Parish pump Hailsham - October 3, 2014


FLOWER FESTIVAL: The West Dean Flower Festival will be at the All Saints Church on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and October 5. The theme is Autumn in the Cuckmere Valley. Doors open at 10am till 4.30pm. There will be refreshments and there will be free car parking.

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society will be holding its next meeting in the War Memorial Hall on October 7 at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Joanna Wilkins and the title of her talk is The Lost Village of Tidemills. The Archaeological Society is presently investigating the foundations of extensive greenhouses and allotments of this village. Members and visitors are welcome.

SOUTHEND CHORAL SOCIETY will be returning to St Andrew’s to perform the choral version of the beautiful and poignant Stabat Mater by Pergolesi on October 18 at 4pm. The choir will be joined by Kathryn Sargent (soprano), Sara Gourlay (mezzo-soprano) and Ray Maulkin at the organ. Also in the programme will be Monteverdi’s lively setting of Psalm 112 Beatus Vir. There will be no charge for this concert but there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Andrew’s Church.

Bodle Street Green

DANCING LESSONS: In preparation for the Grand Downton Ball on Saturday November 1 dancing lessons are being held in the village hall, tonight, and Fridays October 10 and 17. Gareth and Lisa Taplin will provide the knowhow. Book with Pauline on 01323 833734. The cost is £5 per person.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Harvest Family Service, followed by a Bring and Share Harvest lunch in the Dunn Village Hall St Giles, Dallington: 11am Communion. We received the sad news that Lord John Wrenbury, curate at St Giles for many years, died last Saturday morning. Our condolences to his family, friends and members of the congregation.

RAFA SERVICE: A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Flying Officer Peter Guerin Crofts at the Cross at Padgham Corner, 2.30pm for 3pm on Sunday followed by tea at Bodle Street Village Hall. All are welcome.


CHURCH NEWS: A big thank you to Reverend David Gutsell for leading such a lovely Harvest Thanksgiving service last week and for playing the organ so beautifully. Also thank you to all who contributed foodstuff for the Eastbourne Food Bank. On Sunday October at 10.30am there will be a Dedication Festival and Animal Welfare service, led by The Rev Colin Pritchard. We will remember and recognise all animals, especially those whose lives are not as comfortable as they should be; those who are mistreated or abused and the work of organisations that try to alleviate their suffering. Refreshments follow the service. All welcome.


WATER AID CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday at 7pm, in Hailsham Parish Church, a water-themed concert to raise funds for WaterAid which provides clean water to countries all over the world will be held. The concert features the Harmonie Concert band with voices and various soloists. The evening also includes a short DVD and guest speaker. Tickets are £7.

ST MARY’S: This is the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. Harvest All Age Special is at 10.30am with crèche. 6.30pm Choral Evening Prayer.

MEETING POINT: This group meets on the first Monday of the month in St Mary’s Church Lounge at 7.30pm. This month Judith Kinnison-Bourke is going to be talking to the group about Dorothy in the Workhouse 1905-1926. All welcome. If you would like to go along contact Pam on 844341 or Margaret on 846019.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall, London Road at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is to be advised.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: On Wednesday the society will be meeting at the Methodist Church Hall at 7pm for 7.30pm start. The subject is A Meander Through the Victorian Weald, seen through the Light of a Magic Lantern and is presented by Peter Gillies. Anything like the presentation he gave last year should prove an interesting enjoyable evening using the up-to-date Victorian technology of more than a century ago. The only things missing will be the cigarette smoke and the smell of the burning oil from the lamp. All welcome. Visitors £2.50. In September, John Bishop took members mainly around East Sussex and showed pictures of Transport Scenes of Sussex. Starting at Rye, he showed some shots of the Rye to Camber tramway, then inland to the Kent and Sussex Railway. Back along the coast to Hastings and the east cliff lift railway and the trams and trolley buses. Coming closer to home, shots of the electric tram that ran between Hellingly Hospital and Hellingly Station. John also had pictures of long lost railway lines like the track to Devils Dyke with engines and rolling stock. Ships, another form of transport, came onto the screen and shots of Newhaven Harbour with the paddle steamer SS Waverley. Aircraft and the art deco buildings of Shoreham airport and finishing off with John’s first love of transport, old shots of Brighton and Hove trolley buses, trams and buses. Many thanks to John in showing the group part of his local transport pictures.

FRIENDS CONCERT: In aid of the Friends of St Mary’s you can enjoy an evening of entertainment by the Gloucestershire Police Male Voice Choir and Linda Grace (Soloist) at Hailsham Parish Church on Friday October 10 from 7pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments will be available during the interval. There is no charge for admission but a retiring collection in aid of the Friends of St Mary’s will be made at the end of the concert.

PUMPKINS: Come along to Hailsham Farmers Market next Saturday October 11 and pick up your pumpkins. Richard will have made a marvellous display for you to admire with a variety of gourds and as well as all your usual favourite produce, there will be many new crafters selling items of interest over the next three months as we head towards Christmas.

Cuckmere buses will also be there offering the opportunity to volunteer as one of their drivers and there will be a bus there if you would like to have a go. The fire service will also be there fundraising. To enquire about a stall to sell produce, crafts or are a charity please ring the Market Manager on (01323) 440567.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week’s lecture was by Viveca Koh FRPS titled Urban Exploration To Fine Art - A Photographic Journey, which covered her progress made in the past few years from exploring city shooting and a series of absolutely stunning projected images of the insides of several derelict hospitals, asylums, mortuaries, industrial factories, and the ECBV power plant in Belgium followed. ‘Take only photographs and leave only footsteps,’ says Viveca. Pictures included a hairdressing salon with rusting hair drier billowing shredded net curtains, shafts of light through the ceiling, the old boiler house at Hellingly, a blackboard with chalked notes next to a blue paint peeling door with shattered windows, personal belongings - a dirty tweed jacket and torn paperback, a sewing machine rusted and blackened from a fire in a room still with charred walls. Viveca then talked through the three panels submitted for her recent distinctions, LRPS requires 10 prints birth to death, ARPS 15 prints, what is left when a building is abandoned by humans, and FRPS 20 prints from a commission received from her uncle to illustrate his latest book of poetry. After the break those pictures had a layer of texture added, some very subtle. Viveca moved onto the use of textures to make a decayed picture look even more decrepit. These included suitcases left on a shelf to look like an old painting, a portrait of a woman overlaid with a picture postcard and some had a bokeh effect, a texture of small blobs of light. The crew always shoots self portraits as a record of the visit and proof of being there. Viveca sees her future as an artistic and creative photographer, continuing to develop skills, with more arty abstract work and continues to exhibit. It was a memorable evening, thoroughly enjoyed by members.

QUIZ NIGHT: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be holding a quiz night at Summerheath Hall on Saturday October 11 at 7.30pm. Tickets for teams of four to six are £7 and include ploughman’s supper. Bring your own drinks. For more information or to book call (01323) 841373.

ENVIRONMENT HAILSHAM: Around 500 people gathered at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on September 17 for the Britain in Bloom Awards arranged in 30 categories. The area covers the South and South East, and this year is the 50th Anniversary of Britain in Bloom. The town of Hailsham was awarded a Silver Gilt Award for its floral displays, community and environmental work in the large town section. Chairman of EH, Richard Grocock, said he was delighted with the prestigious award and that volunteers have all worked so hard this year maintaining the various displays and to have been recognised by this important event was very rewarding. Environment Hailsham is a registered charity raising its own funds, run by volunteers. Its current corporate sponsor is PJSkips, Polegate. Anyone wanting to help with our gardening projects, or to assist with future sponsorships should contact Richard on 01323 842931.

U3A: The strollers took a walk on the Downs near Firle Beacon in September, the Scrabble group meets at The Link on the first and third Thursday, the Sunday Lunches group has already booked their Christmas lunch at the Kings Head on Horsebridge. Poetry appreciation restarts on October 10 and the Discussion group took on The Motorist and the Law. Sussex Wildlife Through The Year is the illustrated talk to be given by David Lang on Monday October 20 at 2pm at Diplocks Hall. Entrance £2. Booking Essential. Contact Pat on 846297. If you are interested in joining U3A then please ring Sue in the first instance on (01323) 840797.

ROPEMAKER THEATRE CO: Hailsham’s Festival of Arts and Culture may be over, but word is still buzzing about the success of the Show Of Two Halves presented by the Ropemaker Theatre Company Ltd. RTC Ltd also catered for local children, when as the Storytellers, John Wilders and Linda Francis read Kaye Umansky’s Buster Gutt And The Big Mix-Up in two sessions held at Hailsham’s Library. The storytellers captivated their audience of young pirates, accompanied by their parents and grandparents, with the antics of Kaye’s imaginary characters. This is the first of many story telling events planned for the locality, with the message of encouraging children to keep reading books. To keep up with the theatre company’s activities or for more information please visit RTC Ltd’s new and updated website

STREET MEETINGS: PCSOs will be pleased to meet residents to discuss any concerns in Ashford Close Hailsham on Wednesday from 7pm to 7.45pm. There will be a meeting for Fern Green (evens) on Tuesday October 14 from 6.30pm to 7pm.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Bonfire Bingo is next Friday at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. The bonfire society meets at Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road on the first Monday of every month from 8pm. All welcome. This year’s Bonfire Celebrations are on Saturday October 18. Freedom Leisure car park will be closed from 6pm and all cars should be removed by this time.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO: In October 1914 a report in the Parish Magazine read as follows: My dear Friends, The third month of the war begins with the Germans strongly entrenched from above St Quentin almost to the eastern frontier of France, below Metz; the Allies pegging away at them all down the line. They have tried Paris, and had to leave hurriedly on their homeward journey.

We print a list of names, as far as we have been able to find them, in the Roll of Honour connected with our parish. Any suggestions or further names will be thankfully received. We must still keep up the intercessory prayer at 9.30am. If the enemy can do without the Supernatural, we cannot. Time will show who is right. When our nation has learned its lesson, I believe the Mighty hand of God will be removed, and we shall be exalted. Mr Hills has lost three teachers by the War, and Mr Mansfield, who is connected with the school, has gone also. We must do our best to attend to the children of the parish whose fathers and brothers have answered to the call and gone to fight for their country. (There follows a list of 31 men of the Regular Army, 13 of the navy, 34 recruits since August 25 and 33 Territorials).

LIONS: Of the donations made by Haisham Lions recently, a cheque for £1,000 was given to Chris Downton from the Children with Cancer Fund. It is a local charity comprising a small voluntary group of families who enable children with cancer a quality of life. The fund grants wishes to children up to the age of 18 who live in our area, Brighton and Hove. These wishes can be practical, medical or fun and are given to individual families, supporting groups, local hospitals and community nurses. Currently the fund is supporting 90 local families. The Hailsham Lions were delighted to financially help such a worthy charity and commended the continual dedicated work carried out by Chris and his supporters. The Lions could not support charities like this one without the huge support given to them by the people of Hailsham who are generous with their donations.

For details about the Lions visit or email and for details about Children with Cancer Fund visit

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: Hellingly: Regular services. Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), every Sunday Holy Communion (CW) at 8am and 10.45am Parish Eucharist (CW). Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am for Holy Communion.

PARISH COUNCIL: The draft minutes of the September meeting stated reported that an application had been sent to the British Heart Foundation for a contribution towards the cost of the defibrillators and that South East Coast Ambulance Service had agreed to provide two boxes free of charge. The location of the defibrillators was important. A quote had been received for CCTV on the cricket pavilion. Two more were needed before a decision could be made. The council may be able to secure donations towards the cost. The chairman would be sending letters to residents shortly concerning the footpath in Station Road. ESCC had been contacted about flytipping on the closed section of New Road and to ascertain future plans for the piece of road. It was confirmed that if rubbish is dumped again bollards will be erected. It had not been possible to complete the resurfacing of the A267 as the sub-structure of the road is not solid. The road has been sealed,This will be checked in a year and if it is still not sound then a new road would need to be built complete with sub-structure.

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING: Money is still coming in for Jane’s coffee morning and the total now stands at almost £2,060.

HARVEST GAMES: There is a harvest supper and games evening at Dicker village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm. How good are you at putting, basketball, darts and more? Bring your children and try your skills. Teams of two. Fun for all the family. Play for points and prizes. Adults are £7, children £3 includes two courses with tea or coffee. Please bring your own other drinks. Raffle. For information and to book call Herbie on (01323) 844522 or Liz on (01323) 841541.

QUIZ NIGHTS: Every Tuesday at 8pm with point accumulator for their big Christmas prizes at The Plough on Coldharbour Road, Upper Dicker 01323 844859. There is also live music on Friday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes. Their Christmas menu is already out.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

THE WINDMILL: Your windmill at Windmill Hill is looking for more guides to take people round and show them what a lovely example this is and share its history with visitors. This season comes to an end at the end of October but it would be good to recruit volunteers now, ready for the next season which starts in Easter 2015. Contact Bee Frost on (01323) 833033 or visit

WALKING GROUP: Join the Herstmonceux walkers on Sunday at 10am. They are meeting in School Hill, Old Heathfield for a four mile walk which could be muddy but with the option of a pub lunch as a reward. The walk leader on this occasion is Jenny 840777. If you would like to go along, please give her a ring for the details and to book on.

DANCE NIGHT: This 1960s themed event is tomorrow, Saturday, at the village hall. City Rhodes Sounds will be providing live music, there will be a licensed bar. Book your ticket on (01323) 832304. The event is in aid of Sussex Air Ambulance.

SCOUTS: Leaders and helpers are needed for Herstmonceux Scout Group. Are you able to spare a few hours a week? Scouting offers fun, challenge and everyday adventure to 400,000 girls and boys across the UK. But it is about fun and friendship for adults too, and with 30,000 young people still on the waiting lists there is no better time to get involved. Herstmonceux Scouts are recruiting for the following roles of scout leader, assistant leader – beavers, assistant leader – scouts, sectional assistants and executive committee members. Call for an informal chat on (01323) 887345 or email

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.

Ninfield & Hooe

CARNIVAL COMMITTEE: At their last meeting in September, they were pleased to receive a letter from Ninfield School asking for a donation towards the play equipment for the younger children. £500 was the target figure and the committee agreed unanimously to donate the full amount. The carnival this year raised £5,000 in profits for local causes and projects and the committee are looking forward to more applications for donations. A huge thank you again goes to all who helped, or donated time and/or raffle prizes, to make the Carnival weekend such a brilliant success. Some cheques will be presented at the Village Gala Night on October 25 at the Memorial Hall, it’s a great evening and will be a chance for the carnival committee to announce plans for next year. A new project for July 2015 to stand in for the carnival, which will have to be rested for a year while Sparke Pavilion is being rebuilt. If anyone is interested in joining the committee or would just like to meet for a chat, their AGM is on Wednesday, October 25, at 8.30pm in the Working Men’s Club, where more details on this year’s fundraising and next year’s ideas will be discussed. Thanks again.

SENLAC BELLS: You are invited to join Senlac Bells in Concert for Music for an Autumn Evening tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. This will be traditional music rung on 65 handbells. Admission is £2/person to include tea or coffee. Children are admitted for free. All will be very welcome.

METHODIST HARVEST: Ninfield Methodist Church are celebrating Harvest Through the Ages tomorrow, Saturday, noon to 2pm. This will be a buffet lunch and local photos (using some of Cyril Wells’ slides). No tickets required, just pop in. They are then holding a Harvest Praise Family service with 1st Ninfield Scout group, led by Revd Peggy Heim on Sunday, 10.30am to 11.30am. All welcome.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are next meeting on Friday, October 10, when the speaker Barry Wilkinson will be relating his experiences as a prison warder. If you are interested in joining a very friendly and jolly group of ladies, why not go along to Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of the month at 2.30pm. For details call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

JUMBLE SALE: Ninfield Flower Group are holding a jumble sale on October 11, 2pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Entry is 50p per person. As well as many bargains, there will be tea/coffee and cakes. If you have any jumble that you would like to donate, contact Jennifer on 892878. Should you wish any further information regarding the group or any forthcoming events, please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY next meet on Thursday, October 16, in Hooe Village Hall at 7.30pm. Following a very swift AGM, they will sit back to enjoy Anne Bourner talk to them about the history of the Michaelmas Fair. Local talks by local people are always popular and Anne is known to give an interesting and informative presentation so this is something not to be missed. It is surprising how much additional information comes from the audience at meetings such as this.

THE HOMEMADE FAYRE will be returning to the Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 18. Tables are £10 if you live in Ninfield, £12 otherwise and can be booked through Kaye Crittell ( or 01424 892883). If it’s home-made art, craft, edible then why not book a table.

CHRISTIAN VOICES, the Musical Drama Group, will be performing their next play in October. It is called Let My People Go and is based on what happens when Moses and Aaron tell the King of Egypt to let his slaves go free. The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. The performances will be in aid of the Bexhill Street Pastors. Christian Voices will be performing at Ninfield Methodist Church on Saturday, October 18 at 3pm. As usual, entry is free. All are invited to attend.

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: Tomorrow, Saturday, Harvest Through the Ages, buffet lunch and harvest photos of Ninfield from noon. Sunday 10.30am, Harvest Praise Family Service with 1st Ninfield Scout Group, led by Revd Peggy Heim.


DRAMA GROUP: The next production will take place in October and the booking office is now open. Tickets can be booked for The Uninvited at the box office at Archer and Partners 483348 or visit

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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Mysteries of Meads, four miles with Bob J. Meet at Gildredge Park, The Goffs, GR 604994 at 10am. Or a longer walk of eight miles with Bob B, Over Downs and Under Cliffs. Meet at the Avenue 9am, walk starts Saltdean Lido car park, GR 381021 Map 122. Bus No 12 stop J at 9.43 am, Terminus Road, alight rear of Lido on main road. On Sunday, Cliffs and Forest Circular 11 miles with Colin W. Meet bus No 12, 9.37am Terminus Road, stand J. walk starts from East Dean car park at 10am. Dry lunch.

MEETING of Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society on Friday October 10 when our speaker is Sally White talking about Lewes Castle and its century’s old history. Meetings are held at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, entrance from Spencer Road. Members free, visitors welcome at £2.50.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY: In October we welcome back Thomas and Friends, for weekends October 11 and 12, 18 and 19. Tickets booked on line only at private hire available more info please telephone 01892 537715 or email

AN ART EXHIBITION is being held on Saturday October 11 in the main hall at Polegate Community Centre. Contact Bruce on 484568 for more details.

JOIN THE Downland Singers at Polegate Community Centre, on Saturday October 11, at 7.30pm for a toe tapping evening of popular light music from WW1 to present day. Free admission but retiring collection to the Eastbourne and South Wealden branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Refreshments will be serve in the interval.

MILLS TALK on October 12, held at the Education Room, Polegate Windmill. A talk by Peter Hill on Sussex Mills in the afternoon. Free entry to talk.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Harvest Family Service, followed by a Bring and Share Harvest lunch in the Dunn Village Hall - all are welcome. At 6.30pm we have our Harvest Evensong (BCP). If you wish to do so you are invited to bring produce as a harvest thanksgiving gift. Tinned and other preserved, packaged or dried food can be given to the Foodbank we support and fresh items will be made available to elderly people in the parish. Over the past two weeks we have welcomed as guest preachers two previous rectors, Geoff France and James Paice. The former is fairly frequently seen conducting services in the benefice as he lives locally, and is our rector emeritus. James was paying his first visit since leaving for Wimbledon six years ago, and it was a good chance for people to catch up. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship and communion led by Pat Reigh. 6.30pm Evening service with Ray Bodkin.

RAFA SERVICE: A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Flying Officer Peter Guerin Crofts at the Cross at Padgham Corner, 2.30pm for 3pm on Sunday followed by tea at Bodle Street Village Hall. All are welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: The coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support, held at the Dunn Village Hall last Friday, was well attended, and there were some delicious cakes on offer. Isabel Collett the organiser told me that they raised the magnificent amount of £166.42 for Macmillan. Macmillan provide great support for those with cancer, and is a much respected organisation in this respect.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Mandy Pulsford and is entitled Once Upon a Time. The competition is called Seed Pod Beauty.

SOCIAL: Edgmont Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town was purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013.The aim is to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. Building cannot start until a lot more money has been raised but there is a lot of local support. Sue and Maggie are organising a line dance social from 3pm to 6.30pm on Sunday at the Windsor Club in Polegate in support of the charity. Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 at the door and the cost includes an American supper so is very good value. Please ring Sue on 01323 844466 for a ticket.

LIVE BAND Sloe Gin will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf with their Irish Folk Music from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING: St Mary’s Church and St Andrew’s Church Jevington will both be having their harvest thanksgiving day on Sunday. Parishioners are asked to bring non-perishable produce which will then be distributed to those less fortunate than ourselves. At St Mary’s the times of the services are as follows: Holy Communion at 8am, Parish Eucharist and Sunday School at 9.45am, Family Eucharist at 11.30am and Choral Evensong at 6.30pm. The harvest service at St Andrews is at 11.15am.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by a full council meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

GOLF SOCIETY: Following the success of the Brewers’ Group which started at the Wheatsheaf in July, a Golf Society is being launched at 8pm on Monday at which everyone is welcome. It might be the ideal place to find a golf partner and you should certainly pick up a few tips. Meanwhile the Brewers’ Group continues to meet on the last Sunday of the month at 7pm to learn about the full grain growing process and what equipment is required to make your own beer, and be able to taste the beers and swop recipes.

OPEN EVENING: Willingdon Community School is having an open evening from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday, with tours of the school between 5.30pm and 7.45pm. The head teacher’s address is at 7pm and 8pm. There are also open mornings on October 14 and October15 and alternative arrangements can be made if necessary. Please contact the school to make an appointment by ringing 01323 485254 or at .

THE FRIENDS of Willingdon Community School are a group of parents/carers/supporters who support the school by providing a link between the school and home. The Friends organise a number of fund raising and social events. Tomorrow, Saturday, they are planning an invigorating free guided walk starting from the school at 10am and taking in views of Jevington, Wilmington and Alfriston with a stop for lunch before returning to a lower route. Places book via to give an idea of numbers but if it is too late to do this, just turn up.

QUIZ NIGHT: On Friday October 10 The Friends of Willingdon School are organising a quiz in the main hall starting at 7pm. Teams can be made up of eight people or less and there will be a staff team so think how clever you would feel if you beat them. The quiz ticket price is £1.50. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available. Drink and food can also be brought from home. You can purchase your tickets from the school reception or email

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs Miss and Ms) meet at 8pm on the second Wednesday of the month at St Mary’s Church Hall. The guest speaker at the last meeting Graham Albon proved to be very interesting with his talk entitled The Other Romania. The next meeting is on October 8 when members will be learning about the Houses of Parliament from Kevin Gordon. Guests or new members are always welcome.

WILLINGDON AND JEVINGTON WI meet at 2pm on the second Thursday of the month at Trinity Church Hall. The next meeting is on October 9 when Mr L Manser will be giving a talk entitled Memories of a Garden Boy. Members are asked to bring a pressed flower picture or a green/white arrangement.

THE GROWERS GROUP will be meeting at 6.30pm at the Red Lion on Thursday. Advice will be given about getting your garden ready for winter. The Christmas buffet will be held on December 11 and members will be asked to confirm if they will be able to come. For further information please ring Sandie Gent on 01323 482747 or Carol or Ian Richards on 01323 500690.

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 8pm at Trinity Church Hall. To find out more ring 01323 484189 or email

ART: The Church Street Art Exhibition will be held on Saturday October 11 from 10am to 5pm at St Mary’s Church Hall. The art group, tutored by Teresa Currie, welcomes you to their fourth annual exhibition and sale of original artworks, screen prints, prints, artists’ card, photography, textiles, painted wood and other crafts. The group has been working on a wide range of mediums and subject matter; acrylic, painting on wood, pastels, negative painting in inks, watercolour, mixed media, graphite and charcoal. All work is for sale at affordable prices and refreshments are available all day. Admission is free and there is a disabled access.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday October 5, 12, 19 and 26 when tours of the mill can be taken and light refreshments are available. The mill will then be closed to the public until next April although private group visits can be arranged during the closed season. On October 12 there is an added attraction when Peter Hill will be giving a light hearted look at Sussex Windmills. His talk starts at 3pm and is free.

THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION will be having their general meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday October 15 at Trinity Church Hall. The speaker is David Jones who will be giving a talk on the Bluebell Railway. Refreshments are available. All are welcome.

QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association is organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm on Friday October 17 at Trinity Church Hall. Teams can be made up of six or less people. The cost is £7 each to include supper and a free raffle. Ring Richard Nunney on 01323 501238 for tickets.