Parish pump Lewes - April 11, 2014


VILLAGE HALL AGM: The AGM of the Village Hall Management Committee and Charity will be held on Tuesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. All welcome.


BIRD WALK led by Ian Woolsey, treasurer of the Commons Society is tomorrow, Saturday. Meet at 9.30am at the car park at Pound Common. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church, Sunday, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. The Maundy Thursday (April 17) Liturgy is at 7.30pm and will be followed by The Liturgy of the Shadows with guest preacher, curate from Barcombe, Revd Paul Mundy. The Good Friday Liturgy will be at 2pm. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Rob Turner and at 6.15pm. On Thursday there will be a Commemorative Supper with Bible Readings and Communion at 7pm for 7.30pm. On Good Friday Meditation at 10.30am. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services.

THE SWING ERA Sunday tea dance is on Sunday at the village hall from 2pm until 5pm. Join a friendly Tea Dance with The Swinging Detective presenting recorded music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s chosen with care for all period dance styles. Admission is £6 to include tea and cakes. For further information and/or to advise of attendance contact 07714897369.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

SIX CHAILEY DOLPHINS are taking part in the Haywards Heath Lions Swimarathon on Good Friday, at the Dolphin Leisure Centre. Jeremy Paine, Chailey Heritage Foundation Vehicle, Visit and Transport Coordinator, is leading a team of six in this exciting event to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation and Canine Partners, the Lions’ chosen charity. If you would like to support them please donate online at

ST GEORGE’S Coffee Morning hosted by Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section, is at the Free Church on Saturday April 19 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.

GIFT DAY is on Saturday April 19 from 2-4pm at St Peter’s Church. There will be tea and cakes, a short organ recital and the choir will be singing. This is an opportunity for everyone in the community to visit the church and learn about the planned improvements; which include the provision of a kitchen, toilet and better facilities for community use. The Gift Day is an opportunity to make a gift towards the intended developments. All gifts, however large or small, will be much appreciated. A gift can be made in memory of a loved one who may have worshipped in the church. Gifts will be anonymous and all details will be held in strict confidentiality and remain solely with the treasurer, Anthony Meadow. If you are unable to attend the Gift Day but wish to make a donation please send it to the treasurer c/o The Rectory, Chailey Green, BN84DA. To make arrangements for a tax efficient gift and/or payment by standing order call Andrew on 07802 400137 or email

QUIZ NIGHT, with sausage and mash supper and a drink, organised by Newick and Chailey Hospice Support Group takes place on Friday April 25 at 7.30pm at the Barn Centre, Newick. Book in advance; tickets £15 each (for teams of four minimum) are available from Glenda Blackaller on 01825 722607.

GRAZING of livestock on Pound Common and Romany Ridge has recommenced. Please keep dogs under control on the commons where grazing is taking place. It is an offence not to do so and causes great distress to the livestock. In the event of any problems the 24 hour emergency number is 07791 784415.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, Holy Communion 8am, Sunday School 10.15am in church hall, Parish Communion 10.30am with Palm Procession headed by a donkey. A much loved service especially with the children who get to make a great fuss of the donkey following the service. Coffee served in the church hall. Maundy Thursday, Sung Eucharist of The Last Supper 8pm. Good Friday, April 18, The Liturgy, 10am. Easter Saturday, April 19, the church will be decorated for Easter from 10am. Gifts of flowers and greenery will be most welcome as well as lots of help with the decorating. Easter Day, April 20, Holy Communion 8am, Sunday School in the church hall 10.15am, Family Communion 10.30am followed by an Easter Egg Hunt in the church grounds. Possibly a slice of specially made Easter cake made by Ursula Hare to follow in the hall.

MONDAY AFTERNOON CLUB meet in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. This month it will be a talk by East Sussex Fire Service, How Safe is Your Home? Tea and homemade cakes to end the afternoon. Lifts available by ringing Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

HAMSEY PARISH: At the March PC meeting there was an update on the marking of the Greenwich Meridian within the parish. At that stage the clerk was to finalise the license from ESCC. PC were awaiting planning permission from Lewes District Council. The Monday Group are to manufacture the sign. The planning fee for the marker was £97.50. Village gateways in Offham were also discussed again but as there is no grant funding available for these, there will be no further progress at present. Community assets in the parish: The clerk offered to apply for listing on any premises that the PC considered to be a community asset. Any councillor wanting to put a property on the list would need to contact the clerk with details of the owner’s name, address, the occupiers’ names and present address and a site plan of the property. Planning application: An application for the Covers site had been received but this was after the agenda had gone out and could not be discussed at the March meeting. The clerk was to arrange a date for the planning meeting. Hamsey Festival: Cllr Dodd had a budget for the festival which will be an agenda item for the May meeting. Parking: Updates on the continued parking problems in Cooksbridge can be found in Hamsey News or on the council website. In the meantime, traffic issues including footways and parking and an update on school parking was given at the last PC meeting. Councillors had met the head teacher and governors to discuss the problems. There are no easy answers. Cllr D’Arienzo suggested residents might be prepared to offer their driveways for pick up and drop off if they were teamed with a named parent driver, ie a buddy system. The school should be encouraged to promote car sharing. If the unofficial lay-by had restrictions on all-day parking this might free up space for drop offs. PC will ask for parking to be a feature in every school newsletter.


CONGRATULATIONS to Richard (Rick) Curtis who completed the Brighton Marathon last Sunday in an amazing time of 3 hours and 3 minutes and also raised over £500 for the Rocking Horse Appeal.

EXCITED: The village is very excited about the arrival of twins to Donna and Mick, we look forward to watching them grow and one day, enjoy seeing them walking around the village.

FAREWELL: Dolly and Jamie with their two children have moved to Lewes and we wish them well and hope they will be as happy there as they have been Falmer.

EXHIBITION: Sunday April 20 will be the first day for the public to see the art exhibition In the Beginning. If last year’s show is the bench mark it will be par excellence. The exhibition is in the church and will be open for two further weekends after Easter, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.


GARDEN SHOW: Garden Show at Firle Place on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday at 10.15am there is Palm Sunday Communion at Beddingham. On Monday there is Evening prayer at 6pm and on Tuesday there is Evening Prayer at Beddingham. On Wednesday there is Evening Prayer at 6pm. Friday April 18 there is Quiet Meditation and reading of The Passion at Glynde. The last of the Lent lunches will be held in the hall on Monday at 12.30pm.

FIRLE OVER 50s: Two dates for your diary: On April 28 at 2pm in the hall, a talk by Geoffrey Mead on Coasting Along Sussex – a pictorial journey along the shoreline from Chichester Harbour to Rye Bay, looking at beaches and cliffs, marshes and sand dunes, but also ports, resorts and sleepy hollows. The journey takes us to deserted shores and crowded proms, busy ports and historic towns. On May 20 we have a trip to High Beeches to see the lovely gardens, leaving Firle/Glynde and Beddingham at noon. For members cost is £20 but non members always welcome to join us at our meetings or on our outings. Email or 07933766896. If you are unable to get to Firle for the talk do ring me on above number as I’m sure we can find someone to pick you up.


HISTORY GROUP: Talk on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road, Lewes Business Stories: WE Clark & Son, Jewellers. Back in 1919, Wilfred Ernest Clark purchased an existing jewellery showroom at 1 Cliffe High Street (that had been going since 1819) and laid the foundations of a passion that is now in the hands of the third and fourth generation, John and David Clark. David will tell the story behind the business success over nearly 200 years, including the early days, the WWII years, its expansion into Eastbourne and the 2012 amalgamation of its two shops in Lewes at 224 High Street. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY: The Lewes Town Committee of the Children’s Society ran a street collection with coffee morning and cake sale on Saturday March 29 which raised an amazing £747 for the work of the society. The committee would like to thank everyone who supported this event.

GARLAND DAY organised by the Knots of May is on May 5. Children to gather with their garlands of flowers at 10am in the Gun Garden. Last entries by 10.30am. Judging takes place between 10.15am and 10.45am while dancers will be performing in the Gun Garden. Procession at 11am from castle to shopping precinct. More dancing in the precinct and then at John Harvey Taverns and the Dorset Arms.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The mud that has made our walks really difficult over the last few months is gradually drying up and on our last walk we avoided it to some extent by taking to the hills. We started walking from Ringmer Churchyard and made our way across the fields to Upper Stoneham Farm. We followed the A26 to the Earwig at Malling and then made our way to Malling Nature Reserve. Here our coffee stop was brought to an abrupt halt by a sudden sweep of hail which fortunately didn’t last too long. Climbing to the top of the Downs we enjoyed panoramic views in all directions and the walk along the ridge to Glyndebourne Lane was breathtaking and exhilarating. Crossing the Lane, we passed the wind turbine which provides most of the electricity for the Opera House before descending to Ringmer via the outskirts of Gote Farm. An amazing 29 people enjoyed the walk led by Jeannette. The next walk is on Wednesday, Polegate to Berwick Station. Meet at Lewes Station in good time to catch the 9.44am train to Polegate. At our next Group Meeting on Wednesday we are having an illustrated lecture on Travels in the Galapagos Islands. This will be at Cliffe Church Hall at 7.30pm, visitors welcome.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Collections from our congregations recently have raised £1,108 for work by the Christian charity IPASC on improving health (including training local health professionals) in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and £1,227 for development work in Rwanda on safe drinking water, nutrition, education and healthcare. Diary dates: This Sunday the combined choirs of Southover and Ringmer will sing the well known oratorio The Crucifixion by Sir John Stainer at 6.30pm in Ringmer church. Everyone is welcome. On April 26 at 8.30am the guest speaker at the Lewes Churches’ Breakfast at the White Hart Hotel in Lewes is Susi Bechhöfer, a German Jew and Kindertransport survivor who escaped the Nazis and has a miraculous story to tell. All are welcome: please reserve your breakfast (£9 cooked, £7 continental/unwaged) by calling 01273 473600, 474399 or 472114. Services, Palm Sunday (April 13): 8am communion; 10am morning service with communion; 11.15am informal service (church hall); 6.30pm informal service. On Tuesday April 15 and Wednesday April 16 the church will be open midday – midnight, set out with a variety of creative ‘installations’ for exploring the Easter story. Suitable for all ages. Please drop in any time. There will also be a short service on Wednesday at 8pm. Good Friday (April 18): 10am all age service. Easter Sunday (April 20) 8am communion; 10am main celebration, including children’s Easter egg hunt; 6.30pm informal service.

GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION: The silent procession of witness leaves St Pancras Church at 6pm heading down the High St, turning right down St Andrew’s Lane, past the railway station to the Mount (Mountfield Rd), where a short service will be held after the cross is raised. Parking is available in the Mountfield Rd car park. You are welcome to join the procession at any point along the way.

MYSTERY PLAYS: Preview performance. Four short Old Testament Mystery Plays will be performed by the Lewes Passion Players on Wednesday at King’s Church, at 7.30pm. Followed by Chrissie Pepper’s choir performing her most recent composition The Garden. Tickets on the door (£5, £3 concessions) to include cheese and wine during the interval. A Lewes adaptation of the medieval mystery plays – Creation: the fall of Adam and Eve; Cain and the murder of Abel; Noah’s Ark in the Flood; Abraham and Isaac – free Easter Saturday performances of four short Old Testament Mystery Plays in Harvey’s Yard at 11am, noon and 1pm.

SOUTH STREET Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning on Saturday, April 12, at Cliffe Church Hall, 10 am to 2pm, tea, coffe, cakes, tombola, bonfire photos, merchandise, free admission.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL broke up last Friday after a busy week, including a very happy (early) Easter service in the parish church. It was a beautiful spring morning for children to walk down the lane and through the conservation area to the church, and the sun was shining through the stained glass east window to welcome them. The acting Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber, used the window with its various scenes from Holy Week and Easter to illustrate his talk as children read their poems and prayers and sang the Easter songs with the enthusiasm you would expect from this very musical school. We hope that the sun continues to shine on them through their well-deserved holidays. The school is looking forward to welcoming them back on Tuesday April 22.


is preparing for a busy week. On Thursday (Maundy Thursday) it will be hosting a joint Communion Service with St John sub Castro, Southover and Christ Church at 7.30pm. This is a solemn service for a very solemn occasion, marking the last supper of Christ and his disciples and the time when he established the Holy Communion service before going out into the Garden of Gethsemane to face arrest, brutality and death. Thursday’s service will follow the Tenebrae pattern where the church is gradually darkened as the service ends, and people leave in silence. On Good Friday, there will be a short service of meditation following the Iona style of worship which people have found to be very moving and involving. On Saturday, by contrast, there will be a children’s Craft Morning from 10am to noon in church, including an Easter Egg Hunt. This Sunday starts off the solemnities of a very important week for the church with a lighter hearted family service with the distribution of palm crosses for Palm Sunday, beginning as usual at 9.30am.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE is holding a reptile training day in South Malling churchyard, on Saturday April 26. Further details are available online at or telephone 01273 497561 and will be provided closer to the date.

Mobile Library

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


HORSES: David Marchant told me that horses are walking along the pavement behind his house in Sheepfair. Our Police Community Officer Julie McNirlan originally said that ‘horse riders were allowed on the pavements’, but she corrected this saying that, ‘horses are not allowed on the pavements’. If you witness this happening, contact the police on their non emergency number and report it. This could be an accident waiting to happen with not only the size of the horse but the droppings that may be left behind.

RESIDENTS’ MEETING: Two responses were received to represent our Neighbourhood from Chris Rowland and Lucy Ruddy who have agreed to represent Nevill on the committee. Lucy attended the meeting on behalf of Nevill Lewes Neighbourhood. This is an opportunity for the community as a whole to shape decisions affecting it. It will be a lengthy process, self managed by the community. It is a huge undertaking in order to get the town we want with housing so that families can stay in the town. There are to be consultations followed by a referendum to obtain something the whole community agrees to. At the moment the chair is councillor Susan Murray until a non town councillor can be found. Lucy has agreed to be a member of the Nevill Residents Association executive and was elected unanimously after a show of hands. Nevill Bus Route :The Passenger Transport section at ESCC have received details from Ruth O’Keeffe about people’s feelings and all the information on numbers of objectors to the change. She will be submitting the petition to the council meeting in May. She has been told that they will be conducting survey work during February and March and meanwhile the bus route will remain unchanged. Bench: There is evidence that the old bench faced outwards. It is not clear what will happen as the cost will be £1,000 to change it. Megan Miller said she was resigning as co-ordinator of collections for the Friends of Lewes Victoria Hospital after 12 years during which over £10,000 was collected from the estate for the hospital. There will not be any more collections but donations directly to the hospital are always welcome. AGM Monday May 19. Do your best to attend and have your say about the Nevill Estate.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Congratulations to Daisy Butcher Yr4 who has got through to the second round of Chris Evans’ Radio 2, 500 words story competition. She has done extremely well as there were 118,000 entries. A huge thank you to everyone who donated, spent and helped at the jumble; we managed to raise a record-breaking £1099.00 for Friends of Wallands. Huge thanks for the wonderful response to our call for volunteers for our Medieval Mayhem Fayre. We’re doing well for volunteers for the Medieval Fayre but are still very open to offers of help. We are nearing the end of our football league season. We were held to a draw by Southover A team and won against the B team. Mrs Taylor reported back how clear it is to see the improvement in the standard of the football that is being played by all schools. We went to Eastbourne to compete in the South Downs area netball tournament. Wallands played five games winning four and losing one. This meant both Wallands and Southover schools finished on the same points and goal difference was the only way to decide who had won. With 25 goals scored Wallands were the overall winners, putting them through to represent the South Downs at the Sussex Games at the K2 later in the year.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our school holiday Messy Church event from 10.30am to 1pm. Craft activities, act of worship and lunch. No charge, all welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Worship on Palm Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon with Holy Communion. After the service there will be a church walk. On Maundy Thursday we will be going to join with South Malling Church for a service at 7.30pm. Next Friday being Good Friday we will have a service led by Rev John Gordon at 10am. Members of our congregation will be taking part in the Walk of Witness through Lewes that will be leaving Irelands Lane at 6pm.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: Easter Services: Maundy Thursday, Eucharist 7.30pm. Celebrant Rev Judith Bevan, Preacher Canon Richard Moatt. Good Friday, Meditations 2pm,¬ 3pm, Canon Richard Moatt. Walk of Witnesses 6pm from St Pancras Church. Easter Sunday, Holy Communion 8am Celebrant Rev Judith Bevan. Sung Eucharist 10am Celebrant Canon Richard Moatt. Easter egg hunt to follow service.

PELLS SCHOOL: Last Thursday it was Pells School Easter service at St John Sub Castro Church. Families, governors, children and staff enjoyed singing Easter hymns and songs and listening to Year 5 and 6 children narrating the Easter story. The school choir singing Walk in the Light was a great way to end the service, which was followed by drinks, biscuits and chocolate eggs kindly provided by members of St John’s church.


FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday the club will hold its AGM promptly at 7pm and this will quickly be followed by the first demonstration in the new programme entitled Off Cuts, Overs the Stumps and the demonstrator will be Pat McDonald. Subscription for the coming year will remain at £10. At meetings there will be an entrance fee of 50p for members and £2.50 for visitors who always receive a warm welcome. This year’s programme includes eight demonstrations of flower arranging, the annual dinner, an afternoon tea party, an outing, a Christmas workshop, a Christmas lunch and the inevitable jumble sale. This all involves plenty of fun, some great tuition and inspiration in the art of flower arranging and untold opportunities to just socialise. Do you think I will get a prize if I guess the theme for Wednesday’s demo?

EASTER SERVICES: Sunday will be Palm Sunday and there will be services at All Saints’ church at 8.30am and 10.30am and then 6.30pm. Sunday School will be held in the annexe at 10.30am. April 17 will be Maundy Thursday and the Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper and Watch will take place in All Saints’ at 8pm. Then on Friday next there will be a Devotional Service at East Chiltington church at 3pm and the Good Friday Liturgy will be held at All Saints’ at 8pm.

WHAT BODY? To celebrate their 20th anniversary Plumpton Players are staging a repeat performance of Habeus Corpus and back into the limelight steps that old trouper Bob Leeds, no doubt determined to repeat the success of the first staging and taking a short break from haggling for keen prices for the local oil buying group. The play, by Alan Bennet, is full of humour and an enjoyable evening is on the cards from April 30 until May 2. Tickets, at £8, from the village store or 01273 890883. Doors and the bar open at 7.15pm in readiness for curtain up at 8pm.

EASTER RACING: Prepare for an extravaganza of racing at Plumpton on Easter Sunday and Monday. This is probably the top meeting of the year and there will be attractions for the entire family, alongside great excitement on the track. Take along a picnic or enjoy on-site catering in the restaurant or from various other outlets. Accompanied under-18s get in free, otherwise admission starts at £10 to include a race card. Racing starts on both days at 2.20pm.

CLERK WANTED: Plumpton Parish Council is seeking a new Clerk. Job description and application forms available from the current clerk, Jean Stewart on 01272 891416 or Closing date for applications is April 17.

BROADBAND UPDATE: Although BT claims to have seven or eight mbs of speed running along the telephone cables in Plumpton most of us know that those mbs never reach our homes. Where they disappear to is to us mortals a total mystery. Just running a speed test disproves BT’s claims because it takes so long to get a result. However, ESCC asserts that the Plumpton exchange is now firmly on the list for upgrade to superfast broadband and that orders for the service will be being taken before the end of the year.

LEVEL CROSSING: Network Rail has now told the parish council that the proposed works at our level crossing cannot take place until 2015. That has to be good news as it means that the threat to our architectural heritage and to our safety is being delayed again. My personal belief is that, apart from safely preserving an architectural treasure, the chance of human error at a crossing is far less of a risk than that of mechanical or electrical failure or reckless behaviour at automated barrier crossings and statistics seem to be proving that theory. Let me make it clear that I do not oppose change for the sake of it and am oft times quite happy to see it take place in the name of true progress.

COLD CALLERS: Concerns have been expressed to me about people knocking at the door selling, taking surveys or for other reasons and some find it intimidating. Recently some young people claiming to be from Eastbourne and unable to find work were doing the rounds. They offered up some amateur looking ID cards (as has been done in the past) so it would be impossible to know whether there was anything genuine about them. Police advice is that one should have no dealings with such callers and most certainly never let them into the house. ID cards are so easy to produce on a computer that they are of little significance.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Tonight, Friday, the AFC Ringmer first team are playing their final league game of the season at the Caburn ground knowing that a win should ensure promotion. Their opponents are Buxted FC and kick off time is 7.30pm. Also today, the Ringmer second team travel to Mile Oak for their SCFL premier league fixture. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Shoreham FC in a SCFL Div 1 fixture with a 3pm kick-off at Middle Road. On Tuesday the firsts are at home to Arundel in another league fixture with a 7.45pm kick-off, then on Thursday the firsts return to Middle Road, Shoreham for their RUR Cup semi-final versus Horsham YMCA. The Veterans are due to play their Fred Pretty Cup semi-final at the Caburn on Sunday versus AFC Brighton, please check with the club or the website for confirmation and kick-off time. On Wednesday the club host the Malins Challenge Cup Final between Peacehaven Utd II and Willingdon Athletic III with a 7.30pm kick-off at The Caburn. On the social side, there is live music on Good Friday evening when local band Short Attention Span entertain from 8.30pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Palm Sunday are as follows: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing. 6.30pm Stainer’s Crucifixion. We invite you to come along to St Mary’s Church when St Mary’s choir, together with members of St John, Southover choir, will be singing Stainer’s Crucifixion. There are several hymns for the congregation to sing in this very appropriate music for Palm Sunday.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 2, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; joint 2, Pam Brook and Jenny Charman, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

RBL HORTICULTURAL and Home Produce Society. Everything is coming up daffodils in Ringmer. The village halls were transformed into a sea of gold and white at the society’s spring show last Saturday. There were 267 entries, the highest number of entries for many years. Every class was crammed with exhibits, giving the judges a harder time than usual. Predictably though, one type of bloom stole the show. There were 159 entries in the daffodil classes, another near record. Peter Ball took the coveted Moon Cup for totting up the most points in the show with his daffodils and Jane Welfare won the Elise Relf Trophy for the best flower exhibit. Nearly 200 visitors took in the colour and spectacle during the day and the committee was delighted with the way the show went. First prize winners. Flowers: Trumpet daffodil, P Ball; specimen trumpet daffodil, P Ball; large cupped daffodil, J Welfare; specimen large cupped daffodil, J Welfare; small cupped daffodil, P Ball; specimen small cupped daffodil, C Browning; double daffodil, P Ball, specimen double daffodil, P Ball; split daffodil, P Ball; daffodils, five different, B Cairns; daffodil/narcissi, miniature, J Badcock; daffodils, other types, G Fowlie; daffodils, novice class, J Badcock; tulips, L and W Pratt; specimen tulip L and W Pratt, hyacinths, M Meridith; polyanthus, L and W Pratt; flowering plant, D Matthews, flowering tree/shrub, G Fowlie; bowl of mixed flowers, G Fowlie, cactus/succulent, J Badcock; stick of rhubarb, E Hawkins. Flower Arranging: Sounds of Music, J Hunt; Dutch Treat, A Keeping; Foot Loose and Fancy Free, K Millbank. Cookery and Preserves: Chocolate sponge, R Blount; savoury loaf, R Peters; vegetarian tartlets, J Miller; individual smoked salmon pate, A Bridger; cheesecake, P Wieczorek; almond biscuits, E Hawkins; fruit scones, B Fordham; jar marmalade, E Hawkins; six eggs, H Hobbs. Handicrafts and Hobbies: painting, New Beginnings, J Evett; an item of needlework, R Blount; photograph, Winter in Ringmer, R Parker; photograph, Off the Beaten Track, D Matthews. Other trophy winners: John Barker Trophy, best exhibit in handicraft section, J Evett; Wyevale Trophy, most points in cookery section, R Peters; Mary Williams Trophy, most point in flower arranging section, J Hunt.

CROQUET CLUB: Cheyney Croquet Club is a friendly sporting society in Ringmer with just over 40 active members. The club plays on the Cheyney Field, in the middle of the village, and has one full-sized plus one smaller lawn. Both association and golf croquet are played. Beginners and experienced croquet players are welcome and club sessions are held on Saturday mornings, Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday afternoons. Playing equipment is available for use and individual sessions on the lawns can be booked using the club website. There are vacancies for the 2014 season. Play started at the beginning of April and lasts (weather permitting) through to October. The membership fee is currently £40 per year.

Rodmell & Southease

BEES: Going out into the garden around 8pm one evening I was amazed to hear loud buzzing and found the flowering currant bush alive with bees, all diligently working away collecting pollen. Obviously the night shift.

HOLIDAY SEASON: Now the holiday season is upon us and mums and dads are trying to juggle jobs and school holidays, so let’s hope the weather will be kind to them as it helps the finances if it is, as outside activities can be almost money free with a bit of imagination. I can remember having wonderful times rock pooling, picnicking, camping etc as a child. These days with the commercial aspects being thrown at children on TV and on electrical gadgets it must be a nightmare for parents. I keep any free vouchers, tokens, offers in papers, for people I know who have children as a family day out can cost a fortune. Tourist Information Office have lots of brochures for free and it’s worth going in and looking at them.

SPRING SHOW: Rodmell Horticultural Society Spring Show was a great success as usual. The village hall was ablaze with colour and there were some very inventive flower arrangement in kitchen implements. The children’s classes were very good and Lorna Melia romped away with the first and second prizes in the photographic entries. Many thanks to the organisers, cake bakers and tea ladies.

SEEDLING SALE in the village hall on May 10. WI: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI have Trevor Weeks from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue as their speaker. Visitors welcome at 8pm in the village hall.

COFFEE MORNING in the village hall on April 23 at 11am.