Parish Pump Hailsham - June 22, 2012

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Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Woodman Sunday communion service in the style used in Woodman’s time.

FILM CLUB: This month’s offering is the French farce Potiche, directed by Francois Ozon and starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depadieu. Doors open at 7pm for drinks and snacks, and the film starts at 7.30pm, next Friday June 29.


ST MARY’S: This is the third Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion, Do Justly, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, A Storm Warning. 2.45pm Evening Prayer at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood. 6.30pm Holy Communion, Love Mercy.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Hailsham Ramblers, walkers and strollers will be meeting at Sovereign Harbour for a walk to Pevensey Bay with summer lunch at the Moorings and walk back. Bring a drink along for the walk. If you would like to go along ring Jill on (01323) 843530.

HOLIDAY AT HOME: This is a chance for retired people who want a break to meet new friends and have fun trying some different activities from Monday August 6 to Wednesday 8 from 10am to 3pm at St Mary’s Church. Various activities include board games and jigsaws, gentle exercise, arts and crafts, thought for the day, beetle drive, tombstone trail, indoor boules, quizzes and puzzles, daily newspapers, Wii games. For £4 a day the Holiday at Home includes refreshments and a light lunch. If you would like to book your place contact Gill on (01323) 845329 or Pam on (01323) 844341.

GOLF DAY: The sixth annual Golf Day for Hailsham Old Pavilion Society is taking your bookings now for the event on Friday August 31 at Willingdon Golf Club. It is £30 per player, which includes lunch and prizes. If you are not able to join HOPS for this fun day of golf then perhaps you or your company could help raise funds for the pavilion by sponsoring a hole for £50. Please contact Tom Chapman on (01323) 842758 for further details and entry forms.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: The Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Rev Ron Jones and is followed by refreshments. There are 1-2-1 private readings tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. This event allows you to have a private reading with a medium of your choice. Book on (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582. The next clairvoyant evening is on Friday June 29 from 7.30pm to 9pm with Rev Petula Stowell. £5 on the door. All events are at Primrose Hall.

FESTIVAL: The Active Communities Festival is at Hailsham Community College tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. Try graffiti art, street dance, trampoline, climbing wall, archery, martial arts, bouncy castle, inflatable assault course, sports taster sessions and much more all for free. There will also be a police dog display. Visit for more information and consent forms.

PRINT EXHIBITION: Last chance to view the spectacular prints at the Charles Hunt Centre. The print exhibition ends at 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. One hundred and nineteen prints are displayed. Go along and vote for your favourite and also enter the exciting raffle to win one that you would like to hang on your wall. Two of the photographers who are exhibiting have recently achieved great things in the world of photography. Pat Broad LRPS AFIAP has been awarded the AFIAP International Distinction having had her images accepted in five different countries. She has received one gold medal, one silver, two ribbons and four highly commended. David Mills ARPS has received two Commendations for two images accepted into the Cotswold Salon. Unique greeting cards are available to purchase at amazing prices as are a selection of the prints. Light refreshments are available throughout the exhibition. Pick up a flyer giving details of a photographic competition in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice if you would like to enter adult and children’s sections. 01323 843078.

COOKBOOK: Hailsham Lions Cookbook shows you how to make a chilli jelly, southern sausage stew, sweet potato pie or velvet cupcakes alongside many other mouth-watering recipes. Priced £2.50, all proceeds go to local charities. The cookbook was a big seller recently at the Hailsham Charter Market and is now on general sale. Pick up your copy at Barclays Bank, Hailsham Library and other outlets or phone Lion Joy on 01323 840382. Thanks for the overwhelming generosity of many local businesses, Hailsham Town Council, East Sussex Fire and Rescue and restaurants.

U3A: The U3A discussion group meets on Tuesday to talk about The Defence of the UK, are our armed forces deployed in the right places, should they be getting involved in other countries’ strife? Should our defence budget be better spent? Should it be cut or should it be increased? Loads to discuss here and a few controversial views. July is scheduled for The North/West Divide and August for Water, Water Everywhere – Or Nowhere. This is just one of the many groups you can enjoy by joining the University of the Third Age. Speak to Sue Wilson on (01323) 840797 in the first instance.


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

TAG RUGBY: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 1pm. Rugby for all ages, abilities and disabilities. Free event at the Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club at Cross in Hand. Bring some food along for a barbecue. Contact Darren on 01435 866897 for details. The session is run on behalf of Buddies Autistic Spectrum Support (also known as Buddies.) This is a not-for-profit organisation based in Streatfield Gardens. Founder Darren Crozier has worked with children with autism and their families for several years and came to realise there is little support for families that have an autistic child. Buddies is an intervention and support service that has a core team of four professionals including a speech and language therapist. The long-term goal is to provide a day centre for autistic children. If you feel you could use the service of Buddies or would like to refer others, get in touch at: info@bemy or on Facebook: buddies autistic spectrum support or visit:

ROADRUNNERS: 10k midsummer run on Sunday at 10am. To find out more visit:

PUNNETTS TOWN: The annual fete and barbecue will be held tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1pm. There will be the usual stalls plus a raffle, cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac and bowling for a pig, plus transport through the ages, ferret racing, circus skills and much more. Ring Maggie on 01435 831645 or John on 01435 831653 to book a stall for just £10.

LE MARCHE Heathfield’s fabulous Anglo-French market will be held once again on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27. As always we can expect the best produce from both sides of the Channel, plus great ranges of soaps, oils, accessories, jewellery, arts and crafts, plus live music from all kinds of individual and bands. More information to follow.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, park in Framfield opposite the Hare and Hounds GR.494203 at 10am. Framfield is on the B.2102 between Uckfield and Blackboys, for a nine mile circular walk. Ring: 01892 852477 or: 07766 068729. Saturday, June 30,eet at Dunstan’s Bridge, Newick Lane GR.588250 at 10am for an eight mile walk. Ring 01435 866047.

HEATHFIELD SHOW: Show results (champions and reserve champions): Sheep. Texel: 1, Trinidad Investments UK; 2, Mrs Nicky Warnock. Southdown: 1 and 2, Wakeham-Dawson Harmer; S’wool: 1, Miss A Clements, Hampshire Down; 2, E & G Lovejoy, Poll Dorsets. L’wool: 1, Mr and Mrs Skinner; 2, A & A Barr Farms, Romney. H & Heath: 1, Mr and Mrs J Shrubsall, Badger Face Welsh Mountain; 2, D&J Masters, North Country Chevoit. AOB, Foreign: 1, Mrs Hazel Long, Charollais; 2, J Neville, Zwartbles. Rare Breed: 1, Mr and Mrs J Shrubsall, Badgers Face Welsh Mountain; 2, Matthew Murray, Romney. Supreme Sheep: 1, Wakeham-Dawson Harmer, Southdown; 2, Trinidad Investments UK, Texel. Sheep Young Handler: 1, Lottie Wakeham Dawson, 8 years; 2, Alice Saunders, 16 years.

Pigs. Commercial Pig: 1, Westlands School, Landrace X; 2, Mr and Mrs C Bull, Berkshire. Breeding Pig: 1, Suzi Westron, Large Black; 2, Mr and Mrs C Bull, Berkshire.

Cattle. Ayrshire: 1, Oathall Community College, Oathall Rusty 10; 2, Miss MDM Howie, Ridley Hill Janee Ec 92. Holstein: 1, MW Goddard, Guston Sensation Wendy; 2, MW Goddard, Guston Patriot Lola. Channel Island: 1, R J Manford, Hinxden Friday 8; 2, Miss MDM Howie, Winwamland Latolas Ziggy. Dexters: 1, Mrs Diana Smith, Elmwood Morna; 2, Felicity Thomson, Daystar Puto. Highland: 1, Jane Whitehouse, Lucy of Eckington; 2, Mrs S Tedbury, Lilias of Hardham. Sussex: 1, Chandler & Dunn, Regent 5th of Goldstone; 2, CE and WS Millson, Trottenden Terpsichore 83rd. AOPB best female: New Biddenden Green Farm, Smarden Sorrel. AOPB best male: 2, New Biddenden Green Farm, Smarden Tobasco. AOB Nat: 1, New Biddenden Green Farm, Smarden Sorrel; 2, New Bidden Green Farm, Smarden Tobasco. Cont best male: 1, Mr and Mrs J S Wareham, Wareham’s George; 2, MKD Hind, Ravesdale Columbus. Cont best female: 1, Rhys Grenham Boars Head Heidi; 2, Andrew Price, Bedgebury Fancy Pants. Cont Lim: 1, Tottingworth Farms Ltd, Whinfell Park Festive; 2, Thorndean Farms, Thorndean Glitzy. Continental: 1, Rhys Grenham, Boards Head Heidi; 2, Mr and Mrs J S Wareham, Wareham’s Georgina. Supreme Beef: 1, Rhys Grenham, Boards Head Heidi; 2, Chandler & Dunn Ltd, Regent 5th of Goldstone. Int-breed Group of Three Beef: 1, MKD Hind; 2, Thorndean Farms. Native Beef: 1, Chandler & Dunn Ltd, Regent 5th of Goldstone; 2, New Biddenden Green Farm, Smarden Sorrel. Supreme Dairy: 1, M W Goddard, Guston Sensation Wendy; 2, R J Manford, Hinxden Friday 8. Int-breed Group of Three Dairy: 1, Oathall Community College, Ayrshire’s; 2, The Dean Family, Channel Islands. Supreme Show Champion; Rhys Grenham, Boards Head Heidi.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Regular Services are on a Thursday at 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP) and every Sunday 8am Holy Communion at 10.45am and Upper Dicker 9.15am Holy Communion (CW).

HELLINGLY SCHOOL Centenary is being celebrated with various events between June 25 and 30. The opening of Hellingly Hospital, with new staff moving into the area, had a knock-on affect on education and the village school was too small. So, in 1912 the present school opened it doors on June 6 to its new influx of pupils. The celebration includes a visit, on June 29, of World War 2 Sweetheart of the Forces Dame Vera Lynn. Her visit will include the unveiling of a commemorative mosaic, the cutting of an anniversary cake and the children will sing The White Cliffs of Dover. Former staff, pupils and governors are invited to visit the school and past head teachers and deputies will speak at special assemblies. There will also be a tea party on Saturday June 30, with music, an exhibition of memorabilia and school records, and tours of the school followed, at 7.30pm by a Jazz supper with the Peter Wilson Quartet, for all former staff members, pupils and friends of the school. Entry and tickets £5 (for over 18s). To aid catering arrangements please phone 01323-844346 or e-mail Bring your own liquid refreshment. It is not too late, if you have anything to contribute – photos etc, will be returned.

DICKER RESIDENTS had a lively meeting in the village hall recently owing to questions and discussions on the very important planning applications either submitted or due to be. The items were the St Bede’s Masterplan, the Wise Site and the Village Shop and Café. Other items covered were membership, finances, events, police liaison, local development strategy and its effect on affordable and other housing limits in Arlington Parish. Also discussed were speedwatch, traffic management plan, other items from the Parish Action Plan Group followed by observations and questions from members.

MEETING: The Cardiac Support Group meets on Thursday at 2pm for 2.30pm start at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood. The speaker is acclaimed author, James Gardner, on The Workhouses of Sussex. All welcome. Entry is 50p. Queries email or visit

NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing street meetings are taking place on Monday at 5pm in Harebeating Drive at and for properties between Battle Road and Hawthylands Drive. For those residents between Hawthylands Drive and Hawks Road, they will have the opportunity to meet with the PCSOs at that location and raise any concerns they may have on Tuesday at 5pm.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BOWLS CLUB: Sadly we have to report that Rae has broken her wrist and is temporarily out of action which is why the bowls report is a little shorter than normal. The first match was an away match to Rotherfield which Herstmonceux lost, the final score being 79-55 which meant only one point on the league table. Hellingly was next, another away match which Hellingly won by 37 shots, again this meant just the one point on the league table. The next match was away to Deanlands which Herstmonceux won 63-54 giving them seven and half points on the table. Best of luck to Rae, hope the wrist feels a bit better soon.

THE LAMB INN at Wartling is now re-open and will be serving lunches and evening meals, seven days a week. The Lamb is to be a family run pub with Charlie Braxton at the helm and his brother Ned second in command, both of whom are looking forward to meeting g you soon.

HATS: The Seaford Rock and Jazz Orchestra will be in the village hall for the HATS Summer Ball on Friday July 13. All are welcome. The two Sue’s will be providing a buffet and they will be running a licensed pay bar. Tickets at £10 per head, to include the buffet are available by telephoning either 832117 or 832227.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy communion (BCP) along with Evensong (BCP) will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with Matins (BCP) being held at Wartling at 9.45am.

RAY AND SHELDON will be meeting today, Friday, at the village hall when Joy Bryant will be entertaining everybody with her collection of stories and poems at 2.15pm. Non-members are always welcome to join them for a small fee of £3.

RNLI: It’s time for the street collections to begin and organiser June Exworth points out that this will be her forty second year organising this very necessary charity collection, but she does still need some help in Herstmonceux and Boreham Street. If you feel you can help her could you give her a ring on 833779.

LADIES FASHION SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall between 10am and noon. Entry is 50p to include refreshments and stock is all brand new stock from some of the top fashion houses all in sizes 10 to 16. Money raised will go towards the running of the village information centre.

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; Millfield, 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.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

BRIDGE CLUB: On Monday the club will be holding an Open Afternoon for people who enjoy the game of Bridge and would like to go along to the Memorial Hall for a rubber bridge session between 2pm and 5pm. Do join them either with a partner or on your own and, if you like them you might then think about becoming a member. They meet every Monday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm in the winter and from 2pm to 5pm in the summer for partnership rubber bridge. They look forward to meeting you. For details ring Eithne Hodgens (Chairman) on 01435 867430.

ADOPT A GRAVE: In the centre of Mayfield we are lucky enough to have a graveyard for the village that is still in use for burials; not overcrowded or full like many town and city graveyards. It is a green and peaceful space where many people go and sit; to read, to reflect, to pray. However, if you spend a while here and walk among the tombs and headstones you realise that a great many are uncared for; families have moved away or the nearest relatives have died themselves. Ivy, moss, long grass, dock and other weeds have encroached, covering up the stories told on these monuments to the people that lie buried here. Take another look across the slope of the graveyard and imagine it with tended graves, planted with dainty perennials and bulbs. Colourful with dancing flower heads that invite the bees and butterflies to gather nectar and pollen, birds to swoop around and about to pluck insects from the air. A haven for our hard pressed wildlife in the centre of our village, as well as for ourselves. The PCC would like to see this dream become a reality, so propose that anyone who would like to care for one of the unvisited, older graves can ‘adopt’ it. We have a list of those graves that need help and would register your name against it so that only you would be caring for it. An hour once a month is all that it should take to keep your chosen grave beautiful. And many hands would make light work of the transformation of our graveyard into this wonderful flower and wildlife haven. After our recent launch of this new scheme on St Dunstan’s Day come and join us in this future work if you are interested. Contact (weekends only) is 01435 872431.

OPEN GARDEN: Sunday, July 1 Highfields Farm, Lake Street Open Garden from 2pm to 5pm in aid of the Friends of the Home Physiotherapy Service (Sussex). Three and a half acre sheltered garden with far reaching views. Teas. Rapkyns Plant Stall. Admission £4 (children free). More information or telephone 01580 860386.

SUMMER FAIR: The St Thomas of Canterbury Summer Fair will be held on Saturday July 7 in the Convent garden at St Leonards-Mayfield from 10.30am until 2.30pm. There will be many stalls with something for everyone. Refreshments will include ploughman’s lunches and a barbecue. Wine and Pimm’s will also be available. Each year we donate a third of the proceeds to a charity and, this year, it will be shared equally between Hospice in the Weald and Sussex Oakleaf. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome to come and have a good time. Further details will be announced in next month’s issue of the Newsletter but, in the meantime, please make a note of the date of this regular and happy event. Kevin J Hennessey (872245).

SCHOOL FAIR: Mayfield CE Primary School Summer Fair tomorrow, Saturday, Court Meadow, 11.30am to 2.30pm.


THE BOWLS CLUB are playing West Hoathly at home tomorrow, Saturday, (Centenary Shield). On Sunday they play Rotherfield another home fixture.

THE CRICKET CLUB first team are playing Robertsbridge at home, the seconds are away to St Michaels II, the third XI are also away to Pitt and the fourth XI are playing Little Common Ramblers at home on the Temple Grove ground. All matches will commence at 1.30pm. The Sunday fixture is against Eclipse. This will be played at Newick and play will commence at 2pm. On Monday there will be another match against Warwickshire Pilgrims at home at 2pm. The juniors have a match on Tuesday evening against Ansty at home that for the under 11s. On Wednesday the under 13s will be away to Lindfield. Both games commence at 6pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s this weekend are Holy Communion 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available if booked in advance contact 01825 722582.

PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH: On Saturday June 30 there will be a ploughman’s lunch in the Barn Centre from 12.30pm till 2.30pm. Tickets are £8 to includes a glass of wine or cider. This is in aid of St Mary’s Church fund. To obtain a ticket telephone 01825 723479 or 723591.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be meeting in the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday at 7.15pm. Why not go along and find out what is a going on in Newick in the future. There is a public question time and the commencement of the meeting.

Ninfield & Hooe

THEFT: I have received information from our PCSO Daryl Holter regarding a theft of a silver Landrover Discovery and Ifor Williams trailer on Friday June 15 from the Kitchen Road area of Ashburnham. If you know anything of this incident or saw anything suspicious please contact Sussex Police by dialling 101. Other than this there are no other reported crimes in our villages.

JUMBLE SALE: Ninfield 1st Scouts Group are holding a Jumble Sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm at the Memorial Hall (apologies for the short notice as I was to put this in last week). Jumble can be delivered to the hall today (Friday) after 6pm or tomorrow after 8.30am. If you have any jumble that you are unable to deliver, please contact Dick Creasy on 07970559226. Go along to search for bargains, enter the raffle and have a drink and natter with friends.

THE BOWLS CLUB were involved in two other invitations in the last few weeks. On May 27 four of their ladies took part in the Sidley Marletts Invitation Day and then three ladies took part in the Hellingly Invitation on June 5. Although they did not win, they did very well. On June 13 they played against Polegrove loosing 62-93, June 14 they won against St Leonards 82-54, June 16 they played Herstmonceux winning 72-35 and lost against Bexhill on June 17, 61-110. The weather was kind on all occasions allowing a good afternoon’s play.

JUBILEE WEEKEND: Over the Jubilee Weekend the Jubilee Committee made a small charge for various things, teas, coffees, treasure hunt forms. They also received a few donations both in terms of cash and items, such as the fantastic beacon made for them by Ian Cannon at SMD Ltd., hire of halls etc. Services they had expected to pay for were given free of charge so they are now in the fortunate position of being able to donate money to the village. Therefore, tonight, Friday, the committee have invited the chairman of the Memorial Hall, Adrian Dommersen and The Village Society, Martin Wood to join them at The Working Men’s Club at 7.30pm for the presentation and a celebratory drink. If you would like to go along, you will be more than welcome.

MEETING: The next Panel Meeting and Neighbourhood Watch meeting is on July 3 in the Reading Room (Church Lane) at 7.30pm. Do go along and hear the latest news on crime and how to avoid being a victim. Our PCSO, Daryl Holter will be in attendance at the Panel Meeting which will cover his area of Ninfield, Hooe, Ashburnham, Penhurst, Catsfield and Crowhurst.

THE PARISH COUNCIL are next meeting on July 5, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. All residents are welcome to attend.

THE CARNIVAL will be held on July 14 with an Olympic theme. The carnival are holding a special extra raffle to select someone to lead the procession with the Ninfield torch. This person will then light the Olympic Flame (beacon) on the rec during the opening ceremony at approximately 1.30pm. These raffle tickets are available from Ninfield Village Stores at a cost of 50p each. The winner will be drawn during Ninfield’s Got Talent on Friday July 13. There is a rota in the post office for people to offer 1 hour of their time during carnival day. It would be brilliant if people could give up a little bit to their time to help with the tea tent, raffle tent or on the tombola. If you would be willing to help, please add your details on the rota (any queries, please ring Lorna 893644). The deadline for entries for Nifnield’s Got Talent is Friday July 6. There will be a dress rehearsal in Ninfield Memorial Hall from 6.30pm. No entries will be accepted after this date. Please get your thinking caps on – we look forward to seeing you all in the procession.

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 Worship and Praise with Revd Ian Wales.


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

ST WILFRIDS CHURCH Lower Willingdon, are celebrating 50 years tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday with an exhibition. All welcome.

POLEGATE WINE and social club meeting on Tuesday when Alf Harris will be chatting to us. More information on our events from Sheila 483222.

RAMBLING CLUB: On Thursday, Pevensey Levels, about 4 miles, flat with a couple of stiles, could be muddy with Brenda S; or Hawkhurst Hop Picker, 10 miles of woods, tracks, farmland, good views tea available at end of walk with Graham. Meet 9.30am at Wannock Road Recreation Ground.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Woodman Sunday communion service in the style used in Woodman’s time. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship with Ewart Helyar; 6.30pm Evening service with Jim Dryden.

RGWI: In May, as we had already discussed Resolutions, with which to pester the Government, Pat Clark gave us some facts gleaned from a recently discovered Record Book of Warbleton WI, l919-l931. Subjects definitely reflected the time: Fruit bottling, vegetable drying, chair caning, tinkering and even child hygiene. A penny was given by each member for new brides and new babies. In l921, it was decided to allow mothers to bring babies to meetings, which was just as well as often meetings lasted from 3pm to 7pm. Naughty members often avoided paying for tea so tea tickets were then sold at the door. In 1927, a special meeting was called to discuss what could be done about the unruliness of the village school children. Does anything change? Anyway, on Thursday John Guest, known as the Apple Man, will be giving us an unusual talk on guess what? 7.30pm as usual at the Dunn Village Hall. More info, or transport, call Pat 0l435 830227.


Wannock & Jevington

ST WILFRID’S: I was pleased to receive this article from Richard Herkes, assistant minister at St Wilfrid’s Church. He writes: It’s strange how you can live in a place for years but still not know much about its past. So here is something you might not know about Wannock. Nearly 100 years ago airships were taking off from Wannock and flying over Eastbourne and out to sea to hunt for U-Boats. Most of the bungalows on the present estate are built on the old airship station. In fact until 1995 a couple of the station buildings were still here, and the original library was based in one of the old sheds. St Wilfrid’s Church was built 50 years ago when the Diocese of Chichester decided that a daughter church to St John’s Polegate was needed to cater for the rapidly growing community of Wannock and Lower Willingdon. One of the first things the builders had to cope with were the huge concrete blocks found in the ground. These were the old mooring stations for the airships. In fact, one was left in the garden of the vicarage next door to the church. St Wilfrid’s is the modest and unassuming church you might have seen opposite Willingdon Community School. For these past 50 years it has been the centre of many people’s lives, as they meet for worship and fellowship. There are even still a few who have been coming to the church since it opened. Members of the congregation are happy to confirm that the church is still going strong, which is why tomorrow, Saturday, they are having a big Birthday Party. So if you have been part of the St Wilf’s story at any point, then please join us on the day at 3pm to see what’s been going on recently. And if you used to come along but haven’t visited us in a while, this would be a good day to refresh your memory. There will be information on display showing much of what has happened over the past fifty years, as well as some of what is planned for the future, including some exciting changes. There will be lots of personal stories and plenty of cake. Well, it is a birthday party. If you are a past member of the church, or would like to come and join us for the first time and need some more information, then contact Greg Potter on

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Members of St Andrew’s Church, Jevington are planning a Flower Festival from today, Friday until Sunday. Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm; Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. The theme of the flower festival is the Jubilee. The exhibits and arrangements will represent significant items, places and events in a glorious 60 year reign. Local church guides, flower clubs, church groups, schools, businesses and the community at large are all playing their part to ensure that this event is a great success. There will also be paintings and posies from local children and also a musical element to add another dimension to the occasion. It will be the ideal time for visitors to see this beautiful old church in the South Downs. Refreshments will be available.

VOICE AND SPIRIT: As part of the twinning between Polegate and District and Appen in Germany, the German gospel choir Voice and Spirit will be coming to East Sussex from today, Friday, until Wednesday as guests of Concentus Chorale. The German choir will be staying with Concentus Chorale members living in Polegate, Willingdon, Eastbourne and at the Sovereign Harbour. The few days they are here will be jam packed with concerts, rehearsals and sight-seeing trips. Two free public concerts have been planned with both choirs taking part the first at 8pm on Sunday at St John’s Church Hall Polegate and then 7.45pm on Monday at Eastbourne Town Hall. Please ring 01323 487711 if you would like to go to the concert at St John’s (there will be a retiring collection for the church) or 01323 500001 if you would like to go to the Town Hall concert when there will be a retiring collection for the JPK Project.

CHALK FARM is having a Summer Fete from 11am to 4pm on Sunday. It will be opened by Eastbourne mayor Mike Thompson. Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd will also be present. The M25 Singers will be entertaining from 11am to noon; from noon to 3pm the Groove Jazz Band will be playing and from 1pm to 2pm there will be line dancing. Other attractions include delicious barbecued hot dogs and burgers, various games, homemade cakes, raffles, lucky dip and a tombola. A variety of stall holders will be selling their home-made wares including woodcraft, crackers, greetings cards, silk cushions, jewellery, hand-sewn items, home-made jams and marmalade and bric-a-brac. And don’t forget to visit the garden centre behind the hotel where there is a wide selection of plants. Please support this local charity. Admission is 50p for adults, free for children.

PAUL’S DISCO will be the entertainment at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Mel will be singing from 8.30pm at the Wheatsheaf.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros on 01323 504463.

JUDGING commences next week for the cottage garden category in the Willingdon in Bloom competition.

THE FOOTBALL CLUB has recently had to pay £700 to the Sussex Football Association and the Mid Sussex League to cover all their three teams for the coming season. The club is now looking for sponsorship in order to be able to buy new training equipment and kit. Weekly pre-training sessions will be starting at 7pm on Wednesday July 4 at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground. If you would like to support the club or are interested in getting involved in any way please ring John Shepherd on 01323 734344.

THE TALK which had been scheduled for the Garden Growers Group at the Wheatsheaf on June 14 was plants that can cope well in drought conditions. This had to quickly be changed to plants that can cope with all the rain and wind that we have had and how to deal with all the pests that are devouring our veg.