Parish pump Lewes - August 22, 2014

Barcombe

BOWLS: Two games were played last week. The results were: Barcombe 60 – The Crouch 72; St Francis 84 - Barcombe 62. Better news is that Barcombe Buzzards won the Newhaven and District Evening League with 60 points, 3 points more than the second team and a game in hand. The Laurie Cowley Trophy was presented to Shaun Smith, the Barcombe Captain, at the home game last Monday. The Barcombe team were Shaun Smith, Mark Smith, Gus Smith, Les Line, Derek Stewart, John Osmond, Colin Mouland and Mick Cragg. Well done team.

CRICKET: ESCL division 2, Battle v Barcombe. Barcombe 240 all out in 50 overs. Matt Tucker 83 Rhys Alchin 50 Josh Wheatley 35 Harry Stewart 33. Battle 148-7 in 43 overs. Paul Coppard 2-24 Rhys Alchin 2-32 Matt Tucker 2-34. Match drawn. Barcombe 17 points Battle 13 points

Chailey

TRADITIONAL REGGAE is at the Five Bells, do go along and enjoy this live music, tonight (Friday August 22) night. This is being followed by a Cider Festival which is being hosted at the Five Bells, throughout the August Bank Holiday weekend, with ciders from all around the United Kingdom.

CHURCHYARD WORKING PARTY - it is now two years since the last working party at St Peter’s Church. Things have become rather overgrown and there is a need to cut back the sycamore trees, brambles, to weed and general tidy up and a work party will be taking place on Saturday (August 23) from, 9am onwards. If you can help just turn up; they will be pleased to have your help. Please take your own tools.

CRICKET sees Chailey in two away games; a league game on Saturday against Roffey at 1pm and a friendly on Sunday against Henfield at 2pm. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

70S FANCY DRESS NIGHT is at the Horns Lodge on Saturday when there will be 70s music and food in a basket.

WINDMILL and Rural Life Museum is open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. The Mill is off the A272, up a turning on right 400 yards west of the A272/A275 North Chailey crossroads. Entry is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to 16. During the winter the Mill suffered storm damage which resulted in the fantail breaking up and a hole in the cap. Sankeys of Uckfield have completed the repairs and at the same time gave the mill a fungicide wash to remove the algae. It is hoped that a repaint may be possible prior to the autumn. The cost of the repairs was funded partly by the insurers with the balance from the Parish Council. For more information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

ST PETER’S Church services this Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. 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 Tim Griffiths, to include communion, and 6.15pm with Peter Cottingham. On Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer at the Free Church.

CHAILEY’S GOT TALENT is at the Five Bells on Monday August 25. Do go along and enter this competition for your chance to win £50. Entry fee is £5 and all proceeds go to the St Peter’s Church Restoration Fund. For more information call 01825 722259.

FREE UNSTRUCTURED PLAY for children aged 0 to 5 takes place at Chailey Children’s Centre, Chailey School, Mill Lane, South Chailey, every Tuesday morning from 9.30am to 11.30am, during the summer holidays. For more information call 01273 336940.

OPEN MIC NIGHT is at the Five Bells on Thursday August- 28; when everyone is welcome to take their chance to get up and sing.

50 THINGS FRIDAY at Sheffield Park on Friday August 29 is a workshop to create a home for mini beasts. At one of the Park’s workshops from 11am to 12pm and 2pm to 3pm, using all sorts of natural materials, there will be the chance to tick off No36 on the National Trust 50 Things to do before you are 11 ¾ list. The cost is £2.50 per child which includes all materials. Call 01825 790231 for more information.

is at Townings Farm, Plumpton Road, North Chailey on Saturday and Sunday August 30 and 31 from 10am to 4pm. There will be sheep shearing, hedge laying, butchery and spinning demonstrations. Along with working vintage agricultural machinery, tractor and trailer rides, refreshments and a beer tent. On the Saturday ‘Newick Folk’ will be playing. Entry is £5 per adult (a weekend pass £8) and all children are free. Camping is available at £5 per tent and £6 per caravan. Please book camping in advance by calling 01444 47135 or email info@towningsfarm.co.uk.

ORGANIST urgently required St Peter’s Church needs an organist and musical director from the beginning of September. If you are interested or know of anyone able to fill this position please call Teresa Wenban, the parish administrator, on 01825 722286.

MOBILE BAR for hire is available for weddings, parties, fund raisers, outdoor events and festivals. The Bonfire Society can run a no fee, no hassle fully licensed bar at any event you have. They will provide bar staff and a wide range of premium products tailored to your requirements. All profits from the bar go towards Bonfire Night and the Christmas Party for the older members of the village. For more details email the Society at @ contact@chaileybonfire.co.uk or call Diane Palmer on 01273 400901.

RELOCATION OF PARISH

COUNCILOFFICE This office was recently re-located from the clerk’s home to an office within the Village Centre, Lewes Road, Scaynes Hill. The office space is shared with Lindfield Rural Parish Council. Sharing the office means that there is also the opportunity to share expertise and some administrative costs. The council’s telephone number has changed to 01444 831453. At present the email address remains the same chaileypc@btinternet.com. Post may still be sent to the previous address, Danecourt, Stone Quarry Road, Chelwood Gate, West Sussex RH17 7LS or may be sent or hand delivered to Scaynes Hill Village Centre, provided the envelope is clearly marked for Chailey Parish Council. The clerk works part-time, which includes attending evening meetings and non-office based duties e.g. attending the Village Information Point sessions. The clerk is the only office employee and there are times when the office will be unattended. The clerk is generally available from 9.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Thursday and alternate Fridays. The office is closed at weekends, on bank holidays, in the evenings and when the clerk is on annual leave. The council does not offer an out of hours service.

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.

AN EVENING TO REMEMBER WW1: On Friday August 29 go along to St Peter’s Church Hall, 7.30pm for an evening devoted to the memory of the First World War. Take poems to share or have read and any pictures or memorabilia of WW1 relatives. There will be a short talk, some songs, musical recollections, an honouring of those who served and a discussion of why so many people are still so passionate about it. Snacks and drinks will be available. For more information contact Jo Hughes on 475014 or email jo-hughes@mail.com

HAMSEY CHURCH ROOF: Sadly there has been a slippage of tiles on the south roof of the church, with expensive retiling required. As a temporary measure part of the church grounds has been cordoned off as a precaution. The churchwardens and the parochial church council have the difficult task of investigating their options for the future of the church. Meanwhile christenings, weddings and the monthly evensongs can continue in Hamsey Church as normal.

PARKING: Cllr Brian Bates has produced a report on school parking in Cooksbridge, including possible improvements to the rough lay-by on the A275. The problem has been rumbling on for some time and will not be easily resolved. Tamsyn d’Arienzo’s innovative ParkPal scheme already has seven volunteers but surprisingly parents are proving resistant to use the driveways on offer.

SPEED WATCH: With only five volunteers for the scheme to operate a laser speed gun in Cooksbridge when a minimum of six is required, Sussex Police will now offer the gun to another parish. Residents are regularly expressing concern regarding speeding traffic in Cooksbridge.

FOOTWAY FOOTPATH? This has been a long running subject of discussion which those who were born in Cooksbridge, live in Beechwood Lane or have lived in the area for many years, do not want to see their country lane urbanised. Unfortunately the minority who want to see the lane changed into an urban area either live outside the parish or have not been long standing residents. East Sussex County Council have launched a Community Self-Serve scheme, one element of which is Community Match where the council offers to match community financial contributions for approved projects. Hamsey Parish Council and the Village Hall Trustees have made a formal application for a 50 percent contribution to the cost of the proposed footway, footpath to the village hall. £24,000 has already been committed by the parish and the parish council has agreed to match any additional contribution from the hall trustees. The parish council will also consider taking out a public works loan as part of the parish contribution.

SURPRISE: In my August issue of the British Farmer and Grower South East edition there was an article about The Horse in The Great War. I was amazed to read about the equestrian artist Lionel Edwards who stayed here in the 1930s with Derek’s parents and painted some of the Arab horses that were bred here. It also mentions the sporting artist, Cecil Aldin, who I have letters from to Derek’s father who gave me the lovely illustrated book by Aldin entitled Time I Was Dead which I have always treasured greatly. But the biggest surprise was to read about Aldin organising a depot staffed entirely by women who schooled horses to go to the front. Derek’s mother was one of those women in the remounts and is in the lovely oil painting by Lucy Kemp Welch called the Morning Ride which did hang in the Imperial War Museum. She is the third from the left in the picture. Lucy was commissioned by the War Office to paint the picture, originally entitled the Straw ride. Lucy became a lifelong friend of the Clark family. In the article there is an old black and white photograph of the line-up of women and although I can’t be sure until I have contacted the writer I think Audrey Clark is on the right hand side of the photograph.

PLANNING and Environment Committee. The parish council has elected a committee to review planning applications in the parish. The committee members are parish council chairman Ian Ginn, Tamsyn d’Arienzo, Claire Drury and Justin Harmer.

GRANTS: The parish council has agreed the following grants: £1200 towards the cost of the Hamsey Festival; £200 to support the work of the Station Partnership; £150 to support the work of the Monday Afternoon Club.

RETURN OF THE RUSTLERS: It was alarming to read that farmers across the country are reporting a huge increase in cases of livestock rustling. Rising meat prices are thought to be behind an explosion in the theft of sheep and cattle with tens of thousands of animals being stolen from farms each year. Having been on the receiving end of thieves ourselves twice, I have every sympathy for the farmers who are losing their livestock.

Falmer

ART and Soul at Falmer: I am really looking forward to the opening of the Art Exhibition in the Village Hall and St Laurence Church commencing on Saturday and for the following two weekends. These exhibitions are always excellent and exciting.

THE Keep visit by the Ladies’ Group last week was so interesting. We were given a private tour and were so excited by everything we were shown. The ordinance survey maps, dated 1799, laid out for us to see, had us all pouring over trying to recognise anything in Falmer that is still in place today, we were taken into the strong rooms with the impressive locking system and climate control to preserve the documents stored there and then to the decontamination room where new documents are vacuum sealed and then freeze blasted at -35 degrees to destroy bugs and mould, our next visit was to where staff were painstaking digitalising documents. The staff in the last room we visited were working on the restoration of documents with such care patience and attention, all of us were just full of admiration. If you can, do try and visit for yourself, everyone there is so very helpful, and it is a very welcoming environment.

VISIT: Last week we visited London for two days and I pass on our experiences, the open air performance in Regent’s Park ‘Porgy & Bess’ was brilliant, we even escaped the rain which teemed down after the show when we were having tea in the café. The second day we went to see the ceramic poppies in the moat of the Tower of London, they are just lovely and a wonderful way to commemorate those who died in the First World War.

Fletching

CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew & St Mary the Virgins - Sunday 24th August Bartholomew The Apostle; 10am Parish Communion; 5.30pm Holy Communion (1662).

PAINTERS CLUB Wednesday 27th August in the Village Hall 1pm.

PILTDOWN RESIDENTS EVENT Tonight at Piltdown Golf Club. All Piltdown Residents are invited for an evening to meet fellow residents. Doors open at 6.30pm with a welcome drink and canapés, closing at 8.30pm. Please come along when convenient.

100 YEARS AGO Sussex Express 27 August 1914 Piltdown. Agent for this paper. - Mr Grover: “Revolver Accident, - A very serious accident happened to Mrs. Andrews on Sunday, as a result of which she is now lying in the Sussex County Hospital at Brighton. It appears that her husband had recently bought a revolver, and on Sunday morning went into the garden to practice with it. He was joined there by Mrs. Andrews, when in the course of some playful exchanges the revolver went off. The bullet entered the unfortunate woman’s thigh. Dr. Lucas, who was sent for, could not locate it, so the patient was removed to Brighton, where she is making satisfactory progress.” This is probably the Mr. Andrews, a grocer, who in 1911 was living at Elm Grove, Piltdown. Elm Grove later became known as the Piltdown Stores and Post Office. It was demolished to make way for a Little Chef.

PARISH PLAN: A reminder that “the deadline for responses is 24th August, but we may be able to accept some late responses if you need more time! Once completed, (we are also happy to receive partially completed questionnaires) please seal it in the envelope provided. It can then be posted, handed to a councillor or dropped off at Mr T’s, The Griffin, The Peacock or the Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin.”

DEFIBRILLATOR: Following the demonstration by Tim Fellows of the South East Coast Ambulance Service at the Annual Parish Meeting in April, the new Public Access Defibrillator has now been installed outside the Village Hall. The defibrillator was kindly donated to the parish by Lady Noel Collum. The device is available 24/7 and anyone can use it in an emergency. It can be removed from the cabinet and carried to the patient, and the device even talks to you, giving easy to follow instructions. It has a built in safety mechanism and cannot harm anyone if used incorrectly. Using a defibrillator before an ambulance arrives could mean saving a life. The parish council would like to thank Lady Collum once again for this valuable gift.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN: The parish council is preparing an emergency response plan. The focus will be on vulnerable people living in the parish. We are seeking to build a response to such events as extreme weather and power, gas and water outages. Many of us remember the hardship of the 1987 storm and more recent extreme weather conditions. We want to know where vulnerable people may be living in the parish – those unable to cope alone without heat, electricity or water. We want to know about those in need of regular medical assistance or frequent prescriptions. We will be building a register of those people who may wish to have an early visit from one of our team in the event of an emergency. We will be approaching the Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, the Forget-me-Nots as well as local doctor surgeries for potential candidates – but if you are someone in need of support, or you know of such a person, please register with us by contacting the clerk or call 01444 483080. We will then make direct contact with you to ensure we understand your particular needs in advance, thank you.

SPEEDING & ROAD SAFETY The Parish council are pleased to report that they are now in the process of arranging training for the Speed Watch volunteers on using the speed guns. Initially they will be concentrating on Church Street and the area outside the school, subject to the site being approved by Wealden Police Inspector Tony Wakefield.

LEWES

LEWES Westgate WI report: Our August meeting was our Fun and Frolics time, we don’t have a speaker during our August meeting, we make our own amusement and this year we did: Knitting Little Yellow Ducks - we brought yellow wool, orange wool and needles to knit Little Yellow Ducks which have labels attached to them and then they are left anywhere for people to pick up and look into the Little Yellow Duck on line and see why it’s done. Very easy project and very quick to knit, all done in stocking stitch except for the beak which is garter stitch - even a new knitter could manage to make one of these. We also had a fabulous fashion show from M & Co. We were shown the latest garments from the autumn and Winter Collection. Caroline and Mickie talked about and showed us a good selection of clothes, jumpers both round and square necked, all available in various colours - do pop into the shop in Cliffe High Street to see for yourselves; T-shirts this time long and three quarter length sleeves and many colours although we were told that navy is this year’s colour; jeans both straight and boot cut legs and the material used for these has a stretch so adapts to you - yippee! Also straight and bootcut trousers that have stretch too. Don’t forget they also sell children’s and baby clothes which are cotton. In addition they, after a lot of hard fighting, are now selling housewares (if you remember there used to be an M & Co housewares shop at the top of School Hill) and have bed linen in 15 different colours plus 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases; cushions; five different togs of duvets including a duck feather and down one; 15 different colours in towels from facecloths to bath sheets (bath sheet retails at £16). This was the very first time this fashion show had taken place but you would never have known, both Caroline and Mickie were very professional. Our secretary, Shirley Kirby, gave us a 30 question quiz to do just to tax our grey matter, the winner(s) (as I don’t think it was any one person, most likely a group of ladies on the same table) achieved 24.5 points - I only got 18 but did do it on my own! We all thoroughly enjoyed this meeting as it allowed us all to have a good natter as well as being productive. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 10 September when our speaker is Betty Houghton on My Time at Bletchley Park. We meet at St Thomas’ Church Hall, bottom of Cliffe High Street at 10am for coffee, meeting starts at 10 30am. We would very much like you to come and join us, we are a very friendly group and welcome anyone who thinks they would like to join the WI. You can visit for three sessions before making up your mind. We welcome you with open arms - do give us a try.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Earlier in the year, Barbara Marsden was sponsored to eat and drink on just £1 a day in aid of the Send a Cow charity which provides practical support to poor rural families in east Africa. She raised a magnificent £1,000 which has been matched by the charity. Every family that receives a cow (or a goat, chickens or rabbits) also receives training in new farming techniques and passes on some of the benefit to others in the form of young livestock, seeds, knowledge and training. Then the benefits are passed on again and again. This builds stronger communities and allows many more people to develop new skills and live free from poverty and hunger. 12 September is the start of the new term for Lewes Prospects, meeting in the Chapter House (our fully accessible hall entered via Church End, Cockshut Road) on alternate Thursdays. Our group is part of a national organisation to help people who need that extra bit of assistance with life and learning. This term we will have a bang free fireworks party in November, join the Lewes late night shopping evening in December and enjoy a sit down Christmas meal. Meetings include talks, games, music, drama and craft, ending with food, tea and coffee. The group is led by volunteers from Southover church as well as other churches in Lewes. If you would like to know more about Lewes Prospects please contact biddie141@hotmail.co.uk, or go to www.prospects.org.uk. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with choir, organ and band; 11.15 informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band.

Malling

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH welcomed one of its members back from Rwanda last Sunday. Lawyer, Chris Stringer, has been working there on a voluntary basis for most of this year. Part of his job has involved helping ordinary Rwandans to understand their rights according to International Law. Once he has settled back at home, he will be telling the congregation about his work. After the Communion Service, there was a church picnic which was blessed by sunshine and warmth for most of the time, though a sudden shower ensured people moved back into the church for the second course. The church itself is being used much more widely for community events. This summer it has hosted eight different wildlife events using the building and churchyard for Sussex Wild Life; a full-day of Shape Note Singing for Sussex Harmony which brought people from all over the country; a Musical evening for South Malling School; a training session in building flint walls by a local craftsman; a Dinosaur craft event for children and, starting this Saturday, transforming into an Art Gallery for two weekends of Artwave. The key to these events really has been the decision, carried out in 1990, to replace the pews with comfortable chairs, enabling the church to create more room for its growing congregation. Nowadays, it is making it possible to suit the needs of a range of potential community users. The church is planning an open celebration of its newly refurbished facilities on Saturday September 20, particularly for residents, and well wishers in and around Lewes.

ARTWAVE begins on Saturday at noon in each of the three venues in Malling. The Dairy Studio, ( which runs art courses which have involved most of the people who are exhibiting in the Malling Trail ), Old Malling Farm House, close to the Dairy Studio, and the parish church. All are open from noon until 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday and Saturday and Sunday August 30 and 31. The three venues have been exhibiting together since 2011 and are well worth a visit. Even for Malling residents, the trail takes them to parts of their locality they may never have seen before, and which are beautiful.

MOBILE LIBRARY

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.

NEVILL

CHRIST Church: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Dr Tony Law and this will be a service for all ages. Next Friday between 10.30am and 1pm we will have our Messy Church. This is open to anyone but children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge. During the morning we will be undertaking craft activities around the theme of Bible Seasides and after a short act of worship there will be a lunch.

NEWICK

COUNTRY Market will be open as usual on Friday in the Village Hall from 10 till 11am.

BOWLS Club have allocated two days this weekend to play their finals matches both of these fixtures will take place over Saturday/Sunday. On Wednesday Southwater will visit Newick, on Thursday Lindfield Ladies will also be playing the Newick Ladies at Newick. Both at 2.30pm.

CRICKET Clubs 1st X1 will be playing at home against St Peter’s, the 2nd X1 will travel to Polegate & Stone Cross , the 3rd X1 will also be travelling to Bexhill, whilst the 4th X1 will be playing on the Temple Grove Ground ,against Heathfield Park 3, all of these games at 1pm(note the time has changed by 30 minutes). The Sunday fixture is against Lashing All Stars Cricketers, this game will attract a lot of visitors to the King George V playing field, the cricket should commence at 2pm, for further details contact Mark Budd 07841 745 091.

SPORTS PAVILION will beholding the Annual Newick Will Page 10k road race, on Sunday 24th August at 11am outside the King George V playing field in Allington Road. The event is organised by the Newick Sports Pavilion and the runners follow a course to Oxbottom, Cinder Hill, A275 ,Markstakes/Ridgelands Lane and Fount Hill on their way back to the Sports Pavilion.Please look out for the runners if you are driving on the route; the runners welcome vocal support both on the course and at the finish. The Newick 10K is a regular fixture on the Sussex Road Racing Grand Prix calendar, last year 200 runners took part. Many are serious runners, but the race is open to anyone over 16. Among the trophies there is a special award for the first members of a Newick sports club to finish. For further details and entry form please see the website; www.newickwillpage10k.org.uk If you have never watched this race before ,why not pop along to the King George V.

CHURCH Services this Sunday at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed at 10.30am with Informal Morning Worship.

PARISH Council will be holding the monthly meeting in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm. You need to keep up to date with what the council are doing and planning for the future of Newick. These meetings are open to the public.

Horticultural Society will be holding their Annual Show and Dog Show on the Village Green on Saturday 6th September from 2pm.

PLUMPTON

JUMBLEMANIA: Many people will be on holiday, so all the more reason to rush on down to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) for the jumble sale organised by the village support group for St Peter and St James Hospice as there will be less competition to snap up the bargains that are bound to be on offer. Get in the starting blocks ready for a 2pm opening. Naturally there will be cakes, tombola and refreshments to revive you after the bargain hunt. If you have jumble to donate, please take it to the hall during the morning.

ROADWORKS: Last week the Highways Authority (ESCC) plonked bitumen and chippings on the road that runs through Plumpton and Plumpton Green. Back in the Dark Ages this happened every year with some disruption to traffic but never with the entire road being closed for three days. The finished job looks reasonable and apparently will prevent skids and protect the base from water penetration and frost. In other words, the remaining potholes and dodgy areas have been lined to possibly stop further deterioration. I am left asking why total road closure is necessary when only half the road can be treated at a time. Vital bus services were both disrupted and cancelled during the process. In all fairness I must say the bitumen dries quicker than it used to and vehicles do not get such a coating of it.

YOUTH SPACE: The proposal by the Village Action Plan to provide a youth facility in the village is gaining momentum, despite apathy in relation to the last open meeting to generate activity. Several volunteers have come forward and action is being taken to launch a regular drop-in for our young people. Progress will be reported and I would urge all parents to keep up to date and be prepared to offer some practical (not monetary) support for plans that will emerge to benefit your children.

WANNA BE ON STAGE? Advance notice that Plumpton Panto Society will be holding an open evening and a read through for the 2015 production on September 2. To ensure its continued success the society needs new recruits to both appear on stage and take part behind the scenes in the multitude of tasks involved. 2015 will see the 40th production. Just think, would you like to be part of it all? It is not necessary to appear on stage as there is an awful lot that goes on in the background to make a production successful. If you have even the faintest interest, do book the date and go along to see if you may get some pleasure from being involved. You may just discover that you want to become part of the consistently successful team.

ALLOTMENTS: Our neighbours in East Chiltington are progressing a scheme to provide allotments in the parish. Any resident interested should contact Jo White on 01273 891888.

Rodmell & southease

WI: The East and West Sussex Federations of WIs are holding their Autumn Show and Game Fair at Ardingly entitled Something Seasonal on October 4 and 5.

WORSHIP: Sunday, 11am Southease (Joint Parish Communion); Sunday August 31, 11am Southease (United Parish Communion).

MARY CALVERLEY’S funeral went off as well as one can expect on Friday at Woodvale Crematorium. It was a dignified and gentle service, just the sort you would have expected for Mary. Sadly I did not make it to the village hall afterwards as I had to wait for Mike to be brought home from Headway Day Care Centre.

RINGMER

FOOTBALL CLUB: The first team had a much welcome win in the FA Cup competition last Saturday and they face Merstham FC at home in the next round on 30th August. This Saturday they travel to Selsey for a SCFL Div 1 league match with a 3pm kick off. On Bank Holiday Monday the firsts play Eastbourne Town, also in a league match with an 11am kick off time. The Reserves are at home on Saturday versus Shoreham in a reserve section premier match, with a 3pm kick off at the Caburn. On Sunday 24th, AFC Ringmer have a friendly competition on the Caburn ground which is followed by a race night in the Caburn Pavilion in aid of much needed club funds.

ECLECTIC AVENUE: Lewes Artwave Festival Open House. For the third year, Julie Turner, Ringmer-based glass artist, will be opening her home in the village for the three weekends of the popular arts festival. In all, there will be 15 talented individuals showcasing their wares. Come and feast your eyes, then your taste buds, as we will be serving delicious homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks. As well as the house, the garden and Julie’s workshop will be open ... so just come and chill out with us at 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer, BN8 5JT. Open Sat-Mon 23-25 Aug, Sat, Sun 30, 31 Aug, Sat, Sun 6,7 Sept 11am to 6pm each day. julieturner51@hotmail.com. 01273 812280.

RINGMER CHILDREN’S Centre are holding their Summer Event on Wednesday 27th August, 10.30am – 12pm. Come along and play on the bouncy castle, face painting, sing and sign, little kickers, a ride in a fire engine and more! All activities are subject to change and weather dependent. To keep up to date follow us on Facebook: Ringmer Children’s Centre. For more information please call: 01273 336950.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday 13th August, the result of the duplicate pairs played was 1st, Lesley Durrant & David Warner; 2nd, Dianne & Mike Preece; 3rd, Barrie Smith & Alan Grindley. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

WI: In early August we had lots of fun playing skittles at the Kings Head in Barcombe and we also provided a three course roast beef and all the trimmings lunch in the village hall for 38 people on an outing organised by the East Sussex Disability Association. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd September at the village hall at 7.30pm. Our speaker is a change to the advertised programme with a talk and demonstration from Jay Kendall. She will introduce us to her creative work with wool from fleece to finished garment. Guests and new members are welcomed.