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SUMMER SHOW: We entered the St Mary’s show of horticulture this year. I entered bath buns and Val a picture of the roses from our garden. When we arrived to display our exhibits we were absolutely amazed. At the display of flowers and vegetables. We signed in with Victoria who was working very hard writing names, along with giving out numbers for exhibitioners. We had a prior engagement so were unable to attend in the afternoon, but Victoria told me I had won with my bath buns to my satisfaction, and we duly celebrated with our friends and neighbors, Chester and Anglia over a cup of tea and bath buns.

NEVILL BONFIRE: Membership of the society is now available. New members of all ages are always very welcome to join in the celebrations, and not just from Nevill Estate or indeed Lewes. Anyone who wants to be part of this unique celebration of the Gunpowder Plot in a friendly, family atmosphere can join and you don’t necessarily have to march to support the society. Help is very welcome on the night and throughout the year.

BONFIRE HISTORY: This year Badge Night is at St Mary’s Social Center, Christie Road on Friday September 18 between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. Membership will also be available at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road on Friday October 9 between 3pm and 8.30pm. Both events will include an exhibition of the society’s history and a selection of society merchandise and costumes. Membership is also available from Sarah Earl (Membership Secretary) 7 East Street, Lewes (Tel 472621).

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, as Tots Group will resume meeting between 9.30am and 11.30am. This group is open to any pre-school age child and their carer. Just £1 a family. During the session there will be play for the children, refreshments for all and then a short story and singing before home time. New children and carers are welcome. Tomorrow, Saturday, the church will be open between 9am and 6pm for the Sussex Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride. Do call in if you are passing the church and take a look at our embroideries. Worship on Sunday will be conducted at 10.30am by Rev John Gordon with Holy Communion. This will be followed by our monthly church walk.

CREAM TEAS: Thank you to all those who attended the Cream Tea at Clare Road on Sunday, who helped or contributed in any way. £525.45 will be divided between Prostate Cancer UK and St Mary’s Church Hall Renovation Fund. We were blessed with the weather and it was also a good social occasion.

BINGO: On Friday September 18 at St Mary’s Supporters Club. Eyes down 8.30pm with cash prizes and raffle.

SUNDAY TERRIER RACING: We ventured down the Nevill Green on Sunday to see the Borough Bonfire put the green to a use I have never witnessed before. Dog racing, bouncy castle, roundabouts, a large van for burgers and the like. It looked good with quite a bit of support of the four legged kind as well as the two legged. Good to see the green being put to a different use.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Friends of Wallands: Welcome to all the new children, parents, carers and families that are joining Wallands this year. We really look forward to meeting you all. Just so you know there is a Friends of Wallands mailing list which provides much more detail on events that we are organizing so please email friendsofwallands@gmail.com so that we can add you to that list too. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook. The date of our next meeting is September 24, at 7.30pm in the staffroom (opposite Maddy’s desk). Everyone is welcome. Over the summer holidays Mia Goode participated in the UDO Worlds X Street Dance Championship held in Glasgow. I’m delighted to say the crew finished 1st in the Novice section, in the world. Huge congratulations to Mia and her Killabeez crew. This term, Dan Ling will be running his after school mountain bike club for two groups on Mondays and Fridays, starting week beginning September 14 and runs for six weeks from 3.35pm to 4.35pm, cost £30, suitable for boys and girls in years 5 and 6. Take your skills from Bikeability off road. Riding, skills and games with a British Cycling qualified leader. For more details contact Dan on 07764 947921 or email lingdanielp@yahoo.co.uk Fun taster table tennis session for all the family; just go along, get some exercise and have some fun. £1 per player, Sunday September 20, 2pm to 5.30pm, 7yrs and up, all abilities welcome. For more information email Rob Hoy: hoys@rockuk.net

ST MARY’S HORTICULTURAL SHOW: It was a lovely afternoon for the St Mary’s Gardening Club’s Summer Show on Saturday. The sun shone into the hall of the St Mary’s Social Center illuminating the exhibits of wonderful vegetables and fruit, beautiful flowers and delicious produce. Despite the variable summer weather we have had, the number and quality of exhibits was very good. Many thanks must go to the members of the club who worked very hard and contributed so much to make this event such an enjoyable one.We were delighted to welcome the Mayor, Susan Murray and her Consort Roger Murray who very kindly handed out the trophies and certificates. The outstanding exhibitor was Christine Gibson who won the Perpetual challenge Cup, the Elphicks Cup, the Peter and Joan Russell Memorial Bowl, the Ladies Cup, the Arrangement Cup and the Banksian Medal. Christopher Gibson won the Charlie Earl Cup for his outstanding trug of vegetables. Anne Brown took home the Walter Cup for cookery and Alison Soudain won the Turf Culture Cup. The French Cup for the best pot plant was awarded to Monica Botting. Certificates of Merit were given to Mick Taylor (best vegetable), Christine Gibson (best flower), Alison Soudain (best fruit), Gill Taylor (best produce) and Pat Elliott (best flower arrangement).This year we introduced a new class: The Great Potato Challenge. Participants were sold a black plastic exhibitors sack and a potato (Kestrel) which they grew and then brought in on the day of the show. The judge emptied the sacks and the contents were weighed; the winner was the person who had grown the most potatoes by weight which was Ann Hobden with the weight of 4.179 kg (9.2lbs approx).Winners of individual classes are as follows:

Potatoes (red), Chris Gibson; potatoes (white), Chris Gibson; potatoes (salad), Chris Gibson; runner beans, Vicki Trenhaile; beetroot, Mick Taylor; chilli peppers, Stephen French; carrots, Chris Gibson; tomatoes, Christine Gibson; cherry tomatoes, Jo Allen; shallots under 1inch, M Taylor; shallots (medium), M Taylor; onions (sets), V Trenhaile; onions (from seed), M Taylor; courgettes, V Trenhaile; any other vegetable, M Taylor; squashes, Christine Gibson; three herbs, Sue Murrell; trug of vegetables, Chris Gibson; plate of vegetables and vase of flowers, Christine Gibson; plate of salad, Christine Gibson; apples (dessert), M Taylor; apples (cooking), Alison Soudain; pears, A Soudain; berry fruit, A Soudain; any other fruit, Sheila Kay; rose, ChristineGibson; dahlia (cactus), Christine Gibson; dahlia decorative, Christine Gibson; dahlia, any other, Chris Gibson; dahlia (specimen), Christine Gibson; chrysanthemum, Brenda Greenaway; chrysanthemum, spray, 2, J Allen; vase of any other flower, Rosemary Sells; asters, A Hobden; begonias, B Greenaway; marigolds, Christine Gibson; penstemons, B Greenaway; stem or spray of flowers, Christine Gibson; geranium, V Trenhaile; flowering pot plant, Anne Brown; flowering orchid in a pot, Monica Botting; non flowering pot plant, B Greenaway; cacti, B Greenaway; fuchsia, Joyce Dean; soft fruit jam, J Allen; stone fruit jam, Gill Taylor; mixed fruit jam, G Taylor; fruit jelly, A Brown; traditional parkin, A Brown; lemon drizzle cake, Pat Mitchell; double crust fruit pie: M Botting, bath buns: David Sale; millionaire’s shortbread, Christine Gibson; photo The River, Rosemary Sells; photo Home Grown - a close up look, J Allen; a knitted item, A Brown; an item of handicraft, J Dean. Children over 8yrs: Fresh fruit flapjacks, Daniel Kay; Favourite Photo, Ellie Jupp. Arrangement incorporating a cup and saucer, G Taylor; arrangement using five flowers, Christine Gibson; The Potting Shed, Pat Elliott; arrangement in a tankard, M Taylor; arrangement of berries and grasses, Christine Gibson; arrangement of flowers and foliage from garden, A Hobden; largest onion, Chris Gibson; heaviest potato, M Taylor; largest tomato, M Taylor; longest runner bean, Christine Gibson; The Great Potato Challenge, A Hobden; tastiest tomato, V Trenhaile.

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