Parish Pump Lewes - August 16, 2013


HOLIDAY CLUB at St Mary’s from 9am to 3pm Wednesday to Friday, August 28 to 30. Bring a packed lunch. It’s a long day.

ADVENTURE CRUISE. For all primary school age children, including those starting in reception this September but also current year 6. We would also love having older youth to help. Contact Rev James Hollingsworth, 400260. Registration forms

SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB: We are a small and friendly club which was formed over 20 years ago, and we play on mainly Thursday evenings from September to March. Our home games are played in the sports hall at Barcombe Junior School and we have space to play on four mats. The club plays in the Wealden League and we also have friendly matches and practice nights. We are always looking for new members of any age and you do not need any experience, everyone is welcome. We are holding an Open Evening on Thursday September 26, starting at 7.30pm. Why not come along, meet the members and try out this sport. All you need to bring is a pair of flat-soled shoes. We look forward to meeting you. For more information contact John Blackmore on 01273 401147 or John Simpson on 01273 400548. (You don’t need to be called John to join).

CRICKET RESULTS: ESCL Div 2 Willingdon v Barcombe: Willingdon 57 all out in 21 overs. (Allan Trower 5-33 Nick Beck 3-10 Joe Wheatley 1-5). Barcombe 59-0 in 12.4 overs. Barcombe 30 points beat Willingdon 0 points by 10 wkts. ESCL Div 8 Barcombe II v Little Common II: Barcombe 165 all out in 36.2 overs. (Mike Scott 33 Brian Wheatley 32 Eddie Thomas 26). Little Common 94 all out in 34.1 overs. (Kane Black 5-10 in 11.1 overs). Barcombe 30 points beat Little Common 10 points by 71 runs.

BOWLS RESULTS: Two home games and two wins. Wednesday, home to Maresfield. Les Line 16 John Blyth 11, Jas Osmond 16 Elizabeth Grisenthwaite 9, John Blackmore 22 Tony Quinn 12, John Osmond 31 Peter Baker11. Club won 85 to 43. Saturday, at home to St Francis: Derek Stewart 15 Paul Guest 19, Jas Osmond 27 C Parks 13, Les Coppard 12 C Ball 18, John Blackmore 16, R Caulter 12. Club won by 70 to 62.


CONGRATULATIONS to the Chailey Times, Chailey Heritage School’s newspaper which has won the Special School Newspaper of the Year 2012-2013. There were entries from all sorts of schools across the country and the calibre of entry was of the highest standard. The Chailey Times was chosen for its fantastic front page and the layout was very attractive. To learn more visit

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game at Smallfield tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1pm and a friendly at Felbridge and Sunnyside starting at 2pm. 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. Free Church services on Sunday are a family service at 10.30am and with David Muzzell and 6.15pm with Rob Dillingham.

PCSO: Meet our Police Community Support Officer, Steven Knowles, inside St Peter’s Primary School car park on Wednesday at 7.30pm. This is a chance for you to discuss any concerns and/or questions and learn more about Steven’s role in our community.

ARTISTS Liz Howlett, Jenny Scoot, Barbara Diamond, Pam Marks, Anne Weald are displaying a range of diverse textile creations including both traditional and contemporary work as part of the Annual Visual Arts Festival For The Lewes District. Their display will be at the Reading Room, on Friday August 30 and Saturday August 31 from 10am to 4pm. For more information visit

TURN YOUR PAINTINGS into Greetings Cards is a facility offered by Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre (CHEC). There is a small one off charge that includes photographing your artwork and images can be stored in case you require further runs so avoiding further set up costs. There is no minimum quantity and the cards are supplied with an envelope in a cellophane sleeve. To find out more call CHEC on 01825 724376.

CHORISTERS are sought to join the choir of for St Peter’s Church. The choir meets every Friday in the church at 6.45pm and practice for the Sunday service and learn new musical works. No experience is necessary, just a love of singing and sense of fun. The choir is especially looking to increase numbers in their alto, tenor and bass sections. For more information on what is involved contact Timothy Guntrip, the organist and director of music, on 07580681322.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

PARISH COUNCIL: At last month’s meeting Clare Drury was co-opted to the council. This now fills the vacancy which had been advertised for over a year. Proposed by the chairman, seconded by Cllr Dodd and agreed by all. Clare signed the acceptance of office and joined the council. Council discussed the lack of contact and support from District Councillor Edmonds and requested that the clerk contact UKIP to express this.

PLANNING: The Malthouse, Cooksbridge: Conversion of village hall to form two houses with separate garages and associated courtyard car parking. Council all in favour of the conversion but objection to the garages. Land adjacent 1 Malthouse Way. Approval of Reserved Matters Application for the construction of a detached dwelling and garage and relocation of substation. Council objected to this application with one abstention. The application for the proposed fencing at Hamsey School has been withdrawn since Government changes means this no longer needs permission. The fence will now be erected despite an objection to the design, from the parish council. The chairman had been to the last governors’ meeting requesting that the fence be lower and set behind the trees to allow for a strip of green parking for school pick up/drop off. Cllr Ginn, the chairman, received a written response from the chairman of the school governors which was read out. Cllr McBrown felt that the school governors were not prepared to allow any parking on school grounds and did not understand the problem parking causes in the area. Cllr Dodd felt the PC should sent a strong reply. Council agreed that Cllr McBrown and Cllr Bates should draft a reply for the clerk to send on council paper once it has been approved by Cllr Ginn.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT SITE: During discussions for this site in Offham Cllr Harmer left the meeting. The clerk had written to the landowners and the chairman read out the reply which had been received. Cllr Ginn proposed that the clerk should contact 4D and Southern Water because they own the land in question. LDC and ESCC should also be asked if they an help. Council agreed. Cllr Harmer rejoined the meeting.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Cllr Dodd gave an update on progress. The pubic will be consulted on October 5 at the open day. The NP team met local landowners and are pleased to have them involved. Further update at the September meeting.

NEWSLETTER: The summer issue consisted of 32 pages which is apparently because of the Hamsey Festival reports, the open day and the Neighbourhood Plan. Council agree this could go ahead despite the extra cost.

OPEN MORNING at Cooksbridge Station. There was a poor turnout for this event. MP Norman Baker pulled out at the last minute and Lewes District Cllr Donna Edmunds didn’t turn up either. To the rescue came County Cllr Ros St Pierre who stepped in to save the day. Resident Robert Baughan has offered to assist the station partnership. Ian Ginn is persisting with trying to get improved bus services and has had to battle with ESCC to get the Cooksbridge bus stop re-instated. Cllr Bates thanked the PC chairman and resident Kevin Froude for all their work at the station. Council agreed that the station partnership should be linked to the parish council and also the community website.

OTHER ITEMS: Cllr Bates asked for council approval to look at the possibility of installing Meridian markers within Hamsey parish. He will produce a report for September. Cllr Dodd reported that following the Hamsey Festival the hired marquee had been slashed. A resident had contacted the council requesting a monthly tidy up working party be considered for Offham. Clerk to advise that the PC would support this if the resident is happy to find the volunteers and arrange the work parties. The clerk holds the required equipment and risk assessment documents. A resident contacted council requesting signs at Cooksbridge crossing, Switch Off Engines. This has been discussed before and it is felt unlikely to work and not a popular idea. There are too many signs already, nearby properties disturbed by on/off. Traffic at rear of queue would not see the signs. Resident contacted council re loud bird scaring noises in the late/early hours. These were on Cllr Harmer’s farm to scare pigeons from a turnip crop. They start at approx 6.30am and finish at dusk. They will be removed as soon as the turnips are harvested. Another resident had concerns that the phone box at Offham might be removed as part of the improvement grant. The lady who was dealing with the application for the improvement grant for Offham has left and Lyndsay Frost thinks it might be some time before the PC hears anything more regarding the grant. Fingerpost in Hamsey Lane. The clerk has asked for a price to make a metal post sleeve and Cllr Dodd would also try and get a price from the blacksmith in Offham. Jim Edwards would see if the repairs are within the scope of the Monday Group and also give a price.

PCSO Sally-Ann Reed was not able to attend the meeting last month but gave her report to say that there had been no recorded crimes in the parish for the past two months which was clearly good news, but she made council aware of other issues in the area reporting that there had been a number of manhole thefts from around the Barcombe area in June and theft of diesel from business premises continued to be a problem. One of the churches in the area had its lead stolen from the roof and the vicar at the church had made all the other vicars in the area aware. The clerk will ask Sally-Ann to attend the meeting on September 19.

BATS have been resident around here for years and I was amazed to read how much they are costing churches where one church had to spend hundreds of pounds to install a leaded bat flat to let the creatures in and out, a dedicated window the bats can use to come and go as they please. It is no good saying you want to get rid of them as they are protected by EU law. There is a special Bat Conservation Trust’s Bat Crime and in their annual report about their crack down it tells how a man was fined £700 earlier this month for disturbing bats in a house he was renovating. To allow the building to be developed legally, a European protected species mitigation licence costing thousands of pounds would have been required outlining how the needs of the bats were being considered. It also says that while developers are sometimes gung-ho enough to run the gauntlet of bat laws, churches scrupulously abide by the rules with the result that they are bring crippled by the cost of playing host to bats. It is estimated that 6,400 parish churches in England are currently occupied by bats that have been granted indefinite leave to remain.


WILDLIFE: A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a badger digging up a wasps nest in our garden. Over the next week the remaining wasps worked away at repairing the damage and managed to construct a fist-sized sphere of new nest in the centre of the football sized wreckage of the old nest. My son came to visit last week and I thought he might be interested in this activity. When I took him to see the nest, it had been dug up for a second time! I couldn’t help feeling sorry for the wasps (not my favourite insects), all that work on the building, all that chewing up wood to make the paper to build the nest, just so it could end up as a mouthful for a badger. We have had a number of sightings of badgers this summer, probably because we have been out in the evening more this year, due to the wonderful weather. We have seen badgers snoofling about under the tree where we have our bird feeders. I have just found out that badgers are particularly fond of peanuts, so I expect that they have been hoovering up any stray peanuts that the woodpeckers and blue tits have dropped.

MORE WILDLIFE: At the start of the summer, I thought we would not have any butterflies. I have hardly seen any until now. I don’t know where they have been hiding but my buddleia is covered in Peacocks, Red Admirals, Painted Ladies, Commas, Tortoiseshells and even some Clouded Yellows. The honey bees seem to be thriving as well and appear to be particularly fond of mint flowers, do you think that means their honey will taste of mint?

FEAST: Last Saturday was the feast day for St Laurence, the saint for which our church is named, and we marked the occasion with a special service where the guest preacher was Fr David Biggs. The service was followed by a lunch party. We were blessed with the weather and the day was a great success. The lunch, held at the vicarage, was accompanied by the roars and gasps of the crowd attending a football match at the stadium.

NOW YOU SEE THEM: Rosemarie mentioned in her column last week that travellers had moved straight from Stanmer Park onto farm land opposite the Amex stadium. I can report that they no sooner appeared than they were gone.

PARKING: An official was seen measuring and surveying Ridge Road recently in preparation for the imposition of parking restrictions.

ART: Saturday August 24 sees the opening of the 2013 Art and Soul art show at the village hall and St Laurence Church. This year’s show promises to be a splendid one, you can check up on the details on the Artwave website or have a look at our facebook page Art and Soul at Falmer, or look at my website and go to the Art and Soul page.


BRIDGE CLUB: Thursday July 25 Duplicate Pairs; 1, Susan Louis and Francine Talbot-Limbrey; 2, Peter Cattermole and Paul Allen,; 3, Ann Wykeham and George Hearn. Tuesday July 30 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Gannon and Martin Hall; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott. Thursday August 1 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nancy Wiginton and Rosemary Land; 2, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 3, Peter Cattermole and Mickie Lodge. Tuesday August 6 Ladder: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 2, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon.

OPEN HOUSE: Eclectic Avenue, Lewes Artwave Open House. 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer, BN8 5JT. 01273 812280. Fifteen artists and crafts-people. Free parking, free entry, refreshments, open house and garden. Saturday to Monday, August 24 to 26, Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1, Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, 11am to 6pm.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The group held its annual supper walk last Wednesday on a perfect warm sunny evening. Twenty five members set out from the Kings Head Inn at East Hoathly having first ordered their supper. The party set off in a westerly direction on the former A22 (before the village was bypassed), turning north onto the Wealdway on a lovely path leading to the well known Horse Stud Farm, Old Whyly. Continuing north for a further mile or so we then turning southeast through Pipers Farm to emerge on the road leading to East Hoathly at Crouths Farm. After a short distance the party left the road at the hamlet of Davis Town to cross several fields to reach the Old Whyly House, and soon returned to the former A22 a short distance from the hostelry. Almost the whole party were able to enjoy a refreshing drink and a hearty supper served by mine host before returning home, having enjoyed a perfect summer evening arranged by Bert. The next walk is on Tuesday. This all-day walk will visit the three villages of Rushlake Green, Warbleton and Vines Cross. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.


SCHOOL NEWS: As a Church of England school, the Vicar is a governor as part of his job (ex officio) and the parish church recommends two foundation governors to the Diocesan Board of Education. This year Revd Al Pickering left (though he remained a governor until the end of this academic year at the request of the church and school). This coming year he has been replaced by the new priest who has responsibility for the people of South Malling, Revd Jeremy Bamber. Jeremy’s appointment has been agreed as part of an arrangement in which Southover and St John sub Castro are working with South Malling towards a possible uniting of the three churches within the next two years. Jeremy became a priest after a long and successful time spent working in the oil industry and he brings with him considerable experience in industrial management which will be a welcome addition to the current range of skills on the Governing Body. Following the recent resignation of Ann Baker, who has served as a foundation governor for over six years, Elizabeth Kaye has been appointed to replace her. She has a daughter who will soon be starting South Malling school in the foundation year, and brings considerable experience as an administrator working at university level and in the private sector. Both will add strength to a very strong governing body firmly committed to improving achievement and ensuring a happy and successful primary education for all its children.

MALLING TENANTS and Residents Association. You may have seen last week’s report, elsewhere in this paper, of Mayor Ruth O’Keefe’s opening of the Malling Food Bank. It got off to a good start with around 16 customers and continued with a similar number this week. To be able to use the Food Bank, customers need to be referred in advance by a recognised authority, which could be Citizens Advice Bureau, housing officer, doctor’s surgery, Social Services or some other similar appropriate authority. The establishment of a Food Bank was one of the requests made to the Association at its founding meeting in June. Their next immediate task is to launch a Community Fun Day, which will be talking place on the recreation ground on Saturday August 31 between 10am and 4pm. This will include the presence of a range of local services and demonstrations of what they do. The community centre will be open for refreshments and residents will be able to see what else the centre has to offer, including an opportunity to admire the work which has recently been done to improve the building. Watch out for more information.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Following an enjoyable Family Service last week, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am this Sunday, led by Revd Jeremy Bamber. The church grounds were part of a Sussex Wildlife Trust tour of local churchyards last Saturday, sponsored by an organisation called God’s Acre which is committed to the development of churchyards as wildlife areas, creating a significant corridor of conservation throughout the land. Those taking part in the walk learned a great deal, enjoyed their time, and finished up at South Malling, which is fast gaining a reputation as the best managed churchyard in the area where conservation is concerned. The Church will also be taking part in Artwave, and will be open on 31st of August with other Artwave partners in Malling and Lewes.

ELECTION: Following the resignation of Town Councillor, Matt Kent, there will be a bye - election in Malling on October 17. Local parties are currently selecting their candidates and anyone interested in standing must register by noon on the 19th day before the elections. More information on the town council website.

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.


MY BLOG: I was wondering what has happen to school holidays. In my day you had loads of children running around the streets. We played all sorts of games, from early morning to late into the evening. Mums used to pop in for tea and a chat with next door neighbours and we even played with our brothers and sisters. How times have changed. I’m writing this at 10am and not a sound can be heard outside. How times have changed on the Nevill Estate.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be conducted by Valerie Colgate and at 6.30pm by Rev Robert Bushby. The Evening Service will include Holy Communion. At the Thinktank meeting on August 7, Dr Ian Christie-Miller gave an interesting talk on links between the Ice Age art found in cave paintings and the words of Psalm 29. He provoked a lively discussion among those present.


COUNTRY MARKET will be open as usual today, Friday, from 10 to 11am in the village hall. Good selection of summer vegetables available, plus many other tempting things to purchase such as homemade cakes savoury pies, local cheese and butter, fresh eggs and preserves, flowers and plants. There is also a good selection of greetings cards and knitted items. You cans also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

BOWLS FIXTURES: Tomorrow, Saturday, away to Nutley; on Sunday away to Frant; on Monday the Ladies will be playing away against Crowborough Ladies; on Wednesday the match will be at home against Seaford. All these games will commence at 2.30pm. Sunday will be Final day.

CRICKET: The Sunday game will be played at home against the Griffin at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY will be holding their annual County Fair, Car Boot on Saturday August 24 from 8am till 1pm on the Village Green. There will be refreshments in the Community Centre and barbecue on the Green, plus tombola, books and the Potters Trading Post. You can also have a go at playing skittles. Bookings and further details telephone 01825 722418.

PRODUCTION: On August 24 and 25 Newick Youth Theatre will present Fantastic Mr Fox, there is also a fete from 12.30pm and the performance will commence at 3pm at Mitchelswood Farm. Tickets £5. There is also a barbecue and you can also take your own picnic and rug. To book please telephone 01825 722468 or 722802. The event will take place in a covered area. Please make every effort to try and support our young actress and actors.

THE COUNTRYSIDE is looking lovely with all the golden colour from the fields with barley and corn waiting to be harvested. Farmers you have a busy time ahead of you, let’s hope that the weather will remain dry and that your crops will be great.


TENNIS BOOST: Plumpton Tennis Club is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a £50,000 grant from Sport England. This gives a terrific, early boost to the fundraising efforts to upgrade courts and provide a new club building.

LOCAL WALK: If you fancy enjoying our local scenery and getting some exercise then meet up with the Footpath Society on Sunday at the village hall at 2pm. Then it will be off on a hike of somewhere near five miles taking in the Plantation, Brookswood Wood and St Helena Farm. If you need to know more simply ring 01273 890598.

OPEN GARDEN: On Sunday be sure to go along to 2 Green Cross Cottages (by southern entrance to racecourse) as the chairman of the local Horticultural Society will be opening his garden to the public to raise funds for the society. For just £3 gain admission to Ken’s secret garden and enjoy afternoon tea and cake. Open between 2.30 and 4pm. A chance to go backstage with our local expert and see just how he wins all those prizes.

ANYONE FOR BREKKERS? The next VAP Business Breakfast will be on September 4 at Plumpton College. There will be several interesting speakers and a chance to do loads of that networking stuff. It costs £5 and starts at 7.30am. Find out more via

SUMMER SHOW: RHS Bronze Medal Dianne Ellis. RHS Certificates Best Fruit Malcolm Beard; Best Flower Diane Ellis; Best Cookery Win Banks. Lanaway Trophy best wine Reg Lanaway. Sussex Country Gardens Challenge Cup pot plant Ken Beard. Flower Club Cup (1997) floral art Diane Ellis. Novington Challenge Cup domestic classes Win Banks. RHS Banksian Medal Malcolm Beard. Freshfield Novice Challenge Cup Mark Pilfold. Vice-President’s 1930 Challenge Cup flower arrangement Diane Ellis. Festival Challenge Cup Ken Beard. Ferguson Challenge Cup Ken Beard. Birch Challenge Cup miniature garden Carol Hemsley. Parker Challenge Cup table arrangement Susie Martin. Committee 1990 Challenge Cup food Linda Pilfold. Nixon Challenge Trophy roses Susie Martin. Plumpton Top Vase Carole Nicholson. Junior Classes (under 16) One Potato and Three Different Vegetables Matt Watson; Vase Five Flowers Nick Watson. Novice Classes: Three Potatoes and Three Carrots Mark Pilfold. Mini Collection of Vegetables Vicky Townshend. Amateurs: Five coloured potatoes; five white potatoes; three onions; three stems shrub(s) Reg Lanaway. Three round beetroot; 12 pickling shallots; nine runner beans; nine French beans; 12 soft fruits Malcolm Beard. Six tomatoes Richard Watson; three dahlias not pompon Richard Wells; five everlasting sweetpeas; flowering pot plant Carole Nicholson; vase of flowers 5 stems Susan Parmenter. Open: Nine runner beans; three round beetroot; five white potatoes; nine pods peas; 10 cherry tomatoes; six tomatoes; five pompon dahlias; mixed hardy herbaceous perennials; specimen gladioli spike; five stems any other flower; vase of annuals; five everlasting sweetpeas Ken Beard. Three carrots; 10 spring onions; flowering pot plant; five annual asters Carole Nicholson. Pair marrows; succulent cactus; scented rose Richard Watson. Twelve pickling shallots; nine French beans; three sweet peppers; three courgettes; any other vegetable; 12 soft fruits Malcolm Beard. Five onions; five coloured potatoes Reg Lanaway. Pair cucumbers; five dahlias Richard Wells. Four culinary herbs; pot plant geranium Susie Martin. Any fruit with no separate class Evelyn Botterill. Pot plant orchid Carol Hemsley. Five pansies or violas; patio pot Susan Parmenter. Three floribunda Roses Eileen Simmonds. Ten mixed sweetpeas; six stems sweetpeas one colour; three vases six stems different varieties sweetpeas Diane Ellis. Three gladioli Dorothy Castleton. Arrangement in a tankard (men) Alan Pilfold. Floral Art. Miniature arrangement Win Banks. Arrangement depicting Shakespearian Play Diane Ellis. Cookery. Jar fruit curd; apple pie on plate; sticky date loaf (WI recipe) Win Banks. Jar fruit jam Margaret Westgate. Six eggs Carole Nicholson. Savoury dip Linda Pilfold. Savoury quiche Evelyn Botterill. Trifle Clare Pilfold. Three decorated cup cakes (under 18); three jam tarts (under 10) Emily Purdy. Fruit loaf (men) Alan Pilfold. Handicrafts. Greetings Card for man Gina Ferguson-Cooke. Knitted fruit Susie Martin. Wooden article Mick Bird. Item made from junk (under 10) Matt Watson. Homemade Wine: Aperitif wine; wine other than from fruit or flowers Win Banks. Dry wine from fruit or flowers; medium wine from fruit or flowers Reg Lanaway.


CASHMOB AT THE BAKERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, you are invited to join a Low Carbon Ringmer event at Jack and Jill’s bakers on the shopping precinct. The idea is to show support for the local shops by spending some money locally. Coffee and buns are on sale as well as their excellent bread, etc. A chance also to sit and chat (hopefully also enjoy the sunshine).

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on August 7 was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith. The club next meets in the village hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday. Contact number 814220.

ECLECTIC AVENUE, Arts and Crafts. Artwave Open House at 51 Christie Avenue from Saturday August 24 to Monday August 26 from 11am to 6pm on Monday from 11am to 5pm. This show will feature an eclectic range of art and craft disciplines by local practitioners. This is an ideal opportunity to purchase unique and affordable gifts as well as supporting local crafts people. This venue will also be open on August 31 and September 1 from 11am to 6pm.

TEN ARTISTS AND AN ORCHARD: Also on Sunday and Monday, August 25 and 26 Ten Artists and an Orchard, Artwave Open Studios and Teas at Upper Lodge, The Broyle, Ringmer BN8 5AP (Off the B2192 two miles east of Ringmer towards Halland. After Raystede look out for the signs) from noon to 5pm. This event will also be held on August 31 and September 1 from noon to 5pm.

BOWLS CLUB: The results of the matches played last week were: Ringmer v Burgess Hill 88-72, Ringmer v Uckfield 61-84 and Ringmer v Adastra 16-11 (match rained off after five ends).

Rodmell & Southease

LIFE for me at the moment is pretty traumatic, with Mike back in Meadow Lodge and his move to Haywards Heath Hospital this week, plus mum had a fall at her care home in Ringmer. Going from hospital to care home visiting, and fitting in with B&B and keeping the house and gardens in order keeps me very busy and I have to admit that this wasn’t what I had in mind for the retirement years, but I know many more people in such situations, some probably much worse. In Scandinavian countries they pay very high taxes and also have to pay insurance for their old age. This results in them getting the best of care at hospitals etc and being looked after well in their later years. However, there is a blip as like other countries they have an element of people who bunk the system and won’t work and expect to be kept and looked after by the state but know they will still get help without effort. It seems to be becoming a world wide problem.

VISITING: On visiting my mother at Lime Trees Care Home in Ringmer it was a lovely surprise to see a whole group of young people from The Princes Trust, based at City College, Brighton, entertaining the seniors who were all extremely happy about it. The aim of The Princes Trust is to help each other, and people in the community, and they were certainly doing that at Lime Trees. They were such a lovely group of youngsters and their college tutor Kyle Holman had a very good way with them and they obviously respected and liked him.

DELIGHTED: I was delighted to get a letter this week telling me that I had ranked third in the Lady Denman Cup Competition 2013 for short story writing. Evidently it was a winner, until I put in an unnecessary final paragraph which the judges did not like. It now goes on to the national competition as my entry was for East Sussex.

SUMMER SHOW: Rodmell Horticultural Society Summer show takes place tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4.30pm, on the sports field. Admission: adults £2, children free. Fun dog show and children’s races, barbecue, Pimm’s tent, teas and homemade cakes, produce stall, side shows, tug-of-war, classic cars, birds of prey, Mid Sussex Brass Band. This is always a great event followed by a good evening’s entertainment with live music by Elle and The Lillies, hot food from the Abergavenny Arms, local brews at the bar, dancing, fireworks from 7pm. Tickets £7 adults, £3 children, or family ticket £18. For tickets call Gaye on 477800 or Sheree on 07808 588233 or buy a the pub.

VISITORS: It’s been like the United Nations at Sunnyside this week as I had a group of Ukrainians and Russians staying en route cycling from London to Paris. Vasily the Russian flew in from Moscow on Friday and was on his bike the next day. He was very interested in sewerage systems and fireplaces and chimneys and took photos around the cottages. They all loved the accommodation calling it very cosy and welcoming, which pleased me. Cosy is one of my favourite words. Tonight I have Japanese visitors. Endless phone calls are coming in for accommodation as it’s extremely difficult for visitors who have not pre-booked to find at the moment. This area is becoming so popular.

I HEAR our pub ran out of food on their steak and drink night, as they were so busy. Visitors from Holland told me that it was so good and so busy they couldn’t believe a small village pub could do so well. They loved the village and its people.

TO FIND OUT what’s going on in Rodmell, go to I hope the coach-load of Rodmellians who went to Glorious Goodwood had a great time.