Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

THE TUDOR SUMMER FAYRE: recently held at St Mary’s Church Willingdon, was a great success and the Tudor outfits worn for the occasion by many of the parishioners looked amazing, especially those worn by Mike Barber as Henry V111. Mike is also blessed with a terrific singing voice so was able to entertain the crowds accompanied by his lutenists. The weather certainly helped as it was a lovely sunny day. Proceeds from the day were approximately £5,300 with a further £1,180 to be added from the Auction of Promises held at the Wheatsheaf on June 25 - and there might be a little more to come. It will all help in maintaining this lovely old church.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: will be holding their next monthly meeting to-day Friday July 31 at Wannock Village Hall from 7pm to 9pm. The demonstration will be by popular local artist Nick Englefield who will create ‘a small town shopping scene’ in acrylics. Visitors are very welcome on the night at £4 each which includes refreshments. Contact wannockartists.enquiries@yahoo.co.uk for further information.

BRITISH QUEEN: There is a Karaoke night at the British Queen to-day Friday July 31 – just turn up when you like. On Saturday August 1 from 8.30pm Stay Dogs will be entertaining the customers.

THE WHEATSHEAF: Guitarist and soul singer Stephen James Hockridge will be providing the entertainment at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm on Saturday August 1.

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS: who practice at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue Willingdon are celebrating a special milestone this year - their silver jubilee. A concert to mark the twenty five years is to take place at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in Blackwater Road Eastbourne at 3pm on Saturday August 1. Admission is by programme priced at £5 to include refreshments and a lucky number, and can be purchased at the door before the performance. There will be songs from the shows, popular classics and the premiere performance of two pieces by a new local composer. The concert will be supporting ‘Children with Cancer’.

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday August 3 followed by a recreation meeting at 7.30pm at Willingdon Community School in Broad Road. Please ring 01323 489603 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

CHURCH ON THE TREES: A Tuesday Eucharist service is now taking place at the Church on the Trees at the Community Centre in Maywood Avenue Willingdon. The service starts at 10.45am followed by coffee and tea. Everyone is welcome. The lunch club will resume again in September when additional help will be appreciated. Please contact Fr Kevin on 01323 502079.

POLEGATE/WILLINGDON WINDMILL: is open every Sunday and on Bank Holiday Mondays from 2pm to 5pm. The open season finishes at the end of October although group bookings can be made by arrangement with John Watts on 01323 487697. There are also special events throughout the year. On Wednesday August 5 there is an’ art for all’ afternoon led by artist in residence Peter Martin who will be giving drawing and painting tuition to people of all ages. The afternoon starts at 2pm with a guided tour of the mill when the group will begin to learn about perspective and observation before starting their art work. All materials are provided and the cost is just £1. Please contact Peter on 01323 731514 for further information.
On Wednesday August 12 the mill will again be open from 2pm to 5pm starting with a guided tour of the mill for adults and children, who will then take part in quizzes, word search, various puzzles and crosswords – all with a windmill theme. This is also £1 per person and will be led by Sandra Creasy on 01323 736899.
The historical food day on Wednesday August 19 is mainly aimed at children from the age of five years upwards. They will be taught where different foods come from and their seasonal availability from different periods in time. The children will experiment with cooking, using a clay oven as well as an open fire – (all well supervised). They will learn how to make Roman sweets, an Elizabethan fruit pudding and bread – and then make butter while everything is cooking. There are two sessions to choose from – 11am to 1pm or 2.30pm to 4.30pm. The cost is £3 for children and £1 for accompanying adults – to include a tour of the mill. Contact Patricia Stevens on 01323 734496.

A TEA PARTY: in aid of the Royal British Legion Willingdon branch Poppy Appeal will be held at 2.30pm on Saturday August 8 at Willingdon Memorial Hall Church Street Willingdon. It is to commemorate the 70th year of VJ Day (Victory in Japan). The cost is £7. Please contact Val Godwin for tickets on 01323 503684. Please take along any photographs you may have of VE/VJ parties, other memorabilia, and everyone would love to hear about memories you may have of being a war-time evacuee.

A GARDEN PARTY: is to be held at St Wilfrid’s Church in Broad Road Willingdon from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday August 8. Tea and cakes will be served and the cost is £3.50p. Money raised is for Family Support Work and church funds.

TRIANGLE LACE CLUB: members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue from 10am to 2pm on Saturday August 8. This is an active friendly club promoting all forms of bobbin lace. All lace makers of any age are welcome. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including refreshments, raffle and insurance is £5. For further information, please contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.

SUMMER GARDEN PARTY: The recently held art exhibition held at Sunrise Senior Living at 6 Upper Kings Drive Willingdon proved to be very popular. The next event for residents and visitors to enjoy is a Summer Garden Party on Friday August 14 when afternoon tea will be served from 2.30pm to 4pm and entertainment will be provided by the Southern Strummers – ukulele band. This is a free event but do ring first to book your place. Contact Emma Viera, director of Community Relations on 01323 525000 or email Eastbourne.DR3@Sunriseseniorliving.com

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