Parish pump Lewes - July 4, 2014


FETE: The Vintage Village Fete is tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall from noon to 4pm. This is going to be a lively village event for all ages. Clubs, societies together with lots of individuals will be participating and there will be games, bouncy castle, competitions including the Great Barcombe Bake Off, performances, food (including a sumptuous barbecue, tempting cream teas and absolutely delicious ice-cream), plus a thirst-quenching Pimms and beer tent and so much more. The Fete has a 1950s theme and there will be prizes for the best outfits.

THE RUDE MECHANICALS will be performing their latest production on the field at the village hall on Friday July 25 at 7.30pm. They will be making a much anticipated return with The Wife, an hilarious, tender and provocative play which digs deeply into the nature of love and marriage. Tickets available now at Barcombe Stores or online Early booking advised.

BOWLS: The bowls club held their annual Invitation Triples on Sunday June 22. Sixteen teams entered and the matches were played in ideal conditions on a warm sunny day. The day was a great success for the club and for the winners who were Chailey with the runners up Deanland. Everyone enjoyed the day which was played in a sporting and friendly spirit. Thank you to the Barcombe committee who arranged the event, the club members who prepared the green, the people who supplied the lunch and tea and those who run the raffle and not forgetting the umpire and scorers. The results of matches played last week are as follows: Lewes 78 Barcombe 49. The result is the reverse of the match played at Barcombe earlier in June. The Barwick Cup match was played last Saturday between Barcombe and Newick. This cup match takes place each year with each club putting forward a team of three triples who play at Barcombe and three triples who play at Newick. The scores at home were Barcombe 33 Newick 54 and away Newick 48 Barcombe 57 therefore Newick were overall winners of the Barwick Cup with a total of 102 against 90. Barcombe intend to win the cup back next year.

STOOLBALL: After an absence of many years, Glynde Butterflies have this year joined the Mid Division league. We played them away on Tuesday. They have a lovely ground at the foot of the Downs and the weather was perfect. Barcombe won the match. On Thursday we were away to Ringmer who won the match, 153 to Barcombe’s 134, Janet Hughes 57.

CRICKET: ESCL Div 2 Barcombe v Ringmer: Ringmer 190-9 in 50 overs Allan Trower 2-22 Rhys Alchin 2-48. Barcombe 128 all out in 40.3 overs Matt Cordwell 34 Will Marler 21. Ringmer (30 points) beat Barcombe (10 points) by 62 runs. ESCL Div 9 Bexhill IV v Barcombe II: Bexhill 140 all out in 42.5 overs Harry Stewart 4-15 in 15.5 overs. Barcombe 141-0 in 18 overs Kane Black 65 no Bob Page 60 no. Barcombe (30 points) beat Bexhill (3 points) by 10 wickets.


SUSSEX FOOD FESTIVAL takes place tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at the Bluebell Railway’s Horsted Keynes Station from 10am to 5pm both days. There will be trade stalls plus freshly cooked refreshments. There will also be entertainment; including bouncy castles, face painting and Marco the Magician. The festival is free for travel ticket holders. Station admission only tickets are priced at £4 for adults and £2 for children. For more information call 01825 720800.

CRICKET: Every bowler in a strong Chailey bowling unit picked up a wicket or more to help bowl Roffey out for just 142. Similarly the batsmen contributed to knocking off the runs with 5 wickets to spare, with Zakir Siddiqui’s 31 being especially pleasing on the eye. The league XI now stand on top of Division Two by 48 points. Tomorrow, Saturday, Chailey has a league game against Cowden at 1.30pm and on Sunday a friendly against Gully Cricketers at 2pm. Both games are at the sports ground just off the A272. Chailey are always looking to welcome new members into the team and should you be looking to play some cricket, either friendly or competitive, please call Peter Dembrey on 07709946880.

50TH ANNIVERSARY walks on Red House Common, with the Chailey Commons Society, are tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm till 5pm. The walks start at Warrs Hill car park and include visits to the windmill.

SUMMER FAIR is at Chailey St Peter’s Primary School is tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 2pm. It is being organised by the Friends (PTA) and there will be circus skills and acrobatic workshops, main arena displays, inflatable fun, face painting, stalls, barbecue and other refreshments. All are welcome to attend.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday at St Peter’s Church, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and an all age family service at 10am; this is an informal service, with modern hymns and worship songs, and in addition Pete’s Puppets will perform sketches. All are welcome to stay for a tea or coffee afterwards. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Sunday at the Free Church, 10.30am with Derek Heyman and at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

THE SWING ERA Sunday Tea Dance is at the village hall this Sunday from 2pm until 5pm. Join a genuine, friendly tea dance with The Swinging Detective presenting recorded music from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s chosen with care for all period dance styles. Admission is £6 to include tea and cakes. For further information and/or to advise of attendance contact 07714897369.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday from 8pm. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is invited to attend this meeting. To find out more about the Group visit

SUMMER SHOW organised by the horticultural society takes place on Saturday July 12. There will be classes for vegetables, fruit, flowers, pot plants, alcoholic drinks, cookery, flower arranging, photography, handicraft, arts and photography and children’s classes (pre-school, aged seven years and under and aged eight to 11 years). There are also two miscellaneous classes; the first is ten stems of sweet peas judged by the public for their scent. The second class is six chicken, bantam or duck eggs. If you have flowers in your garden there is sure to be a class that you could enter and members are always on hand to assist with staging exhibits. To obtain a list of the classes or just find out more about the show call Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817.

WOODLAND TALES, as told by the Weald Storytellers, are at St Peter’s Church on Sunday July 13 at 3pm. This enjoyable afternoon of Woodland Tales will appeal to both young and old. Organised by the Friends of St Peter’s tickets (priced at £10, children under 16 years free) include afternoon tea and are available from Fiona Pearl at or call 01825 723135. Tickets will also available on the day.

ALBERT HALL Some members of St Peter’s Church choir are thinking about making up a party to sing Messiah from Scratch at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday November 30 at 7pm. Any members of the congregation and their friends who would like to participate in this would be more than welcome to join them. If you are interested please let Dudley know on 01825 768623 as soon as possible as the tickets sell very quickly. The precise cost of tickets will not be fixed until the number attending is known. Ticket prices for singers are £35 to £ 47 and for the audience £23 to £35.

POLICE NEED YOUR HELP In the last month two adult and two child trial motor bikes have been stolen from North Chailey. Have you been offered these items on the street or at car boot sales or seen items on Ebay? If you have seen anything suspicious that could relate to these thefts please give Lewes District Police a call on 101.

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday at St Peter’s Church, Sunday School 10.15am in the church hall. Parish Communion 10.30am. This service will be followed by the annual Parish Picnic in the church grounds. Wine, soft drinks and coffee will be provided, but do take along finger food to share. All welcome.

HAMSEY CHURCH services on Sunday are Holy Communion 8am, Evensong 6pm.

REMINDER: Hamsey Festival Saturday July 12 from 2pm to 8pm at the village hall, Beechwood Lane. Only another week to get your photographs in for the Hidden Hamsey competition. Your baking will be accepted until 3pm on the day. If you would like to book a stall for your crafts or art work, cost £5, contact Moira on 07790 094390 or Kirsty on 07703 105654. Helpers on the day to set up and help to clear up on Sunday would be much appreciated.

AFTERNOON CLUB: Following the excitement of last month’s meeting where members enjoyed tea in Caroline’s garden and a surprise presentation was made, the next meeting of the Monday Afternoon Club will be on July 14 in St Peter’s Church Hall when it will be tea and chat. Lifts are available by contacting Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline on 01273 477151.

DRUSILLAS TRIP: On Monday July 28, St Peter’s Sunday School and Toddlers tunes will be enjoying all the delights that can be found at Drusillas. If you would like to join them contact Judith on 01273 474356 as soon as possible for details and to book.

CONCERN: I had a call recently to ask if the Blacksmith’s Arms in Offham had closed as work was going on there. A few days later I received a letter from a former Cooksbridge resident who now lives in Brighton and gets a weekly copy of the Sussex Express (Lewes edition) who was also concerned as he had been dining at the Blacksmiths for years but found it closed on his last visit. I can assure those who have shown concern that all is well and after some refurbishment it will be opening shortly. Details later.

LOVELY SURPRISE: Following the doom and gloom of the stormy winter and all the damage plus the break in at the farm and then the theft of eight of our sheep, it was a nice surprise last week to win a Championship at South East Marts Hailsham Sheep Show with our pen of Southdown Lambs. I now hope that things can only get better.

LONG WAIT: Having been involved with Neighbourhood Watch for many years, there are times when incidents or other issues need to be reported to the police. When the 101 number to ring Sussex Police first came into being myself and the coordinators for this area thought it was a great improvement. Instead of waiting on the end of the phone for long periods we were able to get in touch quite quickly. Unfortunately during the past few weeks things have taken a turn for the worse as trying to get through to the call handling centre now means a lengthy wait on the end of the phone. I gave up in the end recently in exasperation when trying to report an incident. It is all very well to listen to all the options of a recorded message telling you that you can report incidents online, but not everyone has a computer and very few that I know like going on line. One of my coordinators who wanted to report an incident was told she would have to ring back in 20 minutes which she had to do as it was important that she spoke to someone. Another of my coordinators had the same problem and his words were to me, ‘Fings aint what they used to be anymore. How right he is.

GONE FISHING: I found a lovely poem in one of Derek’s old school books: Of recreation there is none. So free of fishing is alone. All other pastimes do no less. Than mind and body both possess. My hand alone my work can do. So I can fish and study too. I can only think that he may have got that from the Complete Angler.


MANY APOLOGIES for the lack of Falmer’s Parish Pump last week, I am afraid I missed the deadline.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: The annual Flower Festival last weekend was blessed with lovely weather in spite of depressing forecasts. We had a very busy two days and people really enjoyed all the different stalls we had this year. The competition flower arrangements in the church looked lovely and the supporting arrangements by Angela Stannard really made the church look beautiful. The results of the competition were: 1, place with 270 points (The Wheel) Angela Stannard; 2, with 204 points (Space Travel) Sue Barnes; 3, with 203 points (Hot Air Balloon) Rosemarie Warton. It looks as though the weekend raised a considerable amount of money, although the total is not known yet. A huge vote of thanks must go to Jill Burt who organised everything and slaved away tirelessly in the kitchen all weekend.

MYSTERY FILMING: Visitors to the flower festival on Saturday noticed a film crew with two police officers in Mill Street. Were they filming for a TV series or were we on the news?

POWER: Falmer endured yet another power cut recently. This time it affected the whole village and not just the seven houses that usually get cut off. Teas in the village hall should have been in full swing but customers had to wait patiently for the water to be boiled on a camping stove. It may have added to their enjoyment as the teas did very well that day. This cut was caused by a problem with the substation at Ashcombe. Thankfully it came back on soon.

HERITAGE: In our last column Rosemarie mentioned the Ladies’ Group’s talk about Newmarket Farm from David Cuthbertson. When we were researching for our last Heritage open days event I was privileged to talk to a lady who had lived at the farm before the war. She recalled walking to school (a good couple of miles or more) in all weathers and it was fascinating to hear how different things were then, especially in small rural communities. We are now researching for our next exhibition and we are looking into the backgrounds of some of the men commemorated on the plaque in St Laurence who fought in World War One. We would be very interested to hear from anyone who had a grandfather, great uncle or just a friend of the family who might be mentioned on the plaque. Please call 07767293906 if you can help.

RAVE: Rosemarie has sent me this report: Thanks to the Police’s quick action they thwarted a rave planned to take place north of Falmer and Mary Farm. It was to all happen on Saturday night but the police took over, we heard the helicopter flying over the area at about 10pm apparently they were seen by some villagers scanning with search lights. We were lucky and are very grateful, we have had raves close by before and the music thumps away through the whole night.

SUMMER SPORTS: The University of Sussex will be running Summer sports sessions for children aged five to 16 years, look at the Sussex University website for more details.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Nine of us took part in last Tuesday’s walk as many of the group were away on the Lancaster holiday. The weather was warm and sunny and we took two buses to East Brighton where we began our walk up a gentle hill beside the golf course with lovely views across East Brighton Park to the racecourse. We crossed the golf course and descended into Ovingdean. Walking through the back of the village and past St Dunstans (which has a different name now) we crossed the busy coast by way of the underpass, then went down lots of steps to reach a welcoming café where we stopped for coffee and homemade cake, all with a delightful sea view. Suitably refreshed we proceeded along the undercliff to Brighton Marina. Here we had a choice, some catching the bus back and others continuing the walk along to Brighton. The walk, which was led by Janet, was a rather different one which I think we all thoroughly enjoyed. The next walk is an evening walk on Wednesday. Meet at 5pm at top North Street car park for a walk at Rodmell. This walk will finish with an optional supper. Our programmes are always available at the Tourist Office or the Outdoor Shop in the Cliffe.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday at 6.30pm there will be a United Service at Eastgate Baptist Church, to mark the assassination of the Austrian archduke which triggered the beginning of the First World War. The preacher will be Canon Richard Moatt, rector of St Anne, St Michael and St Thomas in Lewes. On Thursday Churches Together have an Open Meeting in Cliffe Hall at 7pm at which Canon Paul Oestreicher, currently with the Chaplaincy at Sussex University, will be speaking on The Politics of Peace. Canon Oestreicher is a very well-known speaker with a significant commitment to peace studies.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: You can hear the BBC’s gospel choir of the year finalists live on Saturday July 12 at 7.30pm, when the Lewes Sings Gospel choir will give a summer concert in the church. Tickets cost £10 (£5 for children aged three to seven years) including a glass of wine or soft drink. Box office: We are looking forward to our Rector, Steve Daughtery, being licensed as Vicar of St John sub Castro and South Malling churches on Thursday July 24 at 7.30pm in St John sub Castro. There will be refreshments afterwards and everyone is welcome to join us. As many members as possible of the six congregations who attend the three churches will be helping to celebrate this first official step in joining the three parishes together as one. We organise a myriad of activities: tomorrow, ten fit men from the church are off to Normandy for five days as part of a larger group on a cycling tour. Our recent afternoon of water games for all ages raised over £400 towards supporting a young church member who will soon start training in leading worship. Marcus Taylor has also raised £100 for this young man by selling his Southover Preserves in the church. Don’t forget we are 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. More information: Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am family service with choir, organ and band; 11.15 informal family service in the church hall; 3.30 sung evening prayer (traditional, contemplative) with organ and choir; 6.30pm informal evening communion service with singers and band. Please do join us.

PASSION PLAY 2015: On Tuesday at 7.30pm in Southover Church chapter house (Southover High Street) there will be an opportunity for anyone who would like to be involved in any capacity at all to find out more and register their interest. Or contact, call/text 07926 486567 or visit


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The concert at the end of June was a really enjoyable event. Lots of children, solo, in pairs and in groups showed their musical abilities through song and playing a range of instruments: violin, cello, piano and various percussion instruments, which they have been learning privately, through the county music service and in school and at the O2 Concert in London earlier this year. The concert ended with a lovely rendition of the Jewish blessing, Shalom. Year 6 children enjoyed the Leavers Service organised by the Diocese of Chichester at Lancing College this week. This is a very special occasion that involves Year 6 pupils from across the Diocese gathering together to celebrate their transition to secondary school through song, readings and prayer. Today, Friday, all pupils will be taking part in a Zumba workshop. They will learn a dance that the whole school can then perform to parents and friends during the celebration evening on July 17. Preparations are now well underway for the school Summer Fair which will be held tomorrow, Saturday. Fingers crossed for good weather and a fantastic fair. Do come along and enjoy the fun and help parents and children to make this a really successful day. Next week parents/carers will receive their child’s annual report. The reports provide information about the progress and achievements of their children over the last school year.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Builders began work on refurbishing the church tower room last Monday. As well as cleaning and repainting the walls, the floor will be raised and under-floor heating will be installed to make the room much warmer and more comfortable for children, who use it for their own teaching during the more formal services. It is expected that the work will take about four weeks. On Sunday the Revd David Farey will be taking a Communion Service starting at 9.30am. David was Vicar of Laughton, Ripe and Chalvington for many years, before taking over as Diocesan communications and, later, environment officer. All are welcome.

SUSSEX HARMONY, who have their headquarters at South Malling Church, are holding a Shape Note Singing Day tomorrow, Saturday, in the church. It begins at 10am to 12.30pm and continues after lunch from 1.30pm to 4pm. This is an internationally recognised Shape Note Singing Event. Aficionados are welcome to drop in during those times to listen and find out more of what is happening in this interesting area of song.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 10.40am to 11.10am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 11.30am to noon; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.40pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2pm to 2.30pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 2.45pm to 3.15pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.40pm to 4pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.30am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.30am to 11am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.15am to 11.35pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 11.45am to 12.10pm; South Rough, Newick 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Oldaker, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm.

CHRIST CHURCH: The June meeting of the Thinktank heard a talk by Susanne Schuster of the Brighton and Hove branch of the World Development Movement. She argued that the political and economic system ensures that wealth is directed into big, often transnational, corporations, leaving many people in unjust and unnecessary poverty. Her presentation was followed by discussion, in which the importance of securing accurate information was highlighted. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Geoffrey Whitfield and at 6.30pm we will be joining with other churches in Lewes for evening worship at Eastgate Baptist Church which is one of two events being put on to commemorate the beginning of WWI. The other event will be on Thursday July 10 at 7pm at Cliffe Hall when Paul Oestreicher will speak on the Politics of Peace.

NEVILL BONFIRE: The society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday. We will be collecting jumble today, Friday, after 6pm on Nevill Estate.


THE BOWLS CLUB have another busy week ahead commencing tomorrow, Saturday, with an away match against Seaford. Sunday is Ladies Day at Newick. Both of these games start at 2pm.On Tuesday there are two evening matches, Mid-Sussex West Hoathly will be played at home and the second match is away at Felbridge. Both will commence at 6pm. On Wednesday there is a home fixture against Crowborough Wolfe with a 2.30pm start.

CRICKET: The league matches for Newick Cricket Club are first XI Ditchling away, the second XI will be playing at home against Bexhill, the third XI will be playing on the Temple Grove ground against Sidley III and the fourth XI will travel and play Tunbridge Wells Borderers III. All start at 1.30pm. Sunday is the Presidents Day and the match will commence at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion (BCP), this will be followed by the Family service at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available if booked in advance please telephone 722582.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB are meeting on a different day at a different time. They meet tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am at the Community Centre for the great Newick Leveller and Gooseberry Competition for 2014. The classes are; Single Leveller; six matched Levellers; punnet (1lb) of Levellers; six matched gooseberries; a pot of gooseberry jam; most delicious gooseberry dessert. For more details please telephone 01825 722154. There are no entry forms and no entry charge but all entries must be staged by 10am.

NEWICK SCHOOL Summer Fayre is on Saturday July 12 from 11.30am to 2.30pm in Newick Primary School playing field. Entry for adults is 50p, children free. There are many interesting events available such as barbecue, Pimms tent, cream teas, live music, a five a side football tournament, face painting, hair braiding, wellie wanging, assault course challenge, tombola, Grand Raffle, plus many outside stall holders and also a police patrol car. There are many more attractions for you to enjoy. For further details contact details are or check the web site

This sounds like a great event so don’t miss it.

DIARY DATES: Newick Green WI next meet on July 24 in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Barbara Wilson and her subject will be Fairtrade. Saturday July 26, Summer Lunch for the St Peter and St James Hospice. Tickets £20 available from 01825 722607. Newick Cinema’s next film show will be on July 27. The film will be The Monument Men at 7pm. More details later.


BARGAINS GALORE: There will be another jumble sale in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) with scrum down at 2pm. This time it is organised by the Village Action Plan in aid of the Monday Group, the nice people who build and repair stiles and carry out repairs on our footpaths. Naturally there will be cakes, tombola and those vital refreshments to help calm you down after the thrill of the chase. If you have jumble to donate, please take it to the hall by 11am on Saturday.

TIME FOR WALKIES: If you are craving some exercise then join the Footpath Society tomorrow (Saturday) at Chiddingly car park, near the church (TQ545 143) at 10.30am. Then it will be off on an easy five mile walk along part of the Vanguard Way, Kiln Wood, Livekiln Farm, Nash Street, Muddles Green, Chiddingly and then lunch at the Six Bells (optional). More details on 01825 722649. On Wednesday there will be a walk in London. Meet at Plumpton railway station in time to catch the 9.27am train. Further details on 01273 890302.

GARDENS TO VIEW: On Sunday there will be a number of private gardens open to the public to enjoy and at the same time raise funds for St Peter and St James Hospice. They are all at the southern end of Plumpton Lane and are The Eugh, Ashcombe, Dragons Green, Hackmans, Townsend Cottage, Bates Hill, 1 Cedar Cottages, Little Hackmans and Downsview. Off road parking will be available adjacent to Townsend Cottage where programmes will be available. They will also be available at all the other gardens. The charge will be £1 for an individual garden or £5 to get into them all. Children under 14 get free admission. At Townsend Cottage there will also be cream teas and live music provided by the Jazz Dukes. So go on down, give your noses a treat, maybe get some inspiration for your own garden, socialise and help our local hospice while enjoying yourself. The gardens will be open between 2pm and 5.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council meets on Wednesday (yes, Wednesday) in the village hall at 7.45pm. The meeting will be open to the public. The new parish clerk is now in post and her name is Sarah Jeffers. Her email address is and her telephone number is 01444 441302.

BUSES UNDER THREAT: ESCC is currently reviewing the subsidies it provides to enable bus services to operate and preliminary indications are that they are considering some pretty drastic cuts that will penalise people in rural areas in particular. The 166 route that serves Plumpton with services to Haywards Heath and Lewes currently operates during daytimes roughly every two hours from Monday to Friday with a reduced service on Saturday. The proposal is for the service to operate Mondays to Fridays only on peak (school) days and during off peak periods on Mondays and Thursdays only. The constant call is to use public transport rather than cars. Such reductions will force a lot more cars on to the roads increasing congestion and pollution, but what happens to those people who do not own one? So far as ESCC is concerned it would appear that they will not be allowed out of Plumpton other than on two days a week during school holiday times. We have a railway station but that is not accessible to all, rail fares are high and the stations at Lewes and Haywards Heath are not very close to the town centres for those who cannot walk long distances. But that is not all, ESCC is proposing some hefty fare increases that may put bus travel on a par with rail. The County Council is about to start a consultation process and details are available by ringing its offices or visiting its website. Plumpton Parish Council will of course be investigating the scenario and making representations, but individuals can also make their own and the more the better. Needless to say other routes face some horrendous cuts which will cause terrible inconvenience and restrict movement. The combined result will be increased traffic congestion, a big rise in pollution and higher fares, restricted movement for many and it is the poor, the disabled and the elderly who will, once again, be hit the hardest. If local and central government concentrated their efforts on improving efficiency and cutting needless red tape that seemingly grows by the day, then great savings could be made that would make these other drastic cuts unnecessary and we would benefit from better service.

BATTLE OF LEWES WALK: Close on 50 people turned out for the commemorative walk on Sunday that took walkers along what is believed to be part of the route taken by Simon de Montfort’s troops when they left Warningore Wood to do battle in Lewes in 1264. During the walk an interpretation board was unveiled on The Ridge. It illustrates how Plumpton fits into the downland setting and provides a lasting memorial to the events of 1264. It is within sight of Plumpton Cross which was again marked out for the day. The walk took in the cross and ended with a cream tea kindly provided by Richard at the Half Moon. An illustrated leaflet detailing the walk is available at the village store free of charge. The interpretation board was largely designed by Richard Wells working with the Village Action Plan and was made possible by a grant from the South Downs National Park Authority. The walk was planned by John Moore and led by the Footpath Society.


SUMMER FAIR: Ringmer Primary Home School Association are holding their annual Summer Fair this evening (Friday) 6pm to 8pm. This event is open to the whole community. We have a barbecue and licensed bar, bouncy castle, army lorry rides, a grand raffle with a first prize of £100 and second and third prizes of £50 each and much, much more. Come and join in the fun and raise important funds for your village school at the same time.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The meeting tonight (Friday) at 7.45pm will be An Evening With the RHSG Scrapbooks. About 30 years ago Ringmer WI decided to create and maintain a scrapbook about events in Ringmer, and ever since this project has been continued by Study Group volunteers (currently Sue and Alan Tompsett). The scrapbooks record items published about the parish, mainly in local newspapers. Occasionally they note quite dramatic events, but in the main they record the ordinary details of village life and the activities and achievements of local residents. These scrapbooks have now accumulated to become a substantial archive in their own right.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a Jumble Sale in Ringmer village hall tomorrow (Saturday). Doors open at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Service, 4pm Praise Picnic with the Baptists on the Green, 6.30pm no service as we are invited to the Praise Picnic.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday June 25, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Hazel North and Alan Hardy; 2, Lesley Durrant and David Warner; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

Rodmell & Southease

I CANNOT BELIEVE we are beyond the longest day and halfway through 2014. Christmas gifts will probably be arriving in the shops soon and Christmas adverts will appear on TV. The thought of dark mornings and evenings does not inspire me. However, at present we are having lovely weather and I’m gardening like mad and trying to make the most of the hours.

EGRETS WAY: I keep trying to find the time to walk the new Egrets Way since it was opened at Southease. This path is the second section of a planned network of multi-user routes which will eventually run from Lewes to Newhaven.