Parish pump Newhaven - October 3, 2014


FLOWER FESTIVAL: The West Dean Flower Festival will be at the All Saints Church on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and October 5. The theme is Autumn in the Cuckmere Valley. Doors open at 10am till 4.30pm. There will be refreshments and there will be free car parking.

THE CUCKMERE VALLEY Horticultural Society will be holding its next meeting in the War Memorial Hall on October 7 at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Joanna Wilkins and the title of her talk is The Lost Village of Tidemills. The Archaeological Society is investigating the foundations of extensive greenhouses and allotments of this village. Members and visitors welcome.

SOUTHEND CHORAL SOCIETY will be returning to St Andrew’s to perform the choral version of the beautiful and poignant Stabat Mater by Pergolesi on October 18 at 4pm. The choir will be joined by Kathryn Sargent (soprano), Sara Gourlay (mezzo-soprano) and Ray Maulkin at the organ. Also in the programme is Monteverdi’s lively setting of Psalm 112 Beatus Vir. No charge for this concert but there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Andrew’s Church.


JUMBLE SALE: Seaford Bonfire Society Jumble Sale and Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, 11am to 2pm at Bishopstone Parish Hall. Entry free and proceeds will go towards costs of Seaford Bonfire Night on Saturday, October 18.

TALKS: Sussex During the First World War and The Bishopstone War Memorial: two talks by Ian Everest and Philip Pople respectively, starting at 7.30pm on Sunday, October 11, Bishopstone Parish Hall. Tickets £7.50 including refreshments, available from Linda’s Stores, Bishopstone Station. Proceeds in aid of the Willett Trust.

ST ANDREW’S MATINS on Sunday, October 12 at 10.15am will celebrate Bible Sunday with the Rev Christine Doherty.

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

COFFEE MORNING: The Macmillan Coffee Morning held last week raised £650 for cancer support.

YESTERDAY was the birthday of King Richard III. At school, we learnt that his death in battle was the end of medieval times and the beginning of modern times with bad press from William Shakespeare. Now he is famous everywhere for burial in a car park.


BUSY WEEKEND: We are looking forward to a busy weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am St Laurence Church will be holding its first Pet Service with the Blessing of animals on this day the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi. It is hoped that there will be lots of animals and all animals welcome, with their owners.

CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 5.30pm there will be a concert entitled Clare’s Journey: Terence Deadman’s settings of the poetry of John Clare (the peasant poet): Stefan Homstrom baritone, Kevin Starns tenor, Jane Richards mezzo-soprano, Tim Nail piano, choir directed by Shirley Linford. Sounds like an interesting programme, admission free with retiring collection.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Sunday will be Harvest Festival for St Laurence church, followed by a harvest lunch in the parish hall, £5 for two courses, with any profit going to charity.

CHURCH NEWS: The church has received a substantial grant to build a toilet, which will be beneficial to everyone especially groups that use the church for rehearsing, and of course the concert audiences.

IT WAS A DELIGHT to hear of the birth of a son Edward John to Becky and Darren. Congratulations to them and to the grandparents, who are delighted to have their first grandchild.


CHURCH NEWS: A big thank you to Reverend David Gutsell for leading such a lovely Harvest Thanksgiving service last week and for playing the organ so beautifully. Also thank you to all who contributed foodstuff for the Eastbourne Food Bank. On Sunday October at 10.30am there will be a Dedication Festival and Animal Welfare service, led by The Rev Colin Pritchard. We will remember all animals, especially those whose lives are not as comfortable as they should be; those who are mistreated or abused and the work of organisations that alleviate their suffering. Refreshments follow the service. All welcome.


WATER AID CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday at 7pm, in Hailsham Parish Church, a water-themed concert to raise funds for WaterAid which provides clean water to countries all over the world will be held. The concert features the Harmonie Concert band with voices and various soloists. The evening includes a short DVD and guest speaker. Tickets are £7.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: On Wednesday the society will be meeting at the Methodist Church Hall at 7pm for 7.30pm start. The subject is A Meander Through the Victorian Weald, seen through the Light of a Magic Lantern and is presented by Peter Gillies. Anything like the presentation he gave last year should prove an interesting evening using the up-to-date Victorian technology of more than a century ago. The only things missing will be the cigarette smoke and the smell of the burning oil from the lamp. All welcome. Visitors £2.50. In September, John Bishop took members mainly around East Sussex and showed pictures of Transport Scenes of Sussex. Starting at Rye, he showed some shots of the Rye to Camber tramway, then inland to the Kent and Sussex Railway. Back along the coast to Hastings and the east cliff lift railway and the trams and trolley buses. Coming closer to home, shots of the electric tram that ran between Hellingly Hospital and Hellingly Station. John also had pictures of long lost railway lines like the track to Devils Dyke with engines and rolling stock. Ships, another form of transport, came onto the screen and shots of Newhaven Harbour with the paddle steamer SS Waverley. Aircraft and the art deco buildings of Shoreham airport and finishing off with John’s first love of transport, old shots of Brighton and Hove trolley buses, trams and buses. Many thanks to John.

FRIENDS CONCERT: In aid of the Friends of St Mary’s you can enjoy an evening of entertainment by the Gloucestershire Police Male Voice Choir and Linda Grace (Soloist) at Hailsham Parish Church on Friday October 10 from 7pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments will be available during the interval. There is no charge for admission but a retiring collection in aid of the Friends of St Mary’s will be made at the end of the concert.

PUMPKINS: Come along to Hailsham Farmers Market next Saturday October 11 and pick up your pumpkins. Richard will have made a display for you to admire with a variety of gourds and, as well as all your usual favourite produce from around the district, there will be many new crafters selling items of interest over the next three months as we head towards Christmas.

Cuckmere buses will also be there offering the opportunity to volunteer as one of their drivers. The fire service will also be there fundraising. To enquire about a stall to sell produce, crafts or are a charity, call the market manager on (01323) 440567.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week’s lecture was by Viveca Koh FRPS titled Urban Exploration To Fine Art - A Photographic Journey, which covered her progress made in the past few years from exploring city shooting and a series of absolutely stunning projected images of the insides of several derelict hospitals, asylums, mortuaries, industrial factories, and the ECBV power plant in Belgium followed. ‘Take only photographs and leave only footsteps,’ says Viveca. Pictures included a hairdressing salon with rusting hair drier billowing shredded net curtains, shafts of light through the ceiling, the old boiler house at Hellingly, a blackboard with chalked notes next to a blue paint peeling door with shattered windows. Viveca then talked through the three panels submitted for her recent distinctions, LRPS requires 10 prints birth to death, ARPS 15 prints, what is left when a building is abandoned by humans, and FRPS 20 prints from a commission received from her uncle to illustrate his latest book of poetry. After the break those pictures had a layer of texture added, some very subtle. Viveca moved onto the use of textures to make a decayed picture look even more decrepit. These included suitcases left on a shelf to look like an old painting, a portrait of a woman overlaid with a picture postcard and some had a bokeh effect, a texture of small blobs of light. The crew always shoots self portraits as a record of the visit and proof of being there. It was a memorable evening, enjoyed by members with Viveca totally living up to expectations.

U3A: The strollers took a walk on the Downs near Firle Beacon in September, the Scrabble group meets at The Link on the first and third Thursday, the Sunday Lunches group has already booked their Christmas lunch at the Kings Head on Horsebridge. Poetry appreciation restarts on October 10 and the Discussion group took on The Motorist and the Law. Sussex Wildlife Through The Year is the illustrated talk to be given by David Lang on Monday October 20 at 2pm at Diplocks Hall. Entrance £2. Booking Essential. Contact Pat on 846297. To join U3A, please ring Sue in the first instance on (01323) 840797.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday September 16 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 3, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. Thursday September 18 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Adela Thomas; 2, Ruth Maxwell and Rozanne Menkick; 3, Alan Disney and Peter Cattermole. Tuesday September 23 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Jonathan Hyde; 2, Rita Hartnell and Nanette Tarling; 3, Paul Allen and Edith Jeffery. Thursday September 25 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martyn and Terry Walwark, Jenifer Wilson and Peter Cattermole; 2, Alan Disney and Susan Louis, June Posey and Lynne Tunley. New members and visitors welcome, contact 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Members recently enjoyed a short holiday in the Mendips. We stayed at the village of Loxton, near Axbridge in Somerset. On the way there, Lytes Cary Manor, a NT medieval manor house property was visited. As well as a beautiful walk in the Mendip Hills we enjoyed walking from Wells and Glastonbury. We had the opportunity of visiting the breathtakingly beautiful Wells Cathedral and the alternative town of Glastonbury where most of us managed to climb The Tor and enjoy the panoramic views from the top. The walks were led by Bath and West Country Walks. The next walk is on Tuesday. This will be one of our shorter strolls and we will meet at 10.30am at top North Street car park for a walk at Laughton. New walkers welcome.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Sunday tune to watch our community choir, Lewes Sings Gospel, taking part in the second round of BBC’s Songs of Praise gospel choir of the year competition, 5.15pm on Sunday. The results are announced on this week’s show. If you’ve missed out on being baptised, why not contact the rector Steve Daughtery on 472018 asap as we are having special adult baptism services on Sunday October 12 at 10am and 6.30pm. Also on October 12 we will be holding Fairtrade cake sales in aid of Tearfund’s No Child Taken campaign which aims to prevent 100,000 vulnerable children being trafficked (see Bakers in the congregation will use as many Fairtrade ingredients as possible. The sales will follow the 10am and 11.15am services (so starting a little after 11am in the church and a little after 12.15pm in the church hall). Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am Harvest Festival family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal Harvest Festival family service in the church hall. The 6.30pm service has been cancelled this week in order to show the Gospel competition.

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.


OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY today (Friday) will be celebrated by the Annual Lifestyle Show at the Hillcrest Centre, between 11am and 3pm. There will be information stalls plus free taster sessions of extend gentle exercise, line dancing, zumba, curling. No need to book, just turn up. On Friday October 10 the Hillcrest Film Society will be showing the 1955 classic film The Lady Killers starring Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom at 2pm in the Hillcrest Centre. This was the last of the famous Ealing Comedies. Tea and cake is included in the price of the ticket. Pay on the day but as space is limited book in advance by calling 01273 515764, emailing or text Ladykillers to 07766601834.

TABLE SALE on Sunday at Mencap, Riverside Hall, West Quay. Open to the public 9am to 1pm. Tables are £7, to book call Karen on 07538 421232.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Stewart Angell is giving an illustrated talk to members of Newhaven Historical Society on The Secret Resistance on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Hillcrest Centre. Non members welcome for £2 admission fee.

RNLI: Newhaven Lifeboat Station is hosting an evening of music on Saturday October 11 at 7.30pm featuring the Mulekickers, local acoustic guitarists. Bring your own drink, refreshments available for a donation. To book call Graham on 01273 515964.

HILLCREST FILM SOCIETY begins their new autumn season with Stephen Frears’ brilliant film Philomena on Saturday October 18. It stars Dame Judy Dench as Philomena who is desperate to find her son. She is helped by a journalist played by Steve Coogan. The film is based on a true story and is an excellent choice to start the new season. Tickets are £4.50and are available from the reception at the Hillcrest Centre from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4pm. The society’s AGM will take place prior to the film at 6.45pm so the Hillcrest Café will open earlier than usual on film nights at 6pm. The film begins at 7.30pm.


OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY: You will have to be quick to see the Full of Life show at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven. It is on today, Friday, from 11am and finishing at 3pm. There is an Information Fair plus ideas for local clubs and support groups. Learn about Health and Wellbeing plus a gentle exercise taster session. This free show is well worth a visit.

WRESTLING: The wrestlers are back in Peacehaven on Saturday October 11. The show starts at 7.30pm in the Community House, Meridian Centre and tickets are on sale in the information office and selling fast. Prices are £10 for adults and concessions at £9. There are also family tickets (two adults and two children under 16 years) for £36.

MORNING MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre has been arranged by the Peacehaven Labour Party. Next week’s market is on October 11 and will be organised by the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity. To book a table with them ring 07766 514 161.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, there is a coffee morning in the Community House from 8.30am until noon organised by the Royal British Legion. Next week on Thursday the Kemptown Conservatives will be serving teas, coffees and cakes. They are followed on Friday October 10 by the Peacehaven Horticultural Society.

BAGS AND SCARVES: On Friday September 26 there was a special coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. There was wonderful support from those who donated cakes, bags and scarves for the Macmillan sale. A total of £129.50 was raised from selling cakes and coffees. An amount of £53 came from an organised guessing competition, and finally £297.69 from selling the donated bags & scarves – in total £480.19. This was a real team effort in support of a worthy charity.

BOOT SALE: The penultimate boot sale at The Dell on Sunday October 12 has been arranged by the Peacehaven Labour party. The gates will open for sellers at 8am and buyers will be admitted from 9am. As usual there is plenty of free parking on The Dell.

CINEMA: The Book Thief is the film showing in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday October 15 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the information office at £5 each. A note for your diary; the film next month is The Love Punch and will be shown on Wednesday November 12.

SAVE A LIFE: A reminder that there is another blood donation session on Wednesday from 2pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm until 8pm. There is a national shortage of blood donations so perhaps regular donors could bring along a friend.

TELEPHONES: Have you been caught out by trying to make local calls without putting in a dialling code? Make sure all the numbers you hold stored have a prefixed dialling code to avoid the frustration of not getting connected.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: The next surgery will be held in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Saturday October 11 from 10am until 11am. This is a drop-in surgery so no appointment is necessary. It is an opportunity to raise any concerns with an elected councillor that may affect you and is confidential.


COFFEE MORNING: This year DELTA’s Coffee Morning will be tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall between 10am and noon. There will be a tombola, raffle and cake stall as well as coffee, tea and biscuits. Everyone welcome.

SILVER SURFERS will be taking place at Ringmer Community College tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and midday. If you haven’t already booked a place please phone Ruth Whitlock at the college on 01273 812220 ext 253 before midday on Friday.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: The Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday when the church will be suitably decorated, including contributions from the children. Tea and cakes will be on offer during the afternoon in the church room so do come and join the tea party and see the Harvest displays. At the Family Service at 9.45am gifts of food can be brought which will be divided between Family Support Work and Fareshare in Brighton and Hove. The collections at the morning and evening services will be for the Royal Agricultural and Benevolent Institute and the East Sussex Farmers’ Union Benevolent Fund.

LEWES DISTRICT ART CLUB, which was formed in 1994, is a group of 15 people who come from various parts of Lewes District to meet together weekly in Ringmer Village Hall from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday afternoons. Our programme is designed to give us an opportunity to learn from each other but also, a couple of times a term, we invite artists to come to give demonstrations or run workshops. We welcome new members, our first meeting for the autumn is on Tuesday. If you are interested to learn more contact the chair, Angela Howard 01273 813097.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday September 24, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; Joint 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: The last results of the season: Seaford v Ringmer 54-68: Ringmer v Frant 60-60; Ringmer v West Hoathly 50-69; Mayfield v Ringmer 53-99.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Tiddlers and Toddlers Nearly New Sale Saturday October 11 in the village hall, 10.30am to noon. Children’s clothes and equipment age 0 to 5 years. Everything you need when having, raising or minding a little one. Tea and cakes also available. Please come and support our group. Entrance £1 per family.

Rodmell & Southease

A JUMBLE SALE will be held in Rodmell Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open at 2pm with a 30p entry. This is the last jumble sale of the year and there will be plenty of jumble plus tea available. All welcome. Time to have a good clear out in time for Christmas. The shops, garden centres, are now getting ready for the festive season. Christmas cards were for sale in some from August, a little early don’t you think?

THE GOOD WEATHER is bringing out the crane flies and I’ve seen some lovely butterflies, especially the smaller species. When I go out in the garden at dusk or early morning there are those huge golden and orange slugs everywhere and cobwebs with the stripy garden spiders on them. We need more hedgehogs and toads to eat the slugs, which I dislike intensely.

SPIDERS of all shapes and sizes are everywhere this year. I do suffer from arachnophobia, but now I’ve no one to deal with them, I have to put fear aside and catch them with a glass and a postcard and rush to the furthest point of the garden to release them. I seem to sense them being in a room. Have other readers noticed, that once you see them, they freeze or play dead, until you go to capture them then off they whizz. I did hear on a radio programme that people that sleep with their mouths open have been known to swallow them. I know a friend of mine who kept a glass of water next to her bed needed a drink in the middle of the night and found one in her mouth, she now drinks her water from a bottle and keeps the lid on.

HARVEST SUPPER takes place on Friday October 10. This is a lovely evening.

APOLOGIES to those people who rang me regarding no Parish Pump published last week.


CORRESPONDENT: If you would like to be a correspondent for Sussex Newspapers for Seaford Village News please email

CONCERT: On Sunday October 12 at 4pm in Cross Way Church the Corelli Ensemble will be performing a concert of beautiful English music for string orchestra. The programme of music by Handel, Purcell, Warlock and Grainger will include Elgar’s much loved Serenade for Strings. The hour long concert will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity to meet the players and other members of the audience. Tickets can be reserved in advance for a special price of £10 by emailing us via our website Tickets are also available on the door for £12, children free. The CTLA will be providing transport to this event for members of their Travel Club.

STAMP CLUB: Seaford District Stamp Club will be meeting at Cross Way Church Hall on Wednesday, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, for a club visit from Eastbourne Stamp Club. All stamp collectors welcome. For further details contact 01323 890699 or visit our website

SEAFORD Lecture and Literary Club will be meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in St Leonard’s Church Hall. The topic will be Blue Plaques by Joe Whicher. Further details on 01323 8999932.


DIAL THE CODE: In case you hadn’t been informed, as from Wednesday you will now need to dial the area code for Brighton, being 01273, in the same way people have to when calling from mobile phones, even if you live within this area (places such as Telscombe, Peacehaven, Saltdean, Newhaven and Lewes are affected). The change is to free up new telephone numbers to be issued in areas where supplies are running low. Four other areas in the UK are also affected. After October 1, if you dial a local number but forget to include the code, you will hear a free message asking you to redial.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: The next surgery is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am at Telscombe 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 on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

FILM AND GAMES: Young People’s Film Show and Games Morning is re-commencing after a summer break tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. Telscombe Town Council will be hosting this free film show and games morning for young people at the Civic Centre. There will be a film showing, table tennis, pool, air hockey table and table football. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Over 8’s must be collected promptly at midday. Refreshments are available to purchase but entry is free. This is held on the first Saturday of each month.

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.

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the Civic Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday. New members are always welcome. For any queries or more details please telephone Pat Grey on 01273 583778.

TABLE TOP SALE at Telscombe Civic Centre on Saturday October 11. Sellers from 9am to 1.30pm at a cost of £8 per table (no food sellers please). Free entry for buyers from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Refreshments and snacks available to buy. To book your table call 07719 987374 or 01273 983080. Disabled access and toilets available.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING with Peter Langhorn at Telscombe Civic Centre on Friday October 17 at 7.30pm. Peter is a clairvoyant audient and sensitive and works closely with his guide Sibu to connect with spirit to give lots of factual day to day information of proof of survival and love and humour. For more information or to book your tickets please contact Rachel on 01273 391455 or email

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Mandy Pulsford and is entitled Once Upon a Time. The competition is called Seed Pod Beauty.

SOCIAL: 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. Building cannot start until a lot more money has been raised but there is a lot of local support. Sue and Maggie are organising a line dance social from 3pm to 6.30pm on Sunday at the Windsor Club in Polegate in support of the charity. Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 at the door and the cost includes an American supper so is very good value. Please ring Sue on 01323 844466 for a ticket.

LIVE BAND Sloe Gin will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf with their Irish Folk Music from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING: St Mary’s Church and St Andrew’s Church Jevington will both be having their harvest thanksgiving day on Sunday. Parishioners are asked to bring non-perishable produce which will then be distributed to those less fortunate than ourselves. At St Mary’s the times of the services are as follows: Holy Communion at 8am, Parish Eucharist and Sunday School at 9.45am, Family Eucharist at 11.30am and Choral Evensong at 6.30pm. The harvest service at St Andrews is at 11.15am.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by a full council meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

GOLF SOCIETY: Following the success of the Brewers’ Group which started at the Wheatsheaf in July, a Golf Society is being launched at 8pm on Monday at which everyone is welcome. It might be the ideal place to find a golf partner and you should certainly pick up a few tips. Meanwhile the Brewers’ Group continues to meet on the last Sunday of the month at 7pm to learn about the full grain growing process and what equipment is required to make your own beer, and be able to taste the beers and swop recipes.

OPEN EVENING: Willingdon Community School is having an open evening from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday, with tours of the school between 5.30pm and 7.45pm. The head teacher’s address is at 7pm and 8pm. There are also open mornings on October 14 and October15 and alternative arrangements can be made if necessary. Please contact the school to make an appointment by ringing 01323 485254 or at .

THE FRIENDS of Willingdon Community School are a group of parents/carers/supporters who support the school by providing a link between the school and home. The Friends organise a number of fund raising and social events. Tomorrow, Saturday, they are planning an invigorating free guided walk starting from the school at 10am and taking in views of Jevington, Wilmington and Alfriston with a stop for lunch before returning to a lower route. Places book via to give an idea of numbers but if it is too late to do this, just turn up.

QUIZ NIGHT: On Friday October 10 The Friends of Willingdon School are organising a quiz in the main hall starting at 7pm. Teams can be made up of eight people or less and there will be a staff team so think how clever you would feel if you beat them. The quiz ticket price is £1.50. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available. Drink and food can also be brought from home. You can purchase your tickets from the school reception or email

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs Miss and Ms) meet at 8pm on the second Wednesday of the month at St Mary’s Church Hall. The guest speaker at the last meeting Graham Albon proved to be very interesting with his talk entitled The Other Romania. The next meeting is on October 8 when members will be learning about the Houses of Parliament from Kevin Gordon. Guests or new members are always welcome.

WILLINGDON AND JEVINGTON WI meet at 2pm on the second Thursday of the month at Trinity Church Hall. The next meeting is on October 9 when Mr L Manser will be giving a talk entitled Memories of a Garden Boy. Members are asked to bring a pressed flower picture or a green/white arrangement.

THE GROWERS GROUP will be meeting at 6.30pm at the Red Lion on Thursday. Advice will be given about getting your garden ready for winter. The Christmas buffet will be held on December 11 and members will be asked to confirm if they will be able to come. For further information please ring Sandie Gent on 01323 482747 or Carol or Ian Richards on 01323 500690.

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 8pm at Trinity Church Hall. To find out more ring 01323 484189 or email

ART: The Church Street Art Exhibition will be held on Saturday October 11 from 10am to 5pm at St Mary’s Church Hall. The art group, tutored by Teresa Currie, welcomes you to their fourth annual exhibition and sale of original artworks, screen prints, prints, artists’ card, photography, textiles, painted wood and other crafts. The group has been working on a wide range of mediums and subject matter; acrylic, painting on wood, pastels, negative painting in inks, watercolour, mixed media, graphite and charcoal. All work is for sale at affordable prices and refreshments are available all day. Admission is free and there is a disabled access.

POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday October 5, 12, 19 and 26 when tours of the mill can be taken and light refreshments are available. The mill will then be closed to the public until next April although private group visits can be arranged during the closed season. On October 12 there is an added attraction when Peter Hill will be giving a light hearted look at Sussex Windmills. His talk starts at 3pm and is free.

THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION will be having their general meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday October 15 at Trinity Church Hall. The speaker is David Jones who will be giving a talk on the Bluebell Railway. Refreshments are available. All are welcome.

QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association is organising a quiz and ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm on Friday October 17 at Trinity Church Hall. Teams can be made up of six or less people. The cost is £7 each to include supper and a free raffle. Ring Richard Nunney on 01323 501238 for tickets.