Parish pump Lewes - August 15, 2014


THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL begins on Friday August 22 with the art exhibition at the Old Chapel Centre (sponsored by the Wingrove House) from 10.30am to 5.30pm daily. At 1pm on the Tye the Children’s Fun Day begins with a Teddy Bears Picnic (bring your own teddy and picnic) with entertainment provided by Smartcookies. (Free). On Friday evening at 7pm the Quiz Night will be held in the War Memorial Hall. This year quizzers are asked to bring a plate of something to share for supper. On Saturday August 23, there will be a chance to admire the Collectors’ Car show, or try the Bouncy Castle, Family Fun Run (sponsored by The George) and Beret Throwing competition. At the War Memorial Hall, at 7 pm, the Festival Revue will mark the Outbreak of WW1. It will also be a chance to hear and sing some Old Time Music Hall songs and come dressed up in the style of 100 years ago, hats and costumes are available from the Alfriston Players, get in touch with Liz or Sylvia at Tickets, £6, which includes supper, are on sale at Hicks, The Paper Shop. Sunday will start with the animal blessing on the Tye at 11am. Even if you don’t have an animal it is still an interesting sight to see the pets from hamsters to horses receiving the blessing. Another packed family day on the Tye is planned starting at 2pm with the Fun Family Dog Show (sponsored by Drusillas) and ending at 6.30pm with Bingo and Bring your own Picnic. This will be on the Tye, but if wet, in the War Memorial Hall. Bank Holiday Monday is, as ever, the big day of the Festival starting with the Car Boot Sale at 7am on the Recreation Ground and in the afternoon on The Tye with a selection of traditional stalls and games. Throughout the weekend there will be music to accompany the merry making with The Scottish Pipe Band, The Seaford Silver Band and the Johnny Spice Swing Band. Full details can be seen in the programme which is in every village outlet and at the Tourist Offices in Seaford and Eastbourne.

PARKING: Parking for the Bank Holiday Monday will be on the well signed Recreation Ground at the bargain parking price of £2 for the day. There will be signs indicating No Parking along the residential roads in the village to enable an essential need for the free flow of traffic.


STOOLBALL: We had a very enjoyable and sunny day at Seaford on August 3. Unfortunately one team dropped out which meant we only played two games of nine overs each. (All the other teams played three games of six overs each). We lost by 10 runs to Newick and by 20 runs to Lingfield. There’s always next year. We are the runners-up in the Mid Division league this year, only decided on our very last game which we lost to Adastra (the winners) by six runs. We are hoping to re-start Barcombe’s junior team next year. This will be for girls aged eight to 17 years old. Lots more information next year. Thank you for reading our column and we will sign off for this year. (Yvonne Alce).

BOWLS: During the last two weeks there have been one away game and three home games and also a club competition. The results are as follows: Balcombe 49 Barcombe 76; Barcombe 55 Haywards Heath and Beech Hurst 63; Barcombe 90 Marsfield 42; Barcombe 75 St Francis 72. The Governor’s Cup, played on Saturday August 2, is a competition played between members. The winner was Colin Mouland and the runner up was Les Lines who won the Trower Trophy.

Other club competitions have now reached the semi- final stage. The finals for the various cups and trophies will be held over the last week end of August.

CRICKET: ESCL division 2 Barcombe beat Tunbridge Wells Borderers by eight wickets. Tunbridge Wells Borderers 102 all out. Josh Wheatley 4-13. Barcombe 105 for 2. Paul Coppard 46 not out.


CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game at Cuckfield tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1pm. Also a friendly against Felbridge and Sunnyside at home, at the sports ground just off the A272, on Sunday starting at 2pm. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

ST PETER’S Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion, with baptism, at 10am. For transport call Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. It is time to renew payments for the St Peter’s Hundred Club if you subscribe annually. There are numbers available, at £12 for the year, should you wish to have more numbers or join the club. Please contact Peter Martin to subscribe.

FREE CHURCH services on Sunday are at 10.30am, to include communion, and at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

FREE UNSTRUCTURED PLAY for children aged nought to five years takes place at Chailey Children’s Centre, Chailey School every Tuesday morning from 9.30am to 11.30am, during the summer holidays. For more information call 01273 336940.

EARLY BIRD WALK to see and hear the birds on the common is on Wednesday and will be led by Ian Woolsey, treasurer of the Chailey Commons Society. Meet at Pound Common Car Park, just off the A272, at 7am. Those that wish can enjoy a breakfast at the May Cottage Tea Rooms afterwards. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

GRANDPARENTS are you spending time with grandchildren aged nought to five years during August? If so do take your grandchildren and join in a Grandparent Group drop in session of play, and meet other grandparents, at the Chailey Children’s Centre on Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.30am.

50 THINGS FRIDAY at Sheffield Park this week is snail racing (on Friday August 22) from 11am to noon and 2pm to 3pm. There will be the chance to pick a winner or the slowest in the pack. Join one of the snail racing sessions and tick off No17 on your National Trust 50 Things to do before you are 11¾ list. Call 01825 790231 for more information.

70S FANCY DRESS NIGHT is at the Horns Lodge on Saturday August 23. There will be music and food in a basket. For more details call Linda or Mike on 01273 400422.

BEER FESTIVAL: The Balneath Bash, a music and beer extravaganza, is being organised by the Bonfire Society at Balneath Manor, on Saturday September 13 from 6pm. There will be a variety of local beers, a live band, fireworks and an Auction of Promises. For more information or to offer a Promise for Auction please email

TRACK TREK 2014: Thanks to the walkers who generated a very impressive £15,000 for the Bluebell Railway.

GRAMOPHONES A year ago Graham Barber purchased on a whim his first gramophone at an Antiques Fair in Ardingly. It didn’t work but little did he know that one year later he would own 27 gramophones. So what is the reason for the interest? Graham doesn’t know; but one thing is for sure they bring back memories to many and intrigue younger generations who have never seen such things before. It has been suggested to Graham that the gramophones could be of use in care homes where those suffering from memory loss conditions may benefit from both seeing the gramophones and hearing the music of their youth and this is something to be explored. Currently Graham is attending some gardens over the summer, under the umbrella of the National Garden Scheme, and playing the music of the 20s, 30s and 40s and chatting about all things gramophonic. If you are involved in an event, a garden opening or whatever and would like a gramophone playing music from years ago please let Graham know on 01825 723059. Please be aware that gramophones have no volume control and whilst there is no charge for the service it must be an event with a charitable purpose .For further details please visit where you will find details of the collection and the Gramophones in the Garden scheme.

MOBILE FULLY LICENSED BAR is available from the bonfire society for any event you have whether it be a wedding, party, fundraiser, outdoor event or festival. The society will provide bar staff and a wide range of premium products tailored to your requirements. There is no fee and profits from the bar go towards Bonfire Night and the Christmas Party for the older members of the village. For more details do email or call Diane Palmer on 01273 400901.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

TODDLER TUNES meet weekly over the summer. Open to all under fives and to older brothers and sisters. Meetings at 10am in St Peter’s Church Hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: when East Chiltington PC met last month there were six members of the PC and in attendance Mrs J Toomey, clerk to the council. Lewes District Cllr Sarah Osborne, Rev Godfrey Broster, Antonia Price and three members of LDC waste management team. The council received a presentation from Zero for Heroes. There is a share of funding for communities which reduce their waste. Residents can visit the Zero for Heroes website to vote for projects needing funding or to suggest new projects. Those with most votes will be considered on affordability and practicality. Suggestions put forward at that stage were repairing the fire damaged phone box, funding the allotment scheme and adapting the church for community use. Rev Broster told the council that East Chiltington Church was not identified for redundancy or sale. The PC has listed the church as a community asset with LDC but Rev Broster said churches are not covered by that act. A plan of the church and churchyard was viewed. An application for change of use of the land surrounding the graveyard will provide more burial space and parking for church events. Antonia Price said the diocese was very supportive of community use of the church for social and cultural meetings, music, arts, talks etc. She suggested a steering group to gather ideas for use. There was a discussion regarding the likely cost of the works. The PC expressed their support and appreciated the information given. Cllr Sarah Osborne reported that she had still not heard anything about the PC request for flood markers under the two railway bridges. She also wanted residents to be aware that space in Lewes cemetery will run out in 18 months. She also alerted the PC to possible bus cuts in the parish. Residents should be encouraged to respond to the consultation. She would be sending details to the clerk. There was no update on possible parking problems at Hollycroft. There had been no meetings of the East Chiltington Trust since May but a meeting was held for anyone interested in having an allotment. An allotment group is being set up under guidance from the Allotment Society. Seven households have expressed an interest. Allotment holders would share a single shed and tap and would be responsible for site maintenance. Cllr Israel offered to carry out some footpath clearance. The clerk is to contact the SDNP for details of any policy on fracking they may have.

HOLLYCROFT: LDC objected to an application to register the land at Hollycroft as a village green on the grounds that the land has been used by right and not as of right. A case earlier this year set a precedent which now makes it very difficult for land to be registered as a village green. The Open Spaces Society think there is now little chance of the application being successful. The PC is trying to ascertain the position regarding possible future use of the land by LDC.

POLLING for East Chiltington from May 2015 will now be in Plumpton Village Hall but the PC say this could revert to the church in future.

THE GRASS BANK near the church is being destroyed by thoughtless drivers.

FUTURE AGENDA: Council noted that LDC have listed the Jolly Sportsman and EC church as assets for the community of East Chiltington.

NATURE AT ITS BEST: This lovely summer weather has produced so many wonderful surprises with a family of mallard ducks arriving and in no hurry to leave, a great variety of birds, butterflies and a host of bumblebees including one I have just read about which I had never heard of before and is called a Cuckoo Bumblebee of which six species live in Britain and are so named because they take over the nests of the host species they closely resemble. There have been huge ones, especially on the lavender when it was at its best. A couple of days ago I saw a huge butterfly on the buddleia which had yellow and black wings, unfortunately the camera was in the wrong place when I needed it. I also saw a couple of stoats playing together near one of the ponds which was a lovely sight, but will probably get one of the chickens. Just as the song goes, I am seeing trees of green and red roses too and I think, what a wonderful world.


ART AND SOUL: Artwave is fast approaching and we are eagerly anticipating our 18 Art and Soul artists and craftspeople delivering their work early next week. It is always an exciting moment when we first get a glimpse of what we are going to put on the walls. Not everything goes on the walls of course and we have some wonderful ceramics and jewellery this year. Unusually we also have two people showing furniture. One is our very own Falmer resident Amy Martin who has been busy restoring, rubbing down, waxing and polishing furniture and giving it a new lease of life. The other is Louise Paul, our favourite basket maker, this year she will be showing some of the chairs she has restored and re-caned as well as her basketware. It is going to be a very interesting and varied show to put together.

PARTY: We celebrated St Laurence day in style here in Falmer last Monday. The saint’s day actually fell on the Sunday but we moved it to Monday and had a special evening service followed by a Bring and Share party in the village hall. People brought masses of delicious food and a good time was had by all.

TEA AND CAKE: Some hardy souls braved the weather last Sunday to come and take tea at the Village Hall. Come rain or shine you will always find a good selection of cakes at the hall on Sunday. The Teas season continues until September 7.

WILDLIFE: There is a new brood of ducklings on Falmer pond. The mother is sensibly keeping them very close and keeping well out of sight. There has already been one brood which unfortunately all disappeared quite quickly. There are a number of predators around the pond, seagulls, terrapins, foxes, even jackdaws will steal the eggs and would probably take a tiny duckling. I hope these little ones make it through.

LOCAL HISTORY: The investigations we have been making into the soldiers mentioned on the War Memorial here at Falmer have shown that in 1911 the parish of Falmer covered a much larger area than it does now and Bevendean Farm was part of that parish. I was very excited to find that Bevendean residents John Phillips and Drew Boulton have produced a fascinating book on the history of Bevendean Farm. It has been put together with lots of photographs and maps and makes for a very interesting look at the history of the area and also the history of farming and rural life. You can find out more on the website


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Wednesday last, 15 of us met at Ardingly Reservoir for a lovely walk taking in the spectacular Balcombe Viaduct. The route took us up and down across a varied landscape of fields full of newly harvested bales of hay, farms, wooded copses and beautiful views before descending to pause and admire the remarkable viaduct. We then continued to follow the Sussex Ouse Valley Way along the river and back to the edge of Ardingly Reservoir. An added bonus was an abundance of big juicy blackberries at many points along the way. On Tuesday we celebrated our 50th Anniversary Walk into Lewes finishing at the Town Hall to be welcomed by the Mayor. There will be two walks on Tuesday. There will be an all day walk, Lewes to Saltdean. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Meeting at the same place at 10.30am Bert will be leading a three mile stroll so something for everyone. Do come and join us.


SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Samuel’s Dinosaur adventure was a lovely event last Saturday. Lots of children came and there was lots of craft activity ending with a Dinosaur hunt through the churchyard. When the ancient beast was found, he was pretty scary, but strangely familiar and certainly alive. Sunday’s Family Service was also good fun. The theme was ‘he lost sheep’ and after a drama in which the sheep was demonstrably lost and found, the good number of children present were involved in clarifying what the parable meant. There were prayers for children and families in Gaza, Iraq and Syria and for the young people who will be collecting their examination results in the next couple of weeks, and those moving on to new schools, college and university. This Sunday there will be a Communion Service, with the Revd Jeremy Bamber, the Associate Vicar. It will be followed by a church picnic (bring your own food). The service begins at 9.30am.

ARTWAVE: Preparations are being made for the Malling Trail, with its three venues, all reasonably close to each other and experienced exhibitors the Dairy Studio, Old Malling Farm and South Malling Church. All the artists have connections with the Dairy Studio and are well worth a visit. There is the added attraction that they bring visitors to some of the most beautiful parts of Malling. It is hoped that Malling residents in particular will take the opportunity to find out something more about the working life of their neighbourhood. One of the artists, Roger Adams, has been shortlisted for the OBA award for 2014 with a cash prize of £5,000. The OBA award is supported by the Oldie (a companion magazine to Private Eye) and Ecclesiastical Insurance. Appropriately enough, Roger is exhibiting in South Malling Church. The awards are announced on September 10. Congratulations Roger and best wishes.

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.


YOUNG PERFORMERS: We attended Les Miserables operatic production at Priory School this week. It was fantastic. Everyone who took part in it was terrific. The singing was pitch perfect with wonderful facial expressions and the orchestra, under the baton of Lee Reynolds, was just right for the audience to be able to hear these young performers, even for someone, like me, who wears hearing aids.

NEVILL ART: Sadly I received the following comments from Gavin: Thanks for writing about my idea to hold a group show with the Nevill artists a couple of weeks back in the PP. Unfortunately I never received any response or replies and haven’t heard anything from any of the other artists living on the estate or had any alternative ideas. I guess they didn’t think it was a good idea. Gavin is exhibiting his artworks during this year’s Artwave festival at the Paddock Art Studios from August 23.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: The Big Book Sale raised £880 for parish funds. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way with donating books, time or as customers. On Wednesday at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road, from 2 30pm till 4 30pm there will be Cream Teas. All welcome. Donations in aid of the Friends of St Anne’s Fabric Fund for the upkeep of the church building.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Mrs Claire Steen and at 6.30pm Rev Geoffrey Whitfield will be leading evening worship with Holy Communion. The meeting of the Think-tank on August 6 heard a presentation by Mebrak Ghebreweldi on the problems encountered by people who relocated across national boundaries, migrant and host.


BOWLS CLUB fixtures tomorrow, Saturday, Newick will travel to Nutley, and on Sunday the home Fixture will be against Frant, on Monday the Ladies will be playing Crowborough Wolfe Ladies at Newick, plus another game on Wednesday at home against Seaford. All these matches will commence at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will be playing at home against St Michaels, the second XI will make the short journey to Buxted Park, likewise the third XI will pop just down the road and play Barcombe, the fourth XI will be playing on the Temple Grove ground, this match will be against Hellingly VI. All this games will start at 1.30pm. Only three more league games to play this season. The Sunday friendly match will be against The Griffin at 2pm. Just to remind all those keen cricketers that the All Star Lashing team will be playing cricket at Newick on Sunday August 24 at 2pm. Further details available from Mark Budd 07841 745091.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion (BCP), followed at 10.30am with Informal Morning Worship.

10K RUN: Trust all you keen runners have already applied for your entry forms for The Will Page 10k Run on Sunday August 24, this can be downloaded http;// As the roads are not being closed and the safety and enjoyment of all is paramount, will all resident be patient and to ensure that cars will not be parked in Allington Road, the race will commence at 11am from the King George V playing field, and only takes about 75 minutes. Please support this event by cheering the runners on their way.


HERE FOR YOU: Tomorrow (Saturday) the police will be staging an event in the village hall and on the green that will feature the services provided by the police, Fire and Rescue, Neighbourhood Watch, East Sussex County Council, Trading Standards and more. You can find out more about the vital services that are provided, express your opinions and maybe fears and ask as many questions as you like. If the last such event is anything to go by do also take the kids along as they will enjoy it. Refreshments will be available so do drop in between 10am and 1pm. If there is a local issue that concerns you there will be someone on hand to listen and advise and you could learn a thing or two about safety and security.

FANCY A WALK? If so, join up with the Footpath Society on Sunday at Hurstpierpoint car park (TQ281 165) at 2pm in readiness for a four and a half mile jaunt along Belmont Lane, Crossways, Ockenden Wood, Underhill Lane and Washbrooks Farm. If you need to know more simply ring 01273 890598. You don’t have to be a member to join in with this friendly bunch of hikers.

FLORAL TEA: Members of the flower club will be relaxing on Wednesday when they will be enjoying a tea party at Owlets between 2pm and 5pm. It will be a fundraising event but for a mere £2 there will be tea or coffee and cake for just £2 with the added attractions of tombola, bring and buy, a raffle and plenty of time for a chinwag. If I know anything about the members of this group they will welcome along anyone interested in flower arranging and, to let you into a secret, Owlets is situated in Ridduns Lane just a few doors from the village store.

RUMMAGERS ALERT: There will be a jumble sale in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice in the village hall on Saturday next week (August 23) from 2pm. Sharpen your elbows, gird your loins and be sure of getting the best of the fabulous bargains that will be on offer.

RATS ABOUT? I have heard that what is, in fact, a national problem of rat infestation is rearing its ugly head in the village again. These creatures spread disease as well as being a nuisance and the epidemic should be treated seriously. Such innocent things as putting vegetable waste or keeping chickens or other birds or animals in gardens can attract the vermin. Advice and practical help to combat the threat is available from Lewes District Council Pest Control office on 01273 484354.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Summer Show Results. RHS Bronze Medal, best exhibit in special classes Ken Beard. RHS Certificates: Best Fruit Malcolm Beard; Best Flower and Best Vegetable, Festival Challenge Cup; Sussex Country Gardens Challenge Cup and RHS Banksian Medal Ken Beard; Best Cookery; Committee 1990 Cup Linda Pilfold. Lanaway Trophy best wine and Novington Challenge Cup Win Banks. Flower Club Cup 1997, Vice-President’s Challenge Cup; Parker Challenge Cup Diane Ellis. Freshfield Novice Challenge Cup James Eastwood. Gray Challenge Cup Malcolm Beard. Birch Challenge Cup Carol Hemsley. Gillian Moorehouse Family Challenge Trophy Nicholson family. Nixon Challenge Trophy and Plumpton Top Vase4 Dorothy Casselton. Junior Classes (under 16) Three different vegetables Jonathan Purdy; vase five flowers Amber Botterill. Novice Classes: Three onions James Eastwood. Amateurs: Five coloured potatoes Reg Lanaway; five white potatoes Mark Pilfolod; three round beetroot, three Onions, three carrots, nine runner beans, six tomatoes, 12 soft fruits Malcolm Beard. Nine French beans, 10 cherry tomatoes Richard Watson. Three dahlias, three cooking apples Carole Nicholson. Flowering pot plant Sue Nash. Vase five flower stems Dorothy Casselton. Open Classes (trade excluded). Nine runner beans, three round beetroot, three onions over 8ozs, bunch 10 spring onions, five white potatoes, nine French beans, 10 cherry tomatoes, three courgettes, pot plant foliage, five small dahlias, five pompon dahlias, five stems other flowers Ken Beard. Three carrots, five onions under 8ozs, three sweet peppers, six tomatoes, 12 soft fruits Malcolm Beard. Five coloured potatoes Reg Lanaway. Nine pea pods Mark Pilfold. Pair of cucumbers Win Banks. Any other vegetable, three cooking apples, pot plant orchid, vase mixed hardy herbaceous perennials, five annual asters, three stems shrub(s), vase of annuals Carole Nicholson. Vase four culinary herbs, one specimen spike gladiolus, three gladioli, five everlasting sweetpeas Susie Martin. Flowering geranium pot plant, three floribunda roses Dorothy Casselton. One succulent cactus Richard Watson. Five dahlias Richard Wells. One scented rose Susan Parmenter. Ten mixed sweetpeas, six stems single colour sweetpeas, three vases six stems different varieties sweetpeas Diane Ellis. Patio pot Sue Nash. Arrangement in a tankard (men only) Alan Pilfold.

Floral Art. Arrangement incorporating figurine Gill Wells. Petite arrangement in the shades of pink, miniature arrangement, arrangement depicting opera Diane Ellis.

Cookery. Jar fruit jelly, loaf of bread Win Banks. Jar fruit jam, three cheese scones Linda Pilfold. Three pieces bread pudding, luncheon cake (WI recipe) Karen Beard. A pizza (under 18) Amber Botterill. Two gingerbread people (under 10) Natasha Purdy. Three flapjacks (men only) Tim Parmenter.

Handicraft. Greetings card for a child Gina Fergusson-Cooke. Three paper flowers Sue Nash. Knitted doll’s dress Win Banks. Soft toy Val Thompsett. Wooden article Rob Martin. Garden in a seed tray (under 10) Amelie Pilfold.

Homemade Wine. Bottle aperitif wine, bottle medium white wine from fruit or flowers Reg Lanaway. Bottle dry red wine from fruit or flowers Mick Bird. Bottle dry wine not from fruit or flowers Win Banks.


FOOTBALL CLUB: This evening, Friday, the Reserves get their Reserve Section Premier league season underway with an away fixture at Eastbourne Town with a 7.45pm kick off at the Saffrons. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are in FA Cup action when they play Corinthians FC in the Extra Preliminary round with a 3pm kick off at The Caburn. There is no mid-week fixture as this is left free for a possible FA Cup replay should Saturday’s result end in a draw. On Sunday at The Caburn, AFC Ringmer have a double-header friendly versus Barcombe and on Thursday evening the Under 18s have a friendly match arranged.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: This year we have added to our collection quite a number of photographs of different parts of Broyle Lane, so this will be a then-and-now guided walk (Sunday), to see just how much the lane has changed. We shall meet at the top of the lane at Soldiers Graves at 2.15pm, and walk down towards the Broyle. Please do not try to park at Soldiers Graves, it should be easier to leave your car in the developed part of the Broyleside.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday August 6, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

Rodmell & Southease

BUTTERFLIES: I have been noting down the butterflies I’ve seen in the garden so far this year. Clouded Yellow, Swallow Tail, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and fritillaries of several species. Chalk-hill Blue and Adonis Blue seem to be making a comeback and the The Wall, a strange name for a butterfly don’t you think. Friends tell me they’ve seen Marbled Whites. It’s years since I’ve seen a Swallow Tail, maybe milk parsley, its favourite food, is growing in the area. Cabbage Whites are always around and many gardeners wish they weren’t. Many of the family love butterflies, so I wonder if it’s a genetic trait as there is a butterfly farm at Berkeley Castle. I remember as a child my father keeping the caterpillars of the popular Hawk Moth in special containers in the garden. They turned into beautiful moths.

FOR SOME TIME now I’ve wondered what was attacking one of my roses and morning glories by cutting out circular sections. One day I happened to see a bee flying off with a section, and realised I have leafcutter bees around and as bees are so precious I am glad I did not spray the plants.

SUMMER SHOW: Rodmell Horticultural Society Summer show takes place tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4.30pm on Rodmell Sports Field. Admission adults £2, children free.


PHOTOGRAPHIC COMP: The town council is holding a photographic competition with the title Wildlife in Telscombe. The theme is open to individual interpretation but entries must have the natural world at heart. Photographs of domestic animals (pets) are not allowed. All photographs should be between 1-2mb in size (three maximum) and should be emailed to by the closing date of Friday October 24, along with your name, age, address and telephone number. All entries must be the original work of the entrant, must not infringe on the rights of any other party and the entrant must be the sole owner of the copyright of all photos. Categories are under 12’s; 13 to 19 years old; age 20 years and above; the funniest snap. Winners of the four categories will receive vouchers of £25 each. Full competition rules are available from the Civic Centre or on the council’s website