DOWN YOUR WAY (July 4th): Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

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SAD FAREWELL: It was very sad to say ‘Goodbye’ to Alan and Caroline Grindle at the Red Lion in Willingdon Village on June 22. They had been the licensees for the past three years and had built up a loyal clientele, many being present that evening to wish them well.

Caroline and Alan are a lovely friendly couple and I’m sure whatever they decide, they will do well. They wish all their customers for their loyal support. The new licensees are Nicky and Gavin Finnis, and exactly a week later, the Red Lion had opened for drinks and is now open for food.

THE Flower Festival at Jevington Church to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was visited by hundreds. It brought the community together as visitors admired the beautiful floral arrangements. The flower arrangements were breathtaking, and there were also paintings from pre-school children which will be displayed in Willingdon Library. The event netted a fantastic £2,200 for the church. The committee thanks all the enthusiastic participants, generous donors, sponsors and visitors.

THE Chalk Farm Learning Disabilities Centre in Coopers Hill Willingdon’s Summer Fete raised £1,300 in just two hours. Hotel manager Annie Smith thanks the volunteers and all who came to support the event.

VOICE AND SPIRIT: As part of the twinning between Polegate and District and Appen in Germany, the German gospel choir Voice and Spirit visited East Sussex (June 22-June 27) as guests of Concentus Chorale. The visiting choir stayed in individual homes. The few days were jam-packed with concerts, rehearsals and sight-seeing trips. It had been a very happy and successful few days and many friendships were forged.

WHO Saw Marjorie Daw is a comic mystery set in 1968 London. Produced by the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company, this open-air production -will be performed in the grounds of Filching Manor at 7.30pm tonight (Wednesday). Tickets are £12 for adults but there are concessions. For more details contact the organiser on therudes@btinternet.com

WILLINGDON Flower Club members will meet at 1.45pm on July 6 in Willingdon Memorial Hall, to take part in the Edith Pierce competition entitled ‘Artistic Impressions’ which will be judged by Barbara Harris. The club invites the public to come along at 2.30pm and join them for a summer tea. Tickets are £4.

WILLINGDON WI is hosting a charity coffee morning in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, 10am-noon on July 7 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Entrance is £1 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Attractions include cakes, produce, plants, chocolate tombola, bric-a-brac, books and raffle.

AGE CONCERN Eastbourne is organising a Summer Fair from noon to 4pm on July 7 at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper Kings Drive. Attractions include cakes and produce, bric-a-brac, tombola, refreshments, plants, face painting and a raffle. A magician will also be there from 2pm to 4pm.

POLEGATE Windmill’s annual fete is from 2pm-5pm on July 8. Attractions include cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac, plants and strawberry and cream teas, tours and entertainment. Ruth Flude would be glad to receive offers for the cake stall (486194); Jenny Wells the plant stall (487671); Bric-a-brac to Patricia or Lawrence Stevens (734496). Alternatively, contributions could be taken along at the start of the fete. Help is always appreciated for special events or during normal opening hours - 2pm to 5pm on Sundays from April to October.

STREET meeting: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and Anderida Road at 1pm on July 11. On July 12 she will be at the junction of Winchester Way and Downs Road at 1pm. Do go and meet her. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 69304 or on 07787 685755.