DOWN YOUR WAY (July 31st): Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

ON July 22 members of Concentus Chorale met for a BBQ at Bates Green Farm, near Arlington. The choir’s chosen charity is the JPK Project and during the afternoon a cheque for £3,310.59 was presented to the JPK Project co-ordinator, Willingdon resident Jill Parker. It represented money raised during the year from retiring collections at various concerts as well as from other fund raising initiatives.

ARC: The Polegate and Eastbourne branch of Arthritis Research UK recently had two fundraising collections. The one in Willingdon and Polegate on July 14 raised £204.30 and the one at Waitrose in Old Town on July 21 raised £338.37.

CHURCH FAIR: The sun shone brightly for St Mary’s Church Fair with its circus theme, 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 heralded into the arena by the Kingfisher Band along with ringmaster 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 the event had made £4,650 for the church and congratulated all the stall holders and those who had given so generously.

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. Dangerous parking outside the two schools continues to be a concern in term time and will be further discussed at the next meeting after the school summer holidays.

ART TUITION: There are vacancies for the autumn term at a Thursday morning art group, 9.30am-12.30pm at Wannock Hall. Drawing and painting tuition is given by Angela Burnap – mainly in watercolour and pastel. The autumn term starts on September 20. More from Angela on 842113.

POLEGATE WINDMILL: As well as the normal opening hours of 2pm-5pm on Sundays, Polegate Windmill has special events taking place on the Wednesdays in August. Historical Food Day is on August 1 when children aged five years upwards can learn to cook and make bread as in a by-gone age. The cooking takes place on the mill plat – with covering if necessary. There are two sessions, 11am-1pm or -2.30pm-4.30pm. Admission is £3 for children, £1 for accompanying adults, which includes a tour of the mill following each session. Call Mrs Patricia Stevens, 734496, for further details.

On Wednesday, August 8, 2pm to 5pm, there is 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 (731514).

CHAMPAGNE & 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 on August 3, champagne and strawberries will be served at 38 Wish Hill, Willingdon (outdoors weather permitting). Tickets, £10 each, include canapes, beer or soft drinks. Details on 506524 or 646286.

WILLINGDON Flower Club meets at 1.45pm on August 3 at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Gill Sadler will give a demonstration entitled ‘Show Stopper’.

COFFEE MORNING: An ‘Action for Children’s coffee morning’ takes place at 10am on Saturday, August 4 at Trinity Church Hall, Coppice Avenue, Willingdon.

ALEX GOLD will entertain from 8.30pm on August 4 at The Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village.