Parish pump Newhaven - May 9, 2014


COLIN AND CHRISTINE BURDEN of Heartstart are retiring. Colin was a member of the ambulance service from 1969 until 2003. Also in 1969 he joined the RNLI serving on the Eastbourne lifeboat for 21 years until 1990. He was one of the first full time paramedics in Sussex at the forefront of enhanced training for ambulance staff, with particular regard to heart disease. His career in the ambulance service has taken him to work in a number of ambulance stations across Sussex and when Margaret Thatcher visited Eastbourne, at the height of the IRA campaign, he was her personal paramedic. In 2006 Colin and two or three others, whilst talking in the pub, developed the idea of Heartstart. Dr Adcock was involved and supported the idea by donating a fibrillator. Since that time there has been nearly 1,000 calls, over 300 last year alone. There are six responders that form the local team with two more going to be trained in the next month or so. Colin has personally received many commendations over the years, the most recent being the Chief Executives Commendation for saving someone’s life on the Downs. Colin’s wife, Christine ,has shared in all the stress and triumphs throughout their long marriage and has been the very successful leader of the Fund Raising for Heartstart. Their future plans are not clear at the moment but it was made very clear, at a party held in their honour last Saturday, that the village is grateful for their work and wish them well in their retirement. The parish council at the Monday PCC meeting also presented a picture as a mark of appreciation.

WI NEWS report from Wendy Day: Many members and several visitors attended the April meeting to hear an interesting talk by Irene Eltringham-Wilson, National Gardens Scheme organiser for East Sussex. Mrs Eltringham-Wilson started by explaining the criteria that gardens have to meet to be included in the scheme. All entrance charges to the NGS Open Gardens are donated to national nursing and cancer charities with the total to date being over £40 million. Everyone present was given a copy of the East Sussex guide to gardens open in 2014 and were then shown pictures of some of the gardens with amusing and entertaining anecdotes about the gardens and their owners. Plans for a summer of garden visiting were made by members. There was also reminders of the outing to the Seaford Little Theatre and that the Bexhill Tea Club will be visiting at the end of May.

EXHIBITION: The Alfriston Art Club will be holding its very popular annual Exhibition and Sale of work from May 24 to 27 from 10.30am to 5.30pm at the War Memorial Hall. There will be a large selection of framed and unframed paintings for sale and also homemade refreshments. Entry is free but please note there will be no credit card facilities.

THE ZHEN SHAN REN (Truthfulness Compassion Tolerance) International Art Exhibition is visiting the Old Chapel Centre from May 24 to May 31, from 10am to 5pm. The exhibition is free. For more information visit

THE 300 CLUB will be meeting at The George this month on May 13 at 8pm. All are welcome to witness another couple of lucky winners at the monthly draw and perhaps join so that you too could have the chance to win £50. The 300 Club donates all profits to the War Memorial Hall.

NEW VENTURES: The village High Street is getting a new look with two new shops. The Cuckmere Emporium at 2 Cross House plans to source the majority of its goods from within the Cuckmere Valley and surrounding locality with a view to supporting our community and economy. Currently 11 local producers have their goods in the emporium and Geoff and Jackie Knights are continuing to develop the range and are happy to hear from anyone in the neighbourhood who may wish to use the shop as an outlet or point of contact. At this time cushions, cards, vintage clothing, furniture, jewellery, bespoke quilts and a range of Love Alfriston souvenirs by Padgham-Major and numerous gift items by Bob Kingdom can be found at the Cuckmere Emporium. The second new shop is really a location move from one end of the High Street to the other. The Apiary is open for their well known range of ladies clothes but are also adding a coffee shop at their new, larger address.

RATHFINNY Wine Estate is hosting a Gala Evening of wine and music on June 11 at 7.30pm. The London Conchord Ensemble will perform a programme including the music of Pierne, Beethoven, Elgar and Shubert. Tickets, £25, may be booked at the Gun Room or telephone 01323 870022, when directions to the venue will be given. Full details of the programme can be found at


CHURCH SERVICES: United Benefice Eucharist at St Andrew’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, at noon. The Bishop of Chichester is visiting our United Benefice on this day and will celebrate the Eucharist. The service will be followed by refreshments in the Parish Hall.

SAILING CLUB: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club races on the sea by Marine Parade on Sunday. At 11am there will be a middle distance race.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday May 18. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, email Jim Skinner (

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.

SUNDAY MORNING and all was quiet on the Egg (Bishopstone’s village green). The only reminder of last Saturday’s busy and successful Spring Fete were several dressed-up scarecrows on top of some straw bales. Also known as the Hag, there is no connection between the green and chicken products nor unfortunate women as far as we know. The name is now thought to be a corruption of an old Saxon word like haeg (hedge) meaning enclosure.


THE BRIGHTON FRINGE is now in action and St Laurence’s concerts are part of this programme. Last Saturday, the first concert by the La Place Trio with Kevin Allen on piano, was a real delight, the Mozart Piano Quartet KV 478 in G minor just took our breath away.

CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, Le Ragazze, string students of Helen Browne will perform in aid of Leo House Children’s Hospice. The concert begins at 5.30pm and we look forward to these talented young artists.

THE GARDENS at the moment are looking lovely and everyone seems to be working very hard to keep up with the growth rate. The birds have also been busy and we have been delighted to watch the young fledglings in the garden being fed by their parents, I just hope those magpies keep away, I just do not trust them.

LADIES GROUP: On Tuesday Falmer Ladies’ Group will be hosting David Porter who will be talking about What Makes a Fraudster Trick. The ladies’ group welcome visitors at a cost of £2, the meeting begins at 7.30pm.


LEWES HISTORY GROUP meet on Monday, 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Feasting, Fighting and Freedom at the Priory. Helen Chiasson and Kate Hickmott, of the Lewes Priory Trust, will talk about how the Priory of St Pancras developed to be important enough to host the King and his army during the Battle of Lewes, the role the Priory played in the events of 14 May 1264 (and afterwards), why the date was so important to the Cluniac monks of Lewes and why the arrival of the King and his army caused such disruption. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

WESTGATE WI: At our last monthly meeting we were treated to a talk by Victoria Wynn-Jones on Colour me Healthy - Colour Therapy. This was very interesting and humorous and Victoria stated that she had been obsessed with colour all her life so no wonder she went down the art route. Victoria does a great deal of work with colour schemes in various homes for the elderly ensuring that the colour scheme appeals to all. Apparently women are brilliant at colours and this is instinctive, so, ladies, don’t doubt your colour schemes. Victoria also talked about iridology which was fascinating and we learned that a awful lot can be learned from our eyes - illness, past operations, falls, etc, no wonder doctors often look at our eyes. She brought along her magnifier together with a an iridology chart for us to have a look at our own eyes, personally all I could see was a blurred dark blob but apparently I wasn’t holding the magnifier near enough to my eye. Victoria has worked for 12 years in Lewes Prison and, along with the inmates, has created a more colourful and liveable environment for the prisoners. Our next meeting is on Wednesday at St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe High Street. We start at 10 30am but coffee is from 10am, do come along and join us, all very welcome. This meeting is to discuss the Resolutions and it is also our birthday month. (Dee Barr).

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Collections this month will go to our mission partner who is based in Egypt supporting churches in the Middle East, providing practical and spiritual ministry among the Christian population and serving the poor. In May we are holding two events to raise funds for Southover Counselling Service, which is a professional service run by the church and available to everyone, irrespective of belief or ability to pay the full cost. At present the cost is £40 per session (£45 for couples); however, sponsorship is available for anyone unable to meet the full cost. The service operates through qualified counsellors who are also committed Christians. Referrals are accepted from health professionals and GPs. To make an appointment or find out more please telephone 07852 221449; or look at the website at On Saturday, May 17, we are holding a professional training day on Mindfulness, with lunch, facilitated by Dr Anita Marsden. Places are still available to anyone interested: contact telephone number as above. On Saturday, May 24, there will be a 75 percent off Bargain Book Sale, 9.30am to 12.30pm in Cliffe Hall, off Cliffe High Street. Art/design/cookery/interiors/children’s books/stationery and plenty of ideas for Fathers’ Day gifts. A real opportunity to buy quality books at low cost. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service; 11.15 informal communion in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service. Do come and join us.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

ILLUSTRATED TALK by Ian Everest on Old Denton and South Heighton tomorrow (Saturday) at Denton Church Hall in aid of St Leonard’s Church. Tickets £5 in advance telephone 01273 514482. Refreshments available during the interval.

BOWLS CLUB: Newhaven Bowls Club is holding an Open Morning at Fort Road tomorrow (Saturday) so if you have ever wanted to try bowls now is your chance. All equipment is available, just wear flat shoes or trainers. The club is looking for new members from beginners to experienced players and they also run a junior club on Saturday mornings from 10am to 11pm for youngsters seven years upwards.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI is holding their resolution meeting with a show of members’ crafts on Monday at 2.15pm in South Heighton village hall.

TOWN COUNCIL: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development committee will meet on Tuesday in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm to discuss the latest applications. This will be followed by the Environment and Open Spaces meeting.

STORYTELLERS: Feathers, Fur and Fins is the title of the Guest House Storytellers May meeting on Tuesday. It is a chance to listen to tales about selkies and enchanted fish, sacred stories about eagle, raven and monkey and fairy tales about wolves and monstrous beasts. The Hillcrest Safe opens at 6.30pm, stories begin at 7.30pm. £4, concessions £3 on the door.

MERIDIAN FORUM is holding a Have Your Say meeting at the Hillcrest Centre on Tuesday at 10am and the subject this month is Newhaven Library, the plans.

RNLI: Newhaven Lifeboat is holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Lifeboat House, West Quay. This is an opportunity to meet the team and get an overview of the achievements of the volunteer crew and fundraisers. Refreshments provided.

MEECHING WI is holding its resolutions meeting in Meeching Hall on Thursday at 9.45am. New members and visitors welcome.

THE GARDENING SOCIETY welcomes Gilly Halcrow to their meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm. She will be giving an illustrated talk on SOE - Churchill’s Secret Army - Special Operations Executive. Non members always welcome for an admission fee of £2 to include tea and biscuits.

NEWHAVEN FORT: Under the National Museums at Night banner, Newhaven Fort is inviting people to Remember Newhaven in 1914/1918 on Friday May 16 from 6pm to 9pm. Go along and learn what was happening in Newhaven and the surrounding areas during the First World War. Listen to short illustrated talks, chat to local historians, learn how to research your own family history. You can also get hands on with some of the Fort’s WWI collection. Bring your own family heirlooms and tell your own stories. Admission free, no need to book, just turn up.

FILM SOCIETY: Hillcrest Film Society is showing The Visitor on Saturday May 17. An aged, listless, widowed academic floats through his boring life until something unexpected, interesting and poignant happens to him. This is a story about rebirth with comedy and pathos. The Hillcrest Cafe opens at 6.30pm for light meals and snacks, the film begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 each and are available from Hillcrest Centre reception Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4pm.

MADS: Tickets are on sale now for Meeching Amateur Dramatics latest production Old Boilers written by Adrian Cale and directed by Garry Fowler. It will be performed in Meeching Hall on Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31 and Thursday to Saturday, June 5 to 7, inclusive. Tickets are £8 each from Meeching Estate Agents, Newhaven High Street, telephone 01273 515566.


TECHNICAL PROBLEMS: I hear that I have not been alone in Peacehaven when trying to access the internet. So my report last week did not reach the Parish Pump column.

HORTICULTURE: Peacehaven Horticultural Society are holding their monthly meeting in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Monday May 19 starting at 7.30pm when there will be a talk on the Air Ambulance. There will be an extraordinary meeting at approximately 9pm to discuss some small changes to the Society’s constitution.

MORNING MARKET: The market on Saturday May 17 in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre has been arranged by Harlequin Studios from 8.30am to noon. The next Saturday market is on May 24 and will be organised by the Peacehaven Players. To book a table contact them on 07849 771 883.

COFFEE MORNINGS: On Friday May 16 the Peacehaven Evangelical Church will be in the foyer of the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. On Tuesday May 20 the Seahaven Lioness Club will be offering the refreshments. The Seahaven Active Scout group will be in the foyer on Thursday May 22. And finally on Friday May 23 the Saint Laurence Church will be behind the counter.

CINEMA: I have already reported that the next film will be on Wednesday May 21 when The Railway Man will be shown in the Community Hall, Meridian Centre. I now learn that 12 Years a Slave will be shown on Wednesday June 11. Tickets are already on sale for both these films from the information office at £5 each.

CIRCUS: The John Lawson Circus has returned for their annual visit to the town. The big top will be raised on The Dell, South Coast Road from May 15 to 18. Look out for advertising posters around the town for details of prices and performance times.

FUN FAIR: The Bill Coles Fun Fair comes to the town twice a year. Their first visit will be from May 23 to 26 when they will set up on The Dell. They will be back again in August.


CHARITY RACE NIGHT: Ringmer Primary Home School Association are holding their popular charity race night this evening (Friday). Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Entrance tickets are £3 in advance or £4 on the door which includes a free drink from our licensed bar. Among the prizes on the night are a free trial Glider Flight worth £99, a pair of Final Dress Rehearsal tickets for Glyndebourne, a car service from the Busy Bee Garage, and Theatre tickets worth £50. These are just a few of the fantastic prizes on offer. We extend our grateful thanks to all of our sponsors for the evening. Please come and support your local school and raise money for important equipment needed to enhance our children’s learning. For more details please phone 01273 813860/812463.

WI SPRING FAIR will be open tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to noon in the village hall. Entry is free. Stalls include home-made cakes, children’s games, tombola, good-as-new and lots more. Families welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands, 6.30pm. Confirmation at Seaford, no Evensong at St Mary’s.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 30, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Valerie and Peter King. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

FLOWER CLUB: We celebrated the NAFAS Emerald Anniversary, the National Flower Arranging Day, a Sponsored Swim and also advertised our own flower club all on the same day. Our display received a lot of attention and was a very worthwhile project which hopefully will encourage more members. A morning market will be held in the village hall next Saturday May 17, 10am to noon. There will be a cake stall, plant stall, good as new clothing, books, flower baskets, handmade cards, bring and buy and a fantastic raffle. All are welcome. Entrance 50p including refreshments.

BOWLS CLUB: Results: Ringmer v Royal Sovereign 77-48; Ringmer v Colemans Hatch 86-43; Southwick Park v Ringmer 62-86; Burgess Hill v Ringmer, 62-76. On Sunday we had inter-club Mower Cup. The winners were P Lloyd and R Crowhurst. Don’t forget, if you want to have a go at bowls, do come along tomorrow Saturday 10am to noon.


SEAFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is delighted to support the Air Ambulance for a fundraising event taking place on Tuesday May 20 at Seaford Golf Club (Clubhouse), from 6.30pm. The air ambulance is an independent charitable healthcare provider working with the ambulance service. They are not part of the NHS and they are funded almost entirely by voluntary donations. There will be a presentation by a member of the Air Ambulance fundraising team followed by a quiz, teams of four to six people, £2 per person to enter. Prizes for the winning team and a raffle will be held. All proceeds from the evening will go to the Air Ambulance. Refreshments will be provided but for catering purposes booking is essential, reserve your place by e-mailing: or phone 0800 881 5331. The event is open to members and guests. The Chamber AGM will take place at 6.30pm sharp, presentation at 7pm.

FUN DAY and Dog Show organised by Waif and Strays is on Saturday May 24, 10am to 4pm, on the Martello Fields. It will be packed with fun, for all the family, with or without dogs. We have a fun dog show going on throughout the day, funfair, doggy have a go agility, fun dog trick training, food and beer tents and many stalls. Displays of a dance group, British Marine Life Rescue, husky rigging, a classic car and motorbike show, birds of prey, Animal Extravaganza (reptiles) and much more.

LOOK OUT for a group of doughty walkers who will be Beating the Bounds of a large part of Seaford on Saturday, May 17. They will be members of St Peter’s Church, which is in Belgrave Road, East Blatchington, but extends much further than that area. The aim is to celebrate the parish and let people know how far it stretches and exactly where it is. The walk will start not at the church but at one extremity of the parish, at the Brickfields by the seafront, at 9.45am. It covers about six miles in all, but some may walk only part of the route. The plan is to stop for a snack at Seaford Golf Club before finishing at St Peter’s. The cost to take part is £2.


COME AND MEET the Armed Forces Police trainees at Telscombe Civic Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 1pm to 3pm for a fun and informative afternoon for the children. There will be finger printing, various activities and refreshments. Free entry.

COUNCIL MEETING: A meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee takes place on Monday 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 for the meetings will be put on council notice boards a few days before the meeting and will usually also be available on the council’s website at

ZERO HEROES, How to Spend it Event. What would you do for your community with a share of £40,000? The Zero Heroes Community Competition is rewarding waste-reducing areas of Lewes District by giving the community a share of a prize fund that will be used on projects the community want to see happen. To have your say on what your community should be spending money on and to find out how to increase your area’s share, come along to the Zero Heroes How to Spend it Event. This is where people can propose, discuss and prioritise ideas that really matter to the community. Please spread the word. You can also click the links on the website to submit your ideas and projects for funding in your area, Come along to the Telscombe Civic Centre on Wednesday from 3.30pm to 8pm.

QUIZ NIGHT at the Civic Centre, Friday May 23 at 7pm. Cash prizes to be won. £2 per entrant with a maximum of six to a team. Bar and snacks available. Ring 01273 589777 to book in or go to the Civic Centre reception.


THE PAMPHILON THEATRE is the venue for Angel Exit Theatre’s latest production, The Ballad of Martha Brown, the story of the last woman publicly hanged in Dorset, evoked by Thomas Hardy who was standing close to the gallows. He later recalled ‘I remember what a fine figure she showed against the sky as she hung in the misty rain and how the tight black silk gown set off her shape as she wheeled half round and back’. The touring theatre company’s production of The Ballad of Martha Brown, reviewed as ‘a stunning piece of physical theatre that is a feast for all the senses’ arrives at the Pamphilon tomorrow, Saturday. For tickets contact or on 01273 782866. Tickets are £10 (£5 for


THE FILM SOCIETY’S film for May is Viaggio in Italia, Journey to Italy. Directed by Roberto Rossellini and starring Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, the 1954 mysterious, gripping and moving classic will be shown at Uckfield Picture House on Sunday at 8pm. All friends are very welcome to join Uckfield Film Society members as guests if they wish to see the film at the normal cinema rate. Tickets are available from Uckfield Picture House or for information about Uckfield Film Society, call 01825 764909.

UCKFIELD SINGERS Community Choir present Sounds of Summer on Sunday July 27, 7.30pm at the Civic Centre. More details later.

EASTER EGG DRAW: Uckfield Lions Club are celebrating yet another Bumper fund raising effort. Twenty specially made extra large, decorated, luxury, chocolate Easter eggs, blazoned with the name Uckfield Lions were placed in 20 local hostelries to be raffled by the publicans for the Lions in aid of the new cancer unit being formed at Pevensey Ward at Eastbourne District General Hospital, as part of the Lions campaign to provide facilities to make treatment for cancer sufferers in this part of Sussex a little more comfortable/palatable. What can we say. Our friendly publicans and their customers have come up trumps. Between them they have raised over £1,200 towards this essential service. We give you all a huge thank you, once again you have proved the enormous charitable heart of the people of this area. Demonstrating their commitment to this fund raising effort went one stage further at The Star, Normans Bay, where prompt action between the Lions and the publican turned what could have been a disaster into an overriding success. In the eggsitement over customers being able to buy tickets in the Uckfield Lions Bumper Easter Egg Draw, the giant luxury decorated Easter egg sited on the bar at the Star Inn committed eggicide by eggsiting the bar and finishing in many pieces on the floor. Despite this appearing the end for this specially made luxury egg, the Lions were determined not to lose the opportunity to raise money in this location as part of their Giant Easter fund raising project and rather than surrender to this calamity and sell tickets for scrambled egg, Lion Graham Baldwin leapt into action, bought an easter egg in a big box and with plenty of bling and dropped it into the Star that evening. The publican surrounded it with the scrambled egg and made it even more popular. Thanks, it might have been a broken egg but there weren’t any broken Lions promises at the Star, and they didn’t have to serve up omelettes to Lions supporters. Contact us at our Bridge Cottage Bookshop, on our website listen to Uckfield FM or call Lion Bob Eaves on 01825 764638.

ARTICLES: A quick reminder that it’s free for you to publicise your local events in the Parish Pump. It must be for a good cause and not a personal advert. And please send it to me in Times New Roman, size 12. Also, do let us know the results, money raised, etc after the event.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

FASHION SHOW: Edgmont Church and the site on which it stands in Old Town was purchased by the JPK Sussex Project in June 2013.The aim is to provide supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability. But building cannot start until a lot more money has been raised. In the meantime the Edgmond Church now known as Edgmond Hall (for functions), has been completely refurbished and can be used for community and fundraising events. On Sunday April 27 a fashion show and cream tea was held. The fashions were from The Designer Room at 20 South Street, Eastbourne, and the whole event was masterminded by events manager Ann Hamilton. It was a very professional event; the models looked as if they had received training, but in fact they were friends and colleagues and even Jill Parker, project co-ordinator for the JPK Project, was persuaded to walk the cat walk and looked stunning. Round tables were set out with beautiful linen cloths for afternoon tea, dainty sandwiches and scones, all very civilised. Everyone agreed that it had been a most enjoyable afternoon and the venue is certainly ideal for big occasions such as wedding receptions, parties, special events and functions, and there is plenty of parking on site. For enquiries regarding hiring the hall please contact Ann Hamilton on 417163 or her mobile 07780 475200.

PIRATES OF PENZANCE is currently showing at the Devonshire Park Theatre at 7.45pm until tomorrow, Saturday. Matinee performance at 2.30pm Saturday. JPK Sussex Project will be benefitting from the programme sales and retiring collections. Please contact Kath Day on 01323 460258 if you think you could help.

CYCLE TOUR: Martin Hughes, landlord of the Wheatsheaf, and customer Paul Crysell are cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and hope to do it in nine days, a distance of some 1,000 miles, which averages out to about 110 miles a day which includes a total ascent of 51,700 feet. They set off on May 4. Progress of the trip is being recorded on the large map inside the pub. Do pop into the Wheatsheaf to see how the cyclists are getting on. The three charities they are supporting are Breast Cancer Research, Water Aid and St Wilfrid’s Hospice. There are three ways you can donate, put a donation into the collecting tub in the Wheatsheaf, sign the sponsor form at the bar or visit .

MILLS DAY is on Sunday when traditionally radio hams link up with mills in other parts of the country and even abroad. The Amateur Radio Club will be at Polegate Windmill to see how many contacts they can make. The Long Man Morris Men will also be dancing at the mill at 1.30pm. Hopefully the weather will be good and members of the public are invited to bring along their own table to sell their own wares or publicise any organisation or charity in which they are interested, so there should be a large variety of stalls. There will be no charge for this but do contact the event’s organiser Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496 first. Refreshments are also available on the day and tours of the four floors of the mill can still be taken. The ground floor and education room are wheelchair friendly and toilets are also available.

EASTBOURNE Astronomical Society will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Damian Peach will be giving a talk entitled An Introduction to Astronomical Imaging.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Solo acoustic artist Alex Gold will be performing a mixture of popular and old soul hits at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

RNIB: An afternoon of light musical entertainment will be held at 3pm on Sunday at Wannock Village Hall in aid of Royal National Institute for the Blind. Tea and homemade cake will be served and there will be a raffle. Tickets are £5 available at the door.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK is from May 11 to May 17. Please give generously.

A CONCERT will be held at St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday directed by Michael Stumbles. The augmented church choir will be singing. There will be various solos and ensembles, both vocal and instrumental, and including organ solos from Paul Collins. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection supporting local charity Children with Cancer.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council hold a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by the annual council meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. At the annual council meeting, the chair of the parish council will be elected or re-elected and councillors will then choose on which committees they wish to stand. Ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

TRINITY DINERS: Installation of the new kitchen at Trinity Church is due to be completed on Thursday. Unfortunately the monthly lunch scheduled for May 16 will have to be cancelled as there will still be a lot of clearing up to do and china and pots and pans put back in place. The next lunch will be at noon on Friday June 20 when chicken pie with seasonal vegetables and fruit trifle will be served. To book for this lunch please ring Jennie Macfadgen on 01323 484189 or email In the meantime Trinity Community Market is still being held in the hall each Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm, when there will be fresh produce for sale, crafts, haberdashery, cakes, household goods and refreshments. For further information or to book a stall please ring Wendy on 01323 489002 or email

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING: You are invited to a relaxing afternoon in the glorious gardens of Sunrise Senior Living, Upper Kings Drive, from 2pm to 4pm on Friday May 16. Enjoy great company, refreshing cocktails and delicious canapés on the lawn. Talented harpist Magdalena Reising will be providing live musical entertainment.

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday May 16 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when Rex Swain will be giving a talk on Old Rye. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or Cyndy on 01323 486208 for further information.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm on Friday May 16 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.