Parish Pump Lewes - 26 October, 2012


VILLAGE HALL: Another Musical Evening organised by Mel Hutchinson with singers and live band on Saturday, November 10. Details to follow.

FOOTBALL: Mid Sussex Division Ten: Sporting Devils 3, Barcombe Seconds 3, (K Black, M Lloyd and D Sutton).

SNOOKER: Home to Seaford Con A: Lost all five to some very good players. Phil Norris 35 Ben Steer 65, Jack Shaufler 6 Richard Barrett 62, Simon Fox 2 Lou Marshall 47, Harry Stewart lost ? to Darren Short ?, James Stewart 28 Gary Cooper 57.


MARTIAL ARTS are at Chailey Youth Group this evening, Friday, from 7pm to 9pm at the village hall. A professional in the field of martial arts will show members how to kick box and see how much fun exercise can be. All aged 10 to 16 years who live in or around Chailey are most welcome to attend but please wear sensible clothes and shoes and have hair tied back.

BADGE NIGHT: The bonfire society Badge Night is tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 6pm at the Horns Lodge. For £2 you can purchase a Chailey Bonfire Society 2012 Members Badge which gives you the chance to march with the society on their Bonfire Night (November 10) and with other bonfire societies around Sussex. This is an exciting opportunity to meet members and learn more about the traditions of the society.

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. Free Church services on Sunday are with Paul Daniels at 10.30am and Fiona Furhman at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits after the service.

MEET PCSO Steven Knowles at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday at 10am. It will be a chance to discuss any concerns and/or chat to him about his role in the community.

PISTON HEADS Breakfast Meet is at the Five Bells on Sunday from 10am to midday and anything with an engine is most welcome. There will be hot dogs and bacon rolls on sale. For more information call Robin on 0182572 2259.

FUNGUS FORAY with Rosalie Sinclair-Smith is at Lane End Common on Wednesday starting at 2pm. Children especially welcome (with a parent) to help find and identify (for about two hours) the many species of fungi on the commons. For details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

PETE’S PUPPETS: To those of you who might like to have a go at using puppets there are still places on the training day, Saturday November 10, in St Peter’s Church from 9.30am to 4pm. It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn and experience handling puppets and performing short scripts. The training will be given by professionals from One Way UK, a Christian company, who will provide equipment and resources on the day. It is suitable for adults and children from 8 years upwards and the cost is £13.50 in advance or £17.50 on the day. Refreshments will be available but you will need a packed lunch. To book call Teresa on 01825 722586.

LADIES’ LUNCH is at the Free Church on Saturday November 17 at 12.20pm for 12.30pm. This is a chance to welcome Lesley Dann with her puppets and hands on experience with the puppets will be possible. To book a lunch call 07884 303725 or text 07792 889078.

CHRISTMAS CARDS and Christmas puddings are available from St Peter and St James Hospice and all the profits from their sale go directly to the hospice. The cards are specially produced for the Hospice by Medici. The services at the hospice are provided free of charge to patients and their loved ones and less than 18 percent of the hospice funding is from government sources which means over £5,300 has to be raised every day. You can help achieve this by purchasing the hospice Christmas cards and puddings and an order form is at

RUN: British 10k London Run 2013. There are six places available for anyone wishing to take part in this prestigious event on July 14 and raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation. To book a place or learn more please contact or call 0182572 4444

cooksbridge, offham & hamsey

COFFEEE MORNING: The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning held in St Peter’s Church Hall last month, which was organised by Roland and Brenda Gough, raised £200 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: The following report from the Revd Derek Bastide, St Peter’s Church: In most Novembers there are two remembrances, one when we toll the church bell at 11am on November 11 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the date on which World War 1 actually finished), and the other on the closest Sunday to November 11. This year the two come together as November 11 falls on a Sunday. The service at St Peter’s will as usual include the laying of two wreaths, one on behalf of Hamsey Parish Council who attend in force and one for the parochial church council. There is also the Reveille and the Last Post and the two minute silence at the War Memorial on the west wall of St Peter’s Church. As always the service will have the twin themes of both thankfulness for the sacrifices made in the World Wars and all other conflicts, including the present ones, and also a commitment to work together for peace. Once dismissed by some as relics of the past, remembrance services are assuming increased importance as we watch the spread of yet more wars over the face of the planet and have almost daily news of further casualties in Afghanistan. Service starts at 10.30am.

ADVANCE NOTICE: St Peter’s Christmas Fair, Saturday December 8. This year the Christmas Fair will be held in Lewes at St Thomas’ Hall in Cliffe High Street. The stalls will include: Christmas Stall, Judith Bastide 01273 474356; cakes, Angela Spinks 01273 890805; kitchen and bric-a-brac, Chris Glover 01273 400981; books, Pamela Conlon 01273 890336; tombola, Dave Glover 01273 400981; preserves, Phyl Burchett 01273 400718; raffle, Lucinda Rendall 01273 478292; lunches and teas, Diane Costall 01273 400742. Also children’s lucky dip and games. Contributions are needed for all the stalls and the stall holders will need help on the day so any offers can be made direct to them or to Chris Glover on the above number. As the main purpose of the fair is to raise funds for the church, it was felt that it would be advantageous to hold it in Lewes where there will be a far greater potential for passing trade. In order to assist parishioners with no transport, lifts will be available. Chris Glover, the fair organiser, says: Please do start collecting things together now as December will soon be here.

TOO DARK: October 21 and 22 after midnight, when the moon has set, the Orionid meteor shower was expected to put on a good display. The showers of dust particles produced by Halley’s Comet in 1986, smashing into the atmosphere at tens and thousands of miles per hour. More than 20 should be seen every minute. Here under the Downs we do get some spectacular starry nights and moons and on Sunday night I decided to burn the midnight oil and look out after midnight, but alas it was so pitch black not a glimmer of anything could be seen. Ever since gaining a star gazers badge when I was in the Girl Guides I have been fascinated by the night sky.

COUNTRYFILE: I hope that those who live in our beautiful county managed to watch Countryfile on Sunday as not only did it show the lovely coastline with the lighthouse at Beachy Head, but also Monks House at Rodmell and its surroundings.

HEDGEHOGS: I have not seen a hedgehog around the farm for ages, but as I was out feeding the birds recently I spotted a movement under the shrubs and decided to take a closer look. To my amazement there was a Mrs Tiggy-Winkle curled up in a ball under the Mexican orange bush. This is the time of year when one needs to be careful before lighting bonfires as these charming little creatures often hibernate in piles of old leaves and wood piles.

FIREWORKS seem to get louder every year and Saturday night was no exception at the climax to the Nevill Bonfire celebrations. It sounded like a war had begun with huge explosions echoing here below the Downs. I would think that anyone living very near would have needed ear plugs.

YOUNG CARERS: There will be a Table Top Sale in the village hall, Beechwood Lane tomorrow, Saturday from noon to 4pm. This is being held in aid of Young Carers. The sale is organised by Keevey McBrown from Cooksbridge.

POPPIES: The poppy sellers will be starting their box rounds in the parish from October 28. All of the sellers will have their identification cards on them and are the only authorised sellers that you should buy from. Do not open the door to strangers. A reminder of who will be in your area: Lucinda Rendall Offham; Caroline Featherstone St John Without, Allington Lane, Beechwood Lane and Wickham Lane; Sally Ann Smithson, part Cooksbridge and Deadmantree Hill; Mr and Mrs Whitley Hamsey. There will also be a box at Offham Filling Station, the Blacksmiths Arms, The Rainbow and The Chalk Pit Inn. Phyl Burchett is the local organiser.


FALMER LADIES had a great October meeting; Melissa Mercer showed some really fantastic photographs of two holidays she had in Botswana and in Brazil. With every image there was a story to thrill us and/or to make us laugh. One picture showed Melissa falling off her horse, which had been startled, and she explained to fall off in the bush and to lose your horse was very dangerous, luckily she had a firm hold on the bridle. Another beautiful shot, she showed,of a large bull elephant looking as if it was about to charge (this time they were in a vehicle) ears flapping, one foot raised to go full pelt at them, when the guide calmed the incident by whirring a football rattle in the air and it swiftly backed off. From Brazil we were shown beautiful coloured birds, snakes and many small creatures, both holidays were full of amazing stories and the evening was enjoyed by all the members.

FUNGI: It is the season for fungi and spiders. Walking on the top of the downs near to Devil’s Dyke, we were so surprised to a field full of parasol mushrooms, I have never seen so many in one place. We took some home and made mushroom soup. In the woods in Falmer, fungi are everywhere on the rotting wood, they seem to grow before your very eyes, they are quite a sight. We will not be trying to eat them, last year we read they were edible and I tried cutting them into slices and cooking them in butter, but we found them just too rubbery.

SPIDERS: Have you noticed all the spiders? In the house we counted 22 money spiders climbing up the wall, I left them hoping they will bring luck, now I have no idea where they have gone.

WE ALERTED our farmer friend about a light coming on in his barn late at night; he apparently knew about it and said it was his horse, Lady, who rubs on the switch and turns it on. As he cheekily said, ‘it had to be a lady’.


BONFIRE NIGHT tomorrow, Saturday, is our annual bonfire society event starting at 1pm on the Ram Beach where the best guy is picked. So come along children hope you’ve got your guys organised so that yours could top the bonfire. Then we have the children’s Valencian and Bonfire Costumes and Fancy Dress in the cricket pavilion at 5.30pm (ish). To enter any of the categories you must be a member of the society. Memberships available if you ring Sally on 01273858321 for more information. Torchlit procession through the village starts at 6.30pm and goes up to the memorial for a prayer to remember those who have fallen in the war. Then we have a parade through the village and back to the Ram where Guy Fawkes is blown up. Then we move onto the bonfire site where Lord Gage will light the fire and the fireworks display begins. To take part in the procession children must be accompanied by an adult. The cricket club is again doing the burgers and sausages etc just beside the bonfire site raising funds for the cricket club. There will be a collection on the day raising funds for the local community so do give generously. Please note there is a road closure in operation between 5.30pm to 11pm, where no vehicles are allowed into the village except the emergency services. Parking is available in Firle park at £10 a car. If you are a member of the society and are wearing your badge entry is free.

OVER 50S TALK: Peddling the Shetland Isles. On Monday at 2pm in the cricket pavilion Mary and Jane will be telling us about the cycling adventures in the Shetland Isles on their bicycles. They will be talking about the flora, fauna, history, people and the archaeology of the beautiful and remote islands followed by tea and cakes. New members always welcome so come along and join us. Also being discussed a Christmas shopping trip for December.

CYCLISTS and non cyclists united on Saturday October 20 to cycle from Firle to Lewes. Mary reported that 35 people joined the cycle ride from Firle to Lewes to celebrate the opening of the new Firle-Beddingham cycle link, ages ranged from 8 to 80 years and people came from Lewes, Brighton, Swanborough, Laughton, Rodmell to join Firle residents in celebration. Ouse Valley Cycle Network, CTC, Seahaven Cycle Group and Cycle Lewes were all represented. The ride ended at Linklater Community Centre in Lewes for coffee and cake, after which people cycled back to Firle on the same path. Anne Barnes, Firle resident who joined the ride, said: ‘We’ve all been quietly inspecting the new cycle path when we bowl past on bus or car, and all had misgivings. The slope up from the Caburn Tearooms looks very long and mighty. In practice, its not. I was amazed at how easy it was to cycle into Lewes and the whole ride with photo stops and breathers took only 40 minutes.’


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Cliffe Church Hall (beside church). Cakes preserves, tombola, tea, coffee, bonfire membership. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: At our group meeting last Wednesday, Ian Rumley-Dawson gave a very interesting talk on The Wildlife of Mull. About 50 members enjoyed the evening. We have three lectures every year, the next one being A Wildlife Walk along the Ouse Valley by Michael Blencowe on February19. Our next walk will be on Tuesday at Barcombe. We will be meeting at Lewes Bus Station in time to catch the 9.40am Bus 125 to Barcombe.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Last Friday, the children thoroughly enjoyed a Disco put on by the Friends (PTA). Their wonderful resident DJ, Gavin Redshaw, once more spun his discs while children and their parents had a great time dancing and socialising. On Monday, the school said a sad farewell to Mrs Burgan, who has taught there for 33 years and now retires. After a special assembly with the children, staff had a lovely tea party to say their own farewell. This was also attended by staff from the past and by members of Gill’s family. She was presented with flowers and a voucher for Silverado’s Jewellery. The whole school wishes her well in her retirement and thanks her for all she has done for the children of South Malling. On Tuesday, children looked very smart for their individual photos. This year they have a new photographer, and they are hoping that photographs will be even better than before. The week just ending marks the end of a very long but positive first term, which iis celebrated at today’s Stars of the Term assembly. Children from each class are awarded certificates for their achievements and improvement in learning during this term. We wish them all, children and staff, a very happy and safe holiday. Finally, remember that the school is closed for half ferm in the coming week, from today, Friday. Like most other Lewes schools it will reopen on Tuesday November 6. Any children involved in Bonfire will be able to have a late start on November 6, but could parents please remember to let the school office know if their child requires school lunch on that day.

FOOTBALL: Junior Bridge View Football Club have successfully launched their new venture in looking after their spectators. Last weekend there was a lovely smell of bacon and coffee blown across Malling Fields as parent, Tony Roberts, started his refreshment stand for the spectators to enjoy whilst watching the game. They hope now that Tony will be present at all the U16’s home fixtures this season. Congratulations to them and best wishes to the team.

PARISH CHURCH: at last Sunday’s service of Morning Prayer, the congregation were told about the great success of the previous Sunday’s Hymn singing feast at St Anne’s Church, where a packed audience enjoyed the good old hymns written by Sankey and Moody and played by the combined musicians of the Salvation Army and Sussex Harmony. Giving continues to rise, for the planned transformation of the Tower Room into a more attractive place the Sunday Children’s Club. The Churchwardens are now talking to the architect and preparing to take recommendations to the parochial church council in November. This Sunday, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Village Hall, Ditchling 10.35am to 10.55am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.15am to 11.45am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.45pm; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.50pm to 1.20pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2.25pm to 2.50pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 3pm to 3.30pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.50pm to 4.20pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.15am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.45am to 11.15am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.45am to 12.05pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 12.15pm to 12.40pm; South Rough, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Oldaker, Newick 2.25pm to 2.55pm.


GARDENS: I met a former Nevill resident this week. She told me she often walks on the Downs with a friend and they decided to walk through the estate on the way up to the downs. She thought the front gardens did not look as good when as they did when she was growing up on the estate. In her opinion she thought the men of those times took pride in their front gardens. To some extent I had to agree. I think she was talking fifties to sixties, now a lot of front gardens have been turned into driveways, which wasn’t necessary back then. I must point out in support of our residents, there are some fantastic back gardens as shown on Nevill open garden day. Maybe she should pay a visit. We went to Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming this week. It was quite stunning but we might have been a touch early as not all the trees had taken on there autumn colour. We were informed it is very difficult to get the timing exactly right.

WALLANDS: After computer malfunction we seem to be back on track with the school report. Our Year 4’s have been on a trip to Herstmonceux Observatory and Science Centre as part of their learning journey. Year 6 had a trip to Glyndebourne to see the opera Rusalka by Dvořák, where they were complimented on their impeccable behaviour by the usher. The chair of governors has also asked me to remind you not to use the car park or turning circle when dropping off your children in the morning. They are concerned that dark mornings, small children and too many cars will lead to an accident. The Language Unit children use taxis to come to school, but aside from that and staff cars no other vehicles should be coming into school at the start or end of the day. The first meeting of the Grounds Development Action Group, renamed Wallands Ground Force, was on Monday evening. Small improvements are planned for the next few winter months so look out for the changes. Thank you to all who sponsored this event. The money we raised totals £1,131, well done to everyone. Wallands football team were excited to get started. Six other schools were keen to take the league cup back to their own school. Wallands played their matches with enthusiasm. This was the first time the team had played together and they did their best. They played with respect, giving three cheers, handshakes for their opponents and thanking the referee who had volunteered his time. They were unlucky not to convert their shots on goal to a score, and although they lost both of their matches, they are looking forward to playing again next time. Well done to the boys. Wallands entered two teams into the Southover/Western Road Hi 5 Netball Festival. Eight teams entered in total with each team having three games in their pool. Wallands A won all three without conceding any goals, Wallands B won two of their games resulting in Wallands A meeting Wallands B in the semi-final. Mr Perry reported this was Wallands A team’s toughest match which they won 4-2. They then played St Pancras in the final, winning 8-1, thus retaining the trophy for another year. Well done to all 13 children for excellent sportsmanship and behaviour on and off the court.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday will be led by Rev John Gordon at 10.30am and will be an All Age Worship Service. The theme for the service is All Saints, None forgotten, Heaven and Earth Connected. John has asked that anyone attending should bring a family photo either old or new and we will be exploring where are families come from. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to come on Sunday morning. Next Friday, November 2, we have our half term Messy Church event from 10.30am to 1pm. The theme will be Who is God? and there will be craft activities and a short act of worship based on this. At the end of the morning there will be a lunch to which everyone is invited. There is no charge for Messy Church but all children must be accompanied by an adult.

PARISH PUMP: I keep mentioning Parish Pump feed back but so far haven’t received any. Anyone have any memories of the Nevill bonfire and the mud slide in Highdown Road?


COUNTRY MARKET today, Friday from 10am to 11am in the village hall. Good selection of vegetables, flowers and preserves, plus hand made cards and knitted items.

RUGBY: The club have two fixtures this weekend. The first XV are playing at home against Holbrook and the second XV will travel to Eastbourne to play Eastbourne III.

SUNDAY SERVICES: St Mary’s services on Sunday are Holy Communion 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. On Sunday there will be an evening service at 6.30pm. Lifts available, must be booked in advance, please telephone 01825 722582.

NEWICK BONFIRE will take place on Saturday November 3. Programmes available in shops and pubs giving you all the details.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet on Tuesday at 7.15pm in the Sports Pavilion.


CHURCH ANNEXE: For the time being all enquiries relating to the hire of All Saints’ church annexe should be directed to the Rectory on 01273 890570.

RUMMAGERS’ DELIGHT: There will be another jumble sale tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall with bully off at 2pm. This time it is being organised by the flower club and there will, of course, be refreshments, cakes and tombola. Donations of jumble should be taken to the hall during the morning of the sale.

PRESSING TIME: The Village Action Plan apple press will be at work again on Sunday on the village green between noon and 4pm. Take your apples along and have them turned into delicious juice. Take along your own containers and remember that 1kg of apples will produce about half a litre of juice. It is alright to mix varieties and cooking and dessert apples.

PLEASANT WALK: Do not forget that if you fancy a stroll in pleasant company, the Footpath Society will be meeting at Ardingly village car park tomorrow (Saturday) at 10.30am and will set off on a four and a half mile trek with the opportunity for lunch at Royal Oak at the conclusion.

COLLEGE OPEN: Plumpton College will stage an open day on Saturday next week (November 3) between 9am and 12.30pm. A chance to see what courses are on offer and view the facilities offered by this local, centre of excellence. If it is land-related then you can bet your bottom dollar that the college caters for it.

PARISH COUNCIL: East Chiltington Parish Council will meet in Beechwood Hall, Cooksbridge on Thursday at 7.30pm. Public questions are taken at the start but the entire meeting is open to the public.

FARCICAL ELECTION : Last week polling cards were popped through my door for the election of a Police Commissioner. So far I have learned such a person will be able to hire and fire the Chief Constable, but I am unsure whether that same person will be able to order my execution. A couple of public meetings have been organised, but I am not driving at present and to even contemplate the use public transport to attend would be equally farcical. I have yet to hear of one other person who proposes to attend such a meeting, so the chance of being able to cadge a lift is also out of the question. I haven’t a clue who is standing for this exalted position just a few weeks before the event and I am not prepared to trawl the internet spending hours trying to make sense of information that may be posted. These comments are not party political, I assure you, but I can only assume that whoever gets the big salary on offer and all the apparent power that goes with it will do so by default, as I am willing to bet that very few people will turn up at the polling stations. A disaster in the making. Democracy gone mad, as with the cases of CRB checks, Health and Safety regulations and all the other twaddle that stifles our lives these days. No, this is not Victor Meldrew writing but I am sure he would agree.

THEATRE TIME: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will be in town again on Friday, November 16. This time the production will be The Dressing Book and it will take place in the village hall at 7.30pm. Tickets booked in advance cost £10 for adults, seniors £9 and fulltime students £7 and are obtainable from or 01273 890508 or There will be a licensed bar.

PLUMPTON RFC LATEST: The team travelled to Horley last Saturday and came away with a fairly convincing win by 39-5. Two tries each from joint men-of-the-match Steve Blake and Alex Aston, complemented with a try each from Rob Blake and S Tropper, with three conversions and a penalty by Lewis Beale. Plumpton were missing some key players, but were still too strong for a Horley side who were clearly up for the game, putting in a long warm up before Plumpton arrived. Horley also started the quickest with a try out wide within five minutes of the start. That however proved to be the best part of Horley’s day, as two tries within 10 minutes by Alex Aston and Steve Blake, Steve Blake smashing over the line with a direct run from a tap penalty through the entire Horley pack. A conversion and penalty by Lewis Beale made it 15-3 at half time. Plumpton rang the changes at half time with new recruits from their Bring-a-mate-match the week before; Joe Clark, Jacob Chiles and Liam Dunkley joining the back line and immediately adding significant pace to the game. Joe Clark in particular made significant yards, Jacob Chiles took a number of high balls with ease, whilst Liam Dunkley showed some sublime footballing skills out wide. With fly-half James Burgess also adding good variety to Plumpton’s game, Plumpton now took full advantage of their significant power advantage in the forwards, but also used their new speedy back line, as well as offloading to their wrecking ball centre Oli DeRuyter. The second half rarely saw Plumpton in their own half and they were never troubled. Four tries, all from forwards, three of them from powerful forward drives, with the final try simply gifted from a tiring opposition left Plumpton with an easy win. The pick of the tries from colossus lock Alex Aston, who’s rampaging second half run over two Horley backs before his mighty frame was felled inches from the line, allowed bullocking hooker Rob Blake to smash over the line, converted by Lewis Beale. This weekend Plumpton host Crowborough, ko 3pm.


FOOTBALL: This evening, Friday, the Veterans hope to play their postponed game from last Saturday against AFC Brighton and Hove under the lights with a 7.30pm kick off. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home in an SCFL Div 1 fixture against Shoreham with a 3pm kick off. The second team travel to Pagham for their Reserve Section Premier fixture also tomorrow, Saturday. On Wednesday, the first team travel to Dorking Wanderers for another league fixture, kick off is 7.45pm. Everyone’s pitches are a bit soggy at the moment so all fixtures are subject to the weather and ground conditions so check to make sure games are on before travelling.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: At its meeting this evening, Friday, the speaker will be Jeremy Hodgkinson whose talk is entitled The Iron Industry in the Post-medieval Weald. Jeremy, for many years chair of the Wealden Iron Research Group, is also the author of The Wealden Iron Industry published in 2008. Advance notice that on Friday, November 16, John Saunders, one of the History Study Group’s founder members will be talking on 100 Years of Ringmer Scouting. John has himself played a prominent role over many years in the Ringmer Scout Group so this should be a most interesting and informative talk.

FREEGLE Give and Take Morning in the Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. Please do try to attend and bring something you don’t want and see what you can take away for free. Coffee and cakes will be available whilst you are chatting.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on October 17 was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Pam Brook and John Weston; 3, Marguerita and Dick Clark. The next meeting of the Club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall.

COLLECTORS REQUIRED: Mrs Jackson, the Ringmer Poppy Appeal Organiser, is in urgent need of more house-to-house collectors for this year’s appeal which commences this weekend. Anyone able to help please telephone 01273 812697.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: Please note that tickets for the production of The Darling Buds of May by H E Bates being performed in the village hall from Wednesday to Saturday, November 21 to 24, at 7.45pm each evening will be on sale at Middletons as from tomorrow, Saturday, as well as from the other sources mentioned in last week’s Pump. The hotline for tickets is 07753 317373 and if Denis is not available he will try and return all missed calls.

CARDS: St Peter and St James Christmas Cards will be on sale at the Wednesday Coffee Break in the Rogers Room of the village hall from Wednesday.

U3A: The new year’s activities are now in full swing. Many groups are full but Art Appreciation, Tourist German and Play Reading can still take new members. Groups could start in the new year for beginners and experienced Bridge players if there was sufficient interest. Conversely there is great interest in Beginners French and Calligraphy if tutors were available. Please contact Bob Cairns on 01273 812784 if you wish to join any of these groups or can help with tutoring or could start another group which interests you.

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BRIDGE: The bridge club resumed their regular Wednesday night meetings on October 3, 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the village hall. All welcome to come along to this relaxed and friendly evening. £1 per session.

AGM: On Tuesday October 16, Rodmell and Southease WI AGM for members was held. We had the usual delicious assortment of goodies to eat. Most important.

DANCING: Scottish Country Dancing has started again on Fridays in the village hall, 7.30pm. New members welcome, £1 per session. Phone Michael Isitt 01273 475943 for information.

OUR PUB is becoming very popular and I hear it was packed for the quiz on Sunday night. Tonight, Friday, it’s music night with Chris Dartnell and his band.

VISIT: Last Saturday I went with Peacehaven Horticultural Society to Clarmont and Fittleworth Gardens. It was a great day out and both gardens were worth spending time at. Claremont has 300 years of history and was once a Duke’s retreat and a playground for Princesses. I was surprised to see at Claremont a Rhododendron out in flower as it is so mild at the moment.

PREMIER: A friend was at the premier of the new James Bond film this week and I’m looking forward to hearing how she enjoyed herself. I can’t actually say I am a James Bond fan but I know many are.