Parish Pump Lewes- February 15 2013

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GARDEN CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall at 2.30pm a talk by Professor Roger Homan, The Language of Flowers. New members and visitors very welcome.

FOOTBALL: Mid Sussex Div Two. Furnace Green Rovers 7, Barcombe 0; Barcombe Reserves 5 (H Major 4, D Sutton 2) Burgess Hill Albion Reserves 4.


CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday start with a Café Church at the village hall with refreshments at 9.30am and activities for all the family with Erik Cornelisse from 10am to 11.15am. At 6.15pm at the Free Church there will be a service with Martin Povey after which a good tea will be served. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. The meeting due to be held on January 22 was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Items on the agenda for that meeting will be discussed at this meeting and members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

SURVEYS will soon be undertaken by the Commons Society and this year they will be over Memorial Common. It really helps the society to have many sets of eyes to scan the heathland. If you would like more information call William Coleman on 01444 831098 and he will advise as to the surveys being undertaken. The society’s next meeting is an illustrated talk on Butterflies and More at the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Michael Blencowe, from the Sussex Butterfly Group and a community wildlife officer for the Sussex Wildlife Trust, will give an amusing account of his favourite butterflies. Details of this and the society’s other meetings can be found at

ASTRONOMY in the Pub is at the Horns Lodge on Friday February 22 from 6pm to midnight. All are welcome to join in one of the darkest village pubs in the South East for an evening of Astronomical Discovery. There will be telescopes set up in the back garden for you and your family to view the night sky, there will also be amateur astronomers on hand to answer your questions and introduce you to the natural wonders of the night sky. The event will go ahead whatever the weather conditions. If it is cloudy, they will use state of the art computer technology to show you what is behind the clouds. There will be excellent speakers, for more information email Richie Jarvis at or see the blog on his website

NEARLY NEW SALE, organised by Chailey Youth Group, of children’s and females clothes will be at the village hall on Saturday February 23 from 11am to 12.30pm. Everyone is welcome to have a table and/or a rail and sell children’s and ladies clothes, bags, shoes, belts, evening dresses, coats and plenty more. This is a good chance to have a good old clear out and tables and/or rails can be booked at £6 each by calling Gemma Kybert on 07843410895.

OPENING SOON is the Futures Life Skills Centre for young adults aged 19 to 25 years with a physical disability. This is an is an exciting new transition provision which helps young adults with complex physical disabilities and health needs to develop life skills in preparation for adulthood. Futures@Chailey Heritage will offer programmes for non-residents and there is a range of activities to choose from including the gym, spa, sauna, circuit training, yoga, arts and crafts, pottery, ICT, money management, cookery, café and much more. There are Open Days on Friday March 15, Tuesday March 19 and Thursday April 4 when there will be an opportunity to have a guided tour of the state-of-the-art facilities, following a yearlong refurbishment project. To book your place on a tour call 01825 723723 or email In the meantime you can find out more at.

BLUEBELL RAILWAY have confirmed the opening of the extension to East Grinstead will go ahead as planned on March 23. To mark the occasion they are holding a two week opening festival with special events taking place from Saturday March 23 until Sunday April 7. A diary of events is at For a number of events advance booking is recommended as some trains and tours are restricted in numbers.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

PUMP HOUSE: Things are moving quickly at the site of the old pub and the six houses should be finished by the end of March. The development is to be named Station Mews and the agents for the new homes will be Oakleys. Once completed a show house will be open for potential buyers to view. Many people have said how strange it is passing the site and not seeing the Pump House which at one time was a very popular pub. It was originally called The Station Hotel.

WASTEWATER Treatment site in Offham. There have been many comments about the lack of screening at this site, but Southern Water will not plant within the compound while the neighbouring landowners have an objection and the parish council have now decided not to press the matter. The landowners have agreed to look again once the site has had a chance to settle. The PC will discuss this again at their meeting in May.

BUS TRAVEL: Compass Travel from Worthing are now the operators and have taken over the routes which were previously operated by Countryliner. There has been only one change to the timetable. Village Rider service now starts from Lewes Bus Station at 7.40am stopping at the Blacksmiths Arms, Offham at 7.46am. Previously this service started from Plumpton College. If you require a timetable or need more information contact Compass on 01903 690025. Hamsey Parish Council is lobbying ESCC for an increased Saturday service and the provision of a limited Sunday service.

SUSSEX POLICE CHOIR who practice weekly in the village hall, Beechwood Lane, are always looking for new recruits. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7pm. For details ring 01323 734744 or 01323 488490. The choir will also perform free concerts to help raise money for charities or church funds etc. For those interested contact Yvonne Haddow on one of the numbers above.

VILLAGE HALL: The reports for the village hall are very favourable and although not so much activity in the winter months, bookings are already being made for 2013. A Cooksbridge resident is offering another regular Yoga class. The hall trustees have agreed revised budgets for the current financial year; around £5,000, net income is anticipated with accumulated reserves looking very healthy. This is despite the large expenditure on the storage extension. There is a lot of hard work put in by a team of volunteers. As well as looking after the day to day maintenance of the hall, the work team namely Jim Edwards, Tom Walker and Brian Philpott have recently undertaken to redecorate the hall when spring eventually arrives. They will also deep-clean the floor as well as cutting drainage channels in the verandah where water currently collects. The efforts of this team save the Trustees and the community thousands of pounds. If you are interested in joining this team, contact the secretary. The turbine remains switched off while the Trustees make a further effort to find a reputable and professional partner with whom to work in managing and maintaining the system.

FOOTWAY: ESCC has completed a survey of the land to the north side of Beechwood Lane to assess the viability and outline cost of a footway to the hall. As the parish is likely to have to meet most, if not all, of the cost of the footway, residents will be consulted as part of the Neighbourhood Plan to find out how much support there is for expenditure on this work.

HELPING HAND: When Jenny Millington stepped down from delivering the Hamsey Community Newsletter before she moved from the parish, the call went out for a replacement. Jane Baldwin from Chandlers Mead, Cooksbridge has taken this on. Before Jenny departed she was presented with the community award for the years of service she undertook for the parish as Malthouse manager, footpaths champion, Monday Club helper, newsletter delivery and also the proof reading.

RUNNING CLUB: Friendly running club in Cooksbridge. All levels of fitness welcome. Meet outside Hamsey CP School every Tuesday at 9am. Details form Jane on 07932 631580 or 07747 050275.

TREES: During last year, and recently with the strong winds, a lot of trees have fallen down around the farm. Fortunately none of the fallen had TPOs on them as nearly all trees are either sycamore or ash and are not protected. It is good to read our parish council are making sure the trees in the parish are protected, especially those in the Offham Conservation Area, some of which do have TPOs and need permission from LDC if any work needs to be undertaken on them. Our rural hedgerows also need protection and must receive permission from LDC before being removed. Over the years I have watched where some hedges around our area have been hacked out spoiling our lovely rural landscape. Some years ago we had one of our hedges in the bridleway re-laid by a team of volunteers who were being taught the skill by an experienced team leader who had been teaching for many years. It caused quite a furore as those who did not understand thought we were removing the hedge as it takes a little while for it to thicken up and produce full growth. Unfortunately the years take their toll, especially with the strong winds that whip across the bridleway causing damage to the garden hedge. If you want to work on trees or to remove a rural hedgerow the person to contact is the Tree and Landscape Officer, Daniel Wynn, who is always very helpful and can be contacted on 01273 484438 or email Nearer to home you can also contact Parish Cllr Rose Armstrong who is the parish tree warden who will talk to and advise residents about anything concerning tees in the parish. Contact Cllr Armstrong through the parish clerk on or ring 01273 890621.


LADIES GROUP: The February meeting of the Falmer Ladies’ Group was cancelled due to the Albion home match on Tuesday. Luckily there was no speaker, the evening was going to be a film showing. The reason for the cancellation is that many of the members live outside the village and the timing coincides with the Albion spectators arriving at the Amex. We have been lucky this is the first time we have clashed dates this season.

THE FILM CLUB will be making up for the loss of the Ladies’ film, on Wednesday at 7pm for 7.30pm in the parish hall when there will be a showing of the French film The Artist. Entrance is free, just £2 for tea and biscuits.

SPRING: I was going to say that spring is at last trying very hard to show its way through the flurry of snow and heavy rain. Snowdrops and crocuses are blooming and there are even lambs in the fields. The rain on Saturday night must have been so heavy the lane leading to the top of the Ridge was flooded. I had rubber shoes on and was ready to try and walk through, but my husband said no, even the dog seemed happy to turn back into the warm and dry. I was surprised not to see a lake at the bottom of the valley seeing the waters rushing onto the field.

THE MOLES in the garden and everywhere around us do not seem to mind the rain. Our garden looks like a battlefield. I have a theory the amount of rain pushes the worms to near the surface, hence the moles don’t have to go so deep. I wonder what the real truth is?

AFTER READING about Sue’s bogus nightingale being a robin, I heard on the radio they are desperately singing so late in the day to attract a mate, well it is Valentine’s day this week.

CONCERT: Do not forget the concert at St Laurence Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm. Sue Mileham (soprano), Philip Eve (tenor), Nicola Grunberg (piano) present a programme of arias and duets from 17th to 19th C, for Valentine weekend. Sue was telling us that Philip Eve has sung with many leading opera companies even La Scala, this is not to be missed.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: A cold but sunny morning saw 17 members assembled in North Street car park for one of our Lewes-based walks. Leaving the town via Willey’s bridge and Church Lane, we crossed the busy A26 into Mill Road and turned uphill at the entrance to the nature reserve, following the track for the long climb to the top of Malling Hill. The group continued eastwards along the edge of the golf course where spectacular views across the Weald compensated for the biting wind. Turning our backs to the wind we strolled as far as Mount Caburn where we stopped at the summit to drink our coffee and admire the views over the Ouse valley. Unfortunately the sun had gone in by then and the wind was so strong it blew someone’s rucksack away down the precipitous hillside, heroically chased down and retrieved by one of the more athletic walkers. We returned along Caburn Bottom and through a muddy gateway beside the brimming dewpond, and then back to civilisation via the Golf Club and Chapel Hill. The next walk is on Tuesday. The Cuckmere Valley by public transport. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in good time to catch the 9.30am train to Newhaven.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Congratulations to the school football team who played some great matches in the Inter-Sussex Tournament last Friday. They didn’t win but they played well and should be very proud of their effort, sportsmanship and team work. The school is. All staff undertook Child Protection training on Tuesday, joined by the governor with special responsibility for this important area of the school’s work. They are required by law to undergo this training every three years and find it a useful way of keeping fully up to date and making sure that they are doing everything possible to keep our children safe from harm. On Thursday evening, the choir performed a medley of the songs they had sung at the O2 Stadium a few weeks ago. Delighted parents were also treated to refreshments. It was a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Parking around the school has continued to be an issue. Cllr Kent and the Headteacher are looking at possible ways forward. Meanwhile, parents are urged only to use their cars for the school run if it is absolutely essential. It is important to the school that neighbouring residents of Malling are able to use their own driveways at these busy times and that grass verges don’t get destroyed. Today (Friday), the school will open its doors to parents and carers for the Enterprise Fair. Children have been busy designing and making a range of products to sell to them. These include smoothies, computer games, shoe box houses and board games. For the children, the work has involved learning about financial capability as well as design technology. They are hoping to make a profit (if they have done their sums correctly and covered their costs) so they can buy something of their choice for their classroom.

PARISH CHURCH: On Ash Wednesday, earlier this week, there was a special service to mark the beginning of Lent. As usual it was a quiet and thoughtful time, when members of the congregation think about the things in their lives they ought not to have done and what they should have done but have failed to do. The 40 days of Lent provide an opportunity to to bring back some discipline and order into our busy lives, to cut down on activity which probably isn’t doing us any good and for Christians, to prepare for the tremendous events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. After a sombre moment, it’s back to business as usual, with the much noisier service of Morning Praise starting at 9.30am this Sunday. On the following Sunday (February 24), Revd Steve Daughtery from Southover Church will be joining the congregation to talk about the proposed combination with Southover and St John sub Castro, and answer questions. After that he will go on to speak to St John’s after their service.

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.


MY BLOG: First of all my lovely wife said this was a blog, I thought it was just some random information that I give my readers. I thought my email would be overflowing with indignation at the thought that Cllr James could even think about selling the land that St Mary’s stands on but sadly not. Hopefully you are all signing the petition. How come one week we read in the paper that St Mary’s in under threat and the next week Malling Community Centre is having thousands of pounds spent on improving their centre for the community. As I said the other week we met some interesting people in America. One was an off duty policeman and his wife from Connecticut who are avid watchers of Downton Abbey but they only have the second series so far. He said the school massacre was not far from his home town, and 13 police who were first responders at the school are still unable to return to work and were now having to rely on hand-outs as their wages had dried up. They had used up their sick leave and annual leave entitlement and get no support of any kind. How terrible. Colin Reynolds has written another piece for this weeks PP. I saw Colin the other day who told me the petition has at least 1.500 signatures and could all those that have petitions, please return them to St Mary’s by February 20.

SAVE ST MARY’S: The trustees of St Mary’s Social Centre have learned of an internet wide document UK-Lewes: Development of residential real estate, in which it states that 48 sites have been identified for development and regeneration opportunities within LDC ownership across the district. The council is seeking interest from potential partners to assist in the delivery of regeneration on these sites. It is now even more important our petition reaches and surpasses its goal of 1,500 signatures before the council meeting on February 27. This may be your last chance to sign the petition to keep St Mary’s for community use. Petitions can be signed at both the shops on Nevill and at the Leicester Rd and Winterbourne Stores. It can also be signed on Saturday morning when we will again be represented on Cliffe Bridge. We call upon LDC to preserve St Mary’s Social Centre in its current endeavours to provide quality facilities in its current buildings. The Centre provides for all ages from pre-school and youth groups, to the many adults and pensioners who use the various facilities on offer. It is estimated the footfall (total numbers through our gates) amount to be around 3,300 per month. Please sign the petition.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: To prevent the spread of germs in this cold weather, we are encouraging the children to wash hands regularly and to blow their noses and place used tissues in the bin. Please help us by reinforcing this message at home. On Wednesday afternoon four boys went to St Leonards to compete in the Under 11 individual East Sussex Table Tennis Competition. I’m pleased to report Tom Raitt finished joint fifth, Mac Carter and Jago Manning McGeorge joint third and Louis Zanden reached the final; well done boys. Wallands entered two teams into the Quicksticks Hockey South Downs area competition in Hailsham. Mrs Taylor reported that although most of the children were inexperienced in playing hockey matches their natural skills and abilities at match play shone through, preventing the other more experienced teams from winning by high scores. A big thank you to those parents who were able to help with transport. What an exciting afternoon of netball. Wallands hosted a tournament, the winners going on to play in Southdowns Area final in March. Wallands entered four teams due to the large response to netball club. The final was Wallands I. V St Pancras which was a very exciting match; at half time it was 1-1 .After a team talk from Mr Perry, Wallands became more focussed and carried on to win and retain the trophy.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship at 10.30am on Sunday will be led by David Sweet and 6.30pm Rev Geoffrey Whitfield will be leading worship which will include Holy Communion. Next Friday, February 22, we have our popular half term Messy Church event. This is open to anyone to attend but children must be accompanied by an adult. The theme is What is Lent about? and there will be craft activities and a short act of worship based on this. The morning starts at 10.30am with registration and will finish at 1pm after the free lunch.


COUNTRY MARKET is open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am till 11am.

RUGBY: The club appear to have only one fixture this weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XV are playing Midhurst at home, kick off at 2.30pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church, first Sunday in Lent, Holy Communion at 8am followed by informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

QUESTION TIME: The horticulture society are holding a Gardeners’ Question Time in the village hall on Thursday, doors open 7.30pm. Staff from Wych Cross Nursery will answer all your questions. They have a wide range of expertise between them including their rose expert who is the former chairman of the British Rose Growers Association. The event will be in aid of the Christian charity supported by Wych Cross. This will be an opportunity to renew your membership for 2013, or perhaps join the society for the first time.

AGM: On Wednesday Newick Bonfire Society will hold the annual general meeting in the back room of the village hall at 8pm. We all enjoyed the bonfire and firework display last autumn, so please try an support these events

NEWICK WI will meet February 28 in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. The speaker is Amanda Millar talking about Working With Bats, maybe a little scary for some. Amanda will exlain about some of her experiences running a bat rescue hospital from her home and bat ecology. Visitors are always very welcome.


ST JOHN’S CHURCH: On Sunday our morning service will be at 11am led by Rev Dick Field who will also preach. Afterwards will be our chatty period with tea, coffee and cakes.

SPRING SUPPER: The Southover Ladies’ Spring Supper at Spring Barn Farm last Tuesday was greatly enjoyed by our women folk who thought the food was absolutely excellent and the company great. It was a lovely evening.

TABLE TOP SALE: Our Tabletop Sale, which sadly was cancelled last month due to the snow, will be tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 1.30pm at Cliffe Hall. There will be the usual lovely relaxed morning with lots of chat, tea and biscuits and many bargains. So please come and treat yourselves.


TALK: There will be a talk in Piddinghoe Village Hall on Wednesday February 27 at 7.15pm, Old Time Farming in and around Piddinghoe and The Ouse Valley by Ian Everest. Entrance £3. Refreshments available. All welcome.


HEALTHY EXERCISE: If you fancy some, then join the Footpath Society tomorrow (Saturday) when they meet up at Pevensey Castle car park (TQ646 048) at 10am. Then it will be off on a five mile, easy going jaunt over Pevensey Levels with the possibility to take lunch at Chilley Green Farm Shop. If you need to know more ring 01273 891701. On Friday next week (February 22) the society will host a talk by Ian Gledhill on The Magic of Pantomime. It will take place in the village hall at 7.30pm.

CRIME: Following the arrests of three people after a burglary in Plumpton Green, two males were remanded in custody for the offence and another person was charged with receiving stolen goods. There have been two recent thefts of heating oil in the village lately, so be on the lookout. Motor vehicles have been involved in crashes at the junction of Plumpton Lane and the Lewes Road plus another in Plumpton Lane itself. Minor injuries were reported in the first incident.

TALK: Butterflies And More is the title of the illustrated talk organised by Chailey Commons Society for Thursday next (February 21). It will be given by Blencoe in Chailey village hall (next to Five Bells pub) at 7.30pm. It is billed as one not to be missed and all are welcome.

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING: Once again the parish council has not increased its share of the council tax, yet at the same time has been able to set aside £7,000 towards the projects at the playing fields and not cut back on the services it provides. This has been achieved by careful planning and budgeting. The amount is not vast in relation to the total Council Tax payable, but every little helps in these difficult times.

HAPPY CIRCLE: This social group for the over 60s has had quite a few activities of late including an audio visual show by Mick Dennett and a quiz. Ken Beard presented the group with a cheque from the proceeds of the sale of his book on Plumpton that featured part of his collection of postcards from bygone years. This friendly bunch meet at All Saints’ church annexe on the second and fourth Thursdays in each month between 2pm and 4pm and offer a warm welcome to visitors and new members, More information on 01273 890016. The varied programme includes both social gatherings and outings.

SECRET ARMY: The Pantomime, Dick Turpin, was another great success for Plumpton Pantomime Society despite the weather doing its best to cause chaos. The society would not be able to put on a production if it was not for the Secret Army. The helpers who appear as if by magic to do ticket collections, sell sweets and programmes, prepare and sell refreshments (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), show people to their seats, wash up and of course clearing up ready for the next performance. The society’s chairman, Terry Thompsett, praises and thanks them all.

ANOTHER TRIUMPH: Plumpton RFC hosted Horley at the weekend, finishing 34-5 winners. Tries from Alex Aston, Rhys Beale, James Burgess and Darren Thomas complemented by a 100 percent conversion ratio from Rob Blake, who also kicked two penalties, sealed the win. Horley are well placed, third in the league and provided Plumpton a real opportunity to show their capabilities to win over higher placed opposition. The game however was all but over within 17 minutes, as Plumpton scored a penalty, followed by three tries from James Burgess, Rhys Beale and Darren Thomas all in quick succession. With a score of 24-0 with 63 minutes still to go, Horley already had a mountain to climb. The game remained competitive for the remainder of the half, as play evened out. A game played to significant tempo and refereed to the top level. The second half was a more even game, with an early penalty from Rob Blake, who was outstanding throughout the game and a clear Man-of-the-Match, putting Plumpton out of reach. Alex Aston scored the try of the game shortly after, as he handed off three players before sprinting under the posts to score. The game broke down towards the end, allowing an easy try for Horley, unconverted. to Plumpton. This weekend Plumpton travel to Eastbourne, kick off 2.30pm.


LENT SIMPLE LUNCH: The first Simple Lunch for Lent will be held in the Church Room today, Friday, from noon to 2pm. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds from these lunches (except March 1) will go to St Mary’s Disaster Fund. The Lunch on February 22 will be held at 18 Christie Avenue by kind invitation of Joan Evett.

COFFEE MORNING and Bring and Buy Sale in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 11.30am. There will be cakes, cards, books and a jumble stall. Entry 50p which includes a cup of coffee or tea.

TABLE TOP SALE: Do try to get along to this event being held at Ringmer Community College between 10am and noon tomorrow, Saturday.

MOTHERS’ UNION: At its meeting in the Church Room on Tuesday, the speaker will be Rosemary Colebourn who will talking about her trip to Israel. The meeting commences at 7.30pm and is an open meeting so why not go along as you will be made most welcome.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The final public meeting in the current round of consultation will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday in the village hall. This meeting is to discuss the sites for the new housing proposed in and around Ringmer village. This consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan ends on Friday, March 8, so please ensure your comments reach the parish council by that date.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on February 6 was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 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 hall.

LUNCH: The Evergreen Club are holding a fund raising lunch on Thursday, at 12.45pm in the village hall. They hope all friends will join them to enjoy a lovely home-cooked meal. The cost will be £6 and there will be a raffle.

SOUPER SATURDAY: Why not pop into the village hall on Saturday, February 23, between noon and 1.30pm and enjoy a bowl of homemade soup at a cost of £2.50 with free refills. This event is being organised by the Village Hall Fundraising Committee and it is hoped many will go along for a quick lunch and a chat with friends.

STOOLBALL CLUB: Advance notice that the AGM of this club will be held on Thursday, March 7, at 7.30pm at the Caburn Football Club. All members welcome.

THANKS: Loft and Barbara Longhurst would like to say a big thank you to all who took part in their last Acoustic Moods held on Saturday February 9. Thanks also go to those who helped in any way either with the staging or with the refreshments. Also thanks go to the people who came along and supported the event where a profit of just over £1,100 was made to go towards Breast Cancer Care as part of Frank Longhurst’s sponsorship for the Brighton Marathon on Saturday, April 14, in support of this charity. If you could not make the Acoustic Moods but would like to support Frank and Breast Cancer Care by making a contribution please get in touch with Barbara Longhurst on 01273 813574.

Rodmell & Southease

RAIN: With all the rain at the moment it is no surprise to hear so many people are getting flooded. I read an article which I found very interesting. It talked about all the underground rivers and streams under Brighton and surrounding areas. I lived in Brighton for 21 years and as a child always heard tales of the Wellesbourne, a hidden river which runs from Patcham village along the route of the A23 down to Pool Valley which is now the city’s coach station off Brighton seafront. There is another named the Springbourne which flows from Falmer and follows the way of the Lewes Road where it meets the Wellesbourne at The Level. In Rodmell there are a line of wells from the pub to our cottages which had one each. A rose grows in one and loves it, the other is covered over. Both were filled in many years ago. The pub well is now inside the pub and is an open well, with a cover over it. People throw money into it and every so often young Peter Jarret, a village lad, would be sent down to collect it. I think it was an adventurous episode for him but I don’t think I would like to do it. Most of the old cottages had wells but I’m not sure how many still have obvious ones as I suspect many are covered. There used to be a pond at our junction in times past, and carriage horses would be taken to drink whilst the humans quenched their thirst in the pub. Our cellar gets water in it when the levels go up, and then it goes away when water levels drop. Our bottom stair is now suffering and will have to be replaced soon.

MEAT: With the horse-meat problem hitting the headlines at the moment it brings back memories of war time menus which included horse meat and whale meat and something called Snook which may have been fish. It’s time we all supported our own farming industry and local shops before they become extinct. Time seems to be a factor along with price. My mother and grandmother would buy everything fresh from local suppliers but then they had the time to queue and look around. Now it’s a quick dash around a supermarket at lunch time, or in the evenings, for many people in their busy lives. At least a lot of people seem to be getting into the habit of growing their own plus farm shops are becoming more popular. MEMORIES: Thinking about farming and cattle, which have declined here over the years, do any readers, especially from Falmer remember a farmer named Dalgetty driving his cattle on the road by horseback to put them on trains at Falmer Station? It was quite a sight to see them coming down Falmer hill. A bit like a Western film. Another memory is of the sports stadium at Withdean being a zoo. My mother used to meet me from school as a small child and take me and my friends for a walk around the perimeter to view the animals through the fencing. I was very lucky as a child, as mum took me every day after school to a museum, library, zoo or park and I was taken the the Theatre Royal frequently and also the Hippodrome Theatre, usually on Saturdays.

SNOWDROPS: Many people are visiting Southease Churchyard at the moment to view the snowdrops. They really are the most beautiful delicate flowers.

IT WAS NICE to see Rodmell featured in the Sussex Express last week. Many people don’t even realise what an old picturesque village it is as they just whiz through at high speed along the C7 which splits the village in half. I suspect some villagers will be upset to find Upper Rodmell was not photographed, as the Forge and the old pottery are interesting buildings.

IT WAS WITH great sadness I read in last week’s Sussex Express about the Celebration of Late Artist’s Talents, as it turned out to be Anne Cathcart, who used to live in the old pottery in Mill Lane and ran a craft shop there. Anne was a friend of mine and I used to take her two boys out frequently in my car to various parks etc. We lost touch when she moved to Lewes, but I did run into her occasionally at Lewes Garden Centre. She was a marvellous illustrator and did a lovely calendar of Rodmell one year. As I remember she was working on a lovely cookery book whilst she lived in Rodmell. I will try to get to the Hop Gallery to see her work. Anne also did woodblock engraving.