Paris pump Lewes - July 5 2013


SECRET Campfire introduces a Wildlife Event with Michael Blencowe from the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Bat detectors, mothtraps and the hunt for the Purple Emperor followed by a guided walk through Knowlands Wood. Meet at the Secret Campsite at 8pm on July 10 and 9.30am on July 11 when breakfast will be available. There is an option to camp overnight on the 10th. Ring 01273 401100 or

VILLAGE HALL fundraiser, Barn Dance, licensed bar from 7.15pm; raffle and ploughman’s supper. Live band “Moves Afoot” and caller. Tickets £10 each from village shops.

CRICKET: June 29 ESL Div 2. Lewes St Michaels v Barcombe. Barcombe 175 all out in 42.4 overs (Will Merrit 63 Josh Wheatley 35 Matt Cordwell 31).

LSM -4 in 39.3 overs. L S M won by 6wkts. L S M 30 point Barcombe 10 points.

ESCL D iv 8 . Barcombe 2nds v St Peters 3rds. St Peters 99 all out in 33.1 overs. (Harry Jones 3-7 Olly Winters 2-13 Tom Evans 2-23 Kane Black 2-1).

Barcombe 102-5 in 27.3 overs. (Mike Scott 38). Barcombe won by 5wkts. Barcombe 30 points St Peters 5 points.

Sunday: Barcombe v Seaford Seagulls. Barcombe 189-9 in 40 overs. (Josh Wheatley 46 Will Marler 44). Seaford Seagulls 91 all out in 33.2 overs.

(Tom Rumary 3-12 Callum Skinner 3-16). Barcombe won by 98 runs.

BOWLS NEWS: 27/6 away to Lewes. John Blackmore 14, P. Pratt 18; Jas Osmond 24, Eve Empringham 12; John Osmond 14, G. Ashdown 21. Barcombe won 56, 51.

Saturday,29th. Barwick Cup, home and away triples with Newick Bowls Club. Home games, Shaun Smith22, Margaret Smith 14; John Osmond 16, Des Foord 14; Herbie Greenall 12, F. Thrower 22. Away Les Line 14, Janet Birch 30; Derek Stewart 10, Maurice Awcock 24; Henry Bunney 26, Tony Welfare 14. Adding scores Newick won 118 to 100 and retain the Cup for another year.


THANKS to everyone who helped and attended St Peter’s Church Jazz and Tea on the Green. £2,700 was raised for church funds. Also to all who made the dog show such a success, the winners were best puppy Peskett’s Hollie, prettiest bitch Cripps-Dawson’s Sassy, most handsome dog Laura’s Charlie, Golden oldie Harling’s Boots, best trick Tepperie’s Brandy, best rescue Camara’s Alfie, best condition Woolgar’s Millie, fancy dress Burchell’s Nancy and best sausage catcher and best in show Humphrey’s Odie.

SUSSEX FOOD FESTIVAL is at The Bluebell Railway tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. For more information call 01825 720800.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game against Balcombe II starting at 1.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and a friendly against Gully Cricketers on Sunday staring at 2pm. Both games are at the sports ground.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Peter’s Church on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and an all age family service with Pete’s puppets 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 and 6.15pm.

NEW JUNIOR ACADEMY of the Chailey and Newick Colts FC is starting Top of Form Bottom of Form for boys and girls aged 5 to 8 years, to which new and existing members are most welcome. For more information email as the first session is planned at the Sports Ground on Saturday July 13.

BEER FESTIVAL: 9th annual Beer Festival is at The Horns Lodge, in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice, from July 12 to 14. There will be 20 real ales plus ciders and perries and food will also be available. There will be a marque in the pub garden and pub games. Admission (including a souvenir glass) costs £5 a day and £7 for a weekend pass. Tickets are available from the Horns Lodge in advance or on the door. To find out more, along with details of a special minibus service to/from Lewes, Barcombe and Plumpton call 01273 400422.

TR SPORTS CAR enthusiasts are welcome at the South Downs TR Group Club Night at the Five Bells on Tuesday starting at 8pm. For more information visit

WALK: Night life walk around the Commons with the Chailey Commons Society and Mid Sussex Ramblers is on July 10 at 8.15pm. Meet at Sports Club car park and as there will be a late finish, in the dark, take a torch. It will be a circular route, two miles, around Chailey Common to see and hear the natural nightlife, including glow worms, bats, owls and nightjars. For more information call William on 01444 831098.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday July 12 when the Parish Clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

SUMMER SHOW organised by the horticultural society takes place on Saturday July 13. Along with the usual classes of produce, flowers, plants, photography, handicraft and cookery, there are two miscellaneous classes. The first is 10 stems of sweet peas which will be judged by the public for their scent. Some of the oldest varieties of sweet peas have a wonderful perfume. So if you have some do take along a bunch to the show. The second class is six chicken, bantam or duck eggs. If you keep chickens, bantams or ducks then you too might like to take some of their eggs along to be judged. To obtain a show schedule call Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817.

CHAILEY HERITAGE now has a full team (six runners) in the British 10k London Run on Sunday July 14. The money raised will go towards the new Life Skills Centre for young disabled adults. If you would like to support them you can donate online at can be supported at

MOTH SURVEYS will be carried out on the common, by the Commons Society, during July when the weather is favourable. Let Karen Pritty at have your contact details if you would like to be notified when the surveys will take place.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

ALE & HEARTY Arts Company, Strike a Light are running sessions on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm in the village hall. Last week was the first session and they will run until August 21. Go along and share your memories of the local area, and if you have old photographs of life in Sussex, please take them along. All welcome. More information from Nicola Benge 07727 006538.

HAMSEY: Sunday is the third of the summer services in Hamsey Church. Holy Communion 8am, Evensong 6pm.

ST PETER’S: Sunday club in the church hall, 10.15am, Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the church hall.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet again on Monday in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. Michael Bird will be giving a talk on his bees. Lifts are available by ringing either Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hamsey Parish Council meet on Thursday July 18 in the village hall at 7.30pm.

PREDATORS: Sadly something has taken the eggs from one of the swallows nests which Brian Walter came to check recently. He has already rung one brood but the swallow numbers are very much down this year and he tells me it is national, not just here. Another nest had eggs that were warm so we are hoping that they will be safe from the crows, magpies or whatever is taking them. Whereas most summers I watch as they swoop and dive around over the fields and in the driveway, I have seen very few this year. It must have been all the rough weather that we have had which has affected their flight from overseas. Although the swallow numbers are down, other birds have increased as there are lots of goldfinches around and I have seen some beautiful pairs of yellowhammers on the patio and the lesser spotted woodpeckers have young which are coming to the bird feeder. I have also seen baby robins this year, but the most lovely thing of all is hearing the nightingales singing early in the morning.

TREE DISEASE: With so many trees under threat to various diseases I was interested to read about someone who had some 40 year old chestnut trees which were showing signs of distress, with yellowing leaves and cracked, weeping bark. Death seemed inevitable, but then, they read a letter in a magazine saying that super phosphate was a cure for the blight. They were sceptical, but mixed a large quantity of the suggested solution and poured it into the cracks. The worst affected trees died, but the rest, although their bark is still cracked, now have perfect foliage and prolific flowers. They wonder if this is merely a coincidence, or could it be worth a trial?

DECLINING BEES: An organic run farm that do not use pesticides, and have had bees living in the tile hanging on the side of the house for at least 30 years. Last year, they saw some very large French wasps had invaded the nest, and this year there is not a sign of the bees. Pesticides are not the only threat.

ELDER FLOWERS: The bad weather seems to have done the world of good to the elder population this year as there are masses of flowers all over the place, especially for those who like making elderflower cordial as I discovered yesterday when someone came onto my property, parked their car at the bottom of my drive blocking anything that wanted to come in and went off picking the elderflowers that are on our road. Never ceases to amaze me what some people will do.


MARKET: Laughton Village Hall Market in the village hall 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday. This will be our summer market. More information next week.


FLOWER FESTIVAL: Last weekend saw the highlight of the Falmer village calendar, the Flower Festival. The weather was kind to us and the sun shone all day on Saturday. Sunday started bright before a chilly sea mist blew in and I had to start hanging onto the clothes rails on my stall to stop them blowing over. However this did not damp visitors’ response to the wonderful displays of flowers in the church. Everyone I spoke to was full of admiration. We had a lot of visitors and the indomitable team of people in the kitchen, led by Jill Burt, worked tirelessly keeping people fed and watered. This year’s plant stall was a delight to behold too and extremely popular with everyone. The winners of the Flower competition were: in first place Angela Walker with her arrangement depicting the water pump with ducks, second place was taken by Beryl Brown with her creation showing a fire in the grate and in third place was Angela Stannard with the arrangement Any Old Iron. Angela Stannard also did the beautiful arrangements on the font and elsewhere in the church assisted by Rosemarie Warton. The totals raised by the event haven’t been totted up yet but we will let you know.

CAUSE FOR CONCERN?: I see there was a worrying report in a local paper recently about Sussex University’s plans for a £220 million programme of works to take place over 5 years. According to the report the plans include doing away with the existing car parks and having “stacked” car parks on the edge of the campus. I hope this does not mean the edge next to the village. It seems incredible to me the university is planning this expenditure as not long ago they were in serious financial difficulties and losing staff. I have yet to see the plans so it may not be as alarming as it sounds.

HOLIDAY FUN: On a brighter note, the University of Sussex is offering a number of holiday sports camps for youngsters throughout the holiday period. Basketball, judo, squash, tennis, cricket, trampoline, circus skills and other sports will be available. Have a look at the website for more details

YOUNG BIRDS: There are a lot of newly fledged birds around at the moment. I was filling my bird feeders the other day when I was joined by six tiny little blue tits peeping away to each other and all staying in a tight group. They settled on the feeder right next to me and started nibbling the seed not paying any attention to my presence. Rosemarie tells me she came across two young woodpeckers on the ground while walking in the woods and they did not attempt to fly away either. The adult was in the tree so maybe the young felt they were safe. I hope they learn to be a little more streetwise soon or they will come to grief.

MORE BIRDS: We have more goslings and ducklings on the pond and we are keeping our fingers crossed they make it to adulthood. The first brood of goslings have fared very well but the ducklings that were seen some weeks ago seem to have disappeared, I hope these new ones do better.

CYCLE PATH: Work should have begun this week on a new cycle path from Falmer to Woodingdean. The path will lead up from next to the churchyard extension where the existing footpath is. This is good news for cyclists, the Falmer to Woodingdean road is narrow and very heavily used. Negotiating it on a bicycle must be nerve-wracking and dangerous. Unfortunately the footpath will have to be closed until the work is finished in mid- September.

NEWMARKET HILL: Amongst the visitors to the Flower Festival were David Cuthbertson and his mother who are researching the history of her home as a baby, Newmarket Farm. The Farm was requisitioned by the army and subsequently destroyed. David and his mother are now undertaking digs up on the old site and would be delighted if anyone has any memories or other information they could share about the site.


IT’S A DON’T forget weekend in Glynde and Beddingham. It’s going to be very busy over the next few days. The Love Supreme Jazz festival kicks off on Friday night at Glynde Place and continues all weekend with Brian Ferry playing on Saturday night and Jools Holland on Sunday evening. The Memorial Parade holds its fundraising boot sale on the recreation ground on Saturday from noon until 3pm and The Trevor Arms is running a full weekend of 60s fun and frolics with guest beers, guest DJs and live bands. There will be a scooter ride and prizes for the nicest ride.

A BIG THANK YOU to those that supported the Wipe Your Tears race night last week at The Trevor Arms, with special thanks to race sponsors Robert the Bruce, The Trevor Arms and CB Winter and sons. Over £200 is on its way to the charity.

LITTLE COTTAGE TEA ROOMS: We are all delighted and excited the Little Cottage Tea Rooms have reopened this week. Light lunches, tea, coffee, wine and beer will be served from Wednesdays through till Sundays from noon until 4pm both inside and also in the beautiful garden overlooking the cricket pitch. Debbie and David are holding a taster evening on Thursday July 25 exclusively for residents with a view to helping them develop the product range and extend the tea room menu. If you live in the village and would like to try the selection of tasty food and drink, please book in advance by phoning 01273 858215. The website is


HISTORY GROUP: On Monday, 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road, Lewes History Group talk on William de Warenne, the Man Behind Lewes Castle. Lewes Castle dominates our skyline, but who was the man behind it? Joanna Wilkins will talk to the Lewes History Group about William de Warenne, his life from younger son with few prospects to William the Conqueror’s right-hand man; the changing world around him in the 11th century; and how he came to be England’s third richest man in the last 1000 years (according to The Times’ Millenium Rich List) owning five castles and land in 13 counties. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday July 7th at 11am our ‘Worship for All’ service will be led by Rev. Dick Field who will also lead the 6.30 Holy Communion service. That afternoon at 3.30pm there will be Songs of Praise at Southover Church. The Sussex Police choir is making a welcome return to St John’s tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm. All profits from the retiring collection will go to St John’s Restoration Fund, as the Choir is generously giving the concert free of charge.

Mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 10.40am to 11.10am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 11.30am to noon; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.40pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2pm to 2.30pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 2.45pm to 3.15pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.40pm to 4pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.30am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.30am to 11am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.15am to 11.35pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 11.45am to 12.10pm; South Rough, Newick 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Oldaker, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open tomorrow, Friday, morning in the village hall from 10am to 11am. There are plants, flowers, soft fruit, cakes and lots of other cooked items to tempt you, you can also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

THE BOWLS CLUB fixtures for this weekend are: Tomorrow, Saturday, Seaford away 2pm; Sunday is Ladies Day; Tuesday, Mid-Sussex Burgess Hill at home 6pm; Tuesday John Spriggs Felbridge away 6pm.

CRICKET: On Sunday it the President’s Day and the cricket will commence at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am when Paul Stockley from the Ministry to Children will be the speaker.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am in the Community Centre for the 2013 Leveller and Gooseberry Competition. The classes are: Single leveller; group of six levellers; punnet (1lb) of levellers; six gooseberries; punnet (1lb) of gooseberries; pot of gooseberry jam, and finally a most delicious gooseberry desert. There will be two beautiful bowls made by the Rye Pottery for the winners. For further details contact 01825 722154

LEWES FOOTPATHS GROUP: Brighton & Hove buses efficiently delivered eight of us to the outskirts of Brighton at Patcham on the morning of June 26. Crossing the by-pass, we soon found the bridleway that took us to the Chattri, a site of wonderful power and peace where we sat for a while. At the top we joined the South Downs Way and followed it all the way to Black Cap, sharing it with other walkers (mostly with dogs), bikers and groups of teenagers with enormous rucksacks doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award. The way down to Lewes took us past the old racecourse and the prison. Jim reminded us about all the stables dotted about Lewes when the racecourse was open. Most have been replaced with houses. Hilda and Graham led this very enjoyable, ten mile walk in perfect walking weather.

Next walk. On July 10 there will be a coach trip to the East Dean and Bury Hill area in West Sussex to give us the opportunity to walk further afield. For details contact Bert Sharp on 473052. There are a few seats available and an opportunity to visit the Weald and Downland Museum.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday July 7 at 11am our ‘Worship for All’ service will be led by Rev Dick Field who will also lead the 6.30 Holy Communion service. That afternoon at 3.30pm there will be Songs of Praise at Southover Church. The Sussex Police choir is making a most welcome return to St John’s on Saturday July 6 at 7.30pm. All profits from the retiring collection will go to St John’s Restoration Fund, as the Choir is very generously giving the concert free of charge.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The Bike Breakfast on Thursday of last week was a great success. There were over 50 bikes and parents and children enjoyed their free breakfasts! This week, Year 6 began their preparations for the Moving On parade. The theme

is, ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside,’ and it promises to be lots of fun. The children have started working on their structures and the school will soon be come a forest of withy sticks and tissue paper as they get creative. On Wednesday, the talented musicians of Year 5/6 spent a day creating music at Priory. This is a new and exciting venture and the school was looking forward to hearing their compositions.

Thursday morning was the last Parent’s forum of the year. The Head and school leadership have really valued the opinions and ideas from parents over the year which have played a very important part in school development. They want to say a sincere “thank you,” to all who have attended these forums. At a Full Governors’ meeting on Wednesday, the Governing Body said thank you to two foundation governors who are stepping down: Ann Baker who has served as a governor for over 6 years and Revd Al Pickering. Al ceased to be Vicar of South Malling at Easter but generously stayed on as governor to complete his tasks for the year and give his successor time to settle into the parish - for which the church is very grateful. Revd Jeremy Bamber will take over his role from September, and South Malling’s church council will be appointing a replacement for Ann this month, following a discussion with the school about the kind of skills which the governing body believes it needs to continue its improving achievement agenda.

SCHOOL SUMMER FETE: Saturday between 11am and 2pm. This year the theme is ‘The Great Outdoors’ and there are lots of exciting activities and stalls to enjoy. All proceeds go to the Friends of South Malling to purchase additional and enriching learning experiences for the children of the school. Please come and join in, spend some money on the fabulous food, great book bargains and other produce.

MALLING COMMUNITY CENTRE held its AGM on Thursday. Over this last year, there have been a number of developments, including the refurbishment of the main hall by a group of volunteers supported by the probation service - who have done an excellent job and proved themselves to be meticulous and generous workers. Part of the centre has also been turned into a much needed children’s centre which will be an enormous benefit to this end of the town. Finally, as we reported last week, the Malling Residents Association has been re-formed, with immediate plans for a Food Bank, and a Community Day towards the end of summer.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Was joined last Sunday by St John sub Castro for a combined Communion Service led by the Archdeacon of Lewes and Hastings. It was an excellent and inspiring occasion. The Archdeacon took the opportunity to set out the Christian basis of the challenge that faces both churches as they continue their discussion with Southover about the creation of a single larger church with three buildings and one leadership. At the end of the service, they were joined by Revd Steve Daughtery from St John’s, Southover, who explained the next steps in this dialogue - a paper setting out what the church is hoping for by remodelling St John’s to be both a worship centre and community centre, serving both church and town. This will be passed to four architects with a track record in this kind of work. The intention is to commission a study into whether what the project wants is feasible and likely to be successful in safeguarding the building and developing a sustainable use for it into the future. This Sunday at South Malling, there will be a Communion Service at 9.30am, led by Revd Jeremy Bamber.


MY BLOG: We had a good day out with the Riverside club last week. We went to Hughenden NT near Maidenhead which was once owned by Disraeli. Apart from a very interesting house there is an exhibition on the Second World War. The point of my muse is I saw an item I had long forgotten, a Primus pricker. Those of you of a certain age will remember the Primus stove that was used at one time to heat and light. At times the tiny hole you used to pump the fuel (paraffin) through, used to get blocked, hence the pricker. I used to sell them when I worked as a Saturday boy in Bennetts Ironmongers down the end of Cliffe High Street.

NEVILL BONFIRE: The society will hold a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall on July 6. We will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 6pm on Friday July 5. Our next jumble at Ringmer will be Saturday September 14.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday will be at 10.30am and evening worship at 6.30pm which will be led by Dr Tony Law and will include music from the 2013 collection prepared by Free Church Choirs.  The choir will be singing pieces by Palestrina, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Gaul and Protheroe.  Next Friday is our Friendship Lunch from noon to 1.15pm, no need to book just turn up. On June 26, Dr Tony Law, who has worked as an information technologist for large international companies and now teaches at the Open University, gave a talk to the Thinktank entitled ‘Communication, collaboration and communion, the future with social networking?’ He showed how our present system has been built up and asked some puzzling questions about how it might develop.

ST MARY’S SPORTS DAY: On Saturday June 29 we held the 65th children’s sports day on Nevill Green which was well attended and was a fine day. The junior and senior Pentathlon were well represented and trophies were presented by the Lewes Mayor Ruth O’Keefe as follows: Boys Jnr Edward Cooper, Girls Jnr Alicia Brooker, Boys Snr Luke Wilkinson and Girls Snr Rose Brooker. For relay it was Team Bob for boys Jnr, The Wizzy Girls for girl jnr and the Sportmanship Cup was presented to Poppy Wheeler. The boys and girls senior relay trophies were not presented due to insufficient entries. Our sincere thanks to St Mary’s Support Club for the donation of medals, W.E.Clarke & Son for the Sport Cup and BVR for transport.

NEVILL SHARES: will meet for a picnic on Nevill Green on Sunday July 7, 12pm -3pm. All welcome. Bring some food, meet neighbours and perhaps play some games.

InStMary’s Church Hall if wet. 


THE COUNTRY MARKET: Will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. There are plants, flowers, soft fruit, cakes and lots of other cooked items to tempt you, you can also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

THE BOWLS CLUB: Fixtures for this weekend are: tomorrow, Saturday, Seaford away 2pm; Sunday is Ladies Day; Tuesday, Mid-Sussex Burgess Hill at home 6pm; Tuesday John Spriggs Felbridge away 6pm.

CRICKET: Sunday is President’s Day the cricket will commence at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am when Paul Stockley from the Ministry to Children will be the speaker.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB: Meeting Saturday morning at 10am in the Community Centre for the 2013 Leveller and Gooseberry Competition. The classes are: Single leveller; group of six levellers; punnet (1lb) of levellers; six gooseberries; punnet (1lb) of gooseberries; pot of gooseberry jam, and finally a most delicious gooseberry desert. There will be two beautiful bowls made by the Rye Pottery for the winners. For further details contact 01825 722154.


FANCY A COFFEE? If so, just pop along to All Saints’ church annexe tomorrow (Saturday) when there will be a coffee morning in aid of the local churches between 10am and 2pm.Browse the stalls and enjoy a chat over a cuppa.

COWFOLD BOUND: Tomorrow (Saturday) the Footpath Society has a walk across fields and paths and through some attractive stretches of woodland around Cowfold. Meet at the village recreation ground car park (TQ213 225) at 10am for the four mile jaunt. For more ring 01273 890125.

PARISH COUNCILS: Plumpton PC will meet in the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm. This will be the last chance for two months to experience the thrills of the council chamber as Plumpton Councillors will be packing their buckets and spades the following day ready for the summer hols and there will not be another meeting until August. East Chiltington PC will meet in Cooksbridge on Thursday, but note that they are early risers and the meeting starts at 7pm.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: At a planning committee meeting last week Lewes District Council approved the application to build 14 units of affordable housing accommodation in North Barnes Lane. Conditions have been applied to ensure there are adequate drainage facilities, but the developer, Hastoe Housing Association, has already heard from Southern Water that no problem is envisaged. This should certainly help relieve the housing shortage in the village, particularly for the benefit of the young.

INSIDE INFORMATION: WI members will go Behind the Scenes at their meeting on Wednesday when the speaker will be Brenda Wilson. Not sure what scenes they will be going behind but go along to the village hall at 7.30pm to find out.

BARGAINS GALORE: The WI will hold its jumble sale on Saturday of next week. As members are responsible for running most of the other such sales in the village you can expect their own one to be well above average. It will start at 2pm in the village hall.

GREAT FUN: The sun shone and the crowds turned out on Sunday for the village Fun Day at the playing field which, once again, was a great success. As I write this they are still counting the money but the organisers would like to say thanks to Jackie Bisset, Nooch’s noodles, Paul Kluge, Ladybirds, Viki, Laura and Bervern Bridge for their ponies. Plus a big thank you to everybody that supported and helped on the day. Proceeds will go towards the refurbishment of the play area.

BURGLARS BEWARE: Over the past few months there have been several burglaries in the area, but police are now engaged in a crackdown on the thieves who committed 3,921 such crimes in Sussex during the last financial year. Initially the boys and girls in blue will endeavour to make it difficult on the roads for the criminals. They often travel in vehicles that are untaxed, uninsured or without MoT and such vehicles will be much more likely to be pulled over, stopped and searched in the coming weeks. Some activity will, of course, be the result of tip-offs and police intelligence gathering.

GARDENERS PREPARE: The Horticultural Society will hold its summer show on July 27, so if you have some produce, blooms, plants, floral arrangements, cookery items, handicrafts, homemade wines you would like to enter then now is the time to plan. Just ring 01273 890572 to get the details and make the arrangements. There are classes for novices, children and the more experienced and new exhibitors are always welcomed. If you just prefer to observe the fruits of the labour of others, then please note the date as the show is always worth a visit.


SUMMER FAIR: Ringmer Primary School Association hold their annual Summer Fair tonight from 6pm-8pm. Plenty of fun for all the family together with a Grand Raffle.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The teams are back in training for the new season with the first team under new coach Jason Hopkinson. Grant Olive and Nobby Dartnall continue to manage the Reserves again this season. Pre-season friendlies start at the end of the month and work on the pitch and ground is ongoing throughout the period and many thanks to all concerned who are “mucking in”. On the social side, next Saturday evening (13) at 7.30pm the Supporters Club are running the Summer eggheads style team quiz in the bar of the Caburn Pavilion.Entry for teams of four is just £5.

JUMBLE SALE: The Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Socity are holding this event in the Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 6th at 2pm. If you have any jumble you wish to donate please take it to the Hall tomorrow morning as near to noon as possible.

OPEN GARDENS: More than 12 gardens in Ringmer will be open on Saturday 6 and Sunday July 7 between 2pm-5 pm each day. Tea will be served in two gardens. There will also be a sale of plants and paintings. Tickets price £5 (free for accompanied under 16s) can be purchased from the village hall car park from 1pm-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. A map of the garden locations will be provided. This event is being organised by Ringmer Support Group in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice.

PRAISE PICNIC CELEBRATION: Ringmer Baptist Church hold this event on the Village Green on Sunday. There will be a Songs of Praise Service from 4pm with a free buffet tea from 5.15pm. More information: 01825-750283.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on June 26 was: 1. Michael Slot & John Weston, 2. Sandra Dudley-Williams & Joan Evett and 3. Liz & Tim Owen. The Club next meets on Wednesday 10 in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. Contact number 01273 814220.

QUIZ NIGHT: The Stoolball Club holds this in the Cricket Club Bar on Friday 12 commencing at 7.30pm. Teams of 4 with food and raffle provided.

COACH TRIP TO KEW: Wednesday August 7. Ringmer U3A coach trip to Kew. The coach will depart from Ringmer at 8am and return about 6pm. Tickets for a seat on the coach are only £11 each. For details go to or ring 01273 813010.