Parish Pump Newhaven - August 30, 2013

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IN SPITE OF SOME RAIN the Alfriston Festival went with its usual swing. Chairman Rod Young breathed a long sigh of relief on Saturday evening when, after a rain sodden day on the Tye, the Revue brightened up the day with a great evening of entertainment. The War Memorial Hall was transformed into a pub (not unlike The George) and in that setting visitors dropped in for a pint and did a turn. The Croakers opened and closed the evening and members of The Alfriston Players performed sketches and songs and did what they are individually good at. It is difficult to mention one above another. Each year Heather and Jane write and sing a song that is very locally inspired which always expresses many village moods. Tony Mason played his harmonica and this year did a Tommy Cooper impersonation which evoked many memories of the great man and received long and loud applause. Bob Kingdom had a demanding role keeping him at the stage bar throughout the evening. Cate Couch wrote and performed a sketch explaining the new rules regarding recycling and bins which brought the house down. The whole company led the audience in a roof raising rendition of Delilah and we all went home having forgotten that a lot of the afternoon’s arrangements had been rained off. Other events that rain did not impede upon and were very well supported were the tour of Rathfinny Estate, the Art Exhibition and the Quiz Night. I am writing this on Bank Holiday Monday. The sun is shining and it is the day when we have all outside events starting at 7am with the Car Boot Sale on the recreation ground and this afternoon on the Tye with the Fair. It looks as if Rod and the committee will be able to relax for the forecast is fine and warm.

THE ORGANIST AND FRIENDS will entertain at St Andrew’s Church on September 1 at 3pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection, the proceeds going to St Andrew’s Church.

THE 300 CLUB is due to meet at The Smugglers on September 10 at 8pm. It is time to join or renew membership. Either complete the form in the Cuckmere News or contact Nicky Vassell and Robin Steadman at 11 The Broadway or Des and Phyllis Houston at 8 The Broadway. The draw takes place on the second Tuesday of the month at a designated village pub at 8pm when two lucky members win £50 each. The club raises money for the War Memorial Hall. There are very few village events which do not involve the hall and last year the 300 Club was able to donate £625 towards its upkeep. It is not necessary to live in the village to join.


CRICKET NEWS: Cricket News. ESCL Div 2, Fletching v Barcombe. Match cancelled, rain, 9 points each. ESCL Div 8, Barcombe II v Seaford III. Match cancelled, rain, 9 points each. Sunday, Barcombe v Brighton Trotters. Barcombe 137 all out in 31 overs: (Allan Trower 75 Matt Tucker 22). Brighton Trotters 138-6 in 27.1 overs. (Allan Trower 3-19 Matt Tucker 2-22). Trotters won by 4wkts.


DRIFTWOOD OPEN GARDEN, Marine Drive, Bishopstone, September 7 and 8, 11am to 5pm, as part of Artwave. Fourteen artists’ works will be displayed in the garden.

RIDE AND STRIDE: Sponsored Ride and Stride on Saturday September 14. The distance is about 7.5 miles. Sponsorship forms for walkers and cyclists are available in St Andrew’s Church.

WHIST DRIVE on Saturday September 14, commencing 7.30pm, at Bishopstone Parish Hall. Admission £2.50 including refreshments. All are welcome, come and play or learn how to play. This event is in aid of the parish hall.

THEY SAY if it wasn’t for the weather, we’d have much less to talk about and, on the whole, this August’s must be better than last year’s. Yet the blue skies can suddenly become obscured by low cloud off the sea. The Dieppe ferry is a daily sight from Bishopstone and the first non-paddle steamer to ply the route was just a year old in late August, 1895, when fog caused a collision at sea. The ferry sank in less than half an hour but fortunately no-one was lost. This was particularly unlucky as the Chinese had offered to buy her at far in excess of her insurance value.


VINTAGE HARVEST FAIR is at Townings Farm, Plumpton Road tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. All are welcome. Entry is £5 per adult (a weekend pass £8) and children are free. For more information call Carole on 01444 47135.

CRICKET sees Chailey in the last league game of the season against Staplefield tomorrow, Saturday, at the sports ground just off the A272 at 1pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and a family service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church on Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Mark Robinson and 6.15pm with Giles Woodcraft.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations.

THE WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the village hall. The speaker will be Shirley Jaffe, an actress and poet. Shirley trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1954 and starred in film and television. For 20 years Shirley taught drama and returned to acting in 2002 appearing amongst other things in Michael Jackson’s Earth Song music video and Little Britain Abroad. It is certain with Shirley’s acting experience that her presentation of her will be most entertaining. The group are always pleased to welcome prospective members and guests to their meetings, for whom there is a nominal charge of £2. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

EARLY BIRD WALK to see and hear the birds on the common is on Wednesday and will be led by Ian Woolsey, treasurer of the Chailey Commons Society. Meet at the sports club car park, just off the A272, at 7am. Those that wish can enjoy a breakfast at the May Cottage Tea Rooms afterwards. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

LIVE MUSIC with singer songwriter Jon McDevitt will be at the Five Bells on Friday September 6 at 8pm. Jon plays (guitar and harmonica) and sings an extensive selection from the last 70 years which includes pop, rock, folk, blues and country music.

AUTUMN SHOW is at the village hall on Saturday September 7. There are classes for vegetables, flowers, fruit, pot plants, alcoholic drinks, cordial, handicrafts, art, photography, cookery, flower arranging and children’s classes in age categories, pre-school, seven years and under and aged eight to 11 years. The classes are detailed at, alternatively a show schedule can be obtained by calling Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817. There is a class for every age, and members of the horticultural society will be on hand to help you with your exhibits, so please enter and/or encourage your children to do so.


EXHIBITION: Last weekend saw the opening of the 2013 Art and Soul at Falmer art show and the celebratory party on Sunday was a great success. We were delighted to find one of our visitors was film director Nigel Cole (director of Calendar Girls), invited by artist Brenda May. The show has received lots of praise from visitors for the quality of the work and the way it has been displayed. A favourite feature has been the woodland scene with the papier mache animals made by Elizabeth Jardine. We hope many more art lovers will visit over the next two weekends. We are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

CONCERTS: Our programme of concerts will be restarting on September 7 . The Halvorsen Duo, the talented young musicians Gilbert Wasserman on violin and Elliot Corner on viola, will be playing solos and duos by Mozart and the Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia. The concert starts at 5.30pm and you will be able to view the artworks in the church as you arrive and at the end of the concert.

MORE MUSIC: Coming up at the Swan, Swing Music Night, on September 28. The evening kicks off at 8pm and food will be available until 9pm. For more details or to book call the Swan on 01273 681842.

MORE STUDENTS THAN EVER: The University of Sussex will be welcoming 2,900 new UK and EU students and 600 international students at the beginning of the new academic year. This seems extraordinary when you think that Sussex was originally built to accommodate 2,000 students altogether (not just first years). The expansion goes on year by year and one wonders if there is a point when they will be satisfied with the numbers they can take.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Tuesday August 20 the Lewes Footpaths Group enjoyed a beautiful day for their 6.5-mile circular walk from Vines Cross. In perfect walking weather a party of 11 set off northwards from Vines Cross, then turned off the road at Boring House Farm down a concrete track and over the fields towards Furnace Lane. As hinted at by the names, in mediaeval times this countryside was an industrial landscape of iron smelting and cannon foundries, and our path led over bright orange iron-bearing streams. With distant views of Heathfield church, we followed the edge of Furnace Wood and then walked east across open country, stopping for a coffee break, before continuing to Rushlake Green, where we refreshed ourselves very agreeably at the Horse and Groom. Rousing ourselves reluctantly from the pub’s pleasant garden, we followed the path towards Warbleton, glad of the shade on the wooded stretches. We briefly rejoined the road uphill to Warbleton church and through the churchyard, pausing to pay brief respects to the memorial to Tudor ironmaster Richard Woodman, better known as one of the Lewes martyrs. The remainder of the walk was easy going across fields of tawny stubble, disturbing a vast flock of foraging pigeons, arriving back at Vines Cross at about 2.30pm. The walk was led by Anne. The next walk is on Tuesday. There will be a choice of two, walking from South Chailey to Isfield or South Chailey via Isfield to Lewes. Meet at Lewes bus station to catch the 9.28am bus to South Chailey. Bring a picnic.

GARDEN SOCIETY: Lewes and District Garden Society, Wednesday, The Importance of Wildlife Ponds. Peter Birchall, aka Pete the Pond, will take a look at pond life, the flora and fauna associated with ponds, how important and significant they are for our environment, and how to manage your own garden pond for wildlife, 7.30pm for 7.45pm Cliffe Church Hall. Visitors £3.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

NIPPERS: August Family Fun Day, Fort Road recreation ground today (Friday) 1pm to 4pm.This is a free event including mudslide.

WAVE LEISURE: Community Games Closing Ceremony takes place today (Friday) on Fort Road recreation ground from 1pm to 5pm. This includes a family fun day, barbecue and skate park competition. The last cricket coaching session takes place as normal from 2pm to 4pm.

ARTWAVE continues this weekend with several venues in Newhaven, Newhaven Fort has an exhibition of Vessels by Rachel Cohen also an exhibition of works from St Nicholas Centre, Lewes, inspired by the Fort and Castle Hill Nature Reserve. There is an exhibition of Kai Crick photography at Newhaven Ferry Port and Victor’s House is open tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. So do go along an support our local artists.

MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatics is holding its annual general meeting tonight (Friday) in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome. This is your chance to find out what your local dramatic society does and there will be a chance to become a member.

COUNCIL MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s full council meeting is on Tuesday at Meeching Hall, at 7.30pm.

FETE DE NEWHAVEN takes place in the High Street on Saturday September 8 from 9am to 3pm. All the normal stalls plus the Dieppe Market and entertainment for all the family.

FAMILY FUN at The Hut, Lewes Road Rec on Saturday September 8 from 2pm to 4pm organised by Riverside Park Community Voice. Bring a picnic, outdoor games and ideas for the park to share.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers are meeting on Tuesday September 10 with a kaleidoscope of colour. The colours of different seasons, flowers, clouds,the earth and seasons. The earth and sea, human skin. Inside are the colours of fear, anger,sorrow, joy. Find a story involving colour and go along and share it or just sit back, relax and listen and let the colours wash over you. To book a 10 minute story of a maximum of 10minutes email


CINEMA: The film for September is Summer in February and will be shown in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Friday September 27 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 each are available now from the information office.

GRASS CUTTING: The town’s grass verges are planned to be cut during the the week commencing September 2. On the cutting dates the council would be grateful if you would ensure verges near your home are clear.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: Although residents are free to attend council meetings on Tuesdays it is not easy for some to do so. However on Saturday September 14 there is a surgery in the Meridian Centre from 10am till11am when councillors will be available to discuss in confidence any local issues affecting you and the town. This is a drop-in surgery and no appointment is necessary.

GARDENING TALK: The free monthly talks at Paradise Park are resuming on Wednesday at

11am. David Fitton’s talk is Discover the Exotic. You are invited to join a magic carpet plant journey around the world. As usual there will be free tea or coffee during the talk.

BREAST CANCER: The Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs support group meet every first Wednesday of the month at the Telscombe Civic Centre from 1pm to 3.30pm. This friendly, social, informal support is for all with an experience of breast cancer whether male or female. It is for patients or those who are caring at home for them. Contact Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 for any further details.

HEDGES: I notice that locally there are hedges that have grown out over the footpaths. This creates problems for the blind, elderly and people in wheelchairs. You may run the risk of a formal notice from the council if vegetation from your property overhangs the highway. You could even face legal action from an injured member of the public. This is the information coming from the East Sussex County Council Area Highways Manager. So if this is you give it a short back and sides at the weekend.

U3A: Members of the Peacehaven and Newhaven group are reminded that the AGM is in the main hall, Community House on Thursday starting at 2pm. You should read the constitution sent to you before attending the meeting.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Peacehaven Players in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market will be organised by ESDA (East Sussex Disability Association) on Saturday September 7. To book a table contact them on 01273 583913.

COUNCIL MEETING: The leisure and amenities committee meets on Tuesday September 10 in the Anzac Room at 6.30pm. There will be a 15 minute period at the beginning when residents may ask questions about any matters affecting the town.


STEAM TRAIN RIDES in Polegate with the Polegate and District Model Engineering Club. Rides for children and adults on miniature steam hauled locos take place at weekends in the field just off Black Path, through the William Daly gates, turn right across the bridge into a large field, at the far end of this field, these trains are in steam. More info from or email

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Kit Wilson Trust, all welcome in the lounge from 10am until noon.


ECLECTIC AVENUE, Arts and Crafts. The Artwave Open House at 51 Christie Avenue continues this weekend tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 11am to 6pm where various artists’ work will be on display.

TEN ARTISTS and An Orchard also is being held again this weekend when there will be the Artwave Open Studios and Teas at Upper Lodge, The Broyle from noon to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

EVENING WI: At its meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm the speaker will be Steve Alton whose talk is entitled Nature’s Larder and Pharmacy.

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall there will be a flower arranging demonstration by Sussex Area NAFAS demonstrator Elsie Chaplin entitled Interior Design. Visitors welcome (£4 to include tea and biscuits).

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on August 14 was: 1, Gill and Tony Spaven; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. On August 21 the results were: 1, Pam Brook and John Weston; 2, Simon Webster and David Warner; 3, Valerie and Peter King. The next meeting of the club will be in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday. Contact number 814220.

RBL HORTICULTURAL and Home Produce Society Autumn Show will be held in the village halls on Saturday, September 7 t 2pm. This show is always the biggest of the year so why wouldn’t the judges be looking for the biggest apple, the heaviest onion, potato or marrow or even the largest runner bean in Ringmer? The photographic section has two titles Forty Winks and Boats. 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.

ST MARY’S Patronal Festival takes place on Sunday, September 8, and there will be a Festival Lunch in the village hall commencing at 1pm. Please let Shirley (812417) or Mavis ( 813742) know if you will be attending.

ART EXHIBITION: St. Mary’s Art Clubs will again be having an exhibition in the Church Room on Saturday, September 7, from 10am to 4.30pm and again on Sunday, September 8, from 2pm to 4.30pm. This is your opportunity to view the talents of the various members of the clubs and also possibly purchase one or more of the paintings.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: There will be a guided tour of Anne of Cleves House, Southover High Street, Lewes, led by Joanna who is the Sussex Archaeological Society’s Education Officer on Sunday September 8 commencing at 2.30pm. There will be an entry charge for this visit £4.90 for an adult or £4.50 for a senior or a student. Admittance for members of the Sussex Archaeological Society is free, while English Heritage members are admitted at half price.

BOWLS CLUB: The results for the week before last were Ringmer v Saltdean 70-67, Ringmer v Ninfield 72-62 and Ringmer v Lewes 74-56.

Rodmell & Southease

THANK YOU: I have to say a big thank you to Jon and Lucie, who run our pub, the Abergavenny Arms for such a great evening on Sunday August 25. As this lovely couple are getting married in Rodmell Church tomorrow, Saturday, and could not invite the whole village they decided to give the village a barbecue to celebrate their upcoming marriage, and what an evening it was. There was a table full of jars of old fashioned sweets with little stripy bags and toys so that the children/grown ups could help themselves and then a great barbecue, followed by an ice cream van selling softie ice creams, lollies etc. It was fun seeing the men of the village parading around sporting very large ice creams with flakes, I think they are called 99s, and really enjoying them, after all we are all kids at heart on these occasions, I really enjoyed mine. There was a great young band with a very enthusiastic singer who had the personality to get everyone up and dancing especially Lucie who did a turn dancing on the table with her tambourine. You could do wonders for the Sally Army Lucie. Jon and Lucie would like to say a big thank you for the wonderful support they have received from locals and regulars and we all wish them a lovely wedding day and a very happy marriage. I shall be watching over my garden wall on Saturday and cheering the bride on her way. A French family that I had staying were amazed at the celebrations, as were many who just dropped into the pub for a meal or quiet drink, and were welcomed to join in.

ARTWAVE: Do come and see Lewes Artwave Country Colour Exhibition at Rodmell tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday and next weekend, September 7 and 8, 11am to 5pm. Refreshments available. Pear Tree Cottage, The Street, Rodmell BN7 3HG Tel: 01273 486320.

EXHIBITION: Whilst on the subject of Artwave I went to see an exhibition by local artists and crafts people at the Old School Guest House in Denton. Exhibitors included my friend of many years, painter, Chris Jarrett who specialises in landscapes around the year and interesting people. There were also illustrations by Holly Blackman, hand made accessories by Carrick Made, a selection of rugs and soft furnishings by Ros Dowling and unique hand painted furniture by Fran Kershaw. Cakes (delicious) and refreshments are served (weather permitting) in the garden with a chance to buy home made preserves from Hendra’s Kitchen who also supplies Sunnyside B&B so I can recommend them. Opening times 11am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday and next weekend, September 7 and 8. The Old School House, 86 Denton Road, Denton, Newhaven BN9 0QE, 300 yards on right past the Flying Fish pub.

CLOSED: Our pub will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, for Jon and Lucie’s wedding so if you are planning a walk that day your best bet for refreshments will be The Juggs at Kingston or the new youth hostel at Itford (over Southease Station bridge from Rodmell side). You cannot drive over from this side so beware.

SOME VISITORS who visited Southease Church last week were amused to find in their words, three older men drinking wine in the church, now I wonder who they were? I could have a good guess, were they eating little white wafers as well? They found it quite amusing.

TO THE MANY people who have been so kind to me whilst I have been dealing with Mike’s illness, I would like to say that your kindness and support has meant so much to me. You may like to know that Mike is to be sent home shortly as Ella, his physio, has done wonders with him so he can come home with full support for six weeks and then we shall see where we go from there. Meadow Lodge, where Mike has been since June, is a great asset to our area and Olive Kemm is also in there so I visit her as well. I keep seeing people I have known either visiting or as patients. The staff are so nice there and I’m very grateful to them for Mike’s care.


COMMUNITY CINEMA will host an Oscar Night at the Cinema with composer Stephen Warbeck and a screening of Shakespear In Love. The cinema opens a new film programme on September 27 at 7.30pm with a screening of Shakespeare in Love and star guest, the composer Stephen Warbeck, whose original score for the film won a coveted Academy Award for Best Original Score. Stephen’s film credits are numerous and include Mrs Brown, Billy Elliott, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and Charlotte Gray. Following a successful first year the cinema will be showing 24 films in a new programme including world cinema, arthouse, contemporary and selected recent releases. Thanks to this success ticket and membership prices have been held and members now receive greater benefits, including a £1 discount on tickets. Seaford Community Cinema is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. Being local the cinema is a low-cost and convenient alternative to traveling to a multiplex in neighbouring Brighton or Eastbourne. The film programme, tickets, newsletter and membership are all available online at or at Seaford Tourist Office and also on the door at performances. Tickets for Oscar Night at the Cinema are available from today, Friday, August and booking in advance is essential.

VILLAGE NEWS: Clubs, societies and groups wishing to submit news items about upcoming events in Seaford can submit them to


COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 at Telscombe Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the council’s website at

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

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY at the Civic Centre on Saturday September 7 from 10am to 11am. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town councillor. There is usually a district or county councillor present too. Make the most of this opportunity to meet your councillor and come along on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents Association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am on Saturday September 7 to coincide with the councillors’ surgery. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues. All Telscombe residents are welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

PROMS AND BINGO: Come and join us at our Last Night of the Proms and Bingo evening. It will be taking place on Saturday September 7 at Telscombe Civic Centre. Bingo starts at 7pm prompt. There will be eight games played, followed by refreshments and then the screening of the second half of the Last Night of the Proms. Ticket price £10 in advance only, this includes three bingo tickets per game.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

Lt Col OLIVER KEEF died at home on August 12 after a long illness, bravely fought, with family and friends around him. Flint House in Church Street, Willingdon, had been the family home for all of Oliver’s 82 years. Willingdon Church was packed for the funeral service on August 22. The flag was flying at half-mast. The Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion had arranged for piper Ian White to pipe everyone into church and two standard bearers carried the flags of the Royal British Legion and The Royal Engineers. Oliver had fought with the Royal Engineers during the Korean War and in later years he had been president of the Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion. The entrance music for the funeral service was Elgar’s Nimrod. Bp David Wilcox gave the opening prayer. Canon Martin Onions, now rector of Holy Cross in Uckfield, had returned to Willingdon for Oliver’s funeral and took part in the service along with curate Fr Michael Maine. Like the other mourners, they wanted to pay their respect. But this was a celebration of Oliver’s life which he had lived to the full. Tributes were given by his three children, Camilla, James and Serena, who spoke with affection of their father, a man of many talents. They said that their father’s happiest moment was when his proposal to Gilly was accepted and they were married in 1961. The hymns for the funeral service were well chosen. Camilla’s young daughter Isabel played the last post from the balcony, note perfect. The exit music was the Royal Engineers’ March Wings followed by the theme tune from Dad’s Army, one of Oliver’s favourite programmes. After the service, everyone was invited back to Flint House where a buffet had been provided from a marquee in the garden. It felt as though Oliver was smiling down with approval. This was the garden where he and Gilly had welcomed members and friends for the Legion’s summer socials, and where many fund raising events had taken place over the years, particularly for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, happy memories.

N WATCH: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch will be meeting in the vestry at Trinity Church at 2.30pm on Monday. For further information contact 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 when councillors will discuss past events that they have organised and plan new ones. If you have any suggestions I am sure they would like to hear from you. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

PRAYER WALK: A prayer walk to be led by Fr Clive Woodward is on Wednesday. At 10am walkers will be meeting at St Mary’s Church Willingdon for a four mile walk from Butts Brow. For further information please ring Fr Clive Woodward on 01323 509891.

DICK WHITTINGTON: It doesn’t seem possible that it will soon be rehearsal time for Willingdon Church Players’ next pantomime Dick Whittington. The read through is at 7.15pm on Monday in the church hall with open auditions at 7.15pm on Thursday. Directing the pantomime will be Christopher Peck. Rehearsals will then begin on Monday September 30 and continue on every Monday and Thursday in the church hall. The pantomime will be staged at the end of January 2014. For further information ring Lesley on 01323 504901 or email her at

ROBERT BROWN will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, with covers by Johnny Cash, David Bowie and Led Zepplin to name but a few.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. Sunday September 8 is music day at the mill.

THE LUNCH CLUB held at Trinity Church Hall on the third Friday of the month is going from strength to strength with more and more people coming along to enjoy the delicious home cooked meals and for the companionship. However, due to its success, more volunteers are now needed to help prepare, serve and clear away at each meal. Training would be given. Volunteers are able to work shifts according to their availability. If you would like to join this friendly and hard-working team, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. Trinity Diners will be meeting at noon on Friday September 20 when the menu will be fresh juice, steak pie (or the vegetarian option), boiled potatoes, seasonal vegetables, followed by Eton mess and tea or coffee. The meals are £5. To reserve a place ring Jennie.

BROWNIES: Monday September 9 is the date when the 41st Eastbourne Brownies resume their weekly meetings at Trinity Church Hall after the summer break. Many of the Brownies will be going up into the Guides. Consequently some places are currently available for more Brownies and also for the younger children, the Rainbows. For more information ring Judy Kemp on 01323 486756 or email her on

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday September 6 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration from Josephine Jacobs. The competition is entitled Autumn Bounty.

BINGO AND CHIPS: This popular event will take place at 7pm for 7.30pm on Saturday September 7 in St Mary’s Church Hall. Tickets are £5 each to include the meal and a bingo card. For further information please contact Lesley on 01323 504901 or the parish office on 01323 501763.