Parish Pump Hailsham - June 7, 2013


THE EARLY SUMMER Horticultural Show at the War Memorial Hall is open to the public tomorrow, June 8, from 1pm to 5pm. It is usually a splendid display from the horticultural society members. It will be interesting to see how the long, cold, wet winter and spring has affected the entries. It has been a challenge. The show will demonstrate how that challenge has been tackled. Interestingly, some flowering bushes in my own garden seem to have enjoyed a colder winter producing some fine blossom.

BIG LUNCH: Last year to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee the village residents took their picnics to the Tye (and War Memorial Hall) braving a rather wet lunch time but enjoyed it anyway. Another Big Lunch is planned for this coming Sunday, June 9 at 12.30pm on the Tye. Bring a picnic.

300 CLUB this month will meet at The Smugglers on June 11 at 8pm.

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

bodle street green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSG WI: Bodle Street WI is 90 years old, and members will be celebrating with a supper and an evening of light hearted music with Romy McCabe on Tuesday at 6.30pm in the village hall. It is hoped that members of other local institutes will join in. The newly formed walking group has enjoyed a couple of afternoon walks. For details of the activities, contact Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.


MEERKATS: The Musical Meerkats will begin again today. This group for the youngest of our families will help them to learn about movement and music and the instruments that make it. For more information and to book a place please call Rachel Wright on 07867 787227.

BRIDGE: The fun Bridge afternoon is being held today (Friday) at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Kick of is 12.30pm with a light lunch and the fun game of bridge will begin at 2pm. Tickets are £10 and you may still be able to get one if you call Anne Gray 01435 882442 early this morning. All proceeds will be given to Breast Cancer Breakthrough Appeal.

AGM: The 1st Burwash and Etchingham scout group will be holding their annual general meeting on Tuesday in their headquarters in the Bear car park from 6.30pm. They are always pleased to welcome aboard new committee members and leaders. If you are interested go along to the meeting or call Emanuel Flecken on 01435 882764.

BLG: The Burwash Ladies group will have their next meeting on Wednesday in the village hall at 2.15pm. The members will hear Brion Purdy on Sussex Customs and Cures. The groups visit this month will be on June 26 to Chapel Down Vineyard and Smallhythe Place Tenterden. They are always pleased to welcome new members and visitors.

SHOW: The horticultural society Rose, Sweetpea and Delphinium show will be held in the Pavilion on Swan Meadow, on June 15. Schedules are available from the Burwash Newsagents, and entries can be returned on the morning of the show. This year they will also include art, craft and children’s classes. All local amateur artists, quilter, sewers and embroiderers, knitters, potters, glassworkers, woodworkers are welcome to enter. The children’s two classes are, A Garden on a Plate and Three Iced or Decorated Cup Cakes. See the schedules for the full details.

STOOLBALL: Last Friday the team had their first match of the season with a home fixture against Little Common. Little common opened the batting and it was soon evident that Rose Rainton hadn’t gone rusty over the winter as she scored 93, runs of the total 185 from 13 overs, Tracy 47 and Sarah 20. Burwash gave a good fight despite being a bit light of players. They finished on 141, Jo Baldwin 58, Nicky Matthews 38 and Toni Wheatley 21. On Sunday Jo and Toni played in the East Sussex team against North Division in a 35 over match. North batted first and made 63 from 23 overs. East past that with a terrific innings from Sandra Gorringe in just six overs. They will now play in the semi-finals on June 16 at Littlehampton.


FARMERS’ MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, at the Cattle Market from 9.30am to 12.30pm. You can buy local meat, chicken, sausages, bacon both green, back and smoked, cheese, honey, bread and homemade cakes, also vegetables. Various craft stalls will be there to buy that present that is different. You can also buy your bedding and vegetable plants for your garden, at very competitive prices. Talk to the stallholders, they will be happy to speak to you and give you advice about their produce or products and all look forward to seeing you there. Do not forget the Market Cafe for your tea or coffee, bacon sandwich or whatever takes your fancy.

NEW MARKET: As part of the regeneration of Hailsham it is the intention of Hailsham Forward to launch a market located in Vicarage Field. Register now if you would be like to hire a stall. It is hoped to attract independent producers of affordable quality goods. If you are not sure if your products fit the criteria, then please ring the number below. It is important that the goods on sale are neither in conflict with the Friday nor Farmers’ Markets already in situ at the Cattle Market site. Pitch rents are yet to be confirmed but would be in the region of £20 for the day and people should register an interest now with Micky Caira, Deputy Town Clerk at Hailsham Town Council on (01323) 841702.

ST MARY’S: This is the second Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Joy in Heaven, 2.45pm Holy Communion at Emmanuel, 6.30pm Evening Prayer, God’s amazing grace.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Rev Petula Stowell.

OPEN GARDEN: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be holding its annual Open Garden and Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon at Bates Green Farm, Arlington. Homemade cakes, refreshments, books, plants and HOPS merchandise. Entry fee is by donation and all are welcome, sorry no dogs.

BONFIRE QUIZ: This evening, Friday, at Union Corner Hall on Friday June 7 at 7pm. Teams of six cost £6 per person to include a ploughman’s. BYO drink. Bookings on 01323 441514 or pay on the door. Don’t forget Bonfire Bingo next Friday June 14 at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. If you wish to know more about the Bonfire Society, members meet at Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road on the first Monday of every month from 8pm. All welcome

TWINNING CHOIRS: Free concert tomorrow, Saturday at 7.30pm. Hailsham and District Twinning Association are pleased to announce that they have two choirs Singing for Fun who will perform many songs from the shows and a choir from our twinned town in France, Gournay en Bray. Also a young local female soloist. Tea, coffee and biscuits, donations to the church.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights this month are on June 9 and 30 at 7.30pm and are on the second and last Tuesday of every month. An informal group gathers to share their enjoyment of all things yarn, including stories. Generally at least one current piece of knitting or crochet is brought along to work on, but showing off finished pieces and asking advice about patterns and methods is also par for the course. Sources for materials is another regular topic, but non-knitting related matters tend to crop up too. So that unless there is a simultaneous reach of a complicated part of a pattern there is at least an undercurrent of chatter. Come to the King’s Head for the next Knit’Inn Night or contact Su (07591 631749) for further information.

160 YEAR CELEBRATION: On Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm at the Charles Hunt Centre there is a party to celebrate the end of Hailsham Horticultural Society’s 160th year. They would love to see past, present and prospective members. There will be refreshments and quizzes. Entry is free. All welcome.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Gill (01323) 849741 and Jo (01323) 842193 are leading the 4.5 mile Cowbeech circular. If you just fancy a stroll, also on Wednesday, then Nobby (01323) 440624 will lead you from Barcombe along the riverbank to the Anchor pub. If you would like to go on either of these walks, please contact the walk leader for the details. For general information about Hailsham Ramblers please ring Secretary, Jill, on (01323) 843530.

RHYME TIME: Hailsham Library hosts a fun half hour fortnightly when you can sing rhymes and play instruments with your baby. It is free and the next session is on Wednesday from 9.45am to 10.15am.

ORGAN CLUB: On June 12 Alex Payler will be playing a Yamaha EL900M organ at the Pavilion, starting at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm. All meetings are at the Pavilion on the second Wednesday of each month. Non-members are most welcome at all meetings. For more info on any show contact Charles Clegg on 01323 762411, or visit and go to the Hailsham Organ Club page.

GARDEN TOUR: On Thursday from 11am Head Gardner, Stuart Reid, will be leading a 90 minute tour of Michelham Priory exploring the seven acres of historic gardens. Price includes entrance to house and grounds, tour and soup and roll in the cafe. Admission is £15.50 for non-member, £10 for Friends of Michelham Priory and SAS members. To register please call (01323) 844224, email or visit www.sussex

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Admission is free on Friday June 14 to a 40 minute concert entitled Three Centuries of Songs. The concert is to be held in Hailsham Parish Church at 1.10pm, perfect for a restful break while you listen to songs by the world’s great composers sung by Hailsham’s own mezzo-soprano, Linda Grace. Featuring songs by Bach, Handel, Rossini, Debussy, Poulenc, as well as Schubert’s Achtstuck (Nocturn), which is sometimes described as one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Donations gratefully received at the exit.

100 YEARS AGO: In May 1913 Rev F. Clyde Harvey wrote: The last Church Council decided to ask Mr Lacy Ridge to inspect and advise upon the state of the roof of the north aisle of the Church. He came on Friday, April 18 and was met by Mr Churchwarden Towler, Mr A K Burtenshaw, Sidesman and Mr Blackman, who provided ladders and took him up. He will send his report to the Churchwardens. I believe he recommends an asphalt roof, the new idea in such roofs. This should be much cheaper than lead! We have had no repairing for a long while. There was a time, some years back, when we faced restorations of £500 or £600 over and over again, and got it! We do not value our old Parish Church less than we did! We shall require £80 at least. Mr Towler will bring round the list.

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society next meet on Wednesday at the Methodist Church Hall, starting at 7.30pm. All welcome. Visitors £2.50. This meeting is put on by the chairman of the society, Davd Bourne, who will be talking with slides about the History of the Hailsham Printing Works that at one time was his family’s business. A trade that was in the town for 200 years.

hellingly & horsefield

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday morning from 10am to noon, the Bunny Run is holding a coffee morning and open day to raise money for their chosen charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust. To date the children have raised over £800 through various sponsored events at the nursery and schools out. Families that took part in our bear hunt in Bunny Woods raised £100 and Wendy Robson, a member of staff, ran in the London Marathon finishing in a very respectable 3hrs 53 minutes raising almost £3k. This coffee morning is the icing on the cake and they would like as many families as possible to go along and enjoy the new outdoor facilities as well as a lovely cup of tea and some scrummy cakes and scones.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Please note that the 6.30pm service of Sunday Evensong is temporarily suspended. Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

CYCLE SPEEDWAY: The club is on the look out for new riders and if you would like to find out what they do then the Hellingly Lions Cycle Speedway team have a home fixture on Sunday June 9 at 2pm. Go along and find out more. The track is at Lower Dicker and they are taking on the Exeter Aces in a league match. Admission is free. If you would like to have a go then anyone over the age of 11 years is more than welcome at the same venue on a Wednesday evening at 6.45pm. Bikes and equipment are all provided free of charge. For more information call (01323) 506751.

OPEN GARDEN: Prospect Farm, Old Road, Magham Down BN27 1PS (near Amberstone and The Old Forge Hotel) is open on June 12 in aid of The Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals. Morning coffee and afternoon tea will be served from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm and 4pm. The garden will be open whatever the weather. Entry is by donation. There is good access for the disabled. You may bring cakes, produce and plants along for them to sell on their stalls.

HAITI: Dr Colin Tourle of Hellingly and Iasis Medical, which is often supported by Hellingly Parishioners, reports that on his most recent trip a lady of about sixty came into the medical clinic in Haiti in a very distressed state. Her husband who accompanied her said that for three months her speech had changed to such an extent he could not understand her. The normal language in Haiti is French Creole. He husband described her current speech as The Devil’s Tongue. Just before Christmas, the patient had scratched her right ankle. For some reason that I never discovered, she believed that this comparatively trivial injury had been cursed by the Devil. Her husband described how her mother, her father and her brother had all died after receiving a voodoo curse. The wound when cleaned revealed what one would probably describe as a tropical ulcer. In Britain one would think of this as a fairly straightforward problem to treat. We strongly reassured the patient that there was no reason to think in terms of a fatal illness. Her leg needed regular cleansing, rest and dressings and she would get better. What we could have used in Haiti was honey. Honey does have an anti bacterial property and there would be a plentiful supply in Haiti. Sadly, it was not just a medical problem. There was a huge spiritual and psychological component. This poor lady had gone down the road in her beliefs so much, that she had a form of psychosis affecting her speech. In the three years since the terrible earthquake killed 230,000 in Haiti, I saw personally the slums of the ‘tarpaulin ghettos’ where some of the survivors live. Ragged sheets of tarpaulin, sheets of rusty galvanised iron, gates made of broken wooden pallets. The alleyways are dark, narrow and dangerous. Drugs and violence are endemic.

LONG MAN REPAINT: I was privileged to be one of the proud parents of a scout that took part in the repainting of the Long Man of Wilmington last Saturday. This wonderful East Sussex landmark has become somewhat dull and barely visible over recent years. The event was organised and led by the Hellingly group for all the scouts of Hailsham and Heathfield District. Thankfully it was a glorious day and although parents could not go on site because of erosion we sat below and were gratefully rewarded with complimentary ale from the Long Man brewery, soft drinks and a barbecue. After their briefing we watched whilst our youngsters donned purple t-shirts over their painting gear and shinned up the hillside, paintbrush and bucket in hand. There was much media interest, which added to the excitement including a remote controlled aerial camera that buzzed about between them as they worked. B&Q very kindly provided the masonry paint but such was the enormity of the task only half way into the day it had run out. After a short delay restocking everybody was soon back on track and by the end of the afternoon the giant had been brought back to his former splendour. Word had spread and the car park at Wilmington Priory was full of people with cameras who had heard about the event and certainly the figure was bright enough now to be photographed clearly from a distance. Thanks are offered to Tescos and also to Waitrose who supplied the drinks and snacks for the children when they came down after painting. Thank you especially to the landowners the Ellis family for all their support and for allowing use of land to make this event possible. These Scouts will never forget being a part of a little bit of history and certainly something rather special. Well done everybody.

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

BOWLS: Ninfield Bowls Club played a league match on Wednesday, May 29 against Winchelsea. The results were Ninfield 58, Winchelsea 70. Ninfield are hopeful that they will win the return match when they host in the near future. On the afternoon of last Saturday, June 1, the club had a Ladies versus Gents match. As has been for the last few such afternoons, the Gents won. However, I am told that the ladies did their best. The match was followed by fish and chips in the club house.

THE FLOWER GROUP are having an Open Garden/Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am to noon at Chamberlain House, The Green. This is by the very kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Harmer. Should the weather be wet alternative arrangements will be made and notification will be at the property accordingly. The group hope that you will be able to join them.

HOOE HISTORY Society next meet on Thursday in Hooe Village Hall at 7.30pm. Chris Hone and Ron Wanmer are going to talk to the group about Hooe’s Old Motor Club. Their illustrated talk will be about the history of the club and the car show, now in its 44th year. Hooe History Society was formed last September and since then has met monthly, the meeting topics have been varied and all have been well received. The society is getting excellent attendance and the evenings are very enjoyable. Plans are well advanced for their first exhibition to be held in October. Further details about the June meeting or further information about the Society from Heather Sinden 01424 893422.

HOOE OPEN GROUP (Ladies Club) are meeting on June 14 at Hooe Village Hall, at 2.30pm. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

NINFIELD SCHOOL are holding a Rat Pack Night on June 14, at the Memorial Hall, 8pm to midnight. Dean Ager, a super Frank Sinatra/Bouble tribute act, will be singing live with a disco. There will also be a bar throughout the evening. All funds raised will go towards extra resources for children at Ninfield C of E School. Tickets are available from the school 01424 892486 or Lorna 893644.

BUSY MONTH: This is a busy month for the Methodist Church as they celebrate, and give thanks to God for their Anniversary of 142 years, amazing. They are pleased to remember their links to the Salvation Army as William Booth’s wife, Catherine, laid the foundation stone to the Ninfield Methodist Chapel on Thursday, July 6, 1871. As you will see they are celebrating this occasion with two special Sunday services and a unique play with music on the theme of: The Wedding at Cana You will be assured of a very warm welcome and a birthday tea. They will also be enjoying all the facilities in their refurbished hall which looks superb. Christian As part of the celebrations, Voices Bexhill will be performing The Wedding at Cana, written by Alan Young, songs by Dave Chamberlin, June 15, 3pm. Admission is Free. Donations to Homecall, Bexhill. Sunday, June 16, 2.30pm, there will be a Church Anniversary Celebration with Rev. Roger Leslie followed by an Anniversary Tea at 3.30pm. Continuing the celebrations, there will be a service on Sunday, June 30 of Music and Praise with The Salvation Army, Hastings Temple Band and Songsters, with refreshments.

LOCAL HISTORY: Ninfield Local History Group are next meeting is June 20, 7.30pm in the reading Room with a talk by Richard Platt on Smuggling in Sussex. There is a charge of £1 for members (and £2 for non-members) at each meeting to help towards the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Acting Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email or see their Website/Facebook page: /

SUMMER FETE: St Mary’s Summer Solstice Fete will be on Saturday June 22 from noon to 2.30pm at the Reading Room, Church Lane. 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.

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 Methodist Homes Sunday with Mr Owen Birch.


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

BEETLE DRIVE: The twinning association are hosting a Beetle Drive tomorrow, Saturday, from 7.30pm at the Community Centre. The cost is £5 to include a buffet. Guests are welcome. Please advise of attendance for catering purposes by telephoning 486021.

HELP NEEDED: We are still looking for someone or a group of people who will organize the adverts for the magazine. This involves finding new advertisers when spaces become available and liaising with present over the designs or where they want the advert to go. It is not difficult but just needs a bit of time usually between August and December. Please think about it. More Info from John Rogers on 484631 or email

SENIOR CITIZENS Club meets every Monday afternoon at Polegate Community Centre with a choice of rumicub, crib, whist, scrabble and an unusual game of dominoes. We meet from 2pm to 4pm. All welcome.

GARDEN COFFEE MORNING in aid of Kit Wilson Trust is taking place on Wednesday at 76 Hailsham Road, from 10am until 12.30pm. All welcome.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on June 13 include Blackboys Walk Cicular, nearly 5 miles woodland, lanes and fields, three stiles, Blackboys Inn afterwards with Sue; or Alfriston and back, 8 to 9 miles through Friston Forest to Hope Gap and back along the river, some stiles, take picnic with Rosalind. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

GARDEN OPEN on June 15, 10am, at Sayerland House, Sayerland Road, Polegate, in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. All welcome. Ring 637871 for more information.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning worship with Holy Communion. We had one of those things that have been in short supply this year, a fine day for our pet service in the car park last week. All the pets present were canine. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services with Rev John Billett.

HISTORY GROUP: Phil Everitt will give the History of Peregrines in Sussex from 1904 to the present day at our meeting on Monday. We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm start, and coffee is served prior to the meeting. All are welcome. Our next walk is earlier this month on this Wednesday meeting at 6.30pm at Rocks Farm Lakehurst Lane, which is off the Woods Corner to Ashburnham road.

GRAND QUIZ: The committee of the Dunn Village Hall are organising a Grand Quiz for next Saturday June 15. Tickets are £7.50 and include a ploughman’s supper. There will be a licensed bar. For tickets ring 01435 863727 or 812627. Proceeds of the evening will be split between hall funds and Children of Gambia Services.

MERRY WIVES: A reminder that tickets for the Village Players production of the Merry Wives of Windsor are available from The Stores at £10 each. In case of wet weather the first 110 tickets sold, guarantee a seat in the village hall.

FLOWER SHOW: Schedules giving full details of the classes and events of the annual flower show are available in The Stores.

ART ON THE GREEN: Coffee and Company are planning an art exhibition called Art on The Green in The Dunn Village Hall, on Saturday September 14 10.30am to 5pm and Sunday September 15 2pm to 5pm. There will also be a preview from 7pm to 9pm on the evening of Friday September 13. Amateur and professional artists, photographers and craft-makers living in Rushlake Green and the surrounding areas are invited to submit one or two pieces of work. As well as paintings, photographs and craft items, three-dimensional work, sculpture and pottery will also be accepted. Reproductions are not acceptable. Work must be well presented, with art and photography suitable for hanging, and a maximum framed size of 100cm x 100cm. Children, under 10 years of age, are invited to submit work in any of the above media for a special children’s display. The work can be for sale, with 20 percent of the selling price going to pay for the costs of running and promoting the exhibition. Entry forms are available now from The Stores in Rushlake Green.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

MUSIC IN THE PARK organised by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is being held at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground from 11am to 5pm on Sunday. Admission is free. This year will be the first year that there will be a dog show. There will also be a traditional fairground, charity and trade stalls and ice creams and refreshments available. The programme is as follows: 11am chairman’s welcome; 11.05am to 11.55am Excalibur; 12.20pm to 12.30pm Kingfisher Scout Band; 12.30pm to 1pm announcement for the dog show and categories; 1pm to 2pm Wealden Brass; 2.15pm to 2.30pm ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and friends; 2.30pm to 4pm The Pulse; 4.15pm to 4.45pm raffle and close. The dog show will start at 1pm. Entry forms are available from the parish office or on the day. The event will be supporting Canine Partners and the JPK Project. For further information please contact the assistant parish clerk on 01323 489603 or email

STEVE HEWLETT, who lives in Willingdon with his wife Nina and their 19 month old daughter, has become quite a celebrity following his performances on Britain’s Got Talent, where he has done so well. I expect there will be quite a few people wanting to see him at the Music in the Park event.

OPEN DAY: Try your hand at lacemaking. The Triangle Lace Club is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding an Open Day at Trinity Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to 1pm. Lace, made by club members, will be on display plus demonstrations and a Have a go pillow. Light refreshments will be available and entrance is free.

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

POCKETSIZE: Talented musicians Liz and Darren under the name of Pocketsize will be entertaining customers with their laid back American folk music, at The Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday June 9 wandering minstrel Leo, back from Australia, will be providing the entertainment from 1.30pm.

MEETING: The parish council planning committee will be meeting at Willingdon Community School at 7.30pm on Monday. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

GRUMBLEWEEDS Growers Group will be meeting at The Red Lion at 6.30pm on Thursday when the topic for discussion will be organic ways of keeping slugs and snails and other garden pests under control. New members always welcome.

JEVINGTON and Filching WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall when the members will be having a taster of Pilates, Tai Chi and Chi ball. It is all to do with keeping fit.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at the Memorial Hall when Mr R McKenna will be giving a talk entitled Surviving in Soho.

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

JEVINGTON VILLAGE FETE will be held in the Rectory Fields at Jevington from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday June 15. Attractions include Punch and Judy, craft stalls, plants, Jevington produce stall, mouse town, tombola, cream teas, hog roast, draught beer, veggie burgers, fun dog show, ferret roulette, card stall, book stall, bric-a-brac, clairvoyant, coconut shy, human fruit machine, barrow of booze stall, farmhouse cakes, fresh bread and Sussex cheeses. Live music will be provided by the Hot Club of Jevington, Jevington’s foremost gypsy jazz quartet. There is free parking. Entry per person is £2. Senior citizens £1.

CONCENTUS CHORALE will be holding their Summer Concert with music from the movies and West End shows at 7.30pm on Saturday June 15 at St Saviours and St Peters Church in South Street Eastbourne. Tickets are £10 in advance from Bonners or Semantics or call 01323 643358. There will be a retiring collection for local charity The JPK Project which has now received planning permission from the inspectorate to build a supported residential centre for adults with a learning disability in Old Town.

ART EXHIBITION: Wilmington Art Group will be holding an exhibition and sale of paintings from 10am to 5pm on Saturday June 15 and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday June 16 at Wilmington Village Hall (off the A27). Admission is free and refreshments are available.

CHALK FARM LDC will be having a Summer Fair from 11am to 3pm on Sunday June 16. Attractions include Vanilla pod, selling homemade ice cream, cupcakes and sweets, Quirky turtle, Lushington chiropractic, homemade cards, Simply crackers and crafts, Chalk Farm Nursery, Daisy Chain Interiors, tombola, bric-a-brac, face painting, name the dog, guess the sweets, lucky dip, raffles and many more. The fair is in aid on the Downland Farm Project which gives training and work experience to adults with a learning disability.

OPEN GARDEN: As part of the Garden Trail 2013 in support of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, there will be an Open Garden from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday June 16 at 2a Downs Road Willingdon. This is a beautiful split -level garden with stunning herbaceous borders so it is the ideal place to purchase plants and pick up ideas for your own garden. There are stalls and refreshments but no wheelchair access. Directions are as follows: Take the A2270 Willingdon Road from the Willingdon Roundabout. Downs Road is the first turning on the right after the Church Street junction.

FINAL FAREWELL: There was a final gathering to say goodbye to Fr Martin and his wife Gill in St Mary’s Church Hall after the morning service on Sunday May 26. Gifts and a cheque were presented, many good wishes for their future in Uckfield extended, and a delicious buffet prepared by the social committee, with additional offerings from other parishioners as it had been anticipated that there would be many present. Fr Martin, who had been vicar of St Mary’s for over 12 years is to become the Rector of Holy Cross Uckfield. His institution will be at Holy Cross Church at 7pm on Monday June 17 and two coaches have been booked to take local Willingdon parishioners there.

GARDEN COMPETITION: Don’t forget the Willingdon in Bloom competition run by the parish council. If you live in the parish of Willingdon and Jevington, application forms are still available to enter. Visit the parish council office in Gorringe Valley Road or ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104. The closing date for category 1 which is for the front garden, early blooming/cottage is Monday June 17. For other categories, you have up to July 1.

AUCTION: On June 20 The Wheatsheaf will be the venue for an auction of promises evening in support of St Mary’s Church. The event will be hosted by Fr Michael curate at St Mary’s and Martin Hughes landlord of the Wheatsheaf. The idea is that parishioners and other local residents offer a service that they could perform, such as making a special cake, cooking a meal, ironing, mending, making a dress, an afternoon’s gardening, dog walking for a week, computer advice, simple DIY jobs, dance or music lessons or sports coaching. The work is not meant to be onerous, and what may seem easy to one person may be difficult for someone else and they may be more than happy to bid for that service. Please contact Serena Thompson on . Last year’s event was a great success.