Parish Pump Lewes – August 30, 2013


WALK: Barcombe Walking Group’s next walk is on Sunday. Meet at Hurstview, Spithurst Road, Barcombe, for a 4 mile circular walk around Spithurst. Leader Red Alce.

CRICKET NEWS: Cricket News. ESCL Div 2, Fletching v Barcombe. Match cancelled, rain, 9 points each. ESCL Div 8, Barcombe II v Seaford III. Match cancelled, rain, 9 points each. Sunday, Barcombe v Brighton Trotters. Barcombe 137 all out in 31 overs: (Allan Trower 75 Matt Tucker 22). Brighton Trotters 138-6 in 27.1 overs. (Allan Trower 3-19 Matt Tucker 2-22). Trotters won by 4wkts.

BOWLS NEWS: No games last week but Club Finals will be played over two days this weekend. Good luck to all participants (not me).


VINTAGE HARVEST FAIR is at Townings Farm, Plumpton Road tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. All are welcome. Entry is £5 per adult (a weekend pass £8) and children are free. For more information call Carole on 01444 47135.

CRICKET sees Chailey in the last league game of the season against Staplefield tomorrow, Saturday, at the sports ground just off the A272 starting at 1pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and a family service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church on Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Mark Robinson and 6.15pm with Giles Woodcraft.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations.

THE WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45 pm in the village hall. The speaker will be Shirley Jaffe, an actress and poet. Shirley trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1954 and starred in film and television. For 20 years Shirley taught drama and returned to acting in 2002, appearing amongst other things in Michael Jackson’s Earth Song music video and Little Britain Abroad. It is certain with Shirley’s acting experience that her presentation of her will be most entertaining. The group are always pleased to welcome prospective members and guests to their meetings, for whom there is a nominal charge of £2. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

EARLY BIRD WALK to see and hear the birds on the common is on Wednesday and will be led by Ian Woolsey, treasurer of the Chailey Commons Society. Meet at the sports club car park, just off the A272, at 7am. Those that wish can enjoy a breakfast at the May Cottage Tea Rooms afterwards. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

LIVE MUSIC with singer songwriter Jon McDevitt will be at the Five Bells on Friday September 6 at 8pm. Jon plays (guitar and harmonica) and sings an extensive selection from the last 70 years which includes pop, rock, folk, blues and country music.

AUTUMN SHOW is at the village hall on Saturday September 7. 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 aged eight to 11 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, and members of the horticultural society will be on hand to help you with your exhibits, so please enter and/or encourage your children to do so.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

HAMSEY CHURCH: Sunday will be the last of the summer services held in Hamsey Church. There will be Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6pm. I always feel a tinge of sadness when I write about the last summer services at this much loved church as it also heralds how close were are the end of another year, and wonder what is in store for 2014.

ST PETER’S: Sunday Club 10.15am in the church hall. Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the church hall.

SHCT: Sussex Historic Churches Trust, Ride and Stride, takes place on Saturday September 14 between 9am and 6pm. If you wish to take part either as walkers or cyclists you need to contact the Rector for sponsorship forms and further details. Stewards are also required to man the church from 9am to 6pm on the day, welcoming and signing the forms for participants as they visit the church. Half the proceeds of the sponsorship goes to SHCT, the other half to St Peter’s Church. A rota will by now have appeared in the church porch. Please sign up if you would like to help.

BUMPS, BABIES and Toddlers in the village hall Tuesdays 10am to noon. This is run by the Lewes and Countryside branch of one of NCT’s Network of over 300 local branches in the UK, dedicated to supporting local parents and parents-to-be via its range of services including antenatal and postnatal courses, breastfeeding support, bumps and babies groups, coffee mornings, nearly new sales and more. NCT is the UK’s largest parenting charity. Each year the charity supports hundreds of thousands of parents through a life-changing experience offering expert information and trusted practical and emotional support. For more information call NCT on 0300 0770 or visit

PARISH COUNCIL: Hamsey Parish Council meet again on Thursday September 19 in the village hall at 7.30pm.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet again on Monday September 9 in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. For a delicious tea and chat and also time for a game of Bingo. Lifts are available by ringing Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

CONCERT: On Sunday September 29 there will be a concert in St Peter’s Church to raise money for the nursery school in the Gambia which the parish supports. Details later.

BUDDLEIA or butterfly bush as it is also known. This year I have some beautiful ones, white, pale mauve and deep purple, growing all around the garden. It started with two that I bought some years ago from a garden centre, but over the years I have dug the self seeding plants up and replanted which has produced many more mature bushes. Although there has been a decline of grassland butterflies by nearly 50 percent between 1990 and 2011, according to a report by the European Environment Agency, during this wonderful weather we are enjoying the buddleia bushes have been covered in butterflies and this morning, before writing this column, I counted at least 12 different species flying around but mostly on the buddleias. I now plan to add a red variety and a yellow buddleia which I have spotted in a garden brochure which will hopefully attract more butterflies.

STARS: One of the greatest pleasures of living in the countryside, especially here under the Downs, is looking at the sky at night studded with stars. This last month has not only seen some wonderful star formations but also some very interesting moons too. Looking up to the Downs when the moon is peeping over the ridge late at night is a wonderful sight but also a bit eerie. The August moon is known as the Sturgeon or Corn Moon according to my late grandmother’s tales, and September will be the Harvest Moon. It was disappointing that we did not get to see the spectacle of the shooting stars earlier this month as it was too cloudy.

NEW USES: When I was a child I was always in awe of the man who operated the signal box at Buxted Station which was right at the end of the platform and out of bounds, although the village boys used to sneak along to get a closer look resulting in a clip around the ear if they overstepped the mark. I have just read that in the 1940s there were some 10,000 signal boxes, but now fewer than 500 of them remain in use. Network Rail is focusing on 12 regional signalling centres and is hoping to find new homes or uses for decommissioned boxes which are often the subject of fierce local campaigns. English Heritage also hopes to find new uses for the boxes. Like the old red telephone boxes it looks like another part of our heritage will disappear, although one such box in Devon has had its equipment removed and now functions as a cafe. At least it is still there.


EXHIBITION: Last weekend saw the opening of the 2013 Art and Soul at Falmer art show and the celebratory party on Sunday was a great success. We were delighted to find that one of our visitors was film director Nigel Cole (director of Calendar Girls), invited by artist Brenda May. The show has received lots of praise from visitors for the quality of the work and the way it has been displayed. A favourite feature has been the woodland scene with the papier mache animals made by Elizabeth Jardine. We hope many more art lovers will visit over the next two weekends. We are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

CONCERTS: Our programme of concerts will be restarting on September 7 . The Halvorsen Duo, the talented young musicians Gilbert Wasserman on violin and Elliot Corner on viola, will be playing solos and duos by Mozart and the Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia. The concert starts at 5.30pm and you will be able to view the artworks in the church as you arrive and at the end of the concert.

MORE MUSIC: Coming up at the Swan, Swing Music Night, on September 28. The evening kicks off at 8pm and food will be available until 9pm. For more details or to book call the Swan on 01273 681842.

MORE STUDENTS THAN EVER: The University of Sussex will be welcoming 2,900 new UK and EU students and 600 international students at the beginning of the new academic year. This seems extraordinary when you think that Sussex was originally built to accommodate 2,000 students altogether (not just first years). The expansion goes on year by year and one wonders if there is a point when they will be satisfied with the numbers they can take.


GARDEN SALE at Elm Close, Laughton, on Sunday from 11m onwards. Chairs from £5, children’s wardrobes, dog bed, books etc. If wet it will be held on the next dry Sunday.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Tuesday August 20 the Lewes Footpaths Group enjoyed a beautiful day for their 6.5-mile circular walk from Vines Cross. In perfect walking weather a party of 11 set off northwards from Vines Cross, then turned off the road at Boring House Farm down a concrete track and over the fields towards Furnace Lane. As hinted at by the names, in mediaeval times this countryside was an industrial landscape of iron smelting and cannon foundries, and our path led over bright orange iron-bearing streams. With distant views of Heathfield church, we followed the edge of Furnace Wood and then walked east across open country, stopping for a coffee break, before continuing to Rushlake Green, where we refreshed ourselves very agreeably at the Horse and Groom. Rousing ourselves reluctantly from the pub’s pleasant garden, we followed the path towards Warbleton, glad of the shade on the wooded stretches. We briefly rejoined the road uphill to Warbleton church and through the churchyard, pausing to pay brief respects to the memorial to Tudor ironmaster Richard Woodman, better known as one of the Lewes martyrs. The remainder of the walk was easy going across fields of tawny stubble, disturbing a vast flock of foraging pigeons, arriving back at Vines Cross at about 2.30pm. The walk was led by Anne. The next walk is on Tuesday. There will be a choice of two walks, walking from South Chailey to Isfield or South Chailey via Isfield to Lewes. Meet at Lewes bus station to catch the 9.28am bus to South Chailey. Bring a picnic.

GARDEN SOCIETY: Lewes and District Garden Society, Wednesday, The Importance of Wildlife Ponds. Peter Birchall, aka Pete the Pond, will take a look at pond life, the flora and fauna associated with ponds, how important and significant they are for our environment, and how to manage your own garden pond for wildlife, 7.30pm for 7.45pm Cliffe Church Hall. Visitors £3. All welcome.


ARTWAVE: Last Saturday’s pouring rain understandably discouraged visitors coming to Lewes for Artwave from walking the extra mile from the town centre to South Malling. Nevertheless, a good few did the walk or came by car. As the weather improved so did numbers and well over a hundred had visited South Malling Church by the end of Monday. Many were taken by surprise at the vibrant colours, energy and technical range of the oil paintings collected together over the last two years by local artists Sandy Lasham and Brenda Bryce. Visitors especially like the range of seascapes and the contrasting peace and tranquillity in paintings of ponds and lakes. Because of the size of the venue, the artists have been able to hang large paintings which are best seen from a distance, as well as smaller canvasses. This is a collection well worth seeing. Both artists pay tribute to the Dairy Studio at Old Malling, where both learned and honed their skills and still use as a source of inspiration and challenge.

DAIRY STUDIO: A short walk up Old Malling Way to the well- signposted track down to the Dairy Studio and Old Malling Farm, offers two different but complementary opportunities to see another and immensely creative and influential side to South Malling. The Dairy Studio basically offers a smaller room with some lovely, more traditional paintings by Sylvia Hassell contrasting with enjoyable abstract painting and excellent textiles designed by Pauline Crooke. Beyond this room, a long, bright gallery shows a series of paintings by Susie Monnington. These paintings are rigorously themed and similar in their sparse style. Anyone who saw the exhibition last year will recognise the subject: teenagers, this time sprawled on the beach or in other groups, chatting to each other, or occasionally alone. Somehow the artist manages to capture both the social interaction and a kind of reserve, that both brings them together and underlines their own personal focus on the work of growing up.

2 OLD MALLING FARMHOUSE:Finally, outside the studio, a left turn leads to 2 Old Malling Farmhouse, showing together a wider range of styles and materials. On entering, there is a group of charcoal and mixed sketches of faces and bodies by Lisa Joffe. Gill Sullivan also has charcoal and paper drawings in this first room, including the startling nude in boots. Quite different, on a table in the window, are highly coloured fragments, which one could take as representations from mediaeval illustrated manuscripts, self standing, small irregular blocks showing angels and other Christian images, mounted on board and varnished. Andrew Haig is showing a group of watercolours. I particularly liked Wisteria and Scaffold, which sections an older house, perhaps this farmhouse, in squares created by scaffolding and invaded by wisteria. In the hallway he has a collection of interesting and amusing graphics. Rosalind Young is showing delightful oil paintings of objects, mostly boots and shoes, also in the hallway. Finally, Clare Pumfrey has some excellent portraits and figure drawings in the kitchen. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to look at the wide and enjoyable range of work on show in Malling, there is still this Saturday and Sunday to go. It is well worth the effort.

COMMUNITY FUN DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Malling Tenants and Residents Association has organised a Fun Day on the Recreation Ground. Refreshments will be available at the Community Centre. There will be a chance to talk to staff from the new Children’s Centre who will be providing activities for children. Also, the Community Bus will be visiting to provide activities for young people and there will be a range of other activities and information available including Neighbourhood Watch and Cycle Lewes. The event will be opened by the Mayor, Cllr Ruth O’Keefe, at 10am. The event ends at 4pm.

PARISH CHURCH: There will be a Communion Service at 9.30am in church as usual this Sunday. The congregation will be surrounded by Artwave paintings, an extra challenge for the Revd Jeremy Bamber who will be leading the service and preaching. After the service there will be a quick turnround, transforming the church back into an Art Gallery for its own final day of Artwave 2013. All South Malling Artway venues will finish on Sunday.

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Alas, holidays are coming to an end. The school is looking forward to seeing children on Wednesday for the start of a new year. Best wishes to students and staff for new things and new successes.

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.


MY BLOG: On Sunday we went to the Family Fun Day at The Paddock which was in aid of the Samuel Children’s Charity whose website can be found at: We hope they did well and made a respectable amount of money. I watched Steps Dance Club do a line dancing display. Their membership is around 100 people, two of which are my wife and our friend Angela who seem to have a competition going on. My wife seems to think she missed her vocation to become a professional dancer and Angela thinks she is a born natural with a talent yet to be discovered. Personally I think they are both dreaming and having too much fun! They not only do it for exercise, but they have a great deal of fun too. If you would like to join these friendly, fun line dance classes, phone Chester on 01273 475096 or Lesley on 01273 580356. There are classes for all levels, from beginners to the more experienced in Lewes, Ringmer and Woodingdean. On finding out more about Samuel, Steps have adopted the charity, so whenever they run a raffle, any money made will go to the charity.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our Messy Church event from 10.30am to 1pm. There will be craft activities based upon the theme of Bible Seasides, a short act of worship and then a lunch. All welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge for this event. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Dr Graham Campling and at 6.30pm by Dr Tony Law.

ECO OPEN HOUSES is running its fourth annual event showcasing homes that are inspired with ideas for green living and cutting energy bills. This year,16 eco-friendly homes will open their doors to the public, nine for the first time. Lewes homes will open on September 14 and 15 and Barcombe, Ditchling and surrounding villages will open on September 21 and 22. Two of the homes are on the Nevill, in Sheepfair and in Middle Way.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

ARTWAVE continues this weekend with several venues in Newhaven, Newhaven Fort has an exhibition of Vessels by Rachel Cohen also an exhibition of works from St Nicholas Centre, Lewes, inspired by the Fort and Castle Hill Nature Reserve. There is an exhibition of Kai Crick photography at Newhaven Ferry Port and Victor’s House is open tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. So do go along and support our local artists.

MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatics is holding its annual general meeting tonight (Friday) in Meeching Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome. This is your chance to find out what your local dramatic society does and there will be an opportunity to become a member.

COUNCIL MEETING: Newhaven Town Council’s full council meeting takes place on Tuesday at Meeching Hall, at 7.30pm.

FETE DE NEWHAVEN takes place in the High Street on Saturday September 8 from 9am to 3pm. All the normal stalls plus the Dieppe Market and entertainment for all the family.

FAMILY FUN at The Hut, Lewes Road Rec on Saturday September 8 from 2pm to 4pm organised by Riverside Park Community Voice. Bring a picnic, outdoor games and ideas for the park to share.


BOWLS CLUB fixture this week are: Tomorrow, Saturday, Burgess Hill away at 2pm; Sunday Deanland at home; Wednesday Ringmer at home. These matches will start at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: Sunday’s fixture is against Jamaica Inn Pirates, at Temple Grove and will start at 1pm .

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am. If you should require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

ANNUAL SHOW and Family Fun Dog Show will take place on Saturday September 7 on the Village Green.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre on Thursday September 12. The speaker will be Annette Shelford, Graphic Books- My Passion. More details next week.

AUTUMN is gradually creeping upon us, darker evenings, lights on at 8.30pm, some leaves already changing colour, make the most of all the sunny days ahead. Each season is very special, I think autumn is the most colourful.


DIFFERENT WALK: There has been a change in the Footpath Society programme for tomorrow (Saturday). The starting point will now be Ardingly Reservoir car park at 10.30am. More information via 01825 722649, or just turn up for a surprise walk.

SCARECROWS: Have you entered the village’s first scarecrow competition, which will be judged towards the end of September? If not rush on down to the Post Office and grab an entry form as, strictly speaking, registration is required by today (Friday). I have a suspicion, however, that organiser Rosie may stretch that a couple of days. Your participation can provide some great interest and entertainment in the village as similar competitions elsewhere always do. Be sure to join in and you may even win a prize. Proceeds to the local church.

ONE RASHER OR TWO? The VAP will stage another Business Breakfast at Plumpton College on Wednesday. There will be some interesting speakers and plenty of opportunity to rub shoulders and keep up to speed with others. Cost is just £5 and details are available via Or ring 01273 890508.

DOWNLAND WALK: If you fancy some good exercise simply join the Footpath Society on Wednesday. Meet at the Half Moon pub car park (TQ363 133) at 10am in readiness for a figure of eight hike covering some five and a half miles, largely along the South Downs. There will be some steep climbs and descents and some lovely views. There may be a temptation to enjoy a pint or even lunch at the pub at the end of the walk, but that will be up to you. More details on 01273 890389.

HARVEST SUPPER: This is the last call for the function being organised by the Friends of Plumpton College on Saturday of next week (September 7). Enjoy a fine meal prepared from the college’s own produce and other local sources, including Plumpton Estate wines. Ring Susie Martin on 01273 892051 to book in.

GARDENERS AWAKE: The horticultural society will stage its Autumn Show on September 14, so if you fancy entering something in the vegetable, flower, handicraft, cookery or wine sections you need to act now. More details on the various classes and how to enter obtainable on 01273 890572. The show is open to all and there are special classes for the young.

BUS SERVICES: The parish council has responded to ESCC in relation to its review of support for local bus services in its cost cutting exercise. The council urges that support should be at least maintained as a reduction in bus services would be detrimental for rural communities. Instead it suggests that services should be improved on the basis that such action could lead to greater use being made of buses that could in turn lead to less reliance on the motor car with great environmental benefits. The two-hourly service in Plumpton makes bus use impractical at times and it would make much more sense to improve bus frequency and actively encourage people to let the bus take the strain and, let’s face it, they deliver people to the centres and various other parts of Haywards Heath and Lewes, unlike the trains. Plumpton railway station itself is not easily accessible if one lives in the northern part of the village, so buses really are the best answer for local travel by public transport for most people.

LOUD NOISES: Some residents were startled by a barrage of exceedingly loud fireworks last weekend. They were so loud they alarmed three trained gun dogs, causing one of them in particular great distress and I dread to think how other animals, such as sheep, suffered. As it was neither the beginning of November nor New Year and there was no warning of the event, no precautions were possible. Sleeping children would not have been immune.


ECLECTIC AVENUE, Arts and Crafts. The Artwave Open House at 51 Christie Avenue continues this weekend tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 11am to 6pm where various artists work will be on display.

TEN ARTISTS and An Orchard also is being held again this weekend when there will be the Artwave Open Studios and Teas at Upper Lodge, The Broyle from noon to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

EVENING WI: At its meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm the speaker will be Steve Alton whose talk is entitled Nature’s Larder and Pharmacy.

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall there will be a flower arranging demonstration by Sussex Area NAFAS demonstrator Elsie Chaplin entitled Interior Design. Visitors welcome (£4 with tea and biscuits).

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on August 14 was: 1, Gill and Tony Spaven; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. On August 21 the results were: 1, Pam Brook and John Weston; 2, Simon Webster and David Warner; 3, Valerie and Peter King. The next meeting of the club will be in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday. Contact number 814220.

RBL HORTICULTURAL and Home Produce Society Autumn Show will be held in the village halls on Saturday, September 7; the doors will be open to the public at 2pm. This show is always the biggest of the year so why wouldn’t the judges be looking for the biggest apple, the heaviest onion, potato or marrow or even the largest runner bean in Ringmer? The photographic section has two titles, Forty Winks and Boats. 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 7pm on Thursday.

ST MARY’S Patronal Festival is on Sunday, September 8, and there will be a Festival Lunch in the village hall at 1pm. Please let Shirley (812417) or Mavis ( 813742) know if you will be attending.

ART EXHIBITION: St. Mary’s Art Clubs will again be having an exhibition in the Church Room on Saturday, September 7, from 10am to 4.30pm and again on Sunday, September 8, from 2pm to 4.30pm. This is your opportunity to view the talents of the various members of the clubs and also possibly purchase a painting.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: There will be a guided tour of Anne of Cleves House, Southover High Street, Lewes, led by Joanna who is the Sussex Archaeological Society’s Education Officer on Sunday September 8 at 2.30pm. There will be an entry charge of £4.90 for an adult or £4.50 for a senior or a student. Admittance for members of the Sussex Archaeological Society is free, while English Heritage members are admitted at half price.

BOWLS CLUB: The results for the week before last were Ringmer v Saltdean 70-67, Ringmer v Ninfield 72-62 and Ringmer v Lewes 74-56.

Rodmell & Southease

THANK YOU: I have to say a big thank you to Jon and Lucie, who run our pub, the Abergavenny Arms, for such a great evening on Sunday. As this lovely couple are getting married in Rodmell Church tomorrow, Saturday, and could not invite the whole village they decided to give the village a barbecue to celebrate their upcoming marriage, and what an evening it was. There was a table full of jars of old fashioned sweets with little stripy bags and toys so that the children/grown ups could help themselves and then a great barbecue, followed by an ice cream van selling softie ice creams, lollies etc. It was fun seeing the men of the village parading around sporting very large ice creams with flakes, I think they are called 99s, and really enjoying them, after all we are all kids at heart on these occasions, I really enjoyed mine. There was a great young band with a very enthusiastic singer who had the personality to get everyone up and dancing, especially Lucie who did a turn dancing on the table with her tambourine. You could do wonders for the Sally Army Lucie. Jon and Lucie would like to say a big thank you for the wonderful support they have received from locals and regulars and we all wish them a lovely wedding day and a very happy marriage. I shall be watching over my garden wall on Saturday and cheering the bride on her way. A French family I had staying were amazed at the celebrations, as were many who just dropped into the pub for a meal or quiet drink, and were welcomed to join in.

ARTWAVE: Do come and see Lewes Artwave Country Colour Exhibition at Rodmell tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday and next weekend, September 7 and 8, 11am to 5pm. Refreshments available. Pear Tree Cottage, The Street, Rodmell BN7 3HG Tel: 01273 486320.

EXHIBITION: I went to see an exhibition by local artists and crafts people at the Old School Guest House in Denton. Exhibitors included my friend of many years, painter Chris Jarrett who specialises in landscapes around the year and interesting people. There were also illustrations by Holly Blackman, hand made accessories by Carrick Made, a selection of rugs and soft furnishings by Ros Dowling and unique hand painted furniture by Fran Kershaw. Cakes (delicious) and refreshments are served (weather permitting) in the garden with a chance to buy home made preserves from Hendra’s Kitchen who also supplies Sunnyside B&B so I can recommend them. Opening times 11am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday and next weekend, September 7 and 8. The Old School House, 86 Denton Road, Denton, Newhaven BN9 0QE, 300 yards on right past the Flying Fish pub.

CLOSED: Our pub will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, for Jon and Lucie’s wedding so if you are planning a walk that day your best bet for refreshments will be The Juggs at Kingston or the new youth hostel at Itford (over Southease Station bridge from Rodmell side). You cannot drive over from this side so beware.

SOME VISITORS to Southease Church last week were amused to find in their words, three older men drinking wine in the church, now I wonder who they were? I could have a good guess, were they eating little white wafers as well? They found it quite amusing.

TO THE MANY people who have been so kind to me whilst I have been dealing with Mike’s illness, I would like to say that your kindness and support has meant so much to me. You may like to know that Mike is to be sent home shortly as Ella, his physio, has done wonders with him so he can come home with full support for six weeks and then we shall see where we go from there. Meadow Lodge, where Mike has been since June, is a great asset to our area and Olive Kemm is also in there so I visit her as well. I keep seeing people I have known either visiting or as patients. The staff are so nice there and I’m very grateful to them for Mike’s care.