Westham Village Conservation Group Westham Village Conservation Group was formed in 2014 with the aims of: stimulating public interest in the history, character and beauty of Westham Village; acting as a forum for conservation issues raised by residents; and, encouraging wise conservation, enhancement and improvement in and around the village. The Group organises events, including lectures on local flora and fauna, and wildlife walks. You can visit its website: wvcg.uk where you will find details of how to join. Membership is open to anyone who lives in or around Westham. So, if you feel that you would like to play a part in helping to preserve and enhance the rural character of the village, we would like to hear from you.
Foxes Hollow Residents' Association
The Residents' Association was set up in 2002 to maintain and improve the estate of Foxes Hollow, Stone Cross. It consistently has the majority of residents on the estate join as members which allows us to speak on behalf of the estate as well as raise funds for activities we think are beneficial and necessary to provide.
Members receive regular newsletters throughout the year and full access to the web site at foxeshollowestate.com. We also provide members with a copy of our 'recommended tradesman list', listing over 80 local tradesmen / companies where members have put their names forward after completion of good works. We also organise a Neighbourhood Watch alert which is run by the Association but covers the whole estate, members and non members.
Further information from Stuart McMillan, Chairman, on (01323) 764 350
Westham Evening Women's Institute
Meetings are held at 7.30pm on the 4th Thursday of each month in Westham Village Hall. On average 40 members and guests meet to enjoy a large variety of talks and demonstrations on a wide variety of subjects. There are also lots of monthly clubs that cover anything from outings, knitting, socialising to making cakes!
New members are always made very welcome and encouraged to bring their friends to join in with the friendly and entertaining atmosphere.
Westham Art Group
Meets every Wednesday 1-4 pm at Westham Village Hall. A tutor is available to
help at the sessions and the group also goes on outings and has a Christmas dinner. The cost is £3
per session including refreshments. Contact Brian Gage 01323 461433
Pevensey and Westham Flower Club
Meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month except Jan/August at
7.15pm at Westham Village Hall. They have flower arranging demonstrations, workshops and
competitions. Contact Lisa Symmonds, Chairlady 07900 394323
Pevensey and Westham Historical Society
Meets on the first Monday of every month at 7.30,
Westham Village Hall (except January and August). There are guest speakers every month and also
trips are organised to places of historical interest. The society has its own historical library and has
Transport Interest Group
Monthly meetings start at 7.30pm at Westham Village Hall
Contact John Jones 01323 461397 for more details
Organ and Keyboard Club
A professional artist plays on the 1st Tuesday of every month at Westham
Village Hall. Doors open 6.30-10 pm and there are two 1 hr sessions of music with a half hour
interval. Membership is £60 per year or the admission cost is £8 per concert.
Contact Charles 01323 762411
Croft Art Group:
Meet to paint at Westham Village Hall, Thursday mornings 9.30-12 noon. Contact:
Eastbourne & District Cage Birds Society
Our Club has been formed for over a hundred years. We meet the first Thursday in each month at Westham Village Hall, Pevensey at 7.45pm until 10.00pm.
We are interested in all cage and aviary birds. Maybe we could be helpful if anyone has a problem with their birds.
We have a speaker at most of our meetings on all aspects of 'Bird Keeping' from Management to Showing.
If you are interested, please come along and see what we have to offer, we are a very friendly group and would welcome all newcomers.
Weekly Bingo at Westham Village Hall
A weekly Bingo Club takes place in the village of Westham on Monday afternoons at Westham Village Hall.
Everyone is invited to attend the club at the hall in Peelings Lane. The game starts at 2pm each week.
Westham Village Hall was built in the early 70’s after local people did considerable fund raising to provide a venue for the community to use. The hall is run by a committee of trustees, all volunteers, who are responsible for the upkeep of the hall so that it is available for use of local people and those in the surrounding communities. It is funded by hiring it out to local clubs, groups and organisations on a regular basis and also by hiring it out for parties, events etc. There are fundraising events through the year run the committee, some donations and an annual grant from the Parish council. The notice board outside the hall has details of all hall events and there is another notice board in the hall next to the kitchen offering more details. In the porch there is a community notice board where anyone can advertise local events, services and general information.
Every Wednesday morning there is the Westham Pop In running from 9.30am to 11.30am. The Pop in is run by volunteers. The entry cost is 60p for which you get a tea or coffee and biscuits, additional tea and coffee can be purchased. There is a free magazine table, a book exchange at 30p, and jigsaw hire. There is a monthly “rehoming table” where good condition but no longer needed items are donated for others to purchase, monies raised go to hall funds and it supports the halls recycling ethos. Throughout the year special events like Easter and Christmas are celebrated usually with free refreshments, special raffles and entertainment. The Pop in also supports other fundraising, like Children in Need and Macmillan Coffee mornings. Everyone of any age is welcome, not just Westham residents, and whoever is on the door will always find a gap for newcomers and introduce them to make them feel comfortable.
Other regular users of the hall are the Monday Bingo session from 1.15pm to 4.15pm, Westham Art Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm. Croft Art Group on Thursday from 9.30am to 12.00 noon who all meet weekly, full details are on the notice boards. The Westham Cross Stitch group meet fortnightly on a Thursday afternoon from 1pm to 3.30pm. Despite the name many types of craft can be seen there from knitting, quilting, crochet and spinning. There are no teachers as such, but a helping hand from an experienced crafter can always be relied on. Once a month groups include the local Historical Society, the Westham Women’s Institute (WI), the Flower Club, the Caged Bird Society, the Postcard club, the Transport Interest group, East Sussex Omnibus Society, a Home Education Tutor group. The hall is also the venue for the East Sussex Blind Association and Royal British Legion. On Friday there is a ballroom dance teacher in the mornings, individual one to one training by appointment, and in the evening a Line Dancing group but for experienced dancers not beginners.
Information for all of the groups is available in the hall and for now our booking clerk can be reached on 01323 761684.
Stone Cross Mill Trust
Stone Cross Mill Trust (SCMT) is a registered charity that owns Stone Cross Windmill. This Windmill is a Grade II* listed building and is a significant part of this country's industrial heritage. The Windmill is located off Beggars Lane BN24 5EA to the east of Stone Cross crossroads. When travelling from the crossroads towards Westham, turn right just after Millers Keep estate. Stone Cross Mill Trust is solely responsible for the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of this tower mill.
The volunteer maintenance team work throughout the year to complete essential repairs and ensure that the windmill continues milling. The external paintwork has been restored so that once again this major Parish landmark can be seen.
The Mill is open to the public from Easter (or April) to the end of September and guided tours are available to visitors by volunteer guides. Entry is free and the Mill relies solely on modest membership subscriptions, flour sales, donations, sales of refreshments and souvenirs.
The Mill Store adjacent to the Windmill houses the Tea Room and has a disabled toilet. The Tea Room sells flour, souvenirs and provides a comfortable meeting place for local people and visitors to sit and enjoy refreshments and cakes.
The Heritage Centre in the Roundel provides information about the local area as well as details of the previous restoration in 2000 The Roundel is also available as an exhibition centre to local community groups.
The Trust are always looking for volunteers who are willing to help in a number of practical ways such as building maintenance, guiding visitors, baking cakes and helping serve refreshments. Please contact the Chair if you are interested in being a volunteer or visit the Windmill one Sunday afternoon for a chat with one of the Trustees.