Parish Pump Lewes - July 19, 2013


WI: The July meeting took place on Tuesday in the village hall. We were lucky enough to have a talk from Peter Pyemont, a well known sports enthusiast, on the history of the Olympic Games. He started by telling us how the Games all began in the Peloponnese, Greece, in 776, but died out with the emergence of the Roman Empire. For 1700 years nothing happened and it was only in the late nineteenth century that it was revived by a team of Europeans, led by the French, who decided to reinstate the Games on an international level with an international committee. And so it was that the Olympic Games was reborn, appropriately enough in Greece. Peter Pyemont took us right through to the modern day, mentioning the most renowned athletes and the various inovations for each one of the Games. He had many amusing stories to tell as well as a reminder of the sombre aspects, like the racism exercised at the Berlin Games of 1936 and the terrorist massacre of the Israeli team at the Munich Games in 1972. Inevitably he could finish on a positive high, with the much appreciated and highly successful London Games of 2012. Everyone enjoyed hearing what Peter Pymont had to say and we all learnt some interesting pieces of information from his anecdotes.

STOOLBALL: It was a treat to play away to Buxted on a lovely summer evening, visors and bottles of water to hand. Buxted 96. Barcombe 138, Janet Hughes retired on 56. We have decided to postpone our mixed tournament on August 26 as so many of the team will be away. It is hoped to play this tournament in September.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Barcombe v Crowborough: Barcombe 237-5 in 50 overs. (Josh Wheatley 136no, Callum Skinner 33). Crowborough 192 all out in 32.3 overs. (Josh Wheatley 5-17 Toby Hingston 3-60). Barcombe won by 45 runs. Barcombe 30 points Crowborough 13 points. ESCL Div 8 Crowborough II v Barcombe II: Barcombe conceded unable to raise a team (they were all playing for the firsts). Crowborough 25 points Barcombe -5 points.

BOWLS CLUB: July 3, away to Crowborough Wolfe: John Blackmore 21 Peter Hounslow 12, Henry Bunney 10 P Fry 22, Les Line10 David Boubier 27, Jas Osmond 14 T Flaherty 21. Wolfe won 82-55. July 11, home to Ringmer: John Osmond 21 Lindsay Burfield 14, Jas Osmond 6 Pat Lloyd 26, Shaun Smith 14 E Watson 11, Derek Stewart 7 B Tasker 25. Ringmer won 76-48. Saturday July 13, away to Haywards Heath and Beechurst: Les Line 11 Vic Green 24, John Osmond 11 Tony Heald 23, Derek Stewart 25 Terry Gasson 15, Henry Bunney 18 Roger Oliver 16. Club lost 63-78. Not a good week for results but we are still functioning; one new player on Thursday but we do need more members.


CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game away at Hurstpierpoint tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1pm and a friendly at home against Southwick Wanderers on Sunday starting at 2pm. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments available.

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. Bell ringing practice takes place on Mondays at 8pm and choir practice on Fridays at 6.45pm and new ringers and choir members are always welcome. For more information call Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am and 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

INFORMATION POINT next session is on Friday July 26 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

PHOTOGRAPHS depicting St Peter’s Church, for this month’s competition of photographs of the church (inside or out) taken during July need to be sent to the parish office or by email to by July 31.The PCC will judge the photographs and the best photograph each month will be used in the church calendar for 2014.

PORTRAIT of Chailey Heritage School is on YouTube and is a short video documentary showing some of what is done at Chailey Heritage, to learn more visit

TOY AND RAIL Collectors Fair is tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the Bluebell Railway. There will be railway artefacts and model railway equipment and many other stalls at Horsted Keynes both on the platform and in a marquee.

POPPY DAY 2013: The Royal British Legion Chailey sub branch urgently needs door to door collectors able to give a couple of hours in early November, especially in South Chailey and the New Heritage area in North Chailey. An understudy as Poppy Appeal Organiser would also be most welcome. All offers will be gratefully received please call 01825723215 or email if you are able to help or would like to know more.

CHAILEY NEWS: This month’s cover illustration was kindly provided by Graham Barber following the centenary celebrations of St Martin’s Chapel at Chailey Heritage Foundation. If you wish to know more about St Martin’s Chapel, you can order a very informative A5 colour booklet from Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre for £1.75 a copy by calling Chec on 01825 724376.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY is pleased to be able to offer a licensed bar facility for special occasions, parties, discos etc. If you would like more information please contact Stuart Marden on 07904226439 or email

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

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

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Picketts, Offham in aid of the Jubilee Window in St Peter’s Church by kind invitation of Marion Fuller from 10.30am. Entry £3. Raffle.

FUND RAISING: The rector reports fund raising for the Jubilee Window is going well. Seventy people enjoyed the concert by the Sussex Police Choir and the rector says how nice it was to see Offham resident Sue Wilson singing. Another fund raising event is being planned for the near future.

THE JUBILEE WINDOW: Work is now under way. Roger Barton took away the glass from the tracery patterns at the top of the window to his workshop for repair. It is now back in situ and the right main panel has gone to the workshop, being replaced temporarily with plain glass. There are now the other two main remaining for repair.

THEATRE TRIP: The church social trip to Chichester Festival Theatre is on Thursday. There are 34 going to see the musical Barnum, with a carvery meal in Worthing on the return journey. As a large coach has been booked there are some spare seats, so if anyone would like to join the party on the coach for just an enjoyable day out in Chichester, please contact Judith on 01273 474356, as soon as possible. Meet at the church hall at 10.30am.

CELEBRATION: At the recent parish picnic it was not just a celebration for St Peter’s Day but a very special day also for Bill Hudson who was celebrating his 95th birthday where a large crowd gathered to drink his health and share his birthday cake beautifully made by Ursula Hare. Bill is St Peter’s Church longest standing sidesman, a role which the rector says he always fulfils with panache.

NEW DISTRIBUTOR: It is a great sadness that Bill and Lucinda Rendall are moving from Aylwins in Offham. They have been such a feature of the parish over so many years and have been involved in so many activities and they will be greatly missed. One of Lucinda’s many roles has been delivering the church newsletter to houses in Offham, and the rector is delighted that Hannah Irvine has agreed to take this over.

A MESSAGE: Do you have a spare morning in your busy social lives? If you would like to march with drums and shakers, sing nursery rhymes, dance and boogie, then get your mummies, daddies, grandmas, nannies to bring you along to St Peter’s Church Hall at 10.30am on Thursday mornings. For all this and lots of toys to play with as well as squash and biscuits, it’s just £3 per session. And good news for grown-ups, we meet in the school holidays too so that’s one morning sorted at least.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Sussex Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride, in which participants visit as many churches as possible either by bike or on foot, takes place on Saturday September 14 between 9am and 6pm. Those who wish to take part either as walkers or cyclists should contact the rector for sponsorship forms and further details. Stewards will also be needed to man the church from 9am to 6pm on the day, welcoming and signing the forms of participants as they visit the church. Half of the proceeds of the sponsorship goes to SHCT, the other half to St Peter’s Church. A rota will appear in the church porch at the end of August, please sign up. Contact the rector on 01273 474356.

BIG CAT: I have recently been told the big cat has been seen in a garden. Someone looked it up on the website which reported it was seen in Plumpton on June 13. It does not surprise me as not long after we moved to Courthouse I was out with the dog one lovely summer’s evening and was terrified when my labrador gave chase through the long grass in one of our fields off the bridleway. It took me by surprise as it jumped away from the water trough just inside the field gate. A few weeks later I went to check the sheep at lunchtime in the field near the bridleway entrance and there it was the big cat lying out on the path sunning itself. I have never rushed back up the drive so quickly. At the time my family, especially my son, told me I was seeing things and made a joke of it, but a few weeks later I got a call from the residents of Shephard’s Cottage, not far from here, who had read my column and told me they were driving back along Chiltington Lane and this huge black cat had appeared from the bushes and crossed in front of them. They described it as a big black puma as I had described it.


MOBILE UNIT: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting the village hall car park from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre on 01323 722505 or email


CONCERTS: The last of our Falmer summer season’s concerts took place last Saturday, and what a fabulous one it was. The Zaffre Duo (Anne Hodgson on flute and Sally Course on harp) played their wonderful combination of instruments, giving us a programme filled with unexpected delights. I went home humming the last tune of the programme, a catchy salsa number called Caliente, which apparently means Hot.

EXTRA: Although the official Falmer musical season has finished, the good news is there is another concert coming up on July 27 at St Laurence Church, at our usual time of 5.30pm to 6.15pm. The debut concert Felice Fluti features Eleanor Carson, Helen Doble and Karen Rash. Felice Fluti are a newly formed local flute trio, and they will be playing a mixed programme of music including Debussy, Corelli and Mozart. There will be a retiring collection in aid of The Lymphoma Association and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (Beating Blood Cancers).

FLOWER FESTIVAL: We are absolutely delighted our annual Flower Festival raised a whopping £1800. The flowers in church looked spectacular and a lot of hard work went into organising the event but it was obviously well worth it.

NEWSWORTHY? I was collecting things from the village hall on Sunday and was curious to see a van parked in Falmer South with a young man working away at a laptop in the back. The van looked like the kind of thing you see in spy movies with a great big console next to the computer. The next time I came out I saw John Young from South East Today sitting in the back too. Rosemarie was hard at work in the hall selling tea and cake to hungry and thirsty people who had come to enjoy the delights of peaceful Falmer. Knowing she is much better at this kind of thing than me, I offered to wash up while she went to find out what the story was. It seems they were getting their report about the travellers in Brighton ready and had stopped in Falmer because it was a quiet place to get on with their work. They couldn’t be persuaded to come and have tea with us unfortunately, maybe next time.

BUSY BUSY: John Young could probably have found somewhere quite a bit quieter than Falmer last weekend. There was a huge conference of Jehovah’s Witnesses taking place at the Amex stadium so there was a lot of traffic and a great deal of coming and going of very smartly dressed people. The annual Kite Festival in Stanmer Park was also taking place. They had the best weather for the festival and you could see the brightly coloured kites up in the sky over Stanmer all weekend.

BEES SUCK: Researchers from the Sussex University Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects were busy studying the behaviour of pollinating insects at work on the brambles flowering in the field in Mill Street last week. They were studying exactly what the insects do apart from collecting nectar. They told us we could be on the lookout for marked bees, ones with numbers attached to their backs, later on in the summer as another study was starting. One of the researchers had Bees Suck on the back of his T shirt, his special interest was the study of ants.

Glynde & Beddingham

SWIMMING POOL: A very merry band of enthusiasts gathered last Saturday morning to dig and plant the shrubs that were kindly donated to the pool. Despite the heat, holes were dug and the pool now looks vaguely Mediterranean. The average temperature this week has been a heady 23 degrees so if you live in the village, do come along and enjoy the water. There will be a try-dive session at the pool for anyone keen to have a go at the underwater experience. The session will be from 11am till 2pm and is open to anyone over the age of 8 years. Please contact Helen on 07816749516 for more details.

FUEL CO-OP: The wonderful Fuel co-op had its first AGM on Tuesday, many thanks to the many people who attended. We heard from the ever-inspirational Johnny Denis and had wise words of advice from our local police officer on how to safeguard our fuel supply. If you rely on oil for your energy, please do contact the co-op on to find ways of saving money every month.

CRICKET: There were over 60 juniors bounding around the cricket pitch last Sunday morning, involved in various matches, despite the heat. Many thanks to Phil for organising such an eventful and well supported event. There will be a colourful Caribbean night on Saturday July 27 at the club house in Glynde with prizes for the most elaborate costumes.


KEEP FIT: It may be the end of term but Keep Fit with legs,bums and tums will continue as usual on Tuesday evenings throughout the school holidays. 6pm to 7pm £5 per class. If you haven’t been before come along and have your first class free. For more info call Claire Lyons 07773 194040.


WESTGATE WI: When his wife died from the skin cancer melanoma, July speaker Harry Townsend set up a charity to raise awareness and fund research for a cure for the disease affecting millions. So far £400,000 has been raised. Former assistant curator at Kew Gardens, Harry took us on a fund-raising journey to New Zealand, full of fascinating detail and hilarious, quirky anecdotes. He set out to walk the 800 miles from Wellington at the southern end of North Island to the northern tip, taking 68 days. Pushing his trusty wheelbarrow, George, along the hard shoulder of the main highway, Harry the Wheelbarrow Man became well known in the small, hospitable towns along the route as he handed out leaflets and received donations. George acted as a catalyst in New Zealand which has the world’s highest incidence of melanoma (1 in 25). Pictures showed the Desert Road Summit, vineyards, an idiosyncratic garden boasting an imitation giraffe, an art deco public toilet and beautiful murals and mosaics in tiny places of habitation – if there’s a spare wall, paint it. For an interview, when Harry asked the mayor if he should bring George, the response was, ‘of course, you’re nobody without your wheelbarrow’. In a final quip, he warned us not to tangle with an ostrich. Next meeting on August 14 is a social gathering. Next crafts is August 28. (A Stephen).

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Corn Exchange, High Street, on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 8pm.

FARMERS’ MARKET will take place in Lewes precinct on Sunday July 21. This will be a monthly event in addition to the market on the first Saturday of each month.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our coach trip on July 10 provided everybody with three choices on how to spend the day. There was a choice of a long or short walk or a visit to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. The latter proved to be a popular choice and people were interested to experience the homes and gardens of our rural ancestors covering a period of six centuries and discover their crafts and skills. The long walk took walkers from Bury Hill to East Dean and they soon joined the Monarch’s Way, which follows the route the future king Charles II took when he fled to France after the Battle of Worcester. After climbing to the top of the Downs through Houghton Forest they were rewarded with wonderful views of the coastal plain towards the sea and Bognor Regis and then continued on to Stone Street, a Roman Road, in a remarkably good state considering the lack of maintenance over the last 2,000 years. Striking west, we then followed the same route as the shorter walkers who had started on the A29 near Slindon. The walks ended with descending past part of Goodwood racecourse to Charlton. It had been a hot day where the party appreciated the fact that a good part of the walk had been in woodland as well as having the opportunity of thirst quenching drinks in the Fox public house at Charlton before returning by coach to Lewes. The next walk is on Wednesday. A Day’s Outing in West Sussex, Arundel. Meet at Lewes Railway Station to catch the 9.16am train to Gatwick and bring a picnic.

TABLE TOP SALE: St John’s Table Top Sale will be tomorrow, Saturday, 9.30am to 1pm in Cliffe Church Hall. All welcome, free entry. Coffees, cake, scones available.


SCHOOL NEWS: Year 6 had a fantastic time at the Moving On parade last Friday. The sun shone and the town was awash with colour and music. The South Malling Purple Penguins did an amazing job, dressed in Hawaiian costumes with parasols and palm trees. They walked at the back of the parade but could be heard singing and chanting from the front. After following the parade through the town they enjoyed a well earned plate of fruit from Bill’s and a free swim at the Pells Pool. The Friends (PTA) of South Malling were delighted to discover that last week’s fete had raised over £4,000 for the school, the highest amount yet, and raised by a new team, who had been quite nervous about taking over from a very experienced previous one. They are now delighted to be keeping up the good work. Well done to them and to the school, which is going from strength to strength in lots of ways. School staff, parents and children were delighted that the Year 6 SATs results (received last week) built on lasts year’s excellent results, increasing the percentage of children achieving both Level 4 and 5 in reading, writing and maths. A huge well done to all the children in Year 6 and to Mr Beattie and Mrs Swan for all their hard work. On Tuesday it was the Year 6 performance of Treasure Island. Once again, final year children showed what a talented group they are. It was a wonderful show, with great pirate imitations, rousing singing and much merriment. The school says a big thank to Daphne Starnes for her support with the music and singing and to Susie Swan for her patience and help with the props and costumes. On Thursday evening there was the highly popular Celebration event. The whole school comes together on the field with parents and friends for a picnic, with each class providing entertainment throughout the evening. The theme this year was One World, and the children performed dances and songs linked to the countries they have been learning about. The evening ended with Latin American dancing involving children, staff and parents. What a wonderful way to celebrate the end of a successful year.

BATS AND MOTHS: A group of about 27 people turned up to Sussex Wildlife’s Safari in South Malling Churchyard last Friday. At 8.30pm, Michael Blencowe spoke about his Down Town project to connect churchyards, gardens, and other open space in the county town and create a wildlife corridor. The project was inspired by South Malling School, who asked Michael for help in constructing their wildlife pond. Then he met Chris Burt who had been working with the church to create a wildlife friendly churchyard. Since then St John sub Castro, St Michael in Lewes, Southover Church and St Anne’s have asked for help, together with Southover School and Wallands School and owners of open land and large gardens in and around the town. After a session getting to know about Moths and Bats, giving time for dusk to fall, the group moved out into the churchyard with bat detectors, nets to catch moths and torches to avoid trip hazards. A moth trap was set up - a bright light to attract moths over a bowl full of egg trays where they could settle. One of the unexpected delights of the evening was the large number of glow worms that were spotted. The bats came and went fairly quickly, but when the evening finished (about midnight) around the Moth Trap, some 25 species were identified, from large and colourful to very small. It was a marvellous evening, well worth braving the mosquitoes who also enjoyed themselves.

MALLING CHURCH: Last Sunday, Revd David Garratt, from Southover Church, spoke about the Bible as a Library of many kinds of writing: eg instructions, history, poetry, as part of the Family Service. David has just moved into South Malling Vicarage, with his equally Reverend wife, Helen, and two children. This Sunday, Revd Jeremy Bamber, acting Vicar of South Malling, will be celebrating Holy Communion at 9.30am. All are welcome.

MTRA: The tenants and residents association committee set up their stall at the Lewes Societies Fair last week, and gained members as well as earning a little money towards the Food Bank which will open in August in the Community Centre. A questionnaire circulated last month to all Malling residents has now been analysed, and a meeting will be held before the end of July to give residents the results and keep them informed about next steps, which also include a Community Fun Day on August 31 on the recreation ground.

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.


MY BLOG: Two things stood out for me this week, the first one being my very talented wife wrote an article for Lewes News about Iris Burrows who lives on the Nevill. Perhaps you know of someone who might feature in future editions. The second thing is Wallands school winning the District sports for the eight time which is definitely worth a mention. I know they do not like to blow their own trumpet but winning eight times in a row must mean all the children that attend Wallands over the years, must have been very talented so congratulations to them all.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our last Tots meeting before the summer break. We will be saying goodbye to some of our children and their carers as the children will be starting school or nursery in September. Tots will be starting again on Friday September 13. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Dr David Chapman and at 6.30 pm Rev John Gordon will be conducting the evening worship which will include Holy Communion.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: This year 49 children were taken to the Lewes track for District Sports Day where Wallands ably represented in the larger schools competition. All the children gave their absolute best in their performance with repeated moments of sportsmanship and were a real credit to the school. It was a real pleasure to see so many happy faces with much support from many adults for Wallands. A huge thank you to them as it makes all the difference to the children to see and hear that support. It was a very close competition this year but Wallands won for the 8th year running, congratulations to each child. Sussex Games: Once again the school conducted themselves with maturity and excellence, never once getting disheartened. The team behaviour was recognised by all the umpires and consequently received a determination award with the school finishing fifth overall. Joe Ayers and Lowena Bennetto, who finished first and second in the area painting competition entitled My Favourite Sport, represented the South Downs area at the Sussex Games and all the VIPs voted Joe’s painting third and Lowena’s second in the whole of Sussex. Well done. An amazing achievement.


ANYONE FOR TENNIS? Plumpton Tennis Club will hold an open day tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and 1pm. Pop along to see if you might be interested in either taking up the game or reviving an earlier interest. People of all ages and abilities will receive a warm welcome and refreshments will be available. Reasons to go along could include a desire to keep fit or enjoyment of sport, plus an excuse to socialise and simply enjoy yourself whenever you feel like it.

FANCY A WALK? If so, why not join up with Footpath Society members on Sunday. Go along to Buxted railway station (TQ497 234) at 2pm to set off on a walk of five or seven miles and the choice will be yours, depending upon how energetic or fit that you feel. The route will include St Mary’s church, High Hurstwood, Perry’s Lane, Rocks’ Lane and Buxted Park where it will be make your mind up time. The return to the car park could be along the road for the shorter journey or by the scenic route through the park. Simply take your pick. If you need to know more just ring 01825 723716.

BEWARE OF THIEVES: With The arrival of real summer weather the police are warning householders to be on the alert. If you are out in the garden or indoors but upstairs do beware of doors and windows left open in the house. There are parasites and vermin who pretend to be people who are just looking for every opportunity to rob you of possessions you have worked hard to acquire. It may sound dreadful, but one has to be alert to all possibilities and not complacently put trust in the honesty of others.

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE: The Rector proposes to lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from the Parish between 3 and 12 February 2015. It will be ten days based in Jerusalem and Galilee, staying in Jerusalem for five days (six nights) visiting the Temple Mount, The Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Holocaust Museum. Whilst in Jerusalem there will be an optional visit to Masada and the Dead Sea or you may prefer to enjoy a free day in Jerusalem. There will also be visits to Bethlehem, Bethany and the Jordan Valley. Then there will be travel up the Jordan Valley to Tiberias for a three night stay. In Galilee there will be travel to Nazareth, Cana and Capernaum returning to Ben Gurion Airport via the Mediterranean coast. The cost of this tour is £1,645 sharing a twin-bedded room with private facilities. The tour is on a full-board basis with buffet breakfast, lunch and table d’hote evening meal included daily. Touring is in air-conditioned coaches accompanied by a local guide. All entrance fees are included, as well as airport and security charges. Flights are with EL AL Israel Airlines between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv. The extras are: travel insurance (£59, if required); the optional excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea (£50); tips £45 (paid locally) and a supplement of £325 if you would prefer a single room.There will be introductory meetings for anyone who would be interested in joining me on this journey of discovery at 7.30pm in All Saints Church Annex on Monday 5 August and Monday 9 September. Our Rector, Godfrey Broster, would love you to join him.

PILGRIMAGE TO WINCHESTER: Onwards along the A272 to visit Winchester and its marvellous Cathedral. This visit will take place on Sunday September 1. The coach will leave All Saints’ church after the 9.30am Morning Service en route to Easebourne and Midhurst where there will be a stop for lunch and then on to Winchester to visit the city and Cathedral ending the day with Evensong. The cost of the journey will be £19 including tip. If you would like to go on this outing, please contact either the Rector (01273 890570) or Jean Eagle (01273 890547).

SCARECROW COMPETITION: A Scarecrow Competition is being organised by Rosie Vaughan this year, in Plumpton. All scarecrows to be on display in front gardens by Friday September 20 and judging will take place over the weekend of September 21 and 22. There is a £3 entry fee and this and the entry form from the Village Shop must be delivered to Rosie at Longdown, Station Road, Plumpton Green (just south of Woodgate Meadow) by Friday August 30. There are three levels of entry and there will be a prize for the winner of each category: Children under 9 years; children between 9 and 18 years and adult entry.

WI: On a lovely, warm, summer’s evening we met to hear a fascinating talk by Brenda Wilson about her company, The Shirley Leaf and Petal Co. She explained that they specialise in making artificial, flameproofed leaves that are especially used in the film and television industry. At her premises in Hastings there is also a museum showing the tools and machinery of 150 years of history of this type of work. In addition to the talk we carried out our normal business of the evening including details of future events. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, August 14 in the village hall at 7.30pm when we will listen to Ian Gledhill giving a talk on Oh, I do like to be beside the Seaside. Visitors always welcome. (Marilyn Nye).


VILLAGE SUMMER FAIR: You can pick up more Grand Draw tickets from the table in the shopping precinct tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 11am. Ticket stubs should be taken to Freeman Forman along with the money or brought along to the Fair on July 27. Children 11 years and under can also register and collect a plastic gnome for painting/decorating at a cost of £2.50 to be brought along to the Fair on July 27 for judging.

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 for 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.

OPEN GARDEN: Family Support Work and Knowles Tooth are holding this event at Glyndebourne, by kind permission of the Christie Family, on Tuesday, from 2pm to 5pm. Entrance will be £5, children free; there will be stalls and refreshments. There is wheelchair access in most places. Sorry no dogs.

BRIDGE CLUB: The results of the duplicate pairs played on July 10 were: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 01273 814220.

RINGMER BOWLS: The results of the matches played last week were as follows: Ringmer v Vicarage 80-53, Ringmer v Barcombe 76-48, Ringmer v Rotherfield 59-77 and Ringmer v Groombridge 60-70. The club also had its annual tournament when clubs around Sussex are invited to come and play at Ringmer. The weather was very good and the winning club was Portslade. Many thanks to all who helped and supported on the day as everything went like clockwork. This event was sponsored by Freeman Forman this year.

THANKS: Dennis and Jenifer Leister wish to thank everyone who attended their Open Garden with Cream Teas on July 13. Everything was sold and together with generous donations of £252, a total of £450 was raised for St Mary’s Church Fabric Fund. A very big thank you to all.

Rodmell & Southease

TV SIGNAL: Many people are getting awful reception on BBC channels, and this has been going on for weeks now. When you are confined to the house as Mike has been for some time now, a TV is important as it’s your main entertainment. Many isolated old people, the disabled, and people who just want to come home and relax to watch the TV, and are paying good money to do just that, are not getting their value for money. It’s not good enough. The old system did not play us up, it was a case of if it worked why change it? They changed it and it does not work. The people on the helpline number are very patient as they must be very busy dealing with irate customers, who like me spend at least 10 to 30 minutes being instructed only to be told you need a new scart-lead. I’ve yet to find who sells our sort.

COUNTRY FAIR: The school country fair on Saturday at the sports field was a great success. There was a gentle breeze, the sun shone and there were a great many happy families enjoying themselves. Well done school, and all the organisers. It was great.

CRICKET: Rodmell Cricket Club is playing at home on the sports field against East Dean CC on Sunday. All matches start at 2.30pm.

NEW STALL: The new produce and craft stall is gaining interest. It operates for two afternoons per week during the summer months, on Wednesday and Friday from 1pm to 5pm, beside the village notice board by the village hall.

VISITORS: I’m sure the new youth hostel at Itford is doing well as the good weather has brought in lots of visitors to our area. It seems nearly half of single people did not take a holiday last year, with more than half blaming single-person supplements and other costs pricing them out of the market. We really need to give people more available accommodation with parking for cars and coaches in the Lewes area. For those who wonder what I feel about the Premier Inn, I dislike the design, but feel some such thing is needed to accommodate the huge influx of people wanting to visit.