Parish Pump Lewes - August 2, 2013

Village news
Village news

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THE VILLAGE HALL was the target for vandals over last weekend, damage to the parking lights costing a four figure sum to replace. The committee will assess the need for replacement. Any information people have could be of help to the PCSO.

WALKING GROUP: Our next walk is a two hour walk led by John Smith around the Fairwarp area of Ashdown Forest. Meet at 2.30pm on Sunday at Lampool Lodge, Maresfield. The first drive on the right off the Lampool roundabout (B2026 exit).

BOWLING: Saturday, July 27 away to Balcombe: Despite the dreadful forecast we played the full 18 ends. Jas Osmond 14 D Dean 19, John Blackmore 17 Adam Galbraith 16, Les Line 16 B Jacques 13, Derek Stewart 19 Peter Green 12. Club won 66-60.

STOOLBALL: One more league match to go before the top four from each division qualify to compete at Seaford on Sunday, and I am delighted to say that, so far, out of 13 matches we have only lost one, so we will definitely be going. Our last match being played at Ditchling on July 30. This week we played Ringmer at home. Barcombe 130 (Angharad Hills 53 runs, Angharad Hills 5 wickets for 35, Paula Peters 4-31). Ringmer 66. We also played away to Wivelsfield Green. Wivelsfield 146. Barcombe 164 (Janet Hughes 51 runs, Angharad Hills 50 runs), bit of a nail-biter but very enjoyable.

Chailey

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game at Bolney tomorrow, Saturday. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

JUMBLE SALE in aid of Newick Youth Theatre is tomorrow, Saturday, at Chailey Village Hall at 11am, admission 30p. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated on the day from 9am or for collection call 01825 722802 or 07904124031.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and an all age family service at 10am which will be followed by Pete’s Pantry. Everyone is welcome to visit Pete’s Pantry where there will be homemade cakes, pies and preserves along with garden produce and lots more on sale to help raise funds for the church improvements. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Paul Daniels and 6.15pm with Simon Allaby.

THE WI members’ meeting in July was a brief history of wine by Mike Godley, along with an explanation of the better growing areas and an opportunity to sample a few of the varieties and grades of wine now available. The meeting on Tuesday will be held in the village hall not as given on the written programme. There will be a presentation by Sally Varlow on the life and work of Marjorie Davies, who was a resident of Chailey and, for many years, illustrated the front cover of our parish magazine Chailey News. She also illustrated a number of short stories for Enid Blyton. Prospective members and visitors will be made most welcome; there is a nominal charge of £2.

VINTAGE HARVEST FAIR is at Townings Farm, Plumpton Road, on Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1, from 10am to 4pm. If you would like to display vintage machinery or have a craft stall please call Carole on 01444 471352 to make arrangements. Camping is available at £5 a tent and £6 a caravan and is bookable in advance.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

HAMSEY CHURCH: Sunday, Holy Communion 8am and Evensong at 6pm.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Sunday Club in the church hall 10.15am and Parish Communion followed by coffee in the hall 10.30am.

FOOTWAY: The proposed footway along Beechwood Lane has been much discussed and it was reported at the last hall trustees meeting that Cllr St Pierre has confirmed that the 2013/14 budget includes a detailed design and costing for a footway, but there is still uncertainty about what form this will take, when it will be available and whether the trustees will be able to use the design to obtain alternative quotations. It is a matter of the utmost importance for the trustees, the parish council and the neighbourhood planning team, as was demonstrated by the substantial funding committee by the parish. Input needs to be ongoing so that there is plenty of time in which to prepare a convincing and professional presentation for the ESCC 2014/15 budget. At the meeting in June the trustees were seeking an urgent meeting with Cllr St Pierre, Highways and representatives from the trustees and the parish council. That meeting may now have taken place and will probably be discussed at the trustees’ next meeting on Tuesday at the village hall.

SWALLOWS: I am pleased to say the swallows are still very active and over the weekend Brian Walter came out to ring some more babies. During this hot spell I have noticed a lot more activity during the early evening when they are swooping low over the house and in the drive catching bugs and insects. It has been a great year for blackbirds and thrushes with lots of young ones and it is surprising how many robins have bred as I keep seeing fluffy little fledglings. The only unwelcome bird is the buzzard that has bred up in the wood again and we think it is responsible for taking some of the young ducks.

SUCCESS: Following the dreadful Schmallenberg virus we had a couple of years ago we had not shown any sheep, but were delighted at the weekend when my son came back from the Maidstone Sheep Sale and Show with a handful of rosettes to add to the large collection he has.

THE WHITE CLIFFS: In one of Derek’s letters to his parents just before the Battle of Alamein one of his requests was for his sister to go to Lewes and find a book entitled The White Cliffs to send to him. I have wondered all these years why he wanted it and what it was about and never found out if Betty had managed to find a copy. As it has taken years to sort not only his hoarding but also his parents’ large collection of books etc, I only tackle it when the mood takes me. As it has been cooler inside than out I decided to have another sort out and am thrilled to have found, tucked in a brown paper bag right at the back of Derek’s old filing cabinet, the little book with a note attached to say it had given him great strength when he received it and he would treasure it always. I can see now why he may have wanted it as it is a small poetry book by Alice Duer Miller written during World War 2. The first poem is of course about the White Cliffs of Dover. It is amazing the little book came back from Alamein intact. Having now read some of the moving poems I can understand how a young soldier may have found solace in the poems before going into battle. I wonder where the book was found in Lewes.

SNAKES ALIVE: Although I used to see snakes regularly here, especially near the patio pond, I have not seen any for some time so had a fright when I went out to feed the birds. The moorhens have over the years scratched and dug which has left a hole on the edge of the lawn where I feed them. As I bent over I heard hissing and suddenly the most enormous grass snake uncoiled itself and slithered onto the paving and into the pond and swam to the other side. Since then I have been very careful where I walk and make sure I have garden gloves on.

Falmer

WEATHER WARNINGS: We have been issued with many weather warnings in the past couple of weeks, telling us there would be downpours equal to a month’s worth of rain in a couple of hours and (at the time of writing) these dire warnings have thankfully not been necessary here in Falmer. Speaking to people just the other side of the Downs it seems they have had far more stormy weather and rain than we have. The gentle showers we had last Saturday were just enough to give all the plants a nice wetting and bring my cuttings on nicely.

WATER: The lack of water has been hard for some birds and animals. The many blackbirds in our garden have started making raids on the tomatoes we are growing and getting the juice out of the fruits. Other animals can be even more destructive. Rosemarie told me recently badgers have dug up a bumble bee nest in her garden for several years running. The next day we discovered a wasps nest had been dug up in our garden. This must have been a badger, trying to get at the grubs.

ART AND SOUL: Plans are progressing for our August exhibition Art and Soul. Unbelievably this will be our seventh year of showing artwork in the village hall and St Laurence Church. This year’s line-up promises to be an exciting one with new artists and old favourites. Check out our Art and Soul at Falmer facebook page for more information or the Lewes Artwave website.

FOOTBALL: The new football season has started and if you are coming and going to or from Falmer there will be stewards at the entrances to the village on match days. If you are attending an event in the village the stewards will have been told about it and will happily let you in. Traffic problems seem to have settled since the stadium first opened and there should not be too much of a hold-up on match days if you are coming to the village; just allow yourself a little extra time. Traffic problems may have eased but I do wish they wouldn’t use the tannoy at 5am.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL: We are celebrating Falmer church’s patron saint’s day on Saturday August 10 at noon at St Laurence Church. The preacher will be Fr David Biggs from the Chapel Royal in Brighton. The Eucharist service will be followed by a bring and share buffet lunch. All are very welcome.

Glynde & Beddingham

STOOLBALL: The Glynde Butterflies Stoolball Team have been invited to play in the August evening league. This is a fun or friendly league and a chance for the village team to play established league teams. The Butterflies will play Adastra (Hassocks) on Tuesday, away; Plumpton on August 13, home; Barcombe on August 20, home; and Ditchling on a date still to be arranged. All games start at 6.30pm sharp. If you are able to, please come and support your village team. Tea and cakes provided.

SWIMMING POOL: An amazing morning was had by youngsters in the Glynde and Beddingham Pool. Children from as young as 8 years old were inspired to take scuba diving skills to another level. The one-to-one instruction was second to none and we are so grateful to Sue and her team from Newhaven for giving us this chance to enjoy another dimension of the water. The cakes were, of course, exemplary (especially the date and orange) and a thoroughly enjoyable morning was had by all until the freak thunderstorm set in at 2pm. Hey ho.

STOP SPRESS: There is no yoga at the reading room. Many apologies for this misinformation in last week’s parish pump. However, if anyone does have any fixtures or information on forthcoming events at the reading room, please do update either the parish newsletter or the parish pump.

GLYNDE COTTAGE TEA ROOMS: Many thanks to Debbie and David for opening their gardens to the good and deserving of Glynde and Beddingham who enjoyed a mouthwatering spread of locally grown, produced and farmed produce. Delicately coated scotch eggs, fragrant elderflower cordial, Flint Owl Bread and locally reared meat can be ordered from the shop on a regular basis. We are overjoyed to be able announce that the shop is now extending its opening hours. We can now all pop in to appreciate the local produce from 8am til 6pm weekdays and 8am til 4pm weekends. If you need anything out of these hours, please do call them. They are more than happy to make deliveries and take orders.

SMALL’S SMALLS: It with regret we have to report the disappearance of various items of clothing within the village. Andrew’s smalls were seen fluttering gaily opposite the forge between the hours of 9am and noon last Sunday morning. Disconcertingly they were no longer in evidence by 6pm. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be an isolated event. If anyone has information that might be of help in putting a stop to these thefts, please speak to Andrew at the pub.

A WELL KEPT SECRET: Taff and Milly would like to thank all friends and family for attending their surprise 25th wedding anniversary at Glynde Church, where their vows were renewed by the Rev Peter Owen Jones. It was a very happy occasion and many thanks too to the Green Man in Ringmer for hosting the get-together afterwards.

FLOWER SHOW: We’re absolutely delighted to announce that our guest of honour is the new Chair of Lewes District Council, Cllr Michael Chartier, who will be opening our 145th event as well as judging the Children’s Fancy Dress Parade. The produce and flower display auction will be run by the dynamic Anglican clergyman Revd Peter Charles Owen-Jones and Andrew Kay, the well regarded professional food critic, writer and creative director of Latest Magazines in Brighton, will be joining our homemade food and wine judges panel. There will also be a fantastic top range of raffle prizes which include Glyndebourne raffle tickets, kindly donated by Gus Christie plus tickets to Plumpton Racecourse and Charleston House and Garden, a signed copy of Not Dead Yet by award winning author, Peter James and vouchers for Darcey Sussex Boutiques, Bill’s, Flint Owl Bakery, Trevor Arms, Newhaven Paradise Park, driving lessons from Inspire School of Motoring, Lewes Garden Centre, and more. All of the above is to aid our fundraising efforts for community support groups, which include the Glynde and Beddingham Memorial Parade, Glynde Community Pool and Social Club, The Teenage Cancer Trust, plus local parish churches and Firle C of E Primary School.

CHURCH SERVICES: Matins in Glynde at 10.15am and Evening Prayer in Firle at 6pm both conducted by the Rev Peter Owen-Jones.

VILLAGE STORES: From Wednesday, Debbie and David are offering a knit and natter morning from 10am until noon. Do come along to catch up on village life, eat delicious cake and share knitting patterns and tips. Please call Debbie on 858215 if you can make it.

Lewes

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday July 9 Teams: 1, Matt Read, Di Johnstone, Jill Higham and Pauline Brown. July 16 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge. July 23: 1, Irene Gannon and Rosemary Land; 2, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott; 3, Peter Gannon and Jonathan Hyde. Thursday July 18: 1, Alan Disney and Hugh Griffiths; 2, Nigel Osmer and Susan Louis; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. July 25: 1, Susan Louis and Francine Talbot-Limbrey; 2, Peter Cattermole and Paul Allen; 3, Ann Wykeham and George Hearn. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our recent walk involved taking the train to Amberley, walking to Arundel and returning by train from there to Lewes. Amberley Station is actually situated at Houghton Bridge and within yards of the station entrance we had started on a riverbank walk to the footbridge erected some years ago to facilitate a safer crossing of the River Arun than Houghton Bridge itself had given. We then proceeded through the delightful village of Houghton, noting the many thatched roofed houses there, before going southwards on a riverside path that had many exposed tree roots to a point where a gate led us into Arundel Park. The climb up the hill of about 500 feet with stops en route to admire the view across the Arun valley was accomplished without any difficulty and once we had reached the top we stopped for lunch at the edge of a tree belt that provided shade from the heat of the day but also afforded excellent views both east and west. Our route then took us downhill in Arundel Park until we came to Swanbourne Lake where a stop was made for refreshments before we walked the final mile to the railway station. Robert organised this interesting day with the help of public transport. The next walk will be an evening walk at East Hoathly. Meet at top North Street car park at 5.30pm on Wednesday.

ON SUNDAY St John sub Castro morning services kick off at 11am with worship for all led by Rev Dick Field, followed in the evening at 6.30pm by Holy Communion. We invite everyone to join us, especially if for the first time. Refreshments and a chat will follow. Last Sunday we said farewell to Glen Hocken, our Honorary Curate, who will be greatly missed at St John’s, also by colleagues and residents at Lewes Prison and those at St Peter and St James hospice where he was a regular visitor. We wish him and his family every happiness in his new appointment. On Friday August 9 a Friendship Lunch from noon to 1.15pm at Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road for everyone who would like to come. Great news, the Children’s Society Cream Tea Afternoon last Sunday raised £149 for the society. Now one for those of all ages interested in wildlife, Saturday August 10, Down Town Lewes at 1pm. Meet at St John’s and will end at St Michaels in Malling. We’ll be joined by Andrea Gilpin of the national churchyard conservation charity Caring For God’s Acre. The event will start at St John’s with two talks on why churchyards are so important for wildlife, the wildlife you can find there and how you can help conserve it. As well as churchyard walks there will be a scything demo and refreshments. A free event but booking is essential so please e mail michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk For anyone interested in joining the Sussex Wildlife Trust phone 0127349263.

Malling

SCHOOL NEWS: On Tuesday June 23, Chair of Governors, Alan Velecky, attended the last staff meeting of the year and told staff how much the Governors appreciated the commitment and dedication shown by the whole staff team this year. He said this has resulted in a wonderfully positive picture of improving standards, strong Key Stage 1 and 2 results, and happy children who enjoy being at school. As a parent governor, he has a particular insight into children’s attitudes which other parents share. The school’s end of year Newsletter points to a wide range of success. Academic results are, of course, absolutely essential, and there is no doubt these are improving impressively as shown by the really pleasing SATs results, released a couple of weeks ago, but the school also won the football tournament for the first time in many years; kit car racers came in eighth out of 64 schools; the summer fete raised their most money ever, to go towards school funds in these hard times and the school choir not only made the top ten again in East Sussex, singing at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings, they also sang in the 6000 Voices celebration at the O2 in London, earlier this year. Well done South Malling School.

COMMUNITY CENTRE: On Monday, the town councillors and the town clerk met interested members from the community, including the Community Centre and the Malling Tenants and Residents Association, to consider how to use the open space adjoining the centre. The town clerk, Steven Brigden, said after clearing the area last year, the council has arranged for it to be cut next time the recreation ground is cut. The bank at the top will be managed to keep it respectable, and the pre school which meets in the Community Centre, has been promised a strip on the west side of the Centre, closest to the building, for a garden with raised beds, space for an outdoor curriculum which Ofsted is asking for. It will be fenced to fit in with the neighbouring playgrounds, keeping children safe. As for the remaining, larger area, there was an open and imaginative debate with different perspectives but a fairish consensus. The town wants it to fit clearly and obviously with the Community Centre building. Scouts are hoping for opportunities for outdoor activity, such as camp fires, and opportunities for children to learn how to grow produce and look after the space. There is also a need for a social area for older people and residents without the luxury of a garden, possibly with games like a large drafts or chess board. Others wanted it to be a genuinely social space to bring the community together, all ages, with a range of activities to engage the community in some of the upkeep and encourage a sense of ownership. It is likely that when, in the next couple of years, the Community Centre is refurbished, refreshment facilities will be included. The meeting, which took place outside the Community Centre, ended with councillors sensing what local people wanted was a community space, with opportunity to be involved themselves in some of the upkeep, but a place for people of all ages to be comfortable together and enjoy the views.

MALLING CHURCH: It is quite pleasing for church members to welcome visitors from Southover and St John sub Castro, and occasionally visitors from elsewhere, which summer and holidays often bring. The pattern of worship has settled down now again. The new (acting assistant) vicar takes most of the services, and visiting clergy and Lay Ministers from Southover add variety and know what to expect. Apart from the Family Service, when everyone is together, children are well catered for in the tower room and the church is now welcoming comment on proposals to refurbish this room. Plans are on display in church before going on to the Diocesan Committee which should give final permission in September. This coming Sunday, the service will be Holy Communion, led by Revd Jeremy Bamber, starting at 9.30am.

MALLING TENANTS and Residents Association held their second meeting on Wednesday, too late for me to give details. All residents of Malling are members. Those who were there heard about plans to open the first Malling Food Bank. It is located in the Community Centre and will take place from 2.30pm to 3.30pm each Monday. It is expected most users will have been referred by local services, such as social workers, doctors, CABs etc. Hereward Way resident Sarah Neels is managing the Bank on behalf of the Association. She can be contacted on 07810 752984. Members also heard about a Community Fun Day, scheduled for August 31 on the recreation ground. It will combine the Quality Street idea, involving lots of local services like the fire brigade, police, RNLI (dealing with river safety). Its purpose is to strengthen a community spirit and alert residents to the need for common courtesies. The association’s main challenge will be working to find ways to improve community relations and this will mean seeking to reduce the irritations of living together and helping residents make the most of our beautiful surroundings and the opportunities they offer.

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.

Nevill

GOLDEN WEDDING: This is well worth a mention as it’s such a milestone in a marriage these days. Brian Bodle was born in Hamsey Crescent and he met a young girl, Jacqueline Windless, when he was 16 and she was just 12. On Saturday July 20 they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary, and have lived in Firle Crescent for 47 years. On behalf of Nevill Parish Pump many congratulations.

GULLS: Whatever happened to a peaceful night’s sleep and the gentle awakening of the dawn chorus from the garden birds in the mornings? Now it’s the gulls squawking all night long and disturbed nights, especially with windows open. We have read with interest the letters over the last few weeks and are completely amazed at the suggestion about moving house which is too ridiculous to comment on, but where will we be in a few years’ time? Will the gulls have taken over our rooftops completely with all their inherent mess and be moving into our gardens?

NEVILL SPORTS: The meeting held the other week went well and the same format was agreed for next year, to be agreed on a yearly basis as this year’s events were well received. The AGM will be next February after the pantomime.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and at 6.30pm by Rev Rose Westwood. On Wednesday our Thinktank will be meeting between 7.30pm and 9pm with Dr Ian Christie-Miller leading the evening and discussion on Symbols in Ice Age art, religious poetry and modern thought. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to come along to the ThinkTank. Next Friday, August 9, is our Friendship Lunch between noon and 1.15pm. Again, no need to book, just turn up.

Newick

JUMBLE SALE: Newick Youth Theatre are having a Jumble Sale at the Chailey Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open at 11am, jumble can be left on the day from 8am. Further details on 722802 or 722468.

BOWLS CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the bowls club have a triples day at home. No game on Sunday. On Tuesday at 6pm they will have a game against Mid-Sussex Uckfield and there will also be a match with John Spriggs St Francis away. Both of these evening games will start at 6pm. On Wednesday there will be a match against Adastra away at 2pm.

CRICKET: The Sunday games will be played at home against The Greys CC, at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church will be Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am.

AFTERNOON CLUB have had to change their original plans owing to illness. Tony Turk will now have an illustrated and informative talk about the history of Newick. They will meet in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday August 8. Make sure you attend as this will be a most interesting afternoon.

HOGARTY ROAST: The bonfire society will hold a Hogarty Roast on Saturday August 10 from 7pm till midnight. Tickets £15 available from the Royal Oak or Bob the butchers. Licensed bar and live band Ice Cream Bikinis.

TERRIER RACING: On Sunday August 11 there will be Terrier Racing in the field near the Village Green. A barbecue and soft drinks will be available, time to be confirmed. This is being organised by Newick Bonfire Society.

Plumpton

ON PARADE: Representatives of various essential services will visit Plumpton tomorrow (Saturday) to update us on what is being done for our general wellbeing, safety, security etc. The police, Fire and Rescue, Neighbourhood Watch, Trading Standards, housing department and more will be on the village green (in the hall in the event of bad weather) to tell us about their work and give tips and demonstrations illustrating safety, security etc. It should be interesting, informative and beneficial, so why not go along and give it a try? If you have any items you would like security marked, just take them along and it will be done free of charge. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions of and make suggestions to the various agencies. Those agencies will be taking the trouble to be available, so take a little time to go along.

STEPPING OUT: If you fancy a walk, the Footpath Society will be off on its travels tomorrow (Saturday). Gather in the car park adjacent to the sports ground at Whitemans Green, Cuckfield off the B2115 (TQ298 257) at 10.30am in readiness for a four mile hike to Mizbrooks Farm, Soparks Lane to Brook Street, Tanyard Farm, Lullings Farm, Hanlye Lane and return to the car park. If you need to know more simply ring 01444 241463 or just turn up and join in.

SUNDAY HALF HOUR: The local version of this event will take place on Sunday at All Saints’ church at 10am. The theme will be My Faith and all will be welcome to the short service of hymns, songs and prayer. There will be a Sung Eucharist afterwards at St Michael’s church commencing at 11am.

POP ON IN: It may be summer holiday time, but if you are not away paddling in the sea and would like a little company, just stroll on down to All Saints’ church annexe on Tuesday from 11am to the Pop-in Parlour. Enjoy a cuppa, a snack, a chat and the company of friends both old and new. Absolutely everyone will receive a warm welcome.

OUR BUS SERVICES: A reminder that ESCC is reviewing its support of local bus services as part of its cost cutting programme and rural services are particularly vulnerable. It may be claimed that rural services are under used and this could well be the case. If so, the question needs to be asked as to why this is so. It could be that the services are totally inadequate and unfit for purpose. If they were improved, rather than axed, it could well be that more people would be able to actively use public transport which would reduce car journeys as well as enable some folks to actually get out and about instead of being stuck at home. A short study of the timetables for local buses will illustrate how woefully inadequate they are and perhaps why people do not even bother to use them. To make comments simply ring 0345 6080 193, or visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay or email busconsultations@eastsussex.gov.uk. Let’s face it, if the service provided is not fit for purpose how can people be expected to use it? The danger, of course, is that ESCC will not acknowledge that the service is seriously defective and simply scrap its support and thus render it totally useless. Plumpton Parish Council is preparing to make comment, but individual comments are essential to make the point. Use it or lose it is a common plea, but what we should be seeking is something that we dearly would not want to lose, rather than something that would hardly be missed. Comments must be made by August 17, so get writing. Of course, these observations do not only apply to people living in Plumpton, as other areas are subject to the same review.

Ringmer

EXHIBITION: Lewes Art Club’s Annual Exhibition can still be seen at the House of Friendship from 10.30am to 4.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. Entry is free and refreshments will be available.

COFFEE MORNING: This is the major fundraising event organised by Ringmer Mothers’ Union and will be held tomorrow, Saturday, in the Vicarage garden, by kind invitation of Will and Linda (if wet in the Church Room). There will be all the usual stalls and it is hoped that the event will be well supported.

CONGRATULATIONS: It is my pleasure on behalf of Ringmer residents to offer warmest congratulations and best wishes for a very Happy Birthday to Ida Powell who celebrates her 100th birthday on Sunday. Well done Ida and may you enjoy a very happy day.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: A visit will take place on Sunday to Bridge Farm, Barcombe Mills to find out what has been learned from this exciting new site where excavations have been taking place since early July. This visit has been arranged by David Millum and Rob Wallace. Meet in the car park at Barcombe Mills at 2.15pm. Car sharing advised if at all possible.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on July 24 was: 1, Pam Brook and John Weston; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Contact number 814220.

RINGMER U3A Enrolment Morning is being held in the Symons (Old) Village Hall on Wednesday, August 14, from 10am to noon. Ringmer U3A offers a large variety of subject groups at very low cost, which can be enjoyed with other members usually in group leaders’ homes. Everyone is welcome to the Enrolment Morning. Do try to come along and find out what is on offer as well as meeting the group leaders attending.

Rodmell & Southease

SADLY I had two funerals to go to on Friday July 26. Henry Ernest ‘Dennis’ McDavitt, a family friend for many years and close friend of my father’s, died on July 7, 2013. He was a well known Falmer character with a great sense of humour, and kindness, who had farmed in the village all his life (19 November 1924 – 7 July 2013). He had sadly seen his beloved Falmer torn apart over the years, having had to give up land for the University of Sussex and the football stadium, as well as having seen a road gouge itself through his beloved and beautiful village splitting it in half. Despite all this upheaval he took a very philosophical view of his life and made the best of it always being cheerful and outgoing. My parents remembered him meeting his wife Betty and they were happily married for I think 65 years. Dennis had only recently moved up into Falmer village to be nearer his beloved farm and animals. I have very fond memories of the time I spent with the family as a child when Falmer was a picturesque and unspoilt village with a beautiful air of tranquillity about it. How times change.

RODMELL seems to be a hive of industry these days with the pub doing really well and Monks House becoming even more popular with the tourists. Our five B&Bs all seem to be full most of the time as well, which is good for the hidden downland village.

SUMMER SHOW: We have our Summer Show on the sports field on Saturday August 17, at the lower end of the village (BN7 3HF) down past the Abergavenny Arms, just follow the signs. This rural extravaganza will start at 2pm and is a great occasion. For the third year running there will be a display of classic, vintage and interesting cars, on the sports field. Owners of the above mentioned types of cars are invited to bring their vehicles along at about 1.45pm. Entry to the show will be free to occupants of cars on display. Members of the public can vote for their favourites in various categories, which are not to be taken too seriously according to Martin, but there will be some prizes. For further information contact Martin Burnaby-Davies on 07710 672208. Do come to our show with your friends and family and have lots of fun.

RAIN: The small amount of rain we’ve had has refreshed the garden but we needed more. I was out shopping when the first rain fell, and enjoyed the small ice like daggers of rain on my very hot skin, so refreshing.

FRUIT: The weekend was a time for blackcurrant picking in our orchard area. There are certainly a lot this year, and our apple trees are also well loaded. I feel an apple picking picnic will be forthcoming in September.