Parish Pump Lewes - 13 July 2012


FAMILY SUPPORT WORK: Thank you to the people who came and or made a cake for Bradness Open Garden and LFP. We made nearly £800 in spite of the rain and Wimbledon.

ROMAN PROJECT: Open afternoon on Sunday, 1pm to 5pm. Tours, excavation for children and displays of artefacts. No need to book, just turn up at Church Field next to St Mary’s Church. Please park in the church car park and walk down the track to the bath house site. Following four seasons of excavations, the Barcombe Roman Project will continue in 2012 in Church Field, where the remains of a Roman bath house have been revealed. A wide range of University of Sussex practical hands-on training courses (excavation, survey, conservation, illustration, photography, and geoarchaeology) will form part of this research project, running alongside volunteering opportunities. The whole project spans the period 25 June to 17 August 2012. For details of training courses and volunteering opportunities please see

STOOLBALL: We were away to Isfield on July 5, Isfield 90 Barcombe 123: Angharad Hills took 5 wickets for 47. We are now registering teams for our mixed stoolball tournament on August Bank Holiday Monday. Teams to consist of four ladies and four men (over 14 yrs). Entry fee £1 per player which will go into our fund for a memorial bench for Carole Porter. The winners of the tournament will receive the Carole Porter Memorial Cup. Details of the day at a later date. Enquiries to 01273 400087.

CRICKET: ESCL Division One, Barcombe v Ditchling. Barcombe 221-6 dec in 49.4 overs: Matthew David Tucker 113(12 fours 3 sixes), Paul Coppard 45 Allan Trower 22no. Ditchling 127 all out in 41.3 overs: Allan Trower 5-48, Josh Wheatley 4-26. Barcombe won by 94 runs Barcombe 30 points Ditchling 7 points. ESCL Division Eight, Herstmonceux II v Barcombe II: Herstmonceux 162 all out in 45.3 overs: Liam Williams 5-47. Barcombe 82 all out in 31.2 overs. Herstmonceux won by 80 runs. Herstmonceux 30 points Barcombe 10 points.

SKITTLES: Barcombe Royal British Legion are holding a Skittles evening in the Royal Oak room on Wednesday, 7pm for 7.30pm. Teams of four, £6 per head to include a finger buffet. BOWLS: Wednesday July 4 away to Crowborough Wolfe: John Osmond 22 Bob Houston 14, David Newman 25 Ivan Atkinson 20, Jas Osmond 13 N Atkinson 20, Les Line 18 Robin Jackson 18. Barcombe won 78 to 72. Saturday July 7, home to Hailsham: Jas Osmond 19 Mike Callar16, John Osmond 19 Rose Riggs 11, Derek Stewart 17 George Urban 11, Les Line 10 Richard Coles 23. Barcombe won 65 to 61.


THANKS to all who assisted with and attended the Friends of St Peters Primary School Summer Fair which raised £925. Thanks also go to everyone who supported the Friends of St Peter’s Church Jazz and Tea on the Green which raised about £1,400.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game at Hurstpierpoint tomorrow, Saturday, and at home against Wadhurst on Sunday. Both games start at 2pm, supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

THE SUMMER SHOW organised by the horticultural society is tomorrow, Saturday, and incorporates a dog show (entries on the day). For more information call Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817. All are welcome to see the fruit, vegetable, wine, handicraft and cookery exhibits from 2.30pm and refreshments will be available.

ANNUAL PIG ROAST is at Balneath Manor tomorrow, Saturday, with loads of pork, dessert, live music, raffle and fully licensed bar for just £20 per head. For last minute tickets call Jane on 01273 400632.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586. Free Church services on Sunday are the Cafe Church at the village hall where there will be free tea coffee, squash, croissants and pastries from 9am and activities for all ages from 9.30am to 10.15am, along with Traidcraft items for sale. At 6.15pm there will be a service at the Free Church with Fiona Firman and refreshments will be available after the service.

STOOLBALL: The mixed stoolball team have a match, at the sports ground against Nutley Mixed on Tuesday at 7pm. Spectators and prospective players most welcome. For more information call Kerry Lingard on 01825 722549.

THE PARISH COUNCIL 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.

MARKSTAKES COMMON is a beautiful mixture of ancient woodland with ponds and acidic open areas with some very interesting wildflowers. On Wednesday starting at 10.30am at Setfords Field, South Street, the Commons Society have organised a two mile (two hour) Wildflower Identification Walk. The leaders will be Dr Jacqui Hutson, botanist, and Thyone Outram, Lewes District Council Community Ranger. Everyone is very welcome and booking on 01273 484344 is advisable.

SIGNING-ON evening for Chailey and Newick Colts FC takes place at Newick Cricket Club, King George VI Recreation Ground, Allington Road, on Friday July 20 from 6.30pm. Do go along and meet the coaches of the five teams (Under 8, 10, 12, 14 and 15yrs) and sign up for the forthcoming season.

MOTHS and Butterflies, a trap set up the previous night will be opened by the leader Karen Pritty and the Sussex Moth Group on Sunday July 22. The target species is the Common and Small Blue and the Essex Skipper. Meet at Lane End Common car park at 9am to witness the opening of the trap. It will be followed at 10.30am by a Butterfly Walk (1.25miles). For more information call William Coleman, Chailey Commons Society, on 01444 831098.

CHAILEY CRAFTERS meet in the Reading Room every Thursday (except the first one in the month) from 10am to 4pm. There was an excellent response to their open day on May 31 and if anyone else is interested in what they do and is thinking of joining the group do get in touch with Clare on 01273 833742 or Frances 01342 834134 as they have 10 members at present and would welcome a few more. The first visit is free.


Offham & Hamsey

HAMSEY FESTIVAL: Tomorrow, Saturday, this year’s festival which is jointly sponsored by Hamsey Parish Council and the trustees of the village hall, starting at 2pm in the hall. Hamsey CP School will be opening the festivities with a specially composed festival song. Marion Hughes is organising the Novelty Dog Show with commentary from Sally Miller and judging from Shirley Whitley. The highlight of the afternoon will be the Hamsey Olympics which will no doubt produce some parish stars of the future who will be putting their wits against one another in the hope of winning one of the coveted medals on offer. The sports will be accompanied by some great entertainment by Mel Webb, all the way from Australia especially for the festival. In the evening, and for one night only, will be a performance of Sleeping Beauty performed by the Hamsey Parish Ham-Dram Players, probably hoping to be discovered and start treading the boards at one of Lord Lloyd Webber’s theatres. Who knows there could also be a Britain’s Got Talent scout lurking in the background. As it is going to be a long day, 2pm to 10.30pm, there will be lots of refreshments on offer. St Peter’s Church will be offering their famous tea and cakes and Hamsey CP School will provide beer and other drinks. Justin Harmer will provide cooked meats with a vegetarian option and in the evening Newick Tandoori will be serving their curries. Ceilidh, with caller and live music. Live band to bring the day to a rousing conclusion. Entry is free. All you need to do is go along and join in and enjoy the day. All everyone needs to do now is look to the heavens and pray for a lovely sunny day.

CONCERT by the Fitzroy Singers (with singers from the Lewes Passion Play). Classical songs in a beautiful rural setting, Hamsey Church on Sunday at 3pm. Tickets £10. Details 07926 486567.

CAUGHT OUT: Although there had been no notice given, on Friday motorists who used the B2116 were unable to use the road and had to go via Beechwood Lane and Allington Lane to gain access. I can only assume that it was work being done which was not completed in June because of the bad weather.

I WAS AMUSED to receive the following in the post from someone who has read my column when I have written about the demise of the village bobby. The letter reads as follows: Picking a poacher’s pocket. The need for volunteer river bailiffs can be linked to the demise of the village bobby. I recall one dark and rain-drenched night in the 1980s, when we were surprised to hear an urgent knocking on the door. We opened it to reveal a sodden black-caped figure; Good evening, I’m your village bobby. Just thought I’d welcome you to the village. He came in, cascading water, and produced a large, newspaper-wrapped parcel from under his arm, which he offered to us. Bit of trouble down on the river this evening. Seemed a shame to waste it, so thought it might make a nice welcome present for you. Unwrapping the newspaper PC Peter Pearl (as we came to know him) proudly presented us with an enormous trout, confiscated earlier from poachers caught red-handed on the river bank. Those were the days. Thank you, and you must know that I have a good sense of humour.

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: Last month following the Jubilee events I spotted a picture which I felt said it all about our brave troops. It was headed Dust In The Jam and showed a picture of two soldiers who were serving in Afghanistan. It said, we thought readers might enjoy this picture of our Jubilee tea in the Afghanistan desert.

HAY: Like many farmers we are getting desperate about haymaking, although we did manage to get some cut when we had a bit of a dry spell and managed to get 94 bales but we still have another 32 acres to cut. It has been a nightmare trying to cut at the right time which now seems to be never with all the rain.

STRANGE SIGHT: Last night I was looking towards the Downs to see if it was raining and saw the most extraordinary sight. It was a large migration of birds flying around the scarp. They were black but I could see that they were not rooks or crows. By the time I had fetched the binoculars to get a closer look they were heading off over Mount Harry House towards Lewes.


CONCERT: I missed the last concert in St Laurence church on Saturday, but the reports I have heard say it was fun, entertaining and really enjoyable; I know it is being repeated tomorrow, Saturday, at St Michael’s Church, St Michael’s Place, Victoria Road, Brighton.

FILM: We are looking forward on Wednesday to another film show, this time Chariots of Fire the 1981 film about two athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics. Entrance is free, in the parish hall at 7pm.

TEAS: It was my turn last Sunday to volunteer and serve teas by the pond with Pat Asquith. We had such a selection of wonderful cakes, but very few customers, was it the weather? I don’t think so; everything came to a halt for the men’s Wimbledon final. I hope next Sunday will be different, there will be a different selection of cakes, but all homemade. Falmer is a very relaxing place to come for afternoon tea.

ANIMAL STORIES: Two funny animal stories came my way this week making me smile. My husband always walks our old lab in the mornings and wondered where and what all the noise was coming from the field. When he looked down into the valley he could see a sheep attacking the metal feeder with his head, trying desperately to get the lid to open and stay open, with no luck. It then tried its backside again trying to lift the lid. We think of sheep as being stupid, but where there is food everything must be tried. The second story could have been sad, but had a happy ending. The neighbours of Pat in the village have a few chickens and a cockerel. When Pat’s daughter came to visit with her two dogs, they were let out into the garden, but somehow got into the neighbour’s garden, when the realisation dawned that the dogs were missing they quickly ran out to investigate and to their horror, there was the little dachshund with one of the chickens in its mouth. They caught the dog but had great trouble to get him to release the chicken. When it eventually was rescued it escaped under the garden table. Poor Pat was mortified and had to go and confess to her neighbour, who allayed her fears and took the chicken to give it some TLC. He said he could find only a few cuts which he treated with something. The picture of a small dachshund with a chicken in its mouth, I’m afraid, did make me smile, but glad it all ended well and the chicken lives for another.


TABLE TOP SALE in aid of St John’s Church, Saturday July 21. Do you have clutter to clear? Or a stack of books that you have read? We have a couple of free tables at our next sale, £8 to hire a 6ft table, 9.30am to 1.30pm at Cliffe Church Hall. Come and make some extra cash for your holiday. Tel: 01273 476463 (evenings) for details.

MOBILE SERVICE: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting the village hall car park at Ditchling on Thursday from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Further details on 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at the Royal British Legion Club, Morris Road (Cliffe). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

THE AGM of Lewes Community Cafe, The Nutty Wizard will take place on Thursday 19 August, 6.30pm at 2 South Street. Please join us to find out what young people have been doing over the past year and our plans for the future. Refreshments from 6pm.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our recent figure of eight walk from Steyning, we awoke to vicious rain squalls but these soon abated and were replaced by sunny intervals, seemingly a regular pattern for this summer. Five of us set out from the centre of Steyning, found our way along Mouse Lane to Wiston then climbed up the perfectly graded Wiston Bostal Track to join the South Downs Way. Leaving that, we dropped down on the path to Steyning through woods and, on emerging, were rewarded with a fine panoramic view of the town, the Adur valley, the Downs beyond and the sea to the right. Here we stopped for our picnic lunch. In the afternoon, three survivors walked north out of Steyning and picked up the Downs Link which we followed till it crossed the River Adur. Turning south, we followed the river back to Bramber and thence to our starting point. Hilda and Graham led the walk which was designed to keep our fitness levels up. Low numbers on the walk as others were still enjoying their walking holiday in St Ives.

The next walk is tomorrow, Saturday, around Beachy Head. Meet at top North Street car park at 2pm for this seven mile walk and bring a picnic. Do visit us in the morning of the same day for the Societies Fair at Lewes Town Hall. You can pick up a programme, find out all about us and maybe even decide to join us. The fair is on from 10am to 2pm.

SONGS FROM RUSSIA: Songs by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Cui and Shostakovich will be sung by members of the Glyndebourne Chorus and others in aid of the Kitchen Tables Charities Trust tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm in St Pancras Cluny Hall, Irelands Lane. Tickets (limited to 50) are £10 and can be booked by telephoning 01273 473309.

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP, 208 School Hill. A reminder that we are open every morning, Monday to Friday, for the over 55s. Coffee, teas and activities with a home-cooked lunch at 12.30pm (two courses for £5). Visitors are always welcome. Why not join? Our subscriptions are now only £2.50 until December.

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: Our next meeting, upstairs at Christ Church is today, Friday, 7pm for 7.30pm, when we look forward to what promises to be a very interesting evening hearing about the stamp history of Equatorial Africa. Our guest speaker has recently returned from living there for several years and had been having considerable correspondence with Stanley Gibbons updating them on stamp issues from there. There will be member’s stamps for sale at the meeting and the usual offer of free valuation of stamps from experienced members present. I understand there will be no meeting in August. Due to difficulties with communication (mainly email), would anyone wanting information on future activities of the club please contact the chairman, Ian Cameron, direct on 01273 473485. Anyone is welcome to our meetings which are free and are held on the second Friday of every month, except August. We are currently open for new members who may perhaps know nothing about stamps but want some good company and entertainment.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall 12.15pm to 12.45pm; Chalvington post-box 1.55pm to 2.15pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.20pm to 2.45pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm.


LEWES NEVILLE WI: The usual membership numbers were augmented by the addition of visitors from a local theatre group before getting into character ready for their autumn production of Calendar Girls. Susan James gave her report of this year’s AGM at the Albert Hall; a descriptive account of the day so members could share the detail and imagine the event. They were especially amused by the thought of thousands of women pouring out of the doors of the Albert Hall and invading the streets of London. After this the president introduced the speaker with her talk on Broccoli; this joke amused our theatrical visitors but were much relieved that the speaker for the evening was Claire Carpenter, delivering her inspirational thoughts under the title of Roots and Wings, now writing children’s stories, she spoke passionately about the need for knowing one’s background (roots) and passing this down to our children while allowing them to have dreams to fly (wings). Her talk was interactive and inspiring. The secretary announced business items and forthcoming courses and events that were available to members. July meeting is a garden party; our next regular meeting will be August 15, a talk entitled Behind the Scenes at Chelsea. Visitors welcome to three meetings before joining.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our Friendship Lunch between noon and 1.15pm. Please drop in if you would like a lunch with us, no need to book. Worship on Sunday morning at 10.30am will be led by Christine Sweet and at 6.30pm Rev John Gordon will be leading worship which will include Holy Communion

GARDEN TRAIL: On Sunday between 2pm and 6pm. About 16 gardens will be open including six for the first time. Refreshments will be available in three gardens. A free children’s competition for the under 8s. Sponsors include Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society. Entry by programme, available in advance, from Nevill Newsagents, and from 15 Highdown Road on the day. Proceeds to Lewes Victoria Hospital and the Association.

SPORTS DAY: We went down in the afternoon to see how it was going and were sad to see so few people there although those children taking part were enjoying themselves. When we were children, the recreation ground was full with parents, grandparents and children taking part and there was always a great competitive spirit for the parents races. I also saw the ghost of Maurice Breeze in his striped blazer calling up events through his megaphone, so I thought it might be an idea to ask you for your historical stories from when you were a child in the sports. Email them to me please.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: This week our Reception and Year 1 children have had their Footsteps pedestrian training to raise their awareness of road safety. Year 6 children worked very hard with a talented and dedicated group of parents, staff and artists to produce some wonderful Ancient Greek themed outfits which they paraded through Lewes town centre in the Patina parade. Many thanks to the Patina committee and everyone who has participated in this very special experience. Our set piece Pegasus from the parade will be displayed in the Town Hall Tourist Board information window. Three of our children were winners in the Jubilee Queen Portrait competition. Bea Uprichard Y6 CS/SE won Gold, Jack Midgley Y3 JD won Silver and Keelin Tourle Y6 CS/SE won Diamond. Well done to all who took part. A number of our children were involved in the local Nevill Sports at the weekend and a great time was had by all. A special mention does go to Paul Jackson though who won the Sportsmanship Award of the day. Paul had a busy weekend at a swimming competition on Sunday. He won silver in breaststroke and earned himself a speeding ticket instead of gold in crawl, for swimming too fast for his category. Yr 5/6 Hi-5 Netball team competed against eight other teams at the Sussex Games, all who were the best in their area and had come together to compete for bronze, silver and gold. The whole day was full of the best teams around competing in various sports. Wallands achieved a brilliant silver medal which contributed to the South Downs area finishing in third place in the county. Thank you to everyone who donated their 5p’s for Marlets Hospice. We raised £82.60. Daisy Macdonald and Hannah Russell went with Mrs Taylor to help symbolically set out all of the collected 5p’s into the shape of the Olympic rings. A group of our children have been working with a local musician, Lee Reynolds, and performed on Saturday evening in Haywards Heath. Mrs Hurlock, who attended the event, said that the performance was superb, and would like to thank all the children who represented us. Since the beginning of the school year a group of staff and Year 6 children have been regularly visiting North Corner Care Home in Lewes. They began by sharing their World War 2 topic books with the residents and listening to the stories of these amazing people. Mrs Elliott and Mrs Eldridge, who accompanied them, have been astonished by the care and empathy shown by this group of children.


THE MARKET will be open from 10am till 11am in the village hall today, Friday.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am till noon in aid of St Mary’s. Cakes will be for sale along with books, puzzles, produce and a raffle for a hamper. Please try and support this event.

BOWLS: The club are playing at home today, Friday, at 2.30pm against the SCBA Vice Presidents Team. Tomorrow, Saturday, they are away to Hurstpierpoint. This game will commence at 2pm. Both of these matches are men only. On Sunday they are off to sunny Eastbourne to play a mixed game against Vic Drive and Eastbourne Ladies. These games will commence at 2pm. They also have two matches on Tuesday, away to Mid Sussex Lindfield and at home against John Spiggs Crawley Town. Both games will start at 6pm.

CRICKET: The first XI are away to Fletching, the second XI are at home to Fletching II, the third XI will be playing Willingdon II at the Temple Grove Ground, and according to the fixture card the fourth XI have the no fixture. All the league games start at 1.30pm.

ON SUNDAY the Chessmen will be coming to Newick, play will commence at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am and Informal Morning Service will be at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church telephone 722582 in advance.

FINGERS CROSSED that the weather will improve so that all the school children and students can enjoy their summer holidays,when they break-up on Tuesday.


DEFIBRILLATOR: Do not forget that the first village defibrillator will be unveiled today (Friday) at the village shop at 12.30pm. Representatives from the local NHS and ambulance services and MP Norman Baker will be there. Bim and Fal will offer free refreshments. If you have an unwanted, old mobile phone take it along to the shop as it can help raise funds for the next defibrillator.

HAMSEY FESTIVAL: Our neighbours in Hamsey will be holding a festival tomorrow (Saturday) at Beechwood Hall, Beechwood Lane between 2.30pm and 10.30pm. Featured will be Hamsey Olympics, Hamsey Cultural Olympiad, live music including jazz, theatrical entertainment, barn dance band, teas, bar, barbecue, tandoori and much more. Free entry and parking and I gather we foreigners will be welcome.

CREAM TEAS: On Sunday cream teas will be served at The Jockeys, The Ridge, Streat between 2.30pm and 5pm. There will be an exhibition of The Plumpton Cross and Ken Beard’s book and the Plumpton recipe book will be on sale. Jockeys is between Plumpton and Streat and parking is very limited, so enjoy a walk along the Ridge and enjoy the stunning views. To raise funds for the defibrillators. Fresh, homemade scones, whipped cream, strawberry and raspberry jam, selection of drizzles and banoffee cakes will surely prove irresistible. Sue’ antiques will also be available. Queries to 01273 891743 or 07596 004905.

JUBILEE REPRIS: On Tuesday, in the village hall at 7.30pm there will be an event to re-live the village Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It will include a slideshow of pictures covering the five days; a talk by Ken Beard about his illustrated book A Journey through Plumpton; the Hidden History and other displays, refreshments and licensed bar. Ken’s book, the Plumpton Recipe Book and the souvenir brochure will all be on sale. Admission free but donations towards the Jubilee fund welcome.

COFFEE TIME: There will be a coffee morning on Wednesday at Warren House, Plumpton Lane (almost opposite southern entrance to racecourse) between 10am and noon. In aid of Plumpton Voluntary Driver Scheme there will be plants, cards, raffle and more. Disabled parking at the house and for the mobile at the racecourse. Lifts available for local residents, just rung 01273 890055.

DINNER TIME: The flower club will be enjoying its annual dinner at Barnsgate Manor on Wednesday. Enquiries to 01273 890612.

THEATRE TIME: Do not forget that the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will be performing Who Saw Marjory Daw on the village green (in the hall if raining) on Thursday at 7.30pm. It focuses on the hilarious and surreal world of Hippy London in the 1960s. Or you can ring 01273 890508 about tickets.

CRIMINALS ABOUT: Do be alert as there have been a couple of burglaries in the village recently to add to the spate of break-ins to outbuildings. Graffiti has also been sprayed around and someone was seen driving around the playing field. Please contact the police immediately if you see anything suspicious or have information. Non urgent calls to 101 but ring 999 if you catch anyone in the act.

NO FASHION: Do be aware that the Hospice Support Group’s planned fashion show and sale scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) has been postponed as it clashed with the St Peter and St James Sleepwalk. Watch this space for re-scheduling news.


RINGMER HUB: Do try to get along to this societies fair at which over 30 local organisations will be represented. This event will take place in the village halls from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, and will enable newcomers and existing residents of Ringmer and district to find out how much goes on in this busy village. The library will be open and the croquet club will be giving people the chance to test their skills. Refreshments will be on sale and all funds raised will go to the village hall extension appeal.

FOOTBALL: The teams are back in training and friendly fixtures have been organised, the first of which are this weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home to Burgess Hill, kick off at The Caburn is 3pm. Also tomorrow, Saturday, the second team travel to Hurstpierpoint for their friendly which is being played at Worth Abbey, also with a 3pm kick off time. On Tuesday the first team are at home again and play Southwick with a kick off time of 7.45pm. There will be a small entry charge for first team friendlies to cover officials’ fees. Adults are £3 with concessions £2 and under 16s are free of charge. The SCF League gets under way on August 4 and Ringmer’s first fixture is away to Hassocks, swiftly followed by a home game the following Wednesday against St Francis Rovers. For those that may have missed it, the FA Cup EPR draw has paired Ringmer with Erith Town away and in the FA Vase Ringmer travels to Shoreham but more details will follow nearer the fixtures. Please note that due to the wonderful summer weather all friendly fixtures are subject to change if we get more of the wet stuff so please keep an eye on the website for all up to date information and details of all the friendly fixtures for both teams. Finally the football club will be represented at the Ringmer Hub tomorrow, Saturday, so please do stop and say hello should you be interested in becoming a new member, in using any of the club’s facilities or if you would like any information on any of the events going on at The Caburn.

THEATRE COMPANY: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company are returning to Ringmer on Wednesday at 7.30pm on the Green with their new production called Who Saw Marjory Daw? The play is a comic mystery and takes forward the characters of Gerald and Agnes Church from Gentle Harry’s Farm as he gets involved in politics and she becomes a rookie reporter who investigates the strange disappearance of a young celebrity hippy, Marjory Dawson. It should be hilarious and surreal. Entrance on the night £13 for adults and £7 for children. Let’s just hope that the weather improves before Wednesday. If you wish to get in touch with the company’s box office for further information please phone 01323 501260.

SUMMER SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Summer Show will be held in the village halls on Saturday, July 21 at 2pm. Entries should be handed into the secretary at 5 The Martlets no later than 7pm on Thursday. The photographic classes have the subject titles An Historic Building and Birds and the title for the painting class is Summer or Autumn.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are on The Green v Plumpton, the second XI are away to Little Common and the third XI are at The Cheyney v Linden Park IV. All are 1.30pm starts. On Sunday Ringmer are entering a team in the Alfriston six-a-side tournament due to start at 10am. On Tuesday there is an over 60’s game between Sussex and Surrey on The Green starting at 1.30pm.

Rodmell & Southease

STANMER HOUSE: A few weeks ago my god-daughter, Sharon, took me to Stanmer House for lunch. It was on one of the few sunny days we had, and it was a very enjoyable break. The house has been done up and is very pleasant inside and there is still a lot of work going on around it. I did not have time to go into the actual village where as a child I spent many happy hours. It always seems to me to be the ideal place for a heritage centre rather like Singleton which his kept so well and gets so many visitors.

WET WEATHER: This wet weather is causing havoc in so many ways. My heart goes out to all those poor people who are flooded out. The road signs are all getting covered with green algae, and are getting covered with foliage, which is growing at such speed I suspect the local councils can’t keep up with it all as well as the expense.

DAISY: I have been looking after Daisy a little West Highland Terrier for a while whilst her mistress has a holiday. She thinks birds and cats are great fun to chase and having come to me from the beauty salon in pristine condition she now looks like a scruffy country dog. She is a very sweet natured dog but has a very raucous bark, which I’m not used to. My beagles seldom barked. Having her favourite squeaky toy flopped in your face at 6am is also not something I’m used to, but I shall miss her when she goes.

FOOTPATHS: What I have noticed since taking a dog for a walk again is the appalling state of some footpaths around here, again probably due to the wet weather. The footpath which runs down the back of the pub to the far end of the village is virtually unwalkable and Daisy and I had a horrendous walk one evening when we attempted it, got stuck half way so I decided to follow the lines made by the tractor, not a good idea. My feet kept getting tangled in the rapeseed and I nearly went over several times. I could not carry Daisy as I definitely would have fallen over so the poor little soul had to make her own way, and looking back at her little face, there was a look of pleading on it, ‘do we have to go on’ it seemed to say. The footpath across the same field to Northease is much the same.

PHOTO: There was a rather nice photograph in a newspaper recently of John Robinson a local farmer who in his later years has put together a band named The Leaky Buckets, with his friend Keith Eade whom he met on VSO in 1967. John’s daughter May is their singer.

CUBS: 1st Rodmell and Northease Cubs and Scouts, tea and cakes, all welcome, Sunday 2pm to 4.30pm. Please join us for a fund raising event in the garden of Stile Cottages (opposite Monk’s House) to enjoy lovely tea and cakes. All proceeds to Scout and Cub funds. If wet in the village hall.

CHERRIES: Someone left the Jarret’s a lovely bowl of black cherries over the weekend. Pat rang me to see if it was me, it wasn’t, but they were well pleased with the gift. If by now they have not found out who it was please let them know if it was you.