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TOM FITZPATRICK: will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm on Saturday July 25, and guitarist Denise Roberts will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf – same time and date.

THE JEVINGTON HOT CLUB: with their gypsy jazz, entertains customers at the Eight Bells in Jevington every Monday evening from 7pm to 9pm. Tuesday is quiz night from 8.30pm. It’s best to book. Ring 01323 484442.

ARCHAEOLOGY: The second Eastbourne Archaeological Symposium entitled ‘The Eastbourne and Willingdon Prehistoric Lagoon’ will be held at the Birley Centre, Carlisle Road Eastbourne from 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday July 25. Among other lectures and discussions, the symposium will also explore the archaeology of the Willingdon and Eastbourne Levels and what has become known as the Eastbourne and Willingdon Prehistoric Lagoon as it spans the marsh-land of the two parishes.
Tickets are £10 available from J Warren on 01323 731792 or www.eastbournearchaeology.org.uk . For further information please contact Lawrence Stevens on 01323 734496.

PRAYER WALK: Fr Clive Woodward will be leading a contemplative prayer walk on Tuesday July 28 from Butts Brow to Jevington. He suggests you think of the walks as mini quiet days, where the countryside becomes a ‘sacrament’ of God’s presence. Meet at St Mary’s Church at 6.30pm when cars can be shared to the starting point at Butts Brow. For further information please ring Fr Clive on 01323 509891 or email him at revd.clive@hotmail.com . This is the first of two walks which Fr Clive will be leading.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: enjoyed an entertaining and informative evening on June 26 when popular international artist Jake Winkle completed three paintings in watercolour of animals during the course of the evening, using his unique interpretation of colour and tone while explaining every stage of his paintings to the enthusiastic audience.
Wannock Artists will be holding their next monthly meeting on Friday July 31 at Wannock Village Hall from 7pm to 9pm. The demonstration will be by popular local artist Nick Englefield who will create ‘a small town shopping scene’ in acrylics. Visitors are very welcome on the night at £4 each which includes refreshments. Contact wannockartists.enquiries@yahoo.co.uk for further information.

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS: who practice at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue Willingdon are celebrating a special milestone this year - their silver jubilee. A concert to mark the twenty five years is to take place at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in Blackwater Road Eastbourne at 3pm on Saturday August 1. Admission is by programme priced at £5 to include refreshments and a lucky number, and can be purchased at the door before the performance. There will be songs from the shows, popular classics and the premiere performance of two pieces by a new local composer. The concert will be supporting ‘Children with Cancer’.

A TEA PARTY: in aid of the Royal British Legion Willingdon branch Poppy Appeal will be held at 2.30pm on Saturday August 8 at Willingdon Memorial Hall Church Street Willingdon. It is to commemorate the 70th year of VJ Day (Victory in Japan). The cost is £7. Please contact Val Godwin for tickets on 01323 503684. Please take along any photographs you may have of VE/VJ parties, other memorabilia, and everyone would love to hear about memories you may have of being a war-time evacuee.

SUMMER GARDEN PARTY: The recently held art exhibition held at Sunrise Senior Living at 6 Upper Kings Drive Willingdon proved to be very popular. The next event for residents and visitors to enjoy is a Summer Garden Party on Friday August 14 when afternoon tea will be served from 2.30pm to 4pm and entertainment will be provided by the Southern Strummers – ukulele band. This is a free event but do ring first to book your place. Contact Emma Viera, director of Community Relations on 01323 525000 or email Eastbourne.DR3@Sunriseseniorliving.com

The JPK SUSSEX PROJECT newsletter: was sent out recently and lists the fund raising events which have occurred over the past three months. It is clear that there is considerable local support for this charity which aims to provide supported residential accommodation for people with a learning disability.
Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council: donated a cheque for £700 for an overhead projector and screen which will be invaluable for presentations to raise the profile of JPK and there was an additional £100 from the parish council chairman Cllr John Pritchett – his personal allowance.
JPK volunteers: ran the café for two days at Bates Green Farm during the blue bell walks’ season and, including the gate money, raised £1,907.90. The Sing-a-Long ‘Saaf Specific by Concentus at Willingdon Community School raised £200 from their raffle. Concentus also donated £500 from the retiring collections at their two summer concerts. Supporters of JPK ran the Brighton Marathon, and from this, over £1000 was raised. An illustrated talk by Alan Hodges raised a further £110 and the sponsored ‘mini bike ride’ also raised £600. East Sussex MG Owners’ Club chose JPK for its charity of the year and donated £600. Further afield there was a Pimms, ploughman’s, plant and preserve sale near Maidstone, raising £1,500. The JPK stall at the Music in the Park event in June raised £120 from the sale of home-made preserves. Beachy Head Masonic Lodge and the Sussex Masonic Lodge each donated £400. The sale of strawberries and cream and home-made preserves at the Willingdon Triangle Traders’ Summer Fete raised £127. A presentation of the money raised from a team of supporters in the London to Brighton bike ride will be made in due course. Afternoon tea at the Cottage in Dittons Road Polegate along with the silent auction and sale of preserves raised £632.15. The ‘buy a brick’ weekend at Langney Shopping Centre raised £143; the raffle at the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company’s outside performance at Filching raised £234; and the sponsored walk/run, the length of the South Downs Way, by Greg Priscott and his friend John on July 10 raised £1,500 – a magnificent result and they were welcomed back at Beachy Head at 7pm by Eastbourne Mayor Cllr Janet Coles, family and friends and JPK supporters. There have also been a number of individual donations plus those from various charitable trusts, so hopefully it won’t be too long before building work can be started.
JPK Sussex Project chairman and project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker MBE would like to thank all those who have supported the charity in any way.

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