Parish pump Lewes - February 13 2015


BARCOMBE CINEMA: The viewing of the romantic comedy Love Punch on February 1 in the village hall turned out to be quite a social event. We enjoyed a drink from the bar before the film and during the interval the refreshments included delicious homemade cakes. Lucky winners chose their raffle prizes then we settled down to enjoy the rest of the film. The next film, The Hundred Year Journey starring Helen Mirren and Om Muri, will be shown on Friday, March 20. Doors open 7pm.


VALENTINE RAFFLE, organised by the bonfire society, is at the Horns Lodge and will be drawn this evening (Friday) at 9pm. Tickets are still available at the bar.

ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am, Parish Communion at 10am. For transport call Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH Sunday, 10.30am with Erik Cornelisse, 6.30pm with John Goodway.

HALF TERM ACTIVITIES are at Sheffield Park and Garden from February 16 to 20; younger visitors can see how many mini beasts they can find in the parkland (bug hunting kits can be hired from reception), explore inside an old oak (there’s a tree at least 200 years old with a hollow inside all ready to climb in and hide), create some wild art or attend kite making workshops. These activities are all included in the National Trust Challenge 50 things to do before you’re 11¾. For more details of the activities and the Challenge visit

INFORMATION POINT is at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, every Tuesday morning from 10am to noon. This gives you an opportunity to talk to someone about any information, advice or guidance you might want about money, budgeting, debts, bills, finance and much more.

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on the first and third Thursdays of the month. The next session is on February 17 at 7.30pm. For more details call 01273 890114.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER group meets on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre. This is a great chance to meet other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

LENT LUNCHES will take place in St Peter’s Church every Thursday through Lent between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, starting on February 19.

NATIONAL NATURE Reserves in East Sussex is the subject of the Commons Society meeting, at the village hall, on Thursday at 7.30pm. Malcolm Emery, the senior reserves manager at East Sussex National Nature Reserves, at Friston, will give an illustrated talk about managing the reserves. Refreshments will be served and visitors welcome.

STARGAZING EVENING is at Sheffield Park and Garden on Friday February 20 at 6.30pm. This is a chance to join experts from the Seven Sisters Astronomical Society for a stargazing experience at the park. Children can also tick off number 27 on their 50 Things list. Price is £10 adult and £5 children and the evening includes a warming winter supper and hot drink. More Information is available on 01825 790302.

QUIZ EVENING to raise funds for the restoration of Maunsell Dining Saloon No 7864 is on February 21 starting at 7.30pm at the Bessemer Arms, Sheffield Park Station. Tickets cost £12 to include an evening meal; tables of up to six, you can either enter a team or join a table on the night. For tickets call 01737772811 or e-mail

RUNNING for Chailey Heritage in the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon, on Sunday February 22, is Amanda Home and her JustGiving page says ‘I’m running the Brighton Half Marathon on behalf of Molly’s school, the Chailey Heritage Foundation. I wasn’t planning to run it this year but I’ve been persuaded. I’ll give it a jolly good crack, try and beat my PB 1hour 45mins (highly unlikely) pity me trudging along in the snow and sub-zero temperatures. Molly loves school, she quivers with excitement when the bus comes in the morning and is always a bit disappointed at the beginning of the school holidays. Molly does so much at school; horse riding, swimming, cycling, computer work, power driving (learning to operate a wheelchair herself) and so much more. The school needs funds to continue and expand on the fantastic work they do with severely disabled children, please help me reach my target. Thanks.’ To support Amanda please visit

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN will profile Chailey and how we want it to develop up to 2030. A Steering Group for the plan has been formed of seven members and they are now looking to set up four focus groups; consultation and communication, environment and housing, local economy and transport and community facilities. Would you be interested in joining one of these focus groups? The only qualification necessary is an interest in our village and views on what will improve our experience of living here. Contact the Vera Grainger (the parish clerk) if you would like to join a focus group, on 01444 831453 between 9.30am to 2.30pm (Monday to Thursdays) or email

CHAILEY NEWS new distributors are needed for three rounds, the first 37 magazines along Station Road including Coldharbour Lane, the second 25 magazines in the Bevern Bridge area and the third 31 magazines on the A272 from Pellingbridge to Holford Manor Lane. Assistance with these rounds will be much appreciated, if you can help call Chris Jones on 01825 508721.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 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.

REMINDER: Skittles Evening, Friday February 27 at the Chalk Pit Inn, 7pm. Cost £5 per head and basket meals (optional) £6.25. Teams can be sorted out on the night. Do let Judith, 01273 474356, know if you would like to join in.

LEVEL CROSSING CLOSURE: The Drove, Hamsey Lane. Saturday February 21 from 11pm to 5am Monday February 23. Network Rail will be carrying out essential civil engineering works. The works will be carried out under a temporary road closure, 10 metres either side of the level crossing. A diversion route for through traffic will be signed and maintained for the duration of the works as follows: Via: C8 The Drove – U5012 Hamsey Lane – A275 Cooksbridge Road – A275 The Street and vice versa. Access to properties will be maintained where possible but may be restricted at times. Pedestrian access will not be affected. Bus companies have been notified. If you require further information or have a query regarding these works please contact Network Rail on 01273 783264.

WARNING: I have just been informed by a resident that a friend was shopping in Tesco in Lewes and had her purse stolen. The thief then tried to use the bank card but fortunately was not successful. Some shoppers still leave their handbags or purses in the trolley which is an open invitation for thieves. It is so easy to turn your back for a minute as you concentrate on shopping but it only takes a second for someone with light fingers to snatch your belongings.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the January meeting of Hamsey PC a resident told council that someone in Forest Row was awarded the MBE for caring for bats, which was interesting as there are bats in Cooksbridge. A resident reported there had been properties flooded in Offham again. Clerk was to contact ESCC. A resident asked when the Beechwood Lane footway would be done. The answer from the council was March. Excessive amounts of litter or dog mess should be reported to LDC for clearing. Litter is collected on a regular (but not frequent cycle) basis. The clerk was asked to remind dog owners of their responsibilities in the newsletter. The clerk was also asked to contact LDC to see if another litter bin could be placed outside Hamsey School. Chairman Cllr Ginn has been in contact with LDC asking for parish councils to have a vote on planning applications that go before the committee. The chairman was told by central government that it is a matter for district councils to decide if parishes can have a vote on applications within their parish. Cllr Ian Ginn is hoping to meet LDC and the chairman of LDALC. The council agreed to send a letter in support of the Station Partnership for improved services. The PC asked the clerk to contact ESCC with concerns regarding the cuts to bus services in the parish. There are reports that the bus used by Hamsey School children and parents after school is now too full to take everyone who needs it. After April this could mean a two hour wait. Council discussed the responses received following their request for parking restrictions. They did not feel that double yellow lines was the solution and the clerk was asked to contact the resident most affected to suggest a white line road marking.


KINDERGARTEN: The Singing Tree Kindergarten in Falmer has an open morning coming up. The kindergarten was described as outstanding in every area in their last school report. You can see them in session on their bread baking day on March 5 at 9.30am. The kindergarten overlooks the village pond and its ducks and geese and the children often walk out round the pond and down to the farm. Booking is essential for the kindergarten open morning, please call 01237 386300 (ext 2) or email: you can also see a bit more about them on their facebook page

TREES: I have been trying to find out about the removal of a large number of trees on the land next to the westbound sliproad off the B2123 at Falmer last week. The men cut around ten big trees down and the trunks are now lying on the ground. It is possible that they had to be removed due to wind damage. It is a shame as we need all the buffers we can get to mute the noise of traffic from the A27. High winds brought a tree down at the top of Ridge Road last weekend and damaged the phone line. All the phones at Mary Farm were down and not expected to be repaired until midweek. Fortunately the engineers were up there on Monday so hopefully, all is well.

MUSIC: We can look forward to a polished performance from the musicians providing our concert tomorrow, Saturday. Tenor Timothy Wilcox and pianist Peter Williams will be performing for us. The main feature of the concert will be Schumann’s Dichterliebe, there will also be work by Faure and Vaughan Williams (two of my favourite composers). The concert starts at 5.30pm and will run for about 45 minutes. Entrance is free with a retiring collection and there will be drinks available. We are so grateful to all the wonderful musicians that come and perform for us here at Falmer.

MOLES: I don’t want to come across as obsessed, but the moles in our garden are turning it into a quagmire. We are obliged to go around with a wheelbarrow constantly and move the enormous piles of earth that appear daily, sometimes while you are actually standing there. Has anyone got any suggestions for deterrents?


RACE NIGHT: Firle Cricket Club and Bonfire Society is holding a joint fund raiser in the hall at Firle on Saturday February 28 starting at 7.30pm. Entry is £5 which includes a buffet, there is also a bar. There will be eight races with eight horses in each race. Horses will cost £5 each. A fun night in the making I think.


KINGSTON WI: February’s talk, World War 1 1914-1918 and its Music started with the exhortation, familiar to many, They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old… by Laurence Binyon. We learned of World War 1 beginning June 28, 1914 when Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian, in Sarajevo and its dreadful repercussions. In Britain life was much the same and illustrated by song. We also heard songs about the troops leaving homes for the trenches. In Britain jobs once done by men were now done by women: munitions, farming, logging, and heavy factory work. The vital role of nursing sees numbers rise. On Christmas Eve 1914 the British hear the Germans sing Silent Night. Soldiers from both sides met in No Man’s Land and even played a game of football. The war went on in the air, at sea and on land. The great battles of WW1 were Mons, Ypres, Gallipoli, Passchendaele, Arras, Verdun on land and Jutland at sea. At the battle of the Somme, on 1st July 1916 there were 57,470 casualties, half fatal, it lasted 142 days and all for a half a mile. The troops sang It’s a long way to Tipperary, Keep the home fires burning, Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag and smile and When this lousy war is over. All were well known to members who sang along with the music. In April 1917 the Americans declared war on the German alliance. When Germany tried to break through at Amiens in spring 1918 they were repulsed; started to surrender; they were finished. The war ended at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month 1918. Since then Remembrance Day has been celebrated at 11am, November 11 each year. The talk ended with The Last Post. There were several apologies on a very cold night. The treasurer’s report showed a good balance. Kingston now has a Facebook page. It was agreed we would discuss the resolutions before voting for one in January 2016. The May meeting will involve a vote on the selected resolution and also have a talk about the WI archives. Walk, February 16, starting at end of The Street. Tap dancing, February 26 usual time and place. Choir February 27, usual time and place. Excursions are being arranged for later in year. Fete July 4. ESFWI March, fundraising will involve presenting a Cat Basket for sale so donations required.


BOOT SALE: There will be an Indoor Boot Sale on Sunday February 22 in Laughton Parish Hall. Doors open 10.30am. Tables £5, refreshments available. For more information 01323 811385 or email The next Indoor Boot Sale will be held on Sunday March 29.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On a bitterly cold Tuesday morning and with snow threatened, it was amazing that 14 people turned up for the walk at Steyning. The group, ably led by Graham, left Steyning along the path next to Mouse Lane which skirts Wiston before reaching the track next to Chanctonbury Ring which took us up to the South Downs Way. This track must be one of the best graded tracks of the many that climb up the north face of the South Downs. At the top we were hardly puffed at all. Though cold, there was no wind and walking was easy as we headed east. The sea beyond Brighton was lit up by the sun in a gentle golden hue. On the path back to Steyning we were rewarded by a wonderful view over the town, north to The Weald, east along The Downs and south down the valley of the River Adur. The next walk is on Wednesday, Jevington, a 6 mile hilly walk. Meet at 9.30am at top North Street car park. Our AGM is to be held the same evening at Cliffe Church Hall at 7.30pm. Margaret Sweatman will be giving a presentation on Safari in Tanzania : big cats and other Wildlife. All welcome.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: If you have missed out on being baptised, the 6.30pm service on February 22 will be a special baptism service: please contact the rector Steve Daughtery asap on 472018. Our next men’s Saturday night cinema evening is at 7.30pm in the John Harvey Tavern on February 28 with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. No need to book, just come along. Our Alpha course starts on Thursday February 26: a great opportunity to explore the basics of Christianity and the big questions of life in an informal, relaxed setting. Please contact Steve. On March 21, 9.30am to 5pm, come and join us for an interactive walk through the Old Testament, including those bits you have never heard of. Cost £14 including workbook, accompanied under 16s free. Information leaflets are at the back of the church, which is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and on Sunday for services. With the continuing cold weather, if you have any spare warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags for homeless people in Brighton we have a collection box in the church porch. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with communion, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service, with singers and band. Please come and join us.

PASSION PLAY 2015 Group: Singers who would like to join us for any or all of the four days of the plays this Easter are welcome at our next rehearsal in Southover Church on February 27 from 7.45pm to 8.45pm. We are also still recruiting for the crowd and family groups are particularly welcome to join in any part of the drama. We hope to involve as many people in the local community as possible, including schools. School visits are underway. Please email or visit our website at


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL wish everybody a happy and safe half term break, and remind parents that today, Friday, is the last day of this half term and that school starts again on Monday February 23.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH is preparing for Lent in this coming week. There will be a joint Ashing Service on Ash Wednesday at 8pm at St John sub Castro. All are welcome. This begins a season in which the church remembers the 40 days in Jesus’ three year ministry, when he went into the desert to prepare himself for the coming ordeal of passion, crucifixion and resurrection which culminates on Easter Sunday. South Malling Church, with St Pancras, is hosting weekly rehearsals for the third Lewes Passion Play, to be performed through the streets of Lewes from Sunday March 29 (Palm Sunday) to Easter Sunday this year. There are still places for people who would enjoy acting out members of the Jerusalem crowd in the play. Check their website ( ) for more details if you are interested. This coming Sunday, there is a service of Holy Communion at Malling, at the usual time of 9.30am. This week it will be led by Revd Mary Sitwell, the Assistant Rural Dean of the Lewes and Seaford Area. All are welcome.


CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, at Tots we will be welcoming Sarah with her Play Van. She always brings lots of messy interesting activities for our children to play with. She will be there with us from 9.30am. Next Friday we have our Lent Messy Church. This is a free event with activities, worship and lunch and starts at 10.30am. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Jim Thorneycroft and at 6.30pm Rev Geoffrey Whitfield will be leading worship with Holy Communion.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: Ash Wednesday, February 18, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 7.30pm. On Tuesdays in Lent there will be a brief service of Holy Communion at 10.30am, followed by Bible Study. To find out more, contact Richard Moatt,, or 01273 472545.

HEATING: St Mary’s Church Hall now has heating in good order, and continues to host a variety of community groups and family events.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Our girls and boys teams went to London on Saturday to compete in the East Sussex area table tennis finals; both teams reported back how much they had enjoyed the day. Whilst the girls didn’t make it through to the next stage, they were still deservedly pleased with their games. The boys came across some stiff opposition and made it through to the semi-finals where they were beaten. Wallands hosted a friendly game of football against Southover School for the Yr 3 and 4s. They had a great time, were extremely enthusiastic and demonstrated great sportsmanship. They won one match and lost the other; well done to both teams. Thank you very much to the two sports leaders, Max and Harvey, who demonstrated excellent leadership qualities and umpired one of the games successfully. A rather cold Tuesday afternoon found four pupils at Lewes Rugby Club participating in the South Downs Area cross country race. They raced 11⁄2 miles to gain a place to represent South Downs in the Sussex Championships. 52 girls and 74 boys ran. Jacob Morris, who won bronze, will go on to represent South Downs in the next stage. Well done to all of you.


NEWICK WI will meet on Thursday in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. Their speaker will be June Felstead, a member of the ALSAR Search Dogs Team.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning on Saturday morning February 21 in aid of Camp Jabez at 10am in the Community Centre. All welcome.

CINEMA: Newick Cinema’s next film show will be on Sunday February 22 in the village hall from 7pm. The film will be The Hundred Foot Journey.


WALKING BOOTS ON: The Footpath Society will be off on a hike tomorrow (Saturday) starting at Framfield church lychgate (TQ495 203) at 10.30am. There is limited parking at the church but space is available at the Horse and Hounds if eating. Then it will be a five mile jaunt around Framfield with the option for lunch at the Horse and Hounds. More details via 01825 763923.

GOT YOUNG CHILDREN? Honeybees pre-school facility has an open day on Wednesday between 10am and noon at its home at the sports pavilion. This community led facility caters for youngsters between the ages of two and five years, so if you are interested, just pop along.

FLOWER CLUB: For those interested in flower arranging there is an invitation to join in the demonstration on Wednesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. The demonstrator will be Stephanie Lang and her topic will be an intriguing Inspired By. Non-members will receive a warm welcome as long as they pay £2.50 at the door but it is rumoured that they may get a free cuppa.

VILLAGE ACTION PLAN: After having completed its initial tasks this group has achieved many successes and survived some controversy. The future is now up for debate and the AGM will be held in the village hall on Monday, February 23 in the village hall at 8pm. The group has ongoing projects, such as Plumpton Youthspace and the Station Partnership. It has resources and believes it can continue as an enabler for future projects within the community. It has the blessing of the parish council and the desire to facilitate local activities. If you have a view or even the inkling of an interest then do attend the meeting, listen to what the thoughts are and even express a view. Absolutely no obligation to undertake any duties, but your views will be appreciated.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The recent questionnaires have now been collected and the response rate was a commendable 54 per cent, which is well above average for such exercises. Those responses are currently being analysed and will greatly influence the emerging Neighbourhood Plan. There are still folk who believe that the parish council should be fighting further development in the village rather than planning for it. Well, I am sorry to say that such people must live on a cloud as the building of new homes in our community is being forced upon us by central government which is a process that has been going on since the previous government was in power. We have no option but to accept that Plumpton must take 50 new homes as a minimum and what the parish council is doing by producing a Neighbourhood Plan will ensure that residents have some say in how, when, where and in what form the development takes place. There are local landowners who are putting in planning applications before Lewes District Council’s Core Strategy is approved. If such applications are approved they will not count towards the 50 plus dwellings that the village will have to take under the Core Strategy process. One such application so far submitted has not received the parish council’s support, but the decision will be made elsewhere.

LOCAL ROMAN HISTORY: On Tuesday February 24 our local acknowledged archaeological expert, David Millum, will be giving a talk in Plumpton village hall at 7.30pm on Bridge Farm, Barcombe Mills, and the excavation of a first/fourth century Romano British settlement including the background to the research such as the Barcombe villa and bathhouse. Further excavations will be taking place on the site during the summer months when interested members of the public will be invited to participate. David has also been involved in similar excavations within Plumpton. Note the date now. Entrance to the talk will be free but donations of £3 to £5 towards the cost of future excavations will be welcome. More details on the project at

NEW BUS SERVICE: ‘theSussexBus’ will be introducing a twice weekly service connecting Ditchling, Plumpton and Wivelsfield Green with Burgess Hill commencing Monday, March 2. The service will operate on Mondays and Wednesdays reaching the Half Moon bus stop at 11am, Plumpton Green at 11.05am and then on to Wivelsfield Green, reaching Church Road, Burgess Hill at 11.30am, B&Q at 11.35am and Tesco at 11.40am. The return will start at B&Q at 1.05pm, Tesco 1.10pm, Church Road. 1.15pm reaching Plumpton Green at 1.40pm and the Half Moon stop at 1.50pm. The buses will stop at all bus stops along the route and will be known as service TS4. Concessionary bus passes will be accepted. Details via or ring 01444 246693. Thank you, theSussexsBus.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the May elections Plumpton Parish Council members will have to be elected or re-elected in what is a four-year cycle. It is known that several current councillors will not be standing for re-election so there will be vacancies for newcomers. If you are at all interested in serving and representing your community then now is the time to start considering whether you would really like to play an active role. There is, after all, no better way of keeping up with village matters, but it does require some commitment. Some training is available if wanted and the parish clerk offers great support. There are challenges, it must be pointed out. The majority of residents wish to leave local governance to others but will quickly turn to the attack if they do not agree with what is being done ostensibly for the common good, even if they have not bothered to contribute to debate. If you are really interested in serving your community and believe that you can rise to the challenge, now is the time to consider taking some action. You can get some initial information from Sarah Jeffers, the parish clerk, whose details are in the parish mag and can be found on or talk to one of the existing councillors, whose contact details are also on the website. I am a parish councillor (at the moment) but these words are my own and not authorised by my colleagues. It can be a very rewarding and enjoyable task for those with a genuine interest, but it is not always a smooth journey. I hope that sounds a fair summary and will actually stimulate some good thinking people to take up the challenge for the good of our community. Another downside is that there will be no second home allowance, nor will there be an opportunity to make a killing with expenses claims. I’ve survived six years of it.


CHURCH SERVICES: St Mary’s Church, today (Friday) 11am Holy Communion; Sunday 8am Holy Communion; 9.45am Family Eucharist; 6.30pm Evensong. The traditional Ash Wednesday service takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday.

MOTHERS’ UNION meets on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Church Room where they will be sharing tales of Shrove Tuesday traditions and tasting some goodies.

LENT LUNCH: A Simple Lent Lunch will be held in the Church Room next Friday February 20 at noon with proceeds to the Disaster Fund, which the PCC uses to donate to organisations dealing with humanitarian crises worldwide. If you are unable to attend but would like to donate to this important fund, please use a yellow envelope found in church and write Disaster Fund on the outside.

COFFEE MORNING: The Saturday Club will be hosting a coffee morning on Saturday February 28 with lots of goodies to sell. 11.15am to noon in the Church Room.

JUMBLE SALE: Get ready for the Jumble Sale on Saturday February 28 at 2pm in the village hall. Jumble can be left at the hall between 10am and 11am on the morning of the sale.

LENT: You are invited to join St Mary’s in marking Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. This year’s challenge includes a number of options to take something up and more detail can be found in the Parish Magazine.

Rodmell & Southease

SPEEDING: The recent cold weather has meant that roads are icy, but this fact does not seem to sink into the minds of motorists who are still speeding around these country roads. I even heard it given out on the radio one morning that the police were asking drivers to cut down on speed as there were so many accidents.

AS THE SUBJECT of Alzheimer’s is often in the news of late, I would like to say that my father had Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and died many years ago now. It causes much heartache to families and there are certain aspects of it that many do not realise can cause serious problems. This was brought to my attention a few weeks ago when an elderly man was making ‘a pig’s ear’ of parking in a car park in Lewes. Someone walking past me said, ‘He’s my neighbour and he has Alzheimer’s. I don’t know why his family don’t stop him driving.’ My mother and I did not know just how bad my father’s driving had got, until a neighbour told us he was seen driving onto a pavement. We quickly spoke to Dad, who was horrified that he could have killed someone. He immediately stopped driving and sold the car. A friend of mine also had to have her face re-built after a person suffering from Alzheimer’s crashed into her car. This problem seriously needs to be looked into as more people are suffering from this terrible disease and families need to stop them driving.

WI: On Tuesday Rodmell and Southease WI have member Joan Jones giving a talk entitled A Judge’s Tale. Joan is a very experienced domestic science teacher and show judge, so her talk will be very interesting. 8pm Rodmell Village Hall.

SCRAPBOOKS: On Tuesday February 24 the Rodmell Scrapbooks will be displayed for the first time in the village hall, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Do try and come to see these interesting books, the first was produced in 1950. Virginia Woolf fans may be interested in these books and the people they portray, as many may have been mentioned in her books or papers. Cost £1. Please phone Christine Isitt on 475943 for more information.

AGM: On Tuesday February 24 the horticultural society AGM takes place in the village hall at 7.30pm. The speaker this year will be Kevin Jenkins, who is the head gardener at Glyndebourne.

COFFEE MORNING on Wednesday February 25 in the village hall from 11am. All welcome.

FUNERAL SERVICE: The funeral service of Don Norman, who was a much liked Kingston resident for many years, took place at St Pancras Church, Kingston, on Monday February 2. It was well attended and his beloved dog Harvey was present, making himself known to everyone, especially those that knew and loved him. Don and his wife Maureen were friends of mine from days spent at Woodingdean, when they were my neighbours and they actually moved me to Rodmell. They got me out of many a scrape in my more youthful days and always said there was never a dull moment; having a lamb as a pet, which kept me and my neighbours awake for many a night bleating, comes to mind. They were both very kind and popular people. Don’s smiley face and cheerful and helpful disposition will be missed around the village.

The Sycamore Tree Project at Lewes Prison received £5,000 from the Safer in Sussex Community Fund. The project raises victim awareness.