Parish pump Lewes - April 26, 2013


OPEN DAY: A reminder that the tennis club is having an Open Day on Sunday from 2pm with tea offered at 4pm.This is an opportunity for members to meet and serve in the new season as well as anyone wanting to check out the club. We will be running our popular Rusty Rackets so that newcomers to the game or just plain rusty folk can have a go and enjoy this lovely sport. All standards welcome.

FOOTBALL: A busy time for the teams due to cramming in un-played games. Tuesday, April 16, Div 2: Hartfield 0 Barcombe 1(K Black). Saturday April 20: Barcombe 1 (J Roberts) Newick 2. Div 10 Saturday April 29: Hrydraquip III 2, Barcombe II 3 ( D Sutton). Tomorrow, Saturday, our teams play Sporting Elite at home and Cherry Lane II at home.


TOY AND RAIL Collectors Fair tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm at the Bluebell Railway.

FETE: St George’s Day Fete at the sports ground tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 4pm. There will be lots of stalls including games for everyone, bric-a-brac, plants, cakes, books, refreshments and tombola. There is plenty of parking. For more details call Richie on 01273 400989.

PISTON HEADS Breakfast Meet is at the Five Bells on Sunday from 10am to midday and anything with an engine is most welcome. Great hot dogs and bacon rolls. For more information call Robin on 0182572 2259.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church on Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am and everyone is invited to join him in prayers. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Dennis Read and 6.15pm with Rob Dillingham, to include communion. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

CRICKET sees Chailey in the first friendly game of the season against Smallfield on Sunday. Players to join this team are always welcome, whether you are able to commit to games regularly or occasionally. Also friendly games are a great opportunity for fathers and sons (aged 14 years or over) to play together. If you would like to play call 01273 89077.

MUSEUM: 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 interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past 100 years. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16 years. For more information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

ANNUAL PARISH Meeting takes place on Monday at 7.30pm in the village hall. This is an opportunity to meet our parish councillors, representatives from the police force, Commons Society, youth group, bonfire society, sports club and the Commons Ranger Service. Everyone is invited to arrive at or after 7pm to enjoy a glass of fruit juice or wine and discuss matters informally with councillors and representatives before the start of the meeting.

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

VILLAGE Information Point session is on Friday May 3 when the parish clerk will be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have. Also as some households have not collected their copy of Diamond Jubilee map, specially made by the parish council, these copies are on sale at the Coffee Stop and cost £2.

TASTE OF Tai Chi is at the village hall on Fridays from 11.15am to 12.15pm. For further details or to book a place call Lisa Sang on 01825 721020.

LINK WALK is on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, and this year Chailey Sports Club and the Millennium Walk Committee are using the event to raise funds towards the new pavilion. Sponsorship forms are available from the Horns Lodge or can be requested at The walk starts at 10am from the Sports Pavilion, on a route (leaflets with directions will be provided) which is approximately 6.5 miles, though a shorter route version of 4.5 miles is possible. Children who complete the walk will be given a commemorative certificate. Refreshments will be available before the walk from 9.15am and from midday there will be a hog roast and afternoon entertainment including tractor rides, beat the goalie competitions and more. For more information about the Link Walk call John Smith on 01825 723519.

cooksbridge, offham & hamsey

ARRIVAL: Last week when I had someone working here, they remarked on how many old swallows nests were around. I told him that I wondered if we would get any following such a long hard winter. I also told him the story of Derek’s father who was so overjoyed when the first swallows arrived and that he would ring me and ask me to come over to lunch. He would then insist that we had a glass of pink champagne to celebrate the occasion. He would then take a basket of bread down to the feed room and it was a sight to behold as the swallows would settle around him for their share of the bread. He continued this right up until the year of his death aged 97 and I promised that if we came to live here I would make sure that all of the birds would be well fed. Having been asked about the old nests last Tuesday it was a joyful occasion for me to when the next day I was told that two swallows had just arrived in the feed room and were swooping around. Since then a lot more have arrived and during the lovely weekend my granddaughter was out with her camera hoping to get some shots of them. No celebrations with pink champagne any more but I am delighted when these charming little birds return for the summer.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Offham, Sunday, Holy Communion 8am. Sunday Club in the church hall 10.15am. Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the church hall. Coffee in the hall could be followed by lunch at the Blacksmiths Arms and then right on the doorstep a visit to the Open Gardens at Offham House which will be open from 1pm to 5pm.

ESCC ELECTIONS: Election fever is now underway with all the paperwork dropping through the letterbox etc. Why when there is a letterbox and a paperbox do they need to leave it stuck on gateposts where last week one lot of papers took off in the wind. It would also be nice to see the candidates who wish to be elected. Not much use turning up on the doorstep when it is all over.

GET WELL: I was so sorry to receive a note from my dear old friend Tony Shephard who has been in the wars after a fall and has a fractured right arm. Now hopefully on the road to recovery, Tony would like to convey his thanks for all the care and kindness he has received from all the nursing and physiotherapy staff, especially in Lewes at Meadow Lodge. Also for all the visits from so many Offham church folk and all the cards etc. It is possible that Tony may have to have an operation on his fractured arm and in true Tony Shephard style he tells me not to laugh at the following: He has been invited by his specialist to become the subject and model before a group of students (medical ones) at the Sussex County, although he does not think at the actual op. He finishes by telling me he has another concert planned for September to raise money for his Gambian Nursery School project. With true grit he then adds it is quite difficult and uncomfortable to write. Dear Tony, I am amazed that you have even managed to put pen to paper.

PLANNING: There has been much concern over the proposed planning application for the Rainbow Inn at Cooksbridge. The latest news is that those who have objected recently received a letter from the planning department headed Further Information Received which I think should read, amended plans, as it alters the original proposal which was: Erection of side and rear extension to the Inn, refurbishment and alterations to adjacent stable and storage building to provide additional service accommodation, cold storage and overnight accommodation. It now proposes number of letting units reduced from 12 to seven, removal of two storey frontage unit, revised parking layout with 26 spaces. Application No: LW/13/0047 which can be viewed online at http;// or full plans can be viewed at Planning Services, Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday. The application for the Rainbow is still under consideration. Both the Rainbow and the adjoining property are listed Grade 2 buildings and are in a Conservation Area and it should be noted that there is a Culvert that runs in between the inn and the adjoining property and I know that the adjoining garden have newts, frogs and bats.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The Monday Afternoon Club meet again on May 13 in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. The speaker will be Michael Bird who will be talking about Bees. Details later.

FIRST HAMSEY SUNDAY is on May 5 when there will be Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6pm which will be the Rogation Service.


LADIES’ GROUP: After two cancellations due to bad weather, the Ladies’ Group were able to meet and welcome David Porter to talk about Clayton Tunnel. The turrets over the tunnel are a well known landmark, and David has lived in the cottage nestled between the turrets for 13 years. David’s power point presentation took us into the cottage and the surrounding garden, and gave many interesting facts, and sad ones such as the horrific train crash inside the tunnel in 1861. The meeting passed quickly and was enjoyed by all. The next meeting on Tuesday May 14 in the Parish Hall, will be another interesting talk by Tom Donovan on The Chattri, the monument dedicated to Indian soldiers who died during the first World War. Visitors are always welcome to the meetings, and men too if they would like to attend.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: Frances in the village is now walking the last leg of this famous walk in Spain, having completed the other stages over the past two years. Frances came to the Ladies Group last year to talk about his experience, and hopefully he will return to give us his update. We wish him every success.

TUESDAY APRIL 30: Everyone in the village has been invited to join in with a village clean up, meeting at 10am at the Swan, with gloves, tools and plastic bags. A great idea let us hope for a good response.

WALKING THE DOG last week we met up with two pretty girls both on bikes. First was Honey who is five, and had only just a few minutes before we met up with her, been able to prove to herself she could ride without her stabilisers. Well done Honey and you have every right to be proud. Second was Georgia, who was returning from a trek over the downs, she stopped to chat and told us she will be off to work in Greece very shortly, just for a short while. We wish Georgia well, and look forward to hearing all about it on her return.


U3A Lewes Lecture at Lewes Town Hall, Council Chamber, 2.30pm on Tuesday. What’s New About Walking In Sussex Today? by Maire McQueenie. What gets people out and about has changed in the last 20 years, leading to today’s walking for health and extraordinary walking challenges. Lewes lectures are free and all are welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: Lewes Supporters Group for St Peter & St James Hospice are holding a coffee morning at Cliffe Hall (next to St Thomas Church, Cliffe) tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Cake, plant and book stalls, refreshments and tombola. All welcome.

ANNUAL OUTING: Last Wednesday, the Friends of Anne of Cleves House set off on their annual outing. This year it was to Petworth House. They all set off aboard the lovely mini-bus provided by Community Transport (CTLA) and stopped for refreshment at Steyning, in a delightful coffee shop filled with local cheeses, fruit and vegetables and other delicious things. On arrival at Petworth House, the Friends were awed by the amazing sculptures and pictures, Turners, Constables, Gainsborough, a fantastic array of works of art in a gallery looking out onto a landscape by Capability Brown. They were whisked home after this cultural feast and declared it an amazing day. The lovely Anne of Cleves House looked like a shoebox after Petworth and not a Turner in sight.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL has been looking forward to seeing grandparents and relatives at their Grandparents Tea Parties today (Friday). Grandparents of Key Stage 1 children have been invited at 10am to and Key Stage 2’s grandparents at 2pm. They will be treated to a visit to their grandchild’s classroom to look at their work, followed by refreshments in the hall accompanied by entertainment from their grandchildren and the choir. This is always a well-attended and much-enjoyed occasion. Year 5 children have started swimming lessons at the Leisure Centre this term. At their first lesson they received two compliments about their wonderful behaviour, one from an elderly gentleman who had just finished his swim and said how polite and respectful the children were and the other from the pool staff who said they were the best behaved school they had. The Friends of South Malling (PTA) met on Monday to discuss forthcoming fundraising events, including the Fun Run on Friday May 24 and the Summer Fete on Saturday July 6. The Governor’s Strategy Committee met on Wednesday and discussed a range of school development topics as well as some possible responses to the fast changing educational landscape we find ourselves in.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH. Churchwarden, Trevor Pearce told the congregation that Al and Harriet Pickering had received their Gift cheque and passed on their thanks for the send-off last week. Members collected a booklet giving information for the annual church meeting on Sunday, when some important decisions will be made. This will begin at 11am, following a Communion Service (beginning at 9.30am) at which the celebrant will be Revd Glen Hocken who is a Chaplain at Lewes Prison and on the staff team at St John sub Castro. Members are reminded that Family Services have now switched to the second Sunday of each month, so the next one will be on the May 12. Children’s clubs run in the Tower Room and the Upper Room as usual in all other services. All are welcome.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 10.40am to 11.10am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 11.30am to noon; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.40pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2pm to 2.30pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 2.45pm to 3.15pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.40pm to 4pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.30am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.30am to 11am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.15am to 11.35pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 11.45am to 12.10pm; South Rough, Newick 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Oldaker, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm.


MY BLOG: We spent a lovely Sunday with my brother and sister in law along with both my sisters which we do two or three times a year and it is booked well in advance as we all live such busy lives we would never otherwise see each other together as a family. Could we now start to believe spring has arrived and our thoughts might be aiming for a good hot summer. It has certainly been lovely enough to start the annual garden tidy up. The Magnolia is about to bloom as are the Camelias although our neighbours’ one has been out now for weeks. It is difficult to know when is going to be the best time to visit the NT gardens to see these shrubs and the azaleas as they are probably going to be at their best later than usual. Nevill sports day is not far away, so those fantastic Olympic memories of last year will hopefully inspire our young Nevill children to participate with encouragement from mums, dads and grandparents of course. We had a good trip to Rochester with the Riverside Club too last week. We managed to find time to go over the lovely Cathedral which is amazingly free to enter and also the Guildhall Museum which is also free and is very interesting and innovative.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be Family Together Worship. After this we will be having a church meeting followed by a lunch. Christ Church Tots will be meeting on Friday between 9.30am and 11.30am. Our Landlubbers Holiday Club is booking fast and we have filled over half of the places. If you have a child who is in reception up to and including Year 6 and they would like to come along please email us The club will be held on Wednesday July 31 to Friday August 2 from 10am to 12.30pm and the cost is £6 for all three mornings. There will be a family barbecue on Saturday August 3 so that parents, carers and friends can see what the children have been doing during the Holiday Club.

NEVILL SHARES had a successful first planning meeting on Sunday April 14 with lots of enthusiasm and ideas. It was agreed to have a picnic on the Green on July 7 and to start monthly Sunday afternoon get-togethers from September with board games, sewing and knitting, sharing memories of the Nevill, garden advice etc. as well as tea and cake. To join the mailing list please e mail


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am till 11am in the village hall. There is always a good selection of cakes and savoury items as well as eggs, preserves, greetings cards and knitted items. There may be some plants for summer planting. Make sure you arrive early then you will not be disappointed.

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday, Newick Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning in the Community Centre from 8am till 1pm. Also on the Village Green will be a Spring Boot Sale. Cars £8, vans £10. Please book by calling 01825 722418. There will be cakes, savouries etc for sale plus tombola, and the Plotters Trading Post. Fingers crossed that the lovely sunny warm weather will continue, and a large crowd hopefully will attend.

THE CRICKET SEASON has at long last started and the fixtures for this weekend are as follows: According to the fixture card the first XI have no game whilst the second XI will be playing away at Ringmer, this game commences at 2pm. The Sunday friendly game is at home against Old Blues, at 1.30pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s this weekend are 8am Holy Communion followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. There will also be Evensong Service at 6.30pm. Lifts to church are available if booked in advance on 01825 722582. Everyone welcome.


BLUEBELL WALK: The annual Bluebell Walk in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice will take place today, Friday. Meet at Plumpton College equestrian centre at 6pm to take part. Entry costs £2 (children £1). Please wear sensible footwear.

ANOTHER WALK: The Footpath Society will be off again on Sunday. Meet at 2.30pm at the car park in Forest Row (TQ426 353) ready for a five mile walk on Vanguard Way, Cansiron Lane, Papersdale Wood, Wickwood and Forest Way. If you need to know more ring 01825 723716.

AM DRAM: Plumpton Players will be performing in the village hall this evening, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, evening. There will be a double bill of two plays by David Tristram. Tickets at the door or ring 01273 890952.

PARISH MEETING: Be sure to go along to the village hall on Tuesday for the Annual Parish Meeting. This year it will take a different format with displays about the parish council’s work and from other local groups and societies. The hall will be open from 5pm and the parish council chairman, Terry Thompsett, will give an address at about 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available courtesy of pupils from Plumpton School. This will be an informal gathering designed to let residents see what is going on in the village, including the council’s work, and give everyone the opportunity to ask questions and express opinions. Do take the opportunity to drop in whenever it suits you. It is likely that the session will go on until just after 8pm.

COFFEE MORNING: On Thursday there will be a coffee morning at 22 West Gate in aid of the Plumpton Voluntary Driving Scheme (gets you to the doctor on time). It will run from 10.30am until noon and absolutely everyone will be welcome to attend.

SPONSORED WALK: Judith Miller with her son Andrew and her late husband Ian’s daughter Alison with her husband Bob will be off on a coast-to-coast walk again in memory of Ian, this time to raise funds for the charity Melanoma Focus. The walk will cover 192 miles starting at St Bees in Cumbria and ending at Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. If you would like to sponsor this gallant team there are forms in the village shop and All Saints’ church. The walk will commence on June 3.

NEW COUNCILLOR: Susan George was co-opted on to Plumpton Parish Council at last week’s meeting to fill the vacancy that occurred. Her presence will bring more young enthusiasm and ideas to the council.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The AGM of this Group takes place in the Jack Hart Hall tonight, Friday, commencing at 7.30pm. After this short meeting at 7.45pm Bob Cairns and the Roman Ringmer Group will be providing more information on the route of the Roman road which runs through the village. David Millum, co-director of the Culver Archaeological Project, will then share with the meeting the latest information about the major Roman settlement discovered in the fields of Bridge Farm.

THE BOWLS CLUB opened their Green this season with a match the Ladies versus the Gents and the Gents won. If anyone is interested in joining the club members will be at the Green from 8am to 10am tomorrow, Saturday.

CONCERT: This will take place tomorrow, Saturday, in St Mary’s Church at 2.30pm. There will be a variety of music for flute and harp with the Zaffre Duo, Anne Hodgson flute and Sally Course harp. The audience are most welcome to join them for refreshments in the Church Room after the concert and there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. The concert is in aid of Keetje Steele and she will be present at the concert. It would be great to have a large audience as Keetje plans to use St Peter and St James as part of her care plan for the future and is fundraising for them in a number of ways.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team do not have a fixture as they only have one league game left to play which will be against Hailsham at home on Saturday, May 4 when all Div 1 teams finish their fixtures on the same day. However, there is still some football at The Caburn on Saturday when Rye play Dorking in a league fixture with a 3pm kick off. The Ringmer Reserve team are due to play Rye Reserves immediately after this match but this fixture may not take place so please check with the club or the website. On Thursday Rye FC will once again be using the Ringmer pitch to play their league fixture against Sidley FC and kick off at The Caburn will be 7.45pm.

FAMILY CROQUET: Do remember that this will again take place this Sunday in the Cheyney Field from 2pm to 4pm. There will be various activities for the children whilst the adults have a go at croquet. Do try to get along to try out this game. Drinks available, bring chairs/rugs. No charge, donations welcome. Contact Jonathan Franklin for more information on 01273 813189 or e- mail him on

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall Christine Nash will be giving a demonstration entitled Strictly Flowers. New members and visitors (£4) are very welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on April 17 was: 1, Pam Brook and David Warner; 2, Steve Cocking and David Coutinho; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Contact 01273 814220.

QUIZ NIGHT: Advance notice that the Friends of Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form are holding this event at the college on Friday, May 10 from 7pm to 9.30pm. Do go along as a team of six or join one of the Friends of Ringmer teams - students, family and friends all welcome. Cost of the ticket is £3 per person to include fish and chip supper and soft drink or you may like to bring your own drinks. Tickets are now available from the college reception.

OPEN MORNING: On Saturday, May 11 from 10am to noon the bowls club is having an Open Morning and on Tuesday, May 14 they will be having an Open Evening from 6pm onwards. The club is looking for new members so why not go along and you can always bring a friend. Bowls will be provided but please wear flat soled shoes. Try your hand at bowls and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea, be introduced to the club and some of its members. This is a very active club whose outdoor season commenced on Sunday, April 21 and continues to the end of September. With home and away matches, at weekends and mid-week, plus club competitions and league matches there is plenty for everyone if you wish to participate.

COFFEE MORNING: The Ringmer Branch of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal are holding a coffee morning in the Symons Hall, village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am. There will be a raffle and a bring and buy stall. All welcome.

rodmell & southease

WELL SPRING has really sprung. Rodmell is looking wonderful at the moment with all the spring flowers and magnolias out. It seems magnolias and fig trees really like it in this area as they do so well. The cock pheasant that appears to have adopted us is getting very cheeky and comes into the kitchen if I leave the door open. He is also causing havoc in the garden, as it seems he thinks his reflection in the greenhouse is a rival so has been spending hours pecking the glass and then gets into the greenhouse if the door is left open to sort the rival out, result chaos. I’ve half solved the problem by acquiring an old mirror from a friend and putting it in another part of the garden so he now spends hours attacking his reflection in this. Let’s hope when the mating season closes he will calm down.

PARISH ASSEMBLY: Rodmell Annual Parish Assembly on Friday April 19 was well attended and there were not many questions from the floor this year so the village must be pretty contented. Thanks go to all members of the parish council who cope with the village affairs very well.

THE C7 is having a real face-lift at the moment and is looking good with new tree planting, verges being tidied, trees being thinned out and cut down to make clearer vision. Thanks to all those doing the hard work on it.

SEVERAL READERS have mentioned to me that I have not put certain things in the PP that I said I would. In fact I have, but they have gone into the Newhaven/Seaford edition as I found when I checked it. Sorry folks, not guilty.

SCHOOL: Rodmell CE Primary School currently has 64 children, a lot from outside the village. The school is always keen to work with the local community and villagers. If you are interested in helping on a weekly basis, as some villagers already do, please contact the school for more information on 01273 473916. The school also has a new website

PRODUCE STALL: Several villagers have expressed an interest in running a stall by the notice board to sell local village produce and crafts. The idea is to coincide with the opening times of Monk’s House, on Wednesday and Friday afternoons (1pm to 4pm), starting on June 5. Producers will share manning the stall and 10 percent of takings would be donated to village causes, the balance being retained by the producer. For further information contact 470935.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in keeping up with what is going on in the village, check out Rodmell Village Website Information sent to is posted on the website free of charge within a few days.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI meet in the village hall on the third Tuesday of each month. We are a small group of about 20 currently and looking to recruit new members.

WOOD SCHEME: This vibrant community scheme which uses our field, provides fire wood at cost price to Rodmell residents and has more joining every year. This season it will be trying something new, buying in ready cut and seasoned logs in bulk. This will mean much less work, and a lower price, for members. Please contact Tim Rabjohns for more details.

STEAK NIGHTS and Quiz Nights at our pub continue to be very popular. Another quiz night is coming up. Look at the pub boards for details.


FOLK CLUB: Tonight, Friday, the Folk Club at Royal British Legion Club will be rocking (or should that be folking?) with music as they hold another of their popular singers and musicians nights. The meeting starts at 8pm.

SPRING FAIR: Save the Children will be holding a Spring Fair at the Clinton Centre (opposite Tesco) tomorrow from 10.30am to noon. There will be lots of stalls including bric-a-brac, plants, books, quality clothes and of course refreshments too. Do pop along to find out more about other events throughout the year including a junior football tournament and a garden party.

QUIZ: Seaford Twinning Association are preparing to host our German visitors later in the year. Tomorrow, Saturday, night they will be hosting a fun Quiz Night at 37 Church Street at 7.15pm. Refreshments are available but call Garry on 01424 201610 for further details.

CONCERT: St Leonard’s Church is hosting Seaford Choral Society’s Spring Concert tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 7.30pm. The programme includes work by Mendelssohn and Rutter. Call 01323 492791 for further information.

BOWLING: The bowling club on the Corner of Chichester Road and Blatchington Road (next to the temporary library) will be open to the public from 10am to noon on Sunday for you to try your hand. Lilian James is at the end of the phone (01323 892380) if you want to know more.

RAF SERVICE: The first annual Bomber Command Mission Accomplished memorial service will take place at the new Bomber Command memorial at Beachy Head on Sunday at 3pm. I know that many readers will be interested in attending this short service to commemorate the 55,573 men of the RAF who flew such difficult missions in the war.

ST THOMAS MORE Church hosts another concert on Sunday afternoon. They have the Corelli Ensemble which will have a varied programme including Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Tickets are £12 on the door although children are free.

NEW CLUB: The Townswomen’s Guild (TWG) is starting off a new group in Seaford. Known as the Blatchington Hill TWG, the new group hope to arrange an exciting and interesting programme of events dependent on the need of its members. If you are interested, why not pop along to Seaford (Blatchington) Golf Club at 7.30pm on Tuesday evening to find out more. Future meetings will be held at St Peter’s Church Hall but if you want more information call Sandra on 01323 899845 or Carol on 01323 896227.

TOWN FORUM: The town council are holding their annual Town Forum on Tuesday evening at 7pm. This will be one of the last events attended by our Mayor Linda Wallraven who has done such a superb job over the last two years. She will be reporting on her fund-raising for her two charities, St James Trust and the Seaford Downs Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group. Grants will also be presented. If you have any queries about the work of the Council during the past year, this is your opportunity to question councillors. An agenda for the meeting is available now on the council web-site or from 37 Church Street. The meeting will be held at the Baptist Church in Belgrave Road.

COMMUNITY GARDEN: Plants are popping up all over the Community Garden on the Crouch. It is open to the public on Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm so why not pop in and see the spring flowers and produce. Some plants may be available to buy and there is always something to sample.

PHOTO COMPETITION: The Mayor’s Photography Competition hopes to raise funds for the Seaford Downs Syndrome Support Group and the St James’ Trust. The theme is Hidden Gems of Seaford and entry forms are available from M&Co. Entry (which closes tomorrow, Saturday,) is £3 per photo.

MARTELLO WALK: The Seaford Martello Rotary Charity Circular Walk of 13.5 miles is next weekend for Sussex Air Ambulance. Register by calling 07934 183021. Last year over £5,000 was raised for Cancer Research UK.