Parish pump Hailsham - May 1, 2015


THE WI BAZAAR will be held at the War Memorial Hall tomorrow, May 3, from 2pm to 4.30pm. This is the annual fund raising event by the Alfriston Women’s Institute and will include cake, plant, book and bric-a-brac stalls. There will also be a raffle and Chocolate Tombola. Entry £1 includes tea and biscuit.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK starts on May 10 to 16. Envelopes will be delivered to each household and collected a day or so later. Supporting Christian Aid makes a real difference to the lives of poor communities in the third world.

BEATING THE BOUNDS, the annual sponsored walk on May 9 is part of Christian Aid week. The walk is split into three sections so that it can be joined along the route. Section 1 (4.75 miles) starts at 8.45am on the South Downs Way at the top of Kings Ride junction with The Broadway ending at the Alfriston-Seaford road by the Welcome to Seaford sign. Section 2 (3.25 miles) starts at approximately 11.40am continues along the bank of the Cuckmere River to White Bridge. A National Trust warden plans to join the walk on this section. Section 3 (4 miles) begins at 2.15pm from White Bridge to Long Bridge, via Winton Street, Comp Barn and New Barn up the South Downs to complete the circuit returning to Kings Ride about 4.25 pm. For further information or a sponsorship form please contact Lawrie Walker 01323 870833.

A FARMERS’ MARKET will be held in the Square on May 17 from 10am to 2pm. The through road will be kept open but half the Square and West Street will be closed to traffic. More details will be in next week’s column.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Next Sunday will be Music Sunday at St John’s. If you would like to play an instrument or choose a hymn, please speak to the rector Mark Lloyd or Bryan Gibson. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am All Age Service. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Common Worship.

VILLAGE HALL AGM: The village hall is the centre of much of village life, and next Friday, May 8, at 7.30pm is an opportunity to hear about progress with the Extension Fund and the planned activities for the next year. Perhaps you have an idea for a fund raising event – bring it along. Refreshments will be served from 7pm.

VE70 LUNCH: Next Friday is the 70th anniversary of VE Day, when hostilities ceased in Europe. To mark this occasion a Bring and Share lunch will be held in the village hall on Sunday May 10, from noon. If fine it will be held on the terrace or the green. There will be games on the green for children and 1940s dress is encouraged. There is no charge. There will be a licensed bar.


CHURCH NEWS: Last Sunday was a beautiful day and our voices made an acceptable effort in the absence of an organist. Best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Brenda who had a fall on Saturday evening and was unable to play for us on Sunday. If anyone reading this has skills, however basic, on the organ, please let us know; ASAP. This Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion (BCP) led by The Reverend Colin Pritchard at 10.30am. All welcome (bring a hearty voice just in case). Refreshments served afterwards in the church.


SPORTS ALLIANCE: Hailsham Sports Alliance is hoping you will come along and talk to them about their campaign for a sports park for Hailsham. The town is sorely short of sports facilities and the Alliance are asking residents to come and sign their petition so that they can show those with power and influence that there is a need and hopefully this will lead to securing funding, the attention of developers and politicians to get behind them. Hailsham Town Council has already pledged their support. They will have a stall at Hailsham Street Market this Saturday. Go along and have a chat about what they are doing between 10am and 3pm, sign the petition and see if there is anything you can do to help from displaying car bumper stickers to getting involved in its success.

VINTAGE TRACTOR RUN: The weather was a bit miserable last Sunday and as a result there were far fewer than the 60 or so vintage tractors that attended this event last year. Regardless, lots of tractor enthusiasts turned out to admire the machines that in many cases had been lovingly restored by their owners. Most were hobbyists who at some time had been in the farming and haulage industry and for which they were keen to keep the nostalgia going and provide the opportunities for the next generation to learn about their use in the industry. Organisers Caroline and Richard Croft put on the event for the third year running and were raising money for the St Peter’s and St James’ Hospice based in Chailey where Hailsham Cattle Market Auctioneer Roger Walters’ wife was cared for. The raffle raised £177 and the Market Café run by Rose and Colin Best and their smiley team of helpers was busy with pre-event breakfasts being served. Cllr Paul Holbrook, a keen supporter of both the Farmers’ Market and Vintage Tractor run came along with two generations of his family. He said it was ‘important that children understand that this is all part of our heritage’. Lots of children brought their parents and enjoyed the display. The oldest tractor to go on the run was a 1948 grey Ferguson. These tractors were produced in great numbers and there are many still around today. Restoration therefore is not too challenging. Proud owner, Andrew Fisher, took friends and family on the run in the trailer and the tractors all rumbled off at about 11am across the Pevensey Levels to Herstmonceux and back again. A great atmosphere far better enjoyed in wellies than sandals! If you would like to take part next year then get in touch with Caroline on 01424 838278 or email or Dick Croft on 07885 090331.

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW HAILSHAM? That’s the question being asked by Hailsham FM. Put your knowledge to the test this Sunday and have fun exploring the town as part of a Walking Treasure Hunt. The family fun starts (and ends) at The Grenadier Pub, (behind the Tesco store) at 1pm. Register and pay for a team of four maximum (U12s not counted). It is advisable to arrive early. Entry £2.50pp (U12s free). Suitable for adults and children of all ages. Lasting about an hour, the route will be around Hailsham with photo locations to find and associated questions. The winning team will be the one who completes the task in the shortest time other than penalties and will win a much desired prize. You can book ahead through Helen 07812 337418, or email or just turn up. All proceeds to Hailsham FM’s running costs during the two week transmission of the town’s Arts and Culture Festival in September. The eventual aim is to operate a full time radio station to benefit the whole community and beyond.

LIONS MAY DAY: Hailsham Lions are delighted to be joining in the May Bank Holiday fun at Wyevale Garden Centre, A22 Lower Dicker, Hailsham, BN27 4RJ between 10am and 4pm. They will be there with their much-loved candy floss, an exciting tombola and their very popular and extensive book stall offering three books for only £1. Club members will be able to tell everybody about the fundraising activities and social events they enjoy and perhaps encourage new people to join up.

TOWN COUNCIL ACCOUNTS: Hailsham Town Council’s unaudited annual accounts for the year ending 31 March 2015 will be available to view at their offices in Market Street from Friday May 8. The Town Council’s latest quarterly Net Expenditure and Fund Summaries, which report all financial transactions throughout the past year in more detail, are available to download on their website:

CUCKMERE TIMETABLES: Cuckmere Community Bus have revised timetables on many routes and have introduced improvements to several services. The Cuckmere Bus new summer timetable booklet is now available at many local outlets, on the buses and details of all of their services are also available on the website

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The judge of the Projected Digital Image final was Frank Page LRPS. There have been four rounds of PDI competitions since September. Members can enter two images in each round. Beginners Swallow Cup: 3, Pam Maclay for Reflection of we Three; 2, Linda Busby for Storm Clouds Coming; 1, Pam Maclay for Shetland Summer Night, a beautiful picture of a sunset with lovely pastel colours, reflected in the water, taken through the reeds in the foreground. Intermediate Sussex Shield: Highly Commended Peggy McKenzie for November Afternoon; 3, David Philips for The Drone; 2, Peggy McKenzie for San Bushman, Kalahari Desert; 1, Terry Maskell for Survivor, a stunningly simple image of a single piece of dried vegetation which been blown along a gritty roadway. Advanced Albert Hillman Cup: Highly Commended Alan Clark for What Is It Fred? and Roy Morris ARPS for Western Ghats; 3, John Dellar LRPS for Alone In The Corn; 2, Louise Pemberton for The Engine Shed; 1, Gay Biddlecombe LRPS DPAGB for Glencoe, a wonderful vista of mountains, hills and misty clouds with houses nestling in the valley, lovely golden undergrowth beautifully lit in the foreground with a snaking river running through. Frank said there were many lovely images, and the standard of work was stunning. This is the last of the competitions and lectures for the season, with only the AGM and annual dinner to look forward to, before a break until the autumn.

U3A: Founder Sue Wilkinson will be standing down as chairman at the AGM in May and the group is looking for some new committee members. Sue would like to thank everyone who has supported her over the years and wish the committee good luck for the future. U3A had a very successful Open Day to welcome new people and show them round to the group tables. One hundred and 60 members were checked in and 22 visitors, 15 of whom joined as new members. The table arrangements were a great improvement on last year. There was plenty of room to move around and although each group was allowed only half a table on which to advertise themselves there were many attractive displays and much information for people to look at. All the stallholders reported plenty of activity and interest and most of them managed to obtain several new names to follow up as possible new faces to join their group. Hopefully we will soon have lots of people opening their minds to new things, which is what the U3A is all about. Membership renewals were, as expected, very brisk but the well-thought-out organisation meant the queues did not get too long so nobody got in a stew. If you couldn’t get to the meeting to renew, don’t worry. You have six weeks’ grace before you are removed from the Newsletter address list. The group co-ordinator thanks all that helped to make the Open Day such a civilised and pleasant affair. The people doing refreshments worked very hard, all the group tables looked appealing, and there was no obvious overcrowding. It was gratifying to see so many people doing the rounds, chatting to those manning the tables. Several groups enlisted new members, so hopefully it was worth all the effort.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly: 8am Holy Communion at Hellingly. Regular Services: Sundays 8am Holy Communion Hellingly, 10.45am Holy Communion Hellingly. (Fourth Sunday 10.45am Family Service Hellingly). Upper Dicker: 9.15am Holy Communion Upper Dicker.

CHILDREN WANTED: One item that occurred at the Hellingly Church Mission Day, which is probably worth exploring now, was about expanding the Servers team and choir to include more children. So if you know any children who might like to play their part in Hellingly church services then let the Vicar, David Farey, know, organist Peter Willson or Head Server Les Miles. And they are always happy to take interested adults too.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hellingly (from the draft minutes): the Southern Water feasibility study on waste water drainage was still awaited. WDC should be more proactive in bringing forward the new Health Centre in Hailsham as if this was not delivered by 2016 then the land would be lost. The boxes for the defibrillators have now been received and they would be located on the Village Hall and the Kings Head. The chairman thanked all councillors, particularly those not standing again, for all their hard work for the council, particularly through this difficult time and for supporting him in his role as chairman. He encouraged people to stand for election to the council. The council thanked the chairman for all his hard work.

CRICKET PAVILION: Persimmon had notified the council that the Cricket Pavilion would not be ready for the start of the cricket season, despite repeated assurances that it would be. The cricket club has been notified. Persimmon said a temporary solution will be provided, but so far it is not known what this will be. The chairman and clerk of the PC have now met representatives from Persimmon at which the council gave the chairman discretion to deal with this meeting as he saw fit. We await the outcome. The council’s disappointment and frustration with the delay and the problems this would cause was put on record.

ACTIVE PLAY: The Easter break Active Play sessions had once again been well attended with an average of 14 children on each day, they were well received by the children. The council was grateful to Orbit for funding the sessions. Two sessions will be arranged for the May half term holiday and Orbit will once again be asked for assistance towards the cost.

BLUEBELL WALK: Last Friday reports were that white wood anemones are declining and the bluebells are rapidly appearing, so currently there are areas of blue and white, soon to turn to that blue scented carpet we all want. Charities running the Bluebell Trail and providing refreshments this week are Demelza Hospice Care for Children today, Arlington Village Hall and St Pancras Church Arlington over the May Bank Holiday Saturday to Monday, then Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance who are sponsored by South East England Lions Clubs on Tuesday and Wednesday, Carriage Driving for Disabled on Thursday and Friday. The 43rd Arlington Bluebell Walk at Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road, Arlington and Farm Trail opening times are 10am to 5pm daily.

DOG SHOW: In aid of Sussex Pet Rescue on Sunday at Dicker Village Hall. Car park £1. Entries from 11am £1.20 per class, event starts at noon. Food and drink. Card and craft stalls and stalls for pet items. Dog activity displays by Diane Jones of Berwick Dog Obedience. This annual event raises money for Pet Rescue and the Dicker Village Hall.

ANCIENT CRAFT FESTIVAL: Michelham Priory on Sunday. A fun day for all the family exploring crafts through history and pre-history from flint knapping to making tiles. Lots of hands-on activities and opportunities to take part. Usual admissions apply 10.30am to 5pm.

NATIONAL MILLS WEEKEND: National mills weekend is over Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10 and is an annual festival of Britain’s milling heritage. See the working watermill at Michelham Priory and get a real sense of what it was like to work in a mill 10.30am to 5pm at Michelham Priory.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BREAKFAST CLUB: Go along to the village hall on Sunday between 10am and noon. Breakfast is provided, along with newspapers and discussions. There is a craft workshop, tea, coffee and juices. Meet friends and make new ones. The atmosphere is friendly and informative. This is on the first Sunday of every month.

ALL SAINTS: The Service on Sunday is at 9.45am and is a Family Service.

WARTLING: St Mary Magdalene has a service on Sunday at 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and 6pm Evensong (BCP).

WALKING GROUP: This Sunday there is a change to the schedule as the group would like to support the Cowbeech Bonfire Society sponsored bluebell walk (see below). This means the group will meet at The Merrie Harriers at 10am instead of in Herstmonceux. You will be asked to register for the walk between 9am and 9.45am and give a small donation to the bonfire society or you can collect sponsorship if you want to. In the past the walk has been about six miles through very pretty countryside with lots of bluebells and the orchards which should be fully in blossom by then.

DEMENTIA AWARENESS: At Herstmonceux Health Centre as Part of Dementia Awareness week, on Tuesday May 19 from 6.30pm to 8pm the NHS Eastbourne, Seaford and Hailsham CCG will be showing the film Forget Me Not, a poignant film telling the story of Jamie Graham who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 59 years and his quest to fulfil his lifelong ambition to row down the Thames. The director of the film will be at the showing and will give a brief talk about the film and take any questions. Dr Katy Dodge will also be on hand to discuss Dementia. There will be refreshments available and the £1 entrance fee will go to the Dementia Friends charity. For further information please contact Bea Simmons at the Health Centre on 01323 833535.

BONFIRE WALK: The first event to raise funds for local good causes is on Sunday and is a six mile walk. Anyone can join in (even well behaved dogs) the first event of the year organised by Cowbeech Bonfire Society. The course is marked and marshalled, starting and ending at the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech. There is a small entry fee and you are encouraged if you like to raise sponsorship for your own supported good cause. Register between 9am and 9.45am. Get your sponsorship forms on 01323 833108. Last year a total of just over £8,000 was given out at the presentation evening. Thank you to everyone who attended events and to all that donated time and or money.

RAY AND SHELDON: The over 60s group is meeting on Friday May 8 at 2.15pm in the village hall for slides on pot plants being shown by Ray Waite. Call Anne on 01323 441244.

BUBBLETASTIC WEEKEND: There is a special event at the observatory science centre from May 2 to 4. Experience standing in a bubble, make your own giant bubbles and join a game of bubble tennis! These activities are offered at no extra cost to normal admission. Visit

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: This year Christian Aid Week is from May 10 to 16. There will be small red envelopes for you to make a contribution, however small. This year Christian Aid Week confronts one of the great injustices of our times: the discrimination against women and they are providing practical help for women to take back control of their lives. Please leave envelopes at All Saints Church, Wartling Church or Mace Stores.

PLANT SALE: All Saints Church annual Plant Sale is on Saturday May 9 at the village hall starting 10am. The success of the event is reliant on donations of any plants, seedlings, small garden sundries and gardening books to sell in aid of church funds. Time to get sowing, dividing herbaceous plants and sorting out bookshelves. There will be a raffle and children’s activities. Pick up a bargain and enjoy a cup of coffee included in the entrance fee of £1.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Thursday there is a visit for anyone who would like to come along, to Ashburnham Place in the evening. Both members (£2.50) and non members (£4.50) are invited to go along. For more information contact Alan on (01323) 833626. The schedule for the 138th Summer Flower Show on August 1 is now available from the following locations: Herstmonceux Health Centre, Herstmonceux Information Centre, Herstmonceux PO Stores, Lime Cross Nurseries, The Horseshoe Inn, Windmill Hill Stores, Boreham Mill Nurseries, A copy of the schedule can be obtained by email from Alan Sephton (

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: PCSOs will be at the Merrie Harriers, Cowbeech Road, on Thursday to discuss any local issues you may have between 7pm and 7.30pm. Also they will be at Herstmonceux Village Information Centre on Wednesday May 13 between 10am and 10.30am. If you don’t have any issues to raise, just come along and say hello.

INFORMATION DAY: The Vitality Village information day last week was a great success. Many new enquiries were made of local clubs and organisations and everyone came away better informed about services and facilities available in the village. If you would like to come along to a follow up community meeting to report on the information day and discuss the way forward then put Wednesday May 27 in your diary for 7pm in Herstmonceux Health Centre meeting room.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Berwick Village Hall 9.55am-10.25am; Arlington Village Hall 10.35am-11am; Deans Road, Alfriston 11.15am-11.55am; East Dean Village Hall 12.20pm-1.20pm; Wannock Village Hall 2.40pm-3.10pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 3.25pm-3.55pm. Tuesday: Brightling Village Hall, 1.20pm-1.40pm; Dallington Village Hall, 1.50pm-2.10pm; Ashburnham, 2.40pm-3pm; Bodle Street Village Hall, 3.25pm-3.50pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The committee are delighted that the recent Plant Sale and Coffee Morning raised over £400 for their funds. They would like to say a thank you to everyone who supported the event and they hope your gardens will look lovely this summer.

NINFIELD BOWLS CLUB: The new bowls season has kicked off, which started with an open afternoon of April 19. Around 60 people enjoyed a tea in the club house, with four new members appointed. There is possibly more in the pipeline! Their first league match was on April 25 against Northiam. Despite having a lovely afternoon and the weather being pleasant, the club lost 84-58. A second league match was played on Sunday, April 26, away against Battle. Although the weather had dramatically changed from the day before; noticeably colder and wetter, an enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Unfortunately Ninfield lost 64-55.

CAFE CHURCH: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding their monthly Family Cafe Service this Sunday, 10.30am. This will include children’s activities and breakfast. All are welcome.

CHRISTIAN AID: Childrens’s Face Painting, Activities and Coffee Morning will take place on Saturday May 9, from 10.30am to noon at Ninfield Methodist Church. Do go along and enjoy the occasion which will be raising money for the work of charity Christian Aid, at the start of Christian Aid week 2015.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting will take place on Friday, May 8 at 2.30pm, which will be a talk from Barry Wilkinson entitled It’s Me Again (Reminiscing from the past). Visitors are always welcome. For further information about Hooe Open Group call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail or

FLOWER GROUP: On Monday May 11 in the Memorial Hall, Ninfield Flower Group welcome Janice Mason with her demonstration entitled Seasons Bounty. Non members are welcome at a charge of £4, to include refreshments. All flowers demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding any of their events, please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning will be held on Wednesday, May 13, at 10am in The Methodist Hall in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. In addition to coffee and conversation with friends old and new, there will be home made cakes for sale, bric-a-brac, a raffle and more. The hospice does a fantastic job caring for children with life shortening conditions and their siblings and families. Do go along and support this very worthy cause. Details from Pam Doodes 01424 892329

DEFIBRILLATORS: In the event of an emergency, they are located at the following locations, 24/7: Hooe: On the front wall of The Red Lion PH. Ninfield: On the wall to the right of the entrance to The Kings Arms.


HISTORY OF THE LINE: Guided visits commemorating 30 years since British Rail closed the line in July 1985. Spa Valley Railway are celebrating this event, by recreating the Demu experience of the 1980s. To find out more look at their website or telephone 01892 537715.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Linear to Little Common, 5 miles with Jean and Jim. Meet at Jet garage on A259 Coneyburrow Lane, at 10am. Bus No 99 from Terminus road stand E, at 9.23am finish at Little Common roundabout, leaders on bus. Or 2 miles with Peggy. Meet at South Road car park, Hailsham at 10.10am. Bus No 51 from Terminus Road at 9.23am at stand H to Tesco North Street, Hailsham. Leader at start. On Sunday, Wealden Views to Rushlake Green, 8.5 miles with Graham T. Meet bus No 51 9.40am to Ghyll Road, Sandy Cross, Heathfield where walk starts at 10.30am GR 583202. Dry lunch, pub nearby.

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

OPEN DAY at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. Come and see our various activities. As well as refreshments there are static displays, Karate demon, children’s entertainment, and live displays. We are at 54 Windsor Way. Events taking place in Activity Room, Henry Twine Hall and the lounge.

POLEGATE RESIDENTS Association meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 10am at St John’s Church Hall. Visitors welcome.

PARTY PIECE is being performed by Polegate Community Association Drama Group from Wednesday to Saturday, May 6 to 8 at Polegate Community Centre. An hilarious comedy by Richard Harris. Tickets at £10 for adults and £6 for children and students. Tickets available from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street, telephone 483348 or online at

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am All Age Service. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Common Worship. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Robin Jones, 6.30pm Evening service with Paul Daniels.

POST OFFICE: We were blessed with a good crowd and good weather for the official opening of the Post Office in The Stores last week. People gathered from 1.30pm ready for the arrival of Mrs Sara Stoner, the Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex at 2pm. Cllr Bryan Whitton, the parish council chairman, welcomed everyone, and expressed the pleasure that the occasion gave in the restoration of a vital service to the area, especially as the Heathfield office was closed. He thanked all who had worked so hard towards the day, Cllr Rupert Simmonds (ESCC), Caroline Hoare (Post Office Field Change Advisor for the south), Cllr Nigel McKeeman and of course Bobbie and Rihani Santhan, proprietors of the shop. Cllr Simmonds outlined the course of events over the past couple of years. Mrs Toner then congratulated everyone involved and said how vital a post office was to local communities. Then came the photo opportunity, with a large pair of Post Office scissors ‘cutting’ the tape, after which a real pair were wielded and the Post Office declared open. We then went across the road to the Osborn House Community Room for tea, kindly provided by Coffee and Company. Now it is up to us to make it a success. It is not only for stamps, but for many other services as well, such as foreign currency, withdrawing cash (not all banks though) etc.

FATAL ENCOUNTER: Tickets are available to the public, via the VP website, remember to include Rushlake Green when searching for it. The play, by Francis Durbridge, is being performed from May 13 to 16. Plans are well advanced for our Victorian Christmas evening on November 28 and we will be putting on Cinderella The Pantomime from 3 to 6 February 2016.

THE BIG LUNCH: This event is part of a national programme on Sunday June 7. The idea is to bring neighbours together in friendship and fun. People living in Rushlake Green or connected to it are invited along at 12.30pm to the Green. There will be music and entertainment and a raffle in aid of the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice. Tickets are free and available from The Stores, as are flyers about the event. The idea is that you bring a picnic, with a dish for the communal table. There will be tables and chairs, but it would be helpful to bring your own chairs, cutlery and crockery. For info phone Louise on 01435 830206.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council held their annual parish meeting on April 20 at Willingdon Community School. Following the business side of the meeting, an interesting and informative talk was given by a representative from the ambulance service who explained how lives can be saved with some knowledge of first aid. Two defibrillators have now been purchased by the parish council to further aid in the resuscitation of casualties suffering a cardiac arrest. One is to be sited at the Memorial Hall in Church Street and the other is intended to go into the new Parish Office planned for Jubilee Gardens at the Triangle. Each year Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council invite local charities to apply for grants. The JPK Sussex Project, which is to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability, was chosen to be one of the recipients of a grant for 2015/16 and received a generous donation of £704 from the parish council chairman Cllr John Pritchett. The grant will be used to purchase an overhead projector and screen which will be invaluable in assisting the JPK in its talks to the general public, professionals and at fundraising events. The equipment can also be used by the hirers of the present facilities at Edgmont in Old Town and will later be used for training purposes with respect to prospective residents, students and staff once the JPK is established. JPK Project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker said that she was extremely grateful for the continuing support of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council and also to Cllr John Pritchett who donated an additional cheque of £100 from his personal allowance as chairman.

LMMM: The Long Man Morris Men have spent the winter months practicing their steps at St Mary’s Church Hall, Willingdon, on Friday evenings. The dancing out season officially starts today, May Day, when the Morris Men will be dancing at the foot of the Long Man of Wilmington at 5.30am.To find out more about the LMMM or to check their programme for the coming year, please visit their excellent website.

MESSY CHURCH: The first messy church afternoon in St Mary’s Church Hall will be held from 3pm to 5.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and everyone is most welcome to come along and join in the craft activities, a bible story, songs and a meal together. There is no charge for Messy Church and there is no need to book in advance. Messy Church will then be held on the first Saturday of the month except August and December. To find out more please ring Fr Kevin Agnew or Mrs Kate Agnew on 01323 502079.

MOTHERS’ UNION will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when Peter Boxall will be giving a talk about his experiences during his time in the navy.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

STREET PARTY: The Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion is organising a street party to commemorate the 70th year of VE day (Victory in Europe). The party will take place at 2.30pm on Saturday May 9. If the weather is fine, it will be held in the playground behind St Mary’s Church Hall with trestle tables laid out with sandwiches, jelly and cakes etc to re-enact the celebrations that took place after the end of World War Two. If the weather is wet, the celebrations will be held in the church hall. Memories of VE Day or of being an evacuee would be welcome. Please send them to Susan Freeman at Photos of VE Day parties would also be appreciated for everyone to see and you can bring them along on the day. Tickets are £5 each. Please contact Val Godwin on 01323 503684. Proceeds are for the Poppy Appeal. Another afternoon tea party is planned for August 8 to commemorate VJ day (Victory in Japan) and the final end to the Second World War.

NOTEWORTH VOICES present a concert of a Capella pre-Bach to post-Beatles music at 7.30pm on Saturday May 9 at St Mary and St Peter’s Church, Wilmington. Musical director is Ansy Boothroyd. Tickets are available on the door at £6 per person or £12 for a family ticket. Students go free. Refreshments are available during the interval. For further information please contact Richard Long on 01323 416362 or Colin Bissell on 01323 488824.

POLEGATE/WILLINGDON WINDMILL is situated in Park Croft Willingdon BN26 5LB and opens its doors to the public every Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter through to the last Sunday in October. Unless otherwise stated times of opening are from 2pm to 5pm. National Mills Day on Sunday May 10 is a special event when the mill will be open from 11am to 5pm. There will be classic cars on display, side shows and stalls, cakes and teas, and tours of the four floors of the mill as well as the museum on the ground floor. The local amateur radio hams will be there contacting other mills throughout the country and possibly further afield and the Long Man Morris Men will be putting in an appearance about 1.30pm. It should be a good day.

SALE OF NOTELETS: Willingdon resident Patrick Parker is making pen and ink drawing notelets of individuals’ houses. These have become extremely popular. It all commenced when he made notelets for gifts at Christmas. Word soon spread and he has received commissions from various sources, especially from people moving house as ‘new address’ communications. He sells boxed notelets on request and all the proceeds are donated to the JPK Project, the aim of which is to provide supported residential care for people with a learning disability. Should you like to commission a box of notelets, please contact Patrick on 01323 725479.

CONTACT CARE is a small local charity run by Churches Together in Polegate, Willingdon and Jevington. Volunteers offer clients transport to medical appointments etc and assisted shopping. Volunteers are vetted and clients are registered with Contact Care. For further information please ring 07900 823138 between 9.30am and 12.30pm on week day mornings.

ROTARY: The Eastbourne Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM is an organisation made up of individuals and couples from all walks of life the aim of which is to support local charities and good causes. The members also have a lot of fun and enjoyment. The breakfast meeting is at 7.15am at Chalk Farm Hotel. For further information check out their website.