Down Your Way (June 27th): Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

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THE sun shone brightly as Richard Morgan started his sponsored bike ride on May 27, waved off by members of St Mary’s Church, Willingdon. The object was to raise money towards the purchase of a house in the Willingdon Trees area for a parish worker to serve the church and the local community.

On June 17, Richard arrived back in Willingdon in time to cycle up the aisle of St Mary’s Church at the end of morning service. He was welcomed by Bp David Wilcox who congratulated him on his epic journey, during which the sun had quickly turned to continual rain.

Richard’s clothes, sleeping bag and tent were soaked through, necessitating a visit to a launderette. People were very generous, and he had one or two comfortable nights in private accommodation to regain strength. On one occasion, the chain and sprockets on his bike broke and Richard had to wait while they were repaired.

But undaunted he managed to visit nine cathedrals in the south and very nearly completed the 500 miles – the target he had set himself. Not bad for a 70-year-old!

Fr Martin Onions had the easier task of completing 500 miles on a static cycle in the church. To date more than £8,000 has been raised.

I WASN’T able to attend the Glen Chorale’s recent concerts at Wannock Hall but heard from several people unconnected with the choir that it was outstanding.

A report sent to me reads: “The Glen Chorale, under the direction of Robin Moray, gave two excellent recitals to capacity audiences.

“Vi Robinson introduced a varied programme - some items accompanied by Graham Dibbens, many unaccompanied.

“The programme started with Negro Spirituals and David Nunn then sang a rousing version of ‘Old Father Thames’. ‘Stabat Mater’ by Zoltan Kodaly was beautifully sung as was Van Berchem’s ‘O Jesu Christe’. David Thorpe sang a Newfoundland love song and Janet Togut ‘Si mes vers avaient des ailes’ – a poem by Victor Hugo. Songs from West Side Story and Franz Lehar’s ‘The Merry Widow’ added lively melodies to this recital.”

THE theme of this year’s Summer Fair in the grounds and hall of St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, on July 21 is The Circus. But I believe a juggler is still needed.

Preparations are going well. The young Prince and Princess to open the show at 10am have been chosen - Jack Watkins and Maxine Staplehurst and their official duties will include drawing the winning tickets for the various competitions at 2pm and presenting prizes.

Two entertainers taking part on the day will be 12-year-old saxophonist Tom Sangster and seven-year-old Matthew Wakefield.

Matthew sang ‘any dream will do’ from ‘Joseph’ at the recently held Willingdon’s Got Talent competition. There were 13 competitors so the boys did well.

Pick up a yellow Big Top leaflet from the back of the church hall. As well as information regarding church archives, various stalls and activities – there will also be details of a vegetable competition, best dressed potato competition and cake competition.

THE total raised for Christian Aid from the door-to-door collections in Willingdon was £2,471.52, £498 more than last year. Thanks to the collectors, those who counted the money and particularly Willingdon residents who gave so generously.

TRIANGLE Ladies Club meets at 2.15pm tomorrow (Thursday) Jat Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue Willingdon, for a Peter Hill illustrated talk on Guernsey. The competition is entitled A Rose.

BUTTS Brow WI meets at 2.15pm tomorrow (Thursday) at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street when Cynthia O’Neill gives a talk entitled Nurse in the trenches.

WANNOCK Artists: On Friday June 29 at 7pm Brian Smith’s watercolour demonstration will be a market scene with figures. Visitors welcome - admission £3.

ALFIE Noakes entertains customers at the Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm on Saturday, June 30. Country singer Abigail is at the British Queen also at 8.30pm on June 30.

WHO Saw Marjorie Daw is a comic mystery set in 1968 London. Produced by the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company, it is an open air production and will be performed in the grounds of Filching Manor at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 4. It’s best to get there early; take a picnic, some drink, folding chair, blanket, torch or lantern and hope for good weather. Tickets are £12 for adults with various concessions. For more details contact the organiser on .

AGE Concern Eastbourne has a Summer Fair, noon-4pm on Saturday July 7 at Sunrise Senior Living Upper Kings Drive. Attractions include cakes and produce, bric-a-brac, tombola, refreshments, plants, face painting and a raffle. A magician will perform, 2pm-4pm.

POLEGATE Windmill’s annual fete is from 2pm-5pm on Sunday, July 8. Attractions include cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac, plants and strawberry and cream teas. Music is provided by newly-named Con Brio, who entertained so successfully - last year under the name of Red Box.

Ruth Flude would be glad to receive offers of cakes (call 486194). Jenny Wells would appreciate anything ‘plant’ (487671) and bric-a-brac is welcome, Patricia or Lawrence Stevens (734496).