Parish pump Lewes - March 20, 2015

Chailey

CHURCHYARD TIDY UP: Tomorrow, Saturday, a short clear up of St Peter’s churchyard is planned from 9.30am. Any help would be much appreciated, the more the merrier. Refreshments will be provided.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Spring Show is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon. All are welcome to enter an exhibit or alternative go along at 2.30pm and enjoy the magnificent display of daffodils, narcissi, polyanthus and hyacinths. There will also be delicious home-made refreshments. For more information call Janet Keet-Black on 01273 400699.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am, Parish Communion at 10am and a Healing Service at 7pm. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Many thanks go to Andy Rees and his choir Coro Nuovo for the brilliant concert and raising £840.65 for church funds. Thanks also go to Janet Barnes for selling so many tickets and to all who assisted in providing the refreshments.

FREE CHURCH: Sunday, 10.30am with Cavan Wood. At 4.30pm there will be a Café Church, a chance to enjoy an interesting talk from the Trokhymenkos family, who have been living in the Ukraine for the past five years. They have left the sub-zero temperatures of the Ukraine winter for a while and will talk about their adventures there. All are welcome to attend and learn what it is like to live, bring up teenagers and run a church in a country that has been in the news so often. The talk will be followed by a delicious afternoon tea.

LENT LUNCH takes place in St Peter’s Church on Thursday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Soup, bread rolls, cheese and coffee or tea will be served. Any donations will be given to Oscar’s Wish Foundation.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the WI on Saturday March 28 at midday at the village hall. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated on the day from 9am or to arrange collection call Mandy on 01273 890777.

CHAILEY DOLPHINS: The Chailey Dolphins are taking part in the Haywards Heath Lions Club Swimarathon on Good Friday, April 3, at the Dolphin Leisure Centre to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation and the Lions chosen charity which is SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) Sussex. You can support the Chailey Dolphins at mydonate.bt.com/events/chaileydolphinsswim2015.

PARISH COUNCILLOR: Have you thought about becoming a parish councillor at the local council elections on May 7. If so to find out what you need to do to be nominated do contact the parish clerk, Vera Grainger, on 01444 831453 between 9.30am and 2.30pm (Monday to Thursdays) or email chaileypc.btinternet.com. The deadline for nominations and to lodge the appropriate forms is April 9.

BRIGHTON MARATHON: Would you like to run for St Peter and St James Hospice on Sunday April 12? The hospice has just a few places left and would be delighted to be supported in this way. There is a £25 entry fee and a £600 minimum sponsorship requirement. To find out more, and request a registration form, please contact the Hospice Fundraising Department. They like to have an informal chat before allocating the places, so please call the office (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm) or send an email to fundraising@stpeter-stjames.org.uk to request a call back.

PROMOTING THE RAILWAY - it is too easy to assume that the world knows everything there is to know about the Bluebell Railway however, that is far from the case and there is a small team of members eager to explain all about the railway by visiting clubs and societies across the south east. The clubs/societies to which talks and PowerPoint presentations were given in 2014 covered a wide spectrum, including transport interest groups, Rotary and Probus clubs, senior citizen clubs, and others. If your society would be interested in a visit by a speaker from the Bluebell Railway please get in touch with Mike Pettit at mike.pettit@gmx.com. Similarly, Mike would be interested to hear from anyone who would like to join the team of speakers.

GRANT: The Bluebell Railway is pleased to report that The Hilary Awdry Charitable Trust is providing a grant of £10,000 towards the completion of No 73082 Camelot. Hilary Awdry was the daughter of the Rev Wilbert Awdry, who wrote the well-known Thomas the Tank Engine books.

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help put the ideas and suggestions following the re-ordering of St Peter’s Church into practice. The popularity of the Lent Lunches has highlighted just how useful it is to have the kitchen in the church and the additional open space. The first focus will be food-based events, to maximise the use of the new facilities and reach out to the wider community. Further ideas still to be explored are book groups, children’s cookery sessions and craft groups, drama, young adults’ social group, a Supper Club and a regular church service for young people with activities and participation. The church is in particular need of volunteers to help with exciting events planned to take place in church in the near future. There are many ways that you can help, for example a weekly Lunch Club is planned and assistance with preparing lunch, supplying puddings, serving meals and chatting to guests and making them welcome would be much appreciated. Afternoon teas are also planned and again any help with making cakes and/or serving tea and cake in church on the third Sunday afternoon each month would be gratefully received whether it is on a regular or irregular basis. You do not need to be a member of the congregation to assist. To offer your assistance or find out more contact Fiona Pearl at fiona.pearl@btinternet.com or on 01825 723135.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

EASTER: As Easter is early this year the following is a list of services to be held at St Peter’s Church: Palm Sunday, March 29, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall; 10.30am parish Communion with Palm Procession followed by coffee in the hall. Maundy Thursday, April 2, 8pm Sung Eucharist of the Last Supper. Good Friday, April 3, Good Friday Service (The Liturgy) 10am. Easter Day, April 5, 8am Holy Communion; 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall; 10.30am Family Communion followed by Easter Egg Hunt in the church grounds. The church will be decorated for this lovely time of year on Saturday April 4 from 10am. Gifts of flowers and greenery and as much help as possible will be greatly appreciated.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet again on April 13 in the church hall at 2pm. The speaker will be Michael Bird telling members about his daffodils. The afternoon ends with tea and home made cakes. If you require a lift to the meeting call Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

DON’T FORGET: All those that have been used to using Beechwood Lane in Cooksbridge should by now know that the lane will be closed to through traffic for up to six weeks. The expensive works started on March 9. You are asked to use an alternative route unless you need to access the village hall or recreation ground.

FLEUR DE PARIS: Tickets are going rapidly for the concert to be held in St Peter’s Church Hall on Friday March 27. Tickets £10 from Offham Rectory 01273 474356. Doors open at 6.45pm.

BUS SERVICES: The clerk to East Chiltington Parish Council is very pleased to report the following: A daily bus service will still be available from the centre of the village despite plans by ESCC to reduce the services to just two days per week. Service 824 on Mondays and Fridays will see some changes compared to the current service. The return journey between East Chiltington and Burgess Hill will run on Tuesdays and Fridays, rather than the current Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The return journey between East Chiltington and Lewes will run on Mondays and Thursdays, rather than the current Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Wednesday the only journeys which will continue to run in East Chiltington Parish, Service 824 will be from the bottom of Novington Lane at 7.48am to Burgess Hill and at 4.54pm to Lewes. The CTLA dial a ride service will be changed to serve East Chiltington on Wednesdays, the weekday on which the 824 will no longer run to the village and along Novington Lane. Following discussions with Compass Bus Company they have now agreed to provide an amended service 166 timetable which will be almost the same as now except the 1.35pm from Lewes to Plumpton Green will not be provided. These new timetables will be introduced from week commencing April 19. NOTE: It is important that residents support these new bus services or the daytime provision for services 166 and 824 will revert to two days a week on each service.

LITTER PICK: What a blessing that the weather was kind and saw a good turnout of residents from EC on March 8, to help collect all the trash and junk left around the parish by visitors. Nicci and Peter Cronin once again hosted at the Forge and Carol was thanked for the lovely cake.

TECT: The East Chiltington Trust will be holding their annual Quiz Challenge and Dinner at the Jolly Sportsman on Monday April 13. Tickets available from Suzi Hopkins suzi@sehopkins.plus.com or call on 01273 891694. Preferably in teams of six but we’re very happy to make up teams so please call and sign up. Tickets £12 to include a two-course supper, raffle and prizes for the winning team. TECT have been quite busy of late. They have sponsored an Autumn and Spring Wild Forest Day for children in in the community to discover and connect with the wildlife and woodlands. Run by wilderness guide Rob Fallon, the day was full of colour, fire and lots of laughter. Amber Ward was responsible for the organisation.

Falmer

FIBRE OPTICS? For the past two weeks we have had work being carried out on the road at the entrance to Falmer north, we were told that it was the groundwork for the future availability of fibre optic broadband in the village. The workmen could not tell us when that future date would be but it is an optimistic hope that it will be sometime in the near future.

LADIES GROUP: A Beetle Drive was held for the March meeting, it was quite competitive but great fun was had by all present. The April meeting on April 21, John Glover is coming to talk about his war time experiences.

CONCERT in St Laurence tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm will be performed by Roedean Music Scholars, an afternoon recital of chamber and solo music. It will be a concert of outstanding talent, and should not be missed. Admission is free with a retiring collection.

A FILM PROJECT: Judith Alder has been in contact with the churchwardens of St Laurence Church asking to film as part of a project she is working on with a film maker to make a series of short films which will be shown alongside each other. One will be shot in an empty operating theatre and one in a church, and a third one will feature people’s conversations about living, dying and their thoughts on afterlife and what it might be like to live forever. Permission has been granted to film in St Laurence, and Judith points out that her objective will be to just capture the feel of the church, and nothing is planned to be controversial. The three films would be shown in such a way as to simply make links between people’s faith and belief in religion and their faith in and expectation of science and medicine, and their dependence on faith in times of sickness and crisis. It sounds an interesting project and we hope to be able to give more details when the films are made.

HILARY MELLOR died on March 2. Hilary never lived in Falmer but was very much a part of the village scene, for over 50 years she had been coming twice a day to feed and tend her donkeys and horse all the way from Patcham. She would arrive early in the morning with a big bag of carrots and goodies for the donkeys and the sheep, who knew before they even saw her, that she was coming. Her devotion and loyalty to her animals was noticed and spoken about by all who knew her, and we will miss seeing her. Her funeral will take place at the Woodvale Crematorium on Monday at 1pm.

Laughton

INDOOR BOOT SALE Sunday March 29 in Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. More information 01323 811385.

JUMBLE SALE: Also, Jumble Sale to be held in Laughton Parish Hall on Saturday May 9. Doors open 10.30am. Jumble wanted. More information 01323 811385.

Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: From time to time the group take a train trip into an area new to them for a walk. This was the case when ten members went to Littlehampton to largely follow a walk which had first been featured in The Argus some time ago. Starting from the station the walkers took the opening footbridge across the River Arun and then followed the west bank of the river northward until just after the A259 road bridge. A muddy field then awaited them as they made their way westwards to Climping. Noting the church to the north, the party then walked south to the primary school and Climping Street. Passing some interesting properties the party were soon at Climping Beach and a welcome café where a lunch stop was made. After lunch the party went eastwards partly along a track, partly along the beach and partly among the grass dunes, before reaching the remains of a fort at the mouth of the River Arun. Then it was a case of following the west bank of the river back to the footbridge mentioned previously before returning to the station. The weather had been good and few people were seen in this tranquil part of the coast.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday March 3 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Waters and Nancy Wiginton; 2, Peter Catermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Janet Catermole and Di Johnstone. Thursday March 5 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Catermole and Mickie Lodge, Meic Goodyear and Lynne Tunley; 3, Gerrald and Suzanne Malley. Saturday March 7 Jack Cripps Salamander Plate winners: Jerry Emery and Janet Catermole. Tuesday March 10 Butler Pairs: 1, Robin Parris and Peter Kennedy; 2, Jerry Emery and Roy Skan; 3, Richard Burnett and Di Johnstone. Thursday March 12 Teams: 1, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood, Clare Nankivell and Pauling Brown. Visitors welcome phone 01273 476757.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: During Lent we have early morning prayer sessions at 6.30am on Fridays. All are welcome for a time of quiet prayer and reflection. On Saturday March 28, 10am to noon, our eco team are organising a spring tidy of the church grounds and would like volunteers (with tools) to help, please. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service with communion, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with communion, with singers and band. Please come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: If you would like to come and get involved please do, everyone is welcome: there are still jobs to do, things to make, crowds to swell. Or please just come and watch, following Jesus through Holy Week. Palm Sunday March 29, St Anne’s Church 2pm follow Jesus on His triumphal entry into Jerusalem OR Cliffe Precinct 2pm a crowd gathers, awaiting the arrival of Jesus, Jesus heals the blind man, procession to Harvey’s Yard where 2.45pm more miracles unfold and Jesus enters the temple courtyard. Maundy Thursday April 2, Lewes Priory ruins 8pm to 9.15pm the last supper, betrayal and arrest (if very wet, Southover Church); Good Friday April 3, Cliffe Precinct 1pm to 1.30pm the trial and verdict, procession to The Mount where 2.15pm to 2.45pm the crucifixion; Easter Sunday April 5 Lewes Priory ruins 3pm to 4pm the resurrection (if very wet, Southover Church).Please email towardslewes2015@gmail.com or visit our website at www.lewespassionplay.org.uk.

Malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Next week the Blue Birds, Blue Butterflies (Year 3), Lemon Leopards (Year 4) and Jade Jaguars (Year 5) are performing an exciting collection of music, song, poetry and dance based on their Learning Journey: Bookworms. The performances are on Wednesday (2.15pm) and Thursday (6pm) and will be a creative and literary-based feast. Well done and thank you to all the children and staff that helped make their Comic Relief Day so special last Friday. They are still counting the donations, as this is being written, but children and adults had great fun dressing up in disguise and wearing their Red Noses. Please remember the school closes for the Easter holidays on Friday March 27 and re-opens on Monday April 13.

TENANTS AND RESIDENTS Association held a public meeting this last Wednesday to discuss speeding and parking in Malling. Topics for discussion included parking in the streets around the Police Headquarters and Speeding on Malling Hill and Malling Street. The Food Bank has been offered free accommodation by Kings Church and is again open on Mondays from 1pm to 2.45pm. It is to be found on Brooks Road. Telephone 07762 761226. Customers can be sure of a warm welcome and advice from the helpful volunteer staff.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH have a social evening tonight (Friday) at 7pm with, wine and cheese, a quiz and favourite music requested by those who come bringing CDs to have them played through the church’s audio system. Tomorrow, Saturday, Chris Burt has organised a picking up sticks session in the churchyard to clear away the winter debris. If you would like a lovely morning (I’m sure it will be) in peaceful and beautiful surroundings, you are very welcome to come along and help. It starts at 10am. On Sunday, there is an informal Service of Morning Praise led by the band. Church members will also hear how much this year’s Call to Give has raised. There is still repair and refurbishment work to be done following the church’s recent five -year survey. The service begins at 9.30am and all are welcome.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Today, Friday: Opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe, 9.20am-9.45am; Berwick Village Hall 9.55am-10.25am.

Nevill

BARN DANCE: Borough Bonfire Society are holding a Barn Dance tomorrow, Saturday, from 7.30pm onwards at St Mary’s Social Centre. Tickets are £10 adults, £5 children from lewesborough1853@btinternet.com or pay on the door. This includes a ploughman’s supper. Music will be by Greenwood and there will be a bar and a raffle.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: We had a phone call from a concerned adult who had seen a child about eight years old wearing a Wallands sweatshirt, running across the prison crossroads on their own. Please remind children about crossing roads safely. Jacob Morris and Alice Brooker took part in the School Games Level 3 Sussex Cross Country Finals at Windlesham House School in West Sussex. Having qualified through two previous rounds, it was a fantastic achievement to have made it to the finals. There were over 120 runners in each of the girls and boys races, representing the nine school games areas across Sussex. Jacob finished 48th and Alice 52nd: Alice was part of the South Downs girls’ team coming in Silver place overall. We are hoping to re-start Garden Club after Easter with a member of staff but we do need an additional adult. This is a club with Year 1 children, introducing them to gardening. If you think you could spare a bit of time once a week on Tuesdays starting April 14 at 3.10pm, please contact Jo Taylor by March 20: jtaylor@wallandscp.e-sussex.sch.uk or phone 07842085246. Tempest tickets are now on sale through Jo Taylor £2.50 adult £1 child. We are after as many long necked plastic bottles and glass jars as we can find with which to create props. Could you please leave them in the box in reception. We’ve had many league football matches cancelled this academic year due to the weather but we successfully played in three on Monday evening. Twelve boys participated and contributed to us winning all three matches with a collective goal count of eight, conceding only one: this is the Lewes and Ringmer District tournament which was well attended with ten teams playing in two pools. Wallands had eight boys making up their team; they played four matches in their pool, winning three and drawing one. Many coaches commented on the quality of our players’ football skills and were impressed with the goal keepers on all the teams. There were some impressive saves during the afternoon. Mrs Taylor was particularly impressed with the Year 9 Sports Leaders, two of whom were ex-pupils, Dexter Sherrin and Tom Cooklin, who came and ran the event for the Primary Schools. It was once again a Southover vs Wallands final, which was a very close game but Wallands scored a goal in the 5th minute of the game. St Mary’s Sports Day takes place each year on Nevill Green. It’s a chance for children from across town to get together, and for families to support a fantastic local event now in its 67th year. Event organisers are looking for a new logo for publicity and entry forms, can you come up with a winning design? To enter, send a black and white design to St Mary’s Sports, c/o 16 Highdown Road, Lewes BN7 1QD. Please include your contact details. Entries welcome from all Lewes children (up to Year 8) emailstmaryssportsbn7@gmail.com by 5pm on March 30. Please include your contact details. Entries welcome from all Lewes children (up to Year 8).

CHRIST CHURCH: We had a very successful cake sale for Red Nose Day and the Rocking Horse Appeal last Friday at Tots. We have sent £90 to each charity. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Christine Sweet and will be our fourth Sunday family service. On Wednesday next week our ThinkTank will be meeting with Lindsay Frost.

Plumpton

JUMBLE TIME: Tomorrow (Saturday) the Tennis Club will hold its sale in the village hall with bully-off at 2pm. Get stuck in there, grab some bargains, scoop the prizes in the tombola, buy a few cakes, then sit down, enjoy a cuppa, gloat over your bargains and have a chat with your fellow bargain hunters. In the process of it all you will, of course, help the tennis club that provides great facilities for tennis lovers within our community. If you have jumble to donate please take it to the hall during the morning, but make a note of what you have given or you may end up buying it back.

PRETEND WALK: On Wednesday the Footpath Society will stay indoors and listen to a talk in the village hall at 2pm. David Lang’s subject will be From Lewes to Lewis a Hebridean Journey. Not a trek for the fair-weather walker. All will be welcome.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council faces an election on May 7 and six of the current nine councillors have said that they will not be standing for re-election. At one time it was feared that all of them might have stood down. The parish council has a great deal of responsibility to represent the interests of the residents of Plumpton. Many demands are made of the council, but few residents seem to want to actually be active participants in the process, rather opting to voice opinions and criticisms than do anything practical themselves. At least six candidates are needed to ensure that the council is at full strength. More candidates will mean an election is necessary which is never a bad thing. At stake at the present time, apart from humdrum things like highways, transport, environment, planning, the village hall, playing fields and so on is the Neighbourhood Plan. That is something that will shape how the village copes with imposed development over the next 15 years or so. Fifty or more homes will be built in the village during that period whether you like it or not. Many people do not like the prospect, but the idea that villagers will have no say in how development takes place is unthinkable. If you really do care then why not put in some effort yourself? No, I do not talk about pressure groups, just genuine people trying to do their best for the community of which they claim to be part. Whatever the outcome, some will not be happy, but we need to work for the common good and uphold the views of the majority. If you are willing to put yourself out just a little and stand for election then contact the parish clerk, Sarah Jeffers, on 01444 441302 or via sarah.jeffers@plumptonpc.co.uk. There is no glory or financial inducement in being a parish councillor, just the personal satisfaction that you are actually trying to do something positive for Plumpton. The closing date for nomination papers is April 9.

POLICING: The police budget for the Sussex force faces cuts of £50m during the next five years, after making similar ‘savings’ in previous years. The police are trying to put on a brave face and say that by adopting modern techniques and outlooks, plus cost saving co-operation with neighbouring police forces and the national system they can deliver. That’s a very brave face to put on and seems to place great reliance on technology. I heard this week of one local authority that sent out worrying letters concerning council tax relief. A concerned enquirer was told to ignore the letter as it was wrong but the computer system insisted on sending the letters out and could not be stopped. Much reliance seems to be placed on the claim that Sussex is a low risk crime area, but that does not placate those who are victims of crime within the county(ies) on a daily basis. By all accounts chiefs are being cut quite drastically but indians cannot be, although they have to be. It looks as though support staff, so vital to the service it is said, probably because they are cheaper than qualified coppers, will have to go instead. My guess is that rural areas like Plumpton will suffer the greatest because numbers count. Me, a cynic? Perish the thought.

WI: We had a good attendance at our meeting to hear a talk by Peter Goodman about the Life of a Magistrate. In the form of a question and answer session Peter explained the duties and skills needed to be a magistrate, an unpaid job which requires a lot of dedication. Future events were discussed including two theatre trips and a spring walk. Next month’s meeting is on Wednesday April 8 when Andy Thomas will speak about The Crop Circle Mystery. Visitors are always welcome. (Marilyn Nye).

Ringmer

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: Last chance to get tickets for the final two nights of Haywire, a comedy by Eric Chappell of Rising Damp fame, taking place in Ringmer Village Hall tonight and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday) at 7.45pm. Tickets £8 or £7.50 for groups of ten or more. Tickets available on-line from Ringmer Dramatic Society Facebook page or at Creature Comforts in Ringmer. There will be a licensed bar and refreshments.

WI: Today (Friday) at 11am president Norma Phillips will plant a tree at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare which is outside Ringmer on The Broyle. The small oak tree was given to the WI by The Woodland Trust to plant somewhere in the community and the WI are very grateful to Raystede for finding a site. It is being planted to commemorate the centenary of the WI in Britain. We hope that as many WI members as possible will come to the ceremony which will also be attended by the Federation chairman Kathryn Hutson . Members will gather for coffee in the Raystede Coffee shop at 10.30am and there will also be a chance to visit the shop and see some of the animals.

JUMBLE SALE: Ringmer Primary Parent Teacher Association will be holding their annual Jumble Sale tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm. Donations of jumble gratefully received from 2.45pm to 4pm today, Friday, or tomorrow, Saturday, morning from 9am to 11.30am. If you are unable to deliver please phone Nigel on07795682950 for collection. (No large items of furniture or electrical equipment please). All of our excess jumble will be collected by the British Heart Foundation. For further information please call 01273812463/813860.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: 8am and 9.45am Sunday services this week will be led by our very own Revd Margaret Constable and the 9.45am service will be followed by a baptism; we are very much looking forward to welcoming Persephone and her family. Evensong at 6.30pm will be led by Ian Graham. The Circle of Quiet meets on Monday at 7.30pm. This contemplative service takes place once a month in our Lady Chapel. New members are always welcome. Advance notice, the Palm Sunday Family Eucharist on March 29 will include a Liturgical Reading of the Passion, many members of the congregation are involved in bringing the story to life through the reading. Full details of Easter services at St Mary’s will be included in the next Parish Pump.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday March 11, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams; 2, Hazel North and Alan Hardy; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

COFFEE MORNING: The bowls club spring coffee morning will be on March 28. Please come and join us. There will be a raffle, tombola, cake and a table top sale. Entrance, 50p to include coffee and biscuits. We will be there from 10am to noon at the bowls club. If there are any new people who are thinking of joining us, do come a long and have a chat with a member. We are a very friendly club.

VILLAGE QUIZ: Twenty eight teams enjoyed a challenging evening at the annual Village Quiz in aid of St Peter’s and St James’ Hospice. The Ringmer market crowd repeated their win of last year with 79 points closely followed by Jeanette Swayne’s team on 77 with Marisa Hayes and the bell ringers sharing third place with the other Market team. £789 was raised for the Hospice which included £256 from Juliet’s raffle. Many thanks to all those who took part and gave raffle prizes.

Rodmell & Southease

THE QUIZ in our pub on March 10 was a great success and thanks must be given to Maureen, Jenny, Jon and Lucie and all other helpers for their work in making it such a great evening. It was to make money for a local hospice. These wonderful places need as much funding as they can get, as I believe they are self-supporting and don’t rely on government help. So many people have been helped by them and we must support them.

TALK: I support quite a lot of charities, one being Guide dogs for the Blind and I was invited to Seaford Golf Club for a talk and lunch on March 9. I took a friend with me and we found it a most informative occasion and loved meeting the dogs and their trainers and owners. One young owner had lost her sight overnight at the age of 25 years and had come over to England from South Africa and set up a life of her own with her beloved dog. The things she undertook to do with her life were amazing and she was a shining example of someone who did not take the word can’t on board, but lived her life on the word can.

SPRING SHOW: Don’t’ forget Rodmell’s lovely Spring Show in the village hall on March 28.

DEER: I understand deer are being seen frequently crossing the Offham Road, especially in the early mornings. Do take care when driving in this area.