Parish pump Lewes - February 27, 2015


ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am and an all age family service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. The recent Race Night in aid of church funds was a great success raising £1,400. Thanks go to all who helped and attended with particular thanks to Thelda Bryant for the excellent catering, the Guntrip family for providing the DVD, race card and running the tote, Amy Graves for running the bar, Janet Barnes for raising sponsorship and donations, David Barnes for the projection system and helping with the tote and finally to Anthony Meadows for the technical details.

FREE CHURCH Sunday, 10.30am with Martin Povey and at 6.30pm.

INFORMATION POINT is at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, every Tuesday morning from 10am to noon. This is an opportunity to chat and receive information, advice or guidance on money, budgeting, debts, bills, finance and much more.

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on the first and third Tuesday of the month, not Thursday as I incorrectly stated previously. You can turn up anytime between 7.15pm and 9pm. It doesn’t cost anything and you can either take your own knitting or get inspiration or learn at the group. The next session is on Tuesday, March 3. For details call Ann on 01444 471600.

PLANNING and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations.

JACK THE RIPPER is the subject of an illustrated talk at the Women’s Institute meeting, at the village hall, on Tuesday at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Rupert Matthews, who is a witty and entertaining presenter with a well-developed sense of humour. Rupert is a professional writer with over 150 published books; the majority on history, military, ghosts and related subjects. Visitors (male or female) and prospective members will be made most welcome, there is a nominal £2 charge which includes home-made refreshments.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER Group meets on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area full of things to do. This is a great chance to meet other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

LENT LUNCH takes place in St Peter’s Church on Thursday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Soup, bread rolls, cheese and coffee or tea will be served.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the Bonfire Society is on Saturday March 7 at 11am at the village hall. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated on the day from 9am or to arrange collection call Trevor Smith on 01273 891008 or email Please use this opportunity to have a clear out and donate items to the Society and so help them raise much needed funds for the display they are planning and the Christmas party for the senior citizens of the village.

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

BANNERS AND CANVASSES Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre (CHEC) new product range is the result of a large format printer being up and running which allows CHEC to take orders for banners and canvases. The banners are a really effective way of advertising your company or event and come in both hanging and roll-up formats. The canvases are a beautiful product, ideal for displaying that special family photograph at its best. CHEC have several sample prints of various sizes in their office, on the Chailey Heritage Foundation site, if you would like an idea as to how they look, just phone 01825 724376 to make an appointment.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

REMINDER: The annual Jumble Sale will take place tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall, Beechwood Lane, at 2pm. Bric-a-brac etc, coffee and cakes. Take jumble to the hall today, Friday, afternoon or tomorrow, Saturday morning. Helpers always welcome Contact Anita Walker if you can help in any way on 01273 472595.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday is St David’s Day and the second Sunday in Lent. Services at St Peter’s Church are 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am parish Communion followed by coffee in the hall.

MONDAY CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet again on March 9 in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm. Patsy Bailey will be speaking on Keeping Fit and Healthy. Homemade cakes and tea to end the afternoon. Lifts available by ringing either Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

MATANIA: I was most interested to read David Arnold’s article on Delhi Spearman and his warhorse Hopit in the February 6 edition of Sussex Express. Particularly the picture Goodbye Old Man which was painted by Fortunino Matania, the Italian war artist, as he was one of the artists who stayed at Courthouse during the 30s and 50s. My father-in-law told me that he considered Matty, as he was affectionately known, as one of the most brilliant equestrian artists that he had met and there were many that trod the boards at Courthouse due to Bill Clark’s world famous Arabian Stud. It was a lifetime friendship and I have many reminders still here of Matty with a wonderful sketch of a horse in the Courthouse Stud visitors book dated 1955 which was probably the last time he stayed here. His wife Beryl was a model who went by the name of Goldie who also became a great friend of the Clarks and led to a lovely painting of my mother-in-law Audrey being painted by Matania in Spanish attire. The very first picture that he painted here was not of a horse but the patio with a very shallow pond with goldfish and Blackcap just a tiny speck in the background. During the war he also painted the wonderful picture of Private Henry Tandey VC, one of Britain’s most decorated heroes of the First World War, who in the painting is seen carrying on his back a wounded comrade. I think it was through the War Office that Matania first met Bill Clark as the letter dated September 25, 1939 from the War Office to my father-in-law reads as follows: Sir, I am directed to inform you that instructions should be issued to all purchasing officers in your Command that no Arab horses are to be purchased or impressed for army purposes. I am, Sir, Your Obedient Servant (Sgd) F B de Klee, Lt Colonel. Assistant Director of Remounts. The Brigadier, I/c Administration, Western Command, Chester. Copies to: The Major-Generals I/c Administration, Aldershot, Eastern, Northern and Southern Commands. The Brigadier I’/c Administration, Scottish Command and the Secretary Arab Horse Society, Further ford End Farm, Clavering, Essex. Bill Clark met his wife Audrey when she was in the Remounts who probably helped him write to the War Office to save his beloved Arab horses from being sent to the front. I have a black and white photograph of my mother-in-law in a gondola near the Rialto Bridge in Venice on her way to stay with Matania and his wife. The last letter from Matty to Bill Clark is very touching and reads: My Dear Friend, It would be rather a difficult task trying to tell you how much I appreciated my staying at Courthouse. He goes on to say that nothing could elevate the spirit of the artist more than the sight of so many forms of beauties and blessings of nature as those that God has, so wisely, entrusted in to your hands. My sincerest gratitude for our many years of friendship. Goldie also wishes to convey her thanks too. Matty. I would like to think that if Matania was looking down Courthouse would not have changed too much, apart from no horses, we are still surrounded by all the beauty of nature that he loved so much. My father-in-law told me so many lovely tales of Matania and other artists that stayed here. Thankfully nothing was ever thrown away so there is quite an archive. Thank you to David Arnold for stirring up a lot of lovely memories of my much missed husband and his wonderful parents.


TALK AND LUNCH: I attended a talk given by Dr Jeffrey Lake last Sunday on the subject of the Eucharist service. It was totally absorbing and fascinating to hear how the different approaches to the service came about. Jeff talked about the basic differences in attitude between the Eastern Orthodox churches and Western Christianity, he then went on and talked about the many different ideas that were in turmoil during the time of the split between the Catholic Church and the various Protestant churches, entertaining us with passages from Wolf Hall, illustrating the chaos that reigned at that time. After the talk we all repaired to the Village Hall to enjoy a Lent Lunch of home-made soup and bread. We managed to raise £66 in donations to go to the charity US which has a number of very worthwhile projects overseas.

LENT STUDY: This week our Lent Study group started. The group will meet on Mondays at 6.30pm at St Laurence House, we will be using a course put together by the charity Embrace the Middle East. You can download the course and follow it at home if you like, or if you would like to join in the discussions please let us know as Colin will be providing soup after our conversation.

RAMPED UP: If you read this column you may have seen my musings on the reason why a number of trees have been cut down by the ramp to the footbridge. It seems it is connected with work that will be done to the ramp. In order to comply with regulations the ramp is going to need to be extended to enable wheelchair users to negotiate it more easily. What the wheelchair user does when they get onto the bridge is another question. Are they going to extend the ramp that leads to Falmer North too? And if they are heading for Falmer South they will find those pavements quite difficult.

CONCERT: We are looking forward to a rather different concert next week on March 7. The principal player’s instrument is the trumpet. Karen Kennard will be accompanied by Raija Walker on the piano. I don’t have details of the programme yet but the concert will start at the usual time of 5.30pm, entrance is free with a retiring collection and drinks will be available.

PESKY ANIMALS: Not content with moles digging up our entire lawn, the animal kingdom (in the form of squirrels) has now turned its attention to my camellia plants. Something, and I suspect squirrels, is eating the flower buds off my plants and leaving heartbreaking little piles of nibbled petals on the ground to rub salt into the wound. ‘Maybe it’s rabbits’, my husband suggested, but they would have to be able to climb very high as flowers seem to be taken from quite near the tops of the plants.


ST JOHN SUB CASTRO Church. The external repairs to our church building are now underway, but all our services are continuing as usual including mid-week services, such as funerals. The builders have kindly agreed to stop work when the church is being used. On Sunday we have our family service, Worship for All, at 11am. This week, the title is The Man in the Tree. Do come and hear the story, and join us afterwards for coffee. At 4pm in church there is a concert with the Paddock Singers, then at 6.30pm, we have our monthly Evening Communion service, with Rev Dick Field. All welcome at all these events.

JUMBLE SALE on Saturday March 7, 2pm to 4pm at Wallands School, Gundreada Road, for Friends of Wallands. Lots of bargains, café with hot drinks and homemade cakes. Free parking. Jumble donations welcomed at school reception Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Janet led our last stroll and joined by seven walkers, took the train to Newhaven Harbour then walked through to the sea crossing the bridge over the old river bed where an oyster catcher was busy searching for pickings in the mud. We followed the remnants of the old Tide Mills rail track towards Seaford passing the site of the former chest hospital and meeting quite a few people out walking or exercising their dogs on what was a dry but rather chilly morning. We stopped at Seaford Sailing Club which has a splendid little café where we had coffee and some indulged in toasted crumpets or cake, then it was back on the train to Lewes. The strolls are ideal for people who do not want a full morning walk. The next walk is on Tuesday, Littlehampton Circular. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in good time to catch the 9.29am train to Littlehampton. A flat 5 miles walk.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH Tomorrow night (Saturday) is our men’s Saturday night cinema evening at 7.30pm in the John Harvey Tavern, screening Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. No need to book, just come along. On March 21, 9.30am to 5pm, come and join us for an interactive walk through the Old Testament. Transform your understanding of the bigger picture. Cost £14 including workbook, accompanied 11 to 16 year olds free (concessions available). Information leaflets are at the back of the church, which is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and on Sunday for services, or go to During Lent we will have early morning prayer sessions at 6.30am each Friday. All are welcome for a time of quiet prayer and reflection. With the continuing cold weather we still need warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags for homeless people in Brighton: a collection box is in the porch. Thank you for donations already given. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service (church hall); 3.30pm sung evensong, a traditional service with organ and choir; 6.30pm informal evening communion service with singers and band. Please come and join us.

PASSION PLAY 2015 Group. Join in any or all of our four community street performances in Easter week. We now have a donkey for Palm Sunday. Please would singers come to our rehearsal tonight, Friday, in Southover Church from 7.45pm to 8.45pm. We are looking for people, including families, to dress up as members of the crowd. We also need help with costume and scenery making, and with materials. Please email or visit our website at


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: After 15 weeks, the major building work is finally finished and the school is now looking much brighter and fresher. There is a new, well insulated roof, new windows (which all open!) in the classrooms and new skylights in the main corridor. It is great to have so much light coming into the school and hopefully everyone will feel the benefits. Term 4 promises to be a very busy one with a lot to fit in to a short space of time (five weeks) but everyone is looking forward to the lovely story-based Learning Journey, Bookworms and also to their KS2 performance before Easter.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH, last Sunday, welcomed back their Associate Vicar and his wife after their three week holiday, much needed and well deserved after an incredibly busy year. Following last year’s improvement work to the inside of the church, and their architect’s five year inspection of the fabric, this year there will have to be spending on work that has been identified for the church exterior. Updating is also required to improve the electrics. The church’s sound system also needs updating and extending to meet the demands that the technological age requires for worship and the wider use that is expected of the church building. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) have been discussing this earlier this week. Sunday’s service, starting at 9.30am is Holy Communion. Children are specially catered for in their Sunday Club during this service. Revd Jeremy Bamber will be leading the service. Everyone is welcome.

CHECK YOUR ENERGY BILLS: Go Local, part of the Energy Saving Network supported by Lewes Town Council and East Sussex Credit Union, will be running an event to help residents of Malling and Pells cut costs. They will check your energy bills and advise on how to make savings, everything from switching suppliers to draught proofing and cheaper lighting. East Sussex Credit Union and SNUG will also be there to provide help for people who might be struggling to pay their bills and reduce costly waste. Free refreshments are provided. This is an excellent opportunity to solve some of the puzzles you may have about how to cope with rising energy bills and just how to keep warm. The event is at Malling Community Centre on March 7, 10am to 3.30pm and at Landport Youth Centre on March 14 at the same times. Put these dates on your calendar. Further information is available from Tony Rowell on 07740163590 or email

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Today, Friday: Opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe, 9.20am-9.45am; Berwick Village Hall 9.55am-10.25am.


ST MARY’S SUPPORTERS CLUB: Please note: Bingo has been re-arranged for March 13 as March 6 and 20 have been cancelled.

ST MARY’S SOCIAL CENTRE: Still under threat as Lewes District Council have announced that a consortium of developers was named as the preferred bidders for the regeneration of the 49 sites. You may have seen last week’s Sussex Express and it is confirmed that St Mary’s is still one of these sites Karis Developments, headed by Josh Arghiros, with Conran and Partners architects have been chosen for a scheme which will bring 450 new homes to the district. The Trustees of St Mary’s have said that it is very concerned, but as yet there have been no plans announced for the site, so there is nothing at the moment we can object to. However the residents of Nevill and the surrounding areas want to keep this well used community Centre and not see the suggested eight large properties built on the site. We would like to remind the developer of the 4,000-plus signatures on the petition to save St Mary’s from development and that also a clause in their contract that states ‘that the Centre is retained in existing or improved form and enabled to function without interruption’. We hope that this is taken into account when the consortium considers the development of the site.

LEWES BOWLS CLUB: There is a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm at The Green, (behind the Mound), Mountfield Road. All welcome, £1.50 per head.

COME DANCING: Steps Line Dancing Club are holding a dance on Sunday March 22 from 3.30pm to 7pm at Wallands School with a singing artist. All line dancers welcome and if you want to watch and listen with your partner, you will be welcome too. Entry by ticket only. Reserve/buy your tickets this week from Chester Funnell on 01273 475096. You can also speak to Chester about line dancing classes for all levels in and around the Lewes area too if you are interested in learning for exercise and fun.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, our Tots group is meeting again after the half term break. Play, refreshments and story time for pre-school children and their carers. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Peter Rayson and at 6.30pm Rev Rose Westwood will be leading worship with items from the church choir. Our craft sessions will be held on Wednesday either at 9.30am or 7.30pm. Please drop in if you are interested in joining either or both of these groups.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday March 7. We will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 7pm on Friday March 6.

LANDPORT BOTTOM: The next meeting is scheduled for Monday May 11. If you didn’t manage to get to the last meeting, there is a website at: as well as Facebook page, should you wish to catch up on Nevill news.

LEWES NEVILLE WI: At the February meeting of the Lewes Neville WI we enjoyed an interesting talk by Tom Walker entitled His Story in Art. He gave us some fascinating insights into his life and work and we were able to see pictures of many of the works he has produced. Members brought in pictures of either their wedding or a relative’s and we were able to see the different styles of dress over the years. We are holding a coffee morning to mark the Centenary of the WI at St Mary’s Church Hall on March 14 selling members’ craft work, bric-a-brac and cakes as well as a raffle. Our next meeting is on Wednesday March 18 about Exotic Spices of St Lucia from Peter Lovett. The competition will be a small flower arrangement using exotic flowers.

GARDENING: St Mary’s Gardening Club meet on Monday at Mary’s Social Centre. Our speaker will be Graham Bowring who will be telling us about The Secret Life of Hedgehogs. This promises to be an entertaining evening which will include live hedgehogs. Visitors are welcome (£1). Thecompetition is Daffodils – three of a kind.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open as usual today, Friday, from 10am to 11am, in the villager hall. The AGM will commence around 11.15am.

SERVICES this Sunday at St Mary’s Church will be 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed at 10.30am with Informal Morning Prayer. Women’s World Day of Prayer will take place at St Mary’s Church on Friday March 6 at 2pm, this year women from the Bahamas have prepared the service which invites men and children to join them in the Barn Centre, refreshments before the service, at 1pm.

COFFEE MORNING: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding a coffee morning in the Community Centre from 9.30am till 11.30am tomorrow, Saturday. A great opportunity to renew your membership and enjoy a coffee and hot cross buns. Details of all the outings will be on display and tickets will be on sale. They will also be holding another Quiz Night with ploughman’s supper on Saturday March 14 in the village hall from 8pm, tickets available at the coffee morning (see above).

BAND NIGHT: Newick Bonfire Society Band Night and supporting DJ will take place in the village hall on Saturday March 7. Licensed bar. Admission by advance ticket which can be obtained from the Royal Oak or The Crow. You may also telephone 07896 071481. Tickets are £8 per person.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday March 12 when the speaker will be Paddy Cumberlege talking about A Passion for Pictures. Paddy examines five pictures and their particular interest in the historical context in which that are set, the story behind each and explains how the art market works.


ANOTHER DISASTER: It looks very much as if Plumpton Activity Scheme is about to fold, being one in a line of local organisations that have ceased to exist. The scheme has provided healthy and enjoyable activities for local youngsters during the summer holidays for over 20 years and has brought much pleasure to them. This evening (Friday) is likely to be crunch time when the AGM is held in the Plough pub at 8.30pm. The committee comprises but three members and unless more come forward this evening, alas, the curtain will fall. This has become a familiar pattern in recent years and we have seen several facilities for both the young and the elderly close down because volunteers simply will not come forward. There are plenty of moans about lack of facilities but they cannot be provided unless self-help is involved. Just think, Plumpton that dormitory on the Eastbourne to London line. Trains stop there hourly throughout the week to get you out of it but they also return at hourly intervals so that you can go to bed.

FANCY A WALK? If so, you can join members of the Footpath Society on Sunday when they meet up at the Box car park, Ashdown Forest (TQ460 288) at 2pm. Then it will be off on four mile trek via Friends Clump, Nutley Windmill, Ashdown Forest south towards Duddleswell returning to the car park. Ring 01825 723716.

SOME SUCCESS: On Monday Plumpton Village Action Plan (VAP) held a special meeting to discuss its future or maybe even its demise. It was suggested that VAP has now largely completed its original objectives and, despite some bumpy rides on the way, made some notable achievements. Just consider the Volunteer Driving Scheme (get me to the Doc on time), Wildlife and Habitat Group, Plumpton Ancient and Modern, Station Partnership, recycling, village notice boards, walks leaflets, cookery book, Ken Beard’s photo book, defibrillators, apple press, Battle of Lewes celebrations, Festive Fair and so on. All of these were instigated and backed by VAP and were successful through community involvement. Some of these are ongoing commitments and there is, of course, the latest initiative in the shape of Plumpton Youthspace, a much needed facility for the young of Plumpton and East Chiltington that has proved an undeniable success and it was able to get off the ground in such a speedy manner thanks to VAP backing. It must also be said that it could not have happened without the enthusiasm of a small band of volunteers. It was unanimously agreed that VAP should continue but more in the role of a conduit or enabler for future village initiatives and the maintenance of existing ones. Its funds are not to be used to make grants to individuals or existing groups, but to pump prime new initiatives. The existing committee/trustees were entrusted with the task of producing a slightly amended constitution and establishing a new future. The parish council has already given tacit approval to such a move and it is envisaged that VAP will undertake activities beyond the remit or resources of the council, but has pledged to liaise with it and be open to suggestions for future tasks that it may care to suggest.

SAFELY HOME: I can report that the Rector, Godfrey Broster and his party have safely returned from their pilgrimage to the Holy Lands and are full of inspiration and tales to tell. I can reveal that whilst much of the inspiration and excitement was religiously motivated, I gather some of the ladies took great delight in exploring the local markets. We will doubtless be hearing more details of the great adventure and uplifting experience.

DON’T BE LONELY: During March that ever popular Pop-in Parlour at All Saints’ church annexe will be open on Tuesdays from 11am. To satisfy the inner man (or should I say person?) there will be tea, coffee, cakes, snacks and homemade soup. On the social side there will be the opportunity to chat with old friends, make some new ones and simply be amongst other people. Absolutely everyone is welcome to pop-in and can be assured of a very warm welcome, with no expectation of anyone being persuaded to put in church attendances. What you may benefit from is the warmth of Christian principles which are also shared with most other religions. If you are agnostic, an unbeliever, of another faith or whatever do not be put off. These get-togethers are all about social integration in a wide society. By the way, these are, as always, my words and the Rector has not had any part in their writing. I think, however, he will get my drift and hopefully approve.

SUPPORT POSTMAN MATT: Our regular postie, Matthew Watts, is once again running the marathon to raise funds for St Peter and St James Hospice. He has run several previous marathons in support of our local hospice and it would be nice if as many residents as possible show appreciation to Matthew for his great efforts over a number of years to not only provide a good service to us, but also to serve our community. So why not pop down to the village shop and sponsor him? Matthew delivers our mail diligently and the hospice has provided care and comfort to so many local residents and their families for a long time past and, hopefully, to come. It doesn’t matter if your contribution is seemingly insignificant. When I was fundraising for the hospice, the Salvation Army etc., one thing that I learned was that pennies do actually turn into pounds. Your pennies, plus those from others like you can make a big difference when combined. Of course, if you have pounds to throw away, then do throw them Matthew’s way for this effort. Sponsorship forms are available at the counters in the shop.


ST MARY’S CHURCH: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Service and 6.30pm Eucharist.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday February 18, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, George Montgomery and Nigel Osmer; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

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

CHURCH BELLS: There will be Teas and Tours to launch the fundraising appeal for the bell fund from 3pm to 5pm in the church room and up the tower, tomorrow (Saturday). This will be in aid of the fund to repair the fifth bell which has developed a crack.

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

WI: Old Sussex Shepherds was the subject of the talk given at the meeting in February by Ian Everest, the local historian. His slides of the shepherds and the sheep showed a way of life more or less lost now, and we learned that the traditional Sussex smocks were ‘kept for best’. In contrast at the next meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall, we shall be viewing what we might be wearing this summer when M&Co will provide a Pop-Up Shop. Visitors and new members welcome. For more details contact Jay Kendall (07845 143664) or Norma Phillips (813897).

FLOWER CLUB: There will be a flower arranging demonstration by Gill Sadler entitled Show Stoppers on Wednesday at 2 pm in the village hall. New members and visitors are always welcome. The competition for those who wish to enter is My Favourite Flower (title to be shown).

THE STOOLBALL CLUB AGM will be held on Thursday, 7.30pm at the Football Club. All members are welcome.

NEVILL JUVENILE Bonfire Society will be holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday March 7 in the village hall. Doors open at 2pm.

BOB’S BUMPER QUIZ: If you haven’t yet entered for the quiz in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice next Saturday March 7, contact Bob (812784) now.

BISHOP’S VISIT: Exciting news. The Bishop of Chichester, the Right Revd Dr Martin Warner comes to St Mary’s to take the 9.45am service on Sunday March 8. It is a great honour to welcome him to our parish church and we offer everyone a warm welcome to hear him lead our Eucharist.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Primary School are holding a Nearly New Sale of all things children on Saturday March 14. It is to be similar to the very successful NCT sale and Tiddlers and Toddlers Sales but for children age four years and upwards. We will be selling clothes, books, shoes, toys, bikes, computer games, uniforms, scooters and small items of furniture, in fact anything to do with children. Sellers must register before the sale and there is a limited number of places. If you are interested in selling please contact me on for further details and if not please do come along to buy. We would welcome any good quality donations please and can collect locally.

Rodmell & Southease

THE BIRDS are going mad at the moment, singing their hearts out, collecting nest building material (they especially like the fronds of the pampas grass). When the hairdresser comes to the house I also put the cut hair out for them. It really is getting to be quite spring like and I’ve managed to get out into the garden to prepare the beds for flowers and vegetables. Whilst digging over my raised bed I’ve dug out some lovely potatoes that must have been left in from the autumn. I t was an excellent year for potatoes last year and they were huge. I had so many from one small raised bed, I was able to put quite a few on the Rodmell Produce Stall, which I hope will still be going this year, in The Street by the notice board, and near the village hall. I have several good compost heaps around the property and over the years they have made the soil in the beds of very good quality.