Parish Pump Lewes - August 9, 2013


THE CUCKMERE VALLEY HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The Annual Show will be held in the War Memorial Hall from today, Friday at 1 pm to 5pm and Saturday from 11am to 4.30pm. Members have been very busy preparing their entries.

Visitors are very welcome to admire and perhaps make plans to join and be inspired to be the winning entry next year. There will be refreshments with drinks and cakes available.

THE 300 CLUB: will meet on Tuesday August 13 at The George at 8pm. The monthly gathering to witness the lucky numbers being drawn is also a convivial meeting for a chat with friends and neighbours.

BINS - a very emotive word in Alfriston. We have no doubts that eventually the new system will sort itself out but at the moment we are all in some confusion as to when the bins will be collected. We hope that by the time you are reading this all bins will have been emptied and next week’s collection will be as planned. This ‘confusion’ has resulted in a constant exchange of e-mails updating the arrangements none of which at the time of writing, have come to pass.

ALFRISTON FESTIVAL: Tickets for the Family Quiz Night, The Festival Revue and the British Legion Concert are now on sale at Hicks, The Newsagents in Waterloo Square. The Quiz Night will be on August 23 at 7pm in the War Memorial Hall. Teams should be no more than six people. A light supper is included in the ticket price of £6. The War Memorial Hall is also the venue of The Festival Revue on August 24 at 7pm. The evening of sketches, music and cabaret acts featuring the Alfriston Players will be supported by the Festival Band. Tickets are £8 and include a wine and cheese supper. The Little Common Royal British Legion Band Concert starts at 7pm at St Andrew’s Church. The ticket price of £7.50 includes a glass of wine or soft drink in the interval.


BARCOMBE WI. Tuesday (August 13) Garden Meeting 3pm, at Little Holmans, Town Littleworth. Bring swimming costume if you fancy a dip. Partners and children welcome. Please bring a plate of food to share.

SNOOKER CLUB: aka Barcombe Men’s Club, AGM on Monday, August 19 at 7.30pm. All current and potential members are urged to attend, there is much to discuss. Any item for the agenda, please inform Beryl Jackson, Secretary.

VILLAGE HALL: classes during the holidays. Several classes are still running right the way through the school holidays - so why not come along and join in? Monday evenings - Legs, Bums & Tums exercise class - contact Claire 01273 477986; Tuesday - Pilates 9.30-10.30am; Thursday 9.30-10.30am; Pilates (Jo); Thursday 8pm-9pm Zumba - Jess. Any queries please contact:

STOOLBALL: When you read this we would have competed in the Championship Tournament at Seaford. We played our final game at Ditchling on a very dubious weather-wise evening. Luckily the rain held off, but copious amounts of sawdust had to be strewn between wickets. The result of Ditchling 95 and Barcombe 162 ( Paula Peters 5 for 32, Amanda Ridley 45 n.o.) meant that we are Mid Division league winners. Congratulations to the team and a big thank you to our umpire, Dan Colbourne, and to our new groundsman, Josh Colbourne. Thank you for reading my weekly reports and we will be back in 2014 to defend our title.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2. Barcombe v Battle. Battle 128 all out in 38.2 overs. (Allan Trower 3-35 Nick Beck 2-15 Bertie Bextor 2-23 Paul Coppard 2-32). Barcombe 131-7 in 34.1 overs. (Paul Coppard 36 Keith Savage 23). Barcombe win by 6wkts. Barcombe 30 points Battle 8 points. ESCL Div 8. Herstmonceux 2nds v Barcombe 2nds. Barcombe 213-6 dec in 46.5 overs. (Mike Newman 76 Kane Black 74 Eddie Thomas 27). Herstmonceux 157-9 in 46 overs. (Ollie Winters 3-32). Match drawn Barcombe 19 points, Herstmonceux 10 points. Sunday August 4. Sid Farenden Trophy, Barcombe v Ringmer. Barcombe 163 all out in 38.4 overs. (Joe Wheatley 54no Iuean Phillips 34). Ringmer 166 - 4 in 32.1 overs. (Nick Beck 2-25). Ringmer win by 6wkts.

BOWLS RESULTS: Wednesday, July 31, home to H. Heath and Beechurst. Les Line 12, Roger Oliver 33; John Blackmore 6, Tony Heald 21; Jas Osmond 10, Dorothy Glass 17; John Osmond 10, Vic Green 18. Club lost 38 to 89. Thursday August 1 away to Seaford. Jas Osmond 18, D. Feist 12; Henry bunney 5, K. Browning 26; John Osmond 23, E. Pattinson 12; Shaun Smith 9, M. O’Reilly 19. club lost 55 to 69.

70th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: of Bert and Hilda Norbury is on August 14. They ran the Royal Oak in Barcombe for many years and are still fondly remembered in the village. A gathering is set for Saturday, August 10 at lunchtime in the Oak. Anyone who would like to call in is most welcome.


DRIFTWOOD OPEN GARDEN, Marine Drive, Bishopstone, August 11 and 13, 11am – 5pm, in aid of St Wilfred’s Hospice Secret Gardens Scheme.

BEACH CLEAN: The next Tide Mills community beach clean is 10am on Sunday 18 August, at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259).

Come along, grab a bag and litter picker and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. Email Jim Skinner ( or phone 01273 517291; or contact Peter Mason ( or phone 01323 893096.

THE SUMMER FETE & DOG SHOW on Saturday, August 3, on the village green was a great success raising about £3,250 for St Andrew’s.

Many thanks to the organisers Jane Lucy and Sue Roebuck and to the many people from Bishopstone and the surrounding area who helped make it such a memorable and rewarding (not to mention exhausting) day. Even the weather smiled upon us this year.


GARY KING, Breakfast Presenter on Uckfield FM, learnt that there was a café in North Chailey named after him. He decided to pop along and see GK’s for himself; naturally, there was some disappointment when he discovered GK’s was actually named after the founder of Chailey Heritage, Dame Grace Kimmins. Gary tried some of the baked specialities and recorded a few interviews with staff (including the cook, ICT co-ordinator and gym therapist) which were aired at the beginning of the month. If you missed this the full-length version of the interviews is on the radio’s website at

VINTAGE TRANSPORT is at the Bluebell Railway tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day at Horsted Keynes Station. For more information call 01825 720800.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game against Horsted Keynes tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1pm at the sports ground. Also a friendly game at Catsfield on Sunday staring at 2pm. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments will be available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Peter Barrie to include Communion and at 6.15pm with Giles Woodcraft.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group Club Night is at the Five Bells on Tuesday from 8pm. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars will be made most welcome.

BUG HUNT: Parents’ and Children’s Bug Hunt, organised by the Commons Society, is on Lane End Common on Wednesday starting at 10am and will last for about two hours. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

INFORMATION POINT: Village Information Point session is on Friday August 16 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

PLEASURE RIDE arranged by the Newick and Chailey Support Group takes place on Sunday September 1 and is sponsored by Cliffe Veterinary Group. The ride is approximately 10 miles, through woodland, grassland and arable land. It starts at South Brockwells Farm, Bradford’s Lane, Little Horsted and riders may leave any time between 10am and 1pm. Further details and schedules are available from Glenda Blackaller on 01825 722607.

LIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL at the Sports Field on Saturday September 14 from 2pm to midnight. There will be two outdoor stages and music for all ages, plus a beer tent, hog roast and entertainment for children in the afternoon. Local bands who are interested in taking part in this event are asked to contact Tom Stovold on 07795 007760. If you would like to have a stall at the festival please contact Ron Sheridan on 07572793342. For more information visit

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peters, Holy Communion 8am, Sunday Club in the church hall 10.15am, Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in church hall.

CONCERN: I wrote several weeks ago regarding the proposed development at the Old Downland Game Farm in Beechwood Lane. The application is for renovation of the existing farmhouse which includes quite a lot of new windows. The other part of the application is for five one bedroom holiday cottages and two two bedroom cottages. It is the latter that is causing concern, the design of the wooden buildings and the traffic impact in the narrow country lanes. Beechwood Lane is well know for being a rat run when the level crossing gates are closed in Cooksbridge and the height restriction on the railway bridge which is near the site. The application can be viewed on the South Downs National Park website App No SDNP/13/02016/PRE. The other concern is that unless this had not been spotted on the website nobody would have known about it. One resident enquired why it was not advertised and was told that those under the SDNP do not have to be as they work in partnership with LDC. The first part of the application for the renovation of the farmhouse has already been approved I have been told. Having read recently how precious, inspirational and irreplaceable English countryside is in danger of being eroded by poorly planned developments, is it any wonder that people who have resided in this lovely area for years are concerned and want to have their say.

HAMSEY HERITAGE Project, which has been much discussed, was on course for June implementation and at the last village hall trustees’ meeting it was reported that although ownership will rest with the SDNPA, the parish council will provide the link, for example through vandalism. The station partnership will monitor the posters and leaflet dispensers at Cooksbridge Station. According to the report the implementation is worth significant local publicity, which stresses that this is a parish initiative, taken forward in conjunction with the SDNPA.

OART: I am always pleased to receive my copy of the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust and this month I am pleased to see that they have received an award. Sam St Pierre, vice chairman, reports that he attended the Institute of Civil Engineers, South Branch, Engineering Excellence awards ceremony in Southampton. The awards are given to organisations that are deemed by the judging panel to have achieved outstanding results with projects they have undertaken. OART with its partners, the Environment Agency and Royal Haskoning, were given a Highly Commended certificate in the Sustainability and Environment category for their MORPH Project. The newsletter is always very interesting and informative and as well as Pepper’s Pot Pourri, which describes the recent work of the Trust on the tributaries of the Ouse and particularly on the Bevern, I always love reading Jim’s Diary which has been my favourite read for many years. It takes me back to the summer evenings when Derek and I used to take a picnic supper to the river bank in Hamsey and enjoy watching all the wonderful wildlife. Jim’s Diary describes his walks along the Ouse in such detail that you can imagine that you are there with him and seeing all the wonderful things that nature has bestowed on us. It shows how life has changed, though I was sad to read that his walks now include litter picking, and finding a duck and three ducklings which had been hit by a speeding car and especially upsetting for him was the sight of a squashed hedgehog as they are becoming so rare these days. This litter picking takes place on the verges and roadside before he takes to the river banks and he says that even the sight of litter pickers in fluorescent high visibility jackets does little to slow down some drivers. Jim is the OART Field Officer.

AMAZING: Recently, when I was out feeding the birds, I spotted the most exquisite tiny blue flower which looks like a miniature harebell. It was in the spot where I saw the snake so I was very careful before taking a closer look and photographing it. I seem to remember that years ago there were tiny harebells that grew around the edges of the fields. I shall have to look in my wild flower book.


I really thought that news for this week’s column was going to be difficult to find, all I had was the lost dog at 4am when one of the owners went downstairs and could not believe that the dog was not there. They were so concerned that they went walking round the village calling her. Apparently the dog had squeezed through the cat flap and was found outside the house by the neighbours when they returned late in the night, and not wanting to wake her owners took her in. So all ended well, I understand the cat flap has now been fixed. I was also going to write about how well the Sunday teas have been doing, with the fine weather, it has been a regular outing for many to come and sit by the pond and enjoy tea and homemade cake. The teas will be served into September when the Art & Soul Show will be on. Art and tea what could be better. But the news that has broken in Falmer is that the travellers have descended upon Falmer. They were escorted out of Stanmer Park by the police on Sunday morning, and were allowed to continue on their way, and their way was not too far, they ended in the farmer’s field opposite the Amex Stadium. There are about 60 caravans parked all around the field.


145th ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW: The big day is finally here! Come along and take part tomorrow, Saturday 10 August from 1pm until 5.30pm on the recreation round in Glynde. It will be a great family day out with beautiful displays of arts and crafts as well as locally grown flowers and produce.

There will be loads to keep everyone occupied: tea tent; bar tent; hog roast; music; raffle with fantastic prizes including tickets to Glyndebourne, Charleston and Plumpton Racecourse.

As tradition dictates, there will of course also be the produce and craft competition with the highly-prized silver goblets being awarded to the winners of the various categories. There is the new ‘Sam Haffenden Shield’ award, created to honour the local gardener and Honorary Life President of the Committee. Local primary and secondary children have been invited to enter the colouring competition and their work will be decorating the tea and cake marquee. After 5.30pm there will be time for you all to go home and freshen up for the musical highlight in the evening. This year, the event in the tent starts at 8pm with the wonderful Hayley Marie returning for another year and The Brass Monkeys raising the roof into the night.

There will of course be a well-stocked bar, barbeque, tombola, pub games and auction. Everyone is welcome, so please do come along and support this event – all proceeds for the evening event go to the Glynde and Beddingham Memorial Parade, which will be hosting a torchlight procession and short remembrance service followed by a fantastic firework display in Glynde on 8 November.

LITTLE COTTAGE TEA ROOMS: The Little Cottage Tea Rooms are now open from Wednesday until Sunday each week from noon until 5pm. The garden is of course a great attraction for visitors and there will be cake and craft sessions throughout the summer holiday where parents can enjoy a relaxing cup of tea or light lunch while the children are entertained. Debbie and David are providing a local delivery service so if you would like to place an order, with 24 hours notice, please call 01273 858225.

TEENAGE CANCER TRUST TEA: Geoff and Betsy Miller are again generously hosting what promises to be another superb Sunday Afternoon Tea to support teenage cancer sufferers and their families. Do come along and enjoy the afternoon in their garden at 1 Trevor Gardens (close to Glynde Reading Room) on Sunday 11 August between 3 and 5pm.

REACH VALLEY HOMEWORKERS: Chris Whitmore and Jolan van Herwaarden from Glynde have come up with the brilliant idea of gathering local people together who work at home and, despite the benefits of avoiding the daily commute, perhaps feel a bit cut off from the rest of the world. If you live and work in the area and feel in need of a couple of hours of social contact and support once a month, they warmly invite you to come along to the Little Cottage Tea (next to the shop) at midday on the second Wednesday of the month – 14 August. Please call Jolan on 858989 or email Chris on if you would like to join them so they can let the tea room know approximate numbers.

RECYCLING: Just to remind everyone that there are recycling facilities in the middle of the village – just on the Beddingham side of the bridge, by the station car park, which take bottles, cans and plastic. The recycling door-to-door collection is this week on Wednesday, August 14, for Glynde and Monday, August 12 for Beddingham, collecting bottles, tins and plastic as well as cardboard and now waste food for compost. For more information or if you are in need of recycling boxes, please phone 484999 or 471600.

CHURCH SERVICE: This Sunday there will be a service of hymns and readings in the tent on Glynde recreation ground at 10.15am.


LEWES FOOTPATHS GROUP: It is always a joy to walk on the South Downs on a fine summer’s day and so it was on our last Sunday walk which started from the beautiful village of Jevington. After steadily climbing to the top of the Downs along the South Downs Way we were rewarded with magnificent views all around. Walking along to Lullington Heath there was a spectacular array of summer wild flowers including swathes of the bright pink rosebay willow herb and large patches of blue field scabious interspersed with tangles of yellow ladies bedstraw. After reaching Winchester Pond, a haven for wildlife, we turned south, past the air monitoring station and then took the Snake Hill Path downhill before we stopped for a coffee break.

Luckily no adders were spotted although they are very common in this area. We crossed Lullington Heath, spotting the bell heather, and then followed the old Gallops in a southerly direction before traversing down the side of the downs towards Jevington again along a chalky path with banks of wild thyme and marjoram alongside it. This five mile walk was much enjoyed. Next walk - Sunday, August 11. Rottingdean. Meet for a 9.30am start at top North Street car park. Details of our Group activities can be found at


THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


MALLING TENANTS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION met at the Community Centre last Wednesday. They adopted a constitution, which confirms their formal existence. They also considered the range of items which had been raised in the recent Questionnaire

completed by over 100 Malling residents. It is worth noting that slightly fewer residents identified anti social behaviour problems in Malling than those who said they didn’t experience any, which suggests that they appear in a few areas only. However, a number of issues were raised with Police officers who were present, touching on bad behaviour as well as parking matters and speeding. There was concern that Youth Work, which has been used to encourage young people to be positive in the past, has been withdrawn or left to the voluntary sector. Members were told that a Food Bank will begin in the Malling Community Centre on Monday August 5 - organisers are expecting clients to be referred by local services (including doctors and housing officers). A large majority of Malling residents had been in favour of this. The next big push will be the organisation of a Community Fun Day on the Recreation Ground on Saturday August 31. This is partly designed to develop good community relationships and to introduce people to the services which support them.

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: In the End of Year letter to parents, Head Teacher Mrs Jo O’Donoghue told them that children at the school have long had a reputation for courtesy and good behaviour. This year was no exception. At the Leisure Centre, Year 5 children were told that, once again, they were high amongst the best behaved children who use the pool. Similar comments come in whenever children go out on trips and visits. The school actively promotes respectful attitudes, politeness and courtesy between pupils and with other members of the school community and enjoys hearing complimentary remarks from people outside the school.

MALLING CHURCH: This coming Sunday there will be a Family Service for all ages in which the Vicar of Southover will be tracing the History of Trees from Creation through the first century AD and projected to the end of time. He will be looking at this from the point of view of trees themselves. The service combines science, children’s activities, christian teaching and a huge amount of music and enjoyment. Everyone is welcome and guaranteed an hour or so of quality time. Services begin at 9.30am.

ARTWAVE: The Church is getting ready for Artwave, together with its partners in Malling: The Dairy Studio and Old Malling Farm House. Venues will be open on the Community Fun Day, and of course there will be much to see all over Lewes as well as in neighbouring towns and villages. Brochures are now available. Pick one up from the Information centre on the High Street and check out what there will be to see.


A GRAND OPENING: Our friends and neighbours had a grand opening of their completed summerhouse at the week-end. Chester started building Angela a summerhouse a few years ago, all made by hand and it was officially opened with a grand ceremony as we were all so pleased to see it finished. They had tried to get some A listed person like Idris Elba or Mumford and Sons, but they were unavailable due to family commitments, so having an Z listed celebrity in the form of Nevill Parish Pump writer, I had the pleasure of declaring the Summerhouse open.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Mrs Valerie Colgate with Holy Communion led by Eleanor Smith. The children and helpers at our Holiday Club last week had a lovely time. Just over 40 children attended during the three half days. The theme was Landlubbers and the church was dressed up like a Caribbean island with the hall having bejewelled dens for each of the groups to sit in. The children made treasure boxes to put the treasures in that they found during the holiday club. Each morning after a workout and singing the children went into their groups to undertake activities such as tie dying t-shirts to wear during the club. On Saturday, more than 70 people joined in the show-and-tell session and listened to the songs that the children had learnt during the club. There then followed a delicious BBQ.

ST PETER & ST JAMES Hospice Open Garden and Cream Tea at 4 Clare Road, Lewes BN7 1PN. from 2pm until 6pm on Sunday 11. Free admission. Teas £4. Raffle, tombola and cake stall. All proceeds to the hospice.


MARKET RELAUNCH tomorrow (Saturday) 9am. Newhaven’s street market will be officially re-launched following the £10,000 award from the Mary Portas scheme. There will be many more stalls including fresh fish, bread and cakes, flowers,coffee, cheese and a wide variety of live entertainment. Following the re-launch the market will be held as normal on Thursdays and Saturdays. If anyone is interested in taking a stall they should call the Chamber of Commerce’s market co-ordinator Gillian Smith on 01273 517544 or email

Paradise Park: Green Fingered dates for Your Diary.

Summer sale now on - Seasonal colour autumn vegetables & fruit. Also see Paradise Park at the Seaford Horticultural Show, Seaford Head Community College -

August 10, 1.30 – 4pm

Timely Talk: ‘Discover the Exotic’ - September 4 at 11am with David Fitton, MBE - an informal illustrated talk in the coffeeshop with free tea/coffee and special offer!

Better Lawn Weekend - 14 &15 September - advice and display on seasonal lawn care

Newhaven In Bloom Prizegiving 15 September 2pm - On the Coffeeshop Patio. Refreshments - all welcome

Late night shopping every Friday til 8pm.Need the Doctor? Our plant doctor, Mr David Fitton, MBE will be at the information centre most weekends (10-5pm) for help and advice or any of the Paradise Park plant team will be pleased to offer expert help & advice. Plant Helpline 01273 616004.


MARKET: Just to remind you about Newick Country Market open in the village hall from 10am to 11am on Friday mornings.

HOGARTY ROAST: The bonfire society are holding their Hogarty Roast tomorrow, Saturday, from 7pm till midnight. Tickets £15 from Bob the Butcher or the Royal Oak. Fingers crossed for a lovely summer evening. On Sunday the Terrier Racing will take place in the same venue, this commences at 2pm in the field just past the Green and is well sign posted.

BOWLS FIXTURES this weekend are: Tomorrow, Saturday, Newick are playing Isle of Thorns at home, 2.30pm; On Sunday Invitation Triples, home fixture; Tuesday, Mid-Sussex Burgess Hill away 6pm; Tuesday, John Spriggs Felbridge at home, 6pm start; Wednesday, Haywards Heath at home, 2.30pm start.

CRICKET: On Sunday the match will be against W G Gracefully, starting at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s are Holy Communion 8am followed at 10.30am with Holy Communion (cw).

HOPE you are all enjoying the lovely summer weather. Trust you all have great holidays.


SEASIDE FUN: The WI will meet on Wednesday in the village hall at 7.30pm when the speaker will be Ian Gledhill and the title of his talk will be Oh, I do like to be beside the Seaside. Visitors are always welcome, as long as they are female.

BUILD A SCARECROW: Plumpton has joined a very popular and fun trend to hold a scarecrow competition. It involves building and displaying a scarecrow in the front garden to provide interest and amusement for all. Entry forms are available in the village shop and the competition is open to both children and adults with prizes to be won, as well as fame. This fun idea is also designed to raise funds for our local churches and the Rector is very keen on the idea as is evident in this month’s parish magazine.

COMMUNITY EVENT: The police arranged a successful event in the village last Saturday when they and service agencies including Fire and Rescue, Neighbourhood Watch, ESCC Youth Bus, Operation Crackdown and the Community Payback Team were on hand to offer advice, help and a listening ear to local people on matters of security, safety and general matters of concern. The Community Payback Team, that comprises people convicted of minor offences and ordered to carry out community service, was busy at work in All Saints’ church and the Rectory grounds and they carried out some great tidying up tasks. I have to say that I suspect that they were spurred on by the Rector’s generosity in laying on some bacon butties as a reward for their labours but, from my chats with the guys, I gained the impression that they accepted their task with dignity and resolve.

OPEN GARDEN: On Saturday next week Ken Beard, our champion gardener and chairman of the Horticultural Society, will open his garden at 2 Green Cross Cottages to we humble members of the public. Joking aside, Ken is renowned for his gardening skills and has won prizes galore locally, as well as being a judge at other shows. The event will raise funds for our village Horticultural Society and will be enhanced by the provision of afternoon tea to include cake and at a mere cost of £3. Book the date now and be sure to attend. If you do not know where Ken lives simply buy next week’s Sussex Express when all will be revealed.

FANCY SURFING? If you are not au fait with computers and this new fangled thing called the Internet do not despair. ESCC has a mobile bus that visits Plumpton village hall car park every Monday between 2 and 3.30pm and aboard are folk dedicated to helping everyone solve the mysteries of computers and all things connected with them. Advice and help are available absolutely free of charge to ensure that the advantages of modern technology are available to all, be they young or old. These nice people will give instruction on how to use computers, surf the internet, use email and perform a multitude of tasks that can enrich life through communication. Just go along and give it a try and see how easy it is. Age is no barrier and those very long in the tooth, like me, can benefit. In addition to new fangled skills one can also get help with local council enquiries. The service is absolutely free so do pop along and see if you are missing something. It will cost you nothing and you can walk away if you do not find anything of interest. Mind you, it could be that you may turn up again next week to find out more. Are you prepared to take that risk?

JUMBLE ALERT: The next Jumble Sale will not take place until August 24. It will be in the village hall kicking off at 2pm and will raise funds for St Peter and St James Hospice.


RINGMER U3A ENROLMENT MORNING: This will take place on Wednesday, 14th from 10am - noon in the Symons (Old) Hall, Village Hall, Lewes Road, Ringmer. There are many varied groups in Ringmer U3A ranging from French, Spanish, German, Family History, Gardening, Readers Circle, Play Reading, Astronomy, Music Appreciation, Scrabble, etc., etc., so why not come along and meet the leaders of the various groups who will provide you with what information you might need before joining one of the groups. Annual membership of Ringmer U3A is only £7 and then you pay another £1 for each group you may wish to join. Do try to come along on the 14th if you think there might be something which interests you.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on the 31 July was 1. Deirdre Booth & David Warner, 2. Pam Brook & Lesley Durrant and 3. Alan Disney & Roy Skan. The club next meets in the Village Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Call 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: The results for the week ending Saturday, 27th July were Ringmer v St Francis 74 - 61, Ringmer v Shoreham-by-Sea 55 - 60. A bowls match was played on Wednesday, 25th July with the local Cricket and Stoolball clubs. A very good time was had by all thanks to the support from both clubs to make this possible and the weather was very good as well. The results for last week were - Ringmer v Hailsham 52 - 80, Ringmer v Ninfield 90 - 53 and Ringmer v Deanland 101 - 30. If anyone is interested in bowls go along to the bowls club on a Tuesday evening to meet some of the members as they are there from 6.15pm.

MORNING MARKET: Ringmer Royal British Legion Women’s Section are holding their annual Morning Market in the Village Hall on Saturday, 10th from 10am. There will be the usual stalls as well as a raffle and it is hoped that this event will be well supported.