Parish pump Newhaven - September 12, 2014


HERITAGE OPEN DAY is a national celebration of fantastic architecture and culture which offers free access to places usually closed to the public or normally charged for admission. Two local venues will be open. The National Trust owned 14th century thatched Clergy House on the Tye will be open tomorrow, Saturday, to all for free between 10.30am and 5pm. For more information visit The Dovecote Gardens, West Dean, houses the restored 14th century Dovecote, a scheduled Ancient Monument. The Manor House ruins, the remains of the Jacobean Pavilion and Nag’s Barn will also be among other historic buildings on view as well as artefacts from excavations on the farm and include flint tools and Georgian implements. The West Dean church team will be running the refreshments area and all proceeds will go to All Saints Church, West Dean.

APPLE DAY: Another date for visiting the Clergy House is September 28, Apple Day. The house and garden will be open from 11 am to 4pm with an opportunity to watch wood craft demonstration, speak to a corn dolly expert and watch conservation in action on the reed bed. Fees will apply to non National Trust members.


RIDE AND STRIDE: Sussex Historic Churches Trust sponsored Ride and Stride is tomorrow, Saturday. There will be a walking group raising money for St Andrew’s Church.

WHIST DRIVE at Bishopstone Parish Hall on Saturday September 20, starting at7.30pm. Admission £2.50 including refreshments. This event is suitable for all abilities and is in aid of the Parish Hall.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean at 10am on Sunday, September 21. 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. The beach clean usually lasts two hours.

BIG COFFEE MORNING on Friday September 26 at 10.30am to noon in the Parish Hall. There will be a bring-and-buy produce stall and raffle. In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

REMEMBER it’s Heritage Open Days until Sunday with lots of free local events. The 1st Foot Regiment (1815 re-enactment group) will be at the Martello Tower on Sunday.


SHOW OVER: The Art and Soul exhibition is over and what a good show it was this year. We received praise from every quarter and sales (particularly the sculpture) were very good. Speaking of sculpture, you can still enjoy Lou Johns’ monumental foot, Grounded, in Falmer pond for a little longer.

EVENTFUL: No sooner is one event in Falmer over than another one begins. Our Heritage Open Days exhibition is on now at Falmer Church until Sunday. The exhibition takes our memorial dedicated to soldiers who fought in the First World War as a starting point, and explores their lives and times. The church will also be showing paintings by the well-known abstract artist David Armitage, who has kindly allowed us to show his series of paintings inspired by the Benjamin Britten work War Requiem.

TILL NEXT WEEK: On Wednesday there will be a ploughing match in the fields above Falmer. I have never been to a ploughing match and I am quite intrigued.

TEA-TIME’S OVER: Falmer Sunday Teas are now over for the year so you will have to wait until next June to get your fix of courgette cake.

PETS ARE US: Looking ahead to October, we are excited to be having our first Pet Service at St Laurence Church. We are not sure what kind of pets are going to be coming but I hope there will be plenty of animals. The service takes place on Saturday October 4 (The Feast of St Francis) at 11am, which will give us time to clear up before our Harvest Festival the following day. The Harvest Festival will be followed by a Harvest Lunch (please check for details if you are thinking of joining the lunch).

WARM DAYS: The House Martins nesting near the pond are still with us and some young are still in the nests. The recent warm weather has had the birds skimming about in clouds over the pond catching insects. It still feels like summer and yet the apples are dropping from the trees and the blackberries are pretty much over. What a wonderful summer we have had. Some of my spring-flowering shrubs look as though they are gearing up to flower again, I hope they don’t wear themselves out with the effort.


KINGSTON WI: At our September meeting we learned there are some places for those that wish to join the Tuesday Pilates group, and that we will be entertained by the tap dancing group at the November business meeting. Members are invited to the Friday craft meetings at 2pm in the pavilion where knitters are needed to make baby clothes for the hospital baby unit. The WI centenary at the Albert Hall is to be screened at cinemas nationwide and the committee is to hire the pavilion and screen the event there. The WI will also invite the village to celebrate the centenary with tea, cakes and exhibitions about the WI. Members were told of electric blanket checks at the Lewes Fire Station on October 17. Our speaker was David March who talked about English County Cheeses and praised the Lewes Cheese shop for its range and quality. There are 900 English cheeses and we heard that the earliest cheese was likely discovered after an ancient traveller, transporting goats milk in a carrier made from a goats stomach, found the milk had turned to curds and whey. Cheese is the only milk product that improves with age and the Egyptians showed cheese making on their wall paintings. Cheese was flavoured with herbs, fruit or honey and once the liquid was pressed out salt was added. The result could be hard or soft cheese. The Romans had very advanced food technology and it was passed to the British once they left. Cheese making was continued in monasteries using unpasteurised milk but after the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII all was changed. Milk was not safe to consume and contained TB, E-coli and many other bacteria; even water was not safe to drink; people preferred beer or ale. This changed when Louis Pasteur discovered that boiling milk at 165 degrees for 15 seconds made milk safe and therefore cheese too. The introduction of the Milk Marketing board made milk production even safer. We had a taste of three cheeses, a smoked Cheddar, a Stilton and a cranberry Wensleydale. Cheese is about 45 per cent saturated fat but Stilton is 50 per cent and is made blue by injecting the cheese with penicillium which induces a mould, then matured for six months. The best Cheddar is Montgomery rind Cheddar. Cheshire can be red, white or blue; Gloucester can be single or double and Lancashire is best for welsh rarebit. Wensleydale was made by Cistercian monks long before Henry VIII and is now available blue, white or flavoured with fruit. The winner of the competition was Brenda Gough.


HERITAGE WEEKEND: Tomorrow, Saturday, St John sub Castro Church will be open from 9am to 5pm as part of Heritage Weekend and also for the people taking part in Ride and Stride, a sponsored walk/ride in aid of Sussex Historic Churches. Visitors welcome. You may like to come in and look up details of any Lewes family lost in World War I or II, as we have a lot of information on file, or have a stroll in our wildlife-friendly churchyard, one of Lewes’ best-kept secrets. You may still find some blackberries there.

POP-UP SUPPER at Lewes House of Friendship on Wednesday September 24. As part of Lewes Octoberfeast, we are hosting a delicious pop-up supper- open to all ages. Come and see our lovely house, and enjoy a three course meal, with a choice of dishes and a welcome aperitif, all for £20 per person. To book, please contact the House of Friendship any morning (01273 476469) or email

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our Autumn Group Meeting is on Wednesday, at Cliffe Church Hall at 7.30pm and we will be having a very interesting talk by Ian Everest on A Sussex Farm in the 1950s which includes some original cine camera film. Visitors are welcome at a small charge. Our next walk will be on Tuesday. North Chailey, an undulating 5.5 mile walk. We plan to catch the bus to North Chailey that leaves Lewes bus station at 9.28am. Those walkers with a bus pass that is not valid before 9.30am are advised to catch the bus at Lewes Post Office in the High Street to avoid being charged. On our last walk, 16 of us set out from Bishopstone Station and soon found our way to the village which is very quiet and very pretty. From there we began the first climb to the top of The Downs where six paths converge, followed by a steep descent down a slippery path where, at the bottom, we found a new vineyard and large areas of seemingly uncultivated land which were covered in wild flowers such as vetch and clover. Above, buzzards were calling to each other. Another climb took us to Cross Dyke where we turned east and walked along the top, enjoying views in all directions, before dropping down to Alfriston where four of our group left to catch the bus back to Lewes. After suitable sustenance, the remainder of us crossed the Cuckmere River and followed its valley northward, joining the Wealdway after an unpleasant few minutes walking along the A27. At Arlington Reservoir we found our way to Berwick train station with just enough time to purchase tickets for the journey home. Blackberries were seen in abundance and many picked, as were some sloes, which slowed us all down. It only got too hot to walk at the end, otherwise it was pretty well perfect walking weather.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH will be open tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 5pm for the Historic Churches’ Trust Annual Ride and Stride event and from 1pm to 4pm there will be tours of the Gundrada chapel, which houses the magnificent tomb of the founder of the Priory of St Pancras, as part of the Priory Trust’s Heritage open day events. We have strong links with various communities in Rwanda and church members visit regularly in order to provide them with practical support. Our new Alpha course starts on Thursday October 2, an opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith. An ideal course to discuss the big questions of life in an informal and relaxed setting. Please contact our rector, Steve Daughtery, on 472018. Last Sunday a sale of Rwandan clothes and crafts raised further funds for the feeding clinic for malnourished children. This brings us to a grand total of £835 raised for the clinic over the past year, which we have been told has made a big change in the growth of the children. This month our collections are going to IPASC, a charity that provides community health facilities and trains health workers in the DR Congo. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service with communion, in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

NEWHAVEN FORT is holding a Fort Process Day tomorrow (Saturday) which is a one day festival of sound and art that explores the unique acoustic spaces at Newhaven Fort. The daytime programme features installations in the tunnels and magazines, talks in the classroom and promenade performances. In the evening things get louder in the Romney Hut. Confirmed acts include John Butcher, Thomas Koner, the Artaud Beats and Sarah Angliss and more. Entrance to the Fort on this day is for ticket holders only, telephone 01273 517622 for ticket information.

FETE DE NEWHAVEN: The date of this event was put off for a week from September 6 to coincide with the Tour de Britain coming through Newhaven tomorrow (Saturday) and to celebrate this event the Fete will have a cycling theme. It opens at 9am and runs until 4pm and there will be a stunt bike display, Halfords is doing a Dr Bike repair service, Sustrains will be there and Wave Leisure and bringing some exercise bikes. Ouse Valley Cycling Network will feature Cycle Paths and Ovesco will be giving demonstrations of creating electricity by peddling. The Tour of Newhaven, led by Sir Bradley Wiggins and featuring Mark Cavendish, is expected to come through Newhaven between 2.30pm and 2.45pm. For details of the route click on to the Tour of Britain website and look at Stage 7.

RNLI car boot sale at Paradise Park tomorrow (Saturday) from 9am to 1pm. Set up from 8am. No need to book, pitch fee £7 on the day, all proceeds to Newhaven lifeboat. Go along and pick up a bargain.

RNLI QUIZ tomorrow (Saturday) with fish and chip supper at the Lifeboat House West Quay from 7pm. Teams of four at £8.50 per person including supper, booking is essential so telephone Lyn on 01273 517488 to check availability of places.

BIRDS OF PREY will be at Paradise Park tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday, back by popular demand. This is the chance to see beautiful birds of prey up front and have your photo taken holding one. The clubs exhibiting the birds will be raising money for local charitable causes and members will be on hand to tell people about the birds.

COMMUNITY GARDEN. Go along to Newhaven Community Garden on the cliffs on Sunday to find out how it is progressing and help out if you want to between 11am to 1pm, all welcome. To find out more click on to the website http://// or telephone 07960090872.

MENCAP: Newhaven, Lewes and District Mencap are holding a giant car boot sale on The Dell at Peacehaven on Sunday between 8am and noon. All welcome. Cars £7, vans £10. To book a pitch telephone Karen on 07538 421232.

MEECHING WI: Ian Gledhill will give a talk on Gilbert and Sullivan to members at their meeting on Thursday at Meeching Hall at 9.45am. Visitors/new members welcome.

GARDENING SOCIETY: Newhaven Gardening Society members will hear an illustrated talk on Horses Through History by Tony Smith on Thursday at the Age Concern Day Club, West Quay at 7.30pm. Non members always welcome for an admission fee of £2 to include tea and biscuits.

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be at Sainsbury’s car park, The Drove, from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:


FIREWORKS: The weather for the fireworks on the Telscombe Tye at the weekend was good and attracted a sizeable crowd. As usual the display was breath-taking. Many people came by car and the streets around the area were unnecessarily jammed with parked cars. That was a pity for the parking arrangement this year was even better than last year. There was plenty of free parking on the Tye but there was no prior publicity to that affect. I do hope that the organisers will make the parking arrangements better know in advance of the event next year. Well done Telscombe Town Council. It was a great evening.

TAXI RIDER: In a cost cutting exercise there are plans to stop this service but it is out for consultation. This is a very useful means of getting around for those who do not have a car or are disabled. Your views about the proposed action are important so don’t leave it to someone else. Forms are available in the Peacehaven library for you to have your say however the closing date is September 26 so act now if you want the Taxi Rider service to be saved.

MORNING MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre arranged by the East Sussex Disability Association (ESDA). Next week’s market is on September 20 and will be organised by the Lions Club. To book a table with them ring 01323 491050.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, UKIP will be in the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Tuesday the Seahaven Lioness Club will be behind the counter followed on Friday September 19 by the Meridian Evening WI who will be serving the refreshments. Homemade cakes perhaps?

BOOT SALE: The boot sale on Sunday at The Dell, South Coast Road has been organised by Mencap. The gate will open for sellers at 8am and re-open for buyers between 9am until the closing at 1pm. There is always plenty of free parking on The Dell during the event.

COUNCIL MEETING: The next meeting of the policy and finance committee is on Tuesday September 23 in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm.

HORTICULTURE: A reminder that the Peacehaven Horticultural Society’s monthly meeting is in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre on Monday starting at 7.30pm.

CINEMA: The film this week The Grand Budapest Hotel is in the Community House on Wednesday starting at 7.30pm. For pensioners or those unable to use public transport, CTLA offer transport plus entry to the film for only £9.50. For further details contact the information office (01273 5854930).

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: A reminder that there is an opportunity to talk with councillors at the surgery being held in the Meridian Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am. No prior appointment is necessary; just turn up.

ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY: Today, Friday, the Halifax in the Meridian Centre is holding a Tea and Chat event to raise funds in support of people living with dementia. You are warmly invited to pop in for a cuppa and a slice of cake.

MISSING OUT: It is said that there is nothing worse than bad publicity except no publicity. In the information office I regularly see A4 posters displayed about local clubs and events. For posters to do a good job there needs to be a high footfall yet none of this reaches me where the details could have a wider readership in the Parish Pump. Hence I ask ‘Is your event getting the publicity it deserves’. It is easy to send information and copy posters to me at Take the opportunity to get your information out the easy way to more people in Peacehaven.

PEACEHAVEN WI: It was good to see so many members attending the September meeting, after the summer break, although several ladies were absent due to illness. The president reported on the success of the Summer Fayre on July 26, when we won two categories of the competition. Congratulations were given to the members who made the Victoria sponge and jar of preserve. A very handsome shield was on display with suitable engravings, which can be seen in the council offices. Our afternoon speaker, Mrs H Stirling, alias the Crafty Potter, gave an interesting talk on pottery throughout the ages, dating back as far as 3000BC. Several of her own creations were on show and she finished with a short demonstration. Next meeting is on Wednesday October 1. (Joy Allen).


ART EXHIBITION: St Mary’s Art Groups will be holding an Art Exhibition and Sale of work tomorrow, (Saturday) 10am to 4.30pm and Sunday 2pm to 4.30pm in St Mary’s Church Room. Free entrance and tea, coffee and biscuits. Please come, we will be pleased to welcome you.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding one of their popular jumble sales tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall. Doors open at 2pm. Come and pick up a bargain.

FOOTBALL CLUB: First of all an apology to anyone who turned up at the Caburn to watch the youth team last Sunday; they were away to Peacehaven and not at home. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Broadbridge Heath in a SCFL Div 1 match with a 3pm kick off at the Leisure Centre. The seconds are at home to Arundel Reserves in a reserve section premier match, also with a 3pm kick off. On Sunday morning the Under 18s play Saltdean Utd in a league fixture with an 11am kick off and this match is definitely at home at The Caburn. On Tuesday, the first team are at home to Hassocks in a League fixture with a 7.45pm kick off at The Caburn and on Wednesday the Seconds travel to Newhaven for a league match, also with a 7.45pm kick off at Fort Road Recreation Ground. Away from football, there will be a coffee morning in the clubhouse on Friday September 26 between 11am and 1pm in aid of Macmillan Nurses and all are welcome to this very worthwhile fund raising event.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing, 6.30pm. No evening service today.

BARN DANCING: The next Barn Dancing session is on Tuesday in the Caburn Pavilion (Football Club by the doctors’ surgery) starting promptly at 8pm. Tony Dunn will be our caller and the session costs £3. Drinks from the club are very reasonably priced. If you enjoy a good laugh and some exercise then this is for you. Beginners welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday September 3, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Valerie and Peter King. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: We had the club finals last week and the winners are: Men’s Singles, S Barton; Novices, M Broadway; Seniors, S Barton; Handicap, J Sawyer; Two Wood, J Sawyer; Club Champion, S Barton; Over 75s, J Jarvis; The Pairs, P Piper/A Hardy. Last Sunday we held the club Triple Afternoon and the winner were Y Coote/C Pitts/B Suton. Well done to all the winners this year.

JUMBLE SALE: There will be a Jumble Sale next week, Saturday September 20, at 2pm in the village hall. If you have jumble for the sale, please bring it to the hall between 10am and 11am on the morning of the sale.

Rodmell & Southease

THE NEW YHA at Southease is holding an Open Day on Monday, 10.30am to 2.30pm. Open the Door to the South Downs. Contact Claire Reynolds on 01273 407305 if you would like to come.

EXHIBITION: Local artist Rachel Wyndham, long-time friend of mine and a very talented lady, is having an exhibition of paintings with Sasha Turnbull at the Foundry Gallery, Lewes, until September 14.

BIKE RIDE: Tomorrow, Saturday, sponsored bike ride which is the same day as the Tour of Britain Cycle Race which comes through Rodmell so the road will be closed from about 1.30pm to 4.30pm. The sponsored bike ride visits as many churches as possible in the area.

WI: On September 16, Rodmell and Southease WI are having a talk by Marie Bartholomew entitled The Woolfs. Marie grew up in Rodmell and her father was gardener to the Woolfs. Visitors welcome at 8pm and a donation of £3 is suggested.

JUMBLE SALE on Saturday October 4 in the village hall in aid of Village Hall Funds.

PARISH COUNCIL: On Monday September 1 we had a very good parish council meeting.


VOLUNTEERS: The Air Ambulance service in Kent, Surrey and Sussex costs around £6million annually to stay airborne. Receiving no funding from the National Lottery, the charity relies almost entirely upon the generosity of the public to support the two helicopters based at Marden in Kent and Redhill in Surrey. The life-saving charity providing a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in the south East is appealing for more volunteers in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Members of the public can help out in a number of ways including placing and emptying collection boxes, selling merchandise at fundraising events and representing the charity at cheque presentations. They can also help raise awareness of the service as public speakers by giving talks to local groups, clubs, schools, societies and other organisations. Other roles at Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance include store and street collectors, drivers and couriers, and office administration. Head of Volunteer Resource Amy Hamer said: ‘As a charity, we cover a region in excess of 3,500 square miles with a population of 4.5million people. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organisation and absolutely vital to our operation in terms of raising funds and awareness. They can give as little or as much of their time as they like, and all new recruits will receive an induction and training in each of their chosen roles.’ Volunteering is an opportunity for people to give something back to the community, meet new people and gain work experience. The air ambulance’s volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and age groups and include former patients, bankers, teachers, pilots and a magician. Paul Skelley, a former business intelligence manager, said: ‘I’ve been a volunteer for just over four years and because of my background in training it was an ideal opportunity to use these skills with the air ambulance. It’s an exciting role and a superb opportunity to do something worthwhile for a very worthwhile organisation.’ To find out more about becoming a volunteer go to, call Amy Hamer on 01622 833806 or email

A COUNCIL MEETING is taking place on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber at Telscombe Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is public question time for 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

GRANTS SCHEME: Telscombe Town Council operates an annual small grants scheme whereby the council invites local groups and organisations who work for the benefit of Telscombe Cliffs and East Saltdean residents to apply for funding. They consider applications twice a year and the second meeting for this financial year is at the beginning of November. The deadline for completed applications is Friday October 31. Forms can be obtained from the council offices at the Civic Centre or on the website, under the Council Documents section.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Seven Sisters Road with Bailey Close at 11am today, Friday. Do go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss relating to her role. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

RIDE AND STRIDE takes place tomorrow, Saturday. The idea is that participants visit as many churches as possible in their chosen area either by foot or cycle and are sponsored. Half the money raised goes to their local church and the other half to Sussex Historic Churches Trust which provides grants to churches for repairs and restoration work. The three ways in which you can help are either by participating in the ride and stride and get as many sponsors as possible, or you could sponsor a cyclist or walker or you could act as a steward to welcome visiting cyclists and walkers for an hour or two on the day. For Willingdon Church contact David Fleuty on 01323 485357 or for Jevington Church contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237.

TWISTED FATE will be entertaining the customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

PENNY PAYNE and Andy Miller will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

AL LEE, blues guitarists and talented song writer, is easily recognised around Willingdon by his long blond hair, but at 4pm on Sunday he will be having it all shaved off at the Wheatsheaf for charity. The good cause Al is supporting is the Beachy Head Chaplaincy, which until recently had its administrative centre in Willingdon Village before moving into Eastbourne. Do go along and support Al and help raise money for this charity which does so much good work.

POLEGATE WINDMILL is open every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm until the end of October. Sunday is bread day. You bake at home and enter on the day. There are six classes for adults, small white loaf approximately 400g, small wholemeal loaf approximately 400g, Victoria sandwich from the recipe provided, fancy bread class, four Chelsea buns, and five fruit scones. There are two additional classes for children, two windmill shaped biscuits and five decorated fairy cakes. Entry for each class is 50p. A winner will be chosen from each class as well as an overall winner. Competition entries should be brought to the mill between 9am and 10am on Sunday and judging by a master baker will take place between 10am and 11am. Prize giving will be at 4pm, after which any entries not required by the entrant will be available for sale. For further information or to obtain an application form contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496.

RAMBLING: St Mary’s Rambling Group will be meeting at Chalk Farm on Monday ready to catch the 10am 126 bus to Alfriston and from there walk back to Chalk Farm, a distance of five miles with some steep climbs but good views. You are welcome to join them.

MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a finance and policy meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Please ring the parish clerk on 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

PANTOMIME: Informal auditions for Willingdon Church Players next pantomime Aladdin will take place in the church hall at 7pm on Thursday. For further information please contact the pantomime secretary Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901 or 07708 05 16 63 or email . This year, someone to co-ordinate the costumes is especially needed.

PRAYER WALK: Fr Clive will be leading the final of this year’s prayer walks with the idea of introducing new companions to consider on each journey. This month’s companion is Thomas Traheme (1637-74). His spirituality is pervaded by an optimism which wasn’t shared by Calvinistic Puritanism and so none of his works were published in his lifetime. Meet at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, at 2pm on Thursday for the two and a half mile circular walk from Butt’s Brow to Jevington. All are welcome.

EIGHT BELLS: Dates for your diary are Friday September 19 when jazz duo Dennis and Pete are providing the entertainment from 7.30pm and Friday September 26 when cover music from the 1950s onwards will be performed by Pete Martin from 9pm.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm on Friday September 19 at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, when Ian Everest will be giving a talk entitled A Sussex farm in the 1950s.

GOLF: 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. One of the main fund raising events of the year is the charity golf day organised by Chris Rose and his team comprising of Jacquie and Pierre Begin, Tony Field, Tony Hamilton and Dave Hunt. This year the golf day will be taking place on Friday September 19 and will be opened by the Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Janet Coles and Stephen Lloyd MP at Willingdon Golf Club. One of the attractions will be a guest appearance of Geof Swain, trick shot champion. Golfing memorabilia would be particularly welcome for the auction which is held later in the day. But please check out the charity’s website and help in any way you can. JPK Sussex Project co-ordinator is Willingdon resident Jill Parker.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: Do visit this historic ancient church on the South Downs Way. Tea and homemade cake will be offered between 11am and 4pm on Saturday September 20 to walkers and other visitors. There is no charge for refreshments but any donations would go towards the cost of installing a toilet and small kitchen area and renovation work to help preserve this Grade 1 listed building. Please contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237 for more information.