Parish pump Lewes - April 18, 2014


THE GARDEN CLUB meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall, when Nigel Philips will be speaking on Water in the Garden - Good Idea? Members and visitors warmly welcomed.

WI: The meeting on April 8 took the form of a cookery demonstration entitled Veg Out – Vegetarian Cookery Demonstration, given by Diane Page assisted by her husband. Diane pointed out that non-vegetarians are often at a loss when it comes to offering vegetarian or vegan guests (she explained the distinction) an attractive meal. In one hour she showed us how to make a savoury cashew nut and mushroom baklava, a butter bean and pumpkin seed dip, quinoa kedgeree, and a chocolate, apricot and pecan cake. She commented on the less usual ingredients, telling us where we could source them, and suggesting variations that can be made to the recipes she proposed. We then had an opportunity to taste either the dishes made there and then, or ones she’d prepared in advance for us to sample. While she may not have converted many members, she certainly offered us some interesting ideas (and recipe cards), and of course we all enjoyed the results of her labours, always a bonus when meetings take this form.

1st BARCOMBE SCOUT GROUP: Come and take part in our annual fundraising family bike ride on Sunday June 1. Meet 2pm, Woodyard, car park opposite Sutton Hall entrance. Five mile or eight mile route available. Do come along and participate in what should be a great family fun day out.

THE BOWLING CLUB is having an introductory session for new and current members on Easter Monday, from 5.30pm. Just turn up at the pavilion on the recreation ground and have a go. We will supply the woods (bowls) and all you need are some flat shoes, you will be surprised how much fun it is and it can even be addictive. For more details contact Jas Osmond (01273 400806) or John Simpson (01273 400548).


ST GEORGE’S Coffee Morning, hosted by Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section, is at the Free Church tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to midday. There will be refreshments plus homemade cakes and preserves, a tombola, books and cards. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

ST PETER’S Church services start today, Good Friday, with a liturgy at 2pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, there is the Lighting the Easter Fire in the church at 6pm. On Sunday there will be a 5.30am Sunrise service at Chailey Windmill. There will be a Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion service at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586.

FREE CHURCH services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Erik Cornellise and at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

MEET PCSO Steven Knowles at the Free Church on Friday April 25 between 10am and 10.30am. Do go along for a chat, or for advice or with any concerns you may have. The Village Information Point session is the same day, from 10am to midday, when the parish clerk will be there to assist with any questions you may have. It is also a chance to enjoy free freshly brewed coffee, tea, chocolate and a choice of eats at the Coffee Stop, in the Free Church Hall. All are welcome to drop in for a drink, meet friends and make new ones.

YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall on Friday April 25 from 7.30pm to 9pm. There will also be a range of other activities available throughout the evening such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table, tuck shop and plenty more. All young people aged 10 to 16 years who live in or around the Chailey area are always welcome.

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

ST GEORGE’S DAY FETE, organised by the bonfire society, is at Markstakes Corner, on Saturday April 26 from noon to 4pm. There will be a beer tent, barbecue, cakes, plants, tombola, bric-a-brac, table top sale, dog show, children’s rides and more. For more information call 07985 112968.

TOY AND RAIL Collectors Fair is on Sunday April 27 from 10am to 4pm at the Bluebell Railway. There will be stalls on the platform and a marquee within the station car park with railway artefacts and model railway equipment. Admission tickets costs £3 per person which covers both the platform and a marquee.

CHORAL WORKSHOP with Aanna Colls is at the village hall on Sunday April 27 from 2pm to 5pm. Aanna’s approach to singing includes all the arts; music, movement and colour are seen as interconnected aspects of creativity. As an expert in vocal technique, she teaches that singing involves the use of the whole body in the production of resonant sound. Movement, physical exercise and the mixing of voices together raises the quality of the sound to different levels. The cost of the workshop is £15 which includes music scores and interval refreshments. To arrange attendance email Ann Jones at or call 01444 831 244 with details of your name, address and telephone number.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING is on Monday April 28 at the village hall. The main focus of the meeting will be the Chailey Neighbourhood Plan. Parish councils can use new neighbourhood planning powers to establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood. If Chailey Parish Council is going to take forward a Neighbourhood Plan, they will need your support and involvement as parishioners. Please go along to this meeting with your views and ideas. It will also be a chance to meet representatives from the council, police force and village organisations. There will also be an opportunity to question and discuss parish council policies and activities over the last year. The formal meeting begins at about 7.30pm, residents are however invited to arrive at or after 7pm to enjoy a glass of fruit juice or wine and meet councillors informally. I hope that you take this chance to meet your councillors, having attended previous meetings I can say they are interesting and well worth attending.

CHARITY QUIZ at the Horns Lodge Inn on Tuesday April 29 at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

GUIDED BLUEBELL WALKS around Sheffield Park take place on Wednesday April 30 from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. Walk Wood runs across the top of the garden and will be full of bluebells to enjoy; booking is essential and tickets cost £5 adults and £2.50 children. Normal admission also applies.

FRIENDS OF CHAILEY WINDMILL regret that contrary to the news in the April Parish Magazine the Windmill and Rural Life Museum will not now open until the last Sunday in June. The reason being the parish council, who are the leaseholders, have agreed to treat the Mill for woodworm and, additionally, the fantail at the rear of the mill was damaged during the winter storms. It is in a dangerous condition and needs to be replaced. Prior to the woodworm treatment the exhibits in the mill will have to be cleared and the hessian covering stripped from the walls. Afterwards entry will not be permitted for a while and the exhibits will then be reinstated.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

GOOD FRIDAY: St Peter’s Church 10am (The Liturgy).

EASTER SATURDAY: The church will be decorated for this most lovely of seasons from 10am. Gifts of flowers and greenery will be much appreciated and help to make the church look beautiful.

EASTER DAY: Holy Communion 8am, Sunday School in the hall. Family Communion 10.30am followed by Easter Egg Hunt in the church grounds.

JUMBLE SALE: Anita Walker reports that the recent jumble sale in the village hall raised £900 which goes towards supporting community events at the hall during the year. Anita and Tom thank all those who donated or helped in any way.

AGM: The Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust are holding their annual general meeting at Plumpton Green Village Hall at 7pm on Wednesday. There will be a talk by Gareth Davies, National Fisheries Officer for the Environment Agency, about one of the most important issues of our waterways: Non-Native Fish Species: impacts and controls.

OFFHAM CHALK PIT: For many years we have had artists calling to ask if they can sit either in one of the fields or in our road looking up at Blackcap and there have been some very nice scenes done in watercolours and oils of this special spot under the Downs. I think one of my favourite pictures is a snow scene and another when we had the old Sussex Wagon standing by the hydrangea bed when the flowers were in full bloom. Mostly local artists have created lovely pictures, but recently I had a visit from someone who wanted directions not to Blackcap but to Offham Chalk Pit. I casually asked if they were an artist, but was told no they were a photographer from London. I am still not sure if they wanted a picture of the Chalk Pit or the new interpretation board above the pit. The board shows a panoramic view of the Ouse Valley with highlights of points of interest such as Mount Caburn and Firle Beacon. The board was funded by the parish from proceeds of the 2008 Village Day, with other heritage walk costs being funded by the National Park Authority. Volunteer Ranger Peter Rolfe and Ranger Mark Hayward were responsible for the work. I mentioned about the board to the caller but they seemed to be more interested in the Chalk Pit which makes me wonder if they could have been looking for the Chalk Pit Inn. Who knows? Perhaps Offham will appear in one of the country magazines.

YELLOW PERIL: Every time I have gone out to check the lambs recently I have had sneezing problems when I get back indoors and have now discovered why. Just across the road is a field of rape. It looks beautiful with the sun on it and brightens up the countryside for us all after the long dark and wet winter but I know many people who suffer from hayfever find it overpowering, especially on a hot day. I would rather put up with the effects of it than not see such a wonderful sight.


EASTER: The celebrations for Easter start tomorrow, (Saturday) at St Laurence Church. We celebrate Easter Saturday with the Easter Fires and vigil service at 7pm. This will be followed by a bring and share party at the village hall. This will also be the first opportunity for people to view the In the Beginning art and poetry exhibition. The poetry is really exciting this year and we hope to gather it together into a booklet that will be for sale. The Easter Day service will be at 10am with an Easter egg hunt afterwards.

EASTER GARDEN: You may have noticed the Easter Garden taking shape over the last week. It should be finished by Sunday and we are hoping we have chosen plants the rabbits will not eat straight away. Last year we noticed the rabbits avoided the daffodils and the dark blue flowers so we have tried to use some of these again and we wait to see if this works. The rabbits are worse than ever this year, I suppose they carried on breeding through the winter as it was so mild.

THE BIRDS in our garden are busy nesting and the ducks on Falmer pond have all started investigating sites. In some cases they seem to be rather bad choices. I saw a pair of ducks sitting on the patch of grass dividing the A27 from the slip road the other day. I hope they didn’t decide to stay there. The jackdaws are making a mess at the back of the village hall where they are bringing a mass of small branches, twigs, bits of straw and three plastic downpipe holders which they have managed to drop by the back door on their way to an air vent into the roof space. A much neater nest belongs to the moorhen nesting at the corner of the pond, her chicks hatched recently and you can see tiny balls of black fluff perching among the branches of the tree where her nest is secured. The first of the house martins have arrived at least two weeks earlier than usual according to my Falmer South source.

CONCERTS: We are looking forward to the merry month of May when we have concerts every week at St Laurence. The first on May 3 is part of the Brighton Festival Fringe and features the Laplace Trio playing Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor plus other work for strings.


KINGSTON WI: Our April meeting began with a talk about the National Garden Scheme, all Gardens Great and Small. The speaker, Irene Eltringham-Willson, County Organiser for East Sussex, opens her own garden, Butlers Farmhouse, Herstmonceux. 3,800 gardens are open to the public with Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care each given £450,000 from the proceeds and with other nursing and caring charities, £2,128,000 was donated in 2013. The gardens of East Sussex vary from the smallest which is only 82sq ft to the 186 acres of the Ashdown Park Hotel. There are small courtyards, village trails and school gardens; something for everyone with most gardens serving tea and cakes and plants for sale. The speaker has opened her one acre garden since 1999 and this year suffered from flooding. Winchelsea’s secret gardens consist of 10 gardens, four new, all for £5 with refreshments at the village hall. The Seaford and Newhaven group have six gardens, three new to NGS and the trail starts at 8 Sandgate Close, Seaford, with teas served at two of the gardens and jam and plants for sale at 4 Sunningdale Close. Mayfield Gardens are a group of nine gardens and include a school garden maintained by the pupils. I have found the smaller gardens and trails are the most memorable and charming. Each county has a booklet, and a larger book includes all the gardens in the scheme. Information about the gardens can also be found at . In 1927 one shilling was the entry fee for all gardens for the Alexander Nurses; now the scheme has grown and donated more than £40 million since its foundation. The speaker awarded first place in the competition, A Small Posy, to Annie Hobden with second place going to Beverley Wakeford-Brown for a clever posy of paper flowers made from the 2013 copy of the Sussex NGS booklet. Later members discussed preparations for the village fete in June when the WI sells tea and cakes. A report of the Lewes Group Meeting included praise for the entertainer Lady Crabtree and members were asked if they would like her as our Christmas Party entertainer. The choir will meet again in early May and the visit to the Houses of Parliament will be postponed until the autumn. Details of entries at the South of England Show were given and May’s meeting will discuss the resolution about organ donation.


BALLET: Ex-professional dancer and AISTD qualified ballet teacher Claire Lyons is starting a new adult ballet class. Classes will begin at 9.30am on April 25, St Michael’s Church Hall, High Street. No ballet experience is required just bring some thick, dark socks and lots of enthusiasm. The class will be based on a traditional ballet class with some fitness elements added and will cost £6 for the hour. For more information email Claire on or call her on 07773 194040.

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 Road), where a short service will be held after the cross is raised. Parking in the Mountfield Road car park. You are welcome to join the procession at any point along the way.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: We are pleased to welcome Bishop Martin, who is new to the Lewes diocese, to celebrate communion with us on May 8 at noon in the church. Everyone is invited to come along. The Annual Parish Meeting will be on April 23 at 7.30pm in the church for everyone in the parish of St John the Baptist and members of the church. Afterwards we will have the Annual Parochial Church Meeting for those on the church electoral roll. The agenda and supporting papers are on 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. If you are holding a meeting or event in Southover, you may not know the church has a number of rooms and halls available for hire, seating between eight and 60, with kitchen facilities of various descriptions, loos, gardens and disabled access. To discuss details please contact the church office on 470616 (Monday to Friday 9am to noon, except Thursday 9am to 11.30am) or Services this Easter Sunday: 8am communion; 10am Easter Service with children’s Easter egg hunt followed by communion; 6.30pm informal evening service. Do come and join us.

MYSTERY PLAYS: Free performances of four short Old Testament Mystery Plays will take place at 11am, noon and 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, in Harvey’s rear yard. A Lewes adaptation of 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. Portraying murder and mayhem, floods and testing times. A prequel to Lewes Passion Play 2015.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The Head and Governors hope that everyone is having a very enjoyable holiday and wish to remind parents that term five begins on Tuesday, April 22 at the usual time of 8.55am.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: There will be a Service of Meditation following an Iona pattern for today, Good Friday, at 10am and this evening many church members will be joining with other Christians in the Walk of Witness which begins at 6pm outside St Pancras church and moves silently to Mountfield Road where the cross is erected on the mount. After the solemnities of Good Friday, tomorrow (Saturday), there will be a craft morning and Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers and primary age children which takes place in South Malling Church and in the church grounds from 10am to noon. This follows the pattern of a similar event at Christmas which was very much enjoyed. On Sunday, Easter Day, there will be a service of Easter Communion at 9.30am to which everyone is invited. Easter has always been regarded as the central festival of the Church, marking Christ’s resurrection from the dead and the beginning of the Christian revolution.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE is holding a Reptile Training Day on Saturday April 26 (that is: training people to better know and understand reptiles). This will take place from 9am to 1pm in South Malling church and churchyard. The churchyard is seen as a centre of excellence for wildlife friendly care and planting.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


GARDENING: St Mary’s Social Centre was the venue for the St Mary’s Gardening Club Spring Show on Saturday April 5.There was a wonderful scent as you walked by the exhibits. There was a good entry in the cookery, knitting, photographic and handicraft classes. The Cottage Pre-school grew dwarf daffodil bulbs in pots which they decorated beautifully and the Rainbows made lovely Easter table decorations based on CDs. Sadly there were no individual entries in the children’s classes although, encouragingly, there were a number of newcomers who showed for the first time. The atmosphere during the afternoon was buzzing as members and visitors enjoyed themselves admiring the exhibits and partaking of tea and delicious cakes. There was an excellent raffle, a bookstall, cake and plant stall and a well stocked bottle and Easter Egg tombola. We were delighted our mayor, Ruth O’Keeffe made the time to visit the show despite a busy schedule. She tells us she always enjoys seeing all the exhibits at our shows. We welcomed Les Langston, a trustee of the Social Centre and his wife Jo who kindly gave out the cups and certificates. Malcolm French was the winner of the Corporation Cup as well as the Russell Daffodil Cup and the Certificate for the Best Daffodil. Christine Gibson took home the Ladies Cup again. Much to her surprise, Rosemary Sells was the winner of the Rosemary Cup for cookery while Elizabeth Tingley was awarded the certificate for Best Produce item for her Frosted Carrot Cake Squares. The certificate for the Best Arrangement went to Pat Elliott for her absolutely amazing arrangement celebrating The Battle of Lewes. The show secretary would like to thank the members of the club who worked so hard to make this day a success. We are a great team. The winners of the various classes are listed below with their full name on the first mention and initial thereafter. Daffodil, yellow, white perianth, Alan Brown; daffodil yellow, yellow perianth, A Brown; daffodil, white, white perianth, Malcolm French; any colour, white perianth, M French; yellow, yellow perianth, Pat Mitchell; any colour, flat crown, A Brown; any colour, yellow perianth, A Brown; yellow perianth, Ann Hobden; dwarf narcissus, P Mitchell; other spring bulbs, C Gibson; daffodil/narcissus, three kinds, M French; daffodil, single specimen, Monica Botting; daffodil, double specimen, M French; daffodil, one white, A Mitchell; daffodil, any other type, Rosemary Sells; hyacinth, single, M French; tulips, one colour, R Sells; flowering pot plant, Anne Brown; cacti or succulent, Marilyn Dodd; any other flower, Vicki Trenhaile; flowering shrub, C Gibson; pot/ bowl of bulbs, Anne Brown; four sticks of rhubarb, VTrenhaile; two leeks, Mick Taylor; any other vegetable, Cyril Bates; The Cottage Pre-School Daffodil in a pot, Betsy Young Rainbows: CD table decoration, Mia Aldred; mixed fruit jam, Alison Soudain; one fruit jam, R Sells; marmalade, A Brown; lemon curd, P Mitchell; mature chutney, A Hobden; Easter biscuits, C Gibson; coffee walnut sponge, E Tinley; frosted carrot cake squares, E Tinley; sausage rolls, M Botting; Hot Cross Bun, A Brown; knitted item for a baby/child under 3 years, E Tinley. Photo: Spring Flowers, Jo Allen; A Family Gathering, C Gibson; item of handicraft, E Tingley; Spring miniature arrangement, Brenda Greenaway; table arrangement for Easter, C Gibson; The Battle of Lewes, P Elliott; arrangement of daffodils (men only), M French; arrangement of flowers and foliage from your own garden, Margaret Gearing. The St Mary’s Gardening Club summer show will be on Saturday September 6 and we would welcome entries from non members. You do not have to live on the Nevill to take part. Schedules and advice from Vicki Trenhaile 475521.

CHRIST CHURCH: It was lovely to see over 50 people of all ages at our Messy Church event last Friday. Everyone enjoyed taking part in the craft activities. This was followed by a short act of worship before lunch was served. Today we have our Good Friday service led by Rev John Gordon at 10am. This evening look out for the United Walk of Witness through Lewes from Irelands Lane from 6pm. Worship on Easter Sunday at 10.30am will include Holy Communion and will be led by Rev Michael Davies and at 6.30pm we have another Communion Service this time led by Rev John Gordon. A warm welcome awaits you at Christ Church.


NEWICK GREEN WI meet on Thursday in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Raymond Hale talking about A Stroll Along an English Country Lane. This will be an illustrated talk about the lovely creatures we miss when out for a country walk. All visitors welcome.

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open on Friday April 25 in the village hall from 10am till 11am. There will be a good selection of summer plants available, plus lots of cakes, fresh eggs, savoury items and fresh flowers.

COFFEE MORNING: Newick Bonfire Society will be holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Centre from 9am till noon. There will be a good selection of plants plus delicious cakes and savouries. There will also be a tombola and the Plotter Trading Post. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee/tea. Make sure you arrive early, so as not to be disappointed because they have sold out.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday, 8am Holy Communion followed by Informal Worship at 10.30am. Lifts are available if booked in advance on 722582. St Mary’s Church will be holding the AGM on Monday April 28 in the Barn Centre at 7.30pm.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm.

THE COUNTRYSIDE is looking beautiful with all new green leaves on the trees, hedgerows plus bluebells out, and the crops in the fields are making up for lost time, when we had all that rain and the ground was sodden, this spring has been spectacular.

DIARY DATES: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding a Coffee /Plant sale on Saturday May 3 in the Community Centre from 9am till 11.30am. The Amateur Dramatic Society will put on another play in the village hall from Wednesday May 7 to Sunday May 10, called Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward. Tickets £9 available from 01825 722359 or 722985, you can also purchase your tickets from the Newick Butchers or internet bookings The Afternoon Club will hold their meeting on Thursday May 8 in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Hannah Townsend from Waitrose, John Lewis Partnership.


LET’S GO RACING: The big Easter attraction at Plumpton Racecourse will be held on Sunday and Monday and both days promise a great day out for the entire family. On Sunday Mike the Knight will make regular appearances and there will be a children’s Easter Bonnet competition with prizes for the under 5s and over 5s. On Monday Peppa Pig will be joining in and on both days there will be a funfair. If the weather is good then why not picnic centre course? As over £115,000 in prize money will be on offer you can bet there will be some top runners and riders around to provide some exciting racing. Desert Orchid’s jockey, Colin Brown, will be on hand on both days to guide punters through the day’s racing and there will be a lot more going on for your enjoyment. Admission starts at £10 and accompanied under 18s get in free. Will I be able to sneak in free if I shave off my beard, do you think?

RECYCLE FOOD WASTE: Bim tells me he now stocks the bio-degradable caddy liners for recycling waste food at the village store. A roll of 20 costs just £1.50 so there is no need to trudge off out of town and that waste can be put to good use to help protect the environment. By all accounts a number of people found it difficult to find the liners and Lewes District Council offers no service to provide them. Our local shop really is so handy, carries a vast range of stock and offers friendly and helpful service, so make sure you use it or we could risk losing it.

EVENT SUCCESS: Last week’s talk given by David Carpenter on the Battle of Lewes attracted an unprecedented audience of about 120. Thanks must go to John Moore for securing such an eminent speaker to our little village. The talk was due to be given in the small hall, but at the very last moment had to be switched to the main hall to accommodate the numbers. The rival meeting at the hall, that of the Parish Council, succeeded in attracting but one member of the public! The Rector tells me if all history teachers were like this one then history courses at school and uni would be oversubscribed. We must thank John Moore for securing such an eminent speaker.

CHURCH SUCCESS: The Agape Meal held at All Saints’ church annexe earlier this month was a great success and is to be repeated. Details will appear in next month’s Parish Magazine. It seems as though our Rector enjoys preaching over breakfast and the congregation find it equally enjoyable, so long may it continue. Jesus held the Last Supper, so why not continue the religious debate over breakfast? That is not an irreligious or flippant comment, be assured.

VILLAGE HALL: Some users of this great local facility will be pleased to learn wi-fi is to be installed. This should make it a more attractive and practical venue for business meetings and conferences. Added to that, quotations are being sought to improve the heating system to make it more effective from both comfort and efficiency points of view, particularly in the main hall.

FACEBOOK PAGE: The parish council now has its own Facebook page and guess what its title is. Sorry, no prize for guessing that it is Plumpton Parish Council. It is part of the council’s effort to make sure communication and information is readily available if people really want it, as they say they do. It will, however, be kept factual and not open to commonplace abuse and misuse that the medium, in my view, frequently attracts.

MEADOW PROBLEMS: To mark the Queen’s Jubilee a wildlife meadow was established at the playing field to encourage the growth of wild flowers and plants. Plumpton Wildlife and Habitat Group put a great deal of effort into creating it, but the sports clubs who use the field, and it was created for them, have found it interferes with and frustrates their activities frequently. A small fence failed to solve the problem of lost balls, which was one of the difficulties encountered. The Parish Council, therefore, is engaging with the Wildlife and Habitat Group to see if another, more suitable location can be found and established at the field, rather than just let the existing facility disappear. It was a difficult decision, but the primary object of what is, after all, a King George Playing Field, is sport. Hopefully both objectives can be achieved harmoniously.

MANY THANKS: A local resident asked me to offer thanks to whoever planted the primroses on the bank by the level crossing. She found them a splendid welcome to spring after such a wet winter, together with the stunning display of cowslips by the railway platform. The wild flowers have really raised this lady’s spirits and she comments they brighten our village. I suspect she has the Station Partnership, formed by VAP and the Wildlife and Habitat Group (another VAP protégé) to thank for this.

WI: Forthcoming events include a Spring Walk on Friday May 2 and afternoon tea at the house of one of our members on Tuesday April 22. We are also planning another skittles evening, this time at Barcombe on July 23. Our speaker this month was Irene Eltringham Willson from the National Gardens Scheme who explained 3,800 gardens in the country are open and entry fees go to charity. Next month is our resolutions meeting and we also have a cheese tasting session on Wednesday May 14. Visitors are always welcome. (Marilyn Nye).


ART EXHIBITION: The St Mary’s Art Groups will be holding their Easter Art Exhibition and Sale in the Ringmer Church Room from 10am to 4pm today, Good Friday, tomorrow, Saturday, Easter Sunday and Monday. Come and see our work. Free entry and tea/coffee and biscuits.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home to Hassocks in a SCFL Div 1 fixture with a 3pm kick-off at The Caburn. On Easter Monday the firsts are at home again in another league fixture versus Hailsham with an 11am kick-off time. In the afternoon the seconds play at home to Littlehampton Town reserves in a Reserve Section Premier league match with a 3pm kick-off time at the Caburn. On the social side today, Good Friday, there is live music in the bar when Short Attention Span will perform from 8.30pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services this weekend are: Good Friday, 10am Children’s Bun Service, noon Three Hour Devotion. Holy Saturday, 7.30pm Vigil and Eucharist. Easter Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 9, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BRIGHTON MARATHON: Loft and Barbara Longhurst would like to thank all those who sponsored Mari for the Brighton Marathon; Mari finished in a time of 3hrs 35 mins and was the 98th woman home. The cheese and wine evening raised over £420 and her total sponsorship has ended up over £1,000 for the Off the Fence charity which looks after Brighton’s homeless.

Rodmell & Southease

THE GOOD WEATHER is really bringing out the walkers and cyclists. There were loads of them about at the weekend, but what I notice is the number of them not using the new cycle paths at Ringmer and the one along the C7 from Lewes to Spring Barn Farm. These were built at great expense, are well marked, and a lot safer than the roads, so why aren’t people using them? There are many that do, but I’m curious why some don’t.

CLIMATE CHANGE is in the news at the moment so I expect the letters page will be getting a full whack from Ringmer. Will more wind turbines be appearing in the area? As I’ve said before, when I was at the University of Sussex in the 60s to 0s it was said projects were not getting funded as much as they should have been on environmental matters, on research into wind turbines, water and wave power, electric cars and cleaner fuels. Now it appears we are paying the price of not being forward thinking enough.

RESURFACING on the C7 Lewes to Newhaven route has been undertaken. Let’s hope we won’t have to have potholes done again for some time.

CARERS: I have just been to a carers meeting in the Phoenix Centre in Lewes, and found it quite enlightening, to hear they actually want to get feedback from cares so they can put evidence together to put more GPs in the picture as to what help is needed. Carers save the government a hell of a lot of money and get little thanks for it. It affects young and old. Some are children trying to cope with school work as well as looking after sick parents, and many are ill themselves, looking after family and partners who are in their 80s, 90s and now in many cases 100s whilst they themselves re in their 60s and 70s. It is a time bomb which the government has to come to grips with now not later. For anyone who is a carer the next meeting is on May 12, Lewes Carers Group, The Phoenix Centre. Contact Laura Rickaby Health Services Liaison Coordinator on 01323 738390. By the way your surgery could soon have a star system on how high it’s rated on the care system, so look out for it.

COFFEE MORNING in the village hall, 11am April 23.

SERVICES: Don’t forget the Easter services at your churches, they need your support.