Parish pump Newhaven - July 25, 2014


WI NEWS sent by Wendy Day: A large number of members and visitors gathered at the Old Chapel Centre for the July meeting and after the workman outside had agreed to halt their pneumatic drills for a while, Melanie Gibson-Barton was able to begin her engrossing talk entitled Bruges - Not just chocolate. She told of her love for the city so much so that she has rented a house there and visits every weekend so has been able to study the history, art and culture in great detail. Her pictures brought the city to life for her audience and of course had to end with pictures of chocolate of every description. There was even a Christmas dinner modelled from chocolate. There were whispers among the audience that an outing to Bruges may be a future possibility. After tea and biscuits (and chocolates) there was a short business meeting. Members were asked for volunteers to provide cakes and sandwiches and to help at the next Bexhill Day Centre tea in August. Future events were announced: an outing to the Llama Park in September, the Devonshire Park pantomime in January and Langham Hotel lunch in January and/or February. There will not be a meeting in August. The next meeting will be at 2pm on September 18 when there will be a speaker from the charity Canine Partners. Canine Partners train dogs to help the disabled and hopefully the speaker will bring a puppy in training along to the meeting. Visitors are welcome and a small donation appreciated.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL which runs from August 22 to 25 has published its programme which may be picked up from any Alfriston shop and the Eastbourne and Seaford tourist office.


GARDEN CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, is Chairman’s Evening, 4pm to 6pm, at the Croft, Mill Lane. Please bring a plate of finger food. Tuesday is a visit to Fletching Glasshouses BN8 4JJ. Meet there at 5pm or Barcombe Village car park at 4.45pm if you would like a lift. The nursery grows and supplies organic vegetables for selling on to businesses and Friday markets, and sells mail order potted plants. Members and visitors welcome.

PRIMARY SCHOOL: Wow! Barcombe Primary School achieved outstanding Sat’s results for 2014. It is also understood that the overall results placed Barcombe Primary school in the top few schools in the county. Many congratulations to all.

STOOLBALL: Our match at Adastra last Tuesday resulted in Adastra 95/10 and Barcombe 129/5, Angharad Hills 7 for 46. We won our home match on Thursday with our batsman, Nic Keysell, scoring 175 runs and being caught on the last over. She didn’t quite break the 1994 club record held by Amanda Ridley who scored 201 runs not out against Chailey.

BOWLS: Games in the last two weeks have been weather dependent. The return home match against Ringmer was cancelled due to heavy rain. This was a pity as we were hoping for a victory having won the away game at Ringmer. However the other three matches played were completed in spite of rain interruption, Barcombe winning two of these matches. Results: Barcombe 62 Beech Hurst 73; Maresfield 52 Barcombe 83; Saltdean 70 Barcombe 79.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Barcombe v Fletching. Fletching 180-9 in 50 overs: Paul Coppard 5-35. Barcombe 183-3 in 29.3 overs: Will Marler 66 no Josh Wheatley 55 Matt Tucker 31. Barcombe (29 points) beat Fletching (10 points) by seven wickets. ESCL Div 9 Mayfield III v Barcombe II. Barcombe 57 all out in 20 overs: Bob Page 41. Mayfield 58-0 in 6.4 overs. Mayfield (30 points) beat Barcombe (0 points) by 10 wickets. Sunday July 20, Barcombe v Presidents XI. Presidents XI 162-4 in 35 overs: Paul Coppard 2-15. Barcombe 163-5 in 30 overs: Matt Tucker 66 Josh Wheatley 35 Nick Beck 27 Toby Potter-Drake 11 no Cameron Pitt 9no.


CHURCH SERVICE: A short Open Air Service of Remembrance for anyone who would like to remember a loved one buried in St Andrew’s churchyard, Bishopstone, is being held at 4pm on Sunday August 3 in the churchyard. This will be followed by refreshments afterwards in the hall. The ancient St Andrew’s church and churchyard has a feeling of tranquillity and spiritual peace. Its setting is quiet, surrounded by fields and trees with a distant view of the sea. It is hoped that people will find the service helpful and uplifting. Everyone is welcome.

DRIFTWOOD OPEN GARDEN, 4 Marine Drive, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm as part of the Macmillan Garden Trail raising money for a new Macmillan Cancer Support Centre in Brighton.

OPEN GARDEN, Barrack Cottage, Bishopstone village, tomorrow, Saturday, 3pm to 5pm. Donations at the gate in aid of St Andrew’s Church.

THE SUMMER FETE is on August 2 opening at noon with the Mayor of Seaford. There will be stalls, games, Punch and Judy, Seaford Silver Band playing plus refreshments and a Dog Show (registration at 1pm).

YESTERDAY was the popular feast day of local St Lewina although there’s another one on August 6. She is the first female celebrity in the history of Sussex, despite very little being known about her except for her untimely death in the last years of the Dark Ages. Recently, Philip Pavey suggested she actually lived in the twilight years of the Roman Empire. Unfortunately this is at odds with her medieval reliquary which said she was a contemporary of King Egbert and Archbishop Theodore.


BIRD LIFE in Falmer is abundant, as you know, but we had an unexpected visitor last Thursday, a peregrine falcon alighted on the roof of a cottage near to the pond and, because of the tracking device attached to him, a bird rescuer had been alerted. He arrived with his own falcon and was trying to entice the first bird down by feeding his own bird on the ground, but to no avail. It eventually flew off to another roof location. It would be interesting to hear the final outcome of this story, but probably we never will.

SUNDAY TEAS are still being served from 2.30pm in the Parish Hall and if we are free, we like to participate, every week there is a different selection of cakes to choose from and after a delicious fruit and cream scone this last Sunday, we went to sit by the pond and suddenly the geese lifted off the water and took flight around the island and flew by for a royal salute (I can dream) and coming to land with a flourish on the water right in front of us. It made us smile.

OTHER BIRDS that make us smile are the woodpecker and house martins. The woodpecker creeps up the telegraph pole early in the morning, not far from our bedroom window and the house martins are in an out of their nest over our front porch, so swiftly in the tiny opening, they must still be feeding their young. Again we wonder if we shall ever see them, one day they will just fly off and we will have missed them.

TWINS: We were delighted to hear the news of the birth of twins, a boy and a girl, to Dolly and Jamie who moved from the village to live in Lewes quite recently, congratulations to them and to their other two children Alfie and Cadence.

SADLY life begins and another ends, we heard of the death of Margaret Woolford. Margaret lived in Falmer for over 50 years and only moved into a care home in Eastbourne after a stroke. Our condolences go to all her family.

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

MENCAP: Tomorrow (Saturday) Newhaven, Lewes and District Mencap will be holding their popular Grand Summer Fair at their headquarters, Riverside Hall, West Quay from 10am until 2pm. The fair will be opened by ventriloquist Sam Jones and Baby Leo from Britain’s Got Talent fame. There will be a grand draw, stalls, games, home-made cakes, refreshments and barbecue. Entrance is 50p, children under 12 years old admitted free.

NEWHAVEN FORT is holding a Living History weekend tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday. Multi-period living history event showcasing military life from Napoleonic times to WW2. This year’s event focuses on the First World War and there will be opportunities to get hands-on with replica uniforms and kit of the period. Normal admission times (10.30am to 6pm) and admission prices apply. Tickets are now on sale for their Centenary Cinema over the weekend on August 2 and 3. Classic films Wings and All Quiet on the Western Front will be shown on consecutive days. Wings is on Saturday August 2 and All Quiet on the Western Front on Sunday August 3, which will be preceded by a commemoration to mark the outbreak of war. Tickets are £7 (£6) for each film and are available from the Fort. Doors open at 6.30pm.

U3A: The talk on Passion for Piers by Jackie Marsh Hobbs at the July meeting was fascinating and interesting. What sounded like an odd subject turned into a very educational and historical journey through all styles and types of pier. The next meeting is on Thursday August 7 at the Newhaven Baptist Hall, Church Hill at 10am when Trevor Povey will give a talk entitled Lewes to the End of the Earth. New members always welcome.

GARDENING SOCIETY: Newhaven Gardening Society hold their annual show on Saturday August 2 in Meeching Hall. Free entry but donations welcome. Displays of vegetables, fruit, flowers and pot plants plus domestic items. Various stalls, including raffle and tombola. Open to the public from 2pm.

PARADISE PARK: Help the Heroes Day, Saturday August 2, come and meet the team on the HTH stand and support this charity. Blind Veterans UK will also be in attendance explaining the work they do locally.


BLOOD DONORS: There is another visit by the NHS team on Wednesday in the Community House, Meridian Centre. As usual they will be collecting blood from 2pm to 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm. With many donors across the country on holiday during the month of August supplies often get very low. So please try to remember to put this date in your diary. It is a drop-in session but if you prefer a specific time it can be booked by calling 0300 123 23 23.

SUMMER FAYRE: Remember the Peacehaven and Telscombe annual Summer Fayre takes place this year at the Joff Field adjacent to the Meridian Centre from 1pm to 4.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. There is plenty to see and do for all ages so make your way there for some afternoon family fun.

HORTICULTURE: Remember the annual Flower Show takes place in the Community House on Saturday August 2. A show schedule is available from the information office which will enable you to visit the event for free and why not display an item that you have made or grown yourself. Full details are in the schedule. Previous visitors will know that at the end of the show there is an auction where some of the prize winning entries can be bought for very modest sums.

CINEMA: The next film showing is on Wednesday August 6. A Long Way Down is a tale of Martin whose reputation is in tatters and career in ruins. He walks to the top of a London skyscraper with the intention of jumping. Tickets at £5 each are available from the information office.

PICNIC IN THE PARK: To celebrate the opening of Howard Park, Malines Avenue, on Sunday August 31 there will be a picnic in the park from 2pm to 4pm. So bring a rug, some food and drink and join in the fun. That’s a date for your diary.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre, has been arranged by the Mayor of Peacehaven from 8.30am to noon. There is no market next Saturday, August 2, as the hall will be used for the annual Flower Show. The next Saturday market will be on August 9 and will be arranged by the Labour Party. To book a table call them on 07876 561 880.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Royal British Legion will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Thursday Wendy and Jill will be behind the counter and are providing the morning refreshments in aid of a special charity.

CIRCUS WORLD: The circus is coming to town and will be on The Dell, South Coast Road, from Wednesday July 30 to August 3. Details of performances will be found from posters around Peacehaven or from the information office.

SOUTHERN STOMP: A trip to the Adelphi Theatre in London has been arranged for Wednesday to see The Bodyguard. Some people have had to drop out and the spare seats are available at £52 for anyone who would like to join the trip. Please contact the organiser on 01273 587714 for more details.

APPRENTICESHIP: The town council will shortly be taking on responsibility for the Big Park project. They are looking to take on an apprentice to help look after the maintenance of it and other council lands. Anybody who is interested in this type of work is asked to contact Steve Keogh at for further details.

RETIREMENT: On July 31 Georgina Bancroft is retiring after having worked for 19 years in the council offices. She has been a tower of strength during that time. I know that those who have had dealings with her in the past will surely miss her but will wish her a happy and enjoyable retirement.

DEPARTURE: It was with great sadness that I have learnt that Dorothy Sabourin has passed away. For many years she was the Peacehaven correspondent for the Parish Pump and her column was so enjoyable as she told us of the various wildlife that visited her garden. Ill health forced her retirement in early 2006. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Twinning Association. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon. On Saturday August 2 the coffee morning is hosted by the Ladies Circle, 10am until noon in the lounge.

WALKS with Eastbourne Rambling Club tomorrow, Saturday: The Magic Roundabout, four miles with Diana W. Meet at Co-op Albert Parade, Old Town at 10am. Refreshments after walk. Or, a brisk pace walk Church Parade, 8.5 miles with Naomi and Pete. Meet at the Avenue 9am. Walk starts at Arlington Reservoir car park GR 528074. On Sunday Footing it to Fairwarp, five miles With Graham T. Meet at The Avenue 9.30am. Walk starts at north end of Uckfield CP long stay 10.15am GR 472213. On Wednesday, Lullington Heath, Downs and forest, 9.5 miles with Colin W. Meet bus 12X 9.33am Terminus Road, to East Dean Village. Walk starts at East Dean Car Park at 10am GR 557978, dry lunch.

EXHIBITION of Fossilis by Fenya Sharkey. An exhibition of mosaic and sculpture held at the National Trust Visitor Centre Birling Gap until September 3, open from 2pm to 4pm.

SOUTHDOWN STROLLERS walk on Monday, Alfriston Circular. Meet at long stay car park at 10am with Alan and Rosemary. On Wednesday, Whitbread Hollow. Meet at Bedes School, top of seafront at 10am with Dorothy.

POLEGATE RAMBLING Club walks on Thursday include Leisurely Walk, two miles no stiles. Start at the Downlands Medical Centre, Polegate, at 9.45am with John. 1066 Country Walk – Catsfield, five miles with Howard. Mainly firm ground with a few boggy bits, gentle gradients, about seven stiles; or a longer walk of nearly nine miles, Round the Horn, circular walk from South Chailey, flat and a few stiles, take picnic with Mike and Bridget. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am. For more information please contact Angela on 504280.

SPA VALLEY special event August 1 to 3 a Diesel Gala, no steam. Sunday August 3 at Eridge is a Bus Rally. Whilst on Thursday August 7 Mike the Knight will be dropping in to see the children. Weekend August 16 and 17, please bring along with you your favorite teddy bear for Teddy’s Day Out. More info from

BOOKINGS are now taking place for Polegate Drama Group’s production of two murder mystery evenings on August 1 and 2. Please contact Archer and Partners (tel: 483348) at 48 High Street to book. Tickets are £10. Bring your own food and drink. Tea and coffee on sale during the interval.

COACH TRIP: Polegate Strollers coach trip on August 6 is to South Downs Garden Centre. Please contact Jayne on 482538 or 07739898276 to book a seat.

EVENTS for children at Polegate and Willingdon Windmill are held on Wednesdays. The first one, on Wednesday August 6, is Historical Cooking. Two sessions 11am to 1pm and 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. To book your place please contact Patricia Stevens on 734496. The mill is also open for guided tours.


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

COFFEE MORNING on Saturday August 2 at 10am on the Vicarage front lawn. This is being organised by the Mothers’ Union to support the work of the MU at home and overseas.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Ringmer Branch invites everyone who can to attend a short ceremony and wreath laying at the war memorial at 11am on Monday August 4 to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the First World War. We shall especially remember the men of Ringmer whose names are recorded on the war memorial. The Royal British Legion nationally are asking everyone to turn off lights between 10pm and 11pm and just light a single candle as part of the commemoration. Special commemorative candles can be purchased from Marks and Spencers with proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.

RINGMER HUB: This is an event held at the village hall where you can come and find out what goes on in Ringmer and meet the people behind many of the village’s clubs and societies. It will be on Saturday August 30, from 10am until 2pm at the village hall. Refreshments (hot drinks, cakes and ploughman’s lunches) will be on sale, and all funds raised will go to the village hall extension appeal. It promises to be a lively community event with more than 20 groups already booked, and we hope you will be able to join us on the day. We have space to squeeze in one or two more tables, so if your organisation hasn’t booked but would like to take part, please contact Liz Owen on 814220 for booking details and arrangements.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday July 16, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Hailsham 61-76; Ringmer v Vicarage 75-80; Rotherfield v Ringmer 73-59; Ringmer v Gildredge Park 69-55; Newhaven v Ringmer 88-61; Ringmer v Herstmonceux 73-62; Ringmer v Groombridge 68-74. Every year we hold an open triples competition. 20 teams came and played at Ringmer last Sunday. The weather was very good to us and we all had a very good day. The winners were Deanland Bowls Club. Thanks to all the people who helped on the day to make it a success.

VILLAGE HALL FAIR: On Saturday July 12 after two days of continuous rain, Ringmer was blessed with a gloriously sunny afternoon, just in time for the opening of the Ringmer Village Summer Fair held at the village hall. There were lots of stalls and activities for all ages and a great deal of fun was had by all as well as raising £2,658 for the Village Hall Building Appeal. Regular hall user groups put on fundraising activities and shared or donated all their proceeds to the village hall.

WI: The advertised speaker for the July meeting unfortunately was unable to come so initially Jay Kendall offered to give a talk and demonstration. However just before the meeting she broke her ankle rather badly and was unable to do this so at the last minute Anne Stamper stepped in. She talked about how she was involved in starting Ringmer Evening WI in 1967 and described the first programmes and activities and showed some photographs. Several of those present remembered those days and shared their memories too, like bringing logs to the meeting in the winter to stoke the fire in the (old) village hall. Those who had joined more recently were amused to see the photographs including tree planting, Charleston dancing, and pancake racing and to marvel at the changing fashions. Gill Noakes, who had represented the WI at NFWI’s AGM in Leeds, gave her report. Ringmer WI’s entries to the South of England show were on display with the mark sheets and judges’ comments (and as usually we wished to differ with some of these). The WI ran a very popular cake stall at the Village Hall Fair making a good contribution to the Village Hall Extension Fund, and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at Firle Place with Castle Group members. The next meeting will be playing skittles at the Royal Oak, Barcombe, on August 5.

Rodmell & Southease

SO FAR it’s been a lovely summer, but I’m afraid I find these humid nights rather hard to take, especially as this week flying ants have been taking off everywhere so I’ve been reluctant to leave windows open as they can be very annoying when they get into the house. It’s so lovely to see so many beautiful butterflies in the garden, some of which I have not seen for years. As a child who was always wandering through country meadows, I can remember great clouds of butterflies getting up from under your feet. These days just to see a few is something.

TEA PARTY: It was a lovely afternoon on Friday July 18, when my mum came, with other people from her care home, to a tea party I put on for them on our village hall. They ate their hearts out and sang with gusto to the old songs played on the accordion by Bernard. I would like to say a great big thank you to all of my friends who gave up precious time to help me. We had a marvellous selection of cakes and savouries and the tea pots were well used. It was lovely and really worth the effort to see so many happy smiling faces. Thank you to Lime Tree House, Ringmer also for the lovely flowers and wine which they presented my friends with on my behalf as I had to get home before it finished to be there for Mike who was returning from day care at Headway.

VILLAGE HALL: Our village hall is a great venue if you are looking for somewhere to hold a function at a reasonable price, and our pub will always help out with running a bar etc.

CHURCH SERVICES: I have been asked to mention our dates for worship: Sunday, 9.45am Kingston, Parish Communion, 11am Joint Parish Communion. Sunday August 3, 11am Rodmell, Parish Communion. Sunday August 10, 11am Rodmell, Family Service; Southease 11am. Sunday August 17, 11am Rodmell, Matins. Sunday August 24, Southease, Joint Parish Communion. Sunday August 31, 11am Southease, United Parish Communion.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI meeting on Tuesday July 15 went off very well. Lovely food as usual.

SUMMER SHOW: Rodmell Summer Show is on Saturday August 16. More on this later.

EVENT: Evidently Expensive Mistakes event held at Southease did really well. Congratulations to all organisers.


FOOD SWAP: Seaford Food Swap at Seaford Community Garden behind the Peace Garden, Crouch Gardens, East Street tomorrow, Saturday. An opportunity to exchange home made or home grown products with other local producers. All welcome.


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

COUNCIL MEETING: An Amenities and Civic Centre Committee meeting is taking place on Monday at 7.30pm in room one at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is public question time for a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting. Unfortunately the council is experiencing problems with their website and the agenda will not be able to be displayed. They are attempting to resolve this as soon as possible.

FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting of the group will be taking place at 2pm for a 2.30pm start at Telscombe Civic Centre, on Wednesday. This is two weeks later than normal, but just for July. From then on they will be back to the third Wednesday of the month. 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.

GRAND OPENING: Following a recent re-fit, the Goodfayre Stores and Post Office in Telscombe Cliffs will be having its official opening by the Mayor of Telscombe at 10.30am on Friday August 1. This will be followed by a fundraising barbecue where the monies raised will go to the Mayor who is currently fundraising for an electric wheelchair for a local girl.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

REPORT: What a beautiful day Saturday July 12 turned out to be when St Mary’s Church held its annual Summer Fair. Part of Church Street was closed to traffic, to allow visitors to wander freely between the hall and church grounds, enjoying the sideshows and games along the way and soaking up the swinging sixties theme. The grand opening was heralded by the popular Kingfisher Scout Band who led the original sixties pop idol Dec Cluskey of the Batchelors into the arena. Dec entertained the audience with his unique sense of humour and officially declared the fair open. There were over 600 visitors. Forty volunteers worked hard serving on the various stalls or running tombolas, raffles, games and activities. The barbecue and refreshments were also well supported. In the fair arena Willingdon’s new vicar, Fr Kevin Agnew, dressed in sixties style, compered the variety of performers as they showcased their acts. Harry and James Court, winners of recently held Willingdon’s Opportunity Knocks, sang and played their own songs, followed by runners up Willingdon River Dance Troup, and Luke Howard singing and playing guitar. Queen Elsa (Jenny Castell) made a surprise appearance. Willingdon School, Robinsons Academy and SAMA Martial Arts demonstrated their skills and the Line Dancers and Willingdon Strictly group showed the audience their dancing moves. In the afternoon, Chalk Hill Toddler Group led the adult sixties fancy dress competitors into the arena where they were sponsored to appear in the same retro outfits at the church service the next day. The calm of the church had offered a respite from all the activities of the fair and visitors were able to read through the archives on display whilst listening to gentle organ music provided by St Mary’s in-house organists. A record taking £5,373 was raised in the five and a half hours that the fair was open. Thanks was expressed to all those who had helped in any way, including local businesses who had generously donated raffle prizes.

HISTORY: Willingdon’s annual summer fair was first instituted in the 1940s by Mary Keef to raise money to repair bomb damage to the vicarage windows. Her son, Oliver Keef, ran it between 1989 and 1999, and her granddaughter, Serena Thompson, has run it since 2009 with a committee and the support of the volunteers.

SPONSORED BIKE RIDE: Cameron and Murray Ballard with friends Oliver Perrott, James Shrub, Robin Pyper and Tim Perrott are cycling from John O’Groates to Land’s End from July 23 to August 2. Their vehicle support drivers will be Tim Blois and Steve White. The distance to be covered is about 900 miles and the group will be raising money for the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. Cameron and Murray’s sister Jade has Down’s syndrome. Jade has always lived at home but as time passes she will need her own independence, and Edgmont JPK Centre at Old Town would be ideal for her, where she would have friends and a real quality of life. Edgmont and the site on which it stands have already been purchased, but more money needs to be raised before building the accommodation can start. For further information visit . And please donate by going to or send a cheque made payable to JPK Sussex Project, at 7 Wannock Avenue Willingdon Eastbourne BN20 9RP.

SUMMER FAYRE: Margaret and Mavis are organising a Summer Fayre at Edgmont JPK Centre in Old Town from 10am to 3pm tomorrow, Saturday. 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.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall when Norman Rossiter will be demonstrating an animal portrait in pastel. Visitors are always welcome. The fee is £3.

PRAYER WALK: Fr Clive will lead the third of this year’s prayer walks with the idea of introducing new companions to consider on each journey. This month’s companions are the Celtic Saints. Meet at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, at 9.30am tomorrow, Saturday, when the group will be able to share cars to the start of the three mile walk to Lullington Heath. All are welcome.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive will be having a Wild West Family Day from 2pm to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. Ride the Bucking Bronco if you dare or something a little tamer. Take a shot at the tin cans. Other games are available. There is something for everyone. Refreshments in the garden.

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

MOOD SWING is the name of the double bass and guitar duo who will be providing the entertainment for customers at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

A BREWERS’ GROUP has recently started at the Wheatsheaf on the last Sunday of the month. The idea is to learn about the full grain growing process and what equipment is required to make your own beer, and be able to taste the beers and swop recipes. The next meeting is from 7pm on Sunday.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday August 1 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Gill Homer and is entitled Bright Ideas.

THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION and the Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion are commemorating the centenary of World War 1 at 2pm on Saturday August 2 in Willingdon Memorial Hall. It is in aid of the Poppy Appeal. Rosalind Hodge, St Mary’s Church archivist, will be displaying First World War archives, and if you have any that you would like to lend, they would be very much appreciated. Afternoon tea will be served from 3pm to 5pm and the Downland Singers will be there to entertain you with First World War songs and poems. Tickets are £5 each. Please contact Val Godwin on 01323 503684.

OPEN GARDEN: The beautiful and peaceful walled gardens at Birling Manor, East Dean BN20 0AA will be open to the public from 11am to 4pm on Wednesday August 6. Limited wheelchair access is available. Birling Manor is signposted from the A259. The open garden is in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.