Parish pump Lewes - June 13 2014


BARCOMBE WI: War memorial talk: have you ever wondered about the stories behind the names on Barcombe’s war memorial? Ian Hilder will be giving a presentation on the results of his research into the names and the building of the war memorial. Friday June 20 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Tickets £5 from Turner’s Electrical Store or £7 on the door. Or email Ian to reserve your tickets ( Ian Hilder BA, FSG (AGRA and APG member).

AGM: Barcombe Football Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held at 8pm on Monday at The Royal Oak. All interested parties are most welcome: existing and prospective players, supporters and volunteers. All enquiries to the chairman, Robert Peck on 01273 400587. Barcombe are Mid Sussex Fairplay winners 2014: park football at its best. The club are proud to be associated with Project Zambia.

OPEN GARDEN: On June 21 there will be an Open Garden at Hamsey Manor, Hamsey, Near Lewes (the route will be signposted from Offham and Barcombe). It will start at 2pm and finish at 5pm. Entry will be £5/person, children free. There will be refreshments and stalls selling art work and books. Proceeds will be used by Family Support Work in the Chichester Diocese to help children and families in need.

GARDEN CLUB: Our next meeting will be tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm when we will meet at the Secret Campsite, Town Littleworth BN8 4TD. Therri LaHood will talk about Plants as Medicine, a practical journey around a working medicinal herb nursery. Meet in the village car park by Barcombe Stores at 2.15pm if you would like to car share or have a lift to the Secret Campsite. All welcome.

CRICKET RESULTS: ESCL Div 2 Tunbridge Wells Borderers v Barcombe. TWB 197-8 in 50 overs: Allan Trower 3-30, Joe Wheatley 2-18, Josh Wheatley 2-67. Barcombe 198-5 in 40.3 overs:

Josh Wheatley 105 not out, Will Marler 24, Keith Savage 23 not out. Barcombe (28 points) beat TWB (13 points) by five wickets. ESCL Div 9 Barcombe II v Forest Row II. Barcombe 83 all out in 36.5 overs: Olly Winters 26, Mike Pitt 18, Paul Coppard 16. Forest Row 86-5 in 22.2 overs: Tom Evans 3-23, Paul Coppard 2-21. Forest Row (30 points) beat Barcombe (five points) by five wickets.

STOOLBALL: We were able to play both our home matches this week. Our match on Tuesday resulted in Barcombe 172 to Ringmer’s 124. Two of our batsmen achieved worthy scores Angharad Hills 74 ( seven fours and one six) and Janet Hughes 63 (five fours and one six). Thursday’s match against Buxted Park was another win for Barcombe 133-107. Angharad Hills 5-27. Thank you to Matthew Perry who produces a platter of chips when our team adjourn to the pub.

SUSSEX POLICE CHOIR: By popular request the Sussex Police Choir will be performing on Tuesday July 1 in the village hall. Tickets £6 to include refreshments obtainable from Barcombe Strores, Turner & Son, Holmansbridge Farm Shop, or M Pyne (2 Gladstone Buildings). After the choir’s visit to us last year they gained five new members from Barcombe. Well done. All proceeds go to the Royal British Legion Women’s Section schemes.


CRICKET: Five wickets from Vikram Kant (5/32) helped to bowl out Staplefield for 127; however a fast start by Staplefield’s bowlers reduced Chailey to 41/4. But a fine innings from Dave Rogers, who finished on 65 not out, ensured that Chailey won and took 30 points climbing to top of Division Two. This Saturday Chailey has a league game against Cuckfield 3rd XI at 1.30pm at the sports ground just off the A272. Chailey are always looking to welcome new members into the team and should you be looking to play some cricket, either friendly or competitive, please do call Peter Dembrey on 07709946880.

CHRIS FARROW, Chair of Chailey Bonfire Society is cycling in the London to Brighton Bike Ride on Sunday; to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of those who have died early as a result of heart disease. To support Chris in his fundraising please visit

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church on Sunday, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services are 10.30am with Erik Cornellise, to include communion, and 6.15pm with Giles Woodcroft.

CLASSIC CARS IN THE PARK is on Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Sheffield Park. All types of vehicles vintage, classic and modern classic will be there. If you wish to display a car there will be a designated area and no booking is required, just turn up. For more information contact Richard Long on 07976 259290.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall on Friday June 20 from 7.30pm to 9pm. There will be a range of activities available throughout the evening including table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table, tuck shop and plenty more. All young people aged 10 to 16 years who live in or around the Chailey will be made most welcome. For more information contact Gemma Kybert on 07843410895.

SPONSORED WALK: Aspects of Beauty, based in South Chailey, are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. As part of their celebrations they are holding some fundraising events and have chosen to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation by holding a 25K sponsored walk around the Chailey area on Friday June 20. If you would like to support them please donate online at

JAZZ ON THE GREEN, in front of St Peter’s Church, is on Sunday June 22 and starts at 12.30pm with ploughman’s lunches. There will be games, a Pimms tent, plant, bottle, cake, book and bric-a-brac stalls, raffle and refreshments including ice creams. There will also be a Fun Family Dog Show, sponsored by Whites Premium Southern, and Scottish Dancing. Do go along and join in this traditional village fete, everyone is welcome and entry free.

TRACK TREK is on Saturday June 28 and is a five mile sponsored walk along the track from Horsted Keynes to Sheffield Park. A minimum sponsorship of £20 per person or £30 for each family group (two adults and up to three children under 16) is required to take part.

Please note that the trek is not considered suitable for children under seven years of age, unless they are carried. All sponsorship money will go towards the Bluebell Railway’s Keep Up the Pressure Appeal, funding the overhaul of the boilers of larger locomotives. Walking on a railway track is rough ground and stout footwear will be required. The Trek will start from Horsted Keynes between 5.30pm and 6pm, with registration from 4.30pm. After all walkers have finished a free train service to Horsted Keynes and East Grinstead will be available to return walkers to their start point. An Entry and Sponsorship Form can be downloaded at You can however turn up on the day and will be allowed to walk if there are sufficient places.

APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS by local organisations need to be made to the parish council by Monday June 30. Community grants are usually in the range of £100 to £500. A grant application form and a copy of the council’s grant policy can be obtained from Vera Grainger, the parish clerk, on 01825 740409 or downloaded from the community website

PARISH MAGAZINE, the Chailey News, has a distribution of 1,280 copies each month and there are a loyal band of 45 distributors. At present there are two rounds for which replacement distributors are sought. The areas that need to be covered are houses round North Common and Pound Common. This round would suit a dog walker as it probably takes about an hour. The other round is the houses both sides of the A275 on the southernmost boundary which takes about 20 minutes. If you are able to help with this call Chris Jones on 01444 831244.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

AGM: The annual general meeting of the Cooksbridge Village Hall Trustees takes place in the hall on Thursday June 26 at 7pm.

PARISH PICNIC: St Peter’s Church Annual Parish Picnic is on Sunday July 6, from 11.30am in the church grounds.

HAMSEY FESTIVAL is on Saturday July 12 from 2pm to 8pm. As well as all the familiar activities including the dog show and five-a-side football tournament, there will be the Great Hamsey Bake-Off. Age categories for this will be 4 to 9 years, 10 to 15 years, and 16 years plus. Judges will be looking at texture, presentation and most importantly, taste. Now is the time to practice your baking skills. Entries cost £1 and will be accepted until 3pm on the day. New activities this year will include a circus skills workshop for those who would like to raise their profile or height by trying out stilt walking. Music making workshops for those who fancy becoming the next boy or girl group, who knows, Cooksbridge could in the future produce their own Britain’s Got Talent. There will also be craft activities and the festival organising team will be hosting a new photography competition. They are also encouraging local artists and crafts people to go along and sell their wares, with an emphasis on things vintage. This year will be a vintage theme. There will be a Lindyhop swing dancing lesson from 4.30pm followed by a fab band to practice your new dancing skills later in the evening. Great food will be on offer and St Peter’s Church will be providing their tea and cakes. Hamsey School fundraisers will be on duty to quench everyone’s thirst with their bar. Please contact Moira on 07790 094390 or Kirsty 07703 105654 if you would like to book a stall for £5. They are also looking for helpers to set up on the day and help clear up on the Sunday.

DIARY DATES: St Peter’s Sunday School/Toddler Tunes trip to Drusillas is on Monday July 28 at the beginning of the summer holiday. Details from Judith on 01273 474356.

THEATRE TRIP: At the time of writing I am not sure if any tickets will still be available for the Chichester Festival Theatre annual coach trip organised by Judith Bastide. Although it does seem a long time to August, tickets have to be booked well in advance. This year the musical is Guys and Dolls on Wednesday August 20. Following the show a stop is made for a carvery meal on the return journey and according to Judith is always great fun and open to everyone in the village. Tickets cost £20. Do contact Judith on 01273 474356 if you would like to join them as someone may have dropped out. Thirty five tickets have already been sold but it is always worth a call to Judith.

COOKSBRIDGE STATION: The last report regarding the train services for Cooksbridge stated that Southern had dismissed the request for five additional weekday stopping trains, quoting timetable constraints and impact on overall journey times. Those representing the station partnership remain totally unconvinced by their arguments, especially as they manage to stop trains in rush hours when the network is at its busiest. Concerns were put forward to the chief executive and an invitation was extended to a meeting in May to discuss it further. It should also be known by now who the successful bidder was for the new franchise, effective from July 2015, together with the details of service offered by the tender document.

STATION ENVIRONMENT: Efforts to create and populate gardens and verges at Cooksbridge Station have this year produced a lovely display of daffodils, with lots more plants about to spring to life. Thanks should go to organic Matters of Barcombe for providing the chippings which keep the weeds at bay. There are now a team of five who help with weeding, watering etc, but if you can spare time Kevin Froude would like to hear from you, email also if you have spare plants or cuttings feel free to put them in. Southern took seriously the concerns about puddling at the bottom of the steps to platform one and the poor state of the road surface at the entrance to the car park. Both have been resurfaced. Unfortunately a commuter managed to hit and demolish part of the wall.


CONCERT: We were treated to our yearly concert by the Pastores Ensemble last Saturday. I really look forward to hearing this music. Although the group all play early instruments they don’t necessarily stick to early music in their repertoire. This concert featured the premiere of a piece by the group’s director, Robert Carrington, called Falmer Pond which I thought was really delightful. We have one more concert to look forward to this month on June 28 when Karen Rash on Flute and Hugh O’Neal on Piano will be playing Bach and other composers old and new. This concert is on the Saturday of our Flower Festival so you can come and enjoy the stalls, games and refreshments then come and look at the flowers in church before settling down to listen to some music. The perfect afternoon out.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: I am very glad that some of you were inspired to do a flower arrangement at the Falmer Flower Festival, June 28 and 29. We will still be happy to have more flower arrangers. We’d also be happy to have more stallholders either to help out or to rent a table yourself and sell your own wares. It is only £10 a day to rent, cheaper than a car boot sale and more fun. If you would like to help or to rent do give us a call, the number is at the bottom of this page.

EVENSONG: We were very pleased to welcome the choir of St Luke’s to St Laurence last Sunday to provide some wonderful singing at the evensong service. We all had a splendid tea at the vicarage before making our way over to the church for the service which was beautiful.

ROD STEWART: The Amex Stadium will be hosting a concert by Rod Stewart today (Friday) and the preparations have been going on all week, including sound checks on Thursday. I am working in Battle on Friday and I am not looking forward to the journey home along the A27 as I think there may be considerable traffic making its way to Falmer.

HEROES: I picked up the paper on Friday and who should be on the front cover but Frederick Glover (known to us as John). John was shown standing in a field watching parachutists descend from the sky. John was in the parachute regiment during the war (having lied about his age in order to join up) and was dropped in Normandy as part of the D-Day landings. He was taken prisoner and escaped with the help of the French Resistance. I found it very moving to see all those veterans at the D-Day celebrations, ordinary men who found extraordinary courage and resourcefulness. John is very modest about his part in the war but it is clear that he was incredibly brave, and deserves all those medals you see on his chest in the photograph. We are very privileged to have his company at St Laurence.

THE ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE for Creative Arts. A lot of us here at Falmer have fond memories of the Gardner Arts Centre. At Christmas we used to be able to go and see a splendid pantomime and keep the children entertained. There were excellent student productions, interesting exhibitions, art classes and film showings. All this may soon be returning in the form of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts due to open in spring 2015. One of the means of raising the funds to complete the project is a portrait of Lord Attenborough with the names of contributors making up the image. The portrait is going to be hand painted in oils and will be presented to Lord Attenborough in celebration of his 90th birthday and the opening of the centre. You could have your name on the portrait alongside people like Robert Downey Jr, Michael Douglas, Kenneth Branagh, Julian Fellowes, Dame Judi Dench and others. If you donate more than £350 you will be presented with a signed limited edition print of the portrait and invited to the VIP opening.


BRIDGE CLUB: Results May 27 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Meic Goodyear and Jerry Emery; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson, Simon Kirkwood and Lynne Tunley.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Thank you to everyone who joined in the biological survey in the churchyard recently. With help from Graeme Lyons and Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, in one hour we were able to identify and record over 160 different species. Of particular note were a nationally scarce beetle and the appropriately named bishop’s mitre shieldbug. Congratulations to Lewes Sings Gospel, Southover’s community gospel choir, who have won a place at the televised finals of the Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year competition! Filming will take place on 5 July with the broadcast in the autumn. If you would be interested in an opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith contact Steve Daughtery on 01273 472018 for information about our Alpha course. On June 21, Lewes area churches’ breakfast for men, White Hart hotel, speaker Paul Young, founder of Off the Fence, a Christian based charity that aims to end poverty around Brighton and Hove. Please reserve your breakfast (£9 cooked, £7 continental/unwaged): or call 01273 474399, 472114, 472714 or 473600. Services on Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service including communion with choir, organ and band; 11.15 informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Everyone is welcome.

PASSION PLAY: Lewes Passion Play 2015 needs you. The Mystery Plays performed in April raised £400 for the Passion Play fund, thank you. Tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am in Christ Church upstairs hall (Prince Edward’s Road), there will be a meeting for anyone interested in taking an organisational role or being part of the production team. Roles could be shared and will be supported by teams of volunteers. On July 8, at 7.30pm in Southover Church chapter house there will be an opportunity for anyone who would like to be involved in some other capacity to find out more and register their interest. Or contact, call/text 07926 486567 or visit

SOUTH Street Bonfire Society are holding a Coffee Morning at Cliffe Church Hall on Saturday 14th June, from 10am till midday. Free admission, cakes, tombola , bonfire photos and tea and coffee.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Year 4 have enjoyed going to Forest School every day this week. The Outdoors project has helped the school to create a Forest School in their own grounds and have provided many exciting and useful activities as part of this term’s Survival topic. A group of Year 5 and 6 children went to Bexhill on Thursday for the day, to join other schools in celebrating the East Sussex Children’s Book Awards. The children read six books and then voted on their favourite. Year 6 are off to Bowles activity centre next week for a two night stay. They will be taking part in rock climbing, skiing and many other outdoor pursuits, and Year 5 children will have the chance to improve their cycling skills all week when they undertake the Bikeability training. They will be learning how to cycle safely on the roads around the school.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH celebrated the fact that it had been fully refurbished in a week of very hard work, starting last Monday. It was a joyful service with a fair bit of humour (some of it unintended) to further lighten an already buoyant mood. The address was given by Rev Steve Daughtery. The church’s project manager for the exercise, Peter Crees, thanked Chris Stringer and MC Designers for their fast and expert work. He also thanked the congregation and especially Ron Cook who, last Sunday, used his fireman’s training to organise the clearing of chairs and other furniture in double quick time, also for their generosity in raising a more than sufficient amount of money to make this possible together with the generosity of Chris and MC Designers. This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday, with a Communion Service led by our acting assistant vicar, Jeremy Bamber, at 9.30am. All are welcome.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE: The Bat Evening last Friday began in the church building with a presentation about bats. There was, again, a good crowd of around 20 people, including children. After the presentation by one of Sussex Wildlife’s Bat experts, people then moved into the churchyard when the conditions were right to watch the bats diving for insects. This was followed by Bio Blitz on Saturday, who were busy cataloguing all the species they could find in the church yard area. The Next presentation in this series at South Malling Church is a Moth Evening on June 20 at 8.30pm. Nets and other equipment will be available with Sussex Wildlife experts to help in identification. Children are welcome. There is no cost.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


NEVILL NEWS: Last week’s Sussex Express did an article on a new author Beverly Elphick. She lived in the cul de sac in 40 Middle Way along with her sister Vicky. I was older so did not play with them but my young sister Susan used to play with Vicky, and Beverly used to tag along. Another claim to fame for the Nevill Estate.

NEVILL SPORTS: St Mary’s Children’s Sports, Saturday June 28, Nevill Green. Closing date for entries have to be received by midnight today, Friday. Entry details have been delivered by hand locally, or can be obtained from Nevill Newsagents.

CHRIST CHURCH: We had a lovely time at Tots last week with Sarah, the Playleader, bringing some sand for a sand tray and some cooked spaghetti for the children to play with. The children enjoyed having some different activities and we were able to spend the whole morning in the church garden. We will be meeting again today between 9.30am and 11.30am. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Michael Davies and at 6pm there will be a Choral Evening Service with Holy Communion led by Rev John Gordon.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Safety in Action Team PC Ross has notified us that Wallands had the winning team for this event, with Cradle Hill winning the school title. There will be a presentation in assembly later on in the term. Well done to all the children involved and many thanks to the staff who went along to the event. The excitement is building in school for KS2 participating in their very own World Cup on Friday June 20. The teams are made up of mixed age, gender and ability. Each team will play a minimum of three games throughout the day and will play in every game, and each team has a volunteer college student as a team manager. Other children not playing are involved in supporting, providing refreshments, playing the role of journalists to create a report of the event, commentating, creating certificates etc. There are cheer leading and drumming workshops to provide support to the footballers that have made it through to the quarter finals with the kick off for the final at 2.45pm. Having previously won the first stage of the Quadkids athletics event, the team went to the Lewes track to represent the Lewes and District area against five other schools all competing to win to represent the South Downs area at the Sussex Games. All of the children participated in a long and short run, a jump and a throw, receiving different points for each achievement. The total points become our team score; the points between third and fourth and first and second place were extremely tight and it was a very well run event by Priory PE department. Wallands finished fourth overall. Well done to the eight year 6 children involved.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: On June 21 The Fulham and Hammersmith Choral Society will give a concert of music for a midsummer’s evening to include pieces by Haydn Vivaldi Brams and Vaughn.


THE BOWLS CLUB have a very busy time over the few days, fingers crossed that the weather will be good and all their matches will be played, starting tomorrow, Saturday, Village Open Bowls Competition play at 2.30pm. On Sunday fixtures are West Hoathly at home and Tom Francis away, these games will commence at 10am. There is also a game against Vic Drive and Eastbourne Ladies at home at 2.30pm. On Monday they play MidSussex Burgess away, Tuesday the match will be against John Spriggs Henfield at home play will commence at 6pm. Then on Wednesday they will be playing at home against The Crouch Seaford at 2.30pm.

CRICKET CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will travel to Lewes to play St Michaels, the second XI will be playing at home against Buxted Park II, and the third XI will playing on the Temple Grove Ground against Barcombe II, the fourth XI will make the journey to Hellingly playing their IV eleven. All these matches will commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday the match will be Dads v Lads, this is always a great games to watch and play will commence at 2pm. Have a great afternoon.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am, this will be followed by the Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

DIARY DATES: Newick Cinema will showing another film on Sunday June 22; Newick Green WI meet on June 26; Newick Festival will take place from Friday June 27 to Sunday June 29. There are many activities taking place, all the details later.


IT’S BARGAIN TIME: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a jumble sale in the village hall with bully-off at 2pm. This time it will be in aid of the Monday Group that repairs and builds styles on our local footpaths as well as helping with footpath maintenance. Alongside the natural thrills of bargain hunting there will be a tombola stall and refreshments to revive you after the thrill of the chase. Border control will be relaxed should people from outside Plumpton wish tto come to the next sale will not be until June 28.

COME DANCING: On Tuesday there will be a display of Morris dancing at the Fountain pub starting at 8pm. The Knots of May in conjunction with Ditchling Morris will be putting on a display for your delight.

BRIGHT IDEAS: That is the title of the demonstration being given at the flower club meeting in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The demonstrator will be Gill Homer. Non-members will receive a warm welcome as long as they stump up £2.50 at the door, which is a small price to pay for a very convivial evening out.

LOCK UP YOUR SHEDS: Another spate of well-planned raids is taking place locally targeting sheds and other outbuildings in rural areas. Lawnmowers and other garden tools and equipment plus cycles, quad bikes and so on are prime target so do take precautions to protect your property. The police will always give free advice on security arrangements and arrange security marking of vulnerable items that will facilitate detection and recovery of stolen goods. Ring 101 and ask for extension 563018.

YOUTH FACILITIES: Plumpton Village Action Plan is currently investigating a new facility for local youth that will provide a facility for them to meet and socialise whilst in a supervised but not regimented environment. From research so far carried out it would appear that such a venture is possible and there is funding available to enable it. However, such schemes do require input from volunteers such as parents and, although the commitment would not be onerous in any way, past experience has demonstrated that a lot of people expect others to do something for them but are unwilling to even contribute anything in return, even if it is for the benefit and wellbeing of their own offspring. So, take this as advance notice of an impending facility for the benefit of our local youngsters but one that will require some minor input from their parents. Think about it, folks and decide for yourselves whether you are prepared to put any effort into a programme designed for the benefit of your children. Watch this space.

PLANTS FOR SALE: Once again perennials are being offered for sale to raise funds for the Plumpton Voluntary Driver Scheme that provides low cost transport to medical appointments. Just pop along to 21 Chapel Rod to view what is on offer and pop your modest contribution into the box provided. This year you will have to turn off the main drag of Station Road (what an adventure), but the new site is almost directly behind the old one and parking is safer.


COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow (Sat) at Sunrise, Laughton Road, from 10am to noon. Entrance is £1, including coffee and biscuits (accompanied children free). There will be a raffle and bring and buy and we are hoping to have some plants to sell. Proceeds to Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. If you require transport please phone 812501.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Eucharist, 3pm Churchyard Memorial Service, 6.30pm Evensong.

CHURCHYARD Memorial Service is being held on Sunday at 3pm. We shall remember all those for whom we have held services over the last 18 months. If there is anyone you would like added to this list please contact Shirley on 812417. If wet it will take place in church.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday June 4, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Richard Newton and Alan Grindley; 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

RBL HORTICULTURAL and Home Produce Society. The garden classes held before the Summer Show are open to any member of Ringmer Parish. The classes include the best eco-friendly garden, the most attractive garden and the best kept vegetable garden/allotment. Entries for the garden section must be in to Albert Knight, 5 The Martlets, Ringmer no later than 7pm on Thursday, June 19 and the judging will be on Wednesday June 25. There are some beautiful gardens in Ringmer, why not let our judges award you a prize for all your efforts.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Uckfield 87-59; Maresfield v Ringmer 66-71; Newick v Ringmer 85-87.

CHARITY OF ELIZABETH CHEYNEY: This is the last call for applicants for the vacancy which has arisen in one of the two Almshouses of this charity. Older members of the community of Ringmer Parish are eligible for appointment. Application for appointment must be made in writing to the Clerk to the Trustees, Elizabeth Cheyney Charity Trust, Bethany, 25 Ballard Drive, Ringmer Lewes BN8 5NU. Applicants must state name, address, telephone number, age and occupation. They should be prepared, unless physically disabled, to attend in person. They may be required to supply evidence of qualification for appointment. Residents may be required to contribute a weekly sum towards the cost of maintaining the Almshouses of the charity and the services provided.

U3A LANGUAGE GROUPS: Parlez-vous Français? Sprechen sie deutsche? Hablas español? Then you need to practice speaking the language and what better way than to join your local U3A language group. We have French, German and Spanish Groups, that meet regularly in Ringmer, where you can practise your skills and have fun. If you are no longer in full-time employment then look at our web site ( or ring Jenny 814791 (French), Daisy 814859 (German) or Conchita 812190 (Spanish) to find out more.

Rodmell & Southease

SADLY Rodmell had to say a farewell to yet another villager on Monday June 2. It was a Celebration of Life for the late Simon D’Souza (9 December 1963 to 19 May 2014). Simon was a saxophonist, composer, educator and very well known jazz musician which meant that at least 300 people plus came to his funeral. It was a lovely day and the church became full so quickly the rest of us were out in the churchyard listening to the service via the loudspeaker. It was a very poignant service with beautiful music and many tears were shed at losing such a much loved person at such a young age, but as he composed some lovely music he has left the legacy of that pleasure for all to share. After the service we all followed the band who were playing great New Orleans type music and it was quite a sound and a sight for visitors to Rodmell and residents alike to see this great procession wending its way up the village to our pub. The music went on until closing time and the pub was full to bursting.

IT SEEMS to be a time of great sadness and problems for everyone at the moment. I lost a cousin who I used to visit on the Isle of Easdale, Scotland, on June 5 and have yet another very ill in Alberta, Canada, as well as having been to a funeral a week for the past few weeks. Things have to get better for all those I know, many of whom are in this area. Let’s give out some positive thoughts to help them all and hope it works.

THE D-DAY memorial celebrations really bring home to us the suffering that war causes. I was so pleased that the sun shone on all those who made the effort to go to them. One of my relations was over there, taking part, as he is a pilot in the Air Force (he was the one who landed a helicopter in our field some years ago and caused a stir in the village).

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh never cease to amaze me by their stamina at their great age and I love the wonderful colours the Queen wears. For some however all the memories awakened are hard to bear. My mother was bombed out three times in Brighton and lost a dear brother in Italy and a cousin, who was more like a sister to her, in the cinema that was bombed in Brighton. Mum dislikes all that is going on at the moment for the pain it brings back and my father would never talk about the war or attend any parades etc. As a child I had a friend whose father was badly injured in the war, and the family had to vet all the media and newspapers because if he saw anything to do with the war he went into a fit.

ON TUESDAY (which happens to be my birthday) Rodmell and Southease WI have a very special meeting. Sally Course will be coming with her harp which she will be talking about and playing. This should be an interesting and relaxing evening. Visitors will be welcome at 8pm but we would suggest a donation of £3 to include tea, coffee and cake.

JUNE 17 is quite a day for the family as my cousin Maureen shares that birthday date with me and her daughter had her twin boys on our birthday last year. As a coincidence my mother shares the same birthday, November 26, with Maureen’s husband.