Parish pump Newhaven - September 26, 2014

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TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE: A group of eminent rocket scientists and astronomers are co-presenters of ten theatre shows with a difference. Tour of the Universe ‘is a whistle stop tour journey through space and time, sharing the incredible nature of the Universe in a humorous, passionate and inspiring way’ is how contributor and rocket scientist Neil Phillipson describes the event. Alfriston’s connection is that Jane Green is part of this presentation and Jane is a resident of our village. The tour is travelling round the country and as yet there is no venue very near to us but the website gives full details of where and when it is showing. Jane is a best-selling author, broadcaster and speaker on the subject of astronomy.

TWINNING UPDATE: Recently members of the twinning group returned to Veules les Roses together with officers and soldiers of the 51st Highland Regiment. The visit was to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the town. Accompanying the regiment was 94-year-old Tom Renouf one of the few remaining WW2 veterans of the liberating unit of the 51st Regiment. It was a special weekend made even more so with a surprise unveiling of a plaque on the seafront renaming it as Promenade des Anglais d’ Alfriston. The annual official weekend for the twinning will be October 4 and 5 when there will be a full programme of events. For details email Liz at

WI NEWS: Ruth Narracott with black Labrador puppy, Kingston, treated WI members to an enlightening talk about the work of the Canine Partners charity. Kingston, only 17 weeks old, was extremely well behaved and demonstrated his initial training for his future as an assistance dog admirably. Canine partners are based near Midhurst and train dogs to assist people with different disabilities. Each dog is trained to meet the particular requirements of their intended partners. All situations are covered including picking up and returning dropped items, assisting with dressing and undressing and even getting cash from a cash machine. They are also trained to get help when needed thus allowing their partners to lead independent lives. The cost of training each dog is £20,000 and there are 70 dogs being trained this year but demand outstrips supply. Members were then told about the future programme including the planned visit to the Seaford Little Theatre; Christmas shopping in Tunbridge Wells and the Pantomime at the Devonshire Theatre in January. The next meeting will be at the Old Chapel Centre at 2pm on October 21 which will be a craft afternoon.

WEST DEAN will be holding a Flower Festival at All Saints Church on October 4 and 5 between 10am and 4.30pm. The theme is Autumn in the Cuckmere Valley. Refreshments available and parking is free.

MUCH ADO BOOKS will be hosting a fragrant event on October 17 at 6.30pm for 7pm at the shop. Josephine Fairley and Lorna McKay, authors of The Perfume Bible will be speaking and inspiring a new way to enjoy fragrance. The ticket price of £25 includes a copy of The Perfume Bible and a goody bag of scents to enjoy.


BIG COFFEE MORNING today, Friday, from 10.30am to noon, Bishopstone Parish Hall. There will be a bring-and-buy produce stall and raffle. This event is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

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.

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

A MILLENNIUM LATER, local St Lewina is still in the news. Last week, David Arnold (p. 46) claimed that she was moved to Flanders in France for safety from Viking raids (and not stolen) in 1058. Actually, she was not wholly removed, there were no raids, and she was not returned (as you might expect) but survived in a church in Bergues till WW2.


FRESH YOUNGSTERS: The new students at University of Sussex celebrated the end of Freshers’ week with a firework display last week. We could see the fireworks from our upstairs window and they looked pretty spectacular. The week started with a rave in Stanmer Park and the noise could clearly be heard in Falmer, however it proved unbearable for many Coldean residents. Actor Kristian Nairn, better known as gentle giant Hodor in Game of Thrones, was the star attraction. I understand that residents were given a number to ring if they had complaints about the noise, but we never received that information.

ANIMAL BLESSING: We are having our first Blessing of Animals service at St Laurence on October 4 at 11am. Everyone is welcome to bring their animal for a blessing, and we are already expecting at least one horse. That weekend is going to be a busy one as we have the first of the new season of concerts also on Saturday at 5.30pm and our Harvest Festival service on the Sunday. More details next week.

I HAVE NOT been out and about in the village much recently so I am grateful for the following reports from Rosemarie:

PARISH COUNCIL: The meeting opened discussing matters concerning the Amex Stadium:

Firstly the confusion that arose after the Rod Steward Concert, when the audience attending could not find the way to catch buses or trains. Secondly parking for home matches had been reduced due to the field known as Bennett’s field cannot for the moment be used due to negotiations regarding the cost of rent. East Sussex Council are still working with Highways for a solution to traffic build up at the roundabouts. Village maintenance, it was reported that Peter Leniham had tidied the roundabouts, and workmen were seen measuring the pavement exiting Mill Street where kerb stones have been dislodged. It was also mentioned that, during dark nights, the end of the pavement in Park Street, near to the footbridge, cannot be seen and at least one villager had fallen and injured themselves, the council agreed to look into finding a solution. Planning applications: A plan has been submitted to change of use for one of the barns on Court Farm from agricultural to an Auction Venue. Keith Miles, who had submitted the application, attended the meeting and said that the auctions would take place 20 times a year, that is two a month, dealing in collectables. Concerns were raised over parking and Mr Miles said that he envisaged approximately 30 cars to attend and would park nearby to the barn. The council members said that they had no objection to the plan as outlined. A second application had been received for a side extension to 47 Middle Street and no objections were raised at the meeting for this plan.

PLOUGHING MATCH: There was real festive mood last Wednesday when over 50 competitors took part in this competition. It was extremely well organised, and was great to watch, especially the working horses. There were many trade stands, with refreshments on sale for everyone’s taste. The enjoyment was everywhere, not only adults, but well behaved dogs and children, 50 from Kingston and Iford Primary School came to partake in the educational tent, and seemed to be having a great time. On display in the barn were flowers, vegetables and cakes, and at the end of the afternoon some of these were auctioned. The weather could not have been more perfect and to sit in the shade of a tree with refreshments, watching everything go by could not have been better. It was looking back in time, we know that farming is really no longer like this as we have seen in the past two months moving through the village, the giant tractors and machinery.


GARDEN SOCIETY: At the meeting of Lewes and District Garden Society, Alan Rae of Ladybird of Plant Care will be speaking about biological pest and disease control for the serious gardener, looking at ways of controlling pests and diseases without having to resort to chemicals. Wednesday, 7.30pm for 7.45pm at Cliffe Church Hall. All welcome. £3 for non-members.

DECORATIVE TREASURES, Brocante Antique Market, Bric-a-brac at the Foundry Gallery, North Street tomorrow, Saturday, 6am to 2pm. Clear out and sell all that clutter or grab a bargain. Inside stall or space £12. To book 07752557335/01273486595 email

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Fifteen members enjoyed a Tuesday morning walk at North Chailey recently. We helped the environment by leaving our cars at home and taking the 121 bus from Lewes to North Chailey. Having safely crossed the A272 we entered Chailey Common and took well trodden paths in a general northerly direction to emerge near the new housing estate at New Heritage. After some lane walking we took a rough track beside Mascalls Farm, crossed fields keeping an eye on the cows lazing in the sun and heard the whistle of a train on the Bluebell Railway not far away. The footpath took us through the massive Wowo campsite on Wapsbourne Farm. It was full of tents and visitors when the leader checked out the walk earlier but now fairly quiet as the children have gone back to school. As we left Wowo we debated the age of a fine manor house deciding it must be Elizabethan and made a fuss of two friendly donkeys who were eager to talk. Being about the half way point we stopped beside a wood for drinks and a chat. After skirting the edge of several fields and negotiating a couple of very difficult styles we hit Blackbrook lane for more lane walking and several shouts of ‘car coming’. Eventually a welcome footpath took us into the woods and on to the Common. We stopped for a while to search for wildlife at a pond and further on to view the windmill at old Heritage. Back at the A272 the group split with some heading to the Kings Head for a quick drink while the others took a 15 minute final loop on the Common with most of us meeting up for the 1pm bus back to Lewes.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Our new Alpha course starts on Thursday, an opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith and discuss the big questions of life in an informal, relaxed setting. Please contact the rector Steve Daughtery on 472018. Also starting on Thursday is the new term of Lewes Goes Strictly, with sessions on Thursday evenings in the church until November 20. Learn the basics of the waltz, cha-cha-cha, tango and jive under expert tuition from East Sussex Dance. Sessions are relaxed and informal, for any skill level from novice to expert. Both couples and individuals are welcome. £35 per person. Reserve you place by going to If you’ve missed out on being baptised, why not contact the rector asap (details above) as we are having a special adult baptism service on Sunday October 12 at 6.30pm. Our community choir, Lewes Sings Gospel, took part in the BBC’s Songs of Praise gospel choir of the year competition in July. The two rounds will be broadcast on Sunday and October 5. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service, with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015: Launch meeting tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am in King’s Church, Brooks Road. An opportunity to find out more and become involved in this exciting project. Contact, call/text 07926 486567 or visit

BAGS-OF-BOOKS: We have Chris Riddell coming to Bags-of-Books on Wednesday at 4pm. He will be reading from his new book Goth Girl and the fete worse than death. Chris Riddell will also be book signing. Tickets are £3 per child and it is a book in advance event. Tickets from Bags-of-Books on 479320.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MACMILLAN COFFEE AM today (Friday) at Guinness Court, Iveagh Crescent from 10.30am. It will take place in the lower lounge, all welcome. It is opposite the community bus stop which leaves the stop behind Poundstretcher at 9.40am (145), Sainsbury at 9.50am and Denton Corner at 10am. Plenty of parking, home-made cake and pies.

FESTIVAL OF SOUND Newhaven Fort. Multi music festival spread over five stage areas, huge lighting and visual effects transforming the Fort into a mass of colour and sound. The event takes place on Sunday. The £10 tickets sold out very quickly but you may be lucky and get returns. Doors open 5pm.

U3A: The next meeting of Newhaven and Peacehaven University of the Third Age takes place on Thursday at the Hillcrest Centre when the subject will be Pills and Potions. Full details on their website.

OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY: This actually takes place on Friday October 3 but there are many events staged to celebrate this occasion. On Wednesday Ian Everest will give an illustrated talk at Piddinghoe village hall about Farming in the 1950s between 2pm and 4pm. Free refreshments. To book a place telephone Kate on 01273 516207. On Friday October 3 the annual Lifestyle Show for Older People will take place 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. Tea, Cake and Film will take place at the Hillcrest Centre 2pm and 5pm on Friday October 10. The Hillcrest Film Society will be showing the classic film The Ladykillers starring Alec Guinness. Tea and cake included in the price of the £5 ticket. Pay on the day but to secure a place book in advance by phoning 01273 515764, email or text your name and word Ladykillers to 0776601834.

HILLCREST FILM SOCIETY: The new season begins with Stephen Frears’ brilliant film Philomena on Saturday October 18, starring Dame Judi Dench who gives a wonderful performance. Equally good is Steve Coogan who helps Philomena search for her long lost son. This is inspired by a true story and is a great start to the new season. Tickets are on sale at the Hillcrest Centre reception Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm, price £4.50. The society’s AGM takes place before the film at 6.45pm so the Hillcrest Café will open earlier than usual at 6pm. The film is at 7.30pm.

NEW NUMBERS: From October 1 calls on all telephones (not just mobiles) have to be dialled using both the area code and the number, ie if you are ringing Brighton from Newhaven you can no longer just dial the number you have to put 01273 in front of it.


OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY: To coincide with this national day the Meridian Senior Forum are holding a Full of Life show at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven on Friday October 3 from 11am to 3pm. The main hall will house an Information Fair plus ideas for local clubs and support groups. The art room will have stalls about Health and Wellbeing plus a gentle exercise taster session will take place. This is a free show which is well worth a visit by all ages.

WRESTLING: By popular demand 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 now. Tickets are £10 for adults with concessions at £9. There are also family tickets at £36.

THE MORNING MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre has been arranged by the Dragoon Scouts. Next week’s market is on October 4 and will be organised by the Peacehaven Labour Party. To book a table with them ring 07876 561 880.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, there is a special coffee morning in the Community House from 8.30am until noon, see the reminder below. Next week on Tuesday the Active Scout Fellowship will be serving teas, coffees and cakes. The Peacehaven Players will be behind the counter on Thursday. Then on Friday October 3 the Royal British Legion will be happy to offer you the morning refreshments.

BAGS AND SCARVES: Today, Friday, there is a special coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. There will also be a sale of bags and scarves donated by local residents.

BOOT SALE: There is another boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday. Sellers are reminded the gates do not open until 8am. The town council would ask you to please respect the neighbours if you are waiting by turning off your engines/radios and keeping voices low. Buyers will be admitted from 9am. As usual there is plenty of free parking on The Dell.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. At the start of the meeting residents may ask questions but are limited to three minutes each.

CINEMA: The Book Thief is the film showing in the Community House, Meridian Centre on Wednesday October 15 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets available from the information office at £5 each.

TIMELY TALKS: The monthly free talk at Paradise Park, Newhaven is about Autumn Tubs and Baskets and starts at 11am on Wednesday. It will be held in the coffee shop. Free tea/coffee will be available during the talk plus a plant offer.

SAVE A LIFE: Did you miss the visit of the NHS Blood and Transplant team on Wednesday September 24. If so make a note that they will be in the Community House, Meridian Centre again on Wednesday October 8 from 2pm until 4.30pm and from 5.30pm until 8pm. There is a national shortage of blood donations so new comers are always doubly welcome.

CLEAN UP: It is planned subject to the weather to hold a clear up session of our cliff top on Friday October 24. Staff from both Peacehaven Town Council and Lewes District Council hope that residents from the cliff top will join them. The Mayor will be pleased to welcome all helpers at 10am at The Dell recreation ground. Fuller details will appear in the Peacehaven Times which should be distributed on week commencing October 20.

TELEPHONES: Calls to local telephone numbers must from October 1 be preceded by the dialling code namely 01273 or 01323. All numbers that you hold stored should be changed now. Calls without the prefixed dialling code will be rejected with a message informing the caller why it failed. More details from Ofcom change.


EVENT: Older People’s Day, Piddinghoe Village Hall, Wednesday 2pm to 4pm. A talk by Ian Everest entitled Farming in 1950s, with reference to Manor Farm, Bishopstone. It is free but helpful if you ring Kate Davies 01273 516207 to aid catering arrangements.

TOUR OF BRITAIN: Saturday September 13, crowds gathered on the C7 at Piddinghoe in eager anticipation of a historic event, the Tour of Britain. After what seemed a long wait, motorbikes roared up the road ahead of the leading cyclists. What seemed like hundreds more bikes preceded the main body of the cyclists. It was very exciting and reminiscent of the Isle of Man TT races. One looks forward to how the photographs will turn out.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by the Ladies Circle. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

WALK: Tomorrow, Saturday, Autumn Meander in Friston Forest, five miles with Colin W. Meet at Exceat Visitor Centre at 10am bus No 12X at 9.33 Terminus Road Stand J. No walk on Sunday. More info on

DOWNLAND SINGERS meet on Thursday evening between 7.30pm and 9pm at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. To find out more about us you can telephone 484189.

DRAMA GROUP: The next production will take place in October, the booking office is open from Monday, where tickets can be booked for The Uninvited. Box office at Archer and Partners, telephone 483348 or visit www.polegatedramagroup.c


COFFEE MORNING: Make your morning matter. Join us today (Friday) and be part of the world’s biggest coffee morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Care. Chat to friends old and new over a coffee and cake and help fight cancer too. Ringmer Football Club 11am to 1pm. See you there The Fat Club.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are in Sussex Senior Cup action away to Rustington, kick off 3pm at Jubilee Avenue Rec. The seconds are at home in a Reserve Section Premier League match versus Hassocks, also with a 3pm kick off at the Caburn ground. On Sunday the Under 18s travel to Little Common for a league fixture, 11am kick-off, while the Veterans get their season under way with a home game versus Rottingdean Veterans in the Fred Pretty Cup with an 11am kick off at the Caburn. On Wednesday the firsts are in cup action again away to Horsham YMCA in the RUR Cup, 7.30pm kick off.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: On Sunday September 14 the Reverend Canon Will Pratt retired after 14 years as Vicar of Ringmer. Over 240 people attended the morning service at the end of which tributes were paid by the churchwardens and others and presentations made. The church will now be going through the process of appointing a new Vicar, in the meantime the services will continue as usual and be taken by visiting clergy. The services on Sunday are: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Taizé Service. This will be another of the occasional special services in a candle lit church. Using music based on that used at Taizé, accompanied by a small group of musicians, this is a time for quiet contemplation and all are invited.

FLOWER CLUB: There will be a flower arranging demonstration by Gill Homer entitled Bright Ideas at 2 pm on Wednesday in the village hall. The competition for members who wish to enter is Seed Pod Beauty. Visitors will be very welcome (£4 to include refreshments).

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday September 17, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; Joint 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

COFFEE MORNING: This year DELTA’s Coffee Morning is on Saturday, October 4, 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.

EVENING WI: At the last WI meeting Jay Kendall not only chaired the meeting (as President Norma Phillips was away), but she was the speaker talking about Wool, starting with the fleece and then showing all the stages through to a final product, knitted or woven or felted. She brought plenty of samples and encouraged everyone to handle and enjoy the different feel of the various kinds of wool. The next meeting is on Tuesday October 7 at 7.30pm in the village hall when the speakers will be Eleanor and David Robins with a talk about Cheese. They have a vast knowledge of local Sussex Cheeses. The autumn programme of activities including visits, craft group, walks, and theatre visits is now being planned and further details will be given at the meeting. Guests and new members are welcomed.

TABLE TOP SALE: Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form will be holding a Table Top Sale in the main school hall on Saturday October 18 between 10am and noon, set up from 9am. If you would like to pre-book a table at £6 please contact Ruth Whitlock on her direct line at the college, 01273 815473 or e-mail Refreshments and free parking.

HISTORY SYUDY GROUP: The topic for our September meeting this evening (Friday) will be the history of the road that runs across Ringmer Green and is today called North Road. One look at the houses and cottages that line its southern side tells you that it has been there quite a while, but what is it for? The talk will be delivered by a team of speakers, most of whom are current North Road residents.


SEAFORD FOODSWAP: The July Foodswap proved very successful. Runner beans, pickled eggs and ginger lemonade were swapped for fig chutney, lavender biscuits and cooking apples. We are now looking forward to our Autumn Foodswap, the last one in 2014. This will be held at The Seven Sisters Public House, Alfriston Road on Saturday October 18, 10am to noon. There is ample car parking and refreshments will be available. For more details and to register to attend Contact the organisers Adele/Di 01323 492995/897897.


DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP meet and greet morning at the Telscombe Civic Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to midday.

COUNCIL MEETING: An Amenities and Civic Centre Committee meeting is taking place on Monday at 7.30 pm in room one at the 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

SUPPORT GROUP: The Breast Cancer Support Group will be a meeting 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: Telscombe Residents Association are holding their AGM 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.

FREE TESTING: Free electric blanket testing will be taking place at Telscombe Civic Centre on Thursday October 16 from 10am to midday. Lewes District Council will offer a collection and return service for those residents in rural parts of the district or for anyone who is unable to attend an event. To make an appointment please contact Environmental Health on 01273 484354 or email by October 14.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

EIGHT BELLS: Today, Friday, from 9pm cover music from the 1950s onwards will be performed by Pete Martin at The Eight Bells Jevington.

WANNOCK ARTISTS will be meeting at 7pm today, Friday, at Wannock Village Hall when Richard Manwaring Baines will be giving a critique and assessment of members’ work. Visitors are welcome. The fee is £3.

THE LONG MAN MORRIS MEN will be practicing on Friday evenings at 8pm in St Mary’s Church starting today, Friday, until the new Dancing Out season begins in April. For further information please ring the bagman John Wardle on 01323 840877 or check the website.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be meeting residents outside number 97 Seven Sisters Road 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.

SOUTHERN BLUES KINGS will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

DEMONSTRATION: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday October 3 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The demonstration is by Mandy Pulsford and is entitled Once Upon a Time. The competition is called Seed Pod Beauty.

A HARVEST SUPPER will be held in St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday October 4. Tickets are £7.50 and can be obtained throughout September in the church hall after the 9.45am service. Alternatively ring Lesley in the parish office on 01323 501763 or Pat on 01323 502820.

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. But 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 October 5 at the Windsor Club in Polegate. It is their way of helping the charity. Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door and the cost includes an American supper so is very good value. Please ring Sue on 01323 844466 for a ticket.

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.

SUPPER: 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.

STEVE HEWLETT well known ventriloquist and Willingdon resident is the vice chairman of a charity which gives support to people who have had a transplant, carrying on the work which local girl Nicola Langlands started before she sadly died in December 2013. To raise money for the charity Steve is hosting a one night only local talent show at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne at 8pm on Saturday October 25. The tickets are £10 each. It is called Alfie’s Star Quest and will be a local Sussex talent show with celebrity judges and some special performances. Auditions will be held on Sunday October 19 to make a final decision on the performers so it is not too late to apply. Visit the website .

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

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Trinity Church Hall. Fresh produce, crafts, haberdashery, cakes, household goods and refreshments are available. For further information or to book a stall ring Wendy on 01323 489002 or email .