GREAT WEEKEND: The Music in the Park/Big Lunch at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground went extremely well - the sun eventually coming out. Deputy Lieutenant Bill Shelford and his wife Annette enjoyed a picnic lunch with the chairman of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council John Pritchett and his wife Fran. Mrs Shelford had made a Jubilee cake covered in white icing with raspberries and blueberries on top - depicting the Union Jack. It was shared with stall holders and residents – a nice gesture.
Music was provided by Willingdon Community School students and a number of bands including Wealden Brass.
On the Monday, Cllrs John and Fran Pritchett accompanied by Cllr Colin Wood, Cllr Les Moor and Guy Woodford spent the morning helping farmer Richard Brown build the beacon on the Downs above Willingdon. In the evening, in the grounds of Willingdon Community School, people danced to the music of Pulse and sang patriotic songs with the Downland Singers led by Jennie and Alastair Macfadyen. At 10.15pm the beacon was lit on the Downs - ettended by over 100 people.
The clear evening meant people at Willingdon School could just about see the beacon, while those at the beacon could watch the wonderful firework display in the school grounds. Philip Stokes took some amazing photos of both the beacon and the fireworks.
Cllr John Pritchett said the combined hard work of the parish clerk Andy Beams and assistant clerk Karen Crowhurst was rewarded by the positive feedback received. Special thanks must go to Karen who co-ordinated the events and Richard Brown for all his help in building and lighting the beacon with resident Guy Woodford.
THE talk scheduled for the Garden Growers Group at the Wheatsheaf on June 14 was ‘what plants can best cope with a drought.’ So this had to be changed to ‘how to cope with the amount of rain we have had – how the plants are suffering, and the pests that are devouring our veg.’
WILLINGDON Probus Club meets at 10am for 10.30am to-morrow (Thursday) for a coffee morning at the Red Lion in Willingdon Village.
MEMBERS of St Andrew’s Church in Jevington have a Flower Festival from June 22-24 (Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday 2pm-5pm). The theme of the festival is Jubilee. Exhibits and arrangements will represent significant items, places and events in a glorious 60-year reign. Local church guides, flower clubs, church groups, schools, businesses and the community are all playing their part in this event. There will also be paintings and posies from local children and also a musical element to add another dimension to the occasion. It will be the ideal time for visitors to see this beautiful old church in the South Downs. Refreshments will be available.
ST WILFRIDS’S Church in Broad Road Willingdon is celebrating 50 years since the church was built. From 3pm to 5pm on Saturday, June 23, there is a tea party in the church hall with memorabilia spanning the last five decades on display.
VOICE AND SPIRIT: As part of the twinning between Polegate and District and Appen in Germany, the German gospel choir Voice and Spirit comes to East Sussex from June 22-June 27. The German choir will stay with Concentus Chorale members living in Polegate, Willingdon, Eastbourne and at the Sovereign Harbour. Their programme is jam packed with concerts, rehearsals and sight-seeing trips. Two free public concerts have been planned with both choirs taking part - at 8pm on Sunday, June 24, at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate, and at 7.45pm on Monday, June 25, at Eastbourne Town Hall. Ring 487711 for the concert at St John’s (retiring collection for the church) or 500001 for the Town Hall concert (retiring collection for the JPK Project).
PAUL’S Disco entertain at the British Queen from 8.30pm on Saturday June 23 and Mel sings from 8.30pm at the Wheatsheaf, Willingdon Village.
LONE Star Liners have a line dance social, 7.15pm-10.30pm, on Saturday, June 23, at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street. Admission is £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros on 504463.
CHALK FARM Learning Disability Centre in Coopers Hill Willingdon has a Summer Fete, 11am to 4pm on Sunday, June 24. It will be opened by Eastbourne mayor Mike Thompson and MP Stephen Lloyd will also be present. The M25 Singers will entertain, 11am-noon; noon-3pm the Groove Jazz Band; 1pm-2pm line dancing. Other attractions include barbecued hot dogs and burgers, various games, homemade cakes, raffles, lucky dip and tombola. Stallholders will sell home-made wares – including woodcraft, crackers, greetings cards, silk cushions, jewellery, hand-sewn items, home-made jams and marmalade and bric-a-brac. In the garden centre behind the hotel where there is a wide selection of plants. Admission is 50p for adults, children free.
JUDGING commences during the week of June 25 for the cottage garden category in Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council’s Willingdon in Bloom competition.
WILLINGDON Football Club has recently paid £700 to the Sussex Football Association and the Mid Sussex League to cover all three teams for the coming season. The club is now looking for sponsorship towards new training equipment and kit. Weekly pre-training sessions starts 7pm on Wednesday, July 4, at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground. If you want to get involved ring John Shepherd on 734344.