Parish Pump Hailsham - October 4, 2013


ABBEYFIELD are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, October 5, from 10am to noon serving coffee, cakes, books, bring and buy. Abbeyfield provides affordable, supported, sheltered housing for older people who want to remain independent without the worries of maintaining their own home. Abbeyfield is situated near the Alfriston school on North Road.

CHAIR BASED exercises are held at Abbeyfield on Fridays from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. These exercise are open to non-residents. For further information telephone 871767.

300 CLUB: The next meeting will be held at Deans Place Hotel on October 8 at 8pm. To be in the October draw and have a chance of becoming £50 richer it is necessary to be a member. For £10 a year there is a chance each month of winning £50 and sharing a sociable meeting once a month at a local hostelry. Apart from the prize money, all the money raised goes towards supporting the War Memorial Hall, a vital part of our village life. To become a member join the group at Deans Place on October 8 or give name and contact details, together with a cheque made payable to The Alfriston 300 Club, to Hicks, The Alfriston Newsagents.

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society meeting will be on October 10 at 2.30pm in the War Memorial Hall when Jacqueline Aviolet will talk on Perennial Asters - History and Propagation. She will be bringing some plants along for sale.

LITLINGTON, LULLINGTON and West Dean Village Hall Committee has received grants from a variety of local and national grant providers to provide an ambitious building project that will create an outside seating area with level access to the hall and steps directly to the playground behind. The South Downs National Park Sustainable Communities Fund, Veolia Environmental Trust, Wealden District Council’s Community Grants Scheme and the Cuckmere Valley Parish Council have all generously contributed to enable this scheme to become possible. The village hall is also celebrating its 60th Anniversary. To mark the occasion there will be an exhibition of books, photographs, paintings, prints and memorabilia tracing the history and major events in the three villages it serves. Tea/coffee and cakes will be available at the Hall on October 12 and 13 between 10am and 4pm with the proceeds going towards the village hall. Peter Bidmead will give a short talk about the three villages at 10.30am on October 12.

THE ALFRISTON and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society will be holding its October meeting on October 17 at 7.30pm in the War Memorial Hall. The two speakers have very different approaches to local history. Jayne Shrimpton is a professional dress historian, a photo, artwork and picture dating expert and has worked on artworks all over the world. As well as writing books and articles for family history magazines she dates photos at the family history television show Who Do You Think You Are? Her talk will be entitled Looking at Family and Local History Photographs. The second speaker is Dr Sally White, an archaeologist and historian who has been curator of Worthing Museum and manager of Lewes Castle and museum. Her subject for the evening will be Lewes Castle. Dr White will talk about the history of this local monument. All are welcome. Admission: members free; non-members £5.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Harvest Family Service followed by Harvest Lunch at the Dunn Village Hall. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).

RAFA MEMORIAL: Flying Officer Peter Crofts Hurricane was severely damaged in a dog-fight on 28 September 1940. He baled out, but was mortally wounded. A memorial cross was placed in the nearby lane near Padgham Corner by his family. Over the years this has been replaced, and the current one was installed this year. The annual service of remembrance and parade will be held this Sunday. Members of RAFA and the Royal Air Forces Association and the No 54 (Eastbourne) Squadron Air Training Corps, and members of the public take part in the service led by Rev Marc Lloyd. Wreaths will be laid. We then adjourn to the Bodle Street village hall for a delicious tea provided by the WI. All are welcome.

GAMES EVENING: Ye Olde Games Evening will be held at the village hall from 7.30pm to 10pm next Saturday, October 12. It will feature a Beetle Drive, Generation Game (don’t forget the cuddly toy), Call My Bluff, Just A Minute and the Aardvark Relay. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £5 for children and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 Geoff on 833343 or Peter on 07860 889203. A Jacket Potato Supper is included. Proceeds go to St John’s Church.


OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY: This morning, Friday, if you go along to Busheyfields, Western Road, Hailsham at 10.30am until 1pm there will be cream teas, a tombola, flower arrangements and Bon Marche will be selling items. Opening by the Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley. The day is aimed to celebrate older people and everything they do for the community. There are events being held nationally and if you want to find out more visit or

ST MARY’S: This is the nineteenth Sunday after Trinity and Harvest Festival. 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 10.30am All Age Special with crèche. 3pm Marshview Harvest Service. 6.30pm Evening Prayer.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Night Diary dates for meetings are October 8 and 29 at The King’s Head. Recently, young, beginner knitters have been coming to the meetings, bringing their enthusiasm and willingness to learn. But at the last meeting two of us old hands were crocheting and this led to reflections and insights on the early stages of learning a new skill. Many heads solve problems. When you begin to knit, you can learn two stitches, then grouping them in different ways allows many pattern choices. There are more basic stitches in crochet and, confusingly, American patterns give them similar but different names. Experienced crocheters would be welcomed with open arms to a meeting. If you would like to share knitting or crochet experiences at any level, come to The King’s Head on the second or last Tuesday of any month at 7.30pm. Phone the King’s Head (01323 440447) or Su (07591 631749) for more details.

ORGAN CLUB: All meetings are at the Pavilion, George Street on the second Wednesday of each month. Non-members are most welcome at all meetings, which start at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm. At the next meeting on Wednesday members will welcome a man who always has a big following wherever he plays, Richard Bower. For more info on any show contact Charles Clegg on 01323 762411, or go to and go to the Hailsham Organ Club page.

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society next meeting is on Wednesday at the Methodist church hall, and is presented by Peter Pyemont. His subject is A History of the Bullfight. All welcome. Visitors £2.50. Those that missed the meeting last month lost out on a real step back in time as Peter Gillies, with the aid of his magic lantern, showed pictures from glass plates of how the south coast was over 100 years ago. For example, the chain pier and the daddy long legs - was it boat or tram, at Brighton. A paddle steamer at Eastbourne, it would be good to have the landing stage at the end of the pier made good, then perhaps slips like the Waverley could visit. A very good evening put over in Peter’s unique style. Peter has been booked for September 10, 2014, so make a note in your diaries for a talk entitled Hands on Entertainment, before electricity ruled our lives. Anybody wanting information regarding the historical society can contact David Bourne on 01323 440359.

OUT AND ABOUT: On Thursday the group will be visiting Sheffield Park, National Trust. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy lunch in the restaurant. Meet in South Road car park at 10am. For more information or details please contact Ray or Ruth Bodkin on 01323 843948.

QUIZ NIGHT: Hailsham Old Pavilion society will be holding a quiz night on Saturday October 12 at Summerheath Hall from 7.30pm. There will be a ploughman’s supper and bring your own drinks. Tickets are £6 each per person and there will be teams of four to six players only. To book call Paula on (01323) 841373.

NEW MEDIATORS NEEDED: Fourteen new mediators are needed from a wide variety of backgrounds for Mediation Plus to help cover the increased number of referrals the service has been receiving this year. With local public sector and statutory services such as the Police, Courts, Youth Support and schools all continuing to face a financial squeeze, mediation is being increasingly used as an alternative way to resolve disputes and help improve communication between neighbours and young people and their families. Mediators will receive accredited mediation skills training across five Saturdays in Hailsham starting on October 12. They will then help to diffuse local conflicts, neighbour disputes and anti-social behaviour across the area, helping to prevent minor issues becoming major problems and improving the quality of life of residents. Mediation skills are also applicable to many professional sectors, including housing, young people’s services, family support, education and is suitable for those working in other frontline support services dealing with the public. Details about training and applications from Clive Gross or Joan Eades at Mediation Plus 01323 442781 or email

BONFIRE SOCIETY: This year the celebrations are on Saturday October 19 and start in Hailsham Town Centre at 7.30pm until midnight. There will be a torchlight procession, fireworks, fancy dress prizes and grand marching bands. For more information visit

100 YEARS AGO: In October 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote: My dear friends, the roof of the north aisle is now finished and £3 is still required. Will not those who have not yet given, wipe this off?

Hellingly & Horsebridge

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.

PHOTOGRAPHIC Society welcomed new speaker, Mervyn Taylor DPAGB EFIAP from Tonbridge, who gave a print lecture titled Glimpses - Monochrome and Colour. The images were all dark room prints. He began with Cuba and said it was so colourful he takes photographs in black and white. Members were shown many photographs of families in Trinidad either at home or in the streets, who were poverty stricken but mostly seemed quite happy. In the back streets of Havana, three men were seen lounging on a wall, and against the Buena Vista wall three boys were practising baseball with a cane as bat and a bottle top for a ball. There were also photographs of Big Mama with her family group. Many infra red images were shown which make very atmospheric pictures. Tracks, sky and buildings in Dungeness, tide, rocks and skies in the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland. Then there were a few colour photos of the Dingle Peninsular Ireland, ridges in the sand, green fields in the mist and razor shells on the beach. A thoroughly entertaining and humorous evening and it is hoped that Mervyn Taylor will return to the club in future with more of his wonderful images.

HELLINGLY WI: For almost a century the branch has met at Hellingly village hall and continues to do so on the first Tuesday of every month at 2.30pm. The WI’s origins can be traced to Stoney Creek in Canada in 1897 with the Women’s Institute (WI) formed in the UK in 1915. Its purpose was to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Very soon after the WI’s formation, the Hellingly branch held its first meeting in the village hall in 1918. On Tuesday the group celebrated its 95th birthday with lunch at Chalk Farm and is very proud to have been awarded a certificate from the East Sussex Federation of Women’s Institutes following its recent annual conference, in recognition of the branch’s longevity. Since its inception, the organisation’s aims have broadened and it is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. Celebrating its centenary in 2015 the WI currently has over 210,000 members in around 6,600 branches. The organisation plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. For more information about the Hellingly branch contact Iris on 841875 or for more general information about the organisation visit the National website at


DON’T FORGET the Jumble Sale in Laughton Parish Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. More information 01323 811385.


SENIORS’ FORUM: Lewes District Seniors’ Forum invites members and friends to our Older People’s Day celebrations. An afternoon of light entertainment (a miscellany of songs, music, poetry and prose) on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm at St Thomas a Becket Community Hall, Cliffe High Street.

NT LEWES CENTRE: On October 10 there will be a meeting at Priory School, Mountfield Road at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Dr Sally White who will be talking about Sussex Piers – disappointed bridges or palaces of delight. No n members welcome £3.

A SOUTHDOWN FARM IN THE FIFTIES: Ian Everest will be showing his remarkable film, recorded in the 1950s, of the annual cycle of activities on a local farm throughout the farming year. The film illustrates just how much farming has changed during many of our lifetimes. This event, sponsored by the Lewes District branch of CPRE Sussex, will take place at the King’s Church Building, Brooks Road at 7.30 pm on Wednesday. All are welcome and there is no entry charge. Light refreshments will be available.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO Harvest Festival service on Sunday will be at 11am with Rev David Farey preaching, followed by a bring and share lunch in church to which all are invited. The retiring collection is in aid of the Chichester Diocese’s Harvest Appeal, Equipping the Saints, for the five West African dioceses with whom the Diocese is partnered Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cameroon. The money raised will provide training for ministers of the Gospel (ordained or lay) that will equip them to resource others too. Now for some news: last Saturday, September 28, was a re-dedication of the Finnish War Memorial in our churchyard in the presence of the Ambassadors of Finland and Russia. This was followed by speeches and a very happy reception where wine and good food flowed. The other news is from Michael Blencowe, Community Wildlife Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust. He said ‘Over the past year I have been supporting local volunteers with their plans to create a small haven for wildlife and a beautiful place for reflection in a corner of St John’s Churchyard. In 2013 we let the area grow wild so we can find out what plants and animals occur there naturally. We will be holding our next meeting at 11am on Saturday October 12 (meet in the churchyard. Anyone interested and would like to know more, please come along and join us.’ Finally, a hearing aid has been found on the floor of the church. It’s labelled Demalogic and is being kept safely in the hope that someone will report it lost.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The climb out of Lewes by the old racecourse to Blackcap is very steady. There was some sort of do on, where they were serving champagne, when we passed the stables. We later learnt that it was a promotion for the Susie Smith Stables who are based there. We briefly joined the South Downs Way before dropping down, on a chalky track, to pass the site of the Medieval Village of Balmer. A short section of the track was wet and extremely slippery. Two mountain bikers and one walker succumbed to the effects of gravity when they lost traction, with a very muddy outcome. At Housedean two of the group chose the half-day option and caught the bus back to Lewes. The remaining five climbed up to join Juggs Road which we followed back into Lewes. The views, as ever, were wide and wonderful. Hilda and Graham led the walk. The next walk is on Sunday at Cowden. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start and bring a picnic. Walk will finish at 3pm.

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

SCOUTS: On Wednesday October 24, 1st Ninfield Scout group became affiliated with the Bexhill branch of the Royal British Legion. The ceremony, conducted by the District Chaplin, Father Michael Brydon, was attended by dignitaries from the Royal British Legion and Senlac District Scouts. You will find Ninfield Scout group selling Poppies at Sainsburys, Bexhill, nearer to Remembrance Sunday. Father Michael also blessed a newly created group flagpole. The flagpole is dedicated to the memory of Kevin Tomson, son of Neil Tomson. Neil has had links to the scout group over many years and wanted to donate some funds towards something that both had purpose for the Ninfield scout group, as well as having a lasting memory to Kevin. The group would like to thank Neil for his kind donation, Paddy Ballard for the beautifully crafted flagpole and Ian Cannon of Southern Metal Developments for creating the Fleur-de-lis flagpole final.

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY are holding an exhibition tomorrow, Saturday, at Hooe Village Hall, 10am to 4pm. The society has recently celebrated it’s first birthday and the exhibition is a celebration of the work that it has achieved thus far. Entry to the exhibition is free. Go along and enjoy the exhibits and learn a little more about the History of Hooe; share your memories; add to the information already collected, even correct facts if you have first hand information. Arrange to meet friends on Saturday and enjoy company over coffee.

DISCO: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Friends of Ninfield School have organised a Back to School disco in the Memorial Hall. There will be a night of 70s, 80s and early 90s music to enjoy and dance the night away to. Doors open at 7.30pm to 11pm. There will be a well stocked bar. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the school office or Ninfield Post Office. The Friends look forward to seeing you there.

THE FLOWER GROUP are meeting on Monday at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. This month they welcome Jean Allan with her demonstration entitled Autumn Glory. All non-members are welcome at a small charge of £3, which includes refreshments. All flowers demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding the above please contact Susan on 01323 844634 after 6pm or email

HOOE OPEN GROUP are meeting on October 11, 2.30pm at Hooe Village hall where they will welcome Sarah Page will be presenting the history of the Sussex Trug as well as demonstrating its manufacturing technique. If you would like further information about the group, please call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

JUMBLE SALE: Ninfield Flower Group are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday October 12 in the Memorial Hall. Doors open 2pm. If you are unable to attend on the day and would like to donate, cakes or produce, it can be dropped off with Beryl Harmer, Chamberlain House, The Green, Ninfield (01424 892057) or contact Jennifer on (01424 892878). The money raised at our jumble sales is essential fundraising for the club.

HARVEST LUNCH: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Harvest Lunch in their hall on Sunday October 13, 12.30pm. Tickets are £5 each are available from church members or Paul and Betty Burson by telephoning 892192. All are very welcome.

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, Harvest Festival Family Service with Rev Ian H Wales. They look forward to welcoming the 1st Ninfield Scout Group to this special service of Thanksgiving for God’s gifts. They would be grateful for any gifts of produce/tins; which will subsequently be distributed in the village, and via Bexhill Foodbank.


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

QUIZ NIGHT: The twinning association are holding a quiz night at the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday. All welcome from 7.30pm, followed by our AGM. Further details from Amanda on 486021.

THE BOWLS CLUB is having an AGM on Tuesday at Polegate Community Centre. See centre notice board for more details.

POLEGATE SINGERS meet on Wednesday evenings at the Community Centre. Do come along and join us. More information from Helen Stiles on

THE WI meets on the second Thursday of the month in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre, from 2pm to 4pm. Visitors welcome. For more details ring Ann Parrini on 489332.

SENIOR CITIZENS club meets every Monday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. Come along and join us for tea and biscuits and see what else we have to offer. We meet at the Community Centre. All welcome.

TICKETS are now on sale for Polegate Drama’s next 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 & Partners, 48 High Street, 483348. Production takes place from Wednesday October 30 to Saturday November 2. Or online at

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on October 10 include Upper Dicker – Arlington Circular, five miles fairly flat, field tracks, road and 17 stiles with Dave C. Or A Walk in the High Weald, nearly 10 miles passing the pubs at Vines Cross, Warbleton and Rushlake Green and Old Heathfield. Includes a section of the Cuckoo trail, take picnic, several stiles with John R. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

COFFEE MORNING and Autumn Fair in aid of 1st Polegate Brownies at the Free Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. All welcome.

EXHIBITION: The Church Street Art Group who are tutored by Teresa Currie are having their annual exhibition and sale of original artworks, photography, prints, cards and other crafts on Saturday October 12, 10am to 4pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, Willingdon. There will be light refreshments available all day and commission from the sale of work will go to church funds and Family Support Work.

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network. Eastbourne Support Group. Dr Ashok Nikapota, Consultant Clinical Oncologist at the Sussex Cancer Centre and Worthing and Southlands Hospital, was welcomed to the September meeting as guest speaker. He gave an interesting talk about high dose brachytherapy. This is a newer treatment for prostate cancer and will be available locally in the near future. He explained the theory behind it in that a high dose reduces the duration of the radiotherapy treatment. He also elaborated on the procedure and research comparing this treatment with other treatments. September was also time to reflect on five years of the quarterly newsletter now sponsored by Converteco. Mike, the editor, chose to mark this with a collection of photographs from past issues and fundraising events. Earlier in the month some of the group collected £107.33 thanks to the generosity of customers shopping at Tesco in Lottbridge Drove. 209 items of literature were taken by members of the public wanting to know more about prostate cancer. Our monthly meetings (except for August) also provide opportunity to find out more from the experts and ask questions in a less formal setting. Tea and coffee are provided. The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital. All are welcome. Speakers will be Debbie Davis and Jackie Welch, Community bladder and bowel advisor’s, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258/641513 or e-mail if you require further details or visit our website:

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

PUBLIC INQUIRY: I managed to give you the wrong month in last week’s report on the parish council. It is in fact October 7 to 9. This is regarding the status of the bridleway between Callers Corner and Cade Street, and will be held at the Dunn Village Hall.

HARVEST WEEKEND: Over next weekend, this year our giving of thanks to God for all his goodness to us will be marked with an even more special display of flowers in the church. We invite everyone to join us over the weekend to enjoy this special time in the life of our community. On both days, there will be displays in the church portraying some of our church activities and the work undertaken by some of the Christian agencies we support. The children of Punnetts Town School will be providing their reflections on Harvest time in an artistic display in the churchyard. Light refreshments, including a ploughman’s lunch will be available in the Church Rooms on Saturday between 11am and 3.30pm and the church will be open all day. There will also be a cake stall in the church Rooms. On Sunday, our special services will start with Holy Communion at 8am followed by our Harvest Festival Celebration for all the family at 11am and then a service of Choral Evensong at 6.30pm. All are welcome at our annual Harvest Lunch in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, starting at 12.30pm. This year we are combining our Harvest Thanksgiving with our annual Gift Day. In addition to our ordinary year long financial support of Christian ministry in our parish we are using this occasion to make one-off donations as we reflect on God’s goodness to us and our desire to see Christian ministry and service continue in our community and further afield.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Harvest Family Service followed by Harvest Lunch at the Dunn Village Hall. 6.30pm Harvest Evensong. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with holy communion led by Paul Daniels. 6.30pm Evening service with Erik Cornelisse.

COFFEE AND COMPANY: Coffee and Company is open every Thursday at the Osborn House Community Room from 10am to noon. On Thursday October 17 there will be a special event in aid of the Horder Centre. There will a raffle, bring and buy and cakes for sale.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

RESULTS of the Willingdon and Jevington in Bloom competition organised by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council are as follows: Front gardens, early blooming cottage: 1, Richard Stapp; 2, Merton Cox; 3, Mrs Christine Cole. Certificates of achievement were awarded to Violet Smith, Ann Slingo, Patricia Moore and Jean Douglas. Front gardens, later blooming: 1, Mr and Mrs Bennett; 2, Kathleen Almond; 3, John Hunt. Certificates of achievement went to Douglas Orford, Sally Attfield, Ronald Block, Kathryn Turner and Keith Wickens. Unusual and Novelty gardens: joint 1, Mrs Ganley and Sue Roche. Window boxes and hanging baskets: 1, Christine Harrison; 2, Catherine Holter; 3, Jill Markwick. Educational and environmental: 1,Willingdon Primary School; 2, Willingdon Pre-School; 3, Sarah Creed.

TRAVELLING TRENDS are hosting a fashion show today, Friday, at the Memorial Hall in aid of Willingdon Flower Club. The doors open at 2pm and the fashion show will start at 2.30pm. Other attractions include jewellery, home-made cakes, books, a raffle, and an auction for a quilt. Tickets are £5 to include refreshments. For further information please ring Alison on 01323 645527.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm until the end of October. Tomorrow, Saturday, there will also be a fund raising coffee morning for the mill from 10am to noon at Polegate Community Centre. The coffee morning is being organised by Jenny Wells and she would appreciate offers of help as well as donations of cakes and scones, and prizes for the raffle. Extra help on the day will mean that there will also be a mill souvenir table and a book stall. Please ring Jenny on 01323 487671.

BOURNE CHORUS: A musical evening with Bourne Chorus is being hosted by Maureen and John Males at The Cottage Dittons Road Polegate in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which has now obtained planning permission to build a supported residential centre in Old Town for adults with a learning disability. The evening starts at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday. For further information or for tickets please contact Jill Parker on 08432 893624 or Maureen Males on 01323 482011.

GADZOOK’S: Duncan’s highly entertaining Western swing gypsy band will be the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

TICKETS for St Mary’s Church harvest supper on October 5 are now sold out. There will be a quiz evening on Saturday November 16 instead of the usual annual barn dance. The quiz will be held in the church hall. If you were too late to get tickets for the harvest supper, do make sure you book for the quiz in good time. Tickets are £5 and can be obtained after the 9.30am harvest festival service on Sunday or ring Pat Lambie on 01323 502820.

JEVINGTON CHURCH will be celebrating harvest thanksgiving on Sunday. The service will begin at 11.15am and will be followed by a bring and share lunch.

ST MARY’S CHURCH is starting a bi-weekly group for young people aged 14 plus. The first meeting will be from 7pm to 8.30pm on Sunday in the church hall. The new club will be called Ablaze. The youth club for the eight to 14 year olds is held in the church hall on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9pm. The next meeting for this age group is on October 16 when there will be a cooking competition. For further information please contact Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528 or Susan and Stuart Freeman on 01323 505833.

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. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

THE 3MMM’s enjoyed a very interesting talk from Graham Albon about Sri Lanka recently. The next meeting is at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when there will be a talk from a fire officer about safety in the home. Members are also asked to bring along some non-perishable foods for the Eastbourne Food Bank.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS will be meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday at the Red Lion. The planned talk on roses actually took place at the last meeting, but advice is always available on this or any other topic. Meetings are very informal. Bring along some seeds or cuttings if you would like to swap them or give them away.

JEVINGTON and Filching WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall when Tony Smith will be talking about the work of the Brownhead Horse charity.