Parish pump Newhaven - May 30, 2014


THE ANNUAL Parish Assembly will be held at the War Memorial Hall at 7pm on June 3.

QUIZ NIGHT: The Star Inn has a regular Quiz Night on the first Wednesday of the month. The next quiz is on June 4 at 7.45pm. Entrance is £1 per person with Sylvia as the Quiz Mistress.

THE CLERGY HOUSE is opening up at 8.30am on June 3 so that visitors can enjoy the morning sunshine and beautiful bird song in an idyllic setting. National Trust members are free; normal admission fees do apply to non-members. Booking is not required.

THE CLAPHAM LANE produce stall will re-commence on May 24 from 10am to noon. This year the stall will run weekly and all profits will be divided equally between Litlington Village Hall and St Michael the Archangel church. Fruit vegetables, cakes, bread, plants and flowers will be for sale.

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society’s Early Summer Show will be held at the War Memorial Hall on June 14 from 1pm to 5pm. It is that time of the year again when all growers are busy preparing to show off their expertise. With the recent warm, wet winter we should be in for a good show.

SUSSEX DAY will be celebrated in Alfriston on June 15 from 11am onwards. A family fun day is planned to include local story telling, an historic walk, music, Maypole dancing, stalls, hog roast, and children’s activities. A celebration of the best of Sussex.


CHURCH SERVICE: The Eucharist Service will be held at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday, June 8, at 10.15am.

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

MAY is turning and the longest day is less than a month away. Local gardens are blooming with the scent of roses and lilac on the air. Great time for spotting those nursery specials like irises as well as visiting open gardens between the showers.


DANCING: According to their latest newsletter, researchers at the University of Sussex have discovered that bees from the laboratories on campus out foraging for food found some of their richest sources of food in Castle Hill Nature reserve, just up the Falmer Road. The researchers decoded the bees’ waggle dance to find out where they had been foraging. Castle Hill is ancient chalk grassland with an abundance of wildflowers and is also a great place to see butterflies. The nature reserve is not far from here but I am still surprised that the bees go so far for their foraging expeditions.

SINGING: I wasn’t able to go to the latest in our Festival Fringe concerts but Rosemarie tells me it was really good, with an interesting narration illustrated by selections from Cimarosa’s piano sonatas and work from his opera Il Matrimonio Segreto. We have something very different this weekend with Jamie Watson giving us an Arias and Anthems Evening. Jamie is an award winning, international performer, personality and entertainer and his repertoire contains hundreds of songs from dance tracks to power ballads and big band to show tunes, there’s something for everyone. The concert is tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm. Entry is free with a retiring collection, drinks will be available.

EATING: It’s time to celebrate. Yes, Falmer’s famous Sunday afternoon teas start this weekend with home-made cakes, teas and other beverages served in the village hall (or outside if the weather permits). Teas will be served from around 2.30pm.

ARRANGING: Also on the horizon is Falmer’s Flower Festival. Two days at the end of June with lovely flowers in the church, stalls, refreshments, raffle and all sorts of things going on in the Hall and on the green by the pond. However these things don’t just happen, so if anyone feels like lending a hand, doing a flower arrangement, making some cakes, or hiring a stall for the weekend, please let us know. Just give us a call on 07767 293906.

VIEWING: We have some good things to look forward to, but we are also saying goodbye to our Easter exhibition in St Laurence Church. In the Beginning proved just as interesting as last year’s show with some really outstanding poetry as well as the artwork. The Poetry in the Afternoon event was very popular and I hope we will be able to do it again next year. The church will look a little bare now until our Artwave exhibition in late summer.

FLYING: As Rosemarie described in last week’s column, we also have a lot of nesting birds in our garden. In particular there is one shrub you can’t walk past without being almost showered with tiny baby wrens flying out. I don’t know how many chicks they usually have but there seem to be at least eight in this family. I hope they all survive.

WALKING: The annual London to Brighton walk took place last weekend. The event starts at six in the morning on Saturday at Richmond Park and runners start appearing in Falmer at about 3pm and continue through the day and night with stragglers still coming through on Sunday evening. Unsurprisingly a lot of them look very weary and are limping. They are all taking part to support a charity and I think they are very brave to take on such a challenge.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatic Society’s latest production Old Boilers opens tonight (Friday) at Meeching Hall at 7.45pm. Directed by Garry Fowler this comedy set in a Blackpool boarding house should not be missed. Old Boilers is on tonight and tomorrow and then again on Thursday June 5 to Saturday June 7 inclusive. Tickets are £8 each from Meeching Estate Agents, Newhaven High Street, telephone 515566 or by telephoning 07912 965507.

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

RACE NIGHT tomorrow (Saturday) at the Ship Hotel, Newhaven High Street, in aid of Newhaven, Lewes and District Mencap. From 7pm, go along and support this worthy cause for a fun evening at little expense. Mencap would like to thank The Ship for supporting their fund raising efforts.

MENCAP is holding a Table Top Sale in Riverside Hall, West Quay, on Sunday from 9am to 1pm. If successful this will be held monthly on the first Sunday of every month. Tables are £7. To book a table telephone Karen on 07538 421232. Refreshments available.

NIPPERS will be holding a holiday playscheme on Monday, subject to demand. For more details telephone 07796 267388/07564 452837.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee will meet in Meeching Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm. This will be followed by a meeting of the Community Engagement and Promotions Committee.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Local historian Kevin Gordon will give an illustrated talk to Newhaven Historical Society on Tuesday in the Hillcrest Centre at 7pm for 7.30pm.The subject is a brief history of Sussex Churches and what can be seen in them including some quirky stories. Go along and find out what Z will be. Non-members welcome for an admission charge of £2.

NEW MARKET: Wednesday sees the launch of the new indoor market in Riverside Hall, West Quay, from 9am to 3pm. Lots of market stalls including cupcakes, lots of bargains and free coffee on the first day. This will be held every Wednesday and you do not have to bother about the weather which has badly affected the High Street market this year. No admission charge so go along and support this exciting new venture which is just what Newhaven needs. Congratulation to Reds for taking the initiative.

COMMUNITY CHALLENGE: The big day has arrived and Denton Community Challenge 2014 is bigger and better than ever. The theme is the Road to Rio to celebrate the World Cup in Brazil. This charity fund-raiser is a fun-filled family day with something for all ages. MP Norman Baker will officially open it at 1pm and the event ends at 5pm. There are exciting arena events as well as community stalls, a steam train, pony rides and much more. So go down to Avis Field opposite Tate’s garage and join in the fun, Saturday June 7.

CRAFT FAIR: Being run in conjunction with Denton Community Challenge in the Social and Community Centre next to the field. Local arts,crafts, including a range of toys and accessories. Free entry.

BONSAI CLUB: Eastbourne and Wealden Bonsai Club will be holding a workshop at Paradise Park, on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8. This will be a great opportunity to be receive expert advice and to watch demonstrations on correct techniques to look after your bonsai. The ancient art of bonsai actually first started in China over 2,000 years ago and then moved to Japan, before being practiced all over the world. The word Bon means tray, while sai means planted, so hence Bonsai means planted in a tray. The garden centre is a popular destination for bonsai lovers, stocking a wide variety with something for everybody’s budget. Members of E & WBC will be more than happy to advice customers.


SUMMER FAYRE: There are just a few stalls left for this year’s Peacehaven and Telscombe summer fayre on Saturday July 26, at the Joff field, Peacehaven. If you are interested in selling your crafts, fashion items, handbags, nail art, gardening equipment, stationery, accessories and

gifts, please contact either Georgina or Debbie at Peacehaven Town Council, 01273 585493. Stalls are £10 per 6ft table.

OPEN GARDEN: Following last year’s successful event a few visitors said there was not enough time in one afternoon to get to see all the gardens. So by popular request it has been agreed to hold it this year for both Saturday and Sunday June 28/29 from 2pm to 5pm. The event will be sponsored by Paradise Park. Tickets are £3 per person and all monies raised will go to St Wilfred’s Hospice. If your garden is a picture why not show it with pride and open it so that local residents can enjoy it too. For an entry form and ticket sales contact or telephone 01273 589502. Something special to look forward to on a summer’s day.

ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW: Peacehaven Horticultural Society are holding the event in the Meridian Centre on Saturday August 2 from 10.30am to 2pm. Entrance is 50p at the door or for better value buy a schedule for 50p from the information office. It is full of information and will get you in for free. This is an open event and not limited to members only so a schedule will contain an entry form to allow you and your children to display flowers, vegetables, baking, handicrafts and many other items. It is fun with many prize winning exhibits being auctioned off at the close. So not only could you win a cash prize for your entry but get a bargain too.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre, has been arranged by Guide Dogs for the Blind from 8.30am to noon. The next Saturday market is on Saturday June 7 and will be organised by Peacehaven Horticultural Society. To book a table contact them on 01273 589502.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, Peacehaven Bowls Club will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Thursday, Peacehaven Players will be offering the refreshments. And finally on Friday June 6 the Kemptown Conservatives will be in the kiosk.

BOOT SALE: The Harlequin Studios are holding a boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road, on Sunday. The gate will open for sellers from 8am. Buyers will be admitted from 9am and the event will close at 1pm. There is plenty of free parking on The Dell but all gates will be locked at the end of the event so be sure to drive off by then or your vehicle will not be recoverable until Monday morning.

CINEMA: The film showing in the Community House, Meridian Centre, on Wednesday June 11 is Twelve Years a Slave. This is based on a remarkable true story. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets at £5 per person are available from the information office.

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


WANTED INFO on how Normans Bay got its name, also photographer William Hardy Kent, and the photographic firm of Kent Lacy, who had premises in Eastbourne, any info the origins of Gibbys Tea Rooms, on Jevington Road. Also info on the Tennis club at the Goffs Lawn Tennis Club at Gildredge Park. Any info and photos please of this club. For Julie Thompson. Email*. * or contact Maureen on 485971, or email

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

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, linear nightingales sing in moat wood with Bob J. Meet East Hoathly car park at 10.05am bus No 54 at 9.08am Terminus Road stop H, dry lunch Blackboys public house if time, finish 1.30pm 5 miles bus No 318 , 1.59pm to Heathfield or return on 51. Or brisk pace full day walk with Clare, meet bus 1a at 8.55am Terminus Road stop C. Walk starts outside Red Lion Pub at Stone Cross. 9.30am GR615044 map 123 finish at 1.15pm, 9 flat miles. On Sunday, East of Pick Hill, with Graham T. Meet bus 51, 9.40am Terminus Road stand H. Walk starts at The Mill, Horsebridge, with consideration to residents. Dry lunch at Gun Hill pub nearby. Finish 2.45pm, 7 miles.

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

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is still open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. We are back in the Church Hall, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon. Come and visit our various stalls. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002 or email

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

ON MONDAY a walk, Firle Beacon/Denton Circular. Meet at Firle Beacon car park, coffee at Paradise. Nearly 5 miles with Sylvia and Ken.

AGM: Polegate Residents Association AGM on Tuesday, at St John’s Church Hall, at 10am. All residents welcome. We are looking for people who care about Polegate to join our committee. For more info please contact Terry Wright on 487630.

ON WEDENSDAY a walk, Bexhill Clock Tower to Glyn Gap. Meet at clock tower, 3 miles with Richard.

RAMBLING SOCIETY: Walks on Thursday include a Leisurely Walk, No Hanging Around, 3 miles bus No 56 at 10.06am Medical Centre, alight at Gallons Lane, flat walk, no stiles, coffee available with Jessie. Marklye Lane Circular, nearly 5 miles Heathfield, land and bridleways, fields and woods, five stiles with Sue and Derek. Or, a longer walk, We May See Winnie the Pooh, 10 miles, Friar’s Gate, lanes, tracks, and woodland and forest paths, mostly flat take picnic with Christine. For full details please contact Angela on 504280 or from Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am June 5.

MUSIC DAY at Polegate Windmill on June 8 from 2pm to 5pm.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Tonight (Friday) the Ska, soul and funk band Fat Belly Jones play Toons you just can’t help jumpin’ to in the bar from 8pm. All are welcome, so if you haven’t been in the club before why not come and have a look with a great fun band performing, entry is free for this event. Tickets (£8 and £6 for concessions) are now on sale in the clubhouse for the Hailsham Theatre Group’s revue on June 6 and 7. This popular event is suitable for all ages and comprises song, dance and comedy sketches. For those supporters that missed the presentation evening, the award winners for the first team were Callum Sherriff (supporters’ player and manager’s player), Jamie Bunn (players’ player), Louis Pople (top goal scorer), Ben Watkinson (most improved player). The second team winners were Ben Thomsett (manager’s player and players’ player), Harrison Burley (most improved player), and for the Youth team Harry Oliver (manager’s player), Harrison Burley (players’ player), and Keith Porter (top goal scorer and most improved player) and finally a much deserved Club Person of the Year was awarded to Nobby Dartnell.

CHURCH SERVICES: Services on Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Service, 6.30pm Sung Eucharist.

FLOWER CLUB: Thank you to everyone who supported our recent events: Kathryn Millbank’s sponsored swim, our Morning Market, the tokens collected at Waitrose and our celebration of National Flower Arranging Day with flower arrangements in Ringmer Surgery, Barclay’s Bank, Cliffe Veterinary Practice, His and Hers hairdressers and the Mill Road residents’ common room. Our next club meeting will be at 2pm in the village hall on Wednesday with a demonstration by Robert Tunks entitled Summertime. Visitors will be given a warm welcome (£4 to include tea and biscuits).

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday May 21, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams; 2, Roy Scan and Alan Disney; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

WI: Thank you to all who supported the WI May Fair in the village hall, on a very wet morning; in spite of the weather £400 was raised and those attending enjoyed the activities on offer, including a chocolate fountain, whack the rat and unlock the castle. Later in the month, with much better weather, the walking group explored Cuckmere Haven and a party visited Scotney Castle. The craft group are putting the final touches to the entries to the WI competitions at the South of England Show, do visit the WI tent to see them. The next meeting is on June 3 at 7.30pm in the village hall when the talk will be about the South Downs National Park, right here on our doorstep, given by Neville Harrison.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Rotherfield 71-68; Groombridge v Ringmer 79-67; Ringmer v Buxted 93-79; Ringmer v Woodingdean 69-62; Ringmer v Seaford 72-45.

BREN BONNER (Booking Sec for village hall) has moved. As from May 19 my address changed to 40 Broyle Close Ringmer BN8 5PL. Tel and email address remain the same. Can I please say a massive thanks to all those who helped me move, including Walt the Handyman, Mark Croasdale, John from CTLA, Angela and Robert Morrison, the Trustees of Ringmer Village Hall for all their support, and Pam Bowmaker who had the task of taking me by train to Eastbourne, and many more who I cannot list as taking too much room here. Many thanks to you all.

Rodmell & Southease

JUMBLE SALE: Unfortunately the jumble sale in aid of Rodmell Village Hall funds had to be cancelled because there was no jumble. I always feel that jumble sales in summer suffer when the weather is good. Jumbles in the autumn and winter months give people a reason to clear out, and give them something to do and somewhere to go for fun and communication when days are dark, dismal and long.

OPEN GARDENS: A summer sensation is coming up here in Rodmell. Open Gardens, Sunday June 8, 2pm to 5.30pm. Entry £5 adults but children get in free. Entrance includes Monk’s House garden and many beautiful gardens in Lower Rodmell. Teas served in the village hall with cakes and cream teas. Other features are: nurseries, garden ceramics and sculptures in Monk’s House garden and Place House. In aid of St Peter’s Church and village clubs and associations. Parking free on Croft Field and disabled parking in NT car park. Please could the village cooks provide a cake for the village hall teas and phone Jenny Brown on 473939 to let her know what you are baking, and if you want to collect or if you will deliver it to the hall at about 1.30pm on the day. Help is needed with the teas please, just an hour would be good.

THE COACH TRIP to Wisley Gardens on Sunday May 18 was a great success. The weather was lovely and the coach was almost full, with members of the horticultural society and coffee club who all had a great time. Unfortunately I missed out as we had clients that day.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI meeting discussed and voted on the resolution to encourage organs for transplant. It was agreed that communication and discussion with family about donation was an important issue.

VISIT: I went with two friends to Burrswood, an estate located in the village of Groombridge. Burrswood is a lovely place for healing. It has a very good private hospital offering the highest standards of clinical care and it also offers quiet days at a very good rate. The gardens are fabulous. Burrswood was set up in 1948 by the 20th century healing visionary, Dorothy Kerin (1889-1963) regarded by many as a modern-day Christin saint. In 1912 Dorothy Kerin was a 22 year old who had been confined to bed for five years with tubercular meningitis, peritonitis and diabetes, when a miraculous cure restored her to full health overnight. Her healing earned her national attention and press headlines of Miracle Girl. Helped by a group of dedicated and committed followers Dorothy established homes for prayer and healing in Southern England from 1929 onwards. She believed she had a commission from God to heal the sick, comfort the sorrowing and give faith to the faithless, a commission which is still Burrswood’s today. The work of Burrswood is strongly supported by the Church of England, as it is by the many healthcare professionals who refer their patients to it. Even if you have no faith, are an agnostic or cynic you are still welcome, and it’s well worth a trip, just to enjoy the lovely gardens and surroundings, all free. The ride out to Burrswood is through lovely leafy narrow lanes.


LECTURE: One of the more eccentric of English artists is the subject of the next East Blatchington Lecture, on Tuesday. Sir Stanley Spencer became well-known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes occurring as if in Cookham, Berkshire, the small village beside the Thames where he was born and spent most of his life. He saw it as an earthly paradise, and depicted fellow villagers as their Gospel counterparts. He found fame and success as a man whose works were markedly different, a painter with an extraordinary visual imagination. Spencer was also an official war artist, and served in the first world war as a medical orderly and an infantryman. An exhibition, Stanley Spencer in the Aftermath of the First World War, is currently at his gallery in Cookham High Street, and continues until November 2. But Seaford is about to enjoy its own showing of some of his work. It is quite a story which Kay Blackburn will be telling in this illustrated lecture. As usual, it is open to everyone, and is at St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Road, at 2.30pm. Tickets are £5, including refreshments, available on the door, or from the estate agents Newberry Tully. Other lectures to come in this popular series: July 1: Karen McCreedy gives an illustrated talk entitled Reel to Real Heroes, Actors at War. August 5: Simon Brett, the author whose 80 books include the popular comedy detective tales and Radio 4 series featuring the usually struggling actor Charles Paris.

THE POPULAR annual Plant Sale will be held at St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Road, on Saturday, June 7, between 9am and noon, with plenty of plants, also vegetables and flowers.

A TREAT for every teddy bear in Seaford awaits this month. It doesn’t matter if they are big or small, or even tiny. It doesn’t matter if they are very old or very young, they will all be welcome to take part in a tea party just for them. It will be held at St Peter’s Church in Belgrave Road, on Saturday, June 14, between 2pm and 4pm. A suitable tea for bears (and their owners) will be included in the very reasonable price of admission, and the event also offers a special challenge. Particularly brave bears will have the chance to parachute from an upper window of the Chapel Rooms alongside the church. An appropriately soft landing will be provided, of course. The party is for all ages, and will raise money for the charity Family Support Work, which is also supported by the shop Wise Books at Sutton Road.


BINGO EVENING: Just to confirm that bingo is tonight, Friday, 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. 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.

GARDEN EVENT: Tomorrow, Saturday, 11am until 2.30pm at 29 Hamsey Road, East Saltdean. Garden event in aid of Telscombe Cliffs Community church roof fund. There will be stalls of cakes, plants, bric-a-brac, a barbecue, light lunches, raffle, crafts and demonstrations. Please come along and help raise funds for this worthy cause.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall when Derek Oliver will be giving a talk and demonstration entitled 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 tomorrow, Saturday. 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. Lee Willingham, who lives in Coopers Hill, is hoping to raise as much money as possible for the British Heart Foundation by taking part in the Kenya Rift Valley British Heart Foundation Charity Bike Ride which takes place from November 1 to November 10. Lee first has to raise a total of £3,150. As manager of the Polegate Grasshoppers, Lee has already organised a Dads versus Lads football match and the next fund-raising project, with the help of his wife Sarah and friends, will be the Village Fete. But there is still a long way to go to raise sufficient money. The British Heart Foundation organise the whole Rift Valley tour at a cost of £1,495 which includes flights from London to Nairobi, bike hire, accommodation, meals, doctors and local guides. The challenging itinerary starts with an overnight flight from London to Nairobi. The next day the group travels from Nairobi to Nyeri, the gateway to the Aberdale National Park where the bikes are collected and there is a short warm up ride and Mount Kenya can be seen in the distance. On the third day the cyclists will cover 99km from Nyeri to Nyahururu with long steady climbs and several downhill stretches past fields of crops, fruit, vegetables, sugar cane, tea and coffee. On day four the cyclists cover about 57 km. They head into the Subukia Valley and continue to the town before transferring to Baringo, a small village next to one of Kenya’s fresh water lakes. Day five starts with a one hour transfer from Baringo to Kabernet before the cyclists embark of a very challenging 85km ride with steep hills on winding roads but the reward is the fantastic views across the Rift Valley before a downhill ride to Eldoret. Day six is from Eldoret to Kakamega - 92km if there has been no rain but an alternative longer 110km route if wet, eventually entering the Kakamega Forest Reserve, the home of black and white colobus monkeys, flying squirrels, the blue monkey and the potto, the world’s slowest mammals. On day seven the 53km cycle is mainly downhill with a view of Lake Victoria which covers 70,000 square kilometres and then into Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest town, for a celebration meal. The cyclists transfer to Nakuru, a four hour drive away and they are then free to relax. On day nine there is an early transfer to Nairobi with an optional visit to an elephant orphanage in the Nairobi National Park which is home to giraffes, monkeys, rhinos, antelopes and more. The next day, it is an early start - flying back to London. It sounds a really exciting but strenuous trip. Congratulations to Lee for taking part. It will be interesting to hear how he gets on. Please help him to raise as much money as possible for The British Heart Foundation by supporting the village fete.

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 tomorrow, Saturday, 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 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, will be giving a lunchtime organ recital at St Saviour’s and St Peter’s Church, South Street, Eastbourne, on Monday 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 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 of Glen Chorale 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 concert will include two solos and a trio. Tickets to include refreshments are £6 and are available from Janet on 01323 502113.

N WATCH will be meeting in the vestry at Trinity Church at 2.30pm on Monday. 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. For more information or if you would like to get involved please ring the parish clerk, Andy Beams, on 01323 489603.

MUSIC DAY: Polegate Windmill’s Music Day is also on Sunday June 8. It is a pity that both events will be held on the same day, but there is time to get to them both. Music Day is from 2pm to 5pm when strawberry cream teas will be served and visitors can have a guided tour of the mill. Gerry Page is once more organising the music programme with a whole range of talented performers. They include The Hot Club of Jevington, which is a gypsy swing band, singer songwriter Nairne, Harry and Max bass singer and guitarist, harpist Sunnie, tenor Luca with songs from the shows, teenager Lauren with her sweet voice and young saxophonist Tom with a group of other talented instrumentalists. Ukulele players from Eastbourne’s UKE Stock 101 will be there, perhaps not all of them, a fairly large group. Gerry Page and his wife Merial will be singing three standard type songs and the afternoon will be concluded by a further performance by the Happy Day Band, a traditional jazz band with a comic edge.