Parish Pump Hailsham - June 21, 2013


OPEN GARDEN: All Saints Church, West Dean, is raising funds for the church with a garden opening in the village at The Long House, tomorrow, June 22, from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Entrance will be £4 (children under 14 free). There will be plants for sale, teas and home-made cakes. Parking will be made available in a signposted field in the village.

PRO MUSICA presents Music for the English Countryside at St Andrew’s Church at 6 pm on June 30. The programme will feature John Rutter’s The Sprig of Thyme, attractive settings of British folk songs for choir and wind ensemble. A glass of sparkling wine is available at the end of the concert. Tickets are £10 available from choir members or at the door.

TWINNING NEWS: Congratulations are in order for Veules les Roses, our soon to be twin village, which came sixth in the France 2 Channel Favourite French Village Competition after winning the selection to represent the Normandy Region. On June 21 about 25 Alfriston and the Cuckmere Valley Twinning Association members are going to Veules les Roses. Their visit coincides with the Fête de la Musique which will be marked with a concert on the beach by Veules les Roses’ band, Les Crustacés. The participants will be given a guided tour of the village, which will be celebrating its annual Rose festival, La Rose en Fête. On June 22 the charter signing ceremony will appropriately take place in the Town Hall’s Wedding Room. Cllr Dr June Goodfield will sign on behalf of the Alfriston Parish Council.

SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Once again Daniel Bhattacharya and Jeremy Young are bringing a group of talented musicians to Alfriston for the annual Music Festival which will run from July 23 to 28. Tickets and detailed flyers are available from Steamer Trading, Music Memorabilia and Much Ado Books.

Bodle Street Green

VILLAGE FETE: The annual fair in aid of St John’s Church is tomorrow, Saturday, from noon. The terrace bistro will open at 12.30pm for lunches. There will be a hog roast and locally sourced barbecue favourites, a licensed bar, refreshments, teas and ice creams. Warbleton Brass band will play from 2pm to 4pm. There will be fun games and competitions on the green together with a vintage vehicle display and a family bouncy castle. There will be a wide variety of stalls as well. Entrance is £1 with children under 14 free.

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


PRINT EXHIBITION: Last day tomorrow, Saturday, to view the stunning images on display. There are also unique greeting cards and light refreshments to tempt you between 10am and 4pm at the Charles Hunt Centre (Age Concern Building). 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 free parking. All welcome.

ST MARY’S: This is the fourth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Heavenly Hospitality, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Lost at Home, 2.45pm Evening Prayer at Emmanuel, 6.30pm Holy Communion, Living in Line with the Gospel.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There are 1-2-1 readings tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm at Primrose Hall. Just turn up. All welcome. On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Bob Mann.

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow evening, Saturday, Summerheath Hall at 7pm for 7.30pm start. 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. Hosted by Hailsham Lions in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Jan (01323) 501315 is leading a 5 miles circular from Butts Brow to the Youth Hostel. On the same day, the shorter Wednesday Strolls group is being led by Jill (01323) 843530 on a walk at Abbotts Wood. If you wish to go on either of these walks, please phone the walk leader in the first instance for the details.

HOPS: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society held its annual Open Garden and coffee morning on June 8. Once again Mr and Mrs John McCutchen hosted the event at Bates Green Farm on a bright and breezy day. Visitors enjoyed the garden, which once again was absolutely lovely. There was a succession of visitors also to the various stalls and the homemade cake stall was as popular as always. Visitors were delighted with the excellent surroundings over refreshments in the newly refurbished barn. The total raised was over £700, which will go towards the upkeep of the Hailsham Pavilion and essential repairs. HOPS would like to thank Mr and Mrs McCutchen for allowing use of their garden to raise funds for HOPS and the army of volunteers who helped make the event a success and not forgetting the generosity of the visitors. Hailsham Old Pavilion Society was also chosen to take part in the Waitrose Hailsham Community Matters Scheme. Members were delighted to learn that not only did HOPS receive more green tokens than its rivals, but the total received was a whopping £438. Thanks to Waitrose and its customers.

OPEN CHURCH: For children there is an activity trail and they can discover such interesting facts about the font, some of the stained glass windows, the first Parish Schoolmaster and the organ. Some of the trees in the churchyard are very old and some are nowhere near as old as you might think. The enormous and most lovely Lebanese cedar which stands proudly at the front must have been there for centuries, surely? Go and find out exactly how old this majestic looking specimen is. 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. St Mary’s parish church is open for visitors to come in and have a browse 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.

VETERANS/ARMED FORCES DAY: A service will be held at the Hailsham Memorial on Sunday June 30 at 10.45am. Two minutes’ silence will be held at 11am in order that residents can express their gratitude to all veterans of past conflicts. All welcome.

U3A: There are lots of groups to suit everybody. This month the Towns and Villages group is planning a day trip to London Bankside using the Southern Railways Group ticket scheme. The day involves a trip on the River Bus from Tate Modern to Tate Britain. The discussion group subject will be Cheap Clothing, at what cost? Was the recent tragedy with the factory collapse a result of us demanding everything cheaper? Next month they will be discussing Holidays, should the holiday companies be allowed to put up the prices in the school holidays? Are we manipulated into taking the most expensive options? Are cut-price holidays any good? And what about late deals? And low cost airlines? In August the topic will be Embarrassments, what do we find embarrassing? Do we tell our best friend if they are unknowingly being embarrassing? Do we think our politicians or other public figures are embarrassing? All very embarrassing, but could be a good light-hearted discussion. If you are interested in joining either of these groups or U3A generally, contact Jenny Roots on 01323 740820/, or visit

100 YEARS AGO: Rev F Clyde Harvey reported in June 1913 that the collection for the repairs to the North roof goes on. £80 is required. So far we have done well. We hope all will take their share in the restoration of the old Church of the Parish. The Church Council settled the details and we usually abide by its decisions. The papers relating to the proposed new parish of St John’s, Polegate, and in the transfer of the Parsonage to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners as a benefaction have now gone in, and we must wait and see. The proposed district is the marriage district of St John’s.

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.

MICHELHAM GOES WILD: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday there will be wildlife displays, dog agility and games, dog show (Sunday only), craft show, vintage funfair, wildlife, stalls, music, beer tent and barbecue from 10.30am to 5pm at Michelham Priory. Admission is adult £7.50, students and seniors £6.50, child £4, family £20, disabled and carers £4. For more information ring (01323) 844224 or visit

CARING AND SHARING: At Hellingly Church, Caring and Sharing supports The Busoga Trust in West Uganda, an area now home to refugees fleeing the vicious attacks of the Lords Resistance Army. People and animals were frequently sick because there was no source of clean water but last summer the Busoga Trust with help from the scheme were able to drill two boreholes. This clean water has greatly improved the health of the villagers living in Nyakadot and Siriba and hopefully others will be helped when two more boreholes are drilled later this year. The scheme was started in 1982 based on two ideas. Firstly, by making small sacrifices, carers and sharers can turn away from the material values of the western world. Secondly, they can share their comparative wealth by sending the savings from this small sacrifice to projects in poorer countries that help to provide the basic needs of life. The sacrifice can be quite small but the regularity can make it grow. A digestive biscuit costs only a few pence but 5p a day amounts to more than £18 in a year. For more information, please speak to Nicola Stone (01323) 842660 or email

DICKER: The Draft Water Resources Management Plan has just been published and an exhibition on June 4 was part of the statutory consultation with their customers. One proposal is to extend Arlington Reservoir. This will not happen for several years and the use and reuse of water will affect us all starting in the very near future with all the new building planned for this area, where are the resources to supply those needs and how will shortages affect you. If you have a view on this very important matter and were unable to attend the exhibition please go online to register at All views have to be taken into account by the company before any decisions are made. The exhibitions are part of the process. This little corner of the southeast is being bombarded with development plans, not just Arlington Parish but the surrounding parishes as well. This is not just for housing, but all manner of developments. This will inevitably affect the services and infrastructure of the area, including water, power, traffic, schools etc. Please look at the information on South East Water and the possibility of a Solar Park development and go along to the consultation meetings which will come up as planning applications start to appear. The time to make your views known, whether you are for or against a particular plan, is before an application is submitted if possible and certainly before permission is granted.

HELLINGLY SPEEDWAY: Last Sunday the Hellingly Lions Cycle Speedway Team won an exciting home match against Exeter Aces. This went down to a last heat decider with the lions claiming victory by just one point. On Sunday Hellingly entertain Newport at the Lower Dicker Recreation Ground at 2pm. Go along and watch. Admission is free. Enjoy an afternoon of racing.

BUNNY RUN: The recent coffee morning to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust raised £96 which, added to the £100 raised at their woodland walk and an amazing £705.11 from the children’s charity events, they have so far raised a further £901.11 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

CLOTHES MARKET: Hilary and Angie are running another evening clothes market at Dicker village hall on Thursday from 6pm to 9pm.

THE PLOUGH Inn at Upper Dicker had its opening celebration at the end of the month and new landlords, Angelena and Greg Churcher, welcomed many residents from the village and neighbouring areas. People met up with friends who came to enjoy the evening which, although not hot and sunny, was at least dry and warm enough to be outside. The welcome was great and a foretaste of the food that will be available along with music, service with a smile and children enjoying the play area. Everything you could want from your village pub.


WESTGATE WI: June speaker Glenda Law plunged into her Watery Wanderings, stressing the importance of fresh water and life in garden ponds now that many village ponds have vanished. She described the diversity of plants and wildlife such as beetles, dragonflies, frogs, toads and grass snakes. She also showed slides of reservoirs, wetlands (Norfolk Broads), and a part of the Lake District where golden eagles used to breed. Next came rivers, including the Thames, backwaters and waterfalls and Glenda mentioned the lesser black-backed gulls now breeding on the Tower of London. Finally we heard about the canal network with its complex system of locks, a real feat of engineering. Glenda also showed views of wetland bird reserves, featuring an avocet, the RSPB’s emblem, and different ducks: round shaped diving ducks (eg pochard) and oblong dabbling ducks such as mallards. There was also a report from the link delegate at the Cardiff AGM where the resolution about getting involved in reviving our high streets was passed. The next meeting is on July 10. Next crafts is July 9. (A Stephen).

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday May 28 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone, Mike Keeping and Matt Read. June 4 Ladder: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, Mike Keeping and Peter Waters; 3, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. June 11 Butler Pairs: 1, Richard Burnett and Di Johnstone; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Simon Fishburn and Richard Pearson. Thursday May 30 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell; 2, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 3, Nigel Osmer and Susan Louis. June 6: 1, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 3, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. June 13 Ladder: 1, Peter Cattermole and Nigel Osmer; 2, Liz Fry and David Sharpe; 3, Rita Hartnell and Alan Disney.

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; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. 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

HOOE OPEN GROUP (Ladies Club) held their monthly meeting last Friday, June 14, in the village hall. This meeting took the form of a social get-together, giving an opportunity for members, both old and new, to become better acquainted. The group enjoyed cream teas, with home-made fruit scones, served with clotted cream and jam as well as a slice of lemon Madeira cake. By the level of conversation, the meeting can be judged a success. At the end of the tea Edna Wallis, who is the club organiser, held an auction to sell off a number of (as new) items that had been donated by club members for the bring and buy table, which had remained unsold. There was also the monthly 50p raffle with six prizes, all of which had a value of over £5. There were three visitors, who all expressed their intention to become full members as they liked the warm and friendly atmosphere which is the hallmark of the Open Group. On July 12, there is a demonstration of many different devices for home security, covering personal alarm systems, fire alarms and remote monitoring devices; this presentation is a must for anyone living alone. On Friday August 9, members are booked to take a tour of Sovereign Harbour on the African Queen followed by tea and pastries at Simply Italian (fingers crossed for fine weather). If you are interested in becoming a member of this friendly group of like minded ladies, telephone Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 who will be pleased to welcome you.

THE BOWLS CLUB should have played Polegrove on Wednesday June 12 but as it was pouring with rain so they had tea and a natter instead. Thursday June 13 saw them host a touring team from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. They had a really enjoyable afternoon although the weather could have been better. The score was 69 to Ninfield and 47 to Cheshunt. On Friday June 14, six members of the club (two teams of three players) played in an Invitation Match at Cross in Hand. Both teams lost two and won one match but, although neither team won, they all enjoyed the afternoon. They played at home on Saturday June 15 against Herstmonceux, winning a massive 120-59. The club were at home again on Sunday June 16 playing Bexhill. Unfortunately they lost 50-78. Also on Sunday, three members were due to play an invitation game at Staplecross, however, due to illness, two members had to drop out. A substitute from Ninfield stepped in and a Staplecross member also played with our two members but Ninfield lost two games and won one. But it is the taking part which matters.

ST MARY’S Summer Solstice Fete is tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 2.30pm at the Reading Room. Stalls include cakes, produce and plants, gifts and books, raffle, tombola and games. Refreshments of a barbecue and drinks will be available along with some summer sun, hopefully. They look forward to seeing you there.

HOOE DOG SHOW will take place on Sunday, on Hooe Recreation Ground. Entries for both pedigree and novelty classes are from 11am with judging commencing at noon. Free parking and refreshments are available. All proceeds will go to The Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary. For further information please call 01424 892107.

COFFEE MORNING: Ninfield Working Men’s Club are holding a coffee morning on Tuesday, 10.30am to noon. As well as teas and coffees, there will be a table sale, bric-a-brac and a raffle. Entrance is £1 to include your coffee/tea and biscuits. All are welcome to attend.

MUSIC IN JUNE at St Oswald’s Church with The Melodians on Thursday 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.

JUMBLE SALE: 1st Ninfield Scout Group are holding a Jumble Sale on June 29 at the Memorial Hall, 2pm to 4pm. Along with the usual bargains there will be refreshments and a raffle. Should you have any jumble to donate, you can drop it off to the hall on the Friday evening (June 28) after 7pm or it can be dropped off on the Saturday morning after 8am. Alternatively, you can arrange for a collection by contacting Dick Creasy on 07970550226 or Elaine Gausden on 07798654614. The group look forward to seeing you there.

TICKETS for the Ninfield Gig on Saturday, June 29, are now on sale at the Village Stores. Tickets cost the same as last year, £10 for adults, £5 children 5 to 15 years, and £25 family tickets when bought in advance. If still available at the gate they will be £12 and £6. No family tickets. Full details can be found at Do come along and join the fun and listen to the various bands, eight in total.

NINFIELD’S GOT TALENT returns for another fun filled evening on July 12, 7pm to midnight. This is a great family event held in the marquee on Ninfield recreation ground. There are cash prizes on offer for the participants. For the revellers there is a bar, barbecue and a wide selection of entertainment. If you would like to enter, please contact Sami on 07970650321. If you would like to take part in the talent contest, please contact Sammi Guard on 893669/ Closing date for entries is June 30.

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 Holy Communion with Revd Ian Wales.


LOCAL HISTORY: The local history society are meeting today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall at 7pm. The speaker is John Withall on the history of Wakehurst Place. All welcome. Doors open at 6.45pm. More information from or Andy Webb 481101.

WANTED Info on Margaret Dora Benecks 1876-1962 and Marian Elizabeth Andrews 1882-1977, artist and sculpture, who lived in Enys Road, and had a studio in Bath Road. Any information please for Dr Jane Palmer, email or telephone 07710710766.

COFFEE MORNING: Byways Cat Care are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre from 10am until midday. All welcome in the lounge.

ART EXHIBITION and sale of work tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon from 10am to 3pm. Admission free, light refreshments available. Trinity Art Group is tutored by Teresa Currie and 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.

SHOW: Polegate Gardeners Society Early Summer Show is tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre at 2pm. All welcome.

POLEGATE WINE and Social Club next meet on Tuesday when our speaker is Paul Lacey an evening of magic. We meet in the Community Centre coffee lounge at 7.30pm. Details from Sheila Smith 483222.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on June 27 include Wilmington Circular (Not The Long Man) nearly five miles one small hill, six stiles with Marianne; or A Downland Walk with an End Reward, nearly nine miles from leader’s house, some roads, mostly downland, afterwards optional meeting place with Jill. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

A FEW FOLK from Eastbourne Local History Society recently visited two local churches. The first at the end of May was All Souls Church, Susan’s Road, where we had a slide show giving us information on the history of the church, followed by refreshments. The second visit was to St Andrew’s Church, Norway, at Seaside, where we were treated to another talk by the vicar Rev David King on the history of this red brick built church, which suffers from erosion from the salt in the air which dries out the mortar in the bricks. The present church replaces a former Iron Church. Full details of our meetings and excursions are on our website or telephone Maureen, membership secretary, on 485971.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. A date for your diaries. We have a children’s holiday club on Tuesday August 13 from 10.15am to noon, at the Dunn Village Hall. It is for school age children (parents are welcome to stay). Those under school age, to be accompanied by an adult. There will be craft, games, races, refreshments, singing, and Christian teaching. It is free. For more information ring Shirley on 01435 830280. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer on Music Sunday. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services led by Rev Bob Cotton representing the Fellowship of Evangelical Congregational Churches to which the chapel belongs.

RGWI: The meeting on Thursday is the open meeting when members can bring along husbands and friends to enjoy Bruges – it’s more than chocolate with Melanie Gibson-Brown. For details about Rushlake Green WI, and for help with transport, contact Marion on 0435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

QUIZ: I am sad to report that the quiz I mentioned last week had to be cancelled because there were not enough teams.

UNNATURAL ENEMIES?: Christianity and Science; A talk and discussion with The Rev Dr Steve Jeffery on Monday 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.

FLOWER SHOW: A reminder that schedules for the annual flower show, are available from The Stores. These give full details of the whole weekend’s (July 27 and 28) activities.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

BBQ AND QUIZ: The Friends of Willingdon Community School are organising a BBQ and quiz evening in the main hall from 7pm today, Friday. Teams can be up to eight people. Test your knowledge against the staff team. Tickets are £5 each for adults and £3.50 per child under 16 years or £1.50 for the quiz only. Tickets can be obtained from the school reception or email .

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. The menu will be fruit juice, lasagne or vegetarian lasagne, tomato salad, banoffee pie and cream, followed by tea or coffee. The cost is just £5. To reserve a place, please call Jennie on 01323 484189.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

TRINITY ART GROUP members tutored by Teresa Currie will be holding their first art exhibition from 10am to 3pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church Hall. On display and for sale will be original artworks, limited edition prints, cards, photography, textiles and crafts. Admission is free and light refreshments are available.

JON McDEVITT will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the British Queen.

STONE JUNCTION will be at The Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE ASHDOWN SINGERS will be presenting a concert at St Andrew’s Church, Jevington, tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm. There will be a mixed programme of cathedral anthems, motets, part-songs and fun secular pieces something to suit all tastes. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection in aid of the porch window restoration fund. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

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

MUSIC RECITAL: There will be a music recital directed by Michael Stumbles, at 7.30pm on Monday at St Mary’s Church. This light classical concert will include the Recital Choir, guest performers, vocal and instrumental pieces, including solo and ensemble items. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection supporting the Polegate based charity Children with Cancer.

QUIZ NIGHT: Maureen and John Males will be hosting a quiz night with supper provided at The Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate. It will take place at 7pm on Friday June 28. Organising the quiz will be Sandie and John. The event is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which has now got planning permission to build a supported residential centre in Old Town for people with a learning disability. Please contact the project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or Maureen on 01323 482011 for tickets which are £8 each.

CHARITY ABSEILL: Looking further ahead, Karen Hurst and her family from Cavendish Bakery are arranging a charity abseil for the JPK Sussex Project in 2014. Karen needs to book it now as dates are rapidly filling up for this popular activity. The cost to take part is £85 per person, which could be deducted from the sponsorship raised. The participants must be aged 18 or over, weigh less than 21 stone, not be pregnant and be physically fit. It is hoped that at least 20 people will take part, as the money raised will mean that the JPK Sussex Project will be one step nearer to commencing with the building of this much needed supported living centre for people with a learning disability. For further information please contact Karen at Cavendish Bakery will also be seeking larger sponsorship.

GRUMBLEWEEDS: The topic at the recent meeting of the Grumbleweeds at The Red Lion was pest control without using chemical pesticides. Some interesting suggestions were given. One member buys cheap cat litter and puts it round her plants and vegetables in an attempt to keep slugs and snails away. Other members have since tried it and it seems to be working as the snails and slugs won’t go over it and fortunately it doesn’t seem to be attracting cats.

THE WEEKEND of June 15/16 was full of activities in Willingdon and Jevington. Jevington Village Fete on the Saturday was great with its dog show, Punch and Judy show, hog roast, plants and many other attractions. As one who is terrified of mice but find them interesting, behind glass, I really enjoyed the Mouse Town where the rodents were living in their own little town with their own little houses, pubs, shops and the mill itself all illuminated so that we could spot where they were going, a bit like watching a model railway in action. One plea for next year is that the signposting for the rectory fields at Jevington is better signposted. With an assortment of other signs, it was quite confusing. The weather for Chalk Farm’s Summer Fair on the Sunday was somewhat cloudy with a bit of rain, but it didn’t stop everyone from enjoying themselves. All the indoor stalls seem to do well and the coffee was a bonus. Where else could you get fresh coffee with a proper cup and saucer and a biscuit for just £1? And Steve Hewlett was there with his family, not performing, but it was like seeing a celebrity since his terrific performance on Britain’s Got Talent.

DIARY DATE: Do make a note in your diary of St Mary’s Church Summer Fair which is from 10am to 2.30pm on Saturday July 6 with the theme of Beside the Sea. The young Prince and Princess have now been chosen and they are Matthew Wakefield and Jessica Blake. Among their duties on the day will be to open the fair.

TWO COACHES were hired on June 17 to take St Mary’s Church parishioners to Uckfield to witness the institution of Fr Martin Onions as he became Rector of Holy Cross Uckfield. He was warmly welcomed by his new congregation who prepared a magnificent buffet for everyone after the service.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: On Friday June 28 Josie Tipler will be giving a seascape demonstration in mixed media. The meeting will be held from 7pm to 9pm at Wannock Hall. Visitors are welcome to these monthly meetings. Admission is £3.

CITIZENS’ ADVICE: A CAB adviser will be at Willingdon Library on Wednesday from 9,30am to 11.30am. Residents can drop in without an appointment to ask advice on such issues as benefits, debt, relationships, housing, employment, and consumer matters. It is a free service with funding provided by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council. Volunteers are always needed and would receive training. For further information ring the Hailsham office on 01323 842336.