Parish Pump Lewes - August 10, 2012


STOOLBALL: We came second at Ringmer’s tournament on Sunday July 29 and Amanda Ridley received the prize for the most runs in any one single match, in four overs Amanda made 50 runs. On Tuesday July 31 we played away to Plumpton. Barcombe 124: Janet Hughes 40, Angharad Hills 42. Plumpton 121. A very exciting match. A different story on Thursday August 2 at home to Ringmer. Barcombe 116: Janet Hughes 48. Ringmer retired after the tenth over with 137. We have managed to secure a place at Seaford on Sunday and we are all delighted. We will now be preparing for our mixed tournament in the rec on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27, five teams have registered so far (01273 400087 contact). The bonfire society are running a barbecue and there will be refreshments and a raffle. Thank you for reading my weekly reports, there will be one more as to how we got on at Seaford and then the winter’s rest.

BOWLS NEWS: July 26 away to Lewes: Henry Bunney 8 Eve Empringham 26, John Osmond 23 P. Holmes 15, Jas Osmond 11 M Cook 11. Lewes won 42-52. August 2 away to Seaford: John Osmond 31 H Stidson 8, David Newman 12 B Gilbert 22, Les Line 13 A Feist 22, Jas Osmond 12 D. Russell 16. Draw 68-68. July 28 away to Balcombe: Jas Osmond 14 G Voller 22, Derek Stewart 12 Peter Green 30, John Osmond 23 T Hall 21. Balcombe won 49 -73.

BARCOMBE WI Garden Meeting at Vineseed at 3pm, Tuesday.


THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Newick and Chailey Support Group Summer Lunch which raised over £1,300 for St Peter and St James Hospice. The group were very grateful to be allowed to use the Barn Centre when weather conditions prevented the use of the marquee and to the rightful occupants of the Barn Centre at that time for moving upstairs. The groups next events will be their autumn coffee morning and a Motown evening, details of which will be placed in the events section of the Hospice website,

VINTAGE TRANSPORT is at the Bluebell Railway‘s Horsted Keynes Station this weekend. There will be displays of vintage and classic cars, stationary engines, commercial vans, steam road engines and motorbikes from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, sees Chailey in a league game, starting at 1.30pm, against Cuckfield. On Sunday there is a friendly against Catsfield starting at 2pm. Both games are at home, supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586. Free Church services on Sunday are a family service at 10.30am with Brian Lanstone and 6.15pm with John Eastwood. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group next club night is on Tuesday from 8pm at the Five Bells, Chailey Green.

BUG HUNT: Parents’ and Children’s Bug Hunt, organised by the Commons Society, is on Lane End Common on Wednesday starting at 10am and will be about one mile and last for about two hours. Lots of fun to be had tracking down bugs and things to be identified, which members of the society will endeavour to help with. Do take with you sweep nets, pots and magnifying glasses, if you have them, to help you. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831923.

MIDNIGHT MARKSTAKES is on Friday August 17 and starts with a meet at the gate in the flint wall on Markstakes Lane at 9pm. It is an opportunity to learn about the moths flying to moth traps at Markstakes Common a peaceful, remote corner of the Weald. Take a torch and warm clothes and leave when you are tired. The leader is Steve Teale (Sussex Moth Group). Parking is limited and pre booking advisable by calling Thyone Outram on 01273484344.

HARVEST FAIR takes place at Townings, Farm, Plumpton Road, on September 1 and 2. There will be vintage machinery, local crafts and produce, and a wealth of activities for the whole family. For more information call Carole on 01444 471352.

PARISH MAGAZINE, the Chailey News has distribution of 1,280 copies each month and it usually goes like clockwork due to the dedication of a loyal band of 45 distributors. Often there are no changes in the distributors for many months or even years but at present there are four rounds for which replacement distributors are sought. The roads that need to be covered are Station Road from the Kings Head north side to Hazeldene Road (40 magazines), Station Road from Hazeldene Road along to and including Coldharbour Road (38 magazines), part of North Common Road to include the hospice (18 magazines) and most of Green Lane (32 magazines). Delivery on each route takes about half an hour and you don’t have to live on the route or even go to church to deliver them. If you can’t pick the magazines up from the church arrangements can be made for them to be delivered to you. If you are able to help with this call Chris Jones on 01444 831244.

DO NOT throw out the flier in the August issue of the Chailey News which entitles each household in the village to an illustrated map of the village, commissioned by the parish council. The vouchers indicate the dates and venues from where and when the maps can be collected. If you wish to collect a copy for a neighbour do take their voucher, duly completed, also. In case of any difficulties collecting the map contact Cllr Mark Evans on 01825 722554.


Offham & Hamsey

TRIP: The St Peter’s Sunday School/Toddler Tunes had a wonderful day at Drusillas last week when 35 went along to enjoy all the animal magic at the zoo. There was plenty for the grown ups to enjoy too with the plant sales etc. The weather was really kind and to end the day there was a delicious tea for everyone in the church hall.

TRIP TO CHICHESTER: The Rector reports that the church social trip to Chichester Festival Theatre to see Kiss Me Kate was most enjoyable with 25 in the group.

BREWERY TOUR: Although not until October 10 the Harveys Brewery Tour will be a repeat visit which was much enjoyed three years ago. Judith Bastide has 25 tickets which are already being snapped up. If you would like to go please get in touch with Judith on 01273 474356 as soon as possible. Details nearer the time.

TODDLER TUNES will continue during the summer holidays. Meet every Thursday in St Peter’s Church Hall from 10am. A one-off session costs £3 per child, £5 for a family. Enquiries to Judith on 01273 474356.

MONDAY CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet again on August 13 in the church hall at 2pm. If you require a lift contact either Judith on 474356 or Caroline 477151.

N WATCH: The July copy of the Lewes Town and Rural Neighbourhood Watch Association Newsletter did not contain much rural information apart form the increase in fly tipping, which we know all about in this area. There has been an increase across Lewes District of cases of litter and fly tipping (the council distinguish between the two by categorising fly tipping as an amount larger than a dustbin liner). The things we can do: Report the location to your local council by phone or on-line. Also in the newsletter is the following security equipment offer. First Fix Electrical Distributors Ltd, Unit 1 Shepherds Way, Brook Road, Lewes (behind Aldi) are offering a 15 percent discount to all NW members.

ROAD WORKS: The latest information from East Sussex Highways was posted through the letterbox on Sunday to say that works should start on the B2116 within the next seven days. The surface treatment work will depend upon dry weather so they are unable to give a precise date. Watch out for advance warning signs on site for a more accurate date for the works. For more information phone the Highways Contact Centre on 0345 60 80 193.

DOWNLAND YEAR: August 6, 1939 reads: There is a new sound, or rather an old sound renewed, in all the village gardens today, the dainty, diffident sweetness of the robin’s song. The robins have been silent about the village for a month or more, albeit few have missed their music in the rush and preoccupation of full summertide. Probably the robins never leave off singing the whole year through; but in the summer heats they seem to grow tired of human company and go off to the woodlands, where you can always see and hear them in July, though there may be scarce another note of singing-bird form one end of the wood to another. Yet so soon as August has begun the green solitude seems suddenly to pall on them, and back they come to their ancient haunts in the cottage gay-ground and spinneys round about the villages. There is something curiously winning and fresh in these first days of the robin’s renovated song. The youth of the summer is so obviously gone, with its hard opaque glitter of green leaves, and whole provinces of red-gold corn waiting for the sickle. But the robin’s tender refrain brings back a spirit of almost childlike joy into the slumberous repletion of things. And the music serves to rouse many other birds to remember their lost powers of song. I heard a thrush piping in the orchard today, the first time for many long weeks and at dawn a dozen starlings were whistling and clucking together on the roof-ridge as though it were morning in May.

It would seem that bird patterns change as I have several robins in the garden that have never left to go to woodlands and are singing their little heads off. One follows me around and if I leave the utility window open cheekily comes in and sits on the worktop and watches as I move around doing things. The one bird that I have not seen for many years now is the starling which there were plenty of when we first moved over to the farm.


THE COLUMN this week is dominated by animals. We were sad to see Leila a beautiful horse, being walked by her owner, with a very nasty wound on her forelock. Jo explained that they had found her one morning tangled up with the electric fence when she had obviously tried to jump over. The leg is getting better and we hope it continues to do so.

BEES: For the past three years we have been fascinated to see bumble bees coming and going into a hole in our lawn. They have never troubled us and I believe we are lucky to have them. Imagine our surprise one morning this week to look out of the window to see a huge hole in the lawn, on investigation we could see that some animal had dug into the bees’ nest. Was it a badger? Was it looking for honey or nectar? We could see at the base of the hole the bees looking disturbed, so we left them alone. On the surface of the grass where the earth had been scooped was, what we believe, the coating of a tennis ball. Had the bees stripped a tennis ball to pull into their nest? A few days later, instead of just filling the hole in and burying the bees, we have used a broken terracotta pot to line the hole with two entrances and just covered over the surface. We are hoping that they will remain, but would not blame them if they moved on.

SLUGS: Everyone is saying that this year the slug population has just exploded, but never have we had one in the house. We would come down in the morning and find a slug trail on our carpet, we left out beer traps, then slug pellets, but still it came. This was war, all the furniture was moved away from the walls and there it was found under the music centre. The one good thing was that the vacuum cleaner was put to good use before putting things back in their place.

A MUSIC FESTIVAL in Falmer, WTF Festival 2012, music and arts festival on Saturday August 18 at Falmer Court. All are welcome, but strictly by invitation only. For an invitation please email:


VILLAGE MARKET in Laughton Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Fresh local produce, crafts, bric-a-brac, books etc. Refreshments. Entrance free, raffle in aid of the village hall. Our next market will be on the second Saturday in October.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at the Royal British Legion Club, Morris Road (Cliffe). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The published walk at Hartfield proved to be too muddy so the leaders took the group up on the Downs at Ditchling Beacon. The walk went west from the beacon and then turned south. The views which we saw throughout the walk, be they the panorama of the Weald to the north, glimpses of the sea to the south or internal folds, were all so stunning and are what makes walking on the Downs so enjoyable. The carpets of wild flowers and the shriek of a green woodpecker all added to the enjoyment as we made our way to the hamlet of Lower Standean where a coffee stop was taken. Taking the gentle climb back to the top of the Downs, we rejoined the South Downs Way and so back to the beginning of the walk. The walk was led by Gordon and Eileen.

The next walk is on Sunday, a morning walk at Shoreham. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Programmes available from the Tourist Office, The Walking Shop or at


CHURCH NEWS: The Vicar of South Malling, Revd Al Pickering was given a Gold Medal for his weekly sprint between our parish church and his other church, St John sub Castro, at an Olympic themed joint service in St John’s Hall last Sunday. People from Southover also joined the two congregations, since their church is undergoing renovations as well as St John’s. Al was also wished Happy Birthday, he had reached 40 the previous day. He had attended the Olympics on Thursday morning with his small son, Joseph, and watched Gemma Gibbons prepare the way for her spectacular Silver Medal for Judo. In the later TV interview, Gemma said that she couldn’t have done it without the crowd who ‘were amazing’ – ‘I think I owe the medal to them.’ So perhaps last Sunday’s medal for Al celebrated more than a weekly sprint. It was a very happy service focussed on the Olympic value of perseverance and it finished appropriately with birthday cake. The service on Sunday will be Morning Prayer at 9.30am at Malling Parish Church. All are welcome.

SCHOOL: At the final governors meeting in July, South Malling School said goodbye to two long-serving and hard working governors; Tanya Fitzgerald and Carolyn Ross. Tanya had also done sterling service in leading the Friends of South Malling which organises fundraising for the school, including the Fete. Carolyn was chair of the Wellbeing Committee and another valuable link with the community both as a parent governor and through her work. Replacing Tanya as local authority governor is Cllr Rosalyn St Pierre, whose children were educated at South Malling School, and town councillor Matt Kent replaces Carolyn as parent governor. The school has also appointed Julie Harris as a co-opted governor, a new role. Finally, Jo Wunsch, the school’s excellent clerk also left at the end of the year. She has been replaced by another experienced clerk, David Rogers. To add to the changes, Caroline Lamb, the school’s deputy head, has been seconded to East Sussex’s Education Department for a year, to advise on PSHE. Her temporary replacement is Annie Schulte, a very experienced current teacher at the school. The governors are delighted that all these key positions have been filled with such good replacements and look forward to the school’s continued success in the coming year.

THE COMMUNITY CENTRE are happy to announce details of a fun evening on Saturday September 8. The Centre will host A Night in the 40s, with music and dance provided by Charleston Jive Squad, who will also encourage participation. There will be a licensed bar, 7pm to 11pm. Tickets £5 in advance, £7 at the door. Details about where to get advance tickets next week, but also check

Mobile Library

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


OLYMPICS: TV coverage of the Olympics has been great and our British Olympians have been doing really well. The events have been very exciting and it all seems to be running really smoothly which is fantastic, as it shows how hard everyone involved has worked towards making it so. After the negative hype beforehand I bet it has been a huge relief to the organisers. We were glued to the TV for the opening ceremony, which was really impressive. It made us proud to be British.

ST MARY’S SPORTS DAY: I remember there used to be a fancy dress competition. One year a young girl was in a brilliant golliwog costume, which in those days didn’t have any sinister meaning. It was like the Robinson Jam advert. I think her name was Barbara Harrison and I seem to remember she came second and was very upset. The family emigrated to Australia later (not sure if it was because she only came second). My brother told me that Mr Breese gave him some money for clearing up after the event. My brother was always looking for a reason to make money. Some past names come to mind and if any of them read the Nevill Parish it would be lovely if they got in touch with their memories too. Peter and Eileen Seymour, Ray Caplin and Lesley Barker are a few. Rosemary Muddle wrote to me with the following comments: It was so interesting to read the paragraph in the Parish Pump last week regarding St Mary’s Sports Day, and it brought back some happy memories for me, as I too can remember Maurice Breese and his push bike very well. Did you know that he cycled daily to the Prudential Office in Brighton where he worked? My parents, Jeff and Mary Flowers, were both involved with the Sports Day. My father was, in fact, a colleague of Maurice Breese and along with Stan and Molly Carter, then of Caburn Crescent, Arthur Rays and Bill and Madge Middleton of Northway, the men folk were not only friends, but were all Men from the Pru. Others involved too, but their names escape me at present. My father, and I think Stan Carter, were also very involved with the annual Christmas Pantomime at St Mary’s Social Centre in the late 1950s onwards. Usually my dad, and later his son-in-law Richard Pearce along with Tony Burchell, both of whom were (and still are) members of the Lewes Group The Hustlers, from what I can remember invariably played the comedy roles of panto dames and the village idiots. My sister Beryl and her friend Brenda Hobby, who eventually married Tony Burchell, also took part in the productions. At that time, both the Sports Day and the annual Pantomime were really looked forward to with great excitement. They were events run by the local community of Nevill for the community. In 1963 I married and then moved away from Lewes for nearly 25 years, but I know my father and the family continued to be involved.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our Friendship Lunch between noon and 1.15pm, a warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to drop in for a ploughman’s lunch. Worship on Sunday will be led by Rev Geoffrey Whitfield at 10.30am and the service will include Holy Communion. After the service there will be our monthly church walk. On Wednesday August 1, discussion at the well-attended Thinktank on listening to and learning from people with disabilities was introduced by Vanessa Cahill. She drew on her extensive experience to help those present to understand how our relations with people with disabilities raises profound questions about what it is to be human. At our evening service on Sunday August 5, led by Rev Robert Bushby, a choir of 20 singers from Christ Church, St Anne’s and St Pancras contributed joyful music by Purcell, CPE Bach, Hadyn, Fauré and Thalben-Ball.


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

HOGARTY ROAST: I trust you have all purchased your tickets for the Hogarty Roast in the field just past the Green. There will be two live bands, Short Attention Span and Newick Folk. Also visit www.

THE BOWLS CLUB are playing at home tomorrow, Saturday, against the Isle of Thorns, this match commences at 2.30pm. Sunday is the Invitation Triple Day. On Tuesday evening they will be away to Burgess Hill and another game will take place at Newick against John Spriggs Crowborough Wolfe. Play will start at 6.30pm. On Wednesday they will be playing at home playing against Haywards Heath. A busy week for all of those bowlers involved .

THE CRICKET CLUB first X1 are playing at home against Hailsham, the second X1 are away to Buxted Park, the third X1 are playing at Temple Grove, this game is against Crowhurst Park III, whilst the fourth X1are off to play Hailsham IV. All these matches will commence at 1.30pm. Only three more league games to play this season. On Sunday the fixture is against WG Gracefully at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am, this will be followed by Morning Service of Holy Communion (CW) at 10.30am.

THE YOUTH THEATRE present The Importance of Being Earnest on August 23, 24 and 25 in the village hall. Doors will be open from 7pm curtain up at 8pm. They would like you to join Lady Bracknell and her staff for cucumber sandwiches and a muffin or two before the show starts. However, so as not to be disappointed please pre-order so that the butler has ordered sufficient cucumbers and muffins. Booking office 01825 722468 or 722802, special offer £5 if paid in advance or £8 at the door, tea with Lady Bracknell will cost £2.50. You can also email your ticket request to, the cast hope you will be able to go along to what promises to be a thrilling evening of polished epigrams, Victorian manners and delicious muffins.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY will be holding another Country Fair, Car Boot Sale on Saturday August 25 on the Village Green from 8am till 1pm. Refreshment will be available in the Community Centre plus a tombola, book stall and barbecue. Cars £8 vans £10; for bookings ring 01825 722418.

CONGRATULATIONS to Howard Eaton Lighting based in Cooksbridge, for making the Olympic rings that you all saw on the opening of the Olympic Games. They were spectacular, so make sure you watch the closing ceremony on Sunday, I am sure it will be another fantastic show.


SUMMER SHOW: Be sure to go along to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) to witness the horticultural society’s Summer Show. Doors open at 2pm and there is bound to be a wonderful display of flowers, plants and vegetables as well as notable entries in the cookery, handicrafts, children’s and wine sections. There will also be stalls selling plants, homemade produce and crafts. Refreshments will be available to ensure that this can be a sociable occasion with time for a chat to discuss the show and any other gossip that may be flying around. After the prize-giving there will be an auction of produce. Keep your ears open and you may even get some gardening tips.

HARVEST SUPPER: The Friends of Plumpton College, in support of Plumpton College Charitable Trust, will stage a Harvest Supper on September 8 in aid of disadvantaged students. Tickets are available from Sue Martin at the college on 01273 892051 or email Why not team up with some friends and make it a real evening out. Tickets cost £25 and the meal will feature the college’s own and maybe some other local produce, plus an opportunity to taste some of the college’s award winning wines.

BUG HUNT: On Wednesday Chailey Commons Society will be holding its annual Parents’ and Children’s Bug Hunt starting on Lane End Common at 10am and it will last about two hours. Take along nets, pots and magnifying glasses. Not only the thrill of the chase, but both fun and educational when it comes to identifying the catch. Shotguns, however, will not be permitted.

MORE ROAD CHAOS: Honeypot Lane was closed for a full two weeks while a modest amount of resurfacing was carried out. Before the plethora of signs had been removed Beresford Lane was closed and another batch of signs was already in place. Spatham Lane has been closed for weeks, there have been other closures and more are threatened. It really has got out of control and I am convinced a lot of it is totally unnecessary. These closures and subsequent diversions are totally environmentally unfriendly, resulting in a considerable increase in fuel consumption, co2 emissions, wear and tear on vehicles, damage to country lanes not designed for extra traffic of the type generated and, of course, an increased risk of heart failure being brought on by the frustration of it all.

OUTDOOR FLICKS: To those not as old in the tooth as some of us, going to the flicks meant a visit to the cinema. In the early days of the cinema the projection and filming capabilities were far from perfect and the image on the screen used to flicker. Well, that will not be the case on August 18 when there will be a drive-in movie showing at Plumpton Racecourse using all the latest technology. It will be a film for all the family, namely the Wizard of Oz and will offer the chance to have a picnic before the film starts. Book now and get a £5 discount on the entry fee per car. Ring 01273 890383.

ADULTS ONLY: What is in store at the Back to School Disco being organised by Honeybees Pre-School in the village hall on Saturday, September 15? They also include in the billing that the Headmaster will attend. The mind boggles and is our sleepy village ready for all this? The Champagne Supernovas will play live, but what will they play one might ask? Tickets will cost £8 at the door or £5 if purchased in advance from the village store or via Doors open at 8pm and I forecast a big queue.

CARE CLUB: Members have, despite some dodgy weather, been enjoying their summer meetings. In June they went to Garden Pride for lunch and a tour of the ever increasing attractions there. In July they met at The Warren for what is described as a sumptuous buffet lunch staged by the hardworking committee. The weather was not settled enough to eat outdoors but later the sun shone and they enjoyed a stroll in the lovely garden, then a chat on the terrace before heading home again. In August there was a short coach trip to the Old Loom Mill craft centre near Hailsham. For most it was their first visit and some time was spent touring the different stalls, admiring the handiwork and making a few purchases. September will again be a visit to The Warren for a social get together followed by tea. The Sunday lunches continue to be popular. Many members live alone so really do appreciate the chance to meet up for all these events. In October there will probably be a visit to another garden centre which is always a popular outing. If you think that you would like to join in all you have to do is to ring 01273 890048 to get more details.


CRICKET CLUB: Tonight, Friday, Ringmer take on East Hoathly in a Twenty/20 match on The Green starting at 6pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are away to Barcombe, the second XI are on The Green against Wadhurst and the third XI are away to Lewes Priory III. All are 1.30pm starts.

MINI-MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Ringmer Branch of The Royal British Legion Women’s Section are holding this event in the village hall commencing at 10am. There will be the usual stalls including bring and buy, tombola, cakes, gifts, books and a raffle. Do try to support this event if you can.

FOOTBALL: The first team got off to a winning start last Saturday with a 1-0 win over St Francis Rangers. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team start their FA campaign with an away fixture at Erith Town FC. There is a coach leaving The Caburn at 11.30am but seats are limited so please check with the club for availability. There is currently no mid-week fixture in case a replay is needed to decide the FA Cup game and, if so, this will be at The Caburn on Tuesday evening with a 7.45pm kick off so check the press or with the club or with their website, There are no fixtures for the second team as their league fixtures do not get underway until August 18 when they will be at home to Saltdean Utd. On the social side, this Saturday evening there is an Army Fancy Dress Charity Night at The Caburn Pavilion with all profits going to the Help for Heroes Charity. There will be live entertainment, music, fancy dress competition, raffle, kids lucky dip and lots more. Tickets are available from Tom Argent, Paula Vickary or from the clubhouse and there will be a limited number available on the door priced £2. This event is open to all so please try to get along and support this very worthwhile charity at which should be a fun evening.

GARDEN PARTY: Vreni Smith is holding a garden party at her home at 7 The Elms on Tuesday, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in aid of Homelink. Homelink is a local charity helping people that are not eligible for council funding into rented accommodation. They have launched a campaign in 2012 to increase their funds as demands upon them have increased. This event will be indoors if wet. Please try not to park in The Elms.

THE PARISH COUNCIL has a casual vacancy for a parish councillor to be filled by co-option. If you are interested in having a direct say in local decision-making for Ringmer, or improving the quality of life in Ringmer or just contributing to the life of the village why not apply. The vacancy is intended to be filled by co-option at the council meeting on Thursday, September 13, at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall. Further details of how to apply are available from the clerk to the council at the parish council office 01273 813242 e-mail: or, in his absence from the chairman Cllr John Kay. Applications should be received by Monday, September 3.

PILATES: For those who haven’t heard, Abbe Denness has opened her Pilates and Exercise studio in Ringmer at The Sussex, The Cloisters, Broyle Place Farm, Ringmer BN8 5JT. It’s a beautiful and light studio and Abbe has an array of Fitness and Pilates classes, daytime and evening to suit lots of different levels of fitness. Her autumn timetable is now out and starts on September 3. Please contact Abbe for further details or if you are interested in hiring the barn/studio for any dance, fitness classes or filming. Fitness classes run by professional fitness instructor at affordable rates, no membership fee and discount cards available. Zumba, BodyStep N Sculpt, BodyTone, Kids Boxercise, Pilates, BodyFusion Pilates, BodyBox N Blast. Lots of variety for all the family. More information on the web: or by phoning 07828 642 181 or e-mailing

Rodmell & Southease

SUMMER SHOW: If you like a good afternoon out, why not put Saturday August 18 in your diary. This is the day that Rodmell Horticultural Society pulls out all the stops to give us a wonderful event called the Summer Show. It’s held on the sports field from 2pm to 4.30pm. Adults £2, children free. Fun dog show and children’s races, barbecue, Pimms tent, teas and home-made cakes, produce stall, side shows, tug-of-war, classic cars, birds of prey. Music by Mid Sussex Brass Band. Applause Outdoors 212 performance artists, What’s Coming Out of the Box? will perform Spread the Love at this years summer show. Spread the Love is a walkabout piece, exploring sensory responses to the question What is Love? Cover designs for this years programme by Emma Godson, Sophie Putnam, Madeline Sellick and Rowan Sellick.

QUIZ: Tuesday August 21, Rodmell WI have a Mad Hatter’s Quiz. Visitors welcome at 8pm.

BEYOND THE TORCH RUN workshops are to be held on Thursday August 23 and are free to residents. An interactive website has been launched where anyone can upload photos, poems, memories etc. There is a tab for Rodmell. In due course a map with chosen extracts will be published and an exhibition of the art from the workshops held at The Crypt, Seaford in September. Local paralympian and artist Kristina Veasey invites you to go Beyond The Torch Run. Why not take up the offer

OVCN: The Ouse Valley Cycle Network will be one of the charities Waitrose is promoting during the month of August. The OVCN project is working to create a network of safe shared village links utilising the route alongside the river from Lewes to Newhaven. Please support the OVCN project by shopping in the Lewes Waitrose and putting your green buttons in the OVCN box.

FRIENDSHIP: Reading an article on friendship in a magazine the other day, it seems the powers that be who do this research state that friendships don’t last that long. Well I hate to disappoint them but my longest friendship with Daphne is now 68 years. We grew up together and I have many friendships of 40 years plus. We are like a network, always there for each other, and ready to stand by and help. My friends are my most precious possessions and I love them all. I’m sure this applies to many readers who also have long friendships.

THE WOOD CLUB have at last finished cutting up the large tree trunks into logs. Noisy while it lasted, but done for the benefit of the village and with consultation with the Environment Department of Lewes.

SADLY I have to report the death of Ray Putnam, husband of Carol, who has nursed him for some years now. I hope with Carol’s permission to give more details about Ray after his funeral on Thursday August 16 at Rodmell Church. Our condolences go to Carol and family. Ray was a much liked man. It’s so sad that Rodmell is losing so many of its long time residents.

MOVING: Susan Rowland, a long time friend of mine from University of Sussex days, is hoping to move to the New Forest from Offham. She and Lynda have put their cottage on the market and she phoned to tell me so it was not a shock for me to see it in the paper. I can tell you it’s in perfect condition as both Sue and Lynda share perfection as a state of mind. Sue is a well known local writer of small books and a well known cartographer. She and Lynda have worked hard over the years, playing a big part in local affairs.

TRAFFIC: I came up Ditchling Beacon on Saturday morning and it was a nightmare getting behind cyclists, because I won’t overtake unless it is safe, but cars behind get impatient and try to pull out and overtake just as cars come around the bends. One has to be patient on this steep bendy road.

GREASE comes to Rodmell on Saturday August 18 from 7pm till late at the sports field. Chilli supper, fireworks, Hit and Miss quiz. Prize for best dressed Danny and Sandy. Everyone is encouraged to come in Grease outfits or 1950s dress (but not compulsory). Tickets £7 adults and £3 children on sale new from Flint Barn, South Farm Close 01273 470471 or Tamblin, The Street 01273 471614.