Parish pump Newhaven - April 25, 2014


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, Bishopstone Station. Volunteers also wanted to help with organisation including on the day.

LIZ HOLLAND, of Bishopstone and unforgettable pink hair, has raised a record £1,640 for PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). She would like to thank everyone who kindly donated and listened to her appeal. She is now back to her usual hair colour thanks to Paul at Phoenix Hair and Beauty.

LISTENING to the dawn chorus in Bishopstone (with an occasional nightingale), you can’t help thinking of the new quietness of the dusk chorus. You used to be able to hear foxes calling and answering from their respective locations. Also, the squeaks and grunts of badgers at play, having just emerged from their day-time slumbers. If you were lucky, you could even hear their slurping and sucking whilst breakfasting on worms or crunching snails. Now you hear the distant sound of traffic on the A259. Echoes of Silent Spring?

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Second Sunday of Easter (Low Sunday), 8am Holy Communion, East Hoathly; 10am Benefice Matins, Chiddingly.

NEW SUNDAY BUS Service linking East Hoathly with Lewes and Brighton started on Sunday April 13. A fine sunny day was met with 20 passengers at the Church Marks Lane stop for the first service to Lewes and Brighton. Unfortunately the vintage bus was unable to make an appearance but there was a great bonhomie amongst the passengers eagerly waiting for the bus to arrive. A number of parish councillors attended to welcome the service including John Graham, Parish Council Chairman and Philip Cowling, who had liaised with Brighton and Hove Buses to extend the service from Halland via East Hoathly. Also attending was Mike Best, Commercial Director for Brighton and Hove Buses. When seeing the numbers waiting to board he said that he was pleasantly surprised at the response from residents. The initial trial was to run until September, but unless numbers fall dramatically, he will be happy for the trial to continue through the autumn and winter period as well. On returning to East Hoathly in the late afternoon a number of suntanned residents said that they had a very enjoyable day out in Brighton and the bus had only taken an hour in to central Brighton. Brighton and Hove Buses have produced some posters for residents detailing the East Hoathly specific services. Please note that these services will run on Sundays and also public holidays.

EVITA: From Thursday to Saturday, May 7 to 10, UBenDS will be presenting the musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in the village church. Performances begin at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm, doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Tickets are priced at £12 and are available from both East Hoathly and Chiddingly Village Stores, or by Phone on 01825 872401, or through the website Bar and refreshments will be available.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

LIME CROSS: We will of course have heard by now about the sad death of Jonathan Tate and I’m sure you would all want to join me in sending condolences to Di, Helen and Vicky during this sad time. Both girls continue to work hard and are dedicated to following in both their father’s and their grandfather’s footsteps so with them at the helm and Di, who maybe in the background but very much the heart of the operation, I am sure we will see Lime Cross go from strength to strength. Their next event will be held on May 1 between 4pm and 5pm and will take the form of an Ice Cream Tasting which will be absolutely free to all My Garden loyalty card holders. Theses ice creams are made using natural, locally sourced ingredients with no additives or preservatives, made in the old fashioned way, I think you’ll find the results are absolutely delicious. If you haven’t already collected your My Garden loyalty card, it’s quite free, just call in and sign up Thursday May 8 and Geoffrey Davies of the Italian Olive Oil Company will be offering an Olive Oil Master Class at the nursery between 6.30pm and 8pm. For £10 per person you will be able to taste oils from different regions, enjoy a glass of Prosecco and discover lots more about olive oil production and its uses. Booking is essential which you can do by telephoning the nursery on 833229.

WOOLPACK INN: Tomorrow, Saturday, is Tom’s night at the Woolie, a three course Italian meal, good music and a great vocalist. On Saturday May 3, Team Woolpack, would like to remind us that it’s Karaoke Night.

MILLS WEEKEND: Sunday May 11 is Mills Weekend and it’s another chance to show off the beautiful windmill situated at Windmill Hill. The mill will be open between 10.30am and 5pm and during that time you’ll find the Long Men Morris Dancers performing, the amateur radio station which will be linking mills around the world, fencing for children, face painting, plants, teas and other attractions. Entry to the mill is by donation and there will also be a classic car display on the Green by the Horseshoe with plenty of free parking at the Horseshoe Inn.

ANITA CHEWTER at Bank on Beauty has something else to be proud of right now, a couple of weeks ago she was able to get a late entry to the Brighton Marathon and she finished it. Many congratulations Anita, next time we need to know about it before you get going so that we can come and support you.

RAY AND SHELDON: Today, Friday, Gaynor from the Fire Service will tell members about her time in the Brigade. The doors of the hall will be open ready for a 2.15pm start and all will be made most welcome. The only condition is that you must be over the age of 60 years; enjoy a good natter, a good cup of tea and a good time. For further details or a lift to the venue please call 441244.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with the Compline will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Holy Communion (CW) being held at Wartling church at 9.45am. On Thursday there will be a service of Holy Communion being held at the Friends Meeting House at 11am.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: The midweek walk took us from Polegate to Berwick. A dozen of us embarked on the 0944 train to Polegate and the start of the walk. The first stretch took us through the outskirts of the village and over and then under the busy A27 and A22, and it was a relief to reach the path running alongside Ogg’s Wood, full of bluebells and birdsong. After a coffee break at the intersection of the path with Robin Post Lane we continued along a bridleway through Abbot’s Wood, carefully negotiating some muddy sections churned up by riders. After leaving the wood by way of the car park, where some members availed themselves of the facilities including the ice-cream van, a short stretch of road brought us to a footpath across farmland, via some rickety stiles, in the direction of Arlington. Leaving the village on our right we briefly joined the Vanguard Way, crossed the Cuckmere on the Arlington road and then struck across the fields again to Berwick station for our return to Lewes, having enjoyed glorious sunshine and the countryside looking its springtime best. The same evening we had our group meeting at Cliffe Church Hall when Carole and Paul Nicholson gave an illustrated lecture on the Galapagos Islands. Their unique photo presentation was much enjoyed and they also showed film of their wildlife trips to Kenya and Rwanda. The next walk is tomorrow, Saturday. This will be our annual breakfast walk when we will be catching the 7.09am train to Glynde. We will walk to Southease and have breakfast at the new Youth Hostel there. Why not join us but be at the station in good time to catch the train.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: A celebration in words and music of the Battle of Lewes will be hosted by St Anne’s Church at 6.30pm on Sunday May 25. Nicholas Houghton will conduct the Lewes Chamber Orchestra and the East Sussex Community Choir in a programme that includes music from across the centuries. St Anne’s is one of the few remaining buildings to have witnessed the battle, and visitors will be welcome to look round this ancient and beautiful church. Entrance is free, and there will be a retiring collection for the Friends of St Anne’s Fabric Fund. Please contact 01273 474964 for information. Free parking will be available at County Hall, behind the church.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

BIRDS OF PREY at Paradise Park tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday 10am to 4pm, back by popular demand. You can see the birds up close and personal and have your picture taken with them. The clubs will be raising funds for charity and telling people all about the birds and their society. All welcome.

BARN DANCE tomorrow (Saturday) in aid of this year’s Denton Challenge which takes place on Saturday June 7. The barn dance is in Denton Church Hall at 7.30pm and will be led by local caller Jenny Coote. Tickets £5 each, email to check availability as numbers are limited.

NEWHAVEN FORT: Sussex British Motorcycle Owners Club are holding a rally at the Fort on Sunday.Vintage bikes will be on display plus music and entertainment throughout the day. The rally is included in the normal admission price to the Fort which is open 10.30am to 6pm (last admission 5pm).

TOWN MEETING: Newhaven Town Council is holding a town meeting in the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday at 7pm. All welcome.

BIRD WATCHING Walk run by the Castle Hill Group on Sunday May 4 led by a member of the group. Meet in Fort Road car park at 8.30am and bring binoculars. Come and identify the birds and listen to the birdsong. Free but donations to the group welcome.

TIDE MILLS TOUR: A guided tour around the historic ruins of the lost village of Tide Mills, Sunday May 4. Leaves Buckle Car Park, Marine Parade, Seaford at 10.3am. Tickets available from Seaford Information Centre, or on the day.

MAYOR MAKING: The new Town Mayor of Newhaven will be installed at the annual meeting of Newhaven Town Council on Tuesday May 6 in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm.

MADS: Tickets are on sale now for Meeching Amateur Dramatics’ Spring Production of Old Boilers by Adrian Cale. Directed by Gary Fowler this comedy takes place on Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31, and Thursday June 5 to Saturday June 7 inclusive in Meeching Hall, at 7.45pm. Tickets are £8 from Meeching Estate Agents, Newhaven High Street, telephone 01273 515566.


HORTICULTURE: A reminder for members of the Peacehaven Horticultural Society that the April meeting has been rescheduled to Monday when Laurie Manser will give a talk about herbaceous perennials. The meeting in the Anzac Room will start at 7.30pm.

OPEN GARDENS: Is your garden looking a picture of colour after a few warm days recently? If so why not open it to the public to view in the afternoon of Saturday/Sunday June 28/29. This event is being sponsored by Paradise Park with an entry fee to the gardens of £3 for visitors with the proceeds going to St Wilfred’s Hospice. More details from 01273 589502 or

LOSS OF HEARING: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a charity that is Lottery Funded. A mobile unit will visit Peacehaven on Thursday May 8. It will be in the Meridian Centre car park from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from the Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual advice and information on all aspects of hearing loss. There will be demonstrations of assistive equipment and, if time permits, hearing screening tests. All these services are free of charge. For further information contact the Centre on 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) or email

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre has been arranged by the Butterfly Nursery from 8.30am to noon. The next market is on Saturday May 3 and will be organised by Mencap. To book a table contact them on 01273 516912.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, Guide Dogs for the Blind will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Tuesday the horticultural society will be offering refreshments and possibly a few plants for sale. On Thursday the newly formed Peacehaven and Telscombe Flower Club will be serving the morning refreshments. Can we expect a floral display too I wonder. And finally on Friday May 2 the local advice group INAA will be behind the counter.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to listen 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.

BOOT SALE: The Dragoon Scouts are holding a boot sale on The Dell, South Coast Road, on Sunday. The gates for sellers will open at 8am. Buyers may look for bargains from 9am until the close at 1pm. There is always plenty of free parking on The Dell but all the gates will be locked after the event so make sure your car is not still there.


BEST FOOT FORWARD: If you fancy some healthy exercise then meet up with the Footpath Society on Sunday at 2.30pm at Twineham church (TQ254 200), after the Bolney roundabout on the A272 take the first left (garage on corner) into Chapel Road then one and a half miles down the lane take the second turning on the right (signposted church/school). Then will follow a four and a half mile stroll to Twineham Place, Wineham, Grovelands Farm, Twineham Grange, Fields and River Adur back to the church. More information on 01444 241463.

PLUMPTON’S FUTURE: On Tuesday there will be a unique opportunity for all village residents to help shape the future of our community. It will be the day for the Annual Parish Meeting, but during the afternoon and early evening between 3pm and 7.30pm residents will have the opportunity to drop in to discuss and comment on the way forward for the Plumpton Neighbourhood Plan that is being set up to influence the future of the village. The vexed question of development that is being forced upon us will obviously be at the fore, but there are other issues relating to the infrastructure, transport, leisure, parking and a whole lot more that need to be addressed. This meeting will give residents the opportunity to see what issues are at stake and to make their views and ideas known at the very outset of the procedure. A working group has been formed by the parish council that includes not only councillors but other local residents who have expressed an interest. It is of the utmost importance that all residents have the opportunity to express their views of the shape of things to come. If the working group is to formulate a way forward then it needs to be based on the wishes of the majority, but those wishes can only be assessed if folk make their views known. It is no good sitting back and doing nothing because if you do then it may be that the ideas of the vociferous minority will dominate, as is so often the case. So, come on people, drop in at the village hall. There will be displays to illustrate what this issue is all about, there will be ample opportunity to talk to parish councillors and others involved and your thoughts, ideas and suggestions will be greatly welcomed. If you do not grab this opportunity to express your views on the way our community should develop then, let’s face it, if things do not go your way in the future you will hardly be in a position to criticise, will you? At 7.30pm the parish council will present a report of what has happened during the past year and plans for the year ahead. If you really care about your village then you will make an effort to take part in some way.

MIXED FORTUNES: Alas the Easter weather was not all kind for the racing festival in Plumpton. On Sunday we endured quite a lot of rain, but on Monday we were able to celebrate a fair amount of sunshine. Judging by the number of cars driving through the village the second day was a success and now we must hope that there will be a repeat of this on Sunday, May 11 when it will be Ladies’ Day. This is a great racing event at Plumpton when the ladies turn out in all their finery and bring a special brightness to the races. Lest I be accused of sexist comments, let me say that the occasion also encourages lack lustre males to adopt a smart appearance and generally make it a great day out. It is a great feeling to dress up rather than adopt the present day trend of looking like a tramp. When my jeans got a hole in them I used to throw them away. Today people spend a fortune on buying jeans with totally unrealistic holes built into them, not to mention the totally false looking faded patches. Suckers.


WALK tomorrow, Saturday, 2014 Linear, Spring Tides by the Beach Huts with Pat and Richard. Meet at Pevensey Bay car park 10am CGB 659041, bus 99 Terminus Road, stand E finish about 12.30pm at Bexhill, own refreshments at leaders beach hut. Level walk, no stiles, but stones.

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

ON SUNDAY a walk, The Long Way Round, with Peter D. Meet bus 12a 9.36am, Terminus Road, stand J. Walk starts at East Dean car park 10am GR 558978. Dry lunch, 10 miles hilly via via Jevington and Snap Hill.

ON WEDNESDAY a walk, Not A Beatyle in Sight with Linda S. Meet at Easbourne Station at 9.09am train to Rye. Walk starts from Rye Station 10am dry lunch, Peasmarsh finish 1.30pm. 10 miles easy moderate walking.

WALK on April 28, Hailsham to Hellingly on Cuckoo Trail. Meet at car park South Road, with Rob and Barbara.

ON APRIL 30, Roseland Walk to Tesco for coffee. Meet at 10am at ESK.

TICKETS for Polegate Drama Group’s next production of A Vicar of Dibley Christmas, the second coming at Archer and Partners, 48 High Street or telephone 483348. Adults £9 children £6. Performances from May 7 to 10.


DEADLINE FOR COPY: Just a reminder I must have copy for the Parish Pump by the end on Monday in the week you want it to appear. Thanks.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The meeting today (Friday), will start at the earlier time of 7.30pm and will begin with the AGM. At 7.45pm John Bleach will be telling us about Lewes at the time of the Battle of Lewes, a slightly different aspect of the battle in this anniversary year.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: There will be a Poppy Appeal Coffee Morning tomorrow (Saturday) in the Symons Hall, village hall at 10.30am. Raffle, bring and buy, etc. All welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Marriage Thanksgiving Service.

THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE is hosting a film and discussion on climate change and how people, not least the college, are acting to reduce the risks to us all. Visitors will be able to see the college’s extensive practical changes, for example local woodchip boiler, insulated classroom and recycled benches chosen by students. The film is Do The Math, about a reluctant campaigner who found out that if all known coal, oil and gas is burned, it would be at least five times as much as scientists say is safe for our climate. This has led to a global campaign, with churches and universities taking their money out of fossil fuel investments. This event, 6.45pm to 8.30pm, on Wednesday, is a joint venture between the college and Transition Town Lewes Keep it in the Ground group. It is aimed at students, parents, teachers and the general public. Optional donation towards costs. Places are limited, please contact: or 01273 480011.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 16, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Dianne and Mike Preece. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

EVENING WI: At the April meeting of Ringmer WI members discovered how unobservant they were not to recognise so much of the rich bird life in and around the village. Phil Winter showed his magnificent slides which accompanied his talk, A Year of Wildlife Photography, and we were amazed by the variety of birds that he had photographed locally, even in Tesco car park. It was also fascinating to learn about how he planned to get the shots, including the various hides he used, and how patient a wildlife photographer must be. The annual WI Scrabble competition is now underway, the walking group has enjoyed exploring sections of the Cuckoo Trail and those entering competitions at the South of England Show are busy completing their entries. The next meeting is on Tuesday May 6 when members will be instructing our delegate to the AGM in Leeds on how to vote on the various matters up for discussion and this will be followed by a light-hearted competition and also a display of craft and art items made by members. For more details contact Norma Phillips (813897) or Jay Kendall (07845 143664).

BOWLS CLUB: We are now open for the season if anyone would like to come and have a go at bowls. We have an open morning on May 10. If you cannot make this date, come and see us on Saturdays in the morning 9am to 10am or Tuesdays 6pm to 7pm in the evening, or phone Pat Escott on 813295.

COACH TRIP TO KEW: Ringmer U3A have organised a coach trip to Kew on Wednesday August 6. The coach will depart from Ringmer at 8am and return about 6pm. Tickets for a seat on the coach are only £11 each. Entry to The National Archives at Kew is free, but those wishing to visit Kew Gardens will need to pay a further £11. You do not have to be a member of U3A to join this trip. For further details and a Booking Form see the Latest News on Ringmer U3A Web pages or contact Deirdre (01273 812516) or Ian ( 01273 813010). This is a popular trip so book soon if you wish to go.


LECTURE: The writer who created the all-time favourite Peter Rabbit is the subject of the next East Blatchington Lecture. This will be on Tuesday, May 6, at 2.30pm, at St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Road, and is open to everyone. Beatrix Potter is the famous writer, and the talk is by someone who knows her remarkable story very well, Ann Poulter. She will detail various aspects of Potter’s life, including many other books, natural scientist and dedicated conservationist. Tickets are £5, including refreshments, available on the door, or in advance from the Seaford estate agents Newberry Tully.

MEETING: The Seaford German Language Conversation Group, or Plauschgruppe, has its monthly meeting at the White Lion Pub on Monday from 7pm. In six months this new group has caught the interest of over 70 people from the area around Seaford. It usually meets at the White Lion in the evenings, or the Shore Break Café for lunch. The group welcomes new members. Meetings only cost £1 and usually finish around 9.30pm. They are informal and welcome any standard of spoken German. There is always a raffle. At this month’s event members are being asked, if feeling brave enough, to speak to the group for two minutes on any topic of their choice. Peter, on 01323 897360, can give details of the meetings. Anyone interested in the partner group, Seaford Twinning Association, can ring membership secretary Liz on 01323 896315.


BINGO EVENING today, Friday, 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.

COUNCIL MEETING: A meeting of the planning and highways committee is taking place on Monday at 7.30pm in room one at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the council’s website at

RE-OPENING: The Post Office and Goodfayre Stores in Central Avenue, Telscombe Cliffs, re-opens at 1pm on Tuesday following refurbishment. The Post Office re-fit is part of a three year investment and support programme by the Post Office which will see about 6,000 branches converting to new style branches. The aim is to create a more modern and convenient retail experience for customers including (a) a modern open plan environment for customers (b) the same products and services with the addition of car tax (c) longer opening hours.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

SPRING QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association’s spring quiz will be held today, Friday, 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. Check availability by ringing Linda Francis on 01323 485885.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall. The John Murphy Memorial Demonstration will be given by Terry Harrison. His subject is Village Scene with People, Buildings and Countryside in acrylic.

LMMM: The Long Man Morris Men have spent the winter months practising their steps at St Mary’s Church Hall on Friday evenings. Today, Friday, will be their last practice for the winter season. It is now the dancing out season which officially starts on May Day 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 and to check their programme for the coming year, please visit their excellent website.

ARTS AND CULTURE: As part of the Eastbourne Festival, various events are taking place in Willingdon and Wannock. Ruth and AdyBackshall and friends will be opening their house to the public at 49 Broad Road, Lower Willingdon, to display their art work. The dates are from 11am to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, and on Saturday May 3 and Sunday May 4 (same times). Admission is free and on display will be a selection of photography, paintings, textiles, jewellery, stamped vintage cutlery and much more. Tea and cake will also be served in the shed. For further information please ring 01323 489252.

MORE ART WORK: The family of the late Kenneth Binnie will be displaying his work at Broughton Cottage Cornmill Gardens Wannock. The dates are April 26 and 27 and May 3, 10 and 11. The times to view are from noon to 6pm with extended hours to 9pm on May 10. The works are described as spiritual watercolours and Gouaches, crafts and interventions, pottery, artefacts and oil paintings. Tea will be served in the garden. Admission is free. For further information please ring 07727 817934.

A TOMBOLA and table sale will be held at the Charles Hunt Centre, Hailsham, from 9.30am to 1pm tomorrow, Saturday. 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 tomorrow, Saturday, 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 tomorrow, Saturday. Please contact Sue on 01323 423410 for further information.

ME MYSELF AND HER, otherwise known as Kate and Jonny, will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

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. 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 Sunday 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. 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. Five members need to be elected to the PCC to serve for three years. Please contact the parish secretary Lesley Etwell on 01323 501763 for a nomination form if you are interested but you must be on the new electoral roll. The vestry meeting will be held first at 7.15pm and this will immediately be followed for the main meeting in the church hall at which everyone is welcome to attend.

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

A COFFEE MORNING will be held from 10.30am to 11.45am on Tuesday at Chalk Farm Hotel. The students with learning disabilities will be helping out and there will be a raffle, greetings cards and plants for sale. And do visit the garden centre behind the hotel where there is a large selection of plants.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive is having a Community Health Clinic on Wednesday when they will be welcoming the wider local community in to Spring Clean their bodies. Lushington Chiropractic will be on hand to give free posture assessments with chiropractic advice. Seaforth Pharmacy will be offering diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure checks. Also present will be The Nutrition Zone, Michelham Private Health Care and Natural Wonder Therapies. Pam Hardy will be offering ten minute hand massages and the Community Falls Prevention Team will be giving advice and guidance. For further information please ring 01323 525000.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday May 2 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Lucinda Knapman and is entitled Fabulous Flowers. The competition is The First Sign of Spring.

CYCLE TOUR: Martin Hughes, landlord of the Wheatsheaf, and customer Paul Crysell plan to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in nine days, a distance of some 1,000 miles, which averages out to about 110 miles a day which includes an ascent of 51,700 feet. They will be setting off on May 4 and the three charities which they will be supporting are Breast Cancer Research, Water Aid and St Wilfrid’s Hospice. An Easter Fete was held at the Wheatsheaf on Saturday April 19 to kick start the fund-raising. In 2013 the Wheatsheaf was chosen as the Community Pub of the Year in South East Sussex by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).