Parish Pump Newhaven - September 6, 2013


CRAFTERS have an opportunity to learn the techniques of fashioning art from paper during a workshop set for tomorrow, September 7, at Much Ado Books. Participants will make an intricate design from a stencil while learning tips and techniques for paper cutting. Artist Rowan Forestier-Walker will lead the workshop. The event is free to customers who buy a copy of Emily Hogarth’s Paper Cutting for Special Occasions, or any other of the shop’s craft books priced at £12.99 or higher. The three hours session is set to start at 2pm. Light refreshment will be provided. Details are available on the shop’s website at

GUIDED TOURS: Kevin Gordon will be running his last of the season Guided Tours around Alfriston tomorrow, Saturday. The tour costs £5 and lasts one and a half hours. Meet at the Market Cross for a 2pm start.

CLAPHAM LANE STALLS at Litlington with light lunches, cake, produce and plant stalls, tomorrow, September 7, from 11am to 3pm.

THE MOO MAN, a film about a farmer in Hailsham that made headline news when it became a surprise hit at the Sundance Festival, will be shown by the Cuckmere Valley transition group at Litlington village hall on Sunday at 4pm. Tea and cake, admission £2.

THE OLD CHAPEL CENTRE has recently been renovated and to celebrate the new look there will be a Cocktail Party with live music, a magician, cocktails and canapés on September 14 from 7pm to 9.30pm. Tickets, £15, are now on sale and available from Liz (07803630500) or at the Tudor House Restaurant; all profits to the Old Chapel Centre. There is also a new website

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Alfriston and District Branch is planning to boost its contribution to the Poppy Appeal with a concert at St Andrew’s Church to be given by the Sussex Band of the Royal British Legion (Horsham) with Joelle Meakin, soprano. There will be a varied programme of music which will end with a last night of the proms selection in which the audience will be invited to participate. The concert to be held on September 28 at 7pm. Tickets cost £8 available from Pearls Jewellers, Waterloo Square and Music Memorabilia, High Street, or telephone V Cowin 01323 871327 or Jim Taylor 01323 490038.

DICKENSIAN EVENING is the next Big Alfriston event. As soon as the Festival stalls and gazebos are cleared away the flyers, reminding everyone about the Dickensian Evening, are out. With the sun still shining there is a reluctance to leave the summer of 2013 but arrangements have to be made and another hard working group, who form the committee, set about finalising plans for the November evening. The date for the diary is November 23 from 2pm to 9pm. The High Street will be closed and the bands will be playing and Father Christmas will once again light up the tree.


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AUTUMN BALL: 7.30pm till late Saturday October 5 at the village hall. Playing for dancing and your entertainment professional swing band, Seymour’s Jump. Buffet supper, licensed bar and raffle with fantastic prizes. Tickets, £25, available from Caz Austen on 01273 401740, Turners Electrical and Barcombe Stores. Posh frocks and ties. Limited numbers. All profits to St Peter’s and St James Hospice.

BOWLS NEWS: Newhaven and District Evening League. The league fixtures are now complete so here are our stats. Played 14, won five, drawn one, lost eight; 45 points gives us seventh place. Not very inspiring but it is a tough call. Club Finals. Saturday and Sunday: Foresters Cup (Men’s Singles): Shaun Smith 21 beat Jason Harris 9. Lillian Lee Cup (Ladies Singles): Jas Osmond 21 beat Jean Uridge18. Nobby Heasman Mixed Pairs: Jas Osmond and Mark Smith lost to John Osmond and Ann Hills 24. Presidents Shield Pairs: John Osmond and Shaun Smith 26 beat John Simpson and Penny Hunnisett 11. Coronation Handicap: Mark Smith 23 beat Penny Hunnisett 16. Bunney Two Wood: Jas beat Penny 105 to 55. Anniversary Cup: Derek Stewart and Les Coppard won against Mick Cragg and Fred Baldwin 16 to 15. President Muriel Pyne presented the trophies to the winners and thanked everyone for an enjoyable weekend. Many thanks to Penny for organising the event and the members who attended.

CRICKET RESULTS August 31 ESCL Div 2, Barcombe v Lewes St Michaels: Barcombe 83 all out in 25.4 overs. (Allan Trower 29, Callum Skinner 21). Lewes St Michaels 84-2 in 15.1 overs. Lewes St Michaels 30 points beat Barcombe two points by 8 wkts. ESCL Div 8 St Peters III v Barcombe II: Barcombe 178 all out in 46.4 overs. (John O`Brien 84, Tom Evans 30). St Peters 96 all out in 25.1 overs. (Tom Evans 5-22, John O`Brien 4-32). Barcombe 30 points beat St Peters 10 points by 82 runs.

JUNIOR FISHING DAY tomorrow, ,Saturday, at10am at Cornwell’s Reservoir. Same as usual, contact Jackie on 400110.


PARKING: From September 1 there will be no unrestricted parking places left in Falmer. The last 100m stretch in Ridge Road can now only be used for four hours at a time. This will affect many people who work in the University and leave their cars in Falmer for the day. I hope that the wardens will understand that on the first day of the restriction, car owners who have had no warning that this was being implemented, may well have missed the new signs, especially if they were in a hurry to get to work.

FIRST CONCERT of the new season will take place tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm in St Laurence Church, performers are two young men playing violin and viola. Entrance is free, with welcome donations for the church.

THE SUMMER this year has been glorious, and we have had so many sightings of butterflies and birds. Just stepping out of my back door mid morning I heard the sound of the buzzard and there he was circling high above the fields. At the same time I was delighted to see a small blue butterfly on the blue lobelia. Later on the same morning I marvelled at a perfect web spun in the middle of the flower border with a big fat light tan spider in the middle, its legs were nearly orange in colour; all this in a matter of 30 minutes.


RIDE AND STRIDE: The annual Ride and Stride sponsored event around Sussex churches takes place on Saturday, September 14, between 9am and 6pm. You can cycle or walk to raise money via sponsorship, half of which goes to Kingston Church and the other half to the Sussex Historic Churches Trust. All participants are very welcome and if you would like to join in, do telephone Nick or Jan Darby (01273 473776) to ask for a leaflet and more information. Kingston Church, like many other churches in Sussex, will be manned by volunteers to welcome and serve refreshments to visiting cyclists or walkers.

BARBECUE: Come along and enjoy a lunchtime barbecue on Sunday, September 15, from 12.30pm. This relaxing and informal lunch will be held on St Pancras Green, using the Pavilion as a base. Food will be provided and cooked for you: burgers, sausages, veggies, salads and desserts. There will also be a cash bar, serving Harvey’s beer, wine and soft drinks. Bring your own chairs, table or rug, and cutlery (paper plates and bowls and plastic glasses will be provided). Plenty of safe open spaces on the Green for children to run wild and also for rounders. Tickets at £7.50 for adults and £2.50 for children are available from Brenda Neller (01273 472720), Jacky Knapp (01273 471248), Brian Simmons (01273 474303) or Jennie Yates (01273 473264). Net proceeds to Kingston Church.


HISTORY GROUP: On Monday, 7pm (note new time), at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road, Lewes History Group talk on Unearthing Roman History - New Discoveries in the Ringmer Area. At the end of the first season for the Culver Archaeological Project, David Millum takes the Lewes History Group back to the Ouse of the Romano-British era, when Britain’s rivers played the transport role taken today by our motorways. He will talk about what has been revealed to date including the Roman villa near Barcombe church, a vast bathhouse nearby (far bigger than the village alone) and elements of the local road system, plus the latest discoveries from this summer’s dig at a mysterious new settlement in Ringmer, near Barcombe Mills. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: It was August Bank Holiday when 23 of us gathered at the car park of the delightful, historic, secluded village of Fletching for the start of the walk. It was a beautiful warm sunny Bank Holiday Monday morning, with barely a cloud in the sky and just a gentle breeze. The 4.5 mile circular walk took us on a gently undulating route along farm tracks and quiet country lanes, across fields and meadows, through wooded paths and open countryside. We walked past a few farms and some isolated cottages but civilisation seemed a gratifyingly distant concept. The countryside was looking very beautiful with that slightly faded aspect of late summer, more seed heads than flowers in bloom, the sun noticeably lower in the sky and, despite the heat, faint glimmers of autumn, blackberries ripening, fungi appearing in the grass and pheasants scurrying in all directions. We took our short refreshment break in a field under an enormous spreading oak tree that provided shade for those who needed to cool down, while sun-worshippers could continue to deepen their tan. Apart from the fresh air, exercise and conviviality, our walks are also an opportunity to do some birding for those so inclined. Birdsong and bird activity in general are at a low level at this time of year but, in addition to those scurrying pheasants, a buzzard was spotted high overhead and right at the end of our walk, a most unusual spectacle a flock of 20 to 30 house martins that skimmed at tremendous speed through the air, landing momentarily on a branch of a dead tree before taking off and swirling around and returning to their perch. Perhaps they were foregathering for their migratory flight southwards? The very last part of our walk took us through the lovely old churchyard of Fletching’s ancient parish church (dating back to the twelfth century), providing a tranquil, contemplative ending to what everyone seemed to agree had been a most enjoyable walk through a quintessentially English landscape. The walk was led by Vivien. The next walk is on Wednesday September 18, Woodmancote. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

OPEN HOUSE: Eclectic Avenue, Lewes Artwave Open House. 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer BN8 5JT 01273 812280. Fifteen artists and crafts-people. Free parking, free entry, refreshments, open house and garden. Open tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 11am to 6pm.

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

ARTWAVE: This is the last weekend of Artwave and there are several venues to visit. Newhaven Fort has an exhibition by Rachel Cohen entitled Vessels with a fleet of more than 100 small ceramic boats to create a poetic dialogue with the stories told at this historic venue. Open Saturday and Sunday 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Also at the Fort, St Nicholas Centre, Lewes, present works inspired by Newhaven Fort and Castle Hill Nature Reserve. At the Ferry Port, Railway Approach is an exhibition by Kai Crick open 10am to 4pm and this is your last chance to visit Victory’s House, 35 Meeching Road, with Victor Stuart Graham’s marine assemblages plus work by his visiting artists.

FETE DE NEWHAVEN: The popular annual event in the High Street takes place tomorrow (Saturday) from 9am to 3pm. This will include the Dieppe Market, entertainment, plus the revitalised Saturday market so it is a day for all the family to enjoy.

FUN AFTERNOON tomorrow (Saturday) when Riverside Park Community Voice invite you to go along to the Hut at Lewes Road rec from 2pm to 4pm. All welcome, bring a picnic. Some outdoor games and your ideas for the Riverside Park to share with others.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI will meet on Monday. Ploughman’s lunch and silent auction at 12.30pm followed by members’ experience meeting at 2pm in South Heighton village hall.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers Kaleidoscope of Colours, Tuesday 7.30pm Hillcrest Centre. Everyone is surrounded by colours, different seasons, flowers, clouds, earth and sea, sorrow and joy. Inside us are colours of fear, anger, sorrow and joy. Find a story and share it or just sit back and listen. Hillcrest Cafe will be open beforehand. Admission £4, concessions £3 on the door.

NEWHAVEN MUSEUM at Paradise Park is opening its doors free of charge as part of the Heritage Open Days 2013 from Thursday September 12 to Sunday September 15. Why not go along and browse through the historic material relating to Newhaven and surrounding areas and look at the thousands of photographs relating to the development of the town and the port. Opening hours: Thursday noon to 4pm, Friday 1pm to 4pm, Saturday 10.30am to 5pm, Sunday 2pm to 5pm.

RNLI Newhaven is holding a car boot sale at Paradise Park/Tates Garden Centre, Saturday September 14, 9am to 1pm, set up 8.15am. Pitches £7 on the day. Take a stall to earn extra cash or just go down there and grab a bargain.

GUINNESS TRUST in Iveagh Crescent is holding a fun day for Older People’s Day on Saturday September 14, noon to 4pm. There will be cakes, bric-a-brac, glass bottle/jar stall, guess the weight of the cake, face painting, sweets, toys, knitted items. All welcome. Community Bus stops outside the door.


COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: Remember you can see a councillor tomorrow, Saturday, there is a surgery in the Meridian Centre from 10am till 11am. Speak to a councillor in confidence on any local issues affecting you and the town. This is a drop-in surgery and no appointment is necessary.

TEA DANCE: There is an afternoon dance in the main hall Community House on Wednesday from 3.30pm till 5.30pm. You can look forward to some dancing , high tea, and live music. All arranged to celebrate 150 years of the Co-operative Wholesale Society. For details contact the Co-operative’s South East team on 0800 015 1147 or by email at

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by ESDA (East Sussex Disability Association) in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market will be organised by the Peacehaven Conservatives on Saturday September 14.To book a table contact them on 01273 583975.

COUNCIL MEETING: The leisure and amenities committee meet on Tuesday in the Anzac Room starting at 6.30pm. There will be a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting when residents may ask questions about any matters affecting the town.

BOOT SALE: The Peacehaven Players will be holding a boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday. The gates will open for sellers at 8am and buyers will be admitted from 9am until 1pm. There is plenty of free parking on site so not far to carry your bargains. However all vehicles must leave at by the end of the event as all gates will be locked and access will not be available until Monday morning.

LANDROVER THEFTS: Sussex Police report a recent spate of thefts from rural and town areas. Mainly older Defender Landrovers for parts but sometimes the whole vehicle. Make sure your vehicle is secure and report to the police on 101 if it has happened to you or if you see anything suspicious.

COFFEE MORNINGS: The Guide Dogs for the Blind will be in the Meridian Centre today, Friday, serving teas,coffees and cakes from 8.30am until midday. Next week the Catholic Church will be behind the counter. On Thursday the Peacehaven Labour Party will be serving the refreshments followed on Friday September 13 by U3A, who we hope are not superstitious.

BINGO: There is an evening of the ever popular bingo in the Community House on Friday September 13 in aid of the Mayor’s charity starting at 7pm sharp. Eight games for £4 plus a flyer and a snowball game. Cash prizes to be won and free refreshments during the interval half way through the evening. There is always plenty of free parking available.

PEN TO PAPER: After a break for the summer this small creative writing group are starting to meet again each Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Downlands Court, Roundhay Avenue. This friendly and informal group would welcome new members who are interested in writing. It costs £1 per week which includes tea,coffee and biscuits with occasional outings. For more information contact Sue Sayer on 01273 588803.


NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: After over two years’ gestation, the Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan has now been published, and is open for consultation from today, Friday, to Friday October 18. The plan, called Ringmer to 2030, is available on the parish council website ( Printed copies are available in the parish office, Ringmer Village Hall or Ringmer Library. If found sound and approved in a referendum scheduled for next spring, the plan will guide Ringmer planning decisions for the next 20 years.

FOOTBALL CLUB: This weekend sees plenty of football at The Caburn Ground. Tonight, Friday, the second team are at home versus Mile Oak in the Reserve Section Premier with a scheduled 7.45pm kick off. Please note that kick off time may be brought forward so that players can watch most of the England game so please check press or website for details. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are in SCFL Div 1 action versus Rye United with a 3pm kick off. On Sunday morning the Youth Team are away versus Seaford Town in the league with an 11am kick off. In the clubhouse today, Friday, the crucial England v Moldova match will be shown live on the big TV screen and the equally important England v Ukraine match will be shown live on Tuesday evening in the bar. On the social side, on Friday September 20 there is an 80s themed Disco Night, with 80s music, clothes, food and cocktails. The ladies and men’s darts teams and the pool team are all now back in action after the summer break and all teams will always welcome new players. Finally, the Ringmer FC Annual General Meeting will be on Monday September 30, and all members are invited to attend, it’s your club so come and have your say.

AUTUMN SHOW: The RBL Ringmer Horticultural and Home Produce Society 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.

ART EXHIBITION: To celebrate the Patronal Festival, St Mary’s Art Club are holding an exhibition in the church room tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4.30pm and on Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm. Do try to get along to this exhibition to see the work of some very talented people and possibly purchase one or more of their paintings.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL LUNCH: St Mary’s Church celebrates its Patronal Festival on Sunday and a lunch will be held in the village hall at 1pm. If you would like to attend please give Shirley a ring on 812417 as it helps with catering. As usual there is no charge but donations to St Mary’s Disaster Fund will be gratefully received.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP are to visit Anne of Cleves House, Lewes, on Sunday commencing at 2.30pm. The entry charge for this visit is £4.90 for an adult or £4.50 for a senior or a student. Admittance for members of the Sussex Archaeological Society is free, while English Heritage members are admitted for half price.

ST MARY’S MEN’S CLUB AGM will take place on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Church Room and will be followed by a PowerPoint presentation in pictures by the Revd Sally Epps of her visit to Nyahururu, Kenya. Visitors welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on August 28 was: 1, Pam Brook and John Weston; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, 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 number 814220.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society is holding a jumble sale in the village hall on Saturday, September 14, commencing at 2pm. If you have jumble to donate could you please deliver it to the hall on the morning of the sale as near to noon as possible.

CONCERT IN ST MARY’S: On Sunday, September 15, at 3pm a group of talented young musicians are putting on a concert in aid of the church’s charity. This music will be mostly Bach-Brandenburgh Concerto No 6, double violin concerto, Chaconne with some arrangements of folk pieces to finish. Freya Creech, the talented young violinist from Lewes, will be leading the concert, as her contribution to local music making before returning to Salzburg for the last year of her music degree. No entrance fee but there will be a collection at the end in aid of Homelink.

BOWLS CLUB: The results of the matches played last week were: Ringmer v Cross-in-Hand 59-61, Ringmer v Horam 62-65 and Ringmer v Southwick Park 77-65. The club’s Finals Day was held last Saturday and the winners were: Pairs, P Escott and P Lloyd; Senior Cup, R Berry; Novice Cup, M Sargent; Two Wood, P Escott; Club Champion, S Barton; Ladies Cup, P Escott; Men’s Cup, R Berry. Thanks to all those members who came along to support the players on the day which was also blessed with good weather. Last Sunday the annual Captain v President match was held and this year the President won.

SILVER SURFER CLASS: Advance notice that there will be a Silver Surfer class at Ringmer Community College on Saturday, September 21, between 10am and noon in the college library. For more information or to book a place please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager, on 01273 812220, ext 253 or e-mail

Rodmell & Southease

WEDDING: Another lovely weekend, and Jon and Lucie’s wedding day was the perfect day for a country wedding with blue skies and a gentle breeze. There were some wonderful outfits worn by guests and Jon and Lucie made the perfect couple looking very glam and happy in their wedding outfits. Various villagers went to the church to see them exit as a married couple and there was even Ellie with her horse sporting a flower on its bridle. The pub sounded like a huge beehive with the buzz of many happy guests in conversation. Bunting had been made by various village ladies and there was a wonderful wedding cake made by Kim, of Kims Cakes, of Southease. The wedding floral decorations were lovely. The evening event was not as loud as I expected and I did not hear the wedding guests that were staying with me come home, so hopefully there were no complaints from those nearby. May you have many happy years together Jon and Lucie.

FRUIT: There is a glut of fruit this year, unlike last year when there was hardly any. I am putting apples outside my drive for the regulars that come by every year to pick them up, and any windfalls are left in bags for those with animals who may appreciate them, such as sheep. They are all free so please help yourself if you pass by and as the apple tree in the front garden is loaded I am more than happy for people to come and pick the apples themselves, but please ring me on 01273 476876 or come to the house to ask first and bring your own bags. As I don’t spray them they do tend to have insects in them but they are fine for making apple pies, jams and chutneys. I hate waste and love to think of people finding a use for them. There are some great blackberries around the countryside for those that love making blackberry jelly or blackberry and apple pies. For a lovely day out why not take a picnic into the countryside and stock up the freezer with a free amount of Vitamin C for the winter.

CHURCH SERVICES: There is a family service in Rodmell Church on Sunday at 11am with hymns and readings, sometimes by children, followed by coffee and biscuits.

AUTUMN FAIR in aid of the Lewes and District Group of East Sussex Disability Association (Reg Charity No 104207) in the marquee at Glyndebourne on Tuesday September 17, 10am to 4pm. Come and visit the stalls and the Glyndebourne shop, have lunch in the Mildmay Restaurant, stroll around the gardens, something for everyone. Plenty of free parking. Entry £4.

JAZZ: On Saturday September 14 Simon D’Souza is back at the Abergavenny Arms, 8pm, with Souzaphonic for another great night of jazz standards and original compositions.

RIDE AND STRIDE: Also on Saturday September 14 it’s the sponsored bike ride and walk in aid of Sussex Churches Trust. A great many churches, including Rodmell, will all be open and manned by volunteers to welcome cyclists and walkers. Could you volunteer to sit in our church for an hour during the day? If so contact Christine or Michael Isitt on 01273 475943.

CATS: There seem to be a few cats around Rodmell who have learnt that there are cat snacking stations around the village. Marley, who belongs to a neighbour, is one of them, and we get quite a few visits which we are quite happy about. Jill and Tom along the road also have a small tabby cat as a frequent visitor.


FUN DAY at Guinness Court, a sheltered scheme for the elderly, on Saturday September 14, as part of the Older People’s Day. The Fun Day is for all the family with a bouncy castle, tombola, guess the weight of the cake, ploughman’s if you get hungry, Pets at Home are bringing some little animals, barbecue, stalls and lots of other things. Everyone welcome.

FLOWER FESTIVAL, Friday September 13 to Monday September 16, from 9.30am to 5pm in St Leonard’s Church. There will also be a Festival Market on Saturday September 14 in the churchyard (hall if wet) from 10am to 2pm. Musicians will play at various times throughout the festival with Evensong at 6pm on Sunday September 15. The theme is Feeding our world.


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.

WORKING HORSES: The Friends of Telscombe Tye have organised a heritage festival with the aid of Telscombe Town Council which will see the return of working horses on Telscombe Tye. It’s taking place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday September 14. As well as the horse and cart rides there will be various other activities and food outlets. There will be a free minibus serving Peacehaven, Telscombe and East Saltdean to the Tye. Full details can be obtained from the Civic Centre reception.

FREE FIREWORK SPECTACULAR: This free firework display is taking place on Telscombe Tye at 8.30pm on Saturday September 14. Burgers, hot dogs and chips will be available to purchase, as well as ice creams from 7.30pm. There will be a free minibus serving Peacehaven, Telscombe and East Saltdean to the Tye. Full details can be obtained from the Civic Centre reception.

FAMILY FUN DAY is taking place at Telscombe Cliffs Community Church, Buckhurst Road, on Sunday September 22 from 2pm. There will be a quiz, barbecue (£5 adults and £1 children), bric-a-brac, auction, children’s toys and books, colouring competition and card making demo. Don’t forget to put it in your diary now.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

WANNOCK ARTISTS held their 39th annual exhibition at Wannock Village Hall over the August Bank Holiday. Pauline Beddard, chair of Wannock Artists, said in her opening address that they are already planning for the Ruby Anniversary next year. She thanked all the members for their hard work in preparing the hall and hanging the pictures, and welcomed the many visitors who had come along to see the paintings. Wannock Artists are a friendly group of amateur artists who all help out at these exhibitions with Monica Pullen and her team preparing and serving the refreshments and Vera Gearing making the beautiful floral arrangements for the tables. About 40 paintings were sold, some framed and some unframed from the portfolio. Paintings of local scenes seemed to be particularly popular. Sue Davies had donated one of her paintings entitled The Wave to be raffled. This raised £184 which will be donated to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. Sadly missing from the exhibition was Roger Jones who had been membership secretary from 2011 until his death earlier this year, but two of his paintings were on display and were greatly admired. Wannock Artists meet at 7pm on the last Friday of the month at Wannock Village Hall when demonstrations are given by well-known local artists and professional artists from various parts of the country. Membership is open to anyone interested in art and visitors are also welcome to the demonstrations for a fee of £3. For further information please ring the secretary on 01323 844291.

DEMONSTRATION: The flower club will be meeting at 1.45pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration from Josephine Jacobs. The competition is entitled Autumn Bounty.

BINGO AND CHIPS: This popular event will take place at 7pm for 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, in St Mary’s Church Hall. Tickets are £5 each to include the meal and a bingo card. For further information please contact Lesley on 01323 504901 or the parish office on 01323 501763.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: Sunday is music day at the mill which will be open from 2pm to 5pm. Organising the event is Gerry Page and the programme will include jazz quartet The Happy Band, gypsy swing music from Hot Club of Jevington, solo saxophonist Tom Sangster, singer and guitarist Nairne Page, folk music from Honey with Heart and mandolin player Max Salisbury. Cream teas will also be served.

YOUNG PEOPLE: Fr Michael, curate of St Mary’s Church, is hoping to start a club in the near future for young people age 14 years plus which would include social and discussion time. There will be a meeting for any interested young people as well as their parents if they wish to go at 7.30pm on Sunday at 37 Church Street. For further information ring Fr Michael on 01323 509528.

THE HARVEST SUPPER organised by members of St Mary’s Church will be at 7.30pm on Saturday October 6 in the church hall. Tickets will be on sale in the church hall after the 9.45am service on Sunday and on the following Sundays or can be purchased by ringing 01323 502820.

BROWNIES: Monday is the date when the 41st Eastbourne Brownies resume their weekly meetings at Trinity Church Hall after the summer break. Many of the Brownies will be going up into the Guides. Consequently some places are currently available for more Brownies and also for the younger children, the Rainbows. For more information ring Judy Kemp on 01323 486756 or email her on .

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. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information.

THE 3 MMMS were due to resume after the summer break on September 11 but this has now been postponed until Wednesday September 25 (8pm at St Mary’s Church Hall) when there will be a talk on Sri Lanka. The programme for the coming year will also be available.

THE GRUMBLEWEEDS will be meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday at the Red Lion. There will be a seed swap and Sandie will be giving advice on getting the garden ready for winter.

JEVINGTON and Filching WI will be meeting at 2pm on September 12 at Trinity Church Hall for a workshop in card making. The exhibition is a card kept for its memories.