Parish pump Newhaven - April 18, 2014


EASTER EVENTS: On Easter Sunday the Star Hotel is sponsoring a Spring Hunt with an Easter chocolate prize at the end for children up to 12 years old. To enter into the Hunt pick up from The Star Hotel Reception desk the list of items to be spotted in the village. The event runs from noon till 2.30pm and is free.

THE STAR HOTEL is also providing a treat for families who lunch in the restaurant. Children under 12 years who eat from the little Stars menu will eat lunch for free with a complimentary drink and ice cream. Booking is advisable. Telephone 01323 870495 or visit www.Events@the

WI NEWS: The Spring Bazaar will be held on May 3 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the War Memorial Hall. There will be stalls selling cakes and produce, plants and books; a chocolate tombola, a raffle and a prize for a guessing game. Entrance is £1 to include a cup of tea, coffee or squash and a biscuit. Slices of cake will be available at an extra charge.


THE GARDEN CLUB meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall, when Nigel Philips will be speaking on Water in the Garden - Good Idea? Members and visitors warmly welcomed.

WI: The meeting on April 8 took the form of a cookery demonstration entitled Veg Out – Vegetarian Cookery Demonstration, given by Diane Page assisted by her husband. Diane pointed out that non-vegetarians are often at a loss when it comes to offering vegetarian or vegan guests (she explained the distinction) an attractive meal. In one hour she showed us how to make a savoury cashew nut and mushroom baklava, a butter bean and pumpkin seed dip, quinoa kedgeree, and a chocolate, apricot and pecan cake. She commented on the less usual ingredients, telling us where we could source them, and suggesting variations that can be made to the recipes she proposed. We then had an opportunity to taste either the dishes made there and then, or ones she’d prepared in advance for us to sample. While she may not have converted many members, she certainly offered us some interesting ideas (and recipe cards), and of course we all enjoyed the results of her labours, always a bonus when meetings take this form.

1st BARCOMBE SCOUT GROUP: Come and take part in our annual fundraising family bike ride on Sunday June 1. Meet 2pm, Woodyard, car park opposite Sutton Hall entrance. Five mile or eight mile route available. Do come along and participate in what should be a great family fun day out.

THE BOWLING CLUB is having an introductory session for new and current members on Easter Monday, from 5.30pm. Just turn up at the pavilion on the recreation ground and have a go. We will supply the woods (bowls) and all you need are some flat shoes, you will be surprised how much fun it is and it can even be addictive. For more details contact Jas Osmond (01273 400806) or John Simpson (01273 400548).


CHURCH SERVICES: Today, Good Friday, an hour at the Cross is at 2pm. On Holy Saturday night is the Service of Light, Blessing and lighting of the Paschal candle and reaffirmation of Baptismal vows. Easter Day, 8am Eucharist and 10.15am Sung Eucharist.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am 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. For further information, email Jim Skinner (

SAILING CLUB: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club races start at 11am on Sunday on the sea by the clubhouse.

MAY FAIR: Please help by donating bottles, bric-a-brac, unwanted gifts, toys, DVDs, games, plants and cakes. Items can be left at Linda’s Stores.

WE ARE NOW on summer time and the spring butterflies and bees are on the wing looking for nectar. Our local organic beekeepers have a difficult enough time keeping their hives healthy without potentially bee-killing pesticides (neonicotinoids) being used. Despite being banned under European rules, they have been for sale again recently on Ebay. Thanks to public vigilance they have been withdrawn (


EASTER: The celebrations for Easter start tomorrow, (Saturday) at St Laurence Church. We celebrate Easter Saturday with the Easter Fires and vigil service at 7pm. This will be followed by a bring and share party at the village hall. This will also be the first opportunity for people to view the In the Beginning art and poetry exhibition. The poetry is really exciting this year and we hope to gather it together into a booklet that will be for sale. The Easter Day service will be at 10am with an Easter egg hunt afterwards.

EASTER GARDEN: You may have noticed the Easter Garden taking shape over the last week. It should be finished by Sunday and we are hoping that we have chosen plants that the rabbits will not eat straight away. Last year we noticed that the rabbits avoided the daffodils and the dark blue flowers so we have tried to use some of these again and we wait to see if this works. The rabbits are worse than ever this year, I suppose they carried on breeding through the winter as it was so mild.

THE BIRDS in our garden are busy nesting and the ducks on Falmer pond have all started investigating nesting sites. In some cases the sites seem to be rather bad choices. I saw a pair of ducks sitting on the patch of grass dividing the A27 from the slip road the other day. I hope they didn’t decide to stay there. The jackdaws are making a mess at the back of the village hall where they are bringing a mass of small branches, twigs, bits of straw and three plastic downpipe holders which they have managed to drop by the back door on their way to an air vent that leads into the roof space. A much neater nest belongs to the moorhen that has been nesting at the corner of the pond, her chicks hatched recently and you can see tiny balls of black fluff perching among the branches of the tree where her nest is secured. The first of the house martins have arrived at least two weeks earlier than usual according to my Falmer South source.

CONCERTS: We are looking forward to the merry month of May when we have concerts every week at St Laurence. The first on May 3 is part of the Brighton Festival Fringe and features the Laplace Trio playing Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor plus other work for strings. Watch this space for more details.


KINGSTON WI: Our April meeting began with a talk about the National Garden Scheme, all Gardens Great and Small. The speaker, Irene Eltringham- Willson, County Organiser for East Sussex, opens her own garden, Butlers Farmhouse, Herstmonceux. 3,800 gardens are open to the public with Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care each given £450,000 from the proceeds and with other nursing and caring charities, £2,128,000 was donated in 2013. The gardens of East Sussex vary from the smallest which is only 82sq ft to the 186 acres of the Ashdown Park Hotel. There are small courtyards, village trails and school gardens; something for everyone with most gardens serving tea and cakes and plants for sale. The speaker has opened her one acre garden since 1999 and this year suffered from flooding. Winchelsea’s secret gardens consist of 10 gardens, four new, all for £5 with refreshments at the village hall. The Seaford and Newhaven group have six gardens, three new to NGS and the trail starts at 8 Sandgate Close, Seaford, with teas served at two of the gardens and jam and plants for sale at 4 Sunningdale Close. Mayfield Gardens are a group of nine gardens and include a school garden maintained by the pupils. I have found that the smaller gardens and trails are the most memorable and charming. Each county has a booklet, and a larger book includes all the gardens in the scheme. Information about the gardens can also be found online at . In 1927 one shilling was the entry fee for all gardens for the Alexander Nurses; now the scheme has grown and donated more than £40 million since its foundation. The speaker awarded first place in the competition, A Small Posy, to Annie Hobden with second place going to Beverley Wakeford-Brown for a clever posy of paper flowers made from the 2013 copy of the Sussex NGS booklet. Later members discussed preparations for the village fete in June when the WI sells tea and cakes. A report of the Lewes Group Meeting included praise for the entertainer Lady Crabtree and members were asked if they would like her as our Christmas Party entertainer. The choir will meet again in early May and the visit to the Houses of Parliament will be postponed until the autumn. Details of entries at the South of England Show were given and May’s meeting will discuss the resolution about organ donation.


GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION: The silent procession of witness leaves St Pancras Church at 6pm heading down the High St, turning right down St Andrew’s Lane, past the railway station to the Mount (Mountfield Road), where a short service will be held after the cross is raised. Parking is available in the Mountfield Road car park. You are welcome to join the procession at any point along the way.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: We are pleased to welcome Bishop Martin, who is new to the Lewes diocese, to celebrate communion with us on May 8 at noon in the church. Everyone is invited to come along. The Annual Parish Meeting will be on April 23 at 7.30pm in the church for everyone in the parish of St John the Baptist and members of the church. Afterwards we will have the Annual Parochial Church Meeting for those on the church electoral roll. The agenda and supporting papers are on On April 26 at 8.30am the guest speaker at the Lewes Churches’ Breakfast at the White Hart Hotel in Lewes is Susi Bechhöfer, a German Jew and Kindertransport survivor who escaped the Nazis and has a miraculous story to tell. All are welcome: please reserve your breakfast (£9 cooked, £7 continental/unwaged) by calling 01273 473600, 474399 or 472114. If you are holding a meeting or event in Southover, you may not know that the church has a number of rooms and halls available for hire, seating between eight and 60, with kitchen facilities of various descriptions, loos, gardens and disabled access. To discuss details please contact the church office on 470616 (Monday to Friday 9am to noon, except Thursday 9am to 11.30am) or Services this Easter Sunday: 8am communion; 10am Easter Service with children’s Easter egg hunt followed by communion; 6.30pm informal evening service. Do come and join us.

MYSTERY PLAYS: Free performances of four short Old Testament Mystery Plays will take place at 11am, noon and 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, in Harvey’s rear yard. A Lewes adaptation of medieval mystery plays, Creation: the Fall of Adam and Eve; Cain and the murder of Abel; Noah‘s Ark in the Flood; Abraham and Isaac. Portraying murder and mayhem, floods and testing times. A prequel to Lewes Passion Play 2015.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

CHURCHES TOGETHER Newhaven will be meeting at the War Memorial today (Good Friday) at 11.45am to walk in procession to the town centre for an open air Service of Witness outside Poundstretcher at noon. All are welcome to join in and see the real meaning of Good Friday.

NEWHAVEN FORT: Southern Skirmish Association is holding a Training Weekend over Easter. You can see the UK’s oldest American Civil War re-enactments throughout the weekend. Included in the normal admission price the Fort is open 10.30am to 6pm (last admission 5pm).

EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA run by Meeching Amateur Dramatics tomorrow (Saturday) at 10.30am. Free entry to this fun morning in Meeching Hall, Fort Road. Get there early as there is an Easter egg hunt, one per child as long as stocks last. Face painting, lucky dip, egg toss, tombola, jumble sale, hook a duck, face painting, Name a Bunny, cake stall. Support our talented dramatic society.

MARKET: The Saturday Market is now up and running again in the High Street from 9am to 1pm so why not go along tomorrow and support the stalls.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society is presenting Silver Linings Playbook (15) tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hillcrest Centre. After a spell in a mental institution former teacher Pat Solitano moves back home with his parents to try and reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets the mysterious Tiffany who has problems of her own. Starring Bradley Cooper, Robert de Niro, and Jennifer Lawrence. Tickets £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre.Cafe opens at 6.30pm, film begins at 7.30pm.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee will be meeting to discuss the latest applications on Tuesday in Meeching Hall, at 7.30pm. This will be followed by the Environment and Open Spaces Meeting.

SALE: Bring and Buy/Table Sale, Guinness Court, Iveagh Crescent on Wednesday from 11am to 3pm. This is run by the Guinness Trust and everyone is welcome to come along and buy. Tea, coffee and cakes will be on sale and the Community Bus, which leaves the stop behind Poundstretcher at five to each hour, stops right opposite. Come along and get some bargains.

BARN DANCE in aid of this year’s Denton Challenge will be held in Denton Church Hall on Saturday April 26 at 7.30pm. Local caller Jenny Coote will be leading the proceedings,no need to bring a partner. Tickets are £5 but are limited so email to secure a place.

ACOUSTIC AFTERNOON on Easter Sunday at the Hampden Arms, South Heighton 4pm to 7.30pm. Artists include Sam Hughes, Elton John/Meatloaf Tribute Act, Crooked Rooks, Duncan Campbell on slide guitar and friends acoustic session. Free entry. Food served noon to 6pm.


BUS TIMES: The new summer time table that operates from April 13 to September 13 is available now from the information office. There are improvements to the number 12s and 14s, all of which serve the Peacehaven area.

BOOK COLLECTION: There is a need for more books to be donated for sale in aid of the Mayor’s charity to support local clubs and organisations. Books are collected in the information office and then passed to the Co-op who display and sell them for 50p each.

HORTICULTURE: Members may have noticed that the next meeting of the Peacehaven Horticultural Society is shown as April 21. This is of course the Bank Holiday Monday so the council offices will be closed. The April meeting has been rescheduled to Monday April 28 when Laurie Manser will give a talk about herbaceous perennials. The meeting in the Anzac Room will start at 7.30pm.

CHARITY SHOP: The Relate shop is grateful for the donations that are given by residents. However, despite a notice in the door asking that bags should not be left outside when the shop is closed, some are still being left there. All donations must be handed in as Health and Safety regulations forbid any obstructions in the Mall. The shop fears it could be forced to close if bags continue to be left by the door. This is a worry for the charity volunteers who value your gifts but fear your kind generosity may leave them in breach of the law.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre has been arranged by the U3A from 8.30am to noon. The next market is on Saturday April 26 and will be organised by the Butterfly Nursery. To book a table contact them on 07949 742 924

COFFEE MORNINGS: There will be no coffee morning on Good Friday. Next week on Tuesday the Kemptown Conservatives will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Thursday sees the return of Peacehaven Catholic Church serving the morning refreshments. And on Friday April 25 the Guide Dogs for the Blind will be behind the counter.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the policy and finance committee this Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend and will be able to ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

CINEMA: The next film is not until Wednesday May 21 when there is a showing of The Railway Man in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are already on sale for this film at £5 each from the information office.

ESCAPE: To find your home on fire is a terrifying experience and fortunately few of us will experience it. However forward thinking is important. So make sure everyone in the house knows the fire exit route. If circumstances means that this is blocked have an alternative plan. If you want further advice contact 0800 177 7069.

SUMMER FAIR: Because construction work is taking place during June, July and August it was thought that this event may have to be held for a second year in Telscombe Cliffs. This fair, which is held in the two towns on alternate years, is always very popular and well attended. It has now been agreed that it will held in the Joff field on Saturday July 26. So that is a date and location for your diary.

REFUSE/FOOD WASTE: Good Friday’s collection will be made one day earlier on Thursday. Easter Monday will be collected one day late, namely Tuesday. For the rest of the week all collections will be made one day later. This includes Friday April 28 which will exceptionally be collected on Saturday April 29. Please ensure that that refuse and food waste is put out by 6am on the altered day.

KERBSIDE RECYCLING: Refer to your kerbside recycling calendar. If you do not have one you can download one from or request one by calling customer services on 01273 484999.

OFFICE CLOSED: The council offices will be closed from 4pm on Thursday April 17 and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday. The information office will be open during tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am until noon.

MOVING: Spare a thought for our town clerk who is moving house to Lewes this week. Good luck Kevin; you’ll be glad to get back to work.


WANTED info on a cycling club by the name of Bachelors, or Eastbourne Batchelors, sometime before the First World War, and one of its members Arthur Winton. Any info of this cycling club and its members. Or any other cycling club around before 1918, also The Eastbourne Rovers Cycling and Athletic Club. Please contact Maureen on 485971 or email

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

WALK tomorrow, Saturday, A Ship Ahead and a Golf Club. Meet at Golden Galleon car park 10am GR 514993, bus 12a 9.06am from stop J with Irene, Eastbourne Rambling Club, 5 miles. Or for a longer walk, Brisk Pace, The Jevington Triangle, bus 12a from stop J. Walk starts at East Dean village, 9.30am bus with Colin W.

EASTER MONDAY walk with Southdown Strollers. Meet at Eastbourne Pier at 10am.

ON TUESDAY there is a walk, Whitbread Hollow. Meet at 10am, at St Bedes School, top of seafront at with Dorothy, and Southdown Strollers.

ON WEDNESDAY a walk, Linear, No Dragons on St George’s Day, with Graham T. Meet bus 54 at 9.08am Stand H. Walk starts from Whitesmith 10am. Dry lunch. 8.75 miles. Walk to Uckfield, mostly flat. Meet leader on bus.

GARDENERS’ SOCIETY: At the meeting on April 24 there will be a talk about Harry The Wheelbarrow Man given by Harry Townsend. Meet at Polegate Community Centre, 7.30pm in the lounge. More details from Diane 482413.


ART EXHIBITION: The St Mary’s Art Groups will be holding their Easter Art Exhibition and Sale in the Ringmer Church Room from 10am to 4pm today, Good Friday, tomorrow, Saturday, Easter Sunday and Monday. Please come and see our work. Free entry and tea/coffee and biscuits.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home to Hassocks in a SCFL Div 1 fixture with a 3pm kick-off at The Caburn. On Easter Monday the firsts are at home again in another league fixture versus Hailsham with an 11am kick-off time. In the afternoon the seconds play at home to Littlehampton Town reserves in a Reserve Section Premier league match with a 3pm kick-off time at the Caburn. On the social side today, Good Friday, there is live music in the bar when local band Short Attention Span will be performing from 8.30pm onwards.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services this weekend are as follows: Good Friday, 10am Children’s Bun Service, noon Three Hour Devotion. Holy Saturday, 7.30pm Vigil and Eucharist. Easter Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 9, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BRIGHTON MARATHON: Loft and Barbara Longhurst would like to thank all those who sponsored Mari for the Brighton Marathon; Mari finished in a time of 3hrs 35 mins and was the 98th woman home. The cheese and wine evening raised over £420 and her total sponsorship has ended up over £1,000 for the Off the Fence charity, which looks after Brighton’s homeless.

Rodmell & Southease

THE GOOD WEATHER is really bringing out the walkers and cyclists. There were loads of them about at the weekend, but what I notice is the number of them that are not using the new cycle paths at Ringmer and the one along the C7 from Lewes to Spring Barn Farm. These were built at great expense, are well marked, and a lot safer than the roads, so why aren’t people using them? There are of course many that do, but I’m still curious as to why some don’t.

CLIMATE CHANGE is in the news at the moment so I expect the letters page will be getting a full whack from Ringmer. Will more wind turbines be appearing in the area? As I’ve said before, when I was at the University of Sussex in the 60s to 0s it was said that projects were not getting funded as much as they should have been on environmental matters, on research into wind turbines, water and wave power, electric cars and cleaner fuels. Now it appears we are paying the price of not being forward thinking enough.

RESURFACING on the C7 Lewes to Newhaven route has been undertaken. Let’s hope we won’t have to have the potholes done again for some time.

CARERS: I have just been to a carers meeting in the Phoenix Centre in Lewes, and found it quite enlightening, to hear that they actually want to get feedback from cares so they can put evidence together to put more GPs in the picture as to what help is needed. Carers save the government a hell of a lot of money and get little thanks for it. It affects young and old. Some are children trying to cope with school work as well as looking after sick parents, and many are ill themselves, looking after family and partners who are in their 80s, 90s and now in many cases 100s whilst they themselves re in their 60s and 70s. It is a time bomb which the government has to come to grips with now not later. For anyone who is a carer the next meeting is on May 12, Lewes Carers Group, The Phoenix Centre. Contact Laura Rickaby Health Services Liaison Coordinator on 01323 738390. By the way your surgery could soon have a star system on how high it’s rated on the care system, so look out for it.

COFFEE MORNING in the village hall, 11am April 23.

SERVICES: Don’t forget al the Easter services at your local churches this weekend, they need your support. Many, like myself, are not always able to get there due to other commitments but there are always the faithful few who turn up regularly. Happy Easter to one and all.


FOOD SWAP to be held on Saturday April 26, at the Old Boot Inn, 10am to noon. Homemade, home grown, home brewed or foraged items are exchanged for the produce of others. No money changes hands, goods are the only currency. Swap your tomato plants for a loaf of bread, a cake for a trout. The more produce you bring, the better array of goodies you take home. There is no entry fee. Only a few places left, book now. Go to See our webpage or join our facebook page for the latest updates. Contact organisers Adele on 01323 492995 or Di on 01323 897897.


TOWN COUNCIL offices will be closed for the Easter break from today, Friday, until Tuesday at 9am.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE: Don’t forget that the Post Office branch within Goodfayre at Central Court is closed until the afternoon of Tuesday April 29 for a re-fit. Other local Post Offices for use during this time are situated in the Co-op at the Meridian Centre and at 138 South Coast Road, Peacehaven. The Goodfayre store is also closed and will re-open on the afternoon of Tuesday April 29.

REFUSE COLLECTION: Monday April 21 to Friday April 25, collections will be one day later with Friday April 25 being collected on Saturday April 26. Normal collections resume on Monday April 28.

BINGO on Friday April 25 at Telscombe Civic Centre, 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE PARISH of St Andrew, Jevington, is part of the United Benefice of East Dean with Friston and Jevington. The rector is the Rev David Baker. During the week leading up to Easter the services are as follows: On Good Friday there is a children’s workshop alongside a short service for all at East Dean Church at 10am. An hour at the cross meditative services will be held at Jevington Church at 11am; at Friston at 12.30pm and at East Dean at 2pm. On Easter Saturday there will be a Service of Light at 7pm at Friston Church. On Easter Sunday a Communion Service will be held at 8am at Friston; at 9.30am Parish Communion is at East Dean Church and at 11am an Easter celebration with communion will be held at East Dean Church followed by a children’s Easter egg hunt. At 11.15am Parish Communion will be held at Jevington Church.

KEVIN PALLISTER will be performing a mix of contemporary and classic covers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

EASTER DRAW: Tickets can be purchased at the Red Lion for the Eastbourne Lions Club annual draw at £1 a go. Ring 0845 833 2705 for further information or visit .

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be opening to the public for the new season on Easter Day, Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm. If you would like to be a cashier or guide, I am sure you would be very welcome and would receive training. Please contact Pat or Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK: The annual sponsored Easter walk on Monday starting between 9.30am and 10am is in aid of Family Support Work. The walk takes a circular route and is approximately seven miles in all. It starts and finishes at the Memorial Hall on the Tye in Alfriston with a refreshment stop at Wilmington. If you would like to walk, be a marshal or sponsor a walker please contact Sue on 01323 423410.

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

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Willingdon Residents’ Association will be having their AGM at 7.30pm on Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. Wannock resident Jill Parker will be giving an update on the JPK Sussex Project and there will also be a member of Wealden District Council present who will be giving a talk on waste management in Wealden and answering any questions that residents may have. There will also be a local police presence to give update information.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Jevington Road and Glen Close at 11am on Wednesday and at Tower Mill Mews at 2pm on Thursday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

ROUND FOUR of the Sunrise Great British Bake Off will be taking place at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper Kings Drive on Thursday and you are welcome to go along to enjoy light refreshments in return for making a small donation to The Eastbourne Talking Newspapers. For further information and the time of the event, please ring 01323 525000.

SPRING QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association’s spring quiz will be held on Friday April 25 at 7.30pm at Trinity Church Hall. Teams may consist of up to six people. A ploughman’s supper and free raffle will be provided. The quiz master is Steve White. Tickets are £7 each and can be obtained from Linda Francis on 01323 485885.

A TOMBOLA and table sale will be held at the Charles Hunt Centre, Hailsham, from 9.30am to 1pm on Saturday April 26. It is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project and is being run by Leonie Turner and Margaret and Mavis Langford Noakes. Do go along and buy some of Leonie’s delicious home-made jams and chutneys and support a good cause at the same time.

FRIENDS of Willingdon Community School invite you to a Ramble across the Downs. You can join The Friends for an invigorating free guided walk in the countryside starting from the school in Broad Road at 10am on Saturday April 26 taking in views of Jevington, Wilmington, including The Long Man, Alfriston, with a stop off for lunch and refreshments before returning to the school on a lower route. Everyone is welcome but places must be booked in advance via

MESSY CHURCH: This is a new form of Christian education for the young at St Mary’s. Parishioners who may be interested are asked to attend a training morning in the church hall on Saturday April 26. Please contact Sue on 01323 423410 for further information.

ABLAZE, the youth group for the 14 plus age group, meets at St Mary’s Church Hall on alternate Sundays from 6pm to 7.30pm and as well as fun activities in the hall, there are often trips out to the theatre, cinema and restaurants. Bowling and Laser Quest is planned for April 27 at the David Lloyd Club. For further information please contact Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528.

A FASHION SHOW will be held at Edgmond in Old Town in aid of the JPK Sussex Project at 2pm on Sunday April 27. Fashions include mother of the bride outfits, clothes for the groom, other special occasions, and leisure wear and much more. Tickets are £5 to include a drink on arrival and a cream tea. Contact JPK Project co-ordinator Jill Parker on 01323 486179 for tickets.

APCM: St Mary’s Church Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Monday April 28. The vestry meeting will be held first at 7.15pm and this will immediately be followed by the main meeting in the church hall at which everyone is welcome to attend.