WILLINGDON FLOWER CLUB: will be meeting at 2pm to-day Friday August 7 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a floral demonstration by Gaenor Circus entitled ‘ancient and modern’. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.
LEIGH BAKER: will be entertaining customers at The British Queen at 8.30pm on Saturday August 8.
THE BRITISH QUEEN :also has a coffee morning from 10am to 12pm on the second Thursday of the month. Why not go along on August 13 for a chat and a nice cup of tea or coffee and a piece of cake? It is just £1.50p and there is a book stall, bring and buy table and a raffle.
JOHN PAUL MILLER:, singer and guitarist will be providing the entertainment at The Wheatsheaf at 8.30pm on Saturday August 8.
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. Everyone would also 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.
STREET MEETINGS: PCSO Ali Beaden will be at Wheelwright Close at 5pm on Wednesday August 12. She will also be in Tott Yew Recreation Ground at 5pm on Wednesday August 19. Do go along and discuss any issues relevant to her work. For further information please ring PCSO Ali Beaden on 101 ext 68233 or her mobile 07787 685 755.
POLEGATE/WILLINGDON WINDMILL: It was a beautiful sunny day for the mill’s Summer Fete on July 19. The mill was dressed with brightly coloured pennants made by Emma Smart and sewn onto the lanyards by Patricia Stevens. Con Brio provided the musical entertainment and there were side shows and tours of the mill to be enjoyed. The strawberry cream teas proved to be very popular and were sold out before the end of the afternoon. On August 5 there was an enjoyable afternoon of drawing and painting which was led by Peter Martin. The mill will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday August 9 and then on Wednesday August 12 there will be a special event when the mill will again be open from 2pm to 5pm. The afternoon starts with a guided tour of the mill for adults and children, who can then take part in quizzes, word search, various puzzles and crosswords – all with a windmill theme. It is £1 per person and will be led by Sandra Creasy Contact her 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 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.
THE GARDENERS’ GROUP: will be meeting at 6.30pm for 7pm on Thursday August 13 at The Red Lion when Bernie will be talking about low maintenance gardening.
SUMMER GARDEN PARTY: The next event for residents and visitors to enjoy at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper Kings Drive Willingdon 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 .
JACK & THE BEANSTALK: The summer seems to be flying past and it doesn’t seem possible that Willingdon Church Players are already planning their next pantomime - Jack and the Beanstalk. A brief summary of the cast is as follows: Jack the principal boy - played by a girl; Dame Trott - Jack’s mother – large singing and acting comedy role - played by a man; the narrator – an older male; Daisy the cow - two people; the giant – small mature male; Jill – the principal girl; Lord Sweetener – Alan Sugar character; Major Mindup – cameo role: guards (from the backstage crew); Harmony Harp female in her late teens; Gertie Goose a middle-aged female; Boris the bag of Gold - Del Boy character; Ellen Egg - confident boy or girl; Magic Beans - three or four young children; and finally the chorus and village people. There will be a read-through in St Mary’s Church Hall Willingdon at 7pm on Thursday August 27. For further information please contact the pantomime director Terry Harvey on 07800 630 761or the pantomime secretary Lesley Etwell on 01323 504901 or 07708 051 663.
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