Parish Pump Lewes - May 11, 2012


GARDEN CLUB: The plant sale is tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall from 9am to noon. There will be lots of annuals, some perennials and vegetables. There will be some boxes to take home your plants but it would be advisable to bring your own. It would be appreciated if pots and modules could be returned at a later date.

TALK On Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall, Gardening in Dry Conditions, a talk by Hilary Newman. Visitors and new members welcome.

VILLAGE HALL: If you have a special event or celebration planned for 2013 and you want to book the village hall, please get in touch soon. Our aim is to keep the hall as a facility for the community but we do need to generate income from a small number of special events in order to cover costs and keep hire fees low for local users. There is spare capacity on many weekends and the hall is often available in the school holiday periods when playgroup and many clubs/classes do not operate. It is proving particularly popular at weekends during May and June 2013, so please book as early as you can to avoid disappointment. Contact the booking secretary on: 07925 857233 or email

DINNER: Barcombe Football Clubs annual dinner and presentation evening will be held at 7.30pm on Friday May 18 at The Royal Oak. Players past and present, together with partners, and guests, are most welcome to attend. Numbers are limited. For further details please call David Lloyd on 01273 400520, Special guest will be Lawrie Parsons, retiring general secretary of the Mid Sussex Football League.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING at 7pm on Thursday in the Sports Pavilion. As well as being the usual opportunity to discuss local issues with parish councillors there will be a presentation from the Barcombe Energy Group on its successful Local Energy Assessment Fund grant project. All are welcome to attend.


A PROP bearing the inscription Izzard 7/3/1998 was kindly lent to St Peter’s Primary School, for use in a production, and has not been collected. If you are the owner of the prop please call the school secretary on 01825 722939 to arrange collection.

CRICKET sees Chailey at home tomorrow, Saturday, (at the sports ground just off the A272) in a league game, against Hurstpierpoint starting at 2pm. Supporters are most welcome, to enjoy the view as well as the cricket.

SPRING CONCERT at St Peter’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. For last minute tickets at £10 (children under 16 years free) call Fiona Pearl on 01825 723135.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. The weekly news of the services and events News in the Pews is now available on the church’s website Free Church services are on Sunday at 10.30am with Rob Dillingham and at 6.15pm with Susannah Griffin. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services.

MUSEUM: The Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday, National Mills Day, from 3pm to 5pm. The museum contains many photographs that give an interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past 100 years. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16 years.

INFORMATION POST: Village Information Point session is on Tuesday May 15 from 10am until midday at The Coffee Stop, which is held at the Free Church. Apologies for any inconvenience last week, as I incorrectly said that the session was last Tuesday.

STOOLBALL: The mixed stoolball team have a match against Brook Street at the sports ground, just off the A272, on Tuesday at 7pm. Spectators and prospective players most welcome. For more information call Kerry Lingard on 01825 722549.

WALK: Botanical Walk at Townings Farm (organised by the Commons Society) starts at 10am on Sunday May 20. There will be a guided walk around the farm to identify things of botanical interest, with the opportunity to stay on afterwards to see the animals if you wish. For more information call William on 01444 831098.

THE AGM of Chailey Bonfire Society Ltd, for the year 2011/2012, takes place at the Reading Room, on Wednesday May 23 at 8pm. There will be reports from the treasurer and chair, whose report will include a big thank you for the continued support of the committee, their families and friends of the society. For information about the AGM and/or becoming a member or friend of the society call Jane on 01273 400632.

FAMILY BARN DANCE organised by the Chailey and Newick Brownies is on Saturday May 26 from 5pm to 7.30pm at the village hall. Cowboy fancy dress is optional. Tickets costing £7.50 per adult and £5 per child, to include supper, are available from Anita on 01825 722802 or 07904 124031. Puddings will be available at a small additional charge.

JUBILEE WALK and Picnic Tea, planned by the Chailey Commons Society, takes place on Saturday June 2 starting at Red House Common car park at 2.30pm. There will be a circular route around the common, a visit to the windmill and then to a view point for a free picnic tea. Non-members, children and dogs most welcome. A certificate will be given to all attending the walk. Booking is appreciated for catering purposes, to book call Jenny Barbour on 01825 722841.

ST PETER’S CHOIR are a friendly group of 14 people, who meet on Friday evenings at 6.45pm in the church to have an informal practice for the hymns set for the following Sunday. Their enthusiasm is such that although they are without a regular organist or director of music, at present, they manage to prepare hymns and anthems. They would like to build up the choir so are looking for new enthusiastic and committed members, who enjoy singing to the glory of God, to join. If you think you might be interested in joining the choir, playing the organ or becoming their director of music then contact John, the rector, on 01825 722286 or simply go along to choir practice to see what’s involved.


Offham & Hamsey

POP UP CAFE: Fridays, 8.30am to 9.15am at Hamsey CP School front gate (term time and fair weather only).

CHRISTIAN AID, May 13 to 19. During that week over 300,000 volunteers will take to the streets to deliver eight million envelopes to over 40 million people. Here in this parish the envelopes have been delivered with the latest church newsletter. The envelopes can then be returned to the newsletter distributor, be delivered to the Rectory, given direct to St Peter’s Church treasurer, Roland Gough, or taken to church. Whichever way, they will all end up with Christian Aid. Those who are familiar with the way that Christian Aid works know that the days of food parcels, except in times of crisis are largely over. Christian Aid is much more concerned to give the poor more control over their own situation so that they are better able to improve things for themselves. As the work of Christian Aid is so important, the rector urges everyone to be as generous as possible. Donations can also be Gift Aided.

SHOCK: Residents who were enjoying being able to walk along the pavement from Cooksbridge to buy their daily newspapers, and those with cars who no longer had to go miles to fill up with diesel or petrol, were shocked to find that the Offham Garage, which had only recently re-opened, had closed again overnight. I have been told by the site owner that they are doing everything possible to get the shop and garage up and running again as quickly as possible.

HAPPY AND GLORIOUS: For the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in the parish, Tony Shephard will be starting off the festivities with and exhibition of Royal Memorabilia featuring his Royal Collection. On Thursday, May 31, there will be a gala opening by Kathy Gore DL in St Peter’s Church at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 to include wine and canapés. All proceeds will go to St Peter and St James Hospice. For further information give Tony a call on 01273 487306. The Royal Collection will then be on display from Friday June 1 to Monday June 4. The Jubilee celebrations at St Peter’s continue through the weekend as follows: Friday June 1 to Monday June 4, Pop Up Café. All day refreshments in the church hall (free glass of wine for corgi owners) evidence required; Saturday June 2, fête in the church grounds from 2pm to 5pm. Knots of May dancing; Sunday June 3, 10.30am Jubilee Thanksgiving Service (1950s clothes encouraged); Tuesday June 5, fish and chip supper in the church hall at 7.30pm. Reminders nearer the time.

TOO LATE: With the pigeon sitting tight on her nest near to my kitchen window and watching every move I make, I had to laugh when I read the following entitled Urban Pigeons. It says that a deterrent gel containing chilli extract which sticks to their feet is now available. When the birds sit down, it causes mild irritation discouraging nesting. I have visions of city dwellers having to apply this sticky chilli extract to the pigeons nests. The mind boggles at the idea.

BLUEBELLS: The bluebells this year have not been so good and many have very short stems, as do a lot of the tulips. I read that bluebells like rain and the lack of it could mean smaller and less abundant plants although the scent is likely to be enhanced which seems to be the case for the ones in my garden. Apparently last year, bluebells bloomed early due to a mild February; in 2010 they were three weeks late following a cold winter. Half the world’s bluebell population is in the UK although the sole indigenous bluebell is at risk from hybridisation with the scentless non native Spanish strain. A survey by Plantlife in 2003 concluded that one in six broad-leaved woodlands had a mixture of bluebells, but the scientist researching the Scottish bluebell suggests that milder weather may lead to different flowering times for bluebell types, which would prevent hybridisation. I have one beautiful clump with very large blooms and thick stems which Derek planted soon after we moved here but they have no scent which makes me think he must have bought the Spanish type.

CUTTY SARK: When Derek’s office was at Millwall he would often ring me and tell me to get the next train to London and meet him for lunch. One of his favourite places was a little place very near the Cutty Sark, which we would then go and visit. I know how upset he would have been had he been alive to see the huge fire that destroyed most of it. He was so thrilled to receive a framed hand painted Spode tile with a picture of the original Cutty Sark which was presented to him on 12/12/96 to mark 50 years loyal service to Jotun-Henry Clark. It brought back a lot of happy memories when I watched it on television recently following the rebuild. Not as lovely as the picture I have but at least it has been saved.

SCHMALLENBERG VIRUS: Having read a few weeks ago that scientists were hopeful in finding out what was causing the disease which has affected a lot of sheep flocks around the country, with terrible deformities in new born lambs, I think we were all hopeful that there may be a vaccination in the pipeline. But the news recently is hardly encouraging and states that there are too few scientists to stop dangerous disease. Britain’s ability to tackle emerging infectious diseases of farmed livestock is facing an ‘impending crisis’ because of a shortage of veterinary pathologists. These are front line scientists who are essential for governments tackling diseases such as the Schmallenberg virus, blue tongue, and bovine neonatal pancytopenia or bleeding calf syndrome. Not very good news.


THE MASS OBSERVATION archive (housed at the University of Sussex) is calling for people to send in diaries covering one specific day, tomorrow, Saturday. The first mass diary of this kind was in 1937 when people from all over the country were asked to record everything they did on this day. The call for diaries was repeated in 2010 and again in 2011. The project has produced some fascinating insights into the way people lived and hopefully will continue to do so. The diaries have to be submitted electronically so if you have email and are interested have a look at the website

AN EXHIBITION about architect Sir Basil Spence and the building of Sussex University, has opened on the Sussex campus. The exhibition features rare drawings and models. The Spence designed buildings, built in the 1960s, won listed status in the 1990s. The exhibition is open to all and runs from May 10 to June 14, Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm, it is housed in Arts A108 (look for building 22 (Arts A) on the University map). In addition to the exhibition a talk will be given by Dr Louise Campbell on the legacy of the architect on May 23 at 6.30pm in the Chichester Lecture theatre.

CHURCHYARD: I have been endeavouring to clear some of the brambles in the St Laurence churchyard. I know that by the time I finish they will have started to grow back but never mind, at least it will be tidy briefly. I have been discovering some very peculiar things as I work. A lot of broken bits of pottery were the first things I turned up followed by a large candle (not of the kind that we normally use in church) then an empty beer bottle and finally a teaspoon. I am imagining some kind of strange picnic at night. All these things were clearly left some years ago and probably not at the same time so my picnic theory doesn’t really hold water.

THE FLOWER FESTIVAL will be on June 9 and 10 this year, a little earlier than usual. Please start collecting your good quality second hand clothes and tombola and raffle gifts. Any help you can offer with manning stalls, stewarding the church or doing flower arrangements will be gratefully received.

BAPTISM: We had an unusual baptism at St Laurence last Sunday as the ages of the three people being baptised ranged from under a year to over 80 years. The grandchildren of Father Andrew were the youngsters and John Glover the slightly older candidate. It was a really joyous occasion.

THEATRE: We went to the Dreamthinkspeak production The Rest is Silence, a reinterpretation of Hamlet. Staged within a warehouse in Shoreham the actors appeared behind glass panels while the audience was free to move around the floor space and observe the action. I was intrigued with their take on the play but slightly disappointed that the production didn’t feature the installation and interactive elements that have been a major part of Dreamthinkspeak’s previous productions. I am now looking forward to seeing Victoria Station and Family voices, a fringe production directed by Aine King. Last year’s work by the same director was excellent.

FACEBOOK: If you are on Facebook you can keep up to date with forthcoming concerts at St Laurence by looking at our page Falmer Concerts also check out our Art and Soul at Falmer page for the latest on the Artwave Festival exhibition in August and September.


BUS 130 Timetable Changes (Kingston to Brighton and return). From Monday, May 21, (due to the Bus Company’s new contract with ESCC) the 130 bus will run 30 minutes later from Kingston to Brighton. Lleaving at 9.30am from Rodmell, 9.33am from Iford, 9.35am from Kingston School, 9.37am from St. Pancras Green, 9.40am returning to Kingston School and proceeding to Brighton via Winterbourne Estate, Lewes. The bus is due to arrive in Brighton Sussex University at 9.54am; The Level at 10.04am; Old Steine at 10.10am; North Street at 10.12am; Brighton Clock Tower at 10.13am; and Brighton Station at 10.16am. Because a larger bus is being used, it can no longer use Kingston Hollow and will travel via Winterbourne Estate, Lewes. The 130 bus will run 20 minutes later from Brighton to Kingston (again via Winterbourne Estate, Lewes). It will leave the first stop at Brighton Railway Station at 1.50pm; Clock Tower at 1.53pm; Old Steine at 1.56pm; St. Peter’s Church at 1.59pm; Brighton University, The Avenue at 2.08pm; Sussex University, A27 at 2.12pm. It will arrive at Winterbourne Estate at 2.18pm; Kingston School at 2.26pm; Kingston St Pancras Green at 2.28pm; Kingston School at 2.31pm; Iford Signpost at 2.33pm; Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell at 2.36pm. All bus timings are, of course, subject to traffic and other operational conditions. Further information can be obtained from timetables which will shortly be available in the 130 bus or 01273 474932. The Bus Co hopes present customers will understand the need for these changes and continue to support the service and the bus service welcome the opportunity to service new customers from Lewes.

123 BUS SERVICE: Very few changes but detailed information can be obtained from ESCC Public Services Transport Team.


VILLAGE MARKET in Laughton Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. All the usual stalls and refreshments. Unfortunately this month there will be no bacon rolls, but they will be back next month.



Our next meeting at Christ Church will be today, Friday, when we look forward to what promises to be a very interesting evening with one of our more experienced members talking of the stamps issued for the 1957 Scout Jamboree. We all hope that he will be properly dressed in uniform and remember his oath. We recommend your coming to the meeting because you never know what is going to happen as we saw at our AGM last month. Firstly 14 people attended which was encouraging out of a membership of 18 of whom four were overseas. Secondly all posts were filled with just one exception, but then volunteers came forward and offered to handle most of that job. Thirdly the business part of the meeting was very brief. Fourthly the quiz did not work out quite as planned, with members not being quite as interested in some of the obscure areas covered by the questions as the question master is, and resulting in a top score of eight out of 31. At least someone got one right and the question asking what minimum age you had to be for the Post Office to be permitted to sell a stamp resulted in some very varied and interesting answers. The evening ended with two members giving a brief presentation with small sections of their collections and leaving us wanting a lot more. These have been promised as has a presentation at our June meeting on the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands. We had a table at the Kingston Action and Hobbies Fair on April 21, which was made very colourful by displaying sheets of printed stamps cut out of auction catalogues and magazines. They are so much easier to see and appreciate than actual stamps, though we did have a number of those as well and the large tin of free ones which was appreciated by the children.

At the meeting today, Friday, we will be offering free valuations for any stamps you might bring and there will probably be some members’ stamps for sale. Anyone is welcome at our meetings which are free and start at 7pm for 7.15pm. We are currently open for new members who may perhaps know nothing about stamps but want some god company and entertainment. For further information ring Hugh on 01273 472096.

HISTORY GROUP: The speakers at our next meeting, at 7.30pm on Monday 14 May, will be Marion Smith and Bill Bruce, speaking about Lewes Clockmakers and their Clocks. Marion has been researching the remarkable number of clockmakers based in Lewes, while Bill is an expert on their clocks. Many people will be familiar with Bill’s specialist shop on North Street, one of the most fascinating independent shops in the town. We will as usual be offering coffee and biscuits before the meeting, which will be held in the King’s Church Building, Brooks Road. All are welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: We have been faced with very muddy boots and trousers to clean after our recent walks but, except for our holiday in Weymouth, we have managed to dodge the downpours. First, Wolfgang led a lovely walk around Hadlow Down, through woods carpeted with Spring flowers including wood anenomes, milkmaids, primroses and bluebells which were still struggling to come into bloom due to the cold, dull weather. Still escaping the showers, nine members, led by Robert, recently took the train to Pevensey to have a five mile walk on Hankham Level which proved to be extremely wet and muddy underfoot. Starting from the railway station the walk took the party through the grounds of Pevensey Castle where they picked up the 1066 Way and made their way to Rickney and a coffee stop. The return walk was beside Pevensey Haven to reach Castle Farm and through Westham to the station once more. On our weekend holiday in Weymouth the rain eventually caught up with us big time. We stayed at the Royal Weymouth Hotel on the seafront and on the first afternoon enjoyed a walk around the Old Harbour, Nothe Fort and the town centre in the most glorious sunny weather. On Saturday we had a bracing nine mile walk around Portland and Portland Bill which gave us wonderful views of Chesil Beach and Weymouth Bay, but the weather had become overcast and cold. On Sunday April 29 we awoke to a howling gale and torrential rain and a morning walk was out of the question. Instead, our coach took us to Lulworth Castle for a very interesting visit after which we went to Lulworth Cove car park where we just managed to wade through several inches of fast flowing water to take refuge in the Heritage Centre and restaurant. In the afternoon the weather just improved enough for some brave souls to walk back to Weymouth from Osmington Mills. With improved weather the next day we enjoyed a short walk from Ferrybridge to Weymouth before returning to Lewes by train. Jill and Graham arranged and led this very enjoyable and challenging weekend. Look at our website at for pictures of our weekend.

The next walk and talk on May 16. The walk will be at Gun Hill. Meet at top North Street car park for a prompt 9.30am start. The talk The Lost Villages of Sussex by Peter Harris will be held at Cliffe Church Hall the same evening at 7.30pm. All welcome.

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at the Royal British Legion Club, Morris Road (Cliffe). Cakes, tombola, preserves and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Village Hall, Ditchling 10.35am to 10.55am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.15am to 11.45am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.45pm; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.50pm to 1.20pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2.25pm to 2.50pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 3pm to 3.40pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.50pm to 4.20pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.15am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.45am to 11.15am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.45am to 12.05pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 12.15pm to 12.40pm; South Rough, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Oldaker, Newick 2.25pm to 2.55pm.


MAY FAIR: We are really looking forward to Wallands School May Fair on Saturday, May 26. Thank-you to those of you who have volunteered to help. We would still appreciate more help, so please drop a note into the PTA pigeon-hole if you can spare some time on the day. Please bring your donations into school for the fair and leave in reception. Many thanks.

DANCE SHOW: Fourteen Yr4 children have been working very hard in their after school club with Mrs Taylor, creating a dance for the Lewes Dance Festival which was held on Tuesday. The theme was the Olympics, and Wallands choreographed their dance around one of the Olympic values, Determination. Mrs Taylor reported back on how proud she was, not only of their performance, but also their behaviour throughout the whole day. ‘It was a long day and the children were impeccably behaved and it was a privilege to watch the children perform with such enthusiasm and enjoyment.’

GARDENING CLUB: This takes place on Tuesdays after school, and an extra pair of hands would be really helpful. If you can spare an hour after school to help please let Maddy know. We would also like to thank Jonathan’s mum Fiona for the seed donations. If you have any spare plants please consider donating them to us; any we don’t use we could sell at the Spring Fair to raise funds. The school garden is now a lovely place to be on a sunny afternoon and the pond is full of tadpoles. Please feel free to take your children in to have a look.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is the Friendship Lunch from noon to 1.15pm. No need to book, just turn up. Sunday is the start of Christian Aid week. We will be delivering envelopes and collecting in the roads around our church. On Sunday morning worship with Holy Communion at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and this will be followed by a church walk. At 6.30pm will be joining with other churches in Lewes for the Christian Aid service at St John’s sub Castro Church. On Wednesday our Little Fishes Group will be meeting from 9.30am to 11am. This is a group for pre school age tots and children and their carers and the theme will be Jesus feeds many people. We look forward to seeing you at any of these events.

VICTORIA HOSPITAL: Due to roofing works being carried out during the summer, the hospital car park will be entirely closed on certain days from May through to September. As this work depends on the weather, it is difficult to predict just when this will occur. It would therefore be advisable to make enquiries before your appointment/visit, use public transport where possible or even get someone to drive you there and pick you up.


COLLEGE OPEN: Tomorrow (Saturday) heralds the annual open day at Plumpton College. It makes for a great family day out with so much to see and do. There will me a myriad of demonstrations of forestry, land crafts, sheep sheering, falconry. Dog grooming and lots of activities involving animals of all shapes and sizes. Naturally there will be plenty to eat and drink to slake those appetites and thirsts. Apart from sheer enjoyment the day offers an insight into the vast array of educational courses at the college and the work involved in the farming world. At the same time there will be a flower festival in the adjoining St Michael’s church on both Saturday and Sunday that is bound to be worth a visit.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at All Saint’s church at 8.30am followed by Family Communion at 10.30am with Sunday School being held in the annexe. At 6.30pm there will Evensong in St Michael’s church to coincide with the flower festival there. Our Norman church bedecked in flowers should make a wonderful setting for worship.

EXERCISE: To keep fit in an enjoyable way why not join the Footpath Society tomorrow (Saturday) when there will be a six mile walk around the Boarshead area. Heading north on the A26 to Boarshead (TQ534 326) turn right passing the Boarshead pub for minor road parking. Meet up at 10am. More details on 01825 763923.

RUMMAGERS AWAKE: Saturday next week (May 19) there will be a jumble sale in the village hall at 2pm. This time in aid of the Monday Group who do so much work on the stiles etc on local footpaths.

THIEVES AT WORK: I hear another shed in the village was broken into recently and garden equipment stolen. Lock up your sheds as well as your daughters and if anyone offers you cheap garden equipment do think first before you buy it. There is a lot of this thieving going on at present so be alert.

POP-IN PARLOUR: A reminder that the popular pop-in parlour still operates on Tuesday from 11am in All Saints’ church annexe. Drop in for a chat with old friends and maybe make some new ones. All over a cuppa or even a snack in convivial surroundings. Absolutely everyone is welcome.

SORRY: Last week this column did not appear and it has been rather sparse for a few weeks. Regretfully eye surgery and frequent hospital visits are not conducive to reading and writing, but hopefully I will get things sorted soon and get back to normal.


RACE NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm for 8pm the Home School Association are hosting their ever popular race night. Tickets are priced very reasonably at £3 if bought tonight and this includes your first drink. There will be a total of 8 races all being sponsored very generously by local businesses. The last two races will be auctioned and the prizes will consist of two Glyndebourne tickets to the final dress rehearsal of The Fairy Queen, a 6000 mile service from the Busy Bee Garage, £50 theatre voucher donated by Stanley and Partners and a round of golf for two people at the East Sussex National Golf Course worth £120. If you would like to have a one in eight chance of winning any of these fantastic prizes do try to get along this evening and join in the fun. For more information or to request a programme please phone Angela on 813860.

OPEN MORNING: The bowls club is looking for new members to join them and is holding an open morning tomorrow, Saturday, at their clubhouse on the Lewes Road from 10am to noon. All you have to do is turn up, but please wear flat soled shoes, be introduced to the club and its members and also enjoy a cup of coffee/tea as well as trying your hand at the game of bowls. This is a very friendly club and there is plenty going on if you wish to participate.

MORNING MARKET: Do try to get along to this annual event organised by Ringmer Flower Club being held in the village hall from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday. There will be all the usual stalls as well as a tombola.

PLANT SALE: This is being held in the Vicarage garden tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. Donations of plants would be gratefully received sometime today, Friday, if possible.

MOTHERS’ UNION: At its meeting on Tuesday in the Church Room at 7.30pm the speaker will be a member of the staff at Raystede.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on May 2 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The next meeting of the club is in the Symons Hall on Wednesday commencing at 7.30pm.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Next week is a busy one for this association as it is holding its Diamond Jubilee Music Festival in the village. Visitors from Belgentier and Geschwenda will be arriving in Ringmer from Thursday, and will be having supper at the Green Man that evening. On Friday, May 18, the Jubilee Concert is being held in the village hall and will begin with a buffet at 6.30pm. For tickets contact Barbara Longhurst on 813574. On Saturday, May 19, the signing ceremony with Belgentier takes place in the village hall and Norman Baker is due to attend. The band from Geschwenda will march from the village hall to the Green on Saturday, May 19, and play in the arena at the fete. In the evening they and the French singers will perform from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the hog roast and live music evening on the village green. Do try to get along to meet our guests as I am sure they would be delighted to get to know a few more Ringmer residents.

COACH TRIP TO KEW: The U3A have some £10 seats available on their August 1, Kew coach trip. The coach leaves Ringmer at 8am and will be back about 6pm. The coach will call at Kew Gardens (main gate) and The National Archives. Application forms are available on the family history web pages or ring 01273 813010 for more information.

FOOTBALL: The club finished on a high note with the Ringmer Veterans retaining the Fred Pretty Cup with a 3-0 victory over Faygate United FC in the Cup Final. Conditions were far from perfect and thanks to Bob Munnery for the work on the pitch on the Sunday morning in the pouring rain to get the game on, to both teams for an entertaining match and to the match officials for their excellent handling of the match in difficult conditions. Goals in the first half from Simon Cooley and a brace for Simon Clark saw the blues take the victory and some stout defending from the whole squad saw them deservedly retain the trophy they won last season. On the social side, the presentation evening for all four teams was last Friday. Ryan MacMillan was the first team players’ player, the manager’s player and the supporters’ player of the season. Top goal scorer was Marc Whiteman and most improved player Louis Munnery. For the seconds Dan Goodchild was the manager’s player, James Novis the players’ player, top goal scorer was Robbie Frost, most improved player Ryan Dinnage and the seconds management team of Grant Olive and Nobby Dartnall picked up the club person of the year award. Malcolm and Sally Crouch picked up the much deserved Chairman’s Club Personalities award. The youth team manager’s player of the season was Richard Frost, the players’ player and top goal scorer was Callum Dove and the most improved player of the season was Louis Perry. Finally the veterans player of the season went to goal keeper Stuart Moulds. Finally the cricket club review, The Secret Policeman’s Other Odd Shaper Ball, has had to be postponed for a short while due to unforeseen circumstances and the new date will be published shortly.

THE VILLAGE FETE takes place on Saturday, May 19, from 2pm to 5pm so lets hope the weather has improved by then. As you know there will be lots of stalls and events taking place at this fete.

VILLAGE HALL: The fund raising committee are organising a Diamond Jubilee Cream Tea to be held in the village hall on Tuesday, June 5, from 3pm to 5.30pm. Tickets costing £5 are now on sale from Middletons. Please get in touch with Pam Bowmaker on 813625 if you might be able to donate some home made cakes or scones.

Rodmell & Southease

THE WEATHER: What a dreary Bank Holiday. I feel so sorry for those who have to work and look forward to these breaks to relax in. I spent the time picking out seeds in the greenhouse, cooking for the freezer and cleaning. All the jobs I don’t really find a lot of time for, because most of my time these days seems to be sorting out masses of paper-work and keeping up with the garden.

VISIT: I did however manage to get a day off to go with friends on the Lewes District Seniors Forum (LDSF) visit to the Festival Theatre in Chichester to see Penelope Keith in The Way of the World, which was rather like a Brian Rix Medieval farce. I think most people enjoyed the second half much more than the first, noting the number of people snoozing in the first half, even I dozed off for a few minutes. It was however a great day out and we enjoyed a very tasty lunch in the Cloisters and a walk around the town. All in all it was very successful and I would like to thank all the organisers. As it was heavily subsidised at £15 per head I don’t suppose we can expect a lot of outings like this, but we’d like more even if it means paying a little more. Thank you so much LDSF.

GARDENING: Much to the surprise of Rob the gardener, a hen pheasant flew up when he was using the strimmer on part of the back garden. Having found many birds eggs of various kinds of late that I noted had been eaten and left over the lawns, I suspected she may be sitting on a nest and I was right, so we’ve had to leave her in peace for the time being. I just hope the cats don’t find her or the rather large dog fox we have around, plus a grey squirrel. She is very brave to sit it out with everything going on around her. Can’t wait to see how many chicks she has.

WALKER: I had a lady walker stay recently for a couple of days. I believe she said she was in her 80s. She had had a cataract done a couple of days before she set off from Cumbria on a train with her dog Bob, who had never been on a train before, to go to Eastbourne to start walking the South Downs Way. She told me she had already had one knee replacement but the other needed doing so she was walking in short bursts. These people of her age group certainly have stamina while people in their 60s and under seem to be popping off left right and centre. Having been to so many funerals already this year I do wonder how it is that people born after the war don’t seem to be lasting, but those like my mother and her family and friends who went through so much and had to work so hard are still soldiering on in their 90s.

B&B: The Bank Holiday was a wash-out for B&Bs. My bookings did not turn up, which was not only bad manners but prevented other people from taking their places.

WELL DONE: I meant to say in last week’s column, well done Rouser John for having all that hair cut off. No longer do you look like an old prophet, rather like a Buddhist monk now. Let’s face it it’s taken years off you, all in the name of a good cause. Can’t be bad.

THE TV WORLD seems to be full of cooking programmes these days, and while we are all being told to cut down on all the goodies like butter, cream and sugar, also salt, there are the cooking maestros chucking it in their recipes in large portions and then showing us the yummy results.

VANDALISM: Sadly Rodmell has experienced some vandalism of late. I have been asked if anyone noticed anyone suspicious around the village on Saturday April 28 when a window was badly damaged, and a fan light removed to get into our sports pavilion. It’s presumed a metal pole found nearby was used to try to gain entry and an attempt had been made to kick doors in.

ACCIDENT: Our traffic island and light stand were demolished one evening, again recently. The people in the car were not hurt but the car was badly damaged.

SEEDLING SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, seedling sale and plant swap in the village hall from 10.30am to noon.

WI: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI meet for their Resolution Meeting and discussion.

JUMBLE SALE: There will be a jumble sale in aid of the village hall funds on Saturday May 19.