Parish pump Lewes - May 1, 2015

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Chailey

COLLECTORS FAIR: Toy and Rail Collectors Fair will be on the platforms of Horsted Keynes Station, at the Bluebell Railway, tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. There will be lots of railway artefacts and model railway equipment. An admission ticket to Horsted Keynes station will be £3 per person.

APOLOGIES for the mistake in my column, last week, as it referred to Colts Cricket when it should have said Chailey and Newick Colts Football Club. As the most anticipated matches were football and the annual Lads v Dads matches. These were the last football matches at the sports ground for the 2014/2015 season as the ground will now be used by the cricketers. This Saturday sees Chailey cricketers in a league game at home, at the sports ground just off the A272, starting at 1.30pm. To find out about the league or friendly teams do go along to the game or call 07709946880. Prospective players and supporters will be made most welcome and refreshments are available.

ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion 8am, all age family service, with music provided by Robinswood, at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Free Church, Sunday with Jeremy Heath at 10.30am and an evening service at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

CHAILEY LINK WALK is on Monday starting at 10am from the Sports Ground. The walk is about six and a half miles long, but a short cut is available reducing it to four miles and route brochures will be available. The route linking North and South Chailey is almost totally over footpaths; with stiles adapted to ensure easy access for dogs. The walk will be followed by a barbeque for the participants and all children completing the walk will be given a certificate. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Go along with your current project or if learning wool, needles and tips will be provided. For more details call 01273 890114.

THE WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm at the village hall to discuss the shortlisted resolutions for the Annual General Meeting at the Albert Hall in June. It will be an interesting discussion as the resolutions are varied and include topics such as food waste, gender discrimination, public access to defibrillators and a national broadleaf tree planting programme. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome.

BLUEBELL WALK: Guided bluebell walk takes place at Sheffield Park and Garden on Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm. The cost is £5 per person, along with the normal admission cost and more details can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/.

LUNCH CLUB at St Peter’s Church is open to everyone on Thursday. Delicious, home-cooked lunches including a main course (with a vegetarian option), choice of pudding, tea or coffee, all for £5 will be available in the church from 12.30pm. Do go along for what is proving to be a most enjoyable, social event.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA featuring the Mid Sussex Choir, together with soloists, the 4TuneSeekers Barbershop Quartet and Margaret Watson, the harpist takes place at St Peter’s Church on Saturday May 9 at 7.30pm. This spring concert is being organised by the Friends in aid of St Peter’s Restoration Fund. Refreshments will be available during the interval. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the night, with free entry for accompanied under 16s. They can be obtained from Janet Barnes on 01825 721107 or janet.barnes42@btinternet.com.

SOUTHERN AT WAR: To celebrate VE Day The Bluebell Railway will be holding its Southern at War weekend on Saturday May 9 and Sunday May 10 to mark the 70th anniversary of the allies’ Victory in Europe. The railway will welcome back previous Southern at War displays, as well as some new ones, and there will be exhibits and concert shows all along the line. On both Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) there will be flypasts over Horsted Keynes station by a Harvard and a Hurricane. For more details call 01825 720800.

NATIONAL MILLS DAY: The Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on National Mills Day; Sunday May 10 from 3pm to 5pm. The Downland Radio Group will again have their equipment in the Mill to make contact with other mills in the UK and Europe. The group welcome visitors but access will be limited to the ground floor of the mill. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

NEW PARISH CLERK: Bettina Newell has been appointed parish clerk; she lives in Newick and has worked most recently and for several years at Chailey Heritage. The council’s office will remain in the Scaynes Hill Village Centre and Bettina can be contacted on 01444 831453 and at chaileypc@btinternet.com. For the time being, and while Bettina is establishing herself in office, there will be no Village Information Point.

CAFÉ: Have you visited GK’s Café, at Chailey Heritage Foundation? If not now is the time to call in and enjoy their latest promotion which is a Meal Deal; any sandwich or salad, can of drink or bottle of water and a snack or fruit is now £3.50 and all smoothies and shakes are £2.50. Everyone is welcome and they look forward to seeing you soon.

FURNITURE NEEDED: St Peter and St James Hospice Shops sell a huge variety of donated items, all of which raise considerable sums to support the Hospice. Among the fastest selling items is furniture; which sells so quickly that the hospice stock is in need of a boost. The hospice shops offer a free collection service for furniture, including conservatory and garden items, as well as white goods, such as fridges and freezers. When downsizing, moving, clearing a house or just updating your furniture, please think of the hospice and donate your unwanted items. Furnishings, unless vintage or antique, will need to meet fire safety regulations with appropriate labelling. Electrical goods need to be in good condition and working order. If you would like to support St Peter and St James Hospice through the donation of furniture and/or white goods please call the hospice on 01444 470205.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: it seems hardly possible that a whole year has passed and Sunday will be the first of the Hamsey Summer Services. There will be Holy Communion at 8am and at 6pm there will be the first Summer Evensong. At St Peter’s Church, Sunday School is at 10.15am in the hall and Parish Communion at 10.30am followed by coffee in the church hall.

NO SPILT MILK: Following my piece about the milk tanker having difficulty and having to go up to the Rainbow Inn to turn round in order to access Beechwood Lane, I am now informed that the tanker will be able to make a turn where the island has been installed on the A275 in Cooksbridge. What a relief for those residents who live near the Rainbow who know what a hazardous junction it would be for a big tanker to make a turn there. As one said an accident waiting to happen. I have also had a report that where the pavement has been installed in Beechwood Lane and the lane has narrowed, it will mean two cars would not be able to pass one another. One would have to reverse. I have had so many calls regarding this footpath and hope that as it is nearing completion it will all have been worth the aggro it has caused and the vast amount of money it has cost.

LITTER: Having just received a sign to put up regarding litter, I was most amused to read in Country Life a letter that had been sent in from a resident of South Africa which reads: Concerning litter during the Second World War, there was a new dance called the Jitterbug. The coalition government issued many directives between 1940 and 1945 and one concerned litter. The writer of the letter says I remember a drawing of a revolting kind of insect with the words Don’t be a Litterbug. He writes that it reminds him of buses that had a sign on the lower and upper decks. Refrain from spitting. Penalty £5. People don’t often spit these days, but my goodness, they know how to litter.

OILSEED RAPE is now out in bloom and looking lovely. I should have realised last week that when I went outside I started sneezing and feeling very blocked up. Although it is in Allington Lane which borders some of our fields, it is near enough to feel the effects. On the very warm day that we had the strong smell was quite overbearing as I was out dead-heading the daffodils and I had to retreat inside. Everything is coming into leaf and bloom which means lots of pollen for those who suffer. It is such a pity that the daffodil season is so short lived as they look so beautiful all around the countryside. Who cares about the snivels and runny noses when we are surrounded by such beauty.

SCHOLARSHIPS: East Sussex NFU hopes to encourage young people from farming and the lad based sectors to become innovators of their industry. The county branch of East Sussex NFU is sponsoring a scholar from East Sussex under the umbrella of the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust. The Trust seeks applications for scholarships for study and overseas travel from people aged between 22 and 45 years to expand their knowledge of farming, food, forestry, horticulture and rural sector. Nuffield scholars are able to travel anywhere in the world to enhance their knowledge of their own industry and later share that understanding gained through study. Scholars reports are published online and shared through conferences and meetings with members of the relevant business communities. Potential scholars can find out how to apply online at www.nuffieldscholar.org. Applications close on July 31 with short listing taking place during October. Successful scholars can commence travel from late February 2016.

PC ELECTIONS: East Chiltington: The following is a list of candidates for the parish council elections on May 7: S Israel who is currently the chairman; E Harrison; J Flemming; C Funnell; C Farmelo. Those who are seeking election are Julia Tingle who served on the parish council during 2009/10. The other two candidates are Michael Webber and Ravkah. All of the above are hoping to be elected on May 7.

BIG HATCH: As I sat writing this I heard a commotion out on the patio and there, to my surprise, was Mrs Mallard Duck waddling along closely followed by eight tiny ducklings. There is another female mallard also sitting somewhere in the garden which means there will be another surprise shortly. Unfortunately there are also a lot of predators about too, waiting to snatch one of the tiny ducks. I used to try and catch them and put them somewhere safe but it is not easy and I have had to decide to let nature take its course. Foxes, buzzards, magpies, stoats, kestrel hawks etc all waiting to swoop.

Falmer

LADIES GROUP: At the April meeting John Glover, a D Day veteran, came and gave the most moving account of his experiences on that day 6 June 1944. John was only 18 when he was told in the middle of May that he would be flown to France by glider as part of the 9th battalion and land by parachute. There were three gliders each with 28 soldiers on board that took off in the early hours of June 6, their aim was to land in the vicinity of Merville and take out the gun battery to enable the landing of troupes on the eastern beach. As John said, things didn’t actually go to plan. One glider came down never leaving these shores, the second landed two miles away from their destination, with the Germans shooting at them, John was injured in the legs, and struggled on. Instead of 650 men only 150 were there to try and take out the battery, and only 60 men were left on their feet at the end. The men were moving forward, but with wounded legs John could not keep up with them and they left him behind with two German prisoners. One of these prisoners was badly injured in the stomach and John could only try to help by giving him his own morphine and moistening his lips with water, the other prisoner was injured in the legs like John. Instead of being picked up by the allies, John could see the Germans crossing the field coming towards him, the Germans had received a directive from Hitler not to take prisoners and John thought that was it, but his former prisoners spoke to the officer and, although John could not understand, he assumed that the story was told how he had tried to help them and John was allowed to live. He eventually was taken to a German hospital in Paris and by cunning, eventually escaped, and helped by the French resistance was put him in touch with the US troops who were entering Paris, and eventually returned to England with the Americans and for a short while was treated by them in their US hospital. We were honoured to have John come and thank him for sharing his memories with us.

EXHIBITION: Last chance to see the Easter Art Exhibition this coming weekend, there have been many visitors coming through the doors of St Laurence to see these lovely art works and poems. You cannot help but be moved by them.

CONCERT: Come too to the concert tomorrow, Saturday, at St Laurence Church, 5.30pm to 6.15pm. An evening with Joyce Grenfell, Jacquie Currie presents the words and music of the great entertainer Joyce Grenfell. An evening of gentle humour based on Grenfell’s astute observation of human nature. Accompanied on the piano by Jonathan Steele. Admission is free, with a retiring collection.

Firle

CRICKET: Pre-season nets currently taking place at Plumpton College, Tuesdays 8pm to 9pm. New players welcome. Outdoor nets start first week of May.

FIRLE FALCONS relaunch on May 7, 5pm to 7pm; ages five to 11 years free barbecue for kids; Sid the Shark will be making guest appearance.

Lewes

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: After last Sunday’s 10am service, Marcus Taylor sold out of his delicious jams and chutneys and raised £150, which will assist two of our church members in Vinnitsa, Ukraine in their work with orphans over the age of 16 who don’t receive any help from the state. On Saturday May 9 our Rwanda Youth Team (who will be travelling there in the summer to help with local projects) invite you to their board games barbecue, from 2pm to 6pm. Games will be provided but do please bring your own favourite game to play. £5 per adult and £3 for under 18s, food included (under 13s have to be accompanied by an adult please). Tea, coffee and cakes will be available all afternoon and the barbecue from 4.30pm. Very many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the winter clothing collection for homeless people. We are continuing to collect: clothing and bedding will be given either to homeless people as before or to asylum seekers arriving at Gatwick, who often own only the clothes they stand up in. A collection box is in the porch. The church is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, as well as on Sunday for services (and for our many other activities throughout the week). Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal family service (church hall); 3.30pm Songs of Praise featuring favourite hymns chosen by individuals, with organ and choir; 6.30pm informal evening service with communion, accompanied by singers and band. Please do come and join us.

NOTABLY COURTEOUS HUSTINGS in Lewes last week. The five Lewes Parliamentary Candidates came together in Kings Church, to answer questions from a full house (standing room only) in Hustings arranged by Churches Together in the Lewes Area (CTLA). The panel was ably chaired with firmness and humour by His Honour Judge Michael Kennedy. The five candidates had about five minutes each to answer questions which they had seen in advance: there were 12 questions covering the living wage, assisted suicide, NHS funding and competition, tuition fees, the carbon footprint, Israel, the Independent Living Allowance, detention of asylum seekers, electoral reform, educational priorities and even whether candidates were Christians or not. Questions were often asked by local organisations with a specific issue as well as by individuals. They were answered briefly, intelligently and courteously and often candidates referred favourably to what other members of the panel had said at previous hustings. It was a very informative evening, finishing almost dead on the advertised end time and the organising committee has received many favourable comments. One compliment said, ‘Hustings are usually heated arguments. It was a change to attend one where candidates had thought through what they wanted to express, a useful way of giving voters a chance to see how candidates think and respond.’ Another said, ‘The questions were fair but probing; I certainly learned a lot.’ The large open space and excellent technology at Kings Church also helped. CTLA, the chair, questioners and all the candidates are to be thanked for a very civilised and useful evening.

Malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL are thrilled by a (previously unheard of) victory over the Wallands A Team, and have won the Southdowns Rugby Tournament. Mr Wooller, their coach (and teacher) writes: South Malling put on a dazzling display of team work and skill to come out as overall winners of the South Downs Area Tag Rugby Finals. We played, and won, three group games before proceeding to the knock out stages of the competition. We battled hard and came back from losing positions in the quarter final, semi-final and final where we eventually won with a very tense, golden try. A very proud day for everyone connected with South Malling School. Congratulations to the team, their coach and to the school.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH finished their Morning Service early last week for the Annual Parish Meeting. Trevor Pearce and Kate Rothery were elected as churchwardens; Ron Hammond and Ann Washer were elected to the PCC and the church heard that, following a successful and expensive year when the tower and the main body of the church were refurbished, the church is comfortably in the black, ready for further significant work this year to improve its roof, bells, electrical and sound systems. The church also agreed that they would signal their membership of the Trinity Group of Churches by calling themselves Trinity: South Malling. This doesn’t affect their (circa) 1300 year patronal name of St Michael the Archangel nor their place as the parish church of South Malling, it does indicate that the considerable resources of the three churches together will be used to support the three church schools and the wider community of the three parishes together. At the end of the meeting the Church formally thanked Revd Jeremy Bamber and his wife, Fiona, for their inspirational leadership and incredible hard work. The service this Sunday at Malling will be Holy Communion at 9.30am. All are welcome.

Mobile Library

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

Nevill

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Ms Carmen Davies and at 6.30pm Rev John Gordon will be leading worship. Bookings for our holiday club at the end of July are going well. If you are interested in a place for your child please email us on christchurchactivities@btconnect.com

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Our orphan lambs have arrived and they will be staying with us for the summer term. Next week our children will begin helping with the feeding. We have talked to the children about hand washing and a full risk assessment has been completed. If for any reason you would prefer that your child is not involved please drop a note into the office. Some of our children have also been involved in bikeability again this week and it has been good to speak to parents about how valued this provision is.Wallands entered two teams into the South Downs Area Tag Rugby festival organised by the RFU. There were 16 teams participating which made for a great tournament. The rules of Tag Rugby stipulate minimum of four girls and four boys in a team. Both teams finished second in their pool putting them through to the quarter finals where Wallands 2 played their last game of the afternoon. They made a superb effort but were just beaten by South Malling, who went through to the final. Wallands 1 won their game meaning the 10 children who made up this team were through to the semi–final. This was played against Southover and we won 5-2. We then met South Malling and they matched us try for try, resulting in extra time being played to decide an overall winner. Mrs Taylor reported back how impressed she was with all of the children, having only recently learnt how to play the game and both teams being successful in their first tournament. It was an exciting afternoon of Tag Rugby. Thank you goes to Sara Riley, staff and parents for their transport offers and support, it was appreciated. The team are now through to the County Finals on June 1.

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open as usual in the village hall from 10am to 11am today, Friday. There will be summer plants available, plus many other interesting things to purchase, so why not pop along and enjoy a coffee and see what’s on offer.

PLANT SALE: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding a Plant Sale at the Community Centre starting at 9am till 11.30am. There is always a good selection of bedding plants available, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee/tea and bacon butties.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am. In the afternoon Sutton Hall gardens will be open from 2pm to 5pm all the proceeds will go towards raising funds for St Mary’s Church. The gardens are well worth a visit, the Rogation Service will also take place at Sutton Hall at 4pm.

CRICKET: Newick Cricket Club will be playing Hellingly in the VCC competition on Sunday at Newick at 1.30pm. The junior under 11 team will have an early start on Sunday when they play St Andrew’s away at 9.30am. This is a cup qualifier game.

PRODUCTION: Newick Amateur Society next production is Prescription For Murder by Norman Robbins. This thriller will keep the amateur detectives amongst you guessing to the end. From May 6 to 9 in the village hall, bar will be open from 7.15pm, curtain up at 8pm. You can sit in comfort on raked seating with cushions. Ticket will cost £9 booking office 01825 722359 or 722985. You can also book on the internet www.newickdrama.org or purchase your ticket from the Newick Butchers.

AFTERNOON CLUB: On Thursday May 14 Newick Afternoon Club will be holding another meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speakers will be Dr Ragu Rajan and Paula Hubens, their subject Do Not Walk Away From Health and Healthy Walks in Newick. For further information telephone 01825 722154 or 722650. Everyone most welcome to attend.

Plumpton

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE: This evening (Friday) in All Saints’ church annexe participants in the recent pilgrimage to the Holy Lands will be describing their adventures and showing slides of the many places visited. During the evening typical holy food will be served. All are welcome to share the experience.

ANYONE FOR TENNIS? The tennis club will hold an open day on Sunday that will offer free play, coaching, a chance to see the new facilities and the opportunity to meet existing members. Refreshments will be available. All welcome between 11am and 4pm. If you don’t know where to find the club premises just follow that concrete track alongside the playing field. All are welcome regardless of ability or age.

STEPPING OUT: The Footpath Society will offer the opportunity for some healthy and enjoyable exercise on Wednesday. To take advantage and enjoy some pleasant company too, gather at Cowfold recreation ground car park (TQ214 226) at 10.30am, ready for a six mile trek to Northfield Farm, Little Champions Farm, then a stop for lunch at the Old Little Chef, then on to West Grinstead station, Moons Wood, Clockhouse Farm and back to Cowfold. If you need to know more just ring 01273 890450 and all will be revealed.

SAD LOSS: It is with regret that I report the passing, last week, of Brenda Watson. She died in St Peter and St James Hospice after a short, sharp illness. Brenda served for a number of years on Plumpton Parish Council and made her mark as a plain speaking lady, but amply demonstrated that she matched her words with action. She leaves behind her husband, Bill, who is currently in care prior to re-joining his family in Scotland. The couple both served their country in the Royal Navy prior to settling in Plumpton Green.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Deliberations towards formulating a plan for Plumpton to assimilate the housing development being imposed on our community from on high are reaching an advanced stage and soon recommendations will emerge. Development must take place, whether we like it or not. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and ultimately the parish council face an unenviable task because, whatever way recommendations go, there will be some people in opposition and some in favour. It will be absolutely impossible to make everyone happy or, at least, content. Those most directly affected will be up in arms, whatever sites are selected as being the most suitable. However, hopefully it will be acknowledged that considerable consultation has already taken place and this will be continued. The ultimate aim is to find a solution that will impose the least unfavourable impact on the community as a whole and we may even secure some benefits at the end of the day by way of a little compensation. The consultation process will continue and there will be a referendum before a plan can be formally adopted.

THOSE ELECTIONS: Do not forget to go along to the village hall on Thursday and cast your votes. There are elections for Parliament, the district Council and the parish council. There is a theory that if you do not cast your vote then you have no right to criticise what follows at whatever level of government it relates to. If you actually really do care about your local community you will make that supreme effort and have your say in the future composition of your parish council at the very least. There are ten candidates for nine places on Plumpton PC. The candidates were asked to supply brief details to be displayed on the parish council website (www.plumptonpc.co.uk) and all details submitted can be viewed there. There will also be an election in neighbouring East Chiltington and details of the candidates there can be viewed on its website.

FLOWER CLUB: A visit to the Chichester Cathedral Flower Festival has been arranged for May 30, with a coach departing from the village hall at 9am on the day. If interested in joining in just ring 01273 890612.

CANCELLED PERFORMANCE: I gather that this week’s scheduled play by Plumpton Players was cancelled. Sorry if I raised any hopes in last week’s column when I gave it a plug, but nobody bothered to tell me that it had been called off.

COLLEGE OPEN DAY: Prepare for a great day at Plumpton College next Saturday (May 9) when the annual event will take place and offer a great opportunity to not only see what takes place at the college but to participate in some enjoyable activities and find out so much about rural life. It’s always a fantastic experience for the whole family and offers so much to see, do, eat, drink and learn about country pursuits. Miss it at your peril. The college is an acknowledged centre of excellence for land based studies and this year will be the last that its highly popular and successful principal, Des Lambert, will host. If you like the land, animals, country pursuits, farming, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, viticulture, sport, great fun and all that kind of jazz then Plumpton College Open Day should offer irresistible magnetism for the entire family.

Ringmer

WI: Thank you to all who supported the WI’s Spring Fair, it was a very successful event and as usual the cake stall sold out. Ringmer members have recently attended the Federation’s Annual Meeting in Eastbourne and a special WI Archive Day at The Keep, both marking the WI’s centenary. Ringmer Evening WI was host to the Castle Group Meeting when members from the four WIs were addressed by Lady Crabtree and given some hilarious advice on growing old gracefully. This was followed by a delicious buffet supper provided by Ringmer. The next meeting will be on May 5 at 7.30pm in the village hall when members will be instructing the delegate who will represent us at the centenary AGM in the Albert Hall, which the Queen and Princess Anne are also attending. This will be followed by a talk from Barbara Marsden about the Charity Send a Cow. Visitors and new members welcome. For more details contact Norma Phillips (813897).

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 22, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley; joint 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams, Dianne and Mike Preece. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Frant v Ringmer 66-58, Ringmer v West Hoathly 49-94, Mayfiels v Ringmer 57-106. The bowls club are having an Open Morning on Saturday May 9, 10am to noon. We are looking for new members to come along and join us. Bowls is a sport for all the family. We have the bowls, just wear flat soled footwear to protect the green. Improve your health, meet new people and socialise. We look forward to meeting you. Tel 01273 812470 for more information.

CHARITY RACE NIGHT: Ringmer Primary School PTA are holding their ever popular Charity Race Night on Friday May 8 at the Primary School. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Entrance tickets (which includes a free drink) are just £3 in advance or £4 on the door. Please come and support your local school and raise much needed funds for redeveloping our outside area after all the building work has been completed. For further details please phone 01273 813860/812463.

VE DAY: The Royal British Legion, Ringmer Branch plan to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day by laying a wreath at the War Memorial at 11am on Friday May 8 and they invite everyone who can to join them. They will do the same on VJ Day, August 15. Please put this date in your diaries so you can also join them then.

PARISH COUNCIL: The number of people nominated to stand for Ringmer Parish Council was lower than the number of places. There will thus not be a parish council election this year on May 7, but the parish council will be seeking to co-opt additional members at its May meeting. Anyone interested in joining the council should contact Karen Crowhurst, the parish clerk, 01273 813242.

Rodmell & Southease

PLANT FAIR: Southease Spring Plant Fair takes place on the green at Southease on Monday. You can buy some lovely, healthy plants there and it is a lovely atmosphere in a delightful hamlet. Do go inside the church and see its lovely simplicity and wall paintings.

ARTISTS: The palette of nature has a wonderful selection of colours. Hopefully the weather will be kind to a group of artists who are coming to paint in our old orchard. One of the group stayed here when she and her husband went to Glyndebourne and she fell in love with our orchard and the areas around here. Many of the walkers fall in love with this area and come back time and time again. We really are so lucky to live in such a lovely place.

MONK’S HOUSE which is now open until the autumn, is very popular and needs its much lar ger car park to keep cars off The Street, Rodmell. It would be helpful if people realised it is for visitors to Monk’s House during their opening hours and didn’t use it to park cars and go off walking.

BOOK AHEAD: The usual problem for walkers, thinking they can just find accommodation without having booked, is happening again. Do book ahead if you need a bed, should be a theme to keep in mind. It’s not very comfortable sleeping in the bus shelter.

FOR SALE: There are quite a few houses in the village for sale again, although we now have quite a few that are let as people can’t afford to buy, especially at the prices in this area.