Parish Pump Lewes - August 17 2012

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GARDEN CLUB meet on August 22 at 6pm in Oast House.

THE MEN’S CLUB held the AGM on Monday. Ten people attended, well below the expected number, perhaps the heavy rain stopped you all; however we have one new snooker player. The officers remain the same as the last few years, Doug, Derek and Beryl, with committee consisting of Glynis, Simon, Tony and James. The snooker lads will continue to field a team in the 100 year old league.

BOWLS CLUB: On Saturday August 4, the Governors’ Cup was contested by 12 members in four groups of three (round robin). Winners then played knockout games, leaving Penny Hunnisett to play Jasmine Osmond in the final. The winners trophy was presented to Penny after a close game. Saturday August 11, at home to St Francis: Derek Stewart 16 Colin Parks 18, David Newman 21’ C Morphew 17, Gus Smith 8 P Guest 24. St Francis won 59 to 45. We will be away to the Saints next week seeking revenge. During the season we entered two triples in the Newhaven Evening League finishing joint seventh of eight. Played 14, won 4, drawn 3, scoring 50pts. This was a baptism of fire but we hope to enter next year knowing what to expect.


MINI BUS: New school mini bus was received last month as local house builder Crest Nicholson South handed over the keys to a brand new 13-seater Sunshine Coach, to Chailey Heritage, having raised over £26,700 to fund the vehicle through Variety, the Children’s Charity. The coach, which has a tail lift to aid accessibility, will be used for educational visits, to travel to courses at a local college, to provide transport for residential pupils and those with respite packages and to help work towards independent living for students.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game against Copthorne tomorrow, Saturday, stating at 1.30pm and a friendly against Felbridge and Sunnyside on Sunday starting at 2pm. Both games are at the sports ground just off the A272 and 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. The church is looking to start a Worship Singing Group primarily for the family service, to use a more flexible style of music. If you are interested in joining the congregation and this informal group do contact Peter or Teresa. Also if anyone plays a guitar or the piano they would also be very welcome. Free Church services on Sunday are a family service at 10.30am and with Steve Mills at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

PCSO: Chance to meet PCSO Steven Knowles is on Monday at 7pm at the New Heritage Estate. This will be an opportunity to chat with your local community officer and discuss any issues or concerns. You can also to chat to Steven about his role and the day to day activities he undertakes to help keep our community safer.

EARLY BIRD WALK with Ian Woolsey is on Wednesday, staring at Lane End car park at 7am. All are welcome to join the Commons Society on Lane End Common for a two hour early walk to see and hear the morning birds. Those that wish can follow this with breakfast at the May Cottage Tea Rooms.

WALK: Chailey Circular Walk (about five miles) organised by Mid Sussex Ramblers is on Wednesday starting at 6.45pm. Meet at Chailey Green, in front of St Peter’s Church, but no dogs please. For more information call the leader William on 01444 831098 or 0780171140.

CHANCE TO WIN a Clarion Sat Nav in a competition at the Horns Lodge, organised by the bonfire society. To enter visit the Horns Lodge and purchase a number between one and 200, for £1 per number, and enter your name and telephone number on the competition sheet behind the bar. The draw will take place on Monday August 27 at 9pm and the society will contact you if you win the Sat Nav.

PLEASURE RIDE arranged by the Newick and Chailey Support Group takes place on Sunday September 2 and is approximately 10 miles, through woodland, grassland and arable land. It starts at South Brockwells Farm, Bradford’s Lane, Little Horsted and riders may leave any time between 10am and 1pm. There will be easy parking, refreshments at the start and finish, a photographer on site, and rosettes for all riders. Entry is £15 before the day and £18 on the day. Further details and schedules are available from Glenda Blackaller on 01825 722607 and cheques made payable to St Peter and St James Charitable Trust can be sent to Glenda at 39 Church Road, Newick BN8 4JX.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE TRUST hold events suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years at various locations (visit, though all children must be accompanied by an adult. There is an event on September 11 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Chailey Common which will follow in the footsteps of our ancestors, along paths that are well defined but can be muddy. It will be a chance to explore the special sights, sounds and smells lurking within the heather, gorse, bracken, and bogs of the heathland. It will be unsuitable for wheelchair access and they are sorry but no dogs should accompany you to this event. Meet at Romany Ridge car park, North Chailey, for the 2.30pm start. It is a free event but donations are appreciated, for further information and to book a place call Phil Haskell on 01444 414381 (evenings) or Melanie Ellis on 01444 248272.


Offham & Hamsey

PLUM MANIA: Although this year has not seen a big glut of cherry plums on our trees, it is unbelievable what some will do to get at them. Quite a lot fell on the roadside and the bucket gatherers have been out in force, even though the B2116 is not a place to wander about on. We never mind if people come and ask if they can collect from our field. Last week my son caught someone with a big pair of loppers cutting the branches off to pick the plums and when challenged was less than polite. On many occasions I have had to stop people from pushing through our stock-proof fencing with ladders and cutters to get the fruit with no thought that the sheep could get onto the busy road. I also like to make jam with the plums and would appreciate it if there were some left for me to collect.

LOVELY SURPRISE: Not what Katy did next but what my dear old friend Tony has done next. I love surprises in the post, although I should add nice ones, and the book which Tony has kindly sent me is delightful and entitled From Ragamuffins to Royalty, being the diaries of an Edwardian nurse, which he has had published. Tony bought the journals and the silver medal of the Royal Victorian Order conferred on the nurse by His Majesty King George V for her nursing services to HRH Prince Albert, later to become Duke of York and the future King George VI. It has taken him many years to get round to having a book produced. Tony tells me he could not have achieved it without the help, knowledge and guidance of Jenny Money who edited the book. Although I have not quite finished reading the book it is delightful. Phyllida Stewart-Roberts CVO OBE sums it up with her words on the back cover saying ‘This book is a must-read for all, a heartwarming, educational and endearing tale.’ Tony is best known for his wonderful collection of royal memorabilia which from time to time has been on display, especially at Offham church recently during the Diamond Jubilee weekend.

NASTY SURPRISE: Last week I had a surprise of a different kind. I am used to getting the net and pulling a rabbit from the pond that has drowned but seeing what I thought was another one floating last thing at night I decided to leave it until morning. Surprisingly they are quite heavy to pull out and on this occasion I kept hauling it closer to the side as it was very heavy and the net was starting to strain when I noticed there was very long tail and realised it was not a rabbit. It was very heavy and I could not lift it but as I tried to turn it I then saw it was a fox. I had to wait for my son to come and get it out. I know foxes swim as I have seen them go into the pond where the moorhens nest, but this one must have toppled in and could not get out. My thoughts were poor thing, but then I thought about one of my lovely geese killed in broad daylight about a fortnight ago and changed my thoughts to one less to kill the moorhens and geese. Why can’t they eat the abundance of rabbits that are everywhere and eating all but the kitchen sink.

COMMUNITY AWARD: Hamsey Parish Council have presented the Community Award to Cooksbridge resident Jenny Millington in recognition of her commitment to the community over the years.

PARISH COUNCIL: At their meeting last month it was proposed and seconded that Cllr Mike Dodd should remain vice chairman for 2012/13. The term of office for parish chairman will be discussed at the September meeting. The council will consider offering a prize to encourage registration on the website, to be an agenda item for September. Council considered who will deal with parish tree issues in the parish/tree warden duties. Cllr Bates proposed that Cllr Rose Armstrong take this on which was agreed. Next parish council meeting is on Thursday September 13.

ON THE MAP: It was great to think that workshops in Cooksbridge have played a part in the opening and closing ceremony of the Olympic Games. Long may their business success continue.


ANTS IN MY POTS: Rosemarie was having trouble with invertebrates last week, this week so am I. We have been plagued by ants in our conservatory. First they made a nest in a large pot that was sitting on the floor (I don’t think I had been watering it enough) then flying ants started swarming out and climbing the walls. Now they are emerging up through the floor and through tiny cracks in the window ledge. I have been trying to hoover them up without much success so we have resorted to ant killer.

ST LAURENCE: We are very pleased to hear that Father Colin Lawlor is going to become our part-time Priest-in-Charge (barring a few formalities still to be finalised). This is a great relief and a really great outcome when at one time we weren’t at all sure what would happen after Father Andrew Robinson retired. Fr Colin has been conducting our services for the last few weeks and now it seems we’ll be able to continue enjoying his ministry. It was lovely to see Judy Robinson at St Laurence last week, I hope she and Andrew will make regular visits.

WIND TURBINES: I went on an outing to Dungeness last week. It was a lovely, sunny day after the sea mist burnt off. I had forgotten that there is a huge wind farm there and was surprised to see that not one of the turbines was working in spite of the breeze. Do they need a high wind to get moving? Conversely, when we went past the turbine at Glyndebourne last Thursday, on a day when not a leaf stirred it was so still, the turbine there was spinning away merrily. How does that work then?

BRIDGE: We have all seen the men working on the footbridge over the last few weeks. I wondered what it was they were doing. When I asked them they told me the sections that they were putting in were for easy removal so that a crane can come and test the strength of the bridge. What happens if the bridge is deemed too weak, I don’t know. They also told me that the steps leading down to the bus stop might have to be diverted as it was too close to the road.

CONCERTS: I am very excited about the concert coming up during the Art and Soul exhibition on September 8. My daughter-in-law is coming down from London with two other musicians to give a concert called Meditations with music from Bach, and Tavener among others. Sarah plays violin and she is joined by a soprano and a cellist. I know that we are in for a treat. There is a second excellent concert coming in September, more details to follow.

LANGUAGE SCHOOL: There are many, many students on the University of Sussex Campus at the moment. I was in the grocery store and found I was surrounded by so many different languages it was hard to pick them out. I believe that most are at Sussex on language courses to bring their English up to a standard so that they can pursue their degree studies without too much difficulty. It is interesting to be surrounded by Chinese, Russian, African and other languages all at the same time.

FOOTBALL: We have had the first football games of the new season, The next is on the day our art exhibition opens, August 25. I hope some visitors make it through the traffic jams. Fortunately that is the only clash as no games are scheduled for the following two weekends.

Glynde & Beddingham

OOMPAH DAY at the Trevor Arms Pub on Saturday, August 25, from 12.30pm onwards. Tombola in aid of Glynde Memorial Parade. Donations of prizes would be gratefully received. Please would you drop them into Jane at 15 Trevor Gardens or Diane at 31 Trevor Gardens or phone Jane on 07548 545414 to arrange collection.


GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Corn Exchange, Assembly Room, High Street on Thursday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The group held it’s annual evening supper walk on Tuesday August 7 when 23 members journeyed to Arlington to walk from the centre of the village across the fields to join the path around the reservoir in a westerly direction passing the Angling Club’s Pavilion, a couple of farms and through the woodland that has become so well established since the reservoir was constructed. Having completed about two thirds of the path the party joined the segmental revetment wall on the south east side to complete it’s circumference, then again crossing the fields back to the village. The evening concluded with all the party partaking of a hearty supper at The Yew Tree Inn which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

The next walk is on Wednesday, The Plumpton Path. Meet at Lewes Bus Station to catch the 9.28am bus to South Chailey. Return 1.07pm or 2.07pm.


SCHOOL: When the Crossways development (on the corner of Church Lane and Malling Hill) was first publicised, parents of children at South Malling School were concerned. Governors did not oppose the development, but they asked the Planning Department for a Zebra Crossing because of worries about children’s safety on Church Lane. The planning department did not agree to this but the committee did agree to require the contractor, Rydon Homes, to meet with the school and plan how to maximise safety and avoid disturbing the children’s education. Parents need not have worried. Rydon Homes have lived up to the standards of the Considerate Constructors Scheme of which they are members. The production director met with the head and governors and agreed a way of operating which has so far worked very well. The company started work on the site earlier than they had planned so that they could stop during the crucial SATs exam week, enabling the school to achieve its best ever SATs results. Other, minor issues, such as transport to the site or too much noise during outside events, have been rapidly solved. Rydon Homes is hoping that much of the noisiest work will be completed during the Summer holidays. Moreover, children at the school have already visited the site and seen a real archaeological dig in operation and they will learn about site safety. Rydon Homes has also agreed to assist with the development of a vegetable garden in the school grounds during the coming academic year.

ARTWAVE IN MALLING: This year three venues in Malling will show the work of local artists. Suzie Monnington exhibits new oil paintings in the Dairy Studio at Old Malling Farm, with a range of other art forms including textiles and mixed media from Sylvia Hassell and Pauline Crook. Close by, at 2 Old Malling Farmhouse, five artists are collaborating with a range of paintings, drawings and textiles, including work by Margarita Hanlon whose spectacular oil paintings were so admired in last year’s exhibition at South Malling Church. The church won’t be exhibiting this year, but plans to show new work by both Margarita and Sandy Lasham next year. Thirdly, for the last time in Malling, Sussex Arts Collective will be exhibiting in Mill Road. They move to the Crypt Gallery in Seaford in 2013. Don’t miss the chance to see excellent artistic work on your own doorstep. Exhibitions start on August 25 to 27 and then on Saturday and Sunday for the next two weeks until September 9, all between noon and 5pm (note the Dairy Studio, is not open until the second weekend). Further details in the Artwave programme.

THE COMMUNITY CENTRE are getting together a working party to begin the next stage of their refurbishment of the centre from Friday August 31 to Sunday September 2. If you feel you could help, contact Matt Kent on 0773 9985 212. Note also that tickets for the 40s event on September 8 are available in advance from Malling Stores and Lewes Town Hall. Further details on the website

CHURCH: Revd Dick Field from St John sub Castro will be leading the Communion Service at 9.30am in the parish church on Sunday.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Village Hall, Ditchling 10.35am to 10.55am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.15am to 11.45am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.45pm; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.50pm to 1.20pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2.25pm to 2.50pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 3pm to 3.40pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.50pm to 4.20pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.15am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.45am to 11.15am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.45am to 12.05pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 12.15pm to 12.40pm; South Rough, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Oldaker, Newick 2.25pm to 2.55pm.


WHAT A FORTNIGHT: The Olympic Games were fantastic and at long last, something we managed to do well with no negative feelings. We put on a spectacular show for everyone to witness. My hope is that we manage to keep our children motivated to be future Olympians. Sports days should be in schools and days like St Mary’s sports should be highlighted as the place to be seen. Not everyone will be a winner but to strive to do well and take part will reap its own rewards. I think as parents and grandparents we should try and keep the interest going and encourage our children to be as good as they can be. You never know they might be the next Mo Farah or Jessica Ennis.

ST MARY’S SPORTS DAY: I am still on a mission to find out about past events and names from the past. I had a chat with Jacky and Brian Bodle who spoke about the sports days with affection. Names they remember were Robert Goodyear, boy could he run and Pauline Smith who was a great high jumper. Jennifer Euston, Barry Ellis and Carol Curtis were also mentioned and Mrs Carter from Nevill Crescent who used to allow her outside Loo to be used by everyone who had the need.

VISIT: We visited Latchets NGS open garden in Danehill on Saturday who have been opening for the last 16yrs and what a garden. Highly recommend it for a visit next year. Absolutely stunning. My wife asked the owner where all her ideas come from and she said ‘they just come’ and then she gives the orders to the gardeners to do the hard work. Oh well, back to the weeding.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Valerie Colgate and evening worship at 6.30pm will be led by Rev Dick Field and Dr Tony Law and will include Holy Communion. Looking ahead we have another of our popular Messy Church events on Friday August 31 from 10.30am to 1pm. The theme will be Love your World and there will be a variety of craft activities for all ages followed by a short act of worship. At the end of the morning there will be a free lunch, which everyone will be invited to stay to. No need to book, just turn up but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

MADS: Tonight (Friday) Meeching Amateur Dramatics are holding their annual general meeting at 7.30pm in Meeching Hall. It is a good time to go along and join this talented society and learn more about their September Music Hall of Fun 2 which is on from September 26 to 29. Tickets go on sale September 1.

RNLI: Newhaven, Peacehaven Flag-week takes place in Newhaven, Peacehaven, Piddinghoe, Denton, Mount Pleasant and Telscombe Cliffs from August 20 to 27.Please give generously to this worthy cause.

ARTWAVE: The annual visual arts festival for Lewes District opens on August 25 and runs until September 9. Newhaven has more venues than ever before this year. There is a retrospective exhibition celebrating the 80th birthday of local artist Harold Mockford on August 31, September 1 and 2. Hillcrest Open Exhibition and Studios are open over the Bank Holiday weekend August 25 to 27. Newhaven Fort has photography exhibitions from August 25 to September 9 from 10.30am to 8pm. The Fort is also exhibiting Andrew James images in the Masters Gunners Quarters during the same period. 46 Fort Road has exhibitions from five women artists including

Jewellery, paintings, prints, cards and more. Kai Crick’s stunning photography of the local area, mainly shot at night, is on show at Newhaven Ferry Port, Railway Approach from August 24 to September 9, 10am to 4pm and Paul Hopcroft is holding his second exhibition of his abstracts/local themes in oil and acrylics at Thristane, Ringmer Road on the last weekend in August and the first two weekends in September from 10am to 5pm. Last but not least the popular Victor Stuart Graham is extending a warm welcome at Victor’s House, 35 Meeching Road where you will find a variety of exhibitions on the first two weekends of September from 2pm to 6pm.

FILM SPOT is presenting Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory at Newhaven Fort on Sunday August 26 at 2pm. Tickets are £6,children £4 which includes a Willy Wonka-themed treat. Advance booking is recommended and you can book tickets at the Fort on 01273 517622 or email


SOMETHING NEW: As from September 8 the market will be open in the community centre, on the second Saturday in the month, from 9am to noon. There will be food, vegetables, plants that are available at the Friday market. There will also be refreshment available.

BOWLS: The bowls club fixtures this weekend are tomorrow, Saturday, Nutley away; on Sunday they play Frant away. There are several mid-week matches starting on Monday when they play Crowborough Wolfe ladies away; on Tuesday there will be a home fixture against Mid-Sussex/Spriggs Challenge at 6pm; on Wednesday and Thursday they play Seaford and Wealden at home at 2.30pm. Fingers crossed for good weather.

THE CRICKET CLUB first XI are at home to Bells Yew Green, the second XI are away to Willingdon II, the third XI are away to Buxted Park III and the fourth XI will play at Temple Grove against Bells Yew Green IV. All these game will commence at 1pm, half an hour earlier. There are two friendly Sunday games this weekend against The Griffin at Temple Grove and away to Plumpton RAFA. Both matches will commence at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Next Sunday, August 26, there will be another Evensong Service at 6.30pm. Do try and support this.

ALSO ON SUNDAY Newick Sports Pavilion twentieth annual Newick Will Page 10k road race will be take place at 11am from Allington Road. The runners follow a course to Oxbottom Lane Cinder Hill, A275 Markstakes/RidgelandsLane Founthill and back to the sports pavilion. For more details and entry form please look at the website

THE YOUTH THEATRE next show in the village hall is The Importance of Being Earnest from August 23 to 25. Tickets £5 if paid in advance or £8 at the door. You are also invited to go along and enjoy tea with Lady Bracknell at a cost of £2.50 at 7pm before curtain up at 8pm. Tickets available from 01825 722468 and 722802.

COUNTRY FAIR: The annual Newick Bonfire Society Country Fair and Boot Sale will take place on the Village Green on Saturday August 25 from 8am till 1pm. Cars £8, vans £10. Bookings and further details on 01825 722418.

ANNUAL SHOW: The horticultural society annual show and dog show will take place on the Village Green on Saturday September 1 from 2pm. More details later.

CHEESE AND WINE: On September 8 there will be a Cheese and Wine Evening in the Church Barn Centre in aid of the Barn Centre Fund. Tickets at £10 are available form 01825 722512. Further details later.


FINAL REMINDER: The drive-in movie, a showing of The Wizard of Oz, takes place on the racecourse tomorrow (Saturday). Gates open at 6pm and the film starts at 8.15pm, so plenty of time for a picnic before the big screen lights up. There will be lots going on apart from the movie with food and a bar available, offering a great night out with friends and family. Of course, you can always make it romantic trip to the cinema and park in the back row. Just follow the yellow brick road and sing loudly ‘We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz’. I can remember seeing the original film that starred Judy Garland (I was very, very young of course) and I can still remember that it was great. I hope Stephen Israel will not be there wearing that smelly, leather Tin Man costume (if you have not already done so, see the profile in the Parish Mag to get the point of that).

BEST FOOT FORWARD: Join the Footpath Society on Sunday for a four mile trek around Balcombe. Gather at Balcombe church lower layby (TQ307 310) at 2pm to set off to Boundary Road, Forest Farm, Woodwards Farm, Balcombe Lake and Balcombe. More information available on 01273 890598 or 890547 if you need it. Society members are a friendly bunch and welcome non members to join them.

EARLY BIRDS: Chailey Commons Society will be holding an Early Bird Walk on Wednesday, starting at 7am at Chailey Sports Club (just off the A272). Ian Woolsley will lead the walk which will be followed by breakfast at May Cottage. Remember, it is the early birds that get the most worms. All welcome to join in. More details at

DON’T MISS THIS: As part of the fundraising process for a new sports pavilion there will be a grand ball in the village hall on December 1. There will be a three course meal, music, casino and a free bar. Book the date now to make sure you do not miss out on what is bound to be a great evening. Start your Christmas celebrations off in style. DJs will be the dress code and, of course, posh frocks for the ladies. Tickets will be available shortly but mark the event in your diaries and watch this space.

SAD TIDINGS: It was with sadness that I learned of the passing of Len Peacock. Unfortunately I have no details of funeral arrangements.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES: The Rector is organising confirmation classes for youngsters and adults starting on September 26. The children’s sessions will start at 4.30pm and those for adults will begin at 9pm. Anyone interested in booking in or who wishes to seek further information should ring the Rev’d Godfrey Broster on 01273 890570.

MORE ROAD FOLLY: While making one of my trips to the hospital in Brighton last week I was intrigued to see that the road from Falmer to Woodingdean now sports solid white lines, to deter people from parking plus double yellow lines that presumably prohibit parking. That must be a belt and braces job to ensure Health and Safety regulations are not breached. I wonder how long they closed the road for while the painting was carried out?

PLUMPTON WI: At the August meeting members gave reports on the strawberry tea they enjoyed at Wivelsfield WI and the Plumpton Children’s Activity Scheme where they helped with crafts. Future events include a further meeting of the newly formed Crafts Club on August 22 from 7pm to 9pm in All Saints’ church annexe; an evening walk from Stocks Farm, Spatham Lane on August 23 at 6pm; a theatre trip to Eastbourne on September 7 and a tour of the Amex Stadium, Brighton on October 24.Our speaker this month was James Gardner and his subject was the Balcombe Tunnel Murder. He gave a fascinating talk about this crime, which took place in 1881. When a photofit picture of the wanted man was issued it was not very accurate, leading to many false arrests including an American tourist who was arrested so often that he asked to be kept in custody. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, September 12 when Kevin Gordon will talk about The Tide Mills. We meet in Plumpton village hall at 7.30pm and visitors are always welcome. (Marilyn Nye)


BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on August 8 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The next meeting of the club will be on Wednesday in the Symons Hall commencing at 7.30pm.

ARTIST’S OPEN HOUSE: In connection with ArtWave 2012 there will be an art exhibition taking place at 51 Christie Avenue on Monday August 27 from 11am to 5pm.

A FLOWER FESTIVAL and art exhibition will be held at Ringmer Parish Church on September 7, 8 and 9. Proceeds will be donated to St Peter and St James Hospice and the village hall extension appeal. Sponsorship for the cost of the flowers would be most welcome as the more sponsorship that is received the larger the amounts which can be given to the hospice and the village hall. Further information and sponsorship forms can be obtained from Rachel Parker on 01273 812576.

TABLE TOP SALE: Craft stall holders are required for this sale to be held in the village hall on Saturday, September 29. This is being held to raise money for a defibrillator for the village hall. All enquiries to Susan James on 01273 813375 or e-mail

CRICKET: Fixtures tomorrow, Saturday, are: First XI v St Peters away; second XI v Eastbourne III home; third XI v Maresfield II home. All start 1pm. The club always welcomes volunteers who can help out for an hour or two during the week or at weekends with tasks such as painting and repairs, bar duties, assist with youth teams, cleaning and tidying up. Times by agreement with time for a shared cuppa. Ring 812522.

Rodmell & Southease

GARDENERS: This lovely weather has certainly brought all the gardeners of the village out from the outdoor sounds throughout on Saturday. People were obviously making the most of the fresh air having been at work during the week, and getting their gardens done on Saturday so they could all enjoy their Sunday as a day of rest. Farmers were also working late to make the best of the weather.

THE EVENINGS are drawing in so quickly, and it makes me so cross that when we have the really late light evenings we have the lousy weather so can’t make the best of them.

BUTTERFLIES: I did a bit of butterfly watching over the weekend but failed to see much of a selection, mainly cabbage whites, a few red admirals, tortoise shells and small orange ones with spotted wings which I couldn’t make my mind up on, even though I checked my book. I haven’t seen yet, any of the small blue butterflies which I love. I grow many of the old species of flowers which butterflies love, plus, there are always nettles in the goat pen which many species of wildlife love.

OLYMPICS: I have watched bits of the Olympics such as the equine events, synchronised swimming and diving, mainly because I like the elegance of these events. My main pleasure has been seeing so many happy spectators and watching the body language of the athletes. I found that if I actually sat for any length of time to watch I fell asleep so it was snatches here and there. The thought of making competitive sport in schools compulsory fills me with horror as not everyone is competitive (me for one) and it can completely ruin your aspect on school life and make you very unhappy. I loved it when we went for country nature walks, swam or did skating or horse riding just to enjoy the sport and being with our friends. Competitive actions as I remember, caused lots of bad feelings with friends at school. Let those who like it do it, but leave others alone to enjoy sport in their own way. I have to admit that popping in from the garden on the odd occasion I glimpsed the wonderful gymnasts working with ribbons and hoops and I was hooked. Not only were they all so beautiful, but the costumes were superb and the music lovely, and the choreography was so well done. It was a joy to watch. I could only take the ending ceremony for an hour and if I was to sum up the whole of the Olympics the bits that gave me the most pleasure were the Queen and James Bond (aren’t we lucky to have royalty with a sense of humour?) and the look on Mo Farah’s face after winning his races. Let’s hope the Para-Olympics get as much good feeling and publicity as these competitors have already had to fight just to recover let alone fight to win a medal. To sum up the whole event wasn’t it lovely to see people out communicating with each other and the joy on all those happy faces.

SUMMER SHOW: Let’s hope the weather will be good for Rodmell’s Summer Show tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4.30pm. Notices are all over the village so you can’t miss it. Do come along and take part.

WALKING: From the amount of people walking The South Downs Way a lot of people were trying to avoid the Olympics for the peace of the countryside. They are all telling me that the wild flowers are lovely this year.

TREES: Have readers noticed that a lot of trees are starting to change colour already and swallows are gathering on the wires. Does this mean that autumn is already approaching.

IT WAS LOVELY TO SEE the Day family in church on Sunday as they came back to the village for a quick visit. Robert Webber along with family and mum Trix, also paid a visit to church, so it was a lovely surprise to see them as well. I also managed to have a quick word with Helen Aiken (as was) and her young family on a visit to mum and dad.