Parish Pump Hailsham- May 24, 2013


EXHIBITION and sale of artwork by the Alfriston Art Club members will be at the War Memorial Hall from tomorrow, Saturday, to May 28 at 10.30am to 5.30pm. Refreshments will be available. Please note there are no credit card facilities.

TWINNING NEWS: At the May Parish Council Meeting it was confirmed on June 22 Cllr Dr June Goodfield will sign the Twinning Charter in Veules les Roses on behalf of the Alfriston Parish Council. Chair of the APC, Cllr Nick Beechy, will sign the charter in the autumn in Alfriston. The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Twinning Association held a well attended Annual General Meeting on May 7 when Dr Goodfield was voted Chair of the Association. Already there have been enthusiastic exchanges between the Alfriston Primary School and the Veules les Roses Primary School In June about 20 people will be going to Veules les Roses when on Friday June 21 there is a National Music Day (la fête de la musique) an event involving free performances in the streets of French villages and towns. The annual Rose Festival will open the following day when the charter signing ceremony will take place. For information about the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Twinning Association contact

A NEW KITCHEN GARDEN is being prepared at The Sussex Ox. Juliet Sargeant, who recently moved into the village at Bats Wing, has designed a new edible cottage garden which will become more obvious at the Ox over the next few weeks. Also, newly introduced to the Ox is afternoon tea every Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the Garden Room or on the deck.

HALF TERM FUN at the Clergy House. Smuggling was rife in Alfriston in the 18th century. From May 25 to June 2 it will be possible to discover all about the smugglers, who they were and what they smuggled in a fun Smugglers Search around the garden. There will be a £1.50 charge for the Smugglers Search and booking is not required. Normal admission fees do apply for the event. The Clergy House is closed on Thursdays and Fridays; open on other days from 10.30am to 5pm with last admission at 4.30pm.

DR JUNE GOODFIELD was honoured by the English Speaking Union as one of 20 people in the UK recognised for over 60 years distinguished contribution to their work and Anglo American relations.

bodle street green

CHURCH SERVICES: Trinity Sunday. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30pm Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 5.30pm Songs of Praise.

FILM CLUB: Bodle Street has its own film club, based at the village hall. Each month, a film is shown often with special interest topics that perhaps don’t make the mainstream auditoriums. This month’s film is The Help and stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny. Set in Mississippi in the 1960s, it tells the story of three very different women who form an unlikely friendship. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm next Friday May 31. Guests are welcome, contact email or see one of the committee members.


SKATEBOARD JAM: Tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

WILDLIFE TRAIL: The Hailsham wildlife trail with a map and guide will be launched very shortly and Hailsham in Bloom would like to invite local people to survey wildlife and habitats near where they live. If you are interested in taking on a small part of this project, please let them know at the town council on (01323) 841702 or pop in.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY is a group of lovely friendly people intent on sharing any knowledge they have. They will meet on Tuesday and if you like fuchsias then apparently Gina Bowman is an amusing speaker. The meeting starts at 7pm with competition entries and the talk starts at 7.30pm. Entry is £2 for non-members. For more information contact secretary Angela on 01323 846181. Hailsham Horticultural Society now has a free blogsite anyone can read. There are now two newsletters and a schedule of events for the year 2013. The diary shows the dates for the two shows and some of the things that can be entered in them. See

KNITTING GROUP: The next Knit’Inn Night will be at The King’s Head on Tuesday from 7.30pm. At the last night we heard about a course two of the group attended which was dedicated to Guernsey knitwear. A Guernsey is a traditional fisherman’s jumper made waterproof by using wool containing natural oils and creating a dense fabric. They said it had been quite intensive, as they were instructed about the patterns and construction used to fashion these garments. Then each day of their stay they worked on a sampler for each of the aspects covered. They both came away feeling confident they will be able to make a jumper using their new skills. For more information about Knit’Inn Nights phone Su (07951 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

WEDNESDAY STROLL: Hailsham Ramblers will take a leisurely stroll around Whitbread Hollow on Wednesday. If you would like to go along contact Nobby on (01323) 440624.

POTTERY CLASS: On Wednesday Dippee Doodas cafe, 52 High Street has a pottery class making hanging mobiles with Helen Lavinia Moore. Everything supplied, just bring an apron. A selection of delicious cakes as well as tea and coffee available. Book early to avoid disappointment as only limited places are available 7pm to 9pm. Book on (01323) 843014 or just pop in.

HAILSHAM IN BLOOM: There is a public information day on June 1 from 9am to 1pm. This will be in what was the Hailsham Forward pop-up shop next to Boots the Chemist. You will be able to talk to people and find out about the projects they have been involved in, what is happening now as well as future plans. There will also be information about this year’s Garden Competition, volunteering and getting involved and there will also be representation from the Sussex Downs National Park Authority for your interest.

TOWN MEETING Continued. There was some confusion as to the responsibilities of county, district and town councils and Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley explained if people were not sure they could contact the town council and they would be signposted to the appropriate establishment. Gleneagles Residents Association was supported in their request for dog bins but the ESCC Highways should be contacted about this. Cllr Richard Grocock who is chair of Hailsham in Bloom reported the ditches would be cleared after the nesting season had finished and the litter problem would be followed up. Residents were concerned about The Oaks pre and after school club closure in July. Cllr Bill Bentley had written to the Director of ESCC and would report back to residents when he hears. The playgrounds on the Diplocks Estate were not there any more and were full of dustbins. The council consulted with the housing association as to what would be done as vandalism was an issue. The consultation resulted in the play area being returned to the housing association and the town council are no longer responsible for it. Cllr Jo Bentley offered to attend with concerned residents if a meeting was arranged. Illegal parking in the High Street was being ignored and blocking buses. ESCC had a proposal for the design of the High Street on display at the meeting. The meeting was told Pesos can move people on but cannot enforce parking restrictions. The town no longer has funding for a traffic warden. The Highways Department is to review parking in Hailsham generally and look at enforcement. Paul Sloane, chair of Hailsham Forward, updated the meeting on progress and findings so far and emphasised it is Hailsham residents that have responsibility for what happens to the town and that action for change has to come from everybody. Around 400 questionaires had been completed and would be collated shortly. The meeting ended on a lighter note when the Friday Night Project were pleased to announce they had received an award for their work. Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley thanked Jeff Bentley-Astor for his 18 months in the post, having resigned for personal and family reasons. Town questionnaires are still available at the Town Council offices or at

1-2-1 READINGS: There are private 1-2-1 readings tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm at Primrose Hall. Ring Theresa on (01323) 766435 or 07716225582 or visit for more information. On Sunday there is a Service at 11am until noon at Primrose Hall. The medium will be Reverend John Hawksworth.

ST MARY’S: This is Trinity Sunday. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Reality Check. Evening Prayer is at 2.45pm at Emmanuel Church on Hawkswood. At 6.30pm is Holy Communion back at St Mary’s, The Word of Promise and Grace.

CHAPTER 12 will be celebrating their first birthday on Sunday with guest bands throughout the evening from 4pm to midnight. Soul Sounds from amazing vocalist Denise Roberts will take the regular music spot on Tuesday from 7.45pm and on Thursday from 8pm the Memphis Flyers Rock and Roll band are performing.

HAILSHAM LIONS: In their continuing support of local charities, the Hailsham Lions recently supported the young single homeless people’s accommodation in Market Street. A cheque for £250 was presented to staff member Geraldine Gurr by Lion president John Wilders. This was to pay for the much needed redecoration of the rooms which the residents, between the ages of 16 and 25 years, call home for a limited time. At the same meeting, Lion Gerry Constable was presented with an award for introducing at least two individuals to the club. If anyone is interested in joining the Lions, please contact Mike Osborne on 01323 895912.

hellingly & horsebridge

MICHELHAM BOWMEN: This Living History Camp and Archery Competition will be at Michelham Priory tomorrow, Saturday, to Monday.

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Please note the 6.30pm service of Sunday Evensong is temporarily suspended. Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

OPEN GARDEN: Bates Green, Tye Hill Road, Arlington BN26 6SH is open on Sunday as part of the National Gardens open for Charity Scheme. This is a plantsman’s two-acre tranquil garden, of interest through the seasons. Most areas are wheelchair accessible. Dogs on short leads welcome, plants for sale and refreshments available. Admission is £4 adults, children free. It will be open again on July 14 and September 15 from 11am to 5pm.

SCHOOL’S OUT: The Bunny Run Schools Out have lots of activities for children over the Whitsun half term holidays with various sessions between 7.30am to 6pm. On Tuesday they will be exploring the woodlands around the site and making Camps and Dens. On Wednesday they will be summer planting in the gardens. On Thursday the theme will be listening and looking for nature all around and they will be ending the week on Friday by creating Constructing Crafty Fun. If your children would like to attend then call Angela or Ann for more details on 01323 848490 or email Schools Out is located on The Drive. Go along and see the exciting new outside play area and join in the fun and games. Payment is required on booking if you do not attend breakfast/after school club.

PLANT SALE: On Bank Holiday Monday Cowbeech village has a Plant Sale Bring and Buy at The Merrie Harriers to help raise funds for the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society good causes. There will be trays of seedlings, herbs and anything you have left over.

HELLINGLY WI would be pleased to welcome new members to their monthly meetings. They meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm at the village hall. Their programme includes various speakers, outings, lunches, Scrabble and visits to other institutes. Contact Iris on (01323) 841875.

HAILSHAM NIGHTINGALES: Members of this Union Corner Hall branch of the Women’s Institute (WI) are a lively bunch with well attended meetings of usually around 30 members each month and would welcome any new members who wish to join. Last month they had two ladies demonstrating some pole dancing, or pole fitness as they call it and they were very fit. A couple of members even had a go. This month members created their own individual perfumes with a visit from a perfumer and got to take home a free sample. In June they are reverting to more traditional pursuits with a Knit and Natter evening and are hoping to knit and crochet enough squares to make a blanket and to learn ‘how to’ if we don’t know. Everyone is welcome. And meetings are every third Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm at Union Corner Hall. You can go along to a couple of meetings before you are asked to join. A subscription is just £28 and of course there is free tea, coffee and biscuits at each meeting.

CLOTHES MARKET: This event is held in the evening from 6pm to 9pm at Dicker Hall, with Hilary and Angie.

herstmonceux & wartling

BOWLS CLUB: Not the best of weeks for our team. Their first match was a league match against Uckfield which our team lost by eight points. Their next match, again a loss, was against Hailsham and being a league match losing by seven points meant Herstmonceux only gained one point on the table. A match against the Eastbourne Blind had to be cancelled due to bad weather, with the last match of the week being against Ringmer and at last a win, 79-46 giving Herstmonceux eight points on the table.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill will be open on June 2 and 16. Opening times are 2.30pm to 5pm and volunteer guides will be on hand to show you round. Entry is by donation.

THE WI are pleased to announce they will be starting new morning meetings on the first Monday of every month from June 3 in the lounge of the village hall. They will be continuing with their evening meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm. Any enquiries please telephone either Janet McInnes or Sue Stewart on 833306/833450.

MERRIE HARRIERS: A new venture for the bonfire society when on Monday they will be holding a Bring and Buy Plant Sale in front of the Merrie Harriers Pub between 10am and 2pm. If you have any unwanted plants, please take them along. All proceeds to local charity.

WALKING CLUB: Meet Sue at the Horsebridge Recreation Ground on Tuesday for a four mile walk around the area. All are welcome. For further information contact 848790.

RAY AND SHELDON: Today, Friday, the Evergreen Singers will entertain at the Ray and Sheldon Club. The doors of the village hall will be open from 2pm for a 2.15pm start. All over the age of 60 years welcome to go along.

SCONE WEEKEND: Little known fact: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday is scone weekend and to celebrate Lime Cross Nurseries will be serving up some usual and not so usual flavour combinations. All will be served with local cheeses, homemade pates, local jams and clotted cream.

PRODUCE MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, will be market day once again when the Sussex Produce Market opens on the fields at the Bull Inn, Boreham Street. The stalls will be ready to serve from 10am and you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a full breakfast in the Bull after your shopping.

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


LECTURE: U3A Lewes Lecture, Consciousness and the Ravenous Brain by Dr Daniel Bor, University of Sussex, 2.30pm Tuesday at the Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall. Lewes Lectures are free and all are welcome. For information about the Lectures and the University of the Third Age, contact Malcolm Cornwall 01273 472049 or email

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The bluebells were out in all their glory and we walked through plenty of bluebell woods on this walk. After getting off the Number 28 bus at the Crow and Gate Pub near Crowborough, the 17 strong group headed south on the Vanguard Way. After just a mile, we then headed west to join the Weald Way near Barnsgate Manor and followed this all the way to Five Ash Down through some lovely countryside. Three walkers chose to finish at Five Ash Down, but 14 stalwarts carried on with the second five miles through Maresfield, Piltdown Golf Course and Lake Wood, which is just outside Uckfield. The lake in Lake Wood is sandwiched between two outcrops of greenstone, some of which are 30 to 40ft high. It has an intangible air of mystery about it and was a memorable end to a lovely walk ably led by Graham and Hilda. The next walk is on Bank Holiday Monday at Buxted. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

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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; 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

THE BOWLS CLUB have been busy once again. On Wednesday May 15 they won against Bexhill 63-58. Their match on Saturday May 18 saw them play Cross in Hand losing 69-74. The club would also like to congratulate Jackie and Graham Richards along with Paul Arthur who won a Bexhill Bowls Club invitation on the afternoon of Sunday May 19.

HOOE OPEN GROUP (Ladies Club) are meeting on June 14 at Hooe Village Hall, at 2.30pm. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

NINFIELD SCHOOL are holding a Rat Pack Night at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 8pm to midnight. Dean Ager, a super Frank Sinatra, Bouble tribute act, will be singing live with a disco. There will also be a bar. All funds raised will go towards extra resources for children at Ninfield C of E School. Tickets from the school on 01424 892486 or Lorna 893644.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP 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 or see their website/Facebook page: /

MUSIC in June at St Oswald’s Church with The Melodians on Thursday June 27 at 7.30pm. The programme includes a variety of music; songs from the Beatles and Queen to the Hallelujah Chorus; Wherever you Are (the Military Wives), organ, piano duets and more. Tickets (including light refreshments) are £3.50 from Jack 01424 892576 or Simon 01424 845087 or on the door. Retiring collection for St Michael’s Hospice.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist.


WILLINGDON community market is held at Trinity Church Hall every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm. Various stalls, teas, coffee, light lunches, Coppice Cakes, vegetables, greetings cards, knitwear, raffle in aid of church funds. More information from 7233772 email

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

CALLING ALL QUIZZERS, come and join in the fun of our quiz evening tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church Hall, commencing at 7pm. Teams of up to six people welcome. Tickets priced at £6 are available from 484189 which includes a ploughman’s supper. Please book in advance.

THE LADIES CIRCLE meet on the second Tuesday of the month, except August. We meet at Polegate Community Centre at 2.30pm, and have slides, talks, outings and social afternoons. Please contact Evelyn on 482402. Or email

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on May 30 include, Chiddingly Again, miles fields, road, woods but mainly level, eight stiles with Roy. Or Westmeston Wander, 9 miles virtually flat, good views, tea available in Ditchling at end of walk. About 25 stiles, take picnic with Graham. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

HISTORY TOUR lunches are now taking place at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ. For more info please contact Kathy Taylor on 746117 or

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne on Tuesday and again on Friday May 31, from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.


LUXFORD CENTRE for over 60s. Tuesday June 25, trip to Monttisfont Abbey and Rose Garden, a National Trust property alongside the river Test near Romsey, Hants. Coach cost £15.50, entry extra. Sunday August 4, day trip to Bath, the Roman and Georgian City. Cost £21. Both trips will pick up at Uckfield Bus Station and can be booked at the Luxford Centre.

LIONS CLUB: After a busy April Lions gear up for their summer fund raising. It’s been another busy and successful month for the Lions. The beginning of the month enabled them to review the results of their Grand Easter Egg Raffle. Having decided in advance to publicise all the proceeds would go toward the £250,000 the Lions have committed to raise for the Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance to facilitate night flying operations, baskets were placed in 19 local hostelries, and with the help of the publicans and the support of the residents of Uckfield and District, after deducting their expenses they were able to send another cheque for £1,000 to the appeal. They have also given on behalf of the people of Uckfield £300 to Operation Florian sending refurbished firefighting equipment to Serbia, £2,000 to Care for the Carers in this area, £500 to SightFirst, £500 to the Lions Korle Bu teaching eye hospital project in Ghana and £260 to Ryll Lions Club to help them with flood relief works (this in addition to massive funding from their Lions International Relief Fund) and £925 to PHAB. As well as continuing to run their Bridge Cottage Bookshop, which becomes even more popular with the warmth and the sun coming out, and the running of the monthly quiz at the Pig and Butcher on the first Tuesday of every month, preparations are in hand for their next events. These will start with their free Diabetes Testing service activity on Saturday June 1 in Uckfield High Street, where with the help of professional nurses they hope to exceed even last year’s record figures for people attending. That will be followed on Sunday June 2 with the Annual Uckfield Lions Day Fete in Luxford Field celebrating their 44 years of service and fund raising in the town, where in addition to arena events there will be stalls, refreshments ,a car boot sale, games, entertainment, and children’s facilities. Then there is a Tinshake at Tesco’s on June 7 and 8 to cover as well. This will be followed on Sunday the July 14 by their third annual 10k Fun Run from Uckfield Rugby Club through the scenic wood and parkland of Buxted Park, charging participants an entry fee of £8 for what is becoming known as the prettiest fun run in Sussex. See our website, or contact Lion Bob Eaves 01825 764638.

warbleton & rushlake green

MERRY WIVES: Tickets for the Village Players’ production of The Merry Wives of Windsor will be on sale tomorrow, Saturday, at the Dunn Village Hall from 11am to noon. Then they will be available at The Stores from Tuesday. Rehearsals are going well under director Kirrie Wratton, and sets etc are also nearing completion. This is an outdoor production on the Green, so the first 110 seats sold each night will have a guaranteed seat in the Dunn Village Hall if it is wet, so book early. Looking ahead, we will be putting on the 1920s comedy Make Way for Lucia by John van Driten based on the novels by E F Benson. This theatre supper style production will run from 20th to 23rd November. Auditions will be on Sunday July 7 (10am to noon) at DVH and Monday July 8 (8pm to 10pm) at the Chantry Middle Lane, Turners Green. Audition pieces will be put on the website. When looking for the website, don’t forget to include Rushlake Green in the search. There are a lot of Village Players out there, but we are the best.

CHURCH SERVICES: Trinity Sunday. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30pm Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 5.30pm Songs of Praise. Heathfield Chapel: 11am morning worship and 6.30pm evening service. Both services will be led by Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Our next walk is on Wednesday at 6.30pm. We meet at Chyngton Farm, Chyngton Lane, Seaford. This is off the A259. The June walk is earlier than normal on the 12th at 6.30pm. We meet at Rocks Farm Lakenhurst Lane, which is off the Woods Corner to Ashburnham road.

COFFEE & CO: Coffee and Company is a coffee morning open to all, meeting on Thursdays from 10am to noon, at Osborne House, Rushlake Green. Any surplus made is donated to various charities. Several times a year a special morning is held for a particular cause. A couple of weeks ago it was for Pevensey Ward (oncology) at DGH, Eastbourne. Over £300 was raised, which has been made up to £500. A donation of £50 has also been given to The Spinal Injuries Association.

FLOWER SHOW: A reminder that schedules for the annual flower show, are available from The Stores. These give full details of the whole weekend’s (July 27 and 28) activities.

willingdon, wannock & jevington

MOVING ON: May 26 will be the last Sunday Canon Martin Onions will be presiding at a service in St Mary’s Church, as he will shortly be moving to Uckfield as the new rector of Holy Cross. The 11.30am Family Eucharist and the 11.30am service at the Church in the Trees in Maywood Avenue will not be held that day. The Parish Eucharist will be moved to the later time of 10.30am. There will be a farewell reception for Fr Martin and his wife Gill in the church hall afterwards. In the church newsletter Fr Martin writes: Gill and I, along with the family, feel very blessed to have had 12 years here in this lovely place and with all of you. We thank you for all your support and encouragement and know you will continue to give this to the wardens, Fr Michael and the ministry team as you enter the interregnum. Fr Martin’s institution at Holy Cross Uckfield will be at 7pm on Monday June 17 with the Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner. Coaches are being arranged to take local parishioners who wish to give their support.

GLEN CHORALE, under the direction of 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.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Gorringe Close at 11am today, Friday. Do go along and meet her. PCSO Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or her mobile 07787 685 755.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL is a group of local residents and councillors who meet quarterly in St Mary’s Church Hall to discuss issues which affect local people, relating to crime, vandalism and unsociable behaviour. The panel then selects up to three priorities to be targeted. PC Liz Keenan and PCSO Ali Beadon attend these meetings whenever possible. The next meeting is on Tuesday. If you have any issues which you would like discussed at the meeting, please contact PCSO Ali Beadon.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Mel will be entertaining customers from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday with a chilled out acoustic set, which includes country, soft rock and folk.

THE BRITISH QUEEN: Tom Fitzpatrick will entertain customers on Sunday, 1-3pm.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday and Monday for tours of the mill and a visit to the museum and education room.

A QUIZ EVENING is being held at Trinity Church tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

BUSY TIME: The events committee with the support of the full Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council has been very active. The most recent event was the planting of a spectacular multi stemmed Amelanchier Canadensis, sometimes known as the Juneberry tree. It was donated by tree warden Christine Page to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation and it has been planted in Jubilee Gardens opposite the tree that was planted to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

THE PARISH CLERK announces that Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council intend to allow Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground to be used on Sunday June 9, 10am to 5pm, for a music event called Music in the Park. Access by the public will be maintained on this day, except in the areas occupied by the bands, family funfair and stall holders. This is in accordance with Section 44(1) of the Public Health and Amendments Act 1890 as amended by Section 8 of the East Sussex Act 1981. Admission is free. This year will be the first year there will be a dog show. There will also be a traditional fairground, charity and trade stalls and ice creams and refreshments available. The programme to date is as follows: 11am chairman’s welcome; 11.05am to 11.55am Excalibur; 12.20pm to 12.30pm Kingfisher Scout Band; 12.30pm to 1pm announcement for the dog show and categories; 1pm to 2pm Wealden Brass; 2.15pm to 2.30pm ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and friends; 2.30pm to 4pm the Pulse; 4.15pm to 4.45pm raffle and close. The dog show will start at 1pm. Enquire at the parish office for an entry form or complete it on the day. Music in the Park will be supporting Canine Partners and the JPK Sussex Project. For information please contact the assistant parish clerk on 01323 489603 or email

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS fund raising event and plant sale at the Red Lion on Saturday May 18 in aid of the Polegate based charity Children with Cancer raised a staggering £922 which included a donation and gift aid. It was a really enjoyable community day with lots of local people turning up to buy plants, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and delicious home-made cake, visit the craft stalls and bric-o-brac and buy some raffle tickets.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: On Friday May 31 Maggi Cross will give a demonstration of Chinese brush painting in watercolour from 7pm to 9pm at Wannock Hall. Admission £3.

ITALIAN NIGHT Saturday June 1, 7pm, at The Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate hosted by Maureen and John Males with food by Val and Ciro in aid of the JPK Sussex Project to provide supported residential accommodation for adults with learning disability.