Parish pump Lewes - August 1, 2014


BOWLS: The Coppard Trophy was played for last Wednesday afternoon. This involved a team of five Barcombe ladies verses five Barcombe men. Each team played one game of triples and one game of pairs. It was a close match with the men winning by one shot. The Saturday match was an away game against Balcombe. It was played in ideal conditions on a well prepared green and was won by Barcombe three rinks to one, with an overall score of Balcombe 49 Barcombe 76. There is still time for anyone who wants to find out more about the game of bowls. Just come along on a Monday evening between 5pm and 6pm and have a go. This includes children accompanied by an adult.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Barcombe v Laughton. Barcombe 224-5 in 50 overs: Josh Wheatley 86 Rhys Alchin 61no Matt Cordwell 34. Laughton 225-4 in 37.1 overs. Laughton (25 points) beat Barcombe (14 points) by 6wkts. ESCL Div 9 Sidley v Barcombe. Barcombe unable to field a side

Sidley (25 points) Barcombe (-5 points).


CRICKET AT SHEFFIELD PARK: The Armadillos CC play Kenya Kongonis CC on Sunday at 11.30am. All are welcome to bring a picnic, relax and enjoy the game in magnificent surroundings.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game away against Staplefield at 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, and a friendly at Amberley on Sunday at 2pm. For information about the league or the friendly team, which plays on Sundays, call Peter on 07709946880.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church, Sunday, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion, with Holy Baptism, at 10am. The service will be followed by Pete’s Pantry. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church, Sunday, 10.30am with Peter Morgan and 6.15pm with John Eastwood, to include communion. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

VOLUNTEERING at the Bluebell Railway. A Find Out More Day takes place on Sunday at the classroom at Sheffield Park Station. Meet there at 10.30am and the day should end around 4.20pm. For more information call 01825 720800.

PRE-SEASON TRAINING: Chailey and Newick Colts FC Under 15s side will start their official pre-season training at the Sports Ground, North Chailey on Monday at 7pm. New players are welcome to join in. Contact for more information.

MID-WEEK CRICKET: The Old Amplefordians CC play the Old Rossallians CC at Sheffield Park on Wednesday at 1pm. All are welcome to watch this game.

WOMENS INSTITUTE members are having a day out to Batemans so do not go to the village hall for a meeting this month. The surprise programme for July, organised by the members instead of the committee, was a visit from the Ditchling Morris Dancers. They gave a detailed history of Morris Dancing and the regional variations of the dances and demonstrations. If you are interested in joining the WI do call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

VINTAGE TRANSPORT is at the Bluebell Railway on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day. There will be displays of vintage and classic cars, stationary engines, commercial vans, steam road engines and motorbikes at Horsted Keynes Station from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day. There will be the usual steam hauled vintage train service between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead. For more details call 01825 720800.

VOLUNTEER at Airbourne. Eastbourne International Airshow runs from Thursday August 14 to Sunday August 17 and Sovereign Harbour and Hailsham Rotary are organising a collection to raise funds for two local charities. Chailey Heritage Foundation has been chosen as one of those charities and their role is to provide people to help with the collection. If you would like to volunteer to help with this please contact the fundraising office on 01825 724752 or email

BONFIRE PROGRAMME: Would you be interested in advertising in the Bonfire Society programme this year? If so please email your advert to Adverts cost £15 for a quarter page, £25 a half page and £40 a full page.

GYM AND SPA facilities at Chailey Heritage Foundation are now available for use by people with temporary disabilities or post op patients. The Spa and Fitness are modern and specially designed for people who have difficulty accessing a traditional gym or spa due to injury, mobility issues or physical disabilities. The accessible gym, spa and sauna could be the perfect place for you to continue on the road to recovery, under the personal training guidance of their gym instructor and with the assistance of a qualified physiotherapist. These Inclusive Fitness Initiative accredited facilities are available on a pay-as-you-use basis or monthly packages available to make your experience more cost-effective. To find out more, arrange an informal look around or to book a registration appointment call 01825 723723.

THANKS go to 41 Forty One 41 Taxis, a friendly local taxi service, for their very kind donation of helium balloons and bunting for the Awards Day for the young adults of Futures@ChaileyHeritage. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am parish Communion followed by coffee in the hall. Hamsey Church, Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 6pm Evensong.

THANK YOU DORA: Although 91 is a great age it was still sad to hear of the death of Dora Bryan as I have a lot to thank her for. One Christmas during the early 70’s I found in a woman’s magazine a six page article with her recipes for a Christmas Cake and other festive goodies which had pictures of her and her three young children helping her with the cake decorating etc. The cake was a snow scene and had miniature Christmas trees and skiers in red outfits. I decided to make the cake but had to search around for the skiers. I went on a shopping spree to find the decorations and ended up in Hanningtons store and made for the kitchen department. As I was asking the assistant where I might find them someone tapped me on the shoulder and to my surprise there stood Dora Bryan who told me where I could buy what I wanted. She was charming and told me that Georgina, Daniel and William loved helping her with the Christmas cooking especially icing the cake. She hoped I would have as much fun as she had making all the goodies. Although a bit the worse for wear I still have the article in one of my cookery books and have used the same cake recipe ever since and decorations are still in-tact in my tin.

CHERRY PLUMS: It’s cherry plum fever time again. This year the fruit is on the road side. All I hope is that people do not come with their ladders and loppers to cut down branches and then crash through our livestock fences to get at the plums. The trees are getting old as Derek’s father planted them way back in the early 30’s. Some of the fruit has already fallen onto the road but those rushing to get at them should be very careful as the B2116 has become a very busy and fast road.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Although not until September 13, if you want to take part now is the time to be preparing for the Sussex Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride. If you love walking or riding your bike, do think about supporting this annual countywide event. Walkers and cyclists are sponsored for the number of churches they visit on the day and there are a lot of churches to visit in Lewes and district. You can do it in your own time, either for an hour or two or for the whole day if you feel energetic. All details from the Rector. Half of the proceeds of sponsorship goes to the Sussex Historic Churches Trust and half to the walker’s/rider’s own church, so in this case St Peter’s Church. The Rector says: ‘We are very anxious to raise as much money as possible. We also need stewards at St Peter’s church for hour long slots between 9am and 5pm to sign forms and dispense refreshments, so if you don’t feel quite so energetic you could possibly volunteer for that. Let’s make this our most successful year yet.’ Contact the Rector on 01273 474356.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet on August 11 in the church hall at 2pm. It will be a very special birthday party to celebrate Iris Winch’s 100th birthday. Lifts available from either Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

BAT DEATHS: It was interesting to read about the large number of dead bats found at the foot of wind turbines. Their deaths had been attributed to accidents, but scientists now believe they get the bends when they fly too near the turning blades. Researchers have said that pressure changes caused by the turbine blades lead to a condition similar to that experienced by divers when they surface too quickly. It has been suggested that energy companies should consider turning off turbines during peak migration season for bats. It that is what is happening to bats then what is happening to other birds or wildlife? I know someone who’s dog used to run away when it got near the turbine when it was working in Cooksbridge and another person told me that she had to be careful if she went too near it as it affected her ears.

STAY SAFE: Survival guide for councillors which I have recently received, states as follows: Forget fishermen, farmers and builders, Britain’s most perilous job is being a councillor and although it said London life, I was intrigued as to what it was all about. Apparently newly elected politicians on Camden Council in North London have been given a dossier telling them how to survive meeting constituents. Cllrs are told to sit nearest to the door, lay out seating at 45 degree angles (to avoid appearing confrontational), make sure there are no heavy items in the room that could be used as weapons and get a space which has a swift means of escape. Quick getaways are also covered with the advice to have your car keys in your hand and park facing the way you want to drive off. Personal safety guide reads that one could be forgiven for thinking that local politics ‘ hazards eclipse those of jobs formerly thought the most dangerous. Derek and I did have shipping friends in London who were horrified when I told them of my experiences as a local district councillor for this area, so perhaps it may be one of them who sent me the cutting. I can assure you it is not just London where you need to stay safe as in my last tow years I actually had to use body armour when visiting certain areas. I kept a diary during my time with LDC which is amazing to look back on.


HERITAGE OPEN DAYS: Work on the Heritage Open Days exhibition at St Laurence Church is gaining momentum. Our researcher, Sheila Massey has been looking into the service records of the men listed on our WWI memorial and has come up with some fascinating insights into the lives of these men. A card with details of an 18 year old recruit gives his chest measurement as 33 inches (expanded) which seems tiny by today’s standards. Many had occupations that simply don’t exist anymore due to the mechanisation of agricultural work, occupations such as Ox Boy and Waggoner. These men would probably have worked on the Estate belonging to the Earl of Chichester at Stanmer. Thanks to our resident postcard collector we have a wealth of images from pre-First World War that show men working as Ox Boys and Waggoners in and around Falmer and Stanmer. Sheila is, I am sure, going to unearth all sorts of fascinating information and I am looking forward to seeing the results.

DUCKS: In this long hot summer we have seen many families here in Falmer enjoying the lovely views, walking round the pond and feeding the ducks. It is a great thing to do with your little ones and I took my children to feed the ducks and remember doing it as a child. However when so many people are coming and arriving with a newly bought loaf of sliced white bread it is not doing the ducks and geese much good. Here is an article recently published online. Warning: Feeding the ducks can actually harm the birds

according to two charities. The charities are urging people to throw ducks and geese grains rather than harmful white bread. Overfed birds can become susceptible to predators, according to the RSPB. Graham Madge, from the charity told The Daily Telegraph: (Feeding the ducks) is an excellent way for the public to have contact with birdlife and for toddlers to learn to appreciate ducks, geese and swans later in life. But feeding bread or, as we’ve often seen, chips to birds can lead to them developing health problems. He said families and bird lovers should consider buying grains from pet shops or even cut up green vegetables instead.

FRUIT: 2014 is shaping up to be a wonderful year for fruit. We have already had a bumper crop of apricots from our tree and, as I am no good at preserves, I now have three apricot tarts in the freezer (we have already eaten another three). Looking out of my window I can see the top of the Discovery apple tree and what looks like ripe fruit, the birds are flocking to the mulberry tree and there are a few ripe blackberries already on the brambles at the side of the road. The vegetables in our plot are romping away too, whenever it looks as though we will be in danger of a drought we get a massive thunderstorm and everything gets a good watering. I guess the harvest will be unusually early too. I wonder how much longer we are going to enjoy this weather?

ARTWAVE: It is not long now until our Art and Soul at Falmer exhibition. I have lost count of how many years we have been bringing together wonderful artists and showing their work in the village hall and St Laurence Church but it is certainly a well-established tradition. We have another brilliant line-up of artists this year. The Artwave website has our entry and you can have a look at our Facebook page Art and Soul at Falmer for sneaky peeks at the kind of work we will be showing.


WESTGATE WI: For our July meeting we had a talk, given by Helen Poole, about Sir John Gage and Firle Place. Helen is fascinated by Tudor history and thus this is one of her pet subjects, very interesting it was too. Helen actually worked at Firle Place some six summers ago and, no doubt, was able to increase her knowledge of both the family and the building. The family originated in Gloucestershire before coming to Sussex, and its motto is Courage without Fear. The Gage family held high positions within the Royal circle, initially Sir John Gage’s father-in-law was Head of the Royal Household and, therefore, Sir John had access to the Royal Household. Later Sir John’s brother-in-law was head of the Royal Household so Sir John was still able to infiltrate this illustrious circle and was tasked to look after the Royal Household, being third in charge and one of the areas he was responsible for was the laundry. Sir John Gage held many positions within the Royal Household as well as being the MP for this area and a friend of Sir John’s was responsible for getting Oliver Cromwell into Parliament. By this time the Gage family had become extremely rich and this is when Sir John began building Firle Place and it’s possible that stone from Lewes Priory was used in the building of the house. During the reign of Henry VIII Sir John Gage was part of Henry’s entourage and he became a Knight of the Garter, upon Gage’s death he decreed that the Garter was to be sold and the monies given to the poor people of Firle. Gage was in charge of the Tower of London when the Queen, Anne Boleyn was beheaded. Many of the Gage family are buried in Firle churchyard. One of the Gage family discovered the tree we now know as a greengage tree, so think of the family whenever you buy or eat greengages. As you can imagine various feuds took place over the years and there is still a sense of this between Firle and Glynde, even today, although it is getting better. Our next meeting is on Wednesday August 13 and we are having Fun and Frolics. If you want to know what this is then do come and join us, all very welcome, we are a very friendly crowd; we meet at St Thomas’ Church Hall, at the bottom of Cliffe High Street, 10am for 10.30am start. (Dee Barr).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Twenty six members of the group took part in an outing to the National Trust property at Polesden Lacey. Arriving by 10.30am many members took part in a guided tour of the house before having either lunch in the restaurant or their own picnic. Although the weather was very hot and sunny some eight members came on a guided walk across the Mole valley to Tanners Hatch youth hostel where one member was able to remember her experience of staying there over 50 years ago. Others preferred to take in Polesden Lacey’s beautiful gardens or simply stroll at their own pace in the extensive grounds. Although we did not leave until 4pm many would have preferred to have stayed much longer as it had been such an idyllic day. Thanks to Robert who organised this special coach trip. The next walk is on Wednesday, Ardingly. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. On Tuesday August 12 we will be holding our 50th Anniversary Walk into Lewes. There will be 10 walks from two to nine miles ending with tea with the Mayor in the Town Hall. The 10 walks will add up to 50 miles in the celebration of our 50 years of existence. Details can be found on our programme.


SOUTH MALLING CHURCH enjoyed a well-attended Breakfast Service last Sunday, stimulated by a visit from the new Priest in Charge, Revd Steve Daughtery. The service was taken by Revd Jeremy Bamber, who is now, formally, Assistant Priest in Charge, a step up from Assistant Acting Vicar, role last year, a courtesy title invented by the church council. The refurbishment of the tower room is now all but complete and it looks very smart. With the recent refurbishment of the main church, and additional rooms, the church could hardly be more ready for the wedding of Malling couple, Rob and Serena Phillips, tomorrow, Saturday. We wish them a long and happy life together. Next Saturday, August 9, from 10am to noon, there will be a Children’s Dinosaur Hunt in the church and churchyard. There is no cost and should be lots of fun and excitement. All children are welcome. Anyone who read David Arnold’s interesting article in last week’s Sussex Express about Dinosaur man Mantell, of Brighton and Lewes who discovered the first fossil remains of an iguanodon in the Sussex Weald, may be interested to know that Mantell’s remains are in South Malling Church and there is a memorial to him on the wall over the organ, a neat link to the next week’s fun and craft event.

MALLING TENANTS and Residents Association held their first annual general meeting following their re-inauguration in June 2013. A newsletter has been published, setting out the range of things that have been achieved on behalf of the people of Malling, not least, the establishment of the Malling Food Bank which has done sterling service to support Malling people since its first session on Monday, August 15 last year. There will be more details of this next week meanwhile special thanks and congratulations should go to chairman Brian French and the food bank manager, Sarah Neels, for their sterling work for the community and to the town and other local councils who have lent support and provided grants and training. Special thanks to Ruth Tahsin and Sue Wells, who have supported and encouraged the committee from its outset last year.

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.


TALK, TALK: It would be lovely if I had so much information for the Nevill Parish Pump that the editor of the Sussex Express had to cut our column down due to not having enough space. Unfortunately this is not the case, because apart from the churches and Wallands School, no-one seems interested in letting me know what is going on in our community. I need information from you, our residents. Come on, let’s advertise what you are doing and write up about how well it went after the event too. We want to know what is happening out there. My contact details are in the column below. I now realise why the previous Nevill correspondent wrote about her dog so often. She had nothing else to write about. Talk to me.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: Big Book Sale on Saturday August 9, 10am till 2pm. If you have any books you would like to donate ring 474964. Parking in the County Hall car park £1 and coffee is available. As you come through the Lych Gate, which was erected as a World War 1 Memorial, stop and read he inscription, ‘In memory of Harold O Powell and of those others from this parish, who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1919’. Inside the church, the World War 1 stone memorial lists all the parishioners who died, including three women.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is day three of our Mega Makers Holiday Club for children. Tomorrow, Saturday, we have a free barbecue for all those attending and before that the children will be showing their friends and family what they have been doing during the holiday club. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and Rev Robert Bushby will be leading our evening service at 6.30pm. On Wednesday at 7.30pm our ThinkTank will be meeting and the evening will be led by Mebrak Ghebreweldi and will be around the theme of Cultural Barriers to Migration and Trade

ST MARY’S (Pantomime Section). Saturday night saw St Mary’s Social Centre transformed into a country barn complete with hay bales for a fund raising barn dance and barbecue by the centre’s pantomime section. The event was attended by almost 50 people who, despite the high temperature, danced throughout the evening to live music from a professional Ceilidh band with caller. Future fund-raising events for the group include a night with local band, The Kondoms, to be held on Saturday September 20. Further details to follow.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

THE GARDENING SOCIETY is holding the annual show tomorrow (Saturday) in Meeching Hall. Open to the public from 2pm, free entry but donations welcome. Members will be displaying vegetables, fruit, flowers and pot plants, floral arrangements, cookery, handicrafts and photographs. There will also be a raffle, tombola and various stalls including home-made cakes. Auction of produce and prize giving at 4pm.

HELP THE HEROES day at Paradise Park tomorrow (Saturday). Come and meet the team and support this excellent charity. Blind Veterans UK representatives will also be there explaining about the work they do locally.

FORT CINEMA: Newhaven Fort’s Centenary Cinema is showing two great films on consecutive days tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday. Wings will be shown tomorrow and All Quiet on the Western Front on Sunday. The Sunday screening will be preceded by a short commemoration to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. Doors open at 6.30pm both days and tickets for each film are £7, concessions £6 and are available at the Fort.

PLANNING MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee meet on Tuesday in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm to discuss the latest planning applications.

TABLE TOP SALE: Guinness Court in Iveagh Crescent is holding a Table Top Sale in the garden and lower lounge on Wednesday from 10am to 2pm. Everyone welcome to come along and get some bargains but there are no opportunities to book a table. The event is being put on to raise money for the residents fund to cover outings etc. Tea/coffee will be available and the community bus leaves the town centre behind Poundstretcher at 45 minutes past the hour from 9.45am and stops right opposite.

U3A: Newhaven and Peacehaven U3A are holding a meeting on Thursday at 10am in the Baptist Church Hall. Trevor Povey will give a talk Lewes to the End of the Earth. New members always welcome.

DIEPPE MEMORIAL: The annual service for Canadian Veterans takes place to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Dieppe Raid takes place on Memorial Green, South Way, on Sunday August 10 at 3pm. The parade lines up on Denton Island at 2.15pm and will leave around 2.30pm to mark down Bridge Street to the Memorial. This is the day Newhaven welcomes Canadian veterans from all over the country as well as a representative from the Canadian High Commission.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Newhaven branch of the RBL is holding a service of commemoration in memory of all those in Newhaven and surrounding areas who gave their lives for King and Country in St Michael’s Church from 11.30am to 12.30pm in the morning of Sunday August 10 prior to the annual Dieppe Memorial Service.


DOWNS LINK WALK: Tomorrow (Saturday) the Footpath Society will meet at the Downland Link car park (TQ185 225) for a five and a half mile walk from the former site of East Grinstead railway station, up Kennel Lane to Champions Farm, Ivorys, Sherklocks Wood, Steeds Corner and back on to the Downs Link with an option to have lunch. Find out more on 01273 891218.

WORLD WAR 1: On Sunday There will be a service to commemorate World War 1 in All Saints’ Church at 3pm and on Monday there will be a commemorative Eucharist in All Saints’ at 8pm when the priest will be St John Mary Vianney.

POP-UP CAFÉ: This venture by the Hospice Support Group will not operate during August or September.

SAVE OUR BUSES: Currently ESCC is holding a consultation on its proposals to slash its subsidies for bus services and increase fares. For Plumpton this would basically mean that the 166 service between Lewes and Haywards Heath would run on just two days a week during school holidays. This will of course put more cars on the road when the idea is to get them off and persuade people to use public transport. For those who do not have cars it will largely mean that those people will be trapped in the village for five days a week. It is no good saying that we can use the trains as for a large number the station is not within walking distance and there will be no bus service to get them to it, nor even to the village shop come to think of it. Yet again, in my view, we who live in rural areas are being targeted and those worst affected will be the elderly, the disabled, the vulnerable and, of course, the poor. I urge everyone to respond to this consultation. It can be found online at your say or you can pick up a copy at an East Sussex library or ring 0345 6080 193 to request a copy. It is important that as many people as possible make their voices heard to avoid this cruel cut in vital services.

MUSIC DATE: The sounds of jazz music will ring out from the Fountain pub on Friday evening of next week (August 8) from 7.30pm.

PLUMPTON IN BLOOM: Have you noticed some really striking floral displays in the village? In particular there is some wonderful colour at the village shop, the former butcher’s shop on the corner of Chapel Road and opposite on the corner of Woodgate Meadow.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: A reminder that applications for the new houses being built off North Barnes Lane are about to be considered. They will be available for Plumpton residents or people with strong Plumpton connections (wherever they currently live in the UK) and the rents will be 80 per cent of market values. Contact Lewes District Council Housing Department.

FRIENDS RE-UNITED: It was great to see some old faces out in the village earlier this week, Pat Rozenthal and Es Gethen were on a visit and met up with the newly returned Sue Walton and Judith and Nigel Ayres, who themselves deserted the village for a while. It’s been a long time since we saw Pat slapping those famous thighs in the village panto and Es sitting behind the Post Office counter.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am on the Vicarage front lawn. This is being organised by the Mothers’ Union to support the work of the MU at home and overseas.

CHURCH SERVICES, Sunday 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Teddy Bear Service, 6.30pm Sung Eucharist.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: On Sunday we shall again be visiting the Culver Archaeological Group’s excavations of the Roman settlement at Bridge Farm, at the end of their second season. We will meet in the Barcombe Mills car park at 2.15pm. There will be a level 10 min walk to the site of this year’s dig. Last year was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund but this year they have to support themselves, so we hope that those attending will be willing to contribute £2 each to the Culver project’s funds.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Ringmer Branch invites everyone who can to attend a short ceremony and wreath laying at the war memorial at 11am on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the First World War. We shall especially remember the men of Ringmer whose names are recorded on the war memorial. The Royal British Legion nationally are asking everyone to turn off lights between 10pm and 11pm and just light a single candle as part of the commemoration. Special commemorative candles can be purchased from Marks and Spencer’s with proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday July 23, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

RBL HORTICULTURAL and Home Produce Society show. Considering the recent thunderstorms the displays at the show were of a surprisingly high standard. The flower, vegetable and cookery sections were well supported and the flower arrangement section showed all the artistry we’ve come to expect from our exhibitors. The show was again well attended and there were the usual discussions as to why the painting and photographic sections hadn’t been won by their own particular favourites. There were a good proportion of new winners in the horticultural section. Elsie Bowler, one of our very regular exhibitors, generated five first and three second prizes in the flower section. She was awarded the Ruby Anniversary Trophy for gaining most points in the flower section and shared the Meredith Rose Bowl for the best roses. Needless to say Paul Wieczorek again walked off with many of the prizes in the vegetable classes. He won seven first, four second and two third prizes and was awarded the President’s Trophy and the Wootton Cup. He also won the Plashett Cup for the most attractive garden and the Tom Pattenden Cup for the best allotment. Other prize winners were: Flowers: Calendula, C Browning; penstemons, E Hawkins, dahlias, J Fordham; hydrangea, J Fordham; shrub foliage, J Payne; foliage plant, V and E Duckett; perennial flowers, J Payne; any other flower, J Fordham; bowl of mixed flowers, R Barton; vase of flowers, R Barton; flowering tree/shrub, J Payne; scented rose, J Payne. Fruit: Gooseberries, C Browning. All the other classes were won by P Wieczorek or B Cairns. Vegetables: Potatoes, white, J

Badcock; dwarf French beans, R Barton; broad beans, E Hawkins; beetroot, J Fordham; peas, E Hawkins; tomatoes, cherry, B Suter; mixed herbs, culinary, R Barton; mixed herbs, non-culinary, E Robins; cucumber, B Suter.

Flower Arranging: All That Glitters, J Hunt; Spotlight in Colour, A Keeping; Gold, Silver and Bronze, A Keeping; Hats off to the Chef, J Hunt. Cookery and Preserves: Orange layer cake, R Peters; three bath buns, R Peters; two Cornish pasties, V and E Duckett; three cupcakes, J Miller; individual desert using chocolate, H Hobbs; five Welsh cakes, L Owen; jar soft fruit jam, R Peters; six eggs, H Hobbs. Handicraft and Hobbies: Painting, Best of British, M Hathaway; photo, My Favourite View, J Badcock; photo, animal Antics, R Parker. Other trophy winners: Norman Stacy Rose Bowl for most points in the flower arranging, A Keeping; Goldcliff Cup for best horticultural exhibit, B Suter; Adams Cup for the most attractive small garden, V and E Duckett.