Parish pump Newhaven _ August 8, 2014


ANNUAL SHOW: Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society is holding its Annual Show today, Friday from 1pm to 5pm and tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4.30pm at the War Memorial Hall. If the Early Summer Show in June is anything to go by, this bigger show should be well worth a visit. The Early Summer Show day in June was very wet, since when the sun has been shining and with luck will continue to shine for this weekend and encourage lots of visitors.

300 CLUB this month will meet at The George at 8pm on August 12 to witness the lucky numbers being picked out of the bin giving two more winners £50 each.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL is rapidly approaching. Starting on August 22 with the Children’s Fun Day on the Tye from 1pm and the quiz in the War Memorial Hall in the evening at 7pm. All details are in the brochures which are in all outlets in the village.


SAILING WEEK: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Week is from tomorrow, Saturday, until Sunday August 17 embarking 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.

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

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

IN RESPONSE to an enquiry about Shepherd’s Crowns found locally, they are fossil sea urchins from the chalk which can turn up in the fields, especially after ploughing. They were tossed over a shoulder for luck and descendants of local emigrants to Canada carry on the tradition with quartzite pebbles.


SUNDAY TEAS are still being served in the Parish Hall from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, if the day is sunny we like to take a walk and finish at the hall for tea and homemade cake, they will be serving until September. Whilst we were having tea a young lady was asking about the mulberry tree mentioned in last week’s pump column, she said mulberry trees were rare and was interested to learn there was one in Falmer, I told her about two others, not as old as the one in Falmer, in the grounds of the University of Sussex, and off the young lady went to find them.

CHERRIES: We have been so fortunate with this year’s summer weather, and last week six of us villagers went off to Northiam to pick the cherries off the two trees we rent. We were well pleased with the crop this year, and harvested 80lbs off just one tree. My daughter came with us this year, and we welcomed her height, being tall she was able to reach the top of the trees. It was a lovely day ending in a picnic in my brother’s garden, not four miles away from the cherry farm. What do we do with all those cherries? A lot get shared around, which gives us all great pleasure, there’s still lots in the freezer to make pies and tarts.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL: Monday will be the Patronal Festival of St Laurence, there will be a Eucharist at 7.30pm followed by a bring and share supper in the Parish Hall. The guest preacher will be Fr Martin Morgan, Vicar of Rottingdean. All are welcome to join us.


FARMERS’ MARKET: At the Farmers’ Market tomorrow, Saturday, on the Cattle Market site in Market Street, Community Chef Olly Dawson will be coming along to give a cookery demonstration and free tasters using market produce. Cuckmere Buses will be using Hailsham Farmers’ Market for the foreseeable future to promote this local service and there will usually be a bus available for prospective volunteers to have-a-go. An information stand at the Town Council’s Charter Market on that day will offer a chance to win Farmers’ Market Produce and samples. General and all other enquiries from crafters and producers to the Farmers’ Market Manager on 07887 910150.

ST MARY’S: This is the Eighth Sunday after Trinity. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am there is a Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Deborah and Barak: ruling and rescuing. The visiting preacher is Michael Wilcock. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, A Model for Ministry. There is Holy Communion at 2.45pm at Emmanuel Church. 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.

MURDER MYSTERY: Tomorrow, Saturday, doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start for a Murder Mystery play. Find out Who Done it? at The Charles Hunt Centre. Ample free parking nearby. Entry is £6.50 a head to include a ploughman’s supper reduced price for 12 to 16 year olds at £2.50. Raffle. Tickets in advance from Joy Bowdery, 01323 840 382, or on the night. In aid of Environment Hailsham that makes our town look so lovely with all the planters and hanging baskets. This event will help buy more compost, seeds and plants etc to help improve our town.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Daphne (01323 845055) is leading a five-mile Brightling Woods circular. This walk could be muddy if wet. There is the shorter Seaford town Heritage Walk with Jackie and Sid (01323 841995) also on Wednesday. If you would like to go on either of these walks with the Hailsham Ramblers, please contact the walk leader for the details or ramblers secretary Gill on 843530.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Bond will be holding a meeting in Ersham Road from Palmers Row properties to the junction of Sandbanks Way on Wednesday from 7pm to 7.30pm and then on Thursday from 7pm to 7.30 in Ersham Road from properties from 2 to 62. This will give local residents the opportunity to meet her and talk about any concerns or issues they may be having where they live. This does not have to be simply police related.

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday top maestro Chris Powell will be making a return visit playing your kind of music and 100 percent live too at the Charles Hunt Centre. All shows on the second Wednesday of each month. There is plentiful free parking very close to the venue. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Non-members are very welcome, just turn up and pay at the door. Further information can be had from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

BONFIRE BINGO: It’s not long now before the next Hailsham Bonfire Society celebration on October 18 so go a long and support them and have a fun evening at the Charles Hunt Centre next Friday, August 15. Doors open at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

HOPS OPEN DAY: Everyone is welcome at the Pavilion for their Open Day, Coffee Morning and walking treasure hunt from 10am to noon on Saturday August 16.

WW1 COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE: On August 3, Hailsham was led by the Mayor of Hailsham, Councillor Jo Bentley in a Commemorative Service for the commencement of World War 1, supported by representatives of Wealden District Council, Hailsham Town Council, RAF Association, Hailsham Rotary Club, Hailsham Royal British Legion, No 19 Hailsham Platoon Sussex Army Cadets, No 249 (Hailsham) Squadron Air Cadets, Hailsham Memorial Institute Club, Hailsham Club (formerly Old Comrades Club), The Red Cross, Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society, Michelham Priory Lodge No 5059 of the Masonic Order and very good support from members of the public. The 1066 Marching Band from Hastings consisting of pipers and drummers led a marching parade from the car park at the Charles Hunt Centre along Vicarage Lane and down the High Street to the War Memorial. The parade consisted of Standard Bearers from the British Legion, Army Cadets, Air Cadets, representatives of the district council, town council, old comrades and Legion members and the Hailsham Army Cadets and Air Cadets. The Service was led by the Rev Peter Clark, Hailsham Branch Chaplain and Secretary with Mike Weller, branch chairman giving the address. During the service and ably led by Rev Clark, verses from three well known WW1 songs were sung and enjoyed by all present. Last Post was played and two minutes’ silence was observed then Reveille was played. Wreaths were laid firstly by the Mayor of Hailsham on behalf of the residents of Hailsham followed by all other representatives.

U3A: The dog friendly walking group is going to Arlington Reservoir in August. Walkers without dogs are welcome. The quiz group meets on the third Tuesday of each month and the recorders group is looking for a tenor or bass player even if you are rusty. The painting group recently chose a summer scene, garden etc for their subject, the family history group recently had a talk on Rope Makers of Hailsham and a meeting where members discussed aspects of WW1 with stories from members whose relatives fought in that conflict and members who had been over to the War Graves recently. The U3A as a whole will be meeting 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: A very enjoyable Inter Club Competition entitled Garden Party was held in July in Hailsham. Members from St Andrews, Eastbourne, Horam and Heathfield, Willingdon, Little Common and Hailsham Flower Clubs’ had one hour to complete arrangements which were judged by Angela and Steve Merryfield. Results were as follows: Beginners: (Cream Tea) 1, Sue Cork, St Andrews; 2, Teresa Fennings, Horam and Heathfield; 3, Elaine Chapman, Hailsham. Intermediate: (Ring O’Roses) 1, Sandra Fleming, Little Common; 2, Gill Smithers, St Andrews; 3, Alice Stacey, Willingdon. Advanced: (Flower Show) 1, Janet Bailey, St Andrews; 2, Alison Tomlinson, Willingdon; 3, Marie Hayward, Hailsham. The winning club was St Andrews. Whilst competitors worked on their arrangements, club members and visitors were able to relax and enjoy a sociable evening including a cream tea in keeping with the evening’s theme and bought raffle tickets, visit the sales table and plant stall. 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 August 20.

FESTIVAL OF ARTS: Programmes will be available from local outlets from August 10. The website is gradually being updated with details of all events and ticket information at In the run up to this year’s festival there are several competitions you can prepare for. All are free to enter. Full details on the website.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Next week is our 50th Anniversary Week. To celebrate we are having, not one, but ten walks. Each walk will finish in Lewes and the total mileage will add up to 50 miles. We are all going to be welcomed by the Mayor at the Town Hall where we will be served tea and buns to celebrate. This will be followed on Friday by a 50th Anniversary Dinner at Pelham House so it will be a week to remember. Details of all the walks are to be found on our programme. Get in touch with one of the leaders if you would like to join us.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: St John-sub-Castro was packed to welcome Steve Daughtery’s installation by the Bishop of Lewes as vicar of sub-Castro and South Malling churches, as well as Southover. Lots of cakes had been donated and were devoured by the assembled masses after the service. Thank you to the congregation at sub-Castro for looking after us all so splendidly. On July 18 our eco team met the assessors for a review of the work we have done in the churchyard and we were pleased to learn that we have been awarded a second tier award. Some areas of our work were rated as outstanding. We will celebrate the award later in the year when we receive our plaque. The holiday club was a great success with over 100 children joining in the pirate fun at the church. We are grateful to the many volunteers who made this possible. Thank you also to everyone who donated Sainsbury’s vouchers to Southover School, which has enabled the school to order some playground equipment and a lot of cookery and baking utensils to use in class. Services on Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with choir organ and band; 11.15 informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

WWI SERVICE: Newhaven branch of the Royal British Legion is holding a service on Sunday in commemoration of the memory of all those from Newhaven and Surrounding areas who gave their lives for King and Country during the First World War. The service will be held in St Michael’s Church, Newhaven, from 11.30am to 12.30pm, all welcome.

DIEPPE RAID: The annual parade to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid takes place on Sunday when the town welcomes Canadian veterans from all over the country. The parade lines up at Denton Island at 2.30pm and will leave to march to the Canadian Memorial via North Way and Bridge Street at 2.40pm. The service, which lasts approximately half an hour, including the wreath laying, is at 3pm after which the Parade will march back to Denton Island.

COMMUNITY GARDEN: You are welcome to visit the garden behind Tideway School between 11am and 1pm on Sunday to have fun, help out or simply see the progress the garden has made. More details and directions on the website or telephone 07960090872.

VINTAGE FAIR in the garden of the Hampden Arms, South Heighton, Sunday from noon. Lots of stalls and it will be in the pub if wet. All welcome.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Meg Heighton will be leading a Slow Birdwatching Walk on Monday. Meet at Tidemills car park at 2.15pm. New members always welcome, please wear sensible shoes suitable for walking.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers. On Tuesday the evening is in aid of the Newhaven RNLI and will take place in the lifeboat house, West Quay. Professional storyteller Jamie Crawford will tell Stories of the Sea from his wide repertoire. If you would like to book a slot (10 minutes max) email Stories begin at 7.30pm and tickets are £5 from the Hillcrest Cafe (all proceeds to Newhaven RNLI). There is an optional fish and chip supper served at 7pm for an additional £4 and you book and pay for that with your ticket.

MADS: There is a rare opportunity to see our own local amateur dramatic society perform at Newhaven Fort from August 21 to 23. They will be performing one of the West End’s biggest successes during World War I, The Better ‘Ole or the Romance of Old Bill by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather and Captain Arthur Elliot. Performances are at 7.45pm and tickets are £10 (concessions £8) available now from the Fort, telephone 01273 517622.

PARISH PUMP: On Thursday August 21 I am flying to Amsterdam to volunteer in the media centre at the World Rowing Championships so could anyone wishing things to be included in the Sussex Express on Friday August 30 (which will include the Bank Holiday weekend) please email them to me by Tuesday night August 19 as I have to write it on Wednesday August 20. The first week of September will be as normal as I will write it on September 1.


MORNING MARKET is on tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre and will be arranged by the Labour party. Next week’s market is on August 16 and will be organised by the Peacehaven Cubs. To book a table with them ring 07798 635156.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Next week on Tuesday the Guides will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. On Thursday the Peacehaven Players will be behind the counter followed on Friday August 15 by INAA the local advice organisation. All are local organisations providing your refreshments and with your help raising funds.

FUN FAIR: Until Sunday the Bill Coles Fun Fair is making a return visit to The Dell, South Coast Road. Fuller details regarding opening times can be seen from posters around the town.

THINGS TO DO: Following on from last week’s list of organisations who meet regularly on a Monday in the Community House there are a range of activities on Tuesdays. In the morning there is a market and coffee morning between 8.30am and midday, also the Integration Advice and Access Agency are available to help with problems. In the afternoon there is badminton and French Language classes (organised by the U3A). In the evening there is another session of badminton, and later the Peacehaven Players meet and rehearse. There are also town council meetings in the Anzac Room at 6.30pm (agendas are displayed on local notice boards). The information office can provide fuller details for all activities. So there is always something going on. Next week I will provide details of Wednesday’s events.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Resident are welcome to attend and can ask questions during the first 15 minutes.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Polegate Wine and Social Club. All welcome in the lounge rom 10am until noon.

ANNUAL SHOW at Stud Farm Allotment and Garden Society tomorrow, Saturday, on the Lawns at Hyperian Avenue. We have a marquee. We have various exhibits on show for vegetables, fruit, flowers, cookery, handicrafts, photography, and art with a few stalls as well.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Linear outskirting Seaford, with Pauline S. Meet Chyngton Lane at 9.45am GR 503994. Bus No 12A 9.23am Terminus Road, Stand J finish noon. Hill Rise 4.5 miles, on short climb, leader at bus stop. Or, Brisk pace walking around France with Brigitte and Margaret. Meet at the Avenue 9am. Walk starts at High and Over car park GR 508011 8.5 miles, leaders at start. On Sunday, via Old Heathfield Circular with Jan S. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am walk starts at Rushlake Green 10am. Park around village green dry lunch. Eight miles. Leader at start. On Monday, the parson’s new breeches. Meet at car park opposite East Hoathly Church, at 10am some stiles nearly four miles with Rob and Barbara, with Polegate Strollers. On Wednesday, Pop in after the marsh. Meet at 10am at the service road, Granville Road, Pevensey Bay with Thelma. Three miles. With Polegate Strollers.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY timetables now available at Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, or direct from the railway, we are always looking for volunteers to join us, bookings now being taken for special events. Fish and chip lunch time specials are running on Thursday. Weekend, August 16 and 17, please bring along with you your favorite teddy bear for Teddy’s Day out.


COFFEE MORNING: Royal British Legion (Ringmer Branch) are holding a coffee morning tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall. Doors open at 10.30am. All welcome.

FOOTBALL CLUB: A new season is upon us and the first team have two home Sussex County Div 1 league games to start. They begin tomorrow, Saturday, with a home fixture versus Littlehampton with kick-off at The Caburn at 3pm and then on Tuesday evening they play Eastbourne United with a 7.45pm kick-off at The Caburn. Admission prices for first team games remain the same as last season at £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and there is no charge for kids, as usual. On Saturday August 16 the firsts are in FA Cup action with a home fixture versus Corinthian FC in the extra preliminary round.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing, 6.30pm Evensong.

U3A: Ringmer U3A is holding an Open Day on Wednesday in the village hall from 10am to noon. Read our latest newsletter and find out more details at

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday July 30, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Valerie and Peter King; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: St Francis v Ringmer 48-71; Ringmer v Deanland 63-71; Ringmer v Ninfield 90-56; Hailsham v Ringmer 53-81. We also had a friendly match with the cricket and stoolball clubs. Fun was had by all. Thank you for joining us.

Rodmell & Southease

SADLY Rodmell has lost another long time resident. Mary Claverley died recently and we were all hoping she would make it to her 100th birthday, which I understand would have been just a few months away. I have many plants in my garden which originated from Mary, who had the most wonderful border in her front garden at White Gates. She was still working on it well into her late 90s and it was much admired by visitors to the village.

FESTIVAL: I would like to say how much I appreciated a leaflet of notification of the Bimble Bandada Festival, held along the valley at the weekend. It very politely set out details to notify local residents that they had a noise monitoring team observing the event and reporting to the local council. A dedicated phone number was set up so that locals could discuss noise levels during the event. I did phone to wish them well and point out that people who are looking after those that are unwell and have businesses like B&Bs do find loud parties and events sometimes a bit of a problem. It is only polite to think of others, so thank you Bimble Bandad organisers. I’m just sad I could not find the time to go to it.

THE SUMMER SHOW takes place on Saturday August 16 from 2pm to 4.30pm on Rodmell Sports Field. Admission adults £2, children free.

RAIN: It was lovely to get a quick downpour of heavy rain on Friday July 25 and it really refreshed everything in the garden.

FRUIT AND VEG: Having looked at my raised vegetable bed, I decided the potatoes, which have gone rather wild needed to be dug. I was amazed at how many I dug up from a bed about 6’x4’ and they were of good size with not a blemish on them. It’s not been a good year for my soft fruits but I’m still making crumbles and pies from the glut we had last year, which I froze. The plums are growing in flusters this year, which means if one goes rotten it sets the others off, so I’m picking them early and ripening them off in containers on the window sills. The early blackberry pickers are out and about I notice and I’ve already been putting containers of apples outside the driveway for hikers and walkers and anyone else who wants them. The fallen ones go to my friend’s pigs.

FAMOUS: On Friday July 25 I watched The Who on TV and it took me back to the late 60s when I used to go to a pub named the Kicking Donkey at Burwash with Bill and Nellie Lyndley who used to live at the bungalows in Mill Lane. Nellie was related to me by marriage but always told people I was her granddaughter, I know not why. Nellie had been known as The Ragtime queen on Hull in her hey-day and had a great voice and a sparkling personality. She used to play honkey tonk on the piano at the Kicking Donkey and it was at the time, Roger Dultrey’s local, and he thought a lot of her. When it was their golden wedding anniversary they had a party at the Kicking Donkey and presented her with one of Roger’s records painted gold and signed by the group. Her granddaughter Jacky (my cousin by marriage) and myself, and some of the family, were invited to a party at Christmas to Roger’s house along with many locals. When I think back on my life, I’ve spent time with some rather famous people in the music world, and many are totally different away from the stage. The Abergavenny Arms used to have some famous people using it as their watering hole, such as Joe Brown the singer/musician and Freddie Jones the actor plus several others who have been famous residents.

NEW SIGNS: Rodmell now has, at great expense, a sparking new sign which was put up one evening last week. The wild flowers planted along the roadside verges have done well. We just need the verges covering road and speed signs cut, especially in the village where coaches attempt to get, not seeing the signs.

ONE OF THE CARERS who comes here, told Mike she has a depressed tortoise. Evidently he has lost his mate of many years. How does one know when a tortoise is depressed, I wonder. Does it retreat into its shell?


POSH TEA: Seahaven Lionesses are having a Posh Tea at Seaford Golf Club, Firle Road on Tuesday August 19 at 2.30pm. The tea is being held to raise funds for a Lions Charity called Libra. This charity researches into blood disorders and is based at Kings College Hospital in London. Tickets are available from Stephen Newberry and Partners, estate agents in Seaford cost £6. Why not join us and wear your posh frock and a hat. For additional information contact 01323 891750.

FOOD SWAP: The Seaford Community Garden, situated in the Crouch Gardens, was the chosen venue for the Seaford Summer Food swap on Saturday July 26. New attendees watched as regular swappers brought armfuls of supplies and displayed them on tables provided. Visitors to the community garden, open on Saturday mornings from 10am to noon during the summer months, were invited in to the classroom to sample some fare. Our food swappers equally enjoyed chats with garden volunteers Dave, Stephanie and Robert about composting and vegetables whilst sharing green fingered tips. This garden is a delightful space that everyone can enjoy. Our autumn swap will be held on Saturday October 18, the venue, yet to be confirmed. To find out more please contact organisers, Adele on 01323 492995 or Di on 01323 897897. There is also a website where you can view photos of our previous events.

STAMP CLUB: Seaford and District Stamp Club meet on Wednesday at 7.15pm for 7.30pm in Cross Way Church Hall, Steyne Road. The speaker is John Terry talking on German WWII Occupations. All stamp collectors welcome. Tel: 01323 890699

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

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 more information.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. The cost including refreshments, raffle and insurance is £5. For more information, please contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

JOHN PAUL MILLER will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CONCERT: The Gibbs String Trio will be performing at St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday. This is a return visit of the talented young members of the same local family who are studying music at colleges in London. Admission is free. There is a retiring collection.

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

POLEGATE WINDMILL: During the remaining Wednesdays in August the mill will be open to the public from 2pm to 5pm as well as the usual opening hours of 2pm to 5pm on Sundays. On Wednesday it is Art For All. The cost is £1 per child and £1 per adult. Resident artist Peter Martin will be explaining about perspective and observation so that the budding artists have a firm grounding to draw a picture that will always remind them of an enjoyable time at the mill. Please contact Peter on 01323 731514. On Wednesday August 20 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. Please contact Sandra Creasy on 01323 736899. All materials are provided for both events and include a tour of the mill. 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.

CAB: The Citizens’ Advice Bureau is at Willingdon Library on alternate Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am. The next dates are August 13 and August 27. Residents can drop in without an appointment to ask advice on such issues as benefits, debt, relationships, housing, employment and consumer matters. This is a free service with funding provided by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council. Volunteers are always needed and would receive training. For further information ring the Hailsham office on 01323 842336.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the meeting place by the twitten to Oxendean Gardens at 11am on Thursday August 14. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

READING CHALLENGE: Children can sign up to Mythical Maze, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at their local library. All they have to do is read six library books of their choice, collecting stickers and other awards along the way. This is a free service.

FAMILY HISTORY: If you are interested in family history but need help using online resources like Ancestry and Find My Past, Willingdon Library will be able to help you. Why not book a free session with their family history volunteers? Ring 0345 60 80 196 for more information. Some computer experience is necessary.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday August 15 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.

TRINITY DINERS: The next lunch at Trinity Church Hall will be on Friday August 15. To reserve a place, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. The cost is £5.50. Doors open at noon.

THINKING AHEAD: The date of next year’s summer fair at St Mary’s is July 18. It will have a Tudor theme.

PANTOMIME: Willingdon Church Players have chosen their next pantomime which will be Aladdin. It will be directed by Terry Harvey. The read through will be in the church hall at 7pm on Thursday September 11 with informal auditions at 7pm on Thursday September 18. Rehearsals will then begin at 7pm prompt on Monday September 29 when a rehearsal schedule will be available for Monday and Thursday evenings. The pantomime will be staged from Wednesday January 28 to Saturday January 31. In addition to the cast, help is also needed behind the scenes. Please contact the pantomime secretary Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901 or 07708 05 16 63 or email . This year, someone to co-ordinate the costumes is especially needed.