Parish pump Lewes - December 12,2014


DECEMBER EVENTS: Today, Friday, is Barcombe Sings Christmas in the village hall. A fundraiser for St Peters and St James’ Hospice. Sunday St Mary’s Christingle 4pm, the one with the orange. Led by the Scouts and Explorers. Rev Paul Mundy to preach. Collection for Toybox who work with street children in Guatemala. Sunday December 21, 6pm St Mary’s Carols by Candelight, starting with mulled wine. Our weekly services can be found at

PANTOMIME: Dick Whittington is being performed by Shooting Stars Entertainment at Barcombe Village Hall on Saturday, December 20, one performance only, starting at 7.30pm. All tickets are £5 each which include a complimentary glass of mulled wine, or tea, coffee or squash. There will be a children’s raffle and an adult raffle. Doors open at 7pm and the show lasts for an hour and a half. Tickets are available from Barcombe Stores.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT by the excellent community choir Lewes Vox in the Royal Oak, Barcombe, on Sunday at 7pm. There will be carols, of course, but other festive songs too and mince pies, no doubt. £6 on the door. All proceeds to charity.


CHRISTMAS FAYRE is at Chailey School tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There will be stalls for everyone including jewellery, gifts, tombola, a money tree and refreshments with bacon butties and mince pies. Everyone is welcome to attend.

SHEFFIELD PARK: Singing will be heard around the garden tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am as a local singing group InChoir will be performing a selection of popular Christmas songs. There is early opening, from 8am, on Wednesday December 17 which is an excellent opportunity to experience the garden as the sun rises across the lakes. You can also take in the Willow Walk, giving the opportunity to find festive willow structures while you walk around the garden, and/or some calorie-busting walks around the garden to work off the season’s excesses, both of which can be experienced until December 31. Admission charges apply; for more information call 01825 790231.

CAROL SINGING at the Horsted Keynes Carols on the Green tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm outside the Green Man Pub, as they are fundraising for Chailey Heritage Foundation. Also St Peter’s Church choir will be singing on Monday December 15 from 5.30pm, in the tunnel leading to the platforms, at Haywards Heath Station again to raise funds for the Foundation. You are welcome to join in either or both of these and sing much loved and well-known carols.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Sunday Holy Communion at 8am and Children’s Christingle at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH: Sunday service at 10.30am with David Muzzel and at 6.15pm. Also on Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

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.

FUTURES CHRISTMAS FAYRE, at Chailey Heritage Foundation, on Friday December 19 from 2pm to 5pm. This is a chance to enjoy some mince pies whilst browsing the many stalls which will include local crafts and produce, jams and preserves, Christmas gifts, cards, clothing, jewellery and refreshments. Festive treats will be available and a raffle will also be drawn. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. All proceeds go towards the development of their Multi-Sensory Studio. For more information call 01825 723723.

LIVE MUSIC is at the Kings Head Inn on Friday December 19 starting at 9.30pm. The legendary Soul to Soul will be performing the music of Tamla Motown and there will be dancing until 11.30pm.

CAROL SINGING around Chailey village organised by members of Chailey Free Church takes place on Friday December 19 from 7.15pm. There are likely to be a lot of singers as members of St Peter’s Church choir and congregation will be joining the Free Church for the carol singing. For more details contact Brenda Matthews on 01825 723978.

RAISING MONEY for Chailey Heritage Foundation the Filipino Brighton Running Cycling Group has been set up to Chris Hicban (physiotherapy assistant at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services) and friends from different NHS trusts, NHS dental practices and other care services. They took part in the Brooks 10K, on Brighton seafront on November 16, and are taking part in three other races including the Portsmouth Marathon on December 21. To support them you can make a donation at

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Chailey Branch Poppy Day Appeal shows a total approaching £4,000 due especially to Debbie Freeland’s sponsored walk, contributing over £1,000, and to a very generous donation from Chailey Parish Council. The Royal British Legion is very grateful and thanks all who donated and the dedicated door to door collectors and those at static points in what was a very rainy period.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE Bonfire Society is at the Horns Lodge, tickets are £1 each and prizes are on show. Please pop along and buy your tickets for the chance to win some super Christmas goodies.

INTERESTED IN COMPUTERS? A Parish Council Working Party is currently conducting a review of the parish website, which will hopefully lead to a revamp, to make it more relevant and accessible to everyone in Chailey. As someone who looks at the parish council website ( every week I think a makeover of the website is a great idea. Can you make this happen? Are you knowledgeable in information technology and regularly Tweet, use Facebook or other forms of social media? If so, Chailey Parish Council would like to hear from you. If you have the skills and time to and would like to put something back into the village contact Mark Evans on 01825 722554 or before December 14 if possible.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday at St Peter’s Church, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Parish Communion followed by coffee in the hall. Also on Sunday, Carols in Hamsey Church at 3pm. Wear plenty of warm clothing and don’t forget to take a candle.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES at St Peter’s Church. Sunday December 21, Nine Lessons and Carols at 6.30pm followed by mulled wine in the church hall. Christmas Eve, 11.30pm Midnight Mass. Christmas Day, 8am Holy Communion, Family Communion at the earlier time of 9.45am.

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS: The church will be decorated for Christmas on Saturday, December 20, from 10am. Gifts of flowers and greenery to beautify the church will be greatly appreciated as will as many hands as possible to help with the decorating.

NATIVITY PLAY performed by children from the Sunday School and Toddler Tunes will take place during the 10.30am service on Sunday December 21 (in place of the sermon).

CHURCH DIARIES for 2015 showing the Jubilee Window of St Peter’s Church are available from Judith Bastide at the Rectory or after church coffee.

ADVANCE NOTICE: New Year’s Eve Lunch. Judith reports that this is one of the nicest social occasions in the Offham church year and says: do come along to our very relaxed New Year’s Eve Buffet to enjoy delicious home made soup, lovely quiches and salads and some very naughty puddings (we don’t diet till January). Tickets are £9.50 to include a glass of wine. December 31, 12.30pm onwards in the church hall. All profits to the church repair fund. We are limited to 40 people in the hall so do let me know as soon as possible, preferably well before Christmas, if you would like a ticket. Friends and family very welcome too. Details from Judith on 01273 474356.

HAMSEY PARISH COUNCIL: When the parish council last met a resident wanted to remind the council that in the 2013 survey, 76 per cent of residents who responded were in favour of a footway along Beechwood Lane and at the open day 43 out of 46 who attended also wanted a footway. A resident asked if the council funding for the footway would be matched by a contribution from the hall Trustees. Council had been assured this was the case. Residents said the public spaces protection order which prevents antisocial parking has to be implemented by asking ESCC. At present PCSO issues tickets which don’t always result in fines or a summons. Clerk was to contact ESCC and PCSO would supply details. No parking signs are presently ignored and PCSO cannot attend every day. Cllr D’Arienzo was to speak to the head teacher at the school re coach using bus stop. Cllr Drury has completed a record of the parish War Memorials. Precept for 2015/16 based on the accounts supplied by the clerk and election costs for 2015: Cllr Ginn Chairman proposed a slight increase from £18,413 at present to £18,600 for next year, around one per cent. Seconded by Cllr Harmer and agreed by all. The chairman has had correspondence with Nick Bowles regarding parish councils having more say in planning decision making within the parish and whether LDC are agreeable to changes. The chairman has been informed that the PC has the right to appeal if an application goes against their wishes. Update for January meeting. An update on the recreation ground, village hall and footway to Beechwood Lane. Footway has been approved for funding by ESCC under the community match fund scheme. Cllrs agreed to waive standing orders and financial regulations requiring the need for three tenders as the project will be managed by ESCC using their choice of contractor. Council has agreed to match any funding contribution made by the hall trustees and £12,000 has been set aside from council reserves. ESCC at time of the meeting had still to confirm the final costings and dates for the work to commence. Funding above £12,000 will need to come as a loan from the Public Works Loan Board or from grant funding, which the clerk has applied for. Cllr McBrown reported a wing mirror had been smashed on a car in Chandlers Mead, Cooksbridge. Cllr D’Arienzo reported on traffic issues including footways and parking also school parking. She said a meeting with new school parents was positive. Eleven driveways are now being used for parent parking with two on the waiting list, however there are so many cars dropping children off that parking is still a problem, especially in Hamsey Lane. Cllr Harmer said parking may get worse when Haywards Heath station car park closes for repairs. Speedwatch is up and running but needs more volunteers. Clerk was asked if the bus shelter in Cooksbridge could be cleaned as there had been two instances of vandalism and the shelter was looking dirty. Council agreed a budget of £25 for cleaning the shelter. The next meeting is on January 15 in the village hall at the new time of 7.15pm.


CONCERT: Last Saturday’s concert was great and full of fun, the Bothy singers grabbed us wholeheartedly to take us into their repertoire of songs. They were great, they began their concert with the themes of the James Bond movies, they sang moving spirituals and a great favourite was Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody they captured the mood so well. It was indeed an enjoyable evening.

THE NEXT CONCERT on December 20 is when Jamie Watson returns to sing us into Christmas with songs and ballads from the shows entitled ‘Get set for Christmas’.

WE HAVE so much going on at the moment, the Advent service on Sunday with readings and carols was just lovely, and to come out of church on a full moonlit night, was just magical.

CAROL SERVICE: We are looking forward on Wednesday (before this column is published) to the University of Brighton’s carol service.

FALMER PARISH COUNCIL will have the plans for the housing planning application at Court Farm, and they will be on display in the village hall today, Friday, 5pm to 7pm. Everyone is invited to come and to make their comments. The planning permission has been granted for one of the modern barns at Court Farm to be converted into auction rooms holding 20 auctions a year of antiques and collectables. Lewes District Council has awarded Falmer £745 for its recycling efforts. This money has to be spent on a village project. Ideas so far are for a heritage notice board or a nature trail. The next parish council meeting will be on Tuesday January 20 at 7pm.


THE KINGSTON WI Committee, having arranged the Parish Hall for the annual Christmas party, were ready to receive members with a glass of wine for the last meeting of the year. Tables were ready for members’ contributions of salads, quiches, meats, salmon, condiments and savouries, leaving little space for baskets of French bread and a cheese board. For dessert there were tarts and trifles, puddings and pies, fruits and meringues; a feast for the eyes. Tables for the guests, each covered with a Christmas design table cloth, had a floral display with candle, Christmas crackers, party poppers and a copy of the quiz for later. About 6.45pm the first table guests were asked to choose their food and then table by table the remaining guests followed. Some had seconds of the main course before the desserts and then seconds again. Was there room? After the meal everyone had tea or coffee and prepared to be entertained by The Dowager Lady Crabtree. There, before us, on the stage was a tall, elegant lady dressed in a red outfit with red shoes, her silver hair beautifully coiffed: the widow of the 9th Baron Crabtree. She now resides in Eastbourne at a Home for Gentlewomen Living in Reduced Circumstances and fulfils an active public life, taking part in radio and TV programmes; writing books and performing comic monologues. Her latest talk is entitled, How to Grow Old Gracefully. For about 45 minutes we were wonderfully entertained by poems, cautionary tales and anecdotes. There were hoots of laughter as we listened to her often outrageous slant on life and stories of her experiences and advice to the elderly. Her monologue ended with a rousing round of applause; everyone commenting on their enjoyment of such a wonderful speaker. Lady Crabtree, we discovered, was created by the entertainer Paul James, in 1978. She became very popular and after 36 years is still wowing audiences. There followed a short business time with information about next year’s Christmas party to be held on 11 December 2015. Meetings of the choir and craft group will be on January 9 and the book group on January 22. At our next meeting on January 8 we will discuss the NFWI resolution for 2015, details of which are in the latest WI Life magazine. What a wonderful ending to 2014, with smiles all round.


COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall from 10am till noon.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Last Sunday we ventured to the edge of the Ashdown Forest for our ramble. We started from The Hatch Inn at Coleman’s Hatch and the walk took us along country lanes, across fields and through delightful woods with beds of fallen leaves underfoot. Through one such wood we came across an old hollow tree where right at the bottom of the trunk was a tiny door complete with keyhole just the right height for the fairies. Shortly afterwards we found Pooh Bridge so perhaps there was a link between the two. After we had played Pooh Sticks we continued on through the wood and then across fields until we emerged back on the lane to the Hatch Inn. Twelve of us enjoyed the winter ramble led by Clare. The next walk is on Tuesday, St Leonards by train. This will essentially be a town walk. Meet at 9.22am in time to catch the 9.44am train. Return on the 2.30pm train. For details contact 01273 483869.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the Angel Tree appeal enabling dads in Lewes prison to send presents to their children. Over £550 was raised, so that more than 55 children will have the happiness of receiving presents with a personal message from their dad. Children, please bring your parents to church on Sunday at 3pm for the candlelit Children’s Society Christingle service organised by all the churches in Lewes. Looking ahead to next year, on Sunday 4 January we will be having a songs of praise service at 3.30pm for which you can choose your favourite Christmas carol. Please send your choice to: Did you know that the Chapter House art group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10 to 12 (in the Chapter House)? They are a small friendly group of all abilities who welcome new members for art and a chat. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service with communion in the church hall; 3pm the Children’s Society Christingle service; 6.30pm informal service with singers and band.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group. You are warmly invited to come and join us on Tuesday December 23, when we are once again organising three groups of carol singers to sing their way around town, ending at Eastgate church hall for a mince pie and warming drink at 8.30pm. Please choose one of three starting points at 7pm: opposite Pelham Arms, next to St Anne’s; St Thomas’ Court, Cliffe High Street; Lewes railway station. Bring Carols for Choirs Book 1 if you have a copy but song sheets will be provided. Also bring a candle in a jar or a torch. It’s a fun event and everyone is welcome. Proceeds to the seniors’ Christmas day lunch and Passion Play 2015.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Christmas will well and truly have arrived at school next week. They have a busy schedule of activities before they break up for the holidays. The choir is singing at Eastgate Chapel tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am. Come and take a break from your shopping, have a cup of coffee and listen to the lovely South Malling Choir sing favourite carols. The Key Stage 1 (Infants) Nativity Play is on Tuesday and Wednesday at 9.30am. This is a traditional nativity with angels, shepherds, kings and a donkey or two. Key Stage 2 (juniors) Carol Concert is on Tuesday and Wednesday at 2.30pm. The Head says, ‘Come and join us for some carols and festive songs.’ (No ticket necessary). For the first time this year the school is going down to South Malling Church for a Christmas Service on Thursday. Infants will be there at 9.45am and juniors at 10.45am. Because of restricted space they only have limited capacity for parents and carers. On Friday December 19 is the annual Talent Show. The children have been practising hard and the excitement is mounting. We will announce the results in the next issue.

CONSULTATION on reducing speed limits in Malling. South Malling School is very concerned to reduce the speed of cars on Church Lane and all around Malling for the safety of children and parents. They will be strongly supporting the proposals put forward in the current consultation. The consultation ends next Friday (December 19). Make sure your voice is heard.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH has its Carol Service on Sunday at 6.30pm. As usual they will be supported by Sussex Harmony, the well-known Lewes Choir, which regularly rehearses in the church. The service ends with some of the finest mulled wine served anywhere and mince pies. The service has a great atmosphere, everyone sings the well-known carols and hears equally well-known readings, it is an excellent way to begin the Christmas season. Come and join them. The morning Service at 9.30am is the Family Service, an informal service for all ages, but with children in mind, this week including a drama. Everyone is welcome.

Mobile Library

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.


THIS WEEK: We had a Christmas card from friends in Adelaide. They included a cutting from their paper which had an article about Lewes Bonfire Night. The article depicted Lewes as a peaceful county town with a population of 16,000. I thought it was more. It went on to say we can attract 80,000 visitors. Nice to see our town mentioned across the other side of the world. I was lucky to be invited to watch the dress rehearsal of year 5/6 Wallands school nativity. I was completely blown away by the production. When there are 300 children performing it’s very hard finding parts. What really surprised me was the three wise men brought in camels. Now that is production.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: This week our younger children delighted us with their nativity performances and our Yr5/6s excelled themselves with their creative response to On Angel Wings by Michael Morpurgo. Many thanks to staff, parents and children who worked so hard to put these performances together; it certainly makes this time of year very special. We look forward to our Yr 3/4 celebration next week. Norman Baker, MP, visited us today to present prizes to Freddie Haggar and Lotte Hutton. Freddie’s poem is published inside Norman Baker’s constituency Christmas card and Lotte was the overall runner up in the picture competition. What talented children we have at Wallands: very well done. Some photos are on the Wallands website on the Take a Look page. We have recently received our data report for our test results last year. Our children attained above national expectations at all stages. We are particularly pleased to see the numbers of children achieving the top levels increasing, as this has been an area of focus for us. Congratulations to Ellie Kearley-Whitmore who fought in a Christmas Friendly Judo Competition on Sunday December 9. She fought very hard and managed a joint Bronze Medal placing. Well done to our Year 6 children who have won the ESCC Takeover Day Primary School top award. This is the third year running Wallands has won this award. The Year 6 children will be deciding how to spend the £150 prize money.

CHRIST CHURCH: On Sunday at 10.30am Rev John Gordon will be leading a Family Carol Service and on Christmas Day at 10am Dr Tony Law will be leading the worship. On December 30 morning worship at 10.30am will be led by Rev Geoffrey Whitfield. On Friday January 4 we have a Messy Church event from 10.30am to 1pm, the theme will be The Arrival of the Wise Men. There will be lots of craft activities based around this theme and after a short act of worship there will be a lunch. This is a free event but children need to be accompanied by an adult. On Sunday January 6 worship at 10.30am will be led by Rev Geoffrey Gordon and at 6.30pm we will be joined by St Anne’s Church for a combined service led by Rev John Gordon.

PRE-SCHOOL: The Cottage pre-school at St Mary’s Social Centre enjoyed a wonderful Christmas party on Friday with over 30 children along with their parents, carers and grandparents enjoying activities and LOTS of glitter. There was a bouncy castle, raffle, a feast of food and a very special visit from Santa’s little pony. All the children got to spend time with the pony and came away with a gift. The pre-school is now full but we have spaces available from September 2015. To secure a place for your child in September please call 474979. The staff and committee would like to thank their supporters.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: Christmas at St Anne’s starts with the Crib Service at 5.30pm. A simple enactment of the Christmas Story by children to the accompaniment of well-loved carols is for children of all ages. Street children in Columbia will benefit via Let the Children Live, a charity run by an English Priest. Midnight Mass on December 24 starts at 11pm. This is a choral Eucharist. On Christmas Day there will be two more services: Holt Communion (Book of Common Prayer) at 8am and the Holy Communion with carols at 10am.


THE COUNTRY MARKET is open today, Friday, in the village hall, 10am to 11am. Don’t forget to collect your orders on Friday December 19. There are always vegetables and cakes, flowers available. Pop along and see what’s on offer, enjoy a cuppa and join in the carol singing.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Service Holy Communion at 10.30am. Lifts are available if booked in advance on 01444 482272.

THE CAROL SERVICE will take place on December 21 at 5.30pm. There will be refreshments after the service. Members of the church will tour the pubs in the village tomorrow, Saturday, singing carols, starting at the Bull at 7pm.

COLDER WEATHER: With colder weather being forecasted, please keep an eye out for the elderly people living in your road. Make sure they are keeping warm and have sufficient food.


CHRISTMAS FAIR: Plumpton Primary School will hold its Christmas Fair today (Friday) at the school, 5pm to 7pm. There will be plenty of stalls, cakes, refreshments, games, hamper raffle, tombola and Father Christmas will be in attendance.

YOUTH SPACE: This evening (Friday) will see the second event organised for the benefit of local young people. It will take the form of a Christmas Disco and the music will be provided by Paul from the Fountain pub, who is also a professional DJ as well as a cook. From January it is anticipated there will be monthly meetings.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS: An extravaganza of carols is promised tomorrow (Saturday) in All Saints’ Church at 7.30pm. The Sussex Police Choir will be there singing not only traditional carols but adding the delights of Christmas songs and anthems. Tickets cost £10 to include not only the delights of the festive music but refreshments of mulled wine, tea, coffee and mince pies coupled with the reassurance of all those boys and girls in blue there to watch over you. Seriously, I gather they put on a pretty impressive performance of this traditional and much loved music. Tickets from the village shop, church members or at the door. Carols will also be sung in the Fountain pub next Friday (December 19) at 6.30pm to include accompanied children and then at 8pm for adults. There will be another carol session at The Plough on Monday, December 22 at 8pm. Absolutely everyone welcome.

FUTURE DEVELOPMENT: The first planning application for housing development in the village, namely in Riddens Lane, has now been lodged. The parish council will consider the matter at a special planning meeting, although it can only express a view and cannot make a decision. If approved, this development will not count towards the 50 or so homes that Plumpton is compelled to accept under the forthcoming LDC Core Strategy. The proposal will endeavour to circumvent the provisions of that strategy and to circumvent the Neighbourhood Plan the parish council is currently preparing. Residents will be able to make their individual comments on the proposal by visiting the Lewes District Council website or making written comments (in favour or by way of opposition). It is quite possible other landowners either directly or through agents will adopt similar tactics and thus the burden of development on the village will increase. Because of delays in producing the Core Strategy Lewes District Council is in a very weak position in controlling these premature applications. It is inevitable landowners and their agents/development partners will seek to take advantage of such weakness. If this and other potential applications succeed then Plumpton will have to absorb a far greater number of new homes than the minimum of 50 that the draft Core Strategy is proposing. The parish council could be rendered impotent in any attempts to control the scale of development, despite its work to develop a Neighbourhood Plan. There is scope, unfortunately, for landowners to cash in on their land assets before local residents can exert any influence on the size or scope of the expansionist policy. There is nothing illegal about this approach but residents should be aware that their so-called rights to have a voice in the future of their own environment are being eroded before they have been implemented, particularly because of local authority failure to act swiftly and decisively. That is not party political speak either, because the situation has developed over a long period.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Next week 14 local families will receive the keys to their new homes in Sun Close and some of them will doubtless spend Christmas in them. What a wonderful conclusion to over four years of hard work by the parish council in partnership with Action in Rural Sussex, Lewes District Council and Hastoe Housing Association. It should not be forgotten that Graham Awberry sold the land at a rate far less than would be obtained for land sold for development on the open market as this is an exception site. There was a chance this development would count towards the 50 or so new homes the parish must take over the coming years. This was never guaranteed and, unfortunately, despite parish council representations did not materialise. However, the parish council took the decision to support the development on the basis it would help to satisfy the demand for affordable housing from local people. That has proved to be 100 per cent true and involved just one family from adjacent South Chailey. How more local can one get?

JUMBLERS EXCITED: You bargain hunters can have great expectations in the New Year. Be prepared for some phenomenal bargains, when surplus Chrissie pressies will doubtless be up for grabs. There will be no less than two exciting events. On Saturday, January 3 the Short Mat Bowls Club will hold the first sale of the New Year and this will be followed on January 31 by another organised by the Village Hall Management Committee. Do note the dates now on your calendars and in you diaries for next year. Unwanted gifts and a clear out from last year to make way for new acquisitions will be in abundance, I am sure. In case you hadn’t guessed, both events will take place in the village hall with scrum down at 2pm.

CARE CLUB: Has anyone heeded the warning that this great facility for the elderly in our parish is in imminent danger of shutting down unless a few kind people come forward to take over its organisation? For a small team this would not be an onerous task. The old excuse of ‘I’m too busy’ holds no weight. We are all busy, have families etc. However, if we are to be part of a thriving rural community we have to actually do something, other than urge others to do it for us because, basically, we are not prepared to make any effort ourselves. Many of us have been there, done it, played our part, got several t-shirts and are now past it. Many others are out there quite capable of giving up a couple of hours now and again but find it too tiresome in truth. Well folks, if you want something done for you in the future it is about time you put in some effort of your own or it will be too late when your time comes to reap the benefit of such community effort. Ann Chapman is waiting to hear from you on 01273 890048, although these words are mine, not hers.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The meeting tonight (Friday) will be Christmas Past in Sussex, featuring readings, songs and visuals showing past and present celebrations and rituals. Geoff Doel accompanied by John Morgan will be entertaining us at 7.45pm in the village hall. As usual this Christmas meeting will be in two halves, separated by an interval with mulled wine and mince pies. The evening will be financed by a giant raffle. This year half of the raffle proceeds will be passed on to the Village Hall Extension Appeal. Gifts of raffle prizes on the evening will be much appreciated.

FOOTBALL CLUB: This evening, Friday, the Reserves are at home to Eastbourne Utd in a SCFL Reserve Section Premier League match with a 7.45pm kick-off. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team travel to Chichester City, also for a league fixture, with a 3pm kick-off time and on Tuesday evening the firsts are at home to Pagham in a league game with a 7.45pm kick-off. On the social side, on Sunday afternoon from 4pm to 7pm is the Children’s Christmas Party with a visit from Father Christmas as star guest and all kids are welcome to come and enjoy the fun and games. Christmas draw tickets are on sale in the clubhouse and tickets for the family New Year’s Eve party will be soon.

FATHER CHRISTMAS: The Rotary Club of Lewes will be bringing Father Christmas to Ringmer with their Tree of Goodwill this evening (Friday), commencing at Broyle Lane covering the Broyle Estate, Christie and Delves Estates. The evening will start at 6pm.

EXHIBITION: Exciting new work by local artists, paintings, prints, sculptures, mosaics, and textiles. Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 11am to 5pm at 3 Church Villas. Join us for mulled wine and a mince pie. Admission is free.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: This Sunday is the Carol Service at 6.30pm. The morning services take place at 8am for Holy Communion and at 9.45am for a Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing, both led by Revd James Hollingworth. On Sunday December 21 we join the congregation at the Baptist Church to enjoy Carols by Candlelight.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on December 3, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Simon Webster and Alan Hardy. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

COFFEE AND CAROLS takes place at the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm, led by St Mary’s church choir.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society hold a Jumble Sale in the village hall at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday.

Rodmell & Southease

AS THE WEATHER has been so mild, various plants and shrubs are still flowering. Driving in the Winterbourne area on December 3, I noticed a tree out in full pink blossom and my roses are still in flower as well as spring bulbs popping up everywhere and the lawns growing.

THE ADVENT SERVICE of Light in our church was well attended and the church looked lovely. Thanks to those who do all the chores associated with the church, giving up their free time so we can enjoy this beautiful old building.