Parish pump Hailsham May 8, 2015


THE RATHFINNY TRAIL and Flint Barn opened last Saturday. Sarah and Mark Driver invited residents to walk the trail, along Cradle Valley. There was a very good turnout of children, parents, grandparents and dogs. The weather was kind and the walking easy and the scenery quite lovely. Richard James, the landscape and environment officer, guided us to the newly, beautifully refurbished Flint Barn, stopping regularly to inform on the variety of flora and fauna and the ecological management of the area the Drivers have established which has brought back cowslips and skylarks. The trail is approximately 2km and can combine with many longer walks in the area in the National Park. The trail will be marked by the Rathfinny badge and there will be regularly updated information details posted about the area. The Flint Barn cafe at the end of the trail provided welcome refreshments in the courtyard with locally sourced homemade, delicious snacks. The Rathfinny Trail is officially classified as a permissive footpath and is subject to closure on certain days for vineyard work so it is advisable to visit the website,, for details of the trail and the Flint Barn cafe.

THE 300 CLUB meet on May 12 at The Smugglers picking two more numbered balls from the bin and making two people each £50 richer.

STAND CLEAR: The defibrillator has been relocated to the wall outside the Village Hall and on May 12 at 7pm the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Community Responders will be overseeing an opportunity for villagers to practice CPR on the resuscitation dummies.

CHANSON JAZZ AND SWING come to the War Memorial Hall at 7pm to 10.30pm on May 16. Fleur de Paris brings the ‘evocative ageless sound of Paris of the 30s to 50s’ to Alfriston in a live concert. Tickets, £8, from Hick’s, The Newsagents or 01323 890373.

THE FARMERS’ MARKET will be in the village square from 10am to 2pm on May 17. The through road will remain open but the area outside the Smugglers Inn and West Street will be closed.

ARCHIE SKINNER’S Memorial Service was held in a packed Litlington Church on April 22. Archie was the former head gardener at Sheffield Park and a judge at Chelsea Flower Show and was well known for judging the local flower shows and a firm favourite for giving talks about gardening to local societies. Archie was a bell ringer too and the bell ringers of Alfriston, with help from ringers from Fletching, rang a quarter peel for Archie in memory of their former colleague. The service was led by the Rector, the Reverend Daniel Merceron and a wonderful address of Archie’s life was given by a friend the former Rector of Alfriston, Reverend Frank Fox-Wilson.

Bodle Street Green

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

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

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service featuring Music Sunday. Members of the congregation are encouraged to bring along an instrument to play, and have chosen the hymns. The 70th anniversary of VE Day will be reflected in the service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSG WI: Another year has flown by and it is time once again for the resolutions meeting. This year the resolution going to the AGM at the Albert Hall concerns the care of the elderly. The speaker, David Newton, will speak about his career in pharmacy.

ASCENSION DAY: The three churches in the benefice meet together to celebrate the Ascension with a service of Holy Communion at St Giles Church, Dallington, on Thursday at 7.30pm.

OPEN GARDEN: As part of the fund raising activities for the village hall extension fund, the committee is very grateful to Pauline and Tim Velten for opening their beautiful garden, next Sunday, May 17. Trumpets Farm will be open from 10.30am to 5pm. Refreshments will be available including a licensed bar. There will be plant and other stalls. Entrance is £5 for adults, young people free.


CHURCH NEWS: Thank you Colin, for a lovely Holy Communion Service. On Sunday it is Rogation Sunday and The Reverend Roger Dalling will lead Mattins (BCP) at 10.30am. All welcome. Refreshments after the service. We are still on the lookout for a relief/occasional organist. Contact or simply turn up at a service.


MINI MARKET: Today, Friday, there is a Spring Mini Market in the Quintins with lots of multi-stalls in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children. You will see them all in their clown outfits again tying up with Demelza’s Go Dotty Week, which is their National promotion week.

LOVE YOUR LOCAL MARKET: The next Farmers’ Market is tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 12.30pm and throughout May, Hailsham and all the Wealden Markets will be taking part in the Love Your Local Market campaign. Find LYLM on facebook or go to the website at Come along to the information stand and find out how you can become a Friend of Hailsham Farmers’ Market. Come and have a go on a Cuckmere Bus. If you are looking for a new interest and would like to become a volunteer driver then Richard is waiting to take you for a spin and you can have a go if you bring your usual driver’s licence along. Call the market manager on 07887 910150, visit

TABLE SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive, 2pm to 4pm. Free entry, crafts, pampering, stalls, tombola, clothes, books, café, free parking.

SPRING CAT FAIR: Come along to the Cat Adoption Centre Spring Fayre in Marshfoot Lane, noon to 3pm. Entrance is 50p or a tin of cat food.

ST MARY’S: This is the sixth Sunday of Easter. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am All Age Service with crèche: Jesus, King over Evil. Holy Communion at Emmanuel Church at 2.45pm. 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St Mary’s: the future is certain.

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Mobile Unit is coming to Tesco car park, North Street, on Monday, 10.30am to 3.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on hearing loss. For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

MEETING POINT: The group meets on Monday at 7.30pm in the Church Lounge. Ian Everest will be talking about Sussex during the First World War. If you would like to come along contact Pam 844341 or Margaret 846019.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is Rev Barbara Almond. Healing is always available. There are 1-2-1 private readings on Saturday May 16 and the next Clairvoyant Evening is on May 22 with Rev Malcolm and Rev Lesleigh.

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday top organ maestro and very entertaining organist, Andrew Varley, is back by popular demand at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field. Doors open at 7pm, show at 7.30pm. Non-members are welcome, just pay at the door. More from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The competitions are now over for the season and this week at the club it was the Annual General Meeting and presentation of trophies. Chairman Ray Beckwith opened the proceedings and each of the committee members were invited in turn to give their reports on the season’s activities. The election of officers and members of the committee took place next with the re-election of those who had not completed their three term after nomination. This was followed by nomination and election of new officers to fill vacancies. After the break, Dr Colin Tourle, who has completed his own term of office as president, presented the trophies to all the members who had won the various competitions during the season. They are permitted to keep the trophy for one year and are also given a keeper, an engraved medallion in a case. This was the last of the society’s meetings until the autumn.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting of the Branch is to take place on Tuesday at the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Fields, at 7.30pm. All former service personnel are invited, also membership is open to members of the public who have not served in the Armed Forces. There will be light entertainment either in the way of bingo, a talk or slide show following the meeting. At the Hailsham and District Branch April meeting at the Hailsham Club, the Exhortation and Kohima Epitaph were given. Roland Cook and Mrs B Powell were remembered as well as the members of the Armed Forces. Peter Reid was welcomed on transferring to the Branch. The new system where Branches have easier access to the British Legion website will soon be in operation. A new visitor guide has been introduced, but the view of the Branch was, ‘What have we been doing since the inception of the British Legion.’ Various VE Day 70 Commemorations are arranged throughout the county and invites were extended to members. The Hailsham Club is holding a VE/VJ weekend on 9/10 May and all British Legion Branch members have been cordially invited to attend. The Treasurer reported £80 had been donated in memory of Roland Cook. Mike Weller has been appointed a national vice president of the Malaya Veterans Association and proudly showed his new badge of office to those present. The monies raised from the last 3 raffles were donated to the Ghurkha Welfare Fund. Following the meeting, Ann Hoad gave an interesting talk on the duties involved in childcare having carried it out for many years. The ANZAC service on April 26 to mark the centenary of the fateful event on the 25 April 1915 where the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, together with the British 29th Division and other Forces from around the world landed in Gallipoli with very heavy losses was held at the Hailsham War Memorial and was attended by local civic dignitaries and many members of the public, for which the Branch is extremely grateful. Peter Reid was standard bearer and has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in the Remembrance Service and was voted Branch Deputy Standard Bearer, a duty he said he will be proud to perform.

BONFIRE BINGO: Come along to the Charles Hunt Centre on Friday May 15 and help support Hailsham Bonfire Society. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. If you are interested in joining Hailsham Bonfire Society and want to be a part of the parade on October 17 and many others across Wealden and social events throughout the year, go along to the Memorial Institute on Monday at 8pm.

BONSAI CLUB: Eastbourne and Wealden Bonsai Club is holding a Bonsai Exhibition tomorrow, Saturday, at Stone Cross Memorial Hall, 10.30am to 4pm. Go along and see the members’ trees, experienced and novices. Workshops throughout the day. Bring your bonsai tree for advice. Stands include: Getting started in bonsai and how to look after your trees, Downsview Bonsai Nursery plus Sussex Bonsai and Surrey Heath Bonsai clubs. Refreshments all day. Contact Brian on 07519334434 / 01323 731369 or visit: Entrance £1.

U3A: In recent months the U3A Discussion Group has enjoyed Apologising for History at great length, bringing diverse subjects such as the Bombing of Dresden, The Hillsborough Football disaster, the out-dated homosexuality laws, Bloody Sunday, child abuse, and in general terms, various politicians’ U-turns. We did come to the conclusion events during wartime should be looked at in the context of the circumstances and we should not have to apologise for them, whereas acts of negligence resulting in someone’s suffering are due an apology. They also looked at the Honours List, whether honours are bestowed on the right people, and how and who creates our House of Lords concentrating on the Queen’s Birthday honours list 2014 and the New Year’s Honours list for 2015. You can look at the lists on the website New members and guests who want to join this or the U3A and its many other groups are welcome. The Discussion Group is a happy band of about 10 to 12 members and everyone joins in if they want to, but no one has to. Pam 844020.

BYGONES IN YOUR ATTIC: The next meeting of the Historical and Natural History Society is on Wednesday. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start at the Methodist Church Hall. The subject is presented by Joanne Wilkins. Visitors £2.50. The meeting last month was on Sussex Canals and Nick Kelly gave the Society members and quite a few visitors an interesting and knowledgeable talk with pictures. He started off in West Sussex on the Hampshire border and worked his way east finishing up at Rye, Camber and touching Kent on the Royal Military Canal. Canals were built to transport goods, quite a network was beginning to develop. Some rivers were used as canals and canals were dug to connect rivers. But when the railways came, that almost finished moving goods on canals. Nick showed the remains of long forgotten and overgrown canals, the remains of old lock gates but on the other hand showed renovations on restoring canals for today’s use in tourism. There was talk of building a canal on the Cuckmere River from Alfriston through to Horsebridge that never happened. What Nick did not know about canals just wasn’t worth knowing. The Heritage Museum behind the Kebab shop, Market Street, is now open on Friday and Saturday mornings between 10am and 12.30pm. Admission free. There is a small display on 100 years of Southdown Buses as well as continuing last year’s WWI theme along with lots of other historical items.

100 YEARS AGO: From the Hailsham Parish Magazine of May 1915 Rev F Clyde Harvey reports: My dear Friends. This is an ecclesiastical month and I hope its engagements will be noted and duly observed. Rogation Days used to be observed as a day of processions by the Clergy praying for the health of the people and for a blessing on the crops. This gave place to Perambulations of the parish to mark the boundaries and a special sermon in the Book of homilies. This has now given way to the Ordnance may I fear. Let us revive the good old custom of praying for the crops, at the 9.30 service. In some places the Choir sing from the belfry top at early dawn.

Hellingly, Horsebridge & Dicker

FLAMENCO NIGHT: This evening, Friday. A theme night full of Spanish wonder, traditional Flamenco dancing and music. Flamenco is a form of Spanish folk music and dance from the region of Andalucia in southern Spain. It includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and jaleo, which refers to the vocalisations and rhythmic sounds of palmas (handclapping) and pitos (finger snapping) that encourage performers to excel. At Blackstock Farm 16th Century Sussex barn for one night only. There will also be an optional tapas menu. Arrivals and food from 7pm then entertainment from 8.30pm. Admission tickets £5.95 per person or private tables for up to 10 people at £49.95 per table. Admissions by booking only

HELLINGLY CHURCH: Sunday Services: 8am Holy Communion Hellingly. 10.45am Holy Communion Hellingly. (Fourth Sunday 10.45 am Family Service Hellingly). Ascension Day: Thursday 14 May, 7.30am Communion Service followed by breakfast. (There will be no 9.30am Holy Communion). 17 May 5pm Joint service of informal worship at Hellingly Church. Every Thursday 9.30am BCP Holy Communion at Hellingly. Christian Aid Week: You can help transform the lives of families across our world living in poverty and on the edge. From 10 to 16 May, churches the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland will come together to pray, campaign and raise money. Every year, 100k volunteers demonstrate God’s love for the poor by taking part in house-to-house collections for Christian Aid. This fantastic witness is a chance to take the mission of the church into your community. On Sunday 10 May the services in our churches that day will remember the work of Christian Aid. Pentecost: Sunday 24 May is a key festival in the Churches life, often referred to as the birthday of the Church. This year sees the launch of the Diocesan Strategy. With Hellingly’s focus on Mission and the release of a discussion document they are already engaging with the future opportunities. It is also planned to be part of the launch of the Diocesan Strategy with a beacon lighting on the Saturday night before on 23 May. Blackstock Farm has agreed to host this event and provide food. Tickets are £5, or £3.50 for children up to 12 years and the event starts at 8pm. Tickets from the churches or Blackstock Farm -, 01323 848006. We shall be part of a diocesan wide launch and it is exciting to put Hellingly and Upper Dicker on the map.

DICKER SUNDAY SERVICES: 9.15am Holy Communion Upper Dicker.

CRICKET PAVILION: Hailsham Cricket Club played their first match at the newly renovated Roebuck Park Cricket Ground in their annual 3rd XI vs 4th XI pre-season friendly. In four years Hailsham CC has grown successfully from two teams to having four regular adult league sides. On top of this over hundred juniors train and play matches competitively on a weekly basis. In recognition of the excellent work being conducted within the Club, ECB Clubmark Status was awarded in 2013. To support the progression, Hailsham have taken on Roebuck Park as a Community Project to work alongside the Hailsham home at Western Road. Most importantly the club had their first experience of the picturesque Roebuck Park.

CHARITY CUPPA: Come for a cuppa and cake on Thursday, 10.30am to 1pm at Stone House Barn, Mill Lane. In aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Enquiries to Hayzen and Neil 841300. In aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

FOODBANK: On Saturday April 25 six volunteers from Hellingly and Upper Dicker joined those from Hailsham for a Foodbank training morning in Hellingly church led by Julie Coates who runs the Hailsham Foodbank. We learnt some of the basics about what we are taking on and several points became clear. The first is we shall need, at least, to double our number of helpers. A team of about a dozen to call on would mean the weekly opening, Thursday mornings, could be shared evenly so no one person needs to do every week. Food will come from the warehouse in Hailsham each Thursday morning. Perhaps the main point emphasised was the fundamental need for a non-judgemental approach from all helpers. It is not our job to judge anyone. This Foodbank outpost is a wonderful opportunity. It is a most exciting and vital part of mission and outreach. The plan is to open first on Thursday morning May 7. The training team told us there have been 200 referrals for food from our parish locality over the past year. Among the things for helpers to do are welcoming, talking to people, making tea, giving out the food, preparing beforehand and clearing up afterwards. If you are able to help in any way, please get in touch with Tony (01323 478533)

BLUEBELL WALK: Last Friday reports were that at last the bluebells are replacing white wood anemones, so as the weather warms the bluebells start to create that wonderful sea of blue. Charities running the Bluebell Trail and providing refreshments this last weekend are Carriage Driving for Disabled on Friday and the National Society for the Protection of Children on Saturday and Sunday. The 43rd Arlington Bluebell Walk at Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road, Arlington, and Farm Trail opening times are 10am to 5pm daily. Entrance is £5 adults, £4.50 seniors (60+), £2 children (3 to 16yrs), £12 family (two adults and up to four children). To find out more visit

MICHELHAM MILL: It is national mills weekend tomorrow and Sunday. See the working watermill at Michelham Priory and get a real sense of what it was like to work in a mill. 10.30am to 5pm. Normal admission times and prices or £2 for mill only.

LADIES LUNCH: The lunch on April 15 at the Dicker Hall raised £239 for the charity Empower Nepali Girls. Twenty ladies attended from as far as Brighton and Crowborough.

DICKER HALL: At the Bluebell Walk fundraiser for Dicker Village Hall and Holy Trinity Church over April 16 and 17, in the region of £1,300 was raised (to be confirmed when the Walk closes) to be split between the charities.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: Hellingly parishioners are invited to the Annual General Meeting on Thursday at Hellingly Village Hall, North Street, at 7.30pm. There will be a number of displays from local organisations and groups along with the plans for the new Community Hall on display. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. The chairman will also present the Council’s Annual Report and the draft annual accounts for 2014-2015 will be available. Light refreshments will be served.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

NATIONAL MILLS WEEKEND: The Windmill at Windmill Hill will be open on Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm as part of the National Open Mills weekend. There will be stationary engines at the Mill, classic cars on the Green, free parking at the Horseshoe Inn, barbecue sausages and burgers, Long Man Morris Men at 3.30pm, amateur radio station GBO WMH linking mills around the world, face painting, plants, refreshments and other attractions. Entry by donation.

DANCE NIGHT: On Saturday May 16 at Reid Hall, Boreham Street, Lorraine and Ken’s Saturday Freestyle from 8pm to 11.30pm. Pre booking advised. £8 in advance. Contact 07799 482808 or 01424 713329. Fantastic dance floor, free on-site parking, bring your own alcohol. Email Complimentary tea, coffee, cakes.

ALL SAINTS: There are services on Sunday at 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and 6pm Evensong (BCP).

WARTLING: St Mary Magdalene has a service on Sunday at 9.45am Holy Communion (CW).

BINGO: Herstmonceux Bingo Club holds a bingo afternoon on Friday May 15 at 2pm at the village hall. Entry is £5 to include 12 games of bingo, tea, coffee and cakes. There will be a big raffle and proceeds go to Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Call 01323 833747.

BOWLS: Last week Herstmonceux played a home game, in the rain, against Staples Cross. Staples Cross won with 77 shots to the hosts 43.

10K MARCH: On Sunday, despite the pouring rain more than 25 walkers and dogs turned out to raise money for Cowbeech Bonfire Society’s worthy causes with an opportunity to raise funds for their own cause, through sponsorship, alongside. The six mile route through meadows, fields, orchards and bluebell woods provided a marvellous distraction from the weather and took them up hill and down dale from the Merrie Harriers and back again. Everyone who completed the walk got a Certificate of Achievement. Thanks to the organisers, marshalls and stewards who helped out along the way.

WALKING GROUP: On Tuesday the Group will be meeting at Chiddingly village car park at 6.30pm for a circular evening walk of approximately three miles. Contact Sue on 848790 or Jenny on 840777.

PLANT SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, is the All Saints Church annual Plant Sale at the village hall starting 10am. Plants, seedlings, small garden sundries and gardening books in aid of church funds. Also a raffle and children’s activities. Enjoy a cup of coffee included in the entrance fee of £1.

COFFEE MORNING: Herstmonceux and Wartling Conservatives invite you to their annual coffee morning at the Friends Meeting House, West End, on Saturday May 16 from 10am to noon. There will be plants, cakes, books, a bring-and-buy table and the usual raffle. Entrance by donation to include coffee and biscuits. Pat Flavell 01323 832 390.

OBSERVATORY OPEN EVENING: Friday May 15 for the Culture 24 Museums at Night weekend. 8pm to 12.30am. Normal admission price. No booking required.

TWISTED MURDER: This is a themed evening on at the Observatory Science Centre on Saturday May 16 to celebrate the Culture 24 Museums at Night weekend, 7.30pm to midnight. Cost: £40 per person. Booking essential. Visit or by phoning 01323 832731.


THE JUMBLE SALE due to take place tomorrow, Saturday, has been postponed until Saturday June 20, doors at 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble still needed. More information 01323 811385.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Today, Friday: Normans Bay 9.40am-10.10am; Opposite Denbeigh Court, Hooe 10.40am-11.10am; Downsview, Ninfield 11.20am-11.45am; Catsfield Village Hall 11.55am-12.30pm; Hoath Hill, Mountfield 1.50am-2.45pm; Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 2.55pm-3.30pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting will take place today, Friday, at 2.30pm, which will be a talk from Barry Wilkinson entitled It’s Me Again (Reminiscent’s from the past). Visitors welcome. Call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail: or

CHRISTIAN AID: Children’s face painting, activities and coffee morning will take place tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to noon at Ninfield Methodist Church raising money for the work of charity Christian Aid, at the start of Christian Aid week 2015.

FLOWER GROUP: On Monday in the Memorial Hall, Ninfield Flower Group welcome Janice Mason with her demonstration Seasons Bounty. Non-members welcome at a charge of £4 to include refreshments. All flowers demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. Call Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning will be held on Wednesday at 10am in the Methodist Hall in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. There will be home-made cakes for sale, bric-a-brac, a raffle, a toy stall and more. More from Pam Doodes 01424 892329

GOLDEN CIRCLE: At their meeting on May 19, Michael Hoad will be giving a talk on Weald to Walland at 2.30pm in the Methodist Hall.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: There is a meeting on May 19, in the Reading Room, at 7.30pm. Ninfield residents are invited. There are important changes to the group, their chairman, Thelma Nance is retiring and they need another member on the committee. There has also been recent changes in our PCSO.

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL are holding their AGM and Annual Parish Meeting on May 20, 7.15pm, at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Planning committee meetings precede the full council meetings, starting at 7pm. All Ninfield residents are invited. The agendas are posted on notice boards and at

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting the Blacksmiths Inn car park, The Green, Ninfield, from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Thursday May 21. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. Contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: At their April meeting, Kevin Gordon gave a very interesting talk about the village of Tidemills. This village grew up around the tidal mill which was very successful for some years, but which fell out of use when the railways came. He had a lot of tales about the residents of the village and the owners of the mill. Their next meeting is on Thursday, May 21, when Janet Enninghton will talk on Witches, Warlocks and Wellingtons, Ritual Protection of the home at the Methodist Hall at 7.30pm. Members £1, visitors £3. Call Rod Ffoulkes on 893635.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 10.30am Combined Parish Eucharist. St Oswald’s Hooe, no service. Ninfield Methodist Church 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Revd Peggy Heim.


PARTY PIECE is being performed by Polegate Community Association Drama Group until May 9 at Polegate Community Centre. A hilarious comedy by Richard Harris. Tickets at £10 for adults and £6 for children and students available from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street. Tel: 483348 or online at

POLEGATE RESIDENTS Association meet on the First Tuesday of the month at 10am at St Johns Church Hall. Visitors welcome.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Kit Wilson Trust in the lounge from 10am to noon. On Saturday May 16 the coffee morning is hosted by the MS Society Friday Craft Group, in the lounge from 10am to noon.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Round High and Over, 5.5 miles with Mary B. Meet at Chyngton Gardens Seaford, 10.40am bus No 12 , 10.13am Terminus Road stand J. Bring lunch. Or, Over the Ouse to Downs and Villages, 8.5 miles with Kay and Mary. Meet at parking space opposite Itford Farm between Beddingham and Newhaven on A261 at 9.45am GR 434056. On Sunday, Around Glynde – Golf Balls and Windpower, 9 miles with Glyn R. Meet at The Avenue 9.30am. Walk starts at Glynde Rec car park 10am. On Wednesday, Evening, Twice Across The Line with John and Marion. Meet at the Avenue 6.30pm, walk starts at layby Arlington Reservoir 6.55pm GR 527075. On Saturday 16 May 16 a 2.5 to 3 mile walk with Marjorie W. Meet bus No 12, 9.43am Terminus Road, stand J to Friston Pond. Cars to Friston NT car park 10am.

GOLDEN WEEKEND open days from the Landmark Trust. Events being held at Wilmington Priory, off A27 turn off Mon Lane leading to the Wilmington Giant on May 16 and 17. Open from 10am to 4pm. Celebrating the Landmark Trusts 50 Anniversary. Telephone 01628 512141.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service featuring Music Sunday. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Ewart Helyar and 6.30pm evening service led by Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Our speaker on Monday evening at 7.30pm for 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall will be Ken Brooks. His subject is the America Ground at Hastings, a strip of the foreshore with a very interesting history. Coffee prior to the meeting and library and bookstall are open.

FATAL ENCOUNTER: This weekend is our dress and technical rehearsals for this Francis Durbridge thriller, to be put on next week from Wednesday to Saturday by the Village Players at the Dunn Village Hall. There are some tickets left, which includes a two-course meal. Please log on to the website to order them, don’t forget to include Rushlake Green in your search, as there are hundreds of amateur groups with the same name all over the world. Plans are well advanced for our Victorian Christmas evening on November 28 and we will be putting on Cinderella The Pantomime from 3 to 6 February 2016.

COFFEE & CO: On about three Thursdays in the year, Coffee and Company hold a special event in aid of a local charity. This Thursday it will be in aid of Riding for the Disabled, which provides a wonderful resource helping with confidence and exercise etc. Coffee is served from 10am to noon. There will be a plant stall (donations of plants welcome), a bring and buy stall and a raffle.

ASCENSION DAY: The three churches in the benefice meet together to celebrate the Ascension with a service of Holy Communion at St Giles Church, Dallington on Thursday at 7.30pm.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE STREET PARTY the Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion planned to hold on May 9 at St Mary’s Church Hall to commemorate the 70th year of VE day (Victory in Europe) has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to lack of support. However, there will definitely be an afternoon tea party on Saturday August 8 to commemorate VJ day (Victory in Japan) and the final end to the Second World War.

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

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Professor Don Kurtz will give a talk The Stars Are Ours.

CHRISTIAN AID week is from Sunday May 10 to Saturday May 16. Please give generously. The community market currently held on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am at Trinity Church Hall will be having a Christian Aid stall as well as the many other interesting stalls.

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

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs Miss and Ms): The meeting on May 13 has been cancelled as many of the members will be going on a trip to Windsor on May 14, with an early start. The fish and chip supper at the Holiday Inn in Carlisle Road will still be going ahead on May 27. The supper is booked for 7.30pm but members who are doing the walk along the seafront to Holywell before the supper, should meet up near the Lifeboat Museum at 6.45pm.

THE GARDENERS’ GROUP will be meeting at the Red Lion from 6.30pm for a 7pm start on Thursday. Bernie, who is one of the members, will be giving a talk about low maintenance gardening and this will be followed by another talk on tomatoes from Mike Thompson entitled From Flower to Fruit. Meetings are very informal and everyone is welcome.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue at noon on Friday May 15. The menu is fruit juice, lamb hot pot or a vegetarian hot pot alternative, creamed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, followed by mixed fruit crumble and custard and tea or coffee. The meals are £5.50 each and to book please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. Gift vouchers for the meals can also be purchased which would make a nice treat for a special friend.

A MACMILLAN Coffee Morning is being held from 10am to noon on Saturday May 16 at St Mary’s Church Hall. There will also be a nearly new clothes sale and raffle. The clothes include coats, evening dresses, silk tops and skirts and everyday garments. Contact Felicity on 01323 509897. If you would like to help with the refreshments on the day or if you could bake a cake for the event I am sure that Felicity would be delighted.

THE BRITISH QUEEN is having a charity day from 1pm to 5.30pm on Saturday May 16 in aid of the Sussex Air Ambulance Service. 1950s American classic cars will be on display, and there will also be a 50s clothes stall. The British Queen will be having a barbecue and games and activities such as guess the weight of the cake, face painting, a tombola and more. The raffle draw will be held at 5pm. Music with the River Boys, Trashville 59, Justine and Jim Daddys Record Hop will continue throughout the afternoon and later in the day customers will be entertained by the Beetroots from 8.30pm.

BILL AND BEN: On, Saturday April 25, Billy Boots aged 18 and his friend, 17 year old Ben Hall, undertook an extremely arduous 20 miles sponsored bike ride from Brighton to Eastbourne. The reason it was arduous was because they were riding kids’ bikes, not easy as the route is quite hilly. It was all achieved in 3.5 hours, which included them assisting at a car accident. But it was all for a very good cause, the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability. Billy and Ben were welcomed and congratulated at the finish line at the Arndale Centre by the centre manager Bill Plumridge, the JPK Project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker, and family and friends. Four years ago Billy covered the same distance on foot with another friend Wesley, and he has also abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth and Skydived from 12,000 feet, all for JPK, but this challenge has to be one of the most physically demanding. Billy said that he and Ben were extremely grateful for the tremendous support they have received from everyone. ‘Something small’ will help make a difference. Jill said she was extremely grateful to Billy and Ben for planning and undertaking their sponsored fundraising event for the JPK and to everyone who supported them. Donations can still be made at