Parish pump Lewes - February 14, 2014


GARDEN CLUB: Our February meeting will be tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm in the village hall. Our speaker will be Mark Saunders, who is head gardener at Fittleworth House, West Sussex, and he will be taking us through a Head Gardener’s Year. Members and visitors warmly welcomed. Refreshments.

VILLAGE HALL: Contact Angela Murphy, booking secretary on 07925857233 or email web:

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CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion with guest speaker at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586. Sunday Breakfast is at 9am in the Free Church hall, South Chailey, followed by a short service from 10.30am to 11.30am led by Erik Cornellise. All are welcome to join in the breakfast and service; for catering purposes please call Tony on 01825 766826 to let him know you are attending There will also be a service at 6.15pm with Martin Povey after which there will be refreshments.

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.

SUSSEX SEASONS is the subject of the Commons Society talk by photographer Peter Lovett on Thursday at the village hall, at 7.30pm. Peter also leads walks with a botanical, ornithological or historical theme. Orchids and butterflies are his speciality and nine native orchid species were found on one walk he led on the South Downs. Peter’s talks are highly pictorial and will no doubt show beautiful photographs of our area. Guests and prospective members are always welcome. For more information call William on 01444 831098.

JUMBLE SALE to support Chailey and Newick Rainbows and Brownies is at the village hall on Saturday February 22 at 11am. Please support the Chailey and Newick Brownies as they fundraise for their Brownie Holiday; donations of jumble would be appreciated and for collection call 01825 723727 or please take jumble to the hall on the morning.

CAN YOU HELP St Peter and St James Hospice? Would you or anyone you know be willing to open your garden to the public? The hospice are looking for a variety of gardens ranging from moderate town/village gardens to larger country gardens, with different planting styles, layout and design. Garden trails would also be very welcome if you are able to arrange for a group of gardens to open on the same day. If you have a garden that could be opened to the public the hospice would like to hear from you. For an informal chat or to discuss arrangements for opening your garden call Carol Hughes, Community Fundraiser, on 01444 471598 or email

BRAMBLES BAKERY is a fundraising enterprise by the young people and staff at Chailey Heritage Foundation. Lovely cakes that Brambles Bakery produces are now on sale at Townings Farm Shop, Plumpton Road. All proceeds go towards special outings for the young people in residential provision at the Foundation. The farm shop is open every day and times vary. Visit or call 01444 471352.

SCHEDULE detailing the classes in the horticultural society’s three shows is available from the membership secretary Nina Bourne on 01273 401994.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

THANK YOU: From your Rector and his wife Judith: It was wonderful to see so many of you in church on January 26 which was the 30th anniversary of our coming to the parish. At the drinks party in the church hall afterwards, Ursula excelled herself with a superb celebration cake, one just wonders how many cakes she has made for our parish celebrations over the past 30 years. Thank you so much for your wonderful gifts. We shall always treasure the cut glass decanter and wine glasses though we rather doubt whether the wine and champagne will last quite so long. We were so touched by your generosity and as always your friendship.

SKITTLES EVENING at the Chalk Pit Inn on Friday February 28 at 7pm. Judith says: Do come and join us whether you have played skittles before or not (in fact experience does not seem to have much to do with the results). Please give me a ring on 01273 474356 to let me know whether you are coming so I have some idea of numbers. We play in teams of four but can sort out teams on the night unless you are already organised. Cost is £5 per head and bar snacks are available at a cost of £6.50. No prizes but lots of fun and laughter.

CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL: Effectively the church membership roll, is always reviewed each spring. Anyone over the age of 16 years is entitled to join the electoral roll and forms are available at the back of the church.

PCC: There will be a short meeting of the Parochial Church Council in church immediately after the 10.30am service on Sunday to receive the church accounts for 2013.

SPIRALLING COST: Hamsey Parish Council and the trustees of the village hall are working closely with ESCC regarding the construction of a footway along Beechwood Lane to the hall, together with a safe crossing point on the A275. A detailed design specification and cost estimate has been produced. The ESCC estimate has been compared with other approved contractors and is competitive. Unfortunately the proximity of the level crossing is deemed by Network Rail to require a complicated and expensive traffic management system during some of the work. This has pushed the cost up considerably to £89,000. The footway will not be funded by ESCC out of its capital budget as it does not score highly against its prioritisation criteria. However the parish council is putting aside a fund for small community-led projects for the financial year 2014-15 and the parish will be making the strongest possible case for financial support. The PC and the trustees of the village hall have put aside £24,000 from reserves as a contribution towards the cost of this project. The proposed footway and now the increased cost has not gone down well with a number of residents, most who have lived here for many years and love the countryside and do not want to see our country lanes urbanised.

LENT: The first day of Lent is on Wednesday March 5. There will be Holy Communion in St Peter’s Church at 11.15am. This service will be followed by a Nice and Simple Lunch in the church hall from noon. Home made soup, bread rolls, cheese, apple pie and coffee will be served in the hall for £6 per head until 2pm. Profits will be given to Christian Aid. It is open to all. If you would like to join in please let Judith know on 01273 474356 for catering purposes. This is an excellent way to begin Lent.

DAY OF PRAYER: The service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday March 7 at 10.45am in St Michael’s Church, High Street, Lewes. The speaker this year will be the Reverend Mary Sitwell. It will be followed by a ploughman’s lunch (cost £3). The theme this year is Streams in the Desert. Details from Joan Parish on 612038 who is the representative for this parish on Churches Together in Lewes and District/Women’s World Day of Prayer.


PARISH COUNCIL: On Thursday February 6 Charles Dudley from the University of Sussex came to the meeting to outline and discuss the university’s building plans that will be undertaken during the next five years. He began with news the newly built Child Care Centre would be officially opened in March, the Freeman Building would undergo a complete internal revamp, the Cooperative Store on campus, which is running to full capacity, hope to have the opportunity of a new extension, there were plans to have more cash points available on campus and the Albion footballers, who currently train in Falmer, would be moving to their new site in the summer, and there are plans for redevelopment of the current Sports Centre. Talking of sport Charles did say the University of Sussex are currently the National Frisby Champions. Congratulations to them. The main reason for Mr Dudley’s visit was to show and explain the major new developments envisaged for the campus, to accommodate up to another 2,000 students, they plan to convert the Mantel building for residential use whilst demolishing East Slope residences and rebuilding more modern and desirable housing; the car park below E Slope will also be used for building, and this will be replaced by car parking space on the east side of the new buildings. There are also plans for the Science Blocks to be renewed and extended on to the Science Car Park, and to replace these car parking spaces, a two storey car park is planned for the west side of campus. This plan is extensive to be realised over the next five years, but the University hope to keep the green feeling of the campus, and a new road will be built to alleviate traffic travelling through the centre of campus, and make it safer for pedestrians. It was interesting to hear there were students from 100 different countries attending the university. The chairman of the parish council thanked Mr Dudley for attending and giving such clear details of the new plans. Other items discussed were the growing numbers of cars entering the village on Albion match days. How they get past the stewards manning the entrances is unclear, and it was agreed this would be monitored. The parish council had also been liaising with Lewes District Council Planning authorities about the number of lorries shedding their loads of soil on the land behind Court Farm. The planning enforcement office will again be approached and a report made at the next meeting.

RAIN: The amount of rainfall over the past few weeks created a flow of water through the valley on the east side of Ridge Road, at the bottom of the valley, it dispersed after a few days, but with the forecast of further rain, it will probably reappear.

CONCERTS: The concert last Saturday at St Laurence was a great success. Four glorious voices and an amazing pianist performed to thrill the well attended occasion. The next concert will be Unfenced, a vocal jazz trio, on Saturday March 1 at 5.30pm.


OH DEAR what a week we have had, there I am grumbling about the water in the village and those poor people on the Somerset levels and beside the Thames. This wretched weather doesn’t seem to deter Eric and Elsie (my esteemed squirrel friends) who are still sharing the nuts with the rest of the gang. The woodpecker has now mastered hanging on to the nut feeder, there isn’t a perch, and I am sure the whole population of the tit family are now residing in Firle. We are pleased that a Jay has started to frequent the garden, there is always plenty of food thrown over the lawn by the birds as they feed.

CHURCH SERVICE: The Sunday service is at Firle at 10.15am for Holy Communion.

OVER 50S: Next meeting is on Monday. Come along and enjoy it starts at 2pm and we finish around 4pm. Included is tea and cake. If you would like to come but need transport do give us a ring, Sally 07543365684 or Penny 08933766896. Time to plan some trips for the summer so get your thinking caps on.

LIBRARY: If you have not done it yet and love to read books why not join the library that comes into the village fortnightly and is at the shop on Thursday at 9.15am for half an hour. Good choice of books, DVDs and if you already belong to the Lewes library and have a card you can use it there. If they don’t have what you are looking for they will get it for you.

QUIZ NIGHT: This month’s quiz is Bonfires so come along and enjoy the entertainment, questions, and food. Its on Friday February 21 at 7.30pm. Cost of a ticket is £8 includes the food, teams of up to six allowed. Ring Hazel 07980167203 so she knows how many to cater for.

Glynde & Beddingham

LITTLE COTTAGE: Our wonderful village shop is undergoing a make-over for the next week or so. Debbie and David have asked customers to bear with them while the inside of the front window is being painted and new shelving is being put up. A full take-away menu is still on offer with hot and cold snacks from the tea rooms as well as the usual selection of groceries. Please ask if you cannot find what you are looking for.

SWIMMING POOL: The pool team met last Wednesday for its annual AGM in The Trevor Arms. There was a great turn out and in addition to the election of officers and review of the constitution, many exciting new plans were discussed. They hope to open in May, as usual, so keep an eye out for posters and emails regarding online membership and key exchange sessions.

BREAK IN: Sadly a property in the village was broken into recently and various valuable items were taken during the night. Sussex Police have asked people to be aware of any unusual vehicles and to report anything suspicious straight away.

WELCOME PACK: This fantastic folder full of interesting and often essential information about the village is still being handed out to newcomers. If you have arrived in the last six months and have not received your free copy, or if you know of anyone who has, please contact Chris Whitmore on 858227.


KINGSTON WI: Our February meeting began with the usual WI business including notices of the different activities available to members, the treasurer’s report, forthcoming events, followed by a break for tea and biscuits. After this we settled down for a talk entitled The Suffragist Movement. Do you know the difference between Suffragettes and Suffragists? Many of us at Kingston WI didn’t, before we had a visit from Frances Stenlake who explained it all, beginning with a picture of a Brighton bus with the name Dame Millicent Fawcett on its front. The suffragists were the less militant of the two groups and the founder was Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett. She was the wife of Henry Fawcett, the radical MP for Brighton, and sister of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson who was one of the first female doctors and had a hospital named after her. The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital still exists in London. Dame Millicent was the celebrated leader of the Suffragists or National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) which fought for women having the vote by peaceful means. They feared the militant action of the Suffragettes or Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), would alienate any potential supporters of women getting the vote. However, Dame Millicent rarely criticised them as she admired their courage. Lewes was not a hotbed of suffrage protest, unlike Brighton and even Cuckfield where Edith Bevan was prominent. The Mid-Sussex Times reported the suffrage movement’s activities, including the march from Brighton to London via Cuckfield in 1913 but the Sussex Express appeared less supportive. The suffragettes, which was founded by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903, protested by chaining themselves to railings and breaking windows. A suffragette, Emily Davidson, threw herself in front of the king’s horse at the Derby in 1913 and was killed. Many were arrested and jailed, where they went on hunger strikes and were often brutally force-fed. Both societies fought for their cause for up to ten years before they agreed to stop until the First World War ceased. Lloyd George, who became Prime Minister after Herbert Asquith, promised to help the suffrage movement. In December 1918 women over 30 were given the vote but it wasn’t until 1928 that women over 21 were enfranchised on the same terms as men, and one person one vote was only achieved in the 1950s. Our competition, Notable Women in the early 20th Century was won by Janice Barber.


SALE: An Indoor Boot Sale will take place on Sunday in Laughton Parish Hall. Sellers from 9am, buyers from 10.30am. Refreshments available. Proceeds to Laughton Parish Hall. For more information please ring Jean-Mary Crozier 01323 811385, email


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Tuesday 11 of us enjoyed a brief respite in the weather for our circular walk starting at Fletching village. The route took us across wide flat fields, which were largely muddy and water-logged, but offered outstanding views of the countryside all around, and eventually we emerged to cross the A272 between Piltdown and Newick. We then followed the trail across more fields through a pretty landscape to Sharpsbridge. A little way along the lane we turned into fields once more following a high meandering path along the River Ouse and eventually crossing a stile into a field which led us up to Newick Churchyard. From there we walked into Newick Village and enjoyed a pleasant and welcome coffee break. Suitably refreshed we carried on back across the A272 and through a small housing estate to rejoin fields leading across a boggy area serviced by a fairly new bridge. Eventually we came out onto a lane behind Sheffield Park and walked the half a mile back to Fletching village. A very enjoyable and pretty walk, led by Sally, appreciated all the more due to the fine weather. Next week we have a walk and a talk. Our AGM followed by a talk on The Meridian Way, a long distance footpath created by two of our members, Hilda and Graham Heap, will be held on Tuesday at Cliffe Church Hall at 7.30pm and on Wednesday Sally will lead another walk for us, this time on the Ashdown Forest. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: If you need home care or know someone else in Lewes who does, you may be interested to know that the church runs its own not-for-profit home care service called Southover Community Care. Registered by the Care Quality Commission and trading since 2011, the service offers practical and friendly care, tailor-made to meet any individual needs, to help clients remain in their own home as long as possible. The manager would arrange an initial visit to discuss a client’s requirements and draw up a care plan together. Please contact 07866 301384 or for more information. Thank you to everyone who has bought craft items made by the Mothers’ Union in Cyangugu, Rwanda. We will be giving £350 to the MU to support their children’s feeding clinics. A Fair Trade stall also raised £100 for the church from the sale of hot drink products. Our next Alpha Course starts on February 20 and provides an informal and relaxed opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith; contact Steve Daughtery on 01273 472018 for information. Services this Sunday, 8am communion, 10am morning service with communion, 11.15am informal service (church hall), 6.30pm informal service with musicians and singers.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL is very aware parking around the school at drop off and pick up times is causing a real problem for parents/carers and residents and is putting the safety of the children at risk. The parking problem is compounded by employees from the police headquarters competing for parking space in roads further away. Many parents ensure children’s safety by walking or cycling to school or, if they have to drive, by parking sensibly and with due regard to the residents in the area. However, it is unfortunately true that a few parents are putting their own needs and convenience before children’s safety or due regard for the school’s neighbours and their property. A group of parents who want to resolve the problem has now contacted the council for support and set up a petition to ask for a drop-off area to be created outside the school fence. The school also will ask the council to address the parking problem and has in the meantime requested the support of local police and parking enforcement officers in the area. The school very much wants to sort the problem out but realises it is not something it can solve on its own. The Head would like to thank the majority of parents for their support in trying to keep the children safe and local residents in putting up with a complicated situation. The school is looking forward to seeing parents, friends and carers at the Enterprise Fair today, Friday, at 2.30pm. This is always an exciting event in which the children sell the products they have been making during the term and hope to make a profit which they can then use to purchase something of their choice for the classroom.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH welcomes the Revd Steve Daughtery to take the Communion Service and preach this Sunday. After the service, he will answer questions about the proposed amalgamation of South Malling, St John sub Castro and Southover churches into a single parish serving the eastern area of Lewes and the three church schools. The decision to go forward on this will be taken by the three churches at their Annual meetings in April. The service begins at 9.30am and all are welcome.

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.


CONTROVERSY: The seat erected outside the shops, for some reason, has been set up to face the shops. Surely common-sense should have prevailed. Wouldn’t you want to look down the road at a view? It appears Lewes District Council now want £300 to change it round and Health and Safety have also got involved and want to put it on a plinth and put railings in somewhere too, so the cost will rise to £1,000 if we want it turned round. All we wanted was for the original seat to be replaced. What went wrong?

CHRIST CHURCH: Last Sunday was a lovely day for a brisk walk. Eight of our congregation went for a walk on the Downs at the back of the Nevill Estate. It was a clear day so there were some stunning views across Lewes. Today our Tots Group meets between 9.30am and 11.30am, the last session before half term. Next Friday at 10.30am we have our Messy Church event which is open to all ages and concludes with a light lunch finishing at 1pm. Worship on Sunday will be led by Dr Graham Campling and Rev Geoffrey Whitfield will be leading worship with Holiday Communion at 6.30pm.

ASSOCIATION OF CARERS: There will be a coffee morning for potential new volunteers to find out more on Thursday from 10am to noon at Cliffe Hall.

NEVILL SHARES Second Sunday Community Café February 9. There was knitting, crochet, patchwork, felting and rag rug making with four kinds of delicious homemade cake. Everyone had a very friendly and enjoyable afternoon, sharing ideas, skills and chat. Next time, March 11 3pm to 5pm St Mary’s Hall Highdown Road. Gardening ideas and cake. Everyone welcome.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am till 11am in the village hall. You need to arrive early if you wish to purchase some of the lovely goodies that are on sale, homemade cakes, savoury items, locally produced cheese, greetings cards, knitted items, plus plants and flowers arrangements. You can also enjoy coffee and have a natter.

RUGBY: The 1st XV rugby team, will be playing at home against Hove III. It must be a nightmare at the moment playing either rugby and football with the ground waterlogged.

SERVICES on Sunday are Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Lifts are available but must be booked in advance on 722582.

BULBS think spring is here there are lovely daffodils out at Fount Hill and I noticed the the hedgerows in some areas have green shoots. In my garden I have a mass of primroses out, so roll on spring weather.


PELLS SCHOOL: All the children have been sharing their learning in class Celebration Assemblies over the last few weeks and parents and carers have enjoyed coming in to watch. Children in year 5 and 6 had an interesting morning at Preston Manor in Brighton last week, discovering what life was like for servants living in the Victorian era. They dressed to look the part and went back in time to the 1800s when some children worked as servants for rich families. Happy half term everyone.


GET WALKING: The Footpath Society has a revised walk planned for tomorrow (Saturday). The start will be at the Tiger Inn, East Dean at 10.30am when participants will embark on a trek of about three and a half miles, with the option of enjoying lunch at the Tiger at the end. If you need to know more just ring 01273 891701. You do not have to be a society member.

CRICKETERS UNITE: Plumpton and East Chiltington CC will hold its AGM in the sports pavilion on Thursday at 7.30pm so, if you have an interest in the sport, do go along to actually offer some support, be it passive or active. Both are vital for a successful club. Net practice will start on February 27 at Plumpton College sports hall between 8.35pm and 9.35pm and will continue for seven weeks. New as well as old members are most welcome to join in. If you need more information just ring Kelvin on 01273 890785 or email

FLOWER CLUB: The village club has a scheduled meeting in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The demonstration, entitled Travelling Light, will be presented by Christine Nash. Non members will receive a bid welcome but will have to cough up a massive £2.50 admission fee. However, this will also gain them a cuppa and some great company.

SUSSEX SEASONS: Chailey Commons Society will host a talk on Thursday in Chailey village hall at 7.30pm. It will be given by Peter Lovett, a local photographer and leader of walks based on history and nature. There will be a display of photography of our county with emphasis on butterflies and orchids. All will receive a warm welcome, even if they come from Plumpton and East Chiltington.

MORE JUMBLE COMING: The next mega sale will be on Saturday next week (February 22) when the horticultural society will be in charge at the village hall at 2pm.

BATTLE OF LEWES: Plumpton was associated with this notable event and the village will be commemorating it in several ways. At this stage folk should reserve the evening of May 14 in their diaries. There will be a rededication of Plumpton Cross by the Bishop of Chichester, then a short service in St Michael’s church followed by a Hog Roast at Plumpton College plus some great entertainment. Other events will unfold, but keep that evening free.

PARKING: For such a small village the problems with vehicle parking get quite serious at times. Numerous discussions have taken place over the years but the problems persist and simply will not go away however much they are kicked around in the hope they will disappear. In an endeavour to find a sensible solution the parish council will shortly meet representatives of the local police to find a way forward. Whatever steps are taken it does seem that any possible solution is likely to put someone’s nose out of joint. At the end of the day many of the problems are down to lack of consideration for others and total selfishness. Do, please, think about this before parking vehicles and perhaps by so doing it may be possible to resolve the situation without more rules and regulations.

DEATH WISH? Last week I witnessed the actions of two absolute idiots who decided to race their cars on the short, but straight stretch of road out of the village just before the Plough. Neither would give way and they ended up side by side at the junction with South Road. Luckily for them there were no vehicles turning in towards Plumpton Green, but if there had been the consequences could have been dire. If two such imbeciles want to kill or maim each other, so be it but why should they put the lives of others at risk? Obviously the pair were absent when brains were being distributed. As is so often the case, the actions of the mindless minority put the innocent majority at risk.


SUPPER CLUB: Celebrate Valentine’s Night, tonight, Friday, 7.30pm to 10.30pm in the village hall. Book a table for a three course buffet supper at £10 per person. Bring your friends, Valentines, own drink and glasses. Tickets must be bought in advance of the day and are available from Daisy 01273 814859; Bren Bonner 01273 813303 or the Ringmer Wine Store (10 percent discount on drinks). Wine, dine and dance the night away. Proceeds to the Village Hall Appeal.

RINGMER DEBATES: The next in the series of Ringmer Debates takes place tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm in the village hall. The theme for this one is What are benefits for? Entry is free, though donations are requested for tea and coffee.

FOOTBALL CLUB: After yet another washout last weekend we are hoping that we will get to play some football this weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday) the first team have an away fixture when they are due to travel to Pagham for a SCFL Div 1 match with a 3pm kick off at Nyewood Lane. Meanwhile the second team are due to be at home to Hassocks on Saturday in a Reserve Section Premier league match also with a 3pm kick off time at The Caburn. On Tuesday evening the first team have another league fixture when they are at home to Horsham YMCA with a 7.45pm kick off. Hopefully there will be a let up in the wet weather which will enable us to get onto the pitch and prepare it for these matches but please check with the Club website before travelling as this contains all up to date information regarding game cancellations. The new table tennis table is proving popular with members, along with the pool table and darts, and are giving members something to do when the footy is rained off. The club is open to new members so why not pop in one evening and see us.

CHURCH SERVICES: Services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday February 5, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frances McGuckin and Alan Grindley; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

FOODBANK: Ringmer Baptist Church are running a food bank in Ringmer distributing food in Ringmer Village Hall from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Mondays. Food will be supplied by Fareshare Brighton, donations from churches, organisations and businesses. We will be catering for clients that are low income families hit by a crisis such as redundancy, reduced working hours or something as seemingly small as an unexpected bill. Others may be victims of domestic violence, people experiencing benefit delay or facing debt problems or those hit by illness. The foodbank will be open to referred clients only. Referrals can be made via the Citizens Advice Bureau, Children’s Centres, Housing Officers, Job Centres, schools, doctor’s surgery etc. The type of food that clients would expect to receive from the foodbank are as follows: tinned soup; tinned tomatoes; dried pasta; tinned vegetables; tinned meat; chocolate; a number of tea bags/coffee sachets. This would be dependent on the donations received. If you feel you qualify please see one of the referral agencies. If you are able to donate any of the above food please email us

JUMBLE SALE: Next Saturday (February 22) there will be a Jumble Sale in the village hall at 2pm. Jumble may be left at the hall from 10am to 11am.

Rodmell & Southease

B&B bookings are coming in thick and fast, so people must be thinking of summer holidays and the amount of people walking the South Downs Way is increasing year by year. As these walkers do it by the day a new attitude is needed by B&B proprietors to one nighters as I’m hearing more and more tales of walkers having difficulty finding accommodation. I often wonder when those that do not like on nighters going on holiday themselves would they like to be turned down, while for example touring abroad. I think not. From an article I read it seems single people are also not happy because of single-person supplements, other costs, and prices being geared towards couples, families and groups.

I AM SORRY to hear John Eccles is no longer doing his Rouser page any more as I’m sure many people found it interesting.