Parish pump Newhaven - June 13 2014


CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society is holding its Early Summer Show tomorrow, Saturday, at the War Memorial Hall from 1pm to 5pm. The early summer show is always a treat and a chance to gain ideas for one’s own growing ambitions. Last Saturday the society held its members-only open garden when there was an opportunity to have a look at a well stocked garden and talk to Deborah Covas about her plants. This occasion never disappoints. The early morning weather produced thunder and lightning and heavy rain but by 10am the sky was blue, the sun shining and once again the open garden meeting was a lively affair in a lovely setting. It is acknowledged that inviting a group of people in to one’s garden can mean a lot of hard work in preparation, but it is always appreciated and was so again this year.

SUSSEX DAY: Alfriston is marking Sussex Day on Sunday, when there will be a celebration of everything Sussex. From 11am onwards there is a family fun day planned which will include an Historic Walk, storytelling, music, Maypole Dancing, Morris Dancing, children’s activities, a hog roast crafts and stalls and much more. June 16 is the official date for Sussex Day, chosen because it is St. Richard’s Day, which marks the life of St Richard, Bishop of Chichester 1245 to 1253. However, many Alfriston residents are at work or school on the official date so this event is being held on Sunday in the village. All are welcome.


TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, email Jim Skinner (

SAILING CLUB: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club Sunday Series starts on Sunday at 7.30pm in the bay by Marine Parade (see website at Club races are on Wednesday, starting at 7.30pm in the bay by Marine Parade.

STRAWBERRY CREAM TEAS: Wendy’s famous strawberry cream teas will be on Saturday June 21, 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Parish Hall. Tickets £3.95, available from Wendy. This event is in support of Christian Aid.

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.

QUERY: In response to a query ‘When did the dinosaurs die out?’ the answer is between the top of the chalk and the brown sediment on top of Seaford and Newhaven cliffs; their feathered descendants are still nesting there.


CONCERT: We were treated to our yearly concert by the Pastores Ensemble last Saturday. I really look forward to hearing this music. Although the group all play early instruments they don’t necessarily stick to early music in their repertoire. This concert featured the premiere of a piece by the group’s director, Robert Carrington, called Falmer Pond which I thought was really delightful. We have one more concert to look forward to this month on June 28 when Karen Rash on Flute and Hugh O’Neal on Piano will be playing Bach and other composers old and new. This concert is on the Saturday of our Flower Festival so you can come and enjoy the stalls, games and refreshments then come and look at the flowers in church before settling down to listen to some music. The perfect afternoon out.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: I am very glad that some of you were inspired to do a flower arrangement at the Falmer Flower Festival, June 28 and 29. We will still be happy to have more flower arrangers. We’d also be happy to have more stallholders either to help out or to rent a table yourself and sell your own wares. It is only £10 a day to rent, cheaper than a car boot sale and more fun. If you would like to help or to rent do give us a call, the number is at the bottom of this page.

EVENSONG: We were very pleased to welcome the choir of St Luke’s to St Laurence last Sunday to provide some wonderful singing at the evensong service. We all had a splendid tea at the vicarage before making our way over to the church for the service which was beautiful.

ROD STEWART: The Amex Stadium will be hosting a concert by Rod Stewart today (Friday) and the preparations have been going on all week, including sound checks on Thursday. I am working in Battle on Friday and I am not looking forward to the journey home along the A27 as I think there may be considerable traffic making its way to Falmer.

HEROES: I picked up the paper on Friday and who should be on the front cover but Frederick Glover (known to us as John). John was shown standing in a field watching parachutists descend from the sky. John was in the parachute regiment during the war (having lied about his age in order to join up) and was dropped in Normandy as part of the D-Day landings. He was taken prisoner and escaped with the help of the French Resistance. I found it very moving to see all those veterans at the D-Day celebrations, ordinary men who found extraordinary courage and resourcefulness. John is very modest about his part in the war but it is clear that he was incredibly brave, and deserves all those medals you see on his chest in the photograph. We are very privileged to have his company at St Laurence.

THE ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE for Creative Arts. A lot of us here at Falmer have fond memories of the Gardner Arts Centre. At Christmas we used to be able to go and see a splendid pantomime and keep the children entertained. There were excellent student productions, interesting exhibitions, art classes and film showings. All this may soon be returning in the form of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts due to open in spring 2015. One of the means of raising the funds to complete the project is a portrait of Lord Attenborough with the names of contributors making up the image. The portrait is going to be hand painted in oils and will be presented to Lord Attenborough in celebration of his 90th birthday and the opening of the centre. You could have your name on the portrait alongside people like Robert Downey Jr, Michael Douglas, Kenneth Branagh, Julian Fellowes, Dame Judi Dench and others. If you donate more than £350 you will be presented with a signed limited edition print of the portrait and invited to the VIP opening.

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

FISH FESTIVAL tomorrow (Saturday) 9am to 3pm Huggetts Green, West Quay. The Dieppe Market, community stalls, children’s parade, live music, entertainment. Something for all the family. Go along to one of Newhaven’s most popular annual events.

WORLD CUP PARTY tomorrow (Saturday) at The Ship. England-v-Italy on a 120 inch screen. DJ Sam from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. 10.30pm to 11pm the big match build-up, kick-off 11pm. £3 a pint draught upstairs all night. Anyone wearing a national football shirt gets a free £1 shot plus the World Cup raffle with the chance to win 10 pints for 1p.

WORLD CUP: Watch England v Uruguay on Thursday and England v Costa Rica on Tuesday June 24 in the White Hart on their new large screen. World Cup Raffle with the chance to win 10 pints for 1p. For further details of these matches call Glen on 07769 223625.

TNG: The Next Generation is running a full programme of Sunday evening youth work for young people aged 11 years upwards who want to find out more about the Christian faith. Sunday, Breakout Centre, Newhaven Square 7pm to 8.30pm Youth Cafe. A fun social evening with table tennis, pool, music and a chance to chat with friends. Hot food such as pizza and sausage rolls. This is an evening for those who are prepared to join in a chat about the Christian faith. There will also be a Sports Group at Denton School on Sunday June 22 from 6pm to 8pm. A mixture of sports and games for active youngsters followed by a talk about the Christian faith and a chance to pray.

MEECHING WI meet on Thursday at 9.45am in Meeching Hall when Jill Rutherford will give a talk to members about the Mystery of Japanese Culture. New members always welcome.

GARDENING SOCIETY members will hear a talk by a fellow member, Forever Friends, on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Age Concern Day Club, West Quay. Non members always welcome for an admission fee of £2 to include tea and biscuits.

CHARITY QUIZ on Saturday June 21 at South Heighton Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm in aid of HCTP, taking disabled children on holiday to Llourdes. £5 a ticket to include food, bring your own drink. Raffle. Maximum six per team. To book telephone Tarina and Tony on 01273 612227.

FILM SOCIETY: The last film of the season is Volver (Cert 15) which will be shown on Saturday June 21 at the Hillcrest Centre. Kind, compassionate, tender film noir, from Spain’s internationally acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. Hillcrest Cafe opens at 6.30pm, film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £4.50 from Hillcrest Centre reception Monday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm.

THE TWINNING ASSOCIATION would like to thank members of the Newhaven Rotary Club, Newhaven Tennis Club, Newhaven Lifeboat and Meeching Valley School for joining twinning members, families and friends at their recent Quiz Evening. The support everyone offered made it a very successful evening. We hope to see many of you again at our next quiz in September. Thanks also to Joan and Peter for opening up the Hillcrest Cafe for delicious meals.


FATHER’S DAY: This important day is on Sunday. A card or a small gift will let him know how much he means to you. It doesn’t need to be expensive it is the thought that counts. After all we only have one father and I am sure yours is the best.

THEFTS: Do you own any of the following lawn mowers, pedal bikes, power tools, electrical garden equipment or quad bikes? Sussex police report that these are the top five items that are being stolen from unlocked sheds, garages, and outbuildings. There has been a rise of thefts over the last two months. You are strongly urged to mark these valuable items and there are available free marking kits. For more information contact Valuable items like jewellery that can’t be marked should be photographed. Marked items when recovered can more easily be returned to the rightful owners.

COLD CALLING: As you may be aware both Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs have been designated as no cold calling free zones. Warning signs will shortly be erected around the town to this affect. Meantime households are having stickers through their letter boxes to place in their windows. If you have not been given one so far there are a few available from the information office.

BLOOD DONORS: The NHS Blood and Transplant team will be visiting Peacehaven on Friday June 27. They will be in the Community House, Meridian Centre from 2pm to 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm. Regular donors who prefer can make a specific appointment time by calling 0300 123 23 23. Giving blood is quick, painless and easy but there is an urgent need for more people to help to save lives. So new donors are urgently needed. Could one be you? No appointments are needed so please call in to see if you could help.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre has been arranged by the Peacehaven Conservative Party from 8.30am to noon. The next Saturday market is on Saturday June 21 and will be organised by the local advice group INAA. To book a table contact them on 07596 589 577.

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

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Meridian Evening WI will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Tuesday the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) will be offering the refreshments. At the end of the week two churches will be behind the kiosk counter. On Thursday it will be the Church of the Ascension followed finally on Friday, June 20, by the Peacehaven Evangelical Church.

CINEMA: The next film showing in the Community House, Meridian Centre is The Monuments Men on Wednesday July 23 starting at 7.30pm.This is based on a true story of a group of men dropped behind German lines tasked with recovering artistic masterpieces stolen by Nazi thieves. Tickets at £5 per person are available from the information office.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: Remember there is a monthly surgery tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 11am. Town, district or county councillors will be available to talk about any matters affecting you in relation to the town. All discussions are confidential and no prior appointment is necessary as this is a drop in surgery.

TABLE TOP SALE: A local pre-school group have decided to hold a table top sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm at the Saltdean Lido. There is plenty of free parking available so why not look in and give support to this group.

BOOT SALE: The Butterfly Nursery is holding a boot sale on The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday. The gate will open for sellers at 8am. Gates for buyers will be opening at 9.00am and will shut at 1pm. There is plenty of free parking on The Dell itself but after the event all gates are locked so ensure you leave promptly otherwise your vehicles will not be recoverable until Monday.

HORTICULTURE: The monthly meeting of the Peacehaven Horticultural Society will be in the Anzac Room on Monday starting promptly at 7.30pm. There will be a talk by Joanna Wilkins about the Lost Village of Tidemills. Schedules for the Summer Show in the Meridian Centre on August 2 costing just 50 pence will be available. The members are a friendly lot and so new members are always welcome to attend the meetings.

CAMPER VANS: Local business Stewart Mouland is again holding their annual show at The Dell, displaying many models of these ever popular vehicles. It will take place from Wednesday June 18 to Sunday June 22. How practical to be able to stop and make a cup of tea just whenever you want it.


COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow (Sat) at Sunrise, Laughton Road, from 10am to noon. Entrance is £1, including coffee and biscuits (accompanied children free). There will be a raffle and bring and buy and we are hoping to have some plants to sell. Proceeds to Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. If you require transport please phone 812501.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Eucharist, 3pm Churchyard Memorial Service, 6.30pm Evensong.

CHURCHYARD Memorial Service is being held on Sunday at 3pm. We shall remember all those for whom we have held services over the last 18 months. If there is anyone you would like added to this list please contact Shirley on 812417. If wet it will take place in church.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday June 4, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Richard Newton and Alan Grindley; 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

RBL HORTICULTURAL and Home Produce Society. The garden classes held before the Summer Show are open to any member of Ringmer Parish. The classes include the best eco-friendly garden, the most attractive garden and the best kept vegetable garden/allotment. Entries for the garden section must be in to Albert Knight, 5 The Martlets, Ringmer no later than 7pm on Thursday, June 19 and the judging will be on Wednesday June 25. There are some beautiful gardens in Ringmer, why not let our judges award you a prize for all your efforts.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Uckfield 87-59; Maresfield v Ringmer 66-71; Newick v Ringmer 85-87.

CHARITY OF ELIZABETH CHEYNEY: This is the last call for applicants for the vacancy which has arisen in one of the two Almshouses of this charity. Older members of the community of Ringmer Parish are eligible for appointment. Application for appointment must be made in writing to the Clerk to the Trustees, Elizabeth Cheyney Charity Trust, Bethany, 25 Ballard Drive, Ringmer Lewes BN8 5NU. Applicants must state name, address, telephone number, age and occupation. They should be prepared, unless physically disabled, to attend in person. They may be required to supply evidence of qualification for appointment. Residents may be required to contribute a weekly sum towards the cost of maintaining the Almshouses of the charity and the services provided.

U3A LANGUAGE GROUPS: Parlez-vous Français? Sprechen sie deutsche? Hablas español? Then you need to practice speaking the language and what better way than to join your local U3A language group. We have French, German and Spanish Groups, that meet regularly in Ringmer, where you can practise your skills and have fun. If you are no longer in full-time employment then look at our web site ( or ring Jenny 814791 (French), Daisy 814859 (German) or Conchita 812190 (Spanish) to find out more. Perhaps you can help us run a group as this is a popular pastime as we need to increase some groups. As with all U3A activities there is plenty of help at hand.

Rodmell & Southease

SADLY Rodmell had to say a farewell to yet another villager on Monday June 2. It was a Celebration of Life for the late Simon D’Souza (9 December 1963 to 19 May 2014). Simon was a saxophonist, composer, educator and very well known Jazz musician which meant that at least 300 people plus came to his funeral. It was a lovely day and the church became full so quickly that the rest of us were out in the churchyard listening to the service via the loudspeaker set up. It was a very poignant service with beautiful music and many tears were shed at losing such a much loved person at such a young age, but as he composed some lovely music he has left the legacy of that pleasure for all to share. After the service we all followed the band who were playing great New Orleans type music and it was quite a sound and a sight for visitors to Rodmell and residents alike to see this great procession wending its way up the village to our pub. The music went on right until closing time and the pub was full to bursting. A great send off for Simon and probably a great comfort to his wife Susan.

IT SEEMS to be a time of great sadness and problems for everyone at the moment. I lost a cousin who I used to visit on the Isle of Easdale, Scotland, on June 5 and have yet another very ill in Alberta, Canada, as well as having been to a funeral a week for the past few weeks. Things have to get better for all those I know, many of whom are in this area. Let’s give out some positive thoughts to help them all and hope it works.

THE D-DAY memorial celebrations really bring home to us the suffering that war causes. I was so pleased that the sun shone on all those who made the effort to go to them. One of my relations was over there, taking part, as he is a pilot in the Air Force (he was the one who landed a helicopter in our field some years ago and caused a stir in the village). The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh never cease to amaze me by their stamina at their great age and I love the wonderful colours the Queen wears. For some however all the memories awakened are sometimes hard to bear. My mother was bombed out three times in Brighton and lost a dear brother in Italy and a cousin, who was more like a sister to her, in the cinema that was bombed in Brighton. Mum dislikes all that is going on at the moment for the pain it brings back and my father would never talk about the war or attend any parades etc. As a child I had a friend whose father was badly injured in the war, and the family had to vet all the media and newspapers because if he saw anything to do with the war he went into a fit. They did not get counselling in those days.

ON TUESDAY (which happens to be my birthday) Rodmell and Southease WI have a very special meeting. Sally Course will be coming with her harp which she will be talking about and playing. This should be an interesting and relaxing evening. Visitors will be welcome at 8pm but we would suggest a donation of £3 to include tea, coffee and cake.

JUNE 17 is quite a day for the family as my cousin Maureen shares that birthday date with me and her daughter had her twin boys on our birthday last year. As a coincidence my mother shares the same birthday, November 26, with Maureen’s husband. Keep it in the family.

OPEN GARDENS: I will give news on Rodmell Open Gardens next week.


FLOWER CLUB: Peacehaven and Telscombe Flower Club meet at 2pm for a 2.30pm start at Telscombe Civic Centre, on Wednesday. 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.

FILM AFTERNOON at the Civic Centre, 2.30pm on Thursday June 26. There will be a showing of The Lavender Hill Mob starring Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway. Only £2 per ticket and refreshments will be available. Ring 01273 589777 to buy your ticket.

MAYOR’S gala dinner and dance at Telscombe Civic Centre on Saturday July 12 from 7pm to 11pm. Two course dinner including a glass of wine plus live entertainment by Tim Secret and Elvin Pagely. Only £20 per person. Book now as tickets are selling fast. Ring the Civic Centre office on 01273 589777 to book.

WIN A SHARE of £40,000 for your community in the Zero Heroes Community Competition The race is now on for households to starve their refuse bags by reducing, reusing and recycling more to win a share of £40,000 for local projects. It will also help to double recycling rates and hit the target of 47 percent. How could your community use this money? Here’s just a few examples to think about: Transform a local derelict site into a community garden; restore a local wildlife habitat to encourage the return of threatened species; renovate a cold village hall or scout hut into a cosy, draught-proof community space. The Zero Heroes Community Competition will also give everyone a monthly chance of winning a Tablet PC or, if you prefer some cash, by simply using the kitchen caddy to separate your food waste from your refuse bags. Competition Rules: The competition runs across the whole of Lewes district’s 12 areas and covers every house and flat. To take part just reduce what you put in your black refuse bag. Recycle as much as you can using the kerbside collection services, local recycling centres and the new food waste recycling collection. Every week refuse bags are weighed from each day’s collection to see how much waste has been collected and it is divided by the number of houses and flats visited. The amount of waste for the last five weeks is taken (so one bad week does not mess up the numbers). For every 1 kilogram less waste per house or flat, you get 100 points towards the community prize and your area will get more of the cash. You can also get a bonus point for every 10 people signing up for emails (you can do this at or by writing to postal address Communications Department, Lewes District Council, PO Box 128, Lewes, BN7 9DB). You can get 25 bonus points by running community events or activities which tell people about reducing waste and increasing recycling. You need to tell us about the event in advance so we can come, join in and help spread the word. Competition ends July 18, so get recycling now.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

GARDENING COMPETITION: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is once again organising its annual Willingdon and Jevington in Bloom Gardening Competition. If you live within the parish of Willingdon and Jevington you can collect an entry form from the parish clerk Andy Beams at 3 Gorringe Valley Road or ring him on 489603. There are six categories. 1, Front garden, early blooming/cottage; 2, Front garden, later blooming, more formal; 3, Front garden, centenary gardens; 4, Front garden, unusual and novelty; 5, Window boxes, hanging boxes and containers; 6, Educational and environmental. Categories one to five must be easily visible to the public and judges and will be scoring for visual impact and first impressions, standard of maintenance, use of colour and design, the best use of available space, as well as special or unusual features. Category six must be able to demonstrate educational and environmental awareness and judges will arrange a time to visit. The closing date for category one is Monday June 16 and judging will commence on the week beginning June 23. The closing date for categories two to five is July 7 and judging will take place in the week commencing July 15. Entrants will be notified of the results at the presentation evening to be held in September and those who enter should be aware that the results and photos could be published.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PRIORITIES: At the recently held Willingdon Neighbourhood Panel meeting, thefts from garden sheds and outbuildings was chosen as a priority, and residents are advised to lock and secure items of value which should be photographed and serial numbers noted to aid identification if they are stolen. Another priority continues to be inconsiderate parking at Willingdon Primary School. Regular patrols and fixed penalty notices have been issued and letters have been sent to the registered owners of vehicles that have been reported and photographed parking on the zig zag lines in Rapsons Road and Wannock Avenue. A week long hi viz patrol was conducted outside the school and six fixed penalty notices have been issued for illegal parking. Parents and teachers are asked for details of offending vehicles with photographic evidence if possible so that registered owners can be contacted.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. This is an active friendly club promoting all forms of bobbin lace. All lace makers of any age are welcome. The cost including refreshments, raffle and insurance is £5. For more information, please contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

FRIENDS of the Eastbourne Hospitals are organising a cream tea and summer fair from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday June 14. It is being held at East Dean and Friston Village Hall Gilbert Drive East Dean. There will be musical entertainment in the main hall while guests enjoy tea and scones. Other attractions include a plant stall, bathroom stall, stamps, cakes and preserves, remade cards, tombola, Pimms, books, flower shop, silver and jewellery and the grand draw tickets. Cream teas are £5 or £6.50 to include cake. Advanced tickets are available for 2pm to 3pm or from 3pm to 4pm. Call the Friends office on 438236 for tickets or purchase them on the day. The Friends are raising funds to provide equipment to enhance the acute stroke unit at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

JEVINGTON VILLAGE FETE is being held from 2pm to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, in the Rectory Fields Jevington next to St Andrews Church. Attractions include Punch and Judy, craft stalls, plants, Jevington produce stall, tombola, cream teas, hog roast, drinks tent with real ale, fun dog show, ferret roulette, card stall, book stall, bric-a-brac, clairvoyant, coconut shy, Sussex cheeses, barrow of booze raffle, Matthews mouse town and express manicures and massages. Live music is provided from Hot Club of Jevington and the Gypsy Jazz Quartet. There is free parking. Admission is £2 per person with senior citizens £1. A matching donation of 10 percent of the fete profit will be made to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

BOOGERA BROS will be performing jazz, blues and contemporary music at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

BIKE RIDE: Willingdon resident Isobel and her daughter-in-law Donna, Dave Powell-Cullingford and Lisa Murton will be taking part in the London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday June 15. They are cycling in support of the JPK Sussex Project. Sponsor forms are available from Isobel on 01323 483274 or check out the justgiving website.

TERRIER RACING and lurcher racing and show will be taking place in Jevington on Sunday. Entries are from 11am. Entrance to the grounds will be well signposted. The event will be supporting Demelza Children’s Hospice.

SONGS OF PRAISE: A warm welcome is extended to everyone to come and join in singing some well-loved hymns at Trinity Church at 10.30am on Sunday. Refreshments will be served after the service.

WILLINGDON CHURCH Ramblers will be meeting at 10.30am on Monday at Chalk Farm before driving to Hellingly for their annual birthday walk from Hellingly to Hailsham along the Cuckoo Trail where they will have lunch at the George Hotel (Wetherspoons). Everyone is welcome including former ramblers who may just like to meet at the George between noon and 12.30pm.

STEVE HEWLETT ventriloquist from Britain’s Got Talent is currently performing his hugely successful Thinking Inside the Box tour but will be in Willingdon to host the Opportunity Knocks event in St Mary’s Church Hall at 2pm on Sunday June 29. Steve’s role will be to steer the audience and judging panel, which includes the ever popular Rik Scott of Sovereign Radio. Places are limited so if you would like to participate, pick up an application form from St Mary’s Church, Willingdon Post Office, the Wheatsheaf, the Red Lion or the British Queen.

ABLAZE, the youth club for young people aged 14 years plus, will be meeting from 6pm to 7.30pm on Sunday in St Mary’s Church Hall where there will be rehearsals for Opportunity Knocks. The club meets on alternate Sundays. For further information please contact Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528 or Sue or Stuart Freeman on 01323 505833.

PRAYER WALK: Fr Clive will be leading the second of this year’s prayer walks with the idea of introducing a new companion to consider on each journey. This month’s companion is the Jesuit priest and poet Gerald Manley Hopkins 1844 to 1889. Meet at St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 6.30pm on Tuesday, when the group will be able to share cars for the East Dean to Birling Gap three mile walk. All are welcome.

PROBUS CLUB will be meeting at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday at the Red Lion Willingdon. The speaker is Dr Brent Irvine and his topic is A History of Research into Alzheimer’s Disease.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive will be opening its door to the general public from 10am to 4pm on Friday June 20 for National Care Home open day. Visitors can take a tour of the building and beautiful gardens and see the facilities that are offered.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday June 20 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate when Gewoffrey Mead will be giving a talk entitled Seaside Holidays. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

TRINITY DINERS: Now that the kitchen refurbishment has been completed in Trinity Church hall, the monthly lunches are being resumed. The next lunch will be on Friday June 20 when the menu is fruit juice followed by chicken pie or vegetarian pie, creamed potatoes with seasonal vegetables, fruit trifle, and tea/coffee. To book 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.

ART AUCTION: Local amateur artists will be displaying their work at the Red Lion on Saturday June 21. Viewing is from noon to 3pm and the auction, which is in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, will take place at 3pm.