Parish pump Hailsham - March 28, 2014


ROGER AND LOUISE WALLWORK with their two daughters Arrabella and Bea are emigrating to Perth, Australia. They have despatched all their belongings and the Tudor House Restaurant, where they have lived and worked for thirteen and a half years, is closed. The family will be sadly missed in the village but with Skype and modern technology they will continue to keep in contact with the rest of their family and friends here.

WI NEWS from Wendy Day: The March meeting was well attended by both members and visitors. Judith Bastide gave a very informative talk on Surprising Facts about Sussex Writers. She talked about five writers, some of them having lived in or near Eastbourne. George Orwell was reputed to have based his Animal Farm on Chalk Farm in Willingdon. Mrs Bastide gave her audience clues about the subjects of her talk and provided a prize for the person who came up with the most correct answers. After the talk members were told about several outings that are being considered and asked for ideas in respect of the WI’s centenary celebrations next year and Alfriston’s WI’s centenary in 2018. The next meeting will be at the War Memorial Hall on April 15 at 2pm when Irene Wilson will talk about the National Garden Scheme. Visitors welcome. From the May meeting the venue will change to the Old Chapel Centre.

THE APIARY is on the move. At the end of April what was The Tudor House Restaurant will be the new home of The Apiary. The dress shop, that opened in the village nine years ago, will soon be moving along the High Street to the larger space providing a wider choice of clothes and accessories. It will also have the added attraction of serving coffee.

Dr Sue Harrinton from UCL who has written a paper on the dig that took place in Selmeston which revealed Anglo Saxon graves, will be giving a talk about this in the Selmeston Village Hall on April 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets (available on the door) cost £5 and include a glass of wine.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: The Hunt directed by Thomas Vinterberg is this month’s film, starring Mads Mikkelsen. He won the best actor award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher facing various tough problems in his life. This Danish drama has subtitles. Doors open at 7pm tonight at the village hall for coffee and cake. Guests are welcome for £6 on the door.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family service followed by finger buffet in the church rooms. 4pm 4ForAll, our Messy Church event at Punnett’s Town Village Hall. All ages welcome. St Giles, Dallington: Mothering Sunday service.

ST JOHNS ACPM: The annual meetings will be next Friday at the village hall. At 7.30pm the will be the annual meeting for election of churchwardens, which open to those on the church and civil electoral rolls of Bodle Street. This is followed by the Annual Parochial Church meeting at which reports of the past year are given and elections are held for the PCC, Deanery Synod representatives etc. Voting at this meeting is limited to church members. A pie and mash supper (£10 per head) follows.

PARISH COUNCIL: For a report of the March meeting please see the Warbleton section. The next meeting, April 17, will be the Annual Parish Meeting, followed by a council meeting. The APM is the meeting for all the parishioners to find out what the council have been doing during the year, and to express their wishes for the year to come. It will be at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall. The clerk is Mrs M Smith 01435 831653


ENERGY POP-UP: From today, Friday, to Wednesday, 10am to 4pm (closed Sunday), Hailsham is hosting the first ever Energy Pop-up Shop in the district of Wealden. Organised by Communities Matter in partnership with Wealden District Council, the shop will be in the Town Centre at 5 The Quintins. There are so many ways we can cut our energy costs but it all seems far too complicated. The purpose is to de-mystify the information out there and make it easy for people to save energy, save money and be kinder to the environment. For five days only, energy experts will be in Hailsham to offer practical advice on how to cut energy costs. The first 30 people through the door each day will take home energy efficiency gifts such as night lights and draught proofing strips. Bring along your energy bills and they will help make sense of them, advise you on the best deals and how to go about switching suppliers if you wish to. There will also be a series of workshops on energy saving schemes such as draught proofing and energy bill switching taking place over the five days.

TABLE TOP SALE: Imagine your favourite car boot sale, add a warm, dry indoor location with home baked cakes, fresh tea and coffee and some great stalls with pre-loved clothes and shoes, books and CDs, toys, games and lots more. Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon at Hailsham Methodist Hall (opposite the Grenadier pub). Entrance 25p. Dicker Players are raising funds to help with the production costs of their performances of Lend Me a Tenor for the Eastbourne Festival, running from April 23 to 26 at the Under Ground Theatre in Eastbourne.

GALLERY NORTH: There is a new exhibition of Abstracts by Hailsham artist Robert Sparkes until 26 April. The Gallery is open 10am until 4pm Tuesday to Saturday and also features work by 16 resident artists and photographers plus pottery, jewellery and cards.

ST MARY’S: This is Mothering Sunday. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The Passion: Three Kings, 10.30am Mothering Sunday All Age Special, 6.30pm Evening Prayer, The Passion: Three Kings. Time to think about lilies in remembrance of someone dear. They will be arranged for Easter and the list of those remembered will be displayed in church for all to see. The cost per lily will be £3. See Evelyn Evenden in church or call 846579.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. Medium to be advised.

CHRISTARS: This week the group made something special for Mothers Day. The youth group meets at the Free Church and on Monday will be off to enjoy an evening of Laser Quest. The group of year 7 to 11s meets every Monday, 7pm to 8.30pm. Find them on Facebook at Christars HFC or just come along to the church hall.

KNITTING CLUB: Lots of knitting clubs are springing up in Hailsham. The Herstmonceux knitting club has had a change of venue and now uses The Boship Farm Hotel, Hailsham. They have met there twice and it is proving to be the right spot. The hotel team takes great care of them and members are lucky enough to have huge leather settees to relax in while they knit. The club meets on the second Thursday of the month and the next one is on April 10 from 6pm to 8pm. The Boship very kindly provide pots of tea or coffee and a slice of cake for a minimal fee. For more information email Gaynor Medhurst at or call 07850 423 797 or just come along.

DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB: The president of Hailsham and District Flower Club, Penny Petrides, welcomed everyone to the 55th annual general meeting of the club. Chairman, Margery Luffingham, said it had been an excellent year for the club which had celebrated its Emerald Anniversary in fine style with a varied programme of six demonstrations, a workshop evening and a talk on the Brighton Royal Pavilion. The highlight was a highly entertaining special evening in July when three club members, Ann Brookes, Chris Campbell-Dykes and Lynn Purdy, gave a demonstration of flower arranging styles through the decades entitled A Backward Glance. During the year £250 was raised for the Sussex Kidney Trust and four flower arranging competitions were held for members. The evening was rounded off with all present enjoying a piece of celebration cake and sparkling juice. The class winners and runners-up for 2013 are as follows: Beginners: Angela Powell. Intermediate: Marie Haward, runner-up Sue Groom. Advanced: Marian Williams, runner-up Sue Woodrow. Senior Advanced: Christine Campbell-Dykes, runner-up Pat Canning. Harmer Cup 2014 : Intermediate 1, Marie Haward; 2, Jane Williams. Advanced: 1, 2, Marian Williams. Senior Advanced: 1, Freda Collyer; 2, Evelyn Evenden; 3, Christine Campbell-Dykes. Barbara Riglesford Cup: Judge’s choice, Marie Haward. Hailsham and District Flower Club is a very friendly and active organisation and welcomes guests to enjoy the regular demonstration evenings, workshops and talks. Meetings are on the third Wednesday of each month (apart from December) in the Hailsham Civic Community Hall, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham at 7.30pm.

RAMBLERS: Woods and meadows south west of Heathfield is where Frances (01435) 862330 will be taking you if you care to join her for a 5 mile ramble on Wednesday. Alternatively if you fancy a short walk with Nobby (01323) 440624 at Whitbread Hollow near the foot of Beachy Head, this is also on Wednesday, then you can meet there at 10am or at South Road Car Park at 9.30am. If you would like to go on either of these walks please ring the walk leader for details.

NCT NEARLY NEW SALE on Saturday April 5 from 10.15am to noon at Grovelands Primary School. Open 10am for NCT Members. Open to all. No buggies please. Admission price £1.50 in aid of NCT Charity. Card payments taken on large furniture items. For more information or to hire a table for the next event contact

ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT: Hailsham Choral Society’s annual Spring Concert is an evening of musical miscellany and is being held at All Saints Church in Eastbourne on Saturday April 5 at 7.30pm. Hailsham Mayor, Cllr Jo Bentley will be attending the concert featuring performances of Rutters Mass of the Children and Durufle’s Reqiuem and including a special appearance by a choir from St Bede’s Prep School. Admission is £10 and tickets are available at the Hailsham Camera Centre, from members of the choir, online at or by calling 01323 870515. Further information on the Hailsham Choral Society website at

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: For the Strong Trophy, 13 members each entered a set of six prints to be judged as a coherent panel. Judge, Richard Walton FRPS has been to the club on many occasions and said it was always refreshing to visit. He simply loves judging panels and finds it great fun. He was looking for an obvious style with the photographer’s input to make conventional pictures more personal. Highly commended: Jan Cunningham ARPS, for Graffiti, with several colourful images on each print - a clever idea with a personal touch making them a little bit different. Highly commended: Nagaur Horse Fair by Alison Morris ARPS, a set of monochrome prints on matt paper of portraits of people at the fair which stood out so well from the slightly blurred background. An attractive set of images very well presented. Third: After the Rain by Gill Terry, a lovely set of close up pictures of garden flowers, an ivy leaf and ladybird with wonderful colours and beautifully sharp water droplets. Second: Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP, Standing Stones of Cornwall - stunning scenery with super cloudscapes, and beautifully printed. Richard said they worked very well as a panel, but also as individual images. First: Roy Morris ARPS, Cuban Workers - a stunning collection of prints of people doing their everyday tasks working at their jobs, including a barbershop, shoe shine and a pottery maker. Richard said it was as good a panel as he’s ever seen. Richard presented certificates to all the successful contenders, and was considered an exceptional judge who enjoyed himself by sometimes changing the layout of the panel to see if it would work better in a different arrangement.

HOPS QUIZ: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society held its Spring Quiz last week. Question Master Steve White set his usual mix of interesting and thought provoking questions to keep everyone on the ball. The teams were treated to a superb ploughmans supper at half time and an excellent time was had by all. The event raised over £500 for HOPS.

IT’S A LIONS KNOCKOUT: Hailsham Lions joined Battle, Bexhill, Crowborough, Eastbourne, Hastings, Rye and Uckfield clubs last Sunday to host the 14th annual It’s A Special Knockout challenge at Bede’s School. This very special event is for all those with special needs and various disabilities from across Sussex and is always well attended. This year was no exception with over 100 contestants in 15 teams, plus families, friends and carers. It was opened by Geoff Rowe, Hailsham’s town crier. Hailsham Lions were extremely proud to support their team Jemini Response, dressed in matching pale blue t-shirts. They would like to thank Tesco Hailsham for once again supporting the event by kindly donating 150 bottles of water and four prizes for The Joker and Poster competitions. It was great fun. Teams participated in relay races and team games like Dinner for Six and Postman Pat and enthusiastic, noisy supporters cheered them across winning lines. The winners were The Yellow Perils from Eastbourne, who received the Knockout Cup which they will keep for the year. Joint runners up were Bexhill’s Trafalgar and the PHAB A team. Everybody got medals and certificates presented by Eastbourne and Hailsham Deputy Mayors, Cllrs Janet Coles and Michael Ryan respectively. A new category this year sponsored by Bede’s School was called Spirit of the Knockout and was won by Eastbourne. It was awarded for endeavour, sportsmanship and enthusiasm and was presented by students from Bede’s School.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

MOTHERING SUNDAY: Hellingly church, Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Sunday, Holy Communion (CW) at 8am, 10.45am Mothering Sunday Service, 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: Sunday 9.15am Mothering Sunday Service. Holy Corner. Meet the Vicar at the Village Shop and Café on Tuesdays from 9.30am to 10.30am.

DICKER NEWS: There is a Community Event in Upper Dicker Hall tomorrow, Saturday. It is a fun community planning event for all the family from 11.30am to 2.30pm. There will be interactive and intergenerational games with prizes. It has been organised by Arlington Parish Plan Action Group (APPAG) and is for the community. Food, coffee, tea, cakes and homegrown homemade soup, bread, cheese and chutney will be available. Other parish council news: The No Ball Games Sign on Dicker Village Green would be replaced with laminated signs. WDC have received £110k from Kier as compensation for the problems with the waste collection. A community dividend will be set up and some will support suitable activities the wards which are one-off spends and will have a positive impact. Money must be allocated in 2014 and spent within six months. Local groups will be invited to apply for funds and will receive a bid form and guidance notes. Expected closure date for bids is end of June 2014. Posters will be placed on PC Notice boards and there will be an article in the newsletter and a report is on the parish website.

HELLINGLY WI: The next meeting is on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall. There is a talk by Edward Paget entitled My Friends the Elephants. Please bring items related to elephants to make a display. All welcome. Enquiries to Iris on (01323) 841875.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The society welcomed Keith Gibson last week whose presentation was about some of the photographs taken whilst out walking. This was accompanied by projected digital images. Keith has been to the club before to judge competitions, but it was his first time to give this talk. Keith’s passions are photography, walking and cycling. When walking with a group, he has to grab photographs on the move as walkers do not stop. Always ready, therefore, with his camera attached over his shoulder to a monopod, he can quickly take his shot and then catch up with the rest of the group. Many of the PDIs were of the wonderful countryside local to Keith, particularly during a walk from Kingston to Eastbourne. Starting in the South Downs National Park, he passed Lewes, Firle Beacon, Breaky Bottom vineyard near Rodmell, then on to Alfriston following the Cuckmere Valley Walk to the Haven, then climbing up the first of the Seven Sisters. He showed a portrait shot taken at high tide - white cliffs, a clear green sea, and blue sky. Keith also showed many lovely pictures of the river along the Thames Path - a green barge reflected in the water and trees in autumn colours along the riverbank. Another sequence was Shanklin to Yarmouth on the picturesque Isle of Wight, many taken along the Tennyson Trail, colourful sands at Alum Bay and the famous Needles. Further afield the club saw photographs of Morella in Spain - an ancient walled city about an hour and a half drive inland from Valencia. Most of the buildings were abandoned through lack of water. The reservoir was nearly three quarters empty. The scenery was stunning with turquoise river, green mountains and lots of trees. Keith said he really enjoyed it there and is looking forward to his next visit. Another super evening was enjoyed by the members. It was a real joy to see such wonderful scenic photographs of many local places which can be reached on foot.

NIGHTINGALES WI: Andy Evans gave a very informative talk on epilepsy. Andy developed epilepsy following a bicycle accident when he was 10 and hit his head in a day when cycle helmets were not generally worn. As a result he emphasised the importance of everybody wearing cycle helmets. Andy started the Eastbourne Group of the Epilepsy Society nine years ago. Members were surprised to learn across East Sussex there is only one specialist epilepsy consultant and nurse based at Brighton although there is an allocated epilepsy nurse at EDGH. There are more than 40 different types of epilepsy and around 25 drugs to treat it and it is often a case of trial and error to find the drug that suits individuals. Andy also explained what first aid if any should be given if someone should witness a seizure. The advice was there is very little that should be done and it is just a case of moving things out of the way if the person is likely to hurt themselves. Under no circumstances should you try and restrain them if they have an active seizure nor put anything in their mouth. The best thing to do is to time their seizure and let them know when they recover. Very few people will require hospital treatment unless their seizure lasts more than five minutes or it is the first time this has happened to them and, not everybody falls to the ground and shakes. Some people wander around or seem confused. For this reason sufferers are often mistaken for having alcohol or drug problems and the police have erroneously been called. There was some useful information for youngsters about a youth group in Hastings and members were invited to pick up leaflets and asked very useful questions. The next meeting is on Wednesday April 16 at 7.30pm at Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham. Marie Stone will talk about her work with Madame Tussauds.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

YOUR WINDMILL needs you. Contrary to local belief the Windmill is not privately owned but is a registered charity and is held in Trust for the community. It relies on donations of at least £6,000 per year to keep it running. We are approaching another season and we are looking for more local people to be involved in the running of the mill during our opening period which runs from Easter to mid-October. We open on the first and third Sunday in the month and Bank Holidays, from 2.30pm to 5pm. This year the first day we open to the public is Sunday April 6, then Sunday April 20 and Easter Monday April 21. In all we open 22 times a year. If you feel you can help and are interested in joining the Windmill Team please contact Bee Frost 01323 833033 or Jenny Alder 01323 832329. Or come and see us any Wednesday or Saturday morning.

MICHELHAM PRIORY Freemasons. Freemasonry goes back years and the Michelham Priory Lodge, which meets in Herstmonceux, was formed in 1928 and to date they have 35 members all dedicated to assist in their community by raising money to donate to various good causes and charities both locally and nationally. In 1980 the Freemasons Grand Charity was established and the charitable activities here are funded by donations from the Freemasons and every year something like 2,000 individuals are assisted with grants totalling some £3 million pounds and, contrary to popular belief you don’t have to be a Freemason to benefit from the Masonic charity. This year the two main charities who will be benefiting are The Masonic Grand Charity and Demelza House, however, on Saturday April 12 members of the Michelham Priory Lodge will be opening the doors of the Masonic Hall in Herstmonceux to us, the public and especially to any representatives of local charities or good causes to see if they could be considered for inclusion onto their list of beneficiaries. They’ll be at the Masonic Hall between 2pm and 4pm and will be serving tea and scones while they chat to visitors.

SILENT AUCTION on Saturday April 5 run by Wartling Church at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street. There will be a good selection of items and promises up for auction from 7pm. Entrance is £6 which includes a running buffet and all bidding, which starts at 7.30pm, is done on paper, and will continue until the lit candle fizzes out. All are welcome. If you need further details please contact either Pam on 833079 or Stella on 833445.

WINDMILL HILL Horticultural Society will be holding their next meeting on Thursday. Wendy Bates, of Rotherview Nursery, will be talking on her Award Winning Thoughts from Making to Planting. All will be made welcome at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street from 7pm for 7.30pm. Entrance is £1 for non-members and there’s plenty of free parking.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday April 6 meet Nicola and Dave at the Cuckoo Trail car park in Horam. The walk will cover about four to five miles of the Heathfield area and all are welcome. Information from 848790.

BOWLS: Signing on day will be held on Saturday April 5 in the clubhouse from 10am. Anyone wishing to find out more about the club and their activities will be made welcome. For information call either Sue on 833403 or Terry on 832380.

RAY AND SHELDON: Members of the club will meet in the village hall today, Friday, when Ray Waite will give them a talk accompanied by some of his beautiful slides. Anybody over the age of 60 years will be made welcome. If you need transport call 441244.

HE’S BACK: Bookings are already being taken for Saturday April 26 at the Woolpack Inn to see Tom Fitzpatrick. To complement his performance the Woolpack will be putting on a special Italian menu for the evening. Menus are now available in the pub and you can book on 833270.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday services will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with the Mothering Family Service being held at Wartling church at 9.45am.


INDOOR BOOT SALE on Sunday from 10am in Laughton Parish Hall. £5 per table, refreshments available. More information 01323 811385.

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. 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

RUBBISH IS NEEDED: Kirsty, of Little Stars School of Dance, is collecting empty baby wipe packets for Ellie’s Fund, a charity supporting children with brain tumours and their families. The empty packets are recycled and for each one the charity gains 2p. They have raised over £30,000 already. Please save your packets and either bag them up and drop them into the bright red wheelie bin hidden in her driveway or once you have a carrier bag full she can come and collect them from you. If anyone works in a nursery and is able to start a collection please get in touch with Kirsty. More details on the charity can be found at Call or text Kirsty on 07875235398. Address: 2 Church Farm Cottages, Manchester Road.


QUIZ: Ninfield Hall Committee are holding a Quiz Night at the Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The cost is £5 per person, to include a ploughman’s supper. Please take your cutlery, glasses, drink and nibbles. A maximum of six people to a table. Tickets can be purchased by calling 892878. There will also be a raffle. All proceeds raised will go to the hall restoration fund.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders will meet on Wednesday at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm (every first Wednesday in the month). If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

THE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on Thursday, 7.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on Monday, April 7, at Ninfield Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. This month they welcome Robin White with his demonstration entitled Floral Formations. Non members are welcome at a cost of £4, to include refreshments. All floral arrangements demonstrated are raffled off at the end of the evening. For further information, contact Jennifer Collett on 01424 892878.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Services Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church service at 2.30pm.


TICKETS for Polegate Drama Group’s production of A Vicar of Dibley Christmas, the second coming at Archer and Partners, 48 High Street 483348. Adults £9, children £6.

WALK tomorrow, Saturday, Not a Drop to Drink with Bob. Meet at the Triangle, Lower Willingdon 9.45am bus No 51, 9.23am from Terminus Road stand H, 5 miles finish about 12.30pm.

ANOTHER WALK on Sunday, High and Over The Cuckmere with Colin W, meet bus No 126 at 9.30am. Terminus Road, stand M. Walk starts at High and Over CP top of hill south of Alfriston 10.30am. GR 509011, dry lunch at Alfriston, finish at 4.30pm at Exceat, 9 miles. The ramble will return to High and Over car park at 3.30pm. This walk is with Eastbourne Rambling club.

DO NOT FORGET to put your clocks forward one hour tomorrow, Saturday.

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre in the lounge is hosted by Neighborhood Watch. All welcome from 10am to noon.

TOMORROW, Saturday, a walk Down The Middle with Barbara S. Meet at Golden Galleon car park at 10.30am, 2.5 miles.

SOUTHDOWH STROLLERS walk on Wednesday, on the track of the Cuckoo. Meet at Polegate end of trail, coffee at the Old Loom Mill. Meet at 10am with Joan. Programmes available from 735714.

SHOW RESULTS: Section 1 Narcissi: Nine vases of one bloom/stem distinct varieties, A Winter; three vases of three distinct varieties, A Winter, one bloom trumpet, A Winter, one bloom large cupped, A Winter; one bloom small cupped, A Winter, one stem double, A Winter, one stem Tazetta or Jonquilla, A Winter, one bloom/stem not previously specified, A Winter; three blooms trumpet, A Winter, three blooms large cupped, A Winter, three stems small cupped, Mrs S Goddard, three stems double, A Winter, three stems Tazetta or Jonquilla, A Winter, three blooms or stems not previously specified, A Winter, nine blooms or stems mixed (any type), A Winter; one pot or bowl large cupped, Mrs S Goddard, one pot or bowl double cupped, A Winter. Section 2 General: One vase four stems Hellibores (any variety), K Sawyer; one vase seven grape hyacinths, A Harris, one vase spring flowers (four varieties), Mrs S Cooke; one vase Polyanthus or Primrose (five stems) Ms C Tipton; one vase four stems flowering shrub (four varieties), Mrs S smith; one pot Polyanthus or Primrose, Mrs D Gearing; one pot any other spring flowers or bulbs, Mrs B J Pound; one pot of three Hyacinths, 2, Mrs B J Pound. Section 3 Narcissi: One bloom trumpet, Mrs D Gearing; one bloom large cupped, Mrs D Gearing; one bloom small cupped, Mrs D Gearing; one stem double, Mrs D Rideout; one stem Tazette or Jonquilla, Mrs S Smith; one bloom not previously specified, A Harris; three blooms trumpet, Mrs D Gearing; three large cupped, Mrs S Smith; three blooms small cupped, A Harris; three of Tazette or Jonquilla, Mrs D Gearing; six blooms or stems mixed, Mrs D Gearing; one pot of any type, Mrs D Gearing. Section 4 Domestic: Apple cake, Mrs A Barrow, boiled pineapple cake, Mrs L Bache, six pieces of flapjack, Mrs A Parrini; six raisin buns, Mrs A Parrini; six jam tarts, Mrs J Kemp; six cup cakes, Mrs J Freakes; Victoria sandwich, Mrs S Hannam; six pieces of cheese and carrot roll, Mrs A O’Riordan; one quiche, Mrs D Rideout; six sausage rolls, Mrs A Barrow, jar of marmalade, K Sawyer; jar of lemon curd, Mrs A O’Riordan; jar of jam, Mrs S Goddard; jar of pickle, K Sawyer; jar of chutney, Mrs S Hannam. Section 5 Home Made Liqueurs: Bottle of liqueur, Mrs P Lister. Section 6 paintings: One water colour, R Blackwell; one acrylic, R Blackwell; one item any other medium, R Smith. Section 7 Handicrafts: Adult hand knitted garment, Mrs A James; children’s fancy hand knitted, Mrs B May; one piece of embroidery, D Shanks; one item of crochet, Mrs S Goddard; one other knitted article, Mrs B May; one any other handicraft, Mrs U North; handmade greeting card, R Blackwell, handicraft class for men, K Sawyer. Section 8 Decorative: Around the Pond (18inch), Mrs J Mordaunt; Spring Has Sprung (petite), Mrs J Mordaunt; Light and Shade (miniature), Mrs S Goddard. Annual Awards: Mollie Jones Cup, best exhibit section 1 class 9, A Winter; Nelson Wingrove cup, most points section 1, A Winter; Ron Goodman Cup, best exhibit section 2 class 21, Mrs S Cooke; Joanna Simmonds Cup, best exhibit section 3, class 38, Mrs D Gearing; PGS Intermediate Cup, most points section 3, Mrs D Gearing; Easter Cup, best exhibit section 4, Mrs D Rideout; Shoesmith Cup, most points section 4, Mrs A Parrini; Small Wine Cup, best exhibit section 5, Mrs P Lister; Iris Wiggs Cup, best exhibit section 6, R smith; David Williams Cup, most points section 6, R Blackwell; Hurst Cup, best exhibit section 7, D Shanks; Twine Cup, most points Section 7, Mrs B May; Olive Simmonds Trophy, best exhibit section 8, Mrs J Mordaunt; PGS Cup (spring), most points section 8, Mrs J Mordaunt, Mrs S Goddard; Momento Cup, for winning the Small Wine Cup for the past three years, R Reeve. Judges were Mr M Moss, Mrs S Davies, Mr R Reeve, Mrs B Gough and Mrs A Brookes.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

JUMBLE SALE: in support of the Ebeneezer Children’s home in Chennai, South India, at Punnett’s Town Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, to raise funds for a new jeep for the home. For further information or to donate jumble please phone 01435 830481. EHSO can be found at and its charity number is 1102102.

QUIZ NIGHT: The Village Players is holding a Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday, evening at the Dunn Village hall to raise funds for our production of Carousel. Tickets cost £7.50 to include a sausage in a bun. Please contact Lizzie on 01435 830998 or Anita on 01435 873226. There will be a bar and bottle raffle.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family service followed by finger buffet in the church rooms. 4pm 4ForAll, our Messy Church event at Punnett’s Town Village Hall. All ages welcome. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service. St Giles, Dallington: Mothering Sunday service. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Family service with Paul Daniels.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Rehearsals for the next production, Carousel, are going well, with the whole play blocked out. You’ll Never Walk Alone, If I Love You and “June is Bustin’ Out All Over are buzzing round our brains now. We could still do with more men in the chorus though. Phone Lizzie on 01435 830998 or Anita on 01435 873226, for more details. There are advantages to membership of the players. You receive regular newsletters keeping you up to date, either by email or post. You have priority in getting tickets. Members will be able to obtain tickets on Saturday April 26 (noon to 1pm) or Sunday April 27 (11am to noon) in person at the Dunn Village Hall. Thereafter tickets will only be available via the website, with a booking fee. The performance dates are May 15 to 17 at the hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: One of the first matters to be reported on is the proposed federation of Broad Oak, Punnett’s Town and Dallington schools. Broad Oak and Punnett’s Town are in federation presently with Dallington informally joined with them for the past year, under head teacher Shirley Frankis. Federation means to two schools, whilst maintaining their individual identity, are run under one head teacher and board of governors. Consultation with parents and other interested parties is currently underway. The parish council gave its formal approval. Discussion is still under way regarding the proposed removal of the crossing patrol at Punnett’s Town. It is generally considered unwise, even if the speed limit is reduced to 30mph. The roads are one of the most frequent items to arise at meetings, especially the unclassified lanes. Cllr Rupert Simmons reported Highway Officers are preparing a master plan of repairs and refurbishment of repairs. £11m has been set aside for this with another £2.6m from the Chancellor. A lively debate followed, particularly concerning potholes, and the seeming inconsistency in coverage. For example one councillor reported two out of three potholes were repaired near his property, why not the third? Riding schools: Cllr Nigel McKeeman said Wealden District Council are checking on schools to make sure they are registered, and urged customers to check they are. A licence should be displayed. If not it may not be safe to use. Green waste collection: The rounds are being re-arranged because another 5,000 households have signed up for collections since the scheme was introduced. Affected household should be notified. Rate relief will be available for village shops, including our own. Approval for the flower show to use the green on July 24 was given. The next meeting, April 17, will be the Annual Parish Meeting, followed by a council meeting. The APM is the meeting for all the parishioners to find out what the council have been doing during the year, and to express their wishes for the year to come. It will be at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall. The clerk is Mrs M Smith 01435 831653

VILLAGE GREEN: There has been comment on Kieron Daw’s loss of the contract to mow the Green at Rushlake Green. The council has to follow a formal process of inviting tenders, every three years, for the contract. Contractors have to submit full documentation along with their quote. The council then consider this, bearing in mind their responsibility to provide good services at as low cost as possible. The contract went to another firm, who have started mowing. The council are very grateful to Kieron, as I am sure we all are, for his work over quite a number of years.

HISTORY GROUP: I made an error in announcing the date of the AGM. It will be on April 14 at the Dunn Village Hall.

PROMISES AUCTION: We had a good evening last Saturday at the hall, with a total of 69 lots falling under the hammer, ably wielded by Paul Huntley. There was fine display of items on display at the front, baskets of produce, cakes, chocolates, wines and two cuddly toys etc. Added to this were vouchers for shops, places of interest as far away as the London Transport Museum, and for services to be provided. The latter included watercolour tuition with Chris Liddiard and a carol music provided by Warbleton Brass Band. The top price paid was £85 for a cake a month for a year, provided by Rushlake Green WI. bout £1,400 was raised which will be split between Children of Gambia Services and the Dunn Village Hall. Many thanks to Paul for acting as auctioneer, to Nina and Sarah for organising the evening and to those who so generously bid for the items.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

NEW CHEF: Ray Brailsford is now the new chef at the Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village. Ray has had many years’ experience running pubs and pub kitchens. He will be offering high quality British pub fayre with a fresh twist.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will meet from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall. Janet Redden will give a demonstration of still life in pastels.

FAR CRY will entertain customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society will meet from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The speaker is Dr Paul Abel and his talk is Visual Observing in the Age of Digital Imaging.

IT’S OPEN HOUSE at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper Kings Drive from 10am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, where visitors are invited to experience first-hand the beautifully appointed community facilities. For further information please ring 01323 525000.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will hold a cemetery committee meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 for further information.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club meet at 1.45pm on Friday April 4 at the Memorial Hall when Sue Htoon and Wendy Jacques give a demonstration Double Take.

A QUIZ NIGHT hosted by Maureen and John Males at the Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate will be held from 7pm on Saturday April 5. It is being organised by Sandy and John in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide supported residential accommodation for people with a learning disability at Edgmont, Old Town. Tickets to include supper are £8. Contact Maureen on 01323 482011.

THE LICENSING of Fr Kevin Agnew as parish priest of St Mary’s Church is at 7.30pm on Tuesday April 8 at a Eucharist at which the Bishop of Horsham, the Right Reverend Mark Sowerby will preside, assisted by the Archdeacon of Lewes and Hastings, the Venerable Philip Jones.