Parish Pump Lewes - April 20, 2012


CAKE STALL: Royal British Legion Women’s Section are holding a cake stall and raffle tomorrow, Saturday, at The Old Granary (by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Apps) from 9am.

VILLAGE HALL: Fifteen people (of all ages) enjoyed the first beginner’s lesson of ballroom dancing on Wednesday evening and were taught the rudiments of the foxtrot and the cha-cha-cha and can’t wait to have another try. It is a fun class and new people are welcome to join us at the next class on Sunday from 2pm to 3pm in the village hall. Followed by a Very British Tea Dance from 3pm to 5pm. Tea dance only £5 (including tea and cake) or £8 for combined lesson plus tea dance. Partner not essential. For more info contact: 07901 962163.

CAN-CAN Workshop tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm at the village hall. Beginners workshop hosted by Cancancan. Petticoats, feathers and patisserie provided. For further info contact Michelle 07785 993 285. Booking Essential.


NEW PARISH email address, to contact John at the Rectory, is

COFFEE MORNING, organised by Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section, is tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to midday at Newick Community Centre. There will be the usual refreshments along with homemade cakes, plus bric-a-brac, books and cards.

ST GEORGE’S DAY celebrations will be at the village hall and the field behind tomorrow, Saturday, from midday until 4pm. The bonfire society has arranged a barbecue, beer tent and other refreshments plus lots of fun and games to entertain all the family. There will be arena events and stalls, including tombola, hoopla and the Paws and Claws Animal Rescue Service fundraising stall.

CHURCH SERVICES: Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with David Muzzell and at 6.15pm with Julian Rebera. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services. St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. The annual parish church meeting will be held in the church at 11.30am immediately after the 10am service. The parochial church council works with the Rector and churchwardens to support the work of St Peter’s Church. It currently has 19 members, meets nine times each year and reports to the annual meeting. As well as taking responsibility for the financial affairs of the church, the care and maintenance of the church fabric and care of the churchyard the council also discusses the form of services and matters of church interest. All are welcome to attend the annual meeting.

CRICKET CLUB nets are at Plumpton College on Sunday from 4.45pm to 6.15pm. Whether you wish to play league cricket on Saturdays or friendly cricket on Sundays, on a regular or less regular basis, you will be made most welcome.

MEETING: Annual parish meeting will take place on Monday at the village hall commencing at

7.30pm and the agenda is at The chair of the council will present the work of the council over the last year and as is usual there will be reports from our East Sussex County Councillor, Meg Stroude and our Lewes District Councillor, Sharon Davy, and Sussex Police. It is an opportunity for you not only to meet the councillors and the police representative in a relaxed atmosphere, but also to put questions about and seek answers to your concerns.

VILLAGE Information Point session is at the Coffee Stop, Free Church on Tuesday between 10am and midday.

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

COLLECTORS FAIR: Toy and Rail Collectors Fair is at the Bluebell Railway on Saturday April 28 from 10am to 4pm and is a one day event on the platforms of Horsted Keynes Station. In addition to the stalls on the platform more will be provided in the marquee in the station car park. There will be station railway artefacts, model railway equipment and many other goods to be found. Normal travel fares apply. Horsted Keynes station admission ticket £3 per person from 10am covers both station and marquee.

MUSEUM: Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open for the first time this year on Sunday April 29 from 3pm to 5pm. The museum contains many items of general interest to our community but in particular the many photographs give an interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past 100 years. For more information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

SPRING CONCERT: Friends of St Peter’s Church are hosting a Spring Concert in the church on on Saturday May 12 at 7.30pm featuring the Mid Sussex Choir. The interesting programme will include works by John Rutter and Howard Goodall plus other instrumental and choral pieces. Refreshments will be available. Tickets priced £10 (children under 16 free) are available from Fiona Pearl on 01825 723135 or email

LINK WALK has since 2000 been held on the early May bank holiday but for 2012 the date has been changed to coincide with Chailey’s Jubilee weekend activities. The walk will take place on Tuesday June 4 starting at the sports ground, just off the A272, at 10am.


Offham & Hamsey

EASTER SUNDAY: The Rector reports that the Easter Day service Family Communion at St Peter’s Church was packed. The church had been beautifully decorated with spring flowers and greenery by Caroline Featherstone and her team of helpers. Following the service the children had great fun hunting for Easter Eggs around the church grounds (with adults helping). Everyone then gathered in the church hall for a slice of Ursula Hare’s Simnel Cake. A very happy Easter morning was had by all.

LITTER PICK: The annual parish litter pick is on Sunday. Meet at the village hall at 10am. Volunteers needed. In February it had to be cancelled due to the heavy snowfall, hopefully the rain that has been forecast for this week will have cleared.

GARDENS OPEN: There will be two lots of open gardens around the district next weekend. On Saturday April 28 Michael Cruickshank will be opening his garden at the Bradness Gallery, Spithurst from 1pm to 6pm for the National Garden Scheme charities. Home baked cakes and teas. Free parking. Entrance £3.50, children free, tea and cake £3. The above will be open again on Sunday April 29, same time. In Offham on Sunday April 29, Sandy, Miranda and Pontus will open their lovely garden at Offham House from 1pm to 5pm. Entry for adults is £4.50, no charge for children. Home made tea and cakes will be available. All proceeds to charity.

HAMSEY CHURCH: It hardly seems a year ago that I was writing about the first of the summer services in Hamsey Church, but the time has arrived again to report that the Hamsey season starts on Sunday May 6. Holy Communion will be at 8am and Evensong at 6pm (which will be a Rogation Service). This is the service when the rector, choir and congregation process around the churchyard to the front of the church which overlooks the fields on the banks of the River Ouse where the Rector will then perform the blessing of the crops.

SUSSEX MILLS: Guided tours on Saturday May 12. The Sussex Heritage Trust is grateful to the Oldland Windmill Trust and to Mr and Mrs Paul Nicholson of Plumpton Mill for kindly offering to host these exceptionally interesting guided tours. Oldland Mill was built in 1703 and saw service for over 200 years, grinding wheat and grain for local communities. Restoration began in 1980 but the first 15 years involved stripping the mill to its bare bones. Construction of the new sweeps began in 2005. As with the rest of the mill, these were built entirely by hand by skilled volunteers under the guidance of an experienced millwright. All four sweeps, each weighing about half a ton, were finished and hung in 2007. In 2008 the mill ground wheat again for the first time in nearly 100 years. The restoration project won a Sussex Heritage Award in 2011. Tickets for the tours and lunch are £25 per person. If you would like to spend an interesting day out on Saturday May 12 contact Mrs A Coombes, Sussex Heritage Trust, The Granary, Cornfords Yard, Uckfield TN22 1RJ (01825) 767087 or

MEMORIES: I recently found a copy of a Royal Show Special that I had kept from June 1984, when the Queen came to the South of England Show at Ardingly, which she had last visited in 1974. Looking at it brought back many memories as through the Sussex Cattle that we had at North Chailey and the starting of the Suffolk sheep flock when we moved over to Courthouse we were members of the South of England Agricultural Society and attended the show every year. In 1974 there is a picture of the Queen chatting to a young looking Michael Reid who we knew through the Sussex Cattle, sadly he is no longer with us as are many more who are featured in the show edition. I think perhaps Derek’s father asked me to get him a copy as we were showing that year and it also had a picture of Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, who was the first Royal visitor to the show in 1969, followed by the Queen Mother who visited the show in 1970. Through the years Derek took many slides at the shows, mostly of cattle and sheep, but on occasions managed to get a shot of the Royal visitors who attended. In 1984 my lasting memory is of the Queen stopping to talk to the members of the Oathall School Young Farmers Club in Haywards Heath. I was standing nearby. Sooty, a Suffolk ram lamb, was in the careful charge of Zoe Johnson and Jane Streeter, both members of the School YFC. As the queen called by, Sooty just couldn’t resist the temptation and made a dive for the royal bouquet, hoping to have a munch, which caused a lot of laughs. But, the Queen, who has an answer for everything, promptly plucked a sprig from her bouquet and rewarded the lucky lamb.


CONCERT: We were treated to a fabulous concert last Saturday. You certainly wouldn’t have thought that the musicians that played for us had stepped in at the last moment. The combination of pieces using clarinet, violin, piano and voice was a real treat. I was particularly taken with the Victorian Kitchen Garden suite for clarinet (played by Helen Parsons) and piano (played by Nicola Grunberg) by Paul Reade. The violin playing by Sophia Bartlette was wonderful and Sue Mileham’s singing of The Shepherd on the Rock by Schubert accompanied by piano and clarinet was exquisite. Next month’s concert is from the Pastores Ensemble. That will be something special too, I guarantee.

FIREWORKS: The latest application put in by the Amex Stadium to vary the terms under which they were granted planning permission regards the use of fireworks and lasers. The original permission banned the use of fireworks and lasers completely but an application has been put in to vary this to allow fireworks and lasers within the confines of the stadium and not exceeding the height of the stadium roof. A fireworks company has confirmed it is impossible to guarantee the height that a firework will reach and as for lasers, I thought the whole point of them was that they shine up into the sky. In fact lasers probably wouldn’t be much worse than the lights that are on every night to help the grass grow. There are reasons to be concerned if this is granted, including noise, disturbance to wildlife and the potential to cause danger to traffic on the A27, but apart from these another really important issue is that, slowly but surely, the terms that were set in place to protect this very beautiful part of Sussex and its residents are being chipped away at. If the variation is allowed, ostensibly to pep up a Fat Boy Slim concert, then it will be possible to have fireworks at any function at any time.

BIRDS: Falmer pond seems to be attracting large numbers of geese in recent years. We now have a few Canada geese visiting as well as the Greylags, which now number up to 20 geese. I wonder how many will breed on the pond?

SAD FAREWELL: The funeral of the Reverand Anthony Otterwell took place at St Paul’s in Brighton on Thursday. Anthony was better known to us in Falmer as Father Tony and he was a very frequent member of our congregation and when Father Andrew was away he would often take services here. He was held in great affection by us and by many, many others. We will miss him greatly.


KINGSTON WI: The April meeting was attended by 28 members who were able to arrive there in daylight for the first time in months. Their return was on a beautifully starlit evening. Several letters of congratulations were received from members for the previous month’s Tudor Evening. They were asked why the evening was so successful; was it being plied with continuous servings of a variety of Tudor type alcoholic beverages in a cafe type setting or was it the tremendous performance of professional actor Tony Harris as Henry VIII? Probably both. Our institute has won the East Sussex Federation WI Competition for a pennant to represent its environment. There were 80 entrants. Penny Crawley, Brenda Neller and Beverley Wakeford-Brown have crafted an exquisite example of textile art which includes the church with the tapsell gate, the Downs with sheep and kestrel (football club), the three black owls (the school) and much more. What a wonderful achievement. Proposed activities were then promoted for the coming season. On Sunday, April 29, groups of WI walkers across the world will be participating in Women Walk the World to raise funds for ACWW. This is an organisation which helps to address world poverty. Our institute’s walk to Swanborough and back will begin at the pavilion at 2.15pm and will finish there at about 4pm for tea. All walkers will be welcome (male and female, young and old). On April 21 the institute will have a table at the Hobbies and Craft Show to denote its many activities other than the monthly meeting. Boards were circulated for members to sign, to offer cakes and help for the tea tent at the fete, to go to Chichester Festival Theatre, to visit the Amex Stadium, the Uppark and the garden at Wool Beding. The speaker for the evening was the immaculate John Schofield, a member of the Magic Circle, who stood by his smart chrome and black table to enthral us with his amazing tricks. These related to the Victorian Age and relied on John’s sleight of hand using simple objects such as cards, magic books, coins and pocket watch. Apparently several eminent Victorians were aficionados of magic: Lewis Carrol, Charles Dickens, Disraeli, WS Gilbert, Brunel, and society entertainers enjoyed the appreciation of the then Prince of Wales. The resolution meeting is on May 3 at 7.30pm when this year’s resolution, Employment for More Midwives, will be discussed using the hands-on experiences of a practising midwife. (Janice Barber).


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday April 3 First Ladder: 1, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 2, Peter and Irene Gannon; 3, Meic Goodyear and Roy Skan. April 10 Teams: 1, Richard Burnett, Di Johnstone, Meic Goodyear and Robin Parris. Thursday April 5 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mavis Druce and Francine Talbot-Limbrey; 2, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Ron Buddery and Brian Loasby. April 12 Teams: 1, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan, Margaret Parris and Marie Young. Lewes Bridge Club meet Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

SENIORS FORUM: The Lewes District Seniors’ Forum will be holding their AGM on Thursday April 26 commencing at 1.30pm at the Cliffe Community Hall, Cliffe High Street. There will be free light refreshments available. Dr A Patel, a local doctor, has been invited to talk about the present situation in the NHS and what affects it will happen to both doctors and older patients in East Sussex. Questions and answers will be made after. The Forum celebrates its sixth year of formation and is proud to be associated with the ESCC Adult Social Care, Lewes District Council, Lewes Town Partnership, NHS Sussex Partnership and being fully representative on the East Sussex Seniors’ Association as being one of the six Forums in the county. The Forum also keeps in regular contact with both local and national organisations that have close interest in older people. Two of these are Age UK and the National Pensioners Convention. The AGM will be open to the local public but seating will be limited and those attending will be welcome on a first come basis. Please ‘phone beforehand to establish availability of seating. This year, the Forum will be looking for new members and a replacement of members on the managerial committee. Membership remains free to all over the age of 55 years. If there are any enquiries, questions or further information required about the Forum, please contact David Glen on 07947 422897 or Jean Gaston-Parry on 01273 603576.

CATS PROTECTION: Lewes Seaford and District Cats Protection, held our flag day in Lewes on Easter Sunday, April 8, and we raised £63.18.

WESTGATE WI: The role of the aspidistra in the fight against Hitler was unveiled by April speaker, Ted Awcock, a former RAF mechanic. During WW2, the bunker at Kingstanding in Ashdown Forest, where Ted later worked, was the site of the most powerful radio station in the world. Alarmed by Lord Haw-Haw on Germany Calling, the Government decided to buy a powerful transmitter to counteract Nazi propaganda broadcasts: a 600-kilowatt, US-built giant to reach all parts of Germany. On a 70-acre site at Kingstanding a huge 50-foot hole for the transmitter Aspidistra 1 (Aspi1) was dug out by Canadians and reinforced with steel and concrete. A journalist raised in Germany, Sefton Delmer, became head of black propaganda broadcast on German troops who listened avidly to jazz and misinformation. Slides showed the towering transmitter aerials, tunnel entrance, control room and tiled art deco interior, while archive recordings brought the past to life. Whether or nor the Kingstanding operation helped shorten the war, it is credited with affecting German morale and saving bomber crews. The next meeting is on May 9. (A Stephen).

TABLE TOP SALE in aid of St John’s Church, tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall, 9.30am to 1.30pm. Cakes, books, vintage clothing, cards, paperweights and stones, French country items and more. Refreshments available all morning. Admission free.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our Bank Holiday walk turned out to be a rather damp affair but 14 of us still enjoyed our walk in the Wivelsfield area. It was good to see all the spring flowers although, because of the dull and damp conditions, all the delicate white wood anemones remained tightly closed. Keith led the walk.

The next walk is on Sunday at Hadlow Down. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Our spring and summer programmes are available at the Tourist Office, the Walking Shop or at

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall 12.15pm to 12.45pm; Chalvington post-box 1.55pm to 2.15pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.20pm to 2.45pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm.


BATTLE OF LEWES: I went to the Battle of Lewes conference at the Town Hall, Saturday April 14. I found it interesting. I do wear hearing aids, so not all was clear to me but it was very informative. In 1258 /65 Simon de Montfort may have been influenced by his second wife; even all those years ago one sees where the power lies.

PARKING: For those of you wondering where the high NCP charges were that I mentioned last week after the Diversity show, I omitted to say it was the Brighton Centre. I must try harder.

LIVE MUSIC: The 60s original local group The Hustlers are back again playing at St Mary’s Social Centre on Saturday May 12. Tickets can be obtained from Claire Lyons on 07773194040. We saw them last year and had a great evening.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday April 28 at 2pm. We will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 6pm on Friday April 27.

CHRIST CHURCH: Our tots group will be starting again today, Friday, after the Easter break. They meet between 9.30am and 11.30am and then it is our Friendship Lunch from noon to 1.15pm. No need to book, just turn up for a ploughman’s lunch. Morning worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and this will be followed by our church meeting. On Wednesday at 7.30pm the Think Tank will be meeting and David Hutchinson will be leading the evening which is entitled Who Pays for the Environment. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to join us for any of these events.


COUNTRY MARKET open today, Friday, morning from 10am till 11am in the village hall.

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday, morning the Chailey women’s branch of the British Legion will be holding a St George’s coffee morning in the community centre from 10am till noon. There will be a raffle, tombola, cake stall and bric-a-brac plus book stall. Please try and support this group and go along and enjoy a cup of coffee.

CHURCH NEWS: Sunday services at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am, Informal Service will be at 10.30am. If you would like a lift to church be telephone 01825 722582 in advance. The annual parochial meeting of St Mary’s Church will take place on Monday April 30, in the Barn Centre at 7.30pm. This is your opportunity for members of the congregation who are on the electoral roll to ask questions about the finances of the church and find out about the state of the church building, or any matters of concern to the parish. The Friends of St Mary’s Church will be holding their AGM immediately after the Church AGM has finished (around 9.30pm). All members welcome.

BOOT SALE: The bonfire society will be holding a Spring Boot Sale on Saturday April 28 on the Village Green from 8am till 1pm. Pitches cost £8 for cars and £10 for vans. To book telephone 01825 722 418. Coffee and cakes, savouries will be available in the Community Centre. Tombola, books plants will be on sale plus a barbecue on the Village Green. Fingers crossed for a nice hot sunny day.

COFFEE AND CAKE: The bowls club are holding a Coffee and Cake Morning at the Bowls Club, Marbles Road on Saturday April 28 from 10.30am. This could be your opportunity to try your hand at bowls as well. Everyone welcome.

THE RESURFACING of the A272 has now taken place, It’s a pleasure now to drive along this road. Thank you East Sussex Country Council Highways division for completing on time.

NADS: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society present A Touch of Danger in the village hall from May 9 to 12. Curtain up 8pm, doors open 7.15pm. The action takes place in the living room of author Max Telligan’s apartment in London’s Sloane Square. His soon to be ex-wife and secretary read in the evening newspaper about his death but in the absence of any real information they are all caught up in a highly dangerous situation not knowing who to trust. Fast-paced and packed full of blind alleys and red herrings, this latest thriller from the master craftsman will keep audiences poised on the edge of their seats. Tickets £8 from Newick Butchers or on the door. Box Office 01825 722359/01825 722985


BLUEBELLS GALORE: To enjoy the Bluebell Walk organised by the village support group for St Peter and St James Hospice, gather at the equestrian centre at Plumpton College at 6pm on Friday next week (April 27) when Reg Lanaway will guide you through the delights of this colourful season. Adult entry fee a mere £2 and for children just £1. Do wear sensible shoes.

EVENING RACING: Next Friday will also see an evening race meeting at Plumpton. Gates open at 3pm and racing starts at 4.35pm.


SPRING FAIR: The Evening WI are holding this event in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. There will be a tombola with every ticket winning a prize and games to entertain the young and young at heart. You can test your skill at ‘milking’ a cow, unlock the castle to win a prize, buy some of your spring clothes from the Nearly New Stall, enjoy the 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. This is definitely something not to be missed.

COFFEE MORNING: You can also pop along to the Church Room and join Carers and Sharers from other churches for coffee tomorrow Saturday, from 10am to noon. Any one interested will be very welcome. A power point presentation will be shown at 10.45am about the new project Chernobyl Children, Rye which some churches are supporting. All are welcome.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Firstly a big thank you to everyone who attended the Duncan Ralfe Memorial Match last Sunday and for the very generous donations given all of which will be passed on to the Martletts Hospice very shortly. At the time of going to press the club is not sure how much was raised but are confident that it exceeded the £500 target, thanks to all concerned. Congratulations to the Reserve Team who secured their championship last Friday with a fine 8-1 win and, in the process Robbie Front’s four goals in their final league match made him top goal scorer in their league. The winner’s trophy and medals were kindly presented to the team after the match by SCFL League Chairman, Peter Bentley. The first team secured their Division One status for next season with a hard fought draw against Chichester City and tomorrow, Saturday, conclude their league fixtures with an away match against Lingfield FC. The youth team have finished their fixtures finishing in eighth position but they have improved throughout the season and will be a force to be reckoned with next season. The veterans still have one game to play, the Fred Pretty Cup Final which will be held at The Caburn Ground on Sunday, April 29, when they will be looking to hold on to the trophy that they won last year. On the social side, tickets for The Secret Cricketing Footballers Odd Shaped Second Ball are now on sale from the clubhouse or from Dave Peacock on 01273 814273 priced at £5 each. This review is always very popular and numbers are limited so get in quickly to avoid disappointment.

CLOSING DOWN SALE: If you are looking for toys, craft items or storage items then do visit this Sale being held at the Goldsborough Hall (Scout Hut) on Sunday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. This sale is the result of the Caburn Playgroup having to close down. Admission £1. Details from Marissa Hayes on 01273 812790 or

ANNUAL Parochial Church meeting is taking place in St Mary’s Church on Monday at 7.30pm. This is an occasion to hear a report of the church’s activities over the past year and to elect people for the coming year.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on April 11 was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The next meeting of the club will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Symons Hall of the village hall.

AFTERNOON CREAM TEA and Cakes. Ringmer Evergreen Club are holding this event on Thursday at 3.30pm in the village hall. Cost £3.50. The club hopes that friends will join them for an enjoyable afternoon. If anyone would like to play Whist before tea please go along at 2pm. Tickets from Pauline Middleton on 813668 or Tony Heath on 812902 who also can supply transport.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The AGM will be held in the village hall on Friday, April 27, commencing at 7.30pm. This meeting will be followed by a talk by Jayne Shrimpton entitled Dating Local and Family Photographs, 1860-1940. Jayne is a historian specialising in the history of dress.

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. The college will be selling tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits but regrets that they cannot accept individual food stalls. Admittance to the sale for buyers will be 50p, children under 16 years free. Please do go along and support the students who are organising this event as they are hoping to raise money towards extra resources for the College library. 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

Rodmell & Southease

MONKS HOUSE seems to be doing very well for visitors since it started its new opening hours, which are now Wednesday to Sunday until October 28, 1pm to 5.30pm. Garden opens at noon, house open 1pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays during season. Car parking just beyond Monks House in car park.

OUR PUB the Abergavenny Arms is getting quite a reputation for good food and many of my B&B visitors are well pleased with the meals, although some class it as being a little bit pricey, but then you have to pay for quality.

SALE: Saturday May 12, seedling sale/swap in the village hall from 10.30am to noon. Always an interesting little event where you can sell or swap spare plants and seedlings and have coffee and cake as well.

JUMBLE SALE: On Saturday May 19 we have yet another jumble sale. This time in aid of village hall funds.

TRANSPORT: Why am I not surprised to read about a double blunder in matters of transport that left hundreds of football fans stranded on little Falmer Station following Albion’s match against Reading on Wednesday April 11. There are now probably many people saying ‘I told you so’ having been stuck in traffic jams and trying to get home on trains. It would have been nice to have had a new hospital here and not a football stadium, especially since there is medical research taking place at the universities and a station right next to a hospital would have been such a good thing as many people have to travel on several buses to get to our present hospitals. One can but dream and learn to make the best of things. There will probably be many more problems to deal with on this matter in the future, but I’m sure the people of Falmer were aware of them long ago, as were many others who voiced opinions on the matter at various meetings before the stadium was built.

FROST: The frosts have been particularly hard of late and the magnolias in the village have suffered. I moved some of my runner beans out onto the raised bed and they caught the frost badly but others in more sheltered positions are okay and the broad beans look very healthy. The greenhouse is starting to get packed out with seedlings and I hope the up and down temperatures don’t affect them too much.

WE HAVE several wrens’ nests around here and one is in my front garden. The rate that the parents are flying in and out of it, I think the family has hatched already. Wrens are the sweetest little birds and I love their songs.

THE ORCHARD coming into flower, has already seen some of its regular campers and I’m pleased to say they respect the lovely surroundings and appreciate them. I welcome such people and it is a pleasure to share our beautiful countryside with them.

COCKERELS: There are several very vocal cockerels around and I don’t mind hearing them at all, after all it’s the sound of the countryside.

LAMBS: I could spend hours watching the lambs as they are a constant source of entertainment. It’s such a pity the farmers are having to cope with yet another horrid virus as well as stray dogs.

HORSES: My heart goes out to the stable staff who having nurtured those beautiful horses in the Grand National find they are not coming home to them, because they’ve been put down. I can’t begin to imagine how they feel. I would be devastated.

THE NEWS of the death of a young man in Rottingdean over the weekend was heartbreaking, especially as the suspects were of such a young age.

ON HEARING about people being sent home from hospitals in the middle of the night, I have heard of such cases in the past. I wonder, do people get sent to convalescent homes now upon coming out of hospital? They used to, dare I say, in the old days, but I doubt if it happens now.


CARRIAGE WAY patching works will commence in Bannings Vale, East Saltdean on Monday for four days. This is a scheme to patch repair the road prior to a surface treatment programme that will take place in the summer. Please note that these works may be delayed in periods of wet or freezing weather. Please look out for the advance warning signs on site for any date changes. Works will be carried out between 7.30 am and 5pm. During these works Bannings Vale will be closed between its junction with the A259 and Bevendean Avenue. The southbound diversion route will be via Bevendean Avenue, Longridge Avenue and Marine Parade. The northbound diversion route will be via Longridge Avenue and Bevendean Avenue.

ACCESS: Vehicle access into properties for residents will be maintained, however, it may be limited at times due to the nature of the works. During these times you should arrange access locally with the works supervisor or gatemen. Parking: There will be on-street parking restrictions while these works are carried out. Please make sure you park your vehicle off-street or in a different road as vehicles left within the site area may be moved to another location. Noise: There will be some noise, but ESCC will try and keep this to a minimum. ESCC thank you in advance for your co-operation and patience whilst they carry out the roadworks. If you have any queries, please contact ESCC’s Highways Contact Centre. This service is available Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm and on Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Phone: Highways Contact Centre 0345 60 80 193; E-mail

BINGO EVENING: There will be a bingo evening at the Civic Centre on Friday April 27, with a 7pm start. There will be 8 games played for £4, plus an additional snowball and flyer game. There are cash prizes and free refreshments at a half-time break. This is a very popular event so come along early to ensure you get a seat and join in the fun. It’s a friendly evening and is a perfect opportunity for getting out and meeting new people. Net proceeds raised will go to the Mayor of Telscombe’s Charity Fund.