Parish pump Newhaven - June 6, 2014

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OPEN DAYS: Follers Manor garden will be open on June 7 and 8 for the National Garden Scheme. The gardens will be open from 2pm to 5.30pm to raise funds for the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart and Children with Cancer charities. Entrance £5, children free but dogs cannot be accommodated. There is wheelchair access to some areas. Refreshments will be available and plants will be for sale. Follers Manor is situated half a mile south of the village towards Seaford and next door to the Youth Hostel. There will be signage for parking. For full details see

THE 300 CLUB will meet this month on June 10 at The Smugglers Inn at 8pm when two more lucky numbers will be drawn from the bin.

HEARTSTART: Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, 2014 (the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups). Congratulations to all volunteers, both past and present, of this valuable and valued service to our community.


WI: Tuesday, 7.30pm in the village hall Uttermost Parts of the Earth – St Helena, Easter Island, Tierra del Fuego, a talk by Sue Fisher, followed by tea/coffee and cake. New members and visitors welcome.

THE WALKING GROUP will be holding a mid-week evening walk on Wednesday. Meet at the Half Moon Pub car park, Plumpton, at 7pm for a lovely walk at the foot of the Downs, returning to the pub for refreshments. Leader Angela Murphy.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Barcombe v Newhaven. Barcombe 144 all out in 41.1 overs: Will Marler 27 Richard Osmond 27 Allan Trower 23. Newhaven 105 all out in 42.5 overs: Allan Trower 4-10 from 11 overs Harry Stewart 3-19 Rhys Alchin 2-29. Barcombe (30 points) beat Newhaven (10 points) by 39 runs. ESCL Div 9 Glynde III v Barcombe II. Barcombe 163 all out in 30 overs: Brian Wheatley 55 Olly Winters 46. Glynde 167-7 in 35.1 overs: Harry Black 3-12. Glynde (30 points) beat Barcombe (12 points) by 3 wickets.

BOWLS: Two matches were played last week. The first was a very close game and it came down to the last shot of the last game. Unfortunately for Barcombe they missed out by one shot, so Crowborough won by one shot 59-60. The second match was played in warm sunshine. However it did not help Barcombe as they lost 56-72. Barcombe welcomed two new members, Steve and Karen Brown, who played their first game for the club and acquitted themselves very well. New members are always welcome. Practice games are played on Monday evenings at 6pm on the recreation ground. All are welcome.

DIARY DATES: Vintage Village Fete Saturday July 5, noon to 4pm at the village hall. This is going to be a lively village event for all ages. Clubs, societies together with lots of individuals will be participating and there will be games, bouncy castle, competitions including the Great Barcombe Bake Off, performances, food (including a sumptuous barbecue, tempting cream teas and absolutely delicious ice-cream), plus a thirst-quenching Pimms and Beer tent, and so much more. The Fete has a 1950s theme and there will be prizes for the best outfits. So make a date in your diary now.

THE RUDE MECHANICALS will be performing their latest production on the field at the village hall on Friday July 25 at 7.30pm. They will be making a much anticipated return with The Wife, a hilarious, tender and provocative play which digs deeply into the nature of love and marriage. Tickets available now at Barcombe Stores or www.therudemechanical


TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday June 18. 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

DON’T FORGET the official celebrations of the coming of the railway are tomorrow, when there will be a film screening at Bishopstone (see

CREAM TEA: We are holding a cream tea on Saturday June 21 at St Andrew’s Parish Hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Cream teas for £3.95 and proceeds to Christian Aid. There will be stalls and a raffle.


CONCERT: Jamie Watson was our concert entertainer at St Laurence, last Saturday. Jamie gave us songs from the shows opening with a song I had not heard before from Jekyll and Hyde and a very moving rendition from Les Miserables Bring him Home and many more. He must have found many of the audience’s favourites. Tomorrow, Saturday, a contrasting concert, but as enjoyable The Pastores Ensemble, Robert Carrington directs the ensemble of period instruments in a programme entitled The Mirror of Voices. The concert begins at 5.30pm, entrance is free with a retiring collection.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the annual meeting of the Falmer Parish Council, last Thursday, the chairman, Melanie Cutress, reported on the past year of 2013/14. The council had paid for footpath and roadside weeds to be cleared, Lewes District Council came out to the village now to pick up litter, and it was noted that some private individuals regularly helped clear the village from rubbish. Car parking in the village had been changed in two areas increasing the wait to four hours from two; the car parking during football matches is regulated well by stewards, and it was noted that 39 percent of the spectators now arrive by train. There are plans in the future to look into the possibility of a trial traffic light system at the round-about on the south side of the village, this will be an East Sussex initiative. Planning applications were discussed, one for the conversion of a garage to residential accommodation had been turned down, with the owner now going to appeal, the temporary parking, initially agreed for three years, on Bennetts’ field looks as if an application will be made to ask it be a permanent car park, land in-fill on Court Farm which had taken place without permission, was stopped by the planning authority and it has been said a retrospective planning application may be applied for.

SUNDAY TEAS in the parish hall have now commenced, and if last Sunday’s selection of cakes was anything to go by, you are sure of a treat if you visit; the choice on Sunday was a Victoria sponge, carrot cake, bakewell tart, fruit loaf and an unusual but tasty, courgette and pistachio cake. With the idyllic setting of Falmer pond what more could you ask for.

CHURCH SERVICES: We are looking forward to St Luke’s choir coming to St Laurence on Sunday at 5.30pm to celebrate Pentecost preceded by tea in the vicarage gardens at 4.30pm.

WE ARE NOW in the month of June, and the Albion players will be moving to their new site in Shoreham. We have always found the players polite and friendly and we shall miss them, and wish them well.


HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk 7pm for 7.30pm on Monday at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Victorian and Edwardian Photographers in and near Lewes. Amateur photo-historian, David Simkin talks about the renowned and lesser known photographers who were active in and around Lewes between 1851 and 1910. David will concentrate on the lives and careers of established professional photographers such as Daniel Blagrove and Edward Reeves, but he will also look at the work of amateurs like Edward Bedford (1865-1953), Henry Bartlett (1875-1965) and William Funnell of Newick (1848-1938). All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The Bluebell Railway at Horsted Keynes was the starting point for our last mid-week walk. The station dates back to the 1880s and has featured in many films and TV programmes. We started by walking alongside the railway track and then crossed some fields to join the Sussex Border Path. We continued past the imposing Broadhurst Manor, the former home and animal sanctuary of Carla Lane, who wrote the TV series of Bread, before arriving at St Giles Church which has provided the final resting place of the former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Lunch was excellent at The Green Man on the village green. Fourteen people enjoyed the walk led by Clair. Our next walk is on Sunday June 15 and will be a ramble around High Hurstwood which is a change from our programme due to the London to Brighton cycle ride. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. This will be followed two days later by a stroll which will start from the same meeting point but will start at 10.30am. This will be a walk from Lewes. Our programmes are always available from the Tourist Office or the Outdoor Shop in the Cliffe.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: If you would be interested in an opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith and discuss the big questions of life in a relaxed and informal setting, please contact Steve Daughtery on 01273 472018 for information about our Alpha course. Our collections this month will go to the Judah Trust, which operates mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Some members of our congregation are part of this organisation and have particular links with Rwanda, where they facilitate training-of-trainers seminars for church leaders in HIV/AIDS-awareness, prevention and care. Date for your diary: June 14, Passion Play 2015 meeting, 10am Christ Church for anyone interested in taking an organisational role or being part of the production team. Contact Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal communion in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Everyone is welcome.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MADS: You have tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) to see Meeching Amateur Dramatics production of Old Boilers at Meeching Hall at 7.45am. I saw it on the first night and it is one of the funniest plays they have done. Jacky O’Callaghan is the definitive Blackpool landlady. Don’t miss it. Tickets are £8 from Meeching Estate Agents in the High Street (01273) 515566 or on the door.

COMMUNITY CHALLENGE: Tomorrow (Saturday) the annual Denton Community Challenge takes place at Avis Road Field, opposite Tate’s Garage, from 1pm to 5pm. This year’s theme is Road to Rio to celebrate the World Cup in Brazil. It is a sport themed day for all ages and MP Norman Baker will officially open proceedings at 1pm. It is a charity event with proceeds going to Denton Church, the James Daniel Memorial Fund and Denton School. A full programme of arena events, community stalls, sports competitions, pony rides, steam train and more. Free entry.

CRAFT FAIR: In conjunction with the Community Challenge there is a Craft Fair in the Denton and Mount Pleasant Social Centre (adjacent to the field) also 1pm to 5pm and free entry. There will be craft stalls selling a range of local goods and produce. There is also a home-made cake competition to be judged by MP Norman Baker. Entry 50p per cake. Take your cake to the Social Centre by noon.

STAMP FAIR with postcards, Denton and Mount Pleasant Social Centre, on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Buy and sell. For further details telephone 01273 514733.

TENNIS: Newhaven Tennis Club is holding an Open Day on Sunday from noon to 4pm. Free for all ages including families, coaching given, all equipment provided. Just turn up. Non members welcome.

CRICKET: Are there any Newhaven businesses or workplaces that would like to promote their business whilst helping raise funds for the Rocking Horse Appeal? Sussex County Cricket Club is hosting a Workplace B’Ashes on Wednesday July 2 at 1pm, arrive 12.30pm. They want mixed teams of six people to play between three and five matches, games last approx 45 minutes. All equipment provided, barbecue included, cash bar. Prize for winners and soft ball Kwik Cricket format so no cricketing experience is required. £150 for teams of six. It would be great to have Newhaven represented, enter now by or call 0844 264 0201.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI meet on Monday at 2.15pm South Heighton village hall. Talk by Jean Sorrell, Questions and Answers about Bees. All welcome.

STORYTTELLERS: The Guest House Storytellers present Fairies in the Gutter with professional storyteller Ursula Holden Gill on Tuesday in the Hillcrest Centre at 7.30pm, cafe opens at 7pm. The evening is inspired by a series of workshops with disaffected teenagers and the performance reflects on childhood and the challenge of finding inspiration in a decaying north town. This is storytelling for adults. Tickets £6 in advance from, £7 on the door.

HAVE YOUR SAY: The subject of the June monthly meeting hosted by the Meridian Senior Citizens Forum is Falls Awareness, learn how to prevent falling over. It takes place in the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday at 10am.

FISH FESTIVAL: The annual Fish Festival takes place on Saturday June 14 on Huggetts Green, West Quay from 9am to 3pm. The Dieppe Market will be here again and there will be a full programme of events. More details next Friday.

FILM SOCIETY: The last film of the 2014 season is on Saturday June 21 and it is Volver (Cert 15). Tickets at £4.50each are on sale now at the Hillcrest Centre reception between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday or email to reserve your ticket and pay on the night. The film is shown in the Art Room, Hillcrest Centre at 7.30pm, cafe opens at 6.30pm. It is an extremely kind, compassionate film noir from Spain’s acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodovar and stars Penelope Cruz.


HAVE YOUR SAY: There is a meeting of the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum on Wednesday in Room 4 Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven, from 10am to noon. There will be free tea/coffee from 9.45am in the café. The subject this month is about Falls Awareness. Trainer Ellen Cranton will talk about how to prevent falls, home safety, balance, diet, exercise and foot care. Membership of the forum is free for anyone 55 years or over living between East Saltdean and Seaford.

FATHER’S DAY falls on Sunday June 15. This is just an early reminder that whether it is just a card or a small gift, don’t leave it until the last minute to visit the shops. It doesn’t need to be expensive. It is the thought that counts. After all we only have one father.

HEDGES: I was pleased to see recently that some residents have noticed their hedges are growing over the pavements and have trimmed them back. It is a simple thing but important for people with limited or no sight it is a problem. Guide dogs can deal with most problems but not hedges. When overgrown it is inconvenient for wheelchair users and baby buggies. It is even worse if it has been raining and the foliage gives you an unexpected shower as you push past. So be a good neighbour and check your boundaries over the weekend to see if they need a quick tidy up.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre has been arranged by Peacehaven Horticultural Society from 8.30am to noon. The next Saturday market is on June 14 and will be organised by the Conservative Party. To book a table contact them on 01273 583975

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Kemptown Conservatives will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Tuesday Harlequin Studios will be offering the refreshments. It is the return of the Seahaven Active Scout Group on Thursday followed finally by the Meridian Evening WI on Friday June 13. All are local organisations working to raise funds and needing your support.

CINEMA: The film showing in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday is Twelve Years a Slave. This is based on a remarkable true story of a man trying to return to his normal life. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets at £5 per person are available from the information office.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There will be a surgery on Saturday June 14 from 10am until 11am. This is an opportunity to talk with a town, district or county councillor upon any matter affecting you in relation to town matters. All meetings are confidential and no prior appointment is necessary as this is a drop in surgery.

HOUSING ADVICE: If you are having difficulty paying your rent/mortgage, need advice on your rights as a tenant or owner, need to find somewhere to live, or have problems maintaining your home there is help available. Every Monday from 9am to 12.30pm there is a drop-in surgery in the Peacehaven Community House, Meridian Centre.

PRIDE: I am so proud of the neighbours in the road in which I live. They trim their hedges and maintain lovely gardens. In addition they regularly mow their grass verges. Everyone parks on the same side of the road and not on the grass so there are no muddy patches to be seen. Furthermore they look out for one and other, be it taking in a parcels or lending a hand when needed. Community spirit is so important.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of Polegate Drama Group will be in the lounge at Polegate Community Centre. All welcome from 9am until noon. To book a table in advance ring 483529.

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

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

WALK: On June 9, Walk Through the Bottoms. Meet at Youth Hostel, bus back from East Dean, bring bus pass. Four miles with Chris and Barry.

SONGS OF PRAISE on Sunday June 15, at 10.30am at Trinity Church, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon. A warm welcome is extended to everyone to come and join in singing some of our well-loved hymns. Refreshments will be served after the service.

TRINITY DINERS: Our next lunch is on Friday June 20, where the menu will be chicken pie with vegetables, and fruit trifle. Will Pam Blunden please contact Jennie on 484189 to confirm your place? Bookings taken by Jennie to confirm numbers attending.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Tickets (£8 and £6 for concessions) are on sale in the clubhouse for the Hailsham Theatre Group’s revue today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. This popular event is suitable for all ages and comprises song, dance and comedy sketches.

CHURCH SERVICES: Services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday May 28, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 3, Liz and Tim Owen, Valerie and Peter King. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Crowborough Wolf 62 -61. Peacehaven v Ringmer 91-53. Ringmer v Seaford Crouch 58-62.

CHARITY OF ELIZABETH CHEYNEY: A vacancy 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.

Rodmell & Southease

OPEN GARDENS: There will be lots of organising going on in the village this week, as it’s Rodmell’s Open Gardens Day (Lower Rodmell) on Sunday. I suspect the organisers, Maureen Ford (474980) and Jenny Brown (473939) will be grateful for any help with teas, car parking, ticket selling etc. Let’s hope we have a warm, sunny day as rain does rather put a damper on things.

ADRIAN ORCHARD has also asked me to remind readers that Southease has its Open Gardens weekend on June 14 and 15 from 2pm to 5.30pm.

THE VILLAGES along the valley are all very beautiful and because so many people just drive along the C7 and never turn into the villages they miss a lot. Many people who actually live in this area tell me they are astounded at the beauty of Rodmell when they discover it. So many people think it’s just the houses along the main road and the pub. I can assure them it’s much more, so do come to the open gardens and discover the wonder and beauty of these picturesque villages.

VISITORS: I had two very nice Danish girls stay last week and they had a walk through the rave at Devil’s Dyke, as it’s on the South Downs Way. They were shocked and horrified, and a little frightened at what was going on. They also said most of the cars were very expensive makes and not old bangers, so was it a rich kids’ rave? Most people are very annoyed at the rubbish left on these occasions as well as the intrusive noise. I believe that the organisers did make some effort to have a private company clear a lot of the rubbish, but it’s the environmental damage that takes such a time to heal.

ACCIDENTS: Sadly we seem to be having a spate of accidents in this area again, especially with motor bikes. The air-ambulance had to be called out to an accident near our pub on Tuesday May 27 and the road was shut off for a time.


HEARING BUS: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre with Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting Broad Street from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday June 19. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

STAMP CLUB: Seaford District Stamp Club will be meeting on Wednesday, 7.15pm for 7.30pm at Cross Way Church Hall, Steyne Road. The speaker will be Bill Hedley talking on Austria. All stamp collectors welcome. Tel: 01323 890699


COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am at Telscombe Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

FILM AND GAMES: Young People’s Film Show and Games Morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. Telscombe Town Council will be hosting a free film show and games morning for young people at the Civic Centre. There will be a film showing, table tennis, pool, air hockey table and table football. Children under eight years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Over eights must be collected promptly at midday. Refreshments are available to purchase but entry is free. This is held on the first Saturday of each month.

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents Association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues. All Telscombe residents are welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

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

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the Telscombe Civic Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday. New members are always welcome. For any queries or more details please telephone Pat Grey on 01273 583778.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Sue Thompson and is entitled A Few of my Favourite Things.

EASTBOURNE ASTRONOMICAL Society will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Prof Bill Letherbarrow will be giving a talk entitled The Moon – An Amateur Perspective.

MICHAEL, SIMON AND DAN, otherwise known as Stone Junction, will be performing an electric mix of original, contemporary and transatlantic folk at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is once more organising the ever popular annual community event Music in the Park at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground. It takes place on Sunday. As in previous years, there will be charity stalls and other stalls, refreshments and food outlets and various activities for adults and children. Details to date are as follows: noon chairman’s welcome; 12.05pm Street Dance Crewe; 12.30pm Con Brio; 1.30pm to 2pm dog display; 2pm to 3pm Howling Blues; 3pm to 3.30pm Kingfisher Scout Band; 3.30pm to 4.15pm DJ Time, a chance to request your song; 4.15pm to 4.45pm raffle and close. For more information please ring the parish clerk Andy Beams on 01323 489603.

MUSIC DAY: Polegate Windmill’s Music Day is also on Sunday. It is a pity that both events will be held on the same day, but there is time to get to them both. Music Day is from 2pm to 5pm when strawberry cream teas will be served and visitors can have a guided tour of the mill. Gerry Page is once more organising the music programme with a whole range of talented performers. They include The Hot Club of Jevington which is a gypsy swing band, singer songwriter Nairne, Harry and Max bass singer and guitarist, harpist Sunnie, tenor Luca with songs from the shows, teenager Lauren with her sweet voice and young saxophonist Tom with a group of other talented instrumentalists. Ukulele players from Eastbourne’s UKE Stock 101 will be there, perhaps not all of them, a fairly large group. Gerry Page and his wife Merial will be singing three standard type songs and the afternoon will be concluded by a further performance by the Happy Day Band, a traditional jazz band with a comic edge.

CHURCHES TOGETHER: There will be a united service, churches together, at 6.30pm on Sunday at St John’s Church Polegate. Everyone is welcome.

QUIET DAY: You are invited to Trinity Church between the hours of 10am and 3.30pm on Monday to spend a time of relaxation and contemplation away from the stress of daily life. The theme of the day is Pilgrim People. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. Please add your name to the list in church if you would like to participate in the day.

GLEN CHORALE: If you missed the Glen Chorales Summer Concert on June 2 there is still the opportunity to see it on June 9. The repeat performance will take place at 2.30pm on Monday at Wannock Village Hall. The concerts are being dedicated to the memory of Robin Moray, who was the musical director prior to the present conductor Ansy Boothroyd. The choir will sing a variety of English music which will take the audience through an English day from morning to evening. The programme will include Early One Morning, My Love is an Arbutus by Stanford, My Soul There is a Country by Parry, Tea for Two, Ave Verum by Elgar, and Home Sweet Home. The concert will include two solos and a trio. Tickets to include refreshments are £6 and are available from Janet on 01323 502113.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 for further information.

THE 3 MMMs will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when there will be another chance to exercise with Louise Ogle.

AFTERNOON TEA and a silent auction and raffle will be hosted by Maureen Males at the Cottage, Dittons Road, Polegate, at 3pm on Wednesday. It is in aid of the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability at Edgmont in Old Town. Edgmont Church and the site on which it stands was purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013 but building work for the accommodation cannot start until a lot more money has been raised.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at the Memorial Hall when Joan Harding will be giving a talk entitled You Can’t be Out, You’re My Mother.

JEVINGTON & FILCHING WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall. Peter Wilson will be giving a talk with piano accompaniment on the origins of jazz and other music. The competition is a musical poem with six lines.

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. There will be musical entertainment in the main hall while guests enjoy their tea and scones. Other attractions include a plant stall, bathroom stall, stamps, cakes and preserves, hand made 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 01323 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 on Saturday June 14 in the Rectory Fields, Jevington, next to St Andrew’s 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.

CYCLING: A new initiative at the Wheatsheaf is to have an annual cycling event, a hill climb up Butts Brow. It will be organised by Kim Washington and friends and it is envisaged that it will become an annual September event which will be taken seriously by keen cyclists from all over the south of England with the changing rooms, registration, refreshments taking place at the Wheatsheaf.