Parish Pump Hailsham - September 6, 2013

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CRAFTERS have an opportunity to learn the techniques of fashioning art from paper during a workshop set for tomorrow, September 7, at Much Ado Books. Participants will make an intricate design from a stencil while learning tips and techniques for paper cutting. Artist Rowan Forestier-Walker will lead the workshop. The event is free to customers who buy a copy of Emily Hogarth’s Paper Cutting for Special Occasions, or any other of the shop’s craft books priced at £12.99 or higher. The three hours session is set to start at 2pm. Light refreshment will be provided. Details are available on the shop’s website at

GUIDED TOURS: Kevin Gordon will be running his last of the season Guided Tours around Alfriston tomorrow, Saturday. The tour costs £5 and last one and a half hours. Meet at the Market Cross for a 2pm start.

CLAPHAM LANE STALLS at Litlington with light lunches, cake, produce and plant stalls, tomorrow, September 7, from 11am to 3pm.

THE MOO MAN, a film about a farmer in Hailsham that made headline news when it became a surprise hit at the Sundance Festival, will be shown by the Cuckmere Valley transition group at Litlington village hall on Sunday at 4pm. Tea and cake, admission £2.

THE OLD CHAPEL CENTRE has recently been renovated and to celebrate the new look there will be a Cocktail Party with live music, a magician, cocktails and canapés on September 14 from 7pm to 9.30pm. Tickets, £15, are now on sale and available from Liz (07803630500) or at the Tudor House Restaurant; all profits to the Old Chapel Centre. There is also a new website

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Alfriston and District Branch is planning to boost its contribution to the Poppy Appeal with a concert at St Andrew’s Church to be given by the Sussex Band of the Royal British Legion (Horsham) with Joelle Meakin, soprano. There will be a varied programme of music which will end with a last night of the proms selection in which the audience will be invited to participate. The concert to be held on September 28 at 7pm. Tickets cost £8 available from Pearls Jewellers, Waterloo Square and Music Memorabilia, High Street, or telephone V Cowin 01323 871327 or Jim Taylor 01323 490038.

DICKENSIAN EVENING is the next Big Alfriston event. As soon as the Festival stalls and gazebos are cleared away the flyers, reminding everyone about the Dickensian Evening, are out. With the sun still shining there is a reluctance to leave the summer of 2013 but arrangements have to be made and another hard working group, who form the committee, set about finalising plans for the November evening. The date for the diary is November 23 from 2pm to 9pm. The High Street will be closed and the bands will be playing and Father Christmas will once again light up the tree.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSG WI: The Institute meets at 2.30pm on Tuesday in the village hall. Helen Poole’s subject is The God’s of Mount Olympus.

AUCTION OF PROMISES: This event, at 7pm for 7.30pm on September 21, is the formal launch of the Extension Appeal for the village hall. This will provide an extension in the kitchen area of the hall. The auction will be conducted, after supper by local auctioneer James Braxton (as seen on TV), and there will be a silent auction of some of the lots. There is still an opportunity to provide lots, contact Pauline at Tickets are £15 to include a three course supper and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343. There will also be a licensed bar. The next event is a showing of the Opera Carmen on November 16. Tickets from Bryan or Geoff.


ST WILFRID’S HOSPICE: Over the August Bank Holiday, the members and guests of the Hailsham Club took part in a fun packed fund raising weekend with entertainment, a prize quiz and several raffles. Along with the club’s usual activities, donations were given from the Fishing Section, the Friday Wheel of Fortune and all the prizes for the raffles were kindly donated. We would like to thank everyone who donated and took part over the weekend helping us to raise £2,000 for a very good charity.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

BANGERS ‘N’ MASH: A few tickets still available for a charity supper evening is being held in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children, in conjunction with the Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture tomorrow, Saturday, at Union Corner Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 per person. There will also be an auction of unusual items during the evening. Bring your own drinks and glasses. The menu offers starters of breaded garlic mushrooms with mayo dip, melon and mandarin medley with raspberry coulis, choice of orange, apple or cranberry juice. Main course is pork sausages with mashed potato, peas and onion gravy or vegetarian sausages with mashed potato, peas and onion veggie gravy. Dessert is apple pie and cream, summer pudding or fruit trifle followed by tea , coffee and mints. Please contact Pam on (01323) 844020 with your menu choice.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly, Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. 6.30pm Evensong. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker, Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

10K ROAD RACE: Come out and support the runners in this year’s John Faulds Hellingly 10k road race which is being held on Sunday. The Hailsham Harriers organised event will start at 10.30am in Station Road, Hellingly, near the Cuckoo Trail and the race HQ is at the village hall. This year the club has been awarded the Sussex 10k championship within its race, which is a great honour. There will be 300 runners taking part on the single loop course from Station Road, Park Road and New Road to Amberstone then up Cowbeech Hill and the turn left into Cinderford Lane then back down Grove Hill to Mill Lane and the finish in the field off Station Road to the west of the church. The race was named after our Harriers’ chairman who did so much in his years with the club and the organisation of this event and is remembered at rest in Hellingly Cemetery. The open race will be accepted on the day before 9.45am at the hall subject to the maximum number of 300 not being reached and will be eligible for prizes and a medal will be awarded to all finishers within the entry fee of £13. For more details please have a look at the club’s website at The race has been held annually since 1984 and has a close affinity with the village having used the hospital grounds for a number of years. All abilities will be made most welcome for the race but entrants should be fit to run or jog for the duration but a walk on the two hills is acceptable and there will be a water station at about 5k in Cinderford Lane. Any advance queries can be made to Norman Harris at

FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT: Despite appalling weather on the Saturday, this year’s Festival of Transport turned out to be a great success, with crowds flocking through the gates on Sunday and Monday. The 38th annual show proved as popular as ever with both the exhibitors and the general public alike. The Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club would like to thank all those in the village of Hellingly for their tolerance and support over the Bank Holiday weekend.

SPEEDWAY CYCLING: Hellingly Cycle Speedway Club is holding a free come and try open day on Sunday at the Lower Dicker Recreation Ground situated on the A22 from 2pm onwards. All equipment and coaching is provided free of charge or you can bring your own bike along and have a go. For more information call (01323) 506751.

MEDIEVAL WEEKEND: Michelham Priory hosts this popular event over the weekend of Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15, from 10.30am to 5pm. Adults £7.50, students and seniors £6.50, child £4, family £20, disabled and carer £4. There will be living history displays, archery competition, medieval traders, story telling, falconry, barbecue and beer tent. For more information visit

Horam & Vines Cross

HORAM FLOWER SHOW took place on August 26 at the village hall, and again was a great success. Overall the number of entries was well up on previous years. As well as flowers the show attracted many entries in all sections including vegetables, handicraft (adult and children’s), art, wine, photography and a very well contested domestic section demonstrating a high standard of local baking skills. Visitors also enjoyed the tea and homemade cakes that complemented the beautiful weather. Many thanks to all the willing helpers who helped make the day such a success, and to PJ, our local vicar, who presented the trophies. Trophy winners were: Constance Scott Perpetual Challenge Trophy, most points in classes 1-18, Joan Turner; Marchant and Clarke Perpetual Challenge Trophy, best exhibit in classes 1-13, Eric Sanderson; Joan Bartlett perpetual Challenge Cup, best exhibit in classes 14-18, Andrew Knight; The Rose Trophy, best bloom in classes 1, 3 or 4, Ian Baker; Ellissen Perpetual Challenge Cup, most points in classes 1-34, Carol Curd; Best Vegetable Exhibit (Trug), National Vegetable Society Shield, Carol Curd; Founders Perpetual Challenge Trophy, best exhibit in classes 20-34, Dave King; Hughes Perpetual Challenge Cup, most points in classes 41-46, Theresa Fennings; Evelyn Pritchard Perpetual challenge Cup, most points in classes 52-56, Shirley Harman; Betty Evelyn Perpetual Challenge Trophy, most points in classes 58-70, Sharon Coleman; Norman Norris Perpetual Challenge Trophy, most first prizes in show, Joan Turner. Junior Perpetual Challenge Cup 8yrs and under, Darcy Spratt; 9 to 11yrs, Jasmin Evans; 12 to 15yrs, Emily Evans. Horam Parish Council Shield, most points in classes 47-51, Emily Evans; Allotment Society Award, best vegetable in class 48, 8yrs and under Keira Spratt; The Dolphin Shield, best exhibit in class 49, Darcy Spratt; RHS Banksian Medal, highest total of money prizes in classes 1-40, Carol Curd; Ian Howie Cup, best bottle in classes 71-72, Jenny Evans; Group Shield, most points in class 75, Jenny Evans; QEII Jubilee Award, allotment which most appeals to the judge, Theresa Fennings.


HISTORY GROUP: On Monday, 7pm (note new time) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road Lewes History Group talk on Unearthing Roman History - New Discoveries in the Ringmer Area. At the end of the first season for the Culver Archaeological Project, David Millum takes the Lewes History Group back to the Ouse of the Romano-British era, when Britain’s rivers played the transport role taken today by our motorways. He will talk about what has been revealed to date including the Roman villa near Barcombe church, a vast bathhouse nearby (far bigger than the village alone) and elements of the local road system, plus the latest discoveries from this summer’s dig at a mysterious new settlement in Ringmer, near Barcombe Mills. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: It was August Bank Holiday when 23 of us gathered at the car park of the delightful, historic, secluded village of Fletching for the start of the walk. It was a beautiful warm sunny Bank Holiday Monday morning, with barely a cloud in the sky and just a gentle breeze. The 4.5 mile circular walk took us on a gently undulating route along farm tracks and quiet country lanes, across fields and meadows, through wooded paths and open countryside. We walked past a few farms and some isolated cottages but civilisation seemed a gratifyingly distant concept. The countryside was looking very beautiful with that slightly faded aspect of late summer, more seed heads than flowers in bloom, the sun noticeably lower in the sky and, despite the heat, faint glimmers of autumn, blackberries ripening, fungi appearing in the grass and pheasants scurrying in all directions. We took our short refreshment break in a field under an enormous spreading oak tree that provided shade for those who needed to cool down, while sun-worshippers could continue to deepen their tan. Apart from the fresh air, exercise and conviviality, our walks are also an opportunity to do some birding for those so inclined. Birdsong and bird activity in general are at a low level at this time of year but, in addition to those scurrying pheasants, a buzzard was spotted high overhead and right at the end of our walk, a most unusual spectacle a flock of 20 to 30 house martins that skimmed at tremendous speed through the air, landing momentarily on a branch of a dead tree before taking off and swirling around and returning to their perch. Perhaps they were foregathering for their migratory flight southwards? The very last part of our walk took us through the lovely old churchyard of Fletching’s ancient parish church (dating back to the 12th century), providing a tranquil, contemplative ending to what everyone seemed to agree had been a most enjoyable walk through a quintessentially English landscape. The walk was led by Vivien. The next walk is on Wednesday September 18, Woodmancote. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

OPEN HOUSE: Eclectic Avenue, Lewes Artwave Open House. 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer BN8 5JT 01273 812280. Fifteen artists and crafts-people. Free parking, free entry, refreshments, open house and garden. Open tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 11am to 6pm.

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.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

ARTWAVE: This is the last weekend of Artwave and there are several venues to visit. Newhaven Fort has an exhibition by Rachel Cohen entitled Vessels with a fleet of more than 100 small ceramic boats to create a poetic dialogue with the stories told at this historic venue. Open Saturday and Sunday 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Also at the Fort, St Nicholas Centre, Lewes, present works inspired by Newhaven Fort and Castle Hill Nature Reserve. At the Ferry Port, Railway Approach, is an exhibition by Kai Crick open 10am to 4pm and this is your last chance to visit Victory’s House, 35 Meeching Road, with Victor Stuart Graham’s marine assemblages plus work by his visiting artists.

FETE DE NEWHAVEN: The popular annual event in the High Street takes place tomorrow (Saturday) from 9am to 3pm. This will include the Dieppe Market, entertainment, plus the revitalised Saturday market so it is a day for all the family to enjoy.

FUN AFTERNOON tomorrow (Saturday) when Riverside Park Community Voice invite you to go along to the Hut at Lewes Road rec from 2pm to 4pm. All welcome, bring a picnic. some outdoor games and your ideas for the Riverside Park to share with others.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI will meet on Monday. Ploughman’s lunch and silent auction at 12.30pm followed by members’ experience meeting at 2pm in South Heighton village hall.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers Kaleidoscope of Colours, Tuesday 7.30pm Hillcrest Centre. Everyone is surrounded by colours, different seasons, flowers, clouds, earth and sea, sorrow and joy. Inside us are colours of fear, anger, sorrow and joy. Find a story and share it or just sit back and listen. Hillcrest Cafe will be open beforehand. Admission £4, concessions £3 on the door.

NEWHAVEN MUSEUM at Paradise Park is opening its doors free of charge as part of the Heritage Open Days 2013 from Thursday September 12 to Sunday September 15. Why not go along and browse through the historic material relating to Newhaven and surrounding areas and look at the thousands of photographs relating to the development of the town and the port. Opening hours: Thursday noon to 4pm, Friday 1pm to 4pm, Saturday 10.30am to 5pm, Sunday 2pm to 5pm.

RNLI Newhaven is holding a car boot sale at Paradise Park/Tates Garden Centre, Saturday September 14, 9am to 1pm, set up 8.15am. Pitches £7 on the day. Take a stall to earn extra cash or just go down there and grab a bargain.

GUINNESS TRUST in Iveagh Crescent is holding a fun day for Older People’s Day on Saturday September 14, noon to 4pm. There will be cakes, bric-a-brac, glass bottle/jar stall, guess the weight of the cake, face painting, sweets, toys, knitted items. All welcome. Community Bus stops outside the door.

Ninfield & Hooe

LADIES, do you have any unwanted bras? Battle Waste and Recycling Group have launched a bra recycling scheme. Unwanted bras, in any condition but clean, can be taken to collection points at Knickknicks, and Battle Post office. The bras are sent to a central depot, sorted and then sent out to Africa. This scheme also supports Breast Cancer Research and 1066 Cycle Club projects. It is an ongoing project and your ‘support’ is much appreciated.

THE BOWLS CLUB finished August on a high note with a massive win over Fairlight, 117-62. On Sunday September 1, the club enjoyed an internal club competition which they call Scrivens. The competition was initiated some years ago by the then captain, Brian Baker, after a past member, Stan Scriven, donated four unwanted silver cups to the club. And the competition complete with Scrivens Cup was born. The winners this year were Jackie Richards, Norman McCubbin, John Crittenden and Geoff Groves.

ONION FESTIVAL: Sunday is the day, Ninfield Bonfire Society invites you all to their fantastic annual Michaelmas Onion Festival with Fun Dog Show. Please do go along from 11am, have some lunch as you watch the parade of greyhounds, Punch and Judy, Sami Guard’s Dancercise Group; ferret racing; tug of war and lots of other arena events. You can then have a go at archery, bell ringing, see how many bricks you can lift. Try your luck with the raffle, tombola and human vegetable machine. For the children there’s a steam train, bouncy castle, fairground, lucky dips, ducks to hook or they can try the scurry, with or without a dog. And don’t forget to enter your onions, cake or jam in the Onion Tent competitions, they need to be there by 12.30pm. This year they have more things to do and see than before, too many to list here, please go and support them at Hope Cottage Farm Shop, Hooe Road, and if you do have any items for the tombola, cakes, produce, anything you’d like to donate, bring it along on the day or phone Carol 893326 to arrange collection. Their website has the full details:

HOOE OPEN GROUP on Friday September 13, 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. Their invited speaker will be Pam Vieler who will recall her memories from after the end of WWII. If you would like to socialise with a group of very friendly ladies, who enjoy each other’s companionship, why not come along to the village hall on the second Friday of any month, the club commences at 2.30pm and ends with tea and a raffle at 4.30pm. For further details, please contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: An increased membership has caused a move to a larger hall, from September we will be in the Methodist Hall, Church Lane (corner of Downsview). September 19, 7pm for 7.30pm start, Robert Bonnett (Sussex Mills Group) a talk on Ninfield and other local windmills. Admission £2 for non members, but membership forms available for discounted rates. There is a monthly newsletter for members and we’re always keen to develop contacts with other local history groups, especially those with connections or links to Ninfield. Meetings are on the third Thursday each month, start at 7.30pm, but come along early for a chat if you like.

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 Racial Justice Sunday Service with Revd Ian Pruden.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Social Section. All welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.


FUN DAY at Guinness Court, a sheltered scheme for the elderly, on Saturday September 14, as part of the Older People’s Day. The Fun Day is for all the family with a bouncy castle, tombola, guess the weight of the cake, ploughman’s if you get hungry, Pets at Home are bringing some little animals, barbecue, stalls and lots of other things.

FLOWER FESTIVAL, Friday September 13 to Monday September 16, from 9.30am to 5pm in St Leonard’s Church. There will also be a Festival Market on Saturday September 14 in the churchyard (hall if wet) from 10am to 2pm.


HORSEFLY ALERT: Many thanks to those of you who have been kind enough to contact me about my alarming experience with anaphylactic shock as a result of an insect bite. Today I have heard of another Waldron resident who had a similar experience on Monday of this week when he was bitten by a large horsefly, causing him to lose consciousness and develop a painfully swollen arm. The only consolation for him is that he was able to kill the horsefly before losing consciousness. So be warned, horseflies are large, nasty and best avoided.

LICENSING: On Tuesday at 7.30pm there will be a licensing service at All Saints’ for the Reverend George Pitcher as our Priest in Charge for the parish of Waldron. The new Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Reverend Dr Martin Warner has confirmed his appointment and will officiate at the service, so this will be an opportunity for everyone in the parish to welcome both the new Bishop and our new Priest in Charge. The service will be followed by a reception at the Lucas Hall and everyone is warmly invited to socialise.

CRICKET Tomorrow, Saturday, our village cricket team will be playing their last league fixture of the season against Hastings and St Leonards III at home, starting at 12.30pm. On Sunday there will be a friendly against Alfriston, away, starting at 1.30pm.

SNAKES RETURN The Wakin’ Snakes will make a welcome return to The Star on Sunday at lunchtime with their cheerful foot-tapping music.

JOAN’S CUPS: Where others drink tea out of their cups, Joan Turner of North Street struggles to find space to display hers. Joan has yet again made raids on the surrounding area horticultural and other shows, returning to Waldron with a haul of no less than 12 cups, one more than last year. She has won them for her plants and flowers, cookery, handicrafts, photos and flower arranging and even a cup for winning most cups in the show. Can anyone beat Joan?

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am (Rev Paul Cox), sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am (Rev Peter Jamieson and Lay Reader Christopher Corfield) and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am (Christo Corfield).

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Little Warblers for pre-school children and their parents/carers starts again on Tuesday at 10am in the Church Rooms. Just turn up. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services led by Paul Davies representing the Albanian Evangelical Mission.

HISTORY GROUP: Our speaker on Monday will be David Calvert whose subject is Herstmonceux Castle. We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm start at the Dunn Village Hall. That half hour is an opportunity for a cup of coffee, chatting and perusing the bookstall.

ART SHOW: Art on the Green is part of the Hailsham Arts and Culture Festival Trail and takes place next Friday to Sunday, at the Dunn Village Hall. Refreshments will be available. Full details next week.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS held their 39th annual exhibition at Wannock Village Hall over the August Bank Holiday. Pauline Beddard, chair of Wannock Artists, said in her opening address that they are already planning for the Ruby Anniversary next year. She thanked all the members for their hard work in preparing the hall and hanging the pictures, and welcomed the many visitors who had come along to see the paintings. Wannock Artists are a friendly group of amateur artists who all help out at these exhibitions with Monica Pullen and her team preparing and serving the refreshments and Vera Gearing making the beautiful floral arrangements for the tables. About 40 paintings were sold, some framed and some unframed from the portfolio. Paintings of local scenes seemed to be particularly popular. Sue Davies had donated one of her paintings entitled The Wave to be raffled. This raised £184 which will be donated to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. Sadly missing from the exhibition was Roger Jones who had been membership secretary from 2011 until his death earlier this year, but two of his paintings were on display and were greatly admired. Wannock Artists meet at 7pm on the last Friday of the month at Wannock Village Hall when demonstrations are given by well-known local artists and professional artists from various parts of the country. Membership is open to anyone interested in art and visitors are also welcome to the demonstrations for a fee of £3. For information ring the secretary on 01323 844291.

DEMONSTRATION: The flower club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration from Josephine Jacobs. The competition is entitled Autumn Bounty.

IT’S RACE NIGHT at the British Queen at 9pm today, Friday. Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a 70s and 80s disco from 8.30pm.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Things are beginning to get back to normal at the Wheatsheaf after a very hectic Bank Holiday weekend celebrating the Festival of Ale. Tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm Piers and John, otherwise known as Driving Miss Daisy, will be entertaining customers. On Sunday from 1.30pm it will be the turn of wandering minstrel Leo. Tuesday is quiz night from 8.30pm. Wednesday is open mic night from 8pm.

BINGO AND CHIPS: This popular event will take place at 7pm for 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, in St Mary’s Church Hall. Tickets are £5 each to include the meal and a bingo card. For further information please contact Lesley on 01323 504901 or the parish office on 01323 501763.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: Sunday is music day at the mill which will be open from 2pm to 5pm. Organising the event is Gerry Page and the programme will include jazz quartet The Happy Band, gypsy swing music from Hot Club of Jevington, solo saxophonist Tom Sangster, singer and guitarist Nairne Page, folk music from Honey with Heart and mandolin player Max Salisbury. Cream teas will also be served.

YOUNG PEOPLE: Fr Michael, curate of St Mary’s Church, is hoping to start a club in the near future for young people age 14 years plus which would include social and discussion time. There will be a meeting for any interested young people as well as their parents if they wish to go at 7.30pm on Sunday at 37 Church Street. For further information ring Fr Michael on 01323 509528.

THE HARVEST SUPPER organised by members of St Mary’s Church will be at 7.30pm on Saturday October 6 in the church hall. Tickets will be on sale in the church hall after the 9.45am service on Sunday and on the following Sundays or can be purchased by ringing 01323 502820.

BROWNIES: Monday is the date when the 41st Eastbourne Brownies resume their weekly meetings at Trinity Church Hall after the summer break. Many of the Brownies will be going up into the Guides. Consequently some places are currently available for more Brownies and also for the younger children, the Rainbows. For more information ring Judy Kemp on 01323 486756 or email her on .

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by an amenities meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

ANTIQUES: It was interesting to see the Antiques Roadshow on BBC on Sunday September 1 which was filmed by Eastbourne Bandstand earlier in the year. If you weren’t successful on that occasion, there are two opportunities locally to have your possessions valued with the possibility of an offer being made for them. Colwell Fine Art and Jewellers will be giving free valuations between 10am and 2pm on Monday and Tuesday at Chalk Farm Hotel. On Wednesday from 10am to 2pm Clive Attrel from ITV and BBC will be at the British Queen to give free valuations. Particularly in demand is gold, silver, precious stones, coins, medals and militaria, watches, working or not, and clocks, costume jewellery, militaria, paintings, prints, postcards, ceramics, figurines, old toys and antique furniture. There is no need to book for either venue.

THE 3 MMMS were due to resume after the summer break on September 11 but this has now been postponed until Wednesday September 25 (8pm at St Mary’s Church Hall) when there will be a talk on Sri Lanka. The programme for the coming year will also be available.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS will meet at 6.30pm on Thursday at the Red Lion. There will be a seed swap and Sandie will be giving advice on getting the garden ready for winter.

JEVINGTON AND FILCHING WI will be meeting at 2pm on September 12 at Trinity Church Hall for a workshop in card making. The exhibition is a card kept for its memories.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at the Memorial Hall when Mr S Woodbridge will be giving a talk entitled Fred Stone’s Music Hall. This is the closing date for committee nominations.

THE PRESENTATION EVENING for the Willingdon and Jevington in Bloom competition is at 7.30pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall. All those who entered the competition will be notified of this date and the winners will be announced during the evening. Anyone is welcome to go along.

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