Parish pump Lewes - May 2, 2014

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BARCOMBE

ALLOTMENT holders’ informal late morning meet-up on the first Sunday of each month, from 11.30-12.30. Here we can seed swop, seedling swop, produce swop, and if you haven’t got anything to swop, bring cake and a flask of hot drink.

WALKING Group’s May walk is a local one around lovely Knowlands Woods to see the spring flowers and to listen out for the birdsong of the area. Led by Mary Duncan, meet outside the Royal Oak Pub at 2.30pm this Sunday May 4.

FUN RUN 10.30am Bank Holiday Monday May 5 at Barcombe Recreation Ground. Please park in and around the village. 10k and 6k routes. Entry fee: 10k: pre book £7.50, 6k: £5 per person. Why not run for the charity of your choice? 10k route passing beautiful streams and through a bluebell wood. 6k: why not run/walk with a friend or run in fancy dress! Children’s mini route around the Recreation Ground. Why not sponsor your child for every lap that they can manage? (Under-13s must be accompanied by an adult). Refreshments, changing and showers. Entry forms from the Royal Oak, Barcombe Stores, Sussex Races website or please contact Tim Parsons 01273 400601 for further details of this event and Project Zambia. All profits to humanitarian projects in the townships around Ndola, Zambia. Over £2,000 donated last year.

CHAILEY

THANKS go to all who attended the gift day at St Peter’s Church and made a gift towards the funding of improvements to the church; it was much appreciated. Gifts can still be made to the treasurer Anthony Meadows c/o The Rectory, St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green, BN84DA. To make arrangements for a tax efficient gift and/or payment by standing order call Andrew on 07802 400137 or email akm@akmconsulting.co.uk.

BLUEBELL WALK organised by Mid-Sussex Ramblers starts at St Peter’s Church on Saturday at 10.30am, with parking in the church car park. The route will be 6 miles and include Furzegrove, Markstakes, South Common, Hattons Green, Lumberpits, Long Wood and Chailey Green. For more information call William on 01444 831098 or on the day 07801 711401.

CRICKET sees Chailey start the season with two away games; a league game against Cowden CC at 1.30pm on Saturday and a friendly against Selmeston & Alciston CC on Sunday at 2pm. For more information about the league or friendly team call 01273 890777. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

ST PETER’S Church services this Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and a Family Service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586.

FREE CHURCH services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Derek Heyman and 6.15pm with Julian Rebera. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

TEA DANCE (swing era) is on Sunday at the village hall from 2pm until 5pm. Join a genuine, friendly Tea Dance with The Swinging Detective presenting recorded music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s chosen with care for all period dance styles. Admission is £6 to include tea and cakes. For further information and/or to advise of attendance contact 07714897369.

MAY FAIR OFFER on Monday May 5 the Bluebell Railway will run a special promotion for visitors to the Lions Club May Fair in East Grinstead. Adults or children can buy a third class return for just £5 per person. Passengers must travel on the 09.45 from Sheffield Park, calling at Horsted Keynes at 1002. Tickets are good for return service from East Grinstead at 1430, 1545, or 1700 only. There will be up to 100 stalls lining East Grinstead high street, plus children’s rides, live entertainment, a May Queen competition, and a model steam railway in Portland Road which carries passengers.

ANNUAL VILLAGE WALK, the Link Walk, is on Monday May 5 starting at 10am from Sports Ground, North Chailey, just off the A272 where there is ample parking. The route is clearly described in leaflets which will be available and covers six and a half miles; a shorter walk of approximately four miles is also available. Dogs are most welcome. The walk finishes at the Sports Ground where there will be a free barbecue and the Sports Club will be running a bar in aid of their funds. Certificates will be awarded for children who complete the course. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet on Tuesday May 6 at 7.45pm in the village hall. There will be discussion relating to the need to increase organ donations, which is the resolution before the National Federation of Women’s Institutes Annual General Meeting in June. There is a waiting list of 10,000 for organ transplants and although 3,000 people every year receive a transplant, three people will die every day while waiting for an organ transplant. The Women’s Institute is calling on all members to make their wishes regarding organ donation known and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities to do likewise. Prospective members and guests will be made most welcome. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

GUIDED BLUEBELL WALKS around Sheffield Park are on Wednesday May 7 from 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm. Walk Wood runs across the top of the garden and will be full of bluebells. Booking is essential and tickets cost £5 adults and £2.50 children. Normal admission also applies.

SPRING CONCERT in aid of St Peter’s Church Restoration Fund is on Saturday May 10 at 7.30pm at the Church featuring the Mid Sussex Choir, Margaret Watson on harp and the 4Tune Seekers Barbershop Quartet. The programme includes songs by John Rutter and George Shearing. Refreshments will be available in the interval. Tickets at £10, children under 16 free, are available on the door or from Fiona Pearl at fiona.pearl@btinternet.com or 01825 723135).

ZUMBA FITNESS with Lisa Allday, a fully qualified fitness instructor with over 15 years’ experience, runs classes at Chailey Heritage School on Tuesdays from 4.15pm to 5.15pm and at the village hall on Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm. Call 07821 123071 to book a place.

COOKSBRIDGE, OFFHAM & HAMSEY

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday May 4 at Hamsey Church. Holy Communion 8am. Evensong 6pm. Services at St Peter’s Church Offham Sunday School 10.15 in Church Hall. Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in Hall.

THOSE boots are made for marching. And that’s what they will be doing tomorrow (Saturday, May 3). The question from Stephen Israel, the director of Montfort’s March, is this: Do you have what it takes to join Montfort’s Army? This play is suitable for anyone who can manage the four-mile march over the Downs and is willing to help the spread of democracy! Montfort’s March is a new site-specific play written by Suzi Hopkins and produced by The Company, to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes. The Company specialises in site-specific theatre, creating plays to be performed anywhere but in a theatre. The audience meet at a bus stop in Lewes and then will be bussed to a secret location. On arriva1,the audience become,along with the actors, Simon de Montfort’s army, and as they march over the South Downs to Lewes, to fight Henry III, the play happens all around them. Performances are on May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 2pm. Audience rerun to Lewes at approx 5pm. On Wednesday, May 14 there is a twilight performance on the anniversary of the Battle of Lewes at 6pm and the audience returns to Lewes at approx 9pm. For all the shows the audience meet at the bus stop on the A275/Nevill Road by Nevill Crescent, Lewes BN7 IND. Tickets £10 adult and £6 concession from The Lewes Tourist Infomation Centre , 187 High Street, Lewes. Call 01273 483 448 or the Brighton Festival Fringe call 01273 917 272. www.brightonfringe.org.uk Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a cold drink. There are no toilet facilities available during the perfomance. No dogs please. More information on www.thecompanyuk.com. Montfort’s March is part of Battle of Lewes 750, a festival of events that is commemorating this historic anniversary.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Annual Parish Meeting for Hamsey parish residents is on Thursday, May 8 at 7pm in the Village Hall, Beechwood Lane, Cooksbridge. This meeting is followed by the Parish Council Meeting.

AFTERNOON CLUB. The Monday Afternoon Club meet on May 12 in St Peter’s Church Hall, Offham, at 2pm. The speaker will be Julie McNirlan who will be talking about her Work as a PCSO. The afternoon ends with tea and home made cakes. Lifts are available by ringing either Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline on 01273 477151.

HAVENS Conservationists have praised a city council’s plan to turn roadside verges into wildlife havens. Fortunately ESCC seem to have adopted the same measures and will not mow verges at the height of spring and summer so that butterfies, hoverflies and endangered honey bees can collect pollen and nectar. It will also protect wild meadow plants such as red clover, birds­foot trefoil and knapweed. Native bees and other pollinating insects, including moths, have suffered a decline in recent decades, raising concerns about the potential effect on food supplies and the countryside. Making a small change locally could help the global picture as without bees we would all be in trouble.

JOYFUL SïGHT: The swallows have started to return and I spotted the first couple of pairs arrive last week. Watching them soaring about above the house and farm buildings is a joy to behold.

FALMER

BEES: It was interesting to read in the Telegraph about research done by the University of Sussex into the plants most favoured by bees. The researchers are using a method of quickly gauging by eye the number of bees on a plant. This must have been what the students who were counting pollinating insects on the brambles last year were doing. The research team, headed by professor Francis Ratnieks, have made a video about their findings which gives a rundown of the best plants for attracting bees, you can have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u2LeTPGo9w

FESTIVAL: We are looking forward to our Brighton Festival Fringe concert on Saturday May 3. If you have been round the pond lately you will have seen our Festival Fringe venue sign – very impressive. Saturday’s concert is given by Laplace Trio (http://www.laplacestringtrio.co.uk/) with Andrew Biggs - violin, Beatrice Sales - viola and Kevin Allen - piano. They will be performing Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G major. There are concerts at St Laurence throughout May so you are bound to find something to your taste. Have a look at our www.achurchnearyou.com/falmer-st-laurence page or look at the St Laurence Falmer or Falmer Concerts pages on Facebook.

ART EXHIBITION: Also continuing through May (until the 25th) is our ‘In the Beginning’ art exhibition which has been getting a lot of good feedback from visitors. We had a party of people from the Trefoil Guild coming to the church last week and they were full of praise for the exhibition and also for the church itself, commenting on how peaceful the atmosphere was. If you have a party of people who would like to visit the church during the week, please contact us on the number on this page and we can arrange a time to suit.

POETRY: Next week we have a poetry reading afternoon at St Laurence. Poets whose work is featured in the exhibition will be reading their work from 3pm on May Sunday 11. We will be serving tea and cake to accompany the session.

KINGSTON

CONCERT by the Florin Ensemble: at Kingston Church on Saturday, May 10. The Acclaimed string trio (Charles Mutter, Catherine Rimer and Alistair Scahill) will perform a wide range of chamber music. At this Concert in Kingston Church, they will be joined by the flute player Neil Mclaren (a regular performer at Glynbourne), for an attractive programme of masterworks interspersed with lighter novelties, featuring Beethoven, Mozart and Villa-Lobos. Tickets are on sale at £10 each (to include a glass of wine during the interval). To buy your tickets, simply call Jennie Yates (01273 473264) or Brian Simmons (01273 474303). Net proceeds are for Kingston Church.

LEWES

GARDEN SOCIETY: Lewes and District Garden Society. On Wednesday Helen Chiasson and Kate Hickmott will be speaking on Herbs for Healing from the Lewes Priory Herb Garden. 7.30pm for 7.45pm at Cliffe Church Hall, Cliffe High Street. All welcome. £3 for non members.

COMPASS BUS: new limited Sunday and Public Holiday services between Lewes and Newhaven together with a connection to Sheffield Park Gardens and Bluebell Railway. This new service (until September 7) includes a 10.40am bus (No 123) from Newhaven Lower Place to Lewes Bus Station (arriving at 11.09am). Stops made at Piddinghoe Main Road, Southease Bus Shelter, Rodmell, Iford Signpost, Kingston School, Southover High Street, Lewes Bus Station. This bus will reach Kingston School bus stop at 10.59am and arrive at Lewes Bus Station at 11.09am. This same bus will then leave Lewes at 11.12am and continue to Sheffield Park as bus service 121 and arrive there at about 11.53am. The latest return journey to Kingston/Newhaven leaves Sheffield Park (as service 121) at 15.48 and arrives at Lewes Bus Station at 16.20. This bus will then proceed to Kingston/Newhaven as Service No. 123. For details about the range of additional services, see Compass Bus Timetable for April, 2014. Timetables can be obtained from the Lewes Tourist Office. (Tel for other enquiries – 01903 690025). Show your bus ticket for a discount of £2.50 adult and £1.25 child on a return journey on the Bluebell Railway or admission to Sheffield Park Garden.’

LEWES FOOTPATHS GROUP: In our new Spring/Summer programme, we have introduced some strolls which are shorter and easier. The first of these was on Tuesday April 22 and 10 ramblers enjoyed a 2.5 mile stroll around Bramber. They began at the castle ruins and continued walking along the banks of the River Adur, enjoying some spectacular scenery along the way. The coffee stop enabled them to visit the pretty church of St Peter. The walk lasted one and a half hours and was enjoyed by everyone. More details of these shorter walks can be found on our website or walking programme which is always available from the Tourist Office. Last weekend 21 members had a super walking weekend at Lulworth Cove in Dorset. The coast there is quite spectacular and the coastal walks breathtaking. Next walk bank holiday Monday May 5. Lavender Line Walk and Train Ride.

SOUTH MALLING

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL had a really busy first week back after Easter, with four classes going to the Priory Ruins to learn about the Battle of Lewes in preparation for their performances at the end of this term. They all had a very interesting time and were even complimented by a member of the public on their ‘fantastic’ behaviour as they walked back through the town. Year 5 children enjoyed their first residential visit on Thursday, staying the night at Southease YHA. They undertook a variety of geography-based tasks which were brought to life as they walked along the South Downs Way and the River Ouse. This week children and staff are looking forward to welcoming grandparents into school for Grandparents’ Teas. As part of the experience, grandparents can visit their grandchild’s class, see their work and then be entertained in the hall by all the children, while they have a cup of tea.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH held their Annual Parochial Church meeting last Sunday, after Morning Service. Trevor Pearce and Kate Rothery were elected as church wardens and Anne Blake Dyke, Gillian Dumbrell and Jean Pengelly were elected to the Church Council. The meeting also voted on the first stage of the proposal to unite St John sub Castro, Southover and South Malling Churches in a single parish, with three churches - the “Trinity Project”. The South Malling Vote was overwhelmingly positive. This Sunday, there is a service of Holy Communion at 9.30, led by Revd Jeremy Bamber. All are welcome.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE held the first of their training sessions in South Malling Churchyard last Saturday. The focus was on reptiles. A good sized group of 17, including five children, heard a short presentation on lizards, slow worms and snakes and how to identify them, from naturalist, Barry Kemp, and then ventured into the churchyard. Five slow worms, and three common shrews were found as the group moved round. Barry had brought four lizards with him, so all in all, it was a very successful morning. The next session focuses on butterflies at 1pm on Friday May 9, followed then by a range of other flowers, insects and wildlife throughout spring. On Saturday June 7 a ‘Bio Blitz’ is planned between 2pm and 4pm, to find and identify as many species as possible. Young naturalists are welcome and will be provided with nets and pots to capture their specimen for identification. There will be more information about these events later. Full details can be found at www.leweswildlife.org.uk

MALLING TENANTS and Residents Association will be meeting at Reed Court at 7pm on Wednesday, May 7. All Malling residents are welcome.

MOBILE LIBRARIES

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

NEVILL

RANDOM THOUGHTS: I was making a cake on Sunday, and a thought popped into my head. My mum used to cook on a Sunday although I use the word cook loosely as it was always a bit of hit or miss as to whether it would be edible or not. She never measured any ingredients. She used to make scones if the mood took her or an apple pie or if we were very lucky, a farmhouse pie. Not sure if the name was made up, but it consisted of a pastry base with a layer of jam, then stewed apple with custard on top. In my day that was luxury. The other thought was Landport Bottom which I mentioned last week. How about naming it ‘Nevill Top’ which speaks for its self.

CHURCH SERVICE: Christ Church morning worship at 10.30am on Sunday will be led by the Rev Dr John Neal and Sunday Club for children will be meeting during the service. At 6.30pm the Rev John Gordon will be leading evening worship. We still have a few places left in our Mega Makers Summer Holiday Club. This will be running from 10am to 12.30pm on Wednesday, July 30 to Friday, August 1 and is for children in Reception up to year 6. For details please email christchurchactivities@btconnect.com

NEWICK

NEWICK Bowls Club will be very busy this Bank Holiday commencing on Saturday May 3 with a match against Burgess Hill at home, on they travel to Rotherfield,on Bank holiday Monday they will playing at home against Uckfield. All these games will commence at 2.30pm. The bowls club members are always delighted when visitors pop along to watch the games, you will receive a warm welcome.

PLANT SALE and coffee morning this Saturday organised by the Newick Horticultural Society from 9am till 11.30am in the Community Centre. Why not pop along and see the plants that are available.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s this weekend are 8am Holy Communion, followed at 10.30am with the Family Service, lifts can be arranged if booked in advance, call 722 582.

DRAMA: The next production by Newick Amateur Society, from Wednesday May 7 till Saturday 10 will be Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward. Doors open at 7.15pm and the play will commence at 8pm. Yes, the bar will be open. This is one of Coward’s finest plays which fully displays his rapier wit, comic timing and ability for understatement. A fantastic evening’s entertainment for young and old alike. Make haste and purchase your tickets at 01825 722359, or 722985, or pop into the Newick Butchers. You can also book online at info@newickdrama.org the price is £9 per ticket.

AFTERNOON Club will be holding the meeting on Thursday May 8 in the Community Centre from 2.30pm.

REPRESENTATIVES from Waitrose, Uckfield branch, will be giving a fascinating insight as to how the John Lewis Partnership aim to bring their high values and standards to their customers. For further details telephone 01 825 722 154 or 722 650.

CHARITY Tabletop Fair will be held on Saturday 10th from 10 till 12.30pm in the Newick Barn Centre, next to the church, BN4 8JZ. Fingers crossed that the weather will be really spring like for this Bank Holiday weekend.

PLUMPTON

MARK SHAND: It was, for me, sad to hear the news that Mark Shand (brother of the Duchess of Cornwall) died last week following a fall. He spent much of his childhood in Plumpton with his family. No, I don’t lay claim to having been a great friend of his, but I did meet him a few times, including when I was writing an obituary on his mother and was in the fortunate position of being someone in journalism that his father actually trusted and co-operated with. Mark struck me as being a warm and friendly person who was passionate in his work to further the wellbeing of Indian elephants. Only the week before his death I took pictures of his sister, Camilla, at Plumpton College and one of them appears exclusively in this month’s Parish Magazine.

NIGHTINGALE WALK: Plumpton Wildlife & Habitat Group will be leading its annual nightingale walk on Friday next (May 9). Meet at 9.30pm at the village shop, for a short walk across the fields to a favourite spot where it is hoped to hear this shy songster. Come dressed for the weather. No need to book, simply turn up. More information at www.plumptonwildlifegroup.weebly.com

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council meets on Tuesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. The meeting will be open to the public and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the beginning.

POOH COUNTRY: That’s where the Footpath Society will be heading on Wednesday and everyone is invited to join in. Meet at Gills Lap car park (TQ468 315) at 10.15am and don’t forget your Pooh sticks. Then it will be off on a seven and a half mile trek taking in the Enchanted Wood and Pooh Stick Bridge before a stop for lunch in Hartfield. After that it will be on to Fishers Gate and Five Hundred Acre Wood before returning to Gills Lap. More details from 01825 722649. Whether you are a fan of Winnie the Pooh or not, this really is enchanting country.

PLUMPTON COLLEGE: Get ready for one of the great village events of the year. The college will be holding its now famous open day on Saturday, May 10 when visitors will be able to experience, in an entertaining and informative way, just what goes on at this local seat of learning. There will be demonstrations of a vast selection of rural craftsmanship, pursuits and hobbies. This open day gives people the opportunity to look, listen, learn and gain great pleasure from it all. Naturally there will be plenty of animals around and they always give such pleasure by their very presence. Be sure to go along to discover the myriad activities that take place at the college and enjoy a great day out, whatever age you are. There is no chance that you will have to go hungry or thirsty during your visit. In the adjacent St Michael’s Church there will be a splendid flower festival staged by college students and the church warrants a visit in its own right.

BATTLE OF LEWES: If anyone fancies joining de Montfort’s army for a re-enactment of the 1264 battle then the opportunity arises courtesy of locally based theatrical company The Company and local resident and playwright Suzie Hopkins. The audiences will gather at a bus stop in Lewes to be transported to where they will, alongside the actors, be transformed into de Montfort’s army and will march over the Downs to Lewes while the battle is played out around them. There will be eight public performances on May 3-5, 10-11, 14, 17 and 18, with all performances starting at 2pm, except the special twilight performance on the anniversary of the Battle on May 14, which starts at 6pm. Tickets are available from the Lewes Tourist Information Centre, tel 01273 483 448, the Brighton Festival Fringe, tel 01273 917 272 or www.brightonfringe.org. For all the performances the audience meet at the public bus stop on the A275 Nevill Road (by Nevill Crescent), Lewes, BN7 1NA www.thecompanyuk.com

BATTLE IN PLUMPTON: Well there wasn’t one that I know of but Plumpton is associated with the Battle of Lewes and is joining in the events to commemorate it and its importance in British democracy. The next phase will take place on the actual anniversary, May 14, when a new commemoration stone will be laid at Plumpton Cross, which was carved out of the chalk to mark the historic event and it will be dedicated by the Bishop of Chichester at 6pm. This will be followed by a short service in the medieval church of St Michael. Then from 8pm there will be big celebrations at Plumpton College. These will include a demonstration of medieval horsemanship followed by one of medieval combat performed by local youngsters. Then there will be a longbow display by local archers and their friends. To top this there will be a hog roast at the modest cost of £7.50 (under 16s £5) and a family ticket (2+2) at £22. Tickets are available from Plumpton Post Office and Store and are already selling fast to ensure that this will be a great, local social event for the whole family. Sales to date have meant that at least two hogs will need to be cooked. Throughout the evening a talented, locally based jazz band will be playing to add to the atmosphere. This is a real must, so book in now to avoid disappointment. By the way, it is not necessary to attend throughout. Select the parts that interest you most. A bar will be available at the hog roast and rumour has it that a special brew by Harveys will be on sale alongside our Rector’s own product. The festivities will take place in front of the main college building and not, as originally reported, closer to the church.

COMMEMORATIVE COVER: Another Battle of Lewes feature in Plumpton will be the issue of a Commemorative Cover that will appeal to philatelists and souvenir collectors. The cover, designed by local artist Lyndsey Smith, will bear the postmark of Plumpton Post Office on May 14, the date of the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes. The design features soldiers with the Plumpton Cross as a backdrop and will be on sale at the village store, priced £2. Enquiries can be directed to me at stoneatplumpton@aol.com. Any proceeds will be retained by Plumpton Village Action Plan for future community projects.

RINGMER

FOOTBALL CLUB: The season is now drawing to a close with this Saturday’s final SCFL Div 1 fixture for the first team when they meet East Grinstead at home. Kick-off at The Caburn Ground is 3pm. The veterans may be re-instated into the Fred Pretty competition, the final of which is due to be played at Burgess Hill FC this Sunday morning, as their semi-final opponents are alleged to have played an illegible player in that semi-final. However, at the time of going to press, no final decision had been made by the Mid Sussex League so please check websites for further details. On the social side, the club now has Sky Sports for the members to enjoy on the large screen TVs in the bar. On Sunday evening in the bar sees the regular quiz night, teams of up to 4, £1 per person to enter with 60 questions on a wide variety of topics. Start time is 7.30 for an 8pm ‘kick-off’ . Finally, the players’ presentation evening will be on Friday May 16.

CHURCH SERVICES The services this Sunday are as follows: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Service, 6.30pm Sung Eucharist.

RINGMER EVENING WI The next meeting is on Tuesday May 6 when members will be instructing our delegate to the AGM in Leeds on how to vote on the various matters up for discussion and this will be followed by a light-hearted competition and also a display of craft and art items made by members. For more details contact Norma Phillips (813897) or Jay Kendall (07845 143664)

FLOWER CLUB: Our meeting on Wednesday May 7 at 2pm in the village hall will be an opportunity for members to ‘have a go’ at creating a flower arrangement instead of watching a demonstration. Flowers will be provided, just bring container and foliage. Members not taking part and visitors are welcome to come along to watch, chat and have tea and cake.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 23, the result of the duplicate pairs played was 1st, Liz & Tim Owen; 2nd, Joan Evett & Sandra Dudley-Williams; 3rd, Alan Disney & Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30 pm. Contact 814220.

CHARITY RACE NIGHT: Ringmer Primary Home School Association are holding their popular charity race night on Friday May 9. Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start. Entrance tickets are £3 in advance or £4 on the door which includes a free drink from our licensed bar. Among the prizes on the night are a free trial Glider Flight worth £99, a pair of Final Dress Rehearsal tickets for Glyndebourne, a car service from the Busy Bee Garage, and theatre tickets worth £50. These are just a few of the fantastic prizes on offer. We extend our grateful thanks to all of our sponsors for the evening. Please come and support your local school and raise money for important equipment. For more details please phone 01273 813860/812463

BOWLS CLUB Results: Seaford v Ringmer, 54 - 68; Ringmer v Frant, 60 - 60; Ringmer v West Hoathly, 50 - 69; Mayfield v Ringmer, 53 - 99. We have an open morning on May 10. Do come along.

CHILDREN’S NEARLY NEW sale will be held at Ringmer Primary School on May 17 10.30-12 for anything to do with children age four plus. Items we hope to be selling include clothes, toys, books, bikes, scooters etc. If anyone wishes to sell then they should register in advance at rachel@willats11.plus.com. If anyone has anything they could donate for school funds then please email the same address and we would be pleased to collect.

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

RODMELL & SOUTHEASE

EASTER: I popped into Ringmer shopping area over Easter and was pleasantly surprised to find it very busy, with an assortment of stalls, and a very good band playing. There was a jolly atmosphere. Lewes was very busy and there was a lot going on. On Easter Sunday and it was so nice to see the church full. It looked lovely, decorated with flowers, and it was a lovely touch to have a couple of special occasions to celebrate, one being the presentation to a couple who had been working for the church for 25 years, and the other to celebrate Jenny’s birthday. At the end of the service our curate Marcus stood at the door with a large basket of colourful Easter eggs for us to help ourselves to. Lovely to see so many happy people.

PRODUCTION: My god-daughter took me and one of my visitors to see The Music Man at Lewes Town Hall. It was a production by Lewes Operatic Society and although we enjoyed it, and it was very entertaining, it was not quite up to its usual standard. We were all rather surprised the lead singer did not get as much applause as he deserved at the matinee we attended. Hopefully the evening supporters were more appreciative.

SADLY I have to report the death of a much loved villager and local farmer, Peter Jarrett (senior), on Friday April 18. Our condolences to his family.

IT WAS ALSO SAD to see Kathleen Verrall, who was Telscombe Town Clerk from 1978 to 2008, died on Saturday April 5. I knew Kathleen from university when I shared an office with her husband Richard.

THE RE-SURFACING on the C7 Lewes to Newhaven road was done efficiently and it is now a much more pleasant drive for everyone.

THE TALK given by Trevor Weeks from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue Centre to Rodmell and Southease WI was excellent. Those of us, plus some members of the public who turned up, really enjoyed the evening.

PLANT FAIR: Don’t forget Southease Spring Plant Fair on May Bank Holiday (May 5). Parking is free and refreshments will be available.