Parish Pump Hailsham - June 1, 2012

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THE VILLAGE ASSEMBLY meeting was held last Monday at the War Memorial Hall with a good turnout of residents. Ray Savage, last year’s Chairman of the Parish Council, acknowledged the work of the Parish Councillors and handed over the Chair to Cllr. Geoff Knights. There were four presentations. Nick Bennett, from East Sussex County Council, Steve Harms from Wealden District Council, Tim Richings from The South Downs National Park and Simon Marchant representing East Sussex Highways. All gave very positive accounts of work done on behalf of the village over the past year in particular praising the success of the recycling which has brought in money that will now be spent on refurbishing schools. The East Sussex Highways Department, though having had cut backs to their staff, had reorganised and have gained several national awards for their achievements under the current financial straits. There were some questions raised about the traffic through the village and Chairman Knights hoped that an answer to the problems would soon be reached. This account of what was a full and informative meeting has been reduced to the bare bones. However, the impression gathered from all speakers is that those who represent the village are working hard on our behalf and will continue to do so.

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY will be holding its Midsummer Event at the War Memorial Hall on June 14 at 7pm for 7.30pm. First on the programme are local folk music duo Joy Lewis and Derrick Hughes who between them play a wide variety of musical instruments. After supper there will be more music, poetry and prose including a reading by Peter Martin from his recently published book Ghost Music. There will also be contributions from local historian Kevin Gordon. All are welcome but advance booking is essential. Tickets, £14, are available from Steamer Trading Cookshop 01323 870055, and include the buffet supper. There will be a cash bar throughout the evening.

PRO MUSICA directors Ray Maulkin and Kathryn Sargent are having A Right Royal Do on Sunday June 24 at 5pm at St. Andrew’s Church. The programme will include Zadok the Priest, I was glad, Crown Imperial, Choral Dances from Gloriana, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Hail Holy Queen, Dancing Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody. Followed by tea and jam tarts. Tickets £8 (children under 14 free) available on the door or visit the website at

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Jubilee Family Service, followed by the Jubilee events. St Mary’s Warbleton: 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 11am Family Service

JUBILEE: The village will celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee on Sunday. The day starts with a family service in the church at 11am. All residents and those with close associations with the village are welcome to the village hall and green for the day’s events starting at 12.15pm. There will be a barbecue from 12.30pm on the terrace, using locally sourced produce. A DVD of the Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace will be shown in the hall. There will be games on the green during the afternoon or you can watch the River Pageant on the big screen. A 5pm BSG WI will provide a tea party for the children, living within the village. At 6.45pm, a reception on the terrace precedes the loyal toast at 7pm. For those who want to continue there will be a bring and share supper.


SUSSEX WILDLIFE Rescue will have a stand and are collecting at Tesco tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. They do a fantastic job looking after sick and injured wildlife and would welcome your donations and support.

THE OFFICIAL OPENING of the Diamond Jubilee Community Rose Garden takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field outside Hailsham Library.

THE DIAMOND JUBILEE Fete takes place tomorrow, Saturday, on Western Road recreation ground. There will be a variety of stalls, Wealden Brass Band, Circus Skills Workshop, face painting, Eastbourne Pipe Band, magic show and balloon modelling, refreshments and a best made crown competition. Entry is free.

ST MARY’S Sunday service is at 10.30am and is a special Jubilee All Age service to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen with civic representatives, special children’s activities and celebration refreshments. On Tuesday from 2.30pm to 5pm there will be a celebration strawberry tea party in the Vicarage garden with cream teas and games for all ages. Come along with friends and family.

CORINTHIAN CHURCE: The service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Paul Broadway at Primrose Hall and is followed by refreshments.

HAILSHAM GRANGE, Vicarage Road, has its garden open as part of the gardens open for charity National Gardens Scheme on Sunday from 2pm to 5.30pm. Admission is £4, children free. Featured in Country Life and Garden Traume, it is a formal garden designed and planted in the grounds of the former 18th Century Vicarage (not open). There is a series of garden areas representing a modern interpretation of 18th Century formality, Gothic summerhouse, pleached hedges, herbaceous borders, colour-themed romantic planting in separate garden compartments. There is access for wheelchairs and refreshments. If you miss it this time, it will be open again on Sunday July 1.

A FREE ART WORKSHOP for 18 to 25 year olds starts today as part of the Wealden Young Adults Service at the Square Café, 1 Market Square. It is a free four-week art workshop aimed at those with mental health needs. The sessions will be facilitated by professional artist Jess Levine and will incorporate different approaches such as printmaking, collage and oil painting in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. No experience necessary. More info at (01323) 849524 or email This project is supported by East Sussex County Council through the Seedcorn Fund.

THE CHARTER MARKET takes over the High Street next Saturday, June 9, from 10am to 5pm. There will be lots of stalls with local produce, crafts and Hailsham Farmers’ Market. You will be able to mingle with stilt walkers, Medieval musicians, jesters, the Long Man Morris Dancers and much more. Get your face painted, watch Punch and Judy, learn some circus skills at the circus workshop and watch the clever balloon modelling.

AN EVENING OF MUSIC takes place next Saturday June 9 at St Mary’s Church from 7pm to 10pm. Featuring the Jazz Caverners and Wealden Brass Band. £5 per person, OAPs and children £4. Tickets are available from the town council offices and other outlets.

KNIT’INN NIGHTS are held at 7.30pm in The King’s Head. Knitters or those that crochet or would like to, meet twice a month although there are no meetings in June, if you think this is an activity you would like to join in with you can ring Su on 07951 631749 for more information or The King’s Head (01323 440447) or just come along to one of their gatherings from July onwards.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS at Upper Dicker village hall and field are taking place tomorrow, Saturday, from 3pm to 9pm. Bring your own picnic. There will be a fun dog show and agility, adult and child races, giant games, flag painting and best crown competitions for the children and a talent contest on the village hall stage.

SPECIAL JUBILEE Sunday Service at Hellingly church at 3pm followed by a tea party in the village hall.

VILLAGERS of Hellingly, Horsebridge, Lower Dicker and Roebuck Park, do you remember the Golden Jubilee, the Silver Jubilee even? The Diamond Jubilee held on Broad Farm (adjacent to the village hall) on Monday promises to be a very memorable occasion. It starts at noon. Take your picnic hamper, chairs and table. There will be a prize for the best decorated royal table. Sit and enjoy the Harmonie Band, school children singing and playing games, a good old tug-of-war for the grown-ups and a bit of pole-dancing too. An exhibition of photographs taken by local amateurs will be on show, with a professional slot provided by Marie Stone who has promised a Family Portrait for the lucky winner. Bring your friends. You will remember Jubilee 2012.

ARLINGTON is celebrating the Jubilee starting on Sunday at 11am with Songs of Praise in the Glebe Field. Arlington’s Big Lunch is also in the Glebe Field at noon with live music, games and activities, BYO food. Cream teas in the hall. At 7pm Arlington goes Cajun II with the Cajun Dawgs and a Cajun 2-step workshop with hot food and bar or byo drinks. On Monday at 7.30pm at Primrose Farm will be the Jubilee Concert on the big screen followed at 10pm with the lighting of the beacon synchronised with others throughout the UK and Commonwealth. From today, Friday, to Tuesday there will be a Flower Festival in St Pancras Church.

OPEN GARDEN at Misty Acres, Lower Horsebridge, on the Bank Holiday Monday and Tuesday from 11am to 4pm. Entry is £3.50, children free. There will be tea and homemade cake. Limited parking. All monies to help people with learning disabilities.

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMP: There is a Mencap Photographic Competition with a display of all the work and judging on June 14 at the Martletts Hall, Burgess Hill, which covers all of East and West Sussex. The public is welcome to go along as the entries are to a very high standard with professional judges.

THE BONSAI CLUB meets on the second Monday of each month from 7.30pm at Hellingly village hall. The Eastbourne and Wealden Bonsai Club is the only club in this area devoted exclusively to all aspects of Bonsai. Membership entitles you to free advice on Bonsai problems, watering, wiring, pruning, potting and feeding. You can meet with people that share the same interest in Bonsai and where there are demonstrations, workshops, talks and video presentations. There are regular hands-on workshops and guest speakers throughout the year. You are invited to go along and see what the club is all about which is free or go along and meet members at their annual show at Stone Cross Memorial Hall on Saturday June 16 from 10am to 3pm. For more information phone Ian Wright 01424 437262 or

Herstmonceux & Wartling

SQUEEZE: Judging by the noise, the last 20 minutes of the May Squeeze were the most exciting as the children hastily swapped hat, scarf and gloves and tried to eat chocolate with a knife and fork the theme for the morning was the comment of Jesus that there is more to life than food and drink, and clothes. Other activities followed the same theme; a word search, a Roman soldier to cut out, colour and dress in his armour, and not so smooth Smoothies with lumps of fresh fruit in them, all leading up to the knife and fork challenge. Quite a few things come in threes, Pastor Jim Beveridge told the breakfasters. The most important items for a lady guest at a wedding are shoes, handbag and hat – oops, fascinator. A man might be more interested in a BLT, a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. The next Squeeze falls on Sunday from 10am until noon in the village hall. A warm welcome is given to all ages, a simple breakfast will be provided, and the programme will reflect the special nature of the occasion.

AUCTION: Herstmonceux Surgery will be holding their Auction of Goods and Promises in the village hall on Saturday June 16 from 6pm. Viewing will be between 3pm to 5pm and if you have any items or promises that you are able to donated, or have any queries please contact either Ann or Sharon at the surgery on 833535. All money raised will go towards equipping the new surgery.

ART HUT STUDIO: Our local artist, Anna Wilson-Patterson is now selling her paintings and prints online and through galleries in Hastings and Rye. However, we have a rare opportunity to see her at work in her studio between June 1 and 17. Arts Hut Studio will be open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 5pm as well as any weekday by appointment and you can make these appointments by telephoning 833339. Her new paintings have been inspired by the coastline of Hastings and Rye Harbour as well as the wilds of Dungeness although she does have one life size painting of a cow and a few prints of Herstmonceux Castle up for grabs if you’re quick.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion along with Evensong will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 6pm respectively with the Family Service being held at Herstmonceux church at 11am.

JUBILEE WEEKEND: Tomorrow, Saturday, Lime Cross Nursery are holding Planting Workshop at the nursery between 10.30am and 2pm. Learn how to plant up a container for your summer patio using red, white and blue flowering plants. There will be some expert advice on hand with hints and tips on how to enjoy continuous flowering throughout the summer. Everything you need will be supplied and prices start from just £3, not including plants which start at just 30p each. All ages are welcome although children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential so please telephone them direct on 833229.

PHOTOGRPAHIC Exhibition in the Woolpack Inn tomorrow, Saturday, between 11am and 3pm. There will be a number of photographs and memorabilia covering the last 60 years.

GET TOGETHER TIME: Sandy and I along with the two Terrys have organised an impromptu party in the function room of the Woolpack starting at approximately 8pm tomorrow, Saturday. Music, a karaoke, nibbles and bring your own flag or hat or both. At the end of the evening we will pass the hat round for donations to help cover expenses. It’s just a bit of fun where we can all get together and let our hair down. We think we have contacted most people but if we haven’t, don’t be offended just email me at or give Sandy a ring on 833447 and we will book you in. It just helps us with the numbers a little bit.

RECYCLED: On Sunday the new band will be in the Woolpack Inn between 8.30pm and 10.30pm. They will be playing a selection of music including skiffle, rock and roll, country, melodic music, old ones, loved ones and neglected ones.

FUN DAY AND PICNIC on Monday in the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle between 11am and 5pm. Take along your own picnic. A full fun packed day with treasure hunts, skateboarding displays, children’s and family games, fencing displays, the classic cars and MG Club, Morris dancing, horse carriage rides and the Extend Exercise display team. We need to help the village set a record with the most people wearing a crown in front of a castle which will be photographed later in the day when all are invited to join in with the community singing. If you would like to make your own crown and take it along fine but if not, the WI will in a tent with all the makings of them. They have the templates, glue, glittery bits and paints and the rest is up to you, design away and come up with some spectacular crowns. Entry to this event is by souvenir programme at £2.50 per family available at the village information centre, Caprice Hair Fashions, Windmill Hill Stores, Lime Cross Nursery and the parish clerk’s office, tel: 833312.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Wilmington 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

JUBILEE WEEKEND: At last it is here, the Jubilee weekend. Ninfield kicks off the celebrations tonight, Friday, with Little Big Band performing at the Blacksmiths. Tomorrow, Saturday, there is the Tea Party and Cabaret for the over 60s at the Memorial Hall, doors open at 2pm. In the evening there will be a Jubilee Sparkly Village Party, at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm to midnight. Adults £3 and children £1. On Sunday there will be Boundary Walks, two routes one short (5 miles) and one long (8 miles). Meet at Sparks Pavilion at 7.45am (to leave at 8am). There will be joining points at Lunsford Cross, and Hope Cottage Farm Shop Hooe. Permission has been given by Rother District Council Chief Executive, Derek Stevens, for the re-siting of the Boundary Stone at Lunsford Cross to it’s original place. Please note: this is not suitable for dogs, several stiles to climb, stock in fields, some rough uneven ground so please wear suitable footwear. At 9.30am St Mary’s Church are holding a Jubilee Service, a Family Eucharist with two baptisms. At 12.15pm Trish Drawbridge will pipe the walkers onto the Rec and perform a selection of Airs relevant to the Union of Britain at the start of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Big Lunch on the Rec. Bring your own picnic. The Carnival Queen and her court will be crowned just before the dance club display at around 2pm. After the dance club, at approx 3pm, the youth forum will present the Jubilee Olympics. Teams of six people (different ages) to participate in various activities to include a marathon (Ninfield’s version being once around the rec). Team entry forms are at Ninfield Stores or from During the afternoon there will be balloons and music will be provided live by assorted Jazz musicians. Monday is an open day from 10am to 4pm. There is a Treasure Hunt with three places to get forms from Memorial Hall, Reading Room and The Old Bakery (Manchester Road entrance) 60p per entry form. At each venue there will be an activity table where the children can make their lanterns for the evening procession. During the day raffle tickets can be purchased form the Memorial Hall, Reading Room, Old Bakery, Tin Hut, Blacksmith’s and the bowls club, 60p a ticket, £3 a strip, to win the chance to light the beacon. There will also be a chance at these venues to submit your bid in the auction for the animal shed donated by Skinners Sheds. At 7pm on the recreation ground, muster for the lantern procession lead by The Bonfire Boyes Drummers. This will end up at the Working Men’s Club around 8pm for a concert and beacon lighting, time slot designated for Ninfield is 10.26pm. And finally, on Tuesday in Church Woods from 5pm for picnic, camp fire, prize giving, songs and time capsule. If you would like any further information on any of these events, please contact Sami on 893699 or email

EVENTS IN HOOE: And not forgetting Hooe over this weekend. Their celebrations are on Sunday June 3 around the area of The Red Lion from 2pm until late. The parish council are planting blue, white and red bedding in the village and request that you consider doing the same to your own gardens so that the whole village can join in the patriotic celebrations. You are challenged to create a Diamond Jubilee Scarecrow and exhibit it at the front of your home for all to enjoy. This is for fun or you can join in the competition. Anything relating to the Diamond Jubilee theme goes. Entry forms from any parish councillor or the clerk. There are fancy dress competitions, Jubilee Hat competitions along with many other activities being planned for the afternoon. Refreshments will be available all day. The Red Lion will be serving lunches, cream teas and a barbecue in the evening. The parish council is planning a traditional children’s tea party, free to all village children. The lasting legacy, the parish council will be creating a Diamond Jubilee Wood: You are invited to sponsor a tree. A village tree planting and barbecue will then take place in the autumn. Village photo album and group photograph: A village photo will be taken during the afternoon and many of the photos taken during the celebrations will be collated onto discs which can be purchased at cost. A Snap Shot in Time: An ambitious project designed to capture Hooe in Diamond Jubilee Year. Further details as they emerge. Commemorative mugs will be gifted to children, on sale to others. This happened at the Silver Jubilee and many of those mugs are still treasured today. They plan to have the children’s name painted on their individual mug. To get entry forms please contact the parish council clerk via email:

THE BOWLS CLUB have been busy over the last few weeks so to catch up here are the latest results: May 23, Ninfield won against Mayfield 82-73; May 24 they lost against Hastings 47-80; May 26 they beat Peasmarsh 72-64; and won again on May 27 against Hollington in the Rother League 82-70. If you wish to have a go at bowls you will have the opportunity on Monday as they join in the village activities providing tea and cakes.

MEETING: The Jubilee committee are meeting on June 7, 6pm at the Working Men’s Club to go over the weekends celebrations.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are next meeting on Friday June 8, at 2pm, not 2.30pm. This meeting we will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, when the members and guests will mark the occasion, with the cutting of a specially prepared iced cake at 3pm by Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, who has been invited along with other local dignitaries, including councillor’s Stuart Earl, Deirdre Williams, Pam Doods and Her Worship the Mayor of Rother, Mrs Joanne Gadd. The health of Her Majesty will be proposed by Greg Barker with a glass of Champagne. For more information, please contact Edna Wallis, Social Organiser 01424 842591.

EXHIBITION: The local history group is still busy preparing photo displays for the Jubilee exhibition in the Memorial Hall on Monday. They hope as many people as possible will visit their displays showing life in Ninfield over the past 100 years or so and help them put names to faces in the photographs.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service, 6pm Book of Common Prayer Communion. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Mrs M Bickerdike.


POLEGATE DRAMA group invite you to a royal coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre from 10am to noon. Come dressed as a royal person either from history or present day. Judging will take place during the morning. The person considered to be the best dressed Royal will be invited to plant the Jubilee Tree outside the Windsor Club. Photos of this event will be sent to the local papers.

AFTERNOON TEA tomorrow, Saturday, from 3pm to 5pm to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. Contact Jennie on 484189 for tickets at £5 each or email

MONDAY CLUB meets on every Monday afternoon at the Community Centre between 2pm and 4pm. New members welcome. We enjoy weekly games and chat.

POLEGATE WI meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Community Centre, in the ounge from 2pm. For more info contact Pam on 482854.

TOMORROW, Saturday, the Lord Lieutenant will visit Polegate at the invitation of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration Committee to plant a Jubilee Oak from a Royal Estate, which has been presented to the First Polegate Scout Group. Members of the public will arrive at the Wannock Road War Memorial Recreation Ground at 12.15pm. The First Polegate Scout Group will be pleased to see as many people as possible to witness this prestigious event. It is suggested that this is a walk to the event as parking will be restricted. There will be no parking in the Recreation Ground for the duration of the event. The oak tree represents, hope, growth and continuity within the Scout Movement and the local community. The tree will be a symbol of Polegate’s respect for Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates 60 years as Monarch of the United Kingdom, the First Polegate Scout Group are especially pleased to welcome Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant who will officiate on her behalf. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the guests arrive so that we can give a true Polegate welcome to the start of the weekend’s festivities.

COFFEE MORNING: The residents association will be hosting a special Diamond Jubilee coffee morning on Tuesday at 10am in St Johns Church Hall. All welcome. We shall play bingo, hold a quiz, enjoy a raffle and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. All welcome, membership is not necessary. come and join the community and look at old photos, memorabilia of the past 60 years. At this meeting the annual subs are due at £2.50 per household. For more info on our association please contact Terry on 487630, Jean on 485075 or George on 484109.

RAMBLING CLUB: On June 7 a leisurely walk, down in the woods today. About 3 miles, mostly flat, muddy patches if wet. Meet outside Guardian Court at 9.30am with Rick. Or a longer walk of 5 miles Folkington-Scarpfoot, downland and the Mediterranean, classic Scarpfoot scenery and open down land views with June and George. Or 10 miles walk All The Deans, well some of them anyway, take picnic with Sue and Aled.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

JUBILEE: This weekend will be a busy one. Today, Friday, the village hall will hold a special ploughman’s lunch from noon. All are welcome. I have listed the various events below.

PARISH WALK: Tomorrow, Saturday. Meet at 9.45am for 10am from St Mary’s Church, Warbleton, whatever the weather. A circular route via Rushlake Green will be followed, with refreshments at Watermill Farm, kindly provide by Ian and Isabel Collett. Dogs on leads are welcome. Info from Pat Breusnel on 01435 830154.

TEA PARTY on the Green, from 3pm to 6pm. The road between the Stores and the Horse and Groom will be closed from 2.30pm, so that tables can be laid out for the tea. At 3pm Nancy Buss will formally open proceedings. Residents will be asked to sign the Jubilee book, bring a picnic and join in the activities (no charge but there will be prizes). Music will be provided in turn by Warbleton Brass Band, Dan Stewart and band and Gough Radcliffe and his fairground organ. There will be races and other games, plus terrier racing. Competitions for children’s Jubilee Painting and Jubilee Crown. Please bring a home baked cake decorated with your own design. These will be judged and put with the others to create a cake tapestry. Once viewed, it will be available to eat. The oldest and youngest residents will be awarded prizes. There will be a small exhibition of photos and memorabilia in the Community Room at Osborne House. At 4.30pm a Jubilee Group photo will be taken, you will be able to get a copy by email. A time capsule will be buried in the autumn with a commemorative oak. Peter Dunn will give the loyal toast at the end of the afternoon, please bring your own fizz and glasses. Please feel free to dress in patriotic colours and/or period costume from the last 60 years.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton: 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 11am Jubilee Family Service. Please note the lunch at Punnetts Town has been cancelled. St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Family Service. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Dave Court. 6.30pm Evening service with David Langridge.

CHURCH HILL CHALLENGE: On Monday from about noon, we have the Church Hill Challenge at Warbleton, when all sorts of gravity powered vehicles will descend the hill from in front of the pub and see how far they can get up Kingsley Hill. There will be refreshments available and full details are to be had from the Black Duck. There will also be prizes for the best go cart etc. This event was first held in 2002 for the Golden Jubilee, and we saw some truly amazing designs of carts. First cart goes at 1pm.


Wannock & Jevington

A PLANT SALE was held on May 19 in Len Baker’s garden in Wannock in aid of the Polegate and Eastbourne branch of Arthritis Research UK and raised £185.61 for the charity.

A CHARITY AUCTION is being held at Willingdon Golf Club tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of The Gastro Intestinal Blues Charitable Trust (gi*blues). Doors open at 7.15pm and the ticket price is £7.50 to include a drink on arrival and a ploughman’s supper. The auction has some great items, donated by businesses all over the country, and there will also be a disco and a raffle. The theme of the evening is red, white and blue in honour of the Diamond Jubilee. To book a ticket ring 01323 487154. To find out more about the charity visit

AFTERNOON TEA to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be served at Trinity Church Hall at 3pm tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets are £5 each but space in the hall is limited so it is best to book ASAP. Ring 01323 484189.

THE GARDENS are now open at the Red Lion and there is also a TV in the bar where live coverage of the Jubilee celebrations will be shown all day on Sunday. On Monday there will be a barbecue from 2pm to 6pm and the Jazz Caverners and Strata will be providing the music during that time.

A SPECIAL SERVICE to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be taking place at St Mary’s Church at 6.30pm on Sunday. There will also be a short service at 3pm that day at the Ruth-less Memorial at Butts Brow.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: This event, organised by the parish council, will be taking place from 10am to 4.30pm on Sunday in Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground. Access by the general public will be maintained on the day, except in the area occupied by the bands, family funfair and stall holders. The programme is as follows: 11am to 11.05am chairman’s welcome; 11.05am to 11.55am performances from pupils attending Willingdon Community School; 12.20pm to 12.30pm Kingfisher Scout Band; 12.30pm to 1pm Harvey Marshall of Willingdon; 1pm to 2pm Wealden Brass; 2.05pm to 3.45pm Howlin Blues Live Blues Band performance; 4.15pm to 4.45pm raffle and close. To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, ‘the big lunch’ is also being incorporated. The idea is to take along your picnic and join up with others to sit and enjoy it, a similar idea to the street parties that were once part of any big national celebration. There will be a mobile catering hot dog and burger van. Please remember to bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on.

THE PARISH COUNCIL would like to thank the sponsors who have made Music in the Park possible. They include Hedley Visick, Peter Shoesmith, The British Queen, St Anne’s Veterinary Group, Willingdon Dental Practice, Willingdon Residents’ Association, Wilmoths and The Landscape Group.

A FIREWORK EVENING in the grounds of Willingdon Community School has also been arranged by the parish council for Monday. At 8pm entertainment will be provided by The Pulse live band followed by the Downland Singers at 8.30pm. The Pulse will then take over until 9pm, after which there will be a closing sing-along The last night of the Proms with the Downland Singers. Fireworks will be set off at 10.15pm. Meanwhile, as part of the National Chain of Beacons, Willingdon’s beacon will be lit on the Downs with help from farmers Richard and Henry Brown. The beacon may be visible from the school or alternatively you may choose to go up to Butts Brow yourself via Butts Lane and take the short walk to where the beacon will be lit.

JPK PROJECT: Maureen and John Males are hosting another event in aid of the JPK Project in the gardens of their lovely home at The Cottage in Dittons Road Polegate. It marks the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the date chosen is Tuesday from 5pm onwards. There will be food and music and the tickets are £8 per person. Contact Maureen on 01323 482011 or the JPK Project co-ordinator Wannock resident Jill Parker on 01323 486179. The JPK Project aims to provide a supported residential centre with meaningful day time activities for people with a learning disability.

WILLINGDON LIBRARY will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. A Diamond Jubilee celebration will be taking place at the library on Wednesday between 1pm and 4pm. There will be themed activities, games and quizzes, a book sale and refreshments.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: The quarterly meeting of Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch will be taking place at 2.30pm on Monday June 11 in the vestry of Trinity Church. It will be chaired by Cllr Ray Ingram and it is hoped that there will be a police presence. If you would like to be a street co-ordinator please contact Cllr Ingram on 01323 508634.

WILLINGDON IN BLOOM: With so much going on around the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it would be easy to overlook the Willingdon in Bloom competition organised by the parish council. Application forms are available from the parish council office at 3 Gorringe Valley Road or ring the office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 to register. An application form can then be emailed or sent to you. This year there are six categories. The closing date for cottage gardens is Monday June 18. For all other categories the closing date is July 9. Judging for cottage gardens will commence the week beginning June 25. For all other categories, judging will take place between July 12 and July 16. Presentation evening to be held on Thursday September 13 at Trinity Church Hall at 7.30pm. The address of entry must be within the parish of Willingdon and Jevington and those entering should be aware that the results and photographs may well be published in the local press.