Parish pump Hailsham - June 20, 2014

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UNDER THE South East Open Studios scheme we have two open studios in the village exhibiting art work. Jackie Hurwood ( will be open at 9 Kings Ride this weekend where examples of Jackie’s work can be seen with some items for sale. Opening hours are today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 5pm and on Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. Zan Stevenson also has her studio open at Ticehurst, West Street.

OPEN GARDENS IN WEST DEAN: Two gardens in West Dean Village will be open tomorrow, Saturday. The Long House and West Dean Manor will be open from 2pm to 5.30pm with teas, refreshments and plants available at the Long House. Parking is free in the grounds of West Dean Manor with plenty of signage to point the way. The entry fee of £4 will go towards the All Saints Church building and restoration fund. There are no facilities for dogs.

HISTORY OF ALFRISTON, a talk and slide show, will be given by Kevin Gordon on July 2 at 5pm at the Old Chapel Centre. Cheese and wine to be served with the evening ending around 7pm. Admission is free by advance ticket only to be collected from Cornfield Law Offices at 1 North Street or email: by June 27. The talk is sponsored by Cornfield Law, Alfriston Wealth Management and Plummer Parsons, Chartered Accountant.

SHOWSTOPPERS is the title of another evening of music. On Sunday June 29 at 6pm in St Andrew’s Church with David Ollosson on keyboard and Frank Fox-Wilson on drums under the direction of Ray Maulkin, Pro Musica will perform some songs from Les Miserables, the Beatles and the Beach Boys and a couple of Gospel tunes, the programme lasting about an hour. Tickets £10 available on the door or from Ray or Kathryn at church or email

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society’s Early Summer Show had an abundance of roses and broad beans this year and the WMH was filled with the heady scent of sweet peas and roses. Winner of the Jubilee Cup was Roxchèl Angelis, the Fred Claridge Cup and the Silver Tankard were won by Mark Hurst; Vernon Reynolds won the Jubilee Cup and the CVHS Junior Trophy was won by Connor McKenna. The Plaques were won by Ken Lloyd for his Sloe Gin, Jane Alvey for her Scented Roses and Rosemary Gee for Best in Show. Rosemary Gee also won the Hugh Lindsay Cup. It is now time to prepare for the Annual Show which will be on August 8. Members should have their entry forms returned to Bridget O’Dell by August 5.

RATHFINNY was the perfect venue for a warm summer evening concert. Last week the London Conchord Ensemble delighted a packed hall with the first concert to be held at the winery and already June 12 to 14 is earmarked for a return visit next year. The programme, which consisted of pieces by Gabriel Pierné, Beethoven, Elgar and ended with The Trout Quintet by Franz Shubert, was received with enthusiastic applause by an appreciative audience.

THE ALFRISTON Summer Music Festival returns for its ninth year on July 22 to 27. This year Sir Andrew Motion will be joined by pianist Ian Buckle in a programme reflective of WW1. Other artists involved in the five day festival include Peter Cropper, Karine Georgian, Sadie Fields and Eugenio Catone. Full details are available at Tickets may be booked on 01403 276726 or in the village at Much Ado Books and Steamer Trading Cook Shop.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is No set in Chile in 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. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start tonight at the village hall.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

POPPY APPEAL: Margaret Harding wishes to thank all those who gave their time in Warbleton, Rushlake Green and Bodle Street to collect for the appeal last year. I gather that £2,407.67 was collected, so thanks to those who generously gave to the appeal. She wonders if a fundraising event consisting of WW1 poetry reading and song evening in either of the village halls would be of interest. If you are interested in taking part then please contact her by email at The preferred date for the event would be end of October to the beginning of November.


CHURCH NEWS: Celebrate Mattins with us on Sunday at 10.30am. The Reverend Stuart Baker will lead the service and as usual refreshments will be available after the service. Still hoping to find an organist to help out on the occasional Sunday. We were without last week but everyone was in good voice.


ARMED FORCES WEEK: A special event honouring the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces is being held by the Mayor of Hailsham, Councillor Jo Bentley, ahead of British Armed Forces Day (June 29). Taking place at the Hailsham War Memorial on Monday June 23 at 11am, the event will mark the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag by the Town Mayor in the presence of Hailsham Town Council representatives. The public is also invited to attend the flag raising ceremony and take the opportunity to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community including veterans, serving troops and their families and new recruits. A special service to mark Armed Forces Day itself will be held at the War Memorial on Sunday June 29 at 10.30am. Representatives from the Royal British Legion, Royal Air Forces Association and the ATC 249 Millennium Squadron will be present. For more information on the Armed Forces Week celebrations taking place around the country, and how you can take part, visit

EXHIBITION: Chairman Ray Beckwith welcomed everyone to the Charles Hunt Centre in Hailsham last Saturday with a glass of wine and nibbles, then handed over to Clive Tanner FRPS for the official opening. Clive said the standard of work was exceptional and the current print leaders, Liz and Roger Scott, together with other members of the committee, showed a gentle touch in hanging the prints so beautifully. Members of the club were invited to offer their prints for the exhibition and all pictures were accepted and framed. The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley, always a great supporter of the Society, thanked the club for both her, and her husband’s invitations, and said how difficult it would be to pick her favourite print out of all the pictures on display. It was a sociable evening, a prelude to the week ahead, with doors open to the public from 10am to 4pm until tomorrow, Saturday. Free parking and refreshments available.

EQUESTRIAN ART: Until June 28 at Gallery North there is a diverse exhibition of painting, sculpture and photography.

SUMMER BAND CONCERT: On Sunday 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.

KNITTING GROUP: The next Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm. At the last evening yarn thickness was the main topic of our talk. Everyone had a preferred yarn they return to again and again. Familiarity means that you know what to expect in terms of how quickly the piece will grow and tension is less of an issue unless the needle size is different. This led to whether to swatch or not to swatch, naturally. Sometimes the urge to get going means corners are cut, but as with everything else, more often than not it pays to take things step by logical step. Some people eventually make minor works of art with their swatches. Those less disciplined may have to rove work begun in haste. There were examples of both at the meeting. Whichever camp you’re in join a Knit’Inn night and share your experiences. For more information phone Su (07552229473) or just turn up.

COUNCIL VACANCY: Would you be interested in becoming a Town Councillor? There is a vacancy for a councillor to represent the South and West ward. If you are interested you should apply in writing to the Town Clerk at the Town Council Offices, Inglenook, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE by Friday July 18. Applicants should include information in respect of any personal qualifications with any past or current civic and community participation, which supports your application. Applications will be considered at a meeting of the Town Council at 7.30pm on Wednesday July 23 at which applicants may be invited to address the Council prior to voting. Being a Town Councillor is an opportunity to help make a difference to the quality of life for all Hailshamresidents. You don’t need any special qualifications, all you need is an interest in local issues and doing things for the good of the town, an ability to make decisions at grass roots level, and a willingness to commit to up to several hours each month. Visit the website for information about all the Town Council does including the latest Annual Report, which gives an idea of the responsibilities of being a Hailsham Town Councillor at or contact the town clerk on 01323 841702.

ST MARY’S: This is the first Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Waiting for the Not yet and at 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, The Problem of being Rich. Evening Prayer is at 2.45pm at Emmanuel Church on Hawkswood Road. There is a Holy Communion Service at St Mary’s at 6.30pm, A Sheltered Life.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium is Rev Petula Stowell.

REFLECTIONS: On Wednesday there is a talk at 7.30pm in Hailsham Parish Church on the subject of World War 1, 1914 to 2014, 100 years on. 100 years ago a Serbian terrorist, Gavrilo Princip, assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the Austrian heir to the throne. The rest, as they say, is history. Why did the First World War break out in 1914? Why did it so quickly engulf the whole of Europe and, ultimately, the world? How accurate is the lions led by donkeys view of our armed forces at this time? Why did the war last so long and what should we make of it all 100 years on? Speakers are Dr Andy Johnston, Rev David Bourne and Rev Glen Scrivener. Andy and David are both local Church leaders and both also happen to be history graduates with a long-held interest in the First World War. Glen is a regular blogger, speaker and writer based in Eastbourne.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: On Tuesday go along from 11.30am to the Quintins Centre and meet your local PCSOs, discuss any concerns you may have in your neighbourhood or just pop along and say hello. Sign up to get your monthly e-mail letting you know what is going on in your area. If you cannot make it this time then there is another opportunity on Friday June 27 at 10.30am when your PCSOs will be outside Waitrose.

U3A: The discussion on Modern Technology was very well attended. It was a great afternoon and it was decided in the end there were definitely some advantages, but also some disadvantages, of the technological age we live in. Members will each bring along a news item that has interested them to the next meeting and discuss them. The dog friendly walking group next month starts from Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre to the beach. Walkers without dogs very welcome. If you want a fun afternoon playing cards then join the Canasta group. Chat, make friends and enjoy an exciting card game. 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: William Fox was born in Hailsham and belonged to the East Kent Regiment, known as the Buffs. He died in captivity the day before the armistice was declared. In the Heritage Museum display, dedicated to WW1, amongst other items you can read a letter he wrote to his mum. He still has family in Hailsham and is named on the War Memorial. 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: A Pageant of Empire will be held on Wednesday June 24 1914 in Pevensey Castle at 2.30pm and 7pm. Members of the GFS in East Sussex will take part. The Magham Down Library opens every other Sunday. There are twenty members at present.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

MICHELHAM GOES WILD: Go wild at Michelham Priory this Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 5pm. This animal themed event with a fun atmosphere will have wildlife displays, animals, a fun dog show, stalls, fun fair, photography exhibition, music, bar and barbecue.

SECRET GARDEN: This year’s Secret Garden is a nature oasis with honeybee hives and wildlife pond. The event is tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 5pm. Entry is by donation. There will be refreshments, cakes, books, raffle and plants. Permission has been given to park at The Kings Head and The White Hart, both on Horsebridge, as well as in the Travel Lodge Car Park at the Boship Roundabout. Disabled parking on Misty Acres forecourt. Money raised will go to St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Misty Acres is at Lower Horsebridge BN27 4DN (just 100 yards from the Boship Roundabout). Enquiries (01323) 840227.

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.

COFFEE MORNING 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.

QUIZ NIGHT: Upper Dicker Quiz Nights are always a great deal of fun. The next is on Saturday June 28 at Dicker Village Hall and is in aid of the Roof Fund. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets are adults £7, children (under 12 years) £3 which 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.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the May meeting, retiring clerk to the council, Philip Moon, thanked the council for his excellent farewell party and generous retirement gift. The new parish clerk is Suzanne Collins. Councillor Payne had received an e-mail concerning dog waste being left in residents’ waste bins, on their fences and in the ditches in Mansers Lane. This would be discussed at the Planning Committee later that month. The chairman and all councillors had been invited to attend the official dedication of the Memorial Stone held in Hellingly Cemetery followed refreshments at the village hall.

STAMPS: Thanks are offered to everyone who saves used stamps and leaves them in Hellingly church. The magic figure of £30,000 has now been raised which goes towards getting new equipment for the District General Hospital. Well done everyone.

PCSO FLETCHER: I was very sad to hear that North Ward PCSO Faye Fletcher is transferring to Hastings to be nearer home. She has been a great officer for the last five years and a particular friend of Hawkes Farm School where I first made her acquaintance. I am sure we will all wish her well in her new post. Her replacement is Jonathan Taylor and he is contactable on the same number (07787 685752) and if you need to get in touch with him then his e-mail address is


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Sunday June 15, 22 members of the Footpaths Group enjoyed a six-mile scenic walk starting from the village of High Hurstwood, near Uckfield. The weather was mainly overcast but fine. We parked near the school and walked along pastures and tree-lined tracks to enter High Hurstwood Nature Reserve. We followed woodland paths and crossed a high culvert over a dramatic, deeply-sunken stream, trickling today, but known to flood after a wet spell and turn into a rushing torrent. Walking through the green, unspoilt countryside, we stopped for coffee on a grassy slope to admire views of distant hills. Fortunately, few golfers were out whilst we followed the footpath skirting the fairways towards an enclosed path which led us out to the A26 at Poundgate, opposite the Crow and Gate pub. By now, we had gently climbed 450ft since leaving High Hurstwood. At one stage, we had to make a detour along the Vanguard Way because a bridge was unpassable which added a little distance, but in no way deterred from the enjoyment of the walk. At times, the footpath led us through gardens, across a field of inquisitive cattle and onto farmland where two friendly lambs made a fuss of us. As well as the extensive woodlands and forests, what I loved about the walk were the ancient sunken trackways, with high banks of trees on either side. No doubt the heavy Wealden clay would turn to mud during the wet winter months but today they were dry and easy to walk on. We arrived back at the church and our car park by 1.30pm. The walk was led by Margaret. Our next walk will be a walk around Ovingdean and Undercliffe on Tuesday. Non-members are welcome to join us at the Bus Station to catch the 9.38am Bus 28 to Churchill Square. To find out about future walks visit our website http:

Mobile Library

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

Ninfield & Hooe

FETE: St Mary’s are holding a Longest Day Summer Fete tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

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.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe, Whydown and Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday, July 2. This is at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm, every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

THE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on July 5, 7.15pm at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall. All residents of Ninfield are invited to attend.

GARDEN PARTY: St Oswald’s Church hold their annual Garden Party on July 5, 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Hooe Silver Band will entertain with refreshments, cake stall and raffle.

CAFÉ CHURCH: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Café Church Family Service for all ages, will include freshly baked croissants, jams, coffee, tea and activities for young people on Sunday, July 6, 10.30am to 11.30am. They will be pleased to see you.

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.


LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, when our speaker is Geoffrey Mead talking about Seaside Holidays. All welcome. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Gayles House and Three Sisters, with Mahmud. Meet at Crowlink car park 9.50am. Bus No 12 stand J, to Friston Pone. Finish 12.30pm, 5 miles, hilly. On Sunday, Hiking to Heaven with Graham T. Meet at the Avenue, Eastbourne at 9.30am. Walk starts at car park rear of Fletching Village Hall 10.15am GR 429236. Dry lunch finish 4.15pm 9 miles. Tea at Heaven Farm. On Monday, Mayfield Circular, 3 miles. Meet at village car park, by side of pub, High Street, Mayfield, with Robin. On Wednesday, Stroll Through the Parks. Meet at the Wish Tower, Eastbourne, 3 miles meet at 10am with Ian and Pat. Also on Wednesday an evening walk, Downland Delights and American Supper, with Graham T. Meet at The Avenue 6.30pm. Walk starts Beachy Head car park GR 589957, finish 8.15pm, 3.5 miles. Bring food.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by the Building Fund. All welcome in the lounge, 10am-noon.

POLEGATE WINE and Social Club. At our meeting on Tuesday, three of our members will hopefully be able to keep the audience guessing when we play Call my Bluff. The meeting is at Polegate Community Centre, 7.30pm. Admission £2 for members and £3 for visitors.

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

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

RAMBLING SOCIETY: Walks on Thursday include Figure of Eight around Hellingly, 5 miles with Barry. Cuckoo Trail, paths, roads and fields, three stiles, could be muddy if wet. Or a longer walk of 9 miles Around and About Beggars Bush, Mark Cross, with Graham. Good views, take picnic, tea available at end, about 20 stiles. Further details from Angela on 504280.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

PT VILLAGE FETE: The fete at Punnetts Town Village Hall due to be held tomorrow, Saturday, has been cancelled.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services led by Harry Vallance.

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 performers will be in period costume and will intersperse the music with readings. The concert will be at St Mary’s Church, Warbleton, 3pm on Sunday. There will be no entry charge but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the bell appeal. Refreshments available.

RGWI: On Thursday at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall the Institute has its open evening when husbands, friends and strangers are all welcome to come and hear M Gibson-Brown describe Life on Board the Cutty Sark. The Institute meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. For details or help with transport contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

FLOWER SHOW: I am pleased to report the schedules for the flower show are available from The Stores, Rushlake Green, amongst other places. In the schedule you will find many different classes you can enter. Apart from the classes for vegetables, fruit and flowers etc there are sections for cooking, handicraft, eggs, poultry, floral art, with children having their own sections as well. Entries with the form and fees must be delivered to The Stores by 5pm on Wednesday July 23. There are details of the evening entertainment, the Sunday service and the concert by Warbleton Brass Band there as well. A big thank you to every individual and firm that have advertised in the schedule and provided sponsorship for many of the classes. Show Day is Saturday July 26: as well as the flower show itself there are many stalls around the Green, with items for sale, local interest, local groups and charity stalls.

VILLAGE HALL: please put September 11 to 13 in your diaries as another art weekend is being organised. These are always good and reveal a lot of talent hidden away in the parish. There is also to be another Bygone Heathfield film show being planned for the autumn.

TRAFFIC CALMING: The work on the traffic calming measures in Punnetts Town and Three Cups has started with the speed limit through the former reduced to 30mph and 40mph in the latter. The small width reducing works are underway. It will be interesting to see if they have any effect.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

GLEN CHORALE: The theme of the Glen Chorale’s recently held summer concert was A Day in an English Country Garden, so it seemed appropriate to start with Early One Morning. The pieces which musical director Ansy Boothroyd had chosen were all from British and Irish composers and the audience was transported to a rural setting with flowers, birds, sunshine and showers, it was all quite magical. Some of the pieces were unknown to most of the audience and perhaps should be heard more. Some had an ethereal quality such as Stanford’s The Blue Bird and Elgar’s The Shower, with sunshine coming after the rain. At the end of the first half, the choir embarked on Tea for Two, it was far from easy. Ms Boothroyd doesn’t take the easy option and had skilfully arranged this catchy number to include Polly Put The Kettle On led by a group of the basses with each of the other parts remembering exactly where to come in. A sign of relief from the conductor at the end, it had all worked out well. Ms Boothroyd is fortunate in having some excellent singers in her choir, many capable of singing solos or in groups. Janet Togut delighted the audience with her rendering of The Lark in the Clear Air and David Nunn skilfully led the audience into Just a Song at Twilight. The audience also enjoyed singing Jerusalem in the first half. The group piece Down by the Sally Gardens arranged by Esther Bird was also most enjoyable. It was a difficult concert for any choir but Glen Chorale certainly rose to the occasion. Congratulations must also go to the piano accompanist Coryn Roberts. And then it was Home Sweet Home.

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 at 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. Places are limited so 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 ASAP.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive will be opening its door to the general public from 10am to 4pm today, Friday, for National Care Home open day. Visitors can take a tour of the lovely building and beautiful gardens and see the facilities that are offered. Ring 01323 525000.

BINGO NIGHT: Friends of Willingdon Community School are organising a Bingo Night with an optional curry supper from 7.30pm today, Friday, in the main hall at Willingdon Community School. Please contact the school reception in person or ring the school on 485254 or the business manager Andy Webb on 481101 to see if there are any last minute cancellations. The choice of menu is from: Chicken Kurma £7.15, Chicken Tikka Masala £8.15, Lamb Dhansak £7.75 or Vegetable Tikka Msala £7.75. All dishes served with pilou rice and provided by Curry Master. Bingo cards are £1 each.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when Geoffrey Mead will be giving a talk entitled Seaside Holidays. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208.

THE FLOWER CLUB will meet at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

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

OWEN DONOVAN, talented young musician with a great voice, will entertain customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE BEAGLES will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

OPEN GARDEN: A split level garden with herbaceous borders and two small patio areas is being opened in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice from 11am to 4pm on Sunday. The garden is at 2a Downs Road, Willingdon. Plants, books and DVDs will be on sale and refreshments, tea/coffee and cake will also be available.

A MUSIC RECITAL will be held at St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday directed by Michael Stumbles. Taking part will be the recital choir with guest performers Sue Lahache soprano, Mike Barber baritone, Christina Lynn flute, Tim Willsone oboe, Gerry Scotford clarinet, and Val Stumbles piano solos. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection supporting Polegate based Children with Cancer.

STREET MEETINGS: Ratton local police team are PC Lisa Cousins and PCSO Austin Milson. There will be a street meeting from 2pm to 2.30pm on Thursday at The Grove Ratton and another street meeting from 2pm to 2.30pm at the junction of Pococks Road and Claxton Close on Friday June 27. It is a chance to speak to your local officer and discuss the issues that matter to you. Alternatively ring 101 or 01273 470 101 or email or .

WANNOCK ARTISTS will meet at 7pm on Friday June 27 at Wannock Village Hall when Hagop Kasparian will give a talk and demonstrate a local landscape in oils. Visitors are always welcome. The fee is £3.

FRISTON PLACE: The extensive gardens at Friston Place will be open to the public from 11am to 4pm on Saturday June 28 in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. There is a walled rose garden and a large wild flower meadow. Wheelchair access is limited. Friston Place will be signposted from Friston and Jevington.

WE NEED YOU: To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, afternoon tea and entertainment will be on offer at 3pm on June 28. Tickets are £6 each. Ring 01323 484189 or email

SUMMER FAYRE: Will be at Edgmont JPK Centre in Old Town, 10am to 3pm on July 26. Call Mavis on 01323 485617.