Parish pump Haulsham - July 25, 2014


WI NEWS sent by Wendy Day: A large number of members and visitors gathered at the Old Chapel Centre for the July meeting and after the workman outside had agreed to halt their pneumatic drills for a while, Melanie Gibson-Barton was able to begin her engrossing talk entitled Bruges - Not just chocolate. She told of her love for the city, so much so that she has rented a house there and visits every weekend so has been able to study the history, art and culture in great detail. Her pictures brought the city to life for her audience and of course had to end with pictures of chocolate of every description. There was even a Christmas dinner modelled from chocolate. There were whispers among the audience that an outing to Bruges may be a future possibility. After tea and biscuits (and chocolates) there was a short business meeting. Members were asked for volunteers to provide cakes and sandwiches and to help at the next Bexhill Day Centre tea in August. Future events were announced: an outing to the Llama Park in September, the Devonshire Park pantomime in January and Langham Hotel lunch in January and/or February. There will not be a meeting in August. The next meeting will be at 2pm on September 18 when there will be a speaker from the charity Canine Partners. Canine Partners train dogs to help the disabled and hopefully the speaker will bring a puppy in training along to the meeting. Visitors are welcome and a small donation appreciated.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL which runs from August 22 to 25 has published its programme which may be picked up from any Alfriston shop and the Eastbourne and Seaford tourist office.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: The congregations of St John’s Bodle Street, Warbleton Parish Church, St Giles, Dallington, and Heathfield Chapel come together in the marquee at Rushlake Green at 11am. All are warmly invited to join us for this united act of worship, in this lovely setting. An informal picnic (bring your own) is then enjoyed, followed by a game of rounders.

PARISH COUNCIL: One topic that generated some heat at the recent meeting was why the road towards Rushlake Green was repaired recently when it had only been done last year. I gather that the contractor was recalled to do the job again at their expense as the original was not up to standard. Broadband: further to my recent piece, I enquired what the official delivery date is. For Bodle Street this is May 2015. Dog mess: another matter causing concern in Bodle Street, particularly around the village hall area. It is an offence, and the public are encouraged to report offenders. This is something PCSOs can deal with, issuing warnings to start with. The council will look at having a dog mess bin located in the village. Councillor Bill Bentley (ESCC) said that he was now responsible for Community Safety as well as Adult Social Care. He is also vice-chair of the Police and Crime Panel for Sussex. He asked that users of the bus service give feedback via the county website. Bodle Street Village Hall: £13,000 out of the £20,000 needed for the proposed extension has been raised. Future events are a boot sale on August 16, a Downton dance evening on November 1 and a Dickensian evening on December 6.

GARDENING CLUB: The annual flower show is on Saturday August 9. If you have not obtained a schedule yet please phone Mary on 01323 832509, or contact another committee member. The schedule doesn’t just contain horticultural classes but has photography, craft and baking sections as well.


ST MARY’S: This is the Sixth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, Investment Potential and at 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Living Among Idols. 2.45pm Evening Prayer at Emmanuel church, Hawkswood Road. 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St Mary’s, Word and Spirit.

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

CABARET: Hailsham Theatres has its popular cabaret show coming to Summerheath Hall tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets and further information The evening promises fun and laughter with cabaret sketches from blue peter to paying the bill, one leg too few, a latte stalker, some songs, dancing, and a western sing along. 98.5 percent clean fun.

SWIMMING CLUB: Hailsham Swimming Club is running an open morning tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 11.30am at Bedes School, Upper Dicker. This is your opportunity to see what the club has to offer, how it is run, meet the coaches and take part in a free swimming trial. To find out more telephone Jeanette on 01323 440140.

QUIZ NIGHT tomorrow, Saturday, at the Charles Hunt Centre, £5 per person for teams of six. Doors open 7pm for 7.30 start. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available at the interval. Prize for winning team, six bottles of wine. Raffle. In aid of Environment Hailsham (was Hailsham in Bloom).

COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE: Hailsham and District Branch of the Royal British Legion is to have a service to commemorate the centenary of the commencement of the First World War on Sunday August 3 at Hailsham War Memorial at 10.45am. This service is in memory of those who volunteered to serve their country so that we can, today, live in peace and harmony. Your support at this event would be appreciated as most families at that time were affected by fathers, sons and brothers volunteering. There is to be a parade from the Age Concern Car Park at 10.25am, which is to be led by the 1066 Pipes and Drums from Hastings. Ex-Service, serving personnel, local cadet forces and local emergency service personnel are invited to take part in this parade. The Last Post will be played at 11am, followed by two minute silence, then the playing of Reveille. A Lament is to be played by a Piper whilst wreaths or tributes are placed on the memorial. There is to be an area of grass laid alongside the memorial to enable those who wish to place crosses. Free poppies will be available from behind the memorial and collection tins available for anyone who wishes to make a donation. Further details are available from Mike Weller, branch chairman on 01323 440749, Frank Berry, branch vice chairman on 01323 843880 or 07901717354, or Rev Peter Clark, branch secretary on 01323 841809.

LIGHTS OUT: One Million Candles to Remember. On the eve of the 4 August 1914, the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey made a statement to a colleague on returning to his office from the House of Commons and seeing a lamp lighter at work outside, uttered the words ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime’. Lights Out is an invitation to members of the public in the UK by the Royal British Legion to turn off lights from 10pm to 11pm, leaving a single light or candle for this moment of reflection to mark the 100th anniversary of the date that Great Britain entered the First World War. To enable the public to obtain candles to take part in this event, if they so desire, special candles are available from Marks and Spencer, with a donation from the purchase to the Royal British Legion.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Hailsham Horticultural Society held its early summer show on Saturday and it was very well supported by both members and non-members. Although the sweet peas were down in numbers this year everything else was well supported. We had floral art, flowers, veg and fruit plus cookery and paintings that were well worth seeing. The children put in some very nice cupcakes, collages and photos and we would love to see more children enter. Thanks to all the members and their families and friends who gave so much of their time to help and the society is looking forward to seeing you all again in September.

PUBLIC TOILETS: The new town toilets are now open and in a new location. The unisex facility comprises two cubicles, one of which is fully wheelchair accessible and includes baby-changing facilities which have been constructed from the latest modern and hard-wearing materials completed to an extremely high standard. The brand new public conveniences are in North Street in the former Cortland Stable Block opposite the Post Office sorting office. The toilets are free and open to the public seven days a week, 8am to 8pm.

HOPS: The Hailsham Old Pavilion Society held a 1940s themed cream tea on July 12, hosted by Nicola and Alan Stone in their lovely garden. The HOPS girls provided a sumptuous cream tea of sandwiches and homemade cake for the guests. Music from the era was supplied by Helen from Crazy Diamond discos. The guests were entertained with a 40s sing along, theme quizzes and the ever popular stand up bingo. There were various other competitions and games to keep the guests busy. The themed fancy dress prize was won by Val and Dave Curd and the event raised over £250 for HOPS and will all go to the upkeep of the Hailsham Old Pavilion.

SUMMER SHOW: Following the recent success of the Early Spring Show, Hailsham Horticultural Society are preparing for the Late Summer Show on Saturday September 13 at the Summerheath Hall. Open to the public from 2pm to 5pm, you can see displays of chrysanthemums, dahlias, craft, appetising food and home grown organic vegetables, fruits and ask questions about how we did it. If you would like to compete it costs 35p. Admission is 50p to the public, 25p to members, accompanied children are free. You can see photos of our 160-year celebrations and details of our monthly meetings at the Charles Hunt Centre at Ring 01323 842977 to speak to the show secretary, for a schedule with entry forms in the middle.

100 YEARS AGO: In July 1914 the Hailsham Parish Magazine reported: From the weather standpoint cricket and tennis players have (so far) had a delightful time. Not a single match has had to be abandoned, and what more healthy and enjoyable than to practice and play these games in the glorious sunshine which has been our lot for some weeks. From a “Results” point of view, things are not quite so favourable, but after all, much as we like to win well and often, that is not all we play for. The first XI, have proved victors on six occasions, the Thursday team has not yet lost a match, while the tennis club has been successful in one match. Even though results may not be very flattering it is a joy and good for the place to see so many players keen, enthusiastic and happy in the field, and no one has the slightest thought of giving up because he is not always on the winning side. And is not that the spirit we need to cultivate in the higher life, in the service of Christ and His Church, the spirit of dogged perseverance, obeying and trusting in Christ our Captain.


SUMMER SHOW: On Saturday August 2 Windmill Hill Horticultural Society will be holding their 137th Summer Show at the Reid Hall inn, Boreham Street. Schedules are available at Boreham Mill Nurseries, Windmill Hill Stores, Lime Cross Nurseries, Coopers Croft Garden Centre, Herstmonceux Information Centre, the Post Office Stores and Willows Pharmacy. As you can see it’s still not too late to pick up a schedule and enter, the doors of the hall will be open to the public between 2pm and 4.30pm, entrance £1, children free and there’s plenty of free parking.

THE WINDMILL at Windmill Hill opening hours for August will be 2.30pm to 5pm. On August 3, 17 and 24 entrance is by donation. Refreshments are available throughout the afternoon. If you want to have a look before you go please visit their website where you can get all the information on the windmill, the local weather and view the webcam.

THE HAILSHAM TRUST is a registered charity and they are currently trying to recruit volunteers to start a volunteer befriending service in three semi local locations, Herstmonceux being one of the first. The main aim is to recruit interested parties who would be willing to give about an hour a week to visit isolated people. In return support, guidance, paid mileage and training will be made available to volunteers. Unfortunately notice of this came through when I was away so they have already held their meeting but they are still happy to talk to anybody interested in becoming a volunteer and have left application forms in the Information Centre or you can email Tammy on

WALKING CLUB: On Sunday meet Sue at the Hailsham Leisure Centre at 10am for a six mile walk at Barcombe Cross. Take along a picnic as there are plenty of places to stop during the walk. On Tuesday meet Richard behind the Tiger at East Dean where he has a 3.5 mile walk planned through East Dean to Birling Gap. All are welcome. If you need information or assistance please call them on 848790.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion at Wartling church at 8am; Holy Communion (CW) at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am; and the Messy Church barbecue at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street at 3.30pm.

WELCOME to the new art gallery which has taken up residence in the side office of the village information centre. Now an art gallery and studio, you’ll find artwork from local artists, mostly unknown or undiscovered, on display and ready for sale. Also on sale you’ll find a selection of notebooks, bookmarks alongside a selection of what can only be described as curiosities. Open most days, at the moment they are working hard to make sure that everything is ready for the grand opening tomorrow, Saturday, when the gallery will be open between 9am and 5pm. I hope that we can all pop in.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas this week. Today, Friday: Wannock village hall 9am to 9.30am; Ades Field, Church Bailey, Westham 10am to 10.40am; Ades Field Wilmington 3.15pm to 3.35pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am; Village Hall Arlington 11.15am to 11.40pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green village hall 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; Punnetts Town School 11.45am to 12.25pm, Catsfield village hall 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Thursday: Ashburnham 9.50am to 10.10am.

Ninfield & Hooe

NEW HOMES: As you will be aware from the report from the parish council chair, Ninfield village faces a challenge over the next couple of years. The Wealden District Council Local Plan allocated 50 new homes to our village and they have now started their work analysing areas around Ninfield in relation to their suitability for development. The parish council are committed to doing their best to be involved in the assessment process and keep the village informed. Rydon Homes held an exhibition back in November 2013 stating their intention to promote the site at Ingrams Farm, but please be aware this is only one of at least five potential sites. In order to ensure the parish council get the best results for our village they need your help. The parish council have put together a questionnaire to find your views and will be visiting every property in the village over the next couple of weeks with the questionnaire to ensure no one is missed. Please help and tell them what you think.

BOWLS: The rain has hampered Ninfield Bowls Club this last week, with their match against Beckley on July 20 being cancelled due to wet weather. They did however, manage to play a couple of games, the first on July 16 against Gullivers in a Rother League match drawing 72 a piece. They played Northiam in another Rother League match on July 19, just losing 63-66.

THE FLOWER GROUP are holding their flower show, entitled Songs of Praise, on August 2 and 3 at Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday and 11.30am to 4.30pm on the Sunday. Proceeds are in aid of the Sussex Kidney Trust. Entry is £2, to include a programme. There will also be teas, cakes, bric-a-brac, plants, book stalls and a raffle. For further details of Ninfield Flower Group, please see their website

SERVICE: Ninfield Methodist Church will be having a special Morning Praise Service on August 3, 10.30am, which will feature some of the song/hymns portrayed in the displays of the Ninfield Flower Group’s Flower Show. All are very welcome to attend.

A COFFEE MORNING/Light Lunch will be held on August 6 in aid of Chestnut Tree House, Children’s Hospice Care at Little Acre, Church Path, 10.30am to 2pm. A raffle and plants will also be available. All are welcome to support this worthwhile charity. Any contributions will be welcome. A few of the members of the Christian Womens Fellowship were recently invited to have a tour around Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice near Arundel. They were amazed at the quality of care and sensitivity the life limited children are offered there. They take the whole family under their wing to give them respite breaks and take the stress of having a very ill child lifted off their shoulders for a short while to enjoy some quality time together in a beautiful, homely, purpose built house and safe outside areas. They are also dedicated in helping families through times of early bereavement. It was a very happy place, not at all like a hospital.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill and District Community First Responders will be meeting on Wednesday, August 6, at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean, on 07970024135.

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 Worship and Praise with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Twinning Association. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon. On Saturday August 2 the coffee morning is hosted by the Ladies Circle, 10am until noon in the lounge.

WALKS with Eastbourne Rambling Club tomorrow, Saturday: The Magic Roundabout, four miles with Diana W. Meet at Co-op Albert Parade, Old Town at 10am. Refreshments after walk. Or, a brisk pace walk Church Parade, 8.5 miles with Naomi and Pete. Meet at the Avenue 9am. Walk starts at Arlington Reservoir car park GR 528074. On Sunday Footing it to Fairwarp, five miles With Graham T. Meet at The Avenue 9.30am. Walk starts at north end of Uckfield CP long stay 10.15am GR 472213. On Wednesday, Lullington Heath, Downs and forest, 9.5 miles with Colin W. Meet bus 12X 9.33am Terminus Road, to East Dean Village. Walk starts at East Dean Car Park at 10am GR 557978, dry lunch.

EXHIBITION of Fossilis by Fenya Sharkey. An exhibition of mosaic and sculpture held at the National Trust Visitor Centre Birling Gap until September 3, open from 2pm to 4pm.

SOUTHDOWN STROLLERS walk on Monday, Alfriston Circular. Meet at long stay car park at 10am with Alan and Rosemary. On Wednesday, Whitbread Hollow. Meet at Bedes School, top of sea front at 10am with Dorothy.

POLEGATE RAMBLING Club walks on Thursday include Leisurely Walk, two miles no stiles. Start at the Downlands Medical Centre, Polegate, at 9.45am with John. 1066 Country Walk – Catsfield, five miles with Howard. Mainly firm ground with a few boggy bits, gentle gradients, about seven stiles; or a longer walk of nearly nine miles, Round the Horn, circular walk from South Chailey, flat and a few stiles, take picnic with Mike and Bridget. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am. For more information please contact Angela on 504280.

SPA VALLEY special event August 1 to 3 a Diesel Gala, no steam. Sunday August 3 at Eridge is a Bus Rally. Whilst on Thursday August 7 Mike the Knight will be dropping in to see the children. Weekend August 16 and 17, please bring along your favorite teddy bear for Teddy’s Day Out. More info from

BOOKINGS are now taking place for Polegate Drama Group’s production of two murder mystery evenings on August 1 and 2. Please contact Archer and Partners (tel: 483348) at 48 High Street to book. Tickets are £10. Bring your own food and drink. Tea and coffee on sale during the interval.

COACH TRIP: Polegate Strollers coach trip on August 6 is to South Downs Garden Centre. Please contact Jayne on 482538 or 07739898276 to book a seat.

EVENTS for children at Polegate and Willingdon Windmill are held on Wednesdays. The first one, on Wednesday August 6, is Historical Cooking. Two sessions 11am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm. To book your place contact Patricia Stevens on 734496. The mill is also open for guided tours.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

FLOWER SHOW: It is too late to put in an entry form, so all you can do is prepare your entries for the show tomorrow. These need to be displayed in the marquee between 8.30am and 10.30am at which point the marquee closes for judging. Please leave the marquee once your exhibits are placed to allow room for others. At the other end of the day, they may be removed between 4.15pm and 4.45pm, after which remaining items will be sold for society funds. The marquee opens at 1.45pm for members and 2pm for the public, at which point the afternoon programme starts. The timetable is as follows: 2.05pm judging of children’s pets (register on the day, the first class is for dogs and the second for all other pets); 2.30pm Summer Solstice Morris Dancers will perform; 3pm Children’s races; 3.45pm presentation of trophies by the society president, Peter Dunn, and drawing of the raffle; 4.15pm fun tug of war and 4.45pm auction of produce. Warbleton Brass Band will play during the afternoon, and there will be a wide variety of stalls round the green with local interest, produce, craft etc. There will also be a display of poultry and cage birds. The tea tent will be open during the afternoon, ice creams from The Stores, and the usual refreshments from The Horse and Groom. Car parking is at Stone House, please follow the signs.

CONCERT: the Buffaloes, a 60s to 80s music group, return to provide the entertainment in the marquee in the evening after supper. Entry is at 7.30pm, adults £8 and children £4. Please bring your own picnic drink and glasses. Tickets from the Stores, the Horse and Groom or Gill on 01435 868246. The Buffaloes are really good and will at least get your toes tapping even if you don’t display your dancing skills.

CHURCH SERVICES: The congregations of Warbleton Parish Church, St John’s Bodle Street, St Giles, Dallington and Heathfield Chapel come together in the marquee on Rushlake Green at 11am. All are warmly invited to join us for this united act of worship, in this lovely setting. An informal picnic (bring your own) is then enjoyed, followed by a game of rounders. There will be no morning services at the churches, but the chapel has a service at 6.30pm led by Rev Philip Laver.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band return to the Green on Sunday at 6pm for their proms event Hampers and Champers. Bring your own picnics, union flags and come for a great evening of music, including some of the last night of the proms favourites.

PARISH COUNCIL: Broadband: further to my recent piece, I enquired what the official delivery date is. For Rushlake Green exchange this is July 2015. Road works: these will occur for resurfacing in Cowbeech, from Clippenham corner to the top of Cowbeech Hill from August 22 to September 26. I don’t know what provision will be made for through traffic or whether some rather long diversions will be needed. The finger post at Padgham Corner has been knocked over. A replacement post will be needed, but the arms are in safe storage. The finger post at the Middle Lane/B2096 junction has been replaced with metal signs, not a popular choice with the council. The benches around the Green will be refurbished. For other matters see the Bodle Street section. Cllr Nigel McKeeman (WDC) gave news of a campaign to reduce the risk of death by cardiac arrest. Prompt first aid can greatly reduce the risk, including the use of defibrillators. The nearest 24/7 ones are at Heathfield fire and ambulance stations, at 4 miles away from Rushlake Green. There may be one at Herstmonceux. Doctor’s surgeries have them now, but they are only available during surgery hours. Ambulances in our area can take some time to arrive. He is working with various bodies to see if they can be provided at a central point in villages. There is also a need for more people to train as first aiders. He is seeking the views of local people and organisations. Dunn Village Hall: there will be an arts festival in September. The floor will be resurfaced soon.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: St Giles Church, Dallington, is holding a flower festival from August 8 to 10, (10am to 5pm) with the theme Pause For Thought. There will be refreshments and stalls. On the Friday evening at 6.30pm a bring-your-own picnic will be held in the churchyard, followed by a concert given by The Weald Singers at 7.30pm. On Saturday at 7pm Our Village Boys, those who went to serve 100 years ago, and on Sunday Songs of Praise at 6.30pm. I More details next week.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

REPORT: What a beautiful day Saturday July 12 turned out to be when St Mary’s Church held its annual Summer Fair. Part of Church Street was closed to traffic, to allow visitors to wander freely between the hall and church grounds, enjoying the sideshows and games along the way and soaking up the swinging sixties theme. The grand opening was heralded by the popular Kingfisher Scout Band who led the original sixties pop idol Dec Cluskey of the Batchelors into the arena. Dec entertained the audience with his unique sense of humour and officially declared the fair open. There were over 600 visitors. Forty volunteers worked hard serving on the various stalls or running tombolas, raffles, games and activities. The barbecue and refreshments were also well supported. In the fair arena Willingdon’s new vicar, Fr Kevin Agnew, dressed in sixties style, compered the variety of performers as they showcased their acts. Harry and James Court, winners of recently held Willingdon’s Opportunity Knocks, sang and played their own songs, followed by runners up Willingdon River Dance Troup, and Luke Howard singing and playing guitar. Queen Elsa (Jenny Castell) made a surprise appearance. Willingdon School, Robinsons Academy and SAMA Martial Arts demonstrated their skills and the Line Dancers and Willingdon Strictly group showed the audience their dancing moves. In the afternoon, Chalk Hill Toddler Group led the adult sixties fancy dress competitors into the arena where they were sponsored to appear in the same retro outfits at the church service the next day. The calm of the church had offered a respite from all the activities of the fair and visitors were able to read through the archives on display whilst listening to gentle organ music provided by St Mary’s in-house organists. A record taking £5,373 was raised in the five and a half hours that the fair was open. Thanks was expressed to all those who had helped in any way, including local businesses who had generously donated raffle prizes.

HISTORY: Willingdon’s annual summer fair was first instituted in the 1940s by Mary Keef to raise money to repair bomb damage to the vicarage windows. Her son, Oliver Keef, ran it between 1989 and 1999, and her granddaughter, Serena Thompson, has run it since 2009 with a committee and the support of the volunteers.

SPONSORED BIKE RIDE: Cameron and Murray Ballard with friends Oliver Perrott, James Shrub, Robin Pyper and Tim Perrott are cycling from John O’Groates to Land’s End from July 23 to August 2. Their vehicle support drivers will be Tim Blois and Steve White. The distance to be covered is about 900 miles and the group will be raising money for the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. Cameron and Murray’s sister Jade has Down’s Syndrome. Jade has always lived at home but as time passes she will need her own independence, and Edgmont JPK Centre at Old Town would be ideal for her, where she would have friends and a real quality of life. Edgmont and the site on which it stands have already been purchased, but more money needs to be raised before building the accommodation can start. For further information visit . And please donate by going to or send a cheque made payable to JPK Sussex Project, at 7 Wannock Avenue Willingdon Eastbourne BN20 9RP.

SUMMER FAYRE: Margaret and Mavis are organising a Summer Fayre at Edgmont JPK Centre in Old Town from 10am to 3pm tomorrow, Saturday. Stalls include cakes, handcrafted cards, DVDs, books, toiletries, home-made preserves, handbags, crafts, jewellery, name the doll, raffle, tombola, soft toys, and teas, coffees and biscuits.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall when Norman Rossiter will be demonstrating an animal portrait in pastel. Visitors are always welcome. The fee is £3.

PRAYER WALK: Fr Clive will be leading the third of this year’s prayer walks with the idea of introducing new companions to consider on each journey. This month’s companions are the Celtic Saints. Meet at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, at 9.30am tomorrow, Saturday, when the group can share cars to the start of the three mile walk to Lullington Heath. All welcome.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive will have a Wild West Family Day from 2pm to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. Ride the Bucking Bronco if you dare or something a little tamer. Take a shot at the tin cans. Other games are available. There is something for everyone. Refreshments are served in the garden.

JAMES MORRIS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

MOOD SWING is the name of the double bass and guitar duo who will be providing the entertainment for customers at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

A BREWERS’ GROUP has recently started at the Wheatsheaf on the last Sunday of the month. The idea is to learn about the full grain growing process and what equipment is required to make your own beer, and be able to taste the beers and swop recipes. The next meeting is from 7pm on Sunday.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday August 1 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Gill Homer, entitled Bright Ideas.

THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION and the Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion are commemorating the centenary of World War 1 at 2pm on Saturday August 2 in Willingdon Memorial Hall. It is in aid of the Poppy Appeal. Rosalind Hodge, St Mary’s Church archivist, will be displaying First World War archives, and if you have any that you would like to lend, they would be very much appreciated. Afternoon tea will be served from 3pm to 5pm and the Downland Singers will be there to entertain you with First World War songs and poems. Tickets are £5 each. Please contact Val Godwin on 01323 503684.

OPEN GARDEN: The beautiful and peaceful walled gardens at Birling Manor, East Dean BN20 0AA will be open to the public from 11am to 4pm on Wednesday August 6. Limited wheelchair access is available. Birling Manor is signposted from the A259. The open garden is in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

POLEGATE WINDMILL hosts a number of activities for children on Wednesdays throughout August. On August 6 there will be an historical food day when children from the age of five can go along and learn where different foods come from and their seasonal availability from different periods in time. They will make Roman sweets and an Elizabethan fruit pudding.