Parish pump Newhaven - May 8, 2015


THE RATHFINNY TRAIL and Flint Barn opened last Saturday. Sarah and Mark Driver invited local residents to walk the trail, situated along Cradle Valley. There was a very good turnout of children, parents, grandparents and dogs. The weather was kind and the walking easy and the scenery quite lovely. Richard James, the Landscape and Environment Officer, guided us to the newly, beautifully refurbished Flint Barn, stopping regularly to inform on the variety of flora and fauna and the ecological management of the area that the Drivers have established which has brought back cowslips and skylarks. The trail is approximately 2km and can combine with many longer walks in the area in the National Park. The trail will be marked by the Rathfinny badge and there will be regularly updated information details posted about the area. The Flint Barn cafe at the end of the trail provided welcome refreshments in the courtyard with locally sourced homemade, delicious snacks. The Rathfinny Trail is officially classified as a permissive footpath and is subject to closure on certain days for Vineyard work so it is advisable to visit the Rathfinny website,, for details of the trail and the Flint Barn cafe.

THE 300 CLUB will meet this month on May 12 at The Smugglers picking two more numbered balls from the bin and making two people each £50 richer.

STAND CLEAR: The defibrillator has been relocated to the wall outside the Village Hall and on May 12 at 7pm the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Community Responders will be overseeing an opportunity for villagers to practice CPR on the resuscitation dummies.

CHANSON JAZZ AND SWING come to the War Memorial Hall at 7pm to 10.30pm on May 16. Fleur de Paris brings the ‘evocative ageless sound of Paris of the 30s to 50s’ to Alfriston in a live concert. Tickets, £8, from Hick’s, The Newsagents or telephone 01323 890373.

THE FARMERS’ MARKET will be in the village square from 10am to 2pm on May 17. There will be an opportunity to buy Bliss cakes, Pure chocolate truffles, Strata Fruit vinegar, Sussex Fairs chutney, High Weald Dairy produce, Sussex Pies and much more. The through road will remain open but the area outside the Smugglers Inn and West Street will be closed.

THE LONDON CONCHORD ENSEMBLE, Dame Felicity Lott and others will be performing over the weekend of June 12 to 14 in a weekend festival of music at Rathfinny. The full programme and booking facilities are on line at or available in the Gun Room on the Tye. The weekend offers a packed variety of music and musicians and a wine tasting dinner with the opening concert. There are facilities for picnicking before or after any event with drinks and snacks available at each concert.

ARCHIE SKINNER’S Memorial Service was held in a packed Litlington Church on April 22. Archie was the former Head Gardener at Sheffield Park and a judge at Chelsea Flower Show and was well known for judging the local flower shows and a firm favourite for giving talks about gardening to local societies. Archie was a bell ringer too and the bell ringers of Alfriston, with help from ringers from Fletching, rang a quarter peel for Archie in memory of their former colleague. The service was led by the Rector, the Reverend Daniel Merceron and a wonderful address of Archie’s life was given by a friend the former Rector of Alfriston, Reverend Frank Fox-Wilson.


TIDE MILLS community beach clean 10am to noon on Sunday, May 17. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife.

WOODEN ICE LOLLY sticks wanted. Do you have any spare ones that could be used as plant labels? Please leave them in a carrier bag underneath the plant table by St Andrew’s churchyard main gate. Thank you.

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

MAY is an unusual month in that it has two public holidays (the next one is on Monday, May 25) so make the most of it as there are no more till late August. If you are going to America this weekend, it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday.


DAVID DENNIS: We were all delighted to hear that David Dennis who used to play the organ for us here at Falmer, is still going strong at the age of 87 years. According to an article in The Leader he is still regularly playing for various churches and regularly plays two services back to back in different buildings. David was playing the organ here at Falmer on the day that several organ pipes broke free of their attachments and came crashing to the ground, thankfully not on top of anyone. He also featured in an episode of the popular TV comedy series Waiting for God which filmed an episode here at St Laurence. We wish him well and hope he continues to play the organ for all those lucky churches.

EXHIBITION: The Bethany to Jerusalem exhibition is now over, although the artwork will be up for another couple of weeks and if you would like to visit and view the work please call us on the number at the bottom of the page and we may be able to arrange a time. The exhibition has proved very successful with a lot of visitors coming through to look at the paintings, prints and sculpture and to read the poetry.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Now we can turn our attention to our next big event here in the village, the Flower Festival on June 27 and 28. People are already pondering on the theme Leisure Time and wondering how they can turn it into a flower arrangement. We are always keen to have new people to do arrangements, so if you feel inspired please let us know. We also have tables for hire if you would like to come and sell your wares. A trestle table is £10 a day.

BIRDS: As well as the long tailed tits that are nesting in a shrub in our garden, we now have a robin nesting in some ivy right by our back door. This was probably a bad choice of location as the robin (who keeps turning up with worms dangling from his beak) takes agonisingly long to decide that it is safe to dive into the leaves and deliver the meal he has caught. If you happen to want to leave by the back door and he is waiting until the coast is clear you can get quite delayed. In other bird news, I am pleased to report that we have the first goslings of the season, eight little fluffy green balls can be seen swimming about the pond, I just hope the seagulls don’t get them.

MUSIC: We were treated to an absolutely wonderful concert here last Saturday. Jacquie Currie conjured up the spirit, humour and warmth of Joyce Grenfell wonderfully as well as having a beautiful singing voice. This special Brighton Festival Fringe concert was a real treat. This week we have another special treat as Duck Soup, the brilliant folk trio, are returning to Falmer. This group can move you and amuse you in equal measure, it is worth coming just to hear the extraordinary range of instruments, including the saw. The concert is at 5.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Entry is free with a retiring collection.


DANCING: Strictly inspired FitSteps classes and ballet classes take place on Monday mornings in St Michael’s Church Hall. For more information contact Claire Lyons AISTD on 07773 194040 or

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our last Sunday ramble Lewes Footpaths Group walk started in Bolney Village. Setting off from The Street we walked northwards across Wykehurst Park with views of the mansion in the distance. The path descended through a boggy patch, surprisingly wet despite the recent sunny weather, and continued through woodland with glorious stretches of bluebells. Reaching Jeremy’s Lane we turned left and then right into Colwood Lane. After a short distance we turned off the lane to cross the fields in the direction of Warninglid, where we stopped for our coffee break. From there we turned back southwards through Rout Farm, entertained by the antics of the lambs in the adjoining fields, then headed back to Bolney via Nailard’s Wood, passing orchards in full bloom and extensive vineyards. Despite grey skies the weather stayed dry and all enjoyed seeing the English countryside looking its springtime best. The next walk is on Sunday, Fishersgate to Shoreham or Fishersgate to Lancing, a choice of an all day walk to Lancing or a morning walk finishing at Shoreham. Travel will be by train. Meet at Lewes Railway station in good time to catch the 9.29am train to Fishersgate and bring a picnic for the all day walk. Our programmes are available from the Lewes Tourist Office.

HISTORY GROUP TALK: On Monday Lewes History Group will have a talk, 7pm for 7.30pm in the King’s church building, Brooks Road, WW1 – Lost Sons of Lewes by Geoff Bridger. This illustrated talk will take place just a few days after the centenary of the Battle of Aubers Ridge on the Western Front, in which the 2nd and 5th Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment played their parts. Geoff will explain the context to the battle, its planning and execution, and the casualties sustained. He will focus on the roles played in the attack by the two Royal Sussex battalions. Finally he will talk about four selected casualties from Lewes, and we will learn about their civilian and family backgrounds. All welcome. Free refreshments. £2 members/ £3 for non-members.

COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall from 10am to noon. All are welcome. Tea, coffee, cakes, tombola, bonfire photos, merchandise.

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: At their March meeting, Christopher Dadswell treated members of the Lewes Philatelic Society to a fascinating display of items related to Admiral Nelson. These included stamps, covers and postcards produced to commemorate events such as the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Others depicted his flagship HMS Victory at the 1951 Festival of Britain or the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth. Covers included pictures of the battle and of the Death of Nelson. There were also items with postmarks from various places called Nelson and cards depicting objects named after him, such as the cruiser HMS Nelson. Other interests were not neglected as postcards depicted his wife Lady Nelson (Fanny) and Lady Emma Hamilton. At the AGM of the society on April 10 the committee were re-elected for another year. A proposal was put forward to hold a stamp day in Lewes if a suitable venue can be found and enough dealers persuaded to come to it. Hopefully I will have more news of this later in the year. The AGM was followed by a mini bourse for members to sell and buy stamps and covers. The next meeting of the Lewes Philatelic Society is tonight (Friday). Dave Hilton will show a display of philatelic items on the theme A Family at War. The meeting starts at 7.30pm (doors open from 7pm) in the upstairs meeting room of Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road. Non-members are welcome to come along. For further information about the meeting or membership of the Society please contact the secretary Norman Sansom on 01273 472470.

WESTGATE WI: Our speaker for our April meeting was David Porter with his topic of Clayton Tunnel. David gave an extremely interesting, informative and amusing talk about the dwelling, in which he took up residence in 2003, built on top of Clayton Tunnel. This has been a family home for 160 years and at one time a family of seven lived there in a slightly smaller house as an extension has since been built on the back housing a bathroom. Some 350/400 trains run through this tunnel daily and the trains actually run under the living room, however, there is very little noise or vibrations felt from them, in fact, there is more noise from the A273 road. There are fabulous views during the spring and summer months and the garden is a real suntrap but in the autumn and winter months it is cold, misty and foggy so not so good. During these months David burns logs to keep the cottage warm but it is even warmer when it snows! He has walked down the tunnel which is 1.25 miles long and 270 feet deep but despite its depth is very dry but extremely dark. If you get the chance to hear David speak on this subject do go along and listen as it is extremely fascinating. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday at St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, coffee at 10am and the meeting starts promptly at 10 30am, all are very welcome to visit our friendly group. Our May meeting is our Birthday plus discussion of the Resolution to be put forward at the National Federation of Women’s Institutes AGM on June 4 at the Royal Albert Hall. (Dee Barr).

TRINITY AT SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM, followed by the Trinity meeting for which we were joined by folk from South Malling and St John sub-Castro. All three churches have now voted unanimously to act as if we are one church, rebranded as Trinity and two of the Southover congregations are looking forward to relocating to St John sub-Castro in the autumn. Tomorrow, Saturday, our Rwanda Youth Team (who will be travelling there in the summer to help with local projects) invite you to their board games barbecue, from 2pm to 6pm. Games will be provided but do please bring your own favourite game to play. £5 per adult and £3 for under 18s, food included (under 13s have to be accompanied by an adult please). Tea, coffee and cakes will be available all afternoon and the barbecue from 4.30pm. Tickets are now on sale for the Schools’ Gospel Concert at Brighton Dome on Sunday June 7 at 4.30pm ( Summer holiday club dates have been set for July 28 to 31: booking details will be available soon. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service with communion (church hall); 6.30pm informal evening service, accompanied by singers and band. Please do come and join us.


A FULL LIST of your town and district councillors will be available from the Town Council office on Monday.

THE FIRST MEETING under the new administration will take place on Tuesday 19 May at Annual Council; residents are welcome from 6.30pm in the Anzac Room.

SATURDAY MARKET: Tomorrow’s charity market is being run by ESDA, at Community House from 8.30am.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Next Tuesday’s coffee morning in Community House is being organised by our local pet rescue group, Thursday’s by the Peacehaven Players and Friday, May 15, by Peacehaven and Telscombe Bowls Club.

CIRCUS: Don’t forget to visit the circus at the Dell this weekend, from today until Sunday.

NEWS: If you have any news please let us know, e-mail


PARTY PIECE is being performed by Polegate Community Association Drama Group until May 9 at Polegate Community Centre. A hilarious comedy by Richard Harris. Tickets at £10 for adults and £6 for children and students available from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street. Tel: 483348 or online at

POLEGATE RESIDENTS Association meet on the First Tuesday of the month at 10am at St Johns Church Hall. Visitors welcome.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Kit Wilson Trust. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon. On Saturday May 16 the coffee morning is hosted by the MS Society Friday Craft Group. Again all welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Round High and Over, 5.5 miles with Mary B. Meet at Chyngton Gardens Seaford, 10.40am bus No 12 , 10.13am Terminus Road stand J. Bring lunch. Or, Over the Ouse to Downs and Villages, 8.5 miles with Kay and Mary. Meet at parking space opposite Itford Farm between Beddingham and Newhaven on A261 at 9.45am GR 434056. On Sunday, Around Glynde – Golf Balls and Windpower, 9 miles with Glyn R. Meet at The Avenue 9.30am. Walk starts at Glynde Rec car park 10am. On Wednesday, Evening, Twice Across The Line with John and Marion. Meet at the Avenue 6.30pm, walk starts at layby Arlington Reservoir 6.55pm GR 527075. On Saturday 16 May 16 a 2.5 to 3 mile walk with Marjorie W. Meet bus No 12, 9.43am Terminus Road, stand J to Friston Pond. Cars to Friston NT car park 10am.

COFFEE MORNING on Thursday at the British Queen, The Triangle, Lower Willingdon, from 10am to midday. Come and join us for coffee and chat, raffle, book stall, bring and buy stall.

GOLDEN WEEKEND open days from the Landmark Trust. Events being held at Wilmington Priory, off A27 turn off Mon Lane leading to the Wilmington Giant on May 16 and 17. Open from 10am to 4pm. Celebrating the Landmark Trusts 50 Anniversary. Telephone 01628 512141 for more details.


VE DAY: The Royal British Legion, Ringmer Branch plan to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VE Day by laying a wreath at the War Memorial at 11am today (Friday) and they invite everyone who can to join them. They will do the same on VJ Day, August 15. Please put this date in your diaries so you can also join them then.

CHARITY RACE NIGHT: Ringmer Primary School PTA are holding their ever popular Charity Race Night tonight (Friday) at the Primary School. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Entrance tickets (which includes a free drink) are just £3 in advance or £4 on the door. Please come and support your local school and raise much needed funds for redeveloping our outside area after all the building work has been completed. For further details please phone 01273 813860/812463.

THE BOWLS CLUB are having an Open Morning tomorrow (Saturday), 10am to noon. We are looking for new members to come along and join us. Bowls is a sport for all the family. We have the bowls, just wear flat soled footwear to protect the green. Improve your health, meet new people and socialise. We look forward to meeting you. Tel: 01273 812470 for more information. Last week’s results: Ringmer v Colemans Hatch 65-55, Southwick Park v Ringmer 81-73, Burgess Hill v Ringmer 83-60.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 29, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Lesley Durrant and David Warner; 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.

FLOWER CLUB: The flower club’s annual morning market takes place in the village hall on Saturday May 16 from 10am to noon with stalls selling cakes, plants, flower baskets, good-as-new clothes, books, bring and buy, a fantastic raffle and coffee/tea and biscuits.

PARISH COUNCIL: The number of people nominated to stand for Ringmer Parish Council was lower than the number of places. There was thus no parish council election this year on May 7, but the parish council will be seeking to co-opt additional members at its May meeting. Anyone interested in joining the council should, in the first instance, contact the Karen Crowhurst, the parish clerk, 01273 813242.

COUNTRY MARKET: Please remember the Country Market which takes place in the village hall each Tuesday from 10am to 11am. We now have plants and produce for sale as they come into season as well as home-made sweet and savoury items, preserves, honey, cheese, eggs and crafts. Do come and see what is on offer and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee when you have made your purchases.

Rodmell & Southease

TRAGEDY: The tragedies of the past few weeks bring home what a volatile world we live in and those of us that live fairly quiet, stable lives in these beautiful villages cannot know what it must be like to live in the conditions that the poor people suffering the effects of the devastating earthquake in Nepal are going through. I immediately paid money to the rescue fund, as I’m sure many other people have. We have to help those fellow human beings in their time of peril.

THE LADY in Baltimore who chased her son away from joining in the rioting must have gained a lot of respect in the USA and around the world. She was like a yellow whirl-wind and as well as finding it amusing, I also found respect for her as a mother who cared. As many have said on the media, ‘Let’s have more mums like this’. I bet she never expected fame to come to her in such an unexpected way.

ADRIAN ORCHARD: As readers will know by now I am a fan of Adrian Orchard’s piece in our monthly parish magazine for Southease. I just love his humour. Poor Adrian had a most unfortunate accident recently, but as usual he informed us in his writing, with great humour. This is his story: Most of us will have heard that stark command Hold Your Tongue. As ill luck would have it the Registrar and his young assistant held mine for some 40 minutes in the excellent A&E department at the RSCH on a recent Tuesday morning. I had inadvertently bitten my tongue and thanks to Warfarin, I couldn’t stop the copious bleeding. Dialling NHS 111 line led to my going asap to the nearest A&E department. There, after tests by the triage nurse and a blood test, the Registrar was on the case at once. Simply holding and pressing on the wound was unsuccessful but the application of some sort of acid and holding for a further 20 minutes did the trick. It was a relief to be able to talk and thank them for their skill, kindness and good humour. My daily dose of Warfarin has now been reduced at their suggestion. We are so glad you are now OK Adrian and I look forward to future writings in the parish magazine.

ELECTIONS: Well by the time you read this we shall know who the next Prime Minister is for the next five years. We may also be voting for our parish councillors who play an important role in looking after our village.

WI: On May 19, Rodmell and Southese WI will be discussing the Resolutions every WI in the country will be considering. A relaxed meeting for our members.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: On Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, there will be a flower Festival and Art Exhibition at St Peter’s Church. Teas and cakes in the school (pending permission). Entry £2. All monies to St Peter’s Church. Times, 2pm to 5.30pm both days. There will also be some art work available for purchase.

COFFEE MORNING: On Wednesday May 27 there will be a Coffee Morning in the village hall at 11am which has become a popular event (anything to do with Pat Alcorn’s delicious lemon cake I wonder)?

B&B: Sarah Meyer’s daughter Heather was one of my B&B visitors recently, along with her daughters and a friend. They came for a nostalgic visit to the village they and their mother loved and to scatter her ashes. Sarah lived in Summer Cottage for many years and was a lovely, interesting lady.


BARN DANCE being held by the Seahaven Lioness’s at Chyngton Primary School, Millberg Road, tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 from Newberry Tully Estate Agent, Church Street. Bring your own drink and glasses, price includes ploughman supper. All proceeds to St. Wilfred’s Hospice. For more information ring 01273 612098.

JULIES KITCHEN at The Constitutional Club on Thursday to Saturday noon to 2.30pm and 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Sunday noon to 2.30pm.

ELECTION QUIZ NIGHT at the Constitutional Club tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm.

PLANT SALE at Seaford Allotments, Sutton Drove, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday between 10am and 1pm. Sale of flower and vegetable plants, pots, tools and other gardening items.

BOOT SALE: Seahaven Scouts Boot Sale at The Martello Fields on Sunday at 7.30am to 1pm. Cars £8 and vans £12 start at 7am. No food sellers. Tel: 08444146086.

FRENCH MARKET, Church Street on Wednesday from 9am to 5pm.

SEAFORD U3A Annual Quiz Afternoon on Wednesday at St Peter’s Church Hall, Belgrave Road, starting at 2.30pm. Teams of four, join other members or come as a readymade team. Tea and cakes at half time. Tickets £3.

SEAFORD MUSEUM and Heritage Society AGM at The Clinton Centre, Clinton Place, on Wednesday, 7.30pm, followed by Seaford Military Camps an illustrated talk by Luke Barber. £2 or £1 for members. Tel: 01323 898222.

THE WOODEN DISH by Edmund Morris will be performed at Seaford Little Theatre from Friday to Saturday, May 15 to 23. Evenings 7.45pm, matinee on May 16 at 2.30pm. Directed by David Parton. All seats £8, opening night, matinee and final Saturday £7. Box Office, Stitch, Broad Street 01323 894938.


TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI will be meeting on Thursday at the Civic Centre, 2pm to 4pm. Fish and chips followed by Resolutions meeting and quiz. The competition is Something Fishy Again.

FOOTNOTE: ‘Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May’. That line from Shakespeare’s’ sonnets always comes to me as I watch the cherry and apple tree blossom now coming into full bloom in the gardens as Jack and I stroll through the town, and up and down the side roads. All the nonsense with elections, MPs, et al is forgotten and fades from memory at the sight of such beauty. The sure sign that spring is here, despite the chill in the air. Hope you all got out to vote on Thursday. We shall be toddling down to our local polling station. I am still old fashioned enough to want to physically make my vote, despite all the offers of postal votes, etc., Seems more satisfying somehow. Jack has never shown much interest in politics, except for barking and growling at the one canvasser who knocked on our door. Anyway, by the time you read this, it will all be over, thank goodness. Enjoy your weekend.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE STREET PARTY which the Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion planned to hold on May 9 at St Mary’s Church Hall to commemorate the 70th year of VE day (Victory in Europe) has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to lack of support. However, there will definitely be an afternoon tea party on Saturday August 8 to commemorate VJ day (Victory in Japan) and the final end to the Second World War. Please make a note of the date in your diary and save any memorabilia for that occasion. There will be more information nearer the time.

NOTEWORTH VOICES present a concert of a Capella pre-Bach to post-Beatles music at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Mary and St Peter’s Church. Musical director is Ansy Boothroyd. Tickets are available on the door at £6 per person or £12 for a family ticket. Students go free. Refreshments are available during the interval. For further information please contact Richard Long on 01323 416362 or Colin Bissell on 01323 488824.

THE CRACKLIN GRIFFITHS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

JOHN PAUL MILLER, singer/guitarist will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Professor Don Kurtz will be giving a talk entitled The Stars Are Ours.

CHRISTIAN AID week is from Sunday May 10 to Saturday May 16. Please give generously. The community market which is currently held on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am at Trinity Church Hall will be having a Christian Aid stall as well as the many other interesting stalls you will find there. They would welcome your support.

POLEGATE/WILLINGDON WINDMILL is situated in Park Croft, Willingdon, and opens its doors to the public every Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter through to the last Sunday in October. Unless otherwise stated times of opening are from 2pm to 5pm. National Mills Day, on Sunday, is a special day when the mill will be open from 11am to 5pm. There will be classic cars on display, side shows and stalls, cakes and teas, and tours of the four floors of the mill as well as the museum on the ground floor. The local amateur radio hams will be there contacting other mills throughout the country and possibly further afield and the Long Man Morris Men will be putting in an appearance about 1.30pm. It should be a good day.

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs Miss and Ms): The meeting on May 13 has been cancelled as many of the members will be going on a trip to Windsor on May 14, with an early start. The fish and chip supper at the Holiday Inn in Carlisle Road will still be going ahead on May 27. The supper is booked for 7.30pm but members who are doing the walk along the seafront to Holywell before the supper, should meet up near the Lifeboat Museum at 6.45pm.

THE GARDENERS’ GROUP will be meeting at the Red Lion from 6.30pm for a 7pm start on Thursday. Bernie, who is one of the members, will be giving a talk about low maintenance gardening and this will be followed by another talk on tomatoes from Mike Thompson entitled From Flower to Fruit. Meetings are very informal and everyone is welcome.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue at noon on Friday May 15. The menu is fruit juice, lamb hot pot or a vegetarian hot pot alternative, creamed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, followed by mixed fruit crumble and custard and tea or coffee. The meals are £5.50 each and to book please ring Jennie on 01323 484189. Gift vouchers for the meals can also be purchased which would make a nice treat for a special friend.

A MACMILLAN Coffee Morning is being held from 10am to noon on Saturday May 16 at St Mary’s Church Hall. There will also be a nearly new clothes sale and raffle. The clothes include coats, evening dresses, silk tops and skirts and everyday garments. Please contact Felicity on 01323 509897 for further information. If you would like to help with the refreshments on the day or if you could bake a cake for the event I am sure that Felicity would be delighted. All proceeds will be going to the charity.

THE BRITISH QUEEN is having a charity day from 1pm to 5.30pm on Saturday May 16 in aid of the Sussex Air Ambulance Service. 1950’s American classic cars will be on display, and there will also be a 50s clothes stall. The British Queen will be having a barbecue and games and activities such as guess the weight of the cake, face painting, a tombola and more. The raffle draw will be held at 5pm. Music with the River Boys, Trashville 59, Justine and Jim Daddys Record Hop will continue throughout the afternoon and later in the day customers will be entertained by the Beetroots from 8.30pm.

BILL AND BEN: On, Saturday April 25, Billy Boots, aged 18 and his friend, 17 year old Ben Hall, undertook an extremely arduous 20 miles sponsored bike ride from Brighton to Eastbourne. The reason it was arduous was because they were riding kids’ bikes, not easy as the route is quite hilly. It was all achieved in 3.5 hours, which included them assisting at a car accident. But it was all for a very good cause, the JPK Sussex Project, which aims to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability. Billy and Ben were welcomed and congratulated at the finish line at the Arndale Centre by the centre manager Bill Plumridge, the JPK Project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker, and family and friends. Four years ago Billy covered the same distance on foot with another friend Wesley, and he has also abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth and Skydived from 12,000 feet, all for JPK, but this challenge has to be one of the most physically demanding. Billy said that he and Ben were extremely grateful for the tremendous support they have received from everyone. ‘Something small’ will help make a difference. Jill said that she was extremely grateful to Billy and Ben for planning and undertaking their sponsored fundraising event for the JPK and to everyone who supported them. Donations can still be made at