DOWN YOUR WAY: Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE RED LION recently had a charity quiz which raised £69 for the Alzheimer’s Society. The winners of the quiz will be choosing the charity to support at the next quiz on November 22.

On Friday November 2 there will be a Halloween Party and disco at the Red Lion with optional fancy dress. Food will be served from 6pm to 8pm. The Red Lion will be closing on Monday November 5 for a complete refurbishment and will be re-launched at 6pm on Saturday November 17 with a new menu. Food will be served from 6pm to 8pm and Justine will be providing the entertainment. It is best to book by ringing 502062.

THE STRAY DOGS will be entertaining customers at The Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village from 8.30pm on Saturday November 3 and Justine will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen that evening.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: There will be a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday November 17 from 10am to 12.30pm at St Johns Church Hall Polegate in aid of Polegate Windmill. There will be all the usual tables with refreshments, cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac, books, mill gifts, and a raffle, as well as a visit from Father Christmas. There are a number of tables available for hire, so for a small cost, it makes sense to take advantage of this opportunity in a prime location to sell your own craft items or have a charity stall. For further information ring 734496.

FLEA MARKET: Louise Etwell runs a Saturday morning flea market from 9am to 12pm in the barn behind The Old Willingdon Post Office. Browsers are welcome. On offer are second hand books, collectables, trinkets, pictures, clothes and gifts. There are lots of bargains.

WILLINGDON FLOWER CLUB will be meeting at 1.45pm on Friday November 2 at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Susan Shaw will be giving a demonstration entitled ‘Tales from the Cowshed’.

TRINITY CHURCH in Coppice Avenue Willingdon is holding a beetle drive with a Chinese supper on Saturday November 3 at 7pm. Admission is £8. Entrance is by ticket only. Ring Jenny on 484189.

JOINT COFFEE MORNING: The Mothers’ Union will be joining the Friendly Cuppa Group, Sunday School and Traidcraft on Thursday November 1 at St Mary’s Church Hall for a joint fund raising coffee morning. Attractions include the sales tables, a cake stall, raffle, Christmas and birthday cards and refreshments.

HALLOWEEN WEEKEND: The Eight Bells in Jevington is having a Halloween weekend commencing on Friday November 2, when from 4pm to 6pm there will be a children’s Halloween party. From 8pm onwards it will be the adults’ time with prizes for the best dressed. On Sunday afternoon November 4 the Eight Bells is having a bonfire party with a competition for the best Guy. From 5pm onwards hot dogs and chilli jackets will be served with sparklers for everyone.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL: At the recently held meeting with PCSO Ali Beaden and PC Liz Keenan, it was decided by the panel that the priorities to be targeted will be speeding on Jevington Road, where immediate speed checks are to be made, speeding on Severn Sisters Road and speeding on Coppice Avenue. Dangerous parking, however briefly, outside Willingdon Primary School, particularly on the zig-zag yellow lines, could cause an accident if a child runs out behind the vehicle. The police will be targeting these drivers.

WILLINGDON RESIDENTS’ Association General Meeting took place on Wednesday October 17 when John Flude gave an illustrated talk on Polegate Windmill to a packed audience. Members were updated with all that had been happening in the parish including the licensing meeting that Cllrs John and Fran Pritchett and Cllr Andy Watkins had recently attended. This was in relation to the new BP Garage under construction on the A2270, alongside Coopers Hill where a 24 hour application had originally been made to sell alcohol and take-away food. But before the licensing meeting took place Wealden officers explained that BP would like to talk about a proposed amendment. Cllr John Pritchett spoke at the meeting on behalf of the Residents Association and Cllr Watkins spoke on behalf of the Parish Council – both stressing the concerns of local neighbours. The final outcome was that BP will be able to sell alcohol and take-away food between the hours of 6am and 11pm.

QUIZ: Willingdon Residents’ Association quiz was held on Friday October 19 at Trinity Church Hall with 10 teams taking part. The quiz master was Steve White aided by score keeper Carole. The evening included a ploughman’s supper and free raffle. The winning team were Sue, Brian, Karen and Stephen Price and Linda Cripps. It was a close hard fought contest which everyone enjoyed.

THE GLEN CHORALE under the direction of Robin Moray will be presenting their Christmas concerts at Wannock Hall on Monday December 3 and Monday December 10 at 2.30pm. The choir will sing a variety of Christmas music, both traditional and new. The programme will feature Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gabriel’s Message, and old Basque carol Adam lay ye bounden, a 15th century carol, Bach’s Break forth of beauteous heav’nly