Parish pump newhaven - August 15, 2014


THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY’S Annual Summer Show was held last weekend and it did not disappoint. The heady perfume from the floral exhibits filled the hall but it was the vegetables that outclassed them apparently flourishing in the hot, dry summer. There were some Alfriston regulars in the list of winners with Jan Stevens, Sheila Hamilton, Mark Hurst, Ian Thomas and from Seaford, Ken Lloyd with some encouraging entries from newcomers. Ken Lloyd was the most prolific exhibitor adding to two winning cups the Best in Show with his Trug of Garden Produce, Ian Thomas won the prestigious RHS Banksian Medal for most points gained in fruit, flower and vegetable exhibits. Sheila Hamilton won two cups for flowers and pot plants. She is making the prize for Best Pot Plant her own this being the third time she has walked away with the winning cup. Frances Stevens won two cups in the domestic class and Heather Hurst won the Penfold Cup for her decorative arrangements. The novice exhibitors included Adrian Butcher winning Tony’s Trophy for baking and a cup for his flower entry. Vanessa Bristow-Rose won the Decorative Cup for flower arrangement and Debora Cova shared a Novice Cup with John and Avril Hughes in the flower and vegetable section.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL begins on Friday August 22 with the art exhibition at the Old Chapel Centre (sponsored by the Wingrove House) from 10.30am to 5.30pm daily. At 1pm on the Tye the Children’s Fun Day begins with a Teddy Bears Picnic (bring your own teddy and picnic) with entertainment provided by Smartcookies. (Free). On Friday evening at 7pm the Quiz Night will be held in the War Memorial Hall. This year quizzers are asked to bring a plate of something to share for supper. On Saturday August 23, there will be a chance to admire the Collectors’ Car show, or try the Bouncy Castle, Family Fun Run (sponsored by The George) and Beret Throwing competition. At the War Memorial Hall, at 7 pm, the Festival Revue will mark the Outbreak of WW1. It will also be a chance to hear and sing some Old Time Music Hall songs and come dressed up in the style of 100 years ago, hats and costumes are available from the Alfriston Players, get in touch with Liz or Sylvia at Tickets, £6, which includes supper, are on sale at Hicks, The Paper Shop. Sunday will start with the animal blessing on the Tye at 11am. Even if you don’t have an animal it is still an interesting sight to see the pets from hamsters to horses receiving the blessing. Another packed family day on the Tye is planned starting at 2pm with the Fun Family Dog Show (sponsored by Drusillas) and ending at 6.30pm with Bingo and Bring your own Picnic. This will be on the Tye, but if wet, in the War Memorial Hall. Bank Holiday Monday is, as ever, the big day of the Festival starting with the Car Boot Sale at 7am on the Recreation Ground and in the afternoon on The Tye with a selection of traditional stalls and games. Throughout the weekend there will be music to accompany the merry making with The Scottish Pipe Band, The Seaford Silver Band and the Johnny Spice Swing Band. Full details can be seen in the programme which is in every village outlet and at the Tourist Offices in Seaford and Eastbourne.

PARKING: Parking for the Bank Holiday Monday will be on the well signed Recreation Ground at the bargain parking price of £2 for the day. There will be signs indicating No Parking along the residential roads in the village to enable an essential need for the free flow of traffic.


SAILING WEEK is tomorrow, Saturday, to Sunday August 17 from Seaford Beach.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday August 17. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. The beach clean usually lasts two hours and this meeting is followed by a summer picnic.

ST ANDREW’S Flower Festival is from September 5 to 7 and the annual National Service for Seafarers is on Wednesday October 15 at 5pm in St Paul’s Cathedral. Contact Christopher Laycock is you want tickets (free) and need transport (coach) to and from the service but no later than August 15.

THE REMAINS of Hurricane Bertha this week brought a touch of autumn to the summer coupled with April showers. The unrelenting westerly wind and low tides displaced lots of marine life at Tide Mills especially sea potatoes and trough shells, a bonanza for the gulls.


ART AND SOUL: Artwave is fast approaching and we are eagerly anticipating our 18 Art and Soul artists and craftspeople delivering their work early next week. It is always an exciting moment when we first get a glimpse of what we are going to put on the walls. Not everything goes on the walls of course and we have some wonderful ceramics and jewellery this year. Unusually we also have two people showing furniture. One is our very own Falmer resident Amy Martin who has been busy restoring, rubbing down, waxing and polishing furniture and giving it a new lease of life. The other is Louise Paul, our favourite basket maker, this year she will be showing some of the chairs she has restored and re-caned as well as her basketware. It is going to be a very interesting and varied show to put together.

PARTY: We celebrated St Laurence day in style last Monday. The saint’s day actually fell on the Sunday but we moved it to Monday and had a special evening service followed by a Bring and Share party in the village hall. People brought masses of delicious food and a good time was had by all.

TEA AND CAKE: Some hardy souls braved the weather last Sunday to come and take tea at the Village Hall. Come rain or shine you will always find a good selection of cakes at the hall on Sunday. The Teas season continues until September 7.

WILDLIFE: There is a new brood of ducklings on Falmer pond. The mother is sensibly keeping them very close and keeping well out of sight. There has already been one brood which unfortunately all disappeared quite quickly. There are a number of predators around the pond, seagulls, terrapins, foxes, even jackdaws will steal the eggs and would probably take a tiny duckling. I hope these little ones make it through.

LOCAL HISTORY: The investigations we have been making into the soldiers mentioned on the War Memorial here at Falmer have shown that in 1911 the parish of Falmer covered a much larger area than it does now and Bevendean Farm was part of that parish. I was very excited to find that Bevendean residents John Phillips and Drew Boulton have produced a fascinating book on the history of Bevendean Farm. It has been put together with lots of photographs and maps and makes for a very interesting look at the history of the area and also the history of farming and rural life. You can find out more on the website


FARMERS’ MARKET: Great Market last week. Despite the Charter Market also being on in the centre of town, HFM were able to take advantage of this opportunity to increase awareness about the Farmers Market. To compensate for the loss of footfall, Hailsham Town Council very kindly donated a pitch and this was used, not to sell produce because this is not HFM’s traditional site, but to give out information to promote the Farmers’ Market, reassure people that it was still on, tell them about Olly Dawson doing his demonstrations and free tasters, and that Cuckmere Community Bus who shared the pitch, were also able to send people down to the Cattle Market site to have a whizz around in one of their buses and possibly sign up as a volunteer driver. The footfall at HFM, as a result was greatly increased and the farmers were very happy with the result and so too was the bus company. Thank you very much everybody who went along and supported HFM and hope you enjoyed the Olly Dawson experience. There will be more stallholders next month, it is August and holiday season after all.

ST MARY’S: This is the Ninth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Gideon: Weak, Mighty Warrior. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Dealing with Sin. All welcome at the Bite In on Fridays in the Church Lounge from 9.30am to noon for refreshments, light snacks, friends and chats.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is to be arranged.

SPENCER AND BINKS: This new exhibition at Gallery North starts on Tuesday and runs until Saturday September 12. There will be a wide selection of striking contemporary paintings by two of the gallery’s long standing artists. Tony Spencer and Graham Binks.

BEETLE DRIVE on Friday August 22 from 7pm at the Charles Hunt Centre. Entry of £5 per head includes tea and cake. As we get nearer the Hailsham Bonfire Society’s celebration on October 18 this is another opportunity to help them raise funds towards this fantastic public event.

HOPS OPEN DAY tomorrow, Saturday, at The Pavilion, George Street. Go along between 10am and noon to visit your local cinema and live arts venue. Have a look behind the scenes and meet some of the staff and volunteers. Admission is free and open to everybody. There will be refreshments available and there will be a walking treasure hunt, tombola and merchandise sales.

FESTIVAL OF ARTS: The countdown to the Festival of Arts and Culture has begun. Hailsham is braced for a regional line-up of exceptionally talented artists and a feast of music, dance, drama, literature and street entertainment as the town prepares to host its annual Festival of Arts and Culture in September. The festival, one of the highlights of the town’s events calendar, attracts a cross-section of artists and performers from the South East and further afield, and offers a wide variety of exhibits and performances to suit all tastes. The 11-day series of events will take place at various locations in and around Hailsham from Wednesday September 10 to Sunday September 21 with the grand opening taking place on Saturday September 13, and is being organised for the seventh consecutive year by the team at Gallery North. Confirmed performers announced for this year’s festival include the newly formed Jazz and Rock Community Choir which will be part of the opening concert on Saturday September 13 and the Bhangracise Indian Dancers who will be performing traditional, Bhangra and Bollywood dances with live drumming at Hailsham Pavilion on September 20. The programme will also feature creative workshops, art history talks and poetry events, as well as classical music, jazz, drama, comedy and a very special version of The Beggars Opera as part of the line-up. A list of events over the 11 days will be available at the beginning of August. For more information, visit

U3A: The U3A as a whole will meet at the Civic Hall on Tuesday August 26 at 2pm for 2.30pm start when Ian Gledhill will give a digital presentation on The Magic of Pantomime.

FLOWER CLUB: Hailsham and District Flower Club welcomes guests. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month (apart from December) in the Hailsham Civic Community Hall at 7.30pm. Next meeting is a workshop on Wednesday.

UKIP COFFEE MORNING: The UKIP Hailsham group are holding a coffee morning on Tuesday August 26, in the Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road, starting at 10.30am. All are welcome to attend and Peter Griffiths, the UKIP Wealden Constituency Parliamentary Candidate will be on hand to answer any questions.

PLAYDAY: On Wednesday August 27 from 10am to 2pm there is a free Wealden Activity Day on the Maurice Thornton Playing Field. The Community Chef will be there as well as arts and crafts, community games and lots more. Bring your own picnic. All ages welcome. Visit for more information.

BLUEBELL WALK: The Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail partnership of John and Carolyn McCutchan and Philippa and Michael Vine enjoyed a wonderful season as the weather was on our side, so different to the past two difficult years. Spring sprung early and so the start date had to be brought forward, so different from last year when they had to contend with one of the latest springs in recent years. Thanks to those charities that also had to bring forward their duty days. This year for the first time there was an official opening by Geoff Rowe, the Hailsham Town Crier, cutting the ribbon at The Gate House, followed by celebration drinks all round. The major improvements made to the barn and installation of the gate house, made coping easy with the increased numbers of visitors, so different to the waiting queues of visitors which often stretched across the road at busy times in earlier years. The elimination of the well-used Wilbees Wood Walk due to ownership changes of the land over which this Walk traversed, caused many problems. All the maps had to be replaced showing a new route that the Appleton Family kindly provided, but this field was already ploughed to the field edge over which visitors had to walk, then when it was cultivated to sow maize there was wet weather, and being Weald clay caused very muddy conditions. Plans are for a firm and relatively smooth surface next year. No Bluebell Walk functions without the valuable help and delicious food supplied by the participating charities and thanks are offer to them for their commitment in ensuring visitors have an enjoyable experience and everything including the loos are kept spic and span. What has been highlighted is that improvements can be made by improving the signing especially in relation to the Farm Trails, to help avoid the unexpected electric fence and to keep cows and visitors separated. Thanks to the Appleton Family and staff for allowing access to their farmland and especially the milking parlour. All this adds to an interesting day out for so many visitors. In welcoming many family groups, creating an interest in what children are able to see and understand in our lovely countryside augers well for the future, as the completion of the Kidz Quiz sheets increase year on year.

100 YEARS AGO: In August 1914 Rev Francis Clyde-Harvey wrote the following: I suppose that when you reach 70 years they may do anything to you. Somebody told the Bell-Ringers that I should be 70 on July 29 and suggested that they should tell the parish, so without saying a word to me or anyone else, they told the whole parish at 6am. It was a nice and touching compliment, and I thank the originator and those who put it into execution. (Francis Clyd-Harvey continued as Vicar until his death in September 1922).


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Wednesday last, 15 of us met at Ardingly Reservoir for a lovely walk taking in the spectacular Balcombe Viaduct. The route took us up and down across a varied landscape of fields full of newly harvested bales of hay, farms, wooded copses and beautiful views before descending to pause and admire the remarkable viaduct. We then continued to follow the Sussex Ouse Valley Way along the river and back to the edge of Ardingly Reservoir. An added bonus was an abundance of big juicy blackberries at many points along the way. On Tuesday we celebrated our 50th Anniversary Walk into Lewes finishing at the Town Hall to be welcomed by the Mayor. There will be two walks on Tuesday. There will be an all day walk, Lewes to Saltdean. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Meeting at the same place at 10.30am Bert will be leading a three mile stroll so something for everyone. Do come and join us.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MENCAP: Sam Jones and Baby Leo is giving a show at the Mencap headquarters, Riverside Hall on West Quay tonight (Friday) 7pm to 9pm. Tickets £5 on the door, non-members welcome.

RNLI: Next week is Flag Week and collectors will be around the town with buckets so please give generously to this excellent cause and support our local lifeboat.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers has joined forces with the Diep-Haven Festival to present The Freya Connection on board the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry on Tuesday. On the exact date of the ill-fated Dieppe Raid 72 years ago Umi Simha and Elizabeth Scott give a dramatised performance of the raid on board the ferry. Performances will take place on both crossings, if you wish to book a one-way trip contact Transmanche Ferries at This is a unique opportunity to retrace the steps of the brave soldiers who sailed from Newhaven and other ports along the south coast to Dieppe and the lucky few who made it safely back. This is the astonishing story of an almost unknown hero Jack Nissenthal, a 24 year-old cockney of Polish Jewish extraction who volunteered for one of the most historic missions in the Second World War. The mission was so secret his bodyguards had orders to shoot him rather than let him fall into enemy hands.

MEECHING WI’s monthly meeting takes place on Thursday in Meeching Hall at 9.45am. This is an informal meeting, new members and visitors welcome.

MADS will be performing one of the West End successes during WWI at Newhaven Fort from August 21 to 23 inclusive. The Better ‘Ole or The Romance of Old Bill by Captain Bruce Fairweather and Captain Arthur Elliott will be performed nightly at 7.45pm. Tickets are £10 (concessions £8 from Newhaven Fort 01273 517622.

ART EXHIBITION: The annual exhibition by local artist Dorothy Valenti takes place in South Heighton village hall from August 23 to 25, 10.30am to 5pm, admission free. Ample parking and refreshments are available.

ODDSOCKS return to Newhaven Fort on Tuesday August 26 at7.30pm, doors open at 6.30pm for picnics. This year the popular travelling theatre company are performing their own version of Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity Twelfth Night. Tickets are £13 (concessions £11) and are available from Newhaven Fort 01273 517622.


HEALTH TRAINERS: How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Have they fallen by the wayside? There is help available you know. Often we have the best of intentions to make our lifestyles healthier but sometimes other things get in the way. What we really need is that bit of motivation and some practical ideas to help achieve a healthier lifestyle. Do you want to improve your health but not sure how to go about it? Well East Sussex has a free service which operates with a personal trainer on a one to one basis. You can find out more information by contacting

PICNIC IN THE PARK: Howard Peace Park (next to the Toby Carvery) will open to the public on August 31. To celebrate this occasion the council are inviting residents and friends to bring their families for a picnic from 2pm to 4pm. For further details contact: Steve Keogh 01273585493.

MORNING MARKET: Is on tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre and will be arranged by the Peacehaven Cubs. Next week’s market is on August 23 and will be organised by the Conservative Party. To book a table with them ring 01273 583975.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, INAA the local Advice Group will be in the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Tuesday the Kemptown Conservatives will be in the foyer serving the refreshments. On Thursday the Peacehaven Catholic Church will be behind the counter followed on Friday August 22 by the Peacehaven Bowls Club.

BOOT SALE: The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) is holding a boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday. Sellers will be admitted from 8am. The gates for buyers will open from 9am until 1pm. There is ample free parking on The Dell but only during the event after which time the gates are locked so make sure you drive off by then.

THINGS TO DO: Following on from last week’s list of organisations who meet regularly on a Tuesday in the Community House there are a small range of activities on Wednesdays. In the morning there is Tumble Tots but only in term time, the Integration Advice and Access Agency are available again to help with problems. There is a Yoga session in the morning. In the afternoon you can play whist. In the evening the hall is available to hire. The information office can provide fuller details for all activities. Next week I will provide details of Thursday’s activities.

HORTICULTURE: After a very successful annual Flower Show the Peacehaven Horticultural Society are holding their monthly meeting in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Monday starting at 7.30pm prompt. Mark Saunders will give a talk and General Guide on Pruning. If you feel inspired after visiting the show why not come along. New members are always welcome whatever their special interest.


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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Jevington Circular, 5 miles with Mahmud. Meet at Friston Pond 9.50am, bus No l2X at 9.38am Terminus Road stand J. Two stiles, option tea at Jevington Tea Gardens. With Eastbourne Rambling Club. On Monday, Arlington/Michelham Priory grounds. Meet at 10am at Old Oak Inn, Arlington, with Robin, three miles, moderate walk. On Wednesday, Harbour Walk, Newhaven three miles with Peter. Meet at car park first left of Newhaven bridge at 10am.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY events for children. This weekend please bring along with you your favorite teddy bear for Teddy’s Day out. Also on Thursday, Peppa Pig will be dropping in.

QUIZ NIGHT at Polegate Community Centre, 6.30pm to 10.30pm, organised by Polegate Conservatives. Please see notice board at the community centre for more details.

POLEGATE STROLLERS walk on 19 August, Motcombe and Old Town area, finish with refreshments. More information from Jayne 482538. Walk starts from the Centre, by Polegate railway station.

DOWNLAND SINGERS celebrating 25 years of singing together. Fellow singers, we know you are hiding your voices and talents. We are waiting to welcome you to our friendly and small choir. Our repertoire is varied, ranging from musicals to songs of yesterday and tomorrow. Do come and have fun on Thursday evening between 7.30pm and 9pm at Trinity Church Hall. To find out more about us you can telephone 484189. We are on holiday during August and recommence on Thursday September 11.


FOOTBALL CLUB: This evening, Friday, the Reserves get their Reserve Section Premier league season underway with an away fixture at Eastbourne Town with a 7.45pm kick off at the Saffrons. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are in FA Cup action when they play Corinthians FC in the Extra Preliminary round with a 3pm kick off at The Caburn. There is no mid-week fixture as this is left free for a possible FA Cup replay should Saturday’s result end in a draw. On Sunday at The Caburn, AFC Ringmer have a double-header friendly versus Barcombe and on Thursday evening the Under 18s have a friendly match arranged.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: This year we have added to our collection quite a number of photographs of different parts of Broyle Lane, so this will be a then-and-now guided walk (Sunday), to see just how much the lane has changed. We shall meet at the top of the lane at Soldiers Graves at 2.15pm, and then walk down towards the Broyle. Please do not try to park at Soldiers Graves, it should be easier to leave your car for an hour or so in the developed part of the Broyleside.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday August 6, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

Rodmell & Southease

BUTTERFLIES: I have been noting down the butterflies I’ve seen in the garden so far this year. Clouded Yellow, Swallow Tail, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and fritillaries of several species. Chalk-hill Blue and Adonis Blue seem to be making a comeback and The Wall, a strange name for a butterfly don’t you think. Friends tell me they’ve seen Marbled Whites. It’s years since I’ve seen a Swallow Tail, maybe milk parsley, its favourite food, is growing in the area. Cabbage Whites are always around and many gardeners wish they weren’t. Many of the family love butterflies, so I wonder if it’s a genetic trait as there is a butterfly farm at Berkeley Castle. I remember as a child my father keeping the caterpillars of the popular Hawk Moth in special containers in the garden. They turned into beautiful moths.

FOR SOME TIME now I’ve wondered what was attacking one of my roses and morning glories by cutting out circular sections. One day I happened to see a bee flying off with a section, and realised I have leafcutter bees around and as bees are so precious I am glad I did not spray the plants.

SUMMER SHOW: Rodmell Horticultural Society Summer show takes place tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4.30pm on Rodmell Sports Field.


BOLLYWOOD NIGHT: On Thursday at 7pm there will be a Bollywood Night at the Trek Club in Seaford. It is a light-hearted fundraiser for Cancer Research UK and will consist of an hour’s Bhangra style dancing, led by local exercise instructor Louise Cave. Afterwards, the Moon of India restaurant are providing Indian nibbles for us to taste. There will also be a raffle with some great prizes. £6 pay on the door. More information from Louise 07786425758.


PHOTOGRAPHIC COMP: The town council is holding a photographic competition with the title Wildlife in Telscombe. The theme is open to individual interpretation but entries must have the natural world at heart. Photographs of domestic animals (pets) are not allowed. All photographs should be between 1-2mb in size (three maximum) and should be emailed to by the closing date of Friday October 24, along with your name, age, address and telephone number. All entries must be the original work of the entrant, must not infringe on the rights of any other party and the entrant must be the sole owner of the copyright of all photos. Categories are under 12s; 13 to 19 years old; age 20 years and above; the funniest snap. Winners of the four categories will receive vouchers of £25 each. Full competition rules are available from the Civic Centre or on the council’s website

SUMMER ACTIVITIES: There are many activities going on in Peacehaven, Telscombe and East Saltdean over the summer holidays. At the Civic Centre there are coached sessions of table tennis on a Tuesday from 2pm to 3.30pm for 5 to 16 year olds, £2 per session. On Thursday afternoons from 2pm to 3pm there is dance where children can learn a range of styles from street dance to cha cha for £1 per session. Multi sports for five to 16 year olds (football, rounders, cricket, ultimate frisbee and much more) takes place in Chatsworth Park on a Wednesday from 1pm to 2.30pm for £2 per drop in session and for the under fives there is the children’s gym at Robert Kingan playspace in East Saltdean on a Friday from 1pm to 2pm which is free. Full details of all activities across the local area can be found at

CHANGES: Normal refuse and food waste collections will take place until Friday August 22 when the following changes will occur due to the Summer Bank Holiday on Monday August 25. All collections will be one day later, ie, if your normal collection day is Monday August 25 it will be changed to Tuesday August 26, with the collection due on Friday August 29 taking place on Saturday August 30. Please ensure that your refuse and food waste (if provided with a caddy) is put out by 6am on the altered day of collection as stated previously. Normal collections will resume on Monday September 1. You can receive email alerts on future bank holiday changes by signing up to Lewes District Councils newsletter on their website

KERBSIDE RECYCLING: The Box-It kerbside recycling scheme collects sorted items for recycling from your house once a fortnight. On collection day, please put your boxes and bags together on the pavement in front of your property. Lewes District Council may not always be able to give you back the same boxes each time after they are emptied due to their collection methods. Each household should have received a calendar with the collection dates on which will show the changes over the bank holiday weekend. If you don’t have a calendar you can download one from their website, or alternatively you can ring the Telscombe Civic Centre reception on 01273 589777 and we can look it up for you.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

POLEGATE WINDMILL: During the remaining Wednesdays in August the mill will be open from 2pm to 5pm as well as the usual opening hours of 2pm to 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday. On Wednesday children and adults can observe the mill and milling museum, using quizzes, word search, puzzles and crosswords. There is something for all ages. The cost is £1 per child and £1 per adult. All materials are provided and includes a tour of the mill. Please contact Sandra Creasy on 01323 736899. Wednesday August 27 is a general opening day of the mill and milling museum (2pm to 5pm). Refreshments are available on all opening days. The ground floor and museum are wheelchair friendly and toilet facilities available.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate when Malcolm Pratt will be giving a talk entitled New Winchelsea. Please ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

RAMBLERS: St Mary’s Church Ramblers will be meeting at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm in Coopers Hill to drive to Mayfield for a five mile circular walk with some steady climbs. All are welcome.

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

RECITAL: Fr Michael, curate at St Mary’s Church will be giving a lunchtime organ recital at All Saints Church, Hove, The Drive Eaton Road at 1pm on Wednesday.

BEER FESTIVAL: Willingdon’s Festival of Ale will be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend with plenty of real ale and cider to try. On Saturday August 23 teams of four will be going up to Beachy Head for the barrel race. Each team has to manoeuvre a beer cask to see who can roll it back to the Wheatsheaf first. Each cask will be controlled by ropes and a plank of wood to use as a wedge if the cask looks in danger of rolling away, two men to push and two men to pull. If you would like to take part and can make up a team of four please make it known in the Wheatsheaf. The teams normally get back at about noon to a welcoming party. During the day there will be music from Leo and the Wakin’ Snakes, face painting, garden games and plenty of stalls, and yard of ale contests. Food will be served from noon to 9pm. Sunday’s main events are the tug ‘o’ war and the barrel rolling competition for men, women and children along part of Coopers Hill. The biggest meat raffle and cash draw will take place at 2pm. More face painting and a Neil Diamond tribute, and more yard of ale contests and food will be served from noon to 9pm.The beer festival continues on Monday August 25 from noon with music from the Gadzooks, the last yard of ale contest and entertainment from the Morris Dancers. Food will be served from noon to 6pm.