Parish pump Uckfield - August 3, 2012

Share this article


THE MUSIC FESTIVAL is about to begin today, Friday. A feast of music will be available all week in the village. Details may be found on or from leaflets in stores in the High Street.

THE SUMMER Horticultural Show will open its doors on August 10 at 1pm to 5pm and on August 11 from 11am to 4.30pm. This is always an interesting and well visited show when plans and ideas for next year’s planting can be made while admiring others efforts.

GUIDED TOUR: On Sunday, local historian Kevin Gordon will be providing an Historic Guided Tour of the village setting off from the Market Cross at 2pm. Tickets for this one hour tour are £5 and available on the day.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Family pet service.

FLOWER SHOW: The gardening club’s annual show is next Saturday August 11, featuring all sorts of classes, covering plants, flower arranging, vegetables and cakes photography etc. For details, contact a member of the gardening club.


SUMMER SHOW: Burwash Horticultural Society are holding their Summer Show tomorrow, Saturday, at the Pavilion in Swan Meadow Playing Fields. The exhibits will be staged from 9am and judging will take place at 11am. Visitors can go along at 2.15pm to see the winning exhibits of flowers, vegetables, photographs, cooking and children’s classes. A raffle and teas will be on sale. Good luck to all the exhibitors.

RUDE MECHANICALS: Once again we are to be treated to a show by the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company. They will be at the playing fields on Friday August 10. This year the show is called Who Saw Marjory Daw, and promises to be great fun, set in the 1960’s, wonder if I can still get into my mini skirt. Tickets are available now from the newsagents or the box office on 01323 501260. Prices £12 adults, £11 seniors, students £10, children £6. Buy on the day all will be £13. Picnics can be taken along to the field from 6pm, the show starts at 7.30pm. Don’t forget your own chairs etc.

BLG: The Burwash Ladies Group’s August meeting will be held at the Pavilion in Burwash Common, when they will enjoy their summer lunch. All members are welcome to go along. To find out about it and transport, call Anne cutler on 01435 883566.

AFTER EIGHT: Burwash Common After Eight Club’s August meeting will take the form of a walk and pub meal. It takes place on Wednesday and is being organised by Mavis and Co. To find about more about the evening or about the group, call Jan McCartney on 01435 882117.

East Hoathly

CHURCH: On Sunday the service is 10am Benefice Communion at East Hoathly. The fete held this year raised approximately £2,400. Many thanks to everyone involved and also to all who came and joined in the fun.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Last weekend the Preservation Society ran a much enjoyed trip to Wakehurst Place and on Sunday August 12 they are doing another one, this time to Batemans, Rudyard Kipling’s home, at Burwash. They will be meeting at Batemans car park 11am for a tour. (National Trust charges apply so bring your membership card if you have one). Lunch can be enjoyed in the excellent tea rooms, and at 2pm they will be setting off to enjoy a walk in the magnificent surrounding countryside. Kevan Gibbons, the warden of Batemans says: ‘In Kipling’s Puck of Pooks Hill, this hill is clearly identified as being Puck’s home, but the combination of pastures, meadows, ancient woodlands and ponds surrounding the Jacobean home of Rudyard Kipling are what make this walk really unique. You are following in the steps of Anglo-Saxon drovers as you walk the sunken lanes through the High Weald’s medieval agricultural landscape of small fields, woods and hedgerows. It is probably a good idea to bring a pair of wellies as the bulk of the walk is on clay as it can get quite wet underfoot.’ The walk takes approx 1.5 hrs. Everyone welcome. For further details or transport offers/needs, please call Jenny Pellett on 872830.

AGE CONCERN: The next date for your diary is Friday August 17 when there will be a concert and buffet supper. The evening starts at 7pm, the cost is £6 per person and pay at the door, but please let Jean know if you would like to attend as numbers are needed for catering purposes. (01825 872145).

TENNIS CLUB: Finals Day took place on Saturday, July 28 in beautiful playing conditions. Four exciting matches were watched by members’ families and supporters. The Ladies Singles Cup was won by Gill Luis-Ravelo for the eighth time beating Jane Hugo in two sets. Gill was in further devastating form in the Ladies’ Doubles. With her partner, Frances Harman, they won in two sets from Lesley Thomas and Jean Guest. The Men’s Singles Final was an entertaining, hard fought match between Dave Cornwall and Max Walker with the youth of Max prevailing in the third set. The day ended with an exciting Men’s Doubles Final. After some excellent rallies, Nick Williams and Max Walker finally overcame Pete Hardy and Roy Broad in the third set. The club’s next all day competition is the Mixed Doubles Day on Sunday, September 2 starting at 10am. This is always a very enjoyable event with good tennis. Refreshments and tea and coffee will be available all day. Any enquiries, please contact Val Griffiths (01825 840925). For membership enquiries, please contact Frances Harman (01825 880047) or check out the website at

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Sharon Berry has agreed to be the contact in East Hoathly for linking up with other villages who participate in this scheme. There are already links with Chiddingly and Halland, so if anyone knows of someone in Blackboys or Framfield who would agree to be a link there, please let Sharon know. If anyone would also like to be on the mailing list please give Sharon your e-mail address. She can be contacted on

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Sunday 8 August 1762: ‘Myself and one servant at church in the morn… How much more pleasure it is to be at home all of a Sunday and to attend the service of the church than to be rioting about as I have too much been of late. But may I never more offend in that point.’


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

WASTE RECYCLING SITE: Veolia Environmental Services and East Sussex County Council have started a trial of new summer opening hours at the Heathfield household waste recycling site. The new schedule began on Monday. From July 30 the site will be opening and closing one hour earlier from Monday to Saturday. The new hours will be from 8am to 5pm Mondays to Saturdays and 9am to 6pm on Sundays. Veolia says this will increase the opportunities for residents to use the site during the morning, allowing people who work from 9am to 5pm to use the site before going to work: ‘The average number of visitors using the site between 5pm and 6pm is very low. However visitors often arrive before 9am. Therefore we think the new hours will prove more popular.’

THE SUMMER SHOW is coming up soon. The show will be held on Saturday, August 18 from 2pm to 4.45pm at Heathfield Community Centre. Admission costs £1 and children can get in free. There will be refreshments, a raffle and plant sale. To find out more ring 01435 864875.

WEALDEN BUSINESS EXPO: Don’t forget to put this date in your diary. You don’t have to have a business to find it interesting and useful. The Expo takes place on Tuesday, October 16 from 10am to 4pm ins State Hall. Organisers say there will be loads of local businesses showcasing their products and services. They have taken on board feedback from last year’s event, made some changes and introduced some exciting new features this year. These include a reception area to welcome visitors; free goody bags of vouchers; and a packed programme of free seminars. For information, to take part or simply to find out more visit: or contact Barbara Hibbart on or ring on 01435 865135

SOUTH DOWNS OPERA will perform Tosca on Saturday, October 20 at 7.30pm at the State Hall. Tickets cost £15 from: or from John Jenkins, Kotimaki, Tottingworth Park, Broad Oak, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 8UH

PRE SCHOOLS: Heathfield is lucky to have a wide range of good pre-schools which specialise in caring for young children and preparing them for the big, wide world of primary school. Broad Oak Pre-School which takes place at Broad Oak Village Hall and has an Ofsted outstanding’ report. It’s been going more than 40 years. Find out more on 01435 864326. Young Haymakers meet at an idyllic setting at Kirby Farm, Foxhunt Green. It’s a kindergarten and Montessori nursery school combining the principles of the Foundation Stage with traditional Montessori methods for two to five year olds. For details contact Trish Pepper at Kirby Farm on 01435 812555, email Another is the Welcome Pre-School at Alexandra Road, Heathfield which has fully qualified staff and is also Ofsted registered. Find out more at 01435 864646.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

SCHOOL: Pupils at Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School showcased their ambitious film making efforts to parents and friends at the red carpet premiere of their film War Children at the school on Tuesday, July 3. Year eight pupils from the school in Mayfield wrote, filmed, edited and produced War Children, which was filmed in the local area and features Year seven pupils from the school as the cast. The characters and script have been created in response to themes surrounding evacuees from the Second World War, which they have developed in their English and history lessons. Parents and the local community have supported the project by assisting with costumes, props and locations. The local area has offered numerous locations which have proven ideal for filming, including the school itself, the Bluebell Railway and Bewl Water. The children revealed the product of their efforts to parents and friends at the black tie event on Tuesday night, when the cast and film crews arrived for a red carpet reception before the film was premiered at 8pm. The evening continued with an ‘Oscar’-style awards ceremony recognising the efforts and skills of the pupils involved in the project.More information about this event can be found at:

TRAFFIC: The parish council has been advised that its representation with East Sussex County Council has borne fruit and a major piece of road resurfacing work (in parish council terms) will be taking place as follows: The A267 (Tunbridge Wells to Eastbourne road) at Five Ashes will be temporarily closed from its northern junction with Horleigh Green Road to the southern end at the A272 (the road which heads west towards Hadlow Down). Also on the A267 at Wellbrook, Mayfield. This will be a temporary closure from the Mayfield Roundabout in a south-westerly direction to its junction with Berkeley Road. Dates: August 6 to August 17 between 9.30am and 4pm every weekday. The official diversion route (if you are coming from the south) is via the A272 west to Maresfield, the A26 at Maresfield, north to Eridge Green, east along Bunny Lane, south on the A267 to Frant and Mayfield. If coming from Tunbridge Wells the route is vice versa.

BONFIRE CELEBRATIONS: During July the parish council met with the proprietor of Shaw’s fair and the bonfire society, over the cost of policing the bonfire society march and Shaw’s fair on Saturday night, September 15. The bonfire society would like to see the fair remain as there are few activities and events for youngsters of the village to participate in and also feel that small travelling fairs should be supported where possible to maintain their survival as a rural tradition. If the parish council decide not to allow the fair to operate on the evening of the Carnival it is understood that Sussex Police would not object (or make a charge) if the fair operated on the Thursday and Friday evenings preceding the Carnival and on the day of the street market and Carnival, providing that it closed at say 4pm and did not open in the evening that day. It was confirmed by the police representatives that it would cost an additional £1,800 to police the evening session of the fair. The options available are: Hold the fair as normal but close the fair at 4pm on Saturday; Have the fair as normal, either one week before or one week after the bonfire procession; Not have the fair. Having consulted fully, and having asked the police to reconsider their policy, the police response has been circulated to all members of the full council, and the bonfire society for consideration.

WOODHILL PATIENTS GROUP: A number of young mums are planning to arrange a first aid course in Mayfield designed to cover primarily first aid and emergency treatment for babies and children. This will probably be in October and run by the Red Cross. It will be a six hour course on a Saturday (three hours in the morning and three in the afternoon) and will cost in the region of £25, £30 depending on numbers. If you have children (or, indeed grandchildren) and would like to have the knowledge / skills to provide them with first aid / emergency treatment, or just want further information, please contact Hayley Selby on 07931 722649 The defibrallators have now arrived but, frustratingly, the practice has not yet received the mounts to enable them to be fixed to the wall. They have been assured though that these will arrive very soon. In the meantime they had an excellent presentation on behalf of SECAMB on June 22. The main points which were stressed were: You cannot hurt anyone with one of these defibrillators (unless you drop it on their foot); They are very simple to use since in effect they talk you through the process; Being smart they don’t allow anyone to be shocked who does not need to be; To be effective they need to be used in conjunction with manual CPR which is why anyone who has not had CPR training should do so (please contact the surgery if you want to go on one of their courses). In a few months and once the defibrillators are in situ they will arrange a further teach-in for villagers. They are very keen that the community should have a Community First Responder scheme here. If you are at all interested please contact chairman Andrew Watson on 01435 872202 or email



match tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday they have a match, Ladies Vs Gents, this is the Captains Charity Day. On Tuesday they play Mid- Sussex Uckfield at home, and on the same evening they play John Spriggs Downsman away. These games commence at 6pm. On Wednesday they also have a match against Adastra away, this will commence at 2pm. The Ladies are playing Burgess Hill ladies away, this match will commence at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: The first XI are away to Crowborough, the second XI are playing at home against Pett, the third XI are away to Sidley, and the fourth XI will be playing at Temple Grove against Rye. These matches are all league games and play will commence at 1.30 pm. The Sunday friendly game is against Charlton King starting at 2pm

THE AFTERNOON Club will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday, when the speaker will be Brian Laban, his subject is The 24 Hours of Le Mans. As a journalist Brian Laban has reported from the famous race from almost 40 years and written the definitive history of the event among many books on motoring and motor sport. His talk reveals that there is a great deal more to Le Mans than fast cars going round in circle for two full laps of the clock, starting with William the Conqueror. For more information contact 01825 722154 or 722650.

HOGARTY ROAST: On Saturday August 11 Newick Bonfire Society will be holding another very popular Hogarty Roast in the field just past the Green (in the Uckfield direction) with two live bands, Short Attention Span and their own home grown Newick Folk. There will be a raffle with the proceeds going to the Riding for Disabled Charity. For further information you need to check on the website for ticket prices and how to purchase.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am followed by the Family Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift please telephone 01825 722582 in advance.

SUMMER LUNCH: The St Peter and St James Hospice Summer Lunch, held in the Barn Centre instead of the lovely gardens at the Old Rectory (because of the weather), raised £1300 for the hospice. Well done Newick.

OLYMPIC GAMES: I do hope you are all enjoying the TV coverage of the Olympic games. If any of you have actually attended any of these events would you please let me know with a brief summary of where, what, and your personal feelings about the event you attended. Thank you.


MORE RAIN: I know it’s a British joke, but our summer’s gone and the rain’s back. The good thing about it is hang on, I’m trying to think of something, oh yes, our vegetables are growing well and we will have plenty to see us through the winter. And when the weather’s bad, I work harder instead of wasting time sitting in the sun.

UCKFIELD SINGERS: Frances Brett of the Uckfield Singers would like to thank everybody who supported our concert. It was a sell-out and a very successful evening. I would also like to thank all of the Uckfield Singers who helped to make this concert, everybody pulled together to make sure that it was successful. The Housebound Club made in the raffle £398 and the retiring collection £166.70 so a grand total £564.70. Rose Willcox is thrilled with this and sends her thanks to everybody who supported her. Thank you once again everybody.

EVENTS: I know that there are loads of events happening in and around Uckfield. You can advertise it in the Parish Pump free of charge. Just send me an email by Monday evening, in Times New Roman, size 12.


FR DAVID: The final service at which our priest-in-charge, Father David Charles officiated was held last Sunday and All Saints’ was packed to hear his final sermon. It was based around the miracle of the loaves and fishes and reminded his listeners that however small the contribution, miracles could make it enough. After the service, which was a Group Eucharist with people also coming from All Saints’ Old Heathfield, St Richards, Heathfield and St Bartholomew’s at Cross in Hand, there was a cheerful party at the Lucas Hall to wish Fr David farewell and good luck in his new parish. His Institution and Induction as Vicar of Christ Church, Eastbourne will take place there on August 13 at 7.30pm.

CRICKET The village cricket team has had mixed fortunes this summer and they have been badly affected by the weather. However, they were able to play last weekend against local rivals Blackboys. Waldron lost the toss and were put in first to bat, racking up a creditable score of 160 on a tricky pitch. Blackboys are notorious for taking no risks, and once they had lost eight wickets they predictably put down the anchors and played for a draw. However, Waldron is unbeaten since mid June in the league and the players are performing well, so all fingers are crossed that they can challenge for promotion by the end of the season.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company arrives in Waldron on Wednesday. While hopes are high for a beautiful evening, please make sure you’re warmly clothed in case of one of those chill winds which sometimes get up in the evenings. As usual they will perform in the field behind the Star. The play is Who saw Marjory Daw? a mystery set in the 1960s. Tickets are available from The Stores at Waldron or at the central box office (phone 01323 501260) or on-line The performance will start at 7.30pm. Bring a chair and a picnic or buy food and drink from the pub.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: On Saturday August 18 there will be a Summer Party at Mike and Rita’s, an event which is becoming a tradition, and offers all members and friends a chance to enjoy a purely social occasion. There will be a boules competition and enough food and drink to keep everyone very happy. Please let Rita know as as soon as possible if you would like to come by ringing her on 01435 882435.

DIARY DATE: The Walk for Waldron was such a success last year that the Friends of Waldron Churches are holding it again this year, on Saturday September 29. As last year it will cover up to 15 miles of footpath walking round the most beautiful parts of our parish, starting and ending in Waldron. (You don’t have to do 15 miles, however, and can stop at any time). Look for registration and sponsorship forms at the Stores at Waldron and let me know if you are planning to walk. We’re looking on it as a last spurt in our fundraising to pay for the repairs to our belfry roof at All Saints’, so please help us. We have even arranged for it to be possible for sponsors to back you on-line using our completely secure mydonate account. All details from me or pick up a form from The Stores. Can we beat our last year’s total of £5,800?

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am and the Lammas Service at 10.30am, which will be held at Heronsdale Manor, Moat Lane by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Chambers.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Family pet service. Weather permitting this will be in the car park, next to the church rooms. All sorts of pets and their owners are welcome. We had a good service in the marquee last week, with the congregations of Warbleton, Bodle Street, Dallington and Heathfield chapel, joining together in the tent. Despite a heavy shower earlier in the morning, the weather stayed fine but a bit windy, and we were able to spread out on to the Green afterwards, for a picnic and rounders. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship and communion with Paul Daniels. 6.30pm Evening service with Neil Thornicroft.

RUDE MECHANICALS: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company return to Rushlake Green with their latest production Who saw Marjory Daw?, on Thursday. This comedy, set in 1968, features a rookie journalist investigating the disappearance of the celebrity model Marjory Dawson. Tickets are available on 01323 501260 or on their website. Remember it is an outdoor performance, in the evening, so warm clothing is advisable. Also, pack a picnic.

FLOWER SHOW: Entries were a bit down this year, which is not surprising considering the weather we have had. We had an ideal day weather wise, dry with some cloud keeping the temperature pleasant, for the activities of the afternoon. The show was opened by Derek Mepham, who was one of those lucky enough to have been chosen as an Olympic torch bearer, who did his 300m in Pevensey. He was chosen for his work in raising £40k for Hospice in the Weald and more for other charities, by running 10 London Marathons. At the show he was supporting Clic Serjeant (cancer and Leukemia in children), by people having their photo taken with him and the torch. After declaring the show open, he did a lap of honour with the torch. After the children’s pets had been judged we had a display of dog agility by Wealden Agility Society. The activities ended with the traditional children’s races.

Results: Lin Collins did very well, winning a number of cups, the Championship Trophy for overall points in all classes, the Dunn Challenge Cup for highest points in floral art, the Phillips Cup for best exhibit in floral art, joint winner with Don Clark and Lesley Morgan of the Bower Cup for highest number of points in handicraft section, the Dowden Cup for highest points in flowers and plants, the Honor Southam Cup for the best rose in show and the Muriel Lucas memorial Trophy for best Hydrangea. Vivian Bowen won the RHS Banksian Medal for highest points in all horticultural classes. Neil Post won the Kelly Cup for best exhibit in vegetables and fruit, and the Herbert Cup for highest number of points in those classes. The Norman Buss Cup for the longest runner bean went to Doug Jones. Emily Evans gained the Barnes Challenge Cup for highest points in Junior section and Jasmine Evans the Austin Cup for most entries in the Junior section. The Sweetman Cup for best eggs exhibit went to J Barnes. The chairman’s Cup for the highest number of points in the eggs classes went to Wendy Greaves. Sharon Coleman and Sally Grey shared the Clapper Cup for highest number of points in cookery and preserves. There are three Dian Mills Cups for cookery – 11a and under Jasmine Evans, 16s and under Katy Mountfield, Inspired Chef of the year Douglas Elvidge. The Knibb Trophy for best blooms (classes 100-114) went to Rosemary Wootten-Whitling. Robin Groves gained the Silver Rose Bowl for the most fragrant rose. The Poultry Cup for best exhibit went to Katy Ansell. The best kept dog gained Orla Groves the Joan Oliver memorial Challenge Cup, and the Junior Pets Cup went to Bella Henderson.

We have a very hard working committee who meet regularly to plan this show. Our thanks are due to them and all those who assist them on the day. Particular thanks are due to Paul and staff at The Stores, for issuing the schedules and receiving the entry forms etc, and to John and Mary Brenchley for the water and electricity, over the weekend. Next year 27 July 2013 and the AGM is on Tuesday 15 January 2013 at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Refreshments will be served.

THE BUFFALOES: After sorting out the marquee, we gathered for a great evening’s entertainment by East Grinstead Band, The Buffaloes. We were treated to the wonderful music of the 50s, 60s and a little of the 70s. They are the traditional beat combo three guitars and a real drum kit. When playing Apache I closed my eyes, and it could have been the Shadows; mind you, they didn’t do the Shadows fancy footwork. A little while into the evening, supper having been consumed, one brave lady danced solo, and after that, at least half of the audience rose to their feet. Not being a natural dancer, I remained seated but my toes were tapping all evening.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band and audience were all seated in front of the marquee, on Sunday afternoon, Sian Buss was about to raise her baton, and it started to rain. We all quickly moved into the marquee and the concert started. As well as their usual wide repertoire of tunes, they accompanied mezzo-soprano Sidonie Winter, who sang a number of songs including well known ones from the last night of the Proms – sea shanties, Rule Britannia etc. There was much waving of Union Flags. A great conclusion to a hectic weekend, for the band as well, as they played at the flower show.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

CHURCH FAIR: The sun shone brightly for St Mary’s Church Fair with its circus theme. It was held on July 21, and the two young children The Prince and Princess who were to open the event arrived in a 1953 Morris Minor convertible and were heralded in to the arena by the Kingfisher Band along with ring master Canon Martin Onions. The various stalls all did a roaring trade and the archives in the church were another great attraction. Serena Thompson, who had organised the fair, said that the event had made £4,650 for the church and she congratulated all the stall holders and those who had given so generously.

VILLAGE FETE: St Andrew’s Church Jevington raised approximately £3000 at their village fete, another excellent result.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL: Members of Willingdon Neighbourhood Panel met on July 17. PCSO Ali Beadon was present along with PC Mike Morton. Speeding is still a problem on The Seven Sisters Road and speed checks will continue to be made. Dangerous parking outside the two schools continues to be a concern in term time and this will be further discussed at the next meeting after the school summer holidays. It was felt that whenever possible, unwanted items should be taken direct to a charity shop rather than left in a bag by the side of the road. However, if the items are to be collected, it is important to make sure that they are going to a legitimate charity, which will receive all the funds, and that the driver is actually from that charity. If you are suspicious, take the registration number of the van and report it. Other concerns voiced by the panel were bogus phone calls and bogus emails. Promises of money owed to you should be ignored, especially if the caller wants your bank details. An unsolicited offer to sort out problems with your computer is another scam. Most people do have some slight problems with their computer, but do not fall for one of these tricksters – use a genuine IT technician.

CHAMPAGNE and Strawberries. A fund raising event is being held in aid of Action Medical Research for Children for Life, to celebrate 60 years of vital research that has helped change the lives of thousands of children. From 6pm to 8pm today, Friday, champagne and strawberries will be served at 38 Wish Hill Willingdon (outdoors weather permitting). Tickets are £10 each to include canopies, beer or soft drinks. For further information ring 01323 506524 or 01323 646286.

THE FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Gill Sadler will be giving a demonstration entitled Show Stopper.

COFFEE MORNING: An Action for Children’s coffee morning will be taking place at 10am tomorrow, Saturday, at Trinity Church Hall.

ALEX GOLD will be providing the entertainment from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at The Wheatsheaf.

FRIENDLY CUPPA: On Thursday a friendly cuppa will be served in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am to noon so do go along and make new friends.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: As well as the normal opening hours from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday afternoons, Polegate Windmill has special events taking place on the Wednesdays during August. On Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm there will be a mill art afternoon for all ages. It will commence with a guided tour of Polegate Windmill and the cost is £1 per person. Drawing and art tuition will be given by Peter Martin. Please ring him on 01323 731514.

CHARITY EVENT: The next fund raising event for the JPK Project takes place at the Manor Barn at Bexhill on Friday August 10 from 7.30pm to 11pm. There will be dancing and live music with Billy Miller, singer of swing and up-tempo songs. There is a staffed bar, a cold buffet and desserts, raffle and tea or coffee. Tickets are £12 each or £6 for the under 11’s or for those with a learning disability. Please ring Jill Parker on 01323 486179 or Carol Short on 01424 810454. Alternatively send a cheque made out to the JPK Project to Jill at 7 Wannock Avenue, Lower Willingdon BN20 9RP or Carol at 1 Jubilee Villas 55a Cantelupe Road Bexhill TN40 1PP. The JPK Project aims to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm on Saturday August 11. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including tea and coffee is £2.50. For further information, ring Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

THE GIBBS TRIO will be giving a recital at 7.30pm on Monday August 13 at St Mary’s Church. These three young performers are all studying music at academies in London. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection.

TRINITY DINERS will be meeting at noon on Friday August 17 at Trinity Church Hall when the menu will be luxury fish pie, seasonal vegetables, fruit salad and cream followed by tea or coffee. To reserve a place call Jennie on 01323 484189.

TRINITY CHURCH HALL and Community Room with their excellent facilities are available for hire. For further information ring Ruth on 07901971527 or email

COMMUNITY MARKET: Don’t forget Willingdon Community Market which is held every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm in Trinity Church Hall. Stalls include fruit and vegetables, plants, hand crafts, farm eggs, jams, chutneys and pickles, cakes and quiches, jewellery, wood crafts and bird food.