Parish pump Hailsham - May 23, 2014


RATHFINNY ESTATE invited the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP to officially open the Winery last Friday. Rathfinny’s winery is the largest and greenest

purpose built in the UK aiming to produce over a million bottles of sparkling wine to rival champagne by 2017. The day of the opening was chosen well. The sun shone showing Alfriston’s hidden valley at its very best with views to the meanders and the Cuckmere Estuary. Everything about the development has been carefully considered to be environmentally friendly with sustainable infrastructure to support the vineyard. To date 64 hectares (160 acres) have been planted with vines and it is hoped that the first harvest will be later this year. Dr Cable pointed out that not only will the vineyard offer job opportunities but that the export of the wine around the world will bring prosperity to the country. EXHIBITION: Alfriston Art Club will have its popular Art Exhibition and Sale from May 24 to 27 in the War Memorial Hall at 10.30am to 5.30pm each day. Paintings, both framed and un- framed, will be on sale but there will be no facilities for credit cards.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. 4.30pm, 4ForAll our Messy Church event at Punnett’s Town Village Hall. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

FILM CLUB: The Counterfeiters takes us back to the dark days of WW2 in Europe and tells the story of Salamon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) a

talented artist who uses his art for more nefarious means. He is subsequently arrested and sent to Mauthausen concentration camp. 1hr 39mins Austro-German film with subtitles, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. Doors open at 7pm next Friday May 30, for light refreshments, and the film starts at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome at £6 per head.

OPEN GARDEN: Trumpetts Farm in Bodle Street Green will be open on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. All the funds raised from the garden, lunches and cream teas, books, plants and tombola will go to benefit The East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People and is organised by the Friends.


SERVICES: This Sunday is Rogation Sunday. Our service of Mattins (BCP) will be led by Tim Fogden at 10.30am. Refreshments follow the service; all welcome. On Sunday June 1, The Sunday after Ascension Day, Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.30am with The Reverend Malcolm Elwis. Again, join us after for refreshments.


KNIT’INN NIGHTS: There has been a change of personnel at the King’s Head. Su has checked with Mark and Anita that it would be okay for the knitters to continue to meet there and at the first meeting after take over they were made to feel very welcome. Mark and Anita look forward to seeing the various projects progress and they are wished every success in their new venture. To experience their hospitality and do some knitting go along to The King’s Head at 7.30pm Tuesday.

U3A: There are now three distinct French groups, intermediate, beginners and French conversation. The strollers group took in the fresh sea air for their stroll at Butts Brow and the new art group is looking at the running of an Art DVD, a discussion of recent television and radio programmes and a presentation by one or more members on a topic of their choice. This month they considered 17th Century Dutch Art. The U3A AGM is on May 27 at 2.30pm at St Mary’s Church, followed by a presentation by Carole Maddern on The Social History of the English Language. There are more than 20 U3A groups in diverse subjects and therefore there is likely to be something for everybody. Enquiries to Sue 840797.

STREET MEETINGS: On Saturday May 31 from 10am to 10.30am PCSO Fletcher will be holding a meeting in Harebeating Close (BN27 1JS) and moving on to Arundel Close (BN27 1UH) between 11am and 11.30am, giving local residents the opportunity to come out and talk to her about concerns or issues they may be having where they live. This does not have to be simply police related as she will be inviting local town and Wealden councillors to attend also. If you do not have any matters to raise then simply come out and say hello, ‘It’s always good meeting new people.’ She will also be promoting police community messaging which is used to give members of the public police news and advice.

HERITAGE CENTRE: There is a small and interesting display of WWI memorabilia in the Town Museum including some fabulous trench art donated by local residents and members of the historical and natural history society. Trench art is any decorative item made by soldiers, prisoners of war or civilians, where the manufacture is directly linked to armed conflict or its consequences. It was one of the ways in which they could either spend their spare time or keep themselves occupied and possibly gain a little money to help supplement their rations. The Battle of Cambrai (a village in North West France) started on November 20 and finished on 7 December 1917. This was the first British Offensive using massed tanks in warfare. The eventual outcome was that the early British gains made were subsequently lost to German counter-attacks. By the end of the battle, the British forces had lost 45,000 men, whilst the Germans had lost 50,000 including 11,000 of their men that had been taken prisoner. One of these 11,000 German men that had been taken prisoner created a paperknife using readily available materials from the conflict and you can go along and see it in the museum and discover what he inscribed on it. There are also beautifully embroidered cushion covers and other pieces made from empty shell cases. The Heritage Centre is in the gap by Lloyds Bank in Market Street, open Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 12.30pm. Free entry. Enquiries (01323) 440359.

COMMUNITY GROUPS FORUM: If you are involved with or run any of our many and varied social groups, clubs, societies etc in Hailsham and its surrounds, please come along to these networking events and meet other groups, exchange ideas, present challenges and offer solutions together, celebrate your successes and share your forthcoming events with each other. This is a very useful, lively and interesting group of people and the aim is to bring all the groups together with the help of Hailsham Forward and the Town Council for positive conversation, debate and exchange. If you would like to be put on the mailing list for the next gathering on Wednesday June 4 at 6pm in St Mary’s lounge then call Michelle (01323) 841702.

ST MARY’S: This is the sixth Sunday of Easter. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, the Ascended King and at 10.30 Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Now and Not Yet. Evening Prayer is at 2.45 at Emmanuel and Holy Communion at 6.40pm at St Mary’s, Jesus the Ascended King.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. At time of going to press the mediums had yet to be advised.

100 YEARS AGO: In May 1914 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote as follows: This is the 18th day without rain (.05 fell April 24) cloudless sky, burning sun and dry east wind. The trees have come out during that time from bare bud to full leaf. A glorious Eastertide. But gardeners and farmers want a good shower. Rainfall to date, 1.31 inches.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

GHOST WALK: This evening, Friday, there is a 90 minute walk around the house and grounds of Michelham Priory which offers stories of ghosts and paranormal activity, together with a little of the history and characters of the priory’s past. Presented with a little humour from Sussex’s premier paranormal entertainment company, Sussex Darkside. To book visit or call 07956 307684. Adults £15, children £10, family (two plus two) £40. If you missed it this time, there is a ghost hunting event on Saturday May 31.

MICHELHAM BOWMEN will be at Michelham Priory from tomorrow, Saturday, to Monday from 10.30am to 5pm with their living history camp and archery competition. Please note the archery competition is restricted to registered participants. There will be have-a-go archery on the South Lawn only.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly Church, Holy Communion (CW) at 8am followed at 10.45am by Parish Eucharist (CW). Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am Holy Communion (CW). There is also a Holy Communion service at 9.30am on a Thursday (BCP). Evening Prayer 2.45pm at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood.

OPEN GARDENS: On June 1 the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital will benefit from 10 open gardens in Hellingly at BN27 4HD. Take the A22 out of Eastbourne to the Boship roundabout, exit on the A267 signed to Horam and then take the first right. Follow the Open Garden signs. There will be a map to show where they are. The entrance is £5 to visit all the gardens. Gardens will be open between 11am and 5pm. There will be morning coffee, ploughman’s lunch and afternoon teas throughout the day at Brook Cottage, next to the watermill in Mill Lane, where there will be a brass band from 2pm to 4pm. Hellingly church will be open from 12.30pm. There is plenty of parking through the village.

CRAFT AND ART SHOW: Have you picked up your schedule yet to enter one or more of the classes? There is a wide range to choose from. Lots of entries are needed to make the event a success on Saturday June 14 in Hellingly village hall. There are cash prizes for entries in sections for flowers, photos, handicraft, children and more. Entry to classes is £1 and entry to the show is also £1 and will be open to view the exhibits from 2.30pm. There will be refreshments and a raffle. Schedules and entry forms are available from Margaret at 5 Union Close and Barbara at 5 Anglesey Avenue and need to be returned with entry fee by June 11. If you are able to sponsor one or more of the classes at £5 per class, please contact Margaret on (01323) 843628.

HELLINGLY HIGHLIGHTS: The new free parish council community magazine is now available around the village and includes useful local information and interesting articles and community focus items as well as lovely photos showing Hellingly landmarks. A good read. You can pick yours up from the North Street post office.

CLOTHES MARKET: Hilary and Angie are selling clothes at Dicker Hall, Coldharbour Road, on Thursday from 6pm to 9pm.

DIG FOR VICTORY: This village show with a 1940s touch is always very popular both with visitors, exhibitors and competitors. Entry forms are now available from the Merrie Harriers and need to be returned by July 30 for the event on August 3.

CHARITY GOLF DAY: Collins Honda will be sponsoring the Hailsham Lions Club ninth annual Golf Day at Wellshurst Golf and Country Club on Friday June 13. Teeing off at 11am. All inclusive entry fee is £38.50 per person to include a round of golf, snack lunch and prizes. (Wellshurst members have a special rate of £23.50 per person). Playing format is the Stapleford full handicap in teams of three with the points total of the best two cards counting towards the overall winner. The teams can be mixed male, female or juniors with a prize of £120. Other great prizes also up for grabs. Last year the event raised over £1k for the Air Ambulance project and helped buy equipment for night flying. This year the event will help fit out a second helicopter with the same facilities within the Kent, Sussex and Surrey areas. Visit for an entry form, email or phone Lion Mike Osborne on 01323 895912.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

THE BOWLS CLUB seemed to have spent a lot of their time cancelling matches recently due to bad weather or a lack of ladies to make up a team. However, they did manage to play a league match against Ringmer which they won by 15 shots giving them their very first six points on this year’s league table.

BINGO: On Wednesday the Bingo club will be meeting up again in the village hall for an afternoon of fun bingo. All are invited to go along ready for a 2.15pm start, prizes for both full houses and lines. Tea and cakes during the interval.

RAY AND SHELDON will be holding a special meeting today, Friday, where they will be hosting a Members Memories afternoon and specifically a celebration of a very special lady’s birthday. Muriel Coleman will be 100 years old shortly and is looking forward to sharing all her memories with you. All are welcome at 2.15pm.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill will be open on Sunday and Monday, May 25 and 26, and Sunday June 1 and 15 from 2.30pm. Entry is by donation. Having visited you might feel you would care to help out in some way and now you can. They are looking for volunteers both in the maintaining of the mill or as a guide on Open Days, there are also openings to help out in the shop. If you would like to help, they would love to hear from you so please either call them on 833033 or email to find out more. On Friday May 30 a special concert is being staged in the Ballroom of Herstmonceux Castle starring violinist, David Singh and pianist Aleksander Szram, who will be performing a selection of works with a gypsy theme. The gardens of the castle will be open from 6.30pm for ticket holders with pre-concert champagne available in the courtyard. Tickets at £17.50 per head, to include wine or a soft drink during the interval, are available by telephoning 833033.

WALKING CLUB: On Tuesday meet Sheila, Carol and Rosie at Wilmington Long Man car park at 6.30pm for a four mile walk. Anybody wishing to join them will be made most welcome. If you need further details or a lift to the meeting point then please call 848790.

THE SCOUT GROUP Will be hosting the Herstmonceux Village Sports Day and Fair on Monday from 10am until 3pm. Lots of stalls and sideshows. A fun day out for all the family and a way of helping to raise money for the new Scout Hut.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with the Celtic Service will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively, with Morning Prayer (CW) being held at Wartling church at 9.45am.

TALK: On Wednesday June 4, Friends of Herstmonceux Castle will hold another Talk in the Community, this time it’s to be given by Dr Christian Lloyd, Academic Director of the BISC at the Castle. Entitled Hendrix At Home, Dr Lloyd’s talk will give an exciting and fascinating insight into the private life of Jimmy Hendrix. This event is open to everyone and entrance is free. If you are interested in becoming a Friend of Herstmonceux Castle please contact either Gerry Umney on 831768 or Diana Carsons on 831780 or email

DAHLIA SOCIETY: Tomorrow, Saturday, the East Sussex Dahlia Society will be holding their annual sale in the small hall of the village hall starting at 9.30am. Many dahlia plants to choose from and lots of expert advice on how best to grow them. Also on sale you’ll find a variety of other plants including bedding and vegetable plants. All are welcome and entrance is free.

Mobile Library

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

Ninfield & Hooe

THE BOWLS CLUB are making a slow start to their season, but I am assured they will get better: Tuesday May 13 they played Alexanda Park and lost 76-47. Playing Bexhill on May 14, they achieved a score of 68, as opposed to Bexhill’s 98. They fared slightly better on May 17 against Cross-in-Hand, with a score 63-76 to Cross-in-Hand. The club enjoyed a fun day of men v ladies on May 18 however, the men were one short and recruited an honorary man from the women. The men won (many believe due to their new recruit). The afternoon’s fun was finished off with a fish and chip supper.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: Members and guests of the Ninfield Local History Group were entertained by group member David Swales at their meeting on Thursday, May 15. David delivered a lively and interesting talk on the History of Farms and Farming in the Ninfield Area. David drew on research by members of the group, local farmers, quotes from our interviews with Ninfield residents and his own farming background. He showed a great selection of photos from the group archives and brought along a selection of old farm tools including a Bill Hook, an old milk churn and a pitch fork. The group welcome guests to their meetings every third Thursday at 7.30pm in Ninfield Methodist Hall.

TABLE TOP SALE: Ninfield Working Men’s Club will be holding a charity table top sale on Tuesday, 10am to noon at the club. There will be bric-a-brac, books and raffle. If you have anything that you would like to donate, please call 892239 or 892182. The funds raised will go towards their charity for the year Canine Partners. All are welcome to help raise funds for a worthy charity.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on Monday June 2 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. They welcome Lucinda Knapman with her demonstration entitled Fabulous Flowers. Non-members are welcome for a small charge of £4, which includes refreshments. All floral arrangements demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding the group please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on Alternatively, you can look at their website

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe, Whydown and Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday, June 4. This is at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm, every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the team leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

THOSE ORGANISING the collection weekend at Sainsbury’s, Bexhill, look forward to seeing you on Friday, June 6 and/or Saturday, June 7 when they will be collecting for Chestnut Tree House Children’s hospice. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with the collection, more would be very welcome. Please contact either Thelma Nance 892421 or Pam Doodes 892329 if you could give an hour or two for this fantastic cause.

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 have a service at 2.30pm.


WANTED INFO on photographer William Hardy Kent, and the photographic firm of Kent Lacy, who had premises in Eastbourne, please contact Maureen on 485971 or email Also info on the tennis club at the Goffs Lawn Tennis Club at Gildredge Park. Any information and photos please of this club, for Julie Thompson. Email or contact Maureen on 485971, or email

TRINITY DINERS will not be taking place today, Friday, due to work continuing in the kitchens of the hall. However, we are having our next lunch on Friday June 20, where the menu will be chicken pie with vegetables, and fruit trifle. Will Pam Blunden please contact Jennie on 484189 to confirm your place? Bookings taken by Jennie to confirm numbers attending.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Willingdon and Polegate Windmill. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Hope Gap, 4.5 miles with Marjorie W. Meet Exceat car park 10am, bus No 12A at 9.26am Terminus Road, stand J. Finish 1pm. On Sunday, The giants View (figure of eight) 4.5 miles with Graham T. Meet bus No 126, 9.40am Terminus Road stand M. Walk starts at Market Cross, Alfriston 10.20am. Picnic or pub lunch, finish 12.30pm. Afternoon walk starts 1.30pm Market Cross to Berwick, finish 3.45pm, 4 miles. On Mondaymeet at the Bandstand in Eastbourne, and take yourself for a walk on this Bank Holiday Monday at 10am. On Wednesday, Arlington Reservoir with Robin. Meet at reservoir car park at 10am, easy walk. Or, Along the Saxon Shore Way, 6.5 miles with Graham T. Meet at Eastbourne Station for 10.09am train to Rye. Walk starts at Rye station 11am. Dry lunch, Camber Castle, finish 3pm, tea available at end. Level walk.

RAMBLING CLUB walks on May 29 include The Chiddinly Walk, 4 miles, taking in views of Chiddingly church. A walk through the village and through the neighbouring fields. Pub stop, about 18 stiles with Betty. Or a longer walk of 11 miles, Three churches and a beacon, two steep hills, Downs, forest and river, take picnic with Brian. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground 9.30am. More information email

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is still open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Whilst building works are taking place in the hall, we have relocated to Trinity Church , Coppice Avenue, we are on a bus route, bus Nos 51, 56, 126 and 143 stop outside, whilst bus Nos 54 and 98 stop nearby on the Triangle. Come and visit our various stalls. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: At the meeting this evening (Friday) Ian Everest will speak on The Woman’s Land Army - A Sussex Connection. This will focus on keeping our local farms productive during World War II.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at Ringmer Village Hall tomorrow (Saturday). Doors open at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45amSung Eucharist, noon Bless a Farm Service at Plashett Park Farm, 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday May 14, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Roy Skan and Simon Webster; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Lesley Durrant and David Warner. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Maresfield 114-30; Royal Sovereign v Ringmer 80-60; Herstmonceux v Ringmer 66-61; Ringmer v Mayfield 84-46.

CHARITY OF ELIZABETH CHEYNEY: A vacancy has arisen in one of the two Almshouses of this charity. Older members of the community of Ringmer Parish are eligible for appointment. Application for appointment must be made in writing to the clerk to the Trustees, Elizabeth Cheyney Charity Trust, Bethany, 25 Ballard Drive, Ringmer Lewes BN8 5NU. Applicants must state name, address, telephone number, age and occupation.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. 4.30pm, 4ForAll our Messy Church event at Punnetts Town Village Hall. All ages very welcome. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Tony Wood and 6.30pm evening service with Paul Daniels.

ASCENSION DAY: There will be a united benefice service of communion at St Giles Church, Dallington, on Thursday at 7.30pm.

MARATHON WALK: Congratulations to Helen Bell and Marie Goodchild for completing a walk on the London Marathon route at midnight. This, known as the Moon Walk, was in aid of Breast Cancer Research, and I am pleased to say that they completed the full 26 miles, the distance from here to Brighton, and a bit more. Over £100 has been raised so far with more coming in. They would like to thank everyone who sponsored them, in this magnificent effort.

CAROUSEL: Months of hard work in rehearsals, set preparation etc all came together last week with a successful run of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. It traces the troubled relationship between Billy Bigelow (Glen Hadlow) and Julie Jordan (Stephanie Gogdell) and the steady and fruitful relationship of Enoch Snow (Ian Charlesworth) and Carrie Pipperidge. The cast took us on a roller coaster of emotions, with great skill. It never ceases to amaze me how so much can be portrayed by an amateur cast on such a small stage. This is down to tight direction by Lizzie Hutcheson, expert choreography by Anita Gunn, and inspired set design by John Gunn. Our singers were motivated and moulded by musical

director, Richard Eldridge. There were too many people to mention everyone by name, but thanks to everyone onstage, backstage, front of house and in the bar, for all your hard work and dedication, to put on a great show. I had great fun in delivering my five lines in Act 2, and can appreciate a little better, what it is like to perform in our productions: being in the right place at the right time, interacting with others on stage, delivering the correct lines at the right time, and so on. Well done everyone. Our next production will be in the Theatre Supper format from November 12 to 15, and will be a farce.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

MARTIN HUGHES, landlord of the Wheatsheaf, and customer Paul Crysell completed their nine day, 1,000 mile cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats on Monday May 12 and arrived back in Willingdon the next day. It was a hard ride, very cold and windy but the charities they were supporting made it all worthwhile, Breast Cancer Research, Water Aid, and St Wilfrid’s Hospice. By the Wednesday they had sufficiently recovered to welcome customers into the Wheatsheaf for the celebration party. Sponsor money is still being collected. There are three ways in which you can donate, put a donation into the collecting tub in the Wheatsheaf, sign the sponsor form at the bar or visit

RE-ELECTION: At the annual council meeting held on May 12 John Pritchett was re-elected as chairman of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council.

Howard Coote was re-elected as vice-chair, John Martin as chair of amenities, Martin Cooper as chair of recreation, Fran Pritchett as chair of planning, Colin Laycock as chair of cemetery, Christina Lynn as chair of events and Andy Watkins as chair of finance and policy (following the resignation of Linda Francis).

PARISH WALK: Despite the heat on May 18, 38 people turned up at Polegate/Willingdon Windmill for the four mile circular parish walk through Folkingdon and along the bottom of the Downs. The walk was led by Cllr John Martin. Cllr Christina Lynn was there to see the walkers on their way. They included Cllrs John and Fran Pritchett, Cllr Martin Cooper and assistant clerk Nicola Williams. After the walk refreshments were provided at the windmill by Pat and Lawrence Stevens which were much appreciated.

A COFFEE MORNING will be held from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre to raise funds for the maintenance of the windmill. There will be a book stall, raffle and cake stall. Offers of help or gifts for the raffle would be appreciated and additional cakes and scones on the day. Please contact Jenny Wells on 01323 487671.

CARGO AKA Blue Reed: Blues and classic covers from Blue Reed duo headed by Chris Page will be the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CHALK FARM LDC will be having a Summer Fayre from 11am to 3pm on Sunday. Attractions include vanilla pod selling, homemade ice cream and fancy floss, Quirky Turtle vintage fashions and accessories, Marion’s homemade cards, gift and craft stalls, and homemade cakes, teas and coffee. There will also be a tombola, bric-a-brac, guess the number of sweets, lucky dip, raffles, and much more. The barbecue will be from noon to 2pm; the bar will be open and there will be music. Items for raffle prizes are always welcome. Chalk Farm Hotel Learning Disability Centre in Coopers Hill gives work experience and training to adults with a learning disability. Do pop in to the garden centre behind the hotel while you are at the fayre where there are a large selection of plants and shrubs.

TOM FITZPATRICK will be entertaining the customers at The British Queen from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting at 7pm on Friday May 30 at Wannock Village Hall when Derek Oliver will be giving a talk and demonstration entitled Landscape in Gouache. Visitors are always welcome. The fee is £3.

A VILLAGE FETE will be held at Willingdon Memorial Hall from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday May 31. Attractions include crafts, a cake stall, books and CDs, bric-a-brac, Forever Living Products, various games and a variety of other stalls. The fete is in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

WALKERS’ TEAS: One of the aims of the Parochial Church Council at Jevington Church is to install a toilet in the church within the next few years. Fund-raising events and applications for grants are now being considered. One of the fund-raising ideas is to offer teas and cakes to walkers and visitors on several weekends over the coming summer. The first one will be on Saturday May 31 from 10.30am to 3pm. If you can help by baking a cake or serving on the day please contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237.

A PARISH LUNCH will be held on Sunday June 1 in St Mary’s Church Hall. For further information or to book, please contact Pat on 01323 502820.

ORGAN RECITAL: Fr Michael, curate at St Mary’s Church Willingdon, will be giving a lunchtime organ recital at St Saviour’s and St Peter’s Church, South Street, Eastbourne, on Monday June 2 at 1pm. The programme will include Bach’s great Passacaglia, one of the most magnificent of all organ works.

GLEN CHORALE will be performing their Summer Concert at 2.30pm on Monday June 2 at Wannock Village Hall, to be repeated at the same time and venue on Monday June 9. The concerts are being dedicated to the memory of Robin Moray who was the musical director prior to the present conductor Ansy Boothroyd. The choir will sing a variety of English music which will take the audience through an English day from morning to evening. The programme will include Early One Morning, My Love is an Arbutus by Stanford, My Soul There is a Country by Parry, Tea for Two, Ave Verum by Elgar, and Home Sweet Home. The concert will include two solos and a trio. Tickets, to include refreshments, are £6 and are available from Janet on 01323 502113.

N WATCH: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch will meet in the vestry at Trinity Church at 2.30pm on Monday June 2. For further information contact the chairman Ray Ingram on 01323 508634 or email him at

MUSIC IN THE PARK: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is currently working on the programme for this year’s Music in the Park which has become a most enjoyable community event held at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground. As in previous years, there will be charity stalls and other stalls, refreshments and food outlets and various activities for adults and children. The date for your diary is Sunday June 8. Details to date are: Noon, chairman’s welcome, 12.05pm Street Dance Crewe, 12.30pm Con Brio, 1.30pm to 2pm dog display, 2pm to 3pm Howling Blues, 3pm to 3.30pm Kingfisher Scout Band, 3.30pm to 4.15pm DJ Time, a chance to request your song, 4.15pm to 4.45pm raffle and close. For more information or to get involved ring the parish clerk Andy Beams on 01323 489603.