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Alfriston

ALFRISTON a accueilli des visiteurs de Veules-les-Roses ce weekend. The twinning ceremony was brought to order by Peter White, looking, and sounding, splendid in his town crier’s uniform. Nick Beechey, Chairman of Alfriston Parish Council and M Jean Claud Luca, deputy Mayor of Veules les Roses, signed and exchanged documents making the village officially twinned with Veules-les-Roses. There was an exchange of gifts. The War Memorial Hall now sports a new painting by the French artist Laurence Riguard and Veules les Roses has a painting of Alfriston by Mark Hurst. Jean Claud Luca also gave the village a colourful glass cockerel. It was a packed weekend for the visitors. On Saturday, after lunch at The Smugglers, there was a guided tour of the village by Kevin Gordon and then a chance of a guided walk on the Downs. In the evening the signing ceremony was Chaired by Dr June Goodfield and attended by a packed War Memorial Hall. There followed an official dinner at Deans Place Hotel. All were very well attended and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming and friendships were made. A special peal of bells was designed for the visit by Pauline Kennard and the Sunday morning service was delivered half in French and half in English. There are ambitious projects proposed with creativity high on the agenda. Already the schools have become linked and a teenage twinning group is planned. As Babette Kundratt, who has done so much towards this coming about, ended her welcome speech ‘que la fete commence!’

LITLINGTON Village Hall will be celebrating 60 years on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 between 10am and 4pm with a display of painting, photos, books and post cards celebrating village life in Litlington, Lullington and West Dean. All are welcome.

THE COACH HOUSE Gallery is planning to start a Deckchair Cinema. The first film to be shown on October 20 will be a tragicomedy German film, Goodbye Lenin. It will have English subtitles. This showing is supporting the Seaford Twinning Association. For details and to book a place e-mail deckchaircinema@rocketmail.com. or telephone 01323 871402.

Barcombe

TO THE READERS of Barcombe Pump, I have had an offer from Sue Gray, to take over from me from next week, so please send your entries to her on sue@fishonabike.com. The Barcombe Stores will continue to hold your delivered items as in the past. Sue is local so you can phone her on 400206. I have enjoyed doing the gathering of news and hope I have pleased some of you, some of the time. Best wishes, Derek Stewart.

STOOBALL: Two weeks ago the Sussex Express wrote an article featuring the Stoolball England team v the President’s XI played at Horsham on September 22. Two of Barcombe’s under 21’s were selected from seven divisions to compete. Angharad Hills and Amy Isted. Adele Woodhams from Barcombe was selected as reserve, but had to decline as the journey from Cambridge Uni would have taken three hours with three changes by train. I was also asked to score for the President’s team. All the girls were given the opportunity to buy their commemorative polo shirts and jackets at the end of the match, a few mums and dads had to reach into their purses and wallets.

VILLAGE HALL GRANT votes needed. Vote for a £3,000 grant for the village hall towards the cost of a hearing loop and sound system. The decision is by public vote so please vote in person at Lloyds Bank, Cliffe High St, or send a text to 61119 quoting: VOTE LWHB or go on line to www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund and follow the instructions. Voting closes on November 1. See page 21 in the Barcombe News. Many thanks.

GARDEN CLUB: Sue Marshall (Iris of Sissinghurst) is coming to speak to the garden club on the subject Pleasure and Pain - Growing Iris for Chelsea. Visitors welcome. The AGM is now on Saturday November 30 to avoid the bonfire.

ELDERLY CARE: Come along to the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, and have a part in shaping the future provision for Barcombe’s elderly people. We’ll gather from 10am and finish by noon. Action in rural Sussex are hugely supportive and Teresa Gittings and Claire Reynolds will explore the profile of Barcombe from the 2011 census and look into their crystal ball as to what the future holds. Together we will gather evidence about today’s facilities and look at what might be provided. The main presentation will be at about 10.30am. Tea and biscuits will be on offer.

Bishopstone

THE NEXT Tide Mills community beach clean is at 10am on Sunday October 20, meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, email Jim Skinner (brian.skinner2@binternet.com) or phone 01273 517291; or contact Peter Mason (petermason@seaford2.freeserve.co.uk) or phone 01323 893096.

THE SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness is truly upon us. Despite claims to the contrary, blackberries are still plentiful in the hedgerows and good to eat, especially with the addition of windfall apples as a fruit salad or in a pie with custard.

Buxted

BUXTED WI: Our meeting this month was chaired by Wendy Lawrence as our president Ann Tricker is away on her holidays. Daphne Knight was introduced to read us her entry for the Denman Cup writing competition. It was very good, very funny and I am sure it is a hot favourite to win. Our competition of the month was won by Anita Joblin. The flower competition was won by Jo Buncombe. Unfortunately our guest speaker was not able to come due to illness, so our own members entertained us with very interesting stories that belonged to the pieces of fabric they had brought in with them for the competition. It proved to be a most interesting afternoon. Our next meeting will be on November 7 at Buxted Reading Room and it will be the annual AGM. A bring and buy stall is planned so all members are welcome to contribute. The competition is An Arrangement of Berries. (Mary Mustin).

Falmer

MOVING ON: The last few days have felt like summer again but sadly the housemartins have left Falmer for warmer winter quarters. We will have to wait until next spring to see them again. They seem to have thrived this year and brought up plenty of young, unlike the ducks on Falmer pond, which have struggled. We are beginning to see the autumn migrants passing through and we spotted two yellow wagtails in our garden last week. There are also a lot of warblers around. I can never tell the difference between chiff-chaffs and willow warblers but I think we are more likely to have chiff chaffs, I have certainly heard their rather monotonous song being sung from the top of our TV aerial.

ON THE MOVE: Reverend Colin Lawlor (The Running Rev) is tackling another marathon this month. He will be running in the Dublin marathon and will be raising money for the charity Children with Cancer UK. You can find out more about their work on their website at http://www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk/ If you would like to sponsor Colin and help him raise some money for this very worthy cause please get in touch.

HARVEST: We celebrated our Harvest Festival in Falmer last Sunday. The church looked lovely decked with yellow and gold flowers and with offerings of vegetables and apples (lots of apples). There was a harvest lunch after our service and an auction of the produce to raise money for the Diocese Family Support work. This charity helps families in trouble of all sorts and helps provide support in all kinds of ways, from helping with food to offering a safe environment for families to enjoy a break at the Knowles Tooth Centre. The lunch and auction raised £124 plus the donations of tinned and dry goods that we collect regularly. Many thanks to Jill Burt for working so hard to organise the lunch.

MUSIC: A quick reminder that our next concert at St Laurence is next week Saturday, October 19, at 5.30pm. So you think you know English Song takes us on a journey through the music of the 20th century looking at both well-known and lesser-known composers and their music, with Sue Mileham (soprano) and Kevin Allen (piano). The concert is free with a retiring collection.

Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Tuesday October 1, nine members enjoyed a six-mile scenic walk starting from the village of High Hurstwood. We parked near St Trinity’s Church with its half-timbered clock tower and separate bell tower and walked along pastures and tree-lined tracks to enter High Hurstwood Nature Reserve. We then walked along stunning Autumnal woodland paths and some of our group gathered mushrooms from the verges. When we stopped for coffee on a grassy slope, we admired views of distant hills shrouded by mist. Continuing on, we followed more woodland paths and crossed a high culvert over a dramatic, deeply-sunken stream, trickling today but known to flood after a wet spell and turn into a rushing torrent. Fortunately, few golfers were out whilst we followed the footpath skirting the fairways of Crowborough golf course and we then took an enclosed path which led us out to the A26 at Poundgate, opposite the Crow and Gate pub. By this stage, we had gently climbed 450 feet since leaving High Hurstwood. At one stage, we had to make a detour along the Vanguard Way because a bridge was unsafe which added a little distance but in no way deterred from the enjoyment of the walk. As well as the extensive woodlands and forests, the walk took us along the ancient sunken trackways, with high banks of trees on either side. No doubt the heavy Wealden clay would turn to mud during the wet winter months but we were lucky that on the day they were dry and easy to walk on. We arrived back at the church and our car park safely and five of us adjourned to the local hostelry for a well-deserved drink and tasty sandwiches. The walk was led by Margaret. Our next walk is on Wednesday, and is Around Arlington. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in time to catch the 10.09am train to Berwick and bring a picnic. Our new programme is available at the Tourist office or visit our website http://www.lewesfootpathsgroup.org.uk.

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk on The Story of a Lewes Street: Chapel Hill, Monday 7pm at the Kings Church building Brooks Road. Most local people know Chapel Hill as the steep, narrow road that leads up to the golf course. However, did you know that cricket was played on the top of the hill before golf? And what happened to the chapel that gave the road its name? What was Baldy’s pleasure garden and who were the artists James Lambert (senior and junior)? Find out more about the fascinating history of Chapel Hill and the people who lived and worked there. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door. www.leweshistory.org.uk

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am-noon at Cliffe Hall (behind church). Cakes, tombola, preserves and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday September 24, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Meic Goodyear and Simon Fishburn; 2, Martin and Sylvia Hall; 3, Nancy Wiginton and Rosemary Land. Thursday September 26, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Diana Stevens and Margaret Buddery; 2, Nigel Osmer and Ronald Buddery; 3, Roy Skan and Frank Hibbert. Tuesday October 1, 8th Ladder: 1, Simon Fishburn and Richard Pearson; 2, Janet Catermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Peter Waters and Nancy Wiginton. Thursday October 3, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Cattermole and Mickie Lodge; 2, Margaret and Ronald Buddery; 3, David Sharpe and Liz Fry.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

THANK YOU: Guinness Court in Iveagh Crescent would like to thank everyone who attended their MacMillan Coffee Morning which raised £141.60 for the charity.

MEET THE GREYHOUNDS: Go along to Paradise Park tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday who will be there to promote and raise funds for the Retired Greyhounds Trust.

RNLI are hosting a fund-raising event at St Michael’s Church tomorrow (Saturday) when Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir will be entertaining from 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 from Derek on 01273 514841 or Peter on01323 492309.

MARKET: Newhaven’s re-vamped street market gets better each week. Two traders Red’s Light Bites and Miss Lilly’s Cupcakes have combined forces the create The Little Red Street Diner. You can sit at nicely covered tables under a red gazebo and enjoy any cupcake and a hot drink for only £1.50 on Thursdays and Saturdays between 9am and 2pm. You can also taste one of Red’s exotic burgers, pasties,chilli products,hot soup, biltong,breakfast, teas and coffees. A great addition to this already successful market.

MEECHING WI will meet at Meeching Hall on Thursday at 9.45am when Mrs G Barry will talk to members about Chocolate. New members and visitors always welcome.

THE GARDENING SOCIETY’S next meeting is on Thursday when Michael Hoad will give an illustrated talk on A Little Bit of This and That. The meeting takes place in the Age Concern Day Club, West Quay at 7.30pm. Non members always welcome for a £2 admission fee to include tea and biscuits.

BLANKET TESTING: Lewes District Council and East Sussex Fire Brigade are running a joint campaign to test electric blankets belonging to local residents. Take your blanket to Newhaven Fire Station, Fort Road on Friday October 18 between 9.30am and 11.30am for a free professional safety check. Money-off vouchers will be given out for all blankets which fail the test. Lewes District Council is offering a collection and return service to those unable to get to the fire station. To make an appointment or to arrange collection contact Environmental Health on 01273 484354 or email ehalth@lewes.gov.uk before October 15.

COFFEE MORNING in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Terrace Cafe,Paradise Park Friday October 18, 9am to 1pm. All hot drink proceeds go to the hospice. Representatives and information from the hospice will be present on the day.

CURRY AND QUIZ NIGHT at Denton Church Hall, Saturday October 19, 7pm. Tickets £10. Tel 01273 514482 to book individually or as a team.

HILLCREST FILM SOCIETY starts their new season on Saturday October 19 at the Hillcrest Centre. The season begins with a poignant and funny French comedy-drama Untouchable written and directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakacha. A quadriplegic French millionaire Phillippe is interviewing candidates for the position as his carer along with his secretary Magalie when a rude African man Driss turns up with a social security document he asks the millionaire to sign to say he is looking for a job so he does not lose his unemployment benefit. Phillippe offers him the job on trial for a month and Driss accepts. This is the start of an unlikely friendship that changes Phillippe’s life forever. It is a similar plot to the very successful film Driving Miss Daisy. The Hillcrest Cafe opens at 6.30pm for meals, drinks and light refreshments and the film begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 from reception at the Hillcrest Centre Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm or email film@hillcrestcentre.co.uk to reserve your ticket and pay on the night.

Peacehaven

DIABETES: Is a serious condition effecting 1.4 million people in the UK. However it is estimated that there are one million people who have diabetes but don’t know it. The Newhaven Peacehaven and Lions Club are holding a Freer Diabetes Testing in the Charles Neville Room, Community House on Saturday October 19 from 9 am to 1pm. The tests will be carried out by trained professionals.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Again this year Southern Stomp have arranged a coach trip to Westfield the Olympic Shopping Centre in London on Friday November 22. There are a few spare seats available. The coach will pick up at the back of the Meridian Hall at 9am. The return journey will be at 6pm arriving back at approx.8pm. The cost is £13. See/call Joy Ashton on 01273 587714 to reserve a seat.

CINEMA: This months film in the Main Hall Meridian Centre is About Time. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets at £5 each are available from the information office. For advanced information next months film is Rush on Monday November 11. More details nearer the date.

BINGO: Remember there is Bingo tonight, Friday, in the Community House main hall starting at 7pm. Cash prizes to be won and free refreshments during the half-time break.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow has been arranged by Guide Dogs for the Blind in the Main Hall, Community House from 8.30am until midday. The next market will be organised by the Peacehaven Labour Party Saturday October 19. To book a table contact them on 07876 561 880.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is sub committee meeting of the Planning and Highways on Tuesday in the Anzac Room Meridian Centre starting at 6.30pm. There will be a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting when residents may ask questions.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Today, Friday, the U3A are holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer from 8.30am until midday. Next week on Tuesday Homecoast House will be behind the counter. On Thursday the Peacehaven Players will be offering the refreshments. Followed on Friday October 18 by the Cameo Group from Woodingdean Methodist Church.

BOOT SALE: The sale at The Dell on Sunday October 6 was the biggest ever, swollen by stall holders from the Brighton Racecourse which had been cancelled. The final boot sale for this year is scheduled for October 20 and is arranged by INAA the local advice group. As usual the gates for sellers will open at 8am with buyers being admitted from 9am.

WRESTLING SPECTACULAR: There are still a few tickets available from the information office at £10 for adults and concessionary at £9 for this event on Saturday October 19. There are also Family tickets for two adults and two children under 16 for £36. Something a little different for a good night out.

QUIZ NIGHT: The rescheduled quiz from earlier in the year is being held in the Community House on Friday October 18. Should you wish to enter as a team with a maximum of eight players a place must be booked in advance by contacting Debbie Donovan on 01273 585493 or the information office. Tickets are £2 per person and bring your own food and drink.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: It is not always easy to get to council meetings but it is possible to speak with a councillor at one of their monthly Saturday surgeries. The next one is in the Meridian Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 11am. This is a confidential drop in surgery so no appointment is necessary; just turn up.

POST OFFICE: It is proposed to move the Post Office currently located at the Studio Craft shop 138 South Coast Road to Nisa at 214 South Coast Road. Public Consultation is under-way and closes on Tuesday October 22. If you would like to comment on the proposed relocation send your comments to postofficeviews.co.uk or telephone 08457 223344.

PEACEHAVEN WI: An encouraging number of members attended our annual meeting last week. The afternoon started with a very tasty ploughman’s lunch, followed by the usual monthly business including reports from Mahjong and Scrabble players and details of the two day holiday to Cambridge this month and the five day holiday to beautiful Yorkshire next May. Our competition for a decorated cupcake was won by a very novel one with ‘Halloween’ as its theme. The annual meeting was next and was painless as the present committee are all standing for another year and were re-elected. After tea we puzzled over a list of 40 questions, to which all the answers were names of confectionery (the highest score was 30, achieved by a team of two). We also had to guess the weight of a cake, the cake being the prize. It had to be cut in half. November’s speaker will be talking about Italy and visitors are very welcome.

Polegate

TICKETS now on sale for Polegate Drama’s next production of See How They Run, an hilarious war time farce by Philip King. Tickets at £8.50 for adults and £6 for children are obtainable from Archer and Partners, 48 High Street 483348, production takes place from Wednesday October 30 to Saturday November 2 or online at www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Residents Association. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

ANNUAL MILLS TALK at Polegate Windmill on Sunday. This year Peter Hill will talk about West Blatchington Windmill Past and Present. Details from Pat Stevens 734496.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on October 17 include Leisurely Walk, Old Eastbourne Town, nearly three miles. No 51 bus from Polegate High Street at 9.19am or Triangle, Eastbourne Road 9.27am alight at Hurst Arms. Coffee, no stiles with Rich. Let’s Try The Stiles Around Old Heathfield, nearly six miles woods and fields around Old Heathfield, undulating but no steep hills, 17 stiles with Brenda G. Or a longer walk of nine miles, Good Views – Weather Permitting, downland, hilly, Firle five stiles with Betty and Jean. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am.

HOW ABOUT seeing the New Year in by doing something different. How about a five course meal with champagne, wine and fireworks. Jinty will be making her last run at the Spa Valley Railway before her overhaul. Go to Spa Valley website for more info and booking. www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk or telephone 01892 537715.

COFFEE MORNING at Polegate Community Centre, on Saturday October 19, in the lounge is hosted by Polegate Conservatives. All welcome from 10am.

POLEGATE SINGERS meet on Wednesday evenings at Polegate Community Centre. Do come along and join us. More info from Helen Stiles on email helenstiles108@gmail.cm

Ringmer

TABLE TOP SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at Ringmer Community College from 10am to noon. Phone Ruth Whitlock, LRC Manager on 01273 812220 ext. 253 for more information.

COFFEE MORNING: Ringmer Twinning Association are holding this event in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. It will also include a bring and buy sale. Entry 50p (to include a up of tea or coffee). All welcome.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Littlehampton Town in an SCFL Div One fixture with a 3pm kick off time at The Sportsfield, St Flora’s Road, Littlehampton. On Tuesday evening the firsts are away again to Worthing United in an RUR Cup fixture. The second team are at home on Saturday and have an Intermediate Cup fixture against CCK Athletic with a 3pm kick off time at The Caburn Ground. On Sunday the under 18s are away to Rottingdean in a youth section east fixture. England v Montenegro and England v Poland will be shown on the large screen TVs in the bar.

SUNDAY SERVICES: The services at St Mary’s on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 10.45am Sung Euchaerist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing and 6.30pm Evensong.

FLUTES AND FRIENDS: On Sunday at 3pm in St Mary’s Anne Hodgson and her students and friends present a concert of music for flutes and piano. Please join them for tea and cakes after the concert. No tickets - but a retiring collection in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. All very welcome. Anne would really appreciate your attendance at this event to help her raise money for the hospital. You can also donate on line at http://www.justgiving.com/annehodgsoncycleindiachallenge

ART CLUB: Lewes District Art Club autumn programme has started. The club meets every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. On Tuesday local artist Tom Walker will be the guest, anyone interested in the club is welcome to attend Tom’s workshop for a donation of £2. Come and meet the members (who come from all over the district) and learn what is planned in the autumn programme. For further information phone 812316.

MOTHERS’ UNION: At its meeting on Tuesday in the Church Room the Revd Sally Epps will be giving a talk entitled A Kenyan Experience. Please note that this talk will take place at 3pm that day and not the usual time of 7.30pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 2 was: 1, Adele Stockdale and Tim Owen; 2, Richard Newton and Simon Webster; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets on Wednesday in the St. Mary’s Room of the village hall at 7.30pm. Contact number 8142220.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Tiddlers and Toddlers are holding this event in the village hall on Saturday, October 19, from 10.30am to noon. Nearly new clothes for babies and children 0 to 6 years, maternity clothes, pushchairs, baby equipment, toys, children’s and parenting books, DVDs etc. Buyers £1 entry (per family). Tea and cakes will be available. For more information e-mail info@tiddlersandtoddlers.org.uk

EVENING WI: Congratulations to Ringmer Evening WI for their success in the WI competitions at the Ardingly Autumn Show and Game Fair. The show was held on October 5 and 6 and competitions were open to WI’s from both East and West Sussex. Ringmer did remarkably well as of their 5 members who entered classes, four were prize winners. Susan James won first prize for a novelty knitted hat, Elizabeth Hawkins won first for her fruit curd, Ann Keeping won first for her decorated elephant (made from a plastic milk bottle) and Jay Kendall got second prize for her Christmas biscuits and her knitted hat was highly commended.

Rodmell & Southease

CHILLI DAY: Adrian Orchard tells me that Chilli Day in Southease was a great success. The car park was full, and at least 1000 people came, many using Southease Station to come from far and wide. It’s good that this little station, that looks rather like those featured in Western movies, out in the middle of nowhere, is doing so well with people using it to gain access to the new youth hostel, the South Downs Way and Rodmell and Monks House. I can remember when it actually had a manned signal box.

HARVEST FESTIVAL Service takes place on Sunday at 11am. Please bring and share your Harvest gifts of homegrown flowers, vegetables, fruit and produce. At the end of the service we celebrate together with drinks and nibbles, and exchange our Harvest produce for cash, which will then be given to St Peter and St James Hospice, Chailey.

APPLE PRESSING at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 5pm. Bring apples and clean containers. 50p per one litre container filled. Tea and cakes for sale. Proceeds to Rodmell Horticultural Society. We still have lots of apples and pears and sweet crab apples in our orchard, which we are more than happy to share with others. If you don’t have fruit trees but would like to go to apple pressing to make your own juice please contact me (evenings 7.30pm to 8pm on 01273 476876) to make an appointment to pick your own. No charge.

DANCING: Scottish Country Dancing in the village hall is being restarted this term, taught by Andrew Buxton of Lewes. The classes will still be on Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm but on a monthly basis: October 25, November 29, December 20. We are a friendly group and welcome new members, no experience necessary. For further information call 01273 477997.

I WAS GIVEN these details recently about Dr Geoffrey Goodwin AM who was a great friend of mine at Sussex University. He lived for years at Keymer, before moving to Australia. It seems he is now a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for service to engineering through contributions to the ships and submarines of the Royal Australian Navy. I’m sure all those who remember Geoff in the School of Engineering and Applied Science will be pleased he has been acknowledged for his years of hard work.

ADRIAN ORCHARD has a beautiful hen turkey who has made a sudden, welcome appearance in his garden which he feeds diligently and is very fond of. I wonder if it’s one of those American turkeys that ran up the C7, in a group, from the Piddinghoe area and landed up in our goat pen before taking off to places like Glynde, Kingston and Chailey. Has anyone else seen sightings or had them make a home with them?

COFFEE CLUB meets on Wednesday October 23, 11am to 12.30pm in the village hall. Delicious coffee and cakes. All welcome.

I’M INTRIGUED by this little piece in our Parish Magazine: Looking forward to December. Please keep Saturday December 7 free as we hope to have six well behaved horses in the village hall – more information on this interesting event next month. Will it be those miniature horses that I’ve heard about? I love horses so am looking forward to hearing more.

AN EVENING of Farming Nostalgia takes place on Saturday November 9 in the village hall, 7pm. It will feature the Women’s Land Army – A Sussex Connection. Memories and a history of the role of women on farms, during two world wars. The 1950’s At Manor Farm, Bishopstone, John Willet’s much acclaimed cine film, when 20 men worked on the farm, 40 at harvest time. Speaker Ian Everest. Tickets £7.50 each, to include wine and finger buffet during interval, available from Martin Brickell 858628 and David Smart 478151 in aid of Southease and Rodmell Churches.

WI: October 15 annual meeting for members.

THE SPEEDS through Rodmell are still too high, despite the new wooden posts to try and convince people that they are driving through a village. Perhaps when the wild flowers which are being seeded into the verges, and should be a picture next spring, are out in flower people may eventually get the message. We can but hope.

Seaford

DANCE: Seaford Traditional English (Playford) Dance Group. Folk dancing for all ages, Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Belgrave Road. Contact 01323 897315 or 01323 492310 for details.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Ever since Seaford Bonfire Society’s second procession bonfire and fireworks display last year plans have been afoot for the third event on Saturday October 19. Throughout the year members of the society have been hard at work fundraising, building and planning; not to mention all the administration that goes on behind the scenes to ensure each year is bigger and brighter than the last. Seaford Bonfire Society have been seen at many community events this year including Bishopstone Fete in May, Downs Fun Day and the Donkey Derby. They held a sponsored shave a pirate in July and thanks to sponsorship and street collection of £60.69 on the day raised £383.33 in total. The event on Saturday October 19 promises to be even more spectacular than previous years and is due to start from the society’s HQ at The White Lion at 7.15pm. Every society wants to have the most talked about bonfire in Sussex and Seaford certainly plan to be in the running this year. The programme for this year’s event can be found at many locations around Seford. Members of the society in costume will be selling programmes in Seaford Town Centre every Saturday between 11am and 2pm from now until October 26. This year the society are holding a Build A Guy competition which is open to the whole community- groups or individuals. Last year the competition was won by Newlands School who are keen to hold onto the cup. Seaford Mayor, Councillor Anthony White has agreed to judge the competition today, Friday, at the White Lion Hotel. All guys would need to be in situ by 3.30pm on the day in readiness for the judging at 4pm. Full details of the Build a Guy competition and road closure times and maps can be found on the society’s website www.seafordbonfire.co.uk. Seaford Bonfire Society have also been attending bonfire events around Sussex since early September and are welcoming many visiting Societies to Seaford on October 19 as well as the Pentacle Drummers, Horsham Borough Band and Beach Bateria Samba Band and Dancers. (Fiona House).

Telscombe

COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a planning and highways meeting in room 1 at the civic centre on Monday. Members of the public are welcome and can ask questions at the beginning of the meeting.

PIG ROAST and Dance at Telscombe Civic Centre on Saturday October 26 at 7.30pm. Ticket price £8 to include meat, bun and salad, plus dancing to Dave’s disco. Ring 01273 589777 for more details or to book tickets. Alternatively go to the civic centre reception during working hours.