Parish Pump Hailsham - May 11, 2012


A JUBILEE BAZAAR will be run by the WI at the War Memorial Hall tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, from 2pm to 4.30pm. There will be cake and produce, plant and paperback book stalls, a raffle and chocolate tombola plus tea and biscuits. Everyone will be welcome.

THE COACH HOUSE GALLERY is exhibiting works by Anthony and Julia Wilson until May 14 from 10am to 5pm Monday to Sunday. This will be followed from May 17 to June 3 with work by Colin Merrin and Sarah Burges, who run the Lansdowne Gallery in Lewes. Their work will be of local downs landscape and Sarah’s ceramics. Colin will be working in the side gallery space giving a chance to see practical painting at work.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Family Rogation Service. The service begins with a procession to the lower churchyard to seek God’s blessing upon the crops in the nearby fields. Then up Prinkle Lane, to a field of animals, to ask for God’s blessing on them. After which the congregation moves to the village hall to reflect on community life, returning to the church to consider the church’s mission in the world. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion.

GARDENING CLUB: The meeting at 6.30pm on Tuesday is the Plant Sale and Quiz Night. Come along and get locally grown bargains for your garden, and test you little grey cells.

East Hoathly

PARISH COUNCIL: The annual parish meeting is being held in the village hall on Monday. Please note that the meeting begins at 8pm and not 7pm as in last week’s column. This is the meeting where parishioners get the chance to air their views and discuss various topics such at the allotments, woodlands, playing fields, etc.

CHURCH: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion and 10am Matins.

ALLOTMENTS: After a great deal of work and discussion over many years agreement has been reached with Hesmonds Stud that part of Harrison’s Field, which is the next but one field to the Memorial Playing Fields will be exchanged for the freehold interest in the Long Pond site. There are still some issues to be resolved such as planning consent for hardstanding for a car park and screening of the site. However, once all has been resolved the parish council will have approximately 60 plots to allocate to any resident in the parish. If you are still interested it will be necessary to confirm with our parish clerk, Ann Newton, on, just giving name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. Individual sheds would require separate planning permission, so it has been decided that a communal storage shed with toilets will be provided.

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: The carnival society are hoping to build a beacon in Harrison’s Field and Keith Pettit is planning to start this tomorrow, Saturday, and he is working to build a huge Britannia, and also on the following three weekends on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The beacons will be lit nationwide on Monday June 4 and East Hoathly’s contribution will be lit at 10.15pm. BBC South East are planning to film the building and the lighting of the beacon. If anyone would like to help please contact Keith on 01825 841000.

DOGS: The parish council have received many complaints recently that dog walkers are not clearing up after their pets, particularly around the school and the church area. Please ensure that when taking your dog for a walk you clear up wherever you are.

AGE CONCERN: The next bingo session is in the village hall on Thursday at 2pm. All welcome. Jean Barnes has been offered a walking frame; if you are having problems getting around and could use this please get in touch with Jean on 01825 872145.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The next meeting is on Monday May 21 at 7.30pm at Rose Harman’s home. The talk will be Beachy Head Chaplaincy. For further information please ring Jennifer Cowling on 01825 840218.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The meeting this evening, Friday, is by Sarah Page when she will give a talk on Sussex Trug Making. Sarah will explain the design and history and the links to East Hoathly.

WALK: The walk on Sunday will start at Blackboys Inn at 2pm and will include Kiln Wood to see the woodland management scheme. All are welcome and for further information or help with transport please ring Jenny Pellett on 01825 872830..


FARMERS MARKET at the Cattle Market tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 12.30pm. There have been some new stallholders over the last couple of months it is hoped this will improve with each month. Go along and support your local producers of meat, fish, vegetables, bread and cheese. There are delicious cakes and honey to buy, along with various craft stalls to browse, and perhaps buy something different. The Market Cafe will be opened for a great breakfast, or a welcomed cup of tea or coffee.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday John (833995) is leading an eight-mile walk from Brightling Down to Oxley Green. There are many stiles and some cut steps, but worth the effort. The shorter Wednesday Walks group will be led by Stella (842806) of five miles along the Wealdway to Hellingly. It will get muddy if wet. If a stroll is all you fancy then also on Wednesday, Nobby (440624) will be leading a walk through Whitbread Hollow. If you would like to join any of the walks then please ring the walk leader to get all the details and let them know you would like to go along. General enquiries about Hailsham Ramblers can be made through Secretary, Jill, on (01323) 843530.

ST MARY’S: This is the sixth Sunday of Easter. Holy Communion is at 8am. All Age Special with crèche is at 10.30am. Holy Communion is at Emmanuel at 2.45. Evening Prayer is at St Mary’s at 6.30pm.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday the Corinthian Church and Healing Association Service is from 11am to noon with Dorothy Young at Primrose Hall and is followed by refreshments. There are 1-2-1 Private Readings next Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Contact 766435 or 07716 225582 to book with a medium of your choice.

ULTIMATE MAKEOVER: Go along to Hailsham Parish Church on Tuesday at 7.30pm when Colour Me Beautiful consultant, Fran Crosthwaite, will be showing the Women2Women group how to look beautiful on the outside. There will also be a short thought provoking talk on Making Over the Inside. Tickets £5, which include canapés, are on sale from Kim on (01323) 842381 and you are invited to take along your friends.

FLOWER CLUB: The April meeting was a night to remember when members were shown a floral art demonstration given by Joyce Pannell entitled Oh! What a Basket. The first basket used was as big as an old fashioned baker’s basket, half filled with a good mixture of pretty flowers and foliage, a reminder of a flower meadow, lovely. Next was a small round basket filled with aspidistra leaves and large cream and pink cabbage roses. Another was shallow and lined around edge, the centre containing lilies and statice. Members were then treated to an all green arrangement of different applications of leaf manipulation and anthuriums displayed in a decanter shaped willow container. The last was a parallel design in a large lined metal basket trough that included stocks, carnations, tulips, hyacinths, heather and a good variety of foliage. The quiz night was a great success with over 100 people exercising their brains and enjoying a ploughman’s supper prepared by the committee and £250 raised for the Sussex Kidney Trust. The next meeting is on May 16. a workshop given by Tilda Conway entitled Let’s Get Weaving. There will also be a plant stall as well as the usual raffle and refreshments. There is a varied programme and all are welcome from beginners to the more experienced. Further information from the Secretary on (01323) 760513.

BONFIRE BINGO: Hailsham Bonfire Society bingo nights are held on the third Friday of every month in the Charles Hunt Centre. The next is on Friday May 18. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm. Half time refreshments are provided and sorry but it is over 18’s only (no upper age limit). All proceeds go towards staging the annual free bonfire celebrations in October.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion at 8am and again at 10.45am. Evensong is at 6.30pm. Upper Dicker, Holy Communion at 9.15am.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING on Thursday at 7.30pm at the village hall, with a theme of Neighbourhood Plans for Hellingly. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. In addition to the main theme the chairman will also present the council’s annual report and the draft annual accounts for 2010/11 will be available. Light refreshments will be served.

ROBIN POST LANE: The Ramblers Association report that Robin Post Lane has recently benefited from surface improvements. This Public Byway Arlington 55/Longman 16a&b TQ577/083, which is well used by residents of Hailsham, has recently been completely resurfaced by ESCC. The work repaired damage caused by years of irresponsible 4×4 use and the byway is now much easier for walkers and horse riders to use. The byway will be closed to 4x4s over the winter to protect its surface. Also the ramblers advice that as spring is here, some landowners think that now is the time to plough up their paths and plant crops over them. The problem is particularly prevalent in the Low Weald. Now East Sussex county council is to target cereal offenders. A number of Ramblers footpath secretaries have been asked to check around one hundred paths and report on their condition to the council so that action, including possible prosecution, can be taken.

That does not mean that you need do nothing. Please report any cases of the destruction of footpaths that you come across. Farmers are allowed to plough paths but must reinstate them in a short time. Many do, but others do not.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING: Your Hailsham North PCSOs look forward to meeting you at the following times and places during May: Friday May 11, 18 and 25 at 10am PCSOs Bond and Fletcher will be at St Mary’s Church coffee morning. On Monday May 14 at 5pm there is a street meeting at Harmers Hay and another on Tuesday May 15 at 5pm at Lepelands. Regarding mopeds on Hailsham North Ward, residents have been advised where applicable to get vehicle registration numbers of mopeds that are becoming a nuisance. Drivers will be given a verbal warning, written Section 59 warning or their moped seized. Two moped riders and their parents were spoken to in relation to their driving and an incident in Quinnell Drive. Both were given strong words of advice and their details have been noted on the system. On 11 April PCSO Fletcher and PCSO Iain Tomsett went to Anglesey Avenue along with a Speed Indicator Device and monitored the traffic speed going through the estate. The SID is calibrated at 30mph and when a car approaches it will tell them their speed and then a smiley face or an unhappy face. The PCSOs were there between 3.27pm and 4.15pm. The results were that of the 38 cars that passed, the speeds ranged between 21 and 34mph, nine being over 30mph. At this time this is just recorded as a speed. If the speed was over 36mph then their details would have been taken and submitted to Op Crackdown. This is due to the Association of Chief Police Officers regulations national guidelines. There has been a report of seagulls found dead in the Hawks Road area. They were collected by Gull rescue and on examination found to have been shot with an air rifle or something similar. If you have seen or heard anything please do not hesitate to contact the PCSOs. There is a scam that an email is received after downloading a film claiming to be from the Met Police asking for £100 having been caught illegally downloading. The police certainly would not ask for money after someone downloaded something off the internet. Do not reply to scam e-mails and if you have any doubts please contact the PCSO by email at, call 0845 60 70 999 ext 27437, mobile Mobile 07787 685752 or call 101.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The AGM Award Presentations were as follows. Congratulations to Peter Parks and Graham Wilkinswho got the Chairman’s Award for regularly going beyond the call of duty on a Thursday evening. John Deller LRPS received the Peggy Ash Memorial Trophy for AudioVisual Sequence winner, John Watson got the Camera Centre Award for Best Audio Visual Soundtrack. In the projected images Roy Morris LRPS received the Southern Cross Trophy for versatility, Gay Biddlecombe LRPS picked up the Betty Wells Trophy for landscapes, Sally Watson for Set Subject, Humour. Steve Nixon received the beginners Swallow Cup and goes up to the Intermediate Section, Peggy Mckenzie in the Intermediates won the Sussex Shield and goes up to the Advanced Section and Alan Spencer in the Advanced section got the Arthur Hillman Trophy for Projected Image of the Year. For prints Liz Scott ARPS/AFIAP received the Strong Trophy in the Panel Competition, Terry Mascall in Beginners won the Pavilion Cup, Alison Morris, intermediate got the Keith Donald Shield. Roger Scott in Advanced won the Founders Cup and Gay Biddlecombe LRPS received the Wolf Morris Cup, Bob Sherrard LRPS won the John Burns Memorial Trophy for Natural History, Pat Broad LRPS received The Girling Award for Landscapes. Next Season’s Set Subject is Celebrations. There are nineteen people on the waiting list to join the photographic society. Images of the Diamond Farm visit and the awards presentation are now on The prints have now been handed in for the annual print exhibition which takes place at the Charles Hunt Centre between June 18 and 23, 10am to 4pm.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: The Hailsham North and Hellingly Residents Association meeting went well although attendance was a little disappointing due in the main to problems with publicity and possibly the timing. The committee sought new post holders but were forced to consider reconvening in July in the hope of increasing numbers of willing and enthusiastic residents coming along. More than 30 people did attend and with them Cllrs David White for Hellingly Ward and Wealden District Council and Paul Holbrook for Central North. PCSOs Fay Fletcher for Hailsham North Ward and Wendy Wyatt of Hellingly also went along. There are currently 70 existing members and it is intended to liaise with the police and councillors. If you would like to join the residents’ association you can ring Peter on (01323) 449700 or email There is an annual subscription of £5 per household. It is intended to publish regular newsletters and launch a website.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: The big party day is now in its final stages of preparation. On Monday June 4 we are all invited into the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle for a community picnic between 11am to 5pm. The castle grounds will be closed to the general public for the day enabling local families exclusive access; activities will take place around the picnic and further details have been published in the Jubilee souvenir programme which is already on sale in the village. There is also the Herstmonceux and Wartling Queens Jubilee commemorative bone china mug on sale which can be pre-ordered at £7.50 through the parish clerk on 833312 or email at A display of photographs and memorabilia will be shown at the Village Information Centre, and on Saturday June 2 the Woolpack will be hosting an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia throughout the day. It’s not too late, if you have and photos or documents from the last 60 years let the parish clerk know and they will be happy to have copies made to put in the exhibition. The committee has representatives from several local groups but more help and support will be needed on the day and if you would like to help please contact the committee secretary, Liz Maddock on 833611 or by email at or you can drop a note into the parish clerk’s office at the village hall. More information will become available as we get closer.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The football team were in the semi-finals, being drawn away from home against Hurst. A strong Herstmonceux side was selected and hopes were high. They got off to a very good start going into the lead 2-0 with James Jarvis and Craig Fears scoring the goals but, Hurst scored leaving Herstmonceux defeated at 2-3. Man of the match was shared by Stu Haines and James Jarvis. Their next match is against Chicago Titans at Lime Park on Saturday May 19, kick-off 3pm. The Titans are over here for 10 days and Herstmonceux is one of two clubs chosen for them to play against in this their 20th anniversary trip to Sussex.

THE DAHLIA SOCIETY will be holding their annual plant sale in the small hall at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, between 9am and noon. Jim will be there along with many other members of the society, to give you the tips needed to get the best out of your blooms.

BOWLS CLUB: The start of the outdoor bowls season and the first match was away to Staplecross which our team won 71-53.

MILLS WEEKEND: To help celebrate National Mills Weekend 2012, the windmill at Windmill Hill will be open tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday between 2.30pm and 5pm. There will be Classic Cars on the Green outside the Horseshoe Inn, fencing for children within the grounds of the mill, face painting, plant stalls, teas and refreshments. The Long Man Morris Men will be there on Sunday at 3.30pm. This and much more will await you on your visit. Entrance to the mill is by donation. For more information please go to their website at or telephone them on 833033.

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

RAY AND SHELDON: This friendly local club will be meeting once again in the village hall today, Friday, at 2.15pm. Their speaker for the afternoon will be Mary Ann Gordon who will be telling them all about her experiences as a JP. Anybody over the age of 60 years is welcome to join them.

COFFEE MORNING: The Herstmonceux and Wartling Branch of the Bexhill and Battle Conservative Association will be holding their Annual Coffee Morning at the Friends Meeting House tomorrow, Saturday May, between 10am and noon. Stalls will include plants, cakes, books, bring and buy and the chance to unlock a bottle of whisky. An excellent raffle will be run through the morning.

RNLI: It’ll be Lifeboat collection time again next month and June Exworth is looking for some help please. She needs collectors for Herstmonceux, Cowbeech, Bodle Street, Wartling, Stunts Green and Boreham Street. If you think you can help please contact June as soon as possible on 833779. She also notes that Eastbourne are getting a new Shannon Class Lifeboat which will be named Diamond Jubilee and has the honour of being part of the fleet of boats sailing on the Thames to be reviewed by the Queen as part of her Jubilee celebrations.


VILLAGE MARKET in Laughton Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. All the usual stalls and refreshments. Unfortunately this month there will be no bacon rolls, but they will be back next month.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Millfield, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

PRAM RACE: Due to a very water logged recreation ground, the pram race that was due to be held on Monday May 7 had to be postponed. So that all those wishing to participate don’t miss out on the action, this will now be held later in the year, possibly September or October. The crowning of the Carnival Queen will also take place at a later date (before the carnival), likely to be over the Jubilee weekend but this is to be confirmed. As soon as the information is filtered through, I will share it with you.

BOWLS: The season for outdoor Bowls has begun. Ninfield were due to have matches on Saturday April 28 against Northiam and they were due to play away at Battle on Sunday April 29 but due to appalling weather both matches were cancelled. Hopefully last weekends weather was slightly better.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are meeting today, Friday, when Wiltshire Farm Foods will give a presentation of the home delivery service, with a chance to sample their range of products. If you are interested in joining a very friendly ladies club, where there is always a welcome when you step inside. Come along to the village hall on the second Friday of any month at 2.30pm (Except August) and meet the members and enjoy their company, with an interesting talk followed by chat and a cup of tea. For more information on our programme call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on Monday at Hilliers Garden Centre. All members and friends will be welcome to join them for a talk on Plant Material at 6.30pm. Coffee, cake available and the Nursery will stay open until 8.15pm if anyone would like to shop. For further information please contact Susan Cambell

LOCAL HISTORY: The local history group are meeting on Thursday in the Reading Room at 7.30pm. Membership costs £10 for the year and 10 meetings, with a £1 admission to cover tea etc. For Non members it will be £2. At their last meeting in March it was decided to concentrate on producing a good display for the Jubilee Celebrations. They intend to produce photographic displays for Monday June 5 on three subjects. Two members will prepare one on Lost Shops and Businesses, two others will prepare a display on People. Finally a display entitled Then and Now, but for this they need at lease one more volunteer. To try to identify all those people in the photographs there will be some copies which can be, marked up with the names where they are recognised. For more information or to volunteer to help build the displays you can contact Rod Ffoulkes via email on or phone 893635

BURLESQUE is going fortnightly (or will be) with the next ones being May 18 and 25, 7.15pm to 8.30pm at the Memorial Hall. Cost is £5 to include refreshments. Come and join in this fun evening. For more information contact Sami on 893699.

AGM: Hooe Parish Council will be holding their annual general meeting on May 21 at 7.45pm in the village hall. refreshments will be provided and it is hoped that as many of you will attend as possible.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, Combined Service at 10.30am. Ninfield Methodist Church 2.30pm Worship and Praise with David Hanson.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Wine and Social Club. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

CHRISTIAN AID coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willindon from 10am to noon. Refreshments, hand made cards, gifts etc.

RAMBLING CLUB: May 17, leisurely walk from Friston to Birling Gap, two miles easy walk, coffee available, No 12 bus to Friston Pond, meet at pond 10.30am with John S. Laughton Circular, five miles flat walk, approx six stiles with Alex and Denise; or Maybe Mayfield in May will be magical, 10 miles, meet at 9.15am, lots of flat no steep hills, take picnic with Susan and John.

THERE WILL BE A coffee morning on Saturday May 19, at Polegate Community Centre hosted by the United Reformed Church. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

CUCKOO TRAIL task day on Monday May 21. Meet at Downline Close, Horam. Bring your own food and drink, wear stout capped boots. Meet on Cuckoo Trail at 10am. Ring Andy on 01273 (Lewes) 481637 for more information.

AN ARTS and crafts showcase, celebrating a wealth of talent in our community. Do come along to Trinity Church on Saturday May 26 between 2pm to 5pm. There will be a varied programme of events to include music, dance, Pilates, lace making, flower arranging, card making, exhibitions. For further details please telephone 01323 484189 or email

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Last Sunday the service was jointly conducted by Marc Lloyd, and Chris and Kesia Payne who work with OMF in Japan. Chris and Kesia updated us on the work over the past five years, and we even managed to sing a chorus in Japanese. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Family Rogation Service. Heathfield Chapel, 11am and 6.30pm services both conducted by Rev Robert Scott.

HISTORY GROUP: Melvin Smith will enlighten us on Old Country Ways at our meeting on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm, in the Dunn Village Hall. Before the meeting coffee is served and there is an opportunity to peruse our bookstall and library.

TAPAS EVENING: The Dunn Village Hall will be transported (metaphorically) to Spain next Saturday with a Flamenco and Tapas evening with Amor Flamenco. Tickets are £20 per head, including supper, and are available from The Stores or by phoning 01435 812627 or 863727. A bar will be available and the evening is in aid of the hall funds. There will be a special Jubilee ploughman’s lunch on Friday June 1 as part of the local celebrations.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meetings move to Bodle Street for the summer, starting on Thursday at 7pm in the Bodle Street Village Hall. This is the annual parish council meeting when the officers are elected and committees appointed, in addition to normal business. Members of the public are welcome to attend and as usual, there is an opportunity early in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.

FLOWER SHOW: The schedule for this year’s show is now available from The Stores, Rushlake Green. There are 125 classes in the show covering a wide range of subjects: Flowers, cooking, poultry, handicraft etc. The show is on Saturday July 28 and entries (and fees) need to be returned to the Stores by 5pm on Wednesday July 25. The evening entertainment will be provided by 60s to 80s music group The Buffaloes. There will be a united church service in the marquee on the Sunday morning. Full details of the weekend are in the schedule.


Wannock & Jevington

A COLLECTION at Tesco in Lottbridge Drove on Saturday April 21 raised £206.19 for the Polegate and Eastbourne branch of Arthritis Research UK.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Tomorrow, Saturday, solo acoustic guitarist and singer John Paul Miller will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf.

SOS Disco will be the entertainment at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow. Saturday.

LET’S ENTERTAIN YOU: This is described as ‘a home grown parish extravaganza of talent for your delight’ and will be taking place at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Mary’s Church. Tickets are available priced at £5 for adults and £3 for children, but they are selling fast. Contact Lesley on 01323 504901 or 01323 501763. Donations for the raffle are always appreciated.

CHURCH CONCERT: Michael Stumbles, organist at St Mary’s Church is organising one of his very popular concerts at the church at 7.30pm on Monday. There certainly are some very talented vocalists and instrumentalists in Willingdon and it looks as though many of them will be taking part in this concert, so please don’t miss it. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection supporting Children with Cancer.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning for Christian Aid from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church Hall.

CHRISTIAN AID week is from Sunday to Saturday May 19 and you may find that a small Christian Aid envelope is dropped through your letter box to be collected later in the week. The collectors will have identification. Please give generously to help those less fortunate than ourselves. For more information on Christian Aid visit or call 020 7523 2225.

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

MILLS DAY is one of the main events of the year for Polegate Windmill and it will be open from 11am to 5pm on Sunday. The Radio Club will be there linking up with mills from all over the country and hopefully there could be a link up with radio hams abroad. There will be a barbecue from noon and the Long Man Morris Men will be there at 1.30pm. Guided tours of the mill will also be available. There is a comfortable room to relax in should the weather be inclement, and you could watch a video about mills while enjoying a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake. The museum is on the ground floor, which is wheelchair friendly, and toilets are also available. Mill souvenirs can be purchased.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington’s Parish Council will be holding their annual council meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Jevington Hall. The chair of the parish council and chair of the various committees will be elected or re-elected and councillors will then choose on which committees they would like to sit. The annual parish meeting will then be held on Monday May 21 at 7.30pm at Willingdon Primary School when the reports of the previous year’s activities will be circulated.

PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday at the Red Lion.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon on Friday May 18 at Trinity Church Hall when the menu will be fruit juice, lasagne, salad, banoffee pie and tea or coffee. To reserve a place call Jennie on 01323 484189.

LOCAL HISTORY: The next meeting of Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society is from 7pm to 9pm on Friday May 18 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. The speaker is Peter Hill and the talk is entitled Pills Potions and Patience.

DARYL, appearing as Markham and Lodge as seen on the X Factor, will be appearing at The Eight Bells Jevington from 8.30pm on Friday May 18.

THE GROWERS GROUP which meets at The Wheatsheaf at 6.30pm on the second Thursday of the month, are organising a charity event in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the Macmillan Nurses. It will be taking place at the stables, opposite the Wheatsheaf, from 11am to 4pm on Saturday May 19. The idea is to bring along plants and cuttings that can be sold or swapped and also garden tools in good condition and gardening books. The Growers Group has been very busy so do come along and see what is on offer. There will also be decorated terracotta pots and cakes and refreshments. Any contributions or ideas would be welcome. Ring Graham on 01323 501482.

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

TRINITY CHURCH HALL and Community Room with their excellent facilities are available for hire. For further information ring Ruth on 07901971527 or email .