Parish Pump Hailsham - September 13, 2013


WILMINGTON CHURCH Flower Festival at St Mary and St Peter’s Church is being held from September 13 to 15, at 10am to 5.30pm ending with Songs of Praise at 5.30pm on Sunday. There will be lunches, teas, refreshments and produce stalls, with organ and other music played daily. Entrance and parking is free.

MUCH ADO BOOKS is taking part in the nationwide celebration of books and bookshops by giving away book-bags to customers who spend £7.50 or more on September 14. Cate Olsen and Nash Robbins would not miss an opportunity to encourage customers to express their creative side so there will be a chance to visit the upstairs craft room to sew, mark or glue for those who might like to individualise their bags. The materials will be on offer to have a creative time and make your bag really stand out. The shop will also be offering customers a chance to feature in an on-line film to be shown on the Much Ado website. ‘This new campaign is about loving books and in the film we want to give people a chance to show off the books they’re taking home,’ said Nash Robbins.

BERWICK COURT FARM is the location for Laughton Agricultural Society’s 83rd annual ploughing match. On September 18 there will be some high class ploughing from tractor and horse and the opportunity to gain a view of farming life from various stalls and stands linked to the local agricultural industry. Members, supporters and entrants will be displaying their produce and skills.

CUCKMERE VALLEY Historical Society. After the summer break the historical society will meet at the War Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on September 19. The two speakers will be Simon Steven, senior archaeologist at Archaeology South-East, one of the local professional units. He has spent the last 20 years digging holes and looking in them for treasure. Under the title Pits, Priories and Privies - Archaeology in Sussex, he will talk about some of the things he has found. The second speaker is Peter Bidmead, an enthusiastic archaeologist and historian. The subject of his talk is Living off Land and Sea - Cuckmere’s Early Settlers. All welcome. Admission: members free, non-members £5.

Bodle Street Green

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

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at the village hall at 7pm on Thursday. The public are welcome to attend and can raise matters early in the meeting. The council has a new website, which gives details of the council, its members and meetings, plus links to various local organisations.

AUCTION OF PROMISES: Bryan Gibson has let me know that the wrong date was published. This event, at 7pm for 7.30pm on Friday September 20, is the formal launch of the Extension Appeal for the village hall. This will provide an extension in the kitchen area of the hall. The auction will be conducted, after supper, by local auctioneer James Braxton (as seen on TV), and there will be a silent auction of some of the lots. An addition is the special guest, entertainer and magician Bertie Pearce. There is still an opportunity to provide lots, contact Pauline at Tickets are £15 to include a three course supper and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343. There will also be a licensed bar. The next event is a showing of the Opera Carmen on November 16. Tickets from Bryan or Geoff.


ART BOX MIME: Pop along with your youngsters after school today, Friday, to the Fleur de Lys room at the Town Council office from 3.30pm to 5pm for a mime and movement workshop. Book your place there beforehand and pay your £2. Tomorrow, Saturday, if you have been attending the Jungle Book workshops you can go along to Hailsham Pavilion at 10.30am wearing your animal mask and take part in a fantastic theatre performance. Sing along with all your favourite Jungle Book songs, join in the dances, rhymes and games and learn about music and animals along the way.

RIDE AND STRIDE formerly the Sponsored Bike Ride, returns tomorrow, Saturday, between 8.45am and 6pm. Ron Timms, Deanery Organiser for this event, says he continues to be aware of the problems facing rural churches with small congregations and historic buildings to maintain. Accordingly, taking part either by cycling or walking or on horseback, in fact almost any form of transport apart from cars or motorcycles, is a way of supporting the rural ministry. There are sign up and sponsor sheets at the back of St Mary’s church for those participating in the event itself. If you require any further information or a sponsor form, please ring him on 844988 or 441079. Fifty per cent of the monies raised can be dedicated either to St Mary’s or another church in Sussex and not necessarily one within the Anglican Communion, the only requirement is the church (or chapel) is at least 100 years old. Last year St Mary’s raised a record sum of £644 which is by far the highest in the deanery. Let’s see if we can do even better this year.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey, who are celebrating 30 years of local broadcasting and will be visiting 30 different places in our area in 30 days, will be at Hailsham Farmers’ Market most of the morning. Go along to check out and buy excellent local produce and products and perhaps meet your local radio roaming reporter. This month local charity Family Support Work, which helps local people who need support during difficult times, will be selling mugs to help boost their funds and also will be happy to accept non-perishable food items for distribution. The animal market is not on Saturdays but you will be able to buy your local produce. A local nursery provides really good plants. Also there are various craft stalls. The Hailsham Farmers’ Market is in the Cattle Market, Market Street from 9am to 12.30pm. Visit for more details or contact Phil Brooks on (01323) 449478.

ST MARY’S: This is the 16th Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The Promise of God. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Battle of Britain Sunday. 6.30pm Choral Evening Prayer, The Presence of the Lord.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Corinthian church service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Sandra Stevenson. There is a Clairvoyant Evening next Friday September 20 from 7.30pm to 9pm with Malcolm Putland and psychic artist Lesleigh Badgery at Primrose Hall. Enquiries to Rev Theresa Swithenbank on (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582 or visit

GIVE BLOOD: Save a life. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.30pm at Hailsham Community Hall. Just go along or you can book an appointment at or telephone 0300 123 23 23.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights. Last year novelty Christmas jumpers had a fashion moment. It is unlikely they will trend two years in succession, but nevertheless, they were one of the topics under discussion at the last meeting. Knitters know these things need starting soon to have a chance of getting into Santa’s sack. The coloured yarns we discussed at a recent meeting will not be needed for this project, as to make an image stand out, plain colours are more successful. It will be interesting to see what everyone has chosen as their theme at the next get together on Tuesday September 24 at 7.30pm. The small group of knitting and crocheting enthusiasts welcome all comers to The King’s Head on the second and last Tuesday of the month. For more information phone Su (07591 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

RAMBLERS: If you want to you can visit three churches with Daphne (01323) 845055 on Wednesday over a 5.25 mile walk which is described as flat with a few styles. You may prefer a shorter walk with Nobby (01323) 440624 along Bexhill seafront parks, also on Wednesday. If you would like to go along please ring the walk leader for details.

MEWS MARKET: On Thursday from 9am to 3pm there is a new market in St George’s Mews between The Wetherspoons George Hotel and Hailsham Pet Supplies providing a mixture of craft and food stalls.

MACMILLAN COFFEE: The Wealden Senior citizens’ Partnership are having a MacMillan Coffee Morning at The Corn Exchange from 10am to 12.30am next Friday, September 20, a week before the official biggest coffee morning. Please go along and support the event and donate the cost of a coffee.

PAVILION OPEN DAY: Next Saturday, September 21, there is a coffee morning and open day at Hailsham Pavilion from 10am to noon. Go along and look around our lovely cinema and live arts venue. Find out about membership, enjoy refreshments. There will be merchandise, children’s entertainer, tombola and lucky seat competition.

FOOTPATHS: Hailsham Footpath 18c has had a new gate installed at OS TQ557/089. In liaison with a landowner improvements have been made. This is a footpath next to Bushy Wood, between Knockhatch and the A26. It had been in bad condition for some time. Chris Smith, Ramblers Sussex Parish Footpath Secretary for Arlington and Hellingly also mentioned that on the path at Hoatbush Farm, east of the road from Dicker to Gun Hill, the new owner has built a house on the footpath without getting a footpath diversion and has ploughed quite a bit of the rest of the path, which runs from the Gun Hill Road to just south of Worlds End farm. If you have any questions or information you would like to put to Chris, you can contact him at or phone 01273 474070 or write to PO box 2660 Lewes, BN7 2RW.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: A new photographic season began with a warm welcome back from chairman Ray Beckwith to all members including several new recruits. A social evening with wine and nibbles preceded a very interesting talk given by Ken Scott ARPS, a frequent visitor to the club. A selection of projected images was shown to illustrate how not to let restraints control your photography, be free thinking and open minded about it. Record exactly what stopped you in your tracks, shapes, textures, and colours. You don’t need expensive equipment or to be able to travel afar to find good subjects, wander around observing your surroundings to catch little moments. An inspirational evening was rounded off with an audio visual presentation titled The Sonnet Walks in London.

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society. At the August meeting Melanie Gibson-Barton, with the aid of pictures on a screen, took members through Flanders Fields showing archive pictures of the destruction and devastation of the towns and countryside on the front line. She then showed pictures after both wars, how the towns had been rebuilt, exactly as they originally were. Melanie and her husband visited many of the war site museums and had pictures of these during the war and which are preserved as wartime monuments. Another picture showed soldiers huddled together in snow and, one of her husband, soaking wet through after exploring one of the more remote war sites. She said ‘we went back for a warm shower and comfort, those poor souls suffered it for months.’ They also visited many war grave cemeteries and found her great uncle George’s grave. It is hard to imagine the number of graves that are there. Melanie had done a lot of research which she presented so well and thoroughly that at the end nobody had any questions to ask. It was a very interesting evening on a subject that started 99 years ago. And, for those that never came back, we will remember them. September is the last month that the museum is open for 2013. Friday and Saturday 10am to 12.30pm. Admission is free.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

MEDIEVAL WEEKEND: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10.30am to 5pm at Michelham Priory. Living history displays, archery competition, medieval traders, story telling, falconry, barbecue and beer tent. Visit for more information.

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.

OPEN GARDEN: This event is on behalf of the National Gardens Scheme of gardens open for charity and is on Sunday from 11am to 5pm at Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Lane, Arlington BN26 6SH. This is a plantsman’s two acre tranquil garden, autumn peaks with asters, cyclamen, colchium, dahlias, heleniums, miscanthus and verbenas. Most areas are wheelchair accessible. Refreshments available.

STAINED GLASS: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm at 4 Shawpits Cottages, Mill Lane, Hellingly BN27 4HB and part of the Hailsham Arts Festival, Isobel Ackary and Dot Hill with be opening their Labyrinth stained glass studios of traditional and contemporary stained glass made to commission. Kiln formed glass including individual cast and fused glass pieces will be on display. Isobel runs courses in stained glass including glass painting and sand blasting.

LONGLEYS STUDIO: On the Art Trail and open tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 11am to 5.30pm the exhibition features eight local artists of paintings, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery in the Studio Barns. Refreshments and delicious homemade cakes served in the gardens in support of Demelza.

ESSENCE OF EASTBOURNE: A selection of paintings by Sonya Taham inspired by the East Sussex countryside and local landmarks, displayed in the foyer and bar area of the Boship Lions Hotel, Lower Dicker tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.

VILLAGE SHOP: At the village shop they love art, food, coffee and music. Pop in and look around between 9am and 3pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday for a combination of all these things including Debbie Bowler Arts for the Hailsham Festival of Art.

GARDEN TOUR: A 90 minute tour starting at 11am exploring the seven acres of the historic gardens of Michelham Priory with the head gardener Stuart Reid on Thursday. Price (£15.50 non members, £10 FOMP/SAS members) includes entrance to house and grounds, tour and soup and roll in the café. Please register in advance on (01323) 844225 or email

PARISH COUNCIL: At the July meeting County Cllr Bennett reported a contract with BT to provide broadband in rural areas had been signed and most of the work was expected to be completed by spring 2016. County Cllr Bennett would shortly meet officials to discuss the provision of a primary school for North Hailsham. He would also arrange for Hellingly to participate in the Strengthening Local Relationships programme with County. The council was asked for information concerning the rumoured purchase of properties on Roebuck Park by a London Borough. The chairman had enquired and the developer was checking.

POLICE TALK: Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, Katy Bourne, is going to be giving a talk followed by a question and answer session on Saturday September 21 at Dicker village hall from 10.30am. Katy has been described as a ‘serial business builder’ having had either direct ownership or indirect interests in the success of several businesses. She says: ‘With your support, I am determined Sussex Police will operate effectively and efficiently and the values I have embraced during my professional career, hard work, integrity and fairness, underpin everything we do together.’ Katy lives in Mid Sussex with husband Kevin and two grown-up sons, William and Myles. She is a School Governor at Oriel High, Crawley and a Mid Sussex District Councillor. You can find out more about Katy and her manifesto at

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Norman’s Bay Caravan Park 9.45am to 10.15am; The Ridgeway, Herstmonceux 10.40am to 11.15am. Tomorrow, Saturday: Opposite Denbigh Court, Hooe 1.50pm to 2.35pm; Manchester Road, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm. Wednesday: Deanland Mobile Home Park 9.15am to 11.20am; Chiddingly School, noon to 12.30pm; Community Centre, Hailsham East 12.55pm to 1.25pm; Southdown Court, Bell Banks Road, Hailsham 2.20pm to 3.05pm; Cedars, Milland Road, Hailsham 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

THE FLOWER GROUP would like to thank everyone who attended their Flower Festival at the end of August. They will be donating the sum of £3,000 to the Sara Lee Trust (Hastings) which was their charity this year, together with a donation to the Memorial Hall. They also congratulate Jennifer Collett for winning the People’s Choice Trophy for her arrangement of the Hastings Music Festival. Jennifer won by an outstanding 674 votes.

HOOE OPEN GROUP meet today, Friday, 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. Their invited speaker will be Pam Vieler who will recall her memories from after the end of WWII. If you would like to socialise with a group of very friendly ladies, who enjoy each other’s companionship, why not come along to the village hall on the second Friday of any month, the club commences at 2.30pm and ends with tea and a raffle at 4.30pm. For further details, please contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP are meeting on Thursday, 7.30pm at the new venue of Ninfield Methodist Church Hall. This month they welcome Robert Bonnett from Sussex Mills Group who will give a talk on Ninfield and other local Windmills. The group are having an Open Day Exhibition at the Memorial Hall from 10am on Saturday, September 28, to showcase what has been accomplished in recording the many and varied aspects of Ninfield’s history. In addition to the ever popular Who/Where Is It? photos section (updated thanks to all those who contributed names and places!) they will be displaying the superb Ninfield Centenary Village Map as a companion to the 1913 Deeprose Map already on display. This will be donated to the parish council for display in the Memorial Hall as a record of the changes and growth in the village. Advance orders (with deposit, please) can be placed by anyone wanting a Village Map for family and friends. They will have other maps on display showing the timeline of how homes and businesses spread through the village. To complement that, there will be a map of air crash sites, so again, any memories will be welcome. It may be the piece in the jigsaw which allows records of the Battle of Britain etc to be updated. Adding to the Village Maps, they will also have details of historic buildings such as Luxford House. Does your house have some interesting facts? What do you know of its age, and who lived there before you? They have arranged for Hooe History Group to have their own display; as well as the local branch of the Sussex Family History Society, there will be four local and family history book sellers and also a confectionery stall. There will be refreshments available of course, and all help towards that will be appreciated, whether a member or not. If you would like further information about the group, please contact Rod Ffoulkes by emailing:, or calling 893635.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s 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 Rev Ian Wales.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre on Saturday is hosted by Polegate Drama Group. All welcome from 10am until noon.

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network, Eastbourne Support Group. Geoff Brown, Project Implementation Manager for the Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre, was the speaker for the July meeting. Geoff spoke to the group at the beginning of 2012 and so was able to provide a useful update on the Centre. Work will begin at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in October and the new facility should be open in January/February 2015. See Geoff spoke about the Survivorship Pathway which Macmillan Cancer Support wish to develop to help people and their carers/loved ones live with and beyond cancer. Several new projects are being piloted across Sussex. For example, East Sussex Library Services are to take part in an information provision project to produce a directory of cancer services. Macmillan Cancer Support is also working with others such as Boots the chemist and Care for the Carers. There are also partnerships with Brighton Housing Trust and Money Advice Plus to provide financial advice. Geoff also explained the volunteering programme to develop work mentoring and befriending services. The latter is called Brighton Buddies. In addition, there is work to explore physical activity and ensure people can access Walking for health opportunities. See Geoff said anyone who wants to get involved and be part of the service user and carer group for the Centre should get in touch on 07703672773. Please contact Graham Hatfield on 01323 749258 / 641513 or e-mail

GARDENERS’ SOCIETY: Our gardeners always manage to put on a good show despite what the weather may throw at them. There was a good display of vegetables and fruit followed by a beautiful display of dahlias which almost outshone the chrysanthemums, and not forgetting the gladioli, asters, zinnias, and begonias. The boards of fuchsia and begonia blooms were in abundance and there were some very prickly cacti and succulents. Large arrays of photographs were on display showing Spring Lambs, Summer Roses and Autumn Bliss. They were all so good it must have been a hard task for the judge. In the decorative section the titles were A Question of Sport, Beads and Berries and Sand, Shells and ???. The trophies were presented by, A Clingo, president of the society. First prize winners were: Section One Vegetables: 12 Haive de Niort shallots, J Fuller; 12 pickling shallots, W Burgess; three specimen onions, J Fuller; five onions under 4ins, J Fuller; four potatoes, J Fuller; three carrots, J Fuller; three beetroot, W Burgess; three parsnips, J Fuller; six runner beans, J Fuller; two greenhouse cucumbers, J Fuller; two ridge or outdoor cucumbers, Miss S Burtenshaw, two lettuce, J Fuller; two cabbages, J Fuller; three leeks, J Fuller; two table marrows or squashes, J Pritchett; two courgettes, Mrs D Rideout, five tomatoes, W Burgess, three beef tomatoes, R Reeve; 10 small tomatoes, D Cooke; any other vegetable, Mrs D Rideout; one novelty vegetable, Mrs D Rideout, the longest bean, J Fuller; basket of mixed vegetables, R Reeve. Garden News Top Tray, R Reeve. Section Two Fruit: four dessert apples, A Harris; four cooking apples, Miss S Burtenshaw, dish of 12 berries, Mrs A Sawyer; dish of any other fruit (not berries), R Smith; four different types of fruit, R Smith. Section Four Dahlias: Vase three decorative 6 to 8ins, A Light; vase three decorative 4 to 6ins, Mrs S Goddard; vase three decorative up to 4ins, A Light; vase three semi-cacti 6 to 8ins, A Light; vase three semi-cacti 4 to 6ins, A Light; vase three mini ball, A Light; vase three small ball, Mrs S Goddard; vase three small decorative, Waterlily, A Light; vase five pompon, Mrs S Goddard; one specimen, any variety, Mrs M Spray; vase five mixed, any variety, Mrs R Haynes; vase five mixed medium, small, mini, Mrs R Haynes. Section Five Chrysanthemums: One specimen bloom, A Light; one specimen spray, A Light; one vase three sprays, A Light. Section Six General: Vase five zinnias, A Light; three cut blooms of begonia on a board, Mrs R Haynes; six fuchsia blooms on a board, one variety, Mrs S Goddard; six fuchsia blooms on a board, over two varieties, A Harris; vase three different stems autumn foliage, Ms D Cocks; vase four stems mixed flowers, Mrs R Haynes; vase five African marigolds, Mrs D Gearing; vase three gladioli, D Brown; one specimen gladioli, D Brown; vase three asters, Mrs A Sawyer. Section Seven Pot Plants: One pot of begonias, D Brown; one pot fuchsia, Mrs M Spray; one pot plant in flower, D Brown; one pot plant for foliage, Mrs S Smith; one orchid in flower, Mrs S Smith; one cactus, Mrs J Wells; one succulent, Mrs J Wells. Section Eight Photos: Spring Lambs, R Smith; Summer Roses, Mrs S Goddard; Autumn Bliss, M Cooke. Section Nine Decorative: A Question of Sport, Mrs S Goddard; Beads and Berries, Mrs S Goddard; Sand, Shells and ???, Mrs S Goddard. Awards: Etchell Cup, best exhibit section one, J Fuller; Miller Bowl, most points section one, J Fuller; Mitchell Cup, most points section three, R Smith; Silver Medal Certificate, best exhibit section four, A E Light; Norman Dibble Cup, best exhibit section four, Mrs M Spray; Floral Cup, most points section four, Mrs R Haynes; Bronze Medal, second highest points section four, Mrs M Spray; Bill Daly Cup, best exhibit section five, A E Light; Charles Kings Cup, most points section five, A E Light; Leslie Whitbread Cup, best exhibit section six, A E Light; Asher Cup, best exhibit section six class 48, Mrs R Haynes; Autumn Floral Cup, best exhibit section six class 54, D Brown; Noel King Trophy, best exhibit section seven, Mrs S Smith; Bob Simmonds Trophy, most points section seven, D Brown; Knight Cup, best exhibit section eight, M Cooke; Marshall Cup, best exhibit section nine, Mrs S Goddard; Shephard Cup, most points section nine, Mrs S Goddard. Judges were Mr D Lancaster, Mr C Bryen, Mr O Hone and Mrs A Brookes.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

ART SHOW: Art on the Green is part of the Hailsham Arts and Culture Festival Trail and takes place this weekend, at the Dunn Village Hall. Refreshments will be available. The hall will be open from 10.30am to 5.30pm on Saturday and 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. There will be a variety of art on show, paintings, photographs, craft, 3-dimensional work, sculpture and pottery. Some work will be for sale, and there will be an art quiz over the weekend. Coffee and Company will serve coffees on Saturday morning and wine will be available on Saturday evening. Ploughman’s lunches will be served on Saturday and teas on both afternoons.

CHURCH SERVICES: 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 Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am morning worship and 6.30pm evening service with communion. Both services conducted by Rev Robert Scott.

HISTORY GROUP: David Calvert gave us a fascinating glimpse into the history of Herstmonceux Castle on Monday evening. He started with the various families who have owned the castle during the centuries, their lives and loss of life and the way the household ran. This was followed by illustrations of the building and its occupants, its decline and partial demolition and then rebuilding in the 20th century. It was then used for many years by the Royal Observatory until light pollution forced a move to Las Palmas. It is now used by a Canadian university, a return to educational use, which the original buildings on the site, before the castle, were used for. For our next walk we meet at the lay-by just north of Cowbeech on the Rushlake Green Road on Saturday September 21 at 2pm. The walk will include the site of iron workings.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at Bodle Street Green village hall at 7pm on Thursday. The public are welcome to attend and parishioners can raise matters early in the meeting. The council has a new website, which gives details of the council, its members and meetings, plus links to various local organisations.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Wilmington Church will be holding a Flower Festival on September 13, 14 and 15 from 10am to 5.30pm. Admission and parking are free. Lunches, teas, refreshments and produce will be on sale. The theme of the flower festival is Faith in Flowers and on the Friday and Saturday from 11am to 5pm there will be music in the church with a multi-faith theme performed by local organists and recordings. On the Sunday, music will also be a large part of the festival from 11am. At 4.15pm it will include spiritual music from Afghanistan with John playing Afghan lutes and vocalist Veronica. A Songs of Praise service will then be held at 5.30pm featuring some well-known hymns and songs.

COFFEE MORNING: Willingdon WI is hosting a charity coffee morning from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Church Hall in aid of the Tuesday O’Hara Fund which supports young adults with cancer and leukaemia. There will be a variety of stalls selling cakes, produce, plants, chocolate tombola, bric-a-brac, books, toys and a raffle. Admission is £1 to include coffee/tea and biscuits.

BREATH OF AFRICA is now in paperback and on Kindle and was written by local author Jane Bwye member of St Wilfrid’s Church. Jane will be at the Christian Resource Centre at 91-93 Seaside Road Eastbourne from 11am to 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, for book signing and also St Wildrid’s History which is an account of the major happenings of her church decade by decade.

TWISTED FATE will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

A MUSIC SHOWCASE with the Downland Singers is at 3pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church. Programmes are £5 on the door. It will include tea and cakes. For more information ring 01323 484189.

RIDE AND STRIDE takes place tomorrow, Saturday. The idea is participants visit as many churches as possible in their chosen area either by foot or cycle and are sponsored. Half the money raised goes to their local church and the other half to Sussex Historic Churches Trust which provides grants to churches for repairs and restoration work. The three ways you can help are either to participate in the ride and stride and get as many sponsors as possible, or you could sponsor a cyclist or walker or you could act as steward to welcome visiting cyclists and walkers on the day. For Willingdon Church contact David Fleuty on 01323 485357 or for Jevington Church contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237.

STRUM AND BASS: Martin and Alan’s unique and varied set at the Wheatsheaf tomorrow, Saturday, at 8.30pm includes rockabilly covers, country, ska and some original material.

BAKE AT HOME and bring on the day. This is the message from Polegate Windmill as their bread day is on Sunday. Your entry needs to be at the mill between 9am and 10am on the day and will be judged by a master baker who will present the prizes at 4pm. The mill will be open from 2pm to 5pm. The adult classes are: class 1, small white loaf (about 400g); class 2, small wholemeal loaf (about 400g); class 3, Victoria sponge (from recipe provided); class 4, fancy bread (which now includes a section for children); class 5, four Chelsea buns; and class 6, five fruit scones. In the children’s classes, class 7 is for two windmill shaped biscuits and class 8 is for the five best decorated cakes. The entry fee for each class is 50p. For more information or an application form with the recipe for the Victoria sponge, please contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496.

CHARITY BARBECUE: The Mayor’s chosen charities for the year 2013/2014 are Chloe’s Fight for Sight and the Matthew 25 Mission which supports homeless and vulnerable people in Eastbourne. On Sunday from noon to 3pm a charity barbecue will be held at the Chalk Farm Centre. Attractions include musical entertainment, dancing, tombola and face painting. Admission to include the barbecue is £10 for adults, £3 for a child aged four to 15 years, or £25 for a family ticket (two adults and two children). Tickets can be obtained from Reid Briggs & Co 49 South Street Eastbourne. Contact the mayor’s office on 01323 415020 or email

CHURCHES TOGETHER Songs of Praise is being held at Willingdon Community School at 6.30pm on Sunday. Each representative church has been asked to choose and introduce one hymn.

CHURCH RAMBLERS will meet at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm to drive to Barcombe Mill for a circular five mile walk via the Anchor Inn.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council finance and policy committee will meet at Willingdon Community School at 7.30pm on Monday. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

ART CLASSES: Angela Burnap will continue her Thursday morning art classes from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Wannock Village Hall and the new term starts on September 26. Angela gives tuition in drawing and painting in watercolour and pastel. She has a few vacancies. Contact her on 01323 842113.

YOUTH CLUB: If you have children or grandchildren aged eight to 14, there is a youth club in St Mary’s Church Hall from 7.30pm to 9pm on the first and third Wednesday of the month. The tuck shop is open from 8pm to 8.30pm. Normally the subs are 50p per session but September 18 will be a free evening as it is the first day back after the summer holidays. For more information contact Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528 or email him at . Fr Michael is hoping to start another club for young people aged 14 plus. He held a meeting on September 8 to try and find out what this age group would be interested in, but you could still contact him.

PROBUS CLUB will meet at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday for a coffee meeting at the Red Lion.

THE RED LION: The next charity quiz is 7.30pm on Thursday. The cost is £2, including a chip butty. The winning team receives half the proceeds and the remaining half goes to charity. Winners then choose the next charity.

THE LUNCH CLUB at Trinity Church Hall on the third Friday of the month is going from strength to strength. However, more volunteers are now needed to help prepare, serve and clear away at each meal. Training given. Volunteers are able to work shifts according to their availability. If you would like to join this friendly and hard-working team, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. Trinity Diners will be meeting at noon on Friday September 20 when the menu will be fresh juice, steak pie (or the vegetarian option), boiled potatoes, seasonal vegetables, followed by Eton mess and tea or coffee. The meals are £5. To reserve a place ring Jennie.