Dripping Yarns with David Arnold – Come along to the Pan in Bonfire costume and get in for a fiver

Lewes Ladies Mascots
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Lewes Community FC’s AGM takes place next Thursday, October 25 at the Rook Inn. Doors open at 6.30pm and voting closes at 7.45pm. You must be a current Lewes FC member to be eligible to vote. There are five candidates standing for election to three vacant positions on the Board. Throwing their hats into the ring are: Clive Burgess, Norman Duncan, Sarah Mann, Keith Rapley and Steve Watts.

Doors open at 6.30pm and voting closes at 7.45pm. You must be a current Lewes FC member to be eligible to vote. There are five candidates standing for election to three vacant positions on the Board. Throwing their hats into the ring are: Clive Burgess, Norman Duncan, Sarah Mann, Keith Rapley and Steve Watts.

I know them all and can vouch for their dedication and support for the Rooks. Indeed it is a pity there has to be two disappointed candidates.

You can read their individual election addresses on the club’s website. I’m not revealing where my three votes are going, other than to say that I do believe the seven-man Board of Directors for the coming year would be a whole lot more representative if there was at least one woman in the line-up!

I believe most, if not all, of the candidates will be present at an intriguing social function being held in the Rook Inn tonight (Friday, October 19).

Rooktoberfest could be described as a fringe event to the Lewes OctoberFeast food and drink festival. But it also pays homage to the famous German beer extravaganzas.

Several barrels of Paulaner, Hacker and Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier have been brought in direct from Munich. I’ve had the opportunity to sample some and can report that that they all taste very good indeed.

Entry from 7pm is free but I will be opting for the tempting £10 chicken or sausage meal deal that includes a drink. Food served from 8pm. Plus bravo to the organisers for laying on video highlights of classic England wins against Germany.

It was always going to be a tough 2012-2013 campaign for Lewes Ladies as they moved on up to a higher standard of football after the brilliant achievements of last season. But even though they lost 4-2 to Gillingham LFC in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup at the Pan on Sunday, the Lewes girls can be proud of the fact that they are currently fifth in the 10-team WPL Southern Division.

This Sunday they play West Ham away before entertaining Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, October 28 (KO 2pm). A number of Lewes supporters who also follow Spurs have told me they will definitely be coming along for a first-time experience of women’s football.

Evidence of the progress of the Lewes Ladies set-up comes with the provision of a full-colour 12-page match programme issued free to spectators paying the £3 entry. It was good, too, to welcome a trio of young mascots last Sunday. In the above photograph by James Boyes they can be seen about to come out onto the pitch with the Rookettes. In the foreground is George Porter; in the centre is 10-year-old Emma Roberts standing beside team Captain Kelly Newton. Midfielder Charlotte Bennett is seen holding George’s sister, Pearl.

Proud parents Martin and Michelle Porter and Guy and Jane Roberts were at the game. All four also support the Lewes FC first team. Guy looked a little pained when I said he was a “must” to attend tomorrow’s Bonfire-themed match against Wingate & Finchley. I can’t think why! Talking of tomorrow, what with the Nevill Bonfire Society celebrations taking place in the evening, here’s a great chance to show off costumes earlier in the day at the Pan – and pay just £5 for adult admission into the bargain.

With Bonfire Bands playing and a bonfire penalty shoot-out at half time, there will be a great atmosphere so do come along!