Parish pump Hailsham - June 8, 2012

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THE JUBILLEE WEEKEND was a great success, in spite of the weather. The Big Lunch was a Big occasion even though it had to be spread between the two halls but a few brave souls picnicked on the Tye when the skies cleared and there were many more private parties gathering in homes to avoid the rain. The High Street was bedecked in patriotic splendour and there was a carnival atmosphere throughout the village.

HORTICULTURE: The Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society’s Early Summer Show will be at the War memorial Hall on June 9 from 1pm to 5pm.

THE 300 CLUB is due to meet at The Smugglers Inn on June 12 for two more lucky winners to become £50 richer.

FOLLERS MANOR garden will once again be open to the public on June 24 with the proceeds this year going to Heartstart. Heartstart are also asking for volunteers to be trained by the South East Coast Ambulance Service to join the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart team. For details telephone Colin Burden at 01323 871306.

LITLINGTON Kindergarten Summer Fete will be held on June 30 from 2 to 5pm in the Litlington Village Hall and Garden. There will be a bouncy castle, refreshments, raffle plants and produce and games.

THE OLD CHAPEL CENTRE Drop-in coffee mornings have closed for the summer but report on having great support during the winter months. More volunteers are called for and more information about this will be available nearer the next season.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Mary’s Warbleton: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion.

WI: The meeting at the hall on Tuesday at 6.30pm will be the institute’s birthday party. The speaker will be Edward Padget with his talk The Life & Legacy of Stanley Holloway. Information from Maggie on 01323 442296.

VILLAGE HALL: At the AGM Hans Petri was re-elected as chairman with Charles Harding as vice-chairman, Bryan Gibson as treasurer and Geoff Holt as Secretary. New events in the past year include the launch of the successful film club and the incorporation of TOBS into the village hall. The committee is not resting on its laurels, and is working on updating the facilities available to hirers.


JUBILEE: As I write this, we are half way through the Jubilee weekend, and despite the rain’s best efforts, we are having a good time here in Burwash. The Saturday afternoon tea at Dudwell St Mary’s was lovely, relaxing and delicious. The Barn dance in the evening was great fun, enjoyable, hilarious and hot. The hog roast supper went down well and everyone had a good time. The big lunch held in the swan Meadow playing field was somewhat squashy, but several hundred people pulled out all the stops and didn’t allow the rain to spoil things. Tables were groaning with food as friends got together in groups for pot luck lunches. The children had a great time on the bouncy castle, trampolines and cart track. They all got soaking wet as they competed in the races and the tug of war, but didn’t seem to care. Good Rockin’ Tonight played some lovely, lively, music throughout the afternoon. Well done to all those who braved the weather and stayed to the end, despite the down pour mid way through. Special thanks to all the organisers, another brilliant village event. Can’t wait to see the village photo.

QUIZ: Tonight is quiz night in the Pavilion at Burwash Common. Teams of six players are invited to go along and join in the fun. Entry is £2 per person with proceeds going back as prize money. The licensed bar will be open. For more details call Karol Richardson on 01435 883318.

BLG: The Burwash Ladies Group will meet on Wednesday afternoon at the village hall from 2.15pm. Allan Roffey will talk about Feathers Wild Bird Care. Tea and a raffle to end the afternoon. New members and visitors are welcome to go along.

HORTICULTURAL: Burwash Horticultural Society are holding the annual rose, sweet pea and delphinium show next Saturday, 16 July. Schedules are available from the Burwash Newsagents. The show includes art, craft and juniors classes as well as the flowers. Entries can be handed in on the morning of the show.

STOOLBALL: The Burwash Ladies stoolball club finally got to start their league games last week with a home fixture against Mountfield. Despite some great batting from Nikki MacKay (49) Burwash could only make 99 from 13 overs. Mountfield scored 128 Karen Towner (37). The Burwash team were sporting their new kit, for which grateful thanks are given to The Burwash Parish Council for their kind donation towards. They will play at home again tonight against Geebro.

PARTY: On Sunday friends and family will be gathering at the village hall for a special birthday lunch for yours truly, who finally will reach the ripe old age of 60. I have already had some lovely good wishes and am looking forward to seeing long lost friends and family for the three course lunch. I am sure we will all have a great time. But I couldn’t do this without the help of my great friends Sam Birch and Davina Swaine. Thank you guys for all your help with this. I have ask for no presents, but donations to my favourite charities Demelza and Hayley’s Hope.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES are on Sunday at Hellingly 8am Holy Communion and 10.45. Evensong is at 6.30pm. There is an 8am service on Thursdays.

Sunday Upper Dicker Holy Trinity at 9.15am.

PROSPECT FARM OPEN GARDEN is on Sunday June 10 from 2pm to 5pm in aid of Motorneurons Disease Association. There will be cream teas, stalls include plants, books, jewellery, cakes and bric-a-brac. Prospect Farm is on Old Road, Magham Down, Hailsham BN27 1PS.

A JUBILEE CREAM TEA and garden party is to be held on June 17 from 2pm to 4pm at Lynwood, Arlington Road East, Hailsham. Bring and buy stall, garden games, books, magician and fancy dress for children, fun, music and prizes. Tickets are £6 adults, £3 children from the Nodding Cobbler, Hailsham Camera Centre and Hailsham Pavilion. In aid of Hailsham Old Pavilion Society.

DIG FOR VICTORY at the Merrie Harriers is on August 5 from 1.30pm and the exhibitors entry form is available now from the Merrie Harriers should you want to start planning your entry into the many classes from horticultural to photography, eggs to dahlias, pickles to handicrafts and many more. There are classes for under 5s, 6-8s, 9-15 and for brothers and sisters or friends for a secret garden, puppet making, cookery, pictures and paintings, models and so much more. There is something for everyone. Entry forms at 20p per entry have to be back to the Merrie Harriers by 11am on Wednesday August 1.

THE STRUGGLE IN HAITI between good and evil is the subject of Hellingly’s Dr Colin Tourle, Medical Director of Iasis Medical, report and the most recent update on events. He says: “When I arrived at Wharf Jeremie in the Cite Soleil, Port au Prince, Haiti, I was told I was in the ‘red zone’. A policeman had been shot there the week before I arrived. The clinic where we worked was surrounded by a wire fence, the drug barons have been told not to come in with guns or knives and they seem to respect this because they also want to come in as patients. I was with an excellent group of American doctors and nurses, and we had one dentist who had the hardest task of all. I was assigned to look after all the children coming in. I saw some adults, but dozens of children, with every condition imaginable. Many infectious, conditions like ringworm and worms. Worst of all was hunger. A little girl was brought in to see me with tummy ache because she had been eating soil she was so hungry. A man of 32 came in very distressed as he had been struck in the face with the butt of a gun. He was dazed and shocked and was completely innocent. He was anxiously talking to my translator and carefully removed a postcard from his pocket and showed the translator. The postcard showed a picture of Jesus.

I asked the translator if he was a Christian and the man answered in the French/Creole language that he was ‘a believer’. I examined his left eye carefully to make sure there was no fracture causing a lack of function of his eye or eye movements. I squeezed his hand and reassured this poor man that his eye was alright; he would be ok. For a brief moment our eyes met. They say the eyes are the window of the mind. The look in his eye said it all.”


115 YEARS AGO Rev Francis Clyde Harvey’s report on How we kept the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Hailsham in June 1897: “The London celebration is not everything. Every town and village did its best and Hailsham is not behind in showing her Loyalty to the Queen and her thankfulness to Almighty God, our Fathers’ God and ours.

Sunday began the celebration. June 20 was set apart as a day of thanksgiving to Him for what we have received. We began with the Holy Communion; then the bells pealed out at 9am and at 10 they “fired” 60 times. Sermons were preached on the subject of the day, morning and evening, to very good congregations, and at 3pm the west doors were opened for the first time since the Belfry was thrown open to the church, and the volunteers, the fire brigades or Hailsham and Herstmonceux and the benefit societies marched in, headed by their band, followed to the doors by a huge crowd, which had to stay outside till the service was over. The Church was packed, the band accompanied the choir, special services and special hymns were used, and the vicar of Eastbourne preached an eloquent sermon, a retrospect, in his own impassioned manner, every word of which could be heard all over the church. After the last service, the congregation were told that they might take away the service books with the three hymns, the Bishop of Wakefield’s, Mr Bathurst’s, and the National Anthem printed upon them, as a souvenir of the day, and this was so far appreciated that next morning I could only find one left, which had been tucked into a corner and had escaped. The offertories amounted to £13.3s.0¾, which, after paying for the services and hymns, left £12 for Princess Alice Hospital, Eastbourne...

It was curious to note how everyone you met seemed personally anxious for the Queen, that she might get through the day in safety, so thoroughly is she enthroned in the affections of people. At 12pm a solitary gun was heard and at 5.30am I awoke with the sound of repeated firing and before I could get to sleep again the church bells rang out a merry peal and “The Day” began. At 9.30 the children were getting ready under their various banners for the procession, which, headed by the bugle band and volunteers, started from the Pleasure Ground about 11 o’clock. Wagons, carts, carriages, variously decorated with flags and bunting, carried the younger children, and off they started with the Band of the Volunteer Engineers in their midst.

The torchlight procession and bonfire on the Pleasure Ground closed the day and 22 of us went up the church tower to see the beacon fires. We counted 48 but from the hill above Jevington, I hear they counted 52 and from Firle beacon, 60. It was a grand sight. Then we sang “God Save the Queen” and so ended a day of Jubilee weather. Jubilee success and Jubilee temper. The blessings of the 60 years seemed to be reflected on that day as though the Great Giver of all had thus crowned the Sixty years of his goodness. Laus Deo.

RAMBLERS On Sunday there is an 8-mile walk with Helen (845684) around Barcombe – In and out of the Rainbow’s End.

On Wednesday Mary (505339) will take you for a five-mile walk over the Downs. Also on Wednesday there is a stroll with Jill (843530) from the Marina with train to pier and bus back.

HAILSHAM GRANGE This garden is in the centre of Hailsham near the parish church and will be open as part of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital Open Gardens scheme from 10.30am to 12.30pm and again from 2pm to 4pm whatever the weather. Refreshments. Entry by donation.

OPEN GARDEN Carters Corner Farm BN27 4JA is open for St Wilfrid’s Hospice next Saturday June 16. Stalls, raffle, refreshments and professional gardening advice. Entry is by donation.


This is the first Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion – New Foundations, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups – Don’t Worry! 2.45pm Holy Communion at Emmanuel Church on Hawkswood, 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St Mary’s – Living with God’s answer.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH SERVICE on Sunday, 11am-noon with Rev Bill Baker at Primrose Hall and is followed by refreshments.

CHARTER MARKET Hailsham High Street tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 5pm – local produce, crafts and Farmers’ Market, stilt walkers, medieval musicians, jesters, the Long man Morris dancers, face painting, Punch and Judy, circus skills and balloon modelling. The PCSOs will also be there from 10am to meet people and listen to any concerns.

FARMERS MARKET At Hailsham Charter Market tomorrow from 9am. Some of the farmers will be staying all day. Stalls will be at the north end of the High Street with local produce, meat, fish, cheese, vegetables and lots more, plants and crafts.

MUSIC EVENING This event with the Jazz Caverners and Wealden Brass Band is in St Mary’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets are £5 per person / OAPs and children £4 available from the Town Council Offices in Market Street and other outlets.


The Photographic Society preparations are well underway for the Annual Print Exhibition to be held at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Fields, Hailsham BN27 1BG from June 18 to 23 and will feature their latest images. Doors open from 10am to 4pm and light refreshments will be available. Some of the prints will be available to purchase or, of course, you can enter the amazing raffle and win your favourite one! All welcome and entrance is free. Enquiries and further information from (01323) 843078 or visit HISTORICAL & NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY The next meeting is on Wednesday June 13 and is presented by local girl, Marie Stone on Photographing Natural History. It starts at 7.30pm at the Methodist Hall, Hailsham High Street. All welcome. Visitors £2. The May meeting had a change of speaker and subject to that in the programme: Christopher Rudd took his audience way back to the 15th century on his chosen subject – Martin Luther. It was an interesting evening, and included slides showing the buildings and German countryside that Martin Luther knew.

At Hailsham Charter Market on Saturday in the shop that was Seymours electrical store in the High Street, there will be a display for the day of photos showing the past of the town along with other items on display. If you do not manage to get along, the museum at Blackman’s Yard, Market Street (behind the kebab house) is open every Friday and Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm until the end of September. Admission is free.

JUBILEE CREAM TEA There is a garden fete on June 17 at Lynwood, Arlington Road East, Hailsham from 2pm to 5pm. Lots of stalls, magician, fancy dress for children, fun, music and prizes. Tickets £6 adults, £3 children from the Pavilion, Nodding Cobbler and Camera Centre, Hailsham. Proceeds to Hailsham Old Pavilion Society.


there are no Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head in June. The next time the group gets together will be Tuesday July 10. For more information phone Su (07591 631749).

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BOWLS CLUB: The first match of the week was a league match against Cross in Hand which our team lost 53-73. Next came a friendly match against Hampden Park at home which our team won 84-65, a win of 19 shots. Then came a league match home to Hellingly on a lovely warm and sunny day, another win this time by 23 points and gaining seven points on the league table. A favourite venue for their next match at Motcombe Gardens, the score, not quite so good Herstmonceux 73 Motcombe 77. Last match of the week and it was away to Victoria Drive for a friendly, which our team lost by 27 shots.

FOOTBALL: I’m sorry there was a bit of a delay in reporting on this match but it was good to watch. The Chicago Titans arrived at about 2pm and the first thing that happened was that their coach got stuck in the mud so, with the help of a convenient tow rope, it was all hands to the deck. Once the photographs and pre-match traditions were over it was on with the much awaited match in front of a crowd of about 89, some of whom had travelled from London, Middlesex and Kent to see the match. Immediately you could see that there were two teams out on the pitch trying to take control. The first goal went to Herstmonceux from a corner which found its way to Matt Bryan who promptly put it in the back of the net. The second goal went to the Titans when Kory Raisbeck evened the score. Another Titans player, Justin Marchant scored a second which gave Herstmonceux cause for thought and a few changes at half time. Unfortunately even though Christian Puttock almost scored for Herstmonceux, he just couldn’t seem to find the power to beat the keeper and the score ended up 2-1 to the Titans. A quick watch of the cricket which left the visitors a bit dumbfounded and then it was on to Eastern Promise for supper and to the Woolpack Inn to watch football on the TV. A good night was had by all. Matt Bryan as the prestige of having scored the first ever international goal for Herstmonceux. Man of the Match was Justin Marchant and for outstanding commitment, Dave Blackmore who just did not stop running right through the match.

SCOUTS AND FLY FISHING: Eastbourne and District Fly Fishers club along with Brick Farm were going to hold an Open Day on April 29. However, the weather was so bad that this had to be cancelled but they did go ahead with the Grand Draw which was in support of the 1st Herstmonceux Scout Group Building Fund. Later in May they held a small presentation when representatives of the Scouts, their leaders and some of the parents attended and were delighted to be the recipients of a cheque of £800. During the evening various Scouts were awarded badges earned by them over the past few months.

BEGINNER DAYS: Brick Farm Lakes trout fishery will be holding two complete beginner days to be run in association with the Environment Agency as part of their angling development program. The first will be for adults on Thursday June 21 and the other will be for juniors, on Wednesday July 25, both starting at 9.30am with a break for tea and coffee and finishing at 1pm. This will be an excellent opportunity to introduce someone to the sport, a chance to enjoy first class qualified coaching, teaching all about the tackle, the flies used, how to read the water, how to cast a fly and, how to catch yourself a trout. All the equipment needed will be provided. The cost is £10. Please call Sophie or Keith on 832615 if you wish to book a place.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with Compline will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with Holy Communion (common worship) and the Worship and Prayer service being held at Wartling church at 9.45am and 11am.

WINDMILL: A Flute and piano charity concert is to be held in the Ballroom of Herstmonceux Castle on Friday June 15 from 7.30pm in aid of the Windmill at Windmill Hill. Stars of the show will be flautist, Wissam Boustany and pianist, Aleksander Szram and they will be playing a selection of works for flute and piano including Faure sonata in A major and the Chopin Nocturnes for piano solo. The gardens of the castle will be open from 6.30pm for ticket holders, pre-concert champagne and soft drinks will be available and tickets at £15 each to include a glass of wine or soft drink during the interval are available by telephoning 833033 or by email at

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.

Ninfield & Hooe

THE Hooe Open Group are meeting today, Friday June 8, commencing at 2pm, not 2.30pm. This meeting we will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, when the members and guests will mark the occasion, with a specially prepared iced cake, which will be cut at 3pm by MP Greg Barker, who has been invited along with other local dignitaries, including Councillors Stuart Earl, Deirdre Williams, Pam Doods and the Mayor of Rother, Mrs Joanne Gadd. The health of Her Majesty will be proposed by Greg Barker with a glass of “Champagne”. For more information, please contact Edna Wallis, Social Organiser Tel. 01424 842591.

NINFIELD Bowls Club played Winchelsea on May 30 in the Rother League Match, winning 75-57.

WOW, what a weekend we had in Ninfield and Hooe over the Jubilee weekend! The weather didn’t put people off joining in the festivities. A huge thank you to all in both villages who helped to organise the events, gave your time and those who took part! God save the Queen!

CARNIVAL: Talking of Queens, Ninfield crowned their Carnival Queen at the weekend. The lucky young lady this year is Jessie Willett. Her Carnival Princesses are Annalise Gladwin and Daisy Corby. Congratulations to all.

FLOWER GROUP: Ninfield Flower Group are meeting on Monday June 11 in the Memorial Hall commencing at 7.30pm. They shall be welcoming Tricia Bashford with her demonstration entitled “Fragrant Fantasies”, non members welcome for a small charge of £3. which includes refreshments. All flower arrangements are raffled at the end of the evening. For more information, please email

LOCAL HISTORY: Ninfield Local History Group will have a guest speaker on June 21 with ‘What Did Your Ancestors Do in The War?’. On July 19, ‘Faces and Memories’ and on September 20, ‘What the Census Tells Us’. Everyone is welcome to the meetings. There is a charge of £1 for members and £2 for non-menbers to help cover the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. Annual membership costs £10. For more information please contact: Acting Chairman: Rod Ffoulkes via email: or Tel: 893635.

DANCE: Join Little Stars School of Dance for the Summer term. Fun and friendly dance and movement classes with Melody Bear for boys and girls aged 2 -4 years. New class - Tip Tap Toe and Groovy Moves (tap and modern) for 3 - 4 years. From September 2012 Little Stars will also be offering a Reception aged First Ballet class. First class free of charge. All at the Reading Room in Ninfield on a Monday afternoon (term times only). Alternative classes in Hastings. Please call Kirsty on 07582269164 or email Visit for more details.

MEMORIAL HALL: Ninfield Memorial Hall are celebrating 80 years and are including a ‘thanksgiving’ for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. As part of their celebrations, Christian Voices, the musical drama group, will be performing “Lost & Found”, at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, June 16 at 3pm. The play is based on the parable of the Prodigal Son. It was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. The performance will be in aid of the Bexhill Caring Community. On Sunday June 17, 2.30pm there will be a Service of Thanksgiving and Praise led by Revd. Ian Wales, followed with cream teas. All welcome.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Ninfield Bonfire Society’s ‘Ninfield Gig’ is back, July 28 at Elm Cottage, Marlpits Lane. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Ninfield Stores at the following prices: Adults £10 each, Children £5 each, Family (2 adults, 3 children) £25. Children 5 and under go free. Ticket prices at the gate are: Adults £12, children £6 (no family tickets). You can find out more community information from both villages and Wealden District Council on our district councillor’s (Pam Doodes) website or the Ninfield Parish Council website /

CHURCH SERVICES: Church Services for Ninfield and Hooe ( St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield): Sundays - 9.30am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month) 1st Sunday of the month - 6pm Book of Common Prayer Communion Wednesdays - 10.00am Holy Communion. St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe): Sundays - 11.15am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month). Ninfield Methodist Church - all services at 2.30pm (unless otherwise indicated): June 10, 2.30pm Worship & Praise with Revd. Peter Timms. June 16, 3pm Concert with ‘Christian Voices’. June 17, 2.30pm Thanksgiving & Praise service (and cream tea). June 24, 2.30pm Worship & Praise with Revd. Ian Wales.


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

COACH OUTING to Tenterden on June 13. Some seats available, please contact Pam on 764020.

RAMBLING CLUB: On June 14, Woodland Walk, 4 to 5 miles, one long hill, no stiles with Marianne. Or a longer walk of 8 miles linear walk. Take bus No 51 from Polegate Rec at 9.11am to Mayfield, then bus home from Heathfield. Please check timetable, take picnic with Eric.

CUCKOO TRAIL Task Day, Thursday June 14. Meet at 10am at Polegate Milepost, bottom of ramp from Polegate School. Bring your own food, drink and wear steel toecap boots. Contact Andy on 01273 (Lewes) 481637.

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network. The meeting in May was the largest yet in the group’s 10 year history. Several new members were welcomed with partners. The guest speaker was Dr Georgina Osborne, Academic Clinical Oncology Research Fellow, whose research interests include prostate cancer and decision making. She has been involved with the POCAMOS study (prostate cancer in the older man) and is currently working in Brighton. Dr Osborne was keen to gain a greater insight into what men and their partners think about the treatments for prostate cancer and the follow up. The group members spoke about their experiences and were encouraged to say what they would like more of in the way of information. Several of the men welcomed the opportunity to hear other people’s stories and were reassured to realise they had similar experiences. Dr Osborne confirmed it had been a very helpful discussion and given her a greater understanding in readiness for her research. She invited further ideas on the day to day issues of living with prostate cancer and said she would report back to the group on her findings at a later date. Dr Osborne was thanked for her time and expertise. The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. The speakers will be from the Community Continence Advisory Service.

Warbleton &

Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St Mary’s Warbleton: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. It is my sad duty to report the passing of Berwick Smith. After a private funeral in the morning, there will be a memorial service at St Mary’s at 2.30pm on Monday 11th. Joanna requests that NO black be worn. All are welcome. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services. The speaker will be Leslie Message, who works with the Belgian Evangelical Mission, and grew up in Punnetts Town.

HISTORY GROUP: The speaker on Monday at 7.30pm (for 8pm) will be Kevin Gordon who will tell us about the Lost Village of Tide Mills, near Newhaven.

THE JUBILEE: The weekend started with a ploughman’s lunch at the Dunn Village Hall last Friday. The tables were beautifully laid out with Red, white and blue decorations. There was a good selection of food, and a good number tucked in. On Saturday, the focus shifted to the village green, for the Jubilee Tea Party. In the morning, a parish walk from Warbleton church, via the Green was led by Pat Breusnel, and refreshments were kindly provided by Ian and Isabel Collett. I gather about 40 people joined the walk. At three o’clock Nancy Buss, our oldest resident, welcomed everyone and declared the proceedings open. We then enjoyed a series of games for children and adults with many taking part. We were entertained by three forms of music, in turn. Firstly, Goff Radcliffe started his wonderful 89 key Marenghi fairground organ, which in fact is built from the front of one organ and the works of another. Then we had Dan and Sarah playing their folk music, with Warbleton Brass Band finishing the afternoon with their great music. It was a great afternoon with many people present, some choosing to have their tea at the tables set out on the road between The Stores and the Horse and Groom, and others spreading out across the Green. The pub provided a barbecue and bar and we had a tea stall. Guests were invited to bring a decorated cake to be displayed together, and then shared. They looked good and tasted great. At 5.30pm, Peter Dunn proposed the loyal toast, followed by one to Prince Philip for his support to Her Majesty. Nancy as the oldest resident and Eli an 11 month baby were given commemorative gifts. A village photo was taken, and copies are available by email to those who were present. Later in the year a commemorative oak tree will be planted, along with a time capsule. The weather, although not brilliant was dry and fairly warm, and helped things along. Thanks to the small committee who worked so hard to arrange this event.

Sunday morning was the family service at church with a jubilee theme. Monday saw an interesting collection of soap boxes gather in the car park of the Black Duck for the Church Hill Challenge. This event was first held in 2002 for the Golden Jubilee and again in 2003 and 2004. I think there were about 20 carts in total, most of which made it all the way down the hill, with the best carrying on up Kingsley Hill, to the point where the wooded section starts. The most testing part of the course is the junction with Hammer Lane. As you approach the junction the road slopes down to the right, and then you have to bear left. Once you have cleared that it is a plain run, apart from the potholes. The winner was Daniel Lambert-Gorwyn in a very sleek streamlined cart. Second was Douglas Andrews in the same cart! It was obviously a good design! In third place were Glenn Hadlow and Anton Daw in a two-seater streamlined cart. It was a fun day with many people attending. The event was raising money for prostrate cancer and a couple of village charities. Again many people were involved in planning this event and in marshalling etc. Thanks to them and to Gary and Nikki Kinnell for bringing this event back to Warbleton, they were very busy all day.

FLOWER SHOW: A reminder that schedules for the flower show, to be held on 28th July are available from The Stores. Full details of the classes and the other events around the show are contained within.


Wannock & Jevington

LOCAL HISTORY: Members of Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society were saddened to hear that their president and founder member June Broady had died. Their condolences go out to her family. The inaugural meeting of the club was held on October 23 2003. June felt that a local history society was needed to bring about awareness of things past and almost forgotten in Polegate, Willingdon and indeed the whole county of Sussex. Club members enjoyed their recent outing to Scotney Castle with its picturesque gardens. The next outing is to Eltham Palace on September 12. A morning guided tour of Seaford led by Kevin Gordon has also been arranged, which will be followed by lunch and a visit to the museum housed in the Martello Tower. There will also be an afternoon local walk to Pevensey and Westham to see the historical sights of over twenty listed buildings with a visit to the Court House Museum and a cream tea. The club will celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at their next meeting on Friday June 15. It will be organised by the refreshments team of Pam Watson and vice president Allen Oxenham, and there will be a royal toast among all the flags and bunting and a themed raffle. Non-members are welcome to all events. Meetings are held once a month at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

POPULAR BAND Gadzooks will be providing the entertainment at The Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm to-morrow Saturday June 9.

SOUND OF THE CROWD will be performing at The British Queen from 8.30pm to-morrow Saturday June 9. Jazz Caverners will be there on Sunday June 10 from 1pm to 3pm.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue from 10am to 2pm to-morrow Saturday June 9. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including tea and coffee is £2.50. Ring Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

MUSIC RECITAL: Michael Stumbles will be presenting one of his popular music recitals at 7.30pm on Monday June 11 at St Mary’s Church in Church Street Willingdon. Those performing will include the Recital Choir with guest soloists and instrumentalists. There will be solos and ensembles with a mixed variety of pieces. Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection supporting Children with Cancer.

THE GLEN CHORALE under the direction of Mr Robin Moray, a graduate of Trinity College of Music, will be giving two afternoon concerts starting at 2.30pm in Wannock Village Hall. The dates are Monday June 11 and Wednesday June 13. The concerts are entitled ‘a Veritable Salmagundi’ (varied musical delights). Included in the concert are two Macedonian folk songs and ‘O Jesu Christe’ by Jacquet de Berchem (1505-1565), Vilia from The Merry Widow, and ‘Little David play on yo’ harp’ arranged by Malcolm Sargent. Tickets are £5 each to include tea. Please contact Mrs Vi Robinson for tickets on 01323 767209.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: The quarterly meeting of Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch will be taking place at 2.30pm on Monday June 11 in the vestry of Trinity Church Willingdon. It will be chaired by Cllr Ray Ingram and it is hoped that there will be a police presence. If you would like to be a street co-ordinator please contact Cllr Ingram on 01323 508634.

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs, Miss & Ms) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday June 13 at St Mary’s Church Hall in Church Street. The speaker will be coxswain Mark Sawyer and he will be talking about the Eastbourne Lifeboat.

JEVINGTON & FILCHING WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday June 14 in Trinity Church Hall Coppice Avenue for their Jubilee celebrations. The exhibition is ‘a picture of the Queen’.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday June 14 at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street. The speakers are Mr P James and Mr N Kirby and their subject is entitled ‘From Park Lane to Royal Parade’.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Freshwater Square at 11am on Wednesday June 13. On Thursday June14 she will be at the junction of Willingdon Way and Meadows Road at 11am. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 69304 or on her mobile 07787 685755.

WILLINGDON’S GOT TALENT will be taking place at St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 7.30pm on Friday June 15. The evening will be compered by professional ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and the judges are Ric Scott from Sovereign Radio, Canon Fr Martin Onions and Mrs A Bissell. The best and most enthusiastic performers will then be asked to appear at ‘The Big Top’ Summer Fair in the church grounds on Saturday July 21 between 10am and 2.30pm. The annual Summer Fair is the church’s main fund raising event. Application forms for the Willingdon’s Got Talent evening can be obtained from the church parish office on 501763, The Red Lion or The Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village, but the forms need to be in ASAP. Also on June 15 at 6pm the judges will be choosing a prince and princess aged over eight years to open the fair on July 21 who will be available to carry out various duties on the day. Application forms for this can also be picked up from the church parish office or from White Lavender in Freshwater Square or Willingdon Stores in Wish Hill. Spectators are welcome at the Willingdon’s Got Talent evening and the admission charge is just £1. For further information ring Serena on 01323 439539 or Canon Fr Martin Onions on 01323 502079.

JEVINGTON VILLAGE FETE will be taking place from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday June 16 in the Rectory Fields just below St Andrew’s Church Jevington. This is always a good event and the stalls will include plants, jams and chutneys, a tombola, raffles and bric-a-brac and there will also be a number of activities going on. All proceeds will go to St Andrews Church Jevington, Jevington Sports and Social Club and Jevington Village Hall. If you would like further information or would like to donate to any of the stalls please ring Amanda on 01323 488456.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open on Sunday June 17 from 2pm to 5pm. Strawberry teas will be served from 3pm to 5pm and guided tours of the mill will be conducted during the afternoon. The cost is just £1 for adults and 50p for children. The mill would be an interesting place to go for Fathers’ Day. There are still a few vacancies for volunteers to act as guides or cashiers and training will be given. Enquire while you are there or ring 734496.