Parish Pump Lewes - August 24, 2012


TOURNAMENT: On Bank Holiday Monday the stoolball club are hosting a mixed tournament in the rec starting at 12.30pm. The bonfire society will be running a barbecue and there will be afternoon tea and cakes by the stoolball club. There will also be a grand raffle. Teams to register at noon on the day. Contact 01273 400087 if you are entering a team. Bring the family for a barbecue lunch (give mum a day off) and watch the fun.

STOOLBALL We didn’t do very well at Seaford as we lost all three of our games. However, it was a great day, 13 of our team came, all wearing the team’s new strip of navy and purple, and Paula (our Captain) arranged that everyone would play at least one game. We had a professional photo taken which will hang in the pavilion.

CRICKET: ESCL Division One: Rottingdean 238-4 dec in 35 overs: Matthew D Tucker 2-56. Barcombe 99 all out in 32.3 overs: Allan Trower 61. Rottingdean won by 139 runs. Rottingdean 30 points Barcombe 4 points.

ESCL Division Eight: Barcombe 200-8 in 50 overs: Callum Skinner 48no, Eddie Thomas 46. Wadhurst 114-8 in 43 overs: Monty Clarke 4-28, John Coppard 3-33. Match drawn. Barcombe 17 points Wadhurst 8 points.

Sunday XI v Alfriston: Barcombe 256-5 in 40 overs: Allan Trower 62 ret, Kane Black 58, Eddie Marler 30 no, Matthew D Tucker 30. Alfriston 154 all out in33.1 overs: Callum Coppard 3-25, Allan Trower 2-12, Kane Black 2-21. Barcombe won by 102 runs.

BOWLS: Away to St Francis looking for revenge for last weeks drubbing. No luck I’m afraid scores were even worse. John Blackmore 5 D Hook 28, Derek Stewart 16 Tony Jarvis 21, Gus Smith 7 G. Bannister 23. The saints won 28-72.


THANKS to all who attended the 8th annual Beer Festival, at the Horns Lodge, in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. A magnificent £2687.62 was raised.

INSULATION: Free Cavity wall & loft insulation is available until the end of the year, subject to survey, to any Lewes District residents regardless of age, income or situation. Some larger properties may be outside the meterage requirements of the installers and will be dealt with on a case by case basis. To arrange a survey or for more information phone Lewes District Council on 01273 484330.

CRICKET sees Chailey at home (at the Sports Ground just off the A272) to Edenbridge in a league game on Saturday starting at 1.30pm. On Sunday the match is a friendly one away to Henfield starting at 2pm. Supporters are as always most welcome and refreshments will be available.

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

PISTON HEADS Breakfast Meet is at the Five Bells this Sunday from 10am and anything with an engine is most welcome. For more information call Robin on 0182572 2259.

THE WINDMILL,sited just off the A272, will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. The white smock mill was erected on this site in 1864 and now has little machinery, but houses a rural life museum and other exhibits. Parties and individuals may visit at other times by appointment, which can be arranged by calling John Smith on 01825 723519.

INFORMATION POINT session will be held at the Free Church Hall in conjunction with the Coffee Stop on Friday August 31 between 10am and midday.

FAIR: Vintage Harvest Fair is at Townings Farm, Plumpton Road next weekend, Saturday and Sunday September 1 and 2, from 10am to 4pm. All are welcome. There will be working vintage machinery bringing in the harvest, sheep shearing demonstrations, rural crafts, including spinning and wood crafts, children’s activities, tractor and trailer rides and local produce. Also the opportunity to learn about the rare and traditional breeds kept at Townings Farm and enjoy a walk around the farm. Entry is £5 per car, which includes a trailer ride. There will be a beer tent and refreshments; alternatively you can take a picnic.

CHARITY DAY for Haydn’s Wish and Chailey Heritage School is on Saturday September 1 at The Engineer Pub, Newhaven, starting at 2pm with a barbecue and hog roast. In addition there will be a cake stall, raffle, bouncy castle, face painter and lots of other fun things for children to do. The event will continue until 11pm and include six local bands The Riffz, Hot Rod, The Firm, Baker Boys, The Rockits and The Random. All proceeds go to charity and entrance is £4 for adults and children free.

WALK: Romany Ridge to Plumpton Green is a 9.5 mile circular walk on Sunday September 2, which will take about 5.5 hours, starting at 10.30am at Romany Ridge Common car park, North Common Road. There will be splendid views of the South Downs and the walk will go through Long Wood, North Hall and Roseland Wood, with a lunch stop at Plumpton Green. No dogs please. The leaders will be Joy and Chris Ford of Sussex Pathfinders Rambling Club, for more information visit

THE AUTUMN SHOW is at the village hall on Saturday September 8. There are classes for vegetables, flowers, fruit, pot plants, alcoholic drinks, cordial, handicrafts, art, photography, cookery, flower arranging and children’s classes in age categories, pre-school and and under, 8 to 11 years and 12 to 16 years. The classes are detailed at, alternatively a show schedule can be obtained by calling Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817. There is a class for every age so please do enter and/or encourage your children to do so.

MAGAZINE CO-ORDINATOR is required for the Chailey News as it is planned to refresh our village magazine. If you have some spare time, enthusiasm and IT experience, to assist in editing the monthly issues with the collaboration of Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre please contact John Maskell at or on 01825 722286.


Offham & Hamsey

HAMSEY: Sunday September 2 will be the end of the summer services in Hamsey Church. Although we have not had much of a summer it is incredible to think that September is nearly with us and the evenings will start drawing in again. The last summer Holy Communion at the church will be at 8am and the final Evensong at 6pm.

TRESPASSING: It seems that you need to be on the lookout all the time these days as early on Sunday morning hare coursers were in our field. They had undone the chains on the gate to gain entry. Fortunately they were spotted and asked to leave at once. It was reported at once to Sussex Police and who are doing all they can to catch and stop this illegal activity.

OART: The Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust held their first annual general meeting last month at Plumpton Village Hall. It was attended by 49 members and guests. Mark Davis had to step down as a Trustee in order that he could be correctly employed by OART and Ses Wright took on the role of company secretary from Sam St Pierre. It was also considered necessary to increase the number of Trustees and John St Pierre (Sam), John Whiting and Jim Smith were all formerly nominated and approved by the members. Additional Trustees will be appointed during the coming year in order to broaden the base of the Trust. The chairman, Robin Akers announced that Robin Pepper was stepping down as a Trustee and committee member after many years, almost from the very start of SOCS. Robin will still be helping with many aspects of the trusts work including BMWP surveys, water testing, events etc. For those who would like to know more about the important work that is undertaken by OART and would like to become a member get in touch with the chairman Robin Akers, or vice chairman John St Pierre, membership secretary Neil Pringle or field officer Jim Smith who writes the interesting Jim’s Diary which I have much enjoyed reading for many years. The editor for the very informative and interesting newsletter which members receive is Val Miles. A message for Robin Pepper: I shall very much miss reading your Pepper’s Pot Pourri which has given great pleasure over the years also.

SECRET HISTORY: A plan to uncover the secret history of the South Downs National Park has won £46,300 in support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop the project further. The funding will help the park make plans and involve local communities before an application for a full grant to carry out the project is submitted in spring 2013.

RESEARCH into stopping viruses. Researchers at the Institute for Animal Health have been awarded £680,000 by the Biological Sciences Research Council to sequence and study the genome of a biting midge that spreads livestock diseases. With new viruses emerging, midges are blamed for bringing Schmallenberg virus to the UK. Research will be vital to protect farming and food security.

ST JOHNS WORT which has been in bloom around the verges and hedgerows since July, could be easily mistaken for Ragwort with its mass of bright yellow flowers except that the leaves are entirely different and do not smell horrible like the leaves of the Ragwort. St John’s Wort has history attached to it which I have just read about. Apparently it is the herb of St John the Baptist and a major plant of midsummer magic. People gathered the plant on the eve of his feast day, June 24, as a protection against evil spirits. They picked the flowers early in the morning when they were still wet with dew, believing that it was dangerous to gather them after the sun had risen. Garlands were then made to hang over the door to protect the house from storms, thunder and midsummer ghosts (one of St Johns Wort’s ancient local names is Devil’s Flight). They say that the Devil’s hatred of this plant was so great that he tried to destroy it with a needle, which is why there are spots or pricks on the leaves, always appearing on August 29, the day St John the Baptist was beheaded. The eve of St Johns day was a dangerous time, when goblins and witches and ghosts were at large. As darkness fell, people lit bonfires and leapt through the dwindling flame in a purification ritual. If a young girl managed to pick the flower with dew on it or if she placed it on her pillow and it was still fresh the next morning, she would marry within a year. Also if a childless woman walked naked to pick St John’s Wort, she would conceive within a year and with a sprig tied to the cradle, no child could be taken for a changeling. It makes one wonder if any of these ancient customs are still being followed. Although I do not like thunderstorms I don’t think I shall be gathering any to make garlands to hang over the door as the slightest rumble of thunder or streak of lightening would see me safely indoors.


THE LADIES GROUP had a great day out for their August meeting. Firstly meeting by the pond for a picnic, and then in four full cars to Woodsmill at Small Dole, the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s headquarters. There were lots of children visiting and with shrimp nets we watched them pond dipping, having a great time. After wandering around the paths and woods we went on for tea at Oldwood where we had been kindly invited by friends. Their garden was looking splendid, and after tea and cake we went walking again through their woods, and we really appreciated the peace and calm. It was a glorious day and we were so lucky with the weather.

SOME TIME last week, Mark was working on his allotment and was very surprised to find a small tortoise. He started to ask people in the village if they knew of anyone who had lost one. Tim and Helen who live in Ridge Road, could not believe it, ‘you haven’t found Lettice, have you?’ They lost their tortoise a year ago, and she must have hibernated and survived the harsh winter on the allotments. Tim and Helen were delighted to have her back.

THE BEES are still active in our garden, but have blocked over one of the entrances to their new home with leaves and plants. We are delighted that they are staying.

ART AND SOUL: The Art and Soul festival that Sue Barnes and friends are organising in Falmer sounds really exciting. We are looking forward to next weekend, and particularly, the weekend of September 8, the details of the concert look great featuring music by J S Bach, Dmitri Shostakovich, Gustav Holst and John Tavener. These art festivals bring the village alive, and we are expecting lots of visitors.

ON TUESDAY we are being taken to a drama performance at Newhaven Fort by a group named Odd Socks. My daughter and her husband who live in Derby, are followers of this group and have told us not to expect a too serious interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing.

Glynde & Beddingham

OOMPAH DAY tomorrow (Saturday) at the Trevor Arms Glynde 12.30pm onwards. In time honoured tradition, member of the LPO will play oompah music in the pub car park. Raffle and bucket collection organised by the SPROUTS, money raised goes to Autism Sussex and Bevern View. Tombola in aid of Glynde Memorial Parade. Fantastic day out for all the family. All welcome.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday July 31 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 2, Mike Keeping and Matt Read; 3, Simon Fishburn and Roy Skan. August 7 Ladder: 1, Mike Keeping and Matt Read; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott. August 2: 1, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 2, Mavis Druce and Sue Louis; 3, Rozanne Mendick and Ruth Maxwell. August 9 Butler: 1, Peter Cattermole and Pat Simpson; 2, Marie Young and Sue Louis; 3, Pauline Brown and Clare Nankivell. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

SUMMER FAIR at St Thomas A’Becket Church, Cliffe tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 12.30pm, begins with the reading of the Charter as granted by Henry IV in 1410, to be read at 10am outside the church. Stalls include cakes, preserves, gifts and craft, raffle, tombola, James’ teas and coffees, children’s soft toy lucky dip. Proceeds to maintain the ancient church.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: For the last two weeks a group of members from our group have been walking the last sections of the Meridian Trail. This long distance walk was devised by two of our members and it follows the Meridian Line from Peacehaven to Hull where it merges with the North Sea. They have been checking the script for the last of the guide books on the Trail which are about to be published. So, on Sunday last, a smaller than usual number of members were on the walk which started from East Hoathly Church. From here the Wealdway, another exciting long distance path, could be followed northwards, passing through Old Whyly and on to Hawkhurst Common. Here we left the Wealdway and turned east and then south until we reached Davis Town which was not a town but a small hamlet, and then across fields back to Old Whyly and then back to East Hoathly via the sports ground, following the Wealdway to the church again. Bert led the walk.

The next walk is on Bank Holiday Monday at Firle, a morning only walk. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.


ARTWAVE: Exhibitions at 2 Old Malling Farmhouse and 19 Mill Road, start at noon tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday this week and finish at 5pm each day. The Dairy Studio joins them next weekend (August 31) at the same times. Tea and cakes are available at Old Malling Farmhouse. Enjoy the weekend and don’t miss this excellent opportunity to see the work of local artists. More detail next week.

CHURCH. Despite the summer holidays, congregation size is holding up very well at South Malling Church. Last Sunday, Rev Dick Field led the communion service and preached vividly on the way that Jesus made it possible for men and women to know God as heavenly father. The service this Sunday is Morning Prayer at 9.30am.

THE COMMUNITY CENTRE is beginning the next round of their refurbishment plan next weekend from Friday August 31 to Sunday September 2. A group of volunteers will be working on the corridor inside the main entrance. Contact Matt Kent on 0773 9985 212 if you would like to help. Also, tickets for A Night in the 40s with music and dance by Charleston Jive Squad on Saturday September 8, are available at £5 in advance from Malling Stores and Lewes Town Hall. They will be on sale at the door on September 8 for £7, so save yourselves money and enjoy a great night out. Further details on:

Mobile Library

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


RIP: We had a lovely weekend away in Dorking at a friend’s wedding and stayed overnight at The White Horse hotel in the High Street. On Sunday morning we went up to Box Hill where they had the Olympic cycling races and I think we must have seen hundreds of potential Bradley Wiggins cycling up the hill. What a fantastic view from the top. You could see for miles all around.

SPORTS DAY: I went to see Jill Feast the other day on my quest for St Mary’s sports day memories. Her dad was a bit of an amateur photographer. I have a photo of some children in a competition for the best dressed wheeled toy. There is a very young Jeremy Lacy in it, also Jenny Tapp who used to live at the top end of South way (not the sister of Wendy) and brothers Bill and Peter. There is also a young Robert Iggalston. It is probably around the early fifties I should think. Another well known name in the annals of St Mary’s times gone by is Mrs Ternouth, not sure of the spelling.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon. On Friday we have our Messy Church event which is open to anyone to attend, but children must be accompanied by an adult. This starts at 10.30am and will finish after lunch at 1pm. We look forward to seeing you at Christ Church.

ST ANNE’S: Thank you to all who helped to make the book sale such a success. There will be a Choral Evensong on Sunday.

NEVILL BONFIRE: The society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday September 1. We will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 6pm on Friday August 31. In addition with the jumble, in leaflets being delivered to houses on the estate we have included some information regarding membership and a request regarding vehicles. I have enclosed a copy of this for your information. Our next jumble at Ringmer will be Saturday December 8.

IT IS ONLY eight weeks until the Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society celebrations on Saturday October 20, we wanted to take the opportunity to notify you of a few points: Membership of the society is now available. New members of all ages are always very welcome to join in the celebrations, and not just from Nevill estate or indeed Lewes. Anyone who wants to be part of this unique celebration of the Gunpowder Plot in a friendly, family atmosphere can join and you don’t necessarily have to march to support the society. Help is very welcome on the night and throughout the year. This year Badge Night is at St Marys Social Centre, Christie Road on Friday September 28 between 7pm and 9.30pm. Membership will also be available at St Marys Church Hall, Highdown Road on Friday October 12 between 3pm and 9pm. Both events will include an exhibition of the society’s history and a selection of Society merchandise and costumes. Membership is also available from Sarah Earl (membership secretary) 7 East Street, Lewes (472621) and at 22 Firle Crescent on Nevill Estate. A Street Road Closure will be in force during our celebrations on Saturday October 20 from 6pm to 10.30pm. This will cover Nevill Road from the junction of the Gallops to the junction at the Offham Road/Landport Road fork and all of Nevill Estate. We would ask that cars are not parked on the procession routes (see programme for details) to allow room for the processions to proceed in an enjoyable and safe manner.


BUSY WEEKEND: This will be a very busy weekend, not only is it a Bank Holiday there will be much activity around the village. Tomorrow, Saturday, morning from 8am on the Village Green, the bonfire society will be holding a County Fair and Car Boot Sale with refreshments in the Community Centre. Tombola, book stall and barbecue. Cars £8 vans £10. There is always a good crowd of people around and there are some good bargains to be found. Do not miss out make sure you there bright and early. For further details ring 01825 722418.

BOWLS: In the afternoon the bowls club will be in action again, they play East Grinstead at home. This game will commence at 2.30pm. On Sunday they are at home again playing Hampden Park at 2pm. Fingers crossed for good weather.

CRICKET: Cricket club fixtures this weekend are: first XI away to Robertsbridge; the second XI are playing at home against Lewes St Michaels; the third XI are at home playing on the ground at Temple Grove against Pett; and the fourth XI are visiting Little Common Ramblers. All these league games commence at 1pm.

10K RUN: On Sunday morning the Newick 10K Run will start at 11am from Allington Road. The run is a regular fixture on the Sussex Road Racing Grand Prix calendar and last year over 200 runner took part. Many are serious runners, but the race is open to anybody over 16 years old, so if you are thinking of getting into training for the 2016 Olympics, or just enjoy a Sunday morning run, why not take part. Among the trophies there is a special award for the first member of a Newick sports club to finish. If you are not a runner just go along and cheer the runners on the way. For entry details please see the website

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday Services at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) at 10.30am the Informal Morning Service. If you need a lift to church please call 01825 722582 in advance. There will also be an Evensong at 6.30pm. A warm welcome awaits you.

ANNUAL SHOW: On Saturday September 1 the horticultural society will be holding the annual show on the Village Green from 2pm. There will be displays of vegetables, fruit, flowers, plus flower arrangements, cookery and handicraft. There is a junior section, so why not encourage your youngsters to entry, and of course the family dog show. Exhibits are staged on the morning, dog show entries are taken on the Green from 1pm. Enquires regarding the dog show should be made to Kat Walden 01825 724445 Entrance fee to the horticultural show in the marquee is £1.50. You can obtain refreshments and some lovely homemade cakes in the marquee. So why not pop along and enjoy a real village event.

PRODUCTION: Trust you have all booked your tickets for the Newick Youth Production The Importance of Being Earnest in the village hall until tomorrow, Saturday. Booking office 01825 722468 or 722802 .


SCHOOL EXCITEMENT: Despite the summer holidays, members of the Morris Dancing Team from Plumpton Primary School were on duty during the Olympics and actually performed at the Olympic Park. What a great experience for the youngsters and how proud they must be to have played a part in an event that must go down in history. Watch out for a photograph in the next Parish Mag.

SOCIALISING: Retired locals will doubtless be pleased to learn that the Pop-in Parlour will soon be open for business again after, what is for many, the barren month of August. On Tuesday, September 4 at 11am the doors of All Saints’ church annexe will open again so that folk may once again pop in for a cuppa, maybe a snack and, most important of all, a chat. Quite a few people live alone and the Pop-in Parlour provides such a vital opportunity for them to get out and mix with others to prevent loneliness setting in. Meeting up with others can also provide a stepping stone to other social opportunities that can enrich life. We are lucky in our village as there is also the Care Club and the Happy Circle specifically for those around retirement age to which can be added the host of clubs and societies that cater for more specific interests.

CRIME CONTINUES: The police authority urges that everyone be alert in the fight against crime. Last month in Plumpton alone a scaffolding hoist, a mechanical digger, scrap metal, a motor vehicle and diesel fuel from a vehicle were stolen. There are gangs around who orchestrate many of these crimes, so do be on the alert. If you spot mischief in the making ring 999 or if you have non urgent information that may help police enquiries ring 101. To be certain of anonymity one can also ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

GOOD ROAD NEWS: Lest I be branded a bringer of just bad tidings let me relate that a resident recently reported a couple of nasty potholes in a local road to a parish councillor. This was immediately reported to ESCC and repairs were carried out within 48 hours. To add icing to the cake, no road closure was necessitated.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: The summer show was again very successful and results follow. RHS Certificates Best Fruit Sue Akers. Best Flower and Best Vegetable Ken Beard; Best Cookery Linda Pilfold; Lanaway Trophy for best Wine Win Banks; Miss Sawyer’s Memorial Challenge Shield for children’s classes Amber Botterill; Sussex Country Gardens Challenge Cup best pot plant Ken Beard; Flower Club Cup (1997) best in floral art Sue Akers; Novington Challenge Cup most points in domestic classes Malcolm Beard; RHS Banksian Medal for most prize money Carole Nicholson; Vice President’s 1930 Challenge Cup Diane Ellis; Festival Challenge Cup and the Grey Challenge Cup Ken Beard; Ferguson Challenge Cup Malcolm Beard; Birch Challenge Cup Carol Hemsley; Parker Challenge Cup and Committee 1990 Cup Mary Beard; Gillian Moorhouse Family Challenge Trophy Eileen Simmonds; Nixon Challenge Trophy and Plumpton Top Vase Carole Nicholson.

Novice Classes: Three tomatoes Bill Seddon; six runner beans Lynne Baxter.

Amateurs: Five coloured potatoes and six tomatoes Olive Marriott; five white potatoes, three onions, nine exhibition shallots, three carrots, 12 pickling shallots, nine runner beans and 12 soft fruits Malcolm Beard; nine French beans Sue Akers; three dahlias (not pompon) Tim Parmenter; five everlasting sweet peas Win Banks; flowering pot plant Judith Miller; vase of flowers, three dessert apples, three cooking apples, three floribunda roses, one scented rose, one specimen spike gladioli Carole Nicholson.

Open (excluding Trade): Nine runner beans, three round beetroot, five coloured potatoes, five white potatoes, three sweet peppers, 10 cherry tomatoes, six tomatoes, three courgettes, vase of four culinary herbs, pot plant foliage, five small dahlias, five pompon dahlias, vase mixed hardy herbaceous perennials, one specimen rose, five stems any other variety flower, vase 10 stems annuals and five everlasting sweet peas Ken Beard; 12 exhibition shallots, 12 pickling shallots, nine French beans, any other vegetable and one succulent or cactus Malcolm Beard; five onions, three dessert apples, three cooking apples and pot plant orchid Carole Nicholson; nine pods of peas Win Banks; pair of cucumbers Olive Harriott; 12 soft fruits Sue Akers; flowering pot plant Eileen Simmonds; five other dahlias, five pansies or violas and patio pot Tim Parmenter; three stems shrub(s) Diane Ellis; 10 sweet peas Win Banks.

Floral Art: Arrangement depicting song title and petite arrangement Pretty in Pink Sue Akers; miniature arrangement Win Banks; summer colours arrangement Olive Harriott.

Juniors: Under 5s: Biscuit decorated as a face and finger painting Annabelle Wallis. 5 to 7 Years: Miniature garden in seed tray, three jam tarts and junk model Amber Botterill. 11 to 15 years: Photograph of an animal and three chocolate chip cup cakes Carenza Smith.

Cookery: Jar of chutney, individual summer pudding and Victoria sponge (men only) Malcolm Beard; jar soft fruit jam and small dish fish pate Karen Moore; six eggs Carole Nicholson; savoury crumble Win Banks; decorated lemon sponge Linda Pilfold; cherry cake (WI recipe) Mary Beard.

Handicraft: Greetings card with pressed flowers Gina Fergusson-Cooke; article made from wood Rob Martin.

Homemade Wine: Bottle non alcoholic cordial or syrup, bottle aperitif wine, bottle red wine from fruit or flowers and bottle of wine from natural ingredients not fruit or flowers Win Banks; bottle white wine from fruit or flowers Reg Lanaway.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Tonight, Friday, the Reserves are at home to Rye Utd in the Reserve Section Premier League with a 7.45pm kick off at The Caburn. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team have an FA Cup preliminary round fixture away to Faversham Town, kick off is at 3pm and there is a coach leaving the Club at 11am. Anyone wishing to travel on the coach please contact Bob Munnery. On Tuesday the first team are at home to Rye Utd in a league match. Kick off time at The Caburn is 7.45pm. However, this match is subject to neither Ringmer or Rye drawing their FA Cup games on Saturday. If Ringmer’s match with Faversham is drawn, then the replay will take place at The Caburn on Tuesday evening (instead of the league match) and, if Rye’s match is drawn, then their replay takes precedence and there will be no game at The Caburn on Tuesday so please check the local press or the club’s website for details.

CRICKET: The fixtures for this weekend are as follows. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are at home to Buxted Park, the second XI are away to Isfield and the third XI are away to Mayfield II. All games start at 1pm.

FUNDAY and Car Boot Sale being organised by Ye Olde Lewes Borough Bonfire Society will take place on The Green tomorrow, Saturday, from 1pm to 5pm.

JUMBLE SALE: The Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society are holding a Jumble Sale in the village hall on Saturday, September 1, commencing at 2pm. Please bring any jumble you wish to donate to the hall as near to noon on the day as possible.

EXHIBITION: The Ouse Valley Quilters are putting on a Quilt Show at Ringmer Community College on Friday August 31 and Saturday September 1, 10am-4pm. As well as a display of work there will be a tombola, trade stalls and sales tables. Refreshments available all day. All welcome. Money raised will go to Chestnut Tree House and Leo House at Home.

Rodmell & Southease

BUSY WEEK: Well, it’s been a busy week for me. On Tuesday August 14 I went to the yearly gathering of Wivelsfield Reunion 2012. This is a function run by Ian Everest and Jeanette Dollamore, with help from sister Gillian Dollamore, and it’s a time when people with links to Wivelsfield over the years all get together on family history. It started with tea, coffee and biscuits at The Cock Inn, then a very interesting talk was given by genealogist and archive researcher Ian Waller entitled Up With The Lark: Agricultural Labour Ancestors. Known as Ag labs over the years. It was a very interesting summary of the typical day to day existence within both the social and employment context, plus a look at the wealth of records which are available to enable us to piece together how they lived. We had a very nice lunch (baked potatoes, quiches, salads, and choice of desserts) then it was time to walk it off so we went up to the church and that part of the village coming back to the pub for tea, coffee, biscuits and drinks. Many thanks go to Ian Everest and Jeanette for all their hard work, and to Sheila Blaire.

SUMMER SHOW: Saturday was a wonderful day for the Rodmell Horticultural Society Summer Show. It was very hot but there was a light breeze. Lots of people came and enjoyed themselves, the ice cream van did very well. It sold lovely ice creams. I had an apple flavour cone, delicious. My stint in the tea tent was hot, but fun, and there were lots of lovely cakes made by villagers, and such a variety. The exhibits were very good, especially the photographs, and my friend Lorna Melia was thrilled to win a cup and get several prize labels. As usual the minds of village children were very imaginative and we had some great entries in the various classes. The Rodmell Produce Stall had some great rhubarb for sale and apples, vegetables, jams and chutneys. It was lovely seeing people enjoying themselves in the great outdoors.

IN THE EVENING we were back down in the marquee for the evening entertainment of Grease Comes to Rodmell. The lads and lassies of Rodmell, from all age groups, danced and sang to the music of Grease the Musical and there was a contest to see how much money could be collected by the T Birds (the lads) and the Pink Ladies of which Paul Mellor was not one, much to his disappointment wife Liz put her foot down. Paul’s Panto Dame at Christmas is enough for her. We had a lovely chilli supper with French bread and you could fill your plate as many times as you wanted. I left to drive a friend back to her car at 9.30pm and at 10pm sitting enjoying a coffee and putting my feet up, I heard the fireworks go off. My campers in the orchard had been warned of festivities but the next morning they said that a party had been going on until 2.30am with someone with a big voice and not in tune singing into a mike. Now I wonder who that could be? Many thanks to all who made the day so wonderful.

ON SUNDAY I was invited by my friends Rachal and Luke to their little boy’s fourth birthday party at Wilderness Wood. It was a lovely afternoon spent with around 30 children and adults doing a nature tour followed by a woodland tea with wonderful chocolate cakes made by Rachal’s mum. Griff enjoyed it immensely and after blowing his candles out, enjoyed squirting water at all and sundry, as children do. The little girls were nearly all dressed as fairies and it was lovely seeing a line of tots in fairy garb trailing through the woods. One little one was waving her wand at everyone and putting a spell on them to be kind and good. I hoped it would work. It means a lot to me that the young people of Rodmell actually want and ask me to go to their functions.

IT WAS GOOD TO SEE Samantha Slade (as was) with her brood at the show. She has grown up into a beautiful young woman and so kind.

THE SERVICE of Thanksgiving for the life of the late Raymond Thomas Putnam (Ray) of Rodmell, took place at St Peter’s Church on Thursday August 16. It was very well attended. Ray enjoyed his golf so it was nice to see Seaside Golf, a poem by John Betjeman, written on the back of the order of service in memory of so many rounds at St Enodoc when the tide was out.