Parish pump Lewes - August 29, 2014


BOWLS: Just one match played last week, a home game against Hellingly. The result was Barcombe 73 Hellingly 84. An enjoyable game in spite of the score.

CRICKET: ESCL division 2 Barcombe v Bells View Green. Barcombe 191-9 in 50 overs: Rhys Alchin 60 Josh Wheatley 53 Joe Wheatley 22. BVG 162 all out in 39 overs: Matt Tucker 4-18 Toby Hingston 3-25. Barcombe (30 points) beat BVG (14 points) by 29 runs.


VINTAGE HARVEST FAIR is at Townings Farm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. All are welcome, entry is £5 per car, £8 for both days. There will be a beer tent and refreshments, alternatively you can take a picnic. For more information call Carole on 01444 471352.

CRICKET AT SHEFFIELD PARK Cricket has been played on the ground at Sheffield Park since the 1840s and the Armadillos CC is continuing the tradition. Tomorrow, Saturday, they play the Sussex Martlets starting at 1pm. All are welcome to bring a picnic, relax and enjoy the game in magnificent surroundings.

CRICKET sees Chailey tomorrow, Saturday, in their last league game of the season at East Grinstead at 1pm and a friendly on Sunday at home against Southwick Wanderers at 2pm. Spectators are most welcome and refreshments are available.

ST PETER’S Church services this 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. It is with regret it has been announced that Tim Guntrip, organist and director of music at the church, is leaving to go to St Michael and All Angels in Croydon as senior organist. Sunday is Tim’s last at St Peter’s. Tim has been an inspiration and he will be greatly missed at St Peter’s, he is wished all the best for the future.

FREE CHURCH services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Derek Heyman and 6.15pm with Tim Hill. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

VINTAGE and Prestige Car Day is at The Lamb at Piltdown on Sunday and promises to be great day out. There will be Real Ale and Pimms tents, hog roast, children’s play area, live jazz and a charity raffle in aid of Chailey Heritage Foundation and St Peter and St James Hospice. All are welcome to go along. For more information call Simon on 01825 724688.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet on Tuesday in the village hall at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Matthew Gallagher on the subject of Queen Victoria’s Funeral. I am assured that the talk and the evening will be much more light hearted the title suggests. Guests and prospective members will be made most welcome. There is a £2 nominal charge which includes homemade refreshments.

COFFEE STOP is at the Free Church, South Chailey, every Friday from 10am to midday. There is always a choice of refreshments, including free freshly brewed coffee, tea, chocolate and a choice of eats. On Friday September 5 our local officer Police Community Support Officer Steven Knowles will be at the Coffee Stop so do go along for a free coffee, a chat, for advice and to raise any concerns you may have.

SWISH CLOTHES SWAP PARTY: Ladies are invited to this party at the Free Church on Friday September 12 from 8pm to 10pm. Tickets cost £3 and include tea/coffee and cake. How the party works, you are asked to deliver at least five items of clothing (including shoes, bags and hats) you no longer wear to 6 Kilnwood Lane, South Chailey, in the week before the event (except Thursday) or to the Free Church on Thursday September 11 between 6pm and 9pm. Please ensure your donations are clean and in good condition, ready to be happily chosen and re-homed. All clothes will be put on display and be free, except for higher quality/designer items which will be sold for a donation to Tearfund. There will be plenty of changing space with mirrors. For further information and tickets contact Ann on 07975 946778 or 01444 471600 or Janet 07855 120896 or email

AUTUMN SHOW is at the village hall on Saturday September 13. 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, seven years and under and ages eight to 11 years. The classes are detailed in a show schedule which can be obtained by calling Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817. There is a class for every age, and members of the horticultural society are always on hand to help with staging exhibits, so please enter and/or encourage your children to do so.

BEER FESTIVAL: The Balneath Bash, a music and beer extravaganza organised by the bonfire society, takes place at Balneath Manor, on Saturday September 13 from 6pm. There will be a variety of local beers, a live band, fireworks and an Auction of Promises. For tickets email

WERE YOU A PUPIL at St Peter’s Primary School in 1977? Did you receive a commemorative mug, with a black transfer print of St Peter’s Church on, for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee? One of the commemorative mugs is on sale at Furniture and Things, at Heaven Farm and the owner, Terry, would be interested to learn how many pupils were given a mug. If you know please visit the shop and tell Terry, alternatively call him on 01444 244627.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

DON’T FORGET tonight, Friday, at St Peter’s Church Hall, 7.30pm, An Evening to Remember the First World War. Snacks and drinks will be available. Contact Jo Hughes 01273 475014 or email

HAMSEY: Sunday September 7 will be the last of the Summer Services in Hamsey Church. There will be Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6pm. On that day the 10.30am Parish Communion and Sunday School both remain at St Peter’s Church.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet for tea and chat on September 8 at St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. Lifts available by contacting Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

SPECIAL MEETING: Hamsey Parish Council are holding a meeting to discuss cuts to services on Wednesday at the village hall at 6pm. Residents are invited to go along and have their say.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hamsey Parish Council meet in the village hall on Thursday September 11 at 7.30pm.

RIDE AND STRIDE for Sussex Historic Churches Trust, Saturday September 13. Have you collected your sponsorship forms from the Rector or signed up for stewards duties with hourly slots between 9am and 5pm? Half of the sponsorship goes to the Sussex Historic Churches Trust and half to St Peter’s Church.

TOUR OF BRITAIN Cycle Race, also on Saturday September 13, will be passing through Offham around 2.55pm. Let’s hope that none of those cycling around the churches of Lewes and district get blown off course and end up in the Tour.

ROVING CROWS are coming to the village hall in Beechwood Lane. Karen Dodd has agreed to take on the organisation of shows and concerts at the hall and has secured a great first booking, the multi-award winning folk fusion band Roving Crows. The five-piece band was formed in 2009 and features guitars, fiddle, trumpet, drums as well as vocals and has a whole range of musical influences. The concert is on Saturday September 27 in the hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 or £8 for senior citizens and students. There will be a full bar. For more information or to book tickets contact Karen on 07816 063385 or email

WONDERFUL SIGHT: I have always loved watching at special events the fly past over Buckingham Palace of the Red Arrows but, on Friday August 15 at around 4.30pm, there was no need for us to take a trip to Eastbourne as we had our own fly past over the farm. As we stood chatting in the garden I heard a noise approaching and squealed with delight as I saw what was above. It made my day and I felt truly proud to be British as I watched the red, white and blue trails of smoke as they whizzed over. I hope that others who may have been in their gardens at the time witnessed that wonderful spectacle.


ART SHOW: What a fantastic start to our Art and Soul at Falmer, Artwave exhibition. The opening party on Sunday was absolutely heaving and we soon lost count of the number of visitors as we were too busy running round wrapping purchases and refilling glasses. We even had a team out from a magazine interviewing the artists. Bank Holiday Monday, in spite of non-stop rain, was also quite busy and visitors were universally complimentary. It is quite a coup to have the excellent David Armitage on board of course, but there are lots of other wonderful artists taking part and exciting a lot of interest. Saturday was quiet as our first day always is, but visitors still arrived in spite of having to run the gauntlet of the stewards who monitor parking on match days here at Falmer. All you have to do is say you are visiting the art show and you will be let in. We are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the next two weeks.

SUNDAY TEAS will be served this weekend and next but will be finishing after that so you’d better get your skates on if you want to sample some of the famous coffee and walnut, Bakewell tart or my new favourite, courgette and pistachio cake.

SUSSEX V ST PETER’S: We sat down in front of the telly in excited anticipation recently to watch the University Challenge match between St Peter’s College Oxford and Sussex University. It was difficult to know which team to support as our son attended St Peter’s and Sussex University has been a big part of our lives too. St Peter’s just took the match but Sussex had a good score and may be back as one of the highest scoring losers. We look forward to watching the rest of the series.

VEG: The vegetable patch in our garden has been so productive this year that we are desperately giving away runner beans and anxiously watching the butternut squashes and squashkins to see just how big they are going to grow. I am certainly not complaining, it is the most wonderful thing to be able to eat something that you only picked from the garden a couple of hours before.

TREES: We had a knock on the door last week from a Dutch Elm disease expert from Brighton Council who had spotted a sickly looking tree in our garden while he was looking through his binoculars on the other side of the village. On closer inspection he had realised it was not an elm but we went to take a look at it anyway. The tree is a poplar and back in 1987 we thought it was on its way out. All the leaves were brown in the summer and the tree surgeon we had out to inspect it agreed that it wouldn’t survive and should be taken down. While we were waiting for the planning permission to come through, the 1987 hurricane struck and most of the other trees in our garden blew down. We had to put the work on the poplar to one side to deal with all the other clearing that had to be done. Next spring the poplar was thriving again, its leaves were emerald green and it was putting on new growth and it has been thriving on and off ever since. Our visitor from the council advised keeping an eye on it in case it had honey fungus or some other fungal disease, but I bet it will come back to life again next year. I hope so, it is a lovely tree.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: After our very exciting 50th Anniversary week we are back to our usual programme of walks and strolls. Our strolls seem to be popular with everyone and a recent one led by Robert Cheesman visited Ditchling on a very pleasant day. Starting from the car park by the village hall, the party first went south on footpaths towards the Nye before turning north to the recreation ground. Whilst going along part of East End Lane the various architectural styles of the buildings were noted before the party went by footpath to the north end of the village and the path that leads to Lodge Hill and Oldland windmill. In this stretch a lot of people were seen taking advantage of the blackberries. Having looked at the windmill, where exterior painting was in progress, a short stop was taken to view the excellent panorama of the South Downs from Plumpton Plain to Woolstonbury Hill and in the far distance Chanctonbury Ring. Returning to the village more directly a brief stop was made at the excellent Ditchling Museum whilst the majority of the group then partook of a drink and snack in the Bull Inn. The next walk is on Tuesday and will be a half day or all day walk. Bishopstone to Alfriston or Bishopstone to Berwick station via Alfriston. Meet at Lewes railway station for the 9.30am train to Bishopstone.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Sunday we say thank you and au revoir to David Garratt, our associate vicar, who is moving to a new post as chaplain of Bishop Bell School in Eastbourne next month. We will be celebrating his time with us at a special service when the 10am and 11.15am congregations will join to thank David for his ministry in Southover at a combined service followed by a picnic lunch, with tea, coffee and cake provided by church members. We are pleased that David’s wife, Helen, will continue as part of our leadership team to complete the fourth year of her curacy. Celebrations continue next week as well. On Sunday September 7 at 3.30pm there will be a celebratory service at which our former rector, Peter Markby, will preach and preside at communion to mark his completion of 50 years as an ordained minister, 25 of which were at Southover. Everyone is warmly invited to join us for the service, followed by tea and cake. We believe all good celebrations should involve cake! A date for your diary: on Saturday 13 September both men and women are warmly invited to the Lewes area churches’ breakfast, 8.15am for 8.30am at the White Hart hotel, Alex Ntung will speak on his experience of conflict and violence in Rwanda, his humanitarian work for UN-related NGOs, his present work in peace and mediation and the part that resilience and forgiveness have played in his survival. Please reserve a place by emailing (£9 cooked breakfast, £7 unwaged or continental breakfast). Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am joint morning service with our congregation that normally meets in the church hall at 11.15am, including choir, organ and band; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.


SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: As a footnote to the recent church refurbishment, an inscription on the wooden panelling behind the altar, Till he Come, has been picked out in gold lettering by a local craftsman and church member, Bobby Morley. This reminds the congregation that taking communion is a way of connecting with Christ in this world that he specifically asked Christians to do regularly, until the last days, when He will come again. Bobby was formally thanked during Sunday’s 9.30am service. Afterwards, the congregation rapidly put back the chairs and transformed the church into an Art Gallery for the second day of Artwave. The service this coming Sunday will be Morning Worship at 11am and will be a joint service with St John sub Castro held at St John’s, both churches will be praying together for their Schools, the Pells and South Malling.

ARTWAVE’S Malling Trail got off to a very good start last Saturday with exceptionally high visitor numbers for the three venues in the Malling Trail: the Dairy Studio, 2 Old Malling Farm House and the Parish Church. Even the dreadfully wet Bank Holiday Monday had record attendance. On Sunday, the Leader of Lewes District Council, Councillor Tony Nicholson, with his wife and daughter visited the Church at the end of its second day and was delighted to hear that there had been a service with a good sized congregation in the church that morning. The church is exhibiting mainly oil paintings with a good contrast between striking land and water scapes, mostly painted by Joanna Farrow and Roger Adams’ individual figures, alone or in groups, engaged in familiar activities, but each faintly enigmatic. The colours are beautiful and the pictures well hung in the bright setting of the newly refurbished church. Close by, up Old Malling Way, 2 Old Malling Farmhouse hosts a range of artists: Lisa Joffe, Rosalind Young, Andrew Haig, Patricia Thornton and Clare Pumfrey. Their work, which includes mostly oil on canvas, water colour, mixed media and printing techniques, is grouped in themes and ranges from large, striking Turneresque canvases of Lisa Joffe, oil figures by Clare Pumfrey in which the portraits seem to emerge from the paint, to an expressive little group called Angst, depicting figures in dangerous situations. Outside in a summer house, Sue Fryers has a series of drawings, many capturing the movement of dancers. Close by, the Dairy studio itself has in the small entrance studio, contrasting landscapes and other paintings by Sylvia Haysel and Pauline Crook with textiles and other objects. The main studio also shows a contrast: traditional portraits and figures by Lucinda Rendall with Susie Monnington’s pictures of her daughter and friends. There is a kind of stillness and self absorption in the earlier pictures which changes in a larger, more recent painting facing the entrance, where the figure stretches her arms as if waking up. These three galleries share common themes and the artists work together. They are fairly close to each other and well worth visiting in a spare hour or so this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm. 2 Old Malling Farmhouse will open on Saturday and Sunday next week as well.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 10.40am to 11.10am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 11.30am to noon; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.40pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2pm to 2.30pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 2.45pm to 3.15pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.40pm to 4pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.30am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.30am to 11am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.15am to 11.35pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 11.45am to 12.10pm; South Rough, Newick 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Oldaker, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm.


SCHOOL DAYS: David Arnold’s column last week mentioned Killer Valentine. I was taught by Mr Valentine, who lived on the Nevill in the cul-de-sac of Mt Harry Road. I left Wallands School in 1956 as a very green and naïve boy. Mountfield Road School was then an all boys school. I think ‘Killer’ taught maths and his appearance was that of a yellow complexion with a hand made cigarette hanging from his lips. His accuracy with chalk or black board rubber, thrown at a misbehaving boy, was incredible.

ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Bingo Night on Friday September 5. Eyes down 8.30pm. Cash prizes and raffle.

TRANSITION TOWN: Lewes, in collaboration with Green Open Homes, is excited to launch the 2014 Lewes Eco Open Houses trail in Lewes, Barcombe, Ditchling and surrounding rural areas. Over two weekends in September, 16 homes will be open to the public to see how you can save money on energy and water bills, whilst staying warm and comfortable and reducing your carbon footprint. With fuel costs rising and changeable weather patterns, the Eco Open Houses trail is an invaluable way to see first-hand how to make your home warmer and more comfortable There are free brochures in the Nevill Newsagents for this event. There’s a great variety of houses (and a woodland office) all over the town and nearby villages. No 10 Sheepfair is the only Nevill house open and is as good an example of what to do with rooms in the roof, dormers, etc, as well as external insulation and various technology.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our Messy Church event between 10.30am and 1pm. Free for all ages although children must be accompanied by an adult. Craft activities based around the theme of Bible Seaside’s followed by a short act of worship and then a lunch. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Peter McIntosh with Sunday Club for children. Looking ahead, our Tots Group will be meeting from September 12 which gives us time to clean all the toys ready for the new session.


THE BOWLS CLUB are playing away tomorrow, Saturday, at Burgess Hill. On Sunday Deanland Bowls Club will be visiting Newick. Both of these games start at 2.30pm. On Tuesday the ladies team will make a short trip to Lewes, 2pm start. There will also be a game at Newick against Ringmer this will start at 2.30pm. On Wednesday Humberside County Tourist will be coming to Newick, this match will commence at 1.30pm.

CRICKET: The first XI will make the journey to Seaford, whilst the second XI will be playing at home against DPB (Eastbourne). The third XI will be playing at Temple Grove against Mayfield III, the fourth XI will be playing St Peters IV away. All these matches will commence at 1pm. According to the fixture card there is only one more week of league fixtures. The Sunday friendly match will be against Jamaica Inn Pirates, this game will also commence at 1pm. There is another home fixture on Monday against London Unity this match will start at 2pm.

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

ANNUAL SHOW: Newick Horticultural Society are holding their annual show and dog show on the Village Green on Saturday September 6 at 2pm, entrance £1.50. This is a true village occasion and you will be surprised to see such a lovely show of vegetables, fruit, flowers, cookery plus handicraft and children’s work. You can also enjoy some refreshment with lovely homemade cakes. Does your dog have the waggiest tail or is it the most handsome dog? If so why not take your dog along. This event is great fun and there is a selection of classes. For further details telephone 724445.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday September 11 when the speaker will be Baroness Cumberlege, speaking about Life in The Lords. She will talk about what happens in the House of Lords. Baroness Cumberlege has been a member since 1990 and was a Minister of Health from 1992 to 1997. She attends regularly and speaks on Health and Social services, so why not pop along with your question and get some straight answers.

AM DRAM: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society will present a Murder/Mystery evening on Saturday September 13 in the village hall. Doors open at 7.15pm for 8pm, the play is Death By Radio. Due to an unexpected bomb at the BBC studios the live broadcast of an episode or the popular drama series The Mystery of the Mummy’s Curse is being broadcast from the village hall. It is 1940, and you are invited to Newick Village Hall to be part of the audience for this live broadcast. So why not get yourself a late night pass and bring someone along for an exciting and possibly murderous evening. Carriages at midnight. Tickets are £25, this includes a three course meal and the bar will be open. To book your tickets and see the menu choice telephone 01825 722493 or email Sounds like a great evening out.

DIARY DATES: On September 18 Newick Horticultural Society talk in the village hall by David Marsh. Also on September 26 they will be holding a Quiz Evening. More details later.


KEEP FIT AND HEALTHY: Tomorrow (Saturday) the Footpath Society will meet up at Woodsmill on the A2073 (TQ218137) at 2pm ready to set off on a four and a half mile stroll along the Downs Link to Streatham Manor, Harton Wood, Small Dole and Little Oreham Farm. More details on 01825 723716. Then on Wednesday the assembly point will be the roadside car park on the A283 north of the disused quarry at 10.30am. Then will follow a lovely seven mile trek heading south along the River Adur with lunch at Shoreham Airport. Then it will be off to Lancing College, Lancing Hill, Coombe Copse, Botolphs and Annington Farm. If you need to know more simply ring 01825 722649.

PANTO NEEDS YOU: A reminder that on Tuesday the Pantomime Society gather at the village hall at 7pm when the team will be delighted to welcome anyone else interested in taking part in the next production either onstage, backstage or on the sidelines. It can be great fun and new members are essential to guarantee the success enjoyed for the past 40 years. Yes, 2015 will herald the society’s 40th production. After the open session there will be a read through of next year’s production. Do go along, find out more and discover whether you may just enjoy yourself even more through participation in one form or another. If you need to know more ring producer Dave Denny on 01273 891303 or 07831 679516 or via

ICE BUCKET MADNESS: The madness and euphoria of the Ice Bucket Challenge has reached Plumpton. But what the heck as it is not only giving lots of fun to those daft enough to take part and the saner ones who just watch, but is importantly raising much needed funds for worthy charitable causes. I gather that Richard, the chef/manager at the Half Moon started it off and that Paul Manville and Mandy also entered the spirit. Then on Sunday there was a crazy session at the Fountain when landlord Chris raised £500 for research into Devicks’ Disease, Kirstie Forcey got £100 for Help for Heroes, George Russell is on the way to £100 for BHF. Craig Wells was, as usual, in the foray but I do not have details yet. More crazy staff and customers are lining themselves up. Pressure has been put on me to join in but I don’t think my cardiologist would approve, although others may wish that I would tempt fate.

PARISH COUNCILS: East Chiltington PC meets on September 4 at 7pm in Beechwood Hall, Cooksbridge. Plumpton PC will meet the week after, on Tuesday September 9 at 7.45pm in the village hall. Both meetings are open to the public.

POP-IN PARLOUR: If you fancy a cuppa, a nice chat and maybe a snack then do go along to the Pop-in Parlour at All Saints’ church annexe on Tuesday when this very popular weekly social event opens up again from 11am. Absolutely everyone is welcome to join in and catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

HEARTFELT RIDE: On Sunday next week (September 7) there will be a sponsored horseride from St Helena Farm in aid of the British Heart Foundation. A 10-mile course through beautiful Sussex countryside through woodland and across open farmland awaits participants and there are optional cross country jumps, suitable for all levels of horse and pony riders. To participate contact or ring 07854 425138. Despite poor weather over 150 mounts took part last year and raised over £5,000 to fund vital heart disease research.

MOTORISTS: Quite a few motorists continue to travel through the village at a vast rate of knots, despite hindrances created by parked cars. Police have limited resources in terms of manpower, but the force can help tackle the problem with the help of volunteers through the Community Speedwatch scheme. This involves operating speed warning devices and logging details of miscreants, under police supervision. If anyone is interested contact our local PCSO, Steve Knowles, via or call 07787 685708 (leave a message if unanswered) or dial 101 and ask for extension 563018. The operation is conducted openly and under proper supervision.


RINGMER HUB is an event held at the village hall where you can come and find out what goes on in Ringmer and meet the people behind many of the village’s clubs and societies. It will be on tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 2pm. Refreshments (hot drinks, cakes and ploughman’s lunches) will be on sale, and all funds raised will go to the Village Hall extension appeal. It promises to be a lively community event with more than 20 groups booked, and we hope you will be able to join us on the day.

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

ECLECTIC AVENUE: Lewes Artwave Festival Open House. For the third year, Julie Turner, Ringmer-based glass artist, will be opening her home in the village for the three weekends of the popular arts festival. In all, there will be 15 talented individuals showcasing their wares. Come and feast your eyes, then your taste buds, as we will be serving delicious homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks. As well as the house, the garden and Julie’s workshop will be open so just come and chill out with us at 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer, BN8 5JT. Open Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31 September 6 and 7, 11am to 6pm each day. 01273 812280.

FLOWER CLUB: Our annual lunch at Barnsgate Manor was most enjoyable and now our autumn programme begins with a flower arranging demonstration by Carolynne Meer entitled Recycling on Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall. The competition for members who wish to enter is an exhibit incorporating recyclable material. We have welcomed a number of visitors to meetings this year so why not come along to the meeting next Wednesday and enjoy the demonstration, tea and biscuits all for £4.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday August 20, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Lesley Durrant and David Warner; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

HORTICULTURE: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Autumn Show will be held in the village halls on Saturday September 6; the doors will be open to the public at 2pm. This show is always the biggest of the year so why shouldn’t the judges be looking for the biggest apple, the heaviest onion, potato or marrow or even the longest runner bean in Ringmer? The photographic section has two titles, My Friend and Festival. The show closes at 4.30pm and all exhibits left behind are auctioned for society funds. Entries need to be returned to Albert Knight at 5 The Martlets, Ringmer, not later than 7 pm on Thursday September 4.

Rodmell & Southease

BUS SHELTER: Anyone using the bus shelter (Lewes direction) a few Fridays ago must have had a complete surprise, as it was decorated on Thursday night by about 10 members of Rodmell and Southease WI into the early hours of the morning. It was an idea put forward by Lindy Smart, who had us all making pompoms and knitting stripes for several months, and come Thursday, there we all were, at 11.30pm dressed in dark clothes, with head torches, putting up what seemed hundreds of pompoms strung along strings. Heaven knows what late night motorists thought of us.

PRODUCE STALL: Our village produce stall in The Street by the village hall, on a Friday, seems to be doing very well and has its regular customers, which is nice.

LORRY: I felt really sorry for a large lorry which was outside our house in Friday late afternoon and was trying to park at the pub cellar hatch to deliver its load. Impatient people were hooting and hollering because they were held up for a few minutes. Why does everyone have to be in such a rush? I always have great admiration as to how the drivers of such large vehicles negotiate our narrow roads and lanes.

PARKING: I do wish people would use the pub car park and not constantly park on the small section of the Street between the delivery hatch and the side entrance as it causes chaos at times when traffic is busy. When Rob, my gardener, and I were trying to clear the outside verge we constantly saw near misses, and it’s a problem when the ambulance or community transport vehicles come to pick up Mike, they sometimes have to park in the bus lay-by and push him along the roadside in a wheelchair. A little more parking thought is needed I feel.

OUR SUMER SHOW was held on Saturday August 16. The weather was sunny and everyone enjoyed themselves. Mid Sussex Brass Band provded the entertainment, with a crowd listening to the music whilst enjoying a slice of locally baked cake. There was a god spread of award winning vegetables, fruit and flowers in the marquee and stalls and games for everyone. The dog show was well attended and the classic cars lined the cricket pitch. A big thank you to everyone in the village who makes this such a lovely event in our calendar. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it this year so Nicki kindly did this piece for me. I hear the evening function was also well attended and enjoyed.