Parish pump Lewes - August 8, 2014

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Barcombe

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Newhaven v Barcombe. Barcombe 231 all out in 47.4 overs: Josh Wheatley 138 no (27 fours) Keith Savage 32 Rhys Alchin 27. Newhaven 125 all out in 36.4 overs: Allan Trower 5-15 in 11.4 overs (including 3wkts in four balls to finish the match) Harry Stewart 2-30 Josh Wheatley 2-36 Ed ( the cat) Marler took 3 superb catches in the field. Barcombe (30 points) beat Newhaven (11 points) by 106 runs. ESCL Div 9 Barcombe II v Glynde III. Barcombe conceded as they were unable to field a team. Sadly they are no more.

STOOLBALL: On Tuesday July 29, away to Buxted whose score was 89/5 and Barcombe 129/8, (Jen Lay 51). Wednesday July 30, home match was against Wivelsfield Green. Barcombe 172/4 (Janet Hughes 62), Wivelsfield128/8. The final score of Thursday’s home match against Adastra wasn’t decided until the last over and I’m afraid we lost by six runs. Barcombe 168/4 (Janet Hughes 65, Amanda Ridley 56) and Adastra 174/5. However, the league results mean that we are one of the four teams from Mid Division to get to Seaford on August 3 and I will do a brief report on our performance in the next Parish Pump. Our Mid Division President, Daphne Hunt, is still recovering in Meadow Lodge. Get well wishes from the club Daphne.

Bishopstone

SAILING WEEK: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Week is from tomorrow, Saturday, until Sunday August 17 embarking from Seaford Beach.

TIDE MILLS community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday August 17. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. The beach clean usually lasts two hours and this meeting is followed by a summer picnic.

IN RESPONSE to an enquiry about Shepherd’s Crowns found locally, they are fossil sea urchins from the chalk which can turn up in the fields, especially after ploughing. They were tossed over a shoulder for luck and descendants of local emigrants to Canada carry on the tradition with quartzite pebbles.

Chailey

50 THINGS to do before you are 11¾ is an Outdoors Explorer challenge organised by the National Trust and the list is available at www.50things.org.uk/. I imagine most of my readers are over this age but your children or grandchildren may be interested in and enjoy the 50 things Fridays at Sheffield Park during the summer holidays. Tomorrow (August 8) there is raft building from 10.30am to12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm where a wooden structure can be created and its floating ability tested on one of the lakes. The cost is £2.50 per child, which includes all materials. Call 01825 790231 for more information.

VINTAGE TRANSPORT at the Bluebell Railway tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day. There will be a fine display of vintage and classic transport including cars, stationary engines, commercial vans, steam road engines, farm tractors and motorbikes at Horsted Keynes Station. A steam train service will operate all day and there will be a barbecue and real ale tent in the rally field. On the Saturday the Chailey Bell ringers will be on the platform and everyone is welcome to have a go at bell ringing. For more details call 01825 720800.

CRICKET AT SHEFFIELD PARK: The Grannies, a wandering side, who play cricket all over the South of England, play the London New Zealand Club on Saturday starting at 11.30am. All are welcome to bring a picnic, relax and enjoy the game in magnificent surroundings.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game tomorrow, Saturday, the last of the season at home at the sports ground against Horsted Keynes at 1pm. For more information about the league or friendly team call Peter on 07709946880. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. There is no bell ringing practice during August. Free Church services at 10.30am, to include communion, and 6.15pm.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday from 8pm. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is invited to attend this meeting. To find out more about the group visit www.southdowns-trs.org.uk/.

BUG HUNT Parents’ and Children’s, organised by the Commons Society is on Wednesday starting at Pound Common Car Park at 10am. The hunt will last for about two hours and there will be lots of fun tracking down bugs and things to be identified, which members of the society will endeavour to help with. Do take with you sweep nets, pots and magnifying glasses, if you have them. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831923.

INFORMATION POINT is on Friday August 15 (there will be only one session this month) when the parish clerk will be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

BUG HUNTING in the garden is number 31 on the National Trust 50 Things list to do before you are 11¾. Another chance to locate bugs is in Sheffield Park Garden, in the trees and bushes, on Friday August 15 from 11am to12.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm. See how many you will find under the guidance of Sheffield park staff. Call 01825 790231 for more information.

ANNUAL QUIZ AND CHIPS fundraising night in aid of Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre takes place on Friday August 29 at Crowborough Football Club. There will be a fish and chip supper, fun quiz with unique prizes as well as lots of other surprises and competitions. The quiz is for teams of up to six people and tickets are £15 per person for the supper and entrance to the quiz. The evening starts at 7pm and you can order your tickets by emailing info@chec.co.uk or by ringing 01825 724376 but be quick as I understand tables tend to fill up fast.

VINTAGE HARVEST FAIR is at Townings Farm, Plumpton Road, on Saturday and Sunday August 30 and 31, 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.

VINTAGE and Prestige Car Day at The Lamb at Piltdown is on Sunday August 31. If you are interested in displaying your classic or prestige car please get in contact with Simon on 01825724688 or simonmaltby@hotmail.com. It will be a great day out with Real Ale and Pimms tents, hog roast, children’s play area, live jazz and a charity raffle to raise money for St Peters and St James Hospice and Chailey Heritage Foundation.

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.

CHURCH SOCIAL TRIP to Chichester Festival Theatre, Wednesday August 20 to see the musical Guys and Dolls. A stop on the way back for a carvery meal in Worthing. They have a large coach and did have some spare seats, so if you would like to join them on the coach and spend the day in Chichester do let Judith know on 01273 474356 as soon as possible.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the last meeting one of the agenda items was to consider the future production of the community newsletter as a report had been submitted to the council from the editor. Kevin Froude writes that he will be giving up the editorship of Hamsey News this year. He says he will certainly complete the Summer/August issue and if the council needs more time to make alternative arrangements he will also handle the Autumn/November issue. However he says that will be it for him. He has enjoyed producing and developing the newsletter and knows that it is greatly appreciated by most residents. He now wishes to get off the quarterly treadmill and will be preparing a note for the next newsletter seeking volunteers, on the assumption that the parish council would like to proceed in this way. Happily you are very well placed to guide the council on what the job involves and to ensure that the new arrangements are realistic. It is not a job to be underestimated. There is a lot of detailed work prior to sending all the copy to Community Ad, chasing, collating, editing, writing, photo captions, but he has also found a need to be alert throughout each quarter to potential features and particularly to be out taking photos at parish events. With the inclusion of more ads, if we don’t keep up the volume of copy and pictures, the ads will come to dominate. He is of course happy to help whoever takes over.

SPEEDWATCH: At the last PC meeting there were at one stage only five people who had volunteered for the community speed watch scheme whereas a minimum of six are needed. The volunteers were Ian Ginn, parish council chairman, Tamsyn d’Arienzo, Jane Baldwin, Jane Disney and Owena Lewis. It was reported that as PCSO Sally Ann-Reed is holding the gun for the parish, maybe the PC need to reach a conclusion on this item.

OART: As always I was delighted to receive the summer newsletter of the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust and I am pleased to see the return of Jim’s Diary and to know that he has fully recovered from his spell in hospital. In June Neil Pringle and Sam St Pierre represented Oart in Mid Sussex with a table demonstration at the Burgess Hill green Circle, Wild About Mid Sussex 2014 event, held in St Johns’ Park. The event is held every two years but has proved so popular that it will now be held annually. There were over 20 organisations with environmental interests exhibiting and it was estimated that over 3,000 members of the public attended together with the MP for Mid Sussex, Nicholas Soames, who gave a short address. The morning had started with heavy rain storms which could have resulted in a low turnout but as soon as the sun appeared the crowds flocked in. Along with display boards and literature they had an aquarium with fish and invertebrates netted from the Northend Stream at Hamsey. This proved to be a great attraction to both children and adults especially as they had an identification key enabling them to find out what it was they saw. All the animals were returned to the stream after the show. Neil and Sam say they must have had several hundred visitors to their stand. Many of them asked questions and showed keen interest in the activities of the Trust. The report from Oart in Mid Sussex is by Sam St Pierre who writes that it was very hard work but very satisfying and Oart will certainly wish to participate again next year. A visitor who spotted my Oart newsletter on the table asked me how to get one and for anybody else who is interested you should contact Neil Pringle, who is the membership secretary, at Little Knowlands, Spithurst Road, Barcombe, Lewes BN8 5EF or neil.pringle@oart.org.uk.

Falmer

SUNDAY TEAS are still being served in the Parish Hall from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, if the day is sunny we like to take a walk and finish at the hall for tea and homemade cake, they will be serving until September. Whilst we were having tea a young lady was asking about the mulberry tree mentioned in last week’s pump column, she said mulberry trees were rare and was interested to learn there was one in Falmer, I told her about two others, not as old as the one in Falmer, in the grounds of the University of Sussex, and off the young lady went to find them.

CHERRIES: We have been so fortunate with this year’s summer weather, and last week six of us villagers went off to Northiam to pick the cherries off the two trees we rent. We were well pleased with the crop this year, and harvested 80lbs off just one tree. My daughter came with us this year, and we welcomed her height, being tall she was able to reach the top of the trees. It was a lovely day ending in a picnic in my brother’s garden, not four miles away from the cherry farm. What do we do with all those cherries? A lot get shared around, which gives us all great pleasure, there’s still lots in the freezer to make pies and tarts.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL: Monday will be the Patronal Festival of St Laurence, there will be a Eucharist at 7.30pm followed by a bring and share supper in the Parish Hall. The guest preacher will be Fr Martin Morgan, Vicar of Rottingdean. All are welcome to join us.

Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Next week is our 50th Anniversary Week. To celebrate we are having, not one, but ten walks. Each walk will finish in Lewes and the total mileage will add up to 50 miles. We are all going to be welcomed by the Mayor at the Town Hall where we will be served tea and buns to celebrate. This will be followed on Friday by a 50th Anniversary Dinner at Pelham House so it will be a week to remember. Details of all the walks are to be found on our programme. Get in touch with one of the leaders if you would like to join us.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: St John-sub-Castro was packed to welcome Steve Daughtery’s installation by the Bishop of Lewes as vicar of sub-Castro and South Malling churches, as well as Southover. Lots of cakes had been donated and were devoured by the assembled masses after the service. Thank you to the congregation at sub-Castro for looking after us all so splendidly. On July 18 our eco team met the assessors for a review of the work we have done in the churchyard and we were pleased to learn that we have been awarded a second tier award. Some areas of our work were rated as outstanding. We will celebrate the award later in the year when we receive our plaque. The holiday club was a great success with over 100 children joining in the pirate fun at the church. We are grateful to the many volunteers who made this possible. Thank you also to everyone who donated Sainsbury’s vouchers to Southover School, which has enabled the school to order some playground equipment and a lot of cookery and baking utensils to use in class. Services on 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. Please do come and join us.

COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall from 10am to noon. Admission free. Cakes, tombola, bonfire photos, tea and coffee

Malling

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH is holding a Dinosaur Craft and Fun Day tomorrow, Saturday, in church and around the church yard for primary aged children. It starts at 10am and finishes at noon. These children’s events are well run and very popular, and all children are welcome. The church has now completed its internal refurbishment. Last touches to the tower room were put in place on Monday and a good space has been created for the children’s club which will be starting up again, fully, in September. On Sunday, at 9.30am, there will be an all age Family Service, particularly relaxed and inclusive and always enjoyed by both children and adults. It will be led by Peter Crees and children’s club leader, Jean Pengelly, and features one of South Malling church’s home-produced dramas based on the parable of the Lost Sheep. All are welcome.

AGM: Malling Residents Association held its annual general meeting in the Community Centre last Wednesday. Brian French was re-elected as chair and Cllr John Lamb agreed to be treasurer. The current secretary stepped down and his successor has yet to be appointed. Last year, the association, with the help of the District Council, had conducted a wide ranging survey of what Malling residents felt was needed to improve their area. One of the proposals, which was very well supported by residents, was the establishment of the Malling Food Bank. That is now securely up and running, and the meeting voted to establish its own committee, with Sarah Neels as its general manager and Brian French as its chair, maintaining the link with the overarching association. The committee will have its own treasurer and secretary and involve others who are working to keep it going every week. Addressing other issues of concern to Malling residents, the meeting was told that parking and speeding have been constantly raised by members at their regular meetings. Despite a number of representations, it seems little can be done to solve Malling’s problems. One suggestion from members at the AGM was a reconsideration of the decision not to offer residents an opportunity to purchase parking permits, which are available in other areas. Members also criticised the complicated consultation on public transport. They were warned, however, not to rely on petitions but to complete the consultation forms which are available from the bus station which will be seen as more useful. ‘You only need to complete the parts that refer to your own travel needs, it isn’t necessary to answer all the questions,’ they were told. Residents were also told that the association is working hard for them in the Neighbourhood Planning Committees which are getting underway and which will have an important effect on the shape of our town in the future.

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: We had a wonderful time at our Mega Makers Holiday Club with nearly 30 children attending during the three days. On Saturday there was a special session when the children showed their families what they had been doing at the holiday club. This was followed by a lovely barbecue. Our next family event will be on Friday August 29 when we will have Messy Church about Bible Seaside’s. This starts at 10.30am and will be followed by a lunch. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Stuart Dew assisted by Eleanor Smith and will include Holy Communion. Following the service there will be a Church Walk.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: Big Book Sale tomorrow, Saturday, 10am till 2pm. If you have any books you would like to donate ring 474964. Parking in the County Hall car park is £1 and coffee will be available.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN Open Day. Please make a date to come on Saturday August 16, 10am to 4pm at the Town Hall. What is the Neighbourhood Plan all about? Why participate? Who will benefit? Will my contribution matter? Come and ask us on August 16. The main focus will be on interactive participation and hands on experience in shaping the future of Lewes into a vision for 20 years hence, that reflects our desires and dreams and our hopes for future generations. There will be a carousel of areas to be considered such as housing, transport, ecosystems, sustainability and energy, tourism, economy and business community infrastructure. Facilitators will guide residents through interactive exercises to map and tease out crucial concerns and comments, to feed into our Plan. There will also be workshop sessions on Ecosystem Services to improve our understanding of the issues. This is so important because, if accepted, the plan will be a vital planning document that must be taken into account by Lewes Town Council, Lewes District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority, when making decisions on our behalf. So this is your chance to make history, by contributing to the future of Lewes Town. Please come and join us in the town hall and have your say.

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am till 11am. Locally grown vegetables, home baked cakes and savoury items plus fresh eggs, cheese and charcuterie, flowers and plants, cards and knitted items, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. If you have not visited the market before, don’t be shy, just pop along and find out for yourself what on offer.

THE BOWLS CLUB will be playing the Isle of Thorns tomorrow, Saturday, at home. On Sunday the invitation triples will take place at home. Both of these games should commence at 2.30pm. On Tuesday evening there are two matches commencing at 6pm. The home game will be against John Spriggs Felbridge, the away game will be against Mid Sussex West Hoathly. On Wednesday afternoon Newick will make a short journey to Haywards Heath at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will travel to Heathfield Park, the second XI are playing at home against Hailsham, the third XI will be playing at the Temple Grove ground against Glynde and Beddingham, and the fourth XI will travel to Bells Yew Green. All of these league games will commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday the home fixture will be against WG Gracefully at 2pm. There will also be another mid week game on Thursday at home against Mid-Sussex Cricket Club at 2pm. A date for your diary regarding a great cricket match on Sunday August 24: The All Star Lashings Cricketers will be playing on the King George V playing field against Newick at 2pm. For further details contact Mark Budd on 07841 745091.

ROAD RACE: On Sunday August 24 the Newick Will Page 10k Road Race will take place. If you can run 10k in under 75 minutes why not come to Newick. You can download the entry form at http:newickwillpage10k.org.uk, this is a Sussex Grand Prix Racing Event, which takes place on the scenic roads south of Newick. The race starts at 11am.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting on Thursday in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. Their speaker will be Mandy Watson, the former headteacher of an international school in Botswana, and now Lead Primary Advisor in Greenwich. How times have changed, or have they. Adventures in learning at home and abroad. This sounds like a most interesting meeting so why not pop along, you will be made most welcome. For further details telephone 01825 722154 or 722650.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church, 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed at 10.30am with Morning Service Holy Communion. Lifts are available if booked in advance telephone 722582.

HOPE you are all making the most of this beautiful summer weather. As I write this the sunshine and clear blue sky looks great, but, yes we do need some rain, the gardens are beginning to look very parched in places.

Plumpton

STOOLBALL TOURNAMENT: On Sunday Sussex County Stoolball Association will stage its Rest of the League Tournament at Plumpton playing field. Some of the teams that did not finish in the top four of their divisions (north, mid, central, east and west) will compete against each other and are bound to give a superb display of this excellent sport that originated in Sussex. If you are an avid follower of the game or have the misfortune never to have witnessed it, then Plumpton will be the place to be on Sunday, starting at 11am. This is a game dominated by the ladies, but is not one for cissies and offers great entertainment and some thrilling play at times. I have taken pics at many games for local newspapers and I assure you that I would want a full suit of armour before I stepped out on to the pitch.

OPEN MIC: That’s short for microphone for the benefit of my old comrades out there. On Sunday budding local musicians will have the opportunity to show off their talents in the Fountain pub from 6pm. The mike will be there for all to use at the return of this very popular session that used to run at the now defunct Winning Post. It’s open to all age groups, but be assured that attendees will certainly not have to suffer any rendition from me.

POP-IN PARLOUR: That very popular, weekly social event held at All Saints’ church annexe on Tuesdays will not operate during August, but the doors will reopen again on September 2. Then a cuppa, a chat and some light refreshment will be available again. It really is a pity that everything, except expensive holidays, grinds to a halt during this month.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: It appears that completion of the North Barnes Lane development will not now take place until November which means that the start of allocation of the homes is delayed until September. However, do not believe rumours that have been circulating about residency qualifications. These homes will be available for people currently living in Plumpton or with strong local connection, wherever they are currently living. If anyone at Lewes District Council or elsewhere should tell you otherwise then challenge it. Plumpton Parish Council has a written assurance on this from the District Council itself.

FIGHT THE CUTS: As readers should know, ESCC is proposing some devastating cuts in its subsidies for bus services and these are particularly punitive for people living in rural areas and could basically lead to us having bus services on but two days a week during school holiday periods. A massive increase in fares is also on the cards. Thus the residents of Plumpton and East Chiltington will be trapped in their own homes for long periods. Yes, we have a railway station, but how can you get to it without a bus service and who can afford the extortionate fares? Yes, the current bus services are underused, but could that be caused by the fact that the current service is already totally inadequate? Public transport is supposed to keep cars off the roads and help save the environment. It fails abysmally now and, with these proposals, is set to fail totally. Both Plumpton and East Chiltington Parish Councils will be lobbying to prevent this social injustice and total madness and urge as many individuals as possible to make their own representations. If you have access to the internet simply log on to https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/individualsbuschanges. Of course, that is likely to put many people off (on purpose?) but otherwise simply ring 0345 60 80 194 to get it all in writing. Cuts are being made by Central Government ostensibly to promote efficiency, but it does appear that some Local Authorities are implementing them in such a way that will allow inefficiency and wastage to continue at the expense of the consumer. In other words our Council Tax may not increase, but we will get less and less for the same amount year on year. Do, please, understand that this is not a party political statement but is simply based on common sense and practicalities. The problems that I am experiencing with my eyesight mean that I am forced to rely on bus services and I promise you that it is not a happy experience now. What hell does the future hold?

Ringmer

COFFEE MORNING: Royal British Legion (Ringmer Branch) are holding a coffee morning tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall. Doors open at 10.30am. All welcome.

FOOTBALL CLUB: A new season is upon us and the first team have two home Sussex County Div 1 league games to start. They begin tomorrow, Saturday, with a home fixture versus Littlehampton with kick-off at The Caburn at 3pm and then on Tuesday evening they play Eastbourne United with a 7.45pm kick-off at The Caburn. Admission prices for first team games remain the same as last season at £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and there is no charge for kids, as usual. On Saturday August 16 the firsts are in FA Cup action with a home fixture versus Corinthian FC in the extra preliminary round.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing, 6.30pm Evensong.

U3A: Ringmer U3A is holding an Open Day on Wednesday in the village hall from 10am to noon. Read our latest newsletter and find out more details at www.ringmer.info/u3a

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday July 30, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Valerie and Peter King; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: St Francis v Ringmer 48-71; Ringmer v Deanland 63-71; Ringmer v Ninfield 90-56; Hailsham v Ringmer 53-81. We also had a friendly match with the cricket and stoolball clubs. Fun was had by all. Thank you for joining us.

Rodmell & Southease

SADLY Rodmell has lost another long time resident. Mary Claverley died recently and we were all hoping she would make it to her 100th birthday, which I understand would have been just a few months away. I have many plants in my garden which originated from Mary, who had the most wonderful border in her front garden at White Gates. She was still working on it well into her late nineties and it was much admired by visitors to the village.

FESTIVAL: I would like to say how much I appreciated a leaflet of notification of the Bimble Bandada Festival, held along the valley at the weekend. It very politely set out details to notify local residents that they had a noise monitoring team observing the event and reporting to the local council. A dedicated phone number was set up so that locals could discuss noise levels during the event. I did phone to wish them well and point out that people who are looking after those that are unwell and have businesses like B&Bs do find loud parties and events sometimes a bit of a problem. It is only polite to think of others, so thank you Bimble Bandad organisers. I’m just sad I could not find the time to go to it.

THE SUMMER SHOW takes place on Saturday August 16 from 2pm to 4.30pm on Rodmell Sports Field. Admission adults £2, children free.

RAIN: It was lovely to get a quick downpour of heavy rain on Friday July 25 and it really refreshed everything in the garden.

FRUIT AND VEG: Having looked at my raised vegetable bed, I decided the potatoes, which have gone rather wild, needed to be dug. I was amazed at how many I dug up from a bed about 6’x4’ and they were of good size with not a blemish on them. It’s not been a good year for my soft fruits but I’m still making crumbles and pies from the glut we had last year, which I froze. The plums are growing in flusters this year, which means if one goes rotten it sets the others off, so I’m picking them early and ripening them off in containers on the window sills. The early blackberry pickers are out and about I notice and I’ve already been putting containers of apples outside the driveway for hikers and walkers and anyone else who wants them. The fallen ones go to my friend’s pigs.

FAMOUS: On Friday July 25 I watched The Who on TV and it took me back to the late 60s when I used to go to a pub named the Kicking Donkey at Burwash with Bill and Nellie Lyndley who used to live at the bungalows in Mill Lane. Nellie was related to me by marriage but always told people I was her granddaughter, I know not why. Nellie had been known as The Ragtime queen on Hull in her hey-day and had a great voice and a sparkling personality. She used to play honkey tonk on the piano at the Kicking Donkey and it was at the time, Roger Dultrey’s local, and he thought a lot of her. When it was their golden wedding anniversary they had a party at the Kicking Donkey and presented her with one of Roger’s records painted gold and signed by the group. Her granddaughter Jacky (my cousin by marriage) and myself, and some of the family, were invited to a party at Christmas to Roger’s house along with many locals. When I think back on my life, I’ve spent time with some rather famous people in the music world, and many are totally different away from the stage. The Abergavenny Arms used to have some famous people using it as their watering hole, such as Joe Brown the singer/musician and Freddie Jones the actor plus several others who have been famous residents.

NEW SIGNS: Rodmell now has, at great expense, a sparking new sign which was put up one evening last week. The wild flowers planted along the roadside verges have done well. We just need the verges covering road and speed signs cut, especially in the village where coaches attempt to get, not seeing the signs.

ONE OF THE CARERS who comes here told Mike she has a depressed tortoise. Evidently he has lost his mate of many years. How does one know when a tortoise is depressed, I wonder. Does it retreat into its shell?