Parish pump Hailsham - September 19, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. The village hall will become the Empire Room for the evening on Saturday October 4 in aid of St John’s Church. The evening will consist of a three course meal, accompanied by music from the shows of Cole Porter, Ivor Novello, Gershwin etc and some jazz accompanied by a soloist. Peter Willson will be at the piano. There will be a licensed bar. Tickets are £15 per head with special rates for families. Tables of eight booked and paid for in advance are £100. Phone Bryan on 01323 833554 to book.

WARBLETON PARISH CHURCH: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.


PARISH CHURCH: There will be a service of Mattins on Sunday at 10.30am (BCP). Our Harvest Festival this year will be on the following Sunday, September 28. Long lasting dry goods or tins gratefully received for distribution. Congregation numbers dwindled during the summer due to holidays, myself included. Now that autumn approaches, we hope to see numbers rise and always welcome newcomers. Tea and coffee is always served after the service giving an opportunity for an informal chat.


BONFIRE BINGO tonight, Friday, at the Charles Hunt Centre eyes down at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Fundraising for this year’s bonfire celebrations on October 18.

ARTS AND CULTURE: Tonight, Friday, are the film awards and performances of Flare Path continue this evening and tomorrow include a light meal. Tickets are available from the Pavilion or on the door. Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a children’s Be Active event at Whitehouse School, Poetry Awards and Story Telling at the library. In the evening The Surgeons of Swing are at Chapter 12 Wine Bar and there is a Bangers and Mash supper for Demelza Hospice (bookings only). The Festival Finale with Bhangracise is also at The Pavilion. Folk is Not a Rude Word is the last event of the Festival and they are at The Old Court House in the High Street. The Festival brochure has more details and can be picked up in various venues all over town and Hailsham Festival Radio is now on air 24/7 at 87.7fm throughout the Festival and for the full programme schedule visit There will be much music and chat and keeping up to date with the Festival as the days unfold. If you want to get involved with sponsorship or a show email Neil or call/text 07759 225371.

JUMBLE SALE: There is a jumble sale in aid of Hailsham Bonfire Society at the Charles Hunt Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to noon.

ST MARY’S: This is the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Pray without Ceasing. At 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Battle of Britain Sunday. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Surprised by Jesus.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is to be advised.

RAMBLERS: Frances (01435) 862330 is leading a four mile Horam to Coggers Farm and Vines Cross Road figure of eight walk on Wednesday. Walkers are meeting at 9.15am at South Road Car Park. The short walk that day with Nobby (01323) 440624 is from Bexhill Ravenside to the site of The Amsterdam (if lucky). If you would like to go on either of these walks, please ring the walk leader for more details and to let them know you would like to go along.

QUIZZING FOR CATS: On Saturday September 27 at Summerheath Hall, there is a quiz in aid of Cats Protection starting at 7pm. Take your friends and enjoy a fun filled evening and raise money for all the cats and kittens in the Eastbourne area. For further info contact Janice on 01323 410587 or 07748 507645 or email

PETER JAMES: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society are delighted to announce that Sunday Times No 1 best selling crime and thriller writer Peter James is returning to the Hailsham Pavilion. He will be presenting a talk about his two new books, Want You Dead and A Twist of the Knife, his first volume of short stories in hardback. Peter will be giving you all the background to the new books and his previous Roy Grace novels. Copies of the new books will be on sale and Peter will be delighted to sign them, have a chat and pose for photographs. Tickets cost £8 and the talk is for one night only on November 6 at 7.30pm. Peter was in Hailsham in June 2013 and is delighted to return. Tickets for his last talk sold out quickly and there were a lot of disappointed fans who could not get to see him. So please do not delay and get your tickets from the Hailsham Pavilion Box office as soon as possible.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Glyn Bareham LRPS CPAGB, from the Invicta Club Maidstone in Kent and first guest speaker of the season, showed a collection of prints from his lectures dedicated to movement. Some were of lovely vintage aircraft taken at Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshire during an air display. A slow shutter speed should be used to show movement in the propellers.

Amongst the prints of beautiful old aircraft there was one of three second world war planes flying in formation across the sea, the lowest being reflected in the water. There were motorbikes taken at Brands Hatch with several from a position on Paddock Hill so Glyn could take the cars as they dip down then rise up over the hill travelling towards him. An image of an Aston Martin which does only 4-7 MPG with spitter flames, unspent fuel being burned off from the exhaust when the driver changes gear, showed Glyn’s split second timing. Another was of a pin sharp racing car with the front brakes locked and smoke coming from the tyres giving great atmosphere which had a blurred background showing speed. The second half of the evening was landscape photography. Prints included the curve of turquoise green beach huts with yellow shutters in Littlehampton, Brighton Pier at sunset with the lights already on and hundreds of starlings preparing to roost against a steely grey sea, a beautiful dawn with skeletal trees and pink vapour trails in the sky, and Winchelsea at sunset with interesting rocks and lovely patterned sand. Glyn’s final words were ‘Always have a camera with you and never rush away at the end of your photography as there may be a better shot round the corner.’ Ray thanked Glyn for a very entertaining evening and all his prints were displayed so members could enjoy seeing them again afterwards.

COMMUNITY FORUM: If you are involved in a local group, club, organisation or society come along to the Community Group’s Forum on Thursday at 6pm in St Mary’s church lounge. This is a lively group of people from various groups in Hailsham who get together monthly to share the challenges facing their groups, problem solve as a group and also to celebrate and share the successes. All welcome. If you would like to be put on the mailing list contact Michelle Hagger at the town council offices at Inglenook Square, telephone her on 01323 841702.

U3A: There are a diverse choice of groups to join from strollers, Scrabble, dog walking, Sunday lunch, poetry, painting, discussion, creative writing, gym, opera, art lovers and natural history and many more to suit all interests. The University of the Third Age will be manning a stall at Hailsham’s Street Market tomorrow, Saturday, to spread the word about their organisation and its activities. Next month Mr Ian Everest Will give an illustrated talk on The Commonwealth War Graves Commission. If you would like to join the U3A please ring Sue Wilson on 840797.

THE LINK: The Link has served the community for 20 years. In the last of the series Now and in the Future, David Vaughan continues: Over the last two weeks you will have read how ‘The Link’ started 20 years ago and moved to larger premises to cope with increasing demand for its services. As it stands The Link provides a safe environment and work experience for people with learning difficulties. It is also a point of contact with the Churches of Hailsham for newcomers to the town and is a place where folk can meet for a coffee or a full meal at reasonable prices and talk in a friendly setting about life issues which affect them from a Christian perspective. Recently it has become involved with the local food bank, which is part of the same site and people seeking help there can come in for a free coffee and a chat or contribute donations to the bank if it is shut. The future for the project looks bright as The Link continues to provide links with many facets of life in the local community. Why not pop in and see them, you will be sure of a welcome.

ART EXHIBITION: Today, Friday, is your last chance to go to the Town House to view work by the Collective which features work created by adults who have a learning disability at day services across East Sussex. Much of the work featured has been inspired by the Tour of Britain, a cycle race that passed through Hailsham last week. It will be open from 10am to 3pm. Go along and see the fantastic and diverse artwork on display. There will be the opportunity to buy artwork, cards and other items that have been made.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

COFFEE MORNING: Jane Tourle’s last ever Macmillan Coffee Morning is today, Friday, a week early this year, from 10am until 5pm. So we had better make it a really good one. There will be the usual stalls, with Christmas cakes, iced or un-iced and lots of other cakes and produce. The raffle will include a chance to win a week’s stay in a cottage in Port Isaac where Doc Martin is filmed. A lovely plant stall, coffees, ploughman’s lunches and cream teas. This will be held at Brook Cottage, Mill lane, Hellingly.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Holy Communion (CW) at 8am followed at 10.45am by Parish Eucharist (CW). Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am Holy Communion (CW). 5pm Joint service with Upper Dicker. There is also a Holy Communion service at 9.30am on a Thursday (BCP).

OPEN STUDIO: Labyrinth Stained Glass Studios are on the Art Trail at 4, Shawpits Cottages, Mill Lane, from 2pm to 5pm and will be open this Saturday and Sunday.

CARDIAC GROUP: The next get together of the Hailsham, Heathfield and Herstmonceux Cardiac Support Group is on Thursday at 2.30pm for 3pm start. Meet other people who have had heart problems however mild or severe. There are regular speakers on general or heart related topics and lots of written information to pick up. All welcome. For enquiries call Phil on (01323) 449195 or email

MOTHERS’ UNION: Several members met at East Dean for lunch and a summer walk at Birling Gap. Despite thunder and torrential rain at 11.30am, by noon there was blue sky and sunshine. After lunch at the Hikers’ Rest the small party set off to walk through woodland and fields to their teatime destination at Birling Gap. There was much breath-taking Sussex scenery for Nicola Stone to capture on camera. On arrival, admiring the view of the Seven Sisters cliffs, a group photograph was taken followed by tea and cakes in a cleverly designed shoreline garden. A surprise treat was sightings of Spitfires, Lancaster Bombers and wingwalkers overhead. Yvonne was congratulated for providing this entertainment but it was most likely due to Airbourne and on the return walk to East Dean there was a distant display by the Red Arrows. In all, a pleasant lunch, a most enjoyable walk and very good company. Hellingly Mothers’ Union meets at Hellingly church on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.15pm.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BOWLS: Well lots on this week including the Bowls Club Finals Day which is always well supported and an enjoyable afternoon. Winners were: Men’s Final, Alan Angear who came out the victor over Bryan Naish winning by 16 shots; Ladies Pairs, Jo Angear and Jean Everingham who beat Penny Numan and Kath Southouse 17-3; The Bomar Cup, John Hobden; Men’s Singles, David Payne just beat Derek Southouse by three shots; 2 Woods, Simon Wicks and David Payne managed to fend off Kath Southouse and Jim Crouch winning 18-17; Mixed Pairs, Alan Angear and Barbara Hooker beat Fred Pope and Rae Cornwall 23-14; Ladies Singles, Jo Angear; Challenge Cup, Terry Everingham. Many congratulations to the winners and better luck next time to all the other competitors. The first match of the week was an away friendly against Guestling which our team lost by 26 shots. The second was against Staplecross which Herstmonceux won by 54 shots, the final score being 114-60. Pett was the last of this week’s friendlies which Pett won by 22 shots. The final match of the week was a re-arranged league match at home to Deanland. I’m pleased to say that Herstmonceux did well, they beat Deanland by 29 shots giving them the full eight points on the table.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling at 8am with Holy Communion and Baptism being held at Herstmonceux at 9.45am and the Messy church being held at the Reid Hall at 3.30pm.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday meet Lita outside of the Hailsham Leisure Centre, Glynde and Mount Caburn, an approximately six mile walk. Should you need a lift to the meeting point or any further information please contact them direct on 848790.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill will be open for the last time this season on Sunday between 2.30pm and 5pm. If you’ve not had a chance to see for yourselves our beautiful windmill and learn all about it then as I say, this will be your last chance for this year so don’t miss it.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Sunday was a beautifully warm and sunny day and 20 members of the group walked a circular route from the village of Fletching through Newick via Sharpsbridge. The route took us across fields, some of which were high with corn (on the cob) in some places reaching about 7ft high, and could be mistaken for an African jungle. Fortunately all the paths were very well trodden so there was no risk on getting lost. The route then took us along a high meandering path along the River Ouse eventually crossing a stile into a field, which led us up to Newick Churchyard. We all especially appreciated this lovely late summer’s day. The next walk will be a short stroll at Laughton 2.5 miles. Meet at 10.30am at top North Street car park. Our new season’s programme is available at the Tourist Office, The Outdoor Shop or online at

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

HOOE OPEN GROUP Ladies Club held their monthly meeting on Friday, September 12 at Hooe Village Hall, which was very well attended. They heard the hair-raising account of pirates and murder on the high seas by the heroine of the hour, Linda Robertson, who battled against all odds to save herself against the marauders after they had killed her husband, which occurred on the Indian Ocean, near the coast of Thailand. Linda and her husband set out from the UK in their newly built 48ft motor yacht, Mr Bean (named after the coffee shops the family owned), to sail around the world. They were hi-jacked at night by three young men using a rubber dingy, who boarded the yacht and entered the cabin, where Linda’s husband Malcolm confronted them and endeavoured to restrain them but in doing so one of the youths cut his throat and he bled to death. Linda was bound up and unable to move. The pirates took all that they thought was valuable and left. Linda managed to eventually free herself and using the ship’s radio summoned help from the Thai Coast Guard, who came to her aid within half an hour and were also able to track down the perpetrators, who were known criminals. The meeting had its usual level of friendly interface with tea served in bone china cups, which gives the club a Touch of Class. The bring and buy table was very well supported with many excellent items for sale. The monthly raffle was, as always, popular with top class prizes to be won. The next meeting will be 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, who enjoy each other’s company, why not go along to Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of the month at 2.30pm, you will be made very welcome. For further information call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

APPALACHIA MUSIC: The Whitetop Mountain Band, from Virginia USA, are coming to Ninfield, courtesy of Bluegrass Plus Club, tomorrow, Saturday. They will be playing Appalachia music (traditional music of the region of Appalachia in the Eastern United States). The evening will also feature Alive and picking. The venue is Ninfield Memorial Hall, 8pm to 11pm, tickets are £12 per person. There is a limited number of tickets. To book your seat or obtain further information, please contact Ray or Sheila on 01424 893390/07956266534, or email

CAR BOOT SALE at Ninfield Working Men’s Club on Sunday as part of their Charity Fun Dog Show (see below). Pitches are £5 each but are limited, thus first come first served. To book your pitch, please call Maggie on 844536.

DOG SHOW: Ninfield Working Men’s Club is holding a Charity Fun Dog Show on Sunday. Entry fee £1 per class, arrival time noon, judging starts 1pm. Pedigree and novelty classes, rosettes for first to fifth places. RCCS or JW dogs need not be registered with the KC. Enquiries for dog show phone Malcolm or Hayley 07806420350. Stalls include boot/table sale, raffle and tombola, cake stall, teas and coffees, barbecue and bar etc. Ample free parking. Their charity this year is Canine Partners. If you have any unwanted items suitable for raffle/tombola prizes or any jumble/boot sale items you would like to donate please ring Marj on 892239 or Maureen on 892182.

MESSY CHURCH: Ninfield Methodist Church hold a Messy Church session on Wednesday, 3.30pm to 5.30pm, where harvest gifts can be made. There will be all sorts of creative activities, a short celebration and a meal for children and parents together. For children ages four to 11 years (younger siblings also welcome); but each family must be accompanied by a parent or carer. To help with catering please ring David (01424 892248), to reserve your place by Monday.

NINFIELD OF THE PAST: On September 27, Ninfield Local History Group are having An Afternoon of Local History in the Memorial Hall with a slide show of Cyril Wells’ photographs and an illustrated talk on shops and businesses, with light refreshments available. This event is admission by ticket only, which can be obtained from Ninfield Post Office or Rod Ffoulkes. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders will be meeting on Wednesday, October 1 at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm. They meet every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the team leader, Mike Dean, on 07970024135.

SENLAC BELLS: You are invited to join Senlac Bells in Concert for Music for an Autumn Evening on October 4, 7.30pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. This will be traditional music rung on 65 hand-bells. Admission is £2/person to include tea or coffee. Children are admitted free.

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 Service of Worship with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd.


WANTED info on Eastbourne Rovers Cycling Club, or any cycling clubs in Eastbourne. This is for Adam knight,, or contact me with details, telephone 485971.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society next meet today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall. Our speaker is Ian Everest on A Sussex Farm in the 1950s. Doors open at 6.30pm, meeting starts at 7pm.

TRINITY DINERS next meal is today, Friday, for our harvest lunch. To book your place please telephone Jennie on 484189.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the bowls club. All welcome at 10am to noon.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Roundabout from Maynards Green, 5 miles with Jan. Meet Maynards Green School bus stop at 8.50am GR 582186, No 51 bus Terminus Road stand H. Finish at 12.30pm. Leader at start. Or a brisk pace High and Low Ways, 8.5 miles with Kay and Mary. Meet at 9am The Avenue, walk starts at Firle Village car park. 9.35am GR 469074. Public house option. No walk on Sunday.

CHARITY COFFEE MORNING at Queensmead, 84 Victoria Road on September 25 at 10.15am in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support Fund.

POLEGATE GARDENERS SOCIETY: It was nice having a lovely warm spring and summer but some of the vegetables and flowers had passed their best but our gardeners always manage to put on a good show. There was a great display of vegetables and fruit followed by a number of dahlias but sadly no chrysanthemums, but there were other flowers and the boards of fuchsia blooms were in abundance together with some lovely orchids and very prickly cactus. A very large array of photographs was on display showing Winter Wonderland, Out and About and Sunrise/Sunset. They were all so very good that it must have been a hard task for the judge. The titles of the Decorative section this year were Rainbow End, Dried but not Dull and Autumn Bliss and our members came up with some good interpretations. The trophies were presented by, A Clingo, president of the society. Winners were: Section 1 Vegetables: 12 Haive de Noirt shallots, J Fuller; 12 pickling shallots, W Burgess; three specimen onions, W Burgess; five onions under 4 inches, J Fuller; four potatoes (7 to 8oz), J Fuller; three carrots, J Fuller; three beetroot, R Smith; three parsnips, J Pritchett; six runner beans, J Fuller; one greenhouse cucumber, W Burgess; one ridge or outdoor cucumber, Mrs A Sawyer; two cabbages, W Burgess; three leeks, W Burgess; two table marrows or squashes, J Fuller; two courgettes 6 inches, W Burgess; five tomatoes, W Burgess; 10 small tomatoes, Mrs A Sawyer; any other vegetable, Mrs M Spray; one novelty vegetable, Mrs D Harris; the longest bean, J Fuller; basket of mixed vegetables, R Reeve.

Section 2 Fruit: Four dessert apples, A Harris; four cooking apples, Mrs A Sawyer; dish of 12 berries, Mrs A Sawyer; dish of any other fruit (not berries), Mrs A Sawyer; three different types of fruit, R Smith.

Section 4 Dahlias: Vase three decorative 4 to 6 inches, E Sanderson; vase three semi-cacti 4 to 6 inches, E Sanderson; vase three mini ball, E Sanderson; vase three small ball, E Sanderson; one specimen dahlia, any variety, A Harris; vase five mixed, any variety, A Harris; vase five mixed, semi-cacti pom, A Harris; vase five mixed dahlias, mixed colours, A Harris. Section 6 General: Vase five zinnias, A Winter; three cut blooms of begonia on a board, A Winter; six fuchsia blooms on a board, one variety, A Clingo; six fuchsia blooms on a board, over two varieties, Miss D Pierce; vase three different stems autumn foliage, Mrs S Smith; vase four stems mixed flowers, T Voyce; vase three gladioli, A Winter; one specimen gladioli, A Winter; vase three asters, Mrs A Sawyer. Section 7 Pot Plants: One pot of begonias, Mrs A Sawyer; one pot fuchsia, Mrs M Spray; one pot plant in flower, Mrs J Cox; one pot plant for foliage, Mrs M Spray; one orchid in flower, Mrs W Rodgers; one cactus, Mrs S Smith; one succulent, D Brown. Section 8 Photos: Winter Wonderland, Mrs A Sawyer; Out and About, Miss D Cocks; Sunrise/Sunset, Miss D Pierce. Section 9 Decorative: Rainbows End, 46cm, Mrs J Mordaunt; Dried but not Dull, petite, Mrs J Mordaunt; Autumn Bliss, mini, Miss D Pierce. Mitchell Cup, most points fruit, Mrs A Sawyer; Silver Medal Certificate, best exhibit dahlias, E Sanderson; Norman Dibble Cup, best exhibit dahlias, A Harris; Floral Cup, most points dahlias, A Harris, E Sanderson; Bronze Medal Certificate, second highest points dahlias, Mrs D Morgan-Smith; Leslie Whitbread Cup, best exhibit general, A Winter; Asher Cup, best exhibit general, A Winter; Autumn Floral Cup, best exhibit general, A Winter; Fairways Cup, most points general, A Winter; Noel King Trophy, best exhibit pot plants, Mrs W Rodgers; Bob Simmonds Trophy, most points pot plants, D Brown; Knight Cup, best exhibit photographs, Miss D Cocks; Marshall Cup, best exhibit decorative, Mrs J Mordaunt; Momemto Cup, for winning the Etchell Cup for the past three years, J Fuller; Momemto Cup, for winning the Asher Cup for the past three years, Mrs R Haynes; Momemto Cup, for winning the Shepards Cup for the past three years, Mrs S Goddard; Garden News Top Tray: 1, W Burgess; 2, R Reeve. Judges were Mr D Lancaster, Mr C Bryen, Mrs B Gough and Mrs L Purdy.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

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

QUIZ NIGHT: Warbleton Brass Band is holding a quiz night at the Dunn Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm. You can make up a table full or come as an individual. It would be helpful if you could let Cath know on 01435 813359. The band will be holding its annual Concert for Remembrance at Burwash Village Hall on Saturday October 25 at 2pm.

COFFEE & CO: Coffee and company is a weekly opportunity to gather for a chat over a cup of coffee at the community room Osborne House, each Thursday from 10am to noon. Surplus money is given to local charities, with a number of special fund raising occasions during the year as well. Anne Payne, the organiser, told me that the one on August 7 for the YMCA raised £157.25 on the day, which they have made up to £300. The next special is on October 16 for the Air Ambulance.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall when the menu will be fruit juice, chicken or vegetable supreme with rice and seasonable vegetables, apple cake and cream, followed by tea or coffee. It may be too late to reserve a place now but you could go along to the hall and check for any cancellations. The meals are £5.50.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

JAZZ DUO Dennis and Pete are providing the entertainment from 7.30pm today, Friday, at the Eight Bells, Jevington. On Friday September 26 cover music from the 1950s onwards will be performed by Pete Martin from 9pm.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate when Ian Everest will be giving a talk entitled A Sussex Farm in the 1950’s.

GOLF: 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. But building cannot start until a lot more money has been raised. One of the main fund raising events of the year is the charity golf day organised by Chris Rose and his team comprising of Jacquie and Pierre Begin, Tony Field, Tony Hamilton and Dave Hunt. This year the golf day will be taking place today, Friday, and will be opened by the Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Janet Coles and Stephen Lloyd MP at Willingdon Golf Club. One of the attractions will be a guest appearance of Geof Swain, trick shot champion. Golfing memorabilia would be particularly welcome for the auction which is held later in the day. But please check out the charity’s website and help in any way you can. JPK Sussex Project co-ordinator is Willingdon resident Jill Parker.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: Do visit this historic ancient church on the South Downs Way. Tea and homemade cake will be offered between 11am and 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, to walkers and other visitors. There is no charge for refreshments but any donations would go towards the cost of installing a toilet and small kitchen area and renovation work to help preserve this Grade 1 listed building. Please contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237 for more information.

SOUND OF THE CROWD will be entertaining customers at The British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday the Jazz Caverners will be playing from 1.30pm.

STONE JUNCTION, Michael, Simon and Dan will be providing an eclectic mix of original, contemporary and transatlantic folk music from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Wheatsheaf.

READER: Father Kevin will be conducting a short ceremony during the 9.45am Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church on Sunday to formalise Vicky Peattie’s new role in the parish as a Reader. There will be a small celebration in the church hall afterwards.

CHURCHES TOGETHER in Polegate, Willingdon and Jevington will be holding their annual Songs of Praise service at 6pm on Sunday at Willingdon Community School.

TRINITY CHURCH will have a harvest festival service at 10.30am on Sunday.The Uniformed Organisations will have a special harvest service at 6pm on Monday.

JEVINGTON CHURCH is having a special village service at 3.30pm on Sunday. It is for the whole parish of St Andrew’s which includes not only Jevington but also Filching and part of Wannock as well. Representatives and members of community groups and organisations are also warmly welcome. It is hoped this event will build and strengthen positive community spirit and good relations. Refreshments will be provided afterwards, time for parishioners to get to know each other better.

A COFFEE MORNING will be held from 10.30am to 11.45am on Monday at Chalk Farm Hotel. The students with learning disabilities will be helping out and there will be a raffle, greetings cards and plants for sale. Do visit the garden centre behind the hotel where there is a large selection of plants.

SOROPTIMISTS: The next meeting of Eastbourne and District Soroptimists will be at 7.45pm on Monday at Chalk Farm Hotel. The speaker will be Annemarie Field, chief reporter from the Eastbourne Herald. Annemarie will be talking about growing up, living and working in Eastbourne, a reporter’s eye view. New members and guests are welcome. Eastbourne and District Soroptimists meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7.45pm. If you are interested in joining please call 01323 769004 or visit

THE 3MMMs (Mrs, Miss and Ms) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. Graham Albon will be giving an illustrated talk entitled The Other Romania.

ART GROUP: Angela Burnap runs a Thursday morning art group at Wannock Village Hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm and gives tuition in drawing and painting, mainly in watercolour and pastel. Her new term starts on September 25. For further information please ring Angela on 01323 842113.