Parish pump Newhaven - July 11,2014


THE BELLS will be ringing out tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4pm in aid of St Andrew’s Church and the Sussex County Association of Change Ringers. There will be a Festival of Bells including a Bell Meadow Mini Ring (weather permitting), a Bells and Bell Ringing Exhibition, Hand Bell Ringing, Church Bell Ringing a treasure hunt and refreshments.

ON SUNDAY we are celebrating Bastille Day (a day early) with visitors from our twinned town of Veules Les Roses. There will be a French Market on the Tye from 11am; refreshments will be served in La Guinguette, a pop-up French Café bar in the WMH. From 11.30am to 1pm there will be family activities in the War Memorial Hall with games for children and parents. At 1pm will be the inauguration of French Market and Music Day with Councillors Nick Beechy and June Goodfield. French accordionist Sylvie Meheust will entertain and at 2pm the Fête de la Musique will begin and feature the Memphis Flyers, the Koan Brothers, violinist Helen Browne, the Octaves, Ian Meikle, Band of Brothers and many others. The day will end with a Bal Musette from 6pm to 8.30pm. The early time for a dance is meant to promote the Bal Musette as a family occasion as it in France.

SUMMER MUSIC: The annual Alfriston Summer Music takes place from July 22 to 27. Tickets are available by telephone pre-booking on 01403 276726 or from Much Ado Books and Steamer Trading. Full details maybe found at


DRIFTWOOD OPEN GARDEN, 4 Marine Drive is today, Friday, 5pm to 9pm in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

SEA SUNDAY Special Service is on Sunday commencing 10.15am at St Andrew’s Church.

OPEN GARDEN, Barrack Cottage, Bishopstone Village is on Saturday July 26, 3pm to 5pm. Donations at the gate in aid of St Andrew’s Church, Bishopstone.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be no Bishopstone Community Coffee Morning this month. The next one will be on Friday August 29.

VOLUNTEERS are needed for the Summer Fete on August 2. Please contact Jane Lucy with offers of help or sign up for cake baking and/or washing up on the list at the back of St Andrew’s Church.

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.

70 YEARS AGO this week a doodlebug was successfully intercepted over the Drove but unfortunately a Spitfire was lost in the process. Named after a harmless insect, this flying bomb was devised by German technicians who then went on to develop rockets that got the first American to the Moon.


THE FLOWER FESTIVAL is over, Wimbledon has gone and the last of this season’s Falmer concerts was performed last Saturday, and what a concert, it must have been one of the best. The standard of musicians we are so lucky to welcome to Falmer, is par excellence. On Saturday we were treated to Ellie Blackshaw on viola, Paul Gregory guitar, James Shenton violin and Marielle Way flute. All outstanding performances, the last piece of music was composed by James Shenton called 1. First Breath 2. Agitato 3. Salsa 4. Chaccone, and everyone coming out of the church was saying just how beautiful this was. Could we get them back again? It would be wonderful if we could. The next series of concerts commences on Saturday September 6.

EXHIBITION: We now, also, look forward to the bank holiday weekend in August and the first two weekends of September when there will be another first class art exhibition in the Parish Hall.

FOOTBALL: We will also be seeing the return of the home matches of the Albion at the Amex Stadium soon. Life is at the moment quieter early on weekday mornings without the footballers driving up to their training sessions, but we are anxious as to what will replace them.

RACE FOR LIFE: Sunday saw the Race for Life in Stanmer Park, and many of the competitors found the village as an easier access and parking place than getting into the park itself by car; they left their cars in Falmer and walked through the university to the park. We saw for ourselves the backlog of cars on the A270 held up at the traffic lights on both sides of the road, would it not have been possible to change the timings of the lights for that occasion to allow easier access?


FIRLE FEST: This year’s bonfire fund raising treat is tomorrow, Saturday, at the cricket ground starting at 8pm. Performing live are Brass Monkeys and Scoundrels. Cost of entry is £10 on the door or £5 in advance available from The Ram, Firle Stores and Berwick Post Office. It is a marquee event. There is also a licensed bar, hot food and it is free parking.

SQUEEZE IN FIRLE: It was very kind of Squeeze to do their warm up to their tour at The Ram last Friday night. A wonderful time was had by all who went. Thank you Chris and all your band members.


LEWES HISTORY GROUP meet on Monday, 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. The talk will be Racing into History – The inside track on Lewes’ horseracing industry. Lewes Racecourse is the fourth oldest in England and from the early 1700s until September 1964 it attracted top thoroughbreds, famous jockeys and large crowds of race-goers. In fact racing became the biggest employer in Lewes, even outclassing the local iron and brewing industries in the 19th C. John Turley’s talk traces the history of Lewes Racecourse and its impact on the town, as well as looking at some of the characters associated with this once-thriving industry. The talk is part of a series of events taking place in the town to mark the closure of the racecourse 50 years ago, including an exhibition at the White Hart Hotel on Saturday, September 13 and a parade through the town and a fete on Race Hill on Sunday, September 14. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday June 24 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 3, Peter Catermole and Jerry Emery. Thursday June 26 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Jonathan Hyde and Mike Keeping; 2, Peter Gannon and Nigel Osmer; 3, Margaret and Ronald Buddery. Tuesday July 1, Tuesday Ladder: 1, Rosemary Land and Paul Allen; 2, Peter Waters and Nancy Wiginton; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett. Thursday July 3 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Jenifer Wilson; 2, Lynne Tunley and Francine Talbot-Limbrey; 3, Margaret and Ronald Buddery. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Based at Lancaster, 14 members enjoyed a week of fine walking in fine weather along and around the Vale of Lune, organised by Ramblers Holidays. We were fortunate to be led on our walks by Simon, an experienced walk leader who also happened to live locally. His knowledge of the local countryside greatly added to the enjoyment of the walks. Two of the walks were along the valley of the River Lune where flocks of sand martins and oyster catchers were seen in abundance. A walk along the coast of Morecambe Bay ended at Carnforth railway station where some scenes in the film Brief Encounter were filmed. The final day’s walk was across some limestone pavements, with deep cracks called grikes. The path led us through a very narrow cleft in a limestone cliff, some 25ft high, where one gets to the top by way of the Fairy Steps. Legend has it that those who manage to get to the top without touching the sides will see the fairies. None of our group was so blessed. A good time was had by all. The day after we returned from Lancaster, Wolfgang led a five and a half mile walk in the Low Weald area, just South of Burgess Hill. We started at the Friars Oak pub car park in Hassocks and headed west through the grounds of Hassocks Golf Club (beware of flying golf balls). We followed drives, footpaths and a wide bridleway amongst trees towards the Burgess Hill by-pass. We followed the Tarmacked bridle/cycle way path which runs along the southern side of the road through parkland and out of sight of the road before crossing the A273 and then on to the Low Weald water tower. We eventually reached Oldland Windmill, a beautifully restored 18C working post mill in the heart of the glorious Sussex countryside and on the edge of the village of Keymer. After crossing the London to Brighton railway line we soon found our way back to the Friars Oak pub. Seven people enjoyed the walk, others were recovering from their exertions in Lancaster. The next walk is on Sunday, Plumpton, a flat five mile walk. Meet at 9.30am at top North Street car park.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH runs a community gospel choir who have reached the finals of the Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year finals, which will be televised in the autumn. Tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm they will give a summer concert in the church. Tickets cost £10 (£5 for children aged three to seven years) including a glass of wine or soft drink. Tickets are going fast. Box office: The church also runs a Monday Club, mainly for people aged over 70 who live on their own or have disabilities and who value the opportunity to meet others to enjoy a home-cooked lunch, fun activities, guest speakers and outings to places of interest. The club recently celebrated its first 20 years with a tea party at Buxted Park hotel for club members and volunteer helpers both current and from the past. We are tremendously grateful to the army of volunteers who have supported the club over the years by giving their time and talents to cook, drive, entertain and help in many other ways. We are also thankful for the grants and financial donations that we have received, which continue to be most welcome in assisting us to provide this valuable service to the community. The local police force kindly helped with the funding of our recent celebration. The club is still thriving, with a waiting list of people wanting to join. Don’t forget we are running a pirate-themed summer holiday club for youngsters aged five to 11 years from July 29 to August 1, 9.30am to 1.15pm. More information Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with choir, organ and band; 11.15 informal communion in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do join us.

COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning at Cliffe Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am till midday. Tea, coffee, merchandise, bonfire photos, cakes and tombola. Free admission.

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

CHARITY SWING EVENING at the Engineer Pub tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Swing and Jazz with the Surgeons of Swing. Raffle, barbecue, outside bar. Admission £5, accompanied children under 12 years old free.

SUSSEX U3A Project with South Downs National Park Authority are holding The Downs Natural History, Music and Arts Day tomorrow (Saturday). The U3As in Sussex with the South Downs National Park Authority celebrate the area’s history, natural history, literature, poetry, art, crafts, music, industry and traditions. U3A members and the public have a chance to see the talents of those who have participated in the South Downs Project. There will be fun and entertainment along with activities which relate to Sussex. The South Downs National Park Authority will provide information about all aspects of the Park and what it offers. Also taking part is the South Downs Society who undertake voluntary conservation work and organise programmes of walks and support the Park. U3As exist for the benefit of those no longer in full time employment, who wish to learn and keep active. Members share their knowledge and experience, and participate in a wide range of educational, creative and leisure activities. A great opportunity to find out more about the U3A and the South Downs National Park. At the University of Brighton, Checklands Building, Falmer Campus tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am to 3.30pm. Free entry for everyone.

DIEP HAVEN: Artistic performances will take place on the crossings leaving Newhaven on Sunday at 11pm and leaving Dieppe at 6pm. For further details telephone 07779 105 286 or click on to the website

COMMUNITY GARDEN: Go along to Newhaven’s Community Garden on the cliffs near Tideway School on Sunday and find out what has been done, have fun and help out from 11am to 1pm. All welcome. To find out more about the garden click on to the website or telephone 07960090872.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Tony Smith will talk to members about Life and Fossils on the Seashore at 2.15pm on Monday in South Heighton village hall. New members and visitors always welcome.

TOWN COUNCIL: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development committee will meet on Tuesday in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm to discuss the latest applications. This will be followed by a full council meeting.

MEECHING WI is holding a Ladies Day at Meeching Hall on Thursday at 9.45am. New members and visitors always welcome.

GARDENING SOCIETY: On Thursday at 7.30pm in the Age Concern Day Club on West Quay Jackie Aviolet will give a talk on Four Days at the Nursery. Non-members always welcome for an admission charge of £2 to include tea/coffee and biscuits.

FREE MICROCHIPPING by the Dogs Trust will take place in the Lewes Hut, Lewes Road recreation ground on Thursday between 11am and 3pm.The law is changing from 6 April 2016 when every dog must be microchipped. For further details click on to website

BOOT SALE at Paradise Park on Saturday July 19, 9am to noon, sellers from 8.15am. Cars £6, vans £8. No trade, food or plants.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest film Society presents Moonrise Kingdom on Saturday July 19 at the Hillcrest Centre. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965 two 12 year olds fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together. As the authorities attempt to track them down a violent storm is brewing off the coast and the peaceful island community is turned upside down. Visually stunning, this is certainly a film to see. The cafe opens at 6.30pm and the film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 each from the Hillcrest Centre.


VEHICLE THEFTS: Sussex Police are reporting there has been an increase in the number of thefts in both Peacehaven and Telscombe. One vehicle has been stolen and despite recent warnings other vehicles have been broken into and property stolen. In a number of cases the vehicles have not been properly secured. If they had been the crime would probably not have occurred and goods not taken. Furthermore this would invalidate the insurance cover, so the police would like to remind owners to ensure when a vehicle is left it should be properly secured. Meantime there have also been some thefts from garages, sheds and outbuildings meaning the loss of such items as garden equipment and bicycles. Please do heed the warning and if you are unfortunate enough to be a victim report it to the police by dialling 101.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, is in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre and has been arranged by the Dragoon Scouts from 8.30am to noon. The next Saturday market is on July 19 and will be organised by the Community Orchard Charity. To book a table contact them on 07932 448 721.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, Mencap will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Thursday the Seahaven Active Scout group will be providing the morning refreshments followed on Friday July 18 when the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) will be behind the counter.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: There will be a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, at 6.30pm. Residents may attend and ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: A final reminder there is a councillors’ surgery in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday. This drop in surgery is an opportunity to talk with councillors about local matters. No appointment needed.

DONKEY DERBY: The Lions hold their annual Donkey Derby at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday from 12.30pm. They are usually looking for children of a suitable age and dressed properly to act as riders. So if you fancy riding a donkey get there early.

PEACEHAVEN WI: It was a lovely warm sunny day for our July meeting. Arrangements were finalised for the visit to Windsor in August and a report given on our recent visit to the Shard in London, which was fascinating and enjoyed by everyone. President of Telscombe Cliffs WI gave an excellent detailed and amusing account of the National Federation Annual General Meeting in Leeds. After tea a volunteer member of the Sussex/Surrey/Kent Air Ambulance told us about the wonderful work carried out by this organisation, mainly reliant on donations, and how they are able to undertake so many extra procedures not possible by paramedics. No meeting in August. Best wishes for a lovely summer holiday, see you on September 3. (Joy Allen).


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

ANNUAL FETE day held at Polegate Windmill on Sunday. Open from 2pm to 5pm. Musical entertainment supplied by Eastbourne Band Con Brio led by John Purcell, offering a cocktail of jazz, blues and soul. On the mill plat will be games, stalls selling books, plants, bric-a-brac, cakes, tombola, and much more. Just come along and enjoy the fun. Guided tours of the windmill.


VILLAGE SUMMER FAIR: Tomorrow (Saturday) 2pm to 5pm at the village hall. Proceeds to be shared between the Village Hall Building Appeal and the organisations taking part. There will be fun and games, competitions, and a Grand Raffle. Prizes include two tickets to the Glyndebourne Festival; cash prizes of £100 and £50; a free gliding lesson and at least another 12 other prizes.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing, 6.30pm Evensong. Thank you very much indeed to all those who supported the Vicarage Fête either by helping or coming along. We made a bit over £1,400. A great afternoon.

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

SUMMER SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Summer Show will be held in the village halls on Saturday July 19, at 2pm. Entries should be handed in to the secretary at 5 The Martlets, Ringmer no later than 7pm on Thursday. The photographic classes have the subject titles My Favourite View and Animal Antics and the title for the painting class is Best of British.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Hailsham 61-76. Ringmer v Cross-in-Hand 65-66. Adastra v Ringmer 55-69. Wadhurst v Ringmer 69-65. The Bowls Club hold an annual charity evening and this year the charity was the RNLI. The weather was good to us and we raised £611 for the charity. A big thank you to everyone who came and supported the evening.

Rodmell & Southease

GALA CONCERT: I always remember something I should have put in the PP when I’ve sent it in. I meant to write about the great West End Gala Concert in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer in memory of Bernie Nolan, held at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. It was a great evening and the theatre was packed out. I hope the people I saw from the various villages in the area enjoyed it as much as I did.

LYME DISEASE: Someone in this area has caught Lyme disease so I’m told. This is particularly nasty disease that in the past could be fatal if it wasn’t treated quickly. Deer are a prime carrier of it, but cats, dogs, foxes etc can all carry it, as it is carried by ticks so do treat your animals with the appropriate pest deterrent and check them regularly. If in doubt see your vet.

BURGLARIES: There have been more burglaries in the villages recently, so do take care not to leave windows open (especially downstairs ones) and doors. Lock sheds and cars.

EARLY: Is autumn coming early? Our holly trees, red and yellow berries, have been covered in berries for weeks now, creepers are turning colour, my magnolia that flowers usually in September is out, and lots of garden plants have gone to seed early. Spiders are everywhere and I take a broom to brush them off garden furniture and clear the greenhouse and paths before I walk into their webs. I hate that feeling of being encased in their sticky cloying webs, imagine how flies feel. Hopefully they won’t start coming into the house yet. There has however ben a big influx of tiny moths in the house this year. I’ve never seen so many, must remember to shut my purse.

REGULAR VISITOR: I have had one of my regular clients back recently. He is a naked bike rider, we get them all here. I told him not to ride along the C7 without his kit on, as we get enough accidents. This year he was riding from Tunbridge Wells to Paris and yes, he did arrive safely back here on the late ferry ready to ride back to Tunbridge Wells the next day.

COLD CALLERS: I suspect a lot of readers are suffering the cold callers trend at the moment. I’m fed up with telling them that ‘no I have not had a car accident, having had a clean licence for 50 years, and no I don’t have a computer and I don’t need a loan’. They always phone at times when I am preparing or cooking meals or I am at the other end of the house and rush to the phone.

BUS CUTBACKS: On the subject of complaining, people are not impressed with the proposed bus cutbacks. For many people who live in remote villages with no shop, post office, bank, surgery, a bus is their only link with services, especially if they don’t or cant’ drive and don’t have a computer. Many are seniors who have lived in such villages for most of their lives and don’t wish to move away from friends and relations.


OPEN WEEK: Seaford Constitutional Club is holding an Open Week (July 21 to 27) to celebrate 40 years at the present site of the club in Crouch Lane. Many events through the week including a barbecue on Sunday July 27 and free Kids Disco on Friday July 25. All are welcome.

BANNER PARADE: The congregation from St Peter’s Church at East Blatchington on July 6 held a special celebration for all to see when they paraded their new banner on Blatchington Hill. It depicts St Peter with his net full of fish on the edge of the Sea of Galilee just before he was called by Jesus to be his disciple. The banner was designed and made by one of the parishioners, Aileen Murray, and after it was unveiled and dedicated, she was joined by others in the parade around the church perimeter. The parade followed morning service, and was followed first by drinks in the Rectory, and then with a bring-and-share lunch in the Hall.


COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee on Monday in room 1 at Telscombe Civic Centre and a meeting of full council on Wednesday in the Civic Centre Council Chamber. Both meetings will start at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning. The agenda 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

LESSONS: Free basic computer lessons. East Sussex County Council provide a mobile office service which visits local areas. It is at the Civic Centre from 10am to midday on a Monday morning. The tutor can teach you how to use a computer, surf the internet, set up and use email and use Word to write letters and design posters. Other services provided are free internet access, you can check your emails, get help with council enquiries, library services, join and collect reservations and free scanning and printing. No booking is required, simply come along and visit the mobile office minibus which you will see parked in the corner of the Civic Centre car park.

FLOWER CLUB: Just to let you know of a change of date for this month’s meeting. The group normally meet on the third Wednesday of the month, but in July they will be meeting on Wednesday July 30. The time remains unchanged at 2pm for a 2.30pm start at Telscombe Civic Centre. There will be a floral demonstration by a top demonstrator and workshops. Whether you are an experienced flower arranger or a beginner, there is something for you. For further information call 01273 586191.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the Tarmacked area to the rear of 180/182 Seven Sisters Road at 11am today, Friday July 11, and at the junction of Farmlands Avenue and Park Croft at 10am tomorrow, Saturday. 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.

SUMMER FAIR: A final reminder: The theme of St Mary’s Church Summer Fair tomorrow, Saturday, is The Swinging Sixties. The fair will be opened in the church grounds at 10am by sixties legend Dec Cluskey of the Bachelors. The rest of the programme will then be hosted by Fr Kevin Agnew assisted by Fr Michael Maine who will be joined by talent from Willingdon School, Robinsons Drama Academy, Willingdon’s own Strictly Come Dancing and SAMA Martial Arts. Performers selected from the recently held Willingdon’s Opportunity Knocks will also be performing. There will be a fancy dress competition, children’s sideshows, barbecue and bouncy castle. There will be a large variety of stalls with plants, jewellery, bric-a-brac, bathroom items, books, bottle tombola, tombola, sweets and toys, village store, cakes and patisseries and raffles. Refreshments will also be available. The fete will close at 2.30pm. The archives are also well worth a visit and will be displayed along the pews in the church.

ST WILFRID’S CHURCH is also having a Summer Fair on the same day tomorrow, Saturday, but as it doesn’t start until 2pm there is time to visit both events. There will be a large variety of stalls and activities.

EATING ALFRESCO: John and Maureen Males are organising a fund raising event in aid of the JPK Sussex Project. It will be held in their lovely garden at the Cottage in Dittons Road, Polegate, from 6.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. There will be a disco, sponsored raffle, garden games, barbecue and other delicious food prepared by Maureen. And don’t worry if it’s a chilly evening or even raining, as two large marquees will be set up in the garden. The numbers will be restricted to 70 this year so please ring John or Maureen on 01323 482011 if you would like to go. It is always a great evening. Tickets are £10 each.

GRAND BENALI will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

SUMMER FETE: Willingdon/Polegate Windmill will be having their annual Summer Fete from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. Musical entertainment will be provided by Con Brio led by John Purcell with mainly jazz, blues and soul music. Entertainment for all ages will be held on the mill plat, including games such as ‘ball in the bucket’ and ‘hook a boat’. There will be a large number of stalls including books, plants, bric-a-brac, tombola, cakes and souvenirs. Refreshments, including strawberry cream teas, will also be available. Guided tours of the windmill are just £1 for adults and 50p per child.

SOROPTIMISTS: The next meeting of Eastbourne and District Soroptimists will be at 7.45pm on Monday at Chalk Farm Hotel. The speaker will be Revd Jenny Yule from Eastbourne United Reformed Church and her subject is entitled Women in the Ministry and the Stained Glass Ceiling. New members and guests are very welcome. This will be the last formal meeting until September when Eastbourne and District Soroptimists will once again be meeting at 7.45pm on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. If you are interested in joining please ring 01323 769004 or visit

WILLINGDON IN BLOOM: July 7 was the closing date for the Willingdon and Jevington in Bloom competition. The entries are due to be judged by the parish council during the week from July 15.

RUDE MECHANICAL Theatre Company is performing The Wife in various outdoor venues in the south east of England. On Wednesday the company will be in the lovely grounds of Filching Manor. The play starts at 7.30pm but it is a good idea to get there early, about 6.30pm, to find a comfortable place to sit. You might like to take folding chairs and small tables for your picnic and refreshments or a rug to sit on. It is also a good idea to take a torch or lantern. There is plenty of parking. The story is about Alyson the wife from Bath and is described as hilarious but also deeply poetic and tender, all about love. Tickets can be purchased from Brains Butchers Orchard Parade Willingdon or ring 01323 501260.

AGM: The JPK Sussex Project will be having their annual general meeting at 7pm on Thursday at Edgmond – the JPK Sussex Project, 39-41 Church Street, Eastbourne BN21 1HP. Should you wish to attend the meeting, please contact Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or email at your earliest convenience so that the relevant papers can be sent to you prior to the meeting. Light refreshments will be provided following the meeting. The meeting will give those who attend the opportunity to speak to the trustees and their professional advisors and will also be an opportunity to see where the JPK Supported Living Centre will be developed.

THE PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at 10am for 10.30am on Thursday at the Red Lion. The speaker is Ian Oddy.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday July 18 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when Janet Pennington will be giving a talk entitled Travel in the Past. 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 July 18 when the menu will be fruit juice followed by fish pie or vegetarian cauliflower and egg cheese, seasonal vegetables, Bakewell tart and cream, and tea/coffee. To reserve a place, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. The cost is £5.50. Doors open at noon.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm on Friday June 20 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

SUMMER FAYRE: Margaret and Mavis are organising a Summer Fayre at Edgmont JPK Centre in Old Town from 10am to 3pm on Saturday July 26. Stalls include cakes, handcrafted cards, DVDs, books, toiletries, home-made preserves, handbags, crafts, jewellery, name the doll, raffle, tombola, soft toys, and teas, coffees and biscuits. If you would like to book a table for your own sales at just £6 please ring Margaret or Mavis on 01323 485617.