Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

AUCTION OF PROMISES: Held in a marquee in the garden of the Wheatsheaf on June 25 raised approximately £1,180. This will be added to the proceeds raised at St Mary’s Summer Fair which is from 10am to 2pm on Saturday July 18 and will help with the maintenance of this lovely old church. Items are still required for the Summer Fair and boxes are at the back of the church for such items as books, bottles, craft, toiletries, toys and bric-a-brac. The boxes are emptied regularly by those who are running the stalls. Suzie Wilkins is the main organiser for the Summer Fair and she is still looking for volunteers who could help on the day either by selling entrance tickets, raffle tickets or help with stewarding. Ring 01323 729749 or email smw27@sussex.ac.uk .

FLOWER CLUB: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for their summer tea party and to compete in the Edith Pierce competition. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall. Dr Leslie Morrison will be giving an update on British megalithic stone alignments and astronomy.

OWEN DONOVAN: Singer, guitarist and song writer Owen Donovan will be entertaining customers at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

SPOOKY WAGONS: Will be performing at the British Queen from 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. The Jazz Caverners will be providing the entertainment there from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday.

ART EXHIBITION: Three local artists who attended Eastbourne College of Art and Technology (now Sussex Downs College) are holding an exhibition of their work from 10am to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday and then at the same time on the following weekend Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12 at 15 Portsdown Way, Willingdon Village BN20 9LH. On sale will be a vibrant mix of arts and crafts, including paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewellery, painted furniture and original cards. The artists are Margaret Worster, Helen Lavina Moore and Deborah Whitehead. The gardens overlooking the South Downs are delightful and cakes and refreshments will be available. Free admission.

TEA AND CAKE: The parishioners at St Andrew’s Church Jevington are providing tea and homemade cake during the summer months to visitors and ramblers. The dates for your diary are Saturdays July 4, August 8, August 29 and September 26 from 11am to 4pm. The refreshments are free but a donation would be appreciated. Money raised will go towards the upkeep of this lovely ancient church in the heart of the Downs.

WOOLCRAFT EXHIBITION: Christina Lynn is holding a woolcraft exhibition in aid of the RNIB from 10.30am to 4.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at 29 Cornmill Gardens Wannock. Sussex views and garments worked in naturally dyed wool will be on show and there will be woolcraft demonstrations. Plants will also be for sale and refreshments and home-made cakes are also available. Entry by donation. For further information please ring Christina on 01323 487514.

OPEN GARDEN: There will be an open garden in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice from 11am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Friston Place, Jevington Road, Friston. The venue will be signposted from Friston and Jevington. The extensive gardens feature a walled rose garden and a large wild flower meadow. Wheelchair access is limited. Tea, coffee and light lunches plus stalls and a raffle will be available. Admission is by donation.

MESSY CHURCH: Is held on the first Saturday of the month except August and December and is intended for children and their guardians. The next one will be held from 3pm to 5.30pm tomorrow, Saturday and everyone is welcome to come along and join in the bible themed craft activities, followed by family worship and singing in the church from 4.30pm to 4.50pm and then back to the hall for a meal. There is no charge for Messy Church and there is no need to book in advance, just go along in the time you have available. To find out more please ring Fr Kevin Agnew or Mrs Kate Agnew on 01323 502079.

CANON MARTIN ONIONS: There will be a service of thanksgiving for the life of Fr Martin on Sunday at 6.30pm at St Mary’s Church Willingdon. Fr Martin had been the parish priest at St Mary’s for over 12 years up until June 2013 when he became rector at the Holy Cross Church in Uckfield.

SUSSEX STRINGS: Will be giving a concert at 4pm on Sunday at Trinity Church. The concert is directed by Simon Smith and includes works by Mozart, Ungar, Faure, Telemann and Sibelius. A selection of arias will also be performed by soprano Helen Bruce. The concert is in aid of RNLI. Tickets are £5 on the door and free admission for under 18’s. For further information visit www.sussexstrings.btck.co.uk .

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday followed by a full council meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

ORGAN CONCERT: Fr Michael Maine who was a curate at St Mary’s Church Willingdon before becoming vicar at Cuckfield Church in February this year, will be giving an organ concert featuring classical and popular music at 3pm on Monday at the Dome in Brighton. Tickets are available from the Dome box office or on line.

MOTHERS’ UNION: Will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when coxswain Mark Sawyer will be giving a talk about the RNLI.

WILLINGDON WI: Will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Margaret Knight will be giving a talk entitled Poisons on Your Plate.

THE GROWERS’ GROUP: Will be meeting at 7pm on Thursday at the Red Lion to discuss gardening topics.

WI: Jevington and Filching WI will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall when the members are looking forward to seeing June Felstead and an ALSAR dog (Association of Lowland Search and Rescue). For further information please ring Rose on 01323 849562 or visit the club’s website at www.jevingtonwi.co.uk .

STREET MEETING: The next police street meeting is at 1pm on Saturday July 11 at Downsview Road near to number 11. Do go along and discuss any issues relevant to the work of PCSO Ali Beaden. For further information please ring her on 101 ext 68233 or her mobile 07787 685 755.

CHALK FARM: Learning Disability Centre in Coopers Hill will be having a Summer Fayre from 11am to 3pm on Sunday July 12. Attractions include quirky turtle, vintage fashions and accessories, greetings cards, gifts and craft stalls, homemade cakes, bouncy castle, raffles and refreshments. Other attractions include guess the name of the bear, win a hamper, tombola, bric-a-brac, guess how many sweets and a lucky dip, The barbecue is from noon to 2pm and there is a bar and music. Admission is 50p and it is free for children. And do visit the garden centre behind the hotel while you are there.

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