Parish pump Newhaven - April 17, 2015


HORTICULTURE: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society will be holding their AGM at the War Memorial Hall on April 23 at 7.30pm. It is usual for the business part of the meeting to be dealt with speedily before the speaker of the evening. This will be the last AGM as chairman for Dr June Goodfield, one of the founders of the society and chairman since its inception. Dr Goodfield will be stepping down from that role however she has agreed to continue her association with the society in the capacity of president, a role previously filled by Lady Healy. The speaker for the evening will be Peter Harrison, who will be representing Pevensey as part of the Magna Carta celebrations in London. Peter is curator of the Pevensey Court House Museum and a trustee of the Pevensey Town Trust. His talk entitled King John in Sussex, a Magna Carta Story, focuses on this infamous king’s relationship with Sussex. Admission is free to embers, £5 to visitors.


WHIST DRIVE tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm in the Bishopstone Parish Hall. Admission including refreshments £2.50. This event is in aid of Bishopstone Parish Hall.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean 10am to noon on Sunday. 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, Bishops 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.

ST GEORGE’S DAY: Next Thursday is St George’s Day in honour of the country’s patron saint. In 1344 it was celebrated with a grand joust to which European knights were invited. Shakespeare famously added St George to Henry V’s battle cry and passed away on the same day (some say it was also his birthday).


ST LAURENCE CHURCH: Recital tomorrow, Saturday, Stefan Holmstrom baritone, will be performing with Basil Richmond piano, and Angie Wilson cello. Stefan Holmstrom has sung in many opera houses around the world and we are honoured to have him sing in Falmer. The concert begins at 5.30pm and admission is free but with a retiring collection. If you are planning to come, try to come a little early to see the wonderful Art Exhibition displayed in the church. An evening of art and music, I am looking forward to Saturday.

LADIES’ GROUP: Because of the Albion home match this week on April 14 the Ladies’ Group have had to rearrange their monthly meeting to take place on Tuesday April 21 and will be welcoming John Glover, a D Day veteran, to talk of his experiences when he parachuted into France, on that special day. The Ladies’ Group welcome non-members, and gentlemen, if they wish to attend this meeting. It will be held in the Parish Hall in Falmer and begins at 7.30pm.


THE BELLS of St Mary’s are to undergo maintenance work in the next few weeks. They have had no work on them for some 60 years and the ringers have noticed they are becoming increasingly odd-struck. A specialist company, Nicholson Engineering Ltd, was asked what work would be required to improve the ringing. It turns out that a number of fairly minor works need to be carried out amounting to some £16.5k but none that necessitate removal of the bells from the church. The bells all appear to be sound but the framework needs attention, particularly the ironwork, although the timbers are sound. There is quite a bit of dismantling work to be done and bits returned to Nicholson’s works where the remedial work will be carried out. All the ironwork, which will remain in the tower, needs to be thoroughly cleaned and tightened up before everything is put back together. Fortunately there have been some substantial donations and pledges towards this work and also the Sussex Churches Bell Restoration Fund have agreed to a grant of £3.5k. There is very little further fundraising to be done. Help is needed however with dismantling, cleaning, painting and tightening up, then reassembling everything ready to ring the bells again. B&B is needed for two men, the assistance of one or two fit persons (under 70 for insurance purposes) to help with the physical, dirty, not dangerous, well supervised and instructed work. If you are able to help please contact Elizabeth on 01323 841127 or email

BOWLING OPEN DAY: Hailsham Bowling Club is holding its Open Day on Saturday April 25 from 10am to 1pm. Bowls will be provided but you are asked to wear flat soled shoes or trainers. The green is located behind Freedom Leisure in Vicarage Lane and there is ample free car parking. You can find out more about the club by visiting or contacting Tom on 01323 849810 or Kathy on 01323 840595.

ART GROUP: There is an open art session at Gallery North on Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm. £5 per person, tutored. On Tuesday April 28 Hailsham Art Group has a painting demonstration by Josie Tipler. £8. Book. 7pm to 9pm. Visit, email or call 01323 485153. Regarding the Art Trail for Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture, applications are now open for artists and venues wishing to take part in this year’s festival art trail. The festival runs from September 12 to 20 and venues can be open for all or part of this time. The application form assumes artists have their own venue, but we do also have a list of venues looking for artists so please get in touch if you need somewhere to exhibit. Deadline for Art Trail applications is June 1. Apply online.

CHRISTCHURCH: The preacher at ChristChurch, Hailsham, on Sunday April 26 will be David Devenish, leader of the Catalyst group of churches of which ChristChurch is part. Although best known for his work in Christian Ministry, David Devenish was originally a civil servant working in international trade negotiations. This included being part of the first United Nations working party on the debt problems in developing countries. Although based in Bedford, David Devenish has travelled widely laying foundations and training church leaders in Russian speaking countries which has resulted in over 60 new churches being established in these countries. This is the second occasion that David Devenish has visited Hailsham. The meeting takes place at the Ropemaker Centre, Ropemaker Park, starting at 10am. The church provides a crèche plus groups for children and teenagers. Coffee and tea are served afterwards. All welcome.

FAMILY FUN DAY: This event is on Saturday April 26 at Hailsham Leisure Centre. Enjoy a fun packed day with special performances by Elsa from Frozen. Enjoy one hour of softplay, one hour of bowling, facepainting, splashdance and introducing new Born to Move classes for ages two years and upwards. The day starts at 9am and finishes at 3pm. Tickets are only £5 for a whole day of activities for the whole family, so book early to avoid disappointment.

STREET MEETING: On Friday April 24, 6pm to 6.30pm at the Avenue junction with Park Close. PCSO Bond will be holding a meeting in The Avenue junction Park Close giving local residents the opportunity to meet and talk about any concerns or issues they may be having where they live.

DEMELZA: Tomorrow, Saturday, Demelza is holding the Annual Heffle Cuckoo Fair at Cade Street and Old Heathfield which just gets bigger every year. This year at the Fair, as well as a street parade and lots of fairground rides, demonstrations, dog show, classic cars and many, many interesting stalls, there will also be an Art and Photographic Exhibition with entrants from Hailsham Photographic Society and Arlington Art Group.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Guest speaker, Gavin Hoey, is a full time professional photographer. His work can be seen in various photographic magazines and he is driven by a passion for sharing his photography and Photoshop knowledge, regularly making tutorial videos which have been viewed by people across the world. His current workshop, entitled Camera Shake Up, was designed, as the name suggests, to blow away the cobwebs of camera club members, by demonstrating a range of creative camera and Photoshop techniques throughout the evening. Gavin showed how to compose and edit a picture to obtain the best result and how to make a panorama by taking several photographs, moving the camera round a little with each shot, and stitching them together to make a wonderful picture. After the tea break, he talked about how to get creative by joining a camera club or searching for images online. He held a live studio session with a photography shoot in which he used everyday objects, for example fairy lights and a household light bulb, to create some truly memorable images. Gavin also showed how to take a 3D image and handed out special glasses so all the members could appreciate the end result. It was an extremely inspirational evening, full of fun and lots of tips and hints to take and produce the best photographs. Although Gavin’s time is limited due to his lectures being so popular, the club really looks forward to his next visit.

HCC MUSIC EVENT: Hailsham Community College year 11 students are putting on a music event for all as part of their BTEC coursework. This Young Sounds music event includes classical, pop, rock and rap on Tuesday. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm.


KINGSTON WI: Before our talk, Valerie Simmonds gave a report of her visit to the FAM at Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens. Our Cat Basket, pet carrier filled with cat goodies from playthings to flea treatment to cat treats, sold very quickly. Apply by April 27 for a course on making your own bath products; and on April 29 a Kingston team will be at the East Sussex quiz at Peacehaven. Diana Crabb was chosen in a draw to attend the Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. Meet at 9.30am at the end of The Street, Kingston, for a walk starting at Woodingdean on April 20. Tap dancing is on April 23 and 30. Pilates at the Parish Hall, Tuesdays, 2pm to 3pm; Craft on Fridays, 2pm to 4pm at the Pavilion. There is to be a trip to Westminster Gardens on June 10 and Kingston Fete is on July 4. Our next meeting will discuss the 2015 resolution concerning Continuing Care in the UK and Ann Stamper is speaking about the WI Archives. Our speaker, St John Ambulance instructor Marita Edwards, first asked for a casualty, Anna Philips volunteered. If alone with a casualty, first be sure we are safe. Talk to the patient, louder if necessary, give commands also tap on the shoulder. Check for breathing; at this point another person could dial 999. We were shown how to achieve the recovery position which aids breathing. If alone this is when to call 999. We learned about choking and the methods to dislodge the object in adults and children. A recent advertising campaign has saved many people. Burns need to be left under cold running water for at least ten minutes; until the pain stops. Then cover with cling film. It may need hospital treatment if the burn is larger than the palm of your hand. Anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction to wasp/bee stings, medicines, even latex etc. A nose bleed needs pressure by pinching the nose below the bone, with head leaning forward. If not stopped repeat for another ten minutes. A check by your GP best for repeated bleeds. A tooth knocked out can be firmly pushed back into place, be sure to get it the right way round. As a last resort place between gum and cheek and get help. Circulatory disorders affect around 88,000 people. They could be sweaty and grey so sit on a chair or the floor; they can be given 300mg of aspirin. Call 999. It was a very interesting and informative talk making us think about dealing with an emergency. We were each given a small booklet of first aid tips.

BUS SERVICES: Sadly the new 123 bus timetable will start on Monday. New timetables are available on the 123 bus. A Saturday two-hourly service will continue but times have completely changed. It is helpful to remember that travel passes are acceptable on all normal Compass Bus services after 9.30am Monday to Friday and any time on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. The 130 daily bus service to Brighton will continue.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday March 31, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Irene Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Robin Parris and Peter Kennedy; 3, Nigel Osmer and Jonathan Hyde. Thursday April 2, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Catermole and Mickie Lodge; 2, Liz Fry and David Sharpe; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. Thursday March 9, Cross Imps: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 2, Janet Cattermole and Jonathan Hyde; 3, Meic Goodyear and Sheila Cripps. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: If you are in Waitrose this month please pop your green token in the box for the Lewes Contact Centre, which helps families that have split up to maintain contact. During April our collections are going to the Judah Trust to provide education on avoiding the spread of HIV/AIDS and to care for those afflicted by this illness, particularly children. Our special link is with work in Rwanda. Members of our church go there regularly to give practical as well as financial assistance. If you would like to know more go to Don’t miss the hustings event on Thursday April 23 at King’s Church (by Homebase) at 7.30pm, organised by churches in Lewes, when general election candidates will answer questions. On Sunday May 3 at 3.30pm we will have a songs of praise service featuring favourite hymns that we can sing together, with help from our choir. To request a hymn please email Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service with communion, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service (church hall); 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

STUDY DAY: Courageous in Conflict is the title of the fifth Study Day being held from 10am on Saturday May 23 by the Sussex Military History Society. The event at Newhaven Fort has five expert speakers covering aspects of WWI to WWII (giving their time free) and includes a professional tour of the Palmerston Fort. Tickets are £15 including tea/coffee and biscuits and refreshments are available on the site. All proceeds are towards the Combat Stress Charity. To date the group’s annual Study Days have raised £3,000 for Forces charities. All details or phone 07714923925 email


THE TOWN COUNCIL were privileged to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester to officially open Centenary Park on Wednesday. Photographs can be found in a special edition of the E-news via

COFFEE MORNINGS at Community House: Today (Friday) organised by Saltdean Stamp Club; Tuesday, SCDA; Thursday, Catholic Church.

THE SATURDAY MARKET tomorrow will be organised by the INAA group.

CAR BOOT SALE: The next car boot sale at the Dell will be organised by the Seahaven Lioness Club.

CINEMA: Peacehaven’s cinema showing on Wednesday is the Imitation Game.

ST GEORGE’S DAY: Peacehaven will be flying the flag of St George to commemorate the day.


TALK for JPK Project today, Friday, at Egmont Hall, Old Town, Eastbourne, 7.30pm 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.

THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE is visiting Spa Valley Railway on weekends April 18 and 19, and April 25 and 26. To book your tickets please contact the railway at or telephone 01892 537715.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Underneath the Arches 2.5 miles with Alison. Meet at Polegate Station 10am bus No 98 at 9.38am Terminus Road stand H to Polegate. Or a longer walk, Views of the Giant, 5 miles with Greta W. Meet at Wilmington car park at 10.30am. Bus No 126 9.48 Terminus Road, Stand M. On Sunday, Three Churches, One Spire, with Angela. Meet at The Avenue 9.30am. Walk starts at Chiddingly church car park, at 10am GR 546953.

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


BOOK SALE: The Ringmer Support Group is holding a Book Sale tomorrow (Saturday) in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice at the Scout Hut from 10am until 12.30pm. Entry is £1 to include tea/coffee and biscuits and there will be a raffle. There will be plenty of book bargains, CDs and DVDs.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Tiddlers and Toddlers Nearly New Sale will be held tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall (10.30am to noon). Children’s clothes, toys and equipment age 0 to 5 years. Everything you need when having, raising or minding a little one. Tea and cakes also available, please come along and support our little group, thanks. Entrance £1 per family.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Tomorrow (Saturday) at St Mary’s 7.30pm Meet Marius, an opportunity to meet Marius Istrata, founder of Amara House in Romania who explains how Ringmer’s fundraising has helped disabled men in Romania. Sunday services: 8am Holy Communion and 9.45 Family Eucharist with Revd David Perks. 6.30pm Evensong with Ian Graham. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting takes place this Sunday from 11am. This is when we review the year and elect our churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council. Advance notice, Sunday April 26, 6.30pm. Do come and celebrate marriage at our thanksgiving service. Refreshments will be served afterwards as we share the fellowship of those recently married at St Mary’s with those who have worshipped together for many years.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 8, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Lesley Durrant and David Warner; 3, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

ADULTS NEARLY NEW SALE: Come and sell your clothes and pick up a few bargains at this fun social evening on April 30. In aid of St Peter and St James’ Hospice, please start looking out items you can sell to help this cause. Contact Marisa Hayes 01273 812790 for information.

Rodmell & Southease

SERVICE: On Easter morning around 20 hardy parishioners from our church held a service on the top of Itford Hill at 7am. They met at 6.10am, parking cars at Iford farmhouse, and walking up the hill to meet the dawning of the day and held their service before walking back down to Southease Youth Hostel for bacon butties and a cuppa. I was not one of them but as I snuggled down into my bed to listen to the radio until I got up at 7am I did think of them. For the first time in years I did not make it to any of the church services at Easter, as with having two ill people to look out for and B&B guests, life is a bit demanding and you can’t do everything.

MIKE FABER: There was an interesting write-up in The Times about long time Rodmell resident Mike Faber who died peacefully on February 26 aged 85. His family plan to have a memorial service to celebrate his interesting life later in the summer with all his family present. Mike always reminded me of Father Christmas with is rosy cheeks and white hair and beard. He was so interesting to talk to and his wife Didona (Dido), who was daughter of Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal, used to phone me to say how much she enjoyed my Parish Pump and we had many a lovely conversation. Dido was a renowned beauty of her time and she met Mike at Oxford. She died in 2004.

WI: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI hold their monthly meeting in the village hall when speaker, John Kay, will give a talk on The Social History of the Weald. Visitors welcome at 8pm.

COFFEE MORNING: On Wednesday April 29 there will be a coffee morning in the village hall from 11am. Very popular with many villagers.

SPRING PLANT FAIR: Southease Spring Plant Fair is on Monday May 4. This is always a lovely event.

SOUTHEASE: I love reading Adrian Orchard’s write-up for Southease in our parish magazine, it’s always so amusing. Adrian is looking for people who play cribbage, maybe to get a group together. I can remember men playing cribbage in pubs. It was a very popular pastime at one time.

TREES: It was sad to read about the trees that had been stolen along the new cycle path from Ringmer to Lewes. The hours that were spent putting them in by the council workers, only to have someone pull them out. The money for this vandalism will no doubt have to be paid by us, the tax payers. Litter is another problem as someone wrote about recently, saying since the new cycle route opened, she has litter picked and filled several black bags of litter on one outing. This happened in Rodmell recently when I believe Carol Ashplant set up a littler picking campaign. Well done Carol and others.


ARCHWAY CHOIR are in concert at St Leonard’s Church today, Friday, at 8pm. Tickets are £6 and are available from Seaford News, Broad Street. Light refreshments are available. In aid of Waves Family Support.

SEAFORD HEAD Golf Clubhouse has its official opening tomorrow, Saturday, by Peter Alliss. Events all day, everyone welcome.

BOWLING CLUB Open Day and Bazaar, Chichester Road, tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm for anyone interested in playing lawn bowls and short mat. Free coaching on the day. Tel: 01323 892831.

MARTELLO WI Spring Fayre at St Leonard’s Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Craft items, homemade produce, bric-a-brac, books and games. Coffee, tea and biscuit 50p.

TABLE TOP SALE at Chyngton Methodist Church, Millberg Road, tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon.

BREAKING WATERS by Patrick Goff exhibition at Arts@theCrypt from Monday April 20 to Wednesday April 29, 10.30am to 5pm. Artist and designer Patrick Goff’s exhibition of work that reflects the calm and beauty of Seaford Town and the sea along with the Seven Sisters. You will see work in progress.

COMEDY: The comedy duo of Flanders and Swann, famous among others for the song Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud, will be fondly recalled at a special evening of entertainment at St Peter’s Church on Friday April 24. The brothers Nick and Simon Hancock will perform a selection of the numbers by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, who had two long-running shows in the West End and abroad. Their songs were very popular for their wit, gentle satire and clever rhymes, also included The Gnu, the seduction ballad Have Some Madeira M’Dear also their tribute to a London Bus Transport of Delight. This tribute is at 7.30pm and is open to all. Admission £7 on the door.

COUNCIL MEETING: Planning and Highways Committee meeting being held at Seaford Town Council Offices on Thursday at 7pm.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Her Majesty the Queen on Tuesday.

CELEBRATE England’s National Day, St George’s Day on Thursday. Fly the flag, celebrate with your family and friends. Churches ring your bells at 6pm to join other churches throughout the land. Saint George was martyred in 303 AD by order of the Emperor of Rome Diocletian. George was a Christian and refused the Emperor’s orders to declare for paganism and forsake Christianity. His becoming Patron Saint of England goes back to the days of the Crusades. As well as England he is patron saint of many other cities and countries and is revered by many religions.


BINGO NIGHT at the civic Centre on Friday April 24 at 7pm. It lasts for about 1.5 hours. There is a half time break with free refreshments. Cost is £4 for one book for eight games and there is also a snowball game at 50p per ticket and a flyer game at £1 a whole strip. There are cash prizes for all games and any proceeds raised go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s charity fund.

GRASS VERGES: Earlier this year, Jack and I watched puzzled as a pole was erected on the pavement outside, and as soon as it was finished, rushed outside to read the permanent metal notice at the top of it. Apparently as from February this year there is a temporary/pending permanent, ban on parking on the grass verges of Peacehaven and Telscombe. I was reminded of this quite recently as both Jack and I tried to squeeze past a car parked on the grass verge that had left about 12 inches for us to get by in. Yes, I know we could have gone into the road and manoeuvred around it, but it was a busy main road, Jack is quite slow because of age and arthritis, as indeed am I, so I didn’t want to risk it. We managed in the end, but I do wonder, particularly as the offending vehicle was parked only a few metres from one of the aforementioned poles, what goes through people’s minds? Anyway grouch over, we enjoyed our stroll and got home to hear our neighbour had heard a weather forecast on the radio that promised temperatures of 22 degrees next week. Hmmm. Maybe. Enjoy your weekend, whatever the weather, and your week.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

3MMMs (Mrs Miss and Ms) held their AGM on April 8 in St Mary’s Church Hall. The joint chair and committee were re-elected unopposed and were applauded for all the work they have done on behalf of the members. After the business side of the meeting was speedily completed, Jill Parker, Willingdon resident and project co-ordinator of the JPK Project, gave a talk about the progress being made at Edgmont in Old Town, which is to be a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability. Jill explained that the site was purchased and planning permission granted in April 2013. The planning consent will expire in April 2016 unless significant building work is underway. Before this deadline, if funds do not enable the project to be tackled as a whole, it will be done in phases starting with eight semi-independent flatlets and an activity room while further funds are being raised for the completion of the project over the next year or so. Jill answered a number of questions. It was an inspiring talk which impressed the 3 MMM members and a donation was given for the charity.

ALAN HODGES will be giving an illustrated talk at 7pm today, Friday, at the JPK Edgmont centre in Old Town. The talk is entitled Maybe it’s Because I’m a Londoner. He will also be talking about transport highlights of the 70’s.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners’ lunch at Trinity Church Hall is today, Friday, 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 early on 01323 484189 or pop along to the hall to check for cancellations. Meals are priced at £5.50.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, 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.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

A JUMBLE SALE is being held at St Wilfrid’s Church from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday. 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 tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

MEL HAYES will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with his acoustic pop covers.

ROCKAROUND will be providing the entertainment at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the British Queen.

RAMBLING: Willingdon Church Ramblers will be meeting at Chalk Farm in Coopers Hill at 10.30am on Monday. They will be driving to Laughton for a five mile flat walk with a few stiles. Everyone is welcome.

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

A MUSIC RECITAL will be held at 7.30pm on Monday at St Mary’s Church. Directed by Michael Stumbles, it will include the recital choir with guest singers and instrumentalists. There will be solos and ensembles with a range of musical styles and various instrumental pieces. Admission is free. The retiring collection supports Children with Cancer.

THE BRITISH QUEEN hosts a coffee morning from 10am to noon on Thursday 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 £1.50p.

QUIZ EVENING: There will be a quiz evening at the RAFA Club in Wish Road, Eastbourne, at 7pm for 7.30pm on Friday April 24. Admission is £6 per person to include refreshments. There will also be a raffle. The quiz evening is in aid of Cancer Research UK.

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.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be holding their next monthly meeting at 7pm on Friday April 24 at Wannock Village Hall. The demonstration will be by Brian Smith. It is an Indian scene in watercolour entitled Market With People. New members can join at £16 per annum and visitors are also welcome at £4 on the night which includes refreshments. Contact details are .

DIARY DATE: Do keep Saturday June 13 free as Jevington Village Fete is being held that day from 1pm to 5pm in the rectory fields next to St Andrew’s Church. It will be well sign posted and there will be free parking. Attractions include Punch and Judy, craft stalls, hog roast, plants, produce stalls, tombola, cream teas, a drinks tent with real ale, fun dog show, artisan bread, card stall, book stall, bric-a-brac, clairvoyant, coconut shy, Sussex cheeses, barrow of booze, and Matthews mouse town. There will be live music from the Hot Club of Jevington, Gypsy Jazz Quartet.

ST MARY’S SUMMER FAIR: Another date for your diary is Saturday July 18 when St Mary’s Church will be holding their Summer Fair from 10am to 2.30pm with a Tudor theme. All sorts of ideas are gradually emerging and stall holders are collecting items for their stalls. Prior to the Summer Fair, an auction of promises is planned for Thursday June 25 in one of the local pubs. The idea is that people offer services such as a week’s dog walking or some ironing, or cake making for a special occasion and people bid for it. More news to follow for the summer fair and auction of promises.