Parish pump Hailsham - September 28, 2012

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THE COSMOFIL Film Club: The club is starting the new season tonight, Friday, with one of the most popular French films, Jules et Jim, directed by Francois Truffaut. Tonight (Friday) at 7pm for a 7.30pm start at the War Memorial Hall. Tickets are £7, £5 for Cosmofil students and free for under 20 year olds. Wine will be available at £1 a glass. Bookings are preferred but not necessary. The next dates for films are October 26 when Indochine, directed by Marcel Wargniez and starring Catherine Deneuve will be shown and on November 30, Marius, directed by Marcel Pagnol. To book or to find out more about Cosmofil via email contact Babette Kundrat at or telephone 01323 871492.

APPLE AND ORCHARD DAY: This event at Clergy House will run from 11am to 4pm on Sunday and is free after admission to the house and garden. Visitors can find out about the many varieties of apple, see wood craft and corn dolly demonstrations and, in the afternoon, listen to hand bell music in the setting of the medieval hall.

WI NEWS from Christine Jackson: Before the September meeting members gathered on the Tye for the opening of the WI rose garden, which was planted by members to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee. At the following meeting the subject under discussion was Collections. Jean Melling brought her collection of Leap Year Postcards, many of them over a hundred years old. The messages were often poignant though some hilarious. The tradition of sending Leap Year Cards has now died out. Following Mrs Melling’s talk members displayed their own collections and explained how they got started. The collections included ceramics, dolls, jewellery, miniatures, glassware and ornaments. It was a most informative and enjoyable afternoon ending with tea and a short business meeting.

VISIT: Prue Leith will be visiting Alfriston for a special event hosted by Much Ado Books on October 11. The talk will help raise funds for St Wilfred’s Hospice. Prue will be appearing at Deans Place Hotel with doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets costing £17.50 include a glass of wine and light nibbles as well as a copy of her book, Relish, which Prue will sign on the night. Tickets will only be available in advance from Much Ado Books; at the shop, by telephone 01323 871222 or consult the website

Bodle Street Green

TEN CANOES: This is not a reaction to this week’s weather but the title of this month’s offering from the Film Club. Doors open tonight at 7pm in the village hall with the film starting at 7.30pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Family Harvest Festival Service followed by a bring and share lunch in the village hall at 12.15pm for 12.45pm. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Family Communion.

3D GALA: The equipment in the village hall has been upgraded, and is now capable of showing high definition 3D films. To celebrate this there will a 3D Gala evening on Friday October 5 at 6.45pm. Martin Scorsese’s first 3D film Hugo will be shown. Sparkling wine and canapés will be served at 6.45pm; supper will be served with the film starting at 8.15pm. Tickets are £15 and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 01323 833343. Further events are: A charity soup kitchen (noon), a race night (7pm) on October 27 and an opera (La Traviata) from Sydney Opera House (in HD) on November 24.

PARISH COUNCIL: The clerk, Marian Smith, was warmly welcomed back to her duties after a period of sick leave. The main topic in the public adjournment was the state of roadside hedges. As I indicated in a previous report, there are many lanes in the parish where it is getting difficult to drive safely down the road. The parish council now has a committee recording these instances and initially approaching the landowners personally. If this fails then they will have no hesitation, after written warning, to report offenders to ESCC highways. They can issue an order, and if this is ignored then cut the hedge and send the bill to the landowner. The maintenance team have repaired a number of the fingerposts in the parish and other street furniture. A number of the posts need repairs and an economical, but sound supplier is being sought. Concern was expressed over total road closures for highway maintenance and the lack of indication of exactly where the road is closed. More adequate signage is required. Cllr Bill Bentley (ESCC) said it was for the protection of staff, three of whom have been killed in recent years because of drivers ignoring all speed limit signs.

A reminder to farmers was given that if you have ploughed a footpath you are required to re-instate it. Volunteers are needed for the local access forum, from rural and equestrian area. Details are available from the clerk. Cllr Bentley reported that East Sussex had bucked the national trend, regarding GCSE pass rates with a five percent increase in pass rates. Both Hailsham and Heathfield had done well. Cllr McKeeman said that the Core Strategy for the Local Development Framework is heading for completion. Cllr Sue Ralph reported that the village hall has a full schedule of events ahead. The audio visual system has been upgraded to include 3D, see item above.

Grants: Applications are invited from local groups in the parish for grants. Application forms are available from the parish clerk, Mrs Marian Smith. 01435 831653. The next meeting is at the Dunn Village Hall at 7pm on October 18. My apologies for giving the wrong venue this month.


BEETLE DRIVE: This evening (Friday) at 7.15pm, Hailsham and District Twinning Association invite you along to an evening of fun at the Charles Hunt Centre. Entry is £5 per person, which includes nibbles. Families are welcome and there will be prizes and a raffle. For more information call 01323 846539.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday Helen (01323 645684) is leading the eight mile Barcombe walk postponed from June. It is described as Inn and out of the Rainbows end and if you are as intrigued as I am, join her and find out what it is all about. There is an Alfriston river walk of five miles on Wednesday with Dulcine (01323 845805) and an even shorter stroll also on Wednesday with Nobby (01323 440624). If you would like to go along on any of these walks, please give the walk leader a ring for the details. For general enquiries about Hailsham Ramblers ring Jill on (01323 843530).

ST MARY’S: This is the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Sunday Holy Communion, Seeking the Kingdom. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Reaching for the Skies. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, a new and better Son.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH and Healing Association: The service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Medium Rev Petula Stowell at Primrose Hall, followed by refreshments.

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm, Hailsham Town Football Club is hosting a quiz night with a £50 cash prize and a buffet. Go along to HTFCs grounds at Beaconsfield, off Diplocks Drive or across Western Road recreation ground. This a general knowledge quiz with £50 cash prize. Teams of up to four are welcome at £3 per person or £5 for two. Test your general knowledge and win the main prize or one of the spot prizes that are also on offer. You can also register for the 2001 club – Hailsham Town’s monthly prize draw, which offers the chance to win up to £100 each month and a December jackpot of £1000. More information from Stuart on 07831 223874 or

FREE ART COURSE: As part of the newly launched Wealden Young Adults Service aimed at those aged 18 to 25 years with mental health needs this free course is being offered in association with Creative Future, and will explore various drawing techniques and approaches with a view to producing a finished canvas. The sessions will be tailored to individual needs and for all levels of ability in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. The course begins on Friday October 12 from 1pm to 3pm for six weeks at The Square Youth café, 1 Market Square, Hailsham, BN27 1AQ. For more information please contact 01323 849524 or email The project is supported by East Sussex County Council through the Seedcorn Fund.

100 YEARS AGO: In September 1912 Rev F Clyde Harvey reported that the rainfall for August of 6.28 inches is a record. Mr Mills, the meteorologist writes in the Times that the two worst Augusts were 1885 and 1891, the latter being the wettest, 4.65 inches of rain having been registered at their Brixton station. The Norwich rainfall of August 26, viz 6.31 in 24 hours and 7.34 in 29 hours, will of itself give the year 1912 a unique place in the history of English floods, and it seems not unlikely that the month also may be branded as unprecedented. ‘Certainly in Hailsham 6.28 inches claims for us that distinction.’

Hellingly & Horsebridge

COFFEE MORNING: Join in with the biggest coffee morning in the world and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care this morning, Friday, at Brook Cottage, Mill Lane from 10am. There will be lots of stalls and a raffle.

CHURCH SERVICES: This week services are Hellingly: Regular Services are on a Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday 8am Holy Communion and also at 10.45am and Sunday 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

QUIZ NIGHT: Trevor, who many will know for holding the Hellingly Country Fair over the years at his home raising funds for MS, has organised another fundraising opportunity for an evening of fun at Horam village hall on Friday October 5 at 7.30pm sharp. Entry is £5 per person. Teams should be of four to six people. There will be food but bring your own drinks. There will also be a raffle and prizes for the winners, runners-up and a booby prize for the strongest team. All proceeds will go to the local physiotherapy sessions for MS, Uckfield and Heathfield Branch. For the purposes of catering please either email Trevor at or phone him on 01435 812898 to book your places. This will be a fun quiz. The questions will not be too difficult, if a bit devious, so tell your friends and relations. The more the merrier and it is for a good cause.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Despite struggling on crutches Patricia Jones FRPS EFIAP MPAGB showed her stunning prints with the help of husband George. Many were taken in Scotland on Harris and Skye. Among them were images taken in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales are the couple spent a holiday there one February. The snow was so heavy they only managed two twenty minute walks. The lone sheep in the picture had charged down the snowy hillside on seeing the farmer with food and was determined to climb the dry stone wall rather than travelling a few more paces and going through the large gap. Patricia showed pictures of white Peacocks that were very keen to pose for the camera, displaying their feathers at every opportunity. When the camera was put away they turned their backs and strutted away in a huff! Some of their feathers were used during London Fashion Week and are regularly added to hats by a local Milliner. A particularly stunning deep red sunset was taken at 11.55pm and the friend they were on holiday with remarked that Patricia was not just keen, but totally obsessed. Another image showed a dog walking along the white line in the road and George commented that the dog must have been out drinking and was making sure he could still walk in a straight line.

HEROES OF HELLINGLY: Dave Dyer’s recent book, The Heroes of Hailsham, has been selling extremely well since its launch last November with well over 500 sales. Dave has now started researching Hellingly and is seeking photographs, family and service backgrounds for the 70 brave souls who lost their lives and whose names are commemorated on both the Hellingly War Memorial and also Hellingly Church Memorial. Dave says ‘it is essential that the supreme sacrifices made by these local people and their part in Hellingly’s history are not forgotten and that

this information is made available for future generations.’ If you can contribute any information to help with Dave’s research please send to Davley House, 18 Fairisle Close, Hailsham BN27 3HD, telephone (01323) 845107 or email him at

CARDIAC SUPPORT: The Hailsham, Heathfield, Herstmonceux and District Cardiac Support Group is affiliated to the British Heart Foundation, with which they very pro-active, and is also supported by Eastbourne District General Hospital. Regular membership meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month, 2pm for 2.30pm at Emmanuel church hall. If you would like to know more please contact Philip on 01323)449195 or e-mail or visit

BONSAI CLUB: In September Paul Eslinger, Chairman of Eastleigh Bonsai Society, gave a talk on shohin, trees small enough to fit into the palm of the hand. He spoke on various aspects of caring for and showing shohin and the Q&A session included topics such as soil, top dressing, feeding, watering, styling, pruning, position, choice and care of pots. A fascinating demonstration followed on repotting a small azalea and pruning to style another leaving both experienced or beginners with much to think about and practice. The club put on a small display at Hailsham Horticultural Late Summer Show and also at the Ninfield Bonfire Society Michaelmas Fare which gives members an opportunity to explain the art of bonsai and benefits of club membership. The October meeting promises to be equally interesting and the visiting speaker is Reg Bolton, President of Swindon and District Bonsai Society, who won three gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show last year. He will be giving a presentation on Bonsai in Japan. The first meeting is free. For more information visit or call Brian, chairman on 01323 731369.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

THANK YOU: Firstly, I would like to thank everybody who has sent cards, flowers and donations to the Macmillan Fund in Terry’s name. Sadly, as I am sure you all know by now, Terry lost his long fight against cancer just last month. I know from the letters and cards that he will be missed and again I would like to thank you all for your support.

BOWLS: The first match was away against Hastings, the Greens were fast and Herstmonceux were not able to cope and came home with a loss of 96-45. At the Herstmonceux Bowls Club finals day they had a good day which everybody enjoyed. Congratulations to all who won and many thanks to all who worked so hard to make it the success it was. I have been asked to make a special thanks to Terry and Jean Everingham who have worked so hard all season organising competitions and matches – not an easy job at all. The last match of that week was an away friendly against Staplecross, which our team lost by two shots. Onto week two when their first game was an away league match to Horam, winning 68-55, giving them seven points on the table. A friendly against Guestling brought yet another win 77-59 and on the Sunday it was the day of their Charity Triples afternoon. Brian and Sue are to be thanked for organising such a fun afternoon and they are more than pleased to be able to say that £200 was raised for some of our local charities. On the day the Parade came to Herstmonceux for a friendly match, which saw the visitors go home the victors, whereas when Mayfield came here to play in a league match our team won 76-65 giving them six points on the table.

WHSS: Unfortunately their speaker for the September meeting was unwell but, Charles Harding stepped in at the last minute to give a fascinating talk on History of Landscape Gardening. He began with the formal gardens of the Tudors and Stewarts and then reflected on the thinking of the ‘get back to nature’ movement, which appeared to be quite brutal at times and involved moving whole villages at times. Their next meeting will be held on October 4 at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street starting at 7.30pm and their speaker will be Nigel Phillips on European Gardens, with a fun competition of a Hedgerow Arrangement no bigger than 18 inches.

MYTERY NIGHT: Heron’s Ghyll Driving Group (riding for the disabled) will be holding a Murder Mystery evening on October 19 in the village hall starting at 7pm. Tickets are £10 each and include a two course supper. Tickets are available from either Val Richardson on 01435 830410 or the Village Information Centre.

DIARY DATE : Friday October 26 will be the date of this year’s Merrie Harriers Bonfire Night which is a complete must if you enjoy a good night out. More details in next week’s column.

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; Millfield, Ninfield 2.50pm to 3.25pm; Downsview, Ninfield 3.40pm to 4.05pm; Catsfield village hall 4.15pm to 4.45pm. 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

EXERCISE: Ladies, do you want to exercise in the fresh air and not have far to travel to have fun while exercising? A new Bootcamp from Katie Fusco (our local health and wellness professional) has come to Ninfield recreation ground for ladies only. It will help with stamina, strength and self esteem. All ages and abilities are welcome every Saturday, 8.30am to 9.30am. Katie is also running a group of T’ai Chi and Yoga classes for tranquillity, calm and vitality every Tuesday 9.30am to 10.30am and Wednesday 7pm to 8pm, along with doing 1:1 motivational personal training by appointment. For further information on all of these, or to book your free taster session, please contact Katie on 07791294887.

FOOTBALL: Hooe Sports Football Club match tomorrow, Saturday, is the local derby Hooe against Ninfield in the ESFL Premier Division. Kick off is 3pm at Hooe recreation ground.

JUMBLE SALE: The bonfire society are holding their first Jumble Sale tomorrow, Saturday, at the Memorial Hall. Doors open at 2pm. If you have any jumble that you would like to donate, please contact Lyn on 07709051788 or Derek on 01424 892749. If you are unable to donate jumble they would welcome your donations of cakes or helping on the day. Again, please contact Lyn or Derek as above.

CHURCH SERVICE: The Methodist Church invites you to its special service on Back to Church Sunday, 2.30pm with Revd Ian Wales. Back to Church Sunday is simple, its about inviting a friend back to church. Most of us know people who used to go to church but for a variety of reasons they have stopped going. Feedback suggests that many of these people would be open to an invitation to return. All visitors and friends are very welcome.

THE FLOWER GROUP: Group members are meeting on Monday, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall. This month they welcome Julie Brownlee with her demonstration entitled Isn’t it Lovely. All flowers demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. Non-members are welcome for a charge of £3, which includes refreshments.

WESLEY GUILD: The Methodist Church hold a Wesley Guild on Wednesday at 2.30pm. This is a relaxed and informal fortnightly meeting of fellowship. This meeting will be entitled Musical Memories with Norman McCubbin. All are warmly welcome to attend.

CARNIVAL AGM: Please join the carnival committee on Wednesday, October 10, at 8pm, in the Working Men’s Club for their annual AGM. They would welcome new faces and especially fresh ideas for next year’s carnival. There will be hot food provided. For additional information, contact Lorna on 893644.

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 Back to Church Sunday with Revd Ian Wales.


WANTED: Info on where the Blue Plaques are in this area. Please contact Maureen with the address where to find them to – or write to the address above. Information is also needed on the whereabouts of minature bus models built by Ernest Johnstone in 1935. Contact or write to Maureen as above.

LUNCH CLUB: Trinity Diners Lunch Club is going from strength to strength at Trinity Church, Coppice Avenue. Would you be able to make a difference and help the valuable community outreach continue to develop? Volunteers are needed to join the friendly and hardworking team to help prepare, serve and clear away at each meal. Training will be given. The lunch club is held on the third Friday of each month and volunteers are able to work shifts according to their availability. If you would like to find out more then please give Jennie a ring on 484189.

RAMBLING CLUB: On October 4, Leisurely Walk, Polegate Plod. The walk is two to three miles flat and easy with coffee at the end. There are no stiles. Meet at Polegate re cast 10am with Yvonne. Or Cuckoo Trail, and paths around Hellingly with Barry, which is about five miles, flat and has three stiles. Nettles could be a problem. Alternatively, Alfriston again, which is eight to nine miles with some hills, with Rosalind. Take a picnic. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

HARVEST: The Water of Life is a harvest event taking place tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am in Trinity Church. The church will be open and you are invited to come along and enjoy the displays and refreshments. Everyone is welcome to come along to the service on Sunday at 10.30am where there will be the chance to sing some favorite harvest hymns and receive food for thought.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Byway Cat Care. All are welcome from 10am in the lounge.

ANOTHER COFFEE MORNING on Saturday October 6, at the Community Centre, is hosted by Polegate Windmill. All are welcome in the lounge from 10am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Today (Friday) sees the start of a three-day Flower Festival and Harvest Festival at Heathfield Chapel. The theme is The Bread of Life and a celebration of harvest. The chapel is open from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm to 6.30pm on Sunday. Refreshments will be available each day. The Weald Singers will be giving a concert tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm. On Sunday the services are 11am Harvest Service led by Rad Upfield and 6.30pm Songs of Praise led by Paul Daniels. Admission is free, any donations received will be divided between Demelza Hospice and The Quicken Trust.

PLOUGHING MATCH: The East Sussex Ploughing Match is held tomorrow, Saturday, at Broad Farm, Hellingly, from 10am to 2pm. Classes include horses, vintage, classic and modern tractors. There are trade stands and refreshments. Activities include: terrier racing, ploughing tuition, domestic exhibits, crafts and a dog show. A number of local people are involved, so come along and give them support. Parking is free as is admission for under 16s. Admission is £4 for adults.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship. 4pm 4forAll family event in Punnetts Town Village Hall; all ages are welcome. St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Family Harvest Festival Service followed by a bring and share lunch in the village hall at 12.15 for 12.45pm. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: see Flower Festival.

PARISH COUNCIL: There is a problem on the village green. A lot of people park in the short piece of road between the main green and the small triangle opposite The Stores. This creates great difficulty for the bus service, which needs to use this for turning, and is rather inconsiderate to other motorists. Cllr Rupert Simmonds and Cllr Nigel McKeeman are involved in the negotiations between Paul at The Stores and the Post Office re the future Post Office service at the shop. There is a determination that there will be continuing service. Our thanks to both of them. There are no developments regarding the proposed housing in Forest Lane, Punnetts Town. An application for planning permission has not yet been received by Wealden. The advice is to wait for such an application and ‘keep your powder dry’, before raising objections. A full report of the last meeting is in the Bodle Street section.

Grants: Applications are invited from local groups in the parish for grants. Application forms are available from the parish clerk, Marian Smith on 01435 831653. Alternatively, email The next meeting is at the Dunn Village Hall at 7pm on October 18. My apologies for giving the wrong venue this month.

VILLAGE HALL: It was reported at the parish council meeting that the Spanish Evening had raised £500. The next event is a Harp Evening on October 27. Details are to follow.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE PLANNING APPLICATION for the JPK Project to purchase and build on the site of the Edgmont Evangelical Church in Old Town was due to be heard by Eastbourne Borough Council planning committee on September 4. The project is to provide residential accommodation with meaningful daytime activities for people with a learning disability. Unfortunately, the meeting was deferred at the last minute due to a legal issue concerning parking rights. Hopefully this issue has now been resolved and the planning application is due to go before the planning committee on Tuesday.

JPK GOLF DAY: The next fund raising event for the JPK Project is the annual charity golf day, organised by Chris Rose and his committee at Willingdon Golf Club. It will be held today, Friday.

LINE DANCING: On Sunday from 2pm to 6pm a fund raising Line Dance Social is being held at Polegate Community Centre for everyone, including beginners. The event is being organised by Sue and Maggie and is in aid of the JPK Project. Tickets are £5 in advance from Sue on 01323 844466 or £6 at the door. Refreshments are available and there is a bar.

ART TUITION: There are still some vacancies for the autumn term at a Thursday morning art group, which meets from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Wannock Hall. Drawing and painting tuition is given by Angela Burnap – mainly in watercolour and pastel. The autumn term started on September 20 but it is not too late to go along. For further information ring Angela on 01323 842113.

MORRIS MEN: The Long Man Morris Men will be starting their practice season at 8pm today, Friday, at St Mary’s Church Hall. For further information ring the squire Roger Green on 01323 733603 or the bagman John Wardle on 01323 840877.

BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING: Anita Hatch who runs Anita’s Beauty Works is holding her annual MacMillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning tomorrow (Saturday) from 9am to 1pm. She will be raising as much money as possible for the charity and all the balloons will be out at the Beauty Works to make this a joyous occasion. Anita will have a raffle with prizes from her various suppliers, discounted treatments with £5 from each treatment going to the charity and a lucky dip with nail products. There will also be a prize draw at £1 a ticket. Anita’s treatments include Indian head massage, mini manicures and pedicures, back, neck and shoulder massage, green tea facial, eye derma (lifting and firming treatment), and nail filing and paint. Her staff will be there to help. It might be a good idea to book your treatment now by ringing 01323 503530.

THE MACMILLAN coffee morning organised by Mary Glyn-Jones at her home in Ratton raised £200. Mary later received some donations, bringing the total up to £237 for the charity.

BHCT: The Beachy Head Chaplaincy team has its administrative centre at the Shiloh Centre at 80 Wish Hill Willingdon Eastbourne BN20 9HA. Their main aim is to help prevent suicides at Beachy Head and the surrounding area and give aftercare support when needed. The frontline team consists of 16 volunteers supported by four staff members. All are committed Christians, active in their local church congregations. BHCT is reputedly the busiest Search and Rescue team in the UK with over 750 searches and incidents a year resulting in over 260 rescues. Their efforts ensure that when the call goes out for help, there is someone ready and equipped to respond. The frontline team work in pairs. Keeping this lifesaving service running at Beachy Head costs £200,000 a year. Most people know someone who has had mental health problems when they felt that life was not worth living, and so this is a very worthwhile charity to support. You could donate, perhaps in the memory of a friend or loved one. You could support BHCT through a legacy, a regular standing order or perhaps organise your own fund raising event or take part in one that someone else has organised. And if you are a Christian, volunteering may appeal to you. For further information write to the administrative address above or ring 01323 504422. Alternatively email or visit their website .

WANNOCK ARTISTS are meeting today (Friday) at 7pm at Wannock Hall when Richard Manwaring Baines will be giving a critique and assessment of members’ work. Visitors are welcome to these monthly meetings. Admission is £3.

DONS GOLF DAY: Willingdon Football Club organises two golf days a year, one in April at Willingdon Golf Club when they challenge Willingdon Cricket Club for the John Beck Trophy, and the other in October for footballers, ex-footballers, friends and in fact anyone who would like to take part. This is held at the Downs Golf Club and is a social occasion, although any small profits would benefit the football club. It is known as Golf Society Day and the date this year is Friday October 5. The first tee-off is at 1pm and the last tee off is at 2pm. Just turn up by 1pm and if you are on your own, you will be matched with a partner against another pair. The cost per person is £28.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm until the end of October. On Saturday, October 6, there will also be a fund raising coffee morning for the mill from 10am to noon at Polegate Community Centre. The coffee morning is being organised by Jenny Wells and she would appreciate offers of help on the day as well as donations of cakes and scones, and prizes for the raffle. She is also hoping to have a book stall as well as the mill souvenir stall. Ring Jenny on 01323 487671.