Parish pump Lewes - July 11, 2014


WALK: Barcombe Walking Group July walk is on Sunday. Meet at School Lane, Blackboys (beside the Blackboys Inn) at 2.30pm for a two hour walk in the beautiful Wealden countryside, relatively flat going. Leaders Charlotte Mitchell and Christine Payne.

TICKETS are available for The Rude Mechanicals’ performance of The Wife on July 25 at Barcombe Stores or at Early booking advised.

BOWLS: The Wednesday Trophy Competition took place last week. This is a competition for individual club members and after the initial round is divided into two sections. The winners and the losers of the first games each play for a separate trophy. The overall winner was Ann Hills and the runner up was Les Line. John Simpson was the winner in the second with Steve the runner up. One match was played during the week against Crowborough beacon Wolfe Bowling Club. This was a return match from the home game played in May which Crowborough won by one shot. Unfortunately the result was not so close. Crowborough 106 Barcombe 51.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Robertsbridge v Barcombe. Barcombe 216 all out in 49.2 overs:

Will Marler 80 Matt Tucker 45 Harry Stewart 36. Robertsbridge 156-8 in 43 overs: Will Marler 3-43 Harry Stewart 2-24 Matt Tucker 2-44. Barcombe (18 points) drew with Robertsbridge (14 points). Barcombe II v Polegate and Stone Cross II. Barcombe 127 all out in 42.3 overs: Bob Page 71 Toby Potter-Drake 15. Polegate 129-1 in 17 overs: Polegate (30 points) beat Barcombe (two points) by nine wickets.

STOOLBALL: We played Ditchling at home last week. Barcombe 130/4, Janet Hughes 55 runs, Angharad Hills 6 for 53. Ditchling 108/9. On Sunday we hosted the Mid Division tournament. Just five teams competing, and we all played each other on two pitches, six overs each, so it felt like non-stop play for all. All teams contributed refreshments and raffle prizes and all lent a hand in the kitchen. Barcombe came joint third and our Captain, Paula Peters, took the most wickets. Barcombe Stoolballers would like to wish Daphne Hunt, Mid President, a very speedy recovery after her recent fall.

HIIT TIME CHANGE: The Monday evening HIIT class at the village hall will begin an hour earlier at 7pm from July 14 to August 18. High intensity interval training, toning and stretching gives your body a full workout, no need to book just turn up. For more information call Claire on 07773 194040 or


CRICKET: A memorable and successful friendly game was played at Dormansland with five father-son duos being involved. They were Danny and Aaron Andrews, David and Peter Dembrey, Bob and Stephen Crouch, Marc and Josh Sellis and Nick (who umpired) and Dominic Heater. Tomorrow, Saturday, Chailey has a league game at Hurstpierpoint at 1.30pm and a friendly on Sunday at home (at the sports ground just off the A272) to Wadhurst at 2pm. Please call Peter Dembrey on 07709946880 if you would like to become a member.

SUMMER SHOW organised by the horticultural society is tomorrow, Saturday, at the village hall. If you would like to enter an exhibit and would like to know more do call Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817. There is an extensive choice of classes to enter as there are classes for vegetables, fruit, flowers, pot plants, alcoholic drinks, cookery, handicraft, arts and photography and children’s classes. Please support the society even if it is in just one class; with say flowers from your garden. All are welcome to view the exhibits from 2.30pm with prize giving at 4pm. Refreshments will be available, including homemade cakes.

10K LONDON RUN is on Sunday in London and Antoinette Peake, Cat Stallard, Nick Eyles and Olly Martino are running in this event to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation. If you would like to support them a list of their JustGiving pages can be found at

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Sunday, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Would you be willing to undertake church cleaning, which involves vacuuming, polishing pews and general dusting, once a month? A number of people have stood down after years of service and a couple of new recruits are sought to work together to do this valued job. If you are able to help with this please call Peter or Teresa.

FREE CHURCH services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Collen Hurd, to include communion, and 6.15pm with David Muzzell.

WOODLAND TALES, as told by the Weald Storytellers, are at St Peter’s Church on Sunday at 3pm. This Woodland Tales will appeal to both young and old. Organised by the Friends of St Peter’s tickets are now £5 (children under 16 free) and include afternoon tea. Tickets will be available on the day or from Fiona Pearl on 01825 723135.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

TOY AND RAIL COLLECTORS Fair is Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, from 10am to 4pm at the Bluebell Railway’s Horsted Keynes Station. There will be stalls on the railway platform and a marquee within the station car park with artefacts and model railway equipment. An admission ticket costs £3 per person and covers both station and marquee.

STAB PRODUCTIONS, a new independent theatre company, is launching its debut production at The Players Theatre in Hurstpierpoint on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26. There will be two one-act plays; Two by Jim Cartwright and The Donahue Sisters by Geraldine Aron. The performances start at 8pm. Tickets are priced at £8 and available from or by calling 01273 936808. STAB productions are generously donating all the proceeds from these performances to Chailey Heritage Foundation.

SUMMER LUNCH is being held by Newick and Chailey Support Group for St Peter and St James’ Hospice, on Saturday July 26 at midday for 1pm. The venue is the garden of Shootfield, Allington Road, Newick, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Fenning. Tickets are £20 to include a welcome drink and are available from Glenda on 01825 722607.

SOUNDS OF SUMMER concert with Uckfield Singers Community Choir is at the Uckfield Civic Centre on July 27 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 and available at Gale and Woolgar, 47 High St, Uckfield. The Uckfield Singers will be holding a raffle at this event and donating the proceeds to Chailey Heritage Foundation.

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 hall.

REMINDER: The Monday Afternoon Club meet on Monday in the church hall. This month will be Tea and Chat. Contact either Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline if you require a lift to the meeting.

FLY TIPPING: Someone has seen fit to dispose of their rubbish in the parish. One lot has been dumped in Allington Lane, but off the lane in a farmer’s field. That lot consists of gas canisters and a load of household items. It seems so unfair that the landowner has to shoulder the responsibility when these despicable low lives probably wait until after dark so as not to be seen and bring their trash into the countryside. Fortunately there was an address in amongst the above lot which has been passed to Sussex Police. The second lot has been dumped at the bottom of the B2116 road on the right hand side before the junction. The junk that has been dumped there is roofing material etc. This has been reported to LDC who will find out who the land owner is. During my years as Cllr for the area I was for ever reporting fly tipping in that spot as it used to happen regularly but did get cleared up quickly by LDC. The problem is these days that you have to catch the culprits or photograph them in the act.

LOVE YOUR COUNTRYSIDE: An NFU campaign that seeks to remind dog owners to be responsible when walking in the countryside has been launched in the wake of several fatalities involving walkers being trampled by cows and rising incidents of sheep worrying. Read more on http// As thousands of Britons prepare to leave the desk behind, the NFU have been busy encouraging dog owners and walkers to be vigilant and responsible. Search Love Your Countryside on NFU online to see what they have been doing.

EDUCATION GRANTS: The Deakin and Combe Memorial Trust once again invite applications for assistance with the cost of further education from those who are under 25 years old, studying or about to study an agriculture course in the academic year 2014/15, whose parent(s) have made a contribution to agriculture in England or Wales. Last year successful candidates received grants of £400 to £600 towards items such as laptops and books, a significant sum for any student while at college or university. These grants are made possible by the continuing support of the Deakin family and that of the Trust of the late Nora Combe. The Trust was first formed in 1944 in memory of George Deakin, vice president of the NFU and chairman of the Pigs Marketing Board who was tragically killed in 1943. Grants to successful applicants will be sent out in early October. Please phone 02476 858574 or email to request an application form. Closing date is August 29. A few years back I had a very grateful parent who had read the column and thanked me for mentioning it as her child had been one of the successful applicants who wanted to take up farming.

N WATCH: I have just received the Lewes Town and Rural N Watch Association newsletter for July. Contents include the website which was launched in 2011 to provide the public with street-level crime and anti-social behaviour data for their local area. The Home Office has recently designed a brochure to introduce N Watch members to the website at A scams awareness month is about the fight-back against scammers giving consumers the information, skills and confidence to spot and stop scams. A full information pack about Scams Awareness Month can be downloaded via the ourwatch website. Beware of official looking emails from HM Revenue and Customs. They are aware of this type of scam and give examples on their website You should not visit the website contained within the email or disclose any personal or payment information. If you see travellers camping in places they are not meant to be please contact the police on 101 as soon as possible so that they can take action.

SHEDS AND OUTBUILDINGS: The police have been targeting theft from these places as at this time of year there is an increase in such criminal activities. Do your best to properly mark your outdoor items. If you have been offered any items such as lawn mowers, pedal bikes, power tools, electrical garden equipment or quad bikes on the street, in the pub or at a car boot sale or if you see persons acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, call the police on 101.


THE FLOWER FESTIVAL is over, Wimbledon has gone and the last of this season’s Falmer concerts was performed last Saturday, and what a concert, it must have been one of the best. The standard of musicians that we are so lucky to welcome to Falmer, is par excellence. On Saturday we were treated to Ellie Blackshaw on viola, Paul Gregory guitar, James Shenton violin and Marielle Way flute. All outstanding performances, the last piece of music was composed by James Shenton called 1. First Breath 2. Agitato 3. Salsa 4. Chaccone, and everyone coming out of the church was saying, just how beautiful this was. Could we get them back again? It would be wonderful if we could. The next series of concerts commences on Saturday September 6, we will certainly keep you posted.

EXHIBITION: We now, also, look forward to the bank holiday weekend in August and the first two weekends of September when there will be another first class art exhibition in the Parish Hall.

FOOTBALL: We will also be seeing the return of the home matches of the Albion at the Amex Stadium soon, life is at the moment quieter early on week day mornings without the footballers driving up to their training sessions, but we are anxious as to what will replace them.

RACE FOR LIFE: Sunday saw the Race for Life in Stanmer Park, and many of the competitors found the village as an easier access and parking place than getting into the park itself by car; they left their cars in Falmer and walked through the university to the park. We saw for ourselves the backlog of cars on the A270 held up at the traffic lights on both sides of the road, would it not have been possible to change the timings of the lights for that occasion to allow easier access?


FIRLE FEST: This year’s bonfire fund raising treat is tomorrow, Saturday, at the cricket ground starting at 8pm. Performing live are Brass Monkeys and Scoundrels. Cost of entry is £10 on the door or £5 in advance available from The Ram, Firle Stores and Berwick Post Office. It is a marquee event. There is also a licensed bar, hot food and it is free parking.

SQUEEZE IN FIRLE: It was very kind of Squeeze to do their warm up to their tour at The Ram last Friday night. A wonderful time was had by all who went. Thank you Chris and all your band members.


LEWES HISTORY GROUP meet on Monday, 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. The talk will be Racing into History – The inside track on Lewes’ horseracing industry. Lewes Racecourse is the fourth oldest in England and from the early 1700s until September 1964 it attracted top thoroughbreds, famous jockeys and large crowds of race-goers. In fact racing became the biggest employer in Lewes, even outclassing the local iron and brewing industries in the 19th C. John Turley’s talk traces the history of Lewes Racecourse and its impact on the town, as well as looking at some of the characters associated with this once-thriving industry. The talk is part of a series of events taking place in the town to mark the closure of the racecourse 50 years ago, including an exhibition at the White Hart Hotel on Saturday, September 13 and a parade through the town and a fete on Race Hill on Sunday, September 14. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday June 24 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 3, Peter Catermole and Jerry Emery. Thursday June 26 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Jonathan Hyde and Mike Keeping; 2, Peter Gannon and Nigel Osmer; 3, Margaret and Ronald Buddery. Tuesday July 1, Tuesday Ladder: 1, Rosemary Land and Paul Allen; 2, Peter Waters and Nancy Wiginton; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett. Thursday July 3 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Jenifer Wilson; 2, Lynne Tunley and Francine Talbot-Limbrey; 3, Margaret and Ronald Buddery. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 473026.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Based at Lancaster, 14 members enjoyed a week of fine walking in fine weather along and around the Vale of Lune, organised by Ramblers Holidays. We were fortunate to be led on our walks by Simon, an experienced walk leader who also happened to live locally. His knowledge of the local countryside greatly added to the enjoyment of the walks. Two of the walks were along the valley of the River Lune where flocks of sand martins and oyster catchers were seen in abundance. A walk along the coast of Morecambe Bay ended at Carnforth railway station where some scenes in the film Brief Encounter were filmed. The final day’s walk was across some limestone pavements, with deep cracks called grikes. The path led us through a very narrow cleft in a limestone cliff, some 25ft high, where one gets to the top by way of the Fairy Steps. Legend has it that those who manage to get to the top without touching the sides will see the fairies. None of our group was so blessed. A good time was had by all. The day after we returned from Lancaster, Wolfgang led a five and a half mile walk in the Low Weald area, just South of Burgess Hill. We started at the Friars Oak pub car park in Hassocks and headed west through the grounds of Hassocks Golf Club (beware of flying golf balls). We followed drives, footpaths and a wide bridleway amongst trees towards the Burgess Hill by-pass. We followed the Tarmacked bridle/cycle way path which runs along the southern side of the road through parkland and out of sight of the road before crossing the A273 and then on to the Low Weald water tower. We eventually reached Oldland Windmill, a beautifully restored 18C working post mill in the heart of the glorious Sussex countryside and on the edge of the village of Keymer. After crossing the London to Brighton railway line we soon found our way back to the Friars Oak pub. Seven people enjoyed the walk, others were recovering from their exertions in Lancaster. The next walk is on Sunday, Plumpton, a flat five mile walk. Meet at 9.30am at top North Street car park.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH runs a community gospel choir who have reached the finals of the Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year finals, which will be televised in the autumn. Tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm they will give a summer concert in the church. Tickets cost £10 (£5 for children aged three to seven years) including a glass of wine or soft drink. Tickets are going fast. Box office: The church also runs a Monday Club, mainly for people aged over 70 who live on their own or have disabilities and who value the opportunity to meet up with others to enjoy a home-cooked lunch, fun activities, guest speakers and outings to places of interest. The club recently celebrated its first 20 years with a tea party at Buxted Park hotel for club members and volunteer helpers both current and from the past. We are tremendously grateful to the army of volunteers who have supported the club over the years by giving their time and talents to cook, drive, entertain and help in many other ways. We are also thankful for the grants and financial donations we have received, which continue to be most welcome in assisting us to provide this valuable service to the community. The local police force kindly helped with the funding of our recent celebration. The club is still thriving, with a waiting list of people wanting to join. Don’t forget we are running a pirate-themed summer holiday club for youngsters aged five to 11 years from July 29 to August 1, 9.30am to 1.15pm. More information Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with choir, organ and band; 11.15 informal communion in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do join us.

COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning at Cliffe Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am till midday. Tea, coffee, merchandise, bonfire photos, cakes and tombola. Free admission.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL says, thank you to all the Friends of South Malling for organising such a fantastic summer fete last Saturday. Despite a change in the weather, it was very well attended, with lots of fun and excitement for every age group. A special thank you goes to the Friends Committee, and in particular their Chair, Suzie Pittman, who worked tirelessly to make it such a success. Today (Friday), Year 6 pupils, along with other Year 6s across the town, will be taking part in the Moving On parade organised by Patina. They have been busy making their costumes from withy sticks and tissue paper and will be parading through Lewes dressed as minions from the film, Despicable Me. On Tuesday at 6.30pm Year 6 children will be performing their end of year show, Robin Hood. The whole school is then going to be involved in the celebration event on Thursday at 6pm in which parents and friends are invited to come and picnic on the school field while each class entertains them.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Revd Steve Daughtery, Rector of Southover, will be licensed as Priest in Charge of South Malling Church and St John Sub Castro at St John’s on July 24, by Bishop Richard Jackson, the new Bishop of Lewes. This is the next stage in the experiment in which all three churches are looking at whether it makes sense to join together as a single parish. So far, the experiment is going well. All three churches gave the project overwhelming support in voting to go forward at their recent Annual Meetings. The next stage will focus on whether St John sub Castro can be so refurbished that it can serve a range of community purposes, including as a concert venue, and also grow as a church centre. The plan is that all three churches would continue to serve their own communities whilst being part of a single, larger church with more to offer. The service this Sunday at South Malling is an all age Family Service with Revd David Garratt, and it begins at 9.30am. All are welcome.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall noon to 12.30pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2pm to 2.25pm; Laughton village school 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


CHRIST CHURCH: We are pleased to report that we raised £1,591.36 during Christian Aid Week from May 10 to 17 in the roads adjacent to our church. There were 73 Gift Aid declarations covering nearly £950 of the money we raised, so the final total will be even higher. Well done to all our collectors and thank you to all those who donated. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will include Holy Communion and will be led by Rev John Gordon. This will be followed by a church walk. We still have spaces in our Mega Makers holiday club for children who are reception age up to year 6. It will run from July 31, from 10am to 12.30pm each day. Please email for further information.


NEWICK FESTIVAL: I was on holiday when this event took place but I understand from people that attended that this was great success. I am sure the residents of Newick would like to say thank you to all those clubs and societies, the parish council and others who worked hard to ensure that everyone had a good time.

REMINDER that Newick Afternoon Club are meeting tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Centre for the Newick Leveller Gooseberry Competition at 10am.

SCHOOL FAYRE: Newick Primary School Fayre will start at 11.30am tomorrow, Saturday, in the school playing field. Lots of very interesting stalls and some great activities for everyone to enjoy. Entrance 50p adults, children free. Everyone in Newick is invited to go along and enjoy this fayre.

BOWLS: the bowls club will be travelling to Hurstpierpoint tomorrow, Saturday, play will commence at 2.30pm. On Sunday they have a club event. On Tuesday evening there are two games, Mid Sussex Uckfield away and John Spriggs Southwater at home. Both games will start at 6pm. On Thursday there is a fixture against Sussex CB v Leicestershire Tour being played at home at 2pm.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will be playing at home against Mayfield, the second XI will be travelling to Herstmonceux, the third XI are also making the journey to play Pett II and the fourth XI will be playing on the Temple Grove ground against Hailsham IV. Play will commence at 1.30pm at all the above matches. The Sunday fixture will be away at Keymer and Hassocks at 2pm. There is also a mid-week game on Thursday against Osian’s Cricket Club being played at Newick at 2pm, so if you a free on Thursday why not take a stroll to the King George V playing field and enjoy a cup of tea or maybe a pint.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday at St Mary’s Church, 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed at 10.30am with the Informal Morning Worship. The preacher will be Chris Lear. If you require a lift to church, make sure to telephone in advance 722582.


FOUNTAIN OF MUSIC: The Fountain pub is offering live musical entertainment starting today (Friday) when Kevin Dawson will be warbling away from 8pm. On Friday, August 8 there will be a Jazz Nite starting at 7.30pm and then on Sunday, August 10 comes an Open Mic session commencing at 6pm so all you wannabe performers should start training now in readiness.

RACING ACCOLADE: Plumpton Racecourse has gained a place in the top ten visitor attraction racecourses in England and Wales awarded by Visit England in 2013. Aren’t we lucky that we have a model racecourse on our doorstep?

OUT FOR DINNER: The flower club will not be arranging flowers on Wednesday. Instead members will be out enjoying their annual dinner. Have a good time. There will not be a meeting on Friday July 18 as stated in the Parish Mag.

THE WIFE: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company’s production on Thursday will be entitled just that. An intriguing tale of a young knight who, having ravished a young maiden, is forced to search the world to answer the question ‘What is it that women most desire?’ in order to avoid death. It is said to be hilarious and deeply poetic. When first performed by the group in 2003 it was included by the Times in its top three outdoor plays of the year. It will be performed on the village green (in the hall if wet) starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £13 with a range of concessions via 01323 501260, 01273 890508, or Also provides an opportunity for a picnic prior to the performance but take your own chairs and food of course.

YOUTH SPACE: The Village Action Plan is hoping to launch a facility for local youth in the near future by providing a supervised drop-in on a fortnightly basis in the sports pavilion. It will provide somewhere for youngsters of secondary school age to meet up, chat and, if they wish, engage in some organised activities of their own choosing. A potential leader has been found but likely support must be established both from parents and young people to take the idea forward. There will be an open meeting in the Sports Pavilion on Friday of next week (July 18) at 7pm. The bar will be open, nibbles will be provided so, please, do come along to see if this project can get off the ground and give young people some social space. Many folk complain there is nothing for the youth of the village to do, so let’s make something happen, but it will not if you continue to support the Apathy Society. VAP has some funds to set it up, so you will not be asked to put hands in pockets to get things on the road.

CAN YOU SING? The local church choir is always looking for new members and meets every Thursday at 7.30pm in All Saints’ Church, Plumpton Green, so if you think that you might be interested in joining in just go along or ring 01273 891800 to find out more.

CHURCHWARDENS WANTED: After14 years of dedicated service Sharon Vaisey has decided to stand down as the churchwarden for East Chiltington. Therefore a volunteer is needed to represent the village and anyone interested is asked to contact the Rector on 01273 890570 in the first instance. Another representative for Plumpton is also needed. The other two wardens are Antonia Price and Jenni Davies.

BEER FESTIVAL: The Horns Lodge pub in South Chailey will be holding its annual Beer Festival from July 18 to 20 and, once again, proceeds will go to St Peter and St James Hospice. There will, I am told, be at least 20 real ales, ciders and perries to sample. There will be a marquee in the garden and food will be available. Admission to the festival, but not the pub, will cost £5 for a day ticket or £7 for a weekend pass to include a souvenir glass. A special minibus service will serve Plumpton starting from the station and then stopping at the village shop at 8.20pm on Friday and returning from the pub at 10.45pm. On Saturday departures will be at 1.35pm, 6.32pm and 8.20pm with return journeys at 5.30pm, 7.30pm and 10.45pm. On Sunday it will depart at 1.20pm and return at 5pm. More details at or email Drink, be merry and support your local hospice.

GARDEN SUCCESS: Several residents in Plumpton Lane opened up their gardens to the public last Sunday to raise funds for St Peter and St James Hospice. The event was well supported and a creditable £1,489 was raised for the hospice. Congratulations and thanks go to all who took part in the organisation and all those who supported the event.

SPEED CHECKS: It is likely that the police will be carrying out speed checks. I gather the police are keen to put together a group of locals who will monitor speed in Plumpton using the infamous SID (Speed Indication Device). Training will be given. Anyone interested should contact PCSO Steve Knowles on 101 ext 563018. Speeding poses a threat to life and limb, particularly in built-up areas and the use of SID is meant to deter the bad and dangerous habit rather than to hand out penalty tickets.

SUMMER SHOW: The horticultural society will be staging its summer show on Saturday, July 26 in the village hall at 2pm. It is not too late to consider entering your exhibits in one or more of the many, varied classes. To find out more ring 01273 890572. If you just want to go along and admire the exhibits be sure to note the date now. Classes include flowers, plants, flower arrangements, vegetables, cookery, handicrafts and wine, with some especially for children.


VILLAGE SUMMER FAIR: Tomorrow (Saturday) 2pm to 5pm at the village hall. Proceeds to be shared between the Village Hall Building Appeal and the organisations taking part. There will be fun and games, competitions, and a Grand Raffle. Prizes include two tickets to the Glyndebourne Festival; cash prizes of £100 and £50; a free gliding lesson and at least another 12 other prizes.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing, 6.30pm Evensong. Thank you very much indeed to all those who supported the Vicarage Fête either by helping or coming along. We made a bit over £1,400. A great afternoon.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday July 2, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Michael Slot and Jenny Charman. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

SUMMER SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Summer Show will be held in the village halls on Saturday July 19, at 2pm. Entries should be handed in to the secretary at 5 The Martlets, Ringmer no later than 7pm on Thursday. The photographic classes have the subject titles My Favourite View and Animal Antics and the title for the painting class is Best of British.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Hailsham 61-76. Ringmer v Cross-in-Hand 65-66. Adastra v Ringmer 55-69. Wadhurst v Ringmer 69-65. The Bowls Club hold an annual charity evening and this year the charity was the RNLI. The weather was good to us and we raised £611 for the charity. A big thank you to everyone who came and supported the evening.

Rodmell & Southease

GALA CONCERT: I always remember something I should have put in the PP when I’ve sent it in. I meant to write about the great West End Gala Concert in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer in memory of Bernie Nolan, held at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. It was a great evening and the theatre was packed out. I hope the people I saw from the various villages in the area enjoyed it as much as I did.

LYME DISEASE: Someone in this area has caught Lyme disease so I’m told. This is particularly nasty disease that in the past could be fatal if it wasn’t treated quickly. Deer are a prime carrier of it, but cats, dogs, foxes etc can all carry it, as it is carried by ticks so do treat your animals with the appropriate pest deterrent and check them regularly. If in doubt see your vet.

BURGLARIES: There have been more burglaries in the villages recently, so do take care not to leave windows open (especially downstairs ones) and doors. Lock sheds and cars and if in doubt of suspicious characters take car number plates.

EARLY: Is autumn coming early? Our holly trees, red and yellow berries, have been covered in berries for weeks now, creepers are turning colour, my magnolia that flowers usually in September is out, and lots of garden plants have gone to seed early. Spiders are everywhere and I take a broom to brush them off garden furniture and clear the greenhouse and paths before I walk into their webs. I hate that feeling of being encased in their sticky cloying webs, imagine how flies feel. Hopefully they won’t start coming into the house yet. There has however ben a big influx of tiny moths in the house this year. I’ve never seen so many, must remember to shut my purse.

REGULAR VISITOR: I have had one of my regular clients back recently. He is a naked bike rider, we get them all here. I told him not to ride along the C7 without his kit on, as we get enough accidents. This year he was riding from Tunbridge Wells to Paris and yes, he did arrive safely back here on the late ferry ready to ride back to Tunbridge Wells the next day.

COLD CALLERS: I suspect a lot of readers are suffering the cold callers trend at the moment. I’m fed up with telling them that ‘no I have not had a car accident, having had a clean licence for 50 years, and no I don’t have a computer and I don’t need a loan’. They always phone at times when I am preparing or cooking meals or I am at the other end of the house and rush to the phone.

BUS CUTBACKS: On the subject of complaining, people are not impressed with the proposed bus cutbacks. For many people who live in remote villages with no shop, post office, bank, surgery, a bus is their only link with services, especially if they don’t or cant’ drive and don’t have a computer. Many are seniors who have lived in such villages for most of their lives and don’t wish to move away from friends and relations.