Parish Pump Hailsham - March 23 2012

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Holy Communion.

RUN FOR GLORY: My apologies, I did not include the date for this last week. I am sure that the resourceful among you will have found out by ringing the numbers given. Anyway, it is on Tuesday in the village hall. Running for Glory combines sporting spectacle and theatre as it follows a group of athletes, including Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell (they of Chariots of Fire fame) as they train for and compete in the 1924 Olympics. Tickets are £9 for the performance only or £12.50 to include a two course meal. Supper is at 7pm and the performance at 8pm. Contact Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 01323 833343.

FILM CLUB: The next film club event is next Friday (March 30) at 7pm for 7.30pm in the village hall. This month’s film is Oranges and Sunshine which tells the story of Margaret Humphries, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered the mass deportation of children from the UK to Australia, and is directed by Jim Loach. Guests are welcome upon the payment of £6 on the door. I gather the first meeting was a great success with over 60 people attending.


CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday the Corinthian Church and Healing Association Service is 11am to noon with Sandra Stevenson at Primrose Hall is followed by refreshments. There are private readings today, Friday. Ring (01323) 766435 to book. Healer training classes will be starting in April, with Rev Richard Rawlingson. For information or to put your name on the list ring (01323) 440420.

ST MARY’S: This is the fifth Sunday of Lent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups. It is Vision Sunday and the annual church meeting. There is Holy Communion at Emmanuel Church on Hawkswood at 2.45pm. Lent Bible focus is at 6.30pm with Glen Scrivener on The Outgoing God. Easter Services are as follows: Palm Sunday April 1 at 10.30am is an All Age Special with crèche, The Road to the Cross and at 6.30pm The Easter Journey with hymns and readings that record the events of Easter. Maundy Thursday, April 5, is an informal communion service at 7.30pm. Good Friday is on April 6 and there is an All Age Special at 10.30am followed by hot cross buns and coffee and craft activities for all ages. Mediation follows at 2pm. On Easter Sunday, April 8, Pledge Sunday, there is a Holy Communion service at 8am, Easter Family Communion is at 10.30am followed by a children’s Easter egg hunt in the vicarage garden. Holy Communion at Emmanuel is at 2.45pm and at 6.30pm back at St Mary’s Easter Songs of Praise.

ST GEORGE’S DAY: Celebrations start early for the Hailsham Lions on Saturday April 7 at the Charles Hunt Centre. For £13 you will enjoy an evening with popular entertainer, Ray Campbell and a fish and chip supper. There is a red and white theme and you may bring your own drink. There is free parking. Tickets are available from Yvonne on (01323) 845715 or Joy on (01323) 840382. St George’s Day is actually on Monday April 23.

KNIT INN NIGHT: The next evening to meet other knitters at The King’s Head is March 27 at 7.30pm. One of the advantages of knitting as a hobby is its sheer portability. Put your needles and yarn in a bag and you can go anywhere. But like most hobbies you may take a range of specialist equipment with you as well. Once, a piece of spare, contrast yarn could be used as a stitch marker, now stitch markers can be miniature works of art, with prices to match. It is interesting to see the variety available, as various pieces of work come from bags seemingly with jewels or flowers or silver charms attached (not part of the work, just part of the process, to be reused on later projects). The bags are varied too, shape, size, material. Some have pockets for all the other gizmos collected by knitters, yarn holders, needle-end protectors, needle gauges. But you do not need them. An idea, some yarn and a set of needles are the only essentials. For information phone Su (07951 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447) or just come along on any second or last Tuesday of the month.

BONSAI CLUB: March and spring is arriving in the bonsai world. With much to do in the way of re-potting and preparing trees for new growth, a full day workshop was held on Saturday as well as a workshop at the Monday club evening. About 20 people were able to make the workshop despite usual Saturday commitments. Quite a few more attended the club evening. On both occasions there was an air of great activity and conversation, with people seeking advice from the ‘experts’ and sharing views on each other’s trees. Trees are usually re-potted every two or three years, not necessarily into a larger pot as with garden pot plants but to refresh the soil, ensuring there is sufficient grit to keep it open, check roots and trim if necessary, adjust position in pot to show to best effect. Sadly we heard of the death of Arthur Collier, one of our oldest and longest serving members. He will be sadly missed from the group and it was unanimously agreed to donate to St Wilfrid’s Hospice who had given him such good care recently. On a happier note, a presentation was made of a certificate and voucher to Ian Wright who had won our photographic competition for his picture, Sunrise Over a Spanish Beach. Following the break an auction was held of a donated, named, unusual shaped pot. Proceeds to club funds. At future club evenings Peter Ling from Downsview Bonsai and our President will be available at our advice table to give help to anyone who brings in a problem tree. Our next meeting will be on Easter Monday, April 9, when David Penny will demonstrate Kusamono or accent plants. These are small plants used to compliment a bonsai when displayed. Members will have the opportunity to create their own. We are always pleased to welcome new members. For further information please contact our chairman Brian Dale on or telephone (01323) 731369.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES at Hellingly Church this week will be Holy Communion at 8am and again at 10.45am followed by Evensong at 6.30pm. There is also a regular Holy Communion service at 9.30am on a Thursday. Holy Trinity at Upper Dicker Sunday Holy Communion service is at 9.15am. Palm Sunday services on April 1 are at the same times for each church and a welcome is offered to collect your palm cross as the way is prepared for Easter. On Good Friday, April 6, at Hellingly from 10.30am to 11.30am children and young people are invited to go along and help make this year’s Easter garden for Upper Dicker and Hellingly and there is a service of contemplation and reflection at Hellingly from 2pm to 3pm, The Last Hour. Easter Day, April 8, Services start at 6.15am for those who rise early, go along to this Sunrise Service. A time of quiet contemplation. Holy Communion is at 8am and go along to Upper Dicker at 9.15am or Hellingly at 10.45am to celebrate Easter Day and take a flower for the cross. Hellingly has evensong at 6.30pm.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: At 81, Bill Wisden MBE Hon FRPS, is still producing a wealth of inspirational prints, often manipulated in Photoshop beyond all recognition. Accompanied by his trusty assistant Trevor Gellard FRPS they began the evening with Bill’s first acceptance to the Royal Photographic Society’s Exhibition in 1959. He has also won gold medals. While showing a Rolls Royce and a tree in monochrome Bill explained that he had hand painted the leaves with Tesco food colouring. His wife thought it was disgusting, but the image was stolen from an exhibition so someone must have liked it. Having photographed a plastic fork in the road next to the writing SLOW he called the image Fork in the Road. Many of his images were taken in Britain, France, Holland, Germany and Venice. Bill enjoys photographing strange items, which he adds to his pictures at a later date. He has quite a collection now. An example was Brighton Pier burning. In the bottom right hand corner of the image he added a stone monk wearing a hood and a sneering expression, suggesting he was responsible for the fire. Bill finds junk shops and garden centres a wealth of inspiration and has even been assisted by one of the employees by moving interesting items to a less distracting background for him. Bill said he finds it much easier to take candid photographs using a compact camera – people assume he is a complete amateur. He has even been asked, ‘will it come out?’ The answer is of course ‘Yes.’

DIAMOND JUBILEE UPDATE: The rescheduled Upper Dicker Diamond Jubilee celebration meeting was well attended in February with new people joining the team. The meeting scheduled for February 12 was cancelled due to the bad weather and apologies are offered for any inconvenience caused. The date for the main run of events will be Saturday June 2. On Sunday June 3, in addition to the events in Arlington, and in addition to the church service at 9.15am at Holy Trinity Church, Upper Dicker, there will be a champagne breakfast finalised at the next meeting which is on Sunday at 11am in Dicker village hall. Events will include a talent competition, races, games and competitions which include a tug-o-war, a fun local dog show, flag painting, a royalty themed dressing up competition, stalls, a picnic in the afternoon and entertainment in the evening. This is a once in a lifetime celebratory event for the country and you are invited to join in making the Dicker celebrations a day to remember.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BINGO: The next bingo session is on Wednesday at the village hall, eyes down at 2.15pm. There will be a fine selection of prizes for both the lines and the full houses. Tea, coffee and home-made cakes will be served during the interval and there’s a chance for you to have a go on the raffle. Books of 12 bingo games costs £3 and the interval tea, 25p.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The next meeting of the Windmill Hill Horticultural Society will be on April 5 when the speaker will be Doctor Michael Lynn talking about Bees and Gardening. After the talk they will be judging their April Fun Competition which is a beautiful floral decorated Easter Bonnet. If you are interested on joining them on their June outing to Loseley Park, they’ll be taking bookings at the meeting at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. All those who went along to their last meeting were able to enjoy an informative evening with Andrew Fletcher who was able to tell them all about Growing and Showing Sweet Peas. Andrew is a real enthusiast and was able to inform them all about the pleasure and the amount of hard work that goes into growing these beautiful plants, especially the ones destined for the show bench with each stage being illustrated by some quite outstanding pictures.

WALK: On Sunday meet Pete and Sue in the village car park at 10am to depart for Battle for a six and half mile walk from there to Sedlescombe. All are welcome on the walk as they are at either the picnic or the pub lunch, whichever you prefer. This will be the last scheduled walk until after Easter when the Tuesday evening walks start again, the first being a short stroll through a local bluebell wood. Details on 848790.

MUSIC: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Watson Brothers will be at the Woolpack Inn from 9pm.

LITTER PICK on Sunday led by Steve in Herstmonceux and Mary in Cowbeech. If you can spare an hour of your time on Sunday, please join them at 10am at the Village Information Centre for Herstmonceux or St Michael’s for Cowbeech.

CHURCH SERVICES: The church services on Sunday are Holy Communion (BCP) along with Evensong (BCP) at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with Holy Communion (common worship) being held at Wartling church at 9.45am.

TABLE SALE: There will be an Indoor Table Sale at the Reid Hall, Boreham Street from 9am to 1pm on March 31. Many stalls, cafe, raffle. To raise funds for Dallington School.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

ARGOS HILL TUNNEL: The parish council’s proposal to extend a right of way along the old railway line from Bassets Bridge to the entrance of the Argos Hill Tunnel has been successful and the path will be licensed to use for three years starting on April 1 extending the range of glorious walks around the area.

POST OFFICE: Yet another useful service, the Post Office is now selling ink and toner cartridges for computer printers. Service is on a pre-order basis and customers ordering cartridges before 2pm on a weekday can collect their order the following day.

PRE SCHOOL: Fundraising has been successful this year and Mayfield Pre-school has managed to buy some new ride-on toys and created a new book corner. A grant from the parish council enabled them to complete the installation of a new heating system. The jumble sale is planned for Saturday, April 21.

SCOUTS AND GUIDES: The Scouts are holding a coffee morning in London House tomorrow, Saturday, to help towards the funding of their summer camp which is an expedition on a longboat on canals somewhere in the Midlands. They have also planned a trip to a car factory at Easter. Brownies are working on the cyclists badges with a bikeability instructor. Two sections, Cubs and Brownies, have girls from St Leonards-Mayfield School who are working on their Duke of Edinburgh awards, working in both sections.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Dr Ian Friel will give an illustrated talk on Mediaeval Sussex – from Settlement to Dissolution on Friday, March 30 in the Scout and Guide Hall from 8pm.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The Spring Show will be held in Five Ashes Village Hall on Saturday, March 31 starting at 2pm. Schedules and entry forms will be available from Mayfield Post Office, Five Ashes Inn, Five Ashes Village Hall and secretary Graham Playfoot on 01825 830511. Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be an event in the Scout and Guide hall from 10am to 1pm when some of the Society’s expert growers and showers will be dispensing tips to create an eye catching show entry. So if you’ve always hankered to show off your fruit, vegetables, flowers, cookery or craft then go along. The event is open to novices or existing showers keen to sharpen their skills.

MAYFIELD FESTIVAL: This weekend sees tickets for Mayfield Festival released for sale to the public. Once again the Festival has attracted a stellar line-up of performers. This year’s festival celebrates the year of the London Olympics with an impressive roster of young classical Olympians, many of whom could be tomorrow’s stars. The opening concert is staged by the young professional orchestra The Southbank Symphonia at St Dunstan’s Church on Friday, May 4, including music by Tippet and Finzi. The Finzi Quartet performs on May 5 in St Leonards-Mayfield Convent Chapel. On Sunday, May 6 carols from the Parvis Tower will be sung by St Dunstan’s Parish Choir. There will also be a quarter peal by the church’s bellringers. The Mayfield Festival Choir sings Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle on the same day. The next day an illustrated lecture by Dr Christopher Fifield in St Thomas of Canterbury Church celebrates the centenary of Kathleen Ferrier. Gold medal-winning guitarrist Sean Shibe’s concert includes Bach, Albeniz and Rodrigo in Mayfield Convent Chapel on May 8. The Rose Trio (sisters Suzanne, Rebecca and Tamsin Thorn) perform a programme including Mozart and Poulenc in the Convent Chapel on May 9, the venue for a lunchtime concert by pupils from St Leonards Mayfield School on May 10. On May 10 Sir Thomas Allen delivers My Life in Music while jazz comes to Mayfield on May 11 with Graham Hughes and the Sunshine Kings in the school’s concert hall. Mayfield Parish Church is the setting for John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra’s ‘Golden Age of Broadway’ on May 12. On the final Sunday there will be a Festival Eucharist including Schubert’s Mass in G while Songs of Farewell will be performed by Tenebrae on the same day in the parish church. To find out more or buy tickets visit or ring 07825 470373

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; Wilmington 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; opposite Rose Cottage Alciston 10.40am to 11am; Selmeston village hall 11.05am to 11.30am; Village Hall Arlington 11.40am to 12.05pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

PARISH COUNCIL: As a parish council, our agenda and debate can cover a diversity of subjects: speeding and parking issues, the Diamond Jubilee, finance and the general upkeep of the village. In particular this month, the cleanliness of the village was a major talking point with both councillors and members of the public raising concerns over litter, dog waste and horses fouling the pavements. Over the past few months, there has been a noticeable increase in all three and all are detrimental to our village. Please can we ask everyone to ensure they: Clear up after their dog(s), we have a number of responsible dog walkers in the village but, as usual, the few can spoil things for many. We have received complaints of dog waste on the recreation ground, footpaths and pavements. The village has plenty of dog bins so please clean up after your dog, and if you see someone not picking up their dog waste, please make us aware. Litter: We have a main A road going through our village and do suffer from litter being thrown from cars. Please, if you see litter, can you pick it up and put it in the bin or make the council aware if there is a large amount of litter. Can we also ask that all parents make their children aware of the importance of putting their litter in the bin and keeping their play area clean. Horses fouling the pavements: Horses should not be ridden on the pavements. Again, there are a number of responsible owners that are aware of this and walk their horses on the road but, despite our local police making certain owners aware, we still have horses fouling the pavements and it isn’t easy to avoid with a pushchair and/or a group of small children. Please think of others using the pavement. Apologies for the subject matter this month, but these small issues are of great concern to so many in the village. Please help to keep our village clean.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are in action tomorrow, Saturday, against Bexhill AAC, Canada Way, Sidley. Kick off is at 3pm. For further information of the Hooe Sports Football Club please call 07872 312266.

LENT LUNCH: The last St Mary’s Lent Lunch is March 28 from noon to1.30pm. Enjoy homemade soup, bread and cheese, tea and coffee and a chat with friends at the Reading Room. Donations to a local charity, the church look forward to seeing you.

CORONATION: Where you witness to the Queen’s Coronation? Ninfield school would like to hear from Ninfield and Hooe residents who can remember this historical event and share their memories with the children at their Jubilee Street Party on Friday June 1. If you are free and would like to share your memories please contact the school on 892486.

MEETING: The Diamond Jubilee Committee are meeting tomorrow, Saturday, 10am at the Working Men’s Club. If you would like to join in the organising, please go along. There will be loads to discuss: Ninfield’s Got Talent, Carnival Queen, pram race, Olympic themes etc.

MARATHON: Sunday sees many people raising funds for charities in the Hastings Half Marathon. The lovely Louise Murphy from the Red Lion, Hooe, is one of those lucky (or mad) people. Louise is running to raise money towards a wheelchair for the recently hospitalised Mo Bourner (a Hooe resident). If you would like to sponsor Louise you can find a sponsorship form at Ninfield Post Office and Ninfield Village Stores, alternatively pop into the Red Lion. Good luck Louise.

NW: Neighbourhood Watch are having a combined Panel and Neighbourhood Watch meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Reading Room. All are welcome to go along and hear what is going on and ask for information.

WHIST: The next Whist Drive is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the committee room of the Memorial Hall. Cost is £3 which includes a cup of tea or coffee. Call 892057 and speak to Beryl for more information.

BURLESQUE: The next Burlesque class is Friday March 30 at the Memorial Hall, 7.15pm to 8.30pm, £5 and they will be last Friday of the month thereafter. All ladies welcome.

QUIZ: The Memorial Hall Committee are holding a Quiz Night at the hall on Saturday March 31, 7.30pm. Entrance fee includes a ploughman’s supper and tea or coffee. To book a table ring 892682/892878. Teams up to six people.

RACE NIGHT: On Saturday March 31 there will be a Race Night at the Blacksmiths Inn to raise funds for St Micheals Hospice in memory of local Mum Helen Jaworanski. The event will start at 7.30pm and the MC for the evening will be Mr Stevie D. Everyone welcome. Please go along and join in the fun and help raise vital funds for our local hospice, every penny counts. For more information or to sponsor a race please contact Jane Rowlatt 01424 893591.

CHURCH SERVCIES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, at the village hall, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Topsy Brice.


HELP SCHEME: The Switchover Scheme is run by the BBC to help older and disabled people make the change to digital TV. People are eligible if they are over age 75 years and over and eligible disabled. Most folk will be asked to pay £40 towards the standard option of help which includes easy to use equipment, aftercare service including an approved installer to supply and install the necessary equipment, and a 12 month aftercare service, including free helpline. For more info call free on 0800 4080900 or visit

SPRING SHOW: The Gardeners Society Spring Show is tomorrow, Saturday, at St Johns Church Hall from 2pm to 4pm.

JUMBLE SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Community School from 10am to noon, in the school hall. All proceeds will be shared between the Hawassa Project in Ethiopia and the Eastbourne Matthew 25 Mission for the homeless. For further info please contact Jennie Herkes on 485254 ex 222.

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

CHLOE’S FIGHT for sight. Jayne Bigsby is running in the Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday in aid of Chloe. Donations or sponsor may be left at Haine & Son, 65 High Street for this event. More info from Jayne on 487543 or email or look at

BOWLS CLUB: If you wish to have a go at bowls, please call in at the community centre on any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Contact Pat Payne on 489687 for more details.

POLEGATE WINE and Social Club meet on Tuesday when our speaker is Sue Smith talking about Thank The Forces. All welcome at the community centre at 7.30pm.

RAMBLING CLUB: On March 29, East Dean to The Gap and Back, 5 miles, fairly easy walking with one gradual incline and decline, coffee stop at Gap with Val W. Or Left or Right, nine to 10 miles easy walking, fairly flat fields, good tracks, few stiles, take picnic with Heather and Eileen.

POLEGATE WI is having a produce stall outside the Co-op on Saturday March 31. Please come and sample our wares, cakes, pies and garden plants.

EASTER FAIR on Saturday March 31, at Trinity Church hall from 10am to noon. There will be an East Bonnet parade, teas and coffees and hot cross buns.


OPEN AFTERNOON: Selby Meadows are holding an open afternoon in the Meadow from 2pm onwards on Easter Monday, April 9. Entrance is 50p for adults and free for children. Tea, coffee and cakes etc are provided. Join us for a quiz, and other activities, or just relax and have a chat or listen to the birds and enjoy the countryside atmosphere. If it rains the event will be cancelled. All are welcome.

ROTARY CLUB: The Jubilee Ball at the Civic Centre on May 19 should be a wonderful event. There is a sit down meal for 130 people and dancing to a seven piece local band who are very good. If you prefer not to dance we have a fun casino. Tickets can be bought by ringing 01825 761145. They are £40 per head and everyone is wearing DJs and ball clothing. Some decorations have been bought both in the UK and France. Many local businesses are kindly supporting this. Our Rotary Club has an informal twinning arrangement with the Rotary Club of Le Mans Scarrion (it is a big city and has four Rotary Clubs), 13 of them are visiting from the Friday to the Sunday and are staying with Rotarians in their homes. Hopefully they will also see plenty of the local landscapes and perhaps visit a local pub. We are also helping with Uckfield’s jubilee celebrations and will be running a stall at the Sunday picnic and fete; marshalling and generally helping on Monday June 4 for the Grand Beacon Lighting and musical drama afternoon and evening. Plus in agreement with the Chamber of Commerce there will be a competition in the shops and offices for Hunt the Diamond – it’s rather like an Easter bunny hunt with a prizes for various age groups of children). We are also helping Brighter Uckfield to produce wherever possible a red, white and blue theme for flowers in the town. Last but by no means least on Saturday April 28 Blood Pressure Aware Day. With the help of our expert friends from the local Red Cross people young and old will be asked to check their blood pressure. Every year at least 1,200 people are tested and of those probably 20 are advised to go and see their doctor urgently.

You have probably noticed via Ron’s excellent piece a few weeks ago that we entertained over 100 senior citizens to a mid winter party. This was at the UCTC. The students did a brilliant job of singing, playing music, magicians and preparing all of the food. This was the best party of this kind for many years. All credit to the students and their tutors giving up a great deal of their personal time. Twenty five Rotarians, partners and friends spent a super weekend in a lovely family run hotel 20 kilometers south of Boulogne. The food and wine is great and it is likely we will return in 2013 for our eighth visit to the same hotel. This weekend really does help to improve relations between England and France. The countryside just inland is quiet with lovely rolling hills and peaceful roads. Our fourth Making Dreams Come True award scheme entries closes March 31. This year’s candidates are very good. We should know the winner/winners before the end of April. At least £1,000 is available for this.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

AUCTION: Copies of the catalogue of lots for the auction of promises to be held tomorrow, Saturday, night are available in The Stores. This is in aid of Children of Gambia Services and the Dunn Village hall, and will be held at 7.15pm, with doors open from 6.45pm. There are 70 lots listed covering promises of services to be provided and actual items. There are admission tickets to events, or tourist attractions (eg Pashley Manor), an MOT, cakes, teddy bear etc. One of the higher value lots is a guided tour of Vintners Hall, London including lunch for 6 people. A wide range of lots to suits all pockets and tastes. Our auctioneer is the very capable and experienced Tim Watson.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning Worship with Roger Lumley and 6.30pm Evening service with Ken Davies.

OPEN DAY: If you have an interest in the history of local properties or families, why not come to see the results of previous research held by the Warbleton and District History Group. The group also has several items of general interest and a small lending library. There are indexes to assist and members on hand to help and give advice. The date for your diary is April 14, 2pm to 5pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Tea and coffee will be available.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

NEW PENNANTS are needed for Polegate Windmill to replace some of the present ones which are getting old and shabby. The hope is to have the mill decorated with brightly coloured bunting for the whole of the diamond jubilee weekend. If you think you could make some of the pennants, please ring Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496 for more details.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, Alex Gold is providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf starting at 8.30pm. On Sunday from 1.30pm there will be mellow acoustic music from Owen Donovan.

BOX OPENING: Parishioners at St Mary’s Church have been saving their odd coins throughout the year for the Children’s Society which helps vulnerable youngsters. Tomorrow, Saturday, is box opening day when the money collected will be counted in the church hall between 10am and noon. Refreshments and cakes are also available and there will be some stalls and a raffle. All proceeds are for the charity.

CONCERT: The South Downs Youth Orchestra will be giving a concert of Haydn’s Symphony No 22 at 10am tomorrow, Saturday, in St Andrew’s Church Jevington. Tea, coffee and biscuits will also be served.

A JUMBLE SALE will be held at Willingdon Community School from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday. All proceeds will be shared between The Hawassa Project in Ethiopia and the Eastbourne Matthew 25 Mission for the homeless. The Hawassa Project is a joint project between the young people of Willingdon School and the young people in Hawassa. The students at Willingdon School have been raising funds for a building in Hawassa which will act as a youth centre, library and café. Part of the objective is to raise awareness and give counselling in the fight to prevent HIV and AIDS and in particular to help the orphans. Through work and education, the students in Hawassa will be more able to help themselves. For further information please contact Mrs J Herkes on 485254 ext 222.

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

JUSTINE will be providing the entertainment at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

DONS’ MATCH: The football club’s first team will be playing Cuckfield Town in the Mid Sussex Premier Division tomorrow, Saturday, at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground. The kick off is at 2pm.

SPORT RELIEF MILE: Doreen Giller is once again organising an annual Sport Relief Mile. It will take place in Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground on Sunday at 2pm and has the support of the parish council. WAGS (Walkers of all Generations) are being encouraged to take part in this event. Sponsor forms can be obtained from the parish council office. Alternatively ring Doreen on 501610. Previous years’ events at the recreation ground have been very successful and Doreen is hoping that with all the publicity given for Sport Relief on television, this year will be even better. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits will be available, provided by Willingdon WI. Do come along and support this event.

STAINER’S CRUCIFIXION will be performed at St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday. The conductor is Michael Stumbles and the organist is Fr Michael Maine. Taking part will be the augmented church choir with soloists, tenor Rodney Brown and bass Mike Barber. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection supporting Children with Cancer.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a planning meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council office. Meetings are open to the public. For further information please ring the parish office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

TRINITY CHURCH: The uniformed organisations will be having their Easter service at 6pm on Tuesday March 27 at Trinity Church, open to all.

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs, Miss and Ms) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. The speaker will be Graham Albon and his subject is entitled Japan – the Nakasendo Trail.

EASTER FAIR: Trinity Church will be having an Easter Fair from 10am to noon on Saturday March 31. Tea and coffee and hot cross buns will be served and there will be seasonal items and cakes for sale. There will also be an Easter bonnet parade so do wear your home made Easter bonnet.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society will be meeting at 7.30pm on Saturday March 31 at the Memorial Hall. Doors open at 7pm. The speaker is Dr David A Rothery and his subject is entitled Mercury – new views of the sun’s innermost planet.

RED LION: It is open stage night at the Red Lion on Thursday, hosted by Richard Walder and Ron Turner. Any style of music is welcome. So do go along to entertain the customers or just sit and listen to the music. It starts at 8pm.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting at 7pm on Friday March 30 at Wannock Hall. Roger Dellar will be demonstrating a night scene in a city in water soluble oils.