Down Your Way: Polegate - May 16

POLEGATE Rambling Club, more details from secretary on 472174, at or email tomorrow (Thursday) include leisurely one from Friston to Birling Gap, two miles easy walk, coffee available, No 12 bus to Friston Pond, meet at pond 10.30am with John S.

Or there is a Laughton circular, five miles, flat walk, approximately six stiles with Alex and Denise.

Or maybe Mayfield in May will be magical, 10 miles, meet at 9.15am, lots of flat, no steep hills, take picnic with Susan and John.

TRINITY Diners next meal is on Friday, May 18, at Trinity Church Hall, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon. Doors open at noon. Meal includes fruit juice, lasagna, salad, banoffee pie, tea and coffee. To reserve a place call Jennie on 484189.

COFFEE morning on Saturday, May 19, at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by the United Reformed Church, all welcome at 10am.

CUCKOO Trail task days, next Monday, May 21, meet at Downline Close, Horam. Bring own food and drink, wear stout-capped boots. Meet on Cuckoo Trail at 10am. Ring Andy on 01273 481637 for more details.

POLEGATE Strollers next walk on May 22, leaving Polegate at 10.13am, bus number 126 to Seaford, walking back over the path to Exceat Bridge. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a drink, also a hiking or walking stick. Lunch or coffee at the Golden Galleon. Bus back via bus no. 12 to Eastbourne. Contact Jayne on email

POLEGATE Gardeners Society meeting on May 24, speaker Chris Stewart talking about “The Fascinating and Secret Life of a Mole”. Meeting held at St Johns Church Hall, Polegate, at 7.30pm. More from Sheila Smith on 483222 or Diana Pierce on 482413.

POLEGATE Sketching and Painting Group meets on Tuesday mornings at Polegate Community Centre and the Bernhard Baron on Monday night. If you want to join a beginner’s class, call Bruce on 484568 or email

AN ARTS and crafts showcase – celebrating a wealth of talent in our community - Trinity Church, Coppice Avenue, Willingdon, on Saturday, May 26, 2pm-5pm. There will be a varied programme of events to include music, dance, Pilates, lace making, flower arranging, card making, exhibitions. Further details on 01323 484189 or email

WANTED any information, pictures or maps of Dunnings watermill, near East Grinstead. Contact Maureen by email or PO Box 2951, Eastbourne, BN20 9WZ

A FEW folk from Eastbourne Local History Society recently visited the Salvation Army Citadel at Pevensey Road, where they were given a guided tour and a talk by Major David Squirrell.

He said how William Booth, with his wife Catherine and son Branwell, left the Methodist church in Derby and moved to London’s East End, where he and his family helped the poor of the district and started up the organization we now know as the Salvation Army