Parish Pump, Lewes - July 26, 2013


SPORT IN BARCOMBE: Whilst there are a number of flourishing clubs locals are enjoying, a few are struggling for players. Take a minute to think of the history of sport locally; perhaps you would like to play, cricket, stoolball, tennis, lawn green bowling, short mat bowls, football or snooker. Barcombe has always done well at most of these sports and it is sad to see teams struggling for numbers. Check out the organisers in the Barcombe news.

THE FOOTBALL CLUB are seeking both young as well as experienced, talented, and committed players to strengthen their teams for the coming season. Membership is £40 per annum which includes registration, insurance and training fees, with discounts for full time students. Training commences in July. For all enquiries contact Robert Peck on 01273 400587, or any player. You can register now.

STOOLBALL: Two away matches this week both played on lovely summer evenings. Tuesday we played at Isfield. Isfield 131, Barcome 156, Janet Hughes 60, Paula Peters 4-52. On Thursday we played at Plumpton. Plumpton 84, Barcombe 115, Janet Hughes retired on 46.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Bells Yew Green v Barcombe: BYG 253-5 in 46 overs. (Olly Winters 2-59). Barcombe 100 all out in 25.4vers. (Keith Savage 52). BYG won by 153 runs. BYG 30 points Barcombe 5 points. ESCL D iv 8 Barcombe II v Bexhill IV: Barcombe conceded. Bexhill 25 points Barcombe -5 points.

BOWLS: Thursday, July 17 away to Maresfield: John Blackmore 18 Vivien Crowther 11, John Osmond 12 Tony? 14, Jas Osmond 12 Ken ? 21, Les Line 10 Elizabeth ? 25. Maresfield won 71 to 52. Saturday, away to Saltdean: Jas Osmond 9 K Caley 27, John Osmond 13 G Bishop 19, John Blackmore 17 S Naish 14, Derek Stewart 34 Mike Evans 13. Drawn game 73 all.


SUMMER SHOW: The horticultural society Summer Show was held in glorious weather and there was an excellent display of flowers and vegetables despite the difficult conditions in the spring, which resulted in some summer crops being delayed, especially tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots. However the slow season benefitted the exhibitors of soft fruit which was the best for many years. Sweet peas were also hit by the spring weather and therefore numbers were down but those that were shown were of the highest quality. Flower arranging had more entries than usual and the handicrafts and cookery maintained their usual high standard. The potatoes grown in a bucket had 11 entries with the winner producing over 3lbs in weight. Prize winners were Banksian Medal for vegetables and flowers Jackie Pateman, Charles Ashdown Memorial Cup for first time exhibitor Rebecca Thomas, J C Robinson Memorial Cup for vegetables Peter Estcourt, Ormiston Cup for fruit Dennis Mathews and Ian Seccombe, Britten Cup for flowers Linda Blaker, Bineham Cup for sweet peas Hugh Thwaites, Centenary Cup for best exhibit in horticulture Linda Blaker, Lodge Cup for wine Justine Keat-Mayers, Griffiths Cup for handicrafts Rebecca Thomas, Ladies Cup for cookery Kay Mayers, Baking Cup Kay Mayers, North Common Cup for roses Pat Stepney, Marie Neal Memorial Rose Bowl for flower arranging Diane Ellis, Children’s Cup (aged 7yrs and under) Sabrina Bott and most potatoes in a bucket Eddie Finch.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game against East Grinstead III tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1.30pm and a Memorial Game in honour of their late president, Mike Andrews, on Sunday starting at 11am. Both games are at the sports ground, just off the A272, and supporters are as always most welcome and refreshments will be available.

PISTON HEADS Breakfast Meet is at the Five Bells on Sunday from 10am to midday and anything with an engine is most welcome. Great hot dogs and bacon rolls will be available. For more information call Robin on 01825 722259.

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. Next Sunday after the 10am service Pete’s Pantry will hold a sale of homemade cakes, pies, buns, jam, marmalade, pate, chutney, seasonal gifts and garden produce to raise funds for the improvements to church facilities. Donations of goods will be much appreciated including any excess garden produce. To donate items call Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am and 6.15pm to include communion.

THE WINDMILL will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm and admission is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to 16 years. The mill houses a rural life museum which includes photographs giving an interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past 100 years. There is now a small display of original drawings by Marjorie Davis; who for many years provided the illustrations for the cover of Chailey News and is best known for her illustrations of the Enid Blyton books. For more information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

PCSO: Police community support officer Steven Knowles will be standing outside the Sports Pavilion, at the sports ground just off the A272, on Friday August 2 doing community engagement.

cooksbridge, offham & hamsey

DRUSILLAS: If you would like to join St Peter’s Sunday School outing to Drusillas on Thursday, meeting at the church hall at 9.15am returning approx 3.30pm, let Judith know on 01273 474356.

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

HAMSEY: Sunday August 4 will be the penultimate Evensong of the summer services in Hamsey Church. Holy Communion 8am and Evensong 6pm.

VILLAGE HALL: When the hall trustees met last month elections of officers took place. Michael Bell was elected chairman, Mike Dodd vice chairman and Andrew Featherstone was reappointed treasurer. Kevin Froude will be standing down as secretary before the next meeting. All trustees were to consider potential volunteers, with notices on the website and on the school notice board. The current list of trustees are: Rose Armstrong, Derek Bastide, Michael Bell, Mike Dodd, John Drury, Jim Edwards, Jo Hughes, Helen Smith and Julie McNirlan. Tom Walker wrote to the trustees thanking them for the gift to acknowledge his work whilst a trustee. The treasurer reported very favourably and income for the hall is buoyant, £4595 against a full year budget of £1700. He reported bookings were weighted towards this time of year, but is still a 10 percent increase on the same period in 2012. Expenses against budget were also favourable, but will increase over the coming months as bills come in and work is undertaken. There was concern about electricity costs. The trustees already had a bill of some £700, equivalent to the full year budget, and electricity costs since December 2012 had been around £1000 which reflects the loss of turbine generation for a long period, together with the long winter and increased bookings. There was also concern about heating systems operating unnecessarily and, although not mentioned at the meeting, the effective operation of the solar water heating system. This will be addressed by the maintenance team with support from the treasurer, who would also investigate whether there would be savings if electricity was paid for monthly. Annual reports were prepared for the annual parish meeting and the village hall AGM. The latter will form the basis for the report to the Charity Commissioners, to be submitted by the treasurer with the accounts, when audited. Following a review by the trustees, the parish council agreed to revise insurance for the hall and grounds. The rebuilding sum insured has been reduced while the sum insured for play equipment has been increased. The wind turbine has been insured for all risks and the table tennis table has been added. The trustees confirmed they did not want a notice on the gate to the car park to say the gates could be locked when the car park is not in use. There was concern about gates appearing to be locked so visitors with children parked on Beechwood Lane outside the hall. It was agreed a new post would be fitted so the gate would just close with a catch and the padlock and chain would be removed. The treasurer agreed to attend the link group meeting with potential to provide broadband to local councils. Danny Holloway has been contracted to maintain the heating systems. Issues about excessive heating and the efficiency of the solar water heating system to be resolved with the contractor. The next meeting of the trustees is on Tuesday August 6 in the village hall.

PLUMS: Recently I wrote about the lack of cherry plums this year as I have only counted about six on one tree. It was very fortunate someone was passing by here the other day and saw a male trying to hack down branches on the trees with either a saw or other equipment. They stopped when they realised what he was up to and it obviously unnerved him as he went back to his car parked a the top of Allington Lane. I am sorry to say there will not be much jam made this year. I would ask people not to crash through our fences where we have livestock and please do not saw off the branches.


FALMER LADIES for their July meeting, welcomed Francis Lacey Scott to talk about his work as a lawyer. The case study stories he told were so interesting, someone said ‘it was better than watching TV’, it was certainly entertaining. For August there will be a day visit out to the Prairie Gardens in Henfield, it should be good.

MARY FARM residents, for the past two months have been suffering, first it was the massive delivery of fertiliser pellets recycled from human waste with its most unpleasant smell, and which is now being distributed onto the fields by giant tractors creating dust storms, and secondly to add to this an electricity company (which I do not know) have at last decided to lay new cables to give the occupants a more permanent electricity source; for months they have been suffering with frequent power cuts. Again massive digging equipment has been travelling through the village with huge reels of cable. One elderly resident, who gave me a lift the other day, apologised for the dusty state of her car saying she cannot keep it clean at the moment; I said perhaps she should have a word with the farmer once the work is all completed.

Glynde & Beddingham

SWIMMING POOL: With temperatures soaring over the last few weeks, the pool has been well used with waterfights as well as quiet adult times (Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10am to noon; Tuesday, Thursday 7pm to 9pm; Sunday 9am to 11am). You can still get membership online at We are hoping the season will continue well past the summer, possibly even into October, weather depending. If you have ever wanted to have a go at Scuba Diving, a taster session will be held this Sunday from 11am to 2pm with fully qualified professional divers. For more information, please call 01273 858227.

READING ROOM: Yoga classes are held in the Reading Room on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8pm. Just bring a mat.

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of the parish council will be on Wednesday, at 7pm in The Reading Room. Villagers of the parish are warmly invited to come along to view proceedings.

FUEL CO-OP AGM: The first ever AGM of this wonderful money-saving group was held last Tuesday in Firle village hall. PC Stefan Bialoszewski gave some very useful and practical advice on cunning ways we can all protect our fuel, prickly hedges being near the top of the list. If anyone suspects their oil is being tampered with, please phone 101 and ask for the crime prevention officer. Many ideas were enthusiastically shared on possible avenues the Co-op might explore in the future and a thought-provoking evening was had by all. Thanks especially to Johnny Denis for organising this. If you live in East Sussex, not just Glynde and Beddingham, and would like to join the Co-op to receive regular savings on your fuel bill, please visit

PERFORMERS CLUB: This is advance notice of an exciting and fun holiday club for children aged 6 to 13 years held in Trevor House. Budding actors out there are warmly invited to join the courses from August 16 to 23 and 25 to 30. Have a look at the website or ring Liz Brice on 07751445115.

FLOWER SHOW: This wonderful yearly event is fast approaching and although there is no more stall space, helpers are needed. Please contact the committee at if you can help out. The all-day event and live performance by The Brass Monkeys in the evening will take place on the recreation ground on Saturday August 10.

CHURCH SERVICES: This week, The Rev Peter Owen-Jones will lead morning prayer at 9am in Glynde and Holy Communion in Beddingham at 10.15am.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday June 18 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 3, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. July 2: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Peter and Irene Gannon; 3, Peter Cattermole and Peter Waters. July 9 Teams: 1, Jill Higham, Pauline Brown, Matt Read and Di Johnstone. Thursday June 20: 1, Roy Skan and Frank Hibbert; 2, Anne Davison and Edith Jeffery, Ron and Margaret Buddery. June 27: 1, Nigel Osmer and Ron Buddery; 2, Alan Disney and Peter Waters; 3, Paul Allen and Lynne Tunley. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FARMERS’ MARKET: As well as the usual market in the precinct on the first Saturday of the month, Lewes Farmers’ Market will now also take place once a month on Sunday. The dates are as follows: August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and the Christmas one on December 15.

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP, on School Hill, is re-starting its Scrabble Group on Thursday afternoons, 1.30pm to 3pm. Do come along if you like words. From Monday our subscriptions will be reduced to £2.50, as we are now half-way through 2013. For those who like snooker, we have a lovely snooker room with a ¾ size table. Call in at reception to find out when it is free and how to become a member. Our reception is open from 9.30am to 1.30pm, Mondays to Fridays, or telephone 01273 476463.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO morning service and Holy Communion at 11am on Sunday with Rev David Farey taking the service. Thanks to all those who supported our Tabletop Sale at St Thomas church hall last Saturday, making it a huge success; thank you Lewes. And for the diary, anyone interested in The wildlife of Lewes Churchyards or as they are now known, God’s Acre, on Saturday August 10, 1pm to 4pm in Downtown Lewes.


MALLING SCHOOL leaders were thrilled to see so many parents, carers and friends at their Celebration Event last Thursday. The sun shone, children sang and danced and everyone enjoyed picnics and drinks in the glorious setting of the school field. Regulars to this event commented it was the best celebration event yet. On Friday night, Year 6 children (who are moving on), were treated to a lovely party by their parents. They enjoyed a great selection of games outside on the field, an amazing BBQ, a film in the hall and finally some more games in the dark. The school is grateful to all the parents who hosted it. School ended for the year on Wednesday with a final leavers’ assembly and the traditional walk down the corridor for all the leavers. It was an emotional occasion and one that will stay in many minds for years to come. The Head, Mrs O’Donoghue, says, on behalf of the whole school, ‘We wish all our Year 6s a very happy and successful transition to secondary school and everybody, staff, parents and children, a safe, healthy and happy holiday. School is back on Wednesday September 4.

COMMUNITY CENTRE: On Monday the Town Council has called a meeting at 6pm to discuss ideas for the land next to the centre, which was cleared and grassed last year and offers a range of opportunities for the community. The grass has taken well, it has now been mown and an area along the top of the bank will be fenced off to provide a kitchen garden for the pre school group. The County Council have finished work on a Children’s Centre in the old Social Club Area, which will open in September. Some work has already been done in the west wing of the Centre, and refurbishment will now continue, including the integration of the newly cleared ground. Interested parties will be meeting with some ideas but a clear sheet to consider afresh how something sensible and intelligent might be done to enhance the provision. The District Tree and Landscape officer will be there to offer advice.

MALLING TENANTS and Residents Association. A member of the MTRA executive committee will be present at the meeting noted above, to share the views of over 100 Malling residents, given in a recent whole Malling survey. The MTRA has its own general meeting on Wednesday, to give a full account of findings from the survey, and report back on what has been done so far to respond to members’ requests at the first meeting in June. They will be told that, thanks to start up money which the Mayor, Cllr Ruth O’Keefe, has been able to secure, a Food Bank for Malling, taking place on Mondays, will begin on August 5. Plans are also well advanced for a Community Fun Day on the green on the 31st .

ART WAVE: The Dairy Studio, Old Malling Farm House and Malling Church are cooperating to produce a Malling Trail to attract art lovers coming into Lewes for Art Wave between August 21 and September 1. (Artwave itself finishes on August 8). The 2013 Artwave brochure is now available at the Information Centre, though it has not yet been widely distributed. Sandy Lasham, who exhibited at the church in 2011, has brought entirely new work to the exhibition this year, and has teamed up with Brenda Bryce. They hope to build on the very successful first exhibition at the church two years ago. The clear link with the other two studios should attract more visitors still (150 in 2011) and provide a trail which takes them through the most ancient and beautiful part of this place in which we are fortunate enough to live.

PARISH CHURCH: despite the heat, fast approaching holidays and last weekend’s alternative attractions, congregation size is holding up very well. The current set of sermons is based on Galatians, and it is remarkably relevant to follow the progress of an angry St Paul, battling firmly with the religious conservatives of his time (including St Peter), as he points to the person and teaching of Jesus as the focus for mission, and the need to be free of old attitudes which are meaningless to the people he has to reach. This Sunday’s service, at 9.30am, is Morning Praise. All welcome.

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.


MUMFORD WEEKEND: The Gentleman of the Road Gig last weekend was fantastic. We went down the town in the morning to see one or two of the events, and what an atmosphere. Everyone was smiling, having fun and generally enjoying themselves. We stopped at Union Music in Landsdown Place to listen to the local Ouse Valley Collective’s and Danny from Nashville who were all very talented and well worth a booking. Then we went up to the Hop Gallery to listen to the Rock Choir who only started up in Lewes earlier this year and are doing very well. We had lunch in Lewesiana at the top of the High Street who were very busy but again a great vibe and our lunch was great. In the evening we were lucky enough to be invited to a friend’s flat which overlooks the Covent Field, so were also able to enjoy Mumford. The whole week-end appeared to be a great success for Lewes.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be our Fourth Sunday Worship and there will be no Sunday Club for children as they will remain in the church. This will be led by Rev John Gordon and followed by a short Congregational Meeting. On Wednesday to Friday we have our Landlubbers Holiday Club which has 40 children registered and a few on the waiting list.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: As the end of term fast approaches, the Friends of Wallands are reflecting on a really great year. So many people have put an extraordinary amount of energy into raising a very impressive amount of money for the Wallands Grounds Project whilst having a great time and putting on events we hope everyone in the Wallands community has enjoyed. We’re really pleased with what we have all been able to achieve together and are very grateful to all the people who have done so much to make it happen. Many thanks to everyone who contributed and joined in, a really fantastic team. Congratulations to Daisy Butcher (Yr 3) and Amelie Tompsett (Yr 4) who won silver at the H & I Trampoline Competition in Seaford last weekend, well done to both of you. Artworks Summer Workshops are running from August 26 to 30, two sessions per day £10 per session 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. Contact Clare/Julie email mobile


THE MARKET will be open from 10 till 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. Lots of lovely summer vegetables and and a good variety of soft fruit. You can also purchase cakes and savoury items, fresh eggs and flowers, plus greetings cards and paintings , and knitted items. So why not visit for yourself and enjoy a coffee or tea.

BOWLS fixtures this weekend are: Tomorrow, Saturday, East Grinstead at home 2.30pm start; Sunday Hampden Park away 2pm; Tuesday Mid-Sussex Henfield away and Mid-Sussex Henfield at home, both matches will commence at 6pm; Wednesday Lindfield away 2pm.

CRICKET: The Sunday game will be at home against Piers Morgan XI starting at 2pm. There is a another game on Tuesday against RACS Cricket Club at 2pm.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church this weekend are 8am Holy Communion followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am, there will also be a Evensong service at 6.30pm. If you should require a lift to Church please telephone 722582 in advance.

DRIVERS: Friends of Newick Health Centre are looking for car drivers to take patients to the Health Centre for their appoints. If you could spare a couple of hours, one morning a month Barry Mansfield would be pleased to hear from you on 01825 723591.

DIARY DATES: Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting on Thursday August 8, their speaker will be Glenn Butler (from Wallis and Wallis). Newick Bonfire’s Hogarty Roast is on Saturday August 10. More details later.


FLOWER SHOW: Tomorrow (Saturday) heralds the horticultural society’s Summer Show in the village hall from 2pm. There will be lots of flowers, plants, vegetables, handicrafts, cookery, wine exhibits etc., to see and admire and society members will be on hand to offer tips to success in the garden. No doubt there will be plant sales and then there will be an opportunity to sit down and socialise over a cuppa and maybe a snack. There will be a cake stall, tombola and other attractions.

SAVE OUR BUSES: ESCC is currently reviewing its contributions towards maintaining bus services as part of its cost cutting exercise. It could be rural services will once again be top of the list for the axe, yet it is we country folk who need and would like to be able to rely on them most of all. The present service is totally inadequate but just a few improvements could lead to greater use of public transport which is what the authorities claim to be screaming out for. Cuts will make things impossible and isolate people even more. Comments and representations are being sought but they must be made by August 17. Do make your views known. Visit or ring 0345 6080 193 or email

LEVEL CROSSING: Network Rail mounted a display to illustrate its plans to replace our level crossing gates and possibly dispose of the signal box and seems determined it will all go ahead despite the fact no planning application has been made and no formal public consultation has yet been held. By all accounts the work is necessary on safety grounds. The environs of Plumpton railway station (signal box, gatehouse, crossing gates and station) offer one of, I believe, but two examples of the Victorian era and Network Rail seems intent upon destroying it, although the company says it will send the gates and the box elsewhere. It is the whole complex that is part of our heritage.

GET WELL SOON: Young Seb(astian) Broster is currently languishing in hospital receiving treatment for an illness that was recently diagnosed. It could by all accounts be a long job but I gather the signs are very positive and the patient is full of grit and determination, as always. Personally I cannot wait for him to return home when I will gladly let him buy me a pint while we enjoy some banter, probably at my expense (the banter that is, not the pint). SB, come home.

POLICE, FIRE, ETC: The police with Fire and Rescue, Trading Standards, Neighbourhood Watch, LDC Housing Department and other agencies will be mounting displays on the village green and in the hall on Saturday, August 3 from 10am until 2pm to illustrate their work on behalf of the community and offer tips and advice for our welfare, security and safety. There will be some interesting and useful demonstrations and I gather the Community Payback Team will be at work in the village performing some useful tasks.

WALKERS PREPARE: The Footpath Society will be off again on Saturday of next week (August 3) when the starting point will be Whitemans Green.

GREAT NEWS: The Beer Festival at the Horns Lodge pub, Chailey, last weekend raised over £2,200 for our local hospice, St Peter and St James.


VILLAGE SUMMER FAIR takes place tomorrow, Saturday, in the village halls from 2pm to 5pm. Empire Dance are starting things off with dancing from local people. To follow them there are lots of stalls to keep you entertained. Children, do remember to bring along your Decorated Wooden Spoon for judging and also your Painted/Decorated Plaster Gnome. Also any Grand Draw money and ticket stubs not handed into Freeman Forman can be brought along to the fair. This hopefully will be a great event attracting many people and providing a boost not only to the village hall fundraising but to all the local groups taking part.

EXHIBITION OF ARTWORK: The Lewes Art Club’s annual Exhibition will be held from tomorrow Saturday, to Sunday August 4 at the House of Friendship, School Hill, Lewes. It will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Entry is free and refreshments will be available. Lewes District Art Club was founded in 1994 and many of its 15 members come from Ringmer where it meets in the village hall throughout the winter. This year the club is pleased to be invited to exhibit in the elegant rooms of the centrally situated House of Friendship. There will be a variety of work on view with paintings in different media, including many of local interest. There will also be unframed pictures and cards on sale.

STOOLBALL: Ringmer Stoolball Club are hosting the Sussex County Mid Division verses Kent game of Stoolball on Sunday on the Village Green. The U21s start at 11am and the Seniors at 2pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on July 17 was: 1, Sandra Dudley-Williams and Joan Evett; 2, Alan Disney and Hugh Griffiths; 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith, Roy Skan and David Warner. The club next meets in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 01273 814220.

COFFEE MORNING: Advance notice that the Ringmer Mothers’ Union annual coffee morning is being held on Saturday, August 3 in the Vicarage garden by kind invitation of Linda and Will Pratt from 10am to noon. There will be the usual stalls and of course a raffle. As this is the Ringmer Mothers’ Union’s main fundraising event it is hoped that it will be well supported.

BOWLS CLUB: The result of the matches played last week was: Ringmer v Newhaven 68-60, Ringmer v Gildredge 73-56 and Ringmer v Herstmonceux 61-78.

SUMMER SHOW RESULTS: Considering the weather we have been having the displays at the summer show on Saturday were of a surprisingly high standard. The flowers, vegetables and cookery sections were well supported and the flower arrangement section showed all the artistry we’ve come to expect from our regular exhibitors. The show was very well attended and there were the usual discussions as to why the painting and photographic sections hadn’t been won by their own particular favourites. Although there were a good proportion of new winners in the horticultural sections, most of the awards were garnered by the Meredith duo. Moira and Phil won 13 first places, four second and three third and were awarded four trophies. The Presidents Trophy, the Wootton Cup, the Ruby Anniversary Trophy and the Goldcliff Cup.

First prize winners were: Flowers: Roses, large flowered, E Bowler; one specimen rose, G Fowlie; roses, cluster flowered, G Fowlie; carnations/pinks, C Browning; hydrangea, J Fordham; shrub foliage, G Fowlie; flowering plant, J Martin; foliage plant, J Martin; sweet peas, C Browning; perennial flowers, P Ball; any other flower, E Bowler; bowl of mixed flowers, V Duckett; flowering tree/shrub, M Constable; a scented rose, G Fowlie. Fruit: Strawberries, P Wieczorek; redcurrants, J Payne; gooseberries, C Browning; raspberries, P Wieczorek; any other fruit, P Wieczorek.

Vegetables: Potatoes, white, P Wieczorek; potatoes, other, P Wieczorek; dwarf beans, M Pattenden; broad beans, R Barton; cabbage, R Barton; lettuce, C Browning; peas, C Browning; bunch mixed herbs, culinary, L and W Pratt; courgettes, R Barton; cucumber, J Badcock; any other vegetable, P Wieczorek.

Flower Arranging: The Sparkle of Glass, J Miller; Blooming Lovely, R Parker; A Song Title, R Parker; Beach Party, V Duckett. Cookery and Preserves: Lemon drizzle cake, M Mockford; granary loaf, S James, two vegetarian pasties, R Barton; individual pasta salad, S Tibbenham; tiramisu for two, L Pratt; three rock cakes, R Peters, jar soft fruit jam, R Peters, six eggs, R Hobbs. Handicrafts: Painting, Memories, J Leister; photo, A Farming Scene, M Berry; photo, Tranquility, M Berry. Other trophy winners; Norman Stacy Rose Bowl, most points in flower arrangement section, R Parker and J Miller; Meredith Rose Bowl, most points in the roses section, J Badcock and G Fowlie; Adams Cup, most attractive garden, V and E Duckett.

Rodmell & Southease

CONCERT: Lewes was packed with happy and well behaved people at the weekend who were here to go to the Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road Stopover. I had people staying with me who went and they loved it, and also enjoyed exploring Lewes and the areas around it. This event did a lot for Lewes and must have helped local trade enormously. On Saturday there were stalls, bands and other forms of entertainment just about everywhere. The whole place was buzzing.

BUILDING: Why do architects insist on putting new buildings that look like container units or packing sheds in areas that are much loved by locals and visitors alike for the interesting architecture of our past. I used to do tours for American tourists and they always used to say, ‘how do they get away with it in this country? In our country we nurture our old buildings and we would love to have places like this to nurture’. This is why tourists come here. Please give us our traditional buildings so they blend in, and fit in with the area.

RAFT RACE: I went to Newhaven to see the end of the raft race on Sunday, having had a delicious crayfish lunch. Oh dear what happened to the Southease Sucks raft? When I saw it near Newhaven bridge the rowers were hanging onto the sunken raft for dear life but were still laughing and having fun and at least they were keeping cool. I have no idea who the crew were but they were great to take on the trip. Congratulations to all rafters who gave Joe Public so much entertainment and supported charities. Well done.

SADLY today I will be going to two funerals, one is my god-daughter’s father who was a good friend of my father’s and he was a well known and much respected local farmer, Henry Ernest McDavitt, known as Dennis. The other is for one of my mother’s long time friends from Brighton and as it happens they are both in the same area on the same day, but fortunately at different times. I feel I’m becoming a professional mourner these days as I’ve been to so many friends funerals in the past five years. Dennis was at Park Wall Farm, Falmer for many years. I hope to write a piece about him in next weeks column.

I WAS VERY INTERESTED to read about Mavis Clark’s sighting of the black puma. As its been going on years it makes one think there must be a hidden colony somewhere.