Parish pump Newhaven - April 3, 2015

Alciston & Selmeston

NOT TO BE MISSED: St George’s Supper, Saturday April 18 in Alciston and Selmeston Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start. This evening is always great fun with a three course dinner Plus coffee and chocs to finish. Then there is the music and entertainment which always produces a response of various sounds from the audience adding to the evening’s merriment. We also are fortunate to have the services of the chairman of our local/Seahaven branch of the Royal Society of St George, who will be giving us a short talk about the society and its work. Patriotic dress, not necessary, but red and white would be good if you feel you would like to. Tickets £20 per person. Raffle and the bar will be open. To reserve your ticket please telephone Jan Matthews 01323 811380, Michele Boys 01323 870623 or Jan Allen 01323 871634 by April 14 for catering numbers. We are offering a vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu. Please let us know if you prefer the vegetarian option when you book. Surplus from the evening will go to Selmeston and Alciston churches.


CRICKET: The Alfriston Cricket Club is about to start its season. The club welcomes new members and anyone wanting to join should contact John Harmer on 01323 870272. Matches are played on Saturdays (East Sussex League) and friendlies are played on Sundays. However, before the season starts the annual fund raising Coffee Morning will be in the War Memorial Hall tomorrow, April 4, between 10am and noon. Besides refreshment there will be various stalls including books, tombola, bric-a-brac and cakes. Everyone is very welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: The Spring Tradecraft Coffee Morning will coincide with the Coffee Circle at the Old Chapel Centre on April 8 from 10am to noon. Tradecraft sells the UK’s widest range of fair trade products and campaigns to bring about trade justice. All are welcome.

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society will be meeting at the War Memorial Hall on April 14 to hear Martyn Hird talk about High Beeches Gardens where he was the head gardener. There is an outing for CVHS members in May to High Beeches so this will be a timely introduction to the gardens. On the same evening there will also be a visit by the Rapkyn Nursery with a collection of plants for sale. Rapkins will be at the Hall about 6.30pm and the talk will start at 7.30pm.

ACTION FOR RURAL SUSSEX is collecting information in order to develop a Good Neighbour Scheme. A questionnaire has been delivered to households asking if help might be given or needed. Results from the questionnaire will determine whether the scheme will be developed. On the whole the village appears to care and neighbours do watch out for each other but I am sure there are some villagers who are more reclusive and could be helped by such a scheme.


STOOLBALL: (Ladies and young ladies). Believe it or not, but summer is approaching. We are starting our outdoor practice sessions in the rec on April 14 and running every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm until May 12 when the season starts. Why not come along on April 14 and join in to see if this is the sport for you. Enquiries 01273 400087.


EASTER SERVICES at St Andrew’s Church. Good Friday 2pm An Hour at the Cross. Holy Saturday, 7.30pm Lighting of the Fire. Easter Day, 8am Said Eucharist; 10.15am Sung Eucharist; 6pm Sung Eucharist.

TIDE MILL’S LEVEL CROSSING: Proposed footbridge. Informal public consultation Wednesday, 5pm to 8pm at the White Lion Public House,


FREE HORSE MANURE available on west (Newhaven) side of Bishopstone Road between Bishopstone Estate and Bishopstone Pond: help yourself,

but please return or replace the bags.

EASTER has a darker side around here. Local St Lewina’s relics were stolen at Easter, 1058 to help found the Abbey of Bergues in Flanders.

There they survived until WW2 whilst her memory faded here. The thief, a monk, felt compelled to write down his story, otherwise we should

know nothing about her. Unfortunately, he did not record her story so Sussex’s first female celebrity is still a mystery woman.


THE FUNERAL took place last Monday of Hilary Mellor, and it was good to hear that the animals she left behind are well and happy. The donkeys are living at Raystede, her little dog has a new home with a companion dog to play with, the wild cat, that only Hilary could get near, has been caught and is now in a small cat sanctuary that has an enclosed paddock for him to have his space.

SADLY there will be another funeral this week, this time of Valerie Anning. Val and Peter, her husband, came to Falmer every day to visit Phil, her mother, and walk her little sheltie dog around the village. Everyone in the village knew Val, and saw her deteriorate over the years with Alzheimer’s disease. Our condolences and thoughts are with Peter and the family.

FALMER PARISH COUNCIL meeting took place last week to discuss various matters concerning the village. The Amex Stadium are hoping that plans will soon be submitted to Brighton and Hove Council for a 150 bed hotel to be built next to the stadium. The chairman of the parish council thanked all volunteers that took part in the great clean up around the pond. The various collection of vehicles in Court Farmyard has been looked at by Lewes District Council, and already the numbers have dropped, and the remaining vehicles will be moved in the near future. Planning the housing development application for Court Farm has been refused by Lewes District Council and the SDNP housing site speculation has also been turned down. Notice was also given for a caravan site to be sited in Court Farm and the Falmer Parish Council raised no objection to this.

ART EXHIBITION: Bethany to Jerusalem will be displayed in St Laurence Church on Sunday and Monday, and every Saturday and Sunday thereafter until May 2. I am really looking forward to seeing this exhibition, over the past two years, these exhibitions have been really special, and well worth a visit to Falmer.


CHURCH NEWS: After a lovely Palm Sunday service we look forward to celebrating Easter. On Good Friday (today) there will be readings and prayers led by The Reverend Neville Manning, starting at 11am. All welcome to join us. On Easter Sunday we welcome The Reverend Malcolm Elwis officiating over a Family Service with Holy Communion (BCP) followed by refreshments in the church. Again, everyone will be made welcome.


ARCADIA: Following last summer’s glorious The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Synergy Theatre is returning to Kingston Parish Hall for four nights from Wednesday, April 8 through to Saturday, April 11, starting at 7.30pm on each evening. In summary, a young female mathematical genius deciphers Chaos Theory with the help of her porridge and the family tortoise. All flows from this, a delightful comedy by Tom Stoppard. Tickets at £7 each are available from Brian Simmons (01273 474303) or the company’s box office on 01273 301444 or e-mail at


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Sixteen walkers enjoyed a ramble from Fletching on the last walk of our winter programme. Our circular route of about 5.5 miles took us through fields and lanes on a bright, warm, sunny day. Starting from the car park in the centre of the village we took the footpath through the church cemetery to open countryside. The first half of the walk generally followed a north easterly direction with little mud under foot, crossing streams over well constructed wooden bridges, but a few tricky stiles to negotiate. We took a break after about 90 minutes using a couple of stiles as seats while admiring the views and enjoying our drinks. Continuing on we admired Marshall’s Manor thinking we should investigate its history when back home. Further on we spotted a herd of deer, about 12 were seen, walking beside us through someone’s garden. After a short stretch on a pathway beside the A22 we were glad to escape down Picketts Lane where two well preserved old lorries in a yard were spotted, the ladies preferring to admire the emerging spring flowers. Our lane walking continued a fair way to join Down Street but with no traffic to worry about it was quite enjoyable. We eventually found our footpath which took us around Spring Wood, past the old mill house and onto the lane back to Fletching. A most enjoyable walk. Our new spring and summer programme is now available from the Lewes Tourist Office or can be viewed at On bank holiday Monday, Ros is leading a 6 mile walk from Chiddingly. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. We should see plenty of spring wild flowers at this time of the year. New walkers are always welcome so why not join us.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday March 17 Duplicate Pairs; 1, Peter Kennedy and Nigel Osmer; 2, Richard Burnett and Nancy Wiginton; 3, Edith Jeffery and Mike Keeping. Thursday March 19 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Margaret Buddery and Peter Waters; 2, Nigel Osmer and Adela Thomas; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. Tuesday March 24 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Meic and Steve Goodyear; 3, Simon Kirkwood and Lynne Tunley. Thursday March 26 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Gannon and Nigel Osmer; 2, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood; 3, Jennifer Wilson and Peter Catermole. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Tonight, Friday, please come and join people from all Lewes churches for the annual Good Friday silent walk of witness starting at St Pancras Church at 6pm, following the cross to the Mount. Services this Easter: Today, Friday, at 10am we have an all age Good Friday service. On Easter Sunday there is a communion service at 9am in the Chapter House and then all our morning congregations are together in the church at 10am for a joint Easter celebration, including an Easter egg hunt and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. If you know this famous chorus you are welcome to join us for a rehearsal at 9.20am and then sing at the service. Music will be provided if you do not bring your own. There will be the usual 6.30pm service followed by a party in the church at about 7.30pm to say farewell to one of our leadership team, Chris Steynor and his wife Ali. Please do come and celebrate Easter with us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: Please come and watch, following Jesus through the final days of Holy Week. Today, Good Friday, Cliffe precinct 1pm to 1.30pm the trial and verdict, then procession to the Mount for enactment of the crucifixion. Easter Sunday, Priory ruins 3pm to 4pm the resurrection scenes. A big thank you to the large number of people who braved the weather on Palm Sunday to follow Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, experience his miracles and see the marvellous set for the temple in Harvey’s Yard, created by our hardworking team of volunteers. Email or visit our website at

PROCESSION OF WITNESS: The Silent Procession of Witness will take place as usual today, Good Friday, beginning at 6pm from outside St Pancras church and moving to the Mount in Mountfield Road.

GARDENING CLUB: It is the St Mary’s Spring Show tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm till 4.30pm in the main hall of St Mary’s Social Centre, Christie Road. There will be displays of daffodils and other bulbs and flowers, cookery items, floral arrangements, crafts, photography, as well as entries from the Cottage Pre-school and Rainbows. A raffle with great prizes, a tombola of bottles and Easter Eggs, a book stall, plant stall and a produce stall complete the attractions of this lovely event. Come and enjoy the exhibits and have a cup of tea and some home-baked cake.


MARKET: Tomorrow’s market will be run by the Peacehaven Players. The council and information offices will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. On Tuesday the market will be run by Rainbow Child Care and Thursday by Peacehaven Players.

MEETINGS: Tuesday, Planning and Highways committee will meet in the Anzac Room at 6.30pm.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING: This meeting due to be held on April 14 has been cancelled following instructions from Lewes District Council because of its proximity to the general and local elections on Thursday May 7. The town’s annual report will be available week commencing April 13 from the Information Office.

MOSAIC Book Launch and Workshop tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am to 4pm in the Anzac Room, Community House. Free admission, no booking required.

EASTER SERVICES at Peacehaven Evangelical Free Church. Today, Good Friday, Around the Cross at 10am followed by refreshments of hot cross buns. Easter Sunday, celebration service at 10 30am and the Cross coming alive with flowers. All welcome to join us at these occasions.


HAS ANYONE mislaid a journal? If so visit the Reference Library in Eastbourne and ask for Rosie Powell who will let you take a look at it. Email or telephone 0345 6080196.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Above the Haven and Downland Bottoms, 5 miles with Colin W. Meet at Exceat Visitors Centre 10am GR 519995, bus 12A 9.25am stand J. On Sunday, Train Linear, 13 miles with Clare K. Meet at Eastbourne Station for 9.34am train to Glynde station. Walk starts at Glynde recreation at 10am, GR 457088. Drop out after 9 miles afternoon hilly walk finishing at Lewes Station. On Wednesday, Willingdon to Half Way Houses, 8 miles with John and Esther. Meet bus 98, 9.36am from Terminus Road stop H to the Triangle, Lower Willingdon, where walk starts at 10am GR 585032. Bus No 12 back to Eastbourne.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, is hosted by Centre Fundraising for Open Day. All welcome in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre from 10am until noon. On Saturday April 11 the coffee morning is hosted by Polegate Wine and Social Club. We will also be selling home made wine and cakes and other usual things will be on offer.

LOCAL HISTORY: Eastbourne Local History Society next meet on Tuesday afternoon when our speaker is Ken Brooks talking about Geology and Fossils. Meetings are held at St Saviour’s Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. Doors open at 1.30pm, meeting starts at 2pm. Visitors welcome.

HISTORY OF THE LINE: Guided visits commemorating 30 years since British Rail closed the line in July 1985. Spa Valley Railway are celebrating this event, by recreating the Demu experience of the 1980s. To find out more look at their website or telephone 01892 537715.

MARKET: Willingdon Community Market is on Wednesday in Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon, from 9am to 12.30pm. Free entry. Come and browse or stay a while, raffle for a local charity. To book a stall contact Wendy 489002.

QUIZ NIGHT: Polegate Twinning Quiz Night will be held at Polegate Community Centre on Saturday April 11. All welcome from 7.30pm.

AGM for the Stud Farm Allotment and Garden Society is on April 15 at 7.30pm in the function room at the Thorobred Inn.

TALK for JPK Project on April 17 by Alan Hodges called Maybe It’s because I’m a Londoner. The talk will take you on a postcard journey starting in the 17th century and concluding in the 1960s. Admission is £5 per head which includes tea and coffee plus biscuits during the interval. The venue is Egmond Hall, High Street, Old Town, Eastbourne, at 7.30pm.

POLEGATE RESIDENTS Association meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 10am at St John’s Church Hall. Visitors welcome.


VOLUNTEER NEEDED: The RVS (Royal Voluntary Service) is looking for someone to co-ordinate calls for the good neighbour scheme in Ringmer. (The Broyle area is already covered). It will involve being the first point of contact, finding out what the individual needs (befriending, shopping, help etc) and either making a connection between the volunteer and individual, or possibly visiting the client to find out what they need, then linking them with a volunteer. The RVS will provide a phone to take the calls. For more information call Nadine Fry on 07423471017 or e-mail

CALLING CHURCH FAMILIES: Today, Good Friday, the Bun Service, a special short service for children, at 10am. It is followed by Hot Cross Buns in the Church Room (and a chance to look at the Art Exhibition). On Holy Saturday at 11am to 11.45am children are invited to come to the churchyard near the porch to help complete the Easter Garden by planting some flowers. Good Friday: 9.15am Act of Witness at the shops and at noon One Hour Devotion in church. Holy Saturday: 7.30pm Vigil followed by Eucharist. Easter Day: 8am Holy Communion. Before the 9.45am service, we shall make our Cross of Flowers so please bring a flower (not daffodils please as their stems are too brittle). Also please bring along something with which to make a Joyful noise before the Gloria at this service. 6.30pm Evensong.

MOSTLY MUMS meets again on Tuesday, 9.30am to 11am for fun in the church. Older siblings very welcome.

ST MARY’S ART GROUPS Art Exhibition and Sale, in St Mary’s Church Room. Good Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm, tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am to 4.30pm, Sunday 2pm to 4.30pm, Monday 10.30am to 4.30pm. Free entrance tea/coffee and biscuits. Please come, we will be pleased to see you.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday March 25, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Roy Skan and Barrie Smith; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Alan Disney and Hugh Griffiths. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

COFFEE MORNING: A Poppy Appeal coffee morning will be held on Saturday April 11 at 10.30am in the Symonds Room at the village hall. There will be a bring and buy stall with cakes etc, plus a raffle. All are welcome, so please support this event.

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

Rodmell & Southease

FLOWER SHOW: Rodmell’s Spring Flower Show on Saturday March 28 was as usual a great success. There were so many entries and the whole hall was a riot of colour. When I eventually managed to get there, it was packed, and the tea and cake bar was doing very well. Congratulations to all the organisers and competitors for making it such a lovely occasion.

THE LEAKY BUCKETS gig at Iford Village Hall on Friday and Saturday nights went off very well and were thoroughly enjoyed by all. I went with two friends on the Friday night and we found it very amusing, when some bewildered looking people wandered in thinking it was where the talk by Lord Baker was taking place. Seeing a stage lit by many lights and music playing I think they got the message that this was not the Baker gig. Paul McCartney’s niece was the vocalist and not only was she a great looking girl, she had the voice to match. I believe her name was Benna and she lives locally. The money collected goes to a hospice in Eastbourne. It was a great evening, not too loud, so people could still talk and not too long, also we all got our exercise by dancing. Well done John and Co.

DOGS: Seeing the dachshunds on the TV adverts now makes me hope they will not be the fashion dog of 2015 like other dogs before them. When they go out of fashion the fickle public send them off to the animal rescue centres which end up having a boost in breed, staffies can prove that. I often go up to Raystede and take blankets that I knit and cardboard tubes, egg boxes etc which are all put to use. Whilst I was up there recently a lovely young beagle was being taken for a walk by a handler. She was only eight months old and so sweet natured as these lovely dogs usually are. My heart went out to her as I kept beagles for over 40 years and adore them but it’s not possible for me to have a dog now because of family commitments. I do so hope she finds a good home and one that understands beagles as they need a lot of commitment as they are the hound family. I was pleased to see the Berkeley hounds at Berkeley Castle on Country File recently. I guess hounds are in my blood through the family. We have a lovely little dachshund in Rodmell, much loved.

THE PLANS for the controversial Phoenix site in Lewes remind me a bit of Docklands in London. I wonder if other readers think this.

SADLY I have to report the death of my friend Pauline Bell who died recently in a Seaford nursing home. Many who knew her as the blonde singer of Jazz who sang with me, in the Thin Ice group, who started at Rottingdean Jazz Club will remember her lovely personality and voice. As we were both Paulines she came to be known as Paula, to avoid confusion, as we both sang with other groups as well. She was so talented in so many ways being an artist and dressmaker as well. Condolences go to Ray and her family. Many in Rodmell remember her as she sang with me at our pub in the past.


SALTS RECREATIONAL GROUND will begin its public consultation for the new proposed children’s play area online for two weeks from April 2 to 19 inclusive. There will also be displays and survey questionnaires at The Salts Café and you can view a copy of The Salts Development Plan on the town council’s website. For more information you can contact or 01323 894870.

TIDEMILLS CROSSING: A reminder that Network Rail is holding an informal consultation at The White Lion Public House, Belgrave Road, on Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm. Come along and share your views.

LECTURE SERIES: One of the world’s greatest artists is the subject of the first of this year’s East Blatchington Lecture Series to be held on Tuesday. Donatello was the greatest sculptor of the early Renaissance and his famous Statue of David was the first known free-standing nude statue produced since ancient times. This illustrated talk will be given by the art historian Kay Blackburn, whose previous talks have proved very popular and anyone wanting to learn more about a fascinating character should make a point of going to St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Road. It’s open to everyone, starts at 2.30pm and tickets are £7 including refreshments and are available from Newberry Tully Estate Agents, Church Street.

COUNCIL MEETING: Full council meeting of Seaford Town Council is being held on Thursday, 7pm, at 37 Church Street.

ACT OF WITNESS PROCESSION will take place today, Good Friday, starting at St Leonards at 11am.

EASTER SERVICES, check with your local church of the times of church services over Easter weekend as times may vary. Usually there are services on today, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday.

EASTER EGGS, also known as Paschal Eggs. The old traditional ones were dyed and painted chicken eggs, in general they were a symbol of fertility and rebirth.


AMANDA WILKINS: Such sad news of the passing of this lady, who gave so much to her community. I knew her from when she would review the shows I was in and we would share a car back to her home from the Devonshire Theatre in Eastbourne. Vivacious, funny and a real English eccentric, she lightened the atmosphere around her. RIP.

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION meet on the first Thursday of each month at the Civic Centre, 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Contact 01273 583123.

SUPPORT GROUP: The Breast Cancer Support Group meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month, 1pm to 3pm, at the Civic Centre. Contact 01273 582952.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: No appointment is necessary. First Saturday of each month, 10am to 11am, at the Civic Centre. Contact 01273 589777.

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI: The Benefits of Being Active with Jackie Wood on April 8 at the Civic Centre. Competition for a photo frame. Contact 01273 585205.

FOOTNOTE: Pottering around the local lanes and bouncing over the pot holes, (when are they going to fill them?) I see the daffodils are still sprouting on the verges and despite the wet weather and winds are giving a colourful lift to spring. Some of the surrounding villages are really looking beautiful now and are much appreciated by myself and Jack. Now and again, we stop by a village green and both stretch our legs on it. Then back to the car and home, thankful yet again for being able to live in such a lovely area. It will be Easter by the time you read this. Enjoy your holiday, if you have one, and your Easter eggs. We will be munching ours. Not Jack of course, chocolate is not for dogs, but he is happy with his usual substitute and his Easter walk.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

CHURCH SERVICES: Today, Good Friday, at 10am Children’s Good Friday Worship will be followed by hot cross buns in St Mary’s church hall. At 1pm there will be a devotional hour and at 2pm Liturgy of the Cross and Holy Communion. Tomorrow, Saturday, morning prayer is at 8am and the Easter Vigil is at 8pm. On Easter Day, Sunday April 5, Holy Communion is at 8am, Parish Eucharist and Sunday School is at 9.45am, Family Eucharist is at 11.30am and Evensong is at 6.30pm. Please take hard stemmed flowers to the 9.45am service on Easter Sunday to transform the cross from gloom to glory.

A CHARITY QUIZ is being held at Willingdon Golf Club with live entertainment from 7pm to 11pm tomorrow, Saturday. Young magician of the year Kristopher Singh will be there to add to the enjoyment as well as illusionist Chris Chapple. The raffle will be drawn by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd. To book a table or for more information please contact or ring or text Don on 07791 476669. Admission is £5 per person, with up to five people in a team. Proceeds are in aid of The Homeless and Vulnerable in Eastbourne and Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.

THE WATSON BROTHERS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. The British Queen is also hosting a coffee morning from 10am to noon on Thursday April 23 in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. There will also be a book stall and St Wilfrid’s stall. Coffee or tea and a biscuit or cake is just £1.50p.

WAKIN’ SNAKES will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatshaeaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday the Wheatsheaf is hosting an Easter Barbecue with pork and ham rolls, burgers and hot dogs plus unlimited salad. The cost is £10 for adults (two items) and £5 for children (one item). Live music is from 1pm.

EASTER WALK on Monday for Family Support Work is taking place from Gills Lap car park in Ashdown Forest starting at 10am. It is approximately eight and a half miles long. For further information please contact or ring 01273 832963.

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

THE MOTHERS’ UNION will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday in St Mary’s Church Hall when Elsie Sanmogen will be giving a talk on St Francis.

THE 3 MMMs will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall for their AGM. This will be followed by a talk from Jill Parker project co-ordinator of the JPK Project.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society members will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm on Saturday March 11 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The speaker is Prof Mark E Bailey and his subject is entitled ‘Minor bodies of the solar system’.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when the speaker Gilly Halcrow will be giving a talk entitled Churchill’s Secret Army.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP will be meeting at 7pm on Thursday at the Red Lion in Willingdon Village.

JEVINGTON AND FILCHING WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall when Christina Lynn will be discussing woolcraft.

BLUEBELL WALK: Bluebells will soon be flowering and Bates Green Farm at Tye Hill Road will be open to the public for the annual bluebell walk. There are also an abundance of primroses to be seen plus the animals and activities for children. The gates open at 10am and close at 5pm. JPK Project supporters will be running the café on Thursday April 9 and Friday April 10 and the charity will receive the proceeds. Jill Parker, project co-ordinator, said that she is grateful to all the volunteers who will be helping. They will be selling coffee, lunches and teas.

SING-A-LONG-A Saarf Specific: This is an alternative version to Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and will be performed by Concentus Chorale at 7.30pm on Saturday at Willingdon Community School. It is a fun evening with plenty of audience participation. Soft drinks and nibbles are included in the price of £10, but you can take your own picnic and stronger drink if you want to lubricate the vocal chords. Tickets sell fast and are available from Lyn on 01323 763273 (after 7pm) or email A raffle will be held in aid of the JPK Project.

BRIGHTON MARATHON: Sandra Fowlie and Wendy Quinn will be taking part in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday April 12 in aid of the JPK Project and are looking for sponsorship. They are hoping to raise as much as possible for this worthwhile charity which aims to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability. You can donate through the JPK website and click donate, choose your method of payment and enter the event and whom you are supporting.

A JUMBLE SALE is being held at St Wilfrid’s Church from 10am to noon on Saturday April 18. Admission is 20p. The jumble sale is being held in aid of Brain Cancer Research.

AGM: Willingdon Residents Association will be having their annual general meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday April 15 at Trinity Church Hall. Speaker is Kevin Clark from South East Water.

QUIZ: Willingdon Residents Association is also organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm on Friday April 24. The cost is £7 per person to include supper and a free raffle. There can be up to six people in a team. Tickets sell out very fast. Please ring Richard Nunney on 01323 501238.

DIARY DATE: Do keep Saturday June 13 free as Jevington Village Fete is being held that day from 1pm to 5pm in the rectory fields next to St Andrew’s Church.