Parish pump Hailsham - September 26, 2014



TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE: A group of eminent rocket scientists and astronomers are co-presenters of ten theatre shows with a difference. Tour of the Universe ‘is a whistle stop tour journey through space and time, sharing the incredible nature of the Universe in a humorous, passionate and inspiring way’ is how contributor and rocket scientist Neil Phillipson describes the event. Alfriston’s connection is that Jane Green is part of this presentation and Jane is a resident of our village. The tour is travelling round the country and as yet there is no venue very near to us but the website gives full details of where and when it is showing. Jane is a best-selling author, broadcaster and speaker on the subject of astronomy and has been so for over 20 years. Her interest in astronomy began when serving as a senior officer aboard a cruise ship when cocktails on deck became outdoor stargazing events.

TWINNING UPDATE: Recently members of the twinning group returned to Veules les Roses together with officers and soldiers of the 51st Highland Regiment. The visit was to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the town. Accompanying the regiment was 94 year old Tom Renouf one of the few remaining WW2 veterans of the liberating unit of the 51st Regiment. It was a very special weekend made even more so with a surprise unveiling of a plaque on the seafront renaming it as Promenade des Anglais d’ Alfriston. The annual official weekend for the twinning will be October 4 and 5 when there will be a full programme of events. To find out more contact Liz at

WI NEWS: Ruth Narracott with black Labrador puppy, Kingston, treated WI members to a very enlightening talk about the work of the Canine Partners charity. Kingston, only 17 weeks old, was extremely well behaved and demonstrated his initial training for his future as an assistance dog admirably. Canine partners are based near Midhurst and train dogs to assist people with different disabilities. Each dog is trained to meet the particular requirements of their intended partners. All situations are covered including picking up and returning dropped items, assisting with dressing and undressing and even getting cash from a cash machine. They are also trained to get help when needed thus allowing their partners to lead independent lives. The cost of training each dog is £20,000 and there are 70 dogs being trained this year but demand outstrips supply. Members were then told about the future programme including the planned visit to the Seaford Little Theatre; Christmas shopping in Tunbridge Wells and the Pantomime at the Devonshire Theatre in January. The next meeting will be at the Old Chapel Centre at 2pm on October 21 which will be a craft afternoon.

WEST DEAN will be holding a Flower Festival at All Saints Church on October 4 and 5 between 10am and 4.30pm. The theme is Autumn in the Cuckmere Valley. Refreshments will be available and parking is free.

MUCH ADO BOOKS will be hosting a fragrant event on October 17 at 6.30pm for 7pm at the shop. Josephine Fairley and Lorna McKay, authors of The Perfume Bible will be speaking and inspiring a new way to enjoy fragrance. The ticket price of £25 includes a copy of The Perfume Bible and a goody bag of scents to enjoy.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: The Story of the Weeping Camel (our film for September) is a blend of documentary footage and narrative. Filmmakers Luigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa cast a real nomad family of herders from Mongolia and shot many of the events in the film as they occurred. Doors open at the village hall at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Guests are welcome for a fee.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Harvest Festival Family Service followed by a bring and share lunch in the village hall. 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: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP).

VILLAGE HALL: A newsletter with details of the extension appeal and village hall matters can be found at the Village Hall or at the White Horse Inn. The hall now has a website giving details of the hall, its activities, facilities and links to other activities in the village. Type Bodle Street village into your browser (having removed the spaces) and you will arrive at it. I have perused it and found it very informative and well laid out.


CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday, do join us at 10.30am for our Harvest Thanksgiving Service. Long lasting goods, dry or tinned food, all gratefully received. Stay after the service for refreshments and a chat. Everyone welcome.


TABLE SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, in the Charles Hunt Centre (Waitrose Car Park) there will be new, old and bargains galore from 9.30am. Refreshments and free entry.

ST MARY’S: This is the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, A Surprising Song. At 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Samson, a surprising birth. 6.30pm Holy Communion, Surprised by Jesus. Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel church at 2.45pm.

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

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm at Summerheath Hall, Summerheath Rd, Hailsham 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

NORDIC WALK TASTER: On Tuesday there is a taster session as part of the Wealden Walking Festival which runs from tomorrow, Saturday through to Sunday 5 October. There are many walks to enjoy. This Hailsham event starts at 10am to 11.30am starts at Wealden District Council offices by Freedom Leisure and includes Marshfoot Lane and the edge of the adjacent Levels. Walk further, faster and feeling more natural than an ‘ordinary’ walk. Loan of Nordic poles available. Distance 2.3 - 3.1 miles taking 1.5 hours. Parking is local and free and is led by Nigel Bentley. It is free. Tel: 07930 738304 or email Start and finish at Wealden District Council offices, vicarage Lane. Booking via or tel: 01323 443275.

A SHOW OF TWO HALVES: Local author and retired Sky News reporter Tony Flood went along to this show which was part of the Hailsham Festival of Arts and presented by Ropemaker Theatre Company. He said that Linda Francis and Ken Pollock gave outstanding performances at Hailsham Parish Church on Tuesday. Ken oozed exuberance, wit and charisma in A Tribute to Stanley Holloway, with material written by himself, Marriot Edgar and Stanley Holloway. The experienced Eastbourne actor was in his element as Holloway, renowned for his role in My Fair Lady and his comedy monologues. Man-of-many voices Ken regaled us with six monologues, including Albert and The Lion and Pick Oop Tha Musket, before finishing in style by playing the spoons to Any Old Iron. He recruited ladies from the audience to join in the fun and compensated for his limited vocal range with his sheer exuberance when singing without accompaniment. A great presentation by a 66-year-old. Linda Francis, taking over the role of poison pen letter writer Irene at five days’ notice because Ruth Tansey was ill, also excelled in Alan Bennett’s Lady of Letters. Her wonderful delivery, mannerisms and charm treated us to bitter-sweet monologue at its best as Irene related how her endless complaints led to her own imprisonment. Those of us sitting near the back would have benefited if Ken, who provided 20 voices, and Linda had been given microphones, but the shrewd direction of John Wilders contributed to a superb evening’s entertainment.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Underwater Photography, presented by guest speaker Len Deeley FRPS began with a short history of how the earliest pictures were taken in 1856 and the development of diving equipment and aquatic cameras and has led underwater photographic trips available today.

The complexity and difficulties with this photography are refraction, distance with everything seeming to be one third closer than it really is, and the loss of colour the deeper you dive. Red yellow and orange fade at a depth of 5 to 15 metres, with green blue greys following and use of a flash gun all colour would be lost as bright colours take on much more subtle hues in deep water. Stunning images were shown of beautiful fish with wonderful bright colours. Two AV’s followed. Hidden Depths tries to show why these animals have such beautiful colour, defence against predation, the sea is a hostile place. Fish shoal for protection, blending with their terrain. Most of what you see is designed to confuse due to great camouflage, they are difficult to see. Embrace of the Deep (The Carnatic Wreck) showed SS Carnatic, a P&O passenger and cargo steamship which, in 1869, ran aground with loss of life on a coral reef in the mouth of the Suez Canal in the Red Sea. She finally broke up and is now a popular scuba diving site with lovely images of divers and fishes amongst the wreckage. A brilliant evening, with members learning so much, closed with Len showing some of his most recent pictures taken on a trip to Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia.

U3A: At the natural history group members gave short presentations on wasps and snails. There was also a show and tell session including trying to identify a large green caterpillar. The art lovers considered the work of Henri Matisse alongside two films about the artist, one of them dealing with both Matisse and Picasso. Mozart’s The Magic Flute is being shown to the opera group this month, a very lively and colourful production from the New York Metropolitan Opera and sung in English. If you would like to join the U3A please ring Sue Wilson on 840797.

CREDIT UNION: The East Sussex Credit Union is a local cooperative which aims to combat poverty, promote community development and provide credit at reasonable rates. It has been commended by Hailsham’s Town Clerk and, later this month, will celebrate its two year anniversary operating locally from the Town Council offices. The Credit Union offers a loans and savings service to people living and working in Hailsham, with the aim of promoting financial prosperity and also tackling financial exclusion in the community. Many of its members cannot use high street banks or would prefer to have their money managed locally. Every investor or borrower becomes a member of the Credit Union and a share of all the profits made is divided amongst its members in the form of an annual dividend. The Union is an alternative to high street banks for the financially excluded and for people who are struggling financially and helps avoid the use of loan sharks and unscrupulous money lenders. The Hailsham branch is open from noon to 2pm every Wednesday and everyone is welcome to join.

HEARING BUS: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting Tesco car park, North Street from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

Hellingly & Horsebridge

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).

CARDIAC GROUP: The meeting yesterday was cancelled. However, the next get together of the Hailsham, Heathfield and Herstmonceux Cardiac Support Group is on Thursday October 30 at 2.30pm for 3pm. This is a group where you can 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

CHOIR NEWS: John Francis, choirmaster, first became associated with Hellingly Chuch choir, when the members needed assistance to sing at the Hymn-a-Thon in Chichester Cathedral earlier last year. Since then he says, ‘It has been my pleasure to help more regularly with the week to week music and to endeavour to maintain the high standard set by Marion as Organist and Choir Leader to the Church over many years.’ Hellingly Church is fortunate to have a talented and enthusiastic group of singers, when in this day and age many churches suffer from a complete lack of a choir to lead the congregation. At the time of writing, however, they have only one contralto to sing against the other three parts (which are well represented), so this situation needs to be addressed with a recruitment drive to restore the balance. If you are interested please make your presence known at Hellingly Church. Looking ahead, Harvest is bearing down on us and we plant to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Reverend Tony Fiddian-Green’s inauguration as a Deacon. There is a happy and successful working relationship with Organist Peter Wilson and pianist Brian Hamper, and look forward to this continuing well into the future.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the September meeting the minutes record that five members of the public were present. An article in the last edition of Hellingly Highlights had commented on the lack of parking at the Country Park. This article had not been written by the parish council but by a resident. There would be temporary parking at the top of the Drive until parking was available at the Community Hall. The chairman of the Roebuck Park Residents Association updated council on a number of incidents that had taken place recently. He also commented that the Active Play sessions during the holiday had been a great success. One member of the public expressed concern that the chairman did not allow other councillors to give their opinions on the questions asked by the public. It was explained that the public session was not intended to be a general debate but that councillors were free to speak if they wished. A councillor asked that it be recorded in the minutes that she trusted the chairman to speak on behalf of the council.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BOWLS CLUB: Well this is the final roundup of our bowls team. It looked a very promising start to the week when Mayfield came over here to play Herstmonceux in a league match. Herstmonceux did very well winning by 24 shots giving them seven points on the table. Unfortunately after that it went a little downhill. The last ladies match was against Horam and Herstmonceux lost by seven shots but they did have a very enjoyable afternoon. The last friendly of the season was against Hastings, the final score being Herstmonceux 51, Hastings 92. The last league match of the season which was against Groombridge. Herstmonceux losing by 16 shots which gave them just the one point on the table. I have a message here from Rae, the lady who keeps all the records of the wins and the losses, she says: To all bowlers from all the clubs who read this column each week, have a good winter and Herstmonceux look forward to meeting up with you all again at the beginning of next season.

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday October 5 meet Jenny in School Hill, Heathfield at 10am. She has a very nice 4 mile walk planned, although it could be a bit muddy. There’s an optional pub lunch afterwards. If you need a lift to the meeting point or would like any further information then please call 848790.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am with the Wartling Harvest Festival being held at Wartling church at 11am. On Thursday, Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at the Friends Meeting House in West End at 11am.

MEETING: Windmill Hill Horticultural Society will be holding their next meeting at the Reid Hall, Boreham Street on Thursday when Stephen Harmer will be on hand to tell them members and guests all about Gardens of the Arts and Craft Movement. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. All welcome.

HISTORY GROUP: Wartling Parish Local History Group are proud to be presenting their sixth Local History Exhibition on Saturday October 11 in the Reid Hall, Boreham Street. The general public will be able to gain entrance between 2pm and 4pm at a cost of £4 per person, under 16’s free of charge. Over 400 photographs and documents, maps, local books and postcards covering an area from Wartling to Ashburnham and many villages in between. If you are interested in local history then this is a very interesting exhibition and this year there will be a special feature on the 1914-18 war as well.

1960’s DANCE NIGHT: If you are thinking of going along to the Dance Night in the village hall on Saturday October 4 then I would really urge you to book your tickets now. City Rhodes Sounds will be providing the live music, a licensed bar will run throughout the evening and all profits raised will go to the Sussex Air ambulance. A great night, so book on 832304 straight away.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill. I’m sorry to say that when I last reported on the opening times of the windmill, I got it wrong. I reported that their last open days for this year would be in September in fact, they will be open on both October 7 and 19 between 2.30pm and 5pm and look forward to your visit. Don’t forget you can always keep up with events at the windmill by visiting their website on where you will find all the information you need, plus being able to check the current weather conditions via their weather station and you can view the webcam of the windmill. Go have a look though because it’s truly magnificent.

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

OIL THEFTS: Our PSCO, Daryl Holter, would like to make you aware that we are heading in to the time of year where we will sadly see an increase in heater oil theft and shed/garage breaks. ‘Please could I ask you to consider your security and crime prevention. Should you or anyone else you know need any assistance with this please contact me.’ Daryl can be contacted at the Battle Neighbourhood Policing Team, by telephoning 101.

HOUSING SURVEY: The parish council would like to thank everyone that responded to the Housing Survey. They received 349 responses (over 50 percent of households in the village) and are collating all of your comments. Their next steps are a meeting with a representative of Wealden District Council and a Village Open Meeting to present the results and agree how we take points forward. The open meeting will be on October 22, details will be on the noticeboards and website. Please go along and help them to keep the momentum going. Thanks should also go to all of the councillors and volunteers who took questionnaires to every house in the village and spoke with a number of residents, with special thanks to Cllr John Cheshire for collating all of the responses.

BOWLS: Ninfield Bowls Club hosted the Final Fling last Sunday, September 21. This was an all day event hosting all the teams in the Rother League, although Sidley Martletts were unable to attend. They started at 9.30am and ended at 11.45am so that they could break for dinner which was salad along with ham, cheese, pork pie, quiches and French bread and all the trimmings coleslaw etc, Followed by either peach or raspberry trifle or apple pie with cream. Everything was supplied by members with numerous cakes for afternoon tea. Tea and coffee was served all day to keep the troops going. The Ninfield team consisted of Carole Lawrence, Dennis Downes, Brian Osborne and Sheila McCubbin, the last two members being Ninfield residents. They came second out of the nine teams that attended and came fourth in the Rother League out of the fully ten clubs over the Season. It was a lovely day and they hopefully made some money with raffle, tombola and craft stall and other side shows towards their new Pavilion fund. They now have to wait until 2015 before playing outdoors at Ninfield again, but how this Season has passed quickly.

NINFIELD OF THE PAST: Tomorrow, Saturday, 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 & District Community First Responders will be meeting on Wednesday at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm. The 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 handbells. Admission is £2 per person to include tea or coffee. Children are admitted for free. All will be very welcome.

METHODIST HARVEST: Ninfield Methodist Church are celebrating Harvest Through the Ages on October 4, noon to 2pm. This will be a buffet lunch and local photos (using some of Cyril Wells’ slides). No tickets required, just pop in. They are then holding a Harvest Praise Family service with 1st Ninfield Scout group, led by Revd Peggy Heim on October 5, 10.30am to 11.30am. All are very welcome to attend.

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 and Communion with Revd Ian Pruden. Wednesday, Fellowship Guild.

HOOE OPEN GROUP are next meeting on Friday, October 10, when the speaker Barry Wilkinson will be relating his experiences as a prison warder. If you are interested in joining a very friendly and jolly group of ladies, 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.

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


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

WALK: Tomorrow, Saturday, Autumn Meander in Friston Forest, five miles with Colin W. Meet at Exceat Visitor Centre at 10am bus No 12X at 9.33 Terminus Road Stand J. No walk on Sunday. More info on

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm in the Church Hall, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon. Entrance is free. Come and browse or stay a while. Weekly raffle for different charities. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002 or email

DOWNLAND SINGERS meet on Thursday evening between 7.30pm and 9pm at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. To find out more about us you can telephone 484189.

DRAMA GROUP: The next production will take place in October, the booking office is open from Monday, where tickets can be booked for The Uninvited. Box office at Archer and Partners, telephone 483348 or visit

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

COFFEE MORNING: I am sure we are all familiar with the wonderful work of Macmillan Cancer Support. Every year coffee mornings are held nationwide to raise money for Macmillan. Today, Friday, there will be one at the Dunn Village Hall from 10am to 12.30pm the title of which is Let Us Eat Cake.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. Next Saturday is the autumn churchyard clear up, and all are welcome to join us for some useful exercise in the fresh air, followed by a light lunch in the church rooms. Congratulations to Jeremy and Barbara Cooke’s daughter Emily on her marriage last Saturday to Jonathan Hellewel. The service was conducted by the Bishop of London, The Right Rev and Right Hon Richard Chartres KCVO. St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Harvest Festival Family Service followed by a bring and share lunch in the village hall. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: Harvest services 11am led by Rad Upfield and 6.30pm led by Ken Davies.

ROAD WORKS: Tarmacking of the road from the Green to Cowbeech, started on Monday, so hopefully they will finish on time today. I have noticed some white marks around potholes in Chapmans Town Road, so I assume that these will be patched in the near future.

VILLAGE HALL: in the early part of the week the hall floor received its periodical resurfacing, which meant a few meetings had to be rescheduled. It is probably a good time to remind users that stiletto heels are not kind to the floor, so should be avoided.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

EIGHT BELLS: Today, Friday, from 9pm cover music from the 1950s onwards will be performed by Pete Martin at The Eight Bells Jevington.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall when Richard Manwaring Baines will be giving a critique and assessment of members’ work. Visitors are welcome. The fee is £3.

THE LONG MAN MORRIS MEN will be practicing on Friday evenings at 8pm in St Mary’s Church starting today, Friday, until the new Dancing Out season begins in April. For further information please ring the bagman John Wardle on 01323 840877 or check the website.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be meeting residents outside number 97 Seven Sisters Road at 11am today, Friday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

SOUTHERN BLUES KINGS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday October 3 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Mandy Pulsford and is entitled Once Upon a Time. The competition is called Seed Pod Beauty.

A HARVEST SUPPER will be held in St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday October 4. Tickets are £7.50 and can be obtained throughout September in the church hall after the 9.45am service. Alternatively ring Lesley in the parish office on 01323 501763 or Pat on 01323 502820.

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

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

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

STEVE HEWLETT well known ventriloquist and Willingdon resident is the vice chairman of a charity which gives support to people who have had a transplant, carrying on the work which local girl Nicola Langlands started before she sadly died in December 2013. To raise money for the charity Steve is hosting a one night only local talent show at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne at 8pm on Saturday October 25. The tickets are £10 each. It is called Alfie’s Star Quest and will be a local Sussex talent show with celebrity judges and some special performances. Auditions will be held on Sunday October 19 to make a final decision on the performers so it is not too late to apply. Visit the website .

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

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Trinity Church Hall. Fresh produce, crafts, haberdashery, cakes, household goods and refreshments are available. For further information or to book a stall ring Wendy on 01323 489002 or email .

COFFEE MORNING: Anita Hatch is organising her annual fund raising event, the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at her salon Anita’s Beauty Works 27 Church Street from 9am to 1pm today, Friday. As well as a welcome cup of coffee, customers will be able to take advantage of beauty treatments at discounted prices with £5 from each treatment going to the charity. Anita is also having a raffle with some fantastic prizes. The tickets are £1 a strip. Please ring Anita on 01323 503530 or just pop along to the salon where I am sure she will do her best to fit you in.

KEVIN PALLISTER will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.