Parish Pump Lewes - July 20, 2012


PARISH PUMP: People of Barcombe, please read this carefully, from next week all items for the pump must be with me on a Friday morning by 9am. This is to comply with the instructions from the Sussex Express.

WI: Meeting of Barcombe WI held on Tuesday July 10. As our scheduled speaker was taken ill on the morning of the meeting, we were very fortunate to be able to get hold of George Rose to talk to us about The Benefits of Tai Chi, a talk that had been postponed earlier in the year. George teaches Tai Chi, and took this form of exercise up at the age of 20 when he was at a low point and had back problems. He told us that it had started off as a martial art in the 18th century, and there are various different styles of Tai Chi practised today. The form he was advocating is slow and relaxing, and can be adapted to the fitness of the person taking it up. Anybody can do it, and it can be done sitting down. Breath control is very important. The slow gentle movements boost the immune system, help with back problems and arthritis, and improve balance and posture. Coordination and perseverance are important, to get the full benefits practise it daily, even if only for a few minutes. He offered to send the WI a sheet of exercises to get us started. We then all did a few simple exercises for the waist, neck, wrists and thigh muscles, and he demonstrated a few more advanced flowing movements with exotic names like White crane spreading its wings or Grasping the sparrow’s tail. There were a few questions from the floor, and we were all left wondering if this might be just the thing to remedy all our aches and pains.

CRICKET: ESCL Division One. Buxted v Barcombe, match cancelled 9 points each. ESCL Division Eight. Barcombe v Battle, match cancelled 9 points each.

BOWLS: Also called off ,all games.

SUMMER SALE: The Friends of Bevern View, are holding a Summer Sale at Bevern View, The Willows BN8 5FJ tomorrow, Saturday, from 1pm to 4pm. Everyone welcome. Stalls to include crafts, books, bric-a-brac, cakes, tombola, raffle and barbecue.

RIDE AND STRIDE: Sussex Historic Churches Trust annual sponsored ride and stride event, September 8. Why not make 2012 the year that you take up the challenge of dusting off your bike or walking boots and getting into training for the annual sponsored bike ride, or walk, around the churches of Sussex? Each year this event raises much needed money to help with the repair and restoration of East and West Sussex’s beautiful and historic churches. Sponsorship money, raised by individuals visiting as many churches/chapels as possible between the hours of 9am to 6pm, is divided on a 50:50 basis between The Sussex Historic Churches Trust and a church/chapel chosen by the cyclist/walker. In previous years the Trust has helped St Mary’s with repairs to its spire. Details of the event, lists of churches open, sponsorship forms etc are all available from John and Madeleine Simpson. Call 01273 400548 or e-mail Do contact us if you would like more information or visit

STOOLBALL: We played Wivelsfield Green at home on Tuesday July 10. It was a nail-biting match. As usual, rain interrupted play but the decision was made that we would play the last three overs of the game. We were chasing Wivelsfield’s score of 119 and on the 7th ball of the 15th over we equalled their score and on the last ball gained two more runs, so it was Barcombe 121, Wivelsfield Green 119. (Once again we had to clear up dog’s mess before play could start).


THANKS to the six runners that took part in the British 10K London Run for Chailey Heritage School. Emma, Oliver, Chandri, John, Rick and Kelvin between them have so far raised more than £1,800 for the new Life Skills Centre for young disabled adults. This sum can still be increased and to make a donation visit

COLLISION: Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision on Sunday July 8 when a Vauxhall Corsa left the southbound A275 at North Chailey at 12.57am and 
collided with a tree. Anyone who saw what happened or saw the car on the road is asked to call Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Rosslyn.

BEER FESTIVAL: The eighth annual Beer Festival in aid of St Peters and St James Hospice is at the Horns Lodge today, Friday, from 5.30pm to 11pm, Saturday from midday to 11pm and Sunday from 
midday to 6pm. One day tickets cost £5 and a weekend pass £7 (to include a souvenir glass). There will be 20 real ales, ciders and perries, plus live music and entertainment.

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 on stalls on the platform and a marquee within the station car park. An admission ticket costs £3 per person and covers both station and marquee.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game at Staplefield tomorrow, Saturday, and at home (at the sports ground just off the A272) against Linden Park on Sunday. 
Both games start at 2pm. 
Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

MOTHS AND BUTTERFLIES: Common, Small Blue and the Essex Skipper are the target species of moths and butterflies on Sunday 22 July, meet at Lane End Common car park, North Chailey, at 9am to witness the opening of a trap set the previous evening. This will be followed at 10.30am by a Butterfly Walk (1.25miles). For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586. Free Church 
services on Sunday are a family service at 10.30am with Brian Goldsmith and at 6.15pm with Derek Martin. Tea, coffee and biscuits 
will be served after the 

THE MIXED stoolball team have a match against Woodmancote at the Spen Cama Memorial Ground, Henfield, on Tuesday at 7pm. Spectators and prospective players most welcome. For more information call Kerry Lingard on 01825 722549.

CIRCULAR WALK (4.5 miles) organised by the Mid Sussex Ramblers is on Wednesday starting at 7.30pm at the Chailey Sports ground car park. For more information call Diane on 01444 450493.

INFORMATION POINT: Village Information Point session is on Friday July 27 between 10am and midday, at the Free Church Hall, in conjunction with the Coffee Stop.

100 CLUB: St Peters Church 100 Club list will close at the end of July. To join the club and help raise much needed funds for the church, with the chance to win over £150 at the same time, call Peter or Brenda Martin on 01825 722680 or email for further details.

CHAILEY COMMONS day-to-day maintenance and conservation is undertaken by Countryside Management Services, a division within East Sussex County Council. The service has been restructured due to the need for improved use of resources and Chailey Common no longer has a dedicated ranger. There are now teams of Maintenance Rangers responsible for completing tasks on the Commons. The Commons Management Committee now has an important role to make sure all necessary work is reported so that it can be incorporated in the work programme tasked to the Maintenance Rangers. If there is a matter that you believe should be addressed do call John Smith the committee chairman on 01825 723519.


Offham & Hamsey

BURGLARY: Last week got off to a very bad start as on Monday (July 9) there was one attempted burglary in Allington Lane where the culprit, or culprits, smashed out a window in a property to try and gain entry. One the same morning a property was burgled on the B2116 Plumpton to Ditchling road. This time a window was smashed to gain entry and a couple of items were stolen. Just before the incident in Allington Lane a resident in Chiltington Lane, not far from the attempted burglary, had a caller asking for water. The caller was dressed in black motor cycle gear but kept his helmet on. When asked where his motor bike was he answered that he had parked it along the road. He was given water and went on his way. The resident told me that all she could see through the helmet was that he had brown eyes. I was also told that no cars were parked outside the properties involved. Did anyone spot anything unusual in the lanes or on the B2116? As a lot of people read this column and are out and about around the lanes, and use the B2116, please report to Sussex Police if you have seen anyone or anything suspicious. Ring the non emergency number 101 or 0845 60 70 999.

WEDDING: On a happier note it gives me great pleasure to report on the wedding of Paul and Natalie. Paul is the youngest son of Henry and Margaret Phillips and Natalie the daughter of Martin and Maureen Cooper. Paul’s parents are well known in East Chiltington as Henry’s late parents farmed Hurst Barn Farm for many years and although no longer farming, Henry and Margaret still live in a cottage there where Paul and his elder brother Michael grew up. Paul and Natalie have known each other for eight years and met through the Young Farmers, Natalie Forest Row YF and Paul Wivelsfield YF. Natalie used to work at Ardingly showground but now works for the Cliffe Veterinary Practice at the Equine Centre in Laughton. Paul has worked for some years on a farm in Barcombe. They both do a lot of stewarding at the South of England Show and Plumpton College for the YF. The marriage took place at Little Horsted Church and following the service the happy couple left for the reception on a tractor which had been decorated with ribbons, balloons etc. The honeymoon was spent at Bude in Cornwall and Paul and Natalie will live in Uckfield. In my eight years as Cllr for this area I had the pleasure of meeting Paul’s lovely grandparents who were then farming and his parents who I got to know well, as well as watching Michael and Paul growing from two very nice young boys into two charming young men. I am sure that it was a match made in heaven for Paul and Natalie as they both come from farming backgrounds and I wish them every happiness in the years ahead.

DOWNLAND YEAR 1939, July 16. The traveller making acquaintance with the Down Downs for the first time in high summer is generally astonished as well as disappointed at their prevailing brown tone. Looking up towards these Sussex highlands today, you will see little to suggest the panorama of rolling green hills extolled in the county guide books. The hills are there, indeed, shouldering one another magnificently into the blue sky. But from afar they look parched and sunburnt; Wholly bereft of the rich garniture of leaf and blade and blossom that covered them but a few short weeks ago. Yet the truth is the Sussex Downs were never more resplendent of flower and green growth than they are at present. The deep bronze hue of the hills is due to the myriad dry seed-heads of the grasses lifting everywhere above all other vegetation, and but a few paces away, hiding all under a cover-lid of grey and drab. There is scarce a yard of this seemingly parched and desolate region where one cannot gather a nosegay of such flower as knapweed, scabious, hawkweed, yarrow and a hundred other kinds; and as one presses on through the jungle of seeding grasses, a cloud of gay-winged butterflies sweeps on ahead. Only one thing has failed, and that is the gorse. The vast golden islands have vanished, though here and there a tuft of belated yellow bloom persists in some nook opening to the north. Having read that I felt quite envious and thought of the many times I have sat on the side of the Downs above here marvelling at a lovely blue sky, the aroma of all the wild herbs all around, the wonderful view in front of me and the bird song. What I see today when I look out towards the Downs is a picture of mist and gloom and more rain. As for the grass seed there is plenty of that around with lots of uncut hay.


PLAY: We have been soaking up some culture during the last week. We went over to Chichester to see Blue Remembered Hills by Dennis Potter which was playing at the temporary theatre in Oaklands Park next to the Festival Theatre. It was an excellent production made all the more exciting by the way they had used the space. The actors often entered the performance space directly from the park which the audience could see throughout the performance with dogwalkers and (appropriately) schoolchildren going home.

HORROR: My husband Simon has just finished and published his latest book, a supernatural thriller set in Venice, but you won’t be able to get it in paperback as it is an e-book. He tells me the process of getting it published this way was very simple, and now people can buy it to download. You can have a look at the story on his website:

ARTWAVE: We are looking forward to our annual Art and Soul at Falmer art show now that Artwave 2012 has been given its press launch. Have a look at our Facebook page Art and Soul at Falmer or at my website and you can see the great artists we have lined up for this year.

YOUR MEMORIES: As well as the usual art show we will be opening the church and the hall as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme at the beginning of September. We hope to mount an exhibition giving a history of the buildings and showing some of the many old photographs of Falmer, that we have access to thanks to John Burt’s excellent postcard collection. What we also want to do is include people’s memories of the village, particularly the church and the school. Do any of our readers have memories of being married at the church or of attending the school? Do you have any photographs showing the school as it was? Or maybe you just remember coming out to Falmer to feed the ducks. We’d love to hear from you. Please give us a call or write to: Sue Barnes, C/O Falmer Village Hall, BN1 9PB.

GOLDFINCHES: The wisteria that we planted on the side of our house a few years ago has gone mad this year and I discovered last week that it has been playing host to a goldfinch nest. I was walking underneath it and spotted the nest with a bird’s head visible at the top. Having another look from the window, I could see three chicks in the nest which became very active when the adult turned up to feed them. The nest is tiny and I don’t know how they all fit in but they look quite healthy thank goodness.

Glynde & Beddingham

PARISH COUNCIL meeting on July 26 at 7pm in the Reading Room Beddingham. All welcome.


TABLE TOP SALE in aid of St John’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall, 9.30am to 1.30pm. We have cakes, books, glass, gems, bric-a-brac and more. Refreshments available all morning. All welcome. Admission free.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday July 3 Ladder: 1, Pauline Brown and Clare Nankivell; 2, Paul Allen and Ann Butterfield; 3, Rita Hartnell and Pat Elliott. July 10 Teams: 1, Richard Burnett, Di Johnstone, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, Martin Hall, Matt Read, Mike Keeping and Janet Cattermole. Thursday July 5 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Rita Hartnell and Alan Disney; 3, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson. July 12 Teams: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 2, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 3, Ron and Margaret Buddery, Pauline Brown and Clare Nankivell. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

WESTAGE WI: ‘It’s sad. Everyone dies’, was MGM’s comment on the film Gone with the Wind, premiered in 1939. Predicted to be a flop, it was instead a triumph, a sensation. Speaker David Allen humorously brought to life the making of an epic film which marked the transition from silent movies to talkies, from black and white to colour. David spoke about the golden era of film and this remarkable romantic melodrama set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. We learned that Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind, her only novel published in 1936, was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1900. The book was her life story but success brought both fame and misery. The film was the creation of producer David O Selznick, a genius and control freak who rewrote the script and fired director George Cukor, saying, ‘I want to see my money on the screen’. David’s stock of amusing anecdotes about Hollywood politics and infighting ended with Clark Gable’s famous last words in which many of us joined. Our social gathering is on August 8. Next crafts is on August 15. (A Stephen).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Twenty seven members joined the second coach trip of the season for a very enjoyable and varied day visiting Sissinghurst Castle, entitled by the National Trust as’ A garden, in a ruin, in a farm’. En route to the Castle nine walkers were dropped off the coach in Hawkhurst for the start of a seven mile walk to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. The countryside was typical of The Weald, pleasantly undulating wooded farmland. Considering the amount of rain that has fallen recently, there was a lot less mud than could have been expected. Progress towards Cranbrook was hindered by fields full of beans where the farmer had not re-instated the path, forcing us to fight our way round the edge, a slow and slippery process. The path from Cranbrook to Sissinghurst is along a ridge with wide views south. We arrived at the gardens with enough time for afternoon tea, taken outside in a brief smattering of rain, and a quick look round the garden. The remainder of the party spent the day enjoying the various gardens created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson in the 1930s. When Vita and Harold moved there in 1932 it was very much a ruin and they quickly created the gardens and restored the buildings including converting some for other uses, such as the Library with its extensive collection of books. Everyone enjoyed the day.

The next walk is on Wednesday, Three Oaks to Winchelsea. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in good time to catch the 9.44am train to Winchelsea. An all day walk so bring a picnic with you. New walkers always welcome.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Village Hall, Ditchling 10.35am to 10.55am; Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 11.15am to 11.45am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.45pm; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.50pm to 1.20pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2.25pm to 2.50pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 3pm to 3.40pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.50pm to 4.20pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.15am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.45am to 11.15am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.45am to 12.05pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 12.15pm to 12.40pm; South Rough, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Oldaker, Newick 2.25pm to 2.55pm.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

GRAND EXHIBITION tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hillcrest Centre from 2pm to 5pm. Hosted by Bob Jarvis exhibits include paintings, drawings, scale models of cars and aeroplanes. There will also be games and music, free light refreshments and snacks available. Free entry and everyone is welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.

ART EXHIBITION Carbon War at Newhaven Fort from July 23 to November 4. The exhibition shows wildlife that are threatened with extinction because of carbon emissions and how people can make simple changes in how they live to use the world’s resources more sustainably and lower the carbon footprint. Created by Clare Hackney and Gillian Toft of Highlight.

NIPPERS Playscheme July 23 to August 31, 7am to 6pm. Hours by arrangement £2.25 per hour paid in advance, Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road recreation ground. Ring 01273 514440/07796 267388 for a booking form.

TEDDY BEARS PICNIC run by Munchkins Parent and Toddler Teddy Bears Picnic/mini Olympics (weather permitting) Thursday 12.30pm to 2pm Green next to the Hillcrest Centre. 50p per child, bring your own teddy bear and picnic. Open to anyone with children under five years old, including other siblings. Just turn up for lots of fun. For further details contact Janet 01273 515301.

MENCAP had to cancel their table sale on Saturday July 14 due to lack of support as only two tables were booked, but do go along and support their summer fair at Riverside Hall,West Quay on Saturday August 4 from 10am to 3pm. Lots of stalls including a Grand Draw.

RNLI: Apologies to readers of Parish Pump for putting the storytelling evening at the Lifeboat Station in last week’s Parish Pump, July 14. The date should have been Tuesday August 14. Presented by the Guest House Storytellers the evening will raise money for Newhaven Lifeboat. A fish and chip supper will be served at 7pm and stories begin at 7.30pm. Tickets from the Hillcrest Centre Café.

GOOD LUCK to all the people from Newhaven and surrounding areas who are involved in London 2012 Olympic Games. I know several people who are either volunteering (like myself) or are paid employees. I will be writing next week’s Parish Pump (July 27) but will be away at the Games from Monday July 23 to Monday August 6. Any copy for August 3 and August 10 should be emailed direct to by 10am on the Friday before publication at the latest.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Our resolution meeting in May, which we conducted ourselves, was very successful. We were all in favour of more midwives being required but did discuss all issues very seriously. Also that month we attended the group meeting at Meeching WI at which the speaker’s talk was It Will Not Be Alright on The Night, and of course there was a hiccup with the power. These things happen. In May we decided to have all our meetings starting in 2013 in the afternoons. June was a busy month with the Jubilempics at Denton where we had a stall with a good collection of baskets, all with different contents, for sale. Our speaker that month was Clare Carpenter who writes children’s books encouraging children to follow their dreams if at all possible. Her talk was called Roots and Wings as she is a firm believer that your roots do influence your life. We then had a Jubilee celebration tea with strawberries and cake. We also made cakes for the Jubilee street party at South Heighton. July we all learnt about home made jams and chutneys with tasters. In August we are going to Seaford Museum, an educational outing, and later in the year we hope to have a coach to Brighton Pavilion for a tour with a guide. We really do seem to have been quite busy these last three months and had very good speakers at our meetings. We meet every second Monday of the month in South Heighton Village Hall. The October meeting, our AGM, will be at 7pm but from then on at 2.15pm. (J Jennings).


EMAIL ADDRESS: Please note my email address is as advertised in the contact details in the diary pages of the Sussex Express. If anyone is having a problem please let me know.

ST ANNE’S Church Day will be celebrated at the church on Sunday July 29. There will be only one service of Holy Communion at 9am followed by the Parish Breakfast. At 6.30pm Songs of Praise will be sung in a service of hymns and readings. All welcome.

BOOK SALE: St Anne’s Big Book Sale will be held on Saturday August 11 from 10am to 2pm in the church. Coffee will be available and room to sit. More books are still needed of any size. Parking is available behind the church at County Hall for £1 or transport can be arranged. Please ring Diane Rogers on 01273 474964. Leftover books will go to help the Chichester Diocesan Family Support Work’s Sale at Hove in November.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday will be led my Rev John Gordon at 10.30am. After the service we will be having a church meeting, which will be followed by lunch. Today, Friday, between 9.30am and 11.30am is our last Tots session before the summer break. We will be saying goodbye to some of our children as they prepare to start school in September but new babies are expected so we look forward to welcoming next term.

OPEN GARDENS: My wife and I walked around the gardens, which were open, some for the first time and were really delighted we had made the effort. The gardens were inspiring, beautiful and imaginative and so obviously the result of a lot of hard work. We do hope others also made an effort and hopefully it was a resounding success.

CREAM TEA: Afternoon tea is it being held on Sunday July 29 between 2pm and 6pm at 4 Clare Road, Lewes on behalf of the Hospice as part of their Open Gardens Scheme and hopefully will raise more much needed funds. There is no admission charge and cream teas will be available for £4. There will also be a tombola, cake and plant stall. Jackie Bishop and family would like to thank everyone for attending their Annual Cream Tea on June 24. Despite appalling weather in the morning the afternoon was warm and sunny. £853 was raised for St Peter and St James Hospice at North Chailey. Thank you to everyone who has supported us. Please come along for the next one.

SPORTS MEMORIES: As I mentioned in an earlier PP, I have spoken and emailed one or to people for their thoughts on past NSP’s days. I personally remember when it was a two day affair. The first Saturday was held on what is now known as Sheepfair where as far as I remember, all the field events such as long/high jump, obstacle race and a few others were held and the second Saturday on the recreation ground where the main events were held and where it is now. Melvin Piper remembers the slow bicycle races and coming second in cross country up on the race course around 1957/8. He says, ‘I was lucky as it seemed to happen early July and often on my birthday (4th)’


OWZAT: Definitely not out. Plumpton and East Chiltington CC made it into the quarter finals of the national village knockout competition on Sunday, something never achieved by the club before. The team beat Sibton Park (Kent) by 15 runs and now face Reed from Hertfordshire at Plumpton on Sunday, July 29 with kick-off at 1pm. So far the battles have been won in away games so do, please, note the date and go along to cheer our club along. Just to make the afternoon more enjoyable, refreshments will be served and the bar will be kept open all afternoon, so there is no excuse not to get behind our lads. It is history in the making and you have advance notice, so no excuses for not supporting the event and your village.

COMPUTERS FOR SALE? If you are offered an Apple Mac on the cheap, think twice before parting with your cash as a number were recently stolen during a break-in at Chailey School. They will surely be security marked and, if discovered, allegedly unsuspecting buyers could also end up in trouble. I say allegedly as such items being offered on the cheap should arouse suspicion and warrant a few questions.

MORE SCUMBAGS: Last weekend criminals stole a hoist being used at the village hall in connection with the installation of solar panels on the roof. This was not the work of a passing opportunist and illustrates once again that there are some nasty, criminal gangs about. Another incident was the recent theft of a boiler from a property in Streat that certainly involved several people and more than one vehicle.

COUNCIL MINUTES: Because of the number of sheets of paper involved, the space taken up by them and the time taken to read them, Plumpton Parish Council has decided that full copies of minutes of meetings and accompanying reports will in future only be posted on the council notice board in West Gate. They will also be posted on the board within the village hall as well as being available on the website and from the Parish Clerk. It is thought unlikely that many people brave the elements to read the screeds on the other boards out in the open. The information will, as indicated, still be readily available for those interested.

COUNCIL VACANCY: Regretfully Steve Hayman has found it necessary to resign from the parish council because of other commitments. If demanded by ten or more residents an election will have to be held for a replacement, but this will be a very costly process that will have to be paid for entirely by village council tax payers. The alternative is to replace the rascal by co-option. Anyone interested should contact the parish clerk, Jean Stewart, on 01273 891416 or email

BEERS GALORE: A beer festival will be held locally at the Horns Lodge pub, Chailey today (Friday) and tomorrow. There will be 20 or more real ales and ciders to sample and a minibus service will pick up and return passengers/drinkers from Plumpton on both days. A day ticket will cost £5 and a weekend pass £7 to include a souvenir glass. More details from 01283 400422 or or

MOTH TRAP: Chailey Commons Society will spring its annual moth trap on Sunday on Lane End Common at 9am that will be followed by a butterfly walk at 10.30am. These events serve to illustrate the abundance of wildlife that inhabits the commons. Further information is available on Find out more and explore our local habitat that can be oh, so full of surprises.

RIVER WALK: On Sunday the Footpath Society will congregate at the Phoenix car park, Lewes (TQ421103) at 2pm in readiness for a walk of about four miles to Wileys Bridge and then alongside the river to Hamsey with an optional visit to South Malling church. If you need to know more, simply ring 01273 472409, otherwise just tag along and receive a warm welcome.


CRICKET: Last Saturday all games were called off due to the weather. On Sunday Ringmer lost in the semi-finals to Laughton, who were the eventual winners of the Alfriston six a side. Congratulations to Laughton and thanks to Alfriston for a great day. After a week off, the Nines competition resumes tonight, Friday, on The Green with Ringmer playing Laughton and Intersport playing Barcombe starting at 6pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are on The Green against Willingdon, the second XI are away to East Dean and Friston and the third XI are at The Cheyney Field against Laughton II. All are 1.30pm starts. On Sunday there is a game on The Green to celebrate Andy Moffat and Jo Cornes wedding. Congratulations to them both from all at Ringmer Cricket Club. Here’s hoping for some drier weather.

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 close at 4.30pm and all exhibits left behind are auctioned for show funds.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on July 11 were: 1,Alan Grindley and David Warner, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan, Gill and Tony Spaven. The next meeting of the club is in the Symons Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

OLYMPIC GAMES: At 8.12am on Friday July 27 thousands of people across the UK will be joining together to ring in the first day of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Anyone can take part by ringing any bell whatsoever. The bell ringers at St Mary’s Church will be joining in by ringing the bells of St Mary’s at that time and others are very welcome to join them, coffee and croissants will also be available. Just ‘phone either Jonathan Franklin 813189 or Marisa Hayes 812790 in advance to find out more. For full details of the countrywide event go to

COACH TRIP to Kew on August 1. There are still a few seats left (£10 return). Ring 01273 813010 for more information or see

RINGMER HUB: This event held last Saturday went well with about 30 local groups having tables and many of them reported new members as a result. It was a lovely community event and great to see so many newcomers to the village. From the sale of tables and refreshments, nearly £350 was raised for the Ringmer Village Hall extension appeal. A good day was had by all, despite sharp showers. Thanks to everyone who helped to make it a success.

IMPORTANT CHANGE: I have just heard from my contact at the Sussex Express that things are changing there and as from August 3 items for the Parish Pump will need to be with her no later than 10am on the Friday, a week before publication. This means that the deadline for items for the August 3 publication of the paper will have to be sent into them by 10am on Friday July 27 so instead of sending things into me by first thing on a Tuesday morning for publication that Friday they will have to come to me late the previous Thursday or first thing the previous Friday.

Rodmell & Southease

THE SUMMER CONCERT in St Peter’s Church was great success and made enough money to repair the damage done by vandals recently. Sian Griffiths, soprano, enchanted us with her wonderful voice and Jonathan Zoob, organ, gave us a great choice of music. I especially enjoyed his three waltzes by Chopin. Our village has a wealth of talent and just seems to be gaining more and more. Elle Osbourne sang from the heart her folk songs from her childhood, and her fisherfolk background, and her violin playing was pure enchantment. Simon D’Souza, saxophone, a new villager played some Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein and 
Rogers and Hart music. All close to my heart as a jazz singer so I really enjoyed hearing them. Many thanks to Jenny Brown for organising this event.

ROUNDABOUT: Every time I drive to Seaford I admire the roundabout by Sainsbury’s which is a wonderful riot of colour of wild flowers. It’s an absolute picture and gives so many people pleasure. Thanks go to those who set it up. I believe it’s something like the Builder’s Association who fund it.

VISITORS: We’ve had Dutch and Norwegians staying recently and they tell me that they are suffering from the same weather as us. The three mountain bikers who stayed at the weekend arrived covered in mud and soaked through. Their clothes had to go through the spinner and the tumble dryer so they could have dry clothes for the next day.

TURKEYS: Has anyone seen hide or hair of the American Turkeys that invaded our villages over a year ago? I wonder if any are still alive and perhaps are breeding.

THE CREAM TEA for the 1st Rodmell and Northease Cubs and Scouts did not take place last weekend, neither did the cricket match as the organisers did not trust the weather. Let’s hope we have some sun and warmth soon or framers will have problems with getting hay in and other crops will suffer.