IT’S FESTIVAL TIME in Alfriston. Preparations to welcome friends and visitors to this year’s Bank Holiday weekend Festival culminate today, Friday, and end on Monday with the Village Fair. All that is left to do is hope that the weather is kind so that all the activities planned may be thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The Festival is a community event for fun and to raise money for local organisations and charities. There is something for everyone over the weekend - full details in programmes are available (free) in shops and tourist offices.
ST ANDREW’S FLOWER FESTIVAL entitled Colour My World is on 5th – 7th September, 10 am – 5 pm Friday and Saturday, 12 noon – 6 pm Sunday.
FREE HORSE MANURE is available on the west (Newhaven) side of Bishopstone Road between Bishopstone Estate and Bishopstone Pond: help yourself but please return or replace the bags.
OVER £3,100 was raised at the Bishopstone Summer Fête for St Andrew’s Church, reports Jane Lucy: many thanks to everyone who made it such a success!
THE WW1 centenary has dominated commemoration this month. Finding a 1942 shell case washed out of the ground by summer rain, however, was a timely reminder that WW2 is still living memory. This week saw the anniversary of the local Dieppe Raid when Allied losses were on a WW1 scale.
ART and Soul at Falmer: I am really looking forward to the opening of the Art Exhibition in the Village Hall and St Laurence Church commencing on Saturday and for the following two weekends. These exhibitions are always excellent and exciting.
THE Keep visit by the Ladies’ Group last week was so interesting. We were given a private tour and were so excited by everything we were shown. The ordinance survey maps, dated 1799, laid out for us to see, had us all pouring over trying to recognise anything in Falmer that is still in place today, we were taken into the strong rooms with the impressive locking system and climate control to preserve the documents stored there and then to the decontamination room where new documents are vacuum sealed and then freeze blasted at -35 degrees to destroy bugs and mould, our next visit was to where staff were painstaking digitalisation documents. The staff in the last room we visited were working on the restoration of documents with such care patience and attention, all of us were just full of admiration. There is a lot more facts, but if you can, do try and visit for yourself, everyone there is so very helpful, and it is a very welcoming environment to be in.
GARDENING: I am sure everyone is aware of just how much everything is growing, We can’t turn our backs on the courgettes before they are baby marrows, the runner beans are ready to pick every day and the blackberries in the hedgerows are big and juicy, within half an hour, with the help of my grandchild, I had picked 2 kilos, and a kind neighbour has a surfeit of Victoria plums which they have been delivering to our doorstep. It certainly seems a good year for produce.
VISIT: Last week we visited London for two days and I pass on our experiences, the open air performance in Regent’s Park ‘Porgy & Bess’ was brilliant, we even escaped the rain which teemed down after the show when we were having tea in the café. The second day we went to see the ceramic poppies in the moat of the Tower of London, they are just lovely and a wonderful way to commemorate those who died in the First World War.
LEWES Westgate WI report: Our August meeting was our Fun and Frolics time, we don’t have a speaker during our August meeting, we make our own amusement and this year we did: Knitting Little Yellow Ducks - we brought yellow wool, orange wool and needles to knit Little Yellow Ducks which have labels attached to them and then they are left anywhere for people to pick up and look into the Little Yellow Duck online and see why it’s done. Very easy project and very quick to knit, all done in stocking stitch except for the beak which is garter stitch - even a new knitter could manage to make one of these. We also had a fabulous fashion show from M & Co. We were shown the latest garments from the autumn and Winter Collection. Caroline and Mickie talked about and showed us a good selection of clothes, jumpers both round and square necked, all available in various colours - do pop into the shop in Cliffe High Street to see for yourselves; T-shirts this time long and three quarter length sleeves and many colours although we were told that navy is this year’s colour; jeans both straight and boot cut legs and the material used for these has a stretch so adapts to you - yippee! Also straight and bootcut trousers that have stretch too. Don’t forget they also sell children’s and baby clothes which are 100 per cent cotton. In addition they, after a lot of hard fighting, are now selling housewares (if you remember there used to be an M & Co housewares shop at the top of School Hill) and have bed linen in 15 different colours plus 100 per cent Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases; cushions; five different togs of duvets including a duck feather and down one; 15 different colours in towels from facecloths to bath sheets (bath sheet retails at £16). This was the very first time this fashion show had taken place but you would never have known, both Caroline and Mickie were very professional. Our secretary, Shirley Kirby, gave us a 30 question quiz to do just to tax our grey matter, the winner(s) (as I don’t think it was any one person, most likely a group of ladies on the same table) achieved 24.5 points - I only got 18 but did do it on my own! We all thoroughly enjoyed this meeting as it allowed us all to have a good natter as well as being productive. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 10 September 2014 when our speaker is Betty Houghton on My Time at Bletchley Park. We meet at St Thomas’ Church Hall, bottom of Cliffe High Street, at 10am for coffee, meeting starts at 10 30am. We would very much like you to come and join us, we are a very friendly group and welcome anyone who thinks they would like to join the WI. You can visit us for three sessions before making up your mind whether or not you wish to join. We welcome you with open arms - do give us a try.
SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Earlier in the year, Barbara Marsden was sponsored to eat and drink on just £1 a day in aid of the Send a Cow charity which provides practical support to poor rural families in east Africa. She raised a magnificent £1,000 which has been matched by the charity. Every family that receives a cow (or a goat, chickens or rabbits) also receives training in new farming techniques and passes on some of the benefit to others in the form of young livestock, seeds, knowledge and training. Then the benefits are passed on again and again. This builds stronger communities and allows many more people to develop new skills and live free from poverty and hunger. 12 September is the start of the new term for Lewes Prospects, meeting in the Chapter House (our fully accessible hall entered via Church End, Cockshut Road) on alternate Thursdays. Our group is part of a national organisation to help people who need that extra bit of assistance with life and learning. This term we will have a bang free fireworks party in November, join the Lewes late night shopping evening in December and enjoy a sit down Christmas meal. Meetings include talks, games, music, drama and craft, ending with food, tea and coffee. The group is led by volunteers from Southover church as well as other churches in Lewes. If you would like to know more about Lewes Prospects please contact email@example.com, or go to www.prospects.org.uk. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with choir, organ and band; 11.15 informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.
SOUTH MALLING CHURCH welcomed one of its members back from Rwanda last Sunday. Lawyer Chris Stringer has been working there on a voluntary basis for most of this year. Part of his job has involved helping ordinary Rwandans to understand their rights according to International Law. Once he has settled back at home, he will be telling the congregation about his work. After the Communion Service, there was a church picnic which was blessed by sunshine and warmth for most of the time, though a sudden shower ensured that people moved back into the church for the second course. The church itself is being used much more widely for community events. This summer it has hosted eight different wildlife events using the building and churchyard for Sussex Wild Life; a full-day of Shape Note Singing for Sussex Harmony which brought people from all over the country; a Musical evening for South Malling School; a training session in building flint walls by a local craftsman; a Dinosaur craft event for children and, starting this Saturday, transforming into an Art Gallery for two weekends of Artwave. The key to these events really has been the decision, carried out in 1990, to replace the pews with comfortable chairs, enabling the church to create more room for its growing congregation. Nowadays, it is making it possible to suit the needs of a range of potential community users. The church is planning an open celebration of its newly refurbished facilities on Saturday 20th September, particularly for local residents, and well wishers in and around Lewes. There will be more details closer to the event.
ARTWAVE begins on Saturday at noon in each of the three venues in Malling. The Dairy Studio, ( which runs art courses which have involved most of the people who are exhibiting in the Malling Trail ), Old Malling Farm House, close to the Dairy Studio, and the parish church. All are open from noon until 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday and Saturday and Sunday 30th and 31st August. The three venues have been exhibiting together now since 2011 and are well worth a visit. Even for Malling residents, the trail itself takes them to parts of their locality which they may never have seen before, and which are beautiful.
THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.10am to 12.10pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2pm to 2.20pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 2.30pm to 2.50pm. Tuesday: Dene’s Road Alfriston 9.30am to 10.10am; Selmeston village hall 10.30am to 11am.
CHRIST Church: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Dr Tony Law and this will be a service for all ages. Next Friday between 10.30am and 1pm we will have our Messy Church. This is open to anyone but children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge. During the morning we will be undertaking craft activities around the theme of Bible Seasides and after a short act of worship there will be a lunch to which all those attending are invited.
VANDALISM: It is sad to report that mindless vandalism has taken place at the playground in The Dell. The water pipes were cut flooding the sand play area and badly damaging play equipment. It occurred between 9pm on Thursday August 14 and Friday 15. It has been reported to the police and will be investigated as a crime. It is important that if anybody saw this happening or has knowledge of who was responsible they should call the police on 101 or contact the Town Clerk on 01273 585493.
PEACEHAVEN PLAYERS: It is early to be thinking of Christmas but the Players are working on Sleeping Beauty which is their pantomime for this year. Tickets are available by contacting www.peacehavenplayers.co.uk and bookings made before September 1 will get a 10 per cent discount. Anyone wishing to join the Players should go along to the Main Hall, Meridian Centre on Thursday 2 September at 7.30pm. They will be able to join the chorus of the pantomime or help backstage, whichever they prefer. Can’t make that date? Then go along on any Tuesday or Thursday at 7.30pm from September onwards.
MORNING MARKET: It is on tomorrow Saturday 23 in the Community House, Meridian Centre and will be arranged by the Conservative Party. Next week’s market is on August 30 and will be organised by UKIP. To book a table with them ring 07801 692 542.
COFFEE MORNINGS: Today Friday 22 the Peacehaven Bowls Club will be in the Community House from 8.30am until noon serving teas, coffees, and cakes. Next week on Tuesday the Peacehaven Brownies will be in the foyer serving the refreshments and on Friday 29 the Blind Dogs for the Blind will return.
THINGS TO DO: Here is a list of organisations who meet regularly on a Thursday in the Community House. In the morning there is a market and a coffee morning. In the afternoon you can join a Bell Ringing group or there is a Tai Chi session. In the evening the Peacehaven Players meet for rehearsals and they always welcome newcomers who would like to perform on stage or work behind the scenes, whichever is preferred. There is also a yoga meeting. The information office can provide fuller details for all activities. Next week I will provide details of Friday’s activities.
COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: There will be a surgery at the Meridian Centre on Saturday 23 from 10am until 11am. Any issues affecting you or the town can be discussed on a one-to-one confidential basis. This is a drop-in surgery so no appointment is necessary; just go along.
WASTE COLLECTIONS: Due to the Summer Bank Holiday collections of refuse and food waste will be one day later. That is Monday 25 will take place on Tuesday 26.This applies all week including Friday when the collection will be made on the Saturday. You are asked to ensure that the rubbish it put out by 6am on the altered date.
RECYCLING: Kerbside recycling collections will take place as shown in your recycling calendar. For those who do not have a calendar call customer services on 01273 484999 or download it from www.lewes.gov.uk/waste/boxitasp
JUMBLEMANIA: Many people will be on holiday, so all the more reason to rush on down to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) for the jumble sale organised by the village support group for St Peter and St James Hospice as there will be less competition to snap up the bargains that are bound to be on offer. Get in the starting blocks ready for a 2pm opening. Naturally there will be cakes, tombola and refreshments to revive you after the bargain hunt. If you have jumble to donate, please take it to the hall during the morning.
ROADWORKS: Last week the Highways Authority (ESCC) plonked bitumen and chippings on the road that runs through Plumpton and Plumpton Green. Back in the Dark Ages this happened every year with some disruption to traffic but never with the entire road being closed for three days. The finished job looks reasonable and apparently will prevent skids and protect the base from water penetration and frost. In other words, the remaining potholes and dodgy areas have been lined to possibly stop further deterioration. I am left asking why total road closure is necessary when only half the road can be treated at a time. Vital bus services were both disrupted and cancelled during the process. Commonsense seems to be totally lacking these days. In all fairness I must say that the bitumen dries quicker than it used to and vehicles do not get such a coating of it.
YOUTH SPACE: The proposal by the Village Action Plan to provide a youth facility in the village is gaining momentum, despite apathy in relation to the last open meeting to generate activity. Several volunteers have come forward and action is being taken to launch a regular drop-in for our young people. Progress will be reported and I would urge all parents to keep up to date and be prepared to offer some practical (not monetary) support for plans that will emerge to benefit your children.
WANNA BE ON STAGE? Advance notice that Plumpton Panto Society will be holding an open evening and a read through for the 2015 production on September 2. To ensure its continued success the society needs new recruits to both appear on stage and take part behind the scenes in the multitude of tasks involved. 2015 will see the 40th production to delight locals and fans from far and wide. Just think, would you like to be part of it all? It is not necessary to appear on stage as there is an awful lot that goes on in the background to make a production successful. If you have even the faintest interest, do book the date and go along to see if you may get some pleasure from being involved. No-one will twist your arm for a commitment, but you may just discover that you want to become part of the consistently successful team.
ALLOTMENTS: Our neighbours in East Chiltington are progressing a scheme to provide allotments in the parish. Any resident interested should contact Jo White on 01273 891888.
WALKS on Saturday 23 August Chasing our tails, with Angie and Roger, meet at Little Common, Wheatsheaf, 10am, bus ride no. 99 at 9.23am Terminus Road stop E. finish 12.30 4.5 miles. Or Brisk Pace Morning on Caburn. With Clair K. meet at The Avenue 9 am walk starts at Glynde rec. 8 miles, GR 45708
WALK on Monday 25 August, Bank Holiday Monday, meet at the pier at 10am, for a do it yourself walk with Southdown Strollers.
EXHIBITION of Fossilis by Fenya Sharkey, an exhibition of mosaic and sculpture held at the National Trust Visitor Centre Birling Gap now until 3 September . Open from 2pm to 4pm.
MINIATURE RAILWAY William Daly playing fields, Brightling Road, Polegate. We are available for private bookings, parties etc. Our station is Polegate Oaks. For more details of the new season every Sunday, contact Chris White on 07528480371, email firstname.lastname@example.org or look at website www.padmec.org.uk
COFFEE MORNING on 30 August, at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Polegate Gardeners Society, in the lounge at 10 am. All welcome.
TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET is still open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. We are back in the Church Hall , Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon, we are on a bus route, bus nos. 51, 56, 126 and 143 stop outside, whilst bus nos. 54 and 98 stop nearby on the Triangle. Come and visit our various stalls including eggs, fresh fruit and veg products, crafts, haberdashery, household goods, books, remedies and refreshments including light snacks. We like being there for a friendly chat and a cuppa, a pity many folk just walk by instead of coming in and joining us. Entrance is free. Come and browse or stay a while. Weekly raffle for different charities. For more details contact Wendy, on 489002 or email email@example.com
DOWNLAND SINGERS – celebrating 25 years of singing together! Fellow singers, we know you are hiding your voices and talents. We are waiting to welcome you to our friendly and small choir. Our repertoire is varied, ranging from musicals to songs of yesterday and tomorrow. Do come and have fun on Thursday evening between 7.30 pm and 9 pm. We meet at Trinity Church Hall, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon. BN20 9PN. To find out more about us you can telephone 484189. Visit our website http://downlandsingers.webplus.net or see us on our Facebook page. Email firstname.lastname@example.org We are on holiday during August and recommence on Thursday 11 September.
COFFEE morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre, is hosted by Liberal Democrats. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.
WALKS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Chasing our Tails, 4.5 miles with Angie and Roger. Meet at Little Common, Wheatsheaf, 10am, bus ride No 99 at 9.23am Terminus Road stop E. Or Brisk Pace Morning on Caburn, 8 miles with Clair K. Meet at The Avenue 9 am walk starts at Glynde rec. On Bank Holiday Monday, meet at the pier at 10am for a do it yourself walk with Southdown Strollers. On Wednesday, meet at entrance to Sainsbury’s at Hampdon Park for a circular walk 3 miles with Joan. Walk starts at 10am.
FOOTBALL CLUB: The first team had a much welcome win in the FA Cup competition last Saturday and they face Merstham FC at home in the next round on 30th August. This Saturday they travel to Selsey for a SCFL Div 1 league match with a 3.00pm kick off. On Bank Holiday Monday the firsts play Eastbourne Town, also in a league match with an 11.00am kick off time. The Reserves are at home on Saturday versus Shoreham in a reserve section premier match, also with a 3.00pm kick off at the Caburn. On Sunday 24th, AFC Ringmer have a friendly competition on the Caburn ground which is followed by a race night in the Caburn Pavilion in aid of much needed club funds and all are welcome at this event.
ECLECTIC AVENUE: Lewes Artwave Festival Open House. For the third year, Julie Turner, Ringmer-based glass artist, will be opening her home in the village for the three weekends of the popular arts festival. In all, there will be 15 talented individuals showcasing their wares. Come and feast your eyes, then your taste buds, as we will be serving delicious homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks. As well as the house, the garden and Julie’s workshop will be open ... so just come and chill out with us at 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer, BN8 5JT. Open Sat-Mon 23-25 Aug, Sat, Sun 30, 31 Aug, Sat, Sun 6,7 Sept 11am to 6pm each day. email@example.com. 01273 812280.
RINGMER CHILDREN’S CENTRE are holding their Summer Event on Wednesday 27th August, 10.30am – 12pm. Come along and play on the bouncy castle, face painting, sing and sign, little kickers, a ride in a fire engine and much more! All activities are subject to change and weather dependent. To keep up to date follow us on Facebook: Ringmer Children’s Centre. For more information please call: 01273 336950.
BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday 13th August, the result of the duplicate pairs played was 1st, Lesley Durrant & David Warner; 2nd, Dianne & Mike Preece; 3rd, Barrie Smith & Alan Grindley. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30 pm. Contact 814220.
WI: In early August we had lots of fun playing skittles at the Kings Head in Barcombe and we also provided a three course roast beef and all the trimmings lunch in the village hall for 38 people on an outing organised by the East Sussex Disability Association. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd September at the village hall at 7.30pm. Our speaker is a change to the advertised programme. We will be having a talk and demonstration from Jay Kendall. She will introduce us to her creative work with wool from fleece to finished garment. Guests and new members are welcomed.
WI: The East and West Sussex Federations of WIs are holding their Autumn Show and Game Fair at Ardingly entitled Something Seasonal on October 4 and 5. I will endeavour to put something in this year just for fun as I’m not a particularly competitive person.
WORSHIP: Sunday, 11am Southease (Joint Parish Communion); Sunday August 31, 11am Southease (Untied Parish Communion).
THE SADNESS of the world we now live in, was I feel, summed up rather well by our Rector Revd Geoff Daw in this month’s Parish Magazine (the toxic mixture of political, national and religious ideologies has created refugee camps, burned out buildings, but worst of all the human tragedy of people killed, bereaved, maimed and mentally scarred). It’s no wonder people turn against religion these days and many have given up waiting for God. Unless of course you are in an old people’s home (one of my favourite TV programmes). The show is called Waiting For God and has great humour in it.
APPLES: It’s a case of apples, apples everywhere at the moment as the high winds are blowing them all off the trees.
MARY CALVERLEY’S funeral went off as well as one can expect on Friday at Woodvale Crematorium. It was a dignified and gentle service, just the sort you would have expected for Mary. Sadly I did not make it to the village hall afterwards as I had to wait for Mike to be brought home from Headway Day Care Centre.
BEER FESTIVAL: Willingdon’s Festival of Ale will be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend with plenty of real ale and cider to try. On Saturday August 23 teams of four will be going up to Beachy Head for the barrel race. Each team has to manoeuvre a beer cask to see who can roll it back to the Wheatsheaf first. Each cask will be controlled by ropes and a plank of wood to use as a wedge if the cask looks in danger of rolling away – two men to push and two men to pull. The teams normally get back at about noon to a welcoming party. During the day there will be music from Leo and the Wakin’ Snakes, face painting, garden games and plenty of stalls, and yard of ale contests. Food will be served from noon to 9pm. Sundays main events are the tug ‘o’ war and the barrel rolling competitions for men, women and children along part of Coopers Hill. The biggest meat raffle and cash draw will take place at 2pm. There will be more face painting and a Neil Diamond tribute, and more yard of ale contests. Food will be served from noon to 9pm.The beer festival continues on Monday August 25 from noon with music from the Gadzooks, the last yard of ale contest and entertainment from the Long Man Morris Men at 5.30pm. Food will be served from noon to 6pm.
WANNOCK ARTISTS will be having their 40th annual art exhibition and sale of works at Wannock Village Hall over the August Bank Holiday. The exhibition will be opened on Friday August 22 at 7pm by Dr Richard Manwaring Baines and will then stay open until 9pm. Opening times are then as follows: Saturday August 23 from 10am to 5.30pm, Sunday August 24 from 10am to 5.30pm and Monday August 25 from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free and refreshments are available. A large painting in acrylic of Sheffield Park Gardens, kindly donated by John Hook, will be raffled with proceeds going to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
JUSTINE will be entertaining customers at The British Queen from 8.30pm on Saturday August 23.
PRAYER WALK: Fr Clive will be leading the fourth of this year’s prayer walks with the idea of introducing ‘new companions’ to consider on each journey. This month’s companion is Sr Joan Chittister, born in 1936. She is from the Benedictine community of Erie, Pennsylvania and has written extensively on issues of human rights, feminism, peace and justice. Meet at St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, at 9.30am on Saturday August 23 for the two and a half mile circular walk from Butt’s Brow to Jevington. All are welcome.
CHURCHES TOGETHER: There will be a Churches Together Service, attended by all denominations at 6.30pm on Sunday August 24 at St Andrew’s Church, Jevington.
POLEGATE WINDMILL will be open to the public from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday August 24, Monday August 25 and Wednesday August 27 for tours of the four floors of the mill. The ground floor and museum are wheelchair friendly and toilet facilities are available.
MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a recreation meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday August 26 at Willingdon Community School in Broad Road. Meetings are open to the public. Ring 01323 489603 for further information.
CAB: The Citizens’ Advice Bureau is at Willingdon Library on alternate Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am. The next date is August 27. Residents can drop in without an appointment to ask advice on such issues as benefits, debt, relationships, housing, employment and consumer matters. This is a free service with funding provided by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council. Volunteers are always needed and would receive training. For further information ring the Hailsham office on 01323 842336.
RHYMETIME: Parents and guardians can just turn up at Willingdon Library in Coppice Avenue from 10.30am to 11am on Thursday August 28 for Rhymetime. It is intended mainly for babies and young children and is a free service.
SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING in Upper Kings Drive, Willingdon, is having a Summer Garden Party from 2pm to 4pm on Friday August 29. You are invited to go along and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in their beautiful gardens, listening to music whilst being served traditional afternoon tea and Pimms. Please notify Emma Vieira, the community relations associate, if you would like attend by ringing 01323 525000.
JEVINGTON CHURCH: Do visit this historic ancient church on the South Downs Way. Tea and homemade cake will be offered between 11am and 4pm on Saturday August 30 to walkers and other visitors. There is no charge for refreshments but any donations would go towards the cost of installing a toilet and small kitchen area and renovation work to help preserve this Grade 1 listed building. Please contact Jenny Wootton on 01323 487237 for further information.
ART GROUP: Angela Burnap runs a Thursday morning art group at Wannock Village Hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm and gives tuition in drawing and painting, mainly in watercolour and pastel. Her new term starts on September 25. For further information please ring Angela on 01323 842113.
THE GROWERS’ GROUP meets from 6.30pm at the Red Lion in Willingdon Village on the second Thursday of the month. Quite a few members attended the informal meeting on August 14, and discussions ranged from how to care for your plants, vegetables and fruit in the garden and how to prevent recurring problems for next year; and jobs which should be attended to in the coming months. Some of the members had been to the Hampton Court Flower Show and had thoroughly enjoyed it and there was talk of having a club outing there next year. One of the group had brought along a selection of tomatoes which he had grown – about thirteen different varieties in all. I hadn’t realised that there were so many. We all sampled them. Among my favourites were Red Stripe and Red Robin. Do make a note of the date of the next meeting which will be on September 11. Everyone is welcome.