Parish pump Hailsham - March 6, 2015


SPRING CLEANING has been the order of the day in the village hotels. The Wingrove has converted the lounge into a cosy restaurant. Deans Place Hotel has had Park Grove Interior Designs with local builders JBC Construction refurbish the restaurant which is now called The Dining Room in keeping with the Country House style of hotel. The restaurant seating area has also been redecorated making it a more relaxing place in which to have pre or post dining drinks.

THE STAR INN has been closed for the whole of January and February while the bedrooms and lounges have had major refurbishment designed by Judi Watkinson of Design Noir. The new carpets, curtains and fittings have been designed to bring out the history of The Star. Art work, illustrating the Inn and local scenes over the centuries since it was built, line the corridors and lounge walls. The designs of the bespoke carpets and fittings are all influenced by the past. All the work has been done by local firms, the wooden floors have been repaired and replaced by using reclaimed wood and new furniture has also been sourced locally. The Inn is privately owned by Martin Gobbee and Lorissa Covell and plans are now being made to update the 1960 extension to make it more in keeping with the main building.

THE 300 CLUB this month will meet at the newly refurbished Star Inn at 8pm.

Bodle Street Green

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

BSG WI: Charles Harding is the speaker on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall. His subject is Castles and Gardens in Sussex. New members are always welcome to the meetings which are held on the second Tuesday each month. There is a short business meeting, a speaker and then tea. For details contact the president, Judy, on 01323 832491 or the secretary, Anne, 0n 841278.


ST MARY’S: This is the third Sunday of Lent. Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am. Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am, Encounters with Jesus, the first Christian. Evening Prayer at 6.30pm, I Wish Jesus hadn’t said that, You Cannot Serve both God and Money. There is Holy Communion at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood Road, at 2.45pm.

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon Meeting Point have a coffee morning in aid of Sulait, the Ugandan orphan that they sponsor through the Quicken Trust. This is in St Mary’s Church lounge.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday there is a Service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall. The medium on this occasion is Bob Mann. Healing is always available. The first Clairvoyant Evening of the year is on March 20 with Paul Broadway, also at Primrose Hall. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start, ending at 9pm. Entry on the door is £5.

HEALTHY LIVING GROUP: This week the group will be enjoying a yoga session on Tuesday at the Methodist Church Hall, from 10am to noon. This club is for the over 50s and promotes social, healthy activity, some chatting and tea-drinking, boccia, table tennis, yoga and line dancing. All welcome.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting is on Tuesday at the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Field. Ex Armed Forces and Serving personnel and their spouses or partners are welcome. Members of the public can also join the Royal British Legion and can come along and have an enjoyable evening. The meeting will be fairly short and the quiz afterwards can cause some fun. At the last meeting of the Hailsham Branch the Exhortation and Kohima Epitaph were given by the Chairman and Mrs Burton and Len Gillard, together with the Members of the Armed Forces were remembered. Letters have been sent to organisations in Hailsham inviting them, together with members of the public, to the forthcoming ANZAC Day and Gallipoli Service on April 26. The Branch has made application to be included in the Royal British Legion webpage showing who the contacts are and what is happening in the branch. Changes in membership administration start in May for completion by October in that membership can be paid by bank giro, at the Post Office, at Pay Points or cash to the membership secretary. The ASDA green token scheme benefitted the branch by £200 and has been paid into the Poppy Appeal. The branch is very grateful to ASDA and members of the public who placed tokens in the Royal British Legion section. On welfare it was good to hear that two members who are ill at this time are making good progress.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 11.30am to noon at Ingrams Way, outside 72. Tuesday Jasmine Green from 6pm to 6.30pm and then Southerden Close, Hailsham, from 6pm to 6.30pm. Wednesday at Derwent Close (odd numbers) and Thursday (even numbers) from 6.30pm to 7pm. Thursday Acorn Green from 6pm to 6.30pm.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The next meeting is on Wednesday when Ian Everest, who has given good talks with pictures to the society in the past, will be visiting again with the subject of The Women’s Land Army during the two World Wars. This is at the Methodist Church Hall. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. All welcome. Visitors £2.50. At the February meeting Peter Hibbs talked on The Battlefield Beneath Your Feet, Hailsham at War 1939 to 45. One part of the evening was given over to the big gun. This was a large Howitzer that fired a 12” (300mm) shell. It was mounted on a railway carriage and brought by rail to Hailsham during WW2 and was positioned to the south of the station. Some people said that it never did fire whilst at Hailsham, but some others said it did. But David Bourne, chair of the society, says that he has heard that the windows, window frames and roof slates were blown off the house called The Mount, that would have been quite close to where the gun was positioned. The Mount was off Station Road, now a small estate of the same name. Accepting that it is a long shot, David goes on to ask whether anybody has any information about this, maybe a photo of the gun that was at Hailsham railway during WW2. If so, the Society would be interested in hearing from you so that either information or a picture could be displayed in the museum. Peter’s was an interesting evening and given what he showed the audience, it looks like we were as good as ready to see off the enemy if they had invaded!

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday the very clever and inventive organ star Daniel Watt will be at the Charles Hunt Centre, with music to suit all tastes from 7pm for 7.30pm start. There is plenty of free parking very close to the venue, which is very comfortable and has excellent acoustics. Non-members are very welcome indeed, just turn up and pay at the door. Further information can be had from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

QUIZ NIGHT: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society is offering a Ploughman’s Supper with your Quiz Entry on Saturday March 14. You can book your team of four to six players now if you would like to be a part of this fundraiser at Summerheath Hall, Summerheath Road, Hailsham. The fun starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 per person. Bring your own drinks. Phone Paula on 841373 to book.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: It was the Village Competition for the Stafford Trophy at the club last week. Members went one day last September to the village of Steyning, to take photographs and were then to present six as a set of images to depict the essence of the area. There were ten portfolios on display. The judge, Keith Gibson, had actually travelled to Steyning the previous day for some research because, although he knew the area well, he wanted to view it in relation to the competition. Luckily the weather was fine on the day and lunch was at the Star Inn. There were many iconic points of interest to photograph. St Andrew’s Church with the modern statue of the founder, St Cuthman, the Clock Tower, and the Steyning Tea Rooms where people sat outside enjoying their coffee in the sunshine. Independent retailers like the Sussex Produce Company, which nearly everyone included as it was so colourful with all the fruits and vegetables displayed outside, and The Cobblestone Walk with its cafés and small workshops selling goods. Much architecture with Tudor style half timbered houses and some smart Georgian town houses too, thatched cottages, The Old Grammar School, and bang up to date was the modern library. All the entrants showed a wide variety of images and it was very interesting to see all the different panels. Keith decided to award the following positions. Third place went to Carole Parish, second to Janet Monk ARPS, and the winner was Fiona Flower. They were all presented with their certificates on the night.

CRICKET CLUB: Hailsham Cricket Club is delighted to announce that Travis Perkins (Hailsham) have decided to continue to sponsor the junior section at the club. This is the fifth year that they have supported the juniors as the match shirt sponsor. They are also great backers of the club in terms of materials and advice over the season and with the big plans for 2015 for the Roebuck Park and Western Road refurbishment, Travis Perkins’ help will be vital. Anyone interested in playing (young or old) or keen to sponsor the local cricket club is encouraged to contact Rob Wilkinson 07980146841

100 YEARS AGO: In March 1915 the Parish Magazine reports from the Vicar of the day: The Church Room has been most useful. I cannot promise anyone the use of it for certainty for the military appear on the scene and ask for it at once. At seven o’clock on Wednesday an officer called on me and wanted the room ready for 120 men at midnight and facilities for making hot cocoa for that number who were out on night duty (with the temperature on the grass at 20 degrees). I appealed to our old friend of the School Treats and he at once undertook everything, and the Sergeant, on thanking me this morning, said ‘The Boys were splendid and met them with everything ready.’ This is the true spirit of sacrifice which the War is bringing out everywhere: a true Lenten spirit. This spirit is seen in the Hospital, where the Belgian soldiers certainly look better, and are making many friends. The funds keep up, and we who are not giving our services in the hospital should support such in every way, and bear the financial burden and support loyally the Commandant. ‘Take care of him,’ said the Good Samaritan to the Commandant, ‘and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again I will repay thee.’ We know who said this: He is alive today and is looking for that spirit amongst His disciples.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am. This and every fourth Sunday there is a Family Service 10.45am. Upper Dicker: Sunday Services 9.15am. There is Holy Communion at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood Road, at 2.45pm.

CRICKET CLUB QUIZ: Support your local Cricket Club on March 20 from 7pm to 11pm at Westham Village Hall. The quiz will be hosted by Pointless winner, 15-1 runner up, Mastermind and Brain of Britain contestant Jon Rose. This is open to all members, juniors, parents and friends. Teams of six at £5 per person to include light refreshments. A licensed bar will be available. Please call 07759323991 if you will be entering a team. Please try and support your club.

GARDEN TOUR: Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a 90 minute tour of Michelham Priory exploring the seven acres of historic gardens as they burst into spring, with the head gardener, James Neil. Price includes entrance to the house and grounds, tour and soup and fresh bread roll in the café. Tour starts at 11am to 12.30pm. £15 for non-members. £10 for Sussex Archaeological Society Members and Friends of Michelham Priory. Numbers are limited so please book in advance. To book call 01323 844224 or email

MOTHERS’ UNION: Fifty Five Years in The Organ Loft (A personal view of the King of Instruments) was the title of a delightful hour with Peter Willson, Hellingly Church’s new choir master and organist. A burst of Peter’s version of The Wedding March on the organ alerted his audience to the fun ahead. By his own admission, Peter is a jazz pianist who can play the organ. From the age of seven, on first seeing the great pipes of St Barnabus Church in Sutton, he longed to learn to play the organ, but first, from the age of seven, he learned to play the piano. Having given a short lesson on the mechanics of how the organ works, members handled some of the smaller pipes which Peter assured them were really only a collection of whistles. By the time Peter left school he was the organist at St John the Divine in Merton from where he moved to St Mary’s, Cuddington, in 1976. There, he sometimes played for up to 12 weddings a day, mainly due to the tax breaks available then, to newlyweds in April and September. Being paid £4 a week as an organist was no match for £27 a week offered by British Telecom and so Peter’s working life was spent travelling around the country selling telecom products. Moving on in the organ world he next went to St Peter’s, Hawkenbury, near Tunbridge Wells. Peter has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the great organs of the world. At the age of 12 he was asked to help tune the Father Willis organ at St Paul’s Cathedral. Notable Willis organs include the Liverpool Cathedral Grand organ which is the largest in the UK with 10,268 pipes; bigger than the second largest in the Royal Albert Hall with only 9,997. Thank you Peter for a most entertaining talk. Members are looking forward to the Jazz Evening on Saturday June 6 when the Peter Willson Quartet will present an evening of live music in our church.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

SUNDAY SERVICES: This is the third Sunday of Lent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) at Herstmonceux, 9.45am Holy Communion (CW) at Wartling, 6pm Evensong (BCP) at Herstmonceux.

WATER WEEK: Waterweek2 is weeklong series of events from March 8 to 14, inspired by Underwateredge, a walking Exploration of the Pevensey Levels by local artists Charlotte Still and Clare Whistler. It involves more than 50 Contributors in venues surrounding the Pevensey Levels. Each event will bring together people who are interested in, inspired by and knowledgeable about water, both local and global. There will be talks, forums, art, performance, film, music, walks and all events are free and open to all. From July 2014 we have been Scholars in Residence at the Bader International Study Centre, Queens University, based in Herstmonceux Castle, which will be the host for Waterweek2. Evening events start at 7pm at Herstmonceux Castle except Wednesday St Elizabeth’s Crypt, Eastbourne, Thursday at Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre. For more information:

RAY AND SHELDON: On Friday March 13 Jenny Crouch will be giving a talk and a demonstration on Card Craft in the village hall at 2.15pm. This is a club for the over 60s and if you require any more information please contact Anne on (01323) 441244.

WALKING GROUP: On Sunday the group will be meeting at 10am in the Hailsham Leisure Centre car park for a Woodingdean Walk of four to five miles with Trudy. If you would like to go along, please contact her on 845597 or 07881 875028 for details.

FILM SHOW: Local transport historian John Bishop is presenting another film show at the village hall in aid of the Windmill at Windmill Hill on Friday March 27. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start and the show is entitled Another Film Show with a hint of Transport by John Bishop. Tickets on the door £6, which includes a tea or coffee.

BUGSY MALONE: The Young HATS are proud to present Bugsy Malone at the village hall from Thursday to Saturday, March 19 to 21, with performances at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Entry is £8 adults and £5 child. Tickets from Stevens and Carter Estate Agents or from Jo on 07703 854535. It promises to be a great show for all the family and if previous performances I have been to are anything to go by then do go along if you can.

TABLE TOP SALE: If you would like to book a table for this event on Saturday March 21 at Reid Hall, Boreham Street, from 9am to 12.30pm, call Stella on 01323 833445. £10 per table. Proceeds to Wartling Church.

WINDMILL: The mill will be opening to the public starting at Easter. When you come to the mill you will be able to see for yourselves just how much work has been done over the last few months and will be able to see works in progress. The team of volunteers will be very happy to show you this, so please come along and see what is happening to your windmill! Better still come and join us and be part of this exciting historical project. Please contact Jenny on 01323 832329 to find out more.

WARTLING VILLAGE HALL Trust AGM will be held on Wednesday at Reid Hall, Boreham Street, at 7.30pm. All welcome.


LEWES HISTORY GROUP talk on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road, Unlocking the Reeves’ Photographic Archive. Two years ago Brigitte Lardinois, a photographic historian and Lewes resident, approached Tom Reeves and his wife Tania with a proposal to map their archive which is housed at the Edward Reeves Studio. Their business has been in continual operation since 1855 and is likely to be the oldest still working photographic studio, run by the same family at the same premises, in the world. Brigitte will share her research strategy and discuss the plans for the unlocking of this archive.

CONCERT: Former Priory School and Bhasvic student Alistair Gregg will be hosting a cake sale and concert in aid of the charity Restless Development on Sunday at 3pm, at St John sub Castro church, Abinger Place. Alistair has been selected to travel to Zimbabwe for 12 weeks with the charity, where he will undertake educational projects in rural communities. His placement is funded by the government as part of the International Citizen Service scheme, and any funds raised will go to the charity. The concert will feature a professional flute and guitar duo, Armonia, plus students from the Royal Academy of Music and East Sussex Academy giving performances on piano, violin, flute, clarinet and voice.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our last Wednesday walk we started from the churchyard at Folkington. We noted the grave of Elizabeth David, the cookery writer who introduced continental cuisine to the British table. From there the group of 15 followed an old coach road, now the Wealdway, to Jevington. The track was muddy and rutted in many places, which was probably no worse than when it was used by coach and horses. In the churchyard at Jevington is the grave of Lord Shawcross and his second wife, Joan. Lord Shawcross was the chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials and the first chairman of Justice, the human rights group founded in 1957. From Jevington we turned north-east and gently climbed to the top of Combe Hill. It is but 193 metres high but the 360 degrees views over the sea, Eastbourne, Polegate, the Weald and all other points of the compass makes the climb worthwhile. The precipitous descent tested our knees and our balance on some muddy and uneven paths. The walk back to the start through Wannock was pleasantly uneventful, though the last field did its muddy best to increase our height by at least an inch with the mud firmly stuck to our boots. Graham and Hilda were the leaders. The next walk is on Sunday, Bishopstone to Southease Youth Hostel where lunch is available at the café. Meet at Lewes Railway station in good time to catch the 9.29am train to Bishopstone. Our programmes are always available at the Lewes Tourist Office and new walkers are always welcome.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Today, Friday: Normans Bay 9.40am-10.10am; Opposite Denbeigh Court, Hooe 10.40am-11.10am; Downsview, Ninfield 11.20am-11.45am; Catsfield Village Hall 11.55am-12.30pm; Hoath Hill, Mountfield 1.50am-2.45pm; Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 2.55pm-3.30pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

U18 FOOTBALL: Last week’s match succumbed to the weather once more and the boys have another match to catch up on. This Sunday, March 8 at home on Ninfield Rec, when they face Pevensey and Westham. If you would like to know more about the U18s, further details can be found on their Facebook page: Ninfield U18 FC.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting will be on March 13, 2pm at Hooe Village Hall. Alan Tidmarsh OBE, the well-known BBC personality who for many years was a BBC overseas correspondent, will be telling the club about his life and times. On this occasion husbands and men friends are invited to join their ladies. If you would like more information on the activities of the Hooe Open Group please contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail

JUMBLE SALE: Ninfield Flower group are holding a jumble sale on March 14 in the Memorial Hall. Admission is 50p per person. Doors open at 2pm. Lots of bargains, books, cakes etc. Anyone who is unable to attend but would like to donate please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or take their donations to the hall in the morning after 9.30am.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on March 16, 7.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. All Hooe residents are invited to attend.

HORTICULTURE: At Ninfield Horticultural Society’s meeting on Monday, March 16, they welcome the return of Chris Jenkins who will be talking about his working trip to the Western Cape of South Africa. This is a change to the programme advertised in your schedule. Chris is a young, lively speaker so we should have an entertaining evening. They meet at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, with raffle and refreshments as usual.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 10.30am Combined Parish Eucharist. St Oswald’s Hooe, no service, see St Mary’s. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Service of Holy Communion with Revd. Ian Pruden.


POLEGATE PLODDERS: For info on this newly formed running/jogging group please contact Brian Winn on 07765216990 or email

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Linear, Forest and Cliff 4.5 miles with Bob J. Meet at Exceat Visitor Centre 10am, bus No 12X 9.33am Terminus Road stand J. On Wednesday, The Two Valleys, 9 miles with Linda. Meet at Eastbourne Railway Station 9am for 9.09am train to Rye Station. Walk starts at Rye station 10am, dry lunch.

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

WILLINGDON COMMUNITY Market is on Wednesday in Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. Many stalls including local history books, crafts, fresh produce, haberdashery, cakes, household goods, refreshments. Open from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Free entry. Come and browse or stay a while, raffle for a local charity. To book a stall contact Wendy 489002,

PARAGON FIELDS Preservation Association AGM is on Friday March 13, 7pm, at Wannock Village Hall. More info from Jo Fitzpatrick 484707 or email

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

JUMBLE SALE: Rushlake Green WI is holding a jumble sale at the Dunn Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm.

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

HISTORY GROUP: The Group meets at 7.30pm for 8pm on Monday in the Dunn Village Hall. Sally White is our speaker and she will be talking about Sussex Piers, which are a species of varying fortunes. We serve coffee before the meeting and our bookstall and library are open.

LENT COURSE: Wednesdays in March. What Christians Believe - C of E Style - a look at The 39 Articles of Religion, the Church of England’s doctrinal basis, without the boring bits. Plenty of opportunity for discussion. 7.30pm to 9pm with coffee and biscuits. Venue - The Osborne House Community Room, Rushlake Green.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

CHURCH SERVICE: Holy Trinity Church in Cuckfield was packed on February 26 for the Eucharist service with the collation and induction of Rev Michael Maine. Fr Michael had been a curate at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, for three and a half years, but he is now the vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield. The two coachloads of Willingdon parishioners who attended the service were made very welcome. Holy Trinity is a lovely church in a pretty village setting. After the service and a welcome buffet in the old school hall, it was an emotional good-bye and then the journey home, arriving in Willingdon about 10.45pm. It was a long evening, but worth it.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL: At the recently held meeting attended by PCSO Ali Beadon, panel members decided that the two priorities for the coming three months would be illegal and anti-social parking at Willingdon Primary School and dog fouling. PCSO Beadon said that whenever possible there would be a high visibility patrol before and after school when fixed penalty notices could be issued to offenders. There would also be a request to the school asking if letters could be sent to parents/guardians asking them not to park irresponsibly. Regarding dog fouling, local residents who are aware of this in their area should inform PCSO Beadon so that the culprits can be advised accordingly. Following a request to the parish council, it is hoped that an additional bin be put at the top of Coppice Avenue.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: Members and visitors alike were treated to a great evening at Wannock Village Hall on February 27 when talented artist Roger Della demonstrated a café scene in water soluble oils. He explained his various techniques and invited questions throughout the evening and produced a stunning painting at the end. Roger has exhibited at the Mall Gallery in London and is a member of the Wapping Group. Hopefully he will return in the future to encourage and entertain the members again. Wannock Artists meet from 7pm to 9pm on the last Friday of the month at Wannock Village Hall. For further information visit .

DAY OF PRAYER: Women’s World Day of Prayer is today, Friday. This year the service has been written by the Christian Women of the Bahamas under the title of ‘Jesus said to them Do you know what I have done to you? At St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, the service will be held at 10.30am. There will not be an address but as in previous years there will be a short period of meditation and after the service there will be some refreshments which will hopefully include cakes made from local recipes provided by the people of the Bahamas. An exhibition of information about the country and the organisation has been displayed in St Mary’s Church. The Women’s World Day of Prayer service at St George’s Church in Polegate will be held at 2pm. Anyone is welcome to either or both of these services, men as well as women.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society members will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The speaker is Dr Jillian Scudder and her subject is entitled Cosmic Train Wrecks, When Galaxies Collide.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by a full council meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

COUNTRY SINGER Jane Imgles will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE 3 MMM’s (Mrs, Miss and Ms): The committee really excelled themselves at the recently held meeting of the 3 MMM’s. To celebrate the Chinese year of the sheep/goat, tables were decorated with Chinese lanterns and other Chinese items and there was a delicious Chinese meal, a bit more than just tasters which the members were led to expect. Little lambs were everywhere and there was a competition to choose the best home made one, not an easy decision to make. There were three joint winners. Last Wednesday there was lunch at Sussex Downs College prepared by the students for the 3 MMM members. The next meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall will be at 8pm on Wednesday when a representative from WRAS (Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service) will be giving a talk.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when the speaker, Tony Hale, will be giving a talk entitled A Lifetime in Radio.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP will be meeting at 7pm on Thursday at the Red Lion when there will be a general gardening discussion as well as a plant and seed swop.

PFPA: The annual general meeting of the Paragon Fields Preservation Association will be held at 7pm on Friday March 13 at Wannock Village Hall. If you would like to nominate a member to join the committee, nominations should be in by March 10, although the chairperson may also invite and accept nominations from members present at the AGM. Please contact the secretary Mark Harley on 01323 489366 email or membership secretary Mary Taylor on 01323 485241 email . Membership is just £5 per year. After the business side of the meeting there will be a talk by David Morgan, senior ranger for the National Trust, followed by tea and coffee. In 1992 PFPA was formed, the purpose of which was to purchase and preserve the land as an open space for the amenity, recreation, quiet enjoyment of the general public and for the protection and encouragement of the local flora and fauna. Some of the active members have been busy trimming the hedges and planting new natural hedgerows along the field entranceway from Wannock Lane. A round stone seat is to be built in early spring at the top of the field which will give walkers the opportunity to rest and take in the wonderful views over the village and the Downs. The seat will display the Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust Association plaque together with a permanent reminder of how the PFPA came into being. Other plans include removing the rubble placed around the west entrance by the dog bin and replacing it with honeycomb mud busters and Tarmac chippings which will hopefully make footwear less muddy. Another idea being considered is planting a small orchard with old varieties and endangered fruit trees. Offers of help would be greatly appreciated, but do go along to the meeting regardless of whether you might become an active member or would just like to know more about the flora, fauna and wildlife in the local area. The recent newsletter issued to members lists the various birds and other wildlife which have been seen in Paragon Fields and a local enthusiast has logged the vast number of wild flowers that have also been spotted. A list of these will be handed out at the AGM.

CHARITY FLOWER STALL: Willingdon Flower Club will be having a charity flower stall in the Arndale Centre near Sainsbury’s from 8.30am to 11.30am on Saturday March 14. For sale will be beautiful flower arrangements, baskets and posies, ideal gifts for Mother’s Day. The charity to be supported is St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Eastbourne and District Preservation Trust, which manages Polegate Windmill, will be having their 50th AGM at 7.30pm on Tuesday March 17 at Polegate Town Hall. After the business side of the meeting there will be tea, coffee and biscuits followed by a talk from Chris Hicks entitled The National Park and Voluntary Ranger Service. All are welcome.