Down Your Way Willingdon - June 6th

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LOCAL HISTORY: Members of Polegate and Willindon Local History Society were saddened to hear president and founder member June Broady had died. Their condolences go out to her family.

The club’s inaugural meeting was held on October 23, 2003. June felt a local history society was needed to bring about awareness of things past and almost forgotten in Polegate, Willingdon and indeed the whole county of Sussex’

Club members enjoyed a recent outing to Scotney Castle with its picturesque gardens. The next outing is to Eltham Palace on September 12.

A morning guided tour of Seaford led by Kevin Gordon has also been arranged, followed by lunch and a visit to the museum housed in the Martello Tower. There will also be an afternoon local walk to Pevensey and Westham to see the historical sights of over 20 listed buildings with a visit to the Court House Museum and a cream tea.

The club celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at its next meeting on Friday, June 15. It will be organised by the refreshments team of Pam Watson and vice president Allen Oxenham, and there will be a royal toast among the flags, bunting and a themed raffle.

Non-members are welcome to all events. Meetings are at St John’s Church Hall Polegate. Ring Margaret on 484293 or Cyndy on 486208 for further information.

THE Parish Council thanks the sponsors who made Music in the Park possible, including Hedley Visick, Peter Shoesmith, The British Queen, St Anne’s Veterinary Group, Willingdon Dental Practice, Willingdon Residents’ Association, Wilmoths and The Landscape Group.

A DIAMOND Jubilee celebration takes place at Willingdon library today (Wednesday), 1pm-4pm, with themed activities, games and quizzes, book sale and refreshments.

THE WHEATSHEAF: The jam night is Wednesday, June 6, from 8pm. On Saturday, June 9, the popular band Gadzooks entertain from 8.30pm.

BRITISH QUEEN: Sound of the Crowd perform at The British Queen from 8.30pm on Saturday, June 9, and Jazz Caverners will be there on Sunday, June 10, 1pm -3pm.

FROM 7pm- 9pm tomorrow (Thursday) Alan Grindle will cook one of his special recipes as part of the monthly Red Lion on Tour. This month’s recipe is from Peru. It is advisable to book (502062).

TRIANGLE Lace Club members meet at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue from 10am to 2pm on Saturday June 9. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment, and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including tea and coffee is £2.50. For further information ring Rowena Gausden on 484165.

MUSIC RECITAL: Michael Stumbles will present one of his popular music recitals at 7.30pm on Monday, June 11, at St Mary’s Church in Church Street, Willingdon. Those performing will include the Recital Choir with guest soloists and instrumentalists. There will be solos and ensembles with a mixed variety of pieces. Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection for Children with Cancer.

THE GLEN CHORALE, under the direction of Mr Robin Moray, a graduate of Trinity College of Music, will give two afternoon concerts starting at 2.30pm in Wannock Village Hall. The dates are Monday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 13. The concerts are entitled ‘a Veritable Salmagundi’ (varied musical delights). Included in the concert are two Macedonian folk songs and ‘O Jesu Christe’ by Jacquet de Berchem (1505-1565), Vilia from The Merry Widow, and ‘Little David play on yo’ harp’ arranged by Malcolm Sargent. Tickets, £5 each, include tea. Call Mrs Vi Robinson on 767209.

THE quarterly meeting of Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch takes place at 2.30pm on Monday, June 11, in the vestry of Trinity Church, Willingdon. It will be chaired by Cllr Ray Ingram. If you would like to be a street co-ordinator contact Cllr Ingram on 508634.

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs, Miss & Ms) meet at 8pm on Wednesday, June 13, at St Mary’s Church Hall in Church Street. The speaker will be coxswain Mark Sawyer talking about the Eastbourne Lifeboat.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beadon is at Freshwater Square at 11am on Wednesday, June 13. The next day she will be at the junction of Willingdon Way and Meadows Road at 11am. PCSO Beadon can also be contacted on 101 extension 69304 or on her mobile 07787 685755.

WILLINGDON’S GOT TALENT will be taking place at St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 7.30pm on Friday June 15. The evening will be compered by professional ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and the judges are Ric Scott from Sovereign Radio, Canon Fr Martin Onions and Mrs A Bissell. The best and most enthusiastic performers will then be asked to appear at ‘The Big Top’ Summer Fair in the church grounds on Saturday July 21 between 10am and 2.30pm. The annual Summer Fair is the church’s main fund raising event. Application forms for the Willingdon’s Got Talent evening can be obtained from the church parish office on 501763, The Red Lion or The Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village, but the forms need to be in ASAP. Also on June 15 at 6pm the judges will be choosing a prince and princess aged over eight years to open the fair on July 21 who will be available to carry out various duties on the day. Application forms for this can also be picked up from the church parish office or from White Lavender in Freshwater Square or Willingdon Stores in Wish Hill. Spectators are welcome at the Willingdon’s Got Talent evening and the admission charge is just £1. For further details call Serena on 439539 or Canon Fr Martin Onions on 502079.

POLEGATE Windmill opens on Sunday, June 17, 2pm-5pm. Strawberry teas will be served from 3pm-5pm and guided tours of the mill will be conducted during the afternoon. The cost is £1 for adults, 50p for children. There are still a few vacancies for volunteers to act as guides or cashiers and training will be given. Enquires on 734496.