A TEA PARTY: In aid of the Royal British Legion Willingdon branch Poppy Appeal was held on Saturday August 8 in Willingdon Memorial Hall to commemorate the 70th year of VJ Day (Victory over Japan). The hall and tables were beautifully decorated with red, white and blue bunting. Tea, sandwiches, scones and cakes were served by five of the RBL ladies dressed as 40’s style waitresses. There was a backcloth of a World War II bomber. Memorabilia was displayed on three tables including old ration books, photos and newspaper cuttings. Many remembered the street party in Coppice Avenue. Among the 60 people who attended the tea party were some in their 90’s and late 80’s who could remember the horrors of war. And then there were those a little younger with their stories of being an evacuee. To some children it was an adventure but to others it was traumatic - leaving parents and wondering what was happening at home. A young pianist Susie Wilks played war-time songs for a sing-a-long and Ian White played the bagpipes. A quiz and a raffle took place. Four hundred and twenty one pounds was raised for the Poppy Appeal. It was a most enjoyable occasion for everyone.
On Sunday August 9 after the normal service at St Mary’s Church Willingdon, attended by a packed congregation, a short dedication service for the new RBL standard was held, led by Fr Kevin Askew. Thanks have been expressed to Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council and all those who contributed towards the standard for their generosity and also for providing the funds for the Union Flag.
Members of Willingdon branch RBL meet quarterly at the Red Lion Willingdon. The next meeting will be on Thursday September 17 at 7.30pm.
TRINITY DINERS: Will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall at noon today, Friday. The meals are £5.50 each. To book a place, please ring Jennie early on 01323 484189 or go along to the hall at 12pm to 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 pre-historic Sussex. 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.
MORRIS MEN: The Long Man Morris Men will be at The British Queen at 8pm today, Friday, and then at the Eight Bells in Jevington at 9pm.
PRAYER WALK: Fr Clive Woodward will be leading a contemplative prayer walk tomorrow, Saturday, to Arlington Reservoir and the church. He suggests you think of the walk as a mini quiet day, where the countryside becomes a sacrament of God’s presence. Meet at St Mary’s Church at 10am when cars can be shared to the starting point. For further information please ring Fr Clive on 01323 509891 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org . This is the second of two walks which Fr Clive is leading.
THE JEMS: Will be providing the entertainment at The British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.
HOPS: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society is holding an Open Day from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday. You are invited to go along and visit this art deco cinema and live arts venue. You will be able to look behind the scenes and meet some of the friendly staff and volunteers. Admission is free and open to everybody. Refreshments will be available and there will be a tombola, a lucky seat game and merchandise sales.
MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding an amenities meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.
WANNOCK ARTISTS: Will be holding their annual exhibition over the August Bank Holiday, which is well worth a visit. The paintings will be displayed at Wannock Village Hall and the pre-view is on Friday August 28 from 7pm to 9pm. On the Saturday and Sunday the hours are from 10am to 5.30pm and then on Bank Holiday Monday the paintings can be viewed from 10am to 4pm and any purchases collected towards the end of the exhibition. Admission is free and refreshments are available. There is a disabled access as well as parking near-by. A painting by Nick Englefield has been donated for the raffle. The proceeds of the raffle are for WRAS (East Sussex Wild Life and Rescue Service.
FESTIVAL OF ALE: The Wheatsheaf will be holding their annual Festival of Ale over the Bank Holiday Weekend with a choice of 23 ales and eight ciders. Attractions include barrel rolling, tug-o-war, barbecue, half a yard of ale challenge, lots of stalls and live music including Owen Donovan at 8.30pm on the Saturday. You could welcome back the barrel rollers who will be manoeuvring full firkins of beer across the South Downs from the Beachy Head Brewery with their crazy contraptions on the Saturday morning. It is estimated that they could start arriving about 11.45am. Teams are made up of four people and if you are considering joining in, you could find out more from the bar at the Wheatsheaf. Festival of Ale glasses for 2015 priced at £2 can also be purchased. It should be a good weekend finishing on the Monday night.
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: Willingdon Church Players are planning their next pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk which will be staged on January 27, 28, 29, and 30 with a matinee on January 30. This is an ideal time of the year as things can seem a bit ‘flat’ after Christmas and the New Year celebrations. There will be a read-through in St Mary’s Church Hall at 7pm on Thursday August 27 and this will be followed by informal auditions at 7pm on September 3 and September 10. Rehearsals will then begin at 7pm on Thursday October 8. They will only be once a week on a Thursday up until Christmas but in January they will be held on Mondays and Thursdays. For further information please contact the pantomime director Terry Harvey on 07800 630 761 or the pantomime secretary Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901 or 07708 051 663.
JEVINGTON’S VILLAGE FETE: The fete raised £6,303 a tremendous result. A sum of £630 will go to Demelza Children’s Hospice, and the remainder will be divided between St Andrew’s Church in Jevington, the village hall and Jevington Cricket Club.
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