Parish pump Lewes - November 15 2013


ANTIQUES FAIR: Announcing the fabulous Antiques Fair which will take take place tomorrow, Saturday, at Lewes Town Hall, from 10am until 4pm. Refreshments available. The event will be in aid of Action Medical research into Children’s Illnesses. The charity is based in Horsham. Funds raised will be shared amongst a number of charities researching a variety of children’s illnesses. We hope to see as many of you there as possible, making the event a great success for such a worthy cause. For further information ring Christine 01273 400352.

AGM: The Allotment Society AGM will be on Tuesday in the Royal Oak at 8pm.

HERBER OPERA: Friday November 22 at 7.30pm Heber Opera will be performing two one-act operas in the round at Barcombe Village Hall. Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions) available from Barcombe Stores or call the Box Office on 01273 543709 or email: Refreshments available.


THANK YOU from Debbie Freeland to all who supported and sponsored her when she walked from Newhaven Fort to Seaford Head and back. She is delighted to report that she raised, with your help, £1,030 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

EXHIBITION: Annual Art Exhibition by members of Chailey and Newick Painting Groups is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. All the paintings hung will be work new to the exhibition. There will also be unframed work to peruse and artist-made cards. Admission is free. For more information call Carlina Oliver on 01273 400512.

LIVE REINDEER are at Garden Pride, Ditchling, tomorrow, Saturday, and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm and on Sundays from 10.30am to 4.30pm until Sunday December 22. Entry costs £3 per person (including children and OAPs) with proceeds going to St Peter and St James Hospice. Children must be accompanied by adults and children under 10 years will receive a free book. For further information contact the Hospice Fundraising Department on 01444 471598.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion with baptism at 10am. Free Church, 10.30am with Charles Earwicker and refreshments will be served after the service.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday November 19 at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

TALK: Corresponding Landscapes is the illustrated talk, organised by the Commons Society, on Thursday at 7.30pm at the village hall. Andrew Newson, a local professional photographer and tutor, will explain all about his 12 month project documenting the changing landscape of Chailey Common. For more information call William on 01444 831098.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday November 22 when the parish clerk will be at the Coffee Stop from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

WHIST DRIVE organised by the Women’s Institute is on Saturday November 23 at 7pm at the village hall. Entrance is £3 and includes excellent refreshments and prizes. There will also be a raffle. All are welcome and more details can be obtained from Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

Christmas Party for all senior citizens of Chailey, hosted by the Bonfire Society, takes place at the village hall on Saturday December 7 from midday onwards.. There will be roast turkey and all the trimmings, Christmas pudding, entertainment followed by tea and a mince pie. I can vouch that this is a truly splendid afternoon. I know there are quite a few people who do not believe they are ‘old’ enough to attend an event for senior citizens. All I can say is that if you don’t go along you are missing out on a truly memorable afternoon. Please call Jane on 01273 400632 to let her know that you will be attending and, if needed, to arrange transport.

AUTUMN FAIR and Coffee Morning, hosted by Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section, is at the Free Church, South Chailey, (not the Newick Community Centre as I wrongly stated last week) tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and midday. There will be cakes, gifts, books, tombola, bottle stall and Christmas cards. To learn more call Lily Holman on 01825 723786.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, 8am Holy Communion, Sunday Club 10.15am in the hall, Parish Communion 10.30am.

ANTARCTICA EVENING with David Lang was well attended and Judith reports that £450 was raised for the Jubilee Window Appeal in the church.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: St Peter’s Christmas Fair is on Saturday November 23 at St Thomas Hall in Cliffe High Street, Lewes from 11am to 3pm. Contributions are urgently needed for all the stalls and the stallholders will need help on the day. So any offers can be made direct to the stallholders or to the organiser, Chris Glover, on 01273 400981. Christmas Stall, Judith Bastide 01273 474356; cakes, Angela Spinks 01273 890805; kitchen bric-a-brac, Chris Glover 01273 400981; books, Pamela Conlon 01273 890336; tombola, Dave Glover 01273 400981; preserves, Phyl Burchett 01273 400718; children’s lucky dip and games, raffle, lunches and teas, Diane Costall 01273 400742.

DON’T FORGET: Tomorrow, Saturday, Vimala and The Baker Boys in the village hall at 7.30pm. Adults £9, concessions £6. I am not sure if all the tickets have been taken. Contact he hall manager 07762 118985.

SMARTWATER are offering N Watch members a significant discount on their produce, charging just £25. Smartwater assigns your valuables with their own unique forensic code allowing them to be traced back to you; makes your home less of a target for thieves; is easy to apply and leaves no mess; is proven to work; gives added peace of mind; is supplied with signage to warn thieves you are protected. Call 0800 521669 and quote code KMHP25H.

DAMAGE: Following the storm the flint wall which surrounds the flower beds in the garden collapsed. It must have been the heavy rain rushing down that has caused the damage. The flower bed had only just had its autumn tidy up but part of it is now perched precariously above. Unfortunately repairs will have to wait until spring when we should start getting drier weather.


VISITING BIRD: The recent high winds have blown a visiting cormorant onto Falmer pond. The pond is now looking much healthier thanks to all the rain we have had over the last few weeks and the birds that make it their home look healthier too. I expect the cormorant will make his way back to the coast soon, unless all his buddies come to join him here. We had at least six of these large birds living here once and they made quite a mess when they roosted on top of the church tower.

GRANDPARENTS: Congratulations to Peter and Veronica Lenihan who have just become grandparents for the first time. Baby Imogen Florence was born 8lbs 6oz and is doing well.

LOOKING FORWARD: We have lots going on in Falmer in the run-up to Christmas. November 24 sees the Steiner Early Years School Christmas Fair, which should be great fun, especially if you have youngsters as there are always activities for the children. For the more serious Christmas shopper we have two days of our Christmas Art and Craft Market on November 30 and December 1, with ceramics, prints, cards, jewellery, paintings, basket-ware, glassware and any amount of delicious things from the kitchen plus decorations and live music.

FURTHER FORWARD: We have two carol services at St Laurence to look forward to. The first on Sunday December 8 at 6pm is the parish Advent Carol Service, the second is the University of Brighton Carol Service on December 11 at 5pm. All are very welcome to both of these. Another carol event is the Music and Readings for Advent from St George’s Choir, Kemptown, on December 15 at 5.30pm. This carol service/concert has become something of a tradition in recent years. We’ll bring you reminders and more details about these events nearer the time.

CONCERT: Tomorrow (Saturday) we have a concert entitled Piano Duet – four hands one piano given by Pam Cragg and Margaret Grimsdell, who both studied at the Royal Academy of Music. The concert will include music by Schubert, Brahms, Bizet, Frank Bridge and Léo Weiner, it starts at 5.30pm and entrance is free with a retiring collection.

NEWMARKET FARM: I wasn’t able to go to the recent tour of the dig at Newmarket Farm, but I understand it was very interesting. The first time the farm appeared on an Estate Map was in 1830. The land on which the buildings stood was bought by the Goring family of Wiston who also owned most of the rest of Kingston Parish and tenant farmers worked the land. Newmarket Farm was occupied by farm labourers and their families. In 1868 a tenant David Baldy was murdered and the case widely reported by journalists. The land was sold in 1911 to Mr Howell and changed hands yet again in 1923 when Mr Selbach bought it with the intention of developing it, and much of the surrounding area, for housing. In 1925 Brighton Corporation bought Newmarket, Balsdean and Norton farms and put a stop to Selbach’s development plans. The farms were again run by tenant farmers, this lasted up until 1942 when the army evicted the tenants and took over the farm to use for military exercises. Newmarket farm was destroyed. The dig has turned up a large amount of ordnance. The dig continues on Fridays and Sundays 10am to 4pm, weather permitting, till shortly before Christmas. Meet at Falmer Road car park. Information courtesy of David Cuthbertson.

Glynde & beddingham

MEMORIAL PARADE: Many thanks to Steve Gear and the memorial team for giving us all such a treat last Friday evening. The weather cleared at the last minute allowing the celebrations to continue as planned and what a spectacular fireworks display we had. Thanks also to Lord Hampden for providing the wonderful setting and the swimming pool team for organising the delicious barbeque. We are all greatly looking forward to next year.

PARISH COUNCIL: We have been asked to inform the community there will be a vacancy arising for a new parish councillor from the beginning of December. If you are interested in becoming part of the team, please contact Barbara Knight, the parish clerk, on The council works throughout the year on village projects and meets every two months in Glynde. Please see the parish noticeboard for details of meetings and current councillors.

TEA ROOMS: Last Sunday Debbie and David opened their doors for the launch of Andrew Lusted’s new book, Fifty Early Postcards of Glynde, Firle and Beddingham. The weather was sparkling and people had a very jolly afternoon in the gazebo with mulled wine and baked potatoes.


VILLAGE MARKET: There will be no market tomorrow, Saturday, due to refurbishment of the main hall. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.


TABLE TOP SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall, behind St Thomas’ Church. Cakes, cards, gifts, books, CD’s for sale, and refreshments available all morning, from 9.30am to 1pm. Admission free, all welcome. The sale is in aid of St John sub Castro Church’s Restoration Fund.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: We had an exciting time towards the end of our last walk when a very muddy path in a wood opened out into a large expanse of water in the middle of which was a submerged bridge. Amazingly, with the help of some gallant men, all 24 of us safely made it to the other side, albeit some with very wet feet. The walk started from Chiddingly Church and took us through fields towards Golden Cross. After crossing the A22 we took a straight path, a green lane, lined by low banks and mature trees beginning to show their autumn colours. This lovely path is possibly on the line of a trackway of Roman origin. After this path we joined The Vanguard Way, a long distance path which links East Croyden with Seaford. The route took us past the beautiful old buildings of Limekiln Farm and then through the Mohair Centre, near Laughton, with its variety of different sheep, llamas and alpacas, before heading back to Chiddingly with its tall Church spire showing in the distance. The walk was led by Roy. The next walk is on Sunday in the beautiful area around Crowlink when we will be walking two of the Seven Sisters. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session in the Corn Exchange, High Street today, Friday, 2pm to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 8pm.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL celebrated Remembrance Day on Monday with an assembly and then two minutes silence on the playground where they listened to the cannon in the town. The school’s sports teams are now getting into their strides. This week saw another outing for the newly formed netball squad and cross country running team. They were really enthusiastic and determined to be the best they could be even though they are new to these events. The Lemon Lobsters (Year 4) spent an interesting day at Anne of Cleves House on Monday where they were able to use a great local resource to support their learning about the Tudors. Today, Friday, the school will be taking part in Children in Need. The school council has organised each class to provide a wide selection of stalls and activities to raise funds for this worthwhile cause. Children will also be able to wear their pyjamas to school for a donation of £1. Also on Friday, parents, carers and friends are invited to join the school for their Open Afternoon. Each class will be transformed into a museum and all the work they have done on their Time Travellers learning journey will be on show. The children will act as museum guides and experts for the afternoon. They look forward to welcoming lots of parents/carers to the event.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH also remembered those who lost their lives or were injured and harmed in the wars of the last century and recent times, including loved ones and those buried in the churchyard. The Act of Remembrance, signalled and ended by a single toll of the bell, was most moving. This was followed by a beautiful modern song: Praise you Lord for the wonder of Your healing, leaving very few dry-eyed before the service moved to its end. This week there is a Communion Service led by Revd Jeremy Bamber, beginning at 9.30am. All are welcome.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


VANDALS: How disappointed I was on Saturday morning to see a mother and her two sons standing looking at the side window of a car that had been smashed as well as their own van window and one further up the road in South Way. Words cannot describe the feelings you feel for the perpetrators or of the people on the receiving end of such a mindless act.

CAROL SINGERS: The picture in the Sussex Express, although not a very good reproduction did get a response from Shelia Lock nee Wood. She told me it was taken in 1953 and she is standing to the right of the Christmas tree. Her grandmother, Mrs Noble of 2 North Way, Mrs Hammond and Mrs Peacock standing behind them. She also said her grandmother was great friends with Iris Pelling who lived in 2 Nevill Crescent who was the aunty of my wife Val. We moved into the house Sheila’s family moved out of. Small world isn’t it?

CHRIST CHURCH: Today our Tots Group will be taking part in the BBC Children in Need event. Spotty clothes will be worn and during the morning there will be a bring and buy cake stall. Proceeds from this and also the subs will be sent to Children in Need. On Wednesday between 9.30am and 11am our Little Fishes Group will be meeting. The theme will be Abraham. This is a group for pre school children and their carers. £1 per family.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Our headteacher Debbie Gordon, had lunch with the Queen when she visited Harvey’s brewery and much to her surprise was actually placed on the Queen’s table. Well done to India Thakrar who entered into a chess competition in half term. She was delighted to finish second overall, despite competing against older children she was in the lead for most of the competition and impressed the judges. Kaleidoscope have a few places available in their Monday Drama and Dance classes for Years 1 and 2. They are also starting new Creative Dance Classes for pre-school children at the All Saints Centre next half term. If you would like to book a free taster session for your child please contact Deirdre on 01273 473554, or for more details The snowy season is almost upon us again. In the event of bad weather conditions please check the Wallands Lifecloud, local Heart radio and ESCC website for

information about school closure. I will make every effort to have completed a site assessment and made a decision about opening by 7.30am. Please try not to phone the school switchboard unless you really need to.

NEVILL HISTORY: There was a very good response to Sunday’s meeting, a lot of questions with some answers, I will give a fuller report next week. I must correct the report last week on St Mary’s pantomime.Susan Stevens started her dancing career at the Coliseum with the English Nation Opera. She was born in 1957 so would no doubt be amused (or not) to have knowledge that it is printed that she is a full time performer at 56 years of age. Sorry for the confusion.


MANY THANKS to the Newick Bonfire Society for another splendid evening of great fireworks display. Thanks for all of your very hard work to make this event so spectacular.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am, Informal Worship at 10.30am.

SUPPER QUIZ: The annual church Supper Quiz will be held on Wednesday in the school hall from 7pm. To book a table please telephone 01825 723750.

NEWICK TWINNING AGM will take place on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. All members and prospective new members will be made very welcome. There are several members standing down after many years of service, so new members are needed. If you are interested why not telephone 01825 724223 and find out what positions need to be filled.

PLEASE MAKE SURE that your cars and vans are all locked up when parking for the night, also ensure that your house is secure. We must all try and stop intruders from entering our property.


BARGAINS GALORE: Rush along to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) to scoop up some of those inevitable bargains at the Tennis Club jumble sale being held at the village hall with bully off at 2pm. Quite apart from the thrill of the chase there will be cakes, tombola and when you wish to regain your composure you can relax over a cuppa and maybe a snack to which could be added a chat with friends. If you want to make space at home and have jumble to donate, please take it along to the hall on the day from 9am or you can ring 01273 890002 to see if there is still time to get it collected.

RACE NIGHT: It’s not too late to book in to the Race Night in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) in aid of funds for the new play area. Enjoy a flutter on the gee gees and a bangers and mash supper followed by a pud. Entry costs £10 and tickets can be booked on 01273 890516. Do take your own crockery and cutlery.

A NICE WALK: If you fancy one then meet up with the Footpath Society tomorrow (Saturday). Gather at Furnace Ponds, Slaugham at 10.30am before setting off on a general walk around Slaugham with the option of taking lunch at the Chequers. If you need to know more ring 01273 891218.

LIVE HORSERACING: To experience a real day at the races, pop along to our local course on Monday when it will be Pompadour Race Day with the thrills starting at 12.50pm. There are bound to be some top class runners and riders, plus lots of things to occupy you between races, apart from counting your winnings.

FLOWER POWER: The flower club will be staging a Christmas demonstration on Wednesday in the village hall between 6.30 and 9.30pm. The demonstrator will be Sue Flight and the proceedings will end with mince pies and mulled wine. Visitors will receive a warm welcome, provided only that they pay £2.50 at the door. A small price to pay for a good evening out in convivial company.

SENIOR CITIZENS AWAKE: Please note that the Christmas tea party hosted by the local Scout Group will take place in the village hall on Saturday, December 7 commencing at 2.15pm. It is free to all senior citizens residing in Plumpton and East Chiltington and, apart from a slap up tea, there will be entertainment to make it an afternoon to remember. If you will have difficulty getting there and need a lift simply ring 01273 890410 and a carriage will be laid on at no cost to you. This is a very popular annual event so be sure not to miss out and book the date now. This is another example of the community spirit that prevails in rural areas. Townies eat your hearts out.

ARE YOU READY? Plumpton Festive Fair will take place in the village hall on Saturday, November 30 between noon and 4pm. On sale will be gifts, food etc., to help you get ready for Christmas plus refreshments, activities for the kids, Plumpton school choir and even Santa will put in an appearance.

WHAT A WIN: Plumpton RFC hosted Shoreham at the weekend and used their power to bully the smaller opposition to win with ease 20-0. Tries from Grant Engine Restieaux, Alex Ox Aston and Man-of-the-Match Craig Bulldozer Wells...Plumpton were without several key players, but still fielded a side confident of winning a game against high flying Shoreham, having only lost once to Shoreham in the last eight years, consistently overpowering the smaller opposition, but the form guide still sat with Shoreham who were flying high in the league and having won their last game against Plumpton. The home side started the game the same way they played for all 80 minutes. The forwards worked in pods to crash up the ball, wearing down the Shoreham pack. With Plumpton boasting a strong ball carrying pack including Craig Wells, Rodney Black and Alex Aston they were able to take good yardage with ball in hand. Shoreham rarely saw the ball for much of the first 20 minutes and gave away penalties for off sides, their back row particularly at fault. A penalty from Rob Blake from the half way line got the first point on the board for Plumpton from one such offside incident. Shoreham got increasingly frustrated with the lack of ball, being pushed off their own scrum ball by the Plumpton pack of Cropper, Blake and Wells. Our side also managed to get their catch and drive going at the end of the first half. A great take from Ben Turney, allowed Plumpton to drive 30 yards to push over a try, scored by Grant Restieaux and converted by Blake. Then Plumpton dealt a killer blow. Aston, who had run riot from 2nd row all over the pitch, took a deft pass from fly half Beale to cut a scintillating angle from half way to smash his way over Shoreham’s flailing full-back to score out wide.Into the 2nd half and Shoreham had one last go at speeding up the game to disrupt Plumpton, but Plumpton dealt with any attack with ease. The 10-12 combination of brothers Lewis and Rhys Bealeputting in ferocious tackles to put the Shoreham back row on their bums more than once. Shoreham got frustrated and saw at least two yellow cars for such play, Their penalty count rose and their composure dropped, with some off the ball incidents, evidence of the mood of the Shoreham players at their inability to turn over ball. The win was sealed by a try from Craig Wells. The game finished in a flurry, as Shoreham tried a kick and chase, but with the pace of Plumpton’s back three of Adam Turrell, Rory Loftus and Alistair Butcher it was a lost cause..This weekend Plumpton have a rest week before travelling to Hove, ko 2.30pm.


COFFEE MORNING at 1 The Elms today, Friday, from 10am to noon in aid of the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. There will be a raffle and a bring and buy stall. Also SASBAH Christmas cards and calendars will be on sale.

FIREWORKS PARTY: This is again being organised by Ringmer Home School Association and will be held this evening, Friday, at the Primary School. Gates will be open at 6pm to enable people to go along and feast themselves on the mouth-watering food before the display which will be set off at about 7pm. The fireworks are carried out by the Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society whose aim is to give a very visual aerial display without too many loud bangs. All proceeds from this event go straight back into the school for the benefit of the children. Tickets are priced at £10 for a family of four (one must be over 18 years) or adult £3.50, child £2.50 and are available from the school office or by phone on 813860/812463. Please note that all tickets will cost more on the door.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: You can still see Graham Stapley’s production of Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs, tonight, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, evening commencing at 7.45pm in the village hall. If you have not already got your tickets hopefully there will be some available on the door.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: Do remember there is a meeting for anyone interested in this event which will take place in April at Christ Church, Lewes, tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. If unable to make the meeting but interested in taking part please ‘phone 07926 486567.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Last weekend the only team that managed to get a game were the Veterans who maintained their 100% record with a 5-2 win away to Stone Veterans. This weekend, weather permitting, the first team are at home to Shoreham in a league fixture with kick off at The Caburn at 3pm. The Reserves travel to Saltdean Utd on Saturday for their Reserve Section Premier game also with a 3pm kick off time. At the time of going to press there are no mid-week fixtures planned but please check the local press as postponed games are often slotted in at short notice. The Trustees management committee and members would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Peter Bentley who sadly passed away last week. Peter was a good friend to Ringmer FC and will be much missed by all who knew him.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on November 6 was: 1, David Coutinho and Roy Skan; 2, David Warner and Simon Webster; 3, Lis and Tim Owen, Lesley Durrant and Alan Grindley. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St. Mary’s Room of the village hall. Contact number 814220.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council has a vacancy which it intends to fill by co-opting a candidate at its meeting on Thursday, December 12. Further details from Chris Elphick, Clerk to the Council, on 01273 813242. Please note that the closing date for nominations is Friday, November 22 and applicants will be asked to provide a brief written statement giving basic information about themselves and their reasons for seeking co-option.

LIGHT OF LOVE SERVICE: The Ringmer Support Group of St Peter and St James are holding this service in St Mary’ s Church on Saturday, December 7 at 4pm. This is to remind those wishing to have a loved one remembered at that service they must send their donations in to Thelma Saunders, Powderham, 2 Shepherds Way by Saturday, December 1 at the latest.

THE RINGMER Famous Festive Feasts Booklet is an interesting and tasty morsel which features articles from many Ringmer people, known to you, who have recently cooked up their contributions. Costing only £2.50 this colourful and seasonal read featuring recipes, jokes, quotes, poems and cartoons is now on sale around Ringmer or direcly from Jayne e-mail All proceeds go to St Peter and St James Hospice.

CHARITY CALENDAR: Aidan, who is a pupil at Ringmer Community College, and is presently in hospital after his bone marrow transplant, as he was diagnosed in June, 2011 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, has designed a humorous calendar to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust which built a unit at the Royal Marsedn Hospital especially to help 15 to 25 year olds suffering from rare forms of cancer. The calendar is now on sale to raise money for this Trust. Printing costs have been sponsored by The Rotary Club of Lewes so all money raised will go towards the Trust. Request for a calendar or any donations to help Aidan reach his target of £2,000 can be made online at It is also intended to have the calendar available around the shopping precinct one Saturday in December.

ST MARY’S Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 23 in the village halls from 10am to 1pm. Labelled boxes for donations are in the Springett Chapel for contributions to the various stalls. Grand Draw Tickets are being sold in the shopping precinct tomorrow, Saturday, so if you do not already have your tickets there will be a chance to purchase them.

WINTER PARTY: The twinning association are holding this event at the Ringmer Football and Social Club on Saturday, November 23 commencing at 7.30pm. Do go along and enjoy a meal, music and dancing led by Tony Dunn. Tickets £8 (including meal) are available from Sharon Gunde on 01273 812186/07815 103196 or Jim Stock on 01273 813390.

Rodmell & Southease

TALK: It was lovely to be able to go to yet another of Ian Everest’s talks on farming in the village hall on Saturday night. This time the first half was about the Women’s Land Army, that much maligned force, that did not get the credit it deserved for many years. Ian’s mother and my mother were both in it and featured in his talk. It was a wonderful and touching experience to see my mother, on film, with the beloved shire horses she looked after, at the farm in the Cuckmere area. Unfortunately mum could not be at the talk to see her moment of fame, as she is in a care home in Ringmer and at 94 does not want to go out and about. The hall was packed out, with farmers and members of the farming and village communities from along the valley and beyond. It reminded me of when mum and I used to go to the various cattle markets with dad in the past, at Haywards Heath, Lewes, Steyning and Hailsham and everyone caught up with each other and exchanged news. Seeing the Polar Bear cafe featured in the Sussex Express recently reminded me that mum and I used to sneak into town to do shopping and play tunes on the jukebox in the Polar Bear whilst dad did his business deals. Ian and all those who worked so hard to make this such a wonderful evening have the thanks of all those that attended it. I really appreciate these village events as we have no evening buses and I no longer drive at night, plus as a carer I can only be away from home for a few ours, so events such as these are a Godsend to me, and I’m sure many others.

SADLY Anne Foster who lived in, what once was the village shop, died on October 29 at the grand age of 88. She was a kind and gentle lady and was very interesting to talk to. She moved to the village with her lovely husband Peter in 1991. Peter loved to be in the Rodmell pantos and had many fans. Peter died last year. I understand we are having a panto again this year and a meeting has taken place in the usual venue, Hic.

FOR SOME REASON I felt drawn to Southease Church for Remembrance Sunday. I usually attend our church, but I do love the simplicity of Southease Church and often go there. The service taken by Mary Sitwell was lovely and it was a very poignant moment when we all stood around the grave of the Canadian airman who is buried in the churchyard. It’s a great mystery as his plane came down in Kent, and no-one seems to know why he is in Southease churchyard. The last Post was played and we had a two minute silence. I could not help but wonder as we all stood in the sunshine under trees of autumn hue listening to bird song what he or his family would feel at the dedication to keeping his memory alive by the people of Southease.

CLEAR-UP: Tomorrow, Saturday, 9.30am to noon churchyard clear-up.

WI: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI monthly meeting at 7.30pm. It’s also the 94th birthday of our WI.

COFFEE MORNING on Wednesday November 27 in the village hall from 11am.

SERVICE: Sunday December 1, Advent Service of Light by candlelight at 4pm.

HORSE RACING: Saturday December 7, The Great Rodmell Derby, horse racing.