Parish Pump Hailsham - May 17, 2013

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CLERGY HOUSE gardener, Pete Keefe, will be conducting a tour of the garden, discussing its history and pointing out different features, on May 21 for an hour starting at 11.30am. For further details telephone 01323 871961.

THE ALFRISTON Art Club will be holding their annual Exhibition and Sale of work from May 25 to 28 in the War Memorial Hall. Opening times each day are 10.30am to 5.30pm. There will be a large selection of paintings for sale and also some homemade refreshments. Entry is free but please note there are no credit card facilities.

TWINNING NEWS: Alfriston Primary School has already made links with the primary school from Veules les Roses. Each school sending letters written both in their own language and in each other’s language. They have also set up Skype links. There have now been several exchange visits establishing contacts between the two villages with further plans for events later in the year. The village of Veules les Roses has many attractions including an Edward Lutyens house and Gertrude Jekyl garden. To find out more visit the Veules les Roses website.

MUCH ADO BOOKS will mark Independent Booksellers Week (June 29 to July 6) with a stellar line-up of authors and publishing professionals. Publishers, authors, editors and designers will offer a glimpse into the world of books on Saturday June 29 at the Chapel Centre. The series of talks will reveal how books evolve from manuscripts into volumes. Tickets £20; booking is advised. Further details are available at the shop, or on line at or by telephone 01323 871222.

bodle street green

HALL AGM: The AGM of the village hall will be held tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm with refreshments from 7pm. The usual business, accounts election of officers etc, will be followed by discussion of the future programme. It is hoped that the result of the planning application, for an extension to the hall, will be known by then. The committee is looking at the future, seeking to keep the hall up to date, it is hard to believe but the new hall is now 15 years old.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Pentecost Morning Worship. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW). 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

GARDENING CLUB: Tuesday is the Plant Sale and Village Quiz evening at the village hall. Proceedings start at 6.30pm. Donations of plants are very welcome. Come along for a fun evening and stock up with plants.

OPEN GARDEN: The Friends of Eastbourne Hospitals organise a number of open gardens in the area, and there will be one at Trumpett’s Farm Bodle Street, on Wednesday. The gardens are open from 10.30am to 12.30pm and again from 2pm to 4pm, whatever the weather. Morning coffee and afternoon tea will be served.

GOD PARTICLE PLAY: Saturday June 15 at Herstmonceux Village Hall. Doors open 7.30pm, cash bar available, performance 8pm. The God Particle is a brand new romantic comedy sci-fi from James Carey, the award-winning co-writer of BBC1’s Miranda. It’s deep, smart, and very funny. Tickets in advance are £8 and £6 for concessions (senior citizens, students, unwaged, under 16s etc) and are available from Peter on 01323 365116 or email


BONFIRE BINGO: Have a fun night out at the bingo this evening at the Charles Hunt Centre, (entrance in Waitrose car park). Doors open at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

TOWN MEETING: Town Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley introduced Youth Mayor Chelsie McIntosh, who said she would carry the experience with her for life. Chelsie was now off to University and was presented with an engraved vase which recognised her status as Hailsham’s first Youth Mayor. She handed over to new incoming Youth Mayor Musta Rahman and presented him with a medallion. He thanked Chelsie for everything she had done throughout her term. Matters arose regarding the public toilets. An interim scheme allowed the toilets to be used in Waitrose, Callendars, Tesco and The George. As soon as WDC give permission, work will start at the Courtlandt stable block for the new public toilets. Questions arose regarding changes at EDGH. Amanda Philpott, NHS Commissioning Manager answered questions where possible. Cllr Jo Bentley would write to EDGH Trustees to express residents’ concerns. In response to a question regarding the Union flag being flown at half-mast on the death of Margaret Thatcher it was explained that this was done nationally as a mark of respect, regardless of politics, in recognition for the long service of this political leader. Regarding the out-of-use bus stops in Anglesey Avenue enquiries will be made to the ESCC Highways Department and an update will be published. More details of this most interesting meeting will follow. Town questionnaires are still available at the town council offices or at

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service starting at 11am until noon at Primrose Hall. The medium on this occasion will be Phillip Towler. There are private 1-2-1 readings next Saturday May 25 from 10am to 2pm at Primrose Hall. Ring Theresa on (01323) 766435 or 07716225582 or visit for more information.

ST MARY’S: Sunday is Pentecost (Whitsunday). 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Heavenly Hospitality. 6.30pm Choral Evening Prayer, The Word that Divides.

CHAPTER 12: The play and script reading group, organised by the Ropemaker Theatre Company meet at 7.45pm on Monday and Harpist, Fiona Hoscroft returns for the regular Tuesday music night this week. Chapter 12 will be celebrating their first birthday on Sunday May 26 with guest bands throughout the evening from 4pm to midnight.

OPEN GARDEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4pm Hailsham Grange will be open in support of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Hailsham Grange is located on Vicarage Road. There will be refreshments, stalls and a raffle. Limited wheelchair access. Only guide dogs will be admitted. The formal layout of this garden includes striking hedging which divides the garden into colour themed borders.

SKATEBOARD JAM: On Saturday May 25 head on down to the Tony Tack Memorial Skate Park recreation ground, Orion Close, for a day of competitions, prizes, barbecue, live DJ from 11am to 4pm.

hellingly & horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. Evensong 6.30pm. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

FOX RESCUE DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service (WRAS) is holding a Fox Rescue Day. Presentations showing the charity’s work helping sick, injured and orphaned foxes will be shown at 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm. Numbers are limited per session. At the end of the presentation visitors will get to see one of WRAS’s Fox Cubs. Booking is required and entry is for a minimum donation of £5 per person. The event is being held at WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre on the A22 at Whitesmith near Hailsham, Uckfield and Lewes. To book please call (01825) 873003 between 10am and 6pm. If there is enough interest WRAS is prepared to run three further sessions today, Friday, at noon, 2pm and 4pm. Refreshments available.

MEMORIAL MAY FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, Hellingly Scouts are holding an event at Crouch Hall Scout Hut and Peakes Gardens from 2pm to 5pm. There will be crockery smash, a caricature artist, plants, barbecue, refreshments, scouting display and many more attractions. The afternoon will include a tree planting in memory of Shirley Smith, who was a leader with the Scout Group for many years. Free entry. All proceeds are going towards the refurbishment of the scout hut.

A MUSICAL IN MEMORY: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 7pm there will be a celebration of the musical life of musician Marion Nicholls with a memorial concert given by members of all the musical organisations she was connected with. The celebration of her musical life will take place in Hellingly Parish Church. All welcome. Admittance is free. Refreshments served.

OPEN GARDEN: On Wednesday Trumpetts Farm, Bodle Street Green, nr Hailsham BN27 4RD will be open as part of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospitals Open Gardens Scheme. Between 10.30am and 12.30pm morning coffee will be available and then reopens when between 2pm and 4pm afternoon tea will be served. The garden will be open whatever the weather and entry is by donation. There will be cakes, produce and plants and if you have any to donate, please bring them along. There is good access for the disabled at this site.

MICHELHAM PRIORY: On Sunday, the Rolls Royce and Invicta Car Clubs will be paying a visit to Michelham Priory in their vintage vehicles from 10.30am to 5pm. Adults £7.50, students/seniors £6.50, child £4, family £20, disabled/carer £4.

MICHELHAM BOWMEN: This Living History Camp and Archery Competition will be at Michelham Priory Saturday May 25 to Monday May 27. Visit for more information. Opening and admission as above.

SUSSEX RAMBLERS: Long Man Byway 16a (Robin Post Lane), new barriers and bollards installed TQ562/066: New heavy duty barriers and bollards have been installed at the ends of Robin Post Lane on Longman Byway 16a and Hailsham Byway 58. These barriers will allow us to implement future seasonal closures. Arlington Footpaths 58a, 59a and 59b, surface repairs, TQ529/076: A joint project with South East Water to improve a number of very muddy footpaths forming part of the around the Reservoir walk. Footpaths involved were sections of Arlington 58a, 59a and 59b. A new smartphone walks app has recently been launched by East Sussex County Council. It is free and can be downloaded onto smart phones or tablets and includes a number of circular countryside walks. With map and satellite views available, the walks are easy to follow and the app, created with the help of European funding, uses GPS to make sure you stay on the right path. There are currently 11 walks included, but more will be added over time. The app also includes directions to the start of each walk, descriptions of the route, photos of path junctions, and other points of interest, including historical sites. Walks can be selected by location, length, and difficulty or chosen from a map of East Sussex. To download the app, which works on both android and Apple devices, search for East Sussex Walks on the Google Play Store or on iTunes.

PARISH COUNCIL: Long awaited dog bins have been installed in the Hellingly Country Park. Vandalism continues to be a problem in the Country Park. Residents are asked to be vigilant and report any incidents to the police, who have been informed of the continuing mindless damage to equipment and plants, spoiling the enjoyment of the park for parishioners. The parish council will shortly take up ownership of the completed parts of the Country Park and will then seek to apply and enforce byelaws. Existing bus shelters have been lined to make them safer. New bus shelters will be installed on the Roebuck Park Estate. Noticeboards will be installed in due course.

herstmonceux & wartling

FIRSTLY many congratulations to Laurence Keeley who won his seat on the county council at the last election taking the largest proportion of the votes.

BOWLS CLUB: The club are pleased to announce that one of their players, Derek Southouse, was chosen to play at county level in a match against Wiltshire last Saturday. Many congratulations to Derek, hope the match went well. Our home team played Staplecross here recently for a friendly. It was a close fought match with only 10 shots between the teams at the end. The final score being 54-44. Their next match was an away match against Polegrove, but sadly the game had to be abandoned after five ends because of rain. A home, friendly match against Hellingly was next on the cards. Friends have been made over the years which just add to the occasion. This time Herstmonceux did not fare so well losing by 32 shots.

PLANT AND FOOD FAIR: This annual event will be at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. The doors of the hall will be open for bargains and some top tips from 10am. Entrance is 50p which includes a cup of coffee. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of All Saints Church. Any donations of plants, garden sundries or books will be gratefully accepted between 8.30am and 9.30am at the hall on the day.

CHARITY CONCERT in the Ballroom at Herstmonceux Castle on Friday May 31 in aid of the Windmill at Windmill Hill. Violinist Ani Karapetyan and pianist Aleksander Szram will be performing works by Bach, Ravel, Kreisler and Chopin and all in the beautiful surroundings of the Castle Ballroom. The Elizabethan gardens will be open to ticket holders from 6.30pm for pre-concert champagne and soft drinks which will be available in the courtyard where you will be able to listen to music by the Helios Consort. Tickets at £15 each to include a glass of wine or soft drink during the interval are available by telephoning 833033.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday meet Sue at 10am in Rushlake Green for a five mile walk. There’s also an option to extend it for a another 1.5 miles for those who are interested. Please take along a snack, there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy along the way. On Tuesday meet Rosemary in the National Trust car park at Crowlink at 6.30pm for an approximate four mile walk. If you need further information or a lift please call 848790.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am with Holy Communion (CW) being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and then it’s up to the Reid Hall in Boreham Street at 4pm for Messy Church.

HELP: June Exworth is on the lookout for some help. As you know she is the co-ordinator for the RNLI House to House collections and she needs some help in Boreham Street between Saturday June 22 and Saturday July 6. Anybody willing to help her could they please ring her on 833779.

LADIES PAMPER and shopping event on Friday May 24 in the village hall between 7.30pm and 10.30pm. Michelle will be running this event at which many local businesses will be involved. Therapists will be offering treatments as well as stall holders who will be selling a variety of goods. It’s a very good opportunity for local businesses to promote themselves. If you wish to take part please telephone Michelle direct on 0771 731 1019.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday April 30 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Simon Fishburn and Richard Pearson; 3, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. May 7: 1, Paul Allen and Rosemary Land; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Martin Hall and Sylvia Hall. Thursday May 2 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 2, Pauline Brown and Sue Malley; 3, Adela Thomas and Peter Cattermole. May 9 Teams: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 2, Anne Davison and Edith Jeffery; 3, Ron and Margaret Buddery. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

WESTGATE WI: The spotlight was on high streets and how to revitalise them as members debated the National Federation of Women’s Institutes’ resolution going forward to the AGM in Cardiff in June. In a nutshell, concern over the decline of town centres had prompted a call on WI members to support their local shops and on decision-makers to help revive high streets and create a focal point for local communities. After discussion and voting, members celebrated Westgate WI’s birthday with a buffet lunch much enjoyed by all. The next meeting is on June 12. (A Stephen).

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Corn Exchange, High Street today, Friday, from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

OPEN GARDENS EVENT: Southover Bonfire Society are holding their annual open gardens event on Sunday June 9 from 2.30pm to 5pm, to fundraise for November 5. This event has proved extremely popular with new gardens being offered each year. There is still space to accommodate further garden entries this year and if you wish to find out more about opening please contact Johnny Marshall on 01273 478153 or by email at

CONCERTS: There will be concert in St John sub Castro Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 4pm by The Oriole Quartet. On May 25 at 4pm Juliette Gregg (violin). Tickets are £8 (£5 concessions) on the door.

TABLE TOP SALE in aid of St John’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, in Cliffe Church Hall. Home made cakes, local cards, jewellery, books, CDs, gifts, bric-a-brac, tombola and refreshments. Admission free, 9.30am to 1pm. All welcome.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

ninfield & hooe

AGM: The local history group would like to thank all those who attended their AGM on April 18 and particularly to those who renewed their memberships for another year. They currently have 28 paid up members and would welcome more. The AGM talk on Sussex Customs and Cures was fascinating and very humorous so a big thank you is extended to Brian Purdey. Their next meeting is June 20, 7.30pm in the Reading Room with a talk by Richard Platt on Smuggling in Sussex. There is a charge of £1 for members (and £2 for non-members) at each meeting to help towards the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, acting chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email

BOWLS CLUB results for their last few games are: May 8 (Ninfield’s first home game): Ninfield 69 Pett 51; May 11: Ninfield 52 Westfield 62; May 12: Ninfield 59 Hastings Observer 50. A few good wins.

HOOE OPEN GROUP (Ladies Club) had a most interesting and informative presentation by Annlyn Boyes, whose father was an accountant, working with the Royal dressmaker Sir Norman Hartnell. Annlyn gave the members of the club a very erudite account of Sir Norman’s life and times. Hartnell began his career in fashion by designing costumes for the legendary Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club. After leaving Cambridge without a degree, he set up his eponymous label in 1923 at No.10 Bruton Street in Mayfair. He became best known as a couturier and official dressmaker to the Queen, producing a complete wardrobe for the State visit to France in 1938, comprising some 138 outfits. Hartnell produced a range of collections over the course of his lifetime, including bridal wear, perfume, shoes, furs, menswear, jewellery and ready-to-wear. Annlyn was able to show many photographs of Hartnell designs as well as some of the sample materials used in his creations. The Hooe Open Group is now the proud owner of a tree, planted in the Diamond Jubilee Wood at a cost of £60, as a lasting memento. If you would be interested in joining a very friendly group of ladies, who enjoy each other’s company, come along to Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of the month (Except August) at 2.30pm. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

A DINNER DANCE is being held tomorrow, Saturday, at the Memorial Hall to raise money for the hall repairs which commence in July. There will be a three course meal (two choices per course) plus coffee and mints, dancing, and a floor show cabaret featuring Les Belles Burlesques and other local performers. Tickets are limited to 80 and are £20 per person. There will also be a pay bar wines, champagne, beer and lager, plus a small raffle. Dress code is formal. For further information or to book your place, please contact Sami Guard on 893699 Email

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL are meeting on May 23, 7.45pm in the village hall. All Hooe residents are invited to attend.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on Monday June 3 commencing at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. They will welcome Carolynne Meer with her demonstration entitled Bags of Flowers and Fun. All non-members are welcome at a a small charge of £3 which includes refreshments. All flowers demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding our group or would like to join please contact Susan on 01323 844634 or email on

NINFIELD’S GOT TALENT returns for another fun filled evening on July 12, 7pm to midnight. This is a great family event held in the marquee on Ninfield recreation ground. There are cash prizes on offer for the participants. For the revelers there is a bar, barbecue and a wide selection of entertainment. If you would like to enter, please contact Sami on 07970650321. If you would like to take part in the talent contest, please contact Sammi Guard on 893669 Closing date for entries is June 30.

NINFILED CARNIVAL will be on Saturday July 13. The theme is James Bond (it is the 50th anniversary of the Bond films). Preparations are already underway to organise the carnival. The committee has a committed core of people organising the day, but they are keen to welcome any new members, especially people to give up an hour or so of their time on the day of the carnival. This year, they have decided to raise money purely for projects in our village. If you could help in any way, please ring Andy on 892196. If you would be willing to sponsor an event or provide a raffle prize please contact Steve Fleming on 07717451303.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Communion with Barry Turnwell.


HELP WANTED for a pensioner who has just upgraded her computer from Windows XP to Windows 8. Tuition on using Word, Access and Exel documents. Please contact Maureen on 485971 or email

TRINITY DINERS is taking place today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. A good meal at £5. Contact Jennie on 484189 to book your place.

TABLE SALE and coffee morning at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. This is hosted by the building fund. Table Sale in the Henry Twine Hall and coffee morning held in the lounge. In aid of funds for a new kitchen.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on May 23 include Arlington, Sessingham and Tye Hill, nearly 5 miles. The church, reservoir and back, generally flat track, could be muddy in places, pub stop, two stiles, with Betty and Wendy; or Only Our Close Bit Thyme Smells Like Dawn in Paradise, 11 miles, long climb at start then down for coffee, shorter climb, then down to Lewes for lunch. Flat after lunch, four kissing gates with Sue and Aled. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

COFFEE MORNING and Spring Fair in aid of Polegate Brownies tomorrow, Saturday, at Free Church Hall, Victoria Road, from 10am to noon.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

warbleton & rushlake green

FISH SUPPER: Sarah Turner’s daughter and son-in-law, Nina and Pa are organising an event for the Spinal Injury Association and an all-terrain wheelchair for Pa, who is a full-time wheelchair user. The event is tomorrow at Rushlake Green Village Hall at 7.30pm. There will be a fish and chip supper, entertainment, table top competitions with prizes and a raffle. Tickets are only £10 which includes fish and chips, from Nina 07701045887 or Sarah 01435 863727.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW). 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Pentecost Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm Evening service and communion with Matt Andrews.

HISTORY GROUP: Ken Brooks and his wife Diana gave an illustrated talk on the White Rock at Hastings on Monday. When Hastings was just a village, there was a large rock at the top of the beach roughly where the pier is now. It was a whitish sandstone and was the remains of a natural promontory out into the sea which formed a natural harbour, the finest in the area, until very severe storms in late medieval times washed most of it away. The rock remained until St Leonards was being developed and road access was needed from the London road through Ore and Hastings. It was in the way and so was blasted away. Next to the Grand Hotel an infirmary was built, ultimately replaced by the White Rock Pavilion (now Theatre). Here many famous names from popular entertainment and classical music have performed. Our next walk is at 6.30pm (note earlier time) on Wednesday May 29 at Chyngton Farm, Chyngton Lane, Seaford. For those who can’t walk too far there will be a trailer ride. Next month our walk is earlier in the month on June 12 at Rocks Farm, Lakehurst Lane on the Woods Corner to Ashburnham Road. Both will involve some history and nature watching.

FLOWER SHOW: I know the weather has barely realised it is spring, but the annual Warbleton Flower Show is only a couple of months away. The schedules are now available from The Stores, Rushlake Green, giving details of all the flower, produce, poultry, craft and other classes you can enter. There are also a number of classes for children and young people. The show is the big event in the village with a full programme of activities, with children’s pets and races, plus a new item this year - the Muso Bango Drummers an all female group who play African Drums. Warbleton Brass Band will also play during the afternoon. There are stalls all round the Green, with produce, craft and local interest, to book your space call Mike on 01435 830588. In the evening we have a concert by The Buffaloes a 60/70/80s group who are making a return visit, by popular demand. Tickets are available from The Stores, The Horse and Groom or Gill on 01435 868246. Local churches come together on the Sunday morning for a united act of worship, followed by a picnic. When does this all happen? On Saturday July 27.

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XIT 412 YOUTH CLUB: An interesting youth club is run in St Wilfred’s Church Hall with the intriguing name of XIT 412 which will be explained to new members. The youth club is for senior school students, aged 11 to 16 years. The club is held every Friday evening from 7pm to 9pm and activities include table tennis, badminton and other indoor games. There is also a tuck shop. Outings are also arranged from time to time perhaps to the beach, or to other towns or to clubs and gigs. If you would like to find out more, please contact Chris on 079479 82631 or Margaret on 01323 487566.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday. The speaker is Ken Brookes and his talk is entitled The White Rock Story. Meetings are held once a month at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

FLOWER CLUB members will be celebrating the club’s Golden Anniversary with afternoon tea at the Lansdowne Hotel today, Friday. On June 7 international demonstrator Nick Grounds will be giving a demonstration at Willingdon Memorial Hall. For further information or availability of places regarding these two events please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS garden group are having a plant sale at the Red Lion tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of Polegate based charity Children with Cancer. There will be a large selection of herbaceous plants, annuals, baskets and containers available. Depending on the weather, the plants will be in the Red Lion grounds. Other stalls such as bric-a-brac, arts and crafts, cakes, raffle and light refreshments will probably be under cover. The sale is being held from 10am to 4pm. For more information or if you would like to offer help or items which could be sold or raffled, please contact Graham on 01323 501482.

THE ALEX GOLD DUO will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

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 Burtenshaw on 01323 504463.

PARISH PHOTOGRAPH: Parishioners are asked to attend St Mary’s Church in good time for the 9.45am service on Pentecost Sunday as a photo is going to be taken for the archives and it is hoped to have as full a record of everyone as possible.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday for tours of the mill and a visit to the museum and education room, not forgetting a nice cup of tea.

RAMBLE: St Mary’s Church Ramblers will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday for a gentle flat circular four mile walk around Laughton. There are a few stiles.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be having their annual parish meeting at 7pm on Monday at Willingdon Primary School. Guest speakers are Katy Bourne, Police and Crime Commissioner, and Maria Graves, STEPS Floating Support Team Leader.

THE 3 MMMs: There has been a change of programme. On Wednesday members are now going to the Bluebell Woods. For further information please contact Judith on 01323 508473.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Gorringe Close at 11am on Friday May 24. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

A QUIZ EVENING is being held at Trinity Church on Saturday May 25 starting at 7pm. Teams of up to six people can compete and admission to include a ploughman’s supper is £6 per head. To book your ticket or to enquire about being included in a team with other quizzers, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189.

GLEN CHORALE, under the direction of Mr Robin Moray, will be presenting two summer concerts in Wannock Hall on Monday June 3 and Wednesday June 5 at 2.30pm. The programme includes Haydn’s The Heavens are Telling from the Creation, Vilia from The Merry Widow’, Cantate Domino by Pitoni, French and Italian folk songs. The Skye Boat Song, Tales from the Vienna Woods and In Stiller Nacht by Brahms. Tickets to include refreshments are £6 each and are available from Vi Robinson on 01323 767209.

GARDEN COMPETITION: This is a reminder that Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is once again organising a free annual gardening competition. Application forms are available from the parish council office at 3 Gorringe Valley Road or ring the office on 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 to register. An application form can then be sent or emailed to you. There are six categories. They are as follows: 1, Front garden, early blooming/cottage; 2, Front garden, later blooming, more formal; 3, Front garden, interpretation of theme chosen by entrants; 4, Front garden, unusual and novelty; 5, Window boxes, hanging baskets and containers; and 6, educational and environmental. Categories one to five must be easily visible to the public and judges. The judges will be scoring for visual impact and first impressions, standard of maintenance, use of colour and design, the best use of available space, as well as special or unusual features. In category six entrants must be able to demonstrate educational and environmental awareness. The closing date for category one is Monday June 17. For all other categories judging will commence the week beginning July 15. A time will be arranged in advance for category six. The judges’ decisions are final. Entrants will be notified of the results at the presentation meeting to be held at 7.30pm on Thursday September 12 at Trinity Church Hall. The address of entry must be within the parish of Willingdon and Jevington and those entering should be aware that the results and photographs may well be published in the local press.