Parish pump Lewes - November 14, 2014

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Chailey

AUTUMN FAYRE and Coffee Morning, hosted by Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section, is at the Free Church tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and midday. There will be cakes, gifts, books, tombola, card and bottle stalls. To learn more call Lily Holman on 01825 723786.

SCOTTISH BARN DANCE is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm. Tickets are £10 which includes soft drinks, ploughman’s and a pudding; you will need to take your own wine and glasses. Also wear something tartan and flat shoes. Tickets, in support of the St Peter’s Church re-ordering fund, are available from Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. For transport call Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH: Sunday, service at 10.30am with John Goodway and Emmanuel Yagar. At 4.30pm there is a Café Church, at the village hall, with Eric Cornelisse to which everyone is very welcome. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

THE LIFE OF THE BUMBLEBEE is the subject of the Commons Society talk at the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Dr Nikki Gammans who is actively involved with conservation of bumblebees. For further information visit www.chaileycommons.org.uk or call William on 01444 831098.

MOTOWN MUSIC, with Soul Diva, is at Newick village hall on Friday November 21 starting at 7pm with all the proceeds going to St Peter and St James Hospice. Tickets are £25 and are available from Jenny Smerdon, of the Newick and Chailey Support Group, on 01825 722583.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Do go along and enjoy the taste of Christmas at Townings Farm Shop, Plumpton Road on Saturday November 22 from 9am to 5pm and Sunday November 23 from 10am to 4pm. This is a chance to sample delicious local and seasonal produce and to see their Christmas hampers and gifts. Also to order turkey, gammon and ham.

ANNUAL EXHIBITION: Chailey and Newick Painting Group exhibition and sale of members’ work takes place on Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23, from 10am to 5pm at the village hall. All framed paintings will be new to the exhibition, plus there will be unframed work and artists’ greetings cards. Also members will be demonstrating their painting skills throughout the exhibition. Admission is free and there will be homemade refreshments. For more information visit www.chaileyandnewickpaintinggroup.org.uk.

WHIST DRIVE organised by the Women’s Institute is on Saturday November 29 at 7.30pm at the village hall. Entrance is £3 and includes excellent refreshments, prizes and a raffle. All are welcome

CHRISTMAS PARTY, hosted by the bonfire society, takes place at the village hall on Saturday December 6 from 12.30pm onwards and all senior citizens in the village are welcome to attend and transport can be arranged. There will be roast turkey and all the trimmings, Christmas pudding, entertainment followed by tea and a mince pie and a firework display. I know there are quite a few people in the village who do not believe they are ‘old’ enough to attend an event for senior citizens. All I can say is that if you don’t attend you are missing out on a truly memorable afternoon. If you or anyone you know would like to attend this year please let Jane know on 01273 400632.

DID YOU MISS the Persimmon Homes South East public consultation on November 12? Persimmon Homes have plans to develop land to the west of Oxbottom Lane, North Chailey, for about 37 family homes and if you would like details of their proposals and an opportunity to make representations do contact Urbanissta Development Planning on 07786848998 or mireille@urbanissta.co.uk for information.

YOUTUBE: You may be interested to see that Chailey Heritage Foundation staff, young people, parents, volunteers and fundraisers have been interviewed for a series of short videos which are on the Foundation’s You Tube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/ChaileyHeritageFound.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

HE’S BACK: As I sit writing this column on Thursday November 6, I am being watched by the white cat who resides in Allington Lane who is sitting on the flint wall in the back yard. It shows how far cats will stray as it is quite a way up Allington Lane and then he has to cross the very busy and dangerous B2116 to get to the farm. All I pray is that he does not get hit by a speeding vehicle. There must be tastier treats up here as he catches voles and mice.

AT RISK: Having recently written about the state of the roof at Hamsey Church I was surprised to read recently that hundreds of churches are at risk of being lost. It was reported that more than 800 churches are to be included on English Heritage’s At Risk register as dwindling congregations, financial troubles and metal theft put their futures in danger. All are deemed at risk of being lost if money is not provided for urgent repairs and restoration work. The new Heritage At Risk register has recently been published and features 887 places of worship. Buildings on the register can apply for a grant but English Heritage warns that it cannot fund every case. It is hoped that the official At Risk tag will galvanise local support and help with fundraising efforts. Having read that all that we can hope is that our unique Hamsey Church will get a helping hand and stand the test of time.

PARISH COUNCIL: when Hamsey Parish Council met in September there was one member of the public present. Under questions from the public the resident asked the council to note that from October 20 public spaces protection parish council orders could be used to stop parking by the school. PCSOs could give spot fines up to £100. In the last parish newsletter it stated that seven drives had been offered to parents for parking but none had taken up the offer. The resident had spoken to a parent whose car blocked the pavement for 25 minutes and only received abuse. Cllr D’Arienzo said there were now nine spaces available and she was going to raise the issue at a new parents meeting. The resident also said the grass verge beyond Hamsey Lane is being churned up by illegal parking. Cllr D’Arienzo asked if the resident felt there was a solution to the problem that the PC could consider. Cllr Drury felt the school did not take the problem seriously and the resident felt the school and parents were not interested. Parking makes it dangerous for the resident to exit the drive where they live and asked if the PC would contact the police commissioner to get restrictions enforced. The PC request for match funding for footpath/footway has been lodged with ESCC but at that stage no response had been received. Cllr D’Arienzo had met with James Vaks who indicated that the path stood a good chance of funding but was one of ten projects for ESCC to consider. Cllr Drury offered to record the names from the parish War Memorials as requested by ESCC. PC discussed a request to support town and parish councils who wish to sell generated electricity to the grid (presently not allowed) and asked the clerk to write and confirm their support. A resident’s request for toilet facilities at the recreation ground has been passed to the Trustees of the village hall. A request that hedges fronting the highway should be cut back will be made to the landowner. Cllr Dodd said the Neighbourhood Plan was progressing well with the writing team producing a draft copy. He reported that it looks like the Hamsey Plan may pre-date the LDC Local Plan. Cllr D’Arienzo had attended a meeting of Bevernbridge residents and those proposing to develop the old Brickworks site. All were keen to see the site was removed from the ESCC waste sites list. Residents would not object to some limited development as being preferable to a waste site. Cllr D’Arienzo is coordinating the community speed watch scheme and at that stage six volunteers had come forward. Cllr McBrown reported that there are parking problems at the end of Chandlers Mead, caused by parking on the roundabout, which is ruining the grass. The clerk was asked to contact LDC to see if this was something they could control. A proposal was put forward which was agreed that a slightly earlier council meeting start time of 7.15pm would be tried.

Falmer

CONGRATULATIONS, belatedly, to Rick a neighbour, who completed the Beachy Head Marathon two weeks ago in 3hrs 37mins and was placed 43rd out of the many hundreds that were competing.

LADYBIRDS: Before all this stormy weather, we were amazed at the hundreds of ladybirds crawling up the outside white walls of our house, obviously hoping to find a warm place to hide for the winter. We have always discovered them before in the corners of windows inside the house, but never have we seen so many outside.

CONCERT: Falmer’s next concert at St Laurence church is tomorrow, Saturday, when classical guitarist Gabrielle Stephens will be playing works by Piazzolla, Manuel de Falla and variations on La Traviata by Tarrega. A concert not to be missed, entrance is free with a retiring collection.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Also not to be missed is the Falmer Christmas Market, lots of lovely stalls plus delicious snacks and other goodies from the cafe. We hope you can all come.

MARKET: Christmas Art Market, November 22 and 23 in the village hall, 11am to 5pm. Affordable art and crafts for Christmas. Cards, ceramics, glassware, homewares, jewellery, paintings, prints, textiles, woodturning, plus café, homemade cakes and more.

Kingston

KINGSTON WI: Our November Business Meeting included an explanation of the past year’s budget after which the budget was accepted. The names of those willing to stand for the committee were displayed and almost all the existing committee stood again. After a ballot for Presidentfor 2015, the current president, Beverley Wakeford-Brown, was duly elected and she accepted the position. The Treasurer, Jan Sumner, who has held the post for many years will be replaced by Carole Taplin. Next month’s activities include: Tap Dancing, second and fourthThursdays; Book Club November 20, book title The Story of a Beautiful Girl; Pilates, 2pm Tuesdays. The choir is restarting today, Friday, at 4pm, and craft, Fridays 2pm to 4pm at the pavilion, where members can knit blankets or jackets for premature babies at the Brighton Baby Unit. Lists were circulated for help with tasks at the Christmas party and for offers to make dishes. Betty Houghton gave a report about the group meeting at Ditchling, and there is to be a trip to the Newhaven incinerator for those interested. In September every member had received a questionnaire about Kingston WI, how well it worked and how it could be improved. Some of the questions were further discussed at the November meeting. Therefore, starting in 2015 we would have DIY entertainment (volunteers required), alternating each year with an entertainer. At each meeting members will have the choice of tea or coffee and biscuits increased to 30p or a glass of wine for £1 per glass. When renewing their subscription, members will be asked which contact method they prefer being made available to others. It is proposed that each year’s programme will include one evening of a physical activity i.e. dancing; one evening of poetry, stories and readings by members; and one evening with fundraising by sale of goods/produce etc. During socialising time activities such as flower arranging or crafts will be demonstrated for others to see. Our Christmas party clashes with Lewes Late Night Shopping and other events in the hall so from 2015 the party will be on a Friday evening. We decided not to sing Jerusalem more often, just at the annual Business Meeting and the competitions will cease to be held. It was also agreed to cease using the term open meeting and that men would be welcome to attend to listen to a speaker. We enjoyed a dance routine performed by members of the tap dance class, ending with an encore. The secretary and the president read their annual reports detailing the past year’s events and we were reminded that 2015 is the WI’s Centenary and also the 95th birthday of Kingston WI.

Laughton

THE INDOOR BOOT SALE on November 16 has been cancelled. The Indoor Boot Sale on December 14 will definitely take place. Tables are £5, doors open 10am. Refreshments available. Please contact 01323 811385 for more information or email jean-mart@silverhounds.co.uk.

Lewes

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday October 28 Duplicate Pairs: North/South: Paul Allen and Roy Scan; East/West: Jennifer Wilson and Peter Cattermole. Thursday October 30 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 2, Peter Kennedy and June Posey; 3, Elizabeth Roger and Sheila Cripps. Tuesday November 4 Tuesday Ladder: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, James and Sally Budgen; 3, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett. Thursday November 6 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Cattermole and Mickie Lodge; 2, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. New players welcome. Contact the secretary on 01273 475877.

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: At its October meeting, members of the Lewes club for stamp collectors were entertained by the story of the mutiny on the Bounty. The story was presented by David Sumpter as the background to his display of stamps and covers related to this history, mainly from the associated islands. The display included colourful and interesting items from the Pitcairn Islands, Norfolk Island, Tahiti and other places which members of the Bounty crew visited before the mutiny or settled on after. The next meeting of Lewes Philatelic Society is tonight (Friday) at Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road starting at 7.30pm when a display related to The Joys of Skiing will be presented by Don Terry. The meeting is open to all and non-members are welcome to attend. For further information about the meeting or membership of the society, please contact the secretary Norman Sansom on 01273 472470.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Last Sunday we enjoyed a very muddy walk around Blackboys. Thankfully, it didn’t rain and it was surprisingly warm in the sun. After leaving the village via the allotments we took a path through Tickerage Wood before following the Wealdway to the south of the village, stopping on the way for a coffee break overlooking the beautiful lake at New Place Farm. After crossing the B2192 we followed a lane which joined the Vanguard Way and followed this long distance path which took us back to Blackboys right opposite the lovely old Sussex Blackboys Inn. The next walk is on Tuesday, Balsdean Valley. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Our programme can be viewed at www.lewesfootpathsgroup.org.uk

SOUTHOVER CHURCH is a collection point for the Operation Christmas Child national appeal. Each year people are asked to fill a shoe-box with goodies for a disadvantaged child overseas who might otherwise not receive a Christmas present. Leaflets at the back of the church give full information on items needed (new toys, school supplies, etc) or go to www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk. Please bring your filled box to the church before or after any service on Sunday November 23. Don’t forget the festive Fairtrade Fayre in the church next Saturday November 22, 12.30pm to 4pm, for fairtrade and handmade gifts and cards. Stalls will also provide lunch and teatime treats. Waitrose has chosen the House of Friendship Christmas day lunch for isolated people as one of the causes it is supporting during November. Please consider putting your green token in the relevant box in the store. Come and hear the BBC champions, Lewes Sings Gospel, in their winter concert on January 10: buy tickets using the link below. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service including communion, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal service with singers and band. Please do join us. lsgwinter2015.eventbrite.co.uk

Malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL are looking forward to welcoming parents, friends and families to their open afternoon on Friday this week. The school will be transformed into a museum as each class displays their learning from their history based topic, the Time Travellers. The school corridor boards will also be transformed as the displays reflect a timeline through history. Also on Friday they are fund-raising activities for Children in Need. The children have come up with loads of fun ideas to raise money, stalls, games and cakes. There is also a non-uniform day in which the children are asked to wear colourful clothing for a £1 donation. Next week is Anti-Bullying week so they will be doing a lot of work on the subject with assemblies and classwork focussing on this year’s theme: Let’s Stop Bullying for All.

MALLING CHURCH, last Sunday, remembered those who have been killed and injured in the wars of the last century with two minutes’ silence followed by hymns and prayers. The Rector of Southover, who is also Vicar of South Malling, Revd Steve Daughtery, spoke at the Town Service at St John sub Castro, which followed the laying of wreaths at the Town War Memorial on Sunday afternoon, In the presence of the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and the Bishop of Lewes. He honoured the commitment of those who gave their lives for the freedom of others, and compared their sacrifice to that of Christ. Southover, St John’s and South Malling have now begun to use the name Trinity before each of their names, a step further in the process of coming together as a single parish. This still depends on whether or not the large Victorian Church of St John sub Castro can be made safe and reordered so that it can meet the needs of its wider community more securely and comfortably than it does at the moment. The three churches have secured generous funding for this task from the Diocese of Chichester and English Heritage amongst other donors, so it should be possible so long as the building is structurally sound, with no impossibly expensive flaws as yet uncovered. This Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion at South Malling, starting at 9.30am. Revd Steve Daughtery will lead the service. All are welcome.

Mobile Library

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

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, Christ Church Tots are having a Children in Need bring and buy cake sale. All proceeds from the morning will be going to Children in Need. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Mrs Bekkie Wright with Sunday Club for children and at 6.30pm Rev Geoffrey Whitfield will be conducting evening worship with Holy Communion.

THE LAST POST: Do you know the story behind the Last Post? Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the American Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison’s Landing in Virginia, The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land. During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded in the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army. The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted. The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician. The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth’s uniform. This wish was granted. The haunting melody, we now know as The Last Post used at military funerals was born. The words are: Day is done. Gone the sun. From the lakes, From the hills. From the sky. All is well. Safely rest. God is nigh. Fading light. Dims the sight. And a star. Gems the sky. Gleaming bright. From afar. Drawing nigh. Falls the night. Thanks and praise. For our days. Neath the sun, Neath the stars. Neath the sky, As we go. This we know. God is nigh.

Newick

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting this afternoon, Friday, in the Community Centre at 2.30pm when Dr Stuart Anderson will be speaking about The Brain on The Road. He will demonstrate how the brain changes impact on ability to drive and what you can do to combat brain changes in advancing years. A brilliant subject I am sure the centre will be packed out for this.

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. This week there will be Christmas cakes and puddings plus mince pies on display, which can be ordered for collection on December 19, so why not pop along and see what’s on offer. There will also be vegetables, flowers, cakes and many other things to tempt you. You can also enjoy a cuppa.

AUTUMN FAYRE: Royal British Legion Women’s section will be holding their annual Autumn Fayre and Coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon at Chailey Free Church, South Chailey. Gifts, cakes, tombola plus a bottle stall. Please try and support this event. Further details from 01825 723786.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Prayer at 10.30am. Lifts are available if booked in advance on 722582.

SUPPER QUIZ: Don’t forget to book your team in for the St Mary’s Church annual Supper Quiz on Wednesday at Newick Primary School from 7pm for 7.30 start. Tickets for six people (team) are £60. Please telephone 01825 723750 or 721266 to book you place.

AGM: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Thursday in the village hall at 8pm. Everyone welcome to join them for a glass of wine and nibbles. The photographic competition entries will be on display.

DIARY DATES: Newick Twinning Association AGM on November 28 in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. Newick Amateur Dramatic Society next play will be Flare Path, in the village hall from December 3 to 6. Further details later.

Plumpton

LET’S GO RACING: There will be horseracing again at Plumpton on Monday when the first race will start at 1pm. Expect some great racing and plenty to do between races, as always.

CHRISTMAS DEMONSTRATION: The flower club will stage its Christmas demonstration presented by Lucinda Knapman on Wednesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. Non-members are very welcome to join in on payment of £2.50 at the door.

BUMBLEBEE LIFE: On Thursday Chailey Commons Society will host a talk by Dr Nikki Gammans entitled the Life of the Bumblebee. It will take place in Chailey village hall at 7.30pm.

SPACE FOR YOUTH: The new Plumpton Youth Space venture will hold its first meeting in the sports pavilion at Plumpton playing field on Friday next week (November 21) from 7pm to 9pm. It will be an Urban Night when a DJ and a graffiti artist will be on hand to demonstrate their skills and show exactly how it’s done courtesy of Sussex Clubs for Young People. It is open to young people from Plumpton and East Chiltington between the ages 11 to 15 years and will be led by a qualified youth worker with the help of some volunteers. It is hoped that this venture will operate fortnightly to provide young people with a space of their own in safe surroundings. Apart from a place to meet, events that the young people want to take part in themselves will be arranged. The venture is sponsored by Plumpton Village Action Plan and all appropriate regulations relating to youth activities will be complied with. The message is ‘If you want some fun, just come along’. Parents willing to spare just a little of their time now and again to make the venture a success for their children can contact john.moore2011@byinternet.com or give me (Reg Stone) a ring on 01273 890722. For a long time people have been saying that there is nothing for youth of the village to do. Well, now there is going to be, so please make some small effort to ensure success.

HORTICULTURALISTS AWAKE: Also on Friday next (November 21) the horticultural society will hold its AGM when a new committee and officers will be elected and new faces are required to ensure the continuing success of this very popular group. The AGM will take place in the village hall at 7.30pm but if you would like to discuss just becoming a member or playing an active role ring Alan Pilfold on 01273 479954 or Carole Nicholson 01273 891725 for more information.

COFFEE MORNING: Do make a note that on Saturday, November 22 there will be one of those very popular church coffee mornings in All Saints’ church annexe between 1am and 1pm. Enjoy a coffee, a chat, maybe a snack and browse the various stalls. Everyone welcome.

OVER 60s PARTY: Once again our local Scout group invites residents of Plumpton and East Chiltington who are 60 or over to the annual Christmas tea party. This year it will be held in Plumpton village hall on Saturday, December 6 starting at 2.30pm. It is free and there will be a slap-up tea plus entertainment. The young people of the Scout group will be there with a warm welcome and they will ensure that all goes with a swing. If getting there and back could present a problem just ring Rod on 01273 890410 and a lift will be arranged for you.

SAVE OUR CARE CLUB: Despite various requests for help to run Care Club absolutely no response has been received. This vital facility for those aged 60 and over has been running for almost 20 years. However, the committee members have very reluctantly decided that they cannot continue unaided any more. Therefore, unless a few volunteers come forward the club will close after the Christmas events. These days activities consist of a few outings and social gatherings, plus a monthly Sunday lunch in the village hall. The facility means so much to people who are not as active as they used to be and often relieves their loneliness. If you care about your elderly neighbours and can spare a few hours now and again please contact Ann Chapman on 01273 890048. Ours is supposed to be a caring community but it looks as though not enough people really do care.

Ringmer

FIREWORK PARTY: Ringmer Primary PTA Firework Party is this evening, (Friday). Gates open 6pm, fireworks to go off at approx 7pm. Once again Neville Bonfire Society will be setting off an aerial firework display on our school field. There will be a licensed bar and food cooked on our barbeque. Tickets are priced at £10 for a family of four or adult £3.50, child £2.50. No unaccompanied children will be admitted. For tickets please phone 01273 813860/812463.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The talk this evening (Friday) at 7.45pm in the village hall will be Bridge Farm Excavations in 2014 by David Millum and Rob Wallace. It is exciting to have such an important Roman site in our parish, and as our knowledge about it increases there are bound to be further surprises in store.

COFFEE MORNING: Lewes District Art Club is running a coffee morning and art sale in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to noon, in aid of the Village Hall Appeal. Paintings and cards available at bargain prices.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday November 5, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, John Weston and Roy Skan; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 3, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: Blood Brothers tells the tale of twin brothers who are born into a large working class family and what happens when their mother decides to have one of them adopted as she cannot afford to keep them both Our licensed bar will be open for pre-performance drinks, during the interval and after the performance. Why not come along and meet the cast and crew? November 19 to 22 at 7.45pm in the village hall. Tickets £8 available from: ticketsource.co.uk/ringmerdramaticsociety; Ticket hotline 07732 224066 or Creature Comforts, The Pet Shop.

NATIVITY SCENE: Mary and Joseph, Kings, Shepherds, sheep and a donkey, these knitted figures are delightful and the accompanying books give all the family an opportunity to focus on the story of Christmas. If you would like one of St Mary’s Nativity scenes in your home for a short time during Advent this year, please contact Marisa Hayes (Tel: 812790 Email: marisa@happymouflon.com). The two cribs start their journeys on Advent Sunday, 29 November, and are shared between families, nurseries and schools around Ringmer until the Crib Service in St Mary’s on Christmas Eve.

Rodmell & Southease

C7: It’s the time of the year when the C7 looks like a butchers shop, with the carcasses of dead pheasants everywhere. I counted 14 on one day and have had several near misses as pheasants are rather stupid birds and literally run out in front of you. It’s giving feasts to magpies and foxes. I have also noticed of late more signs warning of deer in the area. When I was in the tour business and used to travel to Gatwick via, at times, Chailey Common, deer used to run out in front of me in the early mornings very frequently. Do take care on country roads in deer areas. They seem to be coming nearer to towns and villages.

THE OLD SAYING what goes around comes around especially seems to apply to fashion. I was reading an article on Amelia Earhart who was a famous American aviator who vanished 77 years ago when she was attempting to be the first woman to fly around the world. She was 39 and the photo of her in The Times could have been a young woman of today’s world as she looked ‘so cool’ as they put it.

THE SUBJECT of parents taking their children out of school during term time keeps arising. When I was a child it was frowned upon and most parents just would not do it, knowing how important education was. At times my parents took me out of school for a week but they had to write to the headmistress several months ahead and there had to be a good reason. One retired school teacher states, ‘I objected to parents taking their children out of lessons because they were usually the same parents who demanded that I then found the time to teach their children the materials missed.’ As a child who spent quite a time in hospitals far from home and who had school work sent up to me, I certainly lagged behind due to lack of a proper teaching environment.

PUDDLE JUMPING: Do any Sussex villages do puddle jumping contests? If they do, I bet the children love it, as the children of Kettering do. Most children love puddles and I’ve heard many an irate parent saying, no don’t do that, as a delighted child finds a large puddle.

YOU REALLY KNOW when life is getting to you when you go to use your mobile phone and take a sachet of cat food out of your bag and use it like your mobile. This happened to one of the carers that come to us. We ended up in stitches of laughter and hoped a mystified cat wasn’t presented with a mobile to eat.

DIARY DATES: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI have an interesting talk by Vivienne Macy on Glyndebourne, The Gardening Year. Visitors welcome at 8pm in the village hall. Wednesday November 26, coffee morning in the village hall, 11am. Sunday November 30 Advent Service by candle light in our church at 4pm.

CARDS: The church have some lovely Christmas cards which are now on sale, designed by Jenny Brown, £4.50 for a pack of five. In aid of church funds.