Parish pump Newhaven - June 20, 2014


UNDER THE South East Open Studios scheme we have two open studios in the village exhibiting art work. Jackie Hurwood ( will be open at 9 Kings Ride this weekend where examples of Jackie’s work can be seen with some items for sale. Opening hours are today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 5pm and on Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. Zan Stevenson also has her studio open at Ticehurst, West Street.

OPEN GARDENS IN WEST DEAN: Two gardens in West Dean Village will be open tomorrow, Saturday. The Long House and West Dean Manor will be open from 2pm to 5.30pm with teas, refreshments and plants available at the Long House. Parking is free in the grounds of West Dean Manor with plenty of signage to point the way. The entry fee of £4 will go towards the All Saints Church building and restoration fund. There are no facilities for dogs.

HISTORY OF ALFRISTON, a talk and slide show, will be given by Kevin Gordon on July 2 at 5pm at the Old Chapel Centre. Cheese and wine to be served with the evening ending around 7pm. Admission is free by advance ticket only to be collected from Cornfield Law Offices at 1 North Street or email: by June 27. The talk is sponsored by Cornfield Law, Alfriston Wealth Management and Plummer Parsons, Chartered Accountant.

SHOWSTOPPERS is the title of another evening of music. On Sunday June 29 at 6pm in St Andrew’s Church with David Ollosson on keyboard and Frank Fox-Wilson on drums under the direction of Ray Maulkin, Pro Musica will perform some songs from Les Miserables, the Beatles and the Beach Boys and a couple of Gospel tunes, the programme lasting about an hour. Tickets £10 available on the door or from Ray or Kathryn at church or email

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society’s Early Summer Show had an abundance of roses and broadbeans this year and the WMH was filled with the heady scent of sweet peas and roses. Winner of the Jubilee Cup was Roxchèl Angelis, the Fred Claridge Cup and the Silver Tankard were won by Mark Hurst; Vernon Reynolds won the Jubilee Cup and the CVHS Junior Trophy was won by Connor McKenna. The Plaques were won by Ken Lloyd for his Sloe Gin, Jane Alvey for her Scented Roses and Rosemary Gee for Best in Show. Rosemary Gee also won the Hugh Lindsay Cup. It is now time to prepare for the Annual Show which will be on August 8. Members should have their entry forms returned to Bridget O’Dell by August 5.

RATHFINNY was the perfect venue for a warm summer evening concert. Last week the London Conchord Ensemble delighted a packed hall with the first concert to be held at the winery and already June 12 to 14 is earmarked for a return visit next year. The programme, which consisted of pieces by Gabriel Pierné, Beethoven, Elgar and ended with The Trout Quintet by Franz Shubert, was received with enthusiastic applause by an appreciative audience.

THE ALFRISTON Summer Music Festival returns for its ninth year on July 22 to 27. This year Sir Andrew Motion will be joined by pianist Ian Buckle in a programme reflective of WW1. Other artists involved in the five day festival include Peter Cropper, Karine Georgian, Sadie Fields and Eugenio Catone. Full details are available at Tickets may be booked on 01403 276726 or in the village at Much Ado Books and Steamer Trading Cook Shop.


WENDY’S FAMOUS Strawberry Cream Teas will be tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

TOMORROW is the longest day and traditional start of summer at the solstice. No doubt there will be public celebrations at Stonehenge but unlike in Wessex, prehistoric Sussex builders apparently preferred wood henges which at best only leave tantalising postholes to the discerning (archaeologiocal) eye. There is, however, a modern woodhenge near Hailsham.


KINGSTON WI: Our June meeting started with the news there are two new committee members and a total of 57 WI members who can enjoy many activities: walking, Pilates, tap dancing, book group, choir and craft. A selection of knitted fruit and vegetables was being readied for the South of England Show. The Lewes archives revealed the joining date of our longest serving member, Mac Rae, and we are celebrating this in August. Final details of the WI’s tea and cake tent at the Kingston Fete tomorrow, Saturday, were discussed. After tea and biscuits we settled down to hear Janet Canetty-Clark talking about Handel, Hogarth and Captain Coram’s Foundling Hospital. Captain Coram, whose portrait was painted by Hogarth, hated seeing children dying on city streets, set about funding the building of a foundling hospital/hospice in Brunswick Square. He went to the rich and especially their wives to encourage donations for his good work, even to King George II. He also involved Handel and Hogarth, both known to him, who helped with his project to protect orphans. There was such a need that children were chosen by the luck of the draw ie a ball was picked from one of three bags; a black ball meant non-acceptance, a white ball meant acceptance, and a waiting list if a red was chosen. On entry to the hospital mothers could leave half a token, often a button or a piece of cloth or ribbon. The child’s half kept at the hospital and the other kept by the mother. It was used to identify the mother if she reclaimed the foundling. However, many children found on the streets had no known family. The foundlings were fed, nurtured and educated especially in music. Handel’s link resulted in the performance in the hospital chapel of the Messiah; the donation of the full score and him becoming a governor. Hogarth, also a governor, had some of his work engraved and sold as prints which helped to finance the hospital, i.e. the Rakes Progress and the Harlot’s Progress. In 1926 the hospital was relocated to Redhill and later to Berkhamsted until 1953 and is now a Herts CC School. Much of the original building and decorations were saved and reused at what is now the foundling’s museum where the children’s stories can be found. The competition, Political Cartoons, was won by Brenda Neller and judged by the speaker.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Sunday June 15, 22 members of the Footpaths Group enjoyed a six-mile scenic walk starting from the village of High Hurstwood, near Uckfield. The weather was mainly overcast but fine. We parked near the school and walked along pastures and tree-lined tracks to enter High Hurstwood Nature Reserve. We followed woodland paths and crossed a high culvert over a dramatic, deeply-sunken stream, trickling today, but known to flood after a wet spell and turn into a rushing torrent. Walking through the green, unspoilt countryside, we stopped for coffee on a grassy slope to admire views of distant hills. Fortunately, few golfers were out whilst we followed the footpath skirting the fairways towards an enclosed path which led us out to the A26 at Poundgate, opposite the Crow and Gate pub. By now, we had gently climbed 450ft since leaving High Hurstwood. At one stage, we had to make a detour along the Vanguard Way because a bridge was unpassable which added a little distance, but in no way deterred from the enjoyment of the walk. At times, the footpath led us through gardens, across a field of inquisitive cattle and onto farmland where two friendly lambs made a fuss of us. As well as the extensive woodlands and forests, what I loved about the walk were the ancient sunken trackways, with high banks of trees on either side. No doubt the heavy Wealden clay would turn to mud during the wet winter months but today they were dry and easy to walk on. We arrived back at the church and our car park by 1.30pm. The walk was led by Margaret. Our next walk will be a walk around Ovingdean and Undercliffe on Tuesday. Non-members are welcome to join us at the Bus Station to catch the 9.38am Bus 28 to Churchill Square. To find out about future walks visit our website.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

CONGRATULATIONS to Joan and Peter Rhodes who run the Hillcrest Cafe. They have both been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for their years of fostering. Richly deserved, it could not happen to a nicer couple.

FILM SOCIETY: The last film of the 2014 season will be shown at the Hillcrest Centre tomorrow (Saturday) night. It is Volver (Cert 15) and is directed by Spain’s most internationally acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. It is a tender and moving film noir which will keep you thrilled and anxious to the last minute. Tickets are £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre reception or on the door. The cafe opens at 6.30pm with the film at 7.30pm.

CHARITY QUIZ tomorrow (Saturday) at South Heighton village hall 7pm for 7.30pm in aid of HCTP, taking disabled children to Llourdes. £5 a ticket to include food, bring your own drink. Raffle. Maximum six people to a team. To help catering telephone Tarina or Tony on 01273 612227 to book.

THE TWINNING ASSOCIATION would like to thank Newhaven Rotary Club, the Tennis Club, RNLI and Meeching Valley School for joining them at their recent quiz evening. The support everyone offered made it a very successful evening and the association hopes to see you all again at their next quiz in September. Thanks to Joan and Peter for opening the Hillcrest Cafe for delicious meals.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development Meeting will take place on Tuesday in Meeching Hall. This will be following by a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee.

JAZZ NIGHT: An Armed forces Jazz Night takes place at Newhaven Fort on Saturday June 28 from 8pm to 10.30pm. Join in an evening of 1940s jazz, jive and swing to Dr Bone and the Surgeons of Swing. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets £11, available from Newhaven Fort 01273 517622.

CHARITY CRICKET: The annual six-a-side Big Bash cricket match in aid of the James Daniel Memorial Fund takes place on Denton cricket ground, Avis Road, on Sunday June 29, starting at 11am. The five teams competing for the coveted trophy this year are Denton Ducks, Newhaven Old Gits, Newhaven Young Studs, The Only Gays in the Village and East Coms. All the money raised goes towards the fund that supports local sports teams and sporting individuals. Go down and join in the fun, barbecue, raffle, win a bat competition and more.

OPEN DAY: Newhaven Tennis Club is holding an Open Day on Sunday June 29 from10am to 2pm. Go to the club in Court Farm Road, free for all ages including families. Coaching given, equipment provided. For more details telephone 01273512162or email

BASTILLE BISTRO BASH: Newhaven Twinning Association are hosting a four course bistro dinner to celebrate the French National Day, otherwise known as Bastille Day. The dinner will be a celebration of French food and is open to non-members as well as members of the twinning association. The gourmet event will take place on July 12 at Denton Island Community Centre on Denton Island at 7pm for 7.30pm. Newhaven Twinning Association are twinned with a town called La Chapelle St Mesmin which is close to Orleans, famous for its connections to Joan of Arc. Chairman of the Twinning Association, Norman Hopson said: ‘This promises to be a great evening with expertly cooked food, a grand raffle and lots of bonhomie. We only have 40 places available so please reserve your seats as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.’ Norman can be reached on 01273 588193 or by email on The twinning association is going from strength to strength with nearly 50 members and are currently fund raising with quizzes, car boot sales at Paradise Park and tombolas at local fetes. The money raised will go towards hosting the French twinning association from La Chapelle St Mesmin when they visit Newhaven in October.


FULL OF LIFE: This is the theme for Older People’s Day which will be held this year at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven, on Friday October 3, between 11am and 2pm. There is an invitation to stall holders to be part of this Meridian Road Show. The main hall will house an Information Fair that is ideal for promotion by clubs and support groups. The art room will have stalls about Health and Wellbeing where there will also be a gentle exercise taster session. For more details and to book a table phone Kate on 01273 516207 or see

BLOOD DONORS: Remember 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. In addition new donors are always very welcome so make a date in your diary to do something special. Just go along to find out more. No appointment is necessary as this is a drop in event within the times shown.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, is in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre, and has been arranged by INAA, the local advice group, from 8.30am to noon. The next Saturday market is on June 28 and will be organised by the Peacehaven Cubs. To book a table contact them on 07798 635 156.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the leisure and amenities 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. Come along and learn of the progress of some of the latest improvements taking place in the town.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Peacehaven Evangelical Church will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Tuesday Sussex Pet Rescue will be offering the refreshments. On Thursday Peacehaven Catholic Church will be behind the kiosk counter, and finally, Friday June 27 sees the return of Meeching WI.

SUMMER FAIR: There are just a few stalls left for this year’s Peacehaven and Telscombe Summer Fair on Saturday July 26, at the Joff field, Peacehaven. If you are interested in selling your crafts, fashion items, handbags, nail art, gardening equipment, stationery, accessories and quality gifts, please contact either Georgina or Debbie at Peacehaven Town Council, 01273 585493. Stalls are £10 per 6ft table.

CINEMA: After the disturbing violence of the June film 12 Years a Slave it is to be hoped that the next film showing in the Community House, Meridian Centre is a little less brutal. The Monuments Men will be shown 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.

DOGS: Did you know that on 6 April 2016 the law states that you must have your dog micro-chipped? At the Peacehaven and Telscombe Summer Fair visitors can bring their dogs along for free micro-chipping from the Dogs Trust. Please visit for further information.

OPEN GARDENS: The event this year will be held on Saturday and Sunday June 28 and 29 because last year visitors reported they did not have enough time to see some gardens. Tickets to view this year will be £3 per person and are available from or by telephoning her on 01273 589502. Also on the day of your visit at the gardens. All the money raised will go to St Wilfred’s Hospice. If your garden is now a riot of colour and you would like to open it up for viewing there may still be time left to enter by giving Alison a quick call.


LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meet today, Friday, when our speaker is Geoffrey Mead talking about Seaside Holidays. All welcome. Doors open at 6.30pm. Meeting starts at 7pm.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Gayles House and Three Sisters, with Mahmud. Meet at Crowlink car park 9.50am. Bus No 12 stand J, to Friston Pone. Finish 12.30pm, 5 miles, hilly. On Sunday, Hiking to Heaven with Graham T. Meet at the Avenue, Eastbourne, at 9.30am. Walk starts at car park rear of Fletching Village Hall 10.15am GR 429236. Dry lunch finish 4.15pm 9 miles. Tea at Heaven Farm. On Monday, Mayfield Circular, 3 miles. Meet at village car park, by side of pub, High Street, Mayfield, with Robin. On Wednesday, Stroll Through the Parks. Meet at the Wish Tower, Eastbourne, 3 miles, meet at 10am with Ian and Pat. Also on Wednesday an evening walk, Downland Delights and American Supper, with Graham T. Meet at The Avenue 6.30pm. Walk starts Beachy Head car park GR 589957, finish 8.15pm, 3.5 miles. Bring food.

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

POLEGATE WINE and Social Club. At our meeting on Tuesday, three of our members will hopefully be able to keep the audience guessing when we play Call my Bluff. The meeting is at Polegate Community Centre, 7.30pm. Admission £2 for members and £3 visitors.

LADIES CIRCLE meet on the second Tuesday of the month, at 2.30pm in the Community Centre. For more information on our programme please contact Shirley Hannam on 488035.

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is still open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm in the church hall, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002 or email

RAMBLING SOCIETY: Walks on Thursday include Figure of Eight around Hellingly, 5 miles with Barry. Cuckoo Trail, paths, roads and fields, three stiles, could be muddy if wet. Or a longer walk of 9 miles Around and About Beggars Bush, Mark Cross, with Graham. Good views, take picnic, tea available at end, about 20 stiles. Further details from Angela on 504280.


PAMPER NIGHT: A night out tonight (Friday) for mums, grans, sisters, aunties, girlfriends and any other women who would like to come. Bar and space to meet with friends, wide range of treatments available at a reasonable cost, stalls with a variety of tempting goodies and a raffle of Ultimate Gorgeousness. Tickets cost £5 in advance from Ringmer Primary School office and £6 on the door. This includes a free glass of wine and access to some workshop/taster sessions running throughout the night.

VILLAGE SUMMER FAIR: July 12, 2pm to 5pm, village hall. Proceeds to be shared between the Village Hall Building Appeal and the organisations taking part. Please be sure to have this date in your diary. There will be two competitions which will be judged on the day. Children under 15 years: Paint/decorate a plaster gnome. 15 years and over: Paint/decorate a terracotta flowerpot. Children and adults need time to do this. The plaster gnomes and flower pots will be available for a registration fee of £2.50 from the raffle table in the shopping precinct tomorrow (Saturday) and the following two Saturdays from 9am to 11am. Raffle tickets for the Grand Draw will also be on sale. Prizes include two tickets to the Glyndebourne Festival; cash prizes of £100 and £50; a free gliding lesson and at least another 12 prizes. If you would like a stall or can offer help, please contact Pam Bowmaker (RVHall Fundraising) on 01273 813625 or

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

COUNTRY MARKET: Please remember the Country Market which takes place each Tuesday in the village hall from 10am to 11am where you can buy homemade and home grown produce. The early summer fruit and vegetables are now on sale and we have a selection of cut flowers and plants for house and garden. Each week we offer a range of sweet and savoury items, meals, pies, cakes etc, as well as preserves, honey, cheese and free range eggs. Handmade greetings cards and other craft items are on sale and tea and coffee are always available. Cooks needed: The organisers would love to hear from anyone who would like to cook for the market. If you are interested please come along on Tuesday morning and see what is involved or ring Sue Howes on 812394.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday June 11, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. 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: Nutley v Ringmer 48-94. Ringmer v Horam 59-71. Colemans Hatch v Ringmer 84-60.

Rodmell & Southease

OPEN GARDENS was a great success on Sunday June 8. Maureen, Jenny and Carol thank everyone who helped and were involved in making it such a huge success. The final amount was £2,400, another excellent year despite slightly fewer numbers of visitors. Without all the villagers taking part, opening gardens, making cakes, helping with the teas, manning stalls, parking cars, taking the money, doing all the printing and IT work and being there at the end to clear up it would never happen, so thank you all. As many people peep into our front garden, I did put a little note out to say they were welcome to walk around it, but it was not officially open. I met some nice people who loved the fact that I mix wild flowers and many of the bee’s favourite plants into my long border. It was covered in bees and there was actually a swarm up the village that day.

VISIT: One of my B&Bs took me to Tunbridge Wells for an appointment this week on the condition that I would go to Sissinghurst afterwards with her. We had a lovely day and the gardens at Sissinghurst were as ever beautiful.

SURPRISE: I had a lovely surprise this week when I had an EP sent to me in the post from John Robinson and the Leaky Buckets, the group he has set up. The story about the Leaky Buckets is about the fulfilment of teenage dreams. Three musical beginners, the wrong side of 60, get together with a couple of friends to learn to play and form a band. Now aged 67-ish this EP is their first foray into writing and performing their own songs and they hope to be an example to others that you are never too old to live your dream. Strangely enough Keith Eade who plays drums is a blast from my past, as I knew his sister at Youth Club in Brighton and actually went out with her husband, before he married her of course. We didn’t last long as I was a blip in their relationship and he went back to her and as far as I know they lived happily ever after. It’s strange how the past follows you in little ways. John is one of our local farmers. He says in his note to me that they are playing at Lewes Live on July 11 and then at the Secret Garden Party festival near Huntington on July 25. Then back to Iford on October 10 and 11. I hope to be there John.

I UNDERSTAND the Rod Stewart concert at Falmer caused chaos on the roads. One of my guests driving from Derbyshire couldn’t understand the hold-up. It took him two hours longer than usual on his journey.


CONCERT: Following a highly successful concert in Eastbourne last weekend, Concentus Chorale are relishing in the opportunity to bring their action packed performance of Reflections of the Movies and World War 1 to Seaford tomorrow, Saturday. The concert will take place within St Leonard’s Parish Church, Church Street, commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £11 if purchased in advance (£12 on the door) and can be obtained from Newberry Estate Agents, 51 Church Street. Out of hours purchases and further information can be obtained by contacting Lyn 01323 763273. Light refreshments will be available during the interval. Once again Concentus Chorale is pleased to support and donate the retiring collection to the JPK (Sussex) Project, which is the choir’s chosen local charity for this forthcoming year.


COASTAL TRAIL WALK: Join a free and friendly short walk on Wednesday from 11am to noon. Meet at Smuggler’s Rest car park for a friendly health walk taking in the scenic views and fresh sea air. Bring sandwiches or eat at the gastro pub and enjoy complimentary tea, coffee or soft drink.

BINGO EVENING on Friday June 27 at the 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 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.

FREE microchipping from Dogs Trust is taking place at Chatsworth Park car park (off Park Avenue) on Friday July 4 from 11am to 3pm. The law is changing as from 6 April 2016 and you must have your dog microchipped, so some along and get it done for free. Contact 0207 837 0006 or visit for further details.

QUIZ NIGHT at the Civic Centre on Friday July 11 at 7pm. Cash prizes to be won. £2 per entrant with a maximum of six to a team. Drinks available to purchase. Ring 01273 589777 to book in or go to the Civic Centre reception.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

GLEN CHORALE: The theme of the Glen Chorale’s recently held summer concert was A Day in an English Country Garden, so it seemed appropriate to start with Early One Morning. The pieces which musical director Ansy Boothroyd had chosen were all from British and Irish composers and the audience was transported to a rural setting with flowers, birds, sunshine and showers, it was all quite magical. Some of the pieces were unknown to most of the audience and perhaps should be heard more. Some had an ethereal quality such as Stanford’s The Blue Bird and Elgar’s The Shower, with sunshine coming after the rain. At the end of the first half, the choir embarked on Tea for Two, it was far from easy. Ms Boothroyd doesn’t take the easy option and had skilfully arranged this catchy number to include Polly Put The Kettle On led by a group of the basses with each of the other parts remembering exactly where to come in. A sign of relief from the conductor at the end, it had all worked out well. Ms Boothroyd is fortunate in having some excellent singers in her choir, many capable of singing solos or in groups. Janet Togut delighted the audience with her rendering of The Lark in the Clear Air and David Nunn skilfully led the audience into Just a Song at Twilight. The audience also enjoyed singing Jerusalem in the first half. The group piece Down by the Sally Gardens arranged by Esther Bird was also most enjoyable. It was a difficult concert for any choir but Glen Chorale certainly rose to the occasion. Congratulations must also go to the piano accompanist Coryn Roberts. And then it was Home Sweet Home.

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 at 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 through the medley of talent which exists within the wider community. 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 ASAP.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive will be opening its door to the general public from 10am to 4pm today, Friday, for National Care Home open day. Visitors can take a tour of the lovely building and beautiful gardens and see the facilities that are offered. Ring 01323 525000.

BINGO NIGHT: Friends of Willingdon Community School are organising a Bingo Night with an optional curry supper from 7.30pm today, Friday, in the main hall at Willingdon Community School. Please contact the school reception in person or ring the school on 485254 or the business manager Andy Webb on 481101 to see if there are any last minute cancellations. The choice of menu is from the following: Chicken Kurma £7.15, Chicken Tikka Masala £8.15, Lamb Dhansak £7.75 or Vegetable Tikka Msala £7.75. All dishes come served with pilou rice and are provided by Curry Master. Bingo cards are £1 each.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when Geoffrey Mead will be giving a talk entitled Seaside Holidays. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, 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 tomorrow, Saturday. Viewing is from noon to 3pm and the auction, which is in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, will take place at 3pm.

OWEN DONOVAN, talented young musician with a great voice, will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE BEAGLES will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

OPEN GARDEN: A split level garden with herbaceous borders and two small patio areas is being opened in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice from 11am to 4pm on Sunday. The garden is at 2a Downs Road, Willingdon. Plants, books and DVDs will be on sale and refreshments, tea/coffee and cake will also be available.

A MUSIC RECITAL will be held at St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday directed by Michael Stumbles. Taking part will be the recital choir with guest performers Sue Lahache soprano, Mike Barber baritone, Christina Lynn flute, Tim Willsone oboe, Gerry Scotford clarinet, and Val Stumbles piano solos. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection supporting Polegate based Children with Cancer.

STREET MEETINGS: Ratton local police team are PC Lisa Cousins and PCSO Austin Milson. There will be a street meeting from 2pm to 2.30pm on Thursday at The Grove Ratton and another street meeting from 2pm to 2.30pm at the junction of Pococks Road and Claxton Close on Friday June 27. It is a chance to speak to your local officer and discuss the issues that matter to you. Alternatively ring 101 or 01273 470 101 or email or .

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting at 7pm on Friday June 27 at Wannock Village Hall when Hagop Kasparian will be giving a talk and demonstrating a local landscape in oils. Visitors are always welcome. The fee is £3.

FRISTON PLACE: The extensive gardens at Friston Place will be open to the public from 11am to 4pm on Saturday June 28 in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. There is a walled rose garden and a large wild flower meadow. Wheelchair access is limited. Friston Place will be signposted from Friston and Jevington.

WE NEED YOU: To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, afternoon tea and entertainment will be on offer at 3pm on June 28. Tickets are £6 each. Please ring 01323 484189 or email

SUMMER FAYRE: Margaret and Mavis are organising a Summer Fayre at Edgmont JPK Centre in Old Town from 10am to 3pm on Saturday July 26. Some of the stalls have already been taken such as jams, marmalades and chutneys and greetings cards but if you would like to book a table for your own sales at just £6 please ring Margaret or Mavis on 01323 485617.

GOLF DAY: HOPS (Hailsham Old Pavilion Society) is arranging a charity golf day on Friday August 29 at Willingdon Golf Club. Teams of four at £35 per player can take part. The Golf Day is to help raise funds for HOPS the art deco Hailsham cinema which is a registered charity. It is mainly run by volunteers. For details or an entry form please ring 01323 842758.