Parish pump Newhaven - May 23, 2014


EXHIBITION: Alfriston Art Club will have its popular Art Exhibition and Sale from May 24 to 27 in the War Memorial Hall at 10.30am to 5.30pm each day. Paintings, both framed and un- framed, will be on sale but there will be no facilities for credit cards.


CLUB RACES: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club races in the bay oppositeMarine Parade on Sunday and Monday. At 11am, the Sussex Express Cup (1-4) starts at the club house. On Wednesday at 7pm there are evening races, again opposite Marine Parade.

EUCHARIST SERVICE at St Andrew’s Church will be held on Sunday June 8 at 10.15am.

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.

STEAM TRAIN: As the Dutch elm disease season gets under way, look out for a passing steam train on June 7 which harks back to a time before DED, just like the sailing club. The train won’t be stopping at the original Bishopstone station (Mill Drove) which opened on June 1, 1864, but will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the coming of the railway. The line will actually be closed for engineering works on June 1.


LADIES GROUP: David Porter came to talk to the members about Fraudsters. As he said fraudsters exploit our core human vulnerabilities, and we should always be suspicious whenever we encounter anything unsolicited, the unexpected or unusual. Never be afraid to ask lots of questions, fraudsters hate questions. David gave lots of examples on how fraudsters tick. Always be careful and remember: if it looks too good to be true then it probably is. Members welcomed some of David’s points as reminders they probably already knew, but also learnt many more they were not aware of. An excellent talk and presentation.

THE CONCERT last Saturday by the group Duck Soup, was great fun and very much enjoyed. The group are playing tonight, Friday, along with The Trio Buschellini at St Luke’s Church, Queen’s Park Road, Brighton, at 7.30pm. If you can attend you will be guaranteed great entertainment.

THE NEXT CONCERT at St Laurence tomorrow, Saturday, will be Ambrose Page piano, narrators: Sara Tobias and Peter Morris with soprano Sue Mileham; Cimarosa, the Italian Mozart, a concert of piano music and readings celebrating the life and music of the Italian composer Domenico

Cimarosa. Concert is at 5.30pm with free entry but with a retiring collection. We are looking forward to yet another interesting and different concert.

BADGERS: Have you ever heard of badgers attacking chickens? Last week Mick who lives in the village and keeps chickens in his garden, heard a thump and bang, went outside to investigate and was amazed to see a really big badger in his chicken pen. It had dug under the pen and killed three of his chickens. He said it was of a size not to have a fight with, and looked really fierce. How do you keep a badger free chicken coup?

BIRDS: As Sue said last week it is a real joy to see the goslings on the pond being guarded by their parents and the extra body guard protecting them. The birds this year seem to have been even more proactive, I feel I have to ask permission from them to enter my garden. Coming through the front gate there is a wren’s nest in the hedge and twice one has flown out within a whisker of bumping into me. When I went to put the washing on the line the parent blackbird, teaching his young to feed, made such a noise telling me, I am sure, that I was disturbing them. There are so many nesting all around the garden I should make a careful watch perhaps and count.


SERVICES: This Sunday is Rogation Sunday. Our service of Mattins (BCP) will be led by Tim Fogden at 10.30am. Refreshments follow the service; all welcome.


KNIT’INN NIGHTS: There has been a change of personnel at the King’s Head. Su has checked with Mark and Anita that it would be okay for the knitters to continue to meet there and at the first meeting after take over they were made to feel very welcome. Mark and Anita look forward to seeing the various projects progress and they are wished every success in their new venture. To experience their hospitality and do some knitting go along to The King’s Head at 7.30pm Tuesday.

U3A: There are now three distinct French groups, intermediate, beginners and French conversation. The strollers group took in the fresh sea air for their stroll at Butts Brow and the new art group is looking at the running of an Art DVD, a discussion of recent television and radio programmes and a presentation by one or more members on a topic of their choice. This month they considered 17th Century Dutch Art. The U3A AGM is on May 27 at 2.30pm at St Mary’s Church, followed by a presentation by Carole Maddern on The Social History of the English Language. There are more than 20 U3A groups in diverse subjects and therefore there is likely to be something for everybody. Enquiries to Sue 840797.

STREET MEETINGS: On Saturday May 31 at from 10am to 10.30am PCSO Fletcher will be holding a meeting in Harebeating Close (BN27 1JS) and moving on to Arundel Close (BN27 1UH) between 11am and 11.30am, giving local residents the opportunity to come out and talk to her about concerns or issues they may be having where they live. This does not have to be simply police related as she will be inviting local town and Wealden councillors to attend also. If you do not have any matters to raise then simply come out and say hello, ‘It’s always good meeting new people.’ She will also be promoting police community messaging which is used to give members of the public police news and advice.

HERITAGE CENTRE: There is a small and interesting display of WWI memorabilia in the Town Museum including some fabulous trench art donated by local residents and members of the historical and natural history society. Trench art is any decorative item made by soldiers, prisoners of war or civilians, where the manufacture is directly linked to armed conflict or its consequences. It was one of the ways in which they could either spend their spare time or keep themselves occupied and possibly gain a little money to help supplement their rations. The Battle of Cambrai (a village in North West France) started on November 20 and finished on 7 December 1917. This was the first British Offensive using massed tanks in warfare. The eventual outcome was that the early British gains made were subsequently lost to German counter-attacks. By the end of the battle, the British forces had lost 45,000 men, whilst the Germans had lost 50,000 including 11,000 of their men that had been taken prisoner. One of these 11,000 German men that had been taken prisoner created a paperknife using readily available materials from the conflict and you can go along and see it in the museum and discover what he inscribed on it. There are also beautifully embroidered cushion covers and other pieces made from empty shell cases. The Heritage Centre is in the gap by Lloyds Bank in Market Street open Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 12.30pm. Free entry. Enquiries (01323) 440359.

COMMUNITY GROUPS FORUM: If you are involved with or run any of our many and varied social groups, clubs, societies etc in Hailsham and its surrounds, please come along to these networking events and meet other groups, exchange ideas, present challenges and offer solutions together, celebrate your successes and share your forthcoming events with each other. This is a very useful, lively and interesting group of people and the aim is to bring all the groups together with the help of Hailsham Forward and the Town Council for positive conversation, debate and exchange. If you would like to be put on the mailing list for the next gathering on Wednesday June 4 at 6pm in St Mary’s lounge then call Michelle (01323) 841702.

ST MARY’S: This is the sixth Sunday of Easter. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, the Ascended King and at 10.30 Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Now and Not Yet. Evening Prayer is at 2.45 at Emmanuel and Holy Communion at 6.40pm at St Mary’s, Jesus the Ascended King.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. At time of going to press the mediums had yet to be advised.

100 YEARS AGO: In May 1914 Rev F Clyde Harvey wrote as follows: This is the 18th day without rain (.05 fell April 24) cloudless sky, burning sun and dry east wind. The trees have come out during that time from bare bud to full leaf. A glorious Eastertide. But gardeners and farmers want a good shower. Rainfall to date, 1.31 inches.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

NEWHAVEN FORT tomorrow (Saturday) is hosting a Sussex Military History Study Day. The theme is World War I and the day includes a series of lectures relating to the First World War. Tickets are £15 available from Sussex Military History Society, email

BANK HOLIDAY Music includes an Acoustic Session at the Hamden Arms, South Heighton, on Sunday from 4pm to 7pm. At 8pm Rob Willis and his band will be singing Elvis songs at Newhaven Social Club, Bridge Street. All welcome at both venues.

TEA DANCE at Newhaven Fort on Monday from 1pm to 4pm. Live music from MaestroAcademy Players with dancers from Studio Tempo. Advance tickets £7 adults, concessions £6, children £5 available from the Fort on 01273 517622 includes entry to the Fort, the dance and your first cup of tea.

SAM JONES, the local ventriloquist/magician who often performs at the Hampden Arms in South Heighton, is on Britain’s Got Talent this weekend. He is brilliant and we must all vote for him when he gets through to the live shows, which I am sure he will. The show is on Sunday this week at 7pm, not Saturday because of the football.

MADS: On Friday May 30, our talented local dramatic society are presenting Old Boilers by Adrian Cale. Directed by Garry Fowler, it is set in a Blackpool guest house and is very funny. Nightly at 7.45pm in Meeching Hall, Fort Road, it plays on May 30 and 31 Thursday to Saturday, June 5 to 7 inclusive. Tickets are £8 available from Meeching Estate Agents, Newhaven High Street, 01273 515566 or 07912 965507.

BOOT SALE: Newhaven Twinning Association are holding a car boot sale at Paradise Park on Saturday May 31 from 9am to 1pm. Cars from 8.15am. Cars £6, vans £8. No food, plants or trade. To book telephone Terry on 01273 515587.

DENTON CHALLENGE: Only two weeks to go to the Road to Rio, this year’s Denton Community Challenge, which is being held on Saturday June 7 on the recreation ground opposite Tate’s Garage by Paradise Park. Fun for all the family, stalls, arena events, barbecue. Starts at 1pm.

CRAFT FAIR being run in conjunction with the Denton Community Challenge in the Denton and Mount Pleasant Community Centre, Denton Road (next door to the field) on Saturday June 7, 1pm to 4pm. Range of food, toys, and accessories. Cake competition.

INDOOR MARKET: The countdown has begun to the exciting new Indoor Market which is being held every Wednesday morning in Riverside Hall, West Quay, from 9am. The official launch is on Wednesday June 4. Lots of stalls have already booked in and it does not matter what the weather is like outside. Free coffee at the launch.


NEW MAYOR: After a very busy and successful year of fund raising and local activities, Cllr Rachael Coles handed over her chain of office to her deputy Robbie Robinson, who was voted in as the new mayor at the annual council meeting on Tuesday May 13. Anyone who would like to invite the mayor to a function should contact his Civic Officer or telephone the information office on 01273 585493.

ONE SHOW: Remember the Peacehaven Accessibility Group are holding a free event on Wednesday from 10am until 2pm in the Community Hall and foyer. Local organisations will offer free taster sessions with advice and information on many everyday activities and a few others, such as Zumba dancing which you may have read about but never tried. This will be a wonderful opportunity to try things you may have often thought about doing. Further information from

CHAIR SALE: Peacehaven Council have 106 blue chairs for sale at £2 each or three for £5. Also 139 orange chairs at £1 each or three for £2.50. All are stackable. To view go to the Peacehaven Council website or for more information contact Georgina on 01273 585493.

SUGGESTIONS: It is not always easy in these busy times for some people to get to a council meeting on a Tuesday. Residents sometimes wonder why certain things may not have been done which they consider would improve the town. The council would welcome your views. There is a useful suggestion box on the wall to the left of the refreshment kiosk in the Community House foyer for this purpose. Do take the opportunity to take a pink sheet of paper provided next to the box and express your thoughts and ideas.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre, has been arranged by the Peacehaven Players from 8.30am to noon. The next Saturday market is on Saturday May 31 and will be organised by the Guide Dogs for the Blind. To book a table contact them on 07766 514 161.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, Saint Laurence Church will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Thursday, Peacehaven Catholic Church will be offering the refreshments. And finally on Friday May 30 Peacehaven Bowls Club will be in the foyer.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the Grants sub-committee on Tuesdaystarting at 2pm. Local organisations who have asked for a grant will be advised in due course. The next round of grants will take place in October.

FUN FAIR: The Bill Coles Fun Fair will be on The Dell, South Coast Road from today, Friday, until Monday in time for the Spring Bank Holiday. They will also be back for a second visit in August.

REFUSE COLLECTIONS: Due to the Spring Bank holiday on Monday 26 there will be no refuse or food collections. Monday’s collection will be one day later and so will all other collections for that week. It is also requested that all bins are put out by 6am on the altered days.


WANTED INFO on photographer William Hardy Kent, and the photographic firm of Kent Lacy, who had premises in Eastbourne, please contact Maureen on 485971 or email Also info on the tennis club at the Goffs Lawn Tennis Club at Gildredge Park. Any information and photos please of this club, for Julie Thompson. Email or contact Maureen on 485971, or email

TRINITY DINERS will not be taking place today, Friday, due to work continuing in the kitchens of the hall. However, we are having our next lunch on Friday June 20, where the menu will be chicken pie with vegetables, and fruit trifle. Will Pam Blunden please contact Jennie on 484189 to confirm your place? Bookings taken by Jennie to confirm numbers attending.

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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Hope Gap, 4.5 miles with Marjorie W. Meet Exceat car park 10am, bus No 12A at 9.26am Terminus Road, stand J. Finish 1pm. On Sunday, The Giants View (figure of eight) 4.5 miles with Graham T. Meet bus No 126, 9.40am Terminus Road stand M. Walk starts at Market Cross, Alfriston 10.20am. Picnic or pub lunch, finish 12.30pm. Afternoon walk starts 1.30pm Market Cross to Berwick, finish 3.45pm, 4 miles. On Monday meet at the Bandstand in Eastbourne, and take yourself for a walk on this Bank Holiday Monday at 10am. On Wednesday, Arlington Reservoir with Robin. Meet at reservoir car park at 10am, easy walk. Or, Along the Saxon Shore Way, 6.5 miles with Graham T. Meet at Eastbourne Station for 10.09am train to Rye. Walk starts at Rye station 11am. Dry lunch, Camber Castle, finish 3pm, tea available at end. Level walk.

RAMBLING CLUB walks on May 29 include The Chiddingly Walk, 4 miles, taking in views of Chiddingly church. A walk through the village and through the neighbouring fields. Pub stop, about 18 stiles with Betty. Or a longer walk of 11 miles, Three churches and a beacon, two steep hills, Downs, forest and river, take picnic with Brian. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground 9.30am. More information email

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is still open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Whilst building works are taking place in the hall, we have relocated to Trinity Church , Coppice Avenue, we are on a bus route, bus Nos 51, 56, 126 and 143 stop outside, whilst bus Nos 54 and 98 stop nearby on the Triangle. Come and visit our various stalls. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: At the meeting this evening (Friday) Ian Everest will speak on The Woman’s Land Army - A Sussex Connection. This will focus on keeping our local farms productive during World War II.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at Ringmer Village Hall tomorrow (Saturday). Doors open at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45amSung Eucharist, noon Bless a Farm Service at Plashett Park Farm, 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday May 14, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Roy Skan and Simon Webster; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Lesley Durrant and David Warner. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Maresfield 114-30; Royal Sovereign v Ringmer 80-60; Herstmonceux v Ringmer 66-61; Ringmer v Mayfield 84-46.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Although the football has finished the social side of the club carries on throughout the summer months. On Friday May 30 the ever popular Fat Belly Jones Band will play in the bar. All welcome, you don’t have to be a member of the club. Admission free.

CHARITY OF ELIZABETH CHEYNEY: A vacancy has arisen in one of the two Almshouses of this charity. Older members of the community of Ringmer Parish are eligible for appointment. Application for appointment must be made in writing to the clerk to the Trustees, Elizabeth Cheyney Charity Trust, Bethany, 25 Ballard Drive, Ringmer Lewes BN8 5NU. Applicants must state name, address, telephone number, age and occupation. They should be prepared, unless physically disabled, to attend in person. They may be required to supply evidence of qualification for appointment. Residents may be required to contribute a weekly sum towards the cost of maintaining the Almshouses of the charity and the services provided.

Rodmell & Southease

IT’S BEEN rather like the United Nations in our B&B this week with Canadians, French, German and Dutch people staying. We have some interesting conversations at breakfast, one being fracking, with the Canadians not being in favour, saying it was causing no end of problems with the water systems. Evidently they are also doing a system which my guests called sand squeezing, which was worked rather like fracking and was also having dire results. It’s amazing what you learn from the actual people themselves and not from the media or government articles in the press. I’m not saying they are right, just that they suffer the consequences. The sooner we turn from oil and find a good alternative the better it must surely be for the human race and the planet.

WELL, MAY is really bursting out all over, and there are a lovely concoction of scented aromas of an evening when I sit in the garden, one being from the field of broad beans planted near us, the others being the lilacs and various other scented shrubs. The cow parsley has great waves of white blossom along the hedgerows and I miss picking it for our goat as it was one of his favourites. I still miss him, as do my regular clients, who used to make so much fuss of him and take photographs.

CYCLISTS: As I mentioned a few weeks ago why do so many cyclists still use the roads and not the safer cycle paths built for them a great expense. On my way to Seaford this week I passed many on the road riding alongside the wonderful cycle path and walk way through the nature area between Newhaven and Seaford. Do they not know the system is there? Is it not advertised enough?

PETER JARRETT: The funeral of Peter Jarrett, our local farmer, was packed and there was some wonderful music played on the organ by Derek Carpenter. The hymns were very much meaningful for Peter as well, especially We Plough the Fields and Scatter. Peter would have approved of that. The tributes given by Willy Edmonds and Martyn Edwards were so well done, with lots of feeling and it must have meant a lot to wife Pat and son Pete.

ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY: This took place on May 16 in the village hall. As usual Broadband was the top issue. Katy Thomas, Economic Development Manager, East Sussex County Council, came to the assembly to give us an update on the government’s project for rolling out improved Broadband to rural communities and what that means to Rodmell. When clients phone up to book B&B and I tell them I don’t have and don’t use a computer they always say, ‘aren’t you lucky’. I think so too, when I see and hear all the problems people have to cope with.

HANDWRITING: I love handwriting and always have done. I write many letters and articles all by hand and send them by ‘snail mail’. It always gives me and the people who receive them great pleasure (so I’m told). It’s in the media at the moment about the state of people’s handwriting, all I can say is if you don’t use it you lose it. Let machines govern yet another aspect of the human race, we won’t need brains soon.


THE CIVIC CENTRE will be closed on Monday for the Spring Bank Holiday.

REFUSE and food collection changes week commencing May 26. All collections will be one day later, with Friday May 30 being collected on Saturday May 31.

KERBSIDE RECYCLING: The changes to collection days will be on the calendar which should have been left in your recycling boxes at the beginning of the year. If you do not have one of these, please phone Lewes DC Customer Services on 01273 484999 or check the website at

COUNCIL MEETING: A meeting of the Amenities and Civic Centre Committee is taking place on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Room One 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 is on the council notice board or the website

BINGO EVENING on Friday May 29 at the 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. 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.


UCKFIELD SINGERS have just come back from France. What an adventure. We went in three mini buses and when we got there the whole village turned out to greet us, the Mayor gave a speech to welcome us at the party. The church was packed and our concert got a standing ovation. The French choir could not have done more for us they made us feel very welcome. When we were leaving they stood in a guard of honour waving the British Flag. We have all become such good friends the French choir will be coming again. (Frances Brett).

FOURWAYS WI met at the Methodist Hall for our Resolution Meeting; the resolution to go forward to the NFWI AGM being held in Leeds in June was to discuss with members the proposal of registering for organ donation and making aware to your family members of your wishes, a very interesting and lively discussion followed. We then had coffee and biscuits and all enjoyed a game of Hoy. The competition this month was a Bloom from Your Garden: 1, Angela Manning; 2, Maureen Risbridger; 3, Carole Marchant. We do not hold a meeting in June as we have our summer outing and this year we are going to Chichester, so we next meet back at The Luxfords Centre on July 1 at 7.30pm where we have a speaker on Three Hundred Years of Dolls. All are welcome.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

MARTIN HUGHES, landlord of the Wheatsheaf, and customer Paul Crysell completed their nine day, 1,000 mile cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats on Monday May 12 and arrived back in Willingdon the next day. It was a hard ride, very cold and windy but the charities they were supporting made it all worth-while, Breast Cancer Research, Water Aid, and St Wilfrid’s Hospice. By the Wednesday they had sufficiently recovered to welcome customers into the Wheatsheaf for the celebration party. Sponsor money is still being collected. There are three ways in which you can donate, put a donation into the collecting tub in the Wheatsheaf, sign the sponsor form at the bar or visit

RE-ELECTION: At the annual council meeting held on May 12 John Pritchett was re-elected as chairman of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council. Howard Coote was re-elected as vice-chair, John Martin as chair of amenities, Martin Cooper as chair of recreation, Fran Pritchett as chair of planning, Colin Laycock as chair of cemetery, Christina Lynn as chair of events and Andy Watkins as chair of finance and policy (following the resignation of Linda Francis).

PARISH WALK: Despite the heat on May 18, 38 people turned up at Polegate/Willingdon Windmill for the four mile circular parish walk through Folkingdon and along the bottom of the Downs. The walk was led by Cllr John Martin. Cllr Christina Lynn was there to see the walkers on their way. They included Cllrs John and Fran Pritchett, Cllr Martin Cooper and assistant clerk Nicola Williams. After the walk refreshments were provided at the windmill by Pat and Lawrence Stevens which were much appreciated.

A COFFEE MORNING will be held from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre to raise funds for the maintenance of the windmill. There will be a book stall, raffle and cake stall. Offers of help or gifts for the raffle would be appreciated and additional cakes and scones on the day. Contact Jenny Wells on 01323 487671.

CARGO AKA Blue Reed: Blues and classic covers from Blue Reed duo headed by Chris Page will be the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CHALK FARM LDC will be having a Summer Fayre from 11am to 3pm on Sunday. Attractions include vanilla pod selling, homemade ice cream and fancy floss, Quirky Turtle vintage fashions and accessories, Marion’s homemade cards, gift and craft stalls, and homemade cakes, teas and coffee. There will also be a tombola, bric-a-brac, guess the number of sweets, lucky dip, raffles, and much more. The barbecue will be from noon to 2pm; the bar will be open and there will be music. Items for raffle prizes are always welcome. Chalk Farm Hotel Learning Disability Centre in Coopers Hill gives work experience and training to adults with a learning disability. Do pop in to the garden centre behind the hotel while you are at the fayre where there are a large selection of plants and shrubs.

TOM FITZPATRICK will be entertaining the customers at The British Queen from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will meet at 7pm on Friday May 30 at Wannock Village Hall when Derek Oliver will give a talk and demonstration on Landscape in Gouache. Visitors are always welcome. The fee is £3.

A VILLAGE FETE will be held at Willingdon Memorial Hall from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday May 31. Attractions include crafts, a cake stall, books and CDs, bric-a-brac, Forever Living Products, various games and a variety of other stalls. The fete is in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

WALKERS’ TEAS: One of the aims of the Parochial Church Council at Jevington Church is to install a toilet in the church within the next few years. Fund-raising events and applications for grants are now being considered. One of the fund-raising ideas is to offer teas and cakes to walkers and visitors to the church on several weekends over the coming summer. The first one will be on Saturday May 31 from 10.30am to 3pm. If you can help by baking a cake or serving on the day please contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237.

A PARISH LUNCH will be held on Sunday June 1 in St Mary’s Church Hall. For further information or if you would like to book, please contact Pat on 01323 502820.

ORGAN RECITAL: Fr Michael, curate at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, will be giving a lunchtime organ recital at St Saviour’s and St Peter’s Church, South Street, Eastbourne, on Monday June 2 at 1pm. The programme will include Bach’s great Passacaglia, one of the most magnificent of all organ works.

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

N WATCH: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch will be meeting in the vestry at Trinity Church at 2.30pm on Monday June 2. For further information contact the chairman Ray Ingram on 01323 508634 or email him at

MUSIC IN THE PARK: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council is currently working on the programme for this year’s Music in the Park which has become a most enjoyable community event held at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground. As in previous years, there will be charity stalls and other stalls, refreshments and food outlets and various activities for adults and children. The date for your diary is Sunday June 8. Details to date are as follows: Noon, chairman’s welcome, 12.05pm Street Dance Crewe, 12.30pm Con Brio, 1.30pm to 2pm dog display, 2pm to 3pm Howling Blues, 3pm to 3.30pm Kingfisher Scout Band, 3.30pm to 4.15pm DJ Time, a chance to request your song, 4.15pm to 4.45pm raffle and close. For more information or if you would like to get involved please ring the parish clerk Andy Beams on 01323 489603.