Parish Pump Lewes - December 7, 2012


SINGING: Tonight, Friday, 7.30pm in the village hall. Come along and sing your favourite Christmas carols and songs or just relax and listen to the music. Free admission; live music; Grand raffle and seasonal refreshments. Everyone most welcome. All proceeds to St Peter and St James Hospice.

BARCOMBE WI meet on Tuesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. The Sussex Christmas, an illustrated talk by Mick Lynn and Geoff Doel with songs, music and reading on the folklore of Sussex at Christmas.


CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am, which will be followed by a special Christmas Pete’s Pantry. Also at 3pm there will be a Christingle Service. Transport can be arranged to all these services by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church service on Sunday is with Robin Lacey at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits after the service.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations.

WHISKY BEATS are at the Five Bells on Friday December 14 starting at 8.30pm. The Whiskey Beats are an authentic sounding blues band, playing both original, contemporary blues songs along with an infectious mix of blues classics by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, BB King, Albert Collins, Freddie King, Albert King and many more.

MARATHON: Portsmouth Marathon is being run by Andrew Murray and Michaela Drew on December 23, due to the cancellation of the New York Marathon, to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation. Funds raised will go to update the buildings and facilities to meet the needs of these young people. There is still time to support Andrew and Michaela to make a donation visit

SPEEDWATCH: Sussex police are looking for volunteers to assist in a community speedwatch scheme. Anyone is interested in helping with this please contact PCSO Steve Knowles by email or call 07787685708 or 0845 6070999 (ext 40526).

ORNAMENTAL MAP of Chailey commissioned by our parish council to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is now available at £2 each. Every household in the village should however have received a free copy. If you have not claimed your copy telephone Mark Evans on 01825 722554 to find out how to and/or to purchase further copies. Alternatively copies of the maps can be purchased every Friday mornings between 10am and midday at the Coffee Stop, Free Church.

NEW DATE for the Track Trek to raise funds to complete the Bluebell Railway extension project is Sunday February 24. This is a chance to see the track and the route through the Imberhorne cutting and over the viaduct and also to raise money by getting sponsorship. The walk is a round trip of approximately four miles, all children under 16 years old must be accompanied and the trek is not considered suitable for children under 7 years of age, unless they are carried. At registration, walkers will be expected to show sponsorship to the value of at least £20 per person or £30 for each family group. To book your place complete the participation form which can be found via the Track Trek link at

THE SQUARE KNITTERS are a group who knit and crochet blankets and rugs for charity, currently Chailey Heritage, St Peter and St James Hospice and the Gurkhas who are very so grateful for the colourful rugs they are given. More wool is however needed so if anyone has some unwanted knitting wool they could give the Square Knitters would be most pleased to receive it. Collection can be arranged if necessary by calling Jenny Barbour on 01825 722841.

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CHRISTMAS FAIR: Don’t forget the St Peter’s Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, in St Thomas Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes from 11am to 3pm. Lifts are available to anyone without transport. For further information ring the organisers Dave and Chris Glover 01273 400981.

AFTERNOON CLUB meets on Monday. This month will be the Christmas lunch starting at 12.30pm. Please let Judith know on 01273 474356 if you would like to attend so she knows the numbers for catering. Lifts always available by contacting Judith or Caroline on 01273 477151.

HAMSEY CP SCHOOL: The older children will be at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne on Wednesday where they will be taking part in the Big Sing as part of the East Sussex Music Service from 5.30pm. The school are holding their Christmas Fair at the school on Friday December 14 at 3pm. Details from the school on 01273 400370.

DOWNLAND YEAR 1939: December 3 the author writes: Upon the Downs at sunrise today, I stood on one frost-white hill-top looking across to another pallid, frozen ridge, with the valley beneath me like a great cauldron full of blue mist that the first slanting beam was stirring as with a rod of gold. Intensely silent and still was everything: all but this stealthily moving mass of vapour caught in the lap of the hills. Its soft blue colour must have been borrowed from the sky above, although that was hidden from me by wreaths of the same mist sagging overhead in the torpid air. What it was that moved the mist in the valley, unless it was the sunbeam, I could not tell. Certainly I could not detect the slightest stir in the air where I stood. But down below in the great soundless gulf the mist steadily drove away towards the opposite hill, mounted the white steep a little, and then turned upon itself creeping away to the northward in dense sullen folds, the golden bar of light riddling it as it went. And while I stood puzzling over this rather eerie thing, a sound still more eerie came up to me from the churning blue deeps. Moo-ee-ee, Moo-ee-ee! The call of a plover, perhaps the most desolate sound that haunts any solitude, and the rhythmic beat of her wings. Minute after minute the two weird notes went to and fro in the mist, though never a sight of the bird was to be seen. December 3 2012: Although the above could have been describing the scene on the Downs over the weekend when it was very frosty and white, today, Monday December 3, when I am writing this column is a completely different scene as the volunteers who have been beavering away over the past few weeks clearing scrub on the scarp are up there with their chainsaws and glowing bonfires doing such good work to keep the scrub down. Not sight or sound of any plovers that have not been seen around here for years. What I can see is one of the buzzards flying high on the skyline oblivious to the noise below.


TREES: Walking over to Stanmer Park via the University campus we were intrigued to see men marking out spaces on already prepared drills, we questioned them and they informed us that they were going to plant out 2,500 sapling trees and shrubs. They did ask us if we would like to volunteer to help but we quickly declined and wished them well. We then noticed the lab who was with us, she had been rolling down the hill on the leaves, and had painted her head with the markers.

SHEEP: Monday morning I bravely went to the allotment, and was treated to a round-up of sheep from the field at the bottom. They had a collie to help, but it really did not look as if it was doing the job properly, the sheep were flying everywhere, then suddenly they all calmed down and walked into the sheep box. I was told that they had eaten all the grass on the field, and had escaped that morning onto our allotments, that was before they realised I wasn’t aware of their escape, I was asked if they had created much damage, but they hadn’t managed to get up as far as our allotment.

ART AND CRAFT FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday Falmer Christmas Art and Craft Fair, from 11am to 5pm both days, in the Parish Hall. Lots of beautiful art work will be for sale, and the refreshments sound good too, mulled wine and mince pies and for those wishing to have lunch, there will be homemade soup and freshly made sandwiches. There will also be a cake stall, with cakes made by Falmer villagers. We hope to see you all there.


OVER 50S CLUB: Thursday, trip to Horsham leaving Firle and Glynde, Beddingham at 1am for a visit to their Christmas Market, and time to visit the museums and anything else in Horsham. Cost of ticket is £15. Then on Monday December 17 we have our Christmas lunch at the Ram Inn. This year the cost of dinner is £12 per person. If you would like to join us at either ring 01273 858307.


VILLAGE MARKET: Laughton Village market in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. This will be our Christmas Market so why not come along and buy your Christmas fare for the freezer or to order for delivery. Stalls will include cakes, meat, cheese, eggs, preserves, fresh vegetables etc. Gift stalls will include jewellery, craft etc. There will be the usual raffle. Refreshments available including bacon rolls, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. Entrance free.


NT LEWES CENTRE: On Thursday there will be a meeting at Priory School, Mountfield Road at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Judith Kinnisan who will be talking about My Oxford Canal Family. Non members welcome £3.

HISTORY GROUP: Our next meeting, at 7.30pm on Monday, will be our Christmas meeting. We shall be serving mince pies and mulled wine in the interval, rather than the usual coffee and biscuits before the meeting. John Kay will speak about The History of Southover Grange, a well known and much loved feature of the town. For three centuries this was the home of the Newton family. It then passed through a number of hands, not all of them caring, before its purchase after World War II by Lewes Borough Council, for the benefit of the town. It descended to Lewes District Council, who are now evaluating their property portfolio, and earmarking much of it for disposal. Alarms about the Grange’s future were raised when it was announced that the Lewes Registry Office were moving away next spring, and that weddings would no longer be conducted at the Grange. After the interval Ian McClelland will lead a brief discussion of the history group’s next move forward, and we shall hold our first ever AGM. The venue is the King’s Church Building, Brooks Road. As usual all will be welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday November 20 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge. November 27: 1, Simon Fishburn and Richard Pearson; 2, Paul Allen and Roy Skan, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. Thursday November 22: 1, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 2, Peter Gannon and Marie Young; 3, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell. November 29: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Peter Walters and Peter Cattermole; 3, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Four intrepid members took part in a walk in Ashdown Forest recently. Although the forecast had been for a dry day it rained on the way there and the group experienced low cloud or drizzle at times during the walk. They also found it very wet underfoot but fortunately they all were wearing wellington boots. Starting from the Churlwood car park on the A 275 just north of Chelwood Gate they first went north east to find a long straight ride which had been used as an emergency landing strip in World War 2. Then on to Stone Quarry Road and a path towards Chelworth House. Crossing the A 275 the group then went west to Gosses Farm and onto a ford. However this did not have to be crossed as the route took the group uphill through Stumblewood Common and Press Ridge Warrten back to the car park. A light lunch was then taken at the nearby National Cats Centre where the group also looked at the many cats for which homes are being sought. The next walk is on Wednesday, Ardingly and Balcombe. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.


SCHOOL NEWS: South Malling School held a wonderful Christmas Fair last Friday. There was a great festive atmosphere, many families and friends came and lots of money was raised for the school. Governors and teachers held a special meeting on Wednesday, designed to help them get to know each other better, discuss the school’s priorities for the year and develop individual links between governors with a responsibility for reviewing particular curriculum areas and the staff who lead these areas. This will be the second of such joint annual meetings. The first one, last year was felt to be very useful. On Thursday, the school was transformed into a Christmas wonderland. All the children made Christmas decorations for their classes. They were joined by many parents who went into classes to help. The result is awesome. Tomorrow, (Saturday), between 10.30am and noon the school’s Community Choir will be singing at Eastgate Baptist Church. The head teacher says to everyone, ‘Do come and join us for a cup of coffee and a hearty sing.’ On Monday there will be an after-school carol service at 3.15pm in the school hall for children and their parents. The service will be led by the Vicar of South Malling, Revd Al Pickering, one of the governors of this church school. The school hopes you didn’t forget that today is an Inset day.

BRIDGEVIEW Under 16s played at Malling in the Mid Sussex Youth League Cup against Horley Town Youth. The boys were not at their best on a hard and bobbly pitch following a heavy frost but they still managed to deliver a 5-1 win and progress into the semi finals. The goalscorers were George Amiet-West, Bryn Saunders, Tom Crossman and Captain Mitch Hamilton getting a brace of goals. Next week they travel to Crawley Down, Gatwick in the league. Congratulations to them and best wishes for another good game.

PARACHUTE JUMP: Dominic Lyons of Old Malling Way, whose parachute jump in aid of Clic-Sargent, the children’s Cancer charity, was reported in October, has completed his collection of sponsorships and raised an excellent £525. Well done, Dominic.

THE MONDAY CLUB enjoyed their Christmas Shopping Trip to Horsham on Tuesday. They meet at Malling Community on Monday afternoons for a sociable time and either Bingo or Hoy. They also arrange trips and visits to places of interest.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Last Sunday’s Family Service was a very enjoyable beginning to the season of Advent. The first Advent candle was lit, the surprisingly large number of people with birthdays in December were saluted and children helped the Vicar explain what was meant by The Breastplate of Righteousness. The Family Service on the first Sunday of each month is always warm and enjoyable, with a good number of children staying throughout with their parents, mostly sitting at the front and participating in the teaching. The collection of new toys for Family Support Work is growing. This Sunday will be the last Sunday for contributions, but anyone who wants to give and can’t get on Sunday can drop items off at the Vicarage. The Service will be Communion, led by the Revd Peter Markby, previous Rector of Southover and a very welcome visitor. The Service begins at 9.30am.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Village Hall, Ditchling 10.35am to 10.55am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.15am to 11.45am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.45pm; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.50pm to 1.20pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2.25pm to 2.50pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 3pm to 3.30pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.50pm to 4.20pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.15am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.45am to 11.15am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.45am to 12.05pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 12.15pm to 12.40pm; South Rough, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Oldaker, Newick 2.25pm to 2.55pm.


IN LAST WEEK’S PP I mentioned the balls going over a certain garden. Well I was contacted by the son Peter who said he did not know what happen to all the balls we lost. It was very nice to know he still remembers his time on the Neville and reads our PP although he has lived in Seaford for a number of years but still has an interest with Lewes.

FIFTIES FOOD: We didn’t eat croissants because we couldn’t pronounce it, couldn’t spell it and didn’t know what they were. Garlic was used to ward off vampires, but never used to flavour bread. Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging treble for it they would have become a laughing stock. Food hygiene was all about washing your hands before meals. Campylobacter, salmonella, E coli, listeria and botulism were all called food poisoning. The one thing we never ever had on our table was elbows.

NEVILL SHARES: A very successful first event took place on Sunday November 25 for this new community group which is open to all Nevill residents, with afternoon tea and Swap Shop. Lots of ideas shared for future events and initiatives. To join or to find out more, please e mail

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Dates for your diary: Friday December 21 is end of term and Monday January 7 beginning of term three. We would like to pass on our thanks to Lewes Little Gardens who donated £20 to our Groundforce project. Pop up Wreath making workshops is Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Advance tickets only at Come along and have some festive fun. Places limited. Medium wreath £10, large wreath £15. Would your child be interested in learning how to create computer games and apps? Programming is a valuable and highly technical skill, but it is a myth that only the most academic adults can master it. Some of the world’s best programmers started at a young age. Code Club is a new initiative that seeks to enlighten young minds in the UK about the merits of computer programming. Code Club have created projects that use a programming language called Scratch that was especially designed for children to use. Code Club is an after school activity for children in years 5 and 6. The only problem is that Code Club is volunteer led, so we are looking for a volunteer to come to our school once a week for an hour to teach the Code Club projects to our children. Any volunteers, please get in touch with Jo Taylor 07842085246. A sunny but cold afternoon saw four schools playing in the Ringmer and Lewes girls football festival. five teams were entered in a round robin competition. This was the first time the Wallands team had played any games, and they really held their own and got stuck into their games. They had to play four, eight minute games back to back. It was great to see them still playing with as much enthusiasm in their last game as their first, if a little redder in the face. The team lost one, drew two and won one game placing them a very credible third overall; well done to the whole team.

NEVLLE WI: Our Christmas meeting will be on Wednesday at 8pm, when we will be entertained by Richard Ratcliffe, his talk entitled It Won’t be Alright on The Night. Members will bring along festive food from around the world.

SPORTS 2013: At a recent meeting of sports committee and helpers, it was decided to amend the entry process. Entry forms will as usual be delivered in the Nevill area in May next year, sports day being Saturday June 29. The amended entry forms will be in school year groups, which it is hoped will be easier to understand by both children and parents.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: On Tuesday December 18 at 7.30pm St Anne’s will host the annual Civic Carol Service. All are warmly invited to attend. The Mayor’s Charities, Homelink and Landport Youth Centre, will benefit from the collection.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will include both the Ordination and Induction of church council members and Holy Communion and will be led by Rev John Gordon. This will be followed by a church walk. Next Friday at noon we have our monthly Friendship Lunch until 1.15pm. We look forward to seeing you at either of these events. Please look out for our Christmas card which should have been delivered to your house. You will find details of our Christmas services in the card. At the meeting of the Thinktank on November 28, Graham Tubb, who has lived on the Nevill Estate for 35 years, gave a fascinating and authoritative account of his work on regional government, for which he was awarded an MBE in 2000. A lively and informed discussion followed his presentation.


PRODUCTION: Newick Amateur Society production of Murdered To Death by Peter Gordon is at the village hall until December 8. A very funny spoof of the Agatha Christie genre. Curtain up at 8pm doors open 7.15pm. Tickets £8, available from the booking office 01825 722359 or 722985 email, Newick Butchers or at the door.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, Newick Primary School are holding their Christmas Fair from 12.30pm to 3pm. There are lots of interesting things to see, also Father Christmas will be there. You can enjoy excellent refreshments such as mulled wine, turkey baps, coffee, squash and cakes. Many things to do as well as purchasing some presents. Stalls include crafts for children to make, tombolas, secret surprise, raffle and many other outside traders. Everyone welcome. Entrance 50p.

RUGBY: Tomorrow, Saturday, the rugby club first XV will be playing at home and the second XV are away to East Grinstead, kick off 2.15pm. Why not pop along and cheer the first team on. They certainly need your support.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday Services at St Mary’s on the second Sunday of Advent are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Holy Communion morning service. If you should require a lift to church please telephone 722 582 in advance.

SANTA: Uckfield Lions Santa Sleigh will be visiting Newick on Monday starting at 6pm from Oldaker Road, completing his journey at Allington Crescent hopefully around 7.45pm. For information - www.

HORTICULTURE: Don’t forget the horticultural society’s meeting on Wednesday at 8pm when there will be a demonstration and workshop showing you how to create a floral Christmas table decoration. This will be followed by a Christmas Social with mince pies and mulled wine.

AGM: Friends of Newick Health Centre will be holding the AGM on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. Any patient of this practice can attend this meeting for further information telephone 01825 722 660.

DON’T FORGET that Wednesday is also the last day of posting your local Christmas cards for the 1st Newick Scout to deliver. Posting boxes are in the Post Office, Newick News and SVS Stores. Please make sure you have them posted by 4pm .


ST JOHN SUB CASTRO on Sunday there will be Holy Communion at 11am, followed by a good natter with refreshments. This has become a really well supported and precious time. Sadly the church garden working party was rained off last week so will be tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am onwards. Help will be greatly appreciated so please come along and lend a hand at the pre winter tidying up. We are still collecting tins and packets of food for our Family Support work, which will mean that an otherwise sparse Christmas table will be one of good food for families in need. Many thanks to those who are adding a little to the weekly shop and leaving it at church. On Friday December 14, the Lewes Chamber Music Festival will be held in church. It is a fund raising concert for the festival, followed by wine, mince pies and other delicious refreshments all in the £14 ticket price. And one for the family diary, a Christingle Family service will be held at St Anne’s Church on December 16 at 3pm and all ages will love it. Many thanks to all those who made such a success of last Saturday’s jumble sale.


FISH AND CHIPS supper followed by a quiz £6, in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. Please advise Bill Pierce 01273 513162 or email in advance to enable ordering of food.

ON DECEMBER 1 we held a Gift, Cheese and Wine afternoon. We were pleasantly surprised to have visitors, not only from the village, but from Brighton, Eastbourne and as far afield as London.


SENIOR CITIZENS AWAKE: Tomorrow (Saturday) the Scouts will provide a Christmas tea party with entertainment. Go along to the village hall at 2.30pm to accept this free hospitality.

LOCAL WALK: If you fancy a stroll in our local countryside you can meet up with the Footpath Society on Sunday at 2pm for a generally easy walk taking in East Chiltington. Meet at the playing field (TQ376 179).

SUSSEX CHRISTMAS: WI members and visitors will enjoy a talk about a Sussex Christmas when they meet on Wednesday. The speakers will be Mick Lynn and Geoff Dowell and the venue Plumpton village hall at 7.30pm.

POPPY APPEAL: The total collection for Plumpton and East Chiltington this year was £2171.78 and thanks go to everybody who gave so generously, to the willing band of house to house collectors and the continuing support of the static points in the villages. It would be remiss not to mention Jo Taylor who organises it all locally.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: One or more co-ordinators are required for this valuable scheme to continue in the village. It need not be very time consuming but can contribute greatly to the prevention and solving of crime thus providing better protection for residents which can, in turn, lead to lower insurance premiums. Anyone interested in taking on the task should contact PCSO Steve Knowles, without obligation and he will provide all the details of what is entailed. He can be can be reached on 07787 685708. 0845 6070999 ext 40526 or steven. knowles If he cannot answer when you call, do leave a message.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council meets on Tuesday in the committee room at the village hall at 7.30pm. The meeting is open to the public.

NEW YEAR FESTIVITIES: Do remember there will be a charity ball in Plumpton village hall on New Year’s Eve. It is being organised by Judith and Nigel Ayres to raise funds for CLIC Sargeant (cancer and leukaemia in children). In fact arrangements are being made by their daughter who is a professional at the job, so expect the best. It will be a black tie affair including a three course dinner, live music, a surprise attraction and champagne at midnight. Tickets cost £50 per person through Judith at

SCAM ALERT: A local resident very recently had his computer invaded, a virus downloaded and his email contact list stolen. This resulted in an email being circulated to his contacts who included me, falsely above his name, requesting financial help because of a dire emergency whilst on a trip to another part. I have come across this before and know of one person who fell for it and lost money. Not through stupidity but because it coincided with the supposed sender, a relative, being away. If you receive such a communication do read it carefully as it will usually be written in pretty poor English, indicating that it originates in an overseas country, as so many scams do. When selecting email addresses it may be wise not to include both your first and second names as it helps scammers (criminals) to personalise fraud attempts. A little while ago I received a scam that started Dear reg.stone. Note the dot between the names which is how it appears in my parish council email address. From memory it purported to come from a bank with which I do not have an account. But what if I had?

WHO CARES? It would seem that few people do actually care about others as another youth group is about to close down because volunteers cannot be found to run it. This time we are talking about Windmill Rangers, the follow on group from Guides. It will cease to function at the end of this month. This follows the previous demise of our Brownie pack for the very same reason. Village youth clubs in the village have failed in the past through lack of volunteer helpers. It does appear there is a general malaise and that a lot of people expect activities to be run for their children and, indeed, themselves but expect it all to be organised by others on the pretext that they, the parents, are far too busy. Most of us are busy and I suspect that really they are far too lazy. It is all too frequently youth activities that suffer and then some selfish parents turn round and complain nothing is being done for their children. The question I always pose is ‘If you are too idle to give up some of your own time and effort, how can you expect others to do it for you?’ If the cap fits…


SILVER SURFER: It is still not too late if you would like to attend the Silver Surfer session at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and noon. Please contact Ruth Whitlock, learning resource centre manager on 01273 812220 ext 253 to book a place or for more information. All sessions are free of charge.

COFFEE MORNING: The bowls club are holding a coffee morning at the Bowls Club Pavilion tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. All are welcome. There will be a cake stall, bring and buy and a raffle. Entrance 50p to include coffee and a mince pie.

JUMBLE SALE: Do remember this event is being organised by the Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. Please bring any jumble you wish to donate to the hall as near to noon as possible.

LIGHTS OF LOVE SERVICE: The annual service in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice is at Ringmer Parish Church tomorrow, Saturday, commencing at 4pm by the Christmas Tree outside the church and then proceeding into church.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on November 28 was: 1, Pam Brook and John Weston; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Valerie and Peter King. The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the St Mary’s Room of the village all.

CAROL CONCERT being given in St Michael’s Church, Lewes in aid of the Pestalozzi International Village trust. The programme will consist of music for the Christmas season, audience carols and contributions from some of the Pestalozzi students. The concert is at 7.30pm on Wednesday.

CHRISTMAS TEA: The Evergreen Club are holding this event in the small hall of the village hall at 2pm on Thursday. There will be a bring and buy stall and a raffle. It is hoped many will attend.

ROTARY CLUB Christmas Tree of Goodwill will be visiting Ringmer next week. On Thursday, it starts at 6pm from Springett Avenue and proceeds along the south side of the village. On Friday, December 14, it will again start at 6pm from Broyle Lane and then go on to Christie Avenue.

EXTRAVAGANZA: Christmas Extravaganza Cafe Theatre and Play Reading. Do remember to get your tickets for this event when members of the dramatic society will be telling the enchanting tale of Toad of Toad Hall by A A Milne. This is taking place in the village hall on Saturday December 15 from 2pm to 5pm and tickets price £5 for adults and £2.50 for children are available from Middletons. A tasty afternoon tea will also be served.

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PARISH COUNCIL: Parishioners are invited to the village hall on Tuesday at 2pm to take part in SID training. SID is a mobile temporary Speed Indicator Device aimed at alerting passing motorists to their speed and raising awareness of the 30mph limit through the village. The training is to be carried out by ESCC supported by our PCSO and should take less than an hour. After volunteers have been trained the parish council can set up a rota and arrange to borrow the equipment from ESCC on a regular basis. Last year, the parish conducted a survey into broadband use in Rodmell and Northease, confirming huge frustration with the existing speeds. ESCC has earmarked funds for the poorest served areas of the county and has asked for residents to reconfirm their demand for better broadband. Please register your views at to reinforce our case. With the frost of the season, please note last year’s supply of road salt is still available and is strategically placed with individuals around the village. Please see the website or ask a parish councillors for details.

CHRISTMAS is really getting on the way now, and I’m sure so many people are worrying about the expense of it all, especially those with children. I heard a little rhyme on the radio today which seemed appropriate for the position of the situation many people may find themselves in at this time of the year it was: Don’t spend too hard on your credit card, come the day you’ll have to pay.

OUR SCHOOL had a Christmas Fair on Friday November 30. It was a lovely occasion with some good things to eat and buy, and it was lovely to see the church being used as well. I personally do feel churches should be used for more than worship, because as congregations fall, these lovely old buildings require more money spent on them, and many are like empty containers just sitting there. Ours is used regularly by the school and we have concerts occasionally. It’s really another case of use them or lose them.

READING Cooksbridge, Offham and Hamsey’s Parish Pump where Mavis talked about noisy rave music going on yet again, it does make you think, don’t these people realise people move into the country for some peace and quiet and are usually fairly tolerant if the music encroaches on them until 11pm as nobody wants to be a kill joy, but farmers and farm workers are up and working very early and need their sleep, older people, people with small children and those that are sick also need their sleep, so why don’t people lower the noise levels after 11pm. Maybe when the rave is over and they are all zonked out farmers should go and give them a dose of their own music and see how they like it. I believe Falmer also suffers like this.

CHRISTMAS DRINKS: Rodmell held its Christmas drinks evening on Saturday December 1, to meet the new people of the village and catch up with all other villagers whom we don’t always get to see much these days. As usual it was a lovely evening.

SERVICE: The Advent Service of Light was fairly well attended on Sunday December 2, and as usual was a beautiful service. It used to be packed out but seems to get less each year these days.

CAROL SINGING: Please check the notice boards. There will be the usual two nights of carol singing. We do know that one will end at our pub, and the other at Bankside (a traditional venue). Please note that children (and adults) are all very welcome to join this traditional event, even if you have to leave early. The collection will go to a children’s charity.