Parish pump Hailsham - June 13 2014

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CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society is holding its Early Summer Show tomorrow, Saturday, at the War Memorial Hall from 1pm to 5pm. The early summer show is always a treat and a chance to gain ideas for one’s own growing ambitions. Last Saturday the society held its members-only open garden when there was an opportunity to have a look at a well stocked garden and talk to Deborah Covas about her plants. This occasion never disappoints. The early morning weather produced thunder and lightning and heavy rain but by 10am the sky was blue, the sun shining and once again the open garden meeting was a lively affair in a lovely setting. It is acknowledged that inviting a group of people in to one’s garden can mean a lot of hard work in preparation, but it is always appreciated and was so again this year.

SUSSEX DAY: Alfriston is marking Sussex Day on Sunday, when there will be a celebration of everything Sussex. From 11am onwards there is a family fun day planned which will include an Historic Walk, storytelling, music, Maypole Dancing, Morris Dancing, children’s activities, a hog roast crafts and stalls and much more. June 16 is the official date for Sussex Day, chosen because it is St. Richard’s Day, which marks the life of St Richard, Bishop of Chichester 1245 to 1253. However, many Alfriston residents are at work or school on the official date so this event is being held on Sunday in the village. All are welcome.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Family Communion.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is an early opportunity in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.

GARDENING CLUB: The club won’t be meeting at the hall this month. Instead they are having a nursery visit to Rotherview Nursery, Ivyhouse Lane, Three Oaks, Hastings TN35 4NP. Meet at the nursery at 6.30pm. The annual flower show will be on Saturday August 9.

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is No set in Chile on 1988 at the time of the plebiscite on the presidency of military dictator Augusto Pinochet. It features a young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal). 1hr 57min, a Chilian documentary with subtitles.


THE COFFEE MORNING held on June 7 was a resounding success and lots of people attended. We raised over £350 for church restoration funds and we are looking forward to the next one. On Sunday at 10.30am the Rev Colin Pritchard will lead the service for Trinity Sunday and open farm Sunday. All very welcome. Coffee and biscuits after the service.

ORGANIST: We are currently looking for an organist. If anyone is interested in helping out for one or more Sunday a month please come along to a service and make yourself known.


BONFIRE BINGO: Instead of the Bonfire Society having their bingo night in its usual third Friday slot, this month it has been brought forward a week so is in fact tonight, Friday, at the Charles Hunt Age Concern Centre. Eyes down 7pm for 7.30pm start.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Hailsham Farmers’ Market takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at The Cattle Market, Market Street from 9am to 12.30pm. Bring along your May issue 24 of The Wealden Eye to be entered into the prize draw when you have the chance to win a selection of produce from the stallholders. On offer at the market this month is local produce straight from local farms and the farmer is on hand to answer any questions regarding their produce. A new stall arrives this month with vegetable cupcakes and cookies and for that unusual present, visit the craft stalls. After three years of dedicated hard work organising Hailsham Farmers’ Market, Phil Brooks has reluctantly been forced to retire due to ill health. On behalf of customers and stallholders, chairman Michael Vine thanked Phil for all his help over this time and wished him all the best for the future. I am really looking forward to working with the Farmers’ Market team and sourcing even more really local produce and crafts for customers. I hope that customers new and old and potential stallholders will come along to the Information Stand to say hello. Enquiries regarding the market to (01323) 440567, 07887 910150 or email

HOPS OPEN GARDEN: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be holding its annual Open Garden and coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and noon. As usual it will be at Bates Green Farm in Arlington (adjacent to the Bluebell walk) in the garden of Mr and Mrs John McCutchen. Come along and see this lovely country garden. Entrance fee is by kind donation. Refreshments and homemade cakes, raffle, books, plants and a cake stall will all be available. Sorry, but no dogs please. All proceeds to Hailsham Old Pavilion society, supporting your local independent cinema.

HAILSHAM THEATRES: The group will be performing Flare Path by Terence Rattigan from September 18 to 20 as part of Hailsham Arts Festival. Sam Elsby is directing this. Please see information on the story line here . There are full readings for this on Monday at 8pm at Summerheath Hall. Scripts and refreshments will be provided. If this date is not convenient but you are still keen to be considered for a part, then please let Debbie Davis know as soon as possible at, or twitter: @htheatres. Also, Hailsham Theatres has been contacted by Fiona Voice-Joyce at who is a post graduate film director in London. She is in pre-production with the film Bonfire Hearts which is a 30 minute film being made for submission to the Cannes Film Festival next year. The team starts shooting at the end of this month and due to some cast members having now received paid contracts elsewhere they are in need of actors to fill some roles. Fiona lives in Horsebridge and all the filming is taking place locally. You may be interested in auditioning? The roles are unpaid but everyone will be well fed and essentially have a great film for their show reel.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: After the official opening of the annual print exhibition on Saturday by Clive Tanner FRPS the exhibition will be open to the public from Monday each day from 10am to 4pm until Saturday June 21. Admission free. Refreshments available.

EQUESTRIAN ART: Until June 28 at Gallery North, 70 High Street, there is a diverse exhibition of painting, sculpture and photography featuring work by Peter Bainsbridge, Judy Boyt, Jean-Paul Tibbles, Sally Martin, Sarah Hudson, Amy Goodman, Marie Ackers, Judy Goodman, Graham Binks, Debbie Dunbar, Peter Kettle, Lydia Kiernan and Craig Payne. In aid of the Emile Faurie Foundation.

STREET MEETINGS: On Thursday there is a PCSO Street Meeting on the Diplocks from 2pm to 4pm at Diplocks Hall. Giving local residents the opportunity to come out and talk about concerns or issues they may be having where they live. This does not have to be simply police related. Local Town and Wealden councillors may also attend. If you do not have any matters to raise, simply come out and say hello.

SUMMER BAND CONCERT: On Sunday June 22 Wealden Brass will be playing at Hailsham Pavilion in aid of the Royal Air Forces Association Wings Appeal. Doors open 2.30pm for 3pm start. Tickets £6 (£3 U16s) available from the Pavilion box office 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday or 01323 841414.

ST MARY’S: This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Now and Not yet and at 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Two Ways to Pray. Evening Prayer is at 6.30pm, Wake up to Worship.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Larry and Elaine (01323) 849680 are leading the 4.5 mile Herstmonceux circular taking in the Castle. There are some stiles but easy walking. There is a car park fee of £1. Also on Wednesday is the short walk group with Nobby (01323) 440624 meeting at 9.30am in South Road car park. This walk is along Barcombe riverbank to the Anchor for coffee. If you would like to go on either of these walks, please speak to the walk leader for details.

U3A: At the AGM the main speaker was very interesting, speaking about the history of our English language and how the different conquering nations had changed our vocabulary and spelling. It was wonderful to hear the Lord’s Prayer spoken in Old English. Chair, Sue said members are looking forward to another year in the life of Hailsham U3A and hopes to encourage the start of some new groups. If you would like to join U3A and enjoy some of the interest groups that run then further information is available from Sue on (01323) 840797.

HERITAGE CENTRE: There are many exhibits of local interest and currently there is a focus on WWI memorabilia. The Heritage Centre is in the gap by Lloyds Bank in Market Street open Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 12.30pm. Free entry. Enquiries (01323) 440359.

100 YEARS AGO: In June 1914 Rev Clyde Harvey reports: ‘My dear friends, rogation Days were observed by Litany at noon. This is an old custom at Spring tide, when the Clergy and congregation used to form a procession and march into the fields offering prayers for the crops. Some went on the beat the bounds of the Parish. There is a sermon in the Book of Homilies for the Day. Surely to connect everything with prayers and recognition of God is good and it is a pity these good old Church customs have gone out.’

Hellingly & Horsebridge

ART AND OPEN GARDENS: Longleys Studio Barns and gardens are open this Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm in aid of charity. There will be paintings, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics and glass. Refreshments and cakes provided. Visit for more information.

CRAFT AND ART SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, Hellingly church will be holding a Craft and Art Show in the village hall. The show will be open to view the exhibits from 2.30pm. Admission is £1. Refreshments and raffle. There will be flowers, photos, handicrafts, children’s section and lots more.

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). Evening Prayer 2.45pm at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood.

NIGHTINGALES WI: At the next meeting on Wednesday, Irene Eltringham Willson will be delivering a talk entitled Expect the Unexpected, Running a B&B. The WI meetings at Union Corner Hall, Hawkes Road on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm. All welcome.

SECRET GARDEN: This year’s Secret Garden is to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice on Saturday June 21, from 11am to 5pm at Misty Acres, Upper Horsebridge (just 100 yards from the Boship Roundabout).

QUIZ NIGHT: Saturday June 28 at Dicker Village Hall in aid of the Roof Fund. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets are adults £7, children (under 12) £3. Includes supper with dessert and tea or coffee to follow. Bring your own other drinks. Call Jenny on (01323) 844687 or Glynis 846924 or Liz 841541 to book.

SUMMER CONCERT: Tickets are available now for the event We’re Here to Entertain You, featuring the local U3A Choir, soloist and pianist at Hellingly Church on Saturday July 12 at 7pm. Tickets £6 include light refreshments. Contact (01323) 841685 or 840915.

COFFEE MORNINGS and book exchange is at Dicker Hall from 10.40am to noon on Thursday Mornings. Enjoy homemade cake. Book Exchange is 10p or purchase for 20p and cards by Rose Piper are also available.

PARISH COUNCIL: At recent meetings members of the public had expressed concern about the number of unstable trees in the Roebuck Park area. A survey of all the trees would be carried out before handover of the Country Park to the council. Not all trees are on land that would be the responsibility of the council. Also speeding traffic and the traffic lights on Park Road were an issue and the PCSO will arrange a speed check in the area. A barrier in Buckle Way was now impossible for pedestrians to walk around. The parish council would look into this as the planning consent in respect of the barriers had only been intended to prevent vehicles from accessing the park. Julie Kaye, a youth worker, is undertaking research on behalf of the council and reported that the youth had been surveyed and of the 15 to 20 forms that had been completed,comments were mainly positive. Julie was talking with Freedom Leisure about the possibility of providing some activities in the May half term holiday. It was agreed that a budget of up to £300 would be made available for these activities.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

OUR PCSO, Daryl Holter, has reported the theft of a motor vehicle from Manchester Road, Ninfield, between 8pm on June 8 and 6.30am June 9, the vehicle was a Toyota Hilux 4x4. If you have any information that may help the police in their enquiries, please call 101 quoting Ref 0146 09/06/14.

THE BOWLS CLUB have been on fine form lately. On June 7, they played Hellingly, winning 74-63. They played Beckley on June 8 with a winning score of 67-63.

HOOE OPEN GROUP is next meeting today, Friday, which will be a summer cream tea and topical quiz. If you would be 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.

BREAKFAST: A Father’s Day breakfast is being held on Sunday in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, 9am to 11am at Little Acre, Church Path at a cost of £1.50 per person for coffee and croissants. A 30 percent discount for all fathers. All are welcome to go along.

MUSIC AND PRAYERS: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Salvation Army Music and Prayers anniversary service on Sunday at 2.30pm. The service will be followed by afternoon teas. A warm welcome will be extended to visitors to this special event, with the Hastings Temple Band and Songsters.

MEETING: Ninfield Horticultural Society are meeting on June 16, where a visit has been arranged to the Walled Nursery at Hawkhurst. This starts with a talk at 2pm on the history of the 13th century estate. There will be time to look round and buy plants as well as enjoying tea and cake. The talk is free to Horticultural members and £2 for non members. Booking is essential with Rose by 6 June on 892422 or email

THE GOLDEN CIRCLE are meeting on Tuesday, 2.30pm in the Methodist Hall. Their speaker will be Heather Goodsall giving a talk on Plants and Planting. All are welcome.

LOCAL HISTORY: Ninfield Local History Group are meeting on June 19, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. Kevin Regan will be giving a talk looking at the 70th Anniversary of D Day and the V1 Campaign over Sussex. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email

THE JUNE MEETING of the Hooe History should be fantastic and not to be missed. On June 19, they will be welcoming Ken Lyon who is going to tell the group about his experiences attempting to escape from Colditz. If you have seen the magnificent film, Ken will tell them what it was really like. This will all be happening at Hooe Village Hall at 7.30pm. All guests are welcome along with members, so why not join them for this memorable evening. Further details from Chairman Heather Sinden 01424 893422.

CONCERT: St Oswald’s Church are holding a concert by the Ninfield School Music Makers on June 19, 6.30pm. All are welcome to attend. There will be a retiring collection for Ninfield School and St Oswald’s Church.

FETE: St Mary’s is holding a Longest Day Summer Fete on Saturday, June 21 from noon to 2.30pm in the Reading Room and Rectory garden. A variety of stalls including cakes, produce, plants and crafts, bric-a-brac, books, tombola, and raffle. Barbecue lunch plus a drink, games to enjoy and hopefully some lovely summer weather. They look forward to seeing there.

JUMBLE SALE: 1st Ninfield Scout Group are holding their Summer Jumble Sale on Saturday, June 28, 2pm to 4pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. You are invited to drop your jumble off on Friday, June 27 after 7pm or on Saturday, June 28 after 8.30am. Alternatively, if you would like your jumble collected during the week prior, please contact Dick Creasey on 07970559226, or Rosemary Cooper on 01424 892681. The group look forward to seeing you there to search for bargains, have a go at the raffle and enjoy some refreshments.

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 Church Anniversary (See above) with Hastings Salvation Army.

Pevensey & Stone Cross

BONSAI CLUB: Eastbourne and Wealden Bonsai Club is holding its Annual Bonsai Show tomorrow, Saturday, at Stone Cross Manorial Hall, 10am to 3pm. The show will be opened and the trees judged by Reg Bolton (Gold Medal Award, RHS Chelsea 2014). Come and see our members’ trees, experienced and novices. Demonstrations are taking place throughout the day. Stands include: A beginners workshop, Downsview Bonsai Nursery, Sussex Bonsai. Refreshments all day. Entrance £1. For more info contact Brian on 01323 731369 or visit our website:


WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, To Newhaven but not Quite? With Pauline S. Meet at Hill Rise bus stop Seaford, 10am bus No 12 , 9.28am Terminus Road stand J, finish at 12.30pm, 4.5 miles, one hill some stiles, leader at Hill Rise; or brisk pace, all at Sea, with Mike and Bridget. Meet at the Avenue 9am walk starts at Pevensey Castle, western end at 9.30am GR 643046. Finish at 1pm. Eight flat miles with stiles, PH optional. Parking in Castle Road. With Eastbourne Rambling Club. On Sunday, Pevensey, Rivers, Lakes and Birds, with Angela F. Meet bus 1A 9.32am Terminus Road, stand K. Walk starts Hazelwood Avenue, Croxden Way, Hampden Park, 10am GR 602036. Coffee stop at Sharnfold, dry lunch Pevensey, pub nearby. Nine miles meet leader at start, finish 3pm. On Monday, Willingdon Circular via Jevington and Butts Brow. Meet at Chalk Farm at 10am with David and Jean.

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

SONGS OF PRAISE on Sunday at 10.30am at Trinity Church, Lower Willingdon. A warm welcome is extended to everyone to come and join in singing some of our well-loved hymns. Refreshments will be served after the service.

RAMBLING CLUB walks on June 19 include Leisurely Walk, Wannock and Lower Willingdon. Flat walk, twittens and lanes, easy walking, three miles. Coffee stop, no stiles with Sandra R. To Northeye Village, six miles Cooden, seashore and levels walk. Public car park, the gorses or road, nine stiles with Kim. Or Alfriston in Summer, eight miles, mostly flat, probably along the river, three stiles, picnic. Leader at start of walk with Rosalind. For full details please contact Angela on 504280 or from or email

WANTED INFO on the whereabouts of Red Courts Country Club in 1955? For Robert Paterson email, also how Normans Bay got its name, also, photographer William Hardy Kent, and the photographic firm of Kent Lacy, who had premises in Eastbourne, any info the origins of Gibbys Tea Rooms, on Jevington Road. Also info on the Tennis club at the Goffs Lawn Tennis Club at Gildredge Park. Any info and photos please of this club. For Julie Thompson. Email Info on Joyce Jelley who performed at the Winter Gardens Talent Show on Monday and Friday nights. News cuttings wanted by relative also a photograph of Roy Hudson 1901-1982 who was a photographer, who spent most of his time behind the camera. For Peter Tyrrell, a photo is required. Please contact Peter or contact Maureen on 485971, or email

LADIES CIRCLE meet on the second Tuesday of the month, at 2.30pm in Polegate Community Centre. For more info on our programme please contact Shirley Hannam on 488035.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

SCHOOL FAIR: Dallington Primary School is celebrating 100 years on the current site this year, and are having a series of events to mark this. One is tomorrow, Saturday, the annual school fair, put on by the friends of the school. The gates open at 2pm with the fair closing at 5pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Pat Reigh and 6.30pm Evening service and communion with Rev Philip Laver.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is an early opportunity in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.

HISTORY GROUP: David Harrison retired head of baggage handling at Gatwick airport gave us an interesting account of the history of the site from about 1215AD (no airport then) to the present day the estate was owned by various families until the second world war when it was taken over by the government. David said that a very small proportion (under 1 percent) of baggage goes missing or is damaged, but that it amounts to about 350,000 cases, which gives some idea of the scale of the operation. Our next walk is on Wednesday when we meet at Court Lodge Farm, Wartling (near to the pub) courtesy of Mr and Mrs D Harding, to see their organic dairy farm, at 7pm. Next month, on July 14, Steve Zeigler will talk about Warbleton and WW1.

CONCERT: Music in rural churches was once a community affair with villagers joining and playing their own instruments. Sussex Harmony, a popular Lewes based group, will perform in costume their programme And Every Voice a Song. This will cover the music that would have been heard during a Sussex year from Wassail through to harvest and Christmas with some readings from the period pre-1850. The concert will be at St Mary’s church, Warbleton 3pm on Sunday June 22. There will be no entry charge but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the bell appeal.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

GARDENING COMPETITION: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is once again organising its annual Willingdon and Jevington in Bloom Gardening Competition. If you live within the parish of Willingdon and Jevington you can collect an entry form from the parish clerk Andy Beams at 3 Gorringe Valley Road or ring him on 489603. There are six categories. 1, Front garden, early blooming/cottage; 2, Front garden, later blooming, more formal; 3, Front garden, centenary gardens; 4, Front garden, unusual and novelty; 5, Window boxes, hanging boxes and containers; 6, Educational and environmental. Categories one to five must be easily visible to the public and judges and will be scoring for visual impact and first impressions, standard of maintenance, use of colour and design, the best use of available space, as well as special or unusual features. Category six must be able to demonstrate educational and environmental awareness and judges will arrange a time to visit. The closing date for category one is Monday June 16 and judging will commence on the week beginning June 23. The closing date for categories two to five is July 7 and judging will take place in the week commencing July 15. Entrants will be notified of the results at the presentation evening to be held in September and those who enter should be aware that the results and photos could be published.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PRIORITIES: At the recently held Willingdon Neighbourhood Panel meeting, thefts from garden sheds and outbuildings was chosen as a priority, and residents are advised to lock and secure items of value which should be photographed and serial numbers noted to aid identification if they are stolen. Another priority continues to be inconsiderate parking at Willingdon Primary School. Regular patrols and fixed penalty notices have been issued and letters have been sent to the registered owners of vehicles that have been reported and photographed parking on the zig zag lines in Rapsons Road and Wannock Avenue. A week long hi viz patrol was conducted outside the school and six fixed penalty notices have been issued for illegal parking. Parents and teachers are asked for details of offending vehicles with photographic evidence.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. This is an active friendly club promoting all forms of bobbin lace. All lace makers of any age are welcome. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including refreshments, raffle and insurance is £5. For more information, please contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

FRIENDS of the Eastbourne Hospitals are organising a cream tea and summer fair from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday June 14. It is being held at East Dean and Friston Village Hall Gilbert Drive East Dean. There will be musical entertainment in the main hall while guests enjoy tea and scones. Other attractions include a plant stall, bathroom stall, stamps, cakes and preserves, remade cards, tombola, Pimms, books, flower shop, silver and jewellery and the grand draw tickets. Cream teas are £5 or £6.50 to include cake. Advanced tickets are available for 2pm to 3pm or from 3pm to 4pm. Call the Friends office on 438236 for tickets or purchase them on the day. The Friends are raising funds to provide equipment to enhance the acute stroke unit at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

JEVINGTON VILLAGE FETE is being held from 2pm to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, in the Rectory Fields Jevington next to St Andrews Church. Attractions include Punch and Judy, craft stalls, plants, Jevington produce stall, tombola, cream teas, hog roast, drinks tent with real ale, fun dog show, ferret roulette, card stall, book stall, bric-a-brac, clairvoyant, coconut shy, Sussex cheeses, barrow of booze raffle, Matthews mouse town and express manicures and massages. Live music is provided from Hot Club of Jevington and the Gypsy Jazz Quartet. There is free parking. Admission is £2 per person with senior citizens £1. A matching donation of 10 percent of the fete profit will be made to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

BOOGERA BROS will be performing jazz, blues and contemporary music at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

BIKE RIDE: Willingdon resident Isobel and her daughter-in-law Donna, Dave Powell-Cullingford and Lisa Murton will be taking part in the London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday June 15. They are cycling in support of the JPK Sussex Project. Sponsor forms are available from Isobel on 01323 483274 or check out the justgiving website.

TERRIER RACING and lurcher racing and show will be taking place in Jevington on Sunday. Entries are from 11am. Entrance to the grounds will be well signposted. The event will be supporting Demelza Children’s Hospice.

SONGS OF PRAISE: A warm welcome is extended to everyone to come and join in singing some well-loved hymns at Trinity Church at 10.30am on Sunday. Refreshments will be served after the service.

WILLINGDON CHURCH Ramblers will be meeting at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm before driving to Hellingly for their annual birthday walk from Hellingly to Hailsham along the Cuckoo Trail where they will have lunch at the George Hotel (Wetherspoons). Everyone is welcome including former ramblers who may just like to meet at the George between noon and 12.30pm.

STEVE HEWLETT ventriloquist from Britain’s Got Talent is currently performing his hugely successful Thinking Inside the Box tour but will be in Willingdon to host the Opportunity Knocks event in St Mary’s Church Hall at 2pm on Sunday June 29. Steve’s role will be to steer the audience and judging panel, which includes the ever popular Rik Scott of Sovereign Radio through the medley of talent which exists within the wider community. If you would like to participate, pick up an application form from St Mary’s Church, Willingdon Post Office, the Wheatsheaf, the Red Lion or the British Queen.

ABLAZE, the youth club for young people aged 14 years plus, will be meeting from 6pm to 7.30pm on Sunday in St Mary’s Church Hall where there will be rehearsals for Opportunity Knocks. The club meets on alternate Sundays. For further information please contact Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528 or Sue or Stuart Freeman on 01323 505833.

PRAYER WALK: Fr Clive will be leading the second of this year’s prayer walks with the idea of introducing a new companion to consider on each journey. This month’s companion is the Jesuit priest and poet Gerald Manley Hopkins 1844 to 1889. Meet at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, at 6.30pm on Tuesday, when the group will be able to share cars for the East Dean to Birling Gap three mile walk.

PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday at the Red Lion Willingdon. The speaker is Dr Brent Irvine and his topic is A History of Research into Alzheimer’s Disease.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive will be opening its door to the general public from 10am to 4pm on Friday June 20 for National Care Home open day. Visitors can take a tour of the building and beautiful gardens and see the facilities that are offered.

TRINITY DINERS: Now that the kitchen refurbishment has been completed in Trinity Church hall, the monthly lunches are being resumed. The next lunch will be on Friday June 20 when the menu is fruit juice followed by chicken pie or vegetarian pie, creamed potatoes with seasonal vegetables, fruit trifle, and tea/coffee. To book please ring Jennie on 01323 484189.The cost is £5.50. Doors open at noon.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm on Friday June 20 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting.

For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

ART AUCTION: Local amateur artists will be displaying their work at the Red Lion on Saturday June 21. Viewing is from noon to 3pm and the auction, which is in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, will take place at 3pm.