Parish pump Lewes - April 10, 2015


BOWLING: It is that time again. The green is being prepared and the pavilion will be open for the first roll up (practice session) of the season. So get your flat shoes on and come along to the bowls pavilion on Sunday afternoon April 19 from 2.30pm onwards and try your hand at bowling in a relaxed and informal way. New members very welcome from Barcombe and the surrounding villages. Further practice sessions are on Monday evenings from 6.30pm. Tel 01273 400806 or 400548.

CONTRABAND come to Barcombe Village hall. We are so please that this group will be playing their foot stomping folk repertoire at the hall on Saturday April 18 from 7.30pm. Tickets £8.50 available from Barcombe Stores or online at Do come along for a fun evening with real ale, dancing and a food bar.

NEW SUSSEX OPERA will be performing The Indian Queen by Purcell (his last opera) at the hall on bank holiday Monday May 4 at 7.30pm. Tickets £16 from Barcombe Stores or online at Tel 0333 666 3366.


ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. The Annual Parochial Church meeting takes place at 11.15am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH services are at 10.30am with Peter Morgan, which includes communion, and at 6.30pm with Robin Jones. Refreshments will be available after the services.

THE CRICKET CLUB NETS are at Plumpton College on Sunday from 6pm to 7pm. If you are looking to play some cricket, either friendly or competitive, you will be made most welcome. The club is always looking to welcome new members into the teams; please call Peter Dembrey on 07709946880 for more details.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday from 8pm. If you have an interest in Triumph TR sports cars do go along to this meeting. To find out more about the Group visit

ANNUAL QUIZ is at the village hall on Friday, April 17, at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. The quiz is being organised by the Newick and Chailey St Peter and St James Hospice Support Group. Entry is £15 a person which includes a welcome glass of sparkling wine, a sausage and mash supper and brownie desert. Reserve your table (teams of six) by contacting Emma on 01273 400292.

DIESEL WEEKEND from Friday April 17 to Sunday April 19 the Bluebell Railway will be visited by two Deltic diesel locomotives who will haul trains between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead. To learn more about the diesel locomotives visit

SEARCH FOR WARBLERS will take place on Saturday April 18 starting at 9.30am at Romany Ridge Common car park (TQ377207). All are welcome to join the Commons Society Bird Man and look for the new migrant arrivals and other birds on Romany Ridge Common. For more details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

ST GEORGE’S Coffee Morning, hosted by Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section, is at the Free Church, South Chailey, on Saturday April 18 between 10am and midday. There will the usual refreshments plus homemade cakes and preserves, a tombola, fancy goods, books and cards. Do call in and give your support to this great cause. To learn more call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

AFTERNOON TEAS will be available at St Peter’s Church on Sunday April 19 from 3pm to 5pm. All are welcome to attend and enjoy tea on this Sunday and the third Sunday of each month throughout the summer.

FREE getting ready for work course at the Chailey Children’s Centre on Thursdays April 23 and 30, two hours each day, and a crèche will be available. The course aims to provide lots of tips for CVs and interviews; just call 01273 336940 to book a place.

FETE: Chailey Bonfire Society Fete is on Saturday April 25 between noon and 4.30pm and the society are organising a tombola. If you have any gifts that are surplus to requirements which could be used as prizes they would be pleased to receive them. Contact Diane at or on 07773935403 2 to make arrangements for delivery or collection.

HOG ROAST AND LIVE MUSIC from The Fireworks, along with a bar, will be opposite Markstakes Corner, at the Water Works, South Chailey, from 6.30pm until late on Saturday April 25. Tickets at £5 (entry only) are available from The Horns Lodge or via

GRANTS TO YOUNG PEOPLE Thomas Thompsett enabled a Trust to be set up in 1926 for grants to boys and girls in the parish of Chailey to promote their education, including social and physical training. In the past the Trust has sponsored school trips, grants to individuals for Brownie, Guide or Scout events and equipment for disabled children. Only a small amount is available annually for distribution but if you would like to be considered for a grant please write, by Thursday April 30, to The Trustees, Thompsett Charity c/o Ann Jones, 20 Newick Drive, Newick, BN8 4PA or email For more information call Ann on 07510 511300.

STOCK GRAZING I mentioned last week that Hebridean sheep were arriving on the combined commons (Romany, Pound and Memorial) but I wasn’t aware at the time of the number. There are 80 and from my experience they are oblivious to traffic and have a tendency to wander to and fro across North Common Road (the road which goes to Wivelsfield). Please drive carefully; caution is needed on this road at all times.

HORTICULTURAL SPRING SHOW was the best spring show for many years and thanks go to the chairman, Peter Estcourt, and his committee for organising it. Entries were up by more than 25 percent and the standard was very high. Despite the cold spring, the daffodil and narcissi classes were well represented. There were a good number of new exhibitors and pleasingly lots of entries in the cookery, handicrafts and children’s sections. The display of orchids and the flower arranging sections were most delightful. The show was well supported by visitors throughout the afternoon who enjoyed the Society’s delicious refreshments. More than sixty visitors watched the presentation of the awards; The Parsons Cup (daffodils and narcissi) was awarded to Linda Blaker, the Spring Cup (best daffodil and narcissi) to Jackie Pateman, the Bo Peep Cup (handicraft and cookery) to Janet Coughley; Tina Mitchell; Jane Stent and Rebecca Thomas. The Society Cup (floral Exhibits) to Jean Piper, the Angelica Cup (7yrs and under) to Ella Staplehurst and Rosemary Cup (8 to 11yrs) to Louis Barnes.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

FLEUR DE PARIS: The Rector reports that the concert held in the church hall on March 27 was wonderful and a great success. The hall was packed. What a lovely welcome for the professional musicians Lo Polidoro and Nigel Broderick who live in Offham village.

OART: Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust will be holding their AGM on Wednesday April 22, in Plumpton Green Village Hall at 7pm. The agenda includes a report from OART’s chairman Hew Prendergast, finance report from Tony Peel Cross, project officer’s report from Pete King, election of Trustees and a talk by Prof Elizabeth Hall, Professor of Environmental Toxicology, University of Sussex. Subject, Sewage, Fish and Sexual Chemistry. I always enjoy receiving the OART newsletter which is full of interesting reports and information about their work. A recent letter from the chairman points out how OART’s work commitment has increased as in the past year it has taken on the full role of Host of the Adur and Ouse Catchment, one it had previously shared with the EA Environment Agency. Part of that responsibility is chairing the Catchment Partnership whose members include academic, charitable and various governmental bodies. The chairman goes on to say that it is one example of how OART, a small organisation, pulls above its weight. Their strength lies in the fact that they are local and highly committed to improving the state of our rivers and their innumerable tributaries. They have lots of eyes and ears to detect and react to problems and to do this well OART’s trustees, wider committee members and their project officer have to be in constant email communication. They would like to extend their workload even more such as teaching to local schools. The letter from the chairman gives an insight as to the range of work that they undertake which is remarkable for such a small organisation which I myself feel should be given a lot more recognition. I look forward to the next newsletter.

CHURCH ROOF: Let’s hope that our much loved Hamsey Church will benefit from last week’s news that some £40 million has been set aside in the budget for church roof repairs.

THEATRE TRIP: Although not until June 25, Judith is already organising the annual church trip to Chichester Festival Theatre to see a matinee production of the Gershwin musical Damsel in Distress. The tickets are going very quickly so if you would lie to go give her a call as soon as possible on 01273 474356. She says that it is always great fun and a lovely day out. More details nearer the time.

EARLY ARRIVAL: When I went out to feed the birds recently it was very lucky that I did not tread on a newt as it made its way across the patio. I would think it had just come out of hibernation. It made me think of the day that I had a visitor who was looking into the pond while I made the tea. I was told that I had some strange things in the pond as they had spotted fish with legs. I had no idea what they were on about until after they had gone and I realised that they had seen some newts which are the great crested ones that have been here for years.

ANGRY VOICES: I have had a lot of calls from people who are not very pleased with the works going on in Beechwood lane as the diversion for through traffic is Allington Lane which is in a very bad state of repair and subsiding in some places and pot holes which will do damage to those cars with low suspensions. I was asked if I could find out from ESCC if a survey had been carried out in Allington Lane before it was to be used as a diversion route. The answer was no, but I have since been told that a survey will be carried out this year. Bit late to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted.

FLY-GRAZING: After years of lobbying, a bill has been passed to tackle illegal fly-grazing, the practice of dumping unwanted horses. The updated law means that landowners will only be obliged to keep horses left on their land for four working days rather than the current fortnight. It will also give them more options to deal with the animals beyond public sale, such as giving them to a charity, selling them or having them put down. This amendment to the Animals Act 1971 now brings England in line with Wales, which introduced a similar bill last year. The announcement has been welcomed by the CLA and World Horse Welfare (WHW). ‘It will make a big difference to horse welfare, as charities have been struggling to help the thousands of horses being bred indiscriminately’. It is estimated that there are more than 3000 horses fly-grazing in England. The CLA say they are pleased that landowners will no longer suffer damage to their land and risk liability for horses that aren’t theirs.


EXHIBITION: We have enjoyed a great start to our Bethany to Jerusalem exhibition at St Laurence Church, with plenty of visitors coming in over last weekend to view the artworks. The exhibition features work from well-established Sussex artists, such as painter and Sussex Watercolour Society member Alison Milner-Gulland and printmaker and frequent Affordable Art Fair exhibitor Ann d’Arcy Hughes plus newcomers like Philippa Snell whose sculpture/installation in the churchyard has been getting lots of interest. The show continues on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm until May 2.

EASTER: The art show was launched at St Laurence’s Easter Vigil service on Saturday evening. The service was very special, we entered the church carrying candles and the church was lit only with candles, so the light was quite magical. Dr Jeffrey Lake then sang the Exsultet. Jeff’s singing voice is wonderful and I think we could have listened to him all night. The service was followed by a shared meal which was very enjoyable. On Easter Sunday we had a baptism incorporated into the service so there were plenty of children to enjoy the Easter egg hunt afterwards.

BEES: A couple of times recently I have come across students from the University of Sussex out with nets, trying to find some bumble bees to catch for their research. I assume they will be studying, then releasing the furry little creatures. The research at the University is helping to understand the causes of the decline in bee populations so their investigations are very worthwhile, unfortunately it has been pretty cold lately and there don’t seem to have been many bees around.


CHURCH NEWS: On Easter Sunday the church was brimming with people, daffodils and the sun was shining. Thank you Malcolm for a lovely service. This Sunday we welcome Tim Fogden who will lead a service of Mattins (BCP) at 10.30am. Refreshments will be served in the church after the service and all are welcome. Watch this space for news of springtime and early summer fundraising events to help pay for all the recent essential repairs that this ancient but beautiful, Downland church has needed.


HISTORY GROUP TALK on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brook Road. Lewes Through the Eyes of a Flint Knapper. Flintman, David Smith has been working in Lewes and the surrounding area for more than 20 years. His talk will cover the history of flint, showing its use and versatility as a building material. There are various styles of laying and also a variety of finishes. These can vary from construction period and importance of structure, to region and specific location. As well as differences in colour, shape and form, the applications of flint have varied within its historical and functional context. Lewes is no exception to this. Using local references, he will also demonstrate how flint has given Lewes its distinctiveness with examples of the good, the bad and the unusual. To round off the lecture, David will give a demonstration on the art of flint knapping. All welcome. Free refreshments. £2 members, £3 for non-members.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: An amazing 36 people turned up for our Bank Holiday Walk. They were rewarded with a beautiful walk around Chiddingly on a wonderfully warm and sunny morning. The spring flowers, primroses, ladies smocks and the delicate white wood anemones were all seen but as yet, the bluebells were still waiting to make their appearance. Next week we are looking forward to our Group Meeting when Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust will be giving an illustrated talk on A Sussex Wildlife Safari. The Nature Reserves of Sussex. This will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm at Cliffe Church Hall and all are welcome. On Tuesday there will be a Stroll, one of our shorter walks, please phone Bert on 473052 for details. These walks start at 10.30am from top North Street car park. Our programmes are available from the Tourist Office or the Outdoor shop.

CHURCHES TOGETHER in the Lewes Area has arranged a Hustings event with local candidates in the General Election on Thursday April 23 from 7.30pm. The meeting will be at Kings Church (opposite Homebase). The deadline for questions is April 18 and they should be sent to Carolyn Pybus either by email at or by letter at Flat 4, Cliffe Leas, Farncombe Road, Lewes BN7 2UH. Further details and a question form can be found on the Churches Together Website: under ecumenical calendar.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Sunday May 3 at 3.30pm we will be having a songs of praise service. This is your opportunity to choose a favourite hymn that we can sing together, with help from our choir. To request a hymn please email On Saturday May 16 we are running a professional counselling study day: Tree of life, understanding narrative techniques in counselling’. There will be a reasonable charge. To join the course please call or text Southover Counselling on 07852 221449. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service with communion (church hall); 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: Many thanks to all of you who joined us for Jesus’ journey through holy week. On Maundy Thursday we saw the last supper, followed by Jesus’ betrayal and arrest; then on Good Friday his trial and crucifixion. On Easter Sunday we celebrated the wonders of his resurrection in the splendid surroundings of the priory ruins. Thank you to our wonderful cast and to the many hardworking volunteers who supported them in so many different ways, without all of whom the production could not have taken place. We are not aware of any other passion play that spreads the story over four separate days, not even in Oberammergau or York. Now we start preparations for 2020. We shall be carol singing around town again this Christmas, so we look forward to seeing some of you then.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO CHURCH: Our services this month will be moving to the church hall, in Talbot Terrace, as work is beginning on the interior of the church building. We will be letting you know more about the work soon, but in the meantime, you will be most welcome to join us in Talbot Terrace, at the hall, at 11am on Sundays, all through April. This Sunday we will have a service of Holy Communion, led by Rev Dick Field. Then on April 19, after the Morning Worship at 11am, we will have our annual church meeting for those on our electoral roll.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL looks forward to seeing its pupils back on Monday at the usual time, after a restful and refreshing holiday.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH enjoyed a lively and busy children’s Craft Event on Easter Saturday and a joyful Easter Service last Sunday. A number of church members took part in the Passion Play which has generally been appreciated as a wonderful event that has made this Easter something even more special. The sun finally came out in strength during the resurrection play in the Priory ruins on Easter Sunday afternoon, and it has been with us ever since. On Sunday there is a Family Service, beginning at 9.30am. All are welcome.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe, 9.20am-9.45am; Berwick Village Hall 9.55am-10.25am.


BUS TIMES: With effect from April 20 the Nevill bus (128) will run hourly Mondays to Saturdays, starting at 7.43am from Firle Crescent and then 46 mins past the hour from 8.46am until the last bus at 17.46pm. This will be a dedicated bus and will operate between Lewes Tesco and Nevill area. It seems as if it will now stop/depart from Waitrose and not the bus station side of the road. As many of you will know, there is a 121 bus which leaves Waitrose at 6.35pm which will, on request, take you onto the estate. There will be a Lewes Town Service on Sundays and Bank Holidays for the Nevill, which will run from 10.56am to 15.26pm on the number 132. There are also many buses from the bus station out to Offham/Plumpton/Haywards Heath etc if you are able to walk from the main road. The129 will run between Malling and Winterbourne. The number for Landport will be the 127. You will find a full list of timetables on:

CHRIST CHURCH: Healthy Body, Healthy Soul. This is the theme for our Messy Church today from 10.30am. Craft activities, worship and lunch for all ages. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by David Coleman and this will be followed by a Church Walk.

A JOLLY GOOD SHOW: On Saturday I had the pleasure of presenting the prizes at St Mary’s Gardening Spring Show. My wife and I were shown round the exhibits beforehand by the lovely chairwoman, Rosemary Sells. The smell was quite intoxicating with hyacinths, floral displays and a beautiful range of daffodils. My wife, who is the gardener in our abode, commented that she had no idea there were so many different varieties. My dad used to exhibit in this very show, so it brought back very happy memories for me. What really impressed me was the children’s displays. The Rainbows made bottle top bugs, which were very clever and there were some lovely spring pictures too with the Cottage Pre-school children presenting some great work. As you can see from their write up, there were also various other displays too. We sat and had a chat over a cup of tea and cake and have been inspired to take part in the September summer show. I am going to start practising my baking. The date for your diary is September 5.

SPRING SHOW: It was a wonderful day at the St Mary’s Gardening Club Spring Show at the St Mary’s Social Centre on Saturday April 4. There were lovely displays of daffodils and other flowers while members and visitors enjoyed themselves looking at the exhibits and chatting and having cups of tea and slices of gorgeous home-made cake. We were pleased to have as our guest of honour David Sale, Nevill Parish Pump correspondent and his wife Val who gave out the cups and trophies. Christine Gibson was the star of the show winning the Corporation Cup and the Ladies Cup as well as the certificate for the best arrangement. Malcolm French won the Russell Daffodil Cup and the Novice Daffodil cup went to his son Stephen French. The Rosemary Cup for cookery was shared by Anne Brown and Ann Hobden. The certificate for the best produce exhibit was won by Pat Elliott. Malcolm French also received the certificate for Best Daffodil. The winners of individual classes are as follows (full name for first mention and then initial afterwards): daffodil, yellow, white perianth Christine Gibson; daffodil, yellow, yellow perianth Ann Hobden; daffodil, white, white perianth Pat Mitchell; daffodil, white, yellow perianth A Hobden; any colour, white perianth Alison Soudain; yellow, yellow perianth Malcolm French; any colour, flat crown A Hobden; any other colour, yellow perianth M French; yellow perianth A Soudain; white perianth C Gibson; dwarf narcissus, species Rosemary Sells; bunch flowered single/double A Hobden; other spring bulbs P Mitchell; double daffodils C Gibson; daffodil or narcissi, distinct, three kinds M French; daffodil, single specimen Malcolm French; daffodil, double specimen C Gibson; daffodil, single specimen grown from Marie Curie bulb P Mitchell; daffodil, any other type M French; hyacinth, single specimen, in a vase P Mitchell; tulips, one colour: R Sells; flowering pot plant Gill Taylor; cacti or succulent Anne Brown; any other flower, three of a kind A Soudain; flowering shrub, one piece, up to 2 ft R Sells,pot/bowl up to 12” containing at least two different varieties/species of bulb in flower: A Hebden; Russell Daffodil Cup, six distinct, named, in two vases M French; Novice Cup, three daffodils, separate colours Stephen French; four sticks of rhubarb Christopher Gibson; two leeks C Gibson; any other vegetable A Brown; mixed fruit jam A Hobden; one fruit jam A Soudain; marmalade, any variety A Soudain; lemon curd, up to 12oz A Hobden; mature chutney A Hobden; sponge cake decorated for Easter Pat Elliott; melting moments A Brown; malt loaf, 2lb loaf tin C Gibson; cheese scones A Brown; white loaf, 500g A Brown; hand made knitted item for a baby/child up to 3 years A Brown; photograph, The South Downs P Elliott; photograph, My Favourite Thing(s) P Mitchell; an item of handicraft Joyce Dean; spring petite arrangement C Gibson; spring arrangement in a basket C Gibson; April showers C Gibson; arrangement of daffodils or narcissus in vase or bowl, men only Andrew Gibson; vase of flowers and foliage picked from your own garden A Brown. Children’s class (age up to 7 years): Spring Picture Sophie French; Chocolate Chip Cookies Lily French; A bunch of spring flowers arranged in a jam jar Lily French. (age 8 years and over): Spring Picture Ellie Jupp; Chocolate Chip Cookies William Kay; a bunch of spring flowers arranged in a jam jar Ellie Jupp; daffodil grown in a pot (The Cottage Pre-school) Josh; bottle-top bugs (Rainbows) Gennie Hockey-Dutton.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the success of the afternoon. Alison Soudain and Christine Gibson, who were in charge of the teas, and other members who manned the various stalls and all who contributed generously to the tombola and raffle, of course, all who entered without whom we would not have a show !


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am in the village hall. Why not pop along and enjoy a coffee or tea and see what goodies are available.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Prayer at 10.30am. The last Lent Course meeting will be held in the Barn Centre at 7.30pm on April 16. Everyone most welcome.

COFFEE AND CAKE will be available in the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon in aid of The Royal Marsden Hospital and Cancer Research. Posh Stuff bags, scarves, jewellery and candles plus stationery and gifts. Please try and support this fundraising event.

ANNUAL MEETING: Newick Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday. Please support your parish meeting. Light refreshments will be provided.

ON APRIL 18, A Very English Organ evening at St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin Church, Fletching, at 7.30pm. A historical journey of English organs through their music exploring the evolution through their music with Peter Bassett.

NEWICK WI will be holding their April Meeting on Thursday April 23 in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. Ian Gledill will be speaking about the Story of Crystal Palace. Visitor are most welcome to this meeting.

NEWICK CINEMA will showing the film The Imitation Game on Sunday April 26. Licensed bar and delicious refreshments. Doors open 7pm, film will commence at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 and you can book in advance by emailing or telephone 01825 723392.


LOCAL WALK: A reminder that the Footpath Society will step out tomorrow (Saturday) for a circular walk of between four and five miles round Plumpton. Gather at 2 Strawlands (TQ324 2080 at 2pm but if you need to know more simply ring 01273 890450.

TRUST QUIZ: The East Chiltington Trust will hold its annual quiz and supper evening in the Jolly Sportsman, East Chiltington, on Monday. There will be a two-course supper as well as the thrill of the quiz at a cost of £12 per person. There will be teams of six but the organisers will happily help make teams along the way. Ring 01273 891694 or email TECT is very busy organising community projects and events in East Chiltington.

SOUTH PACIFIC CULT: This will be the flavour of the lecture in Plumpton village hall on Tuesday when NADFAS (Newick and District Decorative and Fine Arts Society) presents its monthly lecture. The full title will be Cook and Guaguin, the cult of the South Pacific and it will be delivered by Leslie Primo who lectures at the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery and teaches at Imperial College, London. It centres around what was described as a new Eutopia, a beautiful and erotic island, namely Tahiti, where Cook landed in 1767 and to which Gauguin deserted. Non-members are welcome on payment of £7 at the door which will include tea or coffee and a chance to talk to the lecturer and discuss the presentation with others. More information on 01825 723250.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council meets on Tuesday in the village hall at 7.45pm. This will be the last meeting prior to the election on May 7. By the time this column is published nominations for the election will have closed. It is believed there will be several candidates, but will there be sufficient for an election? Only three of the existing councillors are understood to be seeking re-election.

FLOWER CLUB AGM PLUS: On Wednesday the flower club holds AGM in the village hall at 7pm and this will be quickly followed by a demonstration entitled Ancient and Modern presented by Gaenor Circus who will be making her first visit to the club. Visitors will be warmly welcomed but must cough up £2.50 at the door. Members will pay a mere 50p but are reminded that the annual subscription of a mighty £10 will also be due following the AGM. Treasurer Diane Ellis will be on sentry duty. Seriously, we are blessed with a number of local societies who all seem to offer much pleasure and enjoyment at a very modest cost to simply cover expenses and the flower club is certainly one of them.

BLUEBELLS AHEAD: Plumpton Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice is organising its annual Bluebell Walk for Friday, April 24. All are welcome to join in this popular event and to meet at Plumpton College at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Reg Lanaway will lead an interesting tour through Plumpton Woods but do take your wellies or other suitable footwear as there could be some mud about. Entry fee will be a mere £2 unless you wish to donate a little more to this worthy cause.

HUNT FOR WARBLERS: Chailey Commons Society will set out to track down as many songbirds as possible on Saturday of next week (April 18) starting at 9.30am from the car park on Romany Ridge Common.

JUMBLE SALES: Bargain hunters have apparently been asking on Facebook when the next jumble sales will be and said there was no information in the Parish Mag. Well, this month’s mag gives details of no less than three sales during May and June, so just watch this space and the mag for further details.

ENJOY TENNIS? If you do it is worthy of note that Plumpton Tennis Club membership became renewable on April 1 and anyone joining now can obtain a discount on the membership fee. To find out more just ring 07779 082629.

RACING SUCCESS: Judging by the traffic, Plumpton Racecourse must be enjoying a return to the good old days when bumper crowds attended key meetings. On Monday the traffic jam extended some way north of the Old Police House as late as the time of the start of the first race. Great for the course, racing and the village, but I dread to think of what the result will be if and when Network Rail installs automatic gates at the level crossing.


BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 1, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The club next meets in the St. Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

COFFEE MORNING: A Poppy Appeal coffee morning will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 10.30am in the Symons Room at the village hall. There will be a bring and buy stall with cakes etc plus a raffle. All are welcome, so please support this event.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Tiddlers and Toddlers Nearly New Sale will be held on Saturday April 18 in the village hall (10.30am to noon). Children’s clothes, toys and Equipment age 0 to 5 years. Everything you need when having, raising or minding a little one. Tea and cakes also available, please come along and support our little group. Entrance £1 per family.