Parish Pump Lewes - April 27, 2012


CAKE STALL: The bonfire society will be having their monthly cake stall outside the Oak tomorrow, Saturday, 9am to noon.

FUN RUN: The annual Barcombe Fun Run will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7. As always, all profits will be used to provide clean water to townships in the Ndola area of Zambia. We will also continue to support orphan feeding projects and sustainable farming. Details of entry will be available shortly, but if you are not considering running or walking this year we would love you to assist as a volunteer steward on the day. Please call Tim Parsons on 01273 400601 or Matt Lloyd on 0784 1108291.

RBL: The Royal British Legion Women’s Section would like to apologise for the postponed cake stall last week. A later date is being sought.


TABLE TOP SALE of nearly new baby and children’s clothing, toys and equipment is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 1pm to 2.30pm. For more information call Susan on 01273 890745.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at10am. The slides from the Lent Course meetings, in February and March are available at Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Tim Griffiths and at 6.15pm with John Goodway. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the services. The new Alpha Course starts at Ashdown Cottage, Station Road, on Thursday May 3 at 7.30pm. Alpha is a fun, non-pressured and informative course where you can share your thoughts and explore the meaning of life. It is designed for people who don’t go to church but are interested in the Christian faith. To find out more call Jane on 01273 890182.

CRICKET CLUB fixtures start on Sunday with a friendly at Amberley. Anyone interested in playing friendly cricket regularly or occasionally please call David on 01273 890777.

CHAILEY WINDMILL and museum is open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm.

STOOLBALL: Men are needed for the mixed stoolball team, knowledge of the rules is not essential as coaching will be given. Most matches are Tuesday evenings at 7pm but occasionally away matches are on Thursday evenings. The first match is on Tuesday at 7pm at Maresfield recreation ground. For more information call Kerry on 01825 722549.

PARISH COUNCIL: The planning and environs committee meet at the Reading Room, on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

THE WI meet at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.15pm to discuss resolutions for the National Federation of Women’s Institutes AGM on May 30. This includes a resolution calling for the employment of more midwives. To learn more do attend the meeting as guests and prospective members are always welcome.

AUSTIN HEALEY Club meet at the Five Bells on Wednesday May 2. For details of the club call John Hendrusson on 01825 713657 during office hours.

ARCHAEOLOGY and Local History Group Walk on Lane End Common, organised by Chailey Commons Society, with Linda Ball is on Saturday May 5 starting at 10am at Lane End Common Car Park. It will be a circular walk, for about two hours, looking at the features of the common and its history.

ROAD RUN: Vintage Tractor Road Run on Sunday May 6, in aid of charity, starts from Five Bells at 10.30am and will be a round trip of about 30 miles. All welcome, any tractor, any make and road insurance is compulsory. For more information call Robin on 01825 72 2259.

ONE MORE RUNNER is needed to make up the team of six runners to take part in the British 10K London Run on July 8 to raise funds for Futures@ChaileyHeritage, a transition service and life skills centre for young adults with profound and multi complex disabilities. If you are interested in taking part telephone the fundraising department at Chailey Heritage on 01825 724444 ext113.

THE VILLAGE HALL continues to be well used and sessions include the Chailey and Newick Art Group, Women’s Institute, East Sussex Concert Band, dog training, a mum’s fitness class, Pilates, yoga, youth club, guides, brownies and rainbows, a music club, children’s speech and drama sessions and tutored art groups. Details of any of the hirers are available from Ann Jones, chair of the village hall committee, on 01444 831244 or Lorna, the booking secretary, on 07813 319895.


Offham & Hamsey

THIEVES have been about in Cooksbridge, and have stolen a quantity of items from a private property. The culprits cut chains and padlocks to enter the area. They then proceeded to steal from outbuildings the following: A very old iron manger combined hay rack, a galvanised iron gate, two Victorian wrought iron gateposts, two hung iron smelting pots which had legs attached by a blacksmith and were used for plants or flowers, and quite a lot of other items. The property adjoins the recreation ground in Beechwood Lane and it may be that someone saw a suspicious vehicle around the area. The theft is thought to have occurred between Sunday April 15 and Wednesday April 18. If anyone has any information regarding the above, please call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999.

TABLE TOP SALE in aid of young carers today, Friday, at Hamsey School from 3pm. Contact number 01273 400725.

ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING: St Peter’s Church AGM will take place in the church hall on Monday at 8pm.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The ext meeting of the Monday Afternoon Club is on Monday May 14 at 2.30pm in St Peter’s Church Hall. Contact number, Judith on 01273 474356.

TODDLER TUNES every Thursday, 10am to 11am in the church hall. Contact number, Judith 01273 474356.

MASTER CLASS (singing), alternate Thursday in the church hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Details from Jenny Money on 01273 493424.

BLUEBELL WOODS Painting Day with Michael Cruickshank. The day includes home made lunch with wine, brought to you as a special woodland picnic and all refreshments. To take place in the bluebell woods close to Bradness Gallery. Paint in the medium of your choice. For cost and details call l01273 400606.

NIGHTINGALES: The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is launching a survey of nightingale numbers this month, and is seeking volunteers willing to make midnight and pre-sunrise visits to areas where singing males have been recorded to listen out for them. The nightingale population, long restricted to the South East, has been shrinking for at least half a century, but the recent Breeding Bird Survey shows that numbers crashed by 75 percent between 1995 and 2009. Although all territorial males sing in the daytime, especially at dawn and dusk, the BTO believes that closer monitoring of areas where males have failed to attract a mate could be important. To get involved in the survey visit There had been nightingales here at Courthouse for years and when we first moved in we heard them regularly and were surprised one evening when we saw strangers at the bottom of the drive with some odd looking equipment. When asked what they were doing they told us they were form Sussex University and were recording the nightingale song for a study they were undertaking. They used to come out regularly until they had finished their studies. I do still hear the lovely song, but not as often as we used to.

FESTIVALS: Among the many dates for the summer’s line-up of festivals is an interesting one to be held at Charleston from May 25 to June 3, with Ian McEwan, Max Hastings, Jeanette Winterson and Jessica Fellowes on her Downton Abbey book. Details from 01273 709709.

BUMBLE BEE: New research from Queen Mary, University of London, suggests that their flight paths are disturbed by predators such as spiders. This made me shudder and then I read that the silk of more than 300 nephila maculata spiders has been used to create a set of ultra-strong violin strings with a unique tone. Makes me wonder what size those 300 spiders were. Fortunately my spider spray with essence of chestnut oil seems to be working very well. Having said that I shall probably have to do battle with one in the shower.


THIS summer Lewes Community Theatre will perform an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the romantic ruins of Lewes Priory. Drama teacher and community theatre director, Meriel Whale is behind the show and is hoping to attract anyone with an interest in acting, dancing, singing and music, but would also love people to get involved backstage, front of house and with designing and making set, props and costumes. Auditions, for this year’s production are taking place today, Friday, at the Chapter House, Southover Church (6pm to 7pm) and Sunday, at Lewes Football Club, Mountfield Road (2pm to 4pm). The show will be performed on July 5, 6, 7 and 8, with rehearsals on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. All proceeds from the performances will be donated to local charities. For more information, please contact Meriel Whale on 07946 488883 or email

JUMBLE SALE: Lewes Bowls Club are holding a Jumble Sale tomorrow, Saturday, at Malling Community Centre starting at 2pm. There will be good quality goods for sale plus refreshments and a tombola. All welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Not to be put off by the wet, windy, and cold weather our walk at Upper Dicker went ahead as planned. Despite the conditions it turned out to be a most enjoyable and memorable event. Our walk started at the Plough public house in Upper Dicker and followed a 4.5 mile circular route passing many places of interest. We crossed the Cuckmere River near Arlington, passed the entrance to the Arlington Bluebell Walk at Bates Green Farm, came close to the Arlington Stock Car racing Stadium, saw the deer at Knockhatch Adventure Park, came close to Michelham Priory, walked though the playing fields of St Bede’s school arriving back at the village centre near the Upper Dicker village shop and café. A well-earned break and refreshments were taken at The Plough. The next walk is on Tuesday, Pevensey Castle and Rickney. Meet at Lewes Railway Station to catch the 9.54am train to Pevensey. The next group meeting is on Wednesday May 16, The Lost Villages of Sussex, an illustrated talk by Peter Harris. Cliffe Church Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome.

CONCERT: The Delphinus Quartet, Friday April 20. The Friends of Anne of Cleves House were delighted to welcome four very talented musicians to Anne of Cleves House for a lovely evening of music. Alice, Simon, Daphne and Loretta played one of Bach’s Brandenburg’s concertos, part of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik a piece by Vaughan Williams and a string quartet by Ravel, to a large and appreciative audience. Anne of Cleves House provided a perfect setting for the concert, allowing the audience to be close enough to study every note played. A considerable amount of money was raised for Anne of Cleves House which added to the success of the evening.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO Church, Abinger Place. Our Communion Service on Sunday will start earlier than usual, at 10am, and will be a joint service with South Malling Church. The service will be followed at 11.45am by the annual parish church meeting for St John’s. This is an occasion to hear a report of the church’s activities over the past year. All are welcome to attend.

Mobile Library

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


Denton &

South Heighton

WARNING to dog owners who have had their pets clipped at Paris Grooming since June 2011. They have asked me to say their appointment diary has been stolen. This contains telephone numbers, dogs’ names and breeds (no addresses). The theft has been reported to police but owners who have visited the shop in the last 10 months are asked to be on their guard and keep their dogs safe.

BAKER BOYS: Tonight (Friday) The Fabulous Baker Boys are playing at the Hope Inn. They do not often have a band there so go along and support them. The band starts playing at 9pm.

MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatics is holding a bumper fund-raising games evening tomorrow (Saturday) in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm.Tickets are £4. To help with catering, ring Tony on 07912 965507 to book.

NEW SHOP: It is always good news for Newhaven when a new shop opens in the town and Treasure Chest will open in the old Gills fruit and vegetable shop at the end of the High Street at the end of the month or early May. This is to be similar to Cash Converters where you can take unwanted goods like cameras, DVD players etc to sell. You can also buy good-quality second-hand items there.

TOWN MEETING: Newhaven Town Meeting will be held at the Hillcrest Community Centre on Wednesday at 7pm. During this meeting the Community Awards will be presented.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS: The next meeting takes place on Tuesday May 8. It is entitled Look Through the Window, What Do You See? Anyone can go along and tell a story that is personal to them. The meeting is in The Hillcrest Centre and the cafe opens at 7pm, stories begin at 7.30pm. Admission is £4, concessions £3 on the door.

RACE NIGHT: Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets’ most important fund raiser of the year takes place at Newhaven Enterprise Centre, Denton Island on Saturday May 12. The first race is 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 which includes a fish and chip supper. There will be a licensed bar and a raffle. To purchase or reserve your tickets telephone 01273 615096 or email

DANCEHAVEN: One of the biggest music festivals ever to be staged in Newhaven takes place at the football club on Saturday May 12. This coincides with the 125th anniversary of the club. The Festival opens at noon and continues until 11pm. The pitch will be the stage and a magnificent lazer-light show is planned from 8.30pm. This family event staged by The Nomads is all in aid of charity. DJ Thomas Gandey will headline the Festival and is flying in from Germany especially for the event. Local and international soloists will supply music throughout the day along with other top DJs. Tickets are £10 and are on sale at all branches of Roys off-licence and online at Children under 14 free providing they are accompanied by an adult.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: At our meeting in March we found out about Tai Chi. All exercises must be done slowly, this helps the whole body to relax and will be more beneficial. George Rose gave this talk; he was so enthusiastic and had originally started Tai Chi because of health problems. He now gives classes and has 80-year-olds attending. He also goes to schools to talk to the youngsters. Quite a lot of business followed including the annual general meeting which will be in the Albert Hall, London and the annual meeting at Eastbourne. The April meeting was our first summer evening meeting with a very entertaining speaker talking about and acting the sketches of Joyce Grenfell. Not only did she remind us of Joyce by her looks but the accents for each sketch were good. Small changes of costume also made such a difference. The sketches were the Nursery School Class, School Reunion and one about Time Does Not Always Heal. In June we are making small cakes for the Jubilee Street Party at South Heighton. We are also having a stall at the Jubilympics at Denton on June 9. At our next meeting, on May 14, we shall be discussing the resolution on Midwifery which will be voted on at the annual general meeting in London. All meetings are held at South Heighton Village Hall on the second Monday of the month at 7pm, except Bank Holidays. Any visitors or new members most welcome. (J Jennings).


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


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am till 11am. Just pop in and see what is available this week.

THE BOWLS CLUB will be holding a Coffee and Cake Morning tomorrow, Saturday, at the Bowls Club from 10.30am. Please try and support this event, you can even have a try at playing bowls. In the afternoon Bowls Club will be playing Nutley at home and on Sunday they are away to Buxted Park, both games will commence at 2.30pm. They also have a game on Wednesday when Henfield will be the visitors, play starts at 2.30pm. You will receive a warm welcome if you would like to go along a watch.

BOOT SALE: tomorrow, Saturday, the bonfire society are holing a Spring Boot Sale on the village green from 8am to 1pm. Pitches £8 per car and £10 per van. To book telephone 01825 722418. There will be coffee and cakes etc in the Community Centre, plus a barbecue on the village green. This event is most popular, so make sure you go along early then you will not be disappointed. There will be a great selection of all types of goods.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am followed at 10.30am with Morning Service Holy Communion(BCP). If you require a lift please telephone 01825 722582 in advance. Please remember the annual Parochial Church meeting on Monday at 7.30pm in the Barn Centre followed by the Friends of St Mary’s Church AGM at approx 9.30pm.

SCARECROW COMPETITION: Just to remind all that the Scarecrow Competition deadline is Tuesday. Make sure your entry form is completed on time. Collection points for the entry forms are Newick Post Offrice, the Bakers or Butchers. This Diamond Jubilee Scarecrow competition is inviting business, clubs and societies to take part representing a character or event from one of the decades of the Queen’s Jubilee. Which decade will your Scarecrow represent? Choose from 50s to the 2010s. Trial maps including voting forms will be on sale at £2 from May 26 to June 4 in Post Office , Bakers and Butchers. The last Scarecrow competition was a huge success.

PRODUCTION: The amateur dramatic society next production will take place at the village hall from May 9 to 12. This will be a thriller by Francis Durbridge called A Touch of Danger. Tickets at £8 per person are available form 01825 722359 or 722 895 or purchase direct from Bob the Butcher on the Green.

PLANT SALE: The horticultural society are having a Plant Sale and Coffee Morning on Saturday May 5 at the Community Centre.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB meet on Thursday May 10 in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. There will be a talk by the head teacher of Newick Primary School, Sophie Thomas, entitled Education 2012.


BLUEBELL WALK: Do not forget tonight’s (Friday) Bluebell Walk in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. Meet at the Equestrian Centre at Plumpton College at 6pm.

RACING: There will be horse racing at Plumpton this evening (Friday) with the first race at 4.35pm.

BOWLS CLUB: Plumpton Short Mat Bowls Club finished second in the first division of the Wealden League pipped by Pevensey by just two points. However, revenge came the other Saturday when Plumpton beat Pevensey by five shots in the Shoot Out of the Wealden League V Eastbourne League (which Pevensey also won). Well done all those who played in the matches. Although many members are starting to play outside bowls from the end of April the club will still be having club nights in the village hall on Thursday evenings from 7pm. Why not go along and join in to prepare for next season? For details ring 01273 890826.

TWO WALKS: On Sunday the Footpath Society will gather at ESCC car park, Lewes (TQ409 999) at 2pm to set off along Spital Road, Houndean Bottom and a circular walk round Lewes Racecourse. More details on 477336. On Wednesday the meeting place will be Wakehurst Place on the B2028 free car park (TQ342 317) at 10.30am, Then off to Forest Farm, Balcombe Lake, lunch at the Half Moon, then Balcombe House, Little Strudgate Farm Newhouse Farm and back to Wakehurst, Further details on 01825 722649.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP AGM will be held this evening, Friday, in the village hall commencing at 7.30pm. This will be followed by a talk by Jayne Shrimpton entitled Dating Local and Family Photographs, 1860-1940.

CRAFT FAIR and Table Top Sale at Ringmer Community College main hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon so do go along a grab a bargain or two. There are also craft stalls selling jewellery, handmade cards and woodturning items to name just a few. Table top pitches are still available 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. There will be refreshments but the college regrets it cannot accept individual food stalls. Admittance to the sale for buyers will be 50p, children 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. To book a table please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager on 01273 812220, ext. 253 or e-mail

JUMBLE SALE organised by the Nevill Bonfire Society in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, commencing at 2pm. Please bring any jumble you wish to donate to the hall as near to noon as possible tomorrow morning.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Firstly an update on the Duncan Ralfe Memorial match. Funds raised at this event far exceeded the target and just over £800 was raised on the day and this amount will be doubled thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Legal and General. Many thanks and well done to all concerned. The first team play their final league match tomorrow, Saturday, away to Lingfield with a 3pm kick off. The team’s First Division status is secure but the club is sure that the team will wish to end their league season on a high note with a win. On Sunday the Veterans play in the Fred Pretty Cup Final and this match is at The Caburn with an 11am kick off. Please note that the Mid Sussex League will be running the gate on Sunday and they will be making an admission charge of £4 for adults, £2 for concessions for this game.

THE CRICKET CLUB would like to invite new junior players to their coaching sessions at The Cheyney Field, behind the Scout Hut. Under 8 years (school years 1 to 3) Sunday morning 9.30am to 10.30am. Under 10 age group (school years 4 and 5) Wednesday evening 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Under 13 age group (school years 6 to 8) Wednesday evening 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Kit is provided just wear suitable trainers. The club will welcome new senior players or persons who wish to be involved in this village club. For further information call 01273 813990/812522.

EVENING WI: At its meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, members will concentrate on discussion of the resolutions on the agenda of the NFWI’s AGM plus members time.

FLOWER CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday, the demonstrator will be Deborah Dann who will entertain the club with her demonstration entitled Poetically Floral. Deborah has been to the club on a number of occasions and they are delighted to welcome her back. Members competition is Salad Days which should provide some interesting arrangements. The club is always glad to welcome new and old friends. Ringmer village hall at 2pm. Visitors £4 including tea and biscuits.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on April 18 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Richard Newton and Simon Webster. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday in the Symons Hall at 7.30pm.

ART EXHIBITION and sale in aid of Ringmer Village Hall Extension Fund being held by Lewes District Art Club in the village hall on Saturday, May 5, from 10am to 3pm. Entrance £1 to include coffee/tea/squash (children free). Lewes District Art Club has held exhibitions for the last 16 years in Lewes, Seaford and Ringmer. The club members come from all over the area but as the weekly meetings are held in Ringmer Village Hall the club is keen to support the extension appeal. There will be paintings on show in a variety of styles and in a range of media, all for sale, and also cards and other art works. 40 percent of all the sales will be given to the village hall extension fund. Do drop in for a coffee and enjoy the exhibition.

MORNING MARKET: The flower club is holding this event in the village hall on Saturday, May 12, from 10am to noon. There will be all the usual stalls including cakes, nearly new, plants as well as a tombola.

SILVER SURFERS. There is another Silver Surfers class being held at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form on Saturday, May 12, from 10am to noon. This class is free for anyone over the age of 50 years. For more information or to book a place please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager on 01273 812220 ext. 253.

VILLAGE HALL APPEAL: Pam Bowmaker Ch of Fundraisinig 01273 813625. The supper hosted by the badminton clubs and scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, has sadly had to be cancelled. The Village Fete is now only three weeks away. Thanks to all of you who have already taken your raffle ticket and stubs into Freeman Forman, they will be drawn on the fete day. If you want more, we’ll be selling them on Saturday mornings in the precinct or phone me. First prize is £200, second £50 and there are 10 other prizes each worth at least £15. Tickets are £1 each. The evening event is a hog roast and live music. Tickets are now on sale from Middletons at £5. There is a limit on numbers so please buy soon. We also have running our exclusive draw for Glyndebourne tickets which will also be drawn at the fete. They are on sale now, phone or e-mail me please if you want one or two. There are only 250 draw tickets at £20 each, extremely good odds and 40 have already sold. They are for two equal prizes, each of two tickets in the owner’s private box for one of the following operas. The Ravel double bill on August 6 or Purcell’s ‘The fairy Queen’ on August 9. If you are able to offer help for the Fete, setting up or taking down marquees, helping with stewarding the car park or anything else please get in touch. On Tuesday June 5 we are having a cream tea in the hall for the Diamond Jubilee. Tickets will be on sale after May 1, but I am looking for offers of home made cakes and scones. Thanks to those of you who have already very kindly made offers.

Rodmell & Southease

PARISH ASSEMBLY: Don’t forget it’s Rodmell Parish Assembly in the village hall at 7.30pm tonight, Friday. Come along and support our hard working parish councillors in the work they do for the village. It’s no good moaning about an issue, you need to put your point forward to hopefully get it solved.

WELL DONE Jill Harrison and friends, who made over £2,000 on Wednesday April 18, at Jill and Neville’s lovely house at Southease for Friends of East Sussex Hospices. Despite the awful weather, it was very busy when I was down there. Without the efforts of people such as these our hospices would suffer and they are such wonderful places as I well know from friends who spent time in them.

THE SERVICE at Southease Church on Sunday was very well attended. Several of us arrived early and sat on the seat outside just taking in the lovely view and enjoying the sunshine. I have always loved Southease Church as it’s so simple and has a lovely atmosphere.

A B&B GUEST who stayed with me last week presented me with a gift of a beautiful African Violet (some call them Cape Primroses) when she left. These little plants come in an amazing array of colours and forms and mine is a lovely deep pink. Guests often give me gifts upon leaving and it makes one feel good that they are so pleased with the service provided. Many compliment the Lewes Town and County B&B booklet and comment about how well put together it is.

WI: Sadly I did not make it to the WI meeting last week as I was feeling a bit under the weather. Evidently the speaker Julie Pinell gave a talk on Your Memories, and Don’t Lose Them, which I’m told was very interesting and set people thinking.

VISIT: I am off to visit the Shri Swaminarayan Mandi Hindu Temple in Neasden, North London, on Sunday. I find learning about other cultures and beliefs interesting. I will report on the visit next week.

IF YOU want to have an afternoon of laughter take a 3 year old to Blackberry Farm. It is a wonderful place for adults and children alike. I went with my friend’s 3 year old and his gran, and we laughed from start to finish. Especially when granny turned a pod-like piece of play apparatus around a little too fast for its contents, her grandson, who went spinning out of control for a moment, to be followed by a very irate comment for a little boy who did not like all the laugher that followed as it bruised his dignity. ‘That was not funny’, said the affronted little boy who had to be placated by my saying, ‘Well granny’s face was so funny when it happened.’ Three year olds can be very sensitive, especially boys. He had his own back watching two oldies, come down on rush mats on the slides. What laughter there was then.

SEEDLINGS: It was lovely pricking out seedlings in the greenhouse on Saturday and Sunday. I dare not put many of them out yet as we are still having severe frosts in this area.


THE FOLK CLUB will be meeting tonight, Friday, at the Royal British Legion Club. Doors open at 8pm (although the bar is open earlier) and the guests tonight are Barber and Armer a splendid folk duo from Brighton.

SPRING FAIR: Once again Save The Children Week is with us and to raise funds a Spring Fair is being held tomorrow, Saturday, in St Leonard’s Hall, from10am to noon. There will be plants, bric-a-brac, raffle, cakes and coffee as usual. There will also be a street collection on that day and house to house collections during Save The Children Week, so please give what you can.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: Seaford Liberal Democrat Councillors are holding a drop in surgery tomorrow, Saturday, at 37 Church Street between 10am and noon. No appointment is necessary, just pop in and they will be pleased to help.

GUIDED TOURS: I will be providing an historic guided tour of Seaford tomorrow, Saturday, starting from the Tourist Information office in Church Street at 10.30am. I will also be providing an historic tour of Alfriston at 2pm the same day starting at the Market Cross. Tickets for either event are £5 and available from the Tourist Office or on the day.

ROCK N ROLL: Rock band Tongue and Groove and will be playing at the Constitutional Club at the Crouch tomorrow, Saturday, night. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £12.50. This is an over 18yrs event arranged to make funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Call Lorna Allen on 01323 891614.

PARLIAMENT TALK: I will be giving a lecture about the history of the Houses of Parliament at St Peter’s Church Hall on Tuesday at 2.30pm, to raise funds for the church Raise the Roof project. Tickets from Stephen Newberry Estate Agents and also on the door.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY will be meeting at 7pm on Thursday at their headquarters at the White Lion Pub. This is an open committee meeting and you have a chance to join and meet other members. Call Kevin Start on 07801 840201. The society are determined that the celebrations will be even better than last year. Join them, dress up and have fun.

A REWARD of £2,700 has been put up for evidence leading to the conviction of the woman who recently tried to buy poison to kill animals in central Seaford. Police are dealing with the matter and if you have information they can be contacted by telephoning 101. Further information on a special leaflet now available in the Tourist Office.

CRICKET: The cricket club are pleased to announce that Kevin Ramsay from Barbados has agreed to play for them this season. Kevin is 22 years old and a right-hand top order batsman and bowls spin. We all wish him well and look forward to seeing him score many runs at the Salts.

EXCHANGE GARDEN: A huge and cheery thank-you to Lindsay Thomas who is stepping down as the co-ordinator of the Exchange Garden. In the five years she has been in the role she has transformed a scrubby patch of land at Crouch Gardens into a thriving community garden used by a wide range of Seaford folk from young to old. Well done Lindsay and best of luck for your future projects.

CONTACTING THE POLICE: I have witnessed dozens of people trying to contact the police by going into the police station when the desk is not manned. It is only open from 10am to 2pm. Sussex Police are good with technology but for many Seaford people the Police Station is still their first point of contact with the force when something goes wrong. I recently witnessed a tearful elderly lady ringing the police from their yellow help phone in the pouring rain. Cannot another phone be provided on the police counter for members of public to use when the Tourist Office is open so at least they don’t get wet while waiting for the police to deal with the call? Remember that the non-emergency number for the police is 101. Write this number down and keep it next to your phone. In an emergency or if you think a crime is being committed dial 999.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT at St Leonard’s Church on Saturday May 5 at 1pm given by Duo Figaro, a violin and viola duo. The concert, which lasts about an hour, has free admission with a retiring collection.