Parish Pump Hailsham - November 16 2012


DICKENSIAN EVENING November 24: Time to make an early start to the festive season. From 2pm to 4.30pm Father Christmas will be in his Grotto down the steps of the Coach House yard (admission £1.50); at 2pm the Morris Men will be dancing in the square. At 3pm the Park and Ride starts from Drusilla’s and Alfriston High Street will be closed to traffic. 4.30pm the Alfriston School children will be singing carols in the square. At 5pm Father Christmas will be needing help to light the Christmas tree which, once more, has been generously donated by PJ Skips. At 5.25pm the Seaford Youth Drama Group will perform a short play with a Dickensian theme; 5.30pm the Eastbourne Scottish Pipe Band will play in the square and the Morris Men will dance at the Coach House. The Salvation Army Band will play carols, and the Eastbourne Scottish Pipe band and the Expedient Jazz Band will play at various village venues throughout the evening until 9pm when the road will be open to through traffic. All the shops, restaurants, pubs and hotels will be open. Alfriston is a small village but it can provide gifts to suit all tastes. There really is no need to go anywhere else. Dickensian night is a night for fun and to enjoy the atmosphere and perhaps do a bit of shopping or window shop for a more leisurely return visit.

THE CLERGY HOUSE is also joining in the festivities of Dickensian Evening. The Clergy House opens at 4pm to 8pm and will be free to visitors.

SUSSEX FOOD AWARDS: Congratulations go to local young man, Ryan Hunter. Ryan trained for three years at City College, Brighton, who nominated him into the Young Chef of the Year Awards. He was one of nine chefs selected, then by public vote, the top six then went through to a cook off at City College in front of judges. They had one and a half hours to produce a three-course meal from locally sourced ingredients. Ryan was picked as one of the top three. The final result will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Amex Stadium on January 31. Ryan lives in Alfriston and is works at Wingrove House.

COW PIE is the title of an exhibition of comic art screenprints by John Patrick Reynolds to be held at Berwick Court Farm at the Until the Cows Come Home gallery. The exhibition will be on display from now until December 24.

A PICTURE of The South Downs is a lavishly illustrated book showcasing the work of nearly 40 leading and contemporary artists working in the area. On December 1 the authors and some of the artists will be book signing and from December 1 to the 7th a selection of paintings from the book will be on sale at the Alfriston Gallery. 10 percent of all sales will go to St Wilfred’s Hospice. Small sketches given by the artists will be auctioned for the Hospice.

bodle street green

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

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday in the village hall.

GARDENING CLUB: The gardening club meets in the village hall on Tuesday night.

QUICKEN TRUST: the trust founded by Geoff and Geraldine Booker, provides support for the village of Ugandan village of Kabubbu in many ways. There will be a lunch at the village hall next Saturday, November 24, at noon. There will be a glass of wine, a ploughman’s lunch and a selection of puddings. Three residents of Kabubbu will be present. Tickets are £10 and can be reserved by calling 01323 832361.


COFFEE MORNING: East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People are holding this event at Prospects House, George Street (opposite the police station) from 10am to 12.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. There will be coffee, cakes and lots more.

ST MARY’S: This is the second Sunday before Advent. 8am Holy Communion, A Pattern for Prayer. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, More Prayer for People. 6.30 Evening Prayer, A New and Better Servant.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH and Healing Association Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with medium Jan Siggs at Primrose Hall followed by refreshments.

CRAFT SHOW: The Cedars Residents at Milland Road, invite you along to their event in the Cedars Office from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Wednesday where there will be some lovely gifts for sale. All welcome.

FLOWER CLUB: Ten members of the club took part in a competition entitled Colours of Autumn last month at the Civic Community Hall. The results are as follows: Beginners: 1, Rita McMahon; 2, Barbara Puttock; 3, Sue Groom. Intermediate: 1, Marie Hawood; 2, Mary Gibson. Advanced: 1, Debbie Dann; 2, Marian Williams. Senior Advanced: 1, Evelyn Evenden; 2, Christine Campbell-Dykes; 3, Angie Evans. The judge, Pam Fuller, commented on the overall good display and gave helpful tips for each arrangements. Marian Williams gave the vote of thanks. After refreshments Penny Petrides, president, had the pleasant duty of presenting a badge for 25 years membership of the club to Evelyn Evenden. During that time she had served in a variety of roles on the committee. Tickets at £10 are now available from Margery Luffingham on (01323) 845500 for the Open Meeting on Wednesday when national demonstrator, Dr Christina Curtis, will give a demonstration entitled A Glittering Christmas.

QUIZ NIGHT: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society is hosting this event at Summerheath Hall on Saturday, November 24, from 7.30pm. Tickets at £6 per person for teams of four to six include a ploughman’s supper. Bring your own drinks. To book please ring June on (01323) 840778.

U3A: In early November a walk around the Westminster Village was the final tour for the Hailsham U3A Towns and Villages Group. A group of a dozen members went from Victoria Station to Westminster Cathedral where they witnessed a christening ceremony in Latin. They then stopped in Queen Anne’s Gate, one of the most beautiful thoroughfares in London. After lunch in Central Hall, Westminster they were given an appraisal of Parliament Square before walking into Dean’s Yard and on to Smith Square with its important political associations. After viewing the sculpture in Victoria Tower Gardens they regarded the impressive statue of Oliver Cromwell outside the Westminster Hall under the disdainful gaze of Charles I staring from across the road in St Margaret’s Church. This day trip was the last in a year that has included visits to Hastings, Lewes, Bexhill and other places with notable buildings and historical associations.

SPEED DETECTOR: Between October 13 to 19 a Static Detection Radar (SDR) data recorder was set up on Battle Road, for traffic heading towards the town from 6am to 9am and again between 4pm and 7pm. An overview of the data recorded has been produced. Although this is a 30mph speed limit Sussex Police operate to national guidelines set by ACPO (Association of Chief Police officers). This allows for a 10 percent error on the accuracy of vehicle speedometers together with a margin of 2mph for driver error. This means that enforcement is not generally carried out until 36mph and above. The results show that in general there is good overall compliance with the posted speed limit, although it is clearly the case that a few vehicles do exceed the speed limit by a greater level than they would wish.

WEAR IT PINK DAY: The chairman and committee of The Hailsham Memorial Institute would like to thank everyone who took part in Wear it Pink day on October 26, in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness. The event raised over £800.

hellingly & horsebridge

QUIZ NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, for the Hellingly Bowls Club at Hellingly village hall at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Ploughmans supper provided, beer, wine and soft drinks on sale. Raffle. Teams of six at £5 per person. Contact Fran Doe (01323) 841963.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon at Hellingly village hall. There will be cakes, books, plants, bottle stall, produce, toys, tombola, raffle and much more. Refreshments. Entry 20p.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Keith Gibson had a busy evening with 93 photographs, prints and projected images to judge for the Landscape Competitions. However he was not daunted and managed to give each picture a short critique and occasionally some helpful hints. The results for prints are: 1, Nash Point by Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP; 2, Rannoch Double Rainbow by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS; 3, Tuscan Dawn by Lynette Benton LRPS. Highly Commended: 2, Severn Crossing at Sunset and Alfriston Church in the Mist by Sam Daws and Minus 15 Yellowstone by Pat Broad ARPS AFIAP. Projected Images: 1, Isle of Skye by Peggie McKenzie; 2, Misty Dawn by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS; 3, Ogwen Valley Sunlight by John Deller LRPS. Highly Commended: Winter Dawn Pulbourgh by Colin Christmas LRPS; Patch Work of Snow and More Snow Coming by Gay Biddlecombe LRPS.

herstmonceux & wartling

SOUND OF MUSIC: HATS were really up against it as far as I was concerned this time because the Sound of Music is not one of my favourite musicals, in fact I think it’s safe to say that I really don’t like it. However, Wednesday night at the village hall was a whole new experience. I don’t think any of us were prepared for the start of the show and the entrance of the Nuns who, all credit to them, gave a stunning performance of the Preludium, their harmonisation must be among the best heard and made for a very exciting start. The casting of Maria, played by Victoria Langley was an excellent choice, she skipped, danced and sang her way through the show and when performing alongside the children was an absolute delight. And so, we come to the children, all seven of them who I have to say, could stand their own if up against any of the professional children who have ever taken the parts on either stage or screen. The casting was excellent from Liesl aged 16 right the way down to little Gretl who was definitely the Aaahhh factor of the show, their performances of Do-Re-Mi, The Lonely Goatherd and So Long Farewell were so full of bounce, enthusiasm and fun, bringing the house down with the applause and well deserved it was, as it was for all the performances because HATS did what they do best and that is to put on a very professional show and have an audience leave the building full of praise having had a really good entertaining night out. Backed up as always by their back stage team, very professional musical team, lighting team and sound boys as well as their wardrobe, set designers and make-up and yes, there are many, many more that should be mentioned and I know Directors, Chris and Linda Thompson would agree with me when I say that they have a first class society here who can, it would seem, turn their hand to anything and put on a polished and professional performance and why, for our enjoyment. Thanks HATS looking forward to more and more from you.

LITTERPICK: What a day for a litterpick, it was awful. It took our intrepid workers about one to two hours during which time Mick Goodsall and Mick Lulham took several bags of rubbish to the designated points of collection by WDC. Unfortunately there are still a few areas that were not covered even though they had a good turnout of pickers but it is hoped that when the job is undertaken again in the spring, more people will join them and then they can cover the whole area. Hot drinks, savoury snacks and cakes were served up to all volunteers on completion of their hard labours and from the rest of us, a very big thank you; we really do appreciate our village looking so good.

CRAFT FAIR and Christmas shop at Lime Cross Nursery on November 17 and 18 between 10am and 4pm. Local craftspeople and artists will be displaying their work and you’ll find a fine array of Christmas decorations which I’m sure you won’t be able to resist.

FUNDRAISING event on Thursday November 22 and Friday November 23 for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity at Lime Cross Nursery with Kevin Loveland demonstrating his craft of flower arranging for Christmas and the festive season. Tickets are £9.50 which includes light refreshments and can be obtained from the Nursery Shop.

MAGIC LANTERN SHOW: Please don’t forget this event as it’s a help towards raising funds for the Windmill at Windmill Hill. A Meander Through The Victorian Weald presented by Peter Gillies in the village hall today, Friday, 7pm for 7.30pm. Entrance is £5 to include tea of coffee and all are welcome. Tickets available on the door.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: The St Mary Magdalene Church Christmas Fair is tomorrow, Saturday, in the Reid Hall at Boreham Street between 11am and 2pm. Entrance is 50p. If you would like to join them for lunch which is served around noon to 1.30pm the entrance increases to £5. All proceeds will go to the Wartling Church Funds.

LADIES FASHION SALE: Don’t forget this tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall 10am to noon. Many of the top fashion houses will be displaying some of their samples which will be sold to you for less than half price. Entrance is 50p which includes refreshments and proceeds will go to the running of the Village Information Centre.

NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE: You really do have to book as soon as possible if you want to join your friends at the village hall for this year’s charity dance as tickets always go quickly. As before they will be running a licensed bar, the Ballroom and Sequence music will be provided by Rodney and they are going to be putting on party games this year. Supper is included in the price of the £15 tickets. All profits will go to the British Heart Foundation. To book please call 832304.

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 4.20pm to 4.40pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11.00am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm. Wednesday: Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

ninfield & hooe

OUR LOCAL PCSO has advised of some recent reports the local policing team have received: During the morning period of November 9, a garage in Bexhill Road was subject to a break in. Over the weekend of November 2 to 5, a garage in Ninfield High Street was subject to a break in. Please make sure that all sheds, outbuildings and garages are secure at all times and valuables are kept out of sight. If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious please call Daryl on 101 ext 65261.

HOOE OPEN GROUP held their November meeting on afternoon of Friday November 10, when members were suitably entertained by Alan Fuller, who was a beat policeman in and around Bexhill some 30 years ago. He had a number of very humorous recollections from his time as an old fashioned copper. Alan also had a collection of jokes relating to his time in the police force as well as from life in general. Altogether it was a very pleasant way to spend two or three hours on a Friday afternoon. The membership of the club is growing, the November meeting being no exception, with four new faces joining the meeting. Being the time of the year when one is becoming aware that the festive season is almost upon us, the members were treated to warm mince pies with their afternoon tea. The next event will be at the Cooden Beach Golf Club where the club will be holding it’s Christmas luncheon. This is now a regular event to end the programme for the year and a special occasion on which the members can invite friends as their guest. If you would like to consider joining the Hooe Open Group, go along to their meeting being held on Friday January 11 which will be a members event and will present an opportunity for new members to get to know each other. For further information on the Hooe Open Group Edna Wallis is always there to welcome you, she can be contacted any time on 01424 842591.

SCOUTS: Last Sunday, November 11, Ninfield 1st Scout Group took part in the Remembrance Sunday parade in Bexhill. In all, around 70 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers along with leaders and helpers took part in remembering our fallen service men and women. Throughout the service, all of the group done a fantastic job of representing their group and village. Thank you to the Royal British Legion for organising a lovely service. Wednesday November 7 saw the Scout group hold their AGM. After 22 years, Mary Maynard decided to step down as the group’s secretary and Alma Mann also stepped down as chairman. Therefore the new chairman was elected as Rachel Feeley (that’s me) and the group’s new secretary is Rosemary Cooper. Dick Creasy was re-elected as treasurer (as he does such a wonderful job). The group would like to thank both Mary and Alma for their assistance in the running of the group. If you would like more information about the Scout group, be it your child wanting to join (from the Ninfield area only) or yourself looking to volunteer as a leader/helper, please contact Rosemary on 892681.

QUIZ NIGHT: Battle and Villages Lions Club are once again holding their very popular Children in Need Quiz Night tonight, Friday, at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Strict maximum of six players per team, £6 per person which includes a ploughman’s supper. There will be a cash prize for the winning team and a raffle. Please bring your own drinks and glasses as there will be no bar available on the night. To book your table please ring 08458335826 or 07742930717 or e.mail

HEALTH EVENT: The Children’s Health Event organised by Ninfield Patients Involvement Group for tomorrow, Saturday, has unfortunately had to be postponed. The group hope to organise another event before too long.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club are playing away tomorrow, Saturday, to Ticehurst in the ESFL Premier Division. Kick off is at 2pm at the Bell Field, Pickforde Lane, Ticehurst. The club are also in need of some more committed players (they recently had to pull out of their Hastings FA Intermediate Cup match). If you are interested in joining, please contact Luke Pont (Secretary) on 07872312266 or via their website.

BINGO: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a Family Bingo evening to raise money for 1st Ninfield Scout group, 7pm to 9pm. Tickets cost £3 per adult/£2 per child. Sure to be an enjoyable evening with six rounds of bingo, raffle, games and refreshments. Tickets from Lorna, 893644 or from Sophie at the Post Office.

HORTICULTRUAL SOCIETY meet on Wednesday where they will hear from Dave Harrison of Carr Taylor with a talk on Vines and Wines.

WISLEY GUILD: Ninfield Methodist Church hold a Wesley Guild on Wednesday at 2.30pm. This is a relaxed and informal fortnightly meeting friendship group. This week they are looking at Fair Trade with Rev Michael and Mrs Ward. All warmly welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: St Mary’s Church Christmas Coffee Morning is on Saturday November 24 at 10.30am in the Reading Room. Raffle, competitions, stalls including tombola, cakes and produce, crafts and gifts and refreshments. Come and enjoy some Christmas cheer and conversation with friends.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Services Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist, Wednesday 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church 2.30pm Holy Communion with Revd Ian Wales.


RBL: The Royal British Legion needs the people of Polegate to let us know of anyone who can benefit from our help. Service and ex service personnel and their dependents may qualify from help from our welfare fund. If you know of anyone who needs help but is too proud to ask please contact our welfare officer John Irving on 482498.

INFORMATION: Wanted any information on M Brooke Stoker, novelist who first published a book in 1932 to the early 1970s. the publishers Robert Hale says that she was known as Mary Brooke-Taylor of Willingdon. Has any one any info on her or her life in Willingdon please. For John Harrington, who can be contacted on or via me Maureen on 485971. Also any info on the Royal Observer Corps at Polegate in 1925-1953. Paul Wakefield would like to be in contact with anyone whose family worked at this station. Contact Paul at Any info on the organisation known as the XVI Eastbourne in 1927. Reply to me as previously shown.

WANTED, any unwanted birthday or Christmas presents which can be used for fundraising. All proceeds to pay for a small gift for the children from Father Christmas at the fair. Please leave your gifts at Polegate Community Centre office.

TRINITY DINERS next meal is today, Friday. Please contact Jennie on 484189 to book a place. A good meal for £5.

LOCAL HISTORY: The local history society meet today, Friday, when David Homewood will be demonstrating his Gramophones and phonographs. All welcome doors open at 6.45pm for a meeting commencing at 7pm.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR tomorrow, Saturday, at St Johns Church Hall from 10am to 12.30pm in aid of Polegate and Willingdon Windmill. A few tables are available, if you would like to book one please telephone Patricia Stevens on 734496. Tables with refreshments, cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac, books, mill gifts and a raffle. A visit from Santa for the children.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the Stud Farm Allotment and Garden Society. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon. Also in the hall from noon to 4.30 pm Christmas Fair and Table Sale.

THE WINDSOR CLUB has Sumo Wrestling tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre. All welcome.

THE BOWLS CLUB are having a stall at the Christmas Fair in the hall at the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon. If you would like to join us please visit our stall or telephone Pat Payne on 489687. Also Polegate Singers will be performing. They are also taking bookings to sing at residential homes. The WI will also be running a stall.

AGM: Polegate Ladies Circle meeting in November is our AGM, looking for some new members to join our committee as two members are standing down. Also a visit from J J Fashions. More details as to date and time from Polegate Community Centre Office.

CHINESE BUFFET Meal and Quiz night with the 1st Willingdon Scout Group held on Sunday, at 6pm in Trinity Church Hall. Meal and quiz £12.50 per person. Call 511104 for tickets. Maximum team size six people.

CUCKOO TRAIL changes are now taking place, so we are looking for groups of folk to form an autonomous group to work on the Cuckoo trail. The group would need one or two leaders, a first aider, transport to get tools to the site, communication with group members, proposed dates for work. The tools provided by the council include gloves, boots, signs, first aid kit, list of locations needing upkeep. Also training in first aid. If interested please contact Andy on 01273 482670 (Lewes) Senior Ranger, Rights of Way and Countryside Maintenance. Or email

FIRST POLEGATE Brownies wish to thank everyone who gave so generously at their recent coffee morning and autumn fair. A fabulous £223 was raised altogether and the Brownies had lots of fun running their stalls. The First Polegate Brownies meet on Saturday mornings 9.30am to11am during term time at the Free Church Hall, Victoria Road. New members are most welcome. For enquiries please telephone 482560.

POLEGATE STROLLERS next walk on Tuesday, Discover Willingdon. Meet at taxi office at Polegate Railway Station bus stop at 10am. More information from Jayne email or telephone 0776161232.

GARDNERS SOCIETY: Our AGM and social takes place on November 22, at 7.30pm in St Johns Church Hall. For more details contact Sheila Smith on 483222.

warbleton & rushlake green

WARBLETON BAND: The band has its Autumn/Christmas Bazaar at Dunn Village Hall from 10.30am tomorrow, Saturday. Ploughman’s lunches will be available. The Christmas concert is on Sunday December 16 at 2pm and not as I stated last week.

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

RGWI: The AGM is on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall. For info or help with transport please contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Pat on 830227.

HISTORY GROUP: We had an interesting talk from Monty Larkin on Monday about the Southdown breed of sheep. He traced their development since the 1700s and related how they have been used in the improvement of other breeds eg the Suffolk. They produce good quality meat and fine but difficult to shear wool. Our next walk is on Saturday November 24 at 2pm, starting from the Wilmington Priory car park.

HALL CONCERT: I gather that the recent folk concert raised about £350 for the Dunn Village Hall. Many thanks to all who made this possible.

willingdon, wannock & jevington

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY was a beautiful sunny day. The Kingfisher Band led the parade of ex-service men and women and local uniformed organisations along Church Street for the Service of Remembrance at St Mary’s Church Willingdon. Piper Ian White piped the congregation into the church, which was full to capacity. Extra chairs were brought into the church, but for some it was standing room only. The service was led by Fr Martin Onions, who read out the names of all those to be commemorated men and women of Willingdon who had died fighting for their country. As each name was called, a lit candle was placed by a member of the uniformed organisations on the memorial, and wreaths were laid. The immortal words ‘they shall grow not old as we that are left grow old’ were read out. The last post was sounded and the two minutes silence observed, and this was followed by the reveille. It was a moving service. In his sermon, Fr Martin spoke of the work of the Royal British Legion and their work in helping, not only elderly ex-service men and women who have fallen on hard times, but also those maimed in other conflicts since the two world wars, and the families of those who have perished. The readings were given by John Pritchett, chairman of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council, and Fred Gorsuch vice president of the Royal British Legion. The hymns chosen were God is our strength and refuge, Stand up stand up for Jesus, Peace is flowing like a river, Lord for the years your love has kept and guided, I vow to thee my country and O God our help in ages past. A collection was taken for the work of the Royal British Legion. After the service a short ceremony took place in the churchyard garden of rest for the laying of wreaths in memory of all ex-service men and women who have died. Piper Ian White played the lament. During the afternoon there was a further short service at the Ruth-less Memorial at Butts Brow, where 10 poppy crosses were laid, one for each of the crew who died in the ill-fated American Liberator bomber Ruth-less, which crashed on the Downs in February 1944.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall. The menu will be fruit juice, beef stew and dumplings, fruit fool and shortbread biscuit and tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please call Jennie on 01323 484189. The cost is just £5.

LOCAL HISOTRY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday. The speaker is David Homewood and his talk is entitled History of the Gramophone and Phonograph. Meetings are held once a month at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be having a practice meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, 16 at Willingdon Memorial Hall.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros on 01323 504463.

THE BRITISH QUEEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, Beve and the Beatroots will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm. Monday night is curry night from 6pm to 9pm. On Tuesday there is free pool from 8pm to 11pm and Thursday is quiz night from 9pm. On Sunday there is a meat raffle at 2pm plus free pool and juke box all day.

THE RED LION closed on Monday November 5 for a complete refurbishment and will be re-launched at 6pm tomorrow Saturday, with a new menu. Food will be served from 6pm to 8pm and Justine will be providing the entertainment. It is best to book by ringing 01323 502062. On Thursday there will be a charity quiz evening.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Regular musician John Paul Miller will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Tuesday is quiz night from 8.30pm and Wednesday is open mic night from 8pm with talented and enthusiastic singers.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: There will be a Christmas Bazaar tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 12.30pm at St Johns Church Hall Polegate in aid of Polegate Windmill. There will be all the usual tables with refreshments, cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac, books, mill gifts, and a raffle, as well as a visit from Father Christmas. A number of tables are still available for hire for a small cost, so it makes sense to take advantage of this opportunity in a prime location to sell your own craft items or have a charity stall. For further information ring 01323 734496.

BUFFET AND QUIZ: 1st Willingdon Scout Group is organising a Chinese buffet meal and quiz night at 6pm on Sunday at Trinity Church Hall. The cost is £12.50 per person and teams should be made up of no more than six people. The winning team will receive £100. Ring 01323 511104 to book.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: There is a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by a finance and policy budget meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council office. Meetings are open to the public. For further information please ring the parish office on 489603 or 489104.

RAMBLING GROUP: Willingdon Church ramblers will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday for a gentle flat four mile circular walk from Laughton, a few stiles.

IT’S RHYMETIME at Willingdon Library for babies and toddlers from 10.40am to 11am on Thursday.

BUTTS BROW WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Sharon and Peter Hellier will be giving a talk entitled Why New Zealand?

TRIANGLE LADIES CLUB will be having their annual general meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall. The AGM will be followed by an auction. The competition is A Small Box.

POSH FROCKS and canapés: It is nice to dress up occasionally and this could be your occasion to do so. Maureen and John Males are hosting this event at their home The Cottage Dittons Road, Polegate at 7pm on Saturday November 24. It is in aid of the JPK Project, the aim of which is to provide a supported residential centre with meaningful daytime activities for people with a learning disability. Ring Maureen on 01323 482011 or Jill Parker on 01323 486179.