Parish pump Lewes - July 27, 2012


THE CLOSING TIME for items to Derek is now 10pm on Monday evening. CRICKET: Barcombe v Presidents XI. Presidents 225-8 in 40 overs: Bob Page 62 ret, Laff 58, Nick Seager 46, Richard Seager 21no, Nick Beck 4-22. Barcombe 169-6 in 40 overs: Matt Cordwell 76, Mike Scott 56, Victoria Cruickshank 2-13. Presidents won by 56 runs. FOOTBALL: Barcombe Football Club has begun to prepare for the coming season. Training is based on Barcombe Recreation Ground at 6.30pm on Tuesday evenings and new players are always welcome. This season there are special finance deals for local talented young men (16 years plus) who are engaged in full time education. For further details please call Rob Peck on 01273 400587.

THE GARDEN CLUB: The Chairman’s Evening is tomorrow, Saturday, at Longford Place, between 4pm and 6pm. Please bring a plate of finger food and a chair. If very wet we shall be in St Francis.

STOOLBALL: We were away to Adastra on July 17. We scored 104 and, thanks to some really good fielding by Barcombe, Adastra made 90. We were away to Ringmer on July 19. Another nail-biting match. We scored 78 and on the seventh ball of the last over Ringmer’s final score was 79. We have four more league matches to play before we know if we go to Seaford on Sunday August 5 where the top four of all divisions play for the title.

BOWLS: Wednesday, July 18, away to Maresfield: Tony 11 Derek Stewart 5, Peter H 10 Jas Osmond 9, Elizabeth 13 David Newman 7, Vivien 8 John Osmond 6. Abandoned due to rain at 10 ends, losing 27-42. Saturday, Saltdean away: Jas Osmond 19 D Hanchett 15, John Osmond 11 C Smith15, Derek Stewart 4 Sid Naish 22, Shaun Smith 24 W Barton 15. Seaford won 67-58.


SAILING WEEK: From Monday until Saturday August 4 Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club Sailing Week in Seaford Bay commencing 11am on Monday (weather dependent).

AFTERNOON TEA: Pre-Fete Afternoon Tea on Friday August 3 from 2pm to 4pm in the parish hall. Please come along with your home-made cakes for the cake stall, and enjoy a cup of tea of coffee. Home-made preserves and any other items for the fete stalls will be gratefully received.

DOG SHOW: On Saturday August 4 the fete and dog show. Classes include: Fancy dress, waggiest tail, best six legs, prettiest bitch, most handsome dog, best veteran (9 years and over), junior handler (up to 14 years), and dog most like owner. Entry fee is £1 per class. Entry forms are available from Linda’s Stores, Bishopstone Station (telephone 01323 899486).

THE FETE in aid of St Andrew’s Restoration Fund, opens at noon. There will be stalls, refreshments, games, Punch and Judy, Seaford Silver Band and Longman Morris Men.

OPEN GARDEN: On Sunday August 5, noon to 6 pm, Open Garden at Driftwood, Marine Drive, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Entry to the garden is £3 which includes an art and photographic exhibition. Refreshments will be available.

THIS WEEK includes the feast day of St Lewinna, alias Leofwyn or Levine, the first female celebrity in the history of Sussex. She is a local saint claimed by several St Andrew’s churches, but scholarly opinion now links her with Bishopstone. She was martyred in the Dark Ages (about the year 671) as Sussex was the last pagan kingdom in England. Her fame was such that her relics were stolen by a Flemish monk in the eleventh century so she is also remembered in Bergues this week.The guilty monk left some of her bones behind, but nobody knows where they are.


FRIENDS of St Peter’s Church would like to thank Hugh and Valerie Thwaites for opening their garden in Oxbottom Lane to raise much needed funds for the church. Also to all those who assisted and visited the garden, raising £270.

THEFT of a large number of Apple computers from Chailey School, after a forced entry, took place on Friday July 13. Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary, or anyone with information to come forward. It is possible that the offenders may attempt to sell these items on locally either in person or online, so, please be wary of anyone offering this brand of computer for sale at discount prices and report it immediately to the police by calling 101.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game against Palmers tomorrow, Saturday, and a friendly against Catsfield on Sunday. Both games are at the sports ground and start at 2pm. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

A NEW DATE had to be arranged by the bonfire society for the hog roast, due to the extreme wet weather conditions on July 14. The hog roast takes place tomorrow, Saturday, evening at Balneath Manor. To find out more call Jane on 01273 400632.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are 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 01825 722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with David Muzzell and 6.15pm with Mike McNally. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

PISTON HEADS Breakfast Meet is at the Five Bells on Sunday from 10am and anything with an engine is most welcome. For more information call Robin on 0182572 2259.

THE WINDMILL on Red House Common, is open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. It houses a rural life museum. All ages are most welcome. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

STOOLBALL: The mixed stoolball team have a match against the Cowfold Bulls on Thursday at 7pm at Cowfold Recreation Ground. Spectators and prospective players most welcome. For more information call Kerry Lingard on 01825 722549.

BAREFOOT PLAYERS bring to life Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the free-loving 1970s with flower-power, magic, mayhem, flares and fairies which collide in a kaleidoscope of love, tricks, pranks and dreams. There are a number of showings and one is at The Five Bells on Thursday at 7pm. The pub will be serving Chilli from 6.30pm for those attending the play, if you would like food call 0182572 2259 to book as they would be pleased to know numbers in advance. Tickets at £8 and £7 for concessions are available from 07505 777613 or Please take a chair or blanket to sit on with you.

LIVE MUSIC is at the Five Bells with Adam Piggott and Jayne Freeman on Friday August 3 at 8.30pm. Adam and Jane combine powerful acoustic guitar and ukulele with inspired melodies in the folk, pop and Americana tradition.

CATTLE AND SHEEP will be grazing on Memorial, Romany Ridge and Pound Common by August, at which time the cattle currently on Lane End Common will leave. Also it is hoped to have ponies on Red House Common by October and, provided suitable forage is available, they will stay until March 2013.


Offham & Hamsey

DAY AT THE ZOO: St Peter’s Sunday School/Toddler Tunes are going to enjoy a trip to Drusillas on Monday. Meet at the church hall at 9.30am. Return about 4pm for tea in the hall. Judith Bastide says it’s always such a lovely day. Do get in touch if you would like to join them on 01273 474356. There’s no reason to limit this trip to children. They would love to have lots of adults come and enjoy the zoo, the plant sales, coffee with friends.

HAMSEY: August 5 is a Hamsey Sunday when there will be Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6pm. One that day the 10.30am Parish Communion and Sunday School remain at St Peter’s Church.

TRAFFIC CONCERNS: I have had a couple of letters asking if I would mention about the speed of traffic in Beechwood Lane which is caused by some motorists using it as a rat run when the level crossing gates are closed in Cooksbridge. It is especially worrying for those that live in the narrow lanes. There are also concerns about the B2116, mainly with overtaking on dangerous stretches of the road. Recently a resident was driving by Watershoot and was horrified when three vehicles overtook but could not see what was approaching from the other direction. A few weeks ago one of our lambs squeezed out from the field opposite the farm and while some kind people helped to get it in, the traffic took no notice at all when they could see there was a loose animal. I tried to slow one car which was driving so fast and had no intention of slowing down at all. Moving the sheep from that side of the road now requires several people to help which is very scary for those who stand in the road.

I RECENTLY received a letter from some old shipping friends of Derek who live up North but still keep in touch with me. I am not sure how but they also manage to read this column and remembered that I had mentioned wind turbines some time ago. They thought I would be interested to hear the following: They had recently been on a cruise where they had met two Dutch people, both directors of a specialist engineering company who operate in several countries, including Britain. They were shocked by our Government’s enthusiasm for wind turbines particularly as Holland’s near neighbour Denmark, originally very keen on them, has now lost faith in the technology. Apparently after about seven years the bearings in the turbines can fail, which is now the case for a high proportion of the Danish installed capacity. The cost of the bearing replacement is injurious of onshore turbines and ruinous for the offshore installations. That gives food for thought. Amazing what you can learn on a cruise. On the other hand it must have wiled away the time as they had to spend a lot of time in their cabin as the weather was atrocious. It must have been rough as when I called them to thank them for the letter they admitted there is no place quite like home.

HEDGEHOGS: I have not seen one of these charming little creatures for some time, in fact the last time I saw one up very close was when my two Labradors carried one into the kitchen. Being late at night I thought they had got an old brush until it escaped and I had to rescue it from them. I was pleased to read recently that Ann Widdecombe is backing a campaign by the Wildlife Aid Foundation calling for a Hedgehog Protection Act to reverse large declines in populations. The wildlife charity is proposing a law that would make wilful killing of hedgehogs illegal and a mandatory code of practice that would help to conserve the species. Sixty years ago there were about 36 million hedgehogs, but that number had decreased by 2 million by the 1990s and could now be down to under a million. Unless some action is taken they could soon disappear altogether. I can’t think why anyone would want to kill such wonderful little creatures.

BUTTERFLIES: The world’s biggest butterfly count got under way last week with David Attenborough urging people to spend 15 minutes observing their nearest sunny, dry patch of garden or meadow, if you can find one, for the number and variation of butterflies on it. Sadly butterflies have been badly affected by this wet summer which will delay their emergence period, reducing their life span, and hamper mating and egg-laying leading to a reduced population next year. Last year 34,000 people participated in the count. Record sightings on the survey ends on August 5. Thankfully over the weekend several butterflies appeared on all the various Buddlieas that I have around the garden. I saw a chalk hill blue some red admiral’s, cabbage white’s and one that I have not yet identified which looked unusual. Amazing what a bit of sun produces.


THE LADIES GROUP met in July for their annual summer walk and supper. The weather on the day was not good, but a short walk around the pond and into the church was just right to allow members to look forward to their supper. A delicious soup was made by Bakula of dhal and served with rice, and Angela provided an apple pie and lemon tart. With the bread and cheese with the soup everyone soon felt warm and comfortable. Ursula provided a quiz of finding twelve well known clocks in Brighton. Pictures of the clocks were then shown to see how well people had remembered, it was more difficult than you could imagine. I wonder how you would have done?

WALKERS: We have in the past few weeks reported on the walkers coming through the village, but one weekend ago, when the night was really black, we looked out onto the downs on the south side of the village, and could see a trail of lights, just like giant glow worms. With all the house lights off we deduced that these were walkers, obviously wearing head lights, making their way to an even brighter light, probably a log in station. It did look quite eerie.

WE WERE VERY SORRY to hear another story of a young lady, who was walking the whole of the South Downs Way to raise money for Oxfam and who went and twisted her ankle very badly. We have often seen Sophia walking to work at the University Sport’s Pavilion, and I was very surprised to see her on crutches. Sophia told me her story, but made me smile when she told me she had to be carried off the downs by Ghurkha soldiers’ which helped her with her disappointment in not completing the course. We wish you a speedy recovery Sophia.

FILM CLUB: This month the Falmer film club showed the 1981 film of Chariots of Fire. It was just the right film to choose just before the Olympics, and was enjoyed by all those present. I had forgotten how good it was.



recently enjoyed a lovely seven mile walk which started from Birling Gap. We walked towards Beachy Head by inland downland tracks resplendent with Summer flowers of which the blue and pink Viper’s Bugloss was much commented on. After emerging onto the road north of Beachy Head we soon crossed over and took a path down to the South Downs Way. With a break in the weather we enjoyed a picnic tea in the sun with glorious views of the sea in front of us. From a spectacular viewpoint we took a beautiful little path around the headland which led us to Beachy Head where we saw the new memorial to the Bomber Command of the Second World War. From here, we now had the much loved walk back to Birling Gap via Belle Toute. Even the returning rain did not dampen our spirits and enjoyment of this lovely walk led by Jeannette.

The next walk is on Sunday, Upper Hartfield. Meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am.


MALLING SCHOOL: In their last week before the holidays, children from South Malling CE School joined residents, Police HQ staff and others at the corner of Malling Hill and Church Lane to cheer on the Olympic Torch. Parents, had been invited to collect their children at lunch time. The rest of the school, safely clad in little yellow jackets, stood in a roped off area to enjoy the atmosphere and to cheer. They were spotted by someone with a microphone in the parade, who urged them to aim for the Olympics themselves as they grew older. In the evening, the school enjoyed a two hour celebration at the end of a very good year. Families had picnics on the playing field while each class entertained them with music and dance from countries they had been studying during the year. They began with a whole school dance and ended with one, this time including parents. It was a very happy time and the rain kept off all day.

CHURCH NEWS: Last Sunday, South Malling Parish Church welcomed Jack Griffiths, a Youth Leader from Kings Church, Lewes, to preach at their service of Holy Communion. His subject was Abraham and Isaac, part of an ongoing series. In the afternoon, a footpath group visited the historic church, whose origins go back to early Saxon times. This Sunday, there is a joint Communion Service at Malling with St John sub Castro at 9.30am.

AGM: At the Malling Community Centre AGM, last Monday, Elisabeth Alsobrook was elected as chair, with Brian Johnson as secretary with other members of the committee for the coming year. The chair reported a considerable increase of membership last year. The committee is looking forward to a significant refurbishment in their ageing building. In partnership with the town council, they are already discussing with architects how this might look, based on a wide and successful consultation last year and, she said, although it will take time, the timeline for improvement is now clear. More of this in the next few weeks, meanwhile you can check their website:

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Berwick village hall 12.15pm to 12.45pm; Chalvington post-box 1.55pm to 2.15pm; opposite Lamb Inn, Ripe 2.20pm to 2.45pm; Laughton village school 3.05pm to 3.45pm.


NEVILL IN BLOOM Garden Trail was held successfully on Sunday, a dry fine day. Sixteen well-prepared gardens opened including some old favourites and five for the first time. Visitors showed a lot of interest in both the plants being grown and the refreshments on offer. Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society had a promotional stall in front of the shops in Highdown Road selling plants and bric-a-brac. Many children were awarded prizes in their competition, which involved collecting numbers from the gardens. The event was well supported and Nevill Residents Association collected about £660 mainly for Lewes Victoria Hospital. The association would like to thank everybody who gave

their support.

THE SPORTS DAY was always called the St Mary’s sports and is open to all, not just to Nevill, so all you Lewesians can get involved with your children. My brother-in-law Barry Hillman, who used to live in North Way, won the sportsman cup and remembers coming second in the cross country on the race hill. He was pipped at the post by Sammy Hammond (he thinks it was) who used to live in Nevill Crescent. Another memory from Jenny Tapp who used to live in Middle Way was winning the three legged race once. The family all came along with a blanket to sit on and we would all spend a lovely afternoon watching. Lovely atmosphere and a nice get together for all the local children and parents.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH will celebrate its Patronal Festival on Sunday. There will be one service at 9am followed by a Parish Breakfast. At 6.30pm there will be Evensong with a selection of

favourite hymns entitled Choose a Hymn. Do come and join us for any of these events

SUMMER OUTING: St Mary’s Gardening Club’s summer outing will be to Hever Castle on

Saturday, August 4. Contact Sheila on Lewes 470534. The Summer Show is on Saturday, September 1. All details about entries and activities on Show Saturday from Vicki on 475521.

CHRIST CHURCH: Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Dr Tony Law. On Wednesday the Thinktank will be meeting at 7.30pm and Vanessa Cahill will be leading the evening. Her talk is entitled Listening to and learning from people with disabilities. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to attend.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: KS2 Sports Day went ahead on the second attempt and our Year 6 children entertained us with their leaving assembly. Our Open Invitation evening on Monday raised £340 for school funds, many thanks to all who participated.

OLYMPIC TORCH: Yesterday, David Bradford came back to visit and to show the children his Olympic Torch. He visited every classroom answering the children’s questions and letting them hold the torch. We are very grateful to him for giving up his time and sharing the experience with us. David is gradually losing his sight and is raising money for RP Fighting Blindness because they help fight inherited retinal dystrophy. On the August Bank Holiday Monday he is assembling a team for a 5k fun-run. If you would like to run, jog or walk with David (minus the torch this time) further details are available on

KALEIDOSCOPE Theatre Company are now taking bookings for their popular after-school performing arts classes at Wallands in September 2012. They offer Drama and Dance classes for boys and girls in Years 1 to 6, from 3.10pm to 5pm each Monday. If you would like further details please email Deirdre on

SITE SECURITY: Over the summer some of our roof is being repaired. Workmen will be on site between 7am and 6pm. If you see anyone up there outside of these hours please dial the non-emergency police line 0845 6070999. As another school year comes to a close I would like to thank all of you who make our school the place it is; our staff, parents, grandparents and carers who give so much of their time and talents to help and support in so many ways, and of course our fantastic children.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. There will be a good selection of summer vegetables, fruit, flowers, plants, as well there are baked goods both sweet and savoury, preserves and fresh eggs, also handicrafts and knitted goods. If you have recently moved into this area, why not pop along and see for yourself what is on offer, you will be made most welcome.

FOOTBALL: Tomorrow, Saturday, the football club will be holding the annual six-a-side tournament on the King George V Playing Field from 10am. If you have never been to this event before why not go along you will be amazed to see how many football clubs from Mid-Sussex will be taking part. Refreshments are available.

THE BOWLS CLUB are playing at home tomorrow, Saturday, against East Grinstead. This match will commence at 2.30pm. On Sunday they travel to Hampden Park, this game start at 2pm. On Tuesday there are two matches against Mid-Sussex Buxted Park away and John Spriggs Buxted Park at home, both games will start at 6pm. The bowls club over the last few weeks enjoyed the company of 68 pupils from Newick Primary School, where they experienced the sport of bowls. Some of these youngsters have shown real ability for the game. The club are arranging further session during the school holidays .Well done to the members, this is just what the young people need, get them interested at an early age.

CRICKET: The first XI are playing at Plumpton Agricultural College tomorrow, Saturday, they will be playing Battle. The second XI are away to Eastbourne playing DPBT. The third XI are playing Robertsbridge at Temple Grove, the fourth XI are away to Tunbridge Wells Borderers III, these are all league games at play commence at 1.30pm.On Sunday they entertain Piers Morgan X1 at home, at 2pm. I am sure that the bowlers and cricketers are pleased to have warmer and dryer condition, hopefully summer has eventually arrived. Enjoy.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Service BCP Holy Communion, at 10.30am, there will also be Evensong at 6.30pm. During the afternoon there will be scrumptious afternoon tea in the Barn Centre from 3pm to 5pm. Tickets are £8 each (family £20) funds raised are for St Mary’s Church. To obtain tickets telephone 01825 722413 or 722795.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet on Tuesday in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm. The public can ask question at the commencement of the meeting.


C’MON YOU PLUMS: Plumpton and East Chiltington CC step into uncharted waters on Sunday when they clash with Reed, from Hertfordshire, in the quarter-finals of the national village knock-out cricket competition. So get along down there and support our local side that has done so well to get this far, a hitherto unknown feat. Scrum down will be at 1pm, the bar will be open and refreshments will be available. Give our lads the encouragement they deserve and have a traditional English Sunday afternoon out, listening to the sound of leather on willow and lapping up the ambience. The beer should be good, too, to say nothing of the tea and the company. If you enjoy cricket too then what a marvellous afternoon it will be.

CRIMINALS PERSIST: Recently I have reported on several local crimes and they continue. On Sunday there was a robbery at Chailey Post Office and where next will the low-life strike? The answer is for us all to be alert and report anything suspicious to the police without delay. Plumpton has suffered from the crime wave on a number of occasions recently, so do not be complacent. The numbers are 999 if it is urgent or101 if it is not.

POSTMAN MATT: Rather belatedly I can report that our regular village Postie, Matthew, duly took part in the Brighton Marathon and raised a very impressive £1,000 plus for St Peter and St James Hospice. He is very grateful to the villagers who supported his effort. Sorry for the lateness of this news, but it has only just reached me. The jungle drums must have been muffled or it came via second class mail.

POP-IN PARLOUR: Please note that this regular Tuesday social event will not be open during August but service will resume again in September.

STEP OUT: The Footpath Society will be active on Wednesday, when members and friends will meet up at Cuckfield village car park (TQ304 245) or the recreation ground if space is short at 10.30pm. Then it will be off on a 6 ½ mile jaunt via Cuckfield Park, Deaks Lane, Broxmead :Lane, Pickwells, stopping for a picnic lunch at Ansty and then back to Cuckfield. More details on 01273 890450.

YELLOW BRICK ROAD: Do not forget the drive-in movie at Plumpton racecourse on Saturday, August 18. That family classic The Wizard of Oz will be screened and will offer the added opportunity to enjoy a picnic and other entertainment available at the course. Book in advance at £20 per car and save £5 on the pay at the gate price. Gates open at 6pm and the film starts to roll at about 8.15pm. Visit www.plumptonracecourse, or ring 01273 890383.

LADIES ON BIKES: One of the women’s cycling events under the title Cycletta will set off from Plumpton racecourse on Sunday to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The gels will cover a 40 or 80 km course and the event is being supported by Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton who could be riding alongside the participants. More detail at

OLYMPIC FERVOUR: The spirit of the Olympics has certainly caught the hearts of locals. A picture taken of the crowd waiting on Plumpton station to catch a train to see the Olympic torch being carried through Lewes demonstrates the interest. See next month’s parish magazine. Southern Railway must be rubbing its hands with glee.

ROAD CLOSURES: We are being plagued with closed roads lately and it is difficult to keep up with them. The trend seems to be that if a discarded apple core has to be cleared away then it must necessitate the closure of the road or, at the very least, temporary traffic lights being put in place and it takes days to erect and then remove them. No-one would wish to see the lives of workers put at risk but things have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.


RBL HORTICULTURAL and Home Produce Society. Considering the weather we have been having the displays at the show on Saturday were of a surprisingly high standard. The flower, vegetable 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 again 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 section two stalwarts of the society managed to garner most of the awards. Paul Wieczorek won 17 first places and four second and was awarded four trophies: The President’s Trophy, the Wootton Cup, the Goldcliff Cup and the Tom Pattenden Cup. In the flower section Gordon Fowlie won six first, one second and one third prize and was awarded the Ruby Anniversary Trophy and the Meredith Rose Bowl.

Flowers: Calendula, P. Ball; Tagetes, R Barton; Pentstemons, E Hawkins; Hydrangea, P Ball; shrub foliage, V Duckett; flowering plant, E Bowler; foliage plant, V Duckett; sweet pea, P Ball; perennial flowers, P Longhurst; annual flowers, R Barton; bowl mixed flowers, R Barton; vase of flowers, R Barton; flowering tree/shrub, M Constable.

Fruit: Those classes not won by Paul Wieczorek were won by Bob Cairns.

Vegetables: Dwarf French beans, M Pattenden; broad beans, E Hawkins; lettuce, P Ball; bunch mixed herbs, R Barton; cucumber, J Badcock.

Flower Arrangement: A Cameo of Colour, J Fowlie; Pretty in Pink, H Hobbs; The Ringmer Show, J Fowlie; Tea for Two, V Duckett.

Cookery and Preserves: Rhubarb cake, Salvage-Page; white plait loaf, R Peters; savoury flan, V Duckett; individual fish starter, V Duckett; Summer Pudding, S James; five macaroons, A Keeping; jar soft fruit jam, E Hawkins; six eggs, R Peters.

Handicraft and Hobbies: Painting: Summer or Autumn, M Hathway, Photo: An Historic Building, E Bowler; Birds, J Martin.

Children’s Classes: (4 to 7yrs): Garden in a saucer, A Salvage-Page; (7 to 11yrs): Begonia Plant, R Hobbs.

Other Trophy Winners: Norman Stacy Rose Bowl, most points in the flower arrangement section, J Fowlie.

CRICKET: Tonight, Friday, the 9’s resumes after last week’s postponement. Ringmer play Laughton and Barcombe take on Intersport. 6pm start on The Green. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are away to Ditchling, the second XI entertain Firle on the Green, and the third XI are away to Uckfield Andereida II. All are 1.30pm starts.

SCULPT AND TONE: This summer workout is being held at Ringmer Football Club on a Thursday for a five week term and commenced yesterday, Thursday, at 7.10pm. Why not join a friendly group of ladies for a fun total body workout improving your overall fitness and tone. The class uses small dumbbells or resistance bands and has a short cardio workout to help increase your metabolism therefore improving your fat burning capabilities, it will tone your body and is vital as part of a weight loss routine. All abilities welcome. £21.25 per term or £5 per session. For more details contact Jane on 07962492040.

COFFEE MORNING: The Mothers’ Union are holding their annual coffee morning in the Church Room on Saturday, August 4. There will be the usual stalls – produce, books, bring and buy and of course coffee and biscuits. Entrance is 50p. Fund raising for the Mothers’ Union is very important in the current financial climate as membership in this country is decreasing and therefore the money to keep these projects running is becoming very tight. It is hoped that you will be able to support this event in order to enable Ringmer Mothers’ Union to help with these Mothers’ Union projects both at home and abroad.

DEADLINE: Will anyone who contributes items for the Ringmer News in the Parish Pump please note that because of the concern of many of the contributors the last paragraph in the Ringmer section of the Sussex Express on Friday of last week is not now applicable. The deadline for items to be received by the paper for appearing in the Friday edition of the paper will be 10am on a Tuesday. I would therefore ask that all those who send me items to be included in the Ringmer section should do so by Monday evening at the latest.

Rodmell & Southease

SHOPS: Seeing all the shops which are becoming empty in Lewes is devastating, as it’s almost like the rot setting in, for example look at Newhaven Centre. Something has to be done before it’s too late as Lewes is such a lovely place, beloved not only by its own people but by tourists as well. It would be a real help if a post office could be opened in one of the empty shops as it’s such a slog up that hill, to our one and only post office in Lewes. When you get there the queues are horrendous, in fact I often drive out to Ringmer Post office and see other villagers out there. I try to do my bit by shopping in Lewes most of the time, and try very hard to use all the smaller shops as we don’t want to lose them do we?

THE BIKE which has been locked to the bus stop in Rodmell for weeks now is a mystery. I hear that a member of the parish council has put a note on it asking who owns it.

B&B: One day this week I had 25 phone calls asking for B&B for this weekend. I pass on numbers of other B&Bs but I knew that the village ones were full. People who are walking really need to book ahead. I say this every year and still there are people seeking B&B at the last moment. If you are walking the South Downs Way book ahead or at least carry a small tent with you so you have some sort of shelter.

NOISE: When people move into the countryside they should not expect peace and quiet as the countryside has many noises such as farm traffic, field cutting and cultivation, smells from fertilizers, animal noises, hedge cutting etc. It’s no good moving into the countryside and then complaining about its natural noises. I love to hear neighbours’ cocks crowing and tractors and horses going up and down the village, plus the collared doves and many other birds doing the Dawn Chorus.

EVENTS: I’m always happy to put news of future events in PP but not too far ahead, so please would people write me out details and pop them in my letter box around one or two weeks before the occasion.

ACCIDENTS: There seems to be a spate of small accidents on the C7 most of the time, and when I am out gardening at the weekends the amount of honking at people coming in or out of the village at the junction is a regular noise. If people came through the village at 30mph which is marked everywhere it would give them time to slow down and see the cars trying to get out on this blind junction. A few weeks ago a car sailed through the hedge on the bend at Spring Barn Farm and ended up in the middle of a field. It’s a field that usually has animals in it so I hope none was hurt. Someone did phone and tell me but it slipped my mind to write about it at the time.

OLYMPIC TORCH: I did not go to see the Olympic Torch come through Lewes as I had a lunch planned with friends, but it was nice to hear that so many people enjoyed themselves and it’s lovely to see a sea of smiling faces. I went to see the Olympic Village some months ago with Lewes B&B Group and it was a really good experience. I cannot get excited about the Olympics, although I do appreciate that it means a lot to those interested in sport.

IT WAS WITH a certain amount of sadness that I see the dairy farmers are having such a hard time. The British Isles has always been known for its farming and good produce so it’s up to all of us to support our farmers and buy British when ever we can. I love to see cows in fields and it would be a sad day if they became a rare sight. Let’s back up our farmers, they need it.