Parish Pump Hailsham - June 14, 2013


THE GARDEN at Follers Manor, Seaford Road (by the Youth Hostel) is once again opening its doors under the National Garden Scheme. On June 15 and 16 from 2pm to 5.30pm there will be chance to visit this lovely garden. They have agreed that 20 percent of entry takings (£4, children free) will go to two local charities, Alfriston Heartstart and the Children with Cancer Fund, Polegate. 90 percent of monies made selling teas and cakes will be kept locally and 10 percent will go to the National Garden Scheme. There will be plants for sale and rustic garden furniture plus mobile horse jumps. Parking is available in the signposted field.

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society held its Early Summer Show last Saturday. Exhibits of vegetables were quite sparse due to the cold spring weather but the display of flowers filled the hall with a fragrant mass of colour. About 200 people attended the event. Plaques were won by Anna Price (fragrant roses), Rosemary Gee won Best in Show and Mark Hurst’s slow gin was also a winner. Cups were won by Heather Hurst (flower arranging) Roxchel Angelis (large hybrid tea roses), Mark Hurst (photography, men’s flower arranging) and Rosemary Gee (vase of mixed flowers). Anastasia Jay won the new Junior Trophy for collecting the most points in the children’s sections and Will Johnston and Veronica Cowin jointly won the new Novice Cup (kindly donated by Roxchel Angelis) for the decorative classes. A lot of hard work was put in by the committee to make the event a great success.

Bodle Street Green

GOD PARTICLE PLAY tomorrow, Saturday, at Herstmonceux Village Hall. Doors open 7.30pm, cash bar available, performance 8pm. The God Particle is a brand new romantic comedy sci-fi from James Carey, the award-winning co-writer of BBC1’s Miranda. It’s deep, smart, and very funny. Tickets in advance are £8 and £6 for concessions (senior citizens, students, unwaged, under 16s etc) and are available from Peter on 01323 365116 or email or just turn up.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning worship with holy communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion followed by baptism at 12.45pm.

THE LUNCH CLUB meets in the village hall from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday.

GARDENING CLUB: This month’s meeting is a visit to Athelas Exotic Plant Nursery, Hooe Road, Ninfield TN33 9EL, meeting there at 6pm. The annual flower show will be on August 10 at the village hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday at 7pm. There is an early opportunity in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.


LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Today, Friday, admission is free to a 40 minute concert entitled Three Centuries of Songs in Hailsham Parish Church at 1.10pm. Songs by some of the world’s great composers sung by Hailsham’s own mezzo-soprano, Linda Grace. Donations gratefully received at the exit.

BONFIRE BINGO: This evening, Friday, doors open at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre. If you wish to know more about the bonfire society they meet at Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road on the first Monday of every month from 8pm. All welcome.

PRINT EXHIBITION: Go along between June 17 and 22 when stunning images, unique greeting cards and light refreshments are waiting to tempt you in the Charles Hunt Centre. Hailsham Photographic Society are hosting their annual Print Exhibition and doors open 10am to 4pm. Vote for your favourite image and enter the amazing picture raffle to win your favourite print. 129 framed prints are being displayed and a selection will be available to purchase. Free entry and plenty of free parking available nearby. Everyone welcome.

RAFA CONCERT: The Royal Air Forces Association 70th Anniversary Concert by Wealden Brass in aid of the Royal Air Forces Wings Appeal is on Sunday June 23 at 3pm at Hailsham Pavilion. Tickets are adults £6, U16s £3 available from the box office between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday (01323) 841414.

ST MARY’S: This is the third Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Word of Promise and Grace, 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, A Rush of Reason, 6.30pm Choral Evening Prayer, Gospel Unity.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium is Glyn Davies. There are 1-2-1 readings next Saturday June 22 from 10am to 2pm. Just turn up. All welcome.

EYES DOWN: There is a new Thursday Night Bingo at the Maurice Thornton Playing Fields Pavilion, Orion Close. Doors open 7pm for eyes down 7.30pm. The next event is on June 20.

MACMILLAN QUIZ: Hailsham Lions are hosting a quiz night in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care at Summerheath Hall starting at 7pm for 7.30pm start on Saturday June 22. Entry is £4 per person for teams up to eight. Pay at the door or if you would like to book your team call (01323) 843125. Bring your own drinks and nibbles.

COMMUNITY MATTERS: This is the green token scheme run by Waitrose to raise much needed funds for local causes. Each customer is awarded one green token when they buy their shopping which they then deposit in the box of their choice on leaving the store. The tokens are converted to cash at the end of the month. In May Brownbread Horse Rescue collected tokens to the value of £334. The long winter has used up all the hay that was made by the rescue centre. Eventually the horses had to be put out in the hay field which means there is nothing left for the Centre to make hay from and as a consequence they are now having to buy-in hay at £25 a bale. The money raised will provide around 12 bales. Homecall is a home-visiting scheme for the visually impaired based in Bexhill. They were awarded £325. The Sara Lee Trust provides complementary therapies, counselling and creative therapies to people in Hastings and Rother living through cancer and other serious illness, with support for their families and carers. The Trust was awarded £341. In June Sheepsetting Pre-school at Cross in Hand is fundraising for a new playhouse. Farleys Yard Trust which is an educational arts charity that runs the Farleys Yard Arts Awards for all East Sussex State Secondary Schools and Colleges every two years and are raising funds towards the 2013 awards. Herstmonceux Bowls Club, which is a small village club catering for all ages. They have weekly sessions catering for all abilities and disabilities.

OPEN CHURCH: St Mary’s parish church in the town centre is open for visitors to come in and have a browse around this lovely piece of history. There are some very interesting stories attached. For example, the only stained glass window that was not damaged as a result of a WW2 bomb blast is that depicting Faith, Hope and Charity. But did you know that on January 26, 1899 very unusually, triplets were born in Hailsham. They were named Faith, Hope and Charity and they would take the position beneath that window when they attended St Mary’s. Anthony Trumble was the under-sheriff in 1722 and his lane in Market Square was later renamed Sheriff Place. His grave only came to light when the chancel floor was relaid in January last year. There is a memorial plaque dedicated to Lieut Wells. He was one of the troops at Hailsham barracks. Geering says that on Webb’s first ride on a charger, given to him by his wife, the horse bolted and threw him at the Amberstone turnpike gate. He ‘was carried to the barracks a dying man’. Volunteers attendant at the open days are very helpful should you have any questions. There are folders with many interesting pictures and details about the building and its content. The church is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout June to August from noon to 2pm. There are free refreshments, colouring sheets and activity trail for the children.

THE MUSEUM has been open for the last month. Whether you are a newcomer, or have trodden the streets and byways here of your forefathers, it is well worth a visit either to see how Hailsham was or to rekindle memories. The museum is situated at Blackmans Yard (behind the Kebab shop), Market Street, and is open Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm. Admission is free. When Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society met last month Steve Myall showed and described some of the Victorian buildings of Brighton. Steve covered a small area on the Brighton, and Hove boundary in a triangle going up from Western Road clocktower, up Dyke Road towards the Seven Dials, then back south to Vernon Terrace and Montpelier Road. He mentioned that the houses in the area were built by tradesmen and not wealthy property developers, one example being a house that had marble and architrave for this chap was a stone mason. Also of interest was the difference of the architecture from one builder to another.

100 YEARS AGO: Rev F Clyde Harvey reported in June 1913 that Empire Day was celebrated in the Schools here on Friday May 23 and at Polegate on May 27. Mrs Macgregor gave away the prizes in all three schools and instruction was given upon the Empire, the flag was saluted, and at 10 o’clock the prizes were given away at the Girls’ School and at 11am at the Boys and at Polegate at 3pm. The Infants’ School at 11.30 sang What can I do for England? The flat was saluted with much spirit and a dance round the Maypole followed and oranges were distributed.

hellingly & horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), 6.30pm service of Evensong. Upper Dicker Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

FATHERS DAY: There are special Father’s Day roast dinners in the café and free have-a-go archery for all dads who visit Michelham Priory on Sunday June 16 between 10.30am and 5pm. For more information telephone (01323) 844224 or visit

COMPETITION: You are invited to submit an entry into a Summer Arts and Crafts Competition to be held in the village hall on Saturday June 29 from 2pm to 4.30pm. It is only 50p per class to enter and there are several sections in each category of flowers, photography, handicrafts, a children’s section and home produce. Exhibits will be on show to the general public for whom entrance is £1. Children and exhibitors free. Tea, light refreshments and a raffle will also be available. Entry forms need to be returned by Wednesday June 26 and can be collected from just inside the entrance of Hellingly church or by calling Barbara on (01323) 841685 or Margaret on (01323) 843628.

HITLER’S BERLIN: A talk was given by village resident and long term member of the Etchingham Military and Aviation Preservation Group, John Parsons in May on Iris Brewer in Hitler’s Capital City of Berlin from December 1938 to August 1939 when she was 16 years of age. Attended by over 50 people, everybody had the opportunity to talk to iris during the interval and ask questions at the end of the presentation. Photographs of German pocket battleships taken covertly during her journey home via Denmark on the eve of WW2 gave some indication of Germany’s preparation for war. The event raised over £160 which was split between the church and the hall. Thank you to those who supported the event to raise much needed repairs to these buildings.

PLEASE HELP: Hellingly Rugby clubhouse is looking a little run down. The clubhouse and changing rooms need redecorating, windows need painting, disabled access needs attending to, the storage shed needs attention, ditches need clearing and drainage pipes need laying. Volunteers are needed to help Hellingly Rugby Club re-paint, refurbish and renovate their club on June 15 and 16 from 10am to 5pm. Help is needed with groundwork, construction, decorating, administration and catering skills. If you know people, friends, family or work mates that would be prepared to help, then please invite them too. It doesn’t matter what skills you have they can be put to good use. Tools, materials, refreshments and barbecue supplied although bringing your own tools would help. Please register by joining this event and add a comment indicating specific skills and times you will commit to. Skilled or unskilled, one day or two. For more information and to register please join the Natwest Rugby Club event on Facebook and the page Hellingly Rugby Club.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the April meeting it was reported that a majority of residents surveyed favoured street lighting in the boundary road and the developer had been asked to obtain permission from Wealden Planning to install low-level bollard lighting.Wealden planners were understood to be reluctant to approve the request. The developer had also been asked about installing red Tarmac on both sides of the bridge on Church Road but had suggested that the matter should be raised with County Highways. The chairman agreed to take these matters up informally. Regarding Hellingly Country Park, following the site visit, the council agreed to support, in principle, the proposed design changes to the cricket pavilion, the inclusion of security features such as window roller blinds, provided the Grounds Committee agreed. It was also agreed to make initial enquiries with Wealden about limited access car parking for sports participants using the new pavilion.


OPEN DAY at Marchants Hardy Plants, Mill Lane on Sunday, 11am to 5pm in aid of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. This imaginative garden has been created by Graham Gough, who will be on hand throughout the day. Save this date to visit the garden, nursery and the opportunity to stay around and enjoy home made refreshments. Entry to the garden £5 per adult. Contact 01323 811248.


CONCERT: East Sussex Communion Choir is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a performance of Haydn’s Creation. With professional soloists Lucinda Houghton; Paul Austin Kelly; and Stephen Charlesworth, together with a professional orchestra, led by Chris Phipps and Conducted by Nicholas Houghton. The concert will be performed at Lewes Town Hall on Saturday June 29 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12; (students and U16s £6). Available from Lewes TIC 01273 336770; and East Sussex Music Service 01273 336770. Also on the door subject to availability.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The weather has been perfect, recently, for walking and so have the sightings of the wonderful spring flowers. The combination of the two have seen many more walkers joining us than usual but all very welcome. Our next walk is an evening walk and will start 6pm from Southover in Lewes. Contact leader on 07771 774492 for details. This walk will be a Lewes, Kingston Circular ramble. If you haven’t already had our summer walking programme, do pick one up from the Walking Shop or the Tourist Information Bureau. Or find us at

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 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

THE BOWLS CLUB have been in action this last week, having a couple of good wins: June 5 they played Mayfield, winning 67-63. They then played Hellingly on Saturday June 8, having a convincing win of 73-49. Ending the weekend they lost their match against Beckley 60-78 on Sunday June 9. Over last weekend, the club also took part in the 23rd Invitation Mixed Tournament at New Romney Bowls Club, which cover three games on both the Saturday and Sunday. Those that represented the club had a very enjoyable weekend where three games were won, one was drawn and two lost by a few points. They battled with very testing conditions, a north easterly wind with the odd spell of sunshine on Saturday. Sunday ended being bitterly cold where the players had to have 4 layers of clothing on to keep warm. Despite the obstacles of the weather, an enjoyable weekend was had.

HOOE OPEN GROUP (Ladies Club) are meeting this afternoon, Friday, in Hooe Village Hall, at 2.30pm. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

RAT PACK NIGHT: Ninfield School are holding a Rat Pack Night tonight, Friday, at the Memorial Hall, 8pm to midnight. Dean Ager, a super Frank Sinatra/Bouble tribute act, will be singing live with a disco. There will also be a bar throughout the evening. All funds raised will go towards extra resources for children at the school. Tickets are available from the school 01424 892486 or Lorna 893644.

JUNE (7 to 23) sees artists and craftspeople across South East England opening their doors to the public. Within Ninfield, Sass Tetazlaff will be opening her doors exhibiting her works in stitch and mixed media. If you would like further information of her work, please visit her website: or telephone 893912.

THE METHODIST CHURCH are celebrating their anniversary with two special Sunday services and a unique play with music on the theme of The Wedding at Cana. As part of the celebrations, Voices Bexhill will be performing The Wedding at Cana, written by Alan Young, songs by Dave Chamberlin tomorrow, Saturday, 3pm. Admission is free. Donations to Homecall, Bexhill. On Sunday at 2.30pm, there will be a Church Anniversary Celebration with Rev Roger Leslie followed by an Anniversary Tea at 3.30pm.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP are next meeting on Thursday, 7.30pm in the Reading Room with a talk by Richard Platt on Smuggling in Sussex. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, acting chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email

MUSIC IN JUNE at St Oswald’s Church with The Melodians on Thursday June 27 at 7.30pm. The programme includes a variety of music; songs from the Beatles and Queen to the Hallelujah Chorus; Wherever you Are (the Military Wives), organ, piano duets and more. Tickets (including light refreshments) are £3.50 available from Jack 01424 892576 or Simon 01424 845087 or on the door. Retiring collection for St Michael’s Hospice.

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 with Revd Roger Leslie.


GARDEN OPEN tomorrow, Saturday, 10am, at Sayerland House, Sayerland Road, in aid of St Wilfrids Hospice. All welcome. Contact 637871 for details.

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

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on June 20 include Working Up An Appetite for BBQ, nearly 4 miles Friston forest, paths and tracks, no stiles. Meet at Polegate rec at 10am. The walk starts at 10.30am from Exceat Friston Forest pay and display car park. With John R. Please book for barbecue.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet on Friday June 21, at St Johns Church Hall at 7 pm. The speaker is John Withall on the history of Wakehurst Place. All welcome. Doors open at 6.45pm. More info from or telephone Andy Webb on 481101.

FRIENDS of Willingdon Community School are holding a barbecue and quiz evening on Friday June 21, at 7 pm. Tickets are £5 per adult and £3.50 per child and can be purchased from the school’s reception during school time.

ART EXHIBITION and sale of work, on Saturday June 22, at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 3pm. Admission free, light refreshments available. Trinity Art Group are holding their first art exhibition and sale of work. On display and for sale will be original artworks, limited edition print cards, photography, textiles and crafts.

POLEGATE WINE and social club next meet on June 25, when our speaker is Paul Lacey, an evening of magic, in the Community Centre coffee lounge at 7.30pm. More information from Sheila Smith 483222.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be blood donor sessions today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

OBSERVATIONS in a country church, by church mouse: I was ambling by my local church when I heard voices and the sound of the organ being played. As it was a Friday afternoon I was puzzled, as the church is not normally open at this time. So I ventured in but nearly ran out again with the loud noise of young children chattering and asking questions about our church. I decided to stay and listen to what our minister had to say to the children from the local primary school. They asked so many questions, with their thirst for knowledge, and I for one learnt a lot about my church. After question time the children were allowed to roam around the church and explore every nook and cranny. Then afterwards they had to answer questions on their worksheets and draw a picture of one of the church artefacts that they liked. I noticed that our organist was surrounded by lots of children who wanted to have a go at playing some notes on the organ. All in all it was a very pleasant afternoon.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

GRAND QUIZ: The committee of the Dunn Village Hall are organising a Grand Quiz tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets are £7.50 and include a ploughman’s supper. There will be a licensed bar. For tickets ring 01435 863727 or 812627. Proceeds of the evening will be split between hall funds and Children of Gambia Services.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning worship with holy communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion followed by baptism at 12.45pm. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm (includes communion); both services led by Ray Dadswell.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a fascinating talk on the history of peregrines in Sussex from Phil Everitt. He opened his talk by saying that he was fortunate to be able to still do such talks and be involved with the monitoring of the peregrine population. He had undergone a double lung transplant, and stressed the importance of being on the donor register, and he said age was no barrier to donation. Firstly it should be made clear that he and his fellow group members are specially licensed to carry out their work with peregrines. The population stayed constant throughout many decades of egg collecting; it was the use of pesticides, such as DDT and Aldrin, that decimated the population. The effect was second hand. Their prey, such as wood pigeon, ate the treated corn and suffered little effect. It was the peregrines’ appetite for these birds that was their downfall as the poison accumulated in them. The banning of such chemicals had a dramatic effect, and the population is strong, the most famous being the Chichester cathedral pair. Our next meeting is on July 8 when Judith Kinnison Bourke will speak about Maud Newman and the Titanic Disaster Fund.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday at 7pm. There is an early opportunity in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.

MERRY WIVES: Don’t forget that tickets for the Village Players’ open air production of the Merry Wives of Windsor are available in The Stores. The first 110 sold for each night are guaranteed seats in the event that we have to move from the green to the village hall. Extra spaces are available on fine days in the auditorium on the green. Performances are from Thursday June 20 to Saturday June 22. Please bring your own chairs, warm clothing, and a picnic. Drinks available from the Horse and Groom, but don’t Dilly Dally on your return for part two.

UNNATURAL ENEMIES?: Christianity and Science; A talk and discussion with The Rev Dr Steve Jeffery on Monday June 24 at Warbleton in the church rooms 7.15pm for refreshments for a 7.30pm start, finish by 9pm. Steve is the minister of a church in North London. He has a doctorate in experimental physics from Oxford University and is the co-author of two books about the death of Jesus. He has appeared on Premier Christian Radio and BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief. His other loves are jazz, coffee, football, and Yes Minister. This event is free of charge and open to those of any faith or none, and to those who would like to engage in debate or just attend and listen.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

SUMMER CONCERT: Vi Robinson welcomed everyone to the Glen Chorale’s Summer concert in the form of a poem. The pieces chosen were from all over the world, and were sung in an assortment of languages from French, Italian, German, Russian and Latin, showing the choir’s versatility. The men, although few in number, had good strong voices and the alto section also had several really good singers, who were missing at the Christmas concert, and this gave the choir balance. There was a good choice of music, some unaccompanied, and several pieces where members of the choir had solo parts as in Haydn’s The Heavens are Telling with soprano Janet Togut, tenor David Thorpe and bass David Nunn. They harmonised well and the diction was clear. The part song from Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti with the two David’s again, but this time joined by Val Roberts, another excellent soprano was also enjoyed by the audience. The concert was under the direction of Robin Moray, with Graham Dibbens as the piano accompanist. It was a most enjoyable afternoon but the sad note came at the end when Robin Moray announced his retirement from the choir. A new musical director is now needed in order that the Glen Chorale can continue. For further information please contact the choir’s chairperson Janet Togut on 01323 502113.

PANEL MEETING: Assistant Chief Constable for Sussex Robin Merrett attended the recently held Willingdon Neighbourhood Panel meeting and congratulated PC Liz Keenan and PCSO Ali Beadon on the way that they were tackling local problems. The panel had an independent and competent chairman, and as well as other local residents, there were several councillors on the panel who were able to help galvanise any action needed. A priority at this meeting continues to be speeding along Seven Sisters Road and through Jevington village. Several residents in Jevington will soon be receiving speed watch training, and there will now be a letter drop in Seven Sisters Road asking for volunteers willing to receive speed watch training in their area. Illegal and inconsiderate parking at Willingdon Primary School also continues to be a priority and PCSO Ali Beadon will be talking at the foundation meeting to parents of the children who will soon be attending the primary school about the importance of careful parking, and handing out advice letters. Advising residents about the importance of keeping sheds and garages secure is also a priority and scam letters targeting vulnerable residents by organised crime groups into handing over money for non-existent prizes, is also a concern which the panel is anxious to publicise.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: Although the weather could have been warmer, at least it didn’t rain. Music in the Park was a great community event at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground on June 9 and the parish council, and in particular the assistant parish clerk Karen Crowhurst, who did most of the organising, should be congratulated. The dog show brought in a lot of visitors as nearly every other person seemed to be holding onto a lead, but in the afternoon the main attraction was undoubtedly ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, who had hurried back from his success in Britain’s Got Talent where he had been awarded the wild card. His humour is infectious and he appeals to all age groups, from young children to senior citizens. It would be lovely to see him with his own TV show, especially as he lives in Willingdon.

THE COMPETITION to choose the Summer Fair Prince and Princess will take place at 7pm today, Friday, at St Mary’s Church. Entrants must be eight years or over by the day of the Willingdon Church Summer Fair which is on Saturday July 6. Entry forms can be found at the back of the church or ring the parish secretary on 01323 501763. The Sussex School of Dance will be providing the entertainment on the evening of June 14.

JEVINGTON VILLAGE FETE will be held in the Rectory Fields at Jevington from 2pm to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday. Attractions include Punch and Judy, craft stalls, plants, Jevington produce stall, mouse town, tombola, cream teas, hog roast, draught beer, veggie burgers, fun dog show, ferret roulette, card stall, book stall, bric-a-brac, clairvoyant, coconut shy, human fruit machine, barrow of booze stall, farmhouse cakes, fresh bread and Sussex cheeses. Live music will be provided by the Hot Club of Jevington, Jevington’s foremost gypsy jazz quartet. There is free parking. Entry per person is £2. Senior citizens £1.

CONCENTUS CHORALE will be holding their Summer Concert with music from the movies and West End shows at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Saviours and St Peters Church in South Street Eastbourne. Tickets are £10 in advance from Bonners or Semantics or pay at the door. There will be a retiring collection for local charity The JPK Project which has now received planning permission from the inspectorate to build a supported residential centre for adults with a learning disability in Old Town.

ART EXHIBITION: Wilmington Art Group will be holding an exhibition and sale of paintings from 10am to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm on Sunday at Wilmingdon Village Hall (off the A27). Admission is free and refreshments are available.

CHALK FARM LDC will be having a Summer Fair from 11am to 3pm on Sunday. The barbecue will be serving from noon to 2pm and there will be live music. Attractions include Vanilla pod, selling homemade ice cream, cupcakes and sweets, Quirky turtle, Lushington chiropractic, homemade cards, Simply crackers and crafts, Chalk Farm Nursery, Daisy Chain Interiors, tombola, bric-a-brac, face painting, name the dog, guess the sweets, lucky dip, raffles and many more. The fayre is in aid on the Downland Farm Project.

OPEN GARDEN: As part of the Garden Trail 2013 in support of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, there will be an Open Garden from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday at 2a Downs Road. This is a beautiful split-level garden with stunning herbaceous borders so it is the ideal place to purchase plants and pick up ideas for your own garden. There are stalls and refreshments but no wheelchair access.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday.

THE CHURCH RAMBLERS will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday for a birthday walk from Polegate to Hailsham along the Cuckoo Trail and having lunch at Weatherspoons in Hailsham. All are welcome.

PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at the Red Lion on Thursday at 10.15am for 10.30am.

THE RED LION: The next charity quiz at the Red Lion will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday, £2 per person which includes a chip butty.

AUCTION: On Thursday The Wheatsheaf has an auction of promises evening in support of St Mary’s Church. The event will be hosted by Fr Michael ,curate at St Mary’s, and Martin Hughes, landlord of the Wheatsheaf. The idea is that parishioners and other local residents offer a service that they could perform or a gift they are offering and then the bidding starts. Please contact Serena Thompson on