Parish pump Lewes - January 9, 2015

BARCOMBE

VILLAGE PANTOMIME: The village hall was packed to enjoy the Shooting Star Entertainments performance of Dick Whittington. Two rows of playgroup chairs at the front enabled all the children to have a good view and to interact with the cast, lots of booing whenever King Rat appeared and friendly banter with Idle Jack and the Dame. Complimentary mulled wine, tea, coffee, squash and iced shortbread stars were served in the interval and at the end of the show lucky winners collected their raffle prizes. This was very much a family orientated pantomime and a great way to start the festive season.

CONGRATULATIONS from everyone in Barcombe to Bill Nicholson on being awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours list.

SHORT MAT BOWLS: Barcombe Short Mat Bowls Club is holding an open evening for new members on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Community/School Hall.Anyone who would like to find out more about the game is welcome to come along and have a go. All the necessary equipment will be provided.

THE GARDEN CLUB starts the new year on Saturday January 17 at 2.30pm in the village hall with a talk by Simon Linington on the Millenium Seedbank at Wakehurst Place. Members, don’t forget to bring a friend for free. Refreshments available. All welcome.

Chailey

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Sunday, 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH: Sunday service at 10.30am with Trevor Dickerson and at 6.30pm with Peter Jolly. Also on Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group meets at The Horns Lodge, on Tuesday from 8pm; anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is invited to attend this meeting. To find out more about the group visit www.southdowns-trs.org.uk/.

COMMONS SOCIETY will meet at the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm when the volunteer surveyors will report on the results of surveys of Pound Common. There will also be a special item as Rory Galpin will be talking about his trip to Nepal.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday January 16 when the parish clerk will be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have. This is also a chance to meet others and sample the excellent refreshments available every Friday at the Coffee Stop.

QUIZ NIGHT organised by the Friends of St Peter’s Church is at the Five Bells on Friday January 16 at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start. Teams of six with prizes for the winning teams. Tickets are £12.50, which includes a hot supper and pudding, are available from Fiona on 01825 723135. If you do not have a complete team do talk to Fiona as there may be spaces available on other tables.

CAN YOU HELP? The Bluebell Railway would like more clerical support in their Operations Department and applications are invited from anyone able to assist with a variety of paperwork tasks, including writing and distributing notices and memoranda. There are no fixed hours and much of the work could be conducted at home. The ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel is essential. To apply or find out more contact the Operations Director at Russell.Pearce@bluebell-railway.co.uk attaching a short CV indicating your relevant experience.

REGULAR VOLUNTEER Group, organised by the Commons Society, takes place at Markstakes Common on Mondays at 9.30am. Do go along if you feel that this activity would be of interest or for further information visit www.chaileycommons.org.uk or call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

SCARECROW HUNT in and around North Chailey is a fundraising idea suggested by a parent of a child at Chailey Heritage School. Chailey Heritage Foundation are always looking for innovative ideas to raise much needed funds and wonder whether there are any local residents, groups, organisations and/or businesses who would be interested in working with them to explore the idea of a Scarecrow Hunt further. Would you or your group be interested in submitting a scarecrow for the event? Do you know any interesting/unusual places they could position a scarecrow? Interest from the local community would be much appreciated and it is asked that you send your views/suggestions on the idea of a Scarecrow Hunt to fundraising@chf.org.uk or 01825 724444 ext 718.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon Club meet on Monday. This month it will be tea and chat at 2pm in the church hall. Lifts available by calling Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hamsey

Parish Council meet on Thursday in the village hall, Beechwood Lane, at the earlier time of 7.15pm.

EAST CHILTINGTON PC meet on Thursday January 22 in the village hall, Beechwood Lane, at 7pm. I think the meeting will be a lively one as there are a couple of items that I am sure will be discussed. East Chiltington to lose its bus service: East Sussex County Council Cabinet members met on December 16 and agreed changes to bus services. From April the 824 bus service from East Chiltington is down to one bus on a Tuesday and one on a Friday. The 166 bus service, which is used by some younger residents to get to college, will be cut from a daily two hour service to just Monday and Thursday. The cuts will leave residents with very limited transport options. EC PC strongly object to the reduction and asked cabinet members in what way its objections to the cuts have been taken into account. Not sure if the PC has received a reply yet. A more worrying situation has reared its ugly head for this tiny parish in the form of a large scale development proposal put forward by the owners of a large area of land in the northern part of the parish. Eton College are promoting major housing development on the land which is centred around North Barnes Farm. This came about when landowners were invited to offer possible development sites as part of Lewes District Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment. The Eton College land was offered, but classified as not suitable by LDC. Eton College, via its agents Porta Planning, have lodged an objection. They say that the omission of North Barnes land is unsound, that the site has potential to make a significant contribution to meeting the council’s housing requirements and that it could be a strategic site for major development. The representations will be considered, alongside others, at the formal examination of the Core Strategy that will take place prior to its adoption in a series of hearings from January 20 to 30 at the Amex Stadium. The PC will keep parishioners informed of any further developments. If you wish to view the proposed area then visit www.lewes.gov.uk/planning/shlaa.asp and look at the map for Burgess Hill, Ditchling and Plumpton Green. The site reference is 11PL. The text of the representation to the Core Strategy examination can be accessed on www.lewes.vgov.uk/corestrategy and click on focused amendments representations. It is reference REP/319.

IN BLOOM: I have had daffodils in bloom since before Christmas and the first hellebore has just come into bloom. Thankfully the cold snap has not harmed them.

CHRISTMAS EVE 2014 will not be one that I shall easily forget and all credit should go to our local police team who acted quickly when my son spotted a rather dubious stranger hanging around near the farm and then moving on to the next door properties. The response from the police following a call from my son is to be commended as thanks to their speedy response any nasty incidents were averted.

KITCHEN HELP: Following the Christmas Eve saga I was very pleased when my granddaughter, now aged 16 years, offered to help with the Christmas cooking. But, as I was trying to cook, she started leaping around the room doing her ballet movements and using the rail on my Aga as an aid. Enter her younger brother playing footie around the kitchen with the new ball I had given him. It is not often that I get to be entertained when trying to cook. Not only do I have a future Darcey Bussell but all the makings of a future Wayne Rooney as well. Needless to say the cooking got slightly behind.

Falmer

A NEW YEAR begins and we hope that 2015 will be as fulfilling for Falmer as 2014 has been. I spent Christmas with family in Derby, so I missed out on many things happening in Falmer, but I have heard that all went well, especially the children’s Christingle service on Christmas Eve, and I hope that all the parents and children enjoyed this special service.

EVEN THOUGH I was not present, I was aware of something magical happening in Falmer, somewhere in Falmer, but I am not saying where, that is part of the surprise, we espied in the niche of a wall a group of little figures, watching as people walked by, and secondly a Christmas card hanging on a tree wishing everyone who looked, a Happy Christmas and close by the tiniest origami bird perched on a branch. I also found, when visiting Sainsbury’s, a pile of long play records with the top cover showing a picture of Mario Lanza, my husband had only recently been watching Mario in the film Caruso, and I remembered my husband saying he had not realised just what a voice Mario Lanza had, nearby there was a Big Issue seller, and he seemed to know about the records and said that the person had left them there for anyone who wanted them, to take, I took it home and it was very well received, another magical moment.

HOUSING: We have just been given notice in Falmer about sites being considered in the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment in the South Downs National Park, there are three designated sites being considered: 1, On the land adjacent to the University of Sussex at the northern end of Ridge Road; 2, further south, on the east side of Ridge Road adjacent to existing houses; and 3, South of Mill Street. The parish council have asked people for their comments and to pass them on to the following parish councillors: Helen Herbert, 2 Cornfields, Ridge Road or Peter Lenihan, 1 Haycroft Cottages, Ridge Road.

Folkington

THE SERVICES over the festive season were very well attended and beautifully delivered. The festive refreshments exceptional. The warmth, welcome and good cheer of the season, evident. Thanks to all involved. Forthcoming services: Sunday is Plough Sunday and Alan Packard will lead Mattins at 10.30am. Sunday January 18 sees World Religion Day and The Reverend Roger Dalling will lead Mattins also at 10.30am.

Lewes

HISTORY GROUP: Monday, 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road

Lewes History Group talk, The Tory MPs for Lewes, 1874-1997. Lewes prides itself on being different and, despite being a prosperous Home Counties constituency, it is over 20 years since it last elected a Conservative MP. From a descendant of a royal bastard to an influential godfather, John Kay delves into the lives of the seven Tories who held sway over the town for more than 120 years. All welcome. Free refreshments. £2 members, £3 for non-members. www.leweshistory.org.uk

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday December 9, Tuesday Teams: 1, Meic Goodyear and Jerry Emery, Nancy Wiginton and Rosemary Land. Thursday December 11, Duplicate Pairs: 1, North/South: Simon Fishburn and Peter Catermole; 1, East/West: Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell. Tuesday December 16, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Jenifer Wilson and Peter Cattermole, Janet Catermole and Di Johnstone. Thursday December 18, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 2, Janet Catermole and Irene Gannon; 3, Margaret Buddery and Peter Waters. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: Lewes Philatelic Society starts the New Year with a members’ displays evening today, Friday. The meeting is open to all and non-members are welcome to attend. If you collect postage stamps then this is an ideal opportunity to come along to meet other collectors in Lewes, see their interests and find out what joining a stamp club has to offer you. Our meetings in 2015 will include talks on such varied subjects as Lewes Postcards; Nelson and Trafalgar; Aviation; Chile and Gibraltar all illustrated with displays of stamps, postcards or other postal items. All meetings are on the second Friday of the month at 7.15pm for 7.30pm in the upstairs meeting room of Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road. For further information about the meeting or membership of the society please contact the secretary, Norman Sansom, on 01273 472470.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: We were pleased to see everyone who came to one of our Christmas services. Our new Alpha course starts on Thursday February 26 and runs for ten weeks: a great opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith and discuss the big questions of life in an informal, relaxed setting. We start with a meal together, followed by a talk and then a discussion. The course is run in over 160 countries worldwide. Please contact the rector Steve Daughtery on 472018. If you have any spare warm clothing which you would like to donate to people who are homeless, we have a collection box in the church porch. The church is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, as well as on Sunday for services (and for our many other activities throughout the week). Everyone is welcome to look round or for quiet reflection. May we remind you that we have a parent and toddler group called Lunch Bunch which meets every Thursday in term time in Southover Church Hall in St James’ Street. This is a great chance for parents and carers with babies and toddlers (0 to 3 years) to enjoy a high-quality sandwich lunch and a chat with play, craft and singing. There are always experienced helping hands (all adults having enhanced CRB disclosure). Please call Helen Garratt on 438105 for more details or just come along between noon and 1.45pm. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service with communion in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service, with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

PASSION PLAY: On Sunday, 2.30pm to 4pm, at Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road: you are welcome to come and meet the cast, hear the script and be part of it.

Malling

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Children and staff came back from the Christmas holidays to find that the building works were progressing well and they now have additional lighting in what used to be a very dark main corridor. They are hoping that the building work to re-roof the school will be finished in the next three weeks. The school’s learning this term is focussed on their Enterprise topic as each class will be designing, making and selling items for the Enterprise Fair on February 13. The topic begins with the ever popular BE week, when the children learn about different jobs and find out what skills are needed to be successful in their chosen work. They hope that parents, relatives and friends will help by going into school to talk to the children and show them what their particular jobs involve.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH began the New Year with a Communion Service, which ended with a special prayer in which members of the congregation made a comprehensive recommitment to serving God in their daily lives. This year will be a particularly important one for the development of the Trinity project, which is designed to bring South Malling and St John sub Castro together with Southover to create space for growth and development, especially to meet community needs. This coming Sunday, there is a Family Service for all ages at 9.30am. All are welcome to what is a relaxed and comfortable service, with teaching focussed on children.

Nevill

IT WOULD BE NICE if we could have more information for PP from organisers of events held on the Nevill and any feedback about events people have attended on the Nevill. Let’s try to make 2015 more proactive and communal.

CHRISTMAS 1958: I read David Arnold’s article about John Cooper with interest and can identify Timothy, who I was sad to learn had passed away. Standing behind him is Darrell Breeds who lived in 36 Middle Way and Beverly Elphick who lived in 44 Middle Way. Sitting in the front with a boy on her lap is Jennifer Peacock I think. I also remember Trix Lacy who was a great organiser and very much involved with St Mary’s Social Centre. I remember her directing me in a play where I played some sort of scientist and our friend Sue Tillman (nee Benson) played the Prime Minister. Who knew we would have a woman PM before Maggie Thatcher.

CHRIST CHURCH: During the Christmas Holidays we held our Messy Church event. About 50 people turned up for craft activities, a short act of worship and a lunch. The theme was the naming of Jesus and family trees were looked at and paper doves were made. Our next Messy Church will be in the February half term. Our tots group will be resuming today after the Christmas break. We will be welcoming pre school children and their carers from 9.30am to 11.30am. Worship on Sunday will be our annual covenant service with Holy Communion led by Rev John Gordon. Sunday Club for children will be running during the service. After the service we are planning a church walk. Our craft mornings and evenings have started again and will be meeting fortnightly on Wednesdays from January 21 at either 9.30am to 11am or 7.30pm to 9pm. We have started the New Year either making simple tote bags (with appliqué detail) or some simple felt making. The choice is yours. There will be a small charge (maximum £2) for materials. If you are interested please emailchristchurchactivities@btconnect.com for further details.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

CONGRATULATIONS to the Hampden Arms at South Heighton for winning Sussex Express Pub of the Year. It is the hub of the local community and headquarters to South Heighton Bonfire Society, a real village pub.

RACE NIGHT tomorrow (Saturday) at the Mencap headquarters, Riverside Hall, West Quay, 7pm for 7.30pm. All proceeds to Newhaven, Lewes and District Mencap. Entrance £2, nibbles provided, bring your own drink. Everyone welcome.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI meet on Monday, 2.15pm South Heighton village hall. Barbara Griggs will give a talk on Food Medicine. Non members always welcome.

GUEST HOUSE STORYTELLERS: Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre. Professional storyteller Kate Cawkwell will tell the story of The Falcon Bride from the great Icelandic saga. Beautiful, fierce and deadly Hallgerd is not a woman to be taken lightly ripping through husbands like a falcon through its prey. But has she met her match in Gunnar, a true Viking hero? Hillcrest Café opens at 7pm, story begins at 7.30pm. Advance tickets £6, £8 on the door. To book in advance send a cheque made payable to Guest House Storytellers to Wendy Atkinson, 7 Downside, Lewes BN7 1EE or email wendy.Atkinson@btinternet.com

MADS: Meeching Amateur Dramatics next production is Alan Ayckbourn’s A Chorus of Disapproval which runs over two weekends from Thursday to Sunday, January 15 to 18, and Thursday to Sunday, January 22 to 25, at Meeching Hall. Evenings at 7.45pm and two Sunday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are £8 each from Meeching Estate Agents, Newhaven High Street.

HILLCREST FILM SOCIETY: Tickets are now on sale for The Lunchbox (PG) to be shown at the Hillcrest Centre on Saturday January 17. A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man through notes in the lunchbox. This is a charming, old-fashioned love story and tickets are £4.50. They are available from reception at the Hillcrest Centre Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. Hillcrest Café opens at 7pm and the film begins at 7.30pm.

QUIZ in aid of St Michael’s Church, will be held in the church rooms on Saturday January 24 at 7pm. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children to include a ploughman’s supper and must be booked in advance by telephoning 01273 514892.

Newick

COUNTRY MARKET: After a short break the Country Market will be open again today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. There will be winter vegetables available plus eggs, local cheese, plus a good selection of cakes and savoury items. You can also enjoy a coffee a catch up with all the local news.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday at St Mary’s Church, 8am Holy Communion followed at 10.30am Morning service.

THANK YOU to the Newick Scout Group for delivery all the local Christmas Cards. Well done.

QUIZ: On Saturday January 17 Newick Twinning Association will be holding a Wine and Wisdom Quiz in the village hall from 7.30pm. Teams of eight people. You will need to reserve a table by telephone on 01825 724223.

DETAILS: Would all clubs and societies let me have details of their events in 2015.

Plumpton

PLANNING ISSUES: On Monday Plumpton Parish Council Planning Committee met to discuss the application to build 16 homes on land on the southern side of Riddens Lane. A large number of members of the public attended. After proper discussion and feedback from residents the committee unanimously (aside from two declarations of personal interest) voted not to support the application. Reasons were varied and included the existing inadequate access track to the site, the dangerous nature of the junction of Riddens Lane with Station Road, lack of proper information relating to traffic flow and wildlife considerations in the application and so on. It was also noted that this application provided no advantages to the village insofar as, if permission is granted, the number of dwellings involved will not count toward the 50 plus that will be imposed on the community once LDC Core Strategy is in place, thus impacting further on what is considered to be an already fragile infrastructure. Apart from the applicants’ agent, no-one spoke in favour of the application.

MOBILE LIBRARY: At the time of writing it is understood that the mobile library van will now visit Plumpton on two Wednesdays each month and will stop only at the village hall car park between 1.45pm and 2.15pm. It will no longer park at the old school layby or the Fountain.

PANTOLAND ADVENTURE: This year the Pantomime Society celebrates its fortieth anniversary and promises a magical journey through the world of pantomime in its productions that will run from Sunday, January 18 until Saturday, January 24 (excluding the Monday. On the first day there will be performances at 2pm and 6pm and thereafter they will be at 7.30pm with the addition of a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday January 24. If you are lucky you may be able to book a ticket by ringing 01273 890450 or 890561 and prices for adults range from £6 to £9 and for children from £3 to £3.50. If you are new to the village or a first time Plumpton panto goer you will be in for a big surprise, as nothing but success is tolerated in our village and the productions appeal to and are suitable for the entire family. Book now or risk total disappointment.

YOUTH ACTIVITY: The two preliminary meetings of Plumpton Youthspace proved a great success and our local youngsters found a venue that enabled them to meet, socialise and find enjoyment. Sponsored by Plumpton Village Action Plan, the venture will now continue with monthly meetings at the sports pavilion, the next being on Friday, January 30. Whilst overseen by a qualified youth worker the sessions are designed to cater for the social wishes of the young people and will include activities that they wish to engage in. Membership is open to 11 to 15 year olds from Plumpton and East Chiltington and the annual fee will be £5 plus £1 for each session attended. Fees are necessary to cover costs such as employment of the youth worker, hall hire etc. To register interest or find out more email plumptonyouthspace@aol.com or ring 01273 890412. Volunteers from amongst parents and others interested in the welfare of local youth is required, but this may involve giving up only two hours a year, so it is not a great commitment and surely something any parent should be willing to undertake.

THIS month the mag will be a little late, but before irate readers start complaining, please do remember that this valuable means of communication and information is delivered to your doorstep free of charge and is produced and distributed almost totally by volunteers. The reason for the delay is that the printers have moved during the Christmas period, which itself causes interference to normal timescales and the move has created its own difficulties. Do, therefore, be patient.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Shortly a questionnaire will pop through your letterbox seeking your opinion on how you wish to see Plumpton develop over the coming years bearing in mind Central Government’s insistence that more housing is essential. Plumpton is due to have a minimum of 50 new homes imposed over the next 20 years or so and nothing can be done to stop that. This is not a defeatist attitude, it is plain fact. Plumpton Parish Council is preparing a Neighbourhood Plan to enable the village to have a say in how, where and when that development is scheduled and enforced. Your opinion is vital to enable the council to create a plan that reflects the wishes of the majority of residents (100 per cent agreement is never possible) and thus protect our community as far as possible for the future. Please, therefore, take a short time to complete the questionnaire and let your views be known. If you do not you will hardly qualify to criticise what happens in the future. It’s your village and your future at stake.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council will meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the sports pavilion. Please note the change from the usual venue. The meeting is open to the public to attend.

Ringmer

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home to Shoreham in a SCFL Div 1 fixture versus Shoreham with a 3pm kick-off at The Caburn. On Tuesday the firsts have another home league fixture versus Loxwood and kick-off time is 7.45pm. On Saturday the second team are away and travel to Pagham for their reserve section premier league match with a 3pm kick-off at Nyetimber Lane. On Monday afternoon from 2.30pm onwards the Social Club hosts the annual senior members’ post Christmas party.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: The services on Sunday will be: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with Laying on of Hands and 6.30pm Evensong. We will be delighted to welcome family and friends of Emily Cooper for her Baptism as part of the 9.45am service on Sunday, led by James Hollingsworth, rector of Barcombe. On Monday the Bible Study Group meets at 10.30am in the Church Room, new members to this small and friendly group are most welcome. The Men’s Club meets on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Church Room. Geoff Bridger will be speaking about Three Ringmer Pals who joined up to fight in the First World War: visitors welcome. The choir is looking for new members, soprano, alto or bass, young and old, you are invited to pop along to choir practice 7pm every Friday or contact Nick Milner-Gulland on 01273 480189.

SUPPORT GROUP: St Peter and St James Hospice Support Group Annual Meeting will be held in the St Mary’s Room at the village hall on Monday at 7.30pm. As usual there will be a report on activities during 2014, and we will discuss the programme for 2015, ideas for fundraising will be very much welcomed. A representative from the hospice will report on recent developments there and will be pleased to answer any queries we may have. This is an open meeting and we look forward to seeing you there.

THE COUNTRY MARKET will re-open on Tuesday in the village hall from 10am to 11am. The usual variety of home cooking will be on offer, pies, cakes, ready meals, homemade bread, and local cheeses. There will be sweet and savoury preserves, attractive craft items and a selection of handmade greeting cards for many occasions. Plants and produce will be available as they come into season. The market producers look forward to welcoming their regular customers and would love to see some new ones.

ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE: There will be a Volunteer Recruitment Morning at Ringmer Village Hall on Tuesday from 10am to noon. The purpose is to set up a good neighbour group for the Ringmer and The Broyle area, helping older and disabled people with things like shopping, having a chat with them, odd jobs like changing the light bulb and just checking they are ok. Please come along and find out what we do.

Rodmell & Southease

CHRISTMAS: Our Christmas was fairly quiet, with friends staying for a couple of days, then B&B guests with two dogs staying until the New Year. In the time up to Christmas I was busy with organised Christmas lunches, with different groups of fiends and attending carol singing around the village, which did very well this year making over £400 for the children’s hospice. The candlelit carol service at Southease was packed as usual on Christmas Eve and our village church had a good number of people eat its services. I had some lovely gifts, among them was a book on Egypt by Joyce Tyldesley which I am thoroughly looking forward to reading. As my friends and guests know I love books and have many on many subjects. In fact many of by guests say they have to come back to peruse through my books. I love the feel of a book, the smell of a book and the joy of seeing them on my book shelves is wonderful. A book in itself is a work of art from back cover to front page and I’m so glad that paper books shops are still opening around the country and our children are still buying and enjoying books.

THE LOVELY WEATHER over Christmas meant I could go walking and gardening and of course I went in to Lewes to see the hunt. It’s so lovely to see around 100 horses, all beautifully groomed and the hounds ride up through the town. I stood in the grounds of the church at the top of town, looking down the hill from a height and it was a lovely sight. I was talking to a couple from Hove and in the conversation it turned out I had gone to both junior and senior school with the lady’s mother and we had been friends in the same class. As they had only come over to see the hunt it turned out to be a series of coincidence for them and we had a lovely conversation.

PARTY: One of the events leading up to Christmas was Pat Alcorn’s birthday party at our pub. Pat would like to thank everyone for their cards, presents and their company and for making it such a wonderful evening, not forgetting Jon, Luci and their staff. I was at this party and had a great time. Thanks Pat.

NEWS from Judith Bradbury who has asked me to mention that at last planning permission for the defibrillator on the pub wall has come through. The ambulance service are doing another demonstration at Rodmell School on Monday at 3pm for the staff, parents, older children etc. Any Rodmell residents who missed the earlier demonstration and are interested are very welcome to go along. I am hoping the electrician will install the cabinet early in the new year.

COFFEE CLUB: Meetings will be held on January 28, February 25, March 25, April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, September 30, October 28 and November 25. All meetings are held in the village hall (unless otherwise advised) 11am to 12.30pm. Catch up with coffee and cake. All welcome, see you there. Contact Judith 470713, Sarah 483523 or Sam 487508.