Parish pump Newhaven - June 27, 2014

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Alciston & Selmeston

SUMMER EVENT: The communities of Selmeston and Alciston are holding an Arts and Crafts weekend in Selmeston on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13. There will be various demonstrations including chair caning, quilting, flower arranging etc with commissions being taken during the weekend. A good variety of arts and craft items and refreshments available for sale, including strawberry cream teas, homemade cakes, sandwiches etc. The event will include live music from Lawrie Skinner on his melodic piano accordion. All taking place in the village hall both days, from 11am to 4pm. Entrance free. Plus, in Selmeston church there will be a wonderful Flower Festival with flower arrangements (both children’s and adults) to be voted on by visitors. Cups awarded for best in each class. For further details please contact 01323871634 or 01323 870623 or 01323811380.


OPEN GARDEN: The owners of Follers Manor will open their lovely garden again on July 2 in support of The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital. From 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 4pm there will be morning and afternoon refreshments, stalls include plants, gifts, cakes and cards. The funds are being raised for the Friends Special Project for 2014 which is to provide Equipment to Enhance the Acute Stroke Unit at the Eastbourne District General Hospital. There will be signage indicating parking. For details visit or visit

ABBEYFIELD’S OPEN HOUSE will be held on July 5 from 11am until 4pm. The Abbeyfield Society is volunteer led, not for profit and provides affordable supported sheltered housing in a sociable environment for older people. Abbeyfield house on North Road is situated next to the school. There will be tea and coffee, cakes and ploughman’s lunches available.

PEARLS OF ALFRISTON, Sussex Jewellery Limited, are leaving at the end of this month after nearly seven years in the village. Diane and Izzy are going to concentrate on the larger store in Heathfield. Jocalia Jewellers, 61 High Street, Heathfield, has been a jewellery store since 1939 and Diane is planning to extend the in-house workshop facilities in Heathfield and undertake more jewellery commissions, repairs, watch repairs and engraving services. Her website is or email at

THE WI NEWS from Wendy Day: Members once again entertained a group from the Bexhill Day Centre for afternoon tea. Sandwiches, lots of cake and many cups of tea were rounded off with strawberries and cream. At the June meeting at the new venue of the Old Chapel Centre, members were entertained by Pat Thorns telling interesting and amusing stories about the auction sales she and her husband attended when they were adding to their collection of postcards, etc. It seems that several members will be tempted to attend auctions in future. The next meeting at the OCC will be on July15 at 2pm when Melanie Gibson-Barton will be talking about Bruges. No doubt there will be mention of chocolate. Visitors will be welcome; a small donation would be appreciated.


SAILING RACES: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club Races on the sea by Marine Parade. There are three events commencing 11am, noon and 2pm on Sunday.

OPEN GARDEN at Driftwood, 4 Marine Drive on Tuesday from 11am to 5pm. Tea and refreshments will be available. This event is in aid of the National Gardens Scheme and entry is £4.

SEA SUNDAY special service on Sunday, July 13 at St Andrew’s Church starting at 10.15am.

THE BREEDING of the continental swallowtail butterfly has caused some excitement in this part of the county as it could be another species added to the British list, albeit less exotic than the egrets and parakeets already here. Look out for that summer visitor, the hummingbird hawkmoth, hovering to take nectar from flowers or sunbathing in front of flint walls, been around the village for at least a fortnight.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Eleven of us, plus a delightful Labrador, took part in Tuesday’s stroll which was led by Janet. We walked through the Priory and then took the service/cycle track towards Kingston then branched off through fields and a pathway cleared through a field of rape. On reaching the garden centre we had time for a cup of coffee before returning along the Cockshut stream, where the Labrador sneaked a crafty swim. We returned to the town centre via the Grange Gardens which looked beautiful in the June sunshine. The addition of strolls to our summer programme has proved to be very popular and are ideal for people who want a shorter and easier walk. New walkers are always welcome to join us. The next walk is on Sunday. Meet at North Street car park for a 9.30am start to Burgess Hill.

WESTGATE WI: For our June meeting we had a visit from John Davey who spoke about A Sussex Who Dunnit. Mr Davey is a Lewes man, born and went to school in Lewes and is very interested in Lewes and the surrounding area. The first thing he asked us was Did Chipper Do It? What’s he talking about I thought. All was explained at the end of his talk. The Piltdown Man was the topic Mr Davey explored and told us all about the people connected with the finding of the skull and other artefacts. In all there were six men involved with various finds which were stated all belonged to the Piltdown Man, those connected with these finds or the whole theory were Dr Gideon Mantell, Charles Darwin, Sir Arthur Keith, a French clergyman Piere Teilhard de Chardin, St Arthur Conan Doyle and Martin Hinton. I’m sure you will be familiar with some of the names. This is a very interesting story with an odd twist in the tale which I am not going to divulge but would encourage any group (not just WI groups) to invite John Davey to give you this talk, it was very interesting, funny and made one think. In the end did we know who dunnit, well you’ll have to listen to John Davey to find out. Also you need him to tell you who Chipper is. Our next meeting is on July 9 at 10.30am. We meet in St Thomas’ Church Hall, at the bottom of Cliffe High Street and our speaker is Helen Poole who will give a talk on Sir John Gage and the Story of Firle Place, sounds fascinating and everyone is welcome to join us. Do come along we are a very friendly group and welcome visitor and new members. (Dee Barr).

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Last Saturday some of us visited South Malling church’s garden fete and had a lovely time in a beautiful garden, many thanks to all concerned. Then on Sunday church members of all ages and their friends enjoyed water games in the church hall garden and the adjoining field. Water pistols were wielded with gusto by both the young and the not so young, and we all dried out quickly in the sunshine. A charge for admission and the sale of drinks and cakes raised money towards supporting a young church member who will shortly attend a year’s training in leading worship. On Sunday Marcus Taylor will be raising further funds for this young man by selling his Southover Preserves at the back of the church before and after the morning service (9.30am to 10am and 11.15am to 11.45am). Services on Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with choir, organ and band; 11.15 informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do join us.

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

CONSERVATION TRUST: Dr Geoffrey Mead will lead a walk this evening from West Quay to the sea. He will talk about the history and evolution of the port and its connections to the town. His talks are always entertaining and instructive. The walk is organised by Newhaven Conservation Trust. Meet at the council car park behind Bickerstaff’s fish shop 6.30pm.

NEWHAVEN FORT: Dr Bone and the Surgeons of Swing will help you jive the night away in the Romney Hut at Newhaven Fort tomorrow (Saturday) which is Armed Forces Day. Licensed bar, snacks, raffle in aid of the Blind Veterans UK. Doors open at 7.30pm. Dance 8pm to 10.30pm. Tickets £11 from the Fort 01273 517622.

CHARITY CRICKET: The annual six-a-side Big Bash cricket match in aid of the James Daniels Memorial Fund takes place on Denton cricket ground, Avis Road, on Sunday 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 and raffle, win a bat competition and more.

OPEN DAY: Newhaven Tennis Club is holding an open day on Sunday from 10am to 2pm.Go to the club in Court Farm Road, free for all ages including families. Coaching given, equipment provided. For more details telephone 01273 512162 or email

WWI PARTY: There will be a party to commemorate World War One in the Lower Lounge at Guinness Court, Iveagh Crescent, on Wednesday at 1.30pm. This will be attended by the Town Mayor Councillor Judith Ost and children from Denton School. Refreshments will be provided from recipes in an authentic WWI cookbook and people are invited to attend in WWI clothes. It is open to anyone and admission is £5. The 145 community bus stops across the road from Guinness Court and leaves the bus stop behind Poundstretcher at 12.55pm and Sainsbury at 12.59pm.

BASTILLE BISTRO BASH: Newhaven Twinning Association is 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 takes place on July 12 at Denton Island Community Centre, 7pm for 7.30pm. Newhaven is twinned with a town called La Chapelle St Mesmin which is close to Orleans, famous for its connections to Joan of Arc. Twinning Association Chairman Norman Hopson said, ‘This promises to be a great evening with expertly cooked food, a grand raffle and lots of bonhomie.’ There are only 40 tickets available at £20 each and they are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis so book now to avoid disappointment. Telephone Norman on 01273 588193 or email The money raised will go towards hosting the French Twinning Association from La Chapelle St Mesmin when they visit Newhaven in October.

MEECHING WI: The June meeting was held on Thursday June 19 in Meeching Hall. After the minutes of the last meeting were read out and members paid for their trip to Chichester on July 31 it was decided to start a Knit and Natter Group. The first meeting will be on Friday July 25 from 2pm to 4pm in Newhaven Day Club and the charge will be £1 per session. The June speaker was changed from the Mystery of Japanese Culture to a talk on the Secret Life of Charles Dickens by Judith Bastide. This was an interesting talk showing many aspects of Dickens’ life. Meeching WI meets in Meeching Hall at 9.45am on the third Thursday of every month, visitors and new members always welcome.

FESTIVAL OF SOUND: Tickets are selling fast for one of the most exciting events ever to be held at Newhaven Fort. On September 27 it will be transformed into a mass of colour and sound with a multi-format music festival spread over five stage areas with huge lighting and visual effects. Rock bands, acoustic bands, local DJs, tribute acts. Licensed bar and food areas. The event will be headlined by The Skarlettos. Doors open at 5pm. Limited tickets at £10 available from Newhaven Fort 01273 517622.


BLOOD DONORS: Remember the NHS Blood and Transplant team will be visiting Peacehaven today, Friday. They will be in the Community House, Meridian Centre, from 2pm to 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm. Anyone over 18 years can contribute so go along if you are new to the idea. You could be saving someone’s life.

QUIZ NIGHT: The next quiz night is on July 4 in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre, starting at 7.30pm. It costs just £2 per head. Teams are limited to eight per table which must be booked ahead in the information office. Team tables can be decorated if wished with an American theme. There will be a few questions about America and remember to bring your own food and drink.

SPECIAL CONSTABLES: Currently Lewes District Police are recruiting for Specials. They will be highly trained with the same uniform and powers as regular police officers. Special Constables volunteer for a minimum of 16 hours per month. If you are interested or know of someone who might be take a look at

GATEWAY CAFÉ: Work was due to start on Monday June 23 when the machinery and diggers move into the Piddinghoe Avenue site. Besides the new café, improvements will be made to the community pavilion with landscaping around the buildings. Finally work on the play areas, paths and footways. This work is scheduled for 26 weeks with completion in early 2015.

SUMMER FETE: Downlands Court, Roundhay Avenue, is holding its annual fete on Saturday July 12 from 1.30pm to 4pm. There will be plenty to do and see plus books, bric-a-brac, tombola, and fun and games. All are welcome. For further details contact Sue on 01273 588803.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre, has been arranged by the Peacehaven Cubs from 8.30am to noon. The next Saturday market is on July 5 and will be organised by the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).To book a table contact them on 07801 692 542.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, Meeching WI will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Friday July 4 the NSPCC will be providing the refreshments.

CINEMA: 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. If you are a pensioner or unable to use public transport CTLA are offering transport plus entry to the film for only £9.50.

OPEN GARDENS: See some stunning Peacehaven gardens this weekend from 2pm and 5pm on Saturday/Sunday, June 28 and 29. Tickets cost £3 per person and will get you into all the gardens on either day. Buy your tickets in advance from the information office or by telephoning Alison on 01273 589502. All the money raised will go to St Wilfred’s Hospice.

BOOT SALE: The Peacehaven Conservatives will be holding a boot sale on The Dell, South Coast Road, on Sunday. The gates will open at 8am for sellers only. Buyers will find the gates open from 9am until 1pm. There is plenty of parking on The Dell but all exit gates will be closed and locked after the event. Vehicles after then will not be recoverable until Monday morning.

BREAST CANCER: There is a regular meeting each month for those who have breast cancer or are supporting someone with it. This is a friendly, social, and informal support group who next meet on Wednesday July 2 between 1pm and 3.30pm at the Civic Centre, 360 South Coast Road. More details can be had from Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There is a councillors’ surgery in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, from 10am to 11am on Saturday July 12. This drop in surgery is a confidential opportunity to talk with councillors about subjects local to you and the town. No appointment is required, just turn up to get the help and advice you need.

HAVE YOUR SAY: The monthly meeting of the Meridian Seniors Forum is being held on Wednesday July 9 at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven, starting at 10am. There is free tea/coffee from 9.45am. The subject is Active Lifestyles for the over 50s. You are invited to come along to have some fun at this free taster session. There will not be a meeting in August.


MINIATURE RAILWAY: William Daly playing fields, Brightling Road. We are available for private bookings, parties etc. Our station is Polegate Oaks. For more details of the new season every Sunday, please contact Chris White by telephoning 07528480371 or email or look at website

FRIDAY CRAFT GROUP meets at the Community Centre. For more information on our activities please contact Val Liles on 460336 or Shirley Hannam 488035.

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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Flowers Green Foray with Graham T. Meet at Herstmonceux car park 10.25am bus No 98 from Terminus Road stand H. Coffee at Catkins tea rooms. Finish 1.30pm, 5 miles, return bus 1.45pm. Or, Heathfield Circular with Jan. Meet Avenue 9am. Walk starts at Mill Road car park 9.40am GR 578213 finish 1.30pm, 9 miles, meet leader at start. On Sunday, Mills, the Lavender Line and the Ouse circular with Pat B. Meet at the Avenue, 9.30am. Please phone leader if a lift is required. Walk starts at Barcombe Mills car park 10.15am GR 433146. Dry lunch at Isfield. Finish 3pm, 9 miles. On Monday a country stroll with stiles, 3 miles. Meet at the Plough, Upper Dicker, 10am, with Rob and Ted. More information from 735714. On Wednesday, Jon’s Pie Day. Meet at 10am opposite 12 Gilbert Road Seaside recreation ground for a 2 mile level stroll with Beryl. On Wednesday evening, Round the Reservoir, with Mary B. Meet at Arlington Reservoir lay by at 6.45pm, 4 miles, finish 8.45pm.

DOWNLAND SINGERS need some more male voices. Please come and join us. We meet at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon, on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm. Please telephone 484189 or email or visit

RAMBLING CLUB: On Thursday an appetizer. Meet at Friston Forest car park at 10.30am for a walk, before attending a barbecue. For more information please contact Angela on 504280 or visit

SUMMER SHOW: What a lovely Polegate Horticultural Society Early Summer Show on Saturday June 21 at the Polegate Community Centre. It was such a pleasant day that some people took their tea and cakes on the terrace outside after having viewed all the entries. Although there were not many sweet peas due to the weather, the fragrant roses made up for it, and there were plenty of flowers and pot plants which made for good display in the General Section. There were a lot of home grown vegetables and the summer fruits made your mouth water. There was a large entry for the Domestic section with some very nice cakes and pastries. There was even a fancy cake in honour of the World Cup. The Top Vase competition was well represented and there were some beautiful Arrangements in the decorative classes of Wine and Roses, Tea Time and Miniature Madness. It’s our third year for a Rose for Scent and this year’s winner was Mrs S Harris who won more than half of the 83 votes cast. The trophies were presented by, Alan Clingo, president of the society. Winners were: Sweet Peas: Vase of six stems pink, W Burgess; vase of six stems blue, W Burgess; vase of six stems white, W Burgess; vase of 12 mixed, W Burgess; three vases, three stems, three varieties, W Burgess. Roses: Six blooms in box, D Brown; vase three stems three varieties, Mrs S Goddard; vase of three stems one variety, D Brown; vase of one specimen rose, Mrs D Harris; vase of four sprays, floribunda, D Brown; vase of four sprays, rambling/climbing, T Voyce; one vase of three stems Cycle of Bloom, Mrs S Goddard. General: Six pansies on a board, Mrs S Goddard; vase of three different sprays flowering shrub, Mrs S Smith; vase pinks, nine stems, Mrs P Clarke; vase Sweet Williams, six stems, Mrs P Hollingworth; one specimen delphinium, Mrs D Rideout; vase of delphiniums, three spikes, Mrs D Rideout; one stem of carnations, B Croft; one pot plant in flower, Mrs S Goddard; one pot African Violets, Mrs M Spray; one pot cactus, D Brown; one succulent, Miss D Pierce; one pot pelargonium, Mrs M spray. Fruit and Vegetables: Currants, A Harris; 12 raspberries, R Smith; 12 gooseberries, Ms C Tipton; 12 hybrid berries, R Smith; any other fruit, R Smith; one bunch of three beetroot, R Reeve; three sticks rhubarb, T Voyce; two Cos lettuce, B Croft; two cabbage lettuce, Mrs A Sawyer; six broad beans, Miss S Burtenshaw; 12 spring onions, R Reeve; 12 radish, 2, R Reeve; four early potatoes, R Reeve; two cabbages, Mrs M Spray; one vase culinary herbs, Miss C Tipton; any other vegetable, R Reeve. Domestic Section: Six sweet scones, Mrs S Hannam; six biscuits, Miss S Burtenshaw; chocolate brownies, B Croft; Canadian cake, Mrs S Hannam; fancy cake, Mrs S Hannam; 10 cheese straws, Mrs A Barrow; any vegetarian dish, Mrs D Rideout. Decorative Section: Wine and Roses, A Harris; Tea Time, Miss D Pierce; Miniature Madness, Mrs D Rideout. Sweet Pea Society Medal, best exhibit section 1, W Burgess; Butler Sweet Pea Trophy, most points section 1, W Burgess; Walder Rose Bowl, best exhibit section 2, Mrs D Harris; Charles Bauman Cup, most points section 2, D Brown; Laurie French Trophy, best exhibit section 3, Mrs P Clarke; Merret Cup, most points section 3, Mrs D Rideout; Norman Tyrell Cup, best exhibit section 3, Mrs S Goddard; Lewton Cup, best exhibit section 5, R Smith; Committee Cup, most points section 5, R Reeve; Domestic Cup, best exhibit section 6, Mrs D Rideout; Silver Cup, most points section 6, Mrs S Hannam; Decorative Trophy, best exhibit section 7, Miss D Pierce; Len Hawes Trophy, most points section 7, Mrs J Mordaunt and Miss D Pierce; Fragrant Rose Cup, judged by the public, Mrs D Harris. Top Vase: 1, Mrs S Goddard; 2, D Brown; 3, Mrs M Spray.

Judges were Mr D Pilbeam, Mrs L Purdy and Mrs S Davies.

Rodmell & Southease

OPEN GARDENS: Since I wasn’t able to get to Southease Open Gardens on June 15, Adrian Orchard kindly gave me these details: The Southease Open Gardens weekend was blessed with dry weather but with cloud and cooler temperatures and only short bursts of sunshine. Six very different gardens were open and, from the visitors’ comments, were appreciated. Teas organised and run by Susannah Hart and her team were a highlight. Numbers were perhaps down against previous years, though this may be due to several other local events. The parking squad were not overly pushed by the number of visitors’ cars while it was noticed that several people came by train. It was a pleasant weekend for the gardeners too and they can take a bit of time off for the next day or two.

BIRTHDAY: I had a wonderful birthday and I would like to thank all my kind friends and relations for the pile of cards that came through the post. Having been taken to the Juggs at Kingston for lunch by another friend and her mother and more friends, I felt really spoilt, but more was to come as in the evening Rodmell and Southease WI were entertained by the wonderful harpist Sally Course, who played Happy Birthday to me on her harp, and then I was presented with my very own birthday cake with one candle on it (how diplomatic). Everyone enjoyed Sally’s talk and wonderful playing and were fascinated by her beautiful instrument. It was a most successful evening.

BIRDS: It’s lovely to see all the birds with their young and as I feed them twice a day, they all line up along the fence regular as clockwork. There are jackdaws, sparrows, collared doves, wood pigeons, rooks, a seagull and a family of blackbirds, sometimes joined by a cock pheasant and a robin.

ON SUNDAY after a joint service at Kingston Church at 9.30am there is to be a walk across the Benefice.


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

MEET AND GREET Support Group tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am to noon at the Civic Centre. Do you have someone you care for and would like to come along with them to chat and socialise with others? You are very welcome to join the friendly supportive group which provides an opportunity to share issues with each other. Refreshments are available for a small donation. For further information call Fred Weston on 01323 898813 or email

COUNCIL MEETING: A Planning and Highways Committee meeting is taking place on Monday at 7.30pm in room one at Telscombe Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is public question time for a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the council’s website at

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the Civic Centre. The group’s aim is to give social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it friends, relatives or those awaiting diagnosis. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes. They have a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION are meeting in room one at the Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30pm. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues, and you will have the opportunity to put forward your views and proposals for Telscombe. All Telscombe residents and new members are very welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

DOGS TRUST: 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 Telscombe 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

STREET MEETING: Ratton local police team are PC Lisa Cousins and PCSO Austin Milson. There will be a street meeting from 2pm to 2.30pm at the junction of Pococks Road and Claxton Close today, Friday. This 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 today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall when Hagop Kasparian will be giving a talk, showing how to paint 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 tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

TRINITY CHURCH: Following the complete refurbishment of the kitchen at Trinity Church Hall, 42 residents turned up for an excellent lunch on June 20 thanks to Jennie and her team. The next event to look forward to is afternoon tea and entertainment to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This will take place at 3pm tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets are £6 each. Please ring 01323 484189 or email if you would like to go.

JADE POWERS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, in an 80s Revival.

KEVIN PALLISTER will be entertaining customers with a mix of contemporary and classic covers at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Wheatsheaf.

A BREWERS’ GROUP is starting up at the Wheatsheaf at 7pm on the last Sunday of the month. The idea is to learn about the full grain growing process and what equipment is required and be able to taste the beers and swop recipes. The first meeting is on June 29.

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. 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. Contestants must then be available to perform at St Mary’s Church swinging 60s Summer Fair, if asked, which takes place on Saturday July 12 from 10am and 2.30pm. Contact Serena on 07725 124902 if you would like to take part.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, when tours of the four floors of the mill can be taken for just £1. Refreshments are also available and the ground floor and museum are wheelchair friendly.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The Willingdon branch of the Mothers’ Union will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday in St Mary’s Church Hall when Revd Peter Clark will be giving a talk entitled Tattoo to Dog Collar. There will also be a sales table.

RBL: The Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding their summer social and concert for members and friends at Flint House, 14 Church Street, at 7.30pm on Thursday. If the weather is inclement, the concert will be held in St Mary’s Church with refreshments served in the church hall.

A YOUTH CLUB for eight to 14 year olds meets from 7pm to 9pm on the first and third Wednesday of the month in St Mary’s Church Hall. July 3 is fair fun and book night. For information about the youth club please ring Fr Michael Maine on 01323 509528 or Sue or Stuart Freeman on 01323 505833.

WATERWORKS: South East Water plans to lay a new 1.3 kilometre pipeline along a number of roads in Wannock, including Broad Road, Farmlands Avenue and Farmlands Way in order to increase the amount of water that can be pumped into the area. There will be a display at Willingdon Community School between 4pm and 6.45pm on Thursday when residents and motorists can talk to South East Water staff and familiarise themselves with the scheme. The work is scheduled to start on July 24.

FLOWER COMPETITION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday July 4 at the Memorial Hall. Members will be competing for the Edith Pierce trophy. The theme for the arrangements will be The 4th of July. The competition will be judged by Ann Brooks. This will be followed by a summer tea party.

EASTBOURNE Astronomical Society will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm on Saturday July 5 at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Prof Roger L Davies will be giving a talk entitled Our Universe of Galaxies.

OPEN GARDEN: There will be an open garden at 14 Church Street from 11am to 4pm on Saturday July 5. The lavender flower beds from the original design of this garden in 1975 have been beautifully complemented with a railway theme. Among the other attractions are plants and greetings cards for sale and refreshments are also available. The event is in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.