Down Your Way: Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

CHALK Farm Hotel in Coopers Hill, Willingdon, is now open Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm, last orders 9pm. There will be a standard menu l be supplemented each month with cuisine from a particular country.

During the weekdays, Chalk Farm Hotel and the garden centre behind the hotel give training and work experience to people with a learning difficulty. Do pay them a visit. The garden centre has a large selection of plants and shrubs and you can get expert advice from Graeme or Sue.

IT’S RHYME-time at Willingdon Library in Coppice Avenue for babies and toddlers, 10.40am- 11am tomorrow (Thursday).

JEVINGTON and Filching WI meets at 2pm Thursday, March 8, in Trinity Church Hall Coppice Avenue when speaker Dr Joanna Shawcross wil talk on Hospital in Africa. The exhibition is My favourite Badge

WILLINGDON WI meets at 2.15pm on Thursday, March 8, at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street. The speaker is Mr N Sadler and his subject - A Policeman’s Lot Can Be Quite an Interesting One.

THE Gargen Growers meet at 6.30pm on Thursday, March 8, at the Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village when guest speaker Mike Thompson will give a short talk on preparing for the tomato season.

On Saturday, March 10, from 8.30pm, Wheatsheaf entertainment will be provided by Sam Calver.

The Wheatsheaf quiz is on Tuesday, March 13, starting 8.30pm.

PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Wannock Avenue and Hazel Grove at 10am on Thursday March 8 and at the Paragon (near number 1) at noon. Go along and meet her, particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss. She can also be contacted by ringing 101 ext 69304 or on 07787 685755.

FOLLOWING the theft of lead from the roof of St Mary’s Church Hall last April, another church has been targeted in Willingdon - and not for the first time. A contractor working on flats adjacent to Trinity Church at the beginning of February noticed lead flashing had been removed from the church roof. The police and insurance company have been informed. Some damage has also been caused to the interior. Despite that, the hall is still available for hire, with excellent facilities. Call 07901971527 or email .

THE Arts Festival scheduled to take place at Willingdon Community School, which was being organised by Churches Together in Polegate, Willingdon and Jevington for March 10 has unfortunately had been postponed to a later date.

MEETING: At the Willingdon and Jevington full parish council meeting on February 17, Andy Watkins was co-opted as an independent parish councillor.

It was a ‘colourful’ meeting with a group of about 15 to 20 residents protesting at the killing of rabbits at Jevington Recreation Ground – ‘in the name of sport’. The rabbits have been digging holes in the ground used for cricket. There was also a request by a resident for traffic calming in Wannock Avenue.

MARTIN Riddington provides the entertainment at the British Queen at Willingdon Triangle, from 8.30pm on Saturday March 10.The next day, 1pm-3pm, Leigh Baker entertains.

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs, Miss and Ms) meet at 8pm on Wednesday March 14 in St Mary’s Church Hall Willingdon when speaker Roger McKenna will give a talk entitled ‘Surviving in Soho in the 1850s.

THERE is a Jumble Sale at Willingdon Community School in Broad Road, 10am-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. For further details call Mrs J Herkes on 485254 ext 222.

ESDA: The Polegate and Willingdon branch of the East Sussex Disability Association arranges coach outings on the third Friday of the month and on the last Wednesday of the month for housebound residents and those with disabilities. Door to door service is offered with designated accessible coaches and fully qualified driver attendants. The costs are kept as low as possible. Contact volunteer co-ordinator Marianne Colliard on 514531 email or check the website .

KEEP FIT for men between the ages of about 30 and 60 plus, takes place at Willingdon Community School on Monday evenings. This is a small informal group with the emphasis on fun. Contact the organiser first to check on availability of places. Ring Mike on 483680 or email .

JAN GUTHRIE, Tel: 01323 501315