Parish pump Lewes - January 30, 2015

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Barcombe

SCHOOL FLINT WALLS: East Sussex County Council proposes to replace the flint wall around Barcombe School. If approved, its planning application will see the existing wall on three sides of the school replaced by one made from flint-faced concrete blocks, topped by a metal rail fence. The new wall would be between 1m and 1.2m high (3ft 3in to 4ft), with the fence adding another 1m (3ft 3in). The total height would be up to 2.2m (7ft 3in), compared to the existing wall’s 1.1m to 1.2m (3ft 7in to 3ft 11in). Details of the application, together with elevation drawings and pictures of typical blocks, are on Lewes District Council’s website: search there for LW/15/0045. Or use the direct link on the front page of the parish council’s site, barcombe.net. The parish council will discuss the application on Tuesday at 7pm, in the Sports Pavilion. If you would like to make your views known, please come along or speak to any parish councillor before the meeting. Or contact the clerk, Julia Shelley (01825 766356 or barcombe.pc@homecall.co.uk).

Bishopstone

COFFEE MORNING: The Bishopstone Community Coffee Mornings will resume today, Friday, at Bishopstone Parish Hall. We look forward to seeing old friends and new, everyone is welcome. Free fresh filter coffee and tea and homemade cakes from 10.30am to noon on the last Friday of each month. Do come along and why not bring a friend or neighbour who you think would enjoy a morning out.

LICENSING of Fr Trevor Smyth (new House for Duty Priest) by the Rt Rev Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester, on Wednesday, April 29 at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church.

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH Stewards needed for Wednesdays and Saturdays to keep the church open. If you can spare a couple of hours, see the Stewarding Rota on the table at the back of the church. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Chailey

JUMBLE SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am at the village hall. It is being organised by Chailey and Newick Brownies and if you have any jumble it will be much appreciated. Please deliver jumble to the hall during the morning from 9am and do go along at 11am and see if you can pick up a bargain and help the Brownies raise much needed funds.

ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. There will be a Pete’s Pantry after the service and contributions would be most welcome, whether it is food, sweets, produce, crafts or gifts.

FREE CHURCH Sunday, 10.30am with Clive Langstone, from the Slavic Gospel Association, and at 6.30pm with Simon Allaby. Also on Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday February 3 at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Colin Snook on Inspired Granddad Tramps Around Great Britain. Colin was moved by meeting a teenager, dying from Battens disease, to undertake a monumental 347-day, 4,000 mile walk around the coastline of Britain to raise money for the charity Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases. His epic journey at the age of 72 netted £30,000 for the charity; since then he has been boosting his fundraising still further with the proceeds of his book, Oh, Get on With it!, which describes his great adventure. The basic premise of his walk was to raise funds whilst seeing magnificent coastline and meeting wonderful people and neither let him down. To learn more about his adventure do go along to the meeting; visitors (male or female) and prospective members will be made most welcome. There is a nominal £2 charge which includes home-made refreshments.

GRANDPARENTS Toddler group meets on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at Chailey Children’s Centre. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area full of things to do. This is a great chance to meet other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

MOBILE LIBRARY The County Mobile Library will no longer stop at Mill Lane; its only stop being Markstakes Corner, South Chailey (once every three weeks). The next visit is Wednesday, from 2.40pm to 3.10pm.

AFTERNOON TEA and Speakers. Entry is free on Saturday February 7 at the village hall and the event is open to everyone. Do go along and meet members of the horticultural society committee and other horticultural enthusiasts from 2.30pm to 5pm and enjoy the society’s homemade refreshments.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Friends of St Peter’s Church, for organising an extremely successful quiz night and raising £902. Thanks also go to Katherine and Andy at the Five Bells for hosting the evening. A great time was had and there was also the chance to be seated on the reconfigured Church pew, purchased by The Five Bells. The Friends’ next event is a Valentine Race night at the village hall on Saturday February 14. Tickets are available from Teresa Wenban (on 01825 722586) and cost £10 to include a meal. A bar will be available.

VITALITY BRIGHTON Half Marathon is on Sunday February 22 and Chailey Heritage Foundation has three places left to allocate in this special event. The registration fee is £30 and the minimum sponsorship target is £250. We have one volunteer already. If you would like to take part and raise funds for the foundation please email fundraising@chs.org.uk or call 01825 724752.

KITE MAKING WORKSHOPS take place from Monday February 16 to Friday February 20 from 11am to 12.30pm at Sheffield Park. Younger visitors can join in and make their own paper kite ready to fly out on the parkland and so tick off number 7 on their 50 Things list. The cost is £2.50 per child, which includes all materials.

BREATHING CORPSES by Laura Wade is being performed by STAB productions, an independent theatre company, at The Hub, Central Sussex College, Haywards Heath, on Friday and Saturday, February 27 and 28. For further information and to book tickets (at £10 each £8 for students) please visit their website stabproductions.co.uk/.

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.

LIGHT FINGERED: When the Exmoor ponies arrived in the autumn to graze the scarp on the side of the Downs, an electric fence was erected on part of the scarp to keep them confined to the grazing area. We were very pleased to see them arrive and be taken up the bridleway but also sad to see them leave. When Monty Larkin, who organises the grazing for the ponies, came recently to remove the fence, someone had stolen the fencing battery. These batteries are not cheap. Shame on the thief. Is nothing safe any more?

FLOODED: During the heavy rain that we had, the entrance to the bridleway was flooded which spilt over into the old apple orchard. It has left a muddy mess. In all the years that I have been here I have never seen so much water in the bridleway. At the moment Wellington boots are needed if using the bridleway. With any luck we will get a lovely dry spring to help the ground dry out.

HAPPY MEMORIES of Rosemary McConnell who died recently. Derek and I met Rosemary and her husband Richard when we lived in Streat and both had led very interesting lives. Rosemary being an ecologist and Richard a geologist. We hear very interesting accounts of their travels over dinner and as Derek was a great lover of water gardens and fish he found Ro, as she was affectionately known to her many friends, very helpful and informative on all matters to do with fish. After what happened to the lovely koi carp that we had in the pond, Derek, when needing advice, told me he would speak to the Fish Doctor. It was Ro who persuaded me to join Streat and Westmeston WI which met once a month in Streat Barn opposite our cottage. On one of the days that Derek was away in London he asked me to feed the koi carp before I went to the WI meeting in the afternoon but when I went to the pond to my horror several of them were floating on top. I rang his office and he told me to ring the fish doctor at once. Ro came at once but was mystified but also helped me get those that were still breathing into a bucket so that she could examine them. By the time Derek arrived home we had put about half a dozen live koi into the utility room sink and she helped me to run fresh cold water over them. Ro asked Derek if he had used any garden sprays near the pond, he hadn’t but the man who did some gardening for us had put some moss killer on the lawn a few days before. Unfortunately it had rained, but the following day he had mown the lawn which sloped slightly towards the pond and grass cuttings had gone in. Needless to say moss killer was banished. The fish that died were replaced and Ro came to inspect the fish regularly. Happy memories of a very special lady who died at the great age of 93 years.

N WATCH: Several incidents in December, mainly in Cooksbridge. An incident of criminal damage in Chandlers Mead. A burglary in Chandlers Mead which is still being investigated as part of the ongoing issue of burglaries in the rural area over the past months. One reported incident of malicious communication which is in relation to Facebook. The other one reported incident involves attacks on sheep at Mount Harry which the police wildlife officer is investigating.

PARKING UPDATE: Since the last parish council meeting, PCSO Sally-Ann Reed has issued one fixed penalty notice in Chandlers Mead for obstructing the dropped kerb.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the meeting on January 15 an update was given on the Beechwood Lane footpath/footway. The latest information being that Hamsey PC have agreed to fund 25 per cent of the footpath and have met with ESCC who wish to extend the path slightly past the entrance to the village hall for improved visibility of traffic. This to be discussed at the next PC meeting. ESCC say they are not able to give fixed costs for traffic diversion. PC to query this. Price has increased to £92k. PC to query. Chairman was told large part of the costs are for bitumen but feels prices should reduce with lower oil prices. The work is due to be started by the end of March.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The plan has gone out to public consultation. About 25 visitors went to the open morning on November 29. Cllrs Dodd, McBrown and D’Arienzo represent the PC on the N Plan team, together with local business, school, residents and the church. Designation of Heritage Sites, assets and local green spaces, quite controversial but giving the same protection as green belt. The group has met some landowners to talk through concerns and this is ongoing. Group need to consider if other spaces might need protection but this would mean another consultation period.

Falmer

AMEX: Last weekend saw the FA cup match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the Amex stadium here at Falmer. After some dramatic upsets on Saturday, with teams like Chelsea and Manchester City being knocked out of the competition, I am sure there was an electric atmosphere in the stadium. As it was Arsenal won the match but Brighton acquitted themselves well with the final score at Arsenal 3 and Brighton 2. There was a capacity crowd and although the traffic appeared to be nose to tail coming down the Woodingdean road (when is it not?) there was little difference to a normal match day for residents. The subject of traffic congestion on match days was under discussion at the recent parish council meeting. The chairman of the parish council had attended a meeting on transport and reported that ESCC have been trying to address the problems of congestion, not only on match days, but at peak times during the week and were looking at placing traffic lights at the roundabouts leading into the university and on the roundabout slip road leading west into Brighton. There would be trials before making anything permanent. Also discussed at the parish council meeting was the news that the Amex were again looking to build a hotel next to the stadium and have put in another application.

CROSS COUNTRY: I was a bit cross myself when I got back from shopping on Saturday to find that almost all the parking spaces in Mill Street were full. The cause was the South of England Athletic Association Cross Country Championships taking place in Stanmer Park. I looked at the website and discovered that Stanmer Park is considered something of a test of stamina in cross country terms due to all the short, steep hills. A major event, the website also warned participants that parking in Stanmer Park or the stadium was not allowed and that cars would have to pay to park in a designated car park. Obviously that did not appeal to people and they all came to Mill Street instead.

BIRDS: I took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch last weekend and dutifully sat by the window watching and counting the birds. I was glad to see some yellowhammers visiting and the nuthatch put in an appearance along with goldfinches and other more familiar birds. I was surprised that no jackdaws or jays turned up while I was counting, but of course they appeared as soon as I put my pen down. I think that generally numbers were a bit down this year and think it must be because we took a break from feeding the birds earlier in the season. One animal which is very apparent in the garden is the mole. We have enormous molehills all over the garden. Some are about 10 inches high.

MUSIC: The next in the 2014-2015 concert series will be on February 14 and features tenor Timothy Wilcox and pianist Peter Williams with music by Schumann and works by Faure and Vaughan Williams. The concert will start at the usual time of 5.30pm, entrance is free with a retiring collection and there will be drinks available.

CANDLEMAS: We will be celebrating Candlemas at St Laurence this Sunday at the 10am Eucharist. The service marks the end of the Christmas season and we will be having a shared lunch afterwards at the village hall. If you would like to join in please contact us on the number at the bottom of this page.

Lewes

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Our Alpha course starts on Thursday February 26 for nine weeks: a great opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith and discuss the big questions of life in an informal, relaxed setting. We start with a meal, followed by a talk, then a discussion. Please contact the rector Steve Daughtery on 472018. If you have any spare warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags for homeless people in Brighton, we have a collection box in the church porch. The church is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and on Sunday for services. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal family service in the church hall; 3.30pm Taizé contemplative service, with singers; 6.30pm informal evening service with communion, with singers and band. Please join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group invites all supporters to a bring and share supper on Saturday February 7 in Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road, 7pm for 7.30pm. If anyone has a party piece that they would like to perform please let us know, five minutes max. We are still recruiting for minor roles, members of the crowd, singers and instrumentalists. Family groups are particularly welcome to join in the music and drama on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. We hope to involve as many people in the local community as possible, including schools. Please email towardslewes2015@gmail.com or visit our website at www.lewespassionplay.org.uk.

GARDEN SOCIETY: Lewes and District Garden Society, on Wednesday Jim Stockwell of Sussex Gardens Trust will be talking about the work of the Sussex Gardens Trust - celebrating our garden heritage. 7.30pm (for 7.45pm), Cliffe Hall, Cliffe High Street. All welcome. £3 for non-members.

malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Many of the Key Stage 1 parents who came to the maths lessons last Friday said that they found them very useful. The school is looking forward to seeing Key Stage 2 parents at the lessons this Friday (today) at 9am, when they will be able to find out more about how the school teaches maths and how to support their child at home. On Friday, the Friends of South Malling are hosting a Sing-along a Frozen in the school hall. There will also be refreshments available and the excitement has already begun to build amongst the younger children. The Year 6 Chicken Carers were very anxious last week as the chickens didn’t seem to be feeling well. This week they know why. The chickens have started laying again. The school is now looking forward to lots more eggs in the run up to Easter.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: There was a good turn-out for the breakfast service last week, around 60 people sat down for a semi continental breakfast at 9am, though others drifted in for the service at 9.30am. It was an informal service with a band leading with largely modern songs. This coming Sunday, the well-known and well liked previous Rector of Southover Church, Revd Peter Markby, will be taking the communion service at 9.30am. All are welcome.

mobile library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Today, Friday: Weald View, Barcombe 9.55am-10.25am; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 10.35am-11.05am; opposite Post Office, Firle 11.30am-noon; Selmeston Village Hall 12.10pm-12.40pm. Wednesday: South Rough, Newick 9.45am-10.20am; Wivelsfield Green 10.45am-11.30am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.40am-12.25pm; Plumpton Village Hall 1.45pm-2.15pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 2.40pm-3.10pm; Laughton School 3.55pm-4.35pm.

Nevill

ST MARY’S Supporters Club in Christie Road will hold their next Bingo Night on Friday February 6. Everyone welcome, even non-members. Come and see the facilities that the club has to offer, such as meeting rooms, darts, pool, snooker amongst many others. Apart from some of the cheapest bar prices, we also serve teas, coffees and soft drinks. The club is also available for non-member parties and booking forms can be collected from the club during normal evening opening hours and we are also open Sunday lunchtimes too.

LEWES NEVILLE WI: On Wednesday January 21, despite the lack of heating in the hall, we enjoyed a very interesting talk by Colin Woolford about the restoration of Oldland Mill in Keymer. It was built in 1703 and was in use for 200 years, grinding wheat and grain. It was abandoned in 1912 and by the 1980s it was in a very bad way. Only one pair of sweeps (sails) remained, most of the cladding had either fallen off or was rotten and the brick of the roundhouse was falling down. The restoration of the mill which began in 1980 has been A Labour of Love, the title of Colin Woolford’s talk. In 2011 the volunteers, who were responsible for the amazing restoration of the mill, were pleased to receive the prestigious Sussex Heritage Trust award in recognition of the effort and high standard of the work undertaken. The mill is now open to the public on the first Sunday of the month between April and October and in May, July and September there are themed events with lots of special activities for adults and children. It sounds like a wonderful day out not far from Lewes. Our festival meal took place on Wednesday January 28 at Lazzatti’s.

CHRIST CHURCH: We had a lively service last Sunday led by Rev John Gordon when the theme was Jesus turning water into wine. We had a party atmosphere in the church with balloons, chocolates and a karaoke song. The children enjoyed taking part in the service when we danced and sang with the balloons. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Peter Rayson and at 6.30pm by Rev John Gordon. Christ Church Tots will be meeting today and we have the help of the Play Leader to look forward to today. She always turns up with interesting new activities for the children. Looking further ahead we are now planning our Half Term Messy Church event which will be on the theme of Lent and will be held on February 20.

Newick

COUNTRY MARKET: Why not pop along to the village hall today, Friday, between 10am and 11am and see what Newick Country Market has to offer and enjoy a natter and a cuppa.

ST MARY’S CHURCH services, Sunday Holy Communion at 8am followed with a Family Service at 10.30am. Lifts are available must be booked in advance, please telephone 01444 482272.

AFTERNOON CLUB: Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting on Thursday February 12 in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Ian Reekie, his subject Kenya Challenge.

HORTICULTURE: Also on February 12 the horticultural society will be holding their first meeting of the year in the village hall from 8pm. The speaker will be Mark Saunders, his subject is Annuals but not Bedding. If you would like your garden to be really beautiful this year, maybe you should attend this meeting.

NEWICK WI will be meeting on Thursday February 19 in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. Their speaker is June Felstead from the Alsar Search Dog Team.

COFFEE MORNING on February 21 at 10am in the Community Centre, in aid of Camp Jebez.

NEWICK CINEMA: The next film show will be on Sunday February 22. The film is The Hundred Foot Journey in the village hall from 7.30pm. Further details later.

Plumpton

BARGAINS GALORE: Tomorrow (Saturday) the village hall management committee will hold a jumble sale at 1.15pm. So scurry along down there and snap up the bargains. There will also be some stalls, the usual tombola and welcome refreshments to enjoy after the thrill of the chase. Rivals at the tables can also relax after the competition and become friends again. If you have items to donate, please take them along to the hall during Saturday morning.

GET FIT AGAIN: If you are still trying to recover from the seasonal overkill or just love exercise you can join the Footpath Society on Sunday for a healthy walk. Meet at The Sloop Inn car park (TQ385 244) at 2pm ready to set off on a 3.5 mile circular jaunt in an easterly direction. If you really need to know more simply ring 01273 890450 and all will be revealed.

SAD NEWS: Plumpton residents of longstanding will fondly remember McArthy’s Store (a little south of the Fountain pub) which sold virtually everything from groceries, toys, wools, hardware, tools and a seemingly endless list. Regrettably it closed when Dennis and Pat McArthy retired some years ago. Sadly Mrs McArthy passed away on January 14 and her funeral has taken place. Anyone wishing to make a donation in her memory may do so to her favourite charity, CAFOD. It is run by the Catholic Church so will be easy to locate.

PANTOMIME 2015: The chairman of the Plumpton Pantomime Society, Terry Thompsett, would like to thank all those who, in whatever way, were involved in this year’s production marking the 40th year of pantomime in the village. He will not offer a critique of the show as it might be construed as biased. The pressure on the team required to put on a show is enormous from producer to tea lady, from director to follow spot and from wardrobe mistress to youngest dancer. Everybody plays an important and crucial part. So he offers thanks to you all on behalf of the society. He offers thanks also to the near capacity audiences who make all the hard work worthwhile… Oh yes it does, he insists in traditional panto style.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: A vital questionnaire was circulated with this month’s Parish Magazine and volunteers have been out collecting the completed forms. Because of the delay in circulating the magazine this month (caused by a variety of valid reasons) the time for collection was extended a little. Some folk may be asking why their copies have not been collected. The answer could be that they were out when the collector called. If your response has not been collected you can still drop it in to the village shop where Bim has agreed to collect them. Your responses are important so please make an effort to get them in if collection has not been possible.

PAVEMENTS: Following a recent incident on the pavement adjoining the village green that caused injury to a local youngster, ESCC must be congratulated on its prompt action to remedy the defects.

Ringmer

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to St Francis Rangers in a SCFL Div 1 fixture with a 3pm kick-off at the Colwell Ground. On Tuesday the firsts are at home to Loxwood, also a league fixture with a 7.45pm kick-off at The Caburn. The second team are at home to Saltdean Utd on Saturday with a 3pm kick-off time. On Monday evening the club plays host to AFC Ringmer when they have a friendly match at The Caburn ground with a 7.30pm kick-off.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Service and at 6.30pm a Taize-style Eucharist for Candlemas. These services take their name from the ecumenical Taize community in Burgundy and are quiet and meditative with lots of candles and chants accompanied by a small instrumental group and singers. On the church website at www.ringmerchurch.org.uk you will find details of services, a calendar of events, information about all the church groups, and a parish journal of photographs taken during the course of the last 12 months. Coffee Break takes place every Wednesday in the Rogers Room of the village hall, 10am to noon. It’s a chance to catch up with friends and there’s always a warm welcome. And in 2014 an amazing £1,225 was raised for St Peter and St James Hospice, thank you everyone who supports them.

FLOWER CLUB: At the meeting on Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall, there will be a talk by Lyn Constable entitled Vase, Vase, Vase. The competition for members who wish to enter is My Sweet Valentine to incorporate a vase. A warm welcome awaits members and also visitors who can come along for a small charge of £4 to include tea and biscuits. New members can enrol for an annual subscription of £25 which is only £2.50 a meeting.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday January 21, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

ST PETER AND JAMES Hospice Support Group. Now is the time to book your place at Bob’s Bumper Quiz on March 7 in the village hall. If you would like to join/make up a team please ring Bob on 812784. There will be an Open Garden event in Ringmer on June 6 and 14 East (Laughton Road and the Broyle) and June 7 and 13 Central (rest of the village). Contact Bob on 812784 email: rjandljcairns@btinternet.com if you have a garden you would like to show. He will be thrilled to hear from you and will answer any questions you may have. If you have any spare foreign currency hidden in your home, and would like to donate this to the hospice, there is a box at the back of the church, or it can be handed in at Wednesday Coffee Break.

Rodmell & Southease

THE RECENT high winds and icy roads have certainly caused havoc across the area. The C7 has had a spate of accidents and cars have gone off the road and landed in fields and ditches and the road was shut for some hours on Friday January 16. The new fencing that was put up last year on our land was blown down again this year. I suspect we weren’t the only ones to lose fencing. A number of trees also came down in the area. Plenty of work available for tree surgeons.

COLD REMEDY: For those of you suffering from coughs and colds at this time of the year, here is a herbal remedy that does help. Put an elderflower teabag in a basin of hot water, cover head with a towel and inhale to help ease congestion. Elderflower is an old remedy known to relieve symptoms of sore throats, coughs and colds because its warming effect helps to clear congestion. I have also heard from several people that a square of very dark bitter chocolate eaten at night gives almost instant relief from the irritating virus that is causing people to cough all the time. People also rang into radio stations saying it worked instantly for them, it’s worth a try. Elderflower tea bags can be obtained from health shops and herbalists.

TO KEEP MYSELF BUSY whilst watching TV of an evening I decided to knit squares to stitch into throws for animal sanctuaries. I find it helps keep me awake and helps me cope with the problem of my other half constantly switching the TV over with the hand-set, which I hear from other ladies is definitely a male thing. I also have a knitting pattern for a chicken waistcoat which Raystede is giving out, as they need these waistcoats to keep the rescued battery hens warm in this cold weather as they peck their feathers out through stress. Unfortunately part of the pattern I can’t do, so it’s definitely squares for me. If you want to help Raystede keep animals warm they are very grateful, so get knitting.

MEETING: Readers may remember me writing about meeting the daughter of an old school friend at the hunt in Lewes on Boxing Day. This lady wrote me such a nice letter this week and I hope to keep in contact with her in the future. Her name was Gillian Greenfield and we have known each other from school days, going back to when we were around five years old at a school in Brighton. We are going to exchange names of the people we remember and memories. It’s strange how these instances come right out of the blue but in this case a nice surprise.

SADLY Archie, the little spaniel that Jerry and Carol acquired from my old friend and neighbour Jude when she left Rodmell, is no longer with us. He passed away just before Christmas at 15 years old. He was a much loved little dog who had a great home at Deep Thatch and was loved by villagers.