Parish pump Newhaven - November 1, 2013


WE SPOKE too soon a fortnight ago about the relatively quiet anniversary of the 1987 hurricane. This week there’s only really been one story in the village, the St Jude’s Day Storm, battening down the hatches and trying not to get blown away. The association is perhaps not just fortuitous, Jude is traditionally the patron saint in difficult situations. Business as usual next week.


ARCHAEOLOGY: There are to be tours of the archaeological dig at present underway at Newmarket Farm. This farm was an outfarm of the Kingston Estate and was situated way up in the middle of the Downs above Falmer and Woodingdean. It was built around 1830 and given over to the Army just prior to the Second World War. When we had a small exhibition recalling the history of the church and old school here in Falmer, I was contacted by a lady who lived at the farm as a child and she recalled the long hard walk to school (especially in winter). The dig should give a fascinating glimpse of life as a farmworker in the 19th and early 20th century. The tours are this weekend Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3. The meeting point is at 10am at Woodingdean at the Bexhill Road car park just next to Bexhill Road.

SWEET MUSIC: We are looking forward to the concert tomorrow (Saturday) given by Jools Owen and Kristin McClement. This is what 405 Magazine had to say about Kristin ‘She has a particularly soulful voice; very low and sensual.’ We are promised enchanting ballads delving deep into the heart of the human condition. Kristin plays delicate fingerpicked electric and nylon guitar, accompanied by percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Jools Owen. The concert is free with a retiring collection in aid of the church. It starts at 5.30pm and will be followed by a firework display with a collection in aid of Children in Need.

CHURCH: I have been away on holiday recently and during that time I went to St George’s, the Anglican Church in Venice. It was like a little piece of England transported by magic into an Italian setting. The service was the traditional Book of Common Prayer Communion, familiar to me from schooldays and we were greeted at the door by a lady handing out books. The congregation was British and although a number were holidaymakers like myself, the core of the congregation was made up of ex-pats and they were finding it hard to meet the costs of maintaining their church just as we do here.

QUEEN’S VISIT: I have no doubt there will be a lot of photographs of the Queen in this week’s Express. I hope to try and get a glimpse of her when she arrives at the new Keep building just down the road from the village.

STORM: Last Monday’s storm brought a large tree down in Mill Street. The tree fell across the road damaging a car and severely damaging a flint wall. Thankfully there were no injuries to the householders. A few more trees have fallen up at the top of Ridge Road but luckily the storm did nothing like the amount of damage caused by the 1987 hurricane.

ART MARKET: Put the dates in you diary, November 30 and December 1 are when we will be having our Christmas Art Market in Falmer this year. Last year’s was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. It is just the place to pick up all your Christmas shopping and there will be home-made cakes and refreshments as well.

Glynde & Beddingham

MEMORIAL PARADE: We are all very excited that next Friday the Glynde Beddingham and Firle Memorial Parade will finally be strutting its stuff through the village. Although the timing of this event is close to various bonfire celebrations in the area, it’s important to remember that the Memorial Parade is specifically to commemorate our men and women who gave their lives for our country during wars throughout the centuries. The costumes and fireworks may remind one of bonfire, but the sentiment is other. Badge night is tonight, Friday, at The Trevor Arms, so if you would like to march with the procession do come and sign up. The swimming pool team are pleased to have the opportunity once again to provide the barbecue in front of Glynde Place after the short service. This year we will be offering delicious local organic burgers and sausages served in wonderful organic Flint Owl rolls, soft drinks and cake. If you would like to help, please call Helen on 07816749516. We will be meeting at 7.30pm.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Cliffe Church Hall. Cakes, preserves, tombola, membership, merchandise. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Corn Exchange, High Street on Thursday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

TALK: On Wednesday, A Beginner’s Guide To Orchids. Dr Gary Firth, orchid expert, will be talking to the Lewes and District Garden Society at St Thomas Hall, Cliffe High Street, 7.45pm to 9pm. Non members £3, members free. All are welcome.

FITSTEP CLASSES are now running on Mondays at 6.30pm,YMCA, Westgate Street and Fridays, 10.35am at St Michael’s Church Hall. These classes are a ballroom and Latin dance fitness programme that’s ‘Strictly’ fun and you don’t need a partner to do it. £5 per class. Contact Claire Lyons 07773 194040 for more details or just turn up.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO will be holding a Worship for All at 11am on Sunday led by Rev Dick Field and his wife Joyce. It is always an informal, friendly and warm service of praise and thanksgiving where people from all Christian persuasions feel at ease. Then at 6.30pm that evening Dick Field will be taking Holy Communion with Tony Idle preaching. Tomorrow, Saturday, in church at 7.30pm Nick Milner-Gulland, well known for his Fayrfax Concerts at St John’s, has arranged a chamber music evening, in aid of our church appeal. The music is by Bach and Vaughn Williams, a delightful programme, performed by flute, oboe, strings, harpsichord, piano and tenor solo. Tickets £12 at the door or from 01273 480189. I hope Lewes music lovers will take advantage of this wonderful musical evening and enjoy the undoubtedly best acoustics in Lewes.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The Harvest Festival on October 18 went very well, with some particularly good singing and generous gifts. After the service, gifts were collected by Malling Food Bank, and once more distributed on the following Monday to people in need. The school received a big thank you card for their generosity and enthusiasm. Although this week is a well-deserved holiday after a busy first term, yesterday (Thursday) a group of 10 excited children went with Mrs O’Donoghue, the Head, and children from other local schools to meet a senior member of the Royal Family at Southease Youth Hostel. By now we will all know who they met, but as I write, it is still a secret. I hope to have stories of the event next week. The consultation on South Malling joining with other local schools finished formally on Friday November 25. Early next term, Governors of the seven schools Priory, Western Road, Pells, South Malling, Southover, Iford and Kingston and Rodmell, will review the response of parents and other stakeholders and decide whether or not to go ahead with the partnership. If the decision is positive, the Lewes Cooperative Learning Partnership will come into existence in May next year. School goes back on Monday. Parents are reminded that there is in-service training on Wednesday when children will stay at home and recover from their exertions of the night before.

MALLING CHURCH: After a successful Breakfast Service last Sunday, this Sunday’s service will be Holy Communion at 9.30am with Reader, Ian Graham, preaching on Overcoming Self-Pity. As usual, everyone is welcome.

MALLING TENANTS and Residents Association give notice that they will be holding their third General Meeting on Monday, November 25 at 7.30pm in the Community Centre.

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

INCINERATOR TOURS take place today (Friday) throughout the day. This is your chance to see what happens to your waste after it is collected and taken to the incinerator. All the guided tours have to be pre-booked but there might be some spaces and Veolia are holding an Open Day down there so there will be the chance to ask questions. To check availability on a tour telephone 01273 511310.

SPOOKY WALK tonight (Friday) to raise funds for MADS and Sussex Wildlife Fund. Participants must wear warm clothing, flat shoes and bring a torch. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Seven Sisters Country Park at 6.30pm. Tickets are £6 including hot refreshments. To reserve a play telephone Tony on 07912 965507. Forest car park and toilets.

BEETLE DRIVE with bangers and mash and banoffie pie in aid of St Michael’s Church, Newhaven in the church rooms tomorrow (Saturday) in the church rooms. Prompt start at 6pm. £5 adults, £2.50 children including supper. To aid catering booking essential so telephone 01273 541892 to reserve your place.

RACE NIGHT tomorrow (Saturday) in aid of Mencap at their headquarters Riverside Hall, West Quay 7.30pm to 11pm. Raffle, bar,music and comedy video,fun for all. Admission £1adults, children 50p.

FIREWORKS: Pet owners are advised to keep their animals inside on bonfire night and this week as there are several displays in and around Newhaven. On Friday November 8 Meeching Valley PTFA are holding a Firework Family Night at the school, all welcome. Refreshments 6pm, fireworks at 7pm. Tickets in advance from school reception 01273 514300. Family ticket £10, single adult £4, single child £2. On Saturday November 9 South Heighton Bonfire Society host their firework night. The procession leaves the Flying Fish at Denton at 6.30pm and goes via Denton Road, Thompson Road and Heighton Road to the bonfire site on South Heighton recreation ground stopping at the Hampden Arms on the way. The firework display begins at 8pm, admission £3 for adults, accompanied children free.

QUIZ NIGHT: Newhaven Twinning Association are holding a quiz night at the Hillcrest Community Centre on Friday November 8 starting at 7.30pm. The cost to each contestant is £4 and there is a special offer for six people to book for the price of five if they book a table. Bring your own drink as no alcohol will be sold on the night. Prizes awarded to the contestants on the winning table and booking is advised. The Hillcrest Cafe is open from 6.30pm selling meals and refreshments. All money raised on the night goes towards the growing links between Newhaven and La Chapelle St Mesmin, near Orleans in France.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Sunday November 10. Service in St Michael’s Church at 9.45am followed by the Parade to Memorial Green in Southway where the two-minute silence will take place followed by a short service and the wreath laying. Poppies are already on sale throughout the town so please wear your poppy with pride.

PUMPKIN COMPETITION: There will be a carved pumpkin competition at the Hampden Arms South Heighton on Sunday. Judging takes place around 4.30pm so please take your pumpkins to the pub in good time. There will be the normal meat raffle at 3pm.


COLD CALLING: By now most residents will have received a delivered copy of the Autumn Peacehaven Times published quarterly by the town council. On page five you will read that the council along with the Sussex Police are considering making the town a No Cold Calling Zone. However they would like residents to have a say on this issue. There is a cut out form on page five inviting a Yes or No response which can be left at the information office. Please have your say on this issue.

QUIZ NIGHT: The winners of the recent Quiz Night were the Bookworms. This successful evening with your support was able to raise a total of £396 towards the Mayor’s local charity fund. If you have the next quiz night booked as January 2014 be advised that it has been moved to Friday February 7.

LITTER: There is a person who regularly leaves a shopping trolley in Southview Road at the junction with Dorothy Avenue North. This is unacceptable behaviour by one individual. Trolleys are not meant to be taken out of the shopping area. The answer may be to take it to their home and then re-use it next time or better still have ones own shopping trolley. Do you know the culprit?

WRESTLING: It was sad that the long awaited wrestling event had to be abandoned on the advise of the Fire Brigade following a fire in the Meridian Centre. It has been rescheduled for March 1 and your tickets can be exchanged at the information office at no extra cost up until February 1. Meantime the raffle on that evening has been drawn and there are eighteen winners. Go to the council and check on Community Events to find a list of winners or call in with your raffle ticket to the information office.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by the Rotary Club in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market on Saturday November 9 will be organised by the Peacehaven Evangelical Church. To book a table contact them on 01273 587352.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is no meeting this Tuesday. The next meeting in the Anzac Room is on Tuesday November 12 from 6.30pm when the planning and highways committee will consider local planning applications.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Royal British Legion are holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday. Next week on Tuesday the Peacehaven Catholic Church will be serving refreshment. On Thursday the Peacehaven Players will be behind the counter while on Friday November 8 sees the return of the Royal British Legion who will also be selling poppies in return for a small donation.

TIMELY TALKS: This month’s free informal gardening talk at Paradise Park is on Wednesday when David Fitton will consider Evergreens in Garden Structure, which are the architectural backdrop to every successful garden. It starts at 11am and includes a free tea or coffee in the comfort of the coffee shop. Talks usually last about 40 minutes.

CINEMA: The film showing this month in the main hall Community House is Rush. It starts at 7.30pm on Monday November 11. Tickets priced at £5 each are available now from the information office.

GIVE BLOOD: The Blood and Transplant team are back in the Community House on Friday November 8 taking donations of this precious life giving fluid. They are there from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 8pm. Your donation could help save somebody’s life. If you prefer an appointed time call 0300 123 23 23.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: There is an opportunity to talk with our councillors on Saturday November 9 from 10am until 11am in the Meridian Centre upon any matters affecting the town. This is a drop in surgery so there is no need to book an appointment. Just turn up.

CREDIT UNIONS: What are they about? There is an open meeting for residents along the South Coast at the Hillcrest Centre’s Art Room, on Wednesday November 13 from 10am to noon. Come and find out when Nikki Plummer from East Sussex Credit Union will explain.

U3A: The monthly meeting is being held in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Thursday from 10am for a prompt start at 10.15am. There will be a talk on Sussex Windmills. Members are reminded that there is a coffee morning on Thursday 14 in the Meridian Centre, and you are requested to support both of these events.


TICKETS on sale for Polegate Drama’s production of See How They Run, an hilarious war time farce by Philip King. Tickets at £8.50 for adults and £6 for children are obtainable from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street 483348, production takes place until tomorrow, Saturday. Or online at

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by the bowls club. All welcome in the lounge from 10am to noon. On November 9 the coffee morning wil be hosted by Stud Farm.

BEETLE DRIVE and Chinese Supper tomorrow, Saturday, evening at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. Tickets at £8 each are available from Jennie on 484189.

MEETING of Eastbourne Local History Society on Tuesday when we welcome back Helen Poole with her talk on Sussex and the Napoleonic Wars. Doors open at 2pm at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne. Visitors welcome.

POLEGATE QUILTERS are holding a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday November 9, at the Community Centre. All welcome from 9am to 1pm.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Kings Centre, Edison Road, Eastbourne on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Regrettably, the Danielle Price Memorial Match had to be postponed last Wednesday due to a waterlogged pitch. This match will now take place, weather permitting, on Wednesday at 6.30pm at The Caburn Ground. Funds raised at this match will go to the Ringmer District Youth Association and entry will be £1 for adults and 50p for children. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are still on their travels and have an away league fixture at Lingfield, 3pm kick off. The second team are at home in a Reserve Section Premier match against Selsey hoping for a repeat of their excellent win against the league leaders last weekend. Kick off time at The Caburn on Saturday is 3pm as usual.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s are Holy Communion 8am, Holiday Club Family Service 9.45am and Sung Eucharist 6.30pm.

FLOWER CLUB: The AGM of the club will be held in the village hall at 2pm on Wednesday. This is an independent meeting and it is hoped that members will make every effort to attend. There will be a workshop in the morning starting at 10am led by Joan Fowlie.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 23 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Alan Grindley and David Warner. The club next meets in the St, Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 814220.

RINGMER DEBATES: The next in the series of these debates takes place in the village hall on Friday, November 8, commencing at 7.30pm. The theme of this one is: Where will our food come from in 20 years? Everyone welcome. Entry is free though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: I do hope you have your tickets for the society’s production of Wyrd Sisters by Terry Prachett, adapted by Stephen Briggs, taking place in the village hall on the evenings of Wednesday to Saturday, November 13 to 16, at 7.45pm. If not please contact or phone 07753317373 or go to Creature Comforts, The Pet Shop, Ringmer. Tickets are £8 each. This play involves a large cast and is being directed by Graham Stapley. It should certainly provide you with a very good evening’s entertainment.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council has a vacancy which it intends to fill by co-opting a candidate at its meeting on Thursday, December 12. If you are interested in community life and would like a direct say in local decision-making why not consider becoming a parish councillor? Applications will be welcome for all sectors of the community. Further details are available from Chris Elphick, clerk to the council on 01273 813242. Please note that the closing date for nominations is Friday, November 22 and applicants will be asked to provide a brief written statement giving basic information about themselves and their reasons for seeking co-option.

WINTER PARTY/FETE D’HIVER: Ringmer Twinning Association invites you to this event being held in the Ringmer Football and Social Club on Saturday, November 23 at 7.30pm. Why not come along and enjoy a meal, music and dancing led by Tony Dunn. Tickets (including meal) £8 and are available from Sharon Gunde or phone 01273 812186/07815 103196 or from Jim Stock e-mail or phone 01273 813390.

CRAFT FAIR and table sale. Advance notice of the Christmas Craft Fair and Table Top Sale being held at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form on Saturday, November 30 between 10am and noon. £5 a table if pre-booked. Father Christmas, face painting, raffle and refreshments. Phone Ruth Whitlock , LRC Manager on 01273 812220 ext 253 for more information.

SUPPER CLUB: This is advance notice of an event taking place in Ringmer Village Hall to launch a bi-monthly Supper Club on Saturday, December 21 at 7.30pm. There will be a three course buffet but those attending should bring their own drinks and glasses. Why not put this date in your diary now and get your tickets in advance from Daisy on 01273 814859, Pam Bowmaker on 01273 813625 or from Bren Bonner on 01273 813303. Tickets cost £10 per person. Proceeds to the Ringmer Village Hall Appeal.

Rodmell & Southease

STORMS: Here’s hoping you, the readers, have not suffered too much from the recent storms and high winds. We had a tree down in the garden of No 2 around four weeks ago, and this time No 1 had a small tree down, but apart from that and a fence panel along the field damaged, we got off lightly.

PLEASURE: I keep meaning to say how much pleasure the people who made the Portaloo in the field belonging to Spring Barn Farm into the replica Tardis from Doctor Who, after the wonderful Gentlemen of the Road weekend, gave to people like me. I smile every time I drive by and I’m sure many other people appreciate their efforts. I hear it’s now referred to as the Doctor Loo.

COFFEE CLUB: It was nice to pop into Rodmell Coffee Club on Wednesday October 23 for a welcome cuppa, biscuit and chat. I don’t seem to be able to get around the village much these days and these sort of events give me a chance to catch up on news. I did not know that Peter and Joy from the Dicklands had moved to Ringmer. I wish them well. Frank Dean’s old house where the family have lived for many years has now been sold by his grandson Steve. It seems after 100 years the Deans are vacating the village as Roger and family also moved recently, this just leaves Pauline in the village. There are quite a few properties in the village up for sale at the moment, but it seems that properties are selling well.

TALK: We are all looking forward to another evening of Farming Nostalgia with speaker Ian Everest. These evenings get packed out and are so good. It’s to be held n the village hall on Saturday November 9. I think all tickets have gone but you could go on a waiting list in case anyone cancels. Phone David Smart on 01273 478151.

THE MORMON DIARIES: As I wrote about the Mormon Diaries recently, used by many investigating their family history, I have had people ask me what they are. As far as I know and have been told, the Mormon Diaries were set up to register all births and baptisms, be they of their faith or not, as they were worried about people not having their children baptised. If any readers can enlighten me about this I can then put details in the column.

BY THE TIME this goes to print Her Majesty the Queen will have visited this area. Hopefully any storm damage will have been repaired by Thursday making more work for those involved in getting ready for this welcome visit. The Royal couple will have visited YHA South Downs, the new youth hostel at Beddingham where they will have toured the facilities and unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the facility. More than 600 visitors stay at YHA South Downs every month. Let’s hope the sun shone on this eventful day.

THANK YOU: I would like to give a bit thank you to the Living at Home Service based at Sackville House, Lewes. They have been sending their wonderful ladies and men to care for Mike since he returned home from Meadow Lodge. It is all part of the Joint Community Rehabilitation (JCR) Service. A partnership between Adult Social Care and Health, providing support to help you stay in your own home and remain independent. We hear so many bad things about care services these days that I feel I have to let readers see some of the good side. The people who have been coming to us have been so kind and cheerful and in the main, apart from a few blips, on time. We thank them very much.

FRUIT: Rob our gardener/handy man, without whom I would be lost, helped me pick what was left of our pears in the orchard at the weekend. They were distributed to friends, mum’s care home and Raystede who sell them to make money for their upkeep in saving animals. It’s good to see that cheery Helen who used to work in our pub is now manager of the shop at Raystede.

CAROLE WALTERS from Northease completed in this year’s 10 mile multi-terrain run from Lynmouth, which also encompasses the Valley of the Rocks and Lynton on the north Devon coast. The steep and rugged Doone course is quite a challenge. This year it marked its 30th anniversary, with the course being run in the opposite direction. Even the race title was in reverse, Enood. In all, 198 runners started with Carole coming home in 81st place in 1 hour 38 mins 54 sec. She was first in her age category (over 50) for females. Well done Carole in representing Lewes AC in the south west.


FOOD SWAP 2014: A first for Seaford. Want to swap homemade chutney for eggs? Onions for cakes? Now you can. No money changes hands, the currency is your produce. How it works: A group of food swappers get together for a couple of hours with some of their goodies and swap them for other items made or grown by other people. The venue is the Old Boot Inn, Seaford, Saturday January 25, 10am. For more details and to register to attend see or contact Di on 01323 897897.


FILM AND GAMES: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon, Telscombe Town Council will be hosting a film show and games morning for young people at the Civic Centre. There will be films, table tennis and pool. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Entry is free, and refreshments will be available to purchase. This is held on the first Saturday of the month, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery and coffee morning. You must collect your children promptly at midday.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY at Telscombe Civic Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town councillor. There is usually a District or County Councillor present too. Make the most of this opportunity to meet your Councillor and come along on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

COFFEE MORNING: Telscombe Residents’ Association will be holding a coffee morning from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday, to coincide with the councillors’ surgery. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues. All Telscombe residents are welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

COUNCILLORS’ Evening Surgery on Monday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along. No appointment is necessary.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Planning and Highways Committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 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.

SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the Civic Centre. The group’s aim is to give social support to anyone with breast cancer, or anyone with concerns about it, friends, relatives or those awaiting diagnosis. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes. They have a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION are meeting in room 1 at the Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30pm. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues, and you will have the opportunity to put forward your views and proposals for Telscombe. All Telscombe residents and new members are very welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

A BEETLE DRIVE and Chinese supper is being held at Trinity Church Hall in aid of church funds. The event will take place at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday. Admission is by ticket, purchased in advance at £8 each. Please ring 01323 484189.

THE RED LION is having a Halloween fancy dress party and disco with live music from The Normans from 7.30pm today, Friday. No need to book. Just turn up.

PUPPETS AND POPPIES: Willingdon Royal British Legion has asked Britain’s Got Talent finalist, ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, to perform a show in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. It will take place at The Junction in Polegate today, Friday. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each and numbers are limited. To check availability, please ring Susan on 01323 505833 or 07403 464430 or Val on 01323 503684.

DEMONSTRATION: The flower club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at the Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration from Stephen MacDonald entitled Out of this World. On Tuesday the flower club will be making Christmas decorations at the Mothers’ Union meeting in St Mary’s Church Hall at 2pm.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding an events meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School, when councillors will discuss past events that they have organised and plan new ones. If you have any suggestions I am sure they would like to hear from you. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: Sunday October 27 was the last day open to the public at the mill until the new season starts in April 2014. Maintenance work will now be carried out, so please contact Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496 if you think you could help. It is also hoped to collate the various artefacts displayed in the mill museum and a volunteer with knowledge of IT and an interest in the museum would be very welcome. Each item has a unique number with some information about it. The aim is to get a list of the numbered artefacts, and this would then be available to visitors wanting to do further research. The work would be carried out on Sunday afternoons. Call at the mill on Sunday between 2.30pm and 4.30pm if this interests you.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Polegate Windmill will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar from10am to 12.30pm on Saturday November 30 at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Attractions will include tombola, a raffle, cakes, bric-a-brac, books, mill souvenirs and refreshments and Father Christmas is arriving at 10.30am. To book a table to sell your own goods please contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496. The cost for hiring a table is £6 and admission to set it up is from 9am on the day.

RACE NIGHT: The Red Lion is hosting a Race Night with all proceeds going to the newly formed Youth Group Ablaze for the 14 years plus age group which meets at St Mary’s Church Hall on alternate Sunday evenings. The Race Night is on Friday November 15 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Red Lion and are £2 each to include a burger or hot dog. There will also be a raffle and any prizes would be gratefully received. Please contact Susan or Stuart Freeman on 01323 505833 or 07403 464430 for further information.

A FUN QUIZ will be held in St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday November 16. Teams of four can be made up or participants can go on their own. Tickets are £5 each to include light refreshments, or you can take your own drink. The evening will include a raffle and all proceeds will go to Family Support Work. For tickets or further information please ring 01323 502820.

ESK Warehouse is allowing supporters of the JPK Sussex Project to bag pack at their tills from 10am to 4pm on Sunday November 17. There are six tills and so the more volunteers able to give up an hour or two of their time, the more money will be collected for the charity, the aim of which is to build a supported living centre for adults with a learning disability on the site of Edgmont Evangelical Church in Old Town and the car park area. The site has been purchased but an archaeological investigation has still to take place so fundraising is all important.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Every Tuesday there is a quiz at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm, and every Wednesday is open mic night from 8pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, accomplished musicians Michael, Simon and Dan, otherwise known as Stone Junction, will be performing folk music.

WILLINGDON LIBRARY hosts a weekly Rhymetime session for pre-school children with their parents and carers every Thursday from 10.30am to 11am. The children play instruments and learn rhymes and have a lot of fun.