Parish pump Lewes - July 18 2014


THE RUDE MECHANICALS will be performing their latest production on the field at the village hall on Friday July 25 at 7.30pm. They will be making a much anticipated return with, The Wife. Tickets available now at Barcombe Stores or online

GARDEN CLUB: Saturday July 26 is Chairman’s Evening 4pm to 6pm at the Croft, Mill Lane. Please bring a plate of finger food.

VISIT: Tuesday July 29 is a visit to Fletching Glasshouses. Meet there at 5pm or Barcombe Village car-park at 4.45pm if you would like a lift. The nursery grows and supplies organic vegetables for selling on to businesses and Friday markets, and sells mail order potted plants. Members and visitors welcome.

BARCOMBE WI: The speaker at our July meeting was Shirley Jaffe, and the title of her talk was Grandmother’s Footsteps. She illustrated her walk through life by reading at least 15 of her own poems. Each one was her personal out-cry over many major events, experienced in her adult life, and on into her role as grandmother, with keen observations on old age. Having spent nearly 60 years as an actress, the delivery of these poems was given with clarity, good expression and confidence. Enjoyed by us all. We welcomed a guest, Gill Noakes, from the Harbour WI, Eastbourne. She had come to give us a report on the National WI’s Annual Meeting in Leeds. Having given us a brief resume of two good speakers she was keen to let us know the result of our votes for this year’s resolution, which was, time to talk about organ donation. Three people die every day, waiting for a transplant, and over 7,000 people are on the waiting list. All the WIs in the country submit their vote for a resolution, and this one carried a 98 percent majority. This Barcombe WI meeting was a nervously exciting one for 14 of our members, as they are our newly-fledged choir. They have been rehearsing under the guidance of Peggy Nicholls, from Kingston WI, for six weeks. Peggy is a well-known, talented musician and it was very good of her to offer tuition for this period. A fine start for our choir; and on this evening they made their debut. They did well, and we gave them a resounding applause. Hazel Gaydon will now take over their future training sessions. For our August garden- meeting venue, John Sclater has kindly given us permission to meet in his beautiful, tranquil grounds at Sutton Hall. In September we have a coach outing to Battle Abbey and to the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. A local walk is proposed for the autumn and, finally, our Christmas meal has been booked at the Royal Oak.

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 this was not so close. Crowborough 106 Barcombe 51.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Crowborough v Barcombe. Barcombe 221-5 in 50 overs: Matt Cordwell 52no Josh Wheatley 49 Will Marler 35 Matt Tucker 33. Crowborough 219 all out in 41 overs: Matt Tucker 5-35 Josh Wheatley 2-41. Barcombe (30 points) beat Crowborough (15 points) by two runs. ESCL Div 9 Barcombe II v Bells View Green III. BVG 230-5 dec in 45.4 overs: Paul Coppard 2-23 Nigel Hill 2-53. Barcombe 199-6 in 47 overs:

Paul Coppard 102 Brian Wheatley 39 Callum Coppard 18no. Barcombe (13 points) drew with BVG (16 points).


SWIMMING LESSONS for babies and pre-schoolers are now taking place in the pool at Chailey Heritage Foundation. Water Babies are currently running baby and toddler swimming classes at weekends and Puddle Ducks will begin running swimming classes for babies and pre-school children, during school holidays, starting in the autumn. Details can be found on each of their official websites and

CRICKET: Chailey beat Cowden in a game that involved one of the bowlers (my son Peter) breaking his right thumb taking a catch; then bowling for a short while afterwards and taking a wicket. The team has an amazing array of talented bowlers this year so it is hoped they can maintain their position at the top of Division Two of the Mid Sussex Stoner League till the end of the season. This Saturday sees Chailey in a league game away to Preston Nomads, so they can be sure of an excellent tea, starting at 1.30pm. For information about the league or friendly team, that plays on Sundays, call Peter on 07709946880.

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.

CAFÉ CHURCH is at the village hall on Sunday with Eric Cornellise; there will be free refreshments from 9.30am onwards and activities for all ages. At 6.15pm there will be a service with John Goodway at the Free Church, South Chailey. For more information call 01444 471600.

CRICKET AT SHEFFIELD PARK: Cricket has been played on the ground at Sheffield Park since the 1840s and the Armadillos CC is continuing the tradition. Tomorrow, Saturday, they play the Hornets and Sunday the Chelsea Arts Club. Both games are at the park and start at 11.30am. All are welcome to bring a picnic, relax and enjoy the game in magnificent surroundings.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday July 25 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

STAB PRODUCTION’S production of two one-act plays; Two by Jim Cartwright and The Donahue Sisters by Geraldine Aron, is at The Players Theatre in Hurstpierpoint on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 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 in the garden of Shootfield, Allington Road, Newick is being held by Newick and Chailey St Peter and St James’ Hospice Support Group on Saturday July 26 at midday for 1pm. Tickets at £20, to include a welcome drink, are available from Glenda on 01825 722607.

SUMMER FESTIVAL at the Bluebell Railway runs from Saturday July 26 to Sunday August 10. In addition to the historic steam locomotives and carriages, there is a whole host of other special events taking place across the railway and the local communities, as listed at

NOW OPEN to the community the heated, accessible hydrotherapy pool at Chailey Heritage Foundation is available for hire outside of school hours as explained at Also businesses and organisations may hire the conference facilities and meeting rooms. For more information on these facilities or to make a booking call 01825 724444.

MOTH SURVEY the Commons Society is hoping to undertake a moth survey during the summer. Do let Karen Pritty know, by email if you are interested in assisting.

YOGA CLASSES continue at the village hall from 10am to 11am but there has been a change of day to Friday. New students are invited to join and all levels are very welcome, including complete beginners. The cost is £6 per class; wear loose, comfortable clothing and take a mat or blanket with you. To learn more phone Suzi Tait on 01825 767797.

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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: There was a festive atmosphere in St Peter’s Church Hall on Sunday June 29 after the 10.30am service to celebrate Bill Hudson’s 96th birthday. Bill very kindly provided the wine and Ursula Hare made the birthday cake. There was also a big surprise for Bill. The Rector and his wife had been in touch with his old regiment, the West Yorkshire, who were fascinated to have details of the oldest surviving member of the regiment. The Colonel sent Bill a congratulatory letter, a regimental cap badge, lapel pin and free subscription to the regimental magazine. All the goodies were sent to the Rectory beforehand so Bill knew nothing about it and even he was speechless on the day. Former soldier, Brian Walter, made the actual presentation. Not only was June 29 Bill’s 96th birthday, it was also the fifth birthday of St Peter’s Church Hall and the Rector says: ‘We can’t imagine life without it as it’s become such a focal point for church and village activities.’

DRUSILLAS TRIP Monday July 28. At present 30 adults and children are booked for the Sunday Club/Toddler Tunes outing. If you would like to join them please get in touch with Judith on 01273 474356. Meet at the church hall at 9.15am to travel by car. Arriving back at about 3.30pm for tea in the church hall.

CHURCH SOCIAL TRIP to Chichester Festival Theatre on Wednesday August 20 to see the musical Guys and Dolls with a carvery meal in Worthing on the way back. There are 36 going to see the musical but there is also a large coach with some spare seats so if anyone would like to join them please let Judith know on 01273 474356. This is open to everyone.

CONGRATULATIONS to Rector’s wife Judith who has been presented with the Hamsey, Cooksbridge and Offham Community Enhancement Award for her unflagging energy and community spirit (because of her modesty, this had to be put into the church newsletter after she had proof read the copy so all mistakes are the editor’s).

UNSUNG HEROES: The Rector’s thanks: So many people contribute behind the scenes to the smooth running of the church for very little public recognition. Here are four of them: Thank you Phyl for organising and distribution of the newsletter every month, Alice for repairing the hymn books with great craftsmanship and all who clean the church (have you seen how the church porch gleams)? Thank you Joan and Roger, the parish newsletter distributors do a great job. We are currently one short for Offham village, it’s less than an hour’s work a month so do let the Rector know on 474356 if you would like to do this. You get a little light exercise and a chance to meet the neighbours.

TODDLER TUNES will meet weekly on Thursdays at 10am in the church hall during the summer holidays. Open to all under 5s and to older brothers and sisters. A chance for stressed out mums and dads to get a break and join in the fun.

QUICK CLEARANCE: Following my report to LDC regarding the fly tipping in the usual place on the B2116 they deserve top marks for getting it cleared very quickly.

THREAT: I have just received my copy of the South East Farmer and on the letter page is one that is headed Threat from New Fracking Law, which reads that home owners rights are threatened by a new bill announced in the Queen’s Speech. The writer says that the government is so determined to force fracking through, it has decided to scrap trespass laws and allow oil and gas companies to run pipelines under private land without seeking the owners’ consent. I would think that many who read the letter will be very worried and extremely angry.


HEARING BUS: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre with Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting the village hall car park, Ditchling, on Thursday from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:


NEW HOUSING? An article appeared in a local free paper last week, identifying a number of possible sites for new housing around the fringes of Brighton. North East of Coldean Lane was shown as a possible site as well as places on the fringes of Saltdean and Woodingdean. Anyone who has experienced the traffic on the Falmer to Woodingdean Road may wonder how on earth this narrow country Lane could possibly cope with any more traffic. The jams at the roundabout in Falmer North are extraordinary and not just when there is something happening at the Stadium, but every day. The only way to widen the road would have to include rebuilding the bridge over the A27 (which is another story in itself).

FLOWER FESTIVAL: I have been busy taking photographs of some of the lovely clothes that were left over from the preloved clothes sale at the Flower Festival. I am planning to take my first steps into online selling and put the clothes onto one of the websites that offer this service. Hopefully we can raise a bit more money for the church this way. The total raised at the Flower Festival weekend has already exceeded £2,000.

THEFTS: There have been a couple of thefts from the gardens of houses in Falmer recently. Thieves have taken garden ornaments and planters. We are all vigilant about locking our houses and closing windows, but who would expect someone to steal ornaments from a garden? I know people with expensive antique garden statuary have them bolted to the ground or fixed with burglar alarms but you don’t expect to have to do that with all your planters. Obviously the thieves must be planning to sell the goods on, so if you see some garden ornaments and planters offered for sale, think twice about where they may have come from.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Now for some good news. Rosemarie mentioned last week that we are looking forward to our Artwave exhibition in August. Art and Soul at Falmer will be open for three weekends starting on August 23 and the line-up of artists is as good as ever, if not better. We are really excited to have the great painter David Armitage joining us, also showing with us for the first time at Art and Soul we have Sculptor Sue Nunn, jeweller Chanchala and painter Miranda Ellis. We are also working on our Heritage Open Days exhibition which will follow hot on the heels of Artwave in mid September, you can look at the Heritage Open Days website to find out more. If you have information about one of the men mentioned on our 1914-1918 war memorial, please let us know. The full list of men is on our St. Laurence Church Falmer Facebook page and also on Finally we are planning for another Christmas craft market in November. Last year’s was really well attended and enjoyed by visitors and stallholders alike (possibly because of the delicious cakes that were for sale). Watch this space.


KINGSTON WI committee members arrived at Kingston Pavilion about 45 minutes before our Soiree started on Thursday July 2 to set out the food and arrange tables and chairs. In order to accommodate everyone extra garden chairs and tables were set up outside for the expected attendance. The guests began to arrive at about 6.20pm and by 6.30pm places both inside and outside were soon filled. Tables held a wide selection of savoury nibbles and finger sized bites; strawberries and cream and cakes with a choice of wine or fruit juices. Members were soon tucking in to the goodies on offer; praising the food and enjoying the chance to chat with their friends. The president, Beverley Wakeford- Brown, reminded us to look at the display of jewellery and knitted fruit and vegetables that had been entered in the competitions at the South of England Show at Ardingly. The fruit and vegetables achieved a score of 81.5 percent, but due to the very high standard our entry came only 24th out of 30. Equally the jewellery, a pretty necklace made of tiny beads depicting flowers of different colours and worthy of a professional jeweller, achieved 67.5 percent but surprisingly came second from last, a position that belied the skill involved. One of our members, Rosemarie Jeffrey, was celebrating her birthday and the members sang Happy Birthday and a bunch of flowers was presented to Peggy Nicholson for her work with the choir. After this we heard a report from Dee Barr, our guest from Lewis Westgate WI. She had been our delegate at the AGM held this year in Leeds where the WI resolution for 2014, to encourage us to inform our families and friends of our wishes regarding organ donation, was carried. She described the day as very special, encouraging us to be delegates if we got the chance in the future. With the tables depleted and everyone cheerful the evening came to a happy end.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Last week, 15 members enjoyed a lovely summer’s evening walk around Rodmell and Iford. The weather was perfect and the evening finished with a meal at the Abergavenney Arms pub at Rodmell which was enjoyed by all. On Sunday, we had a ramble from Plumpton. This was a walk to the north west of Plumpton, which took us across fields and through ancient woodlands. One of the woods, Blackbrook wood is particularly beautiful at Bluebell time. This time, the fields were particularly beautiful and carpeted with wild flowers. Self Heal, Kidney Vetch, and Common Centaury were all spotted and we even saw some quite rare Ragged Robin in a marshy area. Nineteen members enjoyed this varied walk in fine weather. The next walk is on Sunday July 27 at Barcombe Mills, always a popular area to walk in the summer. We will meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Programmes are always available at the Tourist Information Office or the Outdoor Shop or at

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO Church has some exciting news but first the services for Sunday: 10.15am Time of Prayer at the front of Church, 11am Morning Worship led by Helen Garratt from Southover Church and at 6.30pm Holy Communion led by Rev Dick Field with John Jardine preaching. Our exciting news is that on Thursday the Reverend Steve Daughtery, Rector of Southover Church Lewes, will also become our Vicar and also of our sister church at Malling. He will be inaugurated by Bishop Richard, the new Bishop of Lewes, and Archdeacon Phillip Jones at 7.30pm that evening. This will herald the first huge step in the coming together of the three churches, or as it is to be known, Trinity Church, which will be one church meeting in three different buildings. This will mean the pooling and sharing of resources within the communities of the three churches and it will be a considerable sign of the growth of the Kingdom of God in Lewes. We invite everyone from our area, also throughout Malling and all of Lewes, to join us and stay to enjoy refreshment with us afterwards.

SOUTHOVER: Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service including communion, with choir, organ and band; 11.15 informal worship in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do join us.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: As the school approaches its last few days the children are busy preparing for their transition to the next class. They will be meeting their new teacher and visiting their new classrooms on Monday and Tuesday. After that, their parents are invited to come in to meet the teacher as well. This should help everyone to make the transition to the next year. The Head Teacher writes: We have had a very exciting and successful year in 2013-14 and look forward to continuing to Reach for the Stars next year. In the meantime we wish all the children, families and staff of South Malling a very happy, relaxing and safe summer holiday. The school reopens for children on Thursday September 4.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Builders are getting on well with the Tower Room. Raised flooring is now in place and they are preparing to erect the wooden wall panels. Meanwhile, services and other activities have hardly been interrupted. The dust has been contained and completion on time is expected. Next week, Revd Steve Daughtery will be licensed as Priest in charge of South Malling and St John sub Castro at what is expected to be a very happy service at St John’s with the Bishop of Lewes. They will be joined by members of Southover Church. This Sunday will be a Communion Service led by Revd Jeremy Bamber at 9.30am in South Malling Church. All are welcome.

SUSSEX WILDLIFE: Last week, the last of this summer’s wildlife series in South Malling, a lecture on butterflies took place. Because it was quite a windy day most of the presentation happened in the church building but there was an opportunity to go outside to look for some of the 45 species of local butterflies than the Wildlife expert had been talking about.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 10.40am to 11.10am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 11.30am to noon; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.40pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2pm to 2.30pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 2.45pm to 3.15pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.40pm to 4pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.30am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.30am to 11am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.15am to 11.35pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 11.45am to 12.10pm; South Rough, Newick 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Oldaker, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm.


ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE: As you might have noticed we have been away. We had wonderful weather and an excellent time in Looe and Penzance. We also had a couple of nights in Lyme Regis to break our journey instead of making the drive home in one go which made it much more relaxing.

NEVILL SPORTS: It was probably on everyone’s mind that it might rain during the proceedings for the St Mary’s Children’s Sports Day but nothing could be further from the truth. A great day of competition being had by competitors, helpers, parents and spectators. Events have changed somewhat over the past two years, the high jump now replaced by speed bounce, which was very popular. A standing long jump and children now competing in school year groups, as opposed to age. The winner list is: Ben Goode won the boys junior Pentathlon and Seb Wilkinson the senior. Natasha Clarke and Alice Brooker were joint winners of the girls junior Pentathlon and Rose Brooker the senior. Hissing Huskies won the boys 3-4 relay and the Pink Unicorns the junior and Meerkat Madness the girls. The Loosers won the boys senior and the Sportmanship cup was won by Mollie Underhill. Well done everyone. This annual event on Nevill Green in its 66th year, was well supported by local residents with the the Mayor of Lewes, Councillor Michael Turner and his wife presenting the trophies.

NEVILL ARTISTS: Gavin Thorpe who is a Nevill Artist, has an idea that as a number of artist’s now live on the Nevill it might be good to hold a group show in the church hall in Highdown Road or St Mary’s Hall in Christie Road to exhibit their work. If you are an artist living up here and would be interested please contact Gavin at

CHARITY OPEN GARDENS: Despite a poor weather forecast and a rainy start, last Sunday turned out to be a brilliant afternoon of sunshine for the two St Peter and St James Hospice Open Gardens in Highdown Road and Clare Road. Both were very well attended and turned out to be great social gatherings too. A tombola, plants, books and cakes were on offer. A huge total of £1,000 was raised between the two and our thanks to all the people who helped and attended to raise such a sum. The raffle prize of a large cheese hamper was won by John and Jilly Mercer.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is the last Tots meeting before the summer holidays. We will be saying goodbye to some of our older children who will be starting school in September but no doubt there will be some younger ones coming along next term. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by David Coleman and at 6.30pm Rev John Gordon will be leading evening worship with Holy Communion.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: One of the highlights of Wallands’s sporting calendar is the District Sports (Lewes and Ringmer area). Many children came back with a medal; there are too many to list but the atmosphere at the Lewes track was brilliant; there was so much support for all of the children participating. Thank you also to Leonii Yazdanmehr and Jiraporn Rhatdanaglang who stepped up and replaced Hazel who tried her best to compete but had to reluctantly pull out as she was too unwell. Mr Perry is very proud of all the children who contributed towards returning the large schools’ trophy back to Wallands for the 9th year running. Well done. Judo Ellie Kearley-Whitmore was graded in Judo last weekend and successfully achieved her 7th Mon; she is now an orange belt with one stripe. She also fought in the Hampshire Open Judo competition. After a day of tough fights Ellie came away with the bronze medal for her weight category. Well done Ellie. Following on from winning the Southdown Partnership earlier in the year the Wallands netball team went to the K2 in Crawley to represent the Southdowns in the East and West Sussex county championships called the Sussex Games. This is a huge event with many primary and secondary schools all coming together to compete in their county finals in many different events. There are 500 primary schools at the start of the season and over the year, through various stages of tournaments this is the ultimate goal. The children participated in eight games against all the other areas. They lost the first three of their games but went on to win their last five games eventually being placed fourth, a fantastic achievement. The Team also received the Determination Award for their attitude and good sportsmanship. Well done to Alex, Lowena, Lulu, Ellie, Millie, Molly, Jacob, Edward and Katie. Thanks also to Daniel who was very much part of the squad.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am till 11am.

THE BOWLS CLUB will be playing at home tomorrow, Saturday, this match will be against Peacehaven on Sunday they make a short trip to Uckfield. Both of these games will start at 2.30pm. On Tuesday evening there will be two games, the home game will be against Mid-Sussex Burgess Hill and the away fixture is against John Spriggs at Henfield. Both games start at 6pm. Wednesday there is a home fixture against Colemans Hatch and on Thursday Newick will travel to Hurstpierpoint. These games will commence at 2.30pm.

THE CRICKET CLUB’S first XI are playing away at Iden tomorrow, Saturday. The second XI are playing at home against Maresfield, the third XI will be playing on the Temple Grove Ground against Forest Row II, and the fourth XI will travel to Westfield. All matches will start at 1,30pm. The friendly match on Sunday will be played at home against Envy Cricket Club at 2pm.

NEWICK GREEN WI will be meeting in the Community Centre at 7.45pm on Thursday when the speaker will be Barbara Wilson talking about Fairtrade or Fair Trade. There will be samples of items made by Fairtrade producers. Visitors are very welcome to this meeting.

SUMMER LUNCH: Newick and Chailey Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice will be holding their Summer Lunch on Saturday July 26 from noon in the lovely gardens at Shootfield, Allington Road, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Fenning. Tickets are £20 and can be ordered by telephoning 01825 722607.

NEWICK CINEMA will be open in the village hall on Sunday July 27. The film being The Monument Men starring George Clooney, Matt Dawson, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and High Bonneville. The doors will be open at 7pm and the film will commence at 7.30pm. The bar and soft refreshments are available. Tickets are £6 available on the door or you can book in advance by telephoning 01825 723392, or email


THIEVES ABOUT: On Monday criminals struck at a house on Station Road a little north of Chapel Road. A laptop, some jewellery and electrical equipment were stolen during the daytime. The police responded promptly and are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything remotely suspicious. If you even think you did then please ring 101 and quote reference 1190 14/7/14 or, if you prefer to remain anonymous ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

COFFEE TIME: Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a Coffee Morning at All Saints’ church annexe from 11aqm until 1pm. There will be time for a chat with old friends and the opportunity to make new ones and there will certainly be some stalls around offering useful and tempting items.

AMDRAM FESTIVITIES: On Monday Plumpton Players will hold their AGM at the Scout HQ in North Barnes Lane at 7.30pm but after the boring bit there will be a barbecue and the opportunity to chat with the players and see if you may be interested in following or even joining the, It’s bound to be a convivial evening so just turn up and enjoy yourselves.

BEST FOOT FORWARD: If you fancy some healthy exercise then you can do no better that meet up with the Footpath Society on Sunday. Just gather at Ditchling village hall car park at 10.30am in readiness for a four mile hike exploring the Low Weald area to the north of the South Downs that will link the three churches of Ditchling, Westmeston and Streat. If you need to, you can find out more by ringing 01273 890125.

PLAY AREA RE-OPENED: On Sunday the sun shone to mark the re-opening of the refurbished play area at the playing field.

HEDGE PROBLEMS: Every year there are instances of householders allowing their hedges and trees to encroach over pavements and other footways. This is most annoying and inconvenient to pedestrians who are forced out on to the roadway, thus putting them at risk. Overhanging braches sag when loaded with rain and add to the problem. Residents are requested to be considerate to others and keep their hedges and trees properly trimmed and pruned. Failure to do so may result in action being taken, ultimately by ESCC, to remedy any problems and the cost of this will be levied upon the householders.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS: Word was going round that the pledge in respect of the allocation of the Affordable Housing units being built off North Barnes Lane was about to be broken because of a change of policy by Lewes District Council that applicants would need to have lived in Lewes District for two years prior to application. Obviously they will also need to satisfy the normal qualifying criteria but LDC has acknowledged that pledges previously given must be honoured in respect of this development. It is anticipated that the development will be completed on schedule in October and applications for the homes will begin to be considered from August 1. Anyone wishing to be considered to rent or for part ownership should contact Lewes District Council Housing Department or Hastoe Housing Association.Ringmer

SUMMER SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Summer Show is tomorrow, Saturday, in the village halls and the doors will open at 2pm. There are numerous classes comprising flowers, fruit, vegetables, flower arranging, cookery and preserves and the ever popular painting and photographic classes. The show closes at 4.30pm and all exhibits left behind are auctioned for show funds.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday July 9, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The new season gets under way soon and pre-season friendlies have been arranged. To kick off our season the first team play Lewes FC for the Chandler’s Cup on Thursday with a 7.45pm kick-off at The Caburn Ground. The first team then have friendlies versus Three Bridges on Saturday July 26, 3pm kick off at The Caburn, and on Thursday July 31 the firsts play Hastings United at home with a 7.45pm kick off at The Caburn. In the FA Cup we have a home draw in the extra preliminary round versus Corinthian FC and in the Vase we are again at home to Saltdean Utd, these fixtures are on August 16 and September 6 respectively. On Friday July 25 the club plays host to the Ringmer Cricket Club Juniors tournament which gets under way at 6pm and continues throughout the evening under the floodlights.

Rodmell & Southease

THE PARISH COUNCIL meeting held on Monday July 7 in the village hall had more people than usual in attendance. This was due to an issue on car parking on the green at The Dicklands. One might say that the meeting was a little more lively than usual. Chairman, Paul Denerley, and clerk, Judith Bradburg, are very good and fair on the diplomatic side when dealing with issues.

NEWSLETTER: Reading No 93 Rodmell Round-UP, the informative village newsletter put together by Christine Isitt, known by many as our own dedicated villager, rather in the mode of our own Miss Marples on a bicycle, I was amazed at how many newcomers we have to welcome into the village.

CURATE: Our swinging curate, Revd Marcus Brown, can now be seen riding around the village on a new bicycle and doing rather well on it. When’s the Lycra coming out Marcus? I remember the days when we had Ian Fraser’s sister, who was a nun, flying around the villages on her bike, habit blowing out in the wind. Does one peddle into religion I wonder?

TV: We have had to switch to satellite TV as our reception here has been awful since we went digital and since it’s Mike’s only pleasure now it’s no fun being housebound with no TV to watch most of the time. I do wonder how many old folk living on their own with only a TV to keep them in touch with the outside world are coping these days. We had no trouble all the years we had the old system.

RODMELL MILL: I had not realised there was an epitaph to Rodmell Mill until it was mentioned in Rodmell Round-Up. It came from the old WI scrapbook and was written by hand by the then Rector, J Hawksford, in about 1912.

COFFEE MORNING on Wednesday in the village hall from 11am.

THE SUMMER SHOW is on August 16.