Parish Pump, Newhaven - July 26, 2013


SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: This annual music fest began on July 23 with a concert at St Andrew’s Church. Today, Friday there are two concerts at St Andrew’s. At 1.10pm talented young musicians from local schools in Sussex will entertain with a programme of varied chamber music and in the evening at 7.30pm the Navarra String Quartet, with Jeremy Young at the piano, will perform. Tickets for these concerts can be purchased at Much Ado Books, Music Memorabilia or Steamer Trading. Tomorrow, Saturday, a walk to Lullington Church with a picnic tea and the bonus of hearing one of the free micro concerts could be a perfect summer outing. Violinist Dominic Moore, a regular visitor to the festival, will be performing on Saturday, July 27 at 4pm at Lullington Church. The final concert will be at St. Andrew’s Church on Sunday, at 5pm when the Corin Long Memorial Concert will be playing some popular chamber music. This last concert is a fund raiser by donation.

FUND RAISING PARTY: To celebrate five years at Deans Place Hotel, General Manager James Dopson is hosting an afternoon tea party to raise funds for the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice. Entry is free but to assist with catering numbers please telephone 01323 879248 or email or visit the facebook page htts:/ 426319867481392. The party will be from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday. There will be a raffle and tombola with prizes donated by the hotel and local businesses.


GARDENS and medieval barn will be open on Sunday August 4 to raise funds for All Saints Church, West Dean. Thanks are due to Mrs Birley, the owner, who is continuing this 20 year tradition which has done so much to help maintain this 800 year old church in the Cuckmere Valley. The fete will include stalls selling plants, pies, books, bric-a-brac, crafts, a tombola and, of course, tea and homemade scones and cakes which can be enjoyed on the lawns whilst listening to the music of the Heathfield Silver Band. Opening time 2pm to 5.30pm. The event will end with Evensong on the lawn. Entry fee is £3 (children free). Car parking is free. It is not possible to accommodate dogs.

WI NEWS: The July meeting was a very informative and interesting talk by Mrs Asti entitled Motorina to Racing Driver. It covered all aspects of women’s involvement in the history of motoring. Motorina was a term used for a woman driver when she first took over the wheel, apparently to the disapproval of fathers and husbands. Women were also responsible for the invention of several of today’s standard car components including the rear view mirror and windscreen wipers. Mrs Asti showed slides of cars and famous drivers through the years and advertisements ranging from very discreet pictures of women’s clothing suitable for travelling by car. There will be no monthly meeting in August but the Alfriston WI will be entertaining a party from the Bexhill Day Centre for afternoon tea. The September meeting will be a talk by Peter Lovell on The Natural Year in Focus. All are welcome.


ST ANDREW’S Church Summer Fete and Afternoon Tea, Friday August 2, 2pm to 4pm in the village hall. Please bring your home-made cakes and preserves for the cake stall ready for the main event on Saturday.

THE SUMMER FETE, Saturday August 3. Donations of ingredients or money towards the cost of making cakes welcome. Fete car park attendants wanted urgently: volunteers should contact Sue by phoning 01323 491931.

LAST WEDNESDAY was the feast day of St Lewina, the seventh-century, first-female celebrity in Sussex. Her fame grew after her death so that some of her relics were taken from St Andrew’s across the Channel to found the Abbey of Bergues in the eleventh century, only to disappear in WW2. Her biography has also been lost, so she remains a bit of a mystery, which is now her main claim to fame.


FALMER LADIES for their July meeting, welcomed Francis Lacey Scott to talk about his work as a lawyer. The case study stories he told were so interesting, someone said ‘it was better than watching TV’ it was certainly entertaining. For the month of August there will be a day visit out to the Prairie Gardens in Henfield, it should be good.

MARY FARM residents, for the past two months have been suffering, first it was the massive delivery of fertiliser pellets recycled from human waste with its most unpleasant smell, and which is now being distributed onto the fields by giant tractors creating dust storms, and secondly to add to this the Electricity Board (what company I do not know) have at last decided to lay new cables to give the occupants a more permanent electricity source; for months they have been suffering with frequent power cuts. Again massive digging equipment has been travelling through the village with huge reels of cable. One elderly resident, who gave me a lift the other day, apologised for the dusty state of her car saying that she cannot keep it clean at the moment; I said perhaps she should have a word with the farmer once the work is all completed.

Glynde & Beddingham

SWIMMING POOL: With temperatures soaring over the last few weeks, the pool has been well used with waterfights as well as quiet adult times (Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10am to noon; Tuesday, Thursday 7pm to 9pm; Sunday 9am to 11am). There is nothing more refreshing than a dip in this spring-fed pool, so don’t forget that you can still get membership online at We are hoping the season will continue well past the summer, possibly even into October, weather depending. If you have ever wanted to have a go at Scuba Diving, a taster session will be held this Sunday from 11am to 2pm with fully qualified professional divers. For more information, please call 01273 858227.

READING ROOM: Yoga classes are held in the Reading Room on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8pm. Just bring a mat.

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of the parish council will be on Wednesday, at 7pm in The Reading Room. Villagers of the parish are warmly invited to come along to view proceedings.

FUEL CO-OP AGM: The first ever AGM of this wonderful money-saving group was held last Tuesday in Firle village hall. PC Stefan Bialoszewski gave some very useful and practical advice on cunning ways we can all protect our fuel, prickly hedges being near the top of the list. If anyone suspects their oil is being tampered with, please phone 101 and ask for the crime prevention officer. Many ideas were enthusiastically shared on possible avenues the Co-op might explore in the future and a thought-provoking evening was had by all. Thanks especially to Johnny Denis for organising this. If you live in East Sussex, not just Glynde and Beddingham, and would like to join the Co-op to receive regular savings on your fuel bill, please visit

PERFORMERS CLUB: This is advance notice of an exciting and fun holiday club for children aged 6 to 13 years held in Trevor House. Budding actors out there are warmly invited to join the courses from August 16 to 23 and 25 to 30. Have a look at the website or ring Liz Brice on 07751445115.

FLOWER SHOW: This wonderful yearly event is fast approaching and although there is no more stall space, helpers are needed. Please contact the committee at if you can help out. The all-day event and live performance by The Brass Monkeys in the evening will take place on the recreation ground on Saturday August 10.

CHURCH SERVICES: This week, The Rev Peter Owen-Jones will lead morning prayer at 9am in Glynde and Holy Communion in Beddingham at 10.15am.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday June 18 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 3, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. July 2: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Peter and Irene Gannon; 3, Peter Cattermole and Peter Waters. July 9 Teams: 1, Jill Higham, Pauline Brown, Matt Read and Di Johnstone. Thursday June 20: 1, Roy Skan and Frank Hibbert; 2, Anne Davison and Edith Jeffery, Ron and Margaret Buddery. June 27: 1, Nigel Osmer and Ron Buddery; 2, Alan Disney and Peter Waters; 3, Paul Allen and Lynne Tunley. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FARMERS’ MARKET: As well as the usual market in the precinct on the first Saturday of the month, Lewes Farmers’ Market will now also take place once a month on Sunday. The dates are as follows: August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and the Christmas one on December 15.

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP, on School Hill, is re-starting its Scrabble Group on Thursday afternoons, from 1.30pm to 3pm. Do come along if you like words. From Monday our subscriptions will be reduced to £2.50, as we are now half-way through 2013. For those who like snooker, we have a lovely snooker room with a ¾ size table. Call in at reception to find out when it is free and how to become a member. Our reception is open from 9.30am to 1.30pm, Mondays to Fridays, or telephone 01273 476463.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO morning service and Holy Communion at 11am on Sunday with Rev David Farey taking the service. Thanks to all those who supported our Tabletop Sale at St Thomas church hall last Saturday, making it a huge success; thank you Lewes. And for the diary, anyone interested in The wildlife of Lewes Churchyards or as they are now known, God’s Acre, on Saturday August 10, 1pm to 4pm in Downtown Lewes.

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

LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND Newhaven Fort tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. Multi period re-enactment weekend featuring groups portraying military life from Napoleonic times to WW2. Demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend. Limited free tickets available for Newhaven residents from Town Council offices but you must check today before 4pm for availability.

MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatics are holding a fund-raising evening tomorrow, Saturday, in Meeching Hall. Karaoke and Pimms evening 7.30pm to 11pm, all welcome.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES: Wave Leisure’s Summer Activities Programme is holding its official Opening Ceremony today, Friday, on Fort Road recreation ground, at 2pm. This is combined with a Community Games I am running under the direction of Brett Crowhurst of Wave Leisure. Today, Friday, there will be taster sessions of many sports, a barbecue and a bouncy castle until 4.30pm and it is free for all the family. This fantastic summer of fun for 5 to 16 year olds runs until September 3 with the official Closing Ceremony taking place on Friday August 30 between 1pm and 5pm when it is a Family Fun Day. There will be a Skate Park Competition and a barbecue. Pick up a leaflet at Wave Leisure Seahaven Pool and other outlets around the town or come down to Fort Road recreation ground this afternoon.

MUNCHKINS Parent and Toddler Teddy Bears Picnic/Sports Day takes place on Fort Road recreation ground on Thursday. Bring your own picnic and teddy bear. Open to anyone with children age 5 years and under, including older siblings, £1 per family. Medal and certificate for each child, lots of fun.

DWEEBZ FESTIVAL, Newhaven Fort Saturday August 3 10am to 10pm. Charity VW Show, family fun and live music in the evening. Tickets £7 for adults, £4.50 for children £20 for a family in advance from the Fort.

STAMP FAIR Sunday August 4 Denton and Mount Pleasant Social Centre10am to 4pm.

PLANNING MEETING Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development meeting Tuesday August 6 followed by Public Environment and Open Spaces meeting, Meeching Hall, 7.30pm.

THE GARDENING SOCIETY annual show on August 10 is at a new venue, Meeching Hall. Doors open 2pm until 4pm. Free although donations are welcome. The members will display vegetables, fruit,flowers,potted plants, flower arrangements and domestic items. These include jams, pickles, cakes, savouries, handicrafts and photography. Varied other stalls including tombola,raffle,plants, books and refreshments will be available with homemade cakes.

CHARITY BASH at The Engineer, Saturday August 10 2pm to 11pm in aid of Help for Heroes. Barbecue, hog roast, cake stand, coconut shy, tombola, raffle, face painting, Bambino Bop Dancers. Featuring live music all day from Badger Attack, VOX, Kangaroo Juice, The Firm and more.£3entry, accompanied under 14s free. All weather event. No dogs.

DIEPPE RAID Commemoration on Sunday August 11. Parade lines up on Denton Island at 2.30pm and at 2.40pm will march to the Canadian Memorial via North Way and Bridge Street. The service begins at 3pm followed by the wreath laying and the parade marches back to Denton Island at 3.30pm.

MEECHING WI: The July 18 meeting was informal and after the reading of the previous meeting’s minutes refreshments were served then members prepared their decorated hats for a competition to be held at a cream tea on Wednesday August 14 at 2pm. One of the members reported on her recent attendance at the AGM in Cardiff and arrangements for the visit to Finchcocks on Friday August 2 were finalised and that trip is now full. There is a trip to London which includes a visit to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and a ride on the cable car on Friday September 6 and a few spaces are left on the trip. The next meeting will be held on August 15 at 9.45am in Meeching Hall, when a representative from Edinburgh Mills will be bringing along goods for display and sale. New members/visitors welcome.


CINEMA: There will be a showing of The Great Gatsby in the main hall, Community House tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets are available from the information office at £5 each. The next film to be shown is Hitchcock starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. It starts at 7.30pm on Saturday August 3 and as usual tickets are on sale from the information office.

U3A: There is a meeting of the Peacehaven and Newhaven U3A on Thursday at the Newhaven Baptist Church hall. Doors open at 10am for a 10.15am start. The speaker is Clive Hamblin who will cover 100 Years in an Hour starting from 1900 through to 2000. This he will do with the use of newspaper items, poems etc. Members are asked to support this event.

NEXT MEETING: The MMCF (Meridian Mature Citizens Forum) will meet at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven at 10am (for coffee) on Tuesday August 20 when chairperson Kate Davies will talk about the Forum and also the East Sussex Seniors Association. Please make a note in your diary. New members over 55 years are welcome and there is no joining fee to belong to the MMCF.

CIRCUS WONDERLAND: The circus is coming to town at The Dell from July 29 to August 4 as part of their 2013 UK tour. The box office is open on site on Monday 29 from 9am to 8pm. Meanwhile there are in the information office £2 off vouchers. They are not valid for the first day but you can bring as many people as you like on the one voucher. I understand the Big Top is heated but in view of the recent weather I hope it blows cold air instead.

ANNUAL SHOW: Peacehaven Horticultural Society are holding their annual show in the Community Hall on Saturday August 10. This an open show which means that it is not reserved for members only. So if you have flowers or vegetables, painting, handicrafts etc you would like to enter you must move fast. Buy a schedule from the information office for 50p in which there is an entry form which must be handed in by August 6. However if you do not choose to enter you have not wasted your money because the booklet is your entry ticket to the show from 10.30am to 2pm.

RACE NIGHT: The Race night shown in some publicity as in the Community House on Friday August 2 has been postponed until 7 March 2014. Since you probably do not have a 2014 diary yet I’ll remind you nearer the time.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The bowls club will be in the Meridian Centre Community House today, Friday, serving teas, coffees and cakes from 8.30am until noon. Next week the Royal British Legion will be serving refreshments on Friday August 2. As we go into the August holiday month there are several vacant dates available. So if you want to raise some funds for your organisation pop into the information office for more details.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Peacehaven Scouts and is in the Main Hall Community House from 8.30am until midday. Next week’s market will be organised by the Meridian Athletic Football Club. To book a table contact them on 07811 195627.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting on Tuesday of the full council in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend.


TICKETS now on sale at Archer and Partners, 48 High Street, for Polegate Drama presentation of two Murder Mystery evenings, which will take place on Friday August 2, and Saturday August 3. Both start at 7.30pm. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets £8 or £15 for both nights.

ACTION FOR CHILDREN: The coffee morning held at Trinity Church Hall on Saturday July 13, in aid of Action for Children raised the sum of about £200. A big thank you to all who attended and supported this event.

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

QUIZ NIGHT tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30 pm in the Henry Twine hall, Community Centre, make up a team of six people at £2 per person. Light nibbles supplied, bring your own drink, entry by ticket only. Tickets on sale at the Centre office or telephone 484631. All proceeds towards the kitchen fund.


VILLAGE SUMMER FAIR takes place tomorrow, Saturday, in the village halls from 2pm to 5pm. Empire Dance are starting things off with dancing from local people. To follow them there are lots of stalls to keep you entertained. Children do remember to bring along your Decorated Wooden Spoon for judging and also your Painted/Decorated Plaster Gnome. Also any Grand Draw money and ticket stubs not handed into Freeman Forman can be brought along to the fair. This hopefully will be a great event attracting many people and providing a boost not only to the village hall fundraising but to all the local groups taking part.

EXHIBITION OF ARTWORK: The Lewes Art Club’s annual Exhibition will be held from tomorrow Saturday, to Sunday August 4 at the House of Friendship, School Hill, Lewes. It will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Entry is free and refreshments will be available. Lewes District Art Club was founded in 1994 and many of its 15 members come from Ringmer where it meets in the village hall throughout the winter. This year the club is pleased to be invited to exhibit in the elegant rooms of the centrally situated House of Friendship. There will be a variety of work on view with paintings in different media, including many of local interest. There will also be unframed pictures and cards on sale. Do call in and see the exhibition.

STOOLBALL: Ringmer Stoolball Club are hosting the Sussex County Mid Division verses Kent game of Stoolball on Sunday on the Village Green. The U21s start at 11am and the Seniors at 2pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on July 17 was: 1, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 2, Alan Disney and Hugh Griffiths; 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith, Roy Skan and David Warner. The club next meets in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 01273 814220.

COFFEE MORNING: Advance notice that the Ringmer Mothers’ Union annual coffee morning is being held on Saturday, August 3 in the Vicarage garden by kind invitation of Linda and Will Pratt from 10am to noon. There will be the usual stalls and of course a raffle. As this is the Ringmer Mothers’ Union’s main fundraising event it is hoped that it will be well supported.

BOWLS CLUB: The result of the matches played last week was: Ringmer v Newhaven 68-60, Ringmer v Gildredge 73-56 and Ringmer v Herstmonceux 61-78.

SUMMER SHOW RESULTS: Considering the weather we have been having the displays at the summer show on Saturday were of a surprisingly high standard. The flowers, vegetables and cookery sections were well supported and the flower arrangement section showed all the artistry we’ve come to expect from our regular exhibitors. The show was very well attended and there were the usual discussions as to why the painting and photographic sections hadn’t been won by their own particular favourites. Although there were a good proportion of new winners in the horticultural sections, most of the awards were garnered by the Meredith duo. Moira and Phil won 13 first places, four second and three third and were awarded four trophies. The Presidents Trophy, the Wootton Cup, the Ruby Anniversary Trophy and the Goldcliff Cup.

First prize winners were: Flowers: Roses, large flowered, E Bowler; one specimen rose, G Fowlie; roses, cluster flowered, G Fowlie; carnations/pinks, C Browning; hydrangea, J Fordham; shrub foliage, G Fowlie; flowering plant, J Martin; foliage plant, J Martin; sweet peas, C Browning; perennial flowers, P Ball; any other flower, E Bowler; bowl of mixed flowers, V Duckett; flowering tree/shrub, M Constable; a scented rose, G Fowlie.

Fruit: Strawberries, P Wieczorek; redcurrants, J Payne; gooseberries, C Browning; raspberries, P Wieczorek; any other fruit, P Wieczorek.

Vegetables: Potatoes, white, P Wieczorek; potatoes, other, P Wieczorek; dwarf beans, M Pattenden; broad beans, R Barton; cabbage, R Barton; lettuce, C Browning; peas, C Browning; bunch mixed herbs, culinary, L and W Pratt; courgettes, R Barton; cucumber, J Badcock; any other vegetable, P Wieczorek.

Flower Arranging: The Sparkle of Glass, J Miller; Blooming Lovely, R Parker; A Song Title, R Parker; Beach Party, V Duckett.

Cookery and Preserves: Lemon drizzle cake, M Mockford; granary loaf, S James, two vegetarian pasties, R Barton; individual pasta salad, S Tibbenham; tiramisu for two, L Pratt; three rock cakes, R Peters, jar soft fruit jam, R Peters, six eggs, R Hobbs.

Handicrafts: Painting, Memories, J Leister; photo, A Farming Scene, M Berry; photo, Tranquility, M Berry.

Other trophy winners; Norman Stacy Rose Bowl, most points in flower arrangement section, R Parker and J Miller; Meredith Rose Bowl, most points in the roses section, J Badcock and G Fowlie; Adams Cup, most attractive garden, V and E Duckett.

Rodmell & Southease

CONCERT: Lewes was packed with happy and well behaved people at the weekend who were here to go to the Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road Stopover. I had people staying with me who went and they loved it, and also enjoyed exploring Lewes and the areas around it. This event did a lot for Lewes and must have helped local trade enormously. On Saturday there were stalls, bands and other forms of entertainment just about everywhere. The whole place was buzzing. Lovely.

PARTIES: Now the warm light evenings are still with us, people will have their late night parties and events and enjoy them whilst they can, hopefully thinking of others who live nearby and who may not have the same taste in music as they have, so will be thoughtful enough to keep the sound down after midnight.

BUILDING: Why do architects insist on putting new building that look like container units or packing sheds in areas that are much loved by locals and visitors alike for the interesting architecture of our past. I used to do tours for American tourists and they always used to say, ‘how do they get away with it in this country? In our country we nurture our old buildings and we would love to have places like this to nurture’. This is why tourists come here. Please give us our traditional buildings so they blend in, and fit in with the area.

RAFT RACE: I went to Newhaven to see the end of the raft race on Sunday, having had a delicious crayfish lunch. Oh dear what happened to the Southease Sucks raft? When I saw it near Newhaven bridge the rowers were hanging onto the sunken raft for dear life but were still laughing and having fun and at least they were keeping cool. I have no idea who the crew were but they were great to take on the trip. Congratulations to all rafters who gave Joe Public so much entertainment and supported charities. Well done.

SADLY today I will be going to two funerals, one is my god-daughter’s father who was a good friend of my fathers and he was a well known and much respected local farmer, Henry Ernest McDavitt, known as Dennis. The other is for one of my mothers long time friends from Brighton and as it happens they are both in the same area on the same day, but fortunately at different times. I feel I’m becoming a professional mourner these days as I’ve been to so many friends funerals in the past five years. Dennis was at Park Wall Farm, Falmer for many years. I hope to write a piece about him in next week’s column.

I WAS VERY INTERESTED to read about Mavis Clark’s sighting of the black puma. As these sightings have been going on for years it makes one think that there must be a hidden breeding colony somewhere. I’ve known people who have seen pumas in the last 20 years or so in this area.

STARLINGS: What has happened to the starlings this year? I’ve not seen any in my garden. We seem to have an influx of glow worms which I haven’t seen for many years around here.


BINGO EVENING: Don’t forget bingo tonight, Friday, at Telscombe Civic Centre, 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. 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: There will be a meeting of the Amenities and Civic Centre Committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 at Telscombe Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda will be displayed in the usual way.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WISH HILL POST OFFICE: There was quite a crowd to see local ventriloquist Steve Hewlett officially open the newly renamed Wish Hill Post Office on July 22. Steve’s dummy Arthur Lager was there to accompany him to the delight of everyone present. Also at the opening ceremony was chairman of the county council Cllr Colin Belsey and Kitty del-Lungo, who is retiring from running the post office in Freshwater Square, and her son-in-law Colin Manktelow. As there will no longer be a post office in Freshwater Square, Colin will be helping out part-time at Wish Hill Post Office. Andrea Etwell who runs the village shop is delighted that it has once again become a post office. Since its forced closure in May 2008, she has continually aimed to get the post office re-established and despite its new name, customers can expect the same friendly service that they have always enjoyed from her and her team. With the longer opening hours of 9am to 5.30pm Mondays to Fridays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays and with enhanced services on offer such as road fund licences, Andrea looks forward to welcoming customers new and old.

ALFRESCO DINING and Auction has now become an annual event by kind permission of Maureen and John Males in their lovely garden at The Cottage Dittons Road Polegate. It is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which has now obtained planning permission to build a supported residential centre for adults with a learning disability. The event will be held from 6pm tomorrow, Saturday. Patrick Parker will be auctioneering in his own inimitable style so you could pick up a real bargain as the bidding moves fast. There will be live music, dancing, informal cuisine and a bar. Marquees will be set up so there is no fear of getting wet if the weather is inclement. Parking is available in Shephams Lane. Tickets are £10 each. Please apply to Jill Parker at 7 Wannock Avenue Lower Willingdon BN20 9RP stating if you will be joining friends, to ensure that you will all be seated at the same table. Alternatively ring 01323 486179. Cheques should be made payable to The JPK Sussex Project.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: Today, Friday, Neil Barton will be demonstrating how to draw caricatures. Take paper and pencils if you wish to have a go. The meeting will be held from 7pm to 9pm at Wannock Hall. Visitors are welcome to these monthly meetings. Admission is £3.

A FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS will be held at St Andrews United Reformed Church today, Friday, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. The event will be opened at 10.30am on today by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd. Morning coffees, lunches and teas will be available on the Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. St Andrews in Blackwater Road is a sister church to Trinity Church and share the same minister Rev David Yule.

MONSTERS OF ROCK Summer School is a really exciting project for young people who have some musical ability. From Monday July 29 to Friday August 2 a Monster Rock Summer School will be held in the drama studio at Willingdon Community School under the Sussex Rocks banner. The course will be held every day from 10am to 4pm. It is intended for young people aged between 10 and 18 years. The idea is that young instrumentalists can be part of a rock band and bring along their own instruments such as guitars, keyboards, amplifiers and drums and will receive expert tuition. This was the brain child of Jacqui Crowther and her 15 year old son Lawrence. Lawrence took part in a similar scheme in the West Country in 2011. He loved it and learnt a lot but it proved to be very expensive as accommodation and travel had to be taken into account. Last year Jacqui set up her own Summer School in Willingdon which went well and some of the participants will be returning this year, but there is still room for others. This year there will be additional tutors, specialising in guitar and drums as well as a singing teacher. Lawrence aims to be an opera singer and has already performed in several events at Glyndebourne. The course is £150. To find out more ring 01323 487780 or 07746 770877 or visit

THE WHEATSHEAF: John Paul Miller will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. The Wheatsheaf quiz is on Tuesday starting at 8.30pm. Wednesday is open mic night when talented and enthusiastic singers and instrumentalists can entertain the customers from 8pm.

POLEGATE WINDMILL held their summer fete on July 14 on a very hot sunny day. £500 was raised and everyone enjoyed the music provided by the talented group Con Brio. The mill will be open this Sunday from 2pm to 5pm.

DANGEROUS ROAD: Some of the members of Jevington and Filching Residents Association will be meeting a traffic calming consultant on July 29 to discuss the problems of speeding along Jevington Road. Some of the residents have already been trained to speed watch and are already monitoring those who are exceeding the speed limit or driving dangerously. One of the issues is also that the pull-ins haven’t been cleared. This can cause a further hazard when drivers are trying to pull over to allow more room for the on-coming traffic.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will stage an outdoor production of Harlequin goes to the Moon in the lovely grounds of Filching Manor on Wednesday. The audience is advised to be there early, about 6pm, take chairs and possibly a small folding table or rugs and extra clothing in case it gets chilly. Take a picnic and drink. A torch or lantern would also be useful. There is ample parking space in the grounds of Filching Manor. The performance itself starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 for adults, £11 for seniors, £9 for students and £6 for children aged 7 to 17 years, and group concessions. Tickets can be bought at or on the night (no concessions).