Parish pump Hailsham - November 1, 2013

Bodle Street Green

SOUP KITCHEN: Twice a year the hall organises charity soup kitchens to raise money for local charities and hall funds. Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a soup kitchen from noon in the hall. There will be a range of soups, a sweet and tea or coffee, for a suggestion minimum donation of £5.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion. 11am Family service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion.

BONFIRE: There will be a bonfire and fireworks on Tuesday November 5 on the village green from 6pm, with the fireworks at 6.30pm. This is a joint venture between the village hall and the White Horse Inn. The village hall section of the car park will be closed. Tickets must be obtained in advance from the White Horse and are £3 per adult or £10 for a family (to include two children). Barbecue food will be served on the terrace of the hall. The next event will be the showing of Carmen at the village hall on November 16. Tickets from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343.


HOPS AGM: The Hailsham Old Pavilion Society was to hold its AGM on November 25. However due to circumstances beyond their control it has had to be postponed until December 9 at 7.30pm. At the recent quiz night fourteen teams of would-be Eggheads entered the battle of the brains at the Summerheath Hall. Both new and familiar faces and new teams were made welcome. The evening progressed at a good pace, punctuated with groans of disappointment at a wrong answer or squeals of delight with an unexpectedly correct one. There was the chance to rest the brains a bit in the interval when the HOPS Committee served a tasty ploughman’s supper. Thanks are due to Steve and Carol who produced an excellent quiz, to the committee for refreshments and to supporters of the event. It was a very successful evening and raised over £500 for the Pavilion.

ST MARY’S: This is the Fourth Sunday before Advent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Keeping the Faith. 10.30am All Age Special with crèche, Celebrating the Church. 6.30pm An Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving especially for those recently bereaved. At Meeting Point in the church lounge at 7.30pm on Monday, Ian Everest talks to the group entitled A Sussex Farm During The 1950s.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall from 1am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Bob Mann. All welcome.

NEW FARM SHOP: Today, Friday, a new farm shop is opening at Bates Green Farm (home of the Arlington Bluebell Walk). To celebrate the opening and for the first two days only, that is November 1 and 2, the Bluebell Wood will be open free of charge for shop visitors. Please email if you have any queries:

AUTUMN FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, at the Charles Hunt Centre from 9.30am to noon. Homemade quilt raffle, new toys and jigsaws, face painting, winter warmers, craft stall, jams and preserves, baskets of gifts stall, Christmas stocking fillers, homemade cakes and scones, tombola and raffle, competitions, refreshments, handmade cards. Free entry. In aid of Hailsham Methodist Church redevelopment fund.

HOPS AUCTION: Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a film poster auction at the Pavilion from 10am to noon for all the family. Many of the posters are sold at pocket money prices. Doors open at around 9.30am for 10am start. Huge range of both adult and children’s films and bidding for most posters starts at just £1 so it’s a great opportunity to pick up a bargain poster of your favourite movie. There is also a film memorabilia stall selling smaller posters. Download the catalogue at from the What’s On page or pop into the Pavilion. Refreshments.

ARTS, ANTIQUES and Collectables Market in Vicarage Field tomorrow, Saturday. Enquiries 01323 841702 or email

OUT AND ABOUT GROUP: On Thursday there will be tea and cakes in St Mary’s Church Lounge. There will be a talk and photographs by Marie Stone entitled The Beauty of our world. Starts at 2.30pm. The cost is £5 with profits going to The Quicken Trust. Any more information or details please contact Ray or Ruth Bodkin on 01323 843948.

SEX ED MEETING: The next meeting of the Protected at School in Hailsham and Eastbourne (PSHE) group is planned for Monday evening November 11 at Community Wise, Ocklynge Road, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. All welcome. There is a new leaflet which will be put on the Facebook page. Facebook members would be invited to collect leaflets and circulate them. One of these leaflets would be sent to every chair of Governors of local primary schools with a covering letter. The page will be kept updated with news items and with information relevant to new members. The ‘news’ at the moment seems to be raising awareness of the effects of pornography, the dangers of sexting etc. A YouTube clip had been produced by CEOPS and would be posted for interest. The group will revisit the idea of holding a public showing of Living and Growing in January or February 2014 after a gauge was taken of the interest level amongst parents in the response to the leaflet. Work would start on potential primary school SRE materials in preparation for a DVD. A set of Living and Growing worksheets will be lent out for reference. A short discussion followed about what the group felt children needed to know by the end of Year 6.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: At this week’s meeting round one of the Projected Digital Images Competition was judged by Bob Webzell ARPS who has been to the club many times before not only as a judge but to lecture as well. Members were able to enter up to three images in this round and a number were selected by Bob for the final. For the Swallow Cup (beginners), Turbo Ride and The Wedding Photographer both by Martin Rumary, Scene From The Subway-New York Graffiti by Pam Maclay, Male Hooded Merganser by Brian Gell, and Braving The Elements by Carole Parish. For the Sussex Shield (Intermediate), After The Rain by Janet Monk ARPS, and The Droplet by Gill Terry. For the Arthur Hillman Cup (advanced), Hot And Cold, Yellowstone, Solitude and Surviving (India), all by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS, Fairfield Church by Roy Morris LRPS, Tulip by John Deller LRPS, We Should Get Back by John Kirby, Flying Impala (Aepyceros Melampus) by Terence McGhie ARPS and Bordercountry by Jan Cunningham. All were successful in going through to the final later in the season. Members appreciated Bob’s valuable comments on all the images and look forward to his next visit to the club.

WHAT’S ON: If you want to find the most up to date events in and around Hailsham or you want a free listing of your event and you missed the column deadline visit

100 YEARS AGO: In November 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote: The deficit on the church roof fund is now wiped out and there is only left the pleasant duty of thanking the collectors, Mr and Mrs Palmer, Miss Brown, Messrs Lacey, Hillman, Banks and A Blackman and especially churchwarden Towler for managing the whole matter and bringing it to so successful an issue.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

QUIZ NIGHT: This evening, Friday, Hellingly Bowls Club presents a quiz night at the village hall at 7pm for 7.30pm start. £6 per head includes ploughman’s supper. Beer, wine and soft drinks on sale. Raffle. Teams of six. Contact Fran Doe on 01323 841963.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. 6.30pm Evensong. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am. Tuesday 9.30am to 10.30am Holy Corner. Meet the Vicar at The Village Shop and Cafe, Upper Dicker.

HELLINGLY WI: The next meeting is on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall. It is the group AGM and DIY afternoon. All welcome.

NEW FARM SHOP: A new farm shop is opening at Bates Green Farm (home of the Arlington Bluebell Walk) today, Friday. Free entry to the Bluebell Wood today and tomorrow only. Homemade cakes, freshly brewed coffee, teas and homemade soup and bread.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Dicker Hall from 10.40am to noon every Thursday Morning. Coffee, tea, home- made cake, biscuits, book exchange and Rose Piper’s beautiful cards.

DICKER RESIDENTS Association. At the AGM last month matters discussed included The Wise site development including the removal of the fuel tanks, village hall fundraising for improvements, Bede’s biomass heating, car parking in the village and school parking by Bede’s employees and parents. A letter had been sent to Dr Maloney. Matters covered after the election formalities were on Neighbourhood Plan and Community Planning, police liaison, Speedwatch, Social Events sub committee, provision of broadband and Berwick Solar Farm.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the meeting in September Roebuck Park Residents Association had a new committee and would shortly elect its officers. The planning committee had agreed the design and noticeboards had been ordered. Regarding the Neighbourhood Plan, a meeting had been arranged for those who had expressed an interest in helping the preparation of a plan. The council investigate the cost of using professional assistance in the preparation of the Plan. The handover of responsibility for Hellingly Country Park was still awaiting completion of formalities with WDC. The outline approval for a major development in the parish had included a requirement to contribute to the cost of the new Community Hall. At a meeting regarding anti-social behaviour at Hellingly Country Park and Roebuck Park at which the police were absent, the social landlord (Orbit) were asked to consider their proposed change to lease arrangements in order to continue with probationary one year leases. Residents should continue to report incidents to the police by telephoning 101. Orbit was meeting the police on a regular basis and would submit to the clerk a summary of actions taken, for circulation to those organisations involved. The Council agreed that enquiries should be made on the need, extent and cost of youth worker support on an ongoing basis and the chairman and clerk should meet with the police to report on the meeting and to establish the actions to be taken by them. The council noted that the maintenance of the park, once responsibility was transferred to the Council, would be on a transitional basis. Quotations were being sought for long-term arrangements. The progress of the architect in preparing the planning application for the new Community Hall would be checked and the view was expressed that the council should assist residents to form residents’ associations on new estates within the parish.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

WALKING CLUB: Anybody wishing to join our walking club on Sunday, please make your way to the Hailsham Leisure centre car park where John will meet you for a seven to eight mile Downland Walk. Please take a picnic. For further details or a lift please ring 848790.

LOCAL PRODUCE MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, will see the market set up in the car park of the Sundial Restaurant between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Stalls laden with local produce, Christmas gift ideas, it’ll all be there. If anybody wishes to take a stall contact Caroline Davenport on 833633 or Angela Ashley at

RAY AND SHELDON: On Friday November 8, members will be taking along their childhood photographs. All over the age of 60 years will be made most welcome. If you can take along a photograph, all the better. The doors open at 2pm ready for a 2.15pm start.

HALF A SIXPENCE by Herstmonceux Amateur Theatrical Society in the village hall from November 5 to November 9. The story of a humble London drapery clerk who inherits a fortune at which point he briefly forgets his old mates and faithful girlfriends but soon discovers that high society is not his cup of tea. Songs include such blockbusters as Half a Sixpence and Flash Bang Wallop to name just two but all of which I’m certain you’ll remember and want to join in with. Tickets at £9 for an adult and £6 for children are available by telephoning either 832227 or 833270.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion along with the All Souls Remembrance Service will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 6pm respectively with the Patronal Service being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.

BONFIRE CELEBRATIONS: Well they said it would be one of the best, and it was. A booming, breath-taking spectacular which despite all the mud and threat of bad weather, was well supported. The choreographed firework display which this year was set to some of the greatest pop songs of recent years was absolutely amazing and our thanks must go to John Kennet of Brightfix for this. As to the event itself a massive thanks to all who work so hard to stage this spectacular show each year and unlike some other bonfire societies who are finding it a bit of a struggle, the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society have a very loyal band of followers which is getting bigger every year and as long as this continues then so will the events. Throughout the past year they were able to distribute £7,400 to local good causes so you see why it is imperative that any future events are well supported so that this may carry on. They are also proud to announce that their 2014 charity calendar is now on sale, it may be a little risqué but I’m sure you will enjoy the sight of Mick Goodsall adorning your wall dressed in a little less than you would normally expect to see him in. The calendars sell at £6 per copy and are available from the Merrie Harriers, if you dare.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Cliffe Church Hall. Cakes, preserves, tombola, membership, merchandise. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

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

TALK: On Wednesday, A Beginner’s Guide To Orchids. Dr Gary Firth, orchid expert, will be talking to the Lewes and District Garden Society at St Thomas Hall, Cliffe High Street, 7.45pm to 9pm. Non members £3, members free. All are welcome.

FITSTEP CLASSES are now running on Mondays at 6.30pm,YMCA, Westgate Street and Fridays, 10.35am at St Michael’s Church Hall. These classes are a ballroom and Latin dance fitness programme that’s ‘Strictly’ fun and you don’t need a partner to do it. £5 per class. Contact Claire Lyons 07773 194040 for more details or just turn up.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

INCINERATOR TOURS take place today (Friday) throughout the day. This is your chance to see what happens to your waste after it is collected and taken to the incinerator. All the guided tours have to be pre-booked but there might be some spaces and Veolia are holding an Open Day down there so there will be the chance to ask questions. To check availability on a tour telephone 01273 511310.

SPOOKY WALK tonight (Friday) to raise funds for MADS and Sussex Wildlife Fund. Participants must wear warm clothing, flat shoes and bring a torch. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Seven Sisters Country Park at 6.30pm. Tickets are £6 including hot refreshments. To reserve a play telephone Tony on 07912 965507. Forest car park and toilets.

BEETLE DRIVE with bangers and mash and banoffie pie in aid of St Michael’s Church, Newhaven in the church rooms tomorrow (Saturday) in the church rooms. Prompt start at 6pm. £5 adults, £2.50 children including supper. To aid catering booking essential so telephone 01273 541892 to reserve your place.

RACE NIGHT tomorrow (Saturday) in aid of Mencap at their headquarters Riverside Hall, West Quay 7.30pm to 11pm. Raffle, bar,music and comedy video,fun for all. Admission £1adults, children 50p.

FIREWORKS: Pet owners are advised to keep their animals inside on bonfire night and this week as there are several displays in and around Newhaven. On Friday November 8 Meeching Valley PTFA are holding a Firework Family Night at the school, all welcome. Refreshments 6pm, fireworks at 7pm. Tickets in advance from school reception 01273 514300. Family ticket £10, single adult £4, single child £2. On Saturday November 9 South Heighton Bonfire Society host their firework night. The procession leaves the Flying Fish at Denton at 6.30pm and goes via Denton Road, Thompson Road and Heighton Road to the bonfire site on South Heighton recreation ground stopping at the Hampden Arms on the way. The firework display begins at 8pm, admission £3 for adults, accompanied children free.

QUIZ NIGHT: Newhaven Twinning Association are holding a quiz night at the Hillcrest Community Centre on Friday November 8 starting at 7.30pm. The cost to each contestant is £4 and there is a special offer for six people to book for the price of five if they book a table. Bring your own drink as no alcohol will be sold on the night. Prizes awarded to the contestants on the winning table and booking is advised. The Hillcrest Cafe is open from 6.30pm selling meals and refreshments. All money raised on the night goes towards the growing links between Newhaven and La Chapelle St Mesmin, near Orleans in France.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Sunday November 10. Service in St Michael’s Church at 9.45am followed by the Parade to Memorial Green in Southway where the two-minute silence will take place followed by a short service and the wreath laying. Poppies are already on sale throughout the town so please wear your poppy with pride.

PUMPKIN COMPETITION: There will be a carved pumpkin competition at the Hampden Arms, South Heighton, on Sunday. Judging takes place around 4.30pm so please take your pumpkins to the pub in good time. There will be the normal meat raffle at 3pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

COFFEE MORNING: Arthritis Research UK are holding a coffee morning on November 6 in the Reading Room. The cost is £1 for coffee and biscuits. There will be a raffle and bring and buy as well.

MEETING: Battle and Ninfield Guild are next meeting on November 6, 2.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, where they will have a talk by Revd P Doodes on The Beachy Head Chaplaincy. They next meet on November 20 when Revd I Wales discusses The Crowhurst Healing Centre. All are welcome to their meetings, which include refreshments at the end of the meeting.

HISTORY: Hooe History Society will be meeting on November 14 at 7.30pm in Hooe Village Hall. Their speaker this month is Helen Poole who will be talking about Lewes Castle. Helen is a knowledgeable and entertaining speaker and so everyone is looking forward to an enjoyable evening. It will also be possible to purchase copies of the Hooe History Society Calendar 2014. This publication has been received extremely well and copies, at £6 each are going fast. If you are stuck for an interesting Christmas present to give (or to keep for yourself) this is your answer. Copies are available prior to the November meeting from Peter or Pam Doodes 01424 892329. Also at the meeting it will be possible to reserve your place at the Society Christmas Dinner in The Red Lion in December. Places will be allocated on a first come basis. Further details about this meeting or about the Society in general, please contact Heather Sinden, chairman, 01424 893422.

BINGO: 1st Ninfield Scout group are holding a Family Bingo night on November 16, 7pm to 9pm at the Memorial Hall. Costs, to include a bingo book are £3 adult and £2 child. Additional books can be purchased on the night for £2 book.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am, Family Service with Revd Neville Barnett.


TICKETS on sale for Polegate Drama’s production of See How They Run, an hilarious war time farce by Philip King. Tickets at £8.50 for adults and £6 for children are obtainable from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street 483348, production takes place until tomorrow, Saturday. Or online at

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the bowls club. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon. On November 9 the coffee morning wil be hosted by Stud Farm.

MEETING of Eastbourne Local History Society on Tuesday when we welcome back Helen Poole with her talk on Sussex and the Napoleonic Wars. Doors open at 2pm at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. Visitors welcome.

POLEGATE QUILTERS are holding a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday November 9, at the Community Centre. All welcome from 9am to 1pm.

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


FOOTBALL CLUB: Regrettably, the Danielle Price Memorial Match had to be postponed last Wednesday due to a waterlogged pitch. This match will now take place, weather permitting, on Wednesday at 6.30pm at The Caburn Ground. Funds raised at this match will go to the Ringmer District Youth Association and entry will be £1 for adults and 50p for children. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are still on their travels and have an away league fixture at Lingfield, 3pm kick off. The second team are at home in a Reserve Section Premier match against Selsey hoping for a repeat of their excellent win against the league leaders last weekend. Kick off time at The Caburn on Saturday is 3pm as usual.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s on Sunday are Holy Communion 8am, Holiday Club Family Service 9.45am and Sung Eucharist 6.30pm.

FLOWER CLUB: The AGM of the club will be held in the village hall at 2pm on Wednesday. This is an independent meeting and it is hoped that members will make every effort to attend. There will be a workshop in the morning starting at 10am led by Joan Fowlie.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 23 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Alan Grindley and David Warner. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 814220.

RINGMER DEBATES: The next in the series of these debates takes place in the village hall on Friday, November 8, commencing at 7.30pm. The theme of this one is: Where will our food come from in 20 years? Everyone welcome. Entry is free though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: I do hope you have your tickets for the society’s production of Wyrd Sisters by Terry Prachett, adapted by Stephen Briggs, taking place in the village hall on the evenings of Wednesday to Saturday, November 13 to 16, at 7.45pm. If not please contact or phone 07753317373 or go to Creature Comforts, The Pet Shop, Ringmer. Tickets are £8 each. This play involves a large cast and is being directed by Graham Stapley. It should certainly provide you with a very good evening’s entertainment.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council has a vacancy which it intends to fill by co-opting a candidate at its meeting on Thursday, December 12. If you are interested in community life and would like a direct say in local decision-making why not consider becoming a parish councillor? Applications will be welcome for all sectors of the community. Further details are available from Chris Elphick, clerk to the council, on 01273 813242. Please note that the closing date for nominations is Friday, November 22 and applicants will be asked to provide a brief written statement giving basic information about themselves and their reasons for seeking co-option.

WINTER PARTY/FETE D’HIVER: Ringmer Twinning Association invites you to this event being held in the Ringmer Football and Social Club on Saturday, November 23 at 7.30pm. Why not come along and enjoy a meal, music and dancing led by Tony Dunn. Tickets (including meal) £8 and are available from Sharon Gunde or phone 01273 812186/07815 103196 or from Jim Stock e-mail or phone 01273 813390.

CRAFT FAIR and table sale. Advance notice of the Christmas Craft Fair and Table Top Sale being held at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form on Saturday, November 30 between 10am and noon. £5 a table if pre-booked. Father Christmas, face painting, raffle and refreshments. Phone Ruth Whitlock , LRC Manager on 01273 812220 ext 253 for more information.

SUPPER CLUB: This is advance notice of an event taking place in Ringmer Village Hall to launch a bi-monthly Supper Club on Saturday, December 21 at 7.30pm. There will be a three course buffet but those attending should bring their own drinks and glasses. Why not put this date in your diary now and get your tickets in advance from Daisy on 01273 814859, Pam Bowmaker on 01273 813625 or from Bren Bonner on 01273 813303. Tickets cost £10 per person. Proceeds to the Ringmer Village Hall Appeal.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion. 11am Family service, including the launch of our part in the annual Shoebox Appeal. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Pat Reigh. Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and so the services will start earlier to allow for the two minute silence. Again, this year, a wreath will be placed in the churchyard close to the church door at St Mary’s Warbleton to reserve an area for anyone who wishes to plant a cross in memory of a family member or friend who died serving with our Armed Forces. The traditional Roll of Honour will be called during the service, on Sunday November 10, but it is hoped that this initiative will emphasise that Remembrance is a time to remember all men and women of every generation who lost their lives serving in Her Majesty’s Armed Services. Crosses will be available from Poppy Appeal collectors during the door-to-door collection, and in church on Remembrance Sunday, and may be placed in the dedicated area in the churchyard where they may remain until the end of November.

COFFEE AND CO: I am delighted to report that the last special event held by Coffee and Co raised £173 for the Horder Centre, which was made up to £300 from the funds. Coffee is served and company enjoyed each Thursday at the Osborne House Community Room from 10am to noon.

MAKE WAY FOR LUCIA: This comedy by John Van Druten based on the novels by EF Benson will be performed by the Village Players in a Café Theatre production Thursday to Saturday, November 21 to 23, at the Dunn Village Hall. Tickets are £18.50 for all performances and include a three course meal (vegetarian option available, must be ordered with the tickets). Tickets are available from Monday from The Stores, Rushlake Green, or from Anita on 01435 873226. Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.30pm start, and there will be a licensed bar. This is an amateur production by kind permission of Samuel French Ltd.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

A BEETLE DRIVE and Chinese supper is being held at Trinity Church Hall in aid of church funds. The event will take place at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday. Admission is by ticket, purchased in advance at £8 each. Please ring 01323 484189.

THE RED LION is having a Halloween fancy dress party and disco with live music from The Normans from 7.30pm today, Friday. No need to book. Just turn up.

PUPPETS AND POPPIES: Willingdon Royal British Legion has asked Britain’s Got Talent finalist, ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, to perform a show in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. It will take place at The Junction in Polegate today, Friday. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each and numbers are limited. To check availability, please ring Susan on 01323 505833 or 07403 464430 or Val on 01323 503684.

DEMONSTRATION: The flower club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at the Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration from Stephen MacDonald entitled Out of this World. On Tuesday the flower club will be making Christmas decorations at the Mothers’ Union meeting in St Mary’s Church Hall at 2pm.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding an events meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School, when councillors will discuss past events that they have organised and plan new ones. If you have any suggestions I am sure they would like to hear from you. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: Sunday October 27 was the last day open to the public at the mill until the new season starts in April 2014. Maintenance work will now be carried out, so please contact Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496 if you think you could help. It is also hoped to collate the various artefacts displayed in the mill museum and a volunteer with knowledge of IT and an interest in the museum would be very welcome. Each item has a unique number with some information about it. The aim is to get a list of the numbered artefacts, and this would then be available to visitors wanting to do further research. The work would be carried out on Sunday afternoons. Call at the mill on Sunday between 2.30pm and 4.30pm if this interests you.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Polegate Windmill will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar from10am to 12.30pm on Saturday November 30 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. Attractions will include tombola, a raffle, cakes, bric-a-brac, books, mill souvenirs and refreshments and Father Christmas is arriving at 10.30am. To book a table to sell your own goods please contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496. The cost for hiring a table is £6 and admission to the hall to set it up is from 9am on the day.

RACE NIGHT: The Red Lion is hosting a Race Night with all proceeds going to the newly formed Youth Group Ablaze for the 14 years plus age group which meets at St Mary’s Church Hall on alternate Sunday evenings. The Race Night is on Friday November 15 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Red Lion and are £2 each to include a burger or hot dog. There will also be a raffle and any prizes would be gratefully received. Please contact Susan or Stuart Freeman on 01323 505833 or 07403 464430 for further information.

A FUN QUIZ will be held in St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday November 16. Teams of four can be made up or participants can go on their own. Tickets are £5 each to include light refreshments, or you can take your own drink. The evening will include a raffle and all proceeds will go to Family Support Work. For tickets or further information please ring 01323 502820.

ESK Warehouse is allowing supporters of the JPK Sussex Project to bag pack at their tills from 10am to 4pm on Sunday November 17. There are six tills and so the more volunteers able to give up an hour or two of their time, the more money will be collected for the charity, the aim of which is to build a supported living centre for adults with a learning disability on the site of Edgmont Evangelical Church in Old Town and the car park area. The site has been purchased but an archaeological investigation has still to take place so fundraising is all important.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Every Tuesday there is a quiz at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm, and every Wednesday is open mic night from 8pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, accomplished musicians Michael, Simon and Dan, otherwise known as Stone Junction, will be performing an electric mix of original, contemporary and transatlantic folk music.

WILLINGDON LIBRARY hosts a weekly Rhymetime session for pre-school children with their parents and carers every Thursday from 10.30am to 11am. The children play instruments and learn rhymes and generally have a lot of fun.-