Parish Pump Lewes - 21 September 2012


CAN-CAN workshop in the village hall on Sunday, 2pm to 4pm. Following the success of the workshop earlier in the year, Michelle Porter is back with a fabulous can-can routine. The class costs £10. Booking essential, call 07785993285;

BALLROOM and Latin American Dancing in the village hall, Sunday, September 30, followed by a Tea Dance. Lesson £6; Tea Dance only £5 (including tea and cakes), £8 for both, partners not necessary.

BOWLS RESULTS: Thursday, away to Cross-in-Hand: Jas Osmond 17 Bob Carter 10, Henry Bunney 17 Hazel Burr 15, Les Line 17 John Loran 16, John Osmond 14 John Ewert 30. Club lost 65-71. Saturday, home to Newhaven: Jas Osmond 16 Peter Tyrell 14, Shaun Smith 21 Jose Baker 7, John Osmond 38 Peter Wignall 11, Les Line 11 Peter Blackman 18. Club won 86-50.


JUMBLE SALE to raise funds for the bonfire society is tomorrow, Saturday, at the village hall at 11am. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated either on the day or to arrange collection call 01273 400632.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a friendly against Beeding and Bramber on Sunday starting at 1pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586. Thanks to all who gave to the retiring collection following the presentation by Martin Kalule on his village of Buganga, with gift aid £350 was raised for the Buganga project. Free Church services on Sunday are with Cavin Wood at 10.30am with Robin Jones at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

CHARITY QUIZ is at the Horns Lodge on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

INFORMATION POINT: Village Information Point session is at the Free Church Hall, in conjunction with the Coffee Stop, on Friday September 28 between 10am and midday.

SPECIAL WALK for patrons of the Commons Society takes place on Saturday September 29 and will be followed by a tea party. Do go along and meet fellow patrons for a short walk on Red House Common followed by afternoon tea at May Cottage Tea Rooms. Meet at Red House car park, Warrs Hill Lane, at 2.15pm. Numbers are limited so please call 01444 831098 or 01825 722841 to advise that you will be joining the walk.

COFFEE MORNING organised by St Peter and St James Hospice Newick and Chailey Support Group is on Friday October 5 from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Cinder Paddocks, Cinder Hill, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Bravery. For more details call 01825 723706.

SALE: Baby and children’s Nearly New Sale, of clothes, equipment, toys and books, is at the village hall from 1pm to 2.30pm on Saturday October 6. Admission is 50p. For more information call Ali Harris on 01273 890745.

COACH OUTING to the London Wetlands Centre at Barnes, is being arranged by the Commons Society on Saturday October 27. The coach will depart from Chailey Sports Club car park at 9.30am and return about 5.30pm. Take a picnic lunch; alternatively refreshments will be available in the visitor centre. The cost is £16 to include admission and places can be booked on 01825 722841.

TODDLERS INN Nursery has been operating since September 2001. It was a new venture set up and run by Karen Malyon, who is now moving to Australia. Rest assured that the dedicated team will continue in Karen’s footsteps and ensure that the ethos of Toddlers Inn remains the same. The team is Lauren Coppard, Nursery Manager, Gemma Kybert and Kaylee Oliver Deputy Managers and Rhiannon Oliver early years practitioner. Registered for 35 children between the ages of 2 and 8 years the nursery was recently awarded an outstanding grading by Ofsted. The nursery is located in a new purpose-built pre-school building on St Peter’s Primary School site. For more information visit or call Lauren on 01825 721800.


Offham & Hamsey

COOKERY COURSE: Thursday in the village hall, Beechwood Lane at 11.55am. Information can be found on the Hamsey website, parish notice boards and the latest edition of the Hamsey News.

DON’T FORGET The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Offham morning to raise money for this tremendous cause is organised by Roland and Brenda Gough and will take place at St Peter’s Church Hall on Friday September 28, from 10.30am to noon.

CONCERT by the Lee Graham Quartet in aid of the Nursery School in The Gambia which this parish supports, in St Peter’s Church on Sunday September 30 at 3pm. Cost £6, pay at the door. Following the concert Vic and Tina Smith of Lewes, who have made many visits to the school, will show an audio visual of their last visit. Nibbles and a glass of wine will be available.

THE HARVEST FESTIVAL is on Friday, October 5, at 7pm in St Peter’s Church Hall. If you would like to go contact Judith on 01273 474356 as soon as possible as numbers are limited.

HARVEST DECORATING: Decorating the church will take place on Saturday, October 6, from 10am. Gifts of flowers, greenery, fruit and vegetables will be most welcome and as much help as possible on the morning.

HARVEST SERVICES: St Peter’s Church on Sunday October 7 Holy Communion at 8am, Family service at 10.30am. Children are invited to take up Harvest gifts during the Family Service. What should they take along - fresh fruit and vegetables or tinned food?

GOOD TASTE: Over the years there have been many complimentary reports in various newspapers and magazines about our lovely county town, and on Sundays I always like to read in one of the supplements a page entitled Little Black Book, secret addresses from stylish people reporting on their favourite places to visit around the world. This week it was Ashish Gupta a fashion designer, born in New Delhi. He obviously has very good taste like most of us who love the 15th century bookshop in Lewes, as he writes as follows: Housed in an old beamed building in Lewes, this lovely shop specialises in rare and collectable children’s books, I recently bought a gorgeously illustrated copy of Der Struwwelpeter here. One never knows who they might be standing next to when browsing there.

DOWNLAND SEPTEMBER 1939: The author writes: Wild violets, who would think of looking for violets in September? And yet there are plenty of them here in the sunny clearing of the hazel-wood; scentless, indeed, but in such abundance that they make a fringe of soft colour on either side of the footway across the glowing waste. Rosebay, too, great jungles of it high enough to conceal a man, its tall wands still tipped with crimson, though the rest of each stem is clad in silvery white. Under stress of the gentle breeze, flecks of the silvery down are continually letting go their moorings and sailing away into the eye of the sun. But the St John’s Wort is the most plentiful flower of all in the clearing. Wherever you turn its yellow blossoms run riot, tumbling freshets and little still pools of clustered star-like flowers, patterning the wide sunny space until it looks like a field of cloth-of-gold. These woodland clearings draw innumerable butterflies on sun-steeped autumn days when butterflies are already growing scarce in the open. While I sat a short ten minutes in the shadow, there passed perhaps a dozen different kinds. Themselves like flying flowers. Much the same here at present with many butterflies still enjoying the last of the blooms.

APPLE TREE: My apple tree looks a bit sick and like many has had no apples at all this year, but at the weekend I spotted the strangest sight, right at the top of the tree is a cluster of apple blossom.

SUNSET: Did anyone see the most beautiful sunset the other evening. Looking up towards the Downs it was the most fantastic sight but I did not have my camera at hand. It would have made a wonderful picture.


BACK TO WORK: This week saw the return of students to the University of Sussex. Doing some grocery shopping on campus on Saturday, I was surrounded by anxious parents with their youngsters stocking up on pasta, milk, cheese and other nourishing foods. By Sunday the students had settled in sufficiently to keep us awake with pounding music ‘til the small hours. Sussex has a large number of students from overseas, some of them living in accommodation in the village. Returning with my shopping I was stopped by a young man who asked me earnestly whether it was always so dark at night in the village, I said it was. He then asked if it was safe, as he had seen a strange animal coming out of the woods. I can understand his nervousness as there was the most unearthly snarling and yelping coming from the garden one night last week. Was it a family of foxes, or maybe badgers?

PLAYTIME: Talking of mysterious animals, some creature is moving things around in our garden. My husband’s practise golf balls are proving to be very popular playthings as they move around the garden overnight. They turn up some distance away from where they were left. We recently helped to clear an overgrown garden in Brighton which had had a family of foxes in it. The foxes had collected all sorts of toys presumably stolen from other gardens.

CONCERTS: We have had two very good concerts since the last Parish Pump. The first was Meditations given by the Multiplicity Ensemble. The concert opened with Sarah Barnes playing the Adagio from Bach’s sonata no. 1 in G minor on the violin from the balcony of the organ loft. Taking us by surprise, the music spilled down as we sat and soaked it up. The concert continued with pieces from Holst, Shostakovich, Tavener and songs written by April Fredrick (the Soprano with the ensemble). The final songs with April singing accompanied by Hannah Monkhouse on the cello were wonderful. An expanded version of the concert is taking place at St Barnabus Church in Hackney next Friday. Last Saturday we were entertained by Sussex Flutes, another outstanding concert with arrangements for flute of a range of music from traditional folk tunes to Clair de Lune, to a beautiful contemporary piece. The four flutes gave an immensely rich sound and the programme was so varied. You can listen to some of the Sussex Flutes’ music online on youtube. The concert series continues next month with James Shenton. More details soon.

FIREWORKS: The new students at Sussex University are being treated to a fireworks display tonight (Friday). I am hoping we’ll be able to see it from our upstairs window.

Glynde & Beddingham

COFFEE MORNING Saturday September 29 at Glynde Reading Room 10am to noon in aid of Glynde, Beddingham and Firle Memorial Parade.

CAR BOOT SALE Saturday September 29 at the recreation ground, noon to 4pm. Sellers from 10.30am. Cars £5 and vans £10. Proceeds to the Memorial Parade.

AUTUMN FETE in the Reading Room on Saturday October 13, 10am to 2pm. There will be lots of stalls including a raffle, tombola, cakes, facing painting, crafts, jams, plants and more. If you would like to book stall contact Lisa on 01273 858067. Spaces are limited so it will be on a first come first served basis.

THE MEMORIAL PARADE are in desperate need for volunteers to help with various tasks. You do not have to be on the committee but if you can spare a few hours to help with fundraising or making torches etc then please contact Steve on 07979897713 or email glynde, please leave your contact details and how much time you can give to the parade.


PARISH COUNCIL: September again and a new school year, holiday time over and back to business. In Kingston, it was very much a ‘starting over’ at the parish council meeting on September 10. On the agenda were 18 items ranging from the minutiae to big propositions. In amongst LDC and ESCC reports and the broadband project, at item six was a Pavilion Committee Update about plans for the future. Strangely the report confined itself to domestic matters, and in no way did the report even refer to the espousal by Cllr Lee to the Pavilion Committee on 2 May 2012 of a Community Interest Company. Readers may remember that when Cllr Lee was a mere civilian, his was the voice promoting a previous company. The council then mandated the clerk and said councillor to investigate the legal and financial conditions for a long lease between them and a company. A report prepared by Cllr Jeffrey as to keeping the Pavilion in house was rejected out of hand. Again, it should be remembered that a previous attempt for further public consultation was voted down as it was on the previous occasion. However, the resolution was changed after a lengthy debate to the three options, would be discussed with the legal advisor including the CIC and this report would be given in writing afterwards. The implications of a CIC, in as much as they had been put forward by Cllr Lee, were not known to the public present, nor some of the councillors. The consequence of the above determination is that potentially far-reaching financial implications for the village as a whole, will not come under further public scrutiny. One would hope that Kingston residents, as represented by the council elected in May 2011, will not be drawn into further conflict in the Community, as happened under the previous council, about the management of our village-owned pavilion. Further items resolved to seek a 40mph limit on the C7 and a signboard at the entrance to Bumpy Lane, listing the housenames within it. The council also resolved in unanimity to adopt the latest Code of Conduct for Members, as required by the recent Localism Act, which devolves more powers to parish councils.

A BUFFET LUNCH in aid of church funds on September 9 raised £1140; 80 adults and 16 children enjoyed the sunny day and wonderful food. Thanks, especially, to Jenny and Ivan Yates, for their great hospitality.

KINGSTON WI: The vice-president, Beverley Wakeford-Brown, welcomed 28 members plus a few visitors to the meeting held on September 6, the first after a short summer intermission. Outings to Woolbeding, Loder Valley, and Chichester Festival theatre had been enjoyed. Walking, singing, tap dancing, pilates, and book groups were up and running. It was not too late to contribute to Haberdashery Kits for Africa, the collecting box for renewed heating in Denman, and the petition urging provision of more midwives. Sue Wylde summarised the East Sussex Federation programme of events and workshops. Peggy Nicholson introduced the appeal for Christmas Boxes for Romania. The treasurer, Jan Summer, reported a healthy balance; following her Kingston report, however, she gave notice that East Sussex Federation has a projected deficit of £21,000 for the year ending October 31. This situation must be addressed. The speaker for the evening was Kate Hickmott. The subject of her interesting talk Lewes Priory Before the Dissolution was timely, just two days before the Heritage Open Day for which guided tours of the Priory Park had been scheduled. The Priory was founded 1078-82 by William de Warenne and his wife Gundrada, a consequence of their visit to the abbey of Cluny in France where they persuaded the Abbot to send four monks to Lewes, already the site of a wooden Saxon church to St Pancras. Lewes Priory Trust is a charity supported by grants and donations. The aim of Kate, and of fellow trustee Helen Chiasson who displayed postcards, booklets and an education pack, is that every school child in a wide area of Sussex gets experience of this once enormous and influential medieval building, and knowledge of the monks who lived there. Excavation and analysis are ongoing. The park has open and free access all year. Important but dispersed finds include two lead cists, discovered by workmen building the Brighton to Lewes railway in 1845, and found to contain the bones of William de Warenne and Gundrada; the slab of her tomb; an exquisite brass of a former prior, that is now in St Peter’s Church, Cowfold. Entries to the evening’s competition, Photos or Pictures of Old Lewes were appreciated. The next meeting will be on October 4 when John Davey will give a talk entitled English as She is Spoke. (Joyce Taylor).


REMINDER: Open Eco Houses tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. In all 10 houses in and around Lewes are opening their doors during the weekend. For more detailed information including opening times, there are free brochures at the library, Tourist Information Centre and many shops and other places. Or visit

COFFEE MORNING and Sale at the House of Friendship tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. All welcome at 208 High Street.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Sunday 9 September 27 members made the final coach trip of the 2012 season travelling to Sandwich, Kent where both the long and short walks began. The long group led by Hilda and Graham arrived at Deal in time to watch the 1pm ball drop, whilst they had their picnic in glorious sunshine on the beach. In the afternoon they carried on along the coast past Walmer Castle to Oldstairs Bay where the cliffs begin. A steep climb up some steps took the intrepid walkers to the top for the walk to St Margaret’s Bay. The French coast could now be seen clearly and the sea was full of ferries going in and out of Dover. All agreed it had been a thoroughly enjoyable walk. The short group departed from Sandwich alongside the Haven, a picturesque area which many of us had never visited before. We walked through parkland to reach and cross the hallowed turf of the Royal St Georges Golf Championship Course en route to the coastal path which forms part of the Saxon Shore Way and other notable trails to Deal, passing many people enjoying the warm sunny weather in various activities. This group then enjoyed some refreshment before joining the coach for the return trip to Lewes. A smaller group opted to visit Walmer Castle. They found it steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful gardens. A very enjoyable day out in an area not well known to many of us and organised by Bertram Sharp.

The next walk will start in Lewes and be offering a choice of 15 or six mile walks. Bring a picnic and a bus pass or fare. Meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am on Sunday. Ring 473779 if further details needed. This is the last walk in our current programme, The winter programme is now available to non-members from the Lewes Tourist Office or the Walking Shop.

CONCERT: At 7.30pm on Sunday the Fayrfax Singers and Orchestra will return to St John sub Castro Church for their annual choral concert. This year they are to present an all-Buckner programme, with six of his famous motets accompanied by brass and organ, and the mighty (if seldom performed) Mass in F minor, for four soloists, choir and large orchestra. The concert will be conducted by Nick Milner-Gulland, and the stellar quartet of soloists will be Helen-Jane Howells, Clarissa Meek, David Rendall and Ed Hawkins. Tickets (£12) are available from 01273 480189, or online at or at the door.


ALLOTMENT SHOW: Malling residents did very well at the Lewes Allotment Show in the Town Hall last Sunday. Dave Champion of Old Malling Way, who believes in exhibiting his best produce though he grows for the table, not for the show, won eight first prizes (vegetables, shallots, carrots, runner beans, dessert apples, berry fruit, longest runner bean, and strawberry and rhubarb jam); five second prizes (onions, baking potatoes, coloured potatoes, trug of mixed vegetables and raspberry jam), and two thirds (globe beetroots and tomatoes). He lost out in the best unusual vegetable category (a small potato that had grow through a discarded ring pull was discussed but dismissed as too odd). Mahesh Jeeawok of Godfrey Close won four first prizes (sweetcorn, beetroot, cabbage, and pears ); one second (unusual vegetable) and two thirds (leeks and runnerbeans). Lynn, his wife, won two firsts (pot plant, fuchsias, and plum jam) and together, they won first prize for the Best Kept Allotment in the Queen’s Road group. Dave Champion came out just a few points below the overall winner of the show, and the Jeeawoks came a few points below him. Graciala Rye won first prize for a marvellous vase of mixed flowers and Anne Crabtree won third for her sweetcorn. Dilly Barlow won first for the best kept allotment in the Coombe group. Well done to all of them. There was a friendly and cheerful atmosphere as Mayor, Michael Chartier, gave out the prizes. It was a good show, despite this year’s difficult weather. Lynn Jeeawok, said she wished more growers would take a chance and enter their produce, whatever it is. Dave Champion fully agreed and spoke of vegetables as good as some of his that that just weren’t entered. Mahesh said that the show was very supportive of Lewes allotment growers, who are sociable and helpful people, always willing to share ideas and plants.

LAST WEEK the prestigious award for all-round excellence at South Malling School got under way, Knight or Dame of the week. The first award of the year was to a Year 6 boy, making a good start to his final year at school. Congratulations to him and best wishes for continued excellent performance. More children than ever before from South Malling entered the Lewes Library Reading Challenge this summer and achieved the the goal of reading six books over the holidays. The school is delighted that so many have taken part and have been able to enjoy even rainy days through the gift of reading. Extra curricular activities also started last week and a greater variety than ever is being offered, including football, chess, choir and Zumba. A first ever girls football team has been particularly well attended. Staff are especially pleased that parents are running some of the clubs (eg Zumba), the Head says that the school’s community links and parent support gives children a much wider range of opportunities than would be available otherwise. Governors and Friends (PTA) meetings have now also started. Finally, children are really enjoying the recent warm weather. They have made full use of the playing field, with wonderful lunch times playing parachute games, skipping, using the new hula hoops and visiting the pond to identify wildlife there. Lets hope they can enjoy this a little longer.

CHURCH NEWS: Last Sunday’s service at South Malling Church was a bit of an experiment and more informal than usual. Music was played by a band, beginning with Great is thy Faithfulness, and moving on to more modern songs. Afterwards, a church member said that it was lovely, all the more because it was unexpected. It underlined for her the warmth and friendliness of the church fellowship. On Sunday the church marks St Michael’s Day, the church’s patron saint, with Holy Communion at 9.30am. Sunday September 30 is Back to Church Sunday for those who might think about returning to church after a period of dropping out.

COMMUNITY CENTRE are now updating their website on a regular basis. Check it out at

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.


WE WENT to Broadstairs for a week and had lovely sunny weather. Margate is in need of regeneration but the Turner Contemporary gallery was very good although for us, the exhibition of Tracy Emin work was not very inspiring. Ramsgate did not do much for the tourists either. Whitstable is a complete contrast where the whole town seem to buzz. We walked the White Cliffs of Dover to South Foreland Lighthouse which was fantastic. The tour takes to the top by very knowledgeable volunteer guides and is well worth a visit.

SPORTS: I appear to have got my Becks mixed up when I referred to my brother-in-law being pipped at the post in the cross country by Brian. It should have been John. On the Nevill sports I have been sent a picture taken in 1953 of a large group of children but at the moment have no idea who’s who.

CHRIST CHURCH: We had a busy day last Friday with over 30 children attending the first session of the Tots Group and 36 people enjoying the Friendship Lunch, which was held afterwards. On Sunday Rev John Gordon will be conducting worship and this will include a baptism. Following the service there will be an opportunity for people to have a chat over coffee before the church meeting at noon. This will be followed by a lunch. On Wednesday between 7.30pm and 9pm the ThinkTank will be meeting and they will be led by Charles Zammit and the evening is entitled Screening for Disease: A Breast Cancer Perspective. You are invited to join us at any of the events at Christ Church.

ST ANNE’S: The Reverend Phillipp Hamilton-Manon, Rector of St Anne’s, St Michael’s and St Thomas’, Lewes, is to retire on health grounds after 15 years ministry. His last services will be on Sunday September 30 at 8am (Holy Communion) 10am (Sung Eucharist) and 6.30pm

Harvest Choral Evensong. This Sunday the annual meeting of the Friends of St Anne’s at 3pm will be an opportunity to thank Father Phillipp for his stewardship of the building. Above all he has had a care for the people of Lewes way beyond parish boundaries. He will be greatly missed, but he needs a rest. Enquiries to 01273 474964. Do join us for the Friends meeting when Bob Cairns will give a talk entitled St Anne’s - A Postcard History. Tea will be served at 4pm followed by the AGM.

POLICE PANEL: The Neighbourhood Police Panel meeting will be held on Monday at 7pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road. If local residents have any concerns such as anti-social behaviour, traffic problems on the Nevill, etc please come along to meet our local PCSOs. They will welcome your input and observations.

NEVILL RESIDENTS meeting will follow at 8pm. Dan Ross, the Landport Bottom Ranger will attend the meeting to tell local residents about the management plans for the area and will answer any questions and concerns. Also included on the agenda will be a discussion about the ESCC proposal to make changes to street lighting, to dim some street-lights and turn off others between 12.30pm and 5.30am. Come along and air your views.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Kaleidoscope have a few places available for Yr 2 and 3 children in their popular weekly drama and dance classes at Wallands on Mondays 3.30pm to 5pm. They are also starting up a new dance group for boys aged 7 to 11 years, 5.30pm to 6.30pm at Priory School on Mondays. Please see their website or email Deirdre to find out more


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10 till 11am. On Friday September 28 the market will be hosting a Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. All donations will go towards Sussex Macmillan Cancer support appeal. Please support this event and enjoy a coffee. All the normal produce and craft stall will be there.

QUIZ: Today, Friday, evening at Newick Primary School, the annual Supper Quiz, will take place. Doors open 7pm quiz will commence at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each, this includes supper, please take along your own drinks. All funds raised are for the St Mary’s Church. Teams to comprise of six people. To obtain tickets please contact 01825 723750.

RUGBY: The club have two fixtures tomorrow, Saturday. The 1st XV are away to Eastbourne, and the 2nd XV are playing at home against Rye II. Sean Sprackling Chairman, reports that they face tough competition this season in both leagues, there goal must be to consolidate on last year’s success and stay up in the respective leagues. Everyone welcomed to watch the games and to join the players for a drink in the Sports Pavilion after the game. Good Luck for the 2012/13 season.

CHURCH SERVICES at St. Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion 8am and there will be an Informal Morning Worship Service at 10.30am. Lifts are available to church, must be booked in advance 01825 722582.

NEWICK GREEN WI will be meeting on Thursday at 7.45pm in the Community Centre. The speaker is Raymond Hale, will give an illustrated talk on the Last Chance to see Wild Life in Borneo. Raymond Hale is a naturalist and photographer who has visited Borneo many times looking for wildlife and has appeared on a number of television programmes. Visitors are welcome to this meeting and to stay for refreshments afterwards.

QUIZ NIGHT: There are still a few tickets left for the horticultural society quiz night in the village hall on Saturday September 28 at 8pm. Please telephone 01825 724295 for ticket. There will be no tickets available at the door. The price of the tickets is £7.50 this includes a ploughman’s supper. Why not join them for an inspirational evening.


FILM NIGHT: Piddinghoe Classic Film Night in the village hall tonight, Friday, The Artist. Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm, price £3. Refreshments available.


JUMBLE TIME: The new season is starting and Plumpton Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice will hold a Jumble Sale tomorrow (Saturday) with scrum down at 2pm. There will also be a tombola, cakes and refreshments quite apart from the hundreds or even thousands of bargains. If you have jumble to donate, please take it along to the hall during the morning. Entrance fee is 30p, but that’s a bargain in itself. There will be another sale next Saturday in aid of the fund to build a new sports pavilion.

ACTION PLAN REVISITED: On Monday the Village Action Plan will hold its AGM in the sports pavilion at 7.30pm. The events of the past four years will be reviewed and plans for the future will be laid, so this will be an interesting time. Much has been achieved, but there is more to do, even if on a smaller scale. Dr James Assin will give a presentation on the use of the defibrillator now installed in the village and members of the Steering Committee will be elected. This will be an important meeting to decide what lies ahead, so go along and help shape the future of our village life. The bar will be open.

POPPY APPEAL: Is anyone out there available to take over the Poppy Appeal house to house collection previously undertaken by the late Bob Taylor? The round covers the stretch from the Old Police House to Hattons Green and the collection needs to take place during the two weeks preceding November 11. If you can help, please contact Jo Taylor, the local appeal organiser, on 01273 890450 or Those who have served in the armed services have earned our gratitude and deserve our support.

NEW COUNCILLOR: At last week’s parish council meeting Chris Burgon was co-opted on to the council to fill the vacancy created by a resignation.

WILDFLOWER MEADOW: The meadow at the playing field, that was established as part of the Jubilee celebrations, has caused some problems for users of the sports facilities and there has been talk of removing or reducing it in size. This is naturally of concern, in particular to members of the Wildlife and Habitat Group who helped establish it, but the parish council has promised to instigate discussions to find a compromise solution.

THEY’RE OFF: Sunday will see the start of the new racing season at Plumpton. It will be a real family day with lots to see and do for all ages, quite apart from some exciting racing that should see some top runners taking part as there is some good prize money on offer for the winners. Gates open at noon and racing gets underway at 2.30pm but there will be plenty happening before that and many find it a great idea to have a picnic at the course as part of the afternoon out. Pre-race events will include the Children’s Trust Mascot Champion Hurdle race at 1.15pm. The gorgeous shire horses from Plumpton College will also be there. Just go along and lap up a great, local afternoon out. Accompanied children get in free.

WALKIES: The next Footpath Society walk will be on Saturday of next week (September 29) so I give you plenty of warning. Meet at 2 Strawlands, Plumpton Green (TQ365 169) at 2pm ready for a 4 ½ mile circular walk around Plumpton, culminating with tea at the starting point. If you need to know more simply ting 01273 890450.

PLUMPTON WI: During the last month members have enjoyed an evening walk and a trip to Eastbourne Congress Theatre to see 42nd Street. Our speaker this month was Kevin Gordon on The Tide Mills. These mills stood between Newhaven and Seaford and were originally used to grind corn for flour which was then carried away by boats. Later uses for the site included a radio station and a seaplane base. Made by women, these planes carried a navigator and pilot, the former placing his hands on the pilot’s head to show him which way to go!The monthly competition was won by Lorna Mercel and the raffle by a visitor. Our next meeting is our AGM on Wednesday, October 10. We meet at 7.30pm at Plumpton village hall and visitors are always welcome. (Marilyn Nye).


BARN DANCE and Hog Roast this evening, Friday, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Ringmer Primary Home School Association are organising this event at Gote Farm. Admission only £5 adults, £1 school aged children (who must be accompanied by an adult). If you haven’t got your tickets but would like to attend please phone Angela on 813860 or the school office on 812463.

COFFEE MORNING being held by DELTA in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. There will be a tombola, raffle and cake stall. Everyone welcome.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team return to league action with a home fixture against Selsey with kick off at The Cabun at 3pm. They are also at home the following Tuesday, when they play host to East Grinstead Town in the first round of the RUR Charity Cup with a 7.45pm kick off. The Reserve team have a fixture this evening, Friday, when they travel to Hassocks for a Reserve Section Premier match. Kick off time at The Beacon 7.45pm.

HARVEST LUNCH: The Baptist Church Harvest Lunch is being held in the village hall on Sunday, commencing at 12.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and join with the Baptists in a time of hospitality and fellowship. Please let Sharon Willetts know if you would like to attend on 813573 as it does help with the catering.

CONCERT: On Sunday at 3pm in St Mary’s the Zaffre Duo (Anne Hodgson on flute and Sally Course on harp) invite you to a tea time feast of music through the centuries. There are no tickets but there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Mary’s and Myeloma UK. Tea and cakes will be served in the church room after the concert. It is hoped that this event will have good support.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on September 12 was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday, in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall at 7.30pm.

SILVER SURFERS: Classes for Silver Surfers will recommence at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form on Saturday September 29 between 10am and noon. If you are over 50 years old and are interested in learning about using a computer, the college runs these informal sessions where a young person works alongside an older person to improve and develop their skills at their own pace. For further information or to book a place please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager on 01273 812220 ext 253 during school hours. There is no charge for the classes.

SHOWBIZ TIME: Brenda Perchard presents this evening of entertainment for St Peter and St James Hospice on Saturday September 29 in the village hall commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 include refreshments. There will also be a raffle. It is hoped that this event will be well supported as it will be Brenda’s last big concert. Tickets available from her on 812246, from John Payne at the Wednesday Coffee Break in the village hall and from Middletons in the shopping precinct.

CRAFT FAIR: Please note that the date of this event has been changed. It will now be held in the village hall on Saturday, October 6, from 9.30am to 3pm. Free entry. There will be over 30 tables raising money to buy a defibrillator for the village hall. All enquiries to Susan on 01273 813375.

CRICKET CLUB: The season is now over and the cricket club players are all off to hibernate for the winter. However, before doing so they would like to thank all their supporters who have watched and encouraged the teams throughout the summer and look forward to seeing them all again next year.

Rodmell & Southease

AUTUMN: What a splendid autumn we are having, and at last there appear to be lots of butterflies about. I stood and watched them on the buddleias at Lewes Garden Centre and there were lots of red admirals, peacocks and cabbage whites but I did not see any of the smaller types. There has been a lack of blackbirds and thrushes this year, two of my favourite species of birds.

JUMBLE SALE in aid of Rodmell Church Restoration tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm in the village hall. Entrance 20p. If you have jumble that you wish to donate, please bring it to the village hall in the morning between 9.30am and noon. We cannot accept any electrical goods or large items. If you would like your jumble to be collected, please contact Christine Isitt on 475943 or Brenda Dartnell on 470847. Any prizes for the raffle would be appreciated.

COFFEE CLUB starts again on Wednesday (in the garden at Drummon House unless the weather is bad, in which case it’s in the village hall). It is open to villagers and friends and runs from 11am to 12.30pm. Small donations will be asked for to go to Macmillan Nurses as that week is the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Let’s hope it is a nice day.

QUIZ: On Saturday September 29 there is the very popular quiz and fish and chip night, 7pm for 7.30pm start in the village hall with our excellent quiz master, Rev Geoff Daw, running the evening. Why not make up your own team of eight or come along and join one of the other teams? Tickets £10 from Lindy Smart (478151) or Jenny Brown (473939). This is also in aid of church funds.

HARVEST SUPPER: Friday October 5 the annual Harvest Supper, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Yet another very popular and well supported event in the village hall. Tickets £8 from Joan Polglass (475756), which will include an excellent cold buffet supper, apple pie, glass of wine and a speaker. I find it hard to believe that this year as gone so fast and it’s time for Harvest Festival again already.

TRAFFIC: Those of us that live on or near the junction of The Street and Mill Lane with the C7, call it tooters corner at weekends as people trying to get onto the C7 from the lower end of Rodmell and those waiting to turn up Mill Lane from the C7 constantly get tooted by motorists driving too fast. We also hear a lot of sirens going off at the weekend from police cars and ambulances in the area. More accidents I suspect.

STADIUM: The new football stadium at Falmer has acquired the title, blot on the landscape, from walkers doing the South Downs Way, and I am constantly being asked how it, and the incinerator, got permission to be built in such prominent positions in areas of outstanding views and beauty and especially because of having gained National Park status in this area. Many who have stood and gazed a the wonderful views form Ditchling Beacon despair at this blot on the landscape and ask could it not have been built somewhere else? A question now asked by many. However it’s here now, and gives pleasure to many who most probably have not even seen it from Ditchling Beacon or are even aware at the devastation of what once was a beautiful and tranquil village when I was a child. Such is progress.

COMPUTERS: I am becoming increasingly aware of the number of people (not all OAPs) who are very worried at how many things are becoming computerised. With a very large percentage of the population over 60 years old I do wonder f the government is tucking its head in the sand and pretending this is not the big problem that it is. Let’s face the facts some older people don’t have the finances for computers; can’t come to grips with new technology; have sight problems; are techno-phobic; just do not want to comply to modernisation. With people living to 100 it could be 40 years of bewilderment relying on friends and family to help them out. An older friend of mine, who had to renew his car insurance recently, and does use a computer found that by going on-line he could get it at half the price with the same company who gave him an over the phone quote. ELECTRICITY: I’ve recently been having problems with my electricity supplier and they seem to make a problem more and more complicated. Thankfully my cousin was able to sort it out and he got me a large rebate. Am I the only one with problems like this? I think not. Already a friend of mine has asked for his help. I know from experience that many people get depressed and suicidal about these issues. What is to be done?

CUBS AND SCOUTS: The Rescheduled tea and cakes fund raising will be on Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm in the garden of Stile Cottage (opposite Monks House).