Parish pump Lewes - January 31, 2014


DRAMA: New children’s drama classes on Tuesdays after school at Barcombe Village Hall. A fantastic opportunity to join a new drama class that helps to develop creativity and confidence. Kaleidoscope are keen to develop each child’s creativity. Our enthusiastic teachers encourage the children to come up with their own ideas to help shape their drama work. Sessions are structured so that children improve their skills as they progress through each term. Our drama teachers use drama as a tool to help children build their confidence. We work on a different theme each term. Some of the themes in the past have been: Witches, Wizards and Magical Mayhem, The Fire Children, (an African tale), The Tale of Jack Frost and The Iron Man. Tuesdays: Infants 3.45pm to 4.30pm, Juniors 4.30pm to 5.30pm. First class free. Contact (01273) 473554;

ASSOCIATION OF CARERS provide free respite to unpaid carers in the community and have recently secured funding to widen their area. The service works by recruiting volunteers who then undertake the task of doing the sitting. This not only benefits the carer by giving them a much needed break, but also the cared for person too, as they have a companion for a few hours once a week. They need to find volunteers. If you would like further information then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Fiona Philips, Association of Carers, Services Coordinator 01323 301122.


CHURCH SERVICES: Pete’s Pantry follows the Family Service at 10am to raise funds for the improvements to church facilities, and any donations will be gratefully received. For transport call Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Peter Markby and 6.15pm with Gordon Hamilton.

THE SWING ERA Sunday Tea Dance on Sunday at the village hall from 2pm until 5pm. Join a genuine, friendly Tea Dance with The Swinging Detective presenting recorded music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s chosen with care for all period dance styles. Admission is £6 to include tea and cakes. For further information and/or to advise of attendance contact 07714897369.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend.

THE WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the village hall. There will be talk on Lewes Priory. As the Priory was founded between 1078 and 1082 on the site of a Saxon church the talk will have lots of historic interest. Prospective members and guests are always welcome at meetings, for a nominal charge of £2. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

PCSO: On Thursday, from 7pm to 7.30pm, PCSO Steven Knowles will be at the Sports Pavilion, North Chailey. This will be an opportunity to discuss those issues or concerns and/or just meet and chat to our PCSO who will happy to give advice and answer any questions you may have.

PETE’S PUPPETS: It is proposed to hold a workshop on Saturday February 15 from 10am to 1pm at St Peter’s Church. This will be a free event and refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in having a go or learning to use the puppets please do attend this event. If there is time a short sketch will be performed. Please email the church office at or call Teresa on 01825 722586, by February 8, to book your place.

DEADLINE for applications for small grants (from the Thompsett Charity) for young people in Chailey is February 16. Only a small amount is available for distribution but if you would like to be considered please apply to the trustees of the Thompsett Charity by email or Ann Jones, Pellingford, Lewes Road, Scaynes Hill, RH17 7NG. For more information call Ann on 01444 83124.

CHILDREN’S CENTRE at Chailey School Mill Lane, offer a number of sessions for 0 to 5s and a full programme is available via I have mentioned before the Grandparents Group which meets fortnightly on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11.30am and their next session is on February 5. During term time on Mondays there is a Music Group; there are two sessions 10am to 10.45am and 11am to 11.45am and on Fridays a Pop In and Play session from 10am to 11.30am. Also there are weekly Just Play sessions on Tuesdays from 9.30am to 11.30am. For more details of these and other sessions at the Centre and to book a place for the Music Group call 01273 336940.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

LENT COURSES: The Rector reports: Every year during Lent we set aside three evenings to look more deeply at aspects of Christianity and matters of faith. Recently we have considered ways in which Christianity is expressed through poetry, music and the visual arts, followed by a closer look at the Bible as our book of faith. Under the title Ways to God we have spent time looking at other world faiths attempting to understand them from the inside being led by members of those faiths. This year we will be moving towards the Bible and details of topics and dates of the meetings will be available in February.

SKITTLES: Judith Bastide writes: After the success of the previous skittles evening, another one has been arranged at the Chalk Pit Inn for Friday, February 28, at 7pm. Cost will be £5 per head and basket meals, which are optional, are £6.25. Teams can be sorted out on the night. This is advance warning so that the date is in your diary. Enquiries to Judith on 01273 474356.

GET WELL MESSAGE: I was very sad to receive a letter from my dear old friend, Tony Shephard, recently to tell me that he had been in hospital over the Christmas period having the torn tendons in his arm repaired, which were damaged when he fell in April 2013. He tells me that on Christmas Day he got a present by having his stitches removed. He has to have his arm in a sling for 12 weeks with regular physiotherapy which means he has been unable to write and keep in touch with his many friends, which knowing Tony must be very frustrating for him. Although he is making progress, he still has a long way to go before he is fully recovered. I join all your many friends Tony in wishing you a speedy recovery.

FARM WATCH: It is good to know that Farm Watch is up and running again which will please those around this area. Philip Ball has been asked to put together a weekly bulletin for Sussex Farm Watch. Whilst he is not a farmer, his grandparents were farmers in Shropshire and Philip has kept horses on his own land for many years. For the last four years he has been putting out regular emails to the horse owners of Sussex. As Sussex Farm Watch has been completely revamped there may be one or two hiccups to start with, so please bear with him. James Osman, the NFUs County Adviser for Sussex, said the NFU is fully behind the idea of this Farm Watch bulletin, it will be a source of vital information to all in the rural community. Remember you are the eyes and ears of the countryside and it is vital to take the trouble to report crime incidents, however small. By working together, we can help Sussex Police to spot trends in crime and gather important intelligence. Together we can crack down on rural crime. Please contact your local Farm Watch Liaison Officers for any general enquiries or questions. Report all crimes and incidents to Sussex Police online or call 101 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555. The liaison officers for the Lewes area are PC Peter Hall and PCSO Edward Hall. Email or To give credit where it is due I should like to thank James Osman for his help following what happened here at Courthouse in November and his input into the revival of Farm Watch. The Sussex Police Farm Watch page for Monday January 6 to Sunday January 12 had nothing to report for the Lewes area.


POWER CUT: Last Thursday we had a notified power cut from 9am until 4pm for the engineers to make permanent the repairs made after Christmas. This time we were prepared, and managed to fill the thermos flasks with hot water. But, when the engineers arrived we felt really sorry for them, they were told that they were not allowed to take their van down the track to the bottom of the field and they had to carry the heavy cable by hand down to the end of the field, then coming back for their tools. We couldn’t help thinking that if Dennis could see them he would be dismayed.

THE RAIN has been relentless, but we are lucky not to have suffered flooding in Falmer, even though the pond did overflow into the farm yard. I had the following news from my farmer from whom I rent a cherry tree every year, he says ‘with the ground so saturated, it can have an impact on the health of the cherry trees as the roots become waterlogged with the oxygen in the soil replaced by water until it drains away, some form of root asphyxiation and therefore root death is inevitable. You will always get a degree of this every winter, so we could really do with minimal rain for a few weeks to allow the roots to breathe again’. Hopefully we will get some dry weather soon as we worry for the trees and the crop, as well as the farmer who makes a living from the crop he picks to sell. Last year we had such a good crop.

THE BLACKBIRDS having a standoff in front of our house this morning made us laugh, for over an hour they both stalked their territory, one outside the fence, the other inside, with the female close by, seemingly unconcerned men, let them get on with it.

THE CONCERT on Sunday at St Laurence Church at noon is a student performance in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, called Flutes and Friends. On Saturday, February 8, the concert at St Laurence Church starts at 6pm to allow the football traffic to dissipate. Yvonne Patrick soprano, Jane Money mezzo-soprano, Stephen Caira tenor, Christopher Parke baritone and Stephen Ellis piano will be performing Brahms Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy songs); a concert not to be missed.


CROP CIRCLES: For those of us inspired by intrigue, there is to be a talk on Crop Circles by the very able Andy Thomas on Wednesday at 7.30pm, not to be missed. Tickets are available from the village store or on the door priced, very reasonably, at £7.50 to include a delicious ploughman’s supper. To raise much needed funds for St Peters Church Tower fund, all are welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 9am morning prayers at Firle and 10.15am Matins at Glynde.

VILLAGE HALL: This week The Firle Village Hall has been put to good use again, many thanks to all taking advantage of the facilities. We had a successful 70s disco night, compliments of the lovely Erika, who I am sure strutted her stuff very capably with all who attended, more to follow. We all wish our favourite person, the amiably gentle and kind Ann Hughes, who is recovering from a rather nasty tumble from her velocipede, wretched things but necessary, get well soon because we all miss your presence.

MY GARDEN doesn’t seem to know what time of the year it is, the snowdrops are starting to show and at the same time we aren’t going to be waiting too long for the daffodils! She who must be obeyed says the Christmas tree, planted after the festivities, is struggling a bit but I have faith and will report its progress.

MY FRIENDLY and somewhat rotund squirrel has developed an appetite for doughnuts and cream crackers. Not sure if that is an appropriate diet for him/her, not sure which because I am not allowed that close, but I may have to consider rationing or putting him/her on a diet. Haven’t thought of a name for said squirrel so if there are any younger readers, or parents with the same quirky humour as myself, please give me your thoughts

WEDDING PARTIES: There are plenty of wedding parties and celebrations coming to the hall over the next few months along with our usual stalwarts. Don’t forget the Friday café, 10am every week and all for a good cause, the village hall.

FINALLY I am a great fan of curious facts from wherever in the country. As a coach driver I look for points of interest for my destinations, unfortunately it tends to be the metropolis we all know as London. This week’s curiosity is, in 1797 Haberdasher James Hetherington was arrested on The Strand for wearing a top hat. A terrible commotion ensued and apparently ‘women fainted and children screamed’. He was charged with wearing a tall structure of shining lustre calculated to disturb timid people, the moral here is that unless things have been repealed look over your shoulder for a peeler when attending weddings. Particularly at the Village Hall, you couldn’t make it up.

Glynde & Beddingham

THE PARISH COUNCIL is pleased to approve a planning application for replacement doors and windows at 7 to 10 Trevor Gardens, Station Street. Residents feel this to be much needed and are looking forward to reduced heating costs and warmer houses. The council has also conditionally approved plans for 12 new parking spaces serving Spring Gardens. Although it was felt it would not in itself help with the general move to reduce the speed of traffic in the village, the council recommended a 30mph sign should be positioned close to the junction with the A27. Plans are still ongoing for other traffic calming initiatives, especially in Trevor Gardens and Lacy’s Hill. The council has been asked to contact the owner of the station forecourt with regard to a recent sign indicating that parking restrictions will soon be in place. Please keep an eye on the Parish noticeboard for any developments.

THE TREVOR ARMS: Bookings are now being taken for Valentine’s Day on 01273 858208. The team are also planning a movie night on February 13 with a screening of the classic 80s cult brat pack movie The Breakfast Club. Showing starts at 8pm so either arrive early for a bite to eat beforehand or just turn up and be entertained.

SEED BANK: The Sussex group of seedsavers is bouncing back into action with a stall at Seedy Saturday in Lewes Town Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am until 3.30pm. There will be fun activities for all the family as well as an appearance by well-known Gardeners’ Question Time panellist, Bob Flowerdew. If you are out and about this weekend, do come and see them for tips on sowing, growing and saving all types of seeds.


MEETING: Landport Residents Association next meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday at The Landport Community Room, 2a Horsfield Road. Guest speaker is Michael Blencowe, talking about Wildlife at Landport Bottom. All Landport residents welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Nine members took part in a walk from the Wok Inn at Shortgate recently. Although it was muddy and in places quite waterlogged underfoot no actual floods were encountered and the party were also blessed with fine and not cold weather. Starting from the Wok Inn the party went down a bridleway to Bell Farm and then eastwards to the road junction in North Laughton. The bridleway on part of this stretch had been churned up by horses making it difficult to traverse but there was evidence that chippings are about to be put down to provide a better surface. The party then went eastwards along the byway past Brickhurst Wood, noting the temporary ban of 4 wheel drive vehicles from part of it. They then went north on a path towards Laughton Park Farm, a path where much of the furniture had been installed by the Group over 15 years ago. After passing this farm a long green lane was traversed towards Halland Park Farm, near where a break for coffee took place, before taking the direct footpath to Halland. The return to the Wok Inn then passed Bog Shaw and Shortgate Manor Farm. The next walk is on Tuesday at Fletching. Meet at North Street car park, 9.30am.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: We’ve been supporting development work in Rwanda since 2007. One member of the church lives there long-term and others go out twice a year to work on specific projects. Four are going there this spring to work on several rainwater harvesting systems and two community studies into using water filters to provide safe drinking water to more than 20,000 people, many of whom collect contaminated water from swamps. Other work has included HIV/AIDS training, supporting Mother’s Union and environmental projects, teaching English in schools and helping with house building for the destitute. Helpers are always needed, as are laptops with supported software. If you can help, please ring 01273 473600. As we no longer use them, you are welcome to give a kneeler a new home. If you or a relative made one you will have priority. Please come to collect on Sunday 2 February (only), after the 10am service from about 11am, at Church End (the house beside the church, entrance off Cockshut Road). Southover School are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers. All donations are welcome, either to the school or in the box at the back of the church. Diary date: Easter Saturday, Mystery Plays involving the whole Lewes community, in Harvey’s Yard. Services this Sunday are: 8am communion; 10am family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, children especially welcome; 11.15am informal family service in the church hall, children especially welcome; 3.30pm quiet worship service in the Taizé style led by a small group of singers and musicians; 6.30pm informal service with communion. Do come along, we try to be friendly and welcoming. Our next Alpha Course starts February 20, contact Steve Daughtery 01273 472018 for more information.

GARDEN SOCIETY: On Wednesday, Make The Most of Your Garden, Nigel Philips, local landscape and garden designer, will be talking to the Lewes and District Garden Society at St Thomas’ Hall, Cliffe High Street, 7.30pm for 7.45pm. £3/members free. All are welcome.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Congratulations to the swimming team who took part in the Swimming Gala at Ringmer last week. This year they improved on their previous performance, with the girls team coming third and the school team coming fourth overall. The school is very proud of their team’s efforts, their behaviour and their achievement. Today (Friday) the school choir goes to sing at the O2 Arena in London. This very exciting event involves 8,000 children all singing and dancing together. Parents and carers will be there to listen and cheer the choir on. The school wants to say big thank you to our local Fire Service for coming to visit the reception children on Friday last week. The children’s favourite bit was most definitely squirting the hose and finding out about the fire engine. Next week the school is holding another Bike Breakfast. Children who cycle or scoot to school on Wednesday will be able to enjoy a free breakfast from 8.30am.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: enjoyed their communal breakfast at 9am last Sunday before their service began at 9.30am. There were a lot of people there. The service was special in that it was the first time the assistant Vicar had talked about Giving since he came last year. He told the congregation that, according to research, this is the least popular sermon topic amongst church goers. It is also an important topic because the church is currently refurbishing its Tower Room to make it more comfortable as a space for the children’s club. It is coming up to 25 years since the church was refurbished, so work on the kitchen, the toilets and the general paintwork of the building is needed for it to be used for a wider range of activities, such as last year’s popular Moth and Bat evening. Sussex Wildlife are planning a wider range of wildlife activities in the church and churchyard this coming year and they hope to be publishing details soon. This Sunday’s service is Holy Communion at 9.30am as usual. Everyone is welcome.

Mobile Library

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.


MY BLOG: I’ve had no response from my Nevill’s got talent. I know we have a talented neighbourhood, perhaps your talent is so well known you don’t need to be mentioned in our Parish Pump. Sara from Windover Crescent informed me that milk is still delivered to the door in proper glass bottles very early in the morning. It’s always there on the doorstop for breakfast. Now that’s a surprise as I thought doorstep delivery had gone out of fashion but my wife informs me she sometimes hears him around 3am.

WI: Last month we had a fascinating talk by Dr John Kay, On The Parish. The walking group met to walk over Kingston Ridge which was cold, but enjoyable. More than 20 of us spent a lively evening when we met for a meal at Bills on January 22. Next month’s meeting on February 19 will have a talk about All Gardens Great And Small.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Michael Davies and at 6.30pm by Rev John Gordon. We are now starting to plan our summer holiday club.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Three children were in the local Dick Whittington pantomime at St Mary’s, and performed brilliantly over the entire 10 performances: Mia Goode Yr2, Amalie Smith-Jarman- Yr3 and Hannah Russell Yr3. Molly Beattie, Nell Manson, Isabelle Roberts-Holmes and Lowena Bennetto went with their coach Paul Oglesby to play in their U11 Zone Final. This required them all to travel up to London last Saturday. The girls had a great day and were a real credit to the school demonstrating excellent sportsmanship and behaviour throughout the day. Paul said: ‘The children were a pleasure to be with, were very enthusiastic and played really well.’ Many thanks to Mr Manson and Mr Oglesby and well done to the girls. Wallands had a successful morning on Monday at Ringmer swimming pool. We entered a team of five girls and five boys into the Lewes and Ringmer District KS2 swimming gala. This has only been running for five years and I’m delighted to say both the boys and girls finished first meaning Wallands won for the fifth year running. A big thank you goes to Margaret Cragg who gave her time to coach the children and support them on the day. Mrs Taylor reported back to me that the team were hugely supportive of one another and a credit to the school. Thank you to those parents who supported.


RUGBY: tomorrow, Saturday, the team are playing at home against Ditchling at 2.30pm. This is always a good game to watch, the players need your support, so go along and join the players after the game for a drink in the Sports Pavilion.

SERVICES on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and at 10.30am Family Service.

AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday February 13. The speaker will be Simon Stevens, his subject is From Ypres to The Somme, an insight into the conflict on the Western Front during the Great War 1914-1918, this will be a most interesting afternoon. For further information please telephone 01825 722154 or 722650.

HORTICULTURE: Also on February 13 Newick Horticultural Society will hold their first meeting for 2014 in the village hall at 8pm, when Jack Dunkley will talk about The Story so Far. Membership subscriptions are now due, £7 family, or Vice President from £8 and upwards. You will be able to renew your membership from 7.15pm prior to the meeting at 8pm. Everyone is welcome, refreshments will be available.

JUMBLE SALE: I trust you are all looking out for suitable items (not electrical) or (large items) for the 1st Newick Scout Group Jumble Sale next Saturday, February 8, in the Scout Hut from 10.30am. You can take your donations on Friday February 7 from 5pm to 8.30pm, or on Saturday February 8, 8am till 10am. Items can be collected if you call 075381 45281. Please help the Scouts to continue their good work in Newick.

DIARY DATES: Friends of Newick Health Centre AGM on Wednesday February 26. Newick WI next meeting will be on Thursday February 27. More details later.


PELLS SCHOOL: All the children at the school have been taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch during their outdoor learning lessons. The school wildlife area is a great place to see and hear the birds and children have been learning to identify different birds through both their appearance and their tweets. They have also been remembering to feed the birds through the colder winter months.


FANCY A WALK? Then join up with the Footpath Society on Sunday at 2pm at Red House Common car park (TQ392 218). Then it will be off on a three and a half mile hike to Little Noven, Vale Farm, Great Wood, Great Noven and Red House Common. If you need to know more simply ring 01825 723716. If that’s not enough there will be another opportunity on Wednesday. Gather at Wivelsfield church at 10.30am for a trek of between four and a half and five and a half miles taking in St George’s, Oathall Farm and then the bridleway to the Fox and Hounds where lunch will be enjoyed. More information via 01273 890450.

IT’S ALL OVER: The panto season in Plumpton is over. A sad occasion as, once again, Plumpton Pantomime Society produced a great success. Hundreds of locals and visitors enjoyed a week of fun, laughter, music and great entertainment. Now we must wait a full year for a reprise.

JUMBLE NEWS: The next sale will be on February 8 in the village hall with bully off at 2pm. This one is being organised by the Village Hall Management Committee and will, of course, feature cakes, tombola and refreshments to ensure that thirsts are slaked, feet are rested and there is time for a good old chinwag after the thrill of the rummaging.

IT’S A DOUBLE: Plumpton beat Newick 19-10 at the weekend, doing the double over their local rivals and friends. Tries by Steve Blake, Oliver Shaw and Gareth Laurens Burgess, with two conversions by Lewis Beale sealing the win. The game was played at Plumpton as Newick’s pitch was unplayable. The visitors brought along a strong side and the home team was missing some key players. However Plumpton were the in-form side, having won their last two games and playing with the wind in the first half effectively sealed the game within 35 minutes. Newick did score two short range tries from their effective line-out and asked questions of the Plumpton scrum, but they were unable to convert their tries and time became their enemy. Man-of-the-Match for the second week Steve Blake. Plumpton now take a fortnight rest before hosting Worthing on March 15, 2.30 ko.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Chichester in a Div 1 SCFL fixture with a 3pm kick-off and on Tuesday evening they are away again, also a league fixture at Hailsham, 7.45pm kick-off. The second team are at home tomorrow, Saturday, versus Littlehampton in a Reserve Section Premier fixture with a 3pm kick-off at the Caburn and on Sunday the Youth team are at home to Crowborough with an 11am kick-off. Tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 8.30pm in the clubhouse there is a Disco Night so dig out your dancing trousers and come along for a boogie, all are welcome. The club has also acquired a table tennis table which is available for members to use whenever the hall is free.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Service, 6pm Eucharist for Candlemas in the Church Room.

EVENING WI members celebrated their 47th birthday in January with a bring-and-share buffet and a splendid iced birthday cake made by Julia Eldridge. Joint presidents, Norma Phillips and Jay Kendall presented Elsie Bowler with the WI’s silver cup for the Flower of the Month competition for 2013; her garden seems to provide a continuous flow of beautiful flowers all year round. After this members sat back to be entertained first of all by two sketches that had first been performed at the WI Group Christmas party; this provided an opportunity to have a good giggle at fellow members dressed in silly costumes. Following this Ann Hodgson explained her planned sponsored cycling trip in India to raise money for Great Ormond Street children’s hospital and then gave a short flutes recital. After the Christmas break all the regular activities are now getting back into swing with the walks, Scrabble, theatre and craft groups all planning meetings and this year’s entries for the South of England Show competitions being decided. The next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Ringmer Village Hall when there will be a talk about the History of Lewes Priory. Visitors and new members welcomed.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday January 22, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: Joint 1, Liz and Tim Owen, Pam Brook and John Weston; 3, David Warner and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

FAMILY QUIZ: Please come and support your local school at this popular event at Ringmer Primary School on Saturday February 8, 6.15pm to 8.15pm. Once again Bob Cairns has kindly set the questions for all ages and has agreed to be quiz master. Teams of up to six people must include one adult and one school aged child (reception to 16 years) phone 01273 812463/813860 for all information or tickets. Team ticket £18, adult £5, child £2.50. All prices to include food. Licensed bar available. Hope to see you there. Organised by Ringmer Primary Home School Association.

ACOUSTIC MOODS: Talented local musicians will come together again for an unforgettable evening of folk, blues, rock and pop on Saturday February 8 in the village hall. Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.15pm start. Tickets at £7.50 from Esther or Mark on 01273 813 698 or e-mail Proceeds to the MS Society.

Rodmell & Southease

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI had a very interesting evening on Tuesday, when Terry Penn, a farmer from Piddinghoe, gave a very interesting talk, A Life Less Ordinary. Terry is the great niece of Benjamin Conquest who started a theatre company at the Surrey Theatre on the South Bank of the Thames. Is it any wonder that Terry went into show business. Her mother was a ballet dancer and after meeting her father they started an Adagio Act. Terry’s first performance was at the age of 3, an early starter. Having been at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then, having an agent, Terry had a variety of jobs and met many famous people and worked with them. The list of fame is pretty long, starting with Meatloaf, Edmund Hockridge, Mikki and Griff, Beryl Cooke, Cliff Richard, Robert Morley, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Rod Taylor, Maggie Smith, Liv Ulman, Michael Anderson, Patrick McGoonan, Mickey Spillane, Alfred Burke, Joan Hickson, who Terry said was lovely, Dave Allen; by this time Terry’s stage name was Josephine Penny. Other names were Jacqueline Clarke who appears in adverts, Bruce Forsyth, Terence Frisby, Joan Emney, sister of Fred Emney the comic. By this time Terry had ‘gone to sea’ as entertainments officer on P&O liner The Spirit of London. On a maiden flight with British Caledonian Airways to meet the ship Terry’s companions were Kurt Jurgens, Aristotle Onassis and Ursula Andress. Merle Oberon and Anthony Quayle were other people Terry associated with, and studying for an MA in Modern Drama Studies she decided to do her thesis on Anthony Quayle. When she delivered a copy of her thesis to him and received a big kiss on her cheek, it made her day. On one occasion, having touched down at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, they were waylaid by snow. Mick Jagger was en route to London and shouted ‘I’m Mick Jagger and I have to get to London now.’ The guy at the desk replied ‘I don’t care if you’re Jesus Christ, no-one’s taking off at the moment’. Terry acted for much of her time under the name Terry Clarke-Snow. I can’t begin to tell you all the things she has done, as it would be a long scribe, all I can say is many of us look at people we know and wonder what their lives have been like and in many cases it can be quite a surprise. I think you probably surprised many on Tuesday evening Terry. Well done.

PANTO: Tickets for the Rodmell Panto can be obtained at our pub. Times are 8pm today, Friday; 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday; 3pm and 7.30pm on Sunday. Tickets £3 children, £6 adults.

SPEEDING: The new 30mph signs that light up when drivers are speeding are at each end of the village on the C7. I noticed car drivers are generally slowing down. Slow down please folks.