Parish pump Newhaven - April 26, 2013


WI NEWS: Wendy Day writes: At the April meeting Jill Rutherford gave a very interesting and entertaining talk about Japanese culture ranging from the days of the Shogun and Samurai to the present day. It was particularly interesting to hear about the lives of Japanese women who, for decades, were only expected to marry and produce (preferably male) heirs. Now they are allowed to follow careers and choose their own lifestyle. Mrs Rutherford’s talk was illustrated by colourful slides of national costumes and festivals. The Alfriston WI Spring Bazaar will be held on May 4 at the War Memorial Hall starting at 2.30pm. There will be plants, books, cakes and produce for sale; a chocolate tombola and a raffle. Refreshments will be available. bishopstone

ON WEDNESDAY at 7pm there is a meeting of the west ward neighbourhood panel in Bishopstone Parish Hall. On this occasion there will be an extra panel member, Assistant Chief Constable Robin Merrett.

VILLAGE FAIR: On Saturday May 4, Bishopstone Village Fair. Please contact Linda’s store if you can offer any help on the day or have items for the usual stalls.


LADIES’ GROUP: After two cancellations due to bad weather, the Ladies’ Group were able to meet and welcome David Porter to talk about Clayton Tunnel. The turrets over the tunnel are a well known landmark, and David has lived in the cottage nestled between the turrets for 13 years. David’s power point presentation took us into the cottage and the surrounding garden, and gave many interesting facts, and sad ones such as the horrific train crash inside the tunnel in 1861. The meeting passed quickly and was enjoyed by all. The next meeting on Tuesday May 14 in the Parish Hall, will be another interesting talk by Tom Donovan on The Chattri, the monument dedicated to Indian soldiers who died during the first World War. Visitors are always welcome to the meetings, and men too if they would like to attend.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: Frances in the village is now walking the last leg of this famous walk in Spain, having completed the other stages over the past two years. Frances came to the Ladies Group last year to talk about his experience, and hopefully he will return to give us his update. We wish him every success.

TUESDAY APRIL 30: Everyone in the village has been invited to join in with a village clean up, meeting at 10am at the Swan, with gloves, tools and plastic bags. A great idea, let us hope for a good response.

WALKING THE DOG last week we met up with two pretty girls both on bikes. First was Honey who is five, and had only just a few minutes before we met up with her, been able to prove to herself she could ride without her stabilisers. Well done Honey and you have every right to be proud. Second was Georgia, who was returning from a trek over the downs, she stopped to chat and told us she will be off to work in Greece shortly, just for a short while. We wish Georgia well, and look forward to hearing all about it on her return.


U3A Lewes Lecture at Lewes Town Hall, Council Chamber, 2.30pm on Tuesday. What’s New About Walking In Sussex Today? by Maire McQueenie. What gets people out and about has changed in the last 20 years, leading to today’s walking for health and extraordinary walking challenges. Lewes lectures are free and all are welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: Lewes Supporters Group for St Peter & St James Hospice are holding a coffee morning at Cliffe Hall (next to St Thomas Church, Cliffe) tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Cake, plant and book stalls, refreshments and tombola.

ANNUAL OUTING: Last Wednesday, the Friends of Anne of Cleves House set off on their annual outing. This year it was to Petworth House. They all set off aboard the lovely mini-bus provided by Community Transport (CTLA) and stopped for refreshment at Steyning, in a delightful coffee shop filled with local cheeses, fruit and vegetables and other delicious things. On arrival at Petworth House, the Friends were awed by the amazing sculptures and pictures, Turners, Constables, Gainsborough, a fantastic array of works of art in a gallery looking out onto a landscape by Capability Brown. They were whisked home after this cultural feast and declared it an amazing day. The lovely Anne of Cleves House looked like a shoebox after Petworth and not a Turner in sight.

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MACMILLAN NURSES: The Bridge Hotel tomorrow (Saturday) evening is holding a fundraising night. There is karaoke and raffle so do go along and support this worthy cause.

CHARITY QUIZ at The Ship on Monday at 8pm. Raffle, music and a good evening. £1 per person. Turn up as a team or just slot in.

MEECHING WI: The April meeting started with the minutes of the last meeting followed by a members’ discussion on the annual dinner at Blatchington Golf Club. Members reported the meal had been very good and they all had fun. Tickets for the group meeting on Friday May 17 at Claremont Hall, Seaford at 2pm were sold at the meeting but those who did not get one can buy them on the door. There are still a few places left for the guided trip to London Docklands on June 5 and any member who would like to go should contact the treasurer. The book club choice for this month is a crime novel The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson and the club meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 2pm. If anyone would like to join they should see a member of the committee. Mr P Molloy was the April speaker and he gave an interesting talk about his childhood in Holland. Meetings are held in Meeching Hall on the third Thursday of the month at 9.45am. New members are always welcome. The next meeting is on Thursday May 16 and that is the annual resolutions meeting.

CHARITY DAY: The Hope Inn is running a charity event to raise money for the RNLI on Sunday May 5. There will be a killer darts tournament and traditional pub games and it promises to be an afternoon of fun. The Hope is inviting people to bring a table and sell unwanted bric-a-brac for a fee of £5.There will be karaoke in the evening when people will pay a fee to sing.

FREE WALK and Family Picnic on Monday May 6 led by qualified walk leader and Sportsmaker Amanda Wilkins. Meet on the green on West Quay at 11.30am for a an hour’s walk followed by the picnic. Bring your own lunch and drink and wear flat shoes. Children and dogs on leads welcome.

RACE NIGHT: Tickets are on sale now for the Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets Race Night on Saturday May 18. Always a fun night so go along and support your local cadets in their most important fund-raiser of the year. The event takes place at the Enterprise Centre, Denton Island and there is plenty of free parking. Tickets are £8 which include a fish and chip supper and there will be a bar and raffle. The first race starts promptly at 7.30pm. To buy your ticket telephone Helen on 01273 615096 or email


TOMATO CHALLENGE: Remember to collect your free starter pack of tomato seeds, pot, compost and growing instructions from the foyer in Paradise Park tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and 4pm. This charity competition being run by the Seahaven Lions for those below 16 years of age and also a separate class for those over 16 years of age. For further details call 01273 512123 or email

QUIZ NIGHT: There is a quiz night on Friday May 3 in the Community House, Meridian Centre which starts at 7pm with cash prizes to be won. Those who wish to play as a team must pay £2 per head in advance at the information office. Bring your own food and drink.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING: The meeting on Tuesday April 16 was a report on the activities of your council over the last 12 months followed by presentations about the work of the CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau), local police, and the Fire and Rescue Service. Although there was a roomful of people it was disappointing there were only nine residents out of a population of c.13,500. It is to be hoped there will be a better turn out for the elections on May 2.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Meeching WI will be in the Meridian Centre Community House foyer today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week on Friday May 3 the Peacehaven Catholic Church will be in the refreshment kiosk providing teas and coffees.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Butterfly Nursery in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the Harlequin Studio. To book a table contact 07981 925742.

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 may attend and can ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

THE DELL: The John Lawson Circus will be making their annual visit to The Dell, South Coast Road between May 10 and 12. Look out for posters for details of how to obtain tickets.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There will be an opportunity to talk with councillors from county, district or town when they hold a surgery in the Meridian Centre from 10am to 11am on Saturday May 11. This is a drop in surgery so no advanced booking is required. All talks and advice is confidential.

REFUSE COLLECTIONS: There will be a normal collection on Friday May 3. Due to the May Bank holiday from Monday May 6 all collections will be made one day later. Normal collections will resume from Monday May 13.

TIMELY TALKS: Once again Paradise Park will be resuming their informal gardening talks on the first Wednesday of each month. The first will take place onMay 1 starting at 11am in the comfort of the coffee shop when the talk by David Fitton MBE will be Top of the Pots. There will be a free tea or coffee during the talk which normally lasts about 40 minutes.

FLOWER ARRANGING: Remember the Seaford Evening Flower Club have organised a one-off public flower arranging demonstration, Dreams and Inspirations by Derek Armstrong, NAFAS National Demonstrator at the Meridian Centre on Thursday. Doors open at 1pm for a 2pm start. Tickets are £10 which includes refreshments from Mary Blair on 01273 5154468.

LOCAL CHARITIES: The Mayor of Peacehaven, Councillor Eileen Russell, announced at the town meeting the various functions she has arranged through the year has so far raised £10,300 in total. She has so far distributed to charities in our district £4,680. She thanked residents for their support which has enabled her to make these payouts to help local organisations some of whom are finding fund raising a struggle in these difficult financial times.


THE SKETCHING and Painting Group has vacancies for beginners. Our tutor is Richard Liley BA Hons. We hold meetings on Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings. Please contact Bruce Margarett on 484568 for more details.

POLEGATE and District Model Engineering Club. For information of when miniature trains are running in the field at the bottom of Black Path, through the William Daly gates, please contact Chris White email or look at website

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

RAMBLING CLUB: On May 2, leisurely walk, Bridge Over Cuckmere Water, nearly 3 miles flat, no mud and bring own coffee. Bus 51 from the Post Office Coppice Avenue, 9.38am or Polegate High Street 9.47am, alight at Hellingly Village Hall, no stiles with Rick. Laughton Circular, nearly 5 miles flat, approx 11 stiles with Denise and Alex; Or Downs and River, nearly 10 miles hilly, downs including one long slope and one short steep slope near West Dean and Litlington. Take picnic, three or four stiles with Eileen and Heather. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Kings Centre, Edison Road, Eastbourne on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The AGM of this Group takes place in the Jack Hart Hall tonight, Friday, commencing at 7.30pm. After this short meeting at 7.45pm Bob Cairns and the Roman Ringmer Group will be providing more information on the route of the Roman road which runs through the village. David Millum, co-director of the Culver Archaeological Project, will then share with the meeting the latest information about the major Roman settlement discovered in the fields of Bridge Farm.

THE BOWLS CLUB opened their Green this season with a match the Ladies versus the Gents and the Gents won. If anyone is interested in joining the club members will be at the Green from 8am to 10am tomorrow, Saturday.

CONCERT: This will take place tomorrow, Saturday, in St Mary’s Church at 2.30pm. There will be a variety of music for flute and harp with the Zaffre Duo, Anne Hodgson flute and Sally Course harp. The audience are most welcome to join them for refreshments in the Church Room after the concert and there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. The concert is in aid of Keetje Steele and she will be present at the concert. It would be great to have a large audience as Keetje plans to use St Peter and St James as part of her care plan for the future and is fundraising for them in a number of ways.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team do not have a fixture as they only have one league game left to play which will be against Hailsham at home on Saturday, May 4 when all Div 1 teams finish their fixtures on the same day. However, there is still some football at The Caburn on Saturday when Rye play Dorking in a league fixture with a 3pm kick off. The Ringmer Reserve team are due to play Rye Reserves immediately after this match but this fixture may not take place so please check with the club or the website. On Thursday Rye FC will once again be using the Ringmer pitch to play their league fixture against Sidley FC and kick off at The Caburn will be 7.45pm.

FAMILY CROQUET: Do remember this will again take place this Sunday in the Cheyney Field from 2pm to 4pm. There will be various activities for the children whilst the adults have a go at croquet. Drinks available, bring chairs/rugs. No charge, donations welcome. Contact Jonathan Franklin on 01273 813189 or e- mail him on

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall Christine Nash will be giving a demonstration entitled Strictly Flowers. New members and visitors (£4) are very welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on April 17 was: 1, Pam Brook and David Warner; 2, Steve Cocking and David Coutinho; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Contact 01273 814220.

QUIZ NIGHT: Advance notice that the Friends of Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form are holding this event at the college on Friday, May 10 from 7pm to 9.30pm. Do go along as a team of 6 or join one of the Friends of Ringmer teams - students, family and friends all welcome. Cost of the ticket is £3 per person to include fish and chip supper and soft drink or you may like to bring your own drinks. Tickets are now available from the college reception.

OPEN MORNING: On Saturday, May 11 from 10am to noon the bowls club is having an Open Morning and on Tuesday, May 14 they will be having an Open Evening from 6pm onwards. The club is looking for new members so why not go along and you can always bring a friend. Bowls will be provided but please wear flat soled shoes. Try your hand at bowls and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea, be introduced to the club and some of its members. This is a very active club whose outdoor season commenced on Sunday and continues to the end of September. With home and away matches, at weekends and mid-week, plus club competitions and league matches there is plenty for everyone if you wish to participate.

COFFEE MORNING: The Ringmer Branch of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal are holding a coffee morning in the Symons Hall, village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am. There will be a raffle and a bring and buy stall. rodmell & southease

SPRING: Well spring has really sprung. Rodmell is looking wonderful at the moment with all the spring flowers and magnolias out. It seems magnolias and fig trees really like it in this area as they do so well. The cock pheasant that appears to have adopted us is getting very cheeky and comes into the kitchen if I leave the door open. He is also causing havoc in the garden, as it seems he thinks his reflection in the greenhouse is a rival so has been spending hours pecking the glass and then gets into the greenhouse if the door is left open to sort the rival out, result chaos. I’ve half solved the problem by acquiring an old mirror from a friend and putting it in another part of the garden so he now spends hours attacking his reflection in this. Let’s hope when the mating season closes he will calm down.

PARISH ASSEMBLY: Rodmell Annual Parish Assembly on Friday April 19 was well attended and there were not many questions from the floor this year so the village must be pretty contented. Thanks go to all members of the parish council who cope with the village affairs very well.

THE C7 is having a real face-lift at the moment and is looking good with new tree planting, verges being tidied, trees being thinned out and cut down to make clearer vision. Thanks to all those doing the hard work on it.

SCHOOL: Rodmell CE Primary School currently has 64 children, a lot from outside the village. The school is always keen to work with the local community and villagers. If you are interested in helping on a weekly basis, as some villagers already do, please contact the school for more information on 01273 473916. The school also has a new website

PRODUCE STALL: Several villagers have expressed an interest in running a stall by the notice board to sell local village produce and crafts. The idea is to coincide with the opening times of Monk’s House, on Wednesday and Friday afternoons (1pm to 4pm), starting on June 5. Producers will share manning the stall and 10 percent of takings would be donated to village causes, the balance being retained by the producer. For information contact 470935.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in keeping up with what is going on in the village, check out Rodmell Village Website Information sent to is posted on the website free within a few days.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI meet in the village hall on the third Tuesday of each month. We are a small group of about 20 currently and looking to recruit new members.

WOOD SCHEME: This vibrant community scheme which uses our field, provides fire wood at cost price to Rodmell residents and has more joining every year. This season it will be trying something new, buying in ready cut and seasoned logs in bulk. This will mean much less work, and a lower price, for members. Please contact Tim Rabjohns for more details.

STEAK NIGHTS and Quiz Nights at our pub continue to be very popular. Another quiz night is coming up. Look at the pub boards for details.


FOLK CLUB: Tonight, Friday, the Folk Club at Royal British Legion Club will be rocking (or should that be folking?) with music as they hold another of their popular singers and musicians nights. The meeting starts at 8pm.

SPRING FAIR: Save the Children will be holding a Spring Fair at the Clinton Centre (opposite Tesco) tomorrow from 10.30am to noon. There will be lots of stalls including bric-a-brac, plants, books, quality clothes and of course refreshments too. Do pop along to find out more about other events throughout the year including a junior football tournament and a garden party.

QUIZ: Seaford Twinning Association are preparing to host our German visitors later in the year. Tomorrow, Saturday, night they will be hosting a fun Quiz Night at 37 Church Street at 7.15pm. Refreshments are available but call Garry on 01424 201610 for details.

CONCERT: St Leonard’s Church is hosting Seaford Choral Society’s Spring Concert tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 7.30pm. The programme includes work by Mendelssohn and Rutter. Call 01323 492791 for information.

BOWLING: The bowling club on the Corner of Chichester Road and Blatchington Road (next to the temporary library) will be open to the public from 10am to noon on Sunday for you to try your hand. Lilian James is at the end of the phone (01323 892380) if you want to know more.

RAF SERVICE: The first annual Bomber Command Mission Accomplished memorial service will take place at the new Bomber Command memorial at Beachy Head on Sunday at 3pm. I know that many readers will be interested in attending this short service to commemorate the 55,573 men of the RAF who flew such difficult missions in the war.

ST THOMAS MORE Church hosts another concert on Sunday afternoon. They have the Corelli Ensemble which will have a varied programme including Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Tickets are £12 on the door although children are free.

ANGLING:Tony from the Seaford Angler tells me he has been been busy with visiting anglers. Fishing is an often overlooked part of our tourist industry. Tony’s shop is small but packed with equipment and is open every day (including Sunday) from 10am.

NEW CLUB: The Townswomen’s Guild (TWG) is starting off a new group in Seaford. Known as the Blatchington Hill TWG, the new group hope to arrange an exciting and interesting programme of events dependent on the need of its members. If you are interested, why not pop along to Seaford (Blatchington) Golf Club at 7.30pm on Tuesday evening to find out more. Future meetings will be held at St Peter’s Church Hall but if you want more information call Sandra on 01323 899845 or Carol on 01323 896227.

TOWN FORUM: The town council are holding their annual Town Forum on Tuesday evening at 7pm. This will be one of the last events attended by our Mayor Linda Wallraven who has done such a superb job over the last two years. She will be reporting on her fund-raising for her two charities, St James Trust and the Seaford Downs Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group. Grants will also be presented. If you have any queries about the work of the Council during the past year, this is your opportunity to question councillors. An agenda is available now on the council website or from 37 Church Street. The meeting is at the Baptist Church in Belgrave Road.

COMMUNITY GARDEN: Plants are popping up all over the Community Garden on the Crouch. It will be open to the public on Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm so why not pop in and see the spring flowers and produce. Some plants may be for sale and there is always something to sample.

VOTING: Don’t forget to vote for county councillors on Thursday. Polling Stations are open from 7am to 10pm.

PHOTO COMPETITION: The Mayor’s Photography Competition hopes to raise funds for the Seaford Downs Syndrome Support Group and the St James’ Trust. The theme for the competition is Hidden Gems of Seaford and entry forms are available from M&Co. Entry to the competition (which closes tomorrow, Saturday,) is £3 per photo.

MARTELLO WALK: The Seaford Martello Rotary Charity Circular Walk is next weekend so you only have a few days to register by telephoning 07934 183021. Last year over £5,000 was raised for Cancer Research UK so get ready to walk 13.5 miles for a good cause (Sussex Air Ambulance).

FAMILY FUN DAY: The town council are promoting this year’s Family Fun Day on July 21 at the Downs Leisure Centre. Pitches for stalls are available from just £10 and the good news is you do not need public liability insurance unless you use a gazebo. Contact Gemma on 01323 894870 to make a booking.

ARCHBISHOP: I had a very pleasant chat at the weekend with our vicar Paul Owen who told me something interesting. The new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby went to school in Seaford. He was a pupil of St Peter’s School.

NEW SHOPS: I hear a new bistro will be opening in Dane Road, also a new hairdresser and cafe in Sutton Park Road. Great to see empty shops being used at last.


COUNCIL MEETINGS: There will be a meeting of the Planning and Highways Committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning. The agenda will be put on council notice boards a few days before and will usually also be available at

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the Civic Centre. The group’s aim is to give social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it, friends, relatives or those awaiting diagnosis. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes. They have a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: Saturday May 4 from 10am to 11am at Telscombe Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S Film Show and Games Morning. On Saturday May 4 from 10am to noon, Telscombe Town Council will be hosting a film show and games morning for young people at the Civic Centre. There will be films, table tennis and pool. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Entry is free, and refreshments will be available to purchase. This is held on the first Saturday of the month, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery and coffee morning.

COFFEE MORNING: The residents association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am on Saturday May 4 to coincide with the councillors’ surgery and young people’s event. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues. All Telscombe residents are welcome.

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WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting today, Friday, from 7pm to 9pm at Wannock Hall. Well known artist Jake Winkle will be giving a watercolour demonstration explaining the techniques used. The demonstration is entitled Boats in Harbour – Lost and Found. This is a memorial demonstration in memory of Wannock Artist member Jake Winkle. Visitors are welcome to these monthly meetings. Admission is £3.

BRIGHTON VOICES community choir will be performing the Mozart Requiem at 3pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Mary’s Church. Tickets are £5 each from the parish office or ring the secretary on 01323 501763. The cost includes tea and cake. The proceeds are in aid of Willingdon Trees parish house.

THE WATSON BROTHERS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

PENNY PAYNE will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with her special brand of New Orleans Jazz.

MUSIC: Light musical entertainment will take place at 3pm on Sunday at Wannock Hall. Tickets, to include tea and home-made cakes, are £5 at the door or in advance from parish council office in Gorringe Valley Road. The event is in aid of RNIB.

CHALK FARM HOTEL itself is now completely run as a charity and any money raised goes directly to the Downland Farm Project for the benefit of the students who attend part-time from 10am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays. The garden centre behind the hotel is run by Graeme and Sue Dunlop as a business, but they also give training in horticulture to many of the students. There is a coffee morning every month which is run by the students, who greet visitors and take their orders for tea or coffee and home-made cake. A raffle is held and there are greetings cards and plants for sale. The next coffee morning is from 10.30am to 11.45am on Monday so do go along and support the students.

COUNCIL MEETING: The parish council will have a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104.

CHURCH MEETING: St Mary’s Church will be having their annual Parochial Church Meeting in the church hall on Monday following the vestry meeting at 7.15pm. Five members need to be elected to the PCC to serve for three years. Contact the parish office on 01323 501763.

AGM: Willingdon Residents Association will be hold their AGM at 7.30pm on Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall. The speaker is Jo Carr, the parish councillor for Jevington. She is also a member of the South Downs National Park, and this is the topic for her talk. There will be the opportunity to ask questions. It is also hoped one of the neighbourhood police team will be present to give an update on police matters in the parish. Refreshments will be available.

EARLY MORNING: The Long Man Morris Men have spent the winter months practising their steps at St Mary’s Church Hall on a Friday evening. Their last practice until October is today, Friday. 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 on Wednesday, so if you are an early riser, do go along and support them.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday May 3 at the Memorial Hall. Angela Hyde will be giving a demonstration entitled The Planets. The competition is called Things to Come.

JPK SUSSEX PROJECT: The planning appeal hearing to build a supported living centre for people with a learning disability on the Edgmond Church site was heard on March 13. At the time of writing, the inspectorate’s decision is still awaited. In the meantime fund raising is continuing. On Wednesday May 8 Maureen and John Males will be hosting afternoon tea from 3pm at the Cottage in Dittons Road, Polegate. There will also be various items for sale including home-made preserves. Tickets are £8 each. Please ring Jill on 01323 486179 or Maureen on 01323 482011.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society meets at the Memorial Hall on Saturday May 4. The doors open at 7pm when members can browse through the growing number of books and magazines concerning all things astronomical. The meeting starts at 7.30pm when F Richard Stephenson will be giving a talk entitled Historical Supernovae.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS garden group will meet at 6.30pm on Thursday May 9 at The Red Lion, when it will be an opportunity for members to exchange gardening tips. Also under discussion will be the fund raising day they are having at the Red Lion on Saturday May 18 in aid of Polegate-based Children with Cancer. It will be a plant sale with herbaceous, annuals, baskets and containers available. Depending on the weather, the plants will be in the Red Lion grounds. The other stalls such as bric-a-brac, arts and crafts, cakes, raffle and light refreshments will probably be under cover. The sale is from 10am to 4pm. For more information or if you would like to offer help or items for sale or raffle, contact Graham on 01323 501482.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday May 5 and Monday May 6. Guided tours of the four floors will be given and there is also a museum on the ground floor which is wheelchair friendly. There is a comfortable room where you can sit and enjoy a cup of tea and cake while watching a video about mills. More guides and cashiers would be very welcome for the occasional Sunday and training would be given. Ring Patricia or Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496.