Parish pump Newhaven - March 13, 2015


THE SUNSHINE has brought the welcome sight of visitors to the village. January and February are always quiet but the first sign of spring reminds people that Alfriston is a great place to visit. To shop, to eat and drink, or just to wander and marvel at the medieval buildings in the High Street, St Andrew’s Church and the Clergy House on the Tye and all are still very busy venues.

THE CRICKET CLUB members are not yet playing cricket but held a quiz night at the War Memorial Hall last Saturday. The support for these events is always substantial and enthusiastic and raises money for the club. Once again Barbara Harmer and her team provided a splendid supper; the quiz master, Tim Hurst, and his team provided challenging questions. Over £700 was raised to improve the storage facilities for the club, making it a very successful and enjoyable evening.

THE SKILLS CAFE will be open on March 21 from 10am to 4pm at the Old Chapel Centre and the War Memorial Hall. Admission is free for talks, stands and demonstrations of crafts and skill either as ways of making a living or something to learn about for fun. Among those taking part will be a local upholsterer, a wood turner, a beekeeper, a computer specialist, a forager and a forest skills expert. There will also be some locally made refreshments and Sussex products to buy. Members of the Cuckmere Valley Transition will be on hand to chat about nature, local heritage and sustainable living. All are welcome.

CAROLINE ADCOCK has lived in Alfriston for over 30 years and served on the parish council for 12 years, she is now standing as a Liberal Democrat District Council Candidate. On March 28 Norman Baker MP and Caroline will be at the Old Chapel Centre to discuss what the Liberal Democrats are doing in the local community and get an update on key issues such as the latest plans for the A27. Coffee and biscuits will be available. The invitation is to drop in any time between 11.30am and 1pm.


JUMBLE SALE at 11am to 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, in Bishopstone Parish Hall. There will be a tombola, coffee, tea and cakes. All proceeds to the Seaford Bonfire Society.

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

MOTHERING SUNDAY at 10.15am on Sunday, St Andrew’s church, come and celebrate with this special all-age service.

APC MEETING at 11.40am (after 10.15am service) on Sunday, March 22, in Bishopstone Parish Hall. Please attend this annual meeting to vote for churchwardens, PCC members and to accept the annual accounts and reports. There are various duties that need to be covered including a new churchwarden appointed.

FREE HORSE MANURE available on west (Newhaven) side of Bishopstone Road between Bishopstone Estate and Bishopstone Pond: help yourself, but please return or replace the bags.


CLEARING UP: A public-spirited group of villagers gathered round the pond on Saturday to help clear overgrown branches, brambles and rubbish that was choking the edges and spreading under the trees. Branches were cut, ivy was pulled off trees and undergrowth was dispatched and all of it was gathered up and taken to the dump. A break for tea and cake (essential for any endeavour in Falmer) at half time and off we went again. Special thanks to Mark Gapper for loading the truck, wielding the chainsaw and driving backwards and forwards to the dump so many times. I am sure that visitors will appreciate the improvement as well as villagers. A decent amount of cover was left for the ducks to shelter in.

MORE CLEARING: On the subject of clearing up, young Harry Gillam and his nan did a fantastic job recently clearing rubbish from the village. They managed an amazing five large bags full of rubbish. Well done to them and much thanks from all of us in the village. The only depressing thing is the fact that there was so much rubbish that needed collecting.

CONCERTS: I am told that last Saturday’s concert was very much enjoyed and, judging by the number of glasses that had been used, well attended. We were unable to go as we had gone to hear our daughter-in-law playing with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The orchestra was accompanying pianists taking part in an international piano concerto competition in Hastings. There were three finalists, and the last one to play, Alexander Panfilov, a Russian, was absolutely wonderful and brought the house down with his playing. It was no surprise to learn later that he had won the competition. The next concert here in Falmer is on March 21 and features the Roedean School Senior Musicians. This is always a great chance to see young talent. More details soon.

EXHIBITION: Also on the horizon is our Easter exhibition. I think this is going to be a very good show judging from the images I have seen, I can’t wait to see the work in reality. The show will be launched at the Easter Vigil Service on Easter Saturday at 7pm and will be open at weekends until May 2.

BIRDS: I have been entertained recently by watching a pair of long-tailed tits building a nest in a shrub in our garden. Both birds are back and forth with bits of lichen and moss and more recently feathers and wool to line the whole structure. It is a magnificent thing to see. Fortunately I have a good view from the bedroom window so I can watch without disturbing the birds. I hope they can raise their brood, I look forward to seeing the young ones fly.

BEES: Some of you may be interested in joining this project researching bees. Taken from the University of Sussex online bulletin: Bee researchers at Sussex are looking for volunteers for the second year of an ongoing citizen science project, examining whether there are enough bees left in our gardens and towns to pollinate fruit and vegetable crops properly. Students, staff and other members of the public who take part will be sent seeds to grow plants and monitor how well they are being pollinated. Professor Dave Goulson, who has studied bumblebees for 20 years, says: ‘This fun and educational science project is suitable for children or adults, and for any outside space. It is very little effort to take part, and at the end you get to eat the beans.’ Many bee species are rarer than they used to be, hurt by changes in farming and loss of flower-rich habitats. There is concern that bee declines could cause a pollination crisis and a failure of crop yields, which has already happened elsewhere in the world. Now in its second year, the experiment involves growing broad beans and flowering radish plants, hand-pollinating some flowers and leaving others for wild bees to pollinate, then counting how many pods they eventually produce. No knowledge or experience is required, and the experiment requires just a few minutes each week through the spring and summer. The Bees ‘n’ Beans project will start in early April. To find out more, and sign up, go to, or email Linda Birkin at Participants will be sent a pack containing materials and seeds for the project, and everything they need to know. Results can be returned via a simple online form.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: There will be a Mothering Sunday service at St Laurence at 10am this Sunday. Children will be handed posies to take to their mothers at the end of the service.


KINGSTON WI: Our speaker, David Porter, told us about living above the Clayton Tunnel North Portal. A fascinating tale of the history of a gothic archway sandwiched between two four storey octagonal towers. The architect was David Mocatta, and the tunnel took 6,000 navvies, digging by hand, three years to construct. It is 270 feet deep, one and a quarter miles long and was finished in 1841. It cost £90,000 then, £4.5 m today. The portal, a grade II structure, is constructed of local bricks, the arch of Caen stone. The cottage sits between the towers, was added in 1849 and has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room and an octagonal kitchen in the right tower. It was built for railway staff but often left empty for long periods. From 1902-1948 the Russell family lived there and the Attmeres from 1955-1994. The Attwoods occupied it from 1998-2000 and in 2003 the speaker moved in. Up to 1980 there was no inside bathroom. We were shown short films of the Attmeres and their children in the garden and photos of the inside at various times. Indoors there was little noise from passing trains but outside it was loud, disturbing you when in the garden. As the portal faced north the sun was absent during winter months; from September it was misty and often frosty in winter. The cottage has no gas, so wood fires are used for heating. In the summer the wild flowers are beautiful and the garden has fruit trees and shrubs from which jam is made. Visitors include wild animals; deer and rabbits and WI groups. The tunnel is cathedral like and twice a year steam trains come through obscuring the portal and cottage with billowing steam. In 1861 there was a collision when 28 people died and several deaths have occurred when passengers have leant out of the trains. It was a fascinating talk of a hidden building tucked away in the downs. Kingston March activities include a walk at 9.30am meeting at the end of the Street on March 26. Pilates every Tuesday 2pm to 4pm in parish hall. Book Club on March 19 at the president’s house. Craft club Fridays 2pm to 4pm at the Pavilion. Choir meets today, Friday, at 4pm. There is a trip to Westminster Gardens on June 10 meeting at Westminster Abbey at 1pm and a visit to the Keep Archives on April 8. The Meridian Centre will hold the Sussex Quiz on April 29 at 2pm.


COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall from 10am to noon. Cakes, tombola, tea/coffee, bonfire photos. Free admission. All are welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Fifteen people turned up for Wolfgang’s Clayton walk and we were promised two steep hills making up for a slightly shorter walk. From Clayton Village car park we walked up the hill towards Jack and Jill windmills, where we joined the Southdown Way towards New Barn Farm, before it turned west, gently dropping down towards the A273. We enjoyed magnificent views while walking alongside Pyecombe Golf Club. After crossing the A273 we headed north eventually emerging alongside Wolstonbury Hill. We took a very steep footpath down Wolstonbury Hill, fortunately with steps making the descent a little easier. After negotiating an exceptionally muddy path, we headed east and crossed the A273 again and followed the path alongside the Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground, until we headed south on a footpath parallel to the Brighton main line. The impressive portal of Clayton Tunnel comes into view at the end of the path. To our left we were treated to a wonderful display of snowdrops and hellebores in a very special garden and then we were soon back to Clayton Village car park. A walk well led by Wolfgang.

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: The Lewes Philatelic Society holds its third meeting of 2015 tonight (Friday) when Christopher Dadswell will present a display of stamps and other philatelic items related to Nelson and Trafalgar. The meeting starts at 7.30pm (doors open from 7pm) in the upstairs meeting room of Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road. Non-members are welcome to come along. For further information about the meeting or membership of the society please contact the secretary Norman Sansom on 01273 472470.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Thursday there will be a fundraising tea and talk about Rwanda in Ringmer church room from 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome. On March 21, 9.30am to 5pm, come and join us for an interactive walk through the Old Testament. Transform your understanding of the bigger picture. Cost £14 including workbook, accompanied 11 to 16 year olds free (concessions available). Information leaflets are at the back of the church, which is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and on Sunday for services. During Lent we have early morning prayer sessions at 6.30am on Fridays. All are welcome for a time of quiet prayer and reflection. Our church-run Southover Counselling Service is holding an ‘active listening’ course over 4 Thursdays starting April 9 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm each week at Church End, Cockshut Road. The course will develop interpersonal skills and assist with discussing ideas and assumptions. It is free and open to all, and run by an experienced counsellor. Then on Saturday May 16 there will be a professional study day Tree of life: understanding narrative techniques in counselling. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am Mothering Sunday family service with a posy for every mum, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am Mothering Sunday family service in the church hall with posies for mums; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please come and join us.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

ACCESS in Newhaven and Seaford committee meeting Monday at SeeAbility, Bradbury Centre, St Peter’s Road, Seaford, to discuss disability issues.

HOME FIRES, Sarah Clifford’s new play at Newhaven Fort, Wednesday March 18 to Saturday March 21, nightly at 8pm (doors open 7.15pm). With music, dance, sound installation, projections, professional performances and mass community participation the play explores the role Newhaven, Seaford and the surrounding villages played during World War One and the impact the conflict had on local people at the time and for generations to follow. Limited tickets are free but must be booked in advance 01273 517622 or email

MEECHING WI: Mrs Marsh Hobbs will give a talk to members on the Secrets of the Royal Pavilion on Thursday at 9.45am in Meeching Hall. New members and visitors always welcome.

GARDENING SOCIETY: Newhaven Gardening Society is holding its monthly meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm when members will hear a talk on the work of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. Visitors always welcome for an admission charge of £2 to include tea and biscuits.

FILM SOCIETY: The next film shown by Hillcrest Film Society is Nebraska (15) and it will be shown on Saturday March 21 at the Hillcrest Centre. It is a tender and funny film about an elderly father and a middle-aged son Woody and David who take a very uncomfortable road trip together. Woody has received a junk mail flyer which appears to promise a $1 million lottery payout. He does not trust the post and refuses to accept it is a scam so he insists on making the trip to pick up the money from an office in Lincoln, Nebraska. He insists on making the journey on foot as his drinking problem prevents him from driving So to humour him David offers to drive but the trip uncovers some painful family secrets. Tickets are £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre. The Café opens at 6.30pm and the film starts at 7.30pm.

RNLI: Newhaven Lifeboat is hosting a fund-raising weekend along with The Ark Pub and the Ship Hotel. Sovereign Seas International Maritime Folk Festival is being held on March 28 and 29 with talented singers and musicians playing on traditional instruments. The weekend kicks off at 11am on Saturday March 28 with a free concert of songs and tunes in the function room of The Ship featuring Travelling Folk and Marlings Clog. At 2pm there is the Flow Tide Concert of sea songs in the Lifeboat House, admission by ticket £5 and at 5pm outside the Lifeboat station there will be a free dance display featuring the Long Man Morris Men and Marlings Clog. At 5.45pm you can go along to The Ark on West Quay and hear songs and tunes from Travelling Folk, admission free and end the day back at the Lifeboat Station to enjoy the High Tide Concert at 7.30pm. Admission by ticket £7. Sunday March 29 begins with a free Maritime Walk (weather permitting) from the Lifeboat Station at 10am and at noon the Ship upstairs is hosting a free songs and tunes session with Hastings Shanty Singers. 2pm the Ebb Tide Concert takes place at the Lifeboat Station, admission by ticket £3 and the weekend ends at 5.15pm at The Ark with Survivors Session, songs and tunes from Hastings Shanty Singers. Tickets for the concerts at the Lifeboat Station are available from RNLI on 01273 515964 or email If you want to attend all the concerts you can buy a ticket for £12.


COUNCIL MEETING: A Planning and Highways meeting will be held on Tuesday at 6.30pm in the Anzac Room.

MAYOR’S CHARITY EVENT: Murder in the Dark on Saturday April 25 at 7.30pm. Tickets are selling fast for this popular event and are available from the Information Office at £12.50 (bring your own food and drinks). For further information contact 01273 585493.

COMMONWEALTH DAY: The Deputy Mayor led the service and raised the Commonwealth flag on Monday March 9 and thanked everyone involved in marking the day.

PEACEHAVEN FORUM: A reminder that the forum meets every third Friday in the library at 12.30pm. All residents welcome.

NEW APPOINTMENT: The new leisure and amenities manager for Peacehaven Town Council is Angela Read; contact Angela via this e-mail address

TOWN COUNCIL GRANTS: Grants that are normally allocated in May have been delayed until June; you may, however, apply now. Contact the town manager, Alan Sargent ( for an application form.

BIG PARK OPENING: Centenary Park opened last Saturday to thousands of visitors from along the coastal strip and beyond. Chris Bibb (project manager) was delighted with the attendance and hopes that visitors will continue to enjoy the park throughout the coming months.

PEACEHAVEN WI: Our usual excellent March ploughman’s lunch was served to 40 members, after which the meeting started and arrangements were finalised for the visit to the Winter Gardens at the end of the month for the Annual Council Meeting. Then, of course, we had tea, joined by the speaker Peter Wilson who had arrived with a great deal of equipment, including a piano and projector. He reminded us of our youth, going back to the 50s and 60s and the pop music of that era. Finally with our help he produced a song with words taken at random from the screen and chords from the piano. However, I very much doubt it will prove to be Top of The Pops. The next meeting will be on Wednesday April 1. Everyone is welcome and don’t forget the coffee morning on Friday March 20. (Joy Allen).

Rodmell & Southease

BUSY: it looks as though March is going to be a busy month for Rodmell so here are dates for your diary.

SUNDAY is Mothering Sunday when there will be a Family Service in church when children of all ages will receive posies to give to their mothers.

WI: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI will be having an interesting talk by David Crozier from National Coastwatch. Visitors welcome to join us at 8pm in the village hall.

PARISH ASSEMBLY: Friday, March 20, the Parish Assembly in the village hall at 7.30pm. We may also find out who is to be the new Rodmell Resident of the Year from previous Rodmell resident Catriona Grant.

JUMBLE SALE on Saturday March 21 in aid of village hall funds. Please let Christine (475943) or Brenda (470847) know if you would like to have items collected. Volunteers needed to help. Doors open 2pm.

COFFEE CLUB is on March 25 in the village hall. There were lots of people at the February one and numbers are increasing. Maybe it’s the lovely cakes.

CHURCH GARDENING: Saturday March 28, church gardening morning from 9.30am. As many helpers as possible would be most appreciated.

SPRING SHOW: Also on March 28 there is our lovely Spring Show in the village hall.

PALM SUNDAY: Sunday March 29, Palm Sunday, a united service in our church with the giving of palm crosses. Also clocks go forward on this day.

SCRAP BOOKS: Christine was very pleased at the number of people who came to view the Rodmell Scarp Books on Tuesday February 24.

AGM: The AGM of the Rodmell and Southease Horticultural Society also took place on Tuesday February 24 and was well attended. Kevin Jenkins, head gardener at Glyndebourne, gave us a very informative and amusing talk.

RODMELL SHOW: Unfortunately Rodmell will not be holding its big event, Rodmell Show, on the Croft this year as they are a little short on organisers, but there will be smaller shows in the village hall.

C7: People who stay here or visit the village are always complaining about the bad driving on the C7. Speed and tailgating seem to be the main problems.


MOTHERING SUNDAY is always held on the fourth Sunday of Lent and is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. During Lent you give up eating sweet, rich foods or meat, but this is eased on Mothering Sunday and this is where the Simnel Cake originated.

SEYMOUR JENNINGS Retrospective Exhibition is taking place at The Arts@theCrypt Galleries, 23 Church Street from today, Friday, to Thursday March 19 opening at 10.30am to 4.30pm daily. Drawings and Paintings from 1952-2015.

SWEETHEARTS WI is holding a nearly new sale and coffee morning at Clinton Centre, Clinton Place 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday.

JUMBLE SALE at Bishopstone Parish Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 1.30pm in aid of Seaford Bonfire Society.

MOTHER’S DAY: To celebrate Mother’s Day Seaford Evening Flower Club will be holding a coffee morning and sale of posies tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at St Leonard’s Church Hall. In addition to refreshments and the sale of posies there will be other stalls of interest too. All proceeds to the club and its annual chosen charity for this year.

AGE CONCERN Sunday Lunch Club at The Downs 60+ Club, Sutton Corner on Sunday, 12.45pm, £5.50. To book ring 01323 899434.

THE JOYCE CAMPBELL Sunday Lunch Club at St Peter’s Church Hall, Belgrave Road, on Sunday at 1pm for senior citizens, £5. To book and further details call 01323 892327.

NATIONAL TRUST is holding a talk at Cross Way Church, Steyne Road on Wednesday at 2.30pm by Graeme Lewington, Arun and Wey Canal (London’s Lost Route to the Sea). New members and non-members welcomed.

AGM: Seaford and Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch Association is holding their AGM on Thursday, 7.30pm at St Leonard’s Church Hall.

COMMUNITY SERVICES Committee Meeting is being held at Seaford Town Council, 37 Church Street on Thursday at 7pm.

CONCERT: Note for your diaries the second of the Lunchtime Concerts is being held at St Leonard’s Church on Saturday March 21, 1pm lasting about an hour and is free of charge but a retiring collection. In concert will be Julia Kemp (soprano) and Rosemary Kemp (piano).

ST PATRICK’S DAY March 17, patron Saint of Ireland, traditionally the wearing of a shamrock and the colour green ribbon have been worn on this day since at least the 1680s.


FLOWER CLUB: Peacehaven and Telscombe Flower Club meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday afternoon at 2pm for 2.30pm start at the Civic Centre, Telscombe. The club holds floral demonstrations by top demonstrators and workshops, so whether you are an experienced flower arranger or a beginner, there is something for you. You do not have to be a flower arranger to join, all you need is a love of flowers.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: Ameneties 7.30pm at the Civic Centre on Monday. Council meeting at the Civic Centre on Wednesday, 7.30pm.

CTLA: Good news. You may recall that there was concern for elderly and vulnerable people in the Seahaven area due to funding cuts. CTLA are pleased to announce they and ESCC have agreed alternative funding to enable CTLA to provide a replacement service that which will cater for the current passengers of the Peacehaven Rover service. CTLA has launched the Get on Board fundraising campaign to purchase a new Four Towns Community Bus that will provide the replacement service. They have currently £340 towards their £50,000 target, if you can help or wish to donate, go to their website for more details.

TRANSPORT: The above will be good news for those who depend upon this very useful service. I am happily tootling around the area in my trusty, little, and very aged car nicknamed Maud, but I am aware that the time will come when I shall very reluctantly, have to give up and use transport like this. Still, let us hope that it will not be for years yet. Meanwhile, Charlie, our resident magpie, has been spotted on the lawn gathering nesting materials, so I know that spring is here. Every year he builds his nest in one of the trees edging the garden, and spends his summer inspecting the lawn whilst I and Jack watch his and his wife’s antics from the summerhouse. The wonderful man who cuts our grass throughout the year has made the first cut of the year so the air is filled with the glorious scent of mown grass. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, summer cannot be far away. Enjoy your week. Go safely.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

PARAGON FIELDS Preservation Association was formed in 1992, when the five and a half acre field at Wannock came up for sale and local people were concerned about what might happen to it. With a lot of fund raising from individuals and grants from companies and environmental and conservation groups as well as the parish council and with a low interest rate loan, the field was purchased. The aim is to preserve the land as an open space for recreation and quiet enjoyment of the general public and for the protection and encouragement of the local flora and fauna. The annual general meeting will be held at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall when you can learn more about what the members have achieved and what their plans are for the future. After the business side of the meeting there will be a talk by David Morgan, senior ranger for the National Trust, followed by tea and coffee. Please contact the secretary Mark Harley on 01323 489366 or membership secretary Mary Taylor on 01323 485241 for further information.

CHARITY FLOWER STALL: Willingdon Flower Club will be having a charity flower stall in the Arndale Centre near Sainsbury’s from 8.30am to 11.30am tomorrow, Saturday. Beautiful flower arrangements, baskets and posies will be on sale, ideal gifts for Mother’s Day.

FIFTH AVENUE will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE WHEATSHEAF is celebrating St Patrick’s Day tomorrow, Saturday, when Andy Millen will be entertaining customers from 8.30pm with his folk and Irish four piece band Sloe Gin. There will be a set menu available.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: The Wheatsheaf may still have a limited number of places available for Mothering Sunday when Joe will be playing piano from 12.30pm. Ring 01323 502069. Other local eateries are the Red Lion 013232 502062, the British Queen 01323 484166, the Eight Bells Jevington 01323 484442 and Chalk Farm Hotel 01323 503800 (where there will be a present for mothers) and don’t forget to visit the garden centre behind the hotel.

CHURCH RAMBLERS will be meeting at Chalk Farm at 10.30am on Monday. Following a drive to Seaford there will be a five mile mainly flat circular walk taking in the Tide Mills. All are welcome.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Eastbourne and District Preservation Trust which manages Polegate Windmill will be having their 50th AGM at 7.30pm on Tuesday at Polegate Town Hall. After the business side of the meeting there will be tea, coffee and biscuits followed by a talk from Chris Hicks entitled The National Park and Voluntary Ranger Service. All are welcome.

TASTE OF SUNRISE: There is an event coming up at Sunrise Senior Living at 6 Upper Kings Drive which readers may well find interesting. Entitled Taste of Sunrise it is from 2pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday, which is during Nutrition and Hydration week. To discover the dining experience at Sunrise, the chef will be preparing samples of starters, main courses and desserts from his menus for visitors to try. Also present will be celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager. If you would like to go along, please book first by ringing Emma Viera, director of community relations on 01323 525000 or email .

JEVINGTON AND FILCHING WI will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall at 2pm on Thursday for a bring-and-buy afternoon. Hot cross buns and tea will be served and it will be a chance for members to discuss the books which they have read and enjoyed. For further information please ring Rose on 01323 849562 or visit the club’s website .

WILLINGDON FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm on Friday March 20 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners’ lunch at Trinity Church Hall is on Friday March 20 at noon. The menu will be fruit juice, Cumberland pie or a vegetarian shepherd’s pie option, with seasonal vegetables, followed by Bakewell tart and cream, and tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. Meals are priced at £5.50.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday March 20 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. The talk is about Jack the Ripper. A microphone with a loop system is used for the benefit of the deaf and hard of hearing at all talks.

BOX OPENING and coffee morning: Throughout the year, parishioners at St Mary’s Church have been saving their odd coins in specially provided boxes for the Children’s Society which helps vulnerable youngsters. On Saturday March 21 the boxes will be opened in the church hall between 10am and noon and the contents counted.

THE JPK PROJECT which aims to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability will be holding a coffee morning from 9.30am to noon on Saturday March 21 at St Mary’s Church Hall in Hailsham. Organised by Angela and Peter Walters, attractions include home-made preserves, greeting cards, cakes, a tombola, raffle and more. Do support this event.