REMINDER: Barcombe Sings Christmas, 7.30pm Friday December 13 at Barcombe Village Hall. An evening of your favourite Christmas carols and songs accompanied by local musicians. All donations to St Peter and St James Hospice. Further details from David Lloyd 01273 400520.
BARCOMBE WI: Tuesday 7pm at Little Holmans, Town Littleworth, Christmas Celebration. Food, drink and carols. Please bring a plate of food to share and car share if possible. Friday December 13, 3pm St Marys, Barcombe WI Lewes group WI annual carol service.
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARLOUR: Barcombe Village Hall, Sunday, December 22 at 8pm. This Christmas show has toured the UK for the past eight years, sponsored by the Arts Council of Wales, and has been featured on radio and on television. Tickets £12 to include mulled wine and mince pies (£10 concessions). Auction in aid of Riding for the Disabled and Dementia UK. Tickets can be bought in Barcombe Village Shop.
CHRISTMAS FAIR, organised by the Friends (PTA), is tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 2pm at St Peters Primary School. There will be a tombola, children’s games, the chance to visit Santa and much more. All welcome.
CAROL SERVICE at Horsted Keynes Station tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. The carols will be accompanied by The Bluebell Railway Band and the Bluebell Chaplain and Rector of Horsted Keynes, Father John Twisleton. Everyone is invited to join in the service and the station refreshment room will be open; with mulled wine and other refreshments available to purchase. Entry to the station is free but a retiring collection will be offered for St Giles Church and the Bluebell Railway.
CHURCH NEWS: A calendar has been produced to help fund some changes within St Peter’s Church, it is A4 and has some spectacular views of the church and its activities. Each page has space for you to record your own events. The calendar costs £5 and is available from the church wardens.
SOUTH DOWNS TR Group meet at the Five Bells on Tuesday from 8pm, anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars will be made most welcome.
FIREFIGHTERS Charity fundraising is at the Sports Ground, on Saturday December 14 starting at 10.30am. It is a Santa Run, fun run open to all abilities with a 3k or 6k route. Festive fancy dress is desirable but not compulsory. Santa outfits are available to buy with pre-registration or on the day. Alternatively you can make your own outfit; the fancier the better as there will be a prize for the best. Standard entry is £15 or £20 on the day, entry plus Santa outfit and medal is £30 or £35 on the day and a 70th Anniversary Pack is available for £70 which includes your entrance fee. All participants will receive a certificate. Email Verna on email@example.com for an entry form and details.
CHRISTMAS DINNER is at the Free Church on Christmas Day if, for whatever reason, you are going to be on your own on this day. You will be most welcome at the Free Church to enjoy a dinner on them. Please call Tony or Janet on 01825 766826 to let them know you will be attending as, due to the size of the hall, places are limited.
FREE MOBILE BAR is available for weddings, parties, fund raisers, outdoor events and festivals. The Bonfire Society can provide you a fully licensed bar and staff with a wide range of premium products tailored to your requirements and at very reasonable prices. For more details visit www.chaileybonfire.co.uk or email the Society at @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey
THE TRUSTEES of the village hall met on Tuesday December 3 in St Peter’s Church Hall.
MONDAY CLUB: On Monday at 12.30pm the Monday Afternoon Club meet in St Peter’s Church Hall to enjoy a Christmas Lunch. Lifts available by calling Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.
CHRISTMAS FAIR: Hamsey School Fundraisers are holding a Christmas Fair in the village hall on Friday December 13, from 3.15pm to 6pm.
CAROLS in Hamsey Church on Sunday December 15 at 3pm. Put on plenty of warm clothing and take a candle.
SING ALONG: Carols, mince pies and sing along in the village hall on Tuesday December 17 at 7pm. Free event.
HAMSEY SCHOOL Christmas Play is in the village hall on Wednesday December 18, 2.15pm and 6pm. There is a Christmas Disco in the village hall on Friday December 20, after school.
THE RUNNING CLUB now meet at 27 Chandlers Mead, Cooksbridge every Tuesday at 9am.
PARISH COUNCIL: When Hamsey Parish Council last met traffic issues including footways and parking and any update on school parking were discussed. A reply was received from the PCSO Sally-Ann Reed regarding parking at the school. She spoke to the school about where they were with the issue of the drop area. She was told it really came down to money. Their budget is very tight and they don’t have any money at all from this and at present there does not seem to be a solution to the problem.
PLANNING: Several planning matters were discussed which included the erection of interpretation display panel, information on the industrial heritage of funicular railway/tramway and lime kilns at Offham Chalk Pits and a panoramic photo of the area viewed across towards Lewes. Offham Pits, Offham Road, Offham: Land at Gradwell End, South Chailey – retirement and care facility. Woodcock Cottage, The Street Offham. Listed Building application. Internal alterations including creating an opening in an internal wall and new internal walls to enlarge the bathroom and insertion of two roof lights. Pre-application construction of anaerobic digestion plant at Old Park Dairy Site, Cooksbridge. Council discussed comments regarding the pre-application consultation which had caused concern from several people including some from Barcombe. Concisions made by LDC or SDNP: Single storey timber outbuilding at North End, North End Lane, Hamsey was granted. The Old Wheelwrights Shop, The Street, Offham. Erection of a proposed two bedroom bungalow to replace a building and contractors yard utilising existing double garage for parking/cycle storage. Permission granted. It was good to see that the owners of the above had at long last been granted permission and that common sense had prevailed and I know that their many friends will wish them a very happy retirement.
STATION PARTNERSHIP: Cooksbridge Station Partnership has joined the National Association of Community Rail Partnerships giving access to expertise and support, as well as ideas from across the country. Ian Ginn, who heads the partnership, is also chairman of Hamsey Parish Council. Information on the partnership was soon to be posted on the parish website www.hamsey.net. The Station Partnership is supported by sponsors which include Covers, Lewes Garden Centre, Hartley Quinn Wilson, the Monday Group and Organic Matters. They also get an annual grant from Southern and Hamsey Parish Council which have agreed to provide £200 to help them continue with the work. They have produced headed paper and will be designing a logo.
N WATCH: As there have been several incidents around the district over the past few weeks and some of the coordinators have asked what is going on I have asked for an up to date list of the Lewes Policing Team. I have also been assured we have not been forgotten in the rural areas and investigations are ongoing. Lewes District Commander is Jason Tingley. Policing Team: PC Adam Rose, PC Caroline Ross, PC Chris Wright, PCSO Steve Knowles, Sergeant Rose Hansome, PC Darren Ghoudi, PC Pete Hall, Sergeant Dave Pye, PC Poplett, PCSO Ella Scott, PCSO Ed Hall, PC Andy Ash, PC Alan Ash, PCSO Tracy Honey, PCSO Julie McNirlan, PCSO Sally-Ann Reed, PCSO Patrick Pearce, PCSO Stefan Bialoszewski, Inspector Steve Tullett. I hope that I have got all the spelling of names right as it is quite complicated if you try to get them all on the Sussex Police website.
CRAFT FAIR: Falmer Christmas Craft Fair was a great success. The weather was set fair, and everyone who visited, and many who had never been to Falmer before, said just how beautiful it all looked. Inside the hall the variety of goods on sale looked really inviting to tempt people to buy; lots of beautiful paintings, baskets, pots, jewellery, cards and great homemade soup and cakes. There was a great deal of hard work put into the organisation of the fair and we are very grateful.
CAROL CONCERT: Wednesday at 5pm in St Laurence Church, the University of Brighton will be having their carol concert.
LAST WEEK I treated myself to an appointment with the City College Brighton and Hove for some beauty therapy, whilst waiting for my appointment I could see that the BBC were filming. I found out that a Beauty Therapy student, Agnieszka Ceesay, had won a Gold Medal for Nail Art at the NEC, Birmingham World Skills UK Competition, where many other competitions are run annually. I was lucky to be at the college, during the filming, and was lucky to see first hand Agnieszka’s work, the nails were amazing, I have never seen anything like them before, Agnieszka said that each of these very special nails took her an hour to complete. The interview was shown on the South East News that Monday night, maybe some of you saw it. City College are very proud of her achievement, quite rightly so.
Glynde & Beddingham
TOADS AT THE TREVOR: On Monday the Trevor Arms toads team will be playing at home to the Flying Toads from Isfield. The match begins at 8pm and spectators and would-be players are warmly welcome to come along.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: On Sunday, The Little Cottage Tea Rooms are hosting a festive afternoon of Christmas crafts and entertainment. There will be traditional stalls selling handmade crafts and artisan foods, all made locally. There will be the Great Glynde Bake Off with a chance to win a Christmas hamper plus afternoon tea for two so why not come along and pick up some Christmas gifts while you are there? The tea rooms are also now offering a take-away service of hot soup, toasted sandwiches, cakes and snack for busy people on the move.
PARISH COUNCIL: Last Wednesday, the parish council met in the Reading Room. Many thanks to Councillor John Wilson who gave his notice of retirement after many years of dedicated service to the council. His experience and expertise have been of vital importance to the team and everyone wishes him well for the future. There will also be a vacancy from the end of the year for a new parish clerk. Barbara Knight has tirelessly clerked the council for several years now and many thanks were also given to her for the wonderful job she has done. If any members of the community are interested in either of these vacancies, please contact the chairman, Andrew Small, by email on email@example.com.
ROAD SAFETY: Unfortunately during the last month there have been two serious accidents on Ranscombe Lane involving motorists. The lane is often used as a short cut from the A27, especially in times of heavy traffic, but due to its size and corners, is unsuitable for large vehicles or speeds in excess of 30mph. Luckily in both the recent incidents the drivers and their passengers sustained non-fatal injuries, but it is worth our normally mindful community remembering that visibility is poor on this road and there are often pheasants, rabbits, foxes and even deer crossing from one side to the other. Please slow down and take care.
CHURCH SERVICES: Today, Friday, there will be a Christingle Service in Firle at 2pm. The Sunday service of Holy Communion will be in Beddingham at 10.15am.
CHRISTMAS FAIR 10am to 4pm on Sunday at Crockstead Farm Hotel. Festive food and drinks, stocking fillers, arts, crafts and Christmas decorations. Entrance £1 adults, children free.
CHRISTMAS FAIR: St Thomas’ Church (Cliffe) Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 12.30pm at the hall. Cakes, preserves, tombola, raffle, tea, coffee and much more. Proceeds to Church Restoration Fund.
HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk, Telling Lewes History for Children, Monday 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the Kings Church building, Brooks Road. Lewes is old. Of course it is haunted. That is the opening of Alison Jolly’s series of children’s books about a little girl who can see people of historic times still walking round Lewes’ streets. She will talk about the challenge of inventing stories which are true to history even though they are fiction for 10 year olds: Cromwell and the Priory, Tom Paine and the smugglers, Every’s Iron Works and the first Lewes workhouses, with scary made-up adventures for Fiddle and her friends. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door. www.leweshistory.org.uk
NT LEWES CENTRE: On December 12 there will be a meeting at Priory School, Mountfield Road at 7.30pm. The speaker will be John E Vigar who will be talking about Sussex Churches. Non members welcome £3.
FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our last weekday walk in November, on a beautiful bright and cool day, we travelled further than usual for the start of our ramble. Our leader, Clare, had chosen Ashurst Wood which is one mile to the south east of East Grinstead, for the starting point of our walk. Soon after starting the walk we could see the imposing mansion of Stoke Brunswick. This was a former school which was originally based in Hove with Winston Churchill as one of its early pupils. We often encounter the Vanguard Way on our rambles and we met it here for a short stretch. Several new walkers were welcomed and the first mince pies of the season were enjoyed. The next walk is on Wednesday at Wilmington, a hilly 6 mile walk. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.
LEWES FOOD BANK: After the successful food collection in May, Lewes Food Bank will be outside Waitrose collecting donations of food today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 6pm. Please support this worthy cause.
AT ST JOHN’S CHURCH on Sunday, the first Sunday in Advent, which is our season of the four Sundays preceding Christmas, our Sunday service at 11am will be Holy Communion for all those who would like to attend and enjoy with us the wonderful family spirit we have at St John’s. There will also be chat, tea and coffee etc. Also on Sunday at our sister church in Malling is our annual Christingle Service at 3pm for all the family, your friends and children of all ages. It will be quite fascinating with all the candles and excitement of the coming Christmas. Even adults enjoy this one. Please come. We were very sad this week to learn that our dear friend George Oakley passed away peacefully last Sunday night and we send our love and prayers to Mary, his wife, and all his family.
SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Last Friday’s Christmas Fair was an enormous success, the hall and corridors were crammed with children, parents and grandparents: trying their luck in the various competitions, trying out a range of cakes and mince pies, even hot dogs, and listening to the school choir singing seasonal songs and testing out the medley they are learning for next year’s O2 Concert. There was also Santa’s grotto to visit. Well done, once again to the Friends who use these occasions so well to spread seasonal joy and also to swell the school’s coffers and make it possible to improve our children’s learning environment and learning opportunities. On Monday Year 6 were called out of assembly, urgently, for an unusual trip, though they didn’t know it at the time, they were involved in a mock evacuation to Eastbourne as part of their project on World War 2. They were able to use their experiences in their writing later on in the week. Now that the school is decorated for Christmas, the celebrations will begin next week: Key Stage 1 children are going to be enjoying a pantomime by the students of Sussex Downs College. The school is always impressed with the quality and standard of their plays. The whole school is also looking forward to the Secret Present shop on Wednesday in which children can buy presents for their family and everyone will be enjoying Christmas lunch with carols on Thursday. A group of parents is meeting to review the school anti-bullying policy on Monday as part of the work from anti-bullying week. They will be looking particularly at cyber- bullying and how to prevent it and support their children if it happens. Key Stage 1 are busy getting ready for their Nativity Play which is being performed on December 17 and 18.
SOUTH MALLING CHURCH. On Sunday, there will be a Family Service led by Revd Steve Daughtery and Peter Crees. This relaxed service is aimed at all ages, (though there is a focus on children), and is always enjoyable and well-presented. All are welcome. It begins at 9.30am.
CHRISTINGLE: The Town’s Christingle Service is taking place in Malling Church this year at 3pm on Sunday. The service is a child oriented celebration and there is a collection to support the Children’s Society which is doing sterling work in supporting troubled young people and those who have run away from home. They are also engaged in ground breaking research on the issues of children and young people. Bring your children and grand children to an enjoyable and thought-provoking Christmas experience.
FATHER CHRISTMAS will be visiting Old Malling this evening (Friday) between 6pm and 9pm and New Malling on December 16. Please support the Rotary Club as they collect for local good causes through their Christmas Tree of Goodwill project.
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.
POST: My lovely wife had a birthday over the weekend. She received 34 birthday cards. It keeps the postmen busy. It got me thinking about the postman. It would now appear the postman no longer carries letters. It’s all about parcels and packets according to the new advertising campaign at the moment. Hopefully we will still get Christmas cards through the post because it is traditional to see the postman putting some cheer through your door, knowing you are not forgotten about at least once a year.
WALLANDS SCHOOL: Please come and take a look at our lovely Christmas tree in the front entrance from Monday. Lewes Garden Centre have kindly donated this tree to us for the second year running and we would like to express our thanks to them. Lee Reynolds will be conducting his amazing Kantanti orchestra on Sunday December 30 at John Sub Castro church at 4pm in a special concert for children. They will be playing music from Roald Dahl’s The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, Jurassic Park, The Pink Panther and will have actors accompanying the music with acting and narration. Kantanti is a first class orchestra; do go along if you can. The School Nursing Service is being reviewed and they are interested in your experience of the service. If you would like to get involved please complete the online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/SchoolNursing_primary by Thursday January 2. Jude Griffin competed in his first under 10s hockey tournament held in East Grinstead at the weekend. Jude has only just joined the Southdowns club and to be immediately chosen to play in the team is a great achievement. He was delighted to report back to us that his team won. Well done to Jude and the team. Over two days this week 10 schools have competed in the South Downs area Sports hall. Wallands had 18 children entered into various track and field events and Mrs Taylor reported back on how impressed she was with the children’s supportive attitude to one another. Every child contributed to not only Wallands winning on their day but having accumulated over 80 points more than any other school. This means that Wallands are the overall South Downs winners and we will go through to represent the South Downs area at the next stage in March. A huge well done to the team.
CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and will include Holy Communion. At 3pm we are inviting people to join us for Carols on Nevill Green. We will be accompanied by the Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Band and there will be mince pies and warm fruit juice available for all. Our Sunday Club for children was popular last week with children attending in the age range from toddler up to 12 years of age. They enjoyed hearing the story of Zacchaeus and joined in singing a song about Zacchaeus. We have been busy delivering our Christmas card to all the roads near the church. This contains details of all the activities at Christ Church during Christmas. A warm welcome awaits you at any of these events.
THE COUNTRY MARKET is open 10am till 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. Now is the time to place your orders for Christmas, a good selection of food,vegetables and some lovely Christmas floral arrangements. On Friday December 13 stall holders will be in a festive mood, so pop along for coffee, mince and carol singing.
RUGBY: At last I can now report the Newick Rugby Club fixtures. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XV will be playing away at Hellingly, the second XV will be making a short journey to Haywards Heath III. Both games will commence at 2.15pm.
PRODUCTION: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society are presenting Out of Order in the village hall today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, evening, doors open 7.15pm curtain up 8pm. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie,,this is a great comedy by Ray Cooney. Tickets are £9 from the booking office 01825 722359 or 722985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY SERVICES are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am and Holy Communion (CW) at 10.30am. The Carol Services take place at 5.30pm on Sunday December 15. If you require a lift please telephone in advance to 722582.
ON MONDAY at around 6pm Father Christmas will arrive at Oldaker Road and travel round the village, ending up at Allington Crescent about 7.45pm. Boys and girls be ready to have a chat with Father Christmas (weather permitting).
NEWICK WI hold the last meeting for this year in the Community Centre at 7.45pm on December 12 when the speaker is Sandy Lewsey, talking about Chocolate Making. Visitors are welcome.
I HOPE you are all busy writing those Christmas cards in time for the 1st Newick Scouts to deliver. The post boxes are already in the Post Office, Newick News and Village Stores. The last date for collection is Thursday December 12 at 4pm (please remember to put your donation in a separate envelope). This service is a lot of hard work for Scouts and their leaders, so be generous.
FAMILY FUN: Christmas Family Fun at The Crown Inn is on Friday December 13 at 7pm. Warbleton Brass Band willplay carols and there will also be a visit from Father Christmas, you will also be treated to a traditional Sussex Mummers Play performed by Newick Bonfire Members. A collection will be taken for St Peter and St James.
A MESSAGE from the Newick Horticulture Society now is the time for planting two year old Newick leveller gooseberry bushes. These are available locally, the cost for bareroot bush is £7.50, members can purchase them at a 10 percent discount, making the price £6.75. Telephone 07834 253 584 or email email@example.com
FESTIVE SUCCESS: The VAP Festive Fair last Saturday was yet another success and raised about £500 as well as providing a great social event.
MORE FESTIVITIES: Remember the Plumpton Primary School Christmas Fair takes place today (Friday) at the school, 5pm and 7pm.
PARTY TIME: The annual Christmas tea party for senior citizens of Plumpton and East Chiltington will be held in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 2.15pm. Hosted by the local Scout group, participants are promised a great tea and some entertainment. There is no charge and if you need a lift just call 01273 890410 and a carriage will be despatched, again at no charge.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: The next session will be on Sunday in All Saints’ church annexe at 10.30am.
GET IN TRIM: If you maybe likely to over-indulge at Christmas it might to be good idea to step out with the Footpath Society on Sunday. Meet at Firle free car park (TQ468 075) at 1.30pm ready to set off on a five mile jaunt up Firle Bostal then along the South Downs Waytowards Firle Beacon and then back down to Firle. If you need to know more ring 01273 890055.
POP-IN PARLOUR: If you fancy a cuppa and some company the ever popular Pop-in-Parlour will operate during December on Tuesday 10 and 17 starting at 11am. Tea, coffee, homemade soup and snacks will be available.
PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council meets in the committee room of the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm when the parish precept (the amount to be raised through council tax) will be fixed.
SEASONAL FLAVOUR: The WI meet in the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm when the speakers will be Thelma and John Burgess who will look at Christmas through the Looking Glass. Visitors welcome.
MUSIC AND LAUGHTER: Burgess Hill Musical Theatre Society will stage a Singsational event on Friday and Saturday next week (December 13 and 14) in Plumpton village hall at 7.30pm. This talented bunch promise an evening of fun, laughter and great family entertainment. Tickets via www.ticketsource.co.uk/bhmts or ring 01273 890347.
FANCY XMAS LUNCH? If you are 60 years or over, why not join Care Club members when they visit the Cock Inn, Wivelsfield Green on Thursday, December 12? This friendly bunch will give you a great welcome. Ring 01273 890015 but do so as soon as possible.
PLUMPTON SCHOOL: Parents or guardians with children due to start school next autumn will have a chance to visit the village school on Tuesday, 2pm to 3pm.
PREPARE FOR CAROLLING: As usual there will be two carol services in our local churches, but if you are looking for more of a sing-along then book Friday, December 20 when the Rector will lead carols at the Plough pub and Sunday, December 22 when the venue will be at the Fountain pub at 8pm.
RUGGER TRIUMPH: Plumpton hosted local rivals Ditchling at the weekend winning 16-10, despite being behind at half time. Tries from Man-of-the-Match Grant Kiwi Restieaux and Nigel Box, along with two long range penalties by Lewis Beale sealed a fine win. This weekend Plumpton travel to East Grinstead, ko 2.15pm.
COFFEE MORNING: A Christmas Coffee Morning will be held by the bowls club in their club house tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 11.30am. Entry 50p includes coffee and a mince pie.
FOOTBALL CLUB: The first team are away tomorrow, Saturday, when they visit Worthing United for their SCFL Div1 fixture, kick off time is 3pm. The second team are at home and play their Reserve Section Premier match versus Eastbourne United tonight, Friday, with a 7.45pm kick-off at The Caburn. On Sunday the youth team travel to Little Common for their league fixture with an 11am kick-off time. The veterans’ game last Sunday was cancelled as Forest Row veterans were unable to raise a team but the Ringmer Vets have a game on Sunday December 15 when they play host to Hartfield Veterans.
LIGHTS OF LOVE: The Ringmer Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice is holding their annual Lights of Love Service tomorrow (Saturday) at St Mary’s Church at 4pm. Prior to the service the Christmas Tree in the churchyard will be illuminated at a short service of dedication and the names of loved ones will be read out during the service in the church.
CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are as follows: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of hands for Healing, 6.30pm Evensong.
CAROL CONCERT: I know there are a lot of supporters of Pestalozzi International Village Trust in Ringmer who will want to be reminded of the Carol Concert on Tuesday at 7.30pm in St Michael’s Church.
FATHER CHRISTMAS: The Rotary Club of Lewes will be visiting Ringmer with Father Christmas and the Tree of Goodwill on: Thursday, Springett Avenue (starting at the shops), Sadlers Estate, Mill Estate and Anchor Field; Friday December 13, Broyle Estate, Christie Estate, Church Hill and main road finishing at The Pine Shop. 6pm both evenings, please give generously as all proceeds are distributed in the local area.
COFFEE MORNING: Christmas coffee morning in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital on Thursday from 10am to noon at Dart Cottage, 1 The Elms. Coffee, cakes, good company, books and bring and buy. Please rsvp Barbara Longhurst on 813574 or Anne Hodgson 812580.
PANTO: Empire Dance is proud to present Aladdin. It’s full of corny jokes about Ringmer and environs. There will be three performances in the village hall on Friday December 13 at 7pm and Saturday December 14 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets, available from Ringmer Wine Store, are £7 and £5 for concessions.
RINGMER DEBATES: The next in the series of Ringmer Debates takes place next Friday December 13 at 7.30pm in the village hall. The theme for this one is My country right or wrong? Entry is free, though donations are requested for tea and coffee.
BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday November 27, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 2, Steve Cocking and David Coutinho; 3, Lesley Durrant and Alan Disney. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.
THANKS: Angela Howard thanks all who generously supported and contributed to the coffee morning held last week for the Philippines Typhoon appeal. A magnificent £700 was raised.
Rodmell & Southease
WI: A lovely sunny morning saw a group of WI ladies plus two husbands descend on the new Veolia incinerator, at Newhaven, for a conducted tour by a very efficient young lady named Hazel, who really knew her stuff. It is an amazing place to visit and it is open to the public, but you have to phone to be included in a conducted tour. As one of the many who was against the incinerator being built, the tour around it has changed my opinion somewhat. I still don’t like it being in such a beautiful prominent location, at the head of a lovely valley, and wish it had gone to a more industrial area nearer Brighton instead. However we now have it and have to realise it is needed, if we don’t want more landfill sites. What the incinerator trip made me realise was the amount of rubbish all of us promote, yes, that’s you and me. Whether we like it or not we all throw away far too much in our society and we all need to look at our lifestyles. For those interested in this subject a few facts: Your household waste will provide the National Grid with enough electricity to power 25,000 homes and the green waste is made into a peat free soil conditioner Pro-Grow which I’m told local farmers are very impressed with, as a soil conditioner. It is on sale at the incinerator for the general public to buy at £2 per bag. I do urge you to pay the incinerator a visit, ask questions, and form your own opinion.
SAD LOSS: Rodmell has lost yet another resident, Kadarijah Gardiner, wife of Sharifin. They were well known for running a B&B in Barn House where they used to live until they moved into a house specially built for them within their grounds. Whilst in Barn House, they were our neighbours and we’ve always got on well. Sharifin would like people who could not get to Kadarijah’s celebration to know about it as follows: Kadarijah’s earthly remains were laid to rest at the Church of St Peter in Rodmell, on a brilliantly sunny, late autumn day. It seemed a fitting tribute. As one of her many friends said, ‘Kadarijah brought sunshine everywhere she went.’ She was born near Birmingham on 20 April 1930 and during her last days she was lovingly cared for at St Peter and St James Hospice in Chailey till 14 November. She became famous as the actress Jean Harvey, starring in the TV series Compact and in the Mousetrap. The Gardiners moved to Rodmell in 1998. St Peter’s 800 year old church, decorated with flowers by Pam Carpenter and Marcia Heywood was packed with family, neighbours and friends from as far away as Zambia; while around the world friends were also honouring her with moments of silence, and prayer. The ceremony, conducted by Revd Geoff Daw, was a harmonious interfaith celebration of spirituality and culture, expressed through related traditions, and interspersed with hymns, and readings by her daughters as Kadarijah had wished. A close friend spoke about Kadarijah’s spiritual life in Subud, and another explained the significance for Kadarijah of the Muslim Al Fatiha and then chanted it in Arabic. An Ave Maria (Angel Gabriel’s salutation) was sung by Sharifin Gardiner, followed by the Magnificat, read by Kadarijah’s granddaughter, Laura. J S Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring was played by organist Lorna Melia as a recessional. After the simple casket was lowered into the ground in the churchyard, everyone had a chance to strew red and white rose petals over the coffin, a Javanese tradition accompanied by a chant: We come from God and to Him we return. The funeral was followed by a reception at the village hall beautifully decorated with autumn branches from Ashfodon House garden. Her farewell gift to us all: ‘The only things that matter now are love, worship and laughter.’
CANADIAN AIRMAN: For those showing interest in the grave of the Canadian airman in Southease churchyard, his name was Sgt Pilot Arthur James Vaughan who died the day after crashing in Kent on 26 April 1941. He was 41. It is a mystery why he was laid to rest in Southease.
SCHOOL FETE tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm in the school.
RODMELL DERBY is also tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm in the village hall.
COFFEE MORNING for senior citizens in Rodmell School at 10am on Thursday.