Parish pump Lewes - April 25, 2014


FAMILY BIKE RIDE: Come and take part in 1st Barcombe Scout Group annual fundraising family bike ride on Sunday June 1. Meet 2pm, Woodyard, car park opposite Sutton Hall entrance. 5 mile or 8 mile route available. Any children under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. For all children over 12 years who are cycling unaccompanied, parental consent must be given on registration form. The route will be marshalled and will be through the Sutton Hall Estate so minimal road cycling. A fair proportion of the route is off road on farm tracks and is therefore not ideal for racing bikes. £3 per entrant, all proceeds go to 1st Barcombe Scout Group.


MAY FAIR: Please help by donating bottles, bric-a-brac, unwanted gifts, toys, DVDs, games, plants and cakes. Items can be left at Linda’s Stores, Bishopstone Station. Volunteers also wanted to help with organisation including on the day.

LIZ HOLLAND, of Bishopstone and unforgettable pink hair, has raised a record £1,640 for PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). She would like to thank everyone who kindly donated and listened to her appeal. She is now back to her usual hair colour thanks to Paul at Phoenix Hair and Beauty.

LISTENING to the dawn chorus in Bishopstone (with an occasional nightingale), you can’t help thinking of the new quietness of the dusk chorus. You used to be able to hear foxes calling and answering from their respective locations. Also, the squeaks and grunts of badgers at play, having just emerged from their day-time slumbers. If you were lucky, you could even hear their slurping and sucking whilst breakfasting on worms or crunching snails. Now you hear the distant sound of traffic on the A259. Echoes of Silent Spring?


FETE: St George’s Day Fete, organised by the Bonfire Society, is at Markstakes Corner tomorrow, Saturday, from midday to 4pm. There will be a beer tent, barbecue, cakes, plants, tombola, bric-a-brac, table top sale, dog show, children’s rides and much more.

COLLECTORS FAIR: Toy and Rail Collectors Fair is on Sunday, 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 is £3 which covers both the platform and a marquee.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. After all 10am services there is a Traidcraft stall at the back of the church. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting takes place immediately following the 10am service. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to learn all that has gone on in the church throughout the year. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Derek Heyman and 6.15pm, to include communion, with David Muzzell. 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.

CHORAL WORKSHOP with Aanna Colls is at the village hall on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. The workshop costs £15 which includes music scores and interval refreshments. To book a last minute place call Ann on 01444 831 244.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING is on Monday at 7.30pm in the village hall and this year Chailey Parish Council is taking a slightly different approach for the Annual Parish Meeting. They are focusing on the subject of forming a Chailey Neighbourhood Plan. There will be the short formal part to the meeting and then a workshop titled Is there Support for a Chailey Neighbourhood Plan? which all residents are invited to participate. The workshop exercise is to establish whether residents support the formation of a Plan and to see whether there are willing volunteers to help in the process? At the end there will be a feedback and question and answer session. The meeting begins at 7.30pm but you are invited to arrive at or after 7pm to enjoy a glass of fruit juice or wine and meet councillors informally.

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.

THREE FORTS CHALLENGE on Sunday May 4 Kirsten Firth is taking part in an amazing challenge to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation; running a half marathon around the Iron Age hill forts near Worthing, Cissbury Ring and Chanctonbury Ring. If you would like to support her please donate online at

LINK WALK, the annual village walk, is on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5, starting at 10am from Sports Ground, where there is ample parking. The route is clearly described in leaflets which will be available and covers six and a half miles taking in Chailey Common, ancient woodland, bluebell woods and with superb view of the Downs. A shorter walk of approximately four miles is also available. Dogs are most welcome. The walk finishes at the Sports Ground where there will be a free barbecue and Chailey Sports Club will be running a bar in aid of their funds. Certificates will be awarded for children who complete the course. All are welcome to take part and for more information about the Link Walk call John Smith on 01825 723519.

CONCERT hosted by the Friends of St Peter’s Church is on Saturday May 10 at 7.30pm. It will feature the Mid Sussex Choir singing pieces by John Rutter and George Shearing, along with popular choral numbers, instrumental pieces, barbershop quartet and a harpist (Margaret Watson). Light refreshments will be available in the interval. Tickets are £10 (under 16s free) and can be purchased from Fiona Pearl on 01825 723135 or Janet Barnes on 01825 722574.

EXMOOR PONIES have been moved from Red House and Lane End Commons and are now grazing on the combined commons (Romany Ridge, Pound and Memorial). The Hebridean sheep will join them there with some Longhorn cattle. The animals will remain on the combined commons until September/October time, leaving Red House and Lane End Commons free of stock over the summer.

BLUEBELL WALK: Guided bluebell walks around Sheffield Park are on Wednesday May 7 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 in this area of untold history. Booking is essential and tickets cost £5 adults and £2.50 children. Normal admission also applies.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, Holy Communion 8am, Sunday School 10.15am in church hall, Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the hall.

HAMSEY: Sunday May 4 is the start of Summer Evensongs in Hamsey Church. Evensong is at 6pm which usually combines the Rogation Service when Rector, choir and congregation process around the churchyard to take part in the Blessing of the Cops.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hamsey Parish Council meet on Thursday, May 8, in the village hall at 7.30pm.

MONDAY CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet on May 12 when Julie McNirlan will talk on her work as a PCSO. Meeting at St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. Lifts available by ringing either Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

WAKE UP CALL: I don’t need an alarm clock here as every morning around 5.30am one of my feathered friends, a beautiful noisy cock pheasant, sits outside of the bedroom window tapping as well as being very vocal to remind me it is time for his and the six hen pheasants’ breakfast. I shall be able to have a lie in when they all go off to nest, but then it will be a lovely spotted woodpecker turning up on the metal dustbin lid where I keep all the bird food.

FEED THE BIRDS: I recently read a very interesting letter from someone who has found a safe way of feeding small birds without them being mobbed by larger birds or squirrels or attacked by predators. They say the answer is simple. All you need is a cage with bars small enough to allow entry by the small birds, but too small for anything larger. If you hang a nut or fat-ball feeder inside the cage, blue tits and great tits will have a field day. These cages can be obtained from the RSPB and other bird food suppliers at a modest cost. Ideally, they should be placed on solid ground that can be swept clean to avoid build-up of husks and unwanted seed. Having seen so many little birds attacked by predators, and scared away from the feeders by squirrels I plan to get one.

UGLY: How sad it is to see so many acres of farmland, especially in the West Country, covered in solar panels. The largest so far in north-west Devon is under construction, 109 acres at Pancrasweek near Bude. The CPRE in that area are extremely concerned about the thousands of panels, the glass, steel, high security fencing, closed circuit television and the generator buildings which are creating an industrial scene as well as an impact on biodiversity and loss of farmland. Apparently one councillor in that area said he was voting in favour because he had suffered a power cut. Let’s hope that our district planners appreciate the wonderful area we live in and not allow such schemes to blight our countryside.

LADYBIRDS: The Harlequin ladybirds have returned and although there are not as many as the swarms we had two years ago, there are enough to be annoying especially in the evenings and they do nip you if they settle on you. They also have a most unpleasant smell and will leave a stain. Sad to think that they have almost wiped out the sweet little ladybirds we loved as children.


EASTER, we have been so blessed this year, our Fire Service at St Laurence’s on Saturday was inspiring with the lighting of candles and entering the church to the sounds of bells, drums and other instruments and to see for the first time the art work displayed around the church. A big thank you must go to Sue Barnes for all her hard work in arranging this exhibition. The exhibition will be on display for the next three weekends from 11am to 5pm, and is not to be missed.

EASTER SUNDAY saw a full church with lots of children who, after the service, enjoyed hunting for Easter eggs in the churchyard. Luckily the rain was not too heavy for them at that particular time.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday at 5pm, there will be a Book of Common Prayer service led by Dr Jeff Lake.

THE LADIES GROUP this month welcomed back Peter Hill who came to talk about Roaming around Rome. Peter always manages to give us information about a place that perhaps we had never heard of before, such as, the Coliseum was built by the Jews, he sped through the evening with so many facts and pictures, that time was up before we realised and as Peter said to me tempus fugit. It was another enjoyable evening.

AFTER THE COLD WINDS and temperatures of last week we were fortunate enough to be able to sit out in the garden for tea on the Easter Monday, with our family who had driven down to Brighton from Derby. Monday was a home match for the Albion, and when my daughter and her family saw the queue from the A23 joining the A27, they turned round and went the other way to Devil’s Dyke for a walk before coming to Falmer. I wondered why their journey was taking so long.


BONFIRE BINGO: The next bingo night is this evening, Friday, at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

ST MARYS: This is the Second Sunday of Easter. On Sunday there is Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am and a Morning Service with Creche and children’s groups at 10.30am. Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel Church at 2.45pm and there is a Holy Communion Service at St Mary’s at 6.30pm.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Revd Barbara Almond.

STREET MEETING: Residents will have the chance to meet their local PCSOs on Sunday for odd numbers living in London Road from 11am. On this occasion PCSO Fletcher is hoping to meet people in the properties from the junction of Battle Road and North Street up to the mini roundabout at Hempstead Lane. PCSO Fletcher will be hovering near the Ambulance Station as there is a car park in Freshfields that can be used if all residents come out.

LIBRARY CLOSURE: From this Monday to Tuesday 13 May building improvements will be carried out at Hailsham Library. There will be one period of closure, otherwise it will be open at normal times, but offering a reduced service as the library will operate from the ground floor only. There will be limited computer availability and there may be some noise from the building works. There will be no Children’s Rhyme and Story times during the period of the works, that is April 30, May 14, May 28 and no Storytimes on April 29, May 6, May 13. The library will be closed on Monday May 5 (Spring Bank Holiday) and Tuesday May 6 to Tuesday May 13 while decoration and re-carpeting of the ground floor and foyer areas is carried out. The library car park will be closed Monday April 28 and Tuesday May 6 to Tuesday May 13. The library will re-open with a full service on Wednesday May 14.

YOUTH MAYOR: Hailsham’s next Youth Mayor nominations were officially launched on Tuesday. Young people aged 16 to 17 years, who live in Hailsham and complete an online nomination form will be eligible to become Youth Mayor.Young people in Hailsham currently have a voice through the Hailsham Youth Council and the Youth Mayor provides another way for their views to be heard locally. Young people should have a say on what goes on in the town and surrounding areas and it is very important that young people are represented to ensure their views are heard and it is hoped that youngsters will be inspired by what Musta and his predecessor Chelsie MacIntosh achieved and submit nominations by Friday 2 May. Nominees will need to complete a form including a photo and statement about why they should become Youth Mayor of Hailsham and be able to provide the names, addresses and signatures of 10 young people aged 11 to 17 years who support your nomination. Nomination forms are available to download from and are also available in hard copy from Hailsham Community College and the Town Council offices. Voting via ballot boxes (Town Council offices and Hailsham Community College)

will be from Monday May 12 to Friday May 23 and the results will be announced on Monday May 26. The successful candidate will be inducted as Hailsham Youth Mayor at the Town Council’s AGM.

KNITTING GROUP: The next Knit’Inn Night at The King’s Head will be on Tuesday. Come and join the fun at a knitting night. For more information phone Su (07552229473).

SHAPING HEALTH SERVICES: This event has the theme East Sussex Better Together and you are invited to go along and take part on Tuesday from 6.30pm to 9pm at the Civic Community Hall, Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane. You can register at The four public sector organisations responsible for commissioning health and social care in East Sussex are working together to develop one single overarching shared plan, which will then be implemented in a locally responsive way. We need to think very differently about how we meet the health and social care needs of our populations within the resources available now and for the future, catering not only for our need for treatment and care, but also ensuring good services for future generations. They want to work with you to plan any fundamental changes they need to make to the way health and care services are commissioned and provided and by working together will be in the best position to plan for sustainable services into the future. This is a massive challenge, and they are drawing all the work together under a programme called East Sussex Better Together. This Shaping Health Services event will provide you with more information about our East Sussex Better Together programme, and is an important opportunity to continue to be involved in the shaping of health and social care services for the future. Email or telephone 07795451587 or 01273 403687.

FRONT GARDENS: Environment Hailsham is running a Best Kept Front Garden competition and application forms are available now from Hailsham Town Council offices. Closing date is Friday June 20.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: The midweek walk took us from Polegate to Berwick. A dozen of us embarked on the 0944 train to Polegate and the start of the walk. The first stretch took us through the outskirts of the village and over and then under the busy A27 and A22, and it was a relief to reach the path running alongside Ogg’s Wood, full of bluebells and birdsong. After a coffee break at the intersection of the path with Robin Post Lane we continued along a bridleway through Abbot’s Wood, carefully negotiating some muddy sections churned up by riders. After leaving the wood by way of the car park, where some members availed themselves of the facilities including the ice-cream van, a short stretch of road brought us to a footpath across farmland, via some rickety stiles, in the direction of Arlington. Leaving the village on our right we briefly joined the Vanguard Way, crossed the Cuckmere on the Arlington road and then struck across the fields again to Berwick station for our return to Lewes, having enjoyed glorious sunshine and the countryside looking its springtime best. The same evening we had our group meeting at Cliffe Church Hall when Carole and Paul Nicholson gave an illustrated lecture on the Galapagos Islands. Their unique photo presentation was much enjoyed and they also showed film of their wildlife trips to Kenya and Rwanda. The next walk is tomorrow, Saturday. This will be our annual breakfast walk when we will be catching the 7.09am train to Glynde. We will walk to Southease and have breakfast at the new Youth Hostel there. Why not join us but be at the station in good time to catch the train.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: A celebration in words and music of the Battle of Lewes will be hosted by St Anne’s Church at 6.30pm on Sunday May 25. Nicholas Houghton will conduct the Lewes Chamber Orchestra and the East Sussex Community Choir in a programme that includes music from across the centuries. St Anne’s is one of the few remaining buildings to have witnessed the battle, and visitors will be welcome to look round this ancient and beautiful church. Entrance is free, and there will be a retiring collection for the Friends of St Anne’s Fabric Fund. Please contact 01273 474964 for information. Free parking will be available at County Hall, behind the church.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL returned to a busy term five on Tuesday. Today, Friday, for the second time ever, Year 5 children are off to South Downs YHA. This will be the second year for this age group to visit this Youth Hostel and stay overnight. We wish them excellent weather and a lovely time.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH was packed on Easter Sunday for a wonderful service following a moving and demanding Holy Week. The Tenebrae service on Maundy Thursday, with people from Southover, St John sub Castro and Christ Church, was a very moving and solemn occasion, named after the closing set of readings when a candle is extinguished after each reading and the service ends in total darkness. The congregation then left in darkness and silence, pondering the story of Christ’s arrest and torment. On Good Friday, an equally ecumenical group of people meditated on how close we all are to those who supported the authorities in bringing about the crucifixion of Christ, using a service from the Iona Community which has been rested for a few years but proved itself as powerful and moving as it has ever been. Then, on Saturday morning, there was a complete change of mood when almost 90 children attended the Easter craft morning and enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt in the church yard. The service this Sunday is a relatively informal Morning Praise service led by the Revd Jeremy Bamber, starting at 9.30am. It will be followed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting at 11 am, which will elect Church Wardens, deanery representatives and PCC members as well as reviewing a very exciting past year for the church. They will also vote on the next stage in the process of becoming a single parish with Southover and St John sub Castro, keeping all three churches and seeking to refurbish St John sub Castro. The result of this vote will be announced the following week. The other two churches will also vote at their APCMs this month.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE TRUST is holding its reptile training session in South Malling Churchyard from 9am to 1pm tomorrow, Saturday. They are hoping to see slow worms, lizards and grass snakes.

Mobile Library

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


WE WENT TO the Firle Garden Show on Friday which was fortunate as the weather was chilly but sunny. Good show with lot of people having the same idea of not leaving it until Sunday. I was also at the Landport Bottom meeting the other evening and quite a few people there too. Not a lot of structure to it yet but it’s early days and they are still trying to formulate themselves. I am still at a loss as to why it’s called Landport Bottom. When I was a child it was just the cornfield where we used to play, especially at hay making times. Even when I was older and dog walking it was never Landport Bottom, so where did this name come from and why not a name that has meaning to Neville? The area that was of some concern with the cutting back of the shrub was always known as Bonny Scotland.

NEVILLE WI NEWS: At our last meeting we had a very informative talk on the Wonder of Wool by J. Kendall. Our president Kay Hackett won the county competition for designing a new East Sussex county federation badge, and we were all able to admire the silver cup which she had been awarded. At our next meeting on May 21 we will discuss and vote on the resolution for organ donation.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, our Christ Church tots group meets again for the first session after the Easter Break. We have been busy cleaning and sorting out our toys, in fact giving them a good spring clean. Hopefully during this term we will be able to make use of our garden and the toys for outside play. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led my Ms Carmen Davies. A warm welcome awaits you at Christ Church.


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 not to be disappointed because they have sold out.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church this weekend at 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 in the Barn Centre at 7.30pm.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding 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.

PLANT SALE: The horticultural society will be holding a coffee /plant sale on Saturday May 3 in the Community Centre from 9am till 11.30am.

PRODUCTION: The Amateur Dramatic Society will be putting on another play in the village hall from Wednesday to Saturday, May 7 to 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

MEETING: Newick Afternoon Club will be holding their meeting on Thursday May 8 in the Community Centre at 2.30pm the speaker will be Hannah Townsend from Waitrose/ John Lewis Partnership.


BEST FOOT FORWARD: If you fancy some healthy exercise then meet up with the Footpath Society on Sunday at 2.30pm at Twineham church (TQ254 200), after the Bolney roundabout on the A272 take the first left (garage on corner) into Chapel Road then one and a half miles down the lane take the second turning on the right (signposted church/school). Then will follow a four and a half mile stroll to Twineham Place, Wineham, Grovelands Farm, Twineham Grange, Fields and River Adur back to the church. More information on 01444 241463.

PLUMPTON’S FUTURE: On Tuesday there will be a unique opportunity for all village residents to help shape the future of our community. It will be the day for the Annual Parish Meeting, but during the afternoon and early evening between 3pm and 7.30pm residents will have the opportunity to drop in to discuss and comment on the way forward for the Plumpton Neighbourhood Plan that is being set up to influence the future of the village. The vexed question of development that is being forced upon us will obviously be at the fore, but there are other issues relating to the infrastructure, transport, leisure, parking and a whole lot more that need to be addressed. This meeting will give residents the opportunity to see what issues are at stake and to make their views and ideas known at the very outset of the procedure. A working group has been formed by the parish council that includes not only councillors but other local residents who have expressed an interest. It is of the utmost importance that all residents have the opportunity to express their views of the shape of things to come. If the working group is to formulate a way forward then it needs to be based on the wishes of the majority, but those wishes can only be assessed if folk make their views known. It is no good sitting back and doing nothing because if you do then it may be that the ideas of the vociferous minority will dominate, as is so often the case. So, come on people, drop in at the village hall. There will be displays to illustrate what this issue is all about, there will be ample opportunity to talk to parish councillors and others involved and your thoughts, ideas and suggestions will be greatly welcomed. If you do not grab this opportunity to express your views on the way our community should develop then, let’s face it, if things do not go your way in the future you will hardly be in a position to criticise, will you? At 7.30pm the parish council will present a report of what has happened during the past year and plans for the year ahead. If you really care about your village then you will make an effort to take part in some way.

MIXED FORTUNES: Alas the Easter weather was not all kind for the racing festival in Plumpton. On Sunday we endured quite a lot of rain, but on Monday we were able to celebrate a fair amount of sunshine. Judging by the number of cars driving through the village the second day was a success and now we must hope that there will be a repeat of this on Sunday, May 11 when it will be Ladies’ Day. This is a great racing event at Plumpton when the ladies turn out in all their finery and bring a special brightness to the races. Lest I be accused of sexist comments, let me say that the occasion also encourages lack lustre males to adopt a smart appearance and generally make it a great day out. It is a great feeling to dress up rather than adopt the present day trend of looking like a tramp. When my jeans got a hole in them I used to throw them away. Today people spend a fortune on buying jeans with totally unrealistic holes built into them, not to mention the totally false looking faded patches. Suckers.


DEADLINE FOR COPY: Just a reminder that I must have copy for the Parish Pump by the end on Monday in the week you want it to appear. Thanks.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The meeting today (Friday), will start at the earlier time of 7.30pm and will begin with the AGM. At 7.45pm John Bleach will be telling us about Lewes at the time of the Battle of Lewes, a slightly different aspect of the battle in this anniversary year.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: There will be a Poppy Appeal Coffee Morning tomorrow (Saturday) in the Symons Hall, village hall at 10.30am. Raffle, bring and buy, etc. All welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Marriage Thanksgiving Service.

THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE is hosting a film and discussion on climate change and how people, not least the college, are acting to reduce the risks to us all. Visitors will be able to see the college’s extensive practical changes, for example local woodchip boiler, insulated classroom and recycled benches chosen by students. The film is Do The Math, about a reluctant campaigner who found out that if all known coal, oil and gas is burned, it would be at least five times as much as scientists say is safe for our climate. This has led to a global campaign, with churches and universities taking their money out of fossil fuel investments. This event, 6.45pm to 8.30pm, on Wednesday, is a joint venture between the college and Transition Town Lewes Keep it in the Ground group. It is aimed at students, parents, teachers and the general public. Optional donation towards costs. Places are limited, please contact: or 01273 480011.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday April 16, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Dianne and Mike Preece. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

EVENING WI: At the April meeting of Ringmer WI members discovered how unobservant they were not to recognise so much of the rich bird life in and around the village. Phil Winter showed his magnificent slides which accompanied his talk, A Year of Wildlife Photography, and we were amazed by the variety of birds that he had photographed locally, even in Tesco car park. It was also fascinating to learn about how he planned to get the shots, including the various hides he used, and how patient a wildlife photographer must be. The annual WI scrabble competition is now underway, the walking group has enjoyed exploring sections of the Cuckoo Trail and those entering competitions at the South of England Show are busy completing their entries. The next meeting is on Tuesday May 6 when members will be instructing our delegate to the AGM in Leeds on how to vote on the various matters up for discussion and this will be followed by a light-hearted competition and also a display of craft and art items made by members. For more details contact Norma Phillips (813897) or Jay Kendall (07845 143664).

BOWLS CLUB: We are now open for the season if anyone would like to come and have a go at bowls. We have an open morning on May 10. If you cannot make this date, come and see us on Saturdays in the morning 9am to 10am or Tuesdays 6pm to 7pm in the evening, or phone Pat Escott on 813295.

COACH TRIP TO KEW: Ringmer U3A have organised a coach trip to Kew on Wednesday August 6. The coach will depart from Ringmer at 8am and return about 6pm. Tickets for a seat on the coach are only £11 each. Entry to The National Archives at Kew is free, but those wishing to visit Kew Gardens will need to pay a further £11. You do not have to be a member of U3A to join this trip. For further details and a Booking Form see the Latest News on Ringmer U3A Web pages or contact Deirdre (01273 812516) or Ian ( 01273 813010). This is a popular trip so book soon if you wish to go.