Parish pump Lewes - August 3, 2012


SNOOKER: To all members and potential members, the Lewes and Newhaven Billiards and Snooker League is celebrating it’s centenary this season. Barcombe Snooker joined in 1925 so the club should be represented with all the other teams. Known as Barcombe Men’s Club, (we do have lady members). The AGM will be held in the Club Room at 7.30pm on Monday, August 13. The club is short of quality players and could use a few extra players. Anyone interested and able to commit to turning up on a Monday evening, home and away please call me (Derek) on 01273 400993 for information.

STOOLBALL: We played Buxted Park home and away on July 24 and 26. We had a close game with them on July 24, Barcombe 118 (Amanda Ridley 48) and Buxted Park113. Score reversal on July 26, Barcombe 113 and Buxted Park 141.

CRICKET: ESCL Division One Barcombe v Iden. Iden 214-7 in 50 overs: Michael White 58, Phil Shanks 44, David White 46, Allan Trower 3-100 (25 overs), Paul Coppard 2-31. Barcombe 144 all out in 42.3 overs: Joe Wheatley 33no, Matt Tucker 24. Iden won by 70 runs. Iden 30 points Barcombe 10 points.

ESCL Division Eight Stanmer II v Barcombe II. Stanmer 80 all out in 43.5 overs: Monty Clarke 5-15, John Coppard 2-30. Barcombe 81-1 in 21.1 overs: Eddie Thomas 38no, Matt Cordwell 37. Barcombe won by 9wkts. Barcombe 30 points Stanmer 1 point.


WITNESSES are sought to a robbery, at the McColl’s convenience store and post office in South Chailey, in the morning of July 22. At around 6am a member of staff was walking through the store when she felt someone push her from behind. Two men had entered the shop unnoticed and one of the men had a metal pole and the other a kitchen knife. They demanded money from a back office, which the woman handed to them and they left the scene with approximately £1,200. One man is described as wearing a hooded top with light grey arms, grey or charcoal pattern on it and a black SFLY logo on the back of the top. He was also wearing stonewash jeans, white and black trainers, gloves and was carrying a black shoulder bag. The other man is described as wearing grey jogging bottoms with white stripes down the legs and a red motif on the top of left leg, a dark, possibly blue, jacket with a white stripe on the back and upper arms. The police would like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area around the time of the robbery or anyone who saw two men leaving the shop and how they escaped. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 389 of 22/7 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

FLIES are continuing to cause a nuisance, following a water leak, and several residents from North Chailey have contacted the Parish Office regarding this. Southern Water is currently dealing with the problem and can be contacted on 0845 2720845. Also Lewes District Council Environmental Health Department deal with pest control and for insect nuisance call 01273 484354. Both organisations require reports from individuals with full addresses and post codes in order to log a complaint. The parish council has contacted the organisations to pass on residents’ concerns but is unfortunately unable to log individual complaints on behalf of residents.

SUMMER SHOW last month was surprisingly good, despite having a very wet summer with little sunshine and warmth. The number of entries was down, as was expected, but the quality of the flowers and vegetables on show was excellent. As usual the cookery section was very well supported but the difficulty of attracting entries in the children’s section remains; however the children’s potato buckets produced some excellent results with Ella Staplehurst winning with nearly 2lbs in her bucket. The cup winners were Banksian Medal (highest points in horticultural section) Peter Estcourt, J C Robinson Memorial Cup (vegetables) Jackie Pateman, Ormiston Cup (fruit) Jackie Pateman, Britten Cup (flowers) Duncan Clark, Bineham Cup (sweet peas) Duncan Clark, Centenary Cup (most outstanding exhibit) Linda Blaker, Lodge Cup (wine) June Homewood, Griffiths Cup (handicrafts) Kim Cowan and David Cowan, Ladies Cup (cookery) Theresa Wenban, Baking Cup Theresa Wenban, North Common Cup (roses) Pat Stepney, Marie Neal Memorial Rose Bowl (floral arrangements) Diane Ellis and the Children’s Cup Sabrina Bott and Eddie Finch. Unfortunately the Fun Dog Show had to be cancelled due to the weather. The next horticultural society show is Saturday September 8 and more visitors in the afternoons of the shows would be most welcome, so please put the date in your diary now.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game against Smallfield tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Family Service 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 a family service at 10.30am with Jane Grist and at 6.15pm with Dennis Read. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will not meet in August; the next meeting will be the planning and environs committee on September 4.

FREE SUMMER PLAY events are provided by the Children’s Centre Team at the Children’s Centre at Chailey School, on Monday from 10am to midday and Tuesday August 28 from 1pm to 3pm. All children under 5 years are welcome with their families. For more information call 01273 336940.

THE MIXED STOOLBALL team have a match against East Hoathly and Halland on Tuesday at 7pm. Spectators and prospective players most welcome. For more information call Kerry Lingard on 01825 722549.


Offham & Hamsey

EVENSONG: Although it hardly seems possible with what little summer we have had nearly over, Sunday will be the penultimate Evensong of the summer Hamsey services. Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong 6pm. Services at St Peter’s as usual with Sunday School 10.15am and Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the church hall.

MONDAY Afternoon Club meet again at 2pm on August 13 in St Peter’s Church Hall. Lifts are available by contacting either Judith on 474356 or Caroline on 477151.

NW: We have a good team of Neighbourhood Watch coordinators based around the parish who do a good job. Not only do they keep their eyes and ears open and report anything suspicious, but they also take the trouble and time to deliver the Lewes Town and Rural N Watch Newsletters on a voluntary basis and with good grace. I was most upset to hear from one coordinator in Offham who has recently delivered to their patch about an incident. Would the person who tore up the newsletter and put it in the distributors letterbox be kind enough to let me know that they no longer wish to receive the newsletter and I will arrange that it is not delivered to you any more.

SURPRISE: I had a big surprise when I was potting up some hydrangea cuttings at the weekend. I was using compost from an already opened bag which had been well closed after the last use. Using a scoop I had scooped out quite a lot from the bag and placed in a small bucket ready to use and as I dipped in again I spotted what looked like a peeled prawn amongst the compost in the scoop. I then saw it move and as I was not sure what it was, tipped it onto the patio to get a closer look. I was astonished as it then turned over and I realised it was a newt, hence its pinky orange belly. I can only think that it must have found a small opening in the bag and hibernated. Luckily it had survived and after a few moments it moved in the direction of the pond. Two years ago on Christmas Eve I discovered one in the hall and thought it was a lizard, but had no idea how it could have got in. After contacting Trevor Weeks and describing it to him he told me it was a newt and to hibernate they get in through the smallest gaps. He told me to put it in an outbuilding as it was very frosty at the time and it would find a dark place to hibernate. Goodness knows how long this one had been in the compost. The good thing is that after several years following the frog disease I now have frogs back this year and it is wonderful to hear them again. I am wondering if I should tip the rest of the compost out of the bag in case there are any more newts hiding.

THE APPLE TREE that my father-in-law planted some years ago was laden with apples last year. He told me that he had planted it for the birds and for years I never sampled one as I thought they would be sour if they were for birds. They are small and red and in fact are very sweet, but this year I can only see one apple and the leaves are dropping from the tree which is making it look a bit sick. Several people have told me that they have the same problem with no apples and leaf drop.

YOUNG FARMERS: If you are under 25 years old and studying, or about to study an agriculture-related course in the academic year 2012/13 and your parent/s have made a contribution to agriculture in England or Wales you are eligible to apply for a Deakin and Coombe Memorial Grant. Phone 01476 858572 or email for an application. Closing date is August 31.

BEES: With so many beautiful bumble bees and smaller types around at the moment I remembered something my grandmother used to say: A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay. A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon. A swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly. Thankfully I have not had any swarms in the house this year.

ESDA: East Sussex Disability Association, Hopalong Club at the village hall, Beechwood Lane on Friday August 17.

VACANCY: There is still a vacancy on Hamsey Parish Council. Those interested should contact Mrs J Toomey, Clerk to Hamsey Parish Council, Bowling Green, Chiltington Lane, East Chiltington BN7 3QU. Tel: 01273 890621 email


ARTWAVE: Countdown to Artwave has started. On a boiling hot day last week I attended the press launch in the garden of Pelham House Hotel with many other artists who have been organising exhibitions. We were offered wine but most people were drinking water as it was so hot, the nibbles looked good, but I was so busy trying to network that they always seemed to be just out of reach and I’d been banking on them for my lunch. Most of the artists that take part in Artwave put on shows in their own homes. We are very fortunate to have the Village Hall and St Laurence as venues for Falmer’s exhibition. This year’s show is set to be bigger and better than ever. We have 18 artists taking part ranging from sculpture to basketware, from ceramics to printmaking and we plan to put together a really great exhibition.

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS: Not only have we got some great artists but we are also opening the buildings as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme. I have had many interesting talks with people over the last week, who responded to my appeal (posted in local papers) to tell us their recollections of Falmer. I am hoping for more, but we have the start of a really interesting mini exhibition. If you have some memories of Falmer to share, please get in touch, it is not too late.

BELLS: The church bell at Falmer was rung by churchwarden John Burt last week to mark the start of the Olympics. I wonder how many bells were ringing that morning. Everyone does seem to have been caught up with the Olympic spirit.

WINDMILL: We have some wonderful views in Falmer. From Ridge Road you can look across the beautiful valley towards Kingston Ridge and to the North East of there to the windmill that has been built on the footprint of the one that stood there centuries ago. We are all very happy to see that it has finally got its sails, after what seems like years. The original windmill had six sails and this one is an accurate replica. I plan to walk up and get a closer look soon.

TERRAPINS: I managed to capture some good photos of the terrapins that live in Falmer pond the other day. Two of them were basking on the trunk of a willow tree growing on the edge of the pond. The stone that they used to favour for basking purposes has been submerged due to all the recent rain and the pond is looking much healthier. There have not been many broods of ducklings this year could this because of the wet weather?

CONCERTS: We have a new series of concerts starting in early September. Look out for details to come.

Glynde & Beddingham

FLOWER SHOW: Glynde, Beddingham and Firle Flower Show and Fete tomorrow, Saturday, in the Recreation Ground, Glynde. Tent opens for entries at 7.45am and closes 10.15am. Fete opens at 1pm, many different attractions including hog roast, tea tent, homemade cakes, bar, live music, fancy dress, morris dancers, children’s games and raffle. Come along for a fun day out.

EVENT IN THE TENT tomorrow, Saturday, 8pm until late. Tickets available from Trevor Arms, Ram Inn, Glynde Stores or contact Steve Gear. Tickets £8 per person, Children under 12 years go free. All proceeds from this event are going towards the Memorial Parade which is to be held on Friday November 9.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday July 17 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Richard Pearson and Roy Skan; 3, Jill Higham and Sheila Cripps. July 24: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Meic Goodyear and Martin Hall, Peter and Irene Gannon. Thursday July 19: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Gannon; 2, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell; 3, Mavis Druce and Francine Talbot-Limbrey. July 26: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 2, Pam Brook and Babs Sears; 3, Pauline Brown and Suzanne Malley. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On the hottest day of the year so far 10 members took part in a walk from Three Oaks to Winchelsea. Travelling by train to Three Oaks the party were surprised that the platform there was only long enough for one coach which was why they had been told to be in the front coach of the train to alight. Within minutes they had joined the Hastings link of the 1066 Country walk and followed this to Winchelsea. The inland route took them past Lidham Hill, Lower Snailham and Brook Farm and shortly after this a shady spot was found for lunch, much to the annoyance of the sheep who had been resting there. A stiff climb then brought them into Ickelsham village where a short stop was made at the public house to prevent dehydration. After crossing the busy A 259 the walk progressed to Icklesham windmill where splendid views were obtained of Pett Level and the coastline towards Dungeness. Passing Wickham Manor where a docile bull was encountered in a field and the remains of Winchelsea’s defences, the party were soon into the village where a further stop was made. Then it was on to the site of the former windmill and round to the Pipewell Gate before walking to the station. Unfortunately the train to take the party home was very full and some had to stand as far as Hastings where it was necessary to change due to earlier problems on the line. The walk was led by Robert Cheesman.

The next walk is on Tuesday, an evening walk starting at 5.30pm. Arlington Reservoir. There will be an opportunity for supper after the walk if so wished.

GIVE BLOOD: Blood donations dropped by 3 percent during the two weeks of Wimbledon from the previous fortnight and with the Olympic Games on the go, stocks could potentially take another dip. To help restore stocks, you can donate blood at the Corn Exchange, Assembly Room, High Street on Monday August 13, from 2pm to 4.30 and from 5.30pm to 8pm.


THE COMMUNITY CENTRE Management Committee are pleased with their progress towards full refurbishment of their building. It will take some time, but membership is the strongest yet and income from lettings is the highest it has ever been with a good diversity of groups and services using it. The outside of the building has been improved with new lighting and a new sign. Inside, a group of volunteers (mainly the management committee) aided by generous discounts and free paint from Homebase, have already refurbished the committee room. They have included framed old photographs of Malling to make a very attractive meeting room for local groups. The next stage is similar treatment for the entrance corridor which leads to Sports Changing facilities and into the main Hall. Display provision for community groups will also be improved. Volunteers to help with this next stage of the refurbishment are very welcome. Contact and other information is available from

SCHOOL: You may have noticed that part of South Malling School field is being dug up. The ancient, inefficient and expensive oil-fired boilers, having recently broken down completely, are being replaced with gas-fuelled boilers. This will make them cheaper and safer to run and much less likely to break down in winter. Asbestos in the Boiler Room will be removed by a specialist company. Also over summer, metal fencing is being installed around the only area which is not yet fully protected. Access to the school building from outside will then only be possible using the main entrance. A third of the roof is being upgraded and the hall floor will be completely sanded. Together with a number of other, small, improvements, this will take the whole of the six week holiday period to complete.

PARISH CHURCH: Members of the Parish Church, enjoyed a joint barbecue with St John sub Castro on the Vicarage lawn last Friday evening. The rain kept off and children enjoyed sharing garden toys and careering down the bank that leads from the house. Older church members chatted together and as well as getting to know each other better, found out about their friends’ summer holidays, (one sturdy couple is using up their holidays by stewarding the Olympics for the next couple of weeks, and living in a tent - all on an entirely voluntary basis). On Sunday, the small parish church was very full with both congregations worshipping jointly, sharing communion and hearing the Vicar conclude his recent set of sermons about Abraham. On Sunday, both churches will meet in St John’s Church Hall (in Talbot Terrace) at 11am for a joint Family Service with an Olympic theme. Improvements are being carried out in the church itself, meaning that access is limited to workmen until it is completed. There will also be a 6.30pm Communion Service in St John’s Hall.

Mobile Library

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


ONCE AGAIN the sun shone on the Riverside Club. We had a great day with lunch at Tenterton, then on to Godinton House and garden near Ashford. This house is listed as one of the most important and fascinating in Kent, and it lived up to its billing. The garden was nice and was livened up with sculptures around the place. Thank you Peggy and Betty for another entertaining trip.

ST MARY’S SPORTS: There was a bit of rivalry between the Grammar and the Secondary schools of Mountfield Road in the 50s. One boy named Colin Pratt who came from East Way dominated the running races, until one year along comes a boy by the name of David Marchent who was no slouch himself. The showdown came in the 100 yards as it was known then. People were hoping this new pretender would win the final. David did win the showdown, and he did. My sister Susan says she used to compete for the Victor Ludorum Cup and seems to remember little brown envelopes with the winnings in, which may have been half crowns if memory serves. She also remembers Maurice Breeze riding around on his push bike drumming up children to take part, then running the whole event with a trusted band of supporters. Vera Peacocks went around calling everyone ducks. Trixie Lacey and husband, the Hammonds and the Browns used to help. It was such a great time.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship at 10.30am on Sunday will be led by Christine Wilkins and at 6.30pm Evening Worship will be led by Rev Robert Bushby with contributions from the Church Choir. Next Friday we have our Friendship Lunch from noon and a warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to join us. We held a very successful holiday club entitled Champion’s Challenge for three mornings last week. 40 children aged 5 to 11 years enjoyed taking part in all sorts of activities including singing, playing sporty games, listening to bible stories, making flags, salt dough medals and stained glass windows. Probably the favourite part of the morning was watching the Watt Family drama performed by members of Christ Church. On Saturday we held a barbecue for the children’s families and friends with 93 attending. A great time was had by all over the four days and it was a pleasure meeting so many lovely young people.

PEGGY MANN, a long-time member of Christ Church, passed away on July 10. A memorial service is planned for 10.30am on Wednesday, subject to confirmation.


THE BOWLS CLUB have no match tomorrow, Saturday. On Sunday they have a match, Ladies Vs Gents, this is the Captains Charity Day. On Tuesday they play Mid- Sussex Uckfield at home, and on the same evening they play John Spriggs Downsman away. These games commence at 6pm. On Wednesday they also have a match against Adastra away, this will commence at 2pm. The Ladies are playing Burgess Hill ladies away, this match will commence at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: The first XI are away to Crowborough, the second XI are playing at home against Pett, the third XI are away to Sidley, and the fourth XI will be playing at Temple Grove against Rye. These matches are all league games and play will commence at 1.30 pm. The Sunday friendly game is against Charlton King starting at 2pm

THE AFTERNOON Club will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday, when the speaker will be Brian Laban, his subject is The 24 Hours of Le Mans. As a journalist Brian Laban has reported from the famous race from almost 40 years and written the definitive history of the event among many books on motoring and motor sport. His talk reveals that there is a great deal more to Le Mans than fast cars going round in circle for two full laps of the clock, starting with William the Conqueror. For more information contact 01825 722154 or 722650.

HOGARTY ROAST: On Saturday August 11 Newick Bonfire Society will be holding another very popular Hogarty Roast in the field just past the Green (in the Uckfield direction) with two live bands, Short Attention Span and their own home grown Newick Folk. There will be a raffle with the proceeds going to the Riding for Disabled Charity. For further information you need to check on the website for ticket prices and how to purchase.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am followed by the Family Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift please telephone 01825 722582 in advance.

SUMMER LUNCH: The St Peter and St James Hospice Summer Lunch, held in the Barn Centre instead of the lovely gardens at the Old Rectory (because of the weather), raised £1,300 for the hospice. Well done Newick.

OLYMPIC GAMES: I do hope you are all enjoying the TV coverage of the Olympic games. If any of you have actually attended any of these events would you please let me know with a brief summary of where, what, and your personal feelings about the event you attended. Thank you.


WHAT A TURNOUT: About 300 people turned out to watch Plumpton and East Chiltington Cricket Club take on Reeds from Hertfordshire in the national village cricket knock-out competition on Sunday, the first time our lads have reached the quarter finals. Sadly Plumpton lost by four wickets against a much younger and very fit team. But didn’t they do well? And wasn’t it a great afternoon? (Dreadful grammar, but who cares as it expresses my thoughts). Those who turned out to watch may now consider supporting our local teams (yes, there are two league teams and a Sunday side that plays friendly matches) on a more regular basis and perhaps some may even consider signing up to play. The club offers a very warm welcome to new players and new supporters. The cricket teas are still presided over by Jo Taylor and she is a stickler for the highest of standards. The club is grateful to all who have given their support is this competition through their attendance both home and away and to those who worked so hard on Sunday behind the bar, at the barbecue, selling raffle tickets and generally just making it a great day. To find out more about the club simply ring 01273 890785 or 890450 or pop along to the playing field any Saturday afternoon.

GREAT AFTERNOON: Members of the Happy Circle were treated to a slap up tea in a typical English country garden last week, courtesy of Sheila and John Anderson of East Chiltington. As a background to the fervent chatter, John played his antique, wind-up gramophone using 78s that provided superb quality music from the likes of Vera Lynn, Billy Cotton and George Formby. The sound quality really was amazing and the 20 odd people there had a great time on a real summer afternoon with loads of sunshine.

SUMMER SHOW: Are you ready for the horticultural society summer show next Saturday (August 11). If you feel inclined to enter an exhibit in one or more of the various classes for flowers, plants, arrangements, vegetables, crafts, cookery, wines etc, it is not too late, just ring 01273 890572. There are special classes for children. Otherwise, note the date in your diary and pop along to see what others have produced and maybe get some gardening tips. Refreshments will, of course, be available.

QUIET TIMES: August lacks the usual number of events and, sad to say, there will not even be a meeting of Plumpton Parish Council next week as councillors, with the exception of yours truly who is charged with producing this column, have packed their buckets and spades and headed off to the seaside, be it Bognor or Bermuda.


CRICKET CLUB: Tonight, Friday sees the final games of the 9’s tournament between Ringmer, Intersport, Barcombe and Laughton starting at 6pm on the Green. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are on the Green against Iden, the secnod XI are away to Forest Row and the third XI are at The Cheyney Field against Hastings and St Leonards IV. All are 1.30pm starts. On Sunday there is the annual game in remembrance of Sid Farrenden with Ringmer taking on Barcombe on the Green starting at 2pm.

COFFEE MORNING: The Mothers’ Union are holding their annual coffee morning in the Church Room tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 11.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend. The majority of the money raised will be used to support families in some of the poorest countries in the world. If you would like to know more about the Mothers’ Union please do try to attend the coffee morning or call Ruth on 01273 812389.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Thank you to everyone who came to talk to us at the recent Village Hub event. From the conversations we had it seems that Ringmer residents are not aware that we are more than just the local County League Division One team and were not aware of the very active social side to the club. The regular events going on in the clubhouse include whist, cribbage, ladies and mens darts, pool, dance classes, short mat bowls, quizes as well as the occasional disco etc. There is a fund raising disco in aid of Help for Heroes, uniforms fancy dress, on Saturday, August 11, and all are welcome. It was also apparent that many residents, even long standing ones, have never been inside the club and, although it is not the most attractive building from the outside, inside there is a very well appointed and comfortable bar with very competitive prices where kids are also welcome. Why not pop in and take a look around an enjoy a quiet drink. You are assured of a warm welcome. On the footballing side the club gets back to the real thing this week as the first team league programme starts tomorrow, Saturday, when they play host to St Francis Rangers with a 3pm kick off at the Caburn. Then on Tuesday, the first’s have another home league fixture against our friends and near neighbours from Crowborough Athletic with a 7.45pm kick off. Gate entry prices remain the same as last season at £6 for adults and £3 for seniors with under 16s free of charge.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The summer visit will take place tomorrow, Saturday, to the Barcombe Roman Bath House at 2pm with Franz Plachy. The meeting place is at the excavation site car park, just a little further along the lane from Barcombe church. A donation of £1 per head is requested from visitors.

COUNTRY MARKET in the village hall on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 11am (except after Bank Holiday Mondays). Refreshments are also available. The stalls include home grown vegetables, plants and flowers, herbs, home baking bread, rolls, savouries, cakes, preserves, chutneys, ready-for-the-oven-meals, local cheeses, free range eggs, crafts and cards. Orders are taken and hampers prepared.

MINI-MARKET: The Ringmer Branch of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section are holding this Mini-Market in the village hall on Saturday, August 11 commencing at 10am. There will be various stalls including bring and buy, tombola, cakes, gifts, books and a rafffle. Please do support this event if you can.

U3A ENROLMENT: A reminder that enrolment is on Wednesday from 10am to noon in the village hall. Officers and group leaders will be on hand to give information about the 16 groups and membership availability. New members very welcome. Refreshments are available. There are spaces on the digital photography course being run by John Price on September 6, 13 and 20 which will give practical help on getting the best digital results. Please also come and register your interest in bridge and mahjong. If you are an existing member please, if possible, re-enrol before August 8 but come along on the day and meet other members. It’s always very sociable.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on July 25 were: 1, Alan Grindley and David Warner; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday, in the Symons Hall at 7.30pm.

THE VOLUNTEERS are working hard to beat the rampant growth of vegetation. It took three sessions to clear the path from Potato Lane to Gote Farm via the stump. Bishops Lane and Tile Kiln have also been cleared. Several finger posts have been found dislodged and East Sussex County Council have been asked to re-instate them. The volunteers were happy to welcome three new litter pickers who will be provided with suitable equipment, but they do need more volunteers. Contact Dave Warner on 813654.

UPDATE on the Forge petition. The meeting between the parish council and Gus Christie and his agents went well. The parish council had been seeking such a face to face meeting for some considerable time. The petition therefore was a success in bringing the parties together in open discussion regarding the future of the village. It was accepted that the petition was the largest ever raised in Ringmer. It was important in establishing, at an early stage, the importance of preserving The Forge building, for both historic and visual importance and the contribution it makes to the economy of the village. Although there is no formal agreement regarding the preservation of the building, the petition has established the sensitivity in Ringmer regarding planning for development on this site.

Rodmell & Southease

OLYMPICS: Well at last the Olympics have started after all the hype. I endeavoured to watch the opening ceremony, which I followed for the first hour, then upon waking up on the settee at 10.30pm, I decided I really could not keep awake so went to bed. I really enjoyed the Queen and Mr Bond and the corgis. The whole set-up was ingenious, and one has to appreciate all the work and enthusiasm involved, even someone like me, who is not a sport enthusiast. I believe a few people from the village were in the opening ceremony and I thought I noticed one as a suffragette.

I SPENT SUNDAY peacefully on a boat gliding up the Thames from Runnymede to Windsor where we had lunch in an Italian restaurant. Windsor was very busy but the drive up was not at all bad, neither was the drive back. There were many shuttle buses ferrying people from London to Windsor and back, and everything appeared to be going smoothly. On the way home our party stopped at The Dog and Duck, a little old pub that has not been tarted up and where you can enjoy a real pub atmosphere and good food. It’s situated on the Dorking Road at Kingsfold, and like Rodmell suffers from traffic speeding past.

EVERY SO OFTEN a person gets a stunning moment in life which brings you up with a jolt. Such an experience hit me when I was walking past the art gallery in Lansdown Place and my eye was caught by Maria, a magical sculpture made of recycled vandalised bus shelter glass and resin by a very clever sculptor named Steve Yeates. I had to go in and look at the rest of his work. It did not disappoint me. I may even have been tempted to buy it, had I the right place to display it. Do go and see this remarkable work which has made ugly vandalism into a thing of such magical beauty.

PUPPY: Have villagers seen Marcus and Jenny’s little puppy yet? He is so adorable and much loved. I wondered how long it would be before they had another dog since their lovely old dog died a few months ago. One thing’s for sure, he will have a wonderful home.

SUMMER SHOW: Saturday August 18, our great Rodmell Summer Show. More news nearer the date.

OUR SENIOR CITIZENS never fail to amaze me. Last week I had a lady of 84 who was walking The South Downs Way on her own for a charity, stay with me. She is not in good health and has to report to her doctor at each stage of her walk. We have agreed that if she makes it to the end she will write and give me details. She does not want her name and details disclosed until she has completed the walk. She is remarkable and puts many, including me, to shame.