Parish pump Lewes - September 12, 2014


NIGHT AT THE RACES, 7.30pm Saturday September 27 at the Royal Oak. First Race 8pm. Tickets £5 each including programme and food. Tickets available from The Royal Oak, Kane Black 07706304807, Tom Rumary 07808666230. Raffle with substantial prizes.

GARDEN CLUB: We’re back in the village hall for autumn meetings now, and our next one is on Tuesday at 7.30pm, when we welcome Dr Alan and Isabelle Rae of Fletching Glasshouses for Beat Those Bugs, a talk on biological pest control. Many of us enjoyed an extremely interesting visit to Fletching Glasshouses in July, so we can look forward to an excellent evening.

BOWLS: Here are the two results from last week. The score for the away match at Uckfield was 82- 56 and the result for the home match against Deanland was 55-64 to Deanland. The outdoor bowls season is coming to an end, the last game is against Newhaven on September 27. Meanwhile the indoor short mat bowls will be starting with roll ups (practice ) sessions at 7.30pm on September 18 and 25 in the Barcombe School Community Sports Hall. New members are very welcome to come and have a go. So why not try a new activity for the winter months.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Barcombe v Robertsbridge. Barcombe 157 all out in 45-5 overs: Matt Tucker 61 Keith Savage 23 Josh Wheatley 22. Robertsbridge 116 all out in 27-4 overs:

Rhys Alchin 4-45 Allan Trower 3-18 Josh Wheatley 2-31. Barcombe (30 points) beat Robertsbridge (10 points) by 41 runs.


RIDE AND STRIDE: A chance to visit St Peter’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, as the Revd John Miller-Maskell will be manning the church 9am to 5pm to offer refreshments to visitors. Everyone is welcome to visit this 13th century church; the north aisle was added in Victorian times and there is a modern stain glass window depicting the area. Whether you are participating in the Ride and Stride event to raise money for the Sussex Churches or just passing through you can be sure of a warm welcome.

CYCLISTS: Tour of Britain cyclists will pass through Chailey, along the A272 tomorrow, Saturday. It is estimated the race will leave Haywards Heath at around 12.25pm, so sometime after that we will see the some of the best cyclists travel through Chailey. There will be delays on the roads of between 25 and 40 minutes due to rolling road closures along the route. For more information visit

AUTUMN SHOW: The horticultural society Autumn Show is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, and exhibits in the 94 classes can be viewed from 2pm, with prize giving at 4pm followed by an auction of produce. Refreshments will be available, including homemade cakes. Call Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817.

SHEFFIELD PARK GARDEN: The garden ise open free of charge all day tomorrow, Saturday, as part of the Heritage Open Days Festival. Go along and see the historic Pulham Falls in full flow or visit the WWII pill box across the parkland, which will be open to look inside.

MUSIC: Tickets available on the gate on Saturday at £5 per person, for entry to the Music (provided by Michael Salmon and Reservoir Frogs). Event at Balneath Lane, South Chailey, opposite Swann Close from 5pm. There will be a variety of real ales and cider, paella and sangria stalls. Also an Auction of Promises which includes a trip along the River Thames to raise funds for Chailey’s Bonfire celebrations.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Holy Communion at 10am. For transport call Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Free Church services, 10.30am with Jeremy Heath, to include communion, and 6.15pm with Giles Woodcraft.

MUSEUM: The Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday, 3pm to 5pm, for National Heritage Day and admission ise free in recognition of the financial support given by the National Lottery towards the restoration of the Mill in 1996. Call John Smith on 01825 723519.

POND CLEARANCE: Brighton Conservation Volunteers is a dedicated team and about nine turn out every Tuesday. They are returning to a pond at Markstakes Common on Tuesday where last winter they cleared sections of invasive reeds, along with buckets full of mud. The team look forward to welcoming new volunteers. Contact Mike Fearn on 01273 736135 or at

OPEN EVENING for prospective parents at Chailey School, a comprehensive secondary school catering for about 700 pupils, is on Tuesday , 6.30pm to 8.30pm. There will also be an Open Morning on Thursday September 25 , 9am to 11am. Call 01273 890407.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and make representations.

TALK: History and Wildlife of Newick Common by Tony Turk will be the illustrated talk at the Commons Society meeting at the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the Bonfire Society is on Saturday September 20 at 11am in the village hall. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated at the village hall on Friday September 19 at 7pm or on the day of the sale from 9am or can be collected. To make arrangements for collection call Trevor on 891008. .

FINALISTS: Carole and Kevin Uridge of Townings Farm, Plumpton Road, North Chailey are finalists in the Sussex Farmer and Sussex Food Shop of the Year categories of the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2014/2015. Now you are asked to vote for the farmer you feel represents the ‘Best of Sussex’ in finding innovative ways to bring produce to market, while contributing to the economic and sustainable management of the countryside. If you think that Carole and Kevin deserve recognition for their great work on the farm then please vote here by Monday September 22.

INFORMATION POINT: There are no sessions this month as the Free Church is redecorating the community room. The next session will be on October 3. If you wish to speak to the clerk in the meantime the parish office at Scaynes Hill Village Centre is open on Tuesdays, 12.30 to 1.30pm and Thursdays, 10am to 11am. Call 01444 831453.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

TOMORROW, Saturday, the country’s largest free-to-watch sporting event is timed to pass through Offham Village at about 2.45pm. It should be quite a spectacle with 120 cyclists and 32 police motor cycle outriders to control traffic. Mouth watering refreshments will be on sale all day on the church green outside St Peter’s Church (if wet in the church hall). What a lovely way to spend the afternoon enjoying all the fun and excitement (watching the likes of Bradley Wiggins racing past) and then enjoying a delicious cream tea. As well as being the Tour of Britain Cycle Race it is also Ride and Stride for the Sussex Historic Churches Trust which St Peter’s Church take part in every year.

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


SHOW OVER: The Art and Soul exhibition is over and what a good show it was this year. We received praise from every quarter and sales (particularly the sculpture) were very good. Speaking of sculpture, you can still enjoy Lou Johns’ monumental foot, Grounded, in Falmer pond for a little longer.

EVENTFUL: Our Heritage Open Days exhibition is on now at Falmer Church until Sunday. The exhibition takes our memorial dedicated to soldiers who fought in the First World War as a starting point, and explores their lives and times. The church will also be showing paintings by the well-known abstract artist David Armitage, who has kindly allowed us to show his series of paintings inspired by the Benjamin Britten work War Requiem.


KINGSTON WI: At our September meeting we learned that there are some places for those that wish to join the Tuesday Pilates group, and that we will be entertained by the tap dancing group at the November business meeting. Members are invited to the Friday craft meetings at 2pm in the pavilion where knitters are needed to make baby clothes for the hospital baby unit. The WI centenary at the Albert Hall is to be screened at cinemas nationwide and the committee is to hire the pavilion and screen the event there. The WI will also invite the village to celebrate the centenary with tea, cakes and exhibitions about the WI. Members were told of electric blanket checks at the Lewes Fire Station on October 17. Our speaker was David March who talked about English County Cheeses and praised the Lewes Cheese shop for its range and quality. There are 900 English cheeses and we heard that the earliest cheese was likely discovered after an ancient traveller, transporting goats milk in a carrier made from a goats stomach, found the milk had turned to curds and whey. Cheese is the only milk product that improves with age and the Egyptians showed cheese making on their wall paintings. Cheese was flavoured with herbs, fruit or honey and once the liquid was pressed out salt was added. The result could be hard or soft cheese. The Romans had very advanced food technology and it was passed to the British once they left. Cheese making was continued in monasteries using unpasteurised milk but after the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII all was changed. Milk was not safe to consume and contained TB, E-coli and many other bacteria; even water was not safe to drink; people preferred beer or ale. This changed when Louis Pasteur discovered that boiling milk at 165 degrees for 15 seconds made milk safe and therefore cheese too. The introduction of the Milk Marketing board made milk production even safer. We had a taste of three cheeses, a smoked Cheddar, a Stilton and a cranberry Wensleydale. Cheese is about 45 per cent saturated fat but Stilton is 50 per cent and is made blue by injecting the cheese with penicillium which induces a mould, then matured for six months. The best Cheddar is Montgomery rind Cheddar. Cheshire can be red, white or blue; Gloucester can be single or double and Lancashire is best for welsh rarebit. Wensleydale was made by Cistercian monks long before Henry VIII and is now available blue, white or flavoured with fruit. The winner of the competition was Brenda Gough.


PLOUGHING MATCH: Laughton and District Agricultural Society’s 84th Ploughing Match Wednesday, Court Farm, Falmer by kind permission of E S Huxham, Esq. Everybody welcome to come to Court Farm, Falmer; tucked into the bottom of the South Downs this is a fantastic site for the 84th Ploughing Match. Vintage tractors and ploughs, as well as the most modern machinery will be competing, together with the ever popular shire horses and their single furrow plough. Many local businesses who supply the agricultural industry will be there to meet their customers and exhibit their goods and services. The committee of the society are well aware of the need to educate young people about the countryside and to this end the pupils from Iford and Kingston Primary School will be attending. The children will learn the story of Wheat from Seed to Table, and will have hands on experience of grinding corn, corn dolly making, milking a cow as well as machinery displays and a tractor trailer ride around the Ploughing Match site. The family section is a very important part of the Ploughing Match and covers crafts such as cooking, painting, craft competitions, flower arranging and displays of seasonal fruit and vegetables. These classes are open for everyone to enter who live in the parishes of the Laughton and District Agricultural Society. Local young farmers’ clubs will once again be invited to enter all the competitions. For further information please contact: The secretary, Shauna Fenner, Email:


HERITAGE WEEKEND: Tomorrow, Saturday, St John sub Castro Church is open 9am to 5pm as part of Heritage Weekend and also for the people taking part in Ride and Stride, a sponsored walk/ride in aid of Sussex Historic Churches. You may like to come in and look up details of any Lewes family who were lost in World War I or II, as we have a lot of information on file, or have a stroll in our wildlife-friendly churchyard, one of Lewes’ best-kept secrets.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our Autumn Group Meeting is on Wednesday, at Cliffe Church Hall at 7.30pm and we will be having a very interesting talk by Ian Everest on A Sussex Farm in the 1950s which includes some original cine camera film. Visitors are welcome at a small charge. Our next walk will be on Tuesday. North Chailey, an undulating 5.5 mile walk. We plan to catch the bus to North Chailey that leaves Lewes bus station at 9.28am. Those walkers with a bus pass that is not valid before 9.30am are advised to catch the bus at Lewes Post Office in the High Street to avoid being charged. On our last walk, 16 of us set out from Bishopstone Station and soon found our way to the village which is very quiet and very pretty. From there we began the first climb to the top of The Downs where six paths converge, followed by a steep descent down a slippery path where, at the bottom, we found a new vineyard and large areas of seemingly uncultivated land which were covered in wild flowers such as vetch and clover. Above, buzzards were calling to each other. Another climb took us to Cross Dyke where we turned east and walked along the top, enjoying views in all directions, before dropping down to Alfriston where four of our group left to catch the bus back to Lewes. After suitable sustenance, the remainder of us crossed the Cuckmere River and followed its valley northward, joining the Wealdway after an unpleasant few minutes walking along the A27. At Arlington Reservoir we found our way to Berwick train station with just enough time to buy tickets for the journey home. Blackberries were seen in abundance and many picked, as were some sloes, which slowed us all down. It only got too hot to walk at the end, otherwise it was pretty well perfect walking weather.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH will be open tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 5pm for the Historic Churches’ Trust Annual Ride and Stride event and from 1pm to 4pm there will be tours of the Gundrada chapel, which houses the magnificent tomb of the founder of the Priory of St Pancras, as part of the Priory Trust’s Heritage open day events. We have strong links with various communities in Rwanda and church members visit regularly in order to provide them with practical support. Our new Alpha course starts on Thursday October 2, an opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith. An ideal course to discuss the big questions of life in an informal and relaxed setting. Please contact our rector, Steve Daughtery, on 472018. Last Sunday a sale of Rwandan clothes and crafts raised further funds for the feeding clinic for malnourished children. This brings us to a grand total of £835 raised for the clinic over the past year, which we have been told has made a big change in the growth of the children. This month our collections are going to IPASC, a charity that provides community health facilities and trains health workers in the DR Congo. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service with communion, in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Last Thursday saw a great start to the new school year. The children looked really smart in their uniforms and returned to school with real enthusiasm ready for the year ahead. This week all classes have been finding out what helps them to become good learners. This is part of an exciting new development this year in which staff and children will explore their mindsets and understand how their attitudes and approach to learning and challenge is crucial to their success. Everyone was delighted to find a bumper crop of apples and plums in the school orchard when they returned to school a week ago. This week they have been making and eating some delicious pies. The school chickens also had a surprise in store for the new school year as they had started laying eggs. This year the school hope to develop their garden area and increase the produce they can grow and eat. The Friends (PTA) are holding their first camping adventure on the school field this weekend. It should be an exciting 24 hours.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH are staffing the church building tomorrow, Saturday, for the Ride and Stride event in aid of Sussex Historical Churches, an organisation which supports churches which have to pay large amounts of money to keep ancient buildings in good repair. It will be open from 10am to 4pm. These days insurance companies request their church customers to lock their buildings when there is no one present to keep it safe, so this is also another good opportunity, like Artwave, for people who haven’t seen inside their local church to have a look round and learn something of its history. Parishioners and friends of the church are invited to a celebration and Open Afternoon from 4pm to 6.30pm on September 20, so they can see how well the church is being looked after following its summer of refurbishment. On Sunday there will be a Family Service, directed mostly at children but inclusive enough for everyone to enjoy. It starts at 9.30am and all are welcome.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 10.40am to 11.10am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 11.30am to noon; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.40pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2pm to 2.30pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 2.45pm to 3.15pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.40pm to 4pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.30am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.30am to 11am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.15am to 11.35pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 11.45am to 12.10pm; South Rough, Newick 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Oldaker, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm.


PARTY TIME: Congratulations to our friends Sue and Derek Tillman on achieving 40 years of marriage. Family and friends celebrated at St Mary’s Supporters Club with a combined party for them and Sheila Courcha who has now retired from Wallands School.

NEVILL SHARES: The next event is on Sunday, 3pm to 5pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road. Tea, cake and neighbourliness. If you want to, you can bring along your current craft project. Share your skills, ask for advice or find fellow enthusiasts. Contact or just come along.

NEVILLE WI: The next meeting is on September 17 when John Cave will entertain us with comedy songs, and poetry with guitar. Don’t forget to bring along your original poems, prose or limericks about Neville WI.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: The 10th annual meeting on Sunday will start at 3pm with an illustrated talk on The Monks of Saint Pancras by Graham Mayhew which is based on years of research. Tea at 4pm followed by a brief business meeting.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, our Tots Group starts meeting again between 9.30am and 11.30am. Some of our older children have now started nursery and school so we have room for some new children and their carers. The cost is £1 per session per family. Tomorrow, Saturday, the church will be open between 9am and 5pm for the Sussex Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event. During this time we will be offering refreshments to participants. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and will include Holy Communion. The Sunday Club for children will also be meeting. After morning worship we are planning to have a church walk.

NEVILL RESIDENTS’ meeting will be held on Monday September 22 in St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Rd at 8pm. Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe will report on the latest developments of the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan and the success of the recent Open Day and there will be an opportunity for Q&As. There will also be an update on the proposed bus services changes.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding one of their popular jumble sales tomorrow (Saturday) in Ringmer Village Hall. Doors open at 2pm.

SUMMER SHOW: On Saturday September 6 the St Mary’s Gardening Club held its annual Summer Show at the St Mary’s Social Centre. There was an impressive display of vegetables, fruit and flowers not to mention tempting cookery items and colourful flower arrangements. The show is open to all and is not restricted to members only. People can enter as few or as many classes as they wish. There is a spirit of friendly competition and those who take part enjoy seeing what others have grown and discussing their experiences. Thanks to all the members who helped to make this show successful especially to Mary Newnham and Christine Gibson who organised and served delicious tea and cakes. We were pleased to welcome the Mayor and his wife who very kindly gave out the trophies to this year’s winners. The Perpetual Challenge Cup was won by Christine Gibson who also took home the Elphicks Cup as well as the Ladies Cup, the St Mary’s Arrangement Shield and the Peter and Joan Russell Memorial Bowl. Mick Taylor won the Turf Culture Cup. The Walter Cookery Cup went to Ann Hobden who also won the Marina Trophy and the French Cup for the best pot plant went to Vicki Trenhaile. Certificate for Best Vegetable went to Alan Brown who also won the Charlie Earl Cup for his magnificent parsnips and Best Fruit went to Edith Hall, and Best Flower to Christine Gibson. The Banksian Medal from the RHS went to Chris Gibson. The winner of the Best Flower Arrangement certificate was Pat Elliott and the certificate for the Best Produce item was awarded to Pat Mitchell. The Children’s Cup under 8 years went to Alfie Archich and his sister Lauren won the over 8 years Children’s Cup.

Winners of individual classes are as follows: Potatoes (red), Chris Gibson; potatoes (white), Christine Gibson; baking potatoes, Chris Gibson; potatoes (salad), Chris Gibson; runner beans, Chris Gibson; beetroot, Mick Taylor; cabbage, Chris Gibson; chilli peppers, S French; carrots, Chris Gibson; tomatoes, M Taylor; cherry tomatoes, Anne Brown; shallots under one inch, M Taylor; shallots (medium), Margaret Gearing; red onions, V Trenhaile; onions (sets), Chris Gibson; onions (from seed), Chris Gibson; courgettes, Cyril Bates; any other vegetable, Alan Brown; squashes, Marilyn Dodd; three herbs, Christine Gibson; trug of vegetables, Chris Gibson; plate of salad, Christine Gibson; apples (dessert), M Dodd; apples (cooking), C Bates; pears, Sheila Kay; berry fruit, Edith Hall; any other fruit, Sheila Kay; rose, Christine Gibson; dahlia (cactus), Chris Gibson; dahlia decorative, Christine Gibson; dahlia, any other, Christine Gibson; dahlia (specimen), Maurice Hobden; chrysanthemum, Brenda Greenaway; chrysanthemum, spray, A Hobden; vase of any other flower, V Trenhaile; asters, Christine Gibson; begonias, B Greenaway; marigolds, Anne Brown; penstemons, V Trenhaile; zinias, Christine Gibson; stem or spray of flowers, C Gibson; geranium, A Hobden; flowering pot plant, Anne Brown; flowering orchid in a pot, V Trenhaile; non flowering pot plant, B Greenaway; cacti, B Greenaway: fuchsia, Joyce Dean; soft fruit jam, P Mitchell; stone fruit jam, M Taylor; mixed fruit jam, S Kay; fruit jelly, R Sells; Old Fashioned Bread Pudding, Alison Soudain; summer fruit tart, Anne Brown; jam swiss roll, Christine Gibson; Dorchester biscuits, Pat Elliott; fudge, any flavour, A Hobden; photo Insect (s), Jo Allen; photo Best Friends, M Gearing; a knitted item, Joy Vincent; an item of handicraft, Gill Taylor; children under 8 years, monster made from fruit/veg, Louie Soudain; decorated biscuit, Alfie Archich; children over 8 years, monster made from fruit/veg, Lauren Archich; decorated biscuit, Lauren Archich; summer posy, Christine Gibson; arrangement of a song title, Pat Elliott; arrangement in your favourite container, A Hobden; arrangement incorporating a pumpkin or squash, Christine Gibson; arrangement of berries and grasses, Christine Gibson; arrangement of flowers and foliage from garden, Christine Gibson; largest onion, M Taylor; heaviest potato, Christine Gibson; largest tomato, C Gibson; longest runner bean, Chris Gibson; most unusual vegetable, Christine Gibson.


REMINDER: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Tour of Britain Cycle Race will be passing through the village on the A272 at approximately 12.44pm. There will be a rolling road closure.

THE BOWLS CLUB will be playing away tomorrow, Saturday, against St Francis. On Sunday they will welcome the Adastra team to Newick. On Tuesday they will be playing Henfield at home and on Friday September 19 their final outdoor game will be fish and chip drive plus barbecue. All at 2.30pm.

THE CRICKET CLUB will be playing at home on Sunday against Old Blues Cricket Club. On Sunday September 21 it is the final match of season and they will playing Bodiam Cricket Club at 12.30pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Holy Communion Common Worship at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available if booked in advance on 722582. Sunday September 28 will be Harvest Festival Service at 10.20am. This being the Rev Peter Francis’s final service. Peter is retiring after 26 years in Newick, so what better way to say thank you and farewell and have a full church. I am sure all residents would like to wish Peter and Norma all the best for the future.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY meeting in the village hall at 8pm on Thursday. The speaker will be David March, his subject The Opposite of Chelsea, Chaumont Garden Show. David’s talk gives an insight into the differences between Chelsea and Chaumont and walk you through a few great successes and the occasional disaster. You will receive a warm welcome.

HARVEST: Headway Harvest Celebration will be on Saturday September 20 from noon to 3pm. Headway is in Jackies Lane set in beautiful grounds with 32 acres of meadows, Victorian walled garden and orchard. Entrance £1 children free. This will be a great family fun afternoon with plenty of things to see and do. Huxleys Birds of Prey, fun dog show, craft and food produce stalls, live music, barbecue and vintage teas, cookery demonstration, lots of children’s activities and fun stalls, vehicle and motorcycles display, plus arts and pottery exhibition. All the profits will go towards providing and developing their services for the people with an acquired brain injury.

DIARY DATES: Newick Horticultural Society Quiz Night is on Friday September 26. Newick Cinema in the village hall on September 28, will show The Grand Budapest Hotel.


FLOWERS AND MORE: Tomorrow (Saturday) the Horticultural Society will stage its Autumn Show in the village hall from 2pm. There is bound to be a fine exhibition of flowers, flower arrangements, plants, vegetables, cookery, handicrafts, wine and so on that will brighten up anyone’s day. There will also be plant sales, other interesting stalls and tombola, plus refreshments to enable visitors to sit back, relax and chat about the various exhibits and, naturally, exchange village gossip. The last chance for such an occasion until next spring.

CARE ABOUT PLUMPTON? If you really do then you will be sure to drop in at the village hall on Tuesday when there will be another consultation exercise relating to the village Neighbourhood Plan. The parish council is preparing a Neighbourhood Plan so that the village may have influence on the future development of Plumpton that will inevitably lead to more homes being built, but there is a lot more to it than that. Where will they be built, what will be built, will the infrastructure be able to cope, will local amenities be adequate to satisfy demand? These and many other issues need to be addressed and it is important residents express their views, have their say and provide practical input. Without it, how can a small handful of people (the parish council) be sure they represent the groundswell of opinion? Go along, look, listen and speak your mind. If you don’t then you will have no right to complain if things do not go your way. Can you help shape the future in some way, however small? Remember apathy often results in the minority getting their way. It’s your village and your future at stake. More houses are inevitable but play your part in planning it properly and ensuring that our village retains its character and that amenities keep pace. Feedback from the April meeting will be there to study.

IS IT CURTAINS? Well, you will have to go along to the Flower Club’s meeting on Wednesday to find out as Curtains is the title of the demonstration. It happens in the village hall at 7.30pm and visitors will be warmly welcomed.

FANCY A WALK? If so, meet the Footpath Society on Sunday at the Phoenix car park, Lewes (TQ421 103) for a six and a half mile circular jaunt to Ringmer and back taking in Malling Hill, Glyndebiurne outskirts, Potato Lane with a stop for lunch at the Green Man then on to Ringmer church, Ryderswell Farm and Upper Stoneham. Call 01273 477336.

CALL FOR SITES: The Steering Group responsible for preparing the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan has asked landowners who have land within the parish that they believe may be suitable for development to come forward and identify them. This request was not made with a view to providing opportunities for further development but simply to ensure as many sites as possible were available to consider in deciding where the compulsory new homes could be built to fit in with the general environment. There is no suggestion that nomination will secure approval but the exercise may reveal hitherto unrecognised but more suitable sites than had previously been put forward. This is an ongoing process and any landowners are invited to make contact through

SPLICE THE MAINBRACE: On Saturday next week that dashing Royal Navy Subaltern, Andy Duffy, is to tie the knot, but not in any seafaring way. He is to be wed to Jessica Bench in All Saints’ church, so if you see a frigate making its way along the Bevern Stream fear not as it is likely be a guard of honour rather than an invasion fleet. Wishing you every happiness in the future Andy and Jess.

DEFIBRILLATOR NEWS: The defibrillator provided by Plumpton Village Action Plan at the Fountain pub had to be removed because it became defective. Good news is it should shortly be replaced in a new but accessible position.

BE ALERT: There have been some break-ins in the Lewes District, including two in Plumpton, involving the theft of jewellery, laptops, cash etc. It is possible a white van with two males in it may have been involved in stakeouts. If you see such a vehicle acting suspiciously then note the registration number and report it to the police on 101 or, if you think a crime is taking place, use 999. The police advise not to make regular absences from home obvious.


ART EXHIBITION: St Mary’s Art Groups will be holding an Art Exhibition and Sale of work tomorrow, (Saturday) 10am to 4.30pm and Sunday 2pm to 4.30pm in St Mary’s Church Room. Free entrance and tea, coffee and biscuits.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding one of their popular jumble sales tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall. Doors open at 2pm.

FOOTBALL CLUB: First of all an apology to anyone who turned up at the Caburn to watch the youth team last Sunday; they were away to Peacehaven. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Broadbridge Heath in a SCFL Div 1 match with a 3pm kick off at the Leisure Centre. The seconds are at home to Arundel Reserves in a reserve section premier match, also with a 3pm kick off. On Sunday morning the Under 18s play Saltdean Utd in a league fixture with an 11am kick off and this match is definitely at home at The Caburn. On Tuesday, the first team are at home to Hassocks in a League fixture with a 7.45pm kick off at The Caburn and on Wednesday the Seconds travel to Newhaven for a league match, 7.45pm kick off at Fort Road Recreation Ground.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing, 6.30pm. No evening service today.

BARN DANCING: The next Barn Dancing session is on Tuesday in the Caburn Pavilion (Football Club by the doctors’ surgery) starting at 8pm. Tony Dunn will be our caller and the session costs £3.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday September 3, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Valerie and Peter King. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: We had the club finals last week and the winners are: Men’s Singles, S Barton; Novices, M Broadway; Seniors, S Barton; Handicap, J Sawyer; Two Wood, J Sawyer; Club Champion, S Barton; Over 75s, J Jarvis; The Pairs, P Piper/A Hardy. Last Sunday we held the club Triple Afternoon and the winner were Y Coote/C Pitts/B Suton. Well done to all the winners this year.

JUMBLE SALE: There will be a Jumble Sale on September 20 at 2pm in the village hall. If you have jumble for the sale, bring it to the hall 10am to 11am on the morning.

Rodmell & Southease

THE NEW YH at Southease is holding an Open Day on Monday, 10.30am to 2.30pm. Open the Door to the South Downs. Contact Claire Reynolds on 01273 407305 if you would like to come.

EXHIBITION: Local artist Rachel Wyndham, long-time friend of mine and a very talented lady, is having an exhibition of paintings with Sasha Turnbull at the Foundry Gallery, Lewes until September 14.

BIKE RIDE: Tomorrow, Saturday, sponsored bike ride the same day as the Tour of Britain Cycle Race which comes through Rodmell so the road will be closed from about 1.30pm to 4.30pm. The sponsored bike ride visits as many churches as possible in the area.

WI: On September 16, Rodmell and Southease WI are having a talk by Marie Bartholomew entitled The Woolf’s. Marie grew up in Rodmell and her father was gardener to the Woolf’s. Visitors welcome at 8pm and a donation of £3 is suggested.