Parish pump Lewes - June 6, 2014


WI: Tuesday, 7.30pm, in the village hall Uttermost Parts of the Earth – St Helena, Easter Island, Tierra del Fuego, a talk by Sue Fisher, followed by tea/coffee and cake. New members and visitors welcome.

THE WALKING GROUP will be holding a mid-week evening walk on Wednesday. Meet at the Half Moon Pub car park, Plumpton, at 7pm for a lovely walk at the foot of the Downs, returning to the pub for refreshments. Leader Angela Murphy.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Barcombe v Newhaven. Barcombe 144 all out in 41.1 overs: Will Marler 27 Richard Osmond 27 Allan Trower 23. Newhaven 105 all out in 42.5 overs: Allan Trower 4-10 from 11 overs Harry Stewart 3-19 Rhys Alchin 2-29. Barcombe (30 points) beat Newhaven (10 points) by 39 runs. ESCL Div 9 Glynde III v Barcombe II. Barcombe 163 all out in 30 overs: Brian Wheatley 55 Olly Winters 46. Glynde 167-7 in 35.1 overs: Harry Black 3-12. Glynde (30 points) beat Barcombe (12 points) by 3 wickets.

BOWLS: Two matches were played last week. The first was a very close game and it came down to the last shot of the last game. Unfortunately for Barcombe they missed out by one shot, so Crowborough won by one shot 59-60. The second match was played in warm sunshine. However it did not help Barcombe as they lost 56-72. Barcombe welcomed two new members, Steve and Karen Brown, who played their first game for the club and acquitted themselves very well. New members are always welcome. Practice games are played on Monday evenings at 6pm on the recreation ground.

THE RUDE MECHANICALS will be performing their latest production on the field at the village hall on Friday July 25 at 7.30pm. They will be making a much anticipated return with The Wife, a hilarious, tender and provocative play which digs deeply into the nature of love and marriage. Tickets available at Barcombe Stores or www.therudemechanical


RHODODENDRON Interpretation a chance to find out more about the rhododendrons at Sheffield Park and Garden tomorrow, Saturday. Members of the park’s horticultural team will be on hand to answer questions about the rhododendrons; how to identify, raise and care for them. Normal admission charges apply.

CRICKET: A note of congratulations must go to David Dembrey who recorded one of the Friendly XI’s best bowling performances with 8-23 against Southwick Wanderers. His performance enabled the Friendly XI to record a rare victory by 50 runs. Tomorrow, Saturday, sees Chailey in a league game away to Horsted Keynes at 1.30pm and a friendly at home (at the sports ground just off the A272) against East Dean and Friston on Sunday at 2pm. For more information call Peter on 07709946880.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s 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 on Sunday are at 10.30am with Brian Lanstone and 6.15pm with David Muzzell.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group meet at the Five Bells on Tuesday at the earlier time of 7pm. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars will be made most welcome.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday June 13 when the parish clerk will be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

LIVE MUSIC with an Irish Folk and Country Band, Reelstrings, is at the Five Bells on Friday June 13 at 8.30pm. Reelstrings play a wide selection of Irish songs, ballads, lively jigs and reels as well as pop and country music.

LONDON TO BRIGHTON cycle ride is being undertaken by Callum Cooper, on Sunday June 15, to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation, having as he says on his JustGiving site ‘A few years ago during a placement I got the privilege to work at Chailey Heritage for a month and loved it’. If you would like to support him please donate online at

CLASSIC CARS in the Park, presented by Southern Classics Society (SCS) and The National Trust, is on Sunday June 15 from 10am to 4pm. All types of vehicles, vintage, classic and modern classic. There will be a designated area for the show and show car participants will have a special entry voucher allowing them free access to the grounds of Sheffield Park. No booking required, just turn up. Auto jumblers trading must have, in their possession on arrival, proof of Public Liability Insurance. For more information contact Richard Long on 07976 259290.

DONATIONS for Jazz on the Green, which will take place outside St Peter’s Church, will be appreciated. If you are able to donate plants call Kirsten Bowen (01273 478155), cakes Olga Jeffs (01825 722680), bottles Jo and Adrian Hands (01825 722276), books, CDs and DVDs Fiona Pearl (01825 723135), soft toys Janet Barnes (01825 722574) and children’s tombola Daisy Luddington (01825 722286). As part of the raffle it is hoped to put together a hamper of food as one of the bigger prizes. Good quality tins, jars and bottles, sweet and savoury biscuits, and any other delicious things, apart from perishables, will be much appreciated. Goods for the hamper or other raffle prizes can be given to Christine Peskett (01825723648) or brought to The Rectory during the week before the event.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday at St Peter’s Church, Holy Communion 8am, Sunday School 10.15am I the church hall, Parish Communion at 10.30am followed by coffee in the hall.

AFTERNOON CLUB: PCSO Julie McNirlan, who lives in Cooksbridge, was not the only important visitor to the Monday Afternoon Club on May 12 as Bishop Martin, the Bishop of Chichester, was in the parish on the same day as part of his 18 month rolling programme of visiting every parish in the diocese and took time to call in and meet members of the club.

DON’T FORGET: On Monday instead of the usual meeting in the church hall, the Monday Afternoon Club will be enjoying the delights of afternoon tea in Caroline’s garden at 2pm. Lifts available by ringing Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the annual meeting of Hamsey Parish Council, which followed the annual parish meeting on May 8, Ian Ginn was re-elected chairman for 2014/15. A resident asked if traffic using Beechwood Lane could be slower, a lower limit or sleeping policemen. It was reported that the parish council has tried for many years to get a lower limit introduced but without success as ESCC say the lane does not meet their requirements for lower speeds. Council asked residents to contact ESCC direct to say they feel the road is dangerous. The chairman requested that the PC should have any such correspondence. Cllr Harmer will look at sourcing grant funds for any proposed Offham improvements. The council considered a request from the Station Partnership for a £200 grant which was proposed and seconded and agreed by all. (Cllr Ginn abstained). A request from Hamsey Festival for a grant of £1,200 was also proposed, seconded and agreed by all. Cllrs Ginn, Drury, Harmer and D’Arienso were elected the planning committee. Planning for the erection of an agricultural workers’ dwelling and extension to existing barn at Offham Farm, The Street, pending decision. Chatfields yard, Cooksbridge Road, alterations to site layout and revised elevation treatment to existing timber store. This was considered at a planning meeting on April 2 and the parish council lodged an objection. Decision on the above by LDC or SDP, application granted. The PC chairman met the owners of the land adjoining the treatment works regarding the planting of some screening within the site. Southern Water Estates and the SDNP have worked together to provide some planting within the site on Southern Water land, but the neighbouring landowners refused access to Southern Water unless the plants are removed. SDNP are upset because of the work and expenditure they have incurred but Southern Water cannot get access without the neighbouring landowner’s permission. The PC chairman felt there was now no more that the parish council could do and the item should come off the agenda. It looks like this is an agenda item that might rear its head again. There was no objection from the PC planning committee to the erection of a Greenwich Meridian sign in Hamsey Lane, Cooksbridge.

VILLAGE HALL: Council discussed funding for a footway along Beechwood Lane. The PC have had a number of meetings with ESCC and some work has been carried out by them already. Cllr McBrown asked if the footpath from the station could be improved for more use and council discussed this. There were concerns over the distance and use of the path after dark. Cllr D’Arienzo felt pedestrians would be safer on a pavement with a kerb and this might also help traffic calming. She proposed any extra funding should be provided by the PC and the village hall Trustees as an equal share. This was seconded and agreed. Cllr McBrown explained access from the car park to the play area was not suitable for the disabled and access to the field was too narrow for a wheelchair. The chairman offered to take this up with the hall Trustees.

I HAVE HAD a number of calls about the proposed footway/footpath, with many residents very unhappy about the rising costs of the proposal, especially as the estimate has now spiralled to £88,975 as at 23/8/13. This project does not score highly on ESCC prioritisation criteria and will not be funded out of the ESCC capital budget. Both the parish council and the hall Trustees have committed £12,000 each. As of May eight residents whose driveways are affected by the proposal had not been consulted. Angry residents are also concerned at the suggestion that as well as a greater contribution from the PC and Trustees reserves, the PC could consider a Public Works Loan which they say can be paid back over many years at a moderate rate of interest. Parish councils are not there for ever and would it be fair to pass on any debt to any future PCs. Angry residents also want to know how it will affect their council tax as if the proposal goes ahead the next thing that will be on the agenda will be the lighting along Beechwod Lane, which has always been a lovely country lane where some residents were born and others have lived for many years. Like the Offham Treatment Works which has caused a lot of unrest, the above proposal and all the implications is not something that will be brushed under the carpet by those who care about their community.


CONCERT: Jamie Watson was our concert entertainer at St Laurence, last Saturday. Jamie gave us songs from the shows opening with a song I had not heard before from Jekyll and Hyde and a very moving rendition from Les Miserables Bring him Home and many more. He must have found many of the audience’s favourites. Tomorrow, Saturday, a contrasting concert, but as enjoyable The Pastores Ensemble, Robert Carrington directs the ensemble of period instruments in a programme entitled The Mirror of Voices. The concert begins at 5.30pm, entrance is free with a retiring collection.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the annual meeting of Falmer Parish Council, last Thursday, the chairman, Melanie Cutress, reported on the past year of 2013/14. The council paid for footpath and roadside weeds to be cleared, Lewes District Council came out to the village to pick up litter, and it was noted some private individuals regularly helped clear the village from rubbish. Car parking in the village had been changed in two areas increasing the wait to four hours from two; the car parking during football matches is regulated well by stewards, and it was noted that 39 per cent of the spectators now arrive by train. There are plans, in the future to look into the possibility of a trial traffic light system at the roundabout on the south side of the village, this will be an East Sussex initiative. Planning applications were discussed, one for the conversion of a garage to residential accommodation had been turned down, with the owner now going to appeal, the temporary parking, initially agreed for three years, on Bennetts’ field looks as if an application will be made to ask it be a permanent car park, land in-fill on Court Farm which had taken place without permission, was stopped by the planning authority and it has been said a retrospective planning application may be applied for.

SUNDAY TEAS in the parish hall have now commenced, and if last Sunday’s selection of cakes was anything to go by, you are sure of a treat if you visit; the choice on Sunday was a Victoria sponge, carrot cake, bake well tart, fruit loaf and an unusual but tasty, courgette and pistachio cake. With the idyllic setting of Falmer pond what more could you ask for.

CHURCH SERVICES: We are looking forward to St Luke’s choir coming to St Laurence on Sunday at 5.30pm to celebrate Pentecost preceded by tea in the vicarage gardens at 4.30pm.

WE ARE NOW in the month of June, and the Albion players will be moving to their new site in Shoreham. We have always found the players polite and friendly and we shall miss them, and wish them well.


HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk 7pm for 7.30pm on Monday at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Victorian and Edwardian Photographers in and near Lewes. Amateur photo-historian David Simkin talks about the renowned and lesser known photographers who were active in and around Lewes between 1851 and 1910. David will concentrate on the lives and careers of established professional photographers such as Daniel Blagrove and Edward Reeves, but he will also look at the work of amateurs like Edward Bedford (1865-1953), Henry Bartlett (1875-1965) and William Funnell of Newick (1848-1938). All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The Bluebell Railway at Horsted Keynes was the starting point for our last mid-week walk. The station dates back to the 1880s and has featured in many films and TV programmes. We started by walking alongside the railway track and then crossed some fields to join the Sussex Border Path. We continued past the imposing Broadhurst Manor, the former home and animal sanctuary of Carla Lane, who wrote the TV series of Bread, before arriving at St Giles Church, which has provided the final resting place of the former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Lunch was excellent at The Green Man on the village green. Fourteen people enjoyed the walk led by Clair. Our next walk is on Sunday June 15 and will be a ramble around High Hurstwood which is a change from our programme due to the London to Brighton cycle ride. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. This will be followed two days later by a stroll which will start from the same meeting point but will start at 10.30am. This will be a walk from Lewes. Our programmes are always available from the Tourist Office or the Outdoor Shop in the Cliffe.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: If you would be interested in an opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith and discuss the big questions of life in a relaxed and informal setting, please contact Steve Daughtery on 01273 472018 for information about our Alpha course. Our collections this month will go to the Judah Trust, which operates mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Some members of our congregation are part of this organisation and have particular links with Rwanda, where they facilitate training-of-trainers seminars for church leaders in HIV/AIDS-awareness, prevention and care. Date for your diary: June 14, Passion Play 2015 meeting, 10am Christ Church for anyone interested in taking an organisational role or being part of the production team. Contact Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal communion in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Everyone is welcome.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL began their last term for this academic year on Tuesday, following an inset day. This is a term in which children in year 3, 4 and 5 will be assessed early on, using the optional SATs in reading and maths and the Big Write in writing. Children in Year 1 will take a phonics assessment in June. The teachers expect they will all work with the same calm and seriousness with which Year 6 so impressed them last term. We hope they will enjoy taking these various tests and that all of them will do well. The final days of the term, for Year 6, are a combination of excitement, anticipation and some sadness as they prepare to leave the school and move on. Don’t forget to put July 5, the Summer Fete, into your diaries. Last year was the most successful fete ever, the Friends of South Malling are working hard to beat their record this year. Also, please note that the school’s end of year Music Concert in South Malling Church will be on Thursday June 26 from 6pm, lasting about an hour.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH is currently being thoroughly refurbished, following a Gift Day at the end of January which raised £10,000. The kitchen, toilets and main church area (nave and chancel) will be painted and updated to meet the needs of its growing congregation and the increasing community use which is being made of the ancient building. In July, it is expected work in the tower will also be completed, improving the provision for children on Sundays. The school’s concert will be one of the first external events to take place in the newly refurbished building. First sight of the building however will be this coming Sunday, Pentecost (often spoken of as the birthday of the church), when Revd Steve Daughtery, shortly to become Vicar of South Malling and St John sub Castro, will speak on Creation at the Family Service. The service begins at 9.30am and everyone is welcome.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE: Last Saturday, a group of around 15 met in South Malling Churchyard to learn about wild flowers. Jaquie Hudson, from Sussex Wildlife, began with a brief presentation of useful books and then the group went outside into the churchyard and tried their hand at identifying the wild flowers to be found. By the end of the two hour session, at least 30 different species had been identified. It was a beautiful, warm day, a lovely, tranquil place to spend a couple of hours and everyone found it a really interesting and enjoyable experience. This weekend, there is a bat night today, Friday, 8pm start, again in South Malling Churchyard and tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm, a Bioblitz in which all the plants in the churchyard are identified. More information at Just turn up, there is no cost and equipment is provided.

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.


BATTLES FOR PEACE: We went to St Anne’s Church last Sunday for the Choral Concert which was quite spectacular. Although I did not understand what was being sung word wise, which could be attributed to having to wear hearing aids, the music was wonderful. It was great to see the church full which made it well worthwhile for the organisers and participants. The retiring collection was over £700 which was brilliant as The friends of St Anne’s are concentrating on raising money for much needed toilets and other facilities.

CHRIST CHURCH: We had a busy week at the end of May with the Think Tank meeting on the Wednesday evening when people heard a talk by Dr Becky Briant on Climate Change Past and Future. Should we be concerned and who should act? Becky, who went to school in Lewes, is now a senior lecturer at Birkbeck College, London. She explained why climate change is a difficult and controversial subject and answered a wide range of questions from people who participated in discussion. On the Friday 66 people came to our Messy Church event entitled Fruits of the Spirit. There were lots of craft activities, then a short act of worship and the morning concluded with lunch. Today our Tots group is meeting between 9.30am and 11.30am and we are looking forward to Sarah coming from the Children’s Play Centre. She will be bringing some activities with her and also leading our singing and telling a story to the children. Pentecost worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and this will be followed by a church walk at 12.30pm.

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 Williams and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

NEVILL RESIDENTS AGM: I have to confess I forgot to go, and as I write the notices in PP I have no excuse. There was a burglary in Gundreda Road three weeks ago which was noticed when the residents returned from holiday. Some kittens were stolen from North Way. The PCSO reminded us of the need for careful security, especially now with the warmer weather and the tendency to have the house open. She recommended shed alarms for doors which are readily available at DIY stores. There have been continued complaints about horses on Nevill Road. The stables have been notified and there were no horses for a few weeks but they have now resumed using the road. The PCSO requested that when seen, the distinguishing features of the horses (colour, blankets) be noted and a call made to 101. Ruth O’Keeffe updated the meeting on the situation with the 128/129 bus route. The bus company was impressed by the extent of reaction to the proposed changes and as a consequence there will be double yellow lines on the corner of North Way. The bus company are getting new smaller buses which will also make a difference. Carolyn Blayney reported the bench outside the shops is to be turned around after a group met to look at where the bench will go within the permission of the licence. Also pictures of the old bench are being sought to prove there had been a bench on that spot in the past. Dates of next meetings are: Monday September 22 and Monday January 19, 2015 although I am sure there will be reminders before then.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open in the village hall today, Friday, between 10am and 11am. Vegetables are plentiful and all locally grown, plus a good selection of home-made baked cakes, savoury items, preserves, locally produced cheeses and charcuterie, and fresh eggs. There is a good selection of greetings cards, knitted items, paintings and animal portraits, orders can be taken for any of these items. Make sure you arrive early, otherwise you may be disappointed to find them sold out.

BOWLS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Newick Bowls Club will be playing away at the Isle of Thorns, on Sunday they are playing away again at Buxted Park, both matches commence at 2.30pm. On Monday there will be a game against Sussex VPs Coast v Country (men) at 2pm at Newick. On Tuesday there will be an evening home game against Mid Sussex Uckfield, there is also an away game against John Spriggs Southwater, both matches commence at 6pm.

CRICKET: This weekend fixtures are: First XI at home against Heathfeild Park; the second XI will travel to Hailsham and play their second team; the third XI are also playing away against Glynde and Beddingham III; the fourth XI are playing their game against Bells Yew Green on the Temple Grove Ground. These are all league games and play will commence at 1.30pm. For details of the Sunday game you will have to telephone 078318 40000.

SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and at 10.30am Holy Communion (CW). If you require a lift to church, please telephone in advance 722582. Just to remind you The Newick Afternoon Club will hold a meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm, on June 12. There are three speakers, Patsy Baily, Costica de Larrabeite, and Lisa Sang, these are people that run fitness classes locally.

MEETING: Also on June 12 the horticultural society will be meeting in the village hall at 8pm. Their speaker is Mark Saunders, head gardener at Fittleworth House. Club members entrance £2.50, visitors £3. Everyone welcome to these two events.

BADMINTON: The badminton Club are running a Summer Badminton Season in the village hall from 7.45pm till 10.15pm on Tuesdays June 17 and 24, and July 1 and 8. They are looking for new members, people new to the game or are league standard, who would like to play. So why not pop along, or if you require more details telephone 01825 723299 or 769502. Fingers crossed that the weather will soon improve and hopefully we will be able to enjoy some lovely warm, sunny days.


CHILDREN from Blois in France are visiting Pells Church of England School for two days this week. Children in Years 5 and 6 will have the opportunity to get to know the French visitors better as they go on a trip to Lewes castle together and have tea at the town hall with the Mayor. There will also be a cricket match on the school playing field and forest school activities in the school wildlife area.


ON YOUR FEET: To gain some healthy exercise you could surely do no better that to join Plumpton and District Footpath Society on one of its regular jaunts tomorrow (Saturday). Simply turn up at Firle village car park (TQ468 074) at 10.30am prepared to set off on a five mile jaunt to Firle Beacon to join the South Downs Way to Bo Peep, descending to the Old Coach Road for the return to Firle. If you need further advance information simply ring 07961 936989. New walkers always receive a warm welcome.

WANNA BE A HERO? Lewes District Council is currently running a scheme to help reduce waste and encourage recycling. At stake are grants for communities such as Plumpton for community projects. Locally in Plumpton, East Chiltington, Streat and Westmeston we have scored well and something in the region of £5,400 could be available to our communities. However, the crunch qualifying period is from June 13 to July 15, so it is important for residents to be sure to put out items for kerbside recycling rather than stuff it in the dustbin. We can recycle bottles and jars and kitchen waste as well as cans and other small metal items, plastic bottles, paper and cardboard. So, do be sure to use the facilities that could bring important grants to our community as well as be of benefit to our much abused environment. The project has been named Zero Heroes and more details can be found on LDC website.

QUILTERS’ PARADISE: Tomorrow (Saturday) Doughty’s, suppliers of patchwork quilting materials, will hold their East Sussex Roadshow in Plumpton village hall between 10am and 2.30pm. A similar event last year proved highly popular and a wonderful selection of materials will be available again at fantastic prices. As a bonus the event will be a fundraiser for St Peter and St James Hospice. Admission will cost a mere £1 and light refreshments will be available.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: The Plumpton and East Chiltington group will meet in All Saints’ church annexe on Sunday at 10.30am when all youngsters will receive a warm welcome.

CHURCH WARDENS: After over 14 years of dedicated service as a Church Warden Sharon Vaisey stood down recently and there is thus a vacancy for a representative for East Chiltington. Anyone interested is invited to contact the Rector on 01273 890570.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council will meet in the village hall on Tuesday at 7.45pm. The meeting will be open to the public, as always.

RUMMAGERS STAND BY: On Saturday next week (June 14) you will be able to enter into mortal combat when there will be a sale in Plumpton village hall to raise funds for the Monday Group which maintains styles and footpaths locally. Set your alarm clocks ready for a 2pm scrum down.

SECURITY ALERT: Sussex Police Force is mounting a crackdown on a year round but also intensified seasonal problem of crime, namely thefts from sheds, garages and other outbuildings. Lawnmowers, strimmers, hedgetrimmers are prime targets and from outdoors statues, wheelbarrows and so on often make easy pickings for thieves. Do report any such thefts to the police as soon as possible on 101, but if you spot any in progress ring 999. Similarly, if you are offered ‘absolute bargains’ report the incidents immediately. It is important to remember that the criminals may sell things to you one minute and steal them back from you the next, they know what you have. You can make it easier to recover stolen goods if you have them security marked and the police will help you do this free of charge, just ring 101 and ask for extension 563018.

COACH TRIP: Chailey Commons Society is set to re-create its first coach outing of 1964 next Saturday (June 14). It will be to Hothfield Heathlands near Ashford, Kent, and will leave Chailey sports field car park at 9.30am. The cost will be approximately £15. Participants will take a picnic lunch and there will be a special afternoon stop for a cream tea at Sandhurst on the way back. There may still be places available if you ring 01444 440622.

PLAY AREA: The works to revamp the play area at the playing field should be completed by the time you read this, However, the area cannot re-open immediately as new areas of turf must be given a short time to settle down. Just a little more patience will see our young people rewarded with a great new facility that will provide them with the prospect of countless hours of healthy fun and exercise in the outdoor environment for years to come.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Tickets (£8 and £6 for concessions) are on sale in the clubhouse for the Haisham Theatre Group’s revue today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday. This popular event is suitable for all ages and comprises of song, dance and comedy sketches.

CHURCH SERVICES: Services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday May 28, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 3, Liz and Tim Owen, Valerie and Peter King. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Crowborough Wolf 62 -61. Peacehaven v Ringmer 91-53. Ringmer v Seaford Crouch 58-62.

Rodmell & Southease

OPEN GARDENS: There will be lots of organising going on in the village this week, as it’s Rodmell’s Open Gardens Day (Lower Rodmell) on Sunday. I suspect the organisers, Maureen Ford (474980) and Jenny Brown (473939), will be grateful for any help with teas, car parking, ticket selling etc. Let’s hope we have a warm, sunny day as rain does rather put a damper on things.

ADRIAN ORCHARD has also asked me to remind readers that Southease has its Open Gardens weekend on June 14 and 15 from 2pm to 5.30pm.

THE VILLAGES along the valley are all very beautiful and because so many people just drive along the C7 and never turn into the villages they miss a lot. Many people who actually live in this area tell me they are astounded at the beauty of Rodmell when they discover it. So many people think it’s just the houses along the main road and the pub. I can assure them it’s much more, so do come to the open gardens and discover the wonder and beauty of these picturesque villages.

VISITORS: I had two very nice Danish girls stay last week and they had a walk through the rave at Devil’s Dyke, as it’s on the South Downs Way. They were shocked and horrified, and a little frightened at what was going on. They also said most of the cars were very expensive makes and not old bangers, so was it a rich kids’ rave? Most people are very annoyed at the rubbish left on these occasions as well as the intrusive noise. I believe the organisers did make some effort to have a private company clear a lot of the rubbish, but it’s the environmental damage that takes such a time to heal.

ACCIDENTS: Sadly we seem to be having a spate of accidents again. The air-ambulance was called out on May 27 and the road was shut.