Parish pump Newhaven - April 10, 2015

Alciston & Selmeston

NOT TO BE MISSED: St George’s Supper, Saturday April 18 in Alciston and Selmeston Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start. This evening is always great fun with a three course dinner plus coffee and chocs to finish. Then there is the music and entertainment which always produces a response of various sounds from the audience adding to the evening’s merriment. We also are fortunate to have the services of the chairman of our local/Seahaven branch of the Royal Society of St George, who will be giving us a short talk about the society and its work. Patriotic dress, not necessary, but red and white would be good if you feel you would like to. Tickets £20 per person. Raffle and the bar will be open. To reserve your ticket please telephone Jan Matthews 01323 811380, Michele Boys 01323 870623 or Jan Allen 01323 871634 by April 14 for catering numbers. We are offering a vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu. Please let us know if you prefer the vegetarian option when you book. Surplus from the evening will go to Selmeston and Alciston churches.


THE 300 CLUB will meet on Tuesday at The George at 8pm when two more lucky winners will be £50 richer.


TIDE MILLS community beach clean 10am to noon on Sunday, April 19. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife.

THE LICENSING of Fr Trevor Smyth by the Rt Rev Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester will take place on Wednesday, April 29 at 7.30pm, St Andrew’s Church, followed by refreshments in the village hall.

FREE HORSE MANURE available on west (Newhaven) side of Bishopstone Road between Bishopstone Estate and Bishopstone Pond: help yourself, but please return or replace the bags.

SPRING has sprung, green shoots are fast appearing, and the church builders are nearly finished. If you are dividing plants, or have a surplus of seedlings, please nurture them until the May Fair when they will be very welcome for the May Fair plant stall.


SPRING SHOW: Burwash Horticultural Society will be holding their Spring Show tomorrow, Saturday, in the Pavilion at the Swan Meadow Playing Fields and includes floral art classes. The staging of the exhibits will be from 9am to 11am and judging will take place. Visitors can go along and see the exhibits and winners from 2.15pm to 4pm. Raffle tea and biscuits will be available.

COFFEE: The After Eight Club invite you to go along to the Pavilion in Burwash Common today, Friday, to help raise funds for Admiral Nurses and the Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance Service. It is being held from 10.30am. Do go along and take a friend or two. Homemade cakes tombola, plants, bric-a-brac and more will be there to browse through. Help them top £1,000 they made last time.

FLOWER ARRANGING: The Burwash Flower Arrangement Club will meet on Monday afternoon in the village hall from 2.15pm. The demonstrator will be Myra Lister and her subject Let It Go. All members are welcome to attend and non-members and visitors will be made welcome. Tea and a raffle will end the day.


EXHIBITION: We have enjoyed a great start to our Bethany to Jerusalem exhibition at St Laurence Church, with plenty of visitors coming in over last weekend to view the artworks. The exhibition features work from well-established Sussex artists, such as painter and Sussex Watercolour Society member Alison Milner-Gulland and printmaker and frequent Affordable Art Fair exhibitor Ann d’Arcy Hughes plus newcomers like Philippa Snell whose sculpture/installation in the churchyard has been getting lots of interest. The show continues on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm until May 2.

EASTER: The art show was launched at St Laurence’s Easter Vigil service on Saturday evening. The service was very special, we entered the church carrying candles and the church was lit only with candles, so the light was quite magical. Dr Jeffrey Lake then sang the Exsultet. Jeff’s singing voice is wonderful and I think we could have listened to him all night. The service was followed by a shared meal which was very enjoyable. On Easter Sunday we had a baptism incorporated into the service so there were plenty of children to enjoy the Easter egg hunt afterwards.

BEES: A couple of times recently I have come across students from the University of Sussex out with nets, trying to find some bumble bees to catch for their research. I assume they will be studying, then releasing the furry little creatures. The research at the University is helping to understand the causes of the decline in bee populations so their investigations are very worthwhile, unfortunately it has been pretty cold lately and there don’t seem to have been many bees around.


FARMERS’ MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, on the Cattle Market site from 9am to 12.30pm. We welcome back Lola’s novelty soaps and Well Preserved jams and chutneys alongside all our usual stalls. We will have TV researchers there after a rummage in your sheds, barns and outbuildings in case you have any hidden treasures for a new Channel 4 TV programme called Barnfinders.

YOUTH ZONE: This club is for young people in years 6 to 9 and normally meets on the second Saturday of the month between 7pm and 8.30pm at Emmanuel Church. Some meetings will be held elsewhere so they will let you know where to meet and the times and details. This Saturday there is a mystery guest. For more information about Youth zone, please contact Julie on (01323) 441059.

ST MARY’S: This is the second Sunday of Easter. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am All Age Service with crèche: An Easter Encounter. 2.45pm Holy Communion at Emmanuel church, Hawkswood Road. 6.30pm Evening Prayer.

MEETING POINT: The April and May meetings are changed to later in the month because of the bank holidays. Therefore it is on Monday at 7.30pm in the church lounge, the group is meeting for an audio visual presentation by Colin Bell of Seaford Photographic Society. On May 11, Ian Everest will return to talk to members about Sussex during the First World War. At the last meeting in March Chris Taylor, St Mary’s new musical director, along with his wife Emily, told members about some of their musical history, with examples of music from the recorder. Apparently there are a wide range of recorders, not just the instrument which many of us will have learned at school.

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR: The Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club is hosting an event on the evening of Wednesday April 22 at the Hailsham Pavilion. Robert Harris, of Harris Bros. Vintage Fair from Ashington, is presenting a show entitled Social History of England’s Fairs, All the Fun of the Fair. The Harris Bros. Fair has been part of the annual Hellingly Festival of Transport for well over 30 years and is well known across southern England. Tickets are £5 and can be obtained from the Hailsham Pavilion Box Office (Tel: 01323 841414).

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday there is a long and a short walk. The longer is the 4.5 mile Magham Down Circular with Elaine and Larry (849680), which is described as undulating with some stiles. The shorter walk is from Polegate to the Loom Mill and return. The walk starts from Polegate library with Ann and Jim on 842711. If you would like to go on either walk, please ring the walk leader in the first instance for the details. All welcome. If you would like to know more about the Hailsham Ramblers speak to the secretary Jill on (01323) 843530.

COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES: Not just computers but also your unwanted tents, sleeping bags, duvets, wellies, blankets or financial support. Email: or call Simon: Tel 01323 848588. To find out how you can help visit

BONFIRE BINGO: Help raise vital funds for the annual firework celebration with the Hailsham Bonfire Society by going along for a good evening out and supporting their fundraiser on Friday April 17 at the Charles Hunt Age Concern Centre (entrance in Waitrose car park). Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. If you would like to find out more about joining the Bonfire Society and the many social events they enjoy throughout the year culminating in the grand parade through the High Street and Bonfire site on October 17 this year, then go along to one of their meetings usually on the first Monday of each month. This month, because of Easter bank holiday, the meeting is on April 13 at 8pm.

HEFFLE CUCKOO FAIR: The Heffle Cuckoo Fair is on April 18. Hailsham’s own John Wilders, who runs The Ropemaker Theatre Co Ltd, will be strutting his stuff as Demelza’s Town Crier for the event. Also at the fair will be an art exhibition and sale entitled Just Art, by members of the Arlington Art Group, which will be set up in the Goward Hall which forms part of the Cuckoo Fair site at Cade Street, Heathfield.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The Kings Head on April 14 and 28. In March Christine and Marie told the group about their trip to Blackpool to attend a course called Make a Mystery Cushion. The design was Seaside themed and worked in relief. They said there was a lot of knitting to do and they needed some of their free time to complete each piece, but they enjoyed the company of other knitters and had some interesting excursions. By coincidence the group was working on a textured design from Russia and worked from a chart. It was the first time that something new was tackled by the whole group together and was so enjoyable that it will now become a regular feature of the evenings. If you have an interest in knitting or crochet you will be welcome to join the group at 7.30pm on the second and last Tuesday each month. For more info phone Su (07552 229473).

CHRISTCHURCH: Andy Johnston and Duncan Pratt, two of the leaders of Christ Church, will be attending a leader’s conference in Skopje, Macedonia, from April 19 to 23. The church has developed close links with Balkan churches in recent years, particularly those in Bulgaria with regular visit by members and leaders from Bulgaria have in turn visited Hailsham and were present for the opening of the new Ropemaker Centre last month. The conference in Skopje will include leaders from other Balkan countries including, Albania, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo and Macedonia there will be other leaders from UK churches who also have ongoing contacts with churches in the Balkan countries. Andy Johnston, who spoke at last year’s conference which was held in Elbasan, Albania, explains that these conferences are important as the Balkans is an area of Europe which has seen much bloodshed and suffering and it is a privilege to help and support friends there as they look to rebuild trust where there is so much brokenness. Last year he says he was deeply moved as people who fought on opposite sides in recent military conflicts prayed with each other and asked one another for forgiveness.

PCSO STREET MEETING: Sunday 11am to 11.30am at The Avenue junction with Ersham Way, giving local residents the opportunity to meet PCSOs and talk about any concerns or issues they may be having where they live.

METHODIST CHURCH: Morning Service at Hailsham Methodist Church each Sunday at 10am. Parents and Toddlers Mondays, 9.30am, Youth Club for 8 to 14 year olds Saturdays from 4pm to 6pm, both parents and toddlers and youth club meet in term time only. Various rooms/hall/kitchen available for hire at affordable rates. Contact either via website - - or email

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday there is a Service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall. The medium is Jytte Bauer. Healing is always available.

OVER 50s: This Tuesday includes Yoga. Keep healthy and in good shape by joining the Healthy Living Club. Exercise, make new friends, try new activities and have fun. £1 a session. Refreshments at the Methodist Church Hall from 10am to noon.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: This week saw the culmination of several months’ work since the beginning of the season last September in the print final. The judge was Richard Walton FRPS, who travelled from Kent. Beginners Pavilion Cup: Highly commended Linda Busby for Wooden Door and Carole Parish for Grazing. Third place, Carole Parish for Storm Clouds, second place Halina Martin for Novice Buddist Nuns, and the winner Carole Parish for Chocolate Box, a pretty picture taken of Hever Castle with the moat and cottages in the background.

Intermediate for the Keith Donald Shield: Highly commended Jean Mills for The Saxophonist and Martin Rumary for Yamaha Vee Twin. Third place Peggy McKenzie for Walking In The Rain, in second place Peggy McKenzie for Waif And Stray, and the winner Jean Mills for Greylag Goose, a stunning shot of the head and neck of the bird with dark feathers and an orange beak against a muted background. Advanced Founders Cup: Highly commended Ray Beckwith for Then I’ll Begin, Janice Payne LRPS for A Wintery Feeling and Liz Scott ARPS AFIAB for Luke, Chapter 2 Verse 12. Third place Alison Morris ARPS for Ganges Fisherman, second place Gay Biddlecombe LRPS DPAGB for Lost In Thought and the winner Pat Broad ARPS AFIAP for Yellow House, Iceland, a beautiful photograph of a yellow house set against a snow scene with a couple of trees and lovely sky. Richard, who always enjoys his visits to the club, is very highly thought of by the members as he is superb in the way he judges and gives really informative opinions of the images he is appraising.

GENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS: Monday, 7.30pm at Christchurch, The Ropemaker Centre, Ropemaker Park. All the candidates representing a political party with Westminster representation have been invited to take part in the event. Hosted by Andy Johnston, Pastor of Christ Church, Hailsham, and chaired by David Bourne, Vicar of Hailsham. The event is public meeting and is open to everyone.

TOWN MEETING: A question was raised by a member of the public at the recent Town meeting under Planning and Development with regard to the land at Battle Crescent allocated some time ago for a 6th form college and whether this was this still planned to go ahead? It was confirmed that this land was still secured for this purpose although it was currently under review. The land was available from the time the legal agreement was signed for 10 years so there would be another five years before a decision was made or the developer takes the land back.


HISTORY GROUP TALK on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brook Road. Lewes Through the Eyes of a Flint Knapper. Flintman, David Smith has been working in Lewes and the surrounding area for more than 20 years. His talk will cover the history of flint, showing its use and versatility as a building material. There are various styles of laying and also a variety of finishes. These can vary from construction period and importance of structure, to region and specific location. As well as differences in colour, shape and form, the applications of flint have varied within its historical and functional context. Lewes is no exception to this. Using local references, he will also demonstrate how flint has given Lewes its distinctiveness with examples of the good, the bad and the unusual. To round off the lecture, David will give a demonstration on the art of flint knapping. All welcome. Free refreshments. £2 members, £3 for non-members.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: An amazing 36 people turned up for our Bank Holiday Walk. They were rewarded with a beautiful walk around Chiddingly on a wonderfully warm and sunny morning. The spring flowers, primroses, ladies smocks and the delicate white wood anemones were all seen but as yet, the bluebells were still waiting to make their appearance. Next week we are looking forward to our Group Meeting when Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust will be giving an illustrated talk on A Sussex Wildlife Safari. The Nature Reserves of Sussex. This will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm at Cliffe Church Hall and all are welcome. On Tuesday there will be a Stroll, one of our shorter walks, please phone Bert on 473052 for details. These walks start at 10.30am from top North Street car park. Our programmes are available from the Tourist Office or the Outdoor shop.

CHURCHES TOGETHER in the Lewes Area has arranged a Hustings event with local candidates in the General Election on Thursday April 23 from 7.30pm. The meeting will be at Kings Church (opposite Homebase). The deadline for questions is April 18 and they should be sent to Carolyn Pybus either by email at or by letter at Flat 4, Cliffe Leas, Farncombe Road, Lewes BN7 2UH. Further details and a question form can be found on the Churches Together Website: under ecumenical calendar.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Sunday May 3 at 3.30pm we will be having a songs of praise service. This is your opportunity to choose a favourite hymn that we can sing together, with help from our choir. To request a hymn please email On Saturday May 16 we are running a professional counselling study day: Tree of life, understanding narrative techniques in counselling. There will be a reasonable charge. To join the course please call or text Southover Counselling on 07852 221449. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service with communion (church hall); 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: Many thanks to all of you who joined us for Jesus’ journey through holy week. On Maundy Thursday we saw the last supper, followed by Jesus’ betrayal and arrest; then on Good Friday his trial and crucifixion. On Easter Sunday we celebrated the wonders of his resurrection in the splendid surroundings of the Priory ruins. Thank you to our wonderful cast and to the many hardworking volunteers who supported them in so many different ways, without all of whom the production could not have taken place. We are not aware of any other passion play that spreads the story over four separate days, not even in Oberammergau or York. Now we start preparations for 2020. We shall be carol singing around town again this Christmas, so we look forward to seeing some of you then.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO CHURCH: Our services this month will be moving to the church hall, in Talbot Terrace, as work is beginning on the interior of the church building. We will be letting you know more about the work soon, but in the meantime, you will be most welcome to join us in Talbot Terrace, at the hall, at 11am on Sundays, all through April. This Sunday we will have a service of Holy Communion, led by Rev Dick Field. Then on April 19, after the Morning Worship at 11am, we will have our annual church meeting for those on our electoral roll.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Deans Road, Alfriston 11.15am-11.55am; East Dean Village Hall 12.20pm-1.20pm.


HEARING SUPPORT: The Peacehaven Hard of Hearing Support Group will meet today, Friday, from 10.30am to noon in the Charles Neville Room.

CHARITY MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday’s, charity market is organised by MENCAP, Community House, Meridian Centre.

COFFEE MORNINGS at the Meridian Centre: Tuesday, Seahaven Lioness Club; Thursday, Wendy Veck; Friday April 17, Peacehaven and Saltdean Stamp Club.

COUNCIL MEETING: Leisure and Amenities meeting, Tuesday in the Anzac Room at 6.30pm.

CAR BOOT SALE at the Dell on Sunday, organised by the Newhaven Sea Cadets.

PEACEHAVEN WI: Our meeting on the first day of April started with a report on the AGM at Eastbourne, which was so well attended that more chairs had to be brought in. Everyone agreed that it was a very successful afternoon. There was only one Centenary Cook Book left by the interval and Mark Stacey, of BBC’s various antique shows, proved to be an entertaining and humorous speaker, without notes. The coffee morning was, eventually, after the eclipse was over, well supported. Thanks to all who helped. Several outings were put forward to add to those already organised. The afternoon speaker was Cliff Dargonne, with slides on Papua and Bali, where he had spent time climbing mountains, which looked pretty dangerous. We resolved to look and wonder, but not try. We look forward to the next meeting on May 6. (Joy Allen).


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Polegate Wine and Social Club. All welcome in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre from 10am until noon. We will also be selling homemade wine and cakes with other usual things on offer.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Undercliff History in Style 4.5 miles with Bob J. Meet at Marine Gate, Brighton bus stop at 10am. Bus No 12 at 8.43am stand J, café and toilet stop on route, optional carvery at finish 12.30pm. Or brisk pace, rare plants and jugged fish around Telscombe Downs, 8.5 miles with Tina and Jon. Meet at Telscombe Village at 9.30am GR 403031. Park south of Youth Hostel on verge. On Wednesday, Lavender Line Country, 8.5 miles with Graham T. Meet bus No 54, 10.08am Terminus Road to Uckfield bus station where walk starts at 11.20am. Leader joining bus at Church Street. On Saturday April 18, Underneath the Arches, 2.5 miles with Alison. Meet at Polegate Station 10am bus No 98 at 9.38 am Terminus Road stand H to Polegate.

QUIZ: Polegate Twinning Quiz Night will be held at Polegate Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday. All welcome from 7.30pm.

AGM for the Stud Farm Allotment and Garden Society is on April 15 at 7.30pm in the function room at the Thorobred Inn.

HISTORY OF THE LINE guided visits commemorating 30 years since British Rail closed the line in July 1985. Spa Valley Railway are celebrating this event, by recreating the Demu experience of the 1980s. To find out more look at their website or telephone 01892 537715.

POLEGATE PLODDERS for info on this newly formed running/jogging group please contact Brian Winn on 07765216990 or email

TALK for JPK Project on April 17 by Alan Hodges called Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner will take you on a postcard journey starting in the 17th century and concluding in the 1960s. Admission is £5 per head which includes tea and coffee plus biscuits during the interval. Egmond Hall, High Street, Old Town, Eastbourne, at 7.30pm.

POLEGATE RESIDENTS Association meet on the First Tuesday of the month at 10am at St John’s Church Hall. Visitors welcome.


THE COMMUNITY CINEMA is showing Rush cert 15 at the Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, today, Friday, from 7.30pm.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT at St Leonard’s on Saturday at 1pm. Stratus Flute Trio are young, dynamic and based in London. They play a wide range of repertoire including classical, contemporary, folk-influenced and new works for Flute Trio. The concert lasts approximately one hour and is free entry with a retiring collection.

SEAHAVEN SCOUTS Boot Sale at the Martello Fields on Sunday. Sellers from 7am and buyers from 7.30am. If you wish to sell from cars £8 and vans £12. No food sellers. Tel: 08444146086.

SALTS RECREATIONAL GROUND: There is a public consultation for the new proposed children’s play area on April 19. There is also a display and survey questionnaires at The Salts Café and you can view a copy of The Salts Development Plan on the town council’s website. For more information you can contact or 01323 894870.

COUNCIL MEETING: Financial and General Purpose Committee Meeting is being held by Seaford Town Council, 37 Church Street on Thursday at 7pm.

HATHA YOGA: Therese has sessions on Wednesdays 10am to 11.30am at WI Hall, Brooklyn Road, and Thursday’s 10.30am to noon at Bishopstone Parish Hall. For more details contact Therese on 07515961327 or

WHEELCHAIR/MOBILITY WALK on Friday April 17 at 12.30pm, meeting at Seaford Railway Station. It is a free walk/ride (2 miles) to Splash Point at a gentle pace on paved route. Please contact for information or to discuss your needs Sam Lear 07891556897.


SUMMER FAYRE: Telscombe and Peacehaven Summer Fayre is on Saturday, July 11, at Chatsworth Park, Telscombe Cliffs, 1pm to 4.30pm. They are now booking stalls at £10 each. Contact Phone 01273 589777.

THEATRE: As there was not much going on in Telscombe this week, both Jack and I turned our attention to matters of theatre. I am still a working actor, (well, when they want me) and Jack has been star struck since he was taken for walks by Dennis Waterman, whist I was filming on Wimbledon Common. There is a good deal of amateur theatre going on locally. Peacehaven Players have got Nunsense from May 7 onwards and that looks like fun. People often forget that this area has a wonderful collection of theatres, some amateur and some professional. Both Eastbourne and Brighton are full of both big and small venues. I did a documentary for TV a short while ago on the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne, for example. Seaford has the Barn Theatre which often figures in the local news. And compared with London prices, they are ideal.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration from Myra Lester entitled Let’s Go. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

PENNY PAYNE will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

HANNAH BRADBEER and Kevin Armstrong will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society members will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The speaker is Prof Mark E Bailey and his subject is entitled Minor Bodies of the Solar System.

BLUEBELL WALK: Bluebells will soon be flowering and Bates Green Farm at Tye Hill Road will be open to the public for the annual bluebell walk. There are also an abundance of primroses to be seen plus the animals and activities for children. The gates open at 10am and close at 5pm. JPK Project supporters ran the café yesterday, Thursday, and will be there today, Friday, when the charity will receive the proceeds. Willingdon resident and project co-ordinator for JPK said that she is grateful to all the volunteers who are helping. They will be selling coffee, lunches and teas.

SING-A-LONG-A Saarf Specific: This is an alternative version of Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and will be performed by Concentus Chorale at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Community School. It is a fun evening with plenty of audience participation. Soft drinks and nibbles are included in the price of £10, but you can take your own picnic and stronger drink if you want to lubricate the vocal chords. Tickets sell fast and are available from Lyn on 01323 763273 (after 7pm) or email A raffle will be held in aid of the JPK Project.

BRIGHTON MARATHON: Sandra Fowlie and Wendy Quinn will be taking part in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday in aid of the JPK Project and are looking for sponsorship. They are hoping to raise as much as possible for this worthwhile charity which aims to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability. You can donate through the JPK website and click donate, choose your method of payment and enter the event and whom you are supporting.

ALAN HODGES will be giving an illustrated talk at 7pm on Friday April 17 at the JPK Edgmond centre in Old Town. The talk is entitled Maybe it’s Because I’m a Londoner and Transport Highlights of the 70’s’.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding an amenities meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners’ lunch at Trinity Church Hall is on Friday April 17 at noon. The menu will be fruit juice, steak pudding with a suet crust or vegetable pie, creamed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, followed by raspberry toffee pie and cream, and tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. Meals are priced at £5.50.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday April 17 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. The talk is about Rudyard Kipling and Batemans. A microphone with a loop system is used for the benefit of the deaf and hard of hearing at all talks. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £2.

A JUMBLE SALE is being held at St Wilfrid’s Church from 10am to noon on Saturday April 18. Admission is 20p. The jumble sale is being held in aid of Brain Cancer Research.

LADIES’ FASHIONS: A sale of ladies’ fashions will be held from 10am to 2pm on Saturday April 18 in St Mary’s Church Hall. Sizes are from 10 to 16 and are marked at under half shop prices. They include knitwear, T-shirts, trousers, skirts, blouses, coats, dresses and scarves.

THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION will be having their Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. This is a chance to meet your prospective WillRA election candidates. Refreshments are available. All are welcome. After the business side of the meeting, there will be a talk by Kevin Clark from South East Water. If you need a lift to the meeting, please telephone John on 01323 485415, Denis on 01323 501744 or Richard on 01323 501238.

QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association is organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm on Friday April 24 in Trinity Church Hall. The cost is £7 per person to include supper and a free raffle. There can be up to six people in a team. Tickets sell out very fast. Please ring Richard Nunney on 01323 501238.

THE BRITISH QUEEN is hosting a coffee morning from 10am to noon on Thursday April 23 in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. There will also be a book stall and St Wilfrid’s stall. Coffee or tea and a biscuit or cake is just £1.50.