Parish pump Lewes - January 24, 2014


BARCOMBE WI: The new year started with an excellent talk by Patricia Cocknell on Peace Witness in Palestine and Israel. Patricia is a member of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, an international initiative started by the World Council of Churches to offer protection to Palestinians, monitor and report on human rights violations and support Israeli and Palestinian peace activists. Patricia gave a very illuminating insight into the life of the ordinary Palestinian people, with the hardships and injustices they are forced to endure on a daily basis. She described how the building of the wall between Israeli and Palestinian settlements has destroyed many livelihoods and separated families and communities. The continuation of settlement building on the West Bank is a constant stumbling block to peace talks. However, she left us with a feeling of hope things are changing and the younger Israelis are more tolerant and more anxious for peace than previous generations, so we can but pray that change will come sooner rather than later.


CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services this Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Next Sunday (February 2) there will be Pete’s Pantry; a sale held after the 10am service to raise funds for the improvements to church facilities. Homemade cakes, pies, buns, jam, marmalade, pate, chutney and seasonal gifts will be on sale and donations of goods will be much appreciated. The ladies’ prayer group meets every Tuesday morning at 10am. Please telephone John or Gaye on 01825 722286 for further details. 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 David Muzzell and at 6.15pm with Robin Jones to include communion. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

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

RACE NIGHT organised by Chailey and Newick Colts FC is on Saturday February 1 at Newick Village Hall starting at 7pm. There will be a licensed bar and tickets cost just £1; which includes a free bet. There will be eight races throughout the evening and bets cost 50p each. There are plenty of ways to support the evening even if you can’t attend the evening itself. Sponsor a race for £20 that could return you £60 in The Sponsors Chase, the final race of the evening. Buy a horse for £5 which could return you £15 if it wins. Buy a jockey for £3 which could return you £9 if it wins. To arrange sponsorship or buy tickets email or call 01825 723708

BRIDGE Afternoon organised by Newick and Chailey St Peter and St James Hospice Support Group is on Wednesday February 12 at The Barn Centre, Newick, 1.45pm to 5pm. Tables cost £38 and bring cards and a table. For more details and to book a place call Sue Fowler on 01825 722253.

ADVERTISERS: There is some space available in the village magazine Chailey News for new advertisers so if you wish to advertise please contact Chris Jones on 01444831244 for more details.

EXHIBITION: Chailey and Newick Painting Group had an excellent exhibition. All visitors enjoyed the quality paintings on display and the vote for the favourite painting was won by Lyndsey Smith’s The Cockpit, Blackfriars, with Mary Wood’s Forest in second place and Hagop Kasparian’s watercolour of Barges at Low Tide, the Butt and Oyster, Pin Mill, Suffolk taking third spot. All three paintings can be viewed at

CRICKET CLUB is seeking to strengthen both the Saturday league side and the Sunday Friendly XI. They have struggled to get players on Sundays and would be glad of anyone who wishes to enjoy some less intense but enjoyable cricket. Sadly, if they do not get new blood they will have to seriously consider reducing the fixture list or even closing down Sunday fixtures, neither of which they are keen to do. Interested? Information about the club is available at and from the contacts listed there or do call Peter Dembrey, the Sunday Captain, on 01273 890777 or email to find out more.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Parish Communion (followed by celebration in the hall). The rector reports: It is 30 years this January since Judith and I came to this parish and what a privilege to have been your parish priest for all that time. As a small thank you from us to the parish for all your love and support we shall be providing wine (as well as coffee) in the church hall at 11.30am after Parish Communion on Sunday. And as with virtually all our celebrations over the past 30 years, Ursula Hare has promised one of her super cakes. Do join us if you can, we’d love to see as many of you there as possible.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: The rector reports: The services during Christmas were very well attended and all the services had a strongly joyful feeling. There was the Carols in Hamsey Church (standing room only again this year), the delightful Nativity performed by 25 youngsters from Sunday School and Toddler Tunes, the service of Nine Lessons and Carols (what a magnificent choir we have) and then the Midnight Mass and the Christmas morning Family Communion (packed out again). A well kept festival.

PARISH GIVING SCHEME: The diocese is currently encouraging parishes to look at their finances. One scheme they are recommending parishes to adopt is the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS). Pamela Conlon outlines the scheme: The PGS is a tax efficient new way of supporting your local church. The scheme is administered by another diocese at no cost to local parishes. Regular donors who are taxpayers agree to give their donation by direct debit. The donation together with the additional amount which can be claimed by way of Gift Aid, is then paid over to the parish treasurer at the same time each month. It is a great advantage to have some certainty about the income we can expect regularly as we struggle to maintain our beautiful buildings. If you think you may be interested in supporting us in this way please contact Pamela Conlon for further details on 01273 890336 or

VACANCY: There is a vacancy for a Parish Cllr on Hamsey Parish Council. If you are interested in getting involved with matters that concern your parish and would like to find out more about what is involved in becoming a Parish Cllr contact the parish clerk, Jenni Toomey, on 01273 890621 or

TAPPING: Recently, early in the morning before it was light, I kept hearing tapping coming from the direction of the patio but decided to wait until it was light to see what it was. As we have had such dreadful weather with garden walls collapsing, slates taking off from the hay barn leaving holes and quite a lot of trees crashing down and damaging fences etc, I was dreading looking out in case of more damage. When I looked I saw the delightful sight of a Hawfinch which was tapping away at either a nut or an old cherry, damson or sloe stone trying to get at the kernel. It was a joy to watch with its lovely plumage and soft peach coloured breast with blobs of black on the bib and eyes. I watched it hard at work for some time before it spotted me and took off. In flight it is just as pretty with black wings and flashes of white. I presume the wild weather has kept it from hopping about in the tree tops where it is usually spotted in the autumn before the trees shed their leaves. I shall try to have camera ready hoping it will appear again.


WRONG PICTURE: We were all fascinated by a magazine cutting that Diana Morgan brought to church last week. It featured a delightful scene of children paddling and playing in a pond, the caption read, Three young friends paddle along the stream at Falmer village near Brighton. Well, we’ll forgive them mistaking a pond for a stream, but when we looked at the picture, none of us could quite make it out. It certainly looked like Falmer, but something seemed wrong. At last we realised what it was, the photograph was a mirror image of what it should be. Somehow the magazine editors had managed to get the photo the wrong way round. I have now scanned the image in and flipped it on my computer and we are trying to work out when the picture was taken, possibly 1970s or 80s.

OUTAGE: More disruption to our electricity supply here in Falmer, this time it was a planned outage from 9am to 4pm on Thursday, to allow for engineers to fix the storm damage from back in December. I hope this will make our supply more dependable as we seem to have had a number of cuts over recent years (apart from the big one at Christmas).

BACK TO WORK: I have been back working in my studio after a very long break and it is delightful to hear the children that attend the Singing Tree Steiner Kindergarten from the other side of my wall. I can hear them singing and playing, they are obviously enjoying themselves so much. The school got an outstandingly good report when it was inspected last year and I’m not surprised.

EASTER EXHIBITION: The reason I am frantically working in my studio is because I am trying to get work done for our Easter exhibition. I know that seems a long way off but I know it will creep up on me. We had a great response to last year’s Christian inspired show and we are hoping to interest people just as much this year. We have an interesting line-up of artists, including some who took part last year and some fabulous work from a student. Watch this space for details.

SQUIRRELS: I read squirrels can’t abide chilli, but birds don’t mind it, so I put a chilli paste on the bird feeders. The first squirrel dropped off the feeder quite quickly and was shaking his paws and cleaning his whiskers, but alas they seem to have acquired a taste for spicy food now and are continuing to hang upside down from the peanut container stuffing their little faces full of nuts. One of them has put on so much weight at my expense he is almost spherical. The hunt goes on for a deterrent.


HALL NEWS: Following a very successful opening of the hall, as administrator I am delighted with the amount of interest and bookings. After the renovations, it looks absolutely super and anyone considering hiring can contact me for a quote and guide. The hall is always available for bookings and for those living in the village there is, of course, a preferential rate. We have had parties, over the Christmas period in particular, and wedding receptions that have transformed the hall into something from a different time, very spectacular. There is an on-going Pilates class available most Monday evenings, please contact Erika via email for further information. The delightful Jo is currently making preparations to run Yoga classes on a weekly basis, naturally as a keen and healthy person (not) I would normally attend and support such ventures but an old squash wound counts me out. It would be nice to see good use made of the hall during the day.

FROM THE VILLAGE: I am sure we are all fed up with the wet and windy weather. The footpaths have a healthy covering of wet and slippery leaves. Now we are starting to get some frosts the footpaths can now become treacherous. The gardens are coming to life, a little earlier this year than last, with daffodils almost ready to bloom. It makes a really nice change. Being naturally optimistic, in six weeks we will all be basking in glorious sunshine.

TO COME: Over the coming weeks it is the intention of the Pump to corner and chat with different people, living within the Firle family, who lead interesting lives. There are plenty of them out there and anyone who would like to share their interest or promote anything please don’t hesitate to contact myself

KI YOGA: Starting Thursdays, at Firle Village Hall from 9.15am to 10.15am. A great way to start the year and the day, suitable for total beginners and those with some experience of yoga. Please bring a mat if possible. Community Class costing £6, first class free on January 30 only. Contact Jo Eales 07770807835 for details.

OVER 50S had a very small meeting last Monday where we talked about what to do in the coming year, suggestions were to have our usual picnic by the cricket pavilion or out on the new patio, go to Barcombe and Alfriston on the bus and have a meal, both very nice villages to visit and of course if you have a bus pass you would get it for free. Maybe organise a trip across to Newhaven Fort which we have been promising to do for ages but never get there. As there are bits related to people from Firle and Glynde. Also we are now looking for speakers or anyone who would love to give our group a talk. The more unusual the better or perhaps about what you do for a living. We meet on the third Monday of the month at 2pm in Firle Village Hall for tea and cakes. Entrance £1. We are always looking for new members, if you don’t drive and live in Firle, Beddingham and Glynde transport can be arranged to pick you up. Our next meeting is on February 17 where we will start the ball rolling with a speaker/talk. Email if you would like to come and give us a talk.

Glynde & Beddingham

TEA ROOMS: Once again, a wonderful evening was had at the Little Cottage Tea Rooms last Friday. This month Debbie and David delighted us with A Taste of Italy, kicking off with a splash of limoncello liqueur and a sumptuous spread of olives, marinated peppers and artichokes, bread and charcuterie. Accompanied by Italian accordion music in the background, we moved on to a delicious three course meal and ended with ice-cream and Dolce Vita cake. This event was fully booked on both the Thursday and Friday nights it was running, so do book early for your places on February 27 and 28 when we will be treated to a Mexican feast. For Valentine’s day, The Little Cottage is offering a Verona afternoon tea. Bookings are being taken for tea from 2pm to 6pm. Places are limited and booking is essential, so please phone Debbie on 01273 858215.

PARISH COUNCIL: The parish council met last Wednesday at the Reading Room. The council was sad to say goodbye to Cllr Jane Stevens who is retiring after five years of committed service to the community and we wish her well in all her future projects. Damian Mooncie was welcomed as the new parish clerk to the council. Damian has worked for Firle Parish Council for several years and all were pleased he would be bringing his knowledge and experience to also act for Glynde and Beddingham. There is now another casual vacancy for councillor, so if anyone is interested, please contact Damian Moonie at

DISABLED ACCESS: Much to the village’s delight and relief, work on the disabled access to the platform on the south side of Glynde station has begun. Network and Southern Rail have been working closely with members of the parish council to bring this long-awaited facility to life and we are now asking the community for designs for an attractive planting scheme to complete the project. If anyone would like to be included in this, Jane Stevens would love to hear from you on 01273 858227.


COFFEE MORNING: The Association of Carers have provided free respite and unpaid carers in the community for over 25 years and have recently secured funding to enable them to provide this service, not only to Hastings and Rother but to Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden areas too. The service works by recruiting volunteers who then undertake the task of doing the sitting. This is unique because it not only benefits the carer by giving them a much needed break, but also to the cared for person too, as they have a companion for a few hours once a week. They are getting a lot of referrals and now need to find volunteers to match them up with. They will be hosting a coffee morning on Thursday February 20 from 10am to noon at Cliffe Hall for potential new volunteers to find out more.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Corn Exchange, High Street on Monday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

WESTGATE WI: What do you know about Grigori Rasputin, other than a Mad Monk or the lyrics of the song by Boney M, and that he had influence over the Russian royal family? Which is probably all I knew about him until our last meeting when we had an interesting and informative talk from Paul Holdstock about his life.

Born a peasant in an insignificant Siberian village on 23 January 1871, his father was a farmer who drank heavily and, at an early age, his mother thought Grigori wasn’t quite right in the head. However, his father recognised that Grigori had healing powers and this was shown by his healing of animals quite early on in his life. Rasputin had started drinking at the age of 15 and, it is said, drank heavily and even more so after his marriage. He was renowned for using foul language, getting into fights, heavy drinking, being a womaniser and a thief. At one point he opted out of life and went into a monastery, he only stayed three or four months and after this he travelled the pilgrim trail through Russia and Siberia as well as further afield. There were many cults in Siberia and Rasputin belonged to a cult known as Whips who believed you had to commit a sin to find redemption, hence his debauched lifestyle. In 1903 Raputin went to St Petersburg, a city of great sexual permissiveness as well as holding seances and using Ouija boards. Here he met a Bishop who knew the Tzar and Tzarina and thus was introduced to them. The Tzarina was a very superstitious lady and had seen many holy men before and was, by now, desperate to meet someone who she thought could heal her haemophiliac son, Alexei. Rasputin filled the post, despite the fact that he was dirty, unkempt, smelly and unwashed. Rasputin duly prayed over Alexei and then withdrew into himself until he reached a hidden state before the healing could be done. He tells the Tzar and Tzarina that their son would die without him and, as Alexei was the heir to the throne, they wanted everything possible done to save him therefore believing Rasputin. From then on he played a great part in their lives. In June 1914 there was a plot to kill Rasputin and a woman knifed him in the stomach and pulled out some of his entrails, this did not kill him. He was hospitalised in Siberia and recovered. Rasputin was fiercely against Russia entering WWI and constantly wrote to the Tzar pleading with him not to, his pleas were ignored. Rasputin continued to drink more heavily and lost his powers of healing. There was another plot to kill him in mid-winter 1916 when he was taken down to a dungeon in St Petersburg, where it looked as if a party had been held, and encouraged to eat as many of the cakes as he wished and to drink as much of the wine. This he did, little knowing that they had been laced with cyanide. However, this did not kill him and eventually he was shot four times, hit with a metal cosh and then taken to a river to drown. Not content with this his murderers removed his body from the river and burnt it at the roadside. Within months of Rasputin’s death the Tzar, Tzarina and their five children were all killed. In 2003 there was a movement in the Russian Orthodox Church to Canonise Rasputin and also Tzar Ivan the Terrible, but this never happened. Our next meeting is on Wednesday February 12 and all are welcome. (Dee Barr).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Five walkers defied the weather forecast and enjoyed an invigorating walk on the downs above Stanmer Park before the Footpaths Group’s annual New Year’s lunch at Stanmer House. Above Lower Standean we enjoyed wide views of the inside of the low clouds we were walking in. For a few minutes the clouds disgorged some rain onto us, a paltry amount compared to the forecast, which only served to make the warmth and conviviality of the group’s lunch all the more welcome. Altogether, 48 members sat down to a splendid lunch. The next walk is on Sunday, Chailey Common. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Congratulations to the Lewes Sings Gospel team on their sell-out performance earlier this month. The choir was drawn from the local community and church members, and had their audience clapping along enthusiastically. We welcomed them back to enliven our 6.30pm service last Sunday, a real treat for us, although this is always a lively, contemporary style service, with a band. Southover church is vibrant and outward looking, with a variety of services and groups, including a number just for young people. Services this Sunday are: 8am communion, 10am morning service (a blend of traditional and contemporary), 11.15am informal service in the church hall, 6.30pm informal service. Do come along, we try to be friendly and welcoming. Our next Alpha Course starts on Thursday February 20 for ten weeks. The Alpha course is a series of evenings with a meal, talk and an opportunity to discuss the big questions of life with others who are seeking, in a relaxed and informal setting. Contact Steve Daughery for more information on 472018.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL children had a very important assembly on Monday. Lucy Dance from the Bike-It project came and led a session titled Be Bright, Be Seen, in which she showed the children how important it is to wear bright clothing and have lights on their bikes when they go out cycling at all times but especially after dusk. The School is encouraging their children to use their bikes as much as possible but to do so safely. Next week sees the first meeting of the head teachers from the Lewes schools involved in the Lewes Cooperative Learning Trust. Jo O’Donaghue, Head of South Malling School says, ‘We are looking forward to identifying our priorities and beginning our work together in this exciting new project.’ The final, statutory, consultation stage of this project will have ended by the end of this month. On Thursday the school is hosting the first of their Parent and Carer Maths sessions. They are hoping that the children will bring their parents to school with them so they can join a maths lesson and find out what happens in maths at South Malling.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH, last Sunday, celebrated the 90th birthday of Peggy Jones, a long standing member of the congregation. At the end of the Communion Service, Revd Jeremy Bamber congratulated her and church members gave her flowers, a huge hand-made card and a wonderful birthday cake with nine candles representing her 90 years, which she blew out at one go. On Sunday, worship will begin at 9am with a breakfast, finishing at 9.30am when the service of Morning Praise begins. This service is served by a music group and worship is rather more informal than usual. Revd Jeremy Bamber is preaching on Giving as church members consider how they can respond to the local and wider needs of the church both financially and in terms of service. Everyone is welcome.

FOOD BANK: Congratulations to Sarah Neels and her partner on the recent birth of their son, Jared. Sarah is a founder member of the Malling Food Bank and its Manager. She was back there within a couple of days of giving birth, accompanied by her new son. Well done Sarah and Jared.

THE NEXT meeting of the Malling Residents Association is at 7pm on Monday February 10 at Reed Court. All Malling residents are members and welcome.

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.


POEM: I remember the milk from the bottle, With the yummy cream on the top, Our dinner came hot from the oven, And not from the fridge; in the shop. The kids were a lot more contented, They didn’t need money for kicks, Just a game with their mates in the road, And sometimes the Saturday flicks. I remember the shop on the corner, Where a pen’orth of sweets was sold. Do you think I’m a bit too nostalgic? Or is it....I’m just getting old?

CHRIST CHURCH: Our February Newsletter will be available at the church from Sunday. Do drop in and pick one up if you would like to read about what is going on at Christ Church. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and this fourth Sunday service is for all ages and therefore our Sunday Club will not be running that morning. The Thinktank will be meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm and Marguerite Laporte will be leading the evening entitled Astronomy in Education.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Outside of school achievements James Cragg swam at a Regional Standard Swimming Gala on Sunday and got his County qualifying time for his 200 metres breaststroke. India Thakrar competed in the Under 10 category at the Uckfield Academy Chess tournament and came first. Well done to James and India.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: The first Ploughman’s Lunch of 2014 will be held at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road on Wednesday February 5. All welcome. Tim Fogden, who has served at St Anne’s Church for many years, is retiring for reasons of health. The Farewell Service will take place at St Anne’s at 10am on February 9. The service will be taken by the former Rector, the Rev Phillipp Hamilton Manon, who himself retired in 2012. Both men are very well loved for their service and have many friends in the town, who are welcome to attend. Enhanced refreshments (undefined) will be available after the service. If you would like to contribute to Tim’s leaving present, please give your gift to the churchwardens or Diana Rogers.


MARKET: Friday morning the Newick Country Market will be open from 10am to 11am in the village hall, why not pop along and see what winter vegetables are available. There is always a grand cake selection, plus savoury items, eggs and cheese, plants and floral arrangements. Make sure you arrive early, as they sell out very quickly.

RUGBY: Newick Rugby Club have two games this weekend, the first XV are at home to Plumpton and the second XV travel to East Grinstead.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am followed at 10.30am with Informal Morning Worship.

A JUMBLE SALE will take place on Saturday February 8 in the Scout Hut off Allington Road. This is being run by the 1st Newick Scout Group. This is a great opportunity to donate your saleable and unwanted items. The Beaver and Scout sections are very active in Newick and each year raise funds to put towards their activities. Running these two groups and facilities are very costly. They are very grateful for all donations, but cannot take electrical and oversize items. Please take your donation on Friday February 7 to the Scout hut from 5pm to 8.30pm. If you are unable to they will collect a limited amount, please telephone 07454 352 338.


PLUMPTON RACES: There will be another exciting race meeting at Plumpton on Monday, with the intriguing title of Chinese Race Day. I don’t think rickshaws will be involved but be sure to arrive before 1.30pm when the first race kicks off.

COUNCIL TAX: At last week’s parish council meeting the budget for 2014/2015 was reviewed and revised. This will result in the first increase in the parish council’s share of the local Council Tax for over three years, but the increase will be little over £1 per month for a Band D household. It is necessary to fund pensions for council employees, to take account of a previous optimistic budget for the maintenance of the village hall and provide a contribution towards either the new pavilion project or repairs to the existing building.

PARKING ISSUES: There are parking problems within Plumpton Green. Various potential solutions have been put forward over a long period, but it was obvious that each and every one of them would meet with opposition from one quarter or another. The problems are real, will not disappear overnight and must be faced up to. With this is mind, councillors are to meet informally with the police and, hopefully, come up with some satisfactory ideas to at least ease the situation. Naturally any ideas will be open for discussion with the community.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION: People elect others at all levels of Government to represent them and their interests in the running of the nation, towns, cities and parishes, but it is obvious there are diverse opinions on virtually every topic. Therefore governing bodies attempt to gauge public opinion, often through consultation documents. Unfortunately in many cases only a minority of folk bother to respond, so those seeking feedback have to decide whether to accept the majority of the opinion expressed by the few who responded or reject the analysis on the basis it is a minority view. If the minority view is taken up there is the risk the silent majority will suddenly become vociferous because they do not approve, although they could not be bothered to express a view when given the opportunity. Local representatives, members of Parliament and so on are thus in an invidious position. If we are to have true democracy then the man/woman in the street must play an active part when given the opportunity to express one, which is something demanded by most. If they cannot be bothered to do so then they should surely forever hold their peace as by being inactive they forego their rights to subsequently object on decisions made based upon replies received. My personal view is that if you don’t speak up when your opinion is sought then you should shut up in future.

BOOK THE HALL: Anyone wishing to book the village hall, or any part of it, should now contact Jane Donovan on 01273 891036 or 07747 050903.


SILVER SURFERS: The next Silver Surfers morning will take place in the library at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to noon. For more information or to book a place please contact Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext 253 or e-mailrwhitlock@ringmeracademy.

COFFEE MORNING: There is a ‘posh’ coffee morning tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am in the Church Room in aid of The Leprosy Mission. All welcome.

JUMBLE SALE: There will be a Jumble Sale tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall. Doors will open at 2pm. This sale will be in aid of Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society.

FLUTE AND HARP CONCERT: This will take place on Sunday at 2 pm in St Mary’s. Anne Hodgson and Sally Course return to St Mary’s to play a varied programme of music for flute and harp and invite the audience to join them for refreshments after the concert. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Charity.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of hands for Healing, 6pm St Mary’s will be joining the Baptists in the village hall.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday January 15, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Alan Grindley and David Warner. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.15pm for the AGM, followed by play at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

EVERGREEN CLUB: A delicious New Year Lunch, attended by many members, was cooked by Joan Miller and her helpers, at the village hall, on Thursday January 16. Thanks are due to her and to Health Management, based at Ash House, who kindly offered assistance at the lunch, in the form of two helpers (both named Kate). It was such an encouragement that this local company wish to contribute to the community in this way. Their help was much appreciated.

Rodmell & Southease

COMPUTERS: Do readers, especially those of a greater age, realise that if you cannot use a computer, cannot afford one, or just can’t cope with technology, you are at a great disadvantage, as you cannot get in touch with many organisations because they no longer put telephone numbers on adverts. This is surely a form of discrimination. This situation is a time bomb of future problems in banking, services etc and it aint going to go away.

PANTO: Rodmell’s Panto will take place on Friday January 31, 8pm; Saturday February 1, 7.30pm; and Sunday February 2, 3pm and 7.30pm. I understand it’s a version of Mother Goose. It will be held in the village hall.

JAZZ: The pub was chock-a-block with musicians and jazz enthusiasts, for a lunchtime jazz session on Saturday, for Simon D’Souza and friends. As expected the music was excellent.

MORE TRIPS to Haywards Heath as Mike is in Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre. Hopefully not for long.

B&B: The gathering at Lewes Town Hall for the launching of the new Lewes Town and Country B&B leaflets was well attended. After many years of asking, Lewes Tourist Information Office has decided to keep our leaflets in their shop. Big cheers at this announcement came forth.