Down Your Way: Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington - March 21

POLEGATE WINDMILL: During the mild autumn and early winter, volunteers have been able to work on the exterior of the mill where the mortar of the tower below the gallery has been renovated and treated with a temporary sealing coat of synthapruf.

Three supporting frames of the gallery have been dismantled and new horizontals mortared in place.

The new season starts on April 8 when the mill will be open every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm until the end of October. There are also special events such as the Wednesday activities for children in August, the bread day, mills day and the annual fete. It is just £5 to become a member of Polegate Windmill and have the quarterly newsletter ‘The Spout’ sent to you with all the up to date information.

This also entitles you to free admission to the mill on normal opening days.

Guides and cashiers are urgently needed. Training will be given. Contact Patricia Stevens if you are interested in becoming a cashier or Lawrence Stevens if you would like to become a guide. Ring 734496.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Jam night with live music and open mic is to-day Wednesday March 21 from 8pm. On Saturday March 24 Alex Gold is providing the entertainment starting at 8.30pm and on Sunday March 25 from 1.30pm there will be mellow acoustic music from Owen Donovan – all at the Wheatsheaf in Church Street Willingdon.

TRIANGLE LADIES CLUB will be meeting at 2.15pm tomorrow Thursday March 22 at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue Willingdon, when Mr Kevin Gordon will be giving a talk entitled ‘The lost village of Tidemills’.

The competition is ‘present from abroad’.

BUTTS BROW WI will be meeting at 2.15pm tomorrow Thursday March 22 at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street when Mrs Betty Houghton will be giving a talk entitled ‘My time at Bletchley Park’.

BOX OPENING: Parishioners at St Mary’s Church Willingdon have been saving their odd coins throughout the year for the Children’s Society which helps vulnerable youngsters.

Saturday March 24 is the box opening day in St Mary’s Church Hall between10am and 12 noon, and the money counted. Refreshments and cakes are also available and there will be some stalls and a raffle.

THE SOUTH Downs Youth Orchestra will be giving a concert of Haydn’s Symphony No 22 at 10am on Saturday March 24 in St Andrew’s Church Jevington. Tea, coffee and biscuits will also be served.

A JUMBLE SALE will be held at Willingdon Community School in Broad Road from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday March 24. All proceeds will be shared between the Hawassa Project in Ethiopia and the Eastbourne Matthew 25 Mission for the homeless.

The Hawassa Project is a joint project between Willingdon School and the young people in Hawassa. The students at Willingdon School have been raising funds for a building in Hawassa which will act as a youth centre, library and café. Part of the objective is to raise awareness and give counselling in the fight to prevent HIV and AIDS and in particular to help the orphans.

Through work and education, the students in Hawassa will be more able to help themselves. For further information please contact Mrs J Herkes on 485254 ext 222.

LONE STAR LINERS are having a line dance social from 7.15pm to 10.30pm on Saturday March 24 at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros on 504463.

JUSTINE will be providing the entertainment at The British Queen at Willingdon Triangle from 8.30pm on Saturday, March 24.

SPORT RELIEF MILE: Doreen Giller is once again organising an annual ‘Sport Relief Mile.’ It will take place in Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground on Sunday March 25 at 2pm and has the support of Willingdon & Jevington Parish Council.

WAGS (Walkers of all Generations) are being encouraged to take part in this event. Sponsor forms can be obtained from the parish council office in Gorringe Valley Road or ring Doreen on 501610.

STAINER’S CRUCIFIXION will be performed at St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 7.30pm on Monday March 26. The conductor is Michael Stumbles and the organist is Fr Michael Maine. Taking part will be the augmented church choir with soloists – tenor Rodney Brown and bass Mike Barber. Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection supporting Children with Cancer.

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a planning meeting at 7.30pm on Monday March 26 at Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council office in Gorringe Valley Road. Meetings are open to the public. For further information please ring the parish office on 489603 or 489104.

TRINITY CHURCH: The uniformed organisations will be having their Easter service at 6pm on Tuesday March 27 at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue – open to all.

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs, Miss & Ms) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday March 28 at St Mary’s Church Hall in Church Street. The speaker will be Graham Albon and his subject is ‘Japan – the Nakasendo Trail’.

ART TUITION: Teresa Currie will be running a six week art course in the newly refurbished community room at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue Willingdon starting on Wednesday April 18 from 7pm to 9pm. The course will cover drawing skills, watercolour techniques, pen and ink drawing, pastel and charcoal, figure drawing, perspective drawing, and acrylic and mixed media. Refreshments will be provided. The cost is £10 per session or £50 for all six classes. Teresa has over 30 years’ artistic experience. For further information call 01323 501231.

JAN GUTHRIE

Tel: 01323 501315