Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

CONGRATULATIONS: To Jill Parker who has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Jill, who lives in Willingdon, is the project co-ordinator of the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability. But the award is in recognition of her tireless work over the past 35 years for children and adults with a learning disability and their parents.

FUND RAISING: Jill Parker is supported by family and friends as well as the wider community and there are several fundraising events planned for this month. A team of cyclists are taking part in the London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday in aid of JPK. They have their own sponsorship forms, but if you would like to donate to this event, go to the JPK website at www.thejpkproject.co.uk and click on donate and specify which event you are supporting.

AFTERNOON TEA: Maureen and John Males are hosting afternoon tea in their lovely gardens at the Cottage in Dittons Road Polegate BN26 6HS at 3pm on Wednesday in aid of JPK. A delicious tea will be served along with the sale of scarves, jewellery, handbags and a raffle. To book your ticket please ring Maureen on 01323 482011.

FIREWALK: This event in aid of JPK is being organised by Karen Hurst. It is run by Time4Change and is described as a life-saving experience which will help you face your fears. The venue is Eastbourne Town Hall. If you would like to be one of the fire walkers, it is essential to attend the seminar in the assembly hall at 7pm prior to the actual Flaming June Charity Firewalk which starts at 9pm. Karen is taking part and also Jill Parker and her mother Sylvia Westley who is 94 years of age. To enter this event please contact Karen on 07944 867463. The cost is £15 and any sponsorship money you can raise for JPK would be very much appreciated. Alternatively go onto the JPK website and sponsor Karen or Jill. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided on the night.

THE MAYOR OF EASTBOURNE: Cllr Janet Coles has chosen the JPK Sussex Project and RNLI Eastbourne Life Boats as her charity for the year 2015/2016.

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS: Who practice at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue are celebrating a special milestone this year, their Silver Jubilee. A concert to mark the twenty five years was to have taken place later this month at their sister church, St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in Blackwater Road. Unfortunately the date clashes with the tennis finals at Devonshire Park and no parking will be allowed anywhere near St Andrew’s. The concert has now been scheduled for Saturday August 1.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners’ lunch at Trinity Church Hall is today, Friday, at noon. The menu is fruit juice, chicken supreme or a vegetarian option, rice and roasted vegetables, followed by bread pudding and custard and tea or coffee. To reserve a place, please ring Jennie on 01323 484189 early today or go along to Trinity Church Hall at noon to check for cancellations. Meals are priced at £5.50.

LOCAL HISTORY: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting from 7pm to 9pm today, Friday, at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. The talk is on Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. A microphone with a loop system is used for the benefit of the deaf and hard of hearing at all talks. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £2.

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING: Will be launching an art exhibition from 2pm to 4pm today, Friday. The exhibition will consist of art work produced by Sunrise residents. Entries from a local primary school and local residents have also been included. At the launching, visitors are served champagne and canapes. The exhibition will continue until Friday June 26.

FLOWER CLUB: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a practice meeting. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

MID SUMMER FETE: Willingdon Traders are organising a fete from 1pm to 6pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Triangle with over 40 stalls. Attractions include kids’ fancy dress, dog shows, haggis hurling, and a bakeoff. Take your own cake to be judged. There will also be a bouncy castle, hog roast, fire and rescue, charity fundraisers, food stalls, face painting, tug of war, brass band, plants, Polefit, Zumba, Karate and a tombola. Maureen Copping will be in the British Queen with books on local history and she is conducting a Lower Willingdon quiz. All proceeds are for the JPK Sussex Project and Polegate Children with Cancer.

ATOMIC HOTSHOTS: Will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

FATHERS’ DAY SERVICES: On Sunday the services will take place at 9.30am at East Dean and at Jevington Church at 11.15am.

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

OPEN GARDEN: The lovely gardens at Flint House at 14 Church Street Willingdon BN20 9HR will be open to the public from 10.30am to 12.30pm and then from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday.

THE 3 MMM’s: This club will be having an American supper at 8pm on Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when members will all be taking a plate of food to share plus their own drink and a glass, a plate and cutlery.

STREET MEETING: The next police street meeting is at 11am on Thursday at the junction of Mortimer Gardens and Millstream Gardens. Do go along and discuss any issues relevant to the work of the PCSO Ali Beaden. For further information ring her on 101 ext 68233 or her mobile 07787 685 755.

BUTTS BROW WI: The WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The speaker is Lady Crabtree and her subject is How to Grow Old Disgracefully.

AUCTION OF PROMISES: This event is being held at the Wheatsheaf from 7.30pm on Thursday. The idea is that people offer a service such as dog walking, gardening, ironing, (specifying the amount or time on offer) or perhaps baking a cake or having a small tea party - and then others bid for what they are interested in. The amount raised from the auction of promises will then be added to the proceeds raised at St Mary’s Summer Fair on Saturday July 18, which will help with the maintenance of this lovely old church. Items are still required for the Summer Fair and boxes are at the back of the church for such items as books, bottles, craft, toiletries, toys and bric-a-brac. The boxes are emptied regularly by those who are running the stalls. If you would like to participate in the auction of promises, please contact Trevor Amey (evenings only) on 01323 5026565 or email tjameyoptician@btconnect.com .

CANON MARTIN ONIONS: A memorial service to celebrate the life of Fr Martin will take place at the Church of The Holy Cross Uckfield at 2.30pm on Friday June 26. St Mary’s Church will be providing a coach for those needing transport. The coach will be leaving Willingdon at 1pm and is scheduled to return by 5pm. Those wishing to go should contact either of the church wardens or the parish office no later than Sunday. The cost is £7. Cheques should be made payable to Willingdon PCC. The contact numbers if you are not at church on Sunday are in the Willingdon Parish magazine.

SUMMER FAIR: A Summer Fair and Flower Festival will be held from 10am to noon at St Wilfrid’s Church on Saturday June 27. 
There will be various stalls including cakes, toiletries, books, and jewellery. Admission is free.

ART EXHIBITION: Art Exhibition and sale of paintings, organised by Wilmington Art Group, is from 10am to 5pm on Saturday June 27 and from 10am to 4.30pm on Sunday June 28 in the village hall at Wilmington which is off the A27 between Polegate and Drusillas. Affordable art and cards are for sale and refreshments are available.

Admission is free and there is also free parking in the Long Man car park.

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