Parish pump Newhaven - August 29, 2014


FLOWER FESTIVAL: St Andrew’s Flower Festival entitled Colour My World on September 5 to 7. 10am to 5pm Friday and Saturday, noon to 6pm Sunday.

RIDE AND STRIDE: Sussex Historic Churchest Trust Ride and Stride on Saturday September 13. There will be a walking group raising money for St Andrew’s Church.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday September 14. 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.

FREE HORSE MANURE available on the west (Newhaven) side of Bishopstone Road between Bishopstone Estate and Bishopstone Pond: help yourself but please return or replace the bags.

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ART SHOW: What a fantastic start to our Art and Soul at Falmer, Artwave exhibition. The opening party on Sunday was absolutely heaving and we soon lost count of the number of visitors as we were too busy running round wrapping purchases and refilling glasses. We even had a team out from a magazine interviewing the artists. Bank Holiday Monday, in spite of non-stop rain, was also quite busy and visitors were universally complimentary. It is quite a coup to have the excellent David Armitage on board of course, but there are lots of other wonderful artists taking part and exciting a lot of interest. Saturday was quiet as our first day always is, but visitors still arrived in spite of having to run the gauntlet of the stewards who monitor parking on match days here at Falmer. All you have to do is say you are visiting the art show and you will be let in. We are open on Fridays Saturdays and Sundays for the next two weeks.

SUNDAY TEAS will be served this weekend and next but will be finishing after that so you’d better get your skates on if you want to sample some of the famous coffee and walnut, Bakewell tart or my new favourite, courgette and pistachio cake.

SUSSEX V ST PETER’S: We sat down in front of the telly in excited anticipation recently to watch the University Challenge match between St Peter’s College Oxford and Sussex University. It was difficult to know which team to support as our son attended St Peter’s and Sussex University has been a big part of our lives too. St Peter’s just took the match but Sussex had a good score and may be back as one of the highest scoring losers. We look forward to watching the rest of the series.

VEG: The vegetable patch in our garden has been so productive this year that we are desperately giving away runner beans and anxiously watching the butternut squashes and squashkins to see just how big they are going to grow. I am certainly not complaining, it is the most wonderful thing to be able to eat something that you only picked from the garden a couple of hours before.

TREES: We had a knock on the door last week from a Dutch Elm disease expert from Brighton Council who had spotted a sickly looking tree in our garden while he was looking through his binoculars on the other side of the village. On closer inspection he had realised it was not an elm but we went to take a look at it anyway. The tree is a poplar and back in 1987 we thought it was on its way out. All the leaves were brown in the summer and the tree surgeon we had out to inspect it agreed that it wouldn’t survive and should be taken down. While we were waiting for the planning permission to come through, the 1987 hurricane struck and most of the other trees in our garden blew down. We had to put the work on the poplar to one side to deal with all the other clearing that had to be done. Next spring the poplar was thriving again, its leaves were emerald green and it was putting on new growth and it has been thriving on and off ever since. Our visitor from the council advised keeping an eye on it in case it had honey fungus or some other fungal disease, but I bet it will come back to life again next year. I hope so, it is a lovely tree.


NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL: This evening, Friday, a public open exhibition will take place for residents to comment on a proposal to build a new primary academy/free school on land off Ingram’s Way in Hailsham. Residents, businesses, community groups and voluntary organisations in the Hailsham area are invited to attend the consultation event which will take place at the Town Council’s Fleur de Lys Meeting Room in Market Street from 4.30pm to 7pm. This drop-in event will provide an overview of the proposal, why a new primary school is necessary and outline the development process. The design team will be on hand to talk through the plans and listen to your views. Research by East Sussex County Council has shown that due to the introduction of around 3,000 new homes in Hailsham over the next 20 years (some development of which is already underway) there will be a notable increase in the number of children of primary school age in the town. The site at Ingram’s Way has been selected as the most suitable for a new one-form entry primary school (just over 200 places), as showed by a feasibility study carried out by the Local Authority in May 2013. The estimated cost of building the new school is in the region of £4.5 million. Public feedback is now being sought on the proposed new primary school in Hailsham and this exhibition event will give residents an opportunity to find out more and to comment on the proposal. It is important that our local education services are future-proofed to ensure that there are places for pupils as and when required. With the housing developments being built over the next 20 or so years, we must be able to cater for the influx of new residents to the area. Everyone interested in the proposal should get involved and go along to the exhibition. The more feedback received the more tailored a school can be designed for the local community. People who are unable to attend the public exhibition can find information about the scheme online at

STREET MEETING: Come and meet your local PCSO to discuss any issues or problems on Thursday 4 September at St Wilfred’s Green from 6pm to 6.30pm. This will be at St Wilfred’s Green at the top end, BN27 1AB. Come and meet your local PCSO to discuss any ongoing issues you may feel that you have. PCSO street meetings give local residents the opportunity to come out and talk about concerns or issues they may be having where they live. This does not have to be simply police related as local Town and Wealden councillors have been invited to attend also and any housing officers responsible to the area. If you do not have any matters to raise then simply come out and say hello, it is always good meeting new people.

ST MARY’S: This is the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am Morning Service with crèche, Cops and Robbers Holiday Club. 2.45pm Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel Church on Hawkswood Road. 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St Mary’s, Brothers in Law or members of Christ.

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.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Hailsham Horticultural Society’s late summer show is on Saturday September 13 from 2pm to 5pm at Summerheath hall. Entries into the show are open to everybody. If you would like a schedule with entry forms contact the show secretary on 01323 842977. There will be displays of chrysanthemums, dahlias, craft, appetising food and home grown organic vegetables, fruits and there will be the opportunity to ask how the results were achieved. If you would like to compete it costs 35p. Admission is 50p to the public, 25p to members, accompanied children are free. You can see photos of the society’s 160 year celebrations and details of their monthly meetings held at the Charles Hunt Centre at

100 YEARS AGO: From the Sussex Express 13 August 1914: Hailsham Recruits. No fewer than 28 young men have joined the local Ammunition Column, RFA. The Eastbourne Territorials had more recruits than they could deal with and 35 were transferred and sent up to Hailsham, so that the total number of Territorials at Hailsham now is about 133. About 155 horses have been taken, and a large number of farm wagons and tradesmen’s vans. The Drill Hall is now stacked with ammunition. All the men seem contented with their lot, and certain sections of them are expecting orders to move on to Robertsbridge, and then to Canterbury, at any moment. They are fully equipped and ready. The men attended the Parish Church on Sunday evening, when the Rev GH Evans preached from ‘Be brave and of good courage.’ Provisions remain dear, but fish and fruit is very cheap. (The Drill Hall is now Sturton Place).


FOOTPATHS GROUP: After our very exciting 50th Anniversary week we are back to our usual programme of walks and strolls. Our strolls seem to be popular with everyone and a recent one led by Robert Cheesman visited Ditchling on a very pleasant day. Starting from the car park by the village hall, the party first went south on footpaths towards the Nye before turning north to the recreation ground. Whilst going along part of East End Lane the various architectural styles of the buildings were noted before the party went by footpath to the north end of the village and the path that leads to Lodge Hill and Oldland windmill. In this stretch a lot of people were seen taking advantage of the blackberries. Having looked at the windmill, where exterior painting was in progress, a short stop was taken to view the excellent panorama of the South Downs from Plumpton Plain to Woolstonbury Hill and in the far distance Chanctonbury Ring. Returning to the village more directly a brief stop was made at the excellent Ditchling Museum whilst the majority of the group then partook of a drink and snack in the Bull Inn. The next walk is on Tuesday and will be a half day or all day walk. Bishopstone to Alfriston or Bishopstone to Berwick station via Alfriston. Meet at Lewes railway station for the 9.30am train to Bishopstone.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Sunday we say thank you and au revoir to David Garratt, our associate vicar, who is moving to a new post as chaplain of Bishop Bell School in Eastbourne next month. We will be celebrating his time with us at a special service when the 10am and 11.15am congregations will join to thank David for his ministry in Southover at a combined service followed by a picnic lunch, with tea, coffee and cake provided by church members. We are pleased that David’s wife, Helen, will continue as part of our leadership team to complete the fourth year of her curacy. Celebrations continue next week as well. On Sunday September 7 at 3.30pm there will be a celebratory service at which our former rector, Peter Markby, will preach and preside at communion to mark his completion of 50 years as an ordained minister, 25 of which were at Southover. Everyone is warmly invited to join us for the service, followed by tea and cake. We believe all good celebrations should involve cake! A date for your diary: on Saturday 13 September both men and women are warmly invited to the Lewes area churches’ breakfast, 8.15am for 8.30am at the White Hart hotel, Alex Ntung will speak on his experience of conflict and violence in Rwanda, his humanitarian work for UN-related NGOs, his present work in peace and mediation and the part that resilience and forgiveness have played in his survival. Please reserve a place by emailing (£9 cooked breakfast, £7 unwaged or continental breakfast).

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NIPPERS Family Fun Day today (Friday) Fort Road recreation ground. For further details of activities telephone 07796 267388 or 07564 452837 or just turn up on the day.

CARTOON WORKSHOP by local artist Lesley Harvey at Paradise Park tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee will meet in Meeching Hall to discuss the latest applications at 7.30pm on Tuesday. This will be followed by a meeting of the Environment and Open Spaces Committee.

NEWHAVEN U3A: The talk in August on Lewes to the End of the Earth was both interesting and fascinating. We learned about St Martin the Martyr and the pilgrim route to Compostella. On September 4 we will have our AGM at the Meridian Centre at 2pm. The present committee will be standing down and we will need you to come and vote a fresh committee in place. We will have a visitor from central office to clarify some points that have arisen during the year and she will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Our U3A is a thriving group, which has grown over the past year and the committee look forward to seeing all both new and older members at the AGM.

NEWHAVEN FORT: Battle of Britain Commemoration Day Sunday September 7. A day of nostalgia and commemoration with living history groups and musical entertainment throughout the day. Normal opening times and admission prices apply. Tel: 01273 517622.

FETE de NEWHAVEN: The date has been changed to Saturday September 13 to coincide with the Tour of Britain featuring Sir Bradley Wiggins coming through Newhaven. There is no Dieppe Market this year so the Fete has a strong cycling theme. It opens from 9am until 4pm and there will be a stunt bike display, Halfords is doing a Dr Bike repair service, Sustrains will be there and Network Leisure are bringing some exercise bikes. Ouse Valley Cycling Network will feature cycle paths and Ovesco will be giving demonstrations of creating electricity by peddling. The Tour is expected to come through Newhaven at about 2.30pm to 2.45pm.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Please support our efforts to welcome a large group of French families to Newhaven in October by supporting these forthcoming events. Newhaven Twinning Association Quiz Evening Friday September 5 at 7.30pm in the Hillcrest Centre. Tickets £4 per person or £20 for a team of six. Excellent food available from 6.30pm in the Hillcrest Cafe. Places must be reserved in advance please by contacting Alison Thomas on 01273 517369 or emailing Newhaven Twinning Association Car Boot Sale at Paradise Park on Saturday September 6. Sellers from 8am. Buyers from 9am. £6 per car. Please contact Terry Nunn to reserve a pitch on 01273 515587 or email Donations for the Twinning Table Top would be very welcome and can be left at the Searchlight Shop in Newhaven.


PICNIC TIME: The Howard Peace Park (next to the Toby Carvery) after recent landscaping will be open to the public on Sunday. To celebrate this occasion residents and friends are invited to bring along their families together with food, drinks and a blanket to enjoy a picnic from 2pm until 4pm. For further details if required contact Steve Keogh 01273 585493.

MORNING MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre arranged by UKIP. Next week’s market is on September 6 and will be organised by the Peacehaven Players. To book a table with them ring 07849 771 883.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Guide Dogs for the Blind will be in the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Thursday the Church of the Ascension will be behind the counter and on Friday September 5 it will be Sussex Pet Rescue serving the refreshments.

BOOT SALE: There is a boot sale on Sunday at The Dell, South Coast Road, organised by INAA the local Advice Group. The gate will open for sellers at 8am. It will open from 9am to 1pm for buyers who may park for free on The Dell during the event but afterwards the gates will be locked, so ensure drivers remove their vehicles.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the Leisure and Amenities Committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, starting at 6.30pm. Residents are always welcome at these meetings and during the first 15 minutes may ask relevant questions about various developments taking place in the town.

THINGS TO DO: Here is a list of organisations who meet regularly on a Friday and Saturday in the Community House. On Friday mornings there is a market and a coffee morning. In the afternoon the hall is available for hire and the Haven Guitar Club meet in the evening. On Saturday in the morning there is a market and coffee morning run by local clubs and charity organisations that are fund raising. The hall is available for hire in the afternoon and the Christian Church of the UK meet in the evening. I hope that over the weeks you have found some activity of interest to you. The information office is always happy to provide fuller details about any of these activities.

CINEMA: The next film in the Community House is on Wednesday September 17 starting at 7.30pm. The Grand Budapest Hotel starring Ralph Fiennes recounts the adventures of two of the employees at this famous hotel between the wars against a back drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Tickets are £5 each and available from the information office.

HAVE YOUR SAY: The next monthly meeting of the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum will be at the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven on Wednesday September 10. It will cover details of Old People’s Day which occurs nationally on October 1. There is a free tea/coffee at 9.45am and the meeting starts at 10am until around noon. All residents over 55 years from East Saltdean to Seaford are welcome and membership is entirely free.

BREAST CANCER: The Telscombe Cliffs and Peacehaven Support Group will meet at the Civic Centre, 360 South Coast Road on Wednesday. This friendly, social and informal group offers support to all with an experience of Breast Cancer. It offers a welcome to men, women and any carers of a patient. You have no need to talk; you can just sit and listen or even make the tea if you wish.

MISSING: Over the next few weeks the Peacehaven Pump may not be published. I have some technical difficulties to sort out but I hope to be back again soon. Meantime make the most of the remaining summertime for now that the nights are drawing in, we know that autumn is not far behind.


RINGMER HUB is an event held at the village hall where you can come and find out what goes on in Ringmer and meet the people behind many of the village’s clubs and societies. It will be on tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 2pm. Refreshments (hot drinks, cakes and ploughman’s lunches) will be on sale, and all funds raised will go to the Village Hall extension appeal. It promises to be a lively community event with more than 20 groups booked, and we hope you will be able to join us on the day.

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

ECLECTIC AVENUE: Lewes Artwave Festival Open House. For the third year, Julie Turner, Ringmer-based glass artist, will be opening her home in the village for the three weekends of the popular arts festival. In all, there will be 15 talented individuals showcasing their wares. Come and feast your eyes, then your taste buds, as we will be serving delicious homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks. As well as the house, the garden and Julie’s workshop will be open so just come and chill out with us at 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer, BN8 5JT. Open Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31 September 6 and 7, 11am to 6pm each day. 01273 812280.

FLOWER CLUB: Our annual lunch at Barnsgate Manor was most enjoyable and now our autumn programme begins with a flower arranging demonstration by Carolynne Meer entitled Recycling on Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall. The competition for members who wish to enter is an exhibit incorporating recyclable material. We have welcomed a number of visitors to meetings this year so why not come along to the meeting next Wednesday and enjoy the demonstration, tea and biscuits all for £4.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday August 20, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Lesley Durrant and David Warner; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

HORTICULTURE: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Autumn Show will be held in the village halls on Saturday September 6; the doors will be open to the public at 2pm. This show is always the biggest of the year so why shouldn’t the judges be looking for the biggest apple, the heaviest onion, potato or marrow or even the longest runner bean in Ringmer? The photographic section has two titles, My Friend and Festival. The show closes at 4.30pm and all exhibits left behind are auctioned for society funds. Entries need to be returned to Albert Knight at 5 The Martlets, Ringmer, not later than 7pm on Thursday September 4.

Rodmell & Southease

BUS SHELTER: Anyone using the bus shelter (Lewes direction) a few Fridays ago must have had a complete surprise, as it was decorated on Thursday night by about 10 members of Rodmell and Southease WI into the early hours of the morning. It was an idea put forward by Lindy Smart, who had us all making pompoms and knitting stripes for several months, and come Thursday, there we all were, at 11.30pm dressed in dark clothes, with head torches, putting up what seemed hundreds of pompoms strung along strings. Heaven knows what late night motorists thought of us.

PRODUCE STALL: Our village produce stall in The Street by the village hall, on a Friday, seems to be doing very well and has its regular customers, which is nice.

LORRY: I felt really sorry for a large lorry which was outside our house in Friday late afternoon and was trying to park at the pub cellar hatch to deliver its load. Impatient people were hooting and hollering because they were held up for a few minutes. Why does everyone have to be in such a rush? I always have great admiration as to how the drivers of such large vehicles negotiate our narrow roads and lanes.

PARKING: I do wish people would use the pub car park and not constantly park on the small section of the Street between the delivery hatch and the side entrance as it causes chaos at times when traffic is busy. When Rob, my gardener, and I were trying to clear the outside verge we constantly saw near misses, and it’s a problem when the ambulance or community transport vehicles come to pick up Mike, they sometimes have to park in the bus lay-by and push him along the roadside in a wheelchair. A little more parking thought is needed I feel.

OUR SUMMER SHOW was held on Saturday August 16. The weather was sunny and everyone enjoyed themselves. Mid Sussex Brass Band provided the entertainment, with a crowd listening to the music whilst enjoying a slice of locally baked cake. There was a good spread of award winning vegetables, fruit and flowers in the marquee and stalls and games for everyone. The dog show was well attended and the classic cars lined the cricket pitch. A big thank you to everyone in the village who makes this such a lovely event in our calendar. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it this year so Nicki kindly did this piece for me. I hear the evening function was also well attended and enjoyed.


RAINBOW FAYRE: A colourful and warm welcome awaits everyone at the Rainbow Fayre tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm at St Luke’s Hall, Walmer Road. This event is organised by Seaford Evening Flower Club in support of the club and its chosen charity for this year, The Stroke Unit Appeal at Eastbourne’s District General Hospital. Lots of great bargains on a variety of rainbow coloured stalls including books, white elephant, tombola, plants, gifts, children’s games, cards and craft not forgetting the all important home made cakes. The raffle has as one of its prizes a £30 M&S voucher. Refreshments available throughout the afternoon. Entry charge 20p for adults.


BINGO EVENING tonight, Friday, at Telscombe Civic Centre, 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball game at 50p per ticket and flyer game for £1. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Sussex Community Development Association need volunteers to join their team and gain valuable experience at Newhaven’s new Information and Advice Hub. Do you think you could help people access the right support services for their needs? All roles can be tailored to suit your experience and skills. They will provide training and ongoing support to build upon your listening/communication skills, computer skills and understand of relevant services. Make a difference in your local community, volunteer today. For more information call 01273 517375 or email

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 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.

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION are meeting in room one at the Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30pm. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues, and you will have the opportunity to put forward your views and proposals for Telscombe. All Telscombe residents and new members are very welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

QUIZ NIGHT: This fun pub style quiz is taking place at Telscombe Civic Centre on Friday September 5 at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There are still some tables available, so don’t forget to book in your team now by ringing 01273 589777. Teams of up to six players at a cost of £2 each. Bring your own food and drink. Cash prizes. Proceeds go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s charity fund.

FREE FIREWORKS DISPLAY on Telscombe Tye, courtesy of Telscombe Town Council on Saturday September 6. Firing time will be at approximately 8.30pm to 8.45pm, but refreshment vans will be on site from 7.30pm. Come along and enjoy this spectacular free display. Appropriate footwear must be worn.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive, Willingdon, is having a Summer Garden Party from 2pm to 4pm today, Friday. Eastbourne Mayor Janet Coles will be opening the event. You are invited to go along and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the beautiful gardens, listening to music, which features a jazz band, whilst being served traditional afternoon tea and Pimms. Please notify Emma Vieira, the community relations associate, by ringing 01323 525000 if you would like to attend.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: Do visit this historic ancient church on the South Downs Way. Tea and homemade cake will be offered between 11am and 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, to walkers and other visitors. There is no charge for refreshments but any donations would go towards the cost of installing a toilet and small kitchen area and renovation work to help preserve this Grade 1 listed building. Please contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237 for further information.

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

PAUL AND ANDY, known as the Boogera Bros, will be playing jazz, blues and contemporary music from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Wheatsheaf.

ABLAZE, the youth group for the 14 plus age group, meets at St Mary’s Church Hall on alternate Sundays from 6pm to 7.30pm. On Sunday there will be a barbecue on the beach. Bring a friend, but contact Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528 or Sue or Stuart Freeman on 01323 505833 to check on the meeting place.

N WATCH: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch will be meeting in the vestry at Trinity Church at 2.30pm on Monday. All are welcome. For further information or if you would like to be a street co-ordinator, please contact the chairman, Ray Ingram, on 01323 508634 or email him at .

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding an events meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Councillors will be discussing recent events which they have organised, and planning new ones. Meetings are open to the public. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm until the end of October. Sunday September 14 is bread day. You bake at home and enter on the day. There are six classes for adults, small white loaf, small wholemeal loaf, Victoria sandwich from the recipe provided, fancy bread class, four Chelsea buns, and five fruit scones. There are two additional classes for children, two windmill shaped biscuits and five decorated fairy cakes. For further information or to obtain an application form, pop into the mill during opening hours or contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday September 5 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. New members and visitors are welcome. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

HYMNS AND PIMMS: Fr Michael, curate at St Mary’s Church, will be organising another Hymns and Pimms evening following the success of last year’s event. The idea is to go along to the church service at 6.30pm on Sunday September 7 where favourite hymns will be sung, there is a list at the back of the church for suggestions, and then following this short service, everyone makes their way to the curate’s garden at 37 Church Street where Pimms and nibbles will be served. Bottles would be very welcome. If it is raining, the event will take place in the church hall.

ART GROUP: Angela Burnap runs a Thursday morning art group at Wannock Village Hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm and gives tuition in drawing and painting, mainly in watercolour and pastel. Her new term starts on September 25. For further information please ring Angela on 01323 842113.

REPORT: Wannock Artists’ 40th anniversary was held over the August Bank Holiday. The official opening took place on the Friday when Dr Richard Manwaring Baines, distinguished artist and art critic, came to open the event. He was sporting a ruby red rose to mark the occasion, which had been provided for him by the chairman Pauline Beddard, who had also arranged ruby buttonholes for the committee to wear. A celebration cake had been made, and this was cut by the president Beryl Binnie, one of the founder members, assisted by Dr Manwaring Baines. The occasion was also marked with anniversary balloons, wine and nibbles, and the beautiful table flower arrangements made by Vera Geering. Visitors were asked to fill in a slip of paper with the name of their favourite painting and this was then entered into a secret ballot. With 145 pictures from which to choose, this wasn’t easy. At the end of the evening the winner was announced as Jean Fletcher with her watercolour entitled Cosmos. The archives, with scrap books full of photos of paintings from previous years’ exhibitions, along with other snaps from the events and newspaper cuttings, were also available for everyone to see.