Parish pump Newhaven - September 5, 2014

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BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY: Putting on an event to raise money for the local community and charities requires a real effort of planning, organisation and effort. This year has been no different for the team behind the scenes of the Alfriston Festival. But a further challenge was put before the organising team. After a warm sunny summer, the day when Alfriston looks to welcome visitors from all over the Cuckmere Valley and beyond to enjoy all the fun of the fair, it rained. Not just summer rain but heavy, constant down pouring. However, the challenge was met and the Festival, allbeit a cut down version, squashed into hall and church and a good time was had, money was raised and the Alfriston Festival 2014 did happen. Thanks have to go to all those brave souls who ventured to the village to contribute to this annual event. The Festival is designed as a fun event for the whole community with the added incentive to raise money. The final sum raised will turn out to be much, much less than usual but the event provided plenty of fun and a lot of community spirit.

THE 300 CLUB year is ending on September 9 with a meeting at The Smugglers at 8pm. It is time to join for another year and get a chance each month of winning £50. Joining fee £10 per annum. It is not necessary to live in the village to be a member. The money raised over and above the prize money is given to support The War Memorial Hall. This year £700 was donated to the hall and went towards repairing and painting the windows and doors. The hall is such a vital part of village life, what would we have done without it on Bank Holiday Monday, that the £10 membership is a bargain particularly as there is also the chance of a £50 win. Cheques should be made payable to The Alfriston 300 Club and delivered or sent to Nicky Vassell or Robin Steadman, 11 The Broadway, Alfriston, or Hicks, The Newsagents in Waterloo Square, with your name and address and email and phone details.

THE STAR is running its regular monthly Open Mic evening on September 11 starting at 8pm to 10.30pm. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome. For further information or any enquiries telephone Julie Gardin at 01323 870495 or email This event has proved a great success with some talented local performers entertaining a packed house.

RIDE AND STRIDE is being held this year on September 13. St Andrews and local churches will be open to offer a warm welcome, drinks of squash and biscuits to the participants of the annual sponsored Ride and Stride event which aids the parish and Sussex Historic Churches Trust.

MUCH ADO BOOKS are hosting another Cocktails and Colouring evening on September 18. Tickets at £20 includes something slightly sinful to sip (a non-alcoholic mixture will be available) and a copy of the newly published Creative Therapy Colouring Book (regularly priced at £12.95), plus a set of coloured pencils and a sharpener. The evening starts at Much Ado from 7pm. Secure a place by dropping into the shop or by calling 01323 8712222.


FLOWER FESTIVAL: St Andrew’s Flower Festival entitled Colour My World from September 5 to 7, 10am to 5pm Friday and Saturday, noon to 6pm Sunday. Refreshments will be available in the Parish Hall. Proceeds in aid of Grade 1 listed Saxon church.

RIDE AND STRIDE: Sussex Historic Churches Trust sponsored Ride and Stride is on Saturday September 13. There will be a walking group raising money for St Andrew’s Church.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is 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.

EXACTLY A CENTURY AGO today was the start of the battle of the Marne in which the German march on Paris was stopped with the help of what was left of the retreating British Expeditionary Force. Thus ended any hope of WWI being finished by Christmas.


ART AND SOUL: The exhibition in the church and Parish Hall has been a resounding success and if you would like to see and hear more log on to the following link. Sue Barnes and her colleagues are to be congratulated for this great exhibition: art-and-soul-of-falmer-on-display-at- new-exhibition/ News reached even further afield due to the net. We had a phone call from my daughter who lives in Derby, asking ‘what’s that boot doing in the pond?’ We had no idea what she was talking about, and very intrigued, set off to investigate. There in the pond is a sculptured half a leg and foot set on a base and tethered in the middle of the pond. It moves gently in the water and looks quite amazing. When we arrived the young seagulls were exploring this new object, one was perched on the top of the leg, another on the toes and others on the base, it would have made a good picture, like the picture taken of it arriving perched on the car roof, it must have caused some amazed looks as it travelled to Falmer.

EVERYTHING seemed to be happening in Falmer on that particular day, in the morning working on my allotment, I could hear music playing across the A27, and when we visited in the afternoon, there was a great buzz of energy and people in the gateway leading to the Court. It was the one day Biennial Arts Festival called WTF 2014, a contemporary arts festival to bring together performance, music and visual art in the grounds of Falmer Court. It was organised by Chloe Hoare, Kassia Zermon and Jules Arthur in association Beatabet. They had invited people to explore the gardens of Falmer Court, look inside the caravan and car, listen out for unexpected sounds, have a peek inside the front door, sit down underneath the umbrellas and to keep eyes peeled for roaming performances. Does it all sound fun? It certainly felt like it, there was a funky, fun feeling atmosphere, and I am so glad the weather stayed fine for them. We must look out for them in two years’ time.

HERITAGE OPEN DAY at St Laurence, Falmer, September 11 to 14 from 11am to 5pm. The exhibition will be centred around the church’s memorial to the men who died in the First World War, and we will be able to look at the kind of work those people did and the kind of lives they lived in this rural community at the beginning of the 20th century. There will be photographs of the time and memories and stories about these men. An enormous amount of research has been carried out by Sheila Massey and should be interesting to see. For more information visit

POST COLLECTIONS: there is an announcement on the village post box saying that from September 15 collections will not be made before 9am Monday to Friday and not before 7.30am on Saturdays. Which to my reckoning to rely on post being delivered as early as possible, means that we should post letters in the evening, or make sure we are earlier enough in the mornings to catch the day’s collection.


RIDE AND STRIDE: The annual Ride and Stride sponsored event (helping to preserve Sussex churches) takes place on Saturday, September 13, between 9am and 6pm. You can cycle, walk or run to raise money via sponsorship, half of which goes to Kingston Church and the other half to the Sussex Historic Churches Trust. Anybody can join in and all participants would be very welcome (see leaflets in Kingston Church and/or telephone Nick or Jan Darby 473776). Volunteers are needed to man our church during the day in one hour slots, to provide a welcome to the visiting cyclists, walkers or runners. If you can help in this respect, please sign up for it on a form in Kingston Church.

LUNCH in the Sussex Countryside. Come and enjoy a buffet lunch in the garden of Juggs Corner, Juggs Road (the home of Ivan and Jenni Yates) on Sunday, September 14, 12.30pm for 1pm. At this fund raising event for Kingston Church, you will be able to enjoy a delightful lunch in glorious surroundings. Tickets at £15 each are available from Brenda Neller (472720), Brian Simmons (474303) or Jennie Yates (473264). There is no charge for children who are very welcome to attend. They will need a picnic, but they will get a free dessert and they will also be able to enjoy an entertainer. For adults, there will be a cash bar with the first drink free. Free parking will be available in a nearby field. Everybody very welcome. Come along with family and friends to enjoy a lovely lunch and magnificent views.


LEWES HISTORY GRUP meeting on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm, at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Dripping Yarns, the story of a Lewes sporting icon. The origins of the Dripping Pan in Mountfield Road are a mystery. Sussex Express columnist David Arnold paints a portrait in words and pictures of the Dripping Pan and some of the people and events that give it a unique place in Lewes history. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: A group of 20 walkers assembled at North Street car park for the Bank Holiday weekend Sunday’s walk to Glynde and back. We set off down the hill and along Cliffe High Street to the bottom of Chapel Hill. This steep ascent soon found us at the Golf Club at the top of the hill ready to start our trail across the Downs. We took the path skirting the golf club for a short distance, then turned off onto the gently descending track to Oxteddle Bottom. We stopped to admire some rather rare and modest orchids (autumn ladies tresses), as well as the spectacular round-headed rampion, a feature of this area. Caburn Bottom joins Oxteddle Bottom by the dew pond and this is where we stopped for a short break, enjoying the views of the Herdwick sheep scattered across the hillside. We then started the long gradual climb up to the track that links Ringmer to Mount Caburn. It was all downhill from here, in the best possible sense, to reach Glynde by the village post office, and after a short walk through this delightful village, our lunch destination, the Trevor Arms. After an hour’s break, enjoying refreshments in the warm sunshine of the pub garden, we set off back to Lewes. We took a different route this time, walking back through the village and picking up the track opposite Glynde Place up to the Ringmer/Caburn track. Turning right, we walked along the ridge of the Downs with views of Lewes in the far distance, branching off left at Saxon Down to the kissing gate marking the entry to the Southerham Nature Reserve. Then it was just a matter of following the path that leads back to the Club House at the top of Chapel Hill. And then that steep descent. Everyone agreed that it had been a lovely walk and that we were so fortunate to have such excellent weather, bearing in mind that Bank Holiday Monday’s forecast was dire (and indeed turned out to be accurate). The walk was led by Vivien. The next walk is on Sunday, Fletching. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.

Newhaven, Denton & south heighton

QUIZ NIGHT: Newhaven Twinning Association are holding a Quiz Night at the Hillcrest Centre tonight (Friday). Tickets are £4 per person or £20 for a team of six. Excellent food available from 6.30pm in the Hillcrest Café, the quiz starts at 7.30pm. To check if there are available places left telephone Alison Thomas on 01273 517369.

CAR BOOT SALE in aid of Newhaven Twinning Association tomorrow (Saturday) at Paradise Park, Avis Road. Sellers from 8am, buyers from 9am. £6 per car, to reserve a pitch ring Terry Nunn on 01273 515587.

NEWHAVEN FORT is holding a Battle of Britain Commemoration Day on Sunday. This is a day of nostalgia from 10.30am with living history groups, Lancing Brass Band at 11am followed by the Swingtime Sweethearts, Putting on the Ritz Barbershop Quartet with 1940s songs. There will also be an exhibition of military vehicles, Pretty Pout vintage hair salon and more. The Fort is also hosting the annual Women’s Land Army Reunion at this event. Tickets are £6 for adults, concessions £5 and £4 for children purchased on the door.

RAFT RACE: The annual Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race is back. It takes place on Sunday with the rafts arriving in Newhaven in the afternoon. A good vantage point is on the swing bridge, on Denton Island at The Ark on West Quay or where the rafts are pulled out of the water by Russell Marine.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI are holding a Ploughman’s Lunch and Silent Auction on Monday at South Heighton Village Hall, for further details telephone 012373 515404.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS: To open the new season on Tuesday you are invited to Tales from the Helm at the Hillcrest Centre. Come and spend an evening with the Helmites and share their exploits. In the first half there will be stories from the floor on any theme (names to be pulled from the Hat of Destiny) followed by rollicking adventures of the inhabitants of Helm, a town of fools whose absurdity knows no bounds. An evening of fun, foolishness and laughter. Café opens at 7pm, stories from 7.30pm. Admission is £4, concessions £3 on the door.

FETE DE NEWHAVEN has been postponed from Saturday September 6 until Saturday September 13 to coincide with the Tour of Britain coming through Newhaven. Full details in next week’s Parish Pump.

HAVE YOUR SAY, Wednesday, 10am to noon in the Hillcrest Centre. Coffee morning, meet the committee, hard copies of the Older People’s Day booklet, update on what Meridian is doing on your behalf.


WEATHER: I have always associated autumn as starting on September 21 which astronomers call the Autumn Equinox when the length of the days and nights are equal. The Met Office however insists that there are four seasons to our year which are for a period of three months each. So by their definition it means autumn started on September 1. Now to confuse the subject further the Met Office tells us we may be having an Indian Summer. Confused? Me too.

PICNIC TIME: There was a small gathering at the Howard Peace Park on Sunday to celebrate the official opening of the refurbished park. The weather was good and the event was opened by the Mayor of Peacehaven and also in attendance was the Mayor of Telscombe and Pauline Howard whose husband Tony Howard was a past town mayor.

FIREWORKS: Our neighbour town Telscombe Cliffs are holding their annual free fireworks display at the Tye tomorrow, Saturday, starting at around 8.30pm. The ground to the display site is rough so wear sensible shoes and it is worth bringing a torch to see your way. This is always a spectacular show that the whole family can enjoy.

UNWANTED: In aid of the Macmillan Cancer Support Day on September 26 the information office are asking for your unwanted bags and scarves. The donations will be put up for sale at a special coffee morning in the Community House foyer. This event was very popular last year and helped to raise funds for this worthy charity. Your bag and scarf donations need to be dropped into the information office prior to the event. So if you fancy a change to your wardrobe be sure to come along on the day and enjoy a cup of coffee too.

MORNING MARKET: The market tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre has been arranged by the Peacehaven Players. Next week’s market is on September 13 and will be organised by the East Sussex Disability Association (ESDA). To book a table with them ring 01273 583913.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the Sussex Pet Rescue will be in the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Thursday the Labour Party will be behind the counter followed on Friday September 12 by UKIP who will be serving the refreshments.

BOOT SALE: The boot sale on Sunday August 31 at The Dell, South Coast Road, organised by INAA, the local Advice Group, was one of the biggest for some time. Bad weather has meant that many local sales recently have led to cancelations. The weather was fine but as one person said to me there are more sellers than buyers here. Some stalls were actually giving things away for free. I suppose it does mean there is no need to visit the recycling tip. The next boot sale at The Dell is scheduled for Sunday September 14.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. Residents are always welcome at these meetings and during the first 15 minutes may ask relevant questions.

HORTICULTURE: The Peacehaven Horticultural Society is holding their monthly meeting in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre at 7.30pm on Monday September 15. There will be a presentation of trophies and a review of the annual Flower Show held in August.

CINEMA: The next film in the Community House is on Wednesday September 17 starting at 7.30pm. The Grand Budapest Hotel starring Ralph Fiennes recounts the adventures of two of the employees at this famous hotel between the wars against a backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Tickets are £5 each and available from the information office. The film for October will be The Book Thief and will be shown on Wednesday October 15. Tickets are available now.

HAVE YOUR SAY: A reminder that the next monthly meeting of the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum will be at the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven on Wednesday stating at 10am. It will cover details of Old People’s Day which occurs nationally on October 1.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There will be an opportunity to talk with councillors at the surgery being held in the Meridian Centre on Saturday September 13 from 10am to 11am. This is a drop in surgery so no prior appointment is necessary.

ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY: The Halifax in the Meridian Centre is holding a Tea and Talk event to support people living with dementia. You are invited to pop in for a cuppa and a slice of cake to help raise money on Friday September 12.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Tonight, Friday, the second team travel to Saltdean Utd for a reserve section premier league match with a 7.30pm kick off time. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are in FA Vase action when they host the Saltdean first team at The Caburn Ground with a 3pm kick off time. On Sunday, the under 18s get their season underway with a tough home fixture versus Peacehaven and Telscombe with an 11am kick off at The Caburn, then on Thursday they play another league fixture versus Hailsham, also at home, with a 7.45pm kick off. Currently, the firsts have no mid week fixture as Tuesday is reserved should Saturday’s FA Vase game require a replay. However, they may be allocated a Peter Bentley Cup fixture at short notice so please see local press or the club’s website for up to date fixture information.

HORTICULTURE: The Autumn Show will take place in the village halls tomorrow, Saturday. Opening time is 2pm and the show closes at 4.30pm when many of the prize winning exhibits will be auctioned for society funds.

ECLECTIC AVENUE: Lewes Artwave Festival Open House. This is the last weekend of Julie Turner’s open house. There will be 15 talented individuals showcasing their wares. Come and feast your eyes, then your tastebuds, as we will be serving delicious homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks. As well as the house, the garden and Julie’s workshop will be open, so just come and chill out with us at 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer, BN8 5JT. Open tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am to 6pm each day 01273 812280.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a Downland walk home from Cliffe Corner. Starting at Cliffe Corner we will be heading up Chapel Hill and across the Downs. Chapel Hill’s previous name was East Street, Cliffe, and it was the main road to take when leaving Cliffe for Ringmer, Glynde or Eastbourne. We will meet at Cliffe Corner at 2.15pm. There is a number 28 bus that leaves Broyle Close at 1.50pm, stops at the Old Post Office about 1.55pm and reaches the bus stop just before the Tesco roundabout just after 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Service, 6.30pm Sung Eucharist.

SINGALONG: We have started again after the summer break. If you enjoy singing then do join us any Wednesday from 2.30pm to 4pm at a minimal cost of £1 a session. We meet in the church room at the parish church. We are a friendly group who sing songs from the musicals, old traditional songs, etc. If you have a favourite, bring it along and we’ll give it a go.

BELLRINGING: On Wednesday at 6pm, there will be a peal attempt (5040 changes) of about three hours at St Mary’s to mark Will’s retirement and to wish him and Linda well. The bell ringers have much appreciated Will’s constant support during his time in Ringmer and he will be greatly missed.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday August 27, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1 Pam Brook and John Weston; 2 Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3 Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

SILVER SURFERS: Are you over 50 years old and would like help with using your computer? At Ringmer Community College we run informal sessions where a young person works alongside you to improve and develop your skills at your own pace. We are looking to hold the next session either at the end of September or beginning of October on a Saturday morning between 10am and noon, if we get enough interest. The cost for the two hour session is £5 to include coffee and biscuits. Please phone Ruth Whitlock at the college on 01273 815473 during school hours if you are interested in coming along, or would like more information.

Rodmell & Southease

CAR TAX: It was only this week that by chance I heard on my car radio that the number is up for the windscreen tax disc. Every new car purchased this month will not need a tax disc. The circular piece of paper which you have been required to display on your car since 1921 is being abolished on October 1. Instead you will get a receipt and records will be stored online. If I decide to sell my car at any time the tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle, I will need to notify the DVLA and the new owner will have to tax the car online, by phone or at the post office before they can drive it. I would have thought we, Joe Public, would have been notified a lot earlier than just one month ahead. Many people that I’ve spoken to know nothing about it.

VERGE: we have a rather large verge alongside our house in The Street and I endeavour to keep it tidy. Over the years I have planted bulbs in it to make a welcome display to the village in spring. However, it is council property and not mine, so why do I have to pay my gardener to cut it back, as I have noticed has my neighbour. There is still a section that I haven’t cut back where the council have put up various signs, now almost covered by growth. Isn’t this what we pay council tax for? How many other people keep their verges tidy at their own expense and time? Will they get reimbursed for paying out? I doubt it.

FAIRNESS: Also on the subject of fairness, will I, who did not go over to a diesel car now get a cheaper rate of car tax as they’ve found out diesel is a bigger polluter than petrol? Can’t wait until in my dotage I can have a driverless car. Can you imagine all us oldies getting in our vehicles and being taken wherever we want to go with no effort. Could be a problem with memory loss though.

BIKE RIDE: We already have the yellow notices up about The Big Bike ride coming through the village this month. As we are right on the route maybe I should set chairs out and do teas. I’m amazed at how many people are cycling, walking and back packing these days. All these healthy hobbies are keeping the new Youth Hostel at Itford and the pubs along the way very busy. It’s been a great season and October is still becoming popular for bookings as many people wait for when the children go back to school and it’s quieter.

HISTORY DAY: I recently went to Wivelsfield’s History Day run by Ian Everest and helpers. We had a lovely day with lunch at The Cock, a talk by Dr Geoffrey Mead, a landscape and studies lecturer, on Sussex Literary Landscapes and a visit to Jenners a remarkable old house dated around 1600. We had lovely refreshments in the garden and a tour around the house. Sadly my cousin Michael Baldock died recently in Scotland so we are another Baldock down from the Baldocks of Wivelsfield. The family goes back here over many years. Michael and his brother Brian were in Chailey Heritage for many years as children, as they had a genetic condition. They were there the same time as Ian Durey and appear in the book about this remarkable hospital and rehabilitation centre. I understand Ian gave the staff a right run-around escaping in his wheelchair etc.


STAMP CLUB: Seaford District Stamp Club meets on Wednesday, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, at Crossway Church Hall, Steyne Road. The Rise of Gothic Great Churches of the Middle Ages by Brian Doherty. All stamp collectors welcome. Tel: 01323 890699 or look at our website


QUIZ NIGHT: There are still a few spaces for this fun pub style quiz taking place at Telscombe Civic Centre tonight, Friday, at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. You can ring 01273 589777 to book in your team or you can turn up on the night before 7pm. Teams of up to six players at a cost of £2 each. Bring your own food and drink. Cash prizes. Proceeds go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s charity fund.

FREE FIREWORKS display on Telscombe Tye, courtesy of Telscombe Town Council tomorrow, Saturday. Firing time will be at approximately 8.45pm. Refreshments will be on site from 7.30pm. Come along and enjoy this spectacular free display. Appropriate footwear must be worn.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: The next councillors’ surgery is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11am at the Civic Centre. This is your opportunity to discuss local issues with your town or district councillor. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet your town councillor and come along on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

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

COUNCIL MEETING: A Policy and Resources Committee meeting is taking place on Monday at 7.30pm 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

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.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS: By the end of the bank holiday weekend, despite the constant rain on the Monday, 360 people had visited the Wannock Artists’ Exhibition and 27 paintings had been sold. The raffle of a watercolour of Sheffield Park Gardens by John Hook raised £140 for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

THE FESTIVAL OF ALE organised at the Wheatsheaf topped all records for visitors this year. Tomorrow, Saturday, Alex Gold will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf with his live acoustic overs from 8.30pm.

HOWLING BLUES will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. New members and visitors are welcome. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

HYMNS AND PIMMS: Fr Michael, curate at St Mary’s Church, will be organising another Hymns and Pimms evening following the success of last year’s event. The idea is to go along to the church service at 6.30pm on Sunday where favourite hymns will be sung, there is a list at the back of the church for suggestions, and then following this short service, everyone makes their way to the curate’s garden at 37 Church Street where Pimms and nibbles will be served. Additional bottles of Pimms, would be very welcome. If it is raining, the event will take place in the church hall.

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

THE 3 MMM’S will be meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall at 8pm on Wednesday. It will be a social evening with pudding tasting. Members are asked to bring non-perishable goods for the harvest.

WILLINGDON WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The guest speaker is Robin Gregory and his topic is entitled World War 1 - Tim’s Diaries.

JEVINGTON AND FILCHING WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall. Paul Lendon will be giving a talk entitled Ticket to Ride.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP will be meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday at The Red Lion.

COMPETITION RESULTS: Residents who took part in this year’s Willingdon and Jevington in Bloom competition will be notified of the results at a presentation evening at 7pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall which anyone can attend.

PANTOMIME: Willingdon Church Players have chosen their next pantomime which will be Aladdin. It will be directed by Terry Harvey. The read through will be in the church hall at 7pm on Thursday with informal auditions at 7pm on Thursday September 18. Rehearsals will then begin at 7pm prompt on Monday September 29 when a rehearsal schedule will be available for Monday and Thursday evenings. The pantomime will be staged on the evenings of Wednesday to Saturday, January 28 to 31, with a matinee on the Saturday. In addition to the cast, help is also needed behind the scenes. 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.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Seven Sisters Road with Bailey Close at 11am on Friday September 12. 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 on Saturday September 13. 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.