Parish pump Lewes - April 3. 2015


STOOLBALL: (Ladies and young ladies). Believe it or not, but summer is approaching. We are starting our outdoor practice sessions in the rec on April 14 and running every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm until May 12 when the season starts. Why not come along on April 14 and join in to see if this is the sport for you. Enquiries 01273 400087.


ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are at 6.15am a Sunrise Service at Chailey Windmill and Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am at the Church. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

THE FREE CHURCH has a Good Friday Service at 10.30am. On Sunday there will be Easter Praise at 10.30am and an evening service with John Goodway at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be available after the services.

LADIES PRAYER GROUP meets on Tuesdays at 10am and ends with refreshments at about 11.30am. Their meetings are informal and prayers are based on those known to them, but names are strictly confidential. The group would welcome new members at their meetings, if you would like to know more visit or call Teresa on 01825 722586.

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Take along your current project or if you wish to learn wool, needles and tips will be available on the night. To find out more call 01273 890114.

WI MEETING: June Felstead, along with a canine friend, will be visiting the Women’s Institute meeting on Tuesday at 7.45pm at the village hall. June will explain about the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue Dogs in Sussex. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome.

FREE ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES of children aged 0 to 5 years and their siblings are at Chailey Children’s Centre on Wednesday, from 10am to noon. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, messy play, an Easter egg hunt and more. For further details call 01273 336940.

LUNCH CLUB open to everyone is at St Peter’s Church on Thursday from 12.30pm. The menu, on this occasion, is cottage pie/vegetarian cottage pie, with a choice of fresh fruit salad, trifle or cheesecake along with a cup of tea or coffee. The cost is £5, do go along and meet people and enjoy delicious, freshly prepared, home cooked food.

DIESEL WEEKEND from Friday April 17 to Sunday April 19 the Bluebell Railway will be visited by two Deltic diesel locomotives who will haul trains between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead for these three days only. To learn more about the diesel locomotives visit

WANT TO UPDATE YOUR CV and brush up on your interview skills? There is a free Getting Ready for Work Course at the Chailey Children’s Centre which will be four hours in total, on Thursdays April 23 and 30, and a crèche will be available. It will be much more than a course for people looking to get a job, its aim is to be a real confidence booster with lots of hints and tips about planning for the future. If you think you would be interested and would like to have a chat about the course do call 01273 336940.

ST GEORGE’S DAY VILLAGE FETE: Chailey Bonfire Society are holding the fete on Saturday April 25 between noon and 4.30pm. All societies and clubs in the village are entitled to a free stall to promote their organisation and fundraise, though you will need your own table, chairs and gazebo. There are additional stalls available and also a car boot sale and the cost for a stall or car boot is £10. If you would like the chance to have a free stall or to book a stall or car boot space email or call Clare Black on 07985112968.

SHEFFIELD PARK and Garden has events for all ages this April. The Cadbury Easter Egg Trail for younger visitors, at £3.50 per trail, continues until Sunday, daily. On Monday April 27 there is a spring photography workshop giving you the chance to take some great shots of spring flowers, with tips and pointers provided throughout the sessions to help you catch the perfect image. The cost is £25 per person, which includes tea or coffee and homemade biscuits. Also on Wednesday April 29 from 11am to 1pm there is a guided bluebell walk around lesser-known parts of the estate, £5 per person. Normal admission applies for all these events and more details can be found at

STOCK GRAZING: There will no longer be any stock grazing on Red House or Lane End Commons. The ponies have moved to the combined commons (Memorial, Romany Ridge and Pound). They will be joined by Longhorn cattle and the Hebridean sheep and remain on the combined commons until October. Please take care when driving as the stock will be using and sometimes stopping on Beggar’s Wood Road and North Common Road.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CORRECTION: In my column Friday March 20, under update for bus service I made a mistake when I wrote that following discussions with Compass Bus Company, they have now agreed to provide an amended service 166 timetable which will be the same as now, except the 1.35pm from Lewes to Plumpton Green will not be provided. It should have read the 6.35pm. Apologies.

EASTER: If you would like to help with decorating St Peter’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, pop along from 10am onwards. Gifts of flowers and greenery will be greatly appreciated. On Sunday, 8am Holy Communion; 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall; 10.30am Family Communion followed by an Easter Egg Hunt in the church grounds and coffee in the hall. I am sure there will be an Easter cake.

REMINDER: The Monday Afternoon Club will meet on April 13 when Michael Bird will be speaking about his Daffodils. Tea and home made cakes to follow. Lifts available by ringing Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

CHURCH AGM: St Peter’s Church Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday April 23 at 8pm in the church hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: When East Chiltington PC met recently concerns were raised regarding the high speeds of vehicles in Honeypot Lane. The PC was asked to suggest ways to slow traffic down and suggested the use of a speed watch scheme in the first instance. Cllr Osborne and the PC Chairman met ESCC regarding the incorrect positioning of the new flood markers. Cllr Bury has been in touch with LDC who agreed to move the Mill/Honeypot Road signs to the correct position. Chairman, cllr Israel, has been told the repairs to the Watershoot bridleway will be carried out this year. The chairman declared he would excuse himself from any discussion regarding item 7a, SDNP/15/00812/FUL planning application. Cllr Bury reported that the old Hamsey Brickworks had been retained as a safeguarded waste site by ESCC. There will be a flap down flood sign in Novington Lane and the depth markers will be moved to a better position. The clerk was asked to report a gate tied shut on the path north of Novington railway bridge and sheep fence across the exit point of the same path, stopping dog walkers. A trustee of the Springett and Campion Trust has suddenly died, so they are advertising for another trustee. The council noticed the recent article in the Sussex Express regarding plans to develop a number of sites on LDC land. The Hollycroft land is part of the package. The council will contact LDC chief executive, Jenny Rowlands, and request another update. The recent theatre show in the church was a great success. There is now a composting toilet at the church. Council asked the clerk to contact Chailey Parish Council to request they install village gateways at the boundary in Mill Lane. Council have agreed to approach ESCC regarding the possibility of 40mph speed limit on both Novington and Honeypot Lanes. At the parish council elections on Thursday May 7 it was noted that cllr Marina Bury and cllr Peter Cronin will not be standing for re-election. They were thanked for their service to the community over the years. PC are to contact SDNPA and CPRE to see what the future options might be in regard to proposals to develop land between East Chiltington and Plumpton.

ANNUAL SALE: The jumble sale held in the village hall, Cooksbridge, in February organised by Anita Walker and her team was a great success again and £706.42 was raised. The money will go towards the Village Day.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE: Or should I say the Downs are alive with the sound of bird song. All around the sounds of nature are coming to life again. Hearing the doves cooing and birds tuning up as dawn breaks is so lovely after the dark nights and mornings. I already have several nests around the garden, I have never seen so many pairs of blackbirds and the tiny wrens have increased in numbers with one nesting in the old well bucket. The daffodils, primroses and the tiny blue violets are looking lovely in the spring sunshine along with the carpet of tiny bright celandines which shine like the night stars. As the poet said, ‘Oh to be in England now that April’s here’.


THE FUNERAL took place last Monday of Hilary Mellor, and it was good to hear that the animals she left behind are well and happy. The donkeys are living at Raystede, her little dog has a new home with a companion dog to play with, the wild cat, that only Hilary could get near, has been caught and is now in a small cat sanctuary that has an enclosed paddock for him to have his space.

SADLY there will be another funeral this week, this time of Valerie Anning. Val and Peter, her husband, came to Falmer every day to visit Phil, her mother, and walk her little sheltie dog. Everyone in the village knew Val, and saw her deteriorate over the years with Alzheimer’s disease. Our condolences and thoughts are with Peter and the family.

FALMER PARISH COUNCIL meeting took place last week to discuss various matters concerning the village. The Amex Stadium are hoping plans will soon be submitted to Brighton and Hove Council for a 150 bed hotel to be built next to the stadium. The chairman of the parish council thanked all volunteers that took part in the great clean up around the pond. The various collection of vehicles in Court Farmyard has been looked at by Lewes District Council, and already the numbers have dropped, and the remaining vehicles will be moved in the near future. Planning the housing development application for Court Farm has been refused by Lewes District Council and the SDNP housing site speculation has also been turned down. Notice was also given for a caravan site to be sited in Court Farm and the Falmer Parish Council raised no objection to this.

ART EXHIBITION: Bethany to Jerusalem will be displayed in St Laurence Church on Sunday and Monday, and every Saturday and Sunday thereafter until May 2. I am really looking forward to seeing this exhibition, over the past two years, these exhibitions have been really special, and well worth a visit to Falmer.


ARCADIA: Following last summer’s glorious The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Synergy Theatre is returning to Kingston Parish Hall for four nights from Wednesday, April 8 through to Saturday, April 11, starting at 7.30pm. A young female mathematical genius deciphers Chaos Theory with the help of her porridge and the family tortoise. All flows from this, a delightful comedy by Tom Stoppard. Tickets at £7 from Brian Simmons (01273 474303) or the company’s box office on 01273 301444 or e-mail at


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Sixteen walkers enjoyed a ramble from Fletching on the last walk of our winter programme. Our circular route of about 5.5 miles took us through fields and lanes on a bright, warm, sunny day. Starting from the car park in the centre of the village we took the footpath through the church cemetery to open countryside. The first half of the walk generally followed a north easterly direction with little mud under foot, crossing streams over well constructed wooden bridges, but a few tricky stiles to negotiate. We took a break after about 90 minutes using a couple of stiles as seats while admiring the views and enjoying our drinks. Continuing on we admired Marshall’s Manor thinking we should investigate its history when back home. Further on we spotted a herd of deer, about 12 were seen, walking beside us through someone’s garden. After a short stretch on a pathway beside the A22 we were glad to escape down Picketts Lane where two well preserved old lorries in a yard were spotted, the ladies preferring to admire the emerging spring flowers. Our lane walking continued a fair way to join Down Street but with no traffic to worry about it was quite enjoyable. We eventually found our footpath which took us around Spring Wood, past the old mill house and onto the lane back to Fletching. A most enjoyable walk. Our new spring and summer programme is now available from the Lewes Tourist Office or can be viewed at On Bank holiday Monday, Ros is leading a 6 mile walk from Chiddingly. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. We should see plenty of spring wild flowers at this time of the year. New walkers are always welcome so why not join us.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday March 17 Duplicate Pairs; 1, Peter Kennedy and Nigel Osmer; 2, Richard Burnett and Nancy Wiginton; 3, Edith Jeffery and Mike Keeping. Thursday March 19 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Margaret Buddery and Peter Waters; 2, Nigel Osmer and Adela Thomas; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. Tuesday March 24 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Meic and Steve Goodyear; 3, Simon Kirkwood and Lynne Tunley. Thursday March 26 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Gannon and Nigel Osmer; 2, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood; 3, Jennifer Wilson and Peter Catermole. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Tonight, Friday, please come and join people from all Lewes churches for the annual Good Friday silent walk of witness starting at St Pancras Church at 6pm, following the cross to the Mount. Services this Easter: Today, Friday, at 10am we have an all age Good Friday service. On Easter Sunday there is a communion service at 9am in the Chapter House and then all our morning congregations are together in the church at 10am for a joint Easter celebration, including an Easter egg hunt and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. If you know this famous chorus you are welcome to join us for a rehearsal at 9.20am and then sing at the service. Music will be provided if you do not bring your own. There will be the usual 6.30pm service followed by a party in the church at about 7.30pm to say farewell to one of our leadership team, Chris Steynor and his wife Ali. Please do come and celebrate Easter with us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: Please come and watch, following Jesus through the final days of Holy Week. Today, Good Friday, Cliffe precinct 1pm to 1.30pm the trial and verdict, then procession to the Mount for enactment of the crucifixion. Easter Sunday, Priory ruins 3pm to 4pm the resurrection scenes. A big thank you to the large number of people who braved the weather on Palm Sunday to follow Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, experience his miracles and see the marvellous set for the temple in Harvey’s Yard, created by our hardworking team of volunteers. Email or visit our website at

PROCESSION OF WITNESS: The Silent Procession of Witness will take place as usual today, Good Friday, beginning at 6pm from outside St Pancras Church and moving to the Mount in Mountfield Road.


SOUTH MALLING CHURCH enjoyed its Palm Sunday Cafe Church last Sunday. Because it was a joint service with St John sub Castro, the layout, where people sat round separate tables with coffee and biscuits, helped to create a more sociable feel to the morning. Everyone was given their Palm Cross when they arrived and the service included a mixture of old and more modern hymns and songs. They soon got used to the format, even when Revd Dick Field, from St John’s, who was preaching, asked them to talk with each other about memorable situations when they or others had taken a stand for a principle, just as Jesus had made a determined assault on the religious leaders of his day on the first Palm Sunday. In the rainy afternoon, people turned out again, to watch the first performance in the Lewes Passion Play, which was excellent. A procession, leading a donkey, moved from St Anne’s to the precinct where Jesus gave sight to a blind man and then to Harvey’s Yard, where the play recapitulated his early miracles. It was very professionally done and, despite the rain, accompanied by a good crowd of Lewes people. The final three events are on Maundy Thursday in the evening, Good Friday and Easter Sunday in the afternoon. South Malling Church heard last week that it had successfully secured a grant of £10,300 from the Government’s Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund, to address urgent roof repairs and help ensure that it can make good essential repairs identified in the recent Five Year Fabric Report. Two other churches in the deanery have received grants from this fund. On Good Friday there is a joint service at 10am at Southover Church. Tomorrow, Saturday, at South Malling, there is an Easter Craft Morning for children, from 10am to noon. The Easter Sunday Communion Service at Malling starts at 9.30am as usual. All are welcome.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Weald View, Barcombe 9.55am-10.25am; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 10.35am-11.05am; opposite Post Office, Firle 11.30am-noon; Selmeston Village Hall 12.10pm-12.40pm. Wednesday: South Rough, Newick 9.45am-10.20am; Wivelsfield Green 10.45am-11.30am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.40am-12.25pm; Plumpton Village Hall 1.45pm-2.15pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 2.40pm-3.10pm; Laughton School 3.55pm-4.35pm.


GARDENING CLUB: It is the St Mary’s Spring Show tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm till 4.30pm in the main hall of St Mary’s Social Centre, Christie Road. There will be displays of daffodils and other bulbs and flowers, cookery items, floral arrangements, crafts, photography as well as entries from the Cottage Pre-school and Rainbows. A raffle with great prizes, a tombola of bottles and Easter Eggs, a book stall, plant stall and a produce stall complete the attractions of this lovely event. Come and enjoy the exhibits and have a cup of tea and some home-baked cake.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today is Good Friday and we have worship at 10am led by Rev Geoffrey Gordon. On Easter Sunday we will be having a communion service at 10.30am led by Rev John Gordon and evening worship at 6.30pm led by Rev Geoffrey Whitfield. Next Friday is our Messy Church event from 10.30am to 1pm. The title is Healthy Body, Healthy Soul and there will be a variety of craft activities arranged to do with this theme. The morning finishes with a short act of worship and then a free lunch. At the meeting of the Christ Church Thinktank on March 25, Lindsay Frost gave a concise and well-organised summary of the response of the people of Lewes to the emergency of 2000 when the Ouse burst its banks and did so much damage to homes and businesses in the town. He showed what had been done, and what remained to be done, to prevent a similar emergency in the future and replied to a series of comments and questions from those present. The next Thinktank will be on Wednesday May 27 when Alex Kirby will lead a session on What price the media we deserve?

ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Bingo today Good Friday, 8.30pm start with cash prizes and a raffle. All welcome.

BOROUGH BONFIRE: Saturday April 11, Borough are having a jumble sale from 2pm and a fun casino night from 8pm .Both are at St Mary’s Supporters Club.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: We are looking for some small plastic flower pots. If anyone has any they no longer need, please bring them in and leave in reception, thank you. East Sussex Music Service held two evening concerts this week at the Performing Arts Centre, one for woodwind musicians and one for brass. Around 20 present and past Wallands pupils took part in these concerts which were both truly excellent. The concerts gave performance opportunities to all levels of musicians, beginners right through to students about to go to music college, and were really inspiring. Our Wallands pupils did us proud, both with their musicianship and professional behaviour. Mountain Biking - Dan Ling has all the relevant qualifications and insurances to run a Mountain Terrain club over on the Downs on Mondays after school. To book please contact Dan on 07764 947921 and Monday evening we played our last three league matches, which we won. Due to the bad weather we have had, there are a few schools who still have games to play, so the results are not yet available. As always the boys were a credit to the school in their behaviour and play. It was the Yr3/4 Lewes District football tournament on Wednesday. Our team was made up of eight Yr4 boys who played five games in a round robin tournament. They lost their first game but picked themselves up and got straight back into their second game with enthusiasm, which they maintained throughout the afternoon, finishing fourth overall. Everyone is busy learning their lines for The Tempest and preparations are underway behind the scenes. We are very keen to have a large audience; do let Jo Taylor know if you would like tickets, 07842085246, which can be left on the door for collection. We will have a catering van on site for the performance, selling a rather good hot chocolate. The Sussex Under 11 chess team competed in the southern zone of the English Primary Schools Chess Association national championships. The 20-board team, which included Jonathan Britnell (Yr 5) from Wallands Chess Club, saw off the challenges of Oxfordshire, Wey Valley (Surrey), Berkshire, Somerset and Wiltshire, to finish top and book their place in the national finals in Nottingham in May. To discover more about getting involved in junior chess in Sussex see Moon Walk up the Downs Sunday May 3, 8.45pm. This is a town wide event and all adults and children are invited to take part.


COUNTRY MARKET: There is no market on Good Friday.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Good Friday there is a Service of Contemplation at 10.30am at St Mary’s Church. There is a concert in the St Mary’s Church from7pm. The new Sussex Singers are a well-established Chamber Choir performing to professional standards. Tickets £12, students £5 and children under 14 years free. A contribution will be made to the St Mary’s Lighting Improvements Fund. For further details please call 01825 722749, the website is On Easter Sunday, Family Communion Service at 10.30am. The preacher will be The Bishop of Lewes, at 6.30pm there will be a Choral Evensong. Everyone most welcome to all of these services.

AFTERNOON CLUB: Newick Afternoon Club will have another meeting in the Community Centre on April 9 at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Masoud Ahadi, his talk An Essential Guide to understanding Islam, Sunni and Shia Law the position of women, the Hajj. What the Koran (Quran) teaches. What is an Imam or an Ayattollah?

COFFEE AND CAKE: On Saturday April 11 there will be Coffee and Cake at the Community Centre in aid of the Royal Marsden Hospital and Cancer Research UK, lots of posh stuff, bags, scarves, jewellery and candles, plus Phoenix Cards, gift wrap, stationery and gifts.

HORTICULTURE: The next meeting of Newick Horticultural Society will take place on Thursday April 16, in the village hall at 8pm. The speaker is Ray Hale talking about Borneo, A Wail on the Wild Side.

A VERY ENGLISH ORGAN at St Andrews and St Mary the Virgin church, Fletching, on Saturday April 18 at 7.30pm.


EASTER CHURCH SERVICES: Good Friday East Chiltington 3pm Holy Communion. All Saints’ 8pm Good Friday Service. Easter Day (Sunday) All Saints’ 8.30am Holy Communion; 10.30am Sung Communion and 6.30pm Evensong.

EASTER RACING: Saturday and Sunday will herald the Easter Festival with racing on both days and lots of other attractions to make a memorable day or days out for the entire family. Food and drink will be on hand and there will be great opportunities for picnics centre course if the weather is kind. The racing is bound to be top rate and between races there will be lots to see and do. Racing starts at 2.15pm.

CROP CIRCLES: On Wednesday the WI will host a talk by Andy Thomas to explain the Crop Circle Mystery in the village hall at 7.30pm and visitors will be welcome. I can confidently disclose that the speaker is closely related to a Plumpton resident.

OUT IN THE AIR: Saturday next week (April 11) the Footpath Society will be out and about, meeting at 2 Strawlands (TQ324 239) at 2pm for a circular walk of four or five miles round Plumpton. More information on 01273 890450.

COUNCIL ELECTIONS: A reminder that six of the nine parish councillors will not seek re-election in May so candidates for election are needed to ensure Plumpton Parish Council functions properly. It is vital work but totally voluntary with no perks and seldom a passing thank you, in fact mostly quite the opposite. However, the council is essential for the village and there can be some satisfaction in knowing one has taken the time and made the effort to safeguard the interests of the community. Nominations must be lodged by April 9 with Lewes District Council Electoral Department from whom the necessary forms can be obtained. If you want to know more try talking to one of the existing councillors who will be open and honest with you. If you care about your community then act. The village does need some caring people to step forward. The evolving Neighbourhood Plan could flounder without an active council and that could prove disastrous for Plumpton.

GOOD NEWS? I am informed the planning application for the proposed development in Riddens Lane has been withdrawn at least temporarily. It is still being promoted as a site to be considered within the Neighbourhood Plan but then it would count towards the allocation of 50 plus homes required within LDC Core Strategy. If the application had gone ahead and been approved the homes would not have counted.

THOSE ROADS: ESCC Highways Department has acknowledged there are problems following the dressing of Plumpton Lane and Station Road last year. It is understood remedial work is ongoing by the contractors following complaints from the parish council and residents.

SPEEDING: Plumpton and East Chiltington Parish Councils are co-operating in an effort to reduce, if not totally stamp out speeding. Volunteers will soon start to receive instruction from the police on how to operate speed checks and positive action will follow. Plumpton does still have a Speed Indicator Device (Sid) provided by the Village Action Plan and it is planned to put this into action again.

ROMAN HISTORY: Some 40 or more people attended the recent talk in Plumpton about the Roman activity in this area, including within Plumpton, where the remains of a villa are still being excavated and which will continue during the coming summer. Residents will be offered the opportunity to take part in the dig or just visit. Our local expert David Millum has promised to keep us updated.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Spring Show 2015. RHS Certificate Best Vegetable and Bird Family Trophy 1985 Ken Beard. SE England Daffodil Group Best Exhibit Mick Bird. Daffodil Society Bronze Medal for best bloom Marion Bird. Powell Edwards Salver and Dora Watson Trophy (1987) Diane Ellis. Beard and Cottingham Trophy (1986) Gill Wells, Winifred Awberry Challenge Trophy Dorothy Caselton. Elves Family Trophy Susan Parmenter. Lucy Bracher Memorial Trophy (1982) Win Banks. Balchin Family Challenge Cup Jonathan Purdy. Committee Cup Reg Lanaway. John Tetley Challenge Trophy Evelyn Botterill. Mary Beard Trophy 2014 Gill Gamble. Junior Classes: Under 16. Vase three daffodils Amber Botterill. Novice Classes: One narcissus div 1 Evelyn Botterill. Amateurs: Three narcissi div 1, one narcissus div 1, one narcissus div 3, one narcissus div 4 Malcolm Beard. Three narcissi div 3 and pot of spring bulbs Diane Ellis. Three narcissi div 4 Dorothy Caselton. Three other narcissi Susan Parmenter. One narcissus div 2 Margaret Westgate. Open (not trade): Three narcissi div 1, three narcissi div 2, three narcissi more than one flower per stem, one narcissus div 2, pot or bowl hyacinths Mick Bird. Three narcissi more than one flower per stem, one narcissus div 1, one narcissus div 3, one narcissus div 3, one narcissus div 4, one specimen hyacinth bloom and two leeks Ken Beard. Three narcissi more than one flower per stem single div 5, 6 or 7 and three other narcissi Marion Bird. Vase of shrub(s) in bloom and foliage pot plant Susan Parmenter. Bowl of five floating hellebore flowers Tim Parmenter. Vase mixed flowers excluding daffodils Dorothy Caselton. Pot of daffodils Diane Ellis. One pot cactus or succulent Sue Akers. One pot orchid Mark Pilfold. Arrangement in tankard or mug (men only) Alan Pilfold. Any unclassified vegetable Win Banks. Floral Art: St Patrick’s Day arrangement Sue Akers. Basket arrangement Diane Ellis. Miniature arrangement Win Banks. Easter arrangement Gill Wells. Cookery: Three small Florentines, jar Seville orange marmalade and three pieces Millionaire’s Shortbread Win Banks. Three cheese and onion pasties Margaret Westgate. Savoury tart Gill Gamble. Simnel Cake Wendy Stoneastreet. Three bread rolls Natasha Stonestreet. Undecorated coffee Victoria sponge (men only) Malcolm Beard. Handicrafts: Easter Greetings Card and embroidered bag or purse Val Thompsett. Wooden article Mick Bird. Photo of a garden Linda Pilfold and Sue Nash. Wine: Bottle rose (dry/medium), Bottle of dry from fruit or flowers, bottle medium from fruit or flowers and wine from ingredients other than fruit or flowers Reg Lanaway. Bottle dessert wine Win Banks. Junior Competitions: Under 5s: Painting of rainbow and hat decorated for Easter Amelie Pilfold. Flowers in teapot Frankie Wallis. 5 to 7 Years: Three chocolate cereal cakes, hat decorated for Easter and bracelet from Loom Bands Jonathan Purdy. 8 to 11 Years: Small pizza Emily Purdy. Rabbit collage Natasha Purdy.


VOLUNTEER NEEDED: The RVS (Royal Voluntary Service) is looking for someone to co-ordinate calls for the good neighbour scheme in Ringmer. (The Broyle area is already covered). It will involve being the first point of contact, finding out what the individual needs (befriending, shopping, help etc) and either making a connection between the volunteer and individual, or possibly visiting the client to find out what they need, then linking them with a volunteer. The RVS will provide a phone to take the calls. For more information call Nadine Fry on 07423471017 or e-mail

CALLING CHURCH FAMILIES: Today, Good Friday, the Bun Service, a special short service for children, at 10am. It is followed by Hot Cross Buns in the Church Room (and a chance to look at the Art Exhibition). On Holy Saturday at 11am to 11.45am children are invited to come to the churchyard near the porch to help complete the Easter Garden by planting some flowers. Good Friday: 9.15am Act of Witness at the shops and at noon One Hour Devotion in church. Holy Saturday: 7.30pm Vigil followed by Eucharist. Easter Day: 8am Holy Communion. Before the 9.45am service, we shall make our Cross of Flowers so please bring a flower (not daffodils please as their stems are too brittle). Also please bring along something with which to make a Joyful noise before the Gloria at this service. 6.30pm Evensong.

MOSTLY MUMS meets again on Tuesday, 9.30am to 11am for fun in the church. Older siblings very welcome.

ST MARY’S ART GROUPS Art Exhibition and Sale, in St Mary’s Church Room. Good Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm, tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am to 4.30pm, Sunday 2pm to 4.30pm, Monday 10.30am to 4.30pm. Free entrance tea/coffee and biscuits. Please come, we will be pleased to see you.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday March 25, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Roy Skan and Barrie Smith; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Alan Disney and Hugh Griffiths. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

COFFEE MORNING: A Poppy Appeal coffee morning will be held on Saturday April 11 at 10.30am in the Symonds Room at the village hall. There will be a bring and buy stall with cakes etc, plus a raffle. All are welcome, so please support this event.

ADULTS NEARLY NEW SALE: Come and sell your clothes and pick up a few bargains at this fun social evening on April 30. In aid of St Peter and St James’ Hospice, please start looking out items you can sell to help this cause. Contact Marisa Hayes 01273 812790.

Rodmell & Southease

FLOWER SHOW: Rodmell’s Spring Flower Show on Saturday March 28 was as usual a great success. There were so many entries and the whole hall was a riot of colour. When I eventually managed to get there, it was packed, and the tea and cake bar was doing very well. Congratulations to all the organisers and competitors for making it such a lovely occasion.

THE LEAKY BUCKETS gig at Iford Village Hall on Friday and Saturday nights went off very well and were thoroughly enjoyed by all. I went with two friends on the Friday night and we found it very amusing, when some bewildered looking people wandered in thinking it was where the talk by Lord Baker was taking place. Seeing a stage lit by many lights and music playing I think they got the message that this was not the Baker gig. Paul McCartney’s niece was the vocalist and not only was she a great looking girl, she had the voice to match. I believe her name was Benna and she lives locally. The money collected goes to a hospice in Eastbourne. It was a great evening, not too loud, so people could still talk and not too long. Well done John and Co.

DOGS: I often go up to Raystede and take blankets I knit and cardboard tubes, egg boxes etc which are all put to use. Whilst I was up there recently a lovely young beagle was being taken for a walk by a handler. She was only eight months old and so sweet natured as these lovely dogs usually are. My heart went out to her as I kept beagles for over 40 years and adore them but it’s not possible for now because of family commitments. I hope she finds a good home.

THE PLANS for the controversial Phoenix site in Lewes remind me a bit of Docklands in London.

SADLY I have to report the death of my friend Pauline Bell who died recently in a Seaford nursing home. Many who knew her as the blonde singer of Jazz who sang with me, in the Thin Ice group, who started at Rottingdean Jazz Club will remember her lovely personality and voice. As we were both Pauline’s she came to be known as Paula, to avoid confusion. She was so talented in so many ways being an artist and dressmaker as well. Condolences go to Ray and her family. Many in Rodmell remember her as she sang with me at our pub in the past.