Parish Pump Lewes - September 20, 2013


WI: We had an unusual topic at our September meeting: hypnotherapist Karen Martin was our interesting speaker. At the outset she reassured us she was definitely not going to put anyone in a trance or make them do anything they did not want to do. Karen explained her tried and tested strategies teach the listener how to use hypnosis to achieve change, by establishing rational thinking. For example it can change your mind about the food you are addicted to, thus establishing weight control. Hypnosis gives you confidence in addressing your phobias and fears. Pain is experienced by most of us and, by hypnosis, it is possible to exert power over the mind, even to the extent of undergoing surgery without anaesthetics. A thought process can influence the pain pathway. Karen concluded by giving us a simple exercise, which involved training the mind to relax the body. Two new members joined our expanding numbers in Barcombe’s WI at this meeting , which is not surprising when studying our programme for the year. Then there are the optional, added extras such as an autumn outing to Stanmer Park, a Lakeland Day at Crowborough, the chance to learn and play Mah Jong, a trip to the Theatre Royal, a Shamballa Workshop and a guided tour to see the gems and jewels of London.

CLEAN UP: Big Village Hall Clean Up. You remember how much fun it was last year, if you were not there, you probably heard about it. Help make it another great time tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am.

BOWLS NEWS: Away to Cross-in-Hand on Thursday, September 12: John Osmond 8 Stuart Foord 15, Jas Osmond 6 Eddie Edmonds 18, Derek Stewart 12 Hazel Burr 20, Les Coppard 8 John Ewart 26. Club lost 34 to 79.


THE AUTUMN SHOW organised by the horticultural society, at the village hall, was a great success and well supported with entries especially in the vegetable and cookery classes. Pleasingly there were a good number of new exhibitors and visitors viewing the exhibits and enjoying homemade refreshments. The cups were awarded as follows: The British Caledonian Cup (vegetables) and Hickwells Cup (best vegetable exhibit) Peter Estcourt, Bowling Cup (flowers) Duncan Clark and Linda Blaker, Weller Cup (dahlias) and Sam Briggs Memorial Cup (horticultural classes over all three shows) Linda Blaker, Chris Bone Memorial Cup (wine and cordials) Justine Mayers, Cooper Cup (cookery and handicrafts) Pat Stepney, TSB Cup (best floral exhibit) Maureen Durrant, Village Cup (classes under 7 years) Sabrina Bott, Chailey Cup (classes for ages 8 to 11 years) Edward Parker, Bosun Cup (best in children’s classes over all three shows) Eddie Finch.

JUMBLE SALE to raise much needed funds for the bonfire society is at the village hall on Saturday at 11am. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated and can be brought to the hall from 9am.

CRICKET sees Chailey in the last game of the season, a friendly against Beeding and Bramber at the sports ground just off the A272 and start at 2pm on Sunday.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion with baptism at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Derek Heyman and 6.15pm with Tim Griffiths.

CHARITY QUIZ is at the Horns Lodge on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. Call Linda on 01273 400422.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday September 27 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

OPEN EVENING: Parents and children are warmly invited to an Open Evening at Chailey School on Thursday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The evening will be aimed at those starting secondary school in September 2014 and the headteacher’s introduction will be at 6.30pm. For more information call 01273 890407.

CYCLING: 108km cycling event on Saturday October 19 starts from Chailey at 8.30am and includes the climbs of Cob Lane, Clayton Hill and Ditchling Beacon. Entry £5 (£5.50 when paying via PayPal at and entries should arrive at least two weeks before the event. For more information call Martin Malins on 01342 314437.

ROSE: St Peter & St James Hospice in partnership with rose specialists, Wych Cross Garden Centre near Forest Row, are offering a hardy, easy to look after rose, named after the Hospice. Wych Cross has kindly agreed that £5 from each sale will go directly to the hospice. The rose, a floribunda variety, is suitable for bedding or borders and has been especially chosen for its vibrant yellow colour and excellent fragrance. Fully matured this plant will grow to around 1m x 1m. The rose costs £15 and delivery is £8.95 for the first plant and £4.95 for each plant thereafter but collection is available. There are a maximum of 500 roses for sale and orders can be placed via the website Alternatively you can call Fundraising on 01444 471598 to reserve your rose(s), collecting them from Wych Cross Garden Centre.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday at St Peter’s Holy Communion 8am, Sunday School 10.15am in the church hall, Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the hall.

COFFEE MORNING Saturday September 28 in the church hall from 10.30am in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief. There will be a raffle. Organised by Roland and Brenda Gough 01273 486510.

HARVEST FESTIVAL at St Peter’s Church on Sunday October 6. Holy Communion 8am and a special Family Service at 10.30am. During the family service children take up harvest gifts. Fresh fruit and vegetables or tinned food? The distributors of the harvest boxes have told the Rector health and safety regulations would suggests tins are better. The Rector feels real fruit etc is more evocative and perhaps the answer is a bit of both.

DECORATING the church for Harvest takes place on Saturday October 5 from 10am. Gifts of flowers, greenery, fruit and vegetables will be most welcome and as much help as possible on the morning please.

HARVEST SUPPER Friday October 11 in the church hall at 7pm. Tickets are limited to 40. Contact Judith on 01273 474356 as soon as possible for a place. The menu is home made soup, ham, jacket potatoes, salad, home made apple pie, wine and coffee for £8. Family tickets available, including a glass of wine or soft drink.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: There will be an Open Day in the village hall on Saturday October 5 to discuss the plan.

NOISY: It was another weekend for some deprived of sleep but this time closer to home. Starting on Saturday evening and going on until about 3am on Sunday morning. It would be nice to be given prior notice before these noisy events take place. At least it would give time to purchase ear plugs.

SEPTEMBER 1939: The following taken from Tickner Edwardes book, A Downland Year, sums up everything about our precious countryside at this time of year: To be glad to walk on the shady side of a lane towards the close of September and that day after day for a week on end, is so great a rarity even in sun-favoured Sussex that it may scarce be counted on to recur to any one now past the meridian of life. U went out into the highways and hedges this breathless, radiant, golden morning bent on enjoying what I may never experience again, rural England at its perfect best. For, say what one may, a still day of sunshine and a cloudless blue sky on a beautiful countryside in early autumn stands for the most precious jewel in the crown of the year. Spring, with its ceaseless onrush, each hour almost putting the last hour hopelessly out of date: summer’s fierce momentum urging the world along at breakneck speed. But autumn, it is just the serenity of fulfilment; the harvest gathered in, the birds of passage keeping their last tryst by every hedgerow. And all the wild birds show the same static, dolce-far-niente spirit. There is scarce a note of music on all the countryside this drowsy amber noon. A lazy caw drifts down from the blue; and gazing aloft, you see a score of rooks voyaging over towards the shimmering stubble, only one deep, somnolent note to al the crew. I feel very blessed living here under the Downs to have experienced all those things the author mentions above. And how lucky we have all been in this area during the last few weeks to have had such wonderful weather.


THE LADIES GROUP had a real treat of chocolate treats this last Tuesday. We were very pleased to welcome Sarah Barber, a nutritional therapist to conduct a raw chocolate workshop. Sarah went through the process of chocolate from the bean, growing on the trees, to the final product. Sarah explained chocolate is actually good for us containing serotonin and melatonin. Sarah is a great believer of raw foods in our diets and explained the reasons for this; she then demonstrated making chocolates using the ground chocolate and cocoa butter and pouring them into moulds with fruit and nuts which we were all allowed to sample when they were set. We were also sent home with the chocolate brownies she made with chocolate, dates and walnuts. It was all very yummy and greatly enjoyed by everyone. For more information about Sarah go to

EXHIBITION: We have now said farewell to all the artists exhibiting in the parish hall and church. There were some wonderful paintings, jewellery and ceramics and we thank the contributors for displaying their work in Falmer, and special thanks must go to Sue Barnes, who worked so hard coordinating the whole exhibition.

PARTY: The Sussex University students have returned and celebrated by holding a party last Sunday with very loud music thumping away. Thankfully, unlike the previous week’s rave, this music stopped at about 11.30pm.

Glynde & Beddingham

VILLAGE STORES: David and Debbie are going from strength to strength with innovative ideas popping up each week. They are now offering a fruit and veg box service as well as taking orders for fresh meat from Lew Howard in Ringmer and wonderful bread from our very own Flint Owl Bakery. They are also happy to deliver within the village if it’s not possible for you to get to the shop. We are all delighted The Little Cottage Tea Rooms are to remain open all year round, albeit with revised opening times and hotwater bottles for those who still wish to try David’s exquisite scones outside in the garden (ask him for the secret ingredient). The Knit and Natter mornings have taken off again on Wednesdays from 10am til noon with tea, cake, knitting and crochet tips and oodles of chat on offer for £1.50. The tea rooms are also available for private hire for meetings and parties (max capacity 16). Phone Debbie on 858215.

PARISH COUNCIL: What an inspiring and informative afternoon we all had a few Sundays ago when villagers were invited to drop in to The Reading Room to voice their concerns and talk through possible solutions for the traffic situation in Teddy Street and Mill Lane. Many thanks to all the members of the parish council who gave up their time to facilitate the event and to the many people who dropped in to eat cake and share their ideas. It reminded us how very special this street is and what a caring community it contains. Other village projects that are being undertaken by the parish council include urgent repairs to the equipment in the recreation ground and to the flint wall in the centre of the village, as well as the continuing research being done into the question of street lighting and new parish noticeboards. The next parish council meeting will be on Wednesday at 7pm in The Reading Room in Glynde.

FUEL: As September sees the inevitable change in the weather, many people are turning their minds to the subject of fuel – where can we get good, reasonably priced logs from and do we really have to pay the extortionate heating oil prices? The answer to both of these if relatively straightforward – the Glynde Estate can supply and deliver local logs and The Fuel Co-op can save you money each time you order domestic heating oil. The Fuel Co-op is a Glynde-based home heating oil buying group which has saved its members over £10,000 since it started. Details at


KINGSTON WI: Our first autumn meeting was held on a warm evening after a day of bright sunshine and high temperatures. As the president and vice president were both away it was left to Vicki Scott to welcome the members to the meeting and to conduct the business before the speaker was introduced. An important date in the calendar this autumn is a group meeting to be held on October 18 when Kingston WI will host members from neighbouring WI branches. They will be entertained by magician John Scholfield and enjoy a two course meal prepared by Kingston WI members. At least 60 are expected to attend. Other Kingston WI activities will resume or continue in September, Pilates, tap dancing and singing, our book group and monthly walk. Over the summer members enjoyed visits to see the musical Top Hat on stage in London and also to Smallhythe Place, the home of Ellen Terry in Kent. WI members also helped at the Kingston Family Day in July and at the Art Wave exhibition in Kingston Pavilion. Members were informed about a new national WI campaign advocating a small charge for plastic bags as is happening in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in order to reduce environmental damage and litter. After refreshments we welcomed Heather Woodward as our guest speaker. Heather is a National Trust guide and an expert on the life of Ellen Terry. She gave us a most interesting insight into the somewhat unconventional early years of the famous actress, her artistic partnership with Sir Henry Irving and of course, her later years at living at Smallhythe Place and her important legacy to the theatre. Her great nephew was John Gielgud who often visited her at Smallhythe and who acted in the Barn Theatre there with other famous stage actors of the day. Members are now planning a further visit to this National Trust property to see for themselves some of the costumes, jewellery and memorabilia belonging to Ellen Terry as described by our speaker. This month’s competition was entitled The Theatre and was judged by our speaker and won by Vicki Scott with a record book detailing plays her mother had seen during the 1940s and 50s, interestingly one had a young John Gielgud in the cast. Our next meeting will be on October 3 at 7.30pm in the parish hall and will be a Zumba evening, a chance to try out this fun way of getting fit by dancing or watching.


AUCTION: Don’t forget the Auction of Goods and Promises tomorrow, Saturday, in Laughton Parish Hall. Viewing is from 10am to noon and the sale starts at 2pm. There are some interesting lots and some wonderful promises. Details on 01825 840513.

JUMBLE SALE: A date for your diary as well, Saturday October 5, Grand Jumble Sale in the parish hall, doors open at 10.30am. Jumble needed so do have a clear out and ring 01323 811385, we will collect anything. The sale is in aid of Laughton Parish Hall which is just about to embark on a new refurbishment programme.


WESTGATE WI: Tudor history with a Sussex connection was brought to life by speaker Helen Poole whose work with the Sussex Archaeological Society and Sussex Castles and Museums enhanced her talk on Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII. Helen painted a picture of Tudor society, describing how Thomas Cromwell had enriched Henry through the dissolution of the monasteries. With an English Bible in churches and Cromwell and Cranmer beginning discussions with German Lutherans, Henry’s search for another wife was caught up in his search of an alliance with Protestant states. Unfortunately the German princess portrayed so appealingly by Holbein’s exquisite miniature did not impress Henry (now a corpulent 49-year-old), who found her unattractive at first sight. However, the marriage went ahead in 1540, only to be swiftly annulled six months later. Anne stayed on in England with a dowry, palaces such as Richmond, Hever Castle and nine Sussex manors. Lewes Priory would have been part of the manor of Southover but in spite of the splendidly named Anne of Cleves House there is no evidence that Anne ever came to Sussex. Next meeting is on October 9. Next Crafts is on October 16. (A Stephen).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The group had its final coach outing for the 2013 season last Sunday walking on the delightful hills and heath land of Surrey which forms part of the Greensand Ridge and provides many fine views of the countryside. There was a long walk from Puttenham to Shere and a short walk from Broadford Bridge near Shalford to Shere. Departing from Puttenham the party followed the North Downs Way eastward which was easy. We kept the sun on our right and watched out for the waymarks. This worked well till just after noon when the first of the forecast showers completely disrupted our picnic stop which had been taken early with the express intent of avoiding the rain. On the River Wey we saw rowers and scullers being coached about their rowing and sculling skills and being nearly run down by a narrow boat for their efforts. The highlight of this delightful walk was St-Martha-on-the-Hill (525ft) at Chilworth, which was so named after the church. The climb to the top of the hill was mildly laborious for those of us who had just walked six miles. The families who had driven to the car park at the bottom hardly seemed troubled by the incline at all. The church itself is mostly a Victorian construction with a simple interior. To be fair to the Victorians, what had started out as a Norman church was almost entirely in ruins before they restored it. The views were splendid and well worth the climb. The rest of the route to Shere was along the Pilgrims’ Way. The short walk party left Broadford Bridge crossing some fields before passing through Shalford village and by Shalford Mill which is a lucky survivor telling the story of the decline of the traditional village work and life; then climbing up onto the North Downs Way to follow the same route as the other party. We were unable to visit St Martha’s church as morning service was in progress, but were able to enjoy organ music whilst appreciating the wonderful views extending south to the South Downs. It is here the Downs Link starts, a 33 mile trail linking the North Downs Way with the South Downs Way at Shoreham. The reward at the end for both groups was a cream tea in the local café at Shere and a chance to visit the parish church dating from around 1190 with its Lych-gate designed by Edwin Lutyens. Also to visit the interesting village Museum housed in the original Parish Hall. Hilda and Graham led the long walk but Bert deserves the credit for organising this thoroughly enjoyable outing, and led the short walk. The rain started again before leaving Shere and on the way home the heavens opened. The next walk is a Lewes Circular on Sunday. There is an option of a half day walk or a 12 mile walk. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.


MALLING SCHOOL’s new school year began very positively, with the first term theme, Be Ambitious, celebrated last Friday in assembly. There are already many children who have shown that they are shooting stars by being the best they could be in both their attitude and their learning so early on in the term. Year 2 held a very successful Victorian Day on Tuesday. As part of their Victorians Learning Journey they were looking at what it was like to be a child in Victorian times. They dressed up in Victorian costumes and then spent the day experiencing life as a Victorian school child. Some of them loved the experience but others found it rather scary and didn’t like the idea of the cane. This week saw the first meetings of the Friends of South Malling, the PTA, on Monday. Everyone was thrilled to learn that last year, the Friends had raised a grand total of £10,875 through events involving parents, carers and the many Malling and Lewes friends of the school who had, for example, attended the Fete in July. The school thinks that this is the highest amount of money ever raised in the Friends’ history. Every penny of it will be spent on developing and enriching the life of the school and its children, helping everyone to learn effectively and achieve their full potential. The Friends will be putting on many exciting and enjoyable fundraising activities this year with a splendid target to beat. They are holding their AGM in October and looking for new supporters to come along and help out at the many events planned. The first Governors’ Meeting was on Wednesday, followed next week by a meeting of the full Governing Body.

PARISH CHURCH: On Tuesday, members of Southover Church, St John sub Castro and St Michael’s, South Malling met at South Malling Church for an evening prayer meeting about the proposed coming together of the three churches in a united benefice. If it happens, this would mean there would be two main groupings of Anglican churches in Lewes, St Anne’s, St Michael’s and St Thomas in the town centre and Southover, Malling and St John’s around the southern, eastern and northern circumference. You will have seen in the Express last week St John’s is hoping for a large grant from English Heritage to secure their building. A feasibility study has now begun to see whether it can be also be affordably refurbished to make it a cultural and social centre as well as a place of worship. The Chichester Diocesan Board of Finance has promised a further significant grant if this proves possible. The plan is all three buildings will continue as regular places of worship, supported by a team of clergy based on the current team at Southover. The united benefice would also be able to provide enhanced support for their three church schools. It is an ambitious project and no wonder parishioners are praying hard for God’s guidance and support. On Saturday, South Malling Church hosts a Quiet Day organised by Lewes and District Council of Churches, 10am to 3.30pm. This Sunday, there will be a new form of Morning Service, led by a band. The service begins at 9.30am.

SKY DIVING: Malling resident Dominic Lyons did manage to get in his parachute jump last Sunday before the bad weather came in. He, and colleagues from South Street, Doulla Economia and two of her family, travelled to Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent, and undertook parachute jumps to raise money for the children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent. Fortunately, their jumps had been scheduled for the morning, so they were able to go ahead.

MALLING FOOD BANK continues to be successful. It is in the Community Centre on Monday, 2.30pm to 3.30pm, and users must be referred by an appropriate person or body eg a social worker, housing officer or Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Such is its success and the perceived need, there is a question now of whether more space can be made available to provide opportunities for confidential services such as advice from a Credit Union, housing officers and perhaps other support services. The three Food Banks in Lewes, Malling, Landport and De Montfort, are working closely together to share information and any spare food and to co-ordinate their activities.

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.


CHRIST CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, we will be decorating the church for our Harvest Festival Service the following day at 10.30am led by Rev John Gordon. During the service there will be an opportunity for those present to give items of non perishable food which will be donated to the De Montfort Food Bank. Following the Harvest Service there will be a hot Harvest Lunch. On Wednesday, 7.30pm to 9pm, the ThinkTank will meet with John Clark leading a discussion on Rwanda, an experiment in nationhood. It was lovely to welcome back the children to Christ Church Tots last Friday and we look forward to seeing them again today from 9.30am to 11.30am. Last Saturday 29 walkers/riders plus a donkey visited our church as part of the Historic Churches Ride and Stride event.


COUNTRY MARKET will be open in the village hall today, Friday, from 10am till 11am, good selection of cakes, savoury, vegetables, preserves, plus some local cheese. There is also greetings cards, paintings, animal portraits and knitted items, orders can be taken for some items. On Friday September 27 they will be hosting a Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The money raised will help to make a real difference to how many people are affected by cancer. Macmillan gives great support to all patients and families.

HEADWAY Hurstwood Park celebrates Bring Home The Harvest tomorrow, Saturday, from noon till 3pm at Headway House, Jackies Lane. British food, flowers,vegetable and craft stalls. Displays, games and attractions. Free entry and car parking. Further details 01825 724323.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. There will also be an Evensong services at 6.30pm. Everyone will be most welcome.

THE CRICKET CLUB will be playing the final games for the 2013 season on Sunday against Bodiam Cricket Club at 12.30pm.

NEWICK GREEN WI: On Thursday the WI will welcome Bridget Pepper from Air Ambulance who will give an informative illustrated presentation about how the services operates. Visitors are welcome to join them for a friendly evening in the Community Centre at 7.45pm.

ALLINGTON ROAD is due to be resurfaced from 9am, till 3.15pm for three days commencing Wednesday. Take care.


ALL ABOARD: Model railway enthusiasts should be sure to dash to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) for the model railway show. Some interesting working layouts will be on view and rolling stock and accessories will be on sale. Open from 10.30am until 4.30pm.

VILLAGE ACTION PLAN: Everyone is invited to All Saints’ church annexe on Monday at 7.30pm for the AGM. Much of what the group set out to achieve has been successfully completed, so what lies ahead? Successes include the formation of the Wildlife and Habitat Group; Voluntary Driver Scheme; Plumpton Ancient and Modern; an information booklet; the Station Partnership; major role in Jubilee celebrations, Apple Press; Festive Fair; purchase of three defibrillators and so on. What will come next? If you have any ideas do go along and share them.

GOOD FINISH: Our village cricketers had a good season. The first team finished at a best ever in fourth place in Division I of the East Sussex League, having fielded a much younger side this year. The second team won promotion into Division VI, thus closing the gap on the firsts. So it is another year of celebration for Plumpton and East Chiltington who have rapidly risen in standard through the divisions since leaving the Mid Sussex League six years ago.

FINE HARVEST: The recent Harvest Lunch organised by Antonia Price in aid of the local church raised an impressive £1,600 as well as proving to be a much enjoyed event.

LAST CALL: Be aware the Honeybees Back to School Disco will be held on Saturday September 28 in the village hall. It will be strictly adults only and the dress code will be school uniform. Champagne Supernova will play hits from the 70s and 80s and there will be a bar. There will also be an auction sale with luxury holidays, premier league football tickets, ferry tickets, beauty treatments and a whole host of other great lots up for grabs. Tickets £7 at the door but if purchased in advance from the village store or £5. Doors open at 7pm. Proceeds to Honeybees Pre-school and the new village play area.

COFFEE TIME: Please keep some time free next Saturday for the church coffee morning at All Saints’ church annexe between 10am and 2pm.

NEW EDITION: The new edition of Scarpfoot Parish: Plumpton 1830-1860, a history of Victorian Plumpton which was originally published in 1981 but has since been out of print, is to be launched on Friday September 27 at a free open meeting in the village hall from 7.15pm. The launch will include an illustrated talk by Geoff Mead and an introduction by the editor, Prof Brian Short. This will be followed by refreshments and a chance to buy a copy of the new limited edition for the special price of £10. The new edition is much more reader friendly than the original, being in a perfect bound book of nearly 150 pages, in a reasonable size font and containing over 40 photographs from around the turn of the century illustrating key areas of the text. A new cover has been painted by Jeanie Muddle with the original cover being retained as the frontispiece.

SCARECROWS AT LARGE: The scarecrow competition has attracted 15 entries and they will be judged this weekend. They are all within Plumpton Green and can be enjoyed at 2 Creamery Cottages (just south of the signal box), 15 Riddens Lane, 2 and 30 West Gate, 5 Station Close, the WI seat on the village green and in Station Road at Lamorna, Asby Cottage, Ridgewood House, Stream Cottage, Strollings, Greanlea, Oakfield House, Winkfield and Dyke Nook. It should be well worth the short tour involved. Proceeds will go to the local churches.

W.I: This month we had a talk by Ian Everest on the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Started by Fabian Ware during the First World War the Commission now maintains the War Cemeteries to a high standard. Its motto is we don’t do dead bodies we do living memory. Our next meeting is our AGM with a plate buffet on Wednesday October 9 at 7.30pm in the village hall. (Marilyn Nye).


COFFEE MORNING: DELTA are holding this event in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. There will be a tombola, raffle and cake stall.

SILVER SURFERS takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at Ringmer Community College from 10am to noon. There are still a few places left so if interested phone Ruth Whitlock on 01273 812220 ext. 253 to book.

JUMBLE SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm in the village hall. If you have any jumble you wish to donate please take it to the hall between 10am and 11am tomorrow.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Hassocks in the FA Vase competition and kick-off at The Beacons is 3pm. The second team are at home on Saturday versus Pagham in the Reserve Section Premier League also with a 3pm kick-off time. Today, Friday, the Brian Smith/Duncan Ralph Memorial match takes place at the Caburn with a 7.45pm kick-off. This is a charity match and features ‘senior’ players who played under Brian or alongside Duncan at Ringmer FC.

BARN DANCE/HOG ROAST this evening, Friday, in the barn at Gote Farm by kind invitation of Will and Suzanne Craig and organised by Ringmer Primary Home School Association. The event is from 6.30pm to 10.30pm and the cost is adults £5 school age children £2 (food will be extra). Contact Angela on 01273 813860 or the school office.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Mary’s Church services on Sunday are as follows: Holy Communion 8am, Sung Eucharist 9.45am with Evensong at 6.30pm.

HARVEST LUNCH: The Baptist church are holding their Harvest Lunch on Sunday at 1pm in the village hall. This is after their Morning Service in the village hall at 10.30am and the Evening Service is at 6.30pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on September 11 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan, Pam Brook and John Weston; 4, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith. The club next meets on Wednesday in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. Contact 814220.

TABLE TOP SALE: Advance notice this is being held at Ringmer Community College on Saturday, October 12. £5 a table if pre-booked. Phone Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Manager on 01273 812220 ext 253.

BOWLS CLUB: The result of the matches played last week was: Ringmer v Motcombe Gardens 65-71, Ringmer v St Francis 59-78, Ringmer v Brighton 49-51 and Ringmer v Haywards Heath 39-53.

Rodmell & Southease

CELEBRATION: It was the 50th year of Northease Manor School at the weekend so there was a fair to celebrate. I noticed there were many cars so it was well supported.

PARISH COUNCIL: I also missed the recent parish council meeting where the following items were discussed: Traffic calming work started on Monday and should be complete within a week. John Harvey has been working with experts. The intention is to kill off the existing turf including rampant nettles along the verges at the entrances/exits to Rodmell village. The bulbs will be left unharmed. The areas will be re-seeded in October with a wildflower/grass mix for flowering next spring/summer, at no cost to the parish. The National Trust have been diligently pursuing the doubling of the size of Monks House car park. Archaeologists have experienced some delays but have just come to the end of their work, so the landscaper can return within the next couple of months to lay the top dressing. There have been recent changes to two muddy areas of footpaths. A hard surface has been created on the short farm track a the foot of Mill Hill near South Farm and the field from the top of Mill Hill to the top of Whiteway Lane has been converted to arable with a clearly defined path.

COFFEE CLUB continues to meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the village hall from 11am to 12.30pm. The next meeting is on Wednesday. All welcome.

BROADBAND: Northease School has kindly allowed Sussex Net Share to set up a pole to feed wi-fi to Rodmell residents. If you wish to know more about Sussex Net Share, look at their website or contact Marcus Brown.

ARTWAVE in the villages has been a great success, as have the various lectures etc to do with Monks House and the Bloomsbury Set.

LAUGH: I had to laugh at Robert Hammond’s letter in the letters page last week in my defence and in reply to Mr Baker’s letter. I’m still holding in my mind a picture of a 70 year old woman with tattoos and Jack Boots complete with crew cut hiding behind the Daily Mail, which Mr Baker seems to think is my daily newspaper. In fact I only read The Times and Sussex Express. Thanks Mr Hammond for giving me a good laugh.

OUR PUB: The pub was heaving on Saturday, Jazz Night. Give people what they want and they spread the word.