Parish pump Lewes - December 19, 2014


PANTOMIME: Dick Whittington is being performed by Shooting Stars Entertainment at Barcombe Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 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.


THANKS to Jane Stent and all at the bonfire society who helped make the Senior Citizens Christmas Party such a great success. This year saw more guests than ever before and feedback, as usual, has been excellent. Fundraising for next year’s events has started and the society’s Christmas raffle is at the Horns Lodge, tickets are £1 each and prizes are on show.

FUTURES CHRISTMAS FAYRE, at Chailey Heritage Foundation, is today (Friday) from 2pm to 5pm. There will be local crafts and produce, jams and preserves, Christmas gifts, cards, clothing, jewellery, raffle and refreshments. 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, today (Friday) starting at 9.30pm. Soul to Soul will be performing the music of Tamla Motown and there will be dancing until 11.30pm.

CAROL SINGING around the village, by members of Chailey Free Church, takes place today (Friday) from 7.15pm. For more details contact Brenda Matthews on 01825 723978.

CASINO NIGHT is at the Kings Head Inn tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 9.30pm. For more information call 01825 723912.

RAISING MONEY - the Filipino Brighton Running Cycling Group was set up by Chris Hicban (physiotherapy assistant at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services) and friends to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation. The group are taking part in the Portsmouth Marathon on Sunday. To support them you can make a donation at

ST PETER’S CHURCH, Sunday Holy Communion at 8am, Parish Communion at 10am and a Carol Service at 6.30pm. On Christmas Eve there will be a Crib Service at 3.30pm followed by Midnight Communion at 11.30pm. Christmas Day services are Holy Communion at 8am and a family service at 10am. On Sunday December 28, Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am and on Sunday January 5 there is a Holy Communion service at 8am and a Family Service at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH: Carols and Readings by Candlelight takes place at the Free Church on Sunday at 4pm; the service will be followed by a buffet tea. On Christmas Day from 10.30am to 11.30am there will be an informal service for all the family which will include Christmas presents, a play and carols. This will be followed by Christmas dinner at 1pm for anyone on their own; it’s not too late to book a place just call Tony on 01825 766826. On Sunday December 28 and January 4 there will be services at 10.30am and 6.15pm. For details of the services after Christmas visit

JESSICA’S 2014 CHALLENGE: Jessica Pittams decided to complete 2,014km, to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation, by December 31. She has been walking, running, swimming and rowing since she started this challenge in January 2014 to raise funds, as she says on her JustGiving page, ‘because I want to support people who don’t expect but need’. Jess has so far raised £700 and it is still possible to support her at and every small amount will help.

NEW YEAR’S DAY WALK at Sheffield Park from 10.30am to 12.30pm. This is a chance to join the longest serving member of the park’s team for an informative guided walk around the estate, with points of special interest and historical stories included.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The parish council has decided to register Chailey (our whole community) as a Neighbourhood; the first step in producing a Plan for our village. The council is aware of several speculative developments, and considers it sensible to define in a Neighbourhood Plan to include how we, as a community, see it developing over the years to 2030. A Neighbourhood Plan must be developed through public consultation and the close involvement of residents. Following the annual meeting last April, the chairman is contacting those residents who have already declared an interest in helping. However, the council need increased involvement from residents of the southern areas of the village. Chailey’s Neighbourhood Plan will develop through the Planning Committee which meets on the first Tuesday of each month. The council is inviting those residents interested to their meeting on Tuesday January 6 at 7.30pm at the Reading Room, when it is their intention to establish a Steering Group. If you expect to attend contact the Clerk, Vera Grainger, on 01444 831453 or at so that seating can be arranged.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet on Tuesday January 6 at 7.45pm, in the village hall, when the speaker will be Chris Jenkins on Reforestation in Brazil. Prospective members and guests are always welcome; there is nominal charge of £2 which includes homemade refreshments.

OPEN MIC NIGHT is at the Kings Head Inn on Thursday January 8 from 9.30pm.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday January 13 from 8pm.

QUIZ NIGHT organised by the Friends of St Peter’s Church is at the Five Bells on Friday January 16 at 7.30pm for 8pm. Teams of six. Contact Hugh at

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

DECORATING: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am St Peter’s Church will be decorated for Christmas. If you would like to help, go along and join in. Gifts of flowers and greenery will be much appreciated and lots of wiling pairs of hands to make the church look beautiful.

SERVICES: St Peter’s Church, Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am parish Communion. During the service the Sunday School children and Toddler Tunes tots will perform their Nativity Play. This will be in place of the sermon. Followed by coffee in the hall. Also on Sunday Nine Lessons and Carols at 6.30pm followed by mulled wine in the hall. Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass, 11.30pm. Christmas Day, Holy Communion 8am, Family Communion at the earlier time of 9.45am. All welcome.

NEW YEAR’S EVE LUNCH: December 31 from 12.30pm onwards in St Peter’s Church Hall. Cost £9.50 (all profits to the church repair fund). Limited to 40 people in the hall. Let Judith know if you would like a ticket on 01273 474356 as soon as possible. Friends and family very welcome. Also contact Judith if you would like to order one of the church diaries showing the Jubilee Window in St Peter’s Church. Available from Judith at the Rectory or during coffee after church.

BAD NEWS: I was so very sorry to hear of the dog attack on the Harmer family’s sheep as only recently I had written about the sheep killed in Kent where dogs had been left to roam. I have written many times about people with dogs coming through the bridleway and just let their dogs off to run amok. In spite of the leaflets produced by the SDNP which are in a container at the bottom of the bridleway giving advice to dog owners when they are passing through an area where there is livestock, I have watched as people have taken out the leaflets and probably don’t like what they read and tear them up and just chuck them onto the ground.

AS THIS YEAR draws to a close and this is the last column before the New Year, it remains for me to than you all for your kind letters and lovely cards.


CONCERT: We have a fun concert at St Laurence coming up tomorrow, Saturday. Jamie Watson will be belting out some show tunes and, I hope, some favourite Christmas numbers. Jamie has entertained us before with songs from the shows and this new concert promises to be every bit as entertaining. The concert starts at 5.30pm, it is free with a retiring collection and will last about three quarters of an hour, which means you will probably have time to get over to the Swan for their Christmas draw the same evening. There is a quiz on Sunday at the Swan, in case you are in need of more entertainment.

THE COMPOSTING LOO at St Laurence is fully installed and functioning, just in time as we had a huge congregation at the Brighton University Carol Service last week. The church was packed with students and staff from Brighton University as well as regular St Laurence worshippers. There was some wonderful music from the young string players conducted by Andy Sherwood and lovely singing from the Brighton University choir. There were some beautiful poems and readings too. After the service we were treated to wine and mince pies in the village hall. All in all it was a great start to Christmas.

FLAUTISTS: We are looking forward to some flautists playing at our 10am Eucharist service this Sunday. Karen Rash is bringing some of her friends to play and following up with mince pies and wine at the end of the service - lovely.

SERVICES: There will be an opportunity to wind down and just enjoy the magic of Christmas on Christmas Eve at the St Laurence Christingle service at 3pm. The children will be told the Christmas story, sing some favourite carols and be given a christingle (an orange stuck with candied fruit and holding a candle) to take home. It is a delightful service, if a little sticky.

IF YOU USE the shops and eateries on the University of Sussex campus; here are the Christmas opening times. The Co-op will be open from 7am to 11pm up until Christmas Eve when it will be open 7am to 9pm, it will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Open on December 27 to 31 from 7am to 9pm, closed January 1, from January 2 to 4 January open 7am to 9pm. All the university eating places will be closed from December 25 to January 4.


CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Come and celebrate the birth of Jesus at our services in Kingston Church over Christmas. There is a Carol Service on Sunday at 6pm, at which we will listen to readings of the Christmas story and sing the traditional carols. Then, on Christmas Eve at 4.30pm, we have the Crib Service, which is especially for families but to which everybody is very welcome. Arrive early, as this service is always very popular. Finally, on Christmas Day at 9.45am, there is a joyful Service of Family Communion for all ages.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday November 25, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Peter Waters and Nancy Wiginton; 3, Jennifer Wilson and Peter Cattermole. Thursday November 27, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood; 2, Rosemary Land and Nancy Wiginton; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. Tuesday December 2, Tuesday Ladder: 1, Paul Allen and Rosemary Land; 2, Richard Burnett and Mike Keeping; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. Thursday December 4, Duplicate Pairs: 1, North/South, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 1, East/West, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: It was a nice sunny day when a three mile stroll took place from Firle to Charleston and back. Setting out across Firle Park towards Heighton Street the party encountered two recently ploughed fields, which had not been rolled out by the farmer, and a very muddy track on the approach to Charleston. However the availability of the coffee shop and toilets at Charleston enabled the party to relax before returning on the newly signed permissive path from Charleston to the old coach road which was then followed back to Firle. These recently introduced strolls to the Footpaths Group’s programme are proving popular with some of the older members, particularly when a convivial lunch can be taken in a public house at the end. Our next walk will be our New Year’s walk which will be at Glynde. Meet at top North Street, car park for a 9.30am start. New walkers will be most welcome.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: On Sunday we are having a Carols For All service for all ages, young, old and in between so please come along with your family and friends to enjoy the Christmas celebration. The Christmas flavour starts today, Friday, with the Pells School Christmas service in church, then tomorrow, Saturday, at 6pm the Esterhazy Choir will perform a Christmas Concert in church.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Please do try and join us for one of our Christmas services at this very special time of year. Sunday starts with a communion service as usual at 8am, followed at 10am by a family nativity service with children bringing the Christmas story to life for all the family, and refreshments for everyone. Then our carol services are at 4pm and 6.30pm, with beautiful readings and carols by candlelight, accompanied by our regular choir joined by lots of very welcome extra singers, with organ and contemporary instruments. Each service is followed by coffee and mince pies. On Christmas Eve at 4pm we will have a young families’ nativity service, a short service for young children to experience the story of Christmas, with the Christmas crib, songs and a story, followed by refreshments for all. Midnight communion, our traditional atmospheric service to welcome in Christmas Day, will start at 11pm on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day at 10am we have our all age family celebration and you can stay for a short communion service afterwards if you wish. Looking ahead to next year, on Sunday January 4 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: On January 8 Lewes Goes Strictly starts its new term: for information please go to and find the LGS page under Community.

PASSION PLAY GROUP: You are warmly invited to come and join us on Tuesday, 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. Diary date: On Sunday January 11, 2.30pm to 4pm, at Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road: come and meet the cast, hear the script and be part of it.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL wants to take the opportunity to ‘wish all our children, staff, parents and friends (including readers of Parish Pump) an enjoyable and peaceful Christmas and a happy new year’. And after a great holiday, the head and staff are looking forward to seeing everybody again on Monday January 5 for the new term.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH began Christmas last Sunday with a tremendous carol service. Everyone was in good voice and Sussex Harmony joined in, helping to lift hearts and voices and bringing their own folk based carols to the mix. Revd Jeremy Bamber put the whole Christmas story in a nutshell God came Down in a short and amusing address, followed by mince pies and excellent mulled wine, mulled on the premises while the congregation sang. On Thursday, South Malling School had their Christmas Service in church and this Saturday there is a Christmas Craft Morning - 10am to noon - in which children will be making decorations and enjoying themselves. On Christmas Eve there is the enormously popular Crib Service for children of all ages which starts at 3pm, and at 11.15pm, Midnight Communion provides a formal and solemn opportunity to put aside the merrymaking and think about the full significance of Christmas. In contrast, the service on Christmas Day, starting at 9.30am, will be short and happy, designed for all ages, with favourite carols; a good start for the day and a further reminder of the meaning of the festivities. On Sunday the service will be Holy Communion beginning at 9.30am and next Sunday, December 28, there will be a service of Morning Praise which starts, unusually, at 10am.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 10.40am to 11.10am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 11.30am to noon; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.40pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2pm to 2.30pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 2.45pm to 3.15pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.40pm to 4pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.30am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.30am to 11am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.15am to 11.35pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 11.45am to 12.10pm; South Rough, Newick 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Oldaker, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm.


I MUST APOLOGISE for last week’s computer malfunction in the paper. It was ancient history.

LEWES BOWLS CLUB: A Jumble Sale will be held at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road on Saturday January 10 from 9am to 1pm. There will be bowling gear as well as books, bric-a-brac, DVDs etc. Also a tombola, cake stall and Guess the Weight of the Cake competition.

NEVILL NEWSAGENTS: Zigge and Xioa (think this how you spell it) have now moved on and new patrons have taken over who, I am reliably informed, come from Sri Lanka. Welcome to them.

WALLANDS DOES WILL (the sequel). Following on from the spectacular success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2013, Wallands are once again working in collaboration with Kaleidoscope Theatre Company to create an open air promenade production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. We will be seeking aspiring adult and children actors in an open audition workshop on Sunday March 8 and rehearsals will be in the Easter holidays from Wednesday April 8 up to the performance on the evening of Saturday April 11. For now we are seeking the following volunteers from our wonderful, creative Wallands Community: A production art assistant, to assist in planning what props and set will be made and helping to lead a team of adult and children volunteers creating props and set items. A face paint designer, to design face painting plans for the children and to teach other volunteers. Two dance choreographers, to create and lead dance workshops with children; some experience necessary. Scene directors, people with experience of directing adults and children in performances and a lighting director. If you have other skills you could offer to help with the production, please let us know. Volunteers would need to be available for all the rehearsal dates and for a few planning meetings prior to the production. If you would like to be involved in any of the roles above please email Jo Taylor, the production manager, on: jtaylor@wallandscp.e-sussex.sch or leave a message at the school office by December 19. Norman Baker’s Christmas Card Competition: Congratulations to Lorelei Von Leyden (Yr6 CS/SE) for being selected as Best in School for Christmas Card Design and Robin Hall with Daisy Butcher (Yr5 ST/KF) for a Christmas Poem. They all received a certificate and will get a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament in the new year.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be a family carol service followed by mince pies and Rev John Gordon will be leading evening worship with Holy Communion at 6.30pm. On Monday from 7pm we will be carol singing in the church neighbourhood so if you live near Christ Church do listen out for us and join in the singing. On Christmas morning at 10am David Crowther will lead a family service. Looking ahead to December 28, Rev Geoffrey Whitfield will lead worship at 10.30am and on New Year’s Day we will have a church walk. Friday January 2 we hold our popular Messy Church event from 10.30am when the theme will be The Naming of Jesus. There will be craft activities, a short act of worship and lunch. This free event is open to all ages. We have now got the total figure raised by the Christ Church Tots cake sale for the BBC Children in Need event on November 14. It was £100.20. On the following Sunday the cakes not sold at Tots raised additional money which brought the total sent to £182.

LEWES NEVILLE WI: The last meeting of the year was Wednesday December 10. This was our Christmas party meeting and was very well attended with members disporting a wonderful array of Christmas hats, many of which had been created by the members themselves. We enjoyed an amazing buffet which challenged members to bring a plate of food, sweet or savoury, on the theme of a Winter Wonderland. We all tucked in enthusiastically and followed our meal with several rounds of Bingo. The WI has not been so quiet as we concentrated on getting a line or even better still house. Of course there were prizes of a chocolatey variety.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. If you have placed an order with the market, please make sure to collect it this Friday, otherwise you will be very disappointed as the market takes a short break over the festive season. They will close after today’s session and re-open on Friday January 9.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am, followed by Informal Worship at 10.30am. The Carol Service will commence at 5.30pm, there will be mince pies and mulled wine after the service. On Christmas Eve the Crib Service starts at 4pm, later that evening the Midnight Holy Communion Service will start at 11.30pm. Christmas Day there will be Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am. Sunday December 28, Holy Communion at 8am followed by Holy Communion at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 01444 482272.

NEWICK Afternoon Club will commence 2015 with a meeting at the Community Centre on Thursday January 8. The speaker being Richard Birtchnell, the title of his talk will be My Lords’ Ladies and Gentlemen Pray Silence for the Toaster Master Richard Birtchnell. Richard has been a toastmaster for 15 years and is the past president of the highly regarded Society of London Toastmasters. This will be an exhilarating insight about the life and times of a toastmaster, and some of the famous people he has met. What did Richard say that the Duke of Cambridge found so funny?


FIT FOR CHRISTMAS: To prepare for the forthcoming over-indulgence why not join up with the Footpath Society? Tomorrow (Saturday) gather at Ashcombe, Plumpton Lane (TQ364 134) at 2pm ready to embark on a three and a half mile walk taking in Novington, The Ridge, Plumpton College and back to Ashcombe for some mince pies to which non-walkers are also invited. More info on 01273 890598. If you succumb over Christmas and need to shed some pounds make your way to the village hall on Sunday, January 4 for a four mile jaunt via Hattons Green and Yokehurst. Find out more on 01825 723716.

YOUTH HAD FUN: The Plumpton Youth Space project held a successful Christmas Disco Party last week and 25 local youngsters had a great time. In an endeavour to provide a social gathering for the young it is proposed to continue the project in the new year with monthly meetings at the sports pavilion. It will provide an opportunity for young people to ‘hang out’ in a supervised but user friendly environment and for them to engage in activities that they want. Volunteers are essential, but if you consider that there will be only ten monthly meetings a year the commitment on the part of parents or others should only be to devote a couple of hours once a year and that is hardly much to ask. Adult presence is required by law as a condition of such a facility operating, but with such a minor commitment CRB checks (or whatever they are called this week) will not be necessary as there will always be somebody qualified in attendance. To participate simply email or give me a ring on 01273 890722. Surely your kids deserve your support?

COUNCIL TAX: At last week’s parish council meeting it was decided support for projects such as the Neighbourhood Plan and the new sports pavilion must continue. In addition some administration costs are rising to ensure that the council operates at maximum efficiency and thus builds for the future. As a result it was agreed that the budget for 2015/2016 would be fixed at a rate that will result in an increase in council tax for Plumpton residents that will amount to an increase of 29p per week for occupiers of a Band D property. There is also a provision in the budget to pay for signs to indicate speed reductions on Station Road from the Plough to the existing 30mph restriction zone and at the southern end of Plumpton Lane. Central government, ESCC and LDC are all cutting their budgets and in the end it is left to very minor authorities such as Plumpton PC to pick up the tab for whatever they think is essential to maintain.

PLANNING ISSUES: A planning application has been lodged for a development at the western end of Riddens Lane and, if approved, will not count towards the 50 or so homes that Plumpton will be required to absorb under the LDC Core Strategy. The Parish Planning Committee will consider the application at a meeting in the village hall on Monday, January 5 at 7.30pm. It is believed the landowners’ agent intends to promote the application. The meeting is open to the public. The Parish Council will make its comments to LDC but it should be remembered LDC is under no obligation to heed them.

MORE PLANNING: A number of landowners have directly, or through agents, proposed their land as being suitable for development under the Core Strategy that Lewes District Council will hopefully soon be finalising. As part of the Neighbourhood Plan consultation exercise Plumpton Parish Council has invited all those landowners/agents to make presentations to explain their proposals at a meeting in the village hall on Tuesday, January 6 between 6pm and 10pm. This provides an opportunity for landowners to state their case and for the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to listen so it may be better placed in its future decisions to decide where development could best be accommodated. The meeting is open to the public and there will be opportunity for open discussion, but it should be noted this is designed to be a listening session, not for protest.

POCKET PARK: The parish council learned that several residents whose homes adjoin or are close to the Bevernside Pocket Park objected to this village owned area being opened up for limited public use. Council will debate the issue at a future date.

SEASONAL EVENTS: As you will be spared my rantings and ravings for two weeks I feel I must remind you of activities taking place during the Christmas period.

CAROLS ETC: On Sunday there will be a Christmas Carol service at East Chiltington church at 4pm and on Christmas Eve there will be that family event of Blessing the Crib in All Saints’ Church at 4pm. Informal carol singing will take place in the Fountain this evening (Friday) at 6.30pm for children and at 8pm for adults. On Monday there is another chance to join in the carolling at the Plough at 8pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: The Blessing of the Crib has been mentioned above but also on Christmas Eve there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8pm followed by Midnight Communion at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day there will be Holy Communion at East Chiltington at 8.30am and Sung Communion at All Saints’ at 10.30am.

JUMBLING EXCITEMENT: On Saturday, January 3 the short mat bowls club will hold a sale in the village hall at 2pm. Just think of all those unwanted Chrissie presents that will be on sale and all those unused gifts from last year that will be cleared out to make room for the new ones. There will be cakes and tombola too plus the relief of refreshments so that you can calm down after the thrill of the chase and maybe just socialise.


FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow (Saturday) the first team are away to Eastbourne United in a SCFL Div 1 league fixture with a 3pm kick off at The Oval. Meanwhile, the Reserves are at home to Steyning Town in a Reserve Section Premier league match also with a 3pm kick off at The Caburn. Over the Christmas period, the Firsts are at home to Hailsham on Saturday December 27 at 3pm and on January 3 they are away to Eastbourne Town whilst the Reserves are at home to Broadbridge Heath. On the social side, the Club is open throughout the festive period with the Grand Christmas draw taking place this Saturday evening. The New Year’s Eve Family Disco and buffet is free to members but a small charge will be made for non-members towards the cost of refreshments.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday December 10, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

THE DRAMATIC SOCIETY is looking to stage a production of Haywire by Eric Chappell week commencing Monday March 16. Unfortunately we are having trouble casting Liz who plays the girlfriend of the book shop owner. If anyone is interested in joining the society and would like to audition for the part, please contact Ruth Whitlock who is directing the play, on 01273 812060 asap as rehearsals are due to start at beginning of January. Ideally Liz should be late 30s early 40s and rehearsal nights are Wednesday and Friday.

Rodmell & Southease

PARISH MAG: I was pleased to see in our Parish Magazine that Adrian Orchard also came across a ‘lycra-clad cyclist’ in his words, who were not using the special cycle path at Kingston provided at great cost and effort. When they spoke to the cyclist about it politely, the cyclist carried on regardless on the dangerous C7. Also like Adrian, I and many others are fed up with being besieged by catalogues and Christmas advertising clutter. No wonder the recycling bins for paper waste are always full. Keep up writing for Southease Adrian, I love your humour. When you read our Parish Magazine you realise just how much goes on in the Ouse Valley villages which I’m always so thankful for, as I don’t drive at night now so can’t get to theatres, cinemas, concerts etc as we have no night buses. It would be nice if someone could start up a little minibus service of villages for people who would like to get out more, have money to spend, and are just waiting to give their custom to theatres etc.

DIARY DATES: Sunday, Carol Service in Rodmell church at 4pm. Christmas Eve, Carol Service by Candlelight at Southease Church, 6pm. Christmas Day, Family Communion, 11am Rodmell.

LORNA MELIA ,our organist, is now back at the pedals, having had operations which are hopefully successful on both of her feet. Welcome back.

NATIVITY: As I was driving back from Seaford on Friday December 5 with my car radio on Radio Sussex, I was delighted to hear Manor House School children doing a Nativity Play called The Midwife Crisis. A midwife was trying to find Mary to help her with the birth of Jesus. It was so cleverly written and the children did it so well. I was laughing so much at some of the humorous quips in it. Thanks Manor School you made a good start to Christmas for me when I was feeling a little low.