Parish pump Lewes - July 25, 2014


GARDEN CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, is Chairman’s Evening, 4pm to 6pm at the Croft, Mill Lane. Please bring a plate of finger food. Tuesday is a visit to Fletching Glasshouses BN8 4JJ. 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.

PRIMARY SCHOOL: Wow! Barcombe Primary School achieved outstanding Sat’s results for 2014. It is also understood that the overall results placed Barcombe Primary school in the top few schools in the county. Many congratulations to all.

STOOLBALL: Our match at Adastra last Tuesday resulted in Adastra 95/10 and Barcombe 129/5, Angharad Hills 7 for 46. We won our home match on Thursday with our batsman, Nic Keysell, scoring 175 runs and being caught on the last over. She didn’t quite break the 1994 club record held by Amanda Ridley who scored 201 runs not out against Chailey.

BOWLS: Games in the last two weeks have been weather dependent. The return home match against Ringmer was cancelled due to heavy rain. This was a pity as we were hoping for a victory having won the away game at Ringmer. However the other three matches played were completed in spite of rain interruption, Barcombe winning two of these matches. Results: Barcombe 62 Beech Hurst 73; Maresfield 52 Barcombe 83; Saltdean 70 Barcombe 79.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Barcombe v Fletching. Fletching 180-9 in 50 overs: Paul Coppard 5-35. Barcombe 183-3 in 29.3 overs: Will Marler 66 no Josh Wheatley 55 Matt Tucker 31. Barcombe (29 points) beat Fletching (10 points) by seven wickets. ESCL Div 9 Mayfield III v Barcombe II. Barcombe 57 all out in20 overs: Bob Page 41. Mayfield 58-0 in 6.4 overs. Mayfield (30 points) beat Barcombe (0 points) by 10 wickets. Sunday July 20, Barcombe v Presidents XI. Presidents XI 162-4 in 35 overs: Paul Coppard 2-15. Barcombe 163-5 in 30 overs: Matt Tucker 66 Josh Wheatley 35 Nick Beck 27 Toby Potter-Drake 11 no Cameron Pitt 9no.


FOOTBALL: Under 14s Tournament Runners-Up Chailey and Newick Colts FC U14s entered the Lewes Bridgeview six-a-side tournament on July 12 and enjoyed their best ever performance at a tournament since they were U8. They not only managed to progress from the group stage winning the group in style, they then beat Crawley United in a tense semi-final penalty shootout. The final saw them play Hastings, a very strong team, but the Colts fought hard and rescued a 1-1 draw in the last few seconds of normal time to take the game to another penalty shootout. The shootout was a close affair with everything all square after the first five penalties, before Hastings just edged the match.

COLLECTORS FAIR: Toy and Rail Collectors Fair at the Bluebell Railway tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm, at the Bluebell Railway’s Horsted Keynes Station. This is the start of the Railway’s Summer Festival and a list of the daily tours and excursions are listed at their website. In addition there will be Punch and Judy Shows at Horsted Keynes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm and 3.15pm. The shows are free of charge and included in travel or admission tickets.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game away tomorrow, Saturday, against Balcombe at 1.30pm and at home, at the sports ground just off the A272, for the annual Presidents Match starting at 11am. For more information about the league or friendly team call Peter on 07709946880. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, 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. Free Church services are at 10.30am with Derek Martin and at 6.15pm, to include communion, with Robin Lacey. Refreshments will be served after the services.

MUSEUM: Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. The mill houses a rural life museum which includes photographs giving an interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past 100 years. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged ten to16 years. To find out more call John Smith on 01825 723519.

OPEN MIC NIGHT at the Five Bells which take place every other Thursday. The next Open Mic Night is Thursday and more details are available on 01825 722259.

COFFEE STOP is at the Free Church every Friday from 10am to midday. There is always a choice of refreshments, including free freshly brewed coffee, tea, chocolate and a choice of eats is available. On Friday August 1 our local Police Community Support Officer Steven Knowles will be at the Coffee Stop so do go along for a free coffee, a chat, for advice and to raise any concerns you may have.

AIRBOURNE Eastbourne International Airshow takes place from Thursday August 14 to Sunday August 17 and promises to be a special year for Airborne with the Red Arrows taking part on all four days. Sovereign Harbour and Hailsham Rotary are organising the collection to raise funds for Airborne to give to two local charities. Chailey Heritage Foundation has been chosen as one of those charities and the Foundation are very grateful to be chosen as beneficiaries. Their role is to provide people to help with the collection. If you would like to volunteer to help with this please contact the fundraising office on 01825 724752 or email

SUMMER SHOW organised by the horticultural society saw fewer entries but a high standard from all who exhibited which made for a fantastic display. The prize winners were Banksian Medal for vegetables and flowers, Linda Blaker; J C Robinson Memorial Cup for vegetables, Peter Estcourt; Ormiston Cup for fruit, Jackie Pateman; Britten Cup for flowers, Linda Blaker; Centenary Cup for the most outstanding horticulture exhibit, Doug Empleton; Lodge Cup for wine, Colin Divall; Griffiths Cup for handicrafts, Tina Mitchell; Ladies Cup for cookery, Pat Stepney; Baking Cup, Peter Estcourt; North Common Cup for roses, Ann Tillard; Marie Neal Memorial Rose Bowl for flower arranging, Trish Allaway; Children’s Cup (aged 7yrs and under), Eddie Finch; Brown Cup (aged 8yrs to 11yrs), Isaac Allaway; and number of potatoes grown in a bucket, Thomas Parker. The Autumn Show is on Saturday September 13 and if you are thinking of exhibiting and would like to see a schedule do call Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817.

PUBLIC FOOTPATHS: Some footpaths have overgrown with the rain we have had and this makes it difficult for walkers. East Sussex County Council need us to let them know the location of paths and rights of way that are overgrown, have trees or fencing blocking the path or broken stiles. If you find such a problem do report it on their website where you will have the opportunity to send a photograph. Alternatively, you can email or telephone the Contact Centre on 0345 6080193.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

DON’T FORGET Monday is the trip to Drusillas for the St Peter’s Sunday School and Toddler Tunes. Meet at the church hall at 9.15am and should be back by 3.30pm for tea in the hall. Ring Judith if you want to join them. Let’s hope the weather will be kind and maybe the two new red panda cubs will be out to play.

HAMSEY: The year seems to be passing so quickly as the next Hamsey Evensong will be the penultimate one of the summer season. Sunday, August 3 there will be Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6pm.

GOOD WISHES: Having written about Bill Hudson’s 96th birthday celebrations in the church hall on Sunday June 29, I am sad to report that at the time of writing this column Bill is in hospital following a fall. He is such a popular parish resident and I know that everyone who knows him will join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.

PARISH COUNCIL: When Hamsey Parish Council met on July 10 there were two members of the public and also in attendance to give her report was PCSO Sally Ann-Reed. A report from Cllr Dodd who had given apologies was circulated regarding the Hamsey Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2030 as follows: Since the spring update work has commenced on writing the plan which involved putting together the feedback from residents and much evidence both historic and current, which will all need to be presented in a framework which will be acceptable to the independent examiners and Lewes District Council. The writing team consists of steering group members, Anita Walker, Rod Hearn and Mike Dodd. Recently elected Parish Cllr Tamsyn d’Arienzo has now also joined both teams. The plan will include policies which cover the future use of land in the parish. The team are devising criteria which will guide how any future development within the parish is approached by the local planning authority (LDC) and would be developers. It is the land use policies which will be scrutinised by an external examiner and LDC. In addition projects will be identified which the team believe residents will wish to see implemented to further improve the quality of life in the parish. Recent projects have been speed reduction to 30mph on sections of the A275 in Cooksbridge and Offham and redevelopment of the village hall and the updated children’s play area. There is still considerable work and further consultation for the team to undertake in getting the plan into a position where it will be ready to give to the external examiners, but hopefully it will be ready by the autumn. The steering group had been concerned by indications from LDC that any developments which were approved within the parish before the plan is in place could be seen as a ‘windfall’ and would not count towards the housing numbers to 2030, but LDC have now indicated that if a large development within Cooksbridge (example Covers) were to be approved before the plan goes to referendum then those dwellings are likely to go towards the allocation. Speed of the internet is a problem for some residents. Rod Hearn, who is heading up business and the local economy as one of the team’s five themes, has been in touch with BT who advised that superfast broadband can be expected sometime in the not too distant future. To find out more and register interests go to their website. The parish council had discussed with the Village Hall Trustees the lack of disabled access to the hall and recreation ground and from the car park to the play area. The Trustees had received some estimates for works to alleviate the problems. The cost would be around £1,000. At the same time as these works would be carried out, it would be possible to add a non-slip safety surface to the veranda, which would improve access into the hall and would prevent large water puddles forming. Planning applications for the parish, which can be found on the LDC website, were discussed. Sleeping Policemen cannot be installed in unlit streets. The clerk has full details but it is not likely to get speed cameras in Offham because at least 20 percent of drivers must be exceeding posted limit and collisions must be eight per kilometre in the last three calendar years and must be fatal or serious.

UPDATE on marking Greenwich Meridian within Hamsey parish to agree the cost of £390. To note that as part of the continuing Heritage Project, the South Downs National park propose to erect an interpretation panel at the Chalk Pit pub with information on the tramway. Also to note that Cllr d’Arienzo and Cllr Drury presented the community award to Judith Bastide.


BIRD LIFE in Falmer is abundant, as you know, but we had an unexpected visitor last Thursday, a peregrine falcon alighted on the roof of a cottage near to the pond and, because of the tracking device attached to him, a bird rescuer had been alerted. He arrived with his own falcon and was trying to entice the first bird down by feeding his own bird on the ground, but to no avail. It eventually flew off to another roof location. It would be interesting to hear the final outcome of this story, but probably we never will.

SUNDAY TEAS are still being served from 2.30pm in the Parish Hall and if we are free, we like to participate, every week there is a different selection of cakes to choose from and after a delicious fruit and cream scone this last Sunday, we went to sit by the pond and suddenly the geese lifted off the water and took flight around the island and flew by for a royal salute (I can dream) and coming to land with a flourish on the water right in front of us. It made us smile.

OTHER BIRDS that make us smile are the woodpecker and house martins. The woodpecker creeps up the telegraph pole early in the morning, not far from our bedroom window and the house martins are in and out of their nest over our front porch, so swiftly in the tiny opening, they must still be feeding their young. Again we wonder if we shall ever see them, one day they will just fly off and we will have missed them.

TWINS: We were delighted to hear the news of the birth of twins, a boy and a girl, to Dolly and Jamie who moved from the village to live in Lewes quite recently, congratulations to them and to their other two children Alfie and Cadence.

SADLY life begins and another ends, we heard of the death of Margaret Woolford. Margaret lived in Falmer for over 50 years and only moved into a care home in Eastbourne after a stroke. Our condolences go to all her family.


BRIDGE CLUB: Thursday July 10, Thursday Ladder: 1, Nigel Osmer and Ron Buddery; 2, Margaret Buddery and Peter Waters; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. Tuesday July 15, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 2, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 3, Julian and Jane Oakley. Thursday July 17, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 2, Rita Hartnell and Rosemary Land; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 473026.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Don’t forget we’re running a pirate-themed summer holiday club for youngsters aged five to 11 years from July 29 to August 1, 9.30am to 1.15pm. For more information please contact We’re sure there won’t be any damage resulting from piracy, but we’re then planning to redecorate the church hall and have the floor resealed so making the hall an even more attractive venue for anyone thinking of holding a meeting or event there. You can register for the next term of our community gospel choir by going to, places are filling up fast. We have a number of rooms available for hire, seating between eight and 60, with kitchen facilities of various descriptions, loos, gardens and disabled access. To discuss details please contact the church office on 470616 (Monday to Friday 9am to noon) or Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal worship in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.


SOUTH MALLING CHURCH will welcome its new Priest in Charge, Revd Steve Daughtery, for a Breakfast Service at 9am on Sunday, to which everyone is invited. This will be followed at 9.30am by the informal Morning Worship Service. At this service, Anne Washer will also be instituted as Malling Church’s Pastoral Worker. On Saturday August 9, there will be a children’s event, Samuel’s Dinosaur and Bug Hunt in the church and churchyard from 10am to noon. There will be crafts, puzzles and a hunt for dinosaurs. It is hoped that there will be lots of children and lots of enjoyment. It is really a big celebration of the finish of little Samuel Lyons’ Cancer treatment. As an expert on dinosaurs, he has chosen his favourite subject as the theme for the event. It is being organised by the Church’s Children’s Club, whose recent events have been very popular.

ARTWAVE is now moving onto the publicity map as August begins. The three Malling venues have come together to market their own Malling Trail, which centres around the Dairy Studio where most of the artists have learned/developed their skills. This year, Joanna Farrow and Roger Adams, two new entrants to Artwave, are exhibiting in Malling Church, Landscape and figurative work in oils. At Old Malling Farm House, a group of six artists are showing work in oils, acrylic, watercolour, print, charcoal and silver. These are Clare Pumfrey, Rosalind Young, Lisa Joffe, Patricia Thornton and Karen Wraith. In the Dairy Studio, Susie Monnington and Lucinda Rendall will be showing new figure-based oil paintings in the main studio; Pauline Crook will be showing Textiles with Sylvia Hassell’s paintings in the smaller studio. All three venues will be opening in the same time frame, noon to 5pm, in the hope that the three venues make it well worth a trip across the river for those who don’t know Malling, and who will then find themselves in the beautiful Old Malling Conservation area, which is not well-know, even to Lewes people.

Mobile Library

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


SWALLOWS: I was looking out the window and in the sunlight I saw loads of midges and wondering where are the swallows and house martins which used to be seen in abundance and even the swifts used to swoop around the Nevill and build their nests on the side of our houses.

STEPS DANCE CLUB: Steps Line Dancing Club, which is run by Nevill resident Chester Funnell and friend Lesley (and which my wife is an avid member), held a unique event at Priory School on Sunday. Chester discovered the American country music artist James House, from Nashville, was doing a UK tour and amazingly managed to book him for us. It was a fabulous afternoon with dancers coming from Rochester and other parts of the country just to listen to him. What a coup. If anyone is interested in Line Dancing for fun and fitness, from beginners to more advanced levels, phone Chester on 07519818112 or Lesley on 07885986857 for more information.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be an all age service led by David Crowther. We are all looking forward to our Mega Makers Holiday club next week. There are still places available for children who are aged reception up to Year 6. It will be running from Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 12.30pm, with a barbecue on Saturday. Please email for details.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: A Big Book on Saturday August 9, 10am to 2pm plus coffee (parking £1 County Hall). For information ring 474964.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: On Tuesday Edson Williams and Jasper met the Chair of East Sussex County Council, the Bishop of Lewes and Ruth O’Keefe at County Hall to hand in a petition about the bus on Nevill changing route. ‘The bus company wanted to go along our road but me and my friends play on the road on our bikes.’ Going to County Hall was exciting but scary because lots of important people work there. I am pleased my petition has gone to be talked about at a meeting and we find out soon if the council agree that my road should stay bus free. We do not have any external works planned for the school over the summer break. Please help us by keeping an eye out and contact the police directly if you see anyone on the school roof. Football and after school clubs will be operating from the building during some weeks in the summer. Waitrose Community Giving Scheme is raising money for the Wallands’ Grounds Project throughout July. Please go along to Waitrose if you possibly can and pop the green token in the box. It all adds up to making a big difference. Congratulations to our Year 6 children for their beautiful creations for their Moving On Parade and their excellent attitude staying to enjoy the party in the Paddock right to the end and many jumping in Pells Pool, despite the rain. The current Year 5 parents are already preparing for Moving On 2015 and raised a very impressive £208.57 at the Wallands juniors sports day. Additional excellent news is that Lewes FC have chosen Patina as their charity for the 2014/5 season and donations at the gates of the men’s match against East Grinstead today, Friday, will all go to the 2015 Moving On Parade. Any Year 5 or 6 children and parents who would like to help us rattle collection boxes at the gates to raise money, please contact Caroline Croft at entry is free. Stephen Stanford (Yr1) competed in his first trampolining competition last weekend and achieved a silver medal in the boys under 9 years category. On Saturday July 12, Wallands Chess Club member Jonathan Britnell (Yr 4) travelled to Reading to compete in the Southern Gigafinal of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge 2014. Competing in the Boys Under 9 section, Jonathan scored an excellent four out of six. Although narrowly missing qualification for the national Terafinal, Jonathan’s result placed him in the top 10 in Sussex and the top 80 nationally. After a long, tough day, Jonathan came away with a certificate, book, and rosette for his efforts, as well as qualification for the Southern Silver Plate competition.


THE BOWLS CLUB will be playing at home tomorrow, Saturday, against East Grinstead at 2.30pm. On Sunday they travel to Hampden Park, this game will start at 2pm. On Tuesday there are two matches. The home fixture is against John Spriggs Adastra, and the away game is against Mid Sussex Hurstpierpoint. Both games will commence at 6pm. On Wednesday there is a game against Lindfield at home, on Thursday ladies have a match against Haywards Heath Ladies away. Both of these games will start at 2.30pm.

CRICKET FIXTURES: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are playing at Plumpton and East Chiltington, the second XI will be playing on the Temple Grove Ground against Isfield, the third XI will be playing at home against Polegate and Stone Cross II and the fourth XI will make the journey to Rye. All matches start at 1.30pm. Sunday’s fixture is the old favourite, Piers Morgan XI, play will start at 2pm. On Tuesday there is a game against RACS Cricket Club, play should commence at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am.

CINEMA: Just to remind you that Newick Cinema will be open in the village hall on Sunday from 7pm, film commences at 7.30pm. The film is The Monument Men. Tickets are £6 on the door or email

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening at 7.15pm in the Sports Pavilion.

HOPE you are all enjoying this lovely summer weather.


SUMMER SHOW: Tomorrow (Saturday) the horticultural society will stage its summer show that will doubtless be ablaze with colour. There will be lots to see with floral exhibits, vegetables (who’s grown the longest runner bean this year?), cookery, crafts, wine etc. Members will be on hand to willingly share their knowledge and there will be stalls. There will be a tombola and refreshments will be available to enable visitors to relax over a cuppa and chat about the show. Doors open at 2pm and at the end there will be an auction of produce.

FUTURE SOCCER STARS: Plumpton Athletic Junior Football Club is busy preparing for next season and looking to recruit new members of all abilities to join the thriving club. Reception class to Year 5 youngsters are eligible and girls are welcome. Qualified coaches are on hand to help develop skills and the idea is to have fun while doing so. Practice sessions take place on Saturday mornings from September to May and optional matches are arranged. If you want to know more ring Darryl Bailey on 07792 686673 or email on

YOUTH SPACE: Last week’s meeting to discuss a youth drop-in facility attracted some youngsters, but adults were very thin on the ground. Are parents not interested in doing anything for their own children but expect others to do it for them? From the limited attendance it was obvious that there is a positive need for such a facility and the youngsters were very enthusiastic and came up with plenty of ideas. In the light of this the Village Action Plan will proceed in its endeavours to make it all possible and did receive some positive offers of help from those present. More help is necessary to make the dream come true but it will not unless some adults come forward to assist. Such assistance need only extend to one evening a week every two or three months, so ask yourselves whether the youngsters in your family are worthy of and deserve that little bit of effort. Contact me on 01273 890722 if you would like to chat it through. Most of the people involved so far do not have young children, but they think our village youngsters deserve this facility.

WORLD WAR ONE: The recent display and presentation to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War was highly successful and some very impressive displays are still on show in All Saints’ church. Well worth a visit.

AGAPE SERVICE/MEAL: These very popular occasions when worship is combined with a meal are to be continued on the fifth Sunday of each month, the next being August 31 and November 30.

MEDICAL APPOINTMENT? If you need to get to the doctor, dentist, hospital or some other medical appointment, do not forget that the Plumpton Voluntary Driver Scheme is at your service and will get you there and back at modest cost. Simply ring 07855 213947. The service extends as far as Brighton, East Grinstead and Crowborough, but please do book as far in advance as possible. The service is also open to East Chiltington and Streat residents (we like to be good neighbours).

FREE WI-FI: Please note that people using the facilities of both the village hall and the sports pavilion can take advantage of a free wi-fi facility so they will not have access to Facebook, Twitter etc, amputated if they venture out. Just imagine, instead of watching the cricket you can have your eyes and fingers glued to your i-Pad or whatever.


CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong.

COFFEE MORNING on Saturday August 2 at 10am on the Vicarage front lawn. This is being organised by the Mothers’ Union to support the work of the MU at home and overseas.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Ringmer Branch invites everyone who can to attend a short ceremony and wreath laying at the war memorial at 11am on Monday August 4 to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the First World War. We shall especially remember the men of Ringmer whose names are recorded on the war memorial. The Royal British Legion nationally are asking everyone to turn off lights between 10pm and 11pm and just light a single candle as part of the commemoration. Special commemorative candles can be purchased from Marks and Spencers with proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.

RINGMER HUB: This is an event held at the village hall where you can come and find out what goes on in Ringmer and meet the people behind many of the village’s clubs and societies. It will be on Saturday August 30, from 10am until 2pm at the village hall. Refreshments (hot drinks, cakes and ploughman’s lunches) will be on sale, and all funds raised will go to the village hall extension appeal. It promises to be a lively community event with more than 20 groups already booked, and we hope you will be able to join us on the day. We have space to squeeze in one or two more tables, so if your organisation hasn’t booked but would like to take part, please contact Liz Owen on 814220 for booking details and arrangements.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday July 16, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster; 3, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: Last week’s results: Ringmer v Hailsham 61-76; Ringmer v Vicarage 75-80; Rotherfield v Ringmer 73-59; Ringmer v Gildredge Park 69-55; Newhaven v Ringmer 88-61; Ringmer v Herstmonceux 73-62; Ringmer v Groombridge 68-74. Every year we hold an open triples competition. 20 teams came and played at Ringmer last Sunday. The weather was very good to us and we all had a very good day. The winners were Deanland Bowls Club. Thanks to all the people who helped on the day to make it a success.

VILLAGE HALL FAIR: On Saturday July 12 after two days of continuous rain, Ringmer was blessed with a gloriously sunny afternoon, just in time for the opening of the Ringmer Village Summer Fair held at the village hall. There were lots of stalls and activities for all ages and a great deal of fun was had by all as well as raising £2,658 for the Village Hall Building Appeal. Regular hall user groups put on fundraising activities and shared or donated all their proceeds to the village hall.

WI: The advertised speaker for the July meeting unfortunately was unable to come so initially Jay Kendall offered to give a talk and demonstration. However just before the meeting she broke her ankle rather badly and was unable to do this so at the last minute Anne Stamper stepped in. She talked about how she was involved in starting Ringmer Evening WI in 1967 and described the first programmes and activities and showed some photographs. Several of those present remembered those days and shared their memories too, like bringing logs to the meeting in the winter to stoke the fire in the (old) village hall. Those who had joined more recently were amused to see the photographs, including tree planting, Charleston dancing, and pancake racing and to marvel at the changing fashions. Gill Noakes, who had represented the WI at NFWI’s AGM in Leeds, gave her report. Ringmer WI’s entries to the South of England show were on display with the mark sheets and judges’ comments (and as usually we wished to differ with some of these). The WI ran a very popular cake stall at the Village Hall Fair making a good contribution to the Village Hall Extension Fund, and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at Firle Place with Castle Group members. The next meeting will be playing skittles at the Royal Oak, Barcombe on August 5.

Rodmell & Southease

SO FAR it’s been a lovely summer, but I’m afraid I find these humid nights rather hard to take, especially as this week flying ants have been taking off everywhere so I’ve been reluctant to leave windows open as they can be very annoying when they get into the house. It’s so lovely to see so many beautiful butterflies in the garden, some of which I have not seen for years. As a child who was always wandering through country meadows, I can remember great clouds of butterflies getting up from under your feet. These days just to see a few is something.

TEA PARTY: It was a lovely afternoon on Friday July 18, when my mum came, with other people from her care home, to a tea party I put on for them at our village hall. They ate their hearts out and sang with gusto to the old songs played on the accordion by Bernard. I would like to say a great big thank you to all of my friends who gave up precious time to help me. We had a marvellous selection of cakes and savouries and the tea pots were well used. It was lovely and really worth the effort to see so many happy smiling faces. Thank you to Lime Tree House, Ringmer, for the lovely flowers and wine which they presented my friends with on my behalf as I had to get home before it finished for Mike returning from day care at Headway.

VILLAGE HALL: Our village hall is a great venue if you are looking for somewhere to hold a function at a reasonable price.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 9.45am Kingston, Parish Communion, 11am Joint Parish Communion. Sunday August 3, 11am Rodmell, Parish Communion. Sunday August 10, 11am Rodmell, Family Service; Southease 11am. Sunday August 17, 11am Rodmell, Matins. Sunday August 24, Southease, Joint Parish Communion. Sunday August 31, 11am Southease, United Parish Communion.