Parish pump Newhaven - March 14, 2014


CAT OUT OF HELL is the new novel by Lynne Truss well known for her book, Eats, Shoots and Leaves. Cat out of Hell is described as a very funny horror story which features devil worship, a dim actor, a rather charming librarian, a dog named Watson and cats. These, however, are the kind of cats not to meet on a dark night. Lynne will be reading from Cat out of Hell at Deans Place Hotel on March 28 at 6.30pm for 7pm. Tickets are £10 which includes a copy of the book.

THE CLERGY HOUSE, a National Trust Property, will be opening tomorrow (March 15) for the season. The house and shop are open from 10.30am to 5pm on each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and closed on Thursdays and Fridays.


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

QUIZ NIGHT: How well do you know Sussex? Find out at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, in Bishopstone Parish Hall. This event is in aid of the Willett Trust, tickets cost £7.50 including wine and cheese and available from Linda’s Stores.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, email Jim Skinner ( or phone 01273 517291; or contact Peter Mason ( or phone 01323 893096.

MOTHERING SUNDAY’s special non-Eucharistic All Age Service will be held at 10.15am, Sunday March 30 at St Andrew’s Church. Refreshments will be served in the tower after the service.

ST ANDREW’S Summer Fete needs volunteers to join the organising team. People are needed to help with car parking, stalls, children’s activities and publicity. If you would like to join the team, please phone Jane Lucy (01323 898209).

WITH THE ARRIVAL of warmer weather, its mating time for frogs and toads looking for mates in our local ponds and ditches- some will try to cross busy roads. Bishopstone is also a hotspot for great crested newts. With the aid of a torch in the evening, we spotted not one but three different species of male newts showing off their prowess. The female newts are less exhibitionist, hiding in the vegetation before carefully laying their precious eggs on pond weed. The mild, wet winter seems to have suited newts as there were more than I have ever seen in years of watching them.


OPEN DAY: Today, Friday, Singing Tree Steiner Kindergarten, based in Falmer Village Hall, is having an Open Day from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. There will be free craft activities for parents and children aged 1 to 6 years. There will be a second Open Day on Saturday March 29 at 11am to 1pm.‘This Kindergarten has been part of Falmer Village for many years and the setting makes an outstanding provision in meeting the needs of the range of children who attend. The outcomes for children are excellent.’ Schools inspection report June 2013. Tel: 01273 386300 (ext 2) Email

POND: The moorhen’s nest, which Sue reported on last week, is now out of the water, the pond having gone down at least four inches. Someone was concerned about the eggs being vulnerable and easy for the rats to steal, someone else said, but that is always the case, rats can swim, when the nests are in the water they can still steal them. Birds, elsewhere, are nesting everywhere, and we humans must be careful about disturbing them.

CONCERTS: Two concerts this week in St Laurence Church, the first tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm Nicolas Chisholm tenor, the second on Sunday at noon is Angel Voices Children’s choir in aid of the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice. I am looking forward to both concerts.

FOR DETAILS of other recitals, including the Brighton Festival Fringe, go to

Glynde & Beddingham

MEMORIAL PARADE: The Memorial Parade are holding a jumble sale at 2pm at The Reading Room in Glynde on March 22. If anyone has any unwanted items that they would like to donate to the sale, please contact the team on There is also a Phil the Bag collection taking place today, Friday, look out for the white bag coming through your door.

SO LONG, FAREWELL: It is with sadness that we say goodbye to a very very long-standing member of our community. Pete Lacey is off to town again, although probably not on his scooter this time. Pete came to Glynde some 22 years ago and has always played an active part in community life and around the village. For a number of years he was manager and coach of the Glynde Sunday football team which made it to the Sunday league finals at the Dripping Pan in Lewes twice under his management and coaching. Pete was an avid darts player and played for the Trevor Arms and Glynde and Beddingham Working Men’s Club. Pete also was the secretary of the working men’s club for a number of years and did many a shift behind the bar. He will be well remembered by all for his love of the karaoke nights, and always could be seen in the Trevor with his cup of tea. We wish him the best for the future in his new home in Lewes.... bye bye’ miss American pie’.

SWIMMING POOL: Our wonderful open-air pool is getting ready to open again in May this year. The team of volunteers are planning various fundraising events throughout the year, but are also looking into funding for specific pool-related projects. If anyone has any experience in this area and might be able to help with advice, they would love to hear from you. Online joining will be ready soon, watch this space, and key exchange sessions will be at the end of April beginning of May. Last year saw the arrival of some lovely shrubs kindly donated by a keen member, to enhance the bathing experience, and this year the team would like to add pots and planters. Please contact Erika on 858015 or Helen on 07816749516 if you can help. The next meeting will be on Wednesday May 7 at 7.30pm in the Trevor Arms. Everyone is welcome.

TREVOR ARMS: Our wonderful local pub has decided it’s time for a vinyl revival. The turntable arrived last Friday and an eclectic mix of sounds has been filling the village ever since much to the delight of staff, locals and visitors. Local community groups will also benefit from this musical departure with the nominal charge of £1 per play. The kitchen is very excited about its new Spring menu which is being launched at the end of next week, making this a wonderful destination for a weekend walk over the Downs.

TEA ROOMS: Following the runaway success of the international evenings that Debbie and David have been running to keep our spirits up throughout the insidious the winter (A Taste of Spain, India, Italy, Mexico), this month our tastebuds will be excited by A Taste of Japan. David draws on his experience in the East to delight us once again with dishes such as teriyaki chicken, vegetable tempura and other tasty Japanese treats. Please phone Debbie on 01273 858215 to book this or an afternoon tea on Mothers Day. Opening hours for the tea room and garden are Wednesday til Sunday 10am to 4pm until March 30 and then until 6pm from April 2.


KINGSTON WI: After the president’s welcome the treasurer gave her report; various group activities were noted and the date and time of a June visit to the Houses of Parliament finalised. In May a Community Police woman will talk of scams we need to avoid. August will see us at a member’s farm for a tour and afternoon tea. The Group meeting in April will be held at the Rugby Club and the April meeting will be open for non members with a talk about the National Garden Scheme. Charles Dickens was the subject of our talk and we heard how Dickens used much of his own life as events in his novels. He was born in Portsmouth, lived in Rochester, Chatham and London and when 12 years old his father was sent to Marchalsea debtor’s prison which meant Charles had to work. He spent 10 hour days at a blacking warehouse labelling pots of boot blacking. In his book David Copperfield, Mr. Micawber was a debtor and David worked in a blacking warehouse emulating reality. Dickens’s father was released after inheriting money from a relative and Charles returned to school. After this he worked in a law office in Grays Inn and later, having learned shorthand, he became a freelance reporter. He married Catherine Hogarth in 1836 at age 24; they had ten children nine of whom survived. The marriage broke down after 20 years but divorce was unthinkable. Like his father’s indebtedness and his working in a blacking warehouse, Dickens kept these shameful episodes from the public. He issued a cruel statement stating that Catherine suffered from mental depression making her unfit to be his wife and that she never cared for their children, nor they for her. He took the 8 youngest to live with him at Gadshill House in Kent and the eldest went to live with his mother. The children were cared for by Catherine’s sister Georgina who remained until Dickens’s death in 1870. Of Dickens nine children two boys went to Australia, two went to the Indian Civil Service but eventually all left him, even his daughter, Kate, married to escape an unhappy household. The great love of his life was an actress Ellen Turnan, his mistress for 12 years but again this was hidden from the public. She was bought a house in London and one in Boulogne, France where he visited her every week. Dickens daughter Kate said there was a child born but this was kept quiet. On 9th June 1865, journeying back from France, with Ellen and her mother, the train crashed near Maidstone. He got them out and returned to help. Exactly five years later on 9 June 1870, Dickens suffered a stroke which killed him. He spent his life keeping his liaison with Ellen from the public eye; he even changed his name to Charles Tringham in order to travel with Ellen. All the effort to keep shameful episodes in his life from the public together with the train crash must have been very stressful. Was it a coincidence that the crash and his death were exactly five years apart; was the stress of it all a possible cause? Our speaker judged the competition which was won by Janice Barber.


PHILATELIC SOCIETY: Our February meeting was billed as The Swiss Militia by Fred Hoadley. The club were treated to a fascinating talk on the history of Swiss stamps. We were shown a wonderful collection including some beautiful sets of wildlife stamps. The first Swiss stamps retained the same design for several decades. Early in the twentieth century, the Swiss pioneered charity stamps. The first issues raised funds to help eliminate childhood tuberculosis. Subsequent issues produced funds to found the International Red Cross. In January, club members gave interesting talks on parts of their own collections from floral to pre-stamp methods of distributing the post. Today, Friday, Josh Spoor will talk to the club about The Skies of Sussex. All meetings are held at Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road at 7.15pm for 7.30pm on every second Friday of the month. All are welcome. For details call 01273 400340.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Calling all over 70s. The church runs a Monday Club from 10am to 2pm, mainly for people who live on their own and who value the chance to meet up with others. We have a regular programme of fun activities and guest speakers; and a quality home-cooked lunch is served every week. Our friendly team ensure a welcoming and safe environment for everyone. Throughout the year we also put on regular trips to places of interest. If you or a relative are interested in joining us please do contact Janette on 01273 471142 or for more information. We look forward to meeting you. The church’s eco-team has held a bring and share lunch to raise awareness of the DownTown Lewes project being run by Sussex Wildlife Trust and the National Park. The aim is to establish wildlife corridors across Lewes. For over five years we have maintained our churchyard in a way which encourages bio-diversity; this includes feeding the birds throughout winter and spring. Green Anglicans also support a carbon fast during Lent to reduce our daily carbon emissions. We are holding a fundraising coffee morning for Rwanda on Friday 21 March, 10am to noon, in Church End (the house beside the church, entrance off Cockshut Road). All are welcome, as are donations of cakes/biscuits. We are relieved that two members of our congregation who have been in Ukraine since 2012 are safe and continuing their work with orphans. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service and communion; 11.15am informal service (church hall); 6.30pm informal service. Please join us if you can.

CHRISTIAN AID Hunger Lunch. On Thursday, noon to 2pm a bread and cheese lunch will be held at Cliffe Hall to raise funds for Christian Aid. All are welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Ten walkers enjoyed a five and a half mile walk in the Plumpton area on a recent sunny Tuesday morning. From Plumpton Station we took a path parallel with the railway line where we encountered the first of the mud. Soon the footpath took us across the railway line which we crossed with extreme care. We continued through muddy fields then onto an old track which took us past East Chiltington Church, farm buildings and isolated homes. Then we sloshed our way through fields to Novington Lane before returning to muddy fields and our coffee stop. Just before the Half Moon Public House we were entertained by three alpacas on our path. These lovely looking animals stood and stared at us while we passed by wondering what all these humans were doing in their field. At the half way point of our walk we entered the grounds of Plumpton Agricultural College. Heading north we soon returned to muddy fields and footbridges over fast flowing streams. Eventually we came to dry land on the road around Plumpton Race Track managing to clean most of the mud off our boots. A substantial footbridge took us over the railway line completing a most enjoyable muddy walk. This walk which replaced the published walk at Upper Dicker due to flooding was led by Dave. The next walk is on Wednesday, Uckfield to Little Horstead. Meet at Lewes Bus Station to catch the 9.50am bus 29 to Uckfield. This will be a 6.5 miles undulating walk.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MENCAP is holding a jumble sale in its headquarters, Riverside Hall, West Quay tomorrow (Saturday) from noon to 2pm. There will be a wide variety of things on offer and refreshments are available. Admission is 30p for adults,children under 12 years admitted free. The Mencap AGM will be held at the same venue on Monday March 24 at 7pm,everyone welcome to come along and put forward their views.

HCPT QUIZ: Tomorrow (Saturday) to raise funds to take children to Lourdes. 7pm for 7.30pm South Heighton village hall. £5per head including food,take your own drink. Raffle. To accurately gauge food please telephone Tarina to book a table and state number of players on 01273 612227 or 07751 532900.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society is showing its latest film tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hillcrest Centre. This is a French film with sub-titles Seraphine and is the winner of seven Cesars, the French Oscars. Classified as 15 it is based on a true story about the life and art of a simple maid who is discovered by a German art critic on the eve of WWI. Tickets are £4.50each from the Hillcrest Centre reception or on the door. Cafe opens at 6.30pm, film begins at 7.30pm.

VOLUNTEERS are needed by NCDA for a new project they are launching to provide help and advice at their information centre. They are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help people access the right services for their needs and assist local people to live better lives. You can be part of this caring new team if you can spare three hours a week,or more if you want to, in the new information centre. All volunteer roles will be tailored to meet the experience and needs of the volunteers. Can you listen and help people with their problems or would you rather help with the organisation and planning of the service? NCDA will provide training and on-going support to build upon your listening/communication skills, computer skills and understanding of the relevant service. For more information or to volunteer contact Glynis on 01273 517375 or email

MEECHING WI: Debbie Evans will talk to members on Small Changes, Big Differences on Thursday in Meeching Hall at 9.45am. New members/visitors always welcome.

GARDENING SOCIETY: Mark Saunders will give an illustrated talk on an A-Z of Gardening to members of Newhaven Gardening Society on Thursday at Newhaven Age Concern Day Club, West Quay at 7.30pm. Visitors always welcome for an admission fee of £2 including tea and biscuits. New members can go along and join up on the night.

CONCERT: A Night with the Big Bands on Saturday March 22 at Newhaven Fort 7pm. Bringing you the music of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glen Miller and more. Performed by the Maestro Academy Players. 1940s fancy dress optional. Tickets £8 each from Maestro Music, Newhaven High Street or Newhaven Fort.


CINEMA: The March film Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday starting at 7.30pm. It proved very popular at the recent Hollywood Oscars where it won seven Awards from the ten nominations. Tickets are available at £5 each from the information office.

BINGO: Tonight, Friday, there is another session of the ever popular bingo in the Community House, Meridian Centre starting at 7pm. It is £4 for eight games plus flyer and Snowball games. There are cash prizes to be won. Free refreshments will be available during the interval half way through the evening.

MEET ME: Our local police in a Meet Me session will be available to talk with on Wednesday from noon to 1pm in the Meridian Centre. If you have any thoughts or comments on police activities or need some advice, do take the opportunity to have a chat.

HORTICULTURE: The Peacehaven Horticultural Society will hold their monthly meeting in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Monday starting at 7.30pm. There will be a talk by district and town Councillor Job Harris about Crime Stoppers. Peacehaven is a safe place to both work and live. We can all play a part in maintaining this situation.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre has been arranged by the Peacehaven Labour party from 8.30am to noon. The next market is on Saturday March 22 and will be organised by the Seaford Lioness Club. To book a table contact them on 01323 492781.

COFFEE MORNINGS: There is a coffee morning next week on Tuesday when the UKIP party will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Then on Thursday The Peacehaven Catholic Church will be behind the counter serving those welcome morning refreshments.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee next week on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. The meeting is open to residents who may ask questions during the first 15 minutes.

WIDER AUDIENCE: I am impressed by some of the colourful A4 posters that appear in the information office advertising future events. With the exception of a few regular contributors little information is sent to me. The details of my address and email contact are shown each week in the Sussex Express. There is no charge for items that appear in my weekly column. It is said that there is no such thing as bad publicity. I only deal in good news so if you want more people to come to your functions do let me know at least two weeks before the event. Thank you for reading my column and between us lets keep the community spirit of Peacehaven alive and thriving.

PEACEHAVEN WI: At last it was a sunny Springlike day for our March meeting and this was reflected in a good attendance. We started the afternoon with a tasty ploughman’s lunch, followed by delicious iced cupcakes specially made by birthday girl Iris Holding’s granddaughter. Our president reported on the ESFWI Gilt on the Gingerbread weekend held at Dean’s Place Hotel in Alfriston which combined interesting talks and good food. After tea Mr Rushton gave us an historical and pictorial talk on the delights of Venice; what a beautiful city, as many of us who have visited there would agree. The meeting closed with a reminder of arrangements made to attend the Federation Annual Meeting on March 26. Our Spring Coffee Morning is on Tuesday April 1 and the following day is our next meeting. Do come along to both. (joy Allen).


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

SPRING FAIR: Coffee Morning and Spring Fair tomorrow, Saturday, at the Free Church Hall, Victoria Road at 10am in aid of Polegate Brownies. All welcome. More information from Debbie Gearing 486887.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY timetables now available for the season starting tomorrow, Saturday, or visit our open day at Groombridge Station on Saturday March 26. Bookings and information on 01892 537715.

WALK tomorrow, Saturday, Stiles, Vines and White Chimneys, 5 miles with Graham. Meet at Sandy Cross, Henfield 9.50am GR 583203, bus No 51 8.50am Terminus Road stand H, car may park in Ghyl Road. Coffee stop in Horam. Finish at 12.30pm.

ANOTHER WALK on Sunday, Heathfield Wander, 9 miles with Jan. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am walk starts at Mill Road CP behind Heathfield Fire Station at 10.10am GR 578213, dry lunch finish at 3.30pm.

AGM: Willingdon and Polegate windmill are holding their AGM on March 18, at 7.30pm in Polegate Town Hall. Members and non-members welcome. After the main business and a break a talk will be given by Chris Hicks, who has been a downland Ranger since 2000.

LOCAL HISTORY: The local history society are meeting on Friday March 21 when our speaker is Helen Poole talking about the Gages of Firle. All welcome. Doors open at 6.30pm meeting starts at 7pm.

TRINITY DINERS next meal is on Friday March 21. To book a place please telephone Jennie on 484189 or email

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is now open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 1pm. Come and visit our various stalls. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002 or email


RINGMER DEBATES: The last in the series of Ringmer Debates takes place this evening (Friday) at 7.30pm in the village hall. The theme for this one is The Value of Land. Entry is free, though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The meeting this evening (Friday) will hear Anne Stamper speaking on Lewes Music Festivals and Ringmer Choirs. The Lewes Music Festivals ran from the 1920s until the 1970s, though they were probably at their peak between the wars. Ringmer and especially the Ringmer WI Choir featured frequently during this period. Ringmer Village Hall at 7.45pm.

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

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday March 5, the result of the duplicate pairs played was:1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Pam Brook and John Weston; 3, Hazel North and Allan Hardy. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

JUMBLE SALE: Ringmer Primary Home School Association Annual Jumble Sale will be held next Saturday, March 22, 2pm to 4pm. Donations of jumble gratefully received from 2.45pm to 4pm on Friday March 21 or Saturday morning from 9am to 11.30am. If you are unable to deliver please phone Nigel on 07795682950 for collection. (No large items of furniture or electrical equipment please). All of our excess jumble will be collected at the end by the British Heart Foundation. For further information please phone 01273 812463 or 813860.

Rodmell & Southease

PARISH COUNCIL: The Rodmell Parish Council meeting on March 3 had its usual small group of residents as support. The usual subjects came up, broadband, traffic calming and dog excrement to name but a few. Look at any village notice board these days and you can bet you will find at least one of these mentioned. Thanks to our hard working parish council for their work in doing their best for us.

RESCUE: There has been a bit of excitement in the village this week as fire engines and an ambulance went tearing down the village on Wednesday to rescue (so I’m told) a villager who fell into the brooks.

ON WEDNESDAY I was driving into the hospital, to see Mike, around 2pm when to my surprise I saw a small group of various nationalities walking along the C7 holding banners, one of which was a Union Jack. I couldn’t quite make out the others. They were walking between Iford and Rodmell and were a most unusual sight. I have not found anyone else who saw them, but other drivers must have, as the road is always busy.

WE REALLY DO need to praise and encourage the young when they do get it right, and I would like to say a big thank you to 14 year old George from Ringmer Community College who has just spent a week doing work experience at Lime Tree Care Home, where my mother now lives in Ringmer. George was so good with all the staff and clients and they all thought he was wonderful as he was funny, patient, extremely well mannered and really seemed to enjoy being with the older generation. I feel I must give credit when it’s due. Thanks George. Let’s hope we see more youngsters doing things like this as it really bridges the age gap.

FOR THOSE WHO REMEMBER Charlotte who used to work at Monks House and now has a new occupation at Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, why not pop along and see her in her new venue which I’m told is the beautifully restored 18th century Cart Lodge. It is family friendly, has learning space, does group visits and has a lovely shop and cafe. I aim to visit the museum soon as I have a friend who is a volunteer there and tells me a lot about it. Sounds like the place for a great day out. Jude Bovington, who used to live in Rodmell, also now lives in Ditchling so I am over there as often as I can be to visit her as well, as our friendship goes back many years.

WI: Don’t forget to come to our WI meeting when on Tuesday we have Maggie Lanning, an ex Rodmell resident, coming with a friend to give a talk on the Battle of Lewes Tapestry which should be finished very soon. Maggie has been a prime mover of this project and one of the many workers who have been busy stitching away. The talk will start promptly at 7.30pm.

THE CHURCHYARD Gardening is tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to noon. Phone Christine on 465943 for more information.

COFFEE MORNING in the village hall at 11am on Wednesday March 26.

WI JUMBLE SALE is in the village hall on Saturday March 29. Phone Sarah on 477887 if you can help.

SERVICE: Sunday March 30, Mothering Sunday Service at 11am.

I WAS SAD to see in the Plumpton PP that Hope Good has passed away. I believe she was a great age, but she always dressed in a very stylish way and was always smiling when I saw her when I visited my mother when she used to live at Clevedown.

MANY THANKS to Christine Isitt who for years has written the Rodmell Round-Up, our village newsletter, which always keeps us up to date on village coming and goings. I am always amazed at how many new people we have in the village.

RODMELL RESIDENT of the Year is Catriona Blackwell who has been our excellent keeper of the Rodmell website ( and editor of the parish magazine for several years.


THE NATIONAL TRUST Seaford Association (NTSA) will meet on Wednesday at Cross Way, Steyne Road at 2.30pm. The talk by Monty Larkin is about The Bishopstone/Tidemills locality, near Newhaven. New members (including non NT members) are welcome. For further information about the NTSA visit our website on

ALEXANDRA SILOCEA, pianist, will be performing works by Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt at Cross Way, Steyne Road. 7.45pm March 21. Tickets can be purchased at the door from 7.15pm for a cost of £12. Further information please telephone 01323 895812.


COUNCIL MEETINGS: There will be a meeting of the Planning and Highways Committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 and a full council meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday in the Council Chamber, both at Telscombe Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during 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

FLOWER CLUB: The inaugural meeting of the newly formed Flower Club was a resounding success with more than 70 people present. Their meetings are now continuing monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 2pm for a 2.30pm start at the Civic Centre, the next one being on Wednesday. There will be a floral demonstration by a top demonstrator and workshops. Whether you are an experienced flower arranger or a beginner, there is something for you. For further information call 01273 586191.

ST PATRICK’S DAY: This is a cultural and religious holiday and is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland. It is celebrated annually on March 17, which was the death date of the most commonly-recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. It was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire and events are now commonly held not just in Ireland, but locally and across the country. In London official celebrations and events are taking place on Sunday and typically over 100,000 attend each year, including a large segment of the capital’s sizeable Irish community. The focal point for celebrations will be Trafalgar Square where a free St Patrick’s Day Festival promotes the best of Irish music, song, culture, arts and dance. Beyond Trafalgar Square, Ireland’s national day is felt throughout the city with a parade commencing at Piccadilly at midday and completing a 1.5 mile route through central London. Be sure to be there and enjoy which should prove to be an excellent day.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

A FASHION SHOW organised by the JPK Sussex Project is being held at Edgmond 39-41 Church Street Old Town, at 2pm on Sunday March 23. Edgmont and the site on which it stands has now been purchased by JPK and will eventually become a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability once sufficient funds have been raised to commence building. The fashion show which will be a professional performance will comprise of bridal, mother of the bride and special occasion outfits, and even if you are not looking for these particular outfits, it will still be an enjoyable afternoon and an opportunity to see the inside of Edgmont since it has been decorated. Tickets for the fashion show are £10 each which include a drink on arrival. There will also be a raffle and refreshments. For tickets or further information please contact the JPK project co-ordinator Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or write to her at 7 Wannock Avenue, Willingdon, Eastbourne, BN20 9RP. Cheques should be made payable to The JPK Sussex Project.

LENT LUNCHES: East Dean and Friston Churches are supporting the JPK Sussex Project through their Lent lunches of soup and bread and cheese, with donations going to JPK. The first lunch was at East Dean Church on Saturday March 8. Other lunches are being held by parishioners on the Fridays during lent with the final lunch on Saturday April 12 from 12pm to 2pm at East Dean Church where everyone will be welcome. For details call 01323 423311. The trustees of the JPK Project and project co-ordinator Jill Parker are grateful for the support given by the churches and those who are holding the lunches and attending them.