Parish Pump Lewes - February 22, 2013


THE WI had a very informative and entertaining evening on Tuesday, when Sue Hollings gave a demonstration of simple Indian cookery. The village hall was soon awash with the aroma of familiar Indian spices, as Sue deftly produced samples of garam masala, simple chicken curry, kheere ka raita, peas pulove and chapatis, all in a comparatively short time using nothing more than basic equipment. Sue explained the importance of the use of that vital triumvirate, onion, garlic and ginger and how the heat of a curry can be controlled with the addition (or not) of chilli in varying quantities. We very much enjoyed tasting the results and hearing about the variations of menu and ingredients throughout the sub continent. Some of us were surprised to know that we are more used to eating Pakistani or Bangladeshi food in most of the restaurants in this country, although one tends to think of curries as all being Indian.

PROJECT ZAMBIA: The annual Barcombe Fun Run will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, based on Barcombe Recreation Ground. Although this seems a long way away, planning is well underway. If you are not considering taking part perhaps you would like to join us in a variety of support roles, from marshalling to car parking, first aid, and administration, the list is endless. All proceeds go to humanitarian projects in the townships of Ndola, Zambia. We support orphan feeding programmes, child headed households, clean water projects, education, housing, HIV/Aids free football etc. Further details from Tim Parsons on 01273 400601.

POSTCARDS: There has been enough interest from those who missed my talk on Barcombe in old postcards to consider doing it again. As a number of people were unable to make a Friday evening I thought we would try a Sunday afternoon, with the added incentive of a cream tea. If you would like to see how much or how little Barcombe has changed over the past 100 years, the date to note in your diary is Sunday April 7, 3pm at The Conker Room, St Mary’s Church. Tickets £5 from Turner’s Electrical Stores.

CRICKET: The cricket club AGM on Tuesday, at 8pm in the Royal Oak. Details from Kate Coppard 01273 400667.

QUIZ NIGHT: The tennis club is holding a Quiz Night at the village hall on Saturday, March 2 at 7pm. Tickets costing £10 (to include food) are now on sale in the Village Stores. There will also be a licensed bar. All welcome.

SNOOKER: February,18, away to Uckfield C: Harry Stewart 14 Luke Dryer 75, Derek Stewart 22 Pat Adams 82, James Stewart 32 Andy Stanley 65, Simon Fox 32 Omar Hilton 69. Only four players this week so score was 0-5.

FOOTBALL: Mid Sussex Div 10: Lindfield 2 Barcombe II 4 (P Denison- Pender, W Marler, T Rumary 2).


NEARLY NEW SALE of children’s and ladies clothes is at the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am to 12.30pm. Details from Gemma on 07843410895.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and All Age Family Service at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church on Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am and everyone is invited to join him in prayers. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Derek Martin and 6.15pm with Rob Dillingham. Tea, coffee and biscuits served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

PISTON HEADS breakfast beet is at the Five Bells on Sunday from 10am to midday and anything with an engine is most welcome. Great hot dogs and bacon rolls. For details call Robin on 0182572 2259.

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

OPEN DAY for potential volunteers at Futures@Chailey Heritage (the new transition provision which helps young adults, aged 19 to 25 year olds, with complex physical disabilities and health needs to develop life skills) is on Friday March 8. The minimum age for volunteering is 18 years. The informal Volunteers Open Day will take place in the new Life Skills Centre and there will be a choice of sessions from 10.30am to midday and 3.30pm to 5pm. Application packs will be available on the day. To reserve a place on the Volunteer Open Day, ring 01825 723723 or email

GRANTS: Applications for grants from the Thompsett Charity must be made to the trustees by Friday March 1. Grants are available for children in the parish to promote their education, including social and physical training. Grants have for example been given for school residential trips and guide and scout events. Only a small amount is available for distribution but if you would like to be considered for a 2013 grant do write to The Thompsett Charity, c/o Ann Jones, Pellingford, Lewes Road, Scaynes Hill, RH17 7NG. For more information call Ann on 01444 831244.

JUMBLE SALE at the village hall on Saturday March 16 at midday run by Chailey Cricket Club to raise much needed funds. Donations of jumble would be much appreciated on the day from 9am or to arrange collection beforehand call 01273 890777.

UNWANTED mobile phones and inkjet cartridges can be recycled to help St Peter and St James Hospice. The phones and cartridges can be turned into cash which will fund aromatherapy sessions for patients at the hospice. For details visit or visit the Hospice website to order your free recycling envelopes and boxes.

cooksbridge, offham & hamsey

PLANNING: Over the past few weeks there has been much written about the Rainbow Inn, Cooksbridge regarding the reinstatement of the bar and changed menu following the departure of Marco Pierre White. This pleased many locals who were most upset to see the demise of the bar when it was given a makeover following the arrival of the celebrity chef. Now there is concern over the planning application which has recently been lodged with Lewes District Council Planning Department – Application LW/13/0047/48 proposes to add nine bedrooms by converting the beer store and adding an extension which will create 12 bedrooms to the building as there are already three bedrooms upstairs in the pub. The pub and surrounding area are in a conservation area and parts are steeped in history. Concerns are for the close proximity of properties especially with the conversion of the beer store. There will also be the question of parking, although the rainbow has its own car park. At times when very busy there has been an overspill onto the highway. The site is on the junction of the A275 which branches off to Barcombe. Those who have concerns can look at the application on the LDC planning website using the above Ref number.

SKITTLES: The skittles evening a the Chalk Pit Inn is on Friday March 1 at 7pm. If you would like to be in one of the teams please let Judith know on 01273 474356 as soon as possible.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Sunday service, Holy Communion at 8am. Sunday Club in the church hall at 10.15am. Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the church hall.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: March 10, St Peter’s Church, a special Mother’s Day Service at 10.30am. The service will be followed by a Mothering Sunday brunch in the church hall. Contact Judith on 01273 474356 so that she can arrange catering numbers.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club will meet on March 11 in St Peter’s Church Hall, at 2pm. Helen Park from Bevernbridge will be demonstrating craft card making. Lifts are available – call Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

BROADBAND: There has been much written regarding the lack of speed from broadband. Only about three percent of businesses and homes in East Sussex have access to high speed broadband compared to the national average of around 58 percent. I would imagine from the remarks that I have heard that we come into the category of very slow service. Having spoken to BT about my own service they tell me that improvements have been made, but also point out that there needs to be much stronger demand for the service before making big investments. To help the situation ESCC has launched a campaign to urge businesses and residents to register their support. You can visit to register your interest which will help everyone in East Sussex to receive faster broadband.

HAMSEY FESTIVAL: Although it is a long way off, the Hamsey Festival on Saturday June 15 will have a lot on offer. Building on last year’s successful format it will again be an opportunity for adults and children to show off their athletic skills. Events will include five a side football, track events, wellie throwing, tug of war and much more. There will also be the popular novelty dog show. So now is the time to get all those Pudseys learning new tricks. Hamsey CP School and St Peter’s Church are fully involved with the festival and like last year there will be plenty to eat and drink, together with music and dancing to the end of the evening. More details nearer the time but make sure you mark the date in your diary.

RIGHTS OF WAY: With the departure of Jenny Millington, Hamsey Parish no longer have a representative to report back to the PC. Those wishing to report problems can contact ESCC by using the Report A Fault on their website.

CARDBOARD: Although the possibility of recycling cardboard within Hamsey Parish was discussed by the PC, they have been unable to find a suitable storage site. Without this, there can be no doorstep collection of cardboard unless a solution is found.

EMAIL: Some time ago all residents within Hamsey Parish were given the opportunity to receive important parish news by email, but to date only 24 residents have taken up the offer.


MUSICAL TREATS: Unfortunately I had to miss last week’s concert, and by all accounts it was splendid, with excellent singing from Sue Mileham and Phillip Eve. I was able to hear some of it as I was delivering wine for the evening and heard some of the rehearsal. I was also in church last week letting in the musicians providing one of the March concerts. They were having a long rehearsal session and as always happens when we have the church doors unlocked we had visitors. A group of people had made a special trip to Falmer as they were tracing their family history and had discovered their ancestors had lived in the village. They were delighted to be able to come in and have a look at the church and look around the churchyard to see if they could find the family name. No sooner had they departed when another party of people turned up, they had been having a day out in Falmer and noticed that we had the doors open. Eventually the musicians were able to get down to work and I understand they weren’t disturbed again. We have two very different concerts on March 3 and 9, so look out for further details next week.

LENT LUNCH: A group of us enjoyed a Lent Lunch in aid of the charity US last Sunday with soup provided by Jill Burt and Rosemarie Warton. I had spicy lentil and also on offer was stilton, they were both delicious.

BIRDS: In an idle moment spent searching the internet recently, I came across some excellent photographs of a cormorant on Falmer pond. Before the cold weather we had three cormorants in residence, they then went away during the cold weather when the pond was too frozen for them to be able to fish. Recently I have seen one back on his perch atop the No Fishing sign, obviously a bird with a sense of humour. The Greylag goose population also varies wildly, from up to twenty to only five or six. I am told that the ducks are already scouting out nesting spots, I hope it doesn’t get too cold again before spring really gets going.


KINGSTON WI: A lively group of over 40 members was welcomed by the vice president, Beverly Wakeford-Brown, to the February meeting. She then told them the sad news of the death of John Houghton, who was the devoted husband of Betty, a former president of our Institute and an ardent member of ACWW (Association of Countrywomen World Wide). It was lovely that Betty was able to attend the meeting. To keep us all busy, several trips and activities will be available in the near future. Members were invited to sign up to view the snowdrops and hellebores at Pembury House, Clayton; to take part in Let’s Go Quizzical, the bi-annual County quiz; to attend the Eastbourne tennis tournament; and in August to travel to London to see a performance of Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre. For the knitters in our Institute, a request was made for them to pass on their skill to Year 3 and 4 youngsters. Peggy Nicholson gave us some information about the boxes of goodies/useful things we send to Romania each year. She told us that 42,000 boxes had been transported with each truck carrying 6,400 boxes, and the diary of the journey of the boxes is available on the Link Romania internet site. The speaker, Christine Holliday, gave us an illuminating account of her 34 years working in the back bencher’s library at the Houses of Parliament. The competition entitled Unusual Jobs/Tasks attracted several entries with Penny Crawley’s task for 15 years of cutting adverts out of the Teddy Bear Guide deemed to be the most unusual. Our next meeting is on Thursday, March 7 when Tim Willcox will tell us about John Sell Cotman, a Norwich artist. The competition will be Watercolours. (Janice Barber).


WESTGATE WI: A small boy pictured in front of a harvest scene on the South Downs was the entry point for February speaker Ian Everest’s local history talk. This covered a year in the life of a downland farm in the 1950s, recorded in colour on 16mm cine film. Manor Farm at Bishopstone near Seaford reached almost to Alciston and Alfriston and down to Tidemills and employed 20 men, 40 at harvest time. Ian was the small boy whose father worked on the 1,000 acre mixed farm. They lived in a tied cottage with a copper, mangle, tin bath and outside toilet. He described the changes that have taken place, for example, how oxen were replaced by heavy horses, such as Clydesdales, which, with World War II, were themselves replaced by tractors. The film, made by the farmer’s son, showed a wide range of agricultural work – ploughing, haymaking, silage making, corn cutting and standing up in sheaves (stooking), and the flax harvest featuring a busy Sussex spaniel. Later the combine harvester was a far cry from the work done by hand in the mid 50s by men working a 55 hour week. The next meeting is on March 13. Next crafts, February 27. (A Stephen).

WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer. This year the annual service, prepared by the women of France, will be held at St Thomas’s Church, Cliffe High Street, at 1045am. Rev Judith Bevan, Curate of St Anne’s Church, will be the speaker on the theme, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. The service will be followed by a ploughman’s lunch. All are welcome - men, women and young people.

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP: February 25 will be the last chance to take up our Monday Madness offer, of two meals for the price of one. Bring a friend, or come with a current member, and sample one of our delicious home-cooked lunches, £5.50 for two courses (£5 for a member). Only warning, we serve the meal at 12.30pm, so come early.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The planned walk at Henfield, on inspection a week earlier, proved to be far too muddy and flooded for a group walk. It was decided that a bracing walk from Firle would be a better option. However, on Sunday February 10 this presented challenges of a different kind with very strong cold winds and heavy rain. Nine people turned up for the walk, determined not to let the weather beat them. The route took us south, out of Firle and along the old coach road and then gradually making our way up to the South Downs where the full force of the day’s weather hit us. We then headed south eastwards through the mist and driving rain to Firle Beacon and slightly beyond before finding a slow and muddy descent, eventually joining the coach road once again and making our way back to Firle. The weather didn’t dampen our spirits and we had a good, exhilarating walk. The next walk is on Sunday, Rushlake Green. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start and be prepared for mud.


SOUTH MALLING School has been on holiday with other local schools this week, after a very busy and rewarding third term. Particularly notable was the choir’s trip to the O2 Stadium for the Young Voices Concert. If you would like to get some idea of how exciting that was, click onto the school’s website and look in the gallery section. The atmosphere is almost palpable in the vivid range of photographs uploaded there. On the last Friday of term three, work on Design Technology and Financial Education blossomed into the very practical Enterprise Day Fair that was mentioned last week. The products which children had costed themselves, and made to sell at the fair should have brought in profits which will go towards plans for activities and equipment which children have identified, each for their own class. Once again, check the website to see some of the activity that went into preparing for the event. It all seemed to go very well. We’ll let you know when the children have evaluated the event just how successfully their plans worked out and whether they can afford everything they are hoping for. Governors are meeting next Wednesday to work together on the Draft Three year plan for the school. This follows from their meeting with senior staff in January that included mixed groups doing some blue sky thinking about the future.

BRIDGE VIEW UNDER 16s: There was no match last Sunday because their manager, Dave Amiet, ran the Brighton Half Marathon for the Connors Saunders Foundation, a charity that provides qualified football coaching for disabled children and for families who cannot afford to pay for their children to go to mainstream clubs. He says that the last time he ran in a race like this was when he was 19. He was 50 the previous Tuesday and wanted to do something special. He finished in 2.35, which really pleased him. Special congratulations to him and to all others who ran the race. It was quite a way to celebrate a 50th birthday and for such an appropriate good cause.

PARISH CHURCH: Following the Communion service this Sunday, Revd Steve Daughtery from Southover Church will talk the congregation about plans for combining South Malling, St John sub Castro and Southover when the Vicar, Revd Al Pickering, leaves this Easter. The proposal is that all three buildings will continue to be used for worship with a single leadership that will operate across parish boundaries. Each church will have its own named minister, who will also be part of a wider team. After speaking to the Malling congregation and answering questions, Revd Daughtery will go on to St John sub Castro whose service is at a later time.

mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.00pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


MY BLOG: I must say how disappointed I was when I walked round the shop on Sunday, to find a pile of dog mess on the pavement. I thought dog owners now acted more responsibly by doing the decent thing and remove the mess. However it still appears we have an irresponsible owner. If it is your dog and you have no means to pick it up, you could at least move it into the gutter. If your child has responsibility for your dog on the street, teach them to clean up.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our half term Messy Church from 10.30am. There will be lots of craft activities and a short act of worship and this will be followed by a free lunch. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We look forward to seeing you. On Sunday we have our Family Together Worship at 10.30am and this will be followed by coffee. Rev John Gordon will be leading worship at this service which will cater for all ages. From 7.30pm on Tuesday evening we have a Lent Housegroup at Christ Church, this is a joint venture organised by Churches Together in Lewes. On Wednesday, the ThinkTank will be meeting from 7.30pm and Richard Partridge will be leading our discussion on Democracy – Have we too much or too little?

WALLANDS SCHOOL: We are delighted to announce that we have had a really positive and encouraging response to our invitation for budding thespians to help us create our outside performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream, and we are now asking for any extras. Maybe you or your child would like to be part of our group of fairy dancers, or maybe you play an instrument and would like to play live music on the night. Perhaps you’re creative and would love to come and create props, or become a stage hand, or you have a talent that as yet we’ve not thought of and you’d like to offer. Do fill in a booking form, obtainable from the front desk and state on this the ‘extra’ role you or your child/ren would like to be involved in by March 1, and return to the box on the front desk. Patina Fundraiser for Yr6 Wallands Moving On Parade, Fashion Show March 14 7pm to 9pm. We are looking for models men, women (and a few children) of all shapes and sizes to showcase fantastic styles. Please contact Fiona on or Lynn on Alongside the fashion show there are plans for a pop up clothes swapping boutique. Bring clothes you no longer wear or that have been hanging in the wardrobe and swap them with each other, the idea being that we each pay £1 per swap, so you could walk out with a new outfit for well under £5. Contact any ideas or help welcome. Friends of Wallands Jumble Sale is on Saturday March 16. You can bring your jumble to reception from Monday March 4, all donations gratefully received. On Tuesday afternoon three Wallands children ran in the 2km South Downs area final held at the Lewes Rugby Club. Jack Garratt–Herd finished 34th and Ben Goode 51st, Isabelle Roberts–Holmes had an amazing run finishing 12th putting her through to the Sussex Finals in March. Well done to you all and good luck Isabelle. Three of our children, Shannon Phillips, Sadie Chant and Ellie Kearley-Whitmore are raising money for British Heart Foundation by taking part in the Brighton Mini Mile on April 14. If you would like to sponsor them please do so on We will be selling red noses for Comic Relief for £1 the week beginning March 11 in the Crush Hall at the beginning and end of day.


ST JOHN’S CHURCH: Sunday is the second Sunday of Lent. Our service at 11am will be Holy Communion led by Rev Al Pickering. The evening Lent Course at Christ Church , Prince Edwards Road, begin on Tuesday morning and will be repeated on Tuesday evening to be lead by Rev John Gordon. If you are interested, contact Gretel ASAP as the places are limited. or 01273 473904. If you like to, you can prepare for each Tuesday’s session by listening to the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship the previous Sunday at 8.10am when different speakers will talk about the topic for the week. On Sunday the speaker will be Rev Dr Stephen Wigley of the Methodist Church in Wales. Once a year the Chichester Diocese organizes a Healing Day to resource healing ministry in East Sussex. This year it is on Saturday March 2 from 9.30am to 4pm, at Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne, titled Breakthrough to healing; details are available at church. The Lewes service for this year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer will be at St Thomas’ Church, Cliffe, at 10.45am on Friday March 1. Please see Joyce Field if you are interested in being in a choir for the service, there will be choir rehearsal at 9am on the day.

TABLE TOP SALE: Our Table Top Sale last Saturday made £100.95 very many thanks to all.

CONCERTS: Watch this space for concerts in church in March.


FILM: Skyfall will be shown in the village hall today, Friday, 7pm for 7.30pm. Admission £3. Refreshments available.

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


PANTO TALK: The horticultural society will host a talk in the village hall this evening (Friday) at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Ian Gledhill and his subject The Magic of Pantomime. All are welcome.

GO RACING: There will be racing at Plumpton on Monday. Gates open at noon and racing gets underway at 2.10pm.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Plumpton Parish Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss the proposed affordable housing project in North Barnes Lane and make a decision as to whether it supports or opposes the scheme. The meeting will take place in the village hall at 7.30pm and will be open to the public. This is to be a crunch meeting at which the council will decide whether to support a proposal to make affordable housing available to local people, or those with positive local connections or to reject the idea for what could be years to come. Whether you support or oppose the project do make your voices heard as you could influence the future of the village. The need for affordable housing has been amply demonstrated, but what do you think of the proposal on offer? Opponents will always be vociferous but supporters tend to take a passive role. Both views count. Make your view known.

JUMBLERS GET READY: The next sale will take place in the village hall on March 2 with scrum down at 2pm. This time it will be run by Plumpton Activity Scheme that helps keep local youngsters occupied during the summer holiday which is surely something parents will wish to support? A worthy local cause, fantastic bargains more or less guaranteed at what can also be turned into a social event. Can you afford to miss it? Note the details now. Plumpton continues to be the Mecca for jumble sales, so keep watching this column to stay ahead of the game.

UP THE OUSE: That’s right, I am not referring to the proverbial creek. Richard Wells will continue his journey up the River Ouse in his talk to the Archaeological Society in the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. All are welcome and details can be obtained by ringing 01273 890137.

PLUMPTON WI: After our January social afternoon we held our first full meeting of the New Year. On a cold, February evening we met to listen to Sally Course playing her beautiful and very valuable harp. She explained how she became involved in music and now plays with many local orchestras. Sally played a variety of pieces from all parts of the British Isles. We also dealt with our normal business of the evening, handing out birthday cards and holding our raffle and monthly competition. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 13, in Plumpton village hall at 7.30pm. Our speaker will be David Back and his subject The Art Deco Ladies and their Legacy. Visitors are always welcome. (Marilyn Nye).

RUGBY LATEST: Plumpton RFC travelled to Eastbourne at the weekend, winning 24-10. Tries from Alex Aston, Steve Blake, Dan Franks and Gareth Lauren’s sealed the win. Plumpton looked the better side throughout the game, and were two tries up within 25 minutes. Tries from the rampaging back-row of Alex Aston and Steve Blake, who both cut great holes in the Eastbourne midfield. However, our village team lowered their intensity and were unable to push forward, the referee keeping a tight rein on the game, letting no infringement go unpunished. Plumpton did score two further tries in the second half, both impressive scores for centre Dan Franks out wide, after direct running from the Plumpton back-line. The other from Gareth Laurens at full-back, who ran a try in out wide, unopposed, despite a raft of Eastbourne first team players joining the game as replacement as their game on the pitch opposite finished. The highlight came when one first team replacement gave a penalty at the scrum, then got caught offside from the ensuing penalty and was yellow carded. Final score 24-10. Plumpton now take a deserved break before hosting Hove on the February 30.


SIMPLE LUNCH today, Friday, will be held at 18 Christie Avenue, by kind invitation of Joan Evett, from noon to 2pm. The one next Friday, March 1, will be held in the Church Room.

HISTORY STUDY: At its meeting this evening, Friday, at 7.45pm in the village hall John Kay will be talking on The History of Southover Grange. According to a date and initials on a fireplace Southover Grange was constructed in 1572 and was privately owned until its acquisition by Lewes Borough Council in 1945. It has been much in the news recently when it was discovered that its long-standing lease to the county council was being terminated, so that it would no longer serve as a register office.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: As from tomorrow, Saturday, tickets will be available for the society’s production of the murder/mystery play Strictly Murder by Brian Clemens which will be performed in the village hall from Wednesday to Saturday, March 20 to 23, at 7.45pm each evening. Tickets are priced at £8 each and of course can also be obtained by going online to or by phoning Denis Drinan on 07753 317373 or e-mailing him on Please ensure you clarify which night and which seated area (front six rows or raised back six rows).

SOUPER SATURDAY: Do try to get along to the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, between noon and 1.30pm and enjoy a bowl a home made soup for £2.50 with free refills available. This event is being organised by the Village Hall Fundraising Committee.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs was: 1, Pam Brook and John Weston; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Liz and Tim Owen. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer service will be held on Friday, March 1, at St Mary the Virgin Church, at 10.30am. It’s title is I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me and the order of service was prepared by the women of France who came from a great diversity of backgrounds. Everybody is warmly invited to attend and refreshments will be served in the Church Room after the service.

RACE NIGHT: Ringmer Primary Home School Association are holding this event on Friday, March 1. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets for this event are just £2 or £3 on the door. All profits are to enhance and re-develop the outside area of the whole school. The association has an offer for auction on the night of a pair of final dress rehearsal tickets for Glyndebourne, a service at the Busy Bee Garage, £50 theatre ticket vouchers donated by Stanley and Partners and two vouchers worth £50 for Lewes Golf Club. Please do go along and support this event. There are also many other prizes to be won which can be bought prior to the night. Please phone 01273 812860/812463 for details.

QUIZ NIGHT: A reminder about this Quiz Night being held in the village hall on Saturday, March 2 in aid of the Pestalozzi International Village Trust; registered charity 1098422. Teams of four. Admission £7.50 per person payable at the door, but booking is essential to 01273 472801 or to Finger food provided but you are asked to bring your own liquid refreshments.

PILATES: Abbe Denness now has seven Pilates classes in Ringmer during the daytime and evening and is welcoming newcomers as some spaces have arisen in some classes. Please contact Abbe for further details or look at her website for further information Mobile 07828 642 181 or e-mail Abbe is also happy to come to your house for one to one Pilates and body conditioning or small group work if you prefer. Her new term starts on Monday so please get in contact when you can.

Rodmell & Southease

AT LAST some dry sunny weather and many people have been trying to make the most of it, yours truly included. I spent several hours gardening on Saturday and Sunday, having a clear up, moving pots of bulbs around and cutting back shrubs and roses. Rob the gardener even gave the lawns a quick trim.

BIRDS: I think there is a sparrow hawk in the area and it gets to know when I feed the birds. Sadly two of the collared doves have been taken, with just two piles of feathers left on the lawn, plus part of a wood pigeon was found in the orchard. The birds are very nervous at the moment running the gauntlet of the many cats which seem to be in the area as well as these flying predators.

AGM: Rodmell Horticultural Society hold their annual general meeting on Tuesday. The speaker will be Michael Blencowe who is a wildlife officer with the Sussex Wildlife Trust. He is very good at organising walks and talk and knows a lot about the lovely Trust land in this area. Everyone welcome so do come along.

MANY PEOPLE will remember Linda and Derek Dartnell who lived in Wheelwrights up Mill Lane. They moved to the West Country to a place of their dreams a short while ago. Sadly Linda died recently after a short illness. She was a lovely talented lady and she and Derek were such a happy couple. They did a lot for the village including keeping the churchyard well mown for three years. Our condolences go out to Derek and family. Life at times can be so unfair.

REPORT: I was very pleased to read in the press recently that disused shipping containers have been found to be an economic, simple, quick, cheap and eco-friendly solution to the problems of poverty in Southern African townships as well as over here. They can be converted into clinics, nursery schools, soup kitchens, job centres and student accommodation. At one time, in the past, old railway carriages were also used in a similar fashion. A case of if there’s a will there’s a way.

CARE: With all the awful reports on hospital and care homes hitting the news I would like to say have faith as there are people who really care about caring for people out there. My mother was in a good care home in Kingston for three years but due to circumstances I had to move her to another home at Ringmer, not a nice prospect for a 93 year old just before Christmas. I am very impressed with Lime Tree House and my mother has settled in well. I went to a meeting for staff, relations and residents on Valentine’s Day and it was a pleasure to see so many happy faces. The resident choir sang us a song and then Michael, another resident, gave us a folk song. When asked for comments they were very positive. It goes to show that a home can be good and respectful to our seniors. It also gives relatives peace of mind.

SOMETHING to look forward to. On Wednesday March 27 at 7.30pm there will be a concert in St Peter’s Church sung by the Lea Graham Quartet. Afterwards there will be cheese and wine in the village hall with a raffle. Tickets are £5 with all profits to Hope-In-The-Valley Riding Group for Physically Disabled Children. Tickets are available from Jenny Brown on 01273 473939.