TRINITY DINERS: Will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall at noon today, Friday. The menu is fruit juice, roast gammon and pineapple or celeriac and lentil gratin, new potatoes and mixed salads, followed by fruit sponge and cream and tea or coffee. The meals are £5.50 each. To book a place, please ring Jennie early on 01323 484189 or go along to the hall at 12 noon and check for cancellations.
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 Eastbourne through the ages. Visitors are welcome. The fee is just £2.
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.
STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beaden will be at the junction of Coopers Hill and Eastbourne Road today, Friday, at 6pm. Do go along and discuss any issues relevant to her work. For further information please ring PCSO Ali Beaden on 101 ext 68233 or her mobile 07787 685 755.
ST MARY’S CHURCH: The church presents a Tudor Fayre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2.30pm. Stalls are being set up on Friday and will mainly be situated in the church hall, and light refreshments can be purchased in the adjoining room. The areas surrounding the church will also be utilised and part of Church Street will be closed to traffic for the duration of the fayre. One of the added attractions this year is a Tudor style hat competition for all ages and there will be hat parades to be judged and prizes to be won. The itinerary for the day is as follows: 9.50am bells ring out to open the fayre; 10am grand opening parade along Church Street with the Kingfisher Band. Henry VIII will arrive on horseback with his entourage of finely dressed courtiers and followers, some of them in specially made Tudor hats and at 10.15am the king will be performing on his lute for the waiting crowds in the arena. At 10.35am there will be a Tudor dance display, followed by SAMA martial arts at 10.40am and then the recorder ensemble at 11am. At 11.30am the Chalk Hill Toddler Group will be parading in the arena followed by an all-ages hat parade. The bells will be rung at 11.55am, the skittles competition is at 12pm, a lute performance is at 12.20pm, Tudor dance display at 12.35pm, Noteworthy Voices at 12.45pm, the bells ring out at 1pm, Henry VIII performs at 1.15pm, the croquet competition is at 1.30pm, children’s music is at 1.55pm, Noteworthy Voices at 2.05pm and at 2.20pm the announcement of the winners and the grand draw will be made. Meanwhile in the children’s area there will be activities especially for the younger folk all with a Tudor theme, including story-telling, shield-making, jester hats, learning how to juggle balls and making musical instruments. The children will also be taught to sing Tudor songs and may give a musical performance in the main arena about 1.50pm. Some activities and times may be subject to slight changes.
ARCHIVES: Don’t forget to look at the archives which will be displayed in St Mary’s Church tomorrow, Saturday.
LONE STAR LINERS: Will be having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The cost is £5 per person to include tea or coffee and biscuits. For tickets or further information please contact Ros Burtenshaw on 01323 504463 or 07542 738408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website at www.lonestarliners.co.uk.
LINE DANCING CLASSES: Ros Burtenshaw also teaches line dancing so that the Lone Star Liners can enjoy their social evenings even more. On Mondays Ros teaches at St Saviour’s and St Peter’s Church in Spencer Road Eastbourne. Beginners come for the 10.30am to 11.15am class followed by the improvers from 11.30am to 12.30pm. On Tuesdays Ros is teaching the intermediates from 11.30am to 1pm at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street. She is at the Memorial Hall again on Fridays when it is the turn of the beginners from 10am to 10.50am followed by the improvers from 11am to noon.
TEA PARTY: Tomorrow, Saturday, is a very important date when you are cordially invited down the rabbit hole to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Trinity Church Hall. It takes place at 2.30pm so don’t be late. In addition to the tea party, there will be entertainment, and plant and gift stalls. The tea party is in aid of Action for Children and tickets are just £3 each. Please ring 01323 501290 for tickets or further information.
DAVID DEELEY: Will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.
STONE JUNCTION: Will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.
ANNUAL FETE DAY: Polegate/Willingdon Windmill will be holding their annual Summer Fete from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. The mill plat will be filled with stalls of cakes, plants, books and bric-a-brac. There will also be a variety of games, side shows and souvenirs. Strawberry cream teas will be available and tours of the four floors of the mill can be taken. Entertainment by Con Brio will include popular music, blues, swing and jazz.
TRINITY CHURCH: The church is having its own Songs of Praise at 10.30am on Sunday. You are invited to come and take a nostalgic trip back to your childhood and sing favourite hymns and church songs from those days. The service is in aid of Action for Children.
RAMBLERS: St Mary’s Church Ramblers will be meeting at Chalk Farm in Coopers Hill at 10am on Monday ready for a drive to Warbleton for a circular five mile walk via Rushlake Green. There are some gentle climbs and a few stiles. Take a packed lunch.
AGM: JPK Annual General Meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday at Edgmond, The JPK Sussex Project 39-41 Church Street Old Town Eastbourne BN21 1HP. The trustees will be reporting on the charity’s activities during the past year and present the chairman’s report and the accounts to its members and supporters. The meeting usually takes no longer than an hour, followed by refreshments and a trustees’ board meeting at 8.30pm. Should you wish to attend, please notify the chairman and project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker MBE on 01323 486179 or by email at email@example.com so that the relevant papers can be sent out to you prior to the AGM. If you have any questions regarding the accounts, these should be notified to the company secretary prior to the meeting.
BUTTS BROW WI: The WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall for a beetle drive.
ROBOT TALK: If you visited any of the Friends of the Eastbourne Hospital’s open gardens, some of which were in this area or close by, you may be aware that the Friends are raising money for the Da Vinci surgical robot which is already providing prostate cancer keyhole surgery at Eastbourne District General Hospital. At 7pm on Thursday, urology consultant Mr Peter Rimington will be giving a talk entitled ‘so what is a robot anyway?’ The talk will be in the lecture theatre, Education Centre, Eastbourne DGH where there is disabled access. There will be free parking and tickets are available on the night, but please contact the Friends’ office to book your seat first by ringing 01323 438236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . The talk will last about an hour and refreshments will be provided afterwards.
ARCHAEOLOGY: The second Eastbourne Archaeological Symposium entitled The Eastbourne and Willingdon Prehistoric Lagoon will be held at the Birley Centre, Carlisle Road Eastbourne from 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday July 25. This year’s symposium explores the archaeology of the Willingdon and Eastbourne Levels and what has become known as the Eastbourne and Willingdon Prehistoric Lagoon as it spans the marsh-land of the two parishes.
The programme will include the nationally important site of Shinewater, the excavation of Pococks Cottages, the possible site of the ancient Manor of Radmeld Beverington and the amazing recent muti-period excavation of Pococks Field to the east of Kings Drive near the District General Hospital and at present being developed.
You will hear about these sites from the people who directed the excavations and there will be an opportunity to question the speakers after their illustrated lectures. There will be displays in the reception area including one featuring a display on Shinewater presented by West Rise Junior School and a second on the archaeological work on the site of Morrison’s at Arkwright Road by Dr Michael Allen. Other displays will include the Eastbourne Borough Council’s Heritage Department and The Sussex School of Archaeology. The society’s publications will be on sale as well as an extensive collection of second hand local history and archaeological books. Tickets are £10 available from J Warren on 01323 731792 or www.eastbournearchaeology.org.uk . For further information please contact Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496.
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