Parish Pump Lewes - August 31, 2012


CRICKET: ESCL Division One: Barcombe v St Peters Match cancelled. Pitch and outfield to wet 9 points each. ESCL Div 8 Seaford III v Barcombe II. Barcombe 157 all out in 47 overs: Monty Clarke 54, Allan Trower 39, Kane Black 20. Seaford 85 all out in 29.4 overs: Allan Trower 6-25, Monty Clarke 4-24. Barcombe won by 72 runs. Barcombe 30 points Seaford 10 points. STOOLBALL TOURNAMENT: It’ll be alright on the night was my mantra in the run-up to our mixed tournament on Bank Holiday Monday. Parking is a nightmare in Barcombe and it was a relief that the school kindly gave us permission to park in the school playground. Then the weather forecast wasn’t too promising, but fate smiled again and we had good weather. Six teams entered the tournament and we played a round robin on two pitches, The mood for the afternoon was very up-beat and performances improved as the afternoon progressed. Barcombe Bonfire Society supplied the hungry competitors with a barbecue and the stoolball club provided afternoon tea and cakes. The Carole Porter Memorial Cup was presented to Wivelsfield Green who were the overall winners with 10 points, Lewes Arms came second with eight points and Sophie Chandler’s team came third with six points. The raffle was well supported and together with the players’ fees we shall be in a position to buy Carole’s memorial bench to be positioned in the rec. Thank you for supporting us. Well done Yvonne and all who worked hard to reach their goal.

VILLAGE HALL: A meeting is to be held in the Club Room at 7.30pm on Monday, to discuss fundraising and sponsorship. All are invited to attend with large or small ideas. On Saturday, September 8, 9am to noon, volunteers are required for a Spring Clean of the hall and grounds. Anyone able to assist please let Mim know online,

BOWLS: At home to Hellingly on August 20: Jas Osmond 14 Nevill Grover 11, Henry Bunney 16 K. Hylands 23, Les Line 12 J Akehurst 21, John Osmond 13 G Frater 18. Club lost 55-73.At home to Isle of Thorns on August 26: Jas Osmond 12 M Winton 14, John Osmond 15 Chris Winton 15, Jean Uridge 12 Ann Dunlan 15. Barcombe lost 39-44.


VINTAGE HARVEST FAIR is at Townings Farm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. All are welcome; entry is £5 per car, which includes a trailer ride. There will be a beer tent and refreshments; alternatively you can take a picnic.

SHOW: Chailey Commons Society Display Tent will be at the horticultural society show on the Green at Newick tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm, along with members of the society keen to answer any questions you may have about the Commons.

CRICKET on Saturday sees Chailey in their last league game of the season, at the sports ground just off the A272, against East Grinstead. There will also be a friendly game away to Wadhurst on Sunday. Both games start at 1.30pm. 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 with puppets at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586. To those in the congregation who might like to have a go at using puppets, a training day is proposed on Saturday November 10. A couple from One Way UK (details at will be visiting to give the training. Free Church services on Sunday are a family service at 10.30am with Nick McQuaker and 6.15pm with Jane Grist. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

PLEASURE RIDE (about 10 miles) organised by St Peter and St James Hospice Newick and Chailey Support Group is on Sunday starting at South Brockwells Farm, Bradfords Lane, Little Horsted. Riders may enter on the day (entry fee £18) and start any time between 10am and 1pm.There will be refreshments at the start and finish, a photographer on site, and rosettes for all riders. Further details available from Glenda Blackaller on 01825 72260.7

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 if they so wish.

THE WI meet at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.45pm and visitors and prospective members are welcome to join them for a talk entitled A Policeman’s Lot by Neil Sadler. Neil is a recently retired police officer and gives a fascinating account of cases from his 30 years of service as an operational officer in various ranks, finishing his career training others at the Police Staff College. He has worked in Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Trinidad, along with Crawley and Bognor Regis. He will bring various exhibits including equipment and photos to illustrate his cases.

PCSO: Chance to meet PCSO Steven Knowles is on Wednesday at 7pm at the Sports Pavilion. This will be an opportunity to chat with your local community officer and discuss any issues or concerns. You can also to chat to Steve about his role and the day to day activities he undertakes to help keep our community safer.

LOTUS Cortina Club meet at the Five Bells on Thursday.

LIVE MUSIC is at the Five Bells on Friday September 7 at 9pm with Tracey Jane Sullivan.

CELEBRATIONS are taking place as Fenchurch the oldest locomotive at the Bluebell Railway entered service on the London Brighton & South Coast Railway 140 year ago on September 7. To celebrate the railway will be holding an Open Weekend on September 8 and 9 at Sheffield Park. The celebrations will include a photographic display featuring pictures of both Fenchurch and SECR locomotive No.27 and a display of Fenchurch memorabilia. On the Sunday afternoon there will be a celebration cake cut and Fenchurch will be toasted in Champagne.

WINDMILL and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday September 9 from 3pm to 5pm, as it is National Heritage Day and admission will be free, which recognises the major contribution made by the Lottery Funding towards the complete renovation of the Mill in 1996.


Offham & Hamsey

REMINDER: Sunday at Hamsey Church there will be Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6pm. At St Peter’s Church, Sunday School at 10.15am and Parish Communion at 10.30am.

ARTWAVE: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday there will be Open House at Ferndale in Cooksbridge from 11am to 6pm; Hayston, Cooksbridge, 11am to 5pm; and Swallow Cottage, Offham, 11m to 5pm. And again at the same houses on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9.

SINGERS WELCOMED: You don’t have to be a policeman to sing with Sussex Police Choir who rehearse at the village hall, Beechwood Lane on Tuesday evenings and are currently on the lookout for new singers to join them. They would be delighted to welcome basses, tenors, altos, and sopranos from anywhere in the area. Membership is not limited to police personnel, the majority of members are civilians. Anyone who enjoys singing with a choir and is able to attend rehearsals regularly is welcome to go along for a trial period. Rehearsals start again on Tuesday. To find out more call 01323 734744 or 01323 488490.

PARISH COUNCIL: At their May meeting Hamsey Parish Council confirmed that all correspondence received from residents is sent to all parish councillors for information and read out at parish council meetings if relevant. If you have something that you want to raise with your council, write to Jenni Toomey the parish council clerk. The next parish council meeting is Thursday September 13.

OFFHAM GARAGE is up and running nicely again and many motorists are really pleased that they are now able to fill up their cars locally. The shop area is starting to stock up on essentials which means that a walk along the pavement from Cooksbridge or the Offham end saves journeys further afield. A list of opening times is displayed.

LITTER PICK: Earlier this year when the parish litter pick took place, which was organised by Cllr Mike Dodd, it was amazing what items were collected from around the parish. Mike found a dumped TV in the Drove and between the 10 people who turned up they picked up old road signs, tyres, advertising hoardings and a large number of hubcaps along with many backfills of general rubbish. Among those who turned out to help were Niamh Wren, Anita and Tom Walker, Miki Brightmore, Justin Harmer, Jim Edwards and the organiser Mike Dodd with his daughter Catherine, along with clerk Jenni Toomey who provided the kit and the refreshments. Well done to them. If only the same could be said for those responsible for clearing the rubbish that is dumped near Hamsey School and has been there for a very long time. Over a very long period I have had many conversations with George from the Land Agents Dept at Strutt and Parker who has unfortunately left there now and moved to Windsor, but in all fairness to him he tried his very best to solve the situation. It is now in the hands of Rebecca at the Land Agents Dept who, when I spoke to her recently, was doing all she could to get the unsightly mess moved.

COMMEMORATIVE TREE: The lime tree donated by Rose Armstrong to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is thriving, in spite of the earlier inclement weather that we had. You will find it planted near to the wind turbine at the recreation ground. A plaque is to be erected.

TREE WARDEN: Parish Cllr Rose Armstrong has replaced Bill Rendall as the Parish Tree Warden.

SILENT SPRING: Some years ago Derek’s father gave me a very interesting book entitled Silent Spring. It was written in 1962 by the American author and scientist Rachel Carson and made the world sit up. It was serialised in the New Yorker and was widely read. The author’s warning of the effect of pesticides on the environment, especially birds, proved resonant with the public, especially her vivid evocation of a world without birdsong. Now 50 years later ornithological writer Conor Mark Jameson has written a follow-up book, Silent Spring Revisited (Bloomsbury £16.99). He reflects on whether Carson’s warnings have been heeded sufficiently over the past 50 years, charting the milestones, and failings, environmentalism decade by decade. For 2012 he points out that the government has missed its deadline on Marine Protected Zones. The term shifting baseline syndrome is now applied more widely to our expectations of what wildlife should be in our worlds, changing and lowering, from generation to generation and he writes that ‘The fear is that young people don’t and won’t miss what they’ve never known’. My 1962 book is somewhere among the hoard of books that I have. I am not sure where Derek’s father got it from before he gave it to me.


ART: I have spent the last two weeks hanging work for the Falmer Artwave show. The show opened last Saturday and we have had a lot of visitors through already and had a lot of complimentary comments. The exhibition will be open for the next couple of weekends, including Fridays, and our Heritage Open Days exhibitions will be up on the last weekend we are open (September 7, 8 and 9). I just hope the weather is good for us.

WEAVING: Two customers who were very satisfied were Phoebe and Amy, who happened to visit while Louise Paul, the basketware expert, was on duty. Louise will be enabling people to have a go at willow weaving while she is here and the girls were the first of our visitors to try. They came away with some very beautiful hanging baskets and were delighted with their efforts, pretty good work for 6 and 4 years old. Louise will be back on duty on September 7, so if you want to try your hand at willow weaving, come along to Falmer Village Hall.

LOST AND FOUND: While I was clearing the Hall a couple of weeks ago a poster was pushed through the door asking for help finding Mau Mau, a cat that had been missing for five days. I have got two cats myself and I know what a worry it is when they go missing. I heard today that, thankfully, the inquisitive feline has been found safe. I am so pleased.

FOOTBALL: Last Saturday saw the first of the weekend matches at the stadium. All afternoon we could hear roaring from the fans, and it was no surprise that Brighton had won by quite a margin. The Brighton fans are very well behaved and have not caused any trouble, however, it must be disturbing for people in Falmer South to have a huge crowd of fans marching past the door however well-behaved they are. We were assured that the stadium would not impact on us and we were rightly sceptical. Perhaps a dedicated fans’ footpath could be marked out leading down the pavement along the B2123?

NEAT AND TIDY: Falmer residents are pleased to see that the churchyard extension has been mowed again and a very good job has been made of it. Not only that but the council have been and cut the grass around the pond so Falmer is looking extremely smart.

CONCERTS: Don’t forget we have two excellent concerts coming up on September 8 and 15. More details next week.


A LOVELY LUNCH, in aid of Kingston Church funds, will take place on Sunday, September 9, at 12.30pm for 1pm at Juggs Corner, Juggs Road, the home of Ivan and Jennie Yates (the other side of the road from Kingston Ridge). The lunch will be held in the garden, which has some of the best views in Kingston of the Sussex countryside. Tickets at £15 each for adults are available from Brian Simmons (474303) or Jennie Yates (473264), but do hurry as they are selling fast. Children are very welcome without charge, they need to bring a picnic but they get a dessert and an entertainer. There is also a lovely large garden for children to run around in. There will be a cash bar with the first drink free and a raffle. Free parking will be provided in a nearby field. Everybody from the village and outside very welcome. We particularly look forward to seeing as many younger families as possible. Come and enjoy.


TALK: Lewes and District Garden Society talk at St Thomas Church Hall, Cliffe on Wednesday at 7.30pm for 7.45pm. The talk is by Mark Saunders, head gardener at Fittleworth House, West Sussex who will talk on his work as a professional gardener through the year. Visitors welcome £3.


DON’T MISS ARTWAVE in Malling. You’ll find that visiting our three venues is really worth the effort. Just the location of Old Malling Farm is spectacular: a short walk into what Malling used to be like, part farmland and part wood. The real delight is that this is picked up in the art itself. Just inside the doorway of 2 Old Malling Farmhouse are a series of oil paintings of exactly this woodland by Margarita Hanlon. There are water colours, charcoal and pencil drawings of local scenes by Andrew Haig, seagulls and figures from past seaside holidays from Rosalind Young. The room is drawn together by a display of colourful quilted, dyed and pieced-together fabric by Liz Howlett, topped by a magnificent hand-dyed kimono. A corridor with designs of seagulls and a magnificent screen print dress moves us into a final room, featuring quite distinctive figure drawings and still life images of pomegranates and other fruit by Clare Pumfrey, who owns the house. This exhibition is not just a collection of objects; it is a unified and delightful experience. Equally delightful but quite different, is Sussex Art Collective’s exhibition at 19 Mill Road. There is an incredible range of arts and crafts on display in a fairly small venue. Once again it is clearly local art – beach and sea scapes from Brighton by Caroline Smith, amazingly clear and sharp images of Lewes castle and streets from John Hinitt, with beautiful and calming ceramics by Rosemary Land, wooden tools and vessels, a dramatic, large, oil painting by John Beetham and exquisite jewellery and glassware with various other modes of representation, all highly professional in their craftmanship and interesting in their conception. Such a range, and such quality. Go and see it yourself! This Saturday, the Dairy Studio, also at Old Malling Farm, opens for the next two weeks during the same times as the other two, adding a third more value to what will prove an enjoyable and inspiring afternoon. All at noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday, this week and next.

CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL will be praying for the people of South Malling today, Friday, at the sung evensong at 5.30pm. You will be very welcome if you would like to attend. It is a beautiful service.

CHILDREN return to South Malling School on Thursday. School staff are taking Tuesday and Wednesday for In Service Training at the beginning of this new academic year. The unusual second day will provide specialised training to help them in their determination to reach for the stars with their pupils. On the first day back, parents bringing their children to school and taking them away in the afternoon are asked to be especially careful when crossing the roads and parking. Please remember that the school’s Lollipop Lady has the job of trying to make sure that children are safe at this time That sometimes includes asking parents to move their cars. When, this happens, the head teacher asks that parents respond quickly and courteously.

FALCONS: The number of peregrine falcons hovering around Old Malling seems to have grown from two to five since early summer. Keep an eye out for them, and an ear. Their distinctive scream is very recognisable.

CHURCH. This Sunday, Revd Al Pickering will be back to lead the Family Service at 9.30am. All are welcome.

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.


WALK: Riverside club went on a walk on Thursday August 23 organised so well by Rosemary. We walked from Beachy Head down into Burling Gap, a walk of about an hour, most of it down hill. We passed the Belle Tout Light House who do B&B. What a fantastic place it must be to stay and the views must be great. Our coach driver met us and we went to the Seaford British Legion Club for a meal. Fifty people had a sit down meal at about 6pm to a variety of meals all cooked on the premises in a kitchen so small it would be difficult to cook your own meal in let alone for 50 but they did us proud.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday.

MEMORY: I was sent this memory from Sandra Amy who my sister used to race against in the sports. From an early age I and all the other kids on Nevill Estate took part. The entry forms used to arrive at the house, hand delivered quite a few weeks prior to the event. It was organised by a gentleman call Mr Breeze who lived in Caburn Crescent. I first won the Victrix Ludorum Cup in 1962, then again in 1963 and finally in 1964. As I had won it three times in a row I got to keep the cup which has the following names and dates on: 1950 Joyce West, North Way; 1951 Alison Hall, Firle Crescent; 1952 Alison Hall and June Young, both of Firle Crescent; 1953 Alsion Hall; 1954 Pamela Back, North Way; 1956 Pauline Smith, Nevill Crescent; 1957 Marilyn Downey, Valence Road; 1958 Lesley Barker, Brighton Road; 1959 Eileen Seymour, Nevill Road; 1960 Eileen Seymour; 1961 Gillian Euston, South Way; 1962, 1963 and 1964 Sandra Amey, Highdown Road. If any of you have any other memories I would like to hear from you.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our Messy Church event from 10.30am to 1pm. Do come along to join in some craft activities and also to enjoy a lunch with us after a short act of worship. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Dr John Neal and at 6.30pm by Rev R Wrestwood.


DON’T FORGET that the Newick Country Market is starting something new on the second Saturday in the month, from September 8. In the Community Centre from 9am till mid-day, they will have the same baked goods, vegetables,preserves, etc so pop along and enjoy a coffee and see what is available.

BOWLS: The bowls club have several matches to play in the next week commencing tomorrow, Saturday, when they play Burgess Hill away at 2pm. On Sunday they are at home to Deanland, on Tuesday away to Ringmer and Wednesday they play Newhaven at home. All games start at 2pm.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, will see the last league games for the Cricket Club, the 1ST X1 playing at home whilst the 2nd x1 are away to Hastings and St Leonards Priory, the third XI will travel to Seaford, the fourth XI will be playing at the Temple Grove against Buxted Park. All these matches will commence at 12.30pm.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon the Village Green will see lots of people attending the Newick Horticultural Show from 2pm, admission £1.50. You will see wonderful displays of vegetables, fruit, flowers, cookery, handicraft and children’s work. You can also enjoy some excellent refreshments in the marquee. The Family Dog Show is always very popular, ring 01825 724 445 for all enquires about this. You can enter your dog from 1pm on the Green for £1. Just pop along and you will certainly have a lovely afternoon.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am followed by family Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift please telephone 01825 722582 in advance.

HORSE RIDERS: There will be a 10 mile pleasure ride on Sunday, organised for the St Peter and St James Hospice. If you are interested in taking part please telephone 01825 722607.

BADMINTON: The club commence the new season in September, the first club night starts on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the village hall. They are always looking for new members. If you are interested the contact numbers is 01273 890143 or 01825 723299. You will receive a warm welcome.

CHEESE AND WINE: On Saturday September 8 there is a Cheese and Wine Evening at the Barn Centre from 7pm till 9pm, tickets £10. This is a fund raising event for the Church Barn Centre. Tickets available on 01825 722512. Everyone will be most welcome.

MURDERY MYSTERY: Also on September 8, Newick Amateur Dramatic Society are putting on a Murder Mystery Evening in the village hall. Doors open at 7.15pm, the fun will commence at 8pm. You can have a three course meal for your gastronomic enjoyment. Tickets cost £22.50 and the menu is tomato and pesto tartlets with salad garnish, then you have a choice of chicken supreme with leeks and watercress sauce, or Thai beef daube with seeded rice or butternut squash and goats cheese lasagne followed by three delightful sweets, raspberries in chardonnay jelly, sticky toffee pudding, or chocolate marguise with orange salad. Plus tea or coffee. Please telephone 01825 722493 or 722359 to book your table and your choice of menu. Feel free to dress up in summer dresses and hats, blazers and panamas, with the odd vicar and Scout mater thrown in. Carriages at midnight. You are certainly in for a great evening, so give the NADS your support.

BOULES: On Sunday September 9 the twinning association will be holding a boules tournament at The Crown from 2pm. No need to book just roll up. This is very informal and a lot of fun.

ON SEPTEMBER 13 the afternoon club are visiting Cockhaise Organic Farm. More details next week. In the evening the horticultural society will be in the village hall at 8pm for a talk by Colin Jones about The Flowers That Bloom in Spring. Further details next week.


STRIDE OUT: Tomorrow (Saturday) the Footpath Society will meet at 10am at the Laughing Fish pub, Isfield (TQ453 173) ready to embark on a five mile circular walk to the east of Isfield via Little Horsted and finishing with a pub lunch. Use the Laughing Fish car park. More information on 012373 891701. Then on Wednesday gather at Three Cups Corner on the B2096 Heathfield to Battle road (TQ637 202). There is limited parking on the roadside near the Three Cups Inn ready for a six and a quarter mile hike through woodland, crossing the River Dudwell, then Luck Farm to Burwash Common, taking lunch at the Wheel pub, then on to Parkhill Farm and Dallington forest. If you need to know more ring 01826 722649.

ROAD SAFETY: Go along to the village hall on Wednesday for a road safety forum involving the emergency services and Lewes District Community Safety Partnership. It is being promoted by the Parish Council and District Councillor Sarah Osborne. There will be discussion and presentations on all manner of topics concerning road safety and free vehicle safety checks will be available for those who attend. Refreshments will be available. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Admission free and absolutely everyone invited.

PANTO READING: Also on Wednesday in he village hall the Pantomime Society will hold an initial read through of the 2013 production. All are welcome to join in and if you are not a member you may discover that you would like to become one for a role either on or off stage. The Panto Society provides a very memorable event in the village every year and being part of it can open up a whole new social sphere and one can become part of an enthusiastic team that has fun and provides fun for others. If you do not fancy being on stage do not worry as there are numerous other roles to take up.

HARVEST SUPPER: Remember that the Friends of Plumpton College will hold a Harvest Supper on September 8 to support the Plumpton College Charitable Foundation which assists disadvantaged students. There will be a fine meal using the college’s own and other locally sourced produce plus a chance to sample some of the college’s award winning wines. Tickets cost £25 and are obtainable from the college Charity Officer Sue Martin or by emailing or

PARISH COUNCIL: East Chiltington Parish Council meets on Thursday in Beachwood Hall, Ramsey at 7.30pm and members of the public are welcome to attend.

HORTICULTURE: The Horticultural Society’s Autumn Show will be held in the village hall at 2pm on Saturday, September 15. If you are interested in entering vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, wine, handicrafts, cookery items, flower arrangements or homemade wine you will be more than welcome, whether a current member of the society or not. Just ring 01273 890572 to find our more and do remember that here are special classes for children.

POP ON IN: Do not forget that the Pop-in Parlour opens again on Tuesday in All Saint’ church annexe from 11am. A chance for a cuppa, a snack, a light lunch or, most important of all, a chat with an old or a newly made friend. Absolutely everyone of any age is welcome. There is no need to be lonely in Plumpton as there are lots of nice, friendly people around who you have not yet met and have you tasted the Rector’s homemade soup?

FREE INSULATION: Lewes District Council is offering free cavity wall and/or loft insulation regardless of age or circumstances. Just ring 01273 484330 to find out more. This is not a sales promotion by some unknown company and there are no catches. A survey will be necessary but it will all be instigated by the district council.

ON THE FRINGE: Four local artists (including from Plumpton) will be staging an open house art exhibition at Little Ferrets, Bats Bridge Road, Piltdown (TN22 3XR for the satang) on 1, 2, 8 and 9 September between 10.30am and 5.30pm. The artists are Lorna Holdcroft, Carlina Oliver, Janet Orpwood and Mary Wood. If you need to know more ring 01825 723956, email or visit


CRICKET: The fixtures for tomorrow, Saturday, are as follows: The first XI are away to Heathfield, the second XI are at home to Heathfield II and the third XI are away to Glynde IV. All games start at 12.30pm. These are the last league games for 2012. On Sunday there is a friendly match against Brunswick commencing at 1.30pm on The Green.

JUMBLE SALE: Do remember this Sale being held in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, commencing at 1pm. If you wish to donate some jumble then please try to bring it to the hall as near to noon tomorrow as possible.

FOOTBALL: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are in cup action again, this time they are away to Shoreham in the FA Vase First round. kick off time at Shorehan is 3pm and, if the match is drawn, then the replay will be at The Caburn on Tuesday evening. At the time of going to press there were no fixtures available for the Reserve team.

EVENING WI: At its meeting on Tuesday the bursary for £200 to Denman College for one or two people to share will be drawn. Also at this meeting Sarah 0ldridge will be the speaker and her talk is entitled Through The Seasons at Kew and Wakehurst Place. This should prove to be a most interesting meeting and new members are always very welcome.

FLOWER CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday the club is delighted to welcome back Carolynne Meer with her demonstration Bountiful Harvest. Carolynne is a first class demonstrator and will give lots of inspiration for members’ own ideas. Members competition is Fruitful Harmony and it is hoped that there will be lots of exhibits to judge. The club is always very pleased to welcome old and new friends. The club meets in the village hall at 2pm entrance £4 to include tea and biscuits. New members are always welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Please note that the club will again be meeting on a weekly basis in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall.

FLOWER FESTIVAL and Art Exhibition in Ringmer Parish Church on September 7, 8 and 9. It will be open on the Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on the Sunday from 11.30am to 4.30pm. The flower festival will depict the various clubs and organisations in the village. The art exhibition will be in the Church Room where you can view the work of the many talented artists we have in this area and buy their work. Light refreshments will also be available. The proceeds from the festival will be donated to St Peter and St James Hospice and the Village Hall Extension Appeal.

JUMBLE SALE: Another jumble sale is being held on Saturday, September 15, in the village hall so if you have jumble to donate they would be glad to receive it. Again the starting time is 2pm and jumble being donated can be brought to the hall between 10am and 11am on the day of the sale.

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

Rodmell & Southease

THE WI had a very entertaining talk given by Peggy Weeks on the hats she had collected from around the world on her extensive travels. Peggy was an amazing lady, in her 80s, nut brown from time spent in the sun, and wearing sandals and a short Greek toga type dress that many younger women (including me) would have thought twice about. I think one could describe her as a character bursting with life. The hats were amazing and we all had a guess which country they came from. Peggy had even crossed Russia on a train, sharing a sleeping compartment with Russian soldiers, and had also slept in a hut on Easter Island where someone kept knocking on her door throughout the night. She prefers to travel alone and mix with the natives of the country she is in. She has written many books about her life and travels and is still travelling and writing at her great age.

SLUGS, slugs everywhere but where are my hedgehogs this year? Usually we see several of them nuzzling around at dusk in the flower beds but I have not seen one this year. Thrushes are also scarce, in fact I can’t remember seeing any this year. We do have our little flock of sparrows, 15 in all, that come for their morning snack, and the jackdaws. The pheasants seem to have gone to ground too, but no doubt we shall soon have dead pheasants all over the roads as soon as the shooting season gets really under way again.

FRUIT: There are some lovely blackberries around at the moment and I hope to find time to pick some for the freezer.

PUB QUIZ: My guests joined in the pub quiz on Sunday night and really enjoyed themselves. The pub was full which was nice to see.

SADLY I hear that the lock on the church safe, at Southease, has been expertly picked twice recently, and probably around £80 has gone missing. As these old historic buildings are so expensive in up-keep any donations taken are a blow to finances.

CHURCH: At Southease Church on Sunday a hymn was sung that was not familiar to me, but several lines in it I found fitting for the time we are in. One line was ‘Care thy children’s warring madness, some hope – wars seem eternal.’ Other lines were ‘Rich in goods and poor in soul,’ rather near the mark of this age don’t you think?

GUESTS: For some years now one of my regular B&B visitors has been Pat Woodcock who used to live in Lewes over the Singer Sewing Machine shop at 47 High Street. He was there from June 1955 until September 1960 and has fond memories of various places and people in Lewes, one being the Four Seasons Club where Glyndebourne stars and various stars of stage and screen hung out, including the notorious Harvey Holford who used to own the Whisky Go Go and the Blue Gardenia Club, both of which I spent a lot of my youth at. They were in Queen’s Square, Brighton. Pat also has memories of the Light family, who purchased the printing machinery from Baxters Print Works when it burnt down. They also purchased the old gasworks behind the cinema at the bottom of the town around 1958. Pat, now in his late 80s, lives on the Isle of Sheppey. He wonders how many people he knew are still around in Lewes.

TREES: Many trees of heaven that grow in abundance around here I notice are dying, including two I my garden, one of which is dripping a sticky sap as though it’s distressed.