Parish Pump Lewes - April 12, 2013

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GARDEN CLUB: Our speaker on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall will be Steven Moore from Rapkyns Nursery, who will be talking on Cottage Garden Plants. He will probably be bringing some plants for us to buy. Visitors welcome.

FOOTBALL: Mid Sussex Div 2: Barcombe 2 (K Black, M Waters) Village of Ditchling 1. Div 10: Burgess Hill III 3, Barcombe II 1 (N Roberts).

PILATES: We have a few places in the Pilates class which takes place in the village hall from 9.30am to 10.30am every Tuesday. The cost is approximately £3, if booked for 10 classes. If you can only come occasionally the cost is £4 per class. We are a mixed group. Either turn up on the day or ring Mary Duncan on 01273 400215.

BOWLING NEWS: Assuming the weather turns favourable, the bowling club will hold an Open Day on Sunday, April 21. Just turn up at the sports pavilion at 2.30pm. We will supply the woods (bowls), but you will need to wear flat shoes. Refreshments and encouragement we will give. If wet on the day still come along and meet the members. Info from Jas Osmond on 01273 400806.


EXCELLENT exhibits were at the Horticultural Spring Show. Despite the awful weather there was a fantastic display of spring flowers with the Parsons Cup for the most points for flower exhibits going to Linda Blaker. The Spring Cup for the most outstanding flower exhibit went to Kay Mayers. The Bo-Peep Cup for handicrafts and cookery to Kay Mayers, the Society Cup for flower arranging to Diane Ellis, the Angelica Cup for most points in the classes for children aged 7 years and under to Eddie Finch and the Rosemary Cup for most points for children aged 8 to 11 years to Katie-May Bridges. Thanks must go to the committee for staging the show and the delicious homemade refreshments and superb raffle.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church on Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am and everyone is invited to join him in prayers. Free Church services this Sunday are at 10.30am with David Muzzell, to include communion. At 6.15pm there is the second of three Sunday evening sermons with Giles Woodcraft on What is the point? Today’s sermon on this theme will be on Working in a wicked world? How to win. Tea, coffee and biscuits after the service.

GRAZING: Be aware that grazing of livestock on Pound Common and Romany Ridge is recommencing on Tuesday. 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.

AGM: Friends of Markstakes Common Annual General Meeting is at the Reading Room, on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

WALK around Markstakes Common organised by the Sussex Ornithological Society and the Friends of Markstakes Common takes place on Thursday. All are welcome, just meet at 10.30am at Setfords Field, Green Lane, at 9.30am for a two hour stroll.

LIVE MUSIC is at the Five Bells on Friday April 19 with Jon McDevitt who plays 6 and 12 string guitars, with a bit of harmonica.

COFFEE MORNING: St George’s Coffee Morning, hosted by Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section, is at Newick Community Centre on Saturday April 20 between 10am and midday. There will be refreshments plus homemade cakes and preserves, a tombola, fancy goods, books and cards. To learn more call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

NEARLY NEW SALE of baby and children’s clothing, toys and equipment is at the village hall on Saturday April 20 from 1pm to 2.30pm. For more information call Susan on 01273 890745.

LINEAR WALK joining two commons, organised by the Commons Society, is on Saturday April 20 starting from Ditchling Common car park at 10.15am. The leader will be the society’s vice-chair Ian Seccombe. The walk will be eight miles and the destination Memorial Common, Chailey. Call 01825 723846 for travel arrangements and to book a place. Take a picnic lunch.

FREE CONCERT at St Peter’s Church on Saturday April 20 starting at 7.30pm. The performance will feature Plumpton Primary School choir and Chailey School choir and orchestra and be conducted by John Sandford. There will also be pieces by St Peter’s choir and an organ recital by Tim Guntrip. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available in the interval. There will be a retiring collection for the Church Restoration Fund.

BISHOP’S VISIT: Martin Warner, the Bishop of Chichester, is visiting the deanery from April 15 to 21when different villages will welcome and host him. He will be visiting Chailey in the afternoon of April 20 and our Rector will take him to visit Chailey Heritage. Afterwards he will be given tea by the ladies prayer group at Grantham Close Residents Centre, where you are invited to meet him. In the evening Bishop Martin will attend the concert at the church. If you wish to attend the tea, please let a churchwarden, Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586, know as they will need an idea of numbers for catering purposes.

cooksbridge, offham & hamsey

EASTER AT ST PETER’S: The Rector reports that despite the freezing weather there was a wonderful turnout for the Easter Day service with the church almost overflowing. Following the service young and old enjoyed a lively Easter Egg hunt around the church grounds. Following the egg hunt there was coffee in the church hall accompanied with a slice of Simnel cake made by Ursula Hare of Cooksbridge, which was beautifully decorated with hand made sugar daffodils, made by Ursula’s daughter. Callum Poole, Ursula’s grandson, has now become a sidesperson at St Peter’s, joining his grandmother.

CHURCH AGM will be held on Tuesday, April 30, at 8pm in St Peter’s Church Hall.

RUBBISH: At long last the rubbish that was dumped behind the school well over two years ago has all but vanished, thanks to water works that have been taking place there. It would appear it has been sort of buried under the earth. Unfortunately the rubber tyres that were dumped nearby have never been cleared.

SHEEP WORRYING: I was pleased to see that the Rodmell correspondent had mentioned this last week as recently we had this happen. I was angry when over the Easter weekend our ewes and lambs were subjected to dog worrying. The lambs are only small and to be chased around with the ewes trying to protect them must be a terrifying experience. I find it hard to comprehend why? If a dog owner knows their pet chases animals they should keep it under control. Fortunately there were no injuries to lambs or ewes, but sheep can drop dead through fright and any responsible dog owner should know that.

THRIVE: The gardening charity Thrive hopes to raise funds through a national throwing of garden parties this summer. The idea is simple, says Trive’s Sue Tiplady, we’d like people to open their gardens for their family, friends and neighbours, and rise money for Thrive. Ask visitors for a donations, sell cakes and biscuits, and even your own garden produce. Hold a raffle or an auction, or offer activities such as face painting or bug hunts for children. Or just let the focus be on your wonderful garden. The charity, which can transform the life of a disabled or mentally ill person through gardening, has information packs (0118 988 5688) or

BABIES AND TODDLERS Thursdays, 10am to 11am at Hamsey CP School.

POP-UP CAFE Fridays, 9am to 11am (term time only) at Hamsey CP School.

YOGA CLASSES at the village hall on Fridays (term time only), 8.45am to 9.30am.

RUNNING CLUB Tuesdays starting from Hamsey CP School at 9am.

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CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, the concert by Helen Parsons (clarinet) and Nicola Grunberg (piano) will be an introduction of the clarinet family with music from the 17th to 20th century on instruments ranging from the period basset horn to the modern-day clarinet by composers ranging from Bach to Acker Bilk. Concert goers will have an extra treat as they will be surrounded by the art of the exhibition, He Is Risen, and after the concert they will be welcome to stay with a glass of wine in their hand to view the artwork.

A TRIP to Madagascar. Kate Austen, who lives in Falmer, will be going to Madagascar in June to start a 12 month voluntary contract for a charity called Azafady. She will be working as a project developer for their Community Health team, working on projects to tackle high rates of maternal and child mortality in the Anosy region of Madagascar. Kate is seeking sponsorship to help fund her living costs. If you would like to help her and find out more you can link into We wish her every success and hope to hear from her when she reaches Madagascar.

WE ARE LOSING even more young people who live in the village, Sophia and Jonathan who live in Park Street are off to South Korea on April 17 to work as teachers. We shall miss them both and wish them well.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Cliffe Church Hall (behind the church). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: It was bitterly cold on Easter Monday, but even so, 31 people decided to brave the Arctic wind and pretend it was spring. It was a relief to have the ground drier underfoot and in the woods we were sheltered from the wind and were thrilled to see our first glimpse of this year’s lovely white wood anemones, sometimes called windflowers. Bluebell leaves were gaining height but no sign of any flowers yet. The walk started and finished at Blackboys and we passed Tickeridge Mill, always much admired and the iron streams near by. We came across a large herd of wild deer which is becoming a regular occurrence on our walks now, and stood aside on a lane to let two beautiful pony and traps pass by. Despite the cold wind everyone enjoyed the walk which was led by Roy. The next walk will be at Pevensey on Tuesday. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The Head and Governors are painfully aware of parking and traffic problems around the school at drop-off and pick-up times and anxious both for the complete safety of children and potential nuisance to their neighbours. The school has been working with local councillors at town, district and county level to find ways of solving this problem. During the Easter Holidays, the Head has been speaking with local councillor and school governor Matt Kent, who has put together a questionnaire for parents which will be sent out next week. The school wants parents to complete the questionnaire within the time scale so they can get as clear a picture as possible of the issues that contribute to traffic problems at these times. The county council is currently looking to improve road crossings, providing a real window of opportunity finally to deal with Church Lane’s traffic problems, which will only get worse as more children from outside Malling come to the school.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH says farewell to its Vicar this Sunday at the 9.30am Family Service. Al has been Vicar at South Malling since his licensing in September 2009 and during that time has conducted baptisms, weddings and funerals for many local people, connecting with their lives in important ways at very important and emotional times. He and his wife, Harriet have really built up children’s work in the parish during these three or so years, an achievement marked by the more than 60 children who attended the church’s Easter Eggstravaganza on Easter Saturday and the popularity of the Family Service which will also be marked by the baptism of little Usain Graham this Sunday. Al has also been an active Foundation Governor at South Malling School. The church has asked him to continue as Foundation Governor until July, so he can complete the various responsibilities which governors take on each year. On Sunday there will be a reception in church at 3pm so individuals can say their thanks and farewells, the reception will last for around an hour and there will be drinks and nibbles.

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.


FAIRIES, GOBLINS AND SPRING: We spent an enjoyable couple of hours at the Wallands School production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Saturday evening which was produced by our daughter. It was very well done with little grottos around the school playing fields with lanterns lighting the way. After each scene the little fairies and goblins would race off to the next grotto calling, ‘follow me’ and off we would all go. Congratulations to all involved for your very hard work. We know how much time both adults and children gave up over the Easter holidays but it was worth it. The wedding finale was enhanced by a firework display supplied by the Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society. As a bonus the weather was great too, which leads me to believe spring is really on its way now.

NEVILL SHARES: The next meeting will be in the church hall April 14 start 2.30pm with tea and cake after.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our Friendship Lunch between noon and 1.15pm. No need to book just turn up for soup, ploughman’s and dessert for just £2. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and will include Holy Communion. This will be followed by a church walk. On Wednesday our Little Fishes group will be meeting between 9.30am and 11am. This is a group for pre school children and their carers and the theme for this month’s session will be Jesus is alive. The cost is just £1 per family and during the morning drinks and biscuits will be served. Next Friday Christ Church Tots will resume after its break for Easter. Last Friday 50 people came along to our Messy Church event. Everyone enjoyed the craft activities and after a short act of worship they sat down for a lunch together.

SPRING SHOW: St Mary’s Gardening Club held its annual Spring Show at the Social Centre. It was a lovely sunny afternoon, most welcome after the dismal weather. This was the reason we did not have as many daffodils on show. Despite this, there was a lovely display of blooms and the cookery, knitting, photographic and handicraft classes were very well supported. The Cottage Pre-school grew dwarf daffodil bulbs in pots which they decorated beautifully and the Rainbows’ mobiles were charming and amazingly inventive. The members and friends enjoyed themselves admiring the exhibits and partaking of tea and delicious cakes. There was an excellent raffle with a wonderful array of prizes, a bookstall, cake and plant stall and a magnificent bottle tombola which included a bottle of Lewes Blend whisky kindly donated by Harvey’s. We were very fortunate to have as our guest John Webber and his wife Jenny who kindly gave out the cups and certificates. Christine Gibson triumphed for a second year running, winning the Corporation Cup and the Ladies Cup as well as the certificate for the Best Daffodil. Anne Brown thoroughly deserved to win the Rosemary Cup for cookery and the certificate for best produce item with her almond shortbread biscuits. Brenda Greenaway won the French Pot Plant cup with a gorgeous orange-flowered Christmas cactus and the certificate for the Best Arrangement went to Pat Elliott for her stunning arrangement Tulips from Amsterdam. The Children’s Cup, over 8 years went to George Linehan and Ellie Jupp was the winner of the Children’s Cup, under 8 years as well as Best Children’s Exhibit for her chocolate crispies. The show secretary would like to thank the members of the club who worked so hard to make this day a success. The winners of the various classes are listed below with their full name on the first mention and initial thereafter. Daffodil, yellow, white perianth, Pat Mitchell; daffodil yellow, yellow perianth, Christine Gibson; daffodil, white, white perianth, P Mitchell; daffodil, white, yellow perianth, Alison Soudain; any colour, white perianth, A Soudain; yellow, yellow perianth, P Mitchell; any colour, flat crown, Janet Ward; any colour, yellow perianth, Rosemary Sells; yellow perianth, Monica Botting; dwarf narcissus, C Gibson; other spring bulbs, C Gibson; daffodil/narcissus, three kinds, P Mitchell; daffodil, single specimen, C Gibson; daffodil, double specimen, P Mitchell; daffodil, one white, P Mitchell; daffodil, any other type, Malcom French; hyacinth, single, R Sells; tulips, one colour, Vicki Trenhaile; flowering pot plant, Anne Brown; cacti or succulent, Brenda Greenaway; polyanthus, 3, C Gibson; any other flower, J Ward; flowering shrub, C Gibson; pot/ bowl of bulbs, V Trenhaile; four sticks of rhubarb, V Trenhaile; Under 8 years, Spring picture, Jack Chaplin; chocolate crispies, Ellie Jupp; bunch of spring flowers, E Jupp. Over 8 years, Spring picture, George Linehan; chocolate crispies, G Linehan; spring flowers, G Linehan; The Cottage Pre-School Daffodil in a pot, Tobi Barnes; Rainbows Mobile, Amalie Smith Jarman. Mixed fruit jam, R Sells; one fruit jam, Sheila Kay; marmalade, A Brown; lemon curd, R Sells; mature chutney, Pat Elliott; sticky tea bread, P Elliott; almond shortbread biscuits, A Brown; Victoria sponge, Jo Allen; cheese scones, A Brown; white bread rolls, A Brown; knitted item for a baby/child under 3 years, R Sells; photo, scene at a wedding, C Gibson; photo, corner of my garden, C Gibson; item of handicraft, Elizabeth Tingley; spring petite arrangement, M Botting; arrangement for a spring wedding, C Gibson; Tulips from Amsterdam, P Elliott; arrangement of flowers and foliage from your own garden, C Gibson.


MUSIC QUIZ: Tomorrow, Saturday, Newick Bonfire will be holding a Fun Music Quiz in the village hall at 7.30pm for 8pm. Tables of eight, tickets £7 to include light refreshments. Bar provided. To order tickets telephone 01825 722418. Please try and support this event.


at St Mary’s, Holy Communion(BCP) at 8am, followed by Holy Communion (CW) at 10.30am. If you should require a lift to church, telephone in advance to 01825 822582.

ANNUAL MEETING: The annual parochial church meeting is on Monday April 22 in the Barn Centre. When this meeting has finished the Friends of St Mary’s Church will also hold their AGM at approximately 9.30pm.

THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY will meet in the village hall on Thursday at 8pm when Mark Saunders will talk about Inspirational Gardens. Mark is head gardener at Fittleworth House in West Sussex. His other passions are motor racing and photography and his photography is phenomenally impressive.

COFFEE MORNING: Chailey Women’s British Legion are holding their annual coffee morning in the Community Centre on Saturday April 20 from 10am till noon. There will be homemade cakes and preserves, a tombola, fancy goods, books and cards on sale.

DRIVERS: Friends of Newick Health Centre Driving Service are looking for drivers to take people to and fro the Health Centre for their appointments. If you are a good driver and can spare a couple of hours one morning per month, please telephone 01825 723591.

THE PARISH COUNCIL has cancelled the Newick Village Fun Day, owing to the general lack of interest shown in participating in this event. What a shame, this used to be a great village event with all the clubs and societies getting together and organising events (and making some money for themselves) for all the community to enjoy, ending up with a disco and barbecue.


TALK: A well-attended and enjoyable evening was held in Piddinghoe Village Hall last week. A talk on and tasting of a variety of Belgian Beers from fruit to Trappiste monk made varieties was given by the proprietors of the Belgian Café Eastbourne, Greg and Stephan. People who were not normally beer drinkers were won over. Belgian beer is more expensive than British beer but makes up for this by its taste. Attendees remarked on its deliciousness and in one case a normally non-beer drinker exclaimed ‘it’s a beautiful drink’.


WALKIES TIME: The Footpath Society will be stepping out again tomorrow (Saturday). Meet at East Hoathly village hall (TQ520 162) ready for a four mile walk following the Weald Way through Great Wood, Pipers Farm and Old Whyly with optional lunch in East Hoathly. If you need to know more ring 01273 891218.

OPEN DAY: Plumpton Tennis Club will hold an open day on Sunday between 1am and 4pm. Everyone is invited along to discover hidden or forgotten talent with the racquet. The courts will be open for play for the whole family and the first coaching lesson will be free. Refreshments will be available as well as a good supply of racquets to borrow. You will also be able to test your skills against the ball machine.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton PC will meet in the committee room at the village hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday. It is, as always, open to the public. Last week the planning committee supported the application to build 14 affordable homes for local people in North Barnes Lane. The decision now rests with Lewes District Council.

FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting will be on Wednesday in the village hall at 7pm. First on the agenda will be the AGM followed by a demonstration by Debbie Dann entitled Poetically Floral. All are welcome to go along. Club subscription is £10 per annum plus 50p for each meeting attended. Members are mourning the loss of a valued member and vice-president, Mary Beard. Their condolences go to her family.

SAD TIDINGS: It was with sorrow that we learned of the passing of Mary Beard on Friday last week, after a short illness. Mary was a stalwart in village life, notably with the WI, Horticultural Society and Flower Club. She will be sadly missed by many.

AND MORE: Sadly I also report the sudden death of Charles Dampney overnight last Friday. A very well known and outgoing character, I recall that Charles relished the fact I once described him as eccentric in connection with his madcap, but highly successful, charity fundraising endeavours.

ANOTHER LOSS: Mrs P, who was the popular landlady of The Sun pub (now the Winning Post) between 1952 and 1965, died on April 4, just 10 days before her 100th birthday. A number of residents will have many happy memories of the ‘good old days in the Sun’ when she was in charge. She had lived in her own bungalow until moving in with her son and daughter-in-law, John and Tina, at Christmas.

BROSTER UPDATE: Ben (edict) Broster paid a brief visit to the UK recently to play for his rugby club, Biarritz, against Gloucester. The visitors won the day by 41-31. Now should we be glad or sad? Recently Ben was voted man of the match a couple of times at Biarritz and instead of receiving a bottle of bubbly he was presented with a massive ham joint that even he had difficulty in carrying. Latest news is that he is set to become a father again in July or August. Grandpa, the Rector Godfrey Broster, is already ageing at the thought and I expect that Grandma’s knitting needles are clacking at a rate of knots.

GRANTS AVAILABLE: The parish council has a limited sum available by way of grants for local organisations. Recipients last year included Honeybees, Victim Support and VAP (for a defibrillator). Any group interested in applying should request a form from Clerk and application will be considered by Finance Committee. Contact Jean Stewart on 01273 891416 or

LOCAL RUGBY: Plumpton RFC travelled to Ditchling at the weekend, losing 12-16. Our team faced a strong Ditchling side and despite winning the forward battle were unable to make their usual dominance count. Playing on Ditchling’s small pitch demands a direct game plan, something Plumpton has always thrived on, having not lost to Ditchling in seven years. However Ditchling showed a strong defence and the ability to make good yardage themselves and scored within two minutes. Plumpton however hit straight back and within five minutes had scored themselves. After a barrage of attacks on the Ditchling line, Ed Bowman forced his way over the line, carrying three players with him. Refereed to the highest standard and played as ever in great spirits, Ditchling were able to capitalise on penalties in kickable range. As the score stretched to 16-7 through three penalties, Plumpton still looked more than capable to win the game. With 15 minutes left a wide pass from Fly-half James Burgess saw Scrum-half Lewis Beale sprint half the length of the pitch before passing to Adam Turrell who was held just short of the line, a quick offload by Beale allowed returning 2nd Row Lockie Elliott to crash over but it went unconverted. Despite hammering the Ditchling line for the last 10 minutes Ditchling’s defence held firm and the final score was16-12 to Ditchling. Plumpton Man-of-the-Match Dan Franks. This weekend Plumpton host league leaders Crawley, ko 3pm.

SPRING SHOW: The horticultural society staged its Spring Show last Saturday and, despite the recent cold weather attracted some fine exhibits. RHS Certificates Best Vegetable Ken Beard and Best Cookery Evelyn Botterill. SE England Daffodil Group Certificate for best bloom and 75th Anniversary Perpetual Trophy (1985) Mick Bird. Powell Edwards Salver and Elves Family Trophy Ken Beard. Dora Watson Trophy (1987)Diane Ellis. Beard and Cottingham Trophy (flower arranging) Gill Wells. Winifred Awberry Challenge Trophy Carole Nicholson. Lucy Bracher Memorial Trophy (1982) (cookery) and Committee Cup for best Wine Win Banks. Balchin Family Challenge Cup (children) Amber Botterill. John Tetley Challenge Trophy Julie Russell. Junior Classes (under 16s): Vase of three daffodils Amber Botterill. Novice Classes: Pot of daffodils Julie Russell. Amateurs: Three narcissi div 1 and pot of spring bulbs Dianne Ellis; three narcissi div 2 Tim Parmenter; three narcissi div 3 and one narcissus div 1 Carole Nicholson; one narcissus div 1 Dorothy Casselton. Open Classes: Three narcissi div 1, one narcissus div 3, one vase one outdoor flower and vase of polyanthus Carole Nicholson; three narcissi div 2, three narcissi more than one flower per stem div 5, 6 or 7, five narcissi different varieties, pot or bowl of hyacinths single hyacinth, pot or bowl of tulips and one pot cactus or succulent Ken Beard; one Narcissus div 1 and one narcissus div 4 Mick Bird; one narcissus div 2 Marion Bird; vase of shrub or shrubs in bloom Julie Russell; vase three stems hellebores Dorothy Castleton; flowering pot plant Carol Hemsley; foliage pot plant Susan Parmenter; one pot orchid Eileen Simmons. Open Vegetables: Two leeks, three onions and any other vegetable Ken Beard. Floral Art: Arrangement for St George’s Day Dianne Ellis; arrangement in a flower pot and arrangement depicting Spring in the Air Gill Wells. Cookery: Five peppermint creams and a treacle tart Win Banks; jar of Seville orange marmalade Linda Pilfold; three stuffed mushrooms Carol Hemsley; chocolate sponge decorated with butter icing Evelyn Botterill; four pieces shortbread Clare Pilfold; four pieces coconut ice (men only) Richard Wells; three muffins (under 18 years) Carenza Smith; six eggs Carole Nicholson. Handicrafts: Greetings card for wedding Diane Ellis; crocheted accessory Carol Hemsley; wooden article Frank Botterill; soft toy Jo Balchin; picture using beads (under 18) Carenza Smith. Homemade Wine: Bottle rose wine and bottle sweet white wine Mick Bird; bottle dry wine from fruit or flowers and bottle of wine from natural ingredients not fruit or flowers Win Banks; bottle medium wine fruit or flowers Reg Lanaway. Junior Competitions: Under 5 years. Pasta necklace Poppy Hemsley; flowers in egg cup Amelia Pilfold. 5 to 7 years. Decorated Easter bonnet, three decorated bought biscuits and painting of a lamb Amber Botterill. 8 to 10 years. Bookmark Rebekah Hemsley.


SPRING FAIR: Do try to get along to this event being organised by Ringmer Evening WI in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. There will be plenty of stalls and games for all the family as well as a raffle and tombola. Admission is free.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on April 3 was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room, of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: The parish council invites you to attend this meeting in the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. After the business of the meeting has taken place there will be a talk entitled The Great Sussex Sustainable Development Debate which will be given by Georgia Wrighton, Director of CPRE Sussex Countryside Trust. Refreshments will be kindly provided by Ringmer Evening WI. It is hoped many residents will attend to hear about the work of your council over the past year and its future plans.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Tiddlers and Toddlers are holding this sale in the village hall on Saturday, April 20, from 10.30am to noon. There will be high quality clothing/equipment for 0 to 6 year olds.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL Meeting at 11am on Sunday, April 21, following the 9.45pm service. This is when churchwardens are elected as well as new members to the Parochial Church Council. Reports are received on the church’s activities over the past year and the accounts for the past year are put before the meeting.

CROQUET CLUB: On Sunday April 21 and 28 there will be family croquet afternoons at the Cheyney Field from 2pm to 4pm. There will be plenty of games to amuse the youngsters whilst the adults try their hand at croquet. If you are interested please contact Johnathan Franklin on or phone him on 813189.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: On Saturday, June 8, in the village hall Daisy McKie is directing and co-ordinating a Music Hall. She has already got quite a few people willing to take part but could do with some more. If you are interested please get in touch with Daisy on 01273 814859. A rehearsal will take place during the evening of Friday, June 7.

SPRING SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Spring Show was held in the village halls on Saturday April 6, and was very successful. There was a fine display of daffodils and other spring flowers considering the inclement weather we have been having. The handicraft section was well supported with many fine paintings on the subject of My Favourite Place and items of embroidery. Every class in the cookery section had many mouth watering entries. The photographic judges needed a long time to find the winners of the two classes, Weddings and Reflections. The sunshine brought out near record numbers of visitors and it is hoped they will be tempted to join us and display in the Summer Show on Saturday July 20.

First prize winners. Flowers: Large cupped daffodil and specimen, small cupped daffodil, specimen double daffodil, daffodils five different, daffodil different type, P Ball; trumpet daffodil, S Miller; specimen trumpet daffodil, M Meredith; specimen small cupped daffodil, E Bowler; double daffodil, M Meredith; split corona daffodil, M Meredith; daffodil dwarf, J J Martin; daffodils, novice class, R Harris; specimen tulip, M Meredith; hyacinths, J Payne; polyanthus, M Meredith; pansies, M Meredith; flowering plant, V Duckett; flowering tree/shrub, M Meredith; bowl mixed flowers, L Lyon; cactus/succulent, J J Martin; bowl bulbs in bloom, J J Martin; stick of rhubarb, A M Bridger. Flower Arranging: Easter Wedding Bells, A Keeping; Say it with Flowers, H Hobbs; Spring in the Kitchen, R Hobbs. Cookery and Preserves: Coconut cake, S James; three milk rolls, S Miller; sausage plait, R Peters; savoury mousse, J Miller; bread and butter pudding, H Hobbs, five chocolate cookies, S James; two gingerbread men, M Berry; jar marmalade, E Hawkins, six eggs, S Hemington. Handicrafts and Hobbies: Painting, My Favourite Place, J Evett; needlework, J Godsmark; photo, Weddings, E Bowler; photo, Reflections, M Berry. Trophy winners: Moon Cup, most points in flower section, M Meredith; Elsie Relf Trophy, best flower exhibit, P Ball; John Barker Trophy, best handicraft exhibit, J Godsmark; Wyevale Trophy, most points in cookery section, E Hawkins and J Miller; Mary Williams Trophy, most points in flower arranging section, H Hobbs, A Keeping and R Hobbs.

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EVENT: I forgot to mention in last week’s Parish Pump my neighbour Lorna held her annual East Walk and Tea Party at her flat on Easter Monday. There must have been between 20 and 30 people coming and going and Lorna (who is a great cook) had a lovely spread of Easter fare for us all. There was a mixture of visitors from a church in Brighton and villagers from Rodmell and a good time was had by all.

ACCIDENTS: There have been yet more cars sitting on hedges or upside down in fields over the Easter period on the C7. I really don’t think people realise how dangerous this road becomes when we get snow or ice.

PARKING: There has been some not very intelligent parking around the village of late. Someone parked a small white car right where the delivery van for the pub has to unload for the cellar and so he had to park in the middle of the road on a busy weekend, thus cutting off the right of way for village drivers down The Street and causing a hold-up along the C7 for about 10 minutes. The pub has a car park, as does the village hall and Monks House, so please use them.

SAD NEWS: For those readers who were at Sussex University in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in the late 60s onwards I have some sad news about a much loved secretary named Roseta Palmer. She died on Friday April 5 and would have been 100 on April 14. She was such a kind, smiley person, and even though she moved up to the Cotswolds to be near her son in later years, many of us still kept in touch with her. When she came back here for a break we met up for lunch. She and her husband also ran the Sun pub at Plumpton many years ago, although strangely enough she was not a pub person. I have always said I want to end up being like Mrs P as she was so fondly known, and it was in fact the tag that I gave her and it stuck for years. Her smiling face, gracious ways and kindness will always be remembered by those that knew her and worked with her.

PUB EVENTS: Today, Friday, Live music from 8pm. On April 27 please note that the pub will be closed from 8pm for a private party. April 28, Quiz Night from 8pm. Booking a table is recommended. Monday May 6, The Sussex Spring Sing Folk Festival from 2pm to 10pm. Food served all day.