Parish Pump Lewes - April 13, 2012

Alciston & Selmeston

VILLAGE MARKET: Alciston and Selmeston Village Market will be held on Tuesday, 10.30am to noon in the village hall. There will be home made cakes and bread. Preserves. Local Free range eggs. Books and good quality bric-a-brac. A selection of great craft stalls for browsing around and refreshments and bacon sandwiches available. Do come and join us, entry is free.


TABLE TOP SALE: The playgroup is holding a Table Top Sale on Saturday, April 21, from 10am to noon. Raffle and refreshments. To book a table, please ring 07845937254 or e-mail;

LADIES STOOLBALL: First practice session of the season will be on Tuesday, 6.30pm in the rec. This will be followed by our AGM at 7.30pm. We would love to welcome new members, so come along and find out if this is the sport for you. Enquiries contact Yvonne 01273 400087.

AGM: Village Hall Committee AGM will be on Monday, April 23 at 7.30pm in the Stage Room. This will be followed by the first meeting of the new committee. Red, I will be in touch about the agenda. If anyone has anything they would like added to this agenda please let Red or myself know. All are welcome.


THANKS to all who generously donated jumble to the cricket club and the bonfire society jumble sales recently. The sales raised about £400 for the cricket club and £460 for the bonfire society and both organisations would also thanks all who helped and attended the sales for helping to raise much needed funds.

THE PARISH EMAIL address has been hacked so you should ignore any emails that you receive from Details of a new email address will be announced shortly, but in the meantime please do not use the old email address but contact the rectory by calling John on 01825 722286.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Free Church services on Sunday are a 10.30am family service and at 6.15pm with Fiona Firman. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services.

COUNCIL MEETING: A full parish council meeting will be held on Tuesday in the Reading Room, Chailey Green commencing at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

AGM: Friends of Markstakes Common AGM takes place at the Horns Lodge on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

WALKING for pleasure group of the Uckfield U3A meet on Thursday to enjoy a circular fairly level walk of 4.6 miles around Chailey starting at 10.30am at the Five Bells. The route will be along lanes, across fields and through woods, crossing the A275 twice and returning to The Five Bells for lunch. To find out more about joining Uckfield U3A or for further information about the walk contact the membership secretary on 01825 765020.

PARISH HALL COMMITTEE are glum as a week after an oil delivery they were appalled to find the hall oil tank was empty once again. The oil had been stolen and they had to order more. Now they are only having small amounts delivered. CCTV has been installed and a lot of people are paying frequent visits to check the car park for suspicious activity and descriptions of vehicles not meant to be using the hall and individuals lurking in the car park are being logged. If anyone sees anything suspicious going on in or around the village hall they are asked to advise the police on 101.

FIRST NOVEL by local resident Fionna Barr, The Darkness Within, is available on Amazon, where the first two pages can be read, and also on kindle. It is fiction based on true events and is the story of three sisters growing up in the Netherlands in the 1950s with a manic depressive mother, who puts their lives at risk. The story chronicles their growing into mature adulthood while coming to terms with the traumas of their childhood. One of the sisters (the author) currently lives in North Chailey.

A BROADBAND GROUP is being formed by the parish council as East Sussex County Council wants to see high speed Broadband extended to rural areas and is prepared to put its money where its mouth is. The catch is that we, as a village, have to support the drive to introduce Broadband with evidence of need and of inadequate service. The group needs to be formed of users, and especially those who can demonstrate a business requirement for high speed Broadband, or who have specialist knowledge and experience. If you are interested please contact Cllr Ron Trussell on 01273 891448 or email

CHAILEY SCHOOL has been praised under the new, rigorous Inspection regime. The overall rating was good and inspectors noted that ‘students reach standards well above the national average, make good progress overall and outstanding progress in English’ and that ‘behaviour in lessons and outside them is very good’. The full report can be found on the School’s website as well as on the Ofsted site.


Offham & Hamsey

MONDAY CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club, for mature members of the parish, meet on the second Monday of the month in St Peter’s Church Hall and is now run by Judith Bastide and Caroline Featherstone, assisted by Enid Bishton and Angela Spinks. Since the new year when it re-located to the church hall, the meetings have been very well attended. Judith and Caroline are happy to welcome new members and for those who may require a lift it can be arranged by calling either Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline on 01273 477151. The next meeting is on Monday from 2pm to 4pm. Go along for a chat, card games and a delicious tea.

TODDLER TUNES: The next session is on Thursday in St Peter’s Church Hall from 10am to 11am. Enquiries to Judith 01273 474356.

EVERY TUESDAY drop-in group for mums to be, mums and babies, mums and toddlers at the village hall from 10am to noon.

SINGING MASTER CLASS next meet on Thursday at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Church Hall. Enquiries to Jenny Money 01273 483424.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING (not to be confused with the annual parish council meeting), is on Thursday April 26 in the village hall from 7pm. All residents are invited to go along to hear what the parish council have been doing and to make their own views known. There will be a representative from Lewes District Council to answer questions about the Emerging Core Strategy and what this could mean for this parish with more houses planned for Cooksbridge and a proposed extension to the traveller site in Offham. Refreshments will be served. Meeting will close at 9pm.

SALE for Young Carers on Friday April 27 at Hamsey CP School from 3pm to 4.30pm. Book a table for £5. More information on 01273 400725.

OPEN GARDENS: On Sunday April 29 Sandy, Miranda and Pontus are again opening their beautiful gardens to the public at Offham House from 1pm to 5pm. All proceeds to charity. Entry for adults is £4.50, but there is no charge for children. Go along and see the herb garden, walled kitchen garden, the long peony bed and the double herbaceous order, flowering trees and the fountains, and enjoy a home-made tea and cakes. This will be the 37th year that the gardens have been open.

CHURCH AGM: St Peter’s Church will hold their annual general meeting on Monday April 30, at 8pm in the church hall. This is the meeting when the churchwardens and the parochial church council are elected and the reports are received on the different aspects of church life.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Although this is very much in advance, Judith Bastide has already booked up for the regular summer trip to the Chichester Festival Theatre, which has become quite a tradition. This year tickets are booked for the matinee performance of Kiss Me Kate for Wednesday, July 25. If you would like to go ring Judith on 01273 474356 as tickets get snapped up very quickly, (there is always a stop on the way home for a carvery supper). Tickets cost £13.

ABANDONED: Plans by the Welsh Government to abandon a cull of badgers to control bovine TB have been welcomed by the Badger Trust based in East Grinstead. Instead, the Welsh Government has opted for vaccinating badgers. The Welsh Government’s decision will be studied carefully by officials at DEFRA, which is facing a legal challenge from the trust over the government’s decision to run a pilot cull of badgers in two areas. The report says that farming organisations will be keen to maintain pressure on the English Government to go ahead with the pilot cull despite the Welsh Government’s decision. A cull proposal by the last Welsh Assembly Government was quashed in 2010 following a judicial review brought by the Badger Trust. Last year, the assembly produced a new culling proposal including free shooting, which the trust challenged alongside four co-claimants in the affected area. The Welsh Government’s revised plan was paused after last year’s election when a new government agreed to view the science. The trust called on DEFRA secretary of state Caroline Spelman to reconsider her costly, counterproductive cull plans for England. The trust has begun judicial review proceedings to prevent the proposed cull in England. The trust is already working alongside the NFU on vaccinating badgers following trial results which showed a 74 percent reduction in the proportion of wild badgers giving positive results to TB tests. Other vaccination programmes have also yielded positive results the trust said. There still seem to be some people who don’t understand that badger setts are protected, in spite of all the talk about culling and shooting it is illegal to interfere or damage a sett and those who do so will be prosecuted.

COASTAL WILDLIFE: Planned offshore wind farms pose a significant threat to the above according to a government report. With the above in mind I recently read a letter from someone in one of my magazines which gave a suggestion for those seeking planning permission for wind generators. The simple idea is to make applicants consider the actual output of the electrical generation more carefully. Suggesting that in granting an application for the installation of a wind farm, the approving council make it a legal commitment for the applicants that each generator will produce an average of 66 percent of its stated capacity over a three year period. If it does not achieve this amount the applicant must then remove the turbines and return the ground to its original condition. What a good idea.


EASTER: We had a joyful church service on Easter Day, with a number of families with children, so the Easter egg hunt in the churchyard afterwards was a great success. Fortunately the rain had stopped by then. The Easter garden, planted by a team of villagers on Palm Sunday had survived the week without being ravaged by rabbits. The deterrent ring of spikes planted around the flowers seems to be doing the trick for the moment. Many thanks to those who generously donated flowers and compost, and helped with the planting, especially Pat Asquith, Judy Robinson and Sylvia Carr. We hope the garden will be in place for another few weeks.

RETIREMENT: We previously reported that Andrew Robinson’s last service at St Laurence would be on June 3, this has now been changed. This is in part because we will have to contend with the Fat Boy Slim concert at the Amex Stadium on the weekend of June 3. The new date for Andrew’s retirement service is the following week at 10am on June 10.

CONCERT: Speaking of concerts we have a change to the line-up for this weekend’s concert due to a bereavement. We now have playing: Sophia Bartlette – violin, Helen Parsons – clarinet and Nicola Grunberg – piano. This should be an excellent concert and many thanks to the musicians who have stepped in at short notice. The concert is at 5.30pm tomorrow (Saturday). Entrance is free and drinks will be available.

BIRDS: Our bird feeders have been drawing the attention of a sparrow hawk for some time now, but until this week we have never seen him be successful, but last Monday he struck and carried off a blue tit. It was over in a flash and the only sign was the nut feeder swinging wildly. I may have to move the feeders to a different location.

DEMENTIA: I see in the latest bulletin from The University of Sussex that local philanthropists are supporting new research by the University into ageing and dementia. I wonder if the research some friends volunteered for is part of this. A Sussex student was calling for volunteers over 60 years of age, to come and go through some tests with him. They were asked questions about their lifestyles, how much they drank and what exercise they took. The student also measured their hydration levels and their BMI. Then they were taken through some tests on the computer which involved identifying words by either the colour of the typeface or the meaning. Both volunteers found some of the tests quite confusing but were hopeful their efforts go some way to improving treatment for this terrible disease.

Glynde & Beddingham

JUBILEE TEA PARTY, Monday June 4. Advance notice to all residents of Glynde and Beddingham. In the next week or so you will find an envelope coming through your door requesting a donation for either your time, food or cash. Because we would like you to have a party to remember, the theme is either the Fifties or Patriotic, but this is entirely up to your personal choice. When you receive your envelope would you please return it to either Jean at 3 Hampden Gardens or Janet at 11 Trevor Gardens asap. Thank you.


ACTION AND HOBBIES FAIR: This exciting new event will be held in the parish hall on Saturday, April 21, from 1pm to 4pm. This is an opportunity to see something of the many groups and hobbies active in Kingston. Some will have goods for sale, others will be giving demonstrations. All will be pleased to tell how to get involved. There will be stalls demonstrating art and crafts including wood sculpture (Kingston Art and Craft Group), a Kingston Church stall, cigarette cards, computer support, face painting, hand crafted jewellery and turned wooden bowls, local produce, Kingston online Village Shop, philately (stamps), quilting/patchwork projects, silversmithing and Kingston WI activities. In addition, there will be demonstrations of Zumba fitness sessions (from 2pm to 2.20pm and from 3pm to 3.20pm) and table tennis (at other times during the afternoon) in both cases, new members are very welcome, so come along to watch, join in and sign up. You will also be able to enjoy a cup of tea and cake at any time during the afternoon. Entry to the fair will cost just £1 at the door (children free). A free programme (including a colouring competition for children) will be handed to you on entry. Net proceeds from the fair will be for Kingston Church.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our Falmer to Rottingdean walk on Tuesday last started from Falmer station and took us round the new football stadium behind which we found the path onto the Downs and the first hill, one of several on the way to Rottingdean. We crossed Jugg’s Road and descended into Falmer Bottom, through the nature reserve and then climbed again to Balsdean Reservoir. In Rottingdean half the party retired to the pub for a drink and sustenance and half picnicked in the peaceful, manicured surroundings of Kipling Garden. We returned to Lewes by bus via Brighton. Graham Heap led the way. Robert Cheesman, our past chairman, recently led a 12 mile sponsored walk, at the Mayor’s request, to celebrate the first anniversary of the formation of the South Downs National Park and to publicise the designated two waymarked link routes from Lewes Railway Station to join the South Downs Way (East) at Kingston Ridge and to South Downs Way (West) at Blackcap to provide an alternative route through Lewes. The walk was a great success and several members of the Group took part. Lunch was taken at Housedean Farm before the climb to Blackcap and then into Lewes where tea was enjoyed at the Town Hall.

The next walk is on Wednesday at Upper Dicker. Meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am for a prompt start.

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at the Royal British Legion Club, Morris Road. Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Village Hall, Ditchling 10.35am to 10.55am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.15am to 11.45am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.45pm; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.50pm to 1.20pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2.25pm to 2.50pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 3pm to 3.40pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.50pm to 4.20pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.15am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.45am to 11.15am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.45am to 12.05pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 12.15pm to 12.40pm; South Rough, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Oldaker, Newick 2.25pm to 2.55pm.


WE TOOK are granddaughter to see Diversity the other Sunday. What a great show, I was surprised how they managed to work out the routine to last for about two and a half hours, very high tech. Good time had by all except for the £18 parking fee charge. Be warned and don’t use the NCP immediately behind the centre.

CHRIST CHURCH: On Sunday, morning worship at 10.30am will be led by David Coleman and at 6.30pm Rev John Gordon will be leading worship with Holy Communion. On Wednesday, Little Fishes will be meeting from 9.30am to 11am and the theme this month will be A barbecue on the beach with Jesus. This group is for all pre school children and their carers. During the morning there will be activities and stories based on the theme. Today, Friday, is Friendship Lunch from noon to 1.15pm, a week later than usual because of the Messy Church event during the school holidays.

SPRING SHOW: The St Mary’s Gardening Club Spring Show took place on Saturday April 7 at the St. Mary’s Social Centre. Despite the gloom about the recent unseasonably dry and warm weather there was a good display of daffodils, tulips and other flowers as well as a good number of cookery entries and floral arrangements. We were very pleased to welcome entries by the Lewes Rainbows who produced floral arrangements from recycled materials and the children from The Cottage Pre-school who made some amazing spring pictures. There were a number of new entrants which is very pleasing. The show is open to all and is not restricted to members only and people can enter as few or as many classes as they wish. The show secretary would like to thank the members of the committee who worked hard to make the show the great success it was, especially Mary Newnham and Christine Gibson who served tea and cake to us all and Cyril Bates who did a lot of washing- up. We are also very grateful to our show judges, Mr and Mrs Moss and Mrs Todd who did a great job. We were delighted to have Councillor Ruth O’Keeffe who very kindly gave out the trophies. Pat Mitchell again won the Corporation Cup and the Ladies Spring Cup and this year added the Rosemary Cup for cookery to her collection. Alan Brown won the Russell Daffodil Cup with a lovely display of six different daffodils in two vases. The children’s under 8 years cup was won by Molly Chaplin who just pipped her brother Harry to the post. Jasmine Fuller of the Lewes Rainbows was awarded the cup for the best children’s exhibit. Certificates went to Christine Gibson for best arrangement for her stunning spring arrangement, Margaret Gearing for best produce item for her delicious mature chutney and Malcolm French for best daffodil. Winners of the individual classes: Daffodil, yellow, white perianth, Malcolm French; daffodil, yellow, yellow perianth, Pat Mitchell; daffodil, white, white perianth, P Mitchell; daffodil, white, yellow perianth, Alan Brown; any colour, white perianth, Anne Brown; yellow, yellow perianth, Malcolm French; any colour, flat crown, A Brown; white perianth, M French; dwarf narcissus, species, P Mitchell; bunch flowered, single/double, Anne Brown; other spring bulbs, Christine Gibson; double daffodils, A Brown; daffodil or narcissi, distinct, A Brown; daffodil, single specimen, M French; daffodil, double specimen, Edith Hall; daffodil, one white daffodil, any variety, M French; daffodil, any other type, three of a kind, P Mitchell; hyacinth, single specimen in a vase, C Gibson; tulips, mixed colours, three different, Jo Allen; tulips, one colour, Alison Soudain; flowering pot plant, Monica Botting; cacti or succulent, Brenda Greenaway; polyanthus, three stems, C Gibson; any other flower, three of a kind, A Soudain; flowering shrub, one piece, up to 2ft, E Hall. Russell Daffodil Cup, six distinct, named, in two vases, A Brown; four sticks of rhubarb, A Soudain; two leeks, Vicki Trenhaile; any other vegetable, JohnGeall. Decorated hardboiled egg, Molly Chaplin; cheese straws, Jack Chaplin; bunch of spring flowers, Molly Chaplin; spring collage (The Cottage Pre-school) Molly; flowers from recycled materials, Jasmine Fuller; mixed fruit jam, A Soudain; one fruit jam, Sheila Kay; marmalade, A Soudain; lemon curd, P Mitchell; mature chutney, Margaret Gearing; spiced banana cake, P Mitchell; macaroons, J Allen; cherry cake, V Trenhaile; savoury muffins, Anne Brown; knitted item for a child under three, Mary Newnham. Photo, Cliffs, P Mitchell; photo, The Bird Table. J Allen; item of handicraft, Anne Brown; spring petite arrangement in a basket, Anne Brown; arrangement to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Pat Elliott; spring arrangement, C Gibson; arrangement of daffodils or narcissus in a vase (men only), M French; vase of flowers and foliage picked from your own garden, C Gibson.

There is a Summer Show on September 1 with classes for vegetables and fruit as well as cookery and flower arranging not to mention classes for children. It not too early to start thinking about entering. The schedule of classes is available from the Show Secretary, Vicki Trenhaile, telephone 01273 475521.


STEP OUT: Do not forget tomorrow’s walk with the Footpath Society. Meet at Barcombe Cross car park (TQ421 158) for a five mile tour of the three Barcombe villages with the chance to finish up at the Royal Oak for lunch, if desired.

ANYONE FOR TENNIS? The tennis club will hold an open day on Sunday between 11am and 4pm. Play tennis free of charge and get some tips from coach Chris. Beginners will be welcome and there will be demonstrations. Racquets will be available to borrow and there will be a chance to pit your skills against the ball machine. Snacks, cream teas etc., will be available. Pop along to try it out or just to have a peep and maybe discover what a great club we have in the village.

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday the flower club will hold its AGM in the village hall at 7pm to be followed by a demonstration. Visitors and new members will be most welcome. The subscription for the club is £10 per year with an entry fee to meetings for members of 50p and for visitors £2.50.

STOOLBALL: The ladies’ stoolball club starts its practice sessions at the playing field on Tuesday at 6.30pm. New members of all abilities are welcome to join in.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: The parish Sunday School meets in All Saints’ church annexe on Sunday at 10.30pm.

PHONE BOX: The old, red phone box in East Chiltington is now in use as a Community Book and DVD Swapping House. Take your old books and DVDs along for others to enjoy and see what you can find for yourself while there.

CARE CLUB: A group recently visited Tulley’s Farm on what was probably the coldest April afternoon so far. However, they enjoyed touring the very comprehensive farm shop and soon made for the tea room which quickly warmed them up. The Sunday lunch this month has been moved on a week to avoid clashing with Easter. The pub lunch in the Royal Oak at Barcombe was very popular. The next social event will be a coach outing to Worthing at the beginning of May. Anyone wishing to join in can simply ring 01273 890048. The club caters for people aged about 60 or over.

SPRING SHOW: RHS Certificates best vegetable Ken Beard; best cookery Carenza Smith. SE England Daffodil Group Certificate and Daffodil Society Bronze Medal Mick Bird. Powell Edwards Salver; Dora Watson Trophy (1987) and Winifred Awberry Challenge Trophy John Poulton. Beard and Cottingham Trophy (1986) flower Elves Family Trophy Eileen Simmonds. Lucie Bracher Memorial Trophy (1982) cooker Win Banks. arranging Gill Wells. Balchin Family Challenge Cup children Amber Botterill; Committee Cup for best wine Reg Lanaway; John Tetley Challenge Trophy novices Evelyn Botterill; 75th Anniversary Perpetual Trophy (1985) three vases of three blooms narcissi and Bird Family Trophy (1990) six different narcissi Mick Bird.

Junior Classes (under 16): Vase three daffodils Amber Botterill. Novice Classes one narcissus div 1 or 2; one narcissus div 3 or 4; three narcissi Evelyn Botterill; pot of daffodils Sue Akers.

Amateurs: Three narcissi div 1; three narcissi div 2; three Narcissi div 3; one narcissus div 1; one narcissus div 3 John Poulton. Three narcissi div 4 Clifford Avery; three different narcissi Diane Ellis; one narcissus div 4 Sue Martin; three tulips any variety Eileen Simmonds.

Open (Trade excluded): Three Narcissi div 1; three narcissi div 2; three narcissi div 3; three narcissi div 4; three narcissi more than one flower per stem double; three other narcissi; five narcissi different varieties; one narcissus div 1; one narcissus div 2, one narcissus div 3; one narcissus div 4 Mick Bird. Three narcissi more that one flower per stem single div 8 John Poulton. Three Poeticus narcissi div 9; three tulips any varieties; vase polyanthus five stems Carole Nicholson. One specimen hyacinth Dorothy Caselton. One vase one outdoor grown flower; vase mixed flowers not daffodils; one pot daffodils; single hyacinth grown in container; one pot succulent; 10 shoots sprouting broccoli; two leeks; three sticks rhubarb; any other vegetable Ken Beard. Vase three stems shrub(s) in bloom; foliage pot plant; one pot cactus Susan Parmenter. Vase cut forget-me-nots Evelyn Botterill. Flowering pot plant Eileen Simmonds. Pot or bowl of hyacinth Susie Martin. Three onions Reg Lanaway.

Floral Art: Easter arrangement; arrangement in a basket Gill Wells. Miniature arrangement Win Banks; arrangement depicting spring garden Susie Martin.

Cookery: Five pieced chocolate fudge; Simnel cake Marion Bird. Jar Seville orange marmalade; two Scotch eggs Win Banks. Jam tart on a plate; three Easter biscuits Mary Beard. Cherry and coconut loaf (men) Alan Pilfold. Three butterfly cakes Carenza Smith. Six eggs Carole Nicholson.

Hamdicraft: Greetings card for a child and knitted item with two colours Gina Fergusson-Cooke.

Homemade Wine: Bottle rose wine Win Banks. Bottle sweet dessert wine; bottle dry wine from fruit or flowers; bottle medium wine from fruit or flowers; bottle wine from natural ingredients not fruit or flowers Reg Lanaway.

Juniors. Under 5s: Dinner picture on paper plate; necklace of drinking straws Jonathan Purdy. Flowers in mug Amelie Purdy. 5 to 7 years: Picture of a rabbit; a mask Natasha Purdy. Three chocolate cereal cakes Amber Botterill. 8 to 10 years: Three fairy cakes Daniel Moore. 11 to15 years: Scarecrow; fruit crumble; flowers in a vase Carenza Smith.


FOOTBALL CLUB: This evening, Friday, the Reserve team play their final game of the season at HOME to Westfield FC. Kick off time at The Caburn is 7.45pm and the Reserve Section East League Winners trophy will be presented to the team after the match followed by a bit of a do in the bar. Robbie Frost will be hoping to add to his goal tally and finish top goal scorer for the league so please do go along and give this great bunch of lads your support. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team travel to basement side Chichester City searching for some more league points to ease any relegation worries. On Sunday at 2pm The Caburn hosts the Duncan Ralfe Memorial Match between Ringmer Old Boys and Withdean Old Boys. Duncan played for both teams and his dad Rod managed both the Ringmer first and youth teams and a multitude of talent will be turning out for Ringmer including Stan Brown with sons Darren and Craig, Olly Harman, Wilf Joseph, Reg Goldsmith, Robin Smith, Andy Payne, Paul Sumpter, Terry Duke, Simon Pugh and many of the current Ringmer Veterans side. Honorary managers for the day for Ringmer are Colin Goodwin and Geoff Cooper whilst another Ringmer Old Boy, Sharky Finney will manage the Withdean Team whilst the referees duties on the day will be performed by another pair of Old Boys, Peter Crees and Gary Clark. This match is due to be a lot of fun in memory of a truly nice guy so please do go along and give them your support. There is no fixed entry charge as such but there will be a bucket collection at the gate and, if the Club can raise over £500 the Legal and General have promised to match it. All proceeds will be passed to the hospice that looked after Duncan.

COFFEE MORNING: Do remember the coffee morning being held tomorrow, Saturday, in the Symons Hall (old hall) of the village hall commencing at 10.30am. This is being organised by the Ringmer Royal British Legion Women’s Section in aid of the Poppy Appeal.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on April 4 was: 1, George Montgomery and Nigel Osmer; 2, Pam Brook and John Weston; 3, Valerie and Peter King, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith. The club next meets on Wednesday in the Symons Hall (old hall) commencing at 7.30pm.

SPRING FAIR: Ringmer WI are holding this event in the village hall on Saturday April 21 from 10am to noon. This is a family event with stalls and games to appeal to all ages. There will be a tombola when every ticket wins a prize and games to entertain the young and young at heart. Test your skill at milking a cow unlock the castle to win a prize, buy your spring wardrobe from the nearly new stall, enjoy homemade cakes and treat the children to a dip in the chocolate fountain. These are just a few of the treats in store. Admission is free. Do try to get along to support this event.

CLOSING DOWN SALE: After 40 years in the village, the doors closed at Caburn Playgroup at the end of March. This sale takes place on Sunday April 22 at the Goldsborough Hall (Scout Hut) between 10.30am to 12.30pm. Admission £1. There is a vast array of items useful for all age groups from toys and play equipment to storage items and plenty of craft material. Details from Marisa Hayes 01273 812790 or This sale should prove also useful for grandparents as they might well find some items in it to entertain their grandchildren.

TABLE TOP SALE: Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form will be holding another Table Top Sale/Craft Fair on Saturday April 28 between 10am and noon. Table top pitches are available pre booked at £5 the cost of which includes a trestle table and chair. Stallholders will be able to access the College from 9am to set up. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits will be sold but the College regrets that they cannot accept individual food stalls. Admittance to the sale for buyers will be 50p, children under 16 years free. For more information or to book a table please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager on 01273 812220, ext. 253 during school hours or e-mail

SEAGULLS: No it’s not the football club but the feathered variety which seem to be causing some problems. I have been asked to request that people do not put food out for these birds as they seem to be causing a bit of a nuisance and mess to some residents’ properties.

Rodmell & Southease

I FORGOT to say in last week’s PP that villagers who made the effort to go to Monks House for coffee and cakes with Rodmell Coffee Club on March 28 had a wonderful time. Monks House garden was a picture, and the cakes were so good, plus the weather was sunny and hot. Many thanks to Alli Pritchard for letting us have Monks House for the meeting and to Judith Bradbury, Sam Barlow and Sarah Last for being such good organisers. I can’t wait for the next one but I’m not sure of the venue.

QUESTIONNAIRE: People of the village who completed the questionnaire about what they would like in the village may like to know that 83 percent were in favour of more coffee and cake events (you bet). 61 percent were interested in a lunch club, 52 percent liked the idea of a programme of talks, 48 percent expressed interest in a film club.

I WAS TAKEN by my lovely god-daughter Sharon to see her daughter Raphaella in Oliver at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne on Good Friday. Not only did she pick me up and wine an dine me before the performance but she also drove me home again, which made it a very enjoyable day out, especially as she had to drive back to Wannock at 11pm. The performance was so good. It was by the Rattonians Youth Group who started performing in 1984 and have a reputation for delivering high quality good value entertainment in Eastbourne. I thought all the youngsters were great but there were outstanding performances by Mrs Sowerberry – Robyn Nash, Oliver – Alex Dry, Fagin – Ben Chaffin, Nancy – Aimee Dyer and my favourite Bill Sykes – Ben Gurney who reminded me of Cain in Emmerdale with his dark looks. I understand the youngest performers were only seven and it was remarkable how well they did. One has to admire the dedication of the parents, especially the mums, who drive the performers to and fro and act as chaperones as well as doing their jobs and looking after their families. It’s great to see children occupying themselves in being creative and not destructive.

COFFEE AND CAKES: I’ve now heard the next coffee and cake morning is on Monday April 23 and includes a mah-jong tester session. Come along either to take part or just have a cake. I hope to have more details soon.

I WENT TO PIDDINGHOE on Good Friday morning to watch the skipping in the street. It was a lovely day and it made for a very jolly occasion which is an old tradition. I could not stop for the pancake race and Easter Egg hunt or the hot cross buns etc as I had a very busy day ahead of me.

THE OUSE VALLEY villages have been a picture this spring, and the lovely display of daffodils, at the junction of Wellgreen Lane and the C7 were a lovely sight to see. We who live in this area are so lucky to live in such beautiful surroundings.

LIVING LANDSCAPE Photo Walks. Ouse Valley photography competition and Artwave exhibition. Be inspired by the natural beauty of the Ouse valley and join free local walks, bring along your camera. Open to all, contribute photos to a valley wide competition. Categories are children, amateur, art photographer, best in village/town. Great prizes from a local business and online photographic exhibition. All photos to be exhibited at a special Artwave exhibition. Join the online exhibition at and send one entry per category to Contact Susan Thompson 01273 477070 for details of summer walks.

WI: April 17, 7.30pm Share Your Memories and Don’t Lose Them. A talk by Julie Pinell in the village hall. Visitors welcome.

CLOTHES SALE: Friends of East Sussex Hospices, Expensive Mistakes, fashion fundraiser at Southease Place by kind permission of Neville and Jill Harrison on Wednesday from 10am to 4pm. Entrance £3. Lunch available.