DOWN YOUR WAY (July 10th): Stone Cross, Westham and Hankham

HANKHAM’S got it back. Having taken part in the local Small School’s Stoolball Tournament recently, they were able to take the trophy back to the school. The event was at Firle Cricket Club and involved schools in the Wealden & District Small Schools Association (WDSSA). It was a long, hot day but this did not prevent Hankham winning all their matches quite comprehensively. Very well done to Alex Targett, Reagan Stevens, Adam Bateman, Kia Murphy, Owen Jones, Georgia Donoghue, Matt Astle, Bethany Ellenger and Ethan Drury for doing so well. Also, thanks to the parents who went along and supported.

ST LUKE’S Community Market is held every Friday in the Parish Centre, 10am-noon, and is still going strong. The farm stall always has a good selection of fresh vegetables and fruit (in season) and fresh eggs: Margaret and John have bird seed and bird boxes together with a range of plants, herbs and vegetable for planting out; and Paul has a variety of house and garden flowers to tempt anybody. Not every stall is there every week and on some weeks you will find knitted goods, jewellery and other displays to tempt you. Of course, there is always time for a refreshing cup of tea or coffee and the odd crumpet or two. The stalls are all run by local people for the benefit of the local community.

ART CLASSES are being held in small, informal groups for all abilities, taught by an experienced, qualified tutor and artist, in a working studio, Stone Cross area. There are various courses available including Drawing for the Terrified, Drawing Improvers, Introduction to Abstract Art, Landscape Drawing and Painting, Wildlife Art and Life Studies Improvers. In addition various Summer Schools have been arranged for August as follows: Keeping a sketchbook (August 7/8) 10am-4.30pm, one-hour unch, fee £70; Introduction to Papermaking, August 14/15, 10am-4.30pm, one-hour lunch, fee £70; Intro to Mosaics, Aug 9/10 and Aug 16/17, 10am-4.30pm one-hour lunch, fee £140. New teaching studio in Eastbourne from September within easy reach of buses and trains. More details from Roz Nathan MA PGCE - or Mobile 07913 080061 (call or text); Tel 01323 730239 or Email or

WHY ATTEND a school near the seaside and not go as an organised party? The infants from Hankham School recently took the opportunity, as on that particular day the weather was excellent, and after being delivered to Polegate Station by their parents, it was all aboard the train to Eastbourne. A walk through the town to the seafront followed as the children made their way down to the beach ready to look for interesting objects and create some natural artwork; a visit to the pier to meet the fishermen and see the glassblowers; a trip on the Dotto Train - and then off to Prince’s Park for lunch and a play. Well done to all the children and a big thanks to all the staff for their hard work.