There’s a drunk in the oven

There was an elderly delivery man who lived at Guestling and plied his horse and cart between local villages for a living. One winter’s evening, about midnight,some local folk were returning from Icklesham and came upon him and his horse and cart at the corner of a by-road.

He had been imbibing too freely and, overcome by the cold, was insensible on the ground. To have left him there would inevitably have led to his death. So the Guestling folk replaced him in his cart and drove him to the village.

There, they took him to the local bakery where the baker had just prepared his oven.

They placed the delivery man in the said hot oven untill he was completely thawed and had recovered his senses.

He was none the worse for his experience - although it must have been something of a shock to wake up next to loaves of bread!

* From the Sussex Express in 1900: At the Police-court on Wednesday, before Aubrey Hillman Esq (in the chair) and the Mayor (Councillor G. Holman), William Fenn, a Lewes race follower, was charged with playing a game of chance with a dice and board on the race hill. PCBond stated that he saw the prisoner playing a game of chance with a dice and a board. The dice was painted six different colours and he asked people to stake money on the colour they thought would be on top.He was sentenced to seven days jail.

*Letter from Peter Fellows of Seaford: ‘I opened my County Rouser recently and was confronted with a photograph of myself taken in 1964.

‘I refer to the Lewes Round table shot. The photo was taken at our annual social evening at the Trevor Arms in Glynde.

‘Our “cabaret’’ was a send-up of the Beatles. I remember we mimed to a disc. Our group consisted of Richard Brickell, Peter Luck, Trevor Bennett, yours truly and Roger Alsford.

‘The photograph also shows our “groupies’’, including Ann Bennett, Liz Mildenhall, Ann Sragg, Patricia Alsford, Sandra Barley, Nita Nobbs, Andy Luck, Audrey and Tom Sholl and Jean Dibley. Our compere for the evening was John Dibley.’