Parish pump Lewes - February 20, 2015


SOLAR OBSERVING takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at the Horns Lodge from 2pm to 6pm and night time observation and talks are planned from 7pm to 11pm. All are welcome and will find that the night sky at the Horns Lodge one of the darkest in the South East. It will be an evening of astronomical discovery, as there will be lots of telescopes set up in the garden which you can use to view the night sky, also amateur astronomers on hand to answer all your questions and introduce you to the natural wonders of the night sky. The event will go ahead whether the skies are clear or not. If it is cloudy, computer technology will be used to show you what is behind the clouds. If it isn’t cloudy you will see the International Space Station pass overhead and Jupiter through a telescope. The speakers will be Richie Jarvis from South Common Observatory, Jane A Green from Eastbourne Astronomical Society and Charlotte Clarke from the University of Sussex. For more information call Richie on 07702 705427.

QUIZ EVENING is tomorrow, Saturday, in the Bessemer Arms at Sheffield Park Station starting at 7.30pm. A ticket includes an evening meal (meat or vegetarian options). For tickets call 01737 772811 or email

VITALITY BRIGHTON Half Marathon is on Sunday and Amanda Home is running for Chailey Heritage Foundation. You can support Amanda at

ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion 8am, Parish Communion 10am and a Healing Service at 7pm. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH Sunday, 10.30am with Ray Dadswell and at 6.30pm.

CHARITY QUIZ is at the Horns Lodge, on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

LENT LUNCHES will take place in St Peter’s Church on Thursday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

BREATHING CORPSES by Laura Wade is being performed by STAB productions at The Hub, Central Sussex College, Haywards Heath, on Friday and Saturday February 27 and 28. Doors open at 7pm with curtain up at 7.30pm. The production will again support the company’s nominated charity: The Chailey Heritage Foundation. There are still tickets priced at £10 and £8 for students available from or by calling 01273 936808.

CONCERT: The organist Andy Rees and his choir Coro Nuovo will be holding a concert on Saturday March 7 at 7pm at St Peter’s Church. Refreshments will be available. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door, to purchase a ticket call Nicola Lack on 01825 721107.

THANKS to the horticultural society for a very informative Open Afternoon. There was a warm welcome from committee members and experts keen to pass on their knowledge and encourage others to exhibit. Also so much to be learnt from the experts about flower arranging, exhibiting handicraft, photography, cookery and vegetables. The refreshments were delicious; I thoroughly enjoyed my cream tea and coffee cake. The Society always gives a warm welcome to new exhibitors and if you would like to participate in the Spring Show in March a show schedule detailing all the classes is available, from Janet Keet-Black, on 01273 400699.

PARISH COUNCILLOR: Have you thought about becoming a parish councillor at the local council elections on May 7? If so, to find out what you need to do to be nominated, contact the parish clerk, Vera Grainger, on 01444 831453 9.30am to 2.30pm (Monday to Thursdays) or email

CHAILEY HERITAGE Enterprise Centre (CHEC) is now on Twitter, you can follow them on @Chec1995. There are regular tweets with news, not only about what is going on in the Centre but stories relating to a wide range of issues regarding disability, commerce and employment. It’s an interesting feed and a great way of finding out what is going on at the Centre. The feed is also linked to CHECs Facebook page,, so you can follow it from there as well.

CHAILEY SCHOOL is celebrating recognition at the highest level for the achievement of its pupils. As a top performing school it received praise from the Minister of State for Schools, David Laws, who wrote to the headteacher, Lesley Young, informing her that the school ‘has proven to be one of the top 90 non-selective state funded schools in England showing the greatest sustained improvement in the per centage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs including English and mathematics.’ He went on to congratulate the headteacher on the hard work and success of staff, governors and pupils over the last three years and thanked Mrs Young and her leadership team for ‘the drive towards the highest standards of educational achievement.’ Mrs Young’s response, along with a copy of Mr Laws’ letter and an extract of the national school performance tables for the 2014 GCSE results, showing Chailey Schools success, as published by the Department for Education on January 29 can be found at

CARING: The new edition of St Peter and St James Hospice free magazine, which is produced three times a year, is out now. It can be picked up at any of their charity shops, the reception at the hospice or downloaded from the website If you would like to receive a copy of Caring please email or call 01444 471598 and you will be added to the list to receive future editions.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, first Sunday in Lent, St Peter’s Church. Holy Communion 8am, Sunday School 10.15am in the church hall, Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the hall.

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL: There will be a short meeting of the PCC in church immediately after the 10.30am service on Sunday to receive the church accounts for 2014 and to ratify the safeguarding policy.

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

JUMBLE SALE: the annual Jumble Sale will take place on Saturday, February 28, at 2pm in the village hall, Beechwood Lane. Bric-a-brac etc, coffee and cakes. Take jumble to the hall on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. Helpers always welcome.

BEECHWOOD LANE ACCESS: East Sussex County Council, the South Downs National Park Authority, the Trustees of the village hall and Hamsey Parish Council are working together to provide a short length of pavement from the A275 Cooksbridge, along Beechwood Lane to the hall and recreation ground. Residents who have responded to recent surveys have shown support for the project as have Hamsey School. It is hoped that the work will commence on March 9 and will take three to four weeks, depending on the weather. During this time, diversions will need to be in place. Suggested route for the diversion: Access from the A275 will be available on foot or cycle. Vehicular access will be via Allington Lane. It should be noted that I have had several reports about the bad state of Allington Lane which needs urgent attention. Too much extra traffic using the lane can only make bad matters worse. Another job for ESCC highways dept.

MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR: What are you going to give up for Lent? There will be jam jars in the church hall again this year for loose change (or pound coins, or even better £5 or £10 notes). It’s amazing how quickly it mounts up. We’ll be sending the proceeds to Water Aid which helps families around the world to access safe water and sanitation.

DAY OF PRAYER: The service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday, March 6 at 11am in Eastgate Baptist Church, Lewes. It will be followed by a light lunch. Details form Joan Parish, 01273 612038, the representative for this parish on Churches Together in Lewes and District/Women’s World Day of Prayer.

FLEUR de PARIS DUO: although the concert is not until March 27, Judith reports. Do come along to what promises to be a wonderful evening of French Chansons and swing from 30s to 50s Paris. Professional musicians Lo Polidoro and Nigel Broderick live in Offham village and are much in demand all over the country. We are absolutely delighted that they can fit in a gig for us. Let’s give them a big Offham welcome and remember that the first drink is free for anyone in French costume. Tickets £10 available from Offham Rectory 01273 474356. Reminder nearer the time.

OART: I have just received my winter newsletter. Jim’s Diary never ceases to amaze me about his tales of the riverbank and the wonderful world of nature that he comes across on his travels. Not only does he keep a close eye on the water courses, but also finds time to remove the dumped rubbish which people leave behind for others to clear up, also the unpleasant job of clearing dog mess as well. Pepper’s pot pourri is interesting too as he mentions finding the very first issue of the Sussex Ouse Conservation Society’s Newsletter dated December 1988. It is also nice that he has mentioned Valerie Miles who has now edited the newsletter for 16 years and was the lady I spoke to when I joined when it was still the Sussex Ouse Conservation Society. Dr Hew Prendergast, Oart’s chairman, has also written a very informative report about how maps are used for getting around the watercourses and a small part of his report says that driving around the countryside emphasises even more the invisibility of the watercourses. Such modesty for our watercourses surely does them no good, apart from those who specifically use and enjoy them or who own their banks. For most people they may slip through our countryside unseen, unnamed, uncared, as do the problems associated with them. Oart has lots to do to change this. Our next steps include the Lewes Water Fair on March 7, which followed from the one run by Oart at Steyning last March. Also the revamping of the website by improving its value for those interested in helping out with practical tasks thorough the spring and summer.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR: As I write this column, on Valentine’s Day, I have just looked out of the window and spotted the blackbirds mating and the pair of mallard ducks have just arrived back here. Last week I spotted birds gathering nesting material. The snowdrops are looking beautiful, the daffodils that have been in bloom since the beginning of January look lovely and everything seems to be springing into life. Spring must be around the corner.


LADIES’ GROUP: For our February meeting John Warton came to talk and show his film on diving off the Cocas Islands. For nearly two weeks and living on board, John and 13 other friends dived three or four times a day off these islands. The film showed them swimming with wonderful specimens of spotted rays, white tipped sharks and the very strange looking hammer head sharks. There were lots of stories to see in the film, capturing sharks mating, an octopus playing punch bag with another octopus who wanted his hidey hole, a moray eel escaping from the mouth of a shark, a trigger fish busy clearing a space to nest under a rock bringing out shells and rocks. John’s enthusiasm shone through when he talked about this special time.

CONCERT: Last Saturday’s concert was just wonderful. The Schumann: Dichterliebe, 16 songs sung with passion by Timothy Wilcox accompanied by Peter Williams on the piano, and being Valentine’s day the concert was brought to a conclusion with Younger than Springtime from South Pacific and Ivor Novello’s We’ll gather Lilacs. We were all sent off with a spring in our steps.

WITH WONDERFUL MUSIC still ringing in our ears, I was romantic enough to believe I could hear an owl screeching for a mate especially on Valentine’s Day. As we reached the north side of the village the sound was even louder. The next day I mentioned what I had heard to Sue (my Parish Pump partner) she too heard the sound and told her husband, they ventured outside the house to listen and looked further up the road, and saw a car with flashing lights, and realised it was a car alarm that we could hear.


BOOT SALE: There will be an Indoor Boot Sale on Sunday 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.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday February 3 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Jonathon Hyde; 2, Jerry Emery and Mickie Lodge; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon. Thursday February 5 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Edith Jeffery and Anne Davidson; 2, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. Tuesday February 10 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Janet Catermole; 2, Simon Kirkwood and Pauline Brown; 3, Meic Goodyear and Jerry Emery. Thursday February 12 Teams: 1, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood, George Hearn and Ann Wykeham. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

WESTGATE WI: This month our speaker was June Felstead who spoke about the Alsar Lowland Search Dogs and June was accompanied by Molly, her five year old trained border collie, and June has had Molly since she was 12 weeks old. June’s talk was very interesting telling us how searches are conducted as well as the training of the dogs which takes approximately two and a half years. It is mainly working breeds of dogs that are used as search dogs and the Alsar dogs work exclusively for the police and cover the whole of Sussex. The team get approximately 30/40 call outs per year and there are four teams in Sussex who train four times per month. The dogs use air scent to find the lost person as a dog’s sense of smell is some 10,000 stronger than a human’s sense of smell. They have to search 50 acres in 90 minutes when out searching for a missing person. Some 34 per cent of females and 66 per cent of males go missing each year and these are people who are mainly despondent and 34 per cent of these people are over the age of 60 years. A most enlightening talk from Jean and it was especially lovely to have Molly there with us and, needless to say, Molly got lots of attention from our members at the end of June’s talk. Our next meeting is on Wednesday March 11 and our speaker is Kate Hicknott who will be telling us about the Priory Trust and the Priory Herb Garden. We meet at St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, at 10am for coffee and chat and our meeting starts at 10 30am. All are very welcome to attend our extremely friendly group. (Dee Barr).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: We followed Walk 12 of the excellent series of walks published by the Plumpton Action Group on our last Sunday walk. Plumpton can be a notoriously muddy area to walk in but we were very fortunate to hit a relatively dry spell this winter. The walk, starting from Plumpton Village Hall, took us to the outskirts of South Chailey and then back to Plumpton via The Hooke and two delightful woods, Popjoy Wood and the magnificent Great Holme Wood, before crossing farmland and then the road back to the village hall. It was good to see some splendid hazel trees full of waving catkins but apart from a few celandines and snowdrops there were not many signs of spring flowers emerging yet. Twenty five people enjoyed the walk led by Roy. The next walk is on Sunday, Around Clayton, 5.5 miles. Meet at top North Street car park for a prompt 9.30am start.

SENIORS’ FORUM: Lewes District Seniors’ Forum meet on Wednesday at 10 30am, Cliffe Hall. Housing and Hearing - Wolfgang Weis from ESCC on Housing for over 60s and Imran Yunus from the NHS on Audiology services and hearing issues.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: 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: a great opportunity to explore the basics of Christianity. Please contact the rector, Steve Daughtery on 472018. On March 21, 9.30am to 5pm, come and join us for an interactive walk through the Old Testament. 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 porch. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening baptism service with singers and band. Please come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group needs you for our community street performances in Easter week, for any or all of the four days of the plays. Please would singers come to our next rehearsal in Southover Church on February 27 from 7.45pm to 8.45pm. We also need more people to dress up as members of the crowd. Family groups are particularly welcome, with only three rehearsals. Could you help with costume or scenery making? Do you have any spare fabric or paints? Do you have a donkey we can use on Palm Sunday? Please email or visit our website at


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL hopes that children and staff have enjoyed their holiday and looks forward to seeing them again, happy, refreshed, and alert, this coming Monday, February 23.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH enjoyed their Communion Service last week with Revd Mary Sitwell, who praised the congregation for their singing. She told them that she had only ever seen the church at evening meetings and was delighted with the refurbished interior, not to mention its beautiful setting, looking all the better for last Sunday’s sunshine and the churchyard full of snowdrops. The Associate Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber and his wife, are back from a well deserved holiday this coming Sunday and Jeremy will be leading the informal service of Morning Praise, which starts at 9.30am. All are welcome.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Friday: Weald View, Barcombe 9.55am-10.25am; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 10.35am-11.05am; opposite Post Office, Firle 11.30am-noon; Selmeston Village Hall 12.10pm-12.40pm. Wednesday: South Rough, Newick 9.45am-10.20am; Wivelsfield Green 10.45am-11.30am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.40am-12.25pm; Plumpton Village Hall 1.45pm-2.15pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 2.40pm-3.10pm; Laughton School 3.55pm-4.35pm.


COFFEE MORNING: Lewes Bowls Club are holding a coffee morning on Saturday February 28 from 10am to 1pm at The Green, (behind the Mound), Mountfield Road. All welcome, £1.50 per head.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our half term Messy Church from 10.30am. This is open to anyone but children must be accompanied by an adult. Craft activities, short act of worship and lunch. Worship on Sunday is for all ages so there will be no Sunday club for children. The service will be led by Rev John Gordon. On Wednesday evening the Thinktank will be meeting from 7.30pm with Professor Emanuel de Kadt leading the evening on the subject of Religion in Development: is it a help or hindrance.

BINGO: St Mary’s Supporters Club Bingo nights, which were arranged for March 6 and 20, have been cancelled. Bingo has now been re-arranged for March 13.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am till 11am, in the Village Hall. There is always a good selection of locally grown vegetables on sale plus homemade cakes and savoury items, fresh eggs, locally produced cheese and charcuterie, homemade greetings cards and knitted items. Why not pop along to the village hall and see for yourself what is on sale. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. The AGM of the market will take place on Friday February 27 in the village hall at 11.15am.

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a coffee morning in the Community Centre from 10am till noon in aid of Camp Javez. There will be cakes, craft, Newick Knit and Natter group will have beautiful items on sale, the Fletching Art Group will also have a card stall. If anyone would like to book a table to join this event please telephone 01825 722012.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion (BCP), followed by Informal Morning Prayer at 10.30am.

LENT COURSE: On Thursday evening in the Barn Centre the first Joint Lent Course will take place, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Everyone most welcome. If you should require a lift to church please book this in advance by telephoning 01444 482 272.

NEWICK CINEMA will be open on Sunday in the village hall. Doors open 7pm, the film will commence at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 on the door. You may also book in advance by emailing There will be an interval for hot, cold and alcoholic drinks, plus ice cream and cake. The film being shown this weekend is The Hundred Foot Journey, a great story. Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are the producers and the film stars Helen Mirren.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be meeting on Tuesday in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm. This May there will be elections for new parish councillors, if you have concerns about Newick and would like to represent the views of the residents, why not telephone the parish clerk for further information 722135.

REMINDER: Just to remind you all that on Thursday you will need to vote in the Community Centre. Voting hours are 7am till 10pm. The referendum is for Adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan. This will give the best protection available for our village and its rural surroundings. This will be a yes or no vote. It is most important that everyone votes.

DIARY DATES: Thursday March 12, Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. Paddy Cumberlege will be speaking about A Passion for Pictures. Newick Horticultural Society will be holding their annual Quiz and Ploughman’s Supper on Saturday March 14 in the village hall, tickets £9, teams of eight people required. You can book in advance by telephone on 01825 724295.


JUMBLE TIME: Tomorrow (Saturday) the horticultural society will hold its jumble sale in the village hall with bully off at 2pm. There will be refreshments, cakes, plant stall and tombola to add to the excitement. If you have jumble to donate, please take it along to the hall from 9am on the day.

WANNA BE A GARDENER? Prior to the jumble sale tomorrow (Saturday) the horticultural society will hold a membership recruitment session in the village hall from 10am to noon. Experienced members will be on hand to give help and tips to newcomers and on offer will be a free cuppa and a biscuit. Membership for adults is but £4 a year which is no high price to pay for the social aspect and other benefits of being a member. It’s a thriving society but always welcomes new members.

VILLAGE ACTION PLAN: Since its inception some years ago Plumpton Village Action Plan (VAP) has some notable achievements under its belt such as the establishment of the Voluntary Driver Scheme, the Wildlife and Habitat Group, Station Partnership and many celebrations to mark keystone events of the past, such as the Battle of Lewes. A booklet of local walks has been published and a number of other initiatives have been stimulated. The Festive Fair proved great and has now been adopted by the support group for St Peter and St James Hospice. Yes, it has also caused some controversy, but the initiative has proved beneficial for our community. Time marches on and the current VAP committee believes that a new role needs to be set out. There are ongoing initiatives such as the already successful Plumpton Youthspace, the maintenance of the defibrillators, support for the Station Partnership, use of the apple press and maintenance of the village notice boards that were provided by VAP for community use. There are still limited funds available and the committee believes that there is a continuing role for the group to facilitate further initiatives in the future. The VAP AGM will take place on Monday in the village hall at 8pm and residents are asked to come along to hear the proposals for the future and, hopefully, give them blessing. It is your community and VAP hopes to be of benefit to it in the longer term. If you have any real interest in your community do attend and offer moral support. You will not be asked for money or any physical effort, but it will be nice to learn your views.

FANCY A TALK: If so, the Footpath Society will oblige with one on Wednesday instead of a walk. Go along to the village hall on Wednesday when Andy Thomas is due to unravel The Crop Circles Mystery. Doors open at 2pm and his talk will start at 2.30pm and all are welcome.

ON SAFARI: I hear that another of those very popular Safari Suppers is in the pipeline for June 13 and further details will be published shortly. Note the date now if you would like to enjoy the delights of visiting a different home to enjoy each course in different company. Over the years it has proved a great way to meet new people, make new friends, meet up with existing ones, enjoy some good food and generally have a great night out. If you cannot wait then you may be able to find out more by ringing 01273 8901249 or 890142.

SAD TIDINGS: It was with great regret that I recently learned of the passing of Frank Bex some weeks ago. It is something that escaped many of his former friends and acquaintances. Prior to a period of poor health setting in, Frank had been a very active member of our community and served on the parish council. The funeral did not take place locally. Frank was a popular character and will be sadly missed by many. His interest in Plumpton never dwindled and if his copy of the Parish Mag did not arrive on time, for whatever reason, he would soon tell me, but always politely as was in his nature.

ROAD SURFACES: Last year Station Road and Plumpton Lane received a surface dressing to help with their maintenance. Despite loose chippings being swept away two or three times the Parish Council recently noticed that in one area gutters were filled and pavements were strewn with chippings. ESCC were notified and sent a sweeper out. However, despite my poor sight, I have noticed that the situation is the same wherever you go. Only last week it was dreadful at the northern end of Plumpton Green and I reckon more chippings have been uprooted than have remained on the road.


HISTORY STUDY GROUP: This evening (Friday) at 7.45pm in the village hall retired engineer Bob Bonnett, a leading member of the Sussex mills group and a stalwart of the Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society, will speak on Sussex Mills. He has played a leading part in the restoration of a number of Sussex windmills, and is preparing major new books on the windmills and watermills of the Lewes and Pevensey rapes of Sussex.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Simple Lent Lunch at noon today (Friday) in the church room. If you miss it and would like to donate to the Disaster Fund which enables St Mary’s to make emergency donations to worldwide charities, pop your donation in an envelope (gift aid if possible) and drop in to the church. Today and every Friday in Lent at 5pm, The Way of the Cross: a 30 min meditative service using pictures and readings. There is still time to join the Lent Discussion groups, full details in the Parish Magazine. Sunday Services: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

SOUPER SATURDAY: Come and join us tomorrow, Saturday, for a lunch of homemade soups from noon to 1.30pm in the village hall. £2.50 with free refills. There will be at least four homemade soups.

BRIDGE DRIVE: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a Bridge Drive (Progressive Chicago) in the village hall at 2.15pm. Tickets £8 per person to include high tea and prizes. Raffle. All proceeds to Ringmer Village Hall Extension Fund. Phone 01273 814220 to check availability of tickets.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday February 11, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Lesley Durrant and David Warner. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

EVERGREEN CLUB invite members and friends to a Fund Raising Tea on Thursday 26th February in Ringmer Village Hall. Come along at 2pm and join in Scrabble, Whist and other games and then enjoy tea and a chat from 3pm to 4pm. The club has a full programme of meetings on most Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm, coach trips and outings with lunches or afternoon teas, parties and visits to the Dramatic Society productions. The club is open to all over 55 years and new members welcome. Further details: Tony Heath 01273 812902.

CHURCH BELLS: The bellringers will be holding a Tea and Tours on Saturday February 28 from 3pm to 5pm in the church room. Tea will be served and tours of the tower will be possible. This will be in aid of the fund to repair the ‘fifth bell’ which has developed a crack.

MOSTLY MUMS: A new group for mums, dads and carers of all pre-schoolers. Meeting in church from 9.30am to 11am on the first Tuesday of every month starting on Tuesday March 3. Join us for a chat, simple crafts, playtime and songtime.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: Ringmer Dramatic Society’s Spring Production of Haywire by Eric Chappell (of Rising Damp fame) is being directed by Ruth Whitlock and will be taking place at Ringmer Village Hall from Wednesday to Saturday, March 18 to 21. This sparkling comedy is about one man’s plan to spend a clandestine weekend with his shop assistant and fate’s determination to scotch his dream. Tickets at £8 are now available on-line at or follow the link on our Facebook website. In addition, from Monday our Box Office opens at Creature Comforts the Pet Shop in Ringmer.

PROVISIONAL DATE: Summer Fair: Saturday July 11. Pam Bowmaker, Ch of Fundraising: Tel: 813625.

Rodmell & Southease

SPRING: It’s so lovely to see all the spring flowers bursting forth and Southease Churchyard is well worth a visit to see the lovely carpet of snowdrops. It’s no wonder depression sets in with a lot of people in January and February as it’s been so cold and dreary, but let’s hope it will brighten up soon. Just switching on the TV or reading the papers is also in many cases the road to despondency as all seem to dwell on bad things. Also if you put pins in a map of the world where wars and bad things are happening, you would use a lot of pins. Let’s hope life in general gets a bit more joyful and we all learn to appreciate the good things.

RECENTLY I had something through the post addressed to ‘the lovely person who lives at 1 Sunnyside, Rodmell,’ it needed a reply via computer so whoever sent it will wait for a long time as I don’t have a computer. If it was a reader you could send a letter by snail mail. It’s quite easy and these days a nice surprise to people.

ACCIDENTS: We’ve certainly had our share of accidents on the C7 of late from the amount of cars in fields and through hedges. This is a very dangerous road especially on frosty nights and mornings.

SCRAPBOOKS: On Tuesday the Rodmell Scrapbooks are on display for the first time in the village hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

AGM: Also on Tuesday the horticultural Society AGM is at 7.30pm in the village hall. Kevin Jenkins, head gardener at Glyndebourne, will be giving a talk.

COFFEE MORNING: On Wednesday there is a coffee morning in the village hall from 11am.

MICK, our popular milkman who has been doing this round for 37 years, had a lovely farewell evening in our pub on Thursday. We shall miss his cheery face and conversation. He delivered our milk in all weathers and never let us down. Enjoy your retirement Mick.