Parish pump Lewes - April 24, 2015

Chailey

ST GEORGE’S DAY FETE, organised by Chailey Bonfire Society, takes place at Markstakes Corner tomorrow, Saturday, between noon and 4pm. There will be lots of stalls, a car boot sale, displays in the ring, children’s rides and games, tractors and tractor rides, refreshments and a bar. Also a dog show, starting at 12.30pm, entry is on the day and the cost £1 per class. For more information call Clare on 07985112968.

HOG ROAST AND LIVE MUSIC from The Fireworks, along with a bar, will be at Markstakes Corner, from 6.30pm until late tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets at £5 (entry only) are available from The Horns Lodge or via www.chaileybonfire.co.uk/.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, has services this Sunday with Erik Cornelisse at 10.30am and Steve Haggar, to include communion, at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

LADS VS DADS: Chailey and Newick Colts Cricket Club most anticipated matches of the year take place at the Sports Ground, North Chailey on Sunday. The warm-up will start at 11am sharp and matches will be played across the age-groups. The cafe will be open and there will be a big club photo at the end.

LONDON MARATHON: Ed Dykes is running the London Marathon on Sunday for Chailey Heritage Foundation. The Foundation receives one London Marathon ticket every five years so Ed is really hoping to make it count. So any support by way of sponsorship will be much appreciated, you can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/Edward-Dykes/.

WINDMILL and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. The mill houses a rural life museum which includes photographs giving an insight into the history of Chailey. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16 years. For more information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

THE CRICKET CLUB NETS are at Plumpton College on Sunday from 6pm to 7pm. If you are looking to play some cricket, either friendly or competitive, you will be made most welcome. The club is always looking to welcome new members into the teams; please call Peter Dembrey on 07709946880 for more details.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

CHARITY QUIZ is at the Horns Lodge on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

SHEFFIELD PARK AND GARDEN: On Wednesday from 11am to 1pm and Wednesday May 6 from 2pm to 4pm there are guided bluebell walks available which cost £5 per person. Normal admission applies and more details can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/.

TOY AND RAIL Collectors Fair is on the platforms of Horsted Keynes Station, at the Bluebell Railway, on Saturday May 2 from 10am to 4pm. There will be railway artefacts, model railway equipment and many other goods to be found. Enjoy an all day visit with a train ride as well as the collectors fair; normal travel fares apply.

BARN DANCE: A Fundraising Barn Dance is being held on Saturday May 2 from 7pm in the Memorial Hall at Chailey Heritage Foundation. There will be live music provided by Square the Circle Folk Dance Band, dancing and a hog roast. This event is to raise funds for the Foundation and tickets costing £15 each, which includes a hog roast, are available from GK’s Cafe at Chailey Heritage or by calling 01825 723723.

VOLUNTEERING at the Bluebell Railway. Whether you have skills or no previous experience and can offer at least a day a month you are invited to find out more about volunteering at the Railway. To help you narrow your choice of departments you can ask for a recruitment pack on 01825 720800 or book a place on one of the “find out more” tours; the next tour is on Sunday May 3 from 10.30am until around 4.20pm.

CHAILEY LINK WALK starts at 10am on Monday May 4 from the Sports Ground, North Chailey. The walk is about six and a half miles long, but a short cut is available reducing it to four miles and route brochures will be available. The route linking North and South Chailey is almost totally over footpaths; with stiles adapted to ensure easy access for dogs. It is varied and includes the heathland on the Commons, ancient woodland, splendid bluebells and spectacular views of the South Downs. The walk will be followed by a barbeque for the participants and all children completing the walk will be given a certificate. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

LUNCH CLUB open to everyone is at St Peter’s Church on Thursday, May 7. Delicious, home-cooked lunches including a main course (with a vegetarian option), choice of pudding, tea or coffee, all for £5 will be available in the church from 12.30pm.Do go along for what is proving to be a most enjoyable, social event.

CONCERT is at St Peter’s Church on Saturday May 9 at 7.30pm and features the Mid Sussex Choir, together with soloists, the 4TuneSeekers Barbershop Quartet and Margaret Watson, the harpist. It promises to be an evening of musical delight and there will be refreshments during the interval. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door, with free entry for accompanied under 16s. Tickets can be obtained from Janet Barnes on 01825 721107 or janet.barnes42@btinternet.com.

SOUTHERN AT WAR weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, at the Bluebell Railway. There will be displays and concert shows at all the stations. On both Saturday and Sunday there will be flypasts over Horsted Keynes Station subject to weather conditions; one day a Harvard and the other a Hurricane. For more details, contact 01825 720800.

SUPERFAST BROADBAND: BT has just enabled cabinet 3 opposite the Swan for Superfast Broadband. In some cases, download speed will go from its current 2 Mb to between 67Mb and 80Mb.This cabinet serves much of the southern part of South Chailey but Mill Lane is served by the Plumpton exchange which is not yet enabled. The link to check if a phone line can be upgraded to Superfast Fibre Broadband is at www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Parish Communion followed by coffee in the hall.

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS: On May 7 Hamsey Parish Council will have eight candidates chasing seven seats. They are as follows: Robert Baughan Cooksbridge, Tamsyn D’Arienzo Cooksbridge, Mike Dodd Offham, Ian Ginn Cooksbridge, Justin Harmer Offham, Rod Hearn Hamsey, Kate McBrown Cooksbridge, Ailsa Suttie Cooksbridge. The three new candidates seeking election are Rod Hearn, Robert Baughan and Ailsa Suttie. Should be a very interesting election.

SAFELY BACK: It is always such a wonderful sight to see the return of the swallows and house martins back from their winter quarters and what a joy it is to watch them. They arrived here earlier than last year and it is a lovely sight watching them as they find their old nesting places. As I stood in the stable yard o the very warm afternoon they were circling above me and at one stage I had to move when they swooped near my head. Soon they will be nest building and flying around the fields, especially in the early evenings. I have such happy memories of my father-in-law ringing me to get over here quickly as the swallows had arrived. In his last year, aged 97, he still pottered down to the stables with his basket of bread to sit in the feed room where some of them nested. It was an amazing sight to see them fly down and settle on him for their tit bits. I like to think that he is looking down and can see that I am not neglecting the wonderful bird life that we have here.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The next Monday Afternoon Club is on May 11, which you may like to make a note of as it should be interesting. The speaker will be from the Air Ambulance Service at St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. Details later.

ABANDONED: Having recently written about horses being abandoned, I have read that the RSPCA currently has 600 horses to rehome and says it can’t cope.

MOBILE PHONE SIGNALS: I have just read that nearly one-third of mobile masts struggle to pick up signals due to the trees that operators were forced to plant around the sites.

Falmer

SPRING FEVER: The house martins are back in Falmer and investigating last year’s nesting sites. It is always nice to see these lovely birds back and if you live near the pond in Falmer you have to resign yourself to having a nest built under your eaves. If you are interested you can go to the website of the Sussex Ornithological Society and join in their survey of house martin nest sites www.sos.org.uk/news/house-martin-survey-nesting-records-wanted The moorhens are nesting too, this is the second moorhen nest this year, the first, I am afraid came to nothing. The ducks are also on the lookout for nesting sites. One unfortunate pair decided that underneath one of the benches in the garden of the village hall would be a good idea. Sadly the egg that the duck left was broken into and eaten, probably by a jackdaw, as they too are nesting around the pond.

MUSICAL TREAT: Last week’s concert was wonderful. We were treated to a programme of English music by Vaughan Williams, and Quilter as well as original compositions from one of the musicians, the pianist Basil Richmond. Stefan Holmstrom the baritone has performed in many opera houses including Glyndebourne and Opera Holland Park and playing the cello was Angie Wilson. We are very lucky that concert organiser Sue Mileham, a soprano herself, has so many wonderful contacts in the music world. Our next concert is on May 2 (not long) and will feature Jacquie Currie, mezzo soprano, and Jonathon Steele, piano, presenting the works of Joyce Grenfell. Should be fun. If you would like to hear Stefan Holmstrom yourself, he is performing (along with many other talented musicians) at the Charity Gala in aid of the Martlets Hospice on May 16 at The Windmill Theatre, Blatchington Mill School. For tickets go to: www.ticketsource.co.uk/rotaryclubofbrightonhovesouthdowns or for more information call Hal Mileham on 01273 738043 or 07703 561208.

EXTRA SERVICES: As well as our regular 10am Sunday church service this weekend we have a special service linked to the Bethany to Jerusalem exhibition on Sunday afternoon at 4pm. This will be led by Dr Jeffrey Lake who has led services in previous years at our Easter exhibition and they are always very interesting and thought provoking. Jeff will also be leading a service connected to the exhibition on the following Sunday May 3 at 4pm. Opening times of the exhibition: 11am to 4pm this weekend Saturday and Sunday. Next weekend we are open 11am to 5pm Saturday and 11am to 2pm Sunday with the service later in the afternoon at 4pm.

Laughton

GRAND JUMBLE SALE on Saturday May 9 in Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble wanted. For more information please ring 01323 811385.

Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: At our Spring Group Meeting last Wednesday, we were treated to a whistle stop tour of all the Sussex Wildlife reserves in East and West Sussex with Michael Blencowe. We were shown beautiful images of the flora and fauna of each site and learnt how each of these reserves had their own special ecological value. We also learnt that it was Lord Rothschild who first brought the concept of Wildlife Reserves in Britain and the history of how it all began. It was a fascinating evening. Our next walk will be on Sunday at Bolney when the bluebells should be at their best. Meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am for a prompt start. New walkers are always welcome.

LEWES GROUP WI: Barcombe Women’s Institute hosted the Spring Lewes Group WI meeting at their stunning village hall on April 14. It was a beautiful sunny evening and everyone savoured the magnificent views across the countryside as well as the delicious buffet supper provided by Barcombe members. The speaker was Gary Enstone, house manager at Batemans, the former home of Rudyard Kipling, about whom Gary revealed many fascinating snippets of information. Kipling was born in Bombay, now Mumbai, but at just six years old was sent back to England for a proper education. His young life was very harsh and difficult and despite clear academic ability, he was refused admission to both Oxford and Cambridge universities because of his birthplace. Within a few years he was said to be the third most well-known person in the world after Queen Victoria and WG Grace. Many people will already know and love much of his literary work but perhaps less well known is his involvement with the Imperial War Graves Commission and that he was a leading figure in the building and dedication of many village war memorials throughout the country. He suffered many tragic events during his life and died in 1936 just a few days before King George V, leading to his death being mainly overlooked as everyone worried about the King’s health. His ashes were buried in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. Gary Enstone was an excellent speaker, with a wealth of knowledge about Kipling. He will be speaking at the Kingston WI meeting on June 4 in Kingston Parish Hall.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: If you are in Waitrose this month please don’t forget to pop your green token in the box for the Lewes Contact Centre which helps divided families to stay in contact. This Sunday, after the 10am service (at a little after 11am) Marcus Taylor will once again be selling his delicious jams and chutneys in the porch. Money raised will support two of our church members who currently live in Vinnitsa, Ukraine and work with orphans over the age of 16 who don’t receive any help from the state. On Wednesday the Annual Parish Meeting will take place at 7pm, open to everyone; followed by the Church AGM open only to those on the parish electoral roll. It isn’t too late to become a member of the church: electoral roll forms are available at the back of the church. The AGM will be followed at 8pm by a meeting of the congregations of all three Trinity churches, Southover, St John sub-Castro and South Malling, to discuss the next stage in the process of us hoping to become a single parish. We are pleased to see that work has started on St John sub-Castro church as part of the Trinity project, you may have noticed the scaffolding. Stage 1 includes replacing pews with chairs; installing a new AV system; creating a stage in the chancel; and building an office and a kitchen/café bar. The congregation are temporarily meeting in the church hall, so do join them at a service if you can. We hope this phase of the project will be completed by the end of the summer. On Sunday May 3 at 3.30pm we will have a songs of praise service featuring favourite hymns, accompanied by our choir. To request a hymn please email ken-janet@kjbridger.plus.com. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service (church hall); 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

Malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Year 5 had a wonderful trip to Southease YHA last week. They stayed over for one night and enjoyed walks on the Downs, measuring the water flow in the Ouse and eating a three course dinner at the new youth hostel. The school says many thanks to all the staff who arranged the trip and gave up their time to make it such a fun and enjoyable experience. Today, Friday, the school will once again be hosting their popular Grandparent Teas. Grandparents are invited to come into school to see their grandchild’s classroom and work, before having a cup of tea and enjoying some singing from each of the classes. Governors are consulting on lowering the entry age into the school to age three, by incorporating the onsite Windmill Nursery provision and changing the school name to South Malling CE Primary and Nursery School. As now, children attending nursery years would not automatically gain a place in the reception class at South Malling School, but the school believes the move would support even more effective school readiness for the reception year in whichever primary school they eventually attend. Anyone who has a comment or a question to ask about this should contact the school office on 01273 473016 or office@southmalling.e-sussex.sch.uk. The consultation ends on May 1.

SOUTH MALLING PARISH CHURCH will hold its annual meeting (APCM) on Sunday, after the informal service of Morning Praise which starts at 9.30am. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10.45am. It is at this meeting that churchwardens are elected and the church elects members to its council. As with the last annual meeting, this will be important in the process of agreeing to be part of the proposed new Trinity parish, including St John sub Castro and Southover. There will be a joint meeting at Southover Church on Wednesday to take this forward.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Wednesday: South Rough, Newick 9.45am-10.20am; Wivelsfield Green 10.45am-11.30am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.40am-12.25pm; Plumpton Village Hall 1.45pm-2.15pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 2.40pm-3.10pm; Laughton School 3.55pm-4.35pm.

Nevill

ANYTHING GOES: We went to see Anything Goes on Wednesday at the Town Hall, which was a really enjoyable evening. It is great see so much talent living on the Nevill Estate, both on stage and behind the scenes, and the costumes were superb too.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: What an amazing production The Tempest was. The weather was kind to us the whole week, every single adult and child acting or behind the scenes worked very hard to create Deirdre Daly’s vision of vintage circus. As the audience followed the cast around the grounds, more and more of the magic evolved. The use of the children’s prop suitcases set the look of the circus ring, and using netball posts to string lights from was so evocative. The costume department surpassed themselves, providing each character with their own look. If you came to watch you would have seen your friends and their parents in a completely different light. It was very impressive witnessing the transformation that occurred to people and the grounds. We consider it to have been a huge success and hope everyone who came and watched or were involved would agree. You should be very proud, well done. Spring Fayre is 3pm to 5.30pm on May 16 at Wallands School. We are hoping to make it a brilliant event but we are going to need lots of help to make it happen. We would love your help with seedlings and cuttings. We are going to have a home produce stall and would love it if lots of you could plant a few extra seeds/take a couple of cuttings and donate your young plants to the Spring Fayre. If you are making a batch of jam/chutney, please put a jar aside. Hannah Russell (Y4) attends Hove Gymnastics Club competition squad, and during the Easter holidays they entered a competition in Chichester. Hannah won a gold medal for her floor routine, and another gold for her vault. She also came sixth on beam and seventh on bar, placing her fourth overall in her category. Well done Hannah.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday is for all ages and will be led by Rev John Gordon at 10.30am. Today, Friday, our Tots Group will be meeting from 9.30am and hopefully the weather will be good enough to allow the children some outside play in our church garden.

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am in the village hall.

SERVICES this Sunday at St Mary’s are 8.30am Holy Communion followed at 10.30am with Informal Morning Prayer. Tomorrow, Saturday, the church and churchyard working party will be meeting at 9am. If you could spare some time that morning, you will be most welcome to go along and help.

NEWICK CINEMA will be open in the village hall from 7pm on Sunday. The film, The Imitation Game, will commence at 7.30pm. Tickets £6 on the door or email mailto:newickcinema@outlook.com.

PARISH COUNCIL: On Tuesday Newick Parish Council will be holding their last meeting before the Elections on May 7. For those councillors that are standing down, thank you for all your hard work and those that are hoping to be re-elected, good luck on May 7. The meeting will commence at 7.15pm in the Sport Pavilion.

NEWICK CRICKET CLUB will be holding their first friendly Sunday match this week against Waldron at home. The match will commence at 1pm. The junior under 13 years old will commence playing Thursday. The game will be away against Rottingdean and play will start at 6pm.

PRODUCTION: Do not miss a good night out. Newick Amateur Dramatic Society presents Prescription For Murder, a thriller that will keep the amateur detectives among you guessing to the end by Norman Robbins. May 6 to 9. Curtain up 8pm, bar opens 7.15pm. Raked seating with cushions. Tickets £9 from the box office on 01825 722359/ 01825 722985 www.newickdrama.org for internet bookings or direct from Newick Butchers or at the door on performance nights.

Plumpton

BLUEBELL TIME: A last minute reminder of the Bluebell Walk that will take place this evening (Friday) starting off from Plumpton College. Gather from 6pm for a 6.30pm start under the guidance of Reg Lanaway. Be sure to wear suitable footwear for a countryside trek. Entry fee £2, or more if you wish bearing in mind that all proceeds go to St Peter and St James Hospice.

THEATRE TIME: Plumpton Players will be performing in the village hall on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8pm. The play will be Caught in the Net by Ray Cooney and directed by David Rankin. It is a sequel to Run for your Wife and features bigamist taxi driver John Smith alive and kicking and up to his old tricks. An intriguing follow up story is to unfold and it spirals as John endeavours to juggle with the truth. Tickets at £8 are available from the village store.

TENNIS TIME: Plumpton Tennis Club will stage an open day on Sunday of next week between 11am and 4pm when anyone interested in the game is invited along. There will be free playing opportunities, coaching and demo racquets plus refreshments. All will be welcome to see what is on offer at our village club and see the progress so far achieved in the refurbishment and development of facilities.

ELECTION TIME: Do not forget that on May 7, General Election day, there will also be an election for Plumpton Parish Council that is important for our community. If you are already tired of the party political wranglings associated with the General Election do not be deterred from taking part in our village election, where we look to elect a council that is solely concerned with the wellbeing of our village community. Whether you vote in the General or District Council elections or not, you are urged to cast a vote for parish representations. There are ten candidates for nine vacancies and that is a healthy sign for the village. There will also be a Parish Council election in East Chiltington and the same comments apply.

BARGAIN TIME: Be aware that Plumpton Activity Scheme will be holding a jumble sale in the village hall on Saturday, May 9 at 2pm.

LOCAL NATURE: It is worth a trip across Chailey Common at the moment, not only to witness the seasonal changes but to see that large number of Exmoor ponies grazing away. Do, however, drive carefully if you are not on foot.

WOODLAND WALK: Progress is being made towards providing an attractive walk on the periphery of the playing field using the grant obtained from the Zero Heroes project.

LEVEL CROSSING: The parish council is concerned at the lack of information from Network Rail in the light of the considerable work that has and still is being undertaken towards the replacement of the level crossing gates. Despite statements over a period of several years that a planning application ‘is about to be made’, no such application has been lodged. The council is pressing for more information and has asked MP Norman Baker to become involved. It would be no understatement to say that there is general mistrust regarding Network Rail’s motives and intentions. We hope that such feelings are unfounded, but need urgent assurances to dispel them.

BEVERN STREAM: The parish council was alerted to a fear that the stream may be contaminated following tests apparently carried out by a university student. The council immediately contacted the Environment Agency that swiftly carried out its own tests, the results of which give the stream a clean bill of health.

WENDY KAILL BEQUEST: Positive investigations are ongoing to find a project in memory of Wendy and her adoptive mother, Hope Good, utilising Wendy’s generous bequest. The goal is to find a lasting project for the benefit of the community as a whole, but with the accent on youth.

POLICING: The parish council received a report concerning the vast savings that have already been made and are still to come in respect of Sussex Police budget (totalling £100m over 10 years). The police appear to be upbeat that the further savings can be made whilst maintaining a responsive service, relying on increased efficiency, technology and co-operation with neighbouring forces. However, a statement that the police may be less visible did not trigger a great deal of confidence. It is inevitable there will be a reduction in manpower and although it is, by all accounts, not possible to make police officers redundant, their numbers will inevitably be reduced and PCSOs and civilians do not enjoy such protection. Does the term ‘responsive’ indicate reaction rather than proactivity? Response to what are termed minor matters will cease. Much emphasis is being placed on the claims the crime rate is low in our area, but the fact is it does exist and further cuts could well lead to its growth. My personal fear is that, once again, rural areas will suffer the most for obvious operational reasons, despite the fact they seem to have become a prime target for some criminals.

GOOD NEWS? There seems to be a distinct lack of it generally. However, last Saturday Plumpton Junior Footballers held their end of season shindig and awards ceremony and what a great occasion it was. There were some very interesting games involving both youngsters (boys and girls) and parents. This has got to be a great success story with so many youngsters taking part and so many parents involved in the organisation. It just demonstrates what can be achieved in a small community if only people will give a little of their time to generate such healthy and enjoyable activity. This really is what village life is all about.

Ringmer

THE HISTORY GROUP meets tonight (Friday) in the village hall. The evening will start at 7.45pm with the AGM. After a short break, the talk entitled Victorian and Edwardian Village Photography will begin at 8pm. David Simkin is a photo-historian who runs the Sussex PhotoHistory website. He will be talking about the early photographers who were active in the villages around Lewes, including the Ringmer photographers Frank Walter Burgess and G.F. Burtt. David will illustrate his talk with primary sources and examples taken from his large collection of photographs taken in the Lewes area during the Victorian and Edwardian period.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The football season ends this weekend with the first team having an away trip to Pagham tomorrow, Saturday, whilst the seconds play Pagham reserves at home with a 3pm kick off at the Caburn. It is intended to run a coach to Pagham and there are spaces left for supporters, just let the club know should you wish to travel on the coach. On Sunday the under 18s are at home to Rottingdean with an 11am kick off at the Caburn. The Football and Social Club’s postponed AGM takes place on Wednesday at the Caburn Pavillion with registration at 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start. Finally, all teams would like to thank supporters for their continued support during this very difficult season.

WI SPRING FAIR: The not to be missed WI Spring Fair in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) is from 10am to 12.30pm. A morning full of activity with lots of stalls selling cakes, books, good-as-new, crafts, bric-a-brac, and a vintage stall. There will also be a tombola, a raffle, and a variety of games for the children including the key-to-the-castle, refreshments and much more.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday are as follows: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Parish Eucharist and 6.30pm Marriage Thanksgiving Service: Everyone is welcome to come along to celebrate Marriage. The service this year is led by members of the Mothers’ Union. Refreshments will be served in the Church Room afterwards.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 15, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 2, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley; 3, Alan Disney and David Warner. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

ADULTS NEARLY NEW SALE: Come and sell your clothes and pick up a few bargains at this fun social evening on April 30. In aid of St Peter and St James’ Hospice, please start looking out items you can sell to help this cause. Contact Marisa Hayes 01273 812790 for information.

BOOK SALE: Last week’s book sale for St Peter and St James Hospice made a wonderful £416. Many thanks to the Ringmer traders and businesses who kindly gave raffle prizes, to Ringmer Scouts and the support group’s team of helpers. Don’t forget that we collect used printer cartridges for the benefit of the Hospice. If you have any to spare, please bring them to Wednesday Coffee Break at the village hall, or put them in the box provided at the back of the church.

Rodmell & Southease

CYCLISTS: It’s lovely to see walkers and cyclists out in force on the new cycle paths around the area. However, there are still a lot of lycra clad zoomers on racing bikes not using these facilities which were built at great cost and people putting up quite a fight to get them. Someone from Ringmer phoned into a radio programme complaining that the new cycle path between Ringmer and Lewes is not being used by some cyclists and I’ve heard more people saying the same thing. The questions, why do they not use it?

RUBBISH: Another thing mentioned on the local radio is the amount of rubbish alongside our roads, especially between Falmer and Patcham, on the by-pass, it’s awful. What must visitors to this country think about our slovenly habits? We suffer on the C7 with cartons of food thrown out of car windows from fast food establishments. Another problem is the amount of people that empty their car ash trays in car parks, leaving behind a pile of cigarette ends, parking tickets and chewing gum.

JOBS: I use many of the small shops and businesses in the area, mainly because the staff are pleasant and actually seem to care about people and like their jobs, but I do use some of the larger stores and supermarkets as well. I am surprised nearly all of them have notices up stating they need staff. We hear there aren’t jobs around but I can tell you some are very short staffed and are advertising. Is it that people just don’t want to work?

MEETING: Lewes Town and County B&B Group had a well attended and successful meeting in Selmeston Village Hall on Thursday April 16. Lewes and surrounding areas are very popular with tourists, walkers and bikers and B&Bs have been popular with so many people. The Lewes Town and County B&B booklet has gone down very well.