Parish pump Hailsham - June 27, 2014

Alciston & Selmeston

SUMMER EVENT: The communities of Selmeston and Alciston are holding an Arts and Crafts weekend in Selmeston on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13. There will be various demonstrations including chair caning, quilting, flower arranging etc with commissions being taken during the weekend. A good variety of Arts and Craft items and refreshments available for sale, including strawberry cream teas, homemade cakes, sandwiches, etc. The event will include live music from Lawrie Skinner on his melodic piano accordion. All taking place in the village hall both days, from 11am to 4pm. Entrance free. Plus, in Selmeston church there will be a wonderful Flower Festival with flower arrangements (both children’s and adults) to be voted on by visitors. Cups awarded for best in each class. For further details please contact 01323871634 or 01323 870623 or 01323811380.


OPEN GARDEN: The owners of Follers Manor will open their lovely garden again on July 2 in support of The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital. From 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 4pm there will be morning and afternoon refreshments, stalls include plants, gifts, cakes and cards. The funds are being raised for the Friends Special Project for 2014 which is to provide Equipment to Enhance the Acute Stroke Unit at the Eastbourne District General Hospital. There will be signage indicating parking. For details visit or visit

ABBEYFIELD’S OPEN HOUSE will be held on July 5 from 11am until 4pm. The Abbeyfield Society is volunteer led, not for profit and provides affordable supported sheltered housing in a sociable environment for older people. Abbeyfield house on North Road is situated next to the school. There will be tea and coffee, cakes and ploughman’s lunches available.

PEARLS OF ALFRISTON, Sussex Jewellery Limited, are leaving at the end of this month after nearly seven years in the village. Diane and Izzy are going to concentrate on the larger store in Heathfield. Jocalia Jewellers, 61 High Street, Heathfield, has been a jewellery store since 1939 and Diane is planning to extend the in-house workshop facilities in Heathfield and undertake more jewellery commissions, repairs, watch repairs and engraving services. Her website is or email at

THE WI NEWS from Wendy Day: Members once again entertained a group from the Bexhill Day Centre for afternoon tea. Sandwiches, lots of cake and many cups of tea were rounded off with strawberries and cream. At the June meeting at the new venue of the Old Chapel Centre, members were entertained by Pat Thorns telling interesting and amusing stories about the auction sales she and her husband attended when they were adding to their collection of postcards, etc. It seems that several members will be tempted to attend auctions in future. The next meeting at the OCC will be on July 15 at 2pm when Melanie Gibson-Barton will be talking about Bruges. No doubt there will be mention of chocolate. Visitors will be welcome; a small donation would be appreciated.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP). Don’t forget the annual fair on Saturday 12 July from noon, at and around the village hall. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).


CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday at 10.30am Reverend Canon David Gutsell will lead a service of Mattins. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service in the church. All welcome. Holy Communion will be the following week at 10.30am with Reverend Malcolm Elwis.


WHO LET THE DADS OUT: Tomorrow, Saturday, there is another opportunity for dads to spend some special time with their toddlers and children under 6 years old at Hailsham Parish Church coffee lounge from 9.30am to 11am. Dads can bring their children for a play and enjoy a coffee and bacon buttie for only £2. There are newspapers and magazine, games and play, crafts, music and lots more. If you need more information contact David on 07739 790369 or email

ARMED FORCES DAY: A special service to mark Armed Forces Day will be held at the Hailsham War Memorial on Sunday 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 celebrations taking place around the country, and how you can take part, visit

EXHIBITION: This Equestrian themed art event ends tomorrow, Saturday. It is your last chance to admire the paintings, sculpture and photography at Gallery North, 70 High Street.

ST MARY’S: This is the second Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Two Ways to Pray and at 10.30 Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Blind Sight. Evening Prayer is at 6.30pm, Pray without ceasing.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday there is a 4.5 to 5 mile Alfriston to Windover Hill circular with Maisie ((846737) and Liz (842022) with some stiles and otherwise easy walking. Also on Wednesday Nobby (440624) will be leading a shorter stroll from East Dean to Birling Gap with a bus return to East Dean. If you would like to go on either of these walks, please contact the walk leader for details.

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

COMMUNITY GROUPS FORUM: The next get together is on Wednesday in St Mary’s church lounge from 6pm. The group will benefit from a more informal makeover, with refreshments and participation shared by the members. All community groups and organisations are welcome to come along to this networking forum for all local based community groups where groups can benefit from sharing ideas with others. This is a very useful platform for all community groups, societies and organisations to celebrate their success and share solutions. For me, I really look forward to meeting the people and groups who contribute to this column now and again and some regularly. Hope to see you there but if you can’t make it this time and want to be kept informed of future meetings and events pop into Hailsham Town Council offices, ring Michelle on (01323) 841702 or get in touch with the Town Council at

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: 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. Today, Friday, from 10.30am to 11.30am your PCSOs will be outside Waitrose, Hailsham High Street, BN27 1AB. On Monday PCSOs will be in Elmsdown Place, BN27 1AB from 6.30pm to 7.15pm and on Wednesday they will be at Garfield Road, BN27 1AB from 6.40pm to 8.15pm.

BONFIRE QUIZ: Hailsham Bonfire Society Quiz Night for the Battle of the Brains Trophy is to be held on Friday July 11 at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Teams of up to six people, entry fee £6 per head includes a ploughman’s supper. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Please book teams in advance by contacting Lynn 01323 441514 or e-mail

U3A: The strollers group visited Ashburnham Place near Battle for a walk round the lake and afternoon tea in the Orangery and the natural history group went on an all-day expedition to Pulborough Brooks, the RSPB reserve near Storrington. Eleven members joined in and, as it turned out, were glad to be outdoors as there were blue skies and warm sunshine all day. The reserve offers a range of habitats to suit many kinds of flowers, butterflies and pond life as well as birds. The nightingales were in full song (yes, they do sing in the daytime at this season) and some of us were lucky enough to see as well as hear them. The enjoyment was completed by a good lunch at the excellent café. 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.

100 YEARS AGO: In June 1914 Rev Clyde Harvey reports: The schoolboy Burchett, who lived at Downash, with the injured arm, writes from The Guild of Brave Poor Things, the Heritage, Chailey, to Mr Nobbs, who, under the direction of the Guardians, got him there with great trouble, that he wants to thank all the people who helped to get him there, that he is quite well and likes the trade which he is learning. Mr Nobbs also has very promptly seen to another destitute case, and taken, in a few hours’ notice, mother and children into the infirmary. I always find the Guardians here most willing to help in any really genuine case of destitution, and Mr Nobbs is most attentive and prompt and kind to the poor.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

QUIZ NIGHT tomorrow, Saturday, at Dicker Village Hall. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Adults £7, children (under 12) £3 including supper, dessert, tea or coffee. Bring your own other drinks. Bookings (01323) 844687 or 846924 or 841541.

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).

THANK YOU for the wonderful support for the ten Hellingly open gardens recently. The total raised was just over £4,600. Thanks to all those who opened their gardens and all the helpers that worked so hard on the day.

CLOTHES MARKET: The evening Clothes Markets that were running from Dicker Village Hall have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

ANTIDOTE SOCIETY: For information on activities and groups attached to the AS visit the website at or follow on Twitter @theantidotesociety. One of the groups is Yoga every Wednesday from 11.30am to 12.30pm at Dicker Village Hall in term time. The Antidote Society is a real-life and Facebook social group set up to encourage the sharing of skills, traditions and interests amongst village communities and those who hanker for a taste of rural lifestyle. It aims to be an antidote to the drab, the dreary and the negative. It is a self-perpetuating society, an umbrella for sub-groups created by its members. Join on Facebook to keep in touch, discover what is going on, post your own events and have your say. Meet up at monthly gatherings, dates and venues to be announced on Facebook and Twitter. Go along with curiosity, ideas or merely a thirst.


SUMMER PARTY: Advance notice for July 19 which is the date for the Herstmonceux Business Association annual Summer Party taking place at the Sundial Restaurant from 5pm to 11.45pm. Tickets are available at the Brewers Arms, Lime Cross Nursery and the Sundial in the village priced at £15 for adults, £8 children, with under 5s free. Music and dancing, and with afternoon fun for the children, it should be a fabulous day out for the family topped with the Sundial’s barbecue. The barbecue includes a salad buffet and dessert menu. Live music provided by Lipstick and Beatniks, a five piece Rockabilly and Blues band. Also a raffle with prizes so far including tickets for the Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle. We hope to see you there. Alternatively ring Jo on 01323 832382 or Malcolm on 10323 831668 for further details.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Eleven of us, plus a delightful Labrador, took part in Tuesday’s stroll which was led by Janet. We walked through the Priory and then took the service/cycle track towards Kingston then branched off through fields and a pathway cleared through a field of rape. On reaching the garden centre we had time for a cup of coffee before returning along the Cockshut stream, where the Labrador sneaked a crafty swim. We returned to the town centre via the Grange Gardens which looked beautiful in the June sunshine. The addition of strolls to our summer programme has proved to be very popular and are ideal for people who want a shorter and easier walk. New walkers are always welcome to join us. The next walk is on Sunday. Meet at North Street car park for a 9.30am start to Burgess Hill.

WESTGATE WI: For our June meeting we had a visit from John Davey who spoke about A Sussex Who Dunnit. Mr Davey is a Lewes man, born and went to school in Lewes and is very interested in Lewes and the surrounding area. The first thing he asked us was Did Chipper Do It? What’s he talking about I thought. All was explained at the end of his talk. The Piltdown Man was the topic Mr Davey explored and told us all about the people connected with the finding of the skull and other artefacts. In all there were six men involved with various finds which were stated all belonged to the Piltdown Man, those connected with these finds or the whole theory were Dr Gideon Mantell, Charles Darwin, Sir Arthur Keith, a French clergyman Piere Teilhard de Chardin, St Arthur Conan Doyle and Martin Hinton. I’m sure you will be familiar with some of the names. This is a very interesting story with an odd twist in the tale which I am not going to divulge but would encourage any group (not just WI groups) to invite John Davey to give you this talk, it was very interesting, funny and made one think. In the end did we know who dunnit, well you’ll have to listen to John Davey to find out. Also you need him to tell you who Chipper is. Our next meeting is on July 9 at 10.30am. We meet in St Thomas’ Church Hall, at the bottom of Cliffe High Street and our speaker is Helen Poole who will give a talk on Sir John Gage and the Story of Firle Place, sounds fascinating and everyone is welcome to join us. Do come along we are a very friendly group and welcome visitor and new members. (Dee Barr).

Mobile Library

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

Ninfield & Hooe

THE RECENT Father’s Day Breakfast in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice raised an amazing £100. The organisers would like to thank all that attended and supported the event.

VISIT: Twenty one members and friends of Ninfield Horticultural Society enjoyed their recent visit to the Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst. The talk on the estate history was fascinating, as well as hearing the hopes for the future of the beautiful old glasshouses. Lots of people bought plants too. Their next event is the Summer Show on August 16. Watch this space for more details.

BOWLS: The bowls club have had a few good results of late, having some good fortune while the sun shines. On Wednesday June 18, they played Battle and lost 60-92. Saturday June 21 they played Hastings Visually handicapped. In the past, this team have won against Ninfield and they always enjoy their matches. On this occasion, Ninfield won 57-24. Their Rother League match against Staplecross on Sunday, June 22 saw Ninfield win 64-53.

JUMBLE SALE: 1st Ninfield Scout Group are holding their Summer Jumble Sale tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. You are invited to drop your jumble off today, Friday, after 7pm or tomorrow 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 will be meeting on Wednesday, 7.30pm, at Bexhill Fire Station. Meetings are held every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the team leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

SUMMER PICNIC: Ninfield Methodist Church has a Summer Picnic, all sorts of creative activities, a short celebration and a meal for children and parents together on Wednesday, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm (straight after school) for children ages four to 11 years (younger siblings also welcome); but each family must be accompanied by a parent or carer. To help with catering ring David (01424 892248) to reserve your place by June 30.

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

GARDEN PARTY: St Oswald’s Church are holding 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.

THE FLOWER GROUP meet on Monday, July 7, commencing at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. They welcome Gaenor Circus with her demonstration entitled Ancient and Modern. Non-members are welcome for a small charge of £4 which includes refreshments. All floral arrangements demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening.

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 David Hanson.


MINIATURE RAILWAY: William Daly playing fields, Brightling Road. We are available for private bookings, parties etc. Our station is Polegate Oaks. For more details of the new season every Sunday, please contact Chris White by telephoning 07528480371 or email or look at website

FRIDAY CRAFT GROUP meets at the Community Centre. For more information on our activities please contact Val Liles on 460336 or Shirley Hannam 488035.

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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Flowers Green Foray with Graham T. Meet at Herstmonceux car park 10.25am bus No 98 from Terminus Road stand H. Coffee at Catkins tea rooms. Finish 1.30pm, 5 miles, return bus 1.45pm. Or, Heathfield Circular with Jan. Meet Avenue 9am. Walk starts at Mill Road car park 9.40am GR 578213 finish 1.30pm, 9 miles, meet leader at start. On Sunday, Mills, the Lavender Line and the Ouse circular with Pat B. Meet at the Avenue, 9.30am. Please phone leader if a lift is required. Walk starts at Barcombe Mills car park 10.15am GR 433146. Dry lunch at Isfield. Finish 3pm, 9 miles. On Monday a country stroll with stiles, 3 miles. Meet at the Plough, Upper Dicker 10am, with Rob and Ted. More information from 735714. On Wednesday, Jon’s Pie Day. Meet at 10am opposite 12 Gilbert Road Seaside recreation ground for a 2 mile level stroll with Beryl. On Wednesday evening, Round the Reservoir, with Mary B. Meet at Arlington Reservoir lay by at 6.45pm, 4 miles, finish 8.45pm.

DOWNLAND SINGERS need some more male voices. Please come and join us. We meet at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon, on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm. Please telephone 484189 or email or visit

RAMBLING CLUB: On Thursday an appetizer. Meet at Friston Forest car park at 10.30am for a walk, before attending a barbecue. For more information please contact Angela on 504280 or visit

SUMMER SHOW: What a lovely Polegate Horticultural Society Early Summer Show on Saturday June 21 at the Polegate Community Centre. It was such a pleasant day that some people took their tea and cakes on the terrace outside after having viewed all the entries. Although there were not many sweet peas due to the weather, the fragrant roses made up for it, and there were plenty of flowers and pot plants which made for good display in the General Section. There were a lot of home grown vegetables and the summer fruits made your mouth water. There was a large entry for the Domestic section with some very nice cakes and pastries. There was even a fancy cake in honour of the World Cup. The Top Vase competition was well represented and there were some beautiful Arrangements in the decorative classes of Wine and Roses, Tea Time and Miniature Madness. It’s our third year for a Rose for Scent and this year’s winner was Mrs S Harris who won more than half of the 83 votes cast. The trophies were presented by, Alan Clingo, president of the society. Winners were: Sweet Peas: Vase of six stems pink, W Burgess; vase of six stems blue, W Burgess; vase of six stems white, W Burgess; vase of 12 mixed, W Burgess; three vases, three stems, three varieties, W Burgess. Roses: Six blooms in box, D Brown; vase three stems three varieties, Mrs S Goddard; vase of three stems one variety, D Brown; vase of one specimen rose, Mrs D Harris; vase of four sprays, floribunda, D Brown; vase of four sprays, rambling/climbing, T Voyce; one vase of three stems Cycle of Bloom, Mrs S Goddard. General: Six pansies on a board, Mrs S Goddard; vase of three different sprays flowering shrub, Mrs S Smith; vase pinks, nine stems, Mrs P Clarke; vase Sweet Williams, six stems, Mrs P Hollingworth; one specimen delphinium, Mrs D Rideout; vase of delphiniums, three spikes, Mrs D Rideout; one stem of carnations, B Croft; one pot plant in flower, Mrs S Goddard; one pot African Violets, Mrs M Spray; one pot cactus, D Brown; one succulent, Miss D Pierce; one pot pelargonium, Mrs M spray. Fruit and Vegetables: Currants, A Harris; 12 raspberries, R Smith; 12 gooseberries, Ms C Tipton; 12 hybrid berries, R Smith; any other fruit, R Smith; one bunch of three beetroot, R Reeve; three sticks rhubarb, T Voyce; two Cos lettuce, B Croft; two cabbage lettuce, Mrs A Sawyer; six broad beans, Miss S Burtenshaw; 12 spring onions, R Reeve; 12 radish, 2, R Reeve; four early potatoes, R Reeve; two cabbages, Mrs M Spray; one vase culinary herbs, Miss C Tipton; any other vegetable, R Reeve. Domestic Section: Six sweet scones, Mrs S Hannam; six biscuits, Miss S Burtenshaw; chocolate brownies, B Croft; Canadian cake, Mrs S Hannam; fancy cake, Mrs S Hannam; 10 cheese straws, Mrs A Barrow; any vegetarian dish, Mrs D Rideout. Decorative Section: Wine and Roses, A Harris; Tea Time, Miss D Pierce; Miniature Madness, Mrs D Rideout. Sweet Pea Society Medal, best exhibit section 1, W Burgess; Butler Sweet Pea Trophy, most points section 1, W Burgess; Walder Rose Bowl, best exhibit section 2, Mrs D Harris; Charles Bauman Cup, most points section 2, D Brown; Laurie French Trophy, best exhibit section 3, Mrs P Clarke; Merret Cup, most points section 3, Mrs D Rideout; Norman Tyrell Cup, best exhibit section 3, Mrs S Goddard; Lewton Cup, best exhibit section 5, R Smith; Committee Cup, most points section 5, R Reeve; Domestic Cup, best exhibit section 6, Mrs D Rideout; Silver Cup, most points section 6, Mrs S Hannam; Decorative Trophy, best exhibit section 7, Miss D Pierce; Len Hawes Trophy, most points section 7, Mrs J Mordaunt and Miss D Pierce; Fragrant Rose Cup, judged by the public, Mrs D Harris. Top Vase: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, D Brown; 3, Mrs M Spray. Judges were Mr D Pilbeam, Mrs L Purdy and Mrs S Davies.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP). St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: The chapel is affiliated to the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches, and Rev Bob Cotton, regional secretary for the South East will be the preacher at the 11am and 6.30pm services.

FLOWER SHOW: A reminder that schedules for the flower show, to be held on Saturday July 26, are available from The Stores, Rushlake Green.

GARDENING: Of the guerrilla type that is. For a good number of years Kieron Daw has planted up the beds around the Green. He has now decided to hang his trowel and fork, and I am sure we are very grateful to him for all his hard work over the years. Cllr Karen Cook has taken on the responsibility and has told me about the guerrilla gardening on the green she’s been doing with a few stalwart supporters. She is very grateful to them all, and said: ‘The planting is almost finished, but anyone who can help with watering the beds and/or deadheading when they pass by would be very much appreciated. Special thanks to Lin Collins for all her help and advice, and to River Mead Nursery (who donated lots of plants and gave us a very good rate) and Cade Street Nursery who also gave us a very good rate. The parish council budget for the flower beds is quite tiny, so we’ve been very grateful to the nurseries for their generous help.’

CONCERT: Sussex Harmony gave us a wonderful concert last Sunday afternoon at the church. They presented a well thought out programme of music and readings, tailored for Warbleton. They sing songs from the period between the civil war and the Victorian era that is before the organ became the main instrument in churches. During this period bands were formed from locals bringing along their instruments, to accompany the quire. Sussex Harmony used several songs and tunes used in Warbleton and surrounding areas, together with readings from old accounts of West gallery quires in churches. The bellringers organised the interval refreshments, for which many thanks. For their encore the quire went up into the Dunn pew and sang from there, which gave us a flavour of the sound of a west gallery quire, albeit from the north in this case. The concert was in aid of the bell restoration fund and I am pleased to report that £694 was donated which with Gift Aid will increase to £867. A further £35 was raised from sales of the New Bell Cuisine cookbook, copies of which are still available at £5 each. Thank you to Sussex Harmony, to the bellringers and everyone who helped or attended the concert.

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.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

STREET MEETING: Ratton local police team are PC Lisa Cousins and PCSO Austin Milson. There will be a street meeting from 2pm to 2.30pm at the junction of Pococks Road and Claxton Close today, Friday. This 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 be meeting at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall when Hagop Kasparian will be giving a talk, showing how to paint a local landscape in oils.

FRISTON PLACE: The extensive gardens at Friston Place are open to the public from 11am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

TRINITY CHURCH: Following the complete refurbishment of the kitchen at Trinity Church Hall, 42 residents turned up for an excellent lunch on June 20 thanks to Jennie and her team. The next event to look forward to is afternoon tea and entertainment to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This will take place at 3pm tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets are £6 each. Please ring 01323 484189 or email if you would like to go.

JADE POWERS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, in an 80s Revival.

KEVIN PALLISTER will be entertaining customers with a mix of contemporary and classic covers at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Wheatsheaf.

A BREWERS’ GROUP is starting up at the Wheatsheaf at 7pm on the last Sunday of the month. The idea is to learn about the full grain growing process and what equipment is required and be able to taste the beers and swop recipes. The first meeting is on June 29.

STEVE HEWLETT, ventriloquist from Britain’s Got Talent, will be in Willingdon to host the Opportunity Knocks event at St Mary’s Church Hall at 2pm on Sunday. 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. Contestants must then be available to perform at St Mary’s Church swinging 60s Summer Fair, if asked, which takes place on Saturday July 12 from 10am and 2.30pm. Contact Serena on 07725 124902 if you would like to take part.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, when tours of the four floors of the mill can be taken for just £1. Refreshments are also available and the ground floor and museum are wheelchair friendly.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The Willingdon branch of the Mothers’ Union will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday in St Mary’s Church Hall when Revd Peter Clark will be giving a talk entitled Tattoo to Dog Collar. There will also be a sales table.

RBL: The Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding their summer social and concert for members and friends at Flint House, 14 Church Street, at 7.30pm on Thursday. If the weather is inclement, the concert will be held in St Mary’s Church with refreshments served in the church hall.

A YOUTH CLUB for eight to 14 year olds meets from 7pm to 9pm on the first and third Wednesday of the month in St Mary’s Church Hall. July 3 is fair fun and book night. For information about the youth club ring Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528 or Sue or Stuart Freeman on 01323 505833.

WATERWORKS: South East Water plans to lay a new 1.3km pipeline along a number of roads in Wannock, including Broad Road, Farmlands Avenue and Farmlands Way, in order to increase the amount of water that can be pumped into the area. There will be a display at Willingdon Community School between 4pm and 6.45pm on Thursday when residents and motorists can talk to South East Water staff and familiarise themselves with the scheme. The work is scheduled to start on July 24.

FLOWER COMPETITION: Willingdon Flower Club will meet at 1.45pm on Friday July 4 at the Memorial Hall. Members will be competing for the Edith Pierce trophy. The theme for the arrangements will be The 4th of July. The competition will be judged by Ann Brooks. This will be followed by a summer tea party.

EASTBOURNE Astronomical Society will meet from 7.30pm to 10pm on Saturday July 5 at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Prof Roger L Davies will give a talk entitled Our Universe of Galaxies.

OPEN GARDEN: There will be an open garden at 14 Church Street from 11am to 4pm on Saturday July 5.