Swinging Sixties. The fair will be opened in the church grounds by sixties legend Dec Cluskey of the Bachelors. The rest of the programme will then be hosted by Fr Kevin Agnew assisted by Fr Michael Maine who will be joined by talent from Willingdon School, Robinsons Drama Academy, Willingdon’s own Strictly Come Dancing and SAMA Martial Arts. Performers selected from the recently held Willingdon’s Opportunity Knocks will also be performing. There will be a fancy dress competition, children’s sideshows, barbecue and bouncy castle. In addition to all this, there will be a large variety of stalls with such items as plants, jewellery, bric-a-brac, bathroom items, books, bottle tombola, tombola, sweets and toys, village store, cakes and patisseries and raffles. Refreshments will also be available. The main road end of Church Street will be closed to traffic for the duration of the fair which normally winds down in the early afternoon. Most of the activities will take place in the church grounds, whilst many of the stalls will be in the church hall. The archives are also well worth a visit and will be displayed along the pews in the church.

ST WILFRID’S CHURCH is also having a Summer Fair on the same day, Saturday July 12, but as it doesn’t start until 2pm there is time to visit both events. There will be a large variety of stalls and activities.

EATING ALFRESCO: John and Maureen Males are organising a fund raising event in aid of the JPK Sussex Project in their lovely garden at the Cottage in Dittons Road, Polegate, from 6.30pm on Saturday July 12. There will be a disco, sponsored raffle, barbecue and other delicious food prepared by Maureen. And don’t worry if it’s a chilly evening or even raining, as two large marquees will be set up in the garden. The numbers will be restricted to 70 this year so please ring John or Maureen on 01323 482011 if you would like to go. Tickets are £10 each.

SUMMER FETE: Willingdon/Polegate Windmill will be having their annual Summer Fete from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday July 13. Musical entertainment will be provided by Con Brio led by John Purcell with mainly jazz, blues and soul music. Entertainment for all ages will be held on the mill plat including games such as ball in the bucket and hook a boat. There will be a large number of stalls including books, plants, bric-a-brac, tombola, cakes and souvenirs. Refreshments, including strawberry cream teas will also be available. Guided tours of the windmill are just £1 for adults and 50p per child.