Village news around Hailsham

Alciston & Selmeston

QUILT EXHIBITION: The Laughton branch of the Ouse Valley Quilters present a Quilt Exhibition plus a hands on demonstration tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm in Selmeston Church. Refreshments available, sandwiches, cakes, cream teas and homemade cakes to take away. Free entry. Donations towards the upkeep of Selmeston and Alciston churches gratefully accepted.


300 CLUB: This month the 300 Club will be at Deans Place on June 9 at 8pm.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The society have had a busy time lately. In May there was a very enjoyable outing to High Beeches garden and last week an Alfriston garden was opened for members. A coffee morning with cake, produce and lots of chat while admiring the diverse ‘rooms’ Rosalind Danesi has created in her long, sloping garden with views of the downs. On June 13 the Early Summer Show will be in the War Memorial Hall from 1pm to 5pm. More admiring, and much more chat.

CELEBRATIONS: The celebrations for Sussex Day, June 14, will start with music and dance in The Square at 11.15am with the main event starting at noon on the The Tye. A busy day is planned with lots of stalls, music and storytelling and more song and dancing throughout the afternoon.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: The Litlington Flower Festival runs from June 19 to June 22, 10.30am to 5.30pm at St Michael’s Church, Litlington. This year’s floral displays will be depicting Litlington - Past and Present. In a marquee in the adjoining paddock there will be all day refreshments, a plants and produce stall and books and bric-a-brac, and more. There is plenty of parking (for sat nav users the postcode is BN26 5RA). The Festival Service will be held (hopefully outside) on Sunday June 21 at 5pm.

OPEN GARDEN: The Long House at West Dean will have an open garden on June 21 between 1.30pm and 5.30pm and again on July 1 between 2pm and 5pm. Entrance fee £4. The money raised from the entrance fee and refreshments will be divided between All Saints Church and village projects and The National Gardens Scheme. Robin and Rosie Lloyd’s previous garden at Bankton Cottage in Crawley Down is mentioned in Patrick Taylor’s book on Best Gardens in England and their open days raised hundreds of pounds for charity. Since moving to West Dean Robin and Rosie have developed a new garden on a smaller plot. There is plenty of parking specially designated for visitors to the garden.

CONCERT: Pro Musica is once again giving their Summer Concert at St Andrew’s Church on June 28 at 6pm. Kathryn Sargent and Ray Maulkin are presenting a concert of standard classics like Singin’ in the Rain, Puttin’ on the Ritz and Over the Rainbow along with numbers from the show, Grease and the Beach Boys group with a few instrumental numbers to complete the programme. David Ollosson will be on the piano and Frank Fox-Wilson on drums. The evening concludes with a glass of wine or soft drink. Tickets are £10 (children under 14 free) and may be bought either at the door or in advance from Ray or Kathryn.

Arlington & Berwick

ARLINGTON PARISH COUNCIL: Details of the council’s meetings, documents and the councillors elected in May 2015 are to be found at The Arlington Parish Clerk can be contacted at

BERWICK PARISH COUNCIL: Details of the council are to be found at The Berwick Parish Clerk can be contacted at

ROAD REPAIRS: From June 10 to 12, ESCC Highways will be carrying out patch repairs on Wilbees Road, Arlington on the junction of The Street. This work will take up to three days to complete. However, if the weather is bad the work may be delayed. If the date changes then Advanced Warning signs will be placed on the road. The work itself will take place between 7am and 5pm, during which time Wilbees Road will be closed. You will be able to gain access but you may have to take the diversion route on occasion.

ARLINGTON ARTS GROUP: Details of the Arlington Arts Group are to be found at Arlington Arts Group is a not-for-profit group with the aim of organising and promoting art events in the rural area surrounding Arlington.

The group meets at Arlington Village Hall, Thursday evenings 7pm to 9pm.

SUMMER CONCERT: On Saturday, July 4, Harmonie Concert Band and Voices in Harmonie Choir will be giving a Summer Concert at St Pancras Church, Arlington on starting at 7pm.This will be a Summer Concert with a difference to raise funds for St Pancras Church.

Harmonie are a local group of about 25 musicians and 20 choir members based in the Wealden area who have a varied and delightful programme of classical and popular items played by talented brass, woodwind and percussion musicians. Tickets (including interval refreshments) are £10 with under 16’s at £5. Tickets are available from Christine on 07813 382580 or Jackie on 01323 482429.

CROQUET: On Saturday, July 18, The Inter-Village Croquet Competition will be held in Alciston Village in the afternoon. Arlington are the current champions and have a cup and title to defend.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Pet Service in the car park. All types of pets and their owners are very welcome. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

BSGWI: The Women’s Institute in Bodle Street is 93 this year and this month’s meeting is its birthday party. The meeting moves to the evening at 6.30pm for a supper followed by a talk from Peter Wilson, from Herstmonceux. His subject, The Organ, a humorous 55 years. For more information about the WI contact Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

VILLAGE FAIR: This annual event is held in aid of St John’s Church, and will start at noon next Saturday, June 13. At 12.30pm the Terrace Bistro will be open for lunches, hog roast and locally sourced barbecue. There will be a licensed bar, refreshments, teas, ice creams as well. Music will be provided by Wealden Brass from 2pm to 4pm. There will be new fun games and competitions on the Green, a vehicle display, family bouncy castle, and a display of Irish dancing. Stalls include cakes, produce, collectables, gifts, face painting, bric-a-brac, raffle, tombola and books. All this for £1 entry (children under 14 enter free).


AFTERNOON TEA: Hailsham Methodist Church Summer Outreach programme tomorrow, Saturday, at 3pm. Tickets £2, there is also a short talk by Petrina Mayson on the work of the Furniture Now charity which will benefit from this event. Email for a ticket or ring 01323 325916.

ST MARY’S: This is the first Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Forever Walking the Tightrope. 10.30am All Age Special with crèche, Jesus the King of Wisdom. Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups: The Spirit who Unites. 6.30pm Choral Evening Prayer, The Leadership Crisis.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday at Primrose Hall there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is TBA. Healing is always available.

MOIETTIES FARM: This is a new venue for the National Garden Open for Charities scheme. Moietties Farm and Barn is at Foul Mile, Cowbeech, Hailsham BN27 4JJ and is open tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5.30pm. Admission £3.50, children free. Off road car parking in the field. Partial wheelchair access, gravel paths, refreshments and plants for sale.

2016 PANTO AUDITIONS: If you fancy being in Hailsham Theatre’s next pantomime in January then come along to a read through on Thursday June 18 at Summerheath Hall at 7.30pm and or to the auditions on Monday June 22 at The Methodist Church, at 7.30pm. This is for 16 years plus only as there is a waiting list for any new children wishing to join, unfortunately places are limited due to the physical restrictions of the venue. The pantomime is Treasure Island and is a high octane pantomime based on the classic pirate adventure.

COFFEE MORNING: There will also be a bring and buy cake stall on June 13 at St Mary’s church lounge, between 10am and noon.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head. Since the beginning of the year the group has looked at knitting around the world. At the last meeting Sanquhar gloves were the topic. Sanquhar is a town in southern Scotland where the tradition of knitting particular patterns in two colours goes back to medieval times. A previous meeting had looked at a Japanese method of short row knitting and one participant had found it very useful and easy in a recent soft toy she had made. At the next meeting, progress on the gloves will be the topic, but anyone and everyone is welcome to come along and share their knitting stories. June Knit’Inn Nights are on June 9 and £23 at 7.30pm.

STREET MEETINGS: Tuesday Gilbert Way and Honeysuckle Close, 6.30pm to7.30pm. Also on Tuesday at Woburn Close, 6.30pm to 7pm. Come out and talk about any concerns or issues you may be having.

CRICKET: On a bright but surprisingly cold day in Bexhill, Hailsham won the toss and elected to field first. A well-balanced young Hailsham side performed well against good opposition following a disappointing result the previous week, to show they are more than capable of holding their own in this competitive league that is ESCL division four. The HMI man of the match goes to Steve Bowden for an excellent innings that showed true grit to help ensure his team crossed the winning line with plenty of time and resource in hand.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: The 2015 Annual exhibition will take place from Monday to Saturday, June 15 to 20, from 10am till 4pm at the Charles Hunt Centre (Age Concern Building), Vicarage Field. There will be approximately 140 prints, in both black and white and colour, of various subjects displayed, so there should be something for everyone to enjoy. Free entry, free parking nearby and refreshments available. There will be the chance to vote for your favourite picture and also enter the picture raffle with the opportunity to win your favourite print. There will also be a selection of prints and greeting cards available to purchase.

RAMBLES: Hailsham Rambling Club has two walks on Wednesday. The longer is the 4.5 mile Catsfield circular passing fishing lakes. Some hills and stiles with Richard and Jill 832303. Alternatively, there is a shorter walk with Michael and Linda 845479 around Herstmonceux Castle and grounds. If you would like to go on either of these walks, ring the walk leader in the first instance for the details.

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday one of the most popular musicians on the organ circuit will be entertaining visitors, the very talented and all-round nice guy Nicholas Martin at the Charles Hunt Centre. There is plentiful free parking very close to the venue, which is very comfortable and has excellent acoustics! Doors open at 7pm, shows start at 7.30pm. Non-members are very welcome indeed, just turn up and pay at the door. Further information can be had from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Hailsham and District Branch Royal British Legion will be meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday at the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Fields. Following the meeting Sussex Emergency Response Volunteers known as Blood Runners who transport blood and organs etc around the country for the NHS and patients are to give a talk which should be very interesting. You need not have served in the forces to become a member of the British Legion so as a civilian come along and enjoy the comradeship that can be found at the Branch. You can get further details from Frank on 01323 843880.

At the last meeting following the Exhortation and Kohima Epitaph, Ron Hutchinson was remembered also a special thought was given to those in Nepal who suffered the earthquakes, especially for those who had served in the Ghurka Regiments. New County Handbooks are available. An email was received from Nathan Hancock, a New Zealander, resident in the area expressing his pleasure the service that was held to commemorate ANZAC Day. The attendance at the ANZAC was not as he had hoped. The next service is for Armed Forces Week on June 28 at the Hailsham War Memorial and there is no parade. The Poppy Appeal currently has received £2,298.48 for which the Legion is really grateful to the population of Hailsham and the surrounding area. No 8 Group will meet on July 2 at Willingdon. The president has suffered a minor stroke which has affected his eyes. Ron Perrin has been made a life president of the Eastbourne Branch of the Guards Association. The secretary asked about the 2018 Remembrance Service as this actually is on November 11, 100 years to the day the guns fell silent on the Western Front and suggested that a Band be booked in advance. The VE Celebrations that the Hailsham Club had laid on had to be cancelled due to the water situation. Steve Leonard advised that there is to be a VE/VJ celebration arranged.

LOCAL GEOLOGY: Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society is meeting on Wednesday at the Methodist Church Hall at 7pm for 7.30pm start. The subject is The Geology of the Eastbourne and Hailsham area by Brian Braby. All welcome. Visitors £2.50.

The May meeting was an interesting talk, Bygones in your Attic presented very well by Joanne Wilkins. There was a table laid out with kitchen items, board game items that were once every day tools, to dresses and under garments that for today have long gone past their sell by date. To some people this could be junk or rubbish, but before you declutter and throw it out, remember that out there somewhere, somebody collects what you are about to throw out. Also, it might be worth a few bob. A good entertaining evening.

The club has a break in July and August of monthly meetings and restarts on September 9 with A Sussex Teenager during World War II by Phil Wooler. The museum is open on Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm until the end of September. This is at Blackmans Yard, Market Street.

BONFIRE BINGO: The next eyes down session is next Friday June 12 at the Charles Hunt Age Concern Centre in Waitrose car park at 7.30pm.

LOCAL TRANSPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting on Wednesday at 7.15pm for 7.30pm at Hailsham Town Council office to consider setting up a group to look into having a transport line from Eastbourne to Hellingly to get cars off the road. ‘With more housing planned we need to do something about the congestion now and in future,’ says Herstmonceux Councillor Laurence Keeley, ‘a metro system is one possibility’ he says. This is not a public meeting and is by invitation only at the moment. If you have anything to contribute you might like to contact Laurence via the Town Council or Ralph Olesen at The Link coffee shop.

Hellingly, Horsebridge
& Dicker

HELLINGLY CHURCH: Sunday: 8 am Holy Communion Hellingly, 9.15am Holy Communion Upper Dicker. 10.45 am Holy Communion Hellingly. (Fourth Sunday 10.45am Family Service Hellingly) June 21, 5pm, joint service of informal worship at Upper Dicker Church. Every Thursday 9.30am BCP Holy Communion at Hellingly. Look out in July for the Family Service which will be a Pet Service.

PARISH COUNCIL: Ten members of the public were present. The Hellingly Parish Council was asked whether it would consider setting up a group of volunteers to clear brambles in the Country Park. A number of No Parking signs had appeared on the Drive and the council were asked whether these were legally enforceable. If the road is a private road then signs could be put up, however, if the road is adopted by the County Council then they would address this issue. Regarding the dog bin on Mansers Lane, the dog bin currently sited in Mansers Lane should be moved to the verge outside the Lower Dicker Recreation Ground. The clerk would write to all residents in the vicinity prior to the bin being moved in order to consult with them to ensure that there would be no further complaints.

COUNTRY AND ROEBUCK PARK: Cricket Pitch and Pavilion: The cricket club were happy with the pitch, they had had favourable feedback from the players. They were also happy with the space and facilities offered by the temporary porta cabins. They were pleased that they had been made to feel welcome by the residents. It was reported that a number of incidents had taken place in the Country Park since it had been opened to the public. A working party will be set up to look at engaging the youth. KENYA TALK: On Tuesday Kathryn Anderson will be talking about the MU visit to Kenya. The group meets in Hellingly Church at 7.15pm. All welcome. Enquiries 01435 862542.

JAZZ EVENING: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening in Hellingly Church there is a fundraising event provided by the Peter Willson Quartet with soloist Linda Francis at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 which includes refreshments. To book 01323 841685 or 842620.

ALTO SINGERS NEEDED: For Hellingly Church Choir. Choir practice is once a week on a Friday evening at 7.15pm and as many Sunday mornings as possible. No audition needed. This friendly choir would make you most welcome.

CUCKOO TRAIL: On Tuesday June 16 meeting at 10am there is a walk entitled, A Number of Inmates, of three miles over two hours. Meet Hellingly Station Car Park. No dogs please. The Cuckoos Rest will be open for refreshments. From Saturday to Friday, June 13 to 19, there will be celebrations along the Cuckoo Trail from walks to boot fairs to mark the 50th Anniversary of the last train going down the Cuckoo Line. It is 50 years since the last train travelled down the Cuckoo Line. Nowadays this stretch of the line is used by over 250 thousand visitors a year for cycling walking and horse riding. Join in the Sussex Walking Festival on this anniversary in one of the most famous parts of Sussex. For more details check the websites: or

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of Arlington PC is on Thursday June 18 at 7.30pm at Upper Dicker Village Hall. Check the website for the agenda.

CURRY AND QUIZ: The Friends of Park Mead Primary School are holding a quiz event on Friday June 12 at 7pm. Tickets £7.50 available from Park Mead Primary School reception and The Village Shop. Please bring your own drinks and nibbles.

SPEEDING: The Speeding Action Group Arlington (SAGA) has identified hot spots for speed monitoring systems. Ray Collins and John Parsons will do similar work for Coldharbour and Camberlot Roads. Four sites identified by SAGA were agreed and the parish council clerk will request that monitoring equipment be installed for four to six weeks, preferably to cover Bank Holiday Monday.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

QUIZ NIGHT: Don’t forget this evening at Herstmonceux Village Hall from 7.30pm. Teams of six or come on your own and you can be matched up. Tickets £7 per person include hot dog. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Raffle. Tickets from Gerald on 01323 832212 or Caprice Hairdressers in centre of village. In aid of the village hall fund.

ALL SAINTS: There is a service on Sunday at 9.45am Family Service.

WARTLING: St Mary Magdalene has a service on Sunday at 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and 6pm Evensong BCP).

BOWLS: Last week Herstmonceux drew with Hellingly earning them five points for the League table. There were two friendlies. Herstmonceux lost 60 to Motcombe Gardens’ 77 shots and 95 shots to Victoria Drive’s 116.

RAY AND SHELDON: Frank Beeney is leading a singalong at the next gathering on Friday June 12. This over 60s group meets at the village hall at 2.15pm. If you would like more information or to go along ring Anne on (01323) 441244.

ARTS MUSIC AND SKILLS: Starting soon and time for you to sign up on Wednesdays are Mosaics Workshops at 2pm to 4pm, 4 to 6pm and 7pm to 9pm and there is also a Fun with Music Theory one hour group lesson on alternate Mondays 5.30pm and Thursdays 5pm. There are still places on the Felting 2 day introductory course on Saturdays 13 and 27 June from 11am to 4pm (lunch provided) for making bags from raw fleece (wet felting) with dyed wool decorations and needle felting, lined with fabric. All courses are held in a lovely rural workshop, where you can enjoy the stunning views and gardens. For more information including costs call 01323 339339 or visit

PARISH TRAIL: Lime Cross Nursery is part of the Herstmonceux Parish Trail for the second year running. Join them along with The Allotments and Cowbeech House on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, from 10am to 5pm, join the trail at any point, combined entry £4. The trail includes two acres at Lime Cross, The Allotments at Stunts Green near the Woolpack, Cowbeech House and Lime Cross Nursery Pinetum. Since its foundation, the National Gardens Scheme has donated over £45 million to nominated beneficiaries, of which nearly £23 million has been donated within the last ten years. Their continuing support means that for most of our beneficiaries they are the largest cumulative donor in their histories. NGS supports: Macmillan, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, The QNI, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK.

EVENING WALK: The walking group will be meeting on Tuesday at 6.30pm at the Hellingly Cuckoo Trail car park with Sue 848790. The walk is Hellingly and Wellshurst of about four miles.

JAGUAR ENTHUSIASTS: The East Sussex Jaguar Enthusiasts Club Rally is on Sunday (throughout the day). Go along and view these magnificent cars in front of Herstmonceux Castle and meet some of the owners. Normal Gardens and Grounds charges apply. For enquiries please call 01323 834479.

ROBIN HOOD THE MUSICAL: On Sunday at 4pm the Cambridge Touring Theatre presents Robin Hood the Musical at Herstmonceux Castle. This is an open air theatre for children and adults alike. Come dressed in your best Sherwood fashion and have a joyful, fun-filled picnic with your family while watching this hilarious musical show. Adults £14, concessions (incl children) £9, children U3 free, family £40. For enquiries and tickets please call 01323 834479.

PARISH COUNCIL: In April the Grounds Committee reported that the new trees are growing well, the netting around the children’s play area has been repaired and the access road to the recreation ground is deteriorating and will need repairing. The fence at the Scout Hut needs repairing. The rubbish collection from the recreation ground is now on Fridays. Arrangements will be made for the removal of the broken down tree on Lime Cross Recreation Area.

Highways and Traffic reported that a number of the potholes in Butlers Lane have been repaired but more repairs are needed. There is a problem with subsidence in the Under Road. On the highway outside Pickpale, Windmill Hill. There is still water running on the road. South East Water has inspected the site and it appears that the problem is caused by a spring. ESCC will resolve the problem of the water running down the road before repairs are completed. In the meantime, the potholes in road caused by the running water will be patched as necessary.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: Get your advance tickets now for this Chapterhouse Theatre presentation of the Bard’s best loved romantic comedy on Wednesday June 17, 7pm (gates open at 5.30pm). An open air Shakespearean Theatre production. Bring rugs, cushions, low backed chairs, picnics and an Elizabethan appetite for gloriously liberating open air theatre. Advance Tickets £12.50, seniors and students £10, family £40. On the night £15, £12.50 and £45 respectively. Tickets and enquiries 01323 834479.


JUMBLE SALE: Huge Summer Jumble Sale to be held on Saturday June 20 in Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble still wanted. For more information ring 01323 811385.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Ades Field, Wilmington 12.50pm-1.15pm.

Ninfield & Hooe

BOWLS CLUB: Ninfield Bowls Club are striving to get the few extra points needed for wins but are just falling short at the moment. On May 24 they played Hollington, losing by five points 75-70. Their game on May 27 saw them loose against Winchelsea 68-75. Their narrowest loss come against Rye on May 30, when they lost 51-53. Although they lost on all three games everyone enjoyed the matches, irrespective of the losses, due the friendship between the clubs involved.

BUCKET COLLECTION: A bucket collection in aid of Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice has been organised at Sainsburys, Bexhill today, Friday. Pam Doodes is looking for volunteers to assist during the day. If you feel that you could spare some time to assist, please contact Pam on 892329.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Celebration Service with Marktime Brass Band for their anniversary on June 7, 10.30am to 11.30am. This will also include the Cafe style Family Church and breakfast. A warm welcome will be extended to all.

TABLE TOP SALE: Ninfield Working Mens Club will be holding a charity Coffee Morning and Table Top Sale on June 9, 10am to noon in aid of Chestnut Tree House. Any unwanted items that you may have to be donated for the table top sale would be greatly appreciated. For collection, please call Marjorie on 892239.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting of Hooe Open Group will be on Friday, June 12, at 2.30pm, which will be a cream tea and a general knowledge quiz. For information of the club’s activities call the social organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail:

GOLDEN CIRCLE: Then next meeting of the Golden Circle is on June 16, when Terri Sayers will be speaking on Circus Life, which sounds very interesting. The meeting, as usual, will be at 2.30pm in the Methodist Hall, Ninfield. Do come along. For more information please call Jean Holmes on 212663.

CHARITY CURRY NIGHT: Lorna Tomasetti has organised a Charity Curry Night to raise finds for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, June 17, at 7.30pm. The event will be held at the Chilli Tree in Bexhill, with tickets costing £20 each. If you would like to support the event and enjoy an evening of curry, please contact Lorna on 07880501805/893644 to book your place. Lorna would also welcome any donations for the raffle.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: At their meeting in May they had Dr Janet Pennington talking on Witches, Warlocks and Wellington, Ritual Protection of the Home. It was a really entertaining 90 minutes, with some surprising ways that people in the past have protected their homes. One of the most common was the secreting of old shoes at access points around the home. The fire place and chimney seemed the most popular. Placing stone axe heads in the roof structure was another and, even more bizarre to people nowadays, were jars filled with nails and urine. Apparently these methods were supposed to keep evil spirits away. Dr Pennington told of other ways that have been used and the group were all fascinated with her tales. Their next meeting on June 18, 7.30pm in Ninfield Methodist Church Hall, should be equally entertaining, if not more so, with Henry VIII coming in full costume to tell them of his life. He will be appearing with the assistance of Tony Harris. This talk has been experienced by some of their members who say it is not to be missed.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am Celebration Service with Mark Time Brass Band.


TABLE SALE: There will be a table sale tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of Polegate Drama Group. Tables cost £5 if booked in advance or £6 on the day. Open from 9am to noon in the Henry Twine Hall, Polegate Community Centre. Contact Jim Dobell on 483082 to book a table.

WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, A Valley, A Bridge and A Forest, 5 miles with Pauline S. Meet at Exceat Visitors Centre, 10am, bus 12X, 9.33am Terminus Road stand J. Or Ups and Downs, 9 miles with Clare. Meet bus 12, 9.13am Terminus Road stand J to Seven Sisters Visitor Centre, 9.30am start GR 5199995. Leader will also extend walk in the afternoon to 5 or 6 miles to Holywell. On Sunday, Folly Spotting, 9.5 miles with Paul and Barbara. Meet at the Avenue 9.30am, walk starts at lay by opposite The Swan, Woods Corner 10.15am GR 666194. On Wednesday, Pastures New, 8.5 miles with Mike S. Meet at the Avenue at 9.30am, walk starts at the Fountain Inn, Plumpton Green 10.15am GR 363171. Park in pub car park, flat walk with some stiles.

STATIONERY ENGINES: These are on display on Sunday at Groombridge Railway Station, on the Spa Valley Line. A display by the Sussex and Kent Weald Stationery Engine Group. More info from or telephone Alan Cullen 01342 327852.

TALK: Slide show talk by Alan Hodges, Eastbourne Thro’ The Ages, is held at St Marty’s Church Hall, Willingdon on Monday at 7 pm. Entry £3 including refreshments. In aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

GUIDED WALK: ELHS guided walk around Hampden Park, in June please contact Maureen on 485971, or email also contact me for proposed excursion to Spa Valley Railway, in July.

COFFEE MORNING: The coffee morning on Saturday 13 June at Polegate Community Centre lounge is hosted by the Bowls club. All welcome from 10am to noon.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: The Music Day on Sunday 14 June is organized by Gerry Page. He will entertain on the mill plat together with any local musicians who would like to take part on the day.

OPEN GARDEN: An open garden in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Sunday June 14, from 2pm to 5pm at 2A Downs Road, Willingdon. Entry is by donation for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. A medium size split level garden with a variety of herbaceous perennial plants and shrubs. For more information ring 434200 or visit

MID SUMMER FETE: This is on Saturday June 20 on Lower Willingdon Triangle from 1pm to 6pm. Local traders, many stalls, food stall, local history quiz, kids fancy dress, dog shows, tombola, bouncy castle, hog roast, fire and rescue, face painting, brass band, bake off, plants, Polefitr, Zumba and Karate. In aid of two local charities, Children With Cancer Polegate and JPK Project.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

WINDMILLS: There will be a talk about the history and restoration of the Windmill at Windmill Hill, tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Tickets, which include a glass of wine, are £10 and can be had from The Stores. Proceeds from the evening go to the windmill and to the village hall.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Pet Service in the car park. All types of pets and their owners are very welcome. If it is wet we will be in the church rooms. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion with Roger Lumley. 6.30pm Evening service led by Jim Dryden.

THE BIG LUNCH: This event is part of a national programme this Sunday. The idea is to bring neighbours together in friendship and fun. People living in Rushlake Green or connected to it are invited along at 12.30pm to the Green. There will be music and entertainment and a raffle in aid of the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice. Tickets are free and available from The Stores, as are flyers about the event. The idea is that you bring a picnic, with a dish for the communal table. There will be tables and chairs, but it would be helpful to bring your own chairs, cutlery and crockery. For info phone Louise on 01435 830206.

HISTORY GROUP: Tantilly Trot is the intriguing title of the talk by Brian Purdy this month. We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm on Monday in the Dunn Village Hall. Coffee is served before the meeting and the bookstall is open.

FLOWER SHOW: A reminder that the schedules for the flower show to be held on July 25 are available from The Stores and The Horse and Groom.

Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

FLOWER CLUB: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration by Carolynne Meer entitled In the Shade. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

TEA AND CAKE: St Andrew’s Church Jevington will once more be providing tea and homemade cake during the summer months to visitors and ramblers on the following Saturdays from 11am to 4pm June 6, July 4, August 8, August 29 and September 26. The refreshments are free but a donation would be appreciated. Money raised will go towards the upkeep of this lovely ancient church in the heart of the Downs.

MESSY CHURCH: This is to be held on the first Saturday of the month except August and December and is intended for children and their guardians. The first messy church, which was held in May in St Mary’s Church Hall, was a huge success. The next one will be held from 3pm to 5.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and everyone is welcome to come along and join in the bible themed craft activities, followed by family worship and singing in the church from 4.30pm to 4.50pm and then back to the hall for a meal together. This month it is lasagne, salad and home-made cakes. There is no charge for Messy Church and there is no need to book in advance, just go along in the time you have available. To find out more please ring Fr Kevin Agnew or Mrs Kate Agnew on 01323 502079.

LIVE MUSIC: Fifth Avenue will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday Leigh Baker will be providing the music from 1pm to 3pm.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Live music will be on offer at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

ART EXHIBITION: Teresa Currie’s new art group was started in January 2014 at St Mary’s Church Hall in Decoy Drive Hampden Park. The group meet there on a Wednesday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm and cover a wide range of mediums and subject matter.

They will be having their first exhibition from 10am to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, in the same venue. On display and for sale at affordable prices will be original artworks, prints, limited edition prints, photography, painting on wood, painted furniture, crafts, wire and cane sculpture and artists’ cards. Refreshments are available all day and there is ample parking to the front of the hall in the car park and there is also disabled access. For details and samples of the students’ work visit .

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Prof. David Rothery will be giving a talk about the planet Mercury - newly revealed.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: This will be taking place from noon to 4.30pm on Sunday at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground and is an event not to be missed. It will be opened by chairman of the parish council Cllr John Pritchett. Music will be provided by Lawrence Gillians, Con Brio, Howlin’ Blues and the Kingfisher Scout Band. There will be a large number of stalls including charity stalls supporting Chestnut Tree House, the Firefighters, Epilepsy, and the JPK Sussex Project. There will also be food outlets. Plenty of fun activities are being provided for the children including fairground rides and a bouncy castle. The dog show and agility course will be starting at 1pm. For further details of the dog show, please ring Angela on 07415 859360. Music in the Park is being sponsored by Peter Shoesmith, Tesco Express, Ross and Co, St Anne’s Vets, The Landscape Group, Willingdon Residents’ Association and Wilmoths. All monies raised from this event will be shared between Chalk Farm LDC and Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance. Admission is free.

THE GLEN CHORALE: If you missed the Glen Chorale’s concert on June 1, there is still an opportunity to see it at 2.30pm on Monday at Wannock Village Hall. The programme is called Ages and Seasons and follows a theme from childhood, maturity and into old age. The musical director is Ansy Boothroyd. Tickets are £6 each to include refreshments. For further information please ring 01323 482623.

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 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when Caroline, one of the members, will be giving an illustrated talk about her recent visit to Australia and New Zealand. Please note this is a change from the original programme.

WILLINGDON WI: The WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when C and P Goodman will be giving a talk and demonstration entitled From Sheep to Knitting Wool.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP: This group will be meeting at 7pm on Thursday at the Red Lion to discuss gardening topics.

JEVINGTON AND FILCHING WI: The WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall when Peter Wilson’s talk is entitled The Great American Songbook. For further information please ring Rose on 01323 849562 or visit the club’s website at .

NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL: At the recently held Willingdon Neighbourhood Panel meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall, three priorities were chosen. They were inconsiderate and illegal parking at Willingdon Primary School, dog fouling, and fly tipping at Broad Road. PCSO Ali Beadon will continue to patrol at dropping off and collecting times at the school, educating parents and carers on the dangers of inconsiderate parking. She will also ask residents for details of offending vehicles so that the drivers can be dealt with accordingly.

PCSO Ali Beadon has emailed WDC street scene team who have put up three notices in Park Croft about dog fouling. She has asked the team if they could do the occasional patrol and has also requested Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council to provide a dog bin for that area.

PCSO Ali Beadon has reported two separate offences of fly tipping. one in Broad Road and one in Coppice Avenue. She has been made aware that letters have been sent to residents in the area.

The next police street meeting is at 6pm on Thursday at the junction of Church Street and Lodge Avenue so do go along and discuss any issues relevant to the work of the PCSO. For further information ring Ali Beadon on 101 ext 68233 or her mobile 07787 685 755.

FETE: Jevington Village Fete is being held from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday June 13 in the rectory fields next to St Andrews Church. It will be well sign posted and parking is free. Attractions include craft stalls, WI cakes, flower displays, plants, tombola, raffle, bric-a-brac, a tea tent and bar with real local ales. This year, a food festival element has been added. It includes Indian food, Thai stir fry, artisan-made sausage in a bun and traditional English picnic fayre made by Jevington’s own Pop-up restaurant chef Ben Dawson. The fete opens earlier this year so that visitors can sample the extra foods on offer including the four original recipe chutneys made by the villagers to sell on the home produce stall. The Jevington Hot Club Gypsy Jazz Quartet will be providing the musical entertainment. Anna’s Ferret Roulette and Matthew’s Mouse Town are not to be missed and then there is the table cloth trick, three Punch and Judy shows, a coconut shy and beat the goalie. There is also a barrow of booze to be won. The fun dog show has classes for everyone so do take your dog along. Admission to the fete is £2 or £1 for senior citizens and any money raised will be in support of the local community and Demelza Children’s Hospice.

WINDMILL: Polegate/Willingdon Windmill will be holding a music day from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday June 14 organised by Gerry Page. His select band of talent will entertain on the mill plat together with any local musicians who would like to participate on the day.