Parish pump Newhaven - March 21, 2014


LYNN TRUSS will be reading from her latest book Cat Out of Hell at Deans Place Hotel on March 28 at 6.30pm for 7pm. The £10 ticket includes a copy of the book - a funny horror story. Tickets are available from Much Ado Books or telephone 01323 871222 or visit the website at

THE FLOOD WATER has receded but was replaced last week with yet another burst water pipe causing water to run through the village like a fast flowing stream. The drains were replaced last year and the length of the High Street resurfaced. Unfortunately advantage was not taken at that time to replace the water pipes. The water company has continued to make regular visits digging up the road to mend the many leaks. The water causes damage to the buildings and, in some cases, floods cellars. This is a medieval village with infrastructure not suited to the twenty-first century. It is in an area of outstanding natural beauty situated in a National Park attracting many visitors who bring trade keeping the village alive. It is worthy of investment.


BENCH: You may have noticed a splendid green bench sitting near the entrance to Court Farm. The bench was in the village hall garden and in a very dilapidated state. When the hall was given a new bench the old one was going to be dumped, but Den, hearing it originated from Falmer station, said he would like to have a go at restoring it, and he’s made an amazing transformation, (as he does with any job he tackles, such as renovating the huge table in the Hall kitchen).

SWEET MUSIC: We had a marvellous weekend of music last Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we were treated to some very fascinating musical settings of Thomas Hardy poetry. The first half was poetry set to music by Finzi, the second by Britten. The Britten was wonderful and the two musicians, tenor Nicolas Chisholm and pianist Julian Broughton couldn’t have been better. Rosemarie gives me this report on Sunday’s concert, Angel Voices: I went to the children’s choir concert and loved it. It was really delightful and The Angel Voices Children’s Choir all performed well, the soloists, the guitar player Naoise O’Rourke played a haunting medieval song, Kamalika Nunn sang beautifully my favourite Over the Rainbow, a Bach flute solo played by Celia Westwood-Dunkley, an outstanding vocal solo by Samuel Andrews who sang Empty Chairs and Empty Tables from Les Miserables and the final an accomplished piano solo played by Amelia Balthazor who played Night Book by Einaudi. Our next concert is on April 5 and sees the welcome return of A Bunch of Daffs.

BIG BROTHER: We have been under scrutiny recently on the roads around Falmer. CCTV was set up at the entrance to the University of Sussex, at the roundabouts and by the Falmer South traffic lights. I think this must have been a survey on the traffic on this very busy road, traffic which seems to get heavier and heavier all the time. The cameras seemed to have been removed yesterday but at least if we find there has been any more fly tipping while the cameras were up we will be able to see who has dumped it.

MASTER BUILDER: We are fascinated by a robin that has been building a nest in the ivy on the wall next to our back door. He or she does not seem to be put off by us coming and going, the building continues with dry leaves being brought, followed by dry grass and moss to line the creation. I hope they raise some chicks successfully, at least our cat is too old now to take an interest.

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD: I was down at Sussex University campus getting some money out of the cash machine last week. As it was Tuesday, I thought I’d go and have a look at the market by Sussex House. What a wonderful selection of goodies there was. Delicious looking baklava, olives, stuffed vine leaves, cakes, curries, pakoras, fresh bread even a clothes stall. I am definitely taking a shopping bag next time I go down on a Tuesday.

Glynde & Beddingham

PARISH COUNCIL: The local Parish Councillors are meeting next Wednesday at 7.30 in The Reading Room in Glynde. There are two casual vacancies at the moment, so if you would like to take part in this active, progressive community team, please contact the clerk on to talk it through. If you would like to attend the meeting on Wednesday in any case, perhaps to share suggestions, raise issues or simply to see how it all works, please do come along at 7.30pm.

SEED SAVING: The seed saving group is meeting up again after the winter months of hibernation. Our first meeting of the season will be held this Sunday afternoon at 3pm at Keeper’s Cottage, where we will be able to have a good look at Bernard’s carrots. Please phone or email Erika on 01273 858015 or for more information or directions.

TREVOR ARMS: Bookings are now being taken for Mother’s Day on Sunday March 30. Tel: 01273 858208 to reserve your table.

THE MEMORIAL PARADE Jumble Sale.If you still have any items for the jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, please bring them along to The Reading Room in Glynde from 9am on Saturday morning. There will be people available to sort any clothing or other items throughout the morning.

GLYNDE STORES and Post Office. The village stores are open 7 days a week, with the post office services available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

FLOWER SHOW and Fete. To raise money for this year’s Flower Show and Fete, there will be an evening of cheese and wine at Trevor House, Lacy’s Hill, Glynde today, Friday, from 7pm. The evening promises to be very enjoyable with music from Viva Voce. Tickets are £8 each on the door, so do come along and lend your support.


WESTGATE WI: This month we had an extremely interesting talk from Anthony (Tony) Penrose, the son of Roland Penrose and Lee Miller. Tony covered Roland and Lee’s lives, not just their work but family life and friends, giving us a good description of the kind of childhood he had at Farley Farmhouse, Chiddingly. Roland was to meet his second wife, Lee Miller, an American born in 1907, a very beautiful lady and, as we would say today, her own woman. At a young age, not even 20, Lee was featured on the front cover of Vogue magazine, an extremely unusual happening as then the models were much older, unlike our models of today. Valentine, Roland’s first wife, came back into their lives and she became very good friends with Lee, living at Farley’s Farmhouse with them all until her death in 1965. Roland died on Lee’s birthday, 23 April 1994, at Farley’s Farmhouse, and all feel that the couple are happy again to be back together. Farley’s Farmhouse has been restored to how it was during Tony’s childhood and is open to the public each Sunday, should you wish to visit. Our next meeting is on 9 April 9, Colour Me Healthy, Colour Therapy by Victoria Wynn-Jones, all welcome. (Dee Barr).

BRIDGE: Saturday March 1, Jack Cripps Salamander Plate: 1, Janet Cattermole and Jerry Emery; 2, Ronald Buddery and Simon Kirkwood; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon. Tuesday March 4, 1st Tuesday Ladder: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Jerry Emery and Mickie Lodge; 3, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott. Thursday March 6, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell; 2, Rozanne Mendick and Ruth Maxwell; 3, Margaret and Ron Buddery. Tuesday March 11, Tuesday Teams Ladder: 1, Jerry Emery and Irene Gannon, Peter Cattermole and Peter Waters. Thursday March 13, Thursday Teams Ladder: 1, Ronald and Margaret Buddery, Francine Talbot-Limbrey and Lynne Tunley. New members and visitors welcome, contact 01273 473026.

CONCERT: Lewes based Esterhazy Chamber Choir with their conductor Sandy Chenery will be performing the chamber version of the beautiful Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms, with piano duet accompaniment (pianists Nancy Cooley and Kathryn Mosley) tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm at St John sub Castro Church, Abinger Place. The choir is delighted to be joined by two distinguished Lewes singers. Soprano, Helen Adams, was a finalist in the highly prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition and has performed in operas around the world. She now lives in Lewes and is Head of Singing at Brighton College. Bass, Geoffrey Moses, has performed with all the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera House, ENO and Glyndebourne. The performance will be repeated on Saturday March 29, 7.30pm at the Church of St John the Evangelist, Knoyle Road, Preston, Brighton BN1 6RB. Tickets: £10 in advance from the website or £12 on the door (under 16’s free).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our last walk on Sunday March 9 was the warmest and sunniest day for a walk since last autumn and 24 people joined Sue and Penny for a ramble around Hadlow Down. We walked down through the lovely Waste Wood which was still very wet, muddy and slippery in places despite the better weather. We walked through country lanes to Hole Farm and returned to the start by following well marked footpaths through open fields and only encountered one stile. Everyone enjoyed the walk and felt better for it. The next walk is on Sunday. This will be a walk from Ringmer and there will be one hill to climb. The Ringmer , Barcombe circular walk had to be changed because of dangerous mud at Clayhill. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Today (Friday) the children will be participating in Sport Relief. To raise money for this good cause they will be dressing up in sporty outfits and taking part in various sporty activities. This is always a fun occasion and the school hopes to raise a record amount of money. It was lovely to see parents and carers join their children for a writing lesson on Thursday morning. The school invited them to come and see how their child learns about writing, by participating in a lesson. They have had a lot of positive comments about their Come to School With Your Child sessions and look forward to running more in the future. This week the school is delighted to be starting the Village Project. This exciting project is aimed at developing links between the nursery and the school, and will explore how they manage transition between nursery and school as well as what learning opportunities there are for the children. The school hopes it will help them to provide the very best start to education for their youngest children.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Last Sunday, South Malling Church formally commissioned Chris Stringer, a young lawyer and member of the congregation. Chris is going to Rwanda for six months, supported by a group of Christian Lawyers, to work with a legal firm in Kigali. Part of his work will be in supporting and defending street children and part will be in helping Rwandans to understand the range of international rights and expectations which have been developed to support and protect children. Chris was in Rwanda last year on a shorter and more general visit which included spending time with the Law firm he will be joining. He told the congregation that he had been challenged by a sermon he heard at Holy Trinity Brompton. The company where he is currently working have been very supportive and friends have provided him with contacts who will be helpful when he gets to Rwanda. This is quite a step to take and the commissioning is a way for the congregation to say that they are 100 percent behind him. He has promised to keep the church informed about how things go. The service this Sunday is Morning Praise. Revd David Garratt will be preaching. It begins at 9.30am and all are welcome.


CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and will be a special service to launch our overseas charity for 2014. The charity is Embrace the Middle East which aims to fight poverty and injustice through social, educational, community and economic projects. The choral evening Lenten communion service on March 16 was led by Revd Dr David Chapman, co-leader of the United Reformed Methodist Central Sussex United Area. The choir, which included friends from St Anne’s, St Pancras and Southover, sang music by Byrd, Bach, Schubert, Stainer and Eric Shave. The service was also a celebration of the Lay Ministry of the Methodist Church and a certificate was presented to Dr Tony Law to mark his 40 years as a local preacher.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: A meeting will be held on Monday at Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road at 8pm. The Nevill has two residents who have volunteered to represent our area on the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan and we will hear what progress was made at the LNP meeting in February. There will also be an update on the proposal to change the Nevill Bus Route and Saving St Mary’s Social Centre. Other items on the agenda include Landport Bottom, 1264 celebrations and our new back-to-front bench. Come along and have your say.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Netball: The Lewes league restarted after the winter break on Monday. Both of our teams played good clean games against South Malling and won; our next match will be Wallands v Wallands and will be played at school at the next club night. Well done to both teams. Our chess B team played their second round of games at Angmering on Tuesday each playing three different opponents from other schools. They all played with a lot of focus and concentration with mixed success but plenty of enjoyment. Well done to Jonathon, Otto, Richard and James C.

Newhaven, Denton & South

SPORT RELIEF. Today, Friday, is officially the day of Sport Relief when thousands of people will be walking, running or swimming to raise money for charity. But the event goes on all weekend and good luck to everyone from this are who is taking part. I have dug out my running shoes and I am doing the Sport Relief Mile in Brighton on Sunday. If anyone would like to sponsor me they can do so by logging in to

MARKET: There has been some confusion over the Newhaven Market recently and remarks about the lack of stalls. Gillian Smith, the market manager, has asked me to say that she cancelled the market for the winter due to the appalling weather but some traders chose to turn up anyway. The market will be officially re-launched on the first day of spring, Thursday March 27, when all the old stallholders will hopefully be back. From then on it will run as normal twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. On Saturday April 19 there will be a special Easter Celebration. Gillian is hoping this year the market will be bigger and better than ever so please support it.

U3A: Newhaven and Peacehaven U3A held a very well attended meeting at the Meridian Centre in March. This was attended by a member of the Police Community Support Team who spoke to members on the subject of scams. He explained how people can protect themselves by being aware of the many forms of scamming and there is a useful book, The Little Book of Scams, that is available from the police. It was suggested that door chains should be used wherever possible and windows should always be shut when leaving the house. The next meeting is on Thursday April 3 at Newhaven Baptist Church, Church Hill at 10am when Dave Homewood will speak about Talking Machines. MENCAP: The Annual General Meeting takes place on Monday in Riverside Hall, West Quay at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and put forward their views.

POLICE: Local teams will be conducting a short survey asking people how they can engage better and meet residents in the district. The results will be used to improve their overall performance and they are looking for better ways to communicate with the vulnerable and elderly members of the community. They would like people to go along and share their views. The dates are Wednesday March 26 Denton Church Hall, Heighton Road, Denton 7pm to 7.30pm; Thursday March 27 outside the Ship, Newhaven High Street 7pm to 7.45pm; Sunday March 30, Lifeboat House, West Quay 12.30pm to 1pm. AGM : The inaugural AGM of a new community association The Friends of Riverside Park (Newhaven) will take place on Saturday March 29 at 3pm in Lewes Road Hut. The main aim will be to safeguard the area known as Riverside Park as a public open space for future generations. Anyone who has an interest in the area, however grand or small is welcome to attend the AGM.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Newhaven Historical Society’s next talk is on Tuesday April 1 at 7pm for 7.30pm at the Hillcrest Centre. John Davey will be giving a talk on The Lost Industries of Lewes. It used to be a hive of industry with cargo docks and warehouses all along the river bank of the Ouse. In the days where road and rail transportation were not fully developed heavy goods could only be moved by water. John has a fascinating collection of old photographs built up by his late father Leslie Davey, known as Mr Lewes. Members attend free, visitors welcome for an entrance fee of £2.

QUIZ: Denton Challenge will be held this year on Saturday June 7 on the recreation ground opposite Tates Garage. To raise fund for this charity event there will be a quiz with fun prizes on Sunday April 6 at 7pm at the Flying Fish in Denton. £5 per team of up to six people. To book a table email Individuals welcome to slot into a team.


COLD CALLING: The town councils of Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs have the backing of Sussex Police with the introduction by both towns of a No Cold Calling Zone. All residents should be aware of this project which is intended to make our homes a safer place to live. PC Anna Batchelor is currently looking for volunteers to help deliver leaflets and stickers in the area. Perhaps you could spare and hour or so to cover your street and maybe a few other nearby ones. So if you can help call PC Batchelor on 07827 993 075 for details or email her at

MOTHER’S DAY: It is not too early to remind you that this important day falls on Sunday March 30. So don’t leave it until the last moment before buying that special card and getting her a small present. We all only have one mother and sometimes we regrettably take them a little bit for granted. Your chance now to show how much you really care.

THE DELL: Several people have asked me recently when the boot sales will start again on The Dell. There will be 13 car boot sales during the year with the first one on Sunday April 13.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre has been arranged by the Seaford Lioness Club from 8.30am to noon. The next market is on Saturday March 29 and will be organised by the Community Orchard Charity. To book a table contact them on 07932 448 721.

COFFEE MORNINGS: There is a coffee morning next week on Tuesday when the Kemptown Conservative 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 Church of the Ascension will be behind the counter serving those welcome morning refreshments. Finally on Friday March 28 the Meridian Evening WI will be happy to offer teas, coffees and cakes.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the Leisure and Amenities committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. The meeting is open to residents who can find out about the latest improvements in the town and may ask questions during the first 15 minutes.


JUMBLE SALE: Ringmer Primary Home School Association Annual Jumble Sale will be held tomorrow (Saturday) from 2pm to 4 pm. Donations of jumble gratefully received from 2.45pm to 4pm today or Saturday morning from 9am to 11.30 am. 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.

FOOTBALL CLUB: We have another hectic week of football coming up as we try to catch up with fixtures after the extremely wet winter. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home in a SCFL Div 1 fixture versus Littlehampton Town with a 3pm kick off at The Caburn. On Tuesday the first team travel to Chichester, also for a league fixture. The second team travel to Hassocks on Saturday for their league fixture with a 3pm kick off at the Beacon then on Friday evening they return the favour and play host to Hassocks with a 7.45pm kick off at The Caburn. On Sunday the youth team are at home in the morning with an 11am kick-off followed in the afternoon by the Veterans who play their cup quarter final versus Cuckfield Town Vets with a 2pm kick-off time. On Sunday evening, March 30, the popular quiz evening returns and this will be held in The Caburn Pavillion bar and all are welcome to this event.

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

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday March 12, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tom Owen; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

COFFEE MORNING: Ringmer Bowls Club coffee morning will be held on Saturday March 29, 10am to 11.30am, in the club house next to the Green. 50p entry charge includes coffee and biscuits. All the usual stalls including cakes, raffle and tombola.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Tiddlers and Toddlers sale will be held next Saturday, March 29, in the village hall (10.30am to noon). Children’s Clothes and Equipment age 0 to 5 years. Everything you need when having, raising or minding a little one. Tea and cakes also available, please come along and support our little group. Entrance £1 per family.

VILLAGE QUIZ: The Ringmer Support Group thank the 36 teams who took part in the annual village quiz last week. The winners with a record score of 83 were Ruth Peters’ team from the Tuesday Market followed closely by the Owen/Evett combo and the Jacksons. A magnificent record sum £1232 was raised which included £321 from the raffle. Many thanks to all those who took part and/or made donations and especially to the organising team.

VILLAGE HALLBuilding Appeal. The total of funds raised to-date is £163,000; however £51,000 has been spent on tenders and all other fees, an essential part of any project. Come and join us for our Quiz and Puds night. Tickets should be bought in advance. Come and find out some interesting facts, perhaps learn something new in the varied themed rounds of this fun quiz and enjoy a pudding in the interval. Ringmer Village Hall 7.15pm start (Doors open 6.45pm) Saturday, April 12. Teams of four. Tickets £6 per person from: Pam Bowmaker 01273 813625 or Angela Morrison 01273 813590. Please bring your own drinks and plastic glasses.

Rodmell & Southease

THE WARM WEATHER has made a miraculous change to everything hasn’t it? People are smiling more, we can now see green fields and the spring flowers are fantastic. Things to do with the tourist industry are, at the moment, on the up making up for the times of gloom and doom brought on by the constant wet weather we’ve all been coping with. Let’s hope it lasts.

READING: It’s ironic that at the moment I am reading Lost Horizon the classic tale of Shangri-La by James Hilton who also wrote Goodbye Mr Chips and Random Harvest. I saw the film, Lost Horizon, years ago and really enjoyed it. For those who haven’t read the book or seen the film, I will not disclose the story, but I will say it’s about a plane that vanished in mysterious circumstances similar to the Malaysia Airline plane, and ended up in a far off place in Tibet with a British consol, his deputy, a missionary and an American financier on board. I leave it there in case any of you choose to read it. Life is full of mysteries and coincidences.

MAGNOLIAS: Rodmell’s magnificent magnolias are bursting out, and it’s a good time to visit the villages along the valley as they are all looking so pretty.

QUIZ: Lewes Support Group of St Peter and St James Hospice and Continuing Care Centre are holding a Quiz Evening on Wednesday at the Abergavenny Pub, 7pm for 7.30pm start. £10 per head, four to six people per team. Price includes a two course hot buffet. Tickets from Maureen Ford 01273 473939. These quizzes are always fun, and we need to give as much support to hospices as possible, because they do a wonderful job and are much needed.

TOMORROW, Saturday, the spring churchyard gardening morning is from 9.30am to noon.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in Rodmell Village Hall on Wednesday at 11am.


NEW STORE: The Mayor of Seaford, Councillor Mark Brown opened a new Costcutters store at the Claremont Road parade of shops on Saturday March 15. The new store is owned by MrElavarathan (Vara) who also owns the Costcutters store in Princess Drive. This Claremont Road shopping area has suffered quite badly over the past few years with the bakers, green grocers, deli and grocers and the wine shop all closing their doors. The Mayor of Seaford warmly welcomes the new store as it is meets the ambition of Seaford Town Council plan to bring retail and commercial outlets back into use in Seaford and to populate the empty properties and he hopes it will help to rejuvenate this part of our town. Councillor Brown commented ‘Mr Elavarathanhas worked extremely hard to make a success of his current store and we wish him every success in his new venture.’

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Over 80 members of Seaford and District Horticultural Society Met at St Leonard’s Church Hall to listen to a talk on Newhaven Fort, Now and Then by Ian Everest pm February 27. Ian’s knowledge on the Fort comes with many years working at the Fort and trying to make it an attraction that people would like to visit. After the talk Ian answered member’s questions then Mike Parker, chairman of SDHS, answered any garden related questions with some help and suggestions from other members. Members then retired to the coffee lounge and a prize raffle. Then next meeting is on March 27 where the speaker will be Peter Lovett with a talk on The Natural Year in Focus. Members are also reminded that at that event a competition of three home grown daffodils will take place so please bring your best three daffodils from the garden in a vase. Details of all society events and membership can be found on the society’s website

SEAFORD SILVER BAND Spring Concert, Saturday April 12. Music from the Silver Screen is the theme for Seaford Silver Band’s Spring Concert of 2014. Conductor Lewis Delivett has chosen some well-known melodies and the band will be joined by a choir from Bishop Bell School, Eastbourne and violinist Maeve Jenkinson to provide an evening of contrasting entertainment. Once again the venue is the Seaford Head Upper School Theatre Hall in Arundel Road. Doors open at 6.40pm and the Concert starts at 7pm. Tickets, costing £6 or £3 for those aged 12 years or under, will be available from Carole Electra and Crosbys, band members and on the night. Members of the band will be going to Bönningstedt, Germany, in the summer to play concerts as part of the 30th anniversary of the twinning of Seaford with Bönningstedt. We are always looking for new players, whether starting out or lapsed. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings in the hall at Seaford Head School, from 8pm to 10pm. Please contact us through our website, for further information.


COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Amenities and Civic Centre Committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room one at the 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

BINGO EVENING: Don’t forget bingo on Friday March 28 at Telscombe Civic Centre, 7pm start. There will be eight games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. It is going to be a special Easter event which will include a raffle. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.

TOWN MEETING: The Annual Town Meeting for Telscombe and East Saltdean will be held on Wednesday April 16 in the Council Chamber of Telscombe Civic Centre at 8pm. This meeting is for electors of Telscombe Cliffs, East Saltdean and Telscombe Village, where councillors will give updates from the last year. Written questions should be sent to: Nancy Astley, Town Clerk, Telscombe Civic Centre, 360 South Coast Road, Telscombe Cliffs, BN10 7ES by Monday April 7.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

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

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

WILLS and Power of Attorney clinic: Christine Haniver from Cornfield Law Eastbourne will be at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper Kings Drive from 10am to 1pm today, Friday, to offer advice and put things in place for you. The clinic is strictly by appointment only. Please ring 01323 525000.

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. Tomorrow, Saturday, the boxes will be opened in the church hall between 10am and noon and the contents counted. Refreshments and cakes are available and there will be a raffle.

BASSANOS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday Tom Fitzpatrick will be at providing the entertainment from 1pm to 3pm.

NEW CHEF: As from today, Friday, Ray Brailsford is the new chef at the Wheatsheaf. Ray has had many years’ experience running pubs and pub kitchens. He will be offering high quality British pub fayre with a fresh twist.

STONE JUNCTION, Michael, Simon and Dan, will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

ENSEMBLES from South Downs Youth Orchestra are performing at a number of churches in Wealden tomorrow, Saturday. Each ensemble is made up of a small group of instrumentalists. Ensemble 1 is at Folkington Church at 10.30am and then at Wilmington Church at 12.30pm. Ensemble 2 is at Friston Church at 10am and at Westdean at 12.30pm. Ensemble 3 will be playing at Jevington Church at 10am and at Littlington at 12.30pm. Ensemble 4 will be at Alciston Church at 10.30am and then at Berwick at 12.30pm. Finally instrumentalists from all the ensembles will be performing at Alfriston Church from 3pm to 4pm later that day. Donations will be given to the church where they are playing.

DOME CONCERT: Fr Michael, curate at St Mary’s, will be playing the organ at the Dome in Brighton at 3pm on Tuesday.

A COFFEE MORNING from 10.30am to 11.45am on Wednesday at Chalk Farm Hotel. The students with learning disabilities will help out and there will be a raffle, greetings cards and plants for sale.

And do visit the garden centre behind the hotel. 

THE 3 MMMs will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall. Guest speaker is Brian Waters and his subject is entitled From Bridlington to Beirut.

PARAGON FIELDS: Forty one people attended the Paragon Fields Preservation Association AGM on March 14 including the chairman of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council, Cllr John Pritchett. The committee of PFPA was re-elected along with parish councillor Christina Lynn who was one of the original members of the association when it was formed in 1992. It was reported that the kissing gate to the Paragon Field needs replacing and that the parish council is donating £110 to cover half the cost. The secretary Mark Harley brought along the circular flint plaque which had been presented to the PFFA as the Paragon Field is now part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust Association. When funds allow the committee is considering having it mounted onto a seat for walkers using the Paragon Fields to enjoy. Guest speaker Fay Pattinson, a Downs Ranger for the South Downs National Park, said that a grant could sometimes be given to help with a particular project within the South Downs National Park and that their volunteers might also be available to help if needed. Membership of the PFPA is just £5 annually and it helps the association if a yearly standing order is made out, to save on administrative costs. Please contact the membership secretary Mary Taylor on 01323 485241 or email