Parish Pump Lewes - July 12, 2013

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STOOLBALL: We’ve been able to play three matches this week. We were away to Adastra for a very exciting game. Adastra 142. Barcombe 152, Paula Peters 7-51, Amanda Ridley 65 and Amy Isted 48. Next we played away to Hartfield in the Inter-Divisional Pairs League which has some very interesting rules, two batsmen stay in for two overs, if they are out five points are deducted but they stay in for their two overs. Hartfield 55, Barcombe 60. The third match was playing in the Knock Out, unfortunately we lost to Fletching, Barcombe 126, Fletching 166. On Sunday we entered a team to play in Maresfield Tournament. At the end of four games we played Newick in the final. We came home with a very nice runners-up cup.

OPEN GARDENS: Bradness and Longford Place Gardens are both open in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm. Entrance £3 for both, children free, teas at Bradness.

WALKING GROUP (Footpaths Society) will be having an evening walk on Wednesday, led by Judith Hayward. Meet at the Half Moon Pub (rear car park) at Plumpton at 7pm for a 3 mile walk up on the Downs.

HYMNS IN THE PUB: 6.30pm to 7.14pm in the Royal Oak Sunday. By kind permission of Matthew and Danielle. We’re going to have a hearty sing of some solid hymns.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2, Barcombe v Robertsbridge: Robertsbridge 179 all out in 47.4 overs. (Will Marler 4-34 Allan Trower 3-43 Joe Wheatley 2-34). Barcombe 183-8 in 38.3 overs. (Matt Tucker 61no Will Marler 57 Josh Wheatley 21). Barcombe won by 2wkts. Barcombe 30 points Robertsbridge 14 points. ESCL Div 8, Burwash Weald v Barcombe II: Burwash Weald 274-2 in 40 overs. Barcombe 127 all out in 33.5 overs. (Ben Gardner 37). Burwash Weald won by a lot. Burwash Weald 30 points Barcombe 3 points.


BEER FESTIVAL is at The Horns Lodge, in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice, this weekend with 20 real ales plus ciders and perries and food will also be available. Admission (including a souvenir glass) costs £5 a day and £7 for a weekend pass. To find out more, call 01273 400422.

FOOTBALL: Junior academy relaunch by Chailey and Newick Colts Junior Football Club is tomorrow, Saturday, and aimed at boys and girls aged 6, 7 and 8 years, (school years 1, 2 and 3 in September) with a Football for Fun taster session at the sports ground, just off the A272. The junior academy will be run by experienced FA qualified coaches who are all CRB checked and First Aid trained. All are welcome to go along 10am to 11.30am.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game tomorrow, Saturday, against Dormansland, at the sports ground at 1.30pm. Also a friendly fixture on Sunday away against Wadhurst II starting at 2pm. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

SUMMER SHOW is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, and exhibits can be viewed from 2pm, with prize giving at 4pm. As there are 99 classes there will be a great variety of exhibits to view. Refreshments will be available, including homemade cakes. To learn more call Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817.

DINING AND SONGS: Summer Dining and Songs from Musical Theatre is tomorrow, Saturday, at the Tudor Barn Garden and St Mary’s Church, Newick. You are invited at 6pm to enjoy a welcome drink with canapés, then wander across to the Church to listen to Pippa and Lydia sing a selection of songs before returning to Chris and Valerie’s lovely garden to enjoy your picnic. The Barn Centre has been booked in case of inclement weather. Organised by Chailey and Newick St Peter and St James Hospice Support Group tickets cost £10 and are available from Jenny on 01825 722583.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion with baptism at 10am. Free Church services this Sunday are at 10.30am with communion and at 6.15pm.

NIGHTLIFE WALK: On Wednesday Chailey Commons Society will hold its nightlife walk. Meet at Chailey Sports Club (on the A272) at 8.15pm and remember to take a torch as it will be dark by the finish.

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.

CYCLING South Downs Way in 14 hours on July 24 is the challenge of Keith Bugden, a volunteer at Chailey Heritage Foundation. He is undertaking this amazing task to raise funds for equipment for the Life Skills Centre at the Heritage. Please donate at

MAGAZINE CO-ORDINATOR is required once again for the parish magazine Chailey News. It is hoped the new co-ordinator will refresh the magazine. If you have IT experience and time to assist in editing the monthly issues, with the collaboration of CHEC, contact the parish office at

MAINTENANCE work on the Commons is done by two-man ranger work teams who are responsible for 10 sites and 2,000 miles of Rights of Way in East Sussex. The work schedules are organised by Jo Heading who is the Senior Ranger for Rights of Way and Countryside Maintenance at East Sussex County Council and the lead ranger for Chailey Common. Users of the Common may suggest tasks to benefit the Commons by calling Jo on 01273 482736 or emailing at

TOWNINGS FARM are finalists in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards in the Sussex Food/Farm Shop category. To help them win you can vote for the Farm, until midnight on 13 September, by going to to vote on line or you can text shop7007 to 65400 (texts cost 50p plus your standard network charge).

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

THE PARISH PICNIC last Sunday to celebrate St Peter’s Day and Bill Hudson’s birthday was as usual very well attended and was enjoyed by all. This year the weather was perfect with no rush to get in the hall from the deluge of last year.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hamsey Parish Council meet on Thursday at 7.30pm in the village hall, Beechwood Lane. Residents have their chance to go along and meet their councillors and ask questions.

COFFEE MORNING in aid of the Jubilee Window in St Peter’s Church at Picketts, Offham on Saturday July 20 at 10.30am by kind invitation of Marion Fuller.

CHURCH OUTING: Thursday July 25 organised by St Peter’s Church to see Barnum at the Chichester Festival Theatre, leaving Offham at 11am. Details from Judith on 01273 474356.

SUN WORSHIPPERS: I know that the cold winter and cold and wet spring left us all yearning for some sun and last Sunday showed how desperately some needed it. A car pulled up on the verge opposite the farm and assembled their picnic items and then stripped off their clothes to soak up the sun. A bikini clad female and male with equally revealing bottom halves laid out right on the edge of the verge which must have been quite an eye opener for the motorists who use this extremely busy road. Someone rang me and made me laugh as they told me they would have been terrified to just stand so close to the edge with the speed of the traffic along the B2116. My reply was, it takes all sorts to make a world.

CHERRY PLUMS: Over the weekend I went out to check on the cherry plum trees my late father-in-law planted here back in the 1940s. Although the trees were laden with blossom this year I am sorry to say there will be hardly any cherry plums as there are only a very few. We can only blame it on the diverse weather conditions in the spring.


THE LAST CONCERT this season at St Laurence Church will take place tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm, entrance is free, with a retiring collection. The performers will be The Zaffre Flute and Harp Duo Anne Hodgson and Sally Course and they will be presenting a selection of Waltzes by Paul Lewis, music by Caliendo, Faure and Persichetti.

AS WE BATTLE with moles and badgers in our garden, the badgers have, again, this year dug down to the bumble bee nest to scoop out the honey. After last year, when we thought the bees wouldn’t come back, we were delighted to see them busily flying in and out of their hole. We have again tried to make a fortress out of bricks in the hope they will return once more, but we know nothing deters the badgers they are so strong. We only heard this last week that 12 turkeys, housed at the top of Ridge Road, had been destroyed, and it must have been badgers. The owner had made a pen, digging well down into the ground and placing blocks of rock around the bottom, and these had just been swept aside, we don’t think a fox could have been strong enough to move them.

ARTICLE: It was interesting to read the following article by David Harper and David Streeter from the University Bulletin dated June 21: ‘The re-emergence of pharisees. Rather than the Judaic movement getting a bad press in the New Testament, we refer to the Sussex dialect term for fairies. Falmer used to be a noted hot-spot, numbers of these green-eyed, nocturnal people of small stature being reputed to rise in June and July. This tallies suspiciously well with when female Common Glow-Worm Beetles use their green bioluminescence to attract mates’. We have lived in Falmer for nearly 50 years, but have never been fortunate to have seen them.

A VERY SPECIAL MAN: On Sunday morning we heard the sad news of the death of Dennis McDavitt. He will be missed by so many people and our condolences go to all his family.

Glynde & Beddingham

EXCITING WEEKEND: What an exciting weekend we had last week in Glynde. The brilliant Love Supreme Jazz festival took place in the enchanting grounds of Glynde Place with such big names as Brian Ferry, Courtney Pine, Chic and Jools Holland. The sun shone, people danced and a merry time was had by all. The Trevor Arms hosted an impressive 60s weekend and Sunday saw the arrival of hordes of Lambrettas of all shapes and colours. The Memorial Parade held their fundraising boot sale, many thanks to all who came and helped raise another £200.

LITTLE COTTAGE TEA ROOMS: Debbie and David are doing a wonderful job of keeping the post office, shop and stores open and warmly invite all villagers to come along to the taster evening on Thursday July 25 , 7pm to 9pm. They are keen to involve the community in helping them develop their product range and extend the tea room menu, so if you live in the village, do come along and share your ideas. From Wednesday August 7 they will be offering a weekly knit and natter morning from 10am til noon every Wednesday. This will be a chance to share your knitting tips and patterns as well as catch up on all the gossip. The morning will include a pot of tea and a slice of cake. Call if you can go on 01273 858215.

STOOLBALL: The Glynde Butterflies beat the Lewes Ladies Hockey Club Stoolball team last week in a friendly and exciting game. Well done to our wonderful ladies. Practices continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6.30pm on the cricket ground in Glynde.

GLYNDE PLACE: This weekend Glynde Place is hosting the annual English Food and Wine Festival, now in its 7th year. Set in the beautiful grounds of this beautiful house, this is a weekend of inspiring chefs, hand-picked food and wine producers, free entertainment, demonstrations and fun. Visit the website for tickets or buy them on the door. The festival is on Saturday and Sunday, 10am until 5pm.


ROMEO AND JULIET: The Synergy Theatre is returning to Kingston with an open air performance of Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare’s best known tragedies. The play will be performed on the Village Green behind The Juggs on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, at 7pm. Tickets at £12 (£10 concessions) are available from Brian Simmons (474303) or the company’s box office (01273 301444). Shakespeare’s tale of teenage love needs little introduction. Two families are locked in deadly antagonism (the ultimate neighbours’ quarrel), with brawling and bloodshed being par for the course. In the midst of the fighting and arguing, a boy and girl meet at a party and fall desperately, hopelessly, in love. Their time together will be all too short...


VILLAGE MARKET: I apologise for the misprint in last week’s Parish Pump column. I hope that no-one was inconvenienced and was aware of the mistake, as it stated more information next Friday.

LAUGHTON VILLAGE MARKET is in Laughton Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. This will the our Summer Market and will have a full complement of stalls: preserves, free range eggs, cakes, flans, savoury pies, scones, cheese, pork, beef, cards and kits, books, knitwear, toys, bric-a-brac and jewellery. Entrance is free, but there is an optional raffle to raise funds for the village hall. Refreshments, including bacon and egg rolls, tea, biscuits and coffee, are available. Our next market will be our Christmas Market on Saturday November 16.


COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Cliffe Church Hall (behind church). Cakes, preserves, tombola. You can book tickets for the centenary events and look for merchandise to buy. All proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

BIRDSONG, songs by Mozart, Schubert, Debussy, Ravel and others. Charles Kerry and his singers will sing tomorrow, Saturday, at St Pancras Cluny Hall, Irelands Lane at 7.30pm. Tickets (limited to 50) are £10 (including a glass of wine) and can be booked by phoning 01273 476429.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Sunday June 30, 11 of us set off from Hassocks railway station for a 6 1/2 mile circular walk. The weather was glorious as we skirted Butcher’s Wood, parallel to the railway line, and we soon reached Clayton Green Recreation Ground. On our right, we passed the Saxon church of St John the Baptist with its remarkable wall paintings dating from the 12th century. We followed an uphill track which climbed steeply to the Jack and Jill windmills both grade II listed buildings and then onto open downland. Once we joined up with the South Downs Way, we met many other walkers and enjoyed panoramic views in all directions. Before reaching Ditchling Beacon, we turned half left at the Keymer Finger Post and picked up an ancient track known locally as Burnt House Bostal. Wild common spotted orchids were growing in abundance beside this track. After a steep descent, we crossed Underhill Lane and walked through several beautiful meadows full of buttercups and clover before reaching the outskirts of Ditchling. We walked down the High Street before turning into the churchyard of St Margaret’s Church. The museum was on our left as we made our way to Lodge Hill Lane by the pond, where we stopped to watch ducks with their ducklings. Soon after the pond, we turned up a narrow path to Lodge Hill and walked along a ridge path with superb views of the South Downs and beyond. This path finally came out at Oldland Mill, a historic post mill lovingly restored by a dedicated group of volunteers and occasionally open to the public. Following lanes we were soon back to Hassocks station, a very enjoyable walk led by Margaret. Our next walk is tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. Meet at top North Street car park. The walk will be in the Devils Dyke area. Bring a picnic tea.


COMMUNITY CENTRE: At the AGM last Thursday, the committee reviewed work done and what is planned for the future. Lewes Town Council has renegotiated management arrangements and taken responsibility for the building and for collecting money from organisations who hire it. The executive committee has worked hard to improve the building. The meeting room and hallway have been refurbished. Community Payback Scheme workers, who initially came down for six weeks, have really committed to refurbishing the large hall and other parts of the building and have done outstanding work. The executive called on tenants to share responsibility for looking after the building and to support the centre in other ways. The Scouts for example, not only take exemplary care of their surroundings, but they help out at the Christmas Fair and support the Community Centre in other ways. East Sussex County Council have refurbished what used to be Bridge View Social Centre which will open as a Children’s Centre in September, a major benefit for Malling. The current committee was re-elected and looks forward to focussing on community developments. Members of the new Malling Tenants and Residents Association were present and represent one important way for them to take this forward. Finally the committee formally thanked Richard Teague. He was a founder member of the Community Centre and has been chair and lettings officer, as well as holding a host of other posts in the community. He has now stepped down and was formally thanked (in his absence) for his commitment to the community and to its centre.

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The summer fete on Saturday was a resounding success and much enjoyed by the families and friends of South Malling. Sunshine, exciting activities and music from Gavin Redshaw, all contributed to a relaxed and happy atmosphere at this great community event. A huge thank you goes to the new chair of the Friends, Suzie Pitman, and the other committee members, for organising such a brilliant day. On Wednesday the children were able to enjoy their annual Zumba day. In preparation for the school’s celebration event on July 18, the whole school learns a couple of dances each year, to share with parents and friends. This is always a fun and action packed day, much enjoyed by the children. This week there were more bike related activities aimed at helping children stay safe on their bikes. Year 5 started their Bikeability award and younger children also had a chance to learn new bike skills as part of the school’s Bike It project. Today (Friday)Year 6 will be attending the fantastic Moving On Parade in town. This is always a very colourful event and marks their transition to secondary school. Congratulations to Mr Beattie (our Year 6 teacher) and his wife Hannah, on the birth of their son Issac on Friday July 5. The school was delighted to welcome Issac and wish his family all the very best.

SUSSEX HARMONY, the well known local Quire, whose headquarters is at South Malling Church, celebrated its 21st birthday last weekend with a session of Shape Note singing on Saturday, and a West Gallery Workshop on Sunday afternoon, leading to a sung Evensong in church at 5pm. Here, one of their members suggested an addition to the Beatitudes: Blessed are the musicians, for they shall create and spread happiness. I say Amen to that. In their 21 years of existence, Sussex Harmony has established itself as a popular local niche choir, singing mostly the not so classical church music of rural parish churches and non-conformist chapels between 1700 and 1850. As well as playing, they also research the music and hymnody of this time and have resurrected music which would otherwise have been lost. Congratulations and best wishes to a group of local folk who have developed and established a special and enjoyable link with our history. Here’s to another 21 years.

CHURCH NEWS: Tonight (Friday), is bat and moth night at the parish church. Michael Blencowe, of Sussex Wildlife Trust, is leading an exciting safari into the wildlife haven which is St Michael’s churchyard. The evening will open at 8.30pm with an illustrated talk in the church followed by an adventure into the wild to see the greatest fight in natural history: moths versus bats. Sunday’s service will be the popular Family Service at 9.30am, for all ages, with Revd David Garratt, who with his wife (also Revd) Helen and family, finally moved into Malling Vicarage on Tuesday. Their main ministry will continue to be at Southover.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION. Following the meeting at the end of June which re-establish the Malling Tenants and Residents Association, whose task is to support tenants and residents, sponsor community events and develop local cohesion, the association is acting on the two initial tasks which residents requested: a weekly Food Bank will be opened in the Community Centre on Mondays from August 5, distributing between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, and a Community Fun Day on the Malling Recreation Ground is being organised for Saturday August 31. A meeting will be called of those who expressed their interest within the next two weeks. Further details later but committee members will be at Lewes Societies Fair at the Town Hall this morning (Friday).

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.


MY MUSE last week prompted a response from my friend and neighbour Chester Funnel. He told me he had three Primus stoves heaters in need of a pricker. He also told me the picture in Rouser’s page last week of the oxen walking along Nevill Road were part of the re-enactment society, The Sealed Knott. They were on their way to Firle for a three day display of battles. He ran the Adventure Scouts back then and they were in charge of the car parking on site raising money for a trip to Canada.

NEVILL SPORTS: There is an important meeting on July 17 at 7.45pm at St Mary’s Supporters Club about the future of the sports. There is a great need for more support if we are to continue.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today after Christ Church Tots we are holding our Friendship Lunch between noon and 1.15pm. This lunch is open to anyone who would like to attend. The cost is £2. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and will include Holy Communion. After the service we are having a church meeting. On Wednesday between 9.30am and 11am our Little Fishes Group meet. This is a group for pre school children and their carers and as well as playtime there are songs and a bible story. We would love to see some new carers and children. Preparations are going well for the holiday club at the end of this month. We now have 40 children registered and look forward to seeing them in a couple of weeks’ time.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Footsteps Training (Child Pedestrian Training). If anyone is available to help on July 16 and 17 in Yr1 or Yr2, from 9am to 2.30pm, please contact Jo Taylor on 07842085246. The school council wrote to Norman Baker MP as part of the Send My Friend to School campaign. He has replied to their letter, which he has passed to the Prime Minster and was impressed by their interest in education for all. A copy of the letter can be found on the school council noticeboard.


BOWLS CLUB: Fixtures this weekend are: Tomorrow, Saturday, Hurstpierpoint at home from 2.30pm; Sunday, Horsham away from 2pm; Tuesday, Mid-Sussex Lindfield away from 6pm; Tuesday, John Spriggs Lindfield, home, 6pm start; Wednesday, a charity day Ladies v Gentlemen, from 2.30pm.

CRICKET: The Sunday game is against the Chessmen, this will commence at 2pm.

AFTERNOON CLUB: Please do not forget the Newick Afternoon Club meet tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Centre at 10am. I do hope you have your gooseberries sorted out for the 2013 Leveller and Gooseberry Competition.

SUMMER LUNCH: The twinning association are holding their very popular Summer Lunch on Sunday at 1pm in the Barn Centre. This will have a very French Bastille day theme, so get out your beret and Bonjour Matelot outfit. For further details telephone 01825 724494.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Service, 10.30am Holy Communion Church Worship.

QUESTIONNAIRE: Just to remind you to complete the Newick Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire delivered to every house. It’s most important everyone’s views on the future of Newick’s housing plans are seen and heard.


BARGAIN TIME: Hurry on down to the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) to what should be one of the best jumble sales of the year organised by and for our village W.I. Let’s face it they are the experts. Scrum down will be at 2pm and after the foray you can relax over a cuppa and gloat over the bargains you have picked up. There will naturally be a cake stall and tombola. If you have jumble to donate please take it to the hall during Saturday morning or ring 01273 890825 to arrange collection.

LEVEL CROSSING: The village has a Victorian railway station complete with signal box, gatekeeper’s house and crossing gates of the period. Network Rail seems to be desperate and determined to replace the gates with automatic barriers controlled by someone in a signal box at Three Bridges. The company has even set a date for completion of the work even though it has not yet applied for planning consent for the work and this is necessary as the station set-up is listed as being of architectural interest. After months of silence Network Rail has now organised a drop-in at the village hall on Tuesday, between 4pm and 8pm to unveil its proposals. Over a considerable period concerns have been expressed by a large number of residents about the changes on grounds of preserving a rare example of our heritage and safety. This is an opportunity for villagers to see for themselves exactly what is now proposed, ask questions and make comments.

DINNER TIME: The flower club holds its annual dinner on Wednesday. If you are booked in be sure not forget.

NAUGHTY THEATRE? Not really, but a chance to celebrate the final arrival of summer with a wonderful evening of fun and entertainment brought to you by the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company. Their production of Harlequin Goes to the Moon, received by the critics as their best ever, is coming to Plumpton on Thursday and will be held on the Village Green (in the hall if the weather changes). The performance starts at 7.30pm and doors will open from 6.30pm if you would like to enjoy a picnic before curtain up. Tickets are available from Kathy Baker 01273 890508 or on-line at

ON THE BUSES? Sometimes that is just a dream. One day last week some of us were left standing in Plumpton when the bus to Haywards Heath failed to turn up. The service offered is very substandard in its frequency, but a no show just makes life impossible. No wonder those who can generally shun the service and use their cars. I have an appointment at the Princess Royal in the near future, but unless I want to spend over three hours on the hospital site, I have no alternative but to make other travel arrangements.


QUIZ NIGHT: The stoolball club are holding this event in the Cricket Club bar today, Friday, at 7.30pm. There will be teams of four with food and raffle provided. All welcome.

OPEN GARDEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, the garden at 2 Yew Tree Close will be open from 2pm to 4pm by kind invitation of Dennis and Jenifer Leister. There will be some stalls including cakes and a raffle. All proceeds to St Mary’s Church Fabric Fund. If wet in the Church Room. If you come by car please park in Broyle Lane.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The new season will shortly be commencing with the first team friendly fixtures having been arranged versus Horsham YMCA at home (Sat July 27), Eastbourne Town at home (July 30), Mile Oak away which is a double header for first and seconds (August 3) and these will be followed by the Chandler’s Cup charity match versus Lewes FC. The FA Cup and Vase draws have now been made and once again Ringmer have been drawn away in both competitions. In the FA Cup they travel to Greenwich Borough on August 17 and in the Vase they travel to Hassocks on September 21. All teams are back in training and anyone interested in joining the club to play for any of the teams should contact the relevant team manager (first team manager Jason Hopkinson, second team Grant Olive and youth team 16 to 18yrs Richard Goodall) via the club website On the social side tomorrow, Saturday, is the Summer eggheads style quiz in the Caburn Pavilion bar at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. 60 multi-choice questions on a wide range of subjects and all are welcome to this lighthearted event.

RINGMER - LEWES Cycleway proposals. ESCC will be holding a public consultation in Ringmer Village Hall on Wednesday, from 3pm to 7pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on July 3 was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Valerie and Peter King; 3, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot. The next meeting of the club is in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 01273 814220.

SUMMER SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Summer Show will be held in the village hall on Saturday, July 29, at 2pm. Entries should be handed in to the Secretary at 5 The Martlets, Ringmer no later that 7pm on Thursday. The photographic classes have the subject titles A Farming Scene and Tranquility and the title for the painting class is Memories.

VILLAGE SUMMER FAIR: Advance notice that this event in aid of Ringmer Village Hall Fundraising will be held in the village hall and its grounds on Saturday July 27 from 2pm to 5pm. Empire Dance will be starting the Fair off with dancing from local young people. Followed by: table top games, treasure map, cake stall, tombolas, lucky dips, guess the weight of the cake, cream teas, coconut shy, ball in the bucket, book stall, ice creams, photos in costume, bottle stall, raffles, guess the number of a bank note, Grand Draw, display and sales stalls and many more. There are two competitions that you can prepare ahead of the Fair and bring along for judging on the afternoon. Anyone can enter the Decorate a Wooden Spoon. Entry charge £1 for over 15s aged under 15 years 50p. Children 11 years and under paint/decorate a plaster gnome. Register and collect gnome from raffle table in the precinct on Saturday, July 13 or 20 from 9am to 11 am £2.50. Bring along to the Fair for judging. Draw tickets have been distributed to all houses in Ringmer. If you want to buy more or didn’t get any please contact Pam Bowmaker on 01273 813625 or come to the table in the precinct on the above dates. Please remember to take your money and ticket stubs to Freeman Forman by The Green or bring them to the Summer Fair. There are 16 prizes for the village wide Grand Draw. Glyndebourne have donated two festival tickets; the gliding club a free lesson; The Anchor Inn, The Cock Inn and The Green Man have all given vouchers for Sunday lunches. Goldcliff Nursery are donating a plant arrangement and the bowls club are giving six bottles of wine. The history group have donated a book of the local area. The two cash prizes of £100 and £50 have also been donated. Many thanks to all prize givers. Helpers are still needed for the day as well as cakes for the cream teas. If you are willing to help serve teas or be a general dogs body then please get in touch with Pam Bowmaker. It is hoped there will be a large attendance, no entry fee, and that everyone will have a good time.

BOWLS CLUB RESULTS: The results of the bowls club matches played last week are as follows: Ringmer v Adastra 72-64, Ringmer v Wadhurst 68-58, Ringmer v Hailsham 65-69 and Ringmer v Cross-in-Hand 59-74.

Rodmell & Southease

THE FUNERAL of Brett Young took place at the Downs Crematorium on June 27 at 11.15am. The crematorium was packed for the simple service, and afterwards the wake was at our pub, The Abergavenny Arms, which would probably have pleased Brett very much. Our thoughts are with Claire and children. For those who wish to add to a memorial fund for the tree which will be planted in memory of Brett, donations can be sent to Cooper & Son Funeral Service, 42 High Street, Lewes BN7 2DD. Tel: 01273 475557. The service was taken by our curate, Marcus Brown, who saw it through, made the wake, then had to be taken to hospital himself by wife Jenny for attention to gall stones. Ouch, Marcus, I’m told they are very painful by people who have suffered them. We all hope you recover quickly.

VISITING: In the meantime I’m back visiting Mike in Meadow Lodge where he was taken, also on the day of Brett’s funeral.

THE COUNTRY FAIR is tomorrow, Saturday, 11am to 4pm on the cricket ground, run by the primary school. Stalls, vintage cars, animals, reptile house, dog show, pony rides, tractor rides, bouncy castle, farm shop, live music, crafts, games with big prizes and much more. Barbecue and beer tent. Entry and parking free.

THERE IS a lot going on in Rodmell in July and August and here are the details taken from our parish magazine: Rodmell and Southease WI meet on Tuesday. Planning on A Plate, time for members to plan the programme for next year and enjoy a finger buffet. Saturday August 17 is the Rodmell Summer Show on the sports field, 2pm to 4.30pm. Monk’s House events include July 19, 7.30pm, To The River, Olivia Laing; August 2, Monk’s House Garden, Caroline Zoob; August 7, 10am to 4pm Kick-Start Your Writing With New Writing South with professional writer Evlynn Sharp. Booking is essential for all special events at Monk’s House on 474760.

FRIENDS of mine have several times tried to get one or two nights accommodation in Lewes with no luck. They would welcome a Premier Inn and feel Lewes really needs such an establishment since there are now so few B&Bs in Lewes.

ROAD RAGE: I was disgusted to read in last week’s Sussex Express about the road rage incident in Ashcombe Lane, Kingston. If such a person with such a temper is behind the wheel of a car that is surely a danger to other road users. Let’s hope the culprit is found soon and gets a good talking to.

I HAVE HAD a number of phone calls of late asking me about banking details. The person calling always has a foreign accent. I give them no details at all but put the phone done. I suggest other readers who may have had such calls do the same. I also never use cash machines but always go into the bank because of the scams which exist. I’m sure you the readers are as fed up with cold fallers and junk mail as I am. Opening junk mail to take out various metal items all takes time and effort which are quite often in sort supply to busy people.

CANADA: I have quite a lot of friends and relations in Canada, some in Edmonton and some near Calgary where the floods have hit recently. This is a fracking area and my cousin tells me that there is concern after the flooding, as to if it will intrude on the fracking process, and contaminate the drinking water. Food, or should I say water, for thought since we have had such bad floods over here, and fracking appears to be on the cards.