Parish Pump Lewes - August 23, 2013


WEATHER WATCH: The last week in August is always a stressful time for those hard working people who have spent the last few months planning and organising the Alfriston Festival. With the stalls sorted, banners up, permissions granted, the plans agreed, tickets printed and gazebos checked for holes, the most worrying thing left is, will the weather be fine. The money raised by the Festival goes towards vital parts of our lovely village and the life of our community. The halls which we all use, Heartstart which we value, the pre and primary schools, the churches and Friends of the DGH and St Wilfred’s Hospice are all set to benefit from the funds raised. It is a very busy time for many villages having their own fairs but Alfriston is special, or we think it is. We hope to see a lot of visitors this weekend. The art show is open from 10.30am to 5.30pm from today, Friday till Monday. Paintings are for sale but please note there are no facilities for payment by card. There are still tickets for the Family Quiz Night and the Revue and the Royal British Legion Concert, though I am writing this on Monday so cannot promise that this will be the case by the time the paper is published. Bank Holiday Monday is the busiest day of the Festival and parking on the recreation ground is just £2 for the whole day. No parking on the side streets as these must be kept clear to enable emergency vehicles and general traffic to flow. After the car boot sale (from 7am) on the recreation ground, the action moves to the Tye. From 2pm there will be traditional games and stalls with music from the Johnny Spice Swing Band throughout the afternoon. There will also be free admission to the Clergy House all day.

BINS: I jumped the gun last week when I stated that the bin collection had been sorted. I write this on Monday and still wait for the green waste to be collected. Most residents have resorted to black bags and a car ride to the tip. Some residents, who live in houses tucked away from main roads, have not seen any bin man for weeks.


BOWLS RESULTS: Wednesday August 14 at home to The Crouch: Derek Stewart 24 Brian Ireland 17, John Blackmore 11 Mick Arrow 23, Les Line 18 M Clarke 21, Jas Osmond 3 A Emsden 28. Club lost 56 to 91. Saturday August 17 away to St. Francis: Derek Stewart 11 David Hook 41, Les Coppard 6 G Bannister 17, Jas Osmond 17 C Parks 13, Les Line 9 C Ball 17. Club lost 43 to 88.


DRIFTWOOD open garden, Marine Drive, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm, as part of Artwave. Fourteen artists’ works will be displayed in the garden.

PARISH HALL Coffee Morning is on Friday August 30, 10.30am to noon.


CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game at Cuckfield tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1pm and a friendly against Henfield starting at 2pm at the sports ground, just of the A272, on Sunday. 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 01825722586. Free Church services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Jane Grist and 6.15pm with John Eastwood, to include communion. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

MUSEUM: Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. Along with the museum there is a small display of original drawings by Marjorie Davis, who for many years provided the illustrations for the cover of Chailey News. Marjorie is best known for her illustrations of the Enid Blyton books. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

SUMMER EVENING WALK on Thursday with members of the Commons Society, is a gentle stroll for about two hours around the commons for a leisurely look at the heathland. Meet at Sports Club car park at 7pm. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831923.

VINTAGE HARVEST FAIR is at Townings Farm next weekend, Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1, from 10am to 4pm. All are welcome; there will be, sheep shearing, hedge laying, butchery and spinning demonstrations. Also working vintage agricultural machinery, the chance to meet ferrets and owls and learn about bee keeping from their resident beekeeper as well. There will be tractor and trailer rides, refreshments and a beer tent. On the Saturday Newick Folk will be playing, so there’s a chance to enjoy a huge range of music as this band play show tunes to Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly to the occasional rugby song. Entry is £5 per adult (a weekend pass £8) and all children are free. Camping is available at £5 per tent and £6 per caravan. Please book camping in advance by calling 01444 47135.

PLEASURE RIDE in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice, organised by the Chailey and Newick Support Group, is on Sunday September 1. Ride across beautiful Sussex countryside, starting from South Brockwells Farm, Uckfield, between 10am and 1pm and raise money for the hospice at the same time. For details of entry and starting times contact Glenda Blackaller on 01825 722607.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

BUSY TIMES: Report from Judith Bastide: There certainly seems to be a lot going on at St Peter’s. Two weeks ago a coach party of 35 went off to Chichester Festival Theatre to see the musical Barnum. A week later children and parents from the Sunday School and Toddlers Tunes group (46 in all) went off to Drusillas. On the hottest day of the summer the splash pool was especially welcome. Ursula Hare and Phyll Burchett prepared the delicious tea in the church hall at the end of a very full day and the children still had plenty of energy left to run around the church grounds afterwards. It was a very happy day. The Rector has also been very busy with weddings booked every Saturday in August and September. Several have been real village affairs with couples having very long family connections with Offham and Hamsey churches. So far the sun has shone brightly for every couple on their big day. Toddler Tunes: This fun music and dance session for under fives continues to meet every Thursday at 10am in the church hall, Offham during the school holidays as well as in normal school terms. It’s a drop-in group so youngsters (and parents) are very welcome to come along just for a one-off session anytime.

APPLES: Although the blossom was later than usual on the apple trees this year there was masses of it but so far the apples seem to be very much smaller than usual. There was also an abundance of elderflowers all around the elder trees weighed down with ripening elderberries so there should be no shortage of berries for all those enthusiastic elderberry wine makers. The strange thing I have noticed over the past couple of weeks is lots of little birds feasting on the honeysuckle berries which must be very early for them to start storing food for the winter. Although I have mentioned the lack of cherry plums a couple of times recently people are still coming along with their containers and tools to hack down branches in the hope of finding some. I can assure all those that come each year to collect the fruit that it will be a wasted journey as there really are no plums.

HAMSEY: I have been reading Horsefield’s History and Antiquities of The Environs of Lewes and under the Hamsey history is a wonderful engraving of Coombe Place, the seat of Sir George Shiffner, Bart. Sir George was first returned MP for Lewes in the year 1807, again in 1812, 1816, 1818 and 1820. Prior to the last general election he determined to retire from public life, to enjoy the delightful retreat of Coombe Place. The motives which induced his determination, were stated to his constituents in an address, of which the following is a copy: To the worthy and independent electors of the Borough of Lewes. Gentlemen, as the dissolution of the present Parliament seems likely soon to occur, it becomes my duty to lose no time in declaring to you, that, it is not my intention to offer myself as a candidate for the honour of again representing you. Firmly attached to the King, and to our happy constitution, both in church and state, I have employed the power with which you entrusted me during four successive Parliaments, in supporting an administration which has carried us triumphantly through times of difficulty and danger, and whose efforts have been crowned with the honourable and, I trust, a lasting peace. Under these happy circumstances, individual exertion is not so much called for, and, therefore, to retire from the more active scenes of life, will, I hope, be sanctioned by the approval of my friends. And I withdraw, under the conscious satisfaction of having done my duty to my country, and upheld, upon every occasion, the interests of your ancient borough. Allow me to offer you my heartfelt thanks, for the confidence you have placed in me, and for your kindness to me on all occasions; and I beg to assure you, that I shall always feel the sincerest wishes for your welfare and happiness. I have the honour to be, Gentlemen, your sincere and obliged servant, George Shiffer Coombe, Sept 23, 1825. What a compliment to the people of Lewes. How times have changed. Maybe some of the powers that be would do well to read the letter and give more thought to their country and the people they represent The two volumes that I have are fascinating as there are many more lovely engravings of well known properties in and around Lewes but the above is a lasting history of Coombe Place in Offham.

BLOWN OFF COURSE: When hang gliders first came on the scene they were always crash landing when they came over the ridge or took off from the wrong place until they were banned from taking off from above here. Imagine my surprise when last weekend I looked across the road and saw the sheep all gathering up together. I then spotted a male in the middle of the field with what looked like a gigantic black rucksack that he seemed to be gathering things into. By the time I had gone out to look he had gone. I have since been told that it was a hang glider and one had also landed in Cooksbridge on the same day. Lucky he missed getting entangled with the sheep.


THE LADIES GROUP last week visited the Sussex Prairie Gardens just outside of Henfield. I first visited this garden last year and then it had that wow factor, and again this year my return visit was just as enjoyable. Swathes of colour everywhere, with surprises amongst the small paths woven right into the middle of the borders. It is surprisingly still a young garden started in 2007 with the planting of 37,000 plants raised by the owners themselves, and planted out by friends, family and neighbours who had been invited to come and stay with food provided. It is well worth a visit and is open to the public from 1pm every day until the autumn.

TREES: A dead beech tree at the side of Ridge Road is having to come down very soon. It is sad to hear, but it is looking very dead. It is a very big tree and has been used by the Sussex University Radio Club for their aerials which are strung throughout the tree. It looks quite a task for the members to recover them.

HELLO AND FAREWELL: The University of Sussex is buzzing with new overseas students, and we wish them well to their stay. Some students do discover Falmer and recognise it as a picturesque village, but the majority of them never do. Over the years we have been privileged to make friends with the regular visitors to Falmer. Last week we were delighted to welcome back a Japanese family who especially broke their journey home from a holiday in Ireland to return to the University and visit us. We are very lucky to get to know so many people through the University, one family from India will be returning home next week and it was only through the husband walking daily in the village and at first just saying good morning that we were introduced to the whole family.

EXHIBITION: Please remember the Art and Soul at Falmer St Laurence Church and Falmer Village Hall open 11am to 5pm August 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, September 1, 6, 7, 8. We are looking forward to another very professional exhibition.

WE WERE SAD to hear of the passing of Lydia Collison. Lydia was born in Falmer and our condolences go to all her family. Her funeral will take place on Wednesday at 2.30pm in St Laurence Church.


VILLAGE FETE: On Bank holiday Monday at 2pm at the play area of Firle Cricket Ground there will be our annual Traditional Village Fete starting at 2pm. Come along and enjoy all the old games of catch the rat, bowls, white elephants, produce, cakes, hoopla, sheep racing and then buy some raffle tickets where you might win a crossing on the Newhaven ferry, meal at the Ram Inn, theatre tickets for Glyndebourne and Eastbourne, and at Firle Riding School for Mooman, Salmon, and much more. This year’s fete is to raise money for the village hall and St Peters Church in Firle. Free parking.

OVER 50S: Last Monday we had a lovely afternoon picnic in the cricket grounds where all the members supplied something for us all to enjoy. So peaceful an area. We have also now got a trip to Nymans on October 1 so keep you diary free and come and join us. Our next meeting will be on September 16 at the hall.


SUMMER FAIR: St Thomas a Becket Church, Cliffe, Summer Fair tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 12.30pm in and around the Cliffe hall. Raffle, tombola, cakes, preserves, soft toys lucky dip, books, gifts and more. All proceeds to church funds.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our last Sunday walk we enjoyed walking beside the sea, over the Downs and through the lovely village of Rottingdean. This walk was led by one of our new leaders, Pat. Our next walk will be on Bank Holiday Monday when Vivien will take us on a ramble around Fletching. If you would like to join us, we meet at top North Street car park, behind the police station and we will be leaving at 9.30am sharp.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO CHURCH: At our 11am Morning Service on Sunday we will be joined at St John’s by our sister church, St Michael, at Malling which is a monthly joint gathering for joyful worship and thanksgiving. by the two parishes. It is always a most meaningful service and a joy to meet up with our Malling friends; the preacher will be David Gutsell. Our Table Top Sale last Saturday, in spite of the weather, made £110.85 for the church. Many thanks for the helpers, stall holders and the visitors who braved the elements to make the day a success. It is always lovely to welcome visitors to our church on Sundays who share our Church Family service so please give us a try on Sunday when you will discover a genuinely friendly welcome.


SCHOOL: Summer holidays are always a good time to get any major, potentially disruptive work done. This year the ICT suite is being thoroughly refurbished by the Tech-team support. A part of the infant cloakroom area is being converted to provide space for additional groupwork, a new floor is being laid in the junior boys toilets and some necessary work is being done to replace outside fascia boards which are seriously rotted. Fortunately for the school, the local authority is still able to provide most of the funding for this work. The projection system in the school hall is also being upgraded and repositioned. There has always been a problem of ambient light reducing the clarity of images projected onto the screen. When they return in September, children should see a big difference in this respect. There will also be work done to outdoor facilities to help in the development of the outdoor curriculum, one of the school’s key targets.

ARTWAVE gets underway tomorrow, Saturday, as all three Malling venues open. Old Malling Farmhouse is building on its successful first experience of Artwave last year with a mix of painting, drawings, prints and other media. At the Dairy Studio, close by, Susie Monnington is exhibiting new paintings themed On the beach, and in the smaller studio there are paintings by Sylvia Hassell and textiles by Pauline Crook. At South Malling Church, Sandy Lasham and Brenda Bryce are showing a joint collection of oil paintings with a particular focus on water. There is an interesting contrast in the work of the two painters, the freewheeling prolific paintings of Brenda with Sandy’s detailed focus on, for example, the minutiae of how water catches reflection and gives it depth. If the last two years are anything to go by, these three exhibitions are really worth seeing, not least because they are also set in the oldest and loveliest parts of South Malling.

MALLING TENANTS and Residents Association continues the work that it is doing to develop a genuine sense of community in what used to be known as South Malling Without. In its third week, the Food Bank at the Community Centre has settled down to provide a fair and proportionate service for people who are struggling on small incomes and can be helped by an occasional boost to their housekeeping. A donation of £1 is requested for each carrier bag of food, which goes towards paying for the food and its delivery and later, it is hoped, making it possible to provide a service at Bank Holidays. Fareshare, who provide the food do not deliver at Bank Holidays, so there will not be a Food Bank this coming Monday. It is hoped that in future the MTRA will be able to provide at least one week from its own resources. Don’t forget the Community Fun Day on August 31 (next Saturday). Starting at 10am, the Malling Recreation Ground will host a range of exhibitions and events designed to inform local people of what services are available and how to keep safe, as well as providing enjoyment and an opportunity to get together and get to know our neighbours better. A Newsletter is being prepared and will be available before the end of the month.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: On Sunday there will a joint service of Holy Communion at St John sub Castro at 11am. The preacher will be Revd David Gutsell, previously Vicar of Polegate. There is no service at South Malling this week. Artwave will be taking place at South Malling Church over this coming weekend and the next, as noted above.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


MY BLOG: A resident of Nevill passed away. Mr Ken Flint lived in 2 Cross Way when I was a boy and I remember he was a quiet man. The write up in last week’s Express showed what a well respected man he was. Another resident of Nevill, Brian Beck has dived into the fracking debate writing a strong letter in favour of the procedure when all we hear is anti stories. It would be good if people on the Nevill emailed me now and again with an interesting story or even informed me of any social events going on, rather then me trying to find something to say every week.

CHRIST CHURCH: Morning worship at 10.30am on Sunday will be Family Together worship led by Rev Geoffrey Whitfield. Next Friday at 10.30am we have our Messy Church morning. The theme is Bible Seasides and there will be craft activities and a short act of worship based around this theme. Before the finish at 1pm there will be a lunch. No need to book this event which is for all ages, just turn up but children must be accompanied by an adult. We look forward to seeing you.

SUMMER SHOW: St Mary’s Gardening Club Summer Show is on Saturday September 7. There are classes for vegetables, flowers, fruit, flower arrangements, cookery, photography,crafts as well as children’s classes. The show is open to everyone, you do not need to belong to the club or live on Nevill. For a programme and more information call Vicki on 01273 475521. The donation by members of contributions to the bottle tombola, book and plant stalls, cake and produce stall and raffle would be very appreciated.

ART EXHIBITION at the Hillcrest Centre today (Friday) until Monday as part of Sussex by the Sea. Paint, Steel and Wood. Paintings by Harold Mockford and Tom Hammick, sculpture by Christian Funnell and Walter Bailey. Open daily 10am to 5pm.

newhaven, denton & south heighton

STAND-UP COMEDY tonight (Friday) at the Hillcrest Centre featuring up-and-coming comedians from Brighton and London 7.30pm, cafe opens at 6.30pm. Tickets £5 from the Hillcrest Centre.

FILM SOCIETY: As part of Summer by the Sea Hillcrest Film Society presents two Wallace and Gromit films tomorrow, Saturday, 2.30pm A Grand Day Out (U), 3.45pm The Wrong Trousers (U), Tickets £3 each or £10 for a family ticket (four) children’s tea available in the Hillcrest Cafe at 3.15pm. Children must be accompanied. At 7.30pm there will be a film for adults Belleville Rendez-Vous, tickets £4.50 from the Hillcrest Centre.

ARTWAVE: The annual visual arts festival for Lewes District starts tomorrow, Saturday, and runs to September 8. There are four venues in Newhaven, The Old School House, 86 Denton Road, featuring local artists and craft people. Open tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11am to 4pm. Newhaven Fort has an exhibition Vessels by Rachel Cohen running throughout Artwave 10.30am to 6pm, last admission 5pm. Plus works presented by St Nicholas Centre, Lewes inspired by the Fort and Castle Hill Nature Reserve open at the same time. Kai Crick at the Newhaven Ferry Port follows last year’s successful exhibition and is open throughout Artwave 10am to 4pm. Finally the ever popular Victor’s House at 35 Meeching Road features work by Victor Stuart Graham and his guest artists and crafts people. Victor’s House is open every Saturday and Sunday throughout Artwave from 2pm to 6pm.

DOROTHY VALENTI holds her 20th annual exhibition of paintings from tomorrow, Saturday, until Monday at South Heighton village hall, the Hollow South Heighton from 10.30am to 5pm, admission free.

TEA DANCE at Newhaven Fort in the Romney Hut on Monday from 1pm to 4pm for tea, cake and dancing. Entry to the dance is included in the normal admission charge for the Fort.

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

MEECHING WI: The monthly meeting of Meeching WI was held on August 15 at the Meeching Hall. The August meeting is an informal meeting. Refreshments and a delicious selection of homemade cakes were served. Then two representatives from Edinburgh Woolen Mills brought a large selection of clothes for the members to look at, try on and buy if they wished. This was very popular and many of the members added to their autumn/winter wardrobe. The outing to Finchcocks which took place on August 2 was excellent and everyone enjoyed it very much. The weather was perfect, the tour and recital in the museum was very interesting, followed by a delicious cream tea, what could have been better. A cream tea was held at the president’s home on August 8 which was enjoyed by all who attended. The outing to the Olympic Park on September 6 has an early start, 7.30am from Lower Place. However it will be well worth it. There are a few places left on this trip. Please telephone the number below if any member would like to come on the trip and has not already booked. The next meeting will be held on September 19 at 9.45am. The speaker will be Kevin Gordon on Sussex Churches. New members/visitors are always welcome.

NIPPERS August Family Fun Day takes place on Friday August 30 on Fort Road recreation ground from 1.30pm to 4pm.This is a free event including a mud slide.

WAVE LEISURE’S Summer Activities/Community Games Closing Ceremony takes place on Friday August 30 from 1pm to 5pm on Fort Road recreation ground. This is a free family fun day which includes a barbecue and a skate park competition for ages 8 to 17 years.

RIVERSIDE PARK: Community Voice invite you to a fun afternoon at the Hut, Lewes Road Rec on Saturday September 7, 2pm to 4pm. All residents welcome,bring a picnic,outdoor games and ideas how you would like Riverside Park to me managed. This group of local residents want the future of the park decided by Newhaven people and their aim is for the land to be owned by Newhaven Town Council and managed jointly between them and local residents.

GUINNESS TRUST is having a fun day for Older People’s Day and it will be held on Saturday September 14, noon to 4pm. Gill Hart would like people to donate things for the Fun Day including cakes, anything in a glass jar, sweets for guess the sweets in the jar, a cake for guess the weight of the cake,bric-a-brac, knitted items, toys for the toy stall. If you can help please contact Gill in the GuinnessTrust office, Iveagh Cresent 01273 514763.


COUNTRY FAIR: The bonfire society Country Fair/Car Boot will be held on the Village Green tomorrow, Saturday, from 8am till 1pm. To book a place please telephone 01825 722418. There will be refreshment plus barbecue for you to enjoy.

THE BOWLS CLUB are holding their finals games over this weekend. On Wednesday there will be a match against Southwater at home starting at 2.30pm, on Thursday the Ladies have an away match against Lindfield Ladies at 2pm.

CRICKET: There is a game on Monday at home against Mildenhall Cricket Club, this will commence at 2pm.

PRODUCTION: Sincere apologies for the incorrect information being printed last week. Newick Youth Theatre’s production of Fantastic Mr Fox will be Saturday 24, and Sunday 25 August 3pm at Wowo Campsite, Wapsbourne Manor, Sheffield Park (not at Mitchelswood Farm as previously stated). This family production is free but booking in advance is essential by telephoning 01825 722468 or 722802. Please visit for more information.

WARNING: The parish council have posted a warning about Japanese Knotweed on their website, they have been made aware that Japanese Knotweed is growing in at least two places in Newick. The owners of the land where this plant has been identified have been informed and asked to take action to eradicate it. It is also possible that the plant may be growing elsewhere in the village, but has not yet been spotted, therefore the parish council would like all parishioners to be vigilant and check your gardens, if you think that you have this plant in your garden,please take steps to get it identified and removed website

ENJOY this Bank Holiday weekend, the last before Christmas.

ROAD RACE: The annual Newick Will Page 10K road race will be held on Sunday starting at 11am outside the Playing Field in Allington Road. The event is organised by the Newick Sports Pavilion and the runners follow a course to Oxbottom, Cinder Hill, A275, Markstakes/ Ridgelands Lane Fount Hill and back to the Sports Pavilion. The winner is expected to come in just after 11.30am. Please look out for them if you are driving on the route, the runners welcome vocal support on the course at at the finish. The 10k is a regular fixture on the Sussex Road Racing Grand Prix calendar and last year over 200 runners took part. Many are serious runners,but the race is open to anybody over 16 years .Among the trophies there is a special award for the first member of a Newick Sports Club to finish. For more details and entry from please see the website on


IT’S JUMBLE TIME: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be another of Plumpton’s renowned jumble sales in the village hall with kick-off at 2pm. This one is being arranged by the local Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice and will also feature a cake stall, refreshments and tombola. Rush on down, grab some superb bargains and then gloat over them whilst enjoying a refreshing cuppa and maybe a cake or two after the foray. If you have jumble to donate, please take it along to the hall during the morning. All proceeds will go to our local hospice. The thrill of the hunt, the promise of some great trophies and a chance to socialise all without, hopefully, a drop of blood being spilled.

SUMMER EVENING STROLL: Chailey Commons Society is organising one on Thursday, meeting at Chailey Sports’ Club car park, off the A272, at 7pm. William Coleman will lead a leisurely walk around the commons to explore their natural beauty. All will be welcome. Plumpton Footpath Society does not have a walk planned until Saturday of next week, so this could be a training exercise.

HARVEST SUPPER: Do remember that the Friends of Plumpton College are organising a Harvest Supper on September 7 to raise funds for the college charitable trust that supports college projects and disadvantaged students. The menu will be based on college and other locally sourced products, including wines.

CRICKET GAIN: On Sunday three local young men in the form of my son, Matthew, Andy Duffy and Mark Swain put together a scratch cricket team to play a friendly against Bolney. The side comprised mainly school/college friends and had the aim to be a fun event that raised funds for a charity that fights cancer and that had been nominated by fellow ‘gang member’ Seb(astian) Broster. Our locally based team strode on to the pitch sporting cravats and a real friendly match ensued in which they triumphed and raised a useful £200 for the charity. Unfortunately Seb(astian) could not attend, as he had hoped, as he was receiving treatment. Please note that I always have to include (astion) after Seb’s name for fear of retribution from his parents Godfrey and Valerie Broster.

EVERYONE AWAY? If friends and neighbours are away on their hols there is no need to be alone. Simply make your way to All Saints’ church annexe on Tuesday from 11am and visit the Pop-in Parlour where you can enjoy a cuppa, maybe a snack and a good old chinwag with old friends and quite possibly make some new ones. It’s a great opportunity to socialise and absolutely everybody will receive a warm welcome.

MEDICAL APPOINTMENT? If you need to get to the doctor, dentist, hospital or any other medical type of appointment and public transport is not available or convenient, which is often the case for we poor country folk, be aware the Plumpton Voluntary Driving Scheme is available to get you there and back at modest cost. Simply ring 07855 213 947 to make a booking or enquiry. Do leave a message if the answering service cuts in and you will receive a call back. It simply is not practical to man the phone constantly. Our near neighbours in East Chiltington and Streat are also welcome to make use of the service which covers Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Chailey, Ditchling, Newick, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, East Grinstead. Brighton and other ports of call. The drivers are all volunteers who are reimbursed for their fuel costs and my own experience tells me that they are friendly, keen, reliable and more than happy to help out. If you think that you would like to join the happy band of drivers just ring the same number to register your interest, entirely without obligation.

Rodmell & Southease

BUSY WEEKEND: Well, it has certainly been a busy weekend for me. It all started on Friday when Lime Trees, my mother’s care home, gave a barbecue for residents, relative sand friends. We all had a marvellous time, with so much food and drink no one could possibly say they came away hungry or thirsty. It was a great atmosphere and the staff are so lovely, it is a great relief to me to know that mum is so well looked after. I do hope more homes like this one appear in the future as we are going to need them.

HAVING dealt with mother, father and now Mike in dealings with the authorities and Social Services I have, over the years, heard many people say that they are going to blow their money, sell their houses, and enjoy their retirement, because there are now far too many people who have not worked for years, have not saved for their old age, or paid into pension schemes, let along try to buy their own houses. They have, as many people state, milked the Social, and appear to get help without any effort whilst those that have worked, saved and try to look after themselves, keep them, but get no help or very little help when it comes to their time of need.

SUMMER SHOW: Rodmell Horticultural Society held a great Summer Show on Saturday and although we did not have our usual good weather, the rain kept off for most of the time. I do not have the show results to put in the column, but there were some wonderful things to see, buy and take part in. I loved the brass band, the wonderful cakes, the birds of prey and the lovely vase of large pink dahlias which won a first. There was something for everyone and my friends who came for the afternoon and evening thought it was wonderful.

PARTY: The After The Show party was great and well supported with live music by Elle and The Lillies and local girls Ruby and Holly. Food was done by our pub The Abergavenny Arms and there were local brews at the bar. Fireworks finished off the evening. Thank you to organisers, helpers and participants for making it a great day.

SUNNYSIDE was yet again like a gathering of the United Nations with French, Czechs and a couple from Yorkshire staying, and a last minute Aussie, who like many others who keep phoning around, could not find any accommodation in Lewes or the villages, turned up at my door desperate for somewhere to stay and ended up on a sunbed in the greenhouse, which he was quite happy with, as he came in for a full cooked breakfast in the morning. He said he will have a lot to tell folks back home about English hospitality. He had been told by other Aussies he would have no trouble in finding B&B accommodation in Sussex, he learnt the hard way.