Parish pump Newhaven - April 24, 2015


HISTORY IN THE GARDEN: Last week I wrote about the Historical Society AGM meeting but between my computer and the printing press Historical became Horticultural. I am writing this on Monday 20 before the meeting so cannot report whether or not the gardeners or the historians turned up. Fortunately we are a small village and word of mouth probably has sorted out the confusion.

A DOWSING WORKSHOP, led by Trevor Castleton will be held at The Old Chapel Centre on April 29 at 10.30am to 12.30pm. Tickets cost £10 payable on the day. Trevor is an experienced dowser who received very positive feedback from his talk at the recently held Skills Cafe. The workshop will cover a brief history of dowsing and its uses followed by an interactive tutorial on learning to dowse. Bring your own dowsing tools or create a simple pendulum by tying a length of string to a finger ring. It is necessary to book in advance as places are limited. To reserve a place telephone Susan Casbon 01323 871841 or email

A SPRING TEA AND BAZAAR will be held by the WI from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the War Memorial Hall on the afternoon of Saturday May 2. There will be stalls selling books and plants and of course, homemade cakes. There will also be a tombola and raffle and other attractions.

A CRAFT GARDEN PARTY will be hosted by Much Ado Books on May 3 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Crafters and creatives will be familiar with Flow Magazine, the Dutch publication that focuses on incorporating creativity into daily life, now Much Ado Books is hosting the first ever afternoon craft event centred on this quarterly magazine. Guests will have projects available to make during the party and will take home goody bags to continue at home and some tempting refreshments will also be served. Tickets, available only in advance from Much Ado Books or on line at, cost £20 and include a copy of Flow Issue No 9.

ANOTHER DATE for May; Alfriston will be holding a Farmers’ Market on Sunday May 17 from 10am to 2pm. Further details may be found on the village website at


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

THE MAY FAIR is on May 2. Please can you help? Bric-a-brac, toys, DVDs, CDs, bottles, books and plants are needed for stalls, as well as homemade cakes and any unwanted gifts for the tombola. Items can be dropped off at Linda’s Stores, Bishopstone Station, or ring 01323 492246 to arrange collection.

THE SWALLOWS returned from Africa last Sunday, but it remains to be seen if there’s enough food for them to raise a family. Foxes have already been successful, thanks to Peter and Joyce Austen for photos of three cubs in their garden.


SPRING FEVER: The house martins are back in Falmer and investigating last year’s nesting sites. It is always nice to see these lovely birds back and if you live near the pond in Falmer you have to resign yourself to having a nest built under your eaves. If you are interested you can go to the website of the Sussex Ornithological Society and join in their survey of house martin nest sites The moorhens are nesting too, this is the second moorhen nest this year, the first, I am afraid came to nothing. The ducks are also on the lookout for nesting sites. One unfortunate pair decided that underneath one of the benches in the garden of the village hall would be a good idea. Sadly the egg that the duck left was broken into and eaten, probably by a jackdaw, as they too are nesting around the pond.

MUSICAL TREAT: Last week’s concert was wonderful. We were treated to a programme of English music by Vaughan Williams, and Quilter as well as original compositions from one of the musicians, the pianist Basil Richmond. Stefan Holmstrom the baritone has performed in many opera houses including Glyndebourne and Opera Holland Park and playing the cello was Angie Wilson. We are very lucky that concert organiser Sue Mileham, a soprano herself, has so many wonderful contacts in the music world. Our next concert is on May 2 (not long) and will feature Jacquie Currie, mezzo soprano, and Jonathon Steele, piano, presenting the works of Joyce Grenfell. Should be fun. If you would like to hear Stefan Holmstrom yourself, he is performing (along with many other talented musicians) at the Charity Gala in aid of the Martlets Hospice on May 16 at The Windmill Theatre, Blatchington Mill School. For tickets go to: or for more information call Hal Mileham on 01273 738043 or 07703 561208.

EXTRA SERVICES: As well as our regular 10am Sunday church service this weekend we have a special service linked to the Bethany to Jerusalem exhibition on Sunday afternoon at 4pm. This will be led by Dr Jeffrey Lake who has led services in previous years at our Easter exhibition and they are always very interesting and thought provoking. Jeff will also be leading a service connected to the exhibition on the following Sunday, May 3, at 4pm. Opening times of the exhibition: 11am to 4pm this weekend Saturday and Sunday. Next weekend we are open 11am to 5pm Saturday and 11am to 2pm Sunday with the service later in the afternoon at 4pm.


ANZAC GALLIPOLI SERVICE: This year marks the centenary of the landings of British, Australian and New Zealand Forces at Gallipoli in Turkey on April 25. To observe the human cost to those young men of the British (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) 29th Division Forces and the ANZAC Forces that gave their lives for a world free of tyranny, Hailsham and District Royal British Legion is holding a service at the Hailsham War Memorial on Sunday at 10.45am. Prior to the service at 10.30am there is a parade of Veterans and local organisations, which will be led by the 1066 Pipes and Drums Marching Band from the car park adjacent to the Charles Hunt Centre, to the War Memorial. Local civic dignitaries and local organisations have been invited to attend. Members of the public are cordially invited to join the parade and also the service at the Hailsham War Memorial.

VINTAGE TRACTOR RUN: This Sunday from 9.30am. Many old tractors on show and taking to the road at around 11am from Hailsham Cattle Market, down Market Street, across the Pevensey levels to Herstmonceux and back again. The market café will be open early for pre event breakfasts and traditional fayre throughout the day where there will also be a raffle.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday the two walks are the Cowbeech circular of 4.5 miles which is flat with Gill 849741 and Jo 842193. The shorter walk is with Nobby 440624 and is along Bexhill seafront and parks. If you would like to go along on either walk, please give the walk leader a ring for the details.

TABLE TOP SALE: Book your table now for this event at Grovelands School on Saturday May 9 from 2 to 4pm. Free entry, crafts, pampering, stalls, tombola, clothes, books, café, free parking. To book, call Charlotte on 07841 397457 or email

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week’s lecture was by Ian Wright ARPS entitled The Documentary Project From Planning To Prints. Ian was accompanied by his wife Kitty Wright ARPS who assisted with displaying his work. Both are widely travelled and organise many tutorials and workshops, and until recently, also ran a wedding photography business. The evening began with a set of ten brightly coloured images taken in Skegness on Easter Monday. It was very cold and sunny with typically seaside scenes but with only a few people about. Then a set of minimalist seascapes taken at Camber Sands and St. Ives with only one or two people in each shot and plenty of sand, sea and sky. Next a set of portraits in monochrome, mostly taken in India, Cuba and Nepal. Ian said it is a good subject if the person is looking at you in an interesting way, just like his stunning picture of an 11 year old girl dressed in national costume with beautiful intense eyes. All photographs were displayed for members to enjoy during the tea break. Next a set of ten colour images taken with a long lens in Cuba, of a tenement block. Each picture was of a window, some had been personalised with blinds and curtains, and some had people looking out as if imprisoned. On a group trip to the Amazon, and walking back to the boat, Ian noticed some fallen leaves decaying on a stony beach. He took a series of photographs, and processed the images by desaturating them almost to monochrome. They made a really unusual panel. It was a very enjoyable evening as Ian presented several different styles of photography.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: At our Spring Group Meeting last Wednesday, we were treated to a whistle stop tour of all the Sussex Wildlife reserves in East and West Sussex with Michael Blencowe. We were shown beautiful images of the flora and fauna of each site and learnt how each of these reserves had their own special ecological value. We also learnt that it was Lord Rothschild who first brought the concept of Wildlife Reserves in Britain and the history of how it all began. It was a fascinating evening. Our next walk will be on Sunday at Bolney when the bluebells should be at their best. Meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am for a prompt start. New walkers are always welcome.

LEWES GROUP WI: Barcombe Women’s Institute hosted the Spring Lewes Group WI meeting at their stunning village hall on April 14. It was a beautiful sunny evening and everyone savoured the magnificent views across the countryside as well as the delicious buffet supper provided by Barcombe members. The speaker was Gary Enstone, house manager at Batemans, the former home of Rudyard Kipling, about whom Gary revealed many fascinating snippets of information. Kipling was born in Bombay, now Mumbai, but at just six years old was sent back to England for a proper education. His young life was very harsh and difficult and despite clear academic ability, he was refused admission to both Oxford and Cambridge universities because of his birthplace. Within a few years he was said to be the third most well-known person in the world after Queen Victoria and WG Grace. Many people will already know and love much of his literary work but perhaps less well known is his involvement with the Imperial War Graves Commission and that he was a leading figure in the building and dedication of many village war memorials throughout the country. He suffered many tragic events during his life and died in 1936 just a few days before King George V, leading to his death being mainly overlooked as everyone worried about the King’s health. His ashes were buried in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. Gary Enstone was an excellent speaker, with a wealth of knowledge about Kipling. He will be speaking at the Kingston WI meeting on June 4 in Kingston Parish Hall.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: If you are in Waitrose this month please don’t forget to pop your green token in the box for the Lewes Contact Centre which helps divided families to stay in contact. This Sunday, after the 10am service (at a little after 11am) Marcus Taylor will once again be selling his delicious jams and chutneys in the porch. Money raised will support two of our church members who currently live in Vinnitsa, Ukraine and work with orphans over the age of 16 who don’t receive any help from the state. On Wednesday the Annual Parish Meeting will take place at 7pm, open to everyone; followed by the Church AGM open only to those on the parish electoral roll. It isn’t too late to become a member of the church: electoral roll forms are available at the back of the church. The AGM will be followed at 8pm by a meeting of the congregations of all three Trinity churches, Southover, St John sub-Castro and South Malling, to discuss the next stage in the process of us hoping to become a single parish. We are pleased to see that work has started on St John sub-Castro church as part of the Trinity project, you may have noticed the scaffolding. Stage 1 includes replacing pews with chairs; installing a new AV system; creating a stage in the chancel; and building an office and a kitchen/café bar. The congregation are temporarily meeting in the church hall, so do join them at a service if you can. We hope this phase of the project will be completed by the end of the summer. On Sunday May 3 at 3.30pm we will have a songs of praise service featuring favourite hymns, accompanied by our choir. To request a hymn please email 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 (church hall); 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

CONCERT: St Michael’s Church, Newhaven are holding a concert given by the Sussex Police Choir at 7.30pm on Saturday May 16. It promises to be a delightful programme of songs on an early summer’s evening. The tickets are £5 each and include interval refreshments. The tickets are available from 01273 515251, or 01273 514892. The concert will be held in the 12th century church and proceeds will go towards the work of the church.


MURDER MYSTERY: The Mayor of Peacehaven is hosting a Murder Mystery event tomorrow, Saturday. Murder in the Dark is a complete sell out, but watch out for details of future events at Peacehaven Town Council.

CAR BOOT SALE: There will be a car boot sale on Sunday at the Dell, organised by the Seahaven Lioness Club.

VOLUNTEERS: The abcfund are seeking volunteers who could support them in their work with local underprivileged children. They need help with projects, research, admin on an ad hoc basis. Take a look at email or call 07702809276.

SATURDAY MARKET: Tomorrow’s market at Community House is organised by Harlequin Dance and Drama (they have great cakes).

THE COFFEE MORNINGS for next week at Community House are: Tuesday, Harlequin Dance and Drama; Thursday, Seahaven Scouts; and Friday, May 1, MenCap. Please support these groups who are trying to raise funds for their individual cause.

COUNCIL MEETING: The next planning and highways meeting will be held in the Anzac room on April 28 at 6.30pm.


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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Spring has Sprung, 4 miles with Diana W. Meet at Co-op Albert Parade, at 10 am. Frequent buses from Eastbourne, 1 and 1A. Hilly leader offers refreshments after walk. Or, a longer walk at a brisk pace Beyond Exceat, 9 miles with Doris and Gavin. Meet at Martello Tower, Seaford at 9.30am GR 484984. On Sunday, Home For Tea, 9 miles with John and Marion. Meet bus No 1A 9.23am from Terminus Road stand K to Green Street, Bromfield Street. Walk starts from Dillingburgh Road at 9.45am GR 591996. Tea at leader’s house afterwards. On Wednesday, Hills after Lunch, 11 miles, drop out at 5 miles, with Clare K. Meet bus 12A, at 9.53am Terminus Road to Southdowns Way, bus stop where walk starts at 10am GR 584985

THOMAS THE TANK Engine is visiting Spa Valley Railway this weekend. To book your tickets please contact the railway at or telephone 01892 537715.

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

OPEN DAY at Polegate Community Centre onMay 2 from 10am to 4pm. Come and see our various activities.

PARTY PIECE is being performed by Polegate Community Association Drama Group on Wednesday to Saturday, May 6 to 8. A hilarious comedy by Richard Harris. Tickets at £10 for adults and £6 for children and students. Held at Polegate Community Centre, Windsor Way, Polegate. Tickets available from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street, Polegate. Telephone 483348 or online at


THE HISTORY GROUP meets tonight (Friday) in the village hall. The evening will start at 7.45pm with the AGM. After a short break, the talk entitled Victorian and Edwardian Village Photography will begin at 8pm. David Simkin is a photo-historian who runs the Sussex PhotoHistory website. He will be talking about the early photographers who were active in the villages around Lewes, including the Ringmer photographers Frank Walter Burgess and G.F. Burtt. David will illustrate his talk with primary sources and examples taken from his large collection of photographs taken in the Lewes area during the Victorian and Edwardian period.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The football season ends this weekend with the first team having an away trip to Pagham tomorrow, Saturday, whilst the seconds play Pagham reserves at home with a 3pm kick off at the Caburn. It is intended to run a coach to Pagham and there are spaces left for supporters, just let the club know should you wish to travel on the coach. On Sunday the under 18s are at home to Rottingdean with an 11am kick off at the Caburn. The Football and Social Club’s postponed AGM takes place on Wednesday at the Caburn Pavillion with registration at 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start. Finally, all teams would like to thank supporters for their continued support during this very difficult season.

WI SPRING FAIR: The not to be missed WI Spring Fair in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) is from 10am to 12.30pm. A morning full of activity with lots of stalls selling cakes, books, good-as-new, crafts, bric-a-brac, and a vintage stall. There will also be a tombola, a raffle, and a variety of games for the children including the key-to-the-castle, refreshments and much more.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday are as follows: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Parish Eucharist and 6.30pm Marriage Thanksgiving Service: Everyone is welcome to come along to celebrate Marriage. The service this year is led by members of the Mothers’ Union. Refreshments will be served in the Church Room afterwards.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 15, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 2, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley; 3, Alan Disney and David Warner. 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.

BOOK SALE: Last week’s book sale for St Peter and St James Hospice made a wonderful £416. Many thanks to the Ringmer traders and businesses who kindly gave raffle prizes, to Ringmer Scouts and the support group’s team of helpers. Don’t forget that we collect used printer cartridges for the benefit of the Hospice. If you have any to spare, please bring them to Wednesday Coffee Break at the village hall, or put them in the box provided at the back of the church.

Rodmell & Southease

CYCLISTS: It’s lovely to see walkers and cyclists out in force on the new cycle paths around the area. However, there are still a lot of lycra clad zoomers on racing bikes not using these facilities which were built at great cost and people putting up quite a fight to get them. Someone from Ringmer phoned into a radio programme complaining that the new cycle path between Ringmer and Lewes is not being used by some cyclists and I’ve heard more people saying the same thing. The question is why do they not use it?

RUBBISH: Another thing mentioned on the local radio is the amount of rubbish alongside our roads, especially between Falmer and Patcham, on the by-pass, it’s awful. What must visitors to this country think about our slovenly habits? We suffer on the C7 with cartons of food thrown out of car windows from fast food establishments. Another problem is the amount of people that empty their car ash trays in car parks, leaving behind a pile of cigarette ends, parking tickets and chewing gum, disgusting.

JOBS: I use many of the small shops and businesses in the area, mainly because the staff are pleasant and actually seem to care about people and like their jobs, but I do use some of the larger stores and supermarkets as well. I am surprised that nearly all of them have notices up stating they need staff. We hear that there aren’t jobs around but I can tell you that some are very short staffed and are advertising. Is it that people just don’t want to work?

MEETING: Lewes Town and County B&B Group had a well attended and successful meeting in Selmeston Village Hall on Thursday April 16. Lewes and surrounding areas are very popular with tourists, walkers and bikers and B&Bs have been popular with so many people. The Lewes Town and County B&B booklet has gone down very well.

LUNCH: I often go out for lunch with groups of friends just to get a short break from caring etc. One of my friends, who has a pig farm, always takes any leftover salad etc and puts it in a bag to take back to her pigs. This at times causes great amusement with staff, but they are always kind and helpful.


ST PETER’S CHURCH, Belgrave Road, is the venue for a special evening of entertainment by the brothers Nick and Simon Hancock, who will be performing a selection of numbers by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann. One of their memorable songs was Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud so don’t be disappointed, come along tonight (Friday) at 7.30pm. Admission £7 pay at the door.

SEAFORD HARD OF HEARING Club is having an illustrated talk, Sussex by the Sea, by Alan Hodges today, Friday, at St James Clubhouse, Blatchington Road starting at 2pm. There will be tea, biscuits and a raffle. Transport available from Pauline White on 01323 895216.

THE COMMUNITY CINEMA is showing Two Days, One Night cert 15 tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon we will be showing The Commitments cert 15 at 2.30pm. The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, for more information

THE CROUCH BOWLING CLUB is holding an Open Morning at their green between 10am and noon tomorrow, Saturday. The picturesque club is situated in the Crouch Gardens, East Street. We are a very friendly club and welcome all comers, young and old, experienced or beginners. At the Open Morning we will provide the equipment and our coaches will be there to help you have a go at this popular sport. If you cannot make it on the day, please contact Brian Bodsworth on 01323 896344 to arrange a visit at a more convenient time.

SEAFORD SILVER BAND is holding a Spring Concert at Seaford Head Upper School on Sunday at 7pm. An evening of brass band favourites. Tickets are available from Carole Electra, 9 Clinton Place, and Crosby’s, 16 Broad Street, or on the night. Tickets are £6 and £3 for children 12 years and under.

SEAFORD FAIRTRADE AGM at the Little Theatre, Steyne Road, on Tuesday, 7pm. After the AGM there will be refreshments of Fairtrade wine or juice and nibbles. There will be a presentation by Winnie Reynolds, FairTrade in Nepal, and a film Fairtrade Matters. All are welcome and admission is free.

THE CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB have a new caterer (Julie’s Kitchen) starting on May 1 from noon to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm. Please come and support her and see our facilities at the club. We have our regular quiz tomorrow, Saturday, and our other popular events are Sunday Bingo 8pm, Monday Cribbage 7.30pm, Tuesday Partner Whist Drive 7pm, Thursday Whist Drive 7pm and Friday Bingo 8pm. All welcome.

THE FAMILIAR CRY of Oyez, Oyez, Oyez will echo (briefly) around the walls of the 12th century church of St Peter’s. It’s nothing sacred, but the sound of an ancient tradition. The guest speaker at our next East Blatchington Lectures will be Seaford’s Town Crier, Peter White who is coming to talk about his craft. A Town Crier, or Bellman makes public announcements in the streets. A crier often dresses elaborately by tradition, dating to the 18th century and carries a handbell to attract people’s attention. He shouts the words Oyez, Oyez, Oyez before making his announcement. That word Oyez means hear ye, a call for silence and attention and apparently it derives from the Anglo-Norman word listen. This Town Crier and his bell will require everyone’s attention at St Peter’s Church. Belgrave Road, on Tuesday May 5 and is open to everyone. His talk starts at 2.30pm and tickets are £7 including refreshments, available from Seaford estate agent Newberry Tully. This is the latest in the popular lecture series for 2015. They are held on the first Tuesday of the month and others will include a successful author, the curious tale of a dead monarch and a novelist who once wrote for Charles Dickens.

FASHION SHOW: Seaford Bonfire Society in conjunction with M&Co are holding a Fashion Show on Thursday. Tickets are £6 available in-store and the show starts at 7pm at M&Co, Broad Street. Come along for a good evening’s entertainment with a raffle, refreshments and a discount of purchases on the night.


JOIN US LAUNCH: Join Us Launch and Digi day, 10.30am to 2pm Thursday May 14. This event will be showcasing their new Join Us Facebook page, that’s got updates on activities and events for over 55s, plus on-line demos; how to get cheaper gas and electricity; how to chat face to face with friends and relatives; how to check your benefit entitlements; how to use the new improved LDC website. It’s at Telscombe Council Civic Centre and transport can be provided. Book your place by Monday May 4 by contacting Angela Sharman. Text Join Us to 07714696240. E-mail

CRUNCH: Apropos Jack and myself’s struggles last week, to get through the narrow gap left by a sign post banning parking on grass verges and a car parked exactly beside it. We woke this morning to discover the post bent over at an angle of nearly 45 degrees. No car can park there now, but we have to stoop to get under it. Sort of solves the problem, I suppose. Enjoy your week.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

POLEGATE WINDMILL is now open to the public for the summer season from 2pm to 5pm each Sunday unless otherwise stated when there may be special events taking place, like National Mills’ Day on May 10, music day, the summer fete and activities for children on the Wednesdays during August. For group bookings outside the normal opening hours please ring John Watts on 01323 487697.

LMMM: The Long Man Morris Men have spent the winter months practicing their steps at St Mary’s Church Hall on Friday evenings. Today will be their last practice until September 25. The dancing out season officially starts on May Day (May 1) when the Morris Men will be dancing at the foot of the Long Man of Wilmington at 5.30am so if you are an early riser, do go along and support them. To find out more about the LMMM or to check their programme for the coming year, please visit their excellent website.

QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association is organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm today, Friday, 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 are likely to have been sold out by now but you could try ringing Richard Nunney on 01323 501238 to check if there have been any cancellations.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be holding their next monthly meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall. The demonstration will be by Brian Smith in watercolour entitled Street Scene With People. New members are welcome at £16 per annum and visitors are also welcome at £4 on the night which includes refreshments. Contact details are at .

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

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

STONE JUNCTION with their transatlantic folk, Celtic, American and original music will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE JEVINGTON HOT CLUB, with their gypsy jazz, entertains customers at the Eight Bells in Jevington every Monday evening from 7pm to 9pm. Tuesday is quiz night from 8.30pm. It’s best to book. Ring 01323 484442.

SMALL BIKE RIDE: Billy and Wezley, young supporters of the JPK Project which aims to provide a residential centre with care for people with a learning disability, will be undertaking a sponsored cycle from Brighton to Eastbourne tomorrow, Saturday. Several years ago they took part in a sponsored run for the charity over the same route, but this time they will be peddling small bikes which will be quite a challenge. Donations can be made via

SALE OF NOTELETS: Willingdon resident Patrick Parker has commenced making pen and ink drawing notelets of individuals’ houses. These have become extremely popular. It all commenced when he made notelets for gifts at Christmas. Word soon spread and he has received commissions from various sources, especially from people moving house as ‘new address’ communications. He sells boxed notelets on request and all the proceeds are donated to the JPK Project. Should you like to commission a box of notelets, contact him on 01323 725479.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information.

APCM: St Mary’s Church annual parochial church meeting takes place at 7.15pm on Monday in the church hall. Five members will need to be elected to serve on the PCC for three years.

MESSY CHURCH: The first messy church afternoon in St Mary’s Church Hall will be held from 3pm to 5.30pm on Saturday May 2 and everyone is most welcome. This is mainly aimed at young children and their families or carers but to find out more or to enquire about possibly volunteering please ring Fr Kevin Agnew or Kate Agnew on 01323 502079.

CONTACT CARE is a small local charity run by Churches Together in Polegate, Willingdon and Jevington. Volunteers offer clients transport to medical appointments etc and assisted shopping. Volunteers are vetted and clients are registered with Contact Care. For further information please ring 07900 823138 between 9.30am and 12.30pm on week day mornings.