Lewes Village News


BARN DANCE: Charity Barn Dance for Bevern View on Friday June 19 at Barcombe Village Hall. Tickets £18 including ploughman’s supper. Call 01273 400752 or email matthew.cornich@beverntrust.org. Please note advance sales only, no tickets on the night.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Robertsbridge v Barcombe. Barcombe 151 all out in 33.5 overs: Matt Tucker 34, Will Marler 32, Harry Stewart 25. Robertsbridge 156-3 in 36.4 overs: Matt Tucker 2-20, Will Marler 1-61. Robertsbridge (30 points) beat Barcombe (7 points) by 7 wickets.

Barcombe travelled to Robertsbridge on a high after their exciting victory over Newhaven. Several key players returned and there was a general buzz around the team. Things did not start well with Tom Rumary arriving late after being unable to locate a binbag to put his kit in and promptly went downhill after stand in skipper Joe Wheatley managed to, yet again, lose the toss. Barcombe were put in on a green topped track but began positively as Matt Tucker gave himself 2 balls to get settled before launching the opening bowler over the railway tracks at the far end. Despite losing Matt Cordwell early, for a duck, Barcombe looked good as Tucker and Will Marler set about building a challenging total. This all changed after the umpire had clearly had enough of Tucker hitting the ball over the tracks.

The ball struck Tucker above the knee roll after he had put in a stride that was in danger of ripping his trousers. A stifled appeal followed yet the umpire’s finger went up quicker than Cordwell’s innings lasted and Tucker was on his way. Even the fielding side couldn’t quite believe the decision.

It seemed to suck the life out the innings and despite good knocks from Will Marler and Harry Stewart Barcombe never got going. Marler, in particular, looked good before playing on and hit one cover drive that was greeted by applause and admiring looks from the crowd. Except for Tucker who claimed it was two runs lost as it only went for four. Most batsmen made starts and looked comfortable but nobody managed to Barcombe were eventually rolled out for 151, a total that looked woefully under par, and had to deliver 12 overs before tea. They started well with Tucker using the old ball wisely, and Trower manfully trying to hold up an end.

Tucker looked particularly dangerous and struck early, the ball nestling in Jon Wood’s giant hands at third slip. Barcombe’s commitment was epitomised by Ed Cox, playing his first season for the club, who, not content with using his hands to stop the ball, decided to use his face, causing a nasty gash above his eye. Tucker picked up a second wicket before the tea break and the players left the field with the game evenly poised.

After tea was devoured the game drifted away from Barcombe who didn’t have much luck.

The ball would drop in the gaps, miss the stumps by inches or the batsmen would pick out Rumary, who missed two chances to take catches by running in too far and seeing the ball fly over his head. Robertsbridge eased home, despite Cordwell claiming an excellent stumping off Marler. Barcombe were defeated by seven wickets and will hope that next week they can have a little more luck and produce a good performance.

Rogue films catch of the day was unanimously voted as Jon Wood for his pouch at third slip.

Lewes Communications call of the day was one of several new nicknames for Harry Stewart that cannot be printed for legal reasons.


ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: This will be held in the village hall this evening (Friday) from 7pm. Please do go along from 7pm to meet councillors and other parish representatives before the meeting and enjoy refreshments. The agenda includes a report from the Chair on all that has taken place in the past year, a report by the police on local issues and a discussion on the Neighbourhood Plan. There will be time for questions and discussion at each stage. It is anticipated the meeting will conclude soon after 8.30pm.

SWISH: The clothes swap party is at the Free Church this evening (Friday) from 7.30pm to 10pm. Entry is £3, contact Janet on 01273 400785 for more details.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, sees Chailey cricketers in a league game, at the sports ground just off the A272, against Colemans Hatch starting at 1.30pm. Prospective players and supporters are most welcome. To find out more about the league or friendly teams do call 07709 946880.

TREASURE HUNT: The children’s treasure hunt organised by the Commons Society and, suitable for children aged 5 years plus takes place tomorrow, Saturday. Meet at Romany Ridge car park at 2.15pm.

OPEN GARDEN PARTY: This is at St Peter and St James Hospice is tomorrow, Saturday, from 1.30pm to 5pm and is a great chance to admire all that the volunteer gardeners do at the Hospice, particularly the woodland walk. There are always spectacular views, the donkeys and the reflective garden to see at the Hospice. On Saturday there will also be refreshments and vegetable and plant stalls. Admission is £2 with children free.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH: Services this Sunday with Giles Woodcraft at 10.30am and with John Goodway at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

SHEFFIELD PARK: Cricket at Sheffield Park Garden this Sunday starts at 11.30am. The Armadillos, whose home games are played at the Park, will play Buccaneers a wandering club. All are welcome to watch the game and relax in the magnificent surroundings, with a picnic maybe.

MUSEUM: The Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16 years. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

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

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then do go along to the Free Church on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Take your current project or if you are just learning wool, needles and tips will be available on the night. For more details call 01273 890114.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: The WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm at the village hall. The speaker will be Nigel Whitley who will explain the work of St Dunstan’s charity, now Blind Veterans UK. The charity gives all blind veterans access to services to help them discover life beyond sight loss. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome. For more details call Carol on 01825 723757.

THE CANNONBALL RUN: This will start and finish at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday. Everyone with a TR can join in, just meet in time for an 8pm prompt departure. Do go along and see the meet or finish of the run, you will be made very welcome by members of the South Downs TR Group. For more details visit www.southdowns-trs.org.uk/.

TODDLERS: The Grandparents Toddler Group meets on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area full of things to do. This is a great chance to meet other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren.

LUNCH CLUB: Open to everyone, the lunch club is at St Peter’s Church on Thursday from 12.30pm. The cost is £5 and there will be delicious freshly prepared home cooked food and the chance to meet others, relax and chat.

DO YOU LIKE MUD RUNS: The Mud Monsters Run is a 5k or 10k or challenging run in East Grinstead, with many muddy obstacles on the way. If so, would you like to join those helping to raise funds for the refurbishment of the sports pavilion, at the sports ground just off the A272. To take part on Sunday June 7 contact Gary Strangwood at garystrangwood@hotmail.co.uk or on 07824 565707. Alternatively, if running and getting muddy isn’t your thing sponsorship will be much appreciated and again please contact Gary.

WALK ALONG THE RIVER OUSE: This is on Saturday June 13 with Jim Smith, who will explain the river and its history; I imagine with lots of anecdotes from his experience as a water bailiff. Just meet members of the Commons Society, to car share, at the Sports Club car park (TQ389210) at 1.30pm. For more information call Linda Kent on 01444 440622.

OPEN GARDEN: Holford Manor, North Chailey BN8 4DU, will be open on Sunday June 14 from 2pm to 5pm in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. This five acre garden includes herbaceous borders packed with interest and colour, a wild meadow, pond and paddocks with lambs. In addition there will be refreshments and plant and honey stalls. Admission is £3, with children free.

PUPPETEERS WANTED: Pete’s Puppets at St Peter’s Church are in urgent need of more people to become puppeteers and someone to lead them. It is a rewarding and fun thing to do and doesn’t take a huge amount of time. If you think this is something you would like to do please speak to Teresa on 01825 722586.

NIGHTJAR WALK: Tuesday June 16 starts at 8.45pm at Romany Ridge car park. Join Commons Society members and hear the male nightjars churring on Chailey Commons. The walk will finish in the dark so take a torch.

COACH OUTING: To Broad Water Warren Reserve is on Saturday June 20 departing the Sports Club car park at 9.30am and returning about 4pm. The Reserve was acquired by the RSPB in 2007 and on this outing you will walk with the Ranger to discover the restoration work that has been carried out since 2010. A picnic lunch will be needed and there will be a stop for tea at Barnsgate Manor. The outing is being organised by the Commons Society and the approximate cost is £15. Booking, by calling Linda Kent on 01444 440622, is essential.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

THEFT: Stolen fencing from a private property in Cooksbridge. The first theft was about a month ago when new fencing, including posts, was rolled up and taken away. The fencing was replaced about a week ago but within two days had been removed again and thrown in the hedge. This also included the chain from a gate that had been erected. It would seem that some people think that they not only have the right to trespass on other people’s property, but they also think they have the right to remove, and in this case steal, people’s belongings. Perhaps someone local may have information about the theft or the vandalism of the fencing, if so contact Sussex Police on 101.

HAMSEY CHURCH: The second Evensong of the Hamsey summer services is on Sunday, June 7. On that day there will be Holy Communion, 8am in Hamsey Church and Evensong 6pm.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet on June 8 in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm for tea and chat. Lifts available by ringing Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline on 01273 477151.

ROAD CLOSURE: Cooksbridge Road, Cooksbridge. The closure is expected to be in place from 11.59pm on Wednesday June 10 to 6am on Thursday June 11 and then 11.59pm on Thursday June 11 to 6am on Friday June 12. This is to allow Network Rail to carry out civil engineering works.

PARISH COUNCIL: When Hamsey Parish Council met for their annual parish meeting on May 21, which followed the annual parish meeting, residents would have met the new line-up of the council. There were several interesting items on the agenda which included considering a grant to Offham Churchyard for maintenance and a grant to the Monday Afternoon seniors group. A report from the internal auditor. To approve the annual return of the parish council and to consider insurance renewal.

Planning matters discussed included: 11 Malthouse Way Cooksbridge, construction of single storey rear extension (above existing garage) and garage conversion. Granted. Boundary Hall, Wickham Lane, Cooksbridge, construction of a replacement single storey extension to south elevation, fenestration alterations and removal of projecting window. Granted. Chatfields Yard, Cooksbridge, outline application for the construction of up to 25 dwellings including affordable housing. Decision pending. Former Hamsey Brickworks, south road, South Common, outline planning application for redevelopment of industrial estate with 12 x B1 (business) Units and residential development of 49 units. Decision deferred. 7-8 and 9 Offham Cottages and 10 The Fish Gate, The Street, Offham, flood protection works. Granted.

The PCSO to reply to resident re enquiry about parking on pavement. A complaint was received (not resident) from a driver who uses Beechwood Lane as a short cut. LDC quote of Malthouse Way playground inspection is £55. There were several correspondences concerning the Hamsey Brickworks development. A resident suggests school parking on land north of Hamsey Lane. There were 13 letters from residents concerning Beechwood Lane, the pavement, the works which were undertaken and the road closure while the work to install the pavement was taking place. There was enquiry re lighting of the parish beacon. A resident enquiry re provision of a public toilet in the village hall. A resident is concerned about the width of the footpath from Cooksbridge to Offham. A resident enquired re parking in Cooksbridge and Offham and the Neighbourhood Plan.

PARISH PARTY: East Chiltington will hold their Parish Party on Saturday, June 27. Cllrs have already met to make plans for the day. If you would like to be part of the work team, let the parish council know as I am sure they would appreciate any ideas or help to make the day a great success.

BEAUTIFUL: Now that the wind has calmed down, it is lovely to get in the garden and see all of the shrubs and plants bursting forth. The two red chestnuts that Derek planted when we moved over to Courthouse are in full bloom and look like red candles swaying gently in the breeze. With the background of white hawthorn blossom on the opposite side of the road, they look wonderful. I have the first red roses out and masses of some old fashioned coloured poppies have suddenly sprung up around the garden. When we were still in the choir at Streat, Derek spotted poppies in the Rectory garden and the late Rev Murray gave him a packet of dried seeds that he sprinkled all over the place when we came here. They seem to have multiplied several times over the years and as they are different colours, some of them double, they will look very pretty when they all come into bloom. The birds are nesting but there are still a lot of them coming to the feeders for their daily rations. Lots of tiny wrens this year and one is nesting in the brickwork on the other side of the patio pond.

The pheasant population has decreased now that they have started to nest, but I still have one very vocal cock pheasant who watches every move I make, looking through the windows and appearing every time I go outside, almost like having a guard dog around as when anyone calls he is first on the scene. As the whole countryside is springing into life with trees, flowers and wildlife, it really is the most wonderful time of year.


A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING: Many of us in the village were invited to attend the wedding of Catherine and Vincent on Saturday, it was a wonderful occasion. Vincent is French and many of his friends and relatives had travelled to Falmer for the service which was conducted in French and English. The bride looked really beautiful and the groom too looked a handsome young man. Right from the start there was laughter and joy, two very young men stepped out of their parents’ car looking so smart, I hardly recognised them, wearing white jackets and waistcoats with red ties, they were so proud to act as the ushers, they said ‘do you think we look like James Bond?’. After the service everyone was invited to the village hall garden for champagne. There was even a Punch and Judy show set up for the children. We would all like to wish the happy couple joy and happiness for their future.

ENERGETIC: This weekend has been very energetic for many passing through the village. Starting on Saturday a 100 km event started in London, bringing the walkers through Falmer. The first came through looking remarkably fresh late Saturday afternoon, and they were still coming through on the Sunday, some really struggling but all seemed very cheerful. I am sure they will be resting today (Monday).

I also saw some young men cycling up to the downs to set up camp for the weekend I have seen them other years, and know they really enjoy sleeping under the stars. I prefer a warm bed myself.

LADIES GROUP: For the May meeting we were truly entertained by Peter Hill, who in his working days, was a pharmacist, as was his father. Peter talked us through those bygone days, when medicines were made up by the pharmacist, and he showed his wide collection of bottles and boxes that brought back many memories to those of us of a certain age. Peter is always entertaining and amusing and it was a great evening. Next month, June, we are having a treasure hunt around the village and finishing at the parish hall for hot soup.

BARBECUE: Last Sunday, the weather was kind and many of us enjoyed a barbecue in the garden of St Laurence House, there was food aplenty and we were entertained by Jamie who sang many popular songs especially from the shows. We even were encouraged to get up and dance to the songs of Abba. This was Falmer’s launch of the Diocesan Vision for Growth, the first event which is hoped will be followed by other occasions when members of our community will be invited to take part.


FIRLE BEACON: Last Saturday, around 70 people met at Firle Church at 7pm and then either walked or drove to Firle Beacon, where a beacon fire was lit to celebrate the launch of Chichester Diocese’ s Strategy for Growth, on the next day, Pentecost in the church’s calendar. The event was rather spectacular and was also joined by one or two delighted back packers, who happened to be there at the right time. The Vicar of Firle, Revd Peter Owen Jones, expertly lit the beacon and then led a short and moving service, on this ancient sacred site (its use for worship pre-dates the coming of Christianity to these shores). It began with a series of alleluias led by the Vicar and followed by the congregation and ended with a comprehensive blessing. Afterwards, soup and refreshments were served at Firle Church. The Firle beacon was the last of a chain of beacons celebrating the event, including at Milland, Storrington, Hartfield, Uckfield, Burwash and Dallington. Others were lit at West Wittering Beach, Bognor Seafront and Shoreham Beach. Further information can be found at www.chichester.anglican/org/news


JUMBLE SALE: Huge Summer Jumble Sale to be held on Saturday June 20 in Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available. Jumble still wanted. For more information ring 01323 811385.


GARDEN SOCIETY: At the Lewes and District Garden Society meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm for 7.45pm, Lewis Normand from Coblands Nurseries will be talking about new herbaceous perennials from this well-established Kent nursery, which celebrated 50 years in 2013. The meeting takes place at Cliffe Church Hall, Cliffe High Street. All are welcome, non-members £3.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: We took the bus from Lewes to Falmer on our last Tuesday walk and after leaving the village came out onto the downs with glorious views on all sides. We enjoyed similar stunning views throughout the walk. After following a gently climbing track for about half an hour our coffee break was taken in a convenient gateway then we carried on to Blackcap for our picnic. As light rain started up we retired to the shelter of the wooded area. All around Blackcap the grass was covered in delightful cowslips. The walk continued to the racing stables where we split, several people taking the metalled track down to the Offham Road. The rest of us followed the route along Landport Bottom and down into Spital Road, taking care on the slippery chalk paths, and so back to Lewes. Ten of us took part in the walk which was led by Janet.

The next walk is part of the Hike and Bike Festival. We will be leading a walk on Sunday and it will be part of the Meridian Trail, the section from Peacehaven to Lewes. Meet at Lewes Railway Station car park at 9.30am. Travel to Peacehaven will be by train and bus. This will be a hilly 8 mile walk so bring a picnic.

Come and visit us tomorrow, Saturday, in the Cliffe precinct as part of the Hike and Bike Festival.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Tickets are available for the Gospel Schools’ Concert at Brighton Dome on Sunday June 7 at 4.30pm, with pupils from seven schools in and around Lewes. The evening will also feature the award-winning Lewes Sings Gospel (adult) Choir and a guest solo artist. The MC is ex-Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas. Book at brightondome.org/event/7419/lewes_sings_gospel/ (£10 adults, £5 concessions/children). The Trinity churches’ summer holiday club adventure is with The Outlaws of Tanglethorn Forest. If you are 5 to 11 years old, please come and join the outlaws for four days of games, drama, craft, music and fun as we take an adventure into the world of Robin Hood and his trusty followers, from July 28 to 31, 9.30am to 1.15pm in Southover Church. £12 per child or £30 for three or more children living at the same address. To book go to outlaws2015.eventbrite.com or for more information email trinityholidayclub@hotmail.com. We are delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Dyer as our new associate minister for music across the three Trinity churches and look forward to him and his family joining us in September. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service (church hall); 6.30pm informal evening service, accompanied by singers and band. Please do join us.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: We hope that the staff and children of South Malling School and other local schools have had a really restful and enjoyable half term holiday, ready for a busy and exciting last term. The Head, Mrs O’Donoghue, would like everyone to remember that School starts again on Tuesday, 2nd of June. Also, don’t forget that South Malling children will be singing in the Lewes Sings Gospel Choir at Brighton Dome on Sunday 7th June at 4.30pm. It is easy to get tickets just go to http://brightondome.org/event/7419/Lewes_sings_gospel/ and follow instructions. I’ve got mine.

TRINITY: At South Malling Church. The parish church’s new name gets it right on two counts this week because Sunday is the Festival on which Christians celebrate the Holy Trinity God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As well as a major Christian Festival, Trinity is the longest of the church Seasons, lasting up to the end of October and ending at Halloween. This Sunday, the South Malling congregation will be worshipping with St John sub Castro where the first stage of their wonderful conversion is well on the way to completion (as also the work on the roof. You may have noticed that the scaffolding has been coming down.) The Service will be Holy Communion and begins at 11am (not the usual 9.30am). All are welcome, don’t forget the change of time.


OPEN GARDENS: It is good news that the Nevill garden trial is to go ahead on July 5 running alongside a Scarecrow Competition. Anyone on the Nevill can open their garden, it isn’t too late. There are twelve at the moment but more would be good. Vicki Trenhaile is the organiser and can be contacted on 01273475521 or email vickitrenhaile@fastmail.fm.

ROYAL GARDENS: We went to Highgrove Gardens in Tetford last week which is owned by bonny Prince Charlie of course. It was a quite an eye opener. They get booked up very quickly once the tickets go on sale around February time each year and they run 12 tours a day every 25minutes. Each tour lasts two hours and is very informative and enjoyable. Our guide knew the names of all the plants, how Prince Charles had incorporated the remarkable gifts he had been given into each section of the garden to do it justice and who the gifts were from. The Prince is very much into organic gardening which over thirty years has proved to be outstanding and the whole of Highgrove it totally self-sufficient. Well worth a visit.

BUS SERVICES: Sunday/Public Holiday Local Bus service. A reminder that there is a 132 bus service with the first bus leaving the bus station at 10.45am then every hour until 1.45pm. The bus arrives at Firle Crescent 56 minutes to the hour. This bus goes to Winterbourne, railway station, bus station,Tesco, Malling and Landport. After 1.45pm there isn’t another bus until 3.15pm from the bus station which is the last one.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our Messy Church from 10.30am to noon. Craft activities, worship and a free lunch. This is for any age but children must be accompanied by an adult. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Peter Ingram and the Sunday Club for children will be meeting during worship. Our Craft Meetings will be held on Wednesday, one at 9.30am and the other at 7.30pm. During the last sessions participants have made tote bags, sleeveless tops, children’s’ dresses, a tepee and aprons. This is open to anyone would like to try their hand at craft activities.

LEWES NEVILLE WI: The WI met on Wednesday May 20 for their annual Resolutions meeting. Before the discussion and voting we had an entertaining and inspiring presentation from Jackie Woods on exercise and fitness. Many of us got up and took part in an exercise routine which we thoroughly enjoyed. The resolution was then debated and carried. The result will be taken to the AGM in June by our delegate .Our next meeting is on Wednesday June 17 when we will be hearing Brian Freedland talk about the history of Eastbourne’s theatres. The competition is to design a theatre programme, with local interest, if possible.

ST MARY’S GARDENING GROUP: The next meeting is on Monday at 7.45pm at the St Mary’s Social Centre when we will be hearing a talk by Dr Tracy Anderson on Health, Healing and Hygiene: The herb garden at Lewes Priory. The competition is a rose or spray of roses. There will be refreshments, a bookstall and a raffle. Visitors are always welcome (£1).


COUNTRY MARKET: Newick Country Market will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. There is a splendid selection of homemade goodies such as cakes, savoury pies ,fresh farm eggs, and locally grown vegetables, so why not pop along this Friday morning and see for yourself what’s on offer, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy a natter.

CRICKET: The cricket club have a busy weekend ahead. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will be playing at home against Lewes Priory, whilst the second XI will make a short journey to Buxted Park, the third XI will travel to Forest Row II and the fourth XI can enjoy a home fixture on the Temple Grove Ground against Gildredge II. All the above league matches will commence play at 1.30pm. The friendly fixture on Sunday is against Ardingly at 2pm. Visitors are always welcome to watch the games and enjoy a cup of tea or maybe pint.

CHURCH SERVICES: Services this Trinity Sunday are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Morning Pray (CW) at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available but must be booked in advance, please telephone 01825 722582.

DIARY DATE: Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting on Thursday June 11, when the speaker will be Jed Jones and his subject, A Magical Mystery Tour. More details later.


IT’S JUMBLE TIME: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a jumble sale in the village hall from 2pm. This time it will be in aid of the Monday Group, those nice people who maintain the styles on our footpaths. There will be bargains galore, of course, coupled with cakes, tombola and refreshments. If you have jumble to donate, please take it along to the hall during the morning.

PARISH MEETING: A number of people turned up to the Annual Parish Meeting and were given a resume of the work of the parish council during the past year and the plans and challenges for the one ahead. Sussex Police District Commander was there to explain how it was hoped to maintain an effective police force despite further enormous budget cuts that will result in reduced numbers of officers and staff. Yet another representative from Network Rail attended to talk about the replacement of the level crossing gates with automatic barriers. No planning consent has yet been applied for, but Network Rail is proceeding to carry out preparatory work, at considerable cost, as if no-one can get in its way and has definite plans as to when the final stages will take place. Further consultation and updates are promised.

FOREST WALK: On Wednesday the Footpath Society will meet at Mill Brook car park on the A22 north of Nutley (TQ440 298) at 10am ready for a walk of six and a half miles on the west of Ashdown Forest. There will be a stop for a pub lunch. More information on 01273 891218.

PATCHWORK AND QUILTING: On Saturday June 6, Doughty’s East Sussex Roadshow will come to town in the village hall between 10am and 2.30pm. There is a promise of patchwork and quilting materials at fantastic prices. Entrance fee will be just £1 and light refreshments will be available. The event is being organised by the local support group for St Peter and St James Hospice.

NEED SOME PLANTS?: That popular plant stall run by the Medhursts has opened again but is now located at Bryndons, Station Road just north of Strawlands. Plants at modest prices are on sale and proceeds go to the Volunteer Driver Scheme that gets residents to medical appointments.

SUN CLOSE: The Bishop of Lewes was in Plumpton last week to formally open the affordable housing development in Sun Close and to offer a blessing for the homes and their occupants. Several of the occupiers were on hand to talk enthusiastically about the project and some were delighted to welcome visitors to look around their homes.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Today, Friday, starting at 7.30pm is the annual presentation evening. This event includes a hog roast and following the presentations there will be a live band performing in the bar. All players and supporters are welcome at this event.

OPEN GARDEN: Ryders Well House, Ryders Well Lane, off the A26 just about opposite Wellingham Lane, will be opening its garden in aid of St Peter and St James’ Hospice on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Set in 4.5 acres, there are herbaceous borders, lawns, pond, stream garden, mature trees, wild garden and a shady courtyard for teas.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday: 8am Holy Communion and 9.45am Family Eucharist will be led by Revd David Perks. 6.30pm Evensong will be taken by Hugh Bailey. Mostly Mums returns this Tuesday, meeting from 9.30am to 11am in the church. Ideal for parents and carers of all pre-school children for a story and song time and an all-important coffee and chat. The Mothers’ Union trip to Camelia Botnar Foundation, Tuesday June 16, visitors are welcome for this trip, contact Gillian Hughes 01273 813320.

CARERS: Care for the Carers UK will be meeting at the village hall on Tuesday, 10am to noon. This will include a speaker for a legal firm. Details available from village hall.

FLOWER CLUB: At the meeting on Wednesday at 2 pm in the village hall, Elsie Chaplin will give a demonstration entitled Nature’s Treasures. The competition for members who wish to take part is Red Hot. Visitors (£4 to include refreshments) and new members are most welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday May 20, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Nancy Wigginton and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Woodingdean v Ringmer 71-91, Ringmer v Buxted 73-66, Groombridge v Ringmer 52-72, Ringmer v Rotherfield 121-25.

Rodmell & Southease

EARTHQUAKE: I did not take kindly to being woken up by a tremendous bang at around 3am on Friday morning. I thought at first a cupboard had fallen off the wall or a water tank had blown up, so quickly got up to investigate. Not finding anything in the house I looked out onto the road in case there had been an accident. Having checked that Mike was OK I went back to bed thinking maybe I’d had a bad dream, only to hear on the 7am news that an earthquake had happened in Sandwich, Kent, and other areas had heard and felt the effects of it. A lot of people, including Mike, slept through it, but a lot more wondered what it was and were surprised when they heard the news.

GOOD NEWS: Readers who knew Don Norman, who lived for many years with his wife Maureen in Magnolia Cottage, Kingston will be pleased to know that Harvey, his beloved black Labrador dog, has found a loving home with the Smart family in Rodmell. Don will surely rest in peace now.

MEMORIES: I had a glimpse of nostalgia this week when I heard the song Venus sung, I believe, by Frankie Avelon. My first appearance at the Royal Albert Hall, London was to be the Goddess Venus standing on a revolving plinth in a beautiful pale green diaphanous gown whilst nubile young women and athletic young men danced around me to the music. This was long ago but it took years for me to get rid of the name of Venus given to me in jest. It is a good memory.

COW PARSLEY: The cow parsley is making our highways and byways look beautiful with its swathes of delicate white flowers.

BAGS OF GOODS: I do wish the young men and women lugging great bags of goods around the doors to sell, under the name Manor Farm, could sell their goods in other ways for their own sakes. We’ve had them around this area fairly frequently and people can only buy so many tea towels, kitchen items etc. they are always polite and tell you that they are re-habilitated young offenders but it frightens older people to have persistent sales at their door.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: I will write about the flower festival and art exhibition that happened on May 23 and 24 next week, as I am writing this for publication before the event.